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.



Ben:

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



Tomas:

-Recently: Neumenorean, AOTY: Heartless by Pallbearer



Marco:

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



Drew:

-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.    

Morphosys/The Saw Is Family/Witches Brew/2017 CD Review


  Morphosys  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  heavy,  thrash  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Saw  Is  Family"  which will  be  released  on  September  15th  by  Witches  Brew.

  Chainsaw  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  with  a  few  screams  also being  utilized  at  times.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  after  awhile  the  music  adds  in  influences  from  thrash,  black  and  traditional  metal,  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavy  style  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of Massacre's  "Corpse  Grinder".

  Morphosys  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  an  old  school  style  while  the  elements  of  thrash,  black,  and  heavy  metal  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  violence, Satanism and  chainsaw  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morphosys  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  with  touches  of  black,  thrash, and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Saw  Is  Family"  "Storm  Of  Blood"  "You  Shall  Bleed"  and  "Corpse  Grinder".  8 out  of  10.        

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sphere Demonis/The Revelation Of The Pyramids/More Hate Productions/2017 CD Review


  Sphere  Demonis  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  brutal,  symphonic  and  melodic  mixture  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Revelation  Of  The  Pyramids"  which  was  released  by  More  Hate  Productions.

  Symphonic  elements  start  off  the  album  while  also  giving  the  music  more  of  an  epic  feeling  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  which  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  deathcore  style  breakdowns  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  with  a  few  screams.

  When  they  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental.

  Sphere  Demonis  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  brutal  and  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  deathcore  and  symphonic  elements  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sumerian  and  Akkadian  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  Sphere  Demonis  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal,  melodic  and  symphonic  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  "From  The  Depths"  "Rage  Array"  and  "Three  Secrets  Of  Ishtar".  8 out  of  10.  

   Also featured on http://aeafanzine.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 1, 2017

Blood Rainbow 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?

We started to work on the next album. In that long term of the band break, Florian (the songwriter of blood music) wrote Upheaval, the second part of Upheaval and a new full double album. It was fantastic when we heard demos of the full albums. Our first goal was when we met  in 2014 after years to try to complete Upheaval without strains. Then we agreed: If we can do it without any problem, we immediately continues this process and reorganize the band. And now we proudly have the cd and start recording the next Bloodrainbow stuff.

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

In principles it is a Bloodrainbow stuff. Neoclassical solos, bloodrainbow riffs, death metal vocal and blastbeat. But these album characteristic more melodical than the older, but in an other way. It is not melodeath or any other melodic extreme metal. Additionally, we tried to make an experiment with wind instuments trumphet, sax and flute. This is Bloodrainbow in 2017. For want off better, Bloodrainbow is a power death metal with neoclassical solos.

3.This is the first album to be released since 2005, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during the time frame?

We were active 2002-2007. After smelteries album we had member changes and in 2007 our label Vic Records broke down and the owner told us he sold the rights of our album to an other label and suggested to try to speak with the new guys. Naturally it was fake. This conflict caused a huge lost of motivation and stopped the band for undefinable time. 3-4 years ago we met first and Flo showed me the new songs and we decided to try it to record and complete.

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

Upheaval is the history of humanity from the big boom through the evolution and the modern man activities, wars. There is a special theme the conquistadors in the last song. The artwork was inspired by that song.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Blood Rainbow'?
Blood - Death metal
Rainbow - Varicolored (in blood dyes)
We tried to make coloured music below the flag of death metal.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We had no special outfit or show elements, just the pure music! We've played a lot of show in our active period. We played with gods: Vital Remains, Vader, Dissection, Rotting Christ, Ensiferum, Suidakra, lots of shows in Hungary and abroad.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes, but first we should reorganize the basics of the band and adapt ourself in this era. 10 years ago it was easy to go to a tour or somewhere to play, but nowadays everybody have family, children…etc. We will organize it while making new album.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
This music a bit strange for anybody who heard it first because they cant categorize it well. Naturally the old Bloodrainbow fans were so happy! We've got very good feedback new death metal fans as well.

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?
None, just Bloodrainbow.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
After we are going to record the next 3 album (have written in our break) everybody can see that it is not a music experiment or an experimental music, it is true Bloodrainbow on a next level.


