Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Deep Memories Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
My biggest inspiration come from the bands that brought me to the metal like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Megadeth and Pantera. These bands will always inspire me!
In the influences part I can mention the bands that I hear with great frequency as: Theatre of Tragedy, Bathory, Dark Tranquillity, Rotting Christ, Dimmu Borgir, Whitin Temptation, Katatonia and Hipocrisy.


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

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

Sunday, September 16, 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, September 8, 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 6, 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Ruin/Human Annihilation/Memento Mori/2018 CD Review


  Ruin  are  a  band  from  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  elements  of  grindcore  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Human  Annihilation"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Memento  Mori.

  A  horror  movie  orientated  sound   starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  screams  and  death  metal  growls  as  well  the  slow  riffs  also  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  and  grindcore  influences  can  also  be  heard  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  horror  movie  samples  and  keyboards  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Ruin  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  old  school  mixture  of  death,  doom  metal  and  grindcore,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  serial  killers,  murder, destruction  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ruin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal,  doom  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Secreted  Guts"  "Death  Meditation  Trance"  "Purification  Rite"  and  "Shadows".  8  out  of  10.      

Monday, September 3, 2018

Eternal Rot Interview

1 For those that never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Eternal Rot is 2 piece doom/death metal project done Polish guys living in UK, obsessed with death metal we grew up with and everything associated with it. Idea has been exhumed in the mind of Mayer in 2012, trying to express himself in best possible way with sounds slow, heavy and nasty. After finishing 2 tracks, he was convinced by good friend that there are good enough to be shared in some way in the Underground. At that point Grindak joined in as we share same vision for this project, he came out with the name, general imagery, and lyrics to one of the completed tracks ("Crawler") and it has been released as "Promo Tape 2013" on cassette. 100 tapes sold out quicker than worms can eat the body and not long after same 2 tracks has been pressed on vinyl as "Grave Grooves" (by Fallen Temple Productions). Eternal Rot took part in "Vestibule of Hell" compilation (Wolfsbane Records) alongside few much bigger bands. Now it is time for something longer and smellier, so "Cadaverine", 4 tracks in 29 minutes, will be released on CD on 17th of September by Godz Ov War Productions.

2. In September you have your first full length coming out, what are some of the things you have done differently with this release that you where not able to do on your previous ep and demo?
There was not much of a difference, except the fact that album is properly proper mixed and mastered. But laying down the tracks has been done in the same way as the demo.

3. You refer to your music as 'putrid doom/death metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
There is no bigger philosophy in this, it just fits perfectly to general feeling we want to invoke in listener. There is no place for reinventing the wheel here, it has to crush, smell with freshly opened grave, peel faces off and vocal delivery has to be full of vomits. When you read about the band with "putrid" adjective sticked to it then you can't expect clean crisp production, intricate solos and lyrics about environmental issues, just filth. So if you like it you can dive here blindly and be happy. 

4. This is your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
[GRINDAK]  Life happened, kids happened, work happened. We're far too busy than we would want but passion for this hypnotic death groove is burning strong.
[MAYER] During that time in a slow pace we crawled between the graves in search for an inspiration. Honestly – families and work take most of our times. I also took part in the Noise Nihilist project whose 7 "flexi split with Impetigo (2 live tracks from Central Illinois Metal Fest 2007) will be released by Left Hand Patches Rec.

5. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
[GRINDAK]  Lyrics here have to be exact reflection of the music so as you can imagine they deal with all the death metal topics which come with it. Cemetery feel, losing your mind surrounded with most horrid thoughts, fine dose of gore obviously. It is purely work of my imagination and I put effort into the lyrics and try to do my best to make them good. From the other hand I know they are drowned in growls so anyone who wants to find them will succeed. To spice things up I can say that 2 lyrics on new album were prepared before recording, and other 2 were done after, just like in good old John Tardy way: vomit yourself first, find the meaning later. Somehow it works fine, apparently dead ones approve it.

6. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Eternal Rot'?
[GRINDAK]  Inspiration is very unintentional but I first I have to say that very good Foul Stench album was known to me before. When we briefly discussed band name I was away on holiday, got exceptionally drunk & stoned one night and had some fucked up dream containing us, some death metal noise and this name all over it. Possibly it was stored somewhere in back of my consciousness and appeared in such way. Mayer said yes and we never looked back, some time later I've realised that his is not original idea but fuck it, there are so many bands named after someone else's track that one more won't do difference. It my opinion this name pictures everything about this music and our approach to it.

