Monday, March 19, 2018

Squidhead 2018 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?

Well, we’ve been very busy preparing our very first show which was actually the release party of the album so, it was a lot of pressure for us. We had to prepare our costums and also learn how to play with those on. Playing with masks and full body costums for the first time was quite a challenge, I must say !
We also needed to bring some merch, scenic decoration, and physical copies of the album. It may sounds a bit basic but, as we are a self-produced band, we have to manage everything ourselves and it was a lot of work. We really wanted to give the best first show possible.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

On the musical point of view, we are playing a sort of modern melodic death metal with industrial textures. It’s a good mix of my personal favorites bands so, you should recognize influences of Fear Factory, Meshuggah, strapping young lad, etc…

The big difference is, of course, the fact that we have vocals now and we’ve also tried to make something a bit more catchy, more suitable for the stage.

3.Originally the band was all instrumental, what was the decision behind adding in vocals?

The strange thing here, is the fact that the project was always meant to be a « regular band » with vocals. But, a the time of the first record, I was alone doing the project. So, it was more convenient to do it all by myself and I’m not a good singer (like, really not). So, I took the situation as a good opportunity to release an instrumental EP. With a first record out, it was easier to find new bandmates because I had something to show them. It was like « hey, here is my music, do you want to join and make it evolve ? ». So, the instrumental EP was a good start, we had a lot of good reviews of it but we knew people were expecting more of the project. So here we are, more than 3 years after with an actual band and a full album to play live.

4.On the album you explored the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about the song writing?

We wrote the lyrics together with the bass player and this was new for us. We didn’t have much experience on this and we wanted to have this Lovecraft vibe on the album. The good thing here, is the fact that our bass player is also a writer that did release a first book inspired by Lovecraft universe so, it was not too hard for him to get it done (I just had to push him a bit and he did a pretty good job). From my side, I’m a roleplaying game nerd so, it was not too hard to find inspiration in those very rich backgrounds. Regarding the process, I always start writing songs titles, to set the mood of the track. Then we choose which title inspire us most and just keep writing until we have enough material for our singer. He is doing the final vocal arrangements and choose what to keep from all those lyrics.

5.On the new album you also went from being a solo project to a full band, can you tell us a little bit more about your decision behind hiring a full line up?

It’s simple, I’ve always wanted to play this music live. But the first EP would not have work well live, it’s more of a studio material. The idea behind forming a band was to get that « real band » vibe. I wanted to have real bandmates that would be involved in the creative process, not just session guys.
It’s a lot of extra work of course, because you have to deal with real people, with different personalities and you have to find those special guys that understand were you want to go and also want to go there with you. I must say, I’m very lucky to have found these guys, the’ve been doing an amazing job and the album sounds much better with their energy and creativity on it.

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

Well, we’ve only did our first show so far so, I would say, this one was the best ! (lol) It was a lot of stress for us to make this first one because
We are trying to make it look more like a ceremony and not just another local band gig. We’re using our own fog machine, a bit of light show, some esoteric banners and we enter the stage with costums and masks on, acting like members of a cult. When wearing full costums, you can’t just play like you’re in a rehearsal room, you have to play a character from start to finish. We’re doing our best to set a occult mood at the show and to stick to this Lovecraftian vibe we have on the album lyrics and cover.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

No touring yet as the band is only starting to play but we’re already receiving offers to play in different cities around so, we hope to have as much gigs as possible on the local scene and hope that it will help us build a good live reputation for the band. We’ll see what will happen !

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer material by fans of extreme metal?

So far, we are still waiting for most of the reviews (this can take some times as you most probably know). But the first feedback are very good so far so, we hope for the next ones to be as good. We’ll see in the coming weeks.

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

I honestly have no idea so far but, one thing for sure, I want to have the other bandmates more involved into the composing process. Those guys have a lot of personal influences that I don’t have and I’m sure we can get something a bit more agressive or darker but we’ll see what comes in the coming year. We will also see how the songs work on stage and it will most probably influence how we will forge the next sound of the band.

10.What are some of the newer influence you have brought onto the newer recording?

The newer thing on this album (except vocals of course) is the industrial vibe. This was the first time I’ve ever added keyboards and samples part on all songs of a record. I’ve always loved those sound textures that you can find in industrial music and it was a leap of faith for me. It’s nothing big on a technical level (I’m really not a good keyboard player), it’s just there to had a certain color to the whole sound and I’m glad it works. It add this little something to the ambience and I’m really happy with the result.

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

I would like to thank YOU first, for this interview and for helping us to be seen so far away from our homes. It’s a great feeling really. And I hope you guys will enjoy the album. JOIN THE CULT.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Battlesword Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
First of all let me please thank you for giving us the chance to introduce our band to your readers! This really means a lot to us.
Since we released „Banners Of Destruction“ in April 2016, we tried to play live as often as possible to promote the album. But at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 our both guitarists left BATTLESWORD and we had to find new members again. That went faster than expected, but we first had to prepare the live-set for the shows, that were already booked. We recently started the songwriting for a new album and the first songs are already finished. So, we hope to enter a studio this year and to release a new full-length in 2019.


