Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Oksennus/Kolme Toista/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 CD Review


  Oksennus  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  dark,  cavernous  and  experimental  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Kolme  Toista"  which  was  released  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  Blast  beats,  fast  riffs  and  death  metal  growls  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  technical  yet  progressive  fashion  while  the  song  is  divided  into  3  different  parts  and  is  40  minutes  in  length  as  well  as  the  band  keeping  the  same  repetitive  riffing  going  on  for  a  few  minutes.


  When  the  music  slows  down  a  great  amount  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along with  some  grim  screams  and  melodic  chants  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  piano,  trumpet,  accordion,  harmonica  and  kantele.

  Oksennus  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  experimental  and  cavernous  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Oksennus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  avant  garde,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Maze Of Feelings Interview

Answered: Marcin Warzyński (MW) and (KW) Krzysztof Wieczerzycki.

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

MW:  Me and Krzysztof knew each other couple of years and played together before but those days didn't recorded anything. After two years we meet together again and decided to jam together. We took couple of beers and guitars and started play without any plan. After few months our music was done. We recorded rehearsal with metronome and presented our music to our friend Michał Mularczyk. It was the most important moment because he decided to be our executive producer. From this moment all things went very dynamic because we felt full of energy to go forward with our music.

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

KW: The point is that we listen a lot of kinds of metal music. We have a wide point of that. We have a personal favourites but also the same. These influences were impact on music creation process. We knew that we thinking the same about our music and we match together perfectly. Because of that music creation process was a big pleasure. It's quite hard to say about one style because all 7 songs are differ between each other. You can find there a lot of metal styles: doom, death, black, progressive and metal classics influences. Important thing was to release our music with high quality to show all details. We knew where we going.


3.The band has been around since 2014 but waited until 2018 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?

MW: Music creation process was not long but we had to find  right musicians. As we said - Michał Mularczyk gave us a lot of energy. We decided to send our rehearsal to Daray and he went in. Since september 2015 until end of this year drums, guitars and bass were recorded. We recorded whole album at Invent Sound Studio in Bydgoszcz where the Mastermind is Szymon Grodzki knowed as our Music Producer and bass player. On Yanuary 2016 Szymon recorded keyboards and samples which we arrranged together. We have started thinking about vocals.and then Wojciech Diovis Szymański from Mroczna Strefa and official distributor of Solitude Production in Poland have sent to us Mare Infinitum "Alien Monolith God" album. When we lstened this album we felt that Andrey Karpukhin and Ivan Guskov are the vocalists with big potential which could be perfect for us so we sent them our studio stuff.
KW: Yes, and turned out that our music is they pair of boots so they join us. Unreachable work did The Mastermind of voices Andrey Karpukhin who made the lyrics and arranged all vocal lines. Demo voices was created in Moscow but recording process was made at Invent Sound Studio with Szymon and our participation where unreachable duties showed Andrey and Ivan Guskov who presented few kinds of voice from clean to growl. Ivan convinced his colleague Olesya Levina to make female voices. We spend a lot of time on mix and mastering which Szymon made with us during 3 months. We wanted to reach maximum of organic and natural sound which to be the most close to rehearsal sound.
MW: When everything was done we started to looking for label to release this album. It took couple of months too. We was thinking from the beginning about Solitude Production... and finally they signed us. Thank you so much Solitude Production !!! :) 

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

MW: The lyrics are very deep and reflective. You find there a little bit of fiction but most they describe real life. Society problems, terrorism, war victims, drug abuse, social problems and society outstanding. Everybody can find  own history there.
KW: Andrey perfectly match themes of lyrics to emotions which includes the songs.  He created 7 novels. Novels about human's feelings. Lyrics and music taken you to the voyage through the maze of feelings.




5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Maze of Feelings'?

KW: We created our music without any plan. We wanted simply to take ourselves to the voyage through the own feelings.
MW: Yes, just we wanted to use the music to take outside our own emotions. These seven songs created our own maze of feelings.

6.A couple of band members live in Russia while the remaining live in Poland, how does this work out in the recording process?

MW: As we said before Andrey and Ivan prepared demo voices in Moscow but everybody agreed that the best idea is to record vocal lines at Invent Sound with Szymon. It was possible another time thanks to our executive producer Michał Mularczyk.
KW: Voices session was very intensive and creative. We was full charged of ideas and Szymon made them real. It was 5 days of great hard work and funny friendship time.   

