Thursday, May 25, 2017

IIVII/Invasion/Consouling Sounds/2017 CD Review


  IIVII  are  a  solo  project from  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  science  fiction  orientated  form  of  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Invasion"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Consouling  Sounds.

  Dark  ambient  style  soundscpaes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  programmed  beats  while  the  clean  guitars  add  in  touches  of  post  rock  and  elements  of  vaporwave,  electronica,  and  drone  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  all  instrumental  while  all  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  classical  music  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  touches  of  industrial  that  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  sci-fi  orientated  atmosphere.

  IIVII  creates  another  recording  that  is  in  the  science  fiction  orientated  style  of  ambient  from  previous  releases  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  mixing  in  elements  of  drone,  industrial,  electronica,  vaporwave  and  classical  to  create  something  very  different  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  IIVII  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  dark ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unclouded  By  Conscience"  "Painless"  and  "You  Die".  8  out  of  10.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Fleshpress/Hulluuden Muuri/2017 Full Length Review


  Finland's  Fleshpress  have  returned  with  a  new  recording t hat  is  also  in  the  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  along  with  some  black  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Hulluuden  Muuri".

  Distorted  amp  noises  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a   very  fast  direction t hat  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  which  also  gives  the  music  a  black  metal  feeling  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  style.

  A  great  amount  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  screams  more  close  to  that  genre  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while t he  music  also  gets  very  progressive  at  times  along  with  a  touch  of  psychedelic  traces  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  direction.

  Fleshpress  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  sludge,  stoner,  and  doom  metal mixture  of  previous  releases  while  also  having  some  psychedelic  and  black  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  misanthropy,  anger  and  disgust  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Fleshpress  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge,  stoner,  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lunastuksen  Ajan  Vera  Riiti"  and  "Voiman  Taydellinen  Toteutuminen".  8  out  of  10.

Bardspec/Hydrogen/By Norse/2017 CD Review


  Bardspec  is  a  solo  project  of  Ivar  Bjornsen  of  Enslaved  and  plays  a  mixture  of  ambientand  industrial   and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Hydrogen"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  By  Norse.

  Industrial  style  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  that  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  atmospheric  feeling  and  after  the  intro  clean  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while t he  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Tribal  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  most  of  the  musical  is  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  experimental  along  with  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  some  of t he  riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  metal.


  Bardspec  plays  a  musical  style  that t takes  ambient,  industrial and  krautrock  and  mixes  in  more  guitars  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  with  only  a  small  touch  of  metal  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Bardspec  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ambient  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bone"  and  "Salt'.  8  out  of  10.

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Helfir/The Human Defeat/My Kingdom Music/2017 CD Review


  Helfir  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  rock  and goth  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Human  Defeat"  which  will  be  released  in June  by  My  Kingdom  Music.

   Electronic  music  sounds  along  with  some  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album before adding  in  a  more  heavy  goth  and  doom  metal  style  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  being  utilized  at times  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  or  melody  in  the  riffing.

  Melodic  singing  is  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  while  some  tracks  also  use  whispered vocals  while  a  great  amount  of  the  tracks  add  in  elements  of  neo  folk  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Helfir  expands  on  the  acoustic  dark  rock  style  of his  previous  release  while  adding  in  elements  of  goth,  death  and  doom  metal  to  create  something  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Helfir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo  folk,  dark  rock  and  goth  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Khost/Governance/Cold Spring Records/2017 CD Review


  Khost  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  industrial  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Governance"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Cold  Spring  Records.

  Harsh  industrial  sounds  along  with  some  melodic  yet  shamanistic  style  chanting  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  add  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  while  also  having  there  melodic  moments  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  and  death  metal  growls are  added  onto  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  drones  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  operatic  style  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  traces  of  ambient  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  get  more  esoteric  and  avant  garde  and  all  of t he  tracks  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.


