Monday, July 16, 2018

Raven's Creed/Get Killed Or Die Trying/Xtreem Music/2018 CD Review


  Raven's  Creed  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Get  Killed  Or  Die  Trying"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Xtreem  Music.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  elements  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  utilizing  a  lot  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mid  80's  death  metal  style  growls.

  A  lot  of  crust  elements  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  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  while  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  as  the  album  progresses  shouting  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Raven's  Creed  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death,  thrash  metal  and  crust  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Raven's  Creed  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dead  Bird  On  Winchester  Street"  "Off  With  Their  legs"  "Rats  Beneath  Our  Feet"  and  "The  Trauma  Of  Being  Hunted".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Axis Of Despair/Contempt For Man/Southern Lord/2018 CD Review


  Axis  Of  Despair  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  grindcore  with  a  touch  of  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Contempt  For  Man"  which  will  be  released  on  July  27th  by  Southern  Lord.

  A  very fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  more  of  a  crust  approach  while  growls  and  screams  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar riffing  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Axis  Of  Despair  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  violent,  angry  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Axis  Of  Despair  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Demons  And  Angels"  "The  Punishment  Begins"  "Into  The  hard  Earth"  and  "A Brutal  Truth".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Transient/Bastard Noise/Sources Of Human Satisfaction/Six Weeks Records/2018 Collaboration Album Review


  Transient  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  grindcore  and  they  team  up  with  California's  harsh  noise  project  Bastard  Noise  and  mix  their  2  different  styles  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Sources  of  Human  Satisfaction"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Six  Weeks  Records.

  Power  electronics  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  harsh  noises  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  screams  and  when  the  musical  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Elements  of  grindcore  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being very  short  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Transient  and  Bastard  Noise  creates  a  recording  that  takes  grindcore  and  harsh  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Transient  and  Bastard  Noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore  and  harsh  noise,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mother's  Day"  "Cave  Mouth"  "Leeches"  adn  "Bloodline".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, July 9, 2018

Fading Bliss 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?
The album has been released two months ago, and up to now, the feedbacks are mostly positive.  During this time, we kept on working on new songs and other projects, so nothing to complain I guess !

2.In May you had released a new album, what are some of the things you feel that you have done differently on this recording that you where not able to do on previous releases?
Since we started to work on this new album, we all knew that it would be different.  Of course, on the one hand it would be useless and meaningless to release a second From Illusion To Despair, but on the other hand the line up of the band has changed a bit, bringing another feeling to the music : slower tempos, less keyboards, more cello, and a different way to consider vocals.  This all brought this new album on a darker but also more progressive path.

3.This is your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
You’re right, 5 years is quite a long time frame, but as we use to say : taking time does not mean losing time, and as you know, doomers don’t go fast. Beside the line-up changes and various live projects, we actually worked on many songs, even if we finally decided to feature only 4 of them on this new album. Hopefully you won’t have to wait 5 more years to hear new Fading Bliss songs.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores on the new release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
Working without deadlines grant us the opportunity to avoid urging things.  It’s a long working process that allows us to take some distance, to change things, and to make the music evolve with us.  Of course we have grown up as songwriters, but again, you need time to experiment things.
Concerning the lyrical topics of this new album, even if it’s not really conceptual, the recurrent theme is of course the solitude.  Solitude is the best way to confront your own self.  Put in other words, when you are left alone, when you’re feeling lost, who do you miss, or what do you need ?  We all need a guiding light, a safe haven to sail towards.  Somehow solitude can be challenging.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Fading Bliss"?
Actually, the name Fading Bliss comes from one of the first cover versions we did back in 2009.  That song was Katatonia’s « Right Into The Bliss ».  And as you know, nothing lasts forever and mostly everything fades away.  So came the name Fading Bliss.

6.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 have had the opportunity to play in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Romania, Bulgaria… It’s hard to say which show was the best or the most enjoyable one. The Doom Over Bucarest was a great event, with one of the widest audience.  But the Little Devil Doom Days was a great moment too !
On stage, we try to stay focused on the music, with dim lights, and very slow moves.  It’s a doom show you know : it has to be massive, solemn, powerful and not disturbed by gimmicks.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Since we are currently working on new songs, we have only booked 3 shows : the 4th edition of From Dusk Till Doom, In Belgium, on October 6th ; a show in France on November 11th ; and the second edition of the Haunting The Castle Festival, on March 2nd, 2019.  We’ll try to play live more often in 2019 by the way.  So if someone is interested, please get in touch !

