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Snorlax/Splintering/Caligari Records/2018 Demo Review

samedi 18 août 2018 à 20:32

  Snorlax  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom, death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  demo  "Splintering"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Caligari  Records.

  Distorted  noises  start  off  the  demo  going  into  into  more  of  a  faster  and  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  slow  riffs  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  grindcore  influences  are  also  mixed  into  some  of  the  faster  parts  of  the  songs,  spoken  word  samples  and  harsh  noises  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Snorlax  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  black,  doom,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Snorlax  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Righteous  Virtue"  and  "Dehumanisation".  8 out  of  10.

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Scars Of Sodom Interview

samedi 18 août 2018 à 03:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Scars of Sodom formed in 2010/2011 as a two man band consisting of Lord Slayer and Morbius. After recording our first ritual ‘Retribution of the Wicked’ we expanded our line up which aloud us to play live.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings you have released so far and also the progress that you have made musically over the years?

I think sonically Scars of Sodom would be classed as a Death/Black Metal band. Our first release ‘Retribution of the Wicked’ was like stepping out into the abyss where as our new material is like tearing the guts out of it.

3.All of the band members have been a part of plenty of different bands, what is it that you are able to do musically with this band that you have not been able to do with your other groups?

I think because of all the different band each member has been apart of we all bring something new to the table. Collectively we cover many genres within metal and formulate it into Scars of Sodom, be it Heavy, Speed, Death, Thrash or Black Metal.

4.A lot of your lyrics are occult themed and one track is Thelmic, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?

I have always been attracted to Occultism, Horror, Psycho Drama so it was only natural that the musical aspect of our lives mirror that fascination.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Scars Of Sodom'?

The inspiration was at the bottom of a bottle of Jack Daniels. For meaning, read the bible chapter on the story of Lot if you are curious about Sodom.

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?

Our stage performance is manic, always bloody and brutal.
Our first few performances we wore priest and bishop garb and vomited blood from skulls. We still vomit blood but we have evolved from those priestly days.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Absolutely! Check our Facebook page for up dates on where we will be. We have a date set in Melbourne in November so come out and see us especially if you haven’t yet.

8.The last album was released in 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

We have done a few shows and have been writing new tracks some of which will be on the next release ‘Annihilation of Souls’.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We have some labels we are talking to right now.

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

The response has been pretty good we had an Italian label press our first release ‘Retribution of the Wicked ‘ onto cassette tape. We have also had positive feedback from other parts of Europe and America.

11.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?

Anatomy, Cemetary Urn, Belligerent Intent - Check their social networks for updates.

12.There is a new album coming out later this year, what can we expect musically once it is released?

The new material is leagues ahead of what we have done before, ‘Annihilation of Souls’ will definitely Annihilate.

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

Bands like Slayer, Sepultura  Metallica and Kiss were the foundation for me musically. There was always a hunger for faster, louder and darker bands so major influences were also with the likes of Samael, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Sarcofago, Rotting Christ and Beherit.
Lately I have been listening to Midnight, Batushka, Rotting Christ, Nocturnal Graves and Watain.

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

Thanks for the Q&A. Check our social for updates and gigs. Annihilation of Souls is coming to destroy. Hail!

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All My Sins/Pra Sila - Vukov Totem/Saturnal Records/2018 CD Review

samedi 18 août 2018 à 02:52

  All  My  Sins  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  raw  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Pra  Sila  -  Vukov  Totem"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  second  wave  style  without  sounding  outdated  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  remaining  very  true  to  an  old  school  style.

When  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  have  their  melodic  moments  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  clean  pagan  vocals  also  being  used  at  times  and  one  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  All  My  Sins  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  in  the  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Serbian  and  cover  the  wolf  and  his  symbolism  in  Serbian  and  Slavic  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  All  My  Sins  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vukov  Totem"  and  "Opsena".  8/5  out  of  10.  

