Thursday, August 16, 2018

Chabtan/Nine Levels/DarkTunes Music Group/2018 Full Length Review


 
  Chabtan  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  death  metal  and  deathcore  with  a  touch  of  Mayan  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Nine  Levels"  which  was  released  by  Dark  Tunes  Music  Group.

  Mayan  folk  instruments  and  ritualistic  chanting  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tribal  sounding  percussion  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style. 
 
  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  screams,  extreme  metal/hardcore  style  shouts  and  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  folk  elements  also  being  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  symphonic  feeling  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  closing  track  being  an  instrumental.

  Chabtan  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  metal,  deathcore  and  Mayan  folk  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mayan  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chabtan  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  death  metal,  deathcore  and  Mayan  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  last  Mayan  King"  "Mayan  Messiahs"  "Nourished  by  Four  Gods"  and  "The  Last  Mayan  God".  8  out  of  10.
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Imperial Domain 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 recording a video for the song ”The Future Is Lost”, that you should check out on YouTube if you haven’t seen it! And we have started with rehearsals and doing promotion for the album. Hopefully we are gonna do some live shows. 

2.Recently you have released a new album what are some of the things you have done different with the newer music that you where not able to do with previous releases?
We have worked with the arrangements in a way that we couldn’t do before.  Nowadays its much easier to work with in digital platforms with synth arrangements and overall recording. We have our own recording studio where we can sit and work in our own pace.

3.The band was broken up for almost 10 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
Lazyness… well, it just kind of faded away. No specific reason. Everybody went on with different bands and projects. The motivation disappeared.  We have to give credits to Alvaro and Peter who came up with the idea to start the band again. Peter had talked to Philip numerous times over the years and then we bumped into each other at a metal festival and Alvaro said ”stop fooling around,  lets start NOW!” and a week later ”True face of war” was written.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The lyrics are about total loss, betrayal, death and disasters. The song ”The Deluge” for example is about nature strikes back at mankind.  We try to write the lyrics so they got similar vibe and goes along with the music.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Imperial Domain'?
It´s just a cool name that our former singer Tobias came up with. After several different names, this was the one that we thought represents both the music and the band.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
Our idea was to have a big stormy sea with big waves and stuff, then we contacted Pete Alander at Bandmill who sent us different ideas for the cover. And we ended up with his vision of it. Pete also did our logo. He came up with a lot of amazing ideas. He is a great guy to work with. He also did the artwork for ”The True Face of War” single.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The best show so far was the last show we did with our former singer Tobias at Fellini Rock Club in 2005. Lots of people and lots of beers! Our stage performance is based on hitting hard with a lot of energy.
8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Yes, of course. We are on planning stage right now. Hopefully we are gonna be on the road some time soon.

 9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?
Overall it´s has been really good, ever since the start.  So far the spreading and reviews on the new record has been very good.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Peter and Alvaro are members of Sarcasm who are about to start the recording of a new album. Alvaro is also a member of a new band called DeathSwarm with a new album to be released some time soon, and also Thirdstorm´s new album with release in October. Andreas is working on a new Lou Siffer and the Howling Demons album as well. Philip produces and record different projects.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are gonna write new songs and keep true to our sound. 

12.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?
It´s a hard question because we listen to a lot of different kind of music and got influenced by almost everything. 

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
We are family fathers nowadays so most of the time is doing family stuff. Peter would like to have a surfing career though. Andreas likes to play tennis. Philip is a zumba instructor. Alvaro loves fishing trips.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our fans who likes and shares our posts and videos, and all the dedicated independent radio stations and webzines out there who really works hard spreading music around the world! Thanks!! That means a lot to us!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Serenius/Metanoia/2018 EP Review


 
  Serenius  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2018  ep  "Metanoia".

  Clean  playing  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also  brings  acoustic  guitars  and  clear  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  synths  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  Serenius  creates  another  recording  that  remains  very  true  to  the  melodic  death  metal  style  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recoridng  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  woman  discovering  the  secret  of  humanity.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Serenius  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Demonic  Trial"  and  "Demonic  Interview".  8  out  of  10.

  

Æpoch/Awakening Inception/2018 CD Review



  Æpoch  are  a  band  from  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  melodic,  technical  and  progressive  form  of  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Awakening  Inception".

  A  very  heavy  thrash  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  music  getting  very  technical  at  times  and  when  screams  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  progressive  elements  at  timed  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  technical  style  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  Æpoch  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  the  brutal,  technical,  progressive  and  melodic  sides  of  death  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  black  and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  alternative  history,  esoteric,  anti  religion,  space  and  corruption  themes.

  in  my  opinion  Æpoch  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  progressive  and  technical  death  metal  band  with  elements  of  thrash  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Time  Perspective(Ouroboros  Rec=born)"  "Tabula  Rasa"  "Burn  Them  At  the  Stakes"  and  "Awakening  Inception".  8  out  of  10.   

    

Under Threat/The Prisoner/Hateworks/2017 Full Length Review


  Under  Threat  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Prisoner"  which  was  released  by  Hateworks.

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  clean  guitars  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  solos and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.

  Under  Threat  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  goes  back  to t he  90's  to  2000's  era  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  destiny,  death  and  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Under  Threat  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A.I  Aftermath"  "Terror  management  Theory"  "Empire  Of  Ashes"  and  "The  Existencialist".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Foredoomed/Ordeal/2017 CD Review


  Foredoomed  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  progressive  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Ordeal".

  Symphonic  sounds  start  off  the  album  while  clean  male  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  heavy  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and s creams  while  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  progressive  elements  along  with  some  blast  beats  also  being  utilized  when the  music  speeds  up  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Foredoomed  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  and  progressive  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Foredoomed  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  progressive  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ghost  Recurrence"  "Dualism"  and  "Ordeal".  8  out  of  10.  

Hitwood/Marea/2018 Full Length Review


  Hitwood  is  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Marea".

  A  very  dark  and  new  age  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Vocals   are  a mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  while  elements  of  post  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  variety  of  many  different  quests  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  also  being  utilized  when  the  music  speeds  up  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  vocal  song.

  On  this  recording  Hitwood  expands  on  his  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  post  metal  by  adding  in  vocals  which  are  done  mostly  by  session  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dreams  and  sadness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hitwood  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  death  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apocalyptic  Omen"  "This  Picture"  "The  Scene  You  COuld  See"  and  "Harikiri".  8  out  of  10.