Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Walking Dead Orchestra/Resurrect/Unique Leader Records/2017 CD Review

  The  Walking  Dead  Orchestra  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Resurrect"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Unique  Leader  Records.

  A  very  sci-fi  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  brutal  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  angry  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  melodic  style.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  guttural  at  times  and  the  mid  tempo  sections  of   the  songs  also  mix  in  deathcore  style  breakdowns  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  all  instrumental  while  a  later  song  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  The  Walking  Dead  Orchestra  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  brutal  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  post  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Walking  Dead  Orchestra  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Resurrect  The  Scourge"  "Area  Of  Desolation"  "Necrosphere"  and  "Devastate".  8  out  of  10.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Nihil Eyes/Black Path/2017 Full Length Review

  Nihil  Eyes  are  a  band  from  The  united  Kingdom  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Black  Path"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  screams  make  their  presence  known.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  along  with  a  couple of tracks  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  flies  and  spoken  word samples  samples  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.

  Nihil  Eyes  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  United  Kingdom  death  metal  and  grindcore,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while the  lyrics  cove r political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nihil  Eyes  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nihil  Eyes"  "As  The  Water  Falls"  "True  Nihilist"  and  "Manifesto".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Savage Annihilation/Quand s' abaisse la croix du blaspheme/XenoKorp/2017 CD Review

  Savage  Annihilation  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  brutal  gore  and  blasphemous  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Quand  s'  abaisse  la  croix  du  blaspheme"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  XenoKorp.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while t he  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  high  pitched  screams  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  death  metal  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  horror  movie  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  operatic  female  vocals  are  added  onto  the  closing  track

  Savage  Annihilation  remain  true  to  the  brutal  death  metal  style  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Zombies,  Cannibals,  Heresy,  Blasphemy,  and  Doom  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great  sounding  album  from  Savage  Annihilation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devorante  Degenerescene  Anthropophage"  and  "Hyreitt".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Gravesite/Neverending Trail Of Skulls/Xtreem Music/2017 CD Review

  Gravesite  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays a  horror  influenced  style  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  'Neverending  Trail  Of  Skulls"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction t hat  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  grindcore  elements  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  era.

  A  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  Swedish  and  English  influences  and  when  keyboards  are  used  briefly  they  bring  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  and  one  track  also  adds  in  samples,  clean  guitars  are  also added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Gravesite  remains  true  to  the  horror  movie  inspired  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gravesite  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  horror  influenced  death  metal,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Neverending  Trail  Of  Skulls"  "Global  Disease  Madness"  and  "Swallowed  In  Darkness". 8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Haemorrhage/We Are The Gore/Relapse Records/2017 CD Review

  Haemorrhage  are  a  band from Spain  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  25  years  and  plays  a  brutal form  of  gore/grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "We  Are  The  Gore"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Relapse  Records.

  Heavy  guitar  riffs  and  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  while  the  music  keeps  the  style  that  was  established  in  the  early  90's  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion,  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  brutal.

  Haemorrhage  remains  true  to  the  gore/grind  style  that  they h ave  been  playing  for  more  than  20 years,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore  and  surgery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Haemorrhage  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  gore/grind,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gore  Gormet"  "Bathed  In  Bile"  "Medical  Maniacs"  and "Organ  Trader".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Inverted Serenity Interview

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

We finished the new album just in time to head out on tour in late June. We went to the east coast and back with our black metal buddies in Cell (another Winnipeg band worth checking out!). For us, the eastern half of the country was uncharted territory so it was fun to go out there and show our music to people who’ve never heard of us. Hopefully the next time we go there a few people will have heard of us now that we’ll have new music available online, same goes for the west!

2.You have a new album coming out in October, 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 songs on this album are definitely more mature than anything we’ve put out before. We’ve all become better musicians and song writers and that comes through in the music. It is difficult to narrow down our sound since we don’t limit ourselves to a genre, nor do we have one formula for writing songs. We put ideas in a blender and whatever comes out is our music.