7.One member lives in the United Kingdom while another one lives in Poland, what kind of impact does this have on the musical style that you play?



This sentence is wrong, but we understand from where this little mistake originates. In our bio we say that this is UK/Polish band but this is to underline the fact from where we are now and for where we're coming from. Nowadays both of us live in UK from over 12 years.  Years earlier we could get ourselves wasted on countless of gigs in London as we were living there then. We moved out to different cities and meetings are rare as fuck so impact is almost same as we would live in different countries anyway.

8. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Currently there are two of us, but on next release there will be a live drummer, which does not mean that we will be doing any gigs.

9. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of doom and death metal?
It is far greater that we could expect, your review of the album and this interview are the living proof of it. So far it is so great feedback that it just surreal for us. We are overwhelmed by the response of everyone who got in touch. We're fans of such kind of vibe in music and we know we're not alone in this. Everyone who reaches out to us welcomed like fresh zombie to the horde.

10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
[MAYER] We would like to record some good LP, EP or splits. We do not expect contracts with large labels, our place is in the deep Underground.
[GRINDAK] Down into the madness.

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?
[GRINDAK] Without a doubt with atmosphere we're influenced with such great bands like Funebrarum, Hooded Menace or Disma but this is quite clear because they are the best. When it comes to death metal we agree on many things. OK so here is the festival of namedropping from mine side. I used to grow up with bands like Black Sabbath, Running Wild, King Diamond, Iron Maiden, Manowar and blaming here my older brother I discovered far too early such ones as Bathory, Celtic Frost... quickly been catapulted into everything good the verge of 80's and 90's had to offer from thrash metal, death metal or grind-core side. Crawling in Autopsy, Gorguts, Winter, Carcass or Entombed or all the obvious ones on everyday basis, and nothing has changed here till today. Diving into such an amazing hidden gems like Windham Hell or Mindrot or Darkified was great feeling. Nowadays I still try to soak the most of the stuff coming out, because there is so much top notch things going on all over the world. Seems like almost every country has something good to offer in disgusting Death Metal. Fuckin' Undergang, Krypts, Mortuous, Ghastly, Inisans, Ossuarium, Malignant, Coffin Stench, Rotted ...  just first few which caused shivers recently. By the way - in USA you have such an amazing scene in certain cities that it seems unreal, so many fucking good bands, and they keep coming! Beside metal related thing I'm into many other genres, from things on the verge of silence to extreme noise and everything good in between. Eternal love to Steve Roach, Robert Rich, David Sylvian and Bvdub. Mayer currently is very much into Pink Floyd, beside this he enjoys stuff like Dead Can Dance and tons of extreme underground stuff.

12. What are some of your non-musical interests?
[MAYER] Not enough free time but I love cycling.
[GRINDAK]  Waiting for death. Dull existence of the living corpse. Beside this whenever time allows it is computer gaming (currently Witcher3: Wild Hunt), history in general, being in new places people call travelling, good books, but mostly it is music, this is biggest passion. Day is still stubborn fucker and refuses to have 76 hours so for now it has to stay like this.

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

[GRINDAK]
Big thanks for an opportunity (is gone....) to be featured in Doomed to Darkness! If you like slow hypnotic metal from the grave, feel free to listen to this, I think you won't be disappointed. Let's Rot.

[MAYER] Thanks and see you at the cemetery.

Deep Memories/Rebuilding The Future/Heavy Metal Rock Records/Misanthropic Records/Invasion Of Solitude Records/GS Productions/2018 Full Length Review


  Deep  Memories  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  melodic  and  progressive  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Rebuilding  The  Future"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Heavy  Metal  Rock,  Misanthropic,  Invasion  Of  Solitude  Records  and  GS  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  goth  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  influenced  by  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  that  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  clear  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  progressive  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Deep  Memories  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  progressive,  goth,  doom  and  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  loneliness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deep  Memories  is  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  melodic  mixture  of  goth,  doom,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  The  Time  For  My  Last  Breath  Comes"  "Between  Two  Dimensions"  and  "Explicit  Way  To  Relieve  Pain".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Pulchra Morte/Soulstench/The Painless/2018 7 7 inchInch Review


  Pulchra  Morte  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  7  inch  "Soulstench/The  Painless".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  single  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  second  track  being  a  cover  of  Paradise  Lost's  "The  Painless"  and  both  tracks  also  stick  to  a  very  slow  direction.

