Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fubar/Weltschmerz/FDA Rekotz/2017 CD Review


  Fubar  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017 album  "Weltschmerz"  which  will  be  released  by  FDA  Rekotz.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beasts  along  with  a  touch  of  d  beat.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  both  death  metal  and  crust  style  growls  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  influences  of  hardcore  in  the  music  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  and  they  close  with  a  instrumental.

  Fubar  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  crust  and  grindcore  mixture  of  previous  releases  while  also  getting  more  melodic  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional    while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Fubar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Exhaustion"  "Dead"  "Hell"  and "Demons".  8  out  of  10.      

Monday, January 9, 2017

Blastomycosis Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?


We just released in CD form, covered in flies and afterbirth through CDN records. We are booking shows for the year and writing some new material for a new release. 


2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?


I'd say its kind of a blend of brutal/tech and old school death with some slammy parts here and there.  Short, punchy, catchy songs.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with their music?


Lyrically, we are quite comical.  Usually, about bodily fluids, mutilations,  whores, pretty standard, hah


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


Blastomycosis is actually a fungal disease.  Happens mostly in dogs, but people get it too, and it's pretty brutal.   Plus it has "blast" in it.


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?


Playing with Incantation was pretty awesome.   Also touring with Lividity back in 09 was a great experience. 



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


We have a few confirmed shows so far, we are working on a tour soon, hopefully it all works out.


7.CDN  Records  are re-issuing your 2015 album in 2017, what are your thoughts on the final product?


Well the music is great (so buy it!), package is simple but looks wicked.  We are more than happy with it.



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal and grindcore?


Pretty good!  Our following is pretty cult but the majority of the feedback has been great.  Even the bad feedback has been hilarious.


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

4/5 of us are in WILL OF THE ANCIENTS, a melodic black/death band.  I'm writing a new album, and taking my sweet as time with it.  We are in no rush.  It's coming together though.

Mike is in MORS VERUM.  I believe they are doing some pre production/writing for their second album.


10.When can we expect newer music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


Working on it now.  Hopefully (don't quote me on this) we will have something out by early next year.  Maybe sooner.


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


For myself, as influences on Blastomycosis  bands like Dying Fetus, Jungle Rot, Desecration, Cannibal Corpse.

Right now I'm listening to a lot of Ontario Death metal.  Gravitational Distortion, Accursed Spawn, Human Compost, Corprophemia, Ending Tyranny, Fractal Generator, tons more.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?


I like stand up comedy, gaming, politics.  Most of my time is taken up with musical stuff


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

Buy the album and support death metal!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Jarnbord Interview

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



Of course! Järnbörd was formed in mid 2014,  if we remember correctly. At that time we called us ”Den mänskliga faktorn” (The human factor). Jocke (drums) and Anders (guitar/voc) are also playing together in the grind band Ratad, who released the EP ”Slutet välkomnas” in 2013, and they discussed to form a second band. The members of  Ratad is scattered round in Sweden, and Johan on guitar was having some success with the punk band ”Gamla Pengar” (check ´em out!!!), so there were time over for having another band. Anders and Jocke both live in Malmö and learned that Anders old pal from his studies in Småland had relocated to the southern part of Sweden - the mighty Micke of Bestial mockery and Illdåd (the crustband!!!). So then we had to start a band. We recorded a demo under the name of ”Mänskliga faktorn” and had some gigs under that name, the rest of that story continues under question nr 4...


2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?



The three of us have somewhat different musical preferences, but they are pretty similar when it comes down to the point. We wanted to do some d-beat, crust with grind, and not have so much metal-influences shining through (as in our other bands). More punk. Maybe we couldn´t keep the metal out of it in full, but that was the agenda for the band anyways. All three contribute to the song writing, so the songs have different identity regarding who has been the main writer.


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


We write about different stuff that people would consider  ”social commentary” or ”political”, we try to write our lyrics based on what we have experienced and down to earth. Some social realism type of ethos – the everyday struggle, injustices and so on. Sometimes they become more philosophical I would guess. We discuss our lyrics quite a bit, choice of words and stuff like that. The words should sometimes be drastic and direct. They are as you know in Swedish.



4.Originally the band was called 'Den Manskliga Faktom', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Jarnbord'?



Yeah, so under that name we released a demo and had some gigs. Eventually we got contacted by a pop-group with the same name, and they were pretty hostile at first (at least from our point of view), writing to us in way that made us read between the lines that they would take some sort of action if we didn´t change our name. We got pissed of at first, and questioned the relevance of their behavior, but we disarmed the situation and what the fuck, we hadn´t registrated our name as they had – we´re not a corporation or Slayer, so we took a new name, Järnbörd. The name means ”Trial by fire”, which was an medevial practice were an accused person would be forced to hold glowing iron or walk on it. If they did´nt  get burned they would be considered innocent. In our case the name is inspired by a play/book by Magnus Dahlström. The play deals a lot with the dark side of humanity, as an understatement.


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



I would say our first gig ever with Suma on Inkonst (place in Malmö), and also at the punk/hardcore festival ”Häckebergapunx) were fun.


