Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hau/Self Titled/2014 EP Review

  Hau  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  break  beats,  improv,  industrial  and  noise  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2014  ep.

  A  very  heavy  and  distorted  noise  rock  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  melodies  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  post  hardcore/metal  in  the  bands  sound  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  industrial  style  screams.

  Most  of  the  tracks  on  the  ep  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  all  have  an  improv  feeling  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  more  spoken  industrial  vocal  approach  becomes  a  part  of  the  bands  musical  sound  and  after  awhile  more  electronics,  break  beats  and  tribal  rhythms  are  added  into  the  songs  and  giving  the  music  more  of  an  underground  industrial  feeling  and  every  song  has  a  very  different  sound.

  Hau  plays  a  very  experimental  style  of  noise  rock  that  also  incorporates  industrial  and  breakbeat  to  create  a  very  original  sound,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hau  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  industrial  and  noise  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cunts  &  Needles"  and  "Norma".  8  out  of  10. 

Ascendancy Interview

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

We are a progressive/power metal band from the Czech Republic, established in 2009. So far we released one EP and two full-length CDs. For the most part, Ascendancy is the brainchild of our guitarist Libor, who not only wrote all our songs, but also recorded and produced them. So, kind of one head with four handsJ

2.So far you have released an ep and 2 full lengths, how would you describe the musical sound presented on these recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

Our music is based on melodic compositions and hard riffs. Our each album builds on the previous one. CD. On the EP “Primacy of Reason” we were searching for our style and playing with our capabilities, in essence to find what works for us and what does not. So by the time we started working on our debut full-length “Out of Knowhere”, we knew how to approach it and figured out a clear concept which underscores the whole album, that is, as we based our music largely on progressive elements, we came up with a sci-fi tale that goes hand in hand with the music and is told from one song to the next, making the whole thing basically a conceptual album. With our current full-length “The Amazing Ascendancy versus Count Illuminatus”, we kept this approach, with a different theme this time, but there is once again a story the album is telling. The main difference is that while on the previous CD the story was told in clearly separated songs, in this case, the narrative unfolds in one continuous, 21 minutes long, track, formally divided into eight chapters. And I hope the fans of melodic progressive metal will find that to their liking.  

3.The lyrics on the new album talk about the Illuminati, Secret Societies and Conspiracy Theories, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Yes, secret societies and all sorts of conspiracies are indeed a grateful topic to work with, though we personally do not believe in any conspiracy theories. We treat the story of the new album more like a modern fairy tale, based on the age old “good vs. evil” motif, which is blown out of proportion a bit, as we drew inspiration from the world of superheroes and supervillains. We are after all fans of the DC or Marvel comics, of Batman, Superman or Spiderman. We did not however go with the contemporary high-tech superhero imagery, but rather kept it more retro, which translated especially to the album art, which was made to reminisce the aesthetics of the 1970s and 1980s sci-fi movie posters.    

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

Nothing really special. We were looking for an apt name with a good meaning, and “Ascendancy” sounds both sophisticated and cool. And one can also work with it nicely in terms of design.

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?

In my book, our best show was last winter, when we supported the Czech metal legend Arakain on its 30th anniversary show. There were like 5 000 people in there and a really great vibe. It was simply a blast and the best on-stage experience for me ever. With the release of our current album, we made changes to our stage performance. Simply put, as we tell the story live on stage, we stylize ourselves as the story’s heroes, the Amazing Ascendancy. For that, we have brand new uniforms, which add to our visual show and stage presentation.

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

Not in the immediate future. Our attention was focused on recording the album, plus we did not have a full-time drummer, but now we are ready to roll out. Currently, we are exploring possibilities of playing outside the Czech Republic. Of course, a big tour around Europe would be for now, too costly and with too uncertain an outcome to pull off, so at the moment we are looking into possibilities of going as a support of some big band.  

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

Feedback is very good, but we have to get our music to more fans…build a worldwide reach step by step and offer our music to as much people as possible.

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

Our drummer is involved in two more bands and they are currently touring the Czech Republic. Me and the others also have some other bands because we love music and it’s a kind of relax for us. So nothing fancy, just some small gigs near to our home, for fun and good feeling.

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

Well, doing what we do now, that is, keeping the progressive direction of our music, while adding to it the melodic and compositional richness.  Very soon we shall also release our first videoclip, which looks pretty good and will be an unusual one, and hopefully it will generate more interest in Ascendancy between fans and promoters alike.

