Thursday, July 12, 2018

Quintessente/Songs From Celestial Spheres/2017 Full Length Review


  Quintessente  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  progressive  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  goth,  doom,  death  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Songs  From  Celestial  Spheres".

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  symphonic  direction  while  the  screams  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  female  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  after awhile  death  metal  growls  also  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  progressive  while  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  when  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal  as  well  as  some  goth  rock  and  traditional  metal  influences  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  clean  playing  is  also  added  onto  a  couple  of  track.s

  Quintessente  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  atmospheric  doom,  death,  heavy  metal,  goth  and  progressive  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  existentialism  and  the  reflection  of  the  forces  that  rule  the  human  nature.

  In  my  opinion  Quintessente  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  goth,  doom,  death  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Belief  Of  The  Mind  Slaves"  "My  Last  Oath"  "Eyes  Of  Forgiveness"  and  "Reflections  Of  Reason".  8  out  of  10.   

      

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Blood Of Christ 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?

Hello, good day.  Thank you for taking the time to speak with me about Blood of Christ, that’s appreciated.  We have been keeping busy since the release of our new album, “Unrelenting Declivity of Anguish”; by way of performing as many gigs as possible and writing for our next album!  We have, already, a planned split 7” vinyl EP release coming up with Ottawa death metal aficionados Deformatory.  This split 7” will feature two songs from us: one new and one reboot of a Blood of Christ classic number.  We’re pretty excited about it!  It will, like our new album, be released by CDN Records; most likely in October of this year. 

2.Recently you have released a new album, what are some of the things you feel you have done differently with this recording that you where not able to do on previous releases?

The recording process for “Unrelenting Declivity of Anguish” was much more comfortable and fluid than previous releases.  Working with Thomas “Ben” Ireland at Icehouse studios is pretty chill and he’s open to almost anything we throw at him.  We feel that the final product is a pretty vicious and tight offering.  That’s not limited to the recording, even the artwork and themes are back to the ferocious inspiration of our youth.  We wouldn’t have been able to do that with certain previous flakes in our fold (see album 2 and 3 for reference).  This album is the most true and focused representation of Blood of Christ since “…a Dream to Remember” back in 1996!

3.This is the first full length in 15 years, what where the band members doing musically during this hiatus?

We all kept busy during that time period.  On a personal note, I was always working on Blood of Christ music behind the scenes like a sleeping giant.  A few of the songs I had started during that era have appeared on our new album and a few more will trickle down onto our next album!  Chris and Mark had their own projects before coming into this band and Jason was off working with artists such as Baptized in Blood and Will of the Ancients.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

On “Unrelenting Declivity of Anguish” the lyrics are a definite return to a more vicious form.  Subjects such as personal strife, the destruction of nature by mankind, oppression by the upper 1% and also revolt against said upper 1% are what make up the journey that this album is.  With respect to our progress as song writers, I think we have matured and developed a strength in focus over time.  In our youthful days, song writing was quite wild and spastic.   However, having said that; I feel that even in our maturing we have retained the barbarism of 1995.  There is no fear in our song writing, we approach writing no differently than waking up to a mountain morning and knowing that there’s a wild adventure ahead of you. 

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the band name 'Blood Of Christ'?

Absolutely I can!  Initially, the genesis of giving our band this name was born of angst and a youthful desire to offend our oppressors and regular day-to-day “normal” people.   There are no roots in any religion for us, however, and it is somewhat an unfortunate situation that we are often linked to a particular creed: because we are 100% secular.  These days, we simply hope that fans of the genre will enjoy our music and find their own meanings within the band name and lyrics, regardless of what culture or religion they come from.  For me, music is meant to be shared universally and that’s one of the best parts of the heavy metal genre; it is global. 

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 have played numerous gigs over the past 24 years so it is certainly tough to pick a favourite.  Genuinely I feel that every gig counts and we always try to put our best foot forward on stage.  It isn’t an easy task to describe our own stage performance, for me.  I can only go by what I feel, or felt, on stage and it seems quite powerful and tight.  For me, the critical aspect is whether or not there’s action in the pit.  If there are people slamming in the pit during our performance, I’m thrilled.  Ultimately I would suggest that we play at a fairly tight and high caliber level and am hopeful that attendees find some enjoyment and release because of our performance.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Absolutely we do!  There are several shows and mini-tours in the works and hopefully soon it will all come to fruition.  We definitely would like to get out on the road to new regions and venues so metal heads from all walks of life can participate in our unrelenting declivity of anguish on stage! 

