Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Whipstriker/Merciless Artillery/Hells Headbangers/2018 CD Review


  Brazil's  Whipstriker  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  black,  speed  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Merciless  Artillery"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Hells  Headbangers.

   Sounds  of  war  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  heavy  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  first  wave  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  they  also  make  an  old  school  style  more  modern.

  A  great  amount  of  thrash  and  speed  metal  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bot  throughout  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Whispstriker  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t heir  old  school  mixture  of  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Whipstriker  and  if you  are  a  fan  of black,  thrash  and  speed  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Merciless  Artillery"  "Soldier  Of  Sodom"  and  "Bestial  Hurricane".  8  out  of  10.

     

Eye Of Solitude/Marche Funebre/Hypnotic Dirge/Cimmerian Shade Recordings/2018 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  United  Kingdom's  Eye  Of  Solitude  and  Belgium's  Marche Funerbre  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a joint  effort  between  Hypnotic  Dirge  and  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings  and  we  will  start  off  the  review with  Eye  Of  Solitude  a  band  that  plays  funeral  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  tragic  sounding  clean  playing  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  heavier  funeral  doom  metal  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording.

  Their  track  is  16  minutes  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  the  music  always  sticking  to  a  very  slow  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  sorrow  and  negativity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Eye  of  Solitude  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Marche  Funebre  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  clean  playing  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  track  being  14  minutes  in  length  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Literature,  Grief  and  Philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Marche  Funebre  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black,  doom,  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend to  all  fans  of  blackened  doom,  funeral  doom  and  atmospheric  doom/death  metal.  8  out  of  10.   

  

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Crypt Rot/Cringe/Nocturnal Deterioration/Memento Mori/Redefining Darkness Records/Seeing Red Records/2018 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Ohio's  Crypt  Rot  and  Cringe  called  "Nocturnal  Deterioration/Memento  Mori"  which  will be  released  in  February  as  a  joint  effort  between  Redefining  Darkness  and  Seeing  Red  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Crypt  Rot  a  band  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of hardcore punk  and  d  beat.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy,  brutal  and  old  school  death  metal  sound  which  also  ses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  hardcore  punk  and  d  beat  elements  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  clean  playing  and  female  vocals  is  also  added  onto  the  second  track  which  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Crypt  Rot  expand  on  their  blackened  death  metal  by  adding  in  more  hardcore  punk and  d  beat  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Crypt  Rot  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Serpentine  Atonement".

  Next  up  is  Cringe  a  band  that  plays  a  crossover  mixture  of  thrash,  punk  and  hardcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavily  80's  influenced  thrash  sound  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  elements  of  hardcore  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  shouts.

  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up  and  while  the  music  has  its  roots  in  the  past  it  still  captures  a  modern  atmosphere  along  with  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  influences  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Cringe  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  thrash,  punk  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cringe  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  thrash,  punk  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Tribulation".

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

Monday, January 29, 2018

Necrosexual interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Necrosexual is the most electrifying band in corpse entertainment. We take what is ours and we aim to excite. Nothing will stand in our way.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer music?
Our new album GRIM 1 is guaranteed to give old school headbangers a heavy metal hard on. This album is the perfect soundtrack for fighting off a pack of wolves with one's bare hands.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
My lyrics deal with all matters of postmortem penetration, the cruel songs of thunder and snow, decadent aggression, throwing one's enemies into the bottomless pit, and the X-Files.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Necrosexual'?
Necrosexual is the fancy way of saying DEAD SEXY.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our live show is like the Matrix. You have to experience it to believe it. But I guarantee it will change you forever. We bring a certain physicality to our live performance.  We are hungry to play out more with the debut of GRIM 1, as Necromania takes over the world.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Our album release date is February 18 at Franky Bradley's in Philadelphia. You can also see me at Maryland Deathfest, selling heavy metal handjobs in the parking lot to finance my next album.

7.Currently you are unsigned, re you looking for a label or have received any interest?
I like that the Grim 1 album is 100% self released and independent. I pride myself on being a self made man.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?
I'm building an army of Necromaniacs one person at a time. I don't consider myself an acquired taste. People either get me or they don't. To those willing to go one on one with the Grim 1, I raise the horns of metal to you in salute.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
My goal is to record the next album in 2018 and keep on slaying posers anywhere I can find a stage. We already have two guitar click tracks recorded for drum tracking, and another full length album worth of songs.

