Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ape Unit/Horsebastard/Dead Heroes Grindcore/I FeelGood Records/EveryDayHate/Volmer Industries/Grey Water Collective/2017 Split Ep Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Italy's  Ape  unit  and  United  Kingdom's  Horsebastard  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Dead  Heroes  Grindcore,  I  Feel  Good Records,  EveryDayHate,  Volmer  Industries  and  Grey Water  Collective  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Ape  unit  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a    mixture  of  grindcore,  power  violence  and  noise  rock.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a very  heavy  noise  rock  influenced  sound  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  melody  before  going  into a   very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while t he  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  Elements  of  crust  and  power  violence  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use of  spoken  word  samples,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes         

      In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording f rom  Ape  Unit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore,  power  violence  and noise  rock,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Electro  Music  Full  Of  Champions"  and  "Between  The  Burger  And  Me".

  Next  up  is  Horsebastard  another  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  blastcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  noisecore  direction  which  also utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  some  growls a nd  crust  style  shouts.

  Most  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  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 t heir side  of  the  recording  and  the  music  always  remains  brutal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Horsebastard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blastcore,  you  should  check  out  their side of the split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rabbit  Denier"  and  "Goose  Canyons".

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Syndromes/Self Titled/Halo Of Flies/2017 EP Review


  Syndromes  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  grind  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  ep  which  was  released  by  Halo  Of  Flies.

  Clean  yet  distorted  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  hardcore  direction  and  guitar  leads  are  also  used  at  times  and  also  gives  the  songs  a  darker  edge  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  growling  vocals  can  be  heard.

  A  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  and  d  beat  influences  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  you  can  also  hear  touches of  post  hardcore.

  Syndromes  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  crust,  grind,  d  beat  and  hardcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Syndromes  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  grind,  d  beat  and  hardcore  and  if  you a re  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vessel"  and  "Death  Games".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Grog Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Well after the recordings, mixing and mastering we finished the details upon the art work and sent them all to the factory. The cd was released almost a month ago,
March 20th, so right now we are preparing the upcoming shows, making new merch and probably will begun to work on new songs.

2.You have a new album coming out this month, 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?
There are a lot of differences considering composition, tuning and production. When we started the creation of this record we decided to separate more the guitar  compositions from the bass lines. So with time we managed to make two different musical lines that complement each other instead of having one copying every single  note of the other most of its time. On the new album you can hear them very well and both Ivo and Alex made a outstanding work on this matter. Also after our previous  album we decided to change the tuning we always played from D to A since we added one more string to the guitar to achieve more heaviness. We already use A in our  live performances since maybe 2013 but this is our first album composed and recorded with this tuning. As result our music has grown in heaviness but at the same time  we're able to keep the balance between our crushing new weight and the so called "melody" increasing a lot more the musicality of our songs as a whole. Concerning  production we worked with better professionals and better studios so we were waiting for a very different outcome in the new album and at the end I think we  accomplished that.

3.This is the first album in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during the time span?
For those that follow us everybody knows we aren't a band that works against time to put something new every 2 or 3 years. We try to make things different every time  we create and that's something very motivating since we are always trying to surpass our own musical limits. The downside of this is that we are very demanding and  critical about our own ideas and many times we quit songs, riffs and musical structures just because they sound alike something previously done by us or other band or
because simply it hasn't nothing in common with the band musical path. The new album has 14 new songs but we recorded 18 so we still have some unused material to  release in the future. Never the less every time we start to work on new material we say we have to be faster to have the work done though life manages to turn our expectations and everything becomes more difficult than we could ever guess. This time we were able to write the whole album in 4 years but we had some studio
problems that unfortunately prevented us from having "Ablutionary Rituals" on the expected time.
Since the previous album we played a lot in Portugal but also performed in Spain, France, Germany, England, Holland and Czech Republic. Let me tell you that we don't live from the music we make so for us we to find the right balance between our professional, family and personal lives is really quiet something that we are very proud after almost 26 years of existence.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
We always focused on the dark side of the mind theme and our lyrics deal with fictional behavior deviations, serial killers and monsters until our previous album.
With this new one we came across with new inner questions that lead us to change the normal approach we were used to do. So we left the external world of human  malignancy and tried to understand the intrinsic human motives that origin the shadow self, why does it exist, what's its propose, what does it teach us, what can we  learn from it...It's more personal, more human, more real right know and less global, external and fictional so we have tighten up the musical and lyrics on this new  effort to evolve as band and therefore to create a more solid release.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Grog'?
When we decided to form the band we wanted a short, easy and strong name to be remembered. Grog it was and it fits very well!

