Saturday, March 29, 2014

Luke Offield/Wakings/2014 CD Review


  Luke  Offield  is  a  solo  artist  from  Columbia,  Missouri  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  black/death  metal,  country,  jazz  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "Wakings".

  The  album  starts  out  with  gothic  horror  sounding  keyboards  and  rain  sounds  before  going  into  a  more  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  as  well a s  bringing  in  some  death  metal  elements  and  after  awhile  solos  and  prog  elements  are  added  into  the  track.

  On  the  following  song  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  post  rock  direction  while  still  having  elements  of  metal  and  the  song  is  all  instrumental  along  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  a  small  amount  of  solos  and  when  it  goes  into  the  next  track  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  country  rock  sound  along  with a  blues  and  rockabilly  feeling.

  The  following  track  brings  a  more  80's  new  wave  sound  in  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  and  the  following  track  is  a  jazz  instrumental  and  the  last  track  sees  the  music  making  a  return  to  melodic  black  metal  while  also  having  a  psychedelic  rock  feeling  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  and  grim  screams.

  With  this  album  Luke  Offield  brings  in  a  different  sound  to  every  track  and  does  not  follow  any  rules  and  creates  an  album  that  has  no  musical  category  while  you  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  metal  elements  along  with  a  powerful  sounding  production  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Like  Offield  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death,  post  metal,  rock,  jazz  and  country  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  artist.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Ender"  and  "A  Grand  Conclusion  Od  A  Minute  existence".  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Geist/The Dark Core/2014 Single Review


  Geist  are  a  band  from  Columbus,  Missouri  that  plays  a  very  technical,  progressive  and  melodic  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  the  2  tracks  that  they  have  post  on  their  Reverbnation  page.

  The  first  tack  "The  Dark  Core"  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  progressive  sound  along  with  growing  up  a  bit  and  then  slowing  down  and  adding  in  a  mixture of  black  and  death  vocals  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  then  clean  guitars  are  added  into  the  song  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  melody  is  added  into  the  guitar  riffing.

  The  second  track  "Aeolipile"  starts  off  with  fore  adding  in  vocals  which  are  in  the  more  blackened  death  metal  vein  and  when  they  add  in  leads  they  bring  in  a  70's  metal  feeling  and  after  awhile  the  riffing  gets  more  technical  and  towards  the  end  melodic  vocals  are  added  into  the  song.

  With  these  2  songs  Geist  show  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  with  the  way  they  mix  melodic  and  progressive  black  metal  with  the  more  mid  paced  technical  style  of  death  metal  along  with  a  powerful  and  professional  sounding  production  as  well  as  some  dark  lyrics.

  In  my  opinion  Geist  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  progressive  and  technical  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  music.  8  out  of  10.  http://www.reverbnation.com/geistmetal#

    

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chiral Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
- Hi, I’m Teo and I’m the one and only member of this project, named “Chiral”.
This project was actually born at the beginning of this year, but the idea of this one-man band and the tracks on “Winter Eternal” are pretty old!
The band was not born as a serious project, however when I listened to the first complete song I understood that I should have shared my music with other people, so here I am!

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
Good question!
I think my sound is a melting pot of many different musical genres: progressive rock & metal first of all, these are my background.
Then obviously Death Metal, Black Metal, Hard Rock and even Fusion and some jazz stuff, sometimes.
But I think that now my sound is much closer to the Swedish style melodic death/black metal of the early 90’s.

3.Recently you have released a single that was in the more raw black metal direction, do you see yourself working with this genre more in the future?
Absolutely! I’ll give you a little preview: the next release, probably an EP, will be on the same path of my latest single (Atto I: Oblio) which it’ll be part of the EP itself.
It was very nice for me the recording session of “Atto I”, and I’ve also appreciated the final result of the song. So I said to myself: Why not to try to record an entire EP in this way?

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Basically the lyrical themes of the demo are about darkness, nature and love (in a way)….
The lyrics of Atto I: Oblio (my new single) is mainly about suicide.
Instead the lyrics I’m writing for the full length are based on Atheism, pain, solitude and sadness.
As you may notice I’m full of happy themes! Hahaha

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Chiral'?
This will be funny!
In a nutshell Chiral means that a molecule is not superimposable on its mirror image. It’s a Chemical law.
But, this is the funny part, I got the inspiration watching an episode of “Breaking Bad”, the famous TV series, in which the protagonist talks about Chirality!

6.Currently there is only 1 member involved with the project, are you planning on working with other musicians in the future or do you chose to remain solo?
Honestly, for the moment I prefer to remain a solo project. But I have to confess that on my next works probably there will be a few special guests. One of them is a good lead guitarist, Ludovico Cuoghi, who will play guitar solos in some tracks.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
No, I haven’t received any interest from any labels yet. However, the idea to remain independent is fine to me. But if I receive any good offer I will think about it.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
It may sound strange but I’m noticing that my music is more appreciated by black metal fans, I don’t really understand why. Hahaha
It’s not a problem to me, but I think that my EP (Winter Eternal) sounds very melodic death.
Anyway, assumed that Chiral is a brand new project, it has only 3 months of life, the feedbacks received till today are not so bad. However, I hope I could spread my music as much as I can and receive as many feedback and approvals as possible.