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

MW: So far yes but we are the band god damn it 😊 ! We waiting for good circumstances. This is a point. We will be fight for it because our music sounds  live much better. We are pretty sure about it.


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

KW: We are debutants you know so every feedback make us happy. Feedback of doom and death metal fans is really good.  This interview can brings more listeners for example so we really grateful for support from your side. Thanx a lot!



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?

MW: We are focus only on Maze of  Feelings and not participate in other bands. We put all of our energy in this band. Andrey Karpukhin and Ivan Guskov our vocalists have own band sludge/stoner band - Dopehaze. They are very creative musicians and they are involved in many of bands. Andrey participate for example in Abstract Spirit, Comatose Vigil, Rage of Khali, Ivan share the music with Mare Infinitum, Red River Hog. Szymon Grodzki bas player deal with Gnida and Sammath Naur. He is the owner of Invent Sound Studio where we recorded this album. Daray who recorded drums is known from the bands as Dimmu Borgir, Vesania and Vader. 

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

KW: It hard to say because we have wide look on metal music and we mixing many styles but usually we focus on doom, death and black metal influences. We trying to make music through our hearts and feelings. This must be honest music. It depends on flow. 


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?
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MW: As we said before mainly inspired us doom death and black but we didn't create some limits. We finding inspiration in classic metal sound, progressive styles and we looking for beyond the metal as well. We love music generally but If we talking about metal the absolutely gods are Black Sabbath. 

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

KW: We are breathing the music.
MW: Yes, this is our great passion.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
MW & KW: Firstfull we want to thanks for this interview and your attention. Thanks to you more people can find our music.
Metalheads! Please listen the music, have a good life and keep the distance to everything. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Body Void Interview

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

We've been very busy trying to stay on the road as much as possible. And we've been working hard on new music.

2.In May you have a new album coming out, 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?

We're definitely going for a similar heavy/noisy sludge sound as on our previous album, Ruins, but we tried to flesh out every aspect of that recording. We just wanted everything to be 'more.' Faster, slower, heavier, noisier, etc. The songs are also longer than the ones on Ruins. Our intention was for each song to be an emotional journey of sorts and to have more pronounced peaks and valleys.

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

Mental illness, anxiety, depression, guilt, gender dysphoria, vulnerability, trauma, life and death. 

4.Originally the band was called  'Devoid', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Body Void'?

The name change was almost purely practical. There are maybe a dozen or more other past and present metal bands with the name Devoid and we wanted to change our name to something no one else had and something a little more thematically relevant. "Body Void" is the name of a track on our 2nd demo. I always loved the title and even before we decided to change our name I thought if we could rename the band we'd use Body Void. The opportunity presented itself before the release of Ruins and we went for it. The name has several different meanings. It's a reference to the feeling of gender dysphoria, but also to the intimate relationship between the human body and the cosmos. I think it has a performative meaning as well that rejects the tendency and social practice of defining and limiting a person by their surface-level characteristics.

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

Our favorite shows tend to be more intimate. We love playing in houses or weird small venues. We played at a tiny breakfast spot in Denver with our friends Oryx last year, which was a blast. We also played a bondage/drag themed wedding in Oakland a couple years ago with a handful of punk bands that was a lot of fun. Live, we try to be loud and overwhelming. Sometimes we succeed I think.

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

Yes! We are touring the US in June and July in support of the album.

7.The new album is going to be released through 3 different labels, can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have worked out with these different labels?

It's mostly just good dudes supporting music they believe in, which we very much appreciate.

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

The feedback has been very kind and encouraging. People from around the world letting us know they dig our music is very surreal and means a lot to us.

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

It still feels like we have a lot of ground to cover. The musical vein we're trying to tap definitely hasn't run dry as of yet. We've been writing and recording at a steady pace and if anything we'd love to release new music more frequently. For right now we're down to just go wherever our interests take us musically. There are some more ambitious projects we have in mind for the future, but we feel like we're in a good spot where we are now.

10.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?

Some of our influences include Khanate, Electric Wizard, Grief, Thou, Pharmakon, Lustmord, and Godspeed! You Black Emperor. We have a background in noise and experimental music as much as punk and metal so those play a large part in our sound as well. Right now I'm listening to the new Vile Creature, Of Feather and Bone, Leechfeast, and Occlith albums as well as some older but still recent stuff from Dakhma, Crawl, and Lingua Ignota. A lot of dark ambient and some indie/folk stuff recently as well.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Writing, art, movies, tv, philosophy, politics, podcasts. All the good stuff.

