Thursday, April 27, 2017

Red Moon Artchitect/Return Of The Black Butterflies/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


  Red  Moon  Architect  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a melodic  form  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Return  Of  the  Black  Butterflies"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Inverse  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  into  the  songs  while  the  slow  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal. 

  Female  vocals  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  mix  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Red  Moon  Architect  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  slow,  heavy,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  memories,  despair,  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Red  Moon  Architect  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tormented"  and  "NDE".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Merchant/Beneath/Black Bow Records/2017 CD Review


  Merchant  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  psychedelic  mixture  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Beneath"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Black  Bow  Records.

  Distorted  amp  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  sludge  style  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  both  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  retro  stoner  rock  feeling  and  after  awhile  sludge  style  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  heaviness  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  both  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  slow  direction  while  also  mixing  in  some  psychedelic  elements.

  Merchant  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge  and funeral  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  touch  of  psychedelic rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Merchant  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  mixture  of  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you a re   a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Guile  As  Vice".  8  out  of  10.   

 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Zaraza 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 have been mostly focused on promoting the album and getting the word out about its release.
The scene has changed drastically since our first album came out in 1997. I think it was easier to get exposure back then just be sending out physical CDs using snail mail.
Today, there is so much music being put out that all the metal magazines are just drowning in daily promos, press releases and getting noticed is actually more difficult for an independent band.
But we're learning and adjusting to the new realities of the metal scene in 2017.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
We describe ourselves simply as experimental sludge / doom metal.
Our first albums ("Slavic Blasphemy" in 1997 and "No Paradise to Lose" in 2003) were far more electronics-oriented. Many people hail "Slavic Blasphemy" as the album that invented the entire "industrial doom metal" sub-genre.
On the new album, we definitely wanted to go into a heavier, more guitar-driven, sludge-focused direction. Sludge as a genre only really came into prominence during the last decade or so while we were away and it just seemed like the perfect vehicle upon which Zaraza could plot a return.
I purposefully try to avoid using the term "industrial" to describe our style.
For me, the "real" industrial music was exemplified by the experimental work of 1980s bands like Laibach, Swans, Einstuerzende Neubauten, Test Department, Holy Toy, Hula, etc.
Industrial music in 2017 sounds nothing like that. It's mostly synth-driven, electronic goth / dancey crap that I cannot stand.
Every now and then I sample some albums from Bandcamp's "industrial metal" section and they're usually so awful, I feel like throwing up and cleaning up my mouth with chlorine afterwards to wash out the bad taste.
So, no. I do not see Zaraza as a band affiliated with "industrial" any more, since nearly all industrial music I hear today is commercial-friendly garbage that has little in common with the 1980s industrial I grew up listening to.
We're a heavy experimental sludge metal band and that is what it is.

3.The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split, and also the decision to reform?
After our second album "No Paradise to Lose" in 2003, we started working on a new album.
Usually, we were a band that was brimming with ideas, we seemed to always have too many ideas and constraining them and keeping them all focused was a major challenge.
But suddenly, all of that stopped. We wrote 2 new songs for our 3rd album back in 2004 or so and I will honestly say they were not very good. It's as if all of  a sudden all of our inspiration had dried up overnight. I decided that if we do not have it in us to make outstanding music, then we should quit and that was it.
During those 10 years when we were away I would occasionally pick up a guitar, but there was nothing. No new ideas, nothing. I kinda accepted that my times with music were over, just a memory of the past.
But....about 3 years ago something changed. Various traumatic life events awoke something in me. I started feeling that "hunger" again, the same one we felt when we started out in 1993.
Started practicing guitar again on a regular basic and on one morning the opening riffs for the song "Maskwearer" arrived from underneath my fingers. I knew that we were back.
I was living in Houston, TX at that time. During my next trip to Montreal I met up with the other original member of the band (Brian Damage) during a 2015 Godfesh concert. He too has been musically inactive for a few years but felt the need to start doing something again. Long story short we agreed to restart Zaraza and collaborate on a new album via the Internet.
A few months later I moved to Ecuador, but the work on the album continued and after 1.5 years of hard work "Spams of Rebirth" was released and Zaraza officially returned to active status. I hope this is just the beginning of the next stage of our journey.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Our main themes are either our atheistic view of the universe (as exemplified on the song "Church of Gravity") or just dealing with the difficult challenges that life throws at you at various stages.
Zaraza has always been a band very much focused on the ugliness of reality.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Zaraza'?
I just wanted a Polish name for the band, being a brand new immigrant when we started in 1993 in Canada. "Zaraza" is the Polish word for "disease" / "plague".

6.Currently the band members live in 2 separate parts of the world, how does that work in the recording process?
On this particular album I did all the recordings myself. Music was recorded at my home studio in Ecuador.
All the vocals were recorded at a professional vocal booth in a recording studio in Houston, TX.

