Thursday, December 8, 2016

Endorphins Lost/Choose Your Way/Six Weeks Records/2016 LP Review





  Endorphins  Lost  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  a  mixture  of  power  violence, g rind,  crust  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Choose Your Way"  which  was  released  by  Six  Weeks  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  power  violence  direction  which  also  uses  blast  beats  and  aggressive  hardcore  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  d  beat  elements  and  grindcore  screams  are  used  at  times.

  Melodic  riffing  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  more  old  school  metal/punk  style  and  some  of  the  fast  riffing  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  as  the  album  progresses  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavy  musical  direction.

  Endorphins  Lost  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grind,  power  violence,  crust  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  misanthropy and  the  inherit  dysfunction  of  mankind.

  In  my  opinion  Endorphins  Lost  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of grind,  power  violence,  crust  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Shut  In"  "Choose  Your  Way"  "Rambo  Syndrome"  and  "Torture  Report".  8  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pissed On Interview

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

We're a grindcore band from Louisville, Kentucky. We started as a powerviolence band in 2015 and eventually grew our sound after bringing in more and more different influences like Swans, Carcass, and Darkthrone.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

Fast. Nasty. Chaotic. Loud. You know, that good devil music.

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

Our original demo was a bunch of songs like "I hate you', and our split with Street Rat was a bunch of songs more like "I hate me". Our new record, The Hanged Man, is a lot more mature. This record follows a character completely enveloped in nihilism who has become too pained and angry with the world to continue living. This is his final manifesto.

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

Would you believe me if I said it's from an A$AP Ferg song?

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you planning on expanding your line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

From our insemination this band has been Tyler Byers, our primary songwriter and my bestfriend, and I. No matter what, that lineup is the core of Pissed On. We're trying out some people to fill other positions, so who knows.

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

Off the top of my head some our most memorable shows would have to be when we played with GLOSS in our home town. They put on a killer show and are some of the nicest people we've met. Our third show ever as a band was opening the Knocked Loose/Damaged Goods split release show. I think that's when we realized this band could be something more than we ever envisioned. We also just played Snow and Flurry Fest in Fargo and the reaction there was pretty awesome. We're really loud and chaotic and we incorporate harsh noise so you never really know how people are going to react to that.

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

We're booking a lot of tours in support of The Hanged Man. Basically, we're hitting everywhere.

8.The ep is coming out on 'Advocate Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Advocate is a very young label run by some amazing people and good friends of ours. They're old fashioned in the sense that they really care about the music and keeping their artists happy. They know that as musicians, this is our art and they really do want to help us put it out to the world the way that we envisioned it. I don't think I could feel more comfortable with anyone else.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore?

It's been kind of crazy honestly. We've had people reach out from places like Germany, England, Canada, and South America. I never really expected our music to even leave our hometown.

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

Originally we were really influenced by some of the legendary powerviolence bands like Infest and Spazz, but also more modern bands like Ceremony and Trash Talk. Now we take in a lot of music to allow us to kind of build our own version of extreme metal. Personally, I've been listening to Chelsea Wolf, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, and Young Thug.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I really like art whether its just drawing or painting. My girlfriends actually an art student and has been trying to teach me. I'm also very into movies, horror specifically. I'd really like to write and direct my own horror short sometime.

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

Just want to say thanks for the interview and thanks to everyone who's supported us so far. I'm really excited to put out this record and see and people's reactions. Up until this point I feel as though we haven't shown what we're fully capable of and this record is just the beginning.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Vanha Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
-Janne: Vanha is a Doom Metal Duo, consisting of myself, Jan "Janne" Johansson (Vocals/Guitars/Keyboards), and Jesse Oinas (Drums).

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
-Janne: The sound overall is downhearted, dark, heavy & melodic.
-Jesse: And slow, slow as hell.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
-Janne: It´s a lot of darkness, depression & overall hopelessness.
It´s the craving of an end of life, how meaningless it is and how nothing really matters.
At the same time as one wishes there could be more to life.
But sadly there isn´t.
We´re here, we die, darkness.

