Saturday, May 27, 2017

Soijl/As The Sun Sets On Life/Solitude Productions/2017 CD Review


 Soijl  are  a  band  from  Sweden  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  2017  album  "As  The  Sun  Sets  On  Life"  which  was  released  by  Solitude  Productions.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later   and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavier  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  while  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar   riffing  that  is  heavily  influenced  by  the  90's.

  When s creams  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  clean  guitars  also  being  added into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,

  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  some  tracks  also  add  in  atmospheric  synths  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a very  slow  musical  direction  and  you  can  also hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Soijl  creates another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  doom,  hate  and  misery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soijl  and  if  you  are  a  fan  off  melodic  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Do Us  Apart"  "Spiritual  Asphyxiation"  and  "The  Abyss,  My  Tomb".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Evoke Thy Lords/Lifestories/Solitude Productions/2017 CD Review


  Evoke  Thy  Lords  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  psychedelic  mixture  of  stoner,  doom,  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Lifestories"  which  was  released by  Solitude  Productions.

   A  very  heavy  retro  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  solos  and  leads  that  are  done  in  more  of  a  stoner  style  while  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  flutes  are  also  used  briefly.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  mix  in  influences  from  as  early  as  the  70's  to  modern  times  and  at  times  the  vocals  show  a  Cathedral  influence  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melodic  vocals  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  psychedelic  edge  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Evoke  Thy  Lords  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  psychedelic,  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  life  stories  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Evoke  Thy  Lords  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  mixture  of  stoner,  doom,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Still  Old"  and  "Stuff  It".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Contaminated Interview

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

The band started as a solo project of mine (Lachy) in 2013 that was originally meant as not much more than old school Finnish worship. After the release of Pestilential Decay, the first demo, the songs grew from simple Abhorrence-isms to incorporating slightly more complex and varied compositions in the vein of Morpheus Descends, Incantation and a bit of Dead Congregation. Or at least trying to do that, ha.

2.So far you have released 2 demos and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

As mentioned before, Pestilential Decay pretty much shamelessly rips of Abhorrence and Demigod and I think it does a fairly good job of that. The Promo '15 demo was the first recording with a full band and shows the faster and more dynamic approach that was being explored at the time. The LP has a lot of fast and savage blasting contrasted with crushing dark downtempo parts as first shown on the Promo tape.

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

Extreme disgust for ourselves and most people and institutions around us. Zev's pretty cooked though so that's about what I've gleaned from his ramblings.

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

Nothing more than "no one has taken this yet and it sounds cool".

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

Our album launch show on April 28th this year was an absolute blinder. We played with fellow Melbourne death metal crushers Faceless Burial, grind syndicate OGs Christcrusher, the legendary Kutabare and new Morticianwave enthusiasts Incinerated. Every band destroyed, we played really well, lot of good people about and we sold a bunch of records. Was a sick night.
Last year we got the opportunity to open for Dead Congregation in Adelaide and that was pretty incredible too - D.C. fucking showed everyone how it is.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

I'd love to do a US and EU tour one day but the chances of that are slim with real life issues like work, family, other bands etc.

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

Mostly very positive, from what I've seen. We play and are involved with different "scenes" outside of metal here and I'm glad folk from outside of the immediate metal scene and picking up on us. The slightly more grindy and loose aspect of it appeals to a few more from the hardcore/grind crowd.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects that some of the band members are a part of?

I'm in Derailment (sludge/hardcore) and Pregnancy (goregrind) along with Christoph (both) and Zev (Derailment), and do a Morticianwave solo project called Rawhead. Christoph and Zev together are also involved in ESP Mayhem (grind with synths instead of guitars) and Headless Death/Desperate Pigs (raging embittered death/grind). Christoph also plays in Internal Rot (90s US styled grind), Unnatural Birth (grinding black metal), until very recently Doubled Over (sludge/grind, the heaviest band ever) which I think is once again done and Cop Date (sportscrust) which more or less moved on into ESP Mayhem. Zev also plays in Clogged (goregrind), Nick in Asbestosisis (goregrind) and The Nihilistic Front (drone/death/doom), and Matt is also a part of Ignivomous (death metal, sure you know em) and Vulgod (death metal).