7.What where some of the best shows that the band played in the past and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Being so remote, we don't really play live. Zaraza has always been more of a studio project.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We did send some demos prior to the album, but getting signed purely on the strength of a demo is quite a challenge. Labels are also drowning in demos, so it seems they are also looking for something more, especially seeing a band live. Relapse explicitly states for example that they rarely, if ever, sign a band based purely on a demo.
That is OK. There is a lot of work that a record label does that is much easier today: releasing music, distributing it, promotion, etc.
So although being independent is definitely a challenge, in some ways it is noticeably easier to be your own label as well.
And you get a lot more of long-term control over your own music, which is important in the long run
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9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of industrial and doom metal?
Well, we are always an experimental band, trying to push the envelope
I saw some comments where people wished we had put out another "Slavic Blasphemy Part Deux", i.e. with lots of symphonic keyboards, sad doomy interludes, etc.
Sorry, no way. That was Zaraza in 1997. This is us 20 years later. We did not want to come band and sound the same or do the same thing.
We wanted something new, something uglier, something more foul. We are not a 90s nostalgia act. I'd rather quit than allow Zaraza to live in the past.
Outside of that, the response has been very positive from those fans who knew we are here to push the envelope and not just give them a re-heated meal of something from the past.
There are plenty of other bands who are happy to do that for you. We are not one of them.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Heavier, uglier. Maybe even a bit faster, who knows?
Just because we're both in our 40s or 50s that doesn't mean we're mellowing out.
I think I am actually more pissed than when I was 20-30 years old. Our music reflects that.

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?
Great question.
Personally, I find metal today to be at its most stagnant and uninspiring in a long, long time. And I've been listening to it since mid 1980s.
With rampant piracy (which is basically another word for "so-called fans spitting in a band's face and stealing for free something the band worked on for months"),
it seems many bands today are just playing it safe and giving fans exactly what they want.
When I see video footage from huge festivals like Wacken, so much of the music is bloody boring, predictable and dare I say...commercial.
Even if you do growling, screaming, blast beats...but if  you are giving the audience exactly what they expect, then I say extreme metal has become shockingly "commercial".
Hence, most of the music that inspires me today is from totally unknown, underground bands in various genres that I discover on Bandcamp.
These artists are still hungry, looking for a new path and a new sound that is their own.
Their thinking is exactly the same as hours.
Here are some of the bands that have greatly influenced Zaraza's comeback:
Fever Dreams - stunning atonal hard core, major influence on our new album:
https://feverdreamshc. bandcamp.com/album/life-has- departed
Disrotted - ugly sludge, huge influence on the new Zaraza:
https://diseasedaudio. bandcamp.com/album/self- titled-lp-2
https://disrotted.bandcamp. com/album/demo-i
Palehorse: brutally heavy use of dual bass guitars:
https://palehorse-uk.bandcamp. com/album/looking-wet-in- public-2
LORN  - brilliant atonal black metal:
https://i-voidhangerrecords. bandcamp.com/album/arrayed- claws
Car Bomb - violently inventive brutality:
https://carbomb.bandcamp.com/ album/meta
Darkher: best doom of the last few years:
https://darkher-uk.bandcamp. com/album/realms
Chelsea Wolfe - incredible female vocals
https://chelseawolfe.bandcamp. com/album/pain-is-beauty
https://chelseawolfe.bandcamp. com/album/abyss
FVNERALS: stunning epic alternative doom
https://fvnerals.bandcamp.com/ album/the-light
Cursed Earth - brutal Australian hard core / death metal:
https://cursedearth.bandcamp. com/album/enslaved-by-the- insignificant
https://lifelairregretrecords. bandcamp.com/album/vae-mortis
Rise and Fall: "Faith" is a stunning brutal hard core album:
https://riseandfallband. bandcamp.com/album/faith
Bleak: another crushing hard core band:
https://hexrecords.bandcamp. com/album/we-deserve-our- failures
https://ihatebleak.bandcamp. com/album/bleak
Gazelle Twin - one of the very few industrial/electronic artists I listen too, her minimalistic style really inspired our new album
https://gazelletwin.bandcamp. com/album/unflesh
Hessian: brutal crust mixed with black/death:
https://hessiansl.bandcamp. com/album/manegarmr
Lucifer the Lightbearer : crust meets doom and sludge
https:// luciferthelightbearerhc. bandcamp.com/album/demo
https:// luciferthelightbearerhc. bandcamp.com/album/ generations-2
Arc of Ascent - amazing trad doom from New Zealand
https://arcofascent.bandcamp. com/album/the-higher-key
Hexis - a skull crushing wall of crust/black sound
https://hexisband.bandcamp. com/album/abalam
Napalm Christ - one of the greatest metal albums of the last decade
https://a389recordings. bandcamp.com/album/napalm- christ-napalm-christ
Watchtower: stunning sludge metal
https://watchtowerwatchtower. bandcamp.com/album/watchtower- radiant-moon-ep
https://watchtowerwatchtower. bandcamp.com/album/watchtower- absinthism-live-single-2014
GUST - possibly best HC album of the last decade
https://gustsl.bandcamp.com/ album/s-t
Morkhimmel: brilliant black crust from Czech Republic:
https://morkhimmel666. bandcamp.com/album/zlosk-ivec
NOD NOD : imagine if Bjork did a doom metal album:
https://nodnod.bandcamp.com/ album/nod-nod
..,\and many more....

