Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hukutus 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?

There was a bit of a time lapse between the recording and the release. It wasn’t something we planned, we were just busy with other shit in our lives. That’s what you get when you’re not a kid anymore. We’ve also had some line-up issues to deal with. But I’m glad the album is finally coming out.

2.Recently you have released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous singles?

Well, as all the previous singles appear on the album, the sound is not that different. I’d say the rest of the album sounds like a combination of the elements presented on the singles. In a sense it’s a typical debut, as it has tracks that were written years ago mixed with new ones. If there is a theme to the sound, it has to be the live studio recording. It’s noisy and that’s the way we wanted it. The music has so many melodic elements to it, that there needed to be a contrast.

3.The band has been around since 2011 and while you have released a few singles, you waited until 2018 to release the first full length can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?

Nothing dramatic there. It’s not like we were literally composing and recording the album for seven years. Hukutus was and still is a thing that we do when we have the inspiration and the time. There were times we were really invested in it and times that we were not that into it. Also, for several years there were only the three of us (me, Opakaj and Tamas) demoing and experimenting. The current line-up didn’t really exist until 2016. But nevertheless, here we are now.

4.You refer to your music as 'Transmuting extreme soundscapes', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

It’s just a fancy way of saying we play experimental black/death metal. I came up with it, ‘cos I kind of loathe the term “avant-garde metal” and I don’t think we’re that psychedelic as a whole. So I chose “transmutating”. And I’ve always loved bands that invent their own gibberish genres, like Turbonegro’s “deathpunk” or Impaled Nazarene’s “industrial cyberpunk sadometal”. People can pick a regular genre for us, if they wish.

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

For me, Hukutus is way to deal with my own mortality and a tool to process the most vile and disgusting thoughts that I have, my stregths and my weaknesses. Extreme music isn’t and never has been about safe and joyous things. But it can lead to those states of mind through catharsis. Art is always self-expression and if you are honest about it, you will pour a part of yourself into it.

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

The most memorable one was without a doubt the trip to Stockholm and sharing the stage at Copperfields with F.I.B. and Antarktis, but I wouldn’t call it our musical highlight. We had a wacky ride. Our latest gig at Seinäjoki last summer was probably the best one. And that’s how it should be. On stage, we are performing in our own zone and not so much trying to incite mosh pits. Our goal is to have the live performance mean something more than just a gig. So far, every gig has added a new element to our stage presence, one way or the other.

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

We have plans, but when and where is a different question. We are currently toying around new ideas for the way we’ll do gigs in the future. You’ll just have to wait and see how it ends up. But we’ll be back on stage sooner or later.

8.The new album was released on 'My Fate Music', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It’s a small label, founded and run by a friend and a former bandmate, mainly used to publish their own music. For this album we eventually decided to keep things close to home and work with someone that we knew, trusted and could communicate easily with.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of underground metal?

To be honest, I haven’t paid that much attention. I’m under the impression that that feedback has been mostly positive.

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

We are definitely diving deeper into the experimental pool. Lately we’ve been throwing around ideas that have been quite out there. The electronic element will certainly take a different, more expanded role, but Hukutus will always remain raw. Musically, we’re at a point where there’s really no purpose of doing the same thing again and again. Expect the unexpected.


11.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?

I’m sure there are shitloads of influences, as all the guys in the band listen to very different types of music. If I listen to music nowadays, it’s usually Black Metal, electronic stuff or Misfits. But I’m not that genre-specific anymore, I’m too old for that shit.

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

Esoteric themes will always play a role in every form of art I’m involved in. And they are all bundled together with dark folklore, Finnish mythology and personal experiences, to form a mess that probably makes sense only for me. Although, in my mind there is a constant conflict between utter nihilism and the idea that there might be something more to us. It’s actually a major theme for “Oksitosiini”. But, to understand the Devil is to understand nature. And most importantly, if you understand the Devil, you will understand human nature.

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

Yes, check out the album and question everything – especially what I’m saying.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sathanas/Necrohymns/Transcending Obscurity Records/2018 CD Review


  Sathanas  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Necrohymns"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams  and  the  solos and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  along  with  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Sathanas  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sathanas  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "At  The  Left  hand  Of  Satan"  "Throne  Of  Satan"  and  "Witchcult".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Demonic Obedience/Fatalistic Uprisal Of Abhorrent Creation/Satanath Records/Severed Records/2018 CD Review


  Demonic  Obedience  are  a  band  originally  from  Greece  but  now  resides  in  Scotland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Fatalistic  Uprisal  Of  Abhorrent  Creation"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  and  Severed  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  death  metal growls  and  a  few  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  more  of  an  old  school  death  metal  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumental  and   the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Demonic  Obedience  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  brutal  and  blackened  style  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Demonic  Obedience  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Conjuration"Outbreak"  and  "Scythes  Bearer".  8  out  of  10.     

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Hukutus/Oksitosiini/My Fate Music/2018 CD Review


  Hukutus  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  original  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Oksitosiini"  which  will  be  released  on  April 27th  by  My  Fate  Music.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  grim  black  metal s creams  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them.

 When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  experimental  at  times.

