Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Polynove Pole 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 EP?

Hail to all metalheads and "DoomToGrind" readers!
Since the release of this EP we have presented it on 2 live gigs, given several metalzine interviews, also highlighted it in the Internet ourselves, and finally this spring signed up with ukrainian label "Moon Records". Nowadays we are working on new songs for the next release. It's going to be another one full-length album, planned to be recorded in 2019.


2. A few months back you released a new EP, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording, and also how does it differ from the stuff you had released in the past?

Musical critics have mostly described it as gothic metal or melodic doom/death. We agree with both versions. Music has become heavier and more melodic comparing to early albums. That's because of some stuff changes, that happened in 2016. You can find acoustic guitar and piano parts there. We are satisfied with how it sounds, as we've payed a lot of attention to recording and mixing process.


3. This is your first release since 2009, can you tell us a little more about what was going on during that time span?

Our pre-last EP was released in January 2010, and after that there was a long hiatus in a band's history due to divergence in views, how it should sound and what it should be in general. During all that time some of us were playing in different bands, but I constanly had an aim to reborn "Polynove Pole" with a stuff even better than before. So, now we have 2 new band members - a keyboardist and a drummer, and their playing manner and skills have changed our sound significally.


4. Your lyrics cover Philosophy, Mysticism and Dark Romanticism, can you tell us a little more about your interest in those topics?
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Lyrics of any music is based on inner feeling and impressions of its author, his general worldview. From a very young age I have been interested in everything hidden, unknown, non-material, let's say so. My home library mostly consists of books about religions, esotheric, ancient traditions, mythologies. Together with a lot of personal dramas in a young age, it formed this style of poetry. Now, being grown-up, I'm far not so impressionable, but all that is still a part of me.


5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Polynove Pole'?

"Polynove Pole" is a "Wormwood Field" in Ukrainian. Here in Ukraine, we have a famous proverb, which says "To live a life is not to come across a field". It means that our lifetime on Earth is much more difficult than just a common journey. Some kind of philosophy. Once long ago I wrote a poem named like this, later it was used as lyrics for the very first song of a newly created metal band, and than even became the band's name.


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?

The best I liked was a "return" of a band in December 2017, we even filmed it and mounted on 5 cameras. You can find it on YouTube. I felt incredible emotions during that hour on stage, as it was a real band's reborn. Three or more years ago no one would believe this could happen. But we did it.
One more live show to remember was in 2009, when except playing the bass I had to sing on the stage for the first time. The crowd was nearly 3000 of people, so I it was a challenge, nice to recall today.


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

We have already performed several live shows this year here in Ukraine after album was released. And some more are planned for this summer and autumn. But no big touring plans until we finish the next full-length album.


8. You are currently unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

This is a little outdated information, this spring we have signed up with Ukrainian label "Moon Records". This is the oldest label in Ukraine, covering not only metal, but a wide range of musical styles. They sell album via most popular internet shops, the link you can find below.


9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by the fans of goth, doom and death metal?

For this moment mostly good responses. Thanks to "Grand Sound promotion" agency, the album was highlighted in metalzines and music websites of Europe. Most attention was to renewed stuff, new band members, finally the fact of unexpected comeback after seven years break. But it is not a reason to relax, we believe our best tracks are still waiting to be written and recorded.


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

Yes, sure. Our drummer Sergiy has his own metal project "Dragma", also using female vocals. The keyboardist Andriy plays in an electronic band named "Lesyk Sam" and along with that takes part in studio black metal project "Eskapism". He is a really good musician and isn't limited with some only music style. And Marianna constantly performs on stage of Philharmonic with orchestras, jazz bands, some variety stuff, because music is her profession for a life.


11. When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading in musically during the future?

We already have most of the music for our next album, like drafts or some junks it needs to be finished and arranged. Then lyrics should be written. In general, we expect to finish all the work and record the album in 2019, but earlier or later - time will tell. It depends on our personal circumstances and on inspiration, of cource.


