Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Minus One World Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? -Well, we are just bunch of guys from small town of Salo, Finland who shared interest in thrash/death metal and thought it would be cool to form a band. Six years has passed and still going!

2.A few months back you had released a new ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your previous demo's? -Recording process for our upcoming EP "Super Electric Cancer Machine" is almost done and in my opinion there is slightly more groove on the riffing. Otherwise we stayed true to our earlier songs.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music? -There is basically two categories where you can put my lyrics: Topics that inspire me and topics that pisses me off. For example the song "Empire Strikes Back" and song from upcoming EP "Heisenberg Rises" are just results of watching a lot of Star Wars and Breaking Bad. Then there are songs like "Kallo Halki Maahan" and upcoming song "Super Electric Cancer Machine". "Kallo Halki Maahan" (Roughly translated "Skull Smashed To The Ground") is about drunken assholes who wander around town at the weekends and try to pick a fights with random guys for no other reason than to boost their large ego. "Super Electric Cancer Machine" is about peoples obsession for brand new smartphones and other useless toys that do nothing but decreases their quality of life.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Minus One World'? -Well, one very hungover morning we decided to play some Super Mario Bros on NES. Ville showed us a bug on the game that leads you to level called "world -1". It's basically a water-level that starts over when you reach the finishing point. The existence of such a horrible level was so brutal that we decided to take it as a bands name.

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? -In my opinion the best show we had this far was at the local bar where we warmed-up for a finnish band called "Mokoma" which is a pretty big deal in finland. At our gigs we try to just have fun and try not to take thing too seriously. I personally hate when bands just stand on the stage and try to play their songs with minimal mistakes and with the same tempo they played them on their albums. Thats why we jump around at the stage and the crowd, play fast, improvise a little etc. Just trying to have a good time and wish that the audience haves too.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? -Not really, it would be cool thought to have a tour with some other band.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest? -We probably send few of our EP:s to some record companies but we don't really search one activally. In modern times with internet you don't necessarily need a record label behind you unless you try to make bunch of money with your music which is not our main goal. Altought it would be nice.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and thrash metal? -We have found out that mostly germans and south-americans enjoy our music from foreign countries. Don't know why, maybe they have taste for good music.

9.When can we expect a full length album where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? -We are still a small band so EP per year is a pretty good ratio for now. Can't really tell about the future, hopefully we still make death/thrash metal instead of growing up and starting to make lame radio friendly rock music.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays? -Ville makes mostly our songs so I can't really give you 100% accurate answer but mostly we are influenced by old school thrash, death and speed metal. Bands like Sodom, Whiplash, Anthrax etc... Maybe little heavy metal too like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. Mostly we listen to metal and punk music but we tend to listen to all kinds of music that are just good. For example I just happen to listen Oingo Boingo while I answer these questions.

11.What are some of your interests outside of music? -Alcohol and all kinds of nerdy stuff like video games, movies etc.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? -Keep supporting real metal and remember to drink beer!
-Jasu and other guys from Minus One World

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Minus One World/Sewage/2014 EP Review


  Minus  One  World  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Sewage".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  old  school  death/thrash  metal  sound  along  with  growls  and  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  melody  and  high  pitched  screams  are  added  into  the  recording  before  adding  in  solos  and  leads.

  As  the  ep  continues  the  band  sticks  to  its  old  school  mixture  of  thrash  and  death  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts.

  Minus  One  World  play  some  very  well  executed  death/thrash  metal  with  this  recording  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  modern  and  old  school  influences  along  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  to  create  a  very  interesting  sounding  ep.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Finnish  and  English  and  cover  violent  and  everyday  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and professional  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  ep.

  In  my  opinion  Minus  One  World  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Target"  adn  "Sewage".  8  out  of  10.

Apocrophex/Wheels Within Wheels/Manicidic Records/2014 EP Review


  Apocrophex  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Wheels  Within  Wheels"  which  was  released  by  Manicidic  Records.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  along  with  growls,  blast  beats  and  technical  guitar  leads  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  screams  and  on  the following  track  they  add  some  melody  to  their  brutal  and  technical  sound  as  well  as  bringing  in  mid  paced  sections  along  with  a  small  amount  of  rough  vocals  that  almost  have  a  melodic  tone  to  them.