2. How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings you have released so far?
We in principal play melodic death metal and combine it with traces of other metal styles. So you can find a lot of traditional heavy metal vibes on our latest album for example. There´s no certain or primal influence. We just focus on ideas that sound good and heavy in our ears. Normally we work out special ideas from our guitarists together in our rehearsal room. They come up with single riffs or nearly complete songs. Throughout the years we have created our own style and idea about BATTLESWORD. For us, the focus is always on the music and not on a certain image or trend.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
For the lyrics I´m inspired in different ways. Sometimes it´s based on literature or a cool movie, sometimes on personal experiences. To me it´s important to tell short self-contained stories that can be interpreted by everybody in his own way.


4. The band has been around for almost 20 years but so far has only released 2 full lengths, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?
BATTLESWORD was founded back in 1999. When the line-up for the band was completed, they recorded the first Demo „Crusade Of Steel“ in 2001. That demo was quickly followed by the first full-length „Failing In Triumph“. BATTLESWORD was lucky to find a label for its release and presented their music live a lot. But as often, the band had to face several line-up changes, when they were close to start working on a new album. That forced them to make a pause with the band. In 2008 Ralf, Ben and me joined and completed the band. We thought, that we have found a new stable line-up again, so we released our next demo „The 13th Black Crusade“ and began touring again. But in 2009 the next and not the last change within our line-up happened, as we had to replace our guitarist Ralf, who left BATTLESWORD. We were glad to find a new guitarist within a short time. But then we had to wait with the songwriting for the next album, due to a lot different personal issues.
We then released the two songs „Enemy Divine“ and „Where Demons Awake“ in 2012 in digital form for online promotion and to show the world that we are still alive. They were re-recorded and released as bonus tracks on „Banners Of Destruction“.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Battlesword'?
I think the founders of BATTLESWORD didn´t  think that much about giving the band that name as you might expect. I think it was a quite spontaneous idea and decision. Today the name for us is kind of a quality label. We have reached a certain level with our outputs and our energetic shows and we want to keep and surpass this in the future.


6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
An unforgettable show for me of course is my first one with the band and for sure the one from last year´s Metaldays Open Air and the "Schlacht um Otzenhausen", a German indoor event.
I think, playing live is why we all are part of this band and this scene. To play live is what we want most and we try to do it as often as possible. You can see and feel it, when you attend one of our shows, because it´s full speed from the first to the last note. We always just want to be honest and authentic. That´s what the fans should see and feel. We are still only some metalheads that want to play metal and have a good time on stage, as well as we are also still fans that bang their heads in front row to their favourite bands´songs. We are burning for our music and want to share it with as many metalheads as possible.


7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Within BATTLESWORD every single member is burning for playing live. But as we all have fulltime jobs and/or family it is not so easy to play that often. Not to mention touring. The biggest problem is to find gigs where your expenses are covered. This year we will return to Slovenia for the Metaldays Open Air. Besides this we will play some further handpicked shows and festivals. There are also some gigs planned in Belgium, Italy and Luxemburg. But they may be realized in 2019 only, because we want to focus on the songwriting first this year.


8. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We indeed have received any interest and we surely would love to get signed. But not at any cost. There have been many unserious offers in the past and we will be careful in the future. We have some labels on our list that we would love to work with and whom we will provide a demo of the upcoming release.


9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death metal?
The feedback we received was overwhelming. We got so much positive response from nearly each continent, what we never had expected before. With our latest release we found new fans and friends worldwide as we for example could see by the album and merch orders. As well as our songs got airplay at many international radio stations. We still are very thankful for this and hope going one better with the next album.


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?
Currently only our bassist and one of the guitarists have some side-projects. They are also releasing stuff and playing shows. Christian has released a new album with his project EAARTH RECORDER for example and Ben will support mighty VADER with his other band RESURRECTED who released their latest album in 2017.


11. When can we expect another album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
As I mentioned before, we are currently working on songs for a new full-length album, that should be released next year, when we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Besides that we are also already planning all the things around that coming release, like layout, which studio to book or new merch for example. We are also looking for a booker to get us on stage more often. It would be great to play more festivals and to play more often outside Germany. Musically you can expect a new piece of melodic death metal with our trademarks and also some new influences.


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?

Every one of us has a wide range of music he likes. We are not limited and also listen to other music styles, too. But the common denominator is melodic death metal as it is played by Scandinavian bands.


13. What are some of your non musical interests?
I thinks there´s first of all sports to mention. We are partly interested in soccer and other kinds of sport. Being fan as well as active sportsman. There´s also interest in literature or cinema. But in the end we are nearly always spending most of our time and attention to metal.


14. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Surely! Thank you for your interest and support. If anybody has now become curious about us, we would love if you check us out at facebook, leave us a like and send us a message with an order or just with your feedback. Never stop supporting the metal underground!





Sunday, March 4, 2018

Cadaver Putrefacto interview

CADAVER PUTREFACTO

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
JUAN GOMEZ: Hello, first of all, thanks for your interest in the band and interviewing us. The band can be said to be new, we formed it with my friend Daniel Ledesma in 2000 but we only did some rehearsals and then it dissolved. In 2015 we came together with the idea of ​​recording some music and joined Leonel Grismado in the voices, among the three we recorded the first demo of the band, after that Daniel left the band. As we already had material to capture an entire album, we decided to do it together with Leonel, just the two of us and see what the answer was. We upload it digitally in November 2017 and we were really surprised by the good reception that the record obtained. That's why we decided to put together a full lineup and be able to present the music that we recorded live.

