Friday, September 22, 2017

Prolefeed/Henry Kane/WOOAAARGH/2017 Split Album Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  U.K's  Proleffeed  an  Sweden's  Henry  Kane  which  was  released  by  WOOAAARGH  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Prolefeed  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  hardcore,  crust  and  grind.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  brutal  crust  sound  along  with  some  high  pitched  grindcore  screams  and  blast  beats  while  d  beats  are  also  utilized  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  their  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  hardcore  punk  elements  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Proleffeed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Something  Falling  From  The  Sky"  and  "Square  Meals"

  Next  up  is  Henry  Kane  a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  grindcore  and  death  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  crust  style  screams  and  the  music  also  has  its  roots  in  an  early  90's  Swedish  style.

  All  of  his  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  also  incorporating  elements  of  grindcore  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  nihilism,  hatred  and  misanthropy.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Henry  Kane  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust,  grindcore  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rotten  Av  All  Angest"  and  "Maktlost  Hat".

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Krigblast/Dawn Of The Apocalypse/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review

  Krigblast  are  a  band  from  Texas  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  punk  and  d  beat  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Dawn  Of   The  Apocalypse"  which  was  re;eased  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Atmospheric  synths  and  programmed  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  elements  of  d  beats  and  punk  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  crustcore  style  growls  and  aggressive  shouts.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Krigblast  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  black  metal  influenced  style  of  crust  and  d  beat,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Krigblast  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  crust  and  d  beat,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Submission"  "Evil  Is  Burning"  "No  Way  Out"  and  "Fear  And  Depression".  8  out  of  10.    

Friday, September 15, 2017

Exhumed/Death Revenge/Relapse Records/2017 Full Length Review

  Bay  Area,  California's  Exhumed  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  death  metal,  gore,  and  grindcore mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Death  Revenge"  which  will be  released  in  October  by  Relapse  Records.

  Keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  give  the  music  an  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  before  going  into  a  more  brutal  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  A  lot  of  the  music  has  its  roots  in  the  early  90's  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  production  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  influences  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  screams  and  d  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  sticking  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  as  well  as  having  it's  melodic  moments  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  keyboards  also  make  a  brief  return  and  the  instrumental  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length, some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  elements  of  thrash.

  Exhumed  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  gore,  grindcore  and  death  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  while  also  getting  more  melodic  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  brutal  murders  and  grave  robberies  that  take  place  in  1820's  era  Edinburgh,  Scotland.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Exhumed  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Defenders  Of  The  Grave"  "Night  Work"  "The  Harrowing"  and  "Death  Revenge".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mortalium/Obligate Loneliness/Wolfshade Records/2015 CD Review

  Mortalium  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Obligate  Loneliness"  which  was  released  by  Wolfshade  Records.

  Drum  beats  along  with  some  dark  sounding  yet  epic  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  also  being  used  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Some  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  female  vocals  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  goth  metal  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody, some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  the  Beatles  "Elanor  Rigby"  and  as  the  album  progresses  stringed  instruments  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Mortalium  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly rooted  in  goth  and  doom  metal  which  they  mix  in  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mortalium  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chasing  The  Truth"  "I Hate  You  All"  "Eleanor  Rigby"  and  "Ocean  Of  Depression".  8  out  of  10.        

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Turbocharged/Apocalyptic/Go Fuck Yourself Productions/2017 CD Review

  Turbocharged  are a band  from  Sweden  that  goes  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk  on  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Apocalyptic"  which  was  released  by  Go  Fuck  Yourself  Productions.

  Aggressive  growls,  fast  riffs  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  punk  and  thrash  metal  elements.

  Most  of  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  while  also  mixing  in  a  more  modern  vibe  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  an  old  school  metal/punk  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  first  wave  black  metal  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  style.

