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.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Contaminated/Final Man/Blood Harvest/2017 CD Review

 
Contaminated  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Final  Man"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Blood  Harvest.

  A  very  heavy,  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  deep death  metal  growls a nd  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Finnish  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  During  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  guitar  leads  also  add  in  a  dark  style  of  death  metal  without  using  much  in  the  way  of  solos  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Contaminated  plays  a  style  of  Finnish  influenced  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  also  mixing  in  a  touch  of  doom,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Contaminated  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  doom/death  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Time  To  Rot"  "Starved"  and  "Final  Man".  8  out  of  10. 

Hteththemeth Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Robert: We are Hteththemeth from Brasov, Romania, a band that likes to think that its music is just as weird as its name. We approach a wide array of genres, but each song is cinematic in its own way, as part of a soundtrack for an epic series of imaginary movies, which should only be viewed by the most hopeless of romantics.
Luci: Hteththemeth was born from a dream that our vocalist had back in 1999 and it was up to Lao to keep the flames burning for more than a decade, until his solo project became a live band first with session members and now with full time members. Also, we like to say that we play unhuman music, since we can’t really be pinned into one genre (those who have tried placed us into the avant-garde side of metal, but we really don’t aim to fit, we just want to compose and perform music that comes straight from our souls).

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Robert: A cocktail of songs that you can dance with your lady to, as well as bring about pain and suffering for everyone that decides to lie and hurt other people for their amusement. A terrific sound bringing about a terrible fate for the human race.
Vlad: Best Worst Case Scenario is a very eclectic album. One will find something suited for his taste as long as one listens with an open mind. From bossa nova, blues and jazz moments to post-rock, gothic, avant-garde, progressive and even death metal, there’s something for every music enthusiast out there.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Robert: Well, in a nutshell, we tend to structure our albums as coherent narratives. We deal with lyrical themes such as love, lust, trust, hate and even retribution, in a grand fantasy setting with demons and archangels. Despite the complex mythology that we have in our stories, Lao tends to use few metaphors in his lyrics, as his words almost spill from his brain as raw as possible, clearly and viscerally communicating the emotion he is feeling at that moment.
Vlad: Everything in our music is in strong connection with Hteththemeth, the fallen archangel who brings retribution to the world of humans, because of their inability to reach the feeling of Adoration. So everything in the life of humans and much more can become a lyrical topic of the unhuman songs.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name “Hteththemeth”?
Vlad: Hteththemeth is the archangel of Adoration, after his own assumed decision to fall, disappointed and disgusted by the humans’ inability to reach the highest state of love.
Robert: Hteththemeth is the main character of our story. We like to think that we are his messengers, tasked with a last attempt to fix humanity. I guess, in a way, Hteththemeth is the embodiment of a broken heart, a once pure entity, now filled only with a desire for vengeance. He is, in a way, every hopeless romantic's fetish, in a sense that, I think many of us felt this overwhelming desire to just punish everyone that cheats and hurts the people that they should care about. So, at least for me, Hteththemeth is sort of a cathartic experience.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Vlad: We played some amazing shows in 2016 and each and every one of them had something special. However, ARTmania Festival in Sibiu, The Global Battle of the Bands World Final in Berlin, The Wacken Metal Battle Final at Wacken Open Air, Rock’N’Iasi Indoor 2016 and Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2016 were highlights of our live performances until now. And, of course, the hometown release show of our album, Best Worst Case Scenario.
The most important thing in our stage performance is the energy we get from the audience. We put our souls out on stage and in our music and the sincere connection with the audience fuels us with a lot of energy and emotion. It is also what we give back to them, completing our shows with a lot of theatrical moments that help us tell the story and pass the many feelings and emotions.
Robert: A show that is still tattooed on my very heart is our show at Rock'N'Iasi, which was this autumn in September. We had a large stage and we had the possibility to do as many of the theatrics that we usually like to do on stage. But Rock'N'Iasi was also an example of how we are able to get over most of our technical difficulties in fun ways. The most memorable and special moment for me is when Luci's guitar processor broke (I'm sorry, Luci!) and me, Koldr and Codrut wrote a post-rock song on stage to fill the time needed for Luci to fix his issues. The crowd went so wild I could not believe it.
Luci: Our shows are really something different from the majority of the bands out there, and that’s because we use a lot of theatrical elements, both in terms of props and stage presence. We wear masks, we change our clothes during our show, we have collaborators that help us bring our story closer to what we want to convey through dancing and acting, we even have huge archangel wings that Lao, our vocalist wears. We have also a big white screen with a powerful light behind, where the audience can see a girl’s shadow sensually dancing, we have moments of poetry and monologues, but most important, we all share the same energy and passion about our live shows.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Robert: We have almost finished our spring tour with two concerts in Botosani and Suceava and we are still planning a few shows here in there, as well as a few summer festivals. The biggest thing that I am very excited about is a grand closing concert for our Best Worst Case Scenario tour that we are preparing with some very special guests. If things go well, we might actually do an amazing tour like this. Fingers crossed!

