Friday, December 23, 2016

Resonance Cascade/Jarnbord/Hyperasku/WOOAAARGH/Downfall Records/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Sweden's  Resonance  Cascade  and  Jarnbord  called  "Hyperakusi"   which  will  be  released  in  2017  as  a  joint  effort  between  WOOAAARGH  and  Downfall  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Resonance  Cascade  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  d  beat.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  guitar  sound  before  speeding  and  up  going  into  a  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  touch  of  old  school  Swedish  death  metal  and  elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  split  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  d  beat  elements  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  samples can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound.

  Resonance  Cascade  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  brutal  grindcore,  Swedish  death  metal  and  d  beat  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Resonance  Cascade  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore  and  d  beat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out    their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dead  Peasants"  "Rid  Of  Reason"  "Death  Approaching"  and  "Failure".

  Next  up  is  Jarnbord  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  a  heavier  grindcore  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  hardcore  punk  style  shouting  and  yelling and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  short  in   length  while  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  sounds  while  the  music  always  remains  brutal  while saxophones a re  used  for  a  few  seconds  on  the  last  track.

  Jarnbord  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore  and  mixes  it  with  hardcore  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  issues  of  enduring  and  maintaining  your  sense  in  an  idiotic  world. 

  In  my  opinion  Jarnbord  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "65  Sen  Doden"  "Lets  Die"  and  "Nykter  Utsovd  Pumpad".

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

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Blastomycosis/Covered In Flies And Afterbirth/CDN Records/2017 CD Review


  Blastomycosis  are  a  band  from  Toronto, Ontario  Canada  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  guttural  form  of  death metal  with  some  touches  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Covered  In  Flies  And  Afterbirth"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  CDN  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  after  awhile  guttural  growls  and  technical  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  High  pitched  screams  can  be  heard  at  times  and  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  mid  tempo  sections  also  mix  in  elements  of  slam  and  most of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  only  use  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  elements  of  grindcore  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction.

  Blastomycosis  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  technical,  brutal,  and  slam  styles  of  death  metal  and  mixes  in  some  grindcore  and  black  metal  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  whores,  death,  gore  an  mutilation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blastomycosis  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  death  metal  band  with  some touches  of  black  metal  and grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Covered  In  Flies  And  Afterbirth"  "Fucked  In  Two"  "Amazon  Crotch  Rot"  and  "Meat  Hooker".  8  out  of  10.   

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hereza/I Become Death/Godz Of War Productions/2017 CD Review


  Hereza  are  a  band  from  Croatia  that  plays  a  punk  influenced  form  of  death  metal  on  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review of  their  album  "I  Become  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  along  with  both  d  and  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  brings  in  90's  style  Swedish  influences  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  punk  influences  and  spoken  word  samples  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  the  album  progresses  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  finally utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  a  melodic  and  old  school  style of  death  metal  and  screams  are  also  used at  times  and  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  Hereza  creates  a  recording  that  has  the  old  school  death  metal  style  of  their  previous  release  while  also  mixing  in  more  punk  and  d  beat  elements this time  around,  the  production  sounds very  old  school  while  the  lyrics are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Croatian  and  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  from  Hereza  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  or  punk  influenced  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Become  Death"  "In  The  Name  Of  God"  "Torn  From  the  Death's  bed"  and  "Tombcrawler". 8  out  of  10.   

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Drip/The Haunting Fear Of Inevitability/Relapse Records/2017 CD Review


  The  Drip  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  power  violence  and  grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "The  Haunting  Fear  Of  Inevitability"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Relapse  Records.

  A  very  heavy sound  along  with  some  aggressive  hardcore  style  vocals  start  off  the  album  and  all  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when t he  music  speeds up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  screams  are  also  add  into  some  parts  of t he  songs  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  groove.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  a  great  amount  of  crust  and  d  beat  elements  can  be  heard along  with  the  rawness  and  brutality  of  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  briefly  they are don  in  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavy musical  style.

  The  Drip  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  grindcore,  crust,  power  violence  and  d  beat  mixture  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  the  Drip  and  if  you  are  a  fan o f  grindcore,  d  beat,  power  violence  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anathema"  "Covered  In  Red"  "Wretches'  and  "Bone  Chapel'.  8  out  of  10.     

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Endorphins Lost/Choose Your Way/Six Weeks Records/2016 LP Review





  Endorphins  Lost  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  a  mixture  of  power  violence, g rind,  crust  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Choose Your Way"  which  was  released  by  Six  Weeks  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  power  violence  direction  which  also  uses  blast  beats  and  aggressive  hardcore  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  d  beat  elements  and  grindcore  screams  are  used  at  times.

  Melodic  riffing  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  more  old  school  metal/punk  style  and  some  of  the  fast  riffing  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  as  the  album  progresses  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavy  musical  direction.

  Endorphins  Lost  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grind,  power  violence,  crust  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  misanthropy and  the  inherit  dysfunction  of  mankind.

