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.    

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Inanimate Existence/Underneath A Melting Sky/The Artisan Era/2017 CD Review


  Inanimate  Existence  are  a  band  from  the  Bay  Area  of  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  progressive  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Underneath  A  Melting  Sky"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  The  Artisan  Era.

  Keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  technical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  solos  and  leads  that  also  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and skill  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  used  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  some  prog  elements  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  one  of t he  tracks  is  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Inanimate  Existence  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  progressive  and  technical  death  metal  style  of previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophy  and  metaphysics  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Inanimate  Existence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  technical  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Underneath  A  Melting  Sky"  "The  Djinn"  and  "Formula  Of  Spores".  8  out  of  10.

Planet Eater/Blackness From The Stars/2017 Full Length Review


  Planet  Eater  are  a  band  from  Regina,  Saskatchewan,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Blackness  From  The  Stars".

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  shouts  that  are  more  on  the  aggressive  side  of  thrash  while also  utilizing  death  metal  growls  at  times  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  modern  extreme  metal  elements  and  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark yet  melodic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and 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  riffs  also  add  in  grooves  and  melodies  at  times  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Planet  Eater  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  modern  thrash  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Planet  Eater  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  "The  Boats"  "Lies  Evolution"  "A  Fault  To  Fix"  and  "Blackness  From  The  Stars".  8  out  of  10.      

Monday, July 17, 2017

Reputdeath/Demo II/Chickenshit R.e.k.o.d/2016 Demo Review


  Reputdeath  are  a  band  from  Malaysia  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2016  demo  which  was  released  by  Chickenshit  R.e.k.o.d.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  blast  beats  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's.

  A  lot  of  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  horror  movie  samples  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  none  of t h  songs  ever  use  any  solos  and  leads  while  also  always  remaining  heavy.

  Reputdeath  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  gore,  horror and  zombie  movie  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Reputdeath  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  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Corpse  Of  The  Dead"  and  "The  Graverobber".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ingurgitating Oblivion/Vision Wallows In Symphonies Of Light/Willowtip Records/2017 CD Review


  Ingurgitating  Oblivion  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  dark  and  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Vision  Wallows  In Symphonies  Of  Light"  which  was  released  by  Willowtip Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  High  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  traditional  death  metal  style  and  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  some  songs also  ad  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  jazz  elements  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  pianos.

  On  this  recording  Ingurgitating  Oblivion  takes  their  brutal  style  of  death  metal  into  more of  an  avant  garde  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ingurgitating  Oblivion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  either  avant  garde  or  brutal  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Amid  The  Offal,  Abide  With  Me"  and  "Vision  Wallows  In Symphonies  Of  Light",  8  out  of  10.    

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Centuries Of Decay/Self Titled/2017 Full Length Review


  Centuries  Of  Decay  are  a  band from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  atmospheric  form  of death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  August.

  Ticking  sounds  and  field  recordings  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  clean  playing  is  added onto  the  album  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  leads  and  heavy  riffs  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  death  metal  growls.

  A  great  amount  of  prog  metal  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  some  aggressive  screams  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  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Centuries  Of  Decay  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  progressive  sounding  while  also  being  atmospheric  with  more  traditional  instruments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical themes.

  In  my  opinion  Centuries  Of  Decay  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  atmospheric  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Centuries  Of  Decay"  "Odyssey"  and  "Demise".  8  out  of  10.

Satanic/Architecture Of Chaos/Brutal Records/2017 CD Review


  Satanic  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Architecture  Of  Chaos"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Brutal  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  before  adding  in  elements  of  thrash  metal  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  old  school  death  metal  style  growls  and  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  has  roots  in  the  80's  and  90's.

  While  most  of  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  past  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  old  school  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  ans  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Satanic  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  death  and  thrash  metal  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  war  and  Conspiracy  Theory  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Satanic  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  "Mephistophelian"  "Armageddon"  and  "Biotech  Warfare".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, July 14, 2017

NYN Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Well, the album's coming in pretty hot. I'm working on arranging promotion, release and distribution. Making videos and coordinating things. Tom ("Fountainhead" Geldschl├Ąger) has many projects, he's writing a book, making production tutorials and putting out videos on his youtube channel. He's also guesting on many projects and working on the new Amogh Symphony album. Jimmy (Pitts)'s working on some new The Fractured Dimension material. It all sounds great! I've also started writing some new material but that's far out in the future for now...