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?

As we noticed, bands we like have changed too, comparing to early years. It's a normal thing for any creative process. In 90-th and early 2000-th we could see men on stage in leather with nails, or female singers in long medieval dresses. It looked like some common dresscode. Today most of them look more serious, maybe laconic and wise. A good example is Ihsahn from Emperor: he changed teenage-oriented raw black metal to real guitar art, performed by a grown-up man.


13. What are some of your non musical interests?

Hmm, nice question. It's hard to say, because music is a dominating interest for each of us. The guitarist Yuriy is a sculptor and a painter, also working as a photographer, the bassist/vocalist Andriy works in a software company and takes part in homeless cats resque, the drummer Sergiy is a sound engineer on a radio station, he likes girls and the Playstation. The vocalist Marianna is of Hungarian origin, she is a singer in Lviv Philharmonic and the Organ Hall, in free time she helps her husband in their hotel business.


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

Stay metal, support good bands and listen to the right music. See you on stage!



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Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Chapter/Angels & Demons/2017 Full Length Review


  The  Chapter  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom.  death  and  gothic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Angels  &  Demons".

 
  Death  metal  growls  start  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  melodic  male  and  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  goth  metal  feeling  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  whispers  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length as well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard.

  The  Chapter  plays   a  musical  style  that  takes  doom,  death  and  goth  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark and  depressive  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  The  Chapter  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  doom,  death  and  goth  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Angels  &  Demons"  "For  A  Ghost"  and  "The  Past  Is  Dead".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Eleine 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?
Madeleine: Since the recording we went out on tour with W.A.S.P during the fall of 2017, played some headline shows and we had the great honor to play at Loud ’n Metal Festival in Tokyo, Japan. It was our first time ever in Japan and it was amazing. We can’t wait to come back. Besides that, we put all our focus in music videos and promotion our new album.

Now we have some shows in Sweden and we are booking our tour for 2018. We are very happy to say that we’re going on a small tour with Arch Enemy. It’s huge for us. 



2.You have a new album coming out during the end of February, 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?

Madeleine: The sound of ”Until The End” is very monumental, heavy and melodic. Comparing it to our debut album this album is heavier, more metal and the quality of our symphonic arrangements are much better. We teamed up with Daniel Beijbom who is awesome at symphonic arrangements and we are very proud of the result. It feels great to have produced an album ourselves this time around.


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

Rikard: The topics are all connected within ”Until The End”. Topics such as: Living your life to the fullest, opening your eyes and realizing that there are people in great pain although you yourself are safe, that there are bad people in the world but far from every one is a bad person, breaking free from what is holding you down and that together we are strong.


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

Madeleine: I started the band just knowing that it was going to be some kind of symphonic metal band, so I cut off the Mad-part of my name and left was ELEINE. I wanted to keep it simple and easy to remember.


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?

Madeleine: We have had so many amazing shows so it’s hard to just pick a few, but I remember we had a magical evening in Athens, Greece during our tour with Moonspell, and Tokyo is something we will never forget.

Regarding my stage performance, I only know it from my kind of view, hehe. But I know that I express a lot of emotions on stage, and that I like to combine it with both headbang and more smooth movements.
Eleine in its entierty aims to give the audience a theatrical show that is very majestic both musically and visually.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Madeleine: Yes we have! We book 2018/2019 now, and this far we have a lot of fun shows coming up. As we mentioned we have the honor to go with Arch Enemy on a small tour, and we are really looking forward to Sabaton Open Air this august. It will be epic. We always tell our fans and followers to make sure they follow us on Facebook and Bandsintown. There you’ll get notifications every time we release a new showdate! J


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the album being released by 2 different labels?

Madeleine: Ah yes, the tale of two labels haha. When we parted with our old label we knew what we wanted. We started our own record label named Algoth Records during 2017, and when we got in touch with Black Lodge we all decided that we should collaborate. They also have the well-known distribution company Sound Pollution that we work with and distribute through.