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of goth , doom and death metal?
We are really lucky because Malpermesita has a very good distribution network, including the USA.  So right now, the album is available nearly everywhere, and the online mailorders complete the availability. Up to now, the feedback from the doom and doom / death scene is really great and encourageing. But we also got some nice words from people from outside our beloved doom scene.  I take this opportunity to thank them all !

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future ?
I don’t think we shall change drastically our music style.  We really love what we are doing.  As we are speaking, the next album takes shape, and referring to what I know, two long tracks are already finished.  Once again the musical direction is a bit different, maybe with a stronger old school feeling and some really catchy parts.  It’s too early to have a clear and global view, but let’s say it’s promising.

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?
Our music is deeply rooted in the early 90’s gothic / doom scene, with bands like Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Anathema, Tiamat, Katatonia, Theatre Of Tragedy, The Gathering, and alikes. 
Nowadays, I’m listening mostly black, doom and death metal.  To name but a few, the last albums of Ophis, Faal, Old Night, Winterfylleth, Wolves In The Throne Room… are spinning quite often these last weeks.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I’d like to say that I’m interested in many things, but unfortunately (and I’m quite sure you know what I mean), I miss time.  Beside my regular jobs and family, I spend a lot of time working for the band, for AZ Live (organising events), or writing for metal magazines. 
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all, I’d like to thank you for this interview.  The bands are just a small part of the metal scene, and they would not exist without the support and interest of the press and fans.  So sincerely, thank you all !  Dooooom on !

https://www.facebook.com/fadingbliss/
Dahl (vocals)


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Sewer Trench/Optimism/WOOAAARGH/2018 CD Review


  Sewer  Trench  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  death  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Optimism"  which  will  be  released  on  July  13th  by  WOOAAARGH.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  screaming  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  d  beats  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  Grindcore  elements  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  some  of  the  screams  are  also  influenced  by  black  metal  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  some  of  the  fast  riffing  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffs  and  the  last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  which  also  introduces  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.

  Sewer  Trench  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  crust  and  grindcore  while  the  death  and  black  metal  elements  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sewer  Trench  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "All  Dead"  "Alphabet  Soup"  "Crippled  Dying  Fetus"  and  "Happiness".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, July 2, 2018

Humanity Delete/Carnal Garden/Anthems Of Doom/Lethal Onslaught/Iron, Blood & Death Corp/2018 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Sweden's  Humanity  Delete  and  Greece's  Carnal  Garden  called  "Anthems  Of  Doom/Lethal  Onslaught"  which  was  released  by  Iron,  Blood  &  Death  Corp  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Humanity  Delete  who  return  with  their  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore  and  d  beat.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  old  school  sound  that is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  elements  of  d  beat  and  grindcore  as  well  as  some  blast  beats.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  an  old  school  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  groove  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Asian  Ghosts  &  Folklore  and  post  apocalyptic  terror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Humanity  Delete  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  metal,  grindcore  and  d  beat,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bone  Hammer"  and  "Fangs  Of  The  Wolf". 

  Next  up  is  Carnal  Garden  a  band  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  old  school  90's  era  Swedish  influenced  sound  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  which  are  very  easy  to  understand  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  along  with  the  music  always  remaining  very  heavy  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar  leads  being  added  onto  the  closing  track,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror,  society  and  environment  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Carnal  Garden  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lethal  Onslaught"  and  "Enemy  Territory".

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

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Deathgrave/So Real It's Now/Tankcrimes Records/2018 CD Review


  Deathgrave  are  a  band  from  San  Jose,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore,  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Sp  Real  It's  Now"  which  was  released  by  Tankcrimes  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  short  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  as  well  as  capturing  the  energy of  punk  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  on  the  closing  track  horror  movie  soundtrack  music  is  added  onto  the  recording.

  Deathgrave  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal,  grindcore  and  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore  and  violence  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Deathgrave  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Casket  Bath"  "Sleeping  Through  A  Shoebox"  "Life  Fast  Die  Slow"  and  "Face  Forager".  8  out  of  10.