  On  this  recording  Turbocharged  expand  on  the  death/thrash  metal  style  which  they  mix  in  with  more  punk,  d  beat  and  crust  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Turbochgarged  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Siamese  Sons  Of  God"  "Halo  Of  Thorns"  "Deathmarch"  and  "Scandinavian  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Facada/Nenhum Pluto De Attitude/EveryDayHate/2017 Compilation Review

  Facada  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  album  "Nenhum  Pluto  De  Attitude"  which  was  released  by  EveryDayHate.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  time  and  after  awhile  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  music  also  adds  in  the  energy  of  hardcore  punk  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  a  covers  of  Bad  Brains's  "Sailin  On"  and  Misfits's  "Hybrid  Moments"  which  also  introduces  guitar  leads  and  melodic vocals  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Facada  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  society  and  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Facada  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Coraxo"  "War Command"  "Cause  And  Effect"  and  "Deathwish".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Mutation 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?

Ginger: We’re all just getting into shape and mentally preparing to get this thing on tour. I’ve had a few personal problems that landed me in hospital, but that’s just made me more focused on what we want to achieve on tour. Mutation has become a personal mission for me.

Scott: I'm currently in Australia – We met up in May to shoot the 'Hate' video but everything is admin based until we begin our tour pre-production in early October.

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?

Ginger: This is our third album. The first Mutation album was more like grindcore rock n roll, the second experimented with pushing extremes, exploring the heavier elements but mixing them with weird time signatures and general weirdness. This third one is more streamlined. This one is a more relentless experience that naturally suggests taking this into the world of live music.

Scott: Both the first (The Frankenstein Effect) and second (Error 500) were quite different sounding but seem to come from the same gene pool. Coming on board to write 'Dark Black' with Ginger, I wanted to bring a new flavour to the table and made sure it stood on it's own.

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

Ginger: The main themes of the album are mainly mental health related, which also touch on our frustration with society and the daily trials of keeping your head above water and not giving into the anger and aggression that comes with the stigma of suffering from mental health related issues.

Scott: As Ginger said, it's not a pleasant album lyrically. I did not try and make sense of what was going on in my head at the time and create something with metaphors. It was very abstract and nonsensical as that was where my mind was.

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

Ginger: This was a sonic experiment that was designed to Mutate over the first three albums. There was no long term plan, I just knew that I’d need three albums to figure out what Mutation is meant to become.
Now the mission is to take this studio project out on the road, and allow it to mutate into a road animal.

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

Ginger: Would you believe we haven’t even played a show. The only live performance that the band has ever undertaken is on the latest video for Hate, below.

Scott: Yeah – The 'Hate' video is the band, at our first rehearsal, live in the room. We put a lot of faith into the fact this would work – and the video above cemented that fact.

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

Ginger: After the Oct/Nov tours of UK, Ireland and Japan we want to take this band everywhere that has electricity. I feel that the next step in our evolution is as a live band, and I’d like to play every day of the week for all of 2018.

Scott: It truly feels like a brand new band – We have to prove ourselves so this tour is our chance to introduce this project to the world. There's been fans popping up from all over the globe, so as far as I'm concerned, I'd go anywhere with these guys.

7.The new album was released on 'Undergroove', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Ginger: Undergroove is the mastermind of Darren Sadler, who I’ve known for a long time as a friend but never got to actually work with. They say don’t work with children or animals, or mates…but I couldn’t be happier with the way that Darren has taken Mutation and genuinely worked his bollocks off to get our music out there in peoples faces. Together we’ve become a deadly team and I can only imagine what we’re going to achieve together in 2018.

Scott: I had worked with Darren on Exit_International's debut EP / Album and singles. He is such a pleasure to work with and was personally made up knowing someone as hardworking and dedicated was in our corner. He's done an incredible job so far during this campaign, and hopefully this means when the time comes for a new record Darren will be with us too.

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

Ginger: Insane!! The response to this album really has blown us all away.First of all, we did;t know if anyone would actually like this music. It’s not exactly traditional metal. But it seems like the world of extreme metal is ready for whatever you’d call this call this brand of noise. I think that because the world is in such a fucked up place right now, politically, that it has created a hole for music as aggressive and bleak as ours. For this we have Mr Trump, Mrs May, Kim Jong-un and the rest of the global team of political piss-wanks to thank.  

