Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sacrificial Blood/Unholy Fucking Hatred/Iron, Blood And Death Corporation/2013 Cassette Review


  Sacrificial  Blood  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album  "Unholy  Fucking  Hatred"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  by  Iron, Blood And Death Corporation  in  the  year  of  2013.

  An  80's  style  thrash  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  along  with  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  and  after  awhile  solos  and  leads  find  their  way  into  the  bands  musical  sound  and  they  also  add  in  melody  and  more  raw  aggression  as  the  album  progresses.

  All  of  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  off  been  release d in  between  1984  and  87  and  the  bands  musical  style  goes  back  to  the  beginnings  of  the  death  metal  genre  where the  music  was  still  mixed  in  with  thrash  quite  a  bit  and  you  can  also  hear  some  primitive  and  punishing  sounding  bass  guitars  being  utilized  in  the  background  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  at  times while  the  main  focus  remains  on  the  faster  material.
 
  As  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  some  elements  of  classic  metal  being  mixed  in  with  their  raw  death/thrash  sound  and  they  also  bring  a  cover  of  Rainbow's  "Kill  The  King"  towards  the  end  of  the  album  and  this  cassette  has  3  bonus  tracks  that  where  not  present  on  the  original  version  of  this  recording  with  the  first  4  being  their  own  songs  and  the  last  2  being  The  Godz  and  Riot's  cover.

  Sacrifical  Blood  plays  a  very  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal   that goes  back  to  the  darkest,  and  rawest  beginning s of  this  musical  genre  as  well  as  adding  in  elements  of  traditional  metal  as  the  album  progresses.  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  all  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Satan,  Evil,  Hated  and  Metal  Themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sacrificial  Blood  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  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  "Sacrificial  Blood"  "Unholy  Wrath"  "Evil  Force"  and  "Warrior"  which  is  a  Riot  cover.  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bane Of Bedlam/Monument Of Horror/2013 CD Review


  Bane  Of  Bedlam  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  album  "Monument  Of  Horror".

  Acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  thrash  metal  style  guitar  riffing  makes  its  presence known  in  the music  along  with  some  blast  beats,  melodic  leads,  and  a  mixture  of  screams  and  growls  and  all  of  the musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  being  utilized  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  elements  of  groove  metal  into  their  musical  sound  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  acoustic  guitars  of  the  first  track  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  enhance  the  progressive  nature  of  the  bands  musical  style.

  Bane  Of  bedlam  go  back  to  the  old  school  styles  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  add  a  more  progressive  tinge  to  them  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  groove  metal  elements  which  takes  these  genres  into  a  more  modern  direction,  the  productions  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  dark  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bane  Of  Bedlam  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  "Woken  By  The  Horde"  "Monument  Of  Horror"  and  "Vultures  Of  War".  8  out  of  10.      

Entrails/Resurrected From The Grave-Demo Collection/Metal Blade Records 2014 CD Compilation Review


  Entrails  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  style  of  early  90's  Swedish  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  demo  compilation  "Resurrected  From  The  Grave"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Metal  Blade  Records.

  An  intro  with  thunder  and  church  bell  noises  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  horror  movie  soundtrack  style  synths  are  added in  and  a  couple  of  minutes  you  can  hear  some  demonic  sounding  vocals  which  leads up  to  a  90's  style  Swedish  death  metal  sound  which  utilizes  both  screams  and  growls.

  You  can  hear  a  decent  amount  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  along  with  a  great  amount  of  riffing  that  utilizes  melody  and  the  guitar  solos  are  very  raw  and  melodic  old  school  death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  there  are  also  times  the  music  gets  very  brutal  and  adds  in  some  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  on  the  demo  recordings  and  as  the  album  progresses  there  are  a  few  epic  tracks  with  one  of  them  being  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  being  utilized  at  times  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  has  a  brief  use  of  melodic  clean  singing  female  vocals.

  The  second  demo  on  the  compilation  starts  off  with  some  depressing  sounding  synths  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  the  musical  direction  of  the  second  demo  goes  for  the  same  musical  direction  as  the  first  one  but  also  has  a  more  raw and  dirty approach  to  old  school  death  metal  and  the  growls  and  screams  also  have  a  more  dark  presence  to  them  this  time  around  and  the  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  on  one  of  the  later  tracks.  

