Thursday, February 28, 2019

Lord Vampyr/Death Comes Under The Sign Of The Cross/Sleaszy Rider Records/2019 Full Length Review


  Lord  Vampyr  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  started  out  as  more  of  a  symphonic  black  metal  but  have  evolved  into  more  of  goth  and  industrial  metal  direction  on  past  releases  before  going  into  more  of  goth  and  traditional  metal  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Death  Comes  Under  The  Sign  Of  The  Cross"  which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Battle  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  and  synths  a  few  seconds  later.  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  mostly  clean  style  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Some  of  the  vocals  also  have  some  touches  of  heavy  and  power  metal  while  some  tracks  also  add  in  some  synths.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  a  good  mixture  of  80's  and  90's  influences.

  A  touch  of  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  fast  tremolo  picking  when  it  is  utilized  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  symphonic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  closing  track  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vampirism  and  Anti  Religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  while  Lord  Vampyr  have  moved  away  from  black  or  industrial  metal  they  still  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  goth,  dark  and  heavy  metal  and  if  would  recommend  this  band  to  fans  of  those  genres.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Comes  Under  The  Sign  of  The  Cross"  "Iconoclast  Heresy"  and  "Violent  Awarness  of  the  Absence  Of  God".  8  out  of  10.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Norvhar/Kauna/2019 EP Review


  Norvhar  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  an  epic  form  of  pagan  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  ep  'Kauna".

  Atmospheric  yet  epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  track.  When  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  folk  music  feeling  along  with  some  death  metal  growls also  being  utilized  at times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast beats  can  be  heard while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Elements  of  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Flutes  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  nature  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Paganism  and  the  writings  of J.R.R  Tolkien.

  In  my  opinion  Norvhar  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  pagan  folk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fest  In  Midgard"  and  "Fields  Of  Fate".  8  out  of  10. 

https://norvhar.bandcamp.com/

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Vale Of Pnath/Accursed/Willowtip Records/2019 EP Review


  Vale  Of  Pnath  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  technical  form  of  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Accursed"  which  will  be   released  in  May  by  Willowtip  Records.

  A  very  dark  horror  soundtrack  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction.  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  also  utilizing  a  great  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  technical  yet  melodic  style.  Orchestration  and  Electronics  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  symphonic  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  as the  ep  progresses  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  an  instrumental  also  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  elements  of  prog  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction,  horror  and  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  Vale  of  Pnath  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical,  melodic  and  symphonic  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Darkest  Gate"  and  "Scepter  Of  Bone".  8  out  of  10.

valeofpnath.bandcamp.com/album/accursed 

The Absense/Khronocracy/Sliptrick Records/2019 CD Review


  The  Absense  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black,  doom,  stoner  metal,  grunge  and  alternative  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Khronocracy"  which  will  be  released  in March  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  elements  of  grunge  and  alternative  rock  being  added  onto  the  recording.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  riffing  along  with  some  female  vocals  also  being  used  at  times.

  Psychedelic  and  stoner  rock  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  songs,  some  of  the  distorted  riffing  brings  in  more  of  a  lo-fi  style  of  black  metal  along  with  the  vocals  keeping  more  of  a  clean  style.

  The  Absence  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  alternative  rock,  grunge,  post  black,  stoner  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  specific  passing  of  time  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Absense  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  alternative  rock,  grunge,  post  black,  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Trip"  and  "The  Absence".  8  out  of 10.   

https://www.facebook.com/theabsense/

Friday, February 22, 2019

Suppressed/Sores/2018 EP Review


  Suppressed  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  blackened  and  nihilistic  mixture  of  sludge,  funeral  doom  metal  and  harsh  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "Sores".

  Harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  start  off  the  ep  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Elements  of  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  deep  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  which  also  show  a  good  amount  of  black  metal  influences.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  on  the  closing  track  the  music  also  speeds  up  briefly.