  Khost  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental,  drone,  death  industrial  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sounds  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Khost  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  industrial  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Subliminal  Choroform  Violation"  "Deminized"  "Depression"  and "Stockholm  Syndrome".  8  out  of  10. 

Hjarnidaudi/PsykoStareVoid/Dead Sea Productions/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  This  is  another  review  of  a  recording  from  Hjarnidaudi  which  is  also  in  the  instrumental  mixture  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  drone  direction  and  the  album  was  originally released  in  2009  and  called  "PsykoStareVoid"  and  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Dead  Seed  Productions.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  soundscpaes  and  drones  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  side  of  the  music  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  riffs  are  in a   funeral  doom  style.

  Most  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  no  vocals  or  lyrics  are  ever  utilized  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  touch  of  post  metal  along  with  the  riffs  also  mixing  in a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  clean  playing  is  also  utilized  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  musical  direction.

  Hjarnidaudi  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  instrumental  mixture  of  drone  and  funeral  doom  metal  from  previous  releases  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  as  a  musician  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  HJarnidaudi  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  drone  and  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II"  and  "IV".  8  out  of  10.

Hjarnidaudi/Pain: Noise: March/Dead Seed Productions/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Hjarnidaudi  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  drone  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2006  album  "Pain:  Noise:  March"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Dead  Seed  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  funeral  doom  metal  sound  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  starts  off  the  album  and  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental  while  all  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Clean  playing  along  with  elements  of  drone  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  getting  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  and  all  of t he  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow,  musical  direction  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  Hjarnidaudi  plays a  musical  style  that  mixes  funeral  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  also  keeping  everything  in  an  instrumental  and  slow  direction a nd  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Hjarnidaudi  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  drone  and  funeral  doom  metal a dn  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should c heck  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Noise".  8  out  of  10.

 

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Below The Sun Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Hi! We're rehearsing actively, experimenting with the sound, composing new stuff.

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?
The musical sound can be described as a mix of doom, sludge, post-metal and ambient. These are main pillars of our music. Our new album is much more contrast in an emotional way. There are some aggressive riffs, some melodic clean singing, some madness.

3.The lyrics on the new album are based on the novel 'Solaris' by Stainslaw Lem, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this writer and also are there any other science fiction authors that have had an influence on your song writing?
"Solaris" tells a story of a contact. And it's not just a contact with "grey people", there are no xenomorphs, no viruses, plants or mushrooms. It's a whole different story! Intelligent ocean that covers entire planet! It's something humanity never met and can not instantly understand. This is the deep and philosophical story which, first of all, provokes introspection.

4.Originally the band was known as 'Solvindur', what was the cause of the new change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Below The Sun’?
I'm surprised, where did you get this info? We played one experimental show in the woods - we had no name then. We didn't need one. Only when we decided to play on, we started to look for the name. And the name should be connected to space somehow. We browsed some options - there was "Solvindur" among them, but lasted less than a week, - and eventually took the name of one of our favorite Ahab's track.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Each show is unique. The audience feel our energy and return it back at a multiplied volume!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We're making a presentation at our city the next day after the release. It will be big Siberian summer festival, and Russian autumn tour then.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of experimental, post, and doom metal?
Although we didn't quite fit the specific genre, the worldwide feedback has been great! We were surprised how positive it was! Also, there were a lot of messages, like "It will be very hard to outperform the first album!", but we're doing all we can. And on the second album you can see our growth.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Our drummer has a black metal project "Istina". The guitarists play in the psychedelic band "The Warp".

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We're going to play, experiment and search for our own style. This is the endless search. Maybe our next album would be something ambient mixed with other styles. We'll see, where the search brings us.

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?
We're listening to a lot of various music. Ranging from minimal techno to avant-garde styles. If it is specifically rock\metal bands that influenced us, then we can point out Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Ahab, Troum, Yob, My Shameful, Sunn o)) Khanate, Rabies Caste, Korn, The Mars Volta... and so on, the list is virtually endless!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
The space!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Look at the stars more often.


