Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tantal Interview

. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Dmitry Ignatiev (guitars): Recently, we’ve released our third album called “Ruin”. It’s already available in all digital stories (Itunes, Google Music etc.). We have also 2 physical releases of the album: one is for Russia (released by “Mazzar Records”) and the second for the rest of the world - released by “Sleaszy Rider Records” (it should come out soon). Also, last weekend we played our big show dedicated to the new release in Moscow. 

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would yu describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also howdoes it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
DI: Definitely, this album is different from the previous ones. “Ruin” is more soft in terms of sound and more mainstream work, but at the same time its “proggy” and contains all our stuff and distinctive features inherent to our band. Style of the music I would describe as metal with gothic, progressive and alternative influences.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
DI: As it was in previous albums – it’s a conceptual album. This time lyrics are dedicated to the five stages of grief. When you lose someone you love (your beloved or relatives or close friend) you always pass through this stages: anger, denial, bargaining, depression, acceptance.

4.I know that the band was named after an ancient god, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
DI: Ancient god is the only of several explanation of the name. But yes, our band is “tantalized” too much. But the main definition is – rare metal in periodic table of chemical elements. For us it means – create something unique in music. I hope we manage to do it.

5.What are some of the best shws that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
DI: I think, the last two shows dedicated to the new album. At first show we shared the stage with “Lacuna Coil” and we were greeted by the audience very warmly. Everyone can check out some pro-shots from this concert at our YouTube channel. And the second concert is our release show last weekend – everything was perfect. We played 1.5 hour show with a lot of new songs and acoustic part with special guests. This show was filmed too and soon we will release it.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
DI: At now moment no any concrete plans, because we are going to a huge tour with another of our project. But we definitely plan to make a big show next year in Moscow. And of course – if some of the booking agents will be interested in our band – we are open for cooperation if terms and conditions will be acceptable for both parties.

7.On a worldwide elvel how has the feedback been to your music by fans of goth and extreme metal?
DI: At now moment I see a lot of positive feedback from everywhere. New songs are for much wider audience, so I hope we will touch much more hearts and ears with this album. Of course, I read some comments like “WTF where is melodic death metal? Where is female growl?”, I understand this reaction, but at now moment we don’t want to repeat our previous album. We are moving towards unknown and what is interesting for us as musicians at first.

8.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?
DI: With Everlost (where participate U.D.O./ Dirkschneider guitarist Andrey Smirnov) – we are about to release our 15 anniversary DVD, and next year we will start to write new album, Flash Of Aggression (with the same members but with female extreme vocals) – I plan to finish the second album and release it next year. And soon we will go for a tour with our Metallica S&M tribute with symphonic orchestra.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
DI: I think, on more mainstream stage, but I don’t want to be similar to all gothic/dark metal bands. We always have some distinctive things in our music and we will try to keep it. We want to be unique and have our own face.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
DI: A lot…Katatonia, Evergrey, Alter Bridge, Emma Ruth Rundle, Anathema, Paradise Lost, Death, The Gathering and many many others. We all have different musical tastes and we don’t listen to only metal, maybe what is why “Ruin” has become miscellaneous album.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
DI: Longboarding, cycling, running – during the summer. Skiing – in winter.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
DI: Thanks for interesting questions. And to all who has read this till the end – check out our music and the last album “Ruin”, also don’t forget to watch our videos at YouTube channel! Thanks for support!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Delain/A Decade Of Delain -Live At Paradiso/Napalm Records/2017 Double Live Album Review


  Delain  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  goth  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  double  live  2017  album  "A  Decade  Of  Delain  -  Live  At  Paradiso"  which  will  be  released  on  October  27th  by  Napalm  Records.

  Audience  cheers  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  symphonic  direction  along  with  some  operatic  female  vocals  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  they  also  mix  the  symphonic  and  heavy  parts  together  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  quest  vocals  from  the  singers  of  Arch  Enemy,  Nightwish,  Theater  Of  Tragedy  and  Fear  Factory  while  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  goth  metal  elements  also  being  added  into  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  songs  also  incorporate  electronic  music  elements  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

  Delain  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  more  of  a  modern  symphonic  and  gothic  metal  direction  while  elements  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  pain,  sorrow,  yearning  and  love  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Delain  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  goth  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  double  live  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hands  Of  Gold"  "Fire  With  Fire"  "Stay  Forever"  and  "We  Are  The  Others".  8  out  of  10.   

  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tantal/Ruin/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 CD Review

  Tantal  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a    mixture  of  goth,  progressive,  alternative  and  death  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ruin"  which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  also bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks.

  A  great  amount  of  modern  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  band  musical  style  while  death  metal  growls  and  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  keyboards,  clean  playing,  progressive  and  alternative  rock  influences  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  also  start  bringing  in  acoustic  guitars.

