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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.


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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Shrykull/Temple Steps/Trepanation Recordings/2020 Split Album Review

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  United  Kingdom's  Shrykull  and  Temple  Steps  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Trepanation  Recordings  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Shrykull  a  duo  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black, sludge,  doom,  death  metal,  grind  and  hardcore.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  distorted  amp  sounds  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  which  also  captures  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  The  mid  tempo  sections  of their  songs  also  show an  influence  of  hardcore  along  with  their  second  track  being  a  cover  of  Grief's  "I  Hate  The  Human  Race"  which  also  introduces  death  metal growls  onto  their  side  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dystopian  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Shrykull  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of    black, sludge,  doom,  death  metal,  grind  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Misanthrope".


  Next  up  is  Temple  Steps  a  duo  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very slow, dark,  heavy  and  melodic  doom  metal  sound  while  the  bass  guitar  also  adds  in  the  heaviness  of sludge  metal.  The  vocals  are  also  done  in  a  screaming  style  along  with  all  of  the music  sticking  to  a  slower  direction  as  well  as  the  second  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  whispers.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  misanthropic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Temple  Steps  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Snapped  Crook".


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


Booking and info (Shrykull) – https://shrykull.bandcamp.com/

Booking and info (Temple Steps) - https://templesteps.bandcamp.com/

Facebook (Shrykull) - https://www.facebook.com/shrykull

Facebook (Temple Steps) - https://www.facebook.com/TempleSteps


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend


 


  

Monday, September 28, 2020

Feed Them Death/For Our Culpable Dead/Brucia Records/2020 EP Review

 


  Feed  Them  Death  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  avant  garde  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal,  experimental,  noise  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  ep "For  Our  Culpable Dead"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Brucia  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  guttural  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  experimental  and avant  garde  elements  as  well  as  some  synths  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.


  All  of  the  musical instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  while  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in some  of  the  guitar  riffing. Touches  of  sludge  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


 Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  some  harsh  noises  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  on  the  closing  track  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard.   The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Feed  them  Death  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  sludge,  death  metal,  grindcore,  avant  garde  and  experimental,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "For  Our  Culpable  Dead".8out  of  10.


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Monday, March 2, 2020

Feed Them Death Interview


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

 The album was recorded back in May 2019 and was originally supposed to be released at the end of last year with 2 different labels, however I felt that the new musical direction of the project would have been better suited to I,Voidhanger. The label and I agreed to change a few things with regards to both the mastering and the graphics to make sure we would emphasize the avant-garde nature of this particular album. I have also been working on the new material for album number three, and I should be able to hit the recording studio by summer. Other than that, I have been working with a few local musicians in London to bring the project live with the release of the new album.



2. In April you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous release?

I still very much like the first album, and I am proud of what was achieved there. It has memorable tracks, a good flow and some quirks, however I think that I had been perhaps a bit timid with innovation, and although the album presents very interesting ideas, to a distracted ear it might sound slightly derivative and a bit too homogenously death-grind.

Same thing is valid for the lyrics: much of the inspiration for the first album came from “one-dimensional man” by Marcuse, however I did not make it obvious and in hindsight that was something that I wanted to rectify, as I think it adds value when an extreme metal band has got something more to say than just talk about blood and demons.

The new album is a lot more experimental: it has a lot of layers yet it somehow manages to maintain a good flow.

Production is also different, as this time I focused more on mixing low and hi-fi to achieve a rougher type of sound, however maintaining a good punch.



3. The music on the new album also has some black and sludge metal elements while still being heavily rooted in grindcore and death metal, what was the decision behind going into a slightly different musical direction with the new release?

I started composing material for “Panopticism” before the first album got released, so was unaware and uninterested about the feedback, and just followed my instinct and eagerness to try and merge and combine different styles of extreme music whilst at the same time maintaining a recognizable death-grind root. I ended up including a lot of elements from other extreme subgenres such as sludge, harsh noise, drone, black metal, and that was also facilitated by the fact that I had the chance to involve other musicians in the new album: Ays Kura from Die Kur plays the theremin in one song, and Davide Destro from drone and noise projects such as LaColpa and Macabro Dio collaborated on another track. I was also interested in expanding on the concept of reference music, as attempted already with another project I had made some noise with (Rising Bear Flottilla), and included a number of samples and outtakes from both decontextualized and “metal specific” sources to use as foundation for new compositions.



