Thursday, June 30, 2016

30,000 Monkies/I Ate Myself To Grow Twice As Big/Counseling Sounds/2016 CD Review


  30.000  Monkies  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  metal,  drone  and  noise  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "I  Ate  Myself  To  Grow  Twice  As  Big"  which  was  released  by  Consouling  Sounds.

  Heavy  guitars  and  aggressive  vocals  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  post rock  style  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  experimental  elements  also  being  utilized  with  the  riffs  also  mix  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  noise  rock  elements  and  on  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chanting  while  most  of  the  songs  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  some  drones  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  the  energy  of  punk.  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  and  psychedelic  feeling and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  30,000  Monkies  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  with  drones,  experimental  music  and  noise  rock  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my opinion  30,000  Monkies  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  sludge,  doom  metal  and  noise  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Melina"  "Apollo  10"  and  "Juice".  8  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Veil Of Deception/Tearing UpThe Rots/S;iptrick Records/2016 CD Review


  Veil  Of  Deception  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  a  mixture  of  heavy,  thrash,  groove  and  stoner  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Tearing  Up  The  Roots"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  aggressive  drums  that  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  and  the  riffs  can  also  get  very  melodic  at  times  along  with  some  elements  of  groove  metal  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  singing  power  metal  fashion.

  A  lot  of  80's  thrash,  power  and  speed  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  after  awhile  stoner  rock  influences  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  a  melodic  musical  direction  and  the  songs  also bring  in  the  heaviness  of  traditional  doom  metal  and  the  songs  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  also  having its  fast  moments.

  Veil  Of  Deception  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  melodic  metal  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  thrash,  groove  and  stoner  metal  to  create  something  very  original,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  struggles,  introspection,  loss  of  faith  and  conspiracies  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Veil  Of  Deception  are  a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  heavy,  thrash,  groove  and  stoner  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stench  Of  Fear"  "Personal  Holy  Grail"  "The  Spell" and  "Redemption Mode".  8  out  of  10.  

   

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Company Corvette/Never Enough/The Company Records/2016 Full Length Review


  The  Company  Corvette  are  a  band  from  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  psychedelic  mixture  of  stoner  rock  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album "Never  Enough"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  The  Company  Records.

  Psychedelic  sounds  and  bass  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  and  after  awhile  clean  singing  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  influences  from  the  70's  to  the  90's  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of aggression  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  blues  and  stoner  rock  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  Company  Corvette  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  70's  psychedelic  and  modern  stoner  rock  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Company  Corvette  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  mixture  of  stoner  rock  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devilwitch"  "Stomach"  and  "Pigeon".  8  out  of  10.

 

Final Sign Interview

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

Shawn: We are Final Sign from North Carolina, USA. We’re a four-piece band playing a style of heavy metal that is sort of a blend of USPM and thrash. Our debut album ‘Hold High the Flame’ was released on CD in October of 2015 on Divebomb Records. It will be reissued on cassette by Tridroid Records in October of 2016. We’re comprised of members who have known each other a long, long time and have played together at different times in other bands before. Both our guitar player Brian (“Hellstorm”) Williams and new bassist Jim Hunter are members of October 31 and have played together the longest. I did a short stint in October 31 as well. Brian and I were in K-Octave together back in the early 2000s and did one album for Hellion Records in Germany. Brian and I have both played in bands with our drummer Kevin Haverlah at different times in the past. So, we’ve all known each other for many years and it feels very natural to all be playing together in Final Sign.

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

Shawn: Heavy metal! Ha! That sums it up perfectly. I know the term “metal” carries a pretty broad definition these days, but heavy metal is exactly what we are. We draw upon the legacy of our forefathers and carry on their grand traditions. We blend traditional 70s and 80s heavy metal, thrash metal, and power metal into a vicious, intense concoction. We play from the heart, and we mean every note. The sticker Divebomb Records put on our CD stated: For fans of Reverend, Exciter, and Helstar…I think that pretty much sums it up. US power metal with teeth.