  Suppressed  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  sludge,  funeral  doom  metal  and  harsh  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Suppressed  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  and  nihilistic  mixture  of  sludge,  funeral  doom  metal  and  harsh  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shame"  and  "Journey  To  the  End  Of  Night".  8  out  of  10. 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Bleeding Utopia/Where The Light Comes To Die/Black Lion Records/Spiritual Beast/2019 CD Review


  Bleeding  Utopia  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "When  The  Light  Comes  To  Die"  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  Black  Lion  Records  and  Spiritual  Beast.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  epic  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  melody.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  balance  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements.

  All of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war, religion  and  serial  killers  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bleeding  Utopia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ascendants  Of  Hate"  "Already  Dead"  "Crown  Of  Horns"  and  "Heralds  Of  Hate  And  Defiance".  8  out  of  10.   

https://bleedingutopiablacklion.bandcamp.com/album/where-the-light-comes-to-die   

Friday, February 15, 2019

Pagan Reign/Once Again/Yarko Music Production/2018 CD Review


  Pagan  Reign  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  folk  and  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Once  Again"  which  was  released  by  Yarko  Music  Production.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  folk  instruments  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  while  some  of  the  faster  riffing  also utilizes  some  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  as  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  instrumentals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Slavic  Paganism  themes  along  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  being  written  in  Russian.

  In  my  opinion  Pagan  Reign  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  folk  and  pagan  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Return  of  Slavonian  Gods"  Pagan  Reign"  "The  Down"  and  "To  The  End  Of  Svarog's  Night".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Promise Of Plague Interview

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

I was previously in an industrial metal band called Empyrean Asunder. I wrote a few songs for a new release that contained a lot more black metal influence than previous material and everyone hated it. So I disbanded Empyrean Asunder and recruited new members for the more black metal inspired industrial metal style. Like Empyrean Asunder, The Promise of Plague is basically a conglomeration of every musical style that I enjoy listening to. It contains elements of black metal, industrial, goth, synth and punk.


2. You have a new album coming out in March,musically how does it differ from the recording you had released in 2016?

It sounds like a completely different band. I wasn’t fully aware of exactly how different it was until I listened to both albums side by side. There really is little comparison between the two, there’s something more emotive for sure, it’s a bit darker, maybe a little more rock added here and there. I’m not sure why it sounds so different really but from beginning to end you can only hear trace elements of the previous recording.


3.The band members have been a part of a good number of bands, what is it that you bring into the music of the band that you are not able to do with your other bands or projects?

Jim was in Abominant, Astrum, Gaebalein, Assisting Sorrow, Cataclysm and Coronach to name a few. Chris was previously with Empyrean Asunder and Psychopathy, I was with Empyrean Asunder, Fatal Step, Assisting Sorrow, Coronach, Absence of Faith, Märcoda, and Alice In The Aftermath to name a few. This is Ashley’s first recorded band.

There are no formulas to The Promise of Plague. Anything goes. With other bands there is a sound that defines the band, a tone, a way of playing, we don’t have that. Any riff that you feel, any sound that you hear, it belongs in our music.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

I guess on the surface they cover the very typical topics you’d expect. Loss, Regret, Emptiness, Despair but on a deeper level it’s a personal reflection of how I deal with those feelings. The self hatred, confusion and doubt that you experience in life and love. Many topics deal with my attempt at understanding how you can become a stranger to yourself, or how in the blink of an eye your loved ones can so quickly become that stranger. The lyrics are a delphic mass of confusion and anger and at times I’m not so sure if I’m pointing the finger at others, or at myself.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Promise Of Plague'?

We sail on the breeze of disease

if you had eyes even the dead could see

our hearts beat so swiftly

but we are not forever


It is derived from a section of lyrics that I wrote as the first The Promise Of Plague song. The following line was to be “This is my promise, a promise of plague” but it was cut from the final lyrics because it didn't really fit musically.


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The album is titled “The Tomb Of Lost Lovers” essentially the death and remembrance of love. Not necessarily romantic love as the lyrics deal not only with romantic love, but also with the love of self, the love of ideas and the love of life, and the destruction and the loss of that love. The imagery is basically a representation of that idea. Plus I really loved the Pungent Stench “Been Caught Buttering” album cover and wanted to rip that off.


