Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fuzz Evil/Chiefs/Battleground Records/2014 Split 7 inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  7  inch  between  Arizona's  Fuzz  Evil  and  California's  Chiefs  which  was  released  by  Battleground  Records  in  2014  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Fuzz  Evil  a  band  that  plays  a  very  heavy  style  of  psychedelic  stoner  rock.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts off  with  a  very  heavy  sounding  bass  guitar  lead  before  adding  in  some  heavy  and  melodic  70's  style  doom  metal riffs  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  and  the  song  has  a  very  retro  orientated  feeling  along  with  a  more  modern  day  production  and  dark  lyrics  and  the  guitar  leads  mixed  in  with  the  psychedelic  sounds  add  up  to  the  stoner  vibe  of  the  track.

  Next  up  is  Chiefs  a  band  that  plays  a  very  heavy  style  of  desert/stoner  rock.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  stoner  rock  sound  that  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  and  after  a  minute  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  into  the  song  and  when  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  track  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  70's  vibe  along  with  a  very  professional  sounding  production  and  lyrics  that  cover  a  dark  subject  matter.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  this  7  inch  to  all  fans  of  stoner  rock.  8  out  of  10.    

Metal Machine Interview


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

Csaba Zvekan: Metal Machine was done as a classic metal product packed in a modern package for todays metal World. It’s a more updated version of good old Heavy Metal what your mother used to make back in the days but with a more modern approach.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Csaba Zvekan: The production is razor-sharp and with the high pitch vocals it’s like we’re up shattering glass or something.

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

Csaba Zvekan: Oh there are many things. Each song is different idea or little story. It spawns from fantasy, heavy metal world, rebellion, evil demons, lost friends, magic, secret societies, drug and alcohol abuse, motorcycle clubs and beautiful girls.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Metal Machine’?

Csaba Zvekan: METAL MACHINE is a shiny, non organic, man made, heavy machinery that once it’s turned on and set in gear it’s like a tank rolling down on stage.

5.On the album you worked with a few session musicians, can you tell us who was a part of the album and also what instruments they played?

Csaba Zvekan: With METAL MACHINE the live line up can change any day and any show. Anybody can be in METAL MACHINE and it will be released probably the last minute before a show starts. This makes things more interesting on who is going to jam this with METAL MACHINE. The same with the records as the focus shall be on the music and not so much on who is performing.

6.Are there any plans in the future to hire a live line -up to do shows or is this strictly a studio project?

Csaba Zvekan: This is everything studio releases and live shows. The line up will change all the time as mentioned above as far as live and recording.

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

Csaba Zvekan: Well, this metal label has existed for almost 25 Years now and was some time in hiatus. Now they found METAL MACHINE and took it under their wings. Thank DREAM RECORDS.

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

Csaba Zvekan: It is absolutely amazing how people are going nuts for this type of music. I mean I have done a lot of staff and releases and in the very short that we have started to promote this record we get tons of requests of all sorts. This has turned out to be a great product.

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

Csaba Zvekan: I am very active with them as well. My idea is to release at least three to four records of various sub genre per year. EXORCISM = DOOM METAL, METAL MACHINE = HEAVY METAL, then I have another POWER METAL product in the pipeline, my first METALCORE and finally a good old school HARD ROCK product  that I am also working on. This is all I do. I sit there in my studio and make metal products then later during the summer I go and perform them on festivals. Let me tell you it’s a lot of fun.

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

Csaba Zvekan: Oh the future to me is unknown as I let myself drift towards it. For me it makes no sense on fantasising what can be in the future. We will see how things will turn out and what comes next. The important thing is what we can achieve today, As yesterday has already past us. Think about it.

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?

Csaba Zvekan: Well first of all I don’t listen to music as I simply don’t have the time for it. After a days of work in the studio your ears are tired and you are done with music until the next day.  The musical influences in this product are an endless collage of pretty much everything from 1974 - 2014. I have tried to pack in the goodies from four decades and make a modern wrapping to it.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Csaba Zvekan: There are two things that I like to do when I am not working with music. I like gardening, especially in a controlled environment like greenhouses, hydra- and aquaponics . The basic art of growing life. The other fascination I have is with embedded programming and electronics. I particular analog and DSP based sound generation. You go figure hahahahaha. Some of my vintage gear comes from the late 70’s and up and is prone to break down. When that happens I mostly know how to repair it.