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

Shawn: The lyrics I write draw many times from personal experience and observation. But, I always try to wrap them up in allegory and storytelling to fit the vibe of the music. For example, “Madness Eternal” tells the story of a power-obsessed ruler who wanted infinite, eternal power so he goes to a witch for a spell. The theme is basically “be careful what you wish for”. The song “Daring the Sun” deals with trying to control internal rage. Things like that, I think, make the songs interesting. The phrasing and choice of words fits and flows with the vibe of the music, so it makes them easy to sing with conviction. I mean every word. Brian has such a unique playing and writing style, in my opinion, and he and I have really good chemistry. All I need is one good Hellstorm riff and I’m off and running! I wrote the lyrics to this album sort of under the gun, so I am looking forward to taking my time a little more on newer material.


What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Final Sign'?

Shawn: Everyone in the band is a big fan of Black Sabbath, particularly the Ronnie James Dio era of the band. I myself am a huge fan of Dio in pretty much all of his bands from Elf to Heaven and Hell. The name Final Sign, obviously, comes from the Black Sabbath song “Children of the Sea” and the line “…we’ve lost the rising sun, a final sign.” Naming the band Final Sign was a way, honestly, to honor and pay tribute not only to Dio himself and to Black Sabbath, but to all the brilliant, amazing bands that laid the foundation that this band and so many others build upon…to heavy metal itself.

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

Shawn: A key element, in my opinion, is intensity. Intensity comes from belief. Belief comes from loving what you do. Everyone in this band loves to play music, and loves being a part of Final Sign. We believe in the music we’re making and, as a result, we play it with passion and intensity. Hellstorm plays like he’s on stage at The Budokan every single night, no matter where we play. It’s amazing! He loves it so much! That energy is extremely contagious and the band, as well as the crowd, really feeds on it. It almost makes it easy to get up there and leave it all on the stage. The time goes by so fast when we’re up there and we’re so exhausted when it’s over…haha! Crowds can tell the difference between when you’re really feeling what you’re doing and when you’re just going through the motions, pretending, and doing what you think you’re supposed to do. So, we do our best to just be in the moment and enjoy what we’re doing and bring the crowd with us. So far, all of our shows have been fantastic! Great crowds, great bands, and great venues.

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

Shawn: No actual touring plans at the moment, I’m afraid. We’re all working stiffs, have families, other musical endeavors, other obligations, etc. We are playing as many shows as we can, though, that’s for sure. It’s just that we don’t have the option of crawling into a van and leaving home for weeks at a time. That being said, we have a lot of good shows lined up, including the inaugural Thou Shall Rock fest in Wilmington, NC this coming September with bands like Demon Eye, Walpyrgus, Knightmare and others. We’re also in talks to play some larger fests in 2017 in addition to our regular shows. So, if you get a chance to see us, come out and say hi!



So far you have worked with 'Divebomb Records' and 'Tridroid Records', are you happy with the support both labels have given you so far?

Shawn: We could not be happier with both Divebomb and Tridroid, honestly. They are examples of labels who are also fans. They love this music as much as we do and we are lucky to be working with them. To have label staff who are as into what you’re doing as you are is a great thing. Both labels have excellent reputations and the product looks and sounds amazing! Matt at Divebomb and Christine at Tridroid have been very accommodating, helpful, and gracious to us and I hope to continue working with them for a long time to come.

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

Shawn: Honestly, we have received almost nothing but high praise from all corners of the metal universe! I am overwhelmed by it all and we, as a band, greatly appreciate all the kind words and support from both the fans and the metal media. It’s been amazing! The fans, especially. We hear weekly from people who pick up the album or hear a song on YouTube who tell us they just love what we’re doing. Then at shows, people who are not familiar with us are walking away as new fans! So we definitely have zero complaints and we feel very welcome!

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?

Shawn: Hellstorm and Jim are working on a couple of new October 31 projects. Jim’s band Walpyrgus is recording some more material as well. I have a couple of other records coming out this year more on the hard rock side with the bands Livesay and Seven Hard Years (7HY). We all like different kinds of music and like to keep busy. That being said, Final Sign is a band, and we all love being in this band. Final Sign is in the process of working on new material for what we hope will be our second album. It’s coming along great and sounding huge!

