Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Expain/Pinching Nerves/2017 EP Review


  Expain  are  a  band  from  Vancouver,  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  melodic,  technical and  progressive  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2017  ep  "Pinching  Nerves".

  Melodic  and  technical  guitar  leads  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  riffs  that  are  heavy  and  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  growls,  screams  and  blast  beats  are  added  onto t he  recording  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  clean  playing  is  utilized  they  add  prog  and  jazz  elements  to  the  recording  and  one  track  also  brings  in  session  work  form  Dan  Mongrian  of  Voivod  and  Martyr  while  another  song  brings  in  acoustic  guitars.

  Expain  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  and  technical  death  metal  and  mixes it  with  some  thrash,  prog  and  jazz  elements  to  create  something  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released recording while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Expain  are  a  very great  sounding  melodic  and  progressive  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Witch  Is  Dead"  and  "Torch  Formula".  8 out  of  10.    

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Shadeless Emperor Interview

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

Hi, we are “The Shadeless Emperor” a 5-piece Melodic Death Metal Band hailing from Larissa, Greece. We have a handful of musical and non-musical influences that crafted our Style into something Unique and Interesting. So we started our way into the Metal phasma by early 2010, albeit the band was inactive for a couple of years. A Demo release, an 8-bit version of it, a few line-up changes and a Single later we are here with our Debut Album “Ashbled Shores” and we are quite proud of it. \m/

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

“Ashbled Shores” is An Incredibly Interesting Album. We aren't saying this because we wrote it (duh), but really any metal fan can listen to it and find loads of things that are stunning, bizarre, beautiful, dark or emotional. We have many different influences and someone that’s absolutely new to our sound can figure this out. We love Melodic Death and this is the core of our music style. Epic, Progressive, Folk, Doom, Atmospheric and Thrash influences are present and solidly established to our sound. Yet we are unable to provide you with a label to our sound. Many may label us under Progressive MDM or Epic Melodic Death yet we prefer just Melodic Death Metal. Every single person can find something different in our music style but that’s the beauty of creating music, right?

3. Some of your lyrics deal with fantasy, mythological and philosophical themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those  topics?

Literature all the way. This is truly the basis of our culture. Fantasy Literature / Mythology is the expression and expansion of the mind. To reach a level of expressing the Apathy, disgust, love, hate, passion, happiness of the society we live, we would or we would not love to live in. Mythology is the same thing, in a way. Legends, tales, folklore that turned into Myth through the years. All of those parts of Literature are filtered throughout a philosophical veil we like to use and express the aforementioned emotions, yet so much more. We are Greeks after all and we do Philosophy.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Shadeless Emperor'?

An Emperor is the noble term of a Tyrant. An elegant title used for a Very Powerful Leader that the ear usually interprets and redefines into a Reliable, “Honourable”, Protective and Inspiring Individual of a Past-Era Civillization. This Emperor is nothing more than a Tyrant though. “Our Emperor” has no Shadow. A Powerless Entity. An Emperor without a Shade is as good as a Sword without a Blade. The name’s inspiration is derived from Cristopher Paolini's Eragon Book Quadrilogy.

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

Definitely the shows we shared the stage with Wolfheart and Jinjer. We had a very good time and the audience enjoyed the performance as well. As for the stage performance I would describe it as energetic and theatrical. I don't know for sure. These are the two words that came first in my mind.


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

Yes we do actually. First of all there is an album release party in our Hometown, Larissa. After that around November/December there would be definitely some shows around Greece with notable bands. In the new year to come there would be a few more. Do not forget to like our Facebook Page to be notified. You never know. We may visit your Town soon.

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

The feedback is AMAZING. There are so many people out there sharing and supporting us in every way. There are people from all around the globe ordering the album lately. Iran, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil are some of the countries we have fans at. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. There are so many things coming over soon, so stay tuned.

8. 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?

Almost every band member is in another project nowadays. Ethan is singing in a Modern Melodic Death project called "Scarletborn", Chris is playing guitars in a Atmospheric Rock band called "The Red White Spiral", Philippos is also participating in another Death Metal project as a singer, which they will soon release some more info for, and he also has "Arcanus", a Blackened Death Metal One-Man band. Thanasis is also playing drums in a Classic Rock band. Tasos and Chris are also guitarists in a Modern Metal/Metalcore Band called "Intensify".

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

There is a solid path we are trying to pave. There are so many influences and inspirations striking us through the years that we believe we will show you something spectacular in the years to come. Sure our sound has this Progressive vibe and many Folk influences are also present. There would be variety but in a minimalistic way. You will see soon.

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?

