Sunday, September 9, 2018

Mule Skinner/AIRSTRIKE/F.O.A.D Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Mule  Skinner  are  a  band  from  New  Orleans,  Louisiana  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  grindcore  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "AIRSTRIKE"  which  was  released  by  F.O.A.D  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  grindcore  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  crust.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  tracks a re  very  short  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.   

  Mule  Skinner  plays  a  style  of  grindcore  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  crust  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mule  Skinner  are  a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  crust,  grindcore  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Suicide  Vest"  "Bred  To  Destroy"  "Faith  In  Blood"  and "Fuse".  8  out  of  10.  

Corrodent Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1.Hey. Corrodent is a one man grindcore band that started as an idea pretty long ago but recorded his first demo in 2017. The music is fast and is influenced by old school grindcore grindcore bands of the late 80s and early 90s.

2.So far you have released one demo and 2 splits, musically how do all of these releases differ from each other?
2. I think that with every release the music is going in the direction that I really want to go with Corrodent. It is hard for me to tell what are the differences, but I think that the main one is that the songs are much more powerful with every release in my opinion. I think the listener has to decide for himself and hear what are the differences.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
3.The main lyrical topics of Corrodent are animal cruelty,enviromental destruction,social problems and more personal issues. I started writing more against the first 2 topics that I mentioned but I didn't want to limit this project to only 2 subjects so all the the other things that I mention in my lyrics came naturally as well

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Corrodent'?
4.Simply because humans as a whole act in a corrosive way on this planet. Every choice we make as individuals, in the end are being seen on a mass scale. The products that we use, the behaviour in society towards each other, the way we treat nature, all of that is destructive behaviour for sure and we don't realise it. We just take more and more from this planet and we give nothing in return. I think that the name Corrodent,describes perfectly what I want to say in my tracks and I find the word very cool as well.

5.With this recording you record everything by yourself but have played in full line ups before with your previous bands, how would you compare the two?
5.I play and have played in many bands during the last years. I think this is very different from anything else I 've done before. I have played and recorded for many metal and punk bands but on this I had a much different approach. It is also very easy for me to write and release material right now, as I am the only member of the band and I don't have to make any compromises. Of course there is a downside to this, as I believe, that being in a band with different members can help and give another influence and ideas to your riffs and song structures. There is only one more project that I am currently working on with another member that is similar to this, but this is not ready yet

6.According to the metal archives page the band is based in both Greece and Germany but there is only one member, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
6.I was born in Greece where I also grew up and stayed for most of my life. I moved to Germany around 3 years ago. The project started actually in Germany but I feel I have more in common with the Greek DIY scene than with the German at this moment. To make it a bit funny, I am from Poland and not Greek or German, but I haven't lived for a long time in Poland. Maybe in the future, who knows?

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the bands or musical artists that you have shared splits with so far?
7.The first split that I made was a 4way with Teknokrater,Chikara and Lord Cernunnos. Teknokrater is a Noisecore band from Athens,Greece and Chikara is a d-beat/crust project and their members live in different countries like Sweden,Bosnia,Italy and Slovenia (at the moment). Lord Cernunnos is a noise/experimental project from the USA. This split just came as an idea from Jhonny from Chikara and Skitnaste Netlabel as a 4way because actually they make tons of splits every month and this release is also also release independently on CD-r format and if anyone wants a copy,then he/she should contact the guys from Teknokrater.
The Split with HeDied came as an idea as I had recorded some tracks and I were looking to release them physically and I found Aural Onslaught records that is back in the game since he had a break from releasing stuff. Then Donnie, the owner of this label, said that we could find a band and release a split. So after a short search we found the guys from HeDied. For now it is available only for digital download on Skitnaste netlabel bandcamp but soon it will be out on tape through Aural Onslaught.
Very soon there is another split to be released. It will be a 6way with Extreme Smoke 57,Chikara,Ludilo,DisTrust and Tolerance. Thera is a lot of more stuff to come soon except this one, so keep an eye (ear) on that.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of grindcore?
8.I don't have any kind of super fanbase but I see that my stuff has been checked by people from different parts of the world and that is a nice feeling. In general,I 've heard some nice opinions about Corrodent's music, so I guess it is ok.

