Thursday, February 22, 2018

Grim Fate/Emerging From The Crypt/Chaos Records/2018 EP Review


  Grim  Fate  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2018  e[  "Emerging  From  The  Crypt"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Chaos  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  while  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  early  90's.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  songs  sounding  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  25  years  ago  as  well  as  clean  playing  also  being  used  briefly  on  one  of  the  tracks.

  Grim  Fate  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  doom  metal  that  also  gets  very  dark  and  brutal  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  decay  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grim  Fate  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  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  "Dying  World"  and  "Emerging  From  The  Crypts".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Owl/Orion Fenix/Zeitgeister Music/2018 EP Review


  Owl are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture of  experimental,  ambient,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Orion  Fenix"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Zeitgeister  Music.

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  ambient  while clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  clear  vocals  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an avant  garde  vibe  and  the  track  is  over  20  minutes  in  length.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  death  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  aggressive  screams  and  at  time s the  music  has  a  progressive  feeling  as  well  as  being  experimental  and  sticking  to  a  slow  direction.

  Owl  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  experimental,  ambient,  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Owl  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  8  out  of  10.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Maze Of Feelings/Self Titled/Bad Mood Man Music/2018 CD Review


  Maze  Of  Feelings  are  a  band  with  members  from  Poland  and  Russia  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  with  some  progressive  and  heavy  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2018  album  which  was  released  by  Bad  Mood  Man  Music.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls as  well  as  some  clean  singing  also  being  utilized  at times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Clean  playing  along  with  some  progressive  elements,  keyboards  and  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  direction,  a  couple  of  the  later  songs  also  brings  in a   brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  when  screams  are  utilized they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  Maze  Of  Feelings  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  doom  and  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  some  progressive  and  heavy  metal  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Maze  Of  Feelings  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  melodic  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  "Drained  Souls  Asylum"  "Necrorealistic"  and  "Dreamcatcher".  8  out  of  10.    

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Black Royal/Lightbringer/Suicide Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Finland's  Black  Royal  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Lightbringer"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Suicide  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  sludge  metal  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  being  death  metal  growls  with  some  groove  metal  touches  while t he  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  stoner  style  melodies.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  stoner  metal  style  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  influences  of  70's  rock  but  taking it  into  more  of  a  modern  direction  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  As  the  album  progresses  elements  of  blues  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  of  the  later  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  synths  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals. 

  Black  Royal  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Black  Royal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  stoner,  sludge  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Self  Worship"  "Pentagram  Doctrine"  "The  Chosen"  adn  "New  World  Order".  8/5  out  of  10.

Autokrator/Hammer Of Heretics/Krucyator productions/2018 CD Review


  France's  Autokrator  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  industrial,  drone,  death,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2018  album  "Hammer Of  Heretics"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Krucyator  Productions.

   Melodic  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  chaotic  guitar  leads  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal as  well  as  all of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  yet  guttural  death  metal  growls  while  the  drum  beats  are  mostly  programmed  and  give  the  music  a  touch  of  industrial  along  with  some  of  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  songs  bringing  in  atmospheric  drones,  movie  samples  and  tortured  voices  and  you  can  also  hear  the  heaviness  of  sludge  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.

  On  this  recording  Autokrator  bring s in  more  of  a  raw  and  brutal  style  of  death  metal  while  elements  of  sludge,  drone,  doom  metal  and  industrial  are  still  brought  into  the  music,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  oppression  and  history  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Autokrator  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death,  sludge,  doom  metal,  sludge  and  industrial,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Against  Flesh  And  Blood"  and  "Hammer  Of  The  Heretics".  8  out  of  10.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Affasia Interview

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

Jason: We are a dark, atmospheric metal act out of Richmond, Virginia.
Noah: Don't know if you'll like Affasia until you try Affasia.

2.You have an EP coming out in February, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Jason: Our music pulls from our various influences over the years, which includes many musical genres such as death/doom, prog, post-punk, darkwave, classical, etc.

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

Noah: This seems to be my area of expertise. I'm not sure why. I would say there is some personal experiences that inspire my lyrics for Affasia but it is more about creating imagery. Topics vary from loss, longing, remorse (obviously) regret, elation, substance abuse (legal or non), mortality, loyalty, relationships, nature and the human spirit and heart.

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

Noah: When I found Jason and then cosongwriter David Waltenbaugh they had a good bit of material worked up that is on this EP so it had a very specific sound/feel. We wanted a name that fit the vibe of the music. To be honest, if you can think of it, any single word in English is already a band name. And most two word combos are bands as well. There are millions of them. We didn't want to fight a royalty battle and really just wanted something original that worked. I found the old Welsh spelling of the term Aphasia. Aphasia is loss of ability to understand or express speech, caused by brain damage. And the old Welsh spelling Affasia just had the right ring to it. Like a musical note.

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

Jason: Being able to share the stage with our good friends in Grethor and LORD were definitely the most fun for us so far.

Noah: I have to agree with Jason that those were the most enjoyable shows we've had so far. It was pretty awesome to share the stage with Intronaut at Strange Matter in Richmond a couple of years back. Not the best show for us but it was still memorable.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the ep is released?

Nick: Nothing in particular is set up or in the works at this time. I’m sure we will find time to play a show or two before long, but our focus right now is on writing new material.

