Monday, August 12, 2019

Haram Interview

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hi, at the moment we had the release of the CD and some gig with the new drummer, it was nice, we have been travelling through italy.

2.In April you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
 It’ s completely different, the past was actually much more spacy and trippy, this new work it s much more straight and noisy then the work before, it s something much more instinctive and less intimate, i believe this  was a huge change.The music is still deeply connected to the sound, i mean there is a deep study in creating the chaos we wanna accomplish. So there is a little of order and investigation in the chaos! we've tried to accomplish this result by not adding new gear, actually we’ve simplified a little the rig so we can be more direct and not overthink too much. Sometimes limits are good things!

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
The old works were much more about the innerself, the music was much more evocative and spiritual in a kind of way, the lyrics were connected to the music in a way and they were all about the knowledge of the one self, in the Sgretolamento the whole work was inspired by the i ching, The oracle.
In QESC the main focus is the protest, it s music against the consumerism, fascism, omofobia, razism, our government and the new politics against refugees, climate emergency and more.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Haram'?
Haram it s an arabic word, The meaning is  literally an action against god Will.
It s a name that we love. 

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover
The art work it s by Alessio Marchetti,  the lead singer of tutti i colori del buio, The love supreme , it s a great guy who did always support the scene, it s a great friend and we like the way he does things.
it s the mix of 2 different images, The first it’s a commercial from the 80s and the second it s the scene of an explosion. The faces on the art cover they express a huge amount of violence and we loved it at first sight

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?
We have  a huge amount of sounds and noise, I do not recall the best performance, because it’s not our goal to be perfect musician and please the audience. But probably in the last tour, the last date was the best because we’ve improved our interplay during the tour and because playing at Banhnof is always a pleasure with a lot of friends and alcohol
Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We Will be around the whole mounth of october in italy playing gigs all around.

8.In 2017 you where a part of a split with 'La Deriva', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording? /////
That band it s over and we just keep the contact with Luca, The guitar player, He s a local sound guy. We were quite different bands, but we were friends and we wanted to do something together

9.The album was released through a variety of many different labels, can you tell us a little bit more about the labels you have worked with on the new recording?
Well basically all the labels are friends, there some people who did appreciate our work over the years and that did support us so much, and many of them they “own” labels and the did help us out with the release but mainly we wanted them to be part of this, because music it s about sharing and be together. Always.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your recordings by fans of underground music?
Well we do not have this kind of approach, i mean we do not know what a worldwide level is…. We live here and now and we play what we love.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Well haram has and will always be freestereotypes kind of band, so i do not know, i am sure that we will keep going, going nowhere… As we always did.
We will experiment and try new solutions and find new ways to express ourselves through sounds, that s where we are heading. Our music listening change pretty quickly so we’ve abandoned the idea to be the band with the same sound on every album. We’ve different textures even in the same album but for us it’s not a problem

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?
Our new drummer Utku Tavil is a great source of new underground extreme music. He lives half a year in Berlin and coordinates some experimental music festivals so he’s in contact with many interesting bands and project. We like most of all bands like Moe, No Balls, White Suns, Cuntroaches, Urin, Piss, Brainbombs, Puma. Different bands that share the same attitude

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
We try to keep in shape and not get too fat. Two of us practice climbing and the other one is getting fat

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We’re getting old so it’s getting harder to be in the music scene, but the will to make some noise and make some ear bleed is still alive, even more then in the past. Chaos with some order!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Ulfven Interview

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



 ⁃ We are 4 guys who plays melodic doom/death metal with some black metal elements. It has always been a struggle to explain our style with all these different elements but internally and to friends we call our music Nature Metal, which describes our desired concept, nature and folklore. The band was formed in the late 2017 and we started to work on our debut album very early. Our new bassist and vocalist Jonathan joined the band in Mars 2018. Our first album which we released on the 1st of February this year is a concept album about scandinavian folklore. As previously mentioned It’s a theme through the whole album which we want to explore and internalize as our main ”atmosphere”.





2.So far you have released one full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?



