Friday, December 8, 2017

Chronic Xorn/For These Sins Who Must Die/2017 Full length Review


  Chronic  Xorn  are  a  band  from  India  that  plays  a  mixture  of  groove,  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "For  These  Sins  Must  Die"  which  will  be  released  on  December  18th.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  with  keyboards  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  symphonic  elements  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  brutal  direction  which also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  riffing  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  groove  metal  and  metalcore  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads a re  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

  Chronic  Xorn  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  groove,  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  love,  hatred,  dark  side  of  life  and  society  and  anger  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chronic  Xorn  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  groove,  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "For  These  Sins  Who  Must  Die" and  "VoxPopuli".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

VileDriver Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit abut the band?
1. We're not your usual metal dudes. The drummer listens to a lot of free jazz, the guitarist a lot of RnB and Drum N Bass, and the singer, well, the sickest metal out there really. We get together only to bust out tunes, and rarely see each other otherwise.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
2. I describe our musical sound as a collage of our favourite sub genres of Metal, and decorated with advanced phrasing and grooves derivative of jazz and funk.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. The lyrics are very generally about inner anguish, inner struggle, and shit-slinging against opposers.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'VileDriver'?

4. The name VileDriver was a unanimous vote, which kind of encapsulated speed and evil, and proudly represented metal with the name and logo alone. Apparently there's a video game character in Megaman by the same name....and that's A Ok with us.

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?
5. Most of the best shows happened at our home base of Toronto, at Coalition. It's run by metal enthusiasts that attracts metalheads for every event. I think my favourite show was the most recent Ontario Death Fest 4 - Every one was up front and excited by our set, and were both friends and members of the other bands, who totally get the tech metal message. There's a YouTube video filmed by Capten Zomby that captured the first two power-packed tunes at
https://youtu.be/-MuAQcGShgc.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?
6. We have a CD release show Dec 15 at the Geekery in Niagara Falls, and a CD release show Jan 19 2018 at Coalition in Toronto. We aren't a touring band, so one needs to come to see us

7.The new album was released on 'CDN Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
7. I'm exasperated by how much support CDN Records gave to VileDriver, as well as Black Market assisting in the media and promotions. It's been an amazing experience working with them, and they've given Canadian metal a fighting chance

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal and technical death metal?
8. Feedback has been unbelievably encouraging and positive. We're very excited not only to provide our contribution to the pond of extreme metal, but to contribute to entertain and inspire with many follow-up releases in the near future.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. Musically we have already upped the game in respect to technicality. Songs on our first release are songs written about 3-4 years ago. We won't let anything out of the gate unless its full potential has been realized. Once we have the hook-in-your-mouth, we're going to lead faithful followers on an incredible musical journey of unexpected twists and turns, and humour. Yes humour.

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?
10. I think generally we enjoy bands like Decapitated, Dying Fetus, Ion Dissonance, Cryptopsy, Dumpster Mummy, Origin, Nile, Mr. Bungle....those are the bands we admire.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. The drummer is a photographer and explores the visual arts. The guitarist lifts weights and very much enjoys Drum N Bass and Rnb bands. The singer brings up various species of reptiles.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Final thoughts are, that we very much acknowledge the listeners looking for something outside of the normal, the people with minds open enough to appreciate music that doesn't fit a normal structure. And, like free jazz, you have to let go of the control and let the music lead you on a journey. It doesn't matter if you like Mudvayne or Meshuggah.....we're all still speaking a special language, and we'll be there to continue the tradition of underground music when the underground music isn't so underground anymore.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Last Of Lucy Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We're a Technical Death Metal with Jazz, Experimental, & Ambient elements. TLOL originally started as a Mathcore/Experimental/Death Grind 4 piece outfit from Huntington Beach California. We are now a 5 piece.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
'Ashvattha' is a story about The Tree Of Life from Hindu culture. I simply made a story about these newly arisen deity that are in search of eternal youth & enlightenment. The 3 chapters cover the beginning & end, of being thrown into this dimension where the deity are faced with adversities along the way in search of 'Ashvattha'

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Aside from the concept the remaining songs on 'Ashvattha' consist of personal experience. Your day to day feelings that we all can relate to, such as feeling appreciated, growth of knowledge, paranoia, aggression, love, & hatred.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Last Of Lucy'?
The original members derived the inspiration of the name from the movie 'Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas' being one of the Characters was named Lucy.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We've played Summer Slaughter as opening acts a couple times & we also opened for Trivium that was alot of fun. Played Tijuana, that was super sick! Any show we play we try and bring a high intensity value, We want you to move & get aggressive lose your freakin minds!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We have a CD release show happening at The Observatory in Santa Ana December 16th. No Tours planned yet. We need some Good tour mates!!!

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are interested in working with a label, no calls yet.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal and experimental music?
It's been pretty good! I'd say Asian & European countries have been the ones giving the most feedback, which they definitely love us!
When we play shows throughout the states and people see us we get a great reaction & sell merch quite often, Everyone's usually thrown off by the name at first.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
More Dark. Darkness is emerging..

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?
Wormed, Beneath The Massacre, Necrophagist, Archspire, Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, The Kennedy Veil, Arkaik, Inanimate Existence

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I (Josh) collect video games retro & new. Also love making beats Hip Hop & Trap. I serve up weed at a dispensary.
Gad loves serving beer up at Slater's 50/50 in Huntington Beach. We Pays for all this album shit. Lol
Brandon just plays drums everyday, and he makes dentures. pretty sick.
Ricky plays guitar & bass all day everyday at Griffdogs Studios. Christian works hard all the time & shreds with his other band Transcend The Realm!
The dudes practice their instruments nearly every fuckin day, We live this.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
THE LAST OF LUCY is very excited to bring you new music! We are already in the works of new music & cant wait to shred in front of y'all one day!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Viledriver/Primary/CDN Records/2017 CD Review


 Viledriver  are  a  band  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  technical  death  metal  and  progressive  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Primary"  which  will  be  released  on  December  15th  by  CDN  Records.