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?
In the early years the common gods were: Cryptopsy, Vomitory, Vader, The Crown, Vital Remains, the old stuffs like Nocturnus and the solo heavy-power heroes from the 70s80s.
Nowadays, when death metal has separated to million subgenres and there are millions of bands its hard. We listen lots of music but the roots, influencers remain the same. We like the fresh stuffs from Benighted, Aeternam, Beyond Creation, Black Dahlia Murder, Mgla, Primordial etc. So It is various. Now there are so much good music… :)

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Florian build original veteran motor sidecars.

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

Thanks in advance

Rothadamus

Gorgy/Legacy Of Gore/Static Tension Recordings/2017 Compilation Album Review


  Gorgy  are  a  band  from  Kentucky  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  album  "Legacy  Of  Gore"  which  was  released  by  Static  Tension  Recordings  and  consists  of  all  of  the  tracks  that  have  been  recorded  so  far.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  more  of  a  brutal  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  more  of  a  traditional  death  metal  style  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  add  in  elements  of  slam  along  with  some  guttural  growling  vocals  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

   Horror  movie  samples  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  while  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  riffing  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  high  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  some  of  the  more  recent  recordings  from  the  band  the  leads  and  solos  also  start  utilizing  more  of  a  melodic  tone  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Gorgy  displays  a  very  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  throughout  this  compilation  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  slam  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  violence  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Gorgy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "3rd  Degree  Sodomy"  "Christ  Fucking  Sodomy"  "Selling  God"  and  "From Womb  To  Tomb".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

WarCall/Invaders/Plan B Musique/2017 Full Length Review


  WarCall  are  a  band  from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Invaders"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Plan  B  Musique.

  War  samples  start  off  the  album  along  with drum  beats  a few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  thrash  and  speed  metal  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  fashion  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  some  songs  also  show  the  vocals  adopting  more  of  a  thrash  style  and  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  power  metal  vocals.

  WarCall  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  battles,  aliens,  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  WarCall  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Riding  With  Zombies"  "The  Man  Who  Suffers"  "Through  The  Dusk"  and  "Alien  Forces".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Meat Train Interview

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

IKI: Mainly preparing our live seminars for the road, as well as starting on new material. Mike just pukes riffs out as quickly as he can drink beer. He’s like some bottles to metal machine.



2.You have a new album coming out in September, 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?
Mike: we've brought the raw sound of the first album up to date with a more brutal clearer sound to make the messages shine through the light in short we've become more brutal in the delivery of our sermons.
Iki: There’s stuff that happens in life that can only be channeled into angry riffs and wretching vocals and gut shaking drums. I’m pretty sure we have our core sound, but we’ve definitley moved on in a stronger direction with Random Acts



3.This is your first album in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was been gong on during that time span?
IKI: The usual. Flipping tables, defying death, drinking beer, staining hands with blood and dye. We built our own studio to hone our craft and all collectively work together easier longer and louder, and not upset the locals at our usual place.

Mike. We also played shows in Vietnam the Philippines, Thailand, Nepal, Germany, Austria, Scotland and the UK then took time to redefine our Acts.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
IKI: Pain, suffering, inevitable doom, blood, futility of humanity and healthy injection of Zombies. We do like a good zombie song; both types of zombies, the undead and the ones that just sit by and let evil happen in their name.


5.I know that the band name came from the writings of Clive Barker, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
IKI: Heavy, pacing, once you’re on board you kinda want to get off but you’re hooked into staying from morbid curiosity and that little bit of the brain which you usually ignore is shouting “Fuck yes this is it! This is living”.
Mike: If you take a ride on the Meat Train you'll discover a dark brutal ride that grinds.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Mike. That's a difficult one. Asia and Nepal were awesome. We met so many cool bands on our journeys there. Germany with our friends the mighty Fleshcrawl was awesome too. Svenson is onboard the meat train contributing his own Random Act on the title track of the new album. My personal favourite show was in Chromebox Manila. They knew how to get onboard the Meat Train. Brutal beautiful people.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
IKI: Everywhere possible


8.Currently the band is signed to 'Contagion Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Mike. Contagion are an independent British label who contacted us when we finished our first album. They support the UK scene and have a lot of love and support for us.


