Friday, December 15, 2017

Shambles/Primitive Death Trance/Blood Harvest/2018 EP Review


  Shambles  are  a  band  from  Thailand  that  plays  a mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this is  a  review  of their  ep  "Primitive  Death  Trance"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Blood  Harvest.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  while some  of  the  tracks are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  as  well  as  most  of  the  vocals  being  deep  death  metal  growls.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  captures  the  guitar  tone  of  sludge  metal  along  with  some  of  the  vocals  also  getting  very  guttural  at  times  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music always  remains  heavy.

  Shambles  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shambles  are  a  very  great sounding  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Daemon"  and  "Primitive  Death  Trance'.  8  out  of  10.

  

Thrif Interview

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

Well we are a grind/crust band, influenced musically by bands like Drop Dead, Dystopia, Napalm Death, Rotten Sound, Nasum, A.C.D.C, ect…. We started the band as an extension of our other bands, playing material that wouldn’t go with our other bands style but material we really believe in and a direction we are really happy with. At the moment our other bands are either defunct or not doing anything anyway so we are putting everything into this band and making a run for it.



2.You have an ep coming out in January how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

In my opinion I would describe it as a bit raw, dirty, angry, and somewhat chaotic with some catchy rhythms and hooks in there. There isn’t a set style to pin point but it has elements of D-Beat, Grind, crust with a dash of metal maybe. I mean it’s hard to describe your sound but I think we should appeal a little to anyone into extreme music that like it a little raw and angry. 



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

Lyrically we focus on topics that affect life. Anti-government for sure ha ha. We like to speak against other topics as well like Racism, Fascism, sexism, ect… sadly our world is not a pretty one, we have a long way to go as humans.



4.I know that the bands name is short for 'The Human Race Is Filth', can you tell us a little bit more about this b=name?

It’s a statement. I mean Humans, we are as a whole not very good. We are greedy, we are killing our planet at an alarming pace. We treat each other like shit, We don’t help our fellow man unless it benefits us, it’s quite sad.



5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Nah we have no desire to remain a Duo, basically to get the band off the ground it was just easier to write material and get it recorded as a duo. Live and future recordings we are not a duo. Just sometimes if you want to get something down it’s much easier with less ha ha



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

This band is just now booking shows, we have played a lot of shows together under and with our other bands. This band shouldn’t be much different then those, you can expect chaos, anger, and a good time!



7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the ep is released?

Yes we have booked a few shows for February over here on the East Coast of the US. We are trying hard to get on some tours though worldwide but since this is a new project it’s hard so we’re just doing our best to get the name out there and knock on doors for opportunities. 



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

We have some interest but nothing in writing anywhere or anything that fits at the moment. We are hoping to get with a label that will allow us to get our music out there good enough that we can Tour worldwide.



9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge, crust and grindcore?

It’s been pretty good, some great responses and a few not so good ha ha but that’s to be expected. Number one we do what we do for our selves and our enjoyment with the hopes that others may enjoy it as well so we aren’t going to complain  or cry about any negative responses but as a whole the responses have been very well. We hope we can experience that trend of responses.



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

Right now they are in Hiatus although our other band Bittered will probably put out Album number 3 at some point in 2018 if we can find the time to get it down. THRIF right now is really all we are doing and we are focused on getting new material completed and an album recorded before Summer with hopes of lots of shows and touring but we shall see. 



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

I think we are just focused on what we are doing know and honing that and getting better at that, writing better riffs and songs. We’re always going to be a crusty grind band, that’s what we love and that’s what we will be doing. I’m sure there will be some experimentation and stuff mixed in but we have no plans to go into any other musical direction.  We are just focused on getting better.



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? Well personally I am Influenced by the older Grind/Crust bands, bands like early Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, Repulsion ect, I also am influenced by bands like Impetigo, early Cannibal Corpse,D.R.I., The Crumbsuckers, Dead Brain Cells, Circle Jerks, Minor Threat ect ect.

And I still listen to these bands regularly as well as newer stuff like  Primitive Man (New one rips) , New Midnight is awesome, Full Of Hell, Origin, The Body, Exhumed, and a lot more I can’t think of at the moment lol….



13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Not many ha ha… I like to enjoy Beer, I do paintings when I get time, some photography ect but really Music is life.