  On  both  of  the  demo's  that  are  on  the  compilation  Entrails  stick  to  the  early  90's  style  of  Swedish  death  metal  that  they  expanded  on  up on  later  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  suffering,  doom,  the  undead,  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  double  album  from  Entrails  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evil Obsession"  "Depression"  "Evil  Terror"  and  "Casket  Garden".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ecocide Interview


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

Ecocide: The main thing we are focusing on right now is finishing all songs for our new album, which we hope to release somewhere at the end of this year.



2. In 2013 you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical direction you have taken with this recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2012?

Ecocide: The demo from 2012 is way more Thrash Metal. With our album we took a big step towards Death Metal. You can still hear some Thrash influences though since some of those songs where written just after our demo.  



3. The lyrics cover a great amount of science fiction and Lovecraft themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

Ecocide: Our guitarist/vocalist writes the lyrics so he is the one who is most interested in those topics. But all three of us are big sci-fi fans so when we were thinking up lyrical themes, we came to that topic very quick.



4. The band originally start out as Toxic Napalm, what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ecocide'?

Ecocide: Toxic Napalm was actually a “non-serious” band of Sten (guitar/vocals) and myself (drums) that started out because of a school talent show (we covered a few Thrash songs). After that show we were asked to play on HIT, a band-contest in Haarlem between school bands. We came 2nd and a bit later we decided we could seriously start a band, that’s when we started searching for members and Ecocide was born.  


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?

Ecocide: That’s a difficult question since all shows have their own awesome moments but if I had to choose one I would say Essen Death Fest in Germany. We had an amazing time over there and the crowd went nuts during our show. The whole venue was packed with people so that was also really cool – to play for that many people.
When we play live we truly give it all we got, constant headbanging and a lot of energy on stage. I think this is what sets us apart from most bands these days that just stand still and play.


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

Ecocide: We are not touring yet but a big show is coming up on September 20th. We will play in a big (free) festival called Baroeg Open Air with Bolt Thrower!



7. Recently Disharmonic Records, re-issued your 2013 album , what are your thoughts on the final product?

Ecocide: We are very happy how it turned out, the new cover looks great and Disharmonic Records was very communicative in the process which made things go very smooth.



8. According to the Metal Archives page the band is signed to Dan's Crypt Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Ecocide: Dan’s Crypt Records is a label from Spain that releases some great old school Death Metal albums from smaller bands like us but also bigger bands that were very well known in the ‘80s/’90s Death Metal scene.



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

Ecocide: Very positive! We have received so many reviews, almost one every week in the beginning. All of them are very positive and encourage us to bring out an even better album. Also we sell a lot of merch worldwide, from Germany to Japan to Australia, all over the world!



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

Ecocide: We try to keep our Thrash influences but I have a feeling this next album will be a bit more Death Metal focused than the first album, also I can tell you the drum parts will be a lot faster and aggressive! We have all grown as musicians and I hope this will shine through on the next release.

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?

Ecocide: We are heavily influenced by the Florida Death Metal bands like Death, Massacre, Morbid Angel, etc. I myself listen to all kinds of music nowadays, not just metal, to get inspiration.



12. What are some of your non musical interests?

Ecocide: The bassist and I draw a lot so from time to time we make some artwork for Ecocide or another band. We also like to watch bad horror movies or play games.



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

Ecocide: Thank you for this interview! We would like to thank everyone who supports us by buying our merch or coming to our shows.



