Friday, September 22, 2017

Nekrohowl/Epitome Of Morbid/Diabolcurst Productions/Slaughter House Records/2017 EP Review

    Nekrohowl  are  a  band  from  Bangladesh  that  plays  a  very  dark,  blasphemous  and  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 ep  "Epitome  Of  Morbid"  which  will  be  released  on  September  30th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Diabolcurst  Productions  and  Slaughter  House  Records.

  Clean  playing  along  with  a  small  amount  of  ambient  sounds  start  off  the  ep  and  on  te  second  track  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction t hat  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavy  rooted  in  the  90's  while  morbid  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  chaotic  atmosphere  as  well  as  having  its  dark  and  melodic  moments.

  Nekrohowl  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  dark,  blasphemous,  brutal  and  old  school  sounding  in  the  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nekrohowl  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  blasphemous,  brutal  and  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blasphemy  Still  Unnamed"  and  'Mortal  Incubation".  8  out  of  10.    

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cripper Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Lommer: A lot has happened in the band: Dennis took a long ride with his bicycle through Europe for one whole year, Cripper played many shows with our friend and drummer Max from the band Scarnival. During this time, new songs were written with Max and and our other friend Phil on the drums, who helped us out. We had played our first show on the infamous Wacken Open Air, that we promoted with a pretty funny video campaign.
In the last half year of 2017, Gerrit (Cripper's former bass player) left the band. His family situation changed (he became a father. Congratulations!!!!) and he didn't have enough time for the band anymore. Britta, with whom I am also playing in our Death Metal band Critical Mess, asked me one day if I would like to play in Cripper and I said yes. And now, since the May 1st 2017, I am a part of Cripper.

Jon: Since then we had a lot of work for the new release. The whole artwork was made by our guitarist Christian, including all graphic designs and merchandise. We also produced two video clips. Direction, filming and editing was in my hands. The whole production, especially for the "Into The Fire" video clip was a massive teamwork together with friend and took a lot of effort. Besides that we had a lot of interviews, photoshootings, release show organisation, website updating etc. So we were pretty damn busy during the last months.

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?
Lommer: Mmmh, i think the new sound is a little more mighty as the Hyëna. Hyëna was a real dark album and "Follow Me: Kill!" is more like a kick in the nuts.

Jon: I would describe the sound of "Follow Me: Kill!" as amixture of Extreme Metal (Thrash, Death, Djent) with a lot of groove, atmospheric elements and melodic hooks. Modern feel with a straightforward and authentic sound. We always try to sound not too "fat" and overproduced. E.g. we are using just one track per rhythm guitar to make it sound edgy and precise and not too muddy.
In the past we had more typical Thrash songs, solid sound and just a few experiments. On "Follow Me: Kill!" we tried to implement some more crazy ideas, without loosing the heaviness. We recorded a lot of interesting vocal stunts like overtone or throut singing, spooky background vocals, tons of different guitar leads and overdubs, guest solos to give the songs more diversity... I think we used about 7 different guitars to get the best sounds and styles for different parts. Recordings of Cripper were always very extended, but "Follow Me: Kill!" kills it.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Britta: With this new record, we are taking quite a new step as far as lyrics. Follow Me: Kill! is definitely our most political album so far. You can find a few very personal or autobiographical lyrics on the album - such as "Mother" and also "Running High", but also a fair amount of political or society inspired lyrics. With how much nasty stuff is going on around the globe, it is about time to speak up and clarify our own standpoint.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cripper'?
Britta: That's kind of a neat story. Cripper was a working title for one of our very first songs. It is short for "Christmas Ripper", an imaginative guy who comes out at Christmas slashing all those hectic and stressed out Christmas shopping people. I am absolutely no Christmas person, so I could really relate to this word creation. We all loved the sound of the word and that it didn't have a predefined meaning. When it was time to name the band, it was our first choice.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Britta: Our release show for "Follow Me: Kill!" last week here in our hometown Hannover was epic! I mean, playing many songs for the first time is always very exciting, but on top of that the show was spiked with very special elements. We even invented and built a rain machine and let it rain on stage during our new song "Running High". Everything went super smooth and the whole night was a huge success and a lot of fun for us and our fans. A show that is also etched into our minds is our 2013 performance on Metal Days in Slovenia. We were 100% on the spot that day and played an amazing set. It was also the show we got the attention of Metal Blade, who got in touch with us afterwards cause they liked our show so much.

