Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In Reverence/The Selected Breed/Non Serviam Records/2017 CD Review


  In  Reverence  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Selected  Breed"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  oriental  music  elements  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  more  heavier  side  of t he  music  which  also  utilizes a   great  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  while  you  can  also h ear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal growls.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  deathcore  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  tracks  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric a nd  when  high  pitched  screams  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  more  brutal  style  of  death  metal  at  times.

  In  Reverence  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  brutal death  metal while  also  adding  in  elements  of  black  metal,  deathcore,  atmospheric  and  oriental  music  to create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  In  Reverence  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal  and deathcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check out  this  band.  REECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gods  Of  Dehumanization"  "The  Six  Bloodletting"  and  "Gift  Of  Disintegration".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Death On Fire Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
I started writing and recording music again after a 6year hiatus due to family and financial obligations. My amazing wife Danielle pushed me to start composing again and after I had written enough material I decided to release it and get some friends together to form our band and do a small tour in support. Musically it is a blend of melodic death metal and thrash with some hints of blues and jazz. I do some dodecaphonic stuff on one song that is fun too. Mostly it's just metal though

2.So far you have rleeased one album, how would you describe the musicaol sound that is resented on the recording?
I love Carcass and Megadeth, I have a ton of extreme music I enjoy but I always like a good melody. I was listening to a lot of Gojira and Amon Amarth when I wrote this album and I think it shows through rhythmically and with some of my melodies. I call it death metal but it definitely has melody.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Most of it is very personal. I talk about regret and loss, depression, anger, betrayal and feeling isolated. Most of my lyrical content is me exercising my inner demons. I think you need to be sincere and honest with the lyrical content but I want it to mean whatever it does to other people. There is a dystopian theme about how America isn't as exceptional as we once were and how the corporate machine is destroying what truly matters. Lastly, I wrote about not being a victim. As dark as things get, for me I never want to lose without a fight and I struggle to compromise. I can be a bit self righteous.

4.Originally the project was called 'LazerWulf', what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name ;Death On Fire'?
There is another band in GA called Lzr/Wlf. They let me know about the conflict and we worked to change the name. They are great guys and have a cool math rock thing that they do. It took some time and several test names but Death on Fire just stuck. It has a good mental image for me. What could be more metal than a flaming skull piercing the dark to come take your life?

5.On this album you recorded everything by yourself, how would you compare it to working with a fll band?
I enjoy the process. I still collaborated though, mostly I spoke with friends about compositional ideas and things I studied at college. Once I found inspiration it was easy. I like this process because I can let the song flow naturally and stop or start the work process whenever I want. I do miss the band experience and there is real value to multiple people working together on a piece of art. That being said, I like the selfishness of writing music that sounds exactly how I want it to. Both ways are good, this was new and different for me since I normally write in a band and I think the newness of the experience was really refreshing. I already have a second album almost complete. It is just freeing to not answer to other people's opinions.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
There are always people asking you to send them money and they will release it. That is a shame because they prey on people's dreams. Thankfully I have been around long enough to not fall into that trap. I would love to have a label that can offer support and hope the second album I am working on gets picked up. I am not pushing too hard at the moment though as we are focused on putting on a small diy tour to support the release and hoping that it catches some momentum.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your solo project by fans of extreme metal?
I have had a lot of really good feedback. I think we are more melodic than some bands and that opens us up to a wider fan base. The only criticism I get is some people don't care for the vocal stylings but hey, it's extreme metal! Most people are very supportive and I feel honored that they enjoy the music.

8.Are you currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
I am a bit of a gun for hire on that front. There is an excellent power metal band called Zephaniah that I sit in on bass for when needed. That is a lot of fun because it is something different for me and it lets me work on right hand technique similar to classical. I study with Ken Jehle locally and we do some jazz stuff hear and there. Mostly just self indulgent fun.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Hopefully signed and making music. I love what I do and try to grow with each recording. Right now I am looking at blending more jazz elements and more unique time signatures into what I write with out losing the flow and melody. I am also exploring atonality and how it can. E used to create suspense in metal.