  Tantal  plays  a  musical  style  that  take s progressive,  alternative,  goth  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  despair  and  anger  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tantal  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  progressive,  alternative,  goth  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Denail"  "Torpid"  "Ruin"  and  "The  Awakening".  8  out  of  10.

Regardless Of Me/The Covenant/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 CD Review


  Regardless  Of  Me  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  progressive  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Covenant"  which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Gothic  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  while the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  trip  hop  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  symphonic  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  introducing  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  mix  the  trip  hop,  symphonic  and  goth  stuff  with  the  metal.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  female  vocals  are  also  used  throughout  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  and  the  musical  also  gets  very  progressive  at  times,  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,

  As  the  album  progresses  clean  male  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  while  another  song  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  ethnic  feeling  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo direction.

  Regardless  Of  Me  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  progressive,  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  elements  of  trip  hop  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  love  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Regardless  Of  Me  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Are"  "Neurotic  Traits"  "This  Night"  and  "Blue  Apocalypse".  8 out  of  10.  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mortalium Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
A lot of things have happend to the band since releasing latest album: line-up changes, gigs and festivals in Ukraine and abroad. Currently we are taking a small break from our activity and set the project on hold, but suppose it gives us power to continue with renewed vigor in the near future.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of your current music?
Started with mostly pure gothic doom our sound with time has become heavier and gained more death metal traits. Now we continue moving in this direction and adding to our music more polyphony and complex structures.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with their music?
Mostly social ones. We try to reveal the vainness of our being in the songs and inspire people to spend the time we have on earth with benefit and use. We believe that each person, whoever he or she is, in fact, is lonely in life and, actually, is a separate independent individual whose primary purpose is self-realization. We call people to be inquisitive and active to leave a rich heritage to our descendants.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mortalium'?
The word has several meanings one of which is “actions of mortals”. This is again the reflection of the main idea we carry through our works.

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 have had so many of them already that it is hard to be objective. I believe, all of us will agree that the brightest memories have left from the festivals. We enjoyed Metal Crowd in Belarus very much. Agressive Music Fest in Czech was also fantastic. And the latest one we played at this year – Black Sea Metal Festival – in Ukraine turned out to be surprisingly good. We are very proud that Ukrainian providers can do good job in this respect!

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Now we don’t, but hope we will soon. There are too many undiscovered places left in the world for us.

7.In the latest album you had done a cover of The Beatles 'Eleanor Rigby', what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
Why? Eleanor Rigby’s lyrics are pure doom! They have so much darkness and despair in them that we decided that a respective musical framework would be just suitable for the song. So we made our own doom version of this genius composition.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of goth, doom and death metal?
The feedback has always been fairly versatile from enthusiastic one to boldly negative and even angry. We believe it is not bad all in all. At least our music does not leave people indifferent which is in itself is very important for us. It was surprising that we received a lot of positive feedbacks from Central and South America and South Asia. We couldn’t even think that people from such distant countries from us would have the opportunity to learn about us and listen to our music.

9.When can we expect a new album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

So far we do not conduct active wok on the album although the material for it is collecting gradually and several new songs have already been composed. However, we do not plan to record them in the near time.

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?
Our music taste has been considerably influenced by such great bands as Amorphis, Sirenia, Tristania, Moonspell, Necrophagist, Unexpect. This does not mean that we tried to copy or imitate them but their works definitely affected our musical outlook. Personally, currently I prefer to listen to silence.)

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
We are usual people and we have a lot of interests beyond music. We all have regular job that eats out a lot of time from our hobbies. For example, our vocalist Maria is keen on pole dance and goes in for this sport quite profoundly, participates in competitions from time to time. Our bass player Sergey prefers going to the gym and riding a bicycle. He has always been a fan of new electronic gadgets and has a large collection of them – phones, tablets, laptops, scooters and so on. I (key boards player Yaroslav) has gone in for yoga recently. Besides we all have a lot of pets – cats, dogs, rats, turtles and even spiders. By the way, Serg has a Scotch terrier who is a champion of Ukraine and so he breeds dogs.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Prosperity to your journal, peace to the world, f*ck the war. And in general, good people (like we are) must unite … and kill all the bad ones. Hallelujah, brothers and sisters! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Retortion Terror/Invidiosus Split Interview


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

Invid: Sometimes we sell oatmeal at our shows.
RT: Just a Grindcore band.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

Invid: anxiety-grind.
RT: Fast blastbeat and strong riffs.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music/

Invid: Depression, paranoia, gringos
RT: Life.


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

RT: RT: Retortion is a basically a French word. It is use in political international relationship to mean "strike back" without military forces. Terror do not affect gouvernements but civilians directly. Retortion terror probably means attack a nation by punishing the population without using force in order to stay in the good ones. 