I would describe our live performance as energetic and authentic. We consider ourselves as a live band - I mean, that's what it is all about, right? Playing your shit live. So on stage is where we feel the most comfortable and ourselves.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Lommer: Yeah, we are taking a short trip to the Baltic States for the first time and will then support Hammercult on their tour in October. In the November/December we will play some single shows in Germany and we are already booking shows for 2018.

7.Currently the band is signed to 'Metal Blade Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Britta: Oh yes, very! We are very happy and thankful to be at Metal Blade. The whole team is awesome. We have 100% artistical. They are helping us a lot and opened many doors for us so far. Havin' their trust and support without is a pretty comfortable situation for Cripper.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and thrash metal?
Jon: I would say the majority of extreme Metal fans out there are accepting us as a part of the Thrash and Death Metal scene. The majority of those who knows about us, we are still kind of underground outside of Germany. The female singer aspect is always a topic, even in terms of genre or style.
That means there are more people who compare us with e.g. Arch Enemy than any other Metal band, just because the singer is not a male. I think it's comprehensible but weird, because music-wise we have not much in common with Arch Enemy except for making some kind of Metal style with guitars, drums and growl vocals in it.

Lommer: It was really different, but this is normal (Do you know the Gaussian Bell Curve?  ). some People are primary negtive thinking and you could do, what you want, they are always grumpy... You shouldn't give a fuck, and the best way is to ignore that (Everbody had the right to tell what he/she want, but nobody had the duty to react). But this is a small part, the most people are fascinated of the Album and our Videos we had released. That is really awesome and give us more power to make music!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Britta: That is really difficult to predict. I mean, everything we write and do feels very natural. We do not plan out an agenda when it comes to our artistical output. We are following our inner urges and create stuff we feel is in line with ourselves. There's no point in limiting that artificially. I am pretty sure though that Cripper's music will always be on the intense and heavy side. It is just what seems to be the core ingredient in our music, it's the glue that holds everything together. We love to play the longer and more epic tracks live we wrote so far. That's why we allowed us to write even more of those on the current album. Not sure what's gonna happen during the next songwriting phase, but I can see us exploring those kind of songs even a little more.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Jon: Inspiration comes from everywhere. Everyone of us is listening to different stuff, that range is from Black-, Death-, Thrash Metal, Stoner, Crust, via German Hip Hop, Dub Step to Pop Music and everything in between. No borders in taste here.
That is not new for us and we were seeking inspiration from everywhere since we formed the band. For "Follow Me: Kill!" we tried to write more consistent with the idea of not being limited by the "Metal Genre".
The Thrash/Death aspects are flowing anyway. After four "in your face" albums, we are quite routined in writing heavy or furious stuff. Our goal was to make these typical Cripper-Thrashers more complex, interesting and individual.
To name a few bands, which we often had as examples in our discussions in terms of songwriting: Gojira, Mantar, The Haunted (as usual), Killer Be Killed.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Britta: I love riding my motorcycle. I went on a week long trip this year with my best friends and that was super nice and relaxing. Other than that I enjoy doing things outside, especially in the summer and when it is really sunny. I am a total sun and beach person. Ummm... what else. .. even though I am not watching many series, if it happens that I really dig one, I am binging for days! Terrible, haha! And I love dogs. I don't have the time for having a dog, but my colleague at work has a dog that I am taking care of sometimes. I'm the dog's aunt so to say. That's always a good time.

Lommer: Puh, i like reading books chilling in my hammock, (some science fiction stuff like Phillip K. Dick), and watching movies/series with my cat in my lap *laugh*. I am also interested in science stuff and i study biology and chemistry. It's difficult but I love it and it's more hobby than work. Also, I like to ride my bicycle (for long tours) and in the winter I go snowboarding in Austria with my wife.

