Friday, October 31, 2014

Atomck Interview

  • 1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band these days?
    We have continued to play gigs and write/record/release music the same as in the past. It's very underground by the nature of who we are, the aim is to play with friends and work in the community.
    This year we released a 7” and have another one already recorded and good to put out as soon as the finance is in place. After that we will record a new full album which is about half written.
  • 2.A few months back you had put out a new release, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer music and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
    The main difference that I think people would notice is the drumming style- our old drummer Marzena returned home to the Czech Rep. Shortly after we recorded our album 'Never Work'. Karl then joined and he just has a slightly different approach and overall feel. It's still mostly blasting though. I think we are a bit more confident as a band and go for a rawer sound that is closer to our live sound nowadays.

  • 3.Over the years what have been some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored with their music?
    We tend to make comments about what is going on around us, both in the music scene and politically. 'Never Work' was all about how badly the City of Newport had been effected by the financial collapse, and how the government made matters much worse.
    One of the main themes for our recent ep 'Whitewashed' was bands covering up their questionable politics in order to court with popularity- we see a lot of musicians coming from the heavy metal scene who have racist or sexist lyrics. Usually it is intended for humour but just not acceptable as far as we are concerned.

  • 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Atomck'/
Linus heard the name on a cartoon and liked the sound of it. I like that nobody pronounces it correctly.

  • 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?
We have been going a long time (nearly 10 years) so have played with a lot of great bands in that time. Stand out gigs for me have been playing with INSECT WARFARE and several gigs with WORMROT. Next year we will do CHIMPYFEST in London alongside GRIDE who are a long-term influence and one of the best. A while ago we got to perform at OEF which was amazing, DROPDEAD and BRUTAL TRUTH!

  • 6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are going to do a small tour at the end of November, some punk gigs with our friends FETUS CHRIST, just playing with friends around the UK. We'd like to return to Europe soon as well, everybody treated us very well last time.

  • 7.Over the years you have worked with plenty of many different record labels, out off all  the labels you have worked with, which one do you feel did the best to support the band and get the music out there heard?
In terms of pure numbers it has to be J. Randall's GRINDCORE KARAOKE netlabel, the amount of people that downloaded our stuff from him is way beyond anything else. Having said that, for physical releases we like to work with small underground labels- usually people we trust – and I'm 100% grateful for every single one that has helped us release music over the years. Recently WOOAAARGH and RIP ROARING SHIT STORM have been especially good to us.



  • 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore?
I don't think we have had a massive amount of attention or feedback, but what we have got has been very positive and is always appreciated. We have always chosen to make the music we want to hear which means sometimes not supplying what everybody wants. I'm fine with that.

  • 9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I have no idea! We write music in a very democratic way and everybody gets a say and has input which means things can change rapidly and we often produce quite experimental songs. I imagine we will always be a DIY band trying to play fast and heavy.

  • 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?
Well firstly there are the obvious ones: great grind, punk, hardcore and metal from the past. It just goes without saying haha. Our individual music tastes are very diverse and probably little elements of all those influences creep in- we recently recorded an outro for a song using an old synthesiser and it gave a psychedelic sort of 70s vibe to the end of it.

  • 11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I'm an artist so I like painting and drawing. Linus is really into films and Karl likes to read. Of course those are just snippets ;)


  • 12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
    Thanks very much for contacting us!, anyone can do so at atomck@googlemail.com

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Piss Vortex Interview

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

Simon: The band started out as just a side project for Rasmus and Niclas, and then Christian just sorta invited himself, I think. I don’t really know the details, since I joined the band later on. Christian wrote me, and asked me if I’d like to try out some vocals for their grindcore band, and when I heard the word grindcore I pretty much just said yes right away. The band started out trying to play more straight up grindcore, but that all changed fast, and now we play this weird mixture of grind, noise, hardcore, and general weirdness – I personally had a really hard time ‘getting’ the riffs at first, they confused the shit out of me! I finally think I got it now, though!

Niclas: Well basically, Rasmus and I started hanging out back in early 2011, going to concerts and getting wasted together. We quickly found out that we had a shared taste for fucked up music and morbid humour. So fast-forward a few months and we are about to have our very first lets-just-get-drunk-and-jam-out-session - and then Christian (whom Rasmus previously had been in a band called 'The Full Nelson' with) show up, with a bag full of 'King' beer, from the local kiosk. I don't remember much more from that night, other than listening to Metallica and sweating a lot. And would you know it; by the end of the night, we had demoed 3 or 4 tracks. So naturally, we decided to meet up again - and I haven't been completely sober for longer periods of time ever since.

2.You have your first album coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on the recording?

Simon: The sound on this record is very organic, and we really wanted it to sound like a band playing the music almost live into your ears. The music is chaotic and aggressive in its own way, and the vocals almost clean it up a little bit, making it more accessible in some weird way. We are all heavily inspired by chaotic hardcore and grindcore, but we bring a lot of different stuff to the table. I guess the music is that – grind inspired by a shit load of different bands and music styles.

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

Niclas: In broad terms, it's about how shitty we as humans are to each other and ourselves. The lyrical themes has a number of times been inspired conversations where the initial response have been 'HAHAHAHAHAH! .....okay, thats actually kindda really horrible when you think about it.'. Like teen-pregnancy terminated with a chair, for example. Yep, that somehow happened once.

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

Simon: The name is Christian’s idea, I think. The bands was already called Piss Vortex when I joined. I think it’s just something the guys found cool and funny – a vortex of piss sounds very disgusting and somewhat weirdly aggressive. The name has gotten quite the attention from a lot of people, but I don’t think the guys really thought that much about it. It sounds cool, though, rolls right off your tongue!

