Saturday, November 18, 2017

Anarcheon/Stratusfear/2017 EP Review


  Anarcheon  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  death and  modern  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Stratusfear".

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bring  in    great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  brief  use  of  wolves  howling  and  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  style  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  modern  thrash  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  clean  vocals  and  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  metal  cover  of  "Kiss  A  Girl".

  Anarcheon  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  and  modern  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Anarcheon  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  death and  modern  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kill  Milk  (Calcium  Stab)"  and  "Etherous  Claw".  8 out  of  10.      

Bloodshot Dawn/Reanimation/Hostile Media/2018 CD Review


  Bloodshot  Dawn  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  technical  and  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their album  "Reanimation"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Hostile  Media.

  Blast  beats  along  with  some  mellodic  yet  technical  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  follow  the  same  pattern  while  also  taking  it  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  more  modern  thrash  style.

  High  pitched  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  synths  along  with  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  track.

  On  this  recording  Bloodshot  Dawn  goes  for  more  of  a  technical  and  modern  style  of  melodic  death  metal, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  war,  death,  science  fiction  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bloodshot  Dawn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  technical  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seared  Earth"  "Upon  The  Throne  Of  Fear"  "The  Omniverse"  and  "Reanimated".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

Atoll 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 added a 3rd guitarist (Spencer Ferguson) as well as been focused on planning out our march tour and getting our third album ready for the studio



2. You have a new album coming out in November, 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 new album has a more focused and well-rounded sound that incorporates all of our influences, the new album differs from our previous material in many ways, we've added a new vocalist in Wade Taylor who is an absolute monster behind the microphone, we have fine-tuned the tones of each instrument on the recording. We kept the tracking, edits and mixing all in house. Making it much easier to shape it the way we wanted it.



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



Most of the lyrical content that we have is based on human extinction or crazy sci-fi Concepts that we thought of ourselves as well as a little bit of humor peppered in there.



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



The meaning and inspiration for the name atoll comes from some of the hydrogen bomb testing they did over Bikini Atoll creating mutated monsters and disgusting beasts. We go over a lot of these Concepts in our song Bikini Atoll Fallout Frenzy.



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



The two best shows that we played so far have definitely been Las Vegas deathfest and Los Angeles extermination Fest. Both promoters treated us very professionally and we got to meet a ton of awesome bands. In describing our stage performance, one could possibly use the adjectives chaotic energetic and insanely Savage. We like to put on the best show we can for our fans and for the people who come to see us they deserve the best show possible and we want to deliver that.



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



We're playing December 9th in Long Beach California and January 13th in Albuquerque New Mexico. We are currently planning a West Coast tour in the spring, a one-off show in Las Vegas with some homies and booking a few festivals happening in the summer



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



The response has been amazing we've been getting awesome feedback from everybody they really like the production and the new vocals on this album. Most people have been saying that this album is a step up from the last one which is exactly what we wanted. we've also been getting a lot of great feedback about the artwork.



8. The new album is coming out on 'Gore House Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



Gore House Productions is an independent label from California they mostly represent brutal death metal and slam bands. We have a great relationship with lots of the other bands on that label and the owner treats every band with the respect and attention that they deserve. We're very happy to be signed with them.



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



Most of our other members have other projects that they are working on. At this time our vocalist wade and guitarist Spencer have a band called avarice that was just signed to transcending records They are going to be releasing their EP sometimes in the winter of 2018. Our drummer Andy and bass player cam also are in another band called Aiwass. they play mostly Punk and alternative crazy sounding music they will be releasing their full-length album on within the Mind records we're not exactly sure when, but it should be sometime in 2018.



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



We want to take this band as far as we can go we're definitely going to explore our influences in these next coming albums we have a few awesome Concepts and original ideas that we think will Peak most brutal death metal fans interest. You're going to have to keep us on your radar if you want to find out what's going to happen next.





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?



We get a lot of our influence from classic death metal bands like Suffocation and internal bleeding, but some of the newer bands we draw influence from are abominable putridity pathology maggot colony cerebral incubation party Cannon methwitch stages of decomposition and acranius



12. What are some of your nonmusical interests?



We all have a lot of interest in sci-fi and horror movies. A couple of us are comic book nerds. A few of us like to play video games and most of us like to dabble in the THC variety of things.



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



Go to gorehouseproductions.com and buy our album or a piece of merch. Even if it's not our album or merch buy something and support all the killer bands on this awesome label. "This is the end of humanity. In a pineapple under the sea"

Internal Chaos Interview

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

Warmest greetings from Tehran. I am Alireza Shafiei, Former & leader of the "Internal Chaos" and I am going to answer your questions on behalf of the band.
I started Recording songs as a one-man band. After 4 years I decided to release two of the songs I’ve recorded before. Then, I realized that I had to put up a little speed and find some talented individuals to form Internal Chaos as an actual band. We are Symphonic Fusion Metal Band from Iran.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
We combine the modern musical elements with the traditional oriental elements that represent somehow the culture. I prefer not to describe our music from my own subjective point of view, instead to know the opinion of others.