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

Madeleine: It’s been amazing. I feel very humble about it. You know that.. when creating music, we create the music that we like. What feels natural. We never think about what some certain listeners might like, we don’t try to adjust to trends. We want to give our fans OUR music, that’s why they follow us – right? So when making new music you never know what people will think about it, I never know what to expect. So I must say that the feedback from both fans and critics has been overwhelming. I’m very flattered, happy and so grateful for all this great feedback.


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?

Madeleine: Not that I know of. But a collaboration with other bands would be fun to do some day! I mean, to sing on a track with Alissa from Arch Enemy or for someone in Eleine to do a guest appearence with…I don’t know….Metallica would be out of this world haha. But I’m getting way ahead of myself there. A girl can dream can’t she?




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

Rikard: It’s hard to say where we’ll end up. The progression from our debut album ”Eleine” to our second album ”Until The End” has been natural although there is major growth both within writing and performance. We’ve had a vision from the very beginning, so I’m sure that creating our 3rd album will be challenging, interesting and a pleasaure.




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?

Rikard: Well, we don’t look towards styles and other artist when it comes to sound. We draw inspiration from how music feels and aim for our music too feel a certain way as well. With that said, there are so many bands and artists that we enjoy listening to.
Madeleine: Yes, and I personally listen to bands like Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, Rammstein and so on. But we also gather inspiration from experiences, both others and our own.




12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Madeleine: I enjoy a lot of things! But let me make a short list for you here. I like: Working out, hanging out with friends and family, show love towards animals and engaging myself in aminal rights, planing and doing photo shoots with Rikard.. and Netflix-ing. I enjoy movies, but that is directly connected to my musical interests since it inspires me so much! J 




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

Madeleine: First of all want to say thank you for this interview, it’s been great. Everyone in Eleine also want to thank all our beautiful fans, for listening, buying and spreading our music. You support this industry with a big heart and we are so grateful to every one of you. Thank you! J

Friday, March 16, 2018

Ruined Nation/Restart/WOOAAARGH/2018 CD Review


  Ruined  Nation  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  a mixture  of  grind  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Restart"  which  will  be  released  on  March  23rd  by  WOOAAARGH.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  hardcore  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  and  also  introduces  d  beats  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  punk  elements  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Ruined  Nation  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  hardcore  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ruined  Nation  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  "Suffer"  "Heinz-Christian"  "Pathetic"  and  "Borderline".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Agathocles/Psychoneurosis/Selfmadegod Records/2018 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Belgium's  Agathocles  and  Poland's  Psychoneurosis  which  was  released  by  Selfmadegod  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Agathocles  who  return  with  their  style  of  mincecore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts out  with  angry  voices  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  growls and  screams  as  well  as  the  music  bringing  in  elements  of  crust  punk.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  music always  remains  heavy  and  brutal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  racism,  political  and  anarchy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Agathocles  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "ergos  thanatos"  and  "war  fetisjists  kill".

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

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  dark  sounding  intro  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in a  mixture  of  screams  and  crust  style  growls  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to them.

  All  of  their  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Psychoneurosis  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Indoctrination"  and  "The  Grindcore  Family'.

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

 

  

Afgrund/THe Dystopian/Selfmadegod Records/2018 CD Review


  Afgrund  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Sweden  and  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "THe  Dystopian"  which  was  released  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  screams  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  crust  punk  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melodic  riffing.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  brief  return  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  old  school  punk  feeling and  one  track  also  introduces  avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  onto  the  recording.

  Afgrund  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t heir  mixture  of  death  metal,  grindcore  and  crust  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  political  and  dystopian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Afgrund  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  metal,  grindcore  and  crust  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ruttna"  "Royalty  Of  Crust"  "The  Great  Rift"  and  "Smasher  Of  Skulls".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Slumlord/Preview Of Hell/2018 Full Length Review


  Slumlord  are  a  band  from  Edmonton,  Alberta.  Canada  that  plays  a mixture  of  noise,  grind  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Preview  Of  Hell".

