Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rozamov/This Mortal Road/Battleground Records/Dullest Records/2017 CD Review


  Rozamov  are  a  band  from  Boston,  Massachusetts  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "This Mortal Road"  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  battleground  and  Dullest  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  after  awhile  clean  singing  stoner  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to   them  along  with  some  progressive  elements.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  angry  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  elements  of  post  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  they  also  add  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  and  the  album  also  always  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  On  this  recording  Rozamov  keeps  the  doom,  sludge  and  stoner  elements  while  not  being  as  heavy  as  previous  releases  and  adding  in  more  progressive  and  post  metal  influences  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Rozamov  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  stoner,  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Serpent  Cult"  and  "Inhumanation".  8  out  of  10. 

Grim Ravine Interview


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

We're a 5 piece sludge/doom band from Portsmouth UK.


2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?


Musically, on both releases the sound incorporates doom worship, fuzz and misery to create sounds from the abyss. I would also describe the sounds as bleak, sometimes dissonant and pummeling. Our latest offering just has more!


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


Misery, fantasy worlds and planets.


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


If you think of a "Grim Ravine" you could probably imagine it is a dark, deep, eerie Cavern in the middle of some desolate forest. I think this reflects our music and persona very well.


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


We want our live shows to be like our music, can't give to much away but the audience will have a bleak but theatrical experience.


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


Think 2017 is going to be as play as many shows as possible all over the UK to get our heavy music out there.


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


We think It has been well received by the fans across the genres worldwide. it isn't run of the mill doom/sludge but we like it!


8.What is going on with 'Subservience' these days, a band that shares a couple of the same members?


Yeah, Martin, Scott  are recording a debut Album for Subservience, they recruited Lewis as well to play bass on the album. It's being mixed and mastered as we speak by Paul "Win" Winstanley (Paul Win Audio) who produced all of our stuff. So that'll be out hopefully April/May time.


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


We don't purposely go about having a black metal-esque sound but hearing back over our material there is plenty of the genres characteristics in there. I guess we'll keep on making noise.


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?


Well doom and sludge obviously. Also death and Black metal as well. We listen to all kinds of music and draw influence from everywhere


11.What are some of your non musical interests? 


We don't have any


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


Stay miserable

Monday, January 23, 2017

Thera Roya Interview

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

-RYAN (drum/vox)::

We recorded Stone & Skin January 2016. Within the year we played a bunch of local shows in NYC and NJ and toured in Oct 2016 with our friends in the killer band Savagist for a week or two. During that we recorded with our friend Jake Davis at his studio in Charlotte for our next EP, Masterful Universe. The rest of the year I went to Budapest Hungary to live so we took a break from playing, but Jake and I keep mixing the new EP. It's sounding awesome and it's super weird. This past month we've played a good amount together, are writing more and playing some shows, also figuring out a tour for April 2017.

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

- CHRIS (guitar) ::

I feel this release is definitely the most cohesive thing we’ve written together. With our earlier releases we would record a song or two at a time that we would write in our practice space. That usually happens in the midst of or at the end of a tour with a friend of our’s studio. We did that for a little bit. While that way of recording songs is really fun & convenient, it can be hectic & sometimes feel rushed. But this time around we decided to rent a cabin out in the middle of the woods, buckled down to see what we could write, & this full length is, for the most part, the songs we ended up with. We recorded these songs with our good friend Scot Moriarty at Backroom Studios in New Jersey in a live setting. I think we also prefer to record live. We believe it's the best way to capture the true essence or feeling of what we want to capture with our music without sounding too sterile or over-produced. It captures every little nuance & mistakes that give, in my opinion, the songs charm. They’re perfectly imperfect.

- JONNY (bass) ::

This release has a lot of meaning for me because of how it was written. I've always admired bands that have written fire albums in isolation. The whole experience in that cabin was one I'm sure we'll all never forget. Also stone and skin involved some new and unfamiliar territory for us with writing shorter songs and being able to get what we wanted to across in less time which was super interesting .


