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Battle Path/Ambedo/Inherent Records/2015 Full length Review

lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 08:45
  Battle  Path  are  a  band  from  Tennessee  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Ambedo"  which  was  released  by  Inherent  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  giving the  music  a  progressive  feeling  along  with  some  synths  being utilized  in  the  background  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  goes into  a  heavier  musical  direction  that  is  mostly  in  a  very  raw,  modern  and  atmospheric  black  metal  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats.

  When  the  music  slows  down  a  more  psychedelic  style  of  doom metal  is  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  being  used  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  the  band  uses  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  experimental  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them and  some  of  the  screams  bring  in  elements  of  sludge  while  some  of  the riffing  also  brings  in  melodies  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track and  while  the  music  is  mostly  slow  it  does  have  its  fast  and  raw  black  metal  moments  that  are  more  rooted  in t he  modern  day  style  of  the  genre.

  Battle  Path  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  modern  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  doom  metal  and  a touch  of  progressive  and  experimental  music  to  create  a  style of  their  own, the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness, misery and death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Path  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric black  metal  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Raging  Host"  and  "Ascension".  8  out  of  10.     

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Stone Healer Interview

lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 07:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Stone Healer is really my personal extension of the work I was doing with my last band Autolatry. While Autolatry was rooted in black metal, I wanted my next project to expand into new musical and lyrical territory with a more personal tone. It was very liberating for me to shed the association to "black metal" that I felt I had to maintain with Autolatry, and I think it really shows in how diverse-sounding the "He Who Rides Immolated Horses" EP turned out. With Stone Healer being just my personal vessel for musical creativity, I don't have to worry about compromising with other bandmates or making group decisions. Having the reigns fully to myself after years of working in a group dynamic has allowed me to put more attention on the smallest of details, making this music more special to me than anything I've ever been a part of.

2.In August you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Describing the musical sound of the "Horses" EP has been a challenge to this point; which really is a goal of mine as a songwriter - to write music that can't easily be lumped into one genre classification. I usually defer to calling it "progressive metal", but there's also plenty of death metal and rock influence littered through the tunes. I think part of the reason I'm still so pleased with the music is that nobody has come out and said "Well, this is just another black metal or death metal record." Thus far I've received wildly eclectic classifications of the Stone Healer sound, from "Yob meets Gorguts" to "Blackened Post-Johnny Cash Cowpoke Doom", which all make me very happy as a composer! To me though, all of the music I write just feels like heavy rock and roll.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
As I alluded to earlier, the lyrical content of these songs is extremely personal and details a stretch of my life in which I endured a great deal of spiritual pain. Generally speaking, the scope of Stone Healer's lyrics will always be about introspection, self-discovery, and self-healing. All four songs on the EP are specifically about the excruciating spiritual journey I've made over the past four years, but I feel like it's more than just me sharing a difficult experience with the world. The act of writing these songs musically and lyrically helped me to heal myself on the deepest of levels, providing a degree of catharsis I couldn't have achieved otherwise.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Stone Healer'?
When choosing a moniker to release this music under, I wanted something that truly represents who I am on both a physical and soul level. My family name "Kaminsky" means something like "stone carver", and a lot of the record is written about my time spent as a spiritual healer and guide of sorts. So, Stone Healer arrived out of those two places and it does feel perfectly representative of who I am and of the music I write.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself but have worked with musicians in your previous bands, how would you compare working solo to a full band?
Anybody I've worked with over the years knows that I am a bit of a control freak, both with writing and recording. I have a very specific workflow that works well for me, and when I get personally invested in any kind of project I generally want to do more of the heavy lifting. With Stone Healer being a solo project it allows me to be unrelenting in my perfectionism, and the only compromises I have to make are with myself. I will say that my brother Matt has provided drums in every band I've ever been a part of, and he'a a huge part of what made the "Horses" EP what it is. My music at it's core has always been about the interplay between my melodies and Matt's drums, and while he doesn't have a part in any more than percussive content, I don't see his role in my music changing in the future.

6.Tridroid are re-issuing your ep, how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
I was thrilled that Tridroid expressed interest in the EP soon after the digital self-release, and I am extremely pleased with our partnership! Every release I have ever been a part of in the past was released completely independently, so it means a lot that Andrew at Tridroid believes in my music enough to support it with a CD reissue.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?
From what I can tell, the national and international feedback has been good so far. Most people say that this is "different stuff", and that it's hard to put a true label on; which as I mentioned before, I take as a huge compliment. Interestingly though, I think being somewhat "unclassifiable" can be a disadvantage when trying to appeal to certain elitist sects of extreme metal fans. It has never been my intention to pander to any specific audience, but I'd understand if prog metal purists or black metal kvltists weren't into this music for whatever reason.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Not anything active or established at the moment, but I am working hard on completing and recording a record of heavy rock and roll songs. If you can imagine the more rocking and groovy parts of Stone Healer (think along the lines of the song "Lark's Head") with more of a pop sensibility and coupled with a female lead vocal, that's what I'm going for. Other than that project, most of my creative energy is spent recording and producing other bands at my studio in Connecticut, Studio Wormwood.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I have about half of a full-length record of Stone Healer material written, but I'm really taking my time with it. My hope is that this time next year I'll be recording the full record, but it just depends on how much more heavy music flows out of me between now and then. I'm not a guy that's constantly coming up with riffs and has an overflowing well of material lined up, so I try not to force my inspiration. I still have a lot to say with Stone Healer, so an LP will come to fruition sooner than later.

