Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Zatokrev/Minsk/Bigod/Consouling Sounds/2018 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Switzerland's  Zatokrev  and  U.S.A's  Minsk  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Consouling  SOunds  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Zatokrev  who  return  with  a  psychedelic  mixture  of  doom,  death,  sludge  and  post  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  atmospheric  sounding  synths  along  with  some  drones  a  few  seconds  later  while  both  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Clean  vocals  and  growls  are  also  used  at  times  while  the  slow  and  heavy  riffs  bring  in  elements  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  elements  of  psychedelic  and  post  rock  and  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  before  evolving  into  aggressive  screams.

  On  this  recording  Zatokrev  takes  their  music  in  more  of  a  post  and  sludge  metal  mixture,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  an  allegorical  story  of  Elijah's  fiery  chariot.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Zatokrev  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  psychedelic,  post,  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Silent  Gods".

  Next  up  is  Minsk  who  return  with  a  psychedelic  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  sludge  and  post  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  along  with  some  rough  yet  semi  melodic  vocals  which  also  use  sludge  style  screams  at  times  along  with  their  first  track  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  post  metal  along  with  some  clean  playing,  psychedelic  and  atmospheric  elements  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  clear  vocals  are  also  used  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Minsk  goes  into  more  of  a  psychedelic  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  sludge  and  post  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  an  allegorical  story  of  Elijah's  fiery  chariot.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Minsk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  psychedelic  and  atmospheric  sludge/post  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Invoke  Revive".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all f ans  of  sludge  and  post  metal.  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, September 17, 2018

North Of South/New Latitudes/Rockshots Records/2018 CD Review


  North  Of  South  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  progressive,  melodic  and  experimental  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "New  Latitudes"  which  will  be  released  on  September  28th  by  Rockshots  Records.

  Pop  music  style  pianos  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  heavy  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  vocals  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  clean  singing  and  death  metal  growls.

  Elements  of  progressive  rock  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  Spanish  style  guitars  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  whispers  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  piano  rock  and  jazz  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  tracks  adding  in  influences  of  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  one  track  also  adds  in  spoken  word  parts.

  North  Of  South  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  progressive,  piano  rock,  Latin  Music,  jazz,  melodic  death  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the   literary,  philosophic,  existentialist  essence  and  the  writings  of  William  Shakespeare,  Orson  Scott  Card  and  Jorge  Luis  Borges.

  In  my  opinion  North  Of  South  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  progressive,  piano  rock,  Latin  Music,  jazz,  melodic  death  and  doom  metal   and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Human  Equation"  "Before  We  Die"  "Time  Will  Tell"  and  "Montreux".  8  out  of  10.    

Deep Memories Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
First of all, thank you for this interview!!
Well, Deep Memories is the materialization of an old goal that I had: to compose, produce and record an entire album alone. Every time I grabbed my guitar and some good riffs came up I always recorded with my cell phone and this material kept increasing. When I realized, I already had a huge amount of material but I did not have the "courage" to face the challenge of executing all the instruments. But in the end I completed this task!

2.So far this year you have released one ep and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?
The EP was a promotional material released only in Brazil by Heavy Metal Rock and Misanthropic labels. This EP contains 2 songs from the full-length album. This EP managed to spread the name of Deep Memories and brought me an amazing feedback from the whole Brazilian metal scene.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with the music so far?
In the lyrical part, the first five songs of the album talk about the same subject, they tell the story of a guy who realizes he is living his last moments of life and finally ends up dying. But to his surprise, he realizes an existential continuity after life and there are several intriguing situations happening to him. The others relate to personal experiences related to times of overcoming, loss, introspection and sadness.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Deep Memories’?
When I was choosing the name for my project, I knew that it would have to be something that would involve all my knowledge as a human being, gathering all the experiences that I lived in a single name, and Deep Memories was the best one. The songs and lyrics of this project revealed my deepest inspirations and admiration for the heavy metal movement as well as my biggest psychological ghosts and an alternative post mortem view.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
We will have two different covers for "Rebuilding the Future". The cover of the Brazilian and Russian versions were made by me, and the cover of the Japanese version was elaborated by the artist Caio Caldas from CadiesArt.
The cover design was aiming at the materialization of the idea of "Reconstruction of the Future". When we think about this, we naturally reflect on where we are, where we can go, and what we need to do to get there. But I believe that giving more details about these covers would "limit" the viewer's interpretation possibilities, so I would like everyone to come up with their personal interpretation of the illustrations, reflecting on: "What would you do to rebuild your own future?"