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

Thank you for your questions!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Zatokrev/Self Titled/Czar Of Bullets/2018 LP Re-Issue Review


  Zatokrev  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  avant  garde, post,  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  self  titled  2014  album  which  was  re-issued  on  vinyl  by  Czar  of  Bullets  in  2018.

  Harsh  noises  along  with  some  heavy  doom metal  riffing  which  also  captures  the  heaviness  of  sludge  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  screams  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  an  atmospheric  post  metal  style.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  both  the  riffs  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  vocals  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  drones  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style.

  On  this  recording  Zatokrev  took  post,  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal  and  mixed  it  with  some  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  to create  something  that  was  very  original  for  2004  and  still  can  hold  it  up  to  the  modern  bands  of  2018,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great sounding  recording  from  Zatokrev  and  if  toy a re  a  fan  of  avant  garde,  post,  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Reveal"  and  "Alive".  8  out  of  10.     

         

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Body Void/I Live Inside A Burning House/Seeing Red Records/Crown & Throne/Dry Cough/2018 CD Review


  Body  Void  are  a  band  from  San  Francisco,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  drone,  sludge,  doom  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "I  Live  Inside  A  Burning  House"  which  will  be  released  in  May  as  a  joint  effort  between  Seeing  Red  Records,  Crown  &  Throne  and  Dry  Cough.

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  bringing  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  sludge  style  screams  while  some  of  the  amp  distortion  also  brings  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  crust  and  grindcore  elements  can  also  be  heard  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion,  clean  guitars  and  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track. 

  Body  Void  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  drone,  noise,  sludge,  doom  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  queer  identity,  mental  illness  and  how  they  impact  the  push-pull  relationship  between  material  and  immaterial  existence.

  In  my  opinion  Body  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  sludge,  doom  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Haunted"  and  "Given".  8  out  of  10.      

Friday, March 30, 2018

Slaughterday/Abattior/F.D.A Records/2018 CD Review


  Slaughterday  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Abattior"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  F.D.A  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in a   great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  A  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  covers  of  Trouble's  "Victim  Of  The  Insane"  and  Amorphis's  "Grail's  Mysteries"  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  spoken word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Slaughterday  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  in  a  90's  way  and  the  lyrics  cover  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Slaughterday  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wasteland  Of  Demise"  and  "Cursed  By  The  Dead".  8  out  of  10.

Mordor/Darkness.../Pagan Records/2018 CD Review


  Mordor  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Darkness..."  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Pagan  Records.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  keyboards  in  the  background  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  melodies  as  well  as  the  clean  vocals  giving  the  music  more  of  a  goth  metal  feeling and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  at  times  symphonic  and  avant  garde  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard.

  Mordor  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  90's  era  death,  doom  and  goth  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own  along  with  some  experimental  and  black  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  melancholic  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mordor  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  doom,  death  and  goth  metal  with  some  black  metal  touches  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "L.U.C.I.F.E.R"  and  "Incalculable  Sadness".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Human Race Is Filth/Liberate/2018 EP Review


  The  Human  Race  Is  Filth  also  known  as  Thrif  are  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  metal,  grindcore,  crust  punk  and  d  beat  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  released  ep  "Liberate"  which  will  be  released  in  April.

  A  very  noisy  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  crazy  sounding  screams  an  Native  American  war  chants  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  crust/hardcore  style  shouts  and  death  metal  growls  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  mixing  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  On  this  recording  The  Human  Race  Is  Filth  remains  true  to t her  mixture  of  sludge,  grindcore,  d  beat  and  crust  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  hateful  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Human  Race  Is  Filth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge,  grindcore  and  crust  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Native  Biological  Warfare"  "Capital  Torture"  and  "Concrete  Soldier'.  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Chrch/Light Will Consume Us All/Neurot Recordings/2018 CD Review


  Chrch  are  a  band  from  Sacramento,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  with  some  psychedelic  and  drone  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Light  Will  Consume  Us"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Neurot  Recordings.

  Ambient  style  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  whispers  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  drums  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  Female  vocals  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  giving  the  songs  a  more  melodic  and  atmospheric  post  metal  feeling  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  aggressive  screams  and  growls.