  With  this  ep  Apocrophex  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  while  having  a  great  amount  of  technical  sounding  guitar  leads  and  they  have  a  great  balance  with  the  way  they  mix  brutality  and  heaviness  with  talent  and  skill.

  Song  lyrics  cover  philosophical  and  metaphysical  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Apocrophex  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  brutal  and  technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Halos  Of  Light".  8  out  of  10.    

  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Infectious Hate Interview

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

John: Infectious Hate is a French death metal band and we're from Paris.

2 A few months ago you released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction you have taken with this recording ?

Dan: We wanted to do a very groovy death metal mixed with modern sounds, many of our influences come from the 90's.

3.The band has been around since 2009 and the first release came out in 2013, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap ?

Dan: This is explained by the fact that we took our time to build the best lineup possible and it took us some years to find our sound.

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

John: Essentially the darkest human emotions, rage, hatred, confrontation facing death, and of course zombies, and things that make us human beings despite all the aspects, even the most distressing ...

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Infectious hate' ?

Dan: Horror movies with zombies are not only realized for showing us gory images, there is often a real critique of society, despite the grotesque aspect :)

6. Can you tell us a little bit more about the masks and costumes the band wheres ?

Dan: We are wearing masks for the symbolic aspect of the object. In everyday life, we are all wearing a kind of mask. It reminds us how important it is to be as honest as possible with either same. Everything becomes more spontaneous, more radical, this is where we get our energy, our authenticity.

7. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance 
John: DEBAUCHERY (Germany) + FRACTAL GATES + INFECTIOUS HATE + TANKRUST

Dan: Yeah, I agree that it's still a good souvenir, a good performance and an incredible audience that night. I just had the regret that we had to find a replacement for Leo because he could not be with us this evening. 

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

John: we do many concerts in our area, we will play in small festivals, etc...

We advance slowly but surely.

9. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest ?

Dan: We're still an unsigned band and it is perhaps too early for that. We have to prove our talent in the full length CD.

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

Dan: For the moment, we got 40 reviews, 39 are positive and only one is negative. People join our concept, they enjoy the production of our first try. The only guy who has not liked was maybe too destabilized by our mix of influences, he got a clear preference for the old school.

11. When can we expect a full length, and also where do you see the band heading into music wise during the future ?

John: We're right now in the writing of quite many songs in the purpose to record a full-length album maybe for the end of the year 2014 or beginning 2015.

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

Dan: Now, the groups only recording 11 tracks by CD, and most of the time the music is boring. It's too formated.

Other groups make the difference thanks to the budget of their production.

Really, I remain nostalgic of the 90's.

John: Yeah, it kills the spontaneity and especially the generosity of the music.

Otherwise my last favorite band is Cattle Decapitation !

13. What are some of your interests outside of music ?

Dan: video games, movies, going out with my friends

John: same for me ! I am also passionate about motorcycles.

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

Dan: Join the Horde !

Dagoba interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We're both on the road promoting our latest record "Post Mortem Nihil Est" and composing the next one.
Very exciting time !

2.Your last album came out a year ago, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of that recording and also how does it differ from your previous releases?

This record is the more constrated of our discography, very dark, heavy, and at the same time it contains the most lightened part we ever wrote. I'm very proud of it, as I'm pretty
open minded concerning metal, and putting all these different parts in the same music seems very extreme too me. and I love being extreme.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

this one is talking about death, atheism, nostalgy. and wandering if "Post Mortem Nihil Est" ("There's nothing after death")

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

Master Yoda of course !! The Force ! and we wanted to end our band name by an "A" wish is very 90's, our roots.

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?

playing with Metallica was a big deal ! because I'm a very big fan of the band, and because we had the chance to talk with James and the other guys. Good memories for sure. but we just headlined
a very cool venue in Paris ("Le Bataclan") where very big name are supposed to play (a couple of years ago we opened the show for Stone Sour there) and this was very emotional.
while on stage, we give everything we got, we just love rocking, and our crowd is totally crazy ! we feel privilegies to live this life...