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?
My biggest musical influence is Alice In Chains, and heavy rock and roll is probably my greatest stylistic influences as well. I don't believe that there will ever be a better record made than AIC's "Facelift", seriously. I think it's an absolutely perfect album all the way through, and I'm pretty sure I'll take that sentiment to the grave! It may or may not be obvious, but AIC's influence on the Stone Healer music is massive, especially in vocal style and delivery. The acoustic track "The Scythe In My Heart" is really my version of a Layne Staley/Jerry Cantrell worship track in terms of vocal melody and harmony. But on the metal side of things, Ulcerate and Gorguts are probably the most notable and relatable groups that have stuck with me in an influential way. Something about the unrelenting percussion mixed with dissonant melodies that those two groups display perfectly is immensely appealing to me. As for current listening pleasures? I am super into "rockier" groups like Royal Thunder and Impure Wilhelmina, as well as old 90's favorites like Weezer, Nirvana, Mudhoney, etc. I've found I'm listening to very little heavy metal these days, especially newer stuff - older choice cuts have grown to be more appealing as I've aged.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Between studio work and personal music, my life truly is centered around music. But, in my down time I am a total beer nerd and I love discovering new beers and breweries from all over the world. If anyone wants to send me bottle of local sour beer from elsewhere around the globe, get in touch! Haha.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the thoughtful questions! I'm so happy that Stone Healer has a chance to reach a few more ears with Tridroid Records' help, and there's lots more music to come in the future. Also, I am currently in the midst of a search for a live lineup, so if anyone reading this would be interested in trying their hand at playing these tunes please contact me through the social media pages or at


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Suicidal Interview

samedi 21 novembre 2015 à 02:35
>> 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

>> Rizal SUICIDAL: Alright. Here's a write-up about the SUICIDAL's official band bio:
> Deeply rooted in black metal with influences like Emperor and Abigor, SUICIDAL was diabolically brought into existence in early 2003 by three demonic hordes namely Awi, Ijal and EZ, who were from the same band previously. The trio soon found Alif, who was recruited shortly to fill the vacant drum stool. The band rehearsed like maniacs and shortly after, they recorded and circulated the "Secrets From Beyond" Demo VCD to announce their blasphemic existence. This demo showed a definite reflection of the band's dark direction, and of things to come. After a couple of successful shows, they recorded and released three tracks of pure rawness for the "Secrets From Beyond" promo in mid 2004. 200 copies of the promo was given free upon the masses in a gig organized by Ijal. A new blood was added in late 2004 with Acap handling keyboards. Shortly after, the five demonic hordes soon released a six-track Demo entitled "Unholy Mayhem" which incorporates traditional black metal and melodic riffings. The band then concentrated on writing with more intensity, emotion and hatred. Their debut self-released full length opus "Vengeance" was released in mid 2005. This time they have added an extra dimension with a more ferocious death/black metal chords with aggressive drummings. Acap was then asked to leave the band due to some circumstances, replaced by guitarist Ferb. He will always be regarded as a close comrade and brother to the band. Soon after, the horde recruited a new drummer Ghal to keep the blasphemic existence of the band, SUICIDAL. The band continued composing more hellish tracks which saw the outcome of the "Blasphemic Existence" EP at the end of 2005. After 10 long years of silence, SUICIDAL came back with 2 new hellish tracks which were then released in a "6 Ways of Hell" split with other great asian metal bands, official distributor Satanath Records (Russia).

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

> Rizal SUICIDAL: Our sounds started off with heavily influences of the mighty EMPEROR & ABIGOR. Therefore, i would describe them as Raw black Metal at its finest. We don't really go for perfection in our recordings but we deliver what we felt suitable for our music to our audience.

>> 3.Besides the split there has not been much newer music being released since 2006, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

> Rizal SUICIDAL: Well, the band actually went on separate ways due to family and other personal commitments in late 2006/2007. We stopped literally everything; live shows, recordings and even jam practises. Slowly after a few years had passed, the band had some re-unions to catch-up our good old times and finally then, we started planning to record new tracks. By then, we were quite worried whether people still remember us for our existence or otherwise. So we started off with 'Armageddon' & 'Desecration' which were released in 2015 "6 Ways of Hell" split. Well, you guys can checkout one of our latest track 'Desecration' (Bootleg version) at link

>> 4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

> Rizal SUICIDAL: Basically our lyrics are heavily driven to anti-christ. Every song has a story behind it. Like for example, in 'Black Messiah', (You can hear the song from YouTube link our song unfolds a story about a great deceiver (Dajjal) filled with vitriolic hatred, demanding everyone to pledge allegiance to him. The band really explore in great depth to this anti-christ issues.

