Friday, April 21, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

   

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


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

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

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

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

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

ghUsa/Oswedeme/White Square Music/2017 CD Review


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  fashion  while  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  whispers  along  with  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  still  retaining  a  very  modern  edge.

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

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

Psygnosis/Neptune/2017 Full Length Review


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

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

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

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  industrial  elements  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  progressive  touches  and  as  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

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

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

Meatwound/Largo/Magic Bullet Records/2017 CD Review


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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Carnal Garden Interview


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cadaver Disposal Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
The recordings finished in late January and since that, we have been rehearsing a lot for we are about to unleash the songs live as soon as possible, starting at the end of April with a release-show for “Transformatio Mundi”. Apart from that, some of us have other bands they play in, so Alex has been on a European tour for 5 weeks with MAJESTY and Torturer is rehearsing with bands like BETHLEHEM or MOR DAGOR.

2.You have a new album coming out during the end of 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?
Very good question! We sound as we do, I think. We never said “we need to sound like this and this band”, for we do not want to be a cheap copy of somebody. During songwriting, we always just play and try things out and if we like it, we make a song out of it. And – I think this is what really important – we do not stand still. This can clearly be heard when one compares our debut “May all be dead” with the current album “Transformatio Mundi”: The songs are way more complex now, the riffing varies a lot to fit the concept of the album. While we often read to sound a little like bands such as “Grave” or “Asphyx” in the past, we have now read that “Transformatio Mundi” has kind of unique style, which is really great and a fantastic compliment.

3.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
From the beginning of 2014 until the middle of 2016, the band didn’t even exist. We split up due to job reasons and everybody had to deal with his daily businesses, be it bands or be it a regular job – so nothing really exciting to tell you about this time.

4.The lyrics on the new album have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?
Most of the songs for “Transformatio Mundi” were (at least partially) written before the band split up in early 2014. After the reunion, they were all taken into consideration again and later finished, so that is the reason why we could start recording that short after the reunion. Most of the ideas come from Dennis (Guitars), who then sends his ideas around and the other members listen to it, giving feedback and have their own input then. When the songs for the album were finalized, I was starting to write the lyrics for them. As for the concept, I wanted to do something different this time and came up with the idea for an untypical topic for a Death Metal band. Since I used to study theology in my past, I thought this would fit pretty well – and probably does.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cadaver Disposal'?
„Cadaver Disposal“ was founded after my former band „Braindead“ had split up. We wanted to do different sounds with this new project, so we also decided to choose a new name. We had a song entitled “Cadaver Disposal” and thought this would perfectly fit. The idea for this song came from the Charlton Heston-movie “Soylent Green”, where humanity found a…well…”interesting” way of treating the dead.

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?
Haha, to be honest: „Cadaver Disposal“ has never played live. YET! As already said before, the band split up due to job reasons in early 2014 and was dead for 2 years, so there was on chance of playing live. Once again: YET. As we are currently rehearsing a lot, we are about to hit stages as soon and as often as possible. And regarding our upcoming stage-performance: Since the album has a concept, also our shows will have this – be strained!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Indeed we have planned a release-show planned until now. It will take place on April 28th in a club called “Helvete” in Oberhausen / Germany. We’ll be playing together with our buddies of “Depression” and “Meatknife” and as said before, this is going to be the first gig ever for “Cadaver Disposal”. Other gigs will surely take place. As for touring: We are open for everything, let’s see what will be.

8.The new album is going to be released on 'Nihilistic Empire Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
„Nihilistic Empire Records“ is run by my best friend Jens. It is a small label from Duisburg and we got a deal with them in 2010, still being named “Braindead”. NE has released a few albums until today, like the fantastic “SELBSTENTLEIBUNG”, “DEUS INVERSUS” or “FINAL DEPRAVITY”. Since Jens is also our audio engineer and owns the AMP Studio (we recorded both our albums and the Demo here), we have everything out of one hand, which is great.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
The feedback on the music we did so far has been really great. When we released our Demo “Signum Gloriae” in 2010, the reception was nearly enthusiastic, we were featured in so many blogs, mostly in the “Highly recommended”-sections. When we released our debut “May all be dead” in 2013, the reception was fantastic as well: Magazines and webzines really enjoyed our kind of sound and we got tons of real high ratings. As for “Transformatio Mundi” – the first reviews are slowly coming and yes, the trend seems to continue…J

