Friday, November 29, 2013

Ragestorm Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Hi everybody! We are Ragestorm, a five members death metal squad formed in 2004 in the icy and forgotten Aosta Valley, in the North West of Italy.
During these 9 years we released 4 EP and in September we finally gave birth to our first full length album called "The Thin Line Between Hope And Ruin" which, in our opinion, is a cool ensemble of music, visual art and philosophy.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and also how does it differ from previous releases?
"The Thin Line Between Hope And Ruin" is a death metal album with a lot of different influences; european and american death metal, thrash metal from old and new school, southern metal, some metalcore and also some classical music and electronic stuff.
It's a metal opera divided in 11 parts where each of which has something to say.
For us this record represents the evolution of our last EP "The Meatgrinder Manifesto" and it differ from our previous releases because is more aggressive, more mature and more manifold.

3.What are some of the some lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Our third EP, "The Meatgrinder Manifesto", was a mini-concept about what we called "The Meatgrinder Theory", a philosophical metaphor inspired by the famous Plato's "Myth Of The Cave" which explains our point of view about the society we're living in.
Since "The Thin Line Between Hope And Ruin" represents an evolution of its predecessor, in this new record we deepened and expanded the Meatgrinder Theory giving birth to a complex concept divided in two different parts: the songs until "Acid Tears" are what we call the evil half of the album and they are the direct continuation of the original theory, while the other half, from "Hari Seldon's Speech" to "Reaching The Impossible" is the good part of the album, also containing the title track "The Thin Line Between Hope And Ruin" which is the second part of the Meatgrinder Theory.
As I said, "The Thin Line Between Hope And Ruin" is not only about music and if you want to really enjoy it you also have to read the lyrics and admire the beautiful artwork made by our friend Luca Galvani (

4.What is the being and inspiration behind the name Ragestorm?
The band was formed when we were a bunch of angry and bored kids, so we chose  to call ourselves Ragestorm because it sounds cool and expresses well the anger that pushed us to play metal.
But please, don't imagine us like the usual murder face death metal freaks because, beyond the rage and the will to bring chaos and destruction world wide, we basically are 5 easy guys who love to laugh, drink beer and play video games.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
The best show we ever had the chance to play is for sure the one at the 2009 edition of Eggfest, in Holland, supporting Rotting Christ.
Anyway, be on stage is (almost) always a great experience.
We especially love to share the stage with other very cool undergound bands like Broken Mirrors, Lacerhate, Straight On Target and our brothers Southern Drinkstruction.
How would I describe our stage performance?
Five noisy motherfuckers having some good friendly violent fun with the audience!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Nope, no touring at the moment.
We'll probably plan some show around Europe next year so stay tuned!

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We received several proposals over the years but all the agreements that we read were more or less frauds masked as big deals.
When we were younger we really wanted to sign for a label but now we don't care very much about it; in fact, being unsigned is cool because we can do whatever we want whenever we want and nobody can bother us.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and thrash metal?
Apparently there is a lot of people out there that is really enjoying our last release; from die hard thrash and death metal fans to people who prefer other kinds of music, and this is a big satisfaction for us.
But of course the only way to know if the fans are appreciating "The Thin Line Between Hope And Ruin" is to wait for the first quarterly report of sales...

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Well, it's a little bit too soon to answer this question.
We composed just one song after the release of  "The Thin Line Between Hope And Ruin" and at the moment we're working on a big amount of new riffs.
What I can say is that we'll probably focus more on the structure of the songs to make them even more fluent and we'll also try to write more simple riffs, with less notes and more anger!

