Thursday, April 27, 2017

Anthesis/The Age Of Self/Hibernation Release/Ancient Temple Recordings/2017 CD Review


  Anthesis  are  a  band  from  New  Brunswick,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  grindcore  and  noise  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Age  Of  Self"  which  will  be  released  in  June  as  a  joint  effort  between  Hibernation  Release  and  Ancient  Temple  Recordings.

  Aggressive  screams,  heavy  riffs  and  drums  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  takes  the  recording  into  more  of  a  sludge  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  deep  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  Elements  of  noise  rock  are  a  very  huge  part  of  this  album  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  influences  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  and  hardcore  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Anthesis  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge  metal,  grindcore  and  noise  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Anthesis  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge,  grindcore  and  noise  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Path  To  Enlightenment"  "Empty  Vessels"  "Decay.Digust"  and  "The  Following".  8  out  of  10.

Lodz/Time Doesn't Feal Anything/Klonosphere/Season Of Mist/2017 CD Review


  Lodz  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Time  Doesn't  Heal  Anything"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Klonosphere  and  Season  Of  Mist.

  Clean  post  rock  style  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  doom  metal  influenced  riffing  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  clean  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  goth  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  screams  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  elements  of  shoegaze  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  but  the  main  focus  is  more  on  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  along  with  a  few  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  progressive  touch  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Lodz  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  goth.,  doom  and post  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lodz  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Negligence"  "Shattered  Dreams"  and  "Everything  Is  Fine".  8  out  of  10.

   

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Enemy I/Dysphoria/2017 Full Length Review


  Enemy  I  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial,  goth  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Dysphoria"  which  will  be  released  in  May.

  Distorted  sounds  and  noises  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  grooves  and  melodies  while  spoken  word  samples are  also  used  at  times  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  semi  melodic  tone  while  being  rough  at  the  same  time  while the  music  also  mixes  in a  lot  of  industrial  elements.

  A  great  amount  of  goth  influences  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  death  metal  growls are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  guitar  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with all  of  the musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  whispers  along  with  a  few  grim screams  that  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  some  of the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  later  song  adds  in  a  more  symphonic  touch.

  Enemy  I  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  industrial  and goth  metal  and  adds  it  in  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Enemy  I  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  industrial,  goth  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Twinsight"  "Placebo  God"  "Heartbeat  Decline"  and  "Spell  Cast".  8  out  of  10.   

 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Godhunter/Codex Narco/Battleground Records/Baby Tooth Records/2017 Cassette Review


  Godhunter  are  a  band  from  Tucson,  Arizona  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of    and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Codex  Narco"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  in  May  as  a  joint  effort  between  Battleground  and  Baby  Tooth  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  heavy  sludge/doom  metal  riffing  and  melodic  singing  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  also  start  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Elements  of  traditional  doom  metal  can  be  heard  at  times  while  the  vocals  also  mix  in  some  aggressive  sludge  screams  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  synths  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic fashion  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  all  of t he  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  Godhunter  creates  a  recording t hat  still  keeps  a  lot  of t heir  sludge  influenced  doom  metal  style  while  also  trying  out  newer  elements  into t he  songs,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  social  issues  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  form  Godhunter  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Like  Glass  Under  Black  Fingenails"  and  "Walking  With  A  Ghost".  8  out  of  10. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hteththemeth/Best Worst Case Scenerio/2016 Full Length Review


  Hteththemeth  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays an  avant  garde  form  of  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Best  Worst  Case  Scenario".

   Wind  sounds  along  with  whispers  start  off  the  album  while  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  as  well  as  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  which  also  gives  the  recording  a  more  ritualistic  feeling  and  after  the  intro  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  progressive  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  all  of  the  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  along  with  whispers  and  laughs  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  melodic  style  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  jazz  fusion  along  with  a  slight  touch  of  blues  rock  and  clean  singing  vocals  are  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  tracks.

   Death  metal  growls  and  heavy riffs  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  keyboards  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavy  parts  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  influences  and  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses slide  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  one  song  introduces  psychedelic  touches  onto  the  album  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Hteththemeth  plays  a  progressive style  of  avant  garde  metal  which  also  mixes   in  the  heaviness  of  doom  and  death  metal  along  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  poetic  themes  along  with  a  concept to them.

  In  my  opinion  Hteththemeth  are  a very  great  sounding  avant  garde metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "They  Will  Not  Believe  What  I  Say"  "The  Romantic  Side  Of  Paris"  "Your  Are  my  Last  Girlfriend"  and  "They  Will  Not  Believe  What  I  Have  Done".  8/5  put  of  10.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Cloud Rat/Moloch/Halo Of Flies/2017 SPlit Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Michigan's  Cloud  Rat  and  United  Kingdom's  Moloch  which  will  be  released  on  April  1oth  by  Halo  Of  Flies  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Cloud  Rat  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  yet  melodic  guitar  sound  along  with  some  screaming  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Elements  of  noisecore  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  the  energy  of  punk  while  elements  of  post  rock  and  prog  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  goth  style  synths  along  with  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  singing  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  while  dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  used  briefly  of  the  tracks  while  touches  of  harsh  noise  are  also  used  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  women's  rights,  veganism  and  self  empowerment  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cloud  Rat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Clench"  and "pit".


