Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Jesus Crost/Die Tonmeistral Sessions/Give Praise Records/2017 Compilation ALbum Review


  Jesus  Crost  where  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  played  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust,  power  violence  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  compilation  album  "Die  Tonmeistral  Sessions"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Give  Praise  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  along  with  some  elements  of  crust  and  power  violence  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  both  spoken  word  and  movie  samples  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  and  some  songs  also  have  a  guttural  approach  to  vocals  and  the  music  always  remains  brutal.

  On  this  compilation  Jesus  Crost  created  a  very  brutal  mixture  of  grindcore, crust,  power violence  and  death  metal  while  getting  more  guttural  as  the  compilation  progresses,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  soccer  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Jesus  Crost  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust,  power  violence,  grindcore  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Titanic"  "Rapsol"  "Parasit"  and  "Tony  Polster".  8  out  of  10. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Mesrine/Source of Hatred/PRC Music/2017 CD Review


  Mesrine  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcire  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Source  Of  Hatred" which  was  released  by  PRC  Music.

  A  very  heavy  and  grinding  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  both  d  and  blast  beats  are  added  onto t he  recording  along  with  some  growling  vocals  which  also  gets  very  guttural  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in length  and  high  pitched  screams are  also  used  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  crustcore  influences  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  along  with  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  ever  being  utilized.

  Mesrine  plays  a  style  of  grindcore  that  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  in  the  old  school  tradition  along  with  elements  of  crust,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  serial  killer  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Mesrine  are  a  very  great  sounding mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMEDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hopped  To  Death"  "Infected  Brain"  "Too  Many  Gods"  and  "Source  Of  Hatred".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Expulsion/Nightmare Future/Relapse Records/2017 EP Review


  Expulsion  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  consists  of  members  from  Exhumed,  Repulsion,  Gruesome,  Phobia,  and  Intronaut  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Nightmare  Future"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Relapse  Records.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  leads  start  of  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks a re  very  short  in  length  along  with  a  great  amount  of  80's  and  early  90's  influences.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  add  in  more  of an  old  school  death  metal  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  great  amount  of  punk  and  crust  elements  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Expulsion  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes old  school  death  metal,  grindcore,  crust  and  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Expulsion  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore,  crust  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Altar  Of  Slaughter"  "Funeral  Bells"  and  "Comatose".  8 out  of  10.

 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Into The Arcane/Het Verlangen der Geest/Vic Records/2017 MCD Review


  Into  The  Arcane  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  doom  rock  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Het  Verlangen  Der  Geest"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Vic  Records.

  Atmospheric  and  symphonic  sounding  synths  start  off  the ep  along  with  some  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  doom  and  death  metal  influences  can be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats. 

  Into  The  Arcane  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  90's  death  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  atmospheric  doom  rock  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  darker  corners  of t he  mind  and  arcane  historic  tales.

  In  my  opinion  Into  The  Arcane  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  doom  rock  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Glass  King"  and  "The  Slumber  Of  Man".  8  out  of  10.

Blood/Mental Conflicts/Vic Records/2017 CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of another  recording from  Germany's  Blood  which  is  also  in  the  noisecore,  grind,  and  death  metal  mixture  and  the  album  was  originally released  in  1994  and  called "Mental  Conflicts"  and  will  be  re-issued  on  June  23rd  by  Vic  Records.

    A  very  heavy  sound  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  death metal  growls  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  After  awhile  high  pitched  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  crust  and  noisecore  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  style  of  death/grind  and  world  war  II  samples  are  also  used  briefly.

  Blood  created  a recording  during t his  time  that  was  very  much  in  the  noisecore,  grind  and  death  metal  style  they  where  known  for  while  also  having  a  huge  influence  on  later  bands,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  anti  Christianity,  society  and  politics  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Blood  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  noisecore,  grind  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Insomnia"  "Secrets Of  Blood"  "Away  Is  Away"  and  "Morpheus".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Onryo/Muto/Everlasting Spew Records/2017 EP Review

  Onryo  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  mathcore  and  death/grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  ep  "Muto"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Everlasting  Spew  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  mathcore  structures  and  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  technical  fashion  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  grindcore  screams  make  their  presence  known.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  element s of  crust  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  touches  of  hardcore  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the recording  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental.

  Onryo  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  mathcore,  grind,  experimental  and  technical  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Onryo  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  mathcore  and  death/grind  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Pyromaniac  - Anarchogrind"  and  "Sickness  And  Aluminum  Foil  Helmets".  8  out  of  10.   

