Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Coda/Currents/Crowquil Records/2015 EP Review

  Coda  are  a  solo  project  from  New  York  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  metal,  progressive  and  industrial  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  ep  "Currents"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Crowquil  Records.

  Distorted  sounding  noises  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  industrial  and  after  a  minute  heavy  and  melodic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  and  the   songs  also  bring  in  a  heavy  influence  from  progressive  music  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  long  and  epic   in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  are  mostly  instrumental.

  You  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  there  are  also  some  psychedelic elements  being  added  into  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  prog  and  post  metal  feeling  and  one  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  spoken  word  samples  and  as  the  ep  progresses  some  of  the  songs  bring  in  faster  riffs  and  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats

  Coda  plays  a  style  of  post  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  mostly  industrial  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  noise,  industrial  and  progressive  music  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Coda  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  metal,  industrial  and  progressive  music  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Sun  Martyr"  and  "White  black".  8  out  of  10.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tysondog/Cry Havoc/Rock Sector Records/2015 CD Review

  Tysondog  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  where  a  part  of  the  NWOBHM  movement  and  plays a  mixture  of  heavy  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Cry  Havoc"  which  will  be  released  in  April by  Rock  Sector  Records.

  Sounds  of  war  and  chaos  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  powerful  bass  guitar  lead  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar  leads  that  leads  up  to  a  heavy  heavy  and  fast  speed  metal  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  clean  singing  vocals  that  are  very  close  to  heavy  and  power  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Guitar  solos  and  leads  are  a  huge  part  of  all  of  the  tracks  and  on  some  of  the  songs  you  can  hear  back  up  gang  shouts  being  utilized  at  times  while  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  brings  in  elements  of  thrash  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  ballad   which  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  songs.

  Tysondog  plays  a  style  of  heavy/speed  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  but  done  with  a  more  modern  approach  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  heaviness  that  is  very  rarely  heard  from  NWOBHM  bands  while  there  musical  style  is  still  100  percent  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Fantasy,  Legends,  War  and  Real  Life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tysondog  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  heavy  and  speed  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cry Havoc"  "Nemesis"  "Relentless"  and  "Addiction".  8  out  of  10.


Ostrogoth/Last Tribe Standing/Empire Records/2015 EP Review

  Ostrogoth  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  heavy  and  power  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Last  Tribe  Standing"  which  consists  of  4  original  tracks  and  4  live  songs  and  was  released  by  Empire  Records.

  Clean  playing  and  melodic  guitar  leads  which  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  which  leads  up  to  a  more  heavy  traditional  metal  direction  and  the  vocals  also  get  more  rough  and  adds  in  more  touches  of  power  metal.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  in  the  early  80's  and  the  live  tracks  also  continues  the  bands  old  school  heavy/power  metal  direction.

  Ostrogoth  plays  a  style  of  power  and  heavy  metal  that  is  still  very  much  rooted  in  the  80;s  and  you  can  tell  even  after  30  years  the  band  has  remained  true  to t heir  roots,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ostrogoth  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  heavy  and  power  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Clouds"  "Last  Tribe  Standing"  and  "Rock  Fever".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, March 30, 2015

Presumption/From Judgement To Grave/2014 EP Review

  Presumption  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "From  Judgement  To  Grave".

  A  very  heavy  bass  guitar  sound,  melodic  guitar  leads  and  chanting  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  psychedelic  sounds  and  clean  playing  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  band  expands  on  what  they  established  in  the  first  minute  and  also  add  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  One  the  heavy  guitar  riffs  kick  in  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  stoner/doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  vocals  that  are  both  rough  and  melodic  at  the  same  time  and  you  can  hear  a  good  mixture  of  70's,  80's  and  90's  influences  from  the  doom  and  stoner  genres  of  those  eras  but  done  with  a  more  modern  sound  and  production  and  they  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  heavy  and  acoustic parts  and  some  of  the  heavier  riffs  also  add  a  touch  of  sludge  into  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples.

  Presumption  takes  the  old  school  genres  of  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  mix  them  together  with  more  of  a  modern  approach  to  create  some  very  dark,  heavy  and  retro  music,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Hell,  Magic,  Serial  Killers,  Hell  and  War.

  In  my  opinion  Presumption  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Albert  Fish  Blues"  and  "Anvil  Devil".  8  out  of  10.


Messenger/Captain's Loot/Massacre Records/2015 EP Review

  Messenger  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  heavy  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Captain's  Loot"  which  was  released  by  Massacre  Records  and  features  3  of  their  own  tracks  and  the  rest  of  the  songs  are  cover's.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  old  school  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melodic  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  pure  metal  direction  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  add  in  rough  parts  bordering  on  growls  while  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Back  up  chorus  vocals  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  while  the  music  sounds  like  it  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  the  aggressive  vocals  and  production  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  modern  day  feeling.

  At  times  the  music  brings  in  a  70's  metal  and  hard  rock  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  some  clean  playing  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  Rainbow,  Running  Wild,  Zed  Zago,  Helloween  and  Dio  covers  and  you  can  also  hear  the  speed  metal  elements  being  utilized  in  the  faster  riffing.

