Monday, July 24, 2017

The Shadeless Emperor Interview

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

Hi, we are “The Shadeless Emperor” a 5-piece Melodic Death Metal Band hailing from Larissa, Greece. We have a handful of musical and non-musical influences that crafted our Style into something Unique and Interesting. So we started our way into the Metal phasma by early 2010, albeit the band was inactive for a couple of years. A Demo release, an 8-bit version of it, a few line-up changes and a Single later we are here with our Debut Album “Ashbled Shores” and we are quite proud of it. \m/

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

“Ashbled Shores” is An Incredibly Interesting Album. We aren't saying this because we wrote it (duh), but really any metal fan can listen to it and find loads of things that are stunning, bizarre, beautiful, dark or emotional. We have many different influences and someone that’s absolutely new to our sound can figure this out. We love Melodic Death and this is the core of our music style. Epic, Progressive, Folk, Doom, Atmospheric and Thrash influences are present and solidly established to our sound. Yet we are unable to provide you with a label to our sound. Many may label us under Progressive MDM or Epic Melodic Death yet we prefer just Melodic Death Metal. Every single person can find something different in our music style but that’s the beauty of creating music, right?

3. Some of your lyrics deal with fantasy, mythological and philosophical themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those  topics?

Literature all the way. This is truly the basis of our culture. Fantasy Literature / Mythology is the expression and expansion of the mind. To reach a level of expressing the Apathy, disgust, love, hate, passion, happiness of the society we live, we would or we would not love to live in. Mythology is the same thing, in a way. Legends, tales, folklore that turned into Myth through the years. All of those parts of Literature are filtered throughout a philosophical veil we like to use and express the aforementioned emotions, yet so much more. We are Greeks after all and we do Philosophy.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Shadeless Emperor'?

An Emperor is the noble term of a Tyrant. An elegant title used for a Very Powerful Leader that the ear usually interprets and redefines into a Reliable, “Honourable”, Protective and Inspiring Individual of a Past-Era Civillization. This Emperor is nothing more than a Tyrant though. “Our Emperor” has no Shadow. A Powerless Entity. An Emperor without a Shade is as good as a Sword without a Blade. The name’s inspiration is derived from Cristopher Paolini's Eragon Book Quadrilogy.

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

Definitely the shows we shared the stage with Wolfheart and Jinjer. We had a very good time and the audience enjoyed the performance as well. As for the stage performance I would describe it as energetic and theatrical. I don't know for sure. These are the two words that came first in my mind.


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

Yes we do actually. First of all there is an album release party in our Hometown, Larissa. After that around November/December there would be definitely some shows around Greece with notable bands. In the new year to come there would be a few more. Do not forget to like our Facebook Page to be notified. You never know. We may visit your Town soon.

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

The feedback is AMAZING. There are so many people out there sharing and supporting us in every way. There are people from all around the globe ordering the album lately. Iran, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil are some of the countries we have fans at. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. There are so many things coming over soon, so stay tuned.

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?

Almost every band member is in another project nowadays. Ethan is singing in a Modern Melodic Death project called "Scarletborn", Chris is playing guitars in a Atmospheric Rock band called "The Red White Spiral", Philippos is also participating in another Death Metal project as a singer, which they will soon release some more info for, and he also has "Arcanus", a Blackened Death Metal One-Man band. Thanasis is also playing drums in a Classic Rock band. Tasos and Chris are also guitarists in a Modern Metal/Metalcore Band called "Intensify".

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

There is a solid path we are trying to pave. There are so many influences and inspirations striking us through the years that we believe we will show you something spectacular in the years to come. Sure our sound has this Progressive vibe and many Folk influences are also present. There would be variety but in a minimalistic way. You will see soon.