2. So far you have released a demo, ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on those recordings?
LEONEL GRISMADO: The sound of Cadaver Putrefacto has not changed in the different recordings, it was only refined to improve the proposal. In the Demo it was material for diffusion only so it might have been a little more rustic. And we also had another guitarist. The next EP, is with another guitarist, and served as a preview of what would be our first CD. As for the musical, the sound will always be the same: Death Metal.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
L.G .: As far as the lyrical aspect of the band is concerned, we may follow the trend of brutal death metal and its scabrous and bloody cliches. Although what differentiates us from the rest is that we really try to offer well-written lyrics with a little more content. The pain and horror that one human being can commit over another is a great source of inspiration for our brutal lyrics. Whether it is murder, jealousy, revenge, sadism, etc... the low and perverse of the human mind seems to have no limits. And we also have more fantastic lyrics of course, product only of our imagination. On the other hand other lyrics can deal with horror movies to which we are very affectionate in the band.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cadaver Putrefacto'?
L.G .: There is no message or hidden meaning. Cadaver Putrefacto is a brutal name for a brutal band.

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

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
L.G .: Regarding live shows none since recently at this time we are strengthening the lineup to present the album live. In a short period of time we will give our shows debut and we will see how the balance is.
J.G.: As previously said, the band is just now training to play live, we are currently Leonel on vocals, me on the bass, Pablo Giangreco on drums, and in the guitar recently joined Clovis Avile Torrilla, if all goes well we are going to begin to join some dates to start presenting our material, always in the scene Under Argentina, with respect to tours I see it very difficult because in our country playing this style of music is more a hobby than a profession, we all have our jobs and families and it is difficult to absent oneself for a long time from responsibilities.

7. The new album is getting in released through 'Brutal Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
J.G .: Actually the label contacted us. As I told you the album we did it digitally and we put it on different platforms, nowadays this way of spreading the music reaches many places and sometimes it brings good results. That's how the owner of the label Michael Howard heard us and he was interested in the band. We had some very pleasant talks listening to his proposal and we decided that it was a very good option to edit our album in physical format since it is a label that will distribute it in North America and Europe. We are really happy that they are interested in editing an Argentine band and that they are expressing themselves in Spanish.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal and old school death metal?
J.G.: The truth is that the comments that come to us are very positive, to the page we get many messages from people from different parts congratulating us and asking how to get the album, and now that it will be professionally edited by the label Brutal Records will be able to get it anywhere on the planet. In the video of the Full Album uploaded to YouTube there are many comments from people who encourage us and that fills us with pride. We decided to make a Death Metal style of the old school that today many bands do not make (the current fashion is Slam), and less sung in Spanish. I think that also made call the attention on the record.

9. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
L.G .: With respect to Pablo (the drummer) he has his own band of all life called STILLZONE which makes a crossover in the style of DRI or RATOS DE PORAO. Besides, he also plays with me in another death metal band called DISLEPSIA. The newly incorporated guitarist Clovis also has his own brutal project called REVENTOR and I play in: RIGOR MORTIS, TROPA NOISE AND DISLEPSIA.

10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
L.G .: Where the future directs us is a mystery. Although I assure you that he found us playing pure and extreme death metal. Nothing to modify or soften the style that is certain. Hopefully we can perfect everything and give us the opportunity to show our music wherever possible. And keep recording material of course.

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?
L.G .: What most influences the band is of course the classic death metal of bands like: Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Deicide, Malevolent Creation, Six Feet Under, etc ... nothing of modern crap. Now at the time of personal tastes we all agree on the band in which we are very open to all kinds of metal, heavy, thrash, death, black, grindcore, crossover, etc ... you would be surprised by certain musical tastes we have. But that is never going to make the direction of the band get out of the way of death metal.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?
L.G .: For my part, in addition to music, my other hobby is the viewing of horror movies and the reading of horror literature (Lovecraft, Poe, King, Hutson, etc).
J.G .: I have two passions, music and soccer. I'm a fan of Argentinos Juniors (the team where Maradona was born), it's a humble team from Argentina but it has a beautiful history and from which emerged many players who triumphed in the world.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
L.G .: First of all thank for the interview and the interest in the band. We are relatively new and the diffusion and interest that people show us is very helpful. And tell them that we are not going to stop this death metal machine called CADAVER PUTREFACTO. That's safe. Death metal is not fashion, it's passion. We hope to continue to count on your support. Thanks and see you soon.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Forte Ruin/Rebuilding The Machinery/2018 EP Review


  Forte  Ruin  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording plays  an  alternative,  epic  and  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "Rebuilding  The  Machinery"  which  will  be  released  on  the  9th  of  March.

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  and  also  mix  in  with  the heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  riffs  also bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  screams  and  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  clean  singing.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  hard  rock  and  modern  metal  and  the  keyboards  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  epic  atmosphere  as  well  as  adding  in  touches  of  electronic  music  and  prog  rock  and  as  the  ep  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

    On  this  recordingForte  Ruin  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  modern,  epic  and  keyboard  orientated,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  decent  sounding  recording  from  Forte  Ruin  are  a  very  decent  alternative,  epic  and  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rebuilding  The  Machinery"  and  "Saturation  Point",  7/5  out  of  10.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Burden Of Grief/Eye Of The Storm/Massacre Records/2018 CD Review


  Germany's  Burden  Of  Grief  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Eye  Of  The  Storm"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Massacre  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  thrash  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal growls  and  screams  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  organs  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  influences  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

   Burden  Of  Grief  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  illness,  death,  sorrow  and  pain  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Burden  Of  Grief  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eye  Of  The  Storm"  "Wolf  Moon"  "A  Dying  Breed"  and  "The  Funeral  Cottage".  8  out  of  10.