Scott: To me, 'Dark Black' is the runt of the three Mutation records,  and doesn't sound like anything in heavy music at the moment. The sum of our parts, knowing whet makes us tick was never going to create a straightforward version of what people see as metal. To me it is a violent, experimental punk album with splashes of melody. It is always amazing to hear the great feedback the record has gathered so far.

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?

Right now Mutation is our main concern, we are 100% focussed on this and all other bands and projects have to take a back seat. This is going too well for us to even consider our other options. We believe in riding the horse of fortune until the fucker is bleeding out from exhaustion.

Scott: This is our number one concern at the moment, and turning this loose as a live band is where the test comes – Hopefully the live arena will spread the word further. I'm still with my best pals in Exit_International and we are releasing a live album we recorded on our tour in May, as well as my Jaws Of Deaf project which is just a case of when I record a set of 5 songs, I put them online. I also play guitar for a rock band in Geelong (Australia) called Social Haunts. Denzil our drummer has a load on – He's always in at least ¾ bands at anyone time, most recently seen giging with Horsefight. For the rest of the guests on the album....Here's the roll call: Prog metal superstar Devin Townsend, Phil Campbell from Motörhead, Arthur Shepherd of Primitive Weapons, ex-Cardiacs fruitloop Random Jon Poole, Jamie Oliver of UK Subs, Mauro Pawlowski (ex-dEUS) and the mighty Paul Catten (Barrabas, Bed Wetter, Stuntcock, The Sontaran Experiment, ex-Medulla Nocte etc etc). With backing vocals from long-time Ginger comrade Givvi Flynn and host of friends and fellow weirdos also contributing.

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

Ginger: This is arguably the most exciting thing about what’s happening to us. We will develop this into a live monster and then record that version of the band. None of us have an idea what we’ll sound like after a year on the road, but I guess we’ll all find out on the next album.

Scott: Ideally I'd love not to repeat a vibe of anything we've done before, but has to be extreme. This project allows us to push boundaries, and would love to experiment further with the next album. Maybe even going further into the electronic realm might be worth pursuing, but recorded in a live setting.

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?

Ginger: I’m not sure that any direct musical styles or influences apply to Mutation. We all listen to a host of different music but when we get together for Mutation then the natural sound is something miles away from what we listen to back home. I think we’re just trying to choke as much noise out from this band as is humanly possible.

Scott: When we wrote 'Dark Black', we spent an evening listening to music, talking about films and book that we both love – The thing that became apparent was a shared 'vibe' we both like, and that always is a nod in the extreme direction. It was an exploration of all things fucked-up which opened the door for this album.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Ginger: We are all big fans of the kind of chemically enhanced bonding sessions that involve laying down brain cells in sacrifice to the darker forces of equilibrium in chaos. Baphometal, if you like.

Scott: We both are hardcore horror fans, and that informed the album and our direction. Exploring extremes, chasing the hit.

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

Ginger: We intend for the Mutation live experience to be something that lives between catharsis and sacrifice. This will be unlike anything else that you will experience. Trust us on this and join us. Together let’s make this something very intense and very special indeed.

Scott: The plans we have for this tour, when executed will seriously challenge and push how extreme an experience live music can be.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

King Parrot/Ugly Produce/Housecore Records/2017 CD Review

  Australia's  King  parrot  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal,  punk  and  grindcore  and  this is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Ugly  Produce"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Housecore  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album a long  with  all  of t he  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and w hen  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  crust  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  hardcore  style  screams  and  death metal  growls.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  extreme  metal  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  influences  along  with  the  raw  energy  of  punk  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  start  utilizing  more  melody  and  the music  always  remains  heavy  and  brutal.

  King  Parrot  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  thrash,  death  metal,  punk  and  grindcore  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  murder,  shit,  violence  and  disgusting  stories.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  King  Parrot  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Entrapment"  "All  Hail  The  Grub"  "Numb  Skill"  and  "Spooki  The  Animals".  8  out  of  10.     