3.The band has been around since 2011 but waited until 2017 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 6 years?
Internal Chaos was established in 2012, by me as a one-man band, until 2016 I recorded and released three single tracks with the help of guest artists/musicians. Later in 2016, we shaped the band together with the current members and we managed to release our EP shortly after. Unfortunately, there are some restrictions and limitation for artists who work in the so-called Western genres, that affect the flow of our work directly, but the good news is that these limitations are decreased since 2016 and that’s the reason we can put up the pace. Now we are working on our full-length album.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Human deed, morality, society.
We try to bring up social issues and limitations into attention and we find it easier to talk about them in form of lyrics.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Internal Chaos'?
All of the songs I have written are inspired by my own Internal emotional instabilities that are caused somehow by our society. That’s why I named the band after the constant Chaos that I have inside.

6.Has the band been able to do any live shows yet?
We have performed 12 songs in a gig 4 months after we formed the band (2016). We also had a concert to introduce our band to Iranian metalheads and we performed full power so to say.


7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Sure we are looking for a record label and we received some offers…but we are pretty sure we’re going to receive a deserving offer soon.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of symphonic and melodic death metal?
Actually most of the feedbacks were from Iranian metalheads, so many compliments and encouraging words. But we are not yet satisfied by the feedbacks we've received, since we have just recently introduced our music to the international Metal communities and music platforms, we are hoping to receive more and more feedbacks.

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?
There are limited number of professional players in Iran, and a lot of new ideas. That’s why an individual may play for and work with various bands. The ones that we work with are also very gifted and have huge potential to introduce themselves to the international audience. It’s good to note that we spend our time on other projects as far as they don’t take much time so that we can focus on our own.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I guess the next album is going to be released in the beginning of 2018

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?
I am inspired by Slipknot, Symphony X, Nightwish, Infected mushroom, Beethoven, Mozart, Michael McCann, Hans Zimmer. But these days I don’t listen to any songs because I don’t want them to interfere my musical ideas. I just listen to modern songs to know about new styles of mix & mastering, sound design.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Learning second & third language, Gym, Sound Design.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Most important of all, I intend to create a brand new musical genre, hopefully creating my own style/genre. I have been working on it for a long time. We are looking forward to perform many more concert in the next couple of months and also we wish to reach our goals in the context of music making soon. Great news coming soon! 
Last but not least, I thank you deeply for this opportunity and for the review on us. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Asphodelos/The Five Rivers Of Erebos/Black Sunset/MDD Records/2017 CD Review


  Asphodelos  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  and  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Five  Rivers  Of  Erebos"  which  will  be  released  on  November  24th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Black  Sunset  and  MDD  Records.

  Ocean  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  elements  of  thrash  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  riffing  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Asphodelos  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  some  elements  of  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  everyday  problems  Greek  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Asphodelos  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Carnage"  and  "Nothingness".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mask Of Satan Interview

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

We are a trio emerging from Finland. Our musical style is somewhat described as Horror-Death metal. We move around the genre of H. P. Lovecraft though our name is from Italian old-school movie "Mask of Satan" (translated to english). We salute such bands as Six Feet Under and Necrophagia in our musical efforts. Our journey as trio began few years back as we all played in the same band during that time and we decided to summon up this act of Death.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings that you have released so far?
Old-school and very natural sounding madness and despair that lurks in the event horizon of deep space. Even brutal at some points. We definitely are evolving as we speak


3.A lot of the lyrics on the new album are based upon the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this authors and also are there any other writers the band members have an interest in?
Lovecraft is a great influence to us and we also like old horror movies and stories. Vincent Price is also a huge influence when it comes to horror theme. Lovecraft theme came naturally and perhaps we continue with that genre into our future.

4.I know that the band name came from a 60's horror movie, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in horror films?
Fucking love'em. Night of the creeps, Lucio Fulci etc. all great stuff and I must say that the 80's was a truly golden era of horror.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We did a good horror ritual with Arch Goat. We use cloaks while playing and in live we are more of a foreign entity than a Death metal act. We tend to play at least one Necrophagia cover song per gig. I't truly is awesome band.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We do few German gigs in spring 2018. You can find info at our website that lies within facebook.

7.The album was released on 'Star Spawn Society', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
They contacted us after a promo and seemed to have a good connection and similar thoughts about music. Small label suited for us at this point perfectly.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
Many comment say that they like it. Specially the atmosphere on this record gets gratitude. Not for everyone though.

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

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?
Like said before. Necrophagia and old Six Feet Under are our main influences but bands like the Grotesquery are great too and definitely helped us develop our own style. Nowadays I tend to listen old death metal acts instead of new material. Bolt Thrower, SFU, Deicide, Cruciamentum etc.

11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview.
Keep supporting Death!
-M/MoS-

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mask Of Satan/Silent Servants - Chants Of Lovecraftian Horror/Star Spawn Society/2017 CD Review


  Mask  Of  Satan  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays a  horror  themed orientated  form  of  death  metal  with  a  slight  black  metal  touch  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Silent  Servants  -  Chants  of  Lovecraftain  Horror"  which  was  released  by  Star  Spawn  Society.

