Friday, November 17, 2017

Until The Sky Dies Interview

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

I've been recording music - Industrial, Noise and - Metal for over 25 years. I have recorded under As All Die (Martial industrial Noise), Long Winters Stare (Symphonic Dark Doom metal) and Black Depths Grey Waves (Black Noise) . Until the Sky Dies was me wanting to mix Metal, Noise Rock and Avant sounds all in one for the first time. I recorded this with my longtime friend and brother Ryan Michalski we lived on the same street in NJ in the late 1980's. We are working on the next chapter for this band now as well.

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

Yes, Cimmerian Shade is releasing it Worldwide.  I would say its Post Metallic Hardcore with a love of Doom and Electronics

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

The Year Zero Blueprint is a concept piece.  It’s about a world where no one has freewill and everyone serves a purpose. Until one day a child is born with free will and the revolution begins. I would say it about the struggle of Control and Independence within one’s destiny.

4.Also all of the song titles start with Roman numerals, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?


I didn't use titles because I wanted you to listen and feel free to understand the story in your own vision and not allow titles to cause judgement.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Until The Sky Dies'?

Just wanted to have a band name people would not forget and it ties into my other band As All Die which is recording a new album for Aesthetic Death label ..

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We are talking about doing live show with other live members but as far as writing and recording it will be the two of us as it really is my project and a dear friend helps me make it something special.

7.The album is coming out on Cimmerian Shade Recordings, are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Hell yes !!! David owner of label gave me the freedom to have it sound as I wanted, the artwork done the way I wanted by amazing friend named Lindsay and got a great PR team with Earsplit getting the world out. He is what a good indie label should be.

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

We have had raves by No Clean Singing and Svbterranean and others have hated the album. If you don't make music that causes passion on either side of the spectrum then you have failed. It’s brand new so far but were getting strong press and people have been very supportive.


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?

As I said ,As All Die is working on new album. I have a Harsh Noise/Power electronics project under my own name of Clint Listing working on a tape release. Ryan Has a band called Cosmic Punch that is a Alt Punk band with some big time Pop influences. Ryan and I are also working on Heavy Punk band called Idiot Robot we recorded two songs and I may never go further.


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

The next Until the Sky Dies album who knows it comes as it comes I will say we are going to experiment with Noise Rock more I have a love of labels like AmRep, Touch and Go, and  SST. It would be rooted in Doom and Avant Metal as that is what love.

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?

Well, the bands that influenced me are Swans, Melvins, Dolorian, Cop Shoot Cop, Neurosis, Ulver, Paradise Lost, Devin Townsend, Dan Swano, Eyehategod, and Faith No More.

There are a few newer bands that really impress me I write a music zine myself called  The Doorway to. Go there to see what I like and hate lol.

12.What are some of your nonmusical interests?

I'm a DC and Marvel Comic nerd (Lantern Corps, Moon Knight and Iron man ), Sci Fi and  Horror stuff, Love Linux/ Android Computing and My Dog  Grizzly

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

Check out  http://thedoorwayto.com  everything I do musically is there. Also remember challenge yourself and create (Music, Art , Writing, Cooking , Building etc) if you don't then you’re not allow to be a critic.


Beyond Forgiveness/The Great Wall/2017 Full Length Review

 Beyond  Forgiveness  are  a  band  from  Colorado  Springs,  Colorado  that  plays  a  very  symphonic form  of  goth  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "The  Great  Wall".

  Symphonic  elements  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  and  more  melodic  sides  of  the  music  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  riffing  also  mixing  in  doom  metal  influences  and  when  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  operatic  feeling.

  A  great  amount  of  goth  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  classical orchestras  and  choirs  are  added  onto  the  recording  while grim screams  when  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  being  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  on  a  later  track.

  Beyond  Forgiveness  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  symphonic  and  goth  metal  while  also  bringing  in  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Beyond  Forgiveness  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  goth  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "End  Of  Time"  "Imprisoned"  "Moment  Of  Truth"  and  "I  Will  Fight  Until  The  End".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lorelei/Shadows Of October/Solitude Productions/2017 CD Review

 Lorelei  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Shadows  Of  October"  which  will  be  released  on  November  24th  by  Solitude  Productions.

  Clean  playing  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  before  adding  in  more  of  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  and  when  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's.

  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  tragic,  atmospheric  and  gothic  style  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  screams  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  when  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  operatic  feeling,  a  couple   of  the  later  tracks  are  instrumentals  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Lorelei  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  atmospheric  and  gothic  doom/death  metal  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lorelei  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  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  "Ya  Severniy  Veter"  "I  Teho  Vetly  Shelestyat"  and  "Canticum  Angelorum".  8  out  of  10. 

Graceless/Shadowlands/Raw Skull Recordz/2017 Full Length Review


  Graceless  are  a  band from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Shadowlands"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Raw  Skull  Recordz.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago.

  A  great  amount  of  dark  and  morbid  sounding  melodies can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  old  school  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Graceless   plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  early 90's  era  of  doom  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  mythological  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Graceless  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shadowlands"  "Sumerian  Flames"  "Die  On  Demand"  and  "When  The  last  Light  Fades".  8  out  of  10.

DeathCrawl 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 was just released, officially, about two weeks ago. We played with Weedeater back in September and sold quite a few copies to folks who checked us out then, but otherwise our main focus has been an album release show on November 18th. We’re playing in the near-by college town of Kent, OH at a great space known as the Stone Tavern at Michel’s. Our good friends in goosed and Night Goat are playing as well. We’ll be performing the record front to back and it’s going to be fun.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ form the stuff you have released in the past?
Acceptable Level Of Misery is our third LP and continues to display the type of heaviness we’re after – a bottom-heavy sludge that draws from many influences (including stoner, doom, noise rock, and grind). In the 10 years we’ve been an active band, we’ve stayed pretty true to our sound. I’d say the lyrics are little more abstract on this record than they were on 2012’s Accelerated Rate Of Decay.

