Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Sullen Route/Last Day In Utter Diseases/Grimm Distribution/2018 CD Re-Issue Review


  The  Sullen  Route  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Last  Day  In  Utter  Diseases"  which  was  re-issued  in 2018  by  Grimm  Distribution.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths while  programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well a s  the  music  focusing  more  on  the  heavier  side  after  the  intro  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  clear  and  shouting  vocals  being  used  at  times,  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals,  acoustic  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  and  the  last  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in length.

  The  Sullen  Route  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  with  melodic  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  loss  of  hope  and  self  harm  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Sullen  Route  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  doom  ad  death  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bonesacs"  "Dead  Horizon"  and  "Lead  Undone".  8  out  of  10.

Sulaco/The Prize/Translation Loss Records/2018 CD Review


  Sulaco  are  a  band  from  Rochester,  New  York  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death,  doom  metal,  grind,  hardcore,  progressive  and  noise  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Prize"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Translation  Loss  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  progressive  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  shouting  hardcore  style  hardcore  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  noise  rock  elements.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times,  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  slow  riffs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  Sulaco  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death,  doom  metal,  grind,  hardcore,  noise  and  progressive  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sulaco  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death,  doom  metal,  grind,  hardcore  progressive  and  noise  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Bridge"  and  "So  Be  It".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cavurn/Rehearsal/Blood Harvest Records/Helter Skelter Productions/2018 Demo Review


  Cavurn  are  a  band  from  Bellingham,  Washington  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  rehearsal  demo  which  was  released  on  cassette  as  a  joint  effort  between  Blood  Harvest  Records  and  Helter  Skelter  Productions.

  Guitar  amp  noises  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death metal growls  along  with  a  few  screams  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  Cavurn  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  doom  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  decay  and  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cavurn  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "II".  8  out  of  10.

  

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Denim Casket/2018 Demo Review


  Denim  Casket  are  a  band  from  Boise,  Idaho  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  demo.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  sludge  metal  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  screams.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  good  amount  of  amp  noise  along  with  the  bass  guitars  also  being  used  as  a  lead  instrument  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melodic  riffing  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental.

 Denim  Casket  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge  metal  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Denim  Casket  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Reverse  Egg"  and  "Wrinkled  Shirt".  8  out  of  10.  

Doomed/6 Anti-Odes To Live/Solitude Productions/2018 CD Review


  Doomed  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "6  Anti  Odes  To  Life"  which  will  be  released  on  June  22nd  by  Solitude  Productions.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  bring  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  vocals  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls.

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  grim  screams  when  they  are  utilized  bring  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording,  at  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  the  closing  track  is  an  instrumental.

  Doomed  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  depression  and  suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Doomed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aura"  and  "Insignificant".  8  out of  19.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Allfather/And All Will Be Desolation/Rotting Throne Records/2018 CD Review


  Allfather  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  a  mixture  of  hardcore,  sludge  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "And  All  Will  Be  Desolation"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Rotting  Throne  Records.

  Clean  yet  distorted  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  hardcore  shouting  and  screaming  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  death'n'roll  elements.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  sludge  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  distorted  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Allfather  expands  on  their  mixture  of  hardcore  and  sludge  metal  by  adding  in  elements  of  death  metal  and  death'n'roll  to  take  their  sound  to  another  level,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mythology,  Politics  and  Philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Allfather  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  hardcore,  sludge  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Triangle"  "Lord  Betrayer"  and  "Inherit  The  Dust".  8  out  of  10.

  

Monday, June 11, 2018

Boar/Posedian/Lost Pilgrim Records/2018 CD Review


  Boar  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  psychedelic  mixture  of  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Posedian"  which  was  released  by  Lost  Pilgrim  Records.

  Psychedelic  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  dark  yet  heavy  riffing  which  also  captures  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  clean  singing,  growls  and  screams  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  stoner  metal  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  clean  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  On  this  recording  Boar  takes  psychedelic,  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  while  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Boar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  psychedelic,  stoner  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shahar's  Son"  and  "Dark  Skies".  8  out  of  10.          

