domingo, 21 de janeiro de 2018

Interview: Humanity’s End

Interview: Humanity’s End



Humanity’s End are death metal band from the USA that formed in 2017. With catchy heavy riffing of the old school nature fueled by HM-2 buzz saw guitars on full, accompanied by deep growly vocals and traditional drumming for this 90’s influenced genre, these guys have recently released their debut and independent EP titled, “Between Life and Death.”


1/ Hi Guys and thank you for the interview! Congrats on the new release by the way! Having recently discovered your band through a link online, the new EP got my attention right away and being a big fan of the OSDM already, I really liked what I heard! How has the feedback and response been since the release of “Between Life and Death?”
Hello, Thank you. It has been great given the fact that we did not release any demos or have an online presence until just a few weeks before the CD was released (this was done intentionally) so given that fact the response has been great, people have been liking it and more people are checking it out each week.

2/ What inspired choosing the band name, “Humanity’s End?”
There is a famous quote from Chief Seattle “Once the last river has been poisoned, the last tree cut down and the last fish caught will man realize money can not be eaten”. We are rapidly approaching this point in time and it's not looking good for humanity’s future. Also, go to http://www.worldometers.info/ and look at the live tracking, it predicts that there are 16,582 days until the end of oil is reached. That is only 45 years away. If that number is true it will be the end of life as we know it and there will be no place to hide. Between those things and the current political climate of the world with endless wars, nuclear threats, rapid extinction of animals, the death of coral reef, chemtrails, Fukushima Daiichi still leaking, earthquakes, flooding, wildfires, and Hurricanes it seems like it will soon be Humanity’s End. Anyone wishing to learn what is really happening needs to check out the book “Forsaken Earth: The ongoing Mass Extinction” by Paul Sequoia Rauch”. His book was an inspiration to the band name.

3/ What would you say are your biggest music influences overall?
80’s Thrash and Death, bands like Slayer, Possessed, Kreator, Sodom, Celtic Frost, Bathory and the whole HM-2 movement with Entombed, Carnage, Dismember, and Grave.

4/ Being a two-piece band, how does the writing process usually work for you guys?
I (Jay) do all the writing so the process is very simple. It’s just me in my underwear in my home studio writing and arranging things late at night.

5/ I noticed that not only did Jay (Vocals & HM-2 Pedals) record, mix and master this EP for Humanity’s End but he also has an on-going band called Effigy that began in 1992 which has a few releases out. From recording and your work in Effigy (Jay), what got yourself and Jessie together to form and start working on Humanity’s End as a band?
Jesse and I have known each other for 20+ years going back to our days of playing in Hardcore bands in Detroit so it was just a matter of a phone call to get a project going and the songs were already written and neither of us were busy so it was an easy deal.

6/ What are the future plans for Humanity’s End?
We will be working on a full length. We do have a rehearsal space in Livonia where we have jammed but we are a long-distance project band so we are not planning on doing shows at this time but who knows what the future holds.

7/ Do you have a favorite or preferred format for music such as cassette, vinyl, CD or digital?
I’m big on CD and Jesse is all about vinyl and buys it regularly. I think vinyl is a timeless format that will always be desired and collected and I love that fact that it’s bigger and the cover art can be appreciated in its full-size glory with more photos and easier to see/read compared to other formats. Digital download is great too because you don’t have any pressing or shipping costs to make up so you can sell the product cheaper and more people have access to it via the net. Because of these things our digital album is a whopping $2 on Bandcamp!

