Saturday, January 27, 2018

Mors Subita/Into The Pitch Black/Inverse Records/2018 CD Review


  Mors  Subita  are a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  modern  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018 album  "Into  The  Pitch  Black"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Inverse  Records.

  An  acoustic  guitar  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  thrash  elements  as  well  as  some  growling  vocals  while  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  groove  metal  as  well  as  some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  start  utilizing  more  screams,  synths  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Mors  Subita  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  modern  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  personal  struggles  and  relationship  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mors  Subita  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  modern  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  Humanity  Weeps"  "Into  The  Pitch  Black"  "Vultures"  and  "The  Void".  7.5  out  of  10.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Hautajaisyo/Matkalla Kohti Hautaa/Inverse Records/2018 CD Review


  Hautajaisyo  are  a  band  from  Finland  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  a  melancholic  mixture  of melodic  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2018  album  "Matkalla Kohti  Hautaa"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Inverse  Records.

  An  acoustic  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  angry  shouts  while  the  music also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  mixing  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  together  and  one  track  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  singing.

  On  this  recording  Hautajaisyo  takes  a  melancholic  and  melodic  style  of  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written in  Finnish  and  cover  death,  melancholy,  depression,  suicide  and  failure  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hautajaisyo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tunteeton"  "Jos  Voison  Silmani  Ummistaa"  "Kuolleena  Haudattu"  and  "Vain  Tuhkasi  Sinusta  Muistutta".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Galvanizer/Sanguine Vigil/Everlasting Spew Records/2018 CD Review


  Galvanizer  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  gore/grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Sanguine  Vigal"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Everlasting  Spew  Records.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  brutal  grindcore  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  screams  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  era.

  Throughout  the  recording  you can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  sticking  to  a  very  old  school  death  metal  style but  also  having  their  dark  and  melodic  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  horror  movie  samples  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Galvanizer  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  death  metal  and  gore/grind,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Galvanizer  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  gore/grind  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mood  For  The  Blade"  "Sanguine  Vigil"  "Gorefestation"  and  "A  Painful  End  For  Curiosity".  8  out  of  10. 

    

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

NightShade Interview

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


Since we recorded the album « 1426 », we start planned upcoming tours accross the globe, signed with some PR and distributor to get the most exposure possible, and decided to make with E.I.E Production (team who worked with Konami and on some Yu-Gi-Oh projects) a japanese anime serie with all our songs (so ten at the end) to finallly get a short movie of 40 minutes when all of them will be released,


2.You have a new album coming out in 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?


The musical sound is metal in my opinion.
The guitars and bass, as well as the drums sounds are more agressive than previous albums, more gain and distortion, and the voice are more « audible ».
It differ in some different way, first, our previous album had always a positive message to deliver, like fighting for your dreams, always going forward, but this one is way darker, more melancolic,
There is few brutal songs but also some calm ones, and the story behind « 1426 » is not that happy.

But I think that somewhere, we keep our identity, and someone who listened to the band before can tell it's us, they will jsut see an other face of the band,


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


Like i said in the previous question, instead of talking about positivity etc,,, like we did in the previous albums, this one is more about depression, wanted to to giving up, suicide, being saved by his best friends etc...
The whole album telling the story of a man who lost his loved one, and going into depression, trying to figure it out what happened in his life to arrrive to this point.
He's being saved by the strengh of his best friends but then realised it's not enough and kill himself at Aokigahara cause without his loved one, he can't live anymore,


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'NightShade'?


I'm a huge fan of the Japanese band X-Japan,
Their guitarist « hide » (RIP) screamed on the camera « NightShade » before starting onne of his solo project song, and i thinked at the time that it was a cool name for a 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?


We had tons of crazy shows, but i would say that the « China/Japan Tour » we did two years ago, was INSANE ! We went in so many cities, and thinked it would never have anybody coming, but instead of that, all our shows was packed and the people at the shows was going nuts from the beginning till the end !


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


Yes of course, we are working on some tours as we're talking now, and they should be announce really soon,


7.Currently the band is signed to 'Marked Man Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Yes of course. We were before that signed on Bullet Tooth Records, but then when we released Predilections we had to find a new label.
I realised that instead of signing on a new one, i should make one and find distributor,
So i created Marked Man Records, got a worldwide deal with Musicast for PREDILECTIONS and a deal with Season Of Mist and Sony Music for the upcoming one.

