Thursday, June 22, 2017

Subservience/Forest Of The Implaed/Black Bow Records/2017 CD Review


 Subservience  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Forest  Of  the  Impaled"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Black  Bow  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  mixing  both  the  old  school  and  modern  styles  together.

  A  great  amount  of  groove  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  ae  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  they  also  have  their  technical  moments  and  also  add  in  touches  of  thrash  and  metalcore  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  briefly  and  keyboards  are  added  on  the  closing  track  which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

 Subservience  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  modern,  brutal,  technical  and  old  school  forms  of  death  metal  and  mixes  them  in  with  elements  of  metalcore  and  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Subservience  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beneath  The  Earth"  "The  Dying  Light"  and  "Descend  Into  Despair".  8  out  of  10. 

Khatano/Kundorez/Czech Madness/Symbol Of Domination Productions2017 CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Czech  Republic's  Khatano  and  Kundorez  called  "Czech  Madness"  which  was  released  by  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Khatano  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  hardcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  violent  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  heavy  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  angry  hardcore  style  shouts  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  there  side  of  the  split  always  remains  heavy,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Khatano  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "New  Generation"  and  "Hell".

  Next  up  is  Kundorez  another  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  hardcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  spoken  intro  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  heavy  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  incorporate  elements  of  hardcore  and  the  music  has  both  80's  and  90's  influences.

  Grim screams  can  be  heard  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kundorez  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Necro  Man"  and  "Kunda'".

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

   

Phylactery/Necromancy Enthroned/Unspeakable Axe Records/2017 CD Review


  Phylactery  are  a  band  from  Edmonton,  Alberta,  Canada  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Necromancy  Enthroned"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Unspeakable  Axe  Records.

  A  very  heavy  80's  influenced  thrash  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  a  few  seconds  later  early  death  metal  style  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  invokes  a  very  dark  and  raw  atmosphere  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  30 years  ago  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  a  very  old  school  yet  extreme  style  and  at  times  the  riffs  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Phylactery  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  mid  80's  era  of  the  death  and  thrash  metal  genres,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Undeath,  Necromancy  and  Plagues  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Phylactery  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Risen  Restless  Dead"  "Morbid  Existence"  "Enslaved  By  The  Dawn"  and  "Unholy  Empire".  8  out  of  10.

Khazaddum/Plagues Upon Arda/2017 CD Review


  Khazaddum  are  a  band  from  Wisconsin  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  brutal  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Plagues  Upon  Arda"  which  will  be  released  in  August.

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tribal  beats  and  symphonic  elements  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  when  the  songs  speed  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  very  chaotic  style  while  the  riffs  also  get  very  technical  at  times.

  Khazaddum  creates  a  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  brutal  and  technical  style  of  death  metal  from  their  last  release  while  also  mixing  in  more  symphonic  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  J.R.R   Tolkien.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Khazaddum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal,  symphonic  and  technical  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Deathless  Crown"  "The  Fell  Rider's  Scourge"  and   "Shelob  The  Great".  8  out  of  10.

Bloodphemy/Bloodline/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 CD Review


  Bloodphemy  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Bloodline"  which  was released  by  Sleaszy Rider  Records.

  Radio  static  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  before  reverting  back  to  a  brutal  direction.

  Bloodphemy  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  death  metal  style  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Bloodphemy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Void"  "Infanity"  "Obsessed"  and  "Contravene".  8  out  of  10.

 

Ursinne/Swim With The Leviathan/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review


  Ursinne  are  an  international  band  consisting  of  underground  veterans  from  Netherlands,  Sweden  and  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Swim  With  The  Leviathan"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  along  with  most  of the  music  being  rooted  in  the  90's.

  A  lot  of  the  riffs  mix  the  early  United  Kingdom,  Swedish  and  Dutch  styles  of  death  metal  together  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  they  also  bring  in  Osmonds,  Vapors,  Queen,  and  Siouxsie  And  The  Banshees  covers  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  and  synths.