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We listen to a lot of different kinds of metal and we try to keep the best from every band we love.
We like  Hypocrisy, Carcass, At The Gates and Machine Head for their melodic taste; The Crown, Chimaira, Sepultura (the real ones!), Hatebreed, Impaled Nazarene, Behemoth and Krisiun for their fierce and ruthless ignorance, Dimmu Borgir and Decapitated for some the structure of some songs and because they're fucked in their minds, The Haunted and Pantera for the sounds and then Slayer.
Because Slayer are god.
Nowadays we're listening more or less the same stuff we listen to usually...I think the most interesting albums of 2013 are "Surgical Steel" from Carcass and "Yoshu Fukushu" from Maximum The Hormone. We really love those guys!
11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
We all love beer, video games and movies, especially horrible horror b-movies.
That said, of course everyone has different interests outside the band, like activism and political commitment, super nerd stuff like cosplay and action figures collection, american football, martial arts, sci-fi, philosophy, tv series and so on.

12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Of course we want to thank you for this cool interview and we would like to greet all your audience and to reassure them about an important thing: since Ragestorm is a 100% independent band, don't be afraid to go on iTunes and buy "The Thin Line Between Hope And Ruin", we promise you that not even a fuckin penny will go to some greedy record producer ready to spend it for parties and alcohol!
We'll use that money firstly to pay off the album and only in a second moment for parties and alcohol.
Cheers everybody!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Outrage/Brutal Human Bastard/Massacre Records/2013 CD Review

  Outrage  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  death  metal  with  thrash  and  metalcore  elements and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Brutal  Human  Bastard"  which  was  released  by  Massacre  Records.

  "Brutal  Human  Bastard"  which  is  the  intro  the  album  as  well  as  title  track  opens  up  with  spoken  word  parts  and  distorted  amp  sounds.

  "Cryptic  Time"  the  first  official  song  on  the  album  begins  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  before  adding  in  death  metal  growls  and  a  few  seconds  later  high  pitched  screams  along  with  melodic  guitar  riffing  comes  into  the  song  and  a  minute  later  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  to  come  in.    

  "Addiction"  opens  up  with  spoken  word  samples  before  adding  in  growls,  drum  beats  and  guitar  leads  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  before  going  into  heavier  guitar  riffing  while  also  keeping  around  the  solos.

  "Days  Of  Disorder"  begins  with heavy  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  riffs  and  drums  along  with  some  growls  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  the  song  but  there  are  some  high  pitched  screams  towards  the  end.

  "Mexican  Standoff"  starts  up  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  along  with  some  growls  and  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile t he  bass  guitars  get  more  powerful  as  well  as  the  riffing  adding  in  more  melody.

  "At  The  Abyss"  kicks  in  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  before  adding  in  growls  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  but  sticks  to  more  of  a  mid  paced  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams.

  "Pissing  Roadside"  comes  in  with  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  a  few  seconds  later  growls  kick  in  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  guitar  riffing  gets  more  melodic  and  towards  the  end  there  are  some  high  pitched  screams  and  guitar  leads  being  utilized.

  "Down  From  The  Silence"  is  introduced  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  along  with  some  growls  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  and  after  a  minute  the  guitar  riffing  gets  more  melodic  and  you  can  also  hear  bass  guitars  in  certain  sections  of  the  song  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads.

  "Wont  You  Be  My  Flesh"  makes  its  way  in  with  distorted  amp  noises  before  adding  in  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  that  also  utilize  some  melody  along  with  some  drums  and  a  few  seconds  later  growls  and  screams  kick  in.

  "Deprivation"  finds  its  way  in  with  clean guitar  playing  and  sound  effects  and  a  few  seconds  later  hardcore  style  vocals  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  comes  into  the  song  as  well  as  some  guitar  leads  and  solos.

  "Negative  Creep"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  as  well  as  a  Nirvana  cover  opens  up  with  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  before  the  death  metal  growls  and  screams  kick  in  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  riffing.

  Song  lyrics  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Outrage  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  with  elements  of  thrash  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cryptic  Time"  "Mexican  Standoff"  "Wont  You  Be  My  Flesh"  and  "Negative  Creep".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.       

