Friday, July 21, 2017

Mutilatred Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1.  Patric: We are a four piece but sometimes a two piece (and sometimes a three piece, haha). We (Clay Lowe & I) started our band as a two piece after our other bands didn't work out. We were playing together for about 10 years at that point and wanted to keep playing metal. We eventually found two other incredible musicians/friends and have been writing as Multilatred since 2014. We are old school death metal with a decent slam influence. Simple loud and with a beat.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. Patrick: Our sound is raw and stripped down. We record at our friends studio "Lake Bottom Recording" and use the same set up we use live. Everything is tracked live without much editing. We try to make it sound as close to our live set as possible.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that the band explores with the music?
3. Patrick: Our lyrical topic is wrapped around one main subject: "hard drugs" specifically, prescribed opiates and Heroin. We've seen it ruin the life's of people we know and it's an major crisis in our society, which affects everyone directly or indirectly. The opiate epidemic could be dealt with differently. It is frustrating to see substance abuse being used for profit in a lot of ways. I could sit here and write a book of rambled feelings  to convey how fucked up it all is. But for now our version of voicing our concern is through the music we make.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mutilatred'?
4. Patrick: Perfect question to continue the last topic. The origin of Mutilatred came from the two words that immediately came to mind when thinking of the heroin crisis: mutilation and hatred.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. Patrick: Our best shows are almost always house shows. (Although we've played many amazing shows at bars and venues. Playing with 1349 and Origin was insane to us). Our favorite show of all time was a recent house show in Cincinnati with Sewage Grinder. The people were extremely into metal and in general they were very hospitable.

When we play live it feels like we gain a little more intensity after each show. We like to head bang as much as possible. And our other guitarist, Pat Meyers, is constantly on the verge of annihilating everything around him, which is one of my favorite things about our shows. You can tell he's 100% into it and part of the music he plays.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. Patrick: We are doing our first weekend run at the beginning of September with two Columbus bands: Domestic Terror and Heartworm. Other than that we have some shows here and there for the next couple months.

7.You have a split coming out with 'From The Hellmouth', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
7. Clay: We are very happy to be doing this split with From the Hellmouth. Such a great band in every aspect. Dark/evil tremolo picking, phenomenal drumming, loud pissed off vocals. I think they were the perfect match for us to do a split with.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal?
8. Clay: Everyone we've come in contact with has had a really good response to our music. On a worldwide scale, we could always be doing better. We're always trying to get our stuff out there for more death metal fans.

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?
9. Clay: Eli (our bass player) has a few projects he's involved in: Hung From the Rising Sun and WAX. Myself  and Patrick are in a dormant band with our friend Will called Serpent Speech. We hope to do something with that band again sometime down the line.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. Patrick: We are heading directly into more death metal with no end in sight.

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?
11. Our guitar player (Pat Meyers) former band Premonitions of War. Mutilated, GutRot, and Shitlife. Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Devourment, and 1349 are all sources of inspiration for us. Nowadays we've been listening to a lot of Defeated Sanity, Cephlatripsy, and Delusional parasitosis to name a few.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12. Patrick :  tattooing, drawing, painting, cartoon making.
      Clay : welding, metalworking, hockey

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13.  Nope, that's it

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tides Of Kharon/Coins Upon Our Eyes/2017 EP Review

  Tides  Of  Kharon  are  a  band  from  Edmonton,  Alberta,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Coins  Upon  Our  Eyes"  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th.

  Drums  beats  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  back  up  shouts  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  guitar solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  stick  to  a  very  melodic  style  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Tides  Of  Kharon  plays  a  style of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tides  Of  Kharon  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter War"  and  "Cerberus  In  Slumber".  8  out  of  10.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Shadeless Emperor/Ashbled Shores/WormHoleDeath Records/2017 Full Length Review

  The  Shadeless  Emperor  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ashbled  Shores"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Water  sounds  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  musical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while t he  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  melodic  singing  along  with  synths  are  also  used  briefly and  one  track  is  all  instrumental  and  a  couple of  the  tracks  are  very long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  Shadeless Emperor  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  also  adds  in  folk  elements  to  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Fantasy,  Literature,  Mythology  and  Philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Shadeless  Emperor  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ashbled  Shores"  "Shades  Over  The  Empire"  Helios  The  Dark"  and  "An  Ember  Gale".  8  out  of  10.

