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Friday, October 16, 2020

Poison Wind/Virus!/Eleventh Key/2020 CD Review

 


  Poison  Wind  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death,  thrash  metal,  avant  garde,  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Virus!"  which  will  be  released  on  October  30th  by  Eleventh  Key.


  Hardcore  style  shouts  and  crust  influenced  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  elements  of  thrash  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing.  At  times  the  music  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  80's  era  grindcore  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  singing  onto  the  recording,  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also be  heard  and  one  track  also adds  in  touches  of  harsh noise.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  COVID19  pandemic.


  In  my  opinion  Poison  Wind  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death,  thrash  metal,  avant  garde,  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Branch  CoVidians"  "Viral  Tales"  and  "Weight".  8 out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/poisonwind     

Friday, October 2, 2020

Vulgarian/Human Scum/2020 Full Length Review



  Vulgarian  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Human  Scum"  which  will  be  released  on  October  30th.


  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  elements  of  sludge  metal  onto  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  screams  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing.


  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music while  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  the  raw  energy  of  hardcore  punk.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  music  also  always  sticks  mostly  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  and  musical  direction  as  well  as  always  remaining  very  heavy  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  fast  playing  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.


  Vulgarian  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  sludge  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  racism,  corruption,  police,  state  violence  and    the  overall  erosion  of  human  rights.


  In  my  opinion  Vulgarian  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Human  Scum" "Shithole" and  "Drown  In  A  Swamp".  8 out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/vvlgarian 

https://twitter.com/Vvlgarian

https://instagram.com/vvlgarian?igshid=15md9w0aynyyc 

https://vulgarian.bandcamp.com/            

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Marthe/Sisters Of Darkness/Caligari Records/2020 EP Review


  Marthe  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  heavy  metal  with  some  elements  of  crust,  d  beat  and  gothic  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  2020  ep  "Sisters  Of  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  while  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  in  the  slower  riffs.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  done  in  a  clean  style  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  all  of  the  drumming  being  done  on  an  electronic  drum  kit  and  most  of  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  70's,  80's  and  90's  era.

  The  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  traditional  metal  elements  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  the  dark  atmosphere  of  old  school  occult  black  metal.  Some  of  the  clean  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  gothic  rock  as  well  as some  of  the  music  also  showing  some  influences  of  crust  and  d  beat.

  As  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard  and  the  whole  recording  sticks  to  a  slower  direction,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  grim  screams  and  the  closing  song  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  auto determination,  acceptance  of  life  cycle,  empathy  and  nature  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Marthe  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  heavy  metal  with  some  elements  of  gothic  rock,  crust  and  d  beat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sisters  Of  Darkness"  and  "Awake  Arise  Silence".  8  out  of  10.

http://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/sisters-of-darkness

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Lucynine Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
 Hi! Sure. I've always been a hungry listener of any genre and also as a musician and composer I've never been able to follow a single line, even if I've always been attracted by what's obscure and violent. So, after playing in many bands, I decided to put on a solo project as a multi-instrumentalist and composer that would have allowed me to work in total self-sufficiency (I'm always on the move, so it's hard for me to keep on a proper band). There comes Lucynine.

2.You have your first full length coming out towards the end of July, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
 I'd say it's more sincere. It's not angry and dark because the genre wants to, but because this record tells true stories, with the right mood.

3.From 2013 to 2020 there was no music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
 Well, no music has been released under the monicker Lucynine, but I worked on various projects with my own name. Most of all I worked on two short movies: “Block E, 4th Floor” (script, direction, music, everything apart the acting voice) and “Engine of Time” (only audio and soundtrack).

4.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?
 “Amor Venenat” means “Love Envenoms” in Latin. I started working on this record after I lost my husband for a cancer in 2018. We've been together for 11 years and I fell into depression and felt the need of throwing a lot of shit out of me. This album was very therapeutic in that sense... I never had an easy relationship with love sphere: born homosexual in a strict Catholic family, affairs with men much older than me, not always easy to manage, then the loss of the one I had chosen to share my life with... So I really needed to shout out a lof of regret and pain. And the concept the album is built around is a sort of portrait of me. Well, a kind of portrait of me in that very moment.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lucynine'?
 The first half of the monicker Lucynine comes both from Lucifer both from the famous song by The Beatles “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” since a psychedelic component has always been relevant in my music. Number nine is both a magical number by itself, both a “six” upside down, to remind to the Number of the Beast. It's rock'n'roll, isn't it?