5.I have read that the guitarist had a brain infection a year ago a few years ago that made it nearly impossible to play guitar again, can you tell us a little bit more about the recovery?

RT: A lot of rehabilitation, practice of Guitar and karate.
They were so hard and dangerous.
I had gave up all. But I decided to fight with myself.

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

Invid: In 2016, a festival we played in La Paz, Bolivia. Also our first sold-out show, which was with Pig Destroyer in Minneapolis, MN.

RT:For us, show is still practice.
Because we are on the way of improvement.
We can't understand our performance now.

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

Invid: Japan/S. Korea in October and November of 2017.

RT: I hope so. But we need practice before that.


8.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Invidiosus', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

RT: My thoughts are always "we must practice".


9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore?

RT/Invid: Ummmm...I have no idea.


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

Invid: Hopefully write and record some really weird shit.
RT: Grindcore world

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?

Invid: Gridlink, Suffocation, Cephalic Carnage, Wormrot, Steve Vai, Motorhead, Pink Floyd.

RT: So many bands. I have loved Aphex twin for a long time.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Invid: Pro wrestling, boxing and jiu jitsu, photography, candle-making, traveling.
RT: Karate.


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

Invid: Thanks for your time.
RT:Thanks!!
We practice harder to make strong grindcore.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Blackwater/Weltgeist Corrupted/WOOAAARGH/2017 CD Review


  Blackwater  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  with  some  touches  of  slam  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Weltgeist  Corrupted"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  WOOAAARGH.

   A  very  heavy  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  guttural  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  elements  of  slam  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs.

  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  Blackwater  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  brutal  death  metal  and  grindcore  while  the  elements  of  slam  and  black  metal  gives  the  songs  a  lot  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent,  occult,  political  and  conspiracy  theory  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blackwater  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  brutal  death  metal  and  grindcore  with  touches  of  slam  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Weltgeist  Corrupted"  "Conspiracy  Theorist"  "Of  Behemoth  And  Leviathan"  and  "Clonal  Expansion".  8  out  of  10.

    

Wojczech/Krupskaya/7 Degrees Records/2017 Split 12 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Wojczech  and  United  Kingdom's  Krupskaya  both  bands  that  have  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  the  album  being  released  on  October  27th  by  7  Degree  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Wojczech  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split starts  out  with  drum  beats  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  and  high  pitched  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  death  metal  growls a re  utilized  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  elements  of  crust as well as a small amount  of  melody  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  issues,  sarcasm  and  environmental  issues.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wojzech  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust,  grindcore  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Burning  Solids".

  Next  up  is  Krupskaya  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grind  and  noisecore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  noises  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  noisecore  screams.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  playing  is  also  utilized  briefly  along  with  some  crust  style  shouts,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  theosophy,  darkness  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Krupskaya  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grind  and  noisecore,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Frozen  Bodies  Against  The  Wire"  and  "Theosophical  Separation  Of  The  Earth".

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

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Even Vast/Dawning Gloom/H-Sound Music Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Even  Vast  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  goth  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Dawning  Gloom"  which  wad  released  by  H-Sound  Music  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  female  vocals  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  as  well  as  adding  some  goth  style  keyboards  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  slow  riffs  also  add  in  a touch  of  doom  metal.

  Most  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's  goth  metal  style  while  a  couple  of  the  songs  are long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction   along  with  some  of  the  keyboards  also  adding  in  prog  rock  touches  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  male  vocals  can  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Even  Vast  go  for  more  of  a  straightforward  goth  metal  style  as  well  as  removing  the  death  metal  growls  that  where  a  part  of  their  earlier  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  love  and  sadness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Even  Vast  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dawning  Gloom"  and  "After  All".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, September 29, 2017

Retortion Terror/Invidiosus/Horror Pain Gore Death Productions/2017 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split album  between  Japan's  Retortion  Terror and  Minnesota's  Invidiosus  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Horror  Pain  Gore  Death  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Retortion  Terror  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  angry  screams  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  most  of  their  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  melody  and  mid  tempo  sections  and  elements  of  crust  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Retortion  Terror  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.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Scorched" and  "River  Of  Ignorance".

  Next  up  is  Invidiosus  a  band  that  plays  a  technical  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  thrash,  crust  and  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  brutal  and  old  school  grindcore  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams,  when  guitar  solos and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  technical  fashion  and  d  beats  are  also  used  at  times.

  Elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  slight  touch  of  blackened  death  metal  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  short  in  length,  melodies  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  anxiety,  dystopia,  mental  illness  and  humor  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Invidiosus  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  technical  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Purpose  Defeater"  and  "Where  Evolution  Ends".

