Saturday, November 26, 2016

Golden Rusk/What Will Become Of Us?/2016 Full Length Review


  Golden  Rusk  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  death  metal  with elements  of  thrash  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "What  Will  Become  Of  US?"  which  will  be  released  in  December.

  Atmospheric  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  getting  heavier  while  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  death  metal  growls  that  also  mix  in  the  distorted  effects  of  industrial  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  high  pitched  screams  are  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  elements  of  thrash  and  industrial  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  synths a re  also  utilized  in  some songs  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  that  introduces  violins  onto t he  album  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  while  there  is  still  a  small  use  of  classical  guitars.

  Golden  Rusk  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  modern  death  metal  while  the  thrash  and  industrial  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Golden  Rusk  are  a  very  great  sounding  death  metal  band  with  elements  of  industrial  and  thrash  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "What  Will  Become  Of  Us"  "As  it  Should  Be"  and  "Life  No  More".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Scorched Interview

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

We are Scorched from Delaware formed in 2015. We play horror-themed death metal.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

We are mostly influenced by the classic death metal style, but we incorporate horror-influenced lyrics and synth interludes of the 80s horror film style.

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

We watch horror films to get inspiration, so it's mostly serial killer rampages, torture, guts, gore, and all that filthy shit.

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

We honestly just picked it from a list of ideas we had. It's a short and memorable name and it plays into our theme. Our self-titled song that was on our demo and just re-recorded for our full length was about dragging victims into a burn pile. and watching them melt to death.

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 best shows have been probably our New York date with Funebrarum and Putrisect on our last tour, and a Baltimore gig we played with Crypt Sermon and Horrendous. We play our interludes and intros during our set to go along with the horror theme. We try to capture the mood of our recordings.

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

Not as of now. We are all super busy people. A west coast run may happen next year though. Stay tuned.

7.You have been a part of a couple of splits these years, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?

Outer Heaven, Gatecreeper, Homewrecker...all friends! Great dudes, solid tunes. The 4 way split was a no-brainer. Putrisect recorded in the same studio as us and heard us while recording there, dug us, and hit us up with the split idea. They rule! Totally fitting for our style, we toured afterwards, and now they're our brothers!

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

No hate mail yet, I think we're on the right track!

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

No clue really until we all get together. We all bring ideas to the table. There is no one leader of Scorched, we are a collaborative 5 piece force.

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?

I could fuse those two answers together. Classics such as Morbid Angel, Convulse, early Sentenced, Benediction, Burial, Autopsy, etc...also newer bands such as Incantation, Disma, Vastum, Funebrarum and so on!

11.How would you describe the metal scene in your home state of Delaware?

Ha...what scene?! There was once a really sweet early 90s death metal band out of Delaware, however, called Corpus Rottus.

12.What are some of your non-musical interests?

Bourbon, beer, some of the dudes like weed! ha ha..I work a lot, try to keep physical, hit the gym..we love to party though!

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

I appreciate your time and interest is contacting Scorched! Death metal is stronger and more powerful of a force than ever. Special shout out to Unspeakable Axe and Dark Descent Records...two unstoppable forces. Thanks again!
https://www.facebook.com/scorchedde
http://www.unspeakableaxerecords.com/


Friday, October 28, 2016

Pestilence/Presence Of The Pest/Vic Records/2016 Live Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Pestilence  this  time  being  a  live  show  that  was recorded  the  the  Dynamo  Open  Air  in  1992  along  with  7  bonus  tracks  from  the  tour  they  had  done  with  Monstrosity  and  Torchure  the  same  year  and  the  album  is  called  "Presence  Of  The  Pest"  and  will  be  released  in  November  by  Vic  Records.

  A very  fast  and  raw  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  death  metal  growls  making  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  range  from  chaotic,  raw,  melodic  and  technical  and  the  band  also  has a   great  inter reaction  with  the  crowd  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavier  direction  with  no  soft  or clean  parts  ever  utilized  and  they  also  only  bring  in  songs  from  ''Consuming  Impulse"  and  "Testimony  Of  the  Ancients".

  With  this  live  recording  Pestilence  brings  in songs  from  both  their  traditional  and  technical  death  metal  days  and  the  album  is  a  combination  of  both  eras,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  sound  with  all  of  the  songs  recorded  live  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Death  and  Suffering  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  live  recording  from  Pestilence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chemo  Therapy"  "Lost  Souls"  "Testimony"  and  "Prophetic  Revelations".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Totten Korps/Supreme Commanders Of Darkness/Blood Harvest/2016 LP Review


  Totten  Korps  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  occult  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Supreme  Commanders  Of  Darkness"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  vinyl  by  Blood  Harvest.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  adding  death  metal  growls  and  screams  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times  and  there  is  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  while  the  guitar  work  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  Morbid  Angel.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  very  brutal  style  of  death  metal  and  the  songs  also  take  a  lot  of  influences  from t he  90's  without  sounding  out  of  date  and  the  whole  album  also remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Totten  Korps  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  fast  and  brutal  as  well  as  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's,  the  production sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Satanism,  Mythology,  Lovecraft  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Totten  Korps  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  occult  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Supreme  Commanders  Of  Darkness"  "Hastur's  Voice  Echoes  In  Our  Mind"  "Amarduk"  and  "Tortured  Souls  From  the  Path  Of  Perdition".  8/5  out  of  10.

http://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/supreme-commanders-of-darkness-12lp

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Echelon/The Brimstone Aggrandizement/Transcending Obscurity/2016 CD Review


  Echelon  are  an  international  with  members  from  both  the  United  Kingdom  and  Sweden  and  are  all  veterans  from  various  legendary  bands  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "The  Brimstone  Aggrandizement"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  growling  vocals  make  their  presence  known  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in   a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  mix  the  English  and  Swedish  death  metal  styles  together  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount of  tremolo  picking  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction.

  Echelon  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  old  school  death  metal  style  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  satnic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Echelon  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The Forbidden  Industry"  "Of  Warlocks  And  Wolves"  and  "The  feared  Religion".  8  out  of  10.
 

Scorched/Echoes Of Dismemberment/Unspeakable Axe Records/2016 CD Review


  Scorched  are  a  band  from  Delaware  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Echoes  Of  Dismemberment"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Unspeakable  Axe  Records.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  melodic  guitar  leads  and  heavy  riffs  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of the  songs  have  horror  movie  style  intros  in  between  them  and the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  recorded  and  released  20  years  ago  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  singing  and  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  briefly  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  heavier  sound. 

  Scorched  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition  while  also  being  heavily  inspired by  horror  movies, t he  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror,  gore,  death,  torture  and  cannibalism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Scorched  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  style  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Torture  Prolonged"  "Dealings  Of  A  Gruesome  Kind"  "Autopsy  Complete"  and "Fluorescent  Hell".  8  out  of  10.

Diatonic/IAm The One/Triton's Orbit/2016 Full Length Review


  Diatonic  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  Swedish  style  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "I  Am  The  One"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Triton's  Orbit.

  A  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  High  pitched  screams  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  music  mostly  sticks to  a  mid  paced  section  and  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  been  recorded  20  years  ago  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  synths  and one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic guitars  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  heavier  style.

  Diatonic  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  mostly  mid  tempo  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  angry  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Diatonic  are  a  very  great  sounding  Swedish  style  death  metal  solo project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kiss  Of  Death"  "Once  More"  "Fading"  and  "Deceived".  8  out  of  10.