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lvcifyre/Svn Eater/Dark Descent Records/2013 CD Review

  Lvcifyre  are  a  band  from  England  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  i  would  describe  as  being  brutal  death  metal  with  elements  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Svn  Eater"  which  was  released  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  "Night  Seas  Sorcery"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  sound  effects and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  come  in  along  with  some  drums  and  bass  guitars  shortly  after  that  along  with  some  dark  and  melodic  guitar  riffs,  a  few  minutes  later  the  song  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  deep  death  metal  growls  and  towards  the  end  the  song  foes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats.

  "Calicem  Obscurum"  begins  with  distorted  parts  and  drums  before  adding  in  fast  and  brutal  guitar  riffs  along  with  blast  beats  and  then  adding  in  blackened  death  metal  vocals  shortly  after  that  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads.

  "Liber  Lilith"  opens  up  with  nature  sound  effects  before  adding  in  black  metal  vocals,  fast,  heavy  and  brutal guitar  riffs  along  with  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  a  few  seconds  alter  death metal  growls  kick  in  while  also  coming  around  black  metal  vocals  and  then  the  song  starts  to  slow  down  a  bit  before  alternating  between  fast  and  slow  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  bass  guitars  in  certain  sections  of  the  song.

  "Sun  Eater"  which  is  also  the  title  track  of  the  album  begins  with  powerful  bass  guitars  and  black  metal  vocals  before  the  growls  kick  in  and  the  music  goes  into  a  more  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  direction  with  the  guitars  and  blast  beats  from the  drums  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  "In  Fornication Waters"  kicks  in  with  distorted  sound  effects  and  a  few  seconds  later  death  metal  growls  and  dark  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  kick  in  as  well  as  taking  the  music  into  a  more  fast  and  brutal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  then  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  slow  and  fast  parts  as  well as  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads.

  "Nekuomanteion"  starts  up  with  distorted  sounds  before  adding  in  heavy  and  brutal  guitar  riffs  along  with  drums  before  adding  in  death  metal  growls and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  blast  beats  before  slowing  down  again  and  adding  in  a  melodic  guitar  lead  and  the  song  closes  with  demonic  growls  and  screams.  

  "The  Fiery  Spheres  of  the  Seven"  comes  in  with  demonic  sounds  before  adding  in  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  guitar  riffs  along  with  blast  beats  from  the  drums  before  adding  in  black/death  metal  vocals  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  bring  in  chaotic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  avant  garde  sounds.

  "Fyre  Made  Flesh"  is  brought  in  with  anti  christian  spoken  word  parts  before  adding  in  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums which  also  leads  to  deep  death  metal  growls  and  then  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  some  brutal  blast  beats   as  well  as  bringing  in  guitar  solos  and  leads  a  few  seconds  later  and  then  the  song  starts  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts.

  "The  Sinister  Calling"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  kicks  in  with  occult  sounds  and  a  minute  later  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  kick  in  before  going  into  a  more  fast  and  brutal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  deep  death  metal  growls  and  then t he  music  starts  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  black  metal  influences  vocals  as  well  as  a  brief  guitar  lead.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Satanism,  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  brutal  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Lvcifyre  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death/black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Night  Seas  Sorcery"  "Liber  Lilith"  "The  Fiery  Spheres  of  the  Seven"  and  "The  Sinister  Calling".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Invidious/To The Death/Sepulchral Voice Records/2013 MCD Review

  Invidious  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a   review  of  their  2013  ep  "In  Death"  which  was  released  by  Sepulchral  Voice  Records.

  "Black  Blood"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  ep  opens  up  with  dark  sound  effects  and  background  clean  guitars  and  a  few  seconds  later  blackened  metal  growls  come  in  and  then  it  leads  to  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  drums  before and  then  into  a  fast  old  school  death  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  guitar  leads  and  after  awhile  the  music  slows  down  a  bit  and  you  can  hear  the  bass  guitars  and  then  alternating  between  fast  and  slow  parts.