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

Shawn: As I said, we are already working on new material. So far, it sounds like Final Sign. We’re not going to suddenly jump into making symphonic concept albums or unplugged acoustic albums. We know who we are and we know what our strengths are. We play heavy metal. So, we’ll be running headlong into heavy metal and bringing everyone with us! It will be heavy, it will be intense, and it will be from the heart.




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?

Shawn: As for influences, for myself, it’s all the usual suspects. I grew up on 80s rock and metal. There’s some 70s stuff in there for good measure. As for who influenced me to want to be a metal singer, there’s Dio, of course. He’s a force of nature. Then Halford, Tate, Dickinson, Carl Albert, Robert Lowe, David Wayne, Mike Howe. I could go on. I also am a huge fan of non-metal singers like Steve Perry, Steve Walsh, Daryl Hall, and Ann Wilson. Some stuff I have been getting into recently includes Bewitcher, Witching Altar, Walpyrgus, Old Wolf, and Oath of Woe. I’ve also been digging back into music I missed the first time around with Lucifer’s Friend, Skull and Dust.

What are some of your non-musical interests?

Shawn: I barely have any. Ha! I like cooking. I don’t necessarily follow recipes, but I have learned what kinds of flavors go together so I like getting in the kitchen with nothing but an idea and seeing what happens. It usually turns out pretty good. I like playing mad scientist sometimes and putting different things together like Cajun tacos or BBQ chicken lasagna. I love trying different kinds of dark beers…stouts, porters, browns, etc. I also collect Batman graphic novels.

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

Shawn: On behalf of everyone in Final Sign, I just want to say thank you to all the many heavy metal fans across the globe for not only keeping the traditions of heavy metal alive, but also for welcoming Final Sign into your world and allowing us to fly the horns with you! Fans and word of mouth are everything for bands like us, so we are eternally grateful for all the enthusiastic support we have received! You guys are the best! Hold high the flame!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Surtur Interview

Q. Can you give us an update on what's going on with the band these days?

A. We are rehearsing regularly. Composing new songs for our first full length album. We are doing some shows in Dhaka as well.

Q. In November you had released an ep,how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
A. We are an old school thrash metal band from Bangladesh. Influences came from 80s,in particular from late 80s. As you can see later 80s bands were digging the darker side of metal,they rode in a sonic speed and vocals were in a screaming fashion. We felt the essence and  the music came from this spirit naturally. I can't exactly tell how the sound on the ep really is as its mixed up with our own thoughts. But that's our music.

Q. The band has been around since 2012 but waited until 2015 to release any music,can you tell us a little bit more about the first 3 years?

A. I formed the band in 2012 with 3 of my friends. But the lineup was never stable until 2014. Then I met Rifat(our drummer) in mid 2014. We jammed for a while. Meanwhile I met Riasat(our vocalist) through a mutual friend. Then Efaz (Our bassist) came along with Riasat. We jammed for a while and everything went so perfect back then. We started appearing in local gigs with our originals and hit studio in June 2015. Finally we released our debut EP on November 2015.

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

A. The hate toward everything that is unjust. We like to share our mental states through the music. Sometimes we like to focus a mans  innermost quest to freedom. We like horror fictions a lot. Our lyrical ambitions are limitless infact. Above that a common fact is that the music ,the riffs,the lyrics they mean something. Like "Maggot Filled Brain" means a so called great and hypocritical mind we tend to see all around.

Q. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Surtur' ?

A. Our vocalist Riasat came up with the name. Surtur is a Nordic fire demon and prophesized to set  the world in flames. We thought this character fits with our kind of music that demolishes all the barriers.