Friday, May 19, 2017

Grid Interview

1.For those that have enver heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Well, we are a two pice grindcore band from the north of Sweden. Started in 2014 by Me (fredrik), Andreas and Wilke (who left the band in 2016)
We started out as a kind of a fun partygrind band but over the years we have found our sound and have gotten allot more serious.
2015 we got signed with Discouraged Records.
We have released one demo, 2 EPs and one cassette.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Our music is dirty grind combined with raw d-beat. Influenced by bands like Nasum, Rotten Sound, Butal Truth, Skitsystem ect.
We want the to keep the music real and sounding like we do live so there is no super editing on the recordings.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Misanthropical lyrics raising the topics about how sick our planet is and about the end of mankind (cus it's near)
We are against religion, racism, nationalism and that's also reflected in our lyrics.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Grid'?
Haha well I came up with the name after a few beer's. It sounded almost like grind and when I think about grid I associate it whit big fences keeping us in place.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Well Obscene Extreme Festival 2016 was of course epic for us but beside from that show our release show in our hometown, Umeå, for our first ep was crazy!
The performance is intense and I think people can find us a bit rude in a fun way.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are going on a Southeast Asia tour in July this summer.
And a few shows here in the north of Europe in the winter.

7.The new ep was released on 'Discouraged Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Yeah, they are great and it's nice to work with, and support, a local label.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore?
We have only gotten positive feedback so far. Our focus with the music isn't mainly speed so I think it's easy to listen to, both for grind fans, punk's and metalheads.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think we will polish the melodical parts more and also make at least one more slow song (so I have time to breath live)

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?
As I said earlier we are influenced by Nasum, Rotten Sound, Brutal Truth, Skitsystem, Regurgitate, Infanticide.
I listen to allot of different genres. Right now I listen to allot of skatepunk and black metal but it's varies with genres from week to week.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like to fix with my car and I love my Job as a welder at the Opera house in Umeå.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Well I can say that Me and Andreas have this band just cus we love the music and we like to play together.
We don't have any rockstar ambitions and we won't change anything about our music. We play what we want to play and if someone else likes it thats a +.
/ Fredrik 'Frongo' Larsson - Drums and Low Vocals.
 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Grind Of The Dead Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Grind Of The Dead initially began in 2005, when I was seventeen, as a joke bedroom project alongside my cousin. We put out two albums, both of which were recorded with a simple computer mic and none of them are anything spectacular, even by shitty grindcore standards. For many years we toyed with the idea of doing a third album but it never happened. In 2014 I decided I finally wanted to do that third album and began work on what would become "Pussy Jamz".

2.You have a new album coming out this month, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It is much darker and faster than our last album. "Pussy Jamz" was basically an amalgamation of all these riffs and ideas I'd had brewing in my head for years. That album runs the gamut between grindcore, thrash, black metal, literally everything. "No Lives Matter" is much more cohesive, which was my intent. The album was recorded as one long track and then split up afterwards. It is one idea, told through 11 parts.

3.According to the bandcamp page this is a comeback album, what was the cause of the hiatus?
Well our previous album, "Pussy Jamz", was the comeback album. The reason for the hiatus was somewhat answered in the first question. Basically, just life happened for a long time until I was able to get back to this project.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the music?
"No Lives Matter" is pretty nihilistic, with songs on the album dealing with the meaning of life, or rather the fact that it essentially is meaningless, the debate of god and what the damage religion has on people, and the mundane of everyday life.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Grind Of The Dead'?
No real special meaning, just something my cousin and I came up with. Basically just a nod towards George Romero films.

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 the best shows we've had so far was playing with Dysentery and Parasitic Ejaculation. Just a really good crowd that "got it". It's a little tough in our area because there isn't a massive grind scene, so oftentimes we are lumped onto shows with a bunch of deathcore bands and so we are the odd band out. We do our best to put on an energetic performance and just grind!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We have our album release show booked at RG's Pub in Haverhill, MA on June 3rd. Nothing else booked just yet, but hoping to do a weekend tour and play as much as we can. For the members of the live band, Grind Of The Dead is a side gig for them, so we don't get to play shows nearly as much as I'd like to.

8.On the album you had done a Nine Inch Nails cover, what was the decision behind doing one of their songs?
I just love Nine Inch Nails and this is probably my favorite song of theirs. I felt like the lyrics really matched the vibe and tone of this record and would be a cool addition to it. I'm excited to see what people think of a grind NIN cover.

