Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blk Ops/Cave Bastard/Accident Prone Records/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Austin,  Texas's  Black  Ops  and  San  Diego,  California's  Cave  Bastard  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Accident  Prone  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Blk  Ops a  band  that  plays  a mixture  noise,  doom  metal  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a very  heavy  yet  melodic  sound  along  with  some  theremin's  in  the  background  and  after  awhile  angry  hardcore  style  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  mixes  in elements  of  sludge  and  noise  rock  as  well  as  some  touches  of  harsh  noise.

  Spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  elements  of  grindcore  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  start  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  some  math  rock  structures,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blk  Ops  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture of  noise,  doom  metal,  grind  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Temple  Of  My  Own"  and  "Suicide-Laced  Sugar  Cubes".

  Next  up  is  Cave  Bastard  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  death  metal  and  hardcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  fast  and  melodic  riffing  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  elements  of  grind  and  hardcore  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cave  Bastard  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge,  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hobocide"  and  "Red  Star".

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

 

     

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hell/Self Titled/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 Cassette Review


  Hell  are  a solo  project  from  Salem,  Oregon  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  drone and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  titled 2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  August  on  casette  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Drones  and  amp  noises  start  offm the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  doom  and  sludge  metal  direction  while  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  at  times  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  make  their  presence  known  along  with  all   of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  psychedelic elements  and  the  bass  is  also  used  as  a  lead  instrument  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chants  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  violins  are  also  used  for  a  few  seconds  on  another  song  while  the  closing  track adds  in  operatic  female  vocals.

  Hell  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  drone,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while the  lyrics  cover  misery,  pain,  darkness,  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hell  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  sludge  and  doom  metal  na d if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "SubOdin"  and  "Victus".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Noothgrush/Corrupted/20 Buck Spin/2017 Split CD Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  California's  Noothgrush  and  Japan's  Corrupted  which  was  originally  released  in  1997  but  will  be  re-issued  in  August  by  20  Buck  Spin  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Noothgrush  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.

 Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  sound  which  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  aggressive  screams  and  growls  are  added  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  and  distorted  amp  noises  and  spoken  word  samples  are  added  onto  the  second  track

  Both  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  and  also  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy  and  ant  animal  cruelty  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Noothgrush  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hatred  For  The  Species".

  Next  up  is  Corrupted  another  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  amp  drones  before  adding  in  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  as  well  as  some  drum  beats  and  their  track  is  15  minutes  in  length  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  their  side  of  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  sludge  elements  and  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  track  and  the  song  also  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  while  also  keeping  everything  very  heavy,  the  production  sounds very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  politics  and  decadence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Corrupted  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  doom  and  sludge  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

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

  

Elder Devil/Graves Among The Roots/Medusa Crush Recordings/2017 EP Review

  Elder  Devil  are  a  band  from  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Graves  Among  The  Roots"  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th  by  Medusa  Crush  Recordings.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  alter  as  well  as  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  after  awhile  angry  shouting  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also leads  up  to  a  heavier  sludge  metal  musical  direction  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  short  in  length.

   When  the  music speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  crust  influences  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  vocals  after  awhile  evolve  more  into  screams  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  brutal.

  Elder  Devil  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore,  punk  and  sludge  metal  and  mixes  them  together to  create  a  brutal  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Elder  Devil  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  sludge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Collected"  and "Needless".  8 out  of  10.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Svartstorm/Illusion Of Choice/Requiem Distribution/2017 CD Review


  Svartstorm  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Illusion  Of  Choice"  which  was  released  by  Requiem  Distribution.

  Heavy  guitar  riffs  and  clean  goth  style  vocals  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  getting  more  aggressive  along  a  few  death  metal  growls.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  slow  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  female  vocals  are  also  used  briefly.

  Svartstorm  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  goth  and  mixes  it  with  melodic  death  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in Russian  and  cover  humanity,  tragedy  and  decadence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svartstorm  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Begged The  Eternity  For  Paradise"  "Damned"  "These  Houses  Walls"  and  "In Eternal  Oblivion".  8  out  of  10.

