Monday, March 27, 2017

Dead Soul Alliance/Slaves To The Apocalypse/2017 Full Length Review


  Dead  Soul  Alliance  are  a  band  from  Ottawa,  Canada  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017 album  "Slaves  To  The  Apocalypse".

  Sci  fi  style  soundscapes  along  with  some  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before going  into a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  death  metal growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the recording  have  a very  powerful sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount   of   melody  and  90's  influences.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  spoken  word  samples a re  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  high  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  some  of  the  single  note  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Dead  Soul  Alliance  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  conspiracies, paranormal,  anti  religion,  philosophical  and  cryptic  lifeforms  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dead  Soul  Alliance  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Worlds  Within  Worlds"  and  "Forever  Against".  8  out  of  10.

 

  


   

Aberratio Interview

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

Yuri Almeida: The band was born in 2013 with me (Yuri) as drummer, David as vocals and Julio as guitarist. After some tests, Thiago Israel joined us as the bassist. He left a bit later, so in 2016 Nathan Franco joins the band as the new bassist, introducing a fretless bass to the band and reforming all bass lines. Aberratio aims for tradition, always keeping the old school death metal alive.


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

Yuri Almeida: The idea on our recording was always to keep it to the closest reality of the band. That is why we avoided editions to the limit, only edited what was really necessary. The drums are raw, no effects. Who listens to our full length disc will know exactly how we are on live.
Nathan Franco: Both guitar and bass tones are the closest possible to the live. We used a 7 strings guitar and a 4 strings fretless bass (with roundwounds). We all recorded with the same equipment we use on live. And the vocal is extremely true, same quality on stage.

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

Yuri Almeida: The members of Aberratio are apolitical and atheist. Only Nathan has a Taoist way of life, what does not happen to be a religion but an intimate and natural philosophy of him. Our lyrics talks about philosophy, politics, religion, history and things alike. Our themes strike fundamentalism, radicalism and neurosis provoked by politicians and religious groups


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

Yuri Almeida: Aberratio means “aberration” in latin. Our music is obscure and speaks of things that we may consider aberrations itself. Chernobyl for example, talks about the nuclear accident at Ukraine. Assyrians was inspired at the Islamic attack on the ancient ruins of the assyrians.


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

Yuri Almeida: The best shows are the underground ones, those where the crowd know what they’re listening. We have played on events with different types of crowds all together, but that is not the same as a crowd who knows death metal. The stage is a place where death manifests itself, where all obscurity of the genre is noticed.
Nathan Franco: I believe the shows we enjoyed more were the ones we played with undergrounds bands of the genre, like Corpse Grinder and Ancestor. We are simple and every show we made was really nice until now.


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

Yuri Almeida: We are a band that every member has his own job and we don’t desire to become like a company, like happens to Metallica or Slayer. If we take Aberratio as a job like a company, it would lose its sense for us. We don’t have tours until now, we play where we are invited to. For the future would be interesting a tour in Europe, where our music has more acceptance. Our death metal is more European than American.
Nathan Franco: Yes. We have our own life to move on and our own paths to thread. We cannot (nor want) to have Aberratio as a company or something alike. And a tour would only be possible if everyone had vacations from theirs jobs in the same period of time. So we play when we are invited.


7.The new album was released on 'Heavy Metal Rock', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Yuri Almeida: Aberratio debut album was release by 7 stamps. Thanks to them our music reached other countries and regions, like USA, Latin America and some Europe countries. The stamps are: Heavy Metal Rock, Holocaust Records, Cianeto Discos, Songs for Satan,, The MetalVox, Violent records e Brothers of Metal. All those stamps are well respected and all of them support the underground scenario, when they notice quality in a band.


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

Yuri Almeida: Thanks to social media, we have made contact with fans worldwide, like Czech Republic, Netherlands and other countries and regions. The internet opened doors for all bands. The bad thing is that there are some bad shit being spread in the middle of it all.
Nathan Franco: Aberratio is being played on radios, like Metal Devastation Radio (London) and the acceptance is being really nice. We have many accesses from Russia in our website, like 2nd in rank.
1st rank is Always Brazil, our native land. We are achieving some reputation, naturally. And we have no hurry on this matter.