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
 It's meant to include more concepts in the same picture: pain (the rope), sex/love (the man naked), but also the caducity of old age, religion (the red light reminds of vestments of a catholic cardinal). All these concepts are related to each other in the album.

7.You work mostly as a solo artist, would you be open to expanding into a full line up on future releases?
 I don't think so. I could think of a band for a live situation or many featured artists on next releases, but not a band.

8.You also have a few quests on the new album, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recording?
 Sure! They all are famous actors and dubbers here in Italy (Dario Penne, for example is the Italian voice of Anthony Hopkins, Michael Caine, Tommy Lee Jones, Christopher Lloyd and many others). You see, I'm very bound to theatre, I work as a stage photographer, I collaborate with actors in many ways and most of my friends are actors too, so, since I wrote things that were meant to be spoken and not sung, I thought the best actors I knew would have been the best choice for those verses to be played.
I know that contributions could be a limitation for not Italian speaking people, but I hope their curiosity will win on this and push them to search for the meaning or... just listening to the whole album enjoying it.

9.Earlier this year you also released an ep tribute to 'Titor', what was the decision behind the tribute?
 It all started as a quarantine joke and ended in a serious double single. Titor have been both dear friends of mine, both one of my favourite hardcore punk bands ever. So it came out quite naturally.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of experimental, avant garde and extreme metal?
 I still have to understand it, because my 2013 EP didn't have much promotion, so “Amor Venenat” is the first time I have a serious promoting agency, a serious label, etc. Let's see what happens. I really can say I did all the best I could do.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future/
 I'm really insecure so I never expect too much and try to enjoy everything good happens to me. So I can't make predictions. What I really really dream is to be called for a movie soundtrack.

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/
 I listen to many different genres, from classical music to jazz, from trip hop to crust punk, so it could turn into a very long reply ahahah! What I can say is that The Beatles changed my life when I was a child, Iron Maiden changed it again when I was 11, Devin Townsend when I was 16, Meshuggah when I was 18, Portishead when I was 20, and so on. In my shelves you can find from Rachmaninoff to Dark Funeral, from David Bowie to Gorillaz. These days I'm really into Bandcamp and looking for unknown good bands that do amazing things with nearly no budget. Maybe today you can discover better things from little labels or DIY scenery than among big majors. Well, maybe not only today!

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
 Literature, art, cinema, all that involves expression. I myself am a photographer and videomaker, so my different jobs in music and creativity really overlap with my interests. And it's a huge privilege today.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the time you spent with me and for your interest in what I do. I wish people will enjoy my music and find out what's behind it and maybe... pieces of real life that deserve thoughts and meditation.

www.lucynine.com
www.facebook.com/lucynine
www.instagram.com/lucynine.official
https://lucynine.bandcamp.com

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Lucynine/Amor Venenat/Inverse Records/2020 CD Review


 Lucynine  is  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black,  sludge,  doom  metal, punk,  crust,  hardcore,  darkwave  and  experimental  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Amor  Venenat"  which  will  be released  in  July by  Inverse  Records.

   Music  and  spoken  word  samples start off  the  album  before  going  into  a   very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.Vocals  are  mostly grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Keyboards  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.

   All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  some  tracks  also  bring  in  clean  singing  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  elements  of  post  rock  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  noisy  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments  and  some  tracks  show  an  influence  of  darkwave.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  some  touches  of  post  punk,  crust  and  hardcore  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other,  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  psychedelic  and  blues  rock  elements  can  also  be heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  darkest  and  most  negative  sides  of  love.

  In  my  opinion  Lucynine  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black,  sludge,  doom  metal,punk,  crust,  hardcore,  darkwave  and  experimental,  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "-Nine  Eleven"  "Things  I'll  Never  Know"  "White  Roses"  and  "Everyone  O  Lovedis  Dead". 8out  of  10.

www.lucynine.com
www.facebook.com/lucynine
www.instagram.com/lucynine.official
https://lucynine.bandcamp.com 

https://youtu.be/wfrVLjBgs4g

Friday, April 10, 2020

Rise Of The Stateless Wolf Interview

A - Strings Nomad, Spiritual Throat
F. - Strings and Fury Throat

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

A. - The R.O.T.S.W. project start in 2019. At that time all of us are involved in our strictly esoteric black metal project called Nurmur. We decided to put our force and dedication into a new entity, where our musical attitude and styles will not be caged into a specific genre/scene. The mission: explore meditative sound and turn them into furious vehemence.