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

of course, we're planing summer festival in Europe, and with chance we'll be back in the US asap.

7.The last album came out on Verycords, can you tell us a little bit more about that label?

the metal responsable of our previous label (XIII Bis), moved there, and really wanted us to join the new team, so...
it's important to feel desired by a label, and to work with guys that feel part of the band.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?

very good ! in november we were in the USA with Dir en Grey, and the crowd went mad there !! it's been many years now that we're on the road through Europe and further,
so people start to know about us.

10.When can we expect a new album and also what musical direction do you see the music heading into during the future?

We composed 90% of the next album, and for sure it's gonna be the most brutal shit we ever played ! can't wait to record it !

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

80's, 90's metal band like Pantera, Metallica...but also the scandinavian black metal scene, and great classical music.

12.What are some of your interests outside of music?

spearfishing and fitness.

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

thank you guys for your support !

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Psygnosis/Human Be[Ing]/2014 CD Review


  Psygnosis  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  atmospheric,  progressive  and  industrial  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Human  Be[Ing]".

  The  album  starts  out  with  clean  guitars  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  which  also  leads  to  heavy  parts  starting  to  kick  in  along  with  some  growls  and  screams  are  influenced  by  both  death  and  industrial  metal  and  the  music  also  starts  heading  into  a  heavy  progressive  death  metal  direction  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melody  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  along  with  a  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  parts  which  also  lead  up  to  melodic  guitar  leads  becoming  a  part  of  the  music.

  When  the  album  goes  into  other  songs  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  an  atmospheric,  progressive  death  metal  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  some  clean  singing  vocals and  after  awhile  the  industrial  sounds  and  spoken  word  parts  make  a  return  to  the  music.

  As  the  album  progresses  violins  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  recording  and  the  music  starts  having  a  classical  feeling  to  it  before  returning  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  track.

  Psygnosis  bring  in  a  very  heavy  and  original  sound  to  their  music  while  the  music  is  more  closer  to  the  progressive  and  death  metal  genres  they  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  and  industrial  music  to  create  a  sound  only  they  can  call  their  own.

  Song  lyrics  cover  political  and  philosophical  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  dark,  heavy  and  professional  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  album.

  In  my  opinion  Psygnosis  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric,  industrial,  progressive  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Phase  6"  "Resurrection"  and  "Hurricane".  8  out  of  10.   

Exhumation Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Before we move further, I'd like to say thank you so much for having us. Well, now we've been digging so hard on our second opus. We've spread our wings even more, we've let some certain things embrace us in that way. In case, we would love to this second opus would tear down our walls and ourselves.

2.For those that have yet to hear you music, how would you describe your musical sound?
A very horrible, haunting, yet massive evil sound from its big picture!

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Something, someplace, where most people can not ever touch it, so-called death and dark music.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Exhumation'?
The art of digging some certain things out of the ground, literally. Yes we dig a very very horrible art to our actual being. This name also portraying a home for us, a place where we can even more raise the value higher and deeper in that sense, a solid ground where we can dig out the words, the notes, the rhymes and its aura to make it into pieces music as well. 

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?
Our very first tour "FOUR HABITATS TOUR" with great bands such HEADKRUSHER, GODDESS OF FATE, NOCTURNAL KUDETA.
Then again, our stage performance is terribly haunting and horrible, very not recommended for some people who are really seeking for fun thing in music show for real. 

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Sure thing! We plan to do some tour in malaysia and singapore, Jakarta, Bandung this year I'd say. Well,time flies, and time shall speak.

7.Recently Dunkelheit Produktionen re-issued your 2012, album, what are your thoughts on the final product?
In moments of joy, we're excited in that sense now. We're genuinely feel happy when a label which I admire most could spread our stuffs over the world. 

8.On the re-issue you did a Blasphemy cover, what was the decision behind doing on of their songs?
Because we truly want to do some magnificent thing to the band which gave their dedication and their devotion to the underground world in all aspects. We want to go the basic, essence of our being in music as well. We want to keep every element of "their ways" keep close and close for ourselves. And plus, No introduction needed - when we talk about Blasphemy, they're a very inspiring and haunting band as well.

