Thursday, November 23, 2017

Graceless Interview

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

GRACELESS is an old school death/ doom metal band from Leiden / The Netherlands. Founded by Remco Kreft, best known as guitarist of Soulburn,  in june 2016. GRACELESS was raised out of the ashes of Nailgun Masssacre and Xenomorph.

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

Graceless brings a primitive dark death metal sound that is inspired by bands like Bolt Thrower, Obituary, Morbid Angel, Autopsy, Coffins, Asphyx, Paradise Lost and Black Sabbath


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

Well, it is death metal so the lyrics are about the fun things man do each other. Like: murder, war, rape, torture and religion. But we don’t have one theme. It has to fit te song and it has to be brutal.

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

I think it suits the music just fine. We play primitive blunt and simple death metal, and that is Graceless. Apart from that, it just sounds great.

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

Graceless only did 6 shows, we just getting started. But I think the gig with Vallenfyre in Iduna Drachten was the best we did so far. Great venue, great sound. I think Graceless is very solid and convincing live band that always gives a 110%. We like to raise the roof of every fucking venue. Death metal needs to be rough, and a gig is a battlefield for us.

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

Yes we do. We have some gigs in our home country in December, and we will be touring in 2018 for sure, to promote Shadowlands. We also play at Schoonebeek Death Fest Open Air 2018. 

7.The album was released on 'Raw Skull Recordz', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Raw Skull is a dutch label from our good friend Rai Wolters. It is totaly dedicated to old school death metal. That fits like a glove! He is a very enthusiastic guy and has a big hard for old school death metal. He signed us without hearing one single song, how’s that for confidence!

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

Graceless is just getting started (june 2016) and we haven’t even have our album out yet, but the responses are overwhelming. We got a lot responses on facebook and youtube and we have  the feeling people are really looking forward to our debut album.

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

Yes they (we) are. I also play in Soulburn with Bob Bagchus, Eric Daniels (both ex Asphyx) and Twan van Geel (Legion of the Damned), Marc has an Iron Maiden tribute band called Iron Laiden and Bjorn has a side project named Master We Perish.

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

I really don’t know. But we have set goals; We want to make a record every 2 years, we want to play live a lot and we want to take the band to a next level on every part.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The bands that infuenes us are the bands we still love to listen to today. Bolt Thrower, Asphyx, Autopsy, Paradise Lost, Obituary. But we also like the classic stuff, like Judas Priest, Dio, Black Sabbath, Maiden. And you got some great new bands too, like: Krypts, Coffins, Temple of Void, Vallenfyre, Skeletal Remains and Death Breath. And you got to listen to Voracious Sourge from my buddy Aad Kloosterwaard (Sinister), that is some brutal shit!

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

River dancing, curling, fly fishing, collecting stamps, shooting ducks, cosplay and watching opera to name a few. 

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
I hope everybody who loves OSDM finds his, or her, way to our debut album Shadowlands. It is an album where we put in all of our heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears and we are very proud to realse this beast upon mankind. Horns up to all of our friends!

Beyond Forgiveness Interview

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

Beyond Forgiveness is a female-fronted symphonic metal band from Colorado, USA.   We are a 4-piece band with Richard Marcus and Greg Witwer on guitars and backing vocals, Sean Rogers on Drums, and Talia Hoit on lead vocals and symphonic orchestration.  The band members have all been friends for quite some time before forming the band, and the guys have also played in other bands together as well.  In 2014, we began writing the songs that ultimately were released on our EP, ‘The Ferryman’s Shore’ with mostly the same lineup that we have currently, although we had a different drummer, Mike Bulach, at the time we recorded the EP.   We also just released our first full length album this month (November, 2017) called ‘The Great Wall’.  We are working to build a growing world-wide audience for all who love the genre of symphonic metal, and are in the beginning stages of writing our next album! 

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

We call our music “beautality” because we mix both the beauty and beast vocal style, with Talia’s classically trained vocals alongside death and black metal style male vocals, and also combine beautiful classical orchestrations with heavy guitars and rhythms to create our signature style.  With our mixing engineer, Jarek Musil, we have worked to create in our recordings a lush, complex, captivating, and moving listening experience.

3.  The band has been around since 2009 but waited until 2015 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

The band started with a similar vision for the music to what we do now, although, with a much different lineup of members.  Richard and Greg started the band with some additional other members from their former death metal band, Hells Eden, along with a friend, Lynn Brown, who was a classically trained vocalist.  The sound of the band was different at that time, as there was no symphonic orchestration, only minimal keyboards, and Lynn has more of an alto voice with jazz as well as classical influences.  The band did write a good number of songs, and performed live shows regionally, and eventually began recording an album. The band members were friends with Talia at the time, who was building a studio and beginning to record bands, so we did the tracking of the album in her studio.  The album was never finished with the final mix and master, and the band went other directions before releasing any of it.  However, Rich and Greg never lost the vision for what they wanted to do with the project, however, which led to re-forming the band in 2014 after a few years of the band being on hold. 