9.Are you currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
9.I play guitar  in a Hardcore band called Angrier Than You and a Death Metal band called Daisy Cutter. I also have some other projects with other people that we have recorded most of the stuff but we haven't release it yet and it has been a while. I hope that soon we will finish this stuff. I am talking about a d-beat project/band from Athens and a Grindcore project with one more member not from somewhere else in Europe but I don't want to say too much about this right now because there is still a lot of work to be done.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
10.For now I work for splits.Maybe a full lenght (don't expect anything more than 20 minutes,haha) will come in the future but I don't know exactly when. As for the second part of the question, I have no idea. :)

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?
11.If you mean Corrodent, then the stuff that has influenced me the most is early (and not only) Grindcore bands of the late 80s and early 90s, a lot of D-beat/Crust, some Fast Hardcore and I think a good dose of Death Metal. Of course there are other styles of music that had an influence on me but in Corrodent you may not seem so obvious.
I still listen to Grindcore,Punk,Hardcore,Death Metal,Thrash,Crossover and all this stuff but I like also other kinds of music like some simple rock,sometimes some good old school hip hop and even some electronic music like early UK drum n bass from the 90s. I also enjoy ambient and experimental music. I think, I enjoy a lot of kinds of music without even caring about what genre is it. If I like it and see it and see that it has something nice to say, I will listen to it. This question is harder than I thought, because I could go on and on.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12.I like philosophical stuff but I wouldnt say that I have the biggest knowledge on the theme. I used to read a lot about ethics of humanity and stuff though and I like to have a cup of coffee or tea and talk with like minded people about those topics. I also try to keep fit a bit so I guess that some kind of interest but nothing super sporty. I would like to start a sport soon though. In reality is that as for my interest, I invest most of my time in music.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13.Thanks to DoomToGrindZine for putting this interview up. Stay tuned because a lot of stuff is coming from Corrodent very soon!

Massive Obliteration Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. Hello, we created this band in summer 2017, Richy (bass) and Tétar (drums) created the band, then Conrad (guitar) joined the band and I (Mickaël, vocals) completed the line up.
The musical direction was clear, playing the music we like, playing music inspired by the origins of grindcore with the death metal and punk hardcore crust roots that fit with it.


2.Can you tell us a little bit more about the grindcore style you went for on this recording?
2. We are influenced by Terrorizer and Nausea Los Angeles, but also early Napalm Death and repulsion, also Extreme Noise Terror and Doom, and the death metal of the 80's and early 90's, why ? because this what we like to hear and play, and that has marked us deeply.

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

3. As a traditional grindcore band, subjects that touch us everyday in our lives, injustices, working class problems, reality of life, anti political and anti religious, anti capitalist themes, denouncing what is not acceptable in general in this world, also talking a bit of apocalyptic themes in some of the lyrics i wrote.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Massive Obliteration'?
4. The destruction of everything that exist, the total annihilation of the system, of the world, as a kind of prophecy.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
5. An observation, a scheme, a staging of things that happening in this world.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. We don't have played much for now, but our 2nd gig was the one we are the most most satisfied about.

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

7. Yes as i answer you in September 2018, we have 2 gigs this month that are coming, and after we will see what propostions we get, we are enthusiast about playing on st

8.The ep was released on 'Bleed Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
8. By Facebook, Fabien saw i talked about Massive Obliteration on facebook, then he contacted me because he heard our demo on bandcamp and he liked really what we play, and also he know us in real life, so he decided to propose us a deal with his label Bleed records, he wanted to releases good stuffs since a long time but as he told me he waited until to find the good bands with whom he want to w

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of grindcore?
9. For now as we are a new band, we are not yet very known, we have to do our proof in the time in the scene, play on stage etc... But all the reactions we got are very good, people that listen to our music seems to like really, they like the old school vibes of our grindcore and the quality of the music, this make us glad and proud, as we play this music with passion.