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Trying to make sure my body and my mind last me for a long time. Once you hit your 40s you realize they're not indestructible any more.
I am sure Lemmy would disapprove of my lifestyle: little alcohol, no drugs, mostly organic vegan food, living in the countryside, in the Andes mountains of Ecuador.
Not all of us are lucky to have his a-bottle-of-Jack-Daniels-a-day genetics.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the support.
You can buy the album from our Bandcamp site:
http://zaraza.bandcamp.com/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ zarazadoom/
Official video for "Church of Gravity":
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=mDOkxy3-Ix4
My last words may be unpopular, but I will say them anyway: piracy is stealing. Nothing less.
When you download an album that took a band 1-2 years to create, you are just spitting in their face.
Pure and simple. Nothing fucking else to it.
It doesn't have to be Zaraza, but if there is a band out there whose music you love, go out and support them. Every single one of them.
That is what I do, spending hundreds of dollars every years supporting the artists that mean something to me.
You can see them all on my Bandcamp account:
https://bandcamp.com/sekator
Cheers
Jacek / ZARAZA

 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Alne/Stworz/Warnija/Werewolf Promotion/2017 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Poland's  Alne  and  Stworz  called  "Warniha"  which  was  released  by  Werewolf  Promotion  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Alne  a  band  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  neo  folk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  clean  yet  distorted  guitars  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  female  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  on  a  regular  basis.

  Most  of  their  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  grim  whispers  that  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  used  briefly,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Slavic  Paganism  themes.


In  my  opinion  Alne  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  neo-folk  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Warminska  Nok"  and  "Tesknota".

  Next  up  is  Stworz  another  project  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  neo  folk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  nature  sounds  and  folk  instruments  along with  some  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  use  a  good  mixture  of  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords while  all  of  the  other  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  One  of  the  songs  is  all  instrumental  while  the  closing  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  drum  beats  when  they  are  utilized  give  the  music  a  more  tribal  and  shamanistic  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Slavic  Paganism  themes.

 

  In  my  opinion  Stworz  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  folk  music  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lyna"  and  "Jutzenka".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  pagan  folk  music,  8  out  of  10.
   

Friday, April 14, 2017

Below The Sun/Alien World/Temple Of Torturous/2017 CD Review


  Below  The  Sun  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  drone  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Alien  World"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Temple  Of  Torturous.

  Ambient  style  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  after  awhile  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  while t he  riffs  mix  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  screams  that  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  while  clean  singing  is  also  used  at  times  and  the  acoustic  guitars  also gives  the  songs  a  more  progressive  feeling  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in length  and  a  couple  of  tracks  are  instrumentals  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Below  The  Sun  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  drone,  progressive  and post  rock  to  create  something  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  on  a  science  fiction  novel  called  "Solaris"  which  was  written  by  Stanislaw  Lem.

  In  my  opinion  Below  The  Sun  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  post  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mirrors"  and  "In  Memories".   8  out  of  10. 

 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Zaraza/Spasms Of Reality/2017 Full Length Review


  Zaraza  are  a  duo  with  members  from  both  Canada  and  Ecuador  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  industrial,  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Spasms  Of  Reality".

  A  very  heavy  doom/sludge  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  programmed  beats  while  harsh  industrial  style  vocals  and  melodic  riffs  are  also  used  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  heaviness  of  funeral  doom.

 A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  sludge  style  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  experimental  while  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  grim  sounding  growls  that  also  add  in  touches  of  black  and  death  metal  and  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  songs  tick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Zaraza  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  experimental,  industrial,  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Zaraza  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  industrial,  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Maskweaver"  and  "Wulkan".  8  out  of  10.   

Bittered/Foreign Agenda/Lost Apparitions Records/2017 CD Review


  Bittered  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  sludge  and  doom  metal  with  some  elements  of  black,  thrash,  traditional  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Foreign  Agenda"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Lost  Apparitions  Records.

  An  atmospheric  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  high  pitched  screams  that  have  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  them  and  hardcore  style  shouts  are  also  used  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  in  the  slower  riffing  and  after  awhile  crust  style  vocals  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  short  in  length  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  On  this  recording  Bittered  remain true  to  the  grindcore,  doom  and  sludge  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  black,  thrash  ,  heavy  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  to  take  their  style  to  another  level,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry,  hateful  and  political  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bittered  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge,  doom  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Follow  Your  Leader"  "Planetary  Meltdown"  "Bible  Fucker"  and  "Witch  Hunt".  8  out  of  10.
 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

December's Fire/Vae Victus/Arachnophobia Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  December's  Fire  where  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  played  dungeon  synth  with  touches  of  death  industrial  and  extreme  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  1996  album  "Vae  Victus"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  April  25,  2017  by  Arachnophobia  Records.

  Dark  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  touches  of  martial  and  industrial  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  some  metal  influenced  guitar  riffing,

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  aggressive  screams  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  being  used  at  times  and  elements  of  black  metal a re  also  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chants  and  spoken  word  parts.

  Elements  of  neo  classical  and  symphonic  music  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each other  while  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  programmed  beats  which  also  adds  in  a  bronze  age  feeling  at  times  and  the  synths  also  add  in  a  touch  of  goth  rock  on  one  of  the  later  tracks. 

  December's  Fire  played  a  musical  style  that  was  very  much  ahead  of  its  time  mixing  dungeon  synth  and  neo  classical  with  touches  of  black  and  death  metal  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  December's  Fire  where  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dungeon  synth,  neo  classical  and  dark  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vae  Victus"  and  "Anoil  Samotnych".  8  out  of  10.  