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

-RYAN ::

On Stone & Skin the ideas focus a lot around ideas of particle physics and how at the root everything is created from the same energy. The title eludes to that, and also my spin on it in the first song Saffron is how incredible the world is already, without god. God is a middle man in the equation, like :: Incredible world, God, our perception. I say the higher power confuses and complicates things, lets just keep it Incredible world, perception. For me its a humanitarian view, if we don't incorporate gratitude, commandments etc from god, we are forced to acknowledge and respect each other and the world for what all it is, in and of itself. It deserve reverence, respect and love already. It's enough.

I only wrote words for Saffron and the rest of the album is improvised live while we record. I incorporate Glossolalia a lot, bands like Cocteau Twins and Obituary do it, where it sounds like words but it's improvised nonsense. This style evokes a meaninglessness in a songs statement, like its all been said before. It attracts a more primal energy, like before language how did we communicate. I love lyrics, but the whole idea why I started singing in Thera Roya was to add another melodic element to our 3 piece, because I hear a lot of melodies and how better to do it behind the kit. I like how abstract it is, though I might write more lyrics in the future.

4.Originally the band was known as 'The Badeda Ladies', what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Thera Roya'?

RYAN ::

We changed it because when we added Chris in 2012, the band felt different and we wanted to have a more mysterious name than a funny, ironic one. Nothing wrong with that, Jonny and I might still do some shit as a two piece with Badeda. I picked Thera Roya because my friend Eric described our sound after a show like "Lava flowing down a mountain". We were searching for a name at that point and I really liked his description. I love old, rarely heard words, so I took Thera from the volcanic island in Greece which erupted 3,000 years ago and really fucked up the entire atmosphere on earth. Roya is a river in France to illicit the flowing part of the description. Later when my friend Anne looked up meanings, she found that Thera also was the scientific term for a type of snail.. and Roya the term for a moth. So our name means moth snail too unintentionally hah, but we embraced it and did a shirt design with Miriam Carothers using the moth snail combo.

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?

CHRIS ::

One show that comes to mind is when we played the 529 in Atlanta, GA with our friends in Savagist a couple winters ago. So many great things happened that night that it’s hard to pick a favorite moment. The 529 is a great sounding venue with an incredible staff & the lineup was killer. A lot of people came out, it was jam packed, & an Orange representative just so happened to be at the show. He posted a photo of Jonny playing through his Orange head on social media that same night. That was cool on it’s own but then Andre 3000 showed up the show! We stood around shooting the shit with him for a while & we gave him a bunch of merch, it was wild! He was a super cool dude. As far as our stage performance, I think we all float away when we play live. I know for me it’s my therapy time. This is the time when it’s most easy to forget about my shitty day at work or my day to day issues. Everything except my guitar is out of focus, true concentration. We put a lot of emotion into what we’re doing on stage, especially Ryan. Some people go to church but we choose to play our songs. Very loudly to complete strangers!

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

RYAN ::

We're having a release show February 18th at Clash bar in Clifton NJ with a bunch of our friends killer bands. We're playing with Pilgrim in march and booking an east coast tour in April. We'll probably release the new Ep in the summer, and than do a bigger national tour in the fall.

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

RYAN ::

We've released a tape on our friend Tohm's label Forced Abandonment Records last year, besides that no serious interest from labels... until a couple days ago. We are waiting for the proposal, but are totally stoked to finally be talking with one, and see what we could accomplish together. We tour a lot and sell out merch, I tell labels this, the fools don't listen !!

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

RYAN ::

We're pretty unknown, but we've gotten some nice reviews and fan love from around the world. We've mostly toured in the south USA.. we receive a lot of love there and have so many friends by now, it's hard to go anywhere else. I think people who like us enjoy how multi-directional we are, and what we lack in consistency sometimes we make up for in flavor. While some die-hard metal fans enjoy us, I think people can sense we like to incorporate a lot of musical styles. Listeners who enjoy a lot of genres, like us, might pick up on that.