  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hybreed Chaos Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the bands since the recording and release of the new album?
Hey, we’ve been going back to a touring regime, trying out different sets with the new songs, trying to see which would sound better live and practicing a lot. We had a couple of shows since the release, and about three are already planned, so we’re keeping ourselves busy!

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?
Our new album, intitled K-Pop Extreme Survival, is a concept album about a young girl trying to get into a Korean pop boys band. I’m not kidding.
Ok I may be kidding. It’s hard to describe really, but I would say it’s death metal that goes in many weird, interesting directions while the keeping some old school roots. Compared to the first record, some differences are clear, while some aren’t. The production is obviously the first change that people will notice, and for good reasons : when you involve Chris, it’s bound to make a difference. The sound is heavier, and a good part of that effect is accomplished by the bass’ ominous presence in the mix. I think the snare sound is also quite unique, and much bigger than previously heard.
In term of the song-writing, It’s hard to say really. There are crazier and more technical parts, especially when it comes to rhythmical complexity, but there are also more ambient and immersive moments, as well as more emotions, especially in some vocal parts. Even with that in mind, I would say the album’s sound is more focused and, dare I say it, mature (sincerely sorry for pulling out the clichest of all clichés). Even though the songs go in all kinds of direction, the whole thing is pretty coherent. We also experimented with longer songs, with Cognitive Dissonance at 6:23 and my personal favorite, Eroded, standing out at 7:46. I also feel that’s a sign of musical maturity.

3.This is your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Mostly touring and writing, lots of both! We have done a lot of shows during that time, including shows in places we’ve never been before, including Rimouski and Québec City. But the writing itself was pretty long, since the writing process is very old-school in Hybreed. Basically, Dex writes the riffs, then we meet up and build the songs from his riffs, a task that begins by cryptic rituals needed to actually understand the riffs. Once this is done, Franck adds the basic drum structure (to be polished later) and we have something like a song.
Then, it’s simply a matter of adding the remaining ingredients (namely, the bass and the vocals) and refining each part according to the others, organically. We actually have a video on our youtube channel showcasing our writing process : be warned though, there are a lot of odd time signatures 😊 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni0zupJ3AAo

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
In the first album, all my lyrics were political or anti-religious. I had two songs where I took a good shit at two of our ex-politicians (Stephen Harper and Jean Charest, in Emperor and Charogne), and the other were mostly about expressing my anger and despair at the state of the world, and raging against capitalism. There are also two anti-religious songs, which is a pretty cliché subject. I wouldn't do other songs like that, but they represent what I was concerned with at the time ahah.
On the second album, the lyrics still revolve around political/social subjects, but they are more abstract and philosophical on the whole. There is a song about democracy, a song about cognitive dissonance, one about the search for eternal truths. But there are also songs about police brutality and one about the Baltimore riots, so really there is a mix of abstract and concrete outlooks.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hybreed Chaos'?
Beyond the pun, the idea is that we actually breed chaos through our music. It’s a hint to the very weird and experimental side we explore in the songs, and the ‘hybrid’ part could be taken to mean the mix of old and new, both in the musical influences and in the member’s age.

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?
The Gorguts opening show sure comes to mind, it was jam-packed, and opening for such a behemoth obviously felt great. Our tour with our PRC mates Saccage, Replicant and Vortex in Rimousky, Québec and Montreal was also memorable.
I would say our stage performance is characterized by a huge wall of sound, thanks to careful tone crafting by out string duo, and by the energic antics of our singer (when he isn’t too tired).

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are obviously looking to promote the album as much as possible, which could include some small tours, but nothing is set for now. We do have a couple of shows planned in Montréal, Québec and Trois-Rivière though.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
It’s been very good! People are comparing us to a broad variety of bands, which is always a good sign, and I think people are very impressed by the quality of the production. Overall I think it’s a step further than our EP, and people are recognizing that.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Only our guitarist knows! I don’t think any drastic change is on the line, but the writing will certainly continue to evolve organically, song per song, so you can be assured that we will not stall stylistically.