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



No concrete plans, but we had a lot of serious personal shit going on in 2016 that are resolved now, and now that the split is finally released we will definitely put some more effort in getting gigs. We really enjoy to play live. Two of us are family men with two and three kids, so you know the priorities...


7.You have a split coming out with 'Resonance Cascade', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?



They rip totally!!! We differ a lot in sound maybe, but it´s a form of grindcore we enjoy much! We know the guys in Resonance Cascades from many other the bands they play with as well, nice dudes and very talented!


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of punk, crust, and grindcore?



The little feedback we have got until now have been good. Let´s hope people like our effort on the new release!


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



We are refining the thing we got going on. Currently we are mixing a new recording, six new songs. Four of the songs are more grind then ever, faster, and then we have two standout tracks, one d-beat hymn and a mid-tempo anthem that will make people ”stampa takten”.


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?



As I said we are somewhat different in our musical taste -  Jocke is mainly into metal (he also plays in the DM-band “Cursus Bellum”, and BM-band “Totenwelt”). Anders is more into punk/grind/sludge but also post-rock and other stuff (he reviews gigs and records for the swedish site ”Hymn”), so he´s pretty diverse. Micke is also into metal a lot (old school), as well as raw punk/crust but also electromusic. He has studied music production and does some electronic music by himself.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?



Reading, working out, Arsenal, video games, union work, food, nature. And yeah, family life...


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



Thanks for the interview! Hope to see you and others on some gig sometime! Play fast, and be nice!

Beartrap/Hummingbird Of Death/Give Praise/To Live A Lie/Hear And Now Records/Riotous Outburst/2017 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a split  ep  between  Massachusetts's  Beartrap  and  Idaho's  Hummingbird  Of  Death  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Give  Praise, To  Live  A  Lie,  Here  And  Now  Records  and  Riotous  Outburst  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Beartrap  a  band  that  plays  power  violence.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  grindcore  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  crust  style  shouting  and  all  of  their  songs  are  very  short  in  length  and  either  stick  to  a  mid  paced  or  fast  musical  direction  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Project  X's  "Cross  Me",  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Beartrap  are  a  very  great  sounding  power  violence  band  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Demon"  and  "Cross Me".

  Next  up  is  Hummingbird  Of  Death  a  band  that has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  power  violence.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  death  metal  growls  and  screams  before  going  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction t hat  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals a re  mostly  in  a  crust  or  hardcore  style  and  all  of  their  songs  are  very  short  in  length  and  stick  to  a  fast  musical  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hummingbird  Of  Death  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  power  violence,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Human  Train  Wreck"  and  "Endless  Vertigo".

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

The Brood/The Truth Beyond/Give Praise/2017 CD Review


  The Brood  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  punk,  death  metal  and  grind  with  some  elements  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Truth  Behind"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Give  Praise.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  use  both  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  grindcore  screams.

  A  great  portion  of t he  tracks a re  very  short  in  length  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  hardcore,  crust  and  d  beat  and  one  track  also  adds  in a  touch  of  noise  and  throughout  the  recording  you can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  black  metal  influences  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  back  up  shouts.

  The  Brood  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  crust  punk,  hardcore,  grind  and  death  metal  while  also  mixing  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Brood  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust  punk,  death  metal  and  grind  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Barbie  Voorhees"  "Descending  Into  Madness"  "Mud  Doll  Factory"  and  "Repeated  Slaughter  Of  the  Undead  Cunt".  8  out  of  10.   

Keitzer/Ascension/Give Praise/2017 CD Review


  Keitzer  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind,  hardcore  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ascension"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Give  Praise.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  grindcore  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  mid  tempo  sections  add in  touches of  hardcore.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while the  guitar  leads  have  a  very  technical  edge  to  them  while  also  being  very  melodic  at  the  same  time  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  middle  eastern  scales and  ethnic  instruments  can  be  heard  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  later  track  also  mixes  folk  instruments  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  Keitzer  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  death  metal,  grind,  crust  and  hardcore  mixture  of  previous  releases  while  focusing  more  on  the  death  metal  side  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  world  downfall  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Keitzer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  metal,  grind,  hardcore  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We Will  Drown  All  Of  You  In  Blood"  "Ubermensch" "Conquistador"  and  "Wolves Among  Us".  8  out of  10.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Vomiting Dinosaurs/Exoplanets/Grimoire Records/2017 EP Review


  The  Vomiting  Dinosaurs  are  a  band  from  Winchester,  Virginia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash,  grindcore  and  punk  and   this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Exoplanets"  which  will  be  released  on  January  6th  by  Grimoire  Records.

  Sci-fi  sounds  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  thrash  influenced  direction  as  well  as  adding  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  influences  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  raw  energy  of  punk.

  High  pitched  screams  can  be  heard  at  times  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's  era  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  and  sci  fi  sounds  also  make  a  return  later  on  during  the  recording  and  none  of  the  tracks  ever  use  any  guitar  solos  or  leads.

  The  Vomiting  Dinosaurs  plays  a  musical  that  takes  the  old  school  styles  of  death  metal, grind,  thrash  and  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  planets  and  scientific  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Vomiting  Dinosaurs  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind,  thrash  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Circumbinary"  "Ganymede"  and  "Lava  Planet".  8  out  of  10.