Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Trilateral/Elliptic Orbits/2017 Full Length Review


  Trilateral  are  a  band  from  London,  Ontario  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  progressive  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Elliptic  Orbits".

  A  very  heavy  and  progressive  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  more  of  a  prog  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  instrumentals  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  traces  of  jazz  fusion  and  a  brief  use  of  tribal  style  beats  are  added  onto  a  later  track  and  also  bring  in  more  of  a  shamanistic  feeling and  elements  of  djent  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffs.

  Trilateral  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  progressive  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics cover  dark,  philosophical  and  mythological  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Trilateral  are  a  very great  sounding  mixture  of  progressive  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cloud  Forest"  "Whalefall"  "Charon"  and  "Arbitrarium".  8  out  of  10.

  


Monday, March 27, 2017

Dead Soul Alliance/Slaves To The Apocalypse/2017 Full Length Review


  Dead  Soul  Alliance  are  a  band  from  Ottawa,  Canada  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017 album  "Slaves  To  The  Apocalypse".

  Sci  fi  style  soundscapes  along  with  some  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before going  into a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  death  metal growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the recording  have  a very  powerful sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount   of   melody  and  90's  influences.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  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 and  spoken  word  samples a re  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  high  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  some  of  the  single  note  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Dead  Soul  Alliance  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  conspiracies, paranormal,  anti  religion,  philosophical  and  cryptic  lifeforms  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dead  Soul  Alliance  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  "Worlds  Within  Worlds"  and  "Forever  Against".  8  out  of  10.

 

  


   

Aberratio Interview

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

Yuri Almeida: The band was born in 2013 with me (Yuri) as drummer, David as vocals and Julio as guitarist. After some tests, Thiago Israel joined us as the bassist. He left a bit later, so in 2016 Nathan Franco joins the band as the new bassist, introducing a fretless bass to the band and reforming all bass lines. Aberratio aims for tradition, always keeping the old school death metal alive.


2.In December you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Yuri Almeida: The idea on our recording was always to keep it to the closest reality of the band. That is why we avoided editions to the limit, only edited what was really necessary. The drums are raw, no effects. Who listens to our full length disc will know exactly how we are on live.
Nathan Franco: Both guitar and bass tones are the closest possible to the live. We used a 7 strings guitar and a 4 strings fretless bass (with roundwounds). We all recorded with the same equipment we use on live. And the vocal is extremely true, same quality on stage.

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

Yuri Almeida: The members of Aberratio are apolitical and atheist. Only Nathan has a Taoist way of life, what does not happen to be a religion but an intimate and natural philosophy of him. Our lyrics talks about philosophy, politics, religion, history and things alike. Our themes strike fundamentalism, radicalism and neurosis provoked by politicians and religious groups


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

Yuri Almeida: Aberratio means “aberration” in latin. Our music is obscure and speaks of things that we may consider aberrations itself. Chernobyl for example, talks about the nuclear accident at Ukraine. Assyrians was inspired at the Islamic attack on the ancient ruins of the assyrians.


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

Yuri Almeida: The best shows are the underground ones, those where the crowd know what they’re listening. We have played on events with different types of crowds all together, but that is not the same as a crowd who knows death metal. The stage is a place where death manifests itself, where all obscurity of the genre is noticed.
Nathan Franco: I believe the shows we enjoyed more were the ones we played with undergrounds bands of the genre, like Corpse Grinder and Ancestor. We are simple and every show we made was really nice until now.


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

Yuri Almeida: We are a band that every member has his own job and we don’t desire to become like a company, like happens to Metallica or Slayer. If we take Aberratio as a job like a company, it would lose its sense for us. We don’t have tours until now, we play where we are invited to. For the future would be interesting a tour in Europe, where our music has more acceptance. Our death metal is more European than American.
Nathan Franco: Yes. We have our own life to move on and our own paths to thread. We cannot (nor want) to have Aberratio as a company or something alike. And a tour would only be possible if everyone had vacations from theirs jobs in the same period of time. So we play when we are invited.


7.The new album was released on 'Heavy Metal Rock', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Yuri Almeida: Aberratio debut album was release by 7 stamps. Thanks to them our music reached other countries and regions, like USA, Latin America and some Europe countries. The stamps are: Heavy Metal Rock, Holocaust Records, Cianeto Discos, Songs for Satan,, The MetalVox, Violent records e Brothers of Metal. All those stamps are well respected and all of them support the underground scenario, when they notice quality in a band.