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
10. Richy the bassist play also in a black thrash band called Infamy, Tétar the drummer has also a side project called Ohm i think, me i was already on vocalist in the past (early 00's) in a band called Gerbe of Life (grindcore death metal) and some years after i was drummer in grindcore/crust punk band called Social Plague, after some years of musical Hiatus i joined Massive Obliteration.

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

11. We don't have a date planned but yes we will work for the future album soon, we will also working for a future split.


12.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?

12. For me my influences are: Terrorizer,Nausea, Mule Skinner, Napalm Death,Phobia,Repulsion, the 2 first Carcass, Extreme Noise Terror,Doom,Disrupt, 80's Finnish and Swedish hardcore punk crust scene, hardcore from Uk and Boston too, 80's/90's death metal and brutal death metal, 80's thrash, industrial music...etc...etc...
For the band the main influence is Terrorizer/Nausea/Repulsion/Napalm Death/E.N.T/Doom... We still like to discover good bands recent or not,whatever the musical genre.


13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13. Enjoying the calm of walking in the nature (when i can), or just enjoying being in calm, or watching a good movie, or a good documentary, read a good book sometimes... Classic i want to say.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. Thanks to you for this interesting interview !, hello to your readers, hope you enjoy the demo and don't hesitate to contact us on facebook or by mail if you want a copy of the demo, or for any propositions of concerts etc... Cheers !

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hallux Valgus/Death Will Prevail/Ex Nihilo Music/2018 EP Review


 
   Hallux  Valgus  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Death  Will  Prevail"  which  was  released  by  Ex  Nihilo  Music.

  Dark  yet  melodic  guitar  solos  start  off  the  ep  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  earlier  era  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  mixes  in  elements  of  d  beat  and  thrash.

  A  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  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  and  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  traces  of  mid  80's  era  grindcore  and  they  close  the  ep  with  an  instrumental.

  Hallux  Valgus  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  mid  80's  era  death  metal while  the  thrash,  grindcore  and  d  beat  elements  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  necromancy,  graves  and  pestilence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hallux  Valgus  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  group  with  elements  of  thrash,  grindcore  and  d  beat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Graveyard  Ritual" "Under  The  Ritual  Of  Necromancy"  and  "Casket  Land".  8  out  of  10. 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Corrodent/He Died/Skitnaste/2018 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Greece's  Corrodent  and  U.S.A's  He Died  which  was  released  by Skitnaste  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Corrodent  who  continues  his  mixture  of  grindcore,  d  beat  and  death  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  of  d  beat,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Corrodent  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore,  d  beat  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cursed  Planet"  and  "Sweatshops".

  Next  up  is  He  Died  a  duo  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  guttural  death  and  screams  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  crust  and  noisecore  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  He  Died  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  grind  and  noisecore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t hose  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Mess  is  Made"  and  "Lords  of  Swarm". 

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

Teknokrater/Corrodent/Lord Cernunnos/Chikari/Skitnaste/2018 4 Way Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  4  way  split  between  Greece's  Teknokrater,  Corrodent,  U.S.A's  Lord  Cernunnos  and  Sweden's  Chikari  which  was  released  by  Skitnaste  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Teknokrater  a  band  that  plays  noisegrind.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  spoken  word  samples  before  gong  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  along  with  some  growls  and  high  pitched  noisecore  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  political  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Teknokrater  are  a  very  great  sounding  noisegrind  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Corrodent  a  solo  project  continuing  his  mixture  of  grindcore,  d  beat  and  death  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  brutal  grindcore  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Corrodent  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "No  Brain".

  Next  up  is  Lord  Cernunnos  a  solo  project  that  plays  harsh  noise.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  while  also  capturing  some  field  recordings  along  with  all  of  the  musical  being  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Lord  Cernunnos  is  a  very  great  sounding  harsh  noise  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  Closing  the  split  is  Chikari  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  mixture  of  crust  and  hardcore  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  slow  yet  heavy  riffing  before  going  into  a  faster direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  screams  and  growls  while  the  music  mixes  grind,  crust  and  hardcore  punk  together  along  with  the  guitar  solos  sounding  very  chaotic  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chikari  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  crust  and  hardcore  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Animal  Testing".