6.The band has been around for 25 years, what is it that keeps you motivated to keep the band going for more than 2 decades?
Honestly we never planed that but as time passed things begun to grow and after many years of several difficulties we were able to finally stabilize our line-up. From  that point till today we still aim to do our music and approach it differently every time we make new one. The creative process has to offer us challenges or else we  would be doing the same thing over and over again. That should be the death of the artist but to be able to surpass our own musical limits in creativeness and  musicianship has worked out as our grinding fuel to keep us going. We still have ideas to explore so all I wanna think is for us to be able to get there and create  them.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
As you can imagine we have played a lot in this last 25 almost 26 years. I consider that our time in the Obscene Extreme was awesome, also in Brutologos - Palencia we  always have a great amount of fun, in Steel Warrions Rebellion - Barroselas, Butchery At Christmas Time - Covilhã, XXXapada na Tromba - Lisboa are great Portuguese  fests among others. Our stage performance is very energic and powerful and we try to create a wall of sound capable of crushing the audience and squashing their ears  towards madness levels. Check our videos on you tube because it's better for you to have a clue about what I am saying.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We already have some shows planned for Portugal and one in Austria this year. Since the new album is freshly released we don't any confirmed dates so far but we are working on that.

9.Currently the band is signed to 'Murder Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Murder Records is based in Holland and is a part of the major Helldprod Records. As a division of the main label it's dedicated to the most extreme music inside the label and that's why we are working with them since 2011 when we released "Scooping the Cranial Insides" album. Also being a label with its headquarters in the middle  of Europe it's easier for us to promote the band since the dominating metal countries are closer and we can enter their markets with other background since being a  Portuguese band it's still not very easy around our pears around the world. Not because we ain't got great bands, because we really do but since we are far away from  everything sometimes we have to duplicate our efforts to achieve the same recognition that other bands have.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore and death metal?
We are a small hardworking band as you can figure it out for yourself but hey it's the underground way to dictate its laws. Never the less we have been connected to a lot of worldwide people in the past 26 years and overall the majority of the feedback is quiet positive. We also had negative reviews and people that don't like us but it's all part of the big picture fortunately we have very dedicated fans that support us and we are always reaching new ones which I think it's not bad at all

11.Where's the band heading into musically during the future?
Quiet sincerely I don't no. I mean we are Grog and we play death grind never the less we aren't afraid to do other experimentations in our music since we have nothing to prove and we are free to do it as we wish but no matter what happens we will always be Grog so the need for speed will be always there no matter what.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Currently we don't get inspired by other bands since we do our music considering our natural ability and taste within the genre. Of course you might say but I can feel the presence of 10 bands that play the same shit, which is perfectly natural since we know that originality is something very hard to find these days. Sometimes even I don't know the bands that are related to our sound so here's the thing 20 years ago it was possible to relate bands because we had 100 serving as a referential but nowadays forget it's totally impossible since that number has risen to up 100000 more. But of course we have our own preferences within the extreme music and not only so take note of the following bands that still keep on pushing the old school flame forward. Immolation, Suffocation, Malevolant Creation, Napalm Death, Obituary, Pestilence, Sinister, Avulsed, Carcass for example.

13.What are some of non musical interests?
We all have families, we like cinema, to read, to party...basically we are normal persons eh eh eh eh...

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final word or thoughts?
Thanks a lot for promoting and supporting us. Everyone is free to contact us at our sites grogpt.bandcamp.com/ and facebook.com/grogpt/. Grind Up!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Taphos Nomos/Urdun/R.I.P/Caligari Records/2017 Split Cassette Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  Pennsylvania's  Taphos  Nomos  and  Iceland's  Urdun  called  "R.I.P"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Taphos  Nomos  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  atmospheric  soundscapes  and  drum  beats  as  well  as  some  female  vocals  and  reverb  in  the  background  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  along  with  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  the  songs  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  their  side  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  old  school  style  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Taphos  Nomos  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  geology,  taphonomy  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Taphos  Nomos  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  atmospheric  and  old  school  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lightning  Strike Obliteration".

  Next  up  is  Urdun  a  band  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  some  screams  and  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  their  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  day  of  the  genre  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  their  songs.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  split you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Autopsy's  "Charred  Remains".

  Urdun  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  and  gore   themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Urdun  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tortured  To  The  Grave"  and  "Wrath  Of  The  Zombies".

