Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Witch Vomit/Poisoned Blood/20 Buck Spin/2017 EP Review


  Witch  Vomit  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  while  also  taking  that  style  and  mixing  it  with  grindcore  on  this  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  ep  "Poisoned  Blood"  which  will  be  released  on June  30th  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  A  classic  horror  movie  style  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before going  into  more  of an  old  school  yet  heavy  gore/grind  direction  that  also introduces  guitar  leads  and  blast  beats  and  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  along  with  Finnish  and  Swedish  influences are  added  onto  the  recording. 

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavy  direction.

  Witch  Vomit  continues  the  old  school  death  metal  from  their  previous  releases  while  also  adding  in  more  gore  and  grindcore  elements  this  time  around,  the production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  necrophilia,  death  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Witch  Vomit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Doomed  In  The  Realm  Of  The  Dead" and  "Fevers  Of  Torment".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Jotnar Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are JOTNAR, we come from Canary Islands, Spain, and we play some kind of Melodic Death Metal… very inspired by the Scandinavian Melodic Metal, but with our personal style and feeling.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Well, it’s not easy to define yourself or the way you see your music but I could say our music is an aggressive melodic Death metal… Very aggressive in one hand, with powerful riffs and heavy drums but at the same time very melodic, where the melodies on guitars is one the most important in the songs as well a great mix and balance between growling and clean vocals. We love melody and that’s way clear when you listen our music.

3.This is your first release since 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what was been going on during that time frame?
It’s been a long road with lots of ups and down. After the release of “Giant” in 2012, we toured a lot in Spain and Europe. Our idea was to release the EP and then a full album a few months later but the EP worked so great that we couldn’t reject the gigs.
Then we decided to stop playing live to focus in the new album, preproduction, recording, etc and when everything was recorded but vocals and was the singer time, he got some personal problems that continue pushing the recording back. We began the vocal recording, but we could never finish it. This lasted about a year and a half of trying to record… was insane. At the end he accepted he cannot do it and told us that the best would be to leave, so… we then had to find a new singer. That’s when we met Mario Infantes and he joined the band. We decided to start from scratch with him, instead of simply track everything as we had so far, so we started working in the vocal demos and preproduction. We also re-arranged and polished all songs and back to the studio again. It was a little pain in the ass but at the end, it worth all the wait and hard work.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
I think it’s hard to explain it because each lyric is different from the other. I mean, we don’t have any writing line or common theme to write, but instead they share a similar feeling. All lyrics are very dark, and not much “happy”. They all share this kind of base, coming from frustration, anger, fear… You only need to sit and watch the world, see how fucked up is everything and you can get all the inspiration you need to sink yourself into this desperation mode to write. I don’t see myself writing happy lyrics for this kind of music, it’s completely impossible for me.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Jotnar'?
It comes from the Norse mythology. JOTNAR were the giants from the Scandinavian mythology who lived in Jotunheim, somewhat in the middle between Gods and human. I’m a true lover for this tales and myths, and since our style is Scandinavian inspired, we thought it was a perfect match.

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?
For me it was the Metalcamp 2012 (nowadays Metaldays), in Slovenia. That festival is located in one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been, a real paradise in the middle of the mountains next to an amazing river. Best fest location I’ve ever been, and I’m dying to be able to play back there.
About our performance… we have a very energetic performance but with any additive, no fires, no smoke, etc… just pure metal. We like to play as hard as we can and try to have as much fun as possible.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We’ve just made a Spanish Tour with Sonic Syndicate, which was really funny. We have two festivals, the Straevil Fest in Italy and the RockFest Barcelona, a huge festival here in Spain with bands like Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Airbourne, and a huge list of awesome bands.
We are also working on another Spanish tour with a great band, but we cannot say anything yet. Also, our plans is to try to get into a good tour pack and make a good European tour and play in as many cities as possible, as well as in all festivals possible. 

8.On the new album you also had some guests, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are also their contributions to the recording?
Well, first one needs to presentation, Björn “Speed” Strid, singer of “Soilwork” and “The Night Flight Orchestra”. He is such a an amazing singer and a awesome guy. We made a duet with him in the song “Broken Esteem”, which we also have a video, and we had a lot of fun working with him, a real beast!
Jennie Nord also sang with us in the song “The Portrait”. She is from Gothemburg and she is the singer of Ultimate Fate. She also wrote the lyrics of the part she sings. I really love how her voice fitted with Mario’s growling.
Santi Suarez is an amazing guitar player, he was the lead guitar of Sphinx and is a great friend of mine. He was hanging out with me when we recorded “The Portrait” and I asked him to add some acoustic guitars in the break. He is really talented and the result was so great.
In that same song, we have Bruno Pardini, an amazing musician, who made some orchestral lines at the end of the song. We wanted something big an epic. We explained him what we had in mind and he totally overpassed all our expectations!
Last, but not least, we also had Alessio Nero Argento who made most of the synths and programming for the whole album. He has worked with Disarmonia Mundi, and he is the best!.

9.On the album you had also did a Nelly Furtado cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of her songs?
I ‘ve always loved that song, and every time I listened, I pictured it in my head with that heavy rhythm… and I decided to made my own version. I loved the idea of making it sounds like JOTNAR, so I made a demo a couple years ago. When we started working in the vocal demo with Mario, I showed him the version and asked him to make a try. The final result was as nice that we decided to add it to the album. It sounds really like a pure JOTNAR song and it fitted perfectly with the rest of the songs.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?
So far so great! We’ve received many messages on Facebook and youtube with good comments about our music. We’ve also received many reviews from specialized metal magazines and webzines with great reviews as well.
And in a personal level, the best comment has come from Jesper Strömblad, founder of In Flames, who shared the video of “Starved of Guidance” in his Facebook page and wrote: “You want highest quality MDM, you got it:)! And visit their page and support!! You will hear a lot of this band in the future. One of the finest in a long time, and have a bright future ahead! Enjoy”

11.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
At the moment we are only working really hard on JOTNAR. Our singer Mario, sometimes sings in a Jazz orchestra from time to time, besides that, we are 100% devoted to JOTNAR.

12. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don’t see myself doing anything different, really… I love what we do and this is the way I play, and the way I write. We don’t follow any rule or any guide, so most likely, we will keep on doing Melodic Death Metal the best way we can.

