Thursday, September 22, 2016

Old Chapel Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Pavel: The recording of this album was really long because of troubles with line-up. In fact, the process of writing these songs was much shorter than recording. It was not a good period for the band. And after the last track was recorded the band split up for a year. But since spring of 2016 we try to find ways to form new line-up or gather the previous.

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?

Pavel: New stuff is better arranged in comparison with our past releases. Great efforts have been put into production, and I hope it brought the results.

Sergei: We've been trying to make every song special and memorable, with unique mood and feeling in each of them.

Alexei: New sound. It's evil and powerful as it always been but now the quality is higher.

3. Your lyrics cover a great amount of horror topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this genre?

Pavel: It's a good theme for death metal. I don't want to translate any deep philosophical things through our music. That's why I write horror stories. It's a sort of amusement as for me. But sometimes something inner and sick breaks out. You can hear it in 'Towards the End', 'Leaving a Body' and 'Excommunicated from Light' for example'.

Sergei: I'm a fan of horror movies and giallo. It's a great source of inspiration for lyrics and art-works. And it goes well with metal music. For example the last track on our new album is an interpretation of Fabio Frizzi's music to Lucio Fulci's "City of the living dead".

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Old Chapel'?

Pavel: Just suitable mystical atmosphere. It forms the needed mood.

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?

Pavel: Our performance history is poor. We have no line-up to play shows.

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

Pavel: We even haven't a guitar player. Alexei lives in other city now and it's difficult for us to gather and play again. I don't think that something will change in the near future. But we're still searching for people. I'm very worried of this situation lasting for years. I think of bad carma or something, seriously. Most of people we've been working with were fucking weird freaks with no ambitions. Laziness, complaints, selfishness, emotions instead of work - we're fucking tired of this. Maybe the reason is the city we live in. May be the reason is the specifics of music we play.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and doom metal?

Pavel: There were some good words about our previous release 'Symptoms of Possession' from different corners of Earth.

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

Pavel: I think we should to increase the level of aggression and morbidity in our music. Now I'm trying to write new lyrics in this vein. Also we have two songs written during the creating of 'Visions from Beyond' which don't fit this release. We're about to unleash these strange bastards as a EP or something like that.

9. 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?

Sergei: Old metal, regardless of style. Now I listen to all bands with Wino, all bands with Phil Swanson, Corrosion of Conformity, Down, Pentagram, Alice in Chains, Mad Season and of course Black Sabbath.

Pavel: I can say nothing about influence, but old school death and thrash work always. Also some traditional doom as Pentagram or Gates of Slumber must be mentioned. The newest love of my life is Sweden Vanhelgd. They're motherfucking killers! Oh, yes, and Beethoven of course - that's my very speical disease.
Alexei: Probably, all bands we listen to make some influence on our music. Speaking for myself I mean classic heavy bands like DIO, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, WASP, Helloween… this list is so long, you know... I love early Skid Row so much! Certainly, there are a lot of bands that are more similar with us in genre, headed by Dismember and Entombed. I want to mention some unexpected and interesting from nowadays like Gogol Bordello. They're so cool gypsy punks. Also I listen to a lot of instrumental music like Andy James or Conquering Dystopia.

10. Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Alexei: No. I think music should not be a carrier of any ideas. Even if I would have such beliefs it must be out of music.

Pavel: Nope, it's exciting while watching movies or reading books. That's an interesting part of world culture just like religion or mythology. But it can't be taken seriously in real life, because I'm sure that the greatest force in this world is the power of your own mind, it can create and kill any god or demon.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?

Pavel: Reading.

Sergei: Wasting my life and killing time, haha)

Alexei: My job of course - digital drawing and animation. Also I feel an interest in natural sciences, but now I have no time for this little hobby.

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

Pavel: Stay metal and don't forget to check out 'Visions from Beyond'!

Alexei: Many thanks for the attention. Listen to tje new album because it's awesome.

Order the CD: http://store.chaos- records.com/old-chapel-ru- visions-from-beyond-cd/


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Algos/Amongst Monoliths/2016 Full Length Review


 Algos  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and   death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Amongst  Monoliths".

  Symphonic  sounding  keyboards  start off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  that  bring  in  a  touch  of  post  rock  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections at  times  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental.