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Amarok/Devoured/Translation Loss Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Amarok  are  a  band  from  Chico,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Devoured"  which  will  be  released  on  June  22nd  by  Translation  Loss  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier musical  direction  which  also  introduces  growls  and  screams  onto  the  recording  while  also  capturing  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal along  with  all  of  the tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

    A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  thee  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  guitar  amp  noises  as  well  as  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction.

  Amarak  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge  and  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  sorrowful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Amarak  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  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sorceress"  and  "Skeleton".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Yob/Our Raw Heart/Relapse Records/2018 CD Review


  Yob  are  a  band  from  Eugene,  Oregon  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Our  Raw  Heart"  which  was  released  by  Relapse  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  they  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  clean  stoner  style  vocals  as  well as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Death  metal  growls  and  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  clean  guitars  also  being  used  at  times  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  an  instrumental  which  also  brings  atmospheric  sounds  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  added  into  the  recording  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  sticking  to  a  slower  direction.

  Yob  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  also  adding  in  some  post  metal  elements  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  spiritual  and  emotional  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Yob  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ablaze"  "Beauty  In  Fallen  Leaves"  and  "Our  Raw  Heart".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Khemmis/Desolation/20 Buck Spin/2018 CD Review


    Khemmis  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Desolation"  which  will  be  released  on  June  22nd  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  Heavy  riffs  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  which  also  adds  in  elements  of  classical  metal  onto  the  recording  while  the  riffs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  stoner  metal  style  melodies  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  used  at  times  which  are  done  in  a  traditional  doom  metal  style.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  death  metal  growls  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  at  times  the  music  also  adds  in  mid  tempo  parts  as  well as  the  music  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  70's  and  80's  influences  but  mixing  them  with  a  more  modern  atmosphere  and  as  the  album  progresses a   brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard.

  Khemmis  creates  another  recording  that  remains  to  their  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  loss,  death,  grief  and  remorse  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Khemmis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Isolation"  and  "From  Ruin".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Graven Maul/Crushed Skull Moon/Redefining Darkness Records/2018 EP Review


  Graven  Maul  are  a  band  from  Fresno,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom,  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Crushed  Skull  Moon"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  Distorted  amp  noises  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  era.

  A  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them, music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  hardcore  punk  influences  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Graven  Maul  plays a   musical style  style  that  takes  death,  doom  metal  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  occultism  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Graven  Maul  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  doom,  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Violence  Is  The  Highest  Law"  and  "Warcry  Of  The  Feral  Coven".  8  out  of  10.

Secret Cutter/Quantum Eraser/2018 Full Length Review


  Secret  Cutter  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  an  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their   self  released  2018  album  "Quantum  Eraser"  which  will  be  released  in  July.

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  sludge  metal  direction  along  with  some  angry  screams  while  the  riffs  also  capture  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Elements  of  grindcore  are  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  and  also  makes  the  music  sound  more  brutal  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  never  using  any  guitar  solos,  leads  as  well  as  only  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  a  couple  of  tsongs  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Secret Cutter  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  metal  and  grindcore,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Secret  Cutter  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge,  doom  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trampled  By  Light"  "Transient"  "Doormat"  and  "Oblivion".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Midnattsol Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Carmen: We have promoted the album through interviews, Facebook chat with the fans, small video clips etc. We have made a music video to our new song «The Purple Sky», a «behind the scenes» video of the recording process to the cover song «Herr Mannelig» and a lyric video to the song «The Aftermath». We have organized some Brand new merch for our fans, and most of all we have practiced and practiced to the two release shows in Germany last weekend. I just came home from the shows, and now I`m ready for more interviews J

2.You have a new album coming out during the end of May, 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?
Carmen: I think it is always difficult to categorize our music. We call our musical direction nordic folk metal, but it doesn`t mean that there are only such elements. The album is varied musically, so I guess there is something for everyone: besides the a bit darker and more complex singles, you have emotional ballads like «The unveiled truth», folk songs like «Vem kan segla», «Syns Sang» and «Eitrdopar», and also more midtempo songs like «Ikje glem meg» and «The Aftermath» and last but not least an instrumental song. I think there is a red line between all the albums and you still find the melancolic melodies and hard riffs of the past. Still, there are new elements that for example our new member Stephan has brought into our music, like darker and more complex elements that you find in the longer songs  «The Purple Sky» and «Herr Mannelig». A huge new element on this album is Liv`s contribution and voice, which we are so grateful for! She wrote the song «Eitrdopar» and sings on it alone. We have so many possibilities together when it comes to the vocals now. Our range of voice together is quite big, with Liv with her angelic voice reaching incredible high notes and my rather folky voice coming quite deep. Stephan is also a great singer, and on the album you can hear all three of us sing together.

