Sunday, December 31, 2017

Legion Of Wolves Interview

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

Hail and thank you for the interview! So Legion was formed in the dark Winter of 2009 by myself and Jason (drums) as we had a history of playing in other bands and wanted to create a band much like the bands we liked to see and listen to. Arek and Kris joined soon after. The aim was to create a death metal band that drew a lot of influences from the old school sounds but also with a modern twist, so to speak.



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

Simply put, old and pure gold. There is a definite progression in our sound from the early recordings ("Mark Of The Legion" 2011 and "Legio Luporum" 2013) to the present one "Bringers Of The Dark Sleep". The musical sound is very important to us as we always aim for clarity and sheer heaviness. Nothing more and nothing less. There is so much good production and sound engineering out there that it is only fitting to use it to enhance the recording and afterward listening experience.



3. The band has been around since 2009 but so far has only released 2 demo's and a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?

Not really, I mean we just write tracks and this takes time. Everything good and valuable takes time- just like a good wine or whiskey, right? We never rush the creative process as this tends to spoil the process. Instead we allow nature to take its course and when the tracks are ready they are ready. It was important for us to go the route of demo and then album as far too often these days it seems everyone is releasing an EP and no one releases demos any more. Having been a member of the Irish scene for many years and the underground days since 1992 I always tape traded and bought demos- it was a natural thing to do whereas now no one treads the boards any longer and the first release is an EP It takes time to develop your sound and creative process, to gel as a band, as personalities and this is often done in the demo(ing) phase of a bands career so when the album does finally arrive hey presto everyone is comfortable with what they do and how they do it. That is not to suggest that the developing process ends with the album merely that at the beginning it is so important to spend time on the foundations of the band if it is to last and stay the course.



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

The lyrical subjects concern dark mythologies, various theogonies, history and themes borrowed from movies that we like. The writings of Hesiod, Homer, Pseduo Apollodorus, Pindar, Cicero, Ovid, Seutonius, Robert E. Howard,  all influence me personally in a big way when I am writing - as the subjects of mythology and theogony, in general, hold a big interest for me and as such is like a massive treasure chest from where I can delve into whenever I need some inspiration when forming an idea. Movies, as I said at the beginning, also play a big part when it comes to ideas for writing lyrics.



5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Legion Of Wolves?

Every band needs a suitable moniker that means what it says and says what it means so the name concerns who we are and what we do. The name came from an idea that I had about an almighty Legion from the distant past who are devoted to their father Lykaon, the original Wolfgod and the music of death that by all accounts he seemed to enjoy. Wolves being ancient servants of nature and masters of their particular domain appealed to what I had in mind when envisioning the concept of the band. Roman History and Greek myth were the undoubted inspiration behind the name as I am deeply interested in these subjects. So when I put history together with nature and myth the name Legion of Wolves came to me quite quickly. We are a band of brothers, who are deeply devoted to death metal and have a passion for playing it, much the same as a Legion has a passion for conquering, so to speak.



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?

We have played so many but some that stick in my mind are Gothenburg Deathfest 2013 we got to play not only in that wonderful city but meet some really cool folk and see some awesome bands- personal highlight was the cover of Autopsy - Twisted Mass of Burned Decay by the opening band. Then we have played in Poland- that was another good memory - it was a festival at our vocalists home town. We played hard and partied harder :-), as one does when in Poland. Our album launch party in Dublin was really, really cool event in October just past. We got to share the stage with some really good bands and hang out with some old friends also. Our stage show is some special actually - Kris(vocals) assumes the role of Centurion and wears Roman armour - with our banners draping our amps and Kris' skulls hanging from his custom microphone stand it makes for quiet the experience. Live shows are just as important to any band as the recorded output and product- as such effort should be made to make every live show something special for the fans and folks who come to view it - Our live shows try to give the viewer something a little extra in the overall experience.



7. Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We have a show at the end of January and also some other shows are being considered for late Spring early Autumn. Some tours are being discussed but right now I don't want to say anything more until what is being discussed is set in stone, but if things did work out then it would be a kick ass experience for us and for you (if you manage to catch us live) Metal Scrap Records have been quiet supportive of us and our plans for more live shows in Europe so fingers crossed we get to play a show in a city near you.