  Pulchra  Morte  plays  a  style of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pulchra  Morte  are  a  very  great  sounding  doom/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Painless".  8  out  of  10.

      

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Quintessente Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Well, we’re working on our second video, Delirium. It took some months recording, because this time a story will be told in this video. Besides, we’ll be doing some gigs.

2.Your first full length was released in 2017, what where some of the things you where able to do musically with the current material that you where not able to do with previous releases?
I think all of us evolved as musicians, so we’re more open to experience all of our musical influences. “Songs From Celestial Spheres” wanders through different kinds of music and each song is peculiar.

3.From 2000 to 2016 there was no new music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
We were dedicating ourselves to our own careers besides music. Unfortunately, it’s hard to survive only as musicians. But we were also studying our instruments, composing and writing lyrics.

4.Your lyrics deal with a lot of philosophical, mythological, magick and existentialism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
In our last album we focused on philosophy and psychology, because nowadays we’re more identified with contemporaneous themes, like everything we live daily and make us think over.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Quintessente'?
It cames from the five elements of the universe. Ancient philosophers believed air, fire, water and earth can explain the complexity of everything. The fifth element, also known as “quintessence” would be the material that fills a region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere and this element has a pure and heavenly quality.
The word “essente” is a neologism of Philosophy. It is the vision of the essence of being as the foundation of existence and as the very existence itself.
Quintessente represents these 2 words.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The cover represents the five elements in the cosmos. We wanted to bring something that could reflect our music and Marco Lorenzett portrayed it very well.

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?
It’s hard to choose, but the last gigs were really great! A few days ago we went to São Paulo for the first time to play in Botucatu Metalstock and everything was exactly how we’ve been idealizing. We always try to recreate the atmosphere of our songs interacting with the audience.

8.Do you have any touring or show for the future?
We will play in 2 festivals and both will be in October. All informations will be in our website and social media. Stay tuned!

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Sure, we’re looking for a label. Our first album was independent and just like every metal band we need support from a label and ditributor. We’re searching this kind of support to release our second album.


10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of extreme and progressive metal?
We’re receiving an extremely positive feedback from the public and the media. After so many years, it has been rewarding to know that expectations have been reached or overcome with the new album. A big part of the media didn’t know the band until the release of "Songs From Celestial Spheres" and we have noticing incredible reactions. All of this makes us very happy. We dedicated ourselves entirely to the album when we decided to return with the band. We want our music to reach as many people as possible to consolidate Quintessente into the metal scene.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Since the return of Quintessente (after a long break), we don’t want to get stucked into a specific style of music and I believe everything will be this way in the future. Our music is the result of all our different influences and that’s what make us form our musical identity as a band.

12.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?
Paradise Lost has always been our great inspiration, but we are also influenced by Black Sabbath, Moonspell, Amorphis, My Dying Bride and Theatre of Tragedy. Nowadays we’re listening to Insomniun, Oceans of Slumber, Jinjer, Lacuna Coil, Soen, etc.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Science, Geography, Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology, etc. Everything so diverse like our careers.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for this space. We invite you all to meet Quintessente and our album, Songs From Celestial Spheres. We worked hard on something that came from within our soul and we want to spread it to all Metal fans.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Dead Hand/Reborn of Dead Light/Divine Mothers Recordings/2018 CD Review


  Dead  Hand  are  a  band  from  Georgia  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Reborn  Of  Dead  Light"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Divine  Mothers  Recordings.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  angry  sludge  style  screams  and  growls  along  with  most of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  keyboards  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  slow  riffing  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  sludge  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  elements  of  post  metal  can  also b e  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  clean  guitars  are  also  utilized  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.

On  this  recording  Dead  Hand  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  sludge  and  post  metal  from  their  previous  release  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dead  Hand  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Alabaster  And  Bone"  and  "Amaranthine".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Eternal Rot/Cadeverine/Godz Of War Productions/2018 CD Review


  Eternal  Rot  are  an  international  duo  with  members  from  Poland  and  the  United  Kingdom  and  Poland  that  plays  a  very  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Cadeverine"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Godz  of  War  Productions.

  A  horror  movie  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  adding  in  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  slower  riffing  being  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal  an  the  music  also  has  its  roots  in  the  90's.

