Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cryptic Shift 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 ep?


Since the release of ‘Beyond the Celestial Realms’ we have been focusing on writing future releases and covering as much as the UK as possible.


2.In April you had released a new ep, 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?


Our previous release was a single called ‘Dustbowl’ which featured a cover of Sepultura’s ‘Arise’ - ‘Beyond the Celestial Realms’ is our first official release as the collective line-up we are now, the music and atmosphere between the single and the EP has taken a massive leap forward and has matured along with the band. There is a constant progression towards our next release.


3.Your lyrics cover a great amount of science fiction themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Our interest in Sci-Fi all started at an early age with the introduction of films like Star Wars, Alien etc. and books such as Dune - Xander also has an interest in H. P. Lovecraft, a lot of our lyrical themes are built around the idea of combining cosmic horror and fictional alien realms.


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


The name of the band was inspired somewhat by the Atheist album ‘Unquestionable Presence’, one of our favourite records! 


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


We recently came back from supporting Vektor (US) during their ‘Recharging the UK/Ireland’ tour - that was pretty awesome! Vektor have always being one of our favourite current artists in the Thrash genre, so going out with those guys for the three dates was an out of this world experience (no pun intended). Supporting other artists such as Exodus and Municipal Waste are up there in our highlights! Our stage show is often much faster than on record - so bring a neck brace.


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


2017 is going to see us hitting mainland Europe for the first time, and as always we have plans to tour the UK in-between. We’re pretty excited - keep your eye out for tour dates and festival apperences!


7.The ep was released through both 'Nightbreaker Productions' and 'Fractured Mind Records', are you happy with the support both of the labels have given you so far?


Fractured Mind Records is run by Ryan and Xander - it was founded as a DIY label to help push artists from the UK who we feel deserve the attention! Check out the Bandcamp/Facebook page to hear releases from our friends in Redeye Revival, Desolator and String Villains! Nightbreaker Productions approached us with interest of a re-release of ‘Beyond The Celestial Realms’ with intention to help promote our music throughout Europe, we were very pleased to find that they had interest in our material and have found that working with them is a pleasure.


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


The EP orders have come in from all quadrants of the earth, which was pretty surprising to see! We’ve had very positive responses from new friends, online and at shows, it’s impacting to see our music is inspiring people from all over the place!


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


As for the full length we currently feel no pressure to release anything longer than an extended-play. We hope to be bringing out a two-track release sometime in the first quarter of 2017, expect to hear a heavier themed sound similar to the likes of Gorguts and Revocation - without losing our Sci-Fi signature.


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?


Collectively we all listen to a lot of musical styles - from Hardcore Punk to Folk, although a lot of our current interests are artists such as Gorguts, Revocation, Obscura, Foreseen, Havok, Death and Defeated Sanity.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?


Going on Hikes, No Man’s Sky, Food, Sci-Fi Movies, Sci-Fi Books, Star Wars.


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


Cheers for reading - keep your eyes on our Facebook page/website for updates on upcoming shows, merch and releases!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Carnophage/Monument/Unique Leader/2016 CD Review


  Carnophage  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Monument"  which  will  be  released in September  by  Unique  Leader.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with t he  sounds  of  humans  being  tortured  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  death  metal  direction  along  with  some  growling  vocals  and  technical  elements  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  in some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  melodic  style and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  grim  screams.

  Carnophage  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  yet  technical  at the  same  time  and  they  also  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  torture  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Carnophage  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  and  brutal  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Second  Genesis"  "Unbroken  Fortitude"  "Ode  To  Corruption"  and  "Inertia  And  Failure".  8  out  of  10. 
 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

qip Interview

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

qip is my solo effort. At this moment in life I found it easier working alone and I felt an urge to try doing it on my own to learn new things in the process. It's a result of 3 year production cycle. Long nights of painstaking work. Trial and error. Moments of frustration, doubt,enlightenment and satisfaction. I started off with just an acoustic guitar and wrote most of the riffs that way. The material sounded quite heavy and dark in that primal form already. I demoed the songs and started adding different elements, building soundscapes, evoking
cinematic atmosphere and epic feel. It's a mix of many influences from different kinds of metal but those who know me say it's just my style.

2.So far you have released one album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Sure. Vocal wise it sits comfortably in death metal domain. The songs are just full of growls and lyrics are long. Apart from death metal, there are elements of bitter doom, industrial metal and sf soundtrack
music. The album is full of melodies, which I think is unique quality in death/industrial genre. This time I decided to make the rhythms straightforward so the songs flow in a catchy way. It's a heavily layered material - a wall of sound which was hard to mix. Guitars are heavy and big - down tuned to C and played in a modified open tuning. The album was mastered (by my friend Darran Thompson) without heavy limiting to preserve the dynamics and avoid crushing. This is important because the songs are very dynamic - building up from mellow, atmospheric parts to roaring climaxes. The perceived loudness levels are close to albums released in the 80ties and it makes the sound more natural and less ear-fatiguing when played back really loud.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

There is a variety of themes and in 8 out of 9 songs the subjects shouldbe very clear to anyone who reads the lyrics. Every song tells a story. I explored espionage, totalitarianism, psychology of revenge, alien abductions, transhumanism, nuclear holocaust, Kursk submarine disaster. One song - "Ergoregion" has a dual meaning - the literal one which is a venture into a hard sf territory and metaphorical one which refers to my
personal circumstances.