We all listen to different styles of music. From Post Rock to Black Metal, K-Pop to Metalcore, from Classical Music to Crust. There are no borders in music and there should not be any. There are so many different bands that inspire us. But if you would like us to mention a few bands those would be, In Mourning, Be'lakor, Opeth, Symphony X, Trivium, Blind Guardian, Emperor, Paradise Lost. Insomnium, Eluveitie, Wintersun, Ronnie James Dio, While She Sleeps and Iron Maiden.

11.What are some of your non-musical interests?

We all love to go out and socialize. We read a lot of books, we love gaming, we love drinking beer. Thanos is a designer/psychologist, Chris is an accountant, Tasos is an IT Expert, Philippos has his own Rent-A-Car Business and he is a Sound Engineer, Thanasis is a Physics Student. We are very busy individuals.

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

Thanks a lot for your time and support. Make sure to take your time to listen to our music and lyrics. Read a lot, support your local scene and always try to listen to other people’s issues. Always Breathe and Create. After all, we are what we leave behind.
Last but not least Kudos to VarietyOfDeathZine for the interview and Rock On \m/

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Blood Rainbow/Upheaval/Neverheard Distro/2017 CD Review


  Blood  Rainbow  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Upheaval"  which  was  released  by  Neverheard  Distro.

  Tribal  style  beats  along  with  some  ethnic  style  folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  and  after  the  intro  nature  sounds  are  also  used  briefly  while  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  All  of t he  musical  instruments  on  the  recording h ave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  saxophones  and  trombones  are  utilized  they give  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  getting  more  brutal  as  the  album  progresses  and  at  times  the  vocals  also  have  a  semi  melodic  tone  to  them  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly.

  Blood  Rainbow  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  both  the  brutal  and  melodic  styles  of  death  metal  and  mix  them  together  while  also  adding  in  some  experimental  touches  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Times  and  Violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Rainbow  are  a  very  great  sounding  and  original  brutal  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Outcast  From  Eden"  "Stalingard"  and "Conquistadors".  8 out  of  10.  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Mutilatred Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1.  Patric: We are a four piece but sometimes a two piece (and sometimes a three piece, haha). We (Clay Lowe & I) started our band as a two piece after our other bands didn't work out. We were playing together for about 10 years at that point and wanted to keep playing metal. We eventually found two other incredible musicians/friends and have been writing as Multilatred since 2014. We are old school death metal with a decent slam influence. Simple loud and with a beat.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. Patrick: Our sound is raw and stripped down. We record at our friends studio "Lake Bottom Recording" and use the same set up we use live. Everything is tracked live without much editing. We try to make it sound as close to our live set as possible.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that the band explores with the music?
3. Patrick: Our lyrical topic is wrapped around one main subject: "hard drugs" specifically, prescribed opiates and Heroin. We've seen it ruin the life's of people we know and it's an major crisis in our society, which affects everyone directly or indirectly. The opiate epidemic could be dealt with differently. It is frustrating to see substance abuse being used for profit in a lot of ways. I could sit here and write a book of rambled feelings  to convey how fucked up it all is. But for now our version of voicing our concern is through the music we make.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mutilatred'?
4. Patrick: Perfect question to continue the last topic. The origin of Mutilatred came from the two words that immediately came to mind when thinking of the heroin crisis: mutilation and hatred.


5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. Patrick: Our best shows are almost always house shows. (Although we've played many amazing shows at bars and venues. Playing with 1349 and Origin was insane to us). Our favorite show of all time was a recent house show in Cincinnati with Sewage Grinder. The people were extremely into metal and in general they were very hospitable.

When we play live it feels like we gain a little more intensity after each show. We like to head bang as much as possible. And our other guitarist, Pat Meyers, is constantly on the verge of annihilating everything around him, which is one of my favorite things about our shows. You can tell he's 100% into it and part of the music he plays.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. Patrick: We are doing our first weekend run at the beginning of September with two Columbus bands: Domestic Terror and Heartworm. Other than that we have some shows here and there for the next couple months.



7.You have a split coming out with 'From The Hellmouth', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
7. Clay: We are very happy to be doing this split with From the Hellmouth. Such a great band in every aspect. Dark/evil tremolo picking, phenomenal drumming, loud pissed off vocals. I think they were the perfect match for us to do a split with.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal?
8. Clay: Everyone we've come in contact with has had a really good response to our music. On a worldwide scale, we could always be doing better. We're always trying to get our stuff out there for more death metal fans.


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?
9. Clay: Eli (our bass player) has a few projects he's involved in: Hung From the Rising Sun and WAX. Myself  and Patrick are in a dormant band with our friend Will called Serpent Speech. We hope to do something with that band again sometime down the line.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. Patrick: We are heading directly into more death metal with no end in sight.