  A  classic  horror  movie  style  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  and  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  that  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  when  screams  are  utilized  they  add  in  touches  of  black  metal.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  spoken  word  parts  when  they  are  utilized give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  both  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  as  the  album  progresses  another  horror  interlude  can  also  be  heard before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Mask  Of  Satan  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  mostly  mid  tempo  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  movies  and  the  writings  of  H.P Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  Mask  Of  Satan  are  a  very  great  sounding  horror  themes  death  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dreadspell  Ov  Azathoth"  "Death  Lives  In  The  Cellar  Of  Mr.  West"  and  "Silent  Servants".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

SphereDemonis Interview

SPHEREDEMONIS
Interview with Vadim Morwran

For those who never heard of you, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Hello world! SPHEREDEMONIS is a Moscow based band formed in 2013 by members of NORTH DIAMOND, DOMINIONS and NECROPOLIS PARK. Today our band has played a lot of shows in the cities of Russia, released a full length album, made some concert videos and singles. Our music combines such styles as death metal, deathcore, symphonic metal and technical death metal.

How would you describe your musical sound?
Our music will appeal to those bored with Death Metal and Deathcore standards. We experiment with fast guitar riffs and odd timing, extensively use groovy breakdowns, low male growling and clean vocals. Some of our tracks also have symphonic inserts.

The band has been around since 2013 but waited until 2017 to release their first full length. Can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
Until 2013 each member of our band already had extensive experience in other musical projects. We have known each other for a long time, because we crossed paths in other projects. By 2013, Vadim Morwran accumulated a lot of new music that did not fit stylistically into his current projects. Therefore he decided to create SphereDemonis. The same year the band recorded their first single “The Priest”. The single received many positive reviews and we ventured upon a bold and ambitious step – the recording of a full-length album. In the beginning of 2014 we presented another welcomed song “I Choose You” which was supported by studio footage. During the recording process Evgeniy Gortsovskiy (vocals) quit SPHEREDEMONIS due to him relocating. After a while a talented musician and poet, Nephilim (the front-man of SACRUM FRAUS) joined the band. He wrote the lyrics for the remaining songs and recorded vocals. In the middle of 2015 the album was recorded and Nephilim quit the band to focus on his main project SACRUM FRAUS. In 2016 thanks to the masterful work of Georgiy Shchelbanin (DEVIANT NATION STUDIO) the album was finally mixed and mastered. That year a new vocalist Alexander Spartanskiy joined the band. We recorded another song with his vocals, commenced concert activity and started looking for a label. In April 2017 the debut album “The Revelation Of The Pyramids” was released by More Hate Productions.

Your lyrics cover 'Sumerian and Akkadian Mythology', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
The history of ancient civilizations and their mythology always seemed an interesting topic. Sumerian civilization is one of the first developed civilizations on Earth, which mysteriously appeared and mysteriously disappeared. Their ancient texts describe amazing things about the creation of the world and man. All this seems interesting and gives us many opportunities to write lyrics.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name SphereDemonis?
SphereDemonis consists of two words in two languages and means the sphere of demons. The sphere of demons is the area around us where the dark forces are concentrated. Actually, it's just a word that does not mean anything.

What are some of the best shows you have played so far, and how would you describe your performances?
This summer we had a tour of the Crimea. In every city of the tour we tried to make a grand show. In general, we spend a lot of time on staging movements. Therefore, each show is very important for us. Even in the smallest club with a minimum number of people on the dance floor, we make a great show and lay ourselves out 100%.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We plan a winter tour of Russia. We hope this year and next year we will have many great shows.

On a worldwide level, how has feedback for your music been from deathcore, symphonic metal and death metal fans?
Our release received many positive reviews in various zines and social networks. Based on statistics from YouTube, social networks and Bandcamp, our release received a lot of comments, likes and replays. And I think this is a very good result for a debut release.

What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects that some of the band members are a part of?
They are trying to develop their musical projects. But everyone has to spend most of their time on SphereDemonis.

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We hope in the future we will have more than one release, have more great shows, tours, and fans in different parts of the world. We have already started writing new material for the next album. I don’t know how long it will take to create it, but we will try to record it as soon as possible. For the new release we are focusing more on technicality but there is also a melodic component. The sound will be more aggressive and there will be less symphonic inserts. So, there will be a lot of interesting things!

What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We all have diverse musical tastes. We can’t say these bands influenced our music, but we would like to specify the following bands whose music is close to us: Behemoth, Kataklysm, Abiotic, Rose Funeral, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Septicflesh, Betraying The Martyrs, Vesania, and many others.

What are some of your non musical interests?
Sports, traveling and partying with friends.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all, thank you for the interview! We invoke everyone to listen to more metal, watch musical videos and support your favorite bands. A lot of your favorite bands exist only thanks to the activity of fans. Many thanks to all! Stay strong, stay true, stay metal.

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-Loki Astaroth

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Retrace My Fragments 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 ep?

After we the relase show of Tidal Lock, we went straight back to our practice room to start writing on more new stuff. We won’t be touring the EP or play many shows during the next months, but we progress extremely quick with new stuff, so we will be able to release a new Retrace My Fragments LP in the near future. We also spend some evenings with Marti, our former singer, in order to celebrate his 11 years with Retrace My Fragments. Our release show was also his farewell show.