2.In August you have a new album coming out, 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?


Well, I've always struggled with defining NYN's style somewhere between tech death and prog death. With the debut, I've tried to focus more on the tech stuff, but this time around I wanted to be more progressive. Longer songs, more riffs, and of course, keys and solos. Jimmy and Tom coming on board has changed the sound very significantly, and I hope one can hear that in the singles so far. The instrumentation is different for sure, but I think the overall approach is different as well. I've tried to experiment more on this album, pull in more influences across the spectrum, be it j-rock, surf, electronica, or my background in mediterranean and middle eastern music. In a way, this is closer to my original vision for the project. It's just that I'm finally able to achieve it thanks to having Jimmy and Tom on board with me.


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


This sounds a bit cliche, but the core concept of the album is nihilism. Before you roll your eyes, let me say that it's not your typical "nothing matters, I just read Nietzsche" brand. I think one question that anyone who seriously considers this philosophy must ask themselves is what they really want out of life and how they find their purpose. The album tries to tackle these questions. Speaking in terms of physics, the universe is entropic. It will tend towards chaos. Any consistent philosophical model we try to build atop it will fail to be complete and accurate. But we can accept that, let it wash over us instead of letting the chaos spiral us out of control. Instead of trying to fit this chaotic, unpredictable and complex world into a textbook definition that surely won't fully be able encapsulate it, we should just accept that we can't define it. Through this, we can each purify ourselves of self-doubt and find purpose. That's where the title comes from. Entropy: of Chaos and Salt, where salt is the metaphor for purification. If you think that's a load of nonsense, just think about it as an exploration of meaning, one's journey to find purpose.


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


It's really as simple as it sounds. I just removed the vowels from my name. I went through many iterations of names for the band. Clad in Apathy, Reborn in Apathy, The Anachronist, but in the end this name was simple, unique, and made for a cool logo.


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?


The band has never played live, so I can't really answer here. I myself have played live in many other bands. I try to prioritize energy over being super precise when I play live. Usually, due to the live sound setup and the mood of the audience, minor technical mistakes kind of get lost when playing live, but conveying a stage presence makes a huge difference. So I go nuts. Move all around the stage, go into the audience, all that stuff. I'd like to be able to do a NYN show one day, but real life and distance gets in the way for now.


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


See above.


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


Actually NYN isn't unsigned! We're in Vmbrella, Tom and Jimmy's label, among with other amazing and creative artists like Amogh Symphony. I've been in talks with labels before but in the end I value independence and I have all the freedom I want here.


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


The feedback to NYN has always been quite positive. It's really heart-warming. I think having a sound that's a bit off the beaten path helps define a unique niche for the project, and that is attractive to people. I've heard feedback from people all over the metal spectrum. The most common criticism I hear is that the material is too complicated or varied, but that's something that I take pride in, and many others have praised that as well, so I'm fine with that. Production was a criticism for the debut album since I self-produced it, but Entropy was mixed and mastered by Tom and it sounds amazing thanks to him. So I hope this album will make everyone even happier!


9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?


I think I mostly answered this with question #1. Tom is also in Defeated Sanity, and they're looking to tour again I think. Hopefully that happens soon!


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


I think I want to experiment even more with genre-bending and progressive writing. More elements from different styles, more complex songs that integrate motifs throughout, and more technical playing. It's ambitious, but I feel like there's no point in making a new album if I'm not going to try to one-up myself.


11.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?


Nile is one of my biggest influences. Them and Psycroptic were my go-to when I was writing earlier material. These days, I take influence from a large variety of artists. For Entropy, there's a bunch of bands that I've specifically drawn from. A Sense of Gravity (two members are on the album!), Keep of Kalessin, Dream Theater, Dodheimsgard and Gods of Eden were bands that really inspired me. I think I have enough of a core sound at this point that I can keep writing in my way and have somewhere to go, but adding elements from different bands and genres helps the sound evolve. Speaking of different genres, flamenco, surf rock and j-rock were some other styles that directly influenced me here.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?