 ⁃ The plan wasn’t acctually to record a whole album and release it as an album. The idea from the beginning was just to record our tracks just for fun and to learn more how the recording process are and try to do it all by ourselves. Robert, our guitarrist, vocalist and main songwriter had some really good demo tracks and riffs which we put together. When the first track was recorded we sent it to our friend Rickard Törnqvist (Svartkonst) and after we heard his first mix we realised that he was the perfect guy for the job and that everything sounded so much better than we thought it would. From that moment everything became quite exciting for us. We didn’t really focus on any specific genre in the beginning, but we all agreed that it would be quite slow and melodic.



3.Your lyrics cover Scandinavian Folklore themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?



 ⁃ We wanted a concept and the first song that was completed was about 'Skogsrået' which is a female being, a watcher of the forest, in old folklore.  It woke a strong interest in all of us, so we decided to use that theme.  We have grown up very close to nature and have heard the stories then and then since childhood.



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



 ⁃ 'Ulv' is an old word for wolf and it can also mean werewolf.  We thought it was a name that suited us very well considering what our songs are about. It also sounds ”dense” when you say it, it rolls of the tounge!



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



 ⁃ The cover of ’Folklore’ is a photo taken in the woods. Our song ’Nocturnal Watcher’ is about a mytholigical creature in swedish folklore called Kyrkogrimmen, which holds the shape you see in the back of the cover.



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



 ⁃ We haven’t played any shows yet so it’s hard to answer that question. When the idea of recording an album emerged, we put all our focus on it. After the release of ’Folklore’, the idea was to play live as much as possible but we went through various things, both as a band and privately, that made us unable to do it. We have a lot of different ideas to further enhance the atmosphere in our performance when we play live. So stay tuned, we’re really hyped, rehearsed and ready for a live show!



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



 ⁃ Yes, we have. Nothing is nailed at the moment, but we will reveal more about that soon.



8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest/



 ⁃ We are looking for a label at the moment. We have received some offers but we have either not been interested or the other part has stopped replying/drawn themselves out of it. It has been infuriating to say the least!



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



 ⁃ The reactions has been so much better than expected. If the people who like the album is fans of melodic death and doom metal it doesn’t matter as long as people like the music. That said there has been some minor bitter reactions from people who think metal and its genres is some static thing that has to be the same as its origins. Mostly these ”true” metalheads are doom and black metal fans, but we have not given it much thought. One funny comment we got on YouTube was from a true doom fan who said ”The music is great but THE VOCALS SUCK”. We thought it was quite funny.



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



 ⁃ Time will tell. We have a lot of ideas that we want to make real, but it’s really hard to tell what the future will look like, but we will continue the journey with ’Ulfven’ as long as possible. We love doing this.



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?



 - The big ones that have inspired us throughout former bands and this one would probably be Opeth, Bloodbath and Gojira. Others would be bands such as Katatonia and Ereb Altor. Music styles that inspire are mainly black and death metal of course but we listen to a lot of different things internally. Sometimes some of us blast Bloodbath through the speakers one moment only to put on some Modern Pop, RnB and old rock classics in the next. We think it is important to listen to more than just metal because you can easily get stuck in the same patterns, which can kill your creativity. We will not cover Hit Me Baby One More Time anytime soon but a melody or a groove here and there from completely different genres can definitely inspire a brutal metal track.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



 ⁃ We live very different lives and do very different things outside ’Ulfven’ but music is luckily the main interest. Other than that we enjoy nature, cooking food, hanging out or having a few drinks. Preferably all at once!



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



 - We invite people to follow us on Instagram and Facebook! We post band updates, write some swedish poetry and currently we’re releasing some folklore-inspired artwork made by Sofia Hultqvist. All in our style.

We are currently working on something that we hopefully will reveal later this year, it will be ’Ulfven’ in its essence. A bittersweet, brutal and beautifully dark journey through the unknown. Thank you for having us!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Mourner/Apogee Of Nihility/Satanath Records/More Hate Productions/The End Of Time Records/2019 CD Review


  Mourner  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Apogee  of  Nihility"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath,  The  End  Of  Time  Records  and  More  Hate  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  When  screams  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  also  makes  a  brief  return  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction,  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Mourner  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  slow,  melancholic,  melodic and  heavy  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Mourner  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  "The  Scorched  Sun"  "Apogee  Of  Nihility"  and  "Cobweb  Of  Captivity".  8  out  of  10.

  

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Rottendawn/Occult/Saturnal Records/2019 CD Review


  Rottendawn  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom,  death  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Occult"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Saturnal  Records.