  In  my  opinion  Endorphins  Lost  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of grind,  power  violence,  crust  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Shut  In"  "Choose  Your  Way"  "Rambo  Syndrome"  and  "Torture  Report".  8  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pissed On Interview

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

We're a grindcore band from Louisville, Kentucky. We started as a powerviolence band in 2015 and eventually grew our sound after bringing in more and more different influences like Swans, Carcass, and Darkthrone.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

Fast. Nasty. Chaotic. Loud. You know, that good devil music.

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

Our original demo was a bunch of songs like "I hate you', and our split with Street Rat was a bunch of songs more like "I hate me". Our new record, The Hanged Man, is a lot more mature. This record follows a character completely enveloped in nihilism who has become too pained and angry with the world to continue living. This is his final manifesto.

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

Would you believe me if I said it's from an A$AP Ferg song?

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you planning on expanding your line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

From our insemination this band has been Tyler Byers, our primary songwriter and my bestfriend, and I. No matter what, that lineup is the core of Pissed On. We're trying out some people to fill other positions, so who knows.

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

Off the top of my head some our most memorable shows would have to be when we played with GLOSS in our home town. They put on a killer show and are some of the nicest people we've met. Our third show ever as a band was opening the Knocked Loose/Damaged Goods split release show. I think that's when we realized this band could be something more than we ever envisioned. We also just played Snow and Flurry Fest in Fargo and the reaction there was pretty awesome. We're really loud and chaotic and we incorporate harsh noise so you never really know how people are going to react to that.

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

We're booking a lot of tours in support of The Hanged Man. Basically, we're hitting everywhere.

8.The ep is coming out on 'Advocate Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Advocate is a very young label run by some amazing people and good friends of ours. They're old fashioned in the sense that they really care about the music and keeping their artists happy. They know that as musicians, this is our art and they really do want to help us put it out to the world the way that we envisioned it. I don't think I could feel more comfortable with anyone else.

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

It's been kind of crazy honestly. We've had people reach out from places like Germany, England, Canada, and South America. I never really expected our music to even leave our hometown.

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

Originally we were really influenced by some of the legendary powerviolence bands like Infest and Spazz, but also more modern bands like Ceremony and Trash Talk. Now we take in a lot of music to allow us to kind of build our own version of extreme metal. Personally, I've been listening to Chelsea Wolf, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, and Young Thug.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I really like art whether its just drawing or painting. My girlfriends actually an art student and has been trying to teach me. I'm also very into movies, horror specifically. I'd really like to write and direct my own horror short sometime.

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

Just want to say thanks for the interview and thanks to everyone who's supported us so far. I'm really excited to put out this record and see and people's reactions. Up until this point I feel as though we haven't shown what we're fully capable of and this record is just the beginning.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Vanha Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
-Janne: Vanha is a Doom Metal Duo, consisting of myself, Jan "Janne" Johansson (Vocals/Guitars/Keyboards), and Jesse Oinas (Drums).

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
-Janne: The sound overall is downhearted, dark, heavy & melodic.
-Jesse: And slow, slow as hell.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
-Janne: It´s a lot of darkness, depression & overall hopelessness.
It´s the craving of an end of life, how meaningless it is and how nothing really matters.
At the same time as one wishes there could be more to life.
But sadly there isn´t.
We´re here, we die, darkness.

4.I know that the bands name means 'Old' in Finnish, how does this name ft in with the musical style that you play?
-Janne: Eventually, most of us, get old, and thereafter die.
So that word becomes powerful in a sense & important within the music.
I could elaborate on that, but it would also require a few pages of text so..

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
-Janne: As of this point, we will remain a duo,
due to the lack of time to pursue a full lineup, rehearsals, gigs etc.
But who knows, perhaps one day we´ll get a "full lineup" and do just that.
Play live that is..

6.The album is coming out on 'Black Lion Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
-Janne: Of course. Just getting a deal as a duo is hard enough. So we´re grateful for that.
The communication between us and the label is good as well.
So we´ve been treated very well.
-Jesse: Very well, to say the least.
They´ve been patient and accommodating.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and death metal?
-Janne: Well that´s hard to say. The album isn´t out yet, and the single came out just a few days ago, but I can tell you that there has been nothing negative about it.
Let´s just say good stats and thumbs up, for now.

8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
-Janne: I´ve been working on my other project Frostvang, for a possible new release in 2017 and this new band I´ve got going on with other folks, still keeping that a secret until it´s time to unveil it.
And, on top of that, Jesse and I have some plans for a possible Black Metal project.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
-Janne: It´s hard to answer that, since we kind of take things as they come.
But the music won´t change in some way, meaning it will be kept dark, heavy & melodic.
-Jesse: And slow.