Disharmonic Records - http://www.disharmonic-records.com/


Bandcamp Page - http://disharmonic-records.bandcamp.com/




Friday, June 20, 2014

Shards Of Humanity Interview



1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Shards Of Humanity is a metal band out of Memphis, TN. Formed by myself, Todd Cochran (vocals/lead guitar) and Ryan McAlister (drums) in roughly 2009. We began playing shows as a two-piece in 2011, but as of 2013 we have joined new member Larry Mercado as a rhythm/lead guitarist and creative aid. Our current discography includes a s/t EP (2012) and our soon to be debut album "Fractured Frequencies" on Unspeakable Axe Records.
2.You have your first full length coming out in September, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new album and also how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2012? The material on this album has a lot of influence from, but hardly limited to, bands like Death, Carcass, and Atheist... some have even pointed out similarities with Massacra and Sadus. Its thrashy, death metalish at times, technical, and has melodic tendencies. We spent more time and effort on recording the new album in comparison to our EP, which was recorded quickly in 3 days for minimal cash. This album has better, heavier production and displays a tighter performance. Two songs from the EP have been re-recorded for the album. 3.The music is heavily rooted in the early death metal style, what was the decision behind going more into this direction as opposed to a more modern day variation of this genre?
There was no formal decision made by me personally concerning our sound. My riffs/lyrics/approach came about without thoughts of "what genre is this" or "what will people think" or "what band am i trying to sound like". The analysis and categorizing comes about afterwards when the idea is completed. Concerning modern metal bands, i simply do not connect with the attitudes and approaches of most, and therefore do not listen. 4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music? My lyrics usually come about in a stream of consciousness type of style and touch on themes which i think you described well in your review as "dark,  scientific,  philosophical,  and  metaphysical". I might also add the adjective "political" in a song or two.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Shards Of Humanity'? The name came up in the lyrics of the song "Shards Of Humanity", written by an ex vocalist Kanon Autry around 2008 or 09. The song is loosely based on an apocalyptic dream.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe oyur stage performance? Some of our best shows have been in Memphis at a bar called Murphy's, the same place where you can find videos of the late Shawn Lane shredding in back in the day. Our second performance was a trip down to NOLA with memphis friends Process Of Suffocation. Great time down there, cool scene. Our stage performance is high energy and we like being as loud as possible. We use real tube amps and do not use triggered drums. We like crowd movement and involvement as well.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We have a couple shows back to back coming up next month: July 11: Nashville, TN. Dinos. w/ Thetan, Process Of Suffocation, and Bleed The Pigs July 12: Johnson City, TN. Mountains Of Madness Fest @ The Hideaway. w/ Mangled, Coffin Dust, Manic Scum, Ectovoid, Putrisect, etc.... Event page for Fest : https://www.facebook.com/events/214427138767021/
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and thrash metal? I suspect people worldwide are still mostly in the dark about us... Although, once our debut drops with Unspeakable Axe, i assume more people will be in the loop internationally. Seems that all feedback thus far has been greatly positive, which is appreciated to say the least.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? All aspects of our sound have been evolving for a while now and i don't see it stopping. Ive already got close to another album worth of riffs in the closet waiting to be demo'd and im very excited about some of what are the skeletons of new songs. Having Larry contribute to the guitar writing has introduced a whole new dynamic and excitement. Expect another album in the not so distant future. We'll leave it at that.
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? There are so many bands that influence our creative output that id feel strange making a connection to just a handful... Although, some of my favorite metal bands include Death, Carcass, Brutal,Truth, Napalm Death, and Atheist, my musical appreciation is hardly limited to extreme metal. One of my passions is playing blues/rock guitar and even exploring jazz fusion styles. Some of my riffing on this album even contains chords commonly used in jazz settings, although not used in a jazzy context whatsoever. As of late ive been listening to some of my Dad's old cassette tapes and vinyl including ZZ Top "Rio Grande Mud" and Van Halen II. Ive got Macabre's "Sinister Slaughter" loaded in my work truck currently. I listen to a bunch of different shit.
11.What are some of your non musical interests? Seems as though most of my interests are music related somehow. I like collecting rocks although i lost most of my collection. I also like watching cool/funny shit on youtube but usually that is musically related too. I know Ryan has heavy interest in things like infrastructure and buildings and such. He's very knowledgeable on a broad range of subjects. Larry is exceptionally good at video games.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Keep your eyes on us and Unspeakable Axe because we've got new material and fire under our asses.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Morbidity/Revealed From Ashes/Memento Mori/2014 CD Review


  Morbidity  are  a band  from  Bangladesh  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Revealed  From  Ashes"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Memento  Mori.

  Sounds  of  wind  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  which  also  appears  on  the  title  track  as  well  another  track  following  that  and  powerful  sounding  bass  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  dark  direction  along  with  some  melody  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  old  school  death  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  deep  growls.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash elements  being  thrown  into  the   bands  musical  sound  and  they  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  guitar  solos  they  use  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  the  music  sticks  to  a  mid  80's  to  early  90's  era  style  of death  metal  and  the  band  seems  to  be  heavily  influenced  by  both  the  Brazilian  and  Florida  scenes  of  that  time  while  the  growls  bring  a  more  evil  sounding  atmosphere  to  the  music  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  demonic  screams.

