Friday, August 18, 2017

Hello Bastards/Herida Profunda/Wooaaargh/Deviance/738 Punx/Hecatombe Records/N.I.C Records/2017 Split 7 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  U.K's  Hello  Bastards  and  Poland/U.K's  Herida  Profunda  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Wooaaargh,  Deviance,  738 Punx,  Hecatombe  and  N.I.C  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Hello  Bastards  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  punk,  crust,  power  violence  and  hardcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitar  playing  along  with  some  back  up  shouts and  screams  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  aggressive  crust  punk  direction  while  also  adding  in  d  beats  and  angry  shouting  hardcore  style  vocals  along  with  a  few  blast  beats.

  Throughout  their  side  of t he  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  sloe,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  power  violence  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while t he  lyrics  cover  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hello  Bastards  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  hardcore,  power  violence  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Making  Hardcore,  Punk  Again"  and  "Equality".

  Next  up  is  Herida  Profunda  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,crust  and  hardcore.

  Their  side  of  the  spit  starts  out  with  news  sample  and  clean  playing  before going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  while  d  beats  are  also  used  at  times  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  Throughout  their  side  of t he  split  you  can  hear   a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  the  music  only  has  a  small  amount  of  solos  and  leads  but adding  in a   great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  political  and  grindcore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Herida  Profunda  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  and  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Grind  You  In  The  Back".

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Acephalix/Decreation/20 Buck Spin/2017 CD Review



  San  Francisco,  California's  Acephalix  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  shows  them  focusing  less  on  the  crust  influenced  style  of  death  metal  of  previous  releases  and  adding  in  more  of  a  straight  forward death  metal  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Decreation"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  A  very  heavy  90's  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  d  beats  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  remaining  true  to  a  very  old  school  style  of t he  genre  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  riffing.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  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  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  classical  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  On  this  recording  Acephalix  go  for  more  of    a  straight  forward  death  metal  style  while  also  mixing  in  a  touch  of  d  beat,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  lack  and  loss  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Acephalix  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  d  beat,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Upon  This  Altar"  "God  Is  Laughing"  and  "Decreation".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Huoripukki/Voima On Oikeutta/Caligari Records/2017 EP Review


  Huoripukki  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Voima  On  Oikeutta"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Heavy  riffs  and  angry  death  metal  growls  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  screams  which  also  leads  to  guitar  leads  being  introduced  on  the  recording  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  morbid  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  incorporating  a  great  amount  of  punk  and  thrash  elements  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Huoripukki  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  death  metal,  thrash  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  writing  in  Finnish  and  cover  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Huoripukki  are  a  very  great  sounding old  school  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Voima  On  Oikeutta" and  "Suttern  Verta".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Rekoma/Eadem Errata/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review

  Rekoma  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  goth  and  heavy  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Eadem  Errata"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Inverse  Records.

  A  very  symphonic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  melodic  style.

  At  times  the  vocals  get  more  aggressive  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  some  songs  also  add  in  touches  of  groove  metal  and  blast  beats  are  also  used  briefly and  keyboards  return  on  the  last  track  which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Rekoma  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  goth,  death  and  traditional  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  grievances  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rekoma  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  gothic  and  heavy metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dust  Becomes  My  Name"  "Misguided"  and  "Sleepwalker".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mutation/III: Dark Black/Undergroove/2017 CD Review


  Mutation  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  noise,  progressive  metal,  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "III:  Dark  Black"  which  was  released  by  Undergroove.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  while  symphonic  elements  are  also  used  at  times  and  after  awhile  shouting  vocals  and  traces  of  electronic  music  are  added  onto  the  recording,.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  harsh  noise  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Mutation  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  harsh  noise,  experimental,  avant  garde,  industrial,  and  prog  metal  and  mixes  it  with  the  brutality  of  grindcore  to  create  something  very  original,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mutation  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  harsh  noise,  experimental,  avant  garde,  industrial,  prog  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Authenticy"  "Skint"  "Dogs"  and  "Victim".  8  out  of  10.     