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

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Cloud Rat/Crevasse/Halo Of Flies/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Michigan's  Cloud  Rat  and  Netherlands/Germany's  Crevasse  which  will  be  released  on  April  20th  by  Halo  OF  Flies  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Cloud  Rat  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  and  harsh  noises  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  screaming  vocals  while  elements  of  crust  are  also  used  at  times  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  clean  guitars  along  with  melodic  vocals  are  added  on  the  last  track,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  feminism,  woman  rights  and  self  empowerment  themes,

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cloud  Rat  and  if  you a re  a  fan  of  punk,  noise  and  grindcore  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Drain  Pipe"  and  "Fish  In  A  Hole".

  Next  up  is  Crevasse  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  power  violence,  and  hardcore  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  drum  beats  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  which  evolve  into  more  of  a  hardcore  style  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  crust  and  power  violence  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.  

  Throughout  their  side  of t he  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  both  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads  also  use  a  decent  amount  if  melody,   along  with  a  touch  of  grindcore,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  hateful  themes.

  In   my  opinion  Crevasse  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  power  violence  and  hardcore  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dead  Body".

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

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Neuntoter/Stench To Stench/Xtreem Music/2017 Compilation Review


  Neuntoter  where  a  band  from  from  Spain  that  played  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind,  and  noisecore  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  compilation  album  "Stench  To  Stench"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  deep  yet  guttural  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.


  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  noisecore  elements  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  short  in  length and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  sounds  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  also  bring  in  a  covers  of  Naplam  Death's  "Scum"  and  Obituary's  "Slowly  We  Rot"  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  live  tracks  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads.  and  clean  playing  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Neuntoter  played  a  musical  style  that  mixes  death  metal, g rind  and  noisecore  to  create  something  very  extreme  for  their  time,  the  production  sound s very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  Subnormal  Words  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Neuntoter  where  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of death  metal,  grind  and  noisecore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satan's  Prayer"  "Blasphemed  The  Beast"  "The  Day  Of  the  Deeds"  and  "Scum".  8  out  of  10. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Haemophagus/Stream of Shadows/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review


  Haemophagus  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  gore  grind  with  a  touch  of  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Stream  Of  Shadows"  which  was  released  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  A  very  fast  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  soem  melodic  guitar  leads  and  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  alter  while t he  vocals  start  out  as  death  metal  growls  that  also  use  different  pitches  at  times  and  after  awhile  elements  of  old  school  grindcore  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  are  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  while  a  touch  of  crust  and  d  beat  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  track  brings  in a  brief  use  of  saxophones  and  clean  playing  before  returning  back  to  a  brutal  direction and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals start  getting  more  guttural.

  Haemophagus  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal  and  gore  grind  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore  and  horror  themes.

   In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Haemophagus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shadowline"  "Deranger"  "Innergetic"  and  "Twisted  Syllables".  8  out  of  10. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Dark Horse/Bomb Thrower/2017 CD Review


  Dark  Horse  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  hardcore  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released 2017  album  "Bomb  Thrower".

  A  very  heavy  crust  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  as  well  as  some  d  beats  before  adding  in  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  and  hardcore  style  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  grindcore.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  while  also  mixing  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  back  up  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  an  old  school  style  of  crust  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Dark  Horse  plays  more  of  a  hardcore  and  d  beat  influenced  style  of  crust  while  elements  of  grind  can  still  be  heard  at  times,  the  production  sound s very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dark  horse  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust,  d  beat,  hardcore,  grind  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hope  Was  Your  Mistake"  "The  Downing"  "Bomb  Thrower"  and  "Terminal  Capacity".  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kemerov Interview

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



Kemerov started in 2013 by me (Matt, voice) and Giorgos (guitar). We started writing songs and trying to complete the band lineup, something that happened in 2015 when Tasos (drums) and Spiros (bass) entered the band. In November 2015 we self-released our first EP after which we never missed an opportunity to hit the stage, many times alongside legendary names such as Sodom, Rotting Christ, Septicflesh and Jucifer, among others. In January 2017 we released our debut album ‘FMKD’.



2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?



We prefer the term “death ‘n’ roll” as the one to include our whole sound spectrum as fully as possible. We’re basically rock ‘n’ roll at our base, but we also love hardcore punk, old-school death metal and doom and we try to incorporate all these elements in our sound.



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



The lyrics are inspired by every day life in an existential, social and even political level and how it all affects the human psyche and feelings. All this is usually covered in a rather nihilistic veil with a considerable amount of black humor. We might come out as grim or hopeless at times, but we’re nice guys if you look really deep down inside.



