Friday, November 4, 2011

My Black Light Interview

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never
    heard of you before?
    1.We were born in 2008 when Rudy and Monica met. They were already playing in different cover bands and they decided to try and write their own songs and bring them to light through a new project.

    So once we completed the band lineup we decided to start with some cover songs to improve band harmony and our personal approach to music. After six months spent composing and playing on stage, we attended to several music contests getting success and good results. Once we finished the album we started looking for a label and at the end of March 2011 the band signed with MASSACRE RECORDS.

    2. How would you describe your musical sound?

    2. Our songs structure has changed a lot compared to the initial idea. Every members had their personal music tastes and preferences so we brought  different techniques in our music that make some of the songs complex in terms of metrics and performance and some others more catchy and easy to remember.
    In the end the album sounds heterogeneous but with a leading gothic soul represented by Monica�s voice.

    3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores
    with the music?
    3. Our topics are in general very introspective and explore human emotions, fears and hopes, the way everybody feels inside as a consequence of what happens outside, of course based on our personal experience but always on a very human level. Being human for example is about euthanasia, what would you feel if you should take such a decision? Deadline is about time always ticking away endlessly and you always trying to keep up with it.

    4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
    4. When we met we realized how different we were, we came from different music genres and our tastes were in contrast in some cases. So we wanted something that could express this contrast and we thought that BLACK and LIGHT were perfect. We added MY to make it more personal considering also our lyrics topics.

    5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and
    how would you describe your stage performance?
    5. Surely when we opened Leaves' Eyes and Midnattsol at the end of april 2011. It was great and we had a lot of fun. We were a bit worried and nervous because we had to play on the same stage of such great bands and we were afraid of the comparison with them but the audience was perfect and they welcomed and supported us and enjoyed our music, so we gave our best on stage.

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

6. we are working on it. We have some dates already in Italy but we would really love playing abroad and in Germany of course.

    7. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by gothic metal
    7. good in general, some people think we are innovative in the genre, some other that we are similar to other gothic bands, but our music has been appreciated by metal fans not only gothic metal fans and this is very good for us.

    8. Are there any other projects besides this band or is this a full time
    8. This is a full time line-up. We believe in what we are doing and we like to fully dedicate our time to this project. So no other bands for now.

    9. What musical direction do you see the band heading into on future
    9. Rudy has already started writing new songs for a new album that we will arrange together
    very soon. They're still symphonic and a little progressive in the structure like in Human Maze, but we want them with a more aggressive sound. They�re just drafts
    for now and Rudy wants MY BLACK LIGHT to work on them first anyway.

    10. What are some band or musical styles that have influenced your music
    and also what are you listening to nowadays?
    10. Concerning the structure of our songs, we were of course influenced by Dream Theater, SymphonyX and Evergrey for example, Poison Black and Black Label Society for guitar, Nightwish, After Forever for the voice, Lacuna Coil and Evanescence for the catchiest songs, but there are so many we could say, even 80s dance music for arrangment. We listen to all kind of music and everyone has their favorite songs and bands, and it would be a very very long list!

    11.Outside of music, what are some of your interests?
    11. Well, Monica loves reading books and doing sport for example, Emanuele's passion is cooking and eating...and he's very good at them both!! For Rudy only music, music, music!! No room for anything else! And we all love spending time with our friends and family.

    12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

12. Thank you and stay tuned for the next news!! Bye bye.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Benumb/Soul Of The Martyr/Relapse Records/1998 CD Review

  Benumb  where  a  band  from  California  that  played  a  very  brutal  form  of  power  violence/crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1998  album  "Soul  Of  The  Martyr"  which  was  released  by  Relapse  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  alot  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  power  violence,  crust  and  grindcore  together  mixed  in  with  alot  of  noisy  distortion  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  grindcore  style  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  mixed  in  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  samples,  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy  and  powerful  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Benumb  where  a  very  great  sounding  power  violence/crust/grindcore  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECEMMONDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Regret"  "Stood  Up  And  Sold  Out"  "No  Hope"  and  "Lost  Perception".  RECEMMONDED  BUY.

The Berzerker/Self Titled/Earache Records/2000 CD Review

  The  Berzerker  where  a  band  from  Australia  that  combined  gabber  and  inductrial  with  noisecore,  grindcore  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2000  album  which  was  released  by  Earache  Records.

  Drum  programming  ranges  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  beats,  while  the  bass  guitar  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars,  as  for  the  sampls  they  bring  a  very  heavy  industrial/gabber  feeling  to  the  music  .