4.I know that the bands name means 'Old' in Finnish, how does this name ft in with the musical style that you play?
-Janne: Eventually, most of us, get old, and thereafter die.
So that word becomes powerful in a sense & important within the music.
I could elaborate on that, but it would also require a few pages of text so..

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
-Janne: As of this point, we will remain a duo,
due to the lack of time to pursue a full lineup, rehearsals, gigs etc.
But who knows, perhaps one day we´ll get a "full lineup" and do just that.
Play live that is..

6.The album is coming out on 'Black Lion Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
-Janne: Of course. Just getting a deal as a duo is hard enough. So we´re grateful for that.
The communication between us and the label is good as well.
So we´ve been treated very well.
-Jesse: Very well, to say the least.
They´ve been patient and accommodating.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and death metal?
-Janne: Well that´s hard to say. The album isn´t out yet, and the single came out just a few days ago, but I can tell you that there has been nothing negative about it.
Let´s just say good stats and thumbs up, for now.

8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
-Janne: I´ve been working on my other project Frostvang, for a possible new release in 2017 and this new band I´ve got going on with other folks, still keeping that a secret until it´s time to unveil it.
And, on top of that, Jesse and I have some plans for a possible Black Metal project.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
-Janne: It´s hard to answer that, since we kind of take things as they come.
But the music won´t change in some way, meaning it will be kept dark, heavy & melodic.
-Jesse: And slow.

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?
-Janne: Metal & Classical music has been my inspiration. Sentenced, Type O Negative, Paradise Lost, Beseech, to name a few quick ones.
Also more extreme bands like Deicide or my personal classical favorite Vivaldi.
-Jesse: I don´t listen that much to Doom Metal, to be honest.
Black Sabbath is as close as it gets. I don´t know if that´s a good thing or not, but it seems
it worked out well in the end, and it´s great to try something new.
Black Metal is what I listen to generally. Dark Throne and Horna in particular.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
-Janne: Family, Painting, Horrormovies, Nature, History.
-Jesse: Family, Fishing, Nature.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
-Janne: Just thanks to anyone who listens to the music.
-Jesse: Yeah, thanks to all of you who listens.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Vanha/Within The Mist Of Sorrow/Black Lion Productions/2016 CD Review


  Vanha  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Within  the  Mist  Of  Sorrow"  which  will  be  released  on  December  28th  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  and  melodic  sound  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times and  the  solos  and  elads  are  also  done  in  a  melodic  fashion.

  Most  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of  doom/death  metal  and  the  keyboards  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  gothic  horror  at  times and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  vocals  along  with  violins  are  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  a  couple  of  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  they  close  the  recording  with  an  instrumental.

  Vanha  plays  an  atmospheric  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  of  the  genre,   the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Vanha  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Cold  Light"  and  "Desolation".  8  out  of  10.

                                        

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Henry Kane/Den Forstorda Manniskans/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review


  Henry  Kane  are  a  band  from  Sweden t hat  plays  a  mixture  of  old  school  Swedish  style  death  metal  and  crustcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Den  Forstorda  Manniskans"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

 Growing  vocals  and  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of  Swedish  death  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the   recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  most of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  while also having  some  of  the  raw  aggression  of  grindcore  and  high  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  one  track  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Henry  Kane  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  Swedish  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  post  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Henry  Kane  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Svarta  Tankar"  "Dragen  I  Skiten"  "Bon  For  Bon"  and  "Vinst  Eller  Folust".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nashgul Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hector - We have booked many dates inside spanish state and this same weekend we celebrate in our hometown our 15th anniversary show. 15 years behaving like assholes around there!



2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?
Hector - The sound is practically the same as always, it is the same gear and the same recording studio. What makes it different from the other recording is that we have spent many rehearsal sessions to polish the songs and that the recording session was scheduled right after the arrival from our last European tour of 3 weeks. We were going flat out and that is something noticeable.



3.Your lyrics cover horror  and  post  apocalyptic  themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Hector - We all in the band are fans of the terror/apocaliptic/horror cinema, comics and masks. After all is what we have grown with and what marked our lives.