3.This is your first album since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Carmen: Believe it or not, we started writing the songs a short time after we were finished with the promotion of the last album, the touring etc. But the problem was that the song writing process was very inefficient. We had so many ideas and couldn`t finish the songs, because we focused on different things and musical directions. We also had different ideas how the songs should be written. Huge private changes in our lives such as getting children, building houses, new work etc didn’t make it easier. All in all, the years went by, but luckily, our keyboarder and organizer Daniel early 2016 said: Guys, now we need to finish these songs, it`s now or never! And then we started going through all the material and ideas that we had (which were a lot), decided what we wanted to use and rewrite, and we wrote some totally new songs as well. And the process went very well this time and made a lot of fun!

4.Your lyrics cover 'Norwegian folk tales', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
Carmen: I have always been very interested in Norwegian folk tales. I`ve been told tales my whole child hood, I`ve read so many old books, seen films, and now i`m telling old tales to my children. Earlier days and the way that the people lived, their belief and traditions interest me. I often imagine how it would be to live like that, and I even wrote small books about a girl in the earlier days living in the woods when I was a small girl. I should try to find all those again hehe ;) It`s important to keep the old stories and songs and remember our traditions I think.

5.You have written lyrics in both Norwegian and English, how would you compare the 2 different languages?
Carmen: Both are very beautiful to write in and it makes a lot of fun to write in these languages. Often I feel that the Norwegian lyrics get more personal, more under the skin, and it`s very natural to write in since it is my mother tounge. But English has a lot more words than Norwegian, and more people can understand it, so it`s good to use both.

6.I know that the bands name means 'midnight son' in Norwegian, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
Carmen: Midnattsol is a special Nordic nature phenomenon and there`s something very mystical about it. It gives a special atmosphere while looking at it, like an escape of the thoughts to another dimension. In the older days it was said that when the midnight sun shines, nature creatures like trolls and elves comes out from their hidings. So it shines in a mystic time where the phantasy can go wild, like in many of Midnattsol`s lyrics. It`s a symbol of one of our big inspirations sources; the nordic nature.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Carmen: Oh difficult to Choose from, there have been so many awesome gigs together with our great fans! One special show was the last concert of TMM tour in Italy, where Midnattsol and Leaves Eyes were sharing stage banging together like hell hehe. What a special atmosphere, people were in euphorie! We were continuing in front of the stage and were partying all night with the fans. The Metal Female Voice Fest in Belgium is always awesome, it felles like coming home in a way. We meet so many fantastic fans from all over the world! The stage is great and you have lots of place to perform. Our performance is a magical expereince together with the fans, we feel so connected to them when we play! We give everything and do what feels right in this and this moment. It`s full of feelings where you try to be one with the music and rock rock rock! ;)

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Carmen: Besides our release shows in Germany, there is not planned any tour yet unfortunatly. We want to meet our fans and play the new songs live, but right now it`s a bit difficult to go on tour because of our small children. But as they get older, it will get easier, and hopefully we will play a tour, or at least at some festivals next year.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of symphonic metal that have heard it so far?
Carmen: The album has just been released, and we have got overwhelming response on the Internet!  I`m so grateful that people waited for us all these years and that they still believe in us. That means a lot! It seems to me that people find the theme and the message of the album very interesting, almost all the journalists I am talking to have liked it so far. Both singles, «The Purple Sky» and «Herr Mannelig» are so far very well received by the fans. We have also got fantastic reviews so far, some of them you can read on our fb page.