2.Recently you have released a new ep. how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I think we would call it Progressive Metal. We will not try to find some niche description, because Prog Metal is what it is. Most of the Death Metal elements are gone, because there are no more vocals. Obviously you can imagine vocals on the record, so you can transform it into a Death Metal, Metalcore or Thrash Metal album with your fantasy. The music is dominated by heavy riffs paired with melodic guitars,and a tricky, yet groovy drum and bass section.

3.All  of the music on the new recording is instrumental, what was the decision behind going into this direction and also will vocals make a return on future releases?

When our singer Marti told us that he would leave the band to pursue his personal dreams and adventures (in which he greatly succeeded 😊), we tried out several new singers. But in the end, it never worked out. We grew tired of this and decided that the best replacement for Marti, was no replacement at all. The songs work well instrumentally and so does the new stuff. Concerning vocals on future releases, I’ll keep it vague and just say: never say never, haha.

4.When you still had vocals what where some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explored with the music?

The last album was a sci-fi concept story, so science fiction was our main inspiration. Our singer Marti had even started to write a whole sci-fi novella, unfortunately he did not manage to finish it (maybe he’ll find some time now). The vocals on Ethereal Flux make little sense if you don’t know the background story, as they are merely excerpts from Marti’s sci-fi novella. So our lyrics were our own sci-fi story.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Retrace my Fragments’?

I wish that I could tell you a great story now about the name, but the fact is that we just thought that it sounded very cool, when we came up with it. That’s it, haha.

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

The best shows were the Ethereal Flux release, the Tidal Lock release, the opening slot at Metal Days on the main stage and to be the first band to have played the Luxembourgish Philharmonic Concert Hall. We try to deliver an energetic stage performance, which was largely due to Marti’s presence on stage: he’d climb stuff, throw stuff around, act like crazy. Obviously, we’re in a different situation now and we still have to figure out a way to become entertaining as an instrumental 4-piece now.

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

No, our main objective now is to finish the next album and start recording it. We are obviously always interested in playing shows, especially abroad, but right now our priority is songwriting.

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

We are not actively looking for one as we can record ourselves with a very low budget, we work with a good PR campaign and can manage social media and internet presence ourselves. But if any booker is reading this and wants to work with us for serious touring, feel free to contact us.

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

We get good feedback in general, although it is not that much because we lack exposure. Hopefully this will change soon. Our music can be hard to digest so the reactions are mixed: Prog Metal is not everyone’s cup of tea. But we always receive very good feedback from people who are into all kinds of Prog Metal, from Rush,Opeth, Between The Buried and Me or The Facless.

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

As far as I know, they are also writing on new stuff and have been to the studio to record some new songs. They also play shows regularly. Both bands coexist very well, although we share the bassist and one guitarist. We also practice in the same place.

11.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

When is hard to tell, but maybe in a year or two. Right now, I’d say that the new stuff sounds more tricky and groovy than Ethereal Flux. Laserbrain from Tidal Lock is a good example of how new RMF music will sound like. But we are very openminded when it comes to songwriting and incorporating maybe some odd sounding parts to our songs, so there is never a masterplan we follow. But we stay heavy and proggy!

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?

Major influences are Between The Buried And Me, Obscura, Nile, The Red Chord, Cephalic Carnage, Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, but also a lot of 80s and 90s stuff, what you could call the classics. Bands we all listen to these days are Leprous, Agent Fresco, Cannibal Corpse, Animals As Leaders, Cult of Luna; that’s bands we all dig. Individually, everyone has loads of stuff he listens to. The musical panoply is huge in Retrace My Fragments.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

We all have different hobbies. Marc likes bicycling and is a big sci fi geek. Maks does several sports and is also very much into arts and travelling. Alex is into old US cars which he is restoring and is also co-organising Luxembourg’s biggest oldtimer festival. Claude is into video games and weightlifting and is also a history student, so he’s quite a geek about history and languages. And we’re all big foodies, so we regularly meet for band dinners in our favourite restaurants.

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

Not really, we just wanted to thank you for your interest and the interview. And for those who haven’t heard Tidal Lock yet, go download it for free on bandcamp. See you out there!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Retrace My Fragments/Tidal Lock/2017 EP Review


  Retrace  My  Fragments  are  a  band  from  Luxembourg  that  plays  a  very  progressive,  experimental  and  instrumental mixture  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Tidal  Lock".

  Electronic  music  elements  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  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  the  first  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  technical  fashion  while  all  of  the  songs  are  instrumental  along  with  clean  guitars  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  influences  of  thrash  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  and  blast  beats  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Retrace  Fragments  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  progressive  and  experimental  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal,  thrash  and  deathcore  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Retrace  my  Fragments  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental,  experimental  and  progressive  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash  and  deathcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Laserbrain".  8  out  of  10.     

