Monday, September 25, 2017

Necromorph 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?



Quite some. We’ve been playing a few shows and are already working on the next album. We are also planning to release a song from our latest album on video.



2. In 2016 you had 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?



The Composing is more elaborated or probably more defined. We took a step away from the Swedish sound with that fuzzy HM2 distortion towards more melodies and D-Beats. The same is still, that we didn’t lose any of our grind power, so that you will find quite a lot of raving blast-beat parts on “Under the Flag”.



3.In the beginning the band was more black metal, then death metal moving moving into a mixture of death metal, crust and grindcore, can you tell us a little bit more about the decision behind going into a different musical direction?



Oh, that’s quite simple. Our taste of music has changed over the years and after a while we came to a point, were we said: Yeah, grindcore that’s the music we want to do.



4. This was your first album since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during the last 5 years?



We were getting older. J No, seriously. We played some shows of course, changed our label and our rehearsing room and we had a little lineup change with Benna leaving and Karl joining the band. Fritze became Father. Some member started new projects. Summed up, a lot personal things wish took time apart from the band.



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



We are criticizing society and often focus on what happens around us in our everyday life. Especially themes like intolerance or ignorance are often subject we expose in our lyrics.



6. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Necromorph'?



First, we liked the sound of the word itself. Then it is also some kind of tribute to Necrony which influenced us very much in the early days of Necromorph. We also liked the picture or metaphor in sense of a necromorphing or with other words rotting society.



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



Of course we enjoy every show we are playing. But to name some, it would definitely be: Obscene Extreme, Blut Svente Festival, VEB in Lübeck, Amnesie in Berlin or in Weimar in the Gerbertstraße. We like it small and cozy – so our best shows might have been in clubs like that. Our performance is always wild and a bit chaotic, very energetic and true.



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



Yes. October 1st Berlin @ Pedäl Bättl. October 14th the Defying Danger Label Night in Bitterfeld. October 28th at Café Markzicht in Dedemsvaart (Netherlands). November 10th Ear Terror Festival in Emden. December 23rd Abjured Record Release in Halle.



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



The feedback has basically been positive. You can say, that we didn’t have the same impact on promotion we had with Grinding Black Zero due to our change to a smaller label. F.D.A. Rekotz is quite an institution in the German metal scene were as our new label Defying Danger Records is a newcomer on the German metal-landscape. It needs some time get established and connected. But we are very confident that it will work out. And hey, it’s always cool to support the underground.



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



Yes. Ulf plays guitar in an old school death-metal band named Dehuman Reign. Karl has some cover-projects going on here and then and is also performing shows with the Feuerregen – a fire-artist group. Jockel is playing bass for Ost+Front – an industrial band, which comes around a lot.



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



We are not planning to do something especially different or so. We just let it flow and will see what happens…



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?



That’s quite much and differs from member to member. From Raised Fist to Tragedy over Entombed to Anaal Nathrakh is their quite a lot between. For all of us it is definitely: Necrony or later Nasum, Napalm Death and Victims.



13. What are some of your non musical interests?



Sports, reading and writing, hanging out with friends and watching movies, enjoying the big cultural live of Berlin – and parties and alcohol of courseJ.



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



Thanks for the interview. Think independently. Support the underground. We will hopefully see us to one of our shows. Cheers.



Sunday, September 24, 2017

Reign Of Vengeance/The Final Aeon For All Humans/2017 EP Review


  Reign  Of  Vengeance  are  a  band  from  Arizona  that  expands  on  their  technical  and  brutal  style  of  death  metal  by  adding  in  elements  of  slam,  grindcore,  hardcore  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released   2017  ep  "The  Final  Aeon  For  All  Humans"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  A very  brutal  sound  along  with  some  technical  guitar  leads  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  hardcore  and  slam  elements  which  also  shows  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  shouting  style  at  times.

  Symphonic  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  vocals  also  adding  in  high  pitched  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  traditional  metal/hard  rock  elements  at  times  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  influences  of  black,  groove  and  thrash  metal  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Reign  Of  Vengeance  cover  a  lot  of  ground  with  influences  of  technical  death  metal,  symphonic  black  metal,  grind,  hardcore ,  slam,  thrash  and  groove  metal  all  getting  mixed  together,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  conspiracy  theories,  esoteric  theology,  gore,  blood,  brutality  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Reign  Of  Vengeance  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  a  variety  of  many  different  extreme  metal  genres,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuck  The  Recession,  Kill  Those  Who  Caused  It"  and  "The  Great  Hecatomb".  8  out  of  10.      