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?
11. Our guitar player (Pat Meyers) former band Premonitions of War. Mutilated, GutRot, and Shitlife. Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Devourment, and 1349 are all sources of inspiration for us. Nowadays we've been listening to a lot of Defeated Sanity, Cephlatripsy, and Delusional parasitosis to name a few.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12. Patrick :  tattooing, drawing, painting, cartoon making.
      Clay : welding, metalworking, hockey

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13.  Nope, that's it


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tides Of Kharon/Coins Upon Our Eyes/2017 EP Review


  Tides  Of  Kharon  are  a  band  from  Edmonton,  Alberta,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Coins  Upon  Our  Eyes"  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th.

  Drums  beats  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  back  up  shouts  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  guitar solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  stick  to  a  very  melodic  style  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Tides  Of  Kharon  plays  a  style of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tides  Of  Kharon  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter War"  and  "Cerberus  In  Slumber".  8  out  of  10.

  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Shadeless Emperor/Ashbled Shores/WormHoleDeath Records/2017 Full Length Review


  The  Shadeless  Emperor  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ashbled  Shores"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Water  sounds  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  musical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while t he  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  melodic  singing  along  with  synths  are  also  used  briefly and  one  track  is  all  instrumental  and  a  couple of  the  tracks  are  very long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  Shadeless Emperor  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  also  adds  in  folk  elements  to  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Fantasy,  Literature,  Mythology  and  Philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Shadeless  Emperor  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ashbled  Shores"  "Shades  Over  The  Empire"  Helios  The  Dark"  and  "An  Ember  Gale".  8  out  of  10.

SamadhiSitaram/Kali Yuga BABALON/Sliptrick Records/2017 CD Review


  SamadhiSitaram are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  djent,  groovecore,  mathcore,  deathcore,  and  progressive  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Kali  Yuga  BABALON" which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  A  stringed  instrument  and  symphonic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  riffs  which  also  mix  in  elements  of  djent  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  progressive  fashion  and  after  awhile  growling  vocals  and  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music.

  Hardcore  style  back  up  shouts  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  metalcore  and  groove  metal  and  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  while  some  of t he  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  Indian  style  folk  instruments  are  also  used  at  times.

  SamadhiSitaram  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  djent,  groovecore,  mathcore,  deathcore,  and  progressive  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  created  something  original  and  while  this  is  not  a  style  I  would  regularly  listen  to,  I  feel  the  band  is  very  good  at  what  they  do,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  moral,  ethnic  and  spiritual  decay themes  with  some  Hindu  and  Qabalistic  touches.

  In  my  opinion  SamadhiSitaram  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  djent,  groovecore,  mathcore,  deathcore,  and  progressive  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kali  Yuga"  "Qliphoth"  and  "Shangri  LA".  7  out  of  10.

      

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Psychobolia/Chiaroscuro/Great Dane Records/2017 CD Review


  Psychobolia  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Chiaroscuro"  which  was  released  by  Great  Dane  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  high  pitched  screams  that  have  a  blackened  touch  to  them  and  deep  death  metal growls  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  very  chaotic  and  old  school  brutal  and  extreme  metal  style.

  At  times  melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of   the  recording.

  Psychobolia  plays  a  brutal  style  that is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  old  school  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Psychbolia  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Feast  Of  Pills"  "Full  Bloom"  "Lethal  Substance"  and  "Severance  Echoes".  8  out  of  10.

  

From The Hellmouth/Mutilatred/Redefining Darkness/Seeing Red Records/2017 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Ohio's  From  The  Hellmouth  and  Mutiltred  which  will  be  released  in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Redefinging  Darkness  and  Seeing  Red  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  From  The  Hellmouth  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  slam.

  Their  side of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences  while  being  modern  at  the  same  time  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great amount  of  blast  beat  can  be  heard  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  gives  the  songs  more  of an  old  school  vibe.

  Throughout their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  along  with  a  small  amount  of nature  sounds  and  the  mid  tempo  sections  also  adds in  touches  of  slam,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  From  The  Hellmouth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  and  brutal  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Wolves  Must  Be Fed".

  Next  up  is  Multitred  a  band  that  plays  a  brutal  style  of  slam  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  guttural  death  metal  growls  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  add  in  touches  of  slam  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,

  Elements  of  noise  are  also  used  at  times  and  on  the  last  track  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  an  avant  garde  vibe  as  well  as  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Multitred  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  slam  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Part  Of  The  Decay"  and  "Prescribed  Death".

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

  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Funeralglade/May The Funeral Begin/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


  Funeralglade  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  melodic  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  deathcore,  groove  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Let  The  Funeral  Begin"  which  will be  released  in  August  by  Inverse  Records.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  high  pitched  screams  also  gives  the  songs  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  deathcore  style  breakdowns  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  technical  fashion  and  after  awhile death  metal  growls  and  atmospheric  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  grove  metal  elements  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized  briefly  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  back  up  shouts  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental.

