Saturday, October 14, 2017

Accidental Suicide/Dead Erotica/Vic Records/2017 Compilation Album Review


  Accidental  Suicide  where  a  band  from  Milwaukee,  Wisconsin  that  played  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  album  "Dead  Erotica"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Vic  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  At  times  the  riffing  gets  very  technical  for  the  era  it  was  recorded  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly on  one  of  the  tracks  and  also  brings  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Accidental  Suicide  played  a  style  of  death  metal t hat  was  very  different  and  underrated  for  its  time  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  doom  metal,  the  production  has  a  sound  that  was  very  typical  of  the  90's  death  metal  albums  that  where  not  produced  by  bigger  known  producers  while  the lyrics cover  death,  serial  killing  and  murder  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Accidental  Suicide  where  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "God  Just  Let  Me  Die"  "Flesh  Parade"  "World  Gone  Mad"  and  "Evil  Fate  (Fuck  The  Dead)".  8 out  of  10.  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Apotelesma/Timewrought Kings/Solitude Productions/2017 CD Review


  Apotelesma  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Timewrought  Kings"  which  will  be  released  on  October  27th  by  Solitude  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track  which  also  introduces  keyboards  onto  the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction. 

  Apotelesma  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in  a  touch  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Apotelesma  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Weakest  Of  Man'  and  "Remnants".  8  out  of  10.

Sleeping Romance/Alba/Napalm Records/2017 CD Review


  Sleeping  Romance  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  symphonic,  gothic  and  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Alba"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Napalm  Records.

  Symphonic  sounds  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  start  off  the  album  while  choirs  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  some  classical  music  elements  as  well  as  the  synths  adding  in  goth  touches  and  they  also  mix  the  symphonic  and  heavy  stuff  together  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Female  goth  vocals  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  riffs  also  mixing  in  elements  of  melodic  death  metal,  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length,  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  male  vocals  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Sleeping  Romance  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  symphonic  and  goth  metal  while  also  adding  in  the  aggression  of  melodic  death  metal  to  the  guitars  and  drums  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  human  soul  and  its  interactions  with  the  world.

  In  my  opinion  Sleeping  Romance  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  symphonic,  goth  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  The  Light  Is  Bleeding"  "Forgiveness"  "Everything  Behind"  and  "Alba".  8  out  of  10.   


Friday, October 6, 2017

Until The Sky Dies/The Year Zero Blueprint/Cimmerian Shade recordings/2017 CD Review


  Until  The  Sky  Dies  are  a  solo  project  from  Rhode  Island  that  plays  an  avant  garde  mixture  of  doom  metal  and  post  hardcore  along  with  some  industrial  and  electronic  music  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "The  Year  Zero  Blueprint"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  and  avant  garde  elements  start  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  and  grim  screams  are  also  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  industrial,  electronic  music  and  post  hardcore  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard.

  Until  The  Sky  Dies  plays a   musical  style  that  takes  avant  garde,  doom,  death  metal,  post  hardcore,  electronic  music  and  industrial  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dystopian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Until  The  Sky  Dies  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  mixture  of  doom  metal,  post  hardcore,  industrial  and  electronic  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II"  "V"  and  "VIII".  8  out  of  10.  

Nero Doctrine/II-Interitus/Boersma Records/2017 CD Review


  Nero  Doctrine  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  with  touches  of  doom  and  dark  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "II-Interitus"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Boersma  Records.

  Static  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  some  angry  screams  and  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  elements  of  doom  and  dark  metal  along  with  the  music also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  songs  also  bringing  in  prog  and  thrash  influences  and  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  with  one  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording,  on  the  last  song  keyboards  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard.

  Nero  Doctrine  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  melodic  death  and  modern  thrash  while  the  prog,  doom  and  dark  metal  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism  and  cynicism  themes.

  In  m y  opinion  Nero  Doctrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  with  touches  of  doom  and  dark  metal  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "...And  The  Stones  Began  To  Speak"  "From  Defiance  To  Defeat"  "The  Eyes  Of  Truth"  and  "See,  Those  Fires  Burn".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Lord Of The Lost Interview

D: Quite a few things, since the album recordings were already done in June. Since then, we signed a record deal with our new label, Napalm Records, played a bunch of summer festivals, shot four videos for the upcoming album and had an awesome week playing six shows together with legendary KMFDM in UK in the beginning of September.