8/ Besides death metal or metal, in general, are there other types of music you like, listen to or even consider to be another type of influence?
I wouldn’t say these things are an influence to what Humanity’s End is doing but Oh yes, Jesse loves Grim Reaper, Bobby Rock, Mastodon, Sleep, Pentagram, The Mentors, The Sword, Elvis and Terry Bozzio and I have another project with 4 releases called Tribe 3. It’s all meditative type stuff with tribal drums, Didgeridoo, and African percussion, it’s more for the Burningman type of crowd or someone who wants to meditate or trance out https://tribe3.bandcamp.com/album/giants-of-another-world

9/ What is your opinion on revivalism of old school death metal that originally began in the later 80’s to early 90’s era that was almost or around 30 years ago now, yet there are many new or younger people in bands today that are doing this?
They said metal was dead back when grunge was gaining popularity, well look at it now! I think it’s amazing that younger generations are into the older death and thrash that we came up with and that it has influenced them like it did to us old timers when we were teens. You have amazing bands like Gatecreeper, Power Trip Warbringer and Nails out there carrying the torch and killing it along with more obscure bands like Boethiah, and Gravestone. It’s great to see. I can spend hours online finding new bands, it's insane.

10/ If you had the power to change anything in this world for whatever the reason, choice, cause or belief, what would that one main thing be and why?
Oh Boy, this is a tough one. I know you said only one thing but short from just wiping out the entire planet for a do-over I would change so many things, first off, I would de-invent smart phones. These matrix leashes would all vanish and instantly people would be able to live fuller lives and be in the moment again instead of constantly being jacked in looking at unimportant mindless things while life passes by, these devices have created such a disconnect that the American Medical Association has named a new disorder called cell phone separation anxiety disorder. And for the record I do not own one. How about we look at what other countries have done and adopt the good. Here are some examples:

• No electricity bills; electricity is free … for all citizens.
• No interest on loans, banks are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
• If you are employed after graduation, the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
• If you want to take up a farming career, you receive farmland, a house, equipment, seed and livestock to kick start your farm –
• A home considered a human right.
• All newlyweds receive US$ 50,000 to buy their first apartment so to help start a family.
• A portion of oil sales is credited directly to the bank accounts of all citizens.
• A mother who gives birth to a child would receive US $5,000.
• When you buy a car, the government would subsidize 50% of the price.
• Education and medical treatments are free. All people have access to doctors, hospitals, clinics and medicines, completely free of charge.

All politics aside that is a list of things that were done in Libya of all places so I have to ask, if these things have been done why aren’t we all doing them globally? Things could be much better for all of humanity.



Interview by: Wolven Deadsoul

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sexta-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2018

Ectoplasma "Cavern of Foul Beings"

Band: Ectoplasma
Title: Cavern of Foul Beings
Label: Memento Mori
Date: January 22, 2018
Country: Greece

Hailing from Greece, Ectoplasma began in 2013. They have a demo, two splits, an EP, and two full length releases to date with the newest release being, “Cavern of Foul Beings.”
Belting out riff after riff with a punchy guitar sound and melodic harmonies reminding me a bit like the tones of Brutality and Sinister, Ectoplasma offers a consistent and aggressive form of death metal that keeps things traditional without getting to technical or just blasting their way through all either. There is a lot of catchiness and hooks in the overall writing here with both American and Euro influences that has varying tempos from slow introductory riffs drawing the listener in, to some fast blast beat parts with all going full out in speed and mid-paced beats leading all for the most part through out this old school madness that Ectoplasma do. On top of this, there are powerful bellowing vocals of a low demonic-like roar that just punch through everything like a wrecking ball demolishing a building. From topic matters of horror, death, the supernatural and so forth, this 11-track death metal beast even features an Unleashed cover too and you can’t go wrong with that! What a way to begin a year! Already being impressed with a lot of the various death metal from Greece that I have heard over the years, Ectoplasma represent extremely well and are at the top of my list for 2018 so far! 10/10 By Wolven Deadsoul

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quarta-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2018

Midmourner “Adorned in fear and error”

Band: Midmourner
Title: Adorned in fear and error
Label: Old Lion Recordings
Release Date: October 2, 2017
Country: U.S.A.