8.The new album was released on 'CDN Records', how would you compare them to other labels that you have been a part of in the past?

There is no comparison, CDN Records is boss.  Top notch label with excellent people working hard for their roster.  What more can you ask for? 

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of brutal death metal?

The response has been more than favorable and we’re flattered and thankful for that.  This new album seems to have elements that please listening ears from a few sub-genres, which is nice because we have always felt that our music should be limitless.  We genuinely appreciate the fact that after all these years, people are still curious about Blood of Christ. 

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?

Speaking from a personal standpoint, there is nothing else.  My energy and musical focus is being infused solely into Blood of Christ and will remain as such until I am a worm’s breakfast.  After over a decade of epic hiking through the sidelines, I have finally come home.

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

The sky is the limit!  Or is it?  Maybe we’ll be the first death metal band to play in space, the final frontier.  Musically our future is exciting and I feel like we have only just begun to explore our creation; epic dark metal.  For the near future, on the horizon there’s the aforementioned split 7” with Deformatory and then our 5th album in 2019.  We’ve already started writing for it, and it’s shaping up to be quite moody and dark.

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?

Oh wow, there are a lot of exciting albums coming out lately.  To me, it seems like there’s a surge of energy in the metal scene again.  This week, the new Immortal album is seriously kicking me in the butt!  I’m also still hooked on the new Rivers of Nihil album and truly feel that they’re something special to watch out for, same with Bolzer and their latest album; wow.  Mind blown.  Having said that, I am not sure if my recent playlist has or has not influenced my writing.  It is my feeling that we were more influenced by our own past on this one.  There was a subtle, subconscious effort to revisit Blood of Christ circa 1995 and 1996.  I would suggest that we did so rather well. 

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Great question!  Outside of music, I am loving and enthusiastic about seeing my young son grow up and discover many exciting things.  It is always an adventure learning with him.  I also really enjoy reading, bike riding, walking, model railroading…  but, never have time for any of those hobbies.  Real life is busy!  Between my family, my band and day job; really there’s only time left for sleep. 

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

Absolutely, yes!  Thank you again for your time and the thoughtful questions.  It’s a pleasure.  I’m hopeful that your readers will now check out our new album and they can do so over at cdnrecords.com, iTunes, Googleplay or on their Spotify account.  Thank you for helping keep metal alive and continue to flourish.  Cheers!


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Adfail Interview

A.P. – Alexander Popovich (vocals/guitars/composing)
Y.K. – Yury Khlopotov (ex-drums, management)
A.K. – Alexander Konshen (bass)
V.N. – Vlad Nikolaenko (guitars)
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
A.P. : - After the recording and the release we have been occasionally performing in our city.
A.K.: - Soon there will be a video from the concert.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, how does the musical style on the new recording differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
A.P.: - The new album turned out to be more positive and symphony-like. Here we used opera vocals, and experimented more. The album has tracks from different years, which then formed into one.

3.This is your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
A.P.: - In that time there was a lot of stuff happening with the band, almost all of the band members were changed, but despite that we managed to record EP I Dreamed and a cover of Paradise Lost, and also gave a few performances.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
A.P.: -  The new album is mostly different myths and legends, and less personal experiences.
A.K: - Everything about love :)

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Adfail'?
A.P.: - Adfail is an ancient Welsh word, a poetic description for ruins, wreckage. In no way is it about weird videos on youtube.

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?
A.P.: -
I really liked to perform in Saint Petersburg in 2014, also a few concerts here at home (we’re a very local band)). We never paid much attention to stage performance, black clothes, darkness and camouflage of the violist.
A.K.: - We just basically stand there, and the violist is doing all the show.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
A.P. : - Really would like to do a couple of concerts at our Polish neighbors, but what I really dream of is to perform at the Czech festival Brutal Assault.
A.K.: - For now we plan on supporting our friends from The Sundial in august.

8.In 2016 you had done a 'Paradise Lost' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?
Y.K.: - We are huge fans of Paradise Lost.
A.P.: - I listened to them since 1995. Our version is not that different, we didn’t know what to add.
Y.K.: - A bearded guy with an alto.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of goth, doom and death metal?
A.K.: - Everyone seems to like it.
A.P. : - I don’t know what people listen to in Europe, South America. Our second album was nominated as the best goth album in Nicaragua in 2014 (never would’ve thought lol).

