Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Goreworm/The Path To Oblivion/CDN Records/2018 Ep Review


  Goreworm  are  a  band  from  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  melodic,  slam,  technical  and  brutal  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "The  Path  To  Oblivion"   which  will  be  released  in  March  by  CDN  Records.

  Heavy  riffs  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  start  of  the  ep  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  before  going  into  a very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  vocals  bringing  in  a mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  slam  elements  and  on  the  closing  track  spoken  word  aprts  are  also  used  briefly.

  Goreworm  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  the  technical,  brutal  and  slam  styles  of  death  metal  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goreworm  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  brutal  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wombraider'  and  "The  path  To  Oblivion".  8  out  of  10.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Begat The Nephilim Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Well. We just announced out signing with Unholy Anarchy Records. Getting everything together for the album release our worldwide on June 15th. Have a show in a week or so with the mighty Septicflesh, Dark Funeral and Thy Antichrist. Also just announced New England Metal Fest with Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Nile, etc. Working on some dates to work our asses off for this album!

2.You have your first full length coming out in June, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We are heavily influenced by The Black Dahlia Murder, Between The Buried And Me, Behemoth, Cattle Decapitation, Naglefar and a ton of other bands. So it is it's own kind of thing but has parts where you will listen and be like "Hey that reminds me of Dying Fetus" or whoever, without ripping anyone off. It's fast but melodic and has structure. The music tells a story of its own. So it has a bit of something for everyone.

3.The band has been around since 2012 but waited until this year to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

We never ment to take so long to get the album done. The album has been written even longer. Maybe 2010 or 2011. We were have gone in to record 4 of the songs 3 times before this as an EP but was never really happy with how it came out, so we kept redoing it. All the while touring and trying to build a name through live shows and merchandise.

4.The lyrics on the album have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you bring out with your lyrics?

The album tells the tale of the Mother of Blasphemy, an ancient godlike Nephilim, and her rise to power and the resulting consequences facing mankind and the world.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about you interest in the 'Nephilim' and also do you have any other interest in related things like Reptilians, occultism or Conspiracy Theory's?

Honestly at first, the name just kind of sounded cool. We were looking for some kind of cool god or demigod or something to base the name around when we found "Begat The Nephilim" and just had a.. "ohhhhhh" moment. But looking into it more over the last few years, there is alot of crazy shit to it. How they find all these bones and ancient drawings and such of these giants. I love stuff like that. Any kind of mythology, crypto whatever is cool as hell to me. Without going into too much, because I may be alone on alot of this and I don't want to speak for everyone, but a few of us are into aliens and ghosts and such. Our vocalist worked as a paranormal investigator for a bit. Then of course government type things everyone seems to dabble in a little bit. 9/11 and Bilderburg and illuminati and such.

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 have played some crazy shows. Last 4 years of Summer Slaughter, last 4 New England Metal Fests, tons of packed local shows. It's hard to pick a few favorites. But one of them has to be, for me anyways, playing the second stage at a Summer Slaughter a few years back with Cannibal Corpse and having the stage rushed and people moshing and shit on stage. There is a few videos on YouTube of it. Crazy shit.
And for stage presence, we try to put alot of energy in it. Running back and forth and jumping off shit. Dillinger Escape Plan is a big band for all of us, so sometimes it turns into that. Jumping out and moshing with the crowd and such.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released/

We are working on dates now. We definitely have a few New England dates lined up. Westbrook, ME, Manchester, NH, Worcester, MA, Agawam, MA, Rutland, VT. But for full US/ Canada dates, those are in the works. Hopefully have alot soon

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

We did a weekend run with Internal Bleeding and the first thing they said to us was "You boys have to get to Europe. They will fucking eat you up over there" we have had quite a few people around the world who are always hitting us up trying to get us over there. Our kind of music is very accepted there and we can't wait to go over. We have had a few offers, but nothing solid enough to make sense at the time. But soon, we will be ready.

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

Basically a faster version of what we are doing now. Bump up the BPM a little bit and have at it.

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?

Black Dahlia, Behemoth, BTBAM, Cattle Decapitation, Dillinger Escape Plan, we all really have a wide range of music we listen to and in small ways probably influence what we do. I'm a Dream Theater fan, so I have that kind of spin on some of what I do, but in death metal form. We take influence from new and old school death and black metal. From Suffocation to Origin and Emperor to Behemoth.
We all listen to a really wide range of music. In the van, we don't have alot of metal playing because we are around it all the time. So we will mix it up with some Three Six Mafia or Tom Waits or City and Colour or find something funny or dumb to listen to. Bill Burr podcasts and shit.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

A few of us are into video games and nerdout about that. Most of us like site seeing. Going to museums and walking around cities and doing the whole touristy thing. We all have girlfriend's and wives so between the band, work and them, we don't have much time left. Haha

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

We are beyond excited to finally get this album out worldwide June 15th. It would mean the world to us if you could take a look on YouTube, pop up on our page, buy the album, come to a show, but a shirt, etc. This dream of ours is right at the tip of Our fingers and we appreciate all of the support we have gotten from everyone. We can't wait to see you all soon!