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

We’re a studio band but we did play a show last year as novelty. It was a local festival. We didn’t fit the bill at all but I think it went over well enough. Probably won’t play any other shows. Our other bands have played some pretty interesting shows, but this band will stay a studio project for the foreseeable future.


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

Not at all. I believe Jim and Ashley have a new band and they are gearing up for the studio with some possible live shows, I have 2 other projects in the works, Märcoda (electro industrial) and I may revive Empyrean Asunder (industrial metal). I might do a few shows here and there with those projects.


9.Currently the band is unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I’m not so interested. If a label wanted to sign us and had zero expectation of me doing anything other than just writing an album here and there I’d consider it but I’m not going to dedicate myself to it, I won’t tour or play shows often.


10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal, punk and industrial?

I didn’t think it would go over well at all, the first release was raw black metal mixed with a good amount of punk, industrial and electro but the metal crowd seemed to enjoy it enough. Hopefully we get the same reception with this new material.


11.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?

Jim is working on a power metal band and has another project that is a good mix of prog rock, metal, and post-black metal called A Locust Tide. Both bands are currently in the writing / recording stage.

Ashley is a member of a variety burlesque dance and entertainment troupe Va Va Vixens, and performs with them. I’m working on the aforementioned Märcoda (electro industrial) and Empyrean Asunder (industrial metal).  Märcoda was just included in an Alfa Matrix compilation and I have 4 songs that are nearly finished for a new release and I’m kinda getting ideas together for a new Empyrean Asunder release.


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

Don’t know really. I love Disembowelment (Australia) and I’ve always wanted to incorporate more of that style of doom into my music but it’s never really materialized while writing. I’d imagine the next release will be completely different than the previous two.


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

I was inspired by 00’s electro/synthpop, 90’s black metal, 80’s industrial and 70’s punk. Lately I’ve been listening to Anathema, Royksopp, Peter Heppner, Cocksparrer, and Scandroid.

Jim was inspired by 80’s metal, early 90’s death metal and 90’s black metal and prog metal.

Chris is inspired by 80’s-90’s metal, Megadeth, Misfits and anything Glenn Danzig.

Ashley listens to a lot of Black Sabbath, Moody Blues, Depeche Mode, Tori Amos, Clannad, Coven, Venom, and Satyricon to name a few.


14.What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m a microbiologist and a dad so if I’m not looking at diseases I’m watching cartoons. I hike and kayak a lot as well. Jim is an amateur archeologist, an outdoorsman and a bodybuilder. Chris makes bourbon and knives (Not Nice Knives) and spends his free time with his family. Ashley researches unusual/esoteric subjects, experiments with art and makeup, and goes rock hunting for minerals, crystals and fossils.


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

 All of my music is available online for free. So go to bandcamp, youtube or google the titles and download some free music.

https://www.facebook.com/thepromiseofplague/

Monday, February 11, 2019

Tides Of Sulfur/Paralysis Of Reason/Sludelord Records/APF Records/2019 EP Review


  Tides  Of  Sulfur  are  a  band  from  South  Wales  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Paralysis  Of  Reason"  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  Sludgelord  and APF  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  aggressive  grindcore  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats.  The  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  screams  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  d  beat  and  crust  punk  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  sludge  and  doom  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  adds  in a  brief  use  of  movie  samples.  At  times  the  screams  also  add  in  some  black  metal  elements  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  at  times.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  All  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other  but  also  keeping  everything  in  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tides  Of  Sulfur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  sludge,  doom,  death  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Humorless  Cunt"  and  "Paralysis  Of  Reason".  8  out  of  10.   

https://thesludgelord.bandcamp.com/album/paralysis-of-reason  

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Secretpath Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
We recorded these tracks during summer 2018, to release this EP in 2019, since then everyone of us has been busy with other music projects and bands. We like to explore many different aspects of music and just one band is not enough!