  A  very  fast,  dark  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very powerful.

  Vocals  are  mostly  tortured  death  metal  growls  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  the  music  also having  some  influences  from  the  70's,  80's  and  90's  but  still  retaining  a  modern  day  heaviness.

  When  guitar solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  an  old  school  metal  style  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  more  of  a  shouting  approach  at  times  and  when  screams a re  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  fast  playing  and  blast  beats  also  make  a  brief  return  and  clear  vocals  and  clean  playing  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rottendawn  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  doom,  death  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Final  Lament"  "Dawn  Dwellers"  and  "Occult".  8  out  of  10.

https://doomedandstoned.com/post/186236816183/rottendawn 

Leather Lung/Lonesome, On'ry And Evil/Magnetic Eye Records/2019 CD Review


  Leather  Lung  are  a  band  from  Boston,  Massachusetts  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Lonesome  On'ry  And  Evil"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Magnetic  Eye  Records.

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  hard  and  heavy  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  sludge  style  screams  while  the  riffs  are  more  rooted  in  southern  and  stoner  metal  along  with  some  back  up  shouting  vocals  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  slow  riffs  also  add  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of a  70's  rock/metal  style.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  psychedelic  elements  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  as  well  as  introducing  blues  rock  influences  onto  the  recording,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Leather  Lung  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism,  life,  death  and  drug  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Leather  Lung  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Barbed  Wire" "Ain't  Feeling  No  Pain"  and  "Skeleton  Key".  8 out  of  10.

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Haram/Questo E Solo Chaos/Dio Drone/Drown Within Records/Mother Ship Records/Tifone Crew/Toten Schwan Records/2019 CD Review


  Haram  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  drone,  noise,  grindcore,  sludge  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Questo  E  Solo  Chaos"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Dio  Drone,  Tifone  Crew,  Drown  Within,  Mother  Ship  and  Toten  Schwan  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  bring  in  more  of  an  aggressive  hardcore  style  as  well  as  adding  in  some  screams  at  times  while  elements  of  noise  core  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  sludge  emtal.  Elements  of  harsh  noise  and  drone  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  showing  an  influence  of  post  metal,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  touches  of  noise  rock  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Haram  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  drone,  noise,  grindcore,  sludge  and  post  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  dark,  hateful  and  oppressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Haram  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  noise,  grindcore,  sludge  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Terra"  "Solo"  and  "Hopressione".  8  out  of  10.

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Hound The Wolves/Glasghote/2019 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  spit  album  between  Portland  Oregon's  Hound  The  Wolves  and  Glasghote  which  will  be  self  released  in  August  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Hound  The  Wolves  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  drone,  psychedelic  and  stoner  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  acoustic  guitars  along  with  a  brief  use  of  guitar  slides  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic  elements.

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  heavier  and  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  elements  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  adding  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  their  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  numerology  and  sacred  geometry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hound  The  Wolves  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  psychedelic  and  stoner  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Live  through  the  Day,  Run  Through  the  Note".

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

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  slow  yet  heavy  sludge  style  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  angry  yet  high  pitched  sounding  screams.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  some  growls  also  being  added  into  the  background  briefly  and  both  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  slower  musical  direction  as  well as  adding  in  some  distorted  amp  noises  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  mythology  themes.

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

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

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Warcrab/Damned In Endless Night/Transcending Obscurity Records/2019 CD Review


  Warcrab  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Damned  In  Endless  Night"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  sludge  and  doom  metal.

  Vocals  are  mostly  sludge  style  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  as  well  as  utilizing  growls  at  times.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and   epic  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  music  also  showing  some  70's  rock/metal  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  crust  and  d  beat  elements  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction,  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Warcrab  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  death,  nihilism  and  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Warcrab  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Halo  Of  Flies"  "Abyssal  Mausoleum"  "Kraken  Arise"  and  "Swords".  8  out  of  10. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufRr_L4RzF0 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Moros Interview

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

We are a 3 piece doom band hailing from Philadelphia, we lean towards the filthier death doom to sludge and noise side of things. Harsh vocals, baritone tuning, and ignorant riffs with elements of other nefarious genres.

2.In March you had released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous split's and ep?

Some of the material was written around the same time to be honest. But this album as a whole captures a more definitive representation of our goals musically. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?