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?

RYAN ::

Chris has Sunrot, Cowardice and Skin Pop the former being two killer sludge bands and the latter being a noise project 2 piece with our best dude Lex from Sunrot. I have another sludge band Mountain God releasing a sick album a month later in March, and also my solo project Crusasis. My solo project is like blusey, folky, sometimes punk groovy ness... I write a ton so most of it goes into that. Jonny jams with me in Crusasis sometimes, besides that he has a solo project called Mustard where he drinks a gallon of ketchup on stage.

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

JONNY ::

To be honest, I'm not really sure I know what's ahead for certain. I know it'll likely be something different. There are bands who start out sounding one way but ended up sounding totally different. I think it could all get chalked up to being the maturing process of a band and what they're interests are. What I would like to see for thera roya in the future would be more of this constant flow of inspiration we keep having.... And to maybe have a cool walk-out song hahaha.


11.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?

RYAN ::

We all grew up loving Neurosis, Isis, Pelican, Mastodon, Cave In,  Opeth & Clutch (more so Jonny and I), Russian Circles, Godspeed You! etc. that branched out into more later on like Harvey Milk, Jesu, Boris, Melvins etc.
As we started touring more, I pretty much stopped listening to popular metal because our friends were making such good shit like Dutchguts, Foe Hammer, Rebel Scum (now Negative Graves), Savagist, US Christmas, Generation of Vipers, Umbra, Pig Mountain, Omotai.. so many more, all of these are incredible. These smaller acts influence us a lot, and  old school rock or trip-hop electric stuff we all like.

We each have a favorite old school band: Jonny - CCR , Chris - Fleetwood Mac , Ryan - The Band (Levon is king)

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Ryan: Making shit (pottery, jewelry, carpentry), outdoors, women, reading, traveling. I'm 5'7'', 14 lbs. single ready to mingle.

Chris: Drinking coffee and later beer, screen printing (HIRE ME!!!)

Jonny: Ice cream, horror movies, clown

We like laughing constantly, cigarettes and tour

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

Chris ::
We’ll have some more new music coming out in 2017 & we’ll be doing some touring in the Spring & Fall. Thanks so much for this interview!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Et Moriemur/Ex Nihilio In Nihilum/Minotauro Records/2016 CD Review


  Et  Moriemur  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Ex  Nihilio  In  Nihilum"  which  was  released  by  Monotauro  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  direction  as  well  as  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  mix  the  clean  and  heavy  parts  together  and  after  awhile  grim  whispers  are  added  into  the  music  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  screams  that h ave  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  them  and  melodic  chanting  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  keyboards  along  with  violins  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  brief  ambient  instrumentals  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Et  Moriemur  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  atmospheric  and  experimental  form  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  solitude,  grief  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Et  Moriemur  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  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  "Sea  Of  Trees"  "Norwegian  Mist"  and  "Black  Mountain".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Thera Roya/Stone And Skin/2017 Full Length Review

  Thera  Roya  are  a  band  from New York  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Stone  And  Skin"  which  will  be  released  in  February.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  and  after awhile  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  melodic  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  more  post  metal  style  to  the  recording.

  When  the  riffs  get  heavy  they  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  aggressive  screams  and  death  metal  growls  at  times  along  with  a  decent  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  as  the  album  progresses  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental.

  Thera  Roya  plays  a  musical  style t hat  takes  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  more  progressive  side  of  post  metal  along  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thera  Roya  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Egypt's  Light"  Solitude"  and  "Phaedrus'.  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Grim Ravine/The Light Is From Below/Black Bow Records/2017 CD Review

  Grim  Ravine  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Light  Is  From  Below"  which  will  be  released  in  February by  Black  Bow  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  high  pitched  sludge  screams  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  most of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  atmospheric  elements  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Grim  Ravine  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  doom  metal  and  sludge  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grim  Ravine  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  sludge  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shrine  of  Misery"  and  "Vacant  Mass".  8  out  of  10. 

