Friday, December 15, 2017

Wardomized Interview

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

We started of as a Crossover Thrash band in March 2014 with our old drummer Josh and Luke, we released a Crossover EP then started leaning more towards the death metal route with a final single from the band called Strained, we started leaning more towards Grindcore with the new line up that got together December 2016.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

We were heavily influenced by Napalm Death old and new, Impetigo and early Nirvana on our new EP 'Forced To Eat From The Apple Tree' we recorded it live to get that dirty repulsive raw sound and we wanted to combine the intensity of grindcore with old school death metal and the sludgyness and sound of early grunge in there too especially with the track 'Blue, White and Black Flowers'

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

The lyrics are mostly about dealing with depression and other topics like that but we mix all that with horror film imagery

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

Our original drummer came up with the name it essentially means the war you struggle with inside your head every day

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

Best shows for us have to be that time we played with Gama Bomb at in Belfast, our shows around Belfast promoting our new release and over in Basque Country when we played Bilbao Deathfest 3 and a show in Vitoria

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

We are hitting France and Belguim for a tour in January actually so early start for us next year! also planning a European tour in April with our friends UK Grindcore band Boycott the Baptist

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

Well we are looking for a label to release our album we have started working on to be released in the future but so far we have been doing everything DIY

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

We got a great recpetion from 'Forced To Eat From The Apple Tree' I would say its the best we have done, our previous release 'Red Death Flows Through My Veins'  before that we liked but wasnt perfect it helped us relaunch the band with the new line up but we really found our sound on the new release and the tours are getting more regular and exposure so its been all good for us

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?

I (Eddie) do vocals in Ireland Hyper Thrash band Acid Age we are currently writing a new album at the moment, I also play guitar in Irish Crust Punk/Crossover thrash band Deathbus we are writing for an album at the moment too and just finished a Spanish and a UK tour over the last year, Mike our bass player plays bass for Irish Black Metal band Neamhni who are writing at the moment and released an EP at the start of the year.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Probably after summer next year maybe if we get enough time to write inbetween shows, either that or late next year will want to heave it out before 2018, we have a split coming soon with Disconnect and Shrapnel Meat too, We are going to continue where 'Forced To Eat From The Apple Tree' left off intense angry as all hell grindcore mixed with old school angry grunge

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

Grindcore, Thrash Metal, Crust Punk, Grunge, so much more we love everything we are really influenced by stuff like Napalm Death, Sepultura, Morbid Angel, Deftones, Nirvana, Impetigo, Terrorizer, Therapy?, Anal Cunt we could go on for days if music has the right attitude and feel to it we love it, will also note that The new Cavalera Conspiracy album is probably my favourite album this year.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

We like to party hard and play Road Rash and Sonic

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

Forced To Eat From The Apple Tree is out now on bandcamp, youtube and is coming to spotify and more soon! Grindcore scene worldwide we are coming for you!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Nightfear/Cryptasm/Black Market Metal Label/2017 CD Review


  Nightfear  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays a  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash,  crossover  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Cryptasm"  which  was  released  by  Black  Market  Metal  Label.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  crossover  influenced  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly mid  80's  style  death  metal  growls  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  d  beats  are  also  used  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  an  old  school  death  metal  style  along  with  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  mixing  in  80's  style  hardcore  and  some  songs  also  add  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  and  as  the  album  progresses the  vocals  start  utilizing  more  of  a  thrash  or  hardcore  style  approach.

  Nightfear  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  death  metal,  thrash,  crossover  and  hardcore  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nightfear  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  old  school  death  metal,  thrash,  crossover  and  hardcore  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sacrificial  Mutilation"  "Evil  Form"  "Nightmarish  Visions"  and  "Into  The  Deathdream".  8 out  of  10.   

NEID/Noise Treatment/Sliptrick Records/2017 P Review


  NEID  are  a  band  from  Italy  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  grindcore  with  a touch  of  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Noise  Treatment"  which  will  be  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Wolf  growls  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  while  elements  of  d  beat  and  crust  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as w ell  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  word  samples  are  also  utilized  briefly  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  NEID  creates  another recording  that  remains  true  to  the  crust  influenced  grindcore  style  of previous  releases,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  human  exploitation,  mass  control,  and  world  system  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  NEID  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  and  grindcore,  you should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Burden  Of  Progress"  and  "Clear  The  Code".  8  out  of  10.      