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Old Night/Pale Cold Irrelevance/Rain Without End Records/2017 CD Review

  Old  Night  are  a  band  from  Croatia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  doom  metal  with  some  elements  of  progressive  rock  and  blues  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Pale  Cold  Irrelevance"  which  will  be  released  on  August  26th  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  in  touches  of  post  and  progressive  rock  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  fashion  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  gets  heavy  it  brings  in  more  of  a  traditional  doom  metal  style  while  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  melody and  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  when  keyboards  are  added  into  the  music  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  elements  of  blues  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Old Night  plays  a  style  of  doom  metal t hat  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal,  progressive  rock  and  blues  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  dark and depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Old  Night  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  doom  metal  band  with  elements  of  death  metal,  progressive  rock  and  blues  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of   those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mother  Of  All  Sorrows"  and  "Something  Is  Broken".  8  out  of  10.

Born For Slaughter/Self Titled/WOOAAARGH/2017 EP Review

  Born  For  Slaughter  are  a  band  from  Macedonia  that  plays  a mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  which  was  released  by  WOOAAARGH.

    Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along with  some  death  metal  growls  and  crust  style  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  d  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  but  also  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  thrash  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  hardcore.

  Born  For  Slaughter  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  more melodic form  of  crust  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Born  For  Slaughter  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Downfall"  and  "P.T.S.D".  8  out  of  10.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sledgehammer Nosejob Interview

 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
SLEDGEHAMMER NOSEJOB was formed in Hoogeveen/Netherlands by Carl Assault and Fredde Kaddeth (me). Carl and I also play in the death metal band MASSIVE ASSAULT. Marco Prij (also in Distillator) is our drummer and Casper le Gras our bassplayer. With Sledgehammer Nosejob we released our debut full length album called Stop! Hammertime! on CD and LP this year.
Some little history that goes from a studio project to a live band: Sledgehammer Nosejob started in 2013 as studio project, we recorded all songs in my studio. we offered our demo songs for free downloads online. We also got attention from organizers who wanted us to play at their events. So this so called studio project was rolling into gigs in 2014. People from different areas where asking from the beginning if we would bring out CD's and vinyl. Together with DDR (Defying Danger Records) we realised the music carriers this year with our debut album "Stop! Hammertime!".

2.In January you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The music we play is Death Metal, but some songs are pure rock & roll, and some songs we play are crust also some thrash.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Some songs have a lyrics about war and tragedy and conflicts, other songs are about dark thoughts and inner conflicts from a person’s view and some songs have a more amusing theme, the dark themes in our music is nothing new but a funny lyrics for example from Chainsaw Hank is about a person living the dream and being the best in TIMBERSPORTS / Lumberjack Competition sport. So the lyrics vary from dark themes to positive vibes.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sledgehammer Nosejob'?
In your face! That’s the music from Sledgehammer Nosejob.
Inspiration comes from 80s WWF intro theme songs, Chuck Berry, d-beat and (Death) metal in general

5.On the albums there are only 2 members, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
On this moment Sledgehammer Nosejob is reduced to 1 member and all other members are session musicians.

Carl Assault is stepping back with Sledgehammer Nosejob, because he's also very active in most weekends with lyric videos and video shoots for a record label right now. To plan shows is getting more complex when a member has less time to play. We got shows offered we weren't able to do. This also means that Sledgehammer Nosejob is looking for a vocalist now. The album is released this year and doing live shows will also help promoting the release. That’s also fair to our record label, who invested time and money in Sledgehammer Nosejob. The idea for a expanding line up is not there yet. It worked for me to keep things simple where I had to compromise with Carl only. I must say that Carl and I had projects in the past and I always felt that we complement each other. It feels weird when Carl leaves Sledgehammer Nosejob. But I also wish him luck with this video job!
Carl and I are still in MASSIVE ASSAULT, so we will have our music and time in that band together.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Protsen open air in Germany was great, from a long drive with traffic jams, we arrived 5 minutes before our ShowTime, there was no time for warming up. Marco our Drummer needs it normally but all went good.  We played a great show and I think many people where entertained. We were!
And another great show was on a birthday party in Berlin, It was full packed with more than 200 people, played with awesome bands and the atmosphere was awesome. For that show we travelled by train the day before. A little strange way to tour, but all was smooth. In our performance people can see that we enjoy to play. Energy and drive!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
With the line-up change and auditions there is less visibility on long term plans.
But we have some shows on the short term on Berlin Swamp Fest 2017 on 15th September and on 14th October
Defying Danger Records Label Night