Desert Kingdom/Self Titled/Black Bow Records/2017 CD Review

  Desert  Kingdom  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge,  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Black  Bow  Records.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  stoner  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  70's  style  metal  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  also  having  their  aggressive  moments  and  the  music  starts  adding  more  doom  and  sludge  into  the  heaviness  side  of  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  retro  rock/classic  metal  style  and  synths  are  added  onto  one  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  growls  and  screams  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly while  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  Desert  Kingdom  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  stoner  rock,  doom,  sludge  and  groove  metal  and  mixes  them  together  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  drinking  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Desert  Kingdom  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "You'll  Burn"  "7  Years"  and  "Whiskey".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Friendship/I & II/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 Cassette Compilation Review


  Friendship  are  a  band  from  Japan  that  plays  a  mixture  of  power  violence,  grindcore,  doom  metal  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  album which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories  and  consists  of  their  first  2  ep's.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  power  violence  elements  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  growls  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  are  heavily  influenced  by  grindcore  and  when  the  music  slows  down  it  brings  in  more  of  a  sludge  and  doom  metal  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while the  amp  sounds  gives  the  songs  of  touch  of  noise  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  also  mixing  in  touches  of  crust  and  d  beat  and  some  of t he  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  bring  in  guitar  solos  and  leads  an d the  compilation  always  remains  true  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction.

  Friendship  creates  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  speed,  aggression  and  brutality  of  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  slower  more  heavier  style  of  sludge  and  doom  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  angry  themes.

  in  my  opinion  Friendship  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore,  power  violence,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "T.R.O.Y"  "Bill  Evans"  "Slaughterhouse"  and  "El Chapo".  8  out  of  10.

   

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Witchapter/Spellcaster/Black Bow Records/2017 EP Review

  Witchapter  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Spellcaster"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Black  Bow  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  a  few  seconds  later  high  pitched  sludge  style  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  when  clean  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  70's  influence  while  the  heaviness  takes  the  songs  into  a  more  modern  direction   and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Witchapter  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  sludge  and  doom  metal  together  along  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Witchcraft  from  the  medieval  era.

  In  my  opinion  Witchapter  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Veiled  Aggressor".  8  out  of  10.

  

Gothic Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We are a very busy band, we are playing more than 30 shows a year, and we recently returned from India, where we played in a festival, along Katatonia.

2.You have a new album coming out this year, 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 sound is a modern way of doom death metal, combined with metalcore riffs, growls and also melodic vocals. The main change is the vocalist, who has a much more appropriate voice for our band than the previous one.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
We express our profound disgust to the human race and explore feelings like hate, disillusion, fear, pain and suffering.

4.The band has changed their name a couple of times but went back to the original name, what was the cause of this?
The band never changed its name, it was me who started other projects in Belgium, which were supposed to be named Gothic, but didn`t manage to do so because of contractual issues with the belgian record label.

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?
We played Wacken in 2012 which was an awesome performance, also big festivals like Rockstadt Fest or Ostfest and more recently we played in India, which was a one-in-a-lifetime experience.
We are a very energetic band on stage and we attract metalheads to headbang even if they are seeing our band for the first time.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We will tour every major city in Romania to promote our new cd, and we already booked a few shows in Germany and Czech Republic. More will be booked.

7.The new album is coming out on Loud Rage Records, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
Yes, they are quick and reliable, they take care of the promotion, very professional work.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic and extreme metal?
So far we received tons on mentions over websites, blogs and radios and we did a few interviews. It seems that everybody like the album so far, even if it`s only a couple of days since the release.
We are expecting much more !

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?
Our vocalist sings in another band, Invader, and they won a lot of prizes over contests and festivals all around Romania.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We would like to explore the genre that we created, as our music is totally original and cannot be compared to other bands.