Jon: At the moment I'm totally into photography. I'm working as a video producer and graphic designer for about ten years and am into cameras, tech stuff, design, composition, colors and everything.
But the passion for photography is something new. Besides that, I am trying to see as much as possible of the world, I'm traveling a lot with my family and our two kids, this year we made a three months trip through South East Asia and Australia, followed by a trip to Cuba. I'm spending all my money in camera gear and travel, but not only that; I made a diving course in Thailand and tasted blood, so the next expensive hobby is ready to screw me.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Lommer: Öhm, yeah! Don't be shitty, be cool.

Canker/Earthquake/Xtreem music/2017 CD Review

  Canker  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this zine  and  plays  a  technical  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Earthquake"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  A  very  heavy  thrash  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  technical  feeling  and  some  tracks  also  mix  in  a  more  traditional  thrash  style  along  with  some  riffs  also  adding  in  a  slight  groove  metal  influence  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Screams along  a  brief use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  while  one  track  brings  in  spoken  word  parts  and  tribal  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  shamanistic  atmosphere  and  one  track  also  brings  in  melodic  vocals.

  Canker  plays  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  death  metal  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  as  well  as  experimenting  with  their  sound  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  religion  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Canker  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  and  thrash metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Whale  Hunt"  "Biosfear"  "Ravenous"  and  "Inquisition".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sidus Mortuorum/Coffin Slaves/Envenomed Music/2015 Album Re-Issue Review

  Sidus  Mortuorum  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  re-issue  of  their  2012  album  "Coffin  Slaves"  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  by  Envenomed  Music.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a heavier  direction  that  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  melodic  guitar leads  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago.

  Sidus  Mortuorum  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  at  the  same  time  while t he  lyrics  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sidus  Mortuorum  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Boneyard  Dwellers"  "Re-Animated  In  Morgue"  and  "Dawn  Over  Prypyat".  8  out  of  10.



Monday, September 18, 2017

Come Back From The Dead/Caro Data Vermibus/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 EP Review

  Come  Back  From  The  Dead  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Caro  Data  Vermibus"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Heavy  riffs  and  death  metal  growls  start  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Swedish  tradition  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  using  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  an  old  school  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  lot  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  more  than  20  years  ago  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Come  Back  From  The  Dead  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  in  the  early  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  plagues,  worms  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Come  Back  From  The  Dead  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vomits  Of  A  Demonic  Infestation"  and  "Endless  Bloodshed".  8  out  of  10.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ashen Epitaph/The Formed Filth Enigma/Grom Records/2017 CD Review

  Ashen  Epitaph  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  The  Formed  Filth  Enigma"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Grom  Records.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  screams  being  utilized,  when  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  stick  to an  old  school  style  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  start  incorporating  more  elements  of  thrash.  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Ashen  Epitaph  plays  a  style  of  death  metal t hat  is  very  old  school  and  traditional  sounding  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hate,  anger  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ashen  Epitaph  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Forming"  "The  Wounds"  "Error  In  Evolution"  and  "Shadow  Of  The  Grey  Sun".  8  out  of  10.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Trauma/Comedy Is Over/Deformeathing Productions/2017 CD Re-Issue Review

  Trauma  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  traditional  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1996  album  "Comedy  Is  Over"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  September  22nd  by  Deformeathing  Productions.

  An  atmospheric intro  along  with  some  epic  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  and  thrash  influences  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  they  also  mix  synths  in  with  the  heavier  sections  briefly,  there  is  also a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard.  

 On  this  recording  Trauma  kept  the  death  metal  style  while  also  getting  more  experimental  and  creating an  album  that  was  very  different  for  the  genre  during  the  time  it  was  released,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  serial  killers,  violence  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording from  Trauma  and  if  you  are  into  death  metal  that  is  different  from  the  norm,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Incertitude"  "Perfection"  and  "Naked  Truth".  8  out  of  10.