  Hukutus  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  with  some  atmospheric  and  experimental  elements  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hukutus  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ave  Mariana" "Tape  itse"  and  "Jokainen  Hautaa  Omansa".  8/5  out  of  10.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Aura Noir/Aura Noire/Indie Recordings/2018 CD Review


  Norway's  Aura  Noir  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  blackened  thrash  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Aura  Noire"  which  will  be  released  on  April  28th  by  Indie  Recordings.

  A  very  heavy  80's  thrash  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  done  in  a  very  angry  black  metal  style  that  has  traces  of  both  the  first  and  second  wave  style  as  well  as  updating  the  music  for  a  more  modern  era.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  at  times  the  vocals  go  into  more  of  an  aggressive  thrash  direction  and  when  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Aura  Noir  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  blackened  form  of  thrash,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  evil,  blasphemy,  death and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aura  Noir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Lung  Of The  Storm" "Demoniac  Flow"  and  "Cold  Bone  Grasp".  8  out  of  10.

        

Plague Pit Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a Black/Death Metal band from Dublin, Ireland. We are a new band, formed in 2016, but we've been metal musicians for over 2 decades.

2.So far you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Our first release is a self-produced effort that contains 7 metal tracks and 1 ambient outro. It's an eclectic mix of most of our influences.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We write exclusively about magic and Satanism. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Plague Pit'?
Plague pits were mass graves for the victims of the Bubonic Plague. The Black Death did massive damage to Ireland and it's a topic of our interest. It also conjures a horrific image and helps set the mood for our music.

5.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
Not as Plague Pit. We will not play live under any circumstances as this is something we've all agreed is detrimental to the atmosphere of our music and not something either of us has ever liked doing anyways.

6.There are no band pictures or social network pages, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
When we formed this band we agreed to not spend any time or energy on things that aren't musical. Our only goal with Plague Pit is to create dark satanic music that we would like to hear ourselves. Social networking is a big no for us. Our music will always be available to those who seek it -  for free - so there's no need to pander to people on the Internet.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a  label or have received any interest?
We are not actively looking for labels. There were some that showed interest in releasing our debut in physical media, and it may happen sometime in the future. We don't oppose the idea of making our material available to those that prefer it on a CD or some other format, though we personally don't care about it. We are open to collaborations with underground labels and splits with other bands, but it's not a priority for us. We will always make our music available for free download and streaming and we're comfortable with spending our own resources to record and produce the music.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
The feedback has been very positive, despite our limited reach. 

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are currently recording our sophomore release. While I don't want to reveal much about the material, it won't stray very far from the debut. As for long-term plans, each of our future releases may have a stronger focus or either Death, Black or Doom Metal but they'll still be recognizable as Plague Pit.

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?
We are heavily into some of the Black and Death Metal classics such as Celtic Frost, Bathory, Blasphemy, old Morbid Angel, Incantation, old Norwegian Black Metal, Sarcofago, Bestial Warlust, Beherit and so on and so forth. Other than this core group of old Black and Death Metal we're always looking for the fringes of Black and Death Metal for the truly depraved and unusual bands.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism?
We subscribe to the understanding of magic as a psychological phenomenon and of conditioning one's mind through ritual and meditation to manipulate the astral light. Satanism fits into our worldview as a symbolic mechanism that enables us to reach out to the uninitiated through the usage of widely known symbols that they personally associate with memories, emotions and objects of the real world. The main reason why we do not reveal our lyrics is that we want the listener who truly seeks to commune with us to use these symbols we provide to craft their own magical journey.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for taking the time to review our music and for the interest in Plague Pit. We will be making the debut release available on most digital markets, including Spotify, and it will always be available for free on our Bandcamp page. We are recording a second album at the moment, and, much like the first, it will be available for free streaming and download on Bandcamp.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Carcinoma/Abyssal/Apanthropinization/Goatprayer Records/2018 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  United  Kingdom's  Carcinoma  and  Abyssal  called  "Apanthropinization"  which  was  released  by  Goatprayer  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Carcinoma  which  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  clean  playing  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  music  also  brings  in a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  and  the  vocals  are  in  between  black  metal  screams   and  death  metal  growls.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  part  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  slow  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  doom/death  and  noise,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Carcinoma  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Silent  Master"  and  "A  Light  To  Pierce  The  Void".

  Next  up  is  Abyssal  a  band  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  deep  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of   the  songs  while  the  slower  sections  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  when  they  are  utilized  along  with  the  vocals  also  mixing  in  some  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  solos and  leads  bringing  in  more  of  a  90's style  but  also  getting  very  modern  at  times  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  oppression  and  decay  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Abyssal  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sinews  Weave  Vicissitudes"  and  "Veins  Of  Satiation".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  atmospheric  black  and  death  metal.  8/5  out  of  10.       