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

I'd like to take it back a little and focus on a bit more of the old Finnish stuff again. Beyond that I don't really know yet. We'll see.

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?

The prime influences ranging throughout the rather short history of this band thus far have been the aforementioned Finnish and US legends. I'd also like to say Immortal Fate and Immolation but no one can truthfully say that they can play stuff like them. It's not worth listing the stuff we listen to because it ranges from dubby hip hop to 70s psych rock to drum n bass to slam to whatever anime music Matt likes. I dunno, heaps of weird stupid shit.

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

Go buy the record, I reckon it's sick! Cheers for the interview.


Webstore: http://contaminated.bigcartel.com
Bandcamp: http://pestilentialdecay.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/pestilentialdecay







Do/Astral Death/Birth/2017 EP Review


  Finland's  Do  have  returned  with  a  new  recording t hat  continues  their  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge,  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2017  ep  "Astral  Death/Birth".

   A  very  distorted  amp  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  doom  metal  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the recording  and  after  awhile  growls  and  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  add  in  touches  of  stoner  metal  and  on  the  second  track  clean  playing  can  be  heard  while  still  being  in  somewhat  of  a  distorted  direction  as  well  as  some  synths,  psychedelic  elements  and  melodic  chants  and  both  tracks  stick  to  a  slow  direction.

  Do  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  that  has  a  metaphysical  and  apocalyptic  content  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  DO  and  if  you a re  a  fan  of  sludge,  stoner,  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Astral  Death".  8  out  of  10.       

 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dead/A Dirty Mind Is A Joy Forver/F.D.A Records/2017 CD Review


  Dead  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "A  Dirty  Mind  Is  A  Joy  Forever"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  F.D.A  Records.

  Audience  interaction  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  heavy  direction  along  with  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  while t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  utilize  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with t he  music  being  rooted  in  the  early  90's.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  add  in  touched  of  groove  along  with  the  slower  sections  being  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  add  in  even  more  of  an old  school  death/grind  style  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  briefly  and  samples  are  also  used  on  a  regular  basis.

  Dead  plays  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  old  school  death/grind  style  of  previous  releases  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  groove  and  doom,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  sex,  rape,  death,  perversion  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Dead  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Snakey  Brown"  "Butcher  baby"  "Easy  Meat"  and  "The  Witch".  8  out  of  10.

    

Lying Figures/The Abstract Escape/Rain Without End/2017CD Review


  Lying  Figures  are  a  band  from  France  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Abstract  Escape"  which  was  released  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  leads,  heavy  riffs  and  death  metal  growls a re  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  and  clean  goth  vocals  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.

  Elements  of  post  rock  and  black  metal are  also  used  at  times  along  some  of  the  vocals being  high  pitched  screams  that  add  in  a  depressive  touch  and  clean  guitars  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  era  doom/death  metal  influences  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  one  song  sees  the  music  speeding  up  briefly  with  a  few  blast  beats.

  Lying  Figures  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  melodic  style  of  doom/death  metal  form  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  influenced  by  H.P  Lovecraft,  Edgar  Allan  Poe,  David  Lynch,  John  Carpenter,  Silent  Hill  and  Alice  In Wonderland.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lying  Figures  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hospital  Of  1000  Deaths'  "The  Mirror"  and  "Zero".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Friday, May 12, 2017

TarLung/Beyond The Black Pyramid/Black Bow Records/2017 CD Review


  TarLung  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays a   mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2017  album  "Beyond  The  Black  Pyramid"  which  was  released  by  Black  Bow  Records.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the album  and  a  few  seconds  later  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  doom  and  sludge  metal  direction  while  some  of  the  more  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  add  in  more  of  a  stoner  rock  style  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Vocals  are  a mixture  of  growls  and  screams  that  show  an  influence  of  death  metal  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  have  influences  that  start  from  the  70's  and  go  up  as  far  as  the  modern  era  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  add  in  more  of  a  retro  stoner  metal  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  and  one  track  is  all  instrumental  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced musical  direction.

  TarLung  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  stoner,  doom,  and  sludge  metal  and  mixes  it  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  TarLung  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  doom,  and  sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dying  Of  The  Light"  "The  Prime  Of  Your  Existence"  and  "Karma".  8  out  of  10.