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

Yuri Almeida: There is only one way: the tradition. Our root is traditional metal and on it we will prevail. A band, to evolve itself, does not need to change its musical essence. Let’s remember of Motorhead, Benediction and other bands that raised themselves inside their own genre, without changing themselves or losing their essence.


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?

Yuri Almeida: Aberratio has not a specific influence. Me and the guitarist Julio listen traditional metal since always. David enjoys listening death brutal and black metal. Nathan is more into progressive genres and brazilian music, like MPB and northeastern music (called ‘baiĆ£o’, mixolydian mode). We can say our guitar and drums got influences from Autopsy, Bolt Thrower and bands alike. Maybe the raw vocals of our singer David Andrade came from Sarcofago and Cannibal Corpse. Bass lines may seem to have some influence of Death, but actually it has more influence of jazz and mainly MPB.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Yuri Almeida: We like barbecue and cold beer. We are all half nihilists and half hedonists (laughs). Nathan has interest in design and art, since he has a career as a designer. We have interest in our own themes we speak of in our lyrics, like history, philosophy and things alike.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yuri Almeida: We wish to see traditional metal get stronger worldwide. Europe is the great cradle of it, but we want the flame of death metal to be spread across the world.
All band members are grateful for the support and for this interview. Thank you!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Incontinence/Prey For Us/Ultimate Massacre productions.

  Incontinence  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 album  "Prey  For  Us"  which  will  be  released  in  may  by  Ultimate  Massacre  Productions.

  Heavy  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  guitar  solos  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

 Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in a   great  amount  of  90's  death  metal  influences  while  also  being  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of the  recording.

  Incontinence  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  traditional  mixing  the  modern  form  of  the  genre  with  some  old  school  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Incontinence  are  a  very  great  sounding  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inner  Psychopath"  "Phantom  Heart"  and  "Prey  For  Us".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lacerta/Self Titled/CDN Records/2017 CD Review


  Lacerta  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  self  titled 2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  CDN  Records.

  Sci  fi  orientated  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount of  melody  and  harmonics  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with t he  music  getting  very  technical.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  along  with t he  solos  and  leads  remaining  very  true  to  a  technical  style  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  death  metal  influences  along  with  a  touch  of  thrash  while  also  still  sounding  very  modern  and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in a   small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  a  later  track  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while also  mixing  in a  brief  use  of  grim  screams.

  Lacerta  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  technical  form  of  the  genre  while  mixing  both the  old  school  and  modern  styles  together,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  and  alien  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lacerta  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pillars  Of  Deceit"  "Incubation  Of  Tyrants"  "Ambiguous  Forms"  and  "Mind  Processor".  8  out  of  10.

Mortor/Burn Up The Dead/CDN Records/2017 CD Review


  Mortor  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Burn  Up  The  Dead"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  CDN  Records.

  Hard  and  heavy  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  and  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  thrash  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount of blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  songs  mixing  an  old  school  style  of  mid  80's  to  early  90's  death/thrash  with  a  more  modern  take  of  the  genre  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  style  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Mortor  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  death  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  World  War II  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pleasure  Of  Hate"  "A  Place  In  Hell"  "Sold  To  Bleed"  and  "Count  The  Days".  8  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Bleeding/Rites Of Absolution/2017 CD Review


  The  Bleeding  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Rites  Of  Absolution"  which  will  be  released  in  May.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  thrash  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  vocals  bring  in a  ixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  while  also  having  a  very  modern  edge  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Death's "Open  Casket".

  The  Bleeding  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  for  the  modern  era,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Bleeding  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Consumed  Existence"  "Crook  And  Flail"  and  "Open  Casket".  8  out  of  10.

Nofuck Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
David: We’ve been working on the graphics and looking for a label, until we finally agreed to publish with MurdHer Records.


