Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Asphodelos Interview

Stephan: Vocals Adrian: Guitars

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?

Stephan: No rest for the wicked. We’re continuing to write new stuff and have already started playing new songs on our shows.
Adrian: I want to add, that in „Black Sunset – a Division of MDD Records“ we found a reliable partner and label. Cooperation has been a real joy so far. 

2. Recently you have released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the ep's you have released in the past?
Stephan: I think as a band we all have grown over the past few years in what we do, and this is reflected in “The Five Rivers of Erebos”. One of our focuses is to make longer songs more diverse. Harmonious variety is in our eyes especially important when writing them. Looking back at the EP “To the Grounds of Everwhite” there’s more black metal influence in most of our songs now, making the themes of our songs more distinctive and deeper. Also the vocals have evolved over the past years. 
Adrian: All in all the music became more dark and melancholic. For me as songwriter it reflects also my personal taste of music and its genesis. But besides all new influences Death Metal is still the essence of what we do.

3.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 frame?
Stephan: Well, we had a little break right in the middle being caused by work and studies in different cities. As to the rest, we wrote a few more songs but we couldn’t really get to like them as much as we’ve hoped. So we rewrote some of them or dropped them entirely – maybe not forever but for now at least. Our main focus was to find out what we want to do as a band and to play a few shows. 
Adrian: One problem was that I studied in Leipzig and the band is situated in Jena. It's not a big deal to get there but social environment changes when you live in different cities. And there were also times when we had to ask each other if it's still a good idea to keep the band alive. But after I moved back we lit the spark again and now here we are.

4.Some of your lyrics cover Greek Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic? 
Stephan: Polytheistic religions are overall interesting because believers have a wider range of entities they can cast blame on haha. The stories around the Greek mythology however often reflect issues or topics that can easily be transferred onto our everyday life and they are intrinsically exciting story-wise. The struggle and the tales we found ourselves confronted with are more often than not also described in the tales of gods and monsters. It makes a great and interesting canvas to write songs on.
Adrian: I think Greek mythology and philosophy and many aspects of antique, Hellenic culture build a basis in many ways for Europe and the world. And so it's really exciting to engage with their mythology, because that reflects how people though, felt and struggled. And it's even more exciting to see analogies in today’s life. But as you mentioned in the question, the mythological topic is just one of many topics we deal with in our songs.


5.Originally the band was known as 'Hatred Within', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Asphodelos'?
Stephan: Before we re-named the band to Asphodelos back in 2010, we realized a change in songwriting and lyrics. They’ve become deeper and darker. There was a change from almostmetalcore-ish influences to death metal and black metal. Hence, we couldn’t identify us with the name “Hatred Within” anymore.
The name Asphodelos describes a part of the Greek underworld – the Asphodel Meadows. Its grounds are covered with Asphodels – a flower as pale as death – which was often used in Wreaths covering graves. It's where ordinary souls are sent after their death to relive their daily grind for all eternity. We found this to be a monument to make something out of your life and to try as hard as you can to surpass yourself. Otherwise you’re just caught in between all your possibilities.
Adrian: I found the word in an historic novella in 2010. When I read about its meaning and different facets, I recognized that it's a perfect description for something existing between life and death. It's kind of a medium that connects the dead and the living, as in mythology so in real 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?
 Stephan: I think there’s something about all of them we could mention. But for me there are two I like to remember: The first one was Metal March in 2012. It was a free entry metal concert and we played as the headliner. The crowd was amazing and the sound was great. With roundabout 500 metalheads in front of us it was our first gig that big. 
The second one was the recent Zwiebel Assault in Weimar this year where we played with Master. We had a blast with the people in front of us, the resonance from them was really great and the sound was good too. 
Performance-wise I think the main theme is just to let loose from everything else and just go with the music. 
Adrian: Every gig had its own story. Some more suitable to be remembered, some less. But Zwiebel Assault was really a nice experience to play in front of more than 1000 people, what we usually not do every weekend. I was told for years to be stiff like a tree on stage. But rumors said it changed a little. Of course performance is an aspect that can create a special atmosphere between band and audience but for me it's also very important to play the music on a good level – even drunk and shitfaced, haha.