  Next  up  is  Moloch  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  amp  sounds  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  yet  darker  doom  metal  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  high  pitched  sludge  style  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  if  melody  along  with  both  of  their  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  growls  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  there  is  also  a brief  use  of  cries  and  spoken  word  parts  and  both  tracks  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Moloch  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lead".

  In  conclusion I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  noise,  punk,  sludge,  doom  and  grindcore.  8  out  of  10.

  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

TreyHarsh/When The Sun Sets In The East/THRecords/2017 CD Review


  TreyHarsh  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  dark  form  of  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "When  The  Sun  Sets  In  The  East"  which  will  released  by  THRecords.

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  mixture  of  growls  and  aggressive  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also b e  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  slower  riffing  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  sludge  elements  while  influences  of  modern  thrash  and  alternative  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  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  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  TreyHrsh  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  sludge  metal  while  also  mixing  in  touches  of  death,  thrash  and  alternative  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  TreyHarsh  are  a  very  great  sounding  sludge  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  At  The  Door"  "When  The  Sun  Sets  In  The  East"  "Father's  Bloodbath"  and  "All  Those  Fool  Gods".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Prisoner 639 Interview

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

Yeah sure, we formed back in 2014 when we were both wanting to do more gigging and the bands we were involved with weren't really active (or as active as we'd have liked). I'd mentioned offhand that I was planning on starting a new band, and Brame offered his drumming services, hahah. I hadn't planned on cooperating with someone living in another country, but his interests musically were perfect and we had been friends for a while anyway so we figured yeah, may as well give it a shot. Since then we've done quite a few tours, festivals, recordings, all the stuff you'd expect a band to do really.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

Pretty much a rip off of bands like Godstomper or Sordo, but more recently the sound has been a lot more stoner/sludge like as well.

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

All the generic stuff really, I mean anti-war, social issues, nothing groundbreaking. The lyrics aren't massively important, one of our songs is about Rutger Hauer. I just write about whatever I feel, and of course we have some lyrics about animal rights too. Veganism is important to me, as it is to a lot of people within the punk scene. If you've ever listened to a crust or power violence band before you know the deal.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Prisoner 639'?

Hahah, all I'll say is that it's from a certain Japanese cult film. I remember before being asked "what's your prison?" A prison for me is netflix.com, it may have no walls or a lock and key, but once you get settled into watching Attack on Titan there's simply no escape.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

No, no, the band was always supposed to be a duo and will always remain a duo.

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

Mmm... That's hard to say... We've had a lot of really great shows, one of the stand out ones being back in 2014 when we played Forced System festival (sadly now RIP). All of our gigs in Prague have been fantastic, we did a really sweet couple of shows at a skate park in Lublin (thanks to Olga and of course the guys at the 'Umea' vegan burger place!!). It's really hard to pick a favourite show, we had an amazing response in Palencia too with Brutologos Fest, and yeah the list just goes on and on. Sometimes gigs come up last minute and stick in your mind, for example a show we did in Brezno ages ago. There are loads of things that have happened with Prisoner which remain highlights of my life. Our stage performance is best described as 'loud.' I'm not sure what else to say about it, hah... 'Brief' might be another good word.

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

Our next show is going to be Chimpyfest in London, this August. For those reading who haven't been, it's an amazing festival which I've attended every year since it started up, and it's run by a really great team of people. It's well worth supporting and they have an awesome line up this year with bands like Birdflesh, Hellbastard, Six Brew Bantha, Pulmonary Fibrosis, it's going to be really cool.

8.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Throw Me in The Crater', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

Ah, those guys are really good, we gigged with them at Bloodshed festival last October, and yeah they really play a good set. Super loud, super heavy, both Brame and I really like that kind of sludgy sound. I don't know how exactly the split came about, I think Luuk or Roel asked us about it. Honestly their side of the split is recorded way better than our side, hahah, so yeah, really worth checking out. We've known them for years, stretching way back before Prisoner ever formed.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of power violence?

Yeah I mean, we're not a really well known band so I don't really know how people view us the world over, but certainly within Europe I'd say people have been really supportive and in general we've had a fantastic response from everyone. We've been lucky enough to play some great shows and meet some really special people, many of whom we've been able to stay in touch with which I think makes all the time we've put into the band worthwhile. I've made great friends through touring, people like Sally from Gewoon Fucking Raggen or Herbert from Ostrava, Giorgio from Punti Scene Records or Hazree from Shitnoise Bastards, ah, the list just goes on and on, I can't name everyone but there are many really great people who I've only been fortunate enough to meet thanks to touring in the punk scene.

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

Musically speaking I'm not sure... I mean we're at a point where we're slowing down now so I really can't say. We're both busy with other projects currently, there are songs that we haven't released yet (including a seemingly ancient, well overdue cassette with Grinder Bueno and Corporeal Abuse, as well as a tape with Hooked on Christ from the UK). We'll see what happens, only time will tell.

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?