  Funeralglade  plays a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  melodic  death  metal  while  the  deathcore,  groove  and  black  metal  elements  gives  the  songs  a  lot  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  despair,  and  hatred  themes.

  In my  opinion  Funeralglade  are  a  very  great sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  with  elements  of  deathcore,  groove  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  (Only  Way  Out)"  and "Paincauser".  8  out of  10.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Origin/Unparalleled Universe/Agonia Records/2017 CD Review


  Origin  are  a band  from  Kansas  that  plays  a  very  technical  and  brutal  form  of  death  metal  with  touches  of  groove  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Unparalleled  Universe"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  technical  guitar  solos  and  leads  which  also  leads  up  to  death  metal  growls  and  screams  being  added  into  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  album  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  grindcore  while  also  adding  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  grooves  into  the  riffing  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  operatic  vocals  while  the  main  focus  is  mostly  on  a  heavy  and  brutal  style  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Origin  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  and  technical  style  of  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death  and  esotericism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Origin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Accident  And  Error"  "Truthslayer"  "Burden  Of  Prescience"  and  "Revolution".  8  out  of  10.

 

Afterbirth/The Time Travelers Dilemma/Unique Leader Records/2017 CD Review


  Afterbirth  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  slam  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Time  Traveler's  Dilemma"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Unique  Leader  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  guttural  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  alter  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Screams  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of t he  songs  and  during  the  mid  tempo  section  parts  of  the  tracks  a  great  amount  of  slam  elements  can  be  heard  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  very  technical  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  mix  in  elements  of  progressive,  space  rock,  noise,  and  jazz  which  also  gives  the  songs  an  avant  garde  feeling  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  a  couple  of  instruments  can  also  be  heard  and  some  tracks  also  bring in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

  Afterbirth  creates  another  recording t hat  is  in  the  brutal  slam  death  metal  style  but  also  getting  more  technical  and  experimental  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover philosophical,  religion,  science  fiction  and  horror  literature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Afterbirth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  slam,  brutal  or  technical  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Maggots  In  Her  Smile"  "Multiverse  Dementia"  "Timeless  Formless"  and  "Devouring  The  Hungry  Ghost".  8  out  of  10. 

 

     

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lurking Terror/Morbus Grave/Omega Doom/Lord Of The Flies Records/2017 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Italy's  Lurking  Fear  and  Morbus  Grave  called  "Omega  Doom"  which  was  released  by  Lord  Of  The  Flies  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Lurking  Terror  a  band  that  plays  a mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  start  out  with  a  horror  movie  style  intro  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while t he  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  after  awhile  guttural  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  but  in  more  of  an  old  school  way.

  When  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in an  old  school  death/grind  style  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of t he  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  grim  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Sacrilege's  "Life  Line",  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lurking  Fear  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "World's  Decay"  and  "Deafening  Void".

  Next  up  is  Morbus  Grave  a  band  that  plays  a  dark  down  tuned  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  horror  movie  style  intro  before  going  into  a  very  dark  and  heavy  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  while  the  screams  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.


  Death  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  their  side  of t he  recording  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Death's  "Mutilation",  the  production  sounds  very  old school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness,  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morbus  Grave  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  old  school  death  metal  band  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Descent  Into  Dark  Abyss"  and  "Drowning  By  Nightmares".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  old  school  death  metal  and  grindcore.  8  out  of 10.   
 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Synthetic Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band was formed in 2014 and two years later released its debut album by the tile Here Lies The Truth. Our music is a hybrid of melodic death, progressive and classic heavy metal bringing together elements from the Scandinavian, British and American scenes. During the creation of our debut album we were fortunate enough to collaborate with major established figures such as Ettore Rigotti of Disarmonia Mundi and Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork who is now the permanent drummer of Megadeth. The band is currently performing live as much as possible and we are in the process of putting together our second album.

2.So far you have released one album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
We had a wide variety of styles packed in the first album, which inevitably added a lot of intricacies and latent qualities in the sound. There are a lot of atmospheric and dark moments delivered by the extensive use of keyboards and epic, symphonic choruses, and on the other hand you will find a number of more direct and edgy elements bordering with thrash and death metal. That’s why we recommend that new listeners play the album through their headphones the first time, there’s a lot to discover. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We pay a lot of attention on our lyrics, we believe they are part of a complete music proposition. We mostly write about inner self battles, society issues and politics. We try to portray our views of the world and the individual, in an admittedly dystopian manner, drawing inspiration mainly from personal experiences. The words may be carefully crafted but they come straight from the heart rather than being the result of a mechanical or tactical process. We urge the audience to read our lyrics as they travel through the music, give their own interpretation and experience a holistic journey. You will see parts of you somewhere in our words, no doubt.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Synthetic'?
The literal meaning of the word ‘synthetic’ comprises terms such as manufactured, processed and unnatural. Although from a branding perspective we are not doing ourselves a favour by using those connotations, our belief is that today’s world and society are unfortunately built on those negative principles. Our food, our clothes, our music, our relationships even, are synthetic. As a band we digested that, but we do not accept it. So, our name is an attack to the system acting as constant reminder and alert, hoping that one day the human race will wake up and realize that we are being subjected to in our daily lives and eventually revolt. 