2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

A. - A dark mixture of our influences/style put together to match the lyrical concept. Crust/d-beat drum pattern and Black-Death metal riffs to give a violent ripetitive-obsessive texture and furious, low and not so clean vocals.

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

A. - The main lyrical topic is simple yet ambitious: the eternal climb to the one's self Holy Mountain, and the risk of failure that a quest like this can involve.
In fact, this EP is dedicated to Emilio Salgari, a famous Italian writer of the past century who has write hundreds of book describing in details places and territory he never visited. A man with a powerful and limitless mind. In the same powerful way he ended his life with Seppuku. The ritual suicide.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Rise Of The Stateless Wolf'?

A. - After thousands of years of migration under persecution, the wolf is indeed a stateless animal. Driven by his instinct of survival, that made him the antithesis of the modern man...let's celebrate him, he didn't surrender!

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

A. - The Elephant's head with a broken tusk...will forever be our animal guide. In the induistic tradition he represent the instinct of survival, destruction of obstacles, equilibrium, an archetipe full of simbolic meanings. To put him on our first cover art was more mandatory than natural.

6.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows yet?

F. - We had to do our first concert in May, but due of Covid-19 virus that is scourging our country, everything is postponed.
We will be ready when the time comes.

7.The ep was released on 'Italian Extreme Underground', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

F. - Italian Extreme Underground is my DIY label/distro. Born in 2014 as a Facebook page (still active), it turned into a label/distro a few years later and has a dozen releases.
For info: https://www.facebook.com/italiaextreme / http://ieudistro.altervista.org / https://italianextremeunderground.bandcamp.com

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, sludge metal and hardcore?

F. - We are trying to get our music out of Italy, at the moment we don't have much feedback from abroad. But those few we have, they have been positive.

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

F. - After this EP is it worth considering the idea of doing a full-length? We do not know this.
When we meet after this quarantine period we will think about the path that our project will take.
Musically we set no limits. We take every source of inspiration and even this dark moment of our life will help us, especially for the lyrics.

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?

A. - Musically speaking, our main influences are the Crust/D-beat fury of acts like Discharge and Wolfpack; the lyrical and atmospheric exploration of Inquisition and few other Black Metal band, the old-school thrash and death metal scene, particulary the album Schizophrenia from Sepultura and the complete discography of Bolt Thrower. Godflesh and Mysticum for the use of drum machine. And some neo folk act like Death in June and Current 93.
Speaking of new band, Mitochondrion, Portal, Youth Code.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

A. - Read, study, meditate and training for the end.

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

A./F.- We want to thank again your 'zine for giving us this space to promote our project and for the review...OSU

https://www.facebook.com/rotsw/

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Rise Of The Stateless Wolf/Born Dead/Year Of The Rats/Italian Extreme Underground/2020 EP Review


  Rise  Of  The  Stateless  Wolf  are  a  band  from  Italy that  plays  a  mixture  of  black, sludge  metal and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Born  Dead/Year  Of  The  Rats" which  was  released  by  Italian  Extreme  Underground.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  while  the  slower  riffing  brings  in  elements  of  sludge  metal.  Vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams  along  with  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  showing  an  influence  of  hardcore.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences  along  with  some  touches  of  crust  punk  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style and  spoken  word parts,  demonic  voices  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Rise  Of  The  Stateless  Wolf  plays  a  musical  style that takes black  sludge  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  and  mixes them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  spiritual  and  death  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Rise  Of  The  Stateless  Wolf  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black, sludge  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Born  Dead/Year  Of  TT.O.Dhe  Rats"  and  "T.O.D".  8  out  of  10.

https://italianextremeunderground.bandcamp.com/album/i-e-u-009-rise-of-the-stateless-wolf-born-dead-year-of-the-rats

    

Friday, March 13, 2020

Misanthropic Aggression/Alcoholic Polyneuropathetic Freaks In Hell/Boris Records/2020 EP Review


  Misanthropic  Aggression  are  a  band  from  Atlanta,  Georgia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  thrash,  death,  doom  metal,  d  beat  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Alcoholic  Polyneuropathetic  Freaks  In  Hell"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Boris  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into a   heavier  direction  while  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music.  D  beats  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  thrash  metal  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  style.  Tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  all  of  the  instruments  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  touches  of  crust  also  being  added  into  some  pars  of  the  recording.