10.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?
Carmen: Actually when it comes to my other band from Norway, SAVN, we are soon finished with our next album! The mastermind Øyvind Lende has written almost everything on this album besides the vokallines and lyrics, we are so excited to soon be Able to finally show our fans the new songs! Liv is working on her solo album as well, so I guess you will soon hear news from her regarding this as well.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Carmen: I can imagine that we get more and more in a folky direction, covering more folk songs and making our special versions out of them. I can also imagine that we make some really uptempo powerful songs as well in the future. We are soon going to start writing new songs and will not wait another sehen years, hopefully only a couple of years befor the fans will hear some new songs. That is our goal!

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?
Carmen: We all have different influences that we bring into the music, which I guess you can hear on the variation of the songs. It`s not one special band or only one musical direction.Folk music and folk metal are inspiring me for example. Because of our release concerts last weekend, I`ve only listened to our album and some of the old songs lately, I didn`t have time to listen to antyding Else ;) I wanted to be one with our new songs on the shows.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Carmen: I am a person who loves to do too much hehe ;) I think it`s extremely difficult to balance it all, there are so many things I want to do, and I never feel that I have finished something. I spend of course a lot of time with my kids, but still I to be more with my children, friends etc, so these are feelings that I carry inside every day. I love languages, I am a full time language and music teacher for youth, and I have the responsibility for a class at the secondary school. I also love to be in the nature, at the sea and in the woods in the nearby. Fresh air, the sound of birds, rivers, Waves, the beautiful sights – that give me a Lot of energy. Please give me more hours a day so that I can sleep hehe!

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Carmen: Thank you for doing this interview and for your support! We really hope the fans like the new songs! I can`t describe how happy we are that we finally made it to finish the songs and bring out the new album. Thanks a lot to everyone who supported us through all these years and never gave us up, that means a lot to us! J Stay tuned!!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Horrorgraphy/Season Of Grief/Satanath Records/United By Chaos/2018 CD Review


  Horrorgraphy  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  symphonic  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Season  Of  Grief"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  by  Satanath  Records  and  United  by  Chaos.

  Symphonic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  slow  riffs  being  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal  while  the  riffing  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  female  vocals  are  used  they  give  the  songs  a  more  operatic  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  clean  male  vocals  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  goth  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  black  metal  screams  being  added  to  a  few  tracks.

  Some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  has  its  avant  garde  moments  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  and  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  Asian  folk  instruments,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Therion's  "The  Rise  Of  Sodom  And  Gomorrah".

  Horrorgraphy  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  symphonic,  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Horrorgraphy  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  mixture  of  goth,  doom,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of   those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  A  Dark  Time"  "The  March  Of  Dead"  "Join  Me  In  Suicide"  and  "The  Rise  Of  Sodom  And  Gomorrah".  8  out  of  10.   

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Destroyer Of Light/Hopeless/Heavy Friends Records/2018 EP Review


  Texas's  Destroyer  Of  Light  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their mixture  of  stoner,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Hopeless"  which  was  released  by  Heavy  Friends  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  the  clear  vocals  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  stoner  and  proto  metal  style  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  acoustic  guitars,  synths  and  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  down  tuned  riffing  also  mixing  in  some  of  the  doom/death  metal  heaviness  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  sticking  to  a  slower  direction  and  the  ep  closes  with  some  spoken  word  samples.

  On  this  recording  Destroyer  Of  Light  goes  into  more of  a  traditional  stoner/doom  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  suicide  and  drug  addiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Destroyer  Of  Light  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  stoner  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Drowned".  8  out  of  10.   

  

C.X/The Right To Smoke Weed!/Zero Hero Recordings/2018 CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  C.X  with  the  music  being  a  mixture  of  experimental,  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  the  album  was  released  in  2018  by  Zero  Hero  Recordings  and  called  "The  Right  To  Smoke  Weed!".

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  drone  and  harsh  noise  before  adding  in  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  which  also  gives  the  songs  the  heaviness  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  police  sirens.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  psychedelic  elements  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  also  introduces  saxophones,  percussion,  accordions,  and  jew  harps  onto  the  recording  and  on  the  last  track  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  ambient  influences.

  On  this  recording  C.X  plays  a  musical  style  that  captures  the  heaviness  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  also  being  very  experimental  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover alcohol,  weed  and  humor  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  C.X  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Smoke  Weed  All  The  Time"  and  "The  Right  To  Smoke  Weed".  8  out  of  10.    