Niclas: I dunno, I just thought it sounded kindda sexy..

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

Niclas: One of the best shows as of yet for me personally, would be the time we played Pumpehusets Byhave (the outside stage at one of my favorite venues in Copenhagen) with our buddies in Ajuna and Anti Ritual (who are now also our labelmates). We had just finished the recording of the album a week before - so we were doing better than ever perfomance-wise. The stage-sound were amazing and all the right people were there. The place was just vibrating with great energy.

Our stage perfomance is still a bit of a development in progress i think. For the most part throughout a show, we are just trying to hold on and keep our individual instrumental parts going without messing up - and are often having a really hard time doing so. Shit does get real though, when the breakdown finally drops (usually on a weird offbeat) or the blast-beating inferno hell finally unleashes.

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

Simon: We’re planning on going on a small tour in Denmark in the spring, and then we are making plans for going around Europe in the summer. Nothing is 100% planned at the moment. The US might have to wait a bit, mostly because of money – we’re all broke most of the time. We really want to go there, though!

7.The album will be released on Indisciplinarian, how did you get in contact with this label?

Niclas: Good question, really! haha. I think it was Jacob (from Indiciplinarian) that approached us after the show in Pumpehuset. Christian had known him for some time, and he (Jacob) and Nikolaj who runs the label, both play in Anti Ritual - so it ended up being a quiet natural process for us to work together. Jacob and Nikolaj have both done an astonishing job with this record, taking insane amounts of work off our shoulders. So dudes, if you are reading this - thanks a bunch!

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

Simon: Well, since most people don’t consider it grindcore, but more of a mixture between a lot of different shit, the response has been very diverse. Some true-to-the-bone grindcore fans don’t find us interesting at all, but I’d say most of the response has been very positive. We’ve already gotten a couple of good reviews, which is always nice, and the reactions from the sites that have been writing about us have been overall positive.

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

Niclas: It's hard to say. It will definitely get weirder, thats for sure. More extreme both in terms of noisiness and technicality as well. We are already working on new material and its more fucked up than ever, haha!

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?

Simon: Some of the bands that we all share as inspiration in the band are early Mastodon, Botch, early Dillinger Escape Plan, and stuff like that. But we all have very different tastes in music.

Personally, I think that Nasum, Gadget, Gridlink, Discordance Axis, Napalm Death, and Crowpath have inspired me a lot for this band. Not necessarily because I want to sound like any of them, but more the whole sound and feeling of the music. Very aggressive and insane, but held together in some way – for me the vocals do that a lot. I guess it’s the controlled chaos that a lot of the more extreme bands bring to the table that inspires me personally. I listen to a lot of death metal too, so that genre must also have had some influence on my approach to music. The other guys listen to so many different bands, it would be impossible to list it all here!
Currently I’m listening to Helium Head by Mutoid Man a lot. Such a fucking great little piece! And Omega Massif from Germany – just everything they ever made.

Niclas: Some of my all-time heroes are Daughters, Khanate, Deathspell Omega, Iron Lung and Gorguts.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Niclas: I spend a lot of my time practicing Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It's great fun! Christan and Rasmus both work out a lot at the moment, getting their guns all swollen and shit. Simon swims and studies a lot as well. We are all very social.... and thirsty people. So we party hard a few times a week, either in the rehearsal space, at shows or at bar somewhere in Copenhagen.

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

Simon: Thanks for the attention, I guess! Look forward to the album and hurry up and pre-order the Piss Yellow edition before it’s sold out!
Oh, and also check out some of the great Danish underground bands that exist right now. If you ever need some new and great music to listen to, there’s Märsvin, Klusterfuck, Ajuna, Whorls, No Fealty, and Arakk. Enjoy the daily grind of life!

Homewrecker/Circle Of Death/A389 Recordings/2014 CD Review


  Homewrecker  are  a  band  from  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  brutal  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Circle  of  Death"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  A389  Recordings.

  Dark  and  distorted  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  adding  in  solos  and  leads  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  fast  and  raw  thrash  orientated  style  grindcore  sound.

  When  vocals  are  added  into t he  music  they  are  old  school  sounding  crust/grind/death  metal  growls  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  which  also  adds  more  brutality  to  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  band  starts  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Homewrecker  goes  back  to  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's  era  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  creates  and  album  that  is  very  raw,  aggressive  and  heavy  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Homewrecker  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forced  under"  "Illusions  Of  Peace"  "Skin  The  Pig"  and  "Silence  the  Weak".  8  out  of  10.    

    

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Keitzer/Das Krill/7 Degrees Records/2008 Split 7 inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Germany's  Keitzer  and  Das  Krill  which  was  released  in  2008  by  7  Degrees  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Keitzer  which  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  crust  and  grindcore.

  A  very  heavy,  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  their  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  high  pitched  grindcore  screams  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  and  they  manage  to  make  both  songs  very  brutal  along  with  a  professional  sounding  production  and  violent  lyrics  and  on  the  second  track  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  influences.

  Next  up  is  Das  Krill  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of t he  split  starts  off  with  some  spoken  word  samples  being  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  brutal  musical  direction  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  sound  effects  and  samples  throughout  their  side  of  the  split  along  with  a  great  amount  of  punk  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  themes.