3.This is your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during tat time frame?
My (Jason) wife and I had a couple of kids since 2011 and everything just sort of slowed down. In that five years, we practiced nearly every week and we played a handful of gigs every year (playing with the likes of EyeHateGod, Deafheaven, and Weedeater to name a few). The songs that make up Acceptable Level Of Misery were written over that time and we actually recorded it all back in the summer of 2016. It took us more than a year to finalize lyrics, art, and the mix.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We tend to tell stories about apocalyptic scenarios: disasters (both natural and man-made), famine, disease, war, etc. We also have a more surreal side with songs like Lichen off our first record or Zenith from Acceptable Level Of Misery, where we let imagination take us to a strange place beyond fiction.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'DeathCrawl'?
Dave and I were working on another project that was destined to fail due to an inability to keep a steady drummer (Dave was on guitar initially). Dave switched to drums to try to at least get an EP recorded out of the ashes and lamented the songs were too fast and/or complicated and that he wished we had written slower songs that sounded like someone crawling to their death. That was it. We scrapped the songs we'd spent about 9 months on and started writing the first DeathCrawl songs. Damon joined shortly thereafter. We tuned low and played slow at first, but it didn't take long for us to start speeding up.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We’re a no-frills live band. We don’t have a fancy light show, or any multimedia aspects. What we do have are the three of us and our amp stacks and drums. Damon plays a full stack, I play through two bass stacks, and Dave built himself a gigantic drum set that barely fits on some stages we’ve played. We push a ton of air and people seem to dig it. As for best shows, we played a really fun dive bar in Wheeling, West Virginia that was a blast because the kids there had a vibrant scene and everyone was into it. We once played a blowout for my birthday where both my bands were on stage at once as we slogged through some heavy covers at a little dive bar in Akron, and that was a ton of fun. Both times we played with Weedeater were great as well as far as crowd response goes. Anytime we’ve been able to share a stage with Bridesmaid from Columbus, OH has been a great time to.  Truthfully, we don’t play a ton of gigs these days and those we do – we make it count. We play with bands we respect and every show since has been a good time. Ohio has a ton of fantastic bands that we’re happy to consider friends.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
It’s almost impossible for us to tour – we’re weekend warriors at best. As for upcoming shows, we have our CD release show on November 18 at the Stone Tavern at Michel’s in Kent, OH, and then we’re playing a party in January along with our good friends in Axioma and some others TBA at Now That’s Class in Cleveland. We say it every year – we’d love to get out of town (Pittsburgh?, Columbus?, Chicago?) in 2018, but only time will tell if we can do it. Our last out-of-town was already more than two years ago, with Battle Axe in Columbus.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge and doom metal?
Response has been good, but it’s hard to get your name out there without a big promotional budget that we just don’t have. We’ve had huge support from The Sludgelord over the years. Aaron runs a great blog over there and has been very kind towards us. Back in the early days of the band, we had some interest from an Israeli label to put out a split, but we wound up self-releasing our contribution after we stopped hearing back from them. I’m not sure it’s much of an indication of popularity, but it didn’t take the Russian hackers long to put up .RAR files of Acceptable Level Of Misery.

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
I play bass in a heavy rock band called supercorrupter. Dave runs a studio by the name of Bad Back Studios up in Cleveland. He’s worked with the likes of Fistula, Midnight, Gluttons, and Brain Tentacles to name just a few. He’s also playing guitar in a hardcore project that’s still incubating, and he’s the bassist for Cleveland thrash legends Soulless, whom seem to be on hiatus at the moment. Damon doesn’t currently play in any other bands.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We’ll keep writing heavy riffs and figure out some words to scream over them, and then we’ll drag our thousand+ pounds of equipment out to a few clubs a couple of times a year and do it live.

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?
Neurosis, Godflesh, and Crowbar are the obvious influences on us. Other influences are far and wide – anything from Steely Dan to AmRep Noise Rock. As for new releases, I have found a lot to enjoy in 2017, including the new Chelsea Wolfe, Pachinko, and Unsane albums to name a few. I’m really excited to hear the goosed record that’s coming out hopefully soon, and equally excited to hear the new Pillärs record (killer sludge/punk from Cleveland). We try to keep up on new releases – it’s easy to turn into the guy that hasn’t been inspired by an album in over a decade by losing touch with what’s happening out there.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Sci-Fi/Dystopian cinema/literature, Making (and consuming) beer, old cars and motorcycles.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We’re sitting on a couple of songs we initially tracked back in 2011 that I hope we finally finish and release for free on Bandcamp in 2018. These tracks were intended for a split that never happened and were forgotten about as we got more focused on recording Acceptable Level Of Misery. Keep an eye on our bandcamp site (http://deathcrawl.bandcamp. com) to grab that once it does become available. Thank you for taking an interest in us spreading the word about DeathCrawl!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ixion 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?



Hello !  Well, as we do a lot of things by ourselves, the weeks following the recording and mixing were quite busy with the artwork. But since the release, things are not in our hands anymore ! We were waiting for the first feedbacks, and they seems to be very positive, so it makes us very happy of course !
And we already think about the following…



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



I would say this new album is an extension of our musical universe, on its brightest side.

Our sound is based on a combination of melodic / atmospheric doom metal and ambient / electronic music. And it has also always been enriched with elements from gothic metal, symphonic scores, or celtic music, and marked by the use of different kind of vocals.

For Return, we have developed, at least on some tracks, a more luminous vibe, and also introduced some post-rock and cold-folk shades, with quite a prevalence of clean vocals. This is consistent with the more terrestrial themes on this opus. But our identity is still clearly recognizable, and this is a new journey through vastness !