Midmourner are around since 2014, and according to their FB page, they are stylistically into the Subterranean Dopesick Blues genre. Actually, Birmingham Alabama’s Midmourner provides classy sludge doom, combining the best in the style - heavy doomy riffs, distorted bass lines, and deep slow tempo. Yes, they might have taken some of the solid riff ground played 40 years ago by the Birmingham UK teachers Black Sabbath, and bits by some of the most popular names currently in this particular style. However, Midmourner added their own flavor and developed it in own super heavy and sludgy modern pattern, crushing everything down to the ground.
Even just the cover of the album insists for stone-cold stillness experience in the gothic end. The sound though is so sludgy, dirty and muddy, that I could feel the sticky soil stuck in my throat while listening. Vocals appear to be very similar to a swamp monster, gutturally spitting stagnant rotten soil and hate.
“Adorned in fear and error” consist of six songs, with a total running time of slightly above 29 minutes. It is unnecessary to stand out one or another song, the album ends in just a (last) breath. Very quickly. It is one of those albums which has to be listened just because of the overall experience and feeling it leaves - heavy hopelessness in the mud. It easily pictures stilled waters, rain falling on top of a casket, drowning into the soil.
As I was so keen on the sludge doom in 2017, I was able to dig into many of the popular and not so popular bands and albums. This Midmourner EP really got me immediately - it is so sticky that I listened it on repeat several times, just because to feed the hunger for what it left in me. Definitely, I’ll be looking forward to the full-length album.
Now all the sludge doom maniacs can have this solid start of the band on cassette or digitally. I urge the rest of the fanbase to try it too. Definitely no need of rope and chair, Midmourner are bringing all the soil to suffocate you and throw your body into the deepest swamps. 8.5/10 By Count Vlad


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quinta-feira, 11 de janeiro de 2018

Boethiah "Invocation of the Xenolith"

Band: Boethiah
Title: Invocation of the Xenolith
Label: Independent
Release Date: January 12, 2018
Country: U.S.A.

Boethiah began in 2012 and have taken their name in reference from the Elder Scrolls fantasy game from a violent warrior demon who enjoys battle and conflict. They have two previous Eps (Agents of Dawn (2014) & Boethiah (2017)) and now a new 2018 full length titled, “Invocation of the Xenolith”.  Upon listening to this new independent release, there is the apparent old school death metal influence of the prime early 1990’s sound that leans hard into the Swedish styles resembling old Entombed & Dismember that is very evident here. Combining heaviness, simplicity and melody while featuring the classic ripping buzz saw guitars with heavy chords, complimented with eerie melodic harmonies and occasional solos followed by deep growling vocals which remain on a heavy tone for the most part through out and of course with the solid organic drumming keeping all together very nicely. This release seems to capture the best of both worlds with not only the raw sounds of the instruments themselves but also with the overall production which is very audible with all instruments including the vocals having their distinct place that comes through very well with a sense of clarity despite the nature of this type of heavy death metal that Boethiah are doing. Even though its hard not to say that this release is on the band wagon of the old school revival in relation to Swedish death metal worship of the 1990’s, it certainly captures the best from that era bringing it into a modern production sound that is quite comparable to up to date signed band releases and if not better than some already out there too. 9/10 By Wolven Deadsoul

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domingo, 7 de janeiro de 2018

Hellish God "The Evil Emanations"

Band: Hellish God
Title: The Evil Emanations
Label: Everlasting Spew Records
Release Date: January 8, 2018
Country: Italy