4. The lyrics on the new album are also inspired by the writings of Michael Foucalt, can you tell is a little bit more about your interest in his work?

As mentioned, the first album was also inspired by the writings of another eminent social theorist such as Marcuse, however I felt that I did not make it clear enough. When I started reading “Madness and Civilization” I realized that both the subject matter and overall flow of the writing would have made a good base to explore the theme of the imposed isolation of the outcasts in our society. I knew that this album would have been musically different from most things released before, so I was particularly keen to explore the connection – and difference - between the inability of belonging seen as sentient choice of dissent versus the way diversity was used to justify labeling a vast spectrum of our civilization as madmen. The connection with the concept of Panopticism came after when I started reading “discipline and punish”, and found an obvious correlation between madness and social exclusion, especially in a day and age where surveillance technology is made available for all to misuse.



5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Feed Them Death'?

Feed Them Death has a lot of meanings for me: literally, for the fact that it refers to the act of feeding and eating, it links this project back to my old band Antropofagus which I founded back in ‘96. I like the “them” element of the name, as it creates a barrier of sort between the feeder and those being fed. As with the inspiration, believe it or not it comes from Bad Religion lyrics: they have been for years one of my favorite bands, and I particularly like the idea of “borrowing” from an unconventional source for a death-grind project, as opposed to the usual death metal vocabulary.



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

When I started talking about the overall concept with Guglielmo Rossi and Bandiera, who ended up being in charge for creating the artwork, they loved the idea and so we started brainstorming. I knew I wanted something different from the usual death metal art covers or grindcore collage of sort, both thematically but also from a colour palette point of view. So they proposed that we took a different angle and created this obsessive and kaleidoscopic grid of intersecting gazes, many overexposed and blurry, to convey the uneasiness of being constantly observed and under scrutiny. I think it gels well with the wider musical purpose of the release, which was and is creating something new by borrowing from different and seemingly unrelated sources. There are a lot of incredible visual elements on all touch points of the A5 digipack CD edition, as we really wanted to focus on creating something worth owning.



7. With this musical project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with other musicians, how would you compare the two?

I don’t dislike working with other musicians, but I admit that I prefer doing things on my own, at least for the most part. I enjoy and value the chemistry between two or three likeminded individuals at work on the same project, and that’s the reason I will always want to involve other friends and musicians to participate to a Feed Them Death release - but for this particular project I felt I knew exactly where it was coming from, where it is and where it’s heading to. It is a vision difficult to translate and I don’t want to make it rigid by stating too much as Feed Them Death, being my main creative outlet, is like me and like all things transient in a constant state of flux.





8. The new album is coming out on 'I, Voidhanger Records', how would you compare working with this label to your previous label 'Exalted Woe Records'?

First off, I have always been a huge fan of I,Voidhanger: they have released for years on consistently stunning releases,  and have a very unique and identifiable vision which somehow permeates albums they have put out and came from very different regions of extreme music, and that to me is sign of a great label with a strong identity. So I am immensely proud of working with them now: I love that they are very interested in everything their artists do, they take a great deal of pride in everything they do and are always happy to contribute with ideas.

As with my first album, it was co-released by Grimmdistribution and Exalted Woe, and the fact that now I am working with only one label is already a big change in itself. I enjoyed working with the other two labels on the release of the first album and I am glad they saw some potential in me and gave the project a chance to be heard, however as I saw “Panopticism” shaping up they way it did (so a lot more experimental than the previous release on all levels), I knew that I needed a different type of direction and alliance for the new phase of the project.