  "Dead  Salvation  Spawn"  begins  with  a  guitar  leads  before  the  screams,  fast  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  blast  beats  from  the  drums  kick  in  and  then  the  music  alternates  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  bringing  melody  and  guitar  leads  into  certain  sections  of  the  song  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  at  times.

  "Throne  Of  Death"  starts  up  with  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  the  the  vocals  kick  in  and  after  a  couple  off  minutes  the  music  slows  down  and  the  guitars  get  more  melodic  as  well  as  adding  in  solos  and  leads  before  getting  fast  again.

  "Visions"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  ep  begins  with  a  heavy  guitar  riff  before  adding  in  bass  and  drums  and  then  going  into  a  faster  direction  and  introducing  vocals  to  the  song  and  then  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts a s  well  as  mixing  in  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  Song lyrics  cover  death  and  salvation,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  professional  and  old  school  sound  to  it  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Invidious  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  with  elements  of  thrash  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Blood"  and  "Throne  Of  Death".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gutslit/Skewered In The Sewer/Transcending Obscurity India/2013 CD Review

  Gutslit  are  a  band  from  India  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  form  of  gore/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Skewered  In  The  Sewer"  which  was  released  by  Transcending  Obscurity  India.

  "Prelude To  Putrification"  which is  also  the  intro  for  the  album  opens  up  with  dark  sounding  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  to  set  the  opening  for  the  album.

  "Pustulated  Phallic  Enthrallment"  which is  also  the  first  official  song  on  the  album  begins  with  alarm  clock  noises  and  horror  movie  samples  before  adding  in  heavy  and  brutal  death  metal  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  growls,  screams  and  blast  beats  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  grindcore  influences  as  well  as  the  song  alternating between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads.

  "Offal  Barter"  opens  up  with  heavy,  fast  and  brutal  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  growls  and  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  alter  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  coming  in  and  out  of  the  song  as  well  as  the  music  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  "Circumsized  With  A  Chainsaw"  starts  up  with  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  drums  and  deep  death  metal growls  before  going  into  a  mid  paced  direction  while  also  adding  blast  beats  in  certain  parts.

  "Atrophic  Cranial  Disintegration"  begins  with  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  before   adding  growls  and  blast  beats  from  the  drums  as  well  screams  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  then  the  song  alternates  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  "Haemorrhoidal  Brain  Custard"  kicks  in  with  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  drums  before  adding  in  deep  growls  and  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  technical  elements.

  "Pulp  Face"  comes  in  with  spoken  word  samples  from  horror  movies  and  a  few  seconds  later  heavy  and  brutal  guitar  and  bass  riffs  kick  in  along  with  drums  and  growls  and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  there  is  a  brief  use  of  screams.

  "Maze  Of  Entrails"  makes  it  way  in  with  horror  movie  samples  and  a  few  seconds  later  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  kick  in  along  with  drums  and  growls  which  leads  up  to  the  music  going  into  a  more  mid  paced  direction  but  also  mixing  in  fast  and  brutal  sections.

  "Skewered  In  The  Sewer"  which  is  also  the  last  track  on  the  album  as  well  as  title  track  opens  up  with  fast  heavy  and  brutal  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  drums  before  adding  in  growls  and  going  into a  more  mid  paced  direction  

  Song  lyrics  cover  violent,  gore  and  horror  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  professional  and  brutal  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Gutslit  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  brutal  gore/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pustulated  Phallic  Enthrallment"  "Circumsized  With  A  Chainsaw"  and  "Maze  Of  Entrails".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Minority Sound/The Explorer/Metal Gate Records/2013 CD Review

  Minority  Sound  are a  band  from  Czech  Republic  that  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial  and  death  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "The  Explorer"  which  was  released  by  Metal  Gate  Records.