Other than the aforementioned bands, we draw influence from who you'd typically expect, stuff like Spazz, Sex Prisoner, old ENT, Cave State, mmm... A lot of people assume we were heavily influenced by MitB but to be honest they were never a band I listened to much before forming Prisoner 639, same with Crossed Out. Bands like Primitive Man and Bongripper also influence my writing quite a lot, I love anything dark and doomy sounding.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I'm into a lot of stuff really, I mean music is a big part of my life but I'm also doing Judo when I can, visiting the gym with my younger brother, and I try to get to the cinema as often as I can. Not the usual trash that's being pumped out film after film which are generally speaking remakes of older (better) films, but I try to see screenings of more interesting films or documentaries when I can. For example a couple of days ago I went to an event organised by the Bristol Radical History Group and Bristol Antifa where they showed three different films in support of the people of Kurdistan, highlighting the efforts of groups like the PKK, YPJ, YPG. These kind of events are really important to keep people informed, but also of course I'm also going to see random stuff like old horror films or low-budget stuff. Both Brame and I are big into horror films, cannibal films, anything kind of 'nasty' I guess. I also have a site where I'm uploading my sketches, if anyone wants to see my art or animations they can look it up at: sniffingdogart.weebly.com

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

Well, of course thanks to you are in order, and also an apology for my tardiness!! The answers for this interview are long, looong overdue!! Of course as well I should thank anyone who's battled through my long, rambling answers, and to all the people who have supported Prisoner 639 over the years we've been active. I'll be touring more with my other bands, Dzhumagaliev and CxBxFxIxHxFxLxFxRxE, so if you're into grindcore/noise/gore (not rubbish tupa-tupa stuff) then come check us out. Big thanks to Every Day Hate and DoomedToDarkness!! Take care, cheers.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Calliophis Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Florian: We finished recording the album last December. After that we worked on the layout and promotion and we searched for a record label. Luckily we quickly found a serious partner in Solitude Productions. Actually we are focussing on preparing for our tour with Victims of Creation in April. Some new song ideas came already up, too.

2.You have a new album coming out during the end of March, 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?
Florian: Compared to our first album „Doomsday“ the new one is a big step forward for the band and the sound. I think „Cor Serpentis“ is really heavy and intense with a dark atmosphere. Now that CALLIOPHIS has two guitar players the album offers much more melodic parts than the old stuff. On „Doomsday“ each song sounded different. Back then we didn't know where we wanted to push the band. Now we have found our way I think. The new album feels more consistent than the first one.

3.This is the first album to be released since 2008, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
Florian: Oh yeah, it took us nine years to come up with the new album. After the release of „Doomsday“ we focussed on playing live. We also wrote a couple of new songs, which we played on stage, but we never went back to the studio. We never reached the point, when we felt ready to record new stuff. Also time became a problem. When we started the band we all went to university and had much more time for the band. In 2012 we decided to take a break and quit the band. After three years we started again with a new line-up.That was the right time for a new beginning.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Florian: We always got inspired by fables and fairy tales. So the half of our lyrics are about fables. On “Cor Serpentis” there are three fables we put to music. “Yuki Onna” is based on a Japanese and “Seven Suns” on a Mongolian fable. “Munk” is the second part of the popular German fable “Heart of Stone” by Wilhelm Hauff. Die first part was released on “Doomsday”. Besides that the songs are about tragic feelings and inner struggles. We write songs about the world how we see it, and that's quite nihilistic ;)

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Calliophis'?
Florian: Calliophis is a genus of snakes. To be honest, it has no special meaning for us. We just wanted a short and snappy name for the band.

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?
Florian: I think the most impressive live experience was at the legendary Doom Shall Rise festival in 2010. Also our shows with The Bottle Doom Lazy Band and Children of Doom as Triumvirat of Doom are great memories. Each live show has its very own atmosphere, so we enjoy every single gig. I can't describe our stage performance. The audience can do it better, I guess. I would say it fits to the music, haha.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Florian: Right after the release of „Cor Serpentis“ we will go on a little tour with our friends from Malta, Victims of Creation. We will play a couple of shows in Germany, Czech Republic and The Netherlands from April 13 to April 19.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and death metal?
Florian: The feedback was mostly very positive. Even when we came back after our three year break many people told us that they are happy that we started again. We used to play a lot with Death Metal bands in the past and I think for death metal fans we were too slow, haha. But doom fans seem to like the stuff we do.

9.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?
Florian: Matthias is vocalist for the local Brutal Death Metal band DEKREPITATION. They will release their first EP “Fragmented Perception” really soon. Thomas also sings in DYNAMATION. It's more oldschool Death Metal. They had some line-up changes in the past and will return on stage in a couple of weeks.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Florian: I don't know what the future will bring. We'll see how the music will evolve. We are always open for experiments and try a lot as long as it fits to the music.One thing is for sure: it will remain Death Doom Metal.

