Saturday, October 14, 2017

Infected Dead/Archaic Malevolence/Hostile Media/2017 EP Review


  Infected  Dead  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  brutal,  brutal  and  visceral  form  of  death metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Archaic  Malevolence"  which  will  be  released in  December  by  Hostile  Media.

  A  horror  movie  style  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  are  very  melodic  as  well  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  of  skill  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  while  a  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  and  at  times  the  growls  get  very  guttural  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  technical  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly. 

  Infected  Dead  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  modern,  brutal,  visceral  and  technical  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Lovecraftian  cosmic  horror  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Infected  Dead  are  a  very  great  sounding  modern,  brutal,  technical  and  visceral  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation  Of  Unspeakable  Gods"  and  "Samsara".  8  out  of  10.    

A Night In Texas/Global Slaughter/2017 Full Length Review


  A  Night  In  Texas  are  a  band  from  Brisbane,  Australia  that  plays  a brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Global  Slaughter"  which  will  be  released  in  December.

  A  very  sci-fi  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats.

  A  great  amount  of  deathcore  style  breakdowns  can  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  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  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  while  a  alter  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  symphonic  elements  and  at  times  the  growls  get  very  guttural.

  A  Night  In  Texas  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  brutal  death  metal  and  deathcore  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  dark,  violent,  political  and  psychological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  A  Night  In  Texas  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Global  Slaughter"  "Scorched  Earth"  "Harvested"  and  "Death  March".  8  out  of  10.

Fecalizer/Back From The Dead: The Wonder (S)hits/CDN Records/2017 CD Review


  Fecalizer  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  mixture  of  brutal  death  metal  and  gore/grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Back  From  The  Dead:  The  Wonder  (S)hits"  which  was released  by  CDN  Records.

   Dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  both  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  into  a  brutal  grindcore  direction.

  A  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  one  track  brings  in  samples  from  a  mainstream  rock  song  before  returning  back  to  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  direction  and  spoken  word  and  horror  movie  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  back  up  shouts.

  Fecalizer  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  brutal  death  metal  and  gore/grind  style  of  the  early  90's,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  zombies,  cannibalism,  porn  and  horror  movie  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fecalizer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  brutal  death  metal  and  old  school  gore/grind  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Empire  State  Of  Grind"  "Let  The  Zombies  Rule  The  World"  "Brutal  Revenge"  and  "The  House  Of  The  Dead".  8  out  of  10. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Genus Ordinis Dei 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 recorded “Great Olden Dynasty” in May 2016 and on the very last day in the studio we were informed of the opportunity to join Lacuna Coil’s Delirium World Tour in Europe and UK as their opening act with Forever Still. We then had to plan meticulously for an intense run of 31 shows!
After being on the road for a couple of months, we signed a deal with the American label Eclipse Records. We’ve spent the last few months planning all the details, press releases and videos for the launch of “Great Olden Dynasty” which will be released on November 24th, we will complete the day by playing in Belgium with Hell!

2.You have a new album coming out in November, 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?

“Great Olden Dynasty” is a mix of modern death and symphonic metal. In general, it is more “rhythmic” then our previous releases because it has been written by our drummer Richard, but has also given the right space to catchy melodies and orchestral parts. Tommy, who plays guitar, made a huge step forward in arranging orchestrations and mixing them into the song whilst Nick, our singer, has improved his vocal technique and man, he has a huge variety in his vocal sound!
For sure, it is a more mature work compared to our previous material as we learned a lot when we worked with Marco Coti Zelati, founder, composer, producer and bass player of Lacuna Coil on our EP back in 2015.
We are really happy of the result!

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

The album is like a spin-off of the band’s main trilogy started with the first chapter “The Middle”.
In “Great Olden Dynasty” we tell the story of some important characters of the history and how they all bond together.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Genus Ordinis Dei’?

Genus Ordinis Dei is a latin name which means “the origin (or the stirp) of the divine order”. It comes from, as we said in the previous question, the main trilogy that we are telling in our albums.
Essentially, we wanted to have a name who also reminded of our origin, we are from Italy, and what’s better than to use latin for it?

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?

For sure every single show during the Delirium World Tour was outstanding! We had the chance to play in front of more than a thousand people every night in some of the best venues across Europe, vibes were breath taking.
We will always remember the show at the KOKO Theatre, in London, which was sold out and the location was amazing. Also, the show in Milan, at the Live Club, was insane, we had also the chance to record a video of our performance.
We try to put the best of us on stage and we always try to improve ourselves in terms of sound and choreography as we think that the “visual” part of the show has the same importance as the music itself.