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of metaphysical, geometric,  scientific, philosophical and gnosticism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

On the previous albums our drummer, Ben Deveau, wrote the bulk of the lyrics and he explored a lot of those metaphysical themes. On the new album, we shared the lyric duties more so the lyrical topics became more diverse and, generally speaking, the lyrics are less abstract and more direct. The album is definitely not a concept album and every song touches on something different. This made it difficult to find an appropriate title for it. But if there’s a consistent theme over the course of the album it’s that when dark or negative topics are dealt with in the lyrics, there’s usually a positive or hopeful outcome that is either explored in the lyrics or that occurred in our lives following the bad things discussed in the songs. So you could say this album is a hopeful one because we talk about the possibility negative things eventually withering away, hence the title: ‘As Spectres Wither’

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

There’s a Meshuggah lyric in the I EP that inspired the band name. The lyric is: ‘‘Inverted miracles’’. It inspired our founding members, Ben and Tom, to play around with words and they came up with Inverted Serenity in computer class in middle school. The name stuck ever since.

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 recently did a local CD release show (in Winnipeg) and that was definitely one of our favourite shows based on the energy in the room from the crowd’s enthusiasm. Our previous CD release was also had a similar vibe. We’ve also been fortunate enough to open for many touring acts that we look up to. We’ve had the chance to play in front of a few hundred people on a couple occasions and that’s always a blast because you feed off the crowd’s energy. Our stage performance is pretty straight forward. We don’t use gimmicks or stage props (unless it’s a Halloween show or something along those lines) but our show usually involves a lot of hair flying through the air.

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

There are no formal plans for touring as of yet but we’ll start applying for Canadian metal festivals soon. We will be playing locally though. We have a show with Archspire in late September, and then we’ll play shows with some friends including Occvlt Hand’s LP release in October.

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

It’s not something we are actively pursuing. We’re more focused on making music, playing shows and becoming better at what we’re doing. If the right offer came our way we would consider it.

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

There has been some positive feedback in the tech scene about the two singles we’ve released thus far. Hopefully we get more of that feedback once the album is out.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Our bassist and singer, Tomas Ingham, plays in doom/dark rock band called Madeira. They will be putting together an album shortly. They’ve also talked about touring western Canada at some point. Our drummer’s band Moira are finishing up a follow up album after releasing an EP they put out late last year. They play a cool style of groove/death metal. One of our guitarists, Drew, also has a progressive death metal side project called Parasitism. They’ve been working on a debut album for a while and it’s nearing completion.

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

We have some new material we’ll work on as a band pretty soon. So far it’s looking like we’ll do something conceptual like a long multi-part song. It’s hard to say what the end result will be like but it’s probably going to be pretty progressive.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I think we all have common musical interests but each member listens to different stuff. Generally, we get inspiration from death metal and black metal. If we went through the album riff by riff we could maybe pinpoint specific a bands influence on a specific part but it would take for ever to list that here.

Here’s what we’ve been jamming lately and some of our votes for album of the year.


-Recently: Dirsfiguring the Godess, AOTY: Gravebloom by The Acacia Strain


-Recently: Neumenorean, AOTY: Heartless by Pallbearer


-Recently: Drab Majesty, AOTY: Futility Report by White Ward


-Recently: The sounds of the wilderness…

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Drew loves hunting; in fact he’s hunting right now so we can’t get a hold of him to figure out what he’s listened to recently. Ben skateboards a lot and is a part of the Scam Skate skate team. Marco and Tom don’t have anything going for them outside of music…

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

We don’t have much to say except a big ‘’thank you’’ for showing some interest in our band and our music! Cheers!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Coma Cluster Void/Thoughts From A Stone/Translation Loss Records/2017 EP Review

  Coma  Cluster  Void  are  an  international  band  with  members  from Canada,  Germany,  and  the  United  States  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  dissonant,  avant  garde  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Thoughts  From  A  Stone"  which will  be  released  in October  by  Translation  Loss  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  avant  garde  elements  and  stringed  instruments  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  classical  and  after  the  intro  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  dissonant  structures  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  at  times.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  while  death  metal  growls  are  added  as  the  recording  progresses  along  with  some  progressive  and  math  rock  elements  also  being  utilized  in  some  of  the  guitar  leads and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  one  track  also  brings  in  clean  playing  and  female  vocals.

  On  this  recording  Coma  Cluster  Void  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  avant  garde,  experimental,  technical  and  dissonant  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Coma  Cluster  Void  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sculpting  This  Vision"  and  "We  Are  The  Law".  8  out  of  10.