9.A few years back you did a split album with Goddess Of Fate and Nocturnal Kudeta, what are your thoughts on the other bands that participated on the split?
They're fantastic bands. They're talented, and mostly they're a very extremely good people to share with.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
It's ultimately beyond our expectation, and also the feedback sort of give us some extra miles further to go on.

11.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the other band members are involved with?
I think they've discovered some deliberately satisfying thing so far.
Bones, the vocalist involved in a band BLEACHED BONES:
J, our live session player involved in a band HEADKRUSHER:

12.When can we expect a new album and also what musical direction do you see the band heading into during the future?
Our core of it still remains, our new album will genuinely more haunting and massive, and it will be a bit different with Hymn To Your God. Well, our musical direction will step forward into the abyss of the unknown - adoration put - and forever be buried under the shore of the underground will. The further we dig, the more unknown we got. 

13.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
A very diverse stuffs I'd say, One thing I've never totally be satisfied for listen to the album of 
Altar of Madness.Then again recently I've listening to these; blast from the past Only Theatre of Pain from Christian Death and some new records from In Solitude, Beastmilk, and tons of great music out there. Also recently I've blown away with the concept, ideas, musics of this band NECRODEITY, they're based from Kolkata India. 

14.Do you have any non musical interests?
I love writing, sometimes dancing, sometimes walking somewhere, from a strange and different perspective.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We can't thank you enough for your enduring support in our music, thank you for listening, thank you for being there. Prepare yourself for our worldwide distribution HYMN TO YOUR GOD VIA DUNKELHEIT PRODUKTIONEN. We'll see you on the road.
HYMN OF DEATH!!!

Thank you so much,
Gaps

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dagoba/Post Mortem Nihil Est/Verycords/2013 CD Review


  Dagoba  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial,  death  and  groove  metla  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Post  Mortem  Nihil  Est"  which  was  released  by  Verychords.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  sound  with  synths  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  growls  and  melody  and  after  awhile  melodic  vocals  become  a  part  of  the  music  and  there  are  also  some  symphonic  elements  being  brought  into  the  recording  at  times.

  As  the  album  moves  on  melodic  guitar solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  an d the  band  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  death  and  groove  metal  elements  as  well  as  bringing  in  traces  of  industrial  at  times  while  they  do  not  over  power  the  music  and  at  times  they  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Halfway  through  the  album  acoustic  guitars  are  brought  in  briefly  along  with  some  ethnic  and  esoteric  sounds  on  an  instrumental  before  returning  to  a  more  heavy  industrial  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  spoken  word  samples.

  Dagabo  have  a  very  interesting  approach  with  their  music  wit h the  way  they  mix  groove,  death  metal  and  industrial  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  heaviness  and  while  this  is  not  a  style  I  would  regularly  listen  to  this  band  do  it  very  and  actually  make  this  genre  enjoyable  at  times.

  Song  lyrics  cover  death,  life,  psychology  and  atheism,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Dagoba  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  death,  groove  and  industrial  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  Winter"  "Yes  We  Die"  "The  Day  After  the  Apocalypse"  and  "By  The  Sword".  7/5  out  of  10.

Hacride/Back To Where You've Never Been/Indie Recordings/2013 CD Review


  Hacride  are  a  band from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  progressive  death  and  groove  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Back  To  Where  You've  never  been"  which  was  released  by  Indie  Recordings.

  The  album  starts  out  with  dark  sounding  synths  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  progressive  direction  along  with  a  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  parts  which  also  leads  up  to  clean  singing  vocals  before  going  into  a  more  aggressive  direction.

  When  the  album  goes  into  other  songs  the  music  starts  mixing  groove  and  progressive  metal  together  while  also  having  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  and  on  some  of  the  songs  they  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  instrumentals  and  they  never  bring  any  guitar  solos  or  leads  into  the  record  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  

  While  this  is  a  style  I  would  listen  to  all  the  time  Hacride  still  have  a  very  decent  sound  to  them  with  the  way  the  mix  groove,  progressive  and  death  metal  together  and  the  album  has  some  interesting  moments.