    

Temnein Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
After receiving the final version of the album, we worked a lot on our live set, both in rehearsal room and in a professional stage as well to make a live pre-production. We did that to be ready for our first gigs with our new singer, the first one was a festival headlined by Benighted in July. This summer we've made a lyric video and shot a new video-clip with a professional director. We also prepared a lot of various stuff these last months: promotion matters, merchandising, lots of paper work for the label and booking related matters of course! So we were and we're still very busy since the recording!

2.You have a new album coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
There are less complexity on the songs, more atmospheric parts and also a darker mood that fits the album's concept. We tried to make something more homogenous than our 1st album with songs focused more on emotion than on pure technical aspect. Nevertheless we've kept several elements that we had in the past: fast & aggressive parts, twin guitar harmonies, guitar solos and a lot of melodies.

3.Your lyrics cover philosophy and duality themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Duality & philosophy were the theme of our first album, it was written by our former singer so this is not our lyrics theme anymore. The concept of “White Stained Inferno” is about illness and all the difficulties to live with it, especially when it's a rare/unknown disease and when you're trapped in a hospital for a while. Some of us have been confronted to this at different degrees and one of us had a very tough time at hospital a few years ago. It was obvious to write about it and tell about all the psychological and physical pain that involve a serious disease.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Temnein'?
Temnein is an Ancient Greek word, written "τέμνειν", meaning "to cut". Etymologically, you can find it in the French word "tome" (volume) which is "a book cut into tome", or "atome" as "something you can't cut". The word "temple" is also derived from it as "templum" is a place cut from the rest of the world.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We had the chance to play some very cool gigs: 3 shows in Japan in 2014, supporting Mors Principium Est & Beyond Creation, a festival in Belgium last year headlined by Eluveitie, Powerwolf, Leprous, Primordial... We also opened in France for great bands such as Benighted, Gorod, No Return and many more!
Our live performances changed radically since the arrival of our new singer. We chose to now play with a click track and some samples included in the album will be played. That involved a lot of work in rehearsal and we took our time to shape it as best as possible! We did only two shows with this new configuration and it went very well!
Overall, we tried to be energic as much as possible with a lot of movements, interactions within the band's members and make sure to focalize into the crowd. We don't want to perform while watching our instruments and with a lower interaction to the crowd.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Some French gigs are booked for the end of 2017 and next year. We aim to tour Europe next year and we're discussing with some agencies but nothing is signed yet! We'd love to play in festivals, an obvious goal for a band like us.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Massacre Records', how would you compare working with them to other labels that you have been a part of i the past?
Overall it's a similar way of working, but for the impact of the promotion it's quite different than our previous label (Mighty Music based in Danemark). The promotion/PR at Massacre is really bigger and we're very glad about that. We learned a lot from the PR from Mighty Music but we're more satisfied with Massacre. Nevertheless it's a bit early to really compare both labels on every aspects, the album cycle is far from over!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of progressive and melodic death metal?
We’ve been receiving several reviews almost every day since early October and we're overwhelmed by the album global feedback! Many reviewers liked what we did for this new album and had mentioned the diversity within the record, so we couldn't be happier! The reaction for the previous album (404 B.C.) was more mixed, that's something we understood now that this 1st album was released almost 4 years ago. We think we'll be more satisfied with White Stained Inferno than 404 B.C. in the coming years!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
It's a bit early to have a detailed plan of our future musical direction, but it could be something even more atmospheric, maybe with the addition of keyboards. We'll also try to make less long songs, creating something more direct and homogeneous. We'll see what the future brings!

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?
For the new album, Ghost Brigade or In Mourning are some of our new influences: still melodic death metal but with a more atmospheric/post-metal side.
Otherwise, our influences are classic bands in melodic death metal (At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Insomnium), some more progressive outfits (Opeth, Nevermore...) and more modern/NWOAHM stuff (Kataklysm, Darkest Hour, Chimaira).
We always listen to different type of music, whether it is Metal or not. And we also love to discover or re-discover bands or musical styles. Here are some bands that we listen at the moment: Words of Farewell, Secrets of the Sky, While She Sleeps, Native Construct, Zero 7 (Flo). After the Burial, Regarde les Hommes Tomber, Opeth, Carpenter Brut (James). Archspire, Leprous, Within the Ruins, Perturbator (Jocelyn). God is An Astronaut, Junius, Tesseract (Jul). Oathbreaker, Au-Dessus, The Black Dahlia Murder, Igorrr (Val).

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Our singer is also passionate about dubbing and acting. He's taking professional lessons and starts to play roles in music videos and short-movies. He's playing the main character in our latest video-clip, released on late October!
For the rest of the members, music is our main passion so we enjoy some classic interests (sports, gaming, travelling, video games, motorcycling...)

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for this interview, it's was a pleasure to answer! Cheers to all the readers of the webzine, see you on tour!


Monday, February 26, 2018

Squidhead/Cult[ist]/Phenix Promotion/2018 CD Review


  Squidhead  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  a  modern  and  melodic  mixture  of  death  metal  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Cult[ist]"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Phenix  Promotion.

  A  sci-fi  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later which  are  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  that  are  very  easy  to  understand  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  progressive  and  technical  fashion.

  All of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  industrial  elements  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  both  the  leads  and  riffs  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.

