Saturday, January 20, 2018

Necropanther/Eyes Of Blue Light/2018 Full Length Review


  Necropanther  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  melodic  and  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Eyes  Of  Blue  Light"  which  will  be  released  in  February.

  Thrash  influenced  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  mixes  in a   great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  along  with t he  fast  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental.

  Necropanther  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  along  with  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  based  on  Frank  Herbert's  "Dune"  novel.

  In  my  opinion  Necropanther  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Good  As  Dead"  "Hunter  Seeker"  "Water  of  Life"  and  "Strange  Gods".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Killing Gandhi/Aspirations Of Failure/Massacre Records/2018 CD Review


  Killing  Gandhi  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Aspirations  Of  Failure"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Massacre  Records.

  An  atmospheric  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  synths  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.

  Vocals  are  mostly death  metal  growls  and  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well a s  the  music  also  mixing  in  influences  from  other  genres  of  metal  and  there  is  also  a  couple  of  brief  instrumentals  as  the  album  progresses,  clean  vocals  can  also  be heard  briefly.

  Killing  Gandhi  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  modern  sounding  along  with  elements  of  other  metal  genres,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Killing  Gandhi  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Let  Me  Tell  You"  "The  Great  Escape"  "My  True  Being"  and  "Building  My  Own  Fate".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dead Meat Interview

     1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Well, I'm not going to talk about our biography because it's pretty long, but I will state that the band was formed in 1993 and after a few setbacks we launched the first demo in 1997 and simply called it 'promo-tape'97';  in 2001 we released the Demo CD 'Neurotic...'; in 2003 we released the EP 'I Liberate your Soul to Condemn your Flesh'; the musical maturity 'Gory Artwork' was released in MiniCD in 2007; in 2009 we launched a CD with 75 minutes that groups themes from all our songs and a live concert in Vigo (Spain). Finally, in December 2017, we launched our first album named 'Preachers of Gore' that we are now promoting! Our band went through rough times where the changes in line-up were responsible for some delays in releases and the band's progress; however, determination made our band to survive till this very day and will continue to carry the name ''Dead Meat'' even further.


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?

Finally, on December 13th 2017, our first full length album named 'Preachers of Gore' was released, with 10 themes and 1 intro. Despite the fact that most themes aren't very recent, this work is more impressive than anything we had in the past due to sheer musical resoluteness which is something we hadn't achieved before. I find this album complex enough to be brutal with rhythmic sections that complement each other and deserve more attention!



3.This is your first release since 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Well, it was a long time until the release of the album, but the band wasn't exactly inactive! When the second guitarist and the drummer left the band, this came to trouble and delay the release of the album! Besides the numerous concerts performed by the band, it was a period of reflection and preparation of some of the new themes that are part of this new work!

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with the music?

Madness, disease, necrophilia, cannibalism, perversion, torture, etc. These topics are common for any Death-Metal band, but we try to describe the way we relate to them and approach them! I don't mean that we want to pass some kind of message or want to change something; I believe these are issues that sometimes cause discomfort and are avoided because of that!



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

Dead Meat was the name chosen among us: it prevailed from the beginning and we never had the need to change it!
We joined together under this name to start a project that still lasts to this very day. We want to make the music that influenced us in the past by countless bands.. Death, Carcass, Terrorizer, Mortician, Cannibal Corpse, Crytopsy, Disgorge, Deicide, Agathocles, Deranged and so many others that influence us as people and musicians in Dead Meat.

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

The fact that our concerts extend over 40 minutes on average has a positive impact because they are very intense and this is the message that our music passes for those who go to our concerts!
For me, there are no good or bad concerts, as we face them the same way whether playing for 10 or 1000 people, though sometimes funny things happen that make us remind them! I remember a situation in which during a performance with the headbanging I hair got stuck on the guitar of the other guitar player! We even had to stop the music to unstick my hair!!

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

At the moment we will be at the main festivals of the genre in Portugal. We have an agenda to be filled for this year in which we want to include performances outside of Portugal. We are therefore available, so anyone interested do contact us!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal?

This album was printed in 1000 copies and is available worldwide, so we are waiting to know what impact and feedback we will get from the listeners! The first critics that have come to me have been very positive and so we will wait and see what the future holds!

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

That's unpredictable. I would say we will be always looking for something! Based on our musical roots, I think the need to improvise will always be a constant and that is what will build our music in the future.







10.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, the most common styles we hear are Death Metal in some forms such as Brutal, Technician, Gore, etc. I would like to refer to some bands as favorites of the various elements of the band and that in a way influenced the current sound of Dead Meat. They are Devourment, Dying Fetus, Gravitational Distortion, Beyond Creation, Obscura, Nile, Cannibal Corpse, Avulsed, Suffocation, Six Feet Under, Cerebral Bore, Abominable Putridity, Cephalotripsy, ...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Humm besides music, drinking beers with friends, watching movies, not much to say…

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

First of all, thanks for your support, for those reading this interview, I hope to meet you soon in a Dead Meat concert.
This album will have some Clips, the first one to be released in February will have its own theme 'Preachers of Gore'.
Cheers to everyone and stay brutal!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Karkaos/Children Of The Void/2017 Full Length Review


  Karkaos  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  melodic and  symphonic  form  of  death  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Children  Of  The  Void".