  Avant  garde  style  pianos  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  along  with  the  vocals  bringing  in a   mixture  of  death  metal  growls and  high  pitched  screams.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  progressive  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  technical  fashion  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  throughout  the  recording  you can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses experimental  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Viledriver  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  technical  death  metal  and  progressive  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  anti  religion  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Viledriver  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  technical  death  metal  and  progressive  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gnaw  Your  Tongue"  "Frightener"  and  "Your  Religion  Has  Failed  You".  8  out  of  10.

Faustian Dripfeed/Faustian Escapades/2017 EP Review


  Faustian  Dripfeed  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays a  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  f  their  self  released  2017 ep  "Faustian  Escapades".

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  faster  direction which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  along  with t he  solos  and  leads  being  done in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  riffing  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  used  briefly  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's,  electronic  music  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Faustian  Dripfeed  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  melodic  death  metal  style  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Faustian  Dripfeeed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Headless  Body  In  The  Topless  Bar".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Stercore/Eternal Sunlight/Slovak Metal Army/2017 EP Review


  Stercore  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death,  groove  metal,  grind  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Eternal  Sunlight"  which  was  released  by Slovak Metal  Army.

  Electronic  music  elements  along  with  soem  heavy  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  some  groove  metal  and  deathcore  elements  being  added  into t he  mid  tempo  sections  of t he  songs.

  Elements  of  grindcore  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  both  the  riffs  and  solos  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  metalcore  influences  also  being  used  at  times  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard.

  Stercore  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death,  groove  metal,  grind  and  deathcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Stercore  are a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  death,  groove  metal,  grind  and  deathcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Flower  Of  The  Concrete"  "Aurora  Borealis"  and  "Breed".  7/5  out  of  10.   

  

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Torso Murder Interview

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

For those who haven't checked us out yet we're a brutal metal band from Cleveland Ohio formed by a group of people who are totally sick of all the usual bullshit watered down "metal" in our local area. We just figured let's try to create something original that sounds like us and our influences.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical style that is presented on the recording?

 A mixture of death metal, djent, mathcore and a little bit of thrash and prog basically if you were to take our individual influences and throw them into a blender thats kinda what came out in the recording. I think the recording is a good representation of the band but it's nothing compared to what will come.

3.Both the band name and song lyrics have a concept to them involving a serial killer from the 1930's, can you tell s a little bit more about the story?

 In a nutshell the Cleveland torso murders took place between 1935 and 1938 during which time there were 12 murders with only 2 of the victims ever being positively identified making this one of the most gruesome yet interesting unsolved crimes in American history. It was one the only case that Elliot Ness never solved.

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

As a band we haven't been playing shows all that long; however, that being said I would say that our album release was one of our best shows in terms of performance and on stage presence. Also our first show was really cool it was so fun to get out and play these songs. On stage you can expect the typical metal stuff everyone Moving, headbanging and everything loud as Fuck.

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

Right we are staying in our region playing a few shows as in our A December To Dismember show in Youngstown Ohio Dec. 2nd and Our next show is in Cleveland at The Foundry January 13th. We will be hitting some tour action Summer/Fall 2018.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Currently we are not looking for a label. These days the music business in shambles and we believe no label would give us an offer that would be worth taking. That being said, we do plan on looking eventually, but on our terms. Till then, we will continue to run independently.

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

Feedback has been really good. I think most people are surprised once they get past the name and listen to the music. They are expecting some typical death metal band, and get slapped in the ear hole by Torso Murder.

8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

Yes. Mark Moats is also a Bass player for the band Orwellian as well as vocals/keys for a symphonic project called Inherently Lost about to be released in 2018.
Aaron O'dell(Bass) is a very talented guitar player and is about to release a Solo album in 2018.
Justin Ricci(Guitar) Plays Bass in the the band Trephine.

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

We look to progress our sound and refine it moving forward. Fans can expect our sound to get far more diverse and technical compared to our 1st release. We don't want to take steps backwards or even lateral. We intend on becoming better and better as we move forward with our art.

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?

Collectively we are all into very different music. Our inspirations have came anywhere from Mr. Bungle, Cradle of Filth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Meshuggah, Vision of Disorder, HateBreed, Opeth, Between the buried and me, Cannibal Corpse, Heaven Shall Burn, all the way to mozart, huey lewis and the news, After The Burial, prince, Pink Floyd, pig destroyer, Devin Townsend, wu tang, zao, White Chapel the list goes on but we listen to pretty much everything. Djent, black metal, death metal, jazz, r&b, fusion, Caribbean, rap, hip hop, country, industrial, rock, classical and so on

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Our non musical interest include graphic design, painting, video games, drinking beers, smoking, whiskey, horrible Cleveland Browns football, firearms, serial killers, cartoons and chicken wings.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
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Our closing words would be this... we work really hard and spend a lot of our hard earned money to make our music and art. Almost all bands do. Especially in metal where the market is saturated. That being said, be it us or another band please support your local scene. Buy their merch, come out to their shows and share how you feel about the bands you love. We make our music for ourselves because we love it and hope to share it with as many willing to participate.