Saturday, April 19, 2014

Jeremy Irons & The Ratgang Malibus/Spirit Knife/Small Stone/2014 CD Review


  Jeremy  Irons  &  The  Ratgang  Malibus  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  kraut,  psychedelic,  space  and  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Spirit  Knife"  which  will  be  released  by  Small  Stone.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  it  starts  getting  more  heavy  and  psychedelic  sounding  along  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  as  well   as  adding  in  70's  style  proto  metal  vocals  and  they  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  th e  guitar  solos  enhance  the  classic  rock  sounds  of  the  recording.

  When  the  album  goes  into  other  songs  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  influences  being  added  onto  the  recording  an d the  song s that  are  on  the  album  sound  perfect  for  a  LSD  trip  sitting  with  its  retro  sounds  but  done  in  a  more  updated  manner  and  as  time  goes  on  by  the  music  starts  getting  into  a  more  psychedelic  space  rock  direction  on  some  songs  while  others  are  in  a  harder  direction  close  to  early  metal  but  with  a  more  psych  approach  and  the  album  contains  a  mixture  of  both  shorter  and  long,  epic  tracks  along  with  some  of  the  later  ones  bringing  in  more  blues  rock  elements.

  Jermey  Irons  &  The  Ratgang  Malibus  create  a  very  interesting  sound  with  their  music  adding  in  heavy  doom  and  stoner  rock  with  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic  and  space  rock  sounds  to  create  an  album  that  is  very  retro  yet  original  and  modern  all  at  the  same  time,  the  production  has  a  very  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments    and  the  lyrics  cover  the  Paganism  of  some  of  the  more  primitive  tribes  that  live  in  the  smaller  islands  across  the Pacific.

  In  my  opinion  Jeremy  Irons  &  The  Ratgang  Malibus  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  kraut,  psychedelic,  space  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wind  Seized"  "Clang"  and  "Spirit  Knife". 8  out  of  10.   

Friday, April 18, 2014

Battleroar Interview


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

After the recordings and the whole production that were finalized in February, the band is mainly focused on promoting the new album that will officially hit the market on May 2nd. Before that, the new album will be available also on this years’ edition of Keep it True festival in late April.

2.You have a new album coming out in May, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your past releases?

The musical direction of the new album is practically, the same of the previous ones!! And that is “epic metal”! We are 100% into this genre of heavy metal and this is what we like to do! The difference from the previous albums, if we may say so, is that to my ears, it’s even more epic. We’ve put in parts with choirs and some symphonic instruments that give an even more majestic and bombastic feeling and atmosphere without getting anywhere close to symphonic metal or stuff like that!

3.This will be the first album in 6 years, can you tell us a litlle bit more about the gap between releases?

The last 6 years have been quite hard for the band. After Manolis Karazeris, Marco Concoreggi and Gus Makrikostas left the band each one for his personal reasons, there was a decision that needed to be made. Either we split or we continued the band. Since I and the other original member Kostas Tzortzis felt that we had more “stuff” to give, we decided to look for new members and see how it would turn out. After searching for guitar and bass guitar players and after checking quite a few, we finally recruited Antreas Sotiropoulos on guitar and Stavros Aivaliotis on bass and formed the basis of the band and started working on new material. Meanwhile we were also on the lookout for singers and tried out several ones, like John Papanikolaou (ex Inner Wish) Gabrielle Grilli (ex Doomsword) with whom we performed some live shows but it didn’t work out in the end. On October 2012 we were set to support Grand Magus on their Athens show and 3 months before, we were out of singers!!! So then we came up with the idea of Gerrit Mutz at least to help us out on this gig! He happily agreed on this, and then, the rest is history! The reaction of the fans plus the feedback we were getting for this show drove us to recruit Gerrit as well, and everything else fell into place!!!

4.The lyrics on the new album cover Greek Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

It’s true that as Greeks, we have Greek Mythology constantly in our heads. We grew up with it, so it’s a field we know really well. But the new album doesn’t only cover themes of the Greek Mythology, but generally ideas and beliefs that derive from every day life, all presented through an epic point of view. I mean, you don’t necessarily need to have lyrics only about battles to have the epic feeling flowing throughout a song!


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

We originally came out with the name “Battleroar” while listening to Heavy Load’s song “Singing Swords” (… I loved the battleroar) and it gave out all the epic meaning we needed for the band’s name! Back at the time (year 2000) we all wanted a name and music that would make the listener picture and imagine scenes of greatness and be emotionally aroused!