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

Overall the feedback has been very positive from the fans. Generally speaking across the board everyone has been very supportive and this has been shown in sales of merch, music and attendance at our shows.



9. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

I play bass in a melodic black metal band called Aeternum Vale and thats about that. The rest are solely devoted to the Legion.



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

We are going to keep it as it is - We don't see any reason to deviate from the style or genre of music that we are a part of right now. The Legion was formed from a love of metal, we love death metal and with our heritage firmly rooted in old school death metal then why would we want to change? I know that we are painting ourselves into a certain corner but we are very happy to do that, with what we play and be a death metal band. I think we will progress, progression is a natural aspect of any art, but this progression will always be exclusively within the genre and the style of music that we play.



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?

Straight up - Bolt Thrower, Pestilence,Master,Bloodbath, Cancer,Asphyx,Motorhead, Demolition Hammer,Dark Angel, Incantation, Vomitory, Carcass,Grave, Old Cannibal Corpse, old Massarce, Old Death, Entombed, Unleashed, Dismember, old Deicide, early Slayer. These days/currently I am listening to Vomitory - Blood Rapture, Bloodbath - Nightmares Made Flesh, Insision - Terminal Reckoning, Grave - As Rapture Comes, Marduk - Panzerdivision Marduk, Immortal - Battles in the North, Exhorder - The Law and Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith (because you can never have enough Judas Priest :-))



12. What are some of your non musical interests?

We all have our own individual non musical interests but my own would be reading (history, philosophy, mythology, art, poetry), watching movies and documentaries, travelling, writing, drinking fine red ales whilst holding conversation beside roaring open fires and imbibing some good Polish and Russian vodka in fine company.



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

Thanks for the interview and taking time out to read it. Always support your passions and follow your gods wherever they may lead you. Please check us out on Facebook for up to date information/news concerning our movements, merch sales, live shows and releases. Get in touch with us or Metalscrap to book us to come to your town or city. Always support and honour your passions and follow your gods wherever they may lead you.

Tralineate Interview

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

Yeah, this whole thing has been in the works for a while now actually. Half of the songs on this album were reworked from a previous solo project and have been milling around in my head for years. They just didn't get the proper fit and finish the last time around and I liked the material too much to just leave it behind. I had also been continually writing songs during this time and between the new stuff and the old stuff thought that I had a pretty solid lineup of songs for an album. Now, the other thing is that my work schedule is so different than everybody else's that I knew I'd have to do it on my own again. But I wanted it to be better than the first attempt way back when so I spent a lot of hours learning how to properly record, edit, mix, etc., so that I'd have something I could be proud of. My original goal was really just to have a finished cd so I could listen to it in my car when I was out and around but I wanted it to be more than just a demo tape sounding hobby kind of thing. Anyway, so I came up with a name and started a Facebook page and released a few songs just to share with people I knew and started getting pretty good response. Mostly just from friends of mine but then there started being other people showing interest as well so I got more serious about it. Nothing too crazy, but if I was going to do it, I figured I might as well do it all the way so I decided to release it publicly. I researched a bunch of distribution sites and found one I liked and released it digitally through them at the end of this past September. And now, three months later, I'm pretty happy with how things are going.

2. So far you have released one album with this project, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Back to basics. Just heavy, straight forward death metal that makes you want to get up and move.

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

I try to to do a little bit of everything but sometimes it's really personal stuff. The song I wrote about my Dad's death, Monday, May 12th, is simply about what was going through my mind on that day. I write a lot about depression, suicide, fear, things like that. The title track, Ike Antz Leap, is about my rampant insomnia. The song Flight 232 Heavy is a true story about an airplane disaster back in 1989 and the lyrics are a timeline of the actual events. I've got a couple of other songs that aren't on the album that are really off the beaten path for this type of music. I wrote an instrumental about my old car where I recorded samples of the engine and exhaust sounds while doing burnouts and blasting down the highway at midnight speeds and used those samples in the song. It turned out pretty cool. And I've got one I just wrote recently about the Rubik's Cube, it's surprisingly awesome. Haha. It's actually pretty difficult for me to be serious but I trying to keep the serious stuff for album material and the goofy stuff for myself and social media. And of course I still hit on the normal death metal stuff like religion and apocalyptic type scenarios. I've got some pretty good ideas for the next one.