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Necromorph/Under The Flag/Defying Danger Records/2016 CD Review


  Necromorph  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  crust,  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Under  The  Flag"  which  was  released  by  Defying  Danger  Records.


  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while t he  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  d  beat  and  crust  elements  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  stringed  instruments  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Necromorph  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  German  and  cover  death,  gore  and  pain  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necromorph  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture of  death  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Excrements  Of  The  Sun"  "End  In  Vomit"  "Handle  The  Flag"  and  "Perfect  Day  In  A  Perfect  World".  8  out  of  10.

Sledgehammer Nosejob/Stop! Hammertime!/Defying Danger Records/2017 CD Review


  Sledgehammer  Nosejob  are  a  band  from The  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  death'n'roll'  thrash  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Stop!  Hammertime!"  which  was  released  by  Defying  Danger  Records.

  Rock'n'roll  style  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  crust  style  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  punk  along  with  a  few  back  up  shouts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffing  and  the  death  metal  side  is  more  closer  to  the  early  90's  Swedish  era.

  Sledgehammer  Nosejob  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal,  thrash,  crust  punk  and  rock'nroll  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  destruction  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sledgehammer  Nosejob  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash,  crust  punk  and  rock'n'roll  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sledgehammer  Bitch"  "Psycho  Rocker"  "Chainsaw  Hank"  and  "1347  Black  Death".  8  out  of  10. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Ovakner/Ar/Lume/Eihwaz Recordings/2017 EP Review


  Ovakner  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Ar/Lume"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Eihwaz  Recordings.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  d  beats  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Swedish  style  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  crust    elements  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  along  with  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  briefly  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  crust  style.  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  hardcore and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Ovakner  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old school  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust  and  d  beat  to create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Pagan  Tales,  Nature  and  Decay.

  In my  opinion  Ovakner  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inexpungable"  and  "Lume".  8  out  of  10.
  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Blight 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?

    Travis- Well the new album will be out in a few weeks so as of right now, Tridroid has been promoting it. We've been grateful to be getting positive responses from various online music review blogs/podcasts. Aside from that, we've played a show w/Kim Gordon's project Body/Head the occasional show in town. Planning more time to record new material.

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?

      Travis- We have a difficult time describing it ourselves. We've been going with the title "Space Dread". It's hypnotic/chaotic/soundscapes that are conducted in a fairly meditative state, much like Drone music. We just happen to deal with a darker subject matter w/more dramatic sound.
I feel it differs from our other recordings with how more collected we are as a improvisational group. We had our friend Jesse Peterson on guest guitar which worked out perfectly. He completely understands what we were going for and complimented our sound quite well.

Jesse - The best descriptor for our sound is space dread. We are focusing on the larger universe, outside of our planet, being inherently hostile to human beings, and emphasizing that most of the petty squabbles that characterize humanity are entirely meaningless in a larger context. We have been developing this sound over the last couple years, so we would like to think that this album represents an evolution of those ideas.

3.On the albums you use no guitars but still have a very heavy sound, can you tell us a little bit more about the decision behind going into this musical direction?

Travis- Jesse and Tim started this project a few years before I was asked to join. I know they really wanted to take a different approach to abrasive music w/unconventional methods and sounds. I was later added to help complete that idea. We still, to this day seek out more ways to move forward with this vision. This includes collaborations w/people we know and respect in town.

Jesse-We think that guitars are one of the most loaded signifiers in music. They bring an immediate context that we are generally trying to move beyond, aesthetically.   That said, our friend Jesse Matthew Peterson, who is a guitarist, joined us on this record. Our overall direction will continue to be the exploration of heavy and extreme sounds using whatever means we can, though. We very purposely draw from a variety of traditions with the drums and vocals, while using a custom 5U modular synth and various other strange electronics to push things around.

4.What are some of the themes and images you bring out with your musical style?
     
  Jesse - Space. Lots and lots of space. Our logo is based on theoretical dark matter clouds.
Travis - Space, humanity, our place in the universe and it's insignificance to the "bigger picture"



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Blight'?

