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Thursday, January 19, 2017

From The Shores/Of Apathy/Metal Scrap Records/2016 CD Review


  From  The  Shores  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album "Of  Apathy"  which  was  released  by  Metal  Scrap  Records.

  A  very  fast,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  the  brutality  of  death  metal  can  be  heard  and  after  the  intro  growling  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  melodic  style  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  metalcore  influences  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  death  and  black  metal  influence  has  more  dominance.

  As  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  album  along  with  thunder  sounds  also  being  added  onto  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  synths  along  with  an  instrumental  before  reverting  back  to  vocals  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  mixes  in  a  few  seconds  of  stringed  instruments.

  From  The  Shores  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  and  a  touch  of  metalcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  pain  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  From  The  Shores  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  black,  death  metal  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "This  Ain't  Another  Feast  For  Crows"  "Incest  Of  The  Wretched"  "Hourglass"  and  "Weakness  Of  The  Flesh".  8  out  of  10.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Oblivion Circle Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? Joe: we're an American blackened Metal band from dallas/fort worth Texas.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording? Joe: pretty much its an extreme metal recording with some heavy black and death metal influence. Dark melodies with some aggressive parts throughout the release.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?  Joe: The e.p is a concept release, a fictional modern take on the 4 horseman of the apocalypse.  Pretty much how us as a human species destroy the earth. I.e. war, over population and pollution.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Oblivion Circle'? Joe: i believe we as humans blindly follow and repeat ourselves throughout history. Almost like we're programmed to self destruct. So oblivion circle is just a infinite loop of existence.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? Joe: Since we're a new band, we haven't played a live show yet.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? Joe: we're playing a local fest here in our home state in January. (our debut show)

7.The ep was released on 'Sepulchral Silence Records' are you happy with the support that they have given you so far? Joe: Iam very pleased with the exposure and feedback we have recieved.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal? Joe: we haven't been told we suck or anything yet. Ha, people seem to enjoy it. We've been played on a few podcast radio shows and on air Shows here in TX and one in Arizona.  Seem to get more attention in the U.K, been played on few shows from london and ireland.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you seethe band heading into musically during the future?  Joe: probably going to stick to the blackened death formula, maybe get into a more progressive writing approach, hopefully by next year we will put out a full length, We're currently writing new material.

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? Joe: i listen to alot of different bands but iam really influenced by cattle decapitation, Winterfylleth, forgotten tomb and vattnet viskar. Iam currently stuck on "Aborted" (RetroGore) and Regarde les hommes tomber (exile)

11.What are some of your non musical interests?  Joe: video games and craft beer. Ha.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Joe: just huge big thanks to everyone that supports and listens to Oblivion Circle, Cheers!

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Oblivion Circle/Self Titled/Sepulchral Silence Records/2016 EP Review


  Oblivion  Circle  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  black,  death  metal  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  ep  which  was  released  by  Sepulchral  Silence  Records.

  A very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they are  done  in  a  very  melodic fashion  and  as  the  ep  progresses  the  songs  also start  incorporating  more  elements  of  metalcore.

  Oblivion  Circle  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  melodic  styles  of  black  and death  metal  and  also  bring  in  elements  of  metalcore  to  create  a  style  of their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Oblivion  Circle  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  black,  death  metal  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Whispers  Of  War"  and  "With  Death  Comes  Cleansing".  8  out  of  10. 

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Tengger Cavalry/Nine Treasures/Ego Fall/Mongol Metal/Mongo Metal Records/3 Way Split Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  3  way  split  between  Inner  Mongolia,  China's  Tengger  Cavalry,  Nine  Treasures  and  Ego  Fall  called  "Mongol  Metal  which  was  released  by  a  label  that  also  shares  the  same  name  of  the  album  and  we  will  review  the  songs  from  Ego  Fall  first  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  folk  metal,  melodic  death  metal  and  metalcore.

  A  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  their  first  song  along  with  some  tribal  beats  and  melodic  yet  heavy  riffing  and  the music  also  mixes  in  folk  instruments  that  also  gives  their  song s more  of  an  ethnic  feeling  and  the  vocals  have  some  type  of  shamanistic  style  chanting  and  they  also  bring  in  black  metal  screams  and  some  of  their  songs  mix  in  growls  and  elements  of  melodic  death  metal  and  metalcore  along  with  a  touch  of  electronic  music  and  the y also  add  in  a  small  amount of  guitar  leads, spoken  word  parts  and  female  vocals,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  ethnic  themes  of  their  homeland.

  In  my  opinion  Ego  Fall are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  metal  band  with  elements  of  black,  melodic  death  metal  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band  and  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wind the  Horn"  and  "The  Legend".