Well, I'm a computer scientist so anything programming interests me. Yep, I'm a nerd. Of course, I play video games, on all systems and across all genres. As it's clear from some of my lyrics, I'm into sci-fi reading and anime as well. I devour a lot of books, sometimes multiple in a week. Finally, I'm a huge cinephile. Everything from schlocky horror to pretentious indie movies or blockbusters. It just fascinates me to see how people behind the camera tell a story using framing, pacing, editing and more. A plain narrative can be made much more interesting through visual mastery.


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


I hope everyone enjoys Entropy as much as we enjoyed making it. I'm also releasing an instrumental version that you can get on bandcamp, and I heavily recommend checking that out as well. Jimmy has a lot of intricate key work that becomes a lot more apparent that way. We at Vmbrella also have some exciting post-release plans for the album, coming up with different interpretations of the material, so keep your eyes peeled for that as well! I know that sounds cryptic, but I promise it will be interesting!



Superbeast/A New Future/2017 EP Review


  Superbeast  are  a  band  from  Tokyo,  Japan  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "A  New  Future".

  A  very  heavy  thrash  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  alter  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  music.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  part  while  there  is  a  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  metal  influences  and  the  music  also  always  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Superbeast  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  death  and  thrash  metal  together,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Superbeast  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  "Hidden  Truth"  and  "Revenge  Of  The  ANger".  8  out  of  10.


  

Obrij/Altar Of Utopia/2016 EP Review


  Obrij  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  mixture  of  old  school  death  metal  and  death'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their self  released  2016  ep  "Altar  Of  Utopia".

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  of  groove  metal  and d eath'n'roll  while the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  while  still  having  a  very  modern  touch  and  a  touch  of  hardcore  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  always  keeping  everything  very  heavy  and  aggressive.

  Obrij  plays  a  style  of  old  school  death  metal  which  also  adds  in  touches  of  groove  metal,  death'n'roll  and  hardcore  to  stand  out  a  little  bit,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording while t he  lyrics  are  written  in  Ukrainian  and  cover  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Obrij  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal  and  death'n'roll  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fields  Of  Cambodia"  and  "Echoes  Of  The  Great  Battle".  8  out  of  10.    

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Death Control/Awaiting Us All/Great Dane Records/2017 CD Review


  Death  Control  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal, thrash  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Awaiting  Us  All"  which  was  released  by  Great  Dane  Records.

  Heavy  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  and  after t he  intro  the  riffs  start  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  also being  utilized  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  mid  80's  style  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  decent  amount  of  hardcore  elements  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  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  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads a r e finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Death  Control  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death,  thrash  metal  and  metalcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Death  Control  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death metal,  thrash  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Beast"  "Exhume  To  Perfume"  "Satisfy  Your  Urges"  and  "Cobaye  77".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dark Waters End/Submersion/2017 Full Length Review


  Dark  Waters  End  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  progressive  and  technical  style  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Submersion"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  Heavy  and  melodic  riffing  along  with  some  sound  effects  start  off  the album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  a  few  seconds  later  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  prog  elements  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  technical  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  high  pitched  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  brief use  of  melodic  vocals  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  couple  of  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Dark  Waters  End  plays  a  style of  death  metal  that  is  very  modern,  progressive  and  technical  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dark  Waters  End  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Immortal Consciousness"  "Congenital  Vice"  "Hell  Can't  Be  worse"  and  "Up  The  Dose".  8  out  of  10.    