        Jesse - In Vernor Vinge's novel "A Fire Upon The Deep", humans accidentally awaken a billions-years-old hostile super intelligence which starts devouring the galaxy immediately. We thought it a fitting tribute to encapsulate the ideas of a total 'other'.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Travis - For me it's not so much the line up or the performers we're playing with that makes the show great. It's how in tune the three of us are with our structuring of the set to come. We never rehearse so all we do is have a brief discussion before playing in regards to what method we want to start the set that night based on the feel of the place, our moods and the mood of the show.
Hmmm. Everything from lots of concentration (if we can't hear whats going on on stage) to meditative. Or, if I am feeling rather wound up, I like to get into people's personal spaces and lose my shit a little. No one gets hurt but me, mind you. And my equipment sometimes!

Jesse - The Blight is entirely improvised, we don’t have songs as much as we have tactics. The best shows are always in front of folks who can appreciate what we are doing. We did two month-long residencies last fall that were really great. We had other artists, like Rachel from False and Gnawed, collaborate with us and it really amazing to see how the performances changed with other people's energy being involved.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Travis - Our Tridroid release show on July 29th then that's it for now. We've discussed more recordings, shows, collaborations, etc.

We have discussed touring, too. It's difficult for us since there's career's, family, other music projects and such in the mix. That and it's not so easy to pick up and go on tour these day's while in our 40's vs when we were in our 20's.



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal and noise?
Travis - It's been pretty good. Most of the people from other countries are friends of mine I had sent links to hear. We're just now starting to receive more and more feedback. It's been good!

Jesse - For not being 100% either metal or noise, the response has been really fantastic.  People are really responding to what we are doing and it's great.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Travis - I honestly can't tell you. I hope it becomes even more difficult to describe!

Jesse - We are going to continue exploring collaborations with like-minded folks along the same themes and record as much as possible.


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?
Travis - Influence: Portal, Throbbing Gristle, COIL, various Black Metal and War Metal

Currently I've been listening to a lot of Vermin Womb, Cognizant, Chris & Cosey

Jesse - Sonically, some of the biggest influences are Throbbing Gristle, Orthrelm, and WOLD. Our listening tastes are all over the board, but for the sake of this being a metal zine, we have been enjoying the shit out of the latest Vanum, Artificial Brain, and Cognizant records.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Travis - Social politics, food/cooking, animals, video games, local breweries

Jesse - Cooking and nature are two of the biggest things. Unplugging and reconnecting have become increasingly important in life.

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

(Travis) Someone put vinyl out for us!

Ashcloud/Kingdom Of The Damned/Xtreem Music/2017 CD Review


  Sweden's  Ahcloud  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  old  school  death  metal  and  crust  mixture of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Kingdom  Of  The  Damned"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  A  very  heavy and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  incorporates  a  lot  of  crust  and  d  beat  elements  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly.

  There  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times.

  Ashcloud  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  crust  influenced  style  of  old  school  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  post apocalyptic,  horror,  death  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ashcloud  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  and  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Among  The  Grotesque"  "The  Serpent  King"  "The  Seven  Trumpets  Of  Hell"  and  "Megiddo".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Teething/We Will Regret This Someday/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review


  Teething  are  a  band  from  Spain  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "We  Will  Regret  This  Someday"  which  was  released  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Alcohol  vomit  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  grindcore  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  hardcore  style  shouts  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  a  small  amount  of  samples  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  brutal  style.

  Teething  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  hardcore  influenced  style  of  grind  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes,

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Teething  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  hardcore  influenced  grind  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mic  Check"  "Up  In  Smoke"  "Take  Me  To  A  Doctor"  and  "An  Open  Letter  To  My  Best  Friend".  8  out  of  10.  

Psudoku/Deep Space Psudokument/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review


  This  is  another  review  of  an  album  from  Norway's  Psudoku  which  continues  the  avant  garde  style  of  grindcore  from  his  previous release  and  the  album  is  called  "Deep  Space  Psudokument"  and  was  released  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  A  very  heavy,  fast  and  brutal  noise/grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  math  rock  in  the  structures  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Elements  of  surf  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  progressive  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  slow  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  adding  in  some  space  classical  music  influences.