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

  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Marginal/Total Destruction/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review


   Marginal  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a mixture  of  grindcore  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Total  Destruction"  which  will  be  rleeased  in  December  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Drum  beats  along  with  a  very  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  d  beat  and  crust  and  guitar  leads  are  also  used  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  high  pitched  screams  are  also used  at  times  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  angry  punk  rock  style  shouts  can  be  heard  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length,  spoken  word  samples  are  also  added  on  one  track  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Marginal  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore,  crust  and  d  beat  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Marginal  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Barbarians"  "Impaled"  "This  Violent  Way"  and  "Total  Destruction".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

All Pigs Must Die/Hostage Animal/Southern Lord/2017 CD Review


  Massachusetts's  All  Pigs  Must  Die  have  returned  with  a  new  recording which  continues  the  thrash,  crust,  hardcore,  grind  and  death  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Hostage  Animal"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Southern  Lord.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  more  of  an  aggressive  style  that  mixes  crust  and  hardcore  style  yelling  together  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Elements  of  d  beat  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  mixing  in  the  brutality  of  grindcore  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  melody  and  elements  of  thrash  at  times,  one  one  track  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  be  heard  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  All  Pigs  Must  Die  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  thrash,  crust,  hardcore, grind  and  death  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hatred,  destruction  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  All  Pigs  Must  Die  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  thrash,  crust,  grindcore  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hostage  Animal"  "Slave  Morality"  "Moral  Purge"  and  "Heathen  Reign".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, September 25, 2017

Necromorph 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?



Quite some. We’ve been playing a few shows and are already working on the next album. We are also planning to release a song from our latest album on video.



2. In 2016 you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



The Composing is more elaborated or probably more defined. We took a step away from the Swedish sound with that fuzzy HM2 distortion towards more melodies and D-Beats. The same is still, that we didn’t lose any of our grind power, so that you will find quite a lot of raving blast-beat parts on “Under the Flag”.



3.In the beginning the band was more black metal, then death metal moving moving into a mixture of death metal, crust and grindcore, can you tell us a little bit more about the decision behind going into a different musical direction?



Oh, that’s quite simple. Our taste of music has changed over the years and after a while we came to a point, were we said: Yeah, grindcore that’s the music we want to do.



4. This was your first album since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during the last 5 years?



We were getting older. J No, seriously. We played some shows of course, changed our label and our rehearsing room and we had a little lineup change with Benna leaving and Karl joining the band. Fritze became Father. Some member started new projects. Summed up, a lot personal things wish took time apart from the band.



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



We are criticizing society and often focus on what happens around us in our everyday life. Especially themes like intolerance or ignorance are often subject we expose in our lyrics.



6. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Necromorph'?



First, we liked the sound of the word itself. Then it is also some kind of tribute to Necrony which influenced us very much in the early days of Necromorph. We also liked the picture or metaphor in sense of a necromorphing or with other words rotting society.



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?



Of course we enjoy every show we are playing. But to name some, it would definitely be: Obscene Extreme, Blut Svente Festival, VEB in Lübeck, Amnesie in Berlin or in Weimar in the Gerbertstraße. We like it small and cozy – so our best shows might have been in clubs like that. Our performance is always wild and a bit chaotic, very energetic and true.



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



Yes. October 1st Berlin @ Pedäl Bättl. October 14th the Defying Danger Label Night in Bitterfeld. October 28th at Café Markzicht in Dedemsvaart (Netherlands). November 10th Ear Terror Festival in Emden. December 23rd Abjured Record Release in Halle.



9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of death metal, grindcore and crust?



The feedback has basically been positive. You can say, that we didn’t have the same impact on promotion we had with Grinding Black Zero due to our change to a smaller label. F.D.A. Rekotz is quite an institution in the German metal scene were as our new label Defying Danger Records is a newcomer on the German metal-landscape. It needs some time get established and connected. But we are very confident that it will work out. And hey, it’s always cool to support the underground.



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



Yes. Ulf plays guitar in an old school death-metal band named Dehuman Reign. Karl has some cover-projects going on here and then and is also performing shows with the Feuerregen – a fire-artist group. Jockel is playing bass for Ost+Front – an industrial band, which comes around a lot.



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



We are not planning to do something especially different or so. We just let it flow and will see what happens…



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?



That’s quite much and differs from member to member. From Raised Fist to Tragedy over Entombed to Anaal Nathrakh is their quite a lot between. For all of us it is definitely: Necrony or later Nasum, Napalm Death and Victims.



13. What are some of your non musical interests?



Sports, reading and writing, hanging out with friends and watching movies, enjoying the big cultural live of Berlin – and parties and alcohol of courseJ.



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



Thanks for the interview. Think independently. Support the underground. We will hopefully see us to one of our shows. Cheers.



