Friday, September 15, 2017

Exhumed/Death Revenge/Relapse Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Bay  Area,  California's  Exhumed  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  death  metal,  gore,  and  grindcore mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Death  Revenge"  which  will be  released  in  October  by  Relapse  Records.

  Keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  give  the  music  an  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  before  going  into  a  more  brutal  direction  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  A  lot  of  the  music  has  its  roots  in  the  early  90's  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  production  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  influences  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  screams  and  d  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  sticking  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  as  well  as  having  it's  melodic  moments  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  keyboards  also  make  a  brief  return  and  the  instrumental  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length, some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  elements  of  thrash.

  Exhumed  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  gore,  grindcore  and  death  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  while  also  getting  more  melodic  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  brutal  murders  and  grave  robberies  that  take  place  in  1820's  era  Edinburgh,  Scotland.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Exhumed  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Defenders  Of  The  Grave"  "Night  Work"  "The  Harrowing"  and  "Death  Revenge".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mortalium/Obligate Loneliness/Wolfshade Records/2015 CD Review


  Mortalium  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Obligate  Loneliness"  which  was  released  by  Wolfshade  Records.

  Drum  beats  along  with  some  dark  sounding  yet  epic  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  also  being  used  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Some  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  female  vocals  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  goth  metal  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody, some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  the  Beatles  "Elanor  Rigby"  and  as  the  album  progresses  stringed  instruments  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Mortalium  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly rooted  in  goth  and  doom  metal  which  they  mix  in  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mortalium  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chasing  The  Truth"  "I Hate  You  All"  "Eleanor  Rigby"  and  "Ocean  Of  Depression".  8  out  of  10.        

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Turbocharged/Apocalyptic/Go Fuck Yourself Productions/2017 CD Review


  Turbocharged  are a band  from  Sweden  that  goes  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk  on  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Apocalyptic"  which  was  released  by  Go  Fuck  Yourself  Productions.

  Aggressive  growls,  fast  riffs  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  punk  and  thrash  metal  elements.

  Most  of  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's  while  also  mixing  in  a  more  modern  vibe  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  an  old  school  metal/punk  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  first  wave  black  metal  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  style.

  On  this  recording  Turbocharged  expand  on  the  death/thrash  metal  style  which  they  mix  in  with  more  punk,  d  beat  and  crust  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Turbochgarged  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death,  thrash  metal  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Siamese  Sons  Of  God"  "Halo  Of  Thorns"  "Deathmarch"  and  "Scandinavian  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Facada/Nenhum Pluto De Attitude/EveryDayHate/2017 Compilation Review


  Facada  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  album  "Nenhum  Pluto  De  Attitude"  which  was  released  by  EveryDayHate.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  time  and  after  awhile  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  music  also  adds  in  the  energy  of  hardcore  punk  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  a  covers  of  Bad  Brains's  "Sailin  On"  and  Misfits's  "Hybrid  Moments"  which  also  introduces  guitar  leads  and  melodic vocals  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Facada  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  society  and  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Facada  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grindcore,  crust  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Coraxo"  "War Command"  "Cause  And  Effect"  and  "Deathwish".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Mutation Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Ginger: We’re all just getting into shape and mentally preparing to get this thing on tour. I’ve had a few personal problems that landed me in hospital, but that’s just made me more focused on what we want to achieve on tour. Mutation has become a personal mission for me.

Scott: I'm currently in Australia – We met up in May to shoot the 'Hate' video but everything is admin based until we begin our tour pre-production in early October.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Ginger: This is our third album. The first Mutation album was more like grindcore rock n roll, the second experimented with pushing extremes, exploring the heavier elements but mixing them with weird time signatures and general weirdness. This third one is more streamlined. This one is a more relentless experience that naturally suggests taking this into the world of live music.

Scott: Both the first (The Frankenstein Effect) and second (Error 500) were quite different sounding but seem to come from the same gene pool. Coming on board to write 'Dark Black' with Ginger, I wanted to bring a new flavour to the table and made sure it stood on it's own.

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

Ginger: The main themes of the album are mainly mental health related, which also touch on our frustration with society and the daily trials of keeping your head above water and not giving into the anger and aggression that comes with the stigma of suffering from mental health related issues.

Scott: As Ginger said, it's not a pleasant album lyrically. I did not try and make sense of what was going on in my head at the time and create something with metaphors. It was very abstract and nonsensical as that was where my mind was.

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

Ginger: This was a sonic experiment that was designed to Mutate over the first three albums. There was no long term plan, I just knew that I’d need three albums to figure out what Mutation is meant to become.
Now the mission is to take this studio project out on the road, and allow it to mutate into a road animal.

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

Ginger: Would you believe we haven’t even played a show. The only live performance that the band has ever undertaken is on the latest video for Hate, below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LvySwEwbXU

Scott: Yeah – The 'Hate' video is the band, at our first rehearsal, live in the room. We put a lot of faith into the fact this would work – and the video above cemented that fact.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Ginger: After the Oct/Nov tours of UK, Ireland and Japan we want to take this band everywhere that has electricity. I feel that the next step in our evolution is as a live band, and I’d like to play every day of the week for all of 2018.

Scott: It truly feels like a brand new band – We have to prove ourselves so this tour is our chance to introduce this project to the world. There's been fans popping up from all over the globe, so as far as I'm concerned, I'd go anywhere with these guys.

7.The new album was released on 'Undergroove', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Ginger: Undergroove is the mastermind of Darren Sadler, who I’ve known for a long time as a friend but never got to actually work with. They say don’t work with children or animals, or mates…but I couldn’t be happier with the way that Darren has taken Mutation and genuinely worked his bollocks off to get our music out there in peoples faces. Together we’ve become a deadly team and I can only imagine what we’re going to achieve together in 2018.