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

A. We recently played a show named 'obituary for the living'. It  was fantastic. Lineup was great. Shared the stage with death metal monsters Warhound(Bangladesh),bone crushing thrash metallers Enmachined(Bangladesh), Exalter(Bangladesh) who just had their second ep and Dissector,Burial Dust,Killgator were lethal too. All the bands were like minded and old school. We supported each other like brothers. And talking about the performance, I  believe each of the members of a band should know the lyric properly based on the song itself was composed. That's what we do. And the energy it comes naturally with the music on stage for us.

Q. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
A. Yeah some organizers from abroad contacted us. Let's see how things gonna work.

Q. According to the Metal Archives page the band is signed to Witches Brew,when did you get in contact with this label?

A. Our drummer mailed them the bandcamp link of our ep. They liked our music and immediately replied. They re-released the EP in pro CD format on 26th February,2016. Hell lotta thanks to them.

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

A. Feedback's been killer. Lots of radios,zines,blogs featured us worldwide. People from all over the world randomly ordering our ep. Not only the thrash listeners but all kind of metal listeners like black metal heavy metal death metal listeners are also digging our music. Some are mentioning us a death/thrash or black/thrash act often. Some even termed our genre  black/thrash/death!  But thats good to hear as I've always wanted to do something new. I never liked being stuck in any kind of barriers of a single genre. It's always about breaking the law you know. So,being a new band we are really overwhelmed by the response.Thanks to Qabar Extreme Music PR, The Metal Detector Music Promotion,Cheryl from Witches Brew,Raimi from Faithcraft productions,all the distros,radios,zines,blogs and of course all the die hard metal maniacs.

Q. When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

A. As soon as we are done with the song writting you'll hear from us. Talking about musical direction I can't really tell where we are going. We've always let the music,all the madness come naturally. Like If I write a song that's based on something that was going around on my mind that time. So we'll never write another "Descendant of Time". Let's see what happens in our sophomore release.

Q. 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?

A.Sepultura,Razor,Sadus,Demolition Hammer, Merciless,Protector,Morbid Saint to name a few. I am listening Ripper(Chile),Armament(India),Deathhammer(Norway),Perversifier(France) these days.

Q. What are some of your non musical interests?
A. Reading a lot of horror fictions,playing Table Tennis, playing video games are some of them.

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

A. To the metal listeners-listen to good music. Support underground bands and labels. Don't just listen to bands because of their region but for the music. There are a lot of new bands worth of checking out. The scene worldwide is getting better day by day. And finally thank you for the interview. Have some good time ahead brother!


Answered By Shadman Omee (Guitarist of Surtur)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Your Higness/The Quietus/2016 EP Review


  Your  Highness  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016 ep  "The  Quietus".

  A  very  dark  bass  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  only  song  on  this  recording  before  over  20  minutes  and  a  few  seconds  later  aggressive  yet  melodic  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  psychedelic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  drums  start  to  kick in  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars.

  When  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  70's  rock  feeling  with  also  adding  stoner  elements  into  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody while  also  bringing  in  the  heaviness of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  when  slide  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  blues rock  into  the  song  along  with  some  touches  of  country  music  and  the  songs  also  brings  in  a great  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  paced  parts.

  Your Highness  plays  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  that  takes  the  heaviness  of  stoner  and  sludge  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  classic  rock,  blues  and  country  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Your  Highness  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  stoner  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  8  out  of  10.

Fragment/Nothing Will Ever be the Same/Atypeek Music/2016 CD Review


  Fragment  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  metal,  drone  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Nothing  Will  Ever  be  the  Same"  which  was  released  by  Atypeek  Music.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  while  also  throwing  in  some  elements  of  noise  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  starts  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard in  a  great  amount  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  a  lot  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Elements  of  industrial  and post  rock  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  cleaner  sections  bring  in  influences of  shoegaze  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  ambient  style  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  there is  also  a brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars and  they  close  with  an  instrumental.

  Fragment  creates  a  recording  that  is  mostly  in  the  post  metal  and  shoegaze  style  while  also  being  very  experimental  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my   opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Fragment  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  metal,  experimental  and  shoegaze,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Got  To  Let  You  Go"  "With  Eagle's  Claws"  and  "Into  Silence".  8  out  of  10.