Funeralium/Of Throes And Blight/Weird Truth Productions/2017 Double CD Review


  Funeralium  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  funeral  doom  metal  with  a  touch  of  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  double  2017  album  "of  Throes  And  Blight"  which  was  released  by  Weird  Truth  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  depressive  edge.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  ad  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

  Funeralium  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  mostly  slow  and  melancholic  sounding  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  doom/death  and  depressive  black  metal  to  create  a  recording  that  really  stands  out,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  sickness  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Funeralium  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  dsbm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slowly  We  Crawl  Towards  Crumbs"  and  "Vermin".  8  out  of  10/   

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sujo Interview

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

A: I started the Sujo project in 2008 as a solo noise/experimental recording outlet. My first release was the "Pia" 3"cdr that I released on my label, Inam Records. Since then I have done multiple releases; probably in the 20's. I have worked with great labels such as Quiet World (UK), 1000+1 TiLt (Greece), Fedora Corpse (US), and Auris Apothecary (US). It has remained a solo project.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

A: The output of Sujo has always had it's base in noise and drone. I've incorporated some shoegaze and black metal elements into it. The latest release "A Deeper Curse" consists of a 17+ minute track I recorded in 2013 and 5 tracks that were recorded this year. I used different machines to record the older track and new ones. I believe the newer tracks have a more "distant" or "muddy" sound! I used a Korg d1200 workstation for the older track, and a Tascam DP-03SD for the 5 newer tracks. I like to use a lot of field recordings in the mix as well. I think the overall sound is almost ambient with some more structured/melodic elements.

3.So far the music has been instrumental, are you open to working with vocals in the future?

A: I've actually used "vocals" in some of the work including this release. They are not traditional and sometimes no more than distant screams or noises. I've experimented with more traditional vocals but it just doesn't sound right to my ears. I like the ambiguity that instrumental music allows.


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

A: I honestly don't remember why I chose the name originally but I it is a Portuguese word that translates to "dirty". Seems fitting.

5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

A: The only collaboration I've done with Sujo is the Sujo + Sun Hammer "Fistula" release. It remains one of my favorites! I enjoy collaborating; it just doesn't seem to happen much.

6.The album was released on 'Inam Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

A: It's a label I started in 2005 or 2006. I was living in Austin, TX and wanted to do some releases of my music and had some friends with projects as well. It was never intended to be an official "label" and really hasn't become one! It's mostly cdr's with the occasion lathe record. Runs tend to be limited to 100 or less.

7.James Plotkin did the mastering on the new album, did you feel honored to work with this legendary
musician?

A: James Plotkin mastered the Sujo "Blood Saints" cdr and "Kahane" 12"lp so I've already had great experiences with his work. He's very accessible and does a great job at a great price. What more could you want? He' has an awesome musical and creative mind so it's always an honor!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your album by fans of underground music?

A: I don't tend to read many reviews and I am rarely contacted by people directly. When I started putting music on bandcamp the response was very positive. It seems I get pretty low ratings in other places! I'm under no impression that this type of "music" will appeal to many people. Of course I am very appreciative of the positive responses!

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

A: Well, I'm getting pretty old and have been doing this for 20+ years in some form. I think I will always have the desire to create music. I like doing more experimental/electronic music as well. I am not very interested in gear or technology so that probably limits me in some ways. I've been using the same $150 guitar since 2005. I enjoy the challenge of being creative with limited options and resources. We'll see what happens.

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?

A: About 2 or 3 years ago I really got into early Pink Floyd (Saucer through Meddle). I like electronic music like Machinefabriek, Varg, Actress and Container. I listen to earlier punk and hardcore (Circle Jerks, Cro-Mags, Bad Religion, Bold). My favorite metal bands are VoiVod and Slayer. I also like experimental/field recording such as Howard Stelzer and William Basinski.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

A: Reading books and recently getting into archery.

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

A: Thank you for the interview!

Snares Of Sixes/Yeastmother: An Electroacoustic Mass/Crucial Blast/2017 EP Review


  Snares  Of  Sixes  are  a  solo  project  from  Oregon  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Yeastmother:  An  Electroacoustic  Mass"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Crucial  Blast.

  Distorted   drones  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  touches  of  harsh  noise  and  after  awhile  programmed  drum b eats,  atmospheric  synths  and  industrial  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  guitars  give  the  songs  more  of  a  heavier  sound.

  At  times  the  music  can  get  very  technical  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in length  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  progressive,  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  later  tracks  melodic  riffs  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Snares  Of  Sixes  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental,  avant  garde  and  touches  of  black  metal  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Snares  Of  Sixes  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  and  experimental  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Urine  Have"  and  "The  Mother's  Throat".  8  out  of  10.   

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sujo/A Deeper Curse/Inam Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Sujo  are  a  band  from  Dartmouth,  Massachusetts  that  plays  a  mixture  of  drone,  noise,  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2017  album  "A  Deeper  Curse"  which  was  released  by  Inam  Records.

  Avant  garde  soundscapes  start  off t he  album  along  with  some touches  of  ambient  and  after  awhile  elements  of  drone  and  noise  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  heavier  sections  of t he  songs  are  done  in  more  of  an  atmospheric  post  metal  style  that  is  also  heavily  influenced  by  shoegze.

  A  decent  amount of  post  black  metal  influence  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  and  the  songs also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  variety  and  the  last   track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Sujo  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  drone,  experimental,  noise  and  shoegaze  and  mixes  them  together to  create  an  instrumental  sound  of their  own  along  with  a  slight  black  metal touch  and the  production  sounds  very  dark

  In  my  opinion  Sujo  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  experimental,  noise  and  shoegaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "War  Of  the  Underground"  and  "A  Deeper  Curse".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jagged Vision/Death Is This World/Fysisk Format/2017 CD Review


  Jagged  Vision  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  mixture  of  hardcore,  stoner  and  doom  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Death  Is  This  World"  which  was  released  by  Fysick  Format.