  Next  up  is  Tengger  Cavalry  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  folk  and   melodic  death  metal.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  ethnic  instruments  start  off  their  first  song  along  with  some  folk  music  elements  and  heavy  guitars  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  melodic  death  and  modern  metal  at  times  as  well  as  balancing  out  both  the  folk  and  heavy  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  talent  and  skill,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Tengrism,  Shamanism  and  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  Tengger  Cavalry  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  black  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "War  Horse"  and  "Legend  of  Horseback".

  Next  up  is  Nine  Treasures  a  band  that  plays  folk  metal.

  Bass  guitars  start  off  the  first  song  along  with  some  drums  and  a  few  seconds  alter  the  music  starts  to  get  heavier  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the  vocals  they  use  are  in  more  of  a  folk  metal  direction  and  they  also  mix  in  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  in  with  the  heavy  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mongolian  Folklore.

  In  my  opinion  Nine  Treasures  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fable  of  Mangas"  and  "Sonsii".

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

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Ovid's Withering/Scryers Of Ibis/Unique Leader Records/2015 CD Re-Issue Review


  Ovid's  Withering  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  plays  a  mixture  of  symphonic  black  metal,  brutal  death  metal  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Scryers  Of  Ibis"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  March  by  Unique  Leader  Records.

  A  very  fast,  brutal  and  technical  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  mixture  of  black  metal screams  and  deep  death  metal  growls  before  adding  in  metalcore  breakdowns  and  symphonic  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  During  the  faster  sections  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  being  utilized  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  very  melodic  and  technical  sounding  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  elements  of  djent  and  modern  prog  metal  and  some  of  the  songs  also  add  spoken  word  parts  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  symphonic  elements  getting  more  epic  at  times and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing.

  Ovid's  Withering  takes  a  brutal  style  of  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  symphonic  black  metal  and  metalcore  to  create  something  original  and  while  the  metalcore  elements  are  not  my  thing,  I  can  respect  the  band  for  doing  something  very  original  and  I  feel  they  are  very  good  at  what  they  do,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  Ovid's  Withering  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  symphonic  black  metal,  technical  death  metal  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oedipus  Complex"  "Acheron"  "The  God  Of  Shepherds  And  Flocks"  and  "Panikon  Diema".  7  out  of  10.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tellus Terror Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Felipe Borges: We are a band from Brazil – Rio de Janeiro, and we do a mix of Metal styles in our songs throughout our album. We have just released our first album entitled EZ Life DV8 (read as: Easy Life Deviate), which we did work hard for 1 and a half year from creating the songs to record, edit, mix and master, to finally release. We have decided not to do any shows before we have our album released also.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musicla sound that is presented on the recording?
Felipe Borges: The musical sound is something that we can not describe. We know that we do mix some Metal styles through the songs, but is something that each and every person have a different opinion. Mine is that it is just ourselves trying to do something for the public (which is what we do value the most).

3.You label your musical style as M.M.S (mixed Metal Style), can you tell us a little bit more about your desire to mix every genre of metal together and also do you hope this could possibly create a new musical direction for future metal bands?
Felipe Borges: That is correct. I did create this style only to try to explain what we do with the music we create for the people. We do love Death Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Doom Metal, Gothic Metal, Heavy Metal etc… but we wanted to blend it all to see what happened. As I said, we do it all for the people, and if they think this is good and if they want to use M.M.S. (Mixed Metal Styles) in their bands, it will be a pleasure for us. Without new invents, Human Race would not progress right?

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Felipe Borges: EZ Life DV8 talks about how life and everything happened as per our specimen knows, how it did transformed into our planets and galaxies, how our home was positioned in our galaxy, what we Human Race do with this gift of living here at Tellus (Tellus means planet Earth in Latin Language), we talk about the wonders such as the Equinox where light and Darkness are equal, passing through the Panorama of the end of the times, and getting to the conclusion that everything that we could possibly imagine about ow our world will end it is an Error.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tellus Terror'?
Felipe Borges: I wanted to have a common name that could allow me to write about things and situations that were commom for every Human Being and living being here at Tellus. So I thought of a name wich was easy to speak, which were global in a way, and were commom independently of everyone´s choices of Religion, politics and commom to every race. For us, everyone have the same value no matter if you are black or white, rich or poor, and Tellus Terror was a perfect fit for this idea (Again, Tellus means Planet Earth in Latin Language)

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Felipe Borges:  We will be playing now here in Brazil with Behemoth on November 08, 2014, and November 09, 2014. These 2 shows together will gather a little bit more than 4 thousand people. That will be awesome. Behemoth is fantastic!!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Felipe Borges: We do, but still is soon to say something about it, but we do aim to hit China, Japan, India and South Korea in our actual conversations with a producer. Also we really want to hit EUROPE.