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?
I'm on a Finnish death metal kick lately, thanks to my drummer Mike Churry. Demilich and Depravity have been on rotation at full blast in the Necrosexual's lair as of this writing.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Summoning the dead, self flagellation, and chess.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hail to the Necromaniacs all over the world. I hope you listen to GRIM 1 at full volume and get laid immediately afterward.
I'm accepting preorders for the CD at Necrosexual.bandcamp.com. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Tribulation/Down Below/Century Media Records/2018 CD Review



  Tribulation  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  goth  and  classic  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Down  Below"  which  was  released  by  Century  Media  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with t he  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music also incorporates a   great  amount  of  goth  elements.

  Atmospheric  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  acoustic guitars  and  clean  playing  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  70's  rock/metal  influences,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  usually  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants  can  be  heard.

  Tribultation  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  progressive  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  elements  of  goth  and  70's  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror,  occultism  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tribulation  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  goth,  and  progressive  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Lament"  "Subterranea"  "Lacrimosa"  and  "Here  Be  Dragons".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, January 22, 2018

Infant Death Interview


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

-Yes I can. Not a damn shit. It is lovely.


2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer music?

-I guess it got faster. The newest, and what I look upon as our best recording, is the split-lp with Evil Madness. It is indeed faster, and I think the feeling on that recording is more IT. What we want. A fast mix of thrash, black, grind etc done our way.


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

-Torture, evil, death, spacerape, aperights, famine and more torture.


4.The bands name is a pubertal wordplay on Razor's "Instant Death", how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?

-I haven’t thought much about it. Pubertal, yeah, in a sense. We reached puberty in our thirties. It is really hard to come up with bandnames, the best are taken.



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

-The best show was in some guy’s small apartment. The neighbours had been warned but they still wondered what the hell this was. Our show is crazily playing the songs as good as possible.


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

-Absolutely not. I don’t want to pay, as it always end up with (!), to entertain half drunk children for thirty or forty minutes ever again. I think rehearsing to concerts is a waste of time when one can compose new music on those rehearsals instead.


7.The last album came out on 'Apocalyptic Empire Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

-It has been around since 94, and is run by a suspense specimen.


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

-I guess the response has been good from the few that understand what we try to do. And from those who like great music.


9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects that some of the members are a part of?

-Right now Knegge works with his super secret project Katechon and Udyr works with his ultra secret project Recitations. I work with my mega secret project Imamexsanguinator, which Knegge secretly play drums on.


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?

-Bathory, slayer, razor, repulsion, terrorizer etc. Nowadays I don’t listen to anything.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

-I’m thinking about it and the answer for me is none. Counting my shelf (not tapes, cds or EPs) I find out I have 18 LP’s released the last handful of years, in quite different styles. I guess I have no time for other interests. The other guy, Knegge, has bought a TV which he watches while he drinks wine. That is his new interest. Economic shows along with that Ferris Buelerfilm. Daily! He has 22 LP’s released the later years if I count correctly. So we will see how long the TV-hobby lasts. I guess the bassist is interested in small parrots.


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

-Let the lames begin!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Apathy Noir/Black Soil/2018 Full Length Review


 Apathy Noir  are  a  duo  from  Sweden   and  on  this  recording  expands  on  their  progressive  and  melodic, mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  by  adding  in  black  metal  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Black  Soil" which  will  be  released  on  January  31st.

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads up  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  high  pitched  screams  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  When  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  are utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  while  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along   with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  clean  vocals  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  whispers  can  also  be  heard.

   On  this  recording  Apathy  Noir  expands  on  their  progressive  style  of  doom  and  death  metal  by  adding  in  more  black  metal  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholy,  suicide,  death  and despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Apathy  Noir  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  black,  doom/death  and  progressive  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Glass  Delusion"  "The  Void  Which  Binds"  and  "Time  And  Tide".  8  out  of  10.

  

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bunkur/Mordor/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2017 Split Album Review


This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Switzerland's  Bunkur  and  Mordor  which  was  released  in  2017  by  Nuclear  War  Now  Productions!  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Morder  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  drone  and  doom  metal  and  their  cover  of  Carnivore's  "The  Subhuman".