13. 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?
Influences are infinite… some of then had a bigger influence than others but… to name a few, from Metallica, Pantera, to In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates, Arch Enemy, and tons of other great bands.
And about what I’m listening now…. Well, all kind of music, from the classics to new one. I’m totally hooked to Atoma, latest Dark Tranquillity album, as well as latest from Evergrey. Amazing albums. Another great band I discovered is Vengha, from Sweden, and also listening a lot Sixx AM, The Night Flight Orchestra, and a very long etc... Our singer for example is completely in love with Tesseract. We all listen some kind of different bands and styles who actually help us to open a our mind to different styles and arrangements.

14. What are some of your non musical interests?
Besides music, which is pretty much the most important for me… I love architecture and movies from the 80’s and 90s. I love Star Wars, and good TV series.

15. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Well, Just invite you all to check our music, you can find us on Spotify, our official Facebook or find our latest videos on YouTube. And if we play near your hometown, don’t hesitate to come and say hi after the show… we will take some beers then. 



Friday, June 16, 2017

Displeased Disfigurement/Origin Of Abhorrence/CDN Records/2017 CD Review


  Displeased  Disfigurement  are  a  band  from  South  Africa  that  plays  a  brutal  form  of  slam  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Origin  Of  Abhorrence"  which  was  released  by  CDN  Records.

  A  sci-fi  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  more  brutal  direction  along  with  some  guttural  death  metal  growls  and  the  mid  tempo  sections  also  mix  in  elements  of  slam  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  solos  or leads  while  spoken  word  samples  do  make  a  brief  return  on  a  later  track  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavy  and  brutal  direction.

  Displeased  Disfigurement  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavy,  brutal  and  guttural  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  slam  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Displeased  Disfigurement  are  a  very  decent  sounding  brutal  slam  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Parasitic  Devourement"  Malignant  Misery"  and  "Human  Cattle".  7  out  of  10       

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Synthetic/Here Lies The Truth/2017 Full Length Review


  Synthetic  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Here  Lies The  Truth".

  Electronic  music  elements  and  angry  growls  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  progressive  edge  while the  synths  give  the  tracks  and  atmospheric feeling  while  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.

  Symphonic  elements  are  also  utilized  in  some  of  the  tracks  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a very  melodic  fashion  and  clean  singing  is  also  used  quite  a bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem.

  As  the  album  progresses  more  Swedish  melodic  death metal  influences  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  few  growls  and  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  some  songs  also  add  in  spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  elements  of  American  style  metal  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track. 

  Synthetic  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  atmospheric  and  melodic  death  metal a nd  mixes  it  in  with  touches  of  American  grove,  progressive,  and  traditional  metal  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  inner  struggles  and  society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Synthetic  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death/heavy  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lie'  "Memories"  "Walk  This  Line"  and  "Scream  In  Your  Dreams".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Hitwood Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
My name is Antonio, I started to play guitar from 2007 and in the same year I have founded my solo project after some dreams where an old man called Hitwood, a wise of japanese origins, "contacted” me every night and try to dialogue with me with celestial melodies instead of words. So, after some of these dreams I’ve started to record on my phone what I remember immediately after awake. In dreams the melodies sounds more celestial so I’ve elaborated them to fit with my favorite music style: Metal. So, the overall sound is more dark from what I’ve heard in dreams but I tried to keep them are as catchy as Hitwood intended them to sound. After 9 years, in 2016, the project left the shadows with the debut album “When Youngness.. Flies Away..”, all these years was necessary to elaborate all the melodies dreamed and compress them into a flowing song structure capable of connecting directly to your subconscious. In April 2017 I’ve released “As a Season Bloom” EP with a more multicolored sound and many other music genres influences.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
   I don’t want to be classified in a music genre because of the variety of my style but just to give to you an idea I’m very influenced by Melodic Death Metal scene, Post Metal and a bit by shoegaze but, as you can hear I            can’t be classified in no one of these categories. To me is simply dreamy music.

3.So far all of your music has been instrumental, are you open to using any vocals in the future?
Yes, this what I’m working on right now. I’m in the recording process of the new EP and I’m trying to define all the song structures. I will invite some guest vocalists to do the job and you will have some surprises also you could appreciate some of the story behind dreams now explained with word instead of only melodies.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hitwood'?
Hitwood is the old man who appears in dreams of many people, he called the people connected with his dream world “messengers”, because he give us the mission to break the dividing line between the real world and the dream world, trying to find a connection to overcome the dream and tell to humanity what’s our future which Hitwood had predicted. I’ve never meet other “messengers” in real life but I’m trying to spread what I've experienced in these dreams with my music. I don’t know what the Hitwood name means, probably "hit the woods" but I can’t figure out if it has a real meaning

5.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians  or do you prefer to remain solo?
   In the past I’ve tried to have band members but I realized that by myself I could be more productive and without limits. This is as well more satisfying to myself. I’ve learned to play guitars and drums with the purpose to do it all by myself.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Some undergrounds labels have contacted me but I've refused the proposal because for now I prefer to remain independent. If in the future, if the project will grow, I could evaluate to work with a label but for now I can handle it alone.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of post and melodic death metal?
  I’ve never do much promotion about this project so for now it’s a really underground project and I begin to see some results only in these few months. The feedback I’ve received by fans by the way are awesome, some people love that kind of music and the continue to support me. I think the mix between post and melodeath it’s the winning element but I know that Instrumental music isn’t a thing for everyone.. but in the future with the new songs this will change.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
No, this project and my main job are just enough to me (laughs, ndr)

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as musician in the future?
   I’ve no plans for the future, As long as the dreams are recurring I keep doing what I’m do, If the dreams will stop, I probably change moniker to begin a new musical path

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?
As I’ve already said, Melodic Death Metal is a huge influence to my songwriting. My favorite bands are In Flames and Dark Tranquillity but I like all the gothenburg sound scene. From the “post metal” scene I’m very into Agalloch, Alcest, Solstafir, Drudkh, Pelican, Dornenreich and bands like that. Also Metallica was one of my favorite, in particular their leader James Hetfield give me the inspiration to learn to play guitar 10 years ago. I have no limits in my music tastes, I could jump from Metal to Rap and ending to listen folk music; I think this is important as an artist to know all the music panorama

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I’m a nature lover, so travel is one of the things I prefer to do. I’m a bit into photography and when I have a bit of free time I dedicate myself to cycling. I’m also beer lover and tea addict, the culture that lies behind about this one always fascinates me.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
   First, I would thank you for this interview. Second, to all of these ones who have read up to this point, I hope you could enjoy my music, download the albums on Hitwood Bandcamp page, it’s completely free, close your eyes and dive into my dreams. Third, stay tuned because the best is yet to come!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hitwood/As A Season Bloom/2017 EP Review


  Hitwood  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  post metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "As  A  Season  Bloom".