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

Yes, we will play some local shows in autumn, and on November 24th we will play in Belgium for the release show of Great Olden Dynasty. After that, we will play in southern and central Italy in December, Naples and Rome, and Switzerland in February. More shows are going to be announced soon as possible as we recently started to work with DW Bookings and they are already planning our shows in Europe for 2018.

7.On the album you had the singer of 'Lacuna Coil' do some vocals, can you tell us a little bit more about this contribution?

We came up with the idea of having a female vocalist on a song in this album and as soon as the song was ready we immediately gave a call to Cristina if she was interested in recording it… and she said yes! She has been so cool with us and she recorded the song at Marco Coti Zelati’s home studio in just one take like a real pro… as she actually is!!!

8.The new album is coming out on 'Eclipse Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Eclipse Records is a boutique independent record company focused upon hard rock/heavy metal music, best known for discovering & developing artists such as Mushroomhead, A Breach of Silence, Bobaflex, Scum of the Earth, and many others! Chris Poland, the founder, thinks that we can start to publicize our music also in USA, which is a brand-new audience for us. We chose this label also because has great promotion and distribution channels which is what we were looking for!

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

It has been great! We noticed that metal music is becoming more popular again compared to the past and people are starting to listen to some new bands and subgroups like metal core, deathcore and so on! Could be the right time for us all!

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

We always try to grow up as much as we can! We can’t tell you what our next step will be, because we still don’t know it, but we have only one certainty: we will make our way to the top of the Olympus of Heavy Metal! This is our goal, and we will make our best to reach it out!

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?

We have all listened to metal music since… ever, but everyone has a different background. For example, Nick and Tommy always loved classic, epic and heavy metal. Steven used to listen to thrash metal and Richard came from progressive metal. We have always tried to play what we love and to put some of our influences in the writing process. Nowadays we are pretty much listening to the same kind of music like Lamb of God, Gojira, Dimmu Borgir, Periphery, Insomnium, Dark Tranquillity and others.

12.What are some of your non-musical interests?

We basically live for music as we are also music teachers and producers. In their spare time, Nick and Tommy, usually play sports; Steven is a gym addict and he loves country life; Richard instead has a deep passion for cooking and watching tv series!

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

Thank you so much for this interview and cheers to all the readers! We hope you will enjoy our next release, and we can’t wait to play in front of you all one day!
Stay Metal! Hail!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Internal Chaos/Chaotic Sounds Propagation/2017 EP Review


  Internal  Chaos  are  a  band  from  Tehran,  Iran  that  plays  a  very  symphonic  form  of  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Chaotic  Sounds  Propagation".

  Stringed  instruments  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  oriental  music  while  also  adding  in  more  symphonic  traces  and  after  awhile  clean  playing  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  symphonic  side  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  section  of  the  music.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  that  are  very  easy  to  understand  along  with  some  clean  singing  also  being  used  at  times  and  when  female  vocals  are  utilized,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Internal  Choas  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  symphonic  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  oriental  music,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Internal  Chaos  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic,  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Arc"  and  "Depths  Of  A  Fall".  8  out  of  10.    

Torchia/Of Curses And Grief/Concorde Music Company/2017 CD review


  Torchia  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Of  Curses  And  Grief"  which  will  be  released  on  October  27th  by  Concorde  Music  Company.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  and  they  have  a  ritualistic  feeling  to  them  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier and  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  bring  mostly  high  pitched  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  back  up  gang  shouts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Torchia  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  traditional  and  modern  sounding  as  well a s  adding  in  a  lot  of  Swedish  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Torchia  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Face  Of  Hate"  "My  Land  Shall  Burn"  "Light  My  Path"  and  Dark  And  Cold".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Kennedy Veil/Imperium/Unique Leader Records/2017 CD Review


  The  Kennedy  Veil  are  a  band  from  Sacremento,  California  and  on  this  recording  expand  on  their  brutal  and  technical  style  of  death  metal  by  adding  in  black  metal  and  symphonic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Imperium"  which  will  be  released  on  October  20th  by  Unique  Leader  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  while  symphonic  elements  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  A  great  amount  of  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  few  high  pitched  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  technical  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  riffs  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  The  Kennedy  Veil  expand  on  their  brutal  and  technical  style  of  death  metal  by  adding  in  symphonic  black  metal  elements  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Kennedy  Veil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  technical,  brutal  death  metal  and  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Godslaughter"  "Draconian"  and  "Seething  Rot".  8  out  of  10.