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 have played in some great festivals in the UK so far and shared the stage with some amazing bands. Our latest appearance in Cambridge for the Daze of the Tron Festival was by far the most memorable to date – the venue was packed, everywhere we looked there were people wearing Synthetic t-shirts, many of them knew the words to our songs, that’s an incredible feeling. Our stage performance is something we constantly work on to improve further. We are now tighter than ever and a lot of people say to us that we belong to bigger stages. We feel that as and when we hit bigger stages our shows will become even more spectacular and energetic as we will have more space to move and to bring additional props, such as banners, lights, guest appearances etc. 

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We have a number of gigs planned in the UK in the next few months. No major touring plans so far. We’d love to tour widely and visit countries outside the UK but that’s not as easy these days. We will probably stick around the UK for the next year or so where people know us better and the logistics are easier. Unless of course we get an invite and a deal that we can’t refuse. 

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Access In Music?
We decided that it was the right time for us to get a band management company onboard to support us with our continuous marketing efforts. We had a look around, we spoke with a few companies and in the end we felt that Access In Music was a better match for us. We are pleased with our choice so far and we are only in the beginning. We are convinced that this relationship will flourish and that both parties will benefit from each other.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme and melodic metal?
We have received a plethora of positive comments from around the globe and our album has travelled as far as Japan. We see a lot of support coming especially from Greece, the UK, the USA, Germany, Sweden, Finland and Russia. It seems that people appreciate the hybrid nature of our music and see it somewhat refreshing. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone in our album and we believe this brings people together and that we can reach a wider audience as it’s hard to pigeonhole our style. 

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will definitely retain a good balance between melody and groove. Perhaps we will push for a slightly more unified style next time. Generally, we will try to keep all the good elements of our debut album and discard the not so good aspects. You should certainly expect influences from Scandinavian and British metal but the bottom line is that we play what we feel sounds right to us at that given moment. One thing we can promise is that we will always sound like Synthetic.

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?
Each one of us has different influences to bring to the band. Some of our main influences though include bands such as Soilwork, In Flames, Dream Theater and Iron Maiden amongst others. The list is too long really. Overall, we are huge fans of the Scandinavian soundscape and the classic British metal and rock sound.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
We have people in the band who are keen photographers, video makers and game designers. Others are fitness enthusiasts and others love to travel. All of us are in full time employment and we love our jobs too. So, quite busy lives outside music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We’d like to thank you ever so much for the opportunity to be featured in your pages. We need the support of people like you and we deeply appreciate it when we get it. We would like to say a warm big ‘thank you’ to all the fans who invested in Synthetic so far, either by buying our album and merch or attending our shows. For the new potential fans, we can only promise better music, better videos, and better performances in the future. We would like to invite every metal fan out there to become part of the Synthetic family. We encourage everyone to find us on Facebook and other social media platforms and interact with us. Let’s connect and spread the word together! 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Scalpel/Methods To Delusion/2017 Full Length Review


  Scalpel  are  a  band  from    Massachusetts  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  brutal  death  metal  and  gore/grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  :Methods  To  Delusion"  which  will  be  released  in  July.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in the  90's while  still  having  a  good  amount  of  modern   day  elements.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  add  in  more  of  an  old  school  death  metal  style  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  psychedelic  elements  are  also used  at  times  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  get  more  guttural.

  Scalpel  remains  true  to t he  gore/grind  and  brutal  death  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  while  also  adding  in  more  psychedelic  elements  this  time  around,,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  disease,  horror,  scary  and  ghost  stories.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Scalpel  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal  and  gore/grind,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Cleaner"  "Feeding  The  Worm"  "Brooding  In  The  Gloom"  and  "Intensified  Festering".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Witch Vomit/Poisoned Blood/20 Buck Spin/2017 EP Review


  Witch  Vomit  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  while  also  taking  that  style  and  mixing  it  with  grindcore  on  this  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  ep  "Poisoned  Blood"  which  will  be  released  on June  30th  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  A  classic  horror  movie  style  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before going  into  more  of an  old  school  yet  heavy  gore/grind  direction  that  also introduces  guitar  leads  and  blast  beats  and  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  along  with  Finnish  and  Swedish  influences are  added  onto  the  recording. 

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavy  direction.