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffing  that  combines  noisecore  and  grind  with  death  metal  mixed  in  with  some  melodic  riffing  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  there  are  little  to  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  deep  death   metal growls  mixed  in  with  some  high  pitched  grindcore  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  mianthropy,  anger,  and  medical/pathological  errors,  as  for  the  production  it  has  very  powerful,  professional  and  heavy  sound.

  In  my  opinion  The  Berzerker  where  a  very  great  sounding  industrial, noise,  grind,  and  death  metal  hybrid  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  probably  already  own  this  album.  RECEMMONDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forever"  "Cannical Rights"  "February"    and  "Ignorance".  RECEMMONDED  BUY.


Celestial Season/Solar Lovers/Metal Blade Records/Displeased Records/1996 CD Review

  Celestial  Season  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  played  a  vey  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  doom/death  metal  with  this  album  but  later  evolved  into  stoner  rock,  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Solar Lovers"  which  was  released  By  Displeased  in  Europe  in   1995  and  then  by  Metal  Blade  Records  in  the  U.S  in  1996.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  violins  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  feeling  to  the  music  with  a  brief  use  of  pianos  and  synths  being  utilized  on  one  song,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  melodic  doom/death  metal  riffing  that  also  has  a  stoner  rock  feeling  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  dark,  depressive,  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  bring  a  more  tragic  feeling  to  the  music.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death/doom  metal  growls  mixed  in  with  some  c,ean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy  and  powerful  sound.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  great  album  from  Celestial  Season  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  atmospheric/doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECEMMONDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Solar  Child"  "The  Holy  Snake"  "Vienna"  and  "The  Scent  Of  Eve".  RECEMMONDED  BUY.

Filthy Christians/Mean/Earache Records/1990 CD Review

  Filthy  Christians  where  a  band  from  Sweden  that  mixed  grindcore  with  crust  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1990  album  "Mean"  which  was  released  by  Earache  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  in,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  grindcore,  crust,  thrash  and  hardcore  punk  together,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  primitive  sounding  hardcore  punk  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  crust  style  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  hardcore,  drunk  driving,  and  hateful  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Filthy  Christians  where  a  good  sounding  grindcore/crustcore  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECEMMONDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Scene"  "Drunk  Driver'  ""The  Disease"  and  "if  You're  Hardcore...  I'm  Not!".  RECEMMONDED  BUY.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Excruciating Terror/Expression Of Pain/Pessimiser-Theologan Records/1996 CD Review

  Excruciating  Terror  where  a  band  from  Los  Angeles  that  mixed  death  metal  and  grindcore  with  crustcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1996  album  "Expression  Of  Pain"  which  was  released  by  Pessimiser-Theologian  Records.

  Drums  range  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  alot  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown in,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong,  heavy  and  powerful  tone  with  riffs  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mi  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  death  metal,  grind  and  crustcore and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  deep  death  metal  vocals  and  high  pitched  crust/grindcore  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  society,  politics,  war  and  death,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy,  brutal,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Excruciating  Terror  where  a  very  gteat  sounding  death  metal/grind/crustcore  hybrid  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECEMONDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Expression  Of  Pain"  "Extortion"  "Stupid  War"  and  "Under  The  Burning  Sky".  RECEMMONDED  BUY.

Visceral Evisceration/Incessant Desire For Palatable Flesh/Napalm Records/1884 CD Review

  Visceral  Evisceration  where  a  band  Austria  that  played  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  doom/death  metal  with  more  of  a  focus  and  gore  thems  instead  of  the  dark  and  depressive  themes  which  usually  goes  with  this  sub  genre  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1994  album  "Incessant  Desire  For Palatable  Flesh"  which  was  released  by  Napalm  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  bas  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording,  as  for  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  melodic  doom/death  metal  riffs  that  have  a  very  traditional  metal  feeling  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  dark,  depressive  and   melodic  sounding.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  deep  death/doom  metal  growls  mixed  in  with  clean  singing  male  and  female  vocals,  while  the  lyrics  cover  gory  and  perverted  themes  and  I  can  see  a  goregrind  fan  buying  this  recording  beacause  the  bands  name,  song  titles  and  back  cover  but  probably  being  dissapointed  if  he  is  not  open  to  this  style,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark  and  powerful  sound  in  which  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Visceral  Eviscreation  where  a  very  great  melodic  doom/death  band  that  where  way  ahead  of  their  time  with  the  song  lyrics  and if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECEMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "At  The  Epicurean  Gynecologist"  "Chewing  Female  Genital  Parts"  and  "Gangling  Menstrual  Blood-Broth  For  Supper".  RECEMMENDED  BUY.

