Saturday, May 27, 2017

Deathcult/Tyrant Of All Tyrants/Do Or Die Reocrds/2017 CD Review


  Deathcult  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  dark  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tyrant  Of  All  Tyrants"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Do  Or  Die  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  thrash  influenced  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  also b ring  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  80's  and  90's  influences  while  also  adding  in  a  more  modern  atmosphere  and  when  tremolo  picking is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  album  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Deathcult  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  dark  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Violence  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Deathcult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nectar  Of  The  Gods"  "Kamikaze  Warriors"  and  "Junkers".  8  out   of  10.

Exmordium/Into The Sepulchral Spectrum/Tridroid Records/2017 EP Re-Issue Review


  Exmordium  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Canada  and  the  United  States  with  Wisconsin   and  Ontario  being  their  home  bases and  they  play  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Into  The  Sepulchral  Spectrum"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  July,  2017  by  Tridroid  Records.

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into more  of  a  heavier,  darker  yet  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  fast  sections  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  classical  guitars  are  also  mixed  in  on  some  of  the  other  tracks  as  well  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  elements  of  thrash  are  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Exmordium  plays  a  musical  style t hat  takes  and  old  school  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics cover  war,  death,  Paganism,  Vikings,  Anti  Religion  and  philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Exmordium  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Portals  Beyond  The  Imprisonment  Of  Time"  and  "Severing  The  Roots Of  Yggdrasil".  8  out  of  10. 


 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Nekrokraft Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band was formed in 2012 by Angst, DOC & Blaster with the ambition to play fast, aggressive blackened thrash metal. A couple of years have past and the lineup changed over the years, Blaster was replaced by Moloch and Iron & Ghol joined the band.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Nekrokraft is, and will always be an extreme metal band, the strength in our sound is the mix between black metal`s mysticism, the velocity of thrash metal and the brutality of death metal. Different personalities and different musical preferences is a part of what creates that strength mentioned above, we all have our addictions in life.

3.Between 2012 to 2016 there was no new material being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
Well, we had some member changes, wrote a bunch of new songs, and played some live gigs. And of course we planned and recorded Will O` Wisp.  

4.Your lyrics deal with Folklore and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Sweden/Scandinavia has a history rich in folklore, and we draw inspiration from those stories of old,
it’s our way of holding on to our legacy. The album title and song Will ‘o’ Wisp deals with the “Irrbloss” from swedish folklore, a glowing orb that lures unsuspecting people of the road, where they get lost and  follow the light towards a watery grave. There is a problem with certain religions, and that is their need to control people and the lack of free will. Occultism, in different forms, have provided somewhat of an antipole towards the backward pious kind. We embrace the so called “dark path” towards enlightenment, because knowledge and wisdom lies within curiosity, independence and creativity.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nekrokraft'?
We came up with the name under the influence of alcohol, discussing occult themes in the rehearsal space one late night in april 2012. Nekro stands for death, and kraft in swedish means power/force.
Power of the dead, maybe something occult, magical comes to mind, we leave it free for one's mind to interpret.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has done so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
That's a tough question, we have done quite a few gigs since the beginning but we can mention some of the gigs. The Black Christmas festival had a great lineup (Mayhem, Marduk, Venom, Vader) and was also a great gig for us, and the show we played with God Dethroned amongst others in Stockholm the fall of 2016 was a really good gig. Otherwise there has been some really intense clashes in our hometown Linköping that turned out great. Our stage performance is intensive and full of energy, a real headbanging feast, the inspiration comes from the death & thrash metal scene rather than the black metal scene when it comes to the live show, high energy on stage, intensive crowd!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Gefle metal festival is the next stop for us, great lineup this year by the way! We are hopefully heading out in europe this fall for some long weekend runs if everything works out the way we are planning.