  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times while  there  is  also  a   brief  use  of  clean  male  vocals  as  the  album  progresses  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  psychedelic  rock  elements  and  on  the  closing  track  the  music  speeds  up  a  little  bit  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Chrch  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  drone,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  also  adding  in  more  psychedelic  rock  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Chrch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  drone,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "Aether".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Shrine Of The Serpent/Entropic Disillusion/Memento Mori/2018 CD Review


  Shrine  of  The  Serpent  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Entropic  Disillusion"  which  will  released  in  April  by  Memento  Mori.

  Clean  playing  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  the  heaviness  of  sludge  while  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  era  doom/death  metal  influences  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  ambient  track  is  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Shrine  Of  The  Serpent  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  and  death metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  darkness  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Shrine  of  The  Serpent  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should c heck  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Descend  Into  Dusk"  "Desecrated  Tomb"  and  "Rending  The  Physical  Void".  8  out  of  10.    

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ommadon/End Times/Dry Cough Records/At War With False Noise/DGRecords/Medusa Crush Recordings/2018 CD Review


  Ommadon  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  primitive  mixture  of  drone  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "End  Times"  which  will  be  released  in  May  as  a  joint  effort  between  Dry  Cough  Records,  At  War  With  False  Noise,  DGRecords  and  Medusa  Crush  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  amp  sounds  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  bass  guitars  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  being mostly  instrumental  and  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  at  times  the  music  has  an  improv  feeling  to  it.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  the  guitar  riffing is  mostly  influenced  by  doom  metal  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  primitive  at  times  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly death  metal  growls  when  they are  utilized  briefly  and  on  the  second  track  evolved  into  sludge  style  screams  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction.

  On  this  recording  Ommadon  continues  their  primitive  mixture  of  drone  and  doom  metal  while  also  introducing  a  few  seconds of  death  metal  growls  and  sludge  style  onto  the  recording  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ommadon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  drone  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  *  out  of  10.

Rome In Monochrome 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?
Hi, Valerio (the vocalist) speaking. Well, the album has been recorded between the end of 2016 and the first half of 2017, so after the end of the recordings we played live while looking for the right deal to release it: it was important to find our place in right context. Finally it has come with Solitude Productions/Bad Mood Man Music so well…that’s it, it’s really great. We started to give form to some ideas for new stuff, also. We always write.

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?
It’s hard for me to describe the sound, I’m too much involved: I think that “negative music” could work. It’s extremely melancholic and deep music in which “metal” or “doom” elements are just a part, together with slowcore, shoegaze and post rock elements. We don’t like categories, it’s just us. It’s surely more organic and structured then our older stuff and this is the result of a better cohesiveness of the line up, we always (with a few exceptions) have worked together on my song structures and the arrangements are really more, a lot more the result of a collective work than in the past. This approach is holding us to a new level and it keeps growing in the most recent stuff.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release?
I am the lyricist and I always write about me. It’s always about not feeling a real purpose in life, not feeling that human life has a real meaning at all, or being crushed by the distance between the will of eternity and the reality of decay: this is what haunts me everyday. It’s resignation at the highest possible percent. There are a couple of songs about feelings for other people and missing someone but in a cruel way of seeing past: as a menace and not as a refuge in a nostalgic way. The women of these two songs are a lot: they mix and blur, becoming archetypes and not real persons. They live in these songs as ghosts. 

4.You also had an ep in the past called 'Karma Anubis', do the band members have an interest in Egyptian Mythology?
Yeah, I am the nerd. I love Egypt and archeology and most of all heretic archeology, “ancient astronauts” and stuff like these, that also influenced “Spheres”, the second single from “Karma Anubis”. These subjects are not parts of descriptions and narrations, but they are just an instrument to underline the same topics: being alone and small in the vast universe and not meaning anything at all.

5.What s the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Rome In Monochrome'?
It comes from Max Varani, ex Degenerhate (Gianluca’s grindcore project) vocalist and friend. He had this name and didn’t use it so Gianluca kindly asked to have it for his newborn side project. So it happened.