SamadhiSitaram/Kali Yuga BABALON/Sliptrick Records/2017 CD Review

  SamadhiSitaram are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  djent,  groovecore,  mathcore,  deathcore,  and  progressive  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Kali  Yuga  BABALON" which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  A  stringed  instrument  and  symphonic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  riffs  which  also  mix  in  elements  of  djent  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  progressive  fashion  and  after  awhile  growling  vocals  and  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music.

  Hardcore  style  back  up  shouts  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  metalcore  and  groove  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of t he  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  Indian  style  folk  instruments  are  also  used  at  times.

  SamadhiSitaram  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  djent,  groovecore,  mathcore,  deathcore,  and  progressive  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  created  something  original  and  while  this  is  not  a  style  I  would  regularly  listen  to,  I  feel  the  band  is  very  good  at  what  they  do,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  moral,  ethnic  and  spiritual  decay themes  with  some  Hindu  and  Qabalistic  touches.

  In  my  opinion  SamadhiSitaram  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  djent,  groovecore,  mathcore,  deathcore,  and  progressive  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kali  Yuga"  "Qliphoth"  and  "Shangri  LA".  7  out  of  10.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Psychobolia/Chiaroscuro/Great Dane Records/2017 CD Review

  Psychobolia  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Chiaroscuro"  which  was  released  by  Great  Dane  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  high  pitched  screams  that  have  a  blackened  touch  to  them  and  deep  death  metal growls  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  very  chaotic  and  old  school  brutal  and  extreme  metal  style.

  At  times  melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of   the  recording.

  Psychobolia  plays  a  brutal  style  that is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  old  school  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Psychbolia  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Feast  Of  Pills"  "Full  Bloom"  "Lethal  Substance"  and  "Severance  Echoes".  8  out  of  10.


From The Hellmouth/Mutilatred/Redefining Darkness/Seeing Red Records/2017 Split EP Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Ohio's  From  The  Hellmouth  and  Mutiltred  which  will  be  released  in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Redefinging  Darkness  and  Seeing  Red  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  From  The  Hellmouth  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  slam.

  Their  side of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences  while  being  modern  at  the  same  time  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great amount  of  blast  beat  can  be  heard  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  gives  the  songs  more  of an  old  school  vibe.

  Throughout their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  along  with  a  small  amount  of nature  sounds  and  the  mid  tempo  sections  also  adds in  touches  of  slam,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  From  The  Hellmouth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  and  brutal  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Wolves  Must  Be Fed".

  Next  up  is  Multitred  a  band  that  plays  a  brutal  style  of  slam  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  guttural  death  metal  growls  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  add  in  touches  of  slam  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,

  Elements  of  noise  are  also  used  at  times  and  on  the  last  track  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  an  avant  garde  vibe  as  well  as  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Multitred  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  slam  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Part  Of  The  Decay"  and  "Prescribed  Death".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  brutal  and  slam  death  metal.  8  out  of  10.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Funeralglade/May The Funeral Begin/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review

  Funeralglade  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  melodic  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  deathcore,  groove  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Let  The  Funeral  Begin"  which  will be  released  in  August  by  Inverse  Records.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  high  pitched  screams  also  gives  the  songs  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  deathcore  style  breakdowns  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  technical  fashion  and  after  awhile death  metal  growls  and  atmospheric  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  grove  metal  elements  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized  briefly  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  back  up  shouts  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental.

  Funeralglade  plays a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  melodic  death  metal  while  the  deathcore,  groove  and  black  metal  elements  gives  the  songs  a  lot  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  despair,  and  hatred  themes.

  In my  opinion  Funeralglade  are  a  very  great sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  with  elements  of  deathcore,  groove  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  (Only  Way  Out)"  and "Paincauser".  8  out of  10.