8.You had some big names help produce your first album, how did you get in contact with some of these legendary musicians and producers and also van you tell us a little bit more about their contributions to the recording?
Felipe Borges: When I was thinking about giving our best to the public, I realized that we should seek the best also in everything regarding the process itself. That is why I choose to work with Fredrik Nordstrom, Pat Power and Seth Siro Anton for this album, and the result was great! I did called them and sent some e-mails to explain and discuss our project ideas, and how we would like this to look like.
Seth Siro Anton did create our band Logo and Symbol, and he also did create 100% our EZ Life DV8 album artworks. He is awesome!! I told him “Seth, whatever you think that would be better, do it. We know you are the best”
Fredrik Nordstrom did mix and master our album, and we did send lots of e-mails to listen to each and every track to check on minimal details, it was a very long and extensive process, but the result was great. Fredrik is the Master!
Pat Power, I remember that I did send one picture of our drum to Fredrik Nordstrom, and He showed the picture to Pat Power, and he volunteered to do the drums click corrections in our album, because he liked the size of our drum and the fact that we did use 24 channels to record only the drum. Pat Power is awesome also, and we love this guy!

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Felipe Borges: We are open to hear from the labels, but meanwhile we are working the best way we can by ourselves. Right now we are working on our 2 album, and we intend to record the new album 100% at London-England.

10.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Felipe Borges: Everybody disbanded from their other bands, and we are all working only for Tellus Terror

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Felipe Borges: To whatever the public tends to be as long as it is Metal.

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?
Felipe Borges: Well, I listen to everything within Rock And Roll and Metal, these days I was listening to New Order, Johnny Winter, Morbid Angel, Agathocles, Marduk, Cradle Of Filth, Septic Flesh, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, Systers of a Mercy, The Offspring, AC/DC, Smashing Pumpkins, Beherit…

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Felipe Borges: I ride ATV´s (All terrain Vehicles), like racing and doing aerial stunts, I am very good doing barbecue´s (believe me that is true), these days I have been doing stand up paddle a little, I love a good wine and I am fascinated with Video Games

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Felipe Borges: I would like to thank you for the opportunity and space, and also encourage people to know the work that we have been doing for you all. Hope to see you all soon in some GIG´s!!

Thanks!

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Tellus Terror/EZ Live DV8/2014 CD Review


  Tellus  Terror  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  combines  various  of  metal  and  hard  rock  genres  together  with  a  musical  style  they  call  M.M.S (Mixed  metal  Styles)  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "EZ Live  DV8".

  Melodic clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  psychedelic  70's  rock  elements  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  doom  metal  direction  as  well  as  using  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  before  adding  in  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  elements  of  deathcore  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  symphonic  sounds  and  the  album  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  After  awhile  melodic  yet  rough  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  traditional  metal  influences  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  the  later  tracks  elements  of  hardcore,  metalcore  and  clean  singing  gothic  metal  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  every  track  has  a  very  different  sound  to  them  along  with  all  of  the  music  being  a mixture  of  all  different  extreme  metal  styles  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  also  shows  the  band adding  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  starts  adding  in  more  old  school  death  metal  and  modern  deathcore  influences  and  the  symphonic  black  metal  elements  start  having  more  of  a  powerful  sounding  presence  on  the  recording  while  all  of  the  other  metal  and  hardcore  styles  remain  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical style  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Tellus  Terror  take  influences  from  every  genre  of  metal  along  with  some  hardcore  and  rock    to  create  some  music  that  is  very  melodic,  heavy,  brutal,  symphonic  and  original  sounding  without  belonging  to  a  particular  sub  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  original  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  space,  life  and  death,  history,  aliens,  life  and  suffering  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tellus  Terror  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  symphonic  and  brutal  mixture  of  all  metal  genres  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  original  and   hard  to  put  in  a  category,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stardust"  "3rd  Rock  From  The  Sun"  "Civil  Carnage"  and  "Endtime  Panorama".  8  out  of  10.  

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hymn Above Traumatic Emotion/Trauma IX/2013 EP Review


  Hymn  Above  Traumatic  Emotion  are  a  1 man  band  from  Japan  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black/death  metal  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2013  ep  "Trauma  IX".

  Dark  sounding  keyboards  and  melodic  female  vocals  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  aggressive  shouts/growls  and  blast  beats  which  they  also  mix  in  with  the  female  vocals  and  there  is  also  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  a  more  melodic  edge    and  on  the  second  track  the  song  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  tragic  sounding  keyboard  before  going  into  a  more  aggressive  and  melodic  black/death  metal  direction  while  the  vocals  start  incorporating  more  elements  of  metalcore  and  the  guitar  starts  coming  that  element  as  well.

  Hymn  Above  Traumatic  Emotion  takes  a  very  melodic  form  of  black/death  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  more  modern  metalcore  sound  as  well  us  using  female  vocals  and  symphonic  elements  to  create  his  own  sound,  the  production  has  a  very  powerful  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hymn  Above  traumatic  Emotion  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  black/death  metal  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Trauma  IX".  8  out  of  10.  

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