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  that  also  mix  in  elements  of  post  rock  and  drum  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  vocals  or  lyrics  and  always  remains  instrumental.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized  briefly  along  with  a  small  amount  of  symphonic  style  synths  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  blast  beats  are  added to  the  closing  track.

  Hitwood  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  post  metal  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  to  create  something  very  original  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Hitwood  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Memories  From  A  Gentle  Summer  Evening"  and  "Awakened  By  A  Winter  Blast".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Cytotoxin/Gammageddon/Unique Leader Records/2017 CD Review


  Cytotoxin  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  technical  form  of  slam  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Gammageddon"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Unique  Leader  Records.

  Technical  guitar  leads  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  that  also  have  their  guttural  moments  along  with  riffs  that  mix  the  brutal  and  progressive  styles  together  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Elements  of  slam  can  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  and  spoken  word  parts  cam  also  be  heard at times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  nuclear  power plant  samples  and  the  songs  also  bring  in   a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  Cytotoxin  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  technical  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  prog  and  slam,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nuclear  Disasters  and  Chernobyl  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cytotoxin  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  and  brutal  death  metal  band  with  elements  of  prog  and  slam  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Radiatus  Generis" "Chernopolis" "Corium  Era"  and  "Outearthed".  8  out  of  10.   

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mordenial/The Plague/Black Lion Records/2017 CD Review


  Mordenial  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  melodic  from  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Plague"  which  will  be  released  at  the  end  of  July  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  Swedish  tradition  along  with  the  fast  riffs  using  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  show  a  small  amount  of  thrash  influences.

  Mordenial  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true to  the  melodic  death  metal  style  that  was  established  on  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  to  them  dealing  with  people  using  a  god  or  gods  to  justify  terrible  acts.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mordenial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKSINCLUDE  "The  Plague"  "Salvation"  "Follow  The  Cross"  and  "The  End".  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Deus Otiosus/Opposer/Great Dane Records/2017 CD Review


  Denmark's  Deus  Otiosus  have  returned  with  a  new  recording t hat  continues  their  death  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  along  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Opposer"  which  was  released  by  Great  Dane  Records.

  A  very  fast  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  before  mixing  in  thrash  elements  and  death  metal  growls  while  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of t he  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  solos  and  leads  add  in more  of  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  also  having  their  melodic  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  be  heard  and  clean  singing  is  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Deus  Otiosus  creates  another  recording   that  remains  true  to  the  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases  while  also  having  a  touch  of  black  metal  to t hem,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while   the  lyrics  cover  death,  horror,  occultism,  and  torment  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  fear  sounding recording  from  Deus  Otiosus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death,  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kneel"  "Haunter"  "Return  To  Slavery"  and  "March  Of  The  Unworthy".  8  out  of  10.

 

Trinity Site Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
[Jochen]Everything started somewhere around 2009 after the split of Fulltanked, a metal cover project. Being tired of performing music of other bands, my brother and I decided to begin composing music. Every member of our band will agree that we never intended to limit ourselves to a certain musical genre. Therefore we had always strived to commit ourselves to illimitability in the process of creating our own musical trademark. Most people say it's melodic death metal and perhaps this is the closest genre we fit into, but we won't guarantee that this will always continue.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Compared to our EP EX INFERIS we technically tried to achieve a stronger organic or maybe more natural sound for all instruments. For me personally it´s not that typical modern sounding record with every life squeezed out of the dynamics as you can hear a lot nowadays. Of course there are synths and samples to fill out the gaps which ought to put emphasis on some sections but we are still a band that prefers honest handmade music.

3.According to your fb page, you label your music as 'aggressive self therapy', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
[Jochen] Haha, everyone wants to know something about this phrase. I said this five years ago during an interview for a german magazine and we placed it in our bio because it has some kind of teasing character that will inevitably lead to a lot of curiosity. Mainly it just emphasizes that I make or write music for my own needs and not to please anyone. And yes, our music is aggressive.

4.The band has been around since 2009 but so far has only released an ep and a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?
We proudly released Ex Inferis five years ago but after that event the band suffered a lot of seemingly neverending line up changes that threw us back so often that we nearly lost track. A few songs from After the Sun have already been written in 2013 so the writing process covers all the ups and downs we endured in the past.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
[Ronny] On After the Sun we concentrated on topics that will or could concern the average person in a far future. Dealing with oneself, the society and enemies for example. But we also wrote about the evolution of machines in our daily life. Humanize Me is a good example: the protagonist realizes that he is more machine than man like all other people at that point in time. Totally shocked, he wants to reverse the process.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Trinity Site'?
Trinity Site is the name of the testing area where the first atomic bomb detonated. The code name for the bomb was Trinity. How bizarre is it to link a weapon of mass desctruction to the holy bible? This perfectly shows the madness of man.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Tough to describe because I haven´t seen us live, just on recordings but we seriously kick butts. Really outstanding experiences had been the Wacken Metal Battle, Out and Loud Festival, the support for Sepultura and also for Der Weg einer Freiheit.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Of course we do play some shows this year but unfortunately there are no touring plans. We recently signed with a booking agency and I hope they will really help getting the gigs up and running.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We apply to labels for every release but haven´t signed one yet. Maybe we are too picky but we don´t want to sign any contract we don´t totally agree with. Mostly they want us to pay for every service or force us to transfer the song-rights. Sometimes it´s easier to stay unsigned until you make yourself a name in the scene.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?
We are still alive so I think we are not that bad at all ;-) Joking apart, we receive a lot of positive feedback for our music and we already sold copies to far-off continents like Australia.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will make the next release sound different to After the sun like After the sun sounds different to Ex Inferis. We are still in the initial stage of our next release so I cant give you more insights on that matter at the moment.

12.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?
[Jochen] Me and my brothers all time favourite is Iron Maiden but of course we listen to all styles of metal. Sascha likes the old stuff as well but also has a strong relation to black metal. Ronny and Simon are way younger and more into these modern core-styles. Our new drummer Marc (my brother left the band during the release) has a lot of influences from jazz to technical death metal and is quite open minded about all kinds of music like the rest of us.