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mordatorium Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

As we were wrapping up the recording, we took a local show around here early June and we had to spend some time finding a new bass player as our current one had sort of walked out on us. We
asked our good friend Jon Corston who does guitar/vocals in his band Beyond De-th, as well as guitars in God Dementia. We'd done a lot of shows with Beyond De-th and I'd jammed with him a
few times prior, and he was into the idea of doing bass for us. We were already good friends and he's a really solid musician so things clicked really well so we got to work rehearsing. The
show went well, and after that we sort of took a break for a couple weeks, since then turning to behind-the-scenes stuff planning the album release and so on. Currently we're finishing up
deciding on a set list for a release show that we booked and then we'll get to practicing it.

 2.You have a new album coming out in August, 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?

With this one we stuck to a fairly dirty sound, but we really wanted to shoot for a more natural sound compared to the past releases which consisted of just me and a drum machine. So this
time around there's all acoustic drums with no triggers, resampling, or automated time-aligning or anything like that. So compared to the old stuff it sounds much more like listening to a
live band. Musically the material represents the stripped down 3-piece lineup we have now, focusing on energetic rhythms and grooves and heavy riffing. It's sort of a logical continuation
from the last release, "Raw". That album has a couple of short guitar solos on it, whereas this one doesn't have any guitar leads at all. The earlier stuff was more melodic and heavy metal
influenced whereas this stuff is more straight-forward, stripped down old-school death, drawing more from the heavily punk-influenced death metal bands

3.On your first album you had 4 different covers while the later recordings have been all original material, can you tell us a little bit more about doing cover songs in the early days of
the band?

I think playing a lot of covers is how a lot of young musicians get there start, as it's a good way both to hone your skills, and let various influences rub off on you in a more direct way
and develop both your playing and creativity. Learning things from other musicians challenges you to think in a way that you might not naturally think on your own. Around the time of the
first album, I was about 16 or 17, and I'd just been playing guitar for a little less than a year or so. So back then when I'd get together to jam with friends and my Mordatorium co-founder
Mike, we'd always be excited to sort of show off what new things we had learned. So our jams would be sort of a mix of trying to write stuff together and put together original songs, but
also playing through a bunch of other songs we knew.

When I did that first Mordatorium thing, I was 18 and the "band" as it had been had fizzled out with Mike calling it quits on it, and I was sort of just bored living in my mom's basement
and feeling a bit nostalgic about it. I wanted the music we played to be "written down" so to speak, so I took it upon myself to try and record all of it however I could. With some of the
cover songs I had come up with my own arrangements on them, for example the Carcass cover contains a riff from "Death Certificate" and then goes through a version of "Genital Grinder"
before actually going into "Polarized", and then with the "Harvester of Sorrow" cover it starts with the intro section of Diamondhead's "Am I Evil?" which Metallica had in turn covered. I
guess I had decided that they were worth including for that reason, and because it was a part of what we had used to jam on frequently. The "album" didn't really have a formal release, my
teenage self had insisted on calling it an album, and it was a full-length after all, but I think I had just uploaded it to our last.fm and myspace pages at the time and that's all that
consisted of its release. Recently I did have a small run of 10 CDs made of it because a couple of friends of mine said they wanted one for their collections, but nowadays as adults we sort
of like to pretend that that early stuff doesn't exist, haha. Some of the old lyrics and so on contain a bit of cringey teen angst, though I do think that the material itself is pretty
interesting, and of course by way of being an amateur basement recording it has a pretty unique sound. Not necessarily a good sound, but a unique one. While the music has gone in another
direction and we're essentially a different band now, the early stuff does still sort of influence our current stuff, however subtlety. So while we do sort of look the other way on that
first album and don't take it too seriously, I am still ultimately glad that I decided to record it and put it out back then.

