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.   

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Genus Ordinis Dei/Great Olden Dynasty/Eclipse Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Genus  Ordinis Dei  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a symphonic  mixture  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Great  Olden  Dynasty"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Eclipse  Records.

 Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some groove  metal  and  hardcore  style  vocals  and  they  also  have  a  melodic  tone  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  while  symphonic  elements  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  djent  and  deathcore  elements  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  melodic  death  metal.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  operatic  choirs  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  later  track  brings  in  session  vocals  from  Christina  Scabbia  of  Lacuna  Coil.

  Genus  Ordinis  Dei  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  metal,  deathcore  and  djent  and  mixes  it  with  symphonic  elements  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Genus  Ordinis  Dei are  a  very  decent  sounding  symphonic  and  melodic  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  "You  Die  In  Roma"  "The  Flemish  Obituary"  "Halls  Of  Human  Delights"  and  "Greyhouse".  7/5  out  of  10. 

  

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Town Tundra/Misanthropy Never Fails/WormHoleDeath Records/2017 CD Review


  Town  Tundra  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  death  metal  and  modern  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Misanthropy  Never  Fails"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  some  clean  singing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  elements  of  modern  metal  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  a  touch  of  groove  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Town  Tundra  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  more  modern  and  mainstream  style  of  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Town  Tundra  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  modern  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Senseless  And  Merciless"  "Misanthropy  Never  Fails"  "Wolves  Of  Shame"  and  "Humilating  And  Insulting".  7/5  out  of  10.

Suffer In Silence/Beautiful Lies/Sliptrick Records/2017 CD Review


  Suffer  In  Silence  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Beautiful  Lies"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Engine  sounds  along  with  some  synths  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  blast  beats  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  melodic  riffing  as  well  as  introducing  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  music  also  adds  in  symphonic  elements  at  times  along  with  some  clean  playing,  classical  and  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of   the  recording,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  an  instrumental  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Metallica's  "The  Four  Horseman".

  Suffer  In  Silence  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  diverse  as  well  as  being  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anger,  hate,  life  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Suffer  In  Silence  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  "Forced  To  Hate"  "Live  With  No  Tomorrow"  and  "Dreams  Of  Glory".  8  out  of  10.   

Indignity/Realm Of Dissociation/Sliptrick Records/2017 CD Review


  Indignity  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Realm  Of  Dissociation"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Horror  movie  style  atmospheres  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  that  also  get  very  guttural  at  times along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  grindcore.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  pig  squeals  are  also  utilized  at times  as  well  as  some  touches  of  slam  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  song  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  old  school  death  metal  and  the  music  always  remains  brutal.

  On  this  recording  Indignity  expand  on  their  brutal  death  metal  style  by  adding  in  elements  of  grindcore  and  slam,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  hatred,  society,  religion  and  brutality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Indignity  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Genotype  Of  A  Murder"  "Bloodlust"  "Whine  Of  Conceit"  and  "Keratoprosthesis".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Coraxo/Sol/Snow Wave Records/2017 CD Review


  Coraxo  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  sci  fi  and  electronic form  of  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Sol"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Sol  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  electronic  music  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  symphonic  moments  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  screams  along  with  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  saxophones  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Elements  of  prog  rock  can  also  be  heard  at  times  awhile  guitar  solos  and    leads   when are  utilized   are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  male  and  female  clean  vocals  can  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Coraxo  goes  for  more  of  a  sci-fi  and  electronic  form  of  melodic  death  metal  while  also  adding  in  prog  rock  and  black  metal  influences  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover   Science  Fiction  and  Horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Coraxo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  death  metal  and  electronic  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Of  Stars  Reborn"  "Retrogade"  "Sacrifices  Made"  and  "Spearhead".  8  out  of  10.
  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Haemorrhage 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 just were playing live some shows and making all the things that we must do when an álbum is about to be released, you know, pics, videos, interviews, etc...

2.You have a new album coming out in October, 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?
The sound is slightly different this time. We recorded in a great studio (Mpire) probably the best we ever had and the mastering by Brad Boatright was great too. The songwriting and the style of the band didn't change too much just the influence of our new drummer Erik, thats allowed us to do things we'd never did before.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
This album lyrics are all about the people that works everyday in disgusting jobs, handling cadavers, operating sick people, etc...There's a lot of people working hard to avoid we see the death, suffering or sickness as they really are. So, the funny thing is many people thinks "Gore" is serial killers, psychopaths etc, but for us the real gore are all these workers.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Haemorrhage'?
Haemorrhage is just a medical word. It's when the blood runs out of veins or vessels. We got this name for our band a lot of years ago cause it was related with blood and cause we liked only the band names with only one Word, like Death, Autopsy, Carcass, etc...now many bands use long names like "Bring me the Horizon", "Bullet for my Valentine" or "I went to the supermarket and bought 100 beers" we don't like that...hahaha.

