Saturday, August 27, 2016

Carnophage/Monument/Unique Leader/2016 CD Review


  Carnophage  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Monument"  which  will  be  released in September  by  Unique  Leader.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with t he  sounds  of  humans  being  tortured  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  death  metal  direction  along  with  some  growling  vocals  and  technical  elements  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  in some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  melodic  style and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  grim  screams.

  Carnophage  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  brutal  yet  technical  at the  same  time  and  they  also  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  torture  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Carnophage  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical  and  brutal  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Second  Genesis"  "Unbroken  Fortitude"  "Ode  To  Corruption"  and  "Inertia  And  Failure".  8  out  of  10. 
 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

qip Interview

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

qip is my solo effort. At this moment in life I found it easier working alone and I felt an urge to try doing it on my own to learn new things in the process. It's a result of 3 year production cycle. Long nights of painstaking work. Trial and error. Moments of frustration, doubt,enlightenment and satisfaction. I started off with just an acoustic guitar and wrote most of the riffs that way. The material sounded quite heavy and dark in that primal form already. I demoed the songs and started adding different elements, building soundscapes, evoking
cinematic atmosphere and epic feel. It's a mix of many influences from different kinds of metal but those who know me say it's just my style.

2.So far you have released one album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Sure. Vocal wise it sits comfortably in death metal domain. The songs are just full of growls and lyrics are long. Apart from death metal, there are elements of bitter doom, industrial metal and sf soundtrack
music. The album is full of melodies, which I think is unique quality in death/industrial genre. This time I decided to make the rhythms straightforward so the songs flow in a catchy way. It's a heavily layered material - a wall of sound which was hard to mix. Guitars are heavy and big - down tuned to C and played in a modified open tuning. The album was mastered (by my friend Darran Thompson) without heavy limiting to preserve the dynamics and avoid crushing. This is important because the songs are very dynamic - building up from mellow, atmospheric parts to roaring climaxes. The perceived loudness levels are close to albums released in the 80ties and it makes the sound more natural and less ear-fatiguing when played back really loud.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

There is a variety of themes and in 8 out of 9 songs the subjects shouldbe very clear to anyone who reads the lyrics. Every song tells a story. I explored espionage, totalitarianism, psychology of revenge, alien abductions, transhumanism, nuclear holocaust, Kursk submarine disaster. One song - "Ergoregion" has a dual meaning - the literal one which is a venture into a hard sf territory and metaphorical one which refers to my
personal circumstances.

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

It is not a real name. It's an ASCII representation of a symmetrical symbol resembling a house fly head. I did not want any names and went for something like this to avoid cliches ever present in metal.

5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

Yes, in future I would like to start working with other people again.Completing projects takes less time when you can share the workload. There are synergies that I was missing too, but you need the right people to have these.

6.You also took a 13 year hiatus from music, what was the decision to comeback?

I had been writing music for my solo material before but I there was not enough motivation to learn the technical side of the music making process - recording and mixing - until around 2012 when for some reason I found it more interesting and started to learn quickly. The best wayto absorb this kind of knowledge is to put it into practice so the album brought a huge educational benefit but it also meant I had to spend three years until I was happy about the sound.

7.The album is getting re-issued by Arachnophobia Records, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

Yes. Arachnophobia is a small independent label with great reputation and strong integrity. Renowned of consistent quality output, interesting bands and beautifully packaged albums - they never disappoint and make areal impact with the albums they release. I feel the songs are too good to end up in just an electronic format available for download from bandcamp so I decided to approach some labels and I was very happy when Arachnophobia expressed their interest in releasing my music.

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

I have not reached a bigger audience as I was limited to my own promotional capabilities which are very limited. The album has gathered very positive feedback and some really good reviews so far. I'm having
more publicity these days thanks to the label's support and the fact that it is going to be  released on CD in 3 weeks. This is just the start.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I would like to try stepping out of my comfort zone as well as improving my skills as a composer, producer, guitarist and growler. I've been thinking of making an sf horror ambient record with impressive melodies
and creepy atmosphere.

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?

Despite my metal background I do not have a favourite genre. I listen to some bands or artists which I found interesting at some point in my life and I am sure all o them influence me in a direct or subliminal way.