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?

Since 2000 that the band was formed, we’ve played many shows all around Europe. I can easily say that each and every one had it’s own special moments! But if I definitely had to highlight a couple, personally I would mention our live show in Laakdal – Belgium on our tour of 2006 that the place was so packed and the crowd so energetic that it was impressive! Even Rudy of Ostrogoth hit the stage that night and made a cover of Full Moon’s Eyes!! Another great moment in terms of live shows, was our first appearance in Keep it True X festival that we enjoyed it really much! On stage you need to deliver as much passion and energy you can through your music and songs. After all, that’s why you are up there!! Personally I dislike bands that just go on stage, play their setlist and get off stage without even sweat in their face!! That’s NOT heavy metal for me!! What we do when we mount the stage is give our very best in terms of energy and performance and try to be as professional as we can be!!

7.What are the touring plans you have for the new release?

We are in discussions as we speak for some live appearances around Europe from September onwards. Nothing confirmed yet, but for sure we will be touring in winter of 2014. Another concert highlight, will be next year’s anniversary edition of Up the Hammers festival in Greece where Battleroar will play both days, one with the current line up and the other with the old line up!! Make sure you don’t miss that!!!

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

The feedback globally has been quite encouraging throughout the years. Since the release of our first album, I remember getting uplifting messages from many different countries.  Moreover, during the last 6 hard years, we received many emails and messages from all over the world not to quit and to try and make things work again!

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

For all members of the band, Battleroar is our main musical activity. However every one of us has other projects going on as well. I for example play for another band called “Selective Oblivion” and we are about to release the debut album within this year, which is totally different than Battleroar and its epic style.

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

As said before, epic metal is our cup of tea. This is what we like and this is what we want to do and know how to do it. So under no circumstances will we change our style. Otherwise, it’s not gonna be Battleroar. But this of course doesn’t mean that we are not experimenting and/or trying to input new sounds in our music.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Well, obviously all the epic metal bands of the past (and not only) have an influence on our music since day one. After all, we are all fans of Manowar, Manilla Road, Omen, Cirith Ungol, Heavy Load etc. Nowadays, music is much more diverse and there are a lot of good bands out there. Having said that, I must add that personally I m more into the “traditional” kind-style of heavy metal and that’s also what I try and usually do in our music. For example, Atlantean Kodex is a newcomer that I believe will play their own part and have their own place in this music!

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Not sure whether this would interest someone or not (haha) but I m into snowboard for example! I also travel a lot also due to my work and that gives me the opportunity to meet new people, new attitudes and beliefs and of course… new kinds of music!!

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

First I would like to thank you Scott and the undergroundmusickzine for your interest towards our band. I hope you and your readers will enjoy our new album and hopefully will see you all on the road one day!

EPIC METAL TO THE END


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Michael Schenker & Friends/Blood On The Sun/Collectors Dreams Records/2014 CD Review


Michael  Schenker  is  a  very  legendary  guitar  player  from  Germany  who  was  one  of  the  original  guitar  players  for  the  Scorpions  and  has  done  plenty  of  solos  albums  over  the  years  as  well  as  working  with  his  other  band's  UFO  and  MSG  with  a  more  hard  rock  approach  to  metal  and  with this  album  he  has  teamed  with  a  bunch  of  well  known  musicians  and  came out with a new album  which is   all  covers and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "  Blood  On  The  Sun"  which  was  released  by  Collectors  Dream Records.

A  very  melodic  hard  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  leads  and  melodic  vocals  and  the  music  also  has  a  more  80's  commercial  approach  to  metal  while  staying  a  few  notches  away  from  being  hair  metal  and  after  awhile  a  mixture  of  clean  and  hard  parts  are  added  onto  the    recording.

The  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  the  strongest  point  of  the  recording  and  you  can  tell  this  guitar  player  influenced  all  of  the  metal  and  hard  rock  guitarists  of  the  80's  and  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  acoustic  guitars,  keyboards  and  orchestras  are  added .  while  the  main  focus  is  still  on  the  harder  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them   along  with  a  blues  rock  feeling  at  times  and  each  track  has  a  different  singer  while  the  last  2  songs  are  all  instrumental..