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?
A.P: - At the present time everybody’s concentrated on Adfail. Former members of the band are playing in blackmetal, death, doom bands Kocytos, The Sundial, Straylant.

11. When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
A.P: - There’s definitely going to be an LP, possibly next year. As far as everything else, we’ll see.

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?
A.P. – I’m a big admirer of Paradise Lost, Therion, Obituary, currently also listening to Judas
Priest, sometimes My Dying Bride.
Y.K: - Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Anathema.
A.K. : - Therion.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
A.P.: - Surgery, sports (power lifting).
Y.K.: - Alpinism, traveling.
A.K.: - Radio electronics, motorcycles.
V.N.: - Shashlyk, samogon ))).
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words
or thoughts?

Be yourself and listen to metal.




Monday, July 9, 2018

Black Vatican Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a Gothic metal band from Kansas City, KS. We are a band that focuses on realistic views of the world. Like most metal today, we express what we've experienced and seen personally. Our music has fortunately been molded by members whom share the same views and know how to express them beautifully through their own instruments. We are greatly influenced by all subgenres of metal and rock and are open minded towards those genres and styles. Overall we consist of honorable members who strive for excellence and are very malleable with the little we have.

2.So far you have released one album, what was the musical style you were wanting to achieve with this recording?
The style was simply Gothic metal. It is what our earlier members agreed upon so we stuck to it. We hope to still achieve the recognition we strive for. We did not want to lean too much into the heavy death metal side, nor too soft like regular hard rock. We wanted to achieve the perfect balance between them to demonstrate our ideology of a gothic balance in music.

3.The band has been around since 2013 but waited until 2018 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
From 2013 up to early 2017 it was a constant battle of finding the right band members. We found many talented individuals but none of them were committed enough to stay or simply had other important things in life they had to prioritize, which we completely understnad and don't hate them for it. But the earlier years mostly consisted of the founding members, Erick and Jose, making the music on thier own and searching for worthy individuals to join the cause. It was a long uphill battle for all those years but now that we have the committed members we created a music video, finished the album, and are now starting projects for our new album and new music video.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The subjects we explore are the sensitive subjects such as suppression, inequality, segregation, sanity turning into insanity, the release of temptations, and expressing those without voices. We portray them in stories of lust, magic, mythology, sacrifice, and tragedy within our poetry to give them justice.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Black Vatican'?
We wanted something that would define who we are and what our ideas are manipulated by and “Black Vatican” portrayed it perfectly. It represents the historical evil nature of the things most people consider as “nice, beautiful, perfect, good or holy” and it is summarized into their true dark identity in just two words; by breaking down the fantasy and illusion of what they want you to see rather than showing you what's happening behind closed curtains. Though we do not focus on the dark deeds of just one religion, but all of them, and even political views, cultures, and social constructs. Anything that creates fairytales to distract its followers from the truth. It's all about taking the view of the other side of the coin, which people tend to ignore, and showing them the multiple angles it can hide.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
The artwork consists of two masks and feathers, of course, but like all masks they hide something beneath. Since the Vatican was greatly corrupted during the Victorian era we chose these masks to represent it. The two masks symbolizes the two founders of the band. The masks are black and white in which represents the views of most religions; you're either with them or against them. They represent a perona that we can express to our audience in which we can ultimately reveal the tragedy and hypocracy of society and help deconstruct any idea and allow it to be subjective. Lastly, the feathers are black, white and red which represent the darkness and light within all of us and the blood it spills within our souls or of others if they are accidentally caught within the fight.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We've been too busy finding worthy members for the band, strategically investing our finances to the right people, and reteaching songs to our newest members so that we may be ready. Also, we've been mostly practicing and honing our skills to perfection in order to give our audience the best experience possible. But if  we were to perform a show with less than a 10 minute notice there's no doubt in our minds that we would be ready on the spot.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes, we are ambitious; we will start locally and then stretch throughout the midwest. Right now we are working on our second album and have the perfect dedicated materials to do so. But once we have the copyrights registered we will immediately start playing shows at a constant basis.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes, we would love to work with a record label, but it has to be the right one. We've recieved aknowledgement from a few so far, but we have refused their offer due to our focus on other projects that, in the end, would cost us more than we would gain if we were join them. We seek the dream to work with a great label and do this for the rest of our lives, but we want to be with a record label that is best suited for us. So, for now we wait.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of goth metal?
Amazing actually. We're heard good reviews coming from all over South America, Eastern Europe, and some parts in Asia. We recieved feedback and comments from forming fans from around the world saying how much they love our music. Unfortunately we cannot play for them yet, but those fans are our greatest supporters and we wish for them stay patient with us.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We see ourselves on a grand stage, backed by the perfect record label, and maybe even a few more members since we are always open for auditions. We see ourselves creating several different albums with their very own special themes and, of course, good times being spent together with fans and as a band. Our ambition will not die.