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

Man, choosing a band name these days is kinda ridiculous. I wanted a name that was fitting of myself and of the music but didn't want something that was overly predictable. I searched I don't know how many internet pages, dictionaries, etc. The main problem was that every time I though I had come up with a cool name, somebody else was already using it. Anyway, so I came across the word tralineate on a site that was all words that aren't as commonly used anymore. Tralineate was last listed I think in a dictionary from 1828. It means 'to deviate, to stray, or to wander'. That is me exactly. I don't do anything the normal way. Haha.

5. With this album you record everything by yourself, how would you compare it to working with a full band?

I've recorded albums with previous bands and to me, that was a way easier. With a full band, you show up, set up your rig, and play. Maybe you have to do multiple takes, maybe you help with some editing, things like that. But generally speaking, you don't really have to worry about anything but playing your part right because you're paying somebody else to worry about all that other stuff for you. When you're doing everything by yourself, there's a lot of things that have to be considered, you've got to be really aware of every little nuance of the song because you're the only one taking notes. If you miss something, you miss it, there's not five other sets of ears as a backup. For me, it was a lot more work but at the same time, I enjoyed it more because there was no sitting around waiting for it to my turn to do whatever.There was always something that I could be doing. The best part about recording on your own is you only have to work around your own schedule, that's huge in my world.

6. You have also been in bands since the early 90's, what is it that motivates you to keep going after all these years?

I still have ideas of things that I want to hear and as long as that continues to happen, I'll still be writing and trying put out music. Whether it's just for myself or not, I have to get that stuff out of my head or it makes me crazy. I've taken some hiatuses through the years due to various life events but I always feel that push to write and play. Cliche as it may be, metal is life.

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

It all depends. I'm not actively seeking a label but I have received some interest and decided that my current situation is fine for now. That doesn't mean I never would necessarily, but right now, I'm content with how things are going.

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

I think pretty good, I've heard lots of positive things but I also know that it hasn't gotten too far out there yet. I'm still working on getting it in front of more people but yeah, from what I've heard, people seem to dig it.

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

Well, I've already started writing material for a second Tralineate album and I've got a few different ideas coming together. I'm hoping to expand on my own sound and progress into maybe some new sounds that I haven't tried yet. I'll still play death metal, but I might make it weirder. Haha. I've still got a lot of craziness to explore.

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?

That's a very long list. Haha. I grew up listening to Chicago, Kansas, The Beach Boys and stuff like that on family trips across the country. My family was big on music, everybody played an instrument or sang in a choir or something. Once I was old enough to develop my own tastes, I gravitated towards more aggressive stuff. I liked punk a lot when I was a teenager, skate rock and things like that. Once I was introduced to metal though, that was it, that music resonated with me, it was a whole new world. I like to check out different things now and again but it's not very often that I find something that speaks to me the way metal does. These days I've got a few things that are on permanent rotation in my car, House of Thumbs' Rubicon album is just incredible, I listen to that one a lot. Fleshgod Apocalypse, Lamb of God, both of them have tons of great stuff that I never get bored with. I've got some odd ones that I listen to a lot too though like 6:33 and Igorrr. So perfect in their weirdness. And of course, I still love the classics, Pantera, Megadeth, Danzig, Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad, stuff like that never gets old. I'm sure I could list 20 more easily.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?

Ha. There's a lot of those as well. I have a thousand interests and the ability to focus on none of them. Haha. I love fishing and woodworking the most. Those are two of the most calming, centering activities you can find. They both really help me slow down and reboot. I also really enjoy Rubik's Cubes and those sorts of puzzles. Gotta keep this old brain sharp. Haha. I did a video on the Tralineate Facebook page of me solving a Rubik's Cube, didn't set any records or anything but still did pretty good. I think it was like 1 minute 34 seconds or something. My personal best is 1 minute 26 seconds. R/C cars are a blast too. I have one of those Traxxas E-Revos, that thing is nuts, man, super fast. This past 4th of July, I strapped a giant smoke bomb to it and jumped it over my fishing truck. I've got video of it, It was pretty awesome.