  

Friday, November 3, 2017

Embrace The Dawn/The Effigist/2017 Full Length Review


  Embrace  The  Dawn  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Australia,  Noraw,  United  States,  Spain  and  Canada  that  plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  death  metal  with  elements  of  technical,  thrash,  symphonic  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "The  Effigist".

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  while  clean  playing  is  also  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  and  the  vocals  are  mostly deep  death  metal  growls.

  At  times  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  technical  fashion  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  elements  of  thrash  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  will  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  symphonic  elements  as  well  as  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  prog  metal  elements. 

  Embrace  The  Dawn  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  progressive  death  metal  while  the  technical,  symphonic,  thrash  and  black  metal  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Embrace  The  Dawn  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  technical death  metal  band  with  elements  of  thrash,  symphonic  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cold  Black  Hole"  "The  Tide"  and  "Tartarus".  8 out  of  10.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Walter Fornication Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your musical project?

Yes, of course. I am a 27 year old Dutch guy and musician.
At the moment I live in a small town close to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Among many things I think, music has always been my passion.

I already wanted to play the drums when I was 3 or 4 years old but, unfortunately, my parents did not want to buy me a drum kit or send me to drumming lessons.
When I was 8 or 9 years old I started playing the piano. That’s basically where my musical journey started.

I think I was 13 or 14 years old when I got my first Metal album which I remember was ‘Life Is Peachy’ by Korn. It was one of the neighbor’s kids that introduced me to it.
And that’s also where my love for Heavy Rock music started.

At age of 14 I took up the acoustic guitar and shortly after the electric guitar after hearing Iron Maiden. I quickly got into bands in high school and music school where I also had my first guitar lessons. Basically, all of these bands I played in at the time were pretty shitty to be honest. I did have a few live shows on stage with these bands however. Meanwhile, I also started songwriting and taught myself how to write drums/percussion.

The last real band I played in was in 2011, in a band called ‘De Grensverleggers’. It was a punk rock band with four members with mainly political, anti-establishment texts in Dutch.

After ‘De Grensverleggers’ broke up I went abroad to do my studies in Germany and Mexico which was a very busy, interesting, but also hectic period in my life that, unfortunately, did not leave me much time or room to be able to really do something with music again.

In 2014, after returning to the Netherlands and completing my studies in International Business, I started auditioning again as a guitar player but, unfortunately, nobody wanted to hire me for several reasons. The same year I also started playing the bass and practicing vocals/grunts. After a while I got so disappointed and frustrated with all the band auditions leading to nowhere that I decided to continue as a solo artist and write, produce and record my own music and that’s where Walter Fornication started in October 2015.

The project I started was originally called DP (DarkPsymaster) Productions which was another nickname I used to have before but then again I had people asking what the initials DP were for. The name Walter Fornication came from a former colleague and musician I was working with in Berlin, Germany. He used to call me Walter Fornication and The Heartbreakers. Which is of course a funny reference to Californication from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers but I think the name kind of stuck with me.

When I first started this project I only wanted to try setting up my own home studio and produce and record some songs for myself. However, I quickly realized it was easier to build a decent recording studio and record songs in a decent quality then I had imagined and that’s when I quickly decided I wanted to release my own demo album in December 2016. And this year’s ‘On A Journey Through Time And Space’ of course.

2.So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

I think both recordings are quite different to be honest.

A Revolution’s Dawn, the first, ‘demo’ album I released in 2016 is a more thrashy, riff-based kind of album I think.
This album is also very much based on certain riffs and licks I wrote years before but never got to do anything with in other bands.

A Revolution’s Dawn has a more sludgy and Thrash Metal kind of sound I think.
I heard somebody comparing it to the American Death Metal Band Nile as well.

On A Journey Through Time And Space is quite a different kind of album. For this album I used different kinds of amp plugins to create a more ambient, warm, melodic kind of guitar sound. I also added synthesizers to the mix as well of course. At the time I was writing ‘On A Journey Through Time And Space’, I was also listening a lot to Ambient and Synthwave kind of music. The album ‘Somewhere In Time’ from Iron Maiden was also a big influence in making this album.

On A Journey Through Time And Space is also more like a concept album.

It is basically a journey through historical events presented in a non-chronological fashion based on both fictional and non-fictional events with a big cyberpunk and dystopian flavor included.

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

A lot.

Sometimes I get my inspiration from fictional topics or subjects. For example, novels such as Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde), Children Of The Night (Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare) or video games (J.C. Denton, Assassin) but most of the time I like to write about non-fiction, life and society itself.

I also like to write about personal stuff, issues I have been going through in my life that are very recognizable to many people I think.
And I like to write about the way I think or feel about certain events that are happening in our society, world nowadays.

Nevertheless, I do not wish to be ‘a moral knight’, telling people how and what they should believe.

I am a very liberal person, if only just in that sense.

I just hope I will inspire people with my lyrics and let them think more critically about certain things.

The song: ‘This War Will Not End’ for example, which appears on the A Revolution’s Dawn album is basically an anti-war song based on The War On Terror and The Invasion of Iraq in 2003, which I very much opposed at that time.

4.On the album you record everything by yourself, how would you compare it to working with full bands?