9.Are you also involved with any other musical projects?
Nope. The Chiral project, and also my real job (I’m a mechanic) takes me a lot of time so I don’t have it more to dedicate to other projects.

10.When can we expect a full length album?
For a full length album you have to wait at least until this winter, because the recording of a full length takes a lot of time when you’ve to play every single instrument by yourself; but in the meantime there’s going to be another release.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Certainly the band that has influenced me more of any other are Opeth! I think Akerfeldt is a fucking genius, I love their music upon any other, no doubt.
I’m also very influenced by Porcupine Tree, Katatonia, Insomnium, Wolves In The Throne Room (their music is completely unique and so special) and Thulcandra (a great German band, maybe a bit underrated). As I said before now I’m very influenced by the Swedish death/black metal of the early 90’s, bands like Dissection, Eucharist, Vinterland, Sacramentum, Unanimated, Edge of Sanity and even Naglfar are milestones to me.
I also like other musicians and/or bands from other kind of music, like the Pat Metheny Group (it may sound a bit strange but I like them very much), Dream Theater, Cynic, Eric Clapton and so on…
Nowadays I re-discover the first stuff by Ulver, their early works sounds great.
I’m also listening very often to Omiun Gatherum and Autumn Leaves, which was an extremely underrated melodic death band from Denmark. Try to check out their last work “As Night Conquers Day”!



12.What are some of your non musical interests?
When I don’t play or write some music I like watching TV series, traveling and drink a (two is even better) good beer!
I’ve another hobby in the field of music and it’s to work on my little home studio (WeakLight Home Studio) in which I’ve obviously produced my music.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all, for the one who don’t know me I wanna say that they can follow me on my Facebook profile (https://www.facebook.com/ChiralItaly) or my Bandcamp page (https://chiral27.bandcamp.com/), in which you can download for free my stuff!
I also wanna thank all the people who support me, especially my family, my girlfriend, my friends and a few people met on the net who help me in a way or another, and the ones I hope will support me in the future.
Finally I’d like to thank you for the interview and this ‘zine for this opportunity.
Hail!!!

Seal Of Solomon Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the band?
  We're Seal of Solomon, a blackened-death metal band from Istanbul Turkey with oriental and progressive influences.

 2.Recently you have put out a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound?

  The band has it's roots in black and death metal since the beginning. And since we live in Turkey, we all have very rich oriental backgrounds as musicians.
  Finally with joining of Önder Dülger to the band, he brought in his progressive and metalcore influences.
 We've mixed all that we have in one with I The King.

  3.With your band name and the lyrics, the music has a goetic and occult tone to it, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism?

  Especially Can Berk Öcalır and Ozan Murat Özfen had interest in djins, black magic and demonology for years.

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> 4.The band was originally known as 'Unfurling' in the beginning what was the decision behind the name change?

 To spread the new word of King Solomon and to welcome our new vision.

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

  The band haven't played yet under the name of Seal of Solomon but our all time favorite gigs are university festivals. They provide the best demography and energy for our performances. Choreographically we have our concept to follow on stage, it's best not to put it in words.

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

 We'll have an album launch in Turkey at first, then we're planning on touring Eastern Europe.
  The details will be in our website soon.

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

  Much better than what we've expected. Especially after the BlankTV release of our guitar instruction video of the song I The King v2.
  Everyone finds pieces of their own favorite genre in the album.
  8.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?

  We're all members of some of the biggest bands of Turkish metal music scene.
  Önder plays lead guitars in Undertakers, Doğu and Ozan play in Furtherial and Tolga plays in Chaosnerve.
  9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

  We use music to express our individual selves under the flag of King Solomon.
  And if our moods would change, probably our music will too. But Seal of Solomon will never sell hapiness or love, that goes without saying.
  We're doing what we love doing the most, and we're impatient to do it on the road.

  10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

  Can: Behemoth, Dark Funeral.
  Önder: Meshuggah to ease the hate within, Sergio Altamura to explore, and Iron Maiden to remind me who I am.
  Doğu: Behemoth , Arch Enemy.
  Tolga: Meshuggah, Opeth
  Ozan: Satyricon, Rotting Christ



  11.What are some of your non musical interests?


  Can : Baking Macarons, Playing Xbox.
  Önder: Like Fishing and studying Astronomy and Space Science in Istanbul University.
  Doğu: Origamy and writing essays.
  Tolga: Playing video games.
   Ozan: Drawing and producing animations and comics.




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


  We thank you for letting us spread our thoughts.
 ; And we thank everyone who support our music worldwide

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Suotana/Forgotten Soil Of This Land/2014 Demo Review


  Suontana  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  demo  "Forgotten  Soil  Of  this  Land".