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?

There certainly are plenty. I would say Helloween, Nevermore and Symphony X are the really big influences for our music, but it does not end there. Libor, our guitarist and songwriter, has a truly wide range in terms of music taste, from metal over rock and pop to the classical music, which he then channels into Ascendancy. As for me, I listen to pop music nowadays.  

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like sports, especially football and hockey, and I love the movies. Apart from that, me and Libor are currently involved in building a new professional music studio in our hometown, as we like to be involved in music also in other ways than just as performers.

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

Thanks for the interview. Check out our music and stay tuned for the new video.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Uprising 2/Elitobolaget/2014 CD Compilation Review

  this  is  a  reviewing  of  a  compilation  released  by  Elitobolaget  in  2014  called  "Uprising  2"  and  we  will  review  the  songs  one  by  one.

  Terveet  Kadet  brings  us  "Musta  Hetki"  an  aggressive  song  that  is  more in  the  old  school  hardcore  punk  direction  while  you  can  still  hear  some  metal  influences.

  Kaos  Kris  &  Helvette  brings  us  "Det  Gar  At  Helvete"  a  song  that  mixes  hardcore,  punk  and  d  beat  together.

  Tvarnitad  brings  us  "Alcogel"  a  song  that  takes  an  old  school  style  of  hard  core  punk  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  metal.

  Next  up  is  Bob  Malmsrom  with  his  song  "I  Lag  Med  Wahlroos"  an  aggressive  song  that  mixes  hardcore  and  metal  together  along  with  some  melodies  that  also  bring  in  a  folk  and  melodic  death metal  feeling.

  Koljosen  Tiekiista  brings  us  "Mat-Ka-Ra-Tok-Si"  an  old  school  hardcore  punk  style  song  that  also  has  a  psychedelic  sounding  organ.

  Next  up  is  Superflesh  with  the  song  "Mustachio"  a  song  that  was  also  on  their  ep  and  also  takes  the  compilation  away  from  hardcore  and   more  into  a  metal/rock  direction.

  Next  up  is  Cantilena  with "Black  Hound"  a  very  aggressive  and  heavy  sounding  old  school  style  thrash  metal  song.

  Next  up  is  Driller  wit h "Rattlesnakes  Terroer"  another  track  that  is  an  old  school  thrash  metal  direction  but  a  lot  more  aggressive  than  the  previous  song  and  also  adds  in  touch  of  death metal.

  Next  up  is  Bludger  with "Shitler"  a  song  that  is  more  in  the  metalcore  direction.

    Next  up  is  Trident  wit h "The  Dove  And  the  Fire"  a  song  that  was  also  on  their  ep  and  combines  extreme  metal  and  hardcore  together.

  Next  up  is  Unborn  Generation  with  "Wolves"  that  mixes  grindcore  in  with  a  very  extreme  metal  sound.

  Next  up  is  Cannibal  Accident  wit h "Shit  Fix/Fistfucking  Varissuo"  a  very  brutal  sounding  grindcore  track.

  Next  up  is  Coprolith  wit h "This  nightmare"  a  very  brutal  sounding  blackened  death  metal  song  that  also  takes  this  compilation  into  a  different  direction.

  Next  up  is  Dysangelium  with  "War"  a  song  tha t combines  both  black  and  death  metal  together  along  wit h some  melodic  riffing.

  Next  up  is  Khroma  with  "The  martyr  Acts"  a  song  that  mixes  electronica,  alternative,  metal  and  industrial  together  and  was  also  featured  on  their  full  length.

   Ashes  Of  Maybelle  brings  us  "Welcome  The  Night"  a  post  hardcore  song  that  also  bring s in  the  heaviness  of  extreme  metal.

  Next  up  is  Demonic  Death  Judge  with  "Aqua  Hiatus"  a  song  that mixes  stoner  rock  with  sludge  metal.

  Next  up  is  Antagonist  Zero  wit h "Fading"  a  very  melodic  and  extreme  sounding  song  that  falls  in  the  Catatonic  metal  category  along  with  some  death  metal  growls.

  Closing  the  compilation  is  Psilocybe  Larvae  with  "Shininh  Shamballa"  a  song  takes  combines  an  atmospheric  form  of  doom  metal  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal.

  In  conclusion  i  feel  this  is  a  very  decent  sounding  compilation  and  I  would  recommend  to  all  fans  of  the  various  hardcore,  punk  and  metal  genres.  7/5  out  of  10.