  On  this  recording  Squidhead  expands  on  their  modern  and  melodic  style  of  death  metal b y  adding  in  more  industrial  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Squidhead  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  industrial,  modern  and  melodic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abyssal  Worshipers"  "Lucid  Nightmares"  and  "Torn  Skies".  8  out  of  10.



  

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cadaver Putrefacto/La Maldicion del Zombi Errante/Brutal Records/2018 CD Review


  Cadaver  Putrefacto  are  a  band  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  very  brutal,  old  school  and  guttural  form  of  gore/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "La  Maldicion  del  Zombi"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Brutal  Records.

  A  very  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  guttural  death  metal  growls.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  chaotic  and  old  school  death  metal  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  screams  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  some  of  the riffing  also  beings  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as some  modern  elements  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  music  always remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Cadaver  Putrefacto  plays  a  style  of  brutal  death  metal  that  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences  while  also  capturing  some  of  the  more  modern  guttural  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  horror,  gore  and  deprivation  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Cadaver  Putrfacto  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal,  old  school  and  guttural  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sangriento  Frenesi"  "Gerontofilia"  "Cadaver  Putrefacto"  and  "La  Evolucion  Del  Dolor".  8  out  of  10. 

 

   

 

      

Beyond The Styx interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

A lot of work, we're a DIY band you know.
We're doing mor than 69% by our own: to the booking of our upcoming tour to the the merch design, via our new abum preorders.

It's a long process. But as they say: "No pain. No gain."



2.You have a new album coming out near the end of February, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

We have fundamentally evolved musically over the last 3 years.

The live forge a lot of things. Even we're always the same I think ... Our way of sounding has changed.

The departure of Anthony (former - lead guitar) for his side project: AO, related to our desire to perform a music ever more hardcore and much more catchy for live (whatever the kind of venue where we perform); necessarily influenced the composition of this album.

We want to share more than just music with our audience. We have something else to say and to interact with them. Hardcore is definitely more than music.

The meetings that we have been doing in recent years have revolutionized the way we compose music: more raw, more incise, more violent. Like the world around us.

The arrival of Victor (lead guitar) combined with the experience of David (rhythm guitar) gives a kind of 90's Hardcore Metal crossover in our musical expression, combined with our respectives fields of influences: Death Metal Oldschool, Hardcore Modern, Metalcore Oldschool and even Mathcore ...

Our progressive and modern influences belong to the past, now.





3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

"STIIGMA" addresses various crucial issues in this dark period of our history, such as: the arms race, the animal cause, the migration crisis, the media trap, the hypocrisy of international politics, the dystopia ...

So many topics that continue to animate the insatiable flow of this torrent of energy!

Take a look to our lyrics, that's definitely less metaphorical than during Leviathanima.

It is no longer time for us to hide.





4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Beyond The Styx'?

This is not the first (nor the last time) that I am asked this question.

It is not a nostalgic mythological delirium as many people tend to believe ... It's more a kind of philosophy: "Who are we? Where we stand on the border of the two worlds that split the Styx? Are we dying people waiting for the living or the living waiting to die?"

A whole lot of questions related to what makes the essence of our beings: life and death.





5.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 shows are often the most surprising.

Places where you do not expect much and where the alchemy between the crowd and the band suddenly takes shape.

In France regions such as Brittany or Alsace have offered us some nice surprises in this area. For overseas, Holland where we have a little over turned by the past we had also reserved a warm welcome!

Describe our shows?

A French expression says: "We can not be at the window and watch the world go".

It would be best to take the step and come to our meeting on stage.

One of the best live reviews I read was describing us as "a torrent of energy". I think that introduces us rather well. For the rest, I'm waiting for you!





6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

To be sincere: yes!

More in France, that goes without saying...
Already more than twenty gigs and several festivals of national fame. Take a look at the "STIIGMA TOUR 2018".

And if not a few touches in Europe for the end of the year, probably even festivals for 2019 ... Hope this will happen by then. We look forward to defending STIIGMA beyond our borders!





7.The new album is coming out on 3 different labels, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

It's not exactly that.

Let's say that Klonosphere is indeed our national label, but our physical distribution is mainly through Season Of Mist (which did not sign us).

Regarding Diorama records, it's a different story. That of a beautiful meeting between hardcore metal fans. They are the worldwide distribution of our new album in tape format from Indonesia.

An exceptional country that we are looking forward to discover ...





8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metalcore and deathcore?

We have very good returns from America, Germany and Japan where we already sell, even if we can not still tour there for now.

England, Canada, Indonesia, Spain and Eastern Europe are also quite present in streaming ...

I don't think we talk a lot to deathcore fans, we don't have deathcore technicals codes or deathcore bands values. We leave that to others.

We are a hybrid "hardore metal" band, metalcore if it's easier for some ...
But the Metalcore (just like the post Hardcore) have been soiled by years of mainstream stereotypes, and the simple fact of evoking these music genres now causes me nausea.

Even if fortunately for us some bands still ardently defend the essence of this extreme music.

I think finally, that we address ourselves not only to the aficionados "deathcore" and "metalcore", the returns of the audience in gigs proves it to us.

We are speaking more to the passionate about live music than to the fans of media appearances.





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

As I have said in the past, most likely in something harder, ever more violent, dark, incisive, groovy and exacerbated.

The "powerful and corrupt" men of our society don't do each other any favors, they reassure themselves. We neither!

The experimental will always have a place to play in BTSTYX ...