8.'The Sign Records' are re-issuing your 2016 album, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The Sign Records is an expansive record label composed of some of the most driven people here in Linköping. It consist of three formations that each carries its own essence. The Sign Records is managed by the Almost Religious label group based in Linköping, Sweden. We are pleased that we got the opportunity to work with people that are great, driven and has high ambitions for the music scene in Sweden.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and extreme metal?
Overall it has been great, we have people listening from almost all over the world and people reaching out showing their appreciation. We look forward to spread the Nekrokraft disease even further during 2017.

10.On the 2012 ep you had done a 'Bathory' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
You can consider it to be a celebration to the swedish old school metal. We wanted to do something raw, something extra, fitting in with the already rugged sound of the EP, and we all are big Bathory fans so we chose that path after a couple of beers.

11.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?
Angst our vocalist is a hard working man and is currently preparing for summer & fall gigs with Witchery. When it comes to the other band members there is some projects going on, but if those projects will see the light of day, we don't know, time will tell.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
As mentioned before Nekrokraft is an extreme metal band and will always be. Musically we will continue to blend the black, thrash and the death metal to create our sound. We don't play by any rules when it comes to the creating of Nekrokraft material. This group of people is very versatile when it comes to music and creating, and that in particular is a great quality for us as a band.

13.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's very broadly spread across the different members but of course we have a lot of bands in common, some of the good classic extreme metal bands like Bathory, Dissection, Entombed, Morbid Angel and Slayer to name a few. Nowadays it's a bit more of thrash metal i would say as the summer approaches, summer, thrash metal and beer blends perfectly, and of course you got to listen to some good ole guitar oriented blues.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all thank you for the interview! Keep supporting your local and national scenes, help to spread the art of extreme metal. Check out Nekrokraft, drink a lot of beer and hopefully we will meet in the dead of night.
 

Pigs Blood/Self Titled/Gods Ov War Productions/2017 CD Review


  Pigs  Blood  are a  band  from  Milwaukee,  Wisconsin  that plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Gods  Ov  War  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  a  chaotic  war  metal  style  but  also  having  its  melodic  moments  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  riffs  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  some  elements  of  punk  and  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them.


  Pigs  Blood  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  bestial  black/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  violence  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pigs  Blood  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  black/death  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Misanthrope  Absolute"  "Torches  Of  War  And  Retribution"  "The  Age  Of  Endless  War"  and  "There  Will  Be  No  Law".  8  out  of  10.

 

Persecutory/Towards The Ultimate Extinction/Gods Ov War Productions/2017 CD Review


  Persecutory  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and   plays  a  raw  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Towards  The  Ultimate  Extinction"  which  will  be  released  by  Gods  Ov  War  Productions.

  A  very  fast, r aw,  brutal  and  chaotic  war  metal  direction  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  which  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  hate  and  anger  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  along  with  the  riffs  also  mixing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  style.

  Depressive  screams  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  elements  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  angry  shouts  are  also added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  music  also  brings  in a   great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  also   having  a  modern  edge.

  Persecutory  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  raw  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  perversion,  death,  chaos  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Persecutory  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black,  death,  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pillars  Of  Dismay"  "Along  The  Infernal  Hallways"  and  "Maelstroms  Of  Antireligious  Cosmos".  8  out  of  10.

 

Abduction Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Abduction is a Black Metal solo project. I've been in plenty of bands before, across many different genres, playing guitar, bass, singing. The time was right last year to put together something completely selfish that works a little differently to what I'm used to doing with other people.
It's the purest output of music I can conjure up. I am a profoundly negative person that finds it therapeutic to get all this out...
Fortunately Inferna Profundus Records picked up on this and gave me the outlet to spew misery forth in a proper way and (so far) it's working.

2.So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
In its broadest sense it's Black Metal. The very term incorporates many different styles and sounds of course but I would hope it comes across as negatively as possible. I'm less concerned with making things perfect and neatly presented. I'm more concerned that it evokes feelings of loss and pain to anyone interested in exploring it. It certainly does to me anyway.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Lyrically I'm inspired by real life. I suppose I use metaphors and imagery a lot, but it's a reflection of the disgusting world we live in and the depression that comes with living close to poverty. The constant threat of terror and the crushing of the human spirit by the futile rat race we're all in.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Abduction'?
When I was deciding on what to call the project, I wanted a strong name that evokes some sort of fear and if possible a name that sounds like you've almost heard it before. Settling on a band a name is probably the hardest bit of the process. There are so many thousands of bands out there whose names are either just made up words that have no history or meaning. I wanted to avoid that. It took a while but I'm happy with it.