I think the best part of being a solo artist is the fact that you have got unlimited creativity and freedom. You can try and experiment with everything you want and you don’t need to take into account the wishes of your bandmembers. I think I have done a lot of experimenting as well on both albums.

That is basically the best part.

The worst part is. You kind of have to do everything and find out everything on your own when it comes to songwriting, production, recording etc.
And you do not have direct input from others about your music.

Nevertheless, I think compared to working with full bands, I was able to get more things done and in a smaller amount of time, but it really took me a lot more effort and energy to write, record and produce all the music I wanted.

Then again, I did have some great people who really helped me with Walter Fornication, who did the mixing/mastering and album art for me and maybe I would have had the same issues as well in working with full bands by trying to keep everybody satisfied and occupied with the sound and the release.

5. What were some of the other bands that you were a part of in the past? ;)

The bands I played in before where each very different, one was basically a Nightwish cover band in high school were we did have and played a few own songs. The other was a rock cover band in music school and the real last one a punk rock band with lyrics in Dutch. All these bands, unfortunately, eventually broke up before we really came to a point where we were able to tour and play live on stage or record an album.

6.Currently you are s unsigned are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Yes. While I had just released ‘A Revolution’s Dawn’, a Polish independent music label already send me a message that they wanted to sign me.
But I don’t think I was ready at that time and I am ready to be signed yet.

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

Mostly positive, although I honestly haven’t received that much feedback yet and I don’t know if all of them feedbackers were really Experimental or Death Metal fans.

Most feedback I received came from my SoundCloud account other Social Media and friends who briefed me about my music. Most negative feedback I received was about the vocals and the quality of some earlier mixes, which I can sometimes understand, haha.

I also got a funny remark from a Tokio Hotel fan who was mad at me for making a parody Death Metal version of Tokio Hotel’s Schrei. So I just told her, if you don’t like Death Metal then just don’t listen to it.

8.On the recordings you play a variety of many different musical instruments, how long have you been working as a musician?

I started playing music with piano lessons at the age of 9 I think.

After that I also picked up the acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass.

So more or less 18 years I think.

I think it was at age 14 or 15 when I also began with songwriting and playing in bands.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I’m already about to start a new project very soon in which I will collaborate with Eric Mol, the guitar player and former lead singer of ‘Violent Queen’ and keyboard player Johan Seinen.

I will be writing the lyrics for their new album which will probably be about some crazy science fiction story/project involving Artificial Intelligence rockets or satellites exploring the universe.

Maybe I will also compose some music for them and do some vocals on the new album, but I’m not sure about that yet.

At the moment I am also learning/taking courses to become a fully certified software testing engineer. I hope and think I will probably finish these studies in March next year. Afterwards, I hope I will be able to move to the big city again and start a band or write a few songs with a band again and hopefully, also be able to play a few Walter Fornication songs live in the future.

I also think I have got enough ideas and inspiration left for two more Walter Fornication albums in the future, but I’m not sure when I will be making a new album again.

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?

I think my main influences are in the Old School Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Groove Metal and Thrash Metal area.
Think about bands like Death, Iron Maiden, Kreator, Machine Head, Megadeth, Morbid Angel and Obituary.

Nevertheless, I really try to find and create my own style with Walter Fornication and not just try to imitate a particular artist or genre.

Basically, I like to listen to most Metal genres. I am not that much of a fan though, of the overly happy Power Metal things and the really extreme genres like Brutal Death Metal or Grindcore etc. Which might sound strange because I know many people in the scene who do like to it but for me it just becomes too generic, uninspiring and repetitive after a few songs.

I also listen to a lot of non-Metal music such as music from Video Games, ‘80’s Hard Rock, Darkwave, EDM/Industrial, (Medieval) Folk, Latin, Psychedelic Rock, Punk and sometimes even some Classical Music and Blues as well.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I really like to travel, see new places and meet new people from different cultural backgrounds.

I also speak four languages (Dutch, English, German and Spanish) on a more or less fluent level and I am a bit proficient in a few others. I have also written a few lyrics, or parts of lyrics in languages other than English.

Moreover, I really like to read and learn a lot about computers and software, history, politics, psychology or science in general, but I am also just a guy who likes to hang out with friends, visit concerts, drink a few beers and watch some crazy underground, cult movies. I also occasionally perform as a writer and poet in the local area where I live.

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

I would just like to say.

I really want to thank the people and the fans who really helped me with Walter Fornication the past two years.

Most importantly, I want to thank my big friend Jur from Y.U.R. Frontal Core Studio who mixed and mastered all the tracks for ‘On A Journey Through Time And Space’ and also remixed all the tracks for A Revolution’s Dawn, the first demo album, which you can find online right now as well.

Without his help, time and effort, the albums wouldn’t have sounded half as great as they do now.

I also want to thank:

Wesley from GFR (Gewoon Fucking Raggen) who made the logo for Walter Fornication and the album art for A Revolution’s Dawn.

Vince from Cavum Scriptorium who made the album art for the second album.

Dimitrios from DrainHope who made the first two official music videos for Walter Fornication.

Cátia from Against PR who let me do this interview.