  The  demo  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  melodic  sound  along  with  blast  beats  and  symphonic  keyboards  and  then  the  high  pitched  screams  kick  in  the  music  goes  for  a  more  melodic  blackened  death  metal  direction  along  with  some  growls  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  influences from  bands  of  their  home  country  in  the  solos  and  leads.

  The  following  track  starts  out  with  some  tragic  sounding  keyboards  along  with  symphonic  elements  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  direction   which  also  has  power  metla  influences  being  mixed  in  with  black  and  death  metal  as  well  as  sticking  to  mostly  a  mid  paced  direction  and  the  leads  also  have  a  progressive  metal  feeling  to  them.

  With  this  ep  Suontana  takes  the  melodic  black  metal  sound  of  their  home  country  and  mixes  it  in  with  symphonic  elements  and  death  metal  influences  to  create  their  sound  along  with  a  very  powerful  sounding  production  and  dark  lyrics.

  In  my  opinion  Suontana  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic,  melodic  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Forgotten  Soil  Of  the  Land".  8  out  of  10.    

  

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ad Extirpenda/Cathartic/2014 CD Review


  Ad  Extirpenda  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Cathartic".

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  very  symphonic  sounding  intro  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  for  a  more  modern  and  heavy  sound  while  also  keeping  around  the  symphonic  elements  as  well  as  adding  in  more  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  riffing  and  after  awhile  powerful  bass  guitars  and  solos  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  also  bring  a  progressive  feeling  to  the  recording.

   After  awhile  clean  guitars  and  spoken  words  are  added  into  certain  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  being  added  in  at  times  as  well  as  returning on  some  of  the  other  tracks  and  on  the  following  track  classical  guitars  become  a  part  of  the  recording  before  returning  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  vocals  adding  in  a  bit  more  of  a  death  metal  influence  while  also  mostly  sticking  to  a  melodic  black  metal  direction.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  album  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  along  with  the  synths  utilizing  more  avant  garde  sounds  and  at  times you  can  hear  traces  of  medieval  folk  music  in  the  guitar  leads  as  well  as  the  synths  on  the  last  song  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  utilizing  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  classic  metal  influences  in  some  of  the  tracks.

  With  this  album  Ad  Extirpenda  add  a  modern  approach  to  symphonic  black  metal  along  with  a  powerful  sounding  production  and  lyrics  that  cover  the  French  Inquisition   of  the   14th  and  15  centuries.

  In  my  opinion  Ad  Extirpenda  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gnosis"  "Holocauste"  "The  Inquisitor"  and  "Ego  Te  Absolvo".  8  out  of  10.  

Creinium Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Aleksi: Creinium is a six piece metal band that takes its members' favourite metal (and other) influences, and combines it into a strange but somewhat consistent mixture of this and that. Some of those influences are melodic death, black, doom, progressive and dark metal. If you like even one or two of those genres, Creinium might be a way for you to expand your musical taste.

2.So far you have released a demo and an EP, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on both these recordings?
Aleksi: 'Modern World Tyranny' consists of songs, that were at the time of recording the only 4 songs that were ready. Basically we took what we had ready at the time, and made it into a demo. Some of those songs date back to 2008 - the "newest" ones being from 2010 or something - so MWT actually describes a somewhat pre-Creinium sound. Also MWT was recorded DIY-style like a demo, so that's also what it sounds like - in both good and bad.
'Project Utopia' on the other hand was much more carefully planned, and we actually had to choose 4 songs from 5 ready ones. All of the songs are born after the birth of Creinium, so they give quite an accurate hint on where our sound is going.
Antti: Actually when we recorded drums, guitars and keyboards for MWT the only goal was to find missing members to complete Creinium. We didn't plan to make a release of those recordings and this is the main reason for the poor sounds on MWT.
Aleksi: As our bassist-mixer-masterer-wizard Miiro said: "You can make a cupcake out of shit, but you will still smell the shit."

3.Most of the band members where in 'Path Of Annihilation' what was the cause of that band splitting and the decision behind forming this band?
Aleksi: It was a sum of many things. In 2009-2010 we lost half of POA members, and we hadn't managed to find replacements before me and Antti - the driving force of POA - joined the Finnish Army in 2011. Soon after that we just decided to clean the slate and form a new band. After all, POA's music just wasn't what we wanted to do anymore. POA guitarist Juuso Putti agreed to join us, and that was pretty much it.

4.The lyrics cover dystopian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in that topic?
SamiThe topic just feels so present in today's news and the media. Seems like it something hits the fan almost every day.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Creinium'?
Aleksi: We wanted to have a short one-word name, that would mean nothing but our band. I juggled quite a few existing words and deliberately misspelled them so that they'd lose any meaning. I came up with the word 'Creinium' and when I didn't find a single hit on Google (or the whole internetz) with that, it had to be it.