Friday, February 23, 2018

A Cunning Man/To Heal A Broken Body/2018 EP Review


  A  Cunning  Man  are  a  duo  from  Scotland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  melodic  death,  folk,  power  and  progressive  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "To  Heal  A  Broken  Body".

  Saxophones  and  atmospheric  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  alter  that  also  add  in  a  touch  of  power  metal  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  blast  beats  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  folk  and  progressive  metal  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  influences  from  classical,  jazz  and  post  rock.

  A  Cunning  Man  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  black,  melodic  death,  power  and  progressive  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while t he  lyrics  cover  Goetia,  Alchemy  and  Western  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  A  Cunning  Man  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  melodic  death,  power  and  progressive  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Picatrix  &  The  Calcine  Alchemist".  8  out  of  10.

    

Sunday, February 18, 2018

An Argency/Eternal Legacy/2018 Full Length Review


  An  Argency  are  a  band  from  Minsk,  Belarus  that  plays   a  symphonic, occult  and  blackened  form  of  deathcore  and this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Eternal  Legacy".

  Ritualistic  soundscapes start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  deathcore  direction  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams,  death  metal  growls  and  hardcore  style  shouting  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Symphonic  elements  are  also  added  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  captures  a  sci-fi  atmosphere  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  also  having  their  melodic  moments  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  is  added  onto t he  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  An  Argency  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  deathcore  and  mixes  it  with  symphonic  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  An  Argency  are  a  very  decent  sounding  symphonic  and  occult  blackened  deathcore  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dol"  "Evil  Within"  "Absence  Of  Me"  and  "Dreadrite".  7/5  out  of  10.   

  

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Begat The Nephilim/Begat The Nephilim I: The Surrepititious Prophecy/Mother Of The Blasphemy/Unholy Anarchy Records/2018 CD Review


  Begat  The  Nephilim  are  a  band  from  New  Hampshire  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album   "Begat  The  Nephilim  I: T he Surrepititious  Prophecy/Mother  Of  The  Blasphemy"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Unholy  Anarchy.

  Dark  sounding  keyboards  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  A  great  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  and  keyboards  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  symphonic  and  classical  music  feeling  along  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental  while  you  can  also  hear  a  touch of  deathcore  in  some  of  the  riffing  as  well  as  a   brief  use  of  guttural  growls  and  pig  squeals  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  a  couple  of  later  songs.

  Begat  The  Nephilim  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  black  and  death  metal and  mixes  it  in  with  some  symphonic  and  deathcore  touches  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  mother  of  blasphemy,  an  ancient  godlike  Nephilim,  her  rise  to  power  and  the  consequences  facing  mankind  and  the  world.

  In  my  opinion  Begat  The  Nephilim  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cardboard  Casket"  "Fervor  For  Flesh"  "Grimiore  Of  Cryptid"  and  "Apotheosis  Of  The  Apocalypse  Part  2"  Dawn  of  The  Nephilim  (a  warm  wind  breathes  a  new  despair)".  8  out  of  10.    

Friday, February 16, 2018

Krepuskul/Hybrid/Morning Star Heathens Music Group/2018 CD Review


 
Krepuskul  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays  an  experimental  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Hybrid"  which  was  released  by  Morning  Star  Heathens  Music  Group.

  A  sci-fi  orientated  synth starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  angry  shouting  vocals  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  groove  metal  along  with  some  screams  being  utilized  at  times  which  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats,'

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  vocals  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  back  up  shouts  can  be  heard,

  Krepuskul  plays  a  music  style  that takes  experimental,  melodic  black,  death  and  groove  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hatred,  darkness  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Krepuskul  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  melodic  black,  death  and  groove  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "OCD  Let's  Start  A  War" "The  Disciples" "Psychotherapy"  and  "Awake  17".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Battlesoul Interview


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

Answer:

Since recording the new album, time was spent on getting the artwork and other detail for the album sorted.  Time spent together as a band since finishing Sunward and Starward has been mostly spent rehearsing the new material.