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?
-Janne: Metal & Classical music has been my inspiration. Sentenced, Type O Negative, Paradise Lost, Beseech, to name a few quick ones.
Also more extreme bands like Deicide or my personal classical favorite Vivaldi.
-Jesse: I don´t listen that much to Doom Metal, to be honest.
Black Sabbath is as close as it gets. I don´t know if that´s a good thing or not, but it seems
it worked out well in the end, and it´s great to try something new.
Black Metal is what I listen to generally. Dark Throne and Horna in particular.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
-Janne: Family, Painting, Horrormovies, Nature, History.
-Jesse: Family, Fishing, Nature.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
-Janne: Just thanks to anyone who listens to the music.
-Jesse: Yeah, thanks to all of you who listens.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Vanha/Within The Mist Of Sorrow/Black Lion Productions/2016 CD Review


  Vanha  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Within  the  Mist  Of  Sorrow"  which  will  be  released  on  December  28th  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  and  melodic  sound  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times and  the  solos  and  elads  are  also  done  in  a  melodic  fashion.

  Most  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of  doom/death  metal  and  the  keyboards  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  gothic  horror  at  times and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  vocals  along  with  violins  are  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  a  couple  of  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  they  close  the  recording  with  an  instrumental.

  Vanha  plays  an  atmospheric  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  of  the  genre,   the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Vanha  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Cold  Light"  and  "Desolation".  8  out  of  10.

                                        

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Henry Kane/Den Forstorda Manniskans/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review


  Henry  Kane  are  a  band  from  Sweden t hat  plays  a  mixture  of  old  school  Swedish  style  death  metal  and  crustcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Den  Forstorda  Manniskans"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

 Growing  vocals  and  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of  Swedish  death  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the   recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  most of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  while also having  some  of  the  raw  aggression  of  grindcore  and  high  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  one  track  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Henry  Kane  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  Swedish  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  post  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Henry  Kane  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Svarta  Tankar"  "Dragen  I  Skiten"  "Bon  For  Bon"  and  "Vinst  Eller  Folust".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nashgul 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?
Hector - We have booked many dates inside spanish state and this same weekend we celebrate in our hometown our 15th anniversary show. 15 years behaving like assholes around there!



2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Hector - The sound is practically the same as always, it is the same gear and the same recording studio. What makes it different from the other recording is that we have spent many rehearsal sessions to polish the songs and that the recording session was scheduled right after the arrival from our last European tour of 3 weeks. We were going flat out and that is something noticeable.



3.Your lyrics cover horror  and  post  apocalyptic  themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Hector - We all in the band are fans of the terror/apocaliptic/horror cinema, comics and masks. After all is what we have grown with and what marked our lives.



4.The new album was released on 'Selfmadegod Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Hector - Totally. It is a pleasure to work with a label such Selfmadegod, a serious label that accomplishes everything it says. Nowadays it is not easy to meet people like this… We like to work with known people and known labels, things tend to be easier.



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?
Hector - From last years I hold on to 2 shows. The live show at Maryland Death Fest in Baltimore (USA), for being the fest it is and for being playing in front of so many people, sharing the line-up with the bands we grew with; and the last show at Kopi in Berlin, in our last european tour, it was a time travel to what it must have been a Napalm Death’s F.E.T.O. era show, out of control and chaos in a fully packed small venue. Brutal!





6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Hector - We have started to talk between ourselves the plans for 2017, but our idea is to tour though we are not sure to where. At beginning of next year we will aim some place in the world.



7.Over the years you have also done your fair share of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared those releases with?
Hector - Most of the bands we shared 7” with were friend’s bands or ones we had had some relationship in any time. Most of them are not active anymore but we keep the good relationship with their members.



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore?
Hector - Well, sincerely I don’t think it was much. Grindcore born and died with first records from Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Brutal Truth and Assück. Rest of bands we have spawned after those glorious year have been making a mix of all those bands. We haven’t given anything new, but I suppose that to people of the generation who grew with those bands like to enjoy the same rehash in live shows, hahahahaha!



9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band embers are a part of?
Hector - Our drummer Iván plays in Hongo (heavy-crust-doom band - https://fungivoro.bandcamp.com), they are very active with records in shows.

Luis, our bassist, just plays in Nashgul nowadays, he has not much free time because his work as illustrator (http://sendonluis.blogspot.com.es/).

Alex, our singer, still sings in Bokluk (old school death metal - https://boklukdeath.bandcamp.com). They have just recorded a new record and they have booked many dates in spanish state.

I play in Black Panda (Crust N´Roll - https://blackpanda.bandcamp.com/music), we have just released a new 7” and we will do a mini tour in January and some fest. Besides Black Panda, I play in Come Back From The Dead (Old School Death Metal - https://comebackfromthedead.bandcamp.com/music), we have just recorded a new 10” and we have also many dates and fests in the next months.







10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hector - I suppose that exactly the same as today. With the pass of time we have found our own sound, which we are comfortable with and I don’t find ourselves recording a Discordance Axis kind of record, more than nothing because we do not have fucking idea of how to play!!!



11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Hector - The same influences of our teenage days practically. The same mythical old records of Grindcore, Punk, Hardcore and Heavy Metal. Today I barely listen to new music. One of the good things internet has brought is to be able to investigate and go down deep in forgotten bands from 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, a real bottomless pit full of gems!!!