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

Yuri Almeida: Thanks to social media, we have made contact with fans worldwide, like Czech Republic, Netherlands and other countries and regions. The internet opened doors for all bands. The bad thing is that there are some bad shit being spread in the middle of it all.
Nathan Franco: Aberratio is being played on radios, like Metal Devastation Radio (London) and the acceptance is being really nice. We have many accesses from Russia in our website, like 2nd in rank.
1st rank is Always Brazil, our native land. We are achieving some reputation, naturally. And we have no hurry on this matter.


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

Yuri Almeida: There is only one way: the tradition. Our root is traditional metal and on it we will prevail. A band, to evolve itself, does not need to change its musical essence. Let’s remember of Motorhead, Benediction and other bands that raised themselves inside their own genre, without changing themselves or losing their essence.


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?

Yuri Almeida: Aberratio has not a specific influence. Me and the guitarist Julio listen traditional metal since always. David enjoys listening death brutal and black metal. Nathan is more into progressive genres and brazilian music, like MPB and northeastern music (called ‘baião’, mixolydian mode). We can say our guitar and drums got influences from Autopsy, Bolt Thrower and bands alike. Maybe the raw vocals of our singer David Andrade came from Sarcofago and Cannibal Corpse. Bass lines may seem to have some influence of Death, but actually it has more influence of jazz and mainly MPB.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Yuri Almeida: We like barbecue and cold beer. We are all half nihilists and half hedonists (laughs). Nathan has interest in design and art, since he has a career as a designer. We have interest in our own themes we speak of in our lyrics, like history, philosophy and things alike.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yuri Almeida: We wish to see traditional metal get stronger worldwide. Europe is the great cradle of it, but we want the flame of death metal to be spread across the world.
All band members are grateful for the support and for this interview. Thank you!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Incontinence/Prey For Us/Ultimate Massacre productions.

  Incontinence  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 album  "Prey  For  Us"  which  will  be  released  in  may  by  Ultimate  Massacre  Productions.

  Heavy  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  guitar  solos  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

 Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in a   great  amount  of  90's  death  metal  influences  while  also  being  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of the  recording.

  Incontinence  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  traditional  mixing  the  modern  form  of  the  genre  with  some  old  school  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Incontinence  are  a  very  great  sounding  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inner  Psychopath"  "Phantom  Heart"  and  "Prey  For  Us".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lacerta/Self Titled/CDN Records/2017 CD Review


  Lacerta  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  self  titled 2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  CDN  Records.

  Sci  fi  orientated  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount of  melody  and  harmonics  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with t he  music  getting  very  technical.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  along  with t he  solos  and  leads  remaining  very  true  to  a  technical  style  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  death  metal  influences  along  with  a  touch  of  thrash  while  also  still  sounding  very  modern  and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in a   small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  a  later  track  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while also  mixing  in a  brief  use  of  grim  screams.

  Lacerta  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  technical  form  of  the  genre  while  mixing  both the  old  school  and  modern  styles  together,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  and  alien  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lacerta  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pillars  Of  Deceit"  "Incubation  Of  Tyrants"  "Ambiguous  Forms"  and  "Mind  Processor".  8  out  of  10.

Mortor/Burn Up The Dead/CDN Records/2017 CD Review


  Mortor  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Burn  Up  The  Dead"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  CDN  Records.

  Hard  and  heavy  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  and  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  thrash  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount of blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  songs  mixing  an  old  school  style  of  mid  80's  to  early  90's  death/thrash  with  a  more  modern  take  of  the  genre  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  style  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Mortor  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  death  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  World  War II  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pleasure  Of  Hate"  "A  Place  In  Hell"  "Sold  To  Bleed"  and  "Count  The  Days".  8  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Bleeding/Rites Of Absolution/2017 CD Review


  The  Bleeding  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Rites  Of  Absolution"  which  will  be  released  in  May.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  thrash  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  vocals  bring  in a  ixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  while  also  having  a  very  modern  edge  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Death's "Open  Casket".

  The  Bleeding  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  for  the  modern  era,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Bleeding  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  "Consumed  Existence"  "Crook  And  Flail"  and  "Open  Casket".  8  out  of  10.