  Song  lyrics  cover  society  and  religion  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Hacride  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  groove,  progressive  and death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Strive  Ever  To  More"  "Overcome"  and  "Requiem  For  A  Lullaby".  7  out  of  10. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Diablerie/Transition 2.0/Primitive Reaction/2014 MCD Review


  Diablerie  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  mini  album  "Transition  2.0"  which  was  released by  Primitive  Reaction.

  The  album s tarts out  with  dark  sound  effects  and  industrial  noise  sounds  as  well  as  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  before  adding  in  heavier  parts  which take  the  music  into  a  more  industrial  direction  and  then  the  aggressive  vocals  start  to  kick  in  and  at  time s they  also  go  into  a  more  melodic  clean  singing  direction.

  As  the  album  continues  the  music  starts  bringing  in  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  along  with  brutal  blast  beats  while  the  main  focus  is  still  industrial  metal  and  the  vocals  also  start  utilizing  growls  and  screams  and  on  one of  the  songs  they  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  as  well  as  the  gutiar  riffing  using  small  amounts  of  melody.

  With  this  mini  album  Diablerie  stick  to  a  more  EBM  style  of  industrial  while  also  having  guitars  that  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  thrash  and  death  metal  which  results  in  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sounding  recording.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  dystopian  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Diablerie  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  industrial  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inflagrant  Derelict"  and  "White  Collar  Privilege".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Herrschaft/Les 12 Vertiges/Code666 Records


  Herrschaft  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  electro,  industrial and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Les  12  vertiges"  which  was  released  by  Code666  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  atmospheric  sounds  before  going  into  a  more  electro/industrial  direction  along  with  heavy  guitars  and  drums  which  leads  to  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  bringing  in  female  vocals  and  alternating  between  industrial  and  metal  sounds  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  As  the  album  continues it  sticks  to  a  very  extreme  style  of  industrial  and  extreme  metal  while  style  being  electro  enough  to  appeal  to  the  rivethead  crowd  and  elements  of  gothic  music  are  also  brought  into  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  synths  bring  in  traces  of  symphonic  music  to  the  recording  as  well  as  some  clean  singing  industrial  rock  style  vocals.

  When  we  got  more  into  the  album  acoustic  guitars  are  brought  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  also  remaining  heavy  all  at  the  same  time  while  also  getting  more  dark  as  time  goes  on  by  as  well  as  the  bass  guitars  getting  more  powerful  sounding  and  on  the  last  song  they  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads.

  Herrschaft  bring  a  lot  of  diversity  and  originality  to  their  music  while  there  music  is  mostly  in  the  electro  industrial  section  they  also  bring  in  the  heaviness  and  death  and  extreme  metal  to  create  a  sound  only  they  can  call  their  own.

  Song  lyrics  cover  post  apocylpse  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present   on  this  recording.  

In  my  opinion  Herrschaft  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  electro,  industrial  and  extreme  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gates  To  Dreams"  "Seducing  Dementia"  "Allmighty"  and  "Mephedron  Trip".  8  out  of  10.

Alterbeast/Immortal/Unique Leader/2014 CD Review


  Alterbeast  are  a  band  from  Sacramento,  California  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  form  of  technical  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Immortal"  which  was  released  by  Unique  Leader.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  dark  classical  music  style  sound  before  going  into  a  fast  and  brutal sound  along  with  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  which  leads  up  to  technical  guitar  solos  a s well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  which  also  beings  in  a  bit  of  melody.

   The  brutal  and  technical  continues  on  the  other  songs  and  the  music  remains  very  heavy  throughout  the  recording  while  also  having  a  more  modern  extreme  metal  feeling  that  is  actually  done  properly  this  time  around  and  never  takes  away  from  the  brutality  this  recording  produces  and  the  melody  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  emotion  to  the  music  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  early  90s  influences  and  on  one  of  the  songs  they  bring  in  some  ritualistic  chanting.