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

Thanks for your time, and support, Really appreciate it! Everyone reading this, you have a voice , speak out against the filth in Society, support each other, stand up for those weak,  and don’t be little assholes!

http://www.thehumanraceisfilth.com

https://thrif.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/thehumanraceisfilth

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Chaos Echoes/Mouvement/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 CD Review


  Chaos  Echoes  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  experimental  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their album  "Mouvement"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

   Grim screams  start  off  the  album before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  along  with  some  elements  of  industrial  and  noise  rock  while  a  great  amount  of   the  music  brings  in  an  improv  feeling  as  well  as  being  mostly  instrumental,  non  metal  instruments  can  also  be  head  briefly  and  the last  2  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  the  death/doom  side  of  the  songs  are  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  and  acoustic  guitars  and  ritualistic  chanting  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Chaos  Echoes  creates  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  doom/death  metal  and  takes  it  into  more  of  an  experimental  direction  as  well  as  keeping most  of  the  music  instrumental  to  create  something  different  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Chaos  Echoes  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  an  Embraceable  Magma  Leadign  The  Subliminal"  and  "Alas!  Here  Is  The  Feebles'  Ascent,  Exalted  by  Your  Mouth  Full  Of  Flies".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Throneless Interview

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

We've been jamming and taking things kind of slow.

2.You have a new album coming out in 2018, 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?

Soundwise the album is more melancholic than our previous release and has more of a bitter touch to it.
We've also tried to mix things up a bit, but still staying heavy and repetative.

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

We learn from history that we never learn from history"

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

There isn't a throne.

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

We often fuse our songs together as one long ongoing piece when we play live. This way the audience gets a chance to really sink into the music.

Usually the soundguy working at gigs goes " No way! Turn it down now! This isn't possible!" However, when we played in Berlin the soundguy went "JAAAA!". That night was one of our best ones for sure.
Also playing Rome (Heavy Psych Fest) and Babel (in our hometown Malmoe) with Conan was a great experience.


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

We've got a setlist ready and should be back on the road soon.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner, sludge and doom metal?

It's been overwhelming! The response has been really good. We're truly grateful that people listen to our music and we enjoy playing it.

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

Johan and Johan are currently working on a new project with guitarplayer Magnus (Satanic Surfers) and Mona (Vile Act) on Bass. Johan Burman also plays drums in the melodic Death/Black band Oberion.

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

Heavier and slower.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening t nowadays?

Electric Wizard's "Dopethrone" has definitely scarred us all, that's pretty much the start for us.
In Malmoe, we have a good Hardcore/Punk scene that's been giving us alot of great inspiring shows to attend.
Bandwise we also want to mention HÃ¥rda Tider and Suma from Malmoe. Boris and Entombed have also been important for all of us.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We've know eachother for years before starting to play music together, all through skateboarding.

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

We like to express our gratitude to the people in Malmoe that's helped us from the start.

Now we begin a new chapter in our career. That wouldn't be possible without Jon Davis and Black Bow Rercords.
We're excited and grateful over the oppertunity to work with Jon and the crew at BB.

Last and certainly not least, we want to thank all the people that's been supporting us and heavy music!

Come To Grief/Fistula/PATAC Records/2017 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Massachusetts's  Come  To  Grief  and  Ohio's Fistula  which  was  released  by  PATAC  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Come  To  Grief  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  slow  yet  heavy  doom  metal  riffing  while the  riffs  also bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  depressive  yet  grim  screams  as  well  as  the  music  always  remaining  slow  and when  guitar  leads are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion, t he  production  sound s very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  anxiety  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Come  To  Grief  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t hose  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band. 

  Next  up  is  Fistula  a  band  that  plays  a mixture  of  sludge,  doom  metal  and  hardcore.

  Their side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  dark  yet  melodic  riffing  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  screams  and  the  music  always  remains  slow  and  heavy  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  drugs,  lies  and  death  themes.

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

  In  conclusion  I  fell  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.  8  out  of  10.    

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Thrif/The Human Race Is Filth.2017 EP Review


  Thrif  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a mixture  of  sludge,  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "The  Human  Race  Is  Filth".

  Static  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  d  beat  and  crust  as well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  short  in  length.

  Most  of  the  slower  sections  of t he  songs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  always  remaining  heavy.
 
  Thrif  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  crust,  grindcore  and  sludge  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  angry  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Thrif  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge,  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Uncivilized  Pigs"  and  "Culture  Of  Guilt".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, December 11, 2017

Bestialord/Law Of The Burning/Symbol Of Domination/Cimmerian Shade Recordings/2017 CD Review


  Bestialord  are  a  band  from  Kansas  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  'occult  horror  doom  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Law  Of  The  Burning"  which  will b e  released  in  2018  by  Symbol  Of  Domination  and  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings.

  A  horror  movie  orientated  sound  starts off t he  album before  gong  into  more  of  a  heavier,  old  school  and  melodic  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  80's  style  death  metal  growls  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  classic  metal style. 

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  clean  playing  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of t he  recording  along  with  the  sower  riffing  being  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements and  the  music  sounds  like  it  could of easily  been  recorded and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  and  horror  movie  samples  can  be  heard  briefly.

  Bestialord  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  doom, death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bestialord  are  a  very  great  sounding  horror  occult  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Doom  That  Came"  "Marduk  Kurios"  "Loathed  Be  Thy  Name"  and  "What  Is  The  End".  8  out  of  10.