Trident/Jezebel/Elitbolaget/2014 EP Review

  Trident  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  metal  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Jezebel"  which  was  released  by  Elitbolaget.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  before  the  music  goes into  a  very  heavy  hardcore  direction  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals  and  the  music  also  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  thrash  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  melody  in  the  bands  musical  sound  at  times.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  hear  briefly  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  have  a  90's  metal/hardcore  feeling  to  them  when  they  are  utilized  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  a  a  touch  of  d  beat  is  added  into  the  bands  musical  style.

  Trident  plays  a  style  that  mixes  hardcore  and  extreme  metal  together  and  while  there  music  is  not  completely  original  or  even  up  to  date,  I  still  feel  the  band  is  very  good  at  what  they  are  doing,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trident  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Time  Was  Never  On  Our  Side".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, October 27, 2014

Superflesh/Love/Elitibolaget/2014 EP Review

  Superflesh  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  metal,  punk  and  hard  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Love"  which  was  released  by  Elitbolaget.

  An  80's  hard  rock  sound  along  with  some  synths  start  off  the  ep  and  they  also  bring  in  the  heaviness  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the music  has  a  sound  that  would  of  been  considered  mainstream  rock  in  the  80's  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  take  the  song s into  more  of  a  glam  and  pop  metal  direction.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  ep  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  music  progresses  the  band  bring s in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  into  their  80's  orientated  hard  rock  sound  along  with  a  small  amount  of  back  up  gang  shouts  and  at  times  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  70's  influences  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  on  the  last  track.

  Superflesh  takes  a  very  mainstream  style  of  80's  metal  and  combines  it  with  the  more  melodic  rock  sound  of  that  era  as  well  as  adding  in  punk  and  alternative  rock  influences  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Superflesh  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  metal,  punk  and  hard  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kings  Of  The  Street"  and  "Godzilla  Jesus".  8  out  of  10.


Dreams Of Victory/Self titled/Metal Scrap Records/2014 EP Review

  Dreams  of  Victory  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  symphonic  form  of  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  which  was released  by  Metal  Scrap  Records.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  violins  that  give  the  music  a  classical  music  feeling  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavy  symphonic  metal  sound  which  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  on  the  second  track  the  band  starts  adding  in  more  elements  of  prog  rock/metal.

  When  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  mostly  clean  singing  vocals  while  you  can  also  hear  a  few  seconds  of  growls  in  the  background  and  the  vocals  also  gives  the  ep  an  avant  garde  feeling  at  times  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  even  more  of  a  melodic  progressive  metal  sound  and  after  awhile  female  vocals  can  be  heard  for  a  few  seconds  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Dreams  Of  Victory  plays  a  style  of  progressive  metal  that  is  very  heavy  yet  symphonic  sounding  at  the  same  time  and  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  gothic  metal  to  add  more  originality  to  their  musical  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dreams  of  Victory  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic,  progressive  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Patroit".  8  out  of  10.  

American Heritage/Prolapse/Solar Flare Records/2014 CD Review

  American  Heritage  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Illinois  and  Georgia  and  play  a  mixture  of  hardcore,  sludge  and  extreme  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Prolapse"  which  was  released  by  Solar  Flare  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals  and  you  can  hear  element s of  both  extreme  metal  and  hardcore in  the  bands  musical  sound  along  with  some  melodies  being  utilized  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  a  good  mixture  of  both  80's  and  90's  influences  in  the  bands  musical  sound.    

  As  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  elements  of  d  beat  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  post  metal  influences  while  some  of  the  alter  tracks  shows  elements  of  post  and  indie  rock  being  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  vocals  being  utilized  at  times  and  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  find  their  way  onto  the  recording  and  the  last  3  tracks  are  covers  of  Descendants,  Black  Flag  and  Girls  Against  Boys  songs  and  they  take  the  punk  side  of  the  originals  and  add  in  the  heaviness  of  extreme  metal.

  American  Heritage  cover  a  lot  of  ground  with  their  musical  style  combining  elements  of  sludge,  hardcore,  punk  and  post  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  alcohol  themes.

  In  my  opinion  American  Heritage  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  metal,  hardcore  and  sludge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eastward  Cast  The  Entrails"  "Constant  And  Consuming  Fear  of  Death"  "Hurtin  Crue"  and  "Bulletproof  Cupid".  8  out  of  10.