8.The album was released on 'Defying Danger Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It's a small underground label, and the good people behind it have good connections in the underground metal and grind scene.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal, thrash and crust?
From many countries people were impressed with our music.
A lot of people where interested and asking for physical music carriers like CDs and LPs after we put our fist demo song online.

10.What is going on with Massive Assault these days?
Massive Assault released a third album on vinyl last July, and it will be released on CD in autumn.
We had a video shoot some weeks ago, and Carl is making a video clip now.
So expect some Massive Assault madness soon on YouTube also!

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I can't answer, with all this turbulence in this line-up now.

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?
With our album "Stop! Hammertime!" there is a rock, death metal, crust, thrash variety. Think of Obituary, Motorhead, Carnivore, Chuck Berry, Discharge
Nowadays i listen a lot of W.A.S.P. but also some old death metal albums, old Metallica, Pantera, Prong also Wolfbrigade. Sometimes New Wave.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Documentaries films from history to politics or science, carpentry, my girlfriend, I also love hanging out with my cats and dog and social time with friends.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yes, I want to thank you for your interest in Sledgehammer Nosejob and this interview. For the people who don't know Sledgehammer Nosejob and our music. Check our BandCamp and Facebook and my recording studio Dirty Bird Productions. Cheers!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Hello Bastards/Herida Profunda/Wooaaargh/Deviance/738 Punx/Hecatombe Records/N.I.C Records/2017 Split 7 Inch Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  U.K's  Hello  Bastards  and  Poland/U.K's  Herida  Profunda  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Wooaaargh,  Deviance,  738 Punx,  Hecatombe  and  N.I.C  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Hello  Bastards  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  punk,  crust,  power  violence  and  hardcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitar  playing  along  with  some  back  up  shouts and  screams  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  aggressive  crust  punk  direction  while  also  adding  in  d  beats  and  angry  shouting  hardcore  style  vocals  along  with  a  few  blast  beats.

  Throughout  their  side  of t he  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  sloe,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  power  violence  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while t he  lyrics  cover  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hello  Bastards  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  hardcore,  power  violence  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Making  Hardcore,  Punk  Again"  and  "Equality".

  Next  up  is  Herida  Profunda  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,crust  and  hardcore.

  Their  side  of  the  spit  starts  out  with  news  sample  and  clean  playing  before going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  while  d  beats  are  also  used  at  times  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  Throughout  their  side  of t he  split  you  can  hear   a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  the  music  only  has  a  small  amount  of  solos  and  leads  but adding  in a   great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  political  and  grindcore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Herida  Profunda  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  and  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Grind  You  In  The  Back".

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Acephalix/Decreation/20 Buck Spin/2017 CD Review

  San  Francisco,  California's  Acephalix  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  shows  them  focusing  less  on  the  crust  influenced  style  of  death  metal  of  previous  releases  and  adding  in  more  of  a  straight  forward death  metal  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Decreation"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  A  very  heavy  90's  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  d  beats  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  remaining  true  to  a  very  old  school  style  of t he  genre  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  riffing.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them   while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  classical  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  On  this  recording  Acephalix  go  for  more  of    a  straight  forward  death  metal  style  while  also  mixing  in  a  touch  of  d  beat,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  lack  and  loss  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Acephalix  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  d  beat,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Upon  This  Altar"  "God  Is  Laughing"  and  "Decreation".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Huoripukki/Voima On Oikeutta/Caligari Records/2017 EP Review

  Huoripukki  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Voima  On  Oikeutta"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Heavy  riffs  and  angry  death  metal  growls  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  screams  which  also  leads  to  guitar  leads  being  introduced  on  the  recording  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  morbid  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  incorporating  a  great  amount  of  punk  and  thrash  elements  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Huoripukki  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  death  metal,  thrash  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  writing  in  Finnish  and  cover  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Huoripukki  are  a  very  great  sounding old  school  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Voima  On  Oikeutta" and  "Suttern  Verta".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Rekoma/Eadem Errata/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review

  Rekoma  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  goth  and  heavy  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Eadem  Errata"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Inverse  Records.