Monday, April 9, 2018

Vomitor Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the and since the recording of the new album?
Waiting hahaha, pressing plants are so backed up its taken 9 months for the LP`s to finally be released

2.You have a new album coming out in April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Total Death, raging tremolation from beyond all space and time

3.This is your first full length since 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
We did a US tour and 2 european tours during that time, and released a LIVE rehearsal LP in 2016, and a demos LP set in 2017, so things were busy enough for us lazy bastards

4.Some of the band members have a background in the earlier Australian war metal style, but the music you have released with this band has always been in more of an 80's black/death/speed metal style, what was it that motivated you into going into this direction during the mid 90's when you formed the band?
The bands I was playing in during the mid 90`s were great , but just not what I was wanting 100%, the original incarnation o vomitor was during `91 to `93, I wrote a bunch of our album trax back then, but ended up playing in other bands instead, so when I left Spear of Longinus the time was right to get it going properly again

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release?
Death , satan, Hate , War, magik, nothing has changed

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vomitor'?
Fuckin Mayhem, total Metal Madness

7.Out of all the shows and tours the band has played over the years, which one stands out the most?
Too many good times to mention just one, the US was a blast, what a disaster that country is, always love finland and Sweden too, so many maniacs out there

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We canceled out plans for the US tour this year because of the visa and tax situation there now, fuck their government, we are in talks for a 24 date tour of Europe for 2019, if that happens we will be playing a lot of countries we havnt played before

9.The new album is coming out on Hell's  Headbangers, how would you compare working with them to the other labels that you have been a part of in the past?
They released a live album for us 10 years ago, and they’ve been our US label since then, for this album we went exclusive with them, theyre are pretty big label, and they have always been good for us, we are still doing other things with invictus prod and iron bonehead prod doing LP re-issues etc, we never had any problems with labels , cuase we only work with hardcore metal labels

10.I have read that one member lives in Ireland while the rest live in Australia, is that still going on these days?
Yes, ive been in Europe for 7 years now, the only time I see the other guys is when we tour or record

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of underground metal?
Seems to be good feedback so far on the promo trax, the album just got released 2 days ago, I love it that’s all that matters

12.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/
Horror Illogium is still with PORTAL and just released their new album, I think Hellcunt is not playing drums for anyone else at the moment, but he likes to be playing all the time, so he will probably help some other bands out again soon

13.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Exactly the same direction

14.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?
Band wise, judas priest, old Sodom, old sepultura, old morbid angel, slaughter lord, old destruction and creator, I don’t listen to much new stuff cause the productions suck, some that don’t are Chevalier, Malkarpatan, the new Bolzer is killer

15.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism
Hail Satan

16.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Cheers for the support, may your nether regions never be cancer ridden and your beer always cold, our NEW album is out NOW, buy it cunts, Death Metal or DIE!!!!!!


Saturday, April 7, 2018

W.A.I.L/Wisdom Through Agony Into Illumination And Lunacy Vol. II/Triumphant Transgressions/2018 Full Length Review


  W.A.I.L  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  eclectic  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Wisdom  Through  Agony  Into  Illumination  And  Lunacy  Vol.  II'  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Triumphant  Transgressions.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  along  with  some  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  the  slow  heavy  riffs  are  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal  as w ell  as  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal s creams  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  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  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  the  the  grand  piano's,  kantele's,  recorder's,  percussion's,  violin's  and  didgeridoo's  when  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  the  second  track. 

  W.A.I.L  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  with  experimental  and  avant  garde  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  W.A.I.L  are  a  very  great  sounding  eclectic  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Through  Will  To  Exaltation  Whence  Descent  Into  Bottomless  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.   

    

Goat Worship/Shore Of The Dead/Xtreem Music/2018 CD Review


  Goat  Worship  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  thrash  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Shore  Of  The  Dead"  which  will  be  released  on  April  26th  by  Xtreem  Music.

  A  very  heavy,  retro  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  first  wave  of  that  genre  but  done  in  more  of  a  modern  fashion  and  a  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  yet  chaotic  fashion  but  also  having  their  melodic  moments  at  times  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  80's  thrash  influences  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  also  be  heard  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  the  raw  energy  of  crust  punk.  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  few  seconds  of  synths  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Goat  Worship  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  black,  thrash  metal  and  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  Norse  Mythology,  Occultism  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Goat  Worship  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Yggdrasil"  "The  Burning  Of  Witches"  and  "Shore  Of  The  Dead".  8  out  of  10.     

Friday, April 6, 2018

Misanthropic Existence Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are Misanthropic Existence, an extreme metal band from the UK which plays a primitive, violent and apocalyptic breed of metal. Our music is not for the faint of heart and is rewarding to those who can stomach its intensity. Our full length debut “Death Shall Be Served” runs a little over an hour in length and does not yield or relent, it is a challenge of endurance to listen to in one sitting and is a testament to the ferocity and chaos we strive to create. For the purpose of the interview it shall be me, Lord Hypocrisy who is talking with you, I am the bands main vocalist and guitarist and also lyricist. The other members of the band are Ealdor Bana on guitar and backing vocals, Samorodek on bass guitar and backing vocals and Cymbal Rapist on drums.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings that you have released so far?
We are big fans of real playing and real musicianship and live performance, so our recordings are often live recorded, keeping all the human elements and imperfections in so as to give a much truer and raw experience, we aren’t much fans of studio enhancements and hit replacements on the drums and things like that, I know alot of modern metal recording techniques can make almost anyone seem to sound like world beaters but we find it is usually very underwhelming to see the band live with that big sounding CD and they don’t live up to it. The sound is intense and real, primitive and chaotic.