We do not want to lock ourselves in the shackles of Hardcore Metal. But when simple things sound, nothing serves to make it more complicated as long as it remains spontaneously heavy. That's Rock!





10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Lots of things...

We are 5 members with tastes and colors of literally different influences ...

If I had to summarize in only about ten groups our few common influences over the last 3 years, I would spontaneously say: Harms Way, Hatebreed, Sworn Enemy, Walls Of Jericho, Nasty, Orange Code, Sepultura, Knocked Loose, Power Trip, Cancer Bats, Slayer ...

Outside the fields of extreme music, we really listen to everything from classical to hip-hop music.

Not to mention our disproportionate passion for the flute and the music of the 80s.





11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We are a team of teachers and social workers ...

We are therefore necessarily activists, because of our professionals activities.

News, the social divide, geopolitics, ecology, the animal cause ...

And more relaxing things for the mind: fantastic, horror and comedy cinema, good food (vegetarian especially!), video games, mangas, comics ... With a lot of dark humor on the road.





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

Support the difference & the different forms of artistic expressions.

Don't be subdued by the medias.

Open your mind. Support your local scene.

Hardcore is more than just music. Together we can everything!

See you soon on tour!




Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kingdom/Putrescent Remains Of Dead Ground/Godz Of War Productions/2018 CD Review


  Kingdom  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  blasphemous  form  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Putrescent  Remains  Of  Dead  Ground"  which  will  be  released  in March  by  Godz  of  War  Productions.

  Melodic  riffing  along  with  some  grim  black  metal s creams  starts  off  the  album   while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  having  their  guttural  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard,  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  and one  tack  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  they  also  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Immortal's  "Blashyrkh".

  On  this  recording  Kingdom  expands  on  their  blasphemous  style  of  death  metal  by  adding  in  more  black  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  death,  darkness,  blasphemy  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kingdom  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  blasphemous  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Walls  Of  Askalon"  "Black  Light  To  The  Rotten  Wombs  Of  Disgrace"  and  "Karma  Slayer".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Battlesword/Banners Of Destruction/2016 CD Review


  Battlesword  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  melodic form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Banners  Of  Destruction".

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  easy  to  understand  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  screams  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  as  well  as  some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  a  brief instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Battlesword  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  more  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  instead  of  the  more  modern  form  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self released  recording  while  the lyrics  cover  death  and  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Battlesword  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spirit  To  The  Flesh"  "Grave  New  World"  "Left  For  The  Vultures"  and  "Enemy  Divine".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mors Subita Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

First of all, we went through a quite long process of finding a label for the upcoming album. After we shook hands with Inverse Records, we´ve been working hard on the release of the album, producing video material, organizing the upcoming shows etc.

All in all, it´s going great at the moment and we´re very excited about the new material and the fact that we get to hit the stages again. 

2.You have a new album coming out in April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

It´s more melodic than its predecessors for sure. I am constantly trying to find the perfect balance between beautiful melodies and aggressive riffs and I think this time it worked out better than ever before. The album as a whole is more solid which is probably due to the fact that the band as its current line up since 2014. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Mostly life in general; human fates, personal struggles etc. Our lyrics tend to lean towards the darker side of life but there´s also hope amongst all the suffering.

4.I know that the bands name means 'Sudden Death' in Latin, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?

Very well I think. It hits you when you least expect it.

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

After our previous album we got to play the biggest heavy metal stage in Finland in Tuska Open Air. I think that was one of the best experiences so far. We are very energetic on stage and we try to exchange that energy with the audience as much as possible.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Yes, first we tour Finland in april and may and then in the end of may we head to Japan with Turisas, Beast In Black and a few other bands. Then it´s time for the summer festivals. We are releasing the finnish show dates soon.

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

Very good. Both previous albums had great reviews and the overall feedback has awesome. I hope we will continue on the same route with our new album.

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?

Wolfheart is preparing to record its 3rd album. Thyrane is playing some shows in Finland. Funeral for the Masses is working on new material. Eternal tears of Sorrow is on a hiatus for now.

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

All killers no fillers.


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?

Everyone in our band has their own go-to bands but I think that for many of us the 90´s melodeath sound has been a big influence. Nowadays we listen to all types of music. For me it varies from extreme deathmetal to fusion jazz. 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Cars.

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

If you want our band to continue making music, pre-order our album and come to our shows.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Pungent Stench/"Club Mondo Bizarre" For Members Only/Dissonance Productions/2018 CD Re-Issue Review


  This  is  the  final  review  of  a  recording  from  Austria's  Pungent  Stench  which  showed  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  death'n'roll  direction  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  1994  and  was  called  "Club  Mondo  Bizarre"  For  Members  Only"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  March  of  2018  by  Dissonance  productions  and  the  newer  version  has  live  tracks  recorded  in  1992.

  Groove  orientated  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  70's  rock  influenced  guitar  leads  while  the  death  metal  growls  are  very  easy  to  understand  along  with  some  blast  beats  when  the  music  speeds  up  as  well  a s spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  bass  guitars  are  used  as  a  lead  instrument  along  with  the  songs  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced   direction  and  some  songs  still  show  some  of  the  bands  more  grindcore  influenced  past  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of melodic  vocals  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  funk  rock  and  the  live  tracks  consists  of  songs  from  the  first  2  full  lengths  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Carnivore's  "Race  War".