  On  this  ep  Misanthropic  Aggression  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  black, doom,  death,  thrash  metal,  d  beat  and  crust  that  they  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  alcohol,  depression  and  sociopathology  themes.
 
  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding recording  from  Misanthropic  Aggression  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom,  death,  thrash  metal,  d  beat  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Blacklisted".  8  out  of  10.

https://borisrecords.bandcamp.com/album/alcoholic-polyneuropathic-freaks-in-hell 

  

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Serpent Eater/Vanitas/Wooaaargh/2019 CD Review


  Serpent  Eater  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  death  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Vanitas"  which  was  released  by   Wooaaargh.

  Black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  slow  and  heavy  riffs  also  mixing  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.

  Influences  of  crust  and  hardcore  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  touches  of  black'n'roll  along  with  the  two  closing  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  psychic  deformation,  despair  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Serpent  Eater  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  sludge,  death  metal,  crust  and  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Echo  Chamber"  "Hypnos"  and  "Lurking  Fear".  8  out  of  10.

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Charlene Beretah/Ram/Division Records/2019 CD Review


  Charlene  Beretah  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ram"  which  will  be  released  on    November  8th  by  Division  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  horror  movie  samples  also  being  used  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also h ave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  screams  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  black  metal.  During  the  mid  tempo  sections  influences  of  crust  punk  can  be  heard  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  some  stoner  and  southern  metal  touches  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.  Spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  you  can  also  hear  a  brief  use  of  distorted  guitar  leads.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  murder,  drugs  and  demonic  possession  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Charlene  Beretah  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Call  Of  Darkness"  and  "Kurdes  Game".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/CharleneBeretah

    

Friday, October 12, 2018

Misanthropic Aggression Interview

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

This is the latest step in my lifetime of music creation. I am currently 35 years old and this is the seventh band I've written original music and recorded with. People who knew me before this band knew me as a drummer. I only moved to bass and vocals as a way to push myself and after meeting Tyler, who is only 20 years old and drumming at a way higher caliber than I was at his age. When Chris first decided to commit to the band I was playing drums and he was on guitar. Our two song demo from 2017 only features he and I. Chris engineers everything in our practice room, and on that recording I played bass, drums and did the vocals. Chris played guitar and engineered the sessions. When Tyler joined we decided to write an EP and push hard for Boris Records to release it. Chris works for the label, my old band Spewtilator had two releases on BR, and it just seemed like a natural DiY / Independent move. So we worked very hard for seven months on the material and spent another two months tracking it. Now here we are.

2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on this recording?

We established a few major ground rules. C tuning so everything we had would be low and heavy. Always black metal shrieks or death metal lows for vocals. Intensity and energy in everything. Other than that there are no rules on metal sub genres. We try to keep it black and I consider us a black metal band. We just add elements of thrash, death, doom and punk. The 80's in Europe were extremely fascinating to me. Between Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Venom, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Sodom, Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, Amebix etc. the major bases of Traditional Heavy Metal, First Wave Black Metal and Grind / Crust Punk are all covered.

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

Social unrest, depression, anger, mental illness. I feel like we're living in an age where everyone feels extremely tribalistic and there's a lot of bad attitudes and shitty people who love to mistreat others. I just found myself getting so fucking pissed off every day I needed to express my frustration and rage. I don't feel like I'm alone in feeling fed up, forgotten about, and just generally pissed most of the time. A lot of times my lyrics come from a first person perspective but I'm not writing from my point of view, I'm writing from the point of view of that stupid prick in traffic that just cut you off and gave YOU the finger or the asshole holding up the line on purpose getting lottery when they can tell people are in a hurry. It's the age of anonymous trolling and everyone hates everyone who isn't exactly like them.

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

The rage I feel at hating man kind so much, and the struggle I feel on a daily basis not to assault people and be locked in a cage.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

I like guns, I have a few guns, but let's be honest America is obsessed with them. It's a man sacrificed to the alter of the gun. It was drawn by Warhead Art out of Eastern Europe. He caught my eye from my old friend Kael from the so-cal war metal band Wearg, Cavemancult from Miami and Berator from Chicago (Richard and Adam are from my hometown and we go back over a decade) and I love his style. he was nice enough to do a commission piece for us and I asked him to move away from his traditional medieval style. It came out really well. Sam Leyja (Boris Owner and founder) did the layout and I'm really pleased with how it came out.