4. Your lyrics cover fantasy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the topic?

We are all fans of fantasy epic stories, such as the Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones, and also the classical influence naturally goes along with a lot of interest in mythology and historical sagas as well.  But whether a fantasy theme, or other theme, the real point of our lyrics is to tell a story through metaphor that dives into the deep emotions that we feel as people.  For example, the song ‘I Will Fight to the End’ is kind of an epic battle theme, but it’s also about spitting in the face of cancer.   Also, ‘The Ferryman’s Shore’ is a story drawing on the mythology of the Ferryman and river Styx, but is really about the fear of being separated from someone you love because of death.   Our song lyrics really get at some deep topics, and are written out of our own personal life experiences, but we try to tell the story and use the metaphors in ways so that our listeners can resonate with the words of the songs given their own life experiences as well.

5.  What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Beyond Forgiveness’?

Greg was listening to a song one day by another band and the title of the song was ‘Beyond Forgiveness’.  He just thought that would be a really cool band name.  That’s anticlimactic, I know, but that’s really where the name came from.


6.  What are some of the best shows the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Some of our favorite shows that we’ve played were during our tour in Europe in the spring of 2017.  We played at a festival in Switzerland called 6 hours of Synphonia, and the Duesternight in Germany, each event put on by other symphonic metal bands.  We really loved the experience of collaborating with other artists in our genre from around the world.  Otherwise, we are mostly performing regionally in Colorado right now, with shows in a few of the major cities on the front range of the mountains.  We have been very focused on recording with our full length following on the heels of our EP, as well as working on another music video, more than extensive touring.  As far as our stage performance, we have a great time when we play, and try to draw the audience into that experience.  We have a lot of energy and emotion in our music, and have heard from our audience that comes through in our show as well!


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

We do have some local shows booked coming up, and are looking at our schedules for a potential regional tour in the U.S.  We all work full time at other jobs right now, and so are just trying to see what will work best, but definitely want to travel as much as we can and get our music out there!  We are also planning to start writing and recording our next album in the near future, and to do a few more music videos as well. 

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

We are actively seeking label interest.  Originally, with the release of our EP, we were not looking in that direction, but just wanted to get some of our music out there to open doors for booking shows locally.  The worldwide positive response to the EP was so much more than we ever expected or imagined.  With our recent release, ‘The Great Wall’, we originally intended to release it independently, but did allow a few months to shop it around to labels first.  However, when the final touches were done on the album, we did not want to wait, and went ahead and released it independently as well.  We are definitely interested in partnering with a label because the demand for our music internationally has grown greater than what we have the means to serve independently through distribution and touring support.   We hope to have some more possibilities as we develop our next album.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of symphonic metal?
The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.  To be honest, we had no idea or expectation that our music would be received as well as it has.  When we started, we thought the project might just be a recording project as our own hobby, just doing the music we like to do.  The fact that it has received international attention and opened up doors for us to travel and perform, has been absolutely amazing.  I think starting out, we expected harsher criticism and a much more local interest in our music, and have been really humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response by the fans and critics within the genre.  It has really inspired us to continue creating more music!

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

For our next album, we are aiming to go in the direction of the more upbeat and driving tempos, and fuller, more epic symphonies, continuing with the beautality of the mixed vocal styles and intense metal and classical combination.  We want to continue to write music that has intense emotion and energy. 

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

Talia is really influenced by classical music, having studied piano at a classical conservatory.  She listens to a wide variety of genres though, and loves to listen to local artists.  Right now, she has been listening a lot to Thy Shade, after buying a cd from them when they played at our CD release party.

Rich -The true reason I am in a band like this is I heard 1 album Tristania's Beyond the Veil, the minute I heard that album I knew I wanted to play in a band of this style and have been hooked ever since, I also have a deep death metal background with 2 of my favorites being Grave and Illdisposed, I tend to lean more to the European death metal than the American, I have of course grown since this album and can look to Xandria, Epica and Diabolus in Musica as inspiration.
     Currently spinning the last 2 Xandria albums, Sinners Moon and some Project Hate, also the new Broken Hope album.