  A  very  symphonic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  melodic  style.

  At  times  the  vocals  get  more  aggressive  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  some  songs  also  add  in  touches  of  groove  metal  and  blast  beats  are  also  used  briefly and  keyboards  return  on  the  last  track  which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Rekoma  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  goth,  death  and  traditional  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  grievances  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rekoma  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  gothic  and  heavy metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dust  Becomes  My  Name"  "Misguided"  and  "Sleepwalker".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mutation/III: Dark Black/Undergroove/2017 CD Review

  Mutation  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  noise,  progressive  metal,  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "III:  Dark  Black"  which  was  released  by  Undergroove.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  while  symphonic  elements  are  also  used  at  times  and  after  awhile  shouting  vocals  and  traces  of  electronic  music  are  added  onto  the  recording,.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  harsh  noise  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Mutation  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  harsh  noise,  experimental,  avant  garde,  industrial,  and  prog  metal  and  mixes  it  with  the  brutality  of  grindcore  to  create  something  very  original,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mutation  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  harsh  noise,  experimental,  avant  garde,  industrial,  prog  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Authenticy"  "Skint"  "Dogs"  and  "Victim".  8  out  of  10.     

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Necromorph/Under The Flag/Defying Danger Records/2016 CD Review

  Necromorph  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  crust,  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Under  The  Flag"  which  was  released  by  Defying  Danger  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while t he  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  d  beat  and  crust  elements  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  stringed  instruments  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Necromorph  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  German  and  cover  death,  gore  and  pain  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necromorph  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture of  death  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Excrements  Of  The  Sun"  "End  In  Vomit"  "Handle  The  Flag"  and  "Perfect  Day  In  A  Perfect  World".  8  out  of  10.

Sledgehammer Nosejob/Stop! Hammertime!/Defying Danger Records/2017 CD Review

  Sledgehammer  Nosejob  are  a  band  from The  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  death'n'roll'  thrash  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Stop!  Hammertime!"  which  was  released  by  Defying  Danger  Records.

  Rock'n'roll  style  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  crust  style  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  punk  along  with  a  few  back  up  shouts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffing  and  the  death  metal  side  is  more  closer  to  the  early  90's  Swedish  era.

  Sledgehammer  Nosejob  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal,  thrash,  crust  punk  and  rock'nroll  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  destruction  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sledgehammer  Nosejob  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  thrash,  crust  punk  and  rock'n'roll  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sledgehammer  Bitch"  "Psycho  Rocker"  "Chainsaw  Hank"  and  "1347  Black  Death".  8  out  of  10. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Ovakner/Ar/Lume/Eihwaz Recordings/2017 EP Review

  Ovakner  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Ar/Lume"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Eihwaz  Recordings.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  d  beats  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Swedish  style  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  crust    elements  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  along  with  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  briefly  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  crust  style.  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  hardcore and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Ovakner  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old school  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust  and  d  beat  to create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Pagan  Tales,  Nature  and  Decay.

  In my  opinion  Ovakner  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  "Inexpungable"  and  "Lume".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Blight 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?

    Travis- Well the new album will be out in a few weeks so as of right now, Tridroid has been promoting it. We've been grateful to be getting positive responses from various online music review blogs/podcasts. Aside from that, we've played a show w/Kim Gordon's project Body/Head the occasional show in town. Planning more time to record new material.

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?