6.Originally the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?

I feel like I'll be playing music until the day I die, and as a drummer you always seem to get chewed up and spit out. Always seem to be getting used to make someone else's dream a reality, but at some point things don't work out and you're no longer in the band that wouldn't have been established without you, and you have very little to show for it. I finally decided I would start my own band no one could ever take away. I hope Chris and Tyler never stop playing with me but if they did I would keep the band going. It was like once I freed myself of the burden of being a team player and decided to be selfish I meet this extremely healthy group with Chris and Tyler and don't have to be selfish. It's working out really well.

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

Probably our Athens, Ga debut with Cloak (more old friends Scott and I go back a decade) it was a huge crowd and a room full of people who have never seen us. We go for intensity and energy live. I go out of my way to head bang and thrash. Black metal is war and even though we aren't a traditional bm band I intended to try to manifest violence, even if it's only against my own body. We have only played 4 shows so far but that is my favorite.

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

Yes we are open to offers. We are close to announcing a Charlotte show and we are networking to try to get a 9 day run up to NYC and Philly next year. We plan to keep this band active as long as we can.

9.On the ep you had also done an S.S.D cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

I love a lot of 80's hardcore, and to me even though that band isn't metal at all, they personified violence and rage on that song. The lyrics feel like something I would write. So at practice one day we were fucking around and tried it in C standard and added a blast beat to the chorus. It sounded violent as fuck so we went for it.

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

I guess like anything some people love us and some think we suck. The punk sound of our music throws a lot of elite black metal guys for a loop. If a dbeat is good enough for Celtic Frost it's good enough for me. If you wanna see me be stupid give me a bottle of whiskey and put on Morbid Tales. I don't think my DNA can allow me to NOT head bang and start single man moshing when Into Crypts of Rays comes on.

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

Now that the EP is done we are not slowing down. I'm already into writing a second song, and Chris and Tyler both have ideas too. We're going to let Inability To Cope run it's course for at least a year, and play as many shows in as many cities as possible. We'll probably wait until Boris has enough money for us to do a legit 12" to record again though. We are open to split or comp offers though and would be interested in recording for them if any offers came in. Musically we plan to progress. we're doing what we're doing now but there's nothing to say we won't go more grim in the future. We also love a lot of Goregrind like Impetigo and Lord Gore / Frightmare / Bloodfreak those Portland guys kill it. So really who knows. No rules, as long as it's heavy as fuck and fast. No bullshit vocals either.

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?

Biggest influence on me is Darkthrone. People love to take shots at them because they're the face of black metal, but they have the most dynamic and prolific discography of pretty much anyone. From Soulside Journey to Arctic Thunder those guys just write and do what they want, no matter who thinks or says what. Also Peter Steele and Carnivore / Type O Negative, his sense of black humor was the best. I identify strongly with him. Also Celtic Frost, their first two albums are amazing but Monotheist is one of the most crushing and depressing albums I had ever heard. I guess I wanted this band to be dynamic and not afraid to be unconventional. As much as I love Judas Iscariot I don't guess I would ever want to play "grim" black metal. Not talking any shit at all about the pure black metal bands. I'm kinda rambling now but also Demoncy. Robert is from my hometown and we have a lot of mutual friends, some how I had never seen them live until last year. They played Mass Destruction Metal Fest and they were so fucking heavy. The old shitty recordings they have are great, but live they sounded louder and heavier than a lot of doom bands I've seen. Really inspiring.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I have an almost 5 year old son and wife so a lot of time with them. I'm a PC gaming nerd. You can catch me playing video games a lot more than I should admit. Our song Respite is about how I'm anti social and I don't wanna do anything but sit at home in my basement.

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

Thank you very much for taking to time to check out our stuff and reach out to us. The support is strongly appreciated. - Jake

https://www.facebook.com/MisanthropicAggression/

Friday, September 21, 2018

Misanthropic Aggression/Inability To Cope/Boris Records/2018 EP Review


  Misanthropic  Aggression  are  a  band  from  Atlanta.  Georgia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash  and  crust  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Inability  To  Cope"  which  will  be  released  in  October  on  cassette  by  Boris  Records.