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?
Antti: I think our two gigs at PRKL Club, Helsinki have been Creinium's best shows so far. Especially the first one in November 2013 with Noumena and Vermivore, which was our debut gig.
Aleksi: Our music requires quite a lot of concentration, so we can't just mosh our way through a gig, or my drumstick might end up in someone's eye. I think our stage performance is mostly about the precise playing and the variety of feelings our music creates for both us and the audience.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Aleksi: We'll play one gig before the EP release, and after that we'll embark on the gargantuan Project Utopia World Tour, which covers over 3 gigs in over 2 cities. After recovering from the jet lag we'll probably have a nice summer vacation and continue touring in the fall.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Aleksi: Most of our fans are still from Finland, but our fanbase seems to be growing in metalheaded countries such as Germany and Japan, but also in the US. The feedback has been most positive from fans of melodic death, melodic black and progressive (death) metal. People that mainly listen to black and/or death tend to find us not black/death enough, probably because of our strong melodic side.
I think our music offers a little bit of something for everyone to like, but also it may offer that one little thing that one doesn't like at all. Sami's vocals seem to be the most controversial issue. But that's exactly what we want vocals to sound like, so if you can't stand them, I guess we just aren't the band for you.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Antti: Me and Aleksi are always composing new music, and currently quite a few new songs are starting to take shape. Should we get all the songs written during the summer, we might even start the slow but steady recording process in early 2015. But it all depends on how fast we get the songs ready.
Aleksi: We could make a double album of semi crappy songs that would please 80% of our fans like right now. But our standards are so high nowadays that the writing and the refining takes time. We write music primarily for our own taste, and we just can't cope with songs that we aren't 110% happy with.
Antti: Our first full length will be blacker, darker and more aggressive, and our songs are probably going to be faster in general.
Aleksi: Antti pretty much covered it. All in all our black parts will be blacker, doom parts doomer, prog parts progger and so on. And if I can up my lousy drumming speed, the songs will be faster. Of course we still have a lot of writing to do, so neither of us really knows what kind of crazy shit we might come up with.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Aleksi: I personally listen to almost all kinds of metal, apart from everything older than myself and all the oldschool non melodic stuff. But I've also taken influences from electronic music, and from music in movies and games, most notably Skyrim and Diablo II. Bands that deserve to get mentioned are Dimmu Borgir, Carach Angren, Omnium Gatherum, Opeth (pre-Heritage!!), Wintersun, Finntroll, Dark Fortress, Shade Empire, Shape Of Despair, Darude, Swallow The Sun, Moonsorrow, Crionics, Stam1na and so on...
Antti: I listen to music from side to side but mostly metal. I've taken influences from jazz to extreme black metal and almost everything between them apart from electronic music that I just can't value. Some of the artists and composers I greatly respect are Mike Oldfield, Iiro Rantala, Jordan Rudess, Mikael Åkerfeldt, Juha Raivio, Devin Townsend, Mathias Nygård, Obsidian C. and of course their bands & projects. Few other bands to mention are Von Hertzen Brothers, Uriah Heep, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Periphery, Katatonia, Ghost, Job For a Cowboy and Ghost Brigade.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Aleksi: Not much non musical.. The Xbox, South Park, red wine...?
Antti: Not much here either. Finnish nature and good food & wine.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Everyone, please buy Project Utopia so we can get money for gas. Living in Finland is very expensive, especially for poor students like half of us.

Graves At Sea/This Place is Poison/Eolian Empire/2014 EP Review

   Graves  At  Sea  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a   blackened  form  of  doom/sludge  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "This  Place Is  Poison"  which  will  be  released  by  Eolian  Empire.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  a  dark  and  heavy  sludge/doom  metal  sound  along  with  some  melody  and  after  a  few  seconds  black  metal  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  when  we  get  more  into  the  music  melody  is  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  vocals  getting  a  bit  more  deeper.

  When  the  ep  goes  into  the  second  song  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  a  few  minutes  later  the  music  returns  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  song  being  a  Black  Sabbath  covers  as  well  as  the  vocals  combining  black  metal  and  sludge  together  on  this  14  minute  long  track  and  after  8  minutes  you  can  hear  some  melody  and  70s  proto  metal  guitar  leads  becoming  a  part  of  the music  and  then  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  is  added  into  the  song.

  Graves  At  Sea  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and  slow  form  of  sludge/doom  metal  on  the  2  songs  that  are  presented  here  along  with  some  black  metal  vocals  as  well  as  having  a  very  dark  atmosphere  to  them  along  with  a  powerful  production  and  lyrics  that  cover  Occultism  and  Witchcraft.

  In  my  opinion  Graves  At  Sea  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  sludge/doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "This  Place  Is  Poison".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Theogony/Self Titled/2014 Full Length Review


  Theogony  are  a  band  from  California  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2014  album.

  The  album  starts  out  with  sound  effects  that  bring in  an ambient  feeling  along  with  acoustic  guitars  and  militant  drums  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  to  get  heavy  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  a  more  melodic  black  metal  direction.

  Once  the  music  starts  to  get  fast  you  can  hear  blast  beats  start  to  kick  in  along  with  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  which  also  leads  up  to  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  vocals,  once  acoustic  guitars  are  added  in  the  recording  starts  to  have  a  progressive  feeling to it.