  Ursinne  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of  the  genre  and  true  to  the  style  the  band members are  known  for  with  their  other  groups,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ursinne  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 "Devil  May  Care"  "Chimes  Of  Midnight"  "Hollow  Hearse"  and  "Spellbound".  8  out  of  10.

     

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sentient Horror/Ungodly Forms/Redefining Darkness Records/Testimony Records/2016 CD Review


  Sentient  Horror  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Ungodly  Forms"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Redefining  Darkness  and  Testimony  Records.

  A  very  heavy  Swedish  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodies  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Most  of  the  music is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also  adds  in a  few  seconds  of  horror  style  keyboards  and  spoken  word  parts  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  which  also  uses  acoustic  guitars  before  closing  the  album  with  a  vocal  track. 

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

  In  my  opinion  Sentient  Horror  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  "Into  The  Abyss"  "Blood  Rot"  "Ungodly  Forms"  "Suffer  To The  Grave"  and  "Celestial  Carnage".  8  out  of  10.

Verthebral/Regeneration/Satanath Records/More Hate Productions/Final Gate Records/2017 CD Review


  Verthebral  are  a  band  from  Paraguay  that  plays  a  brutal  and  blasphemous  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Regeneration"  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath,  Final  Gate  Records,  and  more  Hate  Productions.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  along  with  some  war  samples  and  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

  A  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  riffing  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  also  a brief use  of  atmospheric  elements  while  the  main  focus  is  on  a  more  brutal  style  and  a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Verthebral  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that is  brutal  while  also  capturing  the  old  school  raw  aggression  of  the  90's  South  American  bands,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion,  philosophy,  death,  and  human  conduct  themes..

  In  my  opinion  Verthebral  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Place  Of  Death"  "Beyond  The  Garden  Of  Creation"  "The  Plague  Of  Insomnia"  and  "Inside  Of  Me".  8  out  of  10.

Paganizer/Land Of Weeping Souls/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017CD Review


  Sweden's  Paganizer  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  old  school  Swedish  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  the  2017  album  "Land  Of Weeping  Souls"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melodic  riffing  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Swedish  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a   very  melodic  style  along  with  screams  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  closing.

  Paganizer  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  Swedish  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  Christianity,  death,  murder  and  gore  themes.

In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Paganizer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Swedish  death  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dehumanized"  "The  Insanity  Never  Stops"  "The  Buried  Undead"  and  "Pray  To  Death".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Blood Of Seklusion/Sevants Of Chaos/FDA Records/2017 CD Review


  Blood  Of  Seklusion  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Servants  Of  Chaos"  which  will  be  released in  August  by  FDA  Records.

  War  sound  effects  start  off  the  album   and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  aggressive  spoken  word  parts  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  melodies  at  times  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  the  music  being  rooted  in  the  early  90's.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  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  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Blood  Of  Seklusion  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted in  the  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  mythological  creatures,  and  social  issues  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Of  Seklusion  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  style  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Theatre  Of  Madness"  "Servants  Of  Chaos"  "The  Sun  Shines  No  More"  and  "Amen".  8  out  of  10. 

Lifeless/The Occult Mastery/FDA Records/2017 CD Review


  Lifeless  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  Swedish  influenced  form  of  old  school  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "The  Occult  Mastery"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  FDA  Records.

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  and  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  introducing  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  Swedish  influenced  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  some  screams  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  with  a  more  modern  production  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  both  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  playing  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Lifeless  creates  another  recording  that remains  true  to  the  Swedish  influenced  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Damnation  and  Armageddon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding recording  from  Lifeless  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Occult  Mastery"  "Rites  Of  Desolation"  and  "Throes  Of  Dawn".  8  out  of  10.

