Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sidus Mortuorum/Coffin Slaves/Envenomed Music/2015 Album Re-Issue Review

  Sidus  Mortuorum  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  re-issue  of  their  2012  album  "Coffin  Slaves"  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  by  Envenomed  Music.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a heavier  direction  that  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  melodic  guitar leads  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago.

  Sidus  Mortuorum  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  at  the  same  time  while t he  lyrics  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sidus  Mortuorum  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  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Boneyard  Dwellers"  "Re-Animated  In  Morgue"  and  "Dawn  Over  Prypyat".  8  out  of  10.



Monday, September 18, 2017

Come Back From The Dead/Caro Data Vermibus/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 EP Review

  Come  Back  From  The  Dead  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Caro  Data  Vermibus"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Heavy  riffs  and  death  metal  growls  start  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Swedish  tradition  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  using  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  an  old  school  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  lot  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  more  than  20  years  ago  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Come  Back  From  The  Dead  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  in  the  early  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  plagues,  worms  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Come  Back  From  The  Dead  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  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vomits  Of  A  Demonic  Infestation"  and  "Endless  Bloodshed".  8  out  of  10.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ashen Epitaph/The Formed Filth Enigma/Grom Records/2017 CD Review

  Ashen  Epitaph  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  The  Formed  Filth  Enigma"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Grom  Records.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  screams  being  utilized,  when  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  stick  to an  old  school  style  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  start  incorporating  more  elements  of  thrash.  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Ashen  Epitaph  plays  a  style  of  death  metal t hat  is  very  old  school  and  traditional  sounding  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hate,  anger  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ashen  Epitaph  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  "The  Forming"  "The  Wounds"  "Error  In  Evolution"  and  "Shadow  Of  The  Grey  Sun".  8  out  of  10.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Trauma/Comedy Is Over/Deformeathing Productions/2017 CD Re-Issue Review

  Trauma  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  traditional  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1996  album  "Comedy  Is  Over"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  September  22nd  by  Deformeathing  Productions.

  An  atmospheric intro  along  with  some  epic  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  and  thrash  influences  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  they  also  mix  synths  in  with  the  heavier  sections  briefly,  there  is  also a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard.  

 On  this  recording  Trauma  kept  the  death  metal  style  while  also  getting  more  experimental  and  creating an  album  that  was  very  different  for  the  genre  during  the  time  it  was  released,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  serial  killers,  violence  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording from  Trauma  and  if  you  are  into  death  metal  that  is  different  from  the  norm,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Incertitude"  "Perfection"  and  "Naked  Truth".  8  out  of  10.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Terror Empire/Obscurity Rising/Mosher Records/2017 CD Review

Terror  Empire  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine and  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  on  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "Obscurity  Rising"  which will  be  released  on  September  23rd  by  Mosher  Records.

  Soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  thrash  metal  direction  while  clean  playing  can  also be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  a  very  melodic  old  school  style  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  aggressive  thrash  screams  and  screams  that  also  have  a  melodic  edge  at  times  along  with  some  back  up  gang  shouts  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  riffs  also bring  in a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Elements  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  with  the  vocals  adding  in growls  along  with  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also be  heard  briefly and  there is  also  a  brief  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  On  this  recording  Terror  Empire  goes  for  more  of  an  old  school  thrash metal  style  while  still  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal  at  times,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Terror  Empire  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "You'll  Never  See  Us  Coming"  "Holy  Greed"  and  "New  Dictators".  8  out  of  10.   

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Necrofulgarate/Putrid Veil/Caverna Abismal/2017 Compilation Cassette Review

  Necrofulgurate  where  a  solo  project  from  the  United  States  that  played  a  very  raw  and  old  school  style  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  cassette  compilation  "Putrid  Veil"  which  will  be  released  in  October  and  consists  of  both  of  his  demo's.

  A  very  fast  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  blast  beats  before  adding  in  very  deep  sounding  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in t he  early  90's  while  also  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  using  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression.

  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  songs  also  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  while  only  one  of  the  songs  brings  use  any  solos  or  leads  which  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  fashion  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Necrofulgurate  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  era  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  war  and  hatred  for  mankind  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necrofulgarite  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chalice  Of  Bloodfire"  and  "Ripping  Putrid  Mortality".  8  out  of  10.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Neck of the Woods Interview

Words by Jeff Radomsky

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

We're a 5 piece progressive death metal band from Vancouver, B.C. We formed the framework for the band in 2013 and are now releasing our first full length record titled The Passenger on September 15th via Basick Records.

2. You have an album coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous demo and EP?

We've all progressed as musicians and writers since the release of our EP, we all come from very different musical backgrounds and harbour drastically different tastes - I feel the diversity of what inspires us as individuals has lead us to a sound that is uniquely ours. The Passenger is a strong representation of where we're at and where we're going with our music.

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

‘The Passenger’  speaks of personal development, relationships, and flawed leaders while directing the bulk of the albums lyrics towards extending support to my sister who suffers from brain cancer.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Neck Of The Woods'

We wanted something ambiguous that didn't pigeonhole us as a death metal band while representing our fondness for our home in the pacific northwest.

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

We recently performed as direct support for the band Every Time I Die, that was a really good one. We tend to jump around quite a bit, during our shows its clear that we love playing live, the goal is always to direct the crowd to an attentive and involved state - to let go of everything around themselves and lose themselves in the music.

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

We will be doing a run of western Canada in September while we plan to begin touring the states in early 2018

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

We are actually signed to Basick Records within Europe while we remain unsigned in North America.

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

So far so good! Seems like quite a few people are comparing our sound to early Opeth which is a pretty huge compliment as all of us in NOTW love their work.

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

I see us further refining the sound we're currently working with while drawing some new lines based on new influences.

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?

Our guitarist Dave is heavily inspired by bands like Between the Buried and Me, Opeth and Gojira, our bassist is quite fond of more classic sounding heavy metal, our guitarist Travis has a sweet spot for pop punk while our drummer is hooked on bands like Fallujah, Intervals and some EDM. Im all over the map but lately have been hooked on soul and swing.

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

Skateboarding, lake swimming, camping, hiking, dirt biking, sunny days in the park, drawing, design, film, disc gold, the list goes on, there are too many interesting things in the world and not nearly enough time to do it all!

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

I hope people enjoy our new record, we're proud of it and can't wait to play your city!