  Witch  Vomit  continues  the  old  school  death  metal  from  their  previous  releases  while  also  adding  in  more  gore  and  grindcore  elements  this  time  around,  the production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  necrophilia,  death  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Witch  Vomit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Doomed  In  The  Realm  Of  The  Dead" and  "Fevers  Of  Torment".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Jotnar Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are JOTNAR, we come from Canary Islands, Spain, and we play some kind of Melodic Death Metal… very inspired by the Scandinavian Melodic Metal, but with our personal style and feeling.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Well, it’s not easy to define yourself or the way you see your music but I could say our music is an aggressive melodic Death metal… Very aggressive in one hand, with powerful riffs and heavy drums but at the same time very melodic, where the melodies on guitars is one the most important in the songs as well a great mix and balance between growling and clean vocals. We love melody and that’s way clear when you listen our music.

3.This is your first release since 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what was been going on during that time frame?
It’s been a long road with lots of ups and down. After the release of “Giant” in 2012, we toured a lot in Spain and Europe. Our idea was to release the EP and then a full album a few months later but the EP worked so great that we couldn’t reject the gigs.
Then we decided to stop playing live to focus in the new album, preproduction, recording, etc and when everything was recorded but vocals and was the singer time, he got some personal problems that continue pushing the recording back. We began the vocal recording, but we could never finish it. This lasted about a year and a half of trying to record… was insane. At the end he accepted he cannot do it and told us that the best would be to leave, so… we then had to find a new singer. That’s when we met Mario Infantes and he joined the band. We decided to start from scratch with him, instead of simply track everything as we had so far, so we started working in the vocal demos and preproduction. We also re-arranged and polished all songs and back to the studio again. It was a little pain in the ass but at the end, it worth all the wait and hard work.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
I think it’s hard to explain it because each lyric is different from the other. I mean, we don’t have any writing line or common theme to write, but instead they share a similar feeling. All lyrics are very dark, and not much “happy”. They all share this kind of base, coming from frustration, anger, fear… You only need to sit and watch the world, see how fucked up is everything and you can get all the inspiration you need to sink yourself into this desperation mode to write. I don’t see myself writing happy lyrics for this kind of music, it’s completely impossible for me.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Jotnar'?
It comes from the Norse mythology. JOTNAR were the giants from the Scandinavian mythology who lived in Jotunheim, somewhat in the middle between Gods and human. I’m a true lover for this tales and myths, and since our style is Scandinavian inspired, we thought it was a perfect match.

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?
For me it was the Metalcamp 2012 (nowadays Metaldays), in Slovenia. That festival is located in one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been, a real paradise in the middle of the mountains next to an amazing river. Best fest location I’ve ever been, and I’m dying to be able to play back there.
About our performance… we have a very energetic performance but with any additive, no fires, no smoke, etc… just pure metal. We like to play as hard as we can and try to have as much fun as possible.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We’ve just made a Spanish Tour with Sonic Syndicate, which was really funny. We have two festivals, the Straevil Fest in Italy and the RockFest Barcelona, a huge festival here in Spain with bands like Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Airbourne, and a huge list of awesome bands.
We are also working on another Spanish tour with a great band, but we cannot say anything yet. Also, our plans is to try to get into a good tour pack and make a good European tour and play in as many cities as possible, as well as in all festivals possible. 

8.On the new album you also had some guests, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are also their contributions to the recording?
Well, first one needs to presentation, Björn “Speed” Strid, singer of “Soilwork” and “The Night Flight Orchestra”. He is such a an amazing singer and a awesome guy. We made a duet with him in the song “Broken Esteem”, which we also have a video, and we had a lot of fun working with him, a real beast!
Jennie Nord also sang with us in the song “The Portrait”. She is from Gothemburg and she is the singer of Ultimate Fate. She also wrote the lyrics of the part she sings. I really love how her voice fitted with Mario’s growling.
Santi Suarez is an amazing guitar player, he was the lead guitar of Sphinx and is a great friend of mine. He was hanging out with me when we recorded “The Portrait” and I asked him to add some acoustic guitars in the break. He is really talented and the result was so great.
In that same song, we have Bruno Pardini, an amazing musician, who made some orchestral lines at the end of the song. We wanted something big an epic. We explained him what we had in mind and he totally overpassed all our expectations!
Last, but not least, we also had Alessio Nero Argento who made most of the synths and programming for the whole album. He has worked with Disarmonia Mundi, and he is the best!.