  Alterbeast  seem  to  have  a  good  balance  on  this  record,  all  of  the  musicians  seem  to  be  very  skilled  at  their  instruments  and  they  mix  in  very  brutal  death  metal  along  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  technical  elements  to  create  a  very  interesting  sounding  record.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  gore  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  brutal  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Alterbeast  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  fast,  and  brutal  technical  death  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album>  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Flesh  Bound  Text"  "Ancient's  Retribution"  and  "Serpentspire".  8  out  of  10. 

Eteritus/Tales of Death/ Wydawnictwo Muzyczne Psycho/2014 EP Review


  Eteritus  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Tales  of  Death"  which  was  released  by  Wydawnictwo  Muzyczne  Psycho.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  old  school  death  metal  sound  along  with  growls  and  after  a  minute  the  music  speeds  up  and  brings  in  blast  beats  along  with  a  good  amount  of  early  90's  Swedish  death  metal  influences  and  they  do  not  use  solos  or  leads.

  As  the  ep  continues  the  band  stick  to  an  early  90's  Swedish  death  metal sound  while  also adding  in  the  heaviness  of  early  Bolt  Thrower  and  while  they  have  some  melody  in  their  music  they  do not   over  use  it  like  some  of  these  old  school  Swedish  revival  death  metal  bands  seem  to  do  and  they  have  a  more  aggressive  approach  with  their  take  on  this  genre.

  Eteritus  do  a  great  job  with  their  approach  to  old  school  death  metal  and  they  bring  an  aggressive  sound  to  their  music  as  well  as  not  being  a  copy  of  the  death  metal  bands  from  their  country  and  this  is  the  way  death  metal  should  sound.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  Eteritus  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Beginning...The  End"  and  "Elder  Race".  8/5  out  of  10.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Anarchos Interview

1.Can you give us an introduction to the band for those that will be hearing of you for the first time?
We started in the end of 2010, after Vincent (drummer) asked Ardy and me to create some metal of death. A vocalist joined some months later and Thorsten joined a year later. In that time we created and composed the first songs, we recorded those in March 2012 in a rehearsal session. This was the “Tortured Beyond Death” rehearsal demo. After that with did our first 3 gigs. In spring of 2013 the vocalist left and was replaced by Frank, who did his first gig after 2 rehearsals. 2 Months later we recorded “Descent Into The Maelström” and did a couple of gigs after that.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of both the ep and full length that you are releasing this year and also how does your current musical sound differ from your previous bands?It’s death metal obscurity with some touches of doom inspired by Asphyx, Autopsy, Dismember and overall the old school death metal scene. ANARCHOS is darker and the arrangements of the riffs are different then I use in my other band.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical content of the music?
They deal about death, destruction, occult theories, sorrow ,sadness, despair ....everything that can turn a nice life into a nightmare! Our lyrics are certainly important , they should reflect the feeling and tension of the gruesome sounds.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Anarchos'?
Literally it means without authority/rulers, for us it means that we walk our own path musically and in life.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
We only did 6 shows till now and I think the last 2 shows were the best, musically wise. We try to create an deathlike depressed atmosphere for the slower parts and a headbanging hell in the fast ones.  

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for 2014?
Currently we have 2 shows planned, one in Hengelo and the other one in Hoogeveen, both in Holland. The Hoogeveen show will be support for Sledgehammer Nosejob, the new band from Massive Assault members Fredde and Carl. That would be one hell of a party. We don’t have any touring plans at the moment.

7.The band members have a history playing death metal, what is it that keeps you motivated to play this style of music after all of these years?
Passion, willpower, dedication and the urge to create death metal darkness.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?The people who heard heard “Descent…” or have listened/watched “Anointing Of The Sick” or have come to a show are positive. But we will see when the record is out what it will bring. For us it doesn’t matter much, we will keep composing what our Death Metal infected brains demand

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?It is and will be DEATH METAL, pure and uncompromised, always. The music will mature more and the compositions will getting better because we play more and get better skills. 