13.What are some of your non musical interests
[Jochen] Everyone in the band is doing sports or playing games while I am eating ;-)

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We really want to say THANK YOU to all the people coming to our shows, buying our cds and supporting us in digital or in real life. Just for the record, one of the first songs Jochen ever wrote for Trinity Site is called thoughts;-)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mauo Mindu Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Well, we're a close group of individuals with a common goal: creating dark, heavy, groovy music. Our guitarist, Lewis Thomas, is the original mastermind behind Maou Mindu. He founded the group and has remained diligent through variations of the group before falling upon this one. The group now consists of: myself (Max Warwick, vocalist), Lewis Thomas (rhythm guitar), Alex Juskevicius (lead guitar), Cameron Bambrick (bass), and Hugo Remilliard (drums). Three years after its conception in 2014, we're ready to take down the world one greasy pillar at a time.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It is everything we wanted out of a debut release. It grinds, it slams, it mutilates. We have a common vision for the band that involves the raw aggression found in older grind music with delicate refinements found in modern death metal. We managed to achieve our vision through the recording process in the old dingy basement of our previous jamspace and living spaces of various band members. It is a validation of what can be done in minimalist arrangements from an underground band. At the end of the day, it rips.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
I personally write all the lyrics, sometimes inspired by song titles credited to Lewis. The lyrical content is typical to the death metal style. A lot of grotesque imagery of death in many forms (and sometimes some societal commentary). However, I try and separate myself by telling intriguing stories behind the gore. Take "Skullfucking the Trepanned" for example... This involves imagery of one literally having intercourse with the hole bored in another's skull. I try to take it to another level by personifying the "clarity" of infinity and the conscious state one might achieve through trepanation. Then I fuck their skull.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Maou Mindu'?
Maou Mindu was named by Lewis, who comes from an aboriginal background. The meaning behind the name, in his native tongue, is the "devil" or the "trickster". Certainly suitable for the dark music we are creating.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Since forming the new lineup we've played just one show. We have another coming up this weekend. Our live performance is energetic and engaging. I like to get in people's faces and really connect with them on an intense level. We'll be pushing more live shows over the next year as we continue working on new music.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Just the show this weekend currently. But we'll be planning on more, and pushing out into Quebec as well as toward the rest of Ontario.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
So far we haven't looked into any record labels. The stage of the process we're in is manageable independently, although perhaps gauging the response on a second release will have us seeking label support.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal and grindcore?
It has been fantastic. We've received support from several media outlets around Canada, the US, UK, and Europe. More than we could have asked for from a debut release.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I can definitely see us taking things to a further extreme as things move on. Our newest material that we are debuting live this weekend, is faster, heavier, more technical, and more complex in musical arrangements than any previous installments. Just taking things to that next gear.

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?
Definitely inspired by various levels of grind from Exhumed to Cattle Decapitation. Also bands like Bloodbath, Amputory, Cephalic Carnage. Personally I've been listening to a lot of Rumplestiltskin Grinder lately as well as my buddies' band Voltang. Some good up-tempo tunes to get the day going.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I can't speak on behalf of the other members interests, although I've heard something about Lewis trying on women's clothing and reciting the lines to Titanic in the mirror... But in all seriousness, I like to write. I've been working on a sci-fi horror novel for some time. That and video games are pretty much what take up my spare time.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Would just like to thank you for your time to ask these questions and help get us out there. For the readers, if you like some really heavy music, go over to maoumindu.bandcamp.com right now and download the album. It'll make you hate yourself and punch your teeth through your tits and it'll be great. Cheers.
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Maou Mindu/Grind Against Humanity/2017 EP Review


  Maou  Mindu are  a  band  from  Ottawa,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metl  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released 2016  ep  'Grind  Against  Humanity".


  A  very  heavy  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  and  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  music along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  mid  tempo  sections  add  in a   touch  of  slam  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording they  give  the  music  more of  an  old  school  death  metal  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  bass  guitar  leads  while  some  technical  elements  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Mauo Mindu  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  old  school  forms  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  add  in  a  touch  of  modern  slam  to  create  something  very  different,  the production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Maou  Mindu  are  a  very  sounding  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  " 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Xaon/The Drift/Sliptrick Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Xaon  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  symphonic  and  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Drift"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Symphonic  sounds  and  clear  vocals  start  off  the  album  before  mixing  the  symphonic  and  heavy  parts  together  as  well  as  adding  in  aggressive  screams,  shouts  and  growls  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  mixes  in a  great  amount  of  modern  metal  elements  while  on  some  tracks  the  music  mixes  in  more  of  a  sci fi  atmosphere  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Xaon  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  melodic  and symphonic  style  of  death  metal  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover mythological,  philosophical,  angst,  melancholia,  death,  dementia  and  mourning  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Xaon  and if you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  symphonic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "On  The  Nature  Of  Flights"  "Zarathustra"  and  "The  Wounded  Gods".  8  out  of  10. 
 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Trinity Site/After The Sun/2017 CD Review


  Trinity  Site  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "After  The  Sun".

  Symphonic  style  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style  of  the  genre.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  synths  return  briefly  they  add  a  progressive  rock  feeling  to  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  as  the  album  progresses.   and  the  music  also  mixes  in a  great  amount  of  modern  electronic  music  elements. 

  Trinity  Site  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  has  its  roots  in t he  classic  Swedish  sound  while  also  adding in  elements  form  the  more  modern  approach  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trinity  Site  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  "After  The  Sun"  "Lost  Colony"  "Still  Water"  and  "Revenants".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lost Dreams Interview

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
The biggest task between recording and release was the mixing of the album, as always. This time we had the opportunity to work with Kristian “Kohle” Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studios, Germany, who added a great sound to our material and completed our work perfectly. At this point, thanks brother you did an amazing job, “Exhale” wouldn’t sound like it does, without your magic.
Another huge challenge was the shooting of the video for the song “Finding X”, because we had to finalize it completely within a few weeks. This caused some sleepless nights for Andreas, in the truest sense of the word, because he edited the whole video - material. In addition, there are plenty more things you have to do until the release date, like all the promotional things, booking some shows, producing merchandise, and so on.

Recently you 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?
I would describe it as melodic death metal with a modern touch. In my opinion the main difference and biggest advantage at the same time, compared to our older material is, “Exhale” is the most diversified album yet.