9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal and grindcore?
IKI: Pretty damn awesome. Can’t wait to spread more globally.


10.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?
IKI: *Jedi hands* There is no side project

Mike. We're all committed to the message that Meat Train wants to deliver.


11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Mike. Random Acts Of Carnage is a statement of intent. The style is open to development in a more brutal way.


12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
IKI: The chains tear at their flesh... Hear their screams. Such sweet music.
Mike. Death, grind, thrash. I love Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Testament. Whitechapel and Decapitated's offerings are suitably dark.


13.What are some of your non musical interests?
IKI: Personally, working in the lab. Stitching skins and making new horrors. I’ve got a fridge in there now – put a hammock in and I can spend days in there at a time. Until Mike summons me to make noise.
Mike. Preparing for the dark times ahead.


14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Mike. Get Random Acts Of Carnage and prepare for the apocalypse. Get to a live seminar and become part of a brutal journey.
IKI: Always wear gloves.



Shahyd Legacy/Gateways/2017 Full Length Review


  Shayd  Legacy  is  a  solo  artist  with  a  full  band  from  Maldives  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine and  plays  a  mixture  of  hard  rock,  neo  -classical,  power  and  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Gateways".

  Melodic  power/heavy  metal  style  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  elements  of  neo  classical  and  shred  and  a  all  of  the  tracks  are  all  instrumental  as  well  as  some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  progressive  sounding  along  with  a  great  amount  of  80's  influences  but  also  keeping  everything  modern  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  keep  everything  in  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  On  this  recording  Shayd  legacy  drops  the  melodic  death  metal  influences  of  his  previous release  and  focuses  more  on  a  mixture  of  neo-classical,  heavy  and  power  metal  mixture  while  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Shayd  Legacy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  instrumental  neo-classical  and  progressive  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dominion"  "The  Imitation  Game"  "Stardust"  and  "Kingdom  of  Eden".  8  out  of  10.     

Inverted Serenity/As Spectres Wither/2017 Full Length Review


  Inverted  Serenity  are  a  band  from  Manitoba,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  technical  and  progressive  form  of  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  black,  thrash  and  groove  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album "As  Spectres  Wither"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  some  death  metal  growls  making  their  presence known  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the music  also  gets  very  technical at  times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  prog  and  groove  metal  along  with  the  clean  parts  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  modern  thrash  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Inverted  Serenity  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  progressive,  technical  and  brutal  sounding  while  the  black,  groove  and  thrash  metal  elements  gives  the  songs  a  lot  more  originality,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophy,  consciousness,  Gnosticism,  Nature,  Science  and  Enlightenment  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Inverted  Serenity  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  technical  death metal  band  with  elements  of  black,  thrash  and  groove  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t hose  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mitral  Genesis  "Paragon" and  "Lunar  Cradle".  8  out  of  10..

      

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fragarak/A Spectral Oblivion/Transcending Obscurity India/2017 CD Review


  Fragarak  are  a  band  from  India  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays a  very  experimental,  melodic  and  progressive  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "A  Spectral  Oblivion"  which  will  be  released in October  by  Transcending  Obscurity  India.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  along  with  some whispers  also  being  utilized  in  the  background  at  times  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  high  pitched  screams  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  also  has  its  technical  moments  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  most  of  the t racks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  progressive  and  experimental  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals and  a  later track  introduces  elements  of  Indian folk  music  and  female  vocals  onto  the  recording.

  Fragarak  creates  a  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  melodic  and  progressive  style  of  death  metal  from  their previous  release  while  also  getting  more  experimental  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  society,  injustice,  anarchy  and  defiance  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Fragarak  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of melodic,  progressive  and  experimental  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Pahaneron  Eclipsed"  "Fathams  Of  Delirium"  and  "Of  Ends  Ethereal".  8  out  of  10.    

 

    

Friday, August 25, 2017

Meat Train/Random Acts of Carnage/Contagion Records/2017 CD Review


  Meat  Train  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Random  Acts  Of Carnage"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Contagion  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  and  old  school  style  of  death  metal  while  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  bluegrass  before  returning  back  to  a  more  brutal  direction  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  small  amount of  clean  playing  and  keyboards  and  there is  also  a  brief  use  of  hip  hop  elements.