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

Corrodent/Self Titled/2018 Demo Review


  Corrodent  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece t hat  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  d  beat  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  and  self  titled  2018  demo.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  some  d  beat  elements.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  mostly  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  mid  tempo  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  riffing  being  done  on  power  chords  and  the  music  avoids  any  use  of  melody,  solos  and  leads  to  focus  more  on  a  brutal  style.

  Corrodent  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore,  d  beat  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Corrodent  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore,  d  beat  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Doomed  Existence"  "Scene"  Poser"  and  "No  Change".  8  out  of  10.    

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Massive Obliteration/Self Titled/Bleed Records/2018 EP Review


  Massive  Obliteration  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  grindcore  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  which  will  be  released  on  September  20th  by  Bleed  Records.

  Powerful sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  distorted  amp  noises  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  while  the riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  before  going  into  a  faster  grindcore  direction  as  well  as  introducing  blast  beats  onto  the  recordng.

  Elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  can  also  be  heard  at  timed  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  as  well  as  some  high  pitched  screams  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  Massive  Obliteration  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  era  of  crust,  grindcore,  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  reality  of  life,  political  and  social  issue  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Massive  Obliteration  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  grindcore  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Leads  To  Extinction"  and  "Chained  To  Consumerism".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Where's My Bible/M 'N' R/Inverse Records/2018 CD Review


  Where's  My  Bible  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  deathcore  and  death'n'roll  with  elements  of  punk  and  black  metal  with  a  musical  style  they  refer  to  as  mosh'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "M  'N'  R"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Inverse  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  death'n'roll  direction  which  also  captures  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  while  the  screams  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  a  mixture  of  hardcore  style  shouting  and  death  metal  growls.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  elements  of  deathcore  being  added  into  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs.

  pig  squeals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  movie  and  spoken  word  samples. 

  Where's  my  Bible  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death'n'roll  and  deathcore  and  mixes  them  with  elements  of  punk  and  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Where's  my  Bible  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death'n'roll  and  deathcore  with  elements  of  punk  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Speedload"  "Meatholder'  and  "Failure".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Blutrina/DiscoBallz/Loud Rage Music/2018 EP Review


  Blutrina  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  humorous  form  of  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  black,  death  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "DiscoBallz"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  Saxophones  start  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  Elements  of  grindcore  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  the  songs  being  remakes  of  80's  and  90's  pop  songs  and  influences  of  crust  and  black  metal  are  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  an  a  couple  instrumentals,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Blutrina  takes  some  classic  pop  songs  and  turns  them  into  grindcore  covers  while  also  mixing  in  influences  of  death,  black  metal  and  crust,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  themes.

  In  my  oipnion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  form  Blutina  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  humorous  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Touch"  and  "Kenny's  Ressurection".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Altars/Self Titled/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2018 EP Review


  Altars  are  a  band  from  San  Jose,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2018  ep  which  will  be  released  on  August  23rd  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  dark,  distorted  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  before  going  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  short  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  old  school  by  the  u.K  death metal  and  grindcore  bands.

  Altars  plays  a  style  of  death/grind  that  is  very  heavily  rooted in  the  90's  United  Kingdom  era  while  also  adding  in  more  of  a  modern  blackened  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Altars  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  with  a  blackened  touch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unholy  Retribution"  and  "Black  Magic".  8  out  of  10.

    

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Total Fucking Destruction/#USA4TFD/Give Praise Records/2018 CD Review


  Total  Fucking  Destruction  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  hardcore  and  grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "#USA4TFD"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Give  Praise  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into a   very  fast  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  hardcore  shouts  and  death  metal  growls  as along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  at  times. 