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/
GARED: The new album is going to be our second acoustic album on which we present our classical side. It’s featuring original songs specifically written for this album as well as some of our „old“ songs re-arranged in a classical way.

3.The music on the new album is more acoustic and classical orientated, what was the decision behind going into this direction on the new recording?
GARED: This is something that we already did before with our first acoustic album in 2015. The idea of forming this what we like to call a band-internal side project emerged from our appearance at „Gothic meets Klassik“ in 2013, where we performed classical versions of 5 of our songs with a 40-piece orchestra. This experience blew us away so hard and showed us that our songs work perfectly in this new guise so that we decided to do our own version of it. The idea of „Swan Songs“ was born.

4.A lot of your albums have been concept albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics the new album covers?
GARED: Well, I wouldn’t call them concept albums, at least not in the progressive rock kind of way like Pink Floyd and similar bands did. But yeah, on most of our albums, a sort of golden thread can be found in the lyrics. On „Swan Songs II“, we cover topics from loss, dealing with one’s own shortcomings, fantasizing about how to kill your worst enemy up to getting a sense of belonging even if you feel lost and alone.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lord Of The Lost’?
GARED: We’re all lost in various ways. We want this band to be a safe haven for people who feel lost, forlorn or afraid. And that includes us as well.

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?
GARED: It’s so hard to even pick a few shows. It depends so many factors and sometimes the shows where we least expected it were the best ones. I guess it’s fair to say that our stage performance is highly energetic sweat-inducing both on and in front of the stage. We always strive to become one with our audience and to have an amazing party together.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
GARED: Yes. We’re doing a small tour of seven shows in Germany. We’re gonna have our chamber orchestra with us and the concerts will be seated, so things are about to get fancy ;-)

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of dark rock and gothic metal?
GARED: We’ve been on the road with this band now for over eight years and I think it’s fair to say that the response from the scene is and has been positive. Otherwise we wouldn’t be on the radar anymore. But of course, every band has its haters and ironically, they are almost as important as fans. You can’t please them all and we don’t aim to do that. But we’re happy and thankful for every single fan (and hater, for that matter) who supports us. We have so much yet before us, so many new countries to visit, so many more albums to write, but so far, it’s been an amazing adventure and the feedback has been tremendous.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
GARED: There are enough bands out there copying themselves over and over again with every new album. We’re not like that. We hate to repeat ourselves. So far, every Lord Of The Lost album displayed a different facet of us without ever losing the connection to what this band is about. It’s all us. And we’d like to keep it that way in the future. I’m sure we’re gonna keep up our band-internal side project that is Swan Songs, but other than that we still have a lot of influences and musical ground to cover. So far, signs are pointing to our rather heavier side.

10.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?
GARED: If you listen to our music, you’ll recognize many different elements. Heavy guitars, electronic elements, orchestral arrangements, pop-compatible song structures, clear as well as guttural vocals, just to name a few. So you can tell we have this huge melting pot of various influences and styles.
There are a few artists that are on heavy rotation in my CD player recently, including the mastermind artist Steven Wilson (and any of the projects he’s involved in), a British prog band called Frost* and IAMX, the latter of which might be the most appropriate for the scene we’re roaming ;-)

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
GARED: There’s not so many, to be honest. However, I quite enjoy cycling and cooking, if I find the time for it.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
GARED: Yes. I wonder why this kind of question keeps showing up in every interview. Like, what does the reader/listener want to read/hear in this bit? Will I ever find out?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The King Is Blind/We Are The Paradise, We Are The Cancer/2017 Full Length Review


  United  Kingdom's  The  King  Is  Blind  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  with  continues  the  death  and  doom  metal  mixture    if  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "We  Are  The  Paradise,  We  Are  The  Cancer"  which  will  be  released  on  October  13th.

  Harsh  noise  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispers  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also uses  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  while  the  vocals  bring  in  aggressive  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  using  blast  beats.

  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  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  slower  sections  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  meta while acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  brief  use  of  melodic  and  spoken  vocals  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  d  beat  and  thrash  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  keyboards. 

  On  this  recording  The  King  Is  Blind  go  into  more  of  a  faster  old  school  d  beat  influenced death  metal direction  while  elements  of   doom  metal  are  still  utilized  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  King  Is  Blind  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  d  beat,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Patriarch"  "Mantra  XIII"  "As  Vermin  Swarm"  and  "The  Burden  Of  Their  Scars".  8  out  of  10.