C.X/Where Can I Get Money/Zero Hero Recordings/2017 EP Review


  C.X  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental, sludge,  doom  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Where  Can  I  Get  Money"  which  was  released  by  Zero  Hero  Recordings.

  A  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  grindcore  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  short  in  length  and  at  times  the  music  also  adds  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  noisecore.

  Elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  elements  of  experimental  and  electronic  music  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  vocals  also  adding  in  hardcore  style  shouts and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  C.X  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge,  doom  metal,  grindocre,  noise  and  electronic  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original  and  all  of  the  songs  are  re-mixes,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  alcohol  and  humor  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  C.X  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  8  out  of  10.

  

Midnattsol/The Aftermath/Napalm Records/2018 CD Review


  Midnattsol  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  goth  metal  with  some  touches  of  folk  and  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Aftermath"  which  will  be  released  on  May  25th  by  Napalm  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  folk  music  and  keyboards  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  while  the  female  vocals  are  done  more  in  a  clear  style  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  goth  metal  feeling.

  Both  the  symphonic  and  heavy  parts  are  mixes  together  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  a  few  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  growling  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly,  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental  and  a  later  song  also  brings  clean  male  vocals  onto  the  recording. 

  Midnattsol  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  folk  music  and  mixes  ti  with  symphonic  and  goth  metal  along  with  a  touch  of  melodic  death  metal  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Fantasy,  Mythology  and  Nature  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Midnattsol  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  folk,  symphonic  and  goth  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "rthe  Purple  Sky"  "Ikje  glem  meg"  "The  Unvieled  Trith"  adn  "Forsaken".  8  out  of  10. 

    

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Soliloquium/Contemplations/Transcending Records/2018 CD Review


  Soliloquium  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2018  album  "Contemplations"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Transcending  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  depressive  yet  melodic  style.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  clear  vocals  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  clean  guitars  also  being  utilized  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  one  of  the  songs  is  all  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction,

  Soliloquium  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  humanity,  depression  and  personal  struggle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soliloquium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chains"  "Unfulfilling  Prophecy"  and  "Wanderlust".  8  out  of  10.

Matalobos/Until Time Has Lost All Meaning/2017 EP Review


  Mexico's  Matalobos  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Until  Time  Has  Lost  All  Meaning".

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  doom  metal  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  synths  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  used  briefly as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments  and  they  close  the  ep  with  an  instrumental. 

  Matalobos  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  depression  and  murder  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Matalobos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  doom/death metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "In  Flesh  Engraved".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Oksennus/Kolme Toista/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 CD Review


  Oksennus  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  dark,  cavernous  and  experimental  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Kolme  Toista"  which  was  released  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  Blast  beats,  fast  riffs  and  death  metal  growls  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  technical  yet  progressive  fashion  while  the  song  is  divided  into  3  different  parts  and  is  40  minutes  in  length  as  well  as  the  band  keeping  the  same  repetitive  riffing  going  on  for  a  few  minutes.


  When  the  music  slows  down  a  great  amount  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along with  some  grim  screams  and  melodic  chants  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  piano,  trumpet,  accordion,  harmonica  and  kantele.

  Oksennus  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  experimental  and  cavernous  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Oksennus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  avant  garde,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Maze Of Feelings Interview

Answered: Marcin Warzyński (MW) and (KW) Krzysztof Wieczerzycki.

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

MW:  Me and Krzysztof knew each other couple of years and played together before but those days didn't recorded anything. After two years we meet together again and decided to jam together. We took couple of beers and guitars and started play without any plan. After few months our music was done. We recorded rehearsal with metronome and presented our music to our friend Michał Mularczyk. It was the most important moment because he decided to be our executive producer. From this moment all things went very dynamic because we felt full of energy to go forward with our music.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

KW: The point is that we listen a lot of kinds of metal music. We have a wide point of that. We have a personal favourites but also the same. These influences were impact on music creation process. We knew that we thinking the same about our music and we match together perfectly. Because of that music creation process was a big pleasure. It's quite hard to say about one style because all 7 songs are differ between each other. You can find there a lot of metal styles: doom, death, black, progressive and metal classics influences. Important thing was to release our music with high quality to show all details. We knew where we going.