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Our drummer Torturer is playing in a few other bands: So he will be doing several shows with BETHLEHEM, MOR DAGOR and GOAT TORMENT and maybe release an album with those bands, too. Bass-player Alex is also playing in MAJESTY, he just returned from a large European Tour together with BATTLE BEAST and will definitely play some more shows and festivals with them in 2017. As for guitarist Dennis: He is also playing with the Black Metal Newcomers “MALLEVS MALLEFICARVM” and in “FINAL DEPRAVITY”, so as well: Several shows with both of the bands.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think this is difficult to say. When you listen to “May all be dead” and “Transformatio Mundi”, you can clearly see the development there. So I think this will continue, but always having in mind that we will always sound like we feel like. So I cannot tell you a trend yet. Dennis already wrote two new songs and the only thing I can say is: They are kinda unique.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The thing with our songwriting is that we never put any limits on it. Once we start composing a song, we just need the feeling that it sounds great, so this question is difficult to answer. But yes, most of has have been influenced by the Oldschool Death Metal bands from the early 90s, such as Massacre, Deicide, Bolt Thrower, etc – but also by bands like Kreator. In one of the first reviews on “Transformatio Mundi”, I also read something kinda funny like “Judas Priest” (cause the riffs sounded epic) or “Voivod” – conincidence, but we saw this as compliments. To sum it up: We are of course trying to do our own thing and never want to be a cheap copy of anybody.
Personally, I listen to lots of different styles of music: Bowie, Cohan, Dead Can Dance, Nick Cave, Laibach, Depeche Mode, lots of industrial – and all the metal stuff, of course.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
We are not only a band, but we are also friends in real life. Since we all have a regular job, we spend parts of the weekends together, having some beers, laughing, BBQ, whatever. My personal non-musical interests are movies, series and lots of literature, mostly biographies or documentaries.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all: Thanks a lot for doing this interview with us, it was a pleasure to answer your questions and be sure that if you need some more information, you will get them, just ask. I hope that all those who read this interview will like our upcoming album and if you want to see “Cadaver Disposal” live in your town, just send us an e-mail. Last but not least: In case you haven’t seen it yet, we have just uploaded a new lyrics video for another song called “Congregation”. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=mo6BNoWhLVQ&t=144s
See you all soon!
Stefan (CADAVER DISPOSAL)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Of Fire Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
1. Oh well, We where supposed to release the album in August 2016 but the record company where greedy so We told them to fuck off. But We recorded a video for the song "Scavengers" of the new album during the summer and in November 2016 We went touring in Russia for 10 dates and show every night. We did 2 shows in siberia wich was truly awesome but damn it was cold overthere! It was a great tour Indeed and met lots of beautiful people, We will never forget russia it was awesome in all ways! Then We got home and did 2 shows in our beloved Stockholm and now We are just waiting for the release of the new album.

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?
2. It's more rock n'roll and more faster songs, and a Wider sound that covers more "styles" than the first album. For example We have one punky song called "Straight from the grave" some fast but not 300bpm with blastbeats through the whole song, more like rock n'roll fast or thrash fast songs, one song is an epic 12min song wich is more like 3 long parts and very atmospheric, and ofcorse some slow and heavy songs. The work with this album is taken by far more serious and every song has really been under the microscope and We have really given everything We have got, We are very proud of this album and It's the best album we have done in our lifetime. We have Done this album for ourselves to be proud of, like it should be.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
3. The lyrical theme for this album is mostly about truth. True monsters that We have learned to fear like wolves, sharks, monster catfish, tigers etc, are they to fear? Or are they superior predators that keeps the balance of the ecosystem just trying to survive and pass on their genes just like us. Hatred and disgust of humanity as it has become with religion, society and politics. We want the listener to unleash the animal inside and praise mother earth. We need the nature, the nature doesn't need us. We cannot something We are not.