So I can keep an eyes on the numbers and now exactly where we have to push more promotion.

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


It's been amazing, every day we get more and more people folllowing us on Twitter, Instagram, FB etc.. and we are thanksfull for everyone of them !
We're doing our maximum to share the best music possible, so when you realise people like it, there is no better emotion !!


9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


No, we' re all exclusively working for NightShade, except some featuring here and there sometime, but that's it,


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


Seriously i can't tell... Music industry is so much factors, I just hope people will keep following us, listen to our music and come to our shows to share the vibe with us :)


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?


We have tons of influence, but I would say ainly Metalcore, Deathcore and metal in general.
About music we're listening to, haha, we love rap and electro music,
Bands like G-Eazy, Cardy B, PNL, Arianna Grande, Justin Bieber (yeah yeah sorry but not sorry), Aerochord and many more,
But of course we're listening to many metal bands such as Architects, Crystal Lake, BMTH, Thy Art Is Murder, Emmure,,,


12.What are some of your non musical interests?


Tattoo, Skateboarding, traveling, Anime, Video Games and of course... Party !



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

Just would like to thank you for the interview and thanks everyone reading this, supporting the band by anyway ! We hope you'll love the new album, we put our heart and soul into it, and really think it's our best album in time.
See you at a show !

Killing Gandhi Interview

Answered by Kasper (Bass) and Martin (guitars)

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

Kasper: Most of the activity in the band, after the recordings of the new album, has been behind the computer screen. We really did put an effort in making an attractive press kit, to find a record label we found suitable for this next Killing Gandhi release. We are really happy that we ended up at Massacre Records in Germany.

2.You have a new album coming out in 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?

Martin: The writing and recording of this album only took us a year to do. We started mid-February '16 and was done with the whole process mid-February '17.  When I write I tend to record some basic ideas into Pro Tools and then I start arranging parts (verse, chorus, breaks...etc.) when that's done I usually arrange drums and the keyboards, then bass and in the end vocals. This time around I did guitars, keys, vocals, added some drum ideas in EZ-Drummer and handed over the drum writing part to Rasmus (drums). We then went over his parts in the studio together with Jacob Hansen (producer). The bass parts were done while recording the album itself.
The way we've done it this time actually makes it sound heavier and laid back, because of Rasmus' drumming technique and playing style, than our debut album "Cinematic Parallels".
The atmosphere on the entire album is very dark sounding. The theme for the album was already chosen when I started writing the music, and that did make the writing process very easy. Also, Jacob Hansen has outdone himself, prior to our first release which he also mixed.

3.The lyrics on the new album have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

Martin: This release is somewhat of a concept album. The songs them selfs, don't need to be heard in full context (the entire album from start to end) to have a meaning, as they singular tell a story which can mean one thing and together with the other songs another.
The concept is based on the paintings of Vilhelm Hammershøi and his somewhat dark and mysterious approach, and my own story of depression with a portion of fiction as well.










4.Can you tell us a little bit more about why you chose the name 'Killing Gandhi'?

Martin: There are two stories to that question:
1. It's an "advanced" version of a scene from the movie "Fight Club".
The two main characters talk about who they would fight, and one of the says "I'd fight Gandhi!" My approach to that was what is more provocative than fighting? THAT would be killing, and that's all there is to it..... Many will be provoked about this name, and that's exactly what the intention was from the beginning, AND you will probably remember our name for exactly that reason. It's all about branding!
2. The more "romantic" version.
Do you think the way we live in the western world is living in harmony with Gandhi's ideologies? or are we Killing Gandhi?

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?

Kasper: The majority of our shows have been played in Denmark since we are still at the beginning of the band’s history. Mostly with a successful outcome We have had great feedback from the audience as well as the press. Our stage performance is solid, powerful and energetic! We are all experienced musicians and have done a lot of touring with our previous bands.

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

Kasper: Definitely! We have recently signed a deal with EAM, a larger booking agency based in Germany, which hopefully will provide us with more shows in the near future, making us hit the road to promote the new album as soon as possible. Both touring and festival shows should be on the Killing Gandhi agenda in 2018.

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

Kasper: Really great. Our debut album “Cinematic Parallels” only gained top score reviews…..not a single review was below average! Unfortunately, the promotion of our first album was a little poor, so the attention it got was limited.