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

Yeah, first off, thank you for taking the time to talk to me, I really appreciate the opportunity. And for whoever reads this, if you get a chance, I hope you'll check out the album. And come say hi on the Tralineate Facebook page. Stay metal and have a great day out there!

https://www.facebook.com/tralineate/ 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Concrete/Domain Of Untold Horrors/Rebirth The Metal Productions/2017 CD Review


  Concrete  are  a  band  from  Bulgaria  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Domain  Of  Untold  Horrors"  which  was  released  by  Rebirth  The  Metal  Productions.

  A  horror  movie  style  atmosphere  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into a   heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of t he  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style.  most  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than 20  years  ago  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental.

 Concrete  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  death,  zombies,  afterlife  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Concrete  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  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sixth  Sense  Catatonia"  "Stillness  Of  The  Styx"  "Cold  Burnt  Remains"  and  "Breeding  The  Unborn".  8  out  of  10.

Dauthuz/Destined For Death/WormHoleDeath Records/2017 CD Review


  Dauthuz  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Destined  For  Death"  which  was  released  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  A  sci-fi  orientated  atmosphere  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  the  vocals  bring  in  screams  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  quest  vocals  from the  singer  of  Izegrim  as  well  as  the  closing  track  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  synths.


  Dauthuz  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  and  traditional  in  the  early 90's  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dauthuz  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  "Destined  For  Death"  "Made  In  Blood"  "Tormentor"  and  "Warmaster".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Desecrated Grounds Interview

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

The band was formed in 2014, so we are a pretty new band actually. All of us have of course have other bands/projects before DG. We have 5 members; Erno & Keijo guitars, Jere on the bass, Tapio is the drummer and Jussi, the vocalist. Keijo founded the band and he also composes the music, the majority of the lyrics are written by Jussi.

2.So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

The demo was more or less pretty much Thrash metal but our full length has much more death metal elements to it. We also released a new single (which is not on our album) on christmas eve this year and it is pretty much death metal all the way. So we would say that our music has evolved more towards death metal or more towards extreme metal in general.

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

The earlier stuff was pretty much the classical ”gore”- themed thing, but nowadays history, and especially the darker side of history inspires us a lot. So all the topics that we explore are connected with human suffering.

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

We don’t know that is there a more meaningful meaning behind it, we think that it simply fits to our music and the lyrical themes we cover.

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

We have played a lot of good shows, but the best shows we have probably played are the shows we played abroad and also our album release show in Helsinki.

We try to have an energetic and a dark atmosphere on stage, so we don’t use any colorful clothes or skating shoes (like some other bands may use), but we try to keep it minimalistic in a certain way. Our vocalist has a noose as a stage decoration around his neck, but that’s pretty much it.

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

Yes of course; we always try to play as much shows as possible. In our opinion playing live is the best way to share our music with people. The next shows that we play will be in february in Finland but we have also plans to play abroad next year, as much as possible. So if you want to see us live in your country, just send us a message and let’s try to make it happen.

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

Sure, we all open to all options. There has been some contacts, but nothing that would really interest us. If we are not able to get a decent record deal, we will probably continues releasing music ourselves.

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

Generally speaking really positive.

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Not at the moment.


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

Towards the more extreme and complex.

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?

Some of the bands that have inspired our music are Aborted, Pathology and few other brutal metal bands, then of course old school death- and thrash metal bands like Morbid Angel, Entombed, Sepultura and Sodom.  Generally speaking we are influenced by all types of music as long as the music is extreme and unique in some way.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Some of us like art and photography and our drummer and vocalist are also into motorbikes.

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

Thank you for the interview, it is always a pleasure if someone is interested in our music. If you want to know the most recent news of Desecrated Grounds, please follow us on Facebook. There are all the upcoming shows, latest releases and news etc.

Thanks and take care!
Desecrated Grounds

Monday, December 25, 2017

Revenger/The New Mythology Volume One/2018 EP Review


  Revenger  are  a  band  from  Vancouver,  B,C  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death,  groove,  thrash  metal  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  ep "The  New  Mythology  Volume  One"  which  will  be  released  in  2018.