  A  very  heavy  hardcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  screaming  and  growling  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  great  amount  of  doom  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  black  metal  are  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  influences  of  stoner  and  djent  and  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  some  of t he  vocals  also  add  in  a  melodic  tone  mixed  in  with  the  aggressive  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  

  Jagged  Vision  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  hardcore  while  mixing  in  elements  of  djent,  stoner,  doom  and  black  metal  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Jagged  Vision  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  hardcore  and  doom  metal  with touches  of  djent,  stoner  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Betrayer"  "I  Am  Death"  "Seven  Seals"  and  "Palehorse".  8  out  of  10. 
  

  
   

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Artificial Brain/Infrared Horizon/Profound Lore Records/2017 CD Review


  Artificial  Brain  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  very  sci  orientated  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  with  some  touches  of  black  metal,  sludge,  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Infrared  Horizon"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Profound  Lore  Records.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  along  with  some  death  meta l growls  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  get  very  guttural  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  while the  music  also  gets  very  technical  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  melodic  and  also  add  in a   touch  of  post  metal  and  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also b ring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  progressive  and  atmospheric  and  the  slower  sections  of the  songs  mix  in  elements  of  sludge.

  Artificial  Brain  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  progressive  and  technical  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  black,  sludge  and  post  metal t o  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction,  dystopian,  cosmic,  space  and  astronomy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Artificial  Brain  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  and  progressive  death  metal  band  with  touches  of  black,  sludge  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Floating  In  Delirium"  "Estranged  Form  Orbit"  "Mist  Like  Mercury"  and  "Ash  Eclipse".  8  out  of  10. 

   

Friday, March 24, 2017

Shadoworld/Self Titled/The White Room/2017 Full Length Review


  Shadoworld  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  neo-folk,  western  music  and  post  apocalyptic  soundtrack  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  was released  by  The  White  Room.

  Dark  ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  and  field  recordings  a few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  giving  the  songs  a  more  neo  folk  feeling  and  2  different  vocalists  are  added  onto  the  tracks.

  Synths  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  guitars use  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  along  with  some  western  music  and  post  apocalyptic  soundtrack  elements  and  the  synths  also  have  a  gothic  horror  atmosphere  at  times.

  Shadoworld  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  apocalyptic  soundtrack,  neo  folk  and  western  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive,  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shadoworld  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  neo-folk,  western,  and  post  apocalyptic  soundtrack  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lost  In  You"  "Loneliness"  and  "The  Sound  Of  Nothingness".  8  out  of  10.     
 

Drenai/Nadirs/2016 EP Review


  Drenai  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  metal  influenced  form  of  Celtic  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "nadirs".

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  folk  instruments  that  takes  the  music  back  to  the  pre  Christian  days  of  Europe  while  also  mixing  in  tribal  style  drumming  and  melodic  pagan  style  chants  and  after  awhile  clean  singing  is  added  onto  the  recording.

  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  a great portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  the music  starts  getting  more  ritualistic  along  with  some  aggressive  chants  and  you  can  also  hear  some  metal  influences  but  done  in  a  more  acoustic  fashion. 

  Drenai  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  Celtic  folk  music  and  mixes  it  in  with some  pagan  metal  influences  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  Nosta  Khan  a  shaman  who  brought  the  Uniter  to  his  throne  along  with some  inspiration  from  the  writings  of  David  Gemmell.

  In  my  opinion  Drenai  are  a  very  great  sounding  metal  influenced  folk  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shaman"  and  "Beyond  The  Gate".  8  out  of  10.   

Friday, March 17, 2017

Picture Ann/Murder(VoxRemix)/Floodgate Mood Productions/2017 Single Review


  Denmark's  Picture  Ann  have  returned  with  a  track  that  is  in  the  ambient  metal  style  while  also  having  vocals  form  the  former  vocalist  of  Limbonic  Art  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  single  "Murder(VocRemix)"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Moods  Productions.

  Drum  programming  and  post  rock  style  playing starts  off  the  song  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  grim  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  while  electric  guitars  and  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  and a ll  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  melodic  singing.

  With  this  song  Picture  Ann  plays  a  style  that  takes  post  rock  and  ambient  and  mixes  it  with  a  black  metal  influence  to  create  an  original  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyric  cover  darkness  and  murder  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Picture  Ann  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-mix.  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gridfailure/Mealophobe/Dendritic/2017 Collabration Album Review


  Gridfailure  are  a  musical  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  he  teams  with  Megalophobe  a  solo  project  to  create  an  ambient  noise  mixture  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Dendritic"  which  will  be  released  in  April.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitar  playing  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  post  rock  while  theremins  along  with   loops  and  pedal  effects  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  experimental  and  avant  garde    while  the  synths  and  keys  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements  along  with  a  great  majority  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  traces  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  electric  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  Gridfailure  and  Megalaphobe  creates  a  recording  that  takes  dark  ambient,  noise  and  experimental  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi  sounding.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  joint  effort  from  Gridfailure  and  Megalaphobe  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient,  experimental  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Opportunistic  Twilight  Predation"  "A  Corpse  At  Every  Funeral"  and  "An  Ode  Across  Dimensions".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Common Eider, King Eider Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the band? I started in 2006 as a solo project and decided it was going to be the last project I start. I also decided that I would be working on this project for the rest of my life. Over the years it has opened up to be collective of sorts, with various members participating and being involved as much or little as they see fit.