6.On the recordings you recorded everything by yourself but have worked with a full band before in the past, how would you compare the two?
When you are in a band the tasks divide, even if only in the execution of the instruments, but when you do everything by yourself, your limit is tested all the time, who questions you is your own conscience! Throughout the process of refinement of the compositions to the beginning of the recordings, mixing and mastering, many concepts that existed in my mind of how it would be to record everything alone was changing, I saw myself much more inspired and dedicated than at the time I was in a band . It was an incredible journey!

7.The new album was released through a variety of many different labels, can you tell us a little bit more about the labels you worked with on this recording?
At the end of the mastering of the album, I noticed from the comments of the friends who were accompanying the process, that the material had gotten a much higher quality than expected. So I started contacting record labels around the world to release the album, and to my surprise, four showed up interest in releasing the material on CDs: Heavy Metal Rock and Misanthropic Records in Brazil, Invasion of Solitude Records in Japan and GS Productions in Russia. The album title is "Rebuilding the Future".
In addition to being released on CD the album will also be released on all digital platforms and Bandcamp.

8. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of melodic death and doom metal?
It has been much better than I imagined! I knew the result was good, but the feedback from the media and especially the metal fans has been incredible. Every day I get messages from different countries in America, Europe and Asia. That impressed me a lot! Thank you all very much!

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I see myself as a more mature musician and producer, giving a huge importance to small details and feelings. These little nuances bring a differential to music. Today we have many musical styles and what differs the metal from the others is that there is a soul behind each chord, each verse. I’m proud to be a musician who can express myself through metal.

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?
My biggest inspiration come from the bands that brought me to the metal like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Megadeth and Pantera. These bands will always inspire me!
In the influences part I can mention the bands that I hear with great frequency as: Theatre of Tragedy, Bathory, Dark Tranquillity, Rotting Christ, Dimmu Borgir, Whitin Temptation, Katatonia and Hipocrisy.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
If I take the music out of my life, there won’t be much left! But I really enjoy watching some videos on YouTube, I also spend good hours watching series! I'm a big fan of the TV series from NBC like Chicago PD, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Law and Order SVU.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks to Doomed to Darkness for the great interview! To the reader who wants to know more about Deep Memories, visit our official website www.deepmemories.com.br or our social networks: Facebook: @deepmemoriesbrazil and Instagram: @deepmemoriesbrazil

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Brainoil/Singularity To Extinction/Tankcrimes Records/2018 CD Review


  Oakland,  California's  Brainoil  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  sludge  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Singularity  To  Extinction"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Tankcrimes  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  also  capturing  the  heaviness  of  sludge  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  fast  and  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  elements  of  crust,  hardcore  punk  and  d  beat  along  with  some  blast  beats  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Brainoil  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  sludge  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  punk  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  introspective  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Brainoil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  punk,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Preface  To  Madness"  "Singularity  To  Extinction"  and  "Halcyon  Desolation".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, September 14, 2018

Vanhelgd/Deimos Sanktuarium/Dark Descent Records/2018 CD Review


  Vanhelgd  are  a  band  form  Sweden  and  on  this  recording  goes  into  more  of  an  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Deimos  Sanktuarium"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  early  90's  era  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  and  melodic  style.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  blast  beats  are  also  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  and  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Vanhelgd  expands  on  their  old  school  style  of  death  metal  by  mixing  in  elements  of  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  occultism,  necromancy  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vanhelgd  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Plea  For  Divine  Necromancy"  "Profaned  Is  The  Blood  of  The  Covenant"  and  "The  Silent  Observer".  8  out  of  10.   

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Owl/Nights in Distortion/Temple Of Torturous/2018 CD Review


  Germany's  Owl  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  a  mixture  of  ambient,  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Nights  in  Distortion"  which  was  released  by  Temple  Of  Torturous.

  Clean  playing  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  while  drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  clear  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  slow  and  heavy  riffs  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  goth  metal  influences  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  at  times  a  touch  of  sludge  is  added  both  in  the  vocals  and  riffing,  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  when  guitar  leads a r e utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Owl  ads  more  goth  elements  into  their  mixture  of  ambient,  doom  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  doom,  death,  dreams,  depression  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Owl  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  goth,  doom,  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Are  Made  For  Twilight"  and  "Madness  id  The  Glory  of  This  Life".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Atrocity Exhibit/Extinction Solution/Wooaaargh/2018 CD Review


  The  Atrocity  Exhibit  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  sludge  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Extinction  Solution"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Wooaaargh.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  going  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  mixing  in  elements  of  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  mixes  in a  great  amount  of  crust  elements  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  back  up  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them, as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  samples  also  make  a  brief  return.   

  On  this  recording  The  Atrocity  Exhibit  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  sludge,  crust  and  grindcore  from  their  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  society  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Atrocity  Exhibit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge,  crust  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hatred  Disease"  "Cage  Of  Cities"  "Go  Down  Screaming"  and  "Post-Human".  8  out  of  10.