Friday, April 21, 2017

Druknroll/Bad Math/Metal Scrap Records/2017 EP Review


  This  is  another  review  of  a  recording  from  Druknroll  with  the  music  being  a  progressive  and  symphonic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  the  ep  is  called  'Bad  Math"  and  was  released  by  Metal  Scrap  Records.

  News  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  heavy  symphonic  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  synths  also  mixing  in  progressive  elements  while  the  vocals  are  aggressive  thrash  style  vocals  which  also  mixes  in  some  death  metal  growls.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while t he  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  ep  progresses  melodic  vocals  are  finally  added  onto  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Druknroll  plays  a  more  aggressive  style  of  death,  thrash  and  heavy  metal  while  still  also  having  its  melodic  and  symphonic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional while t he  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Druknroll  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  symphonic  death/thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "On  The  Hook".  8  out  of  10. 

   

Druknroll/On The Game/Metal Scrap Records/2016 CD Review


  Druknroll  are  a  band  from   Russia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  death,  thrash,  and  melodic  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "On  The  Game"  which  was  released  by  Metal  Scrap  Records.

  A  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  and  symphonic  synths  a  few  seconds  alter  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  after  awhile  aggressive  screaming  vocals  and  death  metla  growls  make  their  presence  known.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  clean  singing  is  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  progressive  edge  and  elements  of  thrash  are  also  mixed  into  the  faster  sections  of the  music  and  female  vocals  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Druknroll  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  death,  thrash,  symphonic  and  melodic  heavy  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording f rom  Druknroll  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death,  thrash  and  heavy  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Wolf"  "My Role"  "In  The  Depths  Of  No  Return"  and  "Tears". 8  out  of  10.

ghUsa/Oswedeme/White Square Music/2017 CD Review


  ghUsa  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Oswedeme"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  White  Square  Music.

  Classical  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  alter  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  getting  real  heavy.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  on  some  tracks  the  vocals  have  a  semi  melodic  tone  to  them  and  while  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  the  production  gives  the  songs  a  more  modern  feeling  and  classical  guitars  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  ghUsa  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  old  school  style  of  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  ghUsa  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Project  9:  :Epitaph"  "in  Gods  We  Fear"  and  "Brave  new  Hell".  8  out  of  10. 

Arkana Code/Brutal Conflict/Metal Scrap Records/2017 CD Review


  Arkana  Code  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  traditional  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Brutal  Conflict"  which  was  released  by  Metal  Scrap  Records.

  Clean  guitars  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  after  awhile death  metal growls  and  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  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  old  school  fashion  while  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  whispers  along  with  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  still  retaining  a  very  modern  edge.

  Arkana  Code  plays  a  style  of  death  metal t hat  is  very  traditional  while  also  mixing  in  influences  from  the  old  school  and  modern  era  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Arkana  Code  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Violent  Human  Corruption"  "Tortured  by  My  Mind"  "The  Holocaust  Horde"  and  "Astral  Illusion".  8  out  of  10. 

Psygnosis/Neptune/2017 Full Length Review


  Psygnosis  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  instrumental  and  progressive  mixture  of  death  metal  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Neptune".

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  after  awhile  cello's  are  added  onto  the  recording a nd  spoken  word  parts  along  with  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections of  the  recording  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  programmed  beats.

  Elements  of  electronic  music  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.

  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  while  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  industrial  elements  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  progressive  touches  and  as  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Psygnosis  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal,  prog  metal,  industrial,  ambient  and  avant  garde  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original  while  also  being  mostly  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Psygnosis  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  instrumental  mixture  of  death  metal,  industrial,  ambient  and  avant  garde  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Phrase  7"  "To  Neptune"  "Sunyata"  and  "Nirvana".  8  out  of  10.

Meatwound/Largo/Magic Bullet Records/2017 CD Review


  Meatwound  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  has  been  featured before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  industrial  form  of  death  metal  with  elements  of  hardcore,  noise  rock  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Largo"  which  will  be  released  in  My  by  Magic  Bullet  Records.

  Distorted  noises  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  bass  guitars  and  elements  of  noise  rock  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  aggressive  industrial  style  vocals  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  mixes  in the  heaviness  of  death  metal.

  Elements  of  hardcore  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  black  up  shouts  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  On  this  recording  Meatwound  takes  death,  industrial  metal  and  noise  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  dark  and  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Meatwound  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  metal,  industrial  and  noise  rock,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRRACKS  INCLUDE  "Séance"  "Reproduction  Blues"  and  "largo".  8  out  of  10.

 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Carnal Garden Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band was actually formed in 2012 as a personal project and went through various line up changes, until I found the right people to complete the Carnal Garden puzzle. We released our first release, "On The Final Day" EP late 2015 and the time has come for our first full length assault entitled "Where They Are Silent" with the help of Ukrainian Eclectic Productions.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Old school groovy death metal. Simple as that. You can find groovier parts or full on up tempo outbreaks, but our sound is pure death metal.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We cover various topics and it mostly depends on who writes the lyrics for each song. I am more of a horror fan, meaning undead armies, demons and serial killers, while Kostas focuses more on sociopolitical and environmental issues.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Carnal Garden'?
I've actually been asked this question a lot lately. The name was inspired by a movie I came across late at night some time in the past. The movie is called "Cabin By The Lake" and it is not even one of my favorites. The protagonist there, a serial killer, invited girls for a romantic boat ride and killed them. Then, he dragged them underwater where he "took care" of his victims dressing them etc. That's when I came up with the idea of a carnal garden.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Carnal Garden is actually a studio project, at least until now. There are no plans for a full live band or a live gig, but life taught me never say never. We'll see what the future has in store.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
No, not really. We will soon begin working on new material though.

7.Currently the band is signed to 'Eclectic Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
We are fortunate enough to have a label that helps us in any way it can. Evgeny, the man behind Eclectic Productions has been supporting us in every step. Check out Eclectic's site https://eclectic.net.ua for some great extreme bands.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
Actually it is better than we expected. Most reviews are encouraging and we see a bigger interest in our music. Thanks to everyone who spent some of his/her time to listen to our music and write a few words. You fucking rule!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don't think we'll stray from our death metal path. As I mentioned before we may at parts be groovier or chaotic, slow or fast, but our identity is what it is.

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?
I cant' deny that I was listening to a lit of Dismember and Entombed, as well as some US death metal when I composed the songs for "Where They Are Silent". Our biggest influences are bands from both scenes (the US and the Scandinavian). You can also find our heavy metal roots in most of the songs. As far as these days, I've been listening to various and different genres of music. I never spend much time on one specific style as I'm easily bored. Lately I've been listening to many jazz & funk records, some electronic music and a lot of Thin Lizzy and The Allman Brothers. I guess it's all until the new Dying Fetus and Suffocation albums come out. Hahahaha!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like reading books and watching movies. Going for a walk, listening to music... I guess usual stuff like most people.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We'd like to thank you for giving the time and space to present our work. Keep it real, be yourselves and listen to good death metal! Meaning not our shitty "Where They Are Silent". Hahaha!