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?

Kasper: Right now it’s only Rasmus Schmidt (drums) who is playing with another act (Illdisposed). The other bands we’ve been with, are not really part of our music career anymore.







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

Kasper: You just never know! We are very open-minded when it comes to writing new music. We’ll almost certainly stick to the Melo-death genre, but how the material and sound turn out, is part of the “free” process.

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?

Kasper & Martin: Metal acts like Arch Enemy, In Flames, Soilwork, Dimmu Borgir, Devin Townsend a.o., are a big inspiration, but we also look in non-metal directions like Daft Punk, Robyn and Le Matos when we are trying to get inspired for writing new music.

11.What are some of your nonmusical interests?

Kasper: I really enjoy doing different kinds of sports (Soccer, Skiing, Hockey). Cooking is something I dig too…..and the more “nerdy” side of me is really interested in History and Geography.

Martin: Me, my self and I, or whatever the day brings…..

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

Kasper: Check out our new album, and stay safe and positive!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Necropanther/Eyes Of Blue Light/2018 Full Length Review


  Necropanther  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  melodic  and  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Eyes  Of  Blue  Light"  which  will  be  released  in  February.

  Thrash  influenced  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  mixes  in a   great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  along  with t he  fast  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental.

  Necropanther  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  along  with  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  based  on  Frank  Herbert's  "Dune"  novel.

  In  my  opinion  Necropanther  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Good  As  Dead"  "Hunter  Seeker"  "Water  of  Life"  and  "Strange  Gods".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Killing Gandhi/Aspirations Of Failure/Massacre Records/2018 CD Review


  Killing  Gandhi  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Aspirations  Of  Failure"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Massacre  Records.

  An  atmospheric  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  synths  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.

  Vocals  are  mostly death  metal  growls  and  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well a s  the  music  also  mixing  in  influences  from  other  genres  of  metal  and  there  is  also  a  couple  of  brief  instrumentals  as  the  album  progresses,  clean  vocals  can  also  be heard  briefly.

  Killing  Gandhi  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  very  modern  sounding  along  with  elements  of  other  metal  genres,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Killing  Gandhi  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  "Let  Me  Tell  You"  "The  Great  Escape"  "My  True  Being"  and  "Building  My  Own  Fate".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dead Meat Interview

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

Well, I'm not going to talk about our biography because it's pretty long, but I will state that the band was formed in 1993 and after a few setbacks we launched the first demo in 1997 and simply called it 'promo-tape'97';  in 2001 we released the Demo CD 'Neurotic...'; in 2003 we released the EP 'I Liberate your Soul to Condemn your Flesh'; the musical maturity 'Gory Artwork' was released in MiniCD in 2007; in 2009 we launched a CD with 75 minutes that groups themes from all our songs and a live concert in Vigo (Spain). Finally, in December 2017, we launched our first album named 'Preachers of Gore' that we are now promoting! Our band went through rough times where the changes in line-up were responsible for some delays in releases and the band's progress; however, determination made our band to survive till this very day and will continue to carry the name ''Dead Meat'' even further.


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?

Finally, on December 13th 2017, our first full length album named 'Preachers of Gore' was released, with 10 themes and 1 intro. Despite the fact that most themes aren't very recent, this work is more impressive than anything we had in the past due to sheer musical resoluteness which is something we hadn't achieved before. I find this album complex enough to be brutal with rhythmic sections that complement each other and deserve more attention!



3.This is your first release since 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Well, it was a long time until the release of the album, but the band wasn't exactly inactive! When the second guitarist and the drummer left the band, this came to trouble and delay the release of the album! Besides the numerous concerts performed by the band, it was a period of reflection and preparation of some of the new themes that are part of this new work!

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with the music?

Madness, disease, necrophilia, cannibalism, perversion, torture, etc. These topics are common for any Death-Metal band, but we try to describe the way we relate to them and approach them! I don't mean that we want to pass some kind of message or want to change something; I believe these are issues that sometimes cause discomfort and are avoided because of that!



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dead Meat'?