  On  this  recording  Pungent  Stench  went  for  more  of  a  style  that  could  be  referred  to  as  death'n'roll  and  where  also  pioneers  of  this  genre  which  other  bands  over  the  years  would  take  into  a  different  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  perversion,  gore,  depravity  and  sick  humour  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Pungent  Stench  and  will  longtime  fans  may  already  own  this  recording  I  would  recommend  it  to  younger  people  who  missed out  on  this  album  when  it  was  released  more  than  20  years  ago.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "True  Life'  "I,m  A  Family  Man"  "In  The  Search  Of  The  Perfect  Torture"  and  "Fuck  Bizarre".  8  out  of  10.

   

Pungent Stench/Dirty Rhymes And Psychotronic Beats/Dissonance Productions/2018 EP Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Austria's  Pungent  Stench  which  was released  in  1993  and  called  "Dirty  Rhymes  And  Psychortronic  Beats"  which  was  an  ep  consisting  of  a  couple  of  original,  re=mixes  and  covers  and  the  re-issue  will  be  released  in  March  by  Dissonance  Productions  which  also  adds  a  few  live  tracks  recorded  in  1993.

 A  horror  movie  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  a  few  seconds  later before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  is  also  influenced  by  70's  rock  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  easy  to  understand  death metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  they  also  bring  in  Warning  and  Mentors  covers,  goth  rock  style  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  techno  and  electronic  music  elements.

 At  times  the  bass  guitars  are  used  as  a  lead  instruments  at  times along  with  the  riffs  also bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  groove,  the  bonus  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  is  also  a  power  ballad  which  also b rings  in  clean  male  and  female  vocals  and  the  live  tracks  where  recorded  in  1993.

  On  this  recording  Pungent  Stench  still  was  mostly  influenced  by  death  metal  and  grindcore  mostly  but  also  get  more  experimental  and  changed  their  style  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  perversion,  depravity,  gore  and  sick  humour  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was a   very  great  sounding  recording  from  Pungent  Stench  and  while  it  was  not  quite  as  a  good  as  their  previous  release,  it  was  still  a  good  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Why  Can  The  Bodies  Fly"  and  "Horny  Little Piggie  Bank".  8  out  of  10.     

  

Pungent Stench/Been Caught Buttering/Dissonance Productions/2018 CD Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Austria's  Pungent  Stench  which  kept  a  lot  of  the  death  metal  and  grindcore  style  of t heir  previous  releases  while  also  adding  in  more  catchy  and  memorable  songs  this  time  around  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  1991  and  called  "Been  Caught  Buttering"  and  the  re-issue  will  be  released  in  March  by  Dissonance  Productions  and  also  brings  in  a  couple  of  bonus  studio  songs  and  a  few  live  tracks  from  1991.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal growls  a  few  seconds  later  which  are  also  very  easy  to  understand  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  as  well  as  the  solos  being  done  in  a  very  raw  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  tracks  also  showing  both  the  riffs  and  leads  incorporating  more  groove  which  almost  sounds  like  stoner  rock  which  was  not  really  a  genre  in  those  days,  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  on  some  tracks  the  bass  guitars  also  bring  in  some  leads  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  70's  influences  can  also  be heard  and  all  of  the  live  tracks  where  from  their  earlier  material.   

  On  this  recording  Pungent  Stench  kept  mostly  to  a  death  metal  and  grindcore  style  while  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  perversion,  depravity,  gore  and  sick  humour  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Pungent  Stench  and  while  most  long  time  fans  have  the  original  version  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  death  metal  and  grindcore  fans  that  have  not  heard this  classic.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shrunken  And  Mummified  Bitch"  "Brainpan  Blues"  "Sputter  Supper" and  "Splatterday  Night  Fever".  8/9 out  of  10.  

Pungent Stench/For God Your Soul...For Me Your Flesh/Dissonance Productions/2018 Double CD Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Austria's  Pungent  Stench  which  continues  the  grindcore  and  death  metal  mixture  of  the  demo's  and  splits  but  also  showing  more  progress  as  musicians  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  1990  and  called  "For  God  Your  Soul..For  me  Your  Flesh"  which  will be  re-issued  in March  2018  by  Dissonance  Productions  and  the  re-issue  is  a  double  album  consisting  of  the  original  version,  the  1993  remastered  version  and  a  couple  of  live  shows  from  1989.

  A  horror  movie  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in a   very  dark  yet  chaotic  fashion along  with  the  faster  sections  of the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  Open  note  riffing  is  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  bass  guitars  also  being  used  as  a  lead  instrument  at  times  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  start  utilizing  more  groove  and  the  live  tracks  demonstrate  a  more  raw  style and  the  re-mastered  version  also  brings  in  a  more  professional  sounding  production  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  On  this  recording  Pungent  Stench  kept  their  grindcore  elements  while  the  death  metal  influences  started  having  a  more  dominant  presence  on  this  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  perversion,  gore  and  sick  humour  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Pungent  Stench  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hypnos"  "Pungent  Stench"  "Blood,  Pus  And  Gastric  Juice"  and  "A  Small  Lunch".  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Pungent Stench/First Recordings/Dissonance Productions/2018 CD Compilation Review


  Pungent  Stench  where  a  band  from  Austria  that  started  out  in  more  of  a  grindcore  and death  metal  mixture  style  before  evolving with  later  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  compilation  album  "First  Recordings"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Dissonance  productions  and  consists  of  material  recorded  between  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  death  metal  growls  also  being  introduced  onto  the  recording  while  the  bass  guitars a re  also  used  as  a  lead  instruments  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard.

  Screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  bass  guitars  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  funk  elements  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  the  mid  80's  style  of  death  metal  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  horror  movie  samples  can  be  heard  briefly  and  they  also  bring  in  some  live  tracks.

  On  this  compilation  Pungent  Stench  seemed  to  be  more  in  a  grindcore  style  while  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  are  utilized  as  well  as  the  music  being  more  raw  than  later  material,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics cover  gore, perversion  and  sick  humour  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Pungent  Stench  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pulsating  Protoplasma"  "Festered Offals"  "Embalmed  in Sulfuric  Acid"  and  "Extreme  Deformity".  8  out  of  10.

      

Bloodhunter/The End Of Faith/Xtreem Music/2017 CD Review


  Bloodhunter  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  End  Of  Faith"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  adding  in  a  touch  of  thrash.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  can  be  heard  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  an  instrumental,  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  movie  samples  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Death's  "Crystal  Mountain".

  Bloodhunter  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  s  very  modern  but also  heavily  influenced  by  the  old  school  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bloodhunter  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  "The  End  Of  Faith"  "The  Queen  Beast"  "Spirits  Of  Sin"  and  "Possessed  by  Myself".  8  out  of  10.    

Teratoma 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 ep?
- Greetings, thanks for the interest in our band. Since we finished the recording of "In the inside ... Reborn the flesh" we got down to work on composing new songs for a next job and also preparing some songs for the next shows .

2.In December you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
- We don’t think the sound of this new EP varies much from our previous work. Of course, there is a little evolution in these years but they will find the sound of Teratoma, death metal with riffs influenced by grindcore and brutal death metal, the sound of the first years of death metal, basically.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band covered on the new release?
- Our lyrics are created by our singer. They have, almost always, dealt with issues of human suffering, the dark and morbid side of society, the cruelty of the church and some lyrics based on old horror films, all taken to the extreme.

4.The band was broken up for 14 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
- The year 2002 was a difficult year, a few days before starting the recording of what would have been the second album of the band, our guitarrist Juanma was leaving the band. Consequently that recording did not go forward as the band wanted and we completely undid that recording. The bandmates entered a state of discouragement that caused the split-up. A great question, the return of the band (..... laughs); one day, we met again at a birthday party and the beer did the rest…we had spoken many times but nothing serious until that day.

5.Originally the band was called 'Suffering', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Teratoma'?
- Well, actually the band started to call itself Teratoma, but we were not convinced by that name and we decided to change it to Suffering. But this change did not last, there were too many groups called suffering and we went back to our old name. It seems a typical story but the name was taken from the medical book of a relative of a member of the band, it seemed a rather hard name for a death metal band.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has payed over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
- In our history we have had many performances that we have enjoyed. We would not know to  pick one in particular, there have been many anecdotes (... laughs) and we have always enjoyed the bands we have shared the stage with; we always try to unload all our rage on our shows and try to be intense and crushing.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
- Of course, we are preparing some shows but we can not advance anything since they are being closed and also the participation in some summer festival as the "Move your fucking brain" in Spain.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal and grindcore?
- They have always been very positive, luckily, a lot of people likes the music of the band. It has always been better outside of our country but that is something normal here in Spain.
9.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
- As I already mentioned, since the recording of our EP was finished we have started the composition of new songs with the intention of editing a new album maybe before the end of this year. We hope to continue enjoying playing our music, work hard on it without setting too many goals to reach.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
- Our influences are the ones we've always had, we're unoriginal in that (... laughs) the old thrash, death metal and grindcore bands of the 80s and 90s of course, Sodom, Bolt thrower, Inmolation, incantation, Death and many more. But from the new bands we like, they are not really an influence for us, at least, we do not see it that way.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
- Each of us has their own tastes in music, horror movies, videogames, football  and others sport games... Some of us have children and most of the time it takes time to be with our families.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
- First of all, thank you for this interview and the interest in our band, thanks also to the readers and we hope you like our music and, above all, that you buy the originals and support the bands live shows.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Beyond The Styx/Stiigma/Klonosphere/Season of Mist Distribution/Diorama Records/2018 CD Review


  Beyond  The  Styx  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  metalcore  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Stiggma"  which  will  be  released  on  February  23rd  as  a  joint  effort  between  Klonosphere,  Season  of  Mist  Distribution  and  Diorma  Records.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  metalcore  sound  starts off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  hardcore  style  vocals  which  also  use  death  metal  growls  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  mid  tempo  sections  of the  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  deathcore.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  elements  of  thrash  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  piano  but  gets  back  to  being  heavier  for  the  remaining  of  the  recording.

  Beyond  The  Styx  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  deathcore  and  metalcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Beyond  The  Styx  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  deathcore  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Poison  IV"  "Danse  Macabre"  "Lightmare"  and  "Checkfate".  7/5  out  of  10.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Formis/Chaozium/Defense Records/2017 CD Review


  Formis  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  mixture  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  on  this  recording  starts  incorporating  more   black  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Chaozium"  which  was  released  by  Defense  Records.

  Heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  being  a  thrash  style  singing  and  death  metal  growls  as well  as  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  style.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  bring  in  a touch  of  black  metal.

  On  this  recording  Formis  sticks  to  the  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  while  also  getting  more  black  metal  influenced  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  sadness  and  pestilence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding from  Formis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal ,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skaven"  "Epigon"  and  "Chaozium".  8  out  of  10.