  A  very  fast  crust  punk  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  d  beats  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  1st  wave  influences  but  also  keeps  it  modern  as w ell  as  adding  in a  small  amount  of  melody.

  A  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit throughout  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  growls  and  hardcore style  shouts  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts.

 All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  S.S  Decontrol's  "Boiling  Point"  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  along  with  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  almost  towards  the  end.

  Misanthropic  Aggression  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death,  doom,  thrash  metal  and  crust  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Misanthropic  Aggression  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom, death,  thrash  metal  and  crust  punk  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Prove  Yourself"  "Afterwork  Inebriation"  and  "Respite".  8 out  of  10.   

https://www.facebook.com/MisanthropicAggression/

  

Friday, February 9, 2018

Agrimonia Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the mew album?
Pontus: Since the recording, we haven't done so much musically. We did a few shows and spent time on the artwork and such. It's a limbo-like situation, having the new album recorded but not being able to present it to the world yet!



2.You have a new album coming out this month, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Pontus: It's hard to describe your own music, but to put it simple: I think it's a very good sounding and epic metal album with progressive influences and a crusty backbone. Lots of dynamics and emotions. Words doesn't do it justice, however, as with all good music! Compared to our earlier stuff, I think this is our most fully realized album in terms of songwriting, emotional dynamics, and aural impact.



3.This is your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Christina: I have opened a vegan restaurant with some friends, made songs and played a lot of shows with my other band Contorture. Most of us are busy with other bands when we dont do Agrimonia things.
Pontus: With Agrimonia, we've done a few tours and shows. Then we've been busy with other stuff, both musical and non-musical. The rollercoaster that is life!



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

Christina: I tend to write about injustices in the world, big and small things that happens around me and about things I think is wrong in the world. It can be social issues or mistreatment of the earth and the people living in it.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Agrimonia''?
Christina: Agrimonia is a plant and has a long history of medicinal use. It has been know as an an "all-heal" and has been used to heal everything from wounds to liver problems and also as a witch's cure. When we started Agrimonia we just liked the name and didn´t really have a meaning behind 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?
Christina: I get really into the songs when we play so I dont think I have a plan of my stage performance. I just go with the music and the words. I think we all have different ideas of the best shows we played and so much can be included in that question. It is hard to answer! I really like playing places where I have friends in the audience.
Pontus: I enjoyed the release show for the last album, where we played the whole album from start to finish live. To me, a great show is when the energy is shared between us and the audience. As for stage performance, that is something I don't think we've ever thought so much about. For me it's finding that energy and connection to the music.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Christina: We have a release party planned here in Göteborg on March 23:rd.
Pontus: I will be on paternal leave until the fall so we won't tour until then. We'll see what happens!



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, sludge and post metal?
Pontus: It's been good.  We've been fortunate enough to play a lot of places with great receptions. Reviews, especially for this new album, are really nice!



9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Christina: I play bass in a d-beat band called Contorture. We are currentle working on our second full lenght album and we are recoring it at Studio D-takt in Uppsala at the end of March. We are also heading out on a tour of eastern and south eastern Europe in March.
Pontus: Me and Björns other band Miasmal is slowly getting back on track since we got a new bass player a few months ago. Martin is very busy with At the Gates, they just recorded a new album and will probably do a lot of shows this summer when their new album is out.



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

Pontus: I'd like to think we will not stray far from our core sound, but rather evolve it.



11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Christina: I think that a band that we all can agree on is Bolt Thrower. Personally as a singer my influences has been women who growls in bands, like Agnes from the polish band Lost. I listen a lot to Bolt Thrower, SubRosa, Misantropic, Windhand and JexThoth for example.
Pontus: Bolt Thrower, Sisters of Mercy, Dinosaur Jr, PJ Harvey, Neurosis, early Metallica. Both influences (however subconscious) and recent listening.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Christina: I am so busy with work right now so I do not really have so much spare time. When I am not at work I like to relax with a book or a tv-series, have beers with friends or watch a movie.
Pontus: Books, documentaries, family life and beer.





13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Christina: Thanks for taking the time to interview us!

Pontus: Cheers and thanks! Check out Awaken!