11.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?
Florian: We all listen to many different styles of music. Of course Metal music is dominating our cd and vinyl collections, but I would not say that there is a special influence, e.g. a certain band or album. Sure, there are some bands that made a mark on us, but we never tried to imitate a band or sound like a certain band. But it's obvious that Death Metal is probably the main influence, not the technical and hyper-fast, blastbeat overladen style. I listen to metal, rock, postrock, hiphop, electronic music many more. And of course I got inspired by this too in some way.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Florian: Music is a large part in our life. If we don't take care of our own music we go to concerts. We do some sports. I personally love to travel and try to spend time in other countries as much as possible. I'm interested in art and like to visit galleries and museums. But as I said before time is limited and beside our jobs and the band there's not that much left.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Florian: Thanks for the opportunity to spread our message. We hope to see loads of you on tour in April.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Urskog Interview

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

Well, it’s metal sung in swedish. The main theme is pretty much nature striking back at humanity. It’s poisoned spores spreading, seas rising and flooding land, avalanches coming down the mountains - you know - a little death to make you feel alive.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It’s a minced meat of death/thrash/black/doom/punk - pretty much everything aggressive I’ve ever listened to since I got my first cassette with Judas Priest as a five year old. The listener will probably have a hard time fitting Urskog into any particular genre. And I’m not trying to fit into any specific genre. I’m sort of exploring the metal that I enjoy. In short it’s aggressive music with strong hooks.

3.Your lyrics cover environmental issues and Nordic Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

Well I’m concerned about the environment and my worst fears I put into Urskog. When it comes to mythology, what I’m trying to do is to adapt it on our own time. For instance I’ve written a song called Gleipner that I’m going to release later this year or at least early next year.

Now in Nordic mythology Gleipnir is the binding that holds the mighty wolf Fenris. The Gods had attempted to bind Fenris twice with huge chains of metal, but Fenris was able to break free both times. Therefore, they commissioned the dwarves to forge a chain that was impossible to break. To create a chain to achieve the impossible, the dwarves fashioned the chain out of six supposedly impossible things:

• The sound of a cat's footfall

• The beard of a woman

• The roots of a mountain

• The sinews of a bear

• The breath of a fish

• The spittle of a bird

These are all obviously things that don’t exist so I see them as symbols of abstract ideas and

I interpret Fenris as mankind’s dark side, the beast within us, which we have bound with Gleipner - a rope made out of the ideas of peace, solidarity and so on. As we become more and more individualistic and greedy, as we give up on the ideals which we’ve bound Fenris with, Gleipner is weakened until eventually Fenris is able to break loose, causing Ragnarok, the end of this world.

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

Urskog means primeval forest in english. Urskog is also a combination of the words Ur (Of) - and Skog (Forest) and I am literary of the forest since I grew up in a small town, in northernmost Sweden, surrounded by miles and miles of fir forests, so It also refers to that heritage.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with a full band or do you prefer to remain solo?

I don’t play all the instruments on the record. I sing. I do however record all the parts before entering the studio and then let better musicians replace those parts with better performances.
I think it would be interesting working with a full band and write songs together as a band, but the few people I know that are good enough musicians are occupied with their own projects, so just getting them into a studio for a day or two is hard.
To tell you the truth I don’t know how I could even find the time to be in a band between my day work and being a father of two, but I won’t bore you with details about that.
There’s is also the fact that I really want Urskog to be my own project where I make all the decisions and explore the themes and music that I’m into. I really don’t want to have to compromise. That’s something I have to do all the time in all other aspects of my life, so in that regard Urskog is sort of a sanctuary. So given that I would be a total dictator - I don’t know how rewarding it would be for others to join Urskog?

6.The ep was released through Ididit Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

I can tell you very little since there isn't much to tell. It’s a label that I started myself (I did it) just to release my own music. Further down the road it would be interesting to sign some other bands, but as of know I’m just using it to release Urskog.

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


I’ve gotten very good feedback and support actually from everyone who’s been able to find my music. I mean, so far I’ve only sold like 40 cassettes and 50 vinyls, but given that absolutely no one knew about me a couple of months ago and 90% of the people who bought the record are total strangers to me, I’d say that’s pretty good. Many have reached out to me in mails and messages to encourage me and that’s awesome. And given that I sing in swedish, I did not expect americans to be into it - so that came as a surprise.

8.Are you or have you ever been involved with any other bands or musical projects?

Nothing serious. I played in a band or two while in school. In total, I think we did four gigs.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I got four new songs that I’m going to record this summer, so the plan is to release those, together with the two that’s already out there, late this year or early 2018. As for the future, I don’t know really. I’m going about this one hurdle at a time.

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?

Mastodon, Entombed, Kvelertak, Metallica, Vanhelgd, Satyricon, Behemoth, Immortal, Vektor, Rancid, Roky Erickson, Bad Religion, Iron Maiden to name a few. Like I said before Urskog is a minced meat of everything I enjoy that I consider metal or aggressive music. I like to flood myself with inspiration and then let all that inspiration take me on a ride. I don't censor myself. If I'm writing a Thrash song and I get an idea for a part that's Black Metal or punk I go: yeah, let's see if I can make that work. So in that sense what I'm really doing is laying a puzzle of all kinds of inspiration and own ideas.

As for what I've been listening to lately, I don't really remember everything but I’ve listened a lot to Vektor. Their talent is out of this world. They’re so good I can hardly stand it. I also picked up a nice cassette - Sacrifice with Gravebreaker. If you’re into old school NWOBHM, you should check them out.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Binge watching TV-series. Playing video games (but I pretty much stopped to find time for music). Drinking and quibbling with friends. I'm reading a book about Ossuaries called Empire of Death, fascinating stuff.