  Morbidity  goes  back  to  the  more  raw  and  dark  side  of  mid  80's  death  and  thrash  metal  with  their  music  and  shows  the  evil  origins  of  death  metal  in  all  of  the  songs  they  bring  onto  the  album,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morbidity  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  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  "Incarnation  Of  Death"  "Pits  Of  Eternal  Torment"  and  "Unholy  Resurrection". 8/5  out  of  10.  

Monday, June 16, 2014

Omnihility/Deathscapes Of The Subconscious/Unique Leader/2014 CD Review


  Omnihility  are  a  band  from  Eugene,  Oregon  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2014  album  "Deathscapes  Of  the  Subconscious"  which  will  be  released  by  Unique  Leader.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  growls  before  the  band  starts  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  melody  and  technical  elements  into  their  musical  sound  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  are  also  easy  to  hear  throughout  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  demonstrate  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  technical  parts  which  bring  a  perfect  balance  to  the  bands  brutal  death  metal  sound  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  in  length  which  also  adds  in  more  epic  elements  into  the  songs.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  acoustic  instrumentals  are  added  onto  the  album  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  very  heavy,  brutal  and  technical  death  metal  sound  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  being  utilized  in  on  of  the  heavier  songs  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples  being  added  onto  on e of  the  later  tracks  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Omnihility  bring  a  lot  of  skill  and  talent  into  their  technical  and  brutal  style  of  death  metal  which  also  has  a  perfect  balance  between  melody  and  brutality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  anti  religious,  hatred  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Omnihility  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  and  brutal  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lost  Sands  Of  Antiquity"  "Deathscapes  Of The Subconscious"  and  "The  Unamable".  8  out  of  10.    

 
  

Grace Disgraced/The Primal Cause: Womanumental/More Hate Productions/2014 CD Review


  Grace  Disgraced  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  technical,  old  school  and  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "The  primal  Cause:  Womanumental"  which  was  released  by  More  Hate  Productions.

  A  very  heavy,  old  school  and  technical  sound  starts  off  the  album  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  there  is  also  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  bands  musical  sound  and  a  few  seconds  later  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  album  which  also  leads  to  blast  beats  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  songs  on  the  recording.

  There  is  also  a  decent  album  of  thrash  influences  in  the  songs  and  the  lead  guitars  are  in  the  early  90's  vein  of  Death  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  good  amount  of  brutal  elements  are  also  mixed  into  the  bands  technical  and  old  school  sound  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  sound  effects  on  a  couple  of  tracks  along  with  a  small  amount  of  tribal  style  drumming  which  gives  the  music  a  shamanistic  feeling  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  back  up  growls  and  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  robotic  vocals  on  a  couple  of  songs  and  most  of  the  later  songs  stick  to  a  more  mid  paced  direction  while  it  still  also  has  its  fast  and  brutal   moments  and  at  times  the  guitar  leads  have  a  progressive  metal  feeling  to  them  and  the  album  closes  with  some  soft  and  clean  guitar  playing.

  Grace  Disgraced  play  a  very  technical  and  old  school  style  of  death  metal  which  seems  to  be  heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  material  while  also  taking  their  musical  style  into  a  more  brutal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grace  Disgraced  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Secondary"  "She  Smells  Death"  and  "Dragons  Of  Emptiness".  8  out  of  10.




Saturday, June 14, 2014

Insense Interview

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

(Ola, Bass) Our last album, “Burn in Beautiful Fire”, came out in 2011. We have played shows and festivals, and went on some great tours supporting bigger metal-acts like In Flames, Trivium and Demon Hunter. That album actually got nominated for the Norwegian Grammy, but didn't win. Unfortunately.
When the interest started to fade out, we began the process of making new material for our next album , “De:Evolution”, which just came out.
We finished the recording of this record last August, but it took almost a year until it came out. Because of some unfortunate record company -issues, the release took half a year longer than we planned. In the waiting time we did some gigs, made a couple of music videos and released a few singles, and went on a small tour supporting the great “the Devin Townsend Project”.


