Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Thrif/The Human Race Is Filth.2017 EP Review


  Thrif  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a mixture  of  sludge,  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "The  Human  Race  Is  Filth".

  Static  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  d  beat  and  crust  as well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  short  in  length.

  Most  of  the  slower  sections  of t he  songs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  always  remaining  heavy.
 
  Thrif  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  crust,  grindcore  and  sludge  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Thrif  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge,  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Uncivilized  Pigs"  and  "Culture  Of  Guilt".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, December 11, 2017

Bestialord/Law Of The Burning/Symbol Of Domination/Cimmerian Shade Recordings/2017 CD Review


  Bestialord  are  a  band  from  Kansas  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  'occult  horror  doom  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Law  Of  The  Burning"  which  will b e  released  in  2018  by  Symbol  Of  Domination  and  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings.

  A  horror  movie  orientated  sound  starts off t he  album before  gong  into  more  of  a  heavier,  old  school  and  melodic  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  80's  style  death  metal  growls  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  classic  metal style. 

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  clean  playing  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of t he  recording  along  with  the  sower  riffing  being  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements and  the  music  sounds  like  it  could of easily  been  recorded and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  and  horror  movie  samples  can  be  heard  briefly.

  Bestialord  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  doom, death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bestialord  are  a  very  great  sounding  horror  occult  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Doom  That  Came"  "Marduk  Kurios"  "Loathed  Be  Thy  Name"  and  "What  Is  The  End".  8  out  of  10.

Obscene Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are Obscene, a death metal band from Indianapolis. We play traditional death metal running the gamut of influence from 80's/90's death metal from the UK, Scandinavia, US, and plenty more. Collectively, we've all been rummaging around in various underground metal bands for years as well as being fans of metal for decades.

2.You have an ep coming out in 2018, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Metal of death that with memorable songs, crushing riffs, dark melodies, and acid vocals. Some bands we revere and use influence to forge our trajectory is
Edge of Sanity, Asphyx, Demigod, Cianide, Bolt Thrower, Grave, and many more. In short, death...the brutal way.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We follow the Cianide school of thought with themes regarding death, doom, and destruction. There are also topics regarding time and eternity as well as general misanthropy. Influences range lyrically from classic horror films and literature to Emily Dickinson to Kafka to Bukowski.

4.Originally the band was known as 'Blood Chasm', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Obscene'?

Honestly, 'blood' in metal band names is getting a little excessive. We sort of rushed with the 'Blood Chasm' moniker, and after seeing that Obscene was fairly under utilized, we went forward due to our affinity for one word band names and Obscene being how we like our metal.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Well, we've only played a handful of gigs, and they've all been in Indianapolis. But the best show was probably opening for Incantation. It was a lineup with us, our friends in Legion from Muncie, and Shed the Skin. We've been fortunate and lucky not to have any real duds for live gigs, but that was a show we really felt we were where we truly belonged. Our performances are intense, tight, and maximum headbanging.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the ep is released?
We have a release show in Indy on Friday December 15th with our brethren in Shroud of Vulture and Legion. We plan on doing a brief Midwest trek in March, and potentially doing an east coast tour in late summer 2018.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of old school death metal?
Thus far, the reception has been extremely positive! We were confident in the material, but didn't expect anybody outside of the 20 people in our town to really give a shit. The fact that people were willing to give us a chance, and be supportive is equally humbling and flattering.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Our drummer, Brandon, is active with Acheron until the end of 2018, as well as providing vocals for a technical death metal band Summon the Destroyer along with our guitarist Mike. It's somewhere between Suffocation and Immolation musically. Our other guitarist Josh, is playing in Photian Schism, a d-beat/thrash hybrid. Our bassist Roy ans myself are in Boddicker, a deathgrind/crust band that is pretty much on life support at this point.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Thus far, some of the newer material being written is a little faster, but I don't forsee significant changes to our sound musically. It's only getting heavier and more gruesome from here.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Well, we touched on this previously, but we're influenced by bands like early Paradise Lost, Pungent Stench, Edge of Sanity, and Asphyx. I feel comfortable saying that fans of those bands would find something to appreciate with Obscene. Some bands I've been listening to as of late are Spectral Voice, Loss, Necrot, Impetuous Ritual, Phrenelith, Vallenfyre, Krypts, Interment, Deathevokation, Desultory, and others.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Horror films and literature, pro wrestling, comics, and video games.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview and support! Stay death and hail and kill!