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Adrian: We have some shows for 2018 and some more are in the making. We will see what the release of our debut will bring. 

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death and thrash metal?
Stephan: Well “worldwide” would be great wouldn’t it hehe? Let’s just say after every gig we usually stay to drink something and to watch the other bands. And while doing so we come to talk to a few of the guests. And so far the feedback was cool. 
Adrian: I have friends all around the globe that like our music but I wouldn't call that „worldwide level“, haha. But as Stephan mentioned the feedback after shows is usually positive. Nevertheless, we appreciate all kinds of feedback. 

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Stephan: We continue to watch for diversity in our songs – for us and for the listeners. If something you hear keeps on exciting you, it can go on forever. 
Adrian: I wrote most of the riffs except the guitar solos. And our music is always a reflection of what I'm listening to. I don't have concrete plans to develop our music in a special direction. The most important thing is that music is authentic and helps us to express ourselves where words fail.

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?
Stephan: Regarding the vocals I have no idea. Writing Lyrics is something that is mostly influenced by books I read. In my youth I read many Books by Scott McGough and something about how he wrote I might have adapted in how I write the songs. The content of the lyrics is produced by current events, everyday life, something that moves you, you know?

Nowadays, as of right now, I mostly listen to Corroded, Diablo, Dissection, Disbelief and from time to time some Frank Sinatra.
Adrian: For me it's not only Metal that influenced or still influences me. Inspiration can be found in so many other kinds of music. It's not about a specific style it's about sharing something, an idea, a feeling, a dream, a fear. But for my personal genesis bands like Dismember, Immortal, Dissection, Grave, Dark Funeral but also Iron Maiden and Metallica inspired me to make music. 

11. What are some of your non-musical interests?
Stephan: I like to socialize, more often than not that involves a certain amount of booze haha. I like to hang out with friends and be with my family. But I also cherish solitude. Reading books, writing lyrics, playing some computer games ... I used to do sports but can’t remember when I stopped. Soo…..Pizza?
Adrian: Talking crap, getting wasted sometimes, playing playstation and yeah... just common things, you know?

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Stephan: Hey Mom! I’m in an interview!
Adrian: Support the Underground! Go to local concerts and support the scene! And Hails to all our friends in Rogash and Infest (Serbia)!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Anarcheon/Stratusfear/2017 EP Review


  Anarcheon  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  death and  modern  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Stratusfear".

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bring  in    great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  brief  use  of  wolves  howling  and  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  style  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  modern  thrash  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  clean  vocals  and  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  metal  cover  of  "Kiss  A  Girl".

  Anarcheon  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  and  modern  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Anarcheon  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  death and  modern  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kill  Milk  (Calcium  Stab)"  and  "Etherous  Claw".  8 out  of  10.      

Bloodshot Dawn/Reanimation/Hostile Media/2018 CD Review


  Bloodshot  Dawn  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  technical  and  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their album  "Reanimation"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Hostile  Media.

  Blast  beats  along  with  some  mellodic  yet  technical  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  follow  the  same  pattern  while  also  taking  it  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  more  modern  thrash  style.

  High  pitched  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  synths  along  with  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  track.

  On  this  recording  Bloodshot  Dawn  goes  for  more  of  a  technical  and  modern  style  of  melodic  death  metal, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  war,  death,  science  fiction  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bloodshot  Dawn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  technical  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seared  Earth"  "Upon  The  Throne  Of  Fear"  "The  Omniverse"  and  "Reanimated".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

Atoll Interview

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



We added a 3rd guitarist (Spencer Ferguson) as well as been focused on planning out our march tour and getting our third album ready for the studio



2. You have a new album coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



The new album has a more focused and well-rounded sound that incorporates all of our influences, the new album differs from our previous material in many ways, we've added a new vocalist in Wade Taylor who is an absolute monster behind the microphone, we have fine-tuned the tones of each instrument on the recording. We kept the tracking, edits and mixing all in house. Making it much easier to shape it the way we wanted it.