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  drones,  drum  beats  and  a  powerful  sound  bass  guitar  while  the  track  is  over  21  minutes  in  length  along  with  the  tortured  screams  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  being  used  in  the  background  and  the  slow  riffing  is  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bunkur  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  Next  up  is  Mordor  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black, funeral  doom  metal,  industrial  and  ambient  and  there  version  of  Venom's  "In  League  With  Satan"  which  they  changer  to  "In  League  With  Wotan".

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  demonic  chanting  and  growls  in  the  background  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of acoustic  guitars  and  their  track  is  16  minutes  in  length,  melodic  viking  vocals  are  also  used  at  times.

  The  song  sounds  nothing  like  the  original  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  heavier  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  they  also  mix  in  epic  synths  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  song  as  well  as  some  grim  black  metal  vocals,  and  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Germanic  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mordor  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  black,  funeral  doom  metal,  industrial  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  funeral  doom  metal,  drone,  experimental,  ambient  and  industrial,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Et Moriemur/Epigrammata/Transcending Obscurity Records/2018 CD Review


  Et  Moriemur  are  a  band  from the Czech  Republic  and  on  this  recording  plays an atmospheric  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Epigrammata"  which  will  be released  in  March  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of Gregorian  chants.

  Ritualistic  chanting  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  synths  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies,  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  also add  in  a  grim  black  metal  feeling  to  some  parts  of the  songs  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  era  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  elements,  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  On  this  recording  Et  Moriemur  expands  on  their  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  style  by  adding  in  elements  of  black  metal  to  take  their  style  to  another  level,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  solitude,  grief  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Et  Moriemur  and  if  you  are a   fan  of  black,  death  and  atmospheric  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Agnus  Dei"  "Dies  Irae"  "Libera  Me"  and  "In  Pardisum".  8  out  of  10.

Samael 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?
We recorded  and mixed “Hegemony” in the spring/summer of 2016 later that year we signed a deal with Napalm Records who released the album last October. We played a couple of show in Switzerland after the release of “Hegemony” and shoot a video at the concert in Lausanne for the song “Rite of Renewal” which will be published next week. We'll start 2018 with the 70'000 Tons of Metal Cruise that will be followed by a few festival in Eastern Europe as well as our participation to the Wacken Open Air.

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?
We had a progressive evolution with our sound throughout every album that we did and “Hegemony” is no exeption to that but more than experimenting we've consolidated our fondation adding some classics to our repertoir on the way. Basically we found our way with “Ceremony of Opposites” where we included keyboards in our music and “Passage” where we started to work with a drum computer. Since then we've build the band's identity with each new album and I think it would be fair to say “Hegemony” is the album that represent us at best.

3.This is your first full length since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
Xy has spend a whole year working on a neo-classical project for the city of Sion wich ended up being released under the name “Sedunum” the fact that he spent so much time writing and recording that music  that it delayed the whole process of the new S A M A E L album but somehow the album also beneficiate from that experience and that's probably one of the reason that “Hegemony” is more ochestral that our previous albums.

4.You have covered a number of topics over the years with your lyrics starting out with more of a satanic and occult theme before going into more political, space and discovery themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
I've always been interested by things that where obscure, by what was hidden from the mainstream and that interest has been the base of my lyrics for the past 3 decades. First it was what was occulted from religion then things got more personal  and with the time, I found a way to express my darkest feelings through my lyrics. I don't think we're a political band but it true that being exposed to more and more information about the world, led our latest album  to be more connected with the world we're living in.

5.The band has been around for 30 years, what is it that motivates you to keep going after 3 decades?
There's many things that motivate us, one is the challenge to do better music, to come with something interesting that excited us. The desire to share our music with an audience is other that motivate us. We love playing live and this is were we get our biggest kick.

6.Do you feel your early material was a very huge influence on the second and third wave era's of black metal?
We were influenced by Venom and all the darker metal band of that time so if we influenced other band in our turn it is a good thing. We never try to mesure the extent of our influence on the current metal scene, our goal is always to come with something unic and exciting.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years?
Every show is an important experience for us, we never take it for granted that the crowd will react in a positive way, every show must be a great one and we do everything for it to be that way. The first time we play in a country is always something special to remember. Our first show in South America in 2010 when we played Rock al Parque in Bogota is something I'll never forget.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We've mainly festivals booked for this year but we're still discussing with our management about a full tour to support the album.