      Travis- We have a difficult time describing it ourselves. We've been going with the title "Space Dread". It's hypnotic/chaotic/soundscapes that are conducted in a fairly meditative state, much like Drone music. We just happen to deal with a darker subject matter w/more dramatic sound.
I feel it differs from our other recordings with how more collected we are as a improvisational group. We had our friend Jesse Peterson on guest guitar which worked out perfectly. He completely understands what we were going for and complimented our sound quite well.

Jesse - The best descriptor for our sound is space dread. We are focusing on the larger universe, outside of our planet, being inherently hostile to human beings, and emphasizing that most of the petty squabbles that characterize humanity are entirely meaningless in a larger context. We have been developing this sound over the last couple years, so we would like to think that this album represents an evolution of those ideas.

3.On the albums you use no guitars but still have a very heavy sound, can you tell us a little bit more about the decision behind going into this musical direction?

Travis- Jesse and Tim started this project a few years before I was asked to join. I know they really wanted to take a different approach to abrasive music w/unconventional methods and sounds. I was later added to help complete that idea. We still, to this day seek out more ways to move forward with this vision. This includes collaborations w/people we know and respect in town.

Jesse-We think that guitars are one of the most loaded signifiers in music. They bring an immediate context that we are generally trying to move beyond, aesthetically.   That said, our friend Jesse Matthew Peterson, who is a guitarist, joined us on this record. Our overall direction will continue to be the exploration of heavy and extreme sounds using whatever means we can, though. We very purposely draw from a variety of traditions with the drums and vocals, while using a custom 5U modular synth and various other strange electronics to push things around.

4.What are some of the themes and images you bring out with your musical style?
  Jesse - Space. Lots and lots of space. Our logo is based on theoretical dark matter clouds.
Travis - Space, humanity, our place in the universe and it's insignificance to the "bigger picture"

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

        Jesse - In Vernor Vinge's novel "A Fire Upon The Deep", humans accidentally awaken a billions-years-old hostile super intelligence which starts devouring the galaxy immediately. We thought it a fitting tribute to encapsulate the ideas of a total 'other'.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Travis - For me it's not so much the line up or the performers we're playing with that makes the show great. It's how in tune the three of us are with our structuring of the set to come. We never rehearse so all we do is have a brief discussion before playing in regards to what method we want to start the set that night based on the feel of the place, our moods and the mood of the show.
Hmmm. Everything from lots of concentration (if we can't hear whats going on on stage) to meditative. Or, if I am feeling rather wound up, I like to get into people's personal spaces and lose my shit a little. No one gets hurt but me, mind you. And my equipment sometimes!

Jesse - The Blight is entirely improvised, we don’t have songs as much as we have tactics. The best shows are always in front of folks who can appreciate what we are doing. We did two month-long residencies last fall that were really great. We had other artists, like Rachel from False and Gnawed, collaborate with us and it really amazing to see how the performances changed with other people's energy being involved.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Travis - Our Tridroid release show on July 29th then that's it for now. We've discussed more recordings, shows, collaborations, etc.

We have discussed touring, too. It's difficult for us since there's career's, family, other music projects and such in the mix. That and it's not so easy to pick up and go on tour these day's while in our 40's vs when we were in our 20's.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal and noise?
Travis - It's been pretty good. Most of the people from other countries are friends of mine I had sent links to hear. We're just now starting to receive more and more feedback. It's been good!

Jesse - For not being 100% either metal or noise, the response has been really fantastic.  People are really responding to what we are doing and it's great.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Travis - I honestly can't tell you. I hope it becomes even more difficult to describe!

Jesse - We are going to continue exploring collaborations with like-minded folks along the same themes and record as much as possible.

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?
Travis - Influence: Portal, Throbbing Gristle, COIL, various Black Metal and War Metal

Currently I've been listening to a lot of Vermin Womb, Cognizant, Chris & Cosey

Jesse - Sonically, some of the biggest influences are Throbbing Gristle, Orthrelm, and WOLD. Our listening tastes are all over the board, but for the sake of this being a metal zine, we have been enjoying the shit out of the latest Vanum, Artificial Brain, and Cognizant records.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Travis - Social politics, food/cooking, animals, video games, local breweries

Jesse - Cooking and nature are two of the biggest things. Unplugging and reconnecting have become increasingly important in life.