 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Soundbyte/Solitary Iv/Temple Of Torturous Records/2017 CD Review


  The  Soundbyte  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  an  avant  garde  and  experimental  form  of  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Solitary IV"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Temple  Of  Torturous  Records.

  Drones  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  clean  post  rock  style  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  drum  beats  adds  more  power  to  the  tracks  and  the  music  also  mixes  in a   great  amount  of  ambient  elements  and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  When  stringed  instruments  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  avant  garde  feeling  along  with  some  symphonic  and  neo  classical  touches  and  the music  also  gets  more  experimental  as  the  album  progresses  while  whispers  are  also  added  into  certain sections  of the  recording.

  When  female  vocals  are  brought  into the  music  they  give  the  songs  a  more  esoteric  and  goth  influenced  atmosphere  while  the  heavy  riffs  are  done  in  a  more  atmospheric  doom  metal  style  and  they  also  add  in  a  more  clean  yet  distorted  progressive  style  on  later  tracks  and  some  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  closing  track  adds  in a  touch  of  Norwegian  black  metal  into  the  riffing.

  The  Soundbyte  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  electro  acoustic,  ambient,  experimental,  avant  garde,  progressive,  post  rock  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark a nd  depressive  themes.

 In  my  opinion  The  Soundbyte  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  avant  garde  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should   check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fanfare"  "Lamentations"  and  "Solitary".  8  out  of  10.   

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Costin Chioreanu/There Is A Place Called Home/Svart Records/2017 EP Review


  Costin  Chioreanu  is  a  solo  artist  from  Romania  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  experimental  and  avant garde  with  some  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep  "There  Is  A  Place  Called Home"  which  was  released  by  Svart  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along with  some  ambient  style  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  and  tragic  style  synths  and  after  awhile  clean  yet  distorted  guitars  are  added  onto the  recording  and  add  in  melodic  post  rock style  guitar  leads  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  mostly instrumental  as  well  as  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Elements  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording and  all  of  the musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use of  Romanian  style  flutes  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  diverse  and  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Costin  Chioreanu  creates  a  recording t hat is  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  than  his  metal  projects  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  also  mixing  in  elements  of ambient  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Costin  Chioreanu  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  avant  garde  and  experimental,  you  should  check  out  this ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The Night".  8  out  of  10.

   

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Blue Tapes House Band/Vol. 2:Coo/Blue Tapes And X Ray Records/2017 Full Length Review


  The  Blue  Tapes  House  Band  are  a  project  based  in  the  United  Kingdom  that  consists  of  many  musicians  from  the  same  label  and  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  drone,  and  musique  concrete    and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Vol. 2:"  which  was  released  by  Blue  Tapes  And  X  Ray  Records.

  Atmospheric  drones  and  field  recordings  start  off  the  album along  with  some  loops  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  also gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  and  most  of  the  musical  is  instrumental  while  voices  are  also  added  into  the  background  of  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Pianos  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  a  classical  touch  and  after  awhile  traces  of  ambient  can  be  heard  and  when  programmed  beats  are  utilized  they  give  the  recording  a  more  militant  feeling  and  they  also  capture  the  raw  style  of  the  Walkman  sounds.

  The  Blue  Tapes  House  Band  plays  a  musical  style  that mixes  experimental,  drone,  loops,  ambient  and  musique  concrete  to  create  something  very  different  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  The  Blue  Tapes  House  Band  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  drone,  and  musique  concrete  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  8  out of  10.

 

 

   

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Red Moon Architect Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We've started to rehearse these new songs. We don't ever play the new songs together until the album is done so there's a lot to figure out. We've also had quite much to do around this album release. Promotion, gig booking etc. A lot of things to do!