2.Recently you have released a new album how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

“De:Evolution” is  a continuing of what we did on our last two albums. The song structure is more or less the same, but we have tried to incorporate more melodies, heaviness and darkness into the songs. We are more to the point on this one. Have trimmed down the dead meat and filling parts.
We try to mix hard, brutal and dark elements with more soft, melodic and mellow parts. In the past, on our earlier records, it was all about aggression and brutality, but we have softened up a bit on our older days, hehe. Don't get me wrong, we are still a hard metal-band, but we are not afraid of dealing with other musical directions than just the extreme.    

3.The band has been around for 15 years, what is it that motivates you to keep the band going after all of these years?

We like doing what we do. Just as simple as that. We are close friends and we have a lot of fun together, both in rehearsals and on tour. And of course, our music keep getting better for every album that we make. We see an advance in our songwriting, and slowly more and more people are getting into our music.

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

The thin, red line in our new album “De:Evolution”, is a reflection around human minds and progression in life. The lyrics touches topics related to the modern man and its stagnation of development. Seems like people of today are more interested in personal welfare, success and fame, than the strive of individual perfection and growth.  We may have reached a point where we no longer develop, the evolution seems to have reversed and we are getting stupider and stupider as species. Such a misanthropic topic….    


5.What is the meaning an inspiration behind the name 'Insense'?

There is no deep meaning behind the name ‘Insense'. It´s just a cool name (we think, at least). A friend of us came up whit that name a long, long time ago. And we liked it and thought it sounded kickass.

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?

Playing shows at ice-hockey stadiums and in huge arenas on the In Flames/Trivium/Ghost/Rise to Remain/Insense-tour in 2011, was certainly something special.
Our stage performance is quite intense. Lots of sweat, headbanging, lights, a massive sound and excessive aggression are some keywords that describe our shows. We try to make a powerful appearance, and we want the audience feel like they have been eaten and digested by a dinosaur at the ending of our gigs.

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

Yeah, we have hopes and plans for tours and shows for the future. An issue for us right now is that we are in need of a decent booking-agency to book shows for us outside Norway. At this point, we have just a couple of shows booked, so we are working on the show-bit at the moment. Hope to get a tour booked for this autumn.
For a band like us, the perfect tour would be as a support act for a bigger band. Let´s face it, no one shows up for a small, Norwegian, unknown band on tour. We are dependent on a more famous band to tour with so we can expose our band to a bigger crowd, and hopefully reach out to some potential new fans.


8.Your manager is also the front man for In Flames, do you feel having a well known metal musician managing your band has done a lot of help when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

It sure draws some attention having a well known rock-star connected to your band. It´s kind of a quality stamp. Anders is a good man to have on board, having him on the team has opened some closed doors for us.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer material by fans of extreme metal?

So far, we’ve got quite positive response from the metal-press. The feedback has been overwhelmingly good. Of course, some hate us as well and give us harsh criticism. But we are not used to lots of attention to our band, so we are happy for every review and every exposure that we can get. Good or bad.There will always be those angry metal guys hiding behind their computer keyboards, complaining how bad and shitty they think we are and how awful and inappropriate they find our music, but that is ok for us. Can't please them all, unfortunately. We focus on all the nice words we get, and are pleased to see that lots of people seem to like our new stuff.


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

I think we have sort of found our expression now. It took some time to find it, but on our tree past albums we have carved out some kind of a music-style that we are very proud of. Norwegian Correct Metal, we call it:) NCM, we take the best parts from every genres that we like, and make the correct metal, metal how it´s supposed to sound, hehe.

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?

We have quite different taste in music, the four of us in the band. We have all a similar back catalogue containing bands like Metallica, Pantera, Meshuggah, Obituary, Death etc, but we listen to all sorts of music besides that. Everything from grindcore to sweet ballads.  No techno or trance though…  


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Nothing very interesting, I'm afraid. We are quite a boring bunch of men. As we get older and our bodies seem to start working against us, we try to keep in some kind of shape. Some of us plays squash, others go for a run….zzzzz, and one of us is just letting his body expire. We are fans of good food and beer, zzzzzznore, and movies, serieszzzz and      TV-games… yawn!…must…not..fall….to…sleep…from… this…├╝ber-boring……answer….Other than that, we are quite dull and total uninteresting as human beings… Unlike our band and our music, which is full of life and power.  Next question please!