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  singing  can  also  be heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  mixing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Total  Fucking  Destruction  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  hardcore  and  grind,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  insanity,  hate,  society  and  humor  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Total  Fucking  Destruction  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  hardcore  and  grind,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Youth  Apocalypse"  "Grotesque  Fornication"  "Hater"  adn  "Push".  8  out  of  10.  

Whisker Biscuit/Kill For Beer/Give Praise Records/2018 CD Review


  Whisker  Biscuit  are  a  band  from  Canada  that  plays  hardcore  punk  with  a  touch  of  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Kill  For  beer"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Give  Praise  Records.

  A  very  fast  crust  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  semi  melodic  vocals  while  back  up  gang  shouts  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  done  in  a  hardcore  punk  style  while  movie  samples  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  style  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Whisker  Biscuit  plays  a  style  of  hardcore  punk  that  is  very  old  school  and  also  manages  the  capture  the  speed  and  raw  energy  of  grindcore,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  alcohol,  weed,  political  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Whisker  Biscuit  are  a  very  great  sounding  hardcore  punk  group with  a  touch  of  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tit  Pit"  "Blood  Money  Beer"  "Riot  Squad"  and  "Kill  For  beer".  8  out  of  10.

Burst/You Must Die/Give Praise Records/2018 CD Review


  Burst  are  a  band  from  New  Caledonia  that  plays  a  very  harsh  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "You  Must  Die"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Give  Praise  Records.

  Air  raid  sirens  and  spoken  word  and  war  samples  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  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  time  the  vocals  bring  in  guttural  growls  and  pig  squeals.

  Burst  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  crust  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  harsh  and  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Burst  are  a  very  great  sounding  harsh  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Working  To  Death"  "Fuck  Yourself"  "GHB"  and  "You  Must  Die".  8  out  of  10.   
   

  

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Tyrants Of Hell/Perversion, Disease And Satanic Sleaze/Caligari Records/2018 EP Review


  Florida's  Tyrants  Of  Hell  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  old  school  mixture  of  crust,  grindcore,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  review  "Perversion,  Disease  And  Satanic  Sleaze"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Caligari  Records.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  screaming  vocals  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  d  beats.

  All  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash,  crust  and  grindcore  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  sticking  to  more  of  an  old  school  style  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Bathory's  "Reaper".

  Tyrants  Of  Hell  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  old  school  mixture  of  crust,  grindcore,  death  and  thrash  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  destruction,  mutilation  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tyrants  Of  Hell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust,  grindcore,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Palace  Of  Rats"  "Haggard  And  Rotten"  and  "Reaper".  8  out  of  10.   

    

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cloud Rat/Clipped Beaks Silk Panic/Moment Of Collapse/2018 Compilation Album Review


  Michigan's  Cloud  Rat  have  returned  with  a  compilation  album  which  showcases  their  material  that  was  released  on  splits  and  ep's  with  this  music  being  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  compilation  "Clipped  Beaks  Silk  Panic"  which  was  released  by  Moment  Of  Collapse.

  Harsh  noise  sounds  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  screams  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  punk  elements  and  most  off  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  clean  vocal  that  is  more  rooted  in  80's  era  punk  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  growling  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  elements  of  noise  also  making  a  brief  return  and  one  track  also  introduces  synths and  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  compilation,  one  song  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  influences  of  shoegaze  and  post  hardcore. 

  On  this  compilation  Cloud  Rat  brings  out  a  very  diverse  mixture  of  grindcore  and  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Women's  Right,  Veganism  and Self  Empowerment  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Cloud  Rat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Harpy"  "Hollow  Bones"  "Rosemary"  and  "Biting  The  Air".  8  out  of  10. 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

MatraK AttakK/White Male Privilege/2018 EP Review


  Belgium's  MatraK  AttakK  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of crust  and  anarcho  grind  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "White  Male  Privilge".

  A  very  heavy  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  screaming  vocals  while  the  vocals  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  crust elements  along  with  some  growls  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  capturing  the  brutality  of  grindcore.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  being  very  short  in  length  and  shouting  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  MatraK  AttakK  remain  true  to  their  mixture  of  crust  and  anarcho  grind,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry,  anarchy  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  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "These  Countries  of  Yours"  and  "Mostly  Sorrow".  8  out  of  10. 