Michael  Schenker  creates  a  very  interesting  sound  with  this  recording  with  some  Black,  Sabbath,  Pink  Floyd,  and  Nazareth  among  plenty  other  and  you  have  well  known  musicians  such  as   Gary  Barden,  Robin  MeAuley,   Jeff  Scott  Soto,  Tom  Ripper  Owens,  Sebastian  Bach,  Joe  Lynn  Turner,  Leslie  West,  Tommy  Shaw,  Mark  Slaughter,  Paul  Di'  Anno  and  Jeff  Pilson.

In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  decent  sounding  recording  from  Michael  Schenker  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  artist,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Save  Yourself"  "Finding  My  Way"  "Money"  and  "Hair  Of  the  Dog".  8  out  of  10      



  
  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amon Sethis 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?
>
Actually we've just released the new album so right now we're working hard on promoting it. We'll be playing at PPM Fest 2014 with bands such as Saxon, Therion or Vanden Plas. More news in the months to come!

> 2.Recently you have released a  new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your previous releases?
>
Our new album «Part II : The Final Struggle» is the second part of the trilogy based on the legend of the seventh dynasty of Egyptian Pharaohs. Regarding the musical direction, in fact we wanted it to be a bit darker and heavier compared to «Part I : The Prophecy» as the story is dealing with war, resistance and death.

> 3.You have used 6 different singers on an album, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?
>
As we're telling a story, it was mandatory for us to have different real characters instead of having one single voice to represent them, thus we've been searching for singers from various horizons with ability to sing in different tongues such as Hebrew or ancient Egyptian. For us, this brings a lot of originality into our concept.

> 4.When I listened to the album it was heavily rooted in progressive metal but it got heavier as time went on by and closer to death metal, what was the decision behind started off  the album very melodic and getting very heavy towards the end?
>
Yes you're totally right, Actually, tracks 8 & 9 are heavier as they re closely related to the story that is about possible destruction of Earth and Death of Ateravis the Hero that will be commiting suicide. Once again, the concept is leading the music we're writing so depending on the subject for each track, we're trying to write something that really fits.

> 5.With the band name and song lyrics the music is heavily rooted in Ancient Egypt Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic/
>
In fact the whole concept has been written already ten years ago by Julien, lead singer of Amon Sethis. He's been then searching for musicians to bring this concept to life.
With diplomas in History, he is really interested by Ancient Egypt. He started writing the story of Amon Sethis as a legend of the end of the sixth dynasty during the reign of the queen Nitocris. The story of the seventh dynasty starts with the birth of twins, sons of Nitocris, who will struggle for power, one for The good (Ateravis) one for the Evil (Amon Sethis)...
As the period of the seventh dynasty is almost unkown, Amon Sethis re-writes the story of these ancient and troubled times...

> 6.Has the band done any live shows or is this a studio project?
>
Actually, we've already done almost 40 shows during promotion of our first album, sharing the stage with bands such as Nightmare, Dark Moor, Blaze Bayley or Vanden Plas. Of course our main goal is to play this music live, because we do believe that it's the best place to promote the concept. Until now We've build a show that is becoming almost theatrical.

> 7.According to the Metal Archives page, the band is signed to  Brennus Music, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
>
Yes, Brennus Music is a label that is rock / metal oriented and they gave us our first chance when we released «Part I : The Prophecy». So we do thank them!

> 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?
>
We're quite a young band as Amon Sethis was created in 2007, so right now we're known in France mostly but we're starting some concerts in Italy, Belgium or Switzerland. Time will tell how Amon Sethis spreads in the World.

> 9.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical project these days?
>
Right now we're almost all involved 100% in Amon Sethis, except our bass player who is playing in another heavy metal band called Restful.

> 10.What musical direction do you see the band heading into during the future?
>
Well that is something we're still discussing right now as we need first to integrate the next part's history so it'll still be Metal and progressive but that's all we can say!

> 11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
>
We're listening to some very different style of music, but regarding our influences i would cite Opeth, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Kansas, Porcupine tree, Devin townsend
Nowadays we're listening to Circus Maximus, Vanden Plas but our influences are also quite different. We can listen to other kind of music like Loreena Mac Kennitt, David Bowie and some ancient oriental music like artists such as Douglas Irvine, Mickael Akherton... This makes the originality in the music of Amon Sethis : to be open-minded.

> 12.What are some of your non musical interests?
>
Wow :-) let say that right now beside our full time job, Music is taking a lot of time so our main focus apart from it is our families that we do really really want to thank for support and understanding.