  Psudoku  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  avant  garde  style  of  grindcore  from  his  previous  release  while  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  futuristic  and  science  fiction  atmosphere  this  time  around  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Psudoku  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore  and  avant  garde  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "KCultraVIII_8000"  "spaceBURIEALiz_9"  "KRISEzettinx.PCM"  and  "KOSMISqUE_trapp".  8  out  of  10.    

Psudoku/Planetarisk Sudoku/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review


  Psudoku  are  a  solo  project from  Norway  that  plays  an  avant  garde  from  of grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Planetarisk  Sodoku"  which  was  released  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Prog  metal  style  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  jazz  and  avant  garde  mnusic  before  going  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction  and  also  adding  in  blast  beats  while  the  high  pitched  screams  add  in  elements  of  noisecore  and  saxophones  are  also  used  on  a  regular  basis.

  At  times  the  music  can  get  very  experimental  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  technical  fashion  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the recording  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  piano's  and  clean  playing  and  guttural  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  krautrock  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Psudoku  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  noise,  grindcore,  avant  garde,  prog  and  krautrock  to  create  something  very  original  and  different  sounding  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Psudoku  are a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore  and  avant  garde  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  genres,  you  should  check  out this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "BoLTZmanN BRain 2099"  an d "WaRP-4".  8  out  of 10.    

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Blurring/Cloud Burner/2017 EP Review


  Blurring  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  technical  form  of  grindcore  along  with  some  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Cloud  Burner".

  Angry  shouts  along  with  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  a  few  seconds  later  that  are  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  black  metal  and  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  at  times.

  All of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  experimental  elements  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls a re  added  onto  the  recording  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  solos  and  leads.

  Blurring  plays  a  style  of  grindcore  that  is  very  technical  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of   their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blurring  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  grindcore  band  with  some  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Casket  Black"  and  "Cloude  Burner".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Drap/Roten Till Allt Ont/Xtreem Music/2017 CD Review


  Drap  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Roten  Till  Allt  Ont"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  crust  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount of  Swedish  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  d  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  album  also  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  On  this  recording  Drap  takes  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  brutal  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Drap and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ner  Pa  Kna"  "Overvald"  and  "Nederlag".  8  out  of  10. 

Sharzall/Black Sun/NRT Records/2017 CD Review

  Sharzall  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  goth  metal,  dark  rock  and  post  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Black  Sun"  which  was  released  by  NRT  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  they  start  mixing  in  with  a  heavier  sound  that  is  in  more  of  a  goth  metal  fashion  along  with  some  touches  of  post  punk  along  with  some  clean  vocals  that  also  get very  aggressive  at  times  with  a  few  death  metal  growls.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a very  melodic  fashion  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  has  its  symphonic  moments  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  dark  rock  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Sharzall  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  goth,  dark  rock,  and  post  punk  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sharzall  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth  metal,  dark  rock  and  post  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hell  Quit"  "Way  To  Die"  "Black  Sun"  and  "Frozen  Touch".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mesrine 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?
DAN: The band has been very, very quiet since the album has been recorded. We took a sort of 'break' for a while. It only came out a couple weeks ago so up until now we have played the Earslaughter Fest in Montreal, and we have a show in july opening for D.R.I. in Quebec. Two members of the band had kids in the last few months so we have less time for shows and rehearsals.