9.The new album is coming out on 'Skeleton Sun Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It's a new label and we are basically the first big release on it. It's run by a cool dude named Chris who has been very supportive of us and the new album.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore?
Great so far. I've sent merch orders out to places all over, which is a cool feeling. Just need to keep grinding away and getting the name out there.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I see us continuing and expanding on the sound of "No Lives Matter". I want to keep pushing into the darker and harsher territory and doing more experimental things while keeping rooted in grindcore traditions.

12.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?
Napalm Death obviously. Wormrot and Full Of Hell were also huge influences, especially on this record. Lately I've been listening to the new Full Of Hell record, which is their best by far, A Pregnant Light, which is this awesome one man post black metal project, and our drummer's other band Iron Gag has a new full length coming out soon that I've been rocking a lot.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I love writing, reading, films, though lately I haven't had much time for any of those because aside from working full time I'm in HVAC school.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview. For anyone out there that hasn't heard us, check out t

Friday, May 12, 2017

Grind Of The Dead/No Lives Matter/Skeleton Sun Records/2017 CD Review


  Grind  Of  The  Dead  are  a  band  from  Haverhill,  Massachusetts  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grind  and  noisecore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "No  Lives  Matter"  which  will  be  released  on  May  26th  by  Skeleton  Sun  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album along  with  some  distorted  noises  which  leads  up  to  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  noisecore  screams  and  crust  style  growls  and  d  beats  are  also  utilized.

  A  great portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  deep  guttural  death  metal  growls  are  also utilized  at  times  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  style.

  Grind  Of  The  Dead  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  grind  and  noisecore  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  death,  and  existentialism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grind  Of  The  Dead  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grind  and  noisecore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  March"  "Existentially  Unsound"  'Wars  For  Invisible  Men"  and  "Suffer  Greatly".  8  out  of  10.   

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Thrownness/The Passage And The Presence/Drown Within Records/2017 CD Review


  Thrownness  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  hardcore,  grind,  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "The  Passage  And  The  Presence"  which  was  released  by  Drown  Within  Records.


  A  very  distorted  amp  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while the  vocals  are  mostly  screams  on  the  heavier  side  of  hardcore  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  crust  and  d  beat  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout the  recording  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and fast  parts  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  melodies  an d the  music  also  always  remains  very  heavy  and  the  album  closes  with  elements  of  harsh  noise.

  Thrownness  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  hardcore,  grind  and  crust  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  and  realistic  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Thrownness  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  hardcore,  grind  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unclean  Lips"  "Olympus  Of  Appearance"  and  "Fragment  Of  Crucifixion".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Shivered Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Shivered is basically me writing the songs and hire session musicians to do their best on them,

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
When I formed Shivered I wanted to achieve a disturbing feel mixed up with depression and hopelessness, so I hope I achieved my goal, listeners should decide!

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the music?
“ Journey to Fade “ is mostly about mental illness, depression, suicide but on upcoming records I might come up with anything except happy type of subjects
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Shivered'? The idea was to find a name that was short and represents the style behind the songs, Shivered means shake slightly and uncontrollably as a result of being cold or frightened, which to me it represents the coldness behind the songs I make

5.On the albums you have used mostly session musicians, is it hard to found other musicians that are into the same style as you?
Yes as long as I live in Iran, because as you may know or not making metal music in Iran is like doing a crime due to the laws of our country unfortunately, so it’s indeed hard to find or trust a musician here.

6.If the opportunity came, would you be open to doing any live shows? Of course, I won’t do any gigs in Iran and I won’t promote my music here but anywhere expect Iran I’d gladly do gigs with passion.

7.Currently the band is signed to 'SenseSpirit;, can you tell us a little bit more about this label? It’s the label me and my brother founded, it’s a independent label,  before I find the name “ Shivered “ for the band I wanted to choose “ SesneSpirit “ but it didn’t worked out but I really liked the name so I thought it would be cool to use it for the record label’s name,

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of goth and doom metal? So far people from Portugal showed their love for Shivered, it is really hard nowadays to get people’s attention because most people don’t care about new bands, which is so sad!