> 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Just thank you for your time and Join the Pharaoh's Army!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Paranorm 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 ep?
Markus: Since the release we have been doing online promotion to get it out to as many people
as possible. We played a release gig in Stockholm, and have plans to have another release party
in our home town Uppsala as well. Recently, we have also started working on some new
material for an upcoming full length album.

Fredrik: As Markus stated, we’ve been doing online promotion, and a lot of it, and will continue to
do so for quite some time. In addition, we’ve also reached out to the major metal magazines out
there. Regarding performing live, we’ve had quite some downtime recently. During pretty much
the whole last year, we focused entirely on developing and progressing our own musical style,
as well as writing and recording the best follow­up EP that we possibly could. Looking back, I
think it all turned out quite well, and we’re very eager to shift the gear up and get out on the roads
and promote the new release.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical
direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your previous ep and
demo?
Markus: We have obviously become a lot better at our respective instruments, and that really
shows on our new EP “The Edge of Existence”. The musical direction we went for was more
melodic, but at the same time both more aggressive and progressive. For me, I started to think
about melody and harmony in a different way, and nowadays when I compose new music I
always picture if not the entire band then at least both guitars. Before, I wrote new music riff by
riff. I think in our previous releases we tried to find our musical identity, whereas on “The Edge of
Existence” we are confident we have found it.

Fredrik: Yeah, I have to agree with Markus here. Sometimes, I even consider our debut EP,
“Pandemonium’s Rise”, a bit schizophrenic! It definitely has got some highlights here and there,
at least in my personal opinion, but I think its pretty clear that what you hear on that EP is a band
searching for its identity. With the new release, we’ve really pushed ourselves, both technically
as well as in terms of compositional skills, and we’re starting to get a clearer picture of our own
musical identity. Personally, I can become quite obsessed when it comes to practicing, haha. I’d
hate to have my creativity and possibilities limited by technique.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores
with the music?
Markus: For lyrical topics I write what I feel is interesting. I know a lot of bands that niche
themselves into writing only about death, gore or partying, which I think has become tiresome by
now. Instead, I mostly write about different emotions, like anger, despair or loneliness,
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sometimes while using metaphors. For example, “Into the Unknown” is about being trapped in
the moment when you die, and the different things that flow through your head at that moment.

4.Is the band name 'Paranorm' short for paranormal, and also what was the decision
behind using it as a band name?
Markus: You’re right about that, though that’s not all there is to it. We also think about is as
‘standing up to norms’, so to speak. Just because something is established and “tried­and­true”
it doesn’t have to be the best way to do it. A favorite quote of mine is “If you find yourself on the
side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect” by Mark Twain.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would
you describe your stage performance?
Fredrik: Every gig is great and memorable in its own way. You always encounter new crazy shit
that goes down. But, I think a personal favorite of mine is this one time when we did our first, and
as of this date only, open ­air show. It was in our home town, on this big stage, the sun shining in
your face, great sound on stage, a whole different kind of acoustics… I can’t really put my finger
on it. It was definitely a combination of factors, but I really felt like home on that gig.

Markus: That open ­air show was just fantastic, it was an incredible feeling playing outdoors. I
also remember another show in Uppsala. We played this really small, awkward place which was
originally a lunch restaurant. The stage was really thin and made out of wood so it could break at
any second. Because the stage was so small, my hair got stuck in Marcus’ bass at one point. I
remember pulling it out really hard while screaming like a madman into the mic. Probably half my
hair got pulled out that day, haha. The crowd was also really crazy, going apeshit in that tiny area
in front of the stage. Awesome gig.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Markus: Yeah, definitely. We’re currently looking for opportunities to play in and around Sweden.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to put together a tour with some other great new thrash bands soon!

Fredrik: Most definitely, yeah! As I stated earlier, we’re really hungry for gigs and just want to get
out there and play our asses off. Currently we’re working on booking as many gigs as we
possibly can, and would love to get some kind of tour going during the summer or fall. It would be
really awesome to get some shows going abroad and expand our horizons a bit.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Fredrik: Yeah, we’re unsigned as of now, but we are looking for a label that shares the same
vision as us. Taking into consideration that our debut full­length will be our next release, we
certainly are interested in getting a record deal going.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of thrash
metal?
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Markus: This far we’ve only heard positive things, some people even going as far as saying they
love our music, which of course is incredible to hear. Personally, I’m involved with music
because I want to write as strong and engaging songs as I possibly can, and when we get
appreciation for our music the feeling is just fantastic!