Sunday, September 24, 2017

Reign Of Vengeance/The Final Aeon For All Humans/2017 EP Review


  Reign  Of  Vengeance  are  a  band  from  Arizona  that  expands  on  their  technical  and  brutal  style  of  death  metal  by  adding  in  elements  of  slam,  grindcore,  hardcore  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released   2017  ep  "The  Final  Aeon  For  All  Humans"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  A very  brutal  sound  along  with  some  technical  guitar  leads  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  hardcore  and  slam  elements  which  also  shows  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  shouting  style  at  times.

  Symphonic  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  vocals  also  adding  in  high  pitched  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  traditional  metal/hard  rock  elements  at  times  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  influences  of  black,  groove  and  thrash  metal  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Reign  Of  Vengeance  cover  a  lot  of  ground  with  influences  of  technical  death  metal,  symphonic  black  metal,  grind,  hardcore ,  slam,  thrash  and  groove  metal  all  getting  mixed  together,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  conspiracy  theories,  esoteric  theology,  gore,  blood,  brutality  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Reign  Of  Vengeance  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  a  variety  of  many  different  extreme  metal  genres,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuck  The  Recession,  Kill  Those  Who  Caused  It"  and  "The  Great  Hecatomb".  8  out  of  10.      

Friday, September 22, 2017

Prolefeed/Henry Kane/WOOAAARGH/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  U.K's  Proleffeed  an  Sweden's  Henry  Kane  which  was  released  by  WOOAAARGH  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Prolefeed  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  hardcore,  crust  and  grind.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  brutal  crust  sound  along  with  some  high  pitched  grindcore  screams  and  blast  beats  while  d  beats  are  also  utilized  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  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  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  hardcore  punk  elements  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Proleffeed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Something  Falling  From  The  Sky"  and  "Square  Meals"

  Next  up  is  Henry  Kane  a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  grindcore  and  death  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  crust  style  screams  and  the  music  also  has  its  roots  in  an  early  90's  Swedish  style.

  All  of  his  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  also  incorporating  elements  of  grindcore  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  nihilism,  hatred  and  misanthropy.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Henry  Kane  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust,  grindcore  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rotten  Av  All  Angest"  and  "Maktlost  Hat".

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Krigblast/Dawn Of The Apocalypse/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review


  Krigblast  are  a  band  from  Texas  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  punk  and  d  beat  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Dawn  Of   The  Apocalypse"  which  was  re;eased  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Atmospheric  synths  and  programmed  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  elements  of  d  beats  and  punk  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  crustcore  style  growls  and  aggressive  shouts.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Krigblast  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  black  metal  influenced  style  of  crust  and  d  beat,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Krigblast  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  crust  and  d  beat,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Submission"  "Evil  Is  Burning"  "No  Way  Out"  and  "Fear  And  Depression".  8  out  of  10.    

Friday, September 15, 2017

Exhumed/Death Revenge/Relapse Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Bay  Area,  California's  Exhumed  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  death  metal,  gore,  and  grindcore mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Death  Revenge"  which  will be  released  in  October  by  Relapse  Records.

  Keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  give  the  music  an  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  before  going  into  a  more  brutal  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  A  lot  of  the  music  has  its  roots  in  the  early  90's  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  production  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  influences  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  screams  and  d  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  sticking  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  as  well  as  having  it's  melodic  moments  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  keyboards  also  make  a  brief  return  and  the  instrumental  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length, some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  elements  of  thrash.

  Exhumed  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  gore,  grindcore  and  death  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  while  also  getting  more  melodic  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  brutal  murders  and  grave  robberies  that  take  place  in  1820's  era  Edinburgh,  Scotland.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Exhumed  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Defenders  Of  The  Grave"  "Night  Work"  "The  Harrowing"  and  "Death  Revenge".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mortalium/Obligate Loneliness/Wolfshade Records/2015 CD Review


  Mortalium  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Obligate  Loneliness"  which  was  released  by  Wolfshade  Records.

  Drum  beats  along  with  some  dark  sounding  yet  epic  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  also  being  used  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Some  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  female  vocals  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  goth  metal  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody, some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  the  Beatles  "Elanor  Rigby"  and  as  the  album  progresses  stringed  instruments  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Mortalium  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly rooted  in  goth  and  doom  metal  which  they  mix  in  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mortalium  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chasing  The  Truth"  "I Hate  You  All"  "Eleanor  Rigby"  and  "Ocean  Of  Depression".  8  out  of  10.        

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Turbocharged/Apocalyptic/Go Fuck Yourself Productions/2017 CD Review


  Turbocharged  are a band  from  Sweden  that  goes  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk  on  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Apocalyptic"  which  was  released  by  Go  Fuck  Yourself  Productions.

  Aggressive  growls,  fast  riffs  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  punk  and  thrash  metal  elements.