2.You have a new album coming out in April, 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?
David: Since we begun to play we've been trying to get a 90’s Thrash/Death sound that would be heavy but powerful and defined. In comparison to our previous releases, we believe WOF sounds cleaner and denser at the same time, which is due in large part to Stefano Morabito's mastering and mixing. I think though, that in 20 years our taste has not changed much, while our technical means to express ourselves have improved


3.This is the first album to be released since 2007, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
David: Many things happened that kept us from playing and composing as we wish we had; Davide's unbreakable perseverance helped bring us here today.
Daniele: I had a couple of experiences in other bands, since I left Nofuck on 2012. But trust me: it’s something I want to forget! Returning into Nofuck was like returning home.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
David: Davide and me begun playing about 20 years ago because we couldn't get any girlfriend; none, zero, for ages. Was that a spell, or some kind of sickness? Was the (female) world plotting against us? Fact is, we turned our suffering into inspiration and dealt with it by playing our favourite genre of metal. Our lyrics deal with frustration and solitude, but also passion and love for life.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nofuck'?
David: Davide came out with this odd name which defined our status as far as girls were concerned: it was straight and uneasy, as we meant to propose ourselves with our music; later on we considered getting another name, but by then we had developed an affection for it, so we decided to stick with it. Like a son: he might be ugly, but is still your son!


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?
David: When we play live our purpose is to have an impact on the audience, which we believe we usually succeed in doing; our concerts often take place in small venues where it is possible - I’d rather say necessary - to establish a direct contact with your listeners and make them an active part of the show. Playing and having the audience go mosh and headbanging - maybe people who never heard of us before - is one of the greatest satisfactions for us as a band. Our best shows have been where we got the most participative involvement of the audience, which happened at times in different locations.
Daniele: Like David says, we want to make an impact. And that’s the crowd have to wait for: a wall of groove with constant growlin’ and screamin’ vocals. About past shows I remember two of them, above all: the first one, at Shakti Club in Pomigliano d’Arco, near Naples... it was a freakin’ sold out; then, our Reunion Show last January in Civitavecchia


7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
David: Daniele does a great job in organizing events; we plan to have release parties in Rome and Naples - the two cities where we played the most - and hope we can share the stage with some of our idols, sooner or later. Due to our current lifestyle though, we can’t organize a proper tour.
Daniele: I’m currently working on a Booking and Promotion Agency, Valhalla Agency, and with the help of my boss Angela “Valkyrja” I’m planning some shows: news will come soon. At this time we’re booked for two shows in Naples: our release party at The Dome with our borthers Southern Drinkstruction and the second as main support for the great Buffalo Grillz (with members from Hour of Penance and Undertakers) at Sound Music Club.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and thrash metal?
David: Our last release “Existenzminimum” has been criticized - particularly by german 'zines – for technical deficiencies (which we recognize and have been working to fix); still our style and approach were largely appreciated – particularly by some US listeners. WOF is already getting a positive feedback, but it's too soon to say.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
David: I don’t think we would vary meaningfully from what we are now; we might refine our skills, improve our apparel, experiment and try “something new”, but I think we will keep consistent with what we’ve always been. Not that that’s a good thing in itself, I just can’t picture us playing something different.


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?
David: I'd say our imprinting is 90’s Thrash and Death, mainly Pantera, Sepultura and Metallica, but also Death, Napalm Death, Anthrax, Life of Agony, Fear Factory, Exodus, Testament and Overkill. I've also been influenced by Hardcore bands such as Biohazard and above all Rage Against the Machine. Scandinavian bands such as Lost Souls, B-Thong and Konkhra played a decisive role in shaping our taste. Later came Meshuggah, which I consider a milestone in recent metal music (even if I prefer their early releases).
Daniele: Speaking as band’s vocalist, on the past my best influence was Max Cavalera: it was his vocal style I used on our first release, “Existenzminimum”. Nowadays I try to do at my best with the great work that Stefano did on “Walls of Flesh”: I change my style in a mix that could remind Peter from Vader and, above all, “Tompa” Lindberg from At the Gates.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
David: Literature and science, art, movies, yoga.
Daniele: Comics, tv series, sci-fi literature, sci-fi movies… sci-fi, in wider terms


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
David: Each of us gave a relevant contribution to the band: without Daniele and Emilio we would still be playing in our bedrooms; without Roberto and Stefano we wouldn’t sound and look as we do; I'm happy we reached this point and I hope our music has something to say to our listeners. Thank you for your interest!