11.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?
Besides our main influences that were Paradise Lost, Amorphis, Crematory, we are now approaching towards a style in the vein of Soilwork and Scar Symmetry, and you can listen to riffs that sound like Metallica or Pantera over our new album.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I am a tattoo artist and our bass player is a graphic designer, so we keep it in the arts territory.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I would like people to check out our music, and also our little movies on the road, that are very funny and become more and more professional.
Check us out on youtube : https://www.youtube.com/user/gothalin
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Gothic.Romania/

Thursday, January 12, 2017

This Ends Here/Conqueror Worm/WOOAAARGH/2017 SPlit ALbum Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  the  United  Kingdom's  This  Ends  Here  and  Conqueror  Worm  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  WOOAAARGH  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  This  Ends  Here  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  punk,  grindcore  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  amp  noises  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  yet  melodic  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  d  beats  and  crust  style  shouts  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  their  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  add  in  a  touch  of  punk  and  after  awhile  grindcore  style  screams  are  added  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  political  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  This  Ends  Here  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust  punk,  hardcore,  grind  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "All  Our  Failed  Seekers"  and  "There  Is  No  Alternative".

  Next  up  is  Conqueror  Worm  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore,  noise,  and  doom  metal.

  There  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  distorted  reverb  before  adding  in  heavy  doom  metal  influenced  guitars  and  spoken  word  samples  and  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  and  adds  in  brutal  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  grindcore  screams  and  most  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  are  also  some  elements  of  death  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  the  production has  a  very  raw  yet  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Conqueror  Worm  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  doom,  death  metal,  noise  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seven  Days  Of  Fire"  and  "Tectonic  Ritual".

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

     

Ketch/The Anthems Of Dread/Aesthetic Death/2016 CD Review


  Ketch  are  a  band  from  Arvada,  Colorado  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Anthems  Of  Dread"  which  was  released  by  Aesethetic  Death  and  also  consists  of  bonus  tracks  from  their  2014  ep.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile elements  of  stoner  metal are  added  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very powerful  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  adding  in  a  more  heavier  doom  metal  style  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  sludge  style  screams  with  a  few  growls.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  more  of  a  retro  and  stoner  style  while  also  having  a  touch  of  the  more  modern  post  metal  style  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  the  music  also  speeds  up  briefly  on  one  of  the  songs  it  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  blast beats  and  one  track  also  adds in  a  small  amount  of  pianos  and  whispers  while  the  main  focus  is  more  on  a  slower  musical  style  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  some  of  the  ep  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Ketch  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  darkest  and  heaviest  forms  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and mixes  them  together to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ketch  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fertile  Rites  By  Sacrifice"  "The  Monsters  Of  This  World"  "Detached  And  Conquered"  and  "13  Coils".  8  out  of  10.

Ghost Of Mary Interview

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

(Mauro) We are a melodic death metal band from Italy, active since the early months of 2014, when we started composing our concept album "Oblivaeon" which will be released by Revalve Records on December 2nd, 2016.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

(Mauro) Melodic death metal with symphonic and orchestral elements borrowed from classical music. Songs  are structured with progressive architectures and immersed in a dark atmosphere. The songwriting is characterized by a heavy metal rhythm section and swedish death guitar riffs, the voice alternates different styles, from screaming and growling vocals to clean and scratched ones. We used many orchestral instruments in our recording : piano, violin, viola, cello, french horn, double bass and many more.

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

(Daniele) Our first album is based on a tale written by myself. It’a an allegory about life and death: in a timeless place there's an ancient and giant tree from which souls slip away like shadows kissed by the light of full moon. They roam in a forest or they are carried by the current of a river until they take possession of empty bodies such as stones that make up the bank. A dead soul asks to a mysterious oracle (Ghost of Mary) the meaning of its life.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ghost Of Mary'?

(Daniele) Ghost of Mary is the oracle, the main character of the story. Through its words we know the memory of the soul’s past life, the realistic strength of nightmares, the tragic passage into afterlife (Oblivaeon), the affection of loved ones, the end of everything and the beginning.