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

Maybe a funny story? When I was sevenmy family and I visited the closest city some 20 miles (120 English I guess) from Dorotea where I lived back then. I followed my older brother to the record store and he bought Holy Diver. My mother had totally swallowed the bullshit about suicides, satanic worship etc etc connected to heavy metal so she tried to force my brother to go back and buy something else. My brother refused and tried to argue that the album was about a diver. Moreover a holy one! But my mother wouldn't budge pointing on the devil. My brother wouldn’t either so as we waited in the car, my mother changed it for a Duran Duran album. My brother refused to accept it though and my mother still has the Duran Duran album. And of course me and brother bought our own copies of Holy Diver behind her back.
I think heavy metal has a lot of outrageous parents to thank for getting so big.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Urskog/Sprider Sporer/Ididit Records/2017 EP Review


  Urskog  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash,  punk  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep  "Sprider  Sporer"  which  was  released  by  Ididit  Records.

  A  very  hard,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences  and  after  awhile  crossover  style  vocals  and  thrash  influences  are  added  onto  the  recoridng  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  punk  and  d  beat  elements.

  A  great  amount  of  sludge  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  riffing  while  a  decent  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  can  be  heard  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  and  while t he  music  is  very  retro  it  also  sounds  very  modern  all  at  the  same  time.

  Urkskog  plays  a  musical style   that  takes  sludge,  punk,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics a re  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  envoromental  issues  and  Nordic  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  Urkskog  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash,  punk  and  sludge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ur  Skogen".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Oceanwake/Earthen/ViciSolum Records/2017 CD Review


  Oceanwake  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  doom,  death  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Earthen"  which  was  released  by  ViciSolum  Records.

  Avant  garde  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  doom  metal  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  clean  guitar  is  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awile  grim  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  the  synths  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  sounding  synths  along  with  clean  singing  and  elements  of  post  rock  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  Oceanwake  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  doom,  death,  progressive  and  post  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Oceanwake  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  doom, death  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Storm  Sermon".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Lunatic Hooker Interview


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

We are a 5 piece extreme metal band from Southern England. The band actually started as just a fun little side project idea in early 2015 as myself and a couple of the other guys had been recently been getting back into the old death metal and grindcore stuff we used to listen to years ago and thought it might be fun to just write a couple of tracks or an ep of real heavy stuff. Once we started writing we realized right away that we actually had something pretty cool and unique here and decided to get a couple of our other friends on board and Lunatic Hooker then became a proper band. We had all been having some issues in other bands we were playing in and so Lunatic Hooker really became our way of reconnecting with the fun of being in a band with a bunch of friends and writing some heavy as hell music whilst having a few beers. It re-lit the passion for playing music in all of us.

2.You have an album coming out in April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Our sound is kind of a mixture of modern grindcore, old school death metal and sludge/doom metal. Like Napalm Death mixed with early Entombed mixed with Iron Monkey, or something. None of which was pre-planned, it is simply what came out of us when we had a few drinks and cranked up the Boss HM-2 pedals!

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

Lyrically the album covers a few different topics but overall is mainly looking at the ridiculous and terrible things that some members of the human race do. So there is religion, environmental issues, murder, torture etc etc but the album title 'Embracing The Filth' (and the title track) is actually saying that yeah things can be pretty fucked up but we are all gonna end up in the ground eventually so lets enjoy the ride, have a beer and if the end of the world is coming then lets greet it with a smile!  

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

The band name came from our vocalist George and I believe it is simply the result of late night 'herbal' discussions between him and some friends regarding funny stories and names for a band etc. There is no deep meaning behind the name, it is simply the name that he suggested and we all quite liked it and so went with it.

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

Well we have only really played a handful of shows so far but have been fortunate enough to play with bands such as Magrudergrind, Ghoul, Hang The Bastard and Conjuror, so they have been cool shows. Our recent show supporting Ghoul at The Camden Underworld was a particularly enjoyable show. Our live performance i would describe as heavy, energetic, passionate and full on. We certainly are not the sort of band that just stands still on stage! ;-)

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

Nothing booked as yet but yeah we are making inquiries and trying to get some shows lined up for once the album is released.

7.The album is coming out on 'Black Bow Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Of all the labels we contacted, they were the ones who were most enthusiastic about the album and were able to offer us the kind of deal we were hoping for, that's why we decided to go with them and so far, so good. We always felt that we would rather work with a smaller label who really gets us and is enthusiastic about the band, rather than maybe work with a bigger label that doesn't give a rats arse about us.

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

Well it's very early days yet but so far the feedback has been great! We have had good feedback and comments from people into death metal, grindcore, black metal, sludge, doom etc etc and the album reviews so far have been very positive. Which is nice.

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

Who knows? As i mentioned earlier, our style/sound wasn't a planned thing, it is literally just what came out of us. So who knows what we will come up with in the future? I think we have come across a pretty cool niche sound for ourselves though, so I wouldn't expect us to stray massively away from what we have done on this album.