Nofuck Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
David: We’ve been working on the graphics and looking for a label, until we finally agreed to publish with MurdHer Records.


2.You have a new album coming out in April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
David: Since we begun to play we've been trying to get a 90’s Thrash/Death sound that would be heavy but powerful and defined. In comparison to our previous releases, we believe WOF sounds cleaner and denser at the same time, which is due in large part to Stefano Morabito's mastering and mixing. I think though, that in 20 years our taste has not changed much, while our technical means to express ourselves have improved


3.This is the first album to be released since 2007, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
David: Many things happened that kept us from playing and composing as we wish we had; Davide's unbreakable perseverance helped bring us here today.
Daniele: I had a couple of experiences in other bands, since I left Nofuck on 2012. But trust me: it’s something I want to forget! Returning into Nofuck was like returning home.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
David: Davide and me begun playing about 20 years ago because we couldn't get any girlfriend; none, zero, for ages. Was that a spell, or some kind of sickness? Was the (female) world plotting against us? Fact is, we turned our suffering into inspiration and dealt with it by playing our favourite genre of metal. Our lyrics deal with frustration and solitude, but also passion and love for life.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nofuck'?
David: Davide came out with this odd name which defined our status as far as girls were concerned: it was straight and uneasy, as we meant to propose ourselves with our music; later on we considered getting another name, but by then we had developed an affection for it, so we decided to stick with it. Like a son: he might be ugly, but is still your son!


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?
David: When we play live our purpose is to have an impact on the audience, which we believe we usually succeed in doing; our concerts often take place in small venues where it is possible - I’d rather say necessary - to establish a direct contact with your listeners and make them an active part of the show. Playing and having the audience go mosh and headbanging - maybe people who never heard of us before - is one of the greatest satisfactions for us as a band. Our best shows have been where we got the most participative involvement of the audience, which happened at times in different locations.
Daniele: Like David says, we want to make an impact. And that’s the crowd have to wait for: a wall of groove with constant growlin’ and screamin’ vocals. About past shows I remember two of them, above all: the first one, at Shakti Club in Pomigliano d’Arco, near Naples... it was a freakin’ sold out; then, our Reunion Show last January in Civitavecchia


7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
David: Daniele does a great job in organizing events; we plan to have release parties in Rome and Naples - the two cities where we played the most - and hope we can share the stage with some of our idols, sooner or later. Due to our current lifestyle though, we can’t organize a proper tour.
Daniele: I’m currently working on a Booking and Promotion Agency, Valhalla Agency, and with the help of my boss Angela “Valkyrja” I’m planning some shows: news will come soon. At this time we’re booked for two shows in Naples: our release party at The Dome with our borthers Southern Drinkstruction and the second as main support for the great Buffalo Grillz (with members from Hour of Penance and Undertakers) at Sound Music Club.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and thrash metal?
David: Our last release “Existenzminimum” has been criticized - particularly by german 'zines – for technical deficiencies (which we recognize and have been working to fix); still our style and approach were largely appreciated – particularly by some US listeners. WOF is already getting a positive feedback, but it's too soon to say.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
David: I don’t think we would vary meaningfully from what we are now; we might refine our skills, improve our apparel, experiment and try “something new”, but I think we will keep consistent with what we’ve always been. Not that that’s a good thing in itself, I just can’t picture us playing something different.


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?
David: I'd say our imprinting is 90’s Thrash and Death, mainly Pantera, Sepultura and Metallica, but also Death, Napalm Death, Anthrax, Life of Agony, Fear Factory, Exodus, Testament and Overkill. I've also been influenced by Hardcore bands such as Biohazard and above all Rage Against the Machine. Scandinavian bands such as Lost Souls, B-Thong and Konkhra played a decisive role in shaping our taste. Later came Meshuggah, which I consider a milestone in recent metal music (even if I prefer their early releases).
Daniele: Speaking as band’s vocalist, on the past my best influence was Max Cavalera: it was his vocal style I used on our first release, “Existenzminimum”. Nowadays I try to do at my best with the great work that Stefano did on “Walls of Flesh”: I change my style in a mix that could remind Peter from Vader and, above all, “Tompa” Lindberg from At the Gates.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
David: Literature and science, art, movies, yoga.
Daniele: Comics, tv series, sci-fi literature, sci-fi movies… sci-fi, in wider terms


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
David: Each of us gave a relevant contribution to the band: without Daniele and Emilio we would still be playing in our bedrooms; without Roberto and Stefano we wouldn’t sound and look as we do; I'm happy we reached this point and I hope our music has something to say to our listeners. Thank you for your interest!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Valgrind/Seal Of Phobias/Everlasting Spew Records/2017 EP Review


  Valgrind  are  a  band  from  Italy  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  brutal  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Seal  Of  Phobos"  which  was  released  by  Everlasting  Spew  Records.

 Heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  along  with drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  can   be  heard  as  well  as  the  music  being  rooted in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  and  old  school  style  of death  metal  as  well  as  having  its  melodic  moments  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  interlude  before  returning  back  to  a  more  heavy  and  brutal  musical  direction  will  synths  are  used  briefly  on  the  closing track.  

  Valgrind  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  and  old  school  style  of  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  history,  cataclysms,  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Valgrind  and  if  you  ae  a   of  brutal  and  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Endless  Circle"  and  "Traitors  Will  Bleed".  8  out  of  10.
    

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time Walk/Beyond Eternity's Grasp/Static Tension Recordings/2017 EP Review


  Time  Walk  are  a  band  form  Missouri  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Beyond  Eternity's  Grasp"  which  was  released  by  Static  Tension  Recordings.

  A  very  hard,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  death  metal growls  a  few  seconds  alter  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording and  the  music  brings  in  a  great  amount  of 90's  influences  along  with  some  elements  of  old  school  hardcore.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a   very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  main  focus  is  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  music  also  always  remains  heavy  and  they  close  to  ep  with  a  cover  of  Runemagick's  "Enter  The  Realm  Of  Death"  which  also  brings  in a   small  amount  of  synths

  Time  Walk  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  death  metal;  style  of  the  90's a nd  mixes  it  with  hardcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  war,  death,  conquest,  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Time  Walk  are  a  very  great  sounding mixture  of  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fury  Of  the  Sands"  and  "Temple  Of  the  Forbidden".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gholem Interview

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

We are a death metal band from Mexico City, we are in our mid 30's and we have just released our first Full Length recording in seventeen years of intermittent career and we are very proud of it, we hope you listen to it, and we hope you like it, it came from the heart.



2.Recently you have released an album how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demos you have released in the past?

Well, first of all, this record was entirely composed by our guitarist Geronimo Najar, so maybe the sound is more oriented to his particular skills, less acoustic parts and less melodic than our previous demos, that were a little bit oriented into medieval themes.



3.This is your first release since 2006, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

We broke up, and basically all focused on finishing our school degrees and finding our firsts real jobs. Gero and Kano went to the US to study Jazz guitar and Music production respectively (Kano wasn't in the band at that time). Claudio went to travel the world as a film promoter and Alexis continued playing with some bands as a hired gun in the Mexican circuit.

Then by 2010, we all were in the city and decided to make a record in the long term, with no other objective than that.



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

Every song is a story on it's own. For example, “Hearts and Souls” is about a terrorist on his way to die for his religion. “Advent” is about the path of men, who thinks of himself greater than nature, and “Red Horizon” is about Edmond Dantes, the main character from The Count of Monte Cristo awaiting for his death.



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

Claudio is the founder, and at that time, he was very interested in Jewish culture and folklore, so he baptized his band Golem, an animated anthropomorphic being that is magically created from inanimate matter. A colossus made of stone.



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 been very lucky to visit every rock and roll bar in this huge city and a good portion of the country. The most crowded shows must have been a little tour in public squares with some big names from all genres funded by “Instituto de la Juventud” (something like the local YMCA).



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

We just have one confirmed show in the near future as the opening act for Borknagar here in Mexico City. However we are planning that it will be the kickstarter to perform the new Record everywhere we can.



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

Yep, we are interested because we want to spread our music everywhere we can. Previously we received some proposals, but the working times were too long, so we decided to release it independently.



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

We are just starting, but the feedback has been great so far. We have been very busy distributing the record. Now it’s available worldwide and it's coming soon right to your neighborhood!!!



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

Gero is a music teacher and is always involved in many projects of all genres.

Alexis performs live with quite a few bands like Calvaria, Tenderizer and Evil Eyes as a hired gun, and has a heavy metal project called Sanguinea.