6.Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind hiring a full line up?
It all started when Gianluca asked me to join his solo project, born to play not so heavy, fast and furious as Degenerhate. He had an idea of mood and the chords of what would become “Until my eyes go blind”, the only instrumental song of “Away from light”. I started to write and then we recruited the other guys. The rest is what are you listening to.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We played in a “low wires” version with Anathema (the Cavanagh brothers in an acoustic version) and opened for Antimatter and Nosound, in a totally electric version: these were our highest moments playing live, definitely. Our stage performance is elegant and intimate, we dress in black, I use to paint my face and my arms, we are haunted by our ghosts and try to lead people to be haunted by theirs, also. I never know if it is something they will accept, sure it’s something that really moves me from inside and leaves me crushed. I’d love to sing with all of them looking at us with tears in their eyes because I write about me and when I sing I come back to the mood in which the songs were written. It’s painful but necessary.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We are working on it. Soon we’ll announce news about “Away from light” release party in our hometown and then we will see what will happen, trying to make something happen. Stay tuned, we are going to reach everyone of you.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and post metal?
It was great. We receive heartfelt feedbacks everyday and this is the best part and the thing that still makes me wanna do it. The most impressive thing is the support we’re having by “not metal” audience, because it makes me think that our “multidimensional” approach works: this is cool and that’s what we always wanted, that I always wanted. Music is infinite and I never accepted limits and categories: so it is for everyone of us. 

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Well, we just started to work on new material because we always, always write: the songs I have are more desperate and heartbreaking then the old ones and we are working on them in the more organic way possible. “Away from light” is different sides of a solid, concrete thing, the new stuff will push every side to the extreme. We will explore all the angles of our “music room”, being totally melodic, totally slow, totally ambient, totally slowcore. You will listen to a pure distillate of resignation and despair.

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?
Surely we started thinking about the classic early nineties doom scene: My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Anathema, Katatonia because it’s where we come from. But we always mixed it in equal parts with a slowcore approach from stuff like Low and Red House Painters and a shoegaze/post rock taste from Slowdive, Mono and Mogwai. There is also some Alcest and Agalloch taste in what we do, definitely. It’s hard to tell what I am listening to, nowadays, I am an hard record collector and it’s hard to pick favourites our say “what” I’m listening to. While I write I am listening to an Estonian slowcore band called Holy Motors which is really impressive: reverbs, slow rhythms, desperation, some “Morricone” vibe…I definitely love them. Last Saturday I saw Slowdive live and I was really huge as always. Listenings of the last weeks…let’s remember: Dark Lunacy, At The Gates, Sodastream, Thursday, Spain, Midlake, Balmorhea, Lisa Germano, Black Sabbath, Butterfly Explosion, Novembre, Kent, Brian Eno, Film School. I am also listening a lot to Arvo Part and Hanry Gorecki and I feel that this will influence our music a lot in the near future. Everyone in the band has a different answer to this question.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Reading novels, biographies, tv series (one of my main influence beside music: the first writing spark for “A solitary king” came by a “Marvel Agents of Shield” episode), writing, relaxing, trying to survive.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interesting questions. You, people: join the cult of the absence of color

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Graveshadow/Ambition's Price/M-Theory Audio/2018 CD Review


  Graveshadow  are  a  band  from  Sacramento,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  symphonic  and  gothic  form  of  metal  with  elements  of  black,  death,  doom,  thrash  and  progressive  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Ambition's  Price"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  M-Theory  Audio.

  Symphonic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  use a   great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  operatic  female  goth  metal  singing  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  used  at  times  and  clean  guitars  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  progressive  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  thrash    along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  when  they  are  utilized  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  either  to  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Graveshadow creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  symphonic  style  of  goth  metal  while  the  influences  of  black,  death,  thrash  and  doom  metal  are  still  a  very  huge  part  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  band  getting  more  progressive  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Dark  Tales  and  Fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  grand  sounding  recording  from  Graveshadow  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  and  goth  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Doorway  To  Heaven"  "Gates"  "Slave"  and  "Eden  Ablaze".  8  out  of  10.

  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Usurpress/Interregnum/Agonia Records/2018 CD Review


  Usurpress  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  70's  era  hard  and  prog  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Interregnum"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  70's  rock  elements  and  keyboards a re  also  used  at  times.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  when  the  music  gets  very  heavy  while  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  the  slow  riffs  bringing  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  elements  of  goth  rock  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  Usurptess  plays  a  musical style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  death  metal  and  sludge  while  the  70's  era  prog  and  hard  rock  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Usurpress  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  70's  prog/hard  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Place  in  The  Pantheon"  "Late  in  the  11th  Hour"  and  "The  Vagrant  Harlot".  8  out  of  10.