You can probably detect some of my direct influences when listening to the album: SYL, Nefilim, Skinny Puppy, Vangelis, Hans Zimmer, Gojira,Celtic Frost/Triptykon. Apart from that I'm into Scott Walker,
minimalist records of David Sylvian, Sarah Kirkland-Snider, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Recoil, Thomas Feiner,

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

My family life is very busy at the moment so there is not much time left for hobbies. I love long distance and uphill running. My house is located at the foot of a massive hill. The views from the top are
stunning. On a fair day you could see the whole province from the Mournes to County Donegal plus the coast of Scotland and Isle of Man and the whole Belfast City panorama. I try to get up there as often as
possible. It's a punishing steep uphill 9 mile run but totally worth it.

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

Check my album. It was recorded in a tiny box room but sounds bigger than many records produced in studios. It's full of information andsonic content, interesting concepts, engaging atmosphere and massive
growls. I hope you will enjoy.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Morbid Spawn/Path To The Celestrial Realm/2016 Song Review


  Morbid  Spawn  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  song  "Path  To  The  Celestral  Realm".

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  song  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  few  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  track  while  the  song  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Morbid  Spawn  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  while  also  having  some  brutality,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Morbid  Spawn  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  song.  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_ELkUvWou4 

 

qip/On Ephermal Substrates/Arachnophobia Records/2016 CD Review


  qip  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death,  electro  and  industrial  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "On  Ephermetal  Substrates"  which  was  released  by  Arachnophobia  Records.

  Distorted sounds  and  a  dark  atmosphere  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  samples  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  an  industrial  direction  along  with  some  growling  vocals  that  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  death  metal  edge  and  the  guitars  start  getting  heavier.

  At  times  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  music  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  qip  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  electro  and  industrial  to  create  a  sound  of their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  qip  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal,  electro  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Industrial  Espionage"  "Discarded  Specimans"  "Ergoregion"  and  "This  Place  Is  A  Tomb".  8 out  of  10. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ade/Carthago Delenda Est/Xtreem Music/2016 CD Review


  Ade  are  a  band  from Italy that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  plays  a  very  brutal  form  of  death  metal  with  some  folk elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Carthago  Delenda  Est"  which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music.

  A  very  dark  and  medieval  sound  starts  off  the  album  bringing  in  the   atmosphere  of  an  epic movie  along  with  some  folk music  elements  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into a  heavier  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  death  metal  growls.   

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and when  guitar solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  yet melodic  fashion  and  they  also mix  in  the  folk  elements  in  with  the  heavier  parts  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  modern  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  high pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard on  some  tracks  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts. 

  Ade  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  epic  death  metal  style  of  previous  recordings  while  also  adding  more  folk  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Rome.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ade  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Across  The  Wolf's  Blood"  "Dark  Days  Of  Rome"  and  "Sowing  Salt".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Decomposed/Wither/Chaos Records/2016 CD Review


  Decomposed  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays a  very  old  school  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Wither"  which will  be  released  in  October  by  Chaos  Records.

 Death  metal  growls  and  heavy  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  morbid  sounding melodies  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  also  start  making  their presence  known  on  the  recording and  the  guitar  solos  are  also  very  melodic  and  they  also  stick  to  an  old  school  style. 

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  having  more  of  an  up  to  date  take  on  the  genre  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of clean  guitars  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in length.

  Decomposed  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  old  school  Swedish  style  of  death  metal  from the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Decomposed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "By  Nothingness  Crowned"  "Submerged"  and  "Into  Nothing".  8  out  of  10.   

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

First Fragment Interview

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

We are First Fragment, a metal band that formed in Quebec, Canada back in 2007 as a trio - myself on Lead Guitar / Vocals, David AB on Lead Vocals and Gabriel Brault-Pilon on Rhythm Guitar. After releasing a few demos and an EP in the 3 years that followed, we eventually found a drummer and a bass player and we played numerous gigs with a full line-up. We started recording our debut album Dasein in mid 2013 but the project was put on hiatus after our former drummer left the band. We finally found Troy Fullerton of Severed Savior to record session drums on the album and we signed with Unique Leader Records shortly after so they could release our long overdue album. Dasein was released on May 20th through Unique Leader Records and we found our full-time drummer Samuel Santiago (ex Gorod) after the album was completed. We are now writing our 2nd album and we're doing a few small tours this year.