  All  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  horror  soundtrack  soundscapes  also  being  added  on  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  the  growls  also  getting  very  guttural  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Eternal  Rot  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  doom/death  metal while  also  updating  the  style  for  the  modern  era,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  death  and  zombie  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eternal  Rot  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  styles,  you  should  check  out  this  duo. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Undying  Desolation"  and  "Slough  Of  Despond".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, August 6, 2018

Dormanth/IX Sins/Necromance Records/2018 CD Review


  Dormanth  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "IX  Sins"  which  was  released  by  Necromance  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  lot  of  melody  along  with  the  slower  riffing  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  faster  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Dormanth  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  doom  and  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholy,  death,  faith  and  sadness  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Dormanth  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Human  Claim"  "Like  Ice"  "Misery"  and  "Sands  Of  Frozen  Tears".  8  out  of  10.

The Eternal Interview


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

Mark: The new album ‘Waiting For The Endless Dawn’ is out in a few weeks on Inverse Records, we have had a lot of preparation over the last months for the release and have been working on putting a new show together, but unfortunately for us the last months have been more business than playing music as we have not released an album for several years and have spent time re-developing our web site and store etc as well as preparing all the videos to accompany the album... but its nearly time for us to actually play music again!

2.Recently you have released a new album, what are some of the things you feel you have done differently with the newer music that you where not able to do with your previous releases?

Mark: Well we produce all our music at my studio here in Melbourne so we have a lot of freedom as to how much time we have spent on the album, but for me the addition of guitarist Richie Poate, who almost joined two years ago, has been a huge creative push for me. He is a really great musician and its been great to have someone to work on the songs and production with as over the years I have handled a lot of this myself. I think with a few years away, I was able to refocus what the band is about and also explore some of our past work and really come to find the core of what the band is about. I think this time has allowed us to create quite freely and the result, I think, produce a very focused album that really captures what The Eternal is about; Dark, heavy, emotive music...

3.This is your first full length in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Mark: Yes, our last album was 2013, but we did release an EP and live album between then and 2015. ‘Waiting For The Endless Dawn’ has in total taken 3 years to put together, from concept to completion. I also did a solo album in 2014, which was good to get out of my system. So there has been plenty of music in this time, I just think we needed sometime to explore what it is what wanted to accomplish after 5 albums, it's very easy to just continue on and do the same album again, but I always like to take some time between albums to find a theme or a focus to move forward and try new things.

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

Mark: Being that I am the lyricist, I have always tried to write from an introspective place, and our lyrics have always been like therapy for me, a place I can purge my feeling in a very open way. I think I still write from a very honest place and lyrically I think I still address the heartache and struggles we all seem to face in life, for me life has not always been an easy journey and I have had some dark times in the last 5 years. I only hope that those who read them can relate and find some solitude in the fact we are all trying to navigate all the things that day to day life throws at us.

5.Originally the band was called 'Cryptal Darkness', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Eternal'?

Mark: I do consider Cryptal Darkness a different band, I think initially it was easy to see it as a continuation as I started with one of the guitarists from that band but he departed not long after the first The Eternal album and I was left to drive the ship creatively for the most part. As far as the name, I just wanted something that represented the epic sound I was trying to create, it came down to ‘The Eternal’ or ‘The Fallen’ and ‘The Eternal’ just seemed to stick, that being said, some people have commented that our new album does share some musical elements of the last Cryptal Darkness records which I’m cool with. The break up of that band was not a pleasant experience after 7 years I always held that band at a distance, but with some retrospect I'm able to embrace some of the things I did like about it.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

Mark: I love the new album art work, it's by Barnel Photography in America. I was googling photographers for the artwork as I like real images and I came across his image ‘New Dawn’ which obviously seems fitting considering the title of our album, so I sent an e-mail, made a deal, and purchased the art. It was actually a really simple process this time and I’d have to say and it's one of my favourite covers of ours.

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?

Mark: We have been lucky enough to play some fantastic shows around the world over the years, which is really amazing for us considering we are just a small band from Australia. Our first time in Japan was amazing, we played this club show in Tokyo and the crowd was nuts, touring with HIM and Opeth a week apart after our second album was a blast as they were our first major shows in front of massive crowds, our USA tour with Tarja was great and shows in Finland & Hungary always hold a warm place. Our last show was with Paradise Lost, which was a band I always wanted to play with.. oh and a full Australian Tour with Amorphis was amazing as they are one of my favourite bands from way back.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Mark: We have no firm plans as of yet, I'm sure we will do an Australia tour, but seeing as we haven’t been to Europe and Japan as The Eternal for 9 years we really hope we can make this happen, even if only for a few weeks, let's see how things progress over the next few months!