This is the first album in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
We had a time of substantial changes within and in the environment of the band. We acclaimed Sebastian Brandauer 2013 as our new singer, who familiarized with the band in lightning – speed and gave an unknown new quality to our sound. Furthermore, we had to deal with relocations, new jobs, vocational training and new blood, many things which disallowed to focus on our music. After that we began to work with emphasis on our forthcoming album “Exhale”, although we took us the time to work on the material and let it grow.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Our music is primarily concerned with, let’s call it nihilistic subjects paired with slowly resignation. Sometimes it’s kind of autobiographical to a high degree, sometimes it’s because of terrifying and tiring things that surround us. Our music deals with anti – religious, fantastic or socio – critical topics too. Mainly we only try to capture strong emotions in our lyrics, as well as we do with our sound.   

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lost Dreams'?
It’s a secret and if I would tell you, I’d have to make you disappear. (laughs)

What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
According to the countless amount of shows we played yet, the shows as tour support of Six Feet Under or Kataklysm as well as opening the Main Stage on Metalcamp festival in Slovenia, could count as highlights of our band history. Although we have recognized over the years, every show could get very special, independent of performing in front of 20 or 500 people, if the energy you fire into the audience is coming back. Our stage performance, I don’t know how to describe it, every time we enter a stage I go berserk and can’t remember anything.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Of course, first and foremost the official release show that takes place at our musical hometown Innsbruck, on the 9th of June, as well as some more shows are booked already and we plan to go on tour this fall. If you want to be up to date, please check our homepage frequently or visit us on Facebook - Lost Dreams official.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?
It’s stunning that people from all over the world listen to our music. For example, some guys from India asked us, if we could send them the lyrics of “Where Gods Creation Ends”, because they wanted to cover the song. I can tell you, it is incredible to see a video, where people from India perform your song. Or another example, a few days ago we sent 5 CDs - our whole discography so far – to a fan in Australia, such things are amazing, it makes us thankful.

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think our sound is subject of constant development and so we will refine and redefine it in the future. In addition, we will enter as much stages as possible, because playing live, sharing that unbelievable amount of energy with the people out there and leaving a sweat soaked, happy audience with neck pain, is everything that counts to us.

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?
In the early days of LOST DREAMS, many variations of extreme metal, especially black metal had a big influence on the sound and the lyrics, but by achieving our own sound the obvious influence of other bands and styles decreased. The spectrum of music we listen to is too manifold to explain, but it reaches from classical music to electronic sounds, or every kind of other serious, honest and handmade music.

What are some of your non musical interests?
There’s a wide choice of interests within the band, if there is time left beneath making music. Herbert for example is very sportive and loves to go biking or ski touring, Raphael is interested in gaming, Andi is a technical genius, working on various projects like his classic car, my time is often very short because of my kids, so I think they are my biggest non musical interest. And Sebastian, I don’t know if he has any other interests than music?

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Move your ass, go out and try to see, as much bands as you can see on stage. Because metal is one of the last fortifications in music business, where people create art regardless of earning money or not. They do it because they want to, as like as we do.
So we hopefully meet you out there in the near future, sweat soaked and with neck pain.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dead Asylum Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
HEY THERE! This is Mike talking to ya!
We are really focused on pushing the new album, doing as much promo as we can before the release (June 2) as well as getting prepped for a couple shows we have on Vancouver Island with Unleash the Archers June 9-10. We have also been planning the biggest tour for Dead Asylum yet--a 4 week trek across the US!

2.You have a new album coming out in June, 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?
I would say that we hug the line between melodic death and thrash. With the new additions to the band (Roger on bass and Eric on lead guitar) the sound has become much fuller and tighter and the overall feel is much more aggressive than the previous record. Eric possesses an incredible knowledge of music theory, which allows him to convey a jazz/classical influence in his solos. Roger brings with him an amazing amount of energy and talent to the band; he almost plays the bass like a lead guitar allowing for some very cool moments on the record.

3.This is your first album in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
For sure. Definitely a lot has been happening in that span of time, some great, some not so much.
We have had the opportunity to play some amazing shows with some incredible touring bands here in Vancouver, such as Soulfly, Soilwork, and Warbringer.
We completed our first tour down the west coast of the US as well as a few tours in Canada.
We also have had to replace two members of the band which is tough both professionally and personally. But we gained two amazing musicians and we were feeling incredibly inspired to write and record again.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
A lot of the songs on this album, such as “Welcome” and “Between Me and the Grave”, deal with being isolated inside your own head, trapped and slowly losing touch with reality, cut off from everything except the voices and sounds inside your own mind.
We also touch on themes such as political uprising and questioning those in power.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dead Asylum'?
We all just thought it sounded really fucking cool. We were actually inspired after we came up with the name. We have shaped our artwork, logos and even sound to fit what we feel would be found in the “dead asylum”.

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?
One of our favorite shows to play is the annual Armstrong Metalfest, which happens in Armstrong, BC. We have played that festival on four different occasions. For me personally, opening for some of the bands that I have looked up to for years, like Anvil and Soulfly, was absolutely amazing.
Hmmm, describe our on stage performance..well, first I would say we absolutely love being on stage. To me, it's the best drug in the world and I think that comes through in our performance. It doesn't matter if there are 5 people or 500--we give it all we can. I always say, if you don't walk off stage completely exhausted having given everything you possibly can, you haven't done your job.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Definitely. First would be our album release show at the Rickshaw theatre in Vancouver on June 2nd with Unleash the Archers. The following weekend, we are heading to Vancouver Island to play a pair of shows in Victoria (June 9th)  and Nanaimo (June 10th) again with Unleash the Archers. We are also planning a 4 week tour around the US.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are going to be looking for interest from labels for sure. We have received some interest from smaller indie labels and management companies in the past but nothing has lined up yet.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death and thrash metal?
We have received nothing but great feedback! We have some amazing fans! We appreciate every message we get from them. It makes us want to work that much harder to get out there and play for as many of them as possible.

10.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?
Both Roger and Eric are in other projects. Roger plays lead guitar in a sweet band called God Said Kill (GSK)--if you are a fan of 8 string guitars and crazy progressive riffs, check them out!
Eric is in several music projects, both playing guitar and bass--check out Selfist!
Sam (Samantha Landa – drums) recently finished a European tour with Brazilian thrashers Nervosa where they played alongside Destruction and Flotsam & Jetsam.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are always growing as musicians; our styles and influences are always evolving. We will continue to incorporate those influences into our music.