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

    

Keitzer/As The World Burns/7 Degrees Records/2008 LP Review


  Keitzer  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind,  crust  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2008  album  "As  The  World  Burns"  which  was  released  by  7  Degrees  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  death/grind  style  growls  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  band  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  The  bands  musical  style  on  this  album  is  a  lot  more  closer  to  brutal  death  metal  than  the  newer  material  while  also  having  a  great  amount  of  crust  and  grind  being  mixed  in  with  their  style  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  anywhere  on  the  recording  with  the  band  focusing  more  on  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  musical  sound  and  there  is  never  a  soft  moment  to  be  found  anywhere  on  any  of  the  tracks.  

  With  this  recording  Keitzer  played  more  of  a  brutal  style  of  death/grind  which  was  still  heavily  influenced  by  crust  and  hardcore  and  this  album  is  brutal  from  beginning  to  end  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Keitzer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  their  newer  material  and  want  to  hear  their  past  material,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Corporation'  "Doom  Shall  Rise"  "This  Life"  and  "No  Justice,  No  Peace".  8  out  of  10.

Sandokhan/Krupskaya/7 Degrees Records/2010 Split 12 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Sandokhan  and  the  united  Kingdom's  Krupskaya  which  was  released  in  the  year  of  2010  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Sandokhan  a  band  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  crust/grind.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  a good  mixture  of  screams  and  growls  and  all  of  their  songs  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  longest  one  only  being  a  little  over  the  minute  and  they  also  keep  every  minute  and  second  of  their  music  heavy  and  brutal  along  with  a  very  professional  sounding  production  and  lyrics  that  cover  Egyptian,  Sumerian  mythology  and  occultism.

  Next  up  is  Krupskaya  another  band  that  plays  a  very  brutal  style  of  crust/grind.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  Spoken  word  samples  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  musical  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melodies  and  high  pitched  screams  along  with  some  deep  growls  and  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  very  powerful  sounding  production  and  lyrics  that  cover  war  themes.

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

Morser/1st Class Suicide/7 Degrees Records/2010 LP Review


  Morser  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2010  album  "1st  Class  Suicide"  which  was  released  by  7  Degrees  Records.

  A  very  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  death/grind  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  good  mixture  of  both  growls  and  screams  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  old  school  death  metal  in  the  bands  musical  sound  which  they  also  mix  in  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  hardcore  influences.

  Spoken  word  samples  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  band  also  remains  true  to  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  from  beginning  to  end  of  the  recording  and  there  is  never  a  soft  moment  present  in  any  of  the  tracks  that  are  present  on  the  album  and  as  time  goes  on  by  the  music  starts  bringing  in  elements  of  technical  death  metal  into  their  musical  style  and  after  awhile  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  can  be  heard  briefly  in  some  of  the  tracks.

  Morser  takes  the  old  school,  melodic  and  brutal  styles  of  death  metal  and  mixes  in  elements  of  grind,  hardcore  and  power  violence  to  create  an  album  that  is  very  heavy  as  well  as  having  a  sound  of  its  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morser  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind  and  power  violence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Small  Weak  Virus"  "Synthetics  For  the  Devil"  "NnM"  and  "The  Legend  Of  Dunnhill".  8  out  of  10.     

Kali/Ultimate Blowup/7 Degrees Records/2011 Split 7 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Canada's  Kali  and  Turkey's  Ultimate  Blowup  which  was  released  in  2011  by  7  Degrees  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Kali  a  band  that plays  a  mixture  of  grind  and  thrashcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  nature  sounds  and  after  the  into  the  music  starts  going  into  a  brutal brutal  grind/thrash  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  crust  style  shouts  as  well  as  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  and  a  perfect  balance  between  male  and  female  vocals  and  they  also  bring  in  a  raw  and  heavy  production  as  well  as  some  lyrics  that  cover  nature  and  violence  themes.

  Next  up  is  Ultimate  Blowup  a band  that plays  a  mixture  of  power  violence  and  grind.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  some  aggressive  vocals  and  a  fast  crust/grind  sound  which  they  also  mix  in  with  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  old  school  hardcore  and  thrash  in  their  musical  sound  along  with  a  good  balance  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  at  the  same  time  along  with  some  lyrics  that  cover  the  more  negative  side  of  life.

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

  

Atomck/Paucities/7 Degrees Records/2011 Split 7 inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Germany's  Atmock  and  U.S.A's  Paucities  which  was  released  in  2011  by  7  Degrees  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Atomck  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  noise  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  video  game  sounds  before  adding  in  a  melodic  riff  along  with  some  screams  and  growls  that  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  brutal  grindcore  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  blast  beats  and  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  their songs  are  all  very  short  in  length  with  none  ever  hitting  the  2  minute  mark  while  you  can  hear  some  melody  in  their  music  at  times  and  the  songs  are  all  very  well  produced  and  have  some  very  violent  and  hateful  lyrics.

  Next  up  is  Paucities  a band  that  plays  a  brutal  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  dogs  barking  and  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  that  is  closer  to  80's  extreme  metal  and  brings  in  elements  of  thrash  into  the  bands  grindcore  sound  and  a  few  seconds  later  death  metal  growls  start  to  kick  in  and  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  brutal  crust/grind  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats,  th e production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

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

    

Wake/Leeches/7 Degrees Records/2012 LP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Wake  which  shows  the  band  continuing  their  mixture  of  crust,  grind  and  hardcore  with  the  album  being  released  by  7  Degrees  Records  in  2012  and  called  "Leaches".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  hardcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  aggressive  screams  which  also  leads  to  the  music  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  elements  of  brutal  grindcore  and  the b and  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  longest  one  being  close  to  3  minutes  as  well  as  some  tracks  bringing  in  spoken  word  samples  and  they  also  avoid  using  any  solos  and  leads  except  for  the  last  2  songs  and  instead  focus  more  on  a  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  while  some  of  the  later  tracks  shows  the  band  adding  in  small  amount  of  melody.