 "Hostile"  which  is  the  first  song  on  the  album  starts  off  with  some  sound  effects  and  spoken  word  parts  before  adding  in  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  industrial  sounds  before  adding  in  some  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  melodic  vocals  and  guitar  leads  start coming  into  the  song.

  "Lord  Of  Destruction"  opens  up  with  industrial  sound  and  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  programmed  drum  beats  which  lead  up to  some  black  metal  screams  and  deep  death  metal  growls  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  being  utilized.

  "The  Explorer"  begins  with  industrial  sounds,  programmed  beats  and  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  synths  before  adding  in  some  clean  singing  and  a  few  seconds  later  screams  start  kicking  in.

  "Zealots"  kicks  off  with  some synths and  programmed  beats that  bring a  gothic  industrial  sound  to  the  music  and  a  minute  later  heavy  guitar and  bass  riffs  kick  in  along  with  some melodic  elements  before  adding  in  some  guitar  leads and  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  screams  a  few  seconds  later.

  "Binary  Child"  hits  off  industrial  style  synths,  programmed  beats  and  heavy  guitars  and  a  few seconds  alter  aggressive  industrial  metal  vocals  kick  in  along  with  some  growls  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  parts  and  screams  become  a  part  of  the  song  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  melodic  guitar  leads.

  "Wipe  Out  The  Virus"  makes  its  way  into  the  album  with  noise,  ambient  and  industrial sounds  along  with  some programmed  drum  beats  before  adding  in  some  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  clean  vocals  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  aggressive  shouts  before  adding  in  some  death  metal  influenced  vocals.

  "Fear"  comes  into  the  album  with  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  sound  effects  and  programmed  beats  before adding  in  some  growls  and  synths  as  well as  some  screams  and  a  minute  alter  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.

  "The  End" which  is  the  last  song  on  the  album  starts  up  with  industrial  and  experimental  sounds  before  adding  in  some  drum  beats  as  well  as  some  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  which  also  lead  up  to  some  growls  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads and  you  can  also hear  some  female  vocals  in  the  background  and  halfway  through  the  song  synths  start  to  take  over.

  Song  lyrics  cover  life  and  social  issues,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  album.

  In  my  opinion  Minority  Sound  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  industrial  and  death  metal  along  with  some  black  metal  influences  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Binary  Child"  "Lord  Of  Destruction"  "Wipe  Out  The  Virus" and  "The  End".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Markradonn Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Haniel Adhar: Hey, thanks for setting this interview and for taking the time to check out MARKRADONN.
We just released our debut EP, Final Dying Breath, and we are currently working on the rest of the production for the full-album, which will have 4 more songs that will be longer, deeper, and more ambitious than the songs you already heard.
We are also working on our fund raiser, which is to support the band and to help us generate the revenue we need to finish the album, as well as move the band forward. You can find the page here:
And we are focusing on getting ready to play some live gigs soon.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on the ep?

Haniel Adhar: That is a good question…I’d have to say raw, barbaric, aggressive, but a degree of melody and atmosphere. It’s not for the weak minded, trendy people of the world; it is only for metal heads that are looking for something different and unexpected. Anyone looking for the conventional sort of death metal will be disappointed.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new ep explores?

Haniel Adhar: Well, these are preview songs of the album, and each is a “chapter” and tells their own part of the story. “Final Dying Breath” is about the last moments of the protagonist’s life, where with his last breath he curses the name of the one he hates the most; Internal Hate Unbounded is about how his hatred and contempt took control of him, and that he’d rather kill himself than deal with the torment that he has to endure; Frenzied Winter Sorrow is the actual beginning of the story, where he loses his mind in a blizzard of conflicting emotions, and eventually his senses become numb and dead, feeling nothing as he submits to the emptiness. I wrote that one when I was experiencing seasonal depression, and I wanted to convey what I was experiencing in words as best as I could, and the music of that song is supposed to reflect that.

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

Haniel Adhar: That’s something I will reveal in time.