4.Originally the band was known as 'Spasm', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Of FIre'?
4. That is correct, well basically it was to many band called Spasm and We didn't feel connected to that name at all it was more or less just a working name until further abuse. OF FIRE is originally a song by Dismember and the name came up when We talked about old memories from our youth, sittning on grass, drinking beer and being rebellious teenagers with a boombox. We always played that song and it stands for the greatest time of our lives, We where like sons of fire. instantly the name clicked so we looked it up and there was no band called so We just took it.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. Well it has been so many but top 5 would have to be, kazan in Russia, great place and superior crowd, i think the show is on youtube aswell. Tyumen in Siberia, awesome place and the crowd was mental! The most epic atmosphere Ever, a true magic night in cold Siberia. Cheliyabinsk in Russia, after 18 hours and over 900km in a shitty tourbus We came to packes place with swedish flags and people wearing clothes and tattoos with the swedish flag, heck they even spoke swedish with us and and made us feel like gods! And show was out of this world, fucking crazy. Bucharest in Romania, we where on tour with our mates in Wormwood and there had been LOTs of struggles on that tour but the show in Bucharest was amazing, the place was packed flor to roof and the crowd was like a boiling sea in front of us, it was a tuesdayand some people borrowed money to be able to buy a ticket just see us. That made the whole tour worth while indeed. Finally Stockholm, Sweden, our hometown and a place called Copperfields, nowadays It's one of the top place to play in Stockholm and We where opening for our brothers in Wormwood at their releaseparty, it was a great night with all of our friends and We manager to loosen up the typical stiff swedish crowd that night, and that is hard. A true Victory for us haha.
We are a true live band, we're been in bands and playing live since early teen years playing live is what we do best, we are natural with no makeup, no fancy clothes, intros etc. We like to keep it true, honest and down to earth all the way, we believe that if you need to hide behind a character with makeup and stageclothes and to play a role, then you need to question your self have you really got what it takes to deliver and are you really true to your self. But that's just what We think, there is no law and no right and wrong.
We are natural born killers om stage, We are the bringer of fury and adrenalin, true animals and give 500% always and in your face! No bullshit.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
6. Only loose enda right now so Not at the moment but we are working on it. We are always looking for gigs So all you bookers out there, get in touch with us A.S.A.P especially now  when the new album is coming! In August OF FIRE is officially 5 years old so We would like to celebrare this with a Grand night with friends and foes and maybe play some songs live.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7. Actually We are kind of signed with two labels at the moment with CD and Cassette release, although the CD release is delayed We have all the rights so that's why We release it digitally ourselves and a cassette release with a Malaysian label.
We are always open for working with people/labels/bookers etc. As long as it benefits OF FIRE and as always the problem is the money. We have had LOTs of labels interested but they want money We don't have and they won't gamble so they are the cowards not us. We want a label that truly believe in us and truly helps us, not taking our money. We are not doing this for the money but we won't get robbed so we wait until the right label comes around before we sign to Any commitment.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
8. It's all good, the ones who likes what We do really likes us and that's all we could ask for, true fans. All We want is for everyone to be true to themselves, not to follow the stream of dead fish. Go fetch your life instead.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

9. Who knows, we don't want to be stuck in a genre we play OF FIRE music and this album is kind of Rot n'roll as We call it but for the next album is for the one who lives to see. we have such a diverse resource of musical inspiration between the members in the band, so it could go anywhere from here but it will always sound OF FIRE.

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?
10. Oh there is so many bands that inspire us, it must be at least 50 of them so.. but to name a few that everyone likes is Black Sabbath, Iron maiden and Metallica really.
We listen to every kind of music and everyone in the bands taste in music differs a lot so It's really hard to give you a righteous answer but all the biggest bands in all genres there is We guess from blues, jazz to hardcore and prog, thrash, doom ti'l death metal and black metal.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
 11. We all praise the nature and are often out in the wild fishing, hiking, exploring and so on and it is vital for all of us to spend much time in the nature. Its probably the love of being in the wild that links us together at the most.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. We are thriller to let "Death do us all" upon the world so don't miss it when it comes out! If you like it, support us! Stay true to your self, you cannot be something your'e not, you only have one life so live it well! Praise mother earth and may she be with you!
Cheers!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Trilateral Interview

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

            Trilateral (Graeme Kalb (guitars, vocals), Sam Smit (bass, vocals), and Jacob Goose (drums, percussion)) is a progressive metal band that has been operating out of London, Ontario, Canada since mid-2014. This project is the end result of a few band names and line up changes over the last several years. We started with a completely different line up, name, and dedication. We played out of a rented storage facility which got super cold in the winter. Once Sam joined the band, our other members fell away. We changed the name to Trilateral and started our new journey.