As a producer, Kano is working nowadays with the all-female Death Metal band Introtyl.



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

We don't really know, we used to take really long hiatuses to know, hahaha. But maybe becoming a little more experimental, just a little bit.



12.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?

As the band's top influences, Morbid Angel, Carcass, Emperor, Slayer, Sepultura, Blind Guardian too.

Nowadays.... I really can’t tell, to be honest we all are very open in music styles, but in the metal vein we are hearing stuff like Mastodon, Gojira, Ihsahn, Meshugah, Opeth, latest Gorguts, and when the time is right, stuff like Sunn O))), Chelsea Wolf or Scott Walker.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Well, everyone has his own interests, but in general, cinema (film making for Claudio), traveling, yoga, food, beer and whisky.



14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We just want to thank your support and encourage everyone who read this to listen to the new metal that is emerging in other parts of the world, with other type of influences and environments.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Plague Throat/The Human Paradox/Transcending Obscurity India/2017 CD Review


  Plague  Throat  are  a  band  from  India  that  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  mixes  the  old  school,  brutal  and technical  forms  of  the  genre  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Human  Paradox"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Transcending  Obscurity  India.

  Heavy  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  you can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  when  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  technical  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  portion  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  brutality  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  soundscapes  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  high  p[itched  screams can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  while  the  last  track  mixes  in  tribal  beats  and  ritualistic  chants.

  Plague  Throat  plays  a  style  of  death  metal t hat  mixes  both  the  old  school and  brutal  forms  of t he  genre  together  along  with  technical  guitar  leads  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  scientific  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Plague  Throat  are  a  very  great  sounding  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inherited  Failure'  "The  Human  Paradox"  "Truth  In  Silence"  and  "Ma  Nga".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Burn Damage 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? We've been on rehearsals, giving some concerts and taking care of our booking agenda .

2.In 2016 you had released a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? Since "Reborn" we've noticed a clear evolution in our type of sound. Not only in the music itself, but also in the recording process. There's more maturity and work on it.

 3.The band has been around since 2008 but so far had only released an ep and a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases? In 2015, long time after lots of concerts and composing process, Nuno and Silvia quit the band due to personal reasons and two months later Ivo (guitar) and Rui (bass) joined Burn Damage. In early 2016 the band went into the Ultrasound Studios Moita to record the debut album called "Age Of Vultures" which was released in Portugal in November 2016 and worldwide on January 17th 2017 by RagingPlanet label.

 4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music? The main topics are about contemporary subjects such as the global warming, war and the social and political degradation, there are many authors quoted if you take a closer look, like Nietszche, Plato and Orwell. Age of vultures is like the turning page to the dawn of new era, emerged from a world in ashes.

 5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Burn Damage? I suppose you are familiared with the terrible pratice of marking animals with burning iron, aren't you? Well... The meaning behind our name is kinda related to that, in a meaning of marking. Wherever we go, even if people like our music or not, they never forget us.

 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? Every single one has its moments but everytime we play at RCA in Lisbon is an hell of a party, maybe the best one we've ever had was there at the Female Growlers United Front Fest! Our stage performance is frenetic, full of power and positive vibes! We love when people "dance" along with us!

 7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album? We are still working on that, but for now we have some shows lined up in April and May, starting with the iconic Moita Metal Fest with Sodom and many other great portuguese bands. We are lining up some more shows for the rest of the year.

 8.The new album was released on 'Raging Planet Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label? Is one of the oldest music labels in Portugal, managed by  Daniel Makosch. Is a label with a rare diversity in terms of musical types, but that works very hard to help them and reach their needs!

 9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death, groove and thrash metal? So far it has been very positive! Of course we can't please everyone and that reflects on some reviews. But overall we have been receiving a very good feedback from fans and webzines. But we did found a pattern on some reviews that are not giving much focus on our message. Inês is an excellent writer and our lyrics are part of what Burn Damage is, we try to bring awareness to some important issues of our society... So go read them!

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects  these days? Yes, our drummer and former member Alex has a trance project called Future Monkeys! For those who have an opened mind and like that sort of music should check them!

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? We'd like to promote our album all over our country and we're also planning to reach some places in Europe. Who knows one day we'll here the name Burn Damage all over the world!