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

Haniel Adhar: We have not played a show yet. In the middle of the production of the CD, we lost two members, and we replaced them with Nick and Beka (brass instruments), and Allen our rhythm guitarist was still living in NY.  He moved down here, shortly after that our bassist had a death in his family and had to leave town for a while. So, now we have everything back on track and are looking forward to performing live soon.

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

Haniel Adhar: Not at this very moment, but we hope to be able to use the full ensemble live.

7.The ep came out on Blunt Face Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Haniel Adhar: I was introduced to Otto Kinzel IV when Destiny of Dying Supernova promotions sent him our information and some demos. He was impressed with what he heard, gave me a call, and we decided to work together. Bluntface is a small label that tries to focus on more obscure and avant garde music, which I thought was a great place for us to be. Otto also worked with me on the production, and he was the one responsible for the mastering.

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

Haniel Adhar: The response has been outstanding, to be honest. So far, we have gotten a lot of great reviews, and a couple of cautiously optimistic and skeptical ones, but no bad reviews. A lot of people listening to the EP songs aren’t exactly sure what they are hearing, and the words “unexpected” and “unpredictable” keep coming up, which is probably a good thing since all we ever hear about from many reviewers is how metal is stale and formulaic nowadays.
As far as the fans, we have a really dedicated fanbase. A lot of musicians like us, and people who want something a little different to listen to. We’ve raised some money, sold some CDs and merch, and everyone seems to be enjoying the “first taste” of what we are planning. We are all very happy about this and are looking forward to giving the fans something that they can look forward to.

9.Are there any other musical projects going on these days?

Haniel Adhar:  I myself personally am so busy with Markradonn that I really don’t have a lot of time to do any other projects, at least not at the moment. But I have been talking to other guys about laying down some solos or putting together something.
Tim, our drummer, is also in a band called American Party Machine. They put on a hell of a live show and are pretty wild dudes. They just got back from playing a big show in NY and they are always gigging around here.
Jon, our timpani player, is in a band called The Brass Band of Central Florida. It’s a pretty extraordinary musical group, and they just recently performed a brass arrangement of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” and it was a life changing experience to witness.

10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Haniel Adhar: This is a good question. It is hard to say in this interview, but I can tell you that the music will only get more aggressive, more unpredictable, and more complex. What you have heard on the EP is only a sample or preview of what we are working on. Keep in mind that this is a Death Metal band, and we will retain a strong death metal foundation indefinitely. Whilst we may take a different approach with each song, the key elements of death metal will remain at the core of the band. Expect the vocals to get more brutal and more diverse, the brass and timpani to be bigger and more epic-sounding, the hand percussion to have a bigger role, and a bigger focus on guitar and guitar-synth solos. But, in a nutshell, expect the unexpected. Funding is important as well, so the more money we raise the more we will be able to do moving forward.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Haniel Adhar: Much of what I am listening to lately has been underground, unsigned, unknown, and indie metal bands. For some reason, these bands just sound better to my ear. A lot of bands that are “mainstream” or “big budget” sound over produced and off an assembly line, and I respect, enjoy, and appreciate the sincerity of the underground bands. Local acts like Armageddon III, Murderfly, and Diabolic Intent, as well as bands from other regions like Nekropsy, Tyrant’s Blood (Canada), Aberration Nexus (from Australia, and I played a solo on one of their songs, “Burn the Book of Lies”), Prayer of the Dying (Malta), and my brother in law’s band Maelstrom. I also like Naraka (Canada), Dark Measure (San Diego), Arcaena (Boston area, and they are recording their debut album now), Anachral Necrosis.
As far as the stuff that influences Markradonn, wow…there are a lot. I am big time into soundtrack music, like Basil Poledouris (Conan the Barbarian with Arnold, Robocop, the original, and Starship Troopers),  Jerry Goldsmith (Poltergeist, Star Trek: The motion Picture, and Alien), Allan Sylvestri (Predator), James Horner (Commando, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, 48hrs), John Barry (The Black Hole, James Bond Films), and Bernard Hermann (The Hitchcock films, Psycho). This stuff is huge for me and I attempt to incorporate some of these types of ideas in Markradonn. I also like musicians like Al DiMeola, Allan Holdsworth, and anything John McLaughlin is associated with, such as Shakti and Mahavishnu Orchestra.
But the real core of this band musically comes from death metal and black metal. I have always loved insanely brutal bands like Suffocation and Immolation, and atmospheric bands like Arcturus and Winds, so my aim is to really combine many elements from both sorts of “styles” and use the live instruments (as you heard on the EP) in place of digital keyboards and such. It is also important to note that Alf Svenson’s project Oxyplegatz had a profound influence in the whole “concept/saga” idea (see: Sidereal Journey) as well as Master’s Hammer and their use of timpani and the “black metal operetta” idea.