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

At this point the lyrics are a little all over the place, though I'd say they fall into a few categories. A few of the songs on "Obsessed With Death" draw from personal experiences which I
decided to write about in a really ambiguous and dark kind of way: "Rampage" essentially deals with feelings of motivation, drive, and overcoming challenges, whereas "Biting Cold" is the
opposite extreme dealing with depression and hopelessness. The title track draws from a personal experience as a child that ironically is rather lighthearted. On "Raw" most of the lyrics
were inspired by tales of horrific crimes, murder, and executions that I had read about, and that trend is continued on a couple of songs on this album: "The Gallows" was actually inspired
by the artwork on "Raw", depicting a saw execution, and then our ex-guitarist Jared wrote a song for us about the "Murder Castle" of H.H. Holmes, a serial killer in Chicago who was among
the first prominent killers in US History. Then there's a few where I'm just being a nerd and writing about some monsters from computer games I've played, with "The Abomination" from
"Raw", and now "Overmind" and "The Butcher" on this album. Lastly, “Beheaded” is inspired by more current events, a sort of response to the James Foley and Steven Sotloff executions by Islamic extremists, and “The Culling” deals with overpopulation and an imagined collapse of society.
So there are a few different things going on. In contrast to that though we've talked a little bit about focusing on a specific concept or theme on the next batch of material, so we'll see about that.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mordatorium'?

It's a bit of a silly story how the name came about: our co-founder Mike Moibenko and I were in an English class in high school and our teacher - in classic English teacher fashion - liked to use big, uncommon words whenever possible. After an incident involving some comfy chairs, she declared a “moratorium” on the comfy chairs, and for whatever reason the word stuck with me as a cool sounding word, regardless of its actual meaning. We were trying to think up a name for our little band, and so I took the old Germanic root word for murder, “mord”, and smashed them together. The dorks we were, we probably said something to the effect of “Mordatorium? Yeah, that sounds pretty brutal,” and that was that.

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?

My favorite show that we've done was one we set up at the Livewire Lounge, our favorite local dive, about a year and a half ago in January. It was our first time really organizing and promoting a show ourselves rather than hopping on to one or working with a promoter, and it was really rewarding. The bands all had great sets and there was a great turnout for a small place like that so we were able to pay everyone pretty well.

We ordered a few giant pizzas, two of them were free-for-all upstairs, and another for the bands in the basement. That's a tradition that Jon had started when we would play with his other band. My best friend Lauren Gornik's band at the time Melursus came up from St. Louis, and they were really cool – I had a lot of people telling me they especially liked them. Unfortunately they've since split up. Anyway Lauren was the other guitarist in my old band Panzer and we had a decent following around the city, so I think a lot of folks around here were excited to see her play again. She also does all of our artwork in Mordatorium also. In fact she's sort of like a secret 4th member, always offering good advice and helping behind the scenes. Our set went really well, the crowd was in a good mood and got really into it. I remember just doing a good growl into the microphone during sound check and getting a cheer in response and I could feel the excitement in the room, it was an awesome feeling.

We also had a really good show opening for Marduk at Reggie's back in February of this year. It was a packed one too with a lot of good friends coming out. That's also probably my favorite venue in the city here, or one of them anyway. I'd played there a few times with Panzer several years ago, and it was cool getting to play there again.

As for our stage show, we usually like it keep it pretty straight to the point and let the music do the talking. Sometimes I'll do a little bit of banter here and there but I've found myself doing less of it than I used to nowadays. At the least I never plan any banter anymore. As for visuals we try to look the part a bit but don't go over the top. We don't want to look like any other joes wearing black t-shirts, but we don't want any costumes either. No bullshit, just death metal.

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

Besides the release show, we don't have any other show plans. Between Pearl having a good full-time career and Jon having a few other bands and so on, our ability to take time off and go on the road is a bit limited. We've discussed it, and we're willing to do a short tour or two a year if a good opportunity presents itself, along with some weekend warrior trips around the region. I can't say for certain what the future holds, but at present our live plans will probably involve something like a couple of local shows each year and maybe some regional road trips or one-off shows in other places here and there as well. Again, if other opportunities present themselves that could change.

8.According to both the metal archives and facebook pages the band is singed to 'Exorcist Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Back when I was younger I was having some of The Dark Crusade CD's pressed and on the form I had to fill out I was asked to include the name of the label, and it was a required field so I
just made one up. The name comes from an old unfinished song of ours. I'm sure I could've written "independent" in there I suppose, but being young and naive I thought it'd make it seem
more legitimate somehow. I did at least make sure that the name wasn't taken already, and to my knowledge no other "Exorcist Records" exists at present.