  Most  of  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  while  also  mixing  in  a  more  modern  vibe  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  an  old  school  metal/punk  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  first  wave  black  metal  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  style.

  On  this  recording  Turbocharged  expand  on  the  death/thrash  metal  style  which  they  mix  in  with  more  punk,  d  beat  and  crust  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Turbochgarged  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Siamese  Sons  Of  God"  "Halo  Of  Thorns"  "Deathmarch"  and  "Scandinavian  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Facada/Nenhum Pluto De Attitude/EveryDayHate/2017 Compilation Review


  Facada  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  album  "Nenhum  Pluto  De  Attitude"  which  was  released  by  EveryDayHate.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  time  and  after  awhile  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  music  also  adds  in  the  energy  of  hardcore  punk  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  a  covers  of  Bad  Brains's  "Sailin  On"  and  Misfits's  "Hybrid  Moments"  which  also  introduces  guitar  leads  and  melodic vocals  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Facada  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  society  and  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Facada  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Coraxo"  "War Command"  "Cause  And  Effect"  and  "Deathwish".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Mutation 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?

Ginger: We’re all just getting into shape and mentally preparing to get this thing on tour. I’ve had a few personal problems that landed me in hospital, but that’s just made me more focused on what we want to achieve on tour. Mutation has become a personal mission for me.

Scott: I'm currently in Australia – We met up in May to shoot the 'Hate' video but everything is admin based until we begin our tour pre-production in early October.

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?

Ginger: This is our third album. The first Mutation album was more like grindcore rock n roll, the second experimented with pushing extremes, exploring the heavier elements but mixing them with weird time signatures and general weirdness. This third one is more streamlined. This one is a more relentless experience that naturally suggests taking this into the world of live music.

Scott: Both the first (The Frankenstein Effect) and second (Error 500) were quite different sounding but seem to come from the same gene pool. Coming on board to write 'Dark Black' with Ginger, I wanted to bring a new flavour to the table and made sure it stood on it's own.

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

Ginger: The main themes of the album are mainly mental health related, which also touch on our frustration with society and the daily trials of keeping your head above water and not giving into the anger and aggression that comes with the stigma of suffering from mental health related issues.

Scott: As Ginger said, it's not a pleasant album lyrically. I did not try and make sense of what was going on in my head at the time and create something with metaphors. It was very abstract and nonsensical as that was where my mind was.

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

Ginger: This was a sonic experiment that was designed to Mutate over the first three albums. There was no long term plan, I just knew that I’d need three albums to figure out what Mutation is meant to become.
Now the mission is to take this studio project out on the road, and allow it to mutate into a road animal.

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

Ginger: Would you believe we haven’t even played a show. The only live performance that the band has ever undertaken is on the latest video for Hate, below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LvySwEwbXU

Scott: Yeah – The 'Hate' video is the band, at our first rehearsal, live in the room. We put a lot of faith into the fact this would work – and the video above cemented that fact.

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

Ginger: After the Oct/Nov tours of UK, Ireland and Japan we want to take this band everywhere that has electricity. I feel that the next step in our evolution is as a live band, and I’d like to play every day of the week for all of 2018.

Scott: It truly feels like a brand new band – We have to prove ourselves so this tour is our chance to introduce this project to the world. There's been fans popping up from all over the globe, so as far as I'm concerned, I'd go anywhere with these guys.

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

Ginger: Undergroove is the mastermind of Darren Sadler, who I’ve known for a long time as a friend but never got to actually work with. They say don’t work with children or animals, or mates…but I couldn’t be happier with the way that Darren has taken Mutation and genuinely worked his bollocks off to get our music out there in peoples faces. Together we’ve become a deadly team and I can only imagine what we’re going to achieve together in 2018.

Scott: I had worked with Darren on Exit_International's debut EP / Album and singles. He is such a pleasure to work with and was personally made up knowing someone as hardworking and dedicated was in our corner. He's done an incredible job so far during this campaign, and hopefully this means when the time comes for a new record Darren will be with us too.

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

Ginger: Insane!! The response to this album really has blown us all away.First of all, we did;t know if anyone would actually like this music. It’s not exactly traditional metal. But it seems like the world of extreme metal is ready for whatever you’d call this call this brand of noise. I think that because the world is in such a fucked up place right now, politically, that it has created a hole for music as aggressive and bleak as ours. For this we have Mr Trump, Mrs May, Kim Jong-un and the rest of the global team of political piss-wanks to thank.  

Scott: To me, 'Dark Black' is the runt of the three Mutation records,  and doesn't sound like anything in heavy music at the moment. The sum of our parts, knowing whet makes us tick was never going to create a straightforward version of what people see as metal. To me it is a violent, experimental punk album with splashes of melody. It is always amazing to hear the great feedback the record has gathered so far.


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?