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

Csaba Zvekan: I would like to thank you for your interest in METAL MACHINE and for your readers. Great questions thank you so much and come out and see us play sometime in the future. Check the band on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MetalMachineBand


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Metal Machine/Free Nation/Dream Records/2014 CD Review


  Metal  Machine  are  a  musical  project from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  pure  and  traditional  form  of  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Free  Nation"  which  will  be  released  on  October  24th  by  Dream  Records.

  Melodic  high  pitched  Rob  Halford  style  vocals  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier musical  direction  along  with  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  the  music  is  very  close  to  the musical  style  you  can  hear  on  Judas  Priest's  "Painkiller"  or  Halford's  earlier  solos  material  while  the  band  update  it  a  bit  by  adding  in  elements  of  power,  thrash  and  speed  metal.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of t he  recording  along  with  some  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  the  band  also  brings  in  more  of  a  hard  rock  approach  to  heavy  metal  while  also  doing  it  in  a  more  modern  day  fashion.

  As  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  power  ballad  while  the main  focus  remains  on  a  hard  and  heavy  style  of  metal  and  on  the  5th  track  you  can  hear  a  little  bit  of  early  Alice  in  Chains  in  the  bands  musical  style  but  done  in  a  more  true  metal  fashion  while  the rest  of  the  album  goes  back  to  more  of  a  power/heavy  metal  direction.

  Metal  Machine  plays  a  style  of  heavy  metal  that  is  very  close  to  Judas  priest  in  sound  but  more  up  to  date  and  the  song s are  a  perfect  tribute  to  the  legends  of  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  war,  heavy  metal,  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Metal  Machine  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skull  And  Bones"  "Morning  Star"  "Lord  Of  War"  and  "Free  nation".  8/5  out  of  10.            

          

Anatomy Of Habit/Ciphers + Axioms/Relapse Records/2014 CD Review


  Anatomy  Of  Habit  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  metal,  doom  and  noise  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Ciphers  +  Axioms"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Relapse  Records.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  gothic/death  rock  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  elements of  post  punk  in  the  guitar  leads  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  to  get  heavier  along  with  some  industrial,  sludge  and  doom  metal  traces  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  dark  sounding  melodies  in  the  bands  musical  sound  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  band  starts  adding  in  more  harsh  sounding  screams  while  also  keeping  around  the  melodic  vocals,  both  of  the  tracks  are  20 minutes  in  length  and  also  bring  in  influences  from  a  variety  of  many  different  musical  genres  and  you  can  hear  some  shoegaze  in  the  lighter  sections  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  towards  the  end  of  the  recording  drones  are  added  into  the  music.

  Anatomy  Of  habit  creates  a  very  original  style  of  music  that  takes  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal,  sludge,  hardcore  and  noise  rock  and  mixes it  with the  melodies  of  post  punk,  goth,  death  rock  and  shoegaze  to  create  2  very  dark,  long  and  epic  songs  that  defy  categorization,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes        

  In  my  opinion  Anatomy  Of  Habit  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  metal,  doom  and  noise  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Then  Window".  8  out  of  10.    

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Anguish 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?



After the recording we decided to take a break until the release, mostly because me (Christoffer) and Rasmus had some upcoming gigs with our other band and we also needed to plan the upcoming releases. Anguish also got a new rehearsal place after our last trip to the studio, and we haven't really  got all the equipment we need yet to the new place.



2.You have a new album coming out in November, 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 would say that we have more Death and Black Metal influences on the new record, we also did experiment more with synthesizers this time. The vocals are more akin to a black/death metal band than on the first full-length, but i think you could hear that progress from our split with Below, the track Anvil of Worlds.



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



It's more or less the same theme as in Through the Archdemons Head, it's like a sequel. But if you haven't really understood what Anguish's lyrical themes are about, it gathers around Dark Fantasy and Cosmic philosophy.