2.In May you had your first full length coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

An unusual, yet coherent mixture of technical death metal, power/neoclassical metal and flamenco. We play highly aggressive and relentless music, but our riffs are often easy to understand as they follow very simple
chord progressions despite of how complex they seem to sound at first. Combine that with omnipresent neoclassical shredding, some jazzy parts, inhumanly fast (but occasionally groovy) drum work, bass work in the vein of Watchtower and Augury and dual vocals entirely sung in french and you have Dasein. It's a very over the top album, and some people might find it "all over the place", but all the true shred junkies out there will find something in this album they'll like for sure.

3.This is your first release in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

I'll just give you the short version. We had line-up problems and suffered from a long hiatus during these years, and there were a few minor delays after the album was fully finished back in summer 2015. It would take me too long to talk about everything that has happened in these 6 years. We're glad this nightmare is over. We can now focus on other things.

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

Dasein is a conceptual album. The story behind it is so detailed and complex that our vocalist is currently writing a book about it. Even regular liner notes (like NILE does) wouldn't be sufficient. His lyrics are very personal and very abstract. He writes using rhymes and enigmatic poetry. It's safe to say that only him truly knows the meaning behind each sentence as each reveal a different ocurrance or event of the story taking place within the song. Every song is connected together as a whole as if they were chapters from a book.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'First Fragment'?

It was just a working title that stuck. There is no specific meaning behind it.

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

We played some of our best shows just this last month, including Quebec City that had one of the best crowds we ever played to. Our stage presence isn't necessarily as lively or bouncy as say, a slam death metal/deathcore band because we constantly have to focus on performing our already extremely challenging material as flawlessly as possible (even if it's impossible to be 100% perfect). But our performances are often extremely intense and are always an all-out assault on your senses. People like it, or they don't. There is no in-between. We don't do compromises with our music. People get hurt, necks get sore, and people often leave with bruises, but they all leave the venue satisfied.

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

We did a small tour in July and we have another short tour coming this fall. We're also doing a few dates with The Black Dahlia Murder in October.

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

Heh, it was okay. The fans who were waiting for the album since 2010 were all extremely satisfied, and Dasein definitely turned some heads as almost all of the reviews we've had were overwhelmingly positive. Although we have garnered the respect of many artists and bands we love, we're still relatively obscure in our own scene. I mean, we're the only Québécois metal band to EVER release an album that's all composed in french on an American label, and almost no one from here has taken notice of that even though people here all circle-jerk over the same few francophone metal bands because they sing in french. We don't have THAT many fans in our own country compared to other areas in the world. Doesn't mean we'll stop working our asses off though. We'll continue working hard on our music so that in a few years, every technical death metal fan in the world will know about us and will either respect us or hate us.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

I have been extremely active with my other projects. I play in Chthe'ilist, Serocs, Zealotry and Atramentus. 3 of these bands released full-length albums with label support in the past 9 months with the addition of First Fragment's Dasein with Unique Leader Records. Samuel has done session work with various other projects in the meanwhile and Vincent is playing shows and putting out albums with his other two bands Bisbâyé & Golden Python.

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

In a few years, we'll be doing exactly what we're doing now, but better and better. No compromises, no core, no trends, not ever betraying our roots. Only neoclassical death metal is real. We won't change our way of doing things for anyone, EVER.

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?

We are greatly influenced by Technical Death Metal, 80's power/neoclassical metal, video game music and Baroque/Romantic era classical music and some Flamenco. From Joey Tafolla and Apocrypha to Spawn of Possession, N. Paganini and Paco De Lucia. And F-ZERO X.

When it comes to the music that I listen to on a daily basis, I mainly stick to 80's heavy/power/speed metal, Epic Doom Metal and Funeral Doom. I listen to some black metal bands like Grand Belial's Key and Kataxu once in a while too. I am a huge 90's death metal geek as well.

Speaking of which, my current playlist for the night is :

Utumno - Across the Horizon
Crystal Age - Far Beyond Divine Horizons
Grotesque - In the embrace of evil
Scald - Will of the gods is great power

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Movies, video games, hanging out with my friends, etc. Nothing special. I'm a very ordinary person. But music is my life and my greatest passion.

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

Thank you very much for thinking of us for the interview (and sorry for the immense delay!!)