Dead Meat was the name chosen among us: it prevailed from the beginning and we never had the need to change it!
We joined together under this name to start a project that still lasts to this very day. We want to make the music that influenced us in the past by countless bands.. Death, Carcass, Terrorizer, Mortician, Cannibal Corpse, Crytopsy, Disgorge, Deicide, Agathocles, Deranged and so many others that influence us as people and musicians in Dead Meat.

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?

The fact that our concerts extend over 40 minutes on average has a positive impact because they are very intense and this is the message that our music passes for those who go to our concerts!
For me, there are no good or bad concerts, as we face them the same way whether playing for 10 or 1000 people, though sometimes funny things happen that make us remind them! I remember a situation in which during a performance with the headbanging I hair got stuck on the guitar of the other guitar player! We even had to stop the music to unstick my hair!!

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

At the moment we will be at the main festivals of the genre in Portugal. We have an agenda to be filled for this year in which we want to include performances outside of Portugal. We are therefore available, so anyone interested do contact us!

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

This album was printed in 1000 copies and is available worldwide, so we are waiting to know what impact and feedback we will get from the listeners! The first critics that have come to me have been very positive and so we will wait and see what the future holds!

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

That's unpredictable. I would say we will be always looking for something! Based on our musical roots, I think the need to improvise will always be a constant and that is what will build our music in the future.







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?

Well, the most common styles we hear are Death Metal in some forms such as Brutal, Technician, Gore, etc. I would like to refer to some bands as favorites of the various elements of the band and that in a way influenced the current sound of Dead Meat. They are Devourment, Dying Fetus, Gravitational Distortion, Beyond Creation, Obscura, Nile, Cannibal Corpse, Avulsed, Suffocation, Six Feet Under, Cerebral Bore, Abominable Putridity, Cephalotripsy, ...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Humm besides music, drinking beers with friends, watching movies, not much to say…

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

First of all, thanks for your support, for those reading this interview, I hope to meet you soon in a Dead Meat concert.
This album will have some Clips, the first one to be released in February will have its own theme 'Preachers of Gore'.
Cheers to everyone and stay brutal!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Karkaos/Children Of The Void/2017 Full Length Review


  Karkaos  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  melodic and  symphonic  form  of  death  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Children  Of  The  Void".

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  which  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melodic  female  vocals.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  which  also  gets  very  technical  at  times  while  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  prog  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  some  clean  guitars  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  some  of  the  mid  tempo  sections  also  add  in  a  touch  of  deathcore  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  back  up  shouts.

  Karkaos  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  and  symphonic  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own  along  with  some  technical,  prog  and  deathcore  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark themes.

  In  my  opinion  Karkaos  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  symphonic,  prog  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skymaster"  "Children  Of  The  Void"  "Where  Mushrooms  Grow"  and  "Bound  By  Stars".  8  out  of  10.  .  

Suicidal Causticity Interview

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

We are a Italian death metal band from Florence. Our current line up, Dario Lastrucci (bass), founder of the band, Thomas Passanisi (drums), Edoardo scali & Elia murgia (guitars) and me, Gorgo (vocals). From our birth in 2011 to nowadays we had a deadly triple switch of line up and we release two asskicking LP, “The Spiritual Decline”, our debut album and “The Human Touch” (that you so lovingly reviewed!).



2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings that you have released so far?

Since the beginning people labelled us as brutal death metal. Of course this not false, but we prefere to describe us as “simply” death metal, trying to play all the possible shades from old school death metal to modern technical death metal. Our trademark is variety.



3.This was your first release since 2013, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Troubles of course! 3 line up changes and an exhausting recording session with a lot of technical problems and bad luck. Shit happens, fortunately we survived and now we are stronger than before.


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

As the autor of the concepts I’m pretty obsessed with psychosomaticism and its processes. In other words, how something psychological can gradually become something physical, maybe violent or sick or else.


5.Originally the band was known as 'Orodreth', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Suicidal Causticity'?

Orodreth was the original project created Dario more than 10 years ago.  The change symbolizes the end of an era and the beginning of an another. Why we choose it? Because it sounded good ahaha!


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?

A lot of shows but I think that the most important since now was our partecipation at the Purulent Deathfest II in London. It was fun, it was good, with a lot of people gathered in front of us just to listen some good italian death metal.
Our stage performance, more or less, is concentrated on giving our best offering the best music with best wall of sound possible.



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

We’re seriously thinkng about touring in this year, yes, and we’re currently considering many offers and options. But now it’s soon, for the moment we prefere to promote the music in our country.