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 all listen to different styles of music. From Post Rock to Black Metal, K-Pop to Metalcore, from Classical Music to Crust. There are no borders in music and there should not be any. There are so many different bands that inspire us. But if you would like us to mention a few bands those would be, In Mourning, Be'lakor, Opeth, Symphony X, Trivium, Blind Guardian, Emperor, Paradise Lost. Insomnium, Eluveitie, Wintersun, Ronnie James Dio, While She Sleeps and Iron Maiden.

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

We all love to go out and socialize. We read a lot of books, we love gaming, we love drinking beer. Thanos is a designer/psychologist, Chris is an accountant, Tasos is an IT Expert, Philippos has his own Rent-A-Car Business and he is a Sound Engineer, Thanasis is a Physics Student. We are very busy individuals.

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

Thanks a lot for your time and support. Make sure to take your time to listen to our music and lyrics. Read a lot, support your local scene and always try to listen to other people’s issues. Always Breathe and Create. After all, we are what we leave behind.
Last but not least Kudos to VarietyOfDeathZine for the interview and Rock On \m/

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Blood Rainbow/Upheaval/Neverheard Distro/2017 CD Review


  Blood  Rainbow  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Upheaval"  which  was  released  by  Neverheard  Distro.

  Tribal  style  beats  along  with  some  ethnic  style  folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  and  after  the  intro  nature  sounds  are  also  used  briefly  while  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  All  of t he  musical  instruments  on  the  recording h ave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  saxophones  and  trombones  are  utilized  they give  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  getting  more  brutal  as  the  album  progresses  and  at  times  the  vocals  also  have  a  semi  melodic  tone  to  them  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly.

  Blood  Rainbow  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  both  the  brutal  and  melodic  styles  of  death  metal  and  mix  them  together  while  also  adding  in  some  experimental  touches  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Times  and  Violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Rainbow  are  a  very  great  sounding  and  original  brutal  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Outcast  From  Eden"  "Stalingard"  and "Conquistadors".  8 out  of  10.  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Mutilatred Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1.  Patric: We are a four piece but sometimes a two piece (and sometimes a three piece, haha). We (Clay Lowe & I) started our band as a two piece after our other bands didn't work out. We were playing together for about 10 years at that point and wanted to keep playing metal. We eventually found two other incredible musicians/friends and have been writing as Multilatred since 2014. We are old school death metal with a decent slam influence. Simple loud and with a beat.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. Patrick: Our sound is raw and stripped down. We record at our friends studio "Lake Bottom Recording" and use the same set up we use live. Everything is tracked live without much editing. We try to make it sound as close to our live set as possible.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that the band explores with the music?
3. Patrick: Our lyrical topic is wrapped around one main subject: "hard drugs" specifically, prescribed opiates and Heroin. We've seen it ruin the life's of people we know and it's an major crisis in our society, which affects everyone directly or indirectly. The opiate epidemic could be dealt with differently. It is frustrating to see substance abuse being used for profit in a lot of ways. I could sit here and write a book of rambled feelings  to convey how fucked up it all is. But for now our version of voicing our concern is through the music we make.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mutilatred'?
4. Patrick: Perfect question to continue the last topic. The origin of Mutilatred came from the two words that immediately came to mind when thinking of the heroin crisis: mutilation and hatred.


5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. Patrick: Our best shows are almost always house shows. (Although we've played many amazing shows at bars and venues. Playing with 1349 and Origin was insane to us). Our favorite show of all time was a recent house show in Cincinnati with Sewage Grinder. The people were extremely into metal and in general they were very hospitable.

When we play live it feels like we gain a little more intensity after each show. We like to head bang as much as possible. And our other guitarist, Pat Meyers, is constantly on the verge of annihilating everything around him, which is one of my favorite things about our shows. You can tell he's 100% into it and part of the music he plays.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. Patrick: We are doing our first weekend run at the beginning of September with two Columbus bands: Domestic Terror and Heartworm. Other than that we have some shows here and there for the next couple months.