Voids Of Vomit/Ritval Expiation/Everlasting Spew Records/2017 EP Review


  Voids  Of  Vomit  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Ritval  Expiation"  which  was  released by  Everlasting  Spew  Records.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  demonic  voices  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  deep  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  they  also  mix  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  morbid  sounding  melodies  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also utilized  briefly  and  some  of  the  fast  riffing  brings  in  a  decent amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Voids  Of  Vomit  plays  a  style  of  death  metal t hat  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  also  mixing  in  more  of  a  sci-fi  or  horror  orientated  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Death,  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Voids  Of  Vomit  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritval  Expiation  Of  The  Parricide"  and  "Rite  Of  The  Shades".  8  out  of  10.

Sinister/Gods Of The Abyss/Vic Records/2017 Demo Review


  Netherland's  Sinister  have  returned  with  a  re-issue  of  their  2005  demo  which  led  to  them  getting  re-signed  to  Nuclear  Blast  in  2005  after  a  short  break  up  and  the  recording  is  called  "Gods  Of  The  Abyss"  and  will  be  re-issued  on  June  23rd  by  Vic  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  recording  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  melodic  as  well  as  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  being  very  modern  for  2005  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Sinister  remained  true  to  the  death  metal  style  they  at e known  for,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover Suicide,  Occultism,  Death,  and  Violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sinister  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Grey  Massacre"  and  "Man  Down".  8  out of  10.   

Casket Robbery/The Ascension/2017 EP Review


  Casket  Robbery  are  a  band  from Madison,  Wisconsin  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  groove  orientated  form  of  brutal  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "The  Ascension"  which will be  released  in  August.

  Horror  movie  style  samples  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  adds  in  elements  of  groove  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly   and  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  main  focus  is  on  a  mid  paced  style  and  the  music  also has  an  atmospheric  touch  at  times  while  also  always  remaining  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Casket  Robbery  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  groove  orientated  style  of  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  serial  killers  and  gore  themes  along  with  a  concept  to  them.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Casket  Robbery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  groove  orientated  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lilith".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Amentia 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?
Hi!! The band or better to say the project AMENTIA exists in the virtual world. I continue to compose music and write lyrics. Artyom continues to do everything related to management and all the other stuff. That's actually the backbone of our band starting from the previous album. When we will have enough material we will record the new album, if the circumstances will allow us to do it of course. But we also do not leave attempts to gather a live line-up to perform some shows promoting the new album “Scourge” and actually not only the new one but also the whole discography: “Mind Degradation”, “Burn to Hate”, "Incurable Disease". We have quite a lot of material to play live but unfortunately we couldn’t find the proper musicians in our environment yet, who would have the professional approach to perform this music and to be in the band in general. 

2. Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
This is the first time that I tried myself as a sound engineer and sound producer. I wanted to achieve the sound that would be brutal enough but also legible, with the clear articulation of all instruments. It seems to me that I pretty much succeeded. And two different vocals gave the album more rigidity and anger. This time the vocalists were our good old friends, Dmitry Zubov – ex-vocalist of POSTHUMOUS BLASPHEMER, the fans will definitely recognize his brutal growl, and Valery Zubenko who did all the screaming vocals, this was his debut work and I think quite successful one.

3. This is your first album since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
Yes, quite a lot of time has passed between the albums. Unfortunately life forces us to adjust our plans and change them. After the release of “Incurable Disease” our country was overwhelmed by the financial crisis and many people including me were forced to search for ways to survive. Our live line-up split up so me and Artyom decided to continue AMENTIA as a studio project.
During this period of time we also have recorded a new album for DEATHBRINGER (Artyom’s band), where I performed the bass parts. And I returned to POSTHUMOUS BLASPHEMER and recorded “Exhumation of Sacred Impurity” album with them in 2014, and we were really active live playing many concerts and taking part in different festivals.
Artyom was also playing with his other bands: WOE UNTO ME, THY DISEASE, DISLOYAL, all of them released albums during these years and had very active concert activity too, WOE UNTO ME released “A Step Into The Waters Of Forgetfulness” in 2014, THY DISEASE – “Costumes Of Technocracy” also in 2014, DISLOYAL – “Godless” in 2015. He also took part in some recordings as a session musician and was pretty busy with his other musical job – as a booking agent and tour manager in Creative Music concert agency from Poland.
So it took a while until we could get back to AMENTIA. The recording of “Scourge” and my first mixing and mastering were also not fast processes. And a lot of time was spent searching for the label; Artyom did a great job in this regard.  