​https://obscenedeathmetal.bandcamp.com/album/sermon-to-the-snake​

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Obscene/Sermon To The Snake/Horror Pain Gore Death Productions/2017 EP Review


  Obscene  are  a  band  from  Indiana  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their ep "Sermon  To  The  Snake"  which  will  be  released  in 2018  by  Horror  Pain  Gore  Death  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts off  the  ep  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as well  as  some  mid  80's  style  death  metal  growls.

  A  lot  of  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  thrash.

  Obscene  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  day  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  doom  and  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Obscene  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shadow  Burial"  and  "Blood  Moon  Rats".  8  out  of  10.

  

Friday, December 1, 2017

Caelestia/Thantopsis/EMP Label Group/SPV/2017 CD Review


  Caelestia  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  symphonic  mixture  of  goth  and  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Thantopsis"  which  will  be  released  on  December  8th  as  a  joint  effort  between  EMP  Label  Group  and  SPV.

  A  very  symphonic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  and  they  also  give  the  symphonic  and  heavy  parts together  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  female  vocals  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  operatic  and  goth  feeling  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  high  pitched  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  clean  male  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  doom  metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  riffing  and  a  later  track  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  Caelestia  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t he  symphonic  mixture  of  goth  and  melodic  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Caelestia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic,  goth  and  melodic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thanatopsis"  "Devil's  Game"  "Travel  To  Eternity"  and  "Lament  Of  The  Sea".  8  out  of  10.

Rise Of Avernus Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?



     We have been following a busy touring schedule since we released Dramatis Personae in 2015. We also saw the departure of Dan Warrington, and our new bassist D'wayne Murray entered the fold. We are currently preparing for the release of Eigengrau and the subsequent tours.



2.You have a new album coming out in early 2018, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



With Rise of Avernus, we like to focus on making each release unique, while retaining some elements which can be recognised as 'our sound'. We hinted at this new direction with our last EP, stripping back a lot of the softer and more soporific moments to create something bigger, more aggressive and laden with grandiosity. Eigengrau is a solid step into darker and heavier territory.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?



Eigengrau explores the darker side of the human psyche, experiences at the point of death, religious indoctrination and its negative effects, neural phenomena, archetypes/dream motifs/symbols and the shadow self within Jungian psychology.



4.I know that the band name comes from Greek Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?



'Avernus' is a term for the entrance to the underworld, originating in Italy. The etymology can be traced back to Greece, roughly translating to 'no birds'. It held special significance as Avernus was a volcanic crater which emitted toxic fumes into the atmosphere... any bird which tried to fly overhead would be killed by the gases. As far as an interest in ancient Grecian culture goes, it's more of an interest in human projection, the 'rising of darkness' consciously or subconsciously within an individual and the psychological implications of encountering things we don't quite understand.



5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?



It's hard to pick a definitive list of our 'best shows' as every performance has its own feel. That said, our Japanese tour in support of Eternal Tears Of Sorrow held special significance as we were breaking new ground by playing in a foreign country for the first time. We strive to channel the same amount of aggression and theatrics into every show, creating a nightmarish, intense experience.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?



We have an extensive Australian tour throughout February and March alongside Once Human (USA), Hollow World and In Death. We're also exploring some options for international shows in 2018.



7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of goth, doom and death metal?



So far feedback has been quite good... We're continually taken aback by how many fans of different genres can find something to enjoy in our music. The interesting part of that for me personally, is staying true to the art and expression which comes from writing music.



8.Are any of the band embers currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?



None currently.