3.From 2012 to 2016 there was no new music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
In 2012 my son was born, so naturally at the time I was heavily invested as a new father. We still practiced during this time and we still played some limited live shows. We formed in December 2011 and so naturally in 2012 we were still a very new band since it’s conception. Aside of personal issues and also money, we spent a very long time crafting the music that would eventually become the album “Death Shall Be Served.” Really it took us about three years of writing, practicing and enhancing and refining the material in-between playing live shows because we have always wanted to make sure that whatever we create is at the absolute top quality and the best we can do. We are very pleased with the album and the music we wrote during this time, and actually we ended up with alot of material written, so we intend for the next album not to take as long to surface as the debut because we have had all that time to find our sound and refine it, to get to work together and have a quite large stock of new material left over and newly created. It’s going to be very interesting for us and for fans of our music in the future.

4.Can you also tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
The lyrics in our music have dealt with religion, society, laws and politics, the occult, Satanism, spirituality, morality, nihilism, self belief and overcoming and conquering adversity through strength and power.

5.How would you describe your views on 'Satanism'?
I can only speak for myself on this one, I believe that of course Satanism means different things to different people depending on who you ask. For myself, I believe in no physical deity whatsoever, I am my own god, I do not need nor seek power or approval from any deity and that includes Satan. Satan in the literal sense to me is the fallen angel of god and that’s a christian belief of which I hold no value in. I am strongly opposed to all religion and all aspects of them. I take Satan instead as a carnal force which exists in humans on a primitive level, it can be destructive and cruel, malicious and wicked, but to me I see it as part of the balance of the universe such as night and day, black and white, good and bad. Satan is the rebel, the antithesis of following rules and being part of a herd, Satan empowers individualism and inspires leadership, Satan is everywhere you look depending on how you look and whether you can see it or not. However our drummer Cymbal Rapist can speak more of his views on his much more literal Satanism.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Misanthropic Existence'?
I am a misanthrope myself, it means to those who aren’t familiar with the term that I have no faith in humanity and do not trust the general population. I despise how society is, I have nothing but contempt and pity for how idiotic, self centred and short sighted people are and tend to be. I could go on and on about my views on humanity and the world but keeping it straight to the point – we are misanthropes, we hate people, we play extreme metal about how much we hate people and that’s why we are Misanthropic Existence!

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We played a great gig for terrorizer magazine as part of their Halloween show in Camden the one year, a very violent gig with infanticide from Sweden in our local city of Worcester was a total blast, just recently we had an excellent show in Banbury with Blasfeme and Agrona which was just the total bill, all three of us bands just ripped the roof off the place and if you didn’t know Satan before that gig you certainly did during! As for our stage performance, it is loud, fast, in your face, an apocalyptic wall of noise, with the right lighting its like the portal of hell opening up. Very intense, not many breaks for showmanship with how intense the musicianship is and how involving the vocal work is, but when we get the very occasional moment we can grab at, we do tend to give it some shit with the headbanging or our bassist Ealdor Bana’s favourite pass time of wind milling your head off!

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We are playing as many live shows as possible at the moment, we have a few lined up for now, two in Birmingham, one in Worcester a bit of a homecoming, and we are on the look out for more opportunities to perform wherever. We are also very proud to announce our main stage appearance at this years Incineration Festival in London, sharing a stage with the likes of Abbath, Taake, Sarkom and Rotting Christ.

9.In 2016 you had done a cover of Beastcraft's "Satanist', what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
It was part of a compilation CD in memory of the life of Alestor Trondr Nefas from the bands Urgehal and beastcraft most notably, whereby his friends asked for bands around the world to submit a cover of one of Nefas’s tracks to go towards a limited CD entitled “the beast awakens.” It was actually uploaded by us in 2016 for anyone to hear who didn’t manage to get a copy of that CD, it was from 2012. We were the sole UK contributor to that CD.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
It has been going very well we would say, we have been very well received and reviewed up to this point, we have fans all over the world at current and the CD is being shipped around the world. Things seem to be getting bigger and better for us and only time can truly tell what more may lay in store for us in the future. We will continue to play the UK but are open to the potential of venturing abroad and if the right time comes or if a request is put forward for our appearance we shall make it happen happily.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The next album we can say to expect some more in a similar vein to what we did with Death Shall Be Served, but also some more interesting things in there too musically, always remembering it is going to forever be filthy, extreme and violent of course! We are hoping to turn it up a notch with the next one in terms of its production if we can, so essentially more of what we are just bigger, more refined, newer and subjectively perhaps better but expect the high quality of our work to always remain. We won’t ever release something sub par.