Friday, September 22, 2017

Prolefeed/Henry Kane/WOOAAARGH/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  U.K's  Proleffeed  an  Sweden's  Henry  Kane  which  was  released  by  WOOAAARGH  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Prolefeed  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  hardcore,  crust  and  grind.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  brutal  crust  sound  along  with  some  high  pitched  grindcore  screams  and  blast  beats  while  d  beats  are  also  utilized  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  their  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  hardcore  punk  elements  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Proleffeed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Something  Falling  From  The  Sky"  and  "Square  Meals"

  Next  up  is  Henry  Kane  a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  grindcore  and  death  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  crust  style  screams  and  the  music  also  has  its  roots  in  an  early  90's  Swedish  style.

  All  of  his  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  also  incorporating  elements  of  grindcore  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  nihilism,  hatred  and  misanthropy.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Henry  Kane  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust,  grindcore  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rotten  Av  All  Angest"  and  "Maktlost  Hat".

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Krigblast/Dawn Of The Apocalypse/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review


  Krigblast  are  a  band  from  Texas  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  punk  and  d  beat  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Dawn  Of   The  Apocalypse"  which  was  re;eased  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Atmospheric  synths  and  programmed  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  elements  of  d  beats  and  punk  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  crustcore  style  growls  and  aggressive  shouts.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Krigblast  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  black  metal  influenced  style  of  crust  and  d  beat,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Krigblast  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  crust  and  d  beat,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Submission"  "Evil  Is  Burning"  "No  Way  Out"  and  "Fear  And  Depression".  8  out  of  10.    

Friday, September 15, 2017

Exhumed/Death Revenge/Relapse Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Bay  Area,  California's  Exhumed  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  death  metal,  gore,  and  grindcore mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Death  Revenge"  which  will be  released  in  October  by  Relapse  Records.

  Keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  give  the  music  an  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  before  going  into  a  more  brutal  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  A  lot  of  the  music  has  its  roots  in  the  early  90's  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  production  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  influences  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  screams  and  d  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  sticking  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  as  well  as  having  it's  melodic  moments  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  keyboards  also  make  a  brief  return  and  the  instrumental  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length, some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  elements  of  thrash.

  Exhumed  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  gore,  grindcore  and  death  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  while  also  getting  more  melodic  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  brutal  murders  and  grave  robberies  that  take  place  in  1820's  era  Edinburgh,  Scotland.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Exhumed  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Defenders  Of  The  Grave"  "Night  Work"  "The  Harrowing"  and  "Death  Revenge".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mortalium/Obligate Loneliness/Wolfshade Records/2015 CD Review


  Mortalium  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Obligate  Loneliness"  which  was  released  by  Wolfshade  Records.

  Drum  beats  along  with  some  dark  sounding  yet  epic  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  also  being  used  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Some  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  female  vocals  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  goth  metal  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody, some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  the  Beatles  "Elanor  Rigby"  and  as  the  album  progresses  stringed  instruments  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Mortalium  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly rooted  in  goth  and  doom  metal  which  they  mix  in  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mortalium  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chasing  The  Truth"  "I Hate  You  All"  "Eleanor  Rigby"  and  "Ocean  Of  Depression".  8  out  of  10.        

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Turbocharged/Apocalyptic/Go Fuck Yourself Productions/2017 CD Review


  Turbocharged  are a band  from  Sweden  that  goes  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk  on  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Apocalyptic"  which  was  released  by  Go  Fuck  Yourself  Productions.

  Aggressive  growls,  fast  riffs  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  punk  and  thrash  metal  elements.

  Most  of  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  while  also  mixing  in  a  more  modern  vibe  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  an  old  school  metal/punk  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  first  wave  black  metal  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  style.

  On  this  recording  Turbocharged  expand  on  the  death/thrash  metal  style  which  they  mix  in  with  more  punk,  d  beat  and  crust  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Turbochgarged  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Siamese  Sons  Of  God"  "Halo  Of  Thorns"  "Deathmarch"  and  "Scandinavian  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.