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  and  screams  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  hardcore  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  some  songs  also  mix  in  touches  of  d  beat,  thrash  and  harsh  noise  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  instrumentals  as  the  album  progresses  before  returning  back  to  vocal  tracks.

  Slumlord  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  hardcore  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash,  noise  and  grindcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Slumlord  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  thrash,  noise,  grind  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Committed  Soul"  "Test  My  Power"  "Total  Nothing"  and  "Patiently  Waiting".  8  out  of  10.

Levania/The Day I Left Apart/Sliptrick Records/2018 EP Review


  Levania  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  gothic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "The  Day  I  Left Apart"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Goth  rock  style  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  industrial  while  the  vocals are  mostly  clean  female  vocals  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  mixing  the  heavy  and  gothic  parts  together.

  Elements  of  metalcore  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  one  track  also  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats.

  Levania  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  goth  metal  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  metalcore  and  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  desperation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Levania  are  a  very  great  sounding  goth  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rising"  and  "Your  Eyes  And  My  Fear".  8  out  of  10. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

MatraK AttakK/Cura/2018 Full Length Review


  MatraK  AttakK  are  a  band  from  a  band  from  Belgium  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  anarcho  grind  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2018  album  "Cura".

  Spoken  word  parts,  acoustic  guitars  and  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  also  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  crust  style,  shouts,  screams  and  growls.

  A  great  amount  of  d  beat  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the recording  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  MatraK  AttakK  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  anarchist  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  MatraK  AttakK  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  and  grindcore,  you  should c heck  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Useless  Wars"  "Squatting  2017'  and  "Mostly  Sorrow".  8  out  of  10.     

Neolithic/Cult Of Ignorance/Deep Six Records/2018 EP Review


  Neolithic  are  a  band  from  Baltimore,  Maryland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  hardcore,  crust  and  d  beat  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Cult  Of  Ignorance"  which  will  be  released  on  March  15th  by  Deep  Six  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  as  well  as  some  high  pitched  screams  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  music  is  also  heavily  influenced  by  hardcore.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also h ear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  raw  fashion  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  melody  of  melody  and  the  music  also  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Neolithic  creates another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  death  metal,  crust  and  d  beat,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording f rom  Neolithic  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  metal,  hardcore  and  crust,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cult  Of  ignorance".  8  out  of  10.

  

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Forty Shades/Blackstar Diamond/2018 Full length Review


  Forty  Shades  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  progressive  and  symphonic  form  of  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Blackstar  Diamond"  which  will  be  released  in  April.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  mixes  the  heavy  and  symphonic  parts  together  and  after  awhile  clean  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to them.

  At  times  the  music  brings  in  elements  of  power, heavy  and  doom  metal  while  the  keyboards and  riffs  also  add  in  touches  of  prog  metal  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  briefly and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Forty  Shades  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  prog,  heavy,  doom,  symphonic  and  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Forty  Shades  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric,  progressive,  symphonic  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "God  And  The  Idol"  "Dichotomie"  "Idol  Worship"  and  "Snowball".  8  out  of  10.

Japanische Kampfhorspiele Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?


Christof: We played some shows. The rest of the time we tried to cope with everyday life which is very hard when you've started drinking beer and smoking grass in the morning already. But it´s getting better and better.

2.You have a new album coming out in March, 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?


Christof: The songs on the forthcoming album are about 18 to 20 years old, stuff from the very beginning of JAKA. These songs are more punk than most of the material we've written after that. Most of them became every greens over the years, so it had been kind of necessary to record them in a more proper sound. At least for the fans that were born after JAKA.

3.Over the years you have referred to your music as 'grindpunk' or 'popgrind', can you tell us a little bit more about these terms?