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



From the beginning of the project, we have chosen to base our artworks and lyrics on science-fiction concepts.  It just perfectly matches this kind of spatial and cold music, and we love to take our listeners on a journey through ethereal worlds !  More precisely it appeals to the “contemplative” side of science-fiction, with space as a main character, huge landscapes, and humanity lost and questioning through the infinity…
We are often inspired by some “hard SF” books, or some films.



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



Ixion is the name of a planet in the Hyperion saga, and we simply liked this sound !
It is also a real celestial object in the Kuiper belt, numbered 28978…





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



Well, we are not a live band at this moment. We would love to play concerts, but we encounter two difficulties. First, it should be quite difficult to build a line-up to reproduce our music in live conditions. Secondly, it would require substantial means to develop a visual show matching our music and our thematics.





7.The new album came out on 'Finisterian Dead End', are you happy with the support the label has given you so far?


We were very happy with the work of the label for the release of our previous album Enfant de la Nuit. It has led us to a new step in terms of recognition. So it was quite natural to team up again with them. And we’re in a trusted relationship with Laurent (the label manager), who lives in Brittany as we do !



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

We have fans all around the world, which is really great, and for several years now, their feedback is really very positive !  Of course, not every doomster likes our music because of this combination with ambient/electronic – but those who are sensitive to this genre tend to love our music. Our audience is probably quite moderate in size, but they are real fans !




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



It’s going to be interesting to start with a blank page again ! The tracks on Return come from a sequence of composition in 2012-2014, as for the tracks on Enfant de la Nuit !
But I have already some ideas for the future. Our universe is wide enough to explore its different corners. For example, I consider making a more radical work in terms of coldness, perhaps on an EP.


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?



Historically, I was influenced by ambient/electronic on one side, and curious about “classic” metal on the other side. Quickly I’ve focused on bands or artists who blend these two approaches, as well as a melodic trend, regardless of whether it was gothic, doom, or prog… So I can mention My Dying Bride, Swallow the Sun, Shape of despair, Paradise Lost, several funeral doom projects, but also Katatonia, Dark Tranquility, or Amorphis for example.
And simultaneously, I stay a huge fan of atmospheric music in the broad sense. I love some artists from post-rock, trip-hop, shoegaze, not forgetting 70’s-80’s electronic music. I would name Sigur Ros, Archive, M83, Klaus Schuzle, JM Jarre, Vangelis, and I’m quite interested by the current synthwave scene.
One point may surprise our listeners : it’s with the post-rock and atmospheric dimension that we feel closer with Yannick, even if he has also some metal roots, and know how to produce it.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

In the artistic field, I like cinema and books, especially science-fiction as you can imagine !
Otherwise, I like nature, hiking, or gardening.


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


Well thank you for your interest, and a huge thanks to our listeners and fans for their support !
We hope that Return will take you to a journey out of time !



Svarthart Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We are currently focusing on playing as much shows as we can. These days we only play in our own region (Belgium
and The Netherlands). We are also writing a follow-up album to our debut. The first new track "Waiting" has already been released.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
Doom/death metal with a lot of focus on melody. In the style of early My Dying Bride.

3.The band has been around since 2011 but waited until 2016 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
In the beginning we started as a small project while the band members played in other bands. In the first years we focused on writing and recording some songs. After we had a couple of songs and the sound we were happy about, we started to rehearse them and making a playlist for a few local gigs. During these years we released a small demo with 2 tracks on it. After we did a few shows we started to record a full-length. But we did the recording on a very slow tempo, so we did not have to rush anything.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We are mainly focusing on the darker and worse things in life. There is always some kind of story behind every song, for example a family member who died, tragic love affairs or just situations which get you down.For us, these darker emotions in life give a lot to express in the lyrics.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Svarthart'?
We wanted our band to have a dutch sounding name. Svarthart is actually more Norwegian sounding than dutch, but it's just an easy sounding name with a little rhyme in it.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have played a weekend of live shows this year together with French doom band Lying Figures. The shows we did in Antwerpen (Belgium) and Tilburg (The Netherlands) were really amazing. We will always remember them and it was also fun making new friends during these shows.We try to be as doomy as we can during the live shows, with very sober light and headbanging on the faster songs.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are planning another weekend next year with another foreign doom band. But we are still organizing, so I can't say anything more yet.

8.Currently the band is getting distribution through 'Sepulchral Silence', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Yes, they do a great job of spreading our music online. It sure helped us to get some more fans because they can get you on streaming services such as Deezer and Spotify. Releasing music as a band only without help from a label is quite difficult these days.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and death metal?
We have not really gone worldwide by ourselves. But at the local shows we played so far, we got some compliments of the fans and have sold records at almost every show we did. Of course doom metal is a smaller genre which not everyone likes, but we just try to improve ourselves every time. And we are still a young band, so we still need to develop and evolve a little further.

10.What is going on with 'Verderf' these days a band that also shares a couple of the same members?
That band is currently on hold, because we lack the time combining multiple bands and work.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think musically we will always keep playing the doom/death metal genre, because it's the music we love the most. We will mainly focus on upgrading our overall sound as a band and keep on improving our melodical skills.

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?
For me it started out with early My Dying Bride, Anathema and Paradise Lost. These bands are the founders of the doom/death metal genre, so of course we pour some musical inspiration out of their albums. But we always add our own elements so we don't sound like a copy of other bands.
Nowadays I listen a lot more to the local doom scene over here, because we have great and talented bands like Officium Triste, Faal and Treurwilg which have all released great stuff to listen to!