12.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? Alittle bit of everything... Death, groove and doom core are our main influences in  terms of metal styles. We have many bands that also mean a lot to us and have their influence as Deicide, Slayer, Converge, Gojira, Machine Head, Lamb of God

 13.What are some of your non musical interests?Well... I guess all of us love to sit down a bit and chill with friends along with good beer and wine. Personally, I love to read and explore another kinds of art such as dance and photography

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
 We encourage everyone to give a listen to our Metal scene, its rich, heavy and all done with the utmost passion. We do believe that in some years it will become on

Monday, March 13, 2017

Gholem/Matter Without Form, Matter Without Soul/2017 Full Length Review


  Gholem  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  self  released  2017  album  "Matter  Without  Form,  Matter  Without  Soul".

  A  very  heavy  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls a re  added  onto the  recording  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  some  solos  and  leads  that  are  also  done  in  an  old  school  fashion.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of t he  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  thrash  along  with  all  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  in  the  early  90's  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Gholem  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  with  a touch  of  thrash,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while the  lyrics  cover  medieval  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gholem  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  "Hearts  And  Souls"  "Eleventh  Hour"  "Red  Horizon"  and  "Risk  And  Fall".  8  out  of  10.

Nofuck/Walls Of Flesh/Murdher Records/2017 CD Review






  Nofuck  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Walls  Of  Flesh"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Murdeher  Records.


  Death  metal  growls  and  heavy  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  a  more  modern  thrash  style  and  high  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  clean and  acoustic  guitars  are also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  groove  metal  while also  mixing  in  a  melodic tone  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Nofuck  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  death,  thrash  and  groove  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  sex,  pain,  love  and  suffering  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nofuck  are  a  very  great  sounding mixture  of  death  and  modern  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Walls  Of  Flesh"  "99"  "Zombie  Love"  AND  "Hot Hell  California".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pokerface/Game On/Molot Records/2017 CD Review


  Pokerface  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Game  On"  which  was  released  by  Molot  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  musical  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  the  faster  sections  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount of  blast  beats.

  A  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  melodic  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  which  also  adds  in a  touch  of  power  metal  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  while  the  music  has  a  lot  of  80's  and  80's  influences  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Pokerface  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  death  and  thrash  metla  mixture  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Religion,  Aggression  and  Blood  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Pokerface  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Bone  Ripper"  "Blackjack  (Demonic21)"  "Bow!  Run!  Scream"  and  "Game  On'.  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Opposer/Darkest Path/Morbid Shrine Productions/2017 CD Review


  Opposer  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Darkest  Path"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Shrine  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  and  melodic  leads  a  few  seconds  later  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  vocals  as  well  as  the  vocals  taking  that  genre  and  mixing  it  in  with  early  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  mixes  in  a  lot  of  80's  and  90's  influences.

  While  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  an  old  school  style  the  production  gives  the  songs  a  more  modern  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  screaming  style  approach  at  times  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  synths  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  clean  playing  also  returns  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  one  song  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Opposer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  for  the  modern  era,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Egyptian  Mythology,  Anti  Religion,  Social  and  Violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Opposer  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  "Straight  To  Hell"  "Holy  Lies"  "Under  My  Skin"  and  "Ashes  to  Ashes".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Virulent Depravity Interview

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

>>> Virulent Depravity is a project I formed in 2015 with the intent to make my "dream sound" for technical death metal. The mission statement is to give the tech death community a new and different sound to sink their teeth into. In 2016 I was approached by my buddy Malcolm Pugh (Inferi / A Loathing Requiem) about joining the group on guitar. We reached out to Svart Crown drummer Kevin Paradis, and a wonderful grouping was born.

2.You have an album coming out in April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

>>> Fruit of The Poisoned Tree, out April 7th, is our debut album. It encompasses a huge amount of influences from jazz to classical, and is highly varied in its assault. I focused heavily on delivering catchy but vicious (and soul-crushingly difficult) melodies, jazzy solos, and super angry death metal vocals, all set to relentless blast-beat laden death metal drumming and funky bass. Its sassy.

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

>>> The lyrical content of "fruit of the Poisoned Tree" is at its core, anti-human. There's songs about religious violence, government violence, satirical devotion, the hypocrisy of moral codes, human greed, drug use, poverty, human self-destruction, and then a few little ditties where I imagine cool ways the world could end. Its mean stuff. I poured almost all the darkness I felt for the world into it.