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

(Travis) Someone put vinyl out for us!

Ashcloud/Kingdom Of The Damned/Xtreem Music/2017 CD Review

  Sweden's  Ahcloud  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  old  school  death  metal  and  crust  mixture of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Kingdom  Of  The  Damned"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  A  very  heavy and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  incorporates  a  lot  of  crust  and  d  beat  elements  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly.

  There  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times.

  Ashcloud  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  crust  influenced  style  of  old  school  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  post apocalyptic,  horror,  death  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ashcloud  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  and  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Among  The  Grotesque"  "The  Serpent  King"  "The  Seven  Trumpets  Of  Hell"  and  "Megiddo".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Teething/We Will Regret This Someday/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review

  Teething  are  a  band  from  Spain  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "We  Will  Regret  This  Someday"  which  was  released  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Alcohol  vomit  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  grindcore  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  hardcore  style  shouts  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  a  small  amount  of  samples  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  brutal  style.

  Teething  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  hardcore  influenced  style  of  grind  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes,

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Teething  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  hardcore  influenced  grind  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mic  Check"  "Up  In  Smoke"  "Take  Me  To  A  Doctor"  and  "An  Open  Letter  To  My  Best  Friend".  8  out  of  10.  

Psudoku/Deep Space Psudokument/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review

  This  is  another  review  of  an  album  from  Norway's  Psudoku  which  continues  the  avant  garde  style  of  grindcore  from  his  previous release  and  the  album  is  called  "Deep  Space  Psudokument"  and  was  released  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  A  very  heavy,  fast  and  brutal  noise/grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  math  rock  in  the  structures  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Elements  of  surf  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  progressive  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  slow  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  adding  in  some  space  classical  music  influences.

  Psudoku  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  avant  garde  style  of  grindcore  from  his  previous  release  while  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  futuristic  and  science  fiction  atmosphere  this  time  around  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Psudoku  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore  and  avant  garde  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "KCultraVIII_8000"  "spaceBURIEALiz_9"  "KRISEzettinx.PCM"  and  "KOSMISqUE_trapp".  8  out  of  10.    

Psudoku/Planetarisk Sudoku/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review

  Psudoku  are  a  solo  project from  Norway  that  plays  an  avant  garde  from  of grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Planetarisk  Sodoku"  which  was  released  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Prog  metal  style  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  jazz  and  avant  garde  mnusic  before  going  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction  and  also  adding  in  blast  beats  while  the  high  pitched  screams  add  in  elements  of  noisecore  and  saxophones  are  also  used  on  a  regular  basis.

  At  times  the  music  can  get  very  experimental  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  technical  fashion  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the recording  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  piano's  and  clean  playing  and  guttural  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  krautrock  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Psudoku  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  noise,  grindcore,  avant  garde,  prog  and  krautrock  to  create  something  very  original  and  different  sounding  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Psudoku  are a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore  and  avant  garde  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  genres,  you  should  check  out this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "BoLTZmanN BRain 2099"  an d "WaRP-4".  8  out  of 10.    

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Blurring/Cloud Burner/2017 EP Review

  Blurring  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  technical  form  of  grindcore  along  with  some  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Cloud  Burner".

  Angry  shouts  along  with  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  a  few  seconds  later  that  are  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  black  metal  and  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  at  times.

  All of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  experimental  elements  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls a re  added  onto  the  recording  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  solos  and  leads.

  Blurring  plays  a  style  of  grindcore  that  is  very  technical  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of   their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blurring  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  grindcore  band  with  some  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Casket  Black"  and  "Cloude  Burner".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Drap/Roten Till Allt Ont/Xtreem Music/2017 CD Review

  Drap  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Roten  Till  Allt  Ont"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  crust  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount of  Swedish  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  d  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  album  also  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  On  this  recording  Drap  takes  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  brutal  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Drap and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ner  Pa  Kna"  "Overvald"  and  "Nederlag".  8  out  of  10.