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



Most of the lyrical content that we have is based on human extinction or crazy sci-fi Concepts that we thought of ourselves as well as a little bit of humor peppered in there.



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



The meaning and inspiration for the name atoll comes from some of the hydrogen bomb testing they did over Bikini Atoll creating mutated monsters and disgusting beasts. We go over a lot of these Concepts in our song Bikini Atoll Fallout Frenzy.



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



The two best shows that we played so far have definitely been Las Vegas deathfest and Los Angeles extermination Fest. Both promoters treated us very professionally and we got to meet a ton of awesome bands. In describing our stage performance, one could possibly use the adjectives chaotic energetic and insanely Savage. We like to put on the best show we can for our fans and for the people who come to see us they deserve the best show possible and we want to deliver that.



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



We're playing December 9th in Long Beach California and January 13th in Albuquerque New Mexico. We are currently planning a West Coast tour in the spring, a one-off show in Las Vegas with some homies and booking a few festivals happening in the summer



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



The response has been amazing we've been getting awesome feedback from everybody they really like the production and the new vocals on this album. Most people have been saying that this album is a step up from the last one which is exactly what we wanted. we've also been getting a lot of great feedback about the artwork.



8. The new album is coming out on 'Gore House Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



Gore House Productions is an independent label from California they mostly represent brutal death metal and slam bands. We have a great relationship with lots of the other bands on that label and the owner treats every band with the respect and attention that they deserve. We're very happy to be signed with them.



9. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?



Most of our other members have other projects that they are working on. At this time our vocalist wade and guitarist Spencer have a band called avarice that was just signed to transcending records They are going to be releasing their EP sometimes in the winter of 2018. Our drummer Andy and bass player cam also are in another band called Aiwass. they play mostly Punk and alternative crazy sounding music they will be releasing their full-length album on within the Mind records we're not exactly sure when, but it should be sometime in 2018.



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



We want to take this band as far as we can go we're definitely going to explore our influences in these next coming albums we have a few awesome Concepts and original ideas that we think will Peak most brutal death metal fans interest. You're going to have to keep us on your radar if you want to find out what's going to happen next.





11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?



We get a lot of our influence from classic death metal bands like Suffocation and internal bleeding, but some of the newer bands we draw influence from are abominable putridity pathology maggot colony cerebral incubation party Cannon methwitch stages of decomposition and acranius



12. What are some of your nonmusical interests?



We all have a lot of interest in sci-fi and horror movies. A couple of us are comic book nerds. A few of us like to play video games and most of us like to dabble in the THC variety of things.



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



Go to gorehouseproductions.com and buy our album or a piece of merch. Even if it's not our album or merch buy something and support all the killer bands on this awesome label. "This is the end of humanity. In a pineapple under the sea"

Internal Chaos Interview

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

Warmest greetings from Tehran. I am Alireza Shafiei, Former & leader of the "Internal Chaos" and I am going to answer your questions on behalf of the band.
I started Recording songs as a one-man band. After 4 years I decided to release two of the songs I’ve recorded before. Then, I realized that I had to put up a little speed and find some talented individuals to form Internal Chaos as an actual band. We are Symphonic Fusion Metal Band from Iran.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
We combine the modern musical elements with the traditional oriental elements that represent somehow the culture. I prefer not to describe our music from my own subjective point of view, instead to know the opinion of others.

3.The band has been around since 2011 but waited until 2017 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 6 years?
Internal Chaos was established in 2012, by me as a one-man band, until 2016 I recorded and released three single tracks with the help of guest artists/musicians. Later in 2016, we shaped the band together with the current members and we managed to release our EP shortly after. Unfortunately, there are some restrictions and limitation for artists who work in the so-called Western genres, that affect the flow of our work directly, but the good news is that these limitations are decreased since 2016 and that’s the reason we can put up the pace. Now we are working on our full-length album.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Human deed, morality, society.
We try to bring up social issues and limitations into attention and we find it easier to talk about them in form of lyrics.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Internal Chaos'?
All of the songs I have written are inspired by my own Internal emotional instabilities that are caused somehow by our society. That’s why I named the band after the constant Chaos that I have inside.