12.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?
For me personally, I am very influenced by old school metal like Slayer, Pantera and Metallica, and definitely the music and attitude of Motörhead. I like listening to playlists people put together on Spotify. I really like Lazarus A.D., Kalmah.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I enjoy watching sports, Hockey, Football, MMA. I have been really getting into doing some boxing, fantastic way to exercise and hit things at the same time.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Just a huge thank you to all our friends and families for their unwavering support! Thanks to the Dead Crew for all the help.
Most of all we’d like to thank our fans, THE INMATES!
YOU FUCKIN RULE!!!
And thank you! Great questions! I hope this gives you some insight into the Dead Asylum!
Pre-order the album here: https://deadasylum.bandcamp.com/album/death-always-wins

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Serenius/Cocoon/2017 Full Length Review


  Serenius  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Cocoon".

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile t he  riffs  get  more  melodic  along  with  high  pitched s creams  also  making  their  presence  known  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic fashion  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  Swedish  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly,

  Atmospheric  and  modern  metal  elements  are  also  used  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also b ring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also b rings  in  a  small  amount  of  pianos  and  clean  singing  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Serenius  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal t hat  is  more  rooted  in  the  modern  era  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  confinement  of  a  human  being  by  society,  intellectually,  as  will  as  psychically  manipulating  his  perceptions  to  shape  him at  the  discretion  of  the  slavery  system.

  In  my  opinion  Serenius  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Worrld"  "The  Shell"  "Core  Depths"  and  "Infinity".  8  out  of  10.
 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Summoned Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
First off, Thank you guys for taking the time to listen to "Sessions" and for giving us an 8/10 review. We've been playing shows in the surrounding states as they come. Making our way up to Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire; as well as heading down to New Jersey to play with our good friends in Cognitive. We've also been hard at work tighten up our new material to take out on the road and share it with everyone.

2. You have a new album coming out in June, 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?
Yes, "Sessions" will be dropping on June 16th and we can't wait! I would personally describe it as Experimental Metal, we take a lot of different stylistic approaches to writing songs. We took a lot of influence from so many different genres of music from death metal to jazz fusion & avantgarde rock to math metal. In my opinion no style is not usable for The Summoned. As for how it differs from our last record "If Only Minds Could Paint Pictures", I would say that we've grown-up a lot since it was released, we all pushed each other to become better musicians as well as writers. Every aspect of what defines our sound has been amplified one-hundred fold on "Sessions". I'm very proud of the work we put into it.

3.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?
As far as the conceptualization of "Sessions" as an entire album is presented, we spent a long time fine tuning everything about it. I would bring all of my ideas to the table and whatever worked stayed and whatever didn't in the grand scheme of things got trashed. It takes a lot of trust and respect to be able to take that kind of criticism from someone and I have absolute trust in Stephen, Sam, and Jarred's opinions on what we keep and what we change. There were many times where Stephen would tell me a riff sucked and that it didn't work, and I would just hammer out something and we'd all be like "That's it!" The whole album was pretty much that. Keeping the amount of intensity and tension that we wanted to portray about each track is what really ties the whole thing together where as we get to the end of the album and the patient begins to have his own self realization about what's going on, we bring in more melodic elements to ease the tension.
 
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Summoned'?
Sam, Stephen, and myself had been playing together before The Summoned for a few years and when we decided that it was time for an overhaul, we chose the name. Personally I felt like we were called to do music together or summoned if you will and that's what it means to me.

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?
We've had the opportunity to share the stage with a ton of amazing acts. I would say one of the best shows would be when we played the Massachusetts date for The Summer Slaughter Tour in 2012. We played that as our last date on our 23 day tour, we'd been on the road through the northern US and southern Canada and coming home to play with Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried and Me, The Faceless, Cerebral Bore, Exhumed and so many other bands was surreal. I would describe our stage performance as intense yet enjoyable to watch, we have fun on stage and play well off each other.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Yes, we are currently working things out with our management. That's all I can say right now as nothing has been announced. 

7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We decided to go the D.I.Y route this time around as well, we did some shopping around and had some interest but ultimately we want to prove that we are a tour de force and see what comes up down the line.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?
Our last release got a lot of positive feedback and every time we've played out we have a great response. I'm optimistic that "Sessions" will receive the same amount of praise if not more.

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

At this time, everyone is currently a little too busy with The Summoned to pursue other full-time projects. 

10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I love this question, I feel like the sky's the limit. We all have such a diverse taste in music that who knows what will be added into the mix. We all love extreme metal so that will always be at our core whether we add more jazz and avant-garde style parts who can really tell. I feel like the music just comes through us and whatever wants to be played will come out. I can see us experimenting more with synths as well as compositional changes as we progress.

11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music?
For me personally, I draw influence from everything. I'm a huge progressive rock fan and Rush is one of my favorite bands, but even more of an influence has been Cynic from a progressive death metal aspect. To hear the way they utilized Allan Holdsworth's jazz fusion style with the death metal edge changed me forever. Last Chance To Reason would definitely be another great influence on my own playing and writing. Another big influence on all of us has been Between The Buried and Me, Colors and The Great Misdirect were always on, we actually have a tour ritual of playing The Great Misdirect to fall asleep (laughs). Vocal wise Stephen draws a large amount of influence from The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Red Chord. From a drumming perspective I would say bands like Necrophagist and Decapitated have been huge on us as well as jazz fusion drummers like Dave Weckl and Marco Minnemann.  

12. What are some of your non musical interests?
I'm a Yoga Instructor so that form of spiritual and physical work on myself is huge for me, as well as hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I'm an avid beer drinker as well so I tend to go out of my way to find great local craft beer wherever​ we go. Jarred's into fine carpentry, Stephen is a pretty big video game nut, and Sam enjoys being outdoors and traveling.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts
I want to thank you guys once again for taking the time to share your thoughts on the album with your readers. Keep your eyes and ears open for more new material as we get closer to June 16th. Be sure to head over to store.thesummoned.com to Pre-Order "Sessions" we've got a ton of great deals for you. Thanks for reading. Much Love, Shaun
Thanks,
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dead Asylum/Death Always Wins/2017 Full Length Review


  Dead  Asylum  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Death  Always  Wins"  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  A  very  heavy  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while t he  solos  and  leads  are  done  in a   very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also b ring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  while  the  main  focus  is  mostly  on  a  heavier  style.