  A  very  heavy  thrash  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  done  in  a  groove  metal  style  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while the  riffs also  bring  in  a  decent amount  of  melody  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  technical  playing  and  elements  of  metalcore  and  at  time s the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Revenger  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death,  groove  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  it  with  metalcore  to  create  a  sound  of  heir  own,  the production  sound s very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  inspired  by  comic  books  and  how  today's  mythology  can  become  tomorrow's  dogma.

  In  my  opinion  Revenger  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  death,  groove,  thrash  metal  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hex"  and  "The  Watcher".  7  out  of  10.     

  

Mercyless/Coloured funeral/Xenocorp/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Mercyless  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  19993  album  "Coloured  Funeral"  which  was  re-issued  by  Xenocorp  in  2017.

  A  very  fast  and  aggressive  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  a  very  melodic  yet  chaotic  style  of  death  metal  and  at  times  the  music  also  mixes  in  technical  and  progressive  structures  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  ans  clean  playing  and  as  the  album  progresses  there  is  a  brief  classical  guitar  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  On  this  recording  Mercyless  created  another  recording  that  remained  true to  their  mixture  of  death  and thrash  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  Christianity  and  Political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mercyless  and  if you  are  a fan  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spiral  Of  Flowers"  "Forgotten  Fragments"  "Serenades(Into  Your  Limbs)"  and  "Beyond  God".  8  out  of  10.

  

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Blacklist Ltd./Still Limited/Kernkraftritter Records/2017 CD Review


  Blacklist  Ltd.  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death,  groove,  thrash  metal  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Still  Limited"  which  was  released  by  Kernkraftritter  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  vocals  that  mix  death  metal  growls  with  some  groove  metal  screams  and  shouts  as  well  as  some  clean  singing  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  metalcore  elements  as  well  as  clean  guitars  also  being  used  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful sound  to t hem  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in a   great  amount  of  modern  thrash  metal  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up. 

  Blacklist  Ltd.  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death,  groove  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  it  with  metalcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blacklist  Ltd.  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  death,  thrash,  groove  metal  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Preach  The  Faith"  "Ego"  "Delivery  On  Sunday"  and  "Black  Smoker".  8  out  of  10.  

Cavalera Conspiracy/Psychosis/Napalm Records/2017 CD Review


  Cavalera  Conspiracy  are  a  band  from  Phoenix,  Arizona  that  consists  of 2  brothers  and  former  members  of  Sepultura  that  play  a  mixture  of  death,  groove  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Psychosis"  which  was  released  by  Napalm  Records.

  A  very  heavy  thrash  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  death/thrash  direction  while t he  music  has  its  roots  in  the  90's  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  more  melodic  style.

  Elements  of  groove  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  samples  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  atmospheric  synths,  experimental  elements  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars on  an  instrumental.

  Cavelera  Conspiracy plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death,  thrash  and  groove  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  an  album  that  is  a  lot  more  heavier  than  newer  Sepultura  or  Soulfly  material,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  society,  violence  and  war   themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Cavalera  Conspiracy  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death,  groove  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Insane"  "Spectral  War"  "Judas  Pariah"  and  "Excruciating".  8  out  of 10. 

Rotheads/Sewer Fiends/Memento Mori/2018 CD Review


  Rotheads  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  death metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Sewer  Fiends"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Memento  Mori.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very heavily  rooted  on  the  90's  era.

  A  decent  amount  of  morbid sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly mixing  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  Rotheads  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's   era  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  metaphysical  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rotheads  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  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sewer  Fiends"  "Psychic  Leach"  and  "Dance  Of  The  Vermin".  8  out  of  10.

Ectoplasma/Cavern Of Foul Unbeings/Memento Mori/2018 CD Review


  Ectoplasma  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their album  "Cavern  Of  Foul  Unbeings"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Memento  Mori.

  Clean  playing  along  with  a  horror  movie  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording   along  with  the music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  death  metal  as  well  as  having t heir  melodic  moments  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  a  couple  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  horror  movie  samples  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Unleashed's  "The  Immortals".