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?

Bands that influenced us as regards the sound of Lunatic Hooker would be bands like Napalm Death, Rotten Sound, Nasum, Entombed, Carcass, Dissection, EyeHateGod, Iron Monkey etc etc. What we listen to at the moment? well we all listen to all sorts of stuff. Everything from Depeche Mode to Anaal Nathrakh  

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Personally, I am into whiskys (especially Islay), I support Fulham FC, I enjoy watching the UFC, Films, Beer, Food, spending time with the kids etc etc. Normal stuff really. Despite us making an unholy racket as a band, we are actually nice, fairly normal people :-)

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

Thanks for your time. Everyone can have a listen to one of the tracks off our upcoming debut album here - https://youtu.be/IGqSTMQg_dY

Keep an eye on our facebook page for live dates, merch, videos, album release details etc.


Cheers


Ross (Guitarist)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Lunatic Hooker/Embracing The Filth/Black Bow Records/2017 CD Review


  Lunatic  Hooker  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore,  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Embracing  The  Filth"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Black  Bow  Records.

  Distorted  drones  along  with  some  powerful  sounding bass  guitars  start  off  the  album  before going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  also  introducing  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  when  the music  speeds  up  elements  of  grindcore  along  with  brutal  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  can  be  heard.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  death  metal  style  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  tracks  bringing  in  elements  of  sludge and  horror  movie  samples can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavy  direction.

  Lunatic  Hooker  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal,  grindcore and  sludge  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror,  gore, and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lunatic  Hooker  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore,  and  sludge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  God  Is  Bigger  Than  Yours"  "Unearthed  Dead  Children"  "Cult  Chaos"  and  "Sarlac'.  8  out  of  10.   

Calliophis/Cor Serpentis/Solitude Productions/2017 Full Length Review


  Calliophis  are  a  band  from Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Cor  Serpentis"  which  will  be  released  on  March  27th  by  Solitude  Productions.

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  that  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads and  solos  onto  the  recording.

  A  lot  of  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  having  a  more  up  to  date  production  while  acoustic  guitars  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Calliophis  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  th e lyrics  cover  human  tragedies, fairy  tales,  sadness,  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Calliophis  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  Cleansing"  and  "Seven  Suns".  8  out  of  10. 

Longhouse/II: Vanishing/2017 Full Length Revirew


  Longhouse  are  a  band  from  Ottawa,  Ontario,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture of  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "II:  Vanishing"  which  will  be  released  in  April.

  Melodic  post  rock  style  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounds  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sludge  and  doom  metal  influenced  riffing  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark sounding  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  sludge  style  screams  and  some  of  the  riffing  adds  in  a  touch  of  stoner  metal  while  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  melodic  singing  along  with  psychedelic  elements  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  Longhouse  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  sludge,  doom,  and  post  metal  mixtures  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover   Indigenous  culture  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Longhouse  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge,  doom,  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hunter's  Moon"  and  "The  Vigil".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Laments Of Silence 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?
The new album has only a few months of life, therefore we are in full promotion of it. We are saling it on different platforms, making it known in websites, magazines,... and closing dates to present it live.

2 In November you had released a new album, 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?
In this album you can find everything that is expected of a metal album: powerful guitars, blaring batteries, guttural voices that play with melodic ones,... Refering to the past there is a clear evolution but we haven’t lost the essence of what has been Laments of Silence for all these years.

3 This is your first album in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about was going on during that time span?
In this time there have been changes in the band, we suffered a robbery in our rehearsal room and up to three members of the group have been parents, all made us consider whether or not to continue with music. The answer is called “System failure”, an album desired by both us and our fans.

4 Originally the band played more of a goth metal style but have evolved into a mixture of industrial and melodic death metal, what was the decision behind going into this direction?
It was not a decision, in all these years we have grown and evolved at the same time as our music. If now our music sounds like industrial and melodic death metal, Perfect! but we do not seek to box in one style or another.

5 What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Our themes speak about the current situation, how rotten our world is, that we must unite to overthrow those who oppress us,...

6 What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name “laments of Silence”?
There are many who lament in silence, who cry inside without expressing their feelings, we want to give voice to that silence.

7 What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe you stage performance?
It is difficult to choose one or another concert, it is like to love one child more than another, we love it all equally, with their failures but with their good things too,... but if we have to choose one we would choose our live show in the festival Revoltallo in Vigo a few years ago, it was a great night. About our stage performance we have evolved too, giving more importance to the music than the image.

8 Do you have any touring or shows plans for the future?
As we said before, we are closing dates for the live presentation of our cd, so far this month we have a band contest in Barcelona and a possible concert with Hamlet in Tarragona in April, we continue to work to bring our music the farther the better .

9 The new album was self released, are you open to working with another record label again in the future?
We know how the world of music is, it is difficult for the record labels to bet on new bands or small bands, but of course we would like to work again if they given the opportunity, we would be delighted.

10 On a worldwide level how was the feedback been to your newer music by fans of industrial and melodic death metal?
The fans have received the new album very well, they have been waiting for a long time and we believe that they have taken a great surprise to see the evolution of the band. The music we make is for us but also for them and it is very important for us their opinion about the new work and other aspects related to the band.