 8.The new album was released on 'Amputated Vein Records', how would you compare working with them to 'Ghastly Music?

GM is a sub-unit of AV, pratically is the same thing more or less. They’re nice guys, helping you a lot in distribution and promotion.


9.On a worldwide elvel how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal?

Who listened to us always got good words for us. This is great of course, but there’s a lot of really good and excellent death metal bands out there, included Italy. So it’s not enough to write a 5-star album to gain feedback. You have to work hard for it. But I consider it a fortune: an environment with a lot of great bands motivates you to improve your level.



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

We’re working hard on our third album. With “The Human Touch” with defined our sound and now it’s time to explore it’s potential.
There will be a great revolution inside, you will see!


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listneing to nowadays?


At the beginning Nile, Death, Cannibal Corpse and Dying Fetus. Of course we still listen to them, but I can’t say that we are still influenced. We work really hard on creating our personal sound and we’re pretty confident about the road we took.


 12.What are some of your non musical interests?


Working.


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

Thanks for the review and the interview, thanks to all our fans that follow us and support the underground scene.
We’ll meet again with the third LP \m/
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Requiem/Global Resistance Rising/F.D.A Records/2018 CD Review


  Requiem  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  an brutal  form  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Global  Resistance  Rising"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  F.D.A  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  have  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  to  them  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  and  on  the  closing  track  a  brief  use  of  radio  samples  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.

  Requiem  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  grindcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  society,  death  and  killing  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Requiem  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "For  The  Blind  To  See"  "Vultures"  "Salvation  In  Vein"  and  "Fire  In  The  Hole".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Friday, January 12, 2018

NightShade/1426/Marked Man Records/2018 CD Review


  NightShade  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  metalcore  and  deathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "!426"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Marked  Man  Records.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drums  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  hardcore  style  screams  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a decent  amount  of  melody  and  shouts  are  also  used  at  times.

  Elements  of  metalcore  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo sections  of  the  songs  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats,  elements  of  electronic  music  can  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic fashion  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  a  later  track  also  brings  symphonic  elements  onto the  recording.

  NightShade  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  are  a  concept  album  involving  a  divorce  and  a  suicide.

  In  my  opinion  NightShade  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  "1426"  "Purpose"  "Ruins"  and  "Moonchild".  7/5  out  of  10.    

Dominant/The Summoning/Lacerated Enemy Records/2018 EP Review


  Dominant  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  technical form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "The  Summoning"  which  was  released  by  Lacerated  Enemy  Records.

  A  horror  orientated  soundtrack  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  technical  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  grindcore  elements  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  groove  and  melody and  as  the  ep  progresses  some  of  the  growls also get  more  guttural.

  Dominant  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  technical  sounding  and  also  mixing both modern  and  old  school  elements  together,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horrors  inside  human  minds.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Fallen Utopia/Disequilibrium/Cursed Records/2017 CD Review

 Fallen  Utopia  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  a  modern  form  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  thrash  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Disequilibrium"  which  was  released  by  Cursed  Records.

  Death  metal  growls  along  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  A  lot  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  some  of t he  songs  also  bringing  in    decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  piano's  and  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Fallen  Utopia  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  modern  style  of  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  elements  of  melodic  black  metal  and  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  scientific  and  philosophical  themes.   

  In  my opinion  Fallen  Utopia  are  a  very  great  sounding  modern  death  metal  band  with  elements  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dr.  Muller's  Asylum"  "Omnivore" "Macrocosm"  "Blood  Cult"  and  "From  Void  TO  Chaos".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Suicidal Causticity/The Human Touch/Amputated Vein Records/2017 CD Review

  Suicidal  Causticity  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  guttural  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Human  Touch"  which  was  released  by  Amputated  Vein  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  more  of  a  technical  style  when  they  are  utilized  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  melodies  at  times.

  Screams  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  getting  very  guttural  at  times,  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  clean  playing  is  also  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Suicidal  Causticity  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  and  guttural  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  encounter  between  the  chaste  lust  for  flesh  and  the  vile  edges  of  the  mind.

  In  my  opinion  Suicidal  Causticity  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  and  guttural  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Diamond  Grinder  Sprin  "The  Choral  Brooke"  and  "Lynn".  8  out  of  10.