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 would say, Morbid Angel, Meshuggah, Origin, but mostly Gorguts and Negativa. Nowadays, I can speak for everyone, but I know Dex listens to a lot of chugcore/doomcore, while our singer is busy catching up on djent, especially Periphery and Tesseract.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Again, it’s hard to speak for everyone, but Franck has a passion for snake collection, while François (singer) is a pretty huge gamer.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
You guys are not ready, but you will come out stronger after letting our album rip you to shreds 😊

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Timeworn/Venomous High/Fysisk Format/2017 CD Review


  Timeworn  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  sludge  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Venomous  High"  which  was  released  by  Fysisk  Format.

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  melodic  singing  and  post  rock  style  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  aggressive  along  with  some  sludge  style  growls  and  screams.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  while  also  adding  clean  playing  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  the  energy  of punk  and  noise  rock  along  with  some  touches  of  hardcore  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  experimental  track  which  also  introduces  spoken  word  samples  onto  the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  touch  of  stoner  rock  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Timeworn  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  mixture  of  sludge  and  post  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Timeworn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  sludge  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Measure  Of  Gold"  "Black  Peak  Blues"  "Night  Of  Owls"  and  "Venomous  High".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Abyssphere/Na Puti K Zabveniyu/Endless Desperation Productions/2017 Full Length Review


  Abyssphere  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Na  Puti  K  Zabveniyu" which  was  released  by  Endless  Desperation  Productions.

  Atmospheric  synths  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also utilized  at  times  and  when  screams  are  utilized  they  add  in a  touch  of  black  metal.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  clean  singing  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording,

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  symphonic  while  nature  sounds  are  added  on  some  of  the  songs  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track  towards  the  end  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  In  Flames  "Only  For  The  Weak"  which  also  shows  the  music  getting  more  mid  paced  while  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical direction.

  Abyssphere  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  melodic  style  of  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  atmospheric  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  oft heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  life,  anguish,  and  desperation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Abyssphere  are  a  very great  sounding  melodic  mixture of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Carthago  delenda  Est"  "To Oblivion" "The End  Of  A  Long  Night"  and  "Only  For  The  Weak".  8  out  of 10. 

   

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Destroyer Of Light/Chamber Of Horrors/Heavy Friends Records/2017 CD Review


  Destroyer  Of  Light  are  a  band  from  Austin,  Texas  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner  and  doom  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Chamber  Of  Horrors" which  will  be  released  on  July  14th  by  Heavy  Friends  Records.

  Dark,  heavy  and  melodic  doom  metal  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with some  grim  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  a  stoner  vibe.

  When  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  give  the  songs  a  touch  of  groove  metal  along  with  some  melodic  singing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  movie  samples  are  also  used  briefly  while  a  later  track  also  introduces  clean  guitars  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  being  instrumental  and  at  times  the  music  mixes in  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  also  mixing  in  psychedelic  touches  at  times.

  Destroyer  Of  Light  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  stoner  and  doom  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding recording  from  Destroyer Of  Light  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  stoner  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Virgin"  and  "Buried  Alive".  8  out  of  10. 

Eva Can't 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 guys, Simone of Eva Can’t here! We worked hard on this album as we did for every albums before, but Gravatum needed more than one year in our studio for recording and mixing so was a very long and strenuous process. The mastering was realized by Giuseppe Orlando (drummer of metal legend Novembre) and this January we have completed the album. We felt the need to work with a label that could understand our musical concept and we sent a couple of songs in order to be signed: that label was My Kingdom Music. We are very happy for joining our forces, the work they’re making supporting the album is awesome.

2.Recently the band has released a new album, 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?
In the essence the sound has the main traits that always characterized us: a deep work in musical writing, the choice of singing in italian and a strong melodic research. In other ways the songs of the album are the darkest and slowest, and probably the more emotive we ever worked on.

3.In the beginning the music was more death metal influenced and the newer material seems to be moving way from that style, can you tell us a little bit more about the decision behind the new musical direction?
It’s essentially an expression need, when I started writing the first ideas for Gravatum I felt mandatory to communicate less with head and more with heart, but I also needed to not destroy what we made in the past; we were looking for to improve ourselves musically and artistically and this path brought us a bit farer by fast blast beats and technical riffs.