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I really want to make a concept record in future, and I’d like to change the style of the songs with each album but still maintain the same disturbing and hopelessness feel! Also I really want to form a Death Metal band too,

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? Right now I’m listening to alot of “ Type O Negative “ and “ Down “ but Katatonia and Antimatter really influenced me to form “ Shivered “ from the beginning and they will influence me to the end!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I really love Technology and video games,

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I really want people give the new bands a chance and listen to their music, it’s not the bands who keep music alive it’s the listeners, and thank you so much for this nice interview! Best wishes!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Necrot/Blood Offerings/Tankcrimes/2017 CD Review


  Necrot  are  a  band  from  Oakland,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Blood  Offerings"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Tankcrimes.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while t he  riffs also  use  a  decent  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals a re  mostly  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  d  beat  and  crust  and  the  fast  riffs  also use a   decent amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  at e utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  death  metal  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  album  always remains  heavy.

  Necrot  remains  true  to  the  crust  punk  influenced  style  of  old school  death  metal  from  previous  recordings,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Necrot  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  and  old  school  death metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rather  Be  Dead"  "Empty  Hands"  and  "Layers Of  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, May 5, 2017

Grid/Human Collapse Syndrome/Discouraged Records/2017 EP Review


  Grid  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  d  beat  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  'Human  Collapse  Syndrome"  which  was  released  by  Discouraged Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  reverb  noises  and  most  of t he  tracks  are  short  in  length.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  utilized  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  and  guitar  leads  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  Grid  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore  and  mixes  it  with  d  beat  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  political  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grid  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  d  beat  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shackled"  "Debt"  and  "Out  Of  Air'.  8  out  of  10. 

Shivered/Journey To Fade/SenseSpirit/2017 Full Length Review


  Shivered  are  a  band  from  Iran  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  goth  and  doom  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Journey  To  Fade"  which  will  be  released  on  May  20th  by  SenseSpirit.

  Atmospheric  synths,  heavy  riffs  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  and  the  riffing  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  goth  metal  genre  and  clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording. 

  At  times  the  music  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  either  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Shivered  plays  a  style  of  goth  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  death  and  suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shivered  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth  and  doom  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eradicate"  "Red  Sky"  "The  Light  Tears  Apart"  and  "The  Hourglass".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Nicumo/Storms Arise/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


  Nicumo  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  melancholic  metal  which  is  a  mixture  of  goth  rock  and  doom  metal  with  some  death  metal  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Storms  Arise"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Inverse  Records.

  Nature  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  clean  vocals  and  a  few  growls  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  classic  metal  influences  in  the  singing.

  Elements  of  goth  metal  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a decent  amount  of  clean  playing  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  music  does  speed  up  briefly  while  the  main  focus  is  either  on  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  and  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Nicumo  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  goth  rock,  melodic  metal a nd  mixes  it  in  with  a  touch  of  death  and  groove  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark a nd  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nicumo  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  goth  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Old  World Burning"  "Death,  Let  Go"  "Poltergeist'  and  "Dream  Too  Real".   8  out  of  10.

   

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ape Unit/Horsebastard/Dead Heroes Grindcore/I FeelGood Records/EveryDayHate/Volmer Industries/Grey Water Collective/2017 Split Ep Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Italy's  Ape  unit  and  United  Kingdom's  Horsebastard  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Dead  Heroes  Grindcore,  I  Feel  Good Records,  EveryDayHate,  Volmer  Industries  and  Grey Water  Collective  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Ape  unit  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a    mixture  of  grindcore,  power  violence  and  noise  rock.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a very  heavy  noise  rock  influenced  sound  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  melody  before  going  into a   very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while t he  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  Elements  of  crust  and  power  violence  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use of  spoken  word  samples,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes         

      In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording f rom  Ape  Unit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore,  power  violence  and noise  rock,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Electro  Music  Full  Of  Champions"  and  "Between  The  Burger  And  Me".

  Next  up  is  Horsebastard  another  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  blastcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  noisecore  direction  which  also utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  some  growls a nd  crust  style  shouts.

  Most  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on t heir side  of  the  recording  and  the  music  always  remains  brutal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Horsebastard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blastcore,  you  should  check  out  their side of the split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rabbit  Denier"  and  "Goose  Canyons".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all fans  of  power  violence,  crust,  grind  and  noisecore.  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Syndromes/Self Titled/Halo Of Flies/2017 EP Review


  Syndromes  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  grind  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  ep  which  was  released  by  Halo  Of  Flies.

  Clean  yet  distorted  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  hardcore  direction  and  guitar  leads  are  also  used  at  times  and  also  gives  the  songs  a  darker  edge  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  growling  vocals  can  be  heard.

  A  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  and  d  beat  influences  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  you  can  also  hear  touches of  post  hardcore.