Christof: The early and now rerecorded stuff was more grindpunk. Since 2007 the sound has become more popgrind. Today we describe our style as lebensbejahender death metal which means life-affirming death metal. We are very optimistic guys despite all the devastating information you get through all the devastating mass media.

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


Christof: The latest lyrics are about the ordinary grindcore topics like naturkatastrophen and krieg. Former lyrics deal with more interesting stuff like kneipe and ficken. If you are further interested, you can buy the song book JAPANISCHE KAMPFLEKTUERE. But in that case your German should be better than my English! Or you need a very good translating program.

5.I know that the bands name means 'Japanese combat audio drams', how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?


Christof: Totally.

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?


Christof: One of the best shows we ever played was in a basement bar in New York in front of ten or eleven guests who had only been there for a drink or to kill time. The room had been cleaned half an hour before we arrived and the chlorine burned our lungs. But as always we delivered very well. Our performance is very energetic with a lot of jumping and running around and destroying instruments and other things. On the other hand we are known as the band that tidies up backstage rooms, doing the dishes, making the beds, you name it. We never threw a TV set out of a window. Only once a remote control.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?


Christof: We are going to do another FLEISCHMARSCH at the end of the year together with our friends of EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS which is a comedy grind band you might know. The first two FLEISCHMARSCHs in 2005 and 2008 had been great successes. People seem to enjoy the mixture of pure fun and absolute seriousness.

8.A couple of the band members also run 'Unundeux' what is going on with that label these days?


Christof: It´s not a label anymore but a store where you can buy T-shirts and stuff. Just take a look at www.unundeux.de. Running a label needs a lot of discipline and mercantile ability -skills none of us really has.

9The band has also been a part of a great amount of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?


Christof: We did splits with DAS KRILL from Germany, BATHTUBSHITTER from Japan, ARE YOU GOD from Brazil, EISENVATER from Hamburg and KILLER which is a side project of Junge from EA80. There are some more for sure ... Oh! We just did a 4-way-split called "Grind Cuts" with NERVOUS IMPULSE from Canada, BRUD from Ukraine and MEAT CUTTING FLOOR from Russia! So as you can see JAKA is kind of a global band.

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


Christof: I really don´t know why but most of the world´s population seems to like us. I´m sure that if we opened ourselves more for social media, even housewives from Bangladesh would give us a like or a click or a view. I can´t say how many of our fans are fans of grindcore at the same time. But are genres that important anymore? Doesn´t anybody consume everything at once nowadays?

11.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?


Christof: All that was recorded and released for a very small group of connaisseurs. People who still find the leisure to get obsessed by things in a world which has become distracted more and more. Neither MADCHENDRECK nor DAS OLDSCHOOLFORMAT DER ZUKUNFT nor TITI NITI nor FAKE IDYLL were founded to enter stages. We just recorded these tunes for fun and for to avoid boredom. Only Robert´s band PHOBIATIC plays live shows. But I guess PHOBIATIC is his real band while JAKA is just a project to him.

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


Christof: I don´t know. To me JAKA is still just a project anyway. From the start we've just let everything come. Personally I´m convinced that if you don´t bother, you´ll make it and vice versa - when you try too hard you better don´t even start. I´m a big fan of taking the line of the least resistance. That´s not very German, I know.

13.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?


Christof: Lyrically it´s the first album of EXTRABREIT, musically FRANK ZAPPA. Of course JAKA´s music is not half as ingenious as the music of FRANK ZAPPA, but the lyrics are better than the ones by EXTRABREIT. However, EXTRABREIT showed me that German lyrics work. That was in 1980, I think. As for ZAPPA, I like the synthesis of the arts. I don´t see myself as just a drummer or a lyricist. I´m interested in the entire thing. Of course, we all listened to thrash metal, death metal, black metal and metal metal when we were younger. That´s why we still play metal - we never learned anything else! But we don´t consume metal all day. When we are on the road, we listen to softer tunes like YUNG HURN or HGICHT.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?


Christof: Reading, cooking, talking shit.