Jason: We are currently working on solidifying a full live lineup at the moment for future shows.

7.The ep is coming out on 'Transcending Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Nick: Yes, very much so. We’ve only been with the label a very short time but already feel very loyal to them. We feel like we’re part of one big family that is working together to meet a goal. A goal of selling records, ha. But they’ve been very friendly and helpful and we look forward to continuing to work with them.

Jason: Mike and the team at Transcending have been amazing to work with and we are very grateful for the opportunity to be apart of such a great group.

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

Jason: We are awaiting more input after the official release, but have been thrilled with the response thus far.

Nick: There was some guy on a Russian download site that said something to the effect of “there are some bright moments, but overall a complete failure”. But everyone else I’ve heard from seems to love what we’re doing. In particular, the response from other musicians that have listened has been very encouraging

Noah: Just to piggyback on what Nick said, he didn't provide any reason to why it was a failure, so who knows. I found it quite hilarious and typical of online Trolls. It won't appeal to everyone. We hope to carve out our own little niche. Where that lies remains to be seen.

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

Jason: We are currently working on new music for a future release, and are very much looking forward to writing with new member additions soon as well, as we continue to evolve as a band.

Nick: We have talked a lot about playing around with song structures and mixing things up a bit. Also I think we will be incorporating more post-punk and darkwave elements into our sound. The metal will still very much be present but I think our non-metal influences will start to show themselves a lot more.

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?

Jason: I have always been influenced a great deal by bands such as Katatonia, Swallow the Sun, Anathema, Type O Negative and Saturnus over the years. I also tend to pull from more post-punk, darkwave, goth rock elements at times, having grown up listening to that as well. The Cure has always been an inspiration for me personally too. Some albums currently in my playlist are:
The Agnes Circle - Some Vague Desire
Advent Sorrow - As All Light Leaves Her
Grethor - Damnatio Memoriae
Winter Severity Index - Human Taxonomy
Hanging Garden - I Am Become

Nick: The Cure is a huge influence in my writing, particularly Simon Gallup. The man does things with a bass that are just... so simple but so damn effective. Other big influences would be Martin Mendez from Opeth and Freddy from this little band from DC called Juniper Lane that I got really big into when I was younger. I’m currently listening to a lot of bands like Junius, Port Noir, Caligula’s Horse, Vulture Industries, Leprous, Chelsea Wolfe, 2:54, Earth Electric, and Obiymy Doschu.

Noah: I have older and more recent influences and everything in between. Ealy: The Cure, Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, The Smiths, Type O Negative, Danzig, Faith No More, Tool, Morbid Angel, Testament, even some classic/prog rock. I had a bit of a 90s industrial phase that I still enjoy from time to time. Mid to current: Katatonia, Alcest, Anathema, Les Desrets, Swallow The Sun, Leprous, Kauan, Earthside, In The Silence, Vaskula, Voyager, Ikuinen Kaamos, In Vain, Ulver, Daylight Dies, The Foreshadowing, October Tide, Soen, Wilderun, Klone, I could go on and on. Ha!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Jason: More recently I've really gotten into a lot of Netflix shows, especially the German series DARK. I highly recommend it, it's something that sticks with you well after watching. Also, shows like The OA, Black Mirror, and being a huge Marvel nerd, obviously all those shows as well, and the MCU films. Outside of that, I've always been a big Doctor Who and Game of Thrones fan, and of course the Lord of the Rings movies were big for me.

Nick: Star Wars. I watch the movies, the TV shows, read the books, everything. I just can’t get enough. Aside from that I’m mostly into video games. I can’t speak highly enough about my Nintendo Switch. Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey are getting a lot of playtime from me. And I am playing Skyrim again for like the 5th time. But now I can play it on the toilet, how cool is that?

Noah: I have zero non musical interests. Na. Instead of talking about me why don't I tell you the other guy's real interests. Jason is a total softie for animals but especially canines. Nick loves gaming and great film, almost as much as he loves the culinary arts.
Me, I'm a dog lover, they're a part of my family and family is everything for me. Especially my amazing wife. I very much enjoy the outdoors, hiking, fishing, canoeing. I game some, read a lot. I love film, I believe it can be the ultimate culmination of the visual/audio and physical arts. I get into the culinary arts a bit myself. But most of all, if I have a choice music is always a part of my ongoing life experience. It's always playing around me and in my head. Can't breathe without it. Ha!

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

Jason: I really hope people enjoy and identify with this EP, as much as we did when creating it.
Noah: I'll be happy with half as much as I enjoy the result. Ha. Cheers. 
https://www.facebook.com/affasiaband/
http://www.transcendingrecords.com/

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

LeechfeastNeon Crosses/Dry Cough Records/Rope Or Guillotine/2018 CD Review


  Leechfeast  are  a  band  from  Slovenia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Neon  Crosses"   which  will  be  released  in  March  as   a  joint  effort  between  Dry  Cough  Records  and  Rope  Or  Guillotine.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  movie  samples  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  high  pitched  sludge  style  screams  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  the  riffs  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.
 
  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  melodic  chants  and  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  direction  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  always  remains  very  dark  and  heavy.

  Leechfast  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  sludge  and  doom  metal  together  with  a  great  amount  of  melody  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Leechfeast  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sacrosanct"  and  "Razor  Nest".  8  out  of  10.