  Wake  sounded  more  brutal  on  this  recording  with  their  crust/grind  sound  while  the  music  still  had  a  good  amount  of  hardcore  elements  in t heir  songs,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust,  grind  and  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cult  of  War"  "The  Lies  That  Blind"  "Vigil"  and  "Recycle  The  Sickness".  8  out  of  10.    

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kratzer/Kvazar/7 Degrees Records/2013 Split LP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Kratzer  and  Greece's  Kvazar  which  was  released  by  7  Degrees  Records  in  the  year  of  2013  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Kratzer  a  band  that  plays  a  brutal  mixture  of  grind,  death  metal,  hardcore  and  crust.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sounding  hardcore  sound  before  speeding  up  a  bit  and  adding  in  some  aggressive  sounding  vocals  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  add  in  more  melody  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  alternating  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  As  their  side  of  the  split  progresses  the  music  starts  to  bring  in  more  brutality  and  elements  of  crustcore  and  there  are  also  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  utilized  at  times  that  are  more  close  to  80's  metal  and  punk  while  the  guitar  rhythms  have  a  more  modern  day  feeling  to  them  along  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  shows  the  band  bringing  in  a  few  seconds  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  their  last  track  addign  in  a  few  seconds  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Kratzer  creates  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  with  their  music  taking  in  the  heaviness  and  aggression  of  crust  and  grind  while  also  having  some  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  touch  of  modern  hardcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark,  political  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kratzer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  grind  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Schatten"  and  "Missverstand".

  Next  up  is  Kvazar  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  distorted  and  dark  sounding  bass  guitar  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  and  melodic  guitar  leads  before  adding  in  high  pitched  screams,  faster  playing  and  more  elements  of  grindcore  which  also  leads  up  to  some  blast  beats  being  added  into  the  songs.

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  d  beat,  crust  and  old  school  hardcore  in  the  bands  musical  style  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  and  the  band  also  updates  their  musical  style  and  adds  in  more  darker  elements  and  a  great  amount  of  post  hardcore  influences  and  all  of  their  songs  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  longest  one  being  a  little  over  2  minutes.

  Kvazar  creates  a  very  dark  approach  to  crust  and  grindcore  with  their  musical  style  that  also b rings  in  a  touch  of  post  hardcore  while  being  too  heavy  for  that  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kvazar  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  mixture  of  grindcore  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Leap  of  Faith"  and  "The  Truth".

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

        

Dead Church/Suffering Mind/7 Degrees Records/2013 5 InCh Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  5  inch  between  Michigan's  Dead  Church  and  Germany's  Suffering  Mind  which  was  released  by  7  Degrees  Records  in  the  year  of  2013  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Dead  Church  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore  and  power  violence.

  Their side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  that  starts  to  get  more  brutal  and  adds  in  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  along  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  and  there  song  is  very  short  in  length  and  under  a  minute  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Next  up  is  Suffering  Mind  a  band  that  plays  a  brutal  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore.

  A  very  fast,  aggressive  and  old  school  style  of  grindcore  starts  off  their  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  slows  down  a  bit  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  death  metal  growls  being  added  in  certain  sections  of  the  track  which  is  also  under  a  minute.

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

  

Wake/False/7 Degrees Records/2014 LP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Wake  which  shows  them  continuing  their  mixture  of  crust,  grind  and  hardcore  with  the  album  being  released  in  2013  by  7  Degrees  Records  and  called  "False".

  Dark  sounding  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  and  melodic  guitars  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  brutal  grindcore  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  longest  one  being  only  2  and  a  half  minutes  and  as  the  album  progresses  growls  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  bringing  in  a  death  metal  influence  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  some  of  the  alter  tracks  also  show  the  band  adding  in  elements  of  drone  and  noise  while  the  main  focus  remains   more  on  a  brutal  style  of  grindcore.

  Wake  remains  true  to  a  brutal  style  of  grindcore  throughout  the  recording  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  crust  and  post  hardcore  to  make  their  musical  sound  have  more  of  a  darker  edge,  the production  sounds  very  dark,  powerful  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grind,  crust  and  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Foster"  "Mouth  Breeder"  "Ominous"  and  "Intrusion".  8  out  of  10.   

Who's My Saviour/Wall Of Sickness/7 Degrees Records/2013 12 Inch Review


  Who's  My  Saviour  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  7  Inch  "Wall  Of  Sickness"  which  was  released  by  7  Degrees  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  avant  garde  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  spoken  word  samples  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  dark,  melodic  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals  that  also  utilize  some  growls  and  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  hardcore  in  the  bands  musical  sound.

  When  blast  beats  are  utilized  they  bring  a  death  metal  feeling  to  the  bands  musical  sound  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  high  pitched  screams  are  utilized  you  can  hear  the  more  grindcore  and  power  violence  nature  of  their  musical  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  the  more  melodic  sound  of  post  hardcore  being  added  into  the  songs  and  the  last  track  also  shows  the  band  returning  to  more  of  an  avant  garde  direction  while  also  keeping  around  their  heavy  and  melodic  sound.

  Who's  My  Saviour  takes  the  heaviness  of  death  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  adds  in  the  melody  of  post  hardcore  to  create  their  own  musical  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  literature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Who's  my  Saviour  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  grind,  death  metal  and  post  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hemingway"  "Morning  Prayer"  and  "The  World  belongs  to  us".  7/5  out  of  10.