9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



Each release from RoA is alway going to be a little different. We firmly believe that a band needs to continue developing and evolving their sound, or risk stagnating. This time we focused on darker sounds, dissonance, grandiosity and driving rhythms. What's coming next? Well... you will just have to wait and see.



10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?



We all take musical influence from everything we listen to... As a collective, our tastes run from Pink Floyd to Mayhem, Billie Holiday to Infant Annihilator and most things in between.
A special mention goes to James Last's 'Trumpet A Gogo'. As far as current listening goes, In Becoming A Ghost by The Faceless, Brain Cycles by Radio Moscow, Relentless Mutation by Archspire and Hiss Spun by Chelsea Wolfe are all on high rotation.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?



We all enjoy physical activities, working out, travel and gaming. Ben has a penchant for war documentaries, and Mares is a coffee aficionado.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?



To the person reading this... Whoever you are, where ever you are. We hope you enjoy Eigengrau.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Heavydeath Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and and release of the new album?

Right now we are doing some small-scale promotion. We are also waiting for the CD version to arrive from the manufacturer. Unfortunately, it has become slightly delayed. But LP and MC were released on time. In addition to this, we will try to make a few shows during the next year.
There is also work going on to release a compilation double CD with mostly demo material. It will probably be released next year. Then there is plans for a split 7” with Excruciation next year.
So the machinery rolls on so to speak.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

First of all, I would say that we are starting to get a good sound that suits our music. Do not think we've got it 100% before but now it feels like the whole sound package suits so to speak. As for the material, it's a mix of new and slightly older songs. But I feel that, on the whole, it feels more varied than previous albums.

3.Over the years you have released a great amount of material, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

I personally think about and writing music daily. Often I write music in my head when I drive a car or am in the woods. It is not always the right time to sit with the guitar and compose. But it is clearly an ongoing process for me. We are also trying to make some simple demos and so on.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

In general, there are some thoughts about the fate of our so-called civilization. There are things to see for those who can, for those who want to. There is ancient wisdom to learn from, both the warnings and the knowledge.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heavydeath'?

It's hard to find a new good band name these days. I tried to find something that suited the music and the lyrics and the first suggestions were in Swedish “Tung Död” or “Den Tunga Döden”. We had some other suggestions too but then the decision was made that it might be best to have a name in English. And HEAVYDEATH it became. Sure, it may sound a bit primitive and too “simple”. But if you "taste the word" a few times, I think it suits.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We have not been so active when it comes to performing live. For various reasons. Best best gig so far was the first at Mörkaste Småland Festival 2015 and actually the only one with the entire current line-up without session members. We need to get more experience playing live together, especially with songs from the new album that fits good live. So I really hope we'll be able to get some more gigs in the next year. There is no “big show” or so, but we do what we do and sink into the music and hope the audience will accompany our musical journey in body and mind. A long obscure trip...

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

No, but I hope, as I said earlier, that we can get our calendars in sync in the next year and that there are some suitable offers from bookers.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer material by fans of doom and death metal?

As I see it, we play a rather “narrow” kind of underground music. Nothing for the big mass I think. But so far, I've only seen good response, from loyal fans to new ones. Also saw that some famous musicians have drawn attention to us which of course is nice. We create and play what we like ourselves and of course it's nice to get support and to hear that others like it too.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

I will surely record something with my other bands and projects next year. Nothing is 100% so we'll see what happens. Maybe Runemagick, maybe TFO, maybe Necrocurse, maybe Domedag... Time will tell. Johan is doing some other projects on and off. Daniel is quite busy with Katatonia.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

As I can see and speculate right now, the next phase will go in the same direction as our new album “Sarcophagus In The Sky”.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I listen to various stuff. But as always, I think what you grow up with is the closest to the music heart. So old classic. Everything from old sabbath to early death metal, black metal and doom metal.
Check my personal website http://nicklas.rudolfsson.net for som current Spotify playlists etc.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Be with the family, be out in the woods, etc. But the music, primarily composing, is clearly the main interest and a big part of my life.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thank you very much for the interview. I hope more people want to listen to our new album and support us!