  Ectoplasma  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  horror  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ectoplasma  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  "Entranced  In  Blood"  "Cavern  Of  Foul  Unbeings"  "The  Unspeakable  One"  and  "Disembodied  Voice".  8  out  of  10.

Devoid Of Thought/Astral Necrosis/Caligari Records/2017 Demo Review


  Devoid  Of   Thought  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  technical and  progressive  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  "Astral  necrosis"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  while  the  music  has  a  lot  of  roots  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in   a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  A  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  can  also be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  prog  and  technical  elements  which  also  adds  a  modern  edge  to  a  style  that  is  mostly  old  school  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Devoid  Of  Thought  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  it  with  progressive  and  technical  elements  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  scientific  and  psychological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Devoid  Of  Thought  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  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  "Necrotic  Surface  Discarded".  8 out  of  10.

  

Repression/Wretched Domain/Caligari Records/2017Demo Re-issue Review


  Repression  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2016  demo  "Wretched  Domain"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2017  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  sci-fi  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  80's  style  death  metal  growls  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  as  well  as  the  music  being  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  dark  and  melodic  in  the  old  school  tradition  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well as  well  as  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  also  remains  very  heavy.

  Repression  plays  a  style  of  death/thrash  metal  that  has  its  roots  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  death  and  repression  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Repression  are  a  very  great  sounding  death/thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Heretic  Ways".  8  out  of  10.     

    

Desecrated Grounds/Lord Of Insects/2017 CD Review


  Desecrated  Grounds  are  a  band  from Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their self  released  2017  album  "Lord  Of  Insects".

  A  very  fast  and  aggressive  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  80's  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  riffs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  thrash  metal  and  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  brings  in  a  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  the  solos  bringing  in  more  of  a  mid  80's  to  early  90's  extreme  metal  style  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  sound.

  Desecrated  Grounds  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  death  metal  and  thrash  and  mixes  them  together  to create  a  very  heavy  album,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Desecrated  Grounds  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  "Story  Untold"  "Stabwound  Addict"  "The  Death  In  Me"  and  "Valve".  8  out  of  10. 

Legion Of Wolves/Bringers Of The Dark Sleep/Metal Scrap Records/2018 CD Review


  Legion  Of  Wolves  are  a  band  from  Ireland  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Bringers  Of  The  Dark  Sleep"  which  will b e  released  in  2018  by  Metal  Scrap  Records.

  Sounds  of  war  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic style  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  as well  as one  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  Legion  Of  Wolves  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  in  the  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In   my  opinion  Legion  Of  Wolves  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  "Bringers  Of  The  Dark  Sleep"  "Brothers  Of  Fury  And  Iron"  "Sorrow  Made  Madness"  and  "Heavy  Mass  Of  Murder".  8  out  of  10.

  

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Devastation/Dispensable Bloodshed/Vic Records/2017 Compilation Album Review


 Devastation  where  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  was  around  during  1986 and 1987 that  played  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  album  "Dispensable  Bloodshed"  which  was  released  by  Vic  Records.

  War  sounds  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  riffing  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  thrash  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

 Vocals a re  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  screams  which  are  done  in  more  of  the  80's  style  while the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  a  brief  use  of  horror  movie  samples  and  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  as  well  as  an  instrumental  and  a  couple  of  live  tracks,

  Devastation  played  a  musical  style  that  took  early  death  metal  and  mixed  it  with  thrash  to  create  a  musical  style  that  was  very  extreme  for  its  time,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  death  and  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Devastation  where  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  "Devastation"  "Apocalyptic  Warrior"  "Dispensable  Bloodshed"  and  "Realm  Of  The  Mastadon".  8  out  of  10.

Corpse Garden/IAO 269/Godz Of War Productions/2017 CD Review


  Corpse  Garden  are  a  band  from  Costa  Rica  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "IAO  269"  which  was  released  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  progressive  and  technical  elements  and  during  the  faster  sections  of   the  songs  the  music  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  brutality,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the music  more of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Corpse  Garden  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  brutal  style  of  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Thelema  and  Gnosticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Corpse  Garden  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  atmospheric  and  brutal  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aeon  Of  Horus"  "Selonomantic  Ecstasies"  "The  Elevenfold  Vibration"  and  "Loathing".  8  out  of  10.   