      

Wake/Theories/7 Degrees Records/2014 Split 7 Inch Review


 This  is  a  review  of  a  split  7  inch  between  Canada's  Wake  and  Portland,  Oregon's  Theories  which  was  released  in  2014  by  7  Degrees  Records  as  well  as  having  both  bands  covering  His  hero  Is  Gone and  we  will  start  off  the  review with  Wake  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  static  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  screaming  vocals  before  getting  more  brutal  and  adding  in  blast  beats  and  grindcore  style  growls  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  adding  in  more  elements  of  power  violence  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  cover  some  very  dark  and  hateful  topics  with  their  lyrics  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  very  dark  soundign  production.

  Next  up  is  Theories  another  band  that  mixes  crust,  power  violence  and  grindcore  together.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  along  with  some   fast  riffing,  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams   and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  elements  of  hardcore  and  power  violence,  the  lyrics  that  the  band  cover  are  very  dark  and  violent  while  the  production  has  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  to  it  and  on  the  last  track  they  add  some  melody  into  their  musical  sound.    

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

Resonance Cascade Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Resonance Cascade is a four-piece grindcore band with the purpose of writing short and fast songs. What started out back in 2008 as an idea discussed by Andreas and Johan died out only to be resurrected again in 2012. With trying out different members it all eventually came down to the four guys you see today and during 2013 RxCx was created. We have all played music for such a long time now so everybody knows the drill which makes everything much easier when you just wanna get the grinding going.
2.In October you have a 7 inch coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Kind of like a lo-fi ear destruction presented in a chaotic package. We wanted to step away from making a polished recording because we feel the intensity is kept within the raw chaos.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We decided really early on to have serious lyrics about the criticism we all have against society, humanity and therefore ourselves as well. So the lyrical theme for this 7 inch reflects observations of hopelessness, humanity, society, anger, determination and self hatred. However we didn’t want to write songs about how you should act but write more out of the point of view from a photographer documenting the imminent demise.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Resonance Cascade'?
Grindcore as a genre is like a cascade of sound, so we figured this would be a good name to take and at the same time it also describes what our music sounds like. Also, we like games.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have just about wrapped up our first gig which was a great success for us. The audience and organizers were fantastic and a lot of people asked us about were our next show was going to be so we are definately building a confidence that we have something to offer even if the band is young. All of us just want to grind on so where ever it's possible to gig feel free to mail us and we'll sort it out if we can.
Stage performance is more a question for the audience about us I would say but from what I could see on the videos we put up on youtube (check them out) I think it's a good mix of moshing and beerdrinking.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
At the moment we are open for bookings and suggestions of tours, gigs and in various countries to grind down.
We are looking at the possibilities of touring next year and catch some festivals. If anybody wants to get in touch with us just mail rxcxgrindcore@gmail.com.

7.The 7 Inch is coming out on Cricketcemetary Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
To be honest I don't know that much about the label but from what I gathered so far there is a lot of variation in the music which is a thing I like and you don't see much. It's been in the game since 2010 I think and is based in Arlington, VA. So it's still young but old enough to know how things run. We have had nothing but a good experience so far so we're happy to be a part of the CC-family.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore?
To be honest, we haven’t gotten that much feedback yet but we seem to have gotten a good spread among fans from different countries. So we are hoping that’s a good indication that we are doing something worth checking out.

9.What is going on with the other bands or musical projects that some of the band members are a part off?
Wow, well there are a lot of different bands among the members so it’s hard to say from the top of our heads. But to name a few - Splattered Mermaids are binge drinking in the rehearsal room. Writing new stuff is hard on the liver. Deranged has just played some shows and will most likely spit out some more tunes or do gigs sooner or later. Pyramido is working fast to play slow and do even more shows and songs. Carneus just played a death metal festival deep in the woods Sweden, sources tell me they had a great time.

10.When can we expect a full length album, and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
A full length album is not planned at the moment, but we will hopefully be able to record some new songs during this fall. After that we might start writing songs for an album. Musically we are still trying to really grasp which direction we are going but RxCx is a grindcore band and will remain so. That means short songs, chaotic riffage and fast drums.

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?
Influences are taken everywhere, from music to art and moods. But Discordance Axis, Gridlink, Insect Warfare, Nasum, Feastem and Rotten Sound are common topics within the band so to speak. I would say that we cover most of the listenable genres among the members. Everything from pop to goregrind is okey (to some extent).

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
We are a quite nerdy band with a lot of interests revolving around games, movies, music, coffee/tea and beer drinking. Music takes up most of our free time though through all the bands we have.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks alot for supporting us by doing this interview and to all fans and friends, new or old, we can't wait to catch you at some show somewhere, shoot the breeze over a couple of beers and grind with you. See you in the pit.
/Johan and RxCx

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Idiots Parade/Idiotsgraphy/Bones Brigade/2014 Compilation Album Review


  Idiots  Parade  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  compilation  "Idiotsgraphy"  which  was  released  by  Bones  brigade  and  contains  their  material  from  2005  to  2013.

  A very  heavy  and  old  school  crustcore  sound  starts  off  the  compilation before  speeding  up  into  a  grindcore  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  screams  and  deep  growls  and  the  band  also  bring s in  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  and  brutality  with  their  musical  style  as well  as  having  most  of  the  tracks  being  short  in  length.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  compilation  and  the  band  also  brings  in  elements  of  punk,  hardcore,  power  violence  and  thrash  into  their  brutal  approach  to  grindcore  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  anywhere  on  the  compilation  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  bring  in  sampled  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  brutal  sound.