2. You have a new album coming out in February, 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?

Answer:

I would say that this album turned out darker. There is still some folk influences and you can still tell it's us playing but overall I think it's more of a metal album then our previous ones.

3. This is your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time?

Answer:

Song writing for what was to become Sunward and Starward started right away after Tir Na Nog was released.  The recording/production process is what really took the most time over the 5 years.  As with our previous albums - this one was self-recorded/mixed/mastered.  This time however, it was a struggle to get it to a point that I was happy with.  Even to the point where we re-recorded the drums three times. This can be the downside of self-producing and why it's not necessarily recommended. I would have preferred this album to be released sooner but we weren’t going to rush it.

4. Your Lyrics cover a lot about Celtic mythology and history, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Answer:

Our singer Jon Doyle solely handles the lyrics.  I must say I think he does a great job and I am always excited to see what he comes up with. I feel like he has a great way of bringing the story out of the song. I personally like Celtic mythology and history because the epic themes that comes along with it.

5. What is the meaning behind the name Battlesoul?

Answer

Mike Grund, who was the founding guitar player, came up with it.  My interpretation is that it’s the warrior spirit found inside of you.  Summon up your Battlesoul!



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

Answer:

We have fun on stage and we hope that people watching have fun too.

We have been fortunate enough to have played with lots of great bands. Playing with Sabaton and with TYR would definitely be highlights for me.

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

Answer:

Nothing, as of right now.

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

Answer:

For the most part feedback has been positive. Some negative that it's good to hear all sides. It's great reading reviews from all over world. It gives you a sense of how metal really is a worldwide community.

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.

Answer:

I am currently not in another project and am actually not too sure what the other guys are up to with regard to their other projects.

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

Answer:

Not sure really, I can’t say that Battlesoul is heading in any specific direction currently.

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

Answer:

It's tough to say.  Every member has there owns distinct preference and there are few bands/styles that the members of Battlesoul can agree upon - all our answers would be different. For me, I am always a big fan of film scores and you can definitely here the influence on the album, that and trying to incorporate doom type riffs. This morning I was listening to some Man-O-War and Master of Puppets.



12. What are some of your non-musical interests?

Answer:

I also record bands so most of my time is spent doing music.  However when I do have free time,  I quite enjoy learning about history.

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

Answer:

Thank you for the interview. I would like to thank CDN Records and Black Element for all the work that they are putting into 'Sunward and Starward'.  I would also like to thank everyone who has taken the time to check out Battlesoul, it is appreciated!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Pavillon Rouge/Dynasteia Klub/Doweet Angency/2018 CD Review


  Pavillon  Rouge  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  industrial  and  new  wave  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Dynasteia  Klub"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Doweet  Agency.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  industrial  elements  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  some  programmed  beats  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  an  angry  shouting  fashion  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  blast  beats  also  being  used  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  mixing  in  elements  of  new  wave  and  one  of  the  songs  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording.

  Pavillon  Rouge  creates  another  recording that  remains  true  to  the  black  metal,  industrial  and  new  wave  mixture  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Beauty,  Innocence,  Purity  and  Ecstasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Pavillon  Rouge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  industrial  and  new  wave,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "L'harmonie  et  la  force"  "Dynasteia  Klub"  "Bodhisattva"  and  "Ad  Augusta".  8  out  of  10.  

Nest Interview


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

NEST was started around 2015. We are a doom two piece, just guitar, vocals and drums. We both started this when we had lulls with our other bands around Lexington Kentucky.
we wanted to start something a lot darker and more experimental than what we were doing at the time.  I (Kyle) grew up playing in bands in the local punk/powerviolence scene and Corey has had a couple hardcore/punk bands, so we talked about starting something that had that punch you in the face feel,  but was rooted in the ethereal doom we had both been playing recently in other bands.  But we both agreed it needed to be the heaviest music we'd ever written.


2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings you have released so far?

The first release was much more rooted in the aforementioned raw powerviolence/hardcore aspect. I had also been getting back into more math type bands, like Slint (KY band as well), Shellac. etc. so I really started looking at how i could de-volve my guitar playing and look at it in a different way. Once we started down that path its only gotten more experimental in those aspects.

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

Corey writes all the lyrics, and the topics have always been very personal things we just so happened to be going through at the same time. "Metempsychosis" is our first concept album. This past year we both separately went through immense loss and grief in our personal lives. The beginning of the album starts with breathing getting weak and stopping, blending into a recreation of some past auditory DMT experiences, symbolizing the start of death. Then the album explores death and our thoughts of what happens after. It then closes the album with sounds from inside the womb to try and represent re-incarnation.