12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Hector - Each one has his own follies and interests. I spend part of my free time to be the sound guy at shows in a self-managed social center that we have put to start exactly 1 year ago between many friends here in A Coruña, where we do many activities, musical and non-musical ones, Nave 1839.  http://nave1839.org/en/



13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hector - Many thanks for your time and the interview, to contact us you can write to nashgulcore@yahoo.es or you can listen to our new complete album “Cárcava” at https://nashgul.bandcamp.com/

FUCK SPAIN.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Pissed On/The Hanged Man/Advocate Records/2017 EP Review


  Pissed  On  are  a  band  from  Kentucky  that  plays  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise  and  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  hardcore, black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "The  Hanged  Man"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Advocate  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  and  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  at  times  and  elements  of  black  metal  are  also  used  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  mid  tempo  sections  also  add  in  touches  of  slam  and  hardcore  and  as  the  ep  progresses  more  harsh  noises  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  remains  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording. 

  Pissed  On  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  grindcore  while  the  elements  of  harsh  noise,  hardcore,  black  and  death  metal  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  man  in  the  final  days  and  his  tales  of  desperation.

  In  my  opinion  Pissed  On  are  a  very  great  sounding  grindcore  band  with  elements  of  harsh  noise,  hardcore,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Reader"  and  "The  Hanged  Man".  8  out of  10.   

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Spazz/Sweatin ' II:Deported Live Gorilla/Tankcrime Records/2016/ CD Re-issue Review


  Spazz  are  a  band  from  Oakland,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  grind  and  power  violence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2001  album  "Sweatin ' II:Deported  Live  Gorilla"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Tankcrimes Records.

  A  very  fast  and  aggressive  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  hardcore  style  screaming  vocals  and  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  lot  of  crust  and  power  violence  elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  spoken  word  along  with  movie  samples  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  bass  guitars  have  a  very  dominating  presence  throughout  the  recording  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  a  brief  use  of  angry  female vocals  and  folk  instruments  can  be  heard  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Spazz  remained  true to  their  mixture  of  power  violence,  crust  and  grind  on  this  recording and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  come  from  some  of  the  splits  they  where  a  part  of,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  angry,  hateful  and  humorous  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  compilation  from  Spazz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Leanord  the  Dirt  Thrower"  "Tender  Vittles" "Torino"  and  "Wall  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.

 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Bolesno Grinje 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 the process after recording...until we get to release it, is almost a year...we spent that time playing some gigs and making a new EP that is by the way going to be released as an bonus on new album "GRD" CD edition that is gonna come out soon on "Get Pissed Stay Pissed" Records from US. Now we have booked some gigs in January and February...so looking forward to that...and in the meantime...of course...we started to do new songs :D


2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The sound is massive...just as we wanted it to be!
Since we're always recording our music by ourselves in our guitarist's studio "Grobnica"...the sound on each album is getting better and better, since Jule (our guitarist) is evolving in the studio works, and we're also evolving as a band/musicians...so, every new album we do is definitely a step forward from the last one...


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

Well, to mention a few from the new album...
Impossibility to assimilate with the society (Asimilacija), our damnation from those in power (Kurve Establismenta)...but I can say that most of the lyrics on the new album is about some personal issues (Dodirni Mi Ruku, Reakcija, Ne Vjerujem Nikome, Autoboiografija Propasti, Vratite Mi Mozak).


4.I know that the bands name means Stick Mines' in Croatian, how does this name fit in with the music style that you play?

No, we need to correct you...translation of the band's name from Croatian to English would be "Sick mites"...and it fits just fine with the music we do, we have experienced it through the years!


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?

For sure each one from us have it's own favorite show...but we must mention that last few gigs in Ljubljana and in Zagreb was incredibly powerful with a lots of fans, we must mention our Obscene Extreme shows
(in 2006 and 2014) it was a pleasure and honor to play there...but the craziest of all was Obscene Extreme Mini Winter edition in Brno this year in February...that was a gig to remember!!!
We love to leave a mess on stage...we sweat a lot and everything needs to be wet after our performance...there are no calm Bolesno Grinje shows...only chaos...like there's no tomorrow!


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

We're not doing big tours because of our everyday obligations, but for sure we have plans for 2017...there are some shows booked already...we're trying to play as much as we can...


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the record labels that have helped out with the release of your new album?

Yeah, these are all DIY one man record labels made by punk/crust/grind/metal enthusiasts! They are putting their own money in a thing they love, have passion for and want to spread around!
Without them our last 3 releases would not come out...so we're grateful to all of them very much!!!

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

All feedback we got from anywhere was always great...people love what we do in general. Ok, there's no so much of it...we're not a worldwide famous band...but there are surprises coming from everywhere!


9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Jule (guitarist) and Hoc (bassist) have their own projects and are putting out some stuff from time to time...Luze (drummer) have another band named "dropthehammer", they are about to release their first album really soon...


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

There will be some oscillations as always...but we're sticking to extreme music in every way that we find comfortable for us!