5.The band has been around since the early 90's, what is it that motivates to keeping going after almost 3 decades?
We love what we do. We love music. And also we feel the love of our fans, even if we are not Iron Maiden we have die hard fans that support us.

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?
We played in the most of worlds best festivals: Obscene Extreme, MDF, NDF, Party.San, Brutal Assault, With Full Force, etc...I remember the show at WFF 2002 for example. We usually played for 500 people max, and we got on the stage and there were 80000 people there. We almost shit in our pants. We usually perform with blood and surgical clothes.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
No, we wont do a proper tour, playing every night cause we don't like that, but we are already booked for some of the best festivals in Europe and surely we would be in US again.

8.Over the years you have been a part of a great amount of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recording with?
Yes, with good bands as Impaled, Exhumed, Dead Infection, Dead, Nunslaugther, Gutalax, Rompeprop, etc...

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of gore/grind?
Incredible. We met diehard fans in Europe, US, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Japan, everywhere...we met many people with our logo or our artworks tattooed on their skin...even one guy tattooed our faces! hahaha...we usually find many fans dressed in surgical clothes at our gigs. We know personally many fans that are supporting us since we started. That's the best thing for me.

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yes, I know our drummer Erik is playing with other bands, Ana and me have 2 bands: Steelforce (heavy Metal) with ex-Carcass guitarist, Carlo Regadas,   and Depopulation Department (Punk/Crust)...Ana is also recording covers for her solo Project. You can find this on YouTube.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Thats something we never thought about. Really. We just think in the next gig or the next song.

12.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?
The most of the bands I listen now are the same bands than 20 years ago.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I love football (soccer). Playing and watching.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks a lot, you are the gore!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Modern Age Slavery/Stygian/Innderstrength Records/2017 CD Review


 The  Modern  Age  Slavery  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Stygian"  which  will  be  released  in November  by  Innerstrength  Records.

  a  sci-fi  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  A  great  amount  of  deathcore  style  breakdowns  can  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  while  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  symphonic  elements.  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  tremolo  picking is  utilized  it  also  adds  in  a  slight  black  metal  touch  while  a  couple  of  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover of  Pantera's  "Snakeblasted  Skin"..

  The  Modern  Age  Slavery  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  deathcore  and  death  metal  mixture  of  previous  release  while  also  trying  new  things  with  their  music,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  social  issues  and  Dystopian  imagery  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  The  Modern  Age  Slavery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  metal  and  deathcore,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Reprisal  Within"  "The  Place  we  Call  Home"  and  "Regression  Through  Unlearning".  8  out  of  20.

Temnein/White Stained Inferno/Massacre Records/2017 CD Review


  Temnein  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "White  Stained  Inferno"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Massacre  Records.

  Clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  also  being  added  into the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  all  having  a very  powerful  sound  to  them,  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  on  some  of t he  alter  tracks  and  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  progressive  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Temnein  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  progressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  philosophical  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Temnein  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ataxia"  "Knowledge  As  A  Burden"  "The  Seal"  and  "Dawn  Of  The  New  Day".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Kremlin/Decimation Of The Elites/Godz Of War Productions/2017 CD Review

   Kremlin  are  a  band  from  Canada  that  plays  a  very  old  school  and  barbaric  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  'Decimation  Of  The  Elites"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  songs  also  add  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  and  most  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Kremlin  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  also  adding  in  black  metal  elements  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  evil  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kremlin  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school death  metal  group  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Babylon's  Regime"  "Exterminate  The  Shapeshifters"  "Flat  Earth"  and  "Under  Hypnosis".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Walking Dead Orchestra/Resurrect/Unique Leader Records/2017 CD Review


  The  Walking  Dead  Orchestra  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Resurrect"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Unique  Leader  Records.

  A  very  sci-fi  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  brutal  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  angry  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  melodic  style.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  guttural  at  times  and  the  mid  tempo  sections  of   the  songs  also  mix  in  deathcore  style  breakdowns  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  all  instrumental  while  a  later  song  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  The  Walking  Dead  Orchestra  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  brutal  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  post  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Walking  Dead  Orchestra  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  "Resurrect  The  Scourge"  "Area  Of  Desolation"  "Necrosphere"  and  "Devastate".  8  out  of  10.