  Algos  creates  another  recording  that  takes  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom  along  with  some  symphonic  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Algos  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  doom  and  melodic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Metempsychosis"  "Blessed  With  Weakness"  "I  Am Sin"  and  "Poisoned  Well".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ruinous/Graves Of Ceasless Death/Dark Descent Records/2016 CD Review


  Ruinous  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  consists  of  members  from  Incantation,  Gorephobia,  Disma,  and  Funebrarum  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom,  thrash  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Graves  Of Ceasless  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  A  very  dark, heavy  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  music  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts.

  A  great  amount  of  doom/death  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  very  dark,  melodic  yet  old  school  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  songs  bring  in a   great  amount  of  grindcore  influences  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Ruinous  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash,  doom  and  grindcore  along  with  a  more  modern  approach  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark a nd  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ruinous  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  old  school  death  metal,  doom,  grindcore  and  thrash  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Tombs  of  Blasphemy"  "From  Flames  Of  Malice  Born"  "Plague  Maiden"  and  "Torn  Forever  From  the  Light".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Old Chapel/Visions From Beyond/Chaos Records/2016 CD Review


  Old  Chapel  are  a band  from  Russia  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Visions  From  Beyond"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Chaos  Records.

 A  very  dark  yet  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  also  remaining  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  death  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  horror  movie  samples  can  be  heard  and  classical  guitars  are  added  on  the  last  track

  Old  Chapel  takes  the  doom  and  death  metal  genres  of  the  early  90's  and  mixes  them  together  with  a  more  up  to  date  approach,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  movies  and  witching  rites.

  In  my  opinion  Old  Chapel  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  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  "Stairs  To  The  Vault"  "The  Nightmare  Room"  and  "Witchboard'.  8  out  of  10.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Shadecrown Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Saku: We are Shadecrown, melodic death/trash/doom metal band from Finland. The band was founded in 2012 and now we're about to release our debut album "Agonia."

2.You have your first full length coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous demo and ep?
Saku: Musically this album is quite unpredictable 'cause we combine many genres of metal such as melodic doom and trash metal. But I personally think that this kind of mixing just makes music much more interesting. When we started in 2012, Shadecrown was just a melodic doom metal band but then something happened. These days our songs are much more diverse than back then.

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

Saku: My source of inspiration is life itself. Our songs usually tells about loneliness, sorrow and human frailty.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Shadecrown'?

Saku: "Shadecrown" comes from the word "shade-grown". Basically we just changed one letter. But for me "shade" in this case means some kind of misfortune in life. We all know that at some point of our lives we all have to experience some kind of loss, sorrow or loneliness. And "crown" is something you have to wear for as long as it's your duty. Even through desperate times when it becomes a burden. So maybe "Shadecrown" means burden of life or something like that... But after all it's just a name of the band.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would yuo describe your stage performance?

Saku: We always try to be very energetic on stage. Hair and sweat must fly! Maybe the best show so far was here in Finland at Pub Markus. A lot of our friends and other drunken people were there. What an awesome crowd!

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

Saku: Yeah, sure! Our plan is to tour as much as possible.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and melodic death metal?

Saku: Well, the whole album hasn't been released yet so it's hard to say, but so far the feedback has been very positive! Let's see what future holds.

8.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?

Saku: Actually at the moment all the members are concentrating solely on Shadecrown.

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

Saku: Our music is going to be a little bit more progressive and technically challenching than before. But no major changes in sight.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Saku: Bands that have influenced me the most as a songwriter are Sentenced, Pantera, Insomnium, Testament, Iron Maiden, In Flames, Swallow the Sun etc. Nowdays I listen to all above-mentioned and numerous other bands.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Saku: Almost all of my interests are somehow music-related, but with the band we've been playing NHL on PlayStation.

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

Saku: Huge thanks to all who have supported us, hopefully see you all on tour! Cheers!

Dead End Interview

This interview has been answered by vocalist Bryan Boorsma ( B:) and basplayer – bandleader Alwin Roes ( A:)

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

B: We've been busy planning new shows and a couple of tours to bring the album abroad, we have some great things in store!
A: and believe it or not, we are already working on our new album that’s due June 2017 hahaha

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

B: Of course it differs from the stuff the band did in the past, but we wanted to keep the Dead End sound. The old death, doom, gothic sound.
A: I think the biggest ‘change’ is that we have some new influences from Arjan and Jeroen that give some songs a bit more tempo as it has been in the old days, a new writing duo as in the old days, but yeah, we aimed for the typical Dead End sound and feel, as we read in the many reviews, we succeeded in that.