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

The first album received generally very enthusiastic responses by the metal community worldwide. As said, I am well aware that it was a good album - fast yet somehow groovy, and it has been well received and praised by fans of first Brutal Truth, Terrorizer and the likes. “Panopticism” is a very different type of album, and perhaps less aimed specifically at one prototype of listener: there is a lot more going on in this record compared to the first album, yet despite it being heterogeneous, it also shows where its coming from by being indisputably grindcore on most parts. I was aware that it’s a different listening experience and not something quite as straightforward as before, so I am happy to see that the feedback received so far has been very good.



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

Feed Them Death is my main project and something that is increasingly absorbing a great deal of time and energies. As with the other projects, Rising Bear Flottilla was something I kind of feel I evoked with other people when the stars aligned, and I am unable to commit as to whether and when there might be a second phase with that. Bune, my sludge / doom project with Christian Montagna (editor of Sons of Flies Websize) was born to be completely free and in symbiosis with what we felt was and is the real nature of our creative spirits: we write music when we feel like it and we record music when we can and want, so again its free flow and would not make this project justice if I committed to a new release within a certain timeframe. Recently, I joined forces with other musicians in the London metal scene (members from various bands like Binge Drinker and Crom-Dubh) and will be vocalist in a gore-grind project called Nganga – we should start playing a few gigs and have some recordings done soon.



11. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

On to the big unknown, which is about the same place as I see myself heading to as a human being, and I say this implying even a positive connotation of sort: I don’t want to know precisely where I am heading to, as that would prevent me from exploring other roads and possibilities and therefore I wont want to try and define my trajectory as musician. At the moment, I am attracted by minimalistic noise of sort, so who knows that that might be one of the possible roads I will want to take in the future.



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 have very eclectic music tastes, as generally have a strong distaste for a very vast spectrum of what could be traditionally defined as metal music, however I like to listen to a lot of other genres like Hardcore Punk, Electronic music, Doom, Drone, Noise etc. Of course I have a special relationship with Grindcore, but I am also picky and tend to dismiss quickly something that is too derivative and not enough inventive or daring: mid to late Brutal Truth and late Discordance Axis are great examples of bands I could listen to everyday.



13. What are some of your non musical interests?

Reading was and will always be an important thing in my life, mostly poetry and non-fiction as I find I have gradually rejected “entertainment” writing such as fiction. With all other “arts” I tend to have more of an on-and-off relationship: for example, I like visual arts, be it paintings or cinema or theatre, but am extremely picky and often abruptly and actively uninterested for long periods of time.



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

The subtitle of the new album is “Belong / Be Lost” as I wanted to make the point that in our society those who don’t fit in are lost, but also that if you force yourself to belong then you lose your individuality. I think its important to make a distinction between isolation by design, so imposed by someone or something else, and isolation by choice so as a way to pursuing free thinking. My music is aimed at those who don’t belong and won’t conform.

Thanks for your time and for asking me interesting questions.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Feed Them Death/Panopticism:Belong/Be Lost/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 Full Length Review


  Feed  Them  Death  is  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  avant  garde  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal,  experimental,  noise  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Panopticism:  Belong/Be  Lost"which  will  be  released  in  April  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  and  the  riffs  also add  in  a  small  amounts  of  melody.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  short  in  length  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  great  amount  of  guitar  amp  distortion  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  elements  of  sludge  metal.

  Experimental  and  avant  garde  sounds  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Touches  of  drone  and  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  parts  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments,  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  more  brutal  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  inspired  by  "Discipline  And  Punish"  and  "Madness  And  Civilization"  by  philosopher  and  social  theorist  Michael  Foucault.

  In  my  opinion  Feed  Them  Death  is  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal,  experimental,  noise  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Zoneless  Confinement"  "For  Our  Insolent  Dead"  "Black  Blue  Bahquet"  and  "Dead  Is  Better".  8 out  of  10.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Wallowing Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
T. This is a tough question to answer as we have tried so hard to keep the band somewhat of a mystery and an enigma. I think it's also an incredibly difficult given the nature of our band and music. I think aside from that we are an extreme metal band based in the south of the UK, it's best if we let the album speak for itself here.