9.How have your long time fans react to the musical style of the newer material?
We started playing new material  two years ago, first it was “Rite of Renewal” then “Angel of Wrath” both have been very well received by the fans and by the casual listener. At this point we've played 5 new songs live and all of them received a great response. I guess that mean we've done something right this time.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Dorp is currently recording music for his project Obsydians, Mak is also working on new music for a Russian band he's producing and collectively we've started Worship And Ritual (W.A.R.) in witch we only perform material from the 2 first S A M A E L albums. We played two show last year in Switzerland and we'll perform at Wacken this summer.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
This is always a mystery for us we never know exaclty what the next album will be like but personally I would love it to be in the following of “Hegemony”.

12.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?
We all listen to a lot of different music styles from classical to electronic to industrial to whatever feels right when we listen to it. I'm personally looking forward to the new Judas Priest album right now.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
We all have our own interests, as far as I'm concerned, I like reading, having a good glass of red wine with friends,  going to see art exhibitions and having a walk in the mountain whenever I have the time for it.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I'd like to take that opportunity to thanks all the people that support our music, not only you make our dream come true but you are the dream.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Obscure Burial Interview

Answered by M.H.



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?



Fresh seeds has already been tilled, mostly for the second album. Things are getting only more wicked and we won't cheapen the grip from that what we created for the debut. On the other hand there's no place for limits either when it comes to dark arts and the Self, and you will hear it in the future. We still are diving the depths, deeper and deeper, to dwell the Lords fiery kingdom.



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 dies it differ form the stuff you have released in the past?



Firstly, we wanted to keep the rapid, authentic grip in playing so the recording was done live, as in the demonstration tapes were. That's the only way for us to capture those vile spirits we bear within into the art. But the production of course differs a lot comparing to demo tapes which were recorded in our rehearsal place by simple 4-track tape recorder, and the full length in a proper studio.





3. Your lyrics cover Occultism and Darkness, can you tell us a little bit more about what these things mean to you?



OBSCURE BURIAL is as much a church as it is a weapon. Church in mission to devote and summon the bearers of sulphurous swords and pure, godless wisdom. The occult for me is a field of questions, mysteries, and at last: answers, if your Will walks with fire. It's a lifetime lasting bride of your consiousness and a getaway to uncarnal timeless life - even during your earthly dwell.



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



Open the tomb, light the candle, breath the Truth, unbound the Dead, fill the grave with all that is fireless, false and contaminated by the disease most of you embrace as life. Cut the womb to dive the tomb.



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



We have played in all kinds of events and venues from small punk venues to bigger theaters, hard to choose which ones works best for us. What we have on stage... Pretty hard to answer because we have fukking nothing there except the band channeling the Devils message to those with open minds in a form of Metal -  of Madness and Death.



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



There is few shows already booked for 2018, but we want to play more live after getting the vinyl out. Spread the word.



7. The new album was released on 'Invictus Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?



INVICTUS PROD. is a real "extreme" metal label which works perfectly for us. He has been supporting us from the very beginning (releasing the demos, inviting us to play into his events etc) and things had worked well. And all stuff he releases are top notch stuff comparing to many other "bigger" underground metal labels, so feels good to be in his roster.



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



It has appeared to such what we expected it to be, on many levels. Focus on important things mostly, people are getting the ideas that we’ve aimed for.



9. 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?



We have some new songs with NECROMONASTERY, but there's no rush to complete anything, since it's still only a band that rehearses and plays gigs whenever someone of us have time for it, and we all lack of it big time. But the first demo will get some continuation, some day...



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



Into more witching tunes. Samples are gonna be used more than in the debut to build those scenes we dream of into perfection. Spells and banes will be casted, still in a form of Death's lethal metal.



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?



We don’t limit ourselves in any ways, we go from genres to genres all the time. So on nothing can’t target as clear inspiration, and won’t be.



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



Get the new album! Spread the word for us and have a fukking weekend! Fukk the world, before it fukks you... Memento mori.



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Necrosexual/Grim 1/2018 Full length Review


Necrosexual  are  a duo from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "Grim  1"  which  will  be  released  in  February.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  along  with  some  horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  bass  guitars  and  80's thrash  style  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  getting  semi  melodic  at  times.