11 Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Who knows, the man just like this band never stops evolving, but what if it is clear is that we will continue making the music that we like to play, we do not see us playing music that does not fill us.

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?
We listen everything, we are 6 members of the band with different musical tastes, we basically listen from hard rock to melodic death metal, from metalcore to heavy metal, from Evergrey to Scar Symmetry or from Within Temptation to Metallica ...

13 What are some of your non musical interests?
We are a very normal people, we like to read from comics to historical novel, to watch television series, movies, sports, being with our babies,...
14 Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We hope this interview reaches many people, to know us but above all enjoy our album.

Bitterfeldt Interview

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

=> I founded Bitterfeldt in 2012 with my long-term friend Sascha (guitar, didgeridoo). Supported by Matze (Ex-CREMATORY, guitars), Oliver (EVEREVE, bass) and Christian Bass (HEAVEN SHALL BURN, drums) as well as by sound artists such as Sascha Dürk (multiple winner of the Future Music Award) and André Höche, we produced our first album Götzen.Dämmerung which will be released at the 24th of March by Massacre records. After that we are heading for world domination…:-)

2.You have an album coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

=> That´s quite difficult – and you might know that no artist likes this question..:-).
On our website www.bitterfeldt.com you will find some snippets giving you a first impression of our sound. Some people refer to it as „Dark Doom Gothic Metal“ (whatever that means....).

Our vision was to create something real intense, deep, dark and epic. A massive wall of sound and atmosphere, coming over you like a bulldozer..:-). Love it or hate it, but do not ignore it. And if you are open-minded, you may find yourself on a psycho journey through different emotions, facing your inner demons, haunting you by revealing your subconscious fears. So the songs are about 10 minutes each to „tell a real story“. With this project I do not care about the „classical rules“ of songwriting, I just did what felt right to me. We also included some atmospheric parts in the songs that sound like a movie soundtrack. Very psycho and gloomy parts with a lot of ambiance, sound effects and strange noises.

3.Some of your lyrics quote Nietzsche, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this philosopher?

=> Yes, you are right. We included some quotes from Friedrich Nietzsche in the lyrics, especially in the instrumental parts between the songs where we recruited a professional speaker who did a great job. Nietzsche is an interesting personality with a lot of inner contradictions – and he also presented the concept of the „antichrist“. We are no satanic band practicing devil worshiping or something like this. But of course the deeper meaning of Nietzsche´s concept is to be critical about the „Gods“ that have been created by religion, politics as well as by society and the moral standards. So the message is to stay open-minded, independent and autonomous. Keep your own will, free spirit and sovereignty - and live up to your own convictions and beliefs. This does not mean that you have to be 100 percent „evil“ or „non-conformist“ – it is more about liberation from restrictions and establishing your unique personality.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bitterfeldt'?

=> Actually we liked the sound of the word and the combination of two strong notions i.e. „Bitter“ and „Feld“ („Bitterfeldt“ might be translated as „Field of Bitterness“). There is also a town in Germany that is called „Bitterfeld“- but there is no connection between this town and the band. Hence the different way of spelling with the „t“ at the end. But one journalist mentioned that from his point of view the music of bitterfeldt (and the mood) fits somehow to some pictures from the town Bitterfeld that has been featured in the media during the 80´s and 90´s. And I guess, he is right. In fact Bitterfeld is located in former Eastern Germany and it was the town where all the chemical industry facilities were located. So the Bitterfeld pictures in the news usually showed a dark grey sky, bleak landscapes with old factories – somehow an image of depression and hopelessness. Nowadays the town seems to be quite nice. But this old pictures remained in the memories of my generation. So maybe it has been influencing us unintentionally when we decided to call the band Bitterfeldt, I do not know.


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

=> Due to the fact that the members of Bitterfeldt used to play in several quite well-known bands in the past – such as EverEve, Crematory, Belladonna (Anthrax) etc. each of us played countless live shows - smaller ones and bigger ones. Throughout the years I played about 500 gigs and personally I liked the tour with Hypocrisy and The Kovenant we did with EverEve. I also enjoyed some headliner shows in the US, South America and Russia  - and of course the big festivals we played with EverEve, e.g. Wacken, Mera Luna, Euro Rock etc.

Concerning Bitterfeldt we have only just begun to make plans about live shows, tours etc. Let´s see how the album will be received by the fans, then let´s see when and where we are going to play live. We will do a couple of club gigs to get into shape and test a few things. Of course a Bitterfeldt show will not just be „going on stage and playing the songs“. We have a strong visual concept in our album design, photos and videos - and so we will transfer this attitude to our live shows as well. It will probably be pure madness...:-)))


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

=> see answer above....
We will see if there are good offers for festival shows or tours –and then we will definitely kick ass...


