Thursday, August 17, 2017

Petrification/Summon Horrendous Destruction/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 7 Inch Review

  Petrification  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of death  metal  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Summon  Horrendous  Destruction"  which  was  released  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off t he  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  soundign  very  powerful  while  the  solos  and  elads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  like  they  could  of  easily  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  and  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  keyboards  are  also  added  onto  one  of  the  tracks.

  Petrification  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's tradition  and  mixing  the  Swedish,  Finnish  and  English  forms  of  the  genre  together,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover giant  man  eating  arachnids  and  other  horrors  that  lurk on  the  edge  of  the  void.

  In  my  opinion Petrification  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  "Stagnation  Of  Transmigration"  and  "Desecrators  Of  Conscious  Entropy".  8  out  of  10.

Menin/Lord Of Pain/Doom Stew Records/2017 EP Review

 Menin  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  psychedelic  mixture  of  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep "Lord  Of  Pain"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Doom  Stew  Records.

  Heavy  doom  metal  riffs  and  drum  beats  start  off  the ep  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals  that  add  in  a  touch  of  sludge  as  well  as  some  growls  while  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  stoner  rock  elements  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  a  stoner  rock  style  while  aggressive  screams  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  psychedelic  elements  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  clean  playing  is  also  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  is  an  instrumental.

  Menin  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  psychedelic,  stoner  rock,  doom  an  sludge  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Menin  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic mixture  of  stoner,  doom  and sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Logrus".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hitwood/Detriti/2017 EP Review

  Hiitwood  are  a  band  from  Italy that  plays  a  mixture  of  post,  melodic  death  metal,  metalcore  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Detriti".

  Acoustic  guitars  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  of  metalcore  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  touches  of  doom  and  goth  metal  are  also  used  in  some  of  the  tracks  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  female  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  one  song  is  all  instrumental.

  Hitwood  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  post  and melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  them with  shoegaze,  metalcore  and  a  touch  of  goth/doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dreams  and  sadness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hitwood  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post,  melodic  death  metal,  metalcore  and  shoegaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Path  To  Nowhere"  and  "Venus  Of  My  Dreams".  8  out  of  10.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Apocalypse Orchestra 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?

After the release party we took a well deserved vacation for a few weeks, the recording process took over nine months so we were all a bit exhausted. The video for The Garden of Earthly Delights have skyrocketed and now has over 900 000 views which feels quite unreal. We have plans on doing another video and will soon launch a new website.

2.In May you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Doom flavoured medieval metal with a modern production. Many layers of sound and a multitude of instruments, hurdy gurdy, bagpipes and mandola on top of the electric guitars, bass and drums. Epic choirs mixed with church organs.

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

We're intrigued by historical oddities such as the flagellant movement and plague doctors as well as the little mans struggle in their everyday strife. Religious prosecution and at the same time the need for belief in eternal reward in the afterlife. The horrors of war, famine and the black death.

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

The word Apocalypse comes from the greek word”apokaluptein” which means to uncover or reveal. So apart from being the end of the world it also has a deeper meaning, that maybe something new will come after. This makes it quite ambiguos, gives it both a soft and a hard side. This suits our music.

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

One of our first gigs was with a symphonic orchestra and that was magical to say the least.
Our performances usually contain something more than just a band on a stage. We want to give the audience an experience beyond the music. Of course it depends on the venue but we've hade fire breathers and dancers, live choir and projected animations tailored for each song.

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

People ask us that a lot! If it was up to us we would love to do some tours, but then someone has to book us first. Since our album was released in may we missed all the summer festivals but perhaps some shows will be booked this fall and we have already been asked about playing festivals next year.

7.The new album was released on 'Despotz Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Despotz Records is an indie label based in Stockholm but they're expanding quite fast. They have bands in all genres, from electronica to black metal. They've been absolutely awesome to work with. We've had complete freedom on all accounts, from music and lyrics to artwork. Check out their catalogue and give them some love!

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

The overall reception of the album has been overwhelming! People seem to really like what we do and we've been told several times that our music is different and unique which feels really good to hear. Our mix of slow metal and medieval music is rare, I honestly don't know anyone else who's done it before.

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

There's a lot of ideas for the next album already but it is to early to tell where it will take us. Though it will for certain be in the same vein as The End is Nigh.

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 to nowadays?

Everyone in the band listens to many different bands and genres but we have som common denominators. Type O Negative, Opeth, Myrkur and Amorphis to name a few. I personally listen to medieval music for inspiration.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

There isn't much time left for other things than the music since we all work full time jobs and some of us have families. But one cool thing to mention is that our bassist Rikard is a professional black smith and has made the burial cross we sometimes have on stage with us.

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

Take care and spread the plague!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Necrovorous/Plains Of Decay/Dark Descent Records/2017 CD Review

  Necrovorous  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  touches  of  grindcore  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Plains  Of  Decay"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  A very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  d  beat  and  grindcore  elements  along  with  some  grim  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  be  heard on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  they  also  bring  in  instrumental  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Necrovorous  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  old  school  death  metal  style  of  previous  releases  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  grindcore  and  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Necrovorous  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal  with  elements  of  grindcore  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cherish  The  Sepulture"  "Psychedelic  Tribe  Of  Doom"  "Misery  Loves  Dead  Company"  and  "The  Noose  Tightens".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Incantation/Profane Nexus/Relapse Records/2017 CD Review

  Pennsylvania's  Incantation  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  dark  doom/death  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Profane  Nexus"  which  was  released  by  Relapse  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while t he  lyrics  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  doom  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while t he  solos  and  leads  remain  very  true  to  a  dark  style  of  death  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  he  heard  briefly  and  they  also  bring in  a  brief  ritualistic  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Incantation  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  doom/death  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Incantation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Muse"  "The  Horns  Of  Gefrin"  "Xipe  Totec" and  "Ancients  Arise".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Moonshiner/Self Titled/2017 Demo Review

  Moonshiner  are  a  band  from  Bangladesh  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2017  demo.

  Drum  beats  and  heavy  doom  metal  riffs  start  off  the  ep  while  melodies  are  also  used  at  times  and  after  awhile  demonic  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  elements  of  stoner  rock  are  added  into t he  music  while  the  solos  and  leads  add  in  cry  retro  yet melodic  style.

  A  great  amount  of  groove  can  be  heard in  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  while  also  keeping  everything  very  heavy  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  Moonshiner  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  stoner  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  demo  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Moonshiner  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Demon  Sugar'.  8  out  of  10.