7. In 2013 you had released a split with 'The Bipolar Disorder Project', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
Vlad: The Bipolar Disorder Project is the amazing one man project of our bandmate Robert. He writes great music, he speaks of beautiful and painful things in his songs and he puts his feelings in every note that he writes.
Robert: Well, The Bipolar Disorder Project is basically one guy from Brasov with a solo project. It's sort of his avenue to explore all kinds of different musical impulses, from extreme metal to folk and post-rock. Lyrically, some of the themes that pop up in Hteththemeth also show up in his, as both projects are focused around the idea of romanticism. I know the guy very well and I can say that he is a cool cat and he also has a cool cat. He's great at parties, super fun. You should see him sing "Hotline Bling" during sound check. He's got a voice like an angel with acid reflux. It's me. The Bipolar Disorder Project is me.

8. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received an interest?
Robert: We are unsigned and due to the wonders of the internet, we've actually managed to have quite a successful album launch by doing it ourselves. We like to keep things in the family and we are going strong as it is, but, of course, we are always on the lookout for a good label and we are open to any proposition that might come our way.
Luci: We are collaborating right now with the Transylvanian label Loud Rage Music, but only in regards to promoting our self-released album - Best Worst Case Scenario around the world, in different metal oriented webzines, magazines and so on. The first reviews have already arrived and we’re eager to see more of them.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of avant-garde metal?
Robert: Frankly, we've yet to meet a lot of avant-garde enthusiasts. The few that we did meet, however, have been quite impressed by what we do. I'm quite excited about the idea of getting our stuff out there more and seeing how the avant-garde scene would react to us on a larger scale. I have my hopes up.

10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Robert: No idea, honestly. Most likely it will be previously unexplored territory, but we will first come up with a new chapter for our story and then tailor the music to fit that story, like a soundtrack. The message comes first in Hteththemeth.
Vlad: We like to say that there is no limit to where we can get, neither in terms of musical diversity, nor in terms of the unhuman evolution of our story. Whatever we feel and live will be reflected in our music. Only time will tell.
Luci: We have discussed the following materials and the conceptual parts are shaping up as we speak. We want to write more chapters in the story of Hteththemeth and his struggle, while also having in mind other important characters. We’re hoping to finish composing the second material by next year.

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?
Robert: Well, I think a part of what makes the band interesting is that we don't really have a lot of common tastes in music. This gives us our edge, but is also a source of funny conflicts. The only band that we can all agree upon as a group favourite is Leprous. As far as what has influenced me when writing music for Hteththemeth, the Norwegian avant-garde movement has been quite important. Personally, though, music for me is all about catharsis. It's about feeling in love, broken, powerful, hopeless, crazy and everything in-between. Authenticity is the key. I can find that in very diverse artists, from Debussy and Rachmaninoff to Sinatra and Esperanza Spalding, from Abba and Aurora to Agent Fresco and Tesseract. I've also been getting a lot into folk recently. Fleet Foxes are my favourites at the moment.
Vlad: We in the band are very different, we have different musical influences, we listen to different genres and every one of us listens to a plethora of different styles. This is one of the reasons our music is so diverse and surprising. We are influenced by music that makes us FEEL something, whether it is bright and shiny or dark and depressive. Each and every song that makes you FEEL transforms your inner self and ends up leaving a mark on you, both as a human or unhuman being and as a musician.
Luci: I’m a big fan of Dream Theater, Opeth and Pink Floyd, so you could say that prog has got its grasp on me, but I really enjoy a lot of music, from classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, hip-hop, trip-hop, electro, pop and all the way to rock and metal. I find that the genre is less important, as long as the artist has quality and the music has depth and meaning.