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

The name NEST is loosely a metaphor for life in this reality, it can feel like home but at the same time is brutal and relentlessly buzzing with life, and all the pain and struggle attached.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

No plans to add any members, we flow together really well just the two of us.

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

I personally love the house shows we've played, everything is ten times louder and much more intense in a basement. Our stage performance is pretty straightforward, we just let the music speak for itself and play it as loud and heavy as possible.

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

Yes, hopefully trying to get that worked out soon.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, sludge and doom metal?


 The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, we're really grateful for everyone listening.

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

Corey is currently only working on this project at the moment, his last band, They yearn for what they fear is absolutely amazing psych/doom, he's one of the best vocalist/drummers I've had the pleasure to work with. Im playing guitar in a stoner/doom outfit called Sonic Altar. Also playing guitar in a new death/doom project called Rotting Kingdom, with members of  Tombstalker and Arktos.

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

haha not too sure yet, most likely expanding on previous techniques and themes, but I guess we'll see when we get there.

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?

(corey) Honestly I was listening to a lot of 90s grunge/ alternative and screamo at the time. Smashing pumpkins, Alice in Chains, Forn, obviously Thou. What I'm listening to at the moment. A lot of Type O-Negative, Dookie-era Green Day, Nothing, and Pink Floyd.

(Kyle) The obvious ones are Dystopia, early Orchid,  Neurosis, Krallice, also a bunch of black metal, early math and  raw doom, and  I was listening to A LOT of rap at the time. I listen to almost everything, but lately its been a lot of hawkwind, Howlin wolf, Craft's "Fuck the Universe". Just discovered paradise lost (late to the party on that one), and same as Corey a ton of Pink Floyd lately.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Corey)  Watching movies, reading, painting/drawing occasionally, art history, going to museums, traveling
   
(Kyle) Im an abstract painter on the side. Traveling, also pretty much all the stuff Corey just said.

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

 We just wanna thank everyone for their support, we've both been playing music all our lives and really bled a lot into this album. Its an overwhelming feeling that people are getting behind that.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Karma Violens/Serpent God/Growl Records/2018 CD Review


  Karma  Violens  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  melodic  death,  thrash  metal  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Serpent  God"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Growl  Records.

  Middle  Eastern  style  drones  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  solos and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  atmospheric  fashion  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  faster  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  of  modern  thrash  and  hardcore  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  Gregorian  chant s can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Karma  Violens  remains  true  to t heir  mixture  of  black,  melodic  death,  thrash  metal  and  hardcore,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  world,  creation  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from Karma  Violens  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  melodic  death,  thrash  metal  and  hardcore,  you  should c heck  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Serpent  God" "The  Sun  I  Never  Had"  "A  Letter  To  The  Worthless  Chamber"  and  "Eternal  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

  

North Hammer/Srormcaller/2018 Full Length Review


  North  Hammer  are  a  solo  project  from  Alberta,  Canada  that  plays  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "Stormcaller"  which  will  be  released  in  March.

  A  very  epic  and  symphonic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  decent  amount  of  black  metal  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  folk  music  elements  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  instrumental  can  also  be  heard.

  North  Hammer  plays  a  style  of  folk  metal  that  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  pagan,  viking,  melodic  death  and  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Fantasy  and  Norse  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  North  Hammer  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Avatar"  "Magic  Mead"  "Spellbinder"  and  Lion's  Winter".  8  out  of  10.

  

Friday, February 9, 2018

Agrimonia Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the mew album?
Pontus: Since the recording, we haven't done so much musically. We did a few shows and spent time on the artwork and such. It's a limbo-like situation, having the new album recorded but not being able to present it to the world yet!



2.You have a new album coming out this month, 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?
Pontus: It's hard to describe your own music, but to put it simple: I think it's a very good sounding and epic metal album with progressive influences and a crusty backbone. Lots of dynamics and emotions. Words doesn't do it justice, however, as with all good music! Compared to our earlier stuff, I think this is our most fully realized album in terms of songwriting, emotional dynamics, and aural impact.



3.This is your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Christina: I have opened a vegan restaurant with some friends, made songs and played a lot of shows with my other band Contorture. Most of us are busy with other bands when we dont do Agrimonia things.
Pontus: With Agrimonia, we've done a few tours and shows. Then we've been busy with other stuff, both musical and non-musical. The rollercoaster that is life!