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/
It's a weird mixture of heavy and lighter elements, still fitting in this funeral doom category. The sound is rough enough to get the point through, but at the same time production is pretty modern and polished for a doom band. Soundscape is big. A lot of reverbs, huge wall of guitars. That is then mixed with melodic synths and heavenly sweet female vocals.
Compared to our previous album “Fall”, the synths are in bigger role creating the atmosphere. Also the whole production and studio work was done in highest standards possible. No corners cut.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
When I (Saku) write lyrics, I mostly just try to put my emotions into words. It's a bit more abstract point of view. Anni, who did write lyrics for tracks “Tormented” and “NDE”, writes a bit more of concrete topics. They're more story-like than mine. Which is great. I think it gives our output much more diversity.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Red Moon Architect'?
I really can't remember where it came from back then. Red Moon has a lot of meanings in history and in different religions. It used to symbolize a new era or some bad event. It's also really appealing visually.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
There's been so many. Tuska, the biggest metal festival in Finland has been one of the highlights. We've also played few shows with Amorphis. Huge clubs and great audiences. Those are the nights to remember. Some of our very first shows have also very special place in my heart. Even if they were quite modest in many ways and we weren't at the same level as a band, it was awesome to play live with RMA for the first times.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We're playing some shows in Finland first. Album release party is 8th June in Helsinki, Finland. Estonia is on the list to go next.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of funeral doom metal?
Really great! Although we have a lot of listeners that aren't just funeral doom fans. Reactions from media have been great since we started, especially with this new album. Fans think that our new material has always been better and better. So do we, so we're going to the right direction! We've also got some great feedback from people that usually don't listen to metal.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?
Our bass player Jukka plays also in Crimson Sun. They've been really active touring around Europe and writing new material. If you're into melodic metal and modern sound, you should really check them out!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I really don't know. We're so happy with the outcome of our last album that I don't know what we could change. Usually the ideas will start to grow a while after the latest album is released. I'll start to write new material next winter. I don't want to make the same album twice, so we'll see. Everything is quite balanced now and the sound of our band is exactly how I've wanted it to be.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I've been influenced more of nature, other people and my emotions than music. I've listened to a lot of dark ambient music lately and I think that can be heard on our album. For example, the intro track “The Haunt”. Many people don't just get it and think it's completely unnecessary track, but for me it's important when you listen the album as a whole. Shape Of Despair, the greatest funeral doom band from Finland has of course been a huge influence for me always.
I don't listen to metal a lot. I work as a record producer and mostly work with metal bands, but on my own time I'm more into fusion jazz. It may be days or weeks when I don't listen to any music at all. It's also a common joke that I don't know any of the bands out there. I really don't. I'm so out of scene, haha.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Video games, whisky, food and my lovely daughter. Because of my job, music is so big part of my life, there isn't really space for anything else. I just don't have time to any more hobbies.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
If you're into melodic doom metal, or even if not, you should check out our new album “Return of the Black Butterflies”. It's our best album to the date and we're extremely proud to soon have it out there for all of you to listen. Thanks!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Vin De Mia Trix/Palimpsests/Hypnotic Dirge Records/Cimmerian Shade Recordings/2017 Full Length Review


  Vin  De  Mia  Trix  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Palimpsests"  which  will  be  released  on  May  31st  as  a  joint  effort  between  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records  and  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  also  being  used  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  nature  sounds  and  some  shamanistic  style  atmosphere  is  added into  some  parts  of t he  album  and  after  awhile  clean  playing  and  melodic  guitar  leads a re  added  onto  the  recording.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  slow  riffs  also  mix  in  the  heaviness  of  funeral  doom  metal  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  melodic  chants  and  both  post  and  progressive  rock  elements  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  clean  vocals  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  death  metal growls  also  start  to  make their  presence  known  along  with  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  screams  while the  acoustic  guitars  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  progressive  touch  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and thrash  influences  can  be  heard while  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slower  direction.

  Vin  De  Mia  Trix  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  also  mixes  in  elements  of  epic  traditional doom,  black  metal,  post  and  progressive  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  myths  and  archetypes  from  different  cultures  and  how  they relate to  each  other.