4.You refer to your music as 'dramatic metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term.
That was an idea of our Label, we rarely refer our music with tags but we understand that for communication this is fundamental; since our music has a strong theatrical influence both in the lyrics and the vocals, and since has a strong emotive suggestion, “dramatic metal” was a way to summarize all of this.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Gravatum is a concept album, is the last day of man before its fall, this is seen by the eyes of the sun moving around the earth; the album is conceived as a dialog between different actors, each one has a symbolic meaning (the Sun is life, the Sea is memory… and so on). Each song moves around a particular hour of the day.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Eva Can't?
Eva Can’t  is the english translation of the chorus of the opening track of our debut album “L’Enigma delle Ombre”. The limit of Eva is the limit of all men: death.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We don’t play live often since Italy is a hard place for alternative music; conditions for playing live are often inappropriate, anyway we love playing live show when possible. On stage we try to be as genuine as possible, we don’t have “special effects” but put all ourselves in what we play. Probably the Mèidinitali Fest we played in 2011 was the most exciting in terms of atmosphere and was the only show where all the bands had a strong artistic connection among them.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We are playing a special live show at the end of September in our city (Bologna) to present live the new album, we are sharing the stage with Helfir. After this we are going to move around to promote Gravatum the most as possibile, we are still working on the details about this.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme and melodic metal?
Previous works have been very well evaluated by Italian press and we have a very small but loyal fanbase, we also shipped some CDs to buyers all over the world (Mexico, Japan, Canada…).

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?
I’m the most busy of the band ah ah ah, I’m very lucky to be part also of two of the most important underground realities of Bologna: In Tormentata Quiete that just released the fourth album and Malnàtt wherewith I’m working on the latest album. Diego, our drummer, is indeed recording the debut album of Black Madonna.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Right now we want to support Gravatum the best as possible, after this we will surely work on something new, 2019 is the tenth anniversary of the band and I would like to celebrate it in some special way.

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?
Its is difficult to answer anyway albums like Materia by Novembre, or Otta by Solstafir had surely some influence on our music. I literally listen to every genre but I’m very selective; I loved the new  Roger Waters album as  the last Katatonia release; HandCannotErase by Steven Wilson and latest Radiohead took great part of my listenings in recent years. Anyway great band of the past are also always in my ears, Pink Floyd over all.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I play boardgames and videogames and I love reading comics; as I do with music I’m very selective also with nerd stuffs :)

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all thank you for your support, we really appreciate it, and I ask to everyone to take a listen to Gravatum: this album costed us 4 years of work. Give us some of your time and I guarantee that it will not be thrown ;)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Eva Can't/Gravatum/My Kingdom Music/2017 CD Review


  Eva  Can't  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  refer  to  as  'dramatic  metal' and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Gravatum"  which  will  be released  in  July  by  My  Kingdom Music.

  Atmospheric sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  songs  a  more  progressive  and  folk  music  feeling  as  well  as  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  clean  singing  and  the  slow  riffs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  doom  metal  influences.

  When  grim  screams are  utilized  they  add  in  touches  of  black  and  death  metal  while  the  fast  sections  when  they  are  used  briefly  add  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  stringed  instruments  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  ate  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly. 

  On  this  recording  Eva  Can't  moves  away  from  the  melodic  and  technical  style  of  death  metal  from  previous  releases  going  for  a  style  that  mixes  progressive  metal  with  folk  music  while  adding  a  touch  of  their  previous  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eva  Can't  are  a  very  great  sounding dramatic  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking for something  very  different  and  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apostasia  Della  Rovina"  and  "Gravatum".  8  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Eaten/Self Titled/Give Praise Records/2017 LP Review


  Eaten  are  a  band  from  Worcester,  Massachusetts  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Give  Praise  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  music  incorporating  a  great  amount  of  power  violence  elements  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  slow  riffs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  small  mount  of  melody  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also used  briefly  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Eaten  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  mixes  it  with  death  and  doom  metal  to  create  a sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eaten  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  doom,  death  metal,  power  violence  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bloodline"  "Dispute"  "Blindfold"  and  "Universal  Plague".  8  out  of  10. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hybreed Chaos/Entombed In Dark Matter/PRC Music/2017 CD Review


  Hybreed  Chaos  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  brutal  form  of  death  metal  with  some  experimental  and  doom  metal  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Entombed  In  Dark  Matter"  which  was  released  by PRC  Music.