  Idiots  Parade  plays  a  very  brutal  and  old  school  mixture  of  power  violence  and  grindcore  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  roots  of  the  genre  and  ignores  all  of  the  modern  grind  or  power  violence  trends  to  focus  more  on  a  raw  and  heavy  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  along  with  a  couple  written  in  English  and  cover  violent,  hateful  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Idiots  Parade  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  power  violence  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Laska"  "Antisoza"  "Mozaika"  and  "Whats  wrong".  8  out  of  10.  
   

  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Castle Freak Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Castle Freak is a 4 peice 'grinding death punk' band from Philadelphia formed in 2012 by myself and Cape of Bats mastermind, Francis O'Kane, but now consisting of myself, bassist Dylan Zdanavage, guitarist Zak Carter, and drummer Pierson Roe.  We take the best elements from grind, crust & death metal, chew it up and spit it right back in your stupid faces. We support monster movies and dead things.

2.So far the band has released a demo and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
The 2012 demo is way more straight foreward, yet very simple, Repulsion worship with elements of Obituary and Slayer hidden inside. Still Rotting is much more complex and is rich in genre influence. Still Rotting has bits and peices of bands like Carnivore, Discharge & Autsopy sewn together to make a Frankentein's monster of an EP. While both great and sales worthy, the two are very different because the first demo was going to be released and that was it. The band was going to cease to exist... but naturally we just couldn't help oursleves and decided to keep at it. As most human beings do as we grew older our pallets grew as well. That is why you see much more variety and deversity in our music on the Still Rotting EP. (Which will b available through Tridroid Records come October 7th. [Though you can pre-order now!])

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
In the past it's mostly been a little cliche. We're just another death metal band who sings about zombies and exploding heads, and creepy crawlies (but never a date to the formal). I think as time rolls on and as our well of lyrical concepts dries up I think we'll be focusing more on zombies, exploding heads and creepy crawlies.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Castle Freak'?
Frank opened his mouth and out in came. The movie has nothing to do with it.

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?
We shared the stage back in late August with some of Philadelphia's finest in Slutlust & Incisor to open for Michigan's Wastelander. It was our drummer Pierson's 21st so we took the liberty of getting pretty drunk and rowdy well before we played. I feel like I hit somebody with a folding chair but I can't remember. There's just something magical about kicking your friends in the face from a stage while trying to maintain your balance.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We have a show in Baltimore @ The Metro Gallery with Ilsa, Horrendous, Cemetery Piss & Bestial Evil on October 18th. That's all we have to announce at this time. As far as a tour it's something we'd definitely like to in the not so distant future.

7.According to the fb page the band is signed to Tridroid Records, do you feel this label has been a lot of help for getting the bands music out there heard?
The guys from Tridroid are all really good dudes, and for a young label they seem to be doing a pretty good job.  Obviously they're still a young label so they're still ironing out the kinks but they definitely have potential.  One good thing we can say about Tridroid, however, is through them we met our pal, Curt from Dewar PR, who's been helping us with getting our stuff out there. Sending it to cool places like Decibel & nocleansinging.com.  He's been a huge help and is an awesome guy to work with.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal, grindcore and punk?
As far as I can tell it's been generally positive, which is very cool. What's even cooler I think is that no one of punk, death metal or grindcore really likes it anymore than the other, it's got equal appretation on all fronts, which is what my goal was. Mass appeal madness with good intentions I guess.

9.What is going on with some of the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?
Our bassist Dylan currently plays in the bands Slutlust, Cape ov Bats and Krieg, and our drummer Pierson currently plays in the psych rock band Village.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We've been talking about a full length for a while but it's all just talk right now so I can't accurately give any time frame for that. I'd like to think we'll start working on it as early as mid-2015 but you never know. Our musical style will not be changing drastically anytime soon. I think we've got something good it's just a matter of shaping our mold.

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?
We're very big on Repulsion & Carnivore, OSDM, Grind and D-Beat. I've been listening to a lot of Philadelphia's 'Coffin Dust' & Portland's 'Splatterhouse' lately (who are both absolutely incredible.)

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I'm an avid fan of pro-wrestling, which I feel like people might smirk at a little bit. I feel like most guys who are into death metal would be into Japanese hardcore wrestling. Nothing screams death and pain like a pirahna death match...

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yeah, Chris Kennedy from Philadelphia's Occult 45, I'm gonna knock you silly with a folding chair the next time we play a set together, buddy. You're gonna be seeing stars.

Order Of Chaos 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?

Since recording and releasing Deadweight Undertow we have been busy playing shows to promote it in our hometown of Melbourne, including a well received album launch. On top of that we have been doing a lot of radio interviews and press, as well as booking gigs in other capital cities and rural towns of Australia which will takes on through to March of next year. Writing a lot of new material also !

2.During the beginning of the year 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 the band has released in the past?

The sound is another chapter in our ongoing story as a band, it follows on from the Death Metal with Hardcore of Eyehate Swansongs. This time we found a new undercurrent or spirit of punk running through some of the tracks and also some older death metal and thrash influence from earlier in our career too.  A mixed bag of styles falling in sync with each other and played with passion !

3.The band originally played melodic death metal in the beginning, what was the decision behind going into your current musical direction?

Around 2000 was when we felt like we had pushed the envelope as far as we could go within Melodic Death metal, to be honest we were never worried about losing face with people by changing styles, it was a necessary step for us to continue being excited to play together and the idea was to strip it right back to “ Less is more “ and see what we could do with it.

4.The band was broken up for 5 years and then reformed, what was the decision behind the split and also the decision to reform?