12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Haniel Adhar: Outside of music I am a Doctor of Natural Medicine, and a Professor of Food Allergies at my college. I am big time into horror movies, old school console gaming, and of course, Ancient Alien stuff.  I have a lot of projects that I am always working on, and music is just one of them. I also played a couple of years of Semi-pro football a few years back, so I also like sports as well.

13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Haniel Adhar: Hey, thanks for setting this interview up. It was a lot of fun. And to the fans out there, please support us by checking out or funding page. Fan support means everything to underground metal bands.

Terminal Prospect/Redefine Existence/Gravity Entertainment/2013 CD Review

  Terminal  Prospect  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death/thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Redefine  Existence"  which  was  released  by  Gravity  Entertainment.

  "The  Exodus"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  album  begins  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  before  adding in  some  drums  and  thrash  influenced  guitar  riffing  and  a  few  seconds  later  there  are  a  small  amount of  sound  effects  added  in  and  the  song  closes  with  as  melodic  guitar  lead.

  "Chains  Of  Guilt"  starts  off  with  heavy  and  melodic  guitar and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  before  adding  in  some  screams  and  a  few  seconds  alter  there  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  song  and  towards  the  end  there  are  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  being  utilized.

  "The  Age  Of  Confusion"  begins  with  heavy  and  dark  sounding  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  sound  effects  before  adding  in  some  powerful  bass  guitars  and  screams  and  a  minute  later  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  sections  and  spoken  word  parts  before  adding  in  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  towards  the  end  there  are  a  small  amount  of  synths  being  added  in.

  "A  Memory  Of  Keep" opens  up  with  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  before  adding  in  some  screams  and  a  minute  later  melodic  guitar  leads  start  coming  in  and  out  of  the  song.

  "Price  Of  The  Age"  kicks  off  with  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  drums  before  adding  in  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  screams  along  with  some  growls  in  the  background  before  adding  in  guitar  solos and  leads  along  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  "Unforfunately  Not"  which  is  all  instrumental  starts  off  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  background  synths.

  'Resurrection"  returns  the  album  to  normal  with  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  screams  and  a  minute  alter  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  coming  in  and  out  of  the  song  along  with  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  and  blast  beats.

  "Unleash  The  Fury"  takes  off  with some  clean  acoustic  guitar  playing  before  adding  in  drums  and  heavy  thrash  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  staying  in  an  old  school  direction  till  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  the  song  closes  with  some  classical  guitars.

  "Aggressive  Obsession"  has  its  openings  with  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs,  drums,  screams  and  guitar  leads  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  alter  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  along  with  the  leads  making  their  return  throughout  the  song.

   ''Redefine  Existence"  has  it  start  with  some  melodic  and  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  aggressive  screams  and  death  metal  growls  before  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  which  also  leads  yup  to  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  "Liquid  Mind"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  starts  up  with  heavy  guitar  and  blast  riffs  along  with  some  screams,  drums  and  clean  sections  and  after  awhile  it  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  before  returning  to  a  more  normal  pace  but  does  return  back  to  the  faster  parts  at  times  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  utilized  and  the  song  closes  with  acoustic  guitars.