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The topics are the same. A man and what happens to him, the negative aspects of life and of human consciousness. Philosophical reasoning on these topics. For example the first song “Kill Me” is about a son who kills his own mother to relieve her from anguish, from pain associated with cancer disease. And how the moral side differs from the generally accepted and legal one. Actually in every song there is a some kind of a similar meaning and music emphasizes this meaning.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Amentia'?
The meaning of the word “amentia” can be read in Wikipedia, the medical, the literal understanding. Giving this name to a band I wanted to accentuate that in our music there will always be a piece of insanity, strange musical moves, melodies and passages, a kind of musical madness. And the lyrics are corresponding, about people who act inappropriately, contrary to the public morality.

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?
Unfortunately in AMENTIA we didn’t have any shows for a long time so we never played live in this line-up. Me and Dmitry Zubov played many gigs with POSTHUMOUS BLASPHEMER, I also played shows with some non-metal bands, more like rock music, Artyom performed a lot of tours and concerts with his bands that I’ve mentioned before and as a session musician. All the bands that we have participated in look different on stage and have absolutely different images, and you have to act there differently, so it’s hard to describe how AMENTIA performance would look like. But I’m sure that insanity and aggression would dominate on stage.

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
At the present moment we are trying to find a drummer. In Belarus it’s practically impossible, perhaps someone would like to cooperate remotely with us. This is our priority issue for now. We want to perform live but in a complete line-up, so until we find proper musicians there can be no question about it.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal and technical death metal?
There are positive reviews, there are also negative, the main thing is that they are. We are happy about any opinions. In fact, we play this music just like we feel it and we don’t really focus on someone else's opinion. But it’s always interesting to read the reviews. If they are positive – it’s awesome, if not – it will not make us stop writing music or change our direction.

9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I compose some new stuff right now, sitting with the guitar or just humming something to the voice recorder in my phone, maybe this will result in a new album in the future, who the hell knows. Hahaha. I always wanted to include orchestral stringed instruments in my music but haven’t found interesting ways to implement this yet. So only time will tell.

10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influenced on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The bands that play in my car stereo like Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, Meshuggah, Gojira, Spawn of Possession, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Blotted Science, Ihsahn – these are the fundamental metal bands for me, the favorite ones. There is also a lighter music like Jamiroquai – my favorite in funk, it’s great to feel this groove and stamp my foot while driving :))). Guthrie Govan is one of my favorite guitar players, Victor Wooten of course – I love his sense of music, rhythm and time signatures. And a bunch of other musical styles, even pop music :)).

11. What are some of your non musical interests?
For me music is more like a hobby which pulls finances. And I need to work hard to get these finances for it. For example I work as a design engineer, I develop various products from metal and not only metal :)). Something akin to making music :)). Dmitry Zubov is a bank employee, as I’ve mentioned before Artyom works in a concert agency as a booking agent and a tour manager, and also sometime as an interpreter, Valery is unemployed. Someone likes to party, to drink, I prefer just to have a rest, to make something with my own hands in the house or to repair my car, which breaks down from time to time, little piece of shit :))).

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I want to invoke metal fans to support all the bands that play and compose music. This is not a cheap pleasure and musicians very often sacrifice not only their finances but also their personal lives to record and release their songs and albums. Of course not everyone can like them, but be lenient. Download music for your reference and then buy CDs, write your feedbacks, because these are the main incentives for our music to become more interesting and more qualitative. Stay BRUTAL.