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

Christina: I tend to write about injustices in the world, big and small things that happens around me and about things I think is wrong in the world. It can be social issues or mistreatment of the earth and the people living in it.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Agrimonia''?
Christina: Agrimonia is a plant and has a long history of medicinal use. It has been know as an an "all-heal" and has been used to heal everything from wounds to liver problems and also as a witch's cure. When we started Agrimonia we just liked the name and didn´t really have a meaning behind it.





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?
Christina: I get really into the songs when we play so I dont think I have a plan of my stage performance. I just go with the music and the words. I think we all have different ideas of the best shows we played and so much can be included in that question. It is hard to answer! I really like playing places where I have friends in the audience.
Pontus: I enjoyed the release show for the last album, where we played the whole album from start to finish live. To me, a great show is when the energy is shared between us and the audience. As for stage performance, that is something I don't think we've ever thought so much about. For me it's finding that energy and connection to the music.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Christina: We have a release party planned here in Göteborg on March 23:rd.
Pontus: I will be on paternal leave until the fall so we won't tour until then. We'll see what happens!



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, sludge and post metal?
Pontus: It's been good.  We've been fortunate enough to play a lot of places with great receptions. Reviews, especially for this new album, are really nice!



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?
Christina: I play bass in a d-beat band called Contorture. We are currentle working on our second full lenght album and we are recoring it at Studio D-takt in Uppsala at the end of March. We are also heading out on a tour of eastern and south eastern Europe in March.
Pontus: Me and Björns other band Miasmal is slowly getting back on track since we got a new bass player a few months ago. Martin is very busy with At the Gates, they just recorded a new album and will probably do a lot of shows this summer when their new album is out.



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

Pontus: I'd like to think we will not stray far from our core sound, but rather evolve it.



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?
Christina: I think that a band that we all can agree on is Bolt Thrower. Personally as a singer my influences has been women who growls in bands, like Agnes from the polish band Lost. I listen a lot to Bolt Thrower, SubRosa, Misantropic, Windhand and JexThoth for example.
Pontus: Bolt Thrower, Sisters of Mercy, Dinosaur Jr, PJ Harvey, Neurosis, early Metallica. Both influences (however subconscious) and recent listening.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Christina: I am so busy with work right now so I do not really have so much spare time. When I am not at work I like to relax with a book or a tv-series, have beers with friends or watch a movie.
Pontus: Books, documentaries, family life and beer.





13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Christina: Thanks for taking the time to interview us!

Pontus: Cheers and thanks! Check out Awaken!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ssanahtes/Self Titled/WOOAAARGH/2018 CD Review


  Ssanahtes  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black metal,  sludge  and  post  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  WOOAAARGH.

  Distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  heavy  sludge  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  angry  screams  that  also  bring  in  elements  of  black  metal  as  well  as  some  semi  melodic  vocals  also  being  used  at  times.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  post  hardcore  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  most of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  psychedelic  elements  are  used  briefly   and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  a  later  track  also  introduces  drones  onto  the  recording,  clean  guitars  are  also  brought  onto  the  closing  song.

  Ssanahtes  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  sludge  and  post  hardcore and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ssanahtes  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge  and  post  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sad  Song"  and  "To  Seal  Off  A  Breach".  8  out  of  10.    

Grimner/Vanadrottning/Despotz Records/2018 CD Review


  Grimner  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a mixture  of  viking  and  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Vanadrottning"  which was  released  by Despotz  Records.

  Drum  beats  along  with  some  epic  and  symphonic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast beats  can  also  be  heard  and  clean  pagan  vocals  are  also  used  at  times.

  Folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  some  songs  also bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  a  lot  more  as  the  album  progresses  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Grimner  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  viking  and  folk metal  along  with  some  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  Norse  Mythology,  Paganism,  War  and  Drinking  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grimner  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  viking  and  folk  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vanadrottning"  "Kvallningssang"  "Dodens  Dan"  and  "Freja  Vakar".  8  out  of  10.

    

Under Siege Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before,can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. Under Siege was born during the summer of 2015 when the first songs were outlined by Paolo Giuliani (Vocals) and Daniele Mosca (Guitars). Immediately the two recognized it as a promising project and soon Under Siege became a complete formation, when Gianluca Fiorentini (Guitars), Livio Calabresi (Bass) and Marzio Monticelli (Drums) joined the band. All of them were already actively involved in the local music scene.