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

>>> Virulent Depravity means a state of irreversible and increasing horror, poverty, and death. I found the term when looking at journals talking about life in war-torn countries. I saw it and was like "That's a band name right there!"

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 never have and most likely never will play a show. I have 2 children, a wife, and a full time career in finance. I just don't have the time to make a live band :-(

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

>>>See above answer.

7.The album is coming out on 'The Artisan Era', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

>>> The Artisan Era was formed by Inferi guitarists Mike Low and Malcolm Pugh. Originally it started out as a vehicle for them to release their projects, but in 2016 they began a steady expansion of their lineup. Both Malcolm and Mike are very serious about quality and refuse to put out a release that is not up to their lofty standards. They are an artist focused label and make it a point to treat everyone in their lineup with equal importance, which is awesome. They are awesome dudes for sure. The official lineup currently is A Loathing Requiem, Enfold Darkness, Equipoise, Inferi, Oubliette, and Virulent Depravity.

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

>>> We haven't gotten it out to that many people yet but the response so far has been great. I think people enjoy the novelty of the sound. I am so happy to have as many fans as we've already earned. Of special note there are some groups devoted to tech death that have been instrumental in building a following, including: TechDeath Fans United, Fans of Technical Death Metal, and Technical/Progressive/ Melodic/Brutal Death Metal Sharing.

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

>>> Now that the debut is done, I will be taking a year long break to fill up the reserves, and then who knows? I definitely plan on releasing at least 3 albums under "Virulent Depravity" in the next 7 years. I want to add more jazz, more classical, more experimentation, and even more technicality.

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

>>> I have been influenced by metal bands like Origin, Spawn of Possession, Necrophagist, Deeds of Flesh, Severed Savior, Decrepit Birth, Anata, and Hate Eternal. I've also been influenced by jazz artists like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Esbjorn Svensson, Tomasz Stanko, Dave Holland, Phronesis, Jaga Jazzist, The Bad Plus, and Louis Sclavis. As for composers I have a soft spot for Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Bartok, Saint-Saenz, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahams, Pandereki, and Debussy.

Lately I've been listening to a lot of tech metal including Deeds of Flesh, Arkaik, Deviant Process, Inferi, First Fragment, Archspire, Dawn of Dementia, Psycroptic, Enigma, and Odious Construct

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

>>>I enjoy finance, photoshop, Pokemon, cats, beer, tasty food, long walks on the beach, and staring longingly into your eyes on a cloudless star-lit night.

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

>>> Please try to go out and support underground metal! It is an important art form and its our responsibility as fans to keep it going and keep tacos in our favorite musicians tummies. Also you should never give up on art. I am living proof that even a total idiot can make art that people are tricked into enjoying.

\m/ thanks for the interview guys. Rock on!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Aberratio/Self Titled/Heavy Metal Rock/2016 CD Review


  Aberrato  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  traditional  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  album  which  was  released  by  Heavy  Metal  Rock.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  voices  in  the  background  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  heavy  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  while  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times.

  High  pitched  screams  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  extreme  fashion  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  A  lot  of  the  fast  riffs  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  tracks  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  also  being  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples.

  Aberratio  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  traditional  and  old  school  while  also  mixing  in  a  more  modern  take  on  the  genre,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  political,  anti  religion  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aberratio  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Chernobyl"  "Politics  For  Politicians"  "Assyrians"  and  "Satan  Doom".  8  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Virulent Depravity/Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree/The Artisan Era Records/2017 CD Review


  Virulent  Depravity  are  a  band  from  Tennessee  that  plays  a  very  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Fruit  Of  The  Poisoned  Tree"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  The  Artisan  Era  Records.

  Clean  guitar  playing  and  melodic  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  yet  technical  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  great  amount  of  the  leads  add  in  progressive  and  technical  elements and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  they  also  mix  in  jazz  influences  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  adding  in  touches  of  modern  prog  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  pianos  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Virulent  Depravity  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  technical  while  also  mixing  in  prog  and  jazz  music  elements  which  also  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Virulent  Depravity  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Serpentine  Messiah"  "Desecrating  Eden"  "Beyond  The  Point  Of   No  Return"  and  "Futuristic  Filth".  8  out  of  10.