  Syndromes  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  crust,  grind,  d  beat  and  hardcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Syndromes  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  grind,  d  beat  and  hardcore  and  if  you a re  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vessel"  and  "Death  Games".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Grog Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Well after the recordings, mixing and mastering we finished the details upon the art work and sent them all to the factory. The cd was released almost a month ago,
March 20th, so right now we are preparing the upcoming shows, making new merch and probably will begun to work on new songs.

2.You have a new album coming out this month, 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?
There are a lot of differences considering composition, tuning and production. When we started the creation of this record we decided to separate more the guitar  compositions from the bass lines. So with time we managed to make two different musical lines that complement each other instead of having one copying every single  note of the other most of its time. On the new album you can hear them very well and both Ivo and Alex made a outstanding work on this matter. Also after our previous  album we decided to change the tuning we always played from D to A since we added one more string to the guitar to achieve more heaviness. We already use A in our  live performances since maybe 2013 but this is our first album composed and recorded with this tuning. As result our music has grown in heaviness but at the same time  we're able to keep the balance between our crushing new weight and the so called "melody" increasing a lot more the musicality of our songs as a whole. Concerning  production we worked with better professionals and better studios so we were waiting for a very different outcome in the new album and at the end I think we  accomplished that.

3.This is the first album in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during the time span?
For those that follow us everybody knows we aren't a band that works against time to put something new every 2 or 3 years. We try to make things different every time  we create and that's something very motivating since we are always trying to surpass our own musical limits. The downside of this is that we are very demanding and  critical about our own ideas and many times we quit songs, riffs and musical structures just because they sound alike something previously done by us or other band or
because simply it hasn't nothing in common with the band musical path. The new album has 14 new songs but we recorded 18 so we still have some unused material to  release in the future. Never the less every time we start to work on new material we say we have to be faster to have the work done though life manages to turn our expectations and everything becomes more difficult than we could ever guess. This time we were able to write the whole album in 4 years but we had some studio
problems that unfortunately prevented us from having "Ablutionary Rituals" on the expected time.
Since the previous album we played a lot in Portugal but also performed in Spain, France, Germany, England, Holland and Czech Republic. Let me tell you that we don't live from the music we make so for us we to find the right balance between our professional, family and personal lives is really quiet something that we are very proud after almost 26 years of existence.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
We always focused on the dark side of the mind theme and our lyrics deal with fictional behavior deviations, serial killers and monsters until our previous album.
With this new one we came across with new inner questions that lead us to change the normal approach we were used to do. So we left the external world of human  malignancy and tried to understand the intrinsic human motives that origin the shadow self, why does it exist, what's its propose, what does it teach us, what can we  learn from it...It's more personal, more human, more real right know and less global, external and fictional so we have tighten up the musical and lyrics on this new  effort to evolve as band and therefore to create a more solid release.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Grog'?
When we decided to form the band we wanted a short, easy and strong name to be remembered. Grog it was and it fits very well!

6.The band has been around for 25 years, what is it that keeps you motivated to keep the band going for more than 2 decades?
Honestly we never planed that but as time passed things begun to grow and after many years of several difficulties we were able to finally stabilize our line-up. From  that point till today we still aim to do our music and approach it differently every time we make new one. The creative process has to offer us challenges or else we  would be doing the same thing over and over again. That should be the death of the artist but to be able to surpass our own musical limits in creativeness and  musicianship has worked out as our grinding fuel to keep us going. We still have ideas to explore so all I wanna think is for us to be able to get there and create  them.

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?
As you can imagine we have played a lot in this last 25 almost 26 years. I consider that our time in the Obscene Extreme was awesome, also in Brutologos - Palencia we  always have a great amount of fun, in Steel Warrions Rebellion - Barroselas, Butchery At Christmas Time - Covilhã, XXXapada na Tromba - Lisboa are great Portuguese  fests among others. Our stage performance is very energic and powerful and we try to create a wall of sound capable of crushing the audience and squashing their ears  towards madness levels. Check our videos on you tube because it's better for you to have a clue about what I am saying.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We already have some shows planned for Portugal and one in Austria this year. Since the new album is freshly released we don't any confirmed dates so far but we are working on that.