Greg -my influences lean into a lot of power metal including Hammerfall, Iced Earth, Blind Guardian. Also love Nightwish, Xandria, Epica, Amon Amarth, Immortal and old In Flames
     Currently spinning the new Beast in Black, Xandria, Amon Amarth and Blind GUardian

Sean -Drumming influences include Fredrik Andersson, Gerit Lamm, and Hellhammer along with some classic influences...John Bonham and Keith Moon, I also listen to a lot of Folk metal drummers
     Currently spinning Theater of Dimensions from Xandria is on repeat a lot as well as the newest Amon Amarth album Jomsviking


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

We’re all a little different in what we like to do outside of music.  Richard is obsessed with hockey and also likes football, gaming mostly rpg's, Greg is really into photography, computers and graphic design, Sean is interested in politics and history along with computers and hockey, and Talia does a lot of reading and likes the outdoors.

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

Thank you for taking the time to interview us, and for your interest in our music.  We hope everyone enjoys our new album, ‘The Great Wall’, and we are just getting started.  We hope to have even more new music for you in the near future!  We will also be releasing another music video soon.  Please stay in touch, follow us on social media, and we love to hear from our followers, fans, and critics!

Djinn And Miskatonic/Even Gods Must Die/Transcending Obscurity Records/2018 CD Review


  Djinn  And  Miskatonic  are  a  band  from  India  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Even  Gods  Must  Die"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Transcending  Obscurity  India.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  leads  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  70's  feeling  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  great  amount  of  stoner  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  when  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  traditional  doom  feeling  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  grim  screams  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  retro  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  get  more  psychedelic.

  Djinn  And  Miskatonic  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  witchcraft,  darkness  and  alcohol  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Djinn  And  Miskatonic  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  stoner,  sludge,  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bones  Of  My  Brothers"  and  "Harvest  Of  The  Kings".  8  out  of  10.

  

Rabid Dogs Interview

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



Hello. At the moment we’re fully focused on the promotion of “Italian Mysteries”: just last weekend we finished to record the first videoclip of the album and in the next weeks will be ready also our new merchandise, that will be shown on our release party of late December.

In the meanwhile, we also started to plan our booking season for all 2018 and we’re working on our new material. It’s a quite busy period ahahha.



2.You have a new album coming out later in November, 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?



The new album is absolutely more doom and blues. D-beats and blasbeats are still present but with this album we tainted even more our “grind ‘n’ roll” with stoner rock influences.

It came out naturally: we had no fear to re-think again the whole sound of the band, mixing our grindcore roots with our current listenings and we love what came out.

The sound itself it’s heavier and warmer than the past releases, thanks also to our Orange amplifiers, and we’re really proud of this release, probably our best record ever made.



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



As the title suggest, “Italian Mysteries” talks mostly about Italian past crime chronicles. We shifted our interest from pulp/thriller movies to real facts, many of them not completely clear so far, because sometimes reality overcomes fantasy and there are many terrible real stories to tell of which people ignore or just don’t remember.



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



Our moniker is a tribute to “Cani Arrabbiati” movie by Mario Bava, one of our favourite movies ever. A milestone for every pulp addicted, 20 years before Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs”.



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?



For sure our live set at Obscene Extreme Fest 2015 was epic: to be on the most important stage in Europe for extreme metal band isn’t something that happens everyday. Also Coyote Brutal Fest in Moscow was great! Don’t know if these were our best shows ever but for sure we enjoyed a lot.

Everytime we go on stage we give everything for our fans and, last but not least, for ourselves: we wanna have fun and involve the audience; we drink and smoke with them, jump, shout, laugh etc in a word… it’s a party!



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

                                                                                             

Sure we have! We’re already working on tour plans for all 2018: we wanna bring our new songs everywhere and we’ll do all that we can to tour as much as possible.



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



Evgeny from Eclectic Productions proved to be a good friend, serious and sincerely inerested in our band. He was the one who strongest wanted us and if we have our album out just 2 months after the final mastering it’s thank to him. A trustworthy man for a serious label, which always respected our deals, a thing not so taken for granted in the underground scene… unfortunately.



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner rock and grindcore?



The feedback seems good: at the few concerts taken so far with the new setlist people reacted well.

Of course the die-hard grindcore/punk fans will turn their nose up for the stoner parts but we don’t care at all… we never did to be honest: we play the music we feel, that’s important for us.



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

I don’t really know. I’d like to say that we’ll get famous and rich but more probably we’ll be searching for food in a rubbish bin.



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?

Motorhead, Malignant Tumour, Black Sabbath, Disfear, Fu Manchu, Blooduster, Backyard Babies, Karma To Burn, Truckfighters, The Casualties, Kyuss etc

Nowadays we’re more into stoner/doom, but our love for crust and grindcore is still the same.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Cinema and fitness: our hidden dream is to become a band of bodybuilders.