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

It is not a real name. It's an ASCII representation of a symmetrical symbol resembling a house fly head. I did not want any names and went for something like this to avoid cliches ever present in metal.

5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

Yes, in future I would like to start working with other people again.Completing projects takes less time when you can share the workload. There are synergies that I was missing too, but you need the right people to have these.

6.You also took a 13 year hiatus from music, what was the decision to comeback?

I had been writing music for my solo material before but I there was not enough motivation to learn the technical side of the music making process - recording and mixing - until around 2012 when for some reason I found it more interesting and started to learn quickly. The best wayto absorb this kind of knowledge is to put it into practice so the album brought a huge educational benefit but it also meant I had to spend three years until I was happy about the sound.

7.The album is getting re-issued by Arachnophobia Records, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

Yes. Arachnophobia is a small independent label with great reputation and strong integrity. Renowned of consistent quality output, interesting bands and beautifully packaged albums - they never disappoint and make areal impact with the albums they release. I feel the songs are too good to end up in just an electronic format available for download from bandcamp so I decided to approach some labels and I was very happy when Arachnophobia expressed their interest in releasing my music.

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

I have not reached a bigger audience as I was limited to my own promotional capabilities which are very limited. The album has gathered very positive feedback and some really good reviews so far. I'm having
more publicity these days thanks to the label's support and the fact that it is going to be  released on CD in 3 weeks. This is just the start.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I would like to try stepping out of my comfort zone as well as improving my skills as a composer, producer, guitarist and growler. I've been thinking of making an sf horror ambient record with impressive melodies
and creepy atmosphere.

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?

Despite my metal background I do not have a favourite genre. I listen to some bands or artists which I found interesting at some point in my life and I am sure all o them influence me in a direct or subliminal way.

You can probably detect some of my direct influences when listening to the album: SYL, Nefilim, Skinny Puppy, Vangelis, Hans Zimmer, Gojira,Celtic Frost/Triptykon. Apart from that I'm into Scott Walker,
minimalist records of David Sylvian, Sarah Kirkland-Snider, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Recoil, Thomas Feiner,

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

My family life is very busy at the moment so there is not much time left for hobbies. I love long distance and uphill running. My house is located at the foot of a massive hill. The views from the top are
stunning. On a fair day you could see the whole province from the Mournes to County Donegal plus the coast of Scotland and Isle of Man and the whole Belfast City panorama. I try to get up there as often as
possible. It's a punishing steep uphill 9 mile run but totally worth it.

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

Check my album. It was recorded in a tiny box room but sounds bigger than many records produced in studios. It's full of information andsonic content, interesting concepts, engaging atmosphere and massive
growls. I hope you will enjoy.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Morbid Spawn/Path To The Celestrial Realm/2016 Song Review


  Morbid  Spawn  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  song  "Path  To  The  Celestral  Realm".

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  song  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  few  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  track  while  the  song  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Morbid  Spawn  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  also  having  some  brutality,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morbid  Spawn  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  song.  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ELkUvWou4 

 

qip/On Ephermal Substrates/Arachnophobia Records/2016 CD Review


  qip  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death,  electro  and  industrial  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "On  Ephermetal  Substrates"  which  was  released  by  Arachnophobia  Records.

  Distorted sounds  and  a  dark  atmosphere  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  samples  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  an  industrial  direction  along  with  some  growling  vocals  that  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  death  metal  edge  and  the  guitars  start  getting  heavier.

  At  times  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  music  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard 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  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  qip  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  electro  and  industrial  to  create  a  sound  of their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  qip  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  electro  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Industrial  Espionage"  "Discarded  Specimans"  "Ergoregion"  and  "This  Place  Is  A  Tomb".  8 out  of  10. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ade/Carthago Delenda Est/Xtreem Music/2016 CD Review


  Ade  are  a  band  from Italy that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  with  some  folk elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Carthago  Delenda  Est"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  A  very  dark  and  medieval  sound  starts  off  the  album  bringing  in  the   atmosphere  of  an  epic movie  along  with  some  folk music  elements  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into a  heavier  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  death  metal  growls.   

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and when  guitar solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  yet melodic  fashion  and  they  also mix  in  the  folk  elements  in  with  the  heavier  parts  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  modern  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  high pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard on  some  tracks  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts. 

  Ade  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  epic  death  metal  style  of  previous  recordings  while  also  adding  more  folk  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Rome.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ade  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Across  The  Wolf's  Blood"  "Dark  Days  Of  Rome"  and  "Sowing  Salt".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Decomposed/Wither/Chaos Records/2016 CD Review


  Decomposed  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays a  very  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Wither"  which will  be  released  in  October  by  Chaos  Records.

 Death  metal  growls  and  heavy  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  morbid  sounding melodies  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  also  start  making  their presence  known  on  the  recording and  the  guitar  solos  are  also  very  melodic  and  they  also  stick  to  an  old  school  style. 

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  having  more  of  an  up  to  date  take  on  the  genre  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of clean  guitars  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in length.

  Decomposed  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  old  school  Swedish  style  of  death  metal  from the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Decomposed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "By  Nothingness  Crowned"  "Submerged"  and  "Into  Nothing".  8  out  of  10.