Hailing from Italy, Hellish God began in 2015. They have a previous EP titled, “Impure Spiritual Forces” from 2016 and now a new full length for 2018 titled, “The Evil Emanations.”
This release comes across as an older style of death metal with a modern production which has some American influences of the likes of older Deicide but also in relation to the styles of death metal like Krisiun and Sinister do as well. With a strong approach and fast changing guitar riffing and their use of speed picking, to crunchy palm muting, to choppy fast chord strikes, to swift harmonic screeching solos that appear here and there and added mid range growly vocals with occasional demonic screams ringing out, all these things combined together enforce this style of death metal that Hellish God are doing here. The militant-like drumming combines variations, from building up the intensity like at the beginning of the track called, “Qlipoth” or with small bursts of fast beats with quick drum rolls hitting in sequences, to occasional mid-paced traditional drumming parts reflecting on the older school styles or where all is going full out in total speed and aggression, pounding away and letting this raging occult inspired beast out of its domain upon us all.
“The Evil Emanations” is an intense angry and brutal offering making its stand in the long line of many death metal bands of today. Originality is never an easy task for anyone as like most bands Hellish God has its influences for certain. However, the difference is if something is more convincing or believable in its approach, then that’s what makes it stand out compared to others and I believe Hellish God are doing just that! 8/10 By Wolven Deadsoul

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quarta-feira, 3 de janeiro de 2018

Cosmic Void Ritual "The Excreted Remains of the Sabatier System"

Band: Cosmic Void Ritual
Title: "The Excreted Remains of the Sabatier System"
Label: Blood Harvest
Format: Tape
Release date: Oct. 6, 2017
Country: United States

First things first: it is a new year, and while I normally am not the type to do New Year's resoultions, I have set a new goal for myself for the year: try to stay more ahead in my reviews! That being said,
January tends to be a slower month for releases, and I tend to spend a lot of my listening time checking out releases I have missed in the previous year. Enter Cosmic Void Ritual. Having released their first two demos earlier in 2017, Blood Harvest has put June's "Gateways Through Septic Flesh" and July's "Transcendence Through Galactic Death" together as a single release under the title #The
Excreted Remains of the Sabatier System".
While I had not heard the demos before listening to the compilation, I had a pretty good idea what I
was in for from a death metal band on Blood Harvest. Angular riffing, seeped in reverb, and an open
devotion to either the 90's Finnish death metal scene or Incantation. As it turns out Cosmic Void Ritual lean more toward the former, the Demilich riffing is all over this one. As the name might suggest, Cosmic Void Ritual focus on sci-fi themes, which pairs well with project mastermind Unknown Entity's style. The guitar worships on the edge of chaos, constantly on the verge of falling completely off course and into, well, the void, or the backdrop created by the desolate atmosphere of the production. The rhythm section manages to provide a solid base and it is this dichotomy that makes the music work. While there are slight production differences between the two demos, they both have their own slight characteristic differences that serve their respective songs well.
Overall, while the style was predictable, the journey itself was most enjoyable, and I've found myself
coming back to the compilation multiple times. In a style that has begun to get a bit crowded as of late, Cosmic Void Ritual manage to show their is terrain yet to be fully explored. 7.5/10 By d00mfr00g

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quinta-feira, 28 de dezembro de 2017

Prayer of the Dying "Banished from Death"

Band: Prayer of the Dying
Title: Banished from Death
Label: Independent
Release date: May 13, 2017
Country: Republic of Malta

Well ...
The end of the year 2017 is coming to an end and I receive a promo directly from the band. Prayer of the Dying are from the small country, Republic of Malta. As far as I'm aware there are some Metal bands but there are few and one of them is Prayer of the Dying. Band that I know since the second album that was released in 2008 but I do not know all its releases (some of the splits that were going out between the albums). But let's talk about this album, self edited and simply limited to 150 copies. Divided into 13 songs could be a dull and / or monotonous album due to its length of time, but no. There were high moments in my audition? Yes. There were less good times in my audition? Yes. It is an album that in my opinion has much influence that goes from Viking Metal, melodic Black Metal and a Gothic style. It is well produced, I can hear all the instruments perfectly (I like the most elaborate bass guitar lines), there is a good musical structure in many songs, unfortunately not all, I have to admit. I could not appreciate the clean voice that appears a few times and I sincerely think that the band, or rather the one man band, sins to put it this way and it is here along with the riffs used in these parts that for me are with a strand and/or Gothic influence, Reminds me the albums from Paradise Lost or Sentenced when they were lost in their own musical style. And yes this is the only negative point in my opinion on this album. Taking this negative point in my opinion, this release can be an album that listens very well and can be interesting and I liked the parts where I listen the traditional instruments. Take your doubts and listen to the songs on the links right below. 7/10 By Me, Myself & I