Tralineate/Ike Antz Leap/2017 Full Lngth Review


  Tralineate  are  a  solo  project  from  Kansas  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Ike  Antz  Leap".

  A  very  heavy  and  technical  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90;s  influences  but  still  keeping  everything  modern  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic,  technical  and  old  school  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  mixing  in  progressive  elements  and  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  which  also  gives  some  of  the  songs  more of  a  symphonic  edge  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Tralineate  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  progressive  sounding  along  with  some  symphonic  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Ttalineate  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cast  From  The  Light"  "Corroded"  "Regulators  Of  The  Barcoded  Flesh"  and  "Saturn's  Last  Breath".  8  out  of  10. 

Eternal Torment/Blind To Reality/2017 EP Review


  Eternal  Torment  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Blind  To  Reality".

  A  very  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  having  their  technical  moments  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  the  music  is  also  influenced  from t he  80's  to  modern  era  of  the  genre.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  screams  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Eternal  Torment  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  technical  sounding  while  also  being  heavily  influenced  by  both  the  modern  and  old  school  era's  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eternal  Torment  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  and  technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Blood'  and  "Beyond  Godlike".  8  out  of  10. 

  

BOIA/Chivalry Of Death/Caligari Records/2017 EP Review


  BOIA  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Chivalry  Of  Death"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  BOIA  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Chivalry  Of  Death"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  demonic  whispers  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  as  wel  as  soem  grim  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  BOIA  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  in t he  mid  80's  to  early  90's  tradition,  the  production  has  a  very  vintage  80's  era  demo  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism  and  necromancy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  BOIA  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ancient  Ones"  and  "Chivalry  Of  Death".  8/5  out  of  10.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Blames God Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. Hello, Carcelero here. First of all thank you for this interview and the space you give us. Blames God was born in 2016 with the need to continue doing Death Metal. Already with written songs and Pilatvs in drums, we start giving shape to the band. Within months, Nunviolator came into the bass and main vocals. Then Pacto, guitars, arrives at the band. With the four members we recorded the demo debut which is already available. In addition, we have the material for the next LP which we will start recording in March of next year.

2,.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2. It's simple. Hate, blasphemy, anti-Christian, satanism, hate and more hate!!!

3.Both the lyrics and band name have blasphemous themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred for Christianity?
3. For their falsehood, their manipulations, their lies, pedophilia, murders, deceits, etc.

4.Do any of the band members have an interest in Satanism or Occultism?
4. Not necessarily.

5.A couple of the members where once a part of 'Diabolical Messiah', what was the decision behind leaving that band and forming a new one?
5. I will speak personally. I began to have differences in the way of carrying the band with the other members, nothing more than that. Also, I wanted to make my own decisions, make my own music without telling anyone. In fact before leaving DM I already had a couple of finished songs. it's worth mentioning that Diabolical Messiah is still a great band and they won their place on the scene.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. I believe that the best show has not yet happened, they have all been good but there is always something to improve. As for the stage, we are a very powerful band, with a lot of energy and blasphemy!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7. It would be ideal to go to Europe again (Pilatvs and me went with DM). As Blames God, it's something that we are thinking seriously.

8..The mini album was released on 'Star Spawn Society', are you happy with the support the label has given you so far?
8. We are happy for all the support we have received from Star Spawn Society. It's a very serious and reliable label. We hope to work with them again in future releases.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
9. It has been incredible, very good comments on zines and blogs from several countries including ours and fans from different places showing their support for the band. We hope to keep doing things well.


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. The LP will be released next year. We will enter to record in March and will consist of 10 songs which are already finished.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
11. There are several bands, but those that most influence our composition are Hate Eternal, Krisiun, Terrorizer, Angel Corpse, Morbid Angel, etc. What I currently hear apart from the bands already mentioned are Warfather, Myrkskog, Diabolic, Azarath, among others

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Thanks to the fans and all those who have given us their support. We will continue fighting until the extinction of everything holy!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Deathmarch/Dismember/Black Lion Records/2017 EP Review


 Deathmarch  are  a  band  from t he  Netherlands  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Dismember"  which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  Distorted  amp  noises  start off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  heavy  musical  direction which  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  screams.