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?
Absolutely tons of black metal, death metal, thrash metal, slight bits of doom, slight bits of other metal but mostly just extreme metal and well, metal! We all have our own personal favourites, so many to list and too many to count, we could probably write a list of bands til forever. Let’s just say – good shit, proper good shit. These days – much more of the same, actually not so much new stuff that’s grabbed us, except recently after playing with Agrona and Blasfeme we would heavily recommend those two bands as they are very good.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Keep supporting underground music and metal, buy cd's or t-shirts, go to shows, all the money goes to very hard working and often poor yet richly talented bands and individuals and says a big fuck you to the corporate side of the music business and keeps culture alive and well. Other than this – keep being awesome and be proud to be a listener of some of the finest musical art this world has ever produced \M/

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sordid Dogs/Necropunk/2018 EP Review


  Sordid  Dogs  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  d  beat  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "Necropunk".

  A  d  beat  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  havign  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal s creams  that  mix  in  both  the  first  and  second  wave  styles  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in a  great  amount  of  crust  punk  elements.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  90's  while  still  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  as  well a s  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  shouting  approach  at  times  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Hellhammer's  "Massacra".

  Sordid  Dogs plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  crust  punk  and  d  beat  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  society,  corruption  and  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sordid  Dogs  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  d  beat  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Filthy  Metal  Punks"  and  "The  Nuclear  City".  8  out  of  10.

Throneum/Empheris/Necrosadist/Witchfuck/Night Of Terror/Unpure Records/2018 Split Cassette Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  4  way  split  between  Poland's  Throneum,  Empheris,  Necrosadist  and  Witchfuck  called  "Night  Of  Terror"  which  was  released  by  Unpure  Records  and  we  will  start  the  review  with  Throneum  a  band  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  live  audience  talk  before  going  into  a  heavy  musical  direction  along  with  some  blackened  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  death  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  has  a  raw  live  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Throneum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Godless  Antihuman  Evil".

  Next  up  is  Empheris  a  band  that  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  80's  influenced  old  school  sound  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  as  well as  the  music  bringing  in  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal, semi  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  has  a  live  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  necroism themes.

  In  my  opinion  Empheris  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Black  Mirror  Of  Unkown".

  Next  up  is  Necrosadist  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  live  audience  talk  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  old  school  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  elements  while  the  vocals a re  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well as  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  live  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy,  sex,  antichrist  and  desecration  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necrosadist  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Infernal  Ritual".

  Closing  the  split  is  Witchfuck  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash  and  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  punk  and  thrash  influenced  thrash  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  sticking  to  an  old  school  style,  the  production  has  a  vintage  live  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  alcohol,  sex,  blasphemy  and  satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Witchfuck  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  punk,  and  thrash  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Unholy  Cunt".

  In  conclusion  I  think  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal.  8  out  of  10.              

Plague Pit/I-MMXVIII/2018 Demo Review


  Plague  Pit  are  a  band  from  Dublin,  Ireland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  demo  "MMXVIII".

  Fire  sounds  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into a   very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  touches  of  doom/death  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  closing  the  album  with  a  very  dark  sounding  intro.

  Plague  Pit  plays  a  musical style  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Demons  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Plague  Pit  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Miasmatic  Fervor"  "Ecstatic  Satanic  Adoration"  and  "Obsessed  With  The  unholy".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Summon Interview

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

Summon is an entity, which carries the stench of Death! We emerged in the late 2016 with the infinite thirst for mass slaughter converting mankind into a cloak of bones.

2.So far you have released an ep and also have your first full length coming out in April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

All in all, we always record the same way, and  resorting for some cult places to record the vocals, like in the both releases so far, the vocals were recorded in a necropolis. We take care of every bit of recording and productions, somehow they could sound different, only for the fact that we want it like that, nothing more nothing less.

3.You refer to your music as 'obscure death metal', can you tell us a little bit more about that term?

We are bringers of obscurity, who chant the hymns of Death.

4.Your lyrics have a death, necromantic and occult theme to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the song writing?

The lyrics are about Death, verses in the dead language. They are hymns of mass slaughter...thus shall ye perish at Death's realm.

5.Why did you pick the name 'Summon' and also are you also aware of the other bands that have used the same name in the past?

It would be reasonable to answer if you make the same question to thousands of bands, and at least few of them give you the same and proper answer.
We are aware of the decision, and it came out simply for what we do.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork of the new album?

The artwork was created by N.
For this release was the only one that could do it, and would not be easy to describe the whole concept of Parazv Il Zilittv to someone recreate it in the album cover.

7.In all of the pictures I have seen of the band members so far you have been covered in masks, how does this concept fit in with the musical style that you play?

We are the embodiment of Death.

8.You also have your first stage performance in April of this year, what should we expect from your life performance?

Actually the concert is in June at Masmorra Fest. We are close to the festival organizer, and we accept immediately the invitation. In every concert, we scorch all expectations with the stench of Death.

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

Relatively larger than we could expect, although is not our goal! We are here to spread the stench of Death and submit mankind to perennial agony.


9.Both of your releases have been released through'Iron Bonehead Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?

There was interest from both sides, and the pact was sealed. Iron Bonehead has all our respect, and we hope to honor our covenant.

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

Planning concerts abroad, and as soon as there is availability to start new recordings, something that will be announced in due time.

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?

It will always be a dubious response, if we say that we are not influenced by any band ... about genres and sub-genres there is nothing concrete, any of the members of Summon has his musical taste and it hardly would be adjustable to what we record!