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Just enjoying life as much a I can, spending time with friends and seeing some places of the world.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I hope we can remain playing and listening to music for the rest of our lives. And I wish a good health for everyone!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Dreamgrave/Monuments I. The Anxious/Prog Heaven Hungary/2017 EP Review


  Dreamgrave  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  mixture  of  neo-classical,  prog,  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Monuments  I.  The  Anxious"  which  was  released  by  Prog  Heaven  Hungary.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  goth  style  female  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  stringed  instruments  are  also  used  at  times  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier sections  of  the  songs  which  also  introduces  male  vocals  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  more  of  a  melodic  prog  rock  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  neo  classical  as  well  as  some  avant  garde  elements  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  some  death metal  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  at  times  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  direction  and  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  influences.

  Dreamgrave  plays  a  musical  styles  that takes  prog,  neo-classical,  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholy,  personal  feelings  and  disbelief  themes,

  In  my  opinion  Dreamgrave  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of   neo-classical,  prog,  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Monuments".  8  out  of  10.

   

  

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Throneless/Cycles/Black Bow Records/2018 CD Review


  Throneless  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  psychedelic  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge,  and  doom  metal  with  touches  of  hardcore  punk  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Cycles"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Black  Bow  Records.

  Drum  beats  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  clean  stoner  rock  style  vocals  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  mix  in  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  as  well  as  some  hardcore  punk  influences  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  from  beginning  to  end.

  Throneless  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  stoner,  doom,  and  sludge  metal;  together  with  some  psychedelic,  hardcore  punk  and  death  metal  influence  on  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Throneless  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,   you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cycles"  and  "The  Oracle".  8  out  of  10.     

Lethvm/This Fall Shall Cease/Deadlight Entertainment/2017 CD Review


  Lethvm  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  sludge  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "This Fall  Shall  Cease"  which  will  be  released  on  November  24th  by  Deadlight  Entertainment.

  Atmospheric post  rock  style  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  sludge  metal  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  spoken  word  parts  are  used  briefly.

  Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  onto  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  growls  are  also  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  the  energy  of  punk  and  female  chants  are  also  used  briefly  on  one  of  the  tracks.

  Lethvm  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal  to  create  a  sound  of their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  mythological  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Lethym  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are a   fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wandering  At  Dawn"  "The  Shades  Of  Minerva"  and  "Ejla".  8 out of  10.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Korpsesoturi Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Korpsesoturi was formed originally Autumn 2014 by me and our former guitarist Pecca to go back from the modern style of metal to the roots - old school death metal with some flavors from the other genres where especially my backround has always been since early 90's. First drummer who also played in Vainaja was joined later that year but due to his other projects he left after a six months or so. 2015 we had a punch of different drummers which was challenging 'cause with every new drummer you needed to start from the beginning. Finally Autumn 2016 we managed to find Oskari who joined the band and since that he has been bringing a lot to our music by his unique style. Oskari is very into blast beats and that's really the thing for us also. Unfortunately Pecca decided to leave the band after the summer 2017 and luckily we found Mikko to replace him. To be honest - orginally the idea was to play as a trio and that's still the idea so no need for more band members at this stage.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the ep?
Well we knew already that we were aiming to old school death metal with it's good aspects of sound also. So it took a while to find someone who understood what we were looking for. The sound is raw but at the same time a bit soft - as the sounds we're pretty much during the 90's. Modern death metal sounds are nice but as thousands of studios are making the same in your face loud sounds - that's not what Korpsesoturi sounds at its best.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Lyrics are expressing in a way the dark seasons of Finland with some flavors coming from the traditional old religious beliefs. There's also short stories about evilness and aggressions of humans. Mainly we're doing our path in old school waters - no politics, no statement todays issues, nothing which would offend anyone. The finnish language was chosen due to the fact that I realized during the first Vainaja bands album that finnish is actually very very multi stational language. It's actually beautiful language and we can play with the pronauncing and meanings of particula words if we like. Much more variable and more death than english in a way.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Korpsesoturi'?
Well orginally we got an idea to name the band based on a horror splatter movie "Zombie Lake" and there was a punch of different suggestions. Korpse is kind of a mix of english and finnish - in Finland we say it's finglish - and it means straightly Corpse. Soturi means warrior. The name is actually very nice indeed 'cause it is pretty easy for non finnish native to say it also. In finnish it sounds a bit like a joke but on the other hand strange names are rememberable.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
There has been only one show - or should I say gig - so far. In Finland death metal is not trendish anymore so there's a lack of gig organizators as also there's not so many bars anymore to play. The feedback from the last and only gig was very good and our stage presence is energetic. Long death metal backround is one thing when playing live but in the end we love our own music and the vibes which it gives when playing loud in a stage. Making such music is creating feelings which kick your balls into your throat and this is what we're trying to express in live acts.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes indeed. We're been in contact with several managements and organisers but so far we haven't done any deals. We're open to play anywhere anytime as long traveling costs are covered. There has been discussions to play live in Germany, UK and USA but so far we're still waiting. We hope that we will get some gigs for next summer and spread our death to all of you!


7.So far the band has worked with 'Caco-Daemon Records' and 'Death In pieces Records', are you happy with the support these labels have given you so far?
Yes indeed. Caco-Daemon was a strange thing in the first place when Andreas contacted me and told me how he writes the band name with real blood into the c-cassetes, hahaha! This is old school or what! We made the deal and it has been a success. There's also a Japan edition coming out next year by Caco-Daemon. Caco-Daemon promotion has also spread our name quite a bit around the world.
Death in Pieces records is another story. Victor contacted us and he wanted to release the ep via his label. We said yes and he also asked that if there would be a full lenght he would be interested also - unfortunately I made a pre-agreement already last winter with an underground label (located in USA) so at this point we stick to the ep. But I gotta say that Victor is a good old school man but he also knows the tricks of promoting. He has done outstanding work with us and to us - bringing Korpsesoturi to a new level. We're more than happy.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and death metal?
Well the feedback has been outstanding. There's a lot of "older" old school metal fans but happy to see that also some younger generation has found Korpsesoturi. Doom genre people don't like us so much but death metal scene accepts us quite nicely. But what ever the feedback is or will be - in the end we're doing whatever feels right! No compromises. There has also been crazy fuckers who would like to do some sacrificing with us - well thanx for asking but we stick to the musical side for now.