Right now Mutation is our main concern, we are 100% focussed on this and all other bands and projects have to take a back seat. This is going too well for us to even consider our other options. We believe in riding the horse of fortune until the fucker is bleeding out from exhaustion.

Scott: This is our number one concern at the moment, and turning this loose as a live band is where the test comes – Hopefully the live arena will spread the word further. I'm still with my best pals in Exit_International and we are releasing a live album we recorded on our tour in May, as well as my Jaws Of Deaf project which is just a case of when I record a set of 5 songs, I put them online. I also play guitar for a rock band in Geelong (Australia) called Social Haunts. Denzil our drummer has a load on – He's always in at least ¾ bands at anyone time, most recently seen giging with Horsefight. For the rest of the guests on the album....Here's the roll call: Prog metal superstar Devin Townsend, Phil Campbell from Motörhead, Arthur Shepherd of Primitive Weapons, ex-Cardiacs fruitloop Random Jon Poole, Jamie Oliver of UK Subs, Mauro Pawlowski (ex-dEUS) and the mighty Paul Catten (Barrabas, Bed Wetter, Stuntcock, The Sontaran Experiment, ex-Medulla Nocte etc etc). With backing vocals from long-time Ginger comrade Givvi Flynn and host of friends and fellow weirdos also contributing.

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

Ginger: This is arguably the most exciting thing about what’s happening to us. We will develop this into a live monster and then record that version of the band. None of us have an idea what we’ll sound like after a year on the road, but I guess we’ll all find out on the next album.

Scott: Ideally I'd love not to repeat a vibe of anything we've done before, but has to be extreme. This project allows us to push boundaries, and would love to experiment further with the next album. Maybe even going further into the electronic realm might be worth pursuing, but recorded in a live setting.

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?

Ginger: I’m not sure that any direct musical styles or influences apply to Mutation. We all listen to a host of different music but when we get together for Mutation then the natural sound is something miles away from what we listen to back home. I think we’re just trying to choke as much noise out from this band as is humanly possible.

Scott: When we wrote 'Dark Black', we spent an evening listening to music, talking about films and book that we both love – The thing that became apparent was a shared 'vibe' we both like, and that always is a nod in the extreme direction. It was an exploration of all things fucked-up which opened the door for this album.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Ginger: We are all big fans of the kind of chemically enhanced bonding sessions that involve laying down brain cells in sacrifice to the darker forces of equilibrium in chaos. Baphometal, if you like.

Scott: We both are hardcore horror fans, and that informed the album and our direction. Exploring extremes, chasing the hit.

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

Ginger: We intend for the Mutation live experience to be something that lives between catharsis and sacrifice. This will be unlike anything else that you will experience. Trust us on this and join us. Together let’s make this something very intense and very special indeed.

Scott: The plans we have for this tour, when executed will seriously challenge and push how extreme an experience live music can be.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

King Parrot/Ugly Produce/Housecore Records/2017 CD Review


  Australia's  King  parrot  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal,  punk  and  grindcore  and  this is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Ugly  Produce"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Housecore  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album a long  with  all  of t he  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and w hen  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  crust  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  hardcore  style  screams  and  death metal  growls.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  extreme  metal  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  influences  along  with  the  raw  energy  of  punk  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  start  utilizing  more  melody  and  the music  always  remains  heavy  and  brutal.

  King  Parrot  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  thrash,  death  metal,  punk  and  grindcore  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  murder,  shit,  violence  and  disgusting  stories.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  King  Parrot  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Entrapment"  "All  Hail  The  Grub"  "Numb  Skill"  and  "Spooki  The  Animals".  8  out  of  10.     

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Old Night/Pale Cold Irrelevance/Rain Without End Records/2017 CD Review

  Old  Night  are  a  band  from  Croatia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  doom  metal  with  some  elements  of  progressive  rock  and  blues  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Pale  Cold  Irrelevance"  which  will  be  released  on  August  26th  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  in  touches  of  post  and  progressive  rock  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  fashion  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  gets  heavy  it  brings  in  more  of  a  traditional  doom  metal  style  while  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  melody and  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  when  keyboards  are  added  into  the  music  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  elements  of  blues  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Old Night  plays  a  style  of  doom  metal t hat  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal,  progressive  rock  and  blues  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  dark and depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Old  Night  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  doom  metal  band  with  elements  of  death  metal,  progressive  rock  and  blues  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of   those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mother  Of  All  Sorrows"  and  "Something  Is  Broken".  8  out  of  10.

Born For Slaughter/Self Titled/WOOAAARGH/2017 EP Review


  Born  For  Slaughter  are  a  band  from  Macedonia  that  plays  a mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  which  was  released  by  WOOAAARGH.

    Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along with  some  death  metal  growls  and  crust  style  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  d  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  but  also  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  thrash  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  hardcore.