2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
This one is more straight-forward than the other works we released before, the idea was to keep a "less thinking and more doing" approach! The previous composition process was too slow and didn't leave us time to follow the other projects.

3.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you had covered on the new release?
Our concepts are never too strict: there isn't a precise story that goes from the first song to the last. Even this time we're talking about a journey, there's an intro and then "Crystal Ice" that talks about the voyage of a crew that fights against the weather; when the ship finally reaches the destination, there's only the shipmaster, and a crewman, left. This is about everything and everyone you lose while in your journey, it's a song about loss; the marvelous view of the aurora borealis and the polar lands was the destination, can it compensate the loss? Was it worth it? Then there's "Dominatio Tempestatis", talking about a tiny cloud that grows becoming a dreadful storm. "Raptus" is a song talking about being driven by insanity: in the other songs it's nature that carries the man, while in this one the mind has the same role; this gives another key to decipher the concept. "Storm of Revenge" takes us again inside a ship, where the crew is facing a storm: the ship's being torn to pieces by the elements and a crewman who's about to fall pledges not to challenge the sea again. The entire concept is about how's difficult to oppose to the nature (the elements), to our nature (our mind); are we choosing our path or are we driven by a current?

4.So far most of the releases have been ep's or demo's with the only full length being released in 2013, can you tell us a little bit more about going this route?
So many things to do, so little time!

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Secretpath'?
This last concept I've described before is a perfect example: when you think about the story and feelings we present in the songs, you can make your own idea about the secret path that stands before us. Everyone is following, or is driven by, his own path; sometimes it is a road we can easily see, other times it is a hidden path, more often it is a secret path and we can't know where it will take us.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
This artwork was made by Lisa Bilotti, former (and first) bassist of the band; it depicts our Wanderer that faces the ocean waves, following his (or her) path towards... the unknown!

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I remember a nice show in Foggia in 2014, it was something I could never forget. We were cool about it and everything went smoothly, by the time we finished we suddenly realized the show was over! We were dressed poorly: I were weirdly formal (necktie included), the other ones on gym clothes or flannel shirts, and I can still remember the laughs and the looks of the crowd. When the music started we delivered our mix of brutality and melody while smiling and joking.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for 2019?
Not that I know! We even miss a bassist, in fact the bass was recorded by Pierluigi Ammirata, our guitarist.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of melodic black and death metal?
We know we're an unusual band: our music doesn't fit exactly a genre, we like to keep ourselves open minded and this makes our music difficult to be labeled as one genre or another. The result is that we can have fans from every genre, but we can also disappoint fans from every genre of music! If there's something that often raises some interest is my way of singing, using many different vocal techniques; some love it, some hate it.

10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
That is another secret path I'm afraid!

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Well I try to listen to everything I can get my ears on! Seriously: radio music, folk music (from every corner of the world), classical music, rock and metal, musicals too... everything (even the things I don't like!), just to keep myself open-minded and to find inspiration everywhere. My choices are almost always random and I try to keep them weird if possible, better if mixed with extreme Metal: Laurent Lunoir and Laure Le Prunenec (from Igorrr and many other bands) are among my favorites!

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Well I'm a bit of a nerd: so videogames and Dungeons & Dragons, reading fantasy and historical novels... these kind of interests along with beer drinking and eating/farming hot peppers!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I wish to thank you and the poor souls who read this all, I assure you: the music won't be so boring!

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Ahl Sina Interview


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

Sure, We are AHL SINA Band from Egypt, Germany and USA, the band was originally  formed in Egypt in 2009 founded by our Singer “Moustafa Troll” We want to sound completely different! Making music that doesn’t sound like other bands! Our lyrical message is about human conflicts and peace!


2. Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording.

AHL SINA is an Oriental Extreme Metal inspired mainly by the old legacy of the Egyptian folklore music mixed with old school Metal. In this record We went through many different styles, you will find the music flow change from one riff to another, from classic rock to the extreme melodic Death & Black metal.