        

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Therion/Blood Of The Dragon/Stygian Crypt Productions/Possession Productions/2018 Double CD Review


  Therion  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  occult,  symphonic  and  operatic  form  of  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  double  2018  compilation  which  shows  the  first  disc  being  cover  tunes  the  band covered over the years while the second disc is bands  covering  them  and  the  album  is  called "Blood  of  The  Dragon"  and  will  be  released  on  march  15th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Stygian  Crypt  and  Possession  Productions.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  cover  of  Metallica's  "Fight  Fire  With  Fire"  where  they  replace  the  acoustic  guitars  with  stringed  instruments  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  also  being  used  briefly  while  the  vocals  are  more  power  metal  influenced  than  the  original  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  and  screams  also  being  used  at  times.

  Next  up  is  their  cover  of  Accept's  "The  King"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  tragic  sounding  keyboard  while  also  adding  in  female  vocals  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  heavy  riffs  turning  the  song  in  a  power  ballad.

  Next  up is  their  cover  of  Thin  Lizzy's  "Southbound"  which  starts  out  with  some  70's  style  hard  rock  riffing  along  with  some  clean  female  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Next  up  is  their  version  of  Venom's  "Witching  Hour"  which  has  more  of  a  hard  rock  or  Motorhead  influence  than  the  original  version  while  also  keeping  the  rough  vocals  of  the  original  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  speeds  up  briefly.

  Next  up  is  their  cover  of  Judas  Priest's  "Green  Manalishi"  which  covers  the  atmosphere  of  the  original  of  the  original  while  the  vocals  have  more  of  a  hard  rock  or  proto  metal  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  a  very  vintage  70's  style.

  Next  up is  their  cover  of  Iron  Maiden's  "Revelations"  which  was  recorded  live  while  also  sounding  almost  like  the  original  version  of  the  song  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion 

  Next  up  is  their  version  of  Mercyful  Fate's  "Black  Funeral"  which  also  features  Messiah  Marcolin  of  Candlemass  on  vocals  while  also  being  recorded  live  and  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  the  original  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  little  bit  different  than  the  original  version.

  Next  up  is  their  version  of  Motorhead's  "Iron  Fist"  which  starts  out  with  a  powerful  sounding  bass  lead  while  also  sounding  very  much  like  the  original  version  of  the  song  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  solos.

  Next  up  is  Ivanubus  Hollanda  with  his  covers  of  "Perennial  Sophia"  and  "Raven  of  Dispersion"  which  also  use  classical  guitars  on  the  first  track  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  style  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  and  he  takes  both  of  the  songs  into  more  of  a  folk  direction.

  That  was  the  songs  on  the  first  disc  and  now  we  all  go  into  the  bands  doing  their  covers  of  tributes  to  Therion.

  Ghost  Warfare  brings  us  "An  Arrow  From  The  Sun"  which  starts  out  with  some  clean  playing   along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  operatic  male  and  female  vocals  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  get  heavier.

  Next  up  is  Antyra  with  "Asgard"  which  starts  out  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  clean  and  bring  in  more  of  a  pagan  and  power  metal  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  briefly.

  Next  up  is  Revolted  Masses  with  "Baal  Reginon"  which  starts  out  with  some  heavy  riffs  and  melodic  guitar  leads  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great amount  of  melody  while t he  vocals  bring  in  some  death  metal  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Next  up  is  Remains  with  "Genocidal  Raids"  which  starts  out  with  some  heavy  riffs along  with  the  vocals  being  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,

  Next  up  is  Day  40  with  "Invocation  Of  Naamah"  which  starts  out  with  some  acoustic  guitar  playing  before  gong  into a  heavier  direction  which  also  brings  in  first  wave  black  metal  grunts,  operatic  female  choirs  and  power  metal  style  singing  while  they  also  mix  the  symphonic  and  heavy  parts  together.

  Next  is  is  Dark  letter  with  "Kali  Yuga  Part  One"  which  starts  out  with  operatic  female  vocals  while t he  music  mixes  the  heavy,  melodic  and symphonic  parts  together  and  the  solos and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Whirlwind  Storm  brings  us  "Liusalvheim"  which  starts  out  with  starts  out  with  some  tragic  sounding  keyboards  along  with  some  operatic  female  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  and  solos  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  prog  rock.

  Theosophy  brings  us  "Pandemonic  Outbreak"  which  starts  out  with  am  radio  noises  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Next  up  is  Theudo  with  "Schwarzalbenheim"  which  starts  out  with  some  symphonic  and  classical  elements  before  gong  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  pagan  metal  fashion.