2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

            Each member in the band has specific tastes in metal, and we embrace that as much as possible. Our debut album Elliptic Orbits is very dense musically, drawing from genres like death metal, djent, metalcore, and jazz. In this right, we tend to describe it as “progressive”. Most of the album reviews we’ve gotten comment on the element of surprise our songs have, and I like to think we got a taste of that during the writing process as well, because much of what is on the record was not consciously intended. There was great attention to detail as we created the album, but the finished product still had its surprises for us. If you’re a metal head, it’s very likely you’ll find some part of this album that you enjoy.
           

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

            All three members write lyrics, and while we each have a distinct style, most of our songs are stories. Elliptic Orbits is not a concept album, and that allowed us to explore many different topics. Cloud Forest tells a story of prey being chased by predator, as a metaphor for the “Trail of Tears” genocide of Native Americans. Whalefall is social commentary on racism in media. Arbitrarium explores the fallacy of humanity within the confines of arguing over the internet. There are songs about love, the human condition, and others are purely fictional. We are primarily musicians, but it’s always been important to us that there be substance in our lyrical content.


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

            Trilateral simply means “of three parts”, because our band is a collective of three minds working towards a common goal. It’s tough these days to pick a band name that’s not spoken for, will set you apart, and is easy enough to remember.


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

            Our album release has been the best show to date, which is not surprising as it can be hard to generate excitement without first putting out an album. We also had a great turnout at a small local festival, and have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many great acts from southwestern Ontario, such as The Apex, Vesperia, Crimson Shadows, Battlesoul, White Swan, Yeti on Horseback, Ataxia, We Are Human, Matter in the Medium and Nothing Left for Tomorrow.
            Our stage performance is designed to flow from one song to the next as much as possible. There’s a minimal amount of crowd interaction, as we’d prefer our music do the talking and the walking.


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

            We don’t have anything booked as of yet, but playing live is our main priority now. We have plans for some weekend tours around Ontario and Quebec in the summer.


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

            We’re open to any opportunity that supports the band, but we’ve made a conscious decision to stay independent. It’s a growing trend in music today, and while both avenues have pros and cons, at this point we don’t feel it’s necessary to be signed to a label.


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

            This is a bit tough to determine because the album hasn’t been out for too long, but every review we’ve gotten has been positive. If there is anyone who hasn’t enjoyed our album, they’ve held their tongue.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
            We’ve been playing music together for years now, and there has definitely been a progression in our writing style. Songs like “Dividers of Infinity”, “Cloud Forest”, and “Celestial Bodies” were re-written from earlier iterations of the band, at times when we played with a different bassist, or had a 2nd guitarist. “Whalefall”, “Darkless”, and “Arbitrarium” were the final three songs to be written for Elliptic Orbits, so they are a better depiction of our current writing style, and of the new material we’re writing. All three members play in other projects, and that allows us to explore different musical ideas without potentially changing what our fans will know to be Trilateral.


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?

            G: In my formative years as a guitar player, I really only listened to metal (As I Lay Dying, Children of Bodom and Lamb of God played non-stop through high school), and that certainly laid the groundwork for how I write today. Meshuggah and Periphery are currently my two biggest influences that come to mind. I personally enjoy a tight groove more than a flurry of notes and arpeggios; any djent influence heard on Elliptic Orbits comes solely from me. Today, my listening habits have changed quite a bit. I still enjoy metal, but also listen to a lot of jazz, more rock, and some top 40. As a musician who has some classical training, it became very easy to enjoy quality music from any genre once I got over being a snob about “musical skill” or the fact that something wasn’t “metal”.

            J: Coming from a classical percussion background I was immediately drawn to jazz, progressive rock and progressive metal in high school when I finally bought my first drum-set. When you’re young, and hungry, playing along to top 40 just doesn’t really cut it. I devoured bands like Dream Theater, Between the Buried and Me, and Mudvayne. Aside from the progressive music though I was heavily drawn to any kind of powerful sounding music. It moved me. It was energising. I brought a lot of that into Trilateral. I wanted to play music that was interesting, energizing, and that I felt I could sink my teeth into. You can hear my influence in Elliptic Orbits with a lot of the weird progressive changes and heavy powerful choruses. I’m currently listening to Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon, Cloudkicker Fade/Subsume, Meshuggah – Koloss, Mastodon – Emperor of Sand, anything from Longmont Potion Castle.