2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. Well, although our music can be roughly described as melodic death metal, spiced with glaring folk elements, our sound is quite heterogeneous. It becomes evident for anyone listening to our first album: we like to mix different influences in our songs. You can easily find power, viking, symphonic and atmospherical hints.  Our efforts are focused on building aggressive, solid and imposing sound, without thinking too much about genres and schemes.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. Lyrics are one of the things we care the most. It recently became easy to lighly talk about blood, battles or swords, especially for some kind of metal music. But we are not telling fairytales in our songs. We are not fantasizing about dragons, magic or random violent "vikingish" stuff. Battles, invasions, violence and revenge: these are things all of us must face everyday! Even if they assume more subtle forms nowadays. Of course we use metaphors, and evoking images fom a long-lost and distant world... but our call to arms, our cry for courage and pride: they are absolutely real.

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


4. As we already said, we hide metaphorical meanings in almost everything we write. We are all "under siege" one way or another. Our life is under siege. And our values, our future as well. Modern society deprived us of so much: it offers distorted models, and synthetic, empty ideals. We all need to become aware of this attack. But on the other hand, we are called to strike back! We are called to besiege the very enemies that threaten us and fight for what we do believe is right. We must be ready to fall for the very things we consider worth to live for. This is our battle. This is the real siege!

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

5. Every show is different. We like to play near Rome, because we can feel the heat and the enthusiasm of our friends and our people (those dear bastards). But when we have the occasion to play somewhere far from home, and if we can catch the attention and the ears of new folks: that is absolutely awesome! Nothing repays your efforts as a metal band more than looking at complete strangers headbanging, body-slamming and getting absolutely wasted with your music.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. We have a couple of good upcoming dates. In March we will open for Skyforger, here in Rome, in the second  edition of Mister Folk Fest, a quite special metal event for this city. But generally speaking playing live is becoming increasingly hard in Italy. Live clubs prefer to host cover-bands, (mostly classic rock bands) because they grant them more visibility than emerging bands. So you can find dozens of "Metallica-tribute" or "Pink Floyd Jam" nights... while good original musicians struggle to play for 50 minutes. Some bands sadly hit the bottom: we know guys that actually paid to play before more notorious bands. It is just disgusting. We hope things work differently abroad. And we are actively searching for shows out of our borders.


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

7. We received some proposals: none satisfying. Some were just absurd attempts to take our money. One of us defined them "wolves and vultures of the music business", ahah! We would be glad to work with a serious and professional label. Hopefully we'll find one. Well... hopefully they'll find us.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of folk and melodic death metal?
8. Most people were shocked because they didn't expect from Italian guys to play Scottish bagpipes or use Gaelic dialect!  Ahah! But overall the feedback has been more than satisfying so far. The album has been self produced and self-published so we are twice as prideful of the results: far above our expectations. We love to find out that people enjoy our music.

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?
9. One of our guitar men, Gianluca, is carrying on his other symphonic black metal project: Nazgul Rising. The first album, released in 2014, has been a discrete success, and the second one will be released by the end of this year. The bass player, Livio sings and plays the keyboards in a dark-wave duo: "Raziel, the blacksmiler". They recently begun to perform live. Our drummer, Marzio, has begun to have rehearsal with an hard rock formation: "Hardrunk". Paolo and Daniele are fully engaged in Under Siege


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. Who knows what tomorrow brings! We hope to spread our message and our music as far as we can. Even in this digital era of social networks, web promotion and digital distribution... we still think that the most important thing about music should be playing it live! And of course we want to start  thinking about a second album as soon as we can!


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?

11. Influences from Amon Amarth, Ensiferum, early Turisas, just to name a few, are clearly recognizable in our music. On the other side, when it comes to our individual tastes, we listen to every kind of music, sometimes choosing unexpected genres like progressive metal, blues, traditional celtic music, punk, hard rock. Even classical music sometimes. The way we keep ourselves open-minded helps us composing better songs.

12.Does Paganism play any role in your music?
12. Nice question. Let's just say we find something fascinating in pagan traditions and beliefs. Even if we are not involved in paganism in a religious sense, we recognize in it a spiritual dimension free of any hypocrisy or paradox, that puts in first place the most important thing of all, our mother nature. Paganism is pure, sincere and proud. It is an ancestral voice calling, and sometimes you can hear it clearly even in these modern era. It's hard to explain: it's just in our blood. In all of us.


13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13. We are quite “normal” guys. Some of us are interested in sports and martial arts; some others in informatics and videogames and we also have two bikers in our band. We all love to go out, drinking, feasting and being loud. We like to eat well and we all have a strong relationship to beer, wine and whiskey!

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

14. We hope that everyone who listens to our music will enjoy it and maybe raise a toast to us. Cheers guys! Thank you so much for this interview. Stay metal and keep the siege strong!



Monday, February 5, 2018

Silent Kingdom 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?