We split in 2002 for a few reasons, one of our members was committed to a lot of work with a bigger band, and in hindsight it was the right time to have a break from each other and explore other ideas.
A rehearsal tape with an albums worth of songs was left in the wake, I dubbed it “Eyehate swansongs” and periodically I would listen to it and think what a waste !!
Five years on in 2007 I heard it again and asked the boys to get together and record these songs properly, for posterity and to finish the recorded legacy of the band. Everyone agreed and we went to rehearse, after the rehearsal we all looked at each other and said ‘ Lets do the band again ‘.

5.This was the first album to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

In the five years in between “ Eyehate” and “Deadweight”
We played sporadic shows in amongst our other projects and life events,
I got married and had a son for example.


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

There is a broad range of topics on the new album, anything from racism ( Fail me not ) religion ( Shadow saviours ) through to the human condition and our inner struggles ( Dead on Arrival, Losing limbs, Primrose path) and even a song on the trends of extreme metal ( No passion to the grind )


7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Order Of Chaos'?

That’s a hard one ! I came up with the name in 95’ so I’m sure the initial inspiration is lost on me now and has matured as we have. When I think of the name nowadays it represents to my mind a striving to find the balance of seemingly opposing forces… an interconnectedness of extremes so to speak !!

8.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 been really lucky to play some great shows over the years, a few spring to mind… In 99 we played a long running Australian festival ‘ Metal for the brain ‘… Another show from 2001 with Blood duster and Mindsnare was amazing… And the last year or so has been really great gig wise too, as has any chance we get to perform really.

Our stage performance is based on the music and playing, were not a big visual type of band… what we do with our set is to try and craft it like it was a killer album and often we link in songs together and try to play without many breaks, just keep the momentum going and use all the different tempo of tracks to make it dynamic but still extremely heavy throughout.

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

We will be touring parts of Australia when we can in the next 6 months or so.

10.On the new album you did a version of Black Flag's "My War", what was the decision behind during your own version of this song?

I got the idea to cover the song as I thought it would sit well with the other songs on Deadweight, bringing an extreme metal edge to a punk song, the opposite of bringing a punk edge to the metal with the other tracks.

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

We are currently getting online Distro through Third verse Records for this new album and I think we will continue to work with them on future things too. If something else label wise comes up we are always open but either way we will get the music out there.

12.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal and hardcore?

If the downloading sites are anything to go by then the Europeans and Russians seem to be loving it !!
Which is a great thing, we want people to hear this new album.
There seems to be a good vibe and greater presence overseas this time around I think there is more hardcore and metal people getting into it nowadays.

13.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?

I also have a one man Doom/ Death/ Sludge / Ambient recording project called Subterranean Disposition.
Mat Rizzo our drummer also plays in Australian legends Blood Duster.

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

The new songs we have demoed so far are moving simultaneously in all of the directions we have explored,
Some melodic metallic d- beat stuff with more traditional
Death metal passages and some real strong thrash elements too. Time will tell how it comes together though, it is still real fresh to our ears.

15.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?

For the three of us a lot of our influence came from late 80’s thrash, early 90’s death metal. Bands like Slayer,Anthrax, Death, Carcass, At the gates…

Personally nowadays I enjoy a lot of different heavy stuff
From Converge and Baptists to Neurosis, Cult of Luna, Clutch, alongside a lot of non metal music.



16.What are some of your non musical interests?
I have been a Skateboarder now for 25 years. I also love reading and taking photos.

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

Thank you very much for the opportunity .
Check out Order of Chaos here:

www.orderofchaos.bandcamp.com

www.facebook.com/OrderofChaosAustralia

http://orderofchaosaustralia.weebly.com

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Piss Vortex/Self Titled/Indisciplinarian/2014 CD Review


  Piss  Vortex  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grind,  death  metal,  noise  rock  and hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2014  album  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Indisciplinarian.

  A  very  heavy  and  powerful  sounding  noise  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  as  will  as  a  small  amount  of  melody  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  and  the  band  also  mixes  the  noise  rock  elements  with  the  brutal  grindcore  sound  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  heavy  influence  of  the  mid  90's  to  early  2000's  hardcore  and  metalcore  genres  which  also  leads  to  the  band  adding  in  death  metal  growls  and  at  times  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  longest  one  being  a  little  over  2  minutes  while  the  last  track  is  5  minutes  and  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  are  all  absent  from  the  recording  with  the  music  focusing  more  on  a  raw  and  heavy  musical  style.

  Piss  Vortex  takes  a  very  aggressive  style  of  grindcore  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of   death metal,  noise  rock,  hardcore  and  metalcore  to  create  the  sound  that  is  present  on  this  recording,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Piss  Vortex  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of    grind,  death  metal,  noise  rock  and hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Voice  of  the  Worthless"  "Altered  State"  "Of  body,  Waste  And  Desire"  and  "Those  Who  Labor".  8  out  of  10.               

Striver Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Seb: In the past 4 months we released a split e.p with Vengeance, being part of the Brink of Doom 4 split e.p boxset, are about to release a split ep with Deboned, just got our album pressed on cd and played the Rrroooaaarrr fest in Montreal (amazing fest check this out)

2.For those that have yet to hear your music how would you describe your musical sound?
Seb: Fast hardcore? Thrashcore? Powerviolence?Crossover?Bits of hardcore, grindcore with sludge influences? Choose your own definition! hahaha

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Cath: Striver has always been an antidote to relief my aggression . Frustration , disgust, hatred, anxiety… Towards human beings, politics, police and struggle of my mind.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Striver'?
Cath: Striver , for about 8 years ago, was very different from what we hear today. Being young and inexperienced in writing: my lyrical words was a bit immature and kind of posi-hardcore : I guess that's what inspired us for our name at the time. We didn't change it because we are not really bothering about this… What we do know is that our musical taste changed dramatically since and way more representative of what we like at the actual time.