  The  melodic  black  metal  parts  start  sounding  a  lot  more  powerful  once  solos  and  leads  are  added  in  and  some  of  the  clean  parts  and  heavy  riffing  have  an  early  Dissection  feeling  to  them  and  at  times  they  also  bring  whispered  vocals  into  the  music  and  when  we  get  more  into  the  album  there  is  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  songs and  th e acoustic  guitars  also make  a  return  in  certain  parts  of  the  recording.

  Halfway  through  the  album  instrumental  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  have  an  atmospheric  feeling to  them  while  they  also  still  keep  around  the  songs  that  have  vocals  in  them  and  after  awhile  they  brign  in  some  epic  sounds  that  conjure  up  the  Olympian  Gods  and  the  album  closes  with  an  all  acoustic  instrumental.

  With  this  album  Theogony  go  back  to  the  early  melodic  black/death  metal  sound  of  the  early  90's  and  brings  back  a  great  amount  of  darkness  that  has  been  missing  from  this  genre  for  years  along  with  a  powerful  production,  song  lyrics  that  pay  homage  to  the  Greek  Gods  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  songs  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.    

  In  my  opinion  Theogony  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Five  And  Those  Who  Followed"  "Liberation"  "Assault  Upon  the  Empyrean"  adn  "Monarch".  8/5  out  of  10.

Chiral/Winter Eternal/2014 Demo Review


  Chiral  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  melodic  form of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  demo  "Winter  Eternal".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  and  a  few  seconds  later  solos  and  leads  become  a  part  of  the  demo  along  with  some  prog  elements  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  parts.

  Later  on  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  certain  parts  of  the  recording  and  when  the  demo  goes  into  the  second  song  the  music  starts  getting  more  black  metal influenced  while  still  having  a  very  heavy  dose  of  death  metal  in  the  music  and  later  on  acoustic guitars  are  brought  in  briefly  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  and  black  metal  screams  and  the  last  track  is  an  outro  that  is  all  done  on  keyboards  and  it  also  brings  in  a  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  symphonic  feeling.

  With  this  demo  Chiral  take  a  progressive  form  of  death  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  melodic  black  metal  and  prog  elements  to  create  their  own  sound  along  with  a  dark  lyrical  content  that  also  deals  with  winter  and  nature  themes  and  a  heavy  yet  raw  demo  production.

  In  my  opinion  Chiral  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  progressive  black/death  metal  band and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Eternal  Winter  Day".  8  out of  10.  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Frozen Dawn/Those Of the Cursed Light/Xtreem Music/2014 CD Review


    Frozen  Dawn  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Those  of  the Cursed  Light"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  The  album  starts  out  with  the  sounds  of  wind  along  with  acoustic  guitars  before  going  into  a  fast  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  blast  beats  and  then  the  grim  vocals  start  to  kick  in  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the guitars  and  vocals  are  also  by  death  metal.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  album  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  band  go  back  to  the  90's  Swedish  melodic  black  metal  sound  while  also  having  a  more  modern  feeling  to  it  and  at  times you  can  hear elements  of  thrash  metal  in  the  recording,  as  the  album  progresses  clean  sections  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  With  this  album  Frozen  Dawn  go  back  to  the  90's  melodic  Swedish  black  metal  sound  while  also  being  heavily  influenced  by  death  metal  and  newer  Satyricon  to  create  their  own  sound  as  well  as  updating  the  genre  a  bit.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  winter  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Frozen  Dawn  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blackened  March"  "Nocturnal  Sacrifice"  "The  Triumph  Of  God  Frost"  and  "Eternal  Frost".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cradle Of Filth/Total Fucking Darkness/Mordgrimm/2014 2LP Review


  Cradle  of  Filth  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  are  probably  the  most  famous  band  when  it  comes  to  symphonic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  double  album  "Total  Fucking  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Mordgrimm  Records  and  is  all  demo  tracks  for  the  early  90's.

  The  album  starts  out  with  symphonic  keyboards  and  a  few  seconds  alter  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  and  heavier  direction  along  with  a  mixture  of  death  and  black  metal  vocals  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  melody  and  solos  and  the  music  also  retains  its  symphonic  elements  an d the  band  brings  in  more  death  metal  influences  and  mixes  it  in  with  black  metal  and  this  sounds  nothing  like  the  Cradle  of  Filth  of  modern  days  and  at  times  you  can  hear  traces  of  thrash  and  doom  metal  in  the  recording  and  they  also bring  in  a  few  instrumentals  at  times.

  With  this  album  Cradle  of  Filth  have  a  very  different  sound  than  what  they  have  these  days  with  the  music  being  in  a  more  melodic  black/death  metal  direction  while  still  having  a  good  amount  of  symphonic  elements  and  their  early  stuff  shows  why  they  where  once  respected  in  black  metal  before  going  into  a  more  commercial  direction  in  the  alter  years  and  alienating t heir  old  audience  for  the  more  trendy  audience  they  have  these  days.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  occultism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  more  raw  and  demo  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Cradle  of  Filth  and  if  you  are  interested  in  hearing  them  in  their  more  earlier  sound,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Black  Goddess  Arises"  "Unbridled  At  Dark"  "Devil  Mayfair  (Advocatus  Diaboli)"  and  "The  Raping  of  Faith".  8  out  of  10.