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

=> Even though the album has not been released so far, the feedback has been really great. Of course our former activities in other bands have helped us, so we are no newcomers but old dicks roaming in the metal scene for ages..:-). But we really appreciate the positive resonance of the press and the fans with their interest in the band. Bitterfeldt is no easy-listening stuff. So from a commercial point of view it is challenging stuff. I am really happy that we got some offers from big labels to make sure that the album will be released in an appropriate way. Especially the guys from Massacre Records got the right impression about our spirit and liked it from the very beginning. But even if we had not not got the chance to receive a record deal we would have published the album anyway. I am not interested in „marketing“ aspects. Bitterfeldt is about being authentic, not about selling millions of records. We want to express our creativity - without any restrictions or the usual business thoughts and rules in mind. If people keep on enjoying our music, Bitterfeldt will prevail.

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

=> To be 100 percent correct, the the Bitterfeldt line-up only consists of Sascha and me. Sascha also plays in a Punk Band called Torrent. EverEve has never split up officially so I am still in EverEve – but I am focussed 100 Percent on Bitterfeldt.

But of course there are some more guys involved in Bitterfeldt (recording and live line-up). And these great artists have their other musical projects as well. Matze quit Crematory a couple of months ago but he still plays guitars in a Death Metal Band called „Shit for Brains“. Oliver (bass) plays in a Power Metal band called „Surrender the Crown“, Christian of course plays drums in „Heaven Shall Burn“ and Martin (live drums) has a lot of projects, too. So it seems as if we are all well-occupied making some noise – Music is our life!


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

=> I am pretty sure that we will keep on doing what we have been doing so far – that means trying to create the perfect soundtrack for the apocalypse. So it is not just about being heavy as shit but also about reflecting different „psycho states“ and the „abysses of the mind“. And both lyrically and musically we will go as deep and intense as possible.


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?

I am interested in a wide variety of musical styles and genres. I listen to classical music as well as to avantgarde pop and independent stuff - and also to electronic music. But of course my favourite music was, is (and probably will ever be) „dark“ music, especially extreme metal.
I discovered Gothic Music in the 90´s, too, but my roots are metal-ish. The first band I adored (and still do, especially the old stuff) was Iron Maiden as I bought the Powerslave album. I soon switched to more extreme metal bands such as Slayer (still rules!), Kreator, Exodus, Celtic Frost, Death, Morbid Angel, Pestilence, Bathory, Dark Throne, etc. And I always liked the slow real heavy doom stuff, e.g. Asphyx, Triptykon or Neurosis. So with Bitterfeldt it is like a return to my roots. 


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

=> Dreams, Sex and Death...:-))

I am also a big fan of movies, especially in the „film noir“ style of the 40´s. Consequently with Bitterfeldt we just finished the production of our first video film (we call it video FILM as it is more than 13 minutes long). We tried to create something special, fitting perfectly to the music. It is no music video but a „film noir“ in black & white, with real actors, a story and a lot of symbols, metaphors and moods. The video will be released at the 28th of february. You will find all relevant information about the video release on www.massacre-records.com.
 
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

=> First of all I would like to thank you for the interview and the inspiring questions. On behalf of all the guys involved in Bitterfeldt I would like to express my gratitude to all the fans for their support. I like the fact that there are still people appreciating true authentic extreme music – so let´s make dark metal great again...:-)


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Martyrdoom/Grievous Psychosis/Memento Mori/2017 CD Review


  Martyrdoom  are  a  band  from  Poland  that plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Grievous  Psychosis"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Momento  Mori.

  Bells  and  dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  the  slow  riffs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  screams  making  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark yet  melodic  fashion  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  on  the  closing  song .

  Martyrdoom  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  the  doom  and  death  metal  genres,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  H.P  Lovecraft,  Gore  and  Violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Martyrdoom  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Bloody  Incantations"  "Lucifer  Rise"  and  "Corpsefuck".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Connoisseur/Over the Edge/Tankgrimes/2017 CD Review


  Connoisseur  are  a  band  from  Oakland,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  power  violence,  stoner,  sludge,  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Over  The  Edge"   which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Tankcrimes.

  A  very  heavy  d  beat  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  aggressive  hardcore  punk  style  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  sludge  style  screams  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  melodic  riffing  is  also  used  at  times.

  Elements  of  power  violence  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  when  clean  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  stoner  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of blast  beats  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Connoisseur  creates  a  recording  this  time  around  that  mixes  stoner,  sludge,  doom  metal,  power  violence  and  hardcore  punk  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  album,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  pot  smoking  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Connoisseur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  hardcore  punk,  power  violence,  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Stoning"  "It's  Lit"  "The  Answer"  and  "Plague  Mask".  8  out  of  10. 


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Call Of The Void/AYFKM/Translation Loss Records/2017 EP Review


  Call  Of  The  Void  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  hardcore,  sludge,  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2017  ep"AYFKM"  which  was  released  by  Translation  Loss  Records.

  Distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  bringing  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  and  after  awhile  drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  d  beats  and  elements  of  hardcore  along  with  a  few  blast  beats.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  hardcore  shouts,  sludge  screams  and  a  few  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  crust  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  crossover  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.  

  Call  Of  the  Void  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  hardcore,  sludge,  and  doom  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics cover  hateful  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Call  Of  The  Void  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  hardcore,  sludge,  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Are  you  Fucking  Kidding  Me"  and  "Never  Enough".  8  out  of  10.