  Next  up  is  The  Experiment  no.Q  with  "Seven  Secrets  Of  The  Sphinx"  which  starts  out  with  Drum  beats,  heavy  and  melodic  riffs  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also be  head  briefly  along  with  some  clean  operatic  male  and  female  vocals  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  exotic  sounding  scales.

  Imperial  Age  brings  us  "To  Mega  Therion"  which  starts  out  with  an  operatic  choir  and  heavy  riffs  while  the  vocals  also  get  very  aggressive  at  times  along  with t he  music  also  mixing  the  heavy,  melodic  and  symphonic  parts  together.

  Elimi  brings  us  "The  Blood  of  Kingu"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  traditional  metal  influenced  sound  along  with  some  death  metal  growls and  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  being  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Numenor  brings  us  "The  Riders Of  Theli"  which  start  out  with  heavy  riffs  and  melodic  guitar  leads  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  power  metal  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Mare  Infinitum  brings us "The  Wand  Of  Arabis"  which  starts  out  with  clean  vocals  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  before  going  into a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  symphonic  and  prog  elements  while  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls.

  Next  up  is  Frozen  Ocean  with  "The  Wings  Of  The  Hydra"  which  start  out  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with t he  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  clean  singing  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Closing  the  compilation  is  Majesty  Of  Revival  with  "Wisdom  And  The  Cage"  which  starts  out  with  heavy  riffs  and  clean  vocals  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  mixing  the  symphonic  and  heavy  parts  together  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  compilation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  all  eras  of  Therion  as  well  as  heavy,  power,  goth,  doom,  symphonic,  prog,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out t his  compilation.  8  out  of  10
     

        

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Nonsun/Black Snow Desert/Dunk! Records/Cimmerian Shade Recordings/2018 CD Re-Issue Review


  Nonsun  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  experimental  mixture  of  drone,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Black  Snow  Desert"  which  was  re-issued  in  2018  as  a  joint  effort  between  Dunk!  Records  and  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  post  rock  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  gets  heavy  it  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  elements  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals  while  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  direction  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  the  music  brings  in  an  improv  feeling. 

  On  this  recording  Nonsun  remain  true  to  their  experimental  mixture  of  drone,  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal  while  taking  away  the  vocals  to  take  their  sound  to  a  different  level  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nonsun  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  experimental,  drone,  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ashes  Of  Light,  Demons  Of  Justice"  and  "Rest  Of  Tragedy".  8  out  of  10.

  

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sanguine Glacialis/Hadopelagic/WormHoleDeath Records/2018 CD Review


  Sanguine  Glacialis  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  goth  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Hadopelagic"  which  was  released  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  screams  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  they  also  mix  the  symphonic and  heavy  parts  together.

  When  female  vocals  are  utilized  they  add  in  more  of  an  operatic  goth  metal  style  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  blast  beats  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  technical  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  clean  playing  is  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  words  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Sanguine  Glacialis  plays  a musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  and  goth  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  darkness  and  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sanguine  Glacialis  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  death  and  goth  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kraken"  "Funeral  For  Inner  Ashes"  "Deus  Ex Machina"  and  "Monsters'.  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

L.o.W Interview


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



We’re a four-piece band from West Pomeranian - Szczecin - Poland founded in 2015.
The group’s main focus is on combining 90's stoner/doom/sludge sound with fresh ideas, harsh vocals featuring antisocial/nihilistic lyrics.



2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings that you have released so far/

We released a demo in 2015 – Fuck your prerogatives - and frankly said we didn’t know what the fuck we were doing. It’s a mash up of the ideas we had at the time, a mixture of punk, grunge and stoner. Bones EP’s main concept was to sound dark, heavy, and aggressive.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?

Mostly nihilism, the idea of being forced into certain roles in our short live span, deceptions of faith and world order, antisocial tendencies – shit like that. It's strange and funny at the same time how our lives fit in with philosophy of people such as Carl Gustav Jung, whose speech you can hear in the intro to this record.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'L.o.W'?



Lack OfFucking Weed. Just kidding ha-ha. Well the first abbreviation was League of Waste which was a metaphor for mankind – eventually, in the end everything we do goes to waste. Until now, we’ve gone through so many - from which a lot were just for laughs - that we just like to say that we have many names. As many bands before us we like to utilize the concept of not having a single abbreviation for our name. Instead we leave it open to the listener’s interpretation.