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

Mark: Currently its hard to saying being out of the game for several years, I feel it's a bit of a slow burn at the moment but I feel a positive response starting to come for the new album, and I understand why its taking time, it's a 7 track - 75 minute album, so it's not easy listening, its an album that takes times to grow on you I think. But as far as over the years I just feel so lucky to have met so many amazing friends and fans around the world, it's really humbling to think some songs I wrote in my bedroom in my 20s have lead to us having a 15 year career making records that touch people in some way, I’m very grateful for that. The fans that have stuck with us over the years, have been with us through all kinds of changes, I hope he new album can generate some new interest in the band however.

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?

Mark: Richie is Guitarist for well known Australian band Dreadnaught and has been with them for 25 years. I have a project called Akariya which I’m still working on, it's instrumental with cinematic and post rock elements, I have half an album roughly demo’ed at this point.

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

Mark: We have been talking about this over the last few weeks, as I said earlier Richie joining the band has been a really creative experience and our next album will be the first we write completely together, so I’m very excited about that. We want to take the sound further, we are very into all kinds of music, one minute we are listening to ‘Rush' and then onto 'Russian Circles' for example. We want to stay slow and heavy, with long arrangements, but I see more progressive an ambient elements coming into the sound, I would also like to attempt a stripped back more raw production, I think we are known for big layered productions with lots of vocal harmonies etc… but I'd like to break this habit and strip things back a bit, let's see, still early days!

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?

Mark: It’s interesting when I started writing this album, I really felt like looking back at my past, which lead me to the sounds of the late 90’s like Cryptal Darkness, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost etc… I would say I was listening to a lot of things like Celtic Frost, Swallow The Sun, Alcest and things like that also… For me at the moment, I’m really listening to loads of instrumental music, I mentioned Russian Circles earlier who I think are amazing, another recent discovery for me is ‘If These Trees Could Talk’, I also have an ongoing obsession with Italian band klimt1918, believe it or not I only recently got a Spotify account and I love putting on a shuffle and finding new music, it's so easy at my age to be stuck in what you liked when you were 20, but I feel so hungry for new music, which is great!

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Mark: I’m all music! haha I'm a Sound Engineer & Producer, so if I’m not working on my music, I’m working on other peoples. I am currently Producing the debut album for amazing Australian band ‘Suldusk'. I’m just about to start mixing in the coming weeks, it's Folk with Black Metal and Black Gaze influences, it's a stunning piece of work. I’m looking forward to people hearing that one. I also teach Audio Production at some Universities here in Melbourne, which I love! I’m very passionate about education and being involved in the next generation of musicians and sound engineers! Our bass player David Langlands works for a growing craft beer company here in Australia called 'Moon Dog', and he is extremely passionate about his beer and is wonderful at what he does!

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

Mark: I hope your readers take a moment to check out ‘Waiting For The Endless Dawn’ and I thank you very much for the interview, hopefully we will see you on the road soon! Cheers!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Mortuous Interview


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



Colin Tarvin: We’re a death metal band, plain and simple



Chad Gailey: Mortuous is a four-piece Death Metal band from San Jose, California. We are influenced by Incantation, My Dying Bride, and Paradise Lost



2.Recently you have released your first full length, what are some of the things you feel you have done musically on this recording that you were not able to do on your previous demos?



CT: We spent a long time recording - every chance we could get here or there with Greg Wilkinson, which panned over the course of about 14 months. We decided to take the time and do everything we would like to do with this record, inside and out. Fulfilling ideas about exploring different instruments we wanted to incorporate, like violin and flute, artwork, etc., were important to us, and I think we wanted to feel resolute about every part of this record.



3.This is your first release in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?



CT: We've all been working with other various projects, near and far. Sometimes depending on how busy any one of us would be at any given moment, can make or break potential opportunities, but it’s all inclusive. A lot of us have played these songs for years, it didn't seem like it took so long to produce, but looking back it definitely did.



4.Your lyrics cover philosophical views on death and anti technology, can you tell us a little bit more about what these topics mean to you?