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Autopsy, Asphyx and Dismember. Old school death metal, old thrash, pure black metal and I personally am a fan of the Swedish Death Metal scene, mostly the “Stockholm” styled bands. Nowadays I listen a lot to the “newer” bands playing death metal, like Maim, Miasmal, Morbus Chron, Chapel Of Disease, Destroyer 666, Deserted Fear, Entrapment, Pyre, Grave Miasma, Bombs Of Hades, Mordbrand, Nominon, Demonical, Vanhelgd and many more. 

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?Collecting vinyl, guitars, drinking good beers, good party’s and brewing beer.

12.Do you have any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks for the interest and support for Anarchos. Check out “Descent Into The Maelström”.
Mors certa!

Insain/Enlightening The Unknown/Kaotxin Records/2014 EP Review


  Insain  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Enlightening  The  Unknown"  which  was  released  by  Kaotoxin  Records.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  an  intro  which  uses  dark  sounding  synths  and  spoken  word  ritualistic  parts  before  going  into  a  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  death  metal  sound  along  with  blast  beats,  growls  and  screams  and  after  awhile  the music  starts  mixing  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  together  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  which  also  leads  up  to  guitar  solos.

  As  the  ep  moves  on  the  band  stick  to  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  death  metal  sound  while  also  having  a  good  amount  of  darkness  in  their  music  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  the  same  formula  while  still  being  done  in  the  right  manner.  

  Insain  stick  to  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  death  metal  direction  throughout  the  recording  and  barely  ever  use  melody   and  the y concentrate  more  on  creating  some  of  the  best  brutal  death  metal  than  what  you  can  expect  from  an  average  band.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  brutal  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Insain  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Absorbing  the  Masse"  and  "Enlightening  The  Unknown".  8  out  of  10.    

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Infectious Hate/Insanity Begins/2013 EP Review


  Infectious  Hate  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  groove  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  ep  "Insanity  Begins".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  along  with  some  growls  and  groove  metal  elements  in  the  mid  paced  sections  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  before  the  groove  parts  take  over.

  When  the  ep  goes  to  other  songs  the  band  sticks  to  mostly  a  mid  paced  death/groove  metal  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  speeding  up  to  a  brutal  sound  in  certain  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  mixture  of  screams  and  growls  which  also  leads  to  to  some  guitar  solos  and  on  one  of  the songs  there  are  spoken  word  samples.

  With  this  ep  Infectious  Hate  take  a  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  mix  it  in  with  groove  metal  and  melody  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording  that  does  not  rely  on  excessive  speed  or  plenty  of  blast  beats  while  still  proving  that  you  can  still  be  brutal  with  mostly  mid  paced  sections.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  hateful  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  ep.

  In  my  opinion  Infectious  Hate  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  and  groove  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Insanity  Begins"  and  "Corroded  By  Time".  8  out  of  10.

    

Mass Infection/For I Am Genocide/Comatose Music/2014 CD Review


  Mass  Infection  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "For  I  Am  Genocide"  which  will  be released  by  Comatose  Music.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  death  metal  sound  along  with  blast  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  along  with  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  they  bringing  a  good  amount  of  old  school  death  metal  influences  and  mix  it  in  with  the  more  modern  variation  of  the  genre.

  As  the  album  continues  it  sticks  to  a  brutal  death  metal  sound  while  also  adding  technical  parts,  melody  and  solos  which  are  only  used  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  into  their  music  to  give  the  album  a  bit  more  variation  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  instrumental  before  the  last  song.

  With  this  album  Mass  infection  combine  the  modern  brutal  sound  with  the  old  school  death  metal  sound  to  create  an  album  that  is  very  heavy,  fast  and  technical  and  they  rely  more  on  rhythms  than  flashy  guitar  solos  or  a  million  notes  to  get  their  point  across  the  recording.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult,  violent  and  hateful  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  along  with  the   bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  as  well  as  the  last  song  being  long  and  epic  length.

  In  my  opinion  Mass  Infection  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  old  school  and  brutal  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Praised  by  All  The  Entities"  "Beholding  the  Throne"  "Unearthly  Legion"  and  "The  Genocide  Revealed".  8  out  of  10.