  Meat  Train  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  death  metal  and  grindcore,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Meat  Train  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Random  Acts  Of  Carnage'  "Redneck  Zombies"  "Wolf"  and  "Block  11".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Discreation Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since recording of the new album?
After the recordings we played two shows in Germany, subsequently we started with the work on the artwork for the album. The Italian artist Roberto Toderico did an awesome job by drawing the cover and the photographer Peter Kunz captured some great pictures of us. Right now we are preparing our upcoming tour with the mighty Master which starts on the 28th of September in Hamburg.

2.You have a new album coming out during the end of September, 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?
One of the biggest differences to our last album “Procreation of the wretched” is the singing because Kai the former vocalist left the band last year and I joined the band. Aside from that our songwriting has become more focused which resulted in songs that are straighter and more in your face.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
All lyrics address the dark sides of mankind and how they will bring us to our end of days. The only exception is ‘The Pentagramm’ which is in fact a peom by Aleister Crowley and an homage to mankind. We picked it not only because it’s a really great poem but also because it shows that humanity has so much potential to create sublime things and overcome giant problems which makes our inevitable downfall even more tragic..

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Discreation'?
Discreation means destruction, annihilation. Back in the days when the guys were looking for a band name that fitted their vision, they came across that word and immediately knew that it would be their bands name.

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?
Last year we played on the Rock Hard Festival in Germany which was a really great experience for us because of the awesome amphitheater and the big crowd in front of the stage. But aside from that we had many great experiences over the years. It’s always a good show when there’s a connection between band and audience and this special energy fills the room. If we may believe in the feedback we get after our shows our live performance is very tight and bursting of energy.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Yes. As mentioned before we will go on tour with Master from the 28th of September till the 7th of October. We will play 10 shows around Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
What we know from reviews the last album has been received pretty good everywhere. But we haven’t been invited to play somewhere abroad. So you can’t really say how much people really got aware of us.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Our guitarist Dave plays in a Thrash/Power Metal band named ‘Odium’ which released a new album in July this year and I also do the grunts in the Death/Black Metal band ‘Horresque’.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Discreation belongs to Death Metal and will always celebrate that by fusing the best elements of the American and European forms of Death Metal.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
While I am more into Black Metal nowadays, our guitarists are still very much into Death Metal. Overall I`d say that we all have a pretty wide spread musical taste. But our common denominator is Death Metal of course.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Some like gaming, some are more into sports like bouldering or mountain biking.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview. We are very proud of our upcoming album and hope that the Death Metal maniacs out there will know to appreciate it! So long, stay alive but love Death!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Buried Realm/The Ichor Carcinorma/2017 Full Length Review


  Buried  Realm  are  a  solo  project  from  Colorado  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "The  Ichor  Carcinorma"  which  will  be  released  in  September.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  an  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  fashion  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  technical  direction  along  with  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams.

  Elements  of  neo-classical  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  leads  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  symphonic  elements  are  also  used  at  times.

   You  can  also  heart  touches  of  traditional  metal  in  the  guitar riffing  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a small  amount  of  clean  singing.  while  a  later  song  adds  in  industrial  style  keyboards  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals  while  touches  of  progressive  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  synths and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Buried  Realm  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  progressive  and  technical  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  mental  and  physical  battles  of  terminal  illness  and  diseases  and  the  attempt  to  rebuild.

  In  my  opinion  Buried  Realm  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  technical  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ichor  Carcinorma"  "On  Serpent  Soil"  and  "SuperSpell".  8  out  of  10.

    

Cranely Gardens/House Of Decay/2017 EP Review


  Cranely  Gardens  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  deathcore  with  elements  of  thrash,  death,  black,  nu  metal  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "House  OF  Decay".

  Radio  and  horror  movie  samples  start off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  vocals  that  add  in  death  metal  growls  and  the  more  aggressive  side  of  thrash  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  metalcore  elements  along  with  a  touch  of  nu  metal.

  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  pats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  technical  fashion  and  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  from  the  more melodic  side  of  black  metal  and  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Cranely  Gardens  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  melodic  side  of  deathcore  while  also  mixing  in  some  metalcore,  thrash,  death,  black  and  nu  metal  elements  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cranely  Gardens  are  a  very  decent  sounding  deathcore band  with  elements  of  thrash,  death,  black,  nu  metal  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Muswell  Hill"  "Savages"  and  "The  Challenger". 7/5  out  of  10. 