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

Thanks for the interview. Check our album with release date 20th April through Iron Bonehead on CD and LP.
Death is our guide,and we are his scythe!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Declared Dead Interview

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

Sure. I'm Anders (Milovovich). I play guitar and am the lead vocalist for Declared Dead. Dimitri Nagel III (yes, "the third" - to add such regal distinction) plays guitar along with me (we share both duties of rhythm and lead). Then there's Deiter Cox who's our bassist (and sometimes backup vocalist - deeper lead growls in some sections of songs, too). Last but, surely, not least is our inimitable drummer - Mikhel Van Zaal (the barefooted psychotic hippy-lookin' pussy-hound and occasional keyboard player).
I started Declared Dead in mid 2014 with another string of chaps (we recorded the "Subterranean Nightmare" demo, together). I split to a new flat miles and miles away, shortly after, and gathered the aforementioned line-up during the year of 2015. From then on we've been fab chums and mad bandmates storming forth from the gates of the abyss!


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

Each sonic offering has it's own individual charm and atmosphere, I feel. Yet, they retain a core element of our overall style. I started the band with the vision of summoning and swirling together Old School Death Metal and Thrash. There could be tinges of Black Metal, as well. Our demo, definitely, had that vibe! It's "primitive" and "savage"! We were planning to do three demos but, again, I moved and a different "fate" took hold. When I got together with my main Metal brothers of now - the music took on more sub-genres of Metal (like Progressive, Gothic, Avant-garde, and even "Traditional Heavy Metal/Hard Rock" - though, mixed with all the other "categories" gives the finished music a more "original" sound, I think). With our first full album ("Denounced and Defiled"), I wanted a sound that was like being pulled into another time and dimension.  The "Declared Dead world". So, I opted for a more "unorthodox" guitar sound. It became our "trademark" vibe (whether appreciated or despised) for the next sequential releases (it was especially noticeable on "Revel in the Macabre" and "A Date with the Coroner". The mastering of the e.p. "Shiv" made some of the "trademark" aspect less apparent). With our latest "Blood Bender" excursion, I decided to go for a more "percussive" guitar tone (since this one was meant to be a full on "thrasher"). The newer sound - definitely - has a stronger presence. So we'll, probably, stick with it for the next few releases! Most likely "tweaking" it here and there to suit the mood.


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

Hmm...there's - probably - some deliberately "cliche" type of references (but expressed in a somewhat "unique" way). Some of these ideas might be in relation to "anti-religious matters",  "war", "misanthropy", "misogyny", "necrophilia", "serial killers", "hypocrisy", "depression", "loss", "dying", "sadness and sorrow", "misappropriated anger", "fear", "mental disorder", "impermanence", "oppression", "perseverance", "hate"...


4. Some of your lyrics cover satanic and occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

I'm not sure they are "overtly" Satanic, necessarily. I've read all the books by Anton LaVey, back in the day, and would agree with much of what  he had to say. I don't remember all the tenets ("Nine Laws of This and That" or  "The Eleven Blah, Blah, Blahs") but I appreciate what he contributed to in terms of "free thought" and "expression". I'm sure I'd be considered a "de facto Satanist" in his terminology. I don't practice any form of "religion" or adhere to "definitive beliefs".  I'm drawn to "occult" things/ideas in various forms. "Occult" (of course) meaning "hidden knowledge". I'm open to anything and everything, for the most part. I tend to gravitate towards more of a "Buddhist/Zen" aspect (not the religious form of those - the "awakened" form of those). "Does a dog have Buddha nature?" Of course it does. All has Buddha nature (if "Buddha nature" means "intrinsic divinity"...the "breath of the Great Spirit"..."Nothing is not The One"..."The Finite in the Infinite, The Infinite in the Finite"..."Grace within iGnoRAnCE", etc.). Some say, "All paths lead to 'God'." Others have said, "All paths lead away from 'God'." Then, there's the realization that "All paths ARE 'God'." Go explore and be. ;-)

The new album ("Blood Bender"), probably, has a more overt and slightly more serious "Satanic" expression ('cuz it's "fun" for Metal to have such things!), than any of the other Declared Dead releases. Though, they all have a reference to the "hellish realms"..."dark entities"..."the devil" - as metaphor, mostly. But there's a "winking" type of "glint" here and there throughout the majority of Declared Dead works, referring to a more "cartoonish" and anthropomorphic "Satan/Devil", as well. I can't do it with a straight face, is all. It has to have a smirk... I'm - naturally - "rebellious"...and LaVey mentioned that "satan" use to be a verb meaning "opposition" or "to oppose", if I remember correctly. So, "Satan" could just be the "Father of Duality"...everyone and everything "opposes" something...so, everyone/everything "satans" this or that...falling under the "Rule of Satan"...or rule of "satan-ing"? All is "Satanic". Making "Satan" obsolete. God is, also, dead - remember. ;-D

In terms of the "direct" sounding title ("Segue to Satan") off of "Blood Bender". That was just a phrase I thought rolled off the tongue nicely (and is a bit satirical in the sense that this kind of music tends to speak about Satan, quite often. "Hail to the horns!!!" I'm thinking of stuff like Venom, Bathory, Impaled Nazarene, and various "Black Metal" type of bands..."raw underground metal", you know). Not as an "insult"...just a "tongue-in-cheek" homage of sorts ("Homage to Satan" - Deicide?). The actual lyrics kind of represent a more "true" nature of the so called "Satan" (in the LaVeyan tradition). But it's really referencing the magical totem spirit of the Galactic Jaguar. Bound to nothing, yet pervading everything. The unknown is feared by those too scared to tread in darkness.