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?
DAN: Well it's still old school grindcore, it's what we have been known for playing for the last 20 years. We are not about to get technical and add any new school ingredients to our stuff. I think it's probably our most diverse album, it's like a mix of the last three albums with death, crust and even
some crossover/thrash influences. Having two guitarists now and a new bass player (hi Seb!), their influences have brought a couple different ideas than before. But it's still raw, basic and in your face.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
DAN: For the most part only our vocalist Steve knows what the fuck he's talking about 'coz we didn't include the lyrics, so i don't know! But the subjects are mostly about serial killers, or strange people who have done strange things. Like 'Matricule 728' which is about a fat lesbian cop from
Montreal who got caught beating up and insulting people on various occasions for no apparentreason. We just thought it was funny. Or 'Colosse is back again', which is about this dude from Quebec who spent about 30 something years in prison and the second he got released he tried to rob a bank and got thrown right back in jail (which we also thought was funny). '12$' is basically about exhorbitant beer prices in bars! It's all non-serious stuff, mostly black humor or dumb shit and alot of fictional stuff about putting yourself in the shoes of a killer. Also some tracks have no lyrics at all.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mesrine'?
DAN: Again it's the serial killer theme. It's a fascination i have since i was a teenager and started reading and watching tv shows about serial killers. Jacques Mesrine was a french guy who is very well documented, just search him on google or wikipedia. Let's just say that he was a very interesting
character and has done some really incredible stuff.

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?
DAN: That's not an easy one, we've had lots of great shows. The Earslaughter a few weeks ago was pretty cool. The 2015 Obscene Extreme fest in Montreal, 2014 MDF, Vancouver 2007, tons of crazy shows in France, Germany, Czech Republic etc... Our live show is pretty straight forward, no speeches, costumes or gimmicks. Just 30 minutes of grindcore.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
DAN: No tour plans but only select shows here and there. Gig wise we will be much less active from now on.

7.Over the years you have been a part of a great amount of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?
DAN: A lot of those splits were done with bands we are friends with (G.O.D., Deboned, Roger Moore, Septicémie, Fuck The Facts etc) and al ot are just suggestions from different labels who wanted to release something from us. Sometimes we made splits with bands we met on tour and liked them so we did a split with them. Our first split was very special for me and Fred as it was with the Brazilian band Rot, which was an influence for us when we started the band.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore?
DAN: In the underground grind scene we have mostly had positive feedback for the most part. Any negative reactions/reviews we don't really pay attention about it. We play DIY grindcore aimed at a DIY grindcore public, we don't care about big magazines/labels or media attention.

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?
DAN: That would be a question for our bass player Seb, as he has the most outside bands/projects going. But the main ones would be Fistfuck (grind/punk), Badass Commander (o.s. death metal) and Mighty Megalodon (stoner).

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
DAN: The same place we have always been. Just old school grindcore.

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?
DAN: Personally old Napalm Death, Agathocles, Blood, Grave, old E.N.T. etc. Every member has their own influences but it's mainly old school grind/death/crust/thrash stuff.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
DAN: 1)Craft beer 2)Pro-Wrestling 3)Travelling

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
DAN: Thanx for the interview and check out our new album. Get in touch through our facebook for shirts/CD's/records and ask what we have available.
Cheers


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Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Blight/Meditations On Insignificance/Tridroid Recordings/2017 CD Review

  The  Blight  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric and  harsh  form  of  noisecore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Meditations  On  Insignificance"  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th  by  Tridroid  Recordings.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  noisecore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blat  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  mixing in  harsh  power  electronics,  atmospheric  synths  and  sci  fi  style  vocals  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  mange  to  capture  brutality  without  any  use  of  electric  guitars  and  the y songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  harsh  noise  elements  while  also  having  an  avant  garde  and  improve  feeling  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  touches  of  ambient  and  a lot  of  the  tracks  get  very  experimental.

  The  Blight  plays  a musical  style  that takes  noisecore,  harsh  noise,  ambient  and  experimental  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  an  original  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  space,  galaxy  and  the  universe.

  In  my  opinion  The  Blight  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  noisecore,  harsh  noise,  ambient  and  experimental  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Humanity"  and  "Galaxy".  8  out  of  10.  

Summer Complation #1/Give Praise Records/2017 COmpilation Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  summer  compilation  from  Give  Praise  Records  which  mostly  consists  of  grindcore,  crust  and  power  violence  bands  and  we  will  review  each  track  individually.