  

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Nihil Eyes/Black Path/2017 Full Length Review


  Nihil  Eyes  are  a  band  from  The  united  Kingdom  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Black  Path"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  screams  make  their  presence  known.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  along  with  a  couple of tracks  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  flies  and  spoken  word samples  samples  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.

  Nihil  Eyes  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  United  Kingdom  death  metal  and  grindcore,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while the  lyrics  cove r political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nihil  Eyes  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  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  "Nihil  Eyes"  "As  The  Water  Falls"  "True  Nihilist"  and  "Manifesto".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Savage Annihilation/Quand s' abaisse la croix du blaspheme/XenoKorp/2017 CD Review


  Savage  Annihilation  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  brutal  gore  and  blasphemous  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Quand  s'  abaisse  la  croix  du  blaspheme"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  XenoKorp.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while t he  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  high  pitched  screams  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  death  metal  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  horror  movie  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  operatic  female  vocals  are  added  onto  the  closing  track

  Savage  Annihilation  remain  true  to  the  brutal  death  metal  style  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Zombies,  Cannibals,  Heresy,  Blasphemy,  and  Doom  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great  sounding  album  from  Savage  Annihilation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devorante  Degenerescene  Anthropophage"  and  "Hyreitt".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Gravesite/Neverending Trail Of Skulls/Xtreem Music/2017 CD Review


  Gravesite  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays a  horror  influenced  style  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  'Neverending  Trail  Of  Skulls"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction t hat  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  grindcore  elements  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  era.

  A  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  Swedish  and  English  influences  and  when  keyboards  are  used  briefly  they  bring  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  and  one  track  also  adds  in  samples,  clean  guitars  are  also added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Gravesite  remains  true  to  the  horror  movie  inspired  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gravesite  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  horror  influenced  death  metal,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Neverending  Trail  Of  Skulls"  "Global  Disease  Madness"  and  "Swallowed  In  Darkness". 8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Haemorrhage/We Are The Gore/Relapse Records/2017 CD Review


  Haemorrhage  are  a  band from Spain  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  25  years  and  plays  a  brutal form  of  gore/grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "We  Are  The  Gore"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Relapse  Records.

  Heavy  guitar  riffs  and  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  while  the  music  keeps  the  style  that  was  established  in  the  early  90's  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion,  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  brutal.

  Haemorrhage  remains  true  to  the  gore/grind  style  that  they h ave  been  playing  for  more  than  20 years,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore  and  surgery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Haemorrhage  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  gore/grind,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gore  Gormet"  "Bathed  In  Bile"  "Medical  Maniacs"  and "Organ  Trader".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Inverted Serenity 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 finished the new album just in time to head out on tour in late June. We went to the east coast and back with our black metal buddies in Cell (another Winnipeg band worth checking out!). For us, the eastern half of the country was uncharted territory so it was fun to go out there and show our music to people who’ve never heard of us. Hopefully the next time we go there a few people will have heard of us now that we’ll have new music available online, same goes for the west!



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



The songs on this album are definitely more mature than anything we’ve put out before. We’ve all become better musicians and song writers and that comes through in the music. It is difficult to narrow down our sound since we don’t limit ourselves to a genre, nor do we have one formula for writing songs. We put ideas in a blender and whatever comes out is our music.



3.Your lyrics cover a lot of metaphysical, geometric,  scientific, philosophical and gnosticism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?



On the previous albums our drummer, Ben Deveau, wrote the bulk of the lyrics and he explored a lot of those metaphysical themes. On the new album, we shared the lyric duties more so the lyrical topics became more diverse and, generally speaking, the lyrics are less abstract and more direct. The album is definitely not a concept album and every song touches on something different. This made it difficult to find an appropriate title for it. But if there’s a consistent theme over the course of the album it’s that when dark or negative topics are dealt with in the lyrics, there’s usually a positive or hopeful outcome that is either explored in the lyrics or that occurred in our lives following the bad things discussed in the songs. So you could say this album is a hopeful one because we talk about the possibility negative things eventually withering away, hence the title: ‘As Spectres Wither’



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



There’s a Meshuggah lyric in the I EP that inspired the band name. The lyric is: ‘‘Inverted miracles’’. It inspired our founding members, Ben and Tom, to play around with words and they came up with Inverted Serenity in computer class in middle school. The name stuck ever since.