Amir: Hi! The band is currently preparing for some live gigs...Some internal problems within the band are slowing us down but hopefully we will hit the stage very soon.

2.In December 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?

Amir: Well, I would call it progressive, folk rock but it is really hard to label the music we are doing. I was always a fan of Bosnian prog-rock band Indexi and I wanted somehow to pay my musical due to them. Also, I was always a progressive music fan and loved bands such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Al Di Meola, Genesis, Chick Corea etc. and that was the music I've been listening to for the last 20 years or so. Silent Kingdom had acoustic songs since the beginning and our EP from 2002 "Whispering nights and majestic winds" is completely acoustic with clean vocals. Right after we recorded "In Search of Eternity" I thought I did everything I could within prog/folk/black metal style we were doing for decade and a half. I didn't want to repeat myself because I love art and the easiest thing for me would be to make something similar to last three records we did. On the other hand these new songs just started to pour out of me and after I wrote the first song I knew where to go next. I thought that this album will give me and the band something to hold on to in the future. It really gave us a musical future. We can develop this style the way we want and even combine it with some of our previous influences...

3.Your earlier material was in more of a black/death metal direction but the music on the new album is in more of a dark and progressive rock style, what was the decision behind the musical change?

Amir: The change of the musical direction wasn't intentional, it just happened. The first song that I wrote is actually the first track on the album, "San o snu" (The dream about the dream). I remember the moment I wrote the first verse along with the music, I thought "this is something really interesting" because I didn't write anything in my mother tongue since "Reflections of fire" album intros. Than the whole album concept opened in front of me and I just started writing. In it's essence, this album is conceptual with the same idea behind all songs. The true art can not be forced and controlled in my opinion so when the spark happens you just have to follow it.

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

Amir: The concept is basically the same: love, hate, fear of oblivion, messages from the past and their meaning in these modern times. Lyrically they are told in different style. At least I like to think they are different. People are born with love yet at the same time hate seems to consume everything that people build. It seems that mountain of love can be destroyed easily with one showel of hate. That is something that is fascinating to me and I tried to explain it to myself first through these lyrics. I don't know if I will ever be able to understand it or if I will ever be able to tell that story in full.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Silent Kingdom'?

Amir: Sead Tafro and I formed the band somewhere in the beginning of 1999 although we had an idea in 1998 and it's funny how clearly I remember the moment when we gave the name to the band. We were talking about where we live, about the history of Bosnia. The more we were talking about those topics the more the picture was forming in my mind and I remember that at one point I said "this is the silent kingdom". The country exists for almost a millennium but nobody outside knows anything about it.

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?

Amir: Silent Kingdom was never a live band in the full sense. In these (almost) 20 years we had only 20 or so gigs. In the beginning we had problems finding the musicians in Sarajevo. I must remind that it was the post-war period, just three and a half years after the war and a lot of people fled from the city in that period so it was really hard to find somebody who shares our view of music. Plus black metal was literally unknown here. Somewhere in 2002 we met Edin who was a guitar player but since we couldn't find the bassist he took over that duty. As a three piece we started to rehearse and we even had couple of gigs but we weren't satisfied so we decided to stop with the live gigs until we could find more members, primarily bassist and keyboardist. Later on Edin's brother Emir joined and Amir Cefo came year or so later. The music that we play is very demanding, technically and playing vise so we need a lot of rehearsals. We are all busy with our daily jobs so it takes a lot of talking to get together in a rehearsal room. There are couple of gigs that were really great like the one we had in Sarajevo at the "Path to oblivion" release party or headlining gig we had in Bern, Switzerland.

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

Amir: As I allready wrote, currently we are preparing for some live gigs. We do have some internal problems but I think that we will overcome those and play an album release gig in March.

8.How have your older fans reacted to the musical style of the new album?

Amir: Untill now I only heard the words of praise from majority of old and the new fans. But on the other hand I know that some of our fans do not like this change and I completely understand that. The change was really necessary and if we didn't record this album I'm pretty much sure that the band would split. So I would say that the fans should give this album a chance.

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

Amir: Well we are all busy with our day to day lives that we hardly have time for some other projects.

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

Amir: I will definitely try to explore the progressive side of our current musical direction and I must say that we do not exclude the distortion or some heavier sounding songs because there is a room for something like that. "Where Secrets Meet" was composed between September 2014 and February 2016. We entered the studio on 30th of August 2016 but the album was released almost a year later. So there is a gap of more than two years from the moment the music is composed and in that period I tried to see what will happen. I must say that I already wrote some new music that sounds more than promissing! I have concept of the album done and now I need to write the songs. Hopefully we will have the new album ready on our 20th anniversary next year. I just have to mention that as the time passes and as I'm getting older my expectations music vise are getting higher and higher so it is really difficult for me at this point to write a song that I'm partially satisfied with. It was always like that but now the stake is so much higher than before.