3.The band has been around since 2014 but waited until 2018 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?

MW: Music creation process was not long but we had to find  right musicians. As we said - Michał Mularczyk gave us a lot of energy. We decided to send our rehearsal to Daray and he went in. Since september 2015 until end of this year drums, guitars and bass were recorded. We recorded whole album at Invent Sound Studio in Bydgoszcz where the Mastermind is Szymon Grodzki knowed as our Music Producer and bass player. On Yanuary 2016 Szymon recorded keyboards and samples which we arrranged together. We have started thinking about vocals.and then Wojciech Diovis Szymański from Mroczna Strefa and official distributor of Solitude Production in Poland have sent to us Mare Infinitum "Alien Monolith God" album. When we lstened this album we felt that Andrey Karpukhin and Ivan Guskov are the vocalists with big potential which could be perfect for us so we sent them our studio stuff.
KW: Yes, and turned out that our music is they pair of boots so they join us. Unreachable work did The Mastermind of voices Andrey Karpukhin who made the lyrics and arranged all vocal lines. Demo voices was created in Moscow but recording process was made at Invent Sound Studio with Szymon and our participation where unreachable duties showed Andrey and Ivan Guskov who presented few kinds of voice from clean to growl. Ivan convinced his colleague Olesya Levina to make female voices. We spend a lot of time on mix and mastering which Szymon made with us during 3 months. We wanted to reach maximum of organic and natural sound which to be the most close to rehearsal sound.
MW: When everything was done we started to looking for label to release this album. It took couple of months too. We was thinking from the beginning about Solitude Production... and finally they signed us. Thank you so much Solitude Production !!! :) 

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

MW: The lyrics are very deep and reflective. You find there a little bit of fiction but most they describe real life. Society problems, terrorism, war victims, drug abuse, social problems and society outstanding. Everybody can find  own history there.
KW: Andrey perfectly match themes of lyrics to emotions which includes the songs.  He created 7 novels. Novels about human's feelings. Lyrics and music taken you to the voyage through the maze of feelings.




5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Maze of Feelings'?

KW: We created our music without any plan. We wanted simply to take ourselves to the voyage through the own feelings.
MW: Yes, just we wanted to use the music to take outside our own emotions. These seven songs created our own maze of feelings.

6.A couple of band members live in Russia while the remaining live in Poland, how does this work out in the recording process?

MW: As we said before Andrey and Ivan prepared demo voices in Moscow but everybody agreed that the best idea is to record vocal lines at Invent Sound with Szymon. It was possible another time thanks to our executive producer Michał Mularczyk.
KW: Voices session was very intensive and creative. We was full charged of ideas and Szymon made them real. It was 5 days of great hard work and funny friendship time.   

7.Has the band done any live shows or has this been a studio project so far?

MW: So far yes but we are the band god damn it 😊 ! We waiting for good circumstances. This is a point. We will be fight for it because our music sounds  live much better. We are pretty sure about it.


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

KW: We are debutants you know so every feedback make us happy. Feedback of doom and death metal fans is really good.  This interview can brings more listeners for example so we really grateful for support from your side. Thanx a lot!



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?

MW: We are focus only on Maze of  Feelings and not participate in other bands. We put all of our energy in this band. Andrey Karpukhin and Ivan Guskov our vocalists have own band sludge/stoner band - Dopehaze. They are very creative musicians and they are involved in many of bands. Andrey participate for example in Abstract Spirit, Comatose Vigil, Rage of Khali, Ivan share the music with Mare Infinitum, Red River Hog. Szymon Grodzki bas player deal with Gnida and Sammath Naur. He is the owner of Invent Sound Studio where we recorded this album. Daray who recorded drums is known from the bands as Dimmu Borgir, Vesania and Vader. 

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

KW: It hard to say because we have wide look on metal music and we mixing many styles but usually we focus on doom, death and black metal influences. We trying to make music through our hearts and feelings. This must be honest music. It depends on flow. 