2.In September you have your first full length coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
T. This isn't only our first full length but our first recording entirely, bar an incredibly DIY live single track demo we put together with the help of our mate Sam. I think the beauty of that is, that there's no real style there whatsoever! Musically we write what we want to write and to play, and try not to box ourselves into genre or any other confining ideas, which is why you will find when listening to the record that (we like to think) the music is constantly changing and evolving to the overall themes within the piece. At heart we are entirely a prog band.


3.Your lyrics cover both science fiction and political themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those subjects?

T. What we tried to do with Planet Loss as a full piece, was try to highlight the current state of the planet through the use of Sci-fi metaphors and imagery as, if you really look at current world affairs it's ironic how close we are to your classic sci-fi dystopian tale. We have the oppressive, power-driven overlords (some even trying to build sky high monolithic walls), a huge imbalance of wealth and conflict of the people interests spanning the globe, a society so reliant on technology it's actually making us ill. Not to mention this is all happens in a reality where it is supposedly easier to give a huge chunk of the population a pill for their problems and send them on their way rather than work with them, despite the hollow numbness we experience thereafter.

Every so often you'll find a piece of media that does a great job of highlighting the issues half of us don’t even see. George Orwell's 1984 is a great example of this, and in more recent years as does the TV show black mirror. It's incredibly important in this day and age to keep your eyes open, read between the lines and think for yourself. Media such as those we have named do an incredible job of making this point and in a dream world hopefully people will see our album in a similar light.


4.You also mentioned some inspiration from George Orwell, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his works?

T. We enjoy a lot of Sci-fi literature such as the works of H.G Wells, Phillip K. Dick and James Herbert (The City is one of the best graphic novels of all time), but Orwell's ability to draw parallels between his writing and real-world political, social and economic issues was definitely an inspiration when writing Planet Loss. "1984" is a powerful piece of literature which resonates with us on several levels and we think that comes across in the lyrics and story we present.


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

T. Planet Loss is a sentimental album to us for many reasons, but one of the biggest is because of how much truth there is behind the music. As we have said before, this album was made to highlight human errors that have failed society and the world in general, a world that we are a part of and have had to endure as much as anyone else. All of the topics we highlight on the album are things that have affected us as people, and in order to put that across effectively whilst writing the initial drafts for what eventually would become Planet Loss, our minds had to "wallow" in some horrible memories and experiences, so the name seemed natural from the start.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
T. The artwork is a piece we commissioned from Luke Oram. His work has always stood out to us for his attention to detail, unique use of colour, contrast and overall style. Not to mention he has worked on cover art for some incredible bands such as Monolithian, Human Future, Iron Eagle & his own  band Atomck to name a few.
The idea behind the cover was to create an image with huge scale to mirror the music, whilst detailing the overall themes behind the story. The foreground shows a group of “Lizard Men” patrolling human slaves, whilst an evil overlord kind of figure looks down over the loading bay of his ship to see hoards of human slaves lined up by these ominous gigantic droid/robotic figures. The “overlord” has two curious, childlike and dependent droids on either side of him in a kind of metaphor to our views on the UK government. There are several metaphors within the piece which mimic metaphors within the music itself.
There is a real retro vibe to the piece which we really appreciate, from the Giger influenced spaceship-interior to the use of colour.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
T. We were fortunate enough to be a part of Cardiff Psych & Noise Fest alongside Ohhms, Cattle & Part Chimp as our first ever show, which was a great opportunity and awesome time  Although admittedly a daunting first ever show, we feel like it went incredibly well! Since then we have been lucky enough to play Dreadfest 2019 alongside WormRot, Rotten Sound - FukPig as well as Creeping Death Fest alongside BONG, & Riffmas Fest in Brighton alongside bands such as Telepathy and Diesel King. We have been very fortunate for a band with limited music and media available!



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

J. We’ll be doing a run of shows around the album launch. Exact dates & locations still to be confirmed, but we’ll be announcing them as soon as possible. We’ll be looking at sorting out more dates for 2020, obviously, too.