  Dead  Asylum  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  modern  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  revolution,  political  uprising,  the  apocalypse  and  human  psyche  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dead  Asylum  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  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  "Death  Always  Wins"  "Forgotten  Sacrifice"  and  "Inmate  666".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Gravestone Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Gravestone formed in October 1992; the line-up was: Marco Borrani (lead and rhythm guitar) Marco Mangone (bass)  Andrea Cipolla (rhytm and lead guitar), Massimiliano Buffolino (keyboards), Fabio Mociatti (drums and vocals). They dedicate themselves to death sounds, progressive and melodic metal and even to funky influences. They are refined with various gigs honing their skills and writing new songs. In 1993 signed a contract with the Audiostar Production for a CD that will be released in June 1994. In 1994 sign a contract with the drachma Records in Turin. After a few time the band deals off.
In 2013 the band reunite and signs a 3years-contract with Sliptrick Records, but some problems (line up, differents musical points of view) bring the band to its end. Anyway, Marco is strong and refuses to give up; in a few, he finds new musicians and forms the new Gravestone line up:
Marco Borrani- Guitar
Pierluigi Fiore (Phenium)- Guitar
Alessandro Iacobellis (Lunarsea, The Gambler)- Voice
Massimiliano Maax Salvatori (Rosae Crucis, Forgotten Dust)- Bass
Fabrizio DI Carlantonio- Keyboards
David Folchitto (Stormlord, Streaming Banshee, Prophilax and many more..)- Drums (collaboration).
After a few time in the practice room, Gravestone begin the recording session for bringing to life "Proud to be dead", the mini-cd out on February 2017; obviously, the setbacks are always at the door and during the recordings, Pierluigi is forced, by personal reasons, to leave the band. He's replaced by Gabriele Maschietti (Crystal Fury), which is the new Gravestone axe. Unfortunately, for short-time reasons, Gabriele can't record his parts for the tracks, but his harmonies still give a great helping hand in the live shows, well defining the new and definitive sound of the band. In the following months of the recording sessions, Marco Maax and Gabriele sign two important endorsment : Grosmann Guitars and Bulk Strings.
So the Phoenix can be born again from its ashes , and the show begins...

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
The sound is the result of the different musical ideas and experiences of the members of the band. So you can find tracks  that remind classic music, prog music, power metal and, of course, horror atmospheres. The use of keyboards together with guitars helps us to express those oppressive claustrophobic and obscure feelings typical of horror movies; so we could define our music as a technical death metal.

3.The band was broken up for almost 20 years what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
I can tell you that there was no real cause for the dissolution. I was tired of playing the same songs always. It's true the band went strong we had a lot of requests for many dates but I wanted to make new songs too. Perhaps the triggering cause for the split can be found in this episode: we were chosen by Dracma Records in Turin to participate in the “Nightpieces III” compilation whose result the label would have chosen one or two bands to offer a full-length contract. They choose us and another band (i do not remember which one). In fact, the label arranged concerts with the Broken Glazz band that was already under contract with Dracma. The label contacted us and told us that they had organized a date in Turin, in which only the journalists would have participated, and at the end of the show we would sign the contract. However, our original bassist for personal issues told us he could not participate and as a result we did not play in Turin. Of course, the Dracma Records pissed out us. After this episode, I matured my choice to leave the band, after one last show at Circolo degli Artisti (Rome).

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The topics covered in the lyrics are different. There are no lyrics that praise Satan. The first track that provides the title to the album is PROUD TO BE DEAD, whose lyric refers to the hectic life, empty of values ​​and affections, which we lead and which the same protagonist of the text leads. However, at the time of passing, he finds himself in another world from which he can see his old world and as an external observer finds himself expressing a negative judgment of the life that living leads, taken only by the frenzy, ignoring the true values; for this reason, our protagonist comes to the conclusion that life after death is better than the previous one and for which it is Proud to be dead. The second song CORPSE EMBODIMENT is a composition that dates back to twenty years ago that was included in the first album of the Gravestone Symphony of Pain whose lyrics inspired Lovercraft and the myths of Cthulu. It is a song that has been rearranged compared to the original one, and it comes close to the songs that today write the Gravestone and we would like to re-design it in a more modern way since it was the first piece composed by the Gravestone in 1992. The third track, EYES WITHOUT SIGHT, is inspired by the Lovercraft cycle with particular attention to the places and their symbols, and the magic formulas of the evocations of the various figures of the cycle. The initial and central riff is inspired by the harmony of classical music. It is the most melodic and commercial song of the Gravestone. It's as if it were a journey between the places described by Lovercraft in the dream cycle, and then a review of the waxing and the places through which our protagonist moves. The fourth song FLAGELLATION is an allegory against those attitudes of some religious groups who through injuring their body believe that they will come to their own God, understanding the pain as a viatic to divinity. The fifth and final song MATRES is inspired by the trilogy of the three mothers of the films of Dario Silver Inferno, Suspiria and the Third Mother, who recount the vicissitudes of the three witches protagonists of the films. There are texts in Greek, German and Italian.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Gravestone'?
No particular meaning; it’s just a name we liked for the music we've been suggesting.

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 best shows I remember are the concerts made with Sadist Broken, Glazz, Insidia and a date at Woodstok in Brescia where we went to play as soon as we released our first Symphony of Pain
album and I remember that the room was full there were people Outside they wanted to come in. We did not expect such a welcome. Nice satisfaction. And for the recent dates I can mention that played in support of Anvil in Rome at Jailbreak.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We have different dates already confirmed. On April 29, we will be supporting Onslaught in Catania;  on May 11th  in Tivoli will support  IN.SI.DIA.; on August 19th we will be attending the Agglutination Metal Festival in Chiaromonte to support IN.SI.DIA, Sodom and Venom. On June 11th we will be playing in Rome at Traffic Live Club for the realease party of our ep. Other are unofficial and so we can not talk about those yet, but it's about dates all over in Europe.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of progressive death metal?
I can say that the feedback is good even though today compared to the period we started is completely different. Every day there are hundreds of disc releases, so if you do not have a label that you know how to promote and a management that follows you all your labors, you may miss unnoticed. We are lucky to have a label that follows us, Sliptrick Records, and a management that follows us for every step we do, the Brothel of Sound. I can tell you that the label itself has informed us that in Mexico we are ranked sixth in the Itunes ranking. Nice satisfaction.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The next album will be a full length. We're going to make a concept album even if they are a bit fashioned.