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


Christof: No. As an optimistic lebensbejahender death metal dandy I´m hoping that the world will not perish too soon.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Abjured/Absolutist/Defying Danger Records/2018 CD Review


  Abjured  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  d  beat  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Absolutist"  which  was  released by  Defying  Danger  Records.

  Distorted  amp  feedback  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  and  d  beat  elements  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  when  guitar  leads  are used  briefly  they  are  done  in  a  very  technical  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  riffs  also b ring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  introduces  slide  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  Abjured  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore  and  d  beat  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Abjured  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore  and  d  beat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Truth -IsItWorth"  "Awakening"  "Exist"  and   "Absolutist".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Morphcored Interview

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

We are Old School Death Metal band/project,started first as one man project (Me,Bojan, Guitar,Bass) than after,expanded first with Conny Pettersson on drums (as session drummer) and lastly with Ivan Kovacevic Kova on vocals.

2.You have an album coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Well,as I said first,it is Old School Death Metal,so it have mainly all ingredients what we have learned from Old School, I would say the sound would be like Bolt Thrower mixed with Swedish Death Metal and also with stuff like Six Feet Under, maybe some old Carcass too.

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

Lyrics on this album are written first about Nephilim in todays world (all artistically expressed of course) also Illuminati, humans ignorance and how it's been manipulated with people and lastly how they are all unconsciously running into self destruction.

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

The name,to be honest,is just a name I came with long time ago,it popped out once and ever since then it was sitting at the back of my head, I tried many band names (I had some good ones ;) but this one kept coming back,so I decided to name it like that, however, I think it sounded good and it's just ultimate presentation of music that we play. (by that I mean it allow us to slow down of speed up the tempo and sound safely)

5.Originally the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind adding other members?

Generally, because I like to work with people and I think that Chemistry and Collaboration is very important when making record, that can be felt.
Being a Solo project I would say, was just a necessary evil.

6.Has the band done any live shows or has this been a studio project so far?

So far, unfortunately is just a studio project, never have done any live shows with this one, but I would really love to,and definitely will strive towards that. 

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

So far, extremely happy, I can see they are really trying to promote us as much as possible, I would thank them for that and also Black Element who is also spreading the word. I know, now days, there is lots of new bands and names,combined with internet that gives you a hard time convincing people what's good and what better.

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

Great so far,what so ever excellent, but I would like to see more and more people coming back to Old School Death Metal just because most energy and the original idea of Death Metal lie down there. As for Morphcored music I can say,it is sitting in between all those genres, so doesn't matter thrash,death,grindcore etc... they can all find something for them self there.

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

Well,musically, it stays, of course Old School Death Metal but I would say it will have also more faster pace, the ideas piles up, hard to say how would exactly sound, but lots of good stuff is coming on my mind. 

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?

As a kid I grow up with bands like Carcass, Gorefest, Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, C. Corpse,etc... so I would say influences are very straight forward, and now days I listen to lots stuff and genres, anything that I find interesting, I would say lately bands like Svart Crown, Nasum, Wolfbrigade also Misery Index,etc...
and It could always range from Obituary to Cryptopsy :)

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Nothing too special, just hanging out with friends, going on concerts and spending time with family.

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

I would like to thank everybody who supports Morphcored and also you guys for inviting me for this interview, and to all fans and generally all Metalheads:
"Stay true to your Metal and keep fighting for it"  Horns Up \m/

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Paragon Collapse/The Dawning/Loud Rage Music/2018 CD Review

 Paragon  Collapse  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  progressive  and  melodic  form  of  doom  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Dawning"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  female  vocals  add  in  elements  of  goth  metal  as  well  as  the  music  alternating  between  both  clean  and  heavy  parts.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  progressive  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  and  when  blast  beats  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal.

  Paragon  Collapse  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  doom  metal  that  is very  progressive  and  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  when  bands  like  Anathema,  my  Dying  Bride  and  The  gathering  moved  away  from  the  harsh  vocals,  the  production  sounds very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  madness,  love,  suicide  and  mental  struggles.