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 recently did a local CD release show (in Winnipeg) and that was definitely one of our favourite shows based on the energy in the room from the crowd’s enthusiasm. Our previous CD release was also had a similar vibe. We’ve also been fortunate enough to open for many touring acts that we look up to. We’ve had the chance to play in front of a few hundred people on a couple occasions and that’s always a blast because you feed off the crowd’s energy. Our stage performance is pretty straight forward. We don’t use gimmicks or stage props (unless it’s a Halloween show or something along those lines) but our show usually involves a lot of hair flying through the air.



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



There are no formal plans for touring as of yet but we’ll start applying for Canadian metal festivals soon. We will be playing locally though. We have a show with Archspire in late September, and then we’ll play shows with some friends including Occvlt Hand’s LP release in October.



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



It’s not something we are actively pursuing. We’re more focused on making music, playing shows and becoming better at what we’re doing. If the right offer came our way we would consider it.



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



There has been some positive feedback in the tech scene about the two singles we’ve released thus far. Hopefully we get more of that feedback once the album is out.



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?



Our bassist and singer, Tomas Ingham, plays in doom/dark rock band called Madeira. They will be putting together an album shortly. They’ve also talked about touring western Canada at some point. Our drummer’s band Moira are finishing up a follow up album after releasing an EP they put out late last year. They play a cool style of groove/death metal. One of our guitarists, Drew, also has a progressive death metal side project called Parasitism. They’ve been working on a debut album for a while and it’s nearing completion.



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



We have some new material we’ll work on as a band pretty soon. So far it’s looking like we’ll do something conceptual like a long multi-part song. It’s hard to say what the end result will be like but it’s probably going to be pretty progressive.



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?



I think we all have common musical interests but each member listens to different stuff. Generally, we get inspiration from death metal and black metal. If we went through the album riff by riff we could maybe pinpoint specific a bands influence on a specific part but it would take for ever to list that here.



Here’s what we’ve been jamming lately and some of our votes for album of the year.



Ben:

-Recently: Dirsfiguring the Godess, AOTY: Gravebloom by The Acacia Strain



Tomas:

-Recently: Neumenorean, AOTY: Heartless by Pallbearer



Marco:

-Recently: Drab Majesty, AOTY: Futility Report by White Ward



Drew:

-Recently: The sounds of the wilderness…



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



Drew loves hunting; in fact he’s hunting right now so we can’t get a hold of him to figure out what he’s listened to recently. Ben skateboards a lot and is a part of the Scam Skate skate team. Marco and Tom don’t have anything going for them outside of music…



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



We don’t have much to say except a big ‘’thank you’’ for showing some interest in our band and our music! Cheers!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Coma Cluster Void/Thoughts From A Stone/Translation Loss Records/2017 EP Review


  Coma  Cluster  Void  are  an  international  band  with  members  from Canada,  Germany,  and  the  United  States  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  dissonant,  avant  garde  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Thoughts  From  A  Stone"  which will  be  released  in October  by  Translation  Loss  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  avant  garde  elements  and  stringed  instruments  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  classical  and  after  the  intro  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  dissonant  structures  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  at  times.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  while  death  metal  growls  are  added  as  the  recording  progresses  along  with  some  progressive  and  math  rock  elements  also  being  utilized  in  some  of  the  guitar  leads and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  one  track  also  brings  in  clean  playing  and  female  vocals.

  On  this  recording  Coma  Cluster  Void  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  avant  garde,  experimental,  technical  and  dissonant  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Coma  Cluster  Void  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sculpting  This  Vision"  and  "We  Are  The  Law".  8  out  of  10.    

Morphosys/The Saw Is Family/Witches Brew/2017 CD Review


  Morphosys  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  heavy,  thrash  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Saw  Is  Family"  which will  be  released  on  September  15th  by  Witches  Brew.

  Chainsaw  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  with  a  few  screams  also being  utilized  at  times.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  after  awhile  the  music  adds  in  influences  from  thrash,  black  and  traditional  metal,  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavy  style  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of Massacre's  "Corpse  Grinder".

  Morphosys  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  an  old  school  style  while  the  elements  of  thrash,  black,  and  heavy  metal  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  violence, Satanism and  chainsaw  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morphosys  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  with  touches  of  black,  thrash, and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Saw  Is  Family"  "Storm  Of  Blood"  "You  Shall  Bleed"  and  "Corpse  Grinder".  8 out  of  10.        

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sphere Demonis/The Revelation Of The Pyramids/More Hate Productions/2017 CD Review


  Sphere  Demonis  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  brutal,  symphonic  and  melodic  mixture  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Revelation  Of  The  Pyramids"  which  was  released  by  More  Hate  Productions.