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

Each one of us have his own influences and preferences, so it will be too much bringing that all up here. We're keeping the track about what's happening on the underground music scene...but we have never followed any trend(s).
Of course it's possible to hear some influenced riffs...but we're always trying to do it in our own Bolesno Grinje way...always with some old school approach...

12.Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

Beside jobs we all do...one likes sports and exercise a lot, one have kids to hang out with, the other have dogs to take care of...but most of us are spending a lots of free time on something regarding music...


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

Yeah...keep an eye on our web site because soon the new EP will be out...released on CD together with the new album GRD!
That's the freshest thing we're cooking at the moment!
Stay extreme and see you on some gig soon!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Bolesno Grinje/GRD/Grindpromotion/2016 Full Length Review


  Bolesno  Grinje  are  a  band  from  Croatia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  grind  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Grd"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  by  Grindpromotion  and  many  other  different  labels.

  Angry  growling  vocals  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  very  heavy  sound  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  and  influences  of  hardcore  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.

  At  times  the  riffs  can  be  very  melodic  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  solos  and  leads  while  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Bolesno  Grinje  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  hardcore,  grind,  crust  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Croatian  and  cover  hateful  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bolesno  Grinje  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  grind  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Don't  Trust  No  One"  "Abortion  SS"  "Pseudo-Gravedigger"  and  "Touch  my  Hand".  8  out  of  10.    

  

Hauser Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We are closing 2016 with many cool shows and 2 releases: the EP (Des)Razão and the Single Processo Bokanovsky. We are composing new songs to record already in early 2017!

2.In April you had released a 7 inch, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It's a release that we call a transition, from the old lineup, where we had a more deathcore sound to what we're currently living. More aggressive and fast sonority. It's an important launch, marking our step!

3.This was the first release in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?
We have a full, which was recorded in 2009 in a completely independent and amateurish way. With great effort, we launched in 20011. We had a hiatus (2012 to 2014), where we came back with new formation and total strength.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Issues addressed to the psychological problems, madness and economic political situations of Brazil and in the world.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hauser'?
It comes from two interesting stories that we like. One of the enigma of Kaspar Hauser, a German story where he is supposed to be a boy of the nobility, who lived confined until the age of 15, without contact with humans.
Another influence is the artist Johann Hauser, with his insane illustrations.

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 played with several bands that we like: Test (BR), Paura (BR), Mukeka di Rato (BR), Facada (BR), Institution (BR), Beast (PT), No Turning Back (NL) and Coke Bust (US).

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are planning a Europe tour in 2017! A long time we want to play there!

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We always work independently. For our upcoming releases, we'll try to launch in partnership with labels!

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal and grindcore?
We're receiving legal feedback from Europe and Asia! They are places where we have more contacts.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are aiming at a loud, fast and very aggressive sound. Wait for our next releases!

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 like Japanische Jampfhörspiele, Nails, Rotten Sound, Slayer, Pig Destroyer and Napalm Death.
Today, we hear a lot of Gadget and Napalm Death.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Bad movies and good beer!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
What is unique, never dies false.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Myteri Interview

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

At the moment we’re planning the recording of our next album and rehearsing for the next tour. We will enter the studio shortly after the tour is finished and at the moment we’re looking at 12 songs. The reason for this somewhat rushed schedule is that we realized that if the recording wasn’t going to happen at this time it would have had to wait until next year.

2. Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It’s actually been close to year since our self-titled album was released on vinyl, though it was recently released on CD.

I would describe the overall sound as melody driven crust punk, in the veins of crust bands typical to the mid 2000s era, like Remains of the Day and early Tragedy.

However there’s other influences that I think help contribute to the sound standing on its own. Personally I think a lot of those other influences come from Swedish folk music, as well as early Swedish punk.

To my surprise we’ve had a few reviews mentioning post rock influences. This wasn’t intentional but in retrospect I can kind see why you could make associations to that genre.

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

A lot of lyrics handle topics about neglect in one way or another. Either by someone closes to you, or by society as a whole. The song “Utan Mänskligt Värde” for example, is an interpretation of the book A Child Called “it” by Dave Pelzer, a true story about a child who during his childhood was physically and mentally abused by his mother, who also turned the whole family against him. There are also lyrics that tackle issues on a broader scale, such as “Deforestation” and “Girighetens Krig”.

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

“Myteri” translates to “Mutiny”, meaning “Uprising”, “Riot” and “Rebellion”. I don’t think anyone in the band felt particularly strong about the name in the beginning, but by now I think it’s grown us and fits pretty well with the music and overall theme of the band.

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’ve had some amazing shows and meet so many awesome people during our relatively short lifespan as a band. I think we’re a decent studio band but we really play music that should be experienced live, and it’s been our goal from the start to do as many shows as we have time for. Playing live is what we enjoy the most about being in a band and we do our best to share that feeling with anyone coming to our shows.

Since we’re not one of the most well know bands out there I think we usually manage to surprise a lot of people with the level of our performance.