  Heavy  dark  yet  heavy  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melodies  and  the  slow  riffing  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  music  can  get  very  technical  and  when  the  songs  go  into  a  faster  direction  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  grim  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  track also  brings  in  spoken  word  samples.

  Hybreed  Chaos  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  technical  and  brutal  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  experimental  and  doom  metal  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  scientific  and  philosophical  themes  along  with  the  last  track  being  written  in  Frnech.

  In  my  opinion  Hybreed  Chaos  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  and  technical  death  metal  with  touches  of  experimental  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Heart  Of  The  Swarm"  "Cognitive  Dissonance"  "Soliptic  Confinement"  and  "Etre  ou  le  Neant".  8  out  of  10. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Evadne/A Mother Named Death/Solitude Productions/2017 CD Review


  Evadne  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "A  Mother  Named  Death"  which  was  released by  Solitude  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  doom  metal  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  atmospheric  synths  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  grim  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  Clean  vocals  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  while  whispers  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized  at times  along  with  most  of  the tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  2  vocal  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Evadne  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  style  of  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  and  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  sadness,  love,  desperation,  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Evadne  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Scars  That  Bleed  Again"  "Colossal"  and  "The  Mourn  Of  The  Oceans".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nucleus/Macabra/Fragmented Self/Morbid Visions Music/2017 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Illinois's  Nucleus  and  International  band  Macabra  called  "Fragmented  Self"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Visions  Music  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Nucleus  that  plays  a  sci-fi  orientated  from  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  doom.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  90's  influenced  sound  along  with  some  melodic  yet  technical  riffing  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  slow  riffs  add  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  clean  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of their  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nucleus  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Fragment.

  Next  up  is  Macabra  which  takes  their  old  school  death  metal  style  and  mixes  in  elements  of  doom.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  slow  riffs  and  melodic  guitar  leads  that  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  atmospheric  synths  are  also  used  briefly  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  90's  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done in  a  very  technical  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  insanity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording f rom  Macabra  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  and  doom  metal,  you  should c heck  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Breath  Thief".


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

   

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gravewards Interview

 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1.The idea of the band finally materialised in December 2015 and from that point on , we are giving shape to our ideas and visions via the medium of the death metal music.
The band consists of me (Nikos) on Guitars and vocals , Fotis on bass and Vasilis on drums.
The first release is the ''Subconscious Lobotomy '' ep , recorded in late 2016 and mastered in January 2017 which contains four tracks  and approximately 22 min. of running time.
In mid April a limited to 300 units tape version of it came. More releases will follow...

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2.Death metal blended with aggressive tech.thrash here and there.
The craft of writing our songs will follow the same path , constantly evolving but never crossing the borders of death/thrash sound.
We do not wish to experiment with our sound and attitude at all.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3.Horror,anguish,torture inspired by both the cinematic and literary world.
Actually the source is limitless since our everyday life can easily provide themes if you look at it from a different perspective...Needless to mention our own human psyche.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Gravewards'?
4.The final destination of us all...the point that we face the eternal fear...the fear of the unknown.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5.There has been no live activity as of yet...We prefer timeless rehearsals.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6.For the time being no.

7.The recording was released on 'Necronome Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
7.Just a friend that loves our sound handling a mailorder catalogue..Simple things...
He kept 100 tapes to spread here in Greece and we ended up taking the rest.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?
8.Just great!
We thank them all for their support...Maniacs from all over the planet gathered like zombies to a feast of fresh meat!!!
Very few tapes are left as we speak...It  is very important to see people still  respecting the fact that Metal without physical copies...is just a myth.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9.The next step is our first full length titled ''Eternalize the Horror''.
We will enter the studio soon for the rec.process.
Generally speaking , always working on new material...