Fredrik: Exactly! The fan support and feedback have been invaluable. Reviews of the new
release have just started getting published too and so far they have been really great.

9.When can we expect a full length album, and also where do you see the band heading
into musically during the future?
Fredrik: Having released a demo and two EPs, we now feel it is time to aim for the real deal, so
to speak, and get our first full­length album out there. I feel it is a bit too early to speculate on a
release date, as we just put “The Edge of Existence” out there. At the same time, I feel really
inspired and eager to write a bunch of new songs, so I suppose it isn’t impossible that we’ll wrap
things up and enter the studio sometime during the second half of 2015. Musically speaking;
taking all the things we learnt writing “The Edge of Existence”, heading in the same kind of
direction, kicking it up a couple of notches further… putting together a beast of a record that truly
will display what Paranorm is all about.

Markus: Yeah, I’m really pumped to write a full length record. Usually, we write a bit here and
there, and after a while start putting songs together. Now more than ever, I feel like really just
locking myself up to write music. This time, we have defined our style, we know our instruments
and how to compose great songs. The only thing remaining is to write them!

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and
also what are you listening to nowadays?

Markus: When we started the band, we listened to a lot of Testament, Metallica and Megadeth.
Basically old school thrash. Then we discovered more progressive bands like Heathen,
Forbidden and Coroner. The music that inspired “The Edge of Existence” is really diverse.
Basically, it’s core is thrash, but for example the way we wrap melodies together is kind of
unseen in thrash. Parts of “Desolate Worlds” are even inspired by Renaissance counterpoint.

These days I listen to a broad range of mostly metal music. New, great thrash bands like Vektor
and Hexen are really inspiring. They take thrash to the next level and prove that the genre can still
be as energetic and engaging as when it was still young.

Fredrik: Yeah, a lot of the classic old school thrash, accompanied with tons of beer, in our early
days. Today, not much has changed when it comes to the beer, haha, but we’ve broadened our
horizons a bit. Among newer acts; Vektor, Hexen and Havok are some personal favorites.
However, I’ve always considered myself an omnivore of sorts when it comes to metal, and
music in general. I listen to everything ranging from late 60s rock to technical death metal.

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Being a lead guitarist, some of my main inspirations and idols on that front are Marty Friedman,
Alex Skolnick,  Jason Becker, Tommy Vetterli, and of course the one and only Yngwie
Malmsteen.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Markus: Well, over the years I’ve become more and more interested in different styles of beer.
I’ve been brewing my own for almost a year now, with differing degrees of success, haha. I also
enjoy being outdoors in nature. Few things are as relaxing and refreshing as being in the forest
during the warm half of the year. Apart from that, I like to cook a big, tasty, rare steak every now
and then.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Markus: Yeah, thanks to all fans out there for sticking with us while we recorded “The Edge of
Existence”. See you on the road!

Fredrik: Thanks for the interview, it was a pleasure! To everyone out there: grab a copy of “The
Edge of Existence” from our web store, or get it somewhere online, and share and head bang
your brains out! See ya!

Bench Press/Martyr's Tongue/Get This Right Records/2014 7 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  7  inch  split  between  Pennsylvania's  Bench  Press  and  Puerto  Rico's  Martyr's  Tongue  which  will  be  released  in  2014  by  get  This  Right  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Bench  Press  a  band  that  plays  a  metal  tinged  form  of  hardcore.

  A  very  slow,  heavy  and  hardcore  sound  starts  off  their  side  of  the  split  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  being  utilized  and  heavy  distortion  mixed  with  powerful  bass  lines  and  the  vocals  are  all  done  in  hateful  shouts  and  screams  and  they  bring  this  sound  to  both  of  the  tracks  they  provide  for  the  split  and  also  add  in  elements of  thrash  metal  on  the  second  track.

  Bench  Press  create  a  very  heavy  and  old  school  form  of  hardcore  with  their  mistake  staying  away  from  the  poppy  or  post  side  of  the  genre  and  bringing  back  an  old  school  heaviness  and  a  professional  sounding  production  along  with  lyrics  that  cover  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bench  Press  are  a  very  great  sounding  metal  tinged  hardcore  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Penance".