   

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hazarder/Hesperian Death Horse/The Electric Wizard EP/PMK Records/2014 Split Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Croatia's Hazarder  and  Hesperian  Death  Horse  with  the  recording  being  called  "The  Electric  Wizard  EP"  and  released  by  PMK  Records  in  the  year  of  2014  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Hazarder  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  stoner  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  heavy  and  dark  doom  metal  sound  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  a  minute  later  death/doom  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  music  and  towards  the  end  drones  are  added  into  their  side  of  the  recording.

  Song  lyrics  cover  occult  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  my  opinion  Hazarder  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge,  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.    

  Next  up  is  Hesparian  Death  Horse  which  continues  their  mixture  of  black,  post,  sludge  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  clean  playing  and  experimental  sounds  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavy  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  while  also  having  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  drones  and  after  awhile  they  bring  in  a  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  towards  the  end  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music.

  Song  lyrics  cover  occult  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  along  with  their  only  song  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Hesperian  Death  Horse  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  post  sludge,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black,  sludge  and  doom  metal.  8  out  of  10.   

Hesperian Death Horse/Mrtav/Play The Assassin Records/2013 CD Review


  Hesperian  Death  Horse  are  a  band  from  Croatia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Mrtav"  which  was  released  by  Play  the  Assassin  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  atmospheric sounding  drones  and  clean  playing  which  takes  the  recording  into  a  post  rock  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  album  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  shortly  after  that  which  also  evolve  into  sludge  style  screams  while  also  mixing  in  the  blackened  elements.

  As  the  album  progresses  melody  is  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  elements  of  ambient  and  experimental  music  and  on  one  of  the  tracks  they  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  guitars  remain  in  a  slower  and  heavier  direction  and  after  awhile  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  With  this  album  Hesperian  Death  Horse stick  to  mostly  a  post  sludge  metal  direction  while  also  being  heavily  influenced  by  black  metal  and  they  are  also  not  afraid  to  melodic,  dark  and  experimental  at  the  same  time  while  mostly  remaining  heavy.

  Song  lyrics  cover  are  in  4  different  parts  and  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musicla  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  beign  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Hesperian  Death  Horse  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  post,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heriotza  (Part  1:  Kraljevi)"  and  "Morte(Part  4:  Oftar)".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Fuoco Fatuo/The Viper Slithers In The Ashes of What Remains/Caligari Records/2014 Cassette Review


  Fuoco  Fatuo  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  doom  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2014  cassette  "The  Viper  Slithers  In  The  Ashes  Of  What  Remains"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  The  cassette  starts  out  with  dark  sound  effects  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  goes  into  an  early  90's  doom/death  metal  sound  along  with  some  growls  and  after  awhile  dark  soudning  melodies  make  their  way  into  the  recording.

  When  the  cassette  goes  into  other  songs the  band  sticks  mostly  to  a  doom/death  metal  direction  while  also  bringing  in  elements  of  sludge  and  black  metal  which  can  be  heard  mostly  in  the  mid  paced  parts  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.
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  With  this  recording  Fucoco  Fatuo  go  for  more  of  the  early  90's  doom/death  metal  sound  while  still having  some  small  amounts  of  black  metal  and  sludge  and  they  create  a  sound  that  is  very  heavy,  dark  and  old  school,  with  this  cassette.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  desolation  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  heavy,  dark  and  old  school  sound  along  with  all  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Fuoco  Fatuo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  doom/death  metal  with element s of  black  metal  and  sludge,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ancestral  Devouring  Anxiety"  and  "Eternal  Transcendence  Into  nothingness".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Chain Of Dogs Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Well, quite a lot actually: we have four new band members, only two of the original members are left. The music will change in a way, we have added some other instruments and we have a female band member again: a permanent vocalist who also plays some folk instruments.
Our label, Witches Brew, made a restart a while back and provided us with the opportunity to release a new full-length compilation CD. Where also planning to release a new vinyl EP this summer and we're booking a lot of new gigs. Among them are several festivals of which Metaldays in Slovenia is the biggest.


2.How would you describe your musical sound for those that have yet to hear the music?

It's a form folk metal based on thrash metal instead of the more standard viking or power metal influences. There is also a big dose of punk and some black metal. The folk influences range from Irish Celtic through Finnish to Balkan or even medieval.
Basically we put in any music we like, as long as it's fast or heavy, and mix that with folk. Our music is fast and energetic, and also pretty blunt and raw. We don't try to make "pretty and shiny" epic folk metal and we're not a pagan metal band.


3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the compilation album that you have just released?