Scott: I had worked with Darren on Exit_International's debut EP / Album and singles. He is such a pleasure to work with and was personally made up knowing someone as hardworking and dedicated was in our corner. He's done an incredible job so far during this campaign, and hopefully this means when the time comes for a new record Darren will be with us too.

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

Ginger: Insane!! The response to this album really has blown us all away.First of all, we did;t know if anyone would actually like this music. It’s not exactly traditional metal. But it seems like the world of extreme metal is ready for whatever you’d call this call this brand of noise. I think that because the world is in such a fucked up place right now, politically, that it has created a hole for music as aggressive and bleak as ours. For this we have Mr Trump, Mrs May, Kim Jong-un and the rest of the global team of political piss-wanks to thank.  

Scott: To me, 'Dark Black' is the runt of the three Mutation records,  and doesn't sound like anything in heavy music at the moment. The sum of our parts, knowing whet makes us tick was never going to create a straightforward version of what people see as metal. To me it is a violent, experimental punk album with splashes of melody. It is always amazing to hear the great feedback the record has gathered so far.


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?

Right now Mutation is our main concern, we are 100% focussed on this and all other bands and projects have to take a back seat. This is going too well for us to even consider our other options. We believe in riding the horse of fortune until the fucker is bleeding out from exhaustion.

Scott: This is our number one concern at the moment, and turning this loose as a live band is where the test comes – Hopefully the live arena will spread the word further. I'm still with my best pals in Exit_International and we are releasing a live album we recorded on our tour in May, as well as my Jaws Of Deaf project which is just a case of when I record a set of 5 songs, I put them online. I also play guitar for a rock band in Geelong (Australia) called Social Haunts. Denzil our drummer has a load on – He's always in at least ¾ bands at anyone time, most recently seen giging with Horsefight. For the rest of the guests on the album....Here's the roll call: Prog metal superstar Devin Townsend, Phil Campbell from Motörhead, Arthur Shepherd of Primitive Weapons, ex-Cardiacs fruitloop Random Jon Poole, Jamie Oliver of UK Subs, Mauro Pawlowski (ex-dEUS) and the mighty Paul Catten (Barrabas, Bed Wetter, Stuntcock, The Sontaran Experiment, ex-Medulla Nocte etc etc). With backing vocals from long-time Ginger comrade Givvi Flynn and host of friends and fellow weirdos also contributing.

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

Ginger: This is arguably the most exciting thing about what’s happening to us. We will develop this into a live monster and then record that version of the band. None of us have an idea what we’ll sound like after a year on the road, but I guess we’ll all find out on the next album.

Scott: Ideally I'd love not to repeat a vibe of anything we've done before, but has to be extreme. This project allows us to push boundaries, and would love to experiment further with the next album. Maybe even going further into the electronic realm might be worth pursuing, but recorded in a live setting.

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?

Ginger: I’m not sure that any direct musical styles or influences apply to Mutation. We all listen to a host of different music but when we get together for Mutation then the natural sound is something miles away from what we listen to back home. I think we’re just trying to choke as much noise out from this band as is humanly possible.

Scott: When we wrote 'Dark Black', we spent an evening listening to music, talking about films and book that we both love – The thing that became apparent was a shared 'vibe' we both like, and that always is a nod in the extreme direction. It was an exploration of all things fucked-up which opened the door for this album.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Ginger: We are all big fans of the kind of chemically enhanced bonding sessions that involve laying down brain cells in sacrifice to the darker forces of equilibrium in chaos. Baphometal, if you like.

Scott: We both are hardcore horror fans, and that informed the album and our direction. Exploring extremes, chasing the hit.

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

Ginger: We intend for the Mutation live experience to be something that lives between catharsis and sacrifice. This will be unlike anything else that you will experience. Trust us on this and join us. Together let’s make this something very intense and very special indeed.

Scott: The plans we have for this tour, when executed will seriously challenge and push how extreme an experience live music can be.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

King Parrot/Ugly Produce/Housecore Records/2017 CD Review


  Australia's  King  parrot  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  mixture  of  death,  thrash  metal,  punk  and  grindcore  and  this is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Ugly  Produce"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Housecore  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album a long  with  all  of t he  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and w hen  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  crust  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  hardcore  style  screams  and  death metal  growls.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  extreme  metal  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  influences  along  with  the  raw  energy  of  punk  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  start  utilizing  more  melody  and  the music  always  remains  heavy  and  brutal.

  King  Parrot  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  thrash,  death  metal,  punk  and  grindcore  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  murder,  shit,  violence  and  disgusting  stories.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  King  Parrot  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Entrapment"  "All  Hail  The  Grub"  "Numb  Skill"  and  "Spooki  The  Animals".  8  out  of  10.     

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Old Night/Pale Cold Irrelevance/Rain Without End Records/2017 CD Review

  Old  Night  are  a  band  from  Croatia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  doom  metal  with  some  elements  of  progressive  rock  and  blues  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Pale  Cold  Irrelevance"  which  will  be  released  on  August  26th  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  in  touches  of  post  and  progressive  rock  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  fashion  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  gets  heavy  it  brings  in  more  of  a  traditional  doom  metal  style  while  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  melody and  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  when  keyboards  are  added  into  the  music  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  elements  of  blues  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Old Night  plays  a  style  of  doom  metal t hat  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal,  progressive  rock  and  blues  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  dark and depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Old  Night  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  doom  metal  band  with  elements  of  death  metal,  progressive  rock  and  blues  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of   those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mother  Of  All  Sorrows"  and  "Something  Is  Broken".  8  out  of  10.