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?
Cath:
I would say that the shows I enjoyed the most were, personally : Chibougamau (Northern Quebec ) , Ottawa , Fredericton, and Trois- Rivières. I hate being on ... the stage. I always perform at ground level with people. This gives a unique experience because when we are filming, for example, we see Jeff, Seb and Math performing up there, and you can hear me ( or not ) on the background. Let's say I like the opportunity to see them play too! I think there is a synergy between us performing and it shows!
Seb: Playing with friends are always the bests shows, we don’t care how many people are attending our shows, we are only here to have some fun. I can describe our performace as loud, fast, short and sweet.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Not for the moment, we have our day jobs, school, and we all have other bands to take care of...

7.A year ago you had released a split with Vengeance, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
The split 7’, was released 4 months ago (june 2014)
Seb: We love Vengeance, it’s a perfect match for a split ep, they got that old school vibe that we all share!

8.PRC are re-releasing your 2011 album, can you tell us a little bit more about the contract?
Seb: I know Rémi and Lucie for 10 years now, they released one of my former band (Nourriture),I’ve worked for them on various labels and they helped me started my own label (d7i records). I released Apocalypse Nightmare on lp, made him listen to it, he liked it, make us a great offer but he thought the album was too short, so we added all our 7’’ vinyl releases to add some running time to it! We didn’t have any contract with him, all verbal, we don’t care about all this shit, we trust the guy and that’s it!

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of thrash, crossover and grind?
Seb: We don’t have a huge feedback on worldwide level since we never toured outside Quebec/Ontario/Maritimes, but I do get feedbacks from bands we played with, people I traded records with, they like our sound and drive!

10.When can we expect new material and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Seb: We don’t even now ourselves haaha!! It’s going to be fast...

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?
Cath:
It began with bands like Shutdown, Tragedy , Municipal Waste ... I learned a lot of musical genres since. My main influential bands would be Infest , No Comment, Lärm , Dropdead , Kali , Repulsion ... These days I listen to a lot of post- punk ( Siekiera , Spectres , the Belicose Minds ) , to some minimal wave , a lot of 90's hip hop and Leonard Cohen.
Seb: I am really into sludge/doom/stoner rock, 90’s grindcore and old school death metal! Spazz, Grief and DRI are in my playlist for years now!

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Cath: I study dietetics, and I 've always had an interest in food ... Cinema and retro video games.
Seb: Wrestling, eating, beer and cats

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I’m just going to name drop all the bands we are in, so check them out!
Khan, Albatros, Fistfuck, Rope, Dissed, Stephen Harper, Crust Benoit, Stoned Horses, Mighty Megalodon.




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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Order Of Chaos/Deadweight Undertow/Third Verse Records/2014 CD Review


  Order  Of  Chaos  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Deadweight  Undertow"  which  was  released  by  Third  Verse  Records.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  getting  a  little  bit  heavier  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  which  bring  in  elements  as  crustcore  which  sets  up  the  pace  for  death  metal  growls  and  melodies  to  be  added  into  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  some  elements  of  old  school  hardcore.    

  At  times  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  has  a  melodic  death  metal  feeling  to  them  at  times  along  with  a  touch  of  early  90's  style  thrash  and  at  times you  can  hear  a  touch  of  the  mid  90's  metalcore  sound  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  at  times  and  starts  to  incorporate  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  also  shows  the  band  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  solos  and  leads,  towards  the  end  the  band  also  brings  in  a  cover  of  Black  Flag's  "My  War".

  Order  of  Chaos  takes  the  death  metal  elements  of  their  past  releases  and  mixes it  with  90's  hardcore  and  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  and  while  this  is  not  I  style  i  listen  to  regularly  I  still  fell  the  band  is  very  good  at  what t hey  do,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Order  Of  Chaos  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  hardcore  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMEND  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Passion  To  The  Grind"  "Hand  Over  Fist"  "Losing  Limbs"  and  "My  War".  7/5  out  of  10.  

Friday, October 3, 2014

Destructive Explosion Of Anal Garland/Tour De Anal/Bizarre Leprous Production/2014 CD Review


  Destructive  Explosion  Of  Anal  Garland  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  republic  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  noise/goregrind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  "Tour  De  Anal"  which  was  released  by  Bizarre  leprous  productions.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  brutal  grindcore  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  guttural  growls  which  also  use  some  angry  crust  elements  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  faced  parts  and  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  a  90's  style  of  grindcore.

  On  some  of  the  tracks  you  can  hear  some  elements  of  slam  death  metal  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams    and  the  band  ignores  any  use  of  solos  and  leads  to  focus  more  on  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  with  the  longest  one  being  a  little  over  2  minutes  and  there  is  never  a  soft  moment  present  anywhere  on  the  recording  while  some  tracks  do  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  the  last  rack  is  a  cover  of  Entombed's  "Wolverine  Blues".

  Destructive  Explosion  Of  Anal  Garland  takes  a  very  brutal  and  guttural  style  of  90's  gore/grind  and  adds  in  some  of  the  heaviness  of  noisecore  along  with  a  touch  of  slam  death  metal  to  create  some  very  fast  and  heavy  music,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  porn  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Destructive  Explosion  Of  Anal  Garland  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  goregrind  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sexualni  Demokracie"  "Tour  De  Anal"  "Uder  Undem"  and  "Wolverine  Blues".  8  out  of  10