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



David came up with the name Anguish and from the beginning Anguish had some really sad and depressive lyrics, which is why the name Anguish was perfect. And  when the years passed we leaned towards a more angry and aggressive sound. But the Anguish will always appear itself within the melancholic harmony of the guitars.



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?



The best performance in my opinion was the first gig, our vocalist J.dee were dressed as a reaper, with a scythe in his hand and with a dead fox around his neck while he was drenched in blood.



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



No, we haven't got any plans for gigs yet,  that is for the future to decide.



7.Over the years you have been a part of a couple of splits, what are your thoughts on the other bands that had participated on these recordings?



Well we never would have accepted the splits unless we didn't like the bands



8.Your last few released came out on Dark Descent Records a label more known for black and death metal, where do you feel you stand among  the other bands that are also signed to the same label?



We fit in well in my opinon, since we aren't traditional doom metal in that sense, we have alot of extreme influences.





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



I think we have atleast as much Death metal as Doom metal fans, which is why we fit with Dark Descent, but the feedback has been great, Matt from Dark Descent has really been good when it comes to promotion.



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



Well it's hard to tell what the futures holds. For now we only compose songs according to the current influences we have, who knows what the influences will be in the future?



11.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?



David nor J.Dee has any real active bands besides Anguish. Me and Rasmus are playing in a band called Acolytes of Moros, a Doom metal band that gets inspiration from the Finnish Doom metal scene. I handle the vocals and bass and Rasmus play the drums. We have a couple of upcoming gigs in Finland with Horse Latitudes, Caskets Open and Garden of Worm. We also plan to record a full-length album during the next year. A split with Church of Void is also recorded and awaits release.



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



Our new music get's inspiration from bands like Mayhem, Autopsy, Asphyx but still with foundation of Candlemass.

I would say that each member as their own taste. We have the same musical taste in way, and totally different in others. I myself enjoy Goth rock, Nordic folk music, Ambient to name few non-metal genres.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?



Occultism, Esoteric explodrations and Nature are some of our common non-musical interests.



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



Thank you for this interview! Siugnah will be watching!

www.darkdescentrecords.com

Palace Interview

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

After the release of `Dreamevilizer` in Sep. 2011 we were on a Europeen tour with PRIMAL FEAR and BRAINSTORM in the beginning of 2012.
19 shows in 10 different countries – what a journey, but it was worth it. We found a lot of new fans and friends.
And we went on playing club shows and festivals in 2012-2013.
This was the same year we found our recent bassman Tom Meyer. The best what could happen to us. Not only a brilliant musician, also a good friend.

2. Recently you have released a new album: `The 7th Steel`, 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?

‘The 7th Steel’ is the first album we worked together with our producer Gerhard `Gerassi’ Magin from the very beginning. This means he was also involved in the arrangement of the songs. At least he has given us this incredible sound that combines both – modern sound with traditional 80s play alike.

3.Some of the band members have experience playing this style of metal as far back as 1980, what are your thoughts on the way metal has evolved over the years?
For us it never really changes …
We realized very early, that it makes no sense for us to stay on the ball to be popular.
Like in the end 80s/early 90s Guns n’ Roses e.g. were very popular with their LA-Rock.
Then we got this ‘Seattle’ period in the 90s. A very hard time for true metal.
Then new metal came up…
At least we must say, traditional true metal always comes back.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Our lyrics contain many topics.
"Bloodshed of Gods" has a historical background, which is to be read in the ancient Indian scriptures.
Even religions and God be questioned.
Songs about riots and revolution as with "Under New flag" should not be missed.
"Teutonic Hearts" tells the story of a German patriotic soul.
The theme of justice were packed in the songs "Iron Horde" and "Holy Black Rider".