Over the past couple of years we self-released a demo and a couple EP's and one full length through Witches Brew. This album gives a pretty good view of what Chain of Dogs have been up to since the beginning. There's the songs from the EPs plus some demo-tracks, unreleased remixed tracks of the full length and a short song from a recording session we never used.


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

The part of our lyrics that's in the Limburgian dialect (which some people might confuse with Dutch or German) is mostly about the history, myths & sagas from our region, although from a different viewpoint than more traditional music from around here. Another important part and the main topic of our English lyrics is based on dark fantasy and horror, think of werewolves and the gruesome things you can do to hobbits!


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Chain of Dogs'?

"Chain of Dogs" is an event in one of the books of fantasy author Steven Erikson. He writes a pretty raw and dark form of fantasy that appeals to the roughness we like to have in our music. The lyrics from songs like Blood Follows and Bridgeburners are directly based on his work.


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?

One of the highlights was definitely the Black Trolls Over Europe Tour we did in 2011 with bands like Suidakra and Waylander, especially Black Troll Winterfest and the date in Prague was cool. We also had some great regional gigs such as Skullyfest in Geleen or the smaller festivals we organised ourselves in Fenix in Sittard. The Sodom Metal Nights are always great gigs to play. We've had a couple of great gigs with Heidevolk too throughout the Netherlands.
Our stage performance is mostly very raw and energetic, with a touch of horror-fun. We don't try to reproduce the things you can do in a studio but try to build a powerful gig where people can have a party in the pit.


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

Of course! Very soon (March 22) we're going to celebrate the release of our cd. Furthermore we're looking forward to our gig at Metaldays in Slovenia.
We've just started booking more shows for the time to come as we wanted to focus on getting our new lineup ready to destroy! Nothing has been confirmed as yet but there's a lot in the pipeline.


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

Up to now it's been very difficult to get into contact with people overseas, but we're getting there. In general, people are skeptical at first because of the mix of styles we use. Our deliberate lack of "Pagan" gives some doubt to the more basic folk-metal fans while the thrash-oriented side of our audience are usually a bit disturbed when they see our mandolin, flute and violin...
But once people have been listening for more than 1.5 minute they have a hard time standing still and weird things start to happen, like conga lines through a wall of death or square dancers in a circle pit.
No need to say that both the folk-lovers and thrashers are mostly positively surprised.


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

We have started writing new songs for our upcoming EP. We expect to start recording the next full length around the beginning of 2015.
As far as the music itself is concerned; right now it is somewhat difficult to point to one direction. We hope the music will be rawer and grittier without losing the melodic element. A mix of unpolished Celtic folk and thrash metal will always be the basis of our music, but we'll probably explore some more influences like balkan folk or gypsy music.


10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Our main influences are obviously thrash metal and various styles of folk music, with some polka and hummpa, quite a lot of punk and a bit of black metal.
We take some inspiration from classical music, also some country and blues.
This is basically the music we're listening to, but all band members have different preferences. For example, some members also regularly  listen to reggae, psychobilly or progressive rock/metal. Pretty much most existing music styles are acceptable except for R&B, Emo and breakcore.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

This goes for the entire band: collecting toys like Playmobil & Lego, gaming, Carnival, barbecues and beer, epic movies, fantasy books, hanging around outside, either at a festival or in open nature, making campfires, hiking and hunting hobbits. Samana even likes sports.


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

Kloeëte, mie beer is leag (damn, my beer is empty).

Helmsplitter 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 album?

 We have been pretty busy since recording the album.  We recently added a 2nd guitarist (Jason Grevas) to the lineup so we have been busy showing him the songs we usually play live.  We have also been working on writing new material for a split release that we are going to do with a bad ass New York grindcore band called The Communion. 

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from your past releases?
I personally feel like this album is a bit more varied than our debut album (Storms of Genocide) was.  The reason for this is we had some older songs left over from our very earliest days as a band that we thought were too good to not release, so we reworked them a bit and decided to include them on this new album.  Most of those songs have a bit more of a southern sludge sound to them.  The rest of the material on the album is brand new and has a bit more of a evil black metal vibe.  We knew that this combination would make for an interesting album and that some people might accuse us of jumping from genre to genre too much, but we didn't care.  We knew we would be happy with it and our label (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) was happy with it so I feel we did the right thing by including those older songs.  We arranged the song order in a way that i feel takes the listener on a pretty interesting ride because of the variety in the songs.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics that the band explores with the new release?

I wrote a few verses for "Aura of Suicide" that is inspired by the cluster migraines i used to suffer from.  Other than that Blakk wrote all of the lyrics.  He gets a lot of inspiration by watching documentaries about the dark side of reality.  He is fascinated with serial killers, war, torture, and various other topics.  The overall lyrical and visual theme to the album is pain, whether it be physical or emotional, and how every human has to go through it at some point in their lives. Pain is inevitable.  There is no escaping it.  Every member of the band has gone through dark and painful times, and we have all found ways to overcome these things so we wanted to reflect on that with this album.