  In  my  opinion  Vin  De  Mia  Trix  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Martarisvan"  and  "Noe".  8  out  of  10.
     

Merchant Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new EP?
We've been quietly writing new material in the past few months alongside a few big shows. We recorded the album in December, so since then we've done a few headlining Melbourne shows, supported Cough/Windhand in Melbourne on their Australian tour and we have just gotten back from our first overseas tour, a short run in New Zealand with the legends in WATCHTOWER.

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?
'Beneath', very much picks up where 'Suzerain' left off, especially in the fact that it is an exercise in low end brutality. We try and write music that is not your standard sludge, something with a bit more complexity and with more layers. The EP has a higher level of intricacy, extended psychedelic parts and is just a bit more surgical than 'Suzerain' - or at least we like to think.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
While our first one dealt with the mourning of others, the state of the world and our sanity, Beneath deals with the concept of the Self. The lyrical themes have a common thread in that they deal with identifying inner darkness and grappling with it in an effort to better our own existence.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Merchant'?
Merchant just sounded tough to us.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our NZ tour last week was definitely the pinnacle of our live rituals so far. The buzz from heading to another country and playing to people there is otherworldly. In terms of our stage performance, we're a pretty aggressive unit and we try to deliver something as visually devastating as we aim to be sonically.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We've got shows booked in Sydney, Ballarat and Melbourne over the next month and we're  currently mapping out where we're going to get to before the end of year. We aim to hit every Australian state and then we'll probably look a bit further away for next year.

7.The new EP is coming out on 'Black Bow Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Undoubtedly. Jon Davis (Black Bow/Conan) has been incredibly easy to deal with and has helped us out at every step. It's a huge confirmation for us that we're on something resembling the right track by having him put this EP out on Black Bow.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge and doom metal?
We've been stoked at the feedback we've had from all over. We're literally just four dudes playing loud amps in a small room for the most part, so to see people listen to our music, recommend us to their friends, wear our shirts is hugely humbling.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
It's difficult to say. We will always be a heavy band at heart but experiences within a musical journey and outside of it will always influence where we're going. It takes a long time to get to where you want to be artistically and in reality, it takes people's whole lives' as they hone their craft.

There'll probably be a few really brutal slow riffs in our future though, that's for sure.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Both myself and Ben grew up on tech-death and bands like Gorguts, Spawn of Possession, Necrophagist before falling down a cavern of sludge. These bands and their odd riffing will always be part of the Merchant writing style, but stuff that's influenced us heavily as of late includes Sumac, Amenra, Cobalt.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
We are all a bit partial to an ice cold adult beverage. 50% of our band seem to like tattoos, the other 50% don't like much.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Stay grim and wear more long sleeves with metal as hell sleeve prints.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Shibalba/Psychostasis-Death Of Kat/Agonia Records/2017 CD Review


  Shibalba  are  a  side  project  with members  from  both  Greece  and  Sweden  that  are  also  members  of  Acheronitas  and  Nastrond  and  with  this  project  play  a  ritualistic  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  Tibetan  music,  Shamanistic  and  meditative  trance  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Psychostastis-Death  Of  Kat"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  and  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  making  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  shamanistic  and  tribal style  percussion's  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  Tibetan  style  folk  instruments.

  A  lot  of  the  tracks  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  gongs  and  bells  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  occult  and  magickal  atmosphere  and  as  the  amount  progresses  elements  of  trance  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Shibalba  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient,  Tibetan  music,  meditative  trance,  shamanistic  and  ritual  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  musical  themes  focus  on  the  pre-Buddha  Religion  of  Bon,  Shamanism  and  Thelema  along  with  a  more  left  hand  path  approach. 

  In  my  opinion  Shibalba  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  meditative  trance  and  shamanistic  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Psychostastis-Death  Of  Kat"  "Aether  Ananda  Aiwass"  "Five  Points  Of  Desire"  and  "Opening  The  Shadow  Box".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Red Moon Architect/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.