A little later on I did have some serious thoughts about starting and running it as a real label, so I spent a few months doing research, comparing prices across different CD and merch
printers, getting some contacts together and so on. I had a logo made and started working on a website, but eventually I had a change of heart and decided that I'd rather just focus on
playing and doing my own band and not go through with the label thing. So I still slapped the logo on our last CD and had it listed on MA and whatnot, but for "Obsessed With Death" we
decided we'd do away with this "label" of ours and just call it what it is which is an independent release.

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

The age of the internet is interesting because anyone anywhere in the world can stumble upon your music. We found a radio show in the UK that played a few of our songs. We've stumbled on some of the older releases on some Russian blogs, which were accompanied by some reviews that according to Google Translate didn't seem to be especially positive, haha. Pearl and I once took a trip to Montreal in April of last year and gave a few CD's to a record store owner there to sell.

At any rate this is the first release where we're really making a big effort to put it out there, so I don't think we've made too big of a splash worldwide at present, other than with circles of friends we've made at festivals and so on. So far the feedback on the new album has been really good though, and I'm excited for more people to hear it. As far as the verdict from the death metal community at large goes though, that remains to be seen.

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Our bassist, Jon Corston fronts his own band called Beyond De-th, which has a debut full-length nearing completion, and I think some tour plans as well. He's also playing guitar in God Dementia and working on doing vocals for Disinter – so he's a rather musical guy. I have a few friends whom I've talked to about collaborating on some other music with, but nothing serious. For Pearl and I, Mordatorium is our only band.

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

It really depends on what sort of inspiration strikes. I have written one new song since we did the album, and it's got some more punk type riffing and more syncopated grooves and so on. I could see us moving even more in that direction, drawing from the sort of crust-punk influenced death metal and having less traditional heavy metal influences. So the same general sound but more high energy, aggressive songs. That's what I've been really into lately. But I never want to write an album that is all just different versions of the same song. I like to consciously switch things up in terms of song structure and tempo across a batch of material, always thinking of songs in context of each other rather than each one one at a time. So I'll have to keep myself interested with some variation of some sort, and that could come in different forms. Maybe we'll take a page from Vallenfyre and have some slower, darker, doomier songs and mid-tempo jams to break up the aggressive ones. Or maybe it's even possible that we might draw again a bit from our earlier stuff, maybe add a second guitar again, and while not being overtly melodic, have more harmonies and more technical guitar playing again. The focus now is still definitely on keeping it stripped down, dirty, and aggressive, but in the end we'll go wherever our creative intuition takes us.

12.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?

With the current incarnation of Mordatorium, there's a lot of influence from bands like Grave, early Benediction, and so on. There's also Cianide from Chicago here who we love. Carcass has been a consistent influence over the years, particularly the Necroticism stuff as well the albums on either end of that one. Vallenfyre is one of our favorites too, we love their sound and I really appreciate the way they use different tempos and rhythmic feels for contrast across their albums.

Early on when Mordatorium first stared I listened a lot to the early Arch Enemy albums as well as some of the later Carcass ones, which sort of combined B-tuned dark sounding death metal with really overtly melodic and lead guitar-oriented sections. Going from there I was inspired by Hypocrisy, in particular a couple of their modern albums but also the old stuff. From there I got into some old American death metal, mainly Morbid Angel and some Death, and then Swedish and British stuff, especially Dismember.

As far as what I've been listening to lately, as far as our style of music goes, a lot of Pyre (from Russia), Under the Church, Backyard Mortuary, as well as Entrails and LIK from Sweden. On the other hand, I drive people around for work a lot, so I have to listen to things that are a bit more tame while I'm doing that. On that end, I've been listening to a lot of psychedelic rock or stoner rock or whatever you call it, in particular a band called Ruby the Hatchet which I really love. They have a new album coming out the same day as ours and I'm pretty excited for it. There's also one called Electric Citizen, Bill Steer's old band Firebird, and there's this band from around here called Black Road I've been grooving on too. I also have been into some more eclectic stuff and some female singer-songwriter types like Anneke van Giersbergen. I'm a big fan of Anna Murphy and her various projects – that Cellar Darling album should be showing up in the mailbox pretty soon now. So it's a little all over the place.