Gulch/Burning Desire To Draw Last Breath/Creator-Destructor/2018 EP Review


  Gulch  are  a  band  from  San  Jose,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash,  d  beat,  crust  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Burning  Desire  To  Draw  last  breath"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Creator-Destructor.

  A  very  dark  noise  and  ambient  influenced  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  hardcore  elements  being  utilized.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  screams  along  with  a  few  growls  while  d  beats,  crust  and  thrash  elements  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  groove  and  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Gulch  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal,  thrash,  d  beat,  crust  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gulch  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash,  d  beat,  crust  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Flesh  Pursuit"  and  "Gruel  For  The  beast".  8  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Descent/Towers Of Grandiosity/Redefining Darkness Records/2018 CD Review


  Descent  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Towers  Of  Grandiosity"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  Swedish  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  while  hardcore  punk  influences  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well as  most  of  the  tracks  being  under  3  minutes, the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  style.

  Descent  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  death  metal,  grind  and  hardcore  punk  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  Descent  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind  and  hardcore  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stain"  "Foundations  Of  Sand"  "Pedestal  Of  Scum"  and  "Hindsight".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, July 16, 2018

Raven's Creed/Get Killed Or Die Trying/Xtreem Music/2018 CD Review


  Raven's  Creed  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Get  Killed  Or  Die  Trying"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Xtreem  Music.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  elements  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  utilizing  a  lot  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mid  80's  death  metal  style  growls.

  A  lot  of  crust  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  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  and  while  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  as  the  album  progresses  shouting  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Raven's  Creed  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death,  thrash  metal  and  crust  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Raven's  Creed  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dead  Bird  On  Winchester  Street"  "Off  With  Their  legs"  "Rats  Beneath  Our  Feet"  and  "The  Trauma  Of  Being  Hunted".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Axis Of Despair/Contempt For Man/Southern Lord/2018 CD Review


  Axis  Of  Despair  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  grindcore  with  a  touch  of  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Contempt  For  Man"  which  will  be  released  on  July  27th  by  Southern  Lord.

  A  very fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  more  of  a  crust  approach  while  growls  and  screams  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar riffing  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Axis  Of  Despair  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  violent,  angry  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Axis  Of  Despair  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Demons  And  Angels"  "The  Punishment  Begins"  "Into  The  hard  Earth"  and  "A Brutal  Truth".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Transient/Bastard Noise/Sources Of Human Satisfaction/Six Weeks Records/2018 Collaboration Album Review


  Transient  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  grindcore  and  they  team  up  with  California's  harsh  noise  project  Bastard  Noise  and  mix  their  2  different  styles  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Sources  of  Human  Satisfaction"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Six  Weeks  Records.

  Power  electronics  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  harsh  noises  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  screams  and  when  the  musical  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Elements  of  grindcore  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being very  short  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Transient  and  Bastard  Noise  creates  a  recording  that  takes  grindcore  and  harsh  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Transient  and  Bastard  Noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore  and  harsh  noise,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mother's  Day"  "Cave  Mouth"  "Leeches"  adn  "Bloodline".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, July 9, 2018

Fading Bliss 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?
The album has been released two months ago, and up to now, the feedbacks are mostly positive.  During this time, we kept on working on new songs and other projects, so nothing to complain I guess !

2.In May you had released a new album, what are some of the things you feel that you have done differently on this recording that you where not able to do on previous releases?
Since we started to work on this new album, we all knew that it would be different.  Of course, on the one hand it would be useless and meaningless to release a second From Illusion To Despair, but on the other hand the line up of the band has changed a bit, bringing another feeling to the music : slower tempos, less keyboards, more cello, and a different way to consider vocals.  This all brought this new album on a darker but also more progressive path.