3. The band has been around since 2009 but you waited until 2019 to release the first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

Actually, the beginning was earlier than 2009, it was Me, Shung & Ronnie alone in a band called (BEYOND EAST). In 2005 we recorded our first EP then I left the band for some health issues! In 2009 I returned to Cairo from Sinai and met with Shung, I told him about the idea of AHL SINA & the debut album concept of 'Troops of Pain', we wrote together “as usual” few new songs then we formed a complete line up of 9 members, performed in some festival in Cairo for three times till 2014, the lineup changed a lot during that time, and I felt it wouldn’t be the right step to record the album back then. In 2015 I moved to Germany and it took around two years to find the right members. I found our drummer Shaadie from USA, Stefanie (Violin) & Marcel (Bass guitar) from Germany and of course we all consider them a great gift to AHL SINA, then our professional & talented Producer ‘Joey Jones’ so it was just the right time to record this album.

4. The lyrics on the recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you cover with your songwriting?

The album has a flow of events in the sequence of the songs. From the track 1 to track 8, the story unfolds of creation, humanity and what we have become. The main focus is on racism and bigotry, which we criticize in our album, and the story of false preachers in various religious institutions.

Track 1, "The Gift", is about the creation of the Earth, how untouched & virgin it was and how harmonious everything was.

Track 2, "Vowed", describes how evil swept through the Earth & how it poisoned generation after generation.

Tracks 3, 4 & 5: As you can see on the album cover artwork, three false preachers are represented watching the Earth burning because of their corrupt preaching, who abused peaceful messages and turned them into hate, separation, war, racism and bigotry.

Track 6, "Beyond the East", describes how the Eastern civilization was thriving and offered humanity enlightenment, science and justice.

Track 7, "No Boundaries - The Fall of Utopia": AHL SINA is destroying racism and bigotry.

Track 8, "Troops of Pain": This is the peaceful message that AHL SINA is aspiring to and hoping for. Troops of pain are those who suffered and died as a result of such hypocrisy, those who bared the consequence of such sinister, conniving and ongoing conspiracy. Our message is a message of peace that sheds light on this perpetual global topic that existed since the beginning of time, passing from one era to the next for centuries till the end of time. Our message is directed against those false preachers from different faiths, who stained what was supposed to be pure, that turned man against his brother till destruction prevailed!

Track 9, "Regret": An instrumental song/outro for which we used a fusion of two different instruments, one from the West and one from the East, hoping that music can unite us all and that’s why we chose this title.


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

AHL SINA simply means people of Sinai, but I had a specific reason for choosing this name. Sinai is a very peaceful place for all human beings, cultures and races. People can live there together in peace, no matter where they come from or what they believe.


6. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover/

The three represented false preachers from the three monotheistic religions! Those who abused any peaceful messages and turned it into hate, separation, war, racism & bigotry! Watching the earth burning is enough proof to their corrupt preaching!


7. All of the band members live in different parts of the world, can you tell us how this works out in the recording process?

The foundation of the line-up was not easy, that’s why we had several changes between 2009 back home in Egypt, when the band started, and 2014, except for the four rooted members! Me, my music mate Shung, the guitarist and the music composer of this album, and the oriental section Ahmed Eskandarny on nay flutes and Amr Zanaty on percussion. After I moved to Germany I was lucky enough to find Shaadie Khoury our drummer. Shaadie is a very well known drummer in the Egyptian scene. He moved to America back in '97
I then found Stefanie Pfaffenzeller from the Frankfurt Radio Symphony to be our violinist. I heard her in a chamber music concert as a soloist and she truly amazed me. I offered her to meet and listen to our album guide. Marcel Hauptmann on bass guitar, I play with Marcel in Thrash Metal Band called WAR AGENDA.