Thank you guys, couldn’t have done it without you. 😉




Thursday, October 26, 2017

Limbsplitter/Chloroform Cocktail/Unmatched Brutality Records/2017 CD Review


  Limbsplitter  are  a  band  from  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  gore/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Chloroform  Cocktail'  which  will  be  released in  November  by  Unmatched  Brutality  Records.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly death  metal  growls  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  of  death  metal  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  screams  at  times  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  sounding  from  beginning  to  end.

  Limbsplitter  plays  a  style  of  gore/death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  gore,  porn  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Limbsplitter  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  and  old  school  gore/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bound  For  Defilement"  "Slaughtered  SLut  (Gutted  Fuck)"  and  "My  Skin  Crawls".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Right To The Void/Lunatio/WormHoleDeath Records/2017 EP Review


  Right  To  The  Void  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  modern  and  melodic mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Lunatio"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep   before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  at  times  the  vocals  get  semi  melodic.

  A  great  amount  of  modern  thrash  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  music  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  used  at  times  and  one  track  brings  in a  brief  use  of  synths  and  spoken  word  parts.

  Right  To  The  Void  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic death  metal  and  modern  thrash  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of   their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Right  To  The  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  modern  and  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Let  The  Ruins  Fall".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, October 23, 2017

Ivan Miladinov Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the musical project?
My name is Ivan Miladinov as the moniker suggests, I`m a 19 year old multi-instrumentalist from Bulgaria.I started playing piano at the age of 6 and that`s where my musical journey started.When I entered highschool I formed my first band where I played keyboards, I played a lot of shows with that band all over the country but became extremely uninterested in it because they weren`t playing my style of music, so I formed this project to express all the music I have composed.


2.So far you have released a demo and a single, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
When I was 15/16 years old my favourite band was Children Of Bodom, because I was absolutely fascinated how they blended black metal/death metal and power metal in one mix, so I would describe my sound the same way because this band was my MAIN influence.


3.According to the Metal Archives page you have been active since 2012 but waited until 2015 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
Yes, this is because the idea for the project was kinda born when I was still in my previous band, but I was just experimenting in my home studio without releasing anything.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
The lyrics deal with depression and hatred, but I never wrote lyrics for the sake of atmosphere and cool words, some of the lyrics in both songs deal directly with the feeling of denial I experienced towards my ex-bandmates who didn`t let my creative flow enter the writing realm of the band.


5.On the recordings you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work alone?
Actually Bob Katsionis from Firewind helped me a lot with this project, because when I composed the songs I did it all on keyboards and at the time had no skill on Guitar/Bass or drums so I asked him to help me with these things as well as the production.I prefer the band setting a lot more but if a person has a clear vision of all the instruments and how should they go I encourage them to do it on their own.


6.Have you also played in any other bands before in this past?
Yes, as I said in the previous questions, It was mainly a cover band though.


7.How did you get in contact with 'Club Inferno Ent'?
I simply sent them the songs and asked them if they would be interested in releasing them, luckily they were!


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?
Well, generally people enjoy it a lot and I`m really happy about that.


9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Right now I`m the drummer of another band and we`re pushing really hard right now, I hope i would be able to tour the world and fulfill all my musical dreams


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?
The bands that influenced my solo project are COB,Wintersun,Ensiferum,Norther,Sonata Arctica,Stratovarius,Naildown and Nightrage. Right now the picture is really different than before, I listen to a lot of Norwegian black metal,classic oldschool death metal and  also modern bands like Gojira and Trivium.One of my biggest musical discoveries is Devin Townsend, when I found out about him I listened to all his records and became obsessed, I even had the pleasure to watch him perform live recently.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like going out on hikes in the nature also sometimes I play video games for relaxation. Actually I don`t do much things outside of the music realm.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yes, listen to metal and make your life free of the MAN!
Hope you can listen to "Soul Finder". Here you can find many of the ways to do it - http://smarturl.it/MILADINOV



Friday, October 20, 2017

Odious Icon/Planet Of Immense Decay/Negative Vibe Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Odious  Icon  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  with  some  black  metal  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Planet  of  Immense  Decay"  which  will  be  released  on  October  27th  by  Negative  Vibe  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  start s off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death metal  growls  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  screams  bring  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  as  well  as  taking  the  old  school  style  into  more  of  a  modern  direction  and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  blackened  style  tremolo  picking  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Odious  Icon  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  a  brutal  and  old  school  style  of  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  thrash  and  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  life,  death  and  the  destruction  and  decay  of  mankind.

  In  my  opinion  Odious  Icon  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  with  some  black  metal  touches and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Planet  Of  Immense  Decay"  "Hate"  "Bleed  The  Bastards"  and  "Exsanguination".  8  out  of  10

Cannibal Corpse/Red Before Black/Metal Blade Records/2017 CD Full Length Review


  Cannibal Corpse  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  brutal  death  metal  sound  that  they  are  known  for  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Red  Before  Black"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Metal  Blade  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off t he  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  the  style  the  band  established  in  the  90's  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  brutal.