With metal music I've been a bit of a slouch these last few weeks especially. I mentioned Vallenfyre and Entrails earlier, both are favorites of mine and they both put out new albums very recently that I still haven't listened to yet! I sort of fell out of the habit of listening to music at home and I need to start forming that habit again, as there is starting to be a lack of metal in my musical diet.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Mostly I like just walking around or being out on a really nice day. I also like reading and writing from time to time. I studied history in college and so that's a big interest of mine, mainly early modern European history, and military history in general, though I studied ancient Africa and ancient China too.
 A lot of the time though I'll spend my free time playing computer games, the main ones being Heroes of the Storm and Starcraft II, though lately I've been playing through The Witcher III and I've been hooked on War Thunder also. I'm excited for the old Starcraft Remaster to come out, I'll definitely be playing through that one again. But other than being a computer nerd, my main hobbies are boring and involve cleaning, walking, and eating cheese.

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

I'd just like to thank everyone who is helping to spread the word about “Obsessed With Death”, everyone who has been into Mordatorium and has encouraged me to keep going with it. Thanks to everyone who has shown an interest and taken the time to read through my ramblings. And a big thanks to my current and former bandmates for giving me the opportunity to play my music live, and taking what was a bedroom hobby project and making it into a real band.
https://mordatorium.bandcamp.com/album/obsessed-with-death

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Masquerade/Soul Deception/Massacre Records/2017 CD Review


  Masquerade  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Soul  Deception"  which  was  released  by  Massacre  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  and  riffs  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  heavy  riffs  and  death  metal  growls  while  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  along  with  a  few  back  up  shouts  while  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  a  modern  style.

  Elements  of  groove  metal  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  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  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  semi  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  at  times  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Masquerade  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  modern  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Masquerade  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  "Red  Feather"  and  "Petrified  Thoughts".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mordatorium/Obsessed With Death/2017 Full Lenth Review


  Mordatorium  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Obsessed  With  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  August.

   A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  morbid  sounding  melodies  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  adding  blast  beats  into  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  lot  of  early  90's  Bristish  and  Swedish  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  some  grim  screams  also  being  used  at  times  and  all  of t he  tracks  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Mordatorium  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  old  school  in  the  early  90's  tradition,  the production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness,  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mordatorium  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  "Obsessed  With  Death"  "Biting  Cold"  "The  Gallows"  and  "Catastrophe".  8  out  of  10. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Hadal Maw/Olm/EVP Recordings/2017 Full Length Review


  Hadal  Maw  are  a  band  from  Melbourne,  Australia  that  plays  a  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Olm"  which  was  released  by  EVP  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  synths  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  prog  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a very  technical  fashion  and  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  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Hadal Maw  plays  a  style  of  death  metal that  is  very  technical  and  progressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Evil  Of  Man,  Greed,  Corruption  and  Delusion  Themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hadal  Maw  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Affluenza"  "Witch  Doctor"  "SimiAn  Plague"  and  "Circus  Of  Flesh".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, July 3, 2017

NYN/Entropy (Of Chaos And Salt)/2017 Full Length Review


  NYN  are  a  band  from  Maryland  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  self  released  2017  album  "Entropy(Of  Chaos  And  Salt)".

  A  very  heavy  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  and  symphonic  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  neo-classical  shred  style  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  great  amount of  technical  elements.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  spoken word  parts  along  with  melodic  singing  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  prog  and  avant  garde  elements  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  mix  in  a  touch  of  jazz.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  album  and  some  of  the  clear  vocals  also add  in  a  touch  of  power  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  great  amount  of  ethnic  music  elements  can  also  be  heard.

  NYN  plays  a  style  of death  metal  that  is  very  progressive  and  technical  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  power  metal,  shred,  neo-classical,  jazz,  ethnic  and  avant  garde  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Fantasy  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  NYN  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  technical  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Apory  Of  Existence"  "Embrace  Entropy"  and  "Taken  Away  By  The  Tides".  8  out  of  10.