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?
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MW: As we said before mainly inspired us doom death and black but we didn't create some limits. We finding inspiration in classic metal sound, progressive styles and we looking for beyond the metal as well. We love music generally but If we talking about metal the absolutely gods are Black Sabbath. 

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

KW: We are breathing the music.
MW: Yes, this is our great passion.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
MW & KW: Firstfull we want to thanks for this interview and your attention. Thanks to you more people can find our music.
Metalheads! Please listen the music, have a good life and keep the distance to everything. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Body Void Interview

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

We've been very busy trying to stay on the road as much as possible. And we've been working hard on new music.

2.In May you have a new album coming out, 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?

We're definitely going for a similar heavy/noisy sludge sound as on our previous album, Ruins, but we tried to flesh out every aspect of that recording. We just wanted everything to be 'more.' Faster, slower, heavier, noisier, etc. The songs are also longer than the ones on Ruins. Our intention was for each song to be an emotional journey of sorts and to have more pronounced peaks and valleys.

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

Mental illness, anxiety, depression, guilt, gender dysphoria, vulnerability, trauma, life and death. 

4.Originally the band was called  'Devoid', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Body Void'?

The name change was almost purely practical. There are maybe a dozen or more other past and present metal bands with the name Devoid and we wanted to change our name to something no one else had and something a little more thematically relevant. "Body Void" is the name of a track on our 2nd demo. I always loved the title and even before we decided to change our name I thought if we could rename the band we'd use Body Void. The opportunity presented itself before the release of Ruins and we went for it. The name has several different meanings. It's a reference to the feeling of gender dysphoria, but also to the intimate relationship between the human body and the cosmos. I think it has a performative meaning as well that rejects the tendency and social practice of defining and limiting a person by their surface-level characteristics.

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 favorite shows tend to be more intimate. We love playing in houses or weird small venues. We played at a tiny breakfast spot in Denver with our friends Oryx last year, which was a blast. We also played a bondage/drag themed wedding in Oakland a couple years ago with a handful of punk bands that was a lot of fun. Live, we try to be loud and overwhelming. Sometimes we succeed I think.

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

Yes! We are touring the US in June and July in support of the album.

7.The new album is going to be released through 3 different labels, can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have worked out with these different labels?

It's mostly just good dudes supporting music they believe in, which we very much appreciate.

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

The feedback has been very kind and encouraging. People from around the world letting us know they dig our music is very surreal and means a lot to us.

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

It still feels like we have a lot of ground to cover. The musical vein we're trying to tap definitely hasn't run dry as of yet. We've been writing and recording at a steady pace and if anything we'd love to release new music more frequently. For right now we're down to just go wherever our interests take us musically. There are some more ambitious projects we have in mind for the future, but we feel like we're in a good spot where we are now.

10.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?

Some of our influences include Khanate, Electric Wizard, Grief, Thou, Pharmakon, Lustmord, and Godspeed! You Black Emperor. We have a background in noise and experimental music as much as punk and metal so those play a large part in our sound as well. Right now I'm listening to the new Vile Creature, Of Feather and Bone, Leechfeast, and Occlith albums as well as some older but still recent stuff from Dakhma, Crawl, and Lingua Ignota. A lot of dark ambient and some indie/folk stuff recently as well.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Writing, art, movies, tv, philosophy, politics, podcasts. All the good stuff.

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

Thank you for your questions!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Zatokrev/Self Titled/Czar Of Bullets/2018 LP Re-Issue Review


  Zatokrev  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  avant  garde, post,  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  self  titled  2014  album  which  was  re-issued  on  vinyl  by  Czar  of  Bullets  in  2018.

  Harsh  noises  along  with  some  heavy  doom metal  riffing  which  also  captures  the  heaviness  of  sludge  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  screams  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  an  atmospheric  post  metal  style.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  both  the  riffs  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  vocals  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  drones  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style.

  On  this  recording  Zatokrev  took  post,  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal  and  mixed  it  with  some  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  to create  something  that  was  very  original  for  2004  and  still  can  hold  it  up  to  the  modern  bands  of  2018,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great sounding  recording  from  Zatokrev  and  if  toy a re  a  fan  of  avant  garde,  post,  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Reveal"  and  "Alive".  8  out  of  10.