2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings? Vulnerability. Exposed. Most recordings used on the releases are first takes, often recorded with a cell phone. I feel like that is the time things are most unsure and dangerous sonically. There is something truthful in it to me.

3.What are some of the themes and images you bring out with your music? Some themes revolve around the concept of extinction. Those already lost, and those losing the battle of the extinction crisis we are currently witnessing. Loss, and having nothing left to lose.

4.According to the fb page you are both politically and environmently active, can you tell us a little bit more about it? Common Eider, King Eider is in direct opposition to the Trump Administration. We are against racism, fascism, bigotry, misogyny, and xenophobia. We celebrate diversity. We celebrate and advocate for women's rights, LGBT rights, houseless people's rights, environmental protection, and indigenous rights and indigenous land struggles. We celebrate creation through destruction.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Common Eider, King Eider'? I liked the image in my mind of how the words common and king were used to compare to equally beautiful birds. Neither word means anything, we are all simple and majestic, humble and powerful.

6.What are some of the best shows that you have done so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? We are incorporating much more collaborative ritual these days, and it feels really good. we are concerned with raising energy and directing that energy towards  a destination. Collaborative ritual has worked well to achieve this.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? 4/11 Berlin
4/12 Amsterdam
4/13 Lille
4/14 Diksmuide
4/15 Paris
4/16 Nantes
4/17 Tolouse
4/18 Lyon
4/19 Basel
4/20 Bruxelles
4/21 Rotterdam
4/22 Leipzig
4/23 Poznan

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the quests you have had on your new album and their contributions?

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of underground music? Very supportive from a wide demographic.... fans of black metal, academia, experimental... all ages and backgrounds. I have been really inspired talking with folks after gatherings.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? Large choir pieces are on the horizon.

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? Arvo Part, Donald Miller, Draugurrin, Forndom

12.What are some of your non musical interests? Reading, spending time in Alaska. Trying to weed capitalism and patriarchy out of my life. Screen printing.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Take care of each other, protect those who need help, be ready for anything..... Black ash rains down upon us.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Common Eider, King Eider/Shrines For The Unwanted, Respite For The Cast Aside/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 CD Review


  Common  Eider,  King  Eider  are  a  band  from  San  Francisco,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  ritual,  and  blackened  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Shrines  For The  Unwanted, Respite  For  The  Cast  Aside"  which will  be  released  in  April  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some ambient  style  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  and  after  awhile  percussion's  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  drones.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  all  instrumental  while grim  black  metal  vocals  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  adding  in  a  more  experimental  and  avant  garde  touch  along  with  the  tracks  bringing  in  a  more  ritualistic  atmosphere  along  with  a  brief  use  of  melodic Gregorian  chants  and  the  last  song  was  recorded  live.

  Common  Eider,  King  Eider  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  drone,  dark  ambient,  and  ritual  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  Occultism  and  Rituals.  

  In  my  opinion  Common  Eider,  King  Eider  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  mixture  of  drone,  ritual  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of those  musical  genres,  you  should  check out  this  band.   RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dark  Winter" and  "Litha".  8  out  of  10.

Funeral Tears/Beyond the Horizon/Satanath Records/Cimeerian Shade Recordings/2017 CD Review


  Funeral  Tears  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Beyond  the  Horizon"  which  will  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  more  heavy  and  melodic  funeral  doom  metal  style  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of the  music.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a  very  depressive  yet  melodic  fashion  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  music  also  alternates  between  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  always  sticking  to  a very  slow  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  a brief  use  of  post  metal  elements.

  Funeral  Tears  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  and  post  metal, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  spiritual  balance  and  inner  peace  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Tears  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Breathe" and  "Beyond  the  Horizon'.  8  out  of  10.  

  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Viscera///'3/Release Yourself Through Desperate Rituals/WOOAARRGH/2017 CD Review


  Viscera///  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  experimental  and  psychedelic  form  of  post  metal with  touches  of  black  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "'3/Release  Yourself  Through  Desperate  Rituals"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  WOOAAARGH.

  High  pitched  blackened  sludge  screams  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  and  melodic  chanting  a  few  seconds  later  and  most of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Elements  of  crust  and  grindcore  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  more  melodic  post  metal  approach  while  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  slower  sections  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  melodic  singing  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  crust/hardcore  style  back  up  shouts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic  elements  while  other  tracks  also  bring  in  experimental  and  avant  garde  touches  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  radio  station  samples.

  On  this  recording  Viscera///  takes  experimental,  psychedelia,  crust,  grind,  black,  doom,  sludge  and  post  metal  and  mixes  them together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Viscera///  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  psychedelia,  crust,  grind,  black,  doom,  sludge  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Uber-Massive  Melancholia"  and  "In  the  Cut".  8  out  of  10.