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

When I was trying to come up with a name for the band, it was difficult. Everything I thought of was already taken! Somehow "Declared Dead" showed up in my thoughts. It intrigued me. So, I looked it up  to see if any other band had that moniker. It seemed it was not in use! I decided we would use it for our band name, since it sounded "good enough" for our budding style. Then, various meanings started to make sense for it. Like, everything that is born is "declared dead" at birth (since everything that lives dies). Life itself is "declared dead". Then, there's the idea that "Metal" (music) has been "declared dead" at various times through its existence. Yet it lives on! I also realized that after the demo was recorded - with each release we've done, I've used riffs/songs from other music projects/band attempts I had! Bands/projects that I've "declared dead"! They've been reanimated with Declared Dead! Haha! Also, there's the "God" correlation. We despise Christianity. And "God" has been "declared dead" by Nietzsche, etc. So, we like to add "Jesus" into the mix, quite often. Yet, if you think about it - "God is dead", yet lives on! Christians tend to believe "Jesus" is "God". As the band Immolation has stated in its lyrics - "Jesus didn't die for me, Jesus died". Haha. But ironically - "Jesus" is not "dead"...his name and "presence" lives on through all of us declaring him dead! Think how many times his name is uttered (even "blasphemously") every day! I say, "Jesus fucking Christ" multiple times a day! The bastard is a continual "meme"! Haha! God is dead...like my asshole...oh, whoops! I have to go take a shit! Pardon me! I guess I was wrong! But anyway. One more "meaning" of Declared Dead can tie in with marking someone/something for death, too. "You're dead, motherfucker!" That type of thing.


6. In the 4 years you have been around you have put out 6 releases, does this band spend a great amount of time writing and recording music?

Yes! Definitely! It is our main focus of life, for the most part! Some of us more than the others (but not by very much). We're just creatively driven, I'd say. We want to become more proficient at our craft (in our various ways). We strive for constant improvement. We, also, enjoy experimentation. Trying to come up with stuff that - maybe - no one else really has?


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

Well, we're not currently a "touring band". We've only played small shows to groups of "friends" and "friends of friends" along with a couple other beginning bands. Locally, you know. Mostly for "beers, broads, and bud"...haha! This isn't very often...as we have other obligations that hinder us. As for "stage performance" - we just play our instruments as loud as we can and try not to get elbowed in the eye!


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

No. Not at all. If we can make a gig happen, we will. But we're quite content being so underground as to almost be in the ground...rockin' the graveyard, for now! Nah. That's a bad joke. We'd love to "tour the world"...but for now, we'll have to settle for being "Buried in the Basement" (sorry, another bad joke - it's been a possible Declared Dead song title for a while, now...had to slip it in here, for some reason). We have too many other obligations, simply put. Work...university...all that "fun stuff".


9. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

No. We've not shopped any label deals. We've been quite "happy" releasing our own stuff digitally, etc. However, shortly after releasing "Blood Bender" - we've been approached by an underground label to do a limited edition professional cd release of it. I'm - personally - in negotiations with him/them, as I type this. That's pretty exciting, actually. It's in its very early stages...so, "anything can happen" (I usually think "in a negative way"...haha). If the deal doesn't "fall through" - it will be viewed as an "elevation" for the band! I will frame the cd/artwork and hang it on my wall (like record execs do with "gold" and "platinum" records, etc.). An achievement type of thing! Otherwise - either way - we'll continue putting our releases out on a regular basis!


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

It's tough to say, really. We don't have "adoring fans", so to speak. They seem to grab the music and keep their mouths shut, for the most part...haha. But we've noticed Declared Dead has shown up on various "blogs", "Metal sites",  and "forums", now and again. So, there's a small stream of supporters - spreading the name. It would be great to see more of that! I'd say, Russia has shown the most interest - for some reason. And surrounding areas, maybe? That's where the aforementioned label interest is stemming from, by the way.  I'd say that's not too bad for hardly promoting our own stuff, you know? We just sort of "toss it out there"..."chum the waters"...and the "ravenous Metal seeking sharks" find what they need, etc.!


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

Any direction is possible, I'd say. We're musical explorers! However, right now - it feels like for the next two Declared Dead releases - we might re-record a number of songs from the first album (using the "stronger" production of "Blood Bender") and release that as an "e.p." (or we'll record a few new songs to add to the re-recorded songs and throw a few "bonus" tracks on there, as well..."unreleased demo tracks" type of thing - to make it a "compilation" release). Then, another full release after that feels like it will be more "heavy, doomy, dark, mid-paced death metal interlaced with a "Blackened Thrash atmosphere", if that makes sense? There will be enough "progressive" elements to make it "interesting", I'd say. We don't want to do "Blood Bender: Part 2" or anything. Not that we won't have a similar type of release later on, if we feel called to it!