12. What are some of your non-musical interests?
Robert: I am interested in whatever makes the universe work and I always try to learn something new every day. I am especially interested in psychology and what makes the human mind tick. I am also a big fan of movies, especially the surreal ones directed by David Lynch and Darren Afronofsky, as well as psychological and war movies. I also like to read whenever I have the time. I recently finished Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. I recommend it to gloomy neo-noir lovers. I used to also love going up the mountains, but after university, I've become so sexily fat that I can barely walk 2 miles. I'm planning to get back in the swing of things. And maybe learn how to dance too...
Vlad: As different as we are in terms of music, we are also different in profession. From graduating medical school to fireman, to sound engineer, to filmmaker, to hotel manager, to fire entertainer, you can see how we come from different walks of life. But we are all interested in art, we all like reading, yet very different genres of literature too, we all like movies and theatre. Myself and Codrut are very big sports fans, and even in this we are divergent, as we support different teams.
Luci: I am an avid reader (I bought myself 18 books as a present for my last birthday), but I also like movies, theatre, PC games (although I hardly have time for them now) and playing a lot of sports. One of the most important things in my life is trekking in the mountains, where I truly feel my soul belongs, but sadly that’s a thing that has been denied to me the past 2 years, due to medical reasons (sport is taking its tow on my legs). I am trying to fix myself and get back out there, since playing music and being on journeys towards mountain tops are essential to me.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Robert: Please support your favourite artists. The business out there is hard on musicians like us and we all need every bit of help we can get in order to keep making the music that you love. Also, don't be afraid of the experiences that life throws at you, as many of them might surprise you. Nobody has had a beautiful life without taking a few risks. And please don't lie to people. It serves no one. And remember that people are just as deep and complex as you are and some of your actions might be hurting those that you love. See you at our shows and best of luck!
Vlad: Thank you very much for your interest in Hteththemeth and for helping us tell the story. As for everyone out there, please support live music, support bands that have a message, buy music if you can afford it, talk with your friends about your favourite or newly discovered bands, help musicians tell their stories and pass their feelings to the world. It’s the thing we wish the most. Music makes the world a better place, art makes the world a better place!
Luci: Find what you love and let it kill you, kiss you, adore you, change you, take you places and whatever it brings, but just don’t let go! Passion is the most important thing in life, so don’t deny yourself a meaningful life, filled with strong feelings and joy in doing what you love!
That and of course, support the musical underground scene, support the music you like and remember that without an audience there can be no music! Don’t let music get silenced and also don’t let yourselves get silenced!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Father Befouled/Desolate Gods/Dark Descent Records/2017 CD Review


  Father  Befouled  are  a  band  from  Georgia  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Desolate  Gods"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Distorted  guitar  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  darker  and  heavier  musical  direction  while  the faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  deep  death  metal  growls a nd  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  remaining  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  death  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  always  remains  very  dark and  heavy  and  one  track  is  all  instrumental  while  the  last  song  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Father  Befouled  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  rooted  in  the  early  90's  era  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  ancient  gods  of  death  and  chaos  along  with  the  darkness  that  governs  the  universe  and  the pain  that  death  creates.


  In  my  opinion  Father  Befouled  are  a  very  great sounding  doom/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Exsurge  Domine"  "Ungodly  Rest"  and  "Desolate  Gods".  8  out  of  10.
     

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)