  Symphonic  elements  start  off  the  album  while  also  giving  the  music  more  of  an  epic  feeling  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  which  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  deathcore  style  breakdowns  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  with  a  few  screams.

  When  they  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental.

  Sphere  Demonis  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  brutal  and  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  deathcore  and  symphonic  elements  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sumerian  and  Akkadian  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  Sphere  Demonis  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal,  melodic  and  symphonic  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  "From  The  Depths"  "Rage  Array"  and  "Three  Secrets  Of  Ishtar".  8 out  of  10.  

   Also featured on http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 1, 2017

Blood Rainbow Interview

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?

We started to work on the next album. In that long term of the band break, Florian (the songwriter of blood music) wrote Upheaval, the second part of Upheaval and a new full double album. It was fantastic when we heard demos of the full albums. Our first goal was when we met  in 2014 after years to try to complete Upheaval without strains. Then we agreed: If we can do it without any problem, we immediately continues this process and reorganize the band. And now we proudly have the cd and start recording the next Bloodrainbow stuff.

2.In November you had 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?

In principles it is a Bloodrainbow stuff. Neoclassical solos, bloodrainbow riffs, death metal vocal and blastbeat. But these album characteristic more melodical than the older, but in an other way. It is not melodeath or any other melodic extreme metal. Additionally, we tried to make an experiment with wind instuments trumphet, sax and flute. This is Bloodrainbow in 2017. For want off better, Bloodrainbow is a power death metal with neoclassical solos.

3.This is the first album to be released since 2005, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during the time frame?

We were active 2002-2007. After smelteries album we had member changes and in 2007 our label Vic Records broke down and the owner told us he sold the rights of our album to an other label and suggested to try to speak with the new guys. Naturally it was fake. This conflict caused a huge lost of motivation and stopped the band for undefinable time. 3-4 years ago we met first and Flo showed me the new songs and we decided to try it to record and complete.

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

Upheaval is the history of humanity from the big boom through the evolution and the modern man activities, wars. There is a special theme the conquistadors in the last song. The artwork was inspired by that song.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Blood Rainbow'?
Blood - Death metal
Rainbow - Varicolored (in blood dyes)
We tried to make coloured music below the flag of death metal.

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?
We had no special outfit or show elements, just the pure music! We've played a lot of show in our active period. We played with gods: Vital Remains, Vader, Dissection, Rotting Christ, Ensiferum, Suidakra, lots of shows in Hungary and abroad.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes, but first we should reorganize the basics of the band and adapt ourself in this era. 10 years ago it was easy to go to a tour or somewhere to play, but nowadays everybody have family, children…etc. We will organize it while making new album.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
This music a bit strange for anybody who heard it first because they cant categorize it well. Naturally the old Bloodrainbow fans were so happy! We've got very good feedback new death metal fans as well.

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?
None, just Bloodrainbow.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
After we are going to record the next 3 album (have written in our break) everybody can see that it is not a music experiment or an experimental music, it is true Bloodrainbow on a next level.


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
In the early years the common gods were: Cryptopsy, Vomitory, Vader, The Crown, Vital Remains, the old stuffs like Nocturnus and the solo heavy-power heroes from the 70s80s.
Nowadays, when death metal has separated to million subgenres and there are millions of bands its hard. We listen lots of music but the roots, influencers remain the same. We like the fresh stuffs from Benighted, Aeternam, Beyond Creation, Black Dahlia Murder, Mgla, Primordial etc. So It is various. Now there are so much good music… :)

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Florian build original veteran motor sidecars.

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

Thanks in advance

Rothadamus

Gorgy/Legacy Of Gore/Static Tension Recordings/2017 Compilation Album Review


  Gorgy  are  a  band  from  Kentucky  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  album  "Legacy  Of  Gore"  which  was  released  by  Static  Tension  Recordings  and  consists  of  all  of  the  tracks  that  have  been  recorded  so  far.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  more  of  a  brutal  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  more  of  a  traditional  death  metal  style  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  add  in  elements  of  slam  along  with  some  guttural  growling  vocals  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

   Horror  movie  samples  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  while  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  riffing  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  high  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  some  of  the  more  recent  recordings  from  the  band  the  leads  and  solos  also  start  utilizing  more  of  a  melodic  tone  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Gorgy  displays  a  very  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  throughout  this  compilation  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  slam  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  violence  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Gorgy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "3rd  Degree  Sodomy"  "Christ  Fucking  Sodomy"  "Selling  God"  and  "From Womb  To  Tomb".  8  out  of  10.