  Cannibal  Corpse  creates  another  recording  that  remains true  to  the  brutal  death  metal  style  they  are  known  for,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  death,  torture,  cannibalism  and  zombie  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cannibal  Corpse  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Only  One  Will  Die"  "Shedding  My  Human  Skin"  "Scavenger  Consuming  Death"  and  "Hideous  Ichor".  8  out  of  10.

Oblivion/The Path Towards/Unique Leader Records/2017 CD Review


  Oblivion  are  a  band  from  the  Bay  Area  of  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  progressive  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Path  Towards"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Unique  Leader  Records.   

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  musical  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  that  also  add  in  a touch  of  black  metal.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  technical  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  elements  of  thrash  are  also  utilized  at  times,  one  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  get  more  guttural  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Oblivion  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  technical  and  progressive  style  of  death  metal  from  previous  releases  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  black  and  thrash  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  alternate  history  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Oblivion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  technical  death metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dominion"  "Awaiting  Autochton"  "It  Has  Become"  and  "under  A  Dark  Skin".  8  out  of  10.

Walter Fornication/On A Journey Through Time And Space/2017 Full Length Review


  Walter  Fornication  is  a  solo  artist  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "On  A  Journey  Through  Time  And  Space".

  Sci  fi  orientated  synths  start  off  the  album and  after  the  intro  grim  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  the  vocals  also going  into  more  of  a  death  metal  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  the  keyboards  also  adding  in  experimental,  ambient,  and  avant  garde  elements  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard,  blast  beats  can  lao  be  heard  briefly  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up.

  Walter  Fornication  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  original,  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  cyberpunk,  English  literature,  history,  politics  and  social/societal  criticism.

  In  my  opinion  Walter  Fornication  are  a  very  great sounding  experimental  and  melodic  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "This  Perfect  Day"  "Assassin"  "History  Misanthropy"  and  "The  Universe  Is  A  Mystery".  8  out  of  10.     

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sings Of The Swarm/The Disfigurement Of Existence/Unique Leader/2017 CD Review


  Signs  Of  The  Swarm  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  slam  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Disfigurement  Of  Existence"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Unique  Leader.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of   blast  beats  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  guttural  death  metal  growls. 

  A  great  amount  of  slam,  deathcore  and  hardcore  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  while  high  pitched  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

   Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  clean  playing  is  utilized  as  well  as  the  acoustic  guitars  also  making  a  brief  return  as  the  album  progresses  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  and  synths  are  also  ued  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Signs  Of  The  Swarm  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  slam  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Signs  Of  The  Swarm  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  slam  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cesspool  Of  Ignorance"  "Lifeless  Visitors"  "Descending  Into  Despair"  and  "Misery  From  Demorilization".  8  out  of  10.  

Atoll/Fallout Frenzy/Gore House Productions/2017 Full length Review


  Atoll  are  a  band  from  Phoenix,  Arizona  that  plays  a  brutal  form  of  slam  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Fallout  Frenzy"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Gore  House  Productions.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  melodic  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  which  also  leads  to  a  more  brutal direction  as  well  as  introducing  death metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  onto  the  recording.

  Elements  of  slam  can  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  also  get  very  guttural  at  times  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  horror  movie  samples  also  make  a  brief  return  as  the  album  progresses  and  on  the  closing  track  synths  and  clean  playing  is  also  used briefly.

  Atoll  plays  a  style  of  slam  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  xenomorphs,  aliens,  extinction,  the  human  virus  and  violent  brutality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Atoll  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  slam  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forced  Xenotransplantation"  "The  Dripping  Dead"  "Eternal  Prolapse"  and  "Cadeverous".  8  out  of  10. 

Ivan Miladinov/Soul Finder/Club Inferno Ent/2017 Single Review


  Ivan  Miladinov  is  a  solo   artist  from  Bulgaria  that  plays  an  avant  garde  and  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  single  "Soul  Finder"  which  was  released  by  Club  Inferno  Ent.

  Avant  garde  style  synths  start  off  the  single  along  with  some  symphonic  and  prog  elements  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of t he  music  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  grim  screams  that  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  great  amount  of   mid  90's  era  2000's  era  Swedish  and  Finnish  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  music  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  most  of t he  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  but  also  speeding  up  on  the  second  track  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats.

  Ivan  Miladinov  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  metal  and  takes  it  into  more  of  an  avant  garde  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  madness  and  emotion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ivan  Miladinov  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  and  melodic  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "I  Was  In  Hell".  8  out  of  10.

       

 

  

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Infected Dead/Archaic Malevolence/Hostile Media/2017 EP Review


  Infected  Dead  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  brutal,  brutal  and  visceral  form  of  death metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Archaic  Malevolence"  which  will  be  released in  December  by  Hostile  Media.

  A  horror  movie  style  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  are  very  melodic  as  well  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  of  skill  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  while  a  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  and  at  times  the  growls  get  very  guttural  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  technical  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly. 

  Infected  Dead  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  modern,  brutal,  visceral  and  technical  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Lovecraftian  cosmic  horror  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Infected  Dead  are  a  very  great  sounding  modern,  brutal,  technical  and  visceral  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation  Of  Unspeakable  Gods"  and  "Samsara".  8  out  of  10.