9.On the album you had also did a Nelly Furtado cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of her songs?
I ‘ve always loved that song, and every time I listened, I pictured it in my head with that heavy rhythm… and I decided to made my own version. I loved the idea of making it sounds like JOTNAR, so I made a demo a couple years ago. When we started working in the vocal demo with Mario, I showed him the version and asked him to make a try. The final result was as nice that we decided to add it to the album. It sounds really like a pure JOTNAR song and it fitted perfectly with the rest of the songs.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?
So far so great! We’ve received many messages on Facebook and youtube with good comments about our music. We’ve also received many reviews from specialized metal magazines and webzines with great reviews as well.
And in a personal level, the best comment has come from Jesper Strömblad, founder of In Flames, who shared the video of “Starved of Guidance” in his Facebook page and wrote: “You want highest quality MDM, you got it:)! And visit their page and support!! You will hear a lot of this band in the future. One of the finest in a long time, and have a bright future ahead! Enjoy”

11.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
At the moment we are only working really hard on JOTNAR. Our singer Mario, sometimes sings in a Jazz orchestra from time to time, besides that, we are 100% devoted to JOTNAR.

12. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don’t see myself doing anything different, really… I love what we do and this is the way I play, and the way I write. We don’t follow any rule or any guide, so most likely, we will keep on doing Melodic Death Metal the best way we can.

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 are infinite… some of then had a bigger influence than others but… to name a few, from Metallica, Pantera, to In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates, Arch Enemy, and tons of other great bands.
And about what I’m listening now…. Well, all kind of music, from the classics to new one. I’m totally hooked to Atoma, latest Dark Tranquillity album, as well as latest from Evergrey. Amazing albums. Another great band I discovered is Vengha, from Sweden, and also listening a lot Sixx AM, The Night Flight Orchestra, and a very long etc... Our singer for example is completely in love with Tesseract. We all listen some kind of different bands and styles who actually help us to open a our mind to different styles and arrangements.

14. What are some of your non musical interests?
Besides music, which is pretty much the most important for me… I love architecture and movies from the 80’s and 90s. I love Star Wars, and good TV series.

15. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Well, Just invite you all to check our music, you can find us on Spotify, our official Facebook or find our latest videos on YouTube. And if we play near your hometown, don’t hesitate to come and say hi after the show… we will take some beers then. 



Friday, June 16, 2017

Displeased Disfigurement/Origin Of Abhorrence/CDN Records/2017 CD Review


  Displeased  Disfigurement  are  a  band  from  South  Africa  that  plays  a  brutal  form  of  slam  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Origin  Of  Abhorrence"  which  was  released  by  CDN  Records.

  A  sci-fi  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  more  brutal  direction  along  with  some  guttural  death  metal  growls  and  the  mid  tempo  sections  also  mix  in  elements  of  slam  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  solos  or leads  while  spoken  word  samples  do  make  a  brief  return  on  a  later  track  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavy  and  brutal  direction.

  Displeased  Disfigurement  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavy,  brutal  and  guttural  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  slam  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Displeased  Disfigurement  are  a  very  decent  sounding  brutal  slam  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Parasitic  Devourement"  Malignant  Misery"  and  "Human  Cattle".  7  out  of  10       

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Synthetic/Here Lies The Truth/2017 Full Length Review


  Synthetic  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Here  Lies The  Truth".

  Electronic  music  elements  and  angry  growls  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  progressive  edge  while the  synths  give  the  tracks  and  atmospheric feeling  while  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.

  Symphonic  elements  are  also  utilized  in  some  of  the  tracks  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a very  melodic  fashion  and  clean  singing  is  also  used  quite  a bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem.

  As  the  album  progresses  more  Swedish  melodic  death metal  influences  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  few  growls  and  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  some  songs  also  add  in  spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  elements  of  American  style  metal  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track. 

  Synthetic  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  atmospheric  and  melodic  death  metal a nd  mixes  it  in  with  touches  of  American  grove,  progressive,  and  traditional  metal  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  inner  struggles  and  society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Synthetic  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death/heavy  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lie'  "Memories"  "Walk  This  Line"  and  "Scream  In  Your  Dreams".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Hitwood Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
My name is Antonio, I started to play guitar from 2007 and in the same year I have founded my solo project after some dreams where an old man called Hitwood, a wise of japanese origins, "contacted” me every night and try to dialogue with me with celestial melodies instead of words. So, after some of these dreams I’ve started to record on my phone what I remember immediately after awake. In dreams the melodies sounds more celestial so I’ve elaborated them to fit with my favorite music style: Metal. So, the overall sound is more dark from what I’ve heard in dreams but I tried to keep them are as catchy as Hitwood intended them to sound. After 9 years, in 2016, the project left the shadows with the debut album “When Youngness.. Flies Away..”, all these years was necessary to elaborate all the melodies dreamed and compress them into a flowing song structure capable of connecting directly to your subconscious. In April 2017 I’ve released “As a Season Bloom” EP with a more multicolored sound and many other music genres influences.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
   I don’t want to be classified in a music genre because of the variety of my style but just to give to you an idea I’m very influenced by Melodic Death Metal scene, Post Metal and a bit by shoegaze but, as you can hear I            can’t be classified in no one of these categories. To me is simply dreamy music.