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



There’s no special or hidden meaning behind the name ‘Kemerov’, it’s just the name of a Siberian city where one can find some huge rocks placed on one another, for which legend says they were put this way by giants. We liked the way it sounds and we took it.



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



Our support live show for Sodom last February is for me among the best shows of ours to date, as Sodom is a band we absolutely love and respect since we were practically kids. The people, the vibe, the feeling; everything was perfect about that night. We have also shared the stage with many other great names, but we also enjoy playing in small gigs with local bands as well. Our stage performance becomes better and better with each show, as we are getting accustomed on stage and get to know each other within the band on stage better and better with each time. I think we’re in a very good shape about performing live now, and we can’t wait until our upcoming shows to demonstrate it even more.



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



Yes, there are some local shows we are scheduled to do in nearby Greek cities, while there are mane proposals from summer festivals. We are also planning a tour outside Greece after the summer. Once formal announcements are ready to be made, one can be notified about them through our Facebook page.



7.Currently the band is signed to 'Vault Relics', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



Vault Relics is actually the label I personally have. It’s a label that is dedicated to promoting underground music that deserves to be heard. We have some vinyl releases of our own out there, while we also maintain a distro at http://vaultrelics.bigcartel. com/



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



I have to say that any feedback we are receiving so far is positive. I strongly believe that our music style is unique and really distinct, as there aren’t many bands out there that choose to mix death metal with rock ‘n’ roll and punk like we do. Therefore, we’re getting great reviews, not only from death metal fans, but from fans of other music genres as well. We are really honored by this, and this gives us additional strength to go on.



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



We have been involved with other personal projects in the past, but these days Kemerov and the promotion of our debut album are the absolute priorities for all four of us.



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



This is something yet to be seen with accuracy. We have just released a new album and at this moment we are mainly interested in promoting it. There are some new musical ideas shily surfacing here and there, but there is no definite new material created yet. One thing I’m sure of is that the Kemerov sound will never be boring and that it will always carry the kind of diversity and variety one can find in our debut album.



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’ve always been fans of old-school death metal. Speaking personally, Entombed are my all-time favorite band, and watching their musical course over the years, one can see a lot of the Kemerov sound making sense. I’m also a big fan of Turbonegro and Cathedral, so you could say that these three bands are the main starting influences. From then on, inside the band we all like very different things from each other, be it classic heavy metal, thrash metal, punk etc, and everything finds somehow its way to the final sound. These days, I listen a lot to the new Obituary album which sounds exactly as an Obituary album should!



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



Music is at the center of attention and it consumes the vast majority of my free time. Apart from that, personally I am into board games and computer games.



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



Thank you very much for the interview! One can listen to our album and support us in any way at https://kemerov.bandcamp.com/ and at http://vaultrelics.bigcartel. com/

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Goresoerd 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 “Antikhea” came out we have been promoting it with concerts in Europe and Estonia. Recently we released a new video for the song “66” also which was filmed during our album presentation tour in Europe.
We have also received a lot of good feedback about the new album. “Antikeha” was nominated at the Estonian Music Awards ceremony in the “Metal Album of the Year” category and was a local radio station’s metal show listeners favourite album in 2016.
So we’ve been quite busy.


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?
Well the main difference with the previous albums is definitely the atmosphere of “Antikeha”. It has this kind of gloomy, yet pretty straight forward vibe. We try out new approaches with every album and for example this time we brought in a bit more melodic vocals. Listen to the song “66” for a good overview of that.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
What comes to lyrics, then Goresoerd has always had a bit of dark humour in it and an ironic view on the seamy side of life. So “Antikeha” is really no different from the previously released songs.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Goresoerd'?
The word “Goresoerd” is made up from English and Estonian. “Gore” comes from English and meaning “shed blood” and “soerd” is an Estonian word which means “abomination”. Combining these two words seemed a pretty good idea when the band first started since the main idea was just to play grindcore and it fitted well.


5.The band started out as a duo, what was the decision behind expanding into a full line up?
It was just the natural course of events. After recording the first demos our current singer Nagy joined and he also found a drummer for the band. And from this point on there was a full line up.