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?
Definetely styles such as black metal, gothic rock, and older thrash metal. We like bands like Cradle of Filth, Immortal, Abyssos, Amon Amarth, HIM, Beseech, Metalica, Nightwish, and Wildpath as the main ones to influence our style. Currently we are listening to many other bands but just to name a few we like Arkona, Arckanum, Nefirum, Heathen Foray, Eluveitie and some retro wave music like Dance With The Dead.

13.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
Without a doubt ,yes. Those who follow the path of the occult and are shunned for it are also those whom we represent in our songs. This is due to the fact that some of our members have a long ancestral line of paganism in their veins. Their practices inspire the magic and feeling in our songs and greatly help shape our lyrics into stories; some chants can even be heard at the beginning of our first album. Also, our upcoming second album  is even more influenced by occultism so we can't wait to demonstrate our own form of black magic with the rest of the world.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?
Most importantly educate ourselves and enhance our knowledge about the world. Other than that, pretty normal stuff: we love to drink and hang out with friends. We like to cook, meet new people, read, do some paranormal investigations on the side, meditate, play video games, express our bad sense of humor, exercise, and discuss politics and philosophical theories of life.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We can be found and contacted through FaceBook. Our songs are in over 150 online sources so you can search us on just about any app or site to find our music. Be ready to relive your favorite nightmares because our music shall revive the lost gothic arts of old and spread like the plague this world needs.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Aggregator/Semmibol, a semmin at/2018 CD Review


  Aggregator  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  goth  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Semmibol,  a  semmin  at".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  growling  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  screams  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  blast  beats  are  utilized  when  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  goth  and  doom  metal  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  vocals  are  added  into  the  music.

  Aggregator  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  goth  and  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  life  struggles,  death  and  love  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aggregator  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vernasz"  "As  egesztol  innen,  mindenen  tul"  "Nem  hiszem"  and  "Zaj".  8  out  of  10.   

Friday, July 6, 2018

Khorada/Salt/Prophecy Productions/2018 CD Review

Khorada  are  a  band  from  Oregon  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  atmospheric  form  of  dark  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Salt"  which  will  be  released  on  July  20th  by  Prophecy  Productions.

  Clean  playing  along  with  some  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  while  clear  vocals  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  some  avant  garde  elements  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  atmospheric  post  metal  direction.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  along  with  the  music  getting  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  one  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  stringed  instruments  onto  the  recording  along  with  clean  playing  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  touches  of  jazz  music  can  also  be  heard  and  on  the  closing  track  synths  are  added  into  the  music.

  Khorada  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  avant  garde  and  post  metal  along  with  some  doom  and  black  metal  elements  being  used  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Khorada  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seasons  Of  Salt"  "Augustus"  and  "Ossify".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Blood Of Christ/Unrelenting Declivity Of Anguish/CDN Records/2018 CD Review


  Blood  Of  Christ  are  a  band  from  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  brutal  form  of  death  metal  with  some  symphonic,  black  and  doom  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Unrelenting  Declivity  Of  Anguish"  which  was  released  by  CDN  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  lot  of  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  musical  gets  very  technical  while  the  screams  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  the  growls  also  having  their  guttural  moments  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody,  one  song  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  symphonic  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  slow  riffing  displays  a  doom  metal  influence  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Blood  of  Christ  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  brutal  death  metal  while  the  symphonic,  black  and  doom  metal  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  scientific,  chaos  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Of  Christ  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  death  metal  band  with  some  symphonic,  black  and  doom  metal  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Echoes  From  The  7th  Dimension"  "Iron  River...Conquer  The  Wilderness"  and  "Unrelenting  Declivity Of  Anguish".  8  out  of  10.