From personal stuff like the human condition, suicide and mental illness to more fanatical fiction based horror/sci-fi shit.

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

It’s the Greek being of impending doom....

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

Ethan McCarthy (@thecoolghoul)(Primitive Man) designed the art work and layout for us. To me the art kinda reminds me of having a panic attack and thinking about all the fucked up shit I’ve ever seen or been through.


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?

We’ve played with tons of sick bands over the years but the one time we opened for Danzig here in Philly sticks out as a mind fuck for sure. Usually our shows are at much smaller sweaty venues and on a good night we get nice and fucked up and we rip through our songs and encourage the crowd to abuse each other.


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

We will tour in the not so distant future but unfortunately it’s too early to say when. Keep an eye on our Instagram (@moros_doom) and Facebook for show announcements.


8.You have been a part of some splits with 'Lithotome' and 'Black Urn', what are your thoughts on the other bands that had participated on those recordings?

Both of those bands are great but unfortunately both projects are now done. The Black Urn boys have moved on to a new project called ‘Caged’ and ‘Lithotome’ mastermind Alex Poole has been running with many projects including Skaphé and Chaos Moon as well as his label Mystikaos who I highly suggest checking out!


9.The new album was released on 'Hidden Deity Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Hidden Deity is a pretty new label run our buddy Matt from around our area. His only other release so far is from a legendary Philly band ‘Rosetta’ - I’m not sure what they have in store for the future but working with Hidden Deity was drama free.

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

Over seas fans have been very complimentary... we have a small but surprisingly growing amount of support from European fans. We definitely would love to tour there one day.

11.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?

I play drums in Krieg who hopefully will be starting the process of a new record in the winter and Nauseator who will be releasing a split on Hells Headbangers in the near future.

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

More filth, more dirges, more death


13.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?

Influences range from Grief, Dystopia, Noothgrush to Asphyx, Finnish Death Metal, classic black metal

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of shit like Cerebral Rot, Cultes des Ghoules, Fetid, Ride for Revenge.... new Yellow Eyes rips also.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Pro-Wrestling, cooking, booze

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

We have a few songs already done for a future release which is still in early planning stages, maybe a split maybe a sick tape, maybe both....more on that later! Thanks for the support! -Jay

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Goatburner/Extreme Conditions/Time To Kill Records/2019 CD Review


  Goatburner  are  a  duo  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  death  metal  and  power  violence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Extreme  Conditions"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Time  to  Kill  Records.

  A  very  distorted  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  slow  yet  heavy  riffing  which  brings  elements  of  sludge  metal  onto  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  with  some  influences  of  power  violence  and  grindcore.

  The  songs  also  show  an  influence  of  90's  era  Swedish  and  Finish  death  metal  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  old  school  feeling.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Goatburner  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge,  death  metal  and  power  violence  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  negative  and  disturbing  sides  of  the  chaotic  forces  of  nature  we  have  to  live  in  today.

  In  my  opinion  Goatburner  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge,  death  metal  and  power  violence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Time  To  Burn"  "Violent  Redeemer"  "Get  Sick  And  Die"  and  "Wave  Of  Doom".  8  out  of  10.

https://goatburner.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/GoatburnerMosh/
https://www.instagram.com/goatburnermosh/      

Monday, July 15, 2019

Romasa/Cheering Death/2019 Full length Review


  Romasa  are  a  band  from  New  Orleans,  Louisiana  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  sludge  metal  with  some  elements  of  hardcore,  death  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Cheering  Death".

  Distorted  amp  noises  start  off  the  album  before  into  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  sludge  metal  direction.  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  deep  death  metal  growls  and  screams  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  brings  elements  of  crust,  hardcore  and  d  beat  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  show  some  doom  metal  influences.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  aped  and fast  parts.

  Romasa  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge,  doom,  post  metal,  hardcore  and  crust  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a s elf  released recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  apathy  and  suffering  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Romasa  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge,  doom,  post  metal,  hardcore  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cheering  Death"  and  "Mind  Brick".  8  out  of  10.



Sunday, July 14, 2019

Leather Glove/Perpetual Animation/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2019 CD Review


  Leather  Glove  are  a  solo  project  from  San  Francisco,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  industrial  noise,  crust,  grindcore,  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Perpetual  Animation"  which  was  released  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark,  old  school  and  distorted  style.

  Elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  while  industrial  style  noises  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  A lot  of  the  slower  riffing  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  sludge  and  doom  metal  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  sounding  at  times.

  On  this  recording  Leather  Glove  adds  some  some  experimental  and  industrial  noise  elements  to  his  mixture  of  crust,  grindcore,  sludge  and  doom  emtal  to  take  his  style  to  another level.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  pain,  science  fiction  and  surrealism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  leather  Glove  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust,  grindcore,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Cursed  Role"  "A  Viceral  Notion  Of  Death"  and  "Reflections  Of  Despair".  8  out  of  10.

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Dipygus/Deathooze/Caligari Records/2019 CD Review


  Dipygus  are  a  band  from  Monterrey  Bay,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom.  death  metal,  grindcore  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Deathooze"  which  was  released  on  cassette  and  cd  by  Caligari  Records.

  Blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  and  guttural  death  metal  growls.  Influences  of  punk  are  also used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  era  and  screams are  also  utilized  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  and  movie  samples  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  one  song  being  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  cryptids  and  antiquity  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Dipygus  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  doom,  death  metal,  grindcore  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mekong  Maneater"  "Cyclopia"  and  "Angillas:  Killer  Of  the  Living".  8  out  of  10.

https://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/deathooze 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Moros/Weapon/Hidden Deity Records/2019 Full Length Review


  Moros  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Weapon"  which  was  released  by  Hidden  Deity  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  amp  sounds  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  aggressive  sounding  screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  briefly  when  the  music  speeds  up  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  psychedelic  sounds.

  Moros  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  to  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  along  with  some  death  metal  and  psychedelic  elements.  The  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  physical,  emotional,  psychological  and  self  harm  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Moros  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  "We  Don't  Deserve  Death"  "Death  Nebula"  and  "Weapon".  8  out  of  10.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MOROS666
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/moros_doom/
Bandcamp - https://moros-666.bandcamp.com/   

  

Monday, July 8, 2019

100000 Tonnen Kruppstahl/Teeth Fletcher/Wooaaargh/2019 Full Length Review


  100000  Tonnen  Kruppstahl  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Teeth  Fletcher"  which  was  released  by  Wooaaargh.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  while  the  music  also  captures  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal.  the  only  track  on  the  album  is  over  70  minutes  in  length  and  divided  into  4  different  sections  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  growls  and  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  more  of  an  aggressive  spoken  approach  in  some  parts  of  the  recording,  Distorted  amp  noises  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  clean  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  stoner  metal  feeling  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.

  100000  Tonnen  Kruppstahl  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover   dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  100000  Tonnen  Kruppstahl  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 t his  band.  8  out of  10.

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The Lumberjack Feedback/Mere Mortals/Deadlight Entertainment/2019 CD Review


  France's  The  Lumberjack  Feedback  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  instrumental  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Mere  Mortals"  which  was  released  by  Deadlight  Entertainment.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  doom  metal  direction.  The  riffs  also  add  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  At  times  the  drums  also  get  very  aggressive  sounding  while  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  an  improv  atmosphere  as  well  as  adding  some  stoner  metal  influences  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style.

  On  this  recording  the  Lumberjack  Feedback  remains  true  to  the  instrumental  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  that  has  been  established  on  previous  releases  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  The  Lumberjack  Feedback  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  instrumental  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Therapy"  "Wind  Last  Blow"  and  "Kobe  (Doors  Of  Spirit)".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NsVYiXbn0

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Call Of The Void/Buried In Light/Translation Loss Records/2019 CD Review


  Denver,  Colorado's  Call  Of  The  Void  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  mixture  of  hardcore,  sludge  and  doom  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Buried  In  Light"  which  was  released  by  Translation  Loss  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  hardcore  style  screams  and  shouts  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  crust  and  d  beat  influences.

  Elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples.

  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grindcore  influences  are  also  brought  into  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  soundscapes.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  human  psyche  and  what  drives  us  to  breathe  or  cease  to  be,

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Call  Of  The  Void  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  hardcore,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Disutility"   "Drowning  Hour"  "Wave  of  Disgust"  and  "So  It  Ends".  8 out  of  10.