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?
It’s safe to say that our shows are pretty energetic, but we’d rather give this question to concertgoers because they usually have a better perspective on what’s happening on the stage.
Some remarkable shows have definitely been at Devilstone Open Air festival in Lithuania, Hard Rock Laager festival in Estonia, also Tuska Open Air in Finland but let’s not forget about a lot of awesome club shows. Lithuania has always been a fun place to play, also some Slovakian shows we had this December while touring.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
In April, 11-13, we are opening up for Napalm Death in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia which is a huge honor for us. Then we have some festivals confirmed for the summer in Estonia and currently working on plans for Autumn.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal and grindcore?
The feedback has been mostly positive. Music these days don’t have any boundaries, as much there are different people who listen to our music, there are as much different opinions about us.
And as a side note, we rather define our music as death metal with mixture of different elements now than grindcore. But yet again, it is up to the listeners. :)


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?
Our drummer Tõnis has studied in a music school and occasionally works with some projects as a session studio drummer or just fills in on other gigs. He also plays drums in a thrash metal band called Cantilena. But mostly he is working with bands as an event organizer, tour manager, producer or as a sound engineer.


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
It’s quite hard to say. Everything actually depends on emotions and current situations. We definitely are going to continue the same path we are on already, but with every album we like to try something new.


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?
Stig: Marduk, Emperor, Mayhem, Death.
Rasmus: I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to listening or playing music. If it’s well written I honestly don’t care what genre it is. One of the suggestions I recently got is GoGo Penguins which I really like now. And the latest Architects’ album “All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us” is something that I haven’t been able to put away.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Stig: sports and just relaxing mostly.
Rasmus: since I work in a local restaurant/bar I’ve been looking into more of some food and drink related topics.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Horns up and support your local scene! Believe us, it means a world to the musicians and bands if they have strong local support these days. It’s not easy out there.
Stay brutal!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Kemerov/FMKD/Vault Relics/2017 CD Review

  Kemerov  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays a  mixture  of  death'n'roll  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "FMKD"  which  was  released  by  Vault  Relics.

  Gun  shots  and  air  raid  sirens  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  style.

  A  great  amount  of  hard  rock elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  d  beats  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  back  up  shouts.

  Kemerov  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  death  metal,  punk,  and  rock'n'roll  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kemerov  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death'n'roll  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "New  Order"  "Slay  Your  Son"  "Murdered  in  the  Steppe"  and  "FMKD".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Goresoerd/Antikeha/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review





  Goresoerd  are  a  band  from  Estonia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death,  groove  metal,  grindcore  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Antikeha"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  Psychedelic  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  fast  grindcore  direction that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  range  from  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  while  melodic  singing  is  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  Atmospheric  sounds  can  be  heard  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount of  melody  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  hardcore, crust  and  groove  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion   and  later  songs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  while  a  later  track  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  electronic  music  parts.

  Goresoerd  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  crust,  grind,  hardcore,  grind,  death  and  groove  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Estonian  and  cover  the  writings  of  Sven  Kivisildnik.

  In  my  opinion  Goresoerd  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  grindcore,  death  and  groove  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Neetud"  "Vard"  "Likus"  and  "Elajas".  8 out  of  10.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Raised By Owls Interview

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

Hi, firstly thank you for asking us to do the interview. We are Raised By Owls, an extreme metal band spawned from the depths of England to cause a mild disturbance then apologise shortly afterwards. We formed in 2015 and we're a very British metal band. We released our debut EP 'The Great British Grind Off' back in October 2016 which we are giving away as a free download on our Bandcamp page.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

We like to think of our sound as a melting pot of extreme metal sub-genres. There are elements of death metal, grindcore and a few hints of black metal. We try not to restrict our sound to a specific genre, if it sounds good we will use it. Actually, if it doesn't sound good we'll probably still use it.

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

Our lyrical content takes a comedic approach, we don't take ourselves or our lyrics too seriously and we think the music expresses that. From the start we always said we wanted the lyrical themes to be absurd. Our focus on the EP was to poke fun at British culture and British celebrities.

Sam, who writes the lyrics, doesn't have any particular hardship or negativity in his life. He just likes going to the pub and has a weird obsession with UK mega-chef Ainsley Harriott. So that's what he writes about. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Raised by Owls'?

We were talking about this the other day and cannot actually remember the exact moment we coined the name 'Raised By Owls'. We wanted to take a typical metal band name like 'Raised By Wolves' or 'Raised By Lions' you know, a strong and fierce animal that you might typically associate with metal and replace it with a not so metal sounding animal. Like an owl.

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 played shows up and down the UK and played with some awesome bands in front of some really cool crowds. We played the Sheffield Corporation with Bleating Apocalypse last week, which was a great show. We've been to see some of our favourite bands play there, so it was brilliant to get the chance to play on that stage ourselves.