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Note: Many thanks to the band for their trust and for sending the CD so I can do the review. Thank you so much. 

terça-feira, 26 de dezembro de 2017

Necrow Sadistik - Top 10

1
Band: Ulvegr.
Album: Titahion Kaos Manifest.
Genre: Black Metal.
Country: Ukraine.
Label: Ashen Dominion.

2
Band: Asagraum.
Album: Potestas Magicum Diaboli.
Genre: Black Metal.
Country: Netherlands/Canada.
Label: KVLT Records.

3
Band: Rienaus.
Album: Saatanalle.
Genre: Black Metal.
Country: Finland.
Label: KVLT.

4
Band: Pestlegion.
Album: Dominus Profundum.
Genre: Black Metal.
Country: Germany.
Label: Bret Hard Records.

5
Band: Svartsyn.
Album: In Death.
Genre: Black Metal. 
Country: Sweden.
Label: Agonia Records.

6
Band: Black Cilice.
Album: Banished From Time.
Genre: Black Metal.
Country: Portugal.
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions.

7
Band: Au-Dessus.
Album: End Of Chapter.
Genre: Black Metal. 
Country: Lithuania. 
Label: Les Acteurs De l'Ombre Productions. 

8
Band: White Death.
Album: White Death. 
Genre: Black Metal. 
Country: Finland.
Label: Werewolf Records.

9
Band: Drowning The Light.
Album: Varcolaci Rising.
Genre: Black Metal. 
Country: Australia.
Label: Dark Adversary Productions.

10
Band: Havukruunu.
Album: Kelle Surut Soi.
Genre: Black Metal. 
Country: Finland.
Label: Naturmacht Productions.

d00mfr0gg - Top 10

1
The Ruins of Beverast - Exuvia
Genre: Black/Doom
Label: Ván Records
Country: Germany
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I first heard Exuvia while sitting on my front porch, headphones in, as a storm front started moving in. The setting could not have been better. The dark clouds rolling in, the cool winds picking up, the drop in air pressure all fit the experience of the album so perfectly. Alexander von Meilenwald approaches each Ruins of Beverast album differently and, in my opinion, always with stellar results. Yet something about this album is truely special. Meilenwald is a master of his craft, using every instrument he feels necessary to create haunting soundscapes that build on each other to epic climaxes. Not only does he create tension, but he manages to succeed where so many other artists struggle: he delivers. Every crescendo is done with purpose and leaves the listener satisfied. Exuvia may be but another display of his sheer brilliance, but he's so far ahead of his contempraries that they pale in comparison.

2
Perverted Ceremony - Sabbat of Behezaël
Genre: Black
Label: Nuclear War Now! Productions
Country: Belgium
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I will admit, I am always a sucker for Beherit-worship, especially from the Drawing Down the Moon
era. And while Perverted Ceremony definitely evoke a similar sound, going for a dark, ritualistic form of black metal complete with whispered vocals, they stand out amongst the clones. Excellently produced while retaining their filth, Perverted Ceremony accomplish preciesly what they set out to achieve with Sabbat of Behezaël: worship of a mysterious and dark force through primitive, bestial black metal.
**Note: The band has recently announced a new EP, out Dec 25th on Nuclear War Now! Productions

3
Temple of Void - Lords of Death
Genre: Death/Doom
Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Country: USA
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Death/doom with a sense of drive. The record never loses it's momentum, and the production issues
that (minorly) plagued the first release have been cleaned up. The vocal delivery is some of the best
death vocals I've heard in a while, deep and resounding, yet completely decypherable without the help of a lyric sheet. The band even toys with clean vocals on "Graven Desires", which pays off in spades (my favorite track on an album full of excellence). Lords of Death is to be commended as a crowning achievement in the already fertile Detroit metal scene.