Bandcamp: https://callofthevoid.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CalloftheVoid303
Twitter: https://twitter.com/callovthevoid
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/callofthevoidoffical

  

Nightfucker/Self Titled/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2019 CD Review


  Nightfucker  are  a  band  from  Vancouver,  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2019  album  which  will  be  released  on  July  12th  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  distorted  yet  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  sludge  sounding  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  emtal.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  sludge  style  along  with  the  bass  guitars  also  being  utilized  as  a  lead  instrument  at  times.  A  great  amount  of  amp  reverb  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  as  well  as  the  music  always  sticking  to  a  very  slow  yet  heavy  musical  style.

  Nightfucker  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  addiction,  abuse,  suicide,  hallucinations,  delusions,  mental  illness,  self  harm  and  complete  human  collapse  with  revolting  lunacy.

  In  my  opinion  Nightfucker  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  "Temptations  Curse"  and  "Death  Beset".  8  out  of  10.

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2 Wolves/Our Fault/Inverse Records/2019 CD Review


  2  Wolves  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  death,  doom  and  gothic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Our  Fault"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  utilize  a  great amount  of  melody.  Clean  goth  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  keyboards  are  also  added  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  When  grim  screams  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  as  well  as  the  music  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  growls.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  brief  acoustic  guitars  along  with  one  of  them  being  an  instrumental  are  also  added  onto  the  recording,  one  song  also  introduces  stringed  instruments  into  the  music  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  tragic  love  story  set  in  a  haunted  house  scenery

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  2  Wolves  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  death,  doom  and  gothic  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unwritten  Names"  "Dreaming  Beneath"  and  "The  Fault  is  Ours".  8  out  of  10.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0hackU3l6hcL7GwBcZP4t5?si=RMtAjOAFTtOcSN46_17u7Q 

    

Helevorn/Aamamata/Solitude Productions/BadMoodMan/2019 CD Review


  Hellevorn  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  doom,  death  and  gothic  metal  with  some  touches  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Aamamata"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Solitude  Productions  and  BadMoodMan.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal.  Keyboards  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  clean  goth  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized quite  a  bit  as  the  album  progresses. 

Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  ethnic  style  instruments  and  female  vocals  are  also  added  on  a  later  tracks  as  well  as  some  of  the  music  also  showing  a  slight  black  metal  influence  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  solitude,  dreams  and  past  time  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hellevorn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Sail  To  Sanity"  "Blackened  Waves"  "Forgotten  Fields"  and  "The  Path  To  Puya".  8 out  of  10. 

HELEVORN - Blackened Waves (Official Video)     

  

Amber Tears/Where No Trails/Bad MoodMan/2019 CD Review



  Amber  Tears  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  melodic  and  pagan  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Where  No  Trails"  which  was  released  by  BadMoodMan.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads.  The  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  synths  also  returning  on  the  later  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  percussion's  can  be  heard,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  sticking  to  a  very  slow  direction.

  Amber  tears  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  emtal t hat  is  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  a  touch  of  folk  music.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Experiences  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Amber  tears  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  and  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  "Where  i  Stayed"  and  "Where  There  Is  No  Spring".  8  out  of  10.

https://ambertears.bandcamp.com/track/sing-the-wind-sing-the-raven

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Lapsus Dei/Officium Triste/Broken Memories/Australis Records/2018 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Chile's  Lapsus  Dei  and  Netherland's  Officium  Triste  called  "broken  Memories"  which  was  released  in  2018  by  Australis  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Lapsus  Dei  a  band  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  heavy  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. Synths  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  stringed  instruments  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction,  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.

  Lapsus  Dei  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  on  their  side  of  the  recording  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lapsus  Dei  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  doom/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Feeling  Remains".

  Next  up  is  Officium  Trise  who  return  with t heir  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  drum  beats  along  with  some  keyboards  and  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later.  Clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal.

 Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  a  couple  of  their  tracks  are  recorded  live  along  with  one  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  musical  direction  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  tooted  in  the  90's  atmospheric  style,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Officium  Triste  take  their  style  of  doom/death  metal  into  a  different  direction  which  is  also  very  different  from  the  stuff  they  released  in  the  early  90's.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  thoughts,  gloom  and  pessimism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Officium  Triste  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "On  The  Crossroads  Of  Souls". 

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  doom/death  metal.  8  out  of  10.

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