5.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians on the recordings or you prefer to work solo?
Yes of course. Collaboration can be a great thing. I also like the idea of split releases too. I've always explored experimenting with music. Ideally it would have to be a choice that adds something new to the sound, but I think a guest vocalist perhaps, or working with a noise artist or something would be great.  

6.What are some of the best shows that you have done so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Many years ago I played a couple of shows in Germany with Nocturnal. It was last minute decision using primitive versions of the songs from the cassette, but it was very enjoyable.
I also played my first 'official' Abduction show a couple of weeks ago in my home town. I was very surprised it was so busy. I play with a big hood on and a black cloth on my face. I try to remove as much of the human aspect to my performance as possible and hope people grasp the 'void' aspect of it. The more atmosphere, the better.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
I have a few more shows in the UK coming up in Nottingham and Birmingham. I'd really like to get out to mainland Europe again.  I've toured out there with other bands and I really feel at home. If anyone is interested in making that happen, please get in touch.  

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It's been surprisingly great. There have been some really kind reviews and the album is selling all over the place. Maybe the struggles of living life in 2017 are not confined to a country's borders.
My record is now available in the US too which I'm happy about. Also I've gained some new friends in Italy, Poland, Lithuania.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I intentionally kept the debut release very broad and varied. Partly because I'm just a huge fan of music in general, but partly to keep the options open for the next releases. I'm not concerned with how people receive it (though it has gone well!). It's fundamentally music for me. There will be more releases, they will be miserable and extremely dark. At the moment that's all I can say.

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 remember hearing the Thorns self titled album when I was just getting into extreme music at around 14 yrs old. That was a huge milestone of influence. From there I properly explored the old Norwegian scene, the French Black Legions and so on. Also Xasthur's - 'Nocturnal Poisoning' a truly soul crushing release. The Sunn0))) and Boris collaboration 'Altar' definitely had a large impact on my tastes too (but I'm not planning on releasing a drone album any time soon).
Most recently I've been enjoying the latest Ruins of Bevarest LP as well as Mgla, Batushka, Full of Hell, Black Cilice, Oranssi Pazuzu, Dragged into Sunlight, Inquisition and Obscure Devotion.
There are some great bands locally here too. Repulsive, Wolvencrown, Burial, Artisian to name a few.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
I have always had a fascination with death, symbolism and the occult. Historically, its gone hand in hand with the sort of music were talking about but for me, even before that. I've read plenty of books by La Vey, Crowley, Boroughs etc. That part of the human psyche has always intrigued me, yes. I think, everything with Abduction though, the influence is subverted somewhat. I'm not brandishing pentagrams or using goat imagery like a lot of clowns. The affinity I have with the darker side of life is not a pantomime and doesn't need props or make-up, it's very real. Too often bands think that wearing corpsepaint and inverting crucifixes is the epitome of evil. These days it's turning into Hollywood. One must remember that humanity is horror in itself, you needn't look far to find it. 

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

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tyrannosorceress/Shattering Light's Creation/Tofu Carnage Records/2017 CD Review


  Tyrannosorceress  are  a  band  from  Dallas,  Texas  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  chthonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Shattering  Light's  Creation"  which  will be  released  in  June  by  Tofu  Carnage  Records.

  Atmospheric  yet  ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  raw  feeling  while  the  riffs  also bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  the  album  brings  in  a  more  modern  approach  to  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  dissonant  structures  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording along  with  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric elements.

  Tyrannosorceress  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  modern  while  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  chaos,  death  and  chaos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tyrannosorceress  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  chthonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  The  Light  Of  The Sabbat  Moon"  and  "The  Ageless  Noine".  8  out  of  10.