  Born  For  Slaughter  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  more melodic form  of  crust  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Born  For  Slaughter  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Downfall"  and  "P.T.S.D".  8  out  of  10.

  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sledgehammer Nosejob Interview

 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
SLEDGEHAMMER NOSEJOB was formed in Hoogeveen/Netherlands by Carl Assault and Fredde Kaddeth (me). Carl and I also play in the death metal band MASSIVE ASSAULT. Marco Prij (also in Distillator) is our drummer and Casper le Gras our bassplayer. With Sledgehammer Nosejob we released our debut full length album called Stop! Hammertime! on CD and LP this year.
Some little history that goes from a studio project to a live band: Sledgehammer Nosejob started in 2013 as studio project, we recorded all songs in my studio. we offered our demo songs for free downloads online. We also got attention from organizers who wanted us to play at their events. So this so called studio project was rolling into gigs in 2014. People from different areas where asking from the beginning if we would bring out CD's and vinyl. Together with DDR (Defying Danger Records) we realised the music carriers this year with our debut album "Stop! Hammertime!".


2.In January you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The music we play is Death Metal, but some songs are pure rock & roll, and some songs we play are crust also some thrash.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Some songs have a lyrics about war and tragedy and conflicts, other songs are about dark thoughts and inner conflicts from a person’s view and some songs have a more amusing theme, the dark themes in our music is nothing new but a funny lyrics for example from Chainsaw Hank is about a person living the dream and being the best in TIMBERSPORTS / Lumberjack Competition sport. So the lyrics vary from dark themes to positive vibes.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sledgehammer Nosejob'?
In your face! That’s the music from Sledgehammer Nosejob.
Inspiration comes from 80s WWF intro theme songs, Chuck Berry, d-beat and (Death) metal in general


5.On the albums there are only 2 members, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
On this moment Sledgehammer Nosejob is reduced to 1 member and all other members are session musicians.
Explanation!

Carl Assault is stepping back with Sledgehammer Nosejob, because he's also very active in most weekends with lyric videos and video shoots for a record label right now. To plan shows is getting more complex when a member has less time to play. We got shows offered we weren't able to do. This also means that Sledgehammer Nosejob is looking for a vocalist now. The album is released this year and doing live shows will also help promoting the release. That’s also fair to our record label, who invested time and money in Sledgehammer Nosejob. The idea for a expanding line up is not there yet. It worked for me to keep things simple where I had to compromise with Carl only. I must say that Carl and I had projects in the past and I always felt that we complement each other. It feels weird when Carl leaves Sledgehammer Nosejob. But I also wish him luck with this video job!
Carl and I are still in MASSIVE ASSAULT, so we will have our music and time in that band together.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Protsen open air in Germany was great, from a long drive with traffic jams, we arrived 5 minutes before our ShowTime, there was no time for warming up. Marco our Drummer needs it normally but all went good.  We played a great show and I think many people where entertained. We were!
And another great show was on a birthday party in Berlin, It was full packed with more than 200 people, played with awesome bands and the atmosphere was awesome. For that show we travelled by train the day before. A little strange way to tour, but all was smooth. In our performance people can see that we enjoy to play. Energy and drive!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
With the line-up change and auditions there is less visibility on long term plans.
But we have some shows on the short term on Berlin Swamp Fest 2017 on 15th September and on 14th October
Defying Danger Records Label Night

8.The album was released on 'Defying Danger Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It's a small underground label, and the good people behind it have good connections in the underground metal and grind scene.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal, thrash and crust?
From many countries people were impressed with our music.
A lot of people where interested and asking for physical music carriers like CDs and LPs after we put our fist demo song online.

10.What is going on with Massive Assault these days?
Massive Assault released a third album on vinyl last July, and it will be released on CD in autumn.
We had a video shoot some weeks ago, and Carl is making a video clip now.
So expect some Massive Assault madness soon on YouTube also!

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I can't answer, with all this turbulence in this line-up now.

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?
With our album "Stop! Hammertime!" there is a rock, death metal, crust, thrash variety. Think of Obituary, Motorhead, Carnivore, Chuck Berry, Discharge
Nowadays i listen a lot of W.A.S.P. but also some old death metal albums, old Metallica, Pantera, Prong also Wolfbrigade. Sometimes New Wave.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Documentaries films from history to politics or science, carpentry, my girlfriend, I also love hanging out with my cats and dog and social time with friends.


14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yes, I want to thank you for your interest in Sledgehammer Nosejob and this interview. For the people who don't know Sledgehammer Nosejob and our music. Check our BandCamp and Facebook and my recording studio Dirty Bird Productions. Cheers! https://www.facebook.com/SledgehammerNosejob/  https://sledgehammer-nosejob.bandcamp.com/
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