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Palace'?
We have founded PALACE in 1990. We were looking for a name that was unique, only one word and has no analogy to any other name. Something like QUEEN – and the Queen lives in a Palace…

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?
Every show w play has something special. Ok, the first time supporting bigger acts like U.D.O. or Grave Digger was a little more special.
… and one show to mention on our tour in 2012. It was a sold out club in Sofia.
Before we started our show the people start clapping their hands and were shouting PALACE, PALACE, PALACE, …. That’s the point where we got goose bumps and don’t stop smiling the hole show.
On stage you could say: Once let them off the leash! We like the stage, the audience, the atmosphere. And we try to give this energy and enthusiasm to the crowd.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

We are planning to do another tour in the beginning of 2015, but nothing finalized.
We will keep you informed.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of heavy metal?
Especially the new album ‘The 7th Steel’ we got incredible feedback and reviews.
We think 'The 7th Steel' is our best album so far.

9.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
No, we concentrate fully on PALACE!

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

We never think about a special style, we just play. So, we would continue with what we can do best: Teutonic Metal!

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
There is still a big influence from our own youth, when we were listening to Accept, Judas Priest, Running wild, Saxon etc.
Today we also listen to bands like In Flames, Arch Enemy, Powerwolf or Children of Bodom or Within Temptation.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Metal! That’s our life – no time for other interests.

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

Yes, always stay true to yourself. Metal is a big family and we are proud to be part of it.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Axe Crazy interview


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

So, Axe Crazy was formed in 2010 i polish town Lędziny. As you know we chose it’s name from a Jaguar’s song. We play traditional heavy metal so we are associated with the movement called NWOTHM. The Axe Crazy line up is: Michael Skotnicki – vocal, Robson Bigos – guitar, Andrzej Heczko – drums,  Kamil Pieściuk – bass, Adrian Bigos – guitar.

2. In April you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Our music is inspired by classic heavy metal from the 80s, so we tried to also sonically refer to this period and get the typical oldschool, and it worked out what we can hear on the EP. But it was our first time in a professional studio J

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

We have a special theme for the lyrics, we write about what we are captured and just come to mind, but rather they are not lyrics about love ha ha J The inspiration sometimes is life itself, sometimes theme of fantasy or sci-fi.

 4. I know that the band name came from Jaguar song, how does this name fit in with your musical style?

Our style is rather classic heavy metal, but fairly fast, with high tempos, just like for example Jaguar’s "Axe Crazy", so we thought the name would fit us well. By the way, we're a little crazy, so everything integrates haha J

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?

We did have some cool concerts, the best are always the ones where is a lot of people and hot fun under the stage. One of the best was definitely our performance in the Mega Club in Katowice, was perhaps the most professional in terms of the entire luminaire and the club where we were not once near the stage at concerts of the world's top hard rock and heavy metal bands, so play there was a real honor for us. Our stage performance as the music itself also refers to the best times of metal, so it is important to “fire” and movement on stage, appearance of the band and all concert design and effects like lights, smoke, etc.. Obviously we aren’t a band of world-class and we have a limited budget, but we try to do everything to make our concerts even in the slightest resemble the best metal performances.

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

We play concerts as often as possible, and of course we plan them as much as possible, but for now they are rather performances in the vicinity of your place of residence. We'd love to play concerts in Europe or even around the world, go on tour with a band as a support, but this unfortunately need the support from the label or concert agencies.

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

 Actually we signed a contract for the release of our EP “Angry Machines” on vinyl.

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

 It seems to us that the EP collects pretty good reviews and we guess the fans of classic metal like it, at least in most cases. Several record labels also interested in us, so we guess it's not bad :)

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

 Now we working on material for a full length album, the work goes quite well and in the spring we want to again enter the studio and record a full CD. We will stay with our style, which is the classic heavy metal.

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

Like we said, our inspirations begin at the hard rock of the 70 and end on heavy / power metal of the 80's and 90's. Bands that inspire us are Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Blind Guardian, Kiss, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, and hundreds of other classics metal bands. Currently we listen music from the 70s and 80s, but also many new bands inspired by those times, that is belonging to NWOTHM.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Each of us has different interests, but we all like girls, party, sports, automotive and porn movies from the 80s hahaha :)

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

Thank you very much for this interview and interest in our music! Greetings to all fans of heavy metal and pretty girls ha ha ha :) Of course invite to our shows and on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/axecrazyband), where you will find informations about our concerts and through which you can order our EP.
STAY CRAZY!
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