  Touches  of  crossover  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  an  80's  hard  rock/metal  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Rolling  Stones's  "Paint  It  Back"  and even  though  the  music  is  very  retro  it  still  maintains  a  very  modern  feeling,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Necrosexual  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  old  school  styles  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  themes.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Luciferian Insectus/Zal van Beherit/Apollyon Entertainment/2017 Album Re-Issue Review


  Luciferian  Insectus  are  a  solo  project  from  the  Nethwerland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Zal  van  Beherit"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Apollyon  Entertainment.

  A  very  ritualistic  spoken word  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  heavy  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  the  fast  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking.  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long and  epic  in  length  which also introduces  clean  playing  onto  the recording.

  On  this  recording  Luciferian  Insectus  brought  in  his  early  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal, the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Luciferian  Insectus and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Teeth  Ov  Devil's  Smile  Fulfilled"  "Ritualistic  Demonica"  and  "Into  The  Eternal  Blacness".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Infant Death/Violent Rites/Apocalyptic Empire Records/2016 CD Review


  Infant  Death  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Violent  Rites"  which  was  released  by  Apocalyptic  Empire  Records.

  A  very  fast  speed  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  thrash.

  Vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  influences  of  the  first  wave  era  of  the  genre  and  they  also  bring  in  a  modern  take  on  an  old  school  genre  and  the  song also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Infant  Death  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  80's  genre  of  black,  thrash  and  speed  metal  to  create  a  sound  of   their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Infant  Death  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  speed  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Troops  Of  Dead"  "Subhuman  Elimination"  "Blasphemy  Prevails"  and  "False  Prophecies".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Disembowel/Plagues And Ancient Ruins/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review

 
Disembowel  are  a band  from  Chile  that  plays a  blackened  form  of  death  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Plagues  And  Ancient  Rites"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  evil whispers  and  chants  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  bringing   in  more  of  an  old  school  black/death  metal  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.

  Disembowel  plays  a  style  of  blackened  death  metal  that  has  its  roots  in  the  80's  and  90's  but  with  a  more  up  to  date  take  on  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  The  Ancient  Ones,  Necronomicon,  and  H.P  Lovecraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Disembowel  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  "Lord  Of  Shadows" "The  Pact  With  The  Sect  Of  The  Sea"  and  "Antra  Gnomorum".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, January 1, 2018

False Flag Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. False Flag is a band of like minded musicians with a shared love and appreciation for heavy music.

2.So far you have released one ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. We actually did release a very raw demo recording of a rehearsal but the EP renders it useless. The sound on the EP is a combination of aggression, intensity and somber/introspective melodies.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. Our lyrical themes were mainly political, initially - speaking out against extremist and bigotry. However, lyrically, we are moving in a more philosophical direction.

4.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
4. So far, we have played 3 shows, all of which were great, but especially the first and the last show we performed at. However, we never ever played with a full lineup. Our last show was our best performance by far, though.


5.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
5. We are certainly looking for more shows to play.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
6. We are currently unsigned. We have been approached by labels. We will most likely go DIY for our initial CD release, though.

7.On a worldwide  level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal, crust and hardcore?
7. Hardcore and crust fans seem to love it. Black metal fans on a whole haven't been exposed to our music yet, and I only expect a small section of metal fans to like our music anyway.

8.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
8. Hopefully in the next year or two, we should have material for a full length. At this time, we are looking at recording our material to be release on splits with other bands. Musically, we are going more in the direction of screamo bands like Pageninetynine and City of Caterpillar

9.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?
9. Our primary influences lie in 1990s and 2000s hardcore. Songs on the EP were written with bands such as His Hero Is Gone, Alpinist, Orchid, Integrity, Envy in mind, to name a few. However, the music we all listen to fall under a wide variety of styles and categories, although heavy music always is a big part of our playlist.


10.What are some of your non musical interests?
10. We all have individual interests that may or may not overlap as a band. I am personally into fitness, science/maths and like learning about anything and everything as long as it holds my interest.
As for shaunak, He studies mathematics and philosophy and Illustrates for a magazine.


11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
11. Thank you for this interview! We love discussing ideas with people feel free to approach us we would love to be inspired from you!