6.Has the band been able to do any live shows yet?
We have performed 12 songs in a gig 4 months after we formed the band (2016). We also had a concert to introduce our band to Iranian metalheads and we performed full power so to say.


7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Sure we are looking for a record label and we received some offers…but we are pretty sure we’re going to receive a deserving offer soon.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of symphonic and melodic death metal?
Actually most of the feedbacks were from Iranian metalheads, so many compliments and encouraging words. But we are not yet satisfied by the feedbacks we've received, since we have just recently introduced our music to the international Metal communities and music platforms, we are hoping to receive more and more feedbacks.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
There are limited number of professional players in Iran, and a lot of new ideas. That’s why an individual may play for and work with various bands. The ones that we work with are also very gifted and have huge potential to introduce themselves to the international audience. It’s good to note that we spend our time on other projects as far as they don’t take much time so that we can focus on our own.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I guess the next album is going to be released in the beginning of 2018

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?
I am inspired by Slipknot, Symphony X, Nightwish, Infected mushroom, Beethoven, Mozart, Michael McCann, Hans Zimmer. But these days I don’t listen to any songs because I don’t want them to interfere my musical ideas. I just listen to modern songs to know about new styles of mix & mastering, sound design.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Learning second & third language, Gym, Sound Design.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Most important of all, I intend to create a brand new musical genre, hopefully creating my own style/genre. I have been working on it for a long time. We are looking forward to perform many more concert in the next couple of months and also we wish to reach our goals in the context of music making soon. Great news coming soon! 
Last but not least, I thank you deeply for this opportunity and for the review on us. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Asphodelos/The Five Rivers Of Erebos/Black Sunset/MDD Records/2017 CD Review


  Asphodelos  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  and  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Five  Rivers  Of  Erebos"  which  will  be  released  on  November  24th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Black  Sunset  and  MDD  Records.

  Ocean  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  elements  of  thrash  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  riffing  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Asphodelos  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  some  elements  of  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  everyday  problems  Greek  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Asphodelos  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Carnage"  and  "Nothingness".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mask Of Satan Interview

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

We are a trio emerging from Finland. Our musical style is somewhat described as Horror-Death metal. We move around the genre of H. P. Lovecraft though our name is from Italian old-school movie "Mask of Satan" (translated to english). We salute such bands as Six Feet Under and Necrophagia in our musical efforts. Our journey as trio began few years back as we all played in the same band during that time and we decided to summon up this act of Death.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings that you have released so far?
Old-school and very natural sounding madness and despair that lurks in the event horizon of deep space. Even brutal at some points. We definitely are evolving as we speak


3.A lot of the lyrics on the new album are based upon the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this authors and also are there any other writers the band members have an interest in?
Lovecraft is a great influence to us and we also like old horror movies and stories. Vincent Price is also a huge influence when it comes to horror theme. Lovecraft theme came naturally and perhaps we continue with that genre into our future.

4.I know that the band name came from a 60's horror movie, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in horror films?
Fucking love'em. Night of the creeps, Lucio Fulci etc. all great stuff and I must say that the 80's was a truly golden era of horror.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We did a good horror ritual with Arch Goat. We use cloaks while playing and in live we are more of a foreign entity than a Death metal act. We tend to play at least one Necrophagia cover song per gig. I't truly is awesome band.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We do few German gigs in spring 2018. You can find info at our website that lies within facebook.

7.The album was released on 'Star Spawn Society', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
They contacted us after a promo and seemed to have a good connection and similar thoughts about music. Small label suited for us at this point perfectly.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
Many comment say that they like it. Specially the atmosphere on this record gets gratitude. Not for everyone though.

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

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?
Like said before. Necrophagia and old Six Feet Under are our main influences but bands like the Grotesquery are great too and definitely helped us develop our own style. Nowadays I tend to listen old death metal acts instead of new material. Bolt Thrower, SFU, Deicide, Cruciamentum etc.

11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview.
Keep supporting Death!
-M/MoS-