 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  as  the  ep  progresses  the  riffs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  while  no  solos  or  leads  are  ever  utilized  as  well  as  the  music  always remaining  heavy. 

  Deathmarch  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  European  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  death  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deathmarch  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gastorture"  and  "Bayonet  Frenzy".  8  out  of  10.

  

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Disaffected/The Trinity Threshold/Chaosphere Recordings/2017 CD Review


  Disaffected  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays a   very  progressive  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Trinity  Threshold"  which  was  released  by  Chaosphere  Recordings.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  prog  elements  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  screams  also  being  used  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  isntruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  some  atmospheric  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  clean  male  and  female  vocals  can  also  be heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  whispered  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  mixing  in  more  avant  garde  elements  and  acoustic  guitars  in  a  few  songs,  some  of t he  tracks a re  also  long  and  epic in  length.

  On  this  recording  Disaffected  move  away  from  a  death/thrash  style  and  go  into  more  of  an  avant  garde  and  progressive  death  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Gnosticism,  Hermeticism,  Ancient  Aliens  and  Metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Disaffected  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waters  Of  Saleph"  "Pi  Alpha  Centurian"  "The  Moon,  The  Eagle  and  The  Golden  Apple"  and  "Portico".  8  out  of  10.

Atrocity/Masters Of Darkness/Massacre Records/2017 EP Review


  Atrocity  are  a  band  from  German  that  originally  started  out  as  a  technical  death  metal  band  but  over  the years  have also  experimented  with  a  variety  of  many  different  musical  styles  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Masters  Of  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Massacre  Records.

Atmospheric  soundscapes  along  with  some  demonic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  mixes  in  symphonic  elements  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  screams  and  element s of  thrash  can  also  be  heard  in  the  riffing.

  Operatic  choirs  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  old  school  metal  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of t he  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  On  this  recording  Atrocity  takes  an  old  school  style  of  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  operatic  choirs  and  symphonic  elements  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Atrocity  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Masters  of  Darkness"  and  ""Devil's  Covenant".  8  out  of  10.  

Master/Dehuman/Decay Into Inferior Conditions/Xenocorp/2017 Split Live Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  live  album  between  U.S.a/Czech Republic's Master and Belgium's  Dehuman  called  "Decay  Into  Inferior  Conditions"  which  was  released  by  Xenocorp  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Master  who  returns  with  their  legendary  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  audience  sounds  before  going  into  a  very  heavy  and  old  school  direction  which  is  also  influenced  by  thrash  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  80's  style  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  melodies  at  times  as  well  as  some  bass  leads  also  being  used at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  while the  faster  sections  of the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  sticking  to  either  a  fast  or  mid  tempo  direction  along  with  the  music  always  remaining  very  heavy  and  old  school.

  On  this  live  recording  Master  remains  true  tot he  old  school  death/thrash  metal  style  that  they  are  known  for,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  politics,  death  and  society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Master  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Master"  and "Slaves  To  Society".

  Next  up  is  Dehuman  which  continues  the  old  school  death  metal  style  they  are  known  for.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  old  school  sound  while  the  vocals a re  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats. 

  A  small  amount  of  dark sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  remaining  true  to  an  old  school  death  metal  style  but  also  having t heir  melodic  moments  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Defuman  remains  true  to  the  brutal  and  old  school  style  of  death  metal  that  they  are  known  for,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Dehuman  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Morbid  Sun".

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

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mass Burial/Breeding Plagues/Immortal Souls Productions/2017 CD Review


  Mass  Burial  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  old school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Breeding  Plagues"  which  was  released  by  Immortal  Souls  Productions.

  A  nature  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals are  mostly death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  used  briefly and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  death  metal  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  and  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Mass  Burial  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  death,  torture,  war,  and  necromancy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Mass  Burial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Breeding  Plagues"  "Necromancer"  "Redemption"  and  "Hell". 8  out  of  10.