3.This is your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
You’re right, 5 years is quite a long time frame, but as we use to say : taking time does not mean losing time, and as you know, doomers don’t go fast. Beside the line-up changes and various live projects, we actually worked on many songs, even if we finally decided to feature only 4 of them on this new album. Hopefully you won’t have to wait 5 more years to hear new Fading Bliss songs.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores on the new release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
Working without deadlines grant us the opportunity to avoid urging things.  It’s a long working process that allows us to take some distance, to change things, and to make the music evolve with us.  Of course we have grown up as songwriters, but again, you need time to experiment things.
Concerning the lyrical topics of this new album, even if it’s not really conceptual, the recurrent theme is of course the solitude.  Solitude is the best way to confront your own self.  Put in other words, when you are left alone, when you’re feeling lost, who do you miss, or what do you need ?  We all need a guiding light, a safe haven to sail towards.  Somehow solitude can be challenging.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Fading Bliss"?
Actually, the name Fading Bliss comes from one of the first cover versions we did back in 2009.  That song was Katatonia’s « Right Into The Bliss ».  And as you know, nothing lasts forever and mostly everything fades away.  So came the name Fading Bliss.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have had the opportunity to play in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Romania, Bulgaria… It’s hard to say which show was the best or the most enjoyable one. The Doom Over Bucarest was a great event, with one of the widest audience.  But the Little Devil Doom Days was a great moment too !
On stage, we try to stay focused on the music, with dim lights, and very slow moves.  It’s a doom show you know : it has to be massive, solemn, powerful and not disturbed by gimmicks.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Since we are currently working on new songs, we have only booked 3 shows : the 4th edition of From Dusk Till Doom, In Belgium, on October 6th ; a show in France on November 11th ; and the second edition of the Haunting The Castle Festival, on March 2nd, 2019.  We’ll try to play live more often in 2019 by the way.  So if someone is interested, please get in touch !

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of goth , doom and death metal?
We are really lucky because Malpermesita has a very good distribution network, including the USA.  So right now, the album is available nearly everywhere, and the online mailorders complete the availability. Up to now, the feedback from the doom and doom / death scene is really great and encourageing. But we also got some nice words from people from outside our beloved doom scene.  I take this opportunity to thank them all !

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future ?
I don’t think we shall change drastically our music style.  We really love what we are doing.  As we are speaking, the next album takes shape, and referring to what I know, two long tracks are already finished.  Once again the musical direction is a bit different, maybe with a stronger old school feeling and some really catchy parts.  It’s too early to have a clear and global view, but let’s say it’s promising.

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?
Our music is deeply rooted in the early 90’s gothic / doom scene, with bands like Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Anathema, Tiamat, Katatonia, Theatre Of Tragedy, The Gathering, and alikes. 
Nowadays, I’m listening mostly black, doom and death metal.  To name but a few, the last albums of Ophis, Faal, Old Night, Winterfylleth, Wolves In The Throne Room… are spinning quite often these last weeks.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I’d like to say that I’m interested in many things, but unfortunately (and I’m quite sure you know what I mean), I miss time.  Beside my regular jobs and family, I spend a lot of time working for the band, for AZ Live (organising events), or writing for metal magazines. 
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all, I’d like to thank you for this interview.  The bands are just a small part of the metal scene, and they would not exist without the support and interest of the press and fans.  So sincerely, thank you all !  Dooooom on !

https://www.facebook.com/fadingbliss/
Dahl (vocals)


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Sewer Trench/Optimism/WOOAAARGH/2018 CD Review


  Sewer  Trench  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  death  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Optimism"  which  will  be  released  on  July  13th  by  WOOAAARGH.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  screaming  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  d  beats  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  Grindcore  elements  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  some  of  the  screams  are  also  influenced  by  black  metal  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  some  of  the  fast  riffing  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffs  and  the  last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  which  also  introduces  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.

  Sewer  Trench  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  crust  and  grindcore  while  the  death  and  black  metal  elements  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sewer  Trench  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "All  Dead"  "Alphabet  Soup"  "Crippled  Dying  Fetus"  and  "Happiness".  8  out  of  10.