4.The new album was released on 'Selfmadegod Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Hector - Totally. It is a pleasure to work with a label such Selfmadegod, a serious label that accomplishes everything it says. Nowadays it is not easy to meet people like this… We like to work with known people and known labels, things tend to be easier.



5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Hector - From last years I hold on to 2 shows. The live show at Maryland Death Fest in Baltimore (USA), for being the fest it is and for being playing in front of so many people, sharing the line-up with the bands we grew with; and the last show at Kopi in Berlin, in our last european tour, it was a time travel to what it must have been a Napalm Death’s F.E.T.O. era show, out of control and chaos in a fully packed small venue. Brutal!





6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Hector - We have started to talk between ourselves the plans for 2017, but our idea is to tour though we are not sure to where. At beginning of next year we will aim some place in the world.



7.Over the years you have also done your fair share of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared those releases with?
Hector - Most of the bands we shared 7” with were friend’s bands or ones we had had some relationship in any time. Most of them are not active anymore but we keep the good relationship with their members.



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore?
Hector - Well, sincerely I don’t think it was much. Grindcore born and died with first records from Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Brutal Truth and Assück. Rest of bands we have spawned after those glorious year have been making a mix of all those bands. We haven’t given anything new, but I suppose that to people of the generation who grew with those bands like to enjoy the same rehash in live shows, hahahahaha!



9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band embers are a part of?
Hector - Our drummer Iván plays in Hongo (heavy-crust-doom band - https://fungivoro.bandcamp.com), they are very active with records in shows.

Luis, our bassist, just plays in Nashgul nowadays, he has not much free time because his work as illustrator (http://sendonluis.blogspot.com.es/).

Alex, our singer, still sings in Bokluk (old school death metal - https://boklukdeath.bandcamp.com). They have just recorded a new record and they have booked many dates in spanish state.

I play in Black Panda (Crust N´Roll - https://blackpanda.bandcamp.com/music), we have just released a new 7” and we will do a mini tour in January and some fest. Besides Black Panda, I play in Come Back From The Dead (Old School Death Metal - https://comebackfromthedead.bandcamp.com/music), we have just recorded a new 10” and we have also many dates and fests in the next months.







10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hector - I suppose that exactly the same as today. With the pass of time we have found our own sound, which we are comfortable with and I don’t find ourselves recording a Discordance Axis kind of record, more than nothing because we do not have fucking idea of how to play!!!



11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Hector - The same influences of our teenage days practically. The same mythical old records of Grindcore, Punk, Hardcore and Heavy Metal. Today I barely listen to new music. One of the good things internet has brought is to be able to investigate and go down deep in forgotten bands from 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, a real bottomless pit full of gems!!!



12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Hector - Each one has his own follies and interests. I spend part of my free time to be the sound guy at shows in a self-managed social center that we have put to start exactly 1 year ago between many friends here in A Coruña, where we do many activities, musical and non-musical ones, Nave 1839.  http://nave1839.org/en/



13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hector - Many thanks for your time and the interview, to contact us you can write to nashgulcore@yahoo.es or you can listen to our new complete album “Cárcava” at https://nashgul.bandcamp.com/

FUCK SPAIN.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Pissed On/The Hanged Man/Advocate Records/2017 EP Review


  Pissed  On  are  a  band  from  Kentucky  that  plays  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise  and  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  hardcore, black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "The  Hanged  Man"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Advocate  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  and  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  at  times  and  elements  of  black  metal  are  also  used  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  mid  tempo  sections  also  add  in  touches  of  slam  and  hardcore  and  as  the  ep  progresses  more  harsh  noises  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  remains  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording. 

  Pissed  On  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  grindcore  while  the  elements  of  harsh  noise,  hardcore,  black  and  death  metal  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  man  in  the  final  days  and  his  tales  of  desperation.

  In  my  opinion  Pissed  On  are  a  very  great  sounding  grindcore  band  with  elements  of  harsh  noise,  hardcore,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Reader"  and  "The  Hanged  Man".  8  out of  10.