Some of my favorite shows have turned out to be the once where you get to a venue without any expectations, only to find the friendliest most hospitable people. For example we did a show in the small city of Ortigueira, northern Spain, only to find the venue was a 17th century farm, complete with its own chapel. We also did a memorable show in Čakovec, Croatia, where we arrived early and the promoters took us to a vineyard before the show. Playing these off the grid venues and meeting incredibly dedicated people is very inspiring to me.

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

Out next tour is in October, together with Avast from Norway. Two of the members from Avast previously played in Agenda, which we did our first tour with in 2014. We’re really looking forward to hit the road with them again. We will be visiting the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Denmark.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of crust and hardcore?

I’d say the overall feedback has been quite good, and judging from more recent reviews it feel like we’re just now beginning to get some recognition worldwide. I feel like we’re starting to get more known in Europe, since booking shows is getting a bit easier than when we first started. I rarely think about other people listening to our recordings, but it’s always nice to get a good review from blog our fanzine that you respect and appreciate.

8. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Except for Myteri I ‘am also the vocalist of Bombangrepp, https://bombangrepp.bandcamp.com which is more of a raw punk band. We’ve recorded our second 7” that will be released on Halvfabrikat, Skaven and Phobia Records, hopefully any day now.

The lead guitarist Mattias also pays in Gränslandet, https://granslandethc.bandcamp.com and Vengeance Of Karma, https://vengeanceofkarma.bandcamp.com that both of which release album just around the corner.

The drummer Erik also play in Illspirits, http://illspirits.bandcamp.com

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

Right now we’re mostly focused on the upcoming record. It feels great

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?

Johan, who writes most of the music in Myteri, is probably the one who’s the most up to date when it comes to the punk/crust scene. Since he writes most of the music I’d say that he’s preferences is what influences the direction of Myteri the most.

Erik is very much into old school American hardcore as well as power violence. Franz is into both fast and heavy music. Myself and Mattias have a pretty similar taste in music, ranging from stoner rock to doom metal, but of course also crust and HC punk.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?

Most of us are into video games in one form or another, retro as well as new games. For the next tour three of us have gotten Nintendo DS and I’m expecting some heated Mario Kart races J

Me and Johan are also into urban exploring and sometimes go by bike scouting for abandoned houses.

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

Thanks for showing interest in us and our music. Keep your eyes open for the next release and hopefully we’ll see you when we hit the road this October!

/John

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Nashgul/Carcava/Selfmadegod Records/2016 CD Review


  Nashgul  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  brutal  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album "Carcava" which  was  released  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  screams and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  mid  80's  to  early  90's  influences.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  old  school  gore/grind  and  the  vocals  also  mix  in  crust  style  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  d  beat  elements  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  movie  samples  also  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Nashgul  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  old  school  gore/grind  while  the  crust  and  d  beats  elements  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Spanish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nahgul  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  "Bethlem  Royal" "Satan  Freaks"  "Cyberpunk Scum"  and  "Carcava".  8  out  of  10.   

Agathocles/Commence To Mince/Selfmadegod Records/2016 CD Review


  Agathocles  are  a  legendary  band  from  Belgium  that  has  had  plenty  of  material  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays a   style  of  crust/grindcore  that  they  refer  to  as  'mincecore'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Commence  To  Mince"  which  was  released  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a   very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  songs  also  incorporate  a  great  amount  of  d  beat  and  crust  elements  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length. 

  At  times  elements  of  punk  rock  and  hardcore  style  shouts  can  be  heard  in  the  songs  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  chaotic  guitar  leads  that  also  have  their  melodic  moments  on  a  later  track  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  musical  direction.

  Agathocles  creates  another  recording  that  remains  very  true  to  the  mincecore  style  of  their  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  angry, hateful  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Agathocles  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bathing  In  Hate"  "No  More  Faith"  "Demons  In  My  Head"  and  "Commence  To  Mince".  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Yacoepsae/Irate Architect/Haunted Hotel Records/2016 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Yacoepsae  and  Irate  Architect  which  was  released  by  haunted  Hotel  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Yacoepsae  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grind,  crust  and  power  violence.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  screaming  vocals  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  As  their  side  of  the  split  progresses  melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  along  with  some  elements  of  crust  and  punk  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  their  side  of  the  split  closes  with  some  elements  of  ethnic  music,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Yacoepsae are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  power  violence, crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Existenz"  and  "Schacht".

  Next  up  is  irate  Architect  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  brutal  technical  death  metal  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  brutal  death  metal  sound  that  also  uses  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  grindcore  while  the  riffing  can  also  get  very  technical  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anxiety,  paranoia,  and  dark  humor  based  love  stories.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Irate  Architect  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal,  technical  death  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spitting  Image"  and  "Sun  In  Black  Ruins".

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Martyrdod/List/Southern Lord Records/2016 CD Review


  Sweden's  Martyrdod  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  mixture  of  crust  and  grind  with  some  black  metal  elements  of  their  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "List"  which  will  be  released  on  November  25th  by  Southern  Lord  Records.