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
At the moment all of our members are only focusing in Korpsesoturi. This is good and gives us a lot of time and full effort for the band itself. I personally am part of doom-death band Vainaja but it is having a longer period of time without anything going on due to band member personal reasons. Gotta say that Korpsesoturi is a band which actually rules our days quite a bit. Messages are coming and going around the clock and a lot of ideas are brought on the table almost every week.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Full lenght album will be recorded this winter. The album should be ready in Spring 2018. Talking about the music then - well as described earlier Mikko has brought something new to the band. Korpsesoturi old school things are still in but Mikko has brought some very heavy riffing in. There's a few new songs which will be recorded for the album and gotta say - the low tempo with ultra heavy riffs works fucking awesome! This is something new but we're not forgetting ultra fast blast beats - that's for sure! I think we will stay in the musical area as before but offcourse we have and we will grow among the music we write.

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?
All band members are having metal backround but there's various differencies in taste. Variations are from hard rock to dark gloomy death metal including melodic black metal for example.
I personally got involved in early death metal late 80's and since that I've been listening to different bands. My favorites are Gorefest, Brutality and Benediction from the early days - well Deicide for sure also. I'm also a huge Machine Head and Pantera fun since early 90's - not forgetting the black metal bands like Gorgoroth. Nowadays there's a lot of good bands but it's difficult to say a few only. So maybe a listener can hear some of the mentioned bands in our music too.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Smoking a cigar and having some good smokie whiskey makes me feel good. I've also bred dogs for a long time and older american cars are one of my main interests.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Korpsesoturi will carry on and spread its own darkness. We're open for suggestions regarding to live acts and we love to play live! We respect our fans and that's how it should be. Horns up brothers!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Svarthart/Emptiness Filling The Void/2016 CD Review


  Svarthart  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Emptiness  Filling  The  Void"  which  also  saw  some  distribution  through  Sepulchral  Silence  in  2017.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the album  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  a  few  seconds  later and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  also  adding  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  a  decent  amount  of  melodic  riffing  and  some  of t he  tracks  are  long  and  epic in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  doom/death  metal  style  along  with  clean  guitars  also  being  utilized  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  grim  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  fashion.

  Svarthart  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  grief,  loneliness  and the  human  mind.

  In  my  opinion  Svarthart  are  a  very  great  sounding  doom/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Fading  Image"  "Inside  The  Darkness"  and  "The  Awakening".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ruiny Vechnosti/Shopot Zabytykh Kholmov/Grimm Distribution/Murdher Records/2017 CD Review


  Ruiny  Vechnosti  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  doom,  goth  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Shopot Zabytykh Kholmov"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Grimm  Distribution  and  Murdher  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  of  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  along  with  blast  beats  also  being  utilized  when  the  music  speeds  up  and  violins  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  clean  playing  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  when  screams  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  goth.

  Ruiny  Vechnosti  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  goth,  atmospheric  doom  and  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ruiny  Vechnosti  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Brest"  "Pobeda  Dlya  Mortvykh"  and  "Naslediye".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Atlases Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band.?
    -Atlases started as a one man "band". I had written some songs for the next Oceanwake record, but those songs turned into this project. Little by little I gathered some local musicians around me, and Atlases was born.

    2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
    -We call ourselves Modern Post Metal. It's a bit of a cliche and joke, but that term fits the most. The word, atmospheric, is also very suitable for our music. We are within the Post Metal genre, but our overall sound is a bit more modern. 

    3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?'
    -Distorted images of self. Stories about our surroundings in "I" form. Very dark and misty. Cold and hopeless.

    4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Atlases'?
    -There's no deeper meaning with the name. It just came to my mind, and I thought it would be a cool name for our band. Atlases suites to our music as a name the best. After we formed the band and decided the name, we found out that there is a band called Atlases in UK. They play more like djent-style of metal, and they haven't been active since 2013 or something. So I think we are going to keep our name in the future also.

    5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stag performance?
    -The band is quite new. So there's not so much to tell about it. We have done a couple shows now to promo our EP. I think the best shows are yet to come.

    6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
    -We are touring in Finland as we speak. Something like 5 shows to come at the end of the year. In February 2018 we are touring the Baltic region. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. After that we have more shows in Finland to do. 

    7.The ep was released on 'Pest Records', are you happy with the support that they have given yo so far?
    -Yes we are.

    8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of post  metal?
    -Actually we are currently waiting for the reviews to come. The messages within our facebook inbox is slowly filling with positive feedback. We thank them for that.

    9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
    -We have loads of new material written already, and we are writing more all the time. The next release could be an EP or LP. I don't know when this is going to happen. We are planning something special for the Baltic tour, that I can say. Musically the new songs are a bit more sludgier, but still very ethereal.

    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?
    -Every bandmember has their own favorites. Some listens to Chelsea Wolfe and Mastodon, some listens to Riverside. My own favorites are bands like Cult Leader, Converge, Amenra, Everything In Slow Motion, If These Trees Could Talk...I think we get influences from our favorites, and try to make something new and own from it.

    11.What are some of your non musical interests?
    -Family life and work.

    12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
    -Buy our music from what ever platform you like. Only that way there's a continuum to what we do. Support the band by coming to the shows.