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.As i type my reply to you i am listening to Disincarnate-''dreams of the carrion kind''
Concerning influences...well from possessed,sadus and slayer to death,bolt thrower,obituary and all in between... i do not go to over technical,slam you name it... or anything like that.I do listen to some grind and crust acts as well.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11.Books full of horror-gory related themes, equally horrific movies, collecting old books. board games (warhammer),documentaries about old and underground painters/artists.. but always addicted to collecting vinyl records.. although the last is music related so skip it if you want to.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12.To you...Thank you for the interview and interest in GRAVEWARDS.
To the devoted death/thrashers...to expect our first album..
And finally to humanity...to embrace it's emptiness.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Gravewards/Subconscious Lobotomy/Necronome productions/2017 EP Review


  Gravewards  are  a  band  from  Greece that  plays  a  mixture  of  old school death,  doom,  and  technical  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 ep  "Subconscious  Lobotomy"  which  was  released  by  Necronome  Productions.

  Heavy  riffs  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  that  are  more  close  to  the  mid  80's  era  of  the  genre  and  the riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  elements  of  thrash  are  added  into  the  riffing.

  You  can  hear  a  decent  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  both  the  riffs  and  leads  also  get  very  complex  and  technical  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Gravewards  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  mid  80's  and  early  90's  era  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  technical  thrash  and  a  touch  of  doom/death  metal  to  create  a  sound  that  is  very  true  to  the  classic  era  of  extreme  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gravewards  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  death,  doom,  and  technical  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Casket  Entrapment"  and  "Deathwomb  Incubation".  8  out  of  10.   

 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cloud Rat/Disrotted/Halo Of Flies/Dry Cough Records/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Michigan's  Cloud  Rat  and  Illinois's  Disrotted  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Halo  Of  Flies  and  Dry  Cough  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Cloud  Rat  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  nature  orientated  soundscapes  as  well  as  some  elements  of  noise  and  drone  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  screaming  vocals  and  a  touch  of  post  hardcore.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  track  is 18  minutes  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  keyboards  are  also  utilized  briefly  along  with the  track  mixing  in  doom  metal  elements  and  there  is  also  a   brief  use  of  melodic  vocals,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Cloud  Rat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  doom  metal,  grindcore  and  hardcore  punk,  you  should  check  out  their  song.

  Next  up  is  Disrotted  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom,  drone,  sludge,  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  drones  before  adding  in  riffs  that  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  and  after  awhile  grim  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  and  the  track  is  23  minutes  in  length  and  the  song  always  sticks  to  a  slow  musical  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics cover  dark  and  disturbing  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Disrotted  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  doom,  sludge  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

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

The Father Of Serpents/Age Of Damnation/Satanath Records/United By Chaos/2017 CD Review


  The Father  of  Serpents  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom,  goth,  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Age  Of  Damnation"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  United  By  Chaos.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  doom  metal  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on the  recording  and  also  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  goth  elements  while  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments  and  when  screams  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow   musical  direction.

  The  Father  Of  Serpents  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  mixing  in  elements of  goth  and  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  spiritual  survival,  battles  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Father  Of  Serpents  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  The  Flesh  Altar"  "Tainted  Blood"  "The  Quiest  Ones"  and  "Viral".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Undergang/Misanthropologi/Dark Descent Records/2017 CD Review


  Denmark's  Undergang  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  old  school doom/death  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Misanthropologi"  which  will  be  released  on  June  22nd  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  90's  influenced  sound  that  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  groove  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to   them  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  At  times  the  vocals  can  get  very  guttural  along  with  a  few  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  slower  riffing  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  bring  in a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  another   song  adds  in  horror  movie  style  keyboards  for  a  few  seconds  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  heavier  sound  and  the  close  an  album  with  a  tribute  to  Disgrace.

  Undergang  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  old  school  doom/death  metal  sound  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  death,  insanity,  darkness,  and  suffering  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Undergang  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Efter  Obduktionen"  "Sjkaret  I  Smastykker"  "Vaeskende  Sar"  and  "The  Chasm".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Evoke Thy Lords 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?
Hello, thanks for your interest. But nothing extraordinary.  We just rehearse, create new riffs and parts and think about future conceptions.

2.In April you had released a new album, 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?
Say, “Lifestories” have a fat, heavy and groovy sound. It differs from the sound of “Drunken Tales” - less subtle, more straightforward maybe. Something like this. As for us, all of our releases sound very different, but for the other listeners - who knows? Maybe for them all our albums are as like as two peas.