   In  my  opinion  Paragon  Collapse  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  progressive  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Endless  Dream"  "Nirvana"  and  "Deliverance".  8  out  of  10.     

Friday, February 23, 2018

Hell To Pay/Bliss/GTR Records/2018 CD Review


  Hell  To  Pay  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  hardcore,  crust,  grind  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Bliss"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  GTR  Records.

  Elements  of  noise  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a   very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  hardcore  style  shouts,  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly.

  Hardcore  style  breakdowns  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  while the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chanting  and  vocals  can  be  heard  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Hell  To  Pay  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  hardcore,  crust,  grind,  death  metal and  a  touch  of  harsh  noise  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  Hell  To  Pay  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  hardcore,  crust,  grind  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Starve"  "Static"  "Second  Seal"  and  "Bliss".  8  out  of  10. 
  

Friday, February 16, 2018

Japanische Kampfhorspiele/Back To Ze Roots/Bastardized Recordings/2018 CD Review


  Japanische  Kamphorspiele  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  grindpunk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Back  To  Ze  Roots"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Bastardized  Recordings.

  Death  metal  growls  and  brutal  riffing  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  being  used  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  the  riffs  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  elements  of  crust  punk  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  electronic  music  samples  can  be  heard  briefly  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  synths  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  an  instrumental.

  Japanische  Kampfhorspiele  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  grindcore  and  crust  punk  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  technical  death  metal  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  ironical,  social  and  political  commentary  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Japanische  Kampfhorspiele  are  a  very  great  sounding  grindpunk  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dresscode"  "Der  Fleischdamon"  "Musik"  and  "Auf  der  Sonnenseite  des  Globus".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Eleine/Until The End/Algoth/Black Lodge/2018 CD Review


  Eleine  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  symphonic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Until  The  End"  which  will  be  released  on  February  23rd  as  a  joint  effort  between  Algoth  and  Black  Lodge.

  Symphonic  and  epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  female  vocals  also  mix  in  elements  of  operatic  and  goth  metal  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  prog  rock  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  keyboards  on  a  few  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  male  vocals  can  also  be  heard.

  Eleine  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  symphonic  metal  while  elements  of  goth  and  death  metal  are  also  utilized  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  life  and  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eleine  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Story  Untold"  "From  The  Grave"  "Hell  Moon  (We  Shall  Never  Die)"  and  "Breath  Take  Live".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

RacheEngel/Ascheregen/2017 Full Length Review


 RacheEngel  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a mixture  of  goth,  death,  doom  and  power  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Ascheregen".

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  goth  elements  and  also  mixes in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  clean  singing  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  songs  along  wit  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  elements  of  power  metal  can  be  heard  in  some  of t he  guitar  leads  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  songs  stick to  either  or  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  RacheEngel  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death,  goth,  doom  and  power  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  horror,  fantasy,  philosophy,  religion  and  history  themes.

  In  my  opinion  RacheEngel  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death,  doom,  goth  and  power  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hinter  schwarzem  Lichte"  "Ascheregen"  "Der  Ferne  nah"  and  "Wenn  der  Regen  fallt".  8  out  of  10.

    

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Abyssus/Unleash The Storm/Death In Pieces Records/2018 EP Review


  Abyssus  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  played  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  d  beat  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Unleash  The  Storm"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Death  In  Pieces  Records  which  consists  of  2  original  tracks  and  3  covers.

  War  movie  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  to  sound  to  them  and  the music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's.

  Elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  while  the  solos  and leads  stick  to  an  old  school  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Bathory's  "Rites Of  Darkness"  Venom's  "Warhead"  and  Manilla  Road's  "Open  The  Gates".