It was a big risk to work on an album between three different continents, ONLINE, and the members would NOT meet! I thought for many nights that it would never work, but I was wrong. It worked better than we ever imagined! I organized everything from Germany. The recording started in Cairo - Egypt, all guitars, nay flutes, percussion and keyboards. Then the studio in Cairo transferred all the recorded materials (stems) to me. Then we recorded the violin and bass guitar here in Germany. I added the violin and bass lines (stems) to the others and transferred them to the USA for the drum recording. Then everything was transferred back to me in Germany to finish the recording process with my vocals. That means: Every musician in the band added his own lines that suit the guide of our album.


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

Yes we received some deals from some labels but we are waiting for the right one!


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

It’s surprising somehow! We started having fans from the Classic scene as well since they considered the album as a Rock/Metal Opera! So far it’s really good and we are very happy about the feedback! However we still consider ourselves as an underground/new band and we need sometimes to get recognized by the metal scene worldwide.



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

Me & Marcel are working together in the new WAR AGENDA Album, Shaadie is doing some new music for  his band ULTRAMUNDANE, Stefanie is in her normal routine as a classic musician in the symphony orchestra, Ahmed is working with Egyptian well-known singers & Amr is doing many workshops and live concerts in the Latin/Jazz scene.

Most importantly, we all started writing the second AHL SINA Album.


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

You never know what the future brings but we are very motivated and hopefully we will some good chances to perform our music in some summer festivals in Europe.


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?

AHL SINA's music as I mentioned before has a lot of inspirations to the legacy of the old Egyptian folklore music, when it comes to metal inspirations, we are old school Warriors!

13. What are some of your non musical interests?

 Hiking. Reading, Meditation & walking in forests!


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

Thank you for interviewing us!

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Monday, February 4, 2019

The Promise Of Plague/The Tomb Of Lost Lovers/2019 Full Length Review


  The  Promise  Of  Plague  are  a  band  from  Louisville,  Kentucky  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  industrial  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self released  2019  album  "The  Tomb  of  Lost  Lovers"which  will  be  released  in  March.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  programmed  beats  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.  When  the music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  some  keyboards  also  being  used  at times.

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  industrial  elements  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  punk  elements. As  the  album  progresses  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Venom's  "Warhead"which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  a  later  tracks  brings  in  female  vocals and  spoken  word  samples.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Promise  Of  Plague  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  industrial  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Quiet"  "Warhead"  and  "Tomb  Of  Lost  Lovers".  8  out  of  10.


Secretpath/Dominatio Tempestasis/Masked Dead Records/2019 EP Review



  Secretpath  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Dominatio  Tempestasis"  which  was  released  by  Masked  Dead  Records.

  A  very  epic  synth  orientated  into  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  adding  in  some  elements  of  neo-classical  and  all  of  the  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Water  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  acoustic  guitars  and  throat  singing.  At  times  the  clean  vocals  also  get  very  operatic  sounding  and  some  of  the  sections  of  the  music  also  adds  in  death  metal  growls, progressive  and  groove  metal  influences.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  seaman  fighting  against  the  ocean.

  In  my  opinion  Secretpath  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crystal  Ice"  and  "Storm  of  Revenge".  8  out  of  10.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Kaamos Warriors/Ikuisen Talven Sarastus/Inverse Records/2019 CD Review


  Kaamos  Warriors  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  dark,  melodic,  symphonic  and  melancholic  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ikuisen  Talven Sarastus"  which  will  be  released  on  February  15th  by  Inverse  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavier  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Vocals  are  also  mostly  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  symphonic  elements  are  also added  into some  parts  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  classical  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  You  can  also  hear  a  more  modern  style  of  melody  also  being  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  When  growls  are utilized  they  bring  elements  of  death  metal  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Some  of  the  guitar  riffing  also  brings  in  elements  of  Nordic  style  black'n'roll  which  also  gives  the  music  a  lot  more  diversity.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Finnish  and  cover  dark,  melancholic,  winter  and  coldness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kaamos  Warriors  are  a  very  great  sounding  melancholic  and  melodic  dark  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kaamos  Warriors"  "Immortals"  and  "Secrets  Of  the  Stars".  8  out  of  10. 


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