  A  very  heavy  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  d  beat  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  that  have  a  black  metal  edge  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  elements  of  crust  and  grind  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  brings  in  influences  from  folk  music  and  the  more  melodic  side  of  punk  rock and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  remaining  tracks.

 Martyrdod  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  grindcore  and  melodic  mixture  of  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Martyrdod  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Overleveran"  "Oemotstanding"  "Handlost  Fallen  Angel"  and  "Transmission".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Limbs Bin Interview


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

I just relocated from Brooklyn to Cleveland, so Limbs Bin is in an exciting moment of reconfiguration and growth. Having released "Bliss Tech", I feel freed to renegotiate the boundaries of the band. Expanding the band beyond just my soft, soft hands and terrible throat to include other people on heavy electronics- and get this, maybe even a bassist. We're in talks. That's all I can say right now. Also I'm recording for splits with Paraplegic Erection, Crowhurst, Masturbatory Disfunction, and more.

2.Recently you have released your new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

"Bliss Tech" is the leanest, heaviest, most hypnotic presentation of Limbs Bin to date. I've spent years consolidating the sound into a powerful stream, and the recent addition of a new homemade oscillator to the fold that my friend Serge built for me gave me a chance to play off a new dynamic. I recorded it in one take in my semi-nightmarish basement apartment that I just left behind in Bushwick last winter, and it definitely captures an anxious man hiding underground in a city that beats the living shit out of you on a daily basis while it simultaneously rewards your darkest fantasies. Its unedited form captures the vibe of the live shows, and that second-to-second negotiation of space, timing, and release needed to remain intact for the record to sound honest. Limbs Bin is many things, but in its song-based form- previously best exemplified on the Sete Star Sept split- "Bliss Tech" is the band in its most direct full realization.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you explore with your music?

"Bliss Tech" has a lot to do with sex, the internet, a general sense of horror at how numb our culture has become and how little empathy people show for for each other, the feeling of confinement in New York where you work incredibly long days just to see your income immediately melt back into the city, and the endless rushing pace of life there. Reality seemed spliced between screens, and I began to act like a person I didn't recognize. Typical stuff for a bumpkin from Western Mass to get overwhelmed by.

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

I spent four months living in Israel in high school- I've spent a lot of time talking about this in the past, but suffice to say, I had an encounter with an actual box of severed arms and legs in the basement anatomy lab at Tel Aviv University that capped off a truly mind melting experience exploring human corpses with a little person surgical student trying to freak out some impressionable teens.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work by yourself?

Many people have contributed to Limbs Bin shows or releases in the past. As a rule, I operate alone so I can maneuver with ease and not filter my inspirations through other people. Being able to shoot from the hip is sort of the doubled edged blade of doing it alone, but I like to think it's mostly served as a valuable tool over the years. The band has only flourished from the love and support of a vast network of incredibly hardworking DIY enthusiasts, and I would be nowhere without my friends.

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

I'm typing out these answers seven years to the day of the first Limbs Bin gig, when I was 19 and some older friends who play in a great indie pop band called Ten Minute Turns suggested I play a surprise set while they took a break during a Halloween gig at a little inn up in the wooded hills of Western Mass. The crowd was drunk middle aged artsy types, wholly unprepared for about two minutes (if that) of a ski masked child screaming over prerecorded drum machine blasts. I managed to bust my lip almost immediately, cleared the room within seconds, and was seriously a persona non grata for the rest of the night. I had brought all these friends from college out for it, and it was just a total mess. People were begging for it to stop, and I can't stress enough that this was in the middle of a two minute set. I don't know if it got better than that. Playing shows in Israel in 2012 was unreal and an absolute thrill, and I always miss the comfort of playing a nice intimate Western Mass basement show with other jammers trying out new styles and bouncing energy off each other. Gigs with Excruciating Terror, Gay Kiss, Realicide, Skin Graft, Container, and Cloud Rat all stand out. This year, blasting outside on a deck over a river in Ithaca at One Fest on a solid gold bill of friends was a dream come true, as was opening the Full Of Hell/The Body show at Market Hotel.

The live style has gotten much less performative and much more about playing hard over the years- I wanted to run around and stir shit up when I was younger, but now I'm focusing on playing everything with as much emotion and focus as I can muster.

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

I have a couple local gigs in Cleveland coming up. First is November 10th at Maple Lanes with ultimate homie Sunken Cheek, Cleveland legend Collapsed Arc, and my beloved fiancee Di Pic. Second is November 18th at the Yellow Ghetto with VAAULTS, Pillars of Ash, and Rubbermate. Other than that, I'm still getting used to life in a new city and a new job, so I'm keeping my touring plans modest for now.

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

Thanks to heroes like Vinod Karki, who runs a truly incredible YouTube channel of grind/noisecore/PV/etc. out of his home in Nepal, and J Randall and his Grindcore Karaoke bandcamp label, Limbs Bin has gotten out of its immediate surroundings a lot more. Huge shout out to Epul Rikard with his Repulsive Regurgitation zine in Malaysia as well. Some people like it, some people hate it. It's good to absorb the nice stuff so you have some fodder to thrive on, accept reasonable criticism, filter out the small minded, and most of all, keep playing for yourself. As long as I'm making the sounds I want to hear, I can't be bothered that much by how others respond to it. I listen to Limbs Bin because it's a band I'd want to listen to.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Into woodwinds for sure.