    V-V Laaksonen, Composer and Lyricist of Atlases.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Rabid Dogs/Italian Mysteries/Eclectic Productions/2017 CD Review


  Rabid  Dogs  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner  rock,  punk  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Italian  Mysteries"  which  will  be  released  on  November  20th  by  Eclectic  Productions.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  stoner  rock  direction  while  melodic  riffing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of t he  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  at  times.

  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  grindcore  and  crust  punk  along  with  some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples,  angry  back  up  shouts  are  also  used  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  touches  of  blues  rock  can  also  be  heard  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track.

  Rabid  Dogs  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  stoner,  punk  rock  and  grindcore  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  thrillers  and  exploitation  movie  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rabid  Dogs  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner  rock,  punk  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "King  Midas"  "Total  Clan  War"  "The  Lodge"  and  "Flowers  Of Bad".  8  out  of  10. 

 

  

Korpsesoturi/Self Titled/Death In Pieces Records/2017 EP Review


  Korpsesoturi  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  with  elements  of  doom metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their self  titled  2017  ep  which  will  be  released  on  November  21st  by  Death  In  Pieces  Records.

  Music  box  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  brutal  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  high  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in    decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  spoken  word  samples  can  be  heard.

  Korpsesoturi  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  doom  metal  into  the slower  sections  of  the  songs,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Koprsesoturi  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pohjoinen  Perkele"  "Kaivo"  and  "Kypara".  8  out  of  10.

  

Schwarzer Engel/Sinnflut/Massacre Records/2017 EP Review


  Germany's  solo project  Schwarzer  Engel  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  dark  symphonic  style  of  goth  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep  "Sinnflut"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Massacre  Records.

  Dark  gothic  horror  style  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  industrial  style  vocals  which  also  bring  in  black  metal  screams  at  times  while  clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  goth  and  extreme  metal  together  as  well  as  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  symphonic  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  when  they  are  utilized  along  with all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  most of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  solo  or  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  a  piano  track  and  club  remix.

  Schwarzer  Engel  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  dark  and  symphonic  style  of  goth  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics a re  written  in  German  and  cover  emotions,  suicide,  apocalypse,  nature  and  gothic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Schwarzer  Engel  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  and  symphonic  goth  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sinnflut".  8 out  of  10.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Shadowpath/Rumours Of A Coming Dawn/2017 Full Length Review


  Shadowpath  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  musical  style  which is  a  mixture    dark,  melodic  death,  progressive, symphonic  and  power  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Rumours  Of  A  Coming  Dawn".

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  and  female  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  slow  riffs  also  mixing  in  elements  of  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  symphonic  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while t he  music  also  gets  very  progressive  at  times  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful,  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording. 

  Shadowpath  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark,  melodic  death,  symphonic,  progressive  and  power  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  emotional  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shadowpath  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark,  melodic  death,  doom,  progressive,  symphonic  and  power  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chaos  Equation"  "Another  Inquisitor"  and  "Beta".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

V/Pathogenisis/Suicide Records/2017 Full Length Review


  V  are  a  band  from  Sweden t hat  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Pathogenisis"  which  will  be  released  on  November  8th  by  Suicide  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  while  the  vocals  add  in  sludge  style  growls  while  elements  of  post  metal  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses clean  guitars  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly.

  V  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Social  political  and  nihilism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  V  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band,  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "At  The  End  Of  Your  Time"  and  "Suspended  Animation".  8  out  of  10.  

DeathCrawl/Acceptable Level Of Misery/2017 Full Length Review


  DeathCrawl  are  a  band  from  Cleveland,  Ohio  that  plays  an  apocalyptic  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Acceptable  Level  Of  Misery".

  Distorted Drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  doom  metal  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  sludge  style  screams  as  well  as  utilizing  growls  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  At times  the  vocals  add  in  touches  of  hardcore  as  well  as  having their  melodic  stoner  rock  moments  while  blast  beats  are  also  utilized  briefly  when  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  a  few  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  main  focus  being  mostly  on  a  slower  musical  direction.

  DeathCrawl  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  stoner,  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic,  death,  war,  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  DeathCrawl  are  a  very  great  sounding  apocalyptic  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "False  Oracle"  "Entombed  By  The  Things  We  Seek"  and  "Perpetually  Damned".  8  out  of  10.    

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Catapult The Dead Interview

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



Since recording “A Universal Emptiness” we have been working on our next release which we hope to have out within the next year. We are almost done recording our half of what we intend to be a split release. On top of that, we have started composing material for the next full length.



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



I would say it falls somewhere between doom/post/sludge/black metal. I do really think we found "our" sound on “A Universal Emptiness”. With the addition of Patrick Spain on drums it really helped us define our sound. All 6 of us come from varied musical backgrounds and all draw inspiration from very different places. We were able to harness this more cohesively, as a team, to make something we all feel is beautiful. With the newest album, it's much more straightforward and easier to digest, as it consists of 4 songs in a more traditional album flow. That isn't to say it's any less grandiose or captivating; I feel that this is much more tormenting and brutal. We’ve all grown a lot as musicians and as people since we started and I feel like the growth is apparent between the last two records.



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



To me the lyrical content in “A universal Emptiness” is very personal. It is dealing with the demons that hide in the back of your mind; casting doubt, regret, anger, or pain. If it feels like an emotional journey that is because, for me, it is. It is a way for me to convert the negative energy into positive. Music is my great catharsis and without it as an outlet, I’d probably never make it.





4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Catapult The Dead'?



 It's the first noted form of biological warfare. The practice of using siege engines to throw corpses over enemy walls. The Mongols used the bodies of those who had died of plague this way in a siege in 1346, which some believe may have led to the plague epidemic that struck much of Europe in the following years. It’s a suitably horrifying, apocalyptic, and depressing image. Picture a decrepit, disease ridden cadaver flying through the air in slow motion, looming somewhat gracefully towards the enemy. Soft with rot, the impending plague and puss filled splatter of a landing never seems to come. Just the perpetual limp lifeless flight through the sky that goes on forever without end.