Ojorojo/Can You Keep Your Sanity/East Bay Menace/1997 CD Review

  Ojorojo  where  a  band  from  Oakland  that  played  a  mixture  of  power  violence/crust/  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their1997  album  "Can  You  Keep  Your  Sanity"  which  was  released  by  East  bay  Menace.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  in  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  tone  with  riffs  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combie  power  violence/grindcore/crust  and  hardcore  punk  together  to  create  their  own  sound  mixed  in  with  a  good  amount  of  noisy  distortion  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  crustcore  style  screams  and  growls  mixed  in  with  some  back  up  vocals  and  samples  being  used  in  songs,  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Ojorojo  where  a  very  great  sounding  power  violence/crust  punk  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECEMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trapped  Inside"  "Caged"  "Gunshot  Echo"  and  "A  Show  Of  Force".  RECEMMENDED  BUY.

Avernus/Of The Fallen/MIA Records/1997 CD Review

  Avernus  where  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  played  a  mixture  of  doom  and  gothic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album  "Of  The  Fallen"  which  was  released  by  MIA  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats  with  some  percussion  being  thrown  in  at  times,  while  the  keyboards  bring  a  very  dark,  gothic and  atmospheric  feeling  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound to  it  that  dominates  throughout  the  album.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  gothic /doom  metal  riffs  that  are  very  and  melodic  sounding  with  some  guitar  synths  being  thrown  in  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  or  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  enhance  the  darkness  of  the  music.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  deep  death/doom  metal  growls  mixed  in  with  clean  singing  male  and  female  vocals,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  gothic  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  powerful  and  professional  sound  and  you  can  hear  every  musical  instrument  that  is  presented  on  the recording.

 In  my  opinion  Avernus  was  a  vey  great  sounding  gothic/doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECEMMONDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "'IF I  Could  Exist"  "Ghost"  and  "Beutful  Black  Heart".  RECEMMONDED  BUY.

Gore Beyond Necropsy/Noise-A-Go Go !!!/Relapse Records/1998 CD Review

  Gore  Beyond  Necropsy  where  a  band  from  Japan  that  played  a  mixture  of  noise/grind  and  harsh  noise  and  this  is  a  release  of  their  1998  album  "Noise-A-Go Go!!!"  which  was  released  by  Relapse  Records.

  Drums  range  from  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  in,  while  the  noise  effects  sound  very  harsh  and  brutal  sounding,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  sound  very  powerful.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  mid  paced  to  fast  noise/grind  riffs  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  deep  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  noise/grind  screams  with  some  samples  being  thrown  in  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  gore,  feaces,  sick  humor,  and  anti-cock rock,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Gore  Beyond  Necropsy  where  a  great  sounding  noise/grind  hybrid  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECCEMONDED    TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chain  Of  Torture"  "Kill  The  Cock  Rock  Greedy  Hog!"  "Pain  To  The  Slain"  and  "Chaos,  Disorder  and  Confusion".  RECCEMONDED  BUY  

Paralysis/Patrons Of The Dark/Grind Core International/1993 CD Review

 Paralysis  where  a  band  from  New  Orleans,  Louisiana,  that  played  a  mixture  of  death  metal  with  a  blackened  edge  and  grindcore  and  this  is  areview  of  their  1993  album  "Patrons  Of  The  Dark"  which  was  released  by  Grind  Core  International.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  goood  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown in  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  riffs  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording,  as  for  the  synths  which  are  only  utilized  on  the  last  song  they  have  a  very  dark  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  death  metal  riffs  that  also  utilize  influences  from  black  metal  and  grindcore,  and  there  are  little  to  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  which are  only  used  on  the  last  song  they  use  finger  picking  to  add  another  dimension  of  darkness  to  the  music.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  growls  mixed  in  with  some  ocassional  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Gore,  Death,  Occultism,  Sumerian  Mythology  and  H.P  Lovecraft  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Paralysis  where  a  very  good  raw  and  primitive  sounding  death/grind/black  metal  band  band  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECEMMONDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  ""Scorched By Demons"  "Patrons  Of  The  Dark"  "Mausoleum"  and  "Gates  Reflected".  RECEMMONDED  BUY.