Crejuvent Interview

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

I sure can! Crejuvent is my little musical love child that is a direct result of not getting laid in my teenage years coupled with clinical cynicism. It incorporates everything that I love about heavy music into a seamless musical concoction. Being a regular working musician working in different project, I wanted to release my own music without anybody else’s objection to the dumb shit I wanted to do. As of now, the band is only a studio project with myself as the sole member, but who knows what will happen in the future!



2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

The first demo ‘Pretty Demos’ was just that, a small collection of songs I had written and recorded that were just lying around in my laptop. The demos are a bit rudimentary, the tracks differ quite a lot from each other and it sounds a lot less cohesive as a release. But hey, the songs themselves are pretty cool! There are probably more elements of old school death metal in that one as the song writing is a bit less defined, band the recordings are also a bit more raw, mainly due to the fact that I wasn’t as good at producing as I was when I released ‘Time’.

‘Time’ is my first attempt at a solo EP. IT sounds much more cohesive and I feel the whole EP has a more unique feel than ‘Pretty Demos’. It’s somewhat more atmospheric and I toyed around with musical ideas a bit more, I got to do all sorts of dumb shit with it that I didn’t get to do with the demos. The sound is rooted more in progressive death metal and is arguably a bit more melodic, but it’s miles heavier in terms of feeling and intensity. Plus there are samples from Simpsons, which is an element that I feel was extremely lacking in ‘Pretty Demos’.



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

Typically, it’ll be some sort of abstract concept, or existential crisis, or even a small narrative that explores the theme. You know, typical depressed teenager sorta stuff. I’m not a very literal lyricist, and I like to mask things in metaphors and allegories, I like to think it allows the listener to make up their own interpretation of the song and ultimately makes them more attached to the songs. Sometimes the lyrics have to be implied rather than expressed, ya know?



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

It has zero meaning. It’s a dumbass word that I made up and decided to use because it had zero results on Google when I looked it up. Plus it’s great when people ask me how to pronounce it cus it’s like “pfft, I don’t know” and people can pronounce it however they want. Plus I’m really shit at coming up with names for songs or bands, like REALLY bad…making up my own word was an easy way for me to skirt from that responsibility



5.Other than a few quests you record most of everything by yourself, are you open to working with a full band or do you prefer to work solo?

Yeah I’d love to, there’s just no available musicians in my are that are open and willing to devote time into my own artistic vision! Which is completely fair enough. Depending on how my finances are in the future, I would definitely consider getting session musicians for recordings, but that’s more of a one-off thing. For this project I definitely prefer writing solo.



6.How are some of the quests that have participated on your recordings?

When ‘Pretty Demos’ was released, I had my friend from university sing on the track Dualism. I knew what I wanted but couldn’t pull it off myself at the time and knew he had the vocals for it and he fucking nailed it! I also wanted a berserk and overkill guitar solo in Projection, so I asked my friend Max (who I’m currently playing bass for in the studio) to go nuts on a guitar solo and he whipped that bad boy out in a second! I enjoy letting people in on these things every now and again, it provides a small break from the monotony and ultimately they bring something to the table that I probably wouldn’t have thought of. Plus I’m an extremely mediocre guitar player at best so, you know.



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

So far with Crejuvent I’ve only ever played two shows. One was right after ‘Pretty Demos’ was release and I didn’t really know what to do with myself. There was barely anybody in the crowd and the venue was less than ideal, so my friend ended up giving me a tortilla wrap that I fixed on the microphone, which was humorous but looking back totally made it look like I just wanted a good. Which is sorta true, but not the whole truth. The second show I did was the year after that and it went off great! Given that it’s just me on stage playing bass and singing to backing tracks, people absolutely loved it for what it was. I really try to go all out on stage, cus nobody wants to see some asshole playing guitar or whatever standing awkwardly, people come to see a show and be entertained! I’ve injured myself so many times on stage and at almost every gig I end up jumping around so much I almost puke, it’s great, it’s intense.