Beyond Belief/The Demos 1991-1992/Terror From Hell Records/2017 Compilation Album Review

 Beyond  Belief  where  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  played  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  a  2017  compilation  that  was released  by  Terror  From  Hell  Records and  consists  of  their  demos  from 1991  and  1992.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  compilation  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  doom  metal  direction  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  and  depressive  sounding  melodies and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  compilation  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  along  with  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  some  of  the  grim  screams  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  synths  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  one  song  also  introduces  clean  guitars  onto  the  compilation  and  the  second  demo  also  brings  in  the  same  style  as  the  first  recording  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  on  later  songs  the  riffing  starts  adding  in  a  more  mid  tempo  style.

  Beyond  Belief  played  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  that  was  very  much  ahead  of  its  time in  the  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  for  being  demo  recordings  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  depression,  and  melancholy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Beyond  Belief  where  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.   RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "God  Forsaken"  "Silent  Are  The  Holy"  "Shapes  Of  Sorrow"  and  "Timeless  Dark".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, March 6, 2017

Ironhand/Poison/Experimenta XIII/2017 Full length Reviw


  Ironhand  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Jersey  that  plays a  mixture  of  agrotech  and  industrial  with a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Poison" w hich  was  released  by  Xperiment  XIII.

  Electronic  sounds  and  robotic  voices  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  vocals  that  mix  industrial  and  black  metal  together  while  the  music  is  a  more  electronic  orientated  style  of  the  previous  genre  mentioned  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and epic  in  length.

  Clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  dark  ambient,  aggrotech,  and  ebm  along  with  a  great  amount  of  programmed  beats  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  elements  of  atmospheric  and  symphonic  metal  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Ironhand  plays  a  music  style  that  takes  aggrotech,  ebm  and  industrial  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  black  and  atmospheric  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  serial  killing,  torture,  H.P  Lovecraft,  Satanism,  terminal  illness  and  the  end  times.

  In  my  opinion  Ironhand  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  aggrotech,  industrial  and  ebm  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satan  Is  My  Bitch"  "She's  Terminal"  "Three  Days  Rotting"  and  "Halo  of  Vultures".  8  out  of  10. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lord Interview

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

Steven Kerchner (vocals): We've been busy since recording last August integrating our current drummer Tony Petrocelly into the creative process. We've got a handful of new songs for an upcoming EP, as well as a song in the works for an upcoming 7in split with our friends in Endmaker.


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


Will Rivera (guitar): We pride ourselves on never having any two of our releases sound the same or staying in one niche for too long. After having gone in a more cerebral and progressive direction on Awake, we wanted Blacklisted to be a much more visceral experience. Awake was much more of an introspective album, whereas Blacklisted moves the focus to the outside world and the music needed to reflect what we're exposed to on a daily basis. It's a much angrier and vicious release, but in the end we want to offer hope. It's easy to be the misanthropist or nihilist, but much harder to find a reason to fight through all of the filth and ugliness we see. We definitely branched out musically and anyone who has paid attention to our releases will find a red thread that connects all of our music.  In my opinion, we expanded our sound to truly represent the pedigree of the band members but still retained LORD's signature vibe.

Kerch: I think anytime LORD has a new release or begins writing new material it is drastically evolved or varied from the immediately previous effort.  In this case, Awake was an emotionally supercharged and globally conscious album, whereas Blacklisted is faster, more raw, and while still maintaining a globally conscious edge is also definitely the most pissed off ever lyrically since I joined the band.  


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


Kerch: Mile After Mile, the opening track on Blacklisted, is a song about a man named Tom Mitchell who lost his daughter to childhood cancer.  Seeing the eyes of this man fill with such passion and conviction as he continues to fight to bring more research, more funding, more awareness and more support to children with cancer and their families, convinced me this was a man that is an inspiration to the rest of us.  Rising above personal loss and dedicating his life to his foundation, Stillbrave, he has relentlessly improved innumerable  lives.  This song in particular is about one of his fund and awareness raising adventures where he, just a regular dude, trained and trained in order to run a 200 mile marathon, each mile dedicated to a different child and he's doing it again this year!



4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name LORD?


Will: When LORD began in the Spring of 2005, the name was just meant to invoke something powerful without necessarily aligning us with any belief system or sound.  I was listening to a lot of releases from the Southern Lord label at the time so it just seemed like the logical connection for the sound we were initially going for in the beginning. It's taken on many connotations over the years and we even flirted with a mantra on Chief by enforcing the idea of self revelation and belief, but ultimately it's a term of power.






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


Will: I can sum it up in 3 words: Loud, Passionate and Chaotic.  We give it all we have every time we step on stage, because for us it's more than just a rock show, it's truly a method of catharsis.  There always seems to have been a black cloud that has followed this band and the members and instead of letting it destroy us, we unleash that on stage.  For us, it's not about who is the most extreme or even being popular, it's about integrity and being as real as we can be...warts and all.

Kerch: The Stoner Hands of Doom Festival in 2011 is still by far one of the most memorable shows of my entire life.  LORD played immediately after Cough, who features a former band mate from my first band so it was great to play with them.  We got to the venue to find out our then drummer was stranded two and a half hours away and we rushed out to get him and rushed to get back, the whole time questioning if we would make it back in time.  We made it with just moments to spare and the sonic bloodletting that followed ranks in my top five most memorable shows that I've been a part of.

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


Will: As far as touring plans go, we're looking to do a few long weekend stints and plenty of regional shows throughout the VA/WV/MD area.  We're also hoping to branch out into other regions if time and finances allow.  We're doing this all on our own so it has to work for the 5 of us to take these risks financially without any label support.