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

J. It’s hard to tell on a worldwide level, yet. We put out a demo for Phosgene a few months ago, and it got a great reception - and things have been going down really well live… but only a select few have heard the album for now - so it’s hard to get an idea of what the reaction will be outside of that!

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
T. Musically we are keeping that door wide open. We aren't ones to pigeon-hole ourselves and despite having some rough ideas for new music in the works, there's no telling which direction it'll take just yet. It will be heavy, it will be disgusting and 100% as out there as “Planet Loss”, but we aren't going in with any specific ideas for a specific sound. We are a band who 100% like to feel things out naturally and let our emotion do the talking, so it's all very dependent on where we are in our lives at that specific point. It's real exciting as we are just as clueless as everyone else.


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?
T. Our influences are incredibly varied but all tend to stem from heavier music. Although saying that, the main ideas behind "Planet Loss" were inspired by Rush's "2112". We wanted to create an album that was, at heart, a prog concept album but executed through our own medium. Bands such as Haasts Eagled and Space Witch also had a personal influence on me when playing with initial ideas for the record.

We all spend a lot of time playing and running events in the UK Heavy Scene, so naturally we love bands such as Torpor, Opium Lord, Pet Brick, Grim Existence, Calligram, Monolithian & Geist to name a few.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
T. Hooning cars, eating beans, creating art and spending time (drinking beers) with loved ones.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
T. Just thanks for taking the time to put these questions together. We enjoyed answering them. We hope you enjoy the record

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Wallowing/Planet Loss/Sludgelord Records/Black Voodoo Records/2019 CD Review


  Wallowing  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  metal,  grindcore  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  Planet  Loss"  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  between  Sludgelord  and  Black  Voodoo  Records.

  A  sci-fi  orientated  prologue  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Harsh  noises  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  track  also  introduces  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.

  Wallowing  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  sludge,  doom  metal,  grindcore  and  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  and  the  modern  political  climate  along  with  some  inspirations  from  the  writings  of  George  Orwell.

  In  my  opinion  Wallowing  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  doom  metal,  grindcore  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Earthless"  and  "Vessel".  8  out  of  10.

here https://thesludgelord.bandcamp.com/album/planet-loss
 Band info: 
www.facebook.com/wallowingnoise/



  

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Vonnis/Bikini Season/Hypertension Records/2019 Full Length Review


  Vonnis  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal,  grind  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Bikini  Season"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Hyptertension  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly.  Elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  emtal  screams  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  sludge.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  captures  the  speed  and  aggression  of  grindcore.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  hardcore.  A  great  portion  of  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  tremolo  picking  riffs  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  at  times  and  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult,  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vonnis  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge  metal,  grind  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Hive"  "Inside"  "Evil  Again"  and  "H(A)unters".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTxLhIKPAWQ

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Hierophant/Spawned Abortions/Unholy Anarchy Records/2018 EP Review


  Hierophant  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Spawned  Abortions"  which  was  released  by  Unholy  Anarchy  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  bring  in  elements  of  sludge  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well the  vocals  being  in  between  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  grindcore  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Bolt  Thrower's  "Realm  of  Chaos".

  Hierophant  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  sludge,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hierophant  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  sludge,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Spawned  Abortions".  8  out  of  10.

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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.

'Millenials' for full on Bandcamp    

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.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1CAgcrT-Bc&feature=youtu.be

    

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Apes/Lightless/D71 Records/2017 LP Review


  Apes  are  a  band  from  Quebec, Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  grind  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Lightless"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  D71  Records.

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  adding  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  more  traditional  hardcore  shouts  and  elements  of  grind  are  also  used  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  A  lot  of  the  slower  riffing  is  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.

  Apes  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  grind,  sludge  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  negative  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Apes  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  grind,  sludge  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Asleep"  "Vitric  Persona"  and  "Oblivion".  8  out  of  10.

Bandcamp:
https://apesqc.bandcamp.com/

Facebook :
https://www.facebook.com/apesqc

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sloth Herder/No Pity, No Sunrise/Grimiore Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Sloth  Herder  are  a  band  from  Maryland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2017  album  "No  Pity,  No  Sunrise"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Grimiore  Records.