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

Not much is going on at the moment really, I wanted to wait and see how the release for this EP goes first and then get on that gigging horse.



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

Well of course I’d be interested. I’m not actively looking or anything just yet, but I’m keeping my eyes peeled. I’ve had a few small independent labels approach me on Facebook, but they usually seemed like they just copy and paste their messages to bands so I never really pursued them. If a label, no matter how small, is GENUINALLY interested then they’ll be willing to write to me personally. I wouldn’t want to sign with someone who doesn’t really give a shit.



10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

No full length yet. I’m considering doing a single in these next few months, but since I’m already really busy with my other bands who knows what will happen. I got a few tracks already written, it’d be just a matter of reworking them, re-recording them, getting artwork, doing some PR…see, it’s not as easy and quick as it seems!



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?

Main influence for Crejuvent is by far Strapping Young Lad. It’s their intensity, sarcastic layers, and production that I really fell in love with. Fear Factory have also been a big influence, especially in terms of adding synths and industrial elements. That said, I’m big on my progressive death metal, bands such as Beyond Creation, Cynic, Obscura, to name a few, have been huge influences on my bass playing and songwriting. Nowadays I’m listening to metal a bit less and more to whatever Spotify chooses for me, from Toto to Leprous and anything in between.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Eating, Rick and Morty, bouldering, and World of Warcraft. And plenty of sitting. I love sitting down.



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

I’m going to assume you mean final words for this interview and not final words for like…life. Because that’d be nuts.

All I wanna say is go and check out Crejuvent’s ‘Time’ EP out now and get ready for the most sexually arousing listening experience of your life BAR NONE. It’s out everywhere, on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, all of it!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Under Eden/An Aeons-Long Shadow/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 CD Review

  Under  Eden  are  a  band  from  St.  Paul,  Minnesota  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "An  Aeons-Long  Shadow"  which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  adding  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  and  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted in  the  90's  as  well  as  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  edge  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  add  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  male and  female  female  vocals  and  they  close  the album  with  a  live  bonus  track.

  Under  Eden  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  melodic  death  metal  and  thrash  together to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  influence  of  extraterrestrial  beings  over  humanity's  creation,  beginnings  and  history.

  In  my  opinion  Under  Eden  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aeon-Alpha-Storming  Primordial  Shores"  "Catalyst  For  Massacre"  "Ensnared  In  The  Rapture"  and  "Veil  Of  Twilight".  8  out  of  10.  

Darkfall/At The End Of Times/Black Sunset/MDD Records/2017 CD Review


  Darkfall  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their 2017  album  "At  The  End  Of  Times"  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  by  Black  Sunset  and  MDD  Records.

  Tragic sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  is  also very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Swedish  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  thrash  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  symphonic  elements  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals.

  Darkfall  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  modern  style  of  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Darkfall  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ride  Through  The  Sky"  "Deathcult  Debauchery"  "Your  God  Is  Dead"  and  "Land  Of  No  Return  MMXVII".  8  out  of  10.

  

Crejuvent/Time/2017 EP Review


  Crejuvent  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  melodic,  progressive  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  relased  2017  ep  "Time",

  Heavy  riffs  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  screams  start  off  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  as  well  as  the  music  getting  very  technical  at  times  while  the  keyboards  gives  the  song  a  more  progressive  feeling  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  both  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  singing  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  technical  fashion  along  with  some  elements  of  industrial  and  djent  and  blast  beats  are  also  used  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  spoken  word  samples  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Crejuvent  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  prog,  technical  and  melodic  sides  of  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Crejuvent  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive,  melodic  and  technical  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Code  orange"  and  "Word  Vomit".  8  out  of  10.     

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gutslit/Amputheatre/Transcending Obscurity India/2017 CD Review


  Gutslit  are  a  band  from  India  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plys  a  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Amputheatre"  which will  be  released  in  October  by  Transcending  Obscurity  India.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  war  samples  before  going  into  a  more  brutal  direction  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  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  screams  and  pig  squeals  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  have  a  sense  of  melody  to  them  while  also  sticking  to  a  more  traditional  death  metal  style  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  brutal.

  Gutslit  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  murder,  torture  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gutslit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Brazen  Bull"  "Blood  Eagle"  and  "Death  Hammer".  8  out  of  10.