  Eaten  brings  us  "Demise"  which  is  mostly  a  very  fast  grindcore  song  with  death  metal  growls,  power  violence  elements  and  melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  a  few  d  beats  and  also  having  some  mid  tempo  riffing.

  Embalming  Theatre  brings  us  "Amputation  Of  The  Wrong  Leg"  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  song  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in t he  early  90's  and  also  mixes  in  an  old  school  death  metal  vibe.

  Fubar  brings  us  "Consumed"  a  song  that  mixes  death  metal  with  grindcore  and power  violence  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  and  leads  and  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and f ast  parts

  Grave  Plague  brings  us  "Halls  Of  The  Rotten"  which  is  mostly  in  the  old  school  Swedish  death  metal  tradition.

  Herida  Profunda  brings  us  "Eat  Before  Rot"  a  song  that  mixes  the  old  school  gore/grind  style  in  with  elements  of  crust.

  Jesus  Crost  brings  us  "Bitsocker"  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  song  which  also  mixes  in  some  deathcore  and  slam  touches.

  Keitzer  brings  us  "Salvation"  a  very  fast  and  brutal  song  that  mixes  death  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  together  while  also  displaying  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Krigblast  brings  us  "Dawn  Of  The  Apocalypse"  a  song  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  grindcore  but  also including  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Traffic  Death  brings  us  "Nobody  Survives"  a  short  song  that  mixes  doom  metal  with  brutal  grindcore.

  Unholy  Grave  brings us  "Mental  Disease"  a  very  short  yet  brutal  song  that  mixes  grindcore  and  crust  together.

  Whisker  Biscuit  brings  us  "Wake  Up"  a  song  that  is  more  in  a  traditional  hardcore  punk  and  crust  style  while  also  being  very  old  school.

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

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Atomck/Every Room In Britain/SuperFi/Wooaaargh/Made In The Meth Lab/Rip Roaring Shit Storm/Stop Talking/2017 LP Review


  Atomck  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  punk,  noise  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Every  Room In  Britain"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  SuperFi,  Wooaaargh,  Made  In  The  Meth  Lab,  Rip  Roaring  Shit  Storm,  and  Stop  Talking.

  A  short  into  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  melodies  at  times  as  well  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  also  mixes  crust  punk  with  grindcore  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  short  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  noise  and  hardcore  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  solos or  leads.

  Atomck  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t he  crust  punk,  noise  and  grindcore  mixture  of  previous releases,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording f rom  Atomck  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust,  noise,  and  grindcore  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Full  Of  Sell"  "Prseton  Slayer  Fans"  "Misery  Trance"  and  "Anguish  Champion".  8  out  of  10. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Captain Caveman/Failed Species/Wooaaargh/2017 EP Review


  Captain  Caveman  are  a  band from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep "Failed  Species"  which  was  released  by  Wooaaargh.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  power  violence  direction  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  and  also  adds  in  blast  beats  and  elements  of  grindcore  while  the  vocals bring  in  a  mixture  of  screams,  death  metal  growls  and  crust  style  shouting.

  Most  of  the  tracks a re  very  short  in  length  while t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  musical  style.

  Captain  Caveman  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  anger  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Captain  Caveman  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Taste  The  Waste"  "Life  "D  Beat  Dissolution"  and  "and  Man  Learned  To  Kill".  8  out of  10.   

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Deathreat/Zero Trust/Deformeathing Productions/2017 EP Review


  Deathreat  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  ep  "Zero  Trust"  which  was  released  by  Deformeathing  productions.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  angry  hardcore  vocals a re  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  mix  in  elements  of  grind  and  d  beat.

  A  great  amount  of  back  up  shouts  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  while t he  music  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  80's  and 90's  but  with  a  more  modern  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  use  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.   

  Deathreat  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal,  grind  and  hardcore  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Politically  Incorrect  and  Anti  Society  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Deathreat  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind  and  hardcore  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "PC  Punx  Fuck  Off"  "I  AM  Burning"  "No  Ambitions"  and  "Zero  Trust".  8  out  of  10.

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.