3.In the beginning the band was in a more melodic doom/death metal direction but over the years have evolved into more of a psychedelic stoner/doom metal direction, what was the decision behind the stylistic change?
The explanation is rather lucid: our key points and musical values had changed. By the moment of our debut album release we had already had some new groovy stuff. So, we recorded our unreleased doom/death material for “Twofaced” EP and closed this theme. When the EP was out, we completely turned away from the sound represented on the record and turned to the groove.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
For example, song “Regressed” is about some dissociative or psychogenic fugue, psychiatric disorder when the person loses his previous memories and individuality, leaves his family and often removes to the other places and thinks that he is a new, another person. The other themes are life as a trick and sometimes people are not what they seem - usual stories of usual lives.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Evoke Thy Lords'?
The name had occurred as a reference to H.P. Lovecraft works, later changed a range of its notions, and by now it does not have a clear definition. The one who had made it up, and everyone seeing it now – they all have their own perception of its meaning. Every man has his own gods, and the music has always been a channel to communicate with them.
 
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?
As for the recent ones - it was a live gig in Tomsk city. There was a very good stage work with sound and light and good organization and line-up also. Though, there were many good concerts in the past. As for our stage performance, we... just playing? For us the music is the main thing. We try to make some physical effect on the listeners, catch them with the rhythm, that takes place, yes. Of course, some bands make a good show - I mean a show exactly. But visual theatre on stage and something like that is not about us anyway.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Unlikely, we are not play-live-often-band. But a couple of gigs - may be.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of stoner, doom and death metal?
Singing the praises. We think the death metal component in our music is overestimated.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Really don’t know. It’s very hard question.

10.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?
As for “Lifestories”, different kinds of doom metal and a touch of noise rock, may be. As for us, we’re drowning in music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
The most part of our interests are about music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the questions but no more words, sorry.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Dwoom/Pale Mare/Bloodsoaked Records/2017 Demo Review


 Dwoom  are  a  band from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  old  school  Swedish  death  metal  and  epic  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  "Pale  Mare"  which  was  released  by  Bloodsoaked  Records.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  distorted  amp  noises  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  that  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  90's  era  Swedish  death  metal  while  also  having  a  great  amount  of  doom  in  the  slow  riffs.

  Vocals a re  mostly  clean  80's  era  doom  metal  style  vocals  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  70's  era  prog  style  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars  and  death  metal  growls  are  also used  briefly  while  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Dwoom  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  70's  and  80's  era  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dwoom  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  epic  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Pale  Mare".  8  out  of  10. 
 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Cold Insight/Further Nowhere/Rain Without Ends Records/2017 CD Review


  Cold  Insight  are  a  band  from  France  that plays  an  atmospheric  and  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  with  elements  of  post  rock,  trance  and  AOR  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 album "Further  Nowhere"  which  was  released  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  Atmospheric  synths  and  melodic post  rock  style  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  doom  metal  riffing  and  death  metal  growls  a  few seconds  later  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  symphonic  and  prog  elements a re  also  used  at  times.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  whispers  while the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements of  trance  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Cold  Insight  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  along  with  some  prog,  trance,  AOR  and  post  rock  elements  which  also  makes  the  music  more  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  cosmic  journey  through  ethereal  worlds.

  In  my  opinion  Cold  Insight  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom,  death  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Light  We  Are"  "Close  Your  Eyes"  "I  Will  Rise"  and  "Deep".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Black Royal/Dying Star/Suicide Records/2017 7 Inch Review


  Finland's  Black  Royal  have  returned  with  a  new  recording t hat  continues  the  death,  groove,  stoner  and  blues  metal  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  7  inch  "Dying  Star"  which  was  released  by  Suicide  Records.

  Melodic  guitar riffing  starts  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  more  heavy  riffs  and  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  groove  and  stoner  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  symphonic  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  along  with the  slow  riffs  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  high  pitched  screams  and  elements  of  blues  are  also  used  at  times  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  melodic  choirs  are  added  on  the  second  track.


  Black  Royal  creates  another  recording   that  remains  true  to  the  death,  groove  and  stoner  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Royal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death,  groove  and  stoner  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dying  Star".  8  out  of  10.   