  Messenger  takes  the  heavy  and  speed  metal  genres  of  the  80's  and  update  them  for  the  modern  day  with  the  original  tracks  while  the  covers  pay  homage  to  the  bands  that  where  a  huge  influence  on  them,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  mostly  written  in  English  with  one  song  being  written  in  English  and  they  cover  space,  pirates,  darkness  and  heavy  metal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Messenger  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  heavy  and  speed  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sign  Of  The  Evil  Master"  "Kill  The  King"  and  "Dont  Talk  To  Strangers".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

MF Ruckus/Thieves Of Thunder/2015 Full Length Review

  MF  Ruckus  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  mixture  of  metal,  rock,  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Thieves  of  Thunder"  which  will  be  released  in  April.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  70's  influenced  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  vocals  that  are  both  rough  and  melodic  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  leads  and  punk  influences  are  added  into  the  bands  musical  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  classic  and  southern  rock  elements  being  added  into  the  songs  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  NWOBHM  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  at  times  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  very  diverse  while  also  mostly  sticking  to  a  very  hard  and  heavy  musical  direction  while  some  songs  do  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  the  later  songs  also  add  in  elements  of  blues  and  country  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  acoustic  guitars.

  MF  Ruckus  plays  a  musical  style  where  they  take  mid  70's  and  early  80's  metal  and  mixes  it  with  punk,  southern  and  classic  rock  to  create  their  own  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  mythological,  real  life  and  party  themes.

  In  my  opinion  MF  Ruckus  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  heavy  metal,  rock  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thieves  Of  Thunder"  "Hall  Of  Champions"  "We  Don't  Party"  and  "Cheatin  Up".  8  out  of  10.


Deathblow Interview

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

We were formed in 2008 as a cover band under the name, ‘Dethblo’. Soon started writing our own material and gigging. The goal is to keep it aggressive and interesting.

2.You have an ep coming out in April, 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?

I’d say this release is a little more live sounding that our last one, ‘Prognosis Negative’ The process this time was much quicker where we were able to record quick and together. For our last album we recorded bits

at a time and the whole process from start to finish was literally more than 6 months, (mostly due to poor contact from our producer). I think the music on that album has developed more as well. The song structure

on the new material was a little more thought out and I think there’s more of a death metal influence to these songs.

3.Originally the band started out playing covers, what was the decision behind writing your own songs?

It just came naturally. Our first original song was, ‘Master’s of War’, which we threw into our cover set early on. It didn’t take long to realize that if we can play this kind of music we should be able to write it too. When you can get a finished product that came from your own work, that’s when it actually becomes rewarding.

4.The band has been around since 2008 but waited until 2014 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 6 years?

Since we formed it’s been a slow process. Only since we released ‘Prognosis Negative’ have we received much attention outside of Salt Lake City. We relocated from Logan, UT to Salt Lake City in 2009 and some of the original members weren’t that into it taking it to the next level. It took a long time to get the ball rolling and to find members that actually gave a shit. Once we finally had a line-up that was into it and sincere about the music, things started to move a lot quicker.

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

Prognosis was a bit scattered as far as subject matter. We have songs about everything from horror movies to H.P. Lovecraft stories as well as more serious topics like war, eugenics and the confusing nature of humanity. For the new album there is no large theme or concept but by the large we’ve shifted from random horror/fantasy inspired songs to more real-life and philosophical based topics.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Deathblow'?

Well it’s so simple and it basically sums up the bands sound in two combined words, we thought it was perfect. Let’s just pretend the name didn’t come from a popular 90’s based sitcom…

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

We’ve played a lot of shows in Salt Lake City over the years and have hit the road three times now for short tours. Some of the more fun ones have been small house shows and all ages venues. The younger crowds just give off so much raw energy. We were lucky enough to open for Kreator and Accept in Salt Lake City when they toured a couple years ago. It wasn’t our best performance but those our two of our favorite bands of all time and probably our biggest show. We try to keep everything tight live but like to approach it with a punk edge. We certainly rehearse everything a certain way but don’t mind changing it up during a show. We definitely feed of the energy of the crowd. If they’re going wild and into it that will always affect how hard we hit it.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new ep is released?

In the works right now, West Coast Tour. Hopefully hit the East soon after.

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

We would definitely be interested in getting signed. So far we haven’t had too many labels hit us up. We are proud that we’ve done everything DIY up to this point but we’ve learned that the business, licensing, distribution and pressing side of things can be incredibly overwhelming, especially on your own dime.

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

Just in promoting this E.P. it’s been amazing so far. Clawhammer PR has played a major hand in getting our name out there. We’ve been getting great feedback and a lot of people who are interested in picking up the album when it comes out which always pushes us to take it further.

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

We are definitely a band that sticks to our principles and roots. We are always going to strive for that raw, aggressive, thrash edge but I wouldn’t be surprised if you hear a little more death-metal influence in the future.

12.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 have always been really inspired by thrash bands that bridge that gap between death/thrash/punk and just play the craziest music they can without losing sight of songwriting. Bands like Gwar, Kreator, Sodom, Pestilence, all examples of bands that have inspired our sound.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Films. Always wanted to produce a full length horror film.

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

Buy the new album when it comes out April 21st!