  Next  up  is  Martyr's  Tongue  a  band  that  plays  a  very metallic  form  of  hardcore  with  traces  of  harsh  noise.

  Harsh  noise  sounds  and  samples  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  and  a  minute  later  the  music  goes  into  a  more  heavy  thrash/hardcore  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  which  lead  up  to  shouting  vocals  and  powerful  sounding  bass  lines  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts  and  on  the  following  track  they  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  more  aggressive  vocals.  while  also  getting  a  lot  more  heavier  and  having  a  sound  leaning  closer  to  black  metal  while  still  being  true  to  hardcore.

  Martyr's  Tongue  bring  a  very  interesting  sound  in  with  their  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  hardcore  but  also  having  harsh  noise  influences  and  elements  from  other  forms  of  extreme  metal,  the  production  is  very  professional  sounding  and  the  lyrics  cover  world  genocide.

  In  my  opinion  Martyr's  Tongue  are  a  very  great  sounding  extreme  hardcore  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split. RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Unholy  Communion".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  hardcore.  8  out  of  10.

    

Trainwreck Architect Interview

Answered by Simon Ouellet (vocals)

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days? We are about to go on tour. Appropriately entitled " wreck the road" tour. During the spring and summer times we will be fairly busy and we are all really excited. We have also begun preproduction for our next album and the new material is very surprising to us and will be to others. We're branching out in different directions and its a great feeling to touch new ground. 2.Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released a few years back? Traits of the sick is our debut album. We learned a lot in the process of recording . Our demo songs have all been recorded again for the album and with many differences. It's a mix of thrash and heavy metal with a few twists . As a band we're never afraid to play off of our influences and with that said we have many to play off of. 3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music? I write about personal issues and my experiences. I want to convey every emotion possible with the music. Im a mixed mental mess sometimes so writing really puts the mess in order for a while. We're always maturing musically and I'm happy about that because that way i can delve into different parts of myself rather than just being aggressive like most metal seems to be. What ever i experience in my life. Positive or negative it will end up in a song some time. 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Trainwreck Architect'? I am a trainwreck architect. We all are. Its about making those choices that don't end up too good. Choices that leave your life looking like a trainwreck but you cant turn away from a trainwreck and a real man cant turn away from his life. It turns away from you. So you stick with it and pick up the pieces and then get the train back on track. 5.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 best shows are every show. Its always a learning process and we get better every single time. We're extremely energetic and thrive to have fun with our audience before, during and after the performance. The rock and roll attitude is a big part our metal sound. 6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? Through out may, june and july we will be all around Canada: Ontario, Quebec, The maritimes and to kick it all off, we are opening for german power metal masters PRIMAL FEAR on may 2nd in Montreal. 7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest? The plan right now is to focus on the next record and tour and gig. By the time our next record is complete we will be shopping it around. 8.On one of your tracks you had a guest performance from the guitar player in Annihilator, do you feel having this legendary guitarist play one song on your album will help get your band out there heard more? I think in terms of annihilator fans we will turn some heads our way for sure but the real reason we wanted jeff on the record is because we are fans of that band. It is really amazing to have one of our heavy metal heroes play on the album. I love annihilator and jeff waters is a class act. 9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal? A load of positive reactions . People seem to like the clashing metal styles of the band and thats what we will always do. Its Really fun to dig into our influences from all kinds of music. Im also aware that some people wont "get it" because we don't stick to one sound but we're real fans of metal and music so our sound is every sound we want it to be. 10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? Its an endless ride with this band. The next record is full of different styles. Grindcore, funk, metal, rock n roll, doom. In the mean time i suggest you listen to our debut and by the time part two rolls around you wont know what hit you. 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're into something different everyday . On traits of the sick there seems to be a big thrash influence . Anthrax, Death angel, Annihilator and throw in some groove to that and top it off with the classic metal stamp. Personally i am on a big blues and 70s funk binge. Funkadelic, James Brown. Son house. As for metal I am loving kvelertak and phil anselmo's solo album. 12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love wrestling. I love "fake" sports. That UFC is too serious and not enough fun for me. Im glued to my TV and watch WWE raw almost every monday night. The real dream would be to play at wrestlemania haha. 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Keep your ears open and keep listening to us. Follow us on facebook and check out our website for information on touring and news. We look forward to playing for you some day! Wreck"n"Roll is on its way.