3.So far all of your music has been instrumental, are you open to using any vocals in the future?
Yes, this what I’m working on right now. I’m in the recording process of the new EP and I’m trying to define all the song structures. I will invite some guest vocalists to do the job and you will have some surprises also you could appreciate some of the story behind dreams now explained with word instead of only melodies.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hitwood'?
Hitwood is the old man who appears in dreams of many people, he called the people connected with his dream world “messengers”, because he give us the mission to break the dividing line between the real world and the dream world, trying to find a connection to overcome the dream and tell to humanity what’s our future which Hitwood had predicted. I’ve never meet other “messengers” in real life but I’m trying to spread what I've experienced in these dreams with my music. I don’t know what the Hitwood name means, probably "hit the woods" but I can’t figure out if it has a real meaning

5.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians  or do you prefer to remain solo?
   In the past I’ve tried to have band members but I realized that by myself I could be more productive and without limits. This is as well more satisfying to myself. I’ve learned to play guitars and drums with the purpose to do it all by myself.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Some undergrounds labels have contacted me but I've refused the proposal because for now I prefer to remain independent. If in the future, if the project will grow, I could evaluate to work with a label but for now I can handle it alone.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of post and melodic death metal?
  I’ve never do much promotion about this project so for now it’s a really underground project and I begin to see some results only in these few months. The feedback I’ve received by fans by the way are awesome, some people love that kind of music and the continue to support me. I think the mix between post and melodeath it’s the winning element but I know that Instrumental music isn’t a thing for everyone.. but in the future with the new songs this will change.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
No, this project and my main job are just enough to me (laughs, ndr)

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as musician in the future?
   I’ve no plans for the future, As long as the dreams are recurring I keep doing what I’m do, If the dreams will stop, I probably change moniker to begin a new musical path

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?
As I’ve already said, Melodic Death Metal is a huge influence to my songwriting. My favorite bands are In Flames and Dark Tranquillity but I like all the gothenburg sound scene. From the “post metal” scene I’m very into Agalloch, Alcest, Solstafir, Drudkh, Pelican, Dornenreich and bands like that. Also Metallica was one of my favorite, in particular their leader James Hetfield give me the inspiration to learn to play guitar 10 years ago. I have no limits in my music tastes, I could jump from Metal to Rap and ending to listen folk music; I think this is important as an artist to know all the music panorama

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I’m a nature lover, so travel is one of the things I prefer to do. I’m a bit into photography and when I have a bit of free time I dedicate myself to cycling. I’m also beer lover and tea addict, the culture that lies behind about this one always fascinates me.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
   First, I would thank you for this interview. Second, to all of these ones who have read up to this point, I hope you could enjoy my music, download the albums on Hitwood Bandcamp page, it’s completely free, close your eyes and dive into my dreams. Third, stay tuned because the best is yet to come!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hitwood/As A Season Bloom/2017 EP Review


  Hitwood  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  post metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "As  A  Season  Bloom".

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  that  also  mix  in  elements  of  post  rock  and  drum  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  vocals  or  lyrics  and  always  remains  instrumental.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized  briefly  along  with  a  small  amount  of  symphonic  style  synths  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  blast  beats  are  added to  the  closing  track.

  Hitwood  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  post  metal  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  to  create  something  very  original  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Hitwood  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Memories  From  A  Gentle  Summer  Evening"  and  "Awakened  By  A  Winter  Blast".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Cytotoxin/Gammageddon/Unique Leader Records/2017 CD Review


  Cytotoxin  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  technical  form  of  slam  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Gammageddon"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Unique  Leader  Records.

  Technical  guitar  leads  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  that  also  have  their  guttural  moments  along  with  riffs  that  mix  the  brutal  and  progressive  styles  together  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Elements  of  slam  can  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  and  spoken  word  parts  cam  also  be  heard at times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  nuclear  power plant  samples  and  the  songs  also  bring  in   a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  Cytotoxin  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  technical  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  prog  and  slam,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nuclear  Disasters  and  Chernobyl  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cytotoxin  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  and  brutal  death  metal  band  with  elements  of  prog  and  slam  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Radiatus  Generis" "Chernopolis" "Corium  Era"  and  "Outearthed".  8  out  of  10.   

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mordenial/The Plague/Black Lion Records/2017 CD Review


  Mordenial  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  melodic  from  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Plague"  which  will  be  released  at  the  end  of  July  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  Swedish  tradition  along  with  the  fast  riffs  using  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  show  a  small  amount  of  thrash  influences.

  Mordenial  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true to  the  melodic  death  metal  style  that  was  established  on  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  to  them  dealing  with  people  using  a  god  or  gods  to  justify  terrible  acts.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mordenial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKSINCLUDE  "The  Plague"  "Salvation"  "Follow  The  Cross"  and  "The  End".  8  out  of  10.