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?

Playing in the Bay Area is an amazing thing. We’re lucky enough to have a constant flux of really great bands coming through the area. Some of my personal favorites would have to be Solstafir, Khemmis, North, Wovoka, Abstracter, Brume, and Chrch (just to name a few). The best venue we’ve been lucky enough to play, in my opinion, is either The Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco or The Metro in Oakland. For me personally both are venues I've dreamed of playing for a long time. Though I would say our favorite local watering hole is The Golden Bull, in Oakland.



  I would say we have quite an interesting stage performance. There is little to no stage chatter and very dim lights. I’ve heard it described as terrifyingly intense. As a six piece, there is a lot happening at all times; Garrick switching from guitar to keys or Ben pounding a floor tom while simultaneously roaring at the crowd, Tom and Emad full body head banging and all the while Patrick is pulverizing the cymbals and drums. We have a lot of fun out there but it probably looks more like pain and agony.



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



We’d really like to get on the road again. We are planning an album release show sometime in December and are working on a couple short tours. Unfortunately doing any long tours is difficult with all of our jobs and schedules and it turns out that road money doesn’t go very far with 6 members.



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



 Yes. It’s a very small label, but we’ve been quite happy so far. All we've ever wanted to do is share our music with the world, and Doom Stew Records has made this easier for us. For that we are eternally grateful. They seem like the perfect fit for what we need at this point. You can tell that Doom Stew is a passion project and that what makes it so incredibly special.. 



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge, doom and post metal?



It's been pretty amazing. I was more than surprised by its reach, even if it didn’t make a huge splash in the metal world. We are constantly trying to expand our fan base and honestly we are beyond excited for people to hear A Universal Emptiness.



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?



Emad recently came out of a 2 year hiatus of playing drums and is in the beginning stages of starting a post metal project. As of now they are a 3 piece with him on the drums, still looking to complete the line up and don't have a name as of yet, but will be playing shows by early next year. It's still quite new and top secret! Patrick is in 3 other bands at the moment. One is a doomgaze band called Dustern, Dan (the bassist in CTD) is in it as well. Patrick is also in Mountaineer, an atmospheric rock project featuring Clayton Bartholomew from Secrets of the Sky and Lycus. The third band is called None Shall Thrive, it's a 2 person acoustic black metal project spearheaded by Nick Sandy (who has also done album and t shirt artwork for Catapult in the past). Ben and Garrick have been working on some interesting, more industrial, studio only, tracks. Each band is in various stages of recording new material. It’s likely there will be a lot on the horizon in the near future.



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



I’d say this will be our most straight forward, metal release. We plan on going back to writing longer, dynamic, and cinematic songs again. Probably not as long as the 37 minute, All is sorrow, but I can say the next thing we release will be a 20 minute long piece which I feel is the best piece of music the band has composed thus far. We’re continuing to do what comes naturally and constantly trying to get better at it. We have a good base for the Catapult the Dead sound now, we just need continue to hone in and elaborate on it.



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



We draw inspiration from a large variety of bands and styles. Some of the big ones would be Cult of Luna, Breach, Type O Negative, Russian Circles, SubRosa, Neurosis, and Bongripper.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



That’s a tough one to generalize as a whole. Dan is a bit of a book worm. Patrick is a grease monkey always working in the garage. He spends a lot of time camping and off-roading. Garrick does a lot of video editing and screen printing. Tom works at a cannabis dispensary, playing with his dog in spare time. Emad has an affinity for cooking and visiting Tom at the dispensary. Ben is an avid angler, spending a lot of time kayaking on the water.  I’d say the main tie that binds us, outside of our music, is our love for the woods and outdoors.



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



Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. We are immensely appreciative of our friends and fans that have been supporting us along the way. We hope to share our music with all that are willing to listen and follow us on our sonic journey.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Amplified Memory Interview

The interview was answered by the band’s main songwriter and keyboardist Simon Bodesheim.


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?
> We have released the album a week ago, so at the moment we are waiting for reactions on the album, while at the same time we are preparing new shows and some promotional stuff. This is also what we have done for the last few months. It has been a lot of work.

2.Recently you have released a new album. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
> The foundation of our sound has always been inspired by Gothenburg melodic death metal, like the one of Dark Tranquillity and early In Flames. But over the years my taste in music shifted more to progressive and black metal, so of course those genres influenced my writing for “Vas Hermeticum” a lot. It still is kind of this melodeath from our first album “The Ever Spinning Wheel”, but there are so many other elements and ideas, that you usually wouldn’t find in this genre, which make it a bit experimental in some moments. It’s hard to describe. I would suggest to you that you just listen to a few songs and you will see, if you like it or not. The songs are all very different from each other, so it’s very probable that even if you don’t like some parts of the album, there will be something else on it you can enjoy.