3.The band was broken up for 21 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

A: in 1993 we left the scene with the farewell 7” Wartime in Eden, mainly because we had 2 side’s within the band, there were me and Micha who wanted the bigger plan for the band, and there were Jeroen, Eef and Gunther, we just started a higer education and were not prepared to do the touring and stuff what was on Dead End’s road to come,
‘Cause Roel ( Vic Records ) wanted to re-release our old songs ( as we did in 2015 on Forever is Not Eternal ) we got in touch with each other again, and when we made a facebook page to let the old fans know we would release this stuff we got so overwhelmed with responses that I decided to jump right back in and this time were going for the kill !!

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

B: Most of the lyrical topics are about a state of mind, feelings or experiences,
And they happen to be in the Dead End style , so also they’re all is in the line of a developed Dead End.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dead End'?

A:……… hm , a good question, all we wanted was to stand out in the crowd, so no unreadable logo like some bands have, and not some guttergorekillbloodevilsatan name, this one is loud and clear, and as we see the many posters we are on with our name and logo…. We stand out.



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?

B: We've played a couple of great shows the past year, including Metaldays, Dutch Doom Days and Lucky Rocks and we have many great ones coming up, like Veghel Deathfest with Unleashed.
A: on stage we try to give the audience a total show, sound, looks, stage setting, all is taking extra care of, everything counts if you want to make a difference…

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

B: Yes, a lot actually. We try to visit as many countries as possible.
A: there’s one coming up soon we are not allowed to tell it yet, but also we are going to do Stockholm, Karlstad and Gotenborg, and we are looking forward to that one, its kinda in the belly of the beast you know, we are pretty Scandinavian influenced, so were curious how we are received there. But also we are going back to Lithuania in a few months, we had a blast there last year, so its great to go back and see our friends again. Belgium Germany Portugal and france are also on the plan but non confirmed yet.

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

A: well, 5 out of 5, 8,5 out of 10, 8 out of 10 and so on… every single one until now was great. But also phrases like: ”best album of 2016,” “ brilliant “ and the one I liked the most:” Like a modern day Black Sabbath meets Death Metal “… all cool stuff.
Old and new fans, reviewers we don’t now personally and some of them are known as pretty critical, so we are very proud so far.
B: Pretty good, we were excited to find out what the responses of the old-school fans were and they are beyond our expectations. It blows our minds.

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

B: Our drummer Harald also plays in Pictura Poesis and he is also playing together with Alwin and ex-Dead End member Jeroen R in Into The Arcane. Jeroen G sings in a Rammstein tribute band Vannstein and I play in Deathwalker.

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

B: I believe we are going to keep on doing what we do. Make music, play shows and just have a good time.
A: Dead End is reborn, and we proved with this new album, in this new line-up we are still Dead End with what we do now, I think we are ready to evolve, we got very close doing this new album and the chemistry is very good, what the next album brings us nobody knows, we were kinda looking very focused on staying in the Dead End style with this album, and we proved we could, and not even with making much extra effort, it came natural actually.
 so the new album is gonna be a challenge in many ways, but it will be Dead End. That’s for shure.

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?

B: We've mostly let us be inspired by the old death/doom metal with a bit of gothic here and there.
A: the nice thing is that we don’t even share the same likes, Arjan is more into the more brutal bands, and Jay ( Jeroen Gijsbers ) is more thrash and rock’n roll metal stuff, Harald has a very wide taste also, from symphonic to slam hahahaha, me, I have my phases, I can listen to bands like Dark Tranquility for a while and than all of a sudden I have Manowar or Candlemass spinning in my car-radio. But I think that’s a good thing, I think the variety of our likings and who we are makes this band, age’s between 26 and 44, from different parts of the country and not all having the same taste brought us were we are now, we think with an open mind, and end up like Dead End…. And so far, this seems to bring us a perfect result. And we like it !!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Krypts/Remants Of Expansion/Dark Descent Records/2016 CD Review


  Krypts  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Remnants  Of  Expansion"  which  was  released  by  Dark  Descent  Records. 

  Atmospheric  sounds  start  off  the album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  doom  metal  direction.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  a  great portion  of  the  tracks  are very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  vocals  bring  in a  small  amount  of  screams  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  can  be  heard  along  with  an  instrumental  track  before  returning  back  to  vocal  tracks  and  the  last  song  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chants.

  Krypts  creates  another  recording  that  mixes  death  and  doom  metal  together  while  being  mostly  influenced  by  the  90's  style  but  adding  in a  more  modern  twist,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Lovecraftian  Horror,  Spirituality,  and  Ancientry.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Krypts  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  Include  "The  Withering  Titan"  and  "Transfixed".  8  out  of  10.