  On  this  recording  Abyssus  keeps  their  old  school  style  while  also  adding  in  more  d  beat  or  crust  punk  elements  this  time  around  as  well  as  bringing  in  cover  tunes  from  bands  that  where  a  huge  influence  on  them,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics cover  death,  war,  and  corruption  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abyssus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  punk  and  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Operation  Ranch Hand"  and  "Open  The  Gates".  8  out  of  10.       

Monday, February 5, 2018

Polynove Pole/On The Edge Of Abyss/2017 EP Review


  Polynove  Pole  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "On  The  Edge  Of  Abyss".

  Clean  playing  and  record  player  static  start  off  the  ep while  the  keyboards  gives  the  songs  a  more  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melodic  riffing.

  When  female  vocals a re  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  goth  feeling  while  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals,  a  couple  of  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts,  acoustic  guitars  and  stringed  instruments,  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  as  the  ep  progresses.

  Polynove  Pole  plays  a  musical  style that  takes  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Ukrainian  and  cover  philosophy,  mysticism  and  dark  romanticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Polynove  Pole  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cain's  Children"  and  "On  The  Edge  of  The  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.

  

Friday, February 2, 2018

Repulsione/Desecrating/WOOAAARGH/2018 CD Review


  Repulsione  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a mixture  of  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018 album  "Desecrating"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  WOOAAARGH.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  guttural  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  along  with  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  mixing  in  elements  of  power  violence.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Repulsione  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Repulsione  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Eternal  Darkness  Of  A  Useful  Skull" "Sacrifice" "1985"  and  "Emptiness".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Morphcored/Beyond The Kings/CDN Records/2018 CD Review


  Morphcored  are  a  band  from  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal,  grind  and  noisecore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Beyond  The  Kings"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  CDN  Records.

  A  sci-fi  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  and  grindcore  along  with  some  touches  of  early  90's  era  death  metal  and  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album progresses  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  elements  of  noisecore.

  Morpchored  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  thrash,  death  metal,  grind  and  noisecore  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  Morpchored  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal,  grind  and  noisecore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fourfold  Fined"  and  "Large  Hadron  Collider".  8  out  of  10.

Hardcore Anal Hydrogen/Hypercut/Apathia Records/2018 CD Review


  Hardcore  Anal Hydrogen   are  a  band  from  Monaco  that  plays  an  experimental mixture  of  death  metal,  hardcore  and  grind  with  some  elements  of  jazz  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Hypercut"  which  will be  released  in  March  by  Apathia  Records.

  Aggressive  drumming  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  and  underground  electronic  music  elements  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  mixture  of  hardcore  style  vocals  and  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  the  electronic  music  and  heavy  parts  together  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  saxophones  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  add  in  elements  of  avant  jazz  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  along  with  one  track  also  bringing  in  elements  of  50's  era  blue  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as well  as  one  track  also  mixing  in  elements  of  mid  50's  to early  60's  pop  music  and  some  later  tracks  add  in  touches  of  classical  music and  black  metal  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording.

  Hardcore  Anal  Hydrogen  plays  a  musical  style  that  captures  the  heaviness  of  death,  black  metal,  grind  and  hardcore  while  also  experimenting  with  many  other  musical  genres,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  their  native  tongue  and  cover  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hardcore  Anal  Hydrogen  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Jean  Pierre"  "Paul"  "Entopie,  Maxinum"  and  "Automne  1992".  8  out  of  10.   

   

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sonic Poison/Combat Grind/Caligari Records/2018 EP Review


  Sonic  Poison  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  thrash,  death  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018 ep  "Combat  Grind"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  A  very  heavy  thrash  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some screaming  vocals  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along w ith  a  great  amount  of  d  beat  and  crust  elements  as  well as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  adn  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  mid  80's  style  death  metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  sticking  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  vocals  also add  in hardcore  style  shouts  at  times.

  Sonic  Poison  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  thrash,  death  metal,  crust  and  grindcore,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  nuclear  war,  apocalypse,  politics  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sonic  Poison  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  thrash,  death  metal,  crust  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Straight  To  Hell"  and  "Nausea".  8  out  of  10.