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

Sure man! First of all thank you for this interview, it was funny to have this small chat. Then a big “see you soon” to all our friends all over Europe: check out our website www.rabiddogs.it or our Facebook profile coz there’ll be tasty news out soon!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Rise Of Avernus/Eigengrau/Code666/2018 Full Length Review

 Rise  Of  Avernus  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  orchestral,  gothic,  doom and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  album  "Eigengrau"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Code666.

  A  very  dark,  epic  and  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  classical  music  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  Most  of  the  slower  riffing  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  while t he  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  when  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  goth  feeling  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  when  screams  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  Spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  give  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Rise  Of  Avernus  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  goth,  progressive  and  orchestral  music  and  mixes  it  with  doom  and  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover relationships  and  allegory  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rise  Of  Avernus  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  progressive,  orchestral,  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ad  Infinitum"  "Tempest"  and  "Into  Aetherium".  8  out  of  10.    

Heavydeath/Sarcophagus In The Sky/Aftermath Music/2017 CD Review


  Sweden's  Heavydeath  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  doom/death  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Sarcophagus  In  The  Sky"  which  was  released  by  Aftermath  Music.

  Atmospheric sounding  synths  start off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  slow  and  heavy  doom  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  melodic  chants  also  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  being  rooted  in  the  90's  but  also  maintaining  a  very  modern  vibe  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style.

  Heavydeath  creates  another  recording  that remains  true  to  the  doom/death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  heavy  and  old  school while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Heavydeath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Stone  Speaks  At  Winter"  "Sarcophagus  In  The  Sky"  and  "The  Entity".  8  out  of  10.   

    

Friday, November 17, 2017

Until The Sky Dies Interview

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

I've been recording music - Industrial, Noise and - Metal for over 25 years. I have recorded under As All Die (Martial industrial Noise), Long Winters Stare (Symphonic Dark Doom metal) and Black Depths Grey Waves (Black Noise) . Until the Sky Dies was me wanting to mix Metal, Noise Rock and Avant sounds all in one for the first time. I recorded this with my longtime friend and brother Ryan Michalski we lived on the same street in NJ in the late 1980's. We are working on the next chapter for this band now as well.

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

Yes, Cimmerian Shade is releasing it Worldwide.  I would say its Post Metallic Hardcore with a love of Doom and Electronics

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

The Year Zero Blueprint is a concept piece.  It’s about a world where no one has freewill and everyone serves a purpose. Until one day a child is born with free will and the revolution begins. I would say it about the struggle of Control and Independence within one’s destiny.

4.Also all of the song titles start with Roman numerals, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?


I didn't use titles because I wanted you to listen and feel free to understand the story in your own vision and not allow titles to cause judgement.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Until The Sky Dies'?

Just wanted to have a band name people would not forget and it ties into my other band As All Die which is recording a new album for Aesthetic Death label ..

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We are talking about doing live show with other live members but as far as writing and recording it will be the two of us as it really is my project and a dear friend helps me make it something special.

7.The album is coming out on Cimmerian Shade Recordings, are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Hell yes !!! David owner of label gave me the freedom to have it sound as I wanted, the artwork done the way I wanted by amazing friend named Lindsay and got a great PR team with Earsplit getting the world out. He is what a good indie label should be.

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

We have had raves by No Clean Singing and Svbterranean and others have hated the album. If you don't make music that causes passion on either side of the spectrum then you have failed. It’s brand new so far but were getting strong press and people have been very supportive.


9.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?

As I said ,As All Die is working on new album. I have a Harsh Noise/Power electronics project under my own name of Clint Listing working on a tape release. Ryan Has a band called Cosmic Punch that is a Alt Punk band with some big time Pop influences. Ryan and I are also working on Heavy Punk band called Idiot Robot we recorded two songs and I may never go further.


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

The next Until the Sky Dies album who knows it comes as it comes I will say we are going to experiment with Noise Rock more I have a love of labels like AmRep, Touch and Go, and  SST. It would be rooted in Doom and Avant Metal as that is what love.

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

Well, the bands that influenced me are Swans, Melvins, Dolorian, Cop Shoot Cop, Neurosis, Ulver, Paradise Lost, Devin Townsend, Dan Swano, Eyehategod, and Faith No More.

There are a few newer bands that really impress me I write a music zine myself called  The Doorway to. Go there to see what I like and hate lol.

12.What are some of your nonmusical interests?

I'm a DC and Marvel Comic nerd (Lantern Corps, Moon Knight and Iron man ), Sci Fi and  Horror stuff, Love Linux/ Android Computing and My Dog  Grizzly

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

Check out  http://thedoorwayto.com  everything I do musically is there. Also remember challenge yourself and create (Music, Art , Writing, Cooking , Building etc) if you don't then you’re not allow to be a critic.