CT: Well one thing personally is that views are constantly changing, it’s good to be open to new patterns of thought. There’s a few things that I feel when you realize make you a better person, like even the fact of being open to what someone else might think, that in itself is pretty groundbreaking, but the core attitude doesn’t really ever change. The lyrics stem from a very cynical view of society, but with a gleaming hope, that’s more comparable to a cry for help out of a sense of hopelessness, that can be moments from everyday life. Lately (on the album) we’ve been collaborating on lyrics, and also have been basing a couple songs on horror stories by authors such as John Saul and David Morrell.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mortuous’?



CT: The name came from a close tie with another death metaler from New Jersey, Tim Ninerrell. Back when I first discovered Tim and his music, he had a band called Tenebrous. He was a really big fan of Funerealm, and we had a close bond over liking each other’s bands. He changed the name of Tenebrous to Deform, and I loved the old name so much, I wanted to use at least the suffix. Mortuous just kind of popped into mind and stuck since then.



6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?



CT: Marald was able to take lyrics from throughout the album and put together a piece that represented the themes from that. We’re really happy with what he produced. We also wanted to go with him because Necrot’s Blood Offerings art turned out great and we wanted amazing artwork for this album.



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?



CT: We’ve had the pleasure of playing some pretty great shows around the area throughout the last decade with bands such as Incantation, Deceased, Insanity, Grave Ritual, Ascended Dead, Asphyx, Skeletal Remains, Fetid, Mortiferum. Exhumed, Scolex, Funeral Chant, Bone Sickness, Caffa, Necrot, Swamp Witch. This would be a pretty long list if we included every band we’ve ever had a great time playing with, because we usually always have a great time with whomever we play with. As far as stage presence goes, it’s still something we try and figure out as we go.  We’re just your everyday dudes that don’t take ourselves too seriously, but serious enough to know when the song calls for it. Being cynical has it’s upsides, everything is pretty much a joke.



CG: My favorite shows that Mortuous has played were in 2017 when we played with Asphyx and in 2015 when we played with Incantation. Another sick one was very recently when we played with DeathgraVe for their record release show. Both our new albums had just come out and there was a great turnout for a show in San Jose.



8.What are the touring and show plans for the new album?



CT: We’re hitting the West Coast soon (August 2nd-11th), hopefully we’ll be doing the East Coast next spring and then from there we will see what we’re capable of.



9.You also have a few guests on the new album, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recording?



CT: It’s subjective, but you could say there are more guests on this album than there are members in the band. Chris Reifert and Danny Coralles from Autopsy came through with vocals and guest guitar leads, Derrel Houdashelt, formerly of Exhumed, with another guitar lead, Matt Harvey from Exhumed with some lyrics, and Ria (Teresa Wallace) from Cartilage with a flute outro.



10.You also have a few labels working on releasing the new album, can you tell us a little bit more about this process?



CT: Multiple labels are giving us support on this album, the main label is our very own drummer, Chad, and his new label Carbonized. Then there's Scotty and Tankcrimes who put out Necrot’s debut. David from Undergang’s Extremely Rotten Productions based in Denmark. Finally, Jeff of Dawnbreed Records based in the Netherlands. Both labels are each putting out European pressings of “Through Wilderness”.



CG: The idea of having so many labels participate on one release was to have a good amount of distribution in the US and in Europe. Tankcrimes, Extremely Rotten, and Dawnbreed have all stood on their own and released great records over the years. People follow each label so it’s more likely that fans will purchase from the one they like the most. This also allows for people to save money on shipping.



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



CT: The reaction has been great in it’s own niche because this is a type of music that would be considered underground. Seeing posts online of people all over the world enjoying the album. Every day i’ll see at least one person tag the band and show appreciation for the album. it’s been crazy.



12.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?



CT: Chad’s got Necrot, which is his baby, same with Atrament. Then he’s been also jamming lately with Palace of Worms and Scolex for live performances. Clint plays in Cartilage from SF. Clint also plays in a band with me called Evulse



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



CT: We plan to write more songs after tour, keeping with the death metal tradition.



14.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?



CT: Influences have always really ranged everywhere for this band, like a death metal blender. Grew up with Death, Obituary, Pestilence, then getting deeper with bands like Incantation, Rottrevore, Paradise Lost, becoming obsessed with Napalm Daeth, discovering My Dying Bride, diSEMBOWELMENT, more obsession. Viogression, Accidental Suicide, Demigod, Amorphis. We all each love so many different kinds of death metal, doom, grind, etc. There’s a mood associated with different bands. That’s the beauty of death metal, it’s a very vast genre in itself. Lately I’ve been jamming the album Final Man by Contaminated, Fetid’s Sentient Pile of Amorphous Rot, Mortiferum’s Atlar of Decay, Spectral Voice’s Eroded Corridors of Unbeing. This is another list that would honestly take a page to tackle completely.