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Vesicant - Shadows of Cleansing Iron
Genre: Black/Death/Doom
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
Country: New Zealand
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Vesicant may not be war metal proper, but their blend of black/death calls to mind the horrors of one
of the most savage conflicts of our time: WWI. My full review of Shadows of Cleansing Iron can be found
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5
Tchornobog -Tchornobog
Genre: Black/Death/Doom
Label: Fallen Empire Records/I, Voidhanger Records
Country: USA
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A devisive record, from what I've noticed. I'm firmly in the camp that it is a monolith of inspired
extreme metal. Full of surprises across it's four massive tracks, Tchornobog is brilliantly layered
masterwork, with each layer adding another coat to create a suffocating sense of dread.

6
Hellripper - Coagulating Darkness
Genre: Black/Speed
Label: Independent/Barbarian Wrath/Diabolic Might/Granite Factory
Country: Scotland
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Speaking of fun records, just try to listen to this while driving without hitting the gas. A blasphemous
ripper from front to back that moves Hellripper out of his earlier blackened-Motörhead worship (though those roots are still most definietly present) and into his own brand of blackened speed metal. Check out my interview with Hellripper mastermind James McBain
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Malokarpatan - Nordkarpatanland
Genre: Black/Heavy
Label: Invictus Productions
Country: Slovakia
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One of the most fun records of the year for me, Malokarpatan's sophmore effort calls upon Master's
Hammer, Bathory, and a healthy dose of Mercyful Fate riffing set to Slovakian folklore and drunkenness. A very bizarre yet entertaining listen, this record could have gone off the rails quickly, but Malokarpatan have the chops (and the balls) to pull it off with seeming ease.

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Black Cilice - Banished From Time
Genre: Raw Black
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
Country: Portugal
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Black Cilice's fourth full-length, and possibly the most "accessible" one to date. Beautifully produced
raw black metal that I find myself lost in on every listen. The vocal performance is outstanding,
contrasting well against the melodic chord progressions, and truely sounding like the desperate cries of a soul lost amonst the cosmos.

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Tomb Mold - Primordial Malignity
Genre: Death
Label: Blood Harvest
Country: Canada
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Quite possibly the hardest working death metal band today, certainly the hardest of 2017. On the toes
of their debut album the band also released a new demo, a compilation of their two 2016 demos, and
promised an album in spring of 2018, all while touring. The music is reminescent of the classic Finnish death scene while managing to feel fresh and inspired. Drenched in decay and reverb, the guitars coat the solid rhythm section in a feeling of frantic and overwhelming dread.

10
Ascended Dead - Abhorrent Manifestation
Genre: Death
Label: Dark Descent Records/Invictus Productions
Country: USA
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Riffs on top of riffs on top of riffs. Death metal delivered at breakneck speed and a furociousness
unmatched by their peers. Bestial, yet technical, the band manages to keep their brand of death metal
interesting and enganging thoughout the record. The stellar debut from the San Diego natives leaves mewanting more every time.

Me Myself & I - Top 10

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Band: Tetragrammacide
Album: Primal Incinerators of Motral Matrix
Genre: Black / Death Metal
Country: India
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
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2
Band: Necrophile
Album: Awakening Those Oppressed
Genre: Death / Thrash Metal
Country: Japan
Label: Unholy Prophecies
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3
Band: Vardan
Album: Nostalgia - Archive of Failures - Part I / II / III
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Italy
Label: Moribund Records
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4
Band: Kawir
Album: Εξιλασμός (Exilasmos)
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Greece
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
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5
Band: Savage Annihilation
Album: Quand s'abaisse la croix du blasphème
Genre: Death Metal
Country: France
Label: XenoKorp
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6
Band: Anatomia
Album: Cranial Obsession
Genre: Death / Doom
Country: Japan
Label: Nuclear War Now! Productions
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7
Band: Asagraum
Album: Potestas Magicum Diaboli
Genre: Black Metal
Country: (Canada/Netherlands)
Label: Kvlt Records
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Band: Azziard
Album: Metempsychose
Genre: Black Metal
Country: France
Label: Malpermesita Records
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9
Band: Merciless Savage
Album: Visions
Genre: Blackened Death Metal
Country: Wales
Label: Self Released
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10
Band: Runespell
Album: Unhallowed Blood Oath
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Australia
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
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Wolven Deadsoul - Top 10