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

Our drummer came up with the name Helmsplitter.  He actually got the idea from a video game that he likes, apparently in this game there is weapon called the Helmsplitter that will pretty much destroy anything.  We like to think that our music is pretty powerful and destructive so we thought it was a good fit.  Plus we just liked the way it sounded haha.

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?
Some of the shows that stick out in my mind are when we opened for Rwake, they are one of my favorite bands and playing with them was an honor.  Same goes for the time we opened for Jucifer.  The cd release show for our first album was outstanding also, as was the show we just played with Against the Grain.  We have had quite a few shows that went very well and were a blast to play.  Of course we have played plenty of shows that sucked also.  You have to take the good with the bad i guess.  Our performances are usually pretty intense and full of energy, you have to be intense and full of energy to play this stuff!  There isn't a lot of flash or bells and whistles, we just get up there and let it rip.  Blakk doesn't do a lot of talking to the crowd and we don't do a lot to try and pump the crowd up or anything....we just perform our art as well as we can and hopefully the crowd enjoys it.

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

We have a few shows around the midwest set up and are working on setting up a short east coast run.  Other life obligations make it hard for us to just jump in a van and tour for months, but we try do as much "weekend warrior" stuff as we can.  I think we will start hitting it pretty hard once our new guitarist has a sets worth of material down.....and he is a freaking beast of a guitarist so that won't be long from now.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme and underground metal?

The feedback from the underground metal world has been very positive.  Of course there is always going to be some people out there that aren't going to like what you do, you can't please everyone.  We try not to worry about it too much but we are only human and of course are going to pay attention to reviews and things like that,  and for the most part the feedback has been very positive.  Our first album got some great reviews and got us signed to Horror Pain Gore Death Productions so that was a success, and so far the reviews we have been getting for the new one have been great.  

8.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that a couple of the band members are involved with?

Nate, Lyndon, and myself are in another band called Obsidian Hammer.  It is a mix of sludge, doom, and crust punk.  Imagine Eyehategod and Bongzilla mixed with Discharge and you will be on the right track.  It is in its infancy but is off to a very good start.  We opened for Church of Misery for our first ever show, and have opening spots lined up for Spirit Caravan and D.R.I. so things are going well.  Blakk has been the mastermind behind Angelkill for around 20 years and he is still going.  It has pretty much turned into a one man band and I think he prefers it that way.  He is also involved with Mortuary Oath, as well as creating scores for video games and movies.  Our new guitarist Jason was involved with Through Terror and King of Clubs but they are both inactive now.

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

Helmsplitter has been going more and more into a dark, evil direction.  Future releases will be more focused on the black metal/grindcore side of things and will probably have less southern sludge parts.  There will still be slow sections but they will probably be more along the lines of Craft than Crowbar.  Some of the members we had in the past were pushing for more of the southern sound, which we are getting away from more and more.  That element will always be there but it is going to be less and less prominent as time goes on.

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?

Well the band that probably has had the biggest influence on us has been Soilent Green simply because i basically learned how to play and write music by hanging out with them and watching them practice and perform.  The way they have dramatic tempo and time signature changes really rubbed off on me.  I cant imagine how long the list would be if i were to start naming off bands that have influenced us.....we all are into so many different styles its nuts.  But as far as directly influencing what we are currently doing with Helmsplitter I would say black metal is the biggest influence right now.  We are all fans of a lot of the older Norwegian stuff like Mayhem, Darkthrone, Emperor, etc etc......Craft is a huge influence.....also grindcore like Pig Destroyer and Napalm Death....I could go on and on!  Personally I have been listening to mainly black metal like the bands i mentioned as well as a ton of sludge, doom, and stoner rock.  Eyehategod and Electric Wizard are pretty much always in my rotation of cds im listening too.

11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

The occult is something i am somewhat fascinated with but I don't have an extensive knowledge or any really strong views/opinions of.  I am a very non-religious person and i think a part of me has always kinda lumped occultism in with religion.  Although I will say i have read some things about various cults or cult leaders that i do agree with.  For example i am pretty big believer in the whole "Do what thou will, that shall be the whole of the law" frame of mind.  I am not a fan of authority or laws of almost any kind so that mindset does appeal to me.  I don't really feel I am educated on the subject enough to elaborate much more however. 

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

My main non-musical interest is nature.  My family goes to the Canadian Border fishing every year and the beauty of that wilderness is awe inspiring.  Alone in the wilderness is one of the only places I truly find peace.  I used to be a video gamer and a reader as well.  However lately it has basically all been about music for me, with two bands going full time it is hard for me to make time for hardly any other hobbies or interests.  And that is fine with me, because I am basically obsessed with making music and there is nothing that makes me happier.  

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

I guess I would just like to say thank you to anyone who reads this and bothers to take the time to check out Helmsplitter, hopefully you like what you hear.  The best is yet to come from this band, our musical vision is becoming more clear and focused and the addition of Jason on 2nd guitar is really going to propel us to the next level I believe.  Also I would like to thank you guys for the interview! You can stream the whole album here: http://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/enraptured-by-suffering