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Thrawsunblat/IV: Great Brunswick Forest/Ignifera Records/2018 CD Review

samedi 18 août 2018 à 01:16

  Thrawsunblat  are  a  band  from  New  Brunswick,  Canada  that  has  been  featured and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black/folk  metal  to  go  into  more  of  a  folk  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "IV:  Great  Brunswick  Forest"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Ignifera  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the album  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  onto  the  recording  while  clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  fiddles  also being  used  as  a  lead  instrument  on  the  tracks  as  well as  the  music  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  the  pagan  era.

  Elements  of  melodic  rock  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  acoustic  guitars  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  a few  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  electric  guitars  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  metal  influence  along  with  most  of t he  songs  sounding  different  from  each  other.

  On  this  recording  Thrawsunblat  moves  way  from  the  more  black  metal  oriented  material  to  create  an  album  that  is  more  closer  to  folk  music  and  melodic  rock  while  some  metal  influences  can  be  heard,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  nature  and  folklore  of  Canada.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Thrawsunblat  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  it,  I  can  still  see  this  appealing  to  fans  of  traditional  folk  music  or  folk  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Green  Man  Of  East  Canada"  "Song  ofThe  Summit"  and  "Dark  Sky  Sanctuary".  8  out  of  10.    

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Frust Interview

vendredi 17 août 2018 à 01:30
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Frust was founded just a few months ago as a solo project. I ve been making music for over 20 years now, started as guitar player and co-founder in a punk/grunge band in the mid 90s, we´ve played some gigs and released a demo, till i wasnt able to go along with the band because of some health problems. I ve kept playing music over the years, for me and friends, and started to learn more about playstyles, instruments, programming, mixing and so on. I ve quitted making music from time to time, because i was frustrated by slow progress to be honest sometimes, i had higher expectations and a lot of doubt in myself. In winter 2018, early spring, i ve wrote two song-parts just for fun, and i started to like them more and more, in the past years i ve stopped on most of songs if there were any parts i wasnt satisfied with, but this time i continued working on them, the songs arisen from that sessions are „Air“ and „Earth“. So i decided to make an EP.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I am not sure, it was and is really hard for me to label the music, i don´t like put the burden of a genre on my work,because it just would limit me in many ways. For several reasons, i sure had to put a label on it, and the one with i personally go best is „Post Black Metal“. But to answer the question when it comes to sound, i would say, it´s a mix bewtween Black Metal, Post Black Metal, Black Gaze, some Ambient, specially the new Album, coming in January 2019 will also have some more „Doom Metal“ passages, and some, well, almost „Trip Hop“-like passages…so it´s mabye also „experimental“ in some ways, like it was with the female virtual Instrument vocals from syria and bulgaria i ve used on „Elements“. I am a big fan of The Cure as well, Maybe it has even some of them in it in the slower, more quiet parts, like on „Water“.

3.Both the song themes and ep cover deal with the 4 elements, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?

Well, i am a spirtual person when it comes to nature, i ve lived my first 24 years in the middle of a national park in the austrian alps, so the connection to mother earth was always strong in my beeing. I´ve worked a lot using the four elements in meditations and not at least at some kind of guides, like Earth is very grounding, Water reflects your feelings, Fire your anger or passion. I don´t want to overexpand that topic, but it felt very right for me to give the first record that nature-related background, as i wrote „Air“ it wasnt planned to go on with all the four Elements, but it was clear that that track, can only have this Name.

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

Thats a small, and funny story. It isn´t a lie, when i tell you, finding a band name took my more nerves and thinking than anything else working with Frust.So i was really thinking much and a long time About a name, but all that came up was very chliché, i would have been ashamed sooner or less, using that names. Some day, i was playing online with some friends, and one of them was really angry that day, and i ve said: „Micha, you´re really in a good mood to tell me a bandname for my project, what are you feeling right now, just shoot“ And he answered: „Frust! Only Frust!“ I ve said:“Thanks a lot, that fits well“ haha, and it was done. Frust is the shortform of „Frustration“ in, at least, german language.