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Band: Sinister
Album: Syncretism
Genre: Death metal
Country: Netherlands
Label: Massacre Records
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Band: Cruciamentum
Album: Paradise Envenomed
Genre: Death metal
Country: U.K.
Label: Profound Lore
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3
Band: Horrid
Album: Beyond the Dark Border
Genre: Death metal
Country: Italy
Label: Dunkelheit Produktionen
Bandcamp

4
Band: Verthebral
Album: Regeneration
Genre: Death metal
Country: Paraguay
Label: Satanath Records
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5
Band: Crypts of Despair
Album: The Stench of the Earth
Genre: Death metal
Country: Lithuania
Label: Testimony Records
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6
Band: Incinerator
Album: Stench of Distress
Genre: Death metal
Country: Netherlands
Label: Raw Skull Recordz
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7
Band: Nihil Eyes
Album: Black Path
Genre: Death metal / Grindcore
Country: U.K.
Label: Independent
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Band: Savage Annihilation
Album: Quand S’abaisse la Croix du Blasphème
Genre: Death metal
Country: France
Label: Xenokorp
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9
Band: Come Back From the Dead
Album: Caro Data Vermibus
Genre: Death metal
Country: Spain
Label: Mono Canibal / Transcending Obscurity Records
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10
Band: Gravestone
Album: Rotten Kill
Genre: Death metal
Country: Sweden
Label: Raw Skull Recordz
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sexta-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2017

Merciless Savage "Visions"

Band: Merciless Savage
Title: Visions
Label: Independent
Release date: November 17, 2017
Country: Wales

Merciless Savage ... Come from Wales (I am sincere, I know very little coming from this country) and have been in this world as a band since 2007?!?!?!? Unfortunately only in 2017 was I aware of this band (One man band) and because they contacted me because otherwise I would still be and here I admit, in pure ignorance of the quality that the band has. And what does this gentleman or this band present us here in this EP of his name "Visions"? Well, the sound coming out of the speakers of my stereo is a Death Metal with some Black Metal mix. Although some songs have more Black Metal riffs than Death Metal, but the style that is most present in my opinion is Death Metal, be it in riffs, the way the drums sound (although sometimes it sounds like the programmed drums ), voice and even the equalization / mixing / final mastering of the EP. Unfortunately (in my opinion) this work only exists in digital format, but this is another talk and we will return to the band itself. I can say that they are +/- 27 minutes of very good hearing. It does not become "sickening" to your hearing, it is not saturating, it is not boring, on the contrary it is very good. The change of speed in the songs is not predictable as in most bands within this musical style, the voice fits in the right places and your tone is good. Being five songs present I thought it would be easy to raise one or two songs and spread the word and say "listen to this song that is very good" but nahhhhh, I could not. Every time I listened to this EP I discovered details and more highlights in all the songs. I listened many, many times, believe me I heard, I even hummed the songs many times because the riffs did not leave my head. But I had to choose one song, or rather I chose two, however I am not denigrating the other songs, on the contrary. Listen to the songs "Visions" and "Poison Legacy" (excellent riff at minute 1). But ... I also advise the song "Flight of Thought and Memory" especially for having a different way of singing that along with the riffs of the music make a mixture very well achieved. The remaining songs? I also advise you, that's it. I advise the EP in its entirety and final point, because in reality it is very well achieved. This is a band that I will try hard to follow because it deserves. Excellent job. Many congratulations on the final result. 9/10 By Me, Myself & I

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quarta-feira, 13 de dezembro de 2017

Interview: Cruciamentum




Cruciamentum is a death metal band from the U.K. who formed in 2007 and are on Profound Lore Records. Having seen them live recently on their Canadian tour they are by far not your regular death metal band by any means and tend to have a blackened nature within their sound and style. Their latest release is an EP titled, “Paradise Envenomed” which features an Absu cover as well.