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/

Amir: The bands that I've been always listening to, Gentle Giant, Genesis, Indexi, Smak, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Rainbow etc. I never started buying CD's and all I have at home is a turntable with selected amount of records that are in my possession for more than 20 years and that is the only music I listen to so naturally I get inspired by them all the time.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Amir: I'm a professional Graphic Designer for 20 years now and that is my main occupation. I love to read historical books but I also love to read Stephen King and Clive Barker.
I also have a wife and two beautiful daughters and I try to spend as much time with them as I can. And there are the comics :) I draw comics and have released 5 or 6 graphic novels.

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

Amir: Thanks for this interesting interview! Keep up the good work on promoting metal because the world is turning to stupid shit hole and we really need something to hold on to!
Cheers to all of our fans!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Tengger Cavalry/Cian Bi/Napalm Records/2018 CD Review


  Tengger  Cavalry  are  a  band  originally  from  China  but  now  resides  in  new  York  and  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  that  takes  Mongolian  folk  music  and  mixes  it  with  melodic  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Cian  Bi"  which  will  be  released  on  February  23rd  by  Napalm  Records.

  Avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  Mongolian  style  shamanistic  chanting  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  is  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  a  great  amount  of  folk  instruments.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  spoken  yet  shamanistic  chants  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  also  add  in  touches  of  black  metal  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  used  at  times  while  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  when  they  are  finally  added  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  electronic  music  elements  can  also  be  heard,  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  briefly.

  Tengger  Cavalry  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t heir  mixture  of  Mongolian  folk  music,  melodic  death  and  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Tengrism,  Shamanism  and  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Tengger  Cavalry  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  folk,  melodic  death  and  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cian-Bi(Fight  Your  Darkness)" "Electric  Shaman"  "The  Old  War"  and  "One  Track_Mind".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Profane Burial/The Rosewater Park Legend/Apathia Records/2018 CD Review


  Profane  Burial  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Rosewater Park  Legend" which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Apathia  Records.

  Choir  style  vocals  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  more  heavier  and  melodic  side  of  the  music  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  cinematic  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  great  amount  of  orchestral  structures  along  with  the  riffing  also  getting  very  modern  and  technical  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Profane  Burial  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  symphonic,  melodic  and  cinematic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Profane  Burial  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Tower  Bell"  "A  Different  Awakening  (A  Proclamation  By  A  Priest)"  and  "The  Tale  The  Witches  Wrote".  8  out  of  10.    

Friday, February 2, 2018

Nest/Metempsychosis/Sludgelord Records/2018 CD Review


  Nest  are  a  duo  from  Kentucky  that  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album "Metempsychosis"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Sludgelord  Records.

  A  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  drones  before going  into  a  heavier  sludge  direction  which  also  introduces  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  elements  of  harsh  noise.

  Nest  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nest  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Cowardice  Ans  Rashness  Of  Courage"  "Heretic"  and  "Life's  Grief".  8  out  of  10.

Under Siege/Self Titled/2018 CD Review


  Under  Siege  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  black/death  and  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2018  album.

  Bagpipes  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  melodic  chants  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  symphonic  elements  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  screams  that  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  Melodic  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  battle  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  While  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  of  death  and  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  along  with the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Under  Siege  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  black/death metal  and  mixes  it  with  folk  metal  and  some  elements  of  doom  and  power  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while the  lyrics  cover stories  of  courage,  rebellion,  tales  of   lost  worlds,  journeys  to  uncharted  territories  and  drinking  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Under  Siege  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  black/death  and  folk  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Warrior  I  Am"  "Invaders"  and  "Bright  Star  of  Midnight".  8/5  out  of  10.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Blood Of The Wolf/II: Campaign Of Extermination/2018 Full Length Review


  Blood  Of  The  Wolf  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  brutal  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "II:  Campaign  Of  Extermination"  which  will  be  released  in  April.

  Thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  being  very  easy  to  understand  as  well  as  the  fast  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  the  closing  song  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruemnts.

  Blood  Of  The  Wolf  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  brutal  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blood  Of  The  Wolf  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  and  melodic black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thunder  The  Drums  Of  War"  "Erupting  Volcnic  Wrath"  and  "A  Sermon  of  Slaughtered  Foes".  8  out  of  10.