>> 5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Suicidal'?

> Rizal SUICIDAL: To be honest, our band name initially was 'Suicidal Warlocks'. Our guitars and bass instruments were BC Rich Warlock series. Back then, whenever we went jam practises, people went "Who is this band? They look deadly with their instruments & leather black pants." Hell, we even had the logo design as well for that name. But at one point, the band suddenly decided to cut short to 'Suicidal' instead. We had our inspiration from those great pioneer of Black Metal bands like MAYHEM, EMPEROR, ABIGOR, and so we decided to keep short; SUICIDAL.

>> 6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

> Rizal SUICIDAL: One of our best shows should be 'Xtreme Metal 2' gig which we played along side with Thailand's ultimate aggressive death metal, HERETIC ANGEL and many other bands in 2005. But by far the best we had performed was definitely our very own gig i organized in 2006. Apart from SUICIDAL, i also organized gigs in Singapore. Back then, it as METALINDUSTRIES; and in 2006, i organized for the 3rd time 'Metalindustries III - Blasphemic Existence' where i called bands from 3 different countries  (Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore) to perform. That event was definitely crazy! Well, you can see some of our live shows from SUICIDAL Videography "Secrets From Beyond" at YouTube link
>> 7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

> Rizal SUICIDAL: At the moment, we don't really plan to have any tours or shows. Our plan is still not concrete yet; we only recently decided to revive the band by recording and releasing new songs. We see how it goes. Only time will tell.
>> 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

> Rizal SUICIDAL: generally, feedback given was great. In Singapore and even fans in Japan where i had to travel to meetup my very close friend Kazuo Ogasawara from 'Asian Rock Rising' radioshow for some project releases. We had a fan in Japan who was desperate to get my autograph on his CD when i was there. I was stoked! We really apreciate every single fans and supporters of our music whereever they are from. Thanks a million guys! Without you, there is no us, SUICIDAL!
>> 9.Recently you where a part of a split, what are your thoughts on the other bands that have participated on the recording?

> Rizal SUICIDAL: The split was actually started off with me discussing with the main man from Satanath Records (Russia). He wanted to release SUICIDAL album but unfortunately, the band wasn't that active yet. We had only 2 songs for our come-back and then it struck my mind; To make a split release collaborating bands from 6 asian countries; Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia & Japan. I knew the bands as one of the finest in their respective states. Only Japan's HORRIFIC DISEASE i have yet to know them and so, i travelled again to Japan to witness their live performance. They blew me away! When all 6 bands had agreed to collaborate, together Metalindustries & Satanath Records went full force for the release!

>> 10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

> Rizal SUICIDAL: i am really clueless on the date of release but i can assure you that it will happen sooner or later. Only time will tell. Our music now has strengthen and by the sound from "Armageddon" and "Desecration", i can safely say that we are heading towards more unholy & blasphemy direction on our music.

>> 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?

> Rizal SUICIDAL: The old MAYHEM had greatly influenced us lately, but we are actually listening to variety of bands, not only sticking to one. We try to create music which differs from the rest. Only our listeners can judge us better.

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

> Rizal SUICIDAL: Thanks a million to you for this great opportunity interview in occult black metalzine. Was surprised that SARCOFARGO had been featured before. They had been an idol and also greatly influence to us. SUICIDAL had even covered SARCOFARGO's Nightmare during one of our live gig! HELL YEAHH!! It is definitely an honour for SUICIDAL to be interviewed. We really appreciate it. Thanks again!

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Trup/Hymnes A La Deroute/2015 Full Length Review

vendredi 20 novembre 2015 à 03:59

  Trup are  a  duo  from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  ambient  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Hymnes  A  La  Deroule".

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  distorted  drone  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  making  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  distorted  melodies  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  mostly  in  the  guitar  leads  along  with  the  music  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  dark  ambient  along  with  a  brief  use  of  synths  which  they  also  mix  in  with  the  more  rawer  side  of  black  metal  and acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  samples  are  added  onto  the last  track  giving  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling.

  Trup  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  raw  genre  of  black  metal  and  they  take  the  style  and  mix  it  with  experimental,  ambient  and  drone  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

   in  my  opinion  Trup  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal, ambient  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Fumier".  8  out  of  10.

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Disheartenment/Entombed By Grief/2015 Single Review

vendredi 20 novembre 2015 à 00:56

  Disheartenment  are a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  single  "Entombed  By  Grief".

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  depressive  black  metal sound  starts  off  the  single  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melodic  riffing  that  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  deep  growls  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  first  track  brings  in  quest  vocals  by  Karhmul  from  'Abandoned  By  Light".

  Clean  playing can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  heavy  and  melodic  musical  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  both  of  the  tracks  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Disenheartenmnet  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  a  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  more  melodic  side  of  early 90's  doom  metal  metal  to  create  a  style  of their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  cold  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Disenheartenment  are a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Entombed  By  grief".  8  out  of  10. 


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