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Agrimonia/Awaken/Southern Lord Recordings/2018 CD Review


  Agrimonia  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  post  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Awaken"  which  will  be  released  on  January  26th  by  Southern  Lord  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodies  and  elements  of  post  metal  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  influenced  screams  and  clean  singing  and  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Most  of t he  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  slow  riffs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  synths  and  as  the  album  progresses elements  of  crust  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid tempo  sections  of  the  songs.

  Agrimonia  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  sludge,  post  metal  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Agrimonia  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  post  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Astray"  and  "The  Sparrow".  8  out  of  10.


  

Friday, December 29, 2017

Coilguns/Millenials/Hummus Records/2018 CD Review


  Coilguns  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  noise,  d  beat  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Millenials"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Hummus  Records.

  Dark  yet  melodic  and  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  awhile  the  angry  vocals  bring  in  touches  of  sludge  and  black  metal  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Elements  of  post  hardcore  and  noise  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  elements  of  d  beat  and  grindcore  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  musical  gets  more  experimental  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts.

  Coilguns  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  black  metal,  sludge,  noise  rock,  post  hardcore,  d  beat,  grind  and  experimental  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cove  dark and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Coilguns  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  grind,  d  beat,  noise  rock  and  post  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anchorite"  "Spectogram"  "Self  Employment  Scheme"  and  "The  Screening".  8  out  of  10.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pink Mass/Necrosexual/2017 Full Length Review


 Pink  Mass  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  a  blackened  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  with  a  touch  of  punk  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Necrosexual".

  A  horror  movie  soundtrack  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  grind  and  crustcore  direction  along  with  some  blast  bears  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal s creams  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  short  in  length.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  and  another  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  samples  and  some  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  punk  rock  and  doom  metal.

  Pink  Mass  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  doom,  punk,  crust  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create a   sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  BDSM,  Perversion,  Sex,  Punk,  Blasphemy,  and  Sexual  Freedom  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pink  Mass  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  mixture  of  punk,  doom,  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hedonist  Lament"  "Crypt  Perversor"  "Vorified  Master"  and  "Excorciated  Purity".  8  out  of  10.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Ledge/Cold Hard Concrete/Translation Loss Records/Hibernation Release/2017 CD Review


  Ledge  are  a  solo  project  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  metal,  power  violence  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Cold  Hard  Concrete"  which  will  be  released in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Translation  Loss  records,  and  Hibernation  Release.

  Hardcore  style  riffing  and  angry  shouting  vocals  start  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  black  metal,  power  violence  and  d  beat  elements  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also used  briefly  and  one  track  also  adds  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  the  music  always  remains  brutal  with  no  solos  or  leads  ever  being  utilized.

  Ledge  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  sludge,  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  with  hardcore  and  power  violence  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  angry,  and  hateful themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ledge  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  metal,  power  violence  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blacked  Out"  "Fuck  Yourself"  and  "Contempt".  8  out  of  10.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Body Void/Ruins/Crown & Throne Ltd/Dry Cough Records/2017 LP Review


  Body  Void  are  a  band  from  San  Francisco  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal  with  touches  of  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ruins"  which  will  be  released  on  January  31st  as  a  joint  effort  between  Crown  &  Throne  Ltd  and  Dry  Cough  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  music  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  a  few  seconds  later  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  vocals a re  high  pitched  screams  that  mix  black  metal  and  sludge  together  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.

 All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  elements  of  crust  punk  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  elements  of  noise  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

  Body  Void  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  also  mixing  in  black  metal  vocals  and  elements  of  noise  and  crust  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  oppression,  gender  and  science  fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Body  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal  with  elements  of  noise  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Erased"  and  "Ruins".  8  out  of  10.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Deadwound/Indentity Shapes/Black Bow Records/2017 EP Review


  Deadwound  are  a  band  from  The  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  doom,  sludge, d  beat, and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Identity  Shapes"  which  was  released  by  Black  Bow  Records.

  Dark  effects  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  sludge metal  direction while  the  vocals  also  take  sludge  and  mix  it  in  with  black  metal  screams  while  crust  style  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  slow  riffing  is  also  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  A  great  amount  of  hardcore  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  d  beats  can  be  heard and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Deadwound  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  doom,  sludge,  d  beat  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism  an  other  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deadwound  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  doom,  sludge,  d  beat  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kult  Warrior"  and  "Babylon".  8  out  of  10.

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