5.With the exception of some female vocals from Bulgaria and Syria you recorded most of the music by yourself, are you open to working with a full band?

The female Voices are Instruments too, at least virtual Instrument, a lot of smaller film-, gaming- and so on projects are using them too, it´s really great, you would be astound how many voice-instruments you can buy today. They´re able to modulate in so many ways, it´s a really great opportunity to get some vocals, if you re living in a small town, not knowing any singer. For the Growls/screams, thats me. I don´t have plans for adding more members in the future to be honest.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I´ve received a few offers, but i am a sceptical person when it comes to business, specially music business. I ve expirenced so many great opportunities, specially for new bands, and i really prefer to grow organic, with the awareness that that´s gonna be a long way, specially without live concerts. That shouldn´t mean i dont´t want to work with a record label at any cause.

7.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of post black metal?

I wasn´t really sure how/if people would like it, specially with the label „Post Black Metal“ on it, like i ve said earlier. I haven´t had any negative review by now, or any negative comment on shared postings in like in Facebook-groups or on YouTube, so the toxic-community may just haven´t found me by now. Promoting the EP has just begun, and i ve got a lot of responses in form of reviews, radio-airplay, and so on, which i honest appreciate every single one of it. You are granting me the first interview of my life by the way, thank you for that.

8.Are you or have you been involved with any other bands or musical projects?

Like i said earlier, i was member of a punk/grunge band, it was called „Orgasmic Control“, and i am very glad, you don´t ask about former bands names haha. I ve also made some ambient/meditation music in the past, but not for the public, it was for learning and also relaxing while composing.

9.You have your first full length coming out at the beginning of 2019, what can we expect musically once it is released?

As the recording process is still going, i can´t speak for the whole album, because i am recording very intuative sometimes, and the same goes for deleting a whole track, i just can speak about what i have recorded, which is like 30% of the album. I think some parts will be a surprise to the listener, specially the ones who already knowing my EP, like the „Trip Hop“-like parts, if they ll stay on the album, and i ve just finished recording a more doomy track, another one has some tribal-like passages a bit like Sepulturas „Roots“, and it will have the ambient, quiet, dreamy parts again as well, for all i ve heared my audience really likes them, on the other hand some  tracks will go in a more „Fire“-like direction, more heavy and brutal.

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?

I would call Heretoir as an influence when it comes to have no fear of putting a lot of melodies in dark and heavy songs, i love their Album „Substanz“, also The Cure, i ve always admired they´re way to create different atmospheres, and for me „Bloodflowers“ is close to an perfect Album, i love many bands even from different genres, and for sure a lot more may have influnced me, like the first Rock/Metal bands i ve started listen to, in the late 80s like Guns n Roses, Black Sabbath or Exploited, later on Abigor from my homecountry Austria, i think they´re still very unique, or Siebenbuergen i really loved them like 15 years ago because of their melodic and the use of female voices and that great Cello they had on some tracks.

Nowadays i am trying to NOT listen to Metal in any form, while i am recording, and since about April i am recording like non stop, The only metal-related bands i ve listen a lot this year were Heretoir and Unreqvited to be honest, because i love them. After long recording-sessions,  listening to my own songs over and over till they´re where i want to have them, i´ll really enjoy silence, or some very different Singer/Songwriter like Angus & Julia Stone, Peter Conway or Joseph Arthur.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I ve painted a lot in the past years, i am doin it with passion, but the results aren´t that well, so you probably will not see any of my paintings in the near feature. I am a fucking gaming-nerd as well, not very proud of it, but i am and i do Mountainbiking.  Oh and i love my girlfriend and cats 😊

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

Yeah, thank you for giving new bands a place to grow, and thanks for the support to all that giving me a great time with Frust, for all that don´t know me, have a listen, stay tuned for the Album aswell, or just drop a line, i am happy about your Feedback.

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