Friday, July 21, 2017

All Out War/Give Us Extinction/Organized Crime/2017 CD Review

  All  Out  War  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  aggressive  and  brutal style  of  hardcore  with  some  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Give  Us  Extinction"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Organized  Crime.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  angry  hardcore  style  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  almost  have  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  them  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  an  extreme  metal  style.

  Back  up  gang  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  great  amount  of  thrash  and  crossover  influences  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  are  used  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Nausea's  "Cybergod"..

  All  Out  War  remains  true  to  the  brutal  style  of  hardcore  from  previous  releases  while  still  having  touches  of  crossover,  thrash  and  death  metal,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  end  of  the  world,  struggles  and  spiritual  disposition  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  All  Out  War  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Give  Us  Extinction"  "From  The  Mouth  Of  Serpents"  "Ingesting  Vile"  and  "Repulsive  Premonitions".  8  out  of  10.  

Decrepit Birth/Axis Mundi/Agonia Records/2017 CD Review

  Decrepit  Birth  are  a  band  from  Santa  Cruz,  California  that  has  been featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Axis  Mundi"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Sci-fi  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  brutal  direction  as  well  as  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  High  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  while  the  guitar  leads  and  solos  are  done  in  a  very  technical  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  symphonic  elements  along  with  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  while  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  prog  influences  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental  and  they  also  bring  in  cover's  of  Metallica's  "Orion",  Sepultura's  "Desperate  Cry"  and  Suffocation's  "Infecting  The  Crypts".

  Decrepit  Birth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  and  technical  style  of  death  metal  that  has  been  established  on  previous  releases,   the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  Esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Decrepit  Birth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spirit  Guide"  "Transcendental  Paradox"  "Ascendant"  and  "Infecting  The  Crypts".  8/5  out  of  10.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nephren-Ka/La Grande De L 'Epice/Dolorem Records/2017 CD Review

  Nephren-Ka  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "La  Grande  De  L  'Epice"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Dolorem  Records.

  Sci  fi  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  direction  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  guttural  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  traditional  style  of  death  metal  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffing  and  leads  also  gets  very  technical  at  times  and  on  one  track  the  vocals  almost  use  a  thrash  approach  and  when  synths  are  utilized  briefly  they  give  the  music a  more  epic  atmosphere  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Candlemass's  "Mirror  Mirror".

  Nephren-Ka  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  death  metal  style  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  Frank  Herbert's  Dune  novels.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nephren-Ka  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Plan  To  master  The  Universe"  "Idar  Fen  Adijica"  "Fenring's  Test"  and  "Mirror  Mirror".  8/5  out  of 10.


Slave One/An Abstract And Metaphysical Approach To Deceit/Dolorem Records/2017 EP Review

  Slave  One  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  technical  and  progressive  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "An  Abstract  and  Metaphysical  Approach  To  Deceit"  which  was  released  by  Dolerem  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  technical  guitar  leads  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  and  blast  beats  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  clean  playing  and  prog  elements  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  along  with  ethnic  style  instruments  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Dimmu  Borgir's  "Blessings  Upon  The  Throne  Of  Tyranny"  which  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  synths.

  Slave  One  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  technical  and  progressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  cosmologies,  obscurantism,  and  symbolic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Slave  One  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Tunguska"  and  "Uroboric".  8  out  of  10.    

Superbeast Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
  I was doing a metal band called Mad machine before, but I started Superbeast to express more straight anger, hatred.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
  Creating songs includes thrash and melodic elements with death metal as the axis. I tried to make the whole sound clearly heard. As for guitar solo, I made a     solo with melodic and impact.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
  The concept of this EP confronts a manipulated society, and those who awaken to true power create a new future.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Superbeast'?
  I made it 'superbeast' with a memorable name to express aggressive sound.

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 would like to do the show which seems to be the best from now. One thing I would have appeared on behalf of the Australian band 'eternal' Japan tour. In the   stage we express anger and darkness.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
  I do not have any plans now but I want to go anywhere if there is a place I can play.

7,According to the facebook page the band is signed to 'Brutalbear Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
  'Brutalbear Records' is a label of independent production. (Self-release)

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and thrash metal?
  The response of this EP is very good.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
  I want to release full length around February 2018. Moreover, I think that it becomes more brutal and melodic about musicality.

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?
   The affected bands are Pantera, Slayer, Emperor, Deicide. The music that I am listening now is German metal and progressive.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
    I like movies. Valan has also become a champion at the bodybuilding Tokyo tournament.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
   I would be happy if people who read this interview would like interest in Superbeast and like it. Thank you!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Aposento/Bleed To Death/Xtreem Music/2017 CD Review

  Aposento  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  old  school  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Bleed  To  Death"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem Music.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  blast  beats  are  used  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  yet  old  school  fashion  of  the  genre  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody and  a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing

  Aposento  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  and  brutal  in  the  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Anti  Religion,  Blasphemy,  Death  and  Gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aposento  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bleeding  Flesh"  "Portrait  Of  A  Killer"  "Abandon  All  Hope"  and  "Revenge  Against  God".  8  out  of  10.

Soulskinner/Descent To Abaddon/Xtreem Muisc/2017 CD Review

  Soulskinner  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Descent  To  Abaddon"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  A  very  heavy  sound  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  all  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  a  couple  of  the tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  very  dark  and  gloomy  atmosphere  and  avant  garde  style  piano's  are  added  onto  the  closing t rack.

  Soulskinner  creates  another  recording  the  remains  true  to  the  old  school  style  of  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  myths,  literature,  philosophy  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soulskinner  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fracticide" "Chorus  Of  The  Initiated"  "A  Spectral  Vision"  and  "Descent  To  Abaddon".  8  out  of  10.