3.This is your first album in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
> Between 2013 and 2016 we were focused on playing live and writing the material for “Vas Hermeticum”. Since we had three line-up changes in that period, a lot of time had to be spent on practicing with the new members. I guess the album could have been finished at least a year earlier if our line-up had been stable the whole time. In March 2016 we started recording the material, but the mixing and mastering wasn’t completed until early 2017, which is quite a long time. One reason why it took that long was, that we were very fussy this time, so everything had to be perfect for us. We needed a lot of sessions, where we did some minor changes. The other reason was, that we had some problems with the studio, so the mixing and mastering had to be postponed repeatedly. But we were now able to release it, finally. I hope the next album will not take another four years, but you never know…

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
> The main topics we deal with on “Vas Hermeticum” are the concepts of reality and illusion. Everyone has his or her own clear definition of what is real and what is for example imagination, a (day)dream, hallucination or even just an idea. Those things are often not clearly separable. We looked at this topic from different points of view. Some of the lyrics are more narrated examples of these cases. “Into the Shelter of a Mind” deals with losing consciousness as a way to escape paranoid thoughts, because in this state you feel safer and more protected from a danger that feels real to you, but from a “rational” point of view is just not there. “Soporific” tells about a person, who lost some loved ones and can only stay in (imaginary) contact with them in the dream state, so he/she uses drugs to induce and extend his dream phases. “A Walk on the Crystalline Path” is a very metaphorical narration about processing a traumatic event in your dreams. Other songs like “Non-Construct” or “End of Transference” or “Multipolar” use a more philosophical and psychological approach on discussing this reality-illusion-topic.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Amplified Memory'?
> It is about forgetting and therefore the imperfection of straight conscious reality and different layers of it. I find it fascinating that memories can be “saved” in your brain without you being able to actively remember them, but subconsciousness brings them up every now and then (for example in your dreams) without you realizing it. And as there are certain psychological techniques to intentionally “amplify” them, I thought of this term as a name for us. Considering that we chose psychological themes for our lyrics, it is an adequate name for our concepts.

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 show at the big German Out & Loud festival 2016 was really cool. We were playing the newcomer stage there, while some of our idols played on the main stages. Our three shows in Zwickau were all really awesome. People there are much more interactive than in our hometown Munich, so we had the time of our lives up there on the stage. In Munich there’s a festival called “Inzestival”, where bands, who have members playing in each other’s bands, are sharing two stages. It’s like a big family meeting of Munich’s bands. There’s always a lot of people, and they’re mostly very open-minded. Although the festival has completely mixed genres, people who usually listen to pop and ska music watch black and death metal bands and vice versa. So, the space in front of the stage is always crowded and it’s a big party. We shot our music video for “Ammon’s Eclipse” at the last edition of this festival.
Concerning the question how we would describe our live performances, maybe it would be best to watch this video (or other live videos of us on YouTube), since it shows quite well the way we are on stage. I’d say we try to be dynamic and energetic on stage, while trying to act appropriate to the feel of the music, which means that when a song is sad, we won’t fool around and make jokes, because this would lower the atmospheric and emotional effect of the song. Since the album release, we are wearing new stage outfits, which some people may find a little strange. We are wearing lab coats with Rorschach inkblots on it. We think this outfit properly connects both the alchemic and psychologic themes of our album.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
> We are currently in the process of booking shows for 2018. Because of the unclear situation with the album, we weren’t able to book shows for late 2017, so people unfortunately have to wait some months until they’ll see us live with our new album.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme and melodic metal?
> Mostly very positive. Of course, since we mix really many elements and different styles and genres, some people find it too much, or there are always some parts which they really love and some that just don’t match their personal taste. But that’s the price you have to pay, if you try those things. On the other hand, all of them are agreeing, that the album is executed very well and the music is very creative and beautiful. If people find something on the album they like, we’re happy.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
> Our drummer Felix is also drummer in German avantgarde black metal band Nebelkrähe. They are currently working on their third full length album. Fantastic music, also very experimental and creative stuff. Our lead guitar player Chris used to play in a blackened death metal band called Gilgamesh, but after their singer and songwriter (who also contributed guest vocals in the song “Multipolar” on our new album) left the band, he left, too. He is, however, currently part of a new project, for which details will be revealed soon. I myself have been keyboardist and percussionist of German ska rock band Rapid for the last four years, in which Felix is also playing the drums, but I left the band one month ago. Felix is still part of the band. It’s something else, musically, which is always good to broaden your musical horizon, but ultimately, I was never really into that music and played there rather for reasons of fun. You get much bigger club and festival gigs and more active audiences than as an underground metal band.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
> We want to dive more into this progressive style we have been including on our new album. I think in straight melodic death metal, we already said everything we had to say on our debut “The Ever Spinning Wheel”. “Vas Hermeticum” might be the very expanded and experimental transition to a more musically complex, but still very melodic, catchy, focused and emotional style of extreme metal, which we will aim for in the future.

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?
Basically, I think you can still and maybe will always hear a classical Gothenburg melodeath influence of bands like Dark Tranquillity (my favourite band) or In Flames, since this has always been the foundation of our music. But as I said, I prefer progressive and black metal nowadays, so on “Vas Hermeticum” I was influenced more by bands like Der Weg einer Freiheit, The Ocean, Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, Opeth, Dark Funeral, Wintersun and many others. This year I have been listening to Leprous a lot, especially their new album “Malina”, as well as “Finisterre”, the latest album of German black metal band Der Weg einer Freiheit.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
> No. No one in the band has ever had interest in that topic and to be honest, I can’t understand why so many bands today still cover those themes in their music. Everything about it has been said decades ago. There are so many interesting things out there in our world. Occultism, for me, isn’t one of them.

13.What are some of your non-musical interests?
> I myself am very much into movies and I think I have watched nearly 1000 movies so far. Besides, politics are very important to me. Moreover, most of us are students. Our guitar player Eley and I are both students of chemistry, so science is also one of our interests. Eley is very much into strength training. Wolfgang, our singer, studies psychology (you may get the idea, where the album concept and our outfits come from) and loves discussing philosophical topics a lot. Chris, our lead guitar player, is studying geography. Our drummer Felix is studying computer linguistics and I often get the impression you can get him interested in nearly everything. He has an impressive common knowledge. Our bass player Michi is working as a software consultant. He and Chris also love playing video games.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
> Thanks to everyone who has been supporting us in the last nine years, in whatever way. We would be happy if you remain faithful to us. To everyone who discovered us recently (or maybe with this interview): Listen to our new album “Vas Hermeticum”! We hope you’ll like it!