7.You have a split coming out with 'From The Hellmouth', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
7. Clay: We are very happy to be doing this split with From the Hellmouth. Such a great band in every aspect. Dark/evil tremolo picking, phenomenal drumming, loud pissed off vocals. I think they were the perfect match for us to do a split with.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal?
8. Clay: Everyone we've come in contact with has had a really good response to our music. On a worldwide scale, we could always be doing better. We're always trying to get our stuff out there for more death metal fans.


9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
9. Clay: Eli (our bass player) has a few projects he's involved in: Hung From the Rising Sun and WAX. Myself  and Patrick are in a dormant band with our friend Will called Serpent Speech. We hope to do something with that band again sometime down the line.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. Patrick: We are heading directly into more death metal with no end in sight.


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
11. Our guitar player (Pat Meyers) former band Premonitions of War. Mutilated, GutRot, and Shitlife. Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Devourment, and 1349 are all sources of inspiration for us. Nowadays we've been listening to a lot of Defeated Sanity, Cephlatripsy, and Delusional parasitosis to name a few.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12. Patrick :  tattooing, drawing, painting, cartoon making.
      Clay : welding, metalworking, hockey

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13.  Nope, that's it


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tides Of Kharon/Coins Upon Our Eyes/2017 EP Review


  Tides  Of  Kharon  are  a  band  from  Edmonton,  Alberta,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Coins  Upon  Our  Eyes"  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th.

  Drums  beats  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  back  up  shouts  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  guitar solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  stick  to  a  very  melodic  style  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Tides  Of  Kharon  plays  a  style of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tides  Of  Kharon  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter War"  and  "Cerberus  In  Slumber".  8  out  of  10.

  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Shadeless Emperor/Ashbled Shores/WormHoleDeath Records/2017 Full Length Review


  The  Shadeless  Emperor  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ashbled  Shores"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Water  sounds  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  musical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while t he  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  melodic  singing  along  with  synths  are  also  used  briefly and  one  track  is  all  instrumental  and  a  couple of  the  tracks  are  very long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  Shadeless Emperor  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  also  adds  in  folk  elements  to  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Fantasy,  Literature,  Mythology  and  Philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Shadeless  Emperor  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ashbled  Shores"  "Shades  Over  The  Empire"  Helios  The  Dark"  and  "An  Ember  Gale".  8  out  of  10.

SamadhiSitaram/Kali Yuga BABALON/Sliptrick Records/2017 CD Review


  SamadhiSitaram are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  djent,  groovecore,  mathcore,  deathcore,  and  progressive  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Kali  Yuga  BABALON" which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  A  stringed  instrument  and  symphonic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  riffs  which  also  mix  in  elements  of  djent  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  progressive  fashion  and  after  awhile  growling  vocals  and  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music.

  Hardcore  style  back  up  shouts  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  metalcore  and  groove  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of t he  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  Indian  style  folk  instruments  are  also  used  at  times.

  SamadhiSitaram  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  djent,  groovecore,  mathcore,  deathcore,  and  progressive  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  created  something  original  and  while  this  is  not  a  style  I  would  regularly  listen  to,  I  feel  the  band  is  very  good  at  what  they  do,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  moral,  ethnic  and  spiritual  decay themes  with  some  Hindu  and  Qabalistic  touches.

  In  my  opinion  SamadhiSitaram  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  djent,  groovecore,  mathcore,  deathcore,  and  progressive  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kali  Yuga"  "Qliphoth"  and  "Shangri  LA".  7  out  of  10.

      

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Psychobolia/Chiaroscuro/Great Dane Records/2017 CD Review


  Psychobolia  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Chiaroscuro"  which  was  released  by  Great  Dane  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  high  pitched  screams  that  have  a  blackened  touch  to  them  and  deep  death  metal growls  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  very  chaotic  and  old  school  brutal  and  extreme  metal  style.

  At  times  melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of   the  recording.

  Psychobolia  plays  a  brutal  style  that is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  old  school  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Psychbolia  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Feast  Of  Pills"  "Full  Bloom"  "Lethal  Substance"  and  "Severance  Echoes".  8  out  of  10.