Rubufaso Mukufo/Nervous Impulse/Epicrise/More Hate Productions/2017 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  3  way  split  album  between  Czech  Republic's  Rubufaso  Mufuko,  Canada's  Nervous Impulse  and  Ukraine's  Epicrise  which  was  released  by  More  Hate  Productions  and  we  will  start  off t he  review  with  Rubufaso  Mukufo  which  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  brutal  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  which  also  get  very  guttural  at  times  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's.

  Elements  of  d  beat  and  hardcore  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  death/grind  fashion  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  fast  or  mid  tempo  direction  and the  music  always  remains  very  heavy,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rubufaso Mufuko  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore  and  brutal  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "End  OF  The  War"  and  "The  Great  Insanity.

  Next  up  is  Nervous  Impulse  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  ans  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  blast  beats  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length.

  The  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  as w ell as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  technical  guitar  leads  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  both  fast  and  mid  tempo  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  murder,  humanity  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nervous  Impulse  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal  ans  grindcore,  you  should  check  out their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Air  Bust"  and  "Disaster  Porn".

  Closing  the  split  is  Epicrise  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  grindcore  sound  along  with  some  growling  vocals  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  d  beat  and  hardcore  punk  at  times  along  with  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  of  the  genre.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  their  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also bring  in   Dead  Infection,  Cerebral  Turbulency  and  Grossmember  covers,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore  and  aberration  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Epicrise  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grind  and  hardcore  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Godshit"  and  "Workship".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of   grindcore.  8  out  of  10.      

Monday, November 20, 2017

Apartment 213 Interview

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

Meketa- The band is not doing anything these days.  Myself and Ron Etchell (original drummer) talked about trying to do material but the interest is not there for me anymore.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the newer recordings?

Meketa- I always called our sound Noise. I am sure the other guys disagree.

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

Meketa- Depravity

4.I know that the band was named after Jeffery Dahmer's address, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in serial killers?

Meketa- To be honest that was so long ago I have no idea.  In 2009 I became a Christ follower, these days I strive to build people up.

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?

Meketa- We haven’t played shows in years. I always had fun at the shows in Cleveland.

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

Meketa- No. The band is done.

7.Recently Magic Bullet Records has re-issued some of your older material, can you tell us a little bit more about the newer versions?

Meketa- Newer versions??  The last record we did was a spilt with Nothing Is over I believe.

8.Over the years the band has been a part of a great amount of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?

Meketa- Sorry for the short answers but it has been so long, I really haven’t thought too much about 213 let alone the bands we did splits with. Sorry

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

Meketa- We were kind of ahead of the Power Violence fandom, we started in 1992. When we were active we had our “fans” but for the most part we were not that popular.

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

Meketa- The band broke up when I moved to Southern California.  If the remaining members want to tour or do new music they should. As I stated in previous questions I am out of the music game for now.

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

Meketa – I listen to all sorts of music, always have actually. Heavy stuff the new Integrity LP is GREAT!!!

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

SKOGGING!!!! See skogging.com

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

Thanks for the interview.  It probably bored the reader.  A213 is inactive and as I can see is it will never be active again.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wvrm/Can You Hear the Wind Howl/To Live A Lie Records/2017 EP Review


  South  Carolina's  Wrvm  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind,  power  violence  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Can  You  Hear  The  Wind"  which  was  released  by  To  Live  A  Lie  Records.

  Distorted  amp  noises  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  high  pitched  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat.

  A  great  amount  of  power  violence  and  hardcore  elements  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  a  great  majority  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Wrvm  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind,  power  violence  and  hardcore  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  depression,  love,  loss,  and  struggle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wrvm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  metal,  power  violence,  grind  and  hardcore  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bag  Of  Blades"  and  "Mountains  Of  Dead  Pigs".  8  out  of  10.

Wardomized/Forced To Eat From The Apple Tree/2017 EP Review


  Wardomized  are  a  band  from  Northern Ireland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Forced  To  Eat  From  The  Apple  Tree".

  A  very  heavily  crossover  influenced  sound  starts  off t he  ep  before  adding  in  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  grindcore  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  as  well  as  having  its  roots  in  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very short  in  length  and  female  vocals  are  also  used  briefly.

  Wardomized  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore,  death  metal,  thrash,  crossover  and  crust  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wardomized  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blue,  White  And  Black Flowers"  and  "The  Ultimate  Demise".  8  out  of  10.