9.Currently the band is signed to 'Murder Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Murder Records is based in Holland and is a part of the major Helldprod Records. As a division of the main label it's dedicated to the most extreme music inside the label and that's why we are working with them since 2011 when we released "Scooping the Cranial Insides" album. Also being a label with its headquarters in the middle  of Europe it's easier for us to promote the band since the dominating metal countries are closer and we can enter their markets with other background since being a  Portuguese band it's still not very easy around our pears around the world. Not because we ain't got great bands, because we really do but since we are far away from  everything sometimes we have to duplicate our efforts to achieve the same recognition that other bands have.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore and death metal?
We are a small hardworking band as you can figure it out for yourself but hey it's the underground way to dictate its laws. Never the less we have been connected to a lot of worldwide people in the past 26 years and overall the majority of the feedback is quiet positive. We also had negative reviews and people that don't like us but it's all part of the big picture fortunately we have very dedicated fans that support us and we are always reaching new ones which I think it's not bad at all

11.Where's the band heading into musically during the future?
Quiet sincerely I don't no. I mean we are Grog and we play death grind never the less we aren't afraid to do other experimentations in our music since we have nothing to prove and we are free to do it as we wish but no matter what happens we will always be Grog so the need for speed will be always there no matter what.

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?
Currently we don't get inspired by other bands since we do our music considering our natural ability and taste within the genre. Of course you might say but I can feel the presence of 10 bands that play the same shit, which is perfectly natural since we know that originality is something very hard to find these days. Sometimes even I don't know the bands that are related to our sound so here's the thing 20 years ago it was possible to relate bands because we had 100 serving as a referential but nowadays forget it's totally impossible since that number has risen to up 100000 more. But of course we have our own preferences within the extreme music and not only so take note of the following bands that still keep on pushing the old school flame forward. Immolation, Suffocation, Malevolant Creation, Napalm Death, Obituary, Pestilence, Sinister, Avulsed, Carcass for example.

13.What are some of non musical interests?
We all have families, we like cinema, to read, to party...basically we are normal persons eh eh eh eh...

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final word or thoughts?
Thanks a lot for promoting and supporting us. Everyone is free to contact us at our sites grogpt.bandcamp.com/ and facebook.com/grogpt/. Grind Up!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Taphos Nomos/Urdun/R.I.P/Caligari Records/2017 Split Cassette Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  Pennsylvania's  Taphos  Nomos  and  Iceland's  Urdun  called  "R.I.P"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Taphos  Nomos  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  atmospheric  soundscapes  and  drum  beats  as  well  as  some  female  vocals  and  reverb  in  the  background  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  along  with  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  old  school  style  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Taphos  Nomos  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  geology,  taphonomy  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Taphos  Nomos  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  atmospheric  and  old  school  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lightning  Strike Obliteration".

  Next  up  is  Urdun  a  band  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  some  screams  and  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  their  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  day  of  the  genre  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  their  songs.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  split you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Autopsy's  "Charred  Remains".

  Urdun  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  and  gore   themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Urdun  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tortured  To  The  Grave"  and  "Wrath  Of  The  Zombies".

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

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Cloud Rat/Crevasse/Halo Of Flies/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Michigan's  Cloud  Rat  and  Netherlands/Germany's  Crevasse  which  will  be  released  on  April  20th  by  Halo  OF  Flies  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Cloud  Rat  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  and  harsh  noises  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  screaming  vocals  while  elements  of  crust  are  also  used  at  times  and  most  of  their  tracks  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  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  clean  guitars  along  with  melodic  vocals  are  added  on  the  last  track,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  feminism,  woman  rights  and  self  empowerment  themes,

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cloud  Rat  and  if  you a re  a  fan  of  punk,  noise  and  grindcore  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Drain  Pipe"  and  "Fish  In  A  Hole".

  Next  up  is  Crevasse  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  power  violence,  and  hardcore  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  drum  beats  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  which  evolve  into  more  of  a  hardcore  style  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  crust  and  power  violence  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.  

  Throughout  their  side  of t he  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  both  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads  also  use  a  decent  amount  if  melody,   along  with  a  touch  of  grindcore,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  hateful  themes.

  In   my  opinion  Crevasse  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  power  violence  and  hardcore  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dead  Body".

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

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Neuntoter/Stench To Stench/Xtreem Music/2017 Compilation Review


  Neuntoter  where  a  band  from  from  Spain  that  played  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind,  and  noisecore  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  compilation  album  "Stench  To  Stench"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  deep  yet  guttural  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.