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?
Each of us also listens to different genres. I love old school bands such as Slayer, Carcass, Morbid Angel but I also like Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth ecc... Then I like to hear a bit of everything from classical music also to pop because to me, if well done, all music is beautiful.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
My interests outside music are sports, travel. I like football, formula one, motorcycle races. I like skiing and speed in general.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First, thanks to VarietyOfDeathZine for the interview. Thanks to all those who have been there for a long time and who do not know us yet. Hey you!! Have a look to our cd on Spotify and, if you like it, you can buy it through the label Sliptrick Records or on our onlineshop (https://gravestonemerch.jimdo.com/) , where they can also find shirts and other stuff. Come and listen to the concerts and give a liking to our Facebook page Gravestoneofficial you will always be informed about the band's activities. Thank you all and hope to see you soon to our live. Stay metal Stay Gravestone.
 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Damnation Plan Interview

Jarkko Lunnas the Damnation Plan co-founder, drummer, songwriter, lyricist

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Well after the album release we did album release shows in Helsinki and Jyväskylä in Finland. After those I was still trying to finishing the shooting of the Rise Of The Messenger music video. That turned out not to be a walk in a park. It was shot partly outside during Finnish spring which means that during the same day the weather can be anything between a sunny spring day and snowing horizontally - read: a pain in the ass. Anyhow, got the music video eventually out (be sure to check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo5ca7jwWR8!), and basically at the moment for me personally a little creative break and we are looking for new opportunities to play more live shows to support the new album.

2.Recently you have released a new album how would 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?
Compared to the first one, this one has more clean vocal parts and more lead & solo guitar to the songs. Of course I wanted to write more catchy songs as well than the first album had, and improve all the other aspects that I felt the first album was possibly lacking a bit, such as focusing on tempos and tightening the songs to the max. The songs have probably more details and they are a bit more complex and demanding playing wise. All in all it's a more complete album all around in my opinion.

3.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Some time after the The Wakening release gigs I started coming up with ideas for the new album which we demoed this time with Antti (lead guitars) up until end of 2014. We also did some initial vocal demoings with our vocalists as well on top of them here and there. Out of those I then put together the pre-production versions of the songs roughly ready by 2015 summer with electric drums on them. I also moved to a new house that summer with full renovation which didn't exactly go as smooth as it could have, which also delayed things a bit.
We then decided to book the D-Studio for drum recordings 2015 November, and after that started recording the album ourselves in our rehearsal room for vocals and at the homes of mine and Kalle's (guitars) for guitars and bass. We also didn't have a synth player at that time, but then Jari Pailamo joined us in beginning of 2016 to work on those. Doing all this recording at the side of our day jobs was quite heavy and one of the main reasons why it took so long time + the guys hadn't really practiced their parts until the actual recording moment heheh! So we were a bit late on the schedule and decided we wanted to finalize the synths and everything properly so the mixing got postponed til October 2016.
That spring and fall we played a couple of gigs in mean time and also visited Tallinn to play as support show for Suicide Angels (see a documentary episode about it from the album's pre-order campaign at https://www.facebook.com/damnationplan/videos/1394125687276342/).
The mixing was finally ready by christmas 2016 as we did that again entirely by email - commenting the mixes from Finland to Germany where Dan Swanö mixed the album. There are tons of details in our songs and we want them to be there exactly as we've planned and with this method it was again quite a tedious task. During this time I was also finalizing the album cover designs and we started shooting the playing parts of the music video and so forth.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
It's been always mostly about the injustices happening around us, or any other personal observations I've witnessed or had to deal with one way or another personally. This album is from most of its part lyrically a kind of a capture of our current times - about phenomenons that seem to dictate how the world is perceived and why certain decisions are made. We've learned to live in a sort of a bubble in our stable modern western societies to the extent we've deranged ourselves from certain realities. We don't really seem to understand what's happening and what are the results of some of the naive decision making with seriously damaging and long lasting consequences.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Damnation Plan'?
It relates to about how things are going in the world. If you look at the world and what's going on, it could make one think is there some "damnation plan" the way the world events tend to keep on turning the way they are. That's the "meaning" other than being "just a band name" - which as a name I think matches the way we sound like.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our previously mentioned first outside Finland gig in Tallinn 2016 was pretty special for us. Based on the feedback that we can be a pretty intense live act, people can really feel the energy and intensity that we put to our performance. Possibly to the extent that it is "our thing" rather than bringing bombs to the stage or other gimmicks. Just plain raw live energy and emotion.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
On top of the album release gigs we did after the album's release, there is currently no more confirmed shows at the moment. We are very much open to live playing possibilities though, hopefully more gigs coming this year also outside Finland.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?
Pretty much anywhere we get exposure, the reaction is mostly positive or very positive. We've gotten now some quite praising reviews for the new album, mostly being 9, and some 10 out of 10s.

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?
Just recently our clean vocalist Asim joined a Finnish metal band Wintersun as their guitarist, who have a pretty wide global following. He's also in an Estonian band Cantilena. Antti (lead guitars) plays in Whorion, Kalle (guitars) in Enthrope and Jukka plays (bass) in Thescape, Bob Flesh and Kiihdytyslaite. I've been doing at times some tribute gigs, such as a Black Sabbath tribute here and there.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Well, not planning on making our own "Risk" or "Load" album next! At least not at the moment! At the moment I personally need to keep a little creative break, re-charge some batteries and then at some time little by little start getting back on it more. I do have a certain vision in my mind from certain aspects and certain directions I want to focus a bit more next, but nothing really much to share about it at this point. Likely we will put out next some smaller release such as a single or an EP, instead of another 3 year mega project album.

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?
Mostly our influences come from the melodic death metal Göteborg scene, progressive metal and the solid base comes from the more of traditional metal acts such as Megadeth, Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Tarot, Savatage etc. That is kind of our mix which has probably had biggest influence on us - at least on me. The latest releases by Gojira and Disillusion has been probably the most interesting ones most lately to me. Also the latest Evergrey album has some cool "mature metal" tracks if you will hahah! Of Finnish newcomers I've been digging the Mors Subita's latest album recently.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I'm very much into all kinds of visual arts, cinematography, documentaries, directing, anything visual from digital designing to modern house planning! I've been also a dedicated fan of NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins since '92 which tends keep me awake during spring playoff time!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts
Well, check out the new album (https://open.spotify.com/album/3gVzJiiXHrIFNzZVucAaYQ)! Other than that, keep your eyes and ears open! Remember to support the things you feel worthy and want to see more in the future!
And thanks HatredMeansWar for the interview!