  Song  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

   In  my  opinion  Terminal  Prospect  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  modern  thrash  and  melodic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Exodus"  "The  Age  Of  Confusion" "Unleash  The  Fury"  and  "Redefine  Existence".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.        


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Ragestorm/The Thin Line Between Hope And Ruin/2013 CD Review

 Ragestorm  are  a  band  from  Italy  that plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self released  2013  album  "The  Thin  Line  Between  Hope  And  Ruin".

  "The  Meatgrinder  Theory"  opens  up  the  album  with  chainsaw  sounds  before  adding  in  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  adding  in  samples  before  the  death  metal  growls  kick  in  and  you  can  hear the  bass  guitars and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  make  their  presence  known  and  they also  lead  up  to  some  guitar  solos  halfway  through  the  song  and  towards  the end  the  music  starts  adding  in  fast  parts.

  "Debt  Ritual"  begins  with  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  and  drums  and  then  screams  start  to  kick  in  a  few  seconds  later  and  a  minute  later  guitar  leads  start coming  in  and  out  of  the  song as  well  as some  death  metal  growls  and  melody  and  towards  the end  more  guitar  leads  kick  in.

  "Polysilicotetrapropyvinylflourethalene"  starts  up  with  deep  death  metal  growls,  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  before  getting  a  little  bit  faster  along  with  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and   high  pitched  screams  which  leads  up  to  some  melodic  guitar  riffing.

  "Moloch"  kicks  off  with  some  clean  guitar  playing  before  adding  in  some  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums,  growls  and  screams  and  after  awhile  gang  shouts  start  coming  into  the  song  and  towards  the end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  before  getting  heavy  again  and  adding  in  a  solo.

  "Idiocracy"  hits  off  with  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  riffs  and  drums  before  adding  in  some  blast  beats  and  screams  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  which  also  leads  up  to  some  growls  and  a  minute  later  guitar  leads  come  in  and  out  of  the  song.

  "Acid  Tears'  has  its  start  with  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  blast  beats  before  adding  in  some  screams  which  leads  to  the  music  going  into  a  mid  paced  direction  and  as  the  song  moves   on  it  starts  utilizing  some  solos  and  leads  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  sound  effects.

  "Hari  Seldon's  Speech"  has  its  beginnings  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  sound  effects  and  synths  and  a  few  seconds  later  drum  beats  start  to  come  in  along  with  electronic  music  elements  and  halfway  through  the  song  guitar  riffs  start  to  come  in  along  with  some  melodic  elements.

  "The  Thin  Line  Between  Hope  And  Ruin"  has  its  openings  with  heavy  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  a  few  seconds  alter  growls,  screams  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  start  coming into  the  song  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  and  halfway  through  the  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  before  getting  heavy  again  and  adding  guitar  leads  into  certain  sections.

  "Soldiers  of  A  Lost  War"  opens  up  with  melodic  guitar  leads  and  drums  kick  in  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  bass  guitars  and  then  the  music  gets  heavier  along  with  some  growls  as  well  as  some  screams  and  melodic  riffing.

  "New  World  Disorder"  begins  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  before  adding  in  some  screams  and  growls  and  halfway  through  the  song t here  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  shouts.

  'Reaching  The  Impossible"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  starts  up  with  some  drums,  melodic  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  screams  and  growls  and  a  minute  later  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  coming   in  and  out  and towards  the  end piano's  and  violins  violins  are  added  in  for  a  few  seconds  before  getting  heavy  again.

  Song  lyrics  cover  real  life  and  everyday themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound   where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Ragestorm  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  melodic  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Meatgrinder  Theory"  "Moloch"  "The  Thin  Line  Behind  Hope  And  Ruin"  and  "New  World  Disorder".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.