1/ Hi Guys, thank you for the interview! It was great to see you live on your Canadian tour! Overall, how was the Canadian tour and your time spent here?
D.L.: On the whole it was a positive experience. The turn outs were good, the organisation from Metal Apocalypse was outstanding and most of the promoters were extremely well organised and gracious hosts. Thantifaxath were excellent every night and were also the best of company.

2/ Do you think you will do a USA tour or else where in the future as well?
D.L.: As long as conditions are met we will play wherever anyone asks us to.

3/ What are the immediate future plans for Cruciamentum now that you have finished the Canadian tour?
D.L.: We plan to lay low for a while now and finish writing our second album which we hope to start recording mid/late 2018.

4/ Since the release of the new EP (Paradise Envenomed), how has the response been for this?
D.L.: I don’t really bother to read many reviews of our own stuff, but what I’ve heard has been good. The 7” sold out less than two weeks after its release, so I think that speaks for itself.

5/ With that last two releases on Profound Lore Records (Charnel Passages/Paradise Envenomed), how has it been working with them so far as a label?
D.L.: We’ve nothing but good things to say about Profound Lore. Initially we were nervous, I had vowed to stay with Nuclear Winter Records as I felt that was a perfect home for us but when that label folded, Profound Lore seemed like the only other option as we had been friends with Chris for many years. It’s important to me to have a good relationship with a label, to correspond as friends rather than as a boss and employee, and in Profound Lore I feel we found the best possible home for the band.

6/ How would you describe the metal scene presently in the U.K. for the most part?
D.L.: I would recommend that people check out Vacivus and Necromaniac. Indesinence (RIP) was also to me one of the most under-rated bands ever, extremely innovative and great composers. For the most part though – we couldn’t care less about “the scene”. There’s nothing here for us.

7/ What would you say are your biggest influences both musically and topic matter wise?
D.L.: Musically our influences are wide – in terms of metal it would be bands such as Immolation, Morbid Angel, Incantation, Shub Niggurath, Disembowelment, Demigod, Absu, Slayer etc. But equally we are influenced by the music outside of metal that we listen to – dark ambient, 70s progressive rock, goth, hardcore etc. We’re inspired in some way by everything we listen to. We approach song writing with the idea that if something fits the atmosphere we’re trying to convey then by all means use it. That said, it’s still important however to keep our experimentation within the boundaries of death metal, it needs to be heavy and dark above all else!
Lyrically and conceptually influences are harder to explain. Death and existentialism are the loose core concepts around which Cruciamentum’s lyrics are centred. They’re explored in relatively abstract ways, often influenced by different states of consciousness. I don’t want to explain the lyrics too much though; I prefer to keep some of the mystery and let the listener draw their own conclusions.

8/ For your song writing process, do you all contribute to the music or otherwise have a certain method you use?
D.L.: With each release the writing has been more collaborative. Paradise Envenomed and the upcoming album are by far the most balanced band effort yet. There’s no particular method though, if something works, we use it.

9/ After seeing you live for the first time, I felt things were presented very well and together on stage. With the new line up change and new member Jordi on the drums, how has this been as a change for Cruciamentum?
D.L.: Actually, we also have a new bassist. R.B. – our former bassist now plays lead guitar and shares vocal duties with me. I personally think with the new line-up we’re the strongest and most confident we’ve ever been. We’ve made massive improvement in our live performance and writing has become easier and less restricted.

10/ In closing, do you all have a preferred medium for your music or music in general for listening as in vinyl, CD, Cassette or digital format?
D.L.:  Vinyl and CD for me. Cassettes have always been “the demo format” for me.


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