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  which  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melodic  female  vocals.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  which  also  gets  very  technical  at  times  while  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  prog  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  some  clean  guitars  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  some  of  the  mid  tempo  sections  also  add  in  a  touch  of  deathcore  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  back  up  shouts.

  Karkaos  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  and  symphonic  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own  along  with  some  technical,  prog  and  deathcore  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark themes.

  In  my  opinion  Karkaos  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  symphonic,  prog  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skymaster"  "Children  Of  The  Void"  "Where  Mushrooms  Grow"  and  "Bound  By  Stars".  8  out  of  10.  .  

Suicidal Causticity Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are a Italian death metal band from Florence. Our current line up, Dario Lastrucci (bass), founder of the band, Thomas Passanisi (drums), Edoardo scali & Elia murgia (guitars) and me, Gorgo (vocals). From our birth in 2011 to nowadays we had a deadly triple switch of line up and we release two asskicking LP, “The Spiritual Decline”, our debut album and “The Human Touch” (that you so lovingly reviewed!).



2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings that you have released so far?

Since the beginning people labelled us as brutal death metal. Of course this not false, but we prefere to describe us as “simply” death metal, trying to play all the possible shades from old school death metal to modern technical death metal. Our trademark is variety.



3.This was your first release since 2013, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Troubles of course! 3 line up changes and an exhausting recording session with a lot of technical problems and bad luck. Shit happens, fortunately we survived and now we are stronger than before.


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

As the autor of the concepts I’m pretty obsessed with psychosomaticism and its processes. In other words, how something psychological can gradually become something physical, maybe violent or sick or else.


5.Originally the band was known as 'Orodreth', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Suicidal Causticity'?

Orodreth was the original project created Dario more than 10 years ago.  The change symbolizes the end of an era and the beginning of an another. Why we choose it? Because it sounded good ahaha!


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

A lot of shows but I think that the most important since now was our partecipation at the Purulent Deathfest II in London. It was fun, it was good, with a lot of people gathered in front of us just to listen some good italian death metal.
Our stage performance, more or less, is concentrated on giving our best offering the best music with best wall of sound possible.



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

We’re seriously thinkng about touring in this year, yes, and we’re currently considering many offers and options. But now it’s soon, for the moment we prefere to promote the music in our country.



 8.The new album was released on 'Amputated Vein Records', how would you compare working with them to 'Ghastly Music?

GM is a sub-unit of AV, pratically is the same thing more or less. They’re nice guys, helping you a lot in distribution and promotion.


9.On a worldwide elvel how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal?

Who listened to us always got good words for us. This is great of course, but there’s a lot of really good and excellent death metal bands out there, included Italy. So it’s not enough to write a 5-star album to gain feedback. You have to work hard for it. But I consider it a fortune: an environment with a lot of great bands motivates you to improve your level.



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

We’re working hard on our third album. With “The Human Touch” with defined our sound and now it’s time to explore it’s potential.
There will be a great revolution inside, you will see!


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


At the beginning Nile, Death, Cannibal Corpse and Dying Fetus. Of course we still listen to them, but I can’t say that we are still influenced. We work really hard on creating our personal sound and we’re pretty confident about the road we took.


 12.What are some of your non musical interests?


Working.


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

Thanks for the review and the interview, thanks to all our fans that follow us and support the underground scene.
We’ll meet again with the third LP \m/
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Requiem/Global Resistance Rising/F.D.A Records/2018 CD Review


  Requiem  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  an brutal  form  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Global  Resistance  Rising"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  F.D.A  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  have  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  to  them  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  and  on  the  closing  track  a  brief  use  of  radio  samples  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.

  Requiem  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  grindcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  society,  death  and  killing  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Requiem  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "For  The  Blind  To  See"  "Vultures"  "Salvation  In  Vein"  and  "Fire  In  The  Hole".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Friday, January 12, 2018

NightShade/1426/Marked Man Records/2018 CD Review


  NightShade  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  metalcore  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "!426"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Marked  Man  Records.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drums  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  hardcore  style  screams  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a decent  amount  of  melody  and  shouts  are  also  used  at  times.

  Elements  of  metalcore  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo sections  of  the  songs  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats,  elements  of  electronic  music  can  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic fashion  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  a  later  track  also  brings  symphonic  elements  onto the  recording.

  NightShade  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  deathcore  and  metalcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  involving  a  divorce  and  a  suicide.

  In  my  opinion  NightShade  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  deathcore  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "1426"  "Purpose"  "Ruins"  and  "Moonchild".  7/5  out  of  10.