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

(Daniele) We performed many gigs in the south of Italy, one of the best experiences on stage was the first edition of Breaking Sound Metal Fest in Mesagne (August 31st 2015), amazing shows also were at Metal Symposium in Bari (March 5th , 2016), the concert at Caffetteria DOC in Manduria (October 31st , 2106) and the show at T.es.l.a. in Molfetta (November 12th , 2016). We played loud and powerful and the audience was awesome from the beginning to the end! We usually take care of interpretation and stage presence, hope we improve more and more!

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

(Mauro) We will head to England on January/February 2017 plus some gigs to be confirmed. We’ll play also in Italy on January 21st  (Lecce) and  March 16th (Napoli).

7.The album was released on 'Revalve Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

(Daniele) I never worked so well with a label, Rob and all in Revalve are very professional and kind persons, we couldn’t ask for more!



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

(Daniele) We already received many opinions and reviews for “Oblivaeon”, we are glad to know it’s appreciated by not only “metal people”. This is a great cause for pride.



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

(Daniele) Hard to say, we just begun our path. We know ourselves and what we want, but the evolution, also musically, must be a quality for every band (and man). The next album will be even more obscure than this (maybe!), it’s too early to know it, we will surely play more and more, riding the blind horse of inspiration!



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?

(Daniele) I always listened to 70s rock, grunge rock and metal since my childhood, my favorite bands  were disparate, from Led Zeppelin to Black Sabbath, from Pearl Jam to Alice In Chains, from Metallica to Iron Maiden. Every band I loved has contributed  to my musical growth but today there’s also so many bands which influencing me: Anathema, Amorphis, Paradise Lost, In Flames, Opeth …



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

(Daniele) We like to pass time with our loved ones, we also like to watch horror and sci-fi TV series and films and read books sometimes but our entire life is full of music, we breath it, we do it, it couldn’t be otherwise.



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

(Mauro) We would like to thank you so much for this interview.

(Daniele) Hey metalheadz, see you on tour! Hornz up |m|

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gateway/Scriptures Of Grief/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 CD Review


  Gateway  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Scriptures  Of  Grief"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Dark  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  and a few  seconds  drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  up  to  a  more  heavy  doom  metal  direction  and  melodic  chants  are  also  used  briefly  and  after  awhile  deep  yet  guttural  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  in  the  music.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  doom/death  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  musical  style  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  dark  sounding  melodies  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  style from beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  and   grim  screams  along  with  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Gateway  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  doom/death metal  style  that  was  established  on  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding recording  from  gateway  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "II".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Altar Of Betelgueze/Among The Ruins/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review


  Altar  Of  Betelgeuze  are  a  band  from Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 album  "Among  The  Ruins"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  A  very  heavy  stoner  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  give  the  music  more of  a  retro  vibe  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  while  also  bringing  in  clean  singing  stoner  vocals  are  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Altar  Of  Betelgeuze  creates  another  album  that  remains   true  to  the  stoner,  doom  and  death  metal  mixture  of  their  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  space,  death  and  doom  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Altar  Of  Betelgeuze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  stoner,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sledge  of  Stone"  "New  Dawn"  and  "Among  The  Ruins".  8  out  of  10. 

Hateure/Erase This/2017 Single Review


  Hateure  are  a  band  from  the  Philippines  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  single  "Erase  This"  which  is  also  a  re-working  of  a  track  from  3  years  ago.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  song  along  with  some  high  pitched  sludge  style  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  start  incorporating  melody  and  the track  is  10  minutes  long  in  length  and  clean  playing  along  with  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  post  metal  and  the  song  always  sticks  to  a  slow  style  and  a  touch  of  shoegaze  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Hateure  takes  one  of  the  early  tracks  and  re-does  it  while  it  is  still  very  much  true  to  the  sludge,  doom  an d post  metal  mixture  of  their  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hateure  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal, you  should  check  this  single.  8  out  of  10.