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



I think two of our best shows happened in small clubs in our hometown. The first one was in Pralnia with our friends from Black Smoke (Katowice, Poland) and Weedruid (Berlin, Germany). The second one was with probably the biggest stoner doom band from our country – Belzebong. On both shows all the guys from the bands were really chill, the crowd was awesome and we had a great time. As far as our performance onstage goes it’s trans like. We barely talk onstage, we just do our thing and hope the crowd falls into the same state we are in.



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



 Not really, just one show with O.D.R.A in Gdańsk.






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



Theoretically signed but looking for a label. We have received interest but unfortunately currently the label does not have the means to meet their end of the deal.



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



Well we got some worldwide feedback but you know how it is – currently there are many bands forming so its not easy to break through.



9.Besides the bass player are any of the other band members involved with any other bands or musical projects?



Currently only Michał.



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



We’ll probably record something around November this year, but it will most likely be another EP. We’re still experimenting with new ideas and gear so we want to settle down a bit before releasing an LP. Right now, we’re doing stuff that I guess you can say has more grove combined with straight forward doom riffs so our next recording might oscillate around that 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?



When we started out we were influenced by more retro rock kind of stuff - Graveyard, Vidunder, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats type. Then our influences shifted toward the genres’ precursor bands like - Sleep, Electric Wizard, Weedeater, Eyehategod - as well as newer bands such as Dopethrone, Windhand, Monolord and With the Dead.



12.What are some of your nonmusical interests?



Well no surprise we enjoy weed, beer and vodka. It differs from person to person but I guess we all enjoy blazing a fatty and play ping pong in a cheap motel after a recording session.



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



Yeah – thanks for having us, keep the scene going, light one up and have a great day!



Saltas Interview


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


At the time of writing, it is only a two-man project. We who are involved have had contact from time to time for many years back. But it was in 2017 that we decided to do something musically creative together.


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


Briefly,with three words, obscure slow death.

It is a kind of minimal formof slow dark death metal.


3.You refer to your music as 'obscure slow death', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?


It is common for people to ask how a band sounds and for the sake of simplicity, we thought the three words were descriptive and appropriate.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the demo?


Deathand life, life and death. But who's the one who knows what's what?

It is up to the listener and the reader to interpret. We make no effort to missionate anything. Anyone who interprets something and gets something out of it may do it in their own way. There are certainly several dimensions.

All lyric is included in the tape inlay and digital bandcamp version.


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


Even here it is possible to interpret for those who wish.

It can be as simple as the word "salt". Salt(s) is known as important in the fleshy body.

Salt can be both good and deadly
 to body, mind and spirit.

“Saltas” is also a bend of the word in Swedish, “to be salted”.


6.Currentlythere are only 2 members in the band, do you feel adding in another member would ruin the vision of the project?


At the moment, we are not aiming to bring more artists into the project. It feels like we complement each other well as we do right now. At the same time, it feels like Saltas has some kind of own “soul” in itself that slowly develops and advances on new paths as we create new music, arrangements and lyrics.


7.Thedemo was also recently released through Nuclear War Now! Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have worked with the label?


We are grateful that Yosuke offered us to release the cassette. NWN! Productions has previously worked with Irkallian Oracle so it was a known contact so to speak. The deal is currently 200 cassette copies of the debut demo but we'll see what's happening in the future.

More labels have contacted us, but at the moment we are working with NWN!


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


The project is relatively new and "underground" but what we have heard so far people seems to enjoy our music. It's great that people like it but we have no rock star goals to become famous in that way.


9.Whatis going on with 'Irkallian Oracle' and 'The Funeral orchestra' these days?


IO will play on the Never Surrender Fest in Berlin later this year. Possible it will be more than that.

TFO has no plans at the moment.
 Low activity, but not a finished chapter.


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



We have recorded a second demo “Parasites”. It's just the mix left to do, so it will be released soon.

If we get the right inspiration and time for it, we're likely to record a full length later this year. Time will tell.


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on the music as 'Saltas'?


Hard to say but probably you are inspired by everything you liked and like more or less so to speak.

Not only music and lyric but  also moods and feelings, the less good ones.


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


Thanks for the interview.

Buy our debut tape from NWN!
 or digital download/stream from bandcamp. And look out for the parasites.


/SALTAS