            S: The biggest influence by far, one night at the age of 12 turning Much Music and seeing a late-night airing of the 1999 family values tour late one night and seeing Primus perform. Les Claypool’s insane side-show of frontman bass domination immediately grabbed my attention and captivated me. I’d never seen anything so insane and awesome. From that moment on I was obsessed with the extremes of the instrument and have since then I’ve been spiraling down the underground wormhole of human possibility with music. Fuck the top 40 bullshit. I discovered through peers, death-metal in high-school; bands like Vital Remains, Severed Savior, and The Red Chord were a huge influence on my writing style. After high-school I mellowed out and got really into prog-rock and jazz-fusion, but still can’t resist going back to death-metal as I find there is no music that generates such intensity and energy. Not as much finesse as the jazz and prog, but I do appreciate both worlds and the focus that goes into them. Right now, I’m currently listening to Anomalous – OHMnivalent, (top 5 album of all time for me), Daughters – Hell Songs, Frank Zappa – Hot Rats, Irreversible Mechanism – Infinite Fields, and Longmont Potion Castle – 11 (if you don’t know LPC, do yourself a huge favour and look that gnash up.)


11.What are some of your non-musical interests?

            G: I’m currently enrolled in a post-secondary program with an intense workload, so I don’t have time for much outside of that. I enjoy a good book, and used to play a lot of video games, but lately I just drink and hangout with friends in my free time!

            J: I love working with my hands (I’m a contractor by day), so I’m naturally drawn to fine wood working. I make fine wood pieces in my shed and work on my house. I’m also a massive closet nerd like Graeme. Not just video games and fantasy novels but straight up tabletop gaming. I’m always on the hunt for the best slice of pizza so if anyone knows of a banger spot in their hometown please share and I’ll try to visit it when we’re on the road!

            S: I brew beer with a good friend of mine who also plays in a death metal band in town (Ataxia). It’s a hobby that I’ve joined in the past few years and can’t get enough of, drinking a beer you’ve crafted and put heart and soul into is something just as satisfying as creating music.


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

                Thank you for giving us this opportunity! Bird up!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cadaver Disposal/Transformatio Mundi/Nihilistic Empire Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Cadaver  Disposal  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Transformatio  Mundi"  which  will  be  released  on  April  28th.

  A  very  symphonic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  nature  sounds  and  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  leads  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  the  music  also  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  along  with  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and w hen  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  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  briefly  while  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  touch  of  modern  day  brutality  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Cadaver  Disposal  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  takes  the  old  school  style  and  gives  it  a  more  modern  touch,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  that  covers  man  and  his  relation  to  the  gods  and  science.

  In  my  opinion  Cadaver  Disposal  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this   recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Congregation"  "A  Fateful  Gathering"  "Failure  Of  Man"  and  "Return  From  Exile".  8  out  of  10.     

Carnal Garden/Where They Are Silent/Ecletic Prods/2017 CD Review


  Carnal  Garden  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Where  They  Are  Silent"  which  will  be released  on April  15th  by  Ecletic  Prods.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  that  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Swedish  style  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  on  a  few  tracks  and  the  music  is  always  heavy.

  Carnal  Garden  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Carnal  Garden  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  They  Are  Silent"  "At  The  Forefront"  "In  The  Garden  Of  Death"  and  "From  The  Catacombs".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Of Fire/Death Do Us All/2017 Full Length Review


  Of  Fire  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  death'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2017  album  "Death  Do  us  All"  which  will be  released  on  April  14th.

  A  very  hard,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile d eath  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  using  a  decent amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  is rooted  in the  90's.

  Solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  world  samples  are  also  used  briefly  and  elements  of  death'n'roll  are  also utilized  at  times  and  clean  playing  along  with  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length, 

  Of  Fire  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  goes  back  to t he  90's  Swedish  era  of  the  genre  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  death'n'roll,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  gore,  zombies,  violence  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Of  Fire  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal and  death'n'roll  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Monster"  The  Shrine"  and  "World  Decomposing".  8 out  of  10.