  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  noisecore  elements  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  short  in  length and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  sounds  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  also  bring  in  a  covers  of  Naplam  Death's  "Scum"  and  Obituary's  "Slowly  We  Rot"  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  live  tracks  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads.  and  clean  playing  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Neuntoter  played  a  musical  style  that  mixes  death  metal, g rind  and  noisecore  to  create  something  very  extreme  for  their  time,  the  production  sound s very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  Subnormal  Words  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Neuntoter  where  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of death  metal,  grind  and  noisecore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satan's  Prayer"  "Blasphemed  The  Beast"  "The  Day  Of  the  Deeds"  and  "Scum".  8  out  of  10. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Haemophagus/Stream of Shadows/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review


  Haemophagus  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  gore  grind  with  a  touch  of  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Stream  Of  Shadows"  which  was  released  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  A  very  fast  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  soem  melodic  guitar  leads  and  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  alter  while t he  vocals  start  out  as  death  metal  growls  that  also  use  different  pitches  at  times  and  after  awhile  elements  of  old  school  grindcore  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  are  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  while  a  touch  of  crust  and  d  beat  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  track  brings  in a  brief  use  of  saxophones  and  clean  playing  before  returning  back  to  a  brutal  direction and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals start  getting  more  guttural.

  Haemophagus  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  gore  grind  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore  and  horror  themes.

   In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Haemophagus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shadowline"  "Deranger"  "Innergetic"  and  "Twisted  Syllables".  8  out  of  10. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dark Horse/Bomb Thrower/2017 CD Review


  Dark  Horse  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  hardcore  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released 2017  album  "Bomb  Thrower".

  A  very  heavy  crust  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  as  well  as  some  d  beats  before  adding  in  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  and  hardcore  style  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  grindcore.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  while  also  mixing  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  back  up  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  an  old  school  style  of  crust  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Dark  Horse  plays  more  of  a  hardcore  and  d  beat  influenced  style  of  crust  while  elements  of  grind  can  still  be  heard  at  times,  the  production  sound s very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dark  horse  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust,  d  beat,  hardcore,  grind  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hope  Was  Your  Mistake"  "The  Downing"  "Bomb  Thrower"  and  "Terminal  Capacity".  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kemerov Interview

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



Kemerov started in 2013 by me (Matt, voice) and Giorgos (guitar). We started writing songs and trying to complete the band lineup, something that happened in 2015 when Tasos (drums) and Spiros (bass) entered the band. In November 2015 we self-released our first EP after which we never missed an opportunity to hit the stage, many times alongside legendary names such as Sodom, Rotting Christ, Septicflesh and Jucifer, among others. In January 2017 we released our debut album ‘FMKD’.



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?



We prefer the term “death ‘n’ roll” as the one to include our whole sound spectrum as fully as possible. We’re basically rock ‘n’ roll at our base, but we also love hardcore punk, old-school death metal and doom and we try to incorporate all these elements in our sound.



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



The lyrics are inspired by every day life in an existential, social and even political level and how it all affects the human psyche and feelings. All this is usually covered in a rather nihilistic veil with a considerable amount of black humor. We might come out as grim or hopeless at times, but we’re nice guys if you look really deep down inside.



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



There’s no special or hidden meaning behind the name ‘Kemerov’, it’s just the name of a Siberian city where one can find some huge rocks placed on one another, for which legend says they were put this way by giants. We liked the way it sounds and we took it.



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



Our support live show for Sodom last February is for me among the best shows of ours to date, as Sodom is a band we absolutely love and respect since we were practically kids. The people, the vibe, the feeling; everything was perfect about that night. We have also shared the stage with many other great names, but we also enjoy playing in small gigs with local bands as well. Our stage performance becomes better and better with each show, as we are getting accustomed on stage and get to know each other within the band on stage better and better with each time. I think we’re in a very good shape about performing live now, and we can’t wait until our upcoming shows to demonstrate it even more.



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



Yes, there are some local shows we are scheduled to do in nearby Greek cities, while there are mane proposals from summer festivals. We are also planning a tour outside Greece after the summer. Once formal announcements are ready to be made, one can be notified about them through our Facebook page.



7.Currently the band is signed to 'Vault Relics', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



Vault Relics is actually the label I personally have. It’s a label that is dedicated to promoting underground music that deserves to be heard. We have some vinyl releases of our own out there, while we also maintain a distro at http://vaultrelics.bigcartel. com/



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



I have to say that any feedback we are receiving so far is positive. I strongly believe that our music style is unique and really distinct, as there aren’t many bands out there that choose to mix death metal with rock ‘n’ roll and punk like we do. Therefore, we’re getting great reviews, not only from death metal fans, but from fans of other music genres as well. We are really honored by this, and this gives us additional strength to go on.