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?

Oh, man! Personally - so many! I'm quite picky, though. I - probably - like a little out of each "sub-genre" of Metal. I mean, I'll listen to some "pop" type of stuff every once in a while - but who cares about that? Ha! In the Metal vein, some bands that come to mind that have helped develop my own style: TestAmenT, Death, Morbid Angel, Annihilator, Hate Eternal, Flotsam and Jetsam, Metallica, Vio-lence, Exodus, Metal Church, Samael, Dream Theater, Savatage, Overkill, Damn the Machine, Alas, Slayer, Malevolent Creation, Deicide, Immolation, Coroner, Kreator, Death Row, Pestilence, Morgoth, Armored Saint, Skid Row, Lynch Mob, White Lion, Motley Crue, Death Angel, Scorpions, Megadeth, Suffocation, Emperor, Control Denied, Buckethead, Voivod, Napalm Death...

Going blank, now...many more, I'm sure!

These days, I've been trying to listen to stuff I've not listened to yet (like full discographies - even of some of those bands!). Also, "lesser known" bands (like the Declared Dead ilk). Newer - to me - stuff I've enjoyed, lately, have been The Black Dahlia Murder and Charred Walls of the Damned. The latter being more so. I listened to Ozzy Osbourne's "Scream" a few weekends ago and - actually - enjoyed a lot of that, as well. I was surprised. I listened to the new Pestilence album about three times, as well. It's only "okay". It gets redundant and I start spacing out and lose interest around the middle of it. But I still "like" it, for the most part. Their "classic" stuff is "better", though. I love the new Morbid Angel record, as well. It took a few listens to "gel" completely...but now - it's fantastic! I did the same type of thing with "Formulas Fatal to the Flesh". I knew it was "exceptional" with the first listen - but had to listen repeatedly to grasp it more fully. Also, those people who complain about the production - the production is fucking great through "high end" headphones! Probably Eric Rutan's "best", that I've heard! Aside from his "I, Monarch" album...
This last weekend I listened to some Nevermore. I'll continue with their discography this next weekend, I think!

It's tough to listen to as much as I'd like to listen to - having to rest my ears sometimes from my own creations...plus time constraints, etc.


13. What are some of your non musical interests?

It seems everything revolves around the music, really. My mind tends to "always" be active in pulling ideas from this and that. Like, watching a t.v. show or movie and the atmosphere might play a part in later guitar passages (translated in mood/tone) or I'll hear a spoken phrase and I'll be like, "That would be a cool song title!" or something along those lines. Or a song subject might come from various sources like that.

But yeah, everything else besides the music is pretty blase. I don't feel I have a "keen interest" in much of anything. I've gone through phases earlier on but - now - am kind of "settling in" and waiting for the reaper. Haha.

Some things I find myself doing, mostly - in my "free time" - besides working on music would be: watching t.v. shows/movies, hanging out with my "kitty clan" (I have cats that I adore), playing video games (I've gotten into a lot of "first person shooters", in the past couple/few years), and gazing at "beautiful women" via "erotic photos/videos", etc. Haha.
Sometimes I would like to take up many different hobbies but I lack the energy and time.


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

Not really. Though, I want to thank you for your interest! I hope I provided some informative and entertaining insights into part of the Declared Dead world! Anyone who is interested in hearing our music can find it at various Metal related sites. Check our website for links to the main ones: https://declareddead.weebly.com/. Also, check here for quick downloads of our offerings: https://declareddead.bandcamp.com/. You can find us on Twitter, now, as well: https://twitter.com/DeadDeclared. Thanks, again, and best of luck with everything!



Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Blood Moon Hysteria/My Sacrifice/WormHoleDeath Records/2018 EP Review


 Blood  Moon  Hysteria  are  a  band  from  Norway  that    plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  metal  and  on  this  recording  adds  in  more  black  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "My  Sacrifice"  which  was  released  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  while  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  grim  screams  that  also  gives  the  music  a  touch  of  black  metal  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  elements  of  melodic  goth  and  post  metal  along  with  some  synths  and  clean  playing  being  heard  briefly  as  well  as  one  track  also  bringing  in a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and as  the  ep  progresses  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  and  also  brings  in a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  that  also  gives  the  song  a  more  90's  Norwegian  black  metal  atmosphere.

  On  this  recording  Blood Moon  Hysteria  expands  on  their  atmospheric  style  of  metal  by  adding  in  more  elements  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blood  Moon  Hysteria  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark,  black  and  atmospheric  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Sacrifice"  and  "Towards The  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Hallux/Self Titled/2018 Full Length Review


  Hallux  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  crossover  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2018  album.

  A  very  dark  horror  movie  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  and  crossover  elements  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.

  Hallux  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  crossover  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  corruption  of  authority.

  In  my  opinion  Hallux  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  crossover  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Herders  Of  The  Weak"  "Call  of  The  Blackbird"  "Chosen  Enemy"  and  "None".  8  out  of  10.