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Enemy I Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Founded by singer/songwriter Rob DeVille and drummer Alex Swienty in 2013, Enemy I is a versatile/depressive industrial metal band based in Berlin, Germany.
In February 2014, we released our first debut EP, containing 5 tracks which show our flexibility between different metal genres.
Presently, we’re expanded to five musicians and have finally released our first full length album called "Dysphoria".

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
We try to combine different metal and rock genres with industrial hues, sometimes with a melancholic feel, other times with more angry/aggressive tones. Almost everything between Gothic and Death Metal is allowed, for we don’t want to limit ourselves.

3.You describe your music as 'depressive industrial metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Since we never felt home in just one specific genre, we started a little brainstorm some years ago. Reflecting our individuality, we came to the point of entitling our music style as such, because happiness is rare in our songs. As versatile as we are, industrial soundscapes and minor keys are part of most of our music.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
As the title 'Dysphoria' already promises, our lyrics are mainly about less happier things than love, freedom or dancing in the sunshine. Even though the topic “love” is a trigger for many lyrics, it’s usually meaningless and without a happy ending. But no matter if it’s about a broken relationship, the inner fight with oneself or the absence of any godlike existence, it’s usually the dark moments in life which make our frontman Rob become creative.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Enemy I'?
It’s about the principle Michael Jackson has already been singing about in “man in the mirror”. Everyone has their problems and mistakes and of course it’s a lot easier to blame someone else for it. But if you really wanna change something about it, you have to start with reflecting yourself, cause somehow we're all our own worst enemy. So it’s kind of self-therapy for us.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
One of our personal highlights was for sure our support gig for Die Krupps last year. But also the smaller stages and venues are always fun to perform at. Whether it be unplugged or with the full set-up, we always love to play live and are looking forward for further gigs to present 'Dysphoria' live and not only on CD.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We’ve been so engaged with the album (we’ve done the majority of the production ourselves), that we’ve barely had the time to care about concert bookings. Shame on us! ;-) However, after the record release concert on May 27th in Berlin, we will start planning further concerts and hopefully get a little tour together for fall, winter and 2018, before we start working on the next album.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We received some offers from independent labels during the last year, yet we finally decided to release it on our own, with the help from distribution partners such as recordJet and Soulfood. But of course we’re always open for serious offers, maybe for our next album. Let’s see what the future will bring…

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal and industrial?
Even though we barely made much promotion for the debut EP, still we received positive feedback from numerous radio stations in Canada, North America, Nicaragua and other countries. We were more concentrated on releasing our first songs, playing concerts and building up our fan base slowly and focus on the album release, because it's always a matter of money to run a big promotion and get people to know you. Now that we finally are releasing our debut album we're looking forward to getting some more feedback and infect the world with our music.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We'll hopefully stay as flexible and open-minded as we are today and in the future, even more. Already we have an industrial ballade on our album, which has really not much to do with the metal genre yet fits perfectly with our tailormade style. For our second album, we have a few songs in the pipeline that strengthen the evidence of our eagerness to experiment. And who knows, perhaps there will come more diverse influences that will permeate our creative style. Hang on to your seats kiddos, it’s gonna be an exciting ride! ;-)

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?
Probably everything that we've been through and all the music that we've been listening to, since our childhood till today, has been a big influence, no matter if it's Michael Jackson or Cannibal Corpse. And we're still listening to very diverse music styles and artists. So it's really not easy to say, yet the biggest influences are probably lots of the metal subgenres and electro pop, bands like Pain, Zeromancer, Paradise Lost and Nine Inch Nails.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I'm afraid that's not so much, since music has a very high priority in our lives and we spend the majority of our time creating and experimenting. But if the music allows it, we just like to enjoy hanging out with our friends and families like everyone else. Sometimes we take a ride on our guitarist’s boat and just take it easy with a few beers and BBQ.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all, we wanna thank you of course for your interest. It was a pleasure for us and we hope that you all have fun listening to our new album, even though it's called 'Dysphoria'. ;)
If you like our music, we'd be thankful for each comment, review, 'like' and 'follow' on the social media and our homepage. Hope to see you all soon when we hit the stage again!