7. Currently the band is signed to Heavy Hound Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Kerch: I was booking a weekly metal show at a local bar here in Northern Virginia with two friends of mine.  After building a supportive community and gaining a lot of interest from more bands in the area, the idea eventually was to be able to offer quality local shows with a revolving door of bands, not just the same ones again and again, and be able to offer these bands inexpensive studio access as well as inexpensive production of said recordings. I met Xeukatre this away and was pleased to be able to record them at K Hole Studios.  Shortly after launching the label the venue closed for unrelated reasons and things lost momentum, but I continued to release albums mostly from bands I'm involved in. 


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

Will: Not sure how much of a worldwide impact we've had considering no label, lack of distribution and constant setbacks with line-up changes over the years, but I'd have to say that the stoner/doom/sludge scene has always been very good to us and has welcomed us back time and time again despite internal struggles and growing pains.  We wanna make good on people who've invested in this band and be able to be proud of the music that we create without bowing to expectations.  We feel that all we need to do is keep pushing and get ourselves in front of the right audiences.

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?

Kerch: Palkoski released our final album in 2016 and I have since been focused mostly on LORD.  More recently however I got more serious about a hardcore grind project called Pain Tank whose debut album will be dropping not long before LORD's Blacklisted album, and I have been playing drums again in a project called Tumba Carcomida. 

Will: Tony is the main man behind the death metal band Construct of Lethe.  I am currently working on the follow-up to the Absent Sky debut and later this year will be releasing the long awaited debut EP by my dark folk project Barren River, which features the vocal talents of Ashleigh Chevalier.


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



Will: We've already started writing new material that will be released as a 7" vinyl split w/ Endmaker from Texas and also an EP that will hopefully see a Fall release.  So far, the material seems to be a cross between the progressiveness of Awake and the aggression of the Blacklisted material.  We're firing on all cylinders right now and the writing is definitely broadening our musical scope, with us incorporating influences from outside our usual arsenal.  We experiment with our sound to keep things interesting for us.

Kerch: The upcoming EP we're currently writing has quite a bit of dual percussion between myself and Tony, so it's definitely another journey, very unlike Blacklisted or any other previous effort.  I've chosen a few topics to tackle lyrically.  One song is called “Le Fleur Du Cobalt” and is about the use of child labor in the DRC to mine cobalt and other minerals needed for Western consumption.  Another one, entitled “Scorched” is a telling of the Earth revolting against its inhabitants.



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?


Will: Not many people know this but the idea for LORD was actually conceived when most of the original lineup went to see Crowbar with Entombed and The Mighty Nimbus in February of 2005.  If you add some Celtic Frost, The Melvins and Cathedral, you have the early blueprint for LORD.  Over the years, our sound has evolved and has begun incorporating post metal, death metal, thrash and even traces of old school black metal. My current musical obsessions would have to be Inquisition, Immolation, Karyn Crisis' The Gospel of the Witches, Profanatica and Mark Lanegan.

Kerch: My approach to our 2011 album Awake was heavily influenced by old school hip hop.  Sometimes people think I'm kidding, but I'm telling the truth! There's a raw honesty in a lot of old school hip hop and music that speaks to me, that is transparent, that is honest, that grips me physically with goose bumps or an increased heart rate and this is a quality I seek out in all forms of music.  This is a quality I seek to always include in my own music.  Meaning what I say in my lyrics and being passionate about what I'm saying translates through the experience of performing the song into the listen.  When I listed to what we have created I want to enjoy it too, be proud of something. 

Todd Wuehrmann (guitar): Steve has recently turned me on to Viscera Infest. I think they might be my new favorite band. Soilent Green's Sewn Mouth Secrets in currently in my disc player. 



12. What are some of your non  musical interests?


Will: I can't really say I have any non musical interests.  Music is truly my life's passion.  The only other things that occupy that aspect of my life would be film and writing.  I'd love to write a screenplay someday as well as compile some of my writing.  We'll see I guess, but music is truly what I obsess over.

Kerch:  I need to be active creatively all the time, it's a definitely a healthy outlet for me.  I have three fully active projects right now and I'm still trying to fill my time with playing more music, I can't help myself.  I've also spent a considerable amount of time learning Eyal Yanilov's Krav Maga, at one point even training to becoming an instructor.  I absolutely love spicy food and all kinds of peppers.  I have a pepper garden that is rapidly expanding every year and growing more varieties.  I love to make different hot sauces and spicy treats from my pepper garden and share them with my friends and family.

Todd Wuehrmann (guitar):  Kayaking, hiking, weight lifting. I like to keep my blood pumping.

Chris Dugay (bass): I'm a volunteer firefighter with Citizen's Fire Company in Charles Town, WV and I love hiking civil war battlefields along with other local historic/scenic sites.


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



Will: I'd like to thank everyone who has supported us through years, all of the people who've taken a chance on booking us, and the bands that have shared a stage with us.  We're sincerely grateful to be able to continue to create our art and have anyone care about what we'd do.  This is something that we would do even if there wasn't an audience, but to have anyone else invest themselves in what we do is truly humbling.

Kerch: I am grateful to everyone who has been a part of this journey through life and the music that LORD has created.  Specifically in correlation to the Blacklisted album, I want to thank Tom Mitchell from the Stillbrave foundation for his role in inspiring and contributing vocals to the song Mile After Mile and the women, among them Amber Lyon of Reset, that inspired the lyrics for the song The Heart of a Hero.