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

Support bands that you like. Go to concerts, buy merch and music.
… And of course, check out our new record “De:Evolution”! It rocks hard!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rectified Spirit/Self Titled/2014 CD Review


  Rectified  Spirit  are  a  band  from  India  that  plays  a  mixture  of  power,  thrash,  modern  and  death  metal  with  a  musical  style  they  call  'libero  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2014  album.

  Clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  alter  the  music  goes for  a  more  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  guitar  leads  and  the  music  sounds  very  close  to  power  metal  which  also  leads  up  to  some  clean  singing  vocals  and  metalcore  style  screams  that  also  border  on  death  metal.

  Blast  beats  are  used  on  a  regular  basis  throughout  the  recording  and  the  solos  that  the  band  uses  are  very  melodic  and  old  school  sounding  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  good  amount  of  thrash  elements  find  their  way  into  the  bands  musical  style  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording h ave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  technical  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  band  also  adds  in  a  heavy  amount  of  groove  metal  into  their  musical  style  and  there  is  also  one  track  that  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  acoustic  guitars  do  make  their  returns  at  times  and  the  band  also  add s in  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  close  to  the  10  minute  mark.

  Rectified  Spirit  play  a  very  heavy  and  diverse  form  of  metal  take  takes  from  power,  thrash,  groove,  death metal  and  metalcore  to  create  their  own  style  of  metal  that  is  heavy,  melodic  and  almost  mainstream  sounding  all  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sound s very professional  for  a  self  released  recording  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rectified  Spirit  are  a  decent  sounding  mixture  of  power,  thrash,  modern  and  death metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should c heck  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Hold  A  Saber"  "The  Magician's  Birthday"  "Vengeance"  and  "Mother".  7/5  out  of   10.      

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Shards Of Humanity/Fractured Frequencies/Unspeakable Axe Records/2014 CD Review


  Shards  Of  Humanity  are  a  band  from  Memphis,  Tennessee  that  plays  a  technical  and  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Fractured  Frequencies"  which  will  be  released  by  Unspeakable  Axe  Records.

  A  very  melodic  and  technical  sounding  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  album  before  the  music  heads  into  a  more  old  school  thrash  metal  sound  along  with  some early  death  metal  screams  and  growls  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Guitar  leads  are  used  throughout  the  album  and  a  good  amount  of  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  released  in  1989  and  also  has  the  feeling  of  early  albums  that  where  recorded  at  the  Morrissound  studios  back  in  those  days  and  the music  goes back  to  the  original  style  of  technical  death  metal  as  well  as  being  heavily  influenced  by  the  era  where  death  metal  was  still  evolving  out  of  thrash  and  a  good  amount  of  the  later  mentioned  genre  is  still  a  very  big  part  of  the  bands  musical  style.

  Shards  of  Humanity  display  a  great  amount  of  skill  and  talent  with  their  musical  style  and  also  shows  the  more  technical  side  of  early  death  and  thrash  metal  instead  of  going  for  the  more  raw  old  school style  that  most  newer  bands  fall  under  as  well  as  bringing  back  a  forgotten  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  rarely  utilized  these  days,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  all  at  the  same  time  and  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  scientific,  philosophical  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shards  Of  Humanity  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  technical  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  "Astral  Agony"  "Internal  Rot"  and  "Suspension".  8 out  of  10.          

Friday, June 6, 2014

Inanimate Existence/A Never Ending Cycle Of Atonement/Unique Leader Records 2014 CD Review


  Inanimate  Existence  are  a  band  from  California  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "A  Never  Ending  Cycle  Of  Atonement"  which  will  be  released  by  Unique  Leader  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  of  the  album  along  with  some  synths  that  bring  a  very  ambient  and  symphonic  sound  to  the  recording  as  well  as  some  tribal  style  instruments  being  used  in  the  intro  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  brutal  technical  death  metal  and  direction.

  Vocals  utilize  both  deep  growls  and  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  the  leads  sound  very  progressive  and  melodic  which  also b rings  a  perfect  balance  between  the  brutality  this  music  creates  an d  when  clean  sections  are  utilized  you  can  hear  elements  of  jazz  music  in  their  musical  sound.