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?
 Like I said Carcass is huge, anything pre risk Megadeth, Pantera, Cattle Decapitation, Amon Amarth, all kinds of extreme stuff. I also really love faith no more, Mr Bungle, He is legend. I listen to more old recordings because they seem to have a power to the content. I don't like Djent outside of Meshuggah. I love 80's top 40s because the melodies are great. New stuff; probably Gojira, Fit for an Autopsy, Revocation. I love Leo Brauer, he is a Cuban composer on classical guitar. Barrios, Villa Lobos. I am fortunate to have been exposed to a ton of music and it all sneaks into what I do in some way or form.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Family is huge for me. Outside of that I love rugby and played it up until last year for the Chicago Lions. It's a great sport and I have life long friends because of it. Now I Power Lift and dream of classic muscle cars.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for taking the time to ask me these questions. I hope everyone likes what I/we are doing. Come see us on the road, buy the album if you can, and support your local scene!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Jotnar/Connected/Condemned/Massacre Records/2017 CD Review


  Jotnar  are  a  band  from Spain  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Connected/Condemned"  which  will  be  released  on  April  21st  by  Massacre  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  riffs  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  later  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched screams  also  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  clean  singing  is  also  used  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  A  great  amount  of  modern  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  mix  in  elements  of  electronic  music  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs,

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Nelly  Furlado's  "Say  It  Right"  and  there  is  also  some  session  work  from  members  of  Soilwork  and  Ultimate  Fate  and  female  vocals  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Jotnar  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  more  modern  side  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,

  In  my  opinion  Jotnar  are  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  "Remaining  Still"  "Suicidal  Angel"  "The  Sentence"  and  "The  Portrait".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Apallic/Of Fate And Sanity/Boersma Records/2017 CD Review


  Apallic  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Of  Fate  And  Sanity"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Boersma  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  field  recordings  and  hospital  samples  are  also  used  briefly  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  deep  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  clean  and  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  progressive  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  there  is  also  a  short  in  length  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Apallic  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  progressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  disease,  sanity,  madness,  awareness  and  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Apallic  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  progressive  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Awakening"  "Days  before  The  Black"  "The  Watchmaker"  and  "A  Taste  of  Lethe".  8  out  of  10.

   

Death On Fire/LazerWulf Demos/2017 Full Lenngth Review


  Death  On  Fire  are  a  solo  project  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  with  a  touch  of  jazz  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "LazerWulf  Demos"  which  will  be  released  in  May.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  vocals  add  in  a  more  aggressive  style  of  thrash  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  elements  of  groove  metal  are  also  used  at  times  along  and  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times.  while  later  tracks  also  show  the  vocals  adding  melody  into  the  aggressive  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  jazz  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  later  track  also  add  in  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Death  On  Fire  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  modern  thrash,  groove  metal  and  jazz  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Death  On   Fire  a  very  decent  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  with  a  touch  of  jazz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Slave  By  Your  Own  Hand"  "Blood  Eagle"  "Around  Your  Neck"  and  "Coward".  7/5  out  of  10.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Noumena/Myrrys/Haunted Zoo Productions/2017 CD Review


  Noumena  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Myrrys"  which  will  be  released  on  April  28th  by  Haunted  Zoo  Productions.

  Pianos  and  female  vocals  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  introducing  melodic  guitar leads  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  mandolins  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording and  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  folk  while  female  vocals  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of acoustic  guitars  on  later  tracks  along  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Noumena  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  melodic  death  metal  style  that  was  established  on  previous  releases  while  also  standing  out  and  being  different  than  most  bands  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  humanity's  ability  to  destroy  everything  so  vital  and  dear.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Noumena  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Metsan  Viha"  "Rohu"  and  "Syvalla  Vedessa".  8  out  of  10.   

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Adamantine/Heroes & Villians/Allegiance Recordings/2017 Full Length Review


  Adamantine  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Heroes  &  Villains"  which  was  released  by  Allegiance Recordings.

  Dark  and  tragic  sounding  synth  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  using  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  clean  singing  being  utilized  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  thrash  elements  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  touches  of  progressive  and  heavy  rock  and  spoken word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and whispers.

  Adamantine  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  modern  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the   lyrics  cover  Lusitanian  Myths  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Adamantine  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heroes  &  Villains"  "Remember  Who  You  Are"  "Grudge"  and  "Everything  Ends".  8  out  of  10.