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?

The timeless influences are bands like Infest, Napalm Death, Black Flag, Nine Shocks Terror, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, An Albatross, Enemy Soil, Bastard Noise/Man Is The Bastard, Whitehouse, Consumer Electronics, Masonna, Hanatarash, Hijokaidan, Suppression, and other bands that capture that white hot line where everything is hanging in the balance and about to collapse, drawn forward by sheer determination alone.

Recently, I've just gotten through my annual "obsessively listening to Joanna Newsom and crying constantly" period of the fall, and I'm back in a rich diet of live recordings- the new Bloodyminded live record, the Butthole Surfers' "Double Live", Miles Davis "Live at Newport", Wolf Eyes' "Live Scum", and more. Kiyasu from Sete Star Sept has a brilliant solo tape out on Utech Records that's just him and a snare drum, and it's totally captivating. Finally catching up on some Gong records.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Big fan of science fiction, specifically authors who write about perception and the fragile nature of consensus reality like Philip K Dick and Christopher Priest (I suggest "Flow My Tears, Said The Policeman" and "Inverted World" by those two respectively). I love long walks and drives in solitude, they help me focus the more ethereal feelings and reflections into an actionable idea.

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

No matter what your political ideology is, projecting it onto other people without soliciting their voice in a conversation is cynical, dehumanizing, and bad. The world doesn't exist to reflect your beliefs- it mostly exists to test them. Don't hide behind them. Learning how to grow and change isn't betrayal, it's nature taking its course. It's important to be truthful to yourself, and that can be very hard. Don't run away from the fear.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Limbs Bin/Bliss Tech/2016 Full Length Review


  Limbs  Bin  are  a  solo  project  from  Cleveland,  Ohio  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  harsh  noise  and  power  electronics  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  album  "Bliss  Tech".

  Harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grindcore  style  growls  and  screams  and  the  drum  machines  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  noisecore,  power  violence  and  digital  hardcore.

  All  of  the  music  is  done  on  noise  boxes,  distortion  pedals  and  drum  machines  and  there  are  no  traditional  instruments  ever  being  utilized  and  the  longest  track  is  over  42  seconds  while  the music  still  sounds  very  brutal.

  Limbs  Bin  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grind  and  noisecore  and  mixes  it  with  digital  hardcore,  power  electronics  and  noise  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Limbs  Bin  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore,  harsh  noise  and  power  electronics  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stage  time" "Living  In  Tears"  "The  Trigger"  and  "Sky  Seems  To  Fall".  8  out  of  10.  


Friday, October 14, 2016

Axis Of Despair/Mankind Crawls/Give Praise Records/2016 Ep Review


  Axis  Of  Despair  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  grindcore  with  a  touch  of  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Mankind  Crawls"  which  will  be  released  on  October  28th  by  Give  Praise  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into a   very  fast  crust/grind  direction  along  with  some  growling  vocals  and  blast  beats  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's  style  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  some  of t he  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  gets  very  brutal  at  times  while  also  bringing  in  a  touch  of  hardcore  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  bring  in  any  guitar  leads  or  solos  and  the  music  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Axis  Of  Despair  plays  a  very  old  school  and  traditional  style  of  grindcore  that  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  crust  and  hardcore,  the  production  sounds  very  profesisonal  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Axis  Of  Despair  are  a  very  great  sounding  grindcore  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Last  Sight"  and  "Under  The  Surface".  8  out  of  10.    

 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Embalming Theatre/Re-Animated Tomb Contents(Live At Sedal)/GivePraiseRecords/2016 Live Album Review


  Embalming  Theatre  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  mixture of   gore/grind  and  brutal  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their live  2016 album  "Re-Animated  Tomb  Contents(Live At  Sedal)"  which  was  released  by Give  Praise  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the album  and  have  a  militant  feeling  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Death  metal  growls  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements  an  the  music  also  has  plenty  of  mid  80's  and  early 90's  influences  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Covers  of  Naplam  Death,  Dahmer,  Nasum,  Mortician  and  Filthy  Christians  can  be  heard  as  the  album  progresses  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  singer  talks to t he  crowd  in  between  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  can  be  heard  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  high  pitched  screams and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.

  Embalming  Theatre  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  old  school g ore/grind  and  mixes  it  with  brutal  death  metal  and  a  touch of  crust  to  create  a  sound  of   their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  along with  every  track  recorded  live  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  real  life  gore  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Embalming  Theatre  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  gore/grind  and brutal  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dead,  Stolen,  Hacked  Up  And  Raped"  "Flesh  Eating  Bacteria"  "Red  Carcass  River"  and  "Suffocation  In  The  Sandbox".  8  out  of  10.