Cambridge with Serrabulho and Chestburster was great and Derby with End Of Salvation and This Is Hate was another good show, however I think the highlight still has to be our very first gig. We played the first UK round of 'Metal 2 The Masses' with Deathflux and Built Upon Hatred for a chance to play Bloodstock Festival. That was a really cool opportunity for us, and we were really happy to be accepted to play. It felt like the perfect environment to introduce the Raised By Owls live extravaganza.

We always like to have a laugh with the audience but we take the performing of the music seriously. It's frantic, sweaty, offensive and hideously noisy throughout, and we plan to get more so in every aspect with each gig.

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

We'll be hitting Manchester, Reading, Leeds and Nottingham in the coming months, but are eager to book more and really get ourselves out on the road.

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

I think the dream for a lot of bands is to get signed, but it's not something we're really focusing on right now. I think we're still trying to find our footing in the world and gather interest. Without sounding like one of those inspirational posters you see on Facebook, we're just having fun with it and we're taking each day as it comes. Unless we are approached by a big European club like Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, or Wigan.

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

We've had some fantastic feedback online. We've not just had a lot of attention in the UK, but also France, Germany, and even the US! People are sending us messages to say they dig the tunes and find our videos funny and that means the world to us. We're honestly grateful for anyone who takes the time to watch our videos or listen to our songs.

Like most other bands, we’ve been told that we suck and that we’re not metal, but we’ve developed a good coping mechanism. Normally we sob uncontrollably for 9 hours straight, compose ourselves, then carry on.

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

The next EP will be at least 90% Shania Twain covers. Only joking, 100% Shania Twain covers.

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?

CRIKEY FLIP, Now you're asking! We take inspiration from bands like Carcass, Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Pig Destroyer, Municipal Waste, King Parrot, At The Gates, and loads more. The list goes on and on...

Recently we've been really enjoying latest releases from The Drip and Iron Reagan. We've also been digging Omnipotent Hysteria who dropped a ripper of an album late last year. Party Cannon are on the playlist frequently as well.
Oh, and we listen to the soundtrack for the hit motion picture 'Chicken Run' at least once a month.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Pretty normal interests like any other lads in their twenty-somethings would have: going to gigs, video games, Satan worship, knitting, manufacturing plastic, teaching grandma how to use Tinder and drinking tea by the bucket load.

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


Thanks for the interview!

Stay metal and stay weird!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sigil/Kingdom Of The Grave/Horror Pain Gore Death Productions/2017 CD Review


  Sigil  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Kingdom of  the  Grave"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Horror  Pain  Gore Death  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  bring  in a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams and  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's.

  A  great  amount  of  crust  and  d  beat  influences  can  be  heard  quite  a bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  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  this  recording  and  one  track  brings  in  a  brief  use  of violins  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  brings  in a   small  amount  of  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Sigil  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust  and  d  beat  to  create  a sound of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sigil  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Unreal"  "Kingdom  Of  The  Grave"  and  "Death  Won't  Kill  Me".  8  out  of  10.

  

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Terminal Nation Interview

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



            Stan: Of course, We are Terminal Nation a hardcore band from Little Rock, Arkansas. Our music can be best described as short, fast, and pissed off. We started back in 2014. I wanted to start a band that was just no frills, fast hardcore and things kind of spun off from there.



2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?



            Stan: All of our recordings to date have taken influence from NYHC bands  like Breakdown and Agnostic Front but also the early west coast powerviolence. I wanted to start a hardcore band, but I wanted it to be more punk than metal. Our sound kind of started to evolve a little more since then.



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

          

            Stan: I try to keep a ridiculously broad spectrum of subjects in the    songs. We have songs about hating your job, a song about a deadbeat dad who won’t take responsibility for his children, a song about the monopoly of the healthcare industry, a song about Freddy Kruger, a song about shitty/crooked cops. I think we touch some stuff that a lot of bands skip over no doubt. 



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



            Stan: To be honest, Terminal Nation is a song by my favorite band Infest. I have honestly wanted to name a band that for like 5 years before we started. It seems very fitting to have a name like that now, more than ever.