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  fast  griindcore  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  power  violence  style  and  the  riffing  also  gets  very  technical  at times  while  the  slower  sections  are  influenced  by  sludge.

  Deep  growls  can  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  a  few  instrumentals  and  elements  of  post  hardcore  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  Sloth  Herder  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  black  metal,  sludge  and grindcore  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sloth  Herder  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  sludge,  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Antipathetic  Grades"  "Prijedor"  "Burial  Ethic"  and  "Privation".  8  out  of  10.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Vermin WombPermanence/Throatruiner Records/2015 EP Review


  Vermin  Womb  are  a  band  from  Colorado  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  metal,  grind  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Permanence"  which  was  released  by  Throatruiner  Records.

  A  very  distorted  reverb  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  death/grind  direction  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  vocals  that  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  growls and  screams  while  the  slower  sections  bring  in  elements  of  sludge  and  some  of  the  faster  riffs  bring  in  the  rawness  of  black  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  gets  very  brutal  quite  a  bit  throughout  all  of  the  tracks  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  solos  and  leads  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  only  use  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  Vermin  Womb  plays  a  style  of  death/grind  that is  very  raw  and  brutal  and  mixes  in  sludge  in  the  slower  parts  and  also  brings  in  the  dark  atmosphere  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vermin  Womb  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  metal,  grind  and  sludge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bitterness"  and  "From  Below".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Vermin_Womb/3540383492

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Teethgrinder/Hellbound/EveryDayHate/2014 7 Inch Review


  Teethgrinder  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  metal,  power violence  and  grindcore  with  touches  of  crust, hardcore,  post  metal,  drone  and  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  7  Inch  "Hellhound"  which  was  released  by  EveryDayHate.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy  distortion  before  the  music  goes  into  a  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams,  growls  and  crust  style  shouts  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  a  minute  the  band  slows  down  a  bit  and  you  can  hear  some  elements  of  doom  metal  in  their  musical  sound.

  On  the  later  tracks  you  can  really  start  hearing  the  blackened  death  metal  influence  kick  in  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  on  the  third  track  sludge  and  stoner  metal  elements  find  their  way  into  the  bands  musical  style  and  their  last  song shows  off  some  epic  black  metal  style  riffing.

  Teethgrinder  combine  a  variety  of  many  different  extreme  metal  and  hardcore  genres  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Teethgrinder  are  a  very  great  soundign  mixture  of  black  metal,  death,  stoner,  grindcore  and  power  violence  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hellbound"  and  "187".  8  out  of  10.    

https://www.facebook.com/Teethgrinder/ 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sloth Herder/Abandon Pop Sensibility/2012 EP Review


  Sloth  Herder  are  a  band  from  Maryland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical style  that  mixes  black  metal,  thrash,  grindcore  and  sludge  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  ep  "Abandon  Pop  Sensibility".

  Drums range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow, mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  black  metal,  grindcore,  thrash  and  sludge  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  range  from  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  to  deep  grindcore  growls  and  shouts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  everyday  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  while  you  can s till  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sloth  Herder  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  e.p.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cowards  Of  The  New  Age"  and  "Dug  Up".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sloth Herder/8.13.12 Room Recordings/2012 EP Review


  This  is  another  review  of  an  ep  from  Sloth  Herder  called  "8.13.12  Room  Recordings.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times  adding  more  grindcore  influences,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  blackened  grindcore  riffs  that  utilize  some  sludge  influences  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

    Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  and  everyday  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  recording  from  Sloth  Herder.  RECOMMENDED

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Sloth Herder/Sluggard/2012 EP Review


 Sloth  Herder  are  a  band  from  Maryland  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  sludge  mixed  with  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  ep  "Sluggard".

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  little  to  no  blast  beats  being  present  on  this  recording,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  black  metal,  sludge,  and  grindcore  together  to create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  screams  that  combine  black  metal,  grind  and  sludge  together,  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  and  everyday  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Sloth  Herder  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black  metal,  sludge  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blown"  and  "WB".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.



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