  Some  of  the  tracks  go  pass  the  5  minute  mark  which  also  brings  in  a  more  epic  death  metal  feeling  at  times  and  the  band  also  uses  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  to  keep  the  music  away  from  being  boring  or  stagnant  and  at  times  acoustic  guitars,  folk  instruments  along  with  melodic  female  vocals  are  added  into  the  album  in  certain  sections  which  gives  the  music  a  more  ritualistic  and  shamanistic  edge  while  the  main  focus  is  still  on  a  more  technical  and  brutal  variation  of  death  metal.

  As  the  album  progresses  classical  music  style  musical  instruments  also  start  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sound  of  the  music  along  with  the  synths  from  the  intro  making  a  return  and  adding  a  progressive  rock  feeling  to  the  recording  and  the  music  also  gets  more  diverse  as  the  album  progresses.

  Inanimate  Existence  create  a  very  original  style  of  technical  death  metal  which  is  still  very  brutal  but  also  utilizes  many  different  style  of  instruments  which  adds  a  more  exotic  and  esoteric  flavor  tho  the  musical  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  metaphysical,  shamanism  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Inanimate  Existence  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal,  technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Omen"  "The  Rune  of  Destruction"  and  "Out  Of  Body  Experience".  8  out  of  10.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ending Quest/The Summoning/FDA Rekotz/2014 CD Review


  Ending  Quest  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  brutal,  raw  and  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "The  Summoning"  which  will  be  released  by  FDA  Rekotz.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  mixture  of  leads  and  riffs  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  getting  heavier  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  the  band  also  starts  to  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  You  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  an  early  90's  style  of  Swedish  death  metal  while  also  bringing  back  a  more  raw  and  brutal  sound  that  is  rarely  utilized  in  the  Swedish  death  metal  revival  bands.
 
  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  evoking  a  more  dark  atmosphere  as  well  as  adding  clean  playing  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  bass  leads  being  utilized  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  brief  synth  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  tack.

  Enging  Quest  are  another  newer  Swedish  band  that  goes  for  the  traditional  death  metal  style  of  their  home  country  but  bring  in  a  more  raw,  less  melodic  and  brutal  approach  to t heir  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  all at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Gore,  and  Horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ending  Quest  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  "Sumerian  Invocation"  "A  Host  Of  Flesh"  "Evocation  Of  Carnal  Flesh"  and  "The  Lament  Configuration".  8  out  of  10.    

Ecocide/Eye Of Wicked Sight/Disharmonic Records/2014 CD Review


  Ecocide  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Eye  of  Wicked  Sight"  which  was  released  by  Disharmonic  Records.

  Sci  fi  sounding  ambient  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  out  in  a  slow  death  metal  direction   before  going  into  a  more mid  paced  direction  and  adding  more  thrash  influences  into  the  musical  sound  and  then  it  starts  to  speed  up  and  add  in  blast  beats  and  growls  and  the  music  starts  having  a  more  old  school  death/thrash  metal  feeling.

  After  awhile  the  music  starts  utilizing  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  incorporating  more  melody  into  their  musical  sound  and  they  also  add  in  spoken  word  and  science  fiction  movie  samples  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  tracks  remain  true  to  a  mid  80's  to  early  90's  era  of  death  metal  but  with  a  good  dose  of  thrash  being  mixed  into  the  sound  and  I  can  hear  a  little  bit  of  early  Malevolent  Creation  and  Massacre  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  early  Death  in  their  musical  sound  while  the  band  is  not  a  copy  of  either  band.

  Ecocide  go  back  to  the  mid  80's  to e arly  90's  era  of  Florida  death  metal  with  their  musical  sound  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  raw  energy  of  thrash  metal  to  create  a  sound  on  this  recording  that  is  very old  school  yet  very  heavy  all  at  the  same  time,  th e production  sounds  very  professional  in  and  early  90's  way  while  the  lyrics  cover  Aliens,  Science  Fiction  and  Sumerian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ecocide  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  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  "Alien  Intervention"  "Tale  From  Beyond"  and  "Beneath  the  Flesh".  8  out  of  10.