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



            Stan: Lately, here in Little Rock, we have been playing shows with some of the rappers and hip hop artists in the area. Little Rock rapper Goon des Garcons (any of you rap/hip hop fans out there, remember that name) throws a music showcase a few times a year called Fireroom here in Little Rock. The whole show is mainly just rap and hip hop so we are a pretty stark contrast to it. Amazingly enough, the people there have been very open to us playing and into it completely. We also bring our own crowd, and it gets   fucking crazy, but everyone really has a good time losing their minds. I think punk/hardcore and rap really have the same attitude and mindset, just different sounds. Those shows always tend to get pretty crazy with a combination of two different crowds. In general our live shows are usually crazy, which is the way we like it. Since we don’t play as often as other bands, each time we play we make it count, trying to push the envelope more so than the last time.



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



            Stan: As of right now, there are no major touring plans for this year. A few of us are taking on some major changes right now, doing some serious ‘adulting’ but the window may open up at some point. We have a few rad fests we’ll be doing this year. We have been doing a lot of weekend warrior stuff over the last few months. If a fest opportunity opens up for us, we always try to make it happen,within reason.



7.The new album is coming out on 'Deep Six Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?



            Stan: Absolutely. It’s one of my favorite labels of all time (up there with Slap A Ham, Southern Lord, A389, etc), and I couldn’t be happier. Bob, who runs the operation is totally awesome. He takes a really laid back approach, and I am down with that.



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



            Stan: Overall, it’s been good. I know the physical copies of our Waste 7” EP  have made their way across Europe and Japan, as far as I have seen. That’s really cool to see.



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



            Stan: Musically, only been getting heavier and faster. I am happy with that.



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?



            Stan: Our influences range from pv bands like Infest/Despise You to stuff like Terrorizer. In the last few releases there was a major hardcore punk vibe but    I think that’s slowly started to evolve into more of a metallic style, taking some influence from the older Cleveland bands like Ringworm and Integrity, when it comes to some of the new riffs. As far as what I have been listening to lately, the new Power Trip record is a beast. New Primal Rite record is great. Forged released a 7” a couple of months back, that’s one of the most bad ass EPs I have heard in a while.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?



            Stan: I wish I had time to have other interests.



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

              

                Stan: Listen to some shit that doesn’t get recognition. Take a chance and check out some band you’ve never heard before. There is a lot of underrated stuff out there. If you need to check out some cool bands, listen to Deadbeat, The JiG, Pissed On, Easy Money, Fissure, Time Walk, No Victory, God’s America, Forged, Sex Prisoner, Piece of Mind, Reserving Dirtnaps, Life as One and plenty more that I am not thinking of at this moment. Thanks a lot for your time, I appreciate it and to everyone reading, : Keep an eye on Terminal Nation because we are doing some cool shit in the near future.

              

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Raised By Owls/The Great British Grind Off/2016 EP Review


  Raised  by  Owls  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  party  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "The  Great  British  Grind  Off".

  Car  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  radio  sounds  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  that  also  has  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  them  as  well  as  having  that  influence  in  the  tremolo  picking  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced and  fast  parts  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  Elements  of  hardcore  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  few  back  up  gang  shouts  and  spoken  word  samples  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  synths  are  used  for  a  few  seconds  on  a  couple  they  bring  in  the  atmosphere of  a  horror  movie  while  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  along  with  one  track  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  being  all  instrumental.

  Raised  by  Owls  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  death  metal  and  grindcore  while  also  having  elements  of  hardcore  and  black  metal  which  also  makes  the  musical  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Raised  By  Owls  are  a  very  great  sounding  party  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "You  Have  Been  Mary  Buried"  "Off To  The  Pub"  "Rot  Stewart"  and  "Strictly  Come  Grinding...".  8  out  of  10. 


Friday, March 3, 2017

Buckshot Facelift/Ulcer Island/Paragon Records/2017 CD Review


  Buckshot  Facelift  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  p0lays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore,  and  power  violence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ulcer  Island"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Paragon  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  along  with  vocals  that  bring  in a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  crust  style  shouting  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  power  violence  elements.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  high  pitched  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  guitar  leads   are  done  in a   melodic  fashion  along  with  some  of the  tracks  being  short  in  length  and  spoken  word  samples  also  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  Buckshot  Facelift  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal,  grindcore,  and  power  violence  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Buckshot  Facelift  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore,  and  power  violence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ulcer  Island"  "Ascend  To  Descend"  "Don't  Hang  From  The  Pipes"  and  "A  Trophy  Cup  Intoxicant".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Grog/Ablutionary Rituals/Hellprod Murder Productions/2017 CD Review


  Grog  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  mixture  of  brutal  death  metal,  crust,  and  gore/grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ablutionary  Rituals"  which  will  be  released  on  March  8th  by  Hellprod  Murder  Productions.