CG: I was really influenced by punk bands when I was first learning how to play drums. I had always listened to metal but when I wanted to start playing that style my listening choices started to shift. Some big influences for me include Terrorizer, Discharge, Ramones, GBH, Adolescents, Cannibal Corpse, Bolt Thrower, and Napalm Death



15.What are some of your non musical interests?



CT: I’ve been really into basketball the last few years. I never even knew Oakland even had a basketball team, but took notice right before they started winning, the same time period my dad passed. Warriors won in 2015 only a month or two after I lost my dad, that had a pretty profound impact on me, but if felt weirdly unrelated. It’s just the minds coping mechanisms. The human mind is an interesting place.



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



CT: Yeah I’d just like to say we wanna be heard, rock n roll, crank it to eleven. Live free, die when you must. Never take life too seriously, but also enjoy the beauty to be in this world, on earth, a place where we can interact with like-minded individuals and revel in the disparity!



CG: Thank you for the interview! Catch us on tour this summer!




Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Eternal/Waiting For The Endless Dawn/Inverse Records/2018 CD Review


  The  Eternal  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  dark,  doom  and  goth  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Waiting  For  The  Endless  Dawn"  which  will  be  released  on  August  17th  by  Inverse  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars    are  also  used  at  times     along  with  some  slide  guitars  also  being used  briefly  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  synths  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  elements  of  prog  metal  as  well  as  some  stringed  instruments  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  when  grim  screams  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal,  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  most of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album progresses  aggressive  drums  are  also  used  briefly  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  The  Eternal  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  dark,  doom,  goth  and  prog  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover sorrow,  loneliness,  sadness  and  life  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  The  Eternal  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  dark,  doom  and  goth  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Wound"  "Dont  Believe  Anymore".  8  out  of  10.

 

  

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Sullen Route Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
1.At the present moment we prepare new demos which perhaps will become a part of the fourth album, but unfortunately we turn more into the studio project

2.How would you describe your musical progress on the albums through 2010-16?
2.It was hard time for all of us, one of founders also has left band. all these events have dug out the furrows in our creativity, we became aggressive and have more skeptically estimated life

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
3.The main subject of our lyrics is formation of the person during the different periods of his life. since the moment as the person has realized that he not top of the world, until acceptance of himself what he is - insignificant pathetic and weak. And then there comes the enlightenment and he feels forces to fight against the world

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Sullen Route'?
4.Initially the band was called Dagon, but music which has been written during this period didn't correspond to the name. Once we have understood that we will go with band on a long heavy route which we are obliged to overcome, and at that moment the name The Sullen Route has appeared

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the album cover artwork that was presented on the last album cover?
5.Album cover artwork represents ourselves going on the dirty field looking at the own shadow, thrown the habitual life

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?
6.We have held the best show in Kiev, Ukraine in 2011. It was unforgettable evening, we played on one stage with Saturnus and local bands.To us the main thing to step on the stage take musical instruments in our hands and rock the audience in the hall.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7.Unfortunately in 2018 there are no plans, hope that 2019 will bring us couple of show.

8.Recently 'Solitude Productions', re-issued your 2016 album, can you tell us a little bit more about the newer version?
8.The album was re-issued by GrimmDistribution. The album re-issued as it was thought up initially with a new sound and the correct timings. in 2016 we have laid out a demo on bandcamp.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of melodic doom and death metal?
9.We don't wait for approval from listeners, to watch responses there is no time too, we hope man whos loving metal is pleasant to listen our songs sometimes.

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
10.Of course, we all are creative people. the drummer has created the Delmar Barasa project and plays electronic music, the lead-guitarist plays a stoner at Brick Sun.

11.When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11.New music will be, we continue to evolve and surpass itself. Now it is difficult to call style or a genre in which we will write down future album, but be sure it will be best in our history.



12.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?
12.We are very different, someone loves the German metalсore like Caliban, and someone loves Ghost, but we continue to find encouraging in old school of metal and alternative of the 2000th. We grew on this music

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13.We meet together, not often but always cheerfully spend time, we drink beer and strong alcohol. Besides music other personal interests have disappeared with age.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14.Yes, always be yourself, and don't lie to people who trust you. Anyway - life will kill us all.