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



We have been involved with other personal projects in the past, but these days Kemerov and the promotion of our debut album are the absolute priorities for all four of us.



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



This is something yet to be seen with accuracy. We have just released a new album and at this moment we are mainly interested in promoting it. There are some new musical ideas shily surfacing here and there, but there is no definite new material created yet. One thing I’m sure of is that the Kemerov sound will never be boring and that it will always carry the kind of diversity and variety one can find in our debut album.



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?



We’ve always been fans of old-school death metal. Speaking personally, Entombed are my all-time favorite band, and watching their musical course over the years, one can see a lot of the Kemerov sound making sense. I’m also a big fan of Turbonegro and Cathedral, so you could say that these three bands are the main starting influences. From then on, inside the band we all like very different things from each other, be it classic heavy metal, thrash metal, punk etc, and everything finds somehow its way to the final sound. These days, I listen a lot to the new Obituary album which sounds exactly as an Obituary album should!



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



Music is at the center of attention and it consumes the vast majority of my free time. Apart from that, personally I am into board games and computer games.



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



Thank you very much for the interview! One can listen to our album and support us in any way at https://kemerov.bandcamp.com/ and at http://vaultrelics.bigcartel. com/

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Goresoerd 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?
Since “Antikhea” came out we have been promoting it with concerts in Europe and Estonia. Recently we released a new video for the song “66” also which was filmed during our album presentation tour in Europe.
We have also received a lot of good feedback about the new album. “Antikeha” was nominated at the Estonian Music Awards ceremony in the “Metal Album of the Year” category and was a local radio station’s metal show listeners favourite album in 2016.
So we’ve been quite 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?
Well the main difference with the previous albums is definitely the atmosphere of “Antikeha”. It has this kind of gloomy, yet pretty straight forward vibe. We try out new approaches with every album and for example this time we brought in a bit more melodic vocals. Listen to the song “66” for a good overview of that.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
What comes to lyrics, then Goresoerd has always had a bit of dark humour in it and an ironic view on the seamy side of life. So “Antikeha” is really no different from the previously released songs.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Goresoerd'?
The word “Goresoerd” is made up from English and Estonian. “Gore” comes from English and meaning “shed blood” and “soerd” is an Estonian word which means “abomination”. Combining these two words seemed a pretty good idea when the band first started since the main idea was just to play grindcore and it fitted well.


5.The band started out as a duo, what was the decision behind expanding into a full line up?
It was just the natural course of events. After recording the first demos our current singer Nagy joined and he also found a drummer for the band. And from this point on there was a full line up.


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?
It’s safe to say that our shows are pretty energetic, but we’d rather give this question to concertgoers because they usually have a better perspective on what’s happening on the stage.
Some remarkable shows have definitely been at Devilstone Open Air festival in Lithuania, Hard Rock Laager festival in Estonia, also Tuska Open Air in Finland but let’s not forget about a lot of awesome club shows. Lithuania has always been a fun place to play, also some Slovakian shows we had this December while touring.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
In April, 11-13, we are opening up for Napalm Death in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia which is a huge honor for us. Then we have some festivals confirmed for the summer in Estonia and currently working on plans for Autumn.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal and grindcore?
The feedback has been mostly positive. Music these days don’t have any boundaries, as much there are different people who listen to our music, there are as much different opinions about us.
And as a side note, we rather define our music as death metal with mixture of different elements now than grindcore. But yet again, it is up to the listeners. :)


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 drummer Tõnis has studied in a music school and occasionally works with some projects as a session studio drummer or just fills in on other gigs. He also plays drums in a thrash metal band called Cantilena. But mostly he is working with bands as an event organizer, tour manager, producer or as a sound engineer.


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
It’s quite hard to say. Everything actually depends on emotions and current situations. We definitely are going to continue the same path we are on already, but with every album we like to try something new.


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?
Stig: Marduk, Emperor, Mayhem, Death.
Rasmus: I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to listening or playing music. If it’s well written I honestly don’t care what genre it is. One of the suggestions I recently got is GoGo Penguins which I really like now. And the latest Architects’ album “All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us” is something that I haven’t been able to put away.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Stig: sports and just relaxing mostly.
Rasmus: since I work in a local restaurant/bar I’ve been looking into more of some food and drink related topics.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Horns up and support your local scene! Believe us, it means a world to the musicians and bands if they have strong local support these days. It’s not easy out there.
Stay brutal!