  Distorted  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier direction  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  a  mixture  of  tortured  vocals  and  death  metal  growls  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  and  harsh noises  are  added onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  grindcore  style.

  A  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  guttural  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  in  the  riffing.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  technical  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  death/grind  style  while  later  songs  also  add  in  crust/hardcore  style  back  up  gang  shouts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  electronic  music  elements.

  Grog  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  gore/grindcore  and  brutal  technical  death  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  touch  of  crust  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  sex,  porn,  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gorg  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  brutal  death  metal,  crust,  and  gore/grind  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Uterine  Casket"  "Vortex  Of  Bowelism"  "Gut  Throne"  and  "From  Disease  To  Decease".  8  out  of  10.            

Terminal Nation/Absolute Control/Deep Six Records/2017 EP Review


  Terminal  Nation  are  a  band  from  Arkansas  that  plays  a  mixture  of  hardcore,  grind  and  power  violence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Absolute  Control"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Deep  Six  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  a  some  touches  of  harsh  noise  before  adding  in  heavy  riffing  and  aggressive  hardcore  style  vocals  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  elements  of  grind  and  power  violence  can  be  heard.

  A decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of   the  songs  while  back  up  gang  shouts,  grindcore  and  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  solos  and  leads  and  the  music  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the recording.  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Terminal  Nation  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  hardcore, g rind  and  power  violence  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  hateful  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Terminal  Nation   are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  hardcore,  grind,  and  power  violence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Numb  To  The  Pain"  "Hand  That  Feeds"  "Violator_Violated" and  "Broken".  8  out  of  10.

   

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pain Tank/97,901,726 Confirmed Kills/Edgewood Arsenal Records/2017 CD Review


  Pain  Tank  are  a  band  from  Washington  D.C  that  plays  a  mixture  of  hardcore  and  grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "97,901,726  Confirmed  Kills"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Edgewood  Arsenal  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  awhich  also  leads  up  to  vocals  that  bring  in  a  mixture  of  hardcore  shouts  and  grindcore  screams  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls.

  When  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  solos  and  leads  and  the  music  always  sticks  to a  heavy  direction  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  track  that  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Pain  Tank  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  hardcore  and  grind  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyric  cover  war  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pain  Tank  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  hardcore  and  grind  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dollar  Sign  Suicide"  "Driving  Back  the  Occupier"  "When  Integrity  Means  Death"  and  "Barcodes  And  Byproducts".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Abuse/Nothing Is Safe/Comatose Music/2017 CD Review

  Abuse  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal,  noise.  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Nothing  Is  Safe"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Comatose  Music.

  Crowd  noises  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  short  in  length.

  At  times  the  vocals  can  get  very  guttural  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  at  times  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  some  of  the  mid  tempo  sections  also  mix  in  elements  of  slam  while  some  of  the  faster  sections mix  in  the  raw  energy  of  noisecore  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  riffing  starts  incorporating  more  melody  and  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  Abuse  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  brutal,  guttural  and  slamming  form  of  death  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  some  noise  and  grindcore  influences  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  rape,  killing,  and  misogyny  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Abuse  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  brutal  death  metal,  noise,  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gibbeted"  "I'm  So  Horny"  "Swine"  and  "Bitchkabob".  8  out  of  10.   

Kriegszittern/Minenfeld/Caligari Records/2017 Split Cassette Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Kriegszittern  and  Minenfeld  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Kriegszittern  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  drones  along  with  some  dark  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on their  side  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  bring  in  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  along  with  90's  death  metal  influences.

  Most  of  the  vocals  are  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  riffs  also b ring  in  a  great  amount  of r aw  and  primitive  aggression  and  throughout  their side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  high  pitched  screams  are  used  briefly  along  with  the  music  always  remaining  heavy,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  death,  loss  and  sacrifice  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kriegszittern  and  if  you re  a  fan  of  crust  and  death  metal,   you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Green  Hell"  and  "Dance  Of  Death".

  Next  up  is  Minenfeld  a  band  that  plays  a  war  themed  style  of  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  music  and  commericial  samples  form  the  world  war  era  before  going  into  a  darker  yet  heavy  musical  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on their side  of  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of raw  and  primitive  elements.

  Most  of  their  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo picking,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a mixture  of  English  and  German  cover  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Minenfeld  are  a  very   great  sounding  war  themed   death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Assault"  and  "On  Gruesome  Pathways".

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