Saturday, May 28, 2016

Braindamage 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?

Due to the fact that the band has recently re-lined up, we are practicing a lot on the songs so to be ready to play around in the next Autumn. We all have an occupation outside music except for the drummer that is a full-time musician, then we can dedicate to music not all the time we would like to. I am dedicating myself to reviews and interviews, and we are preparing a “best of”  to be released possibly next year.


2.In April you had released a new album, 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?

Well, this is the Braindamage's cd that took less time to be conceived and that has had the lesser modifications along its recording. It is a kind of straight forwardish attitude, which is what we needed, that could be felt along the cd. I mean, we did not do it in a rush because we were hurrying to have a cd out, it is a simple constatation of efficiency in short time. We normally used to spent gigantic portions of time to create and record: this time we did not and is a kind of relief. Moreover, it is definitely one of the best production ever, for us, thong that we absolutely needed.


3.This is the first album to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

After releasing The Impostor we tried to promote the cd and play alive. Then we had a change in the line up that caused us a stop. We started again with Gee Anzalone (Now with Dragonforce) an Alex Mischinger (Scream Three Days). Gee was contacted by Dragonforce after a couple of years and we cheered him as he went playing in the championship that counts. He's a good guy and a great musician and he deserved to go on a top notch band. Then we stopped again until we decided, last July, to compose and release the next album. Cosimo from Mater Dea asked us to participate and we merrily agreed...


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

All of our music is based on a concept I built and elaborated from the and of the 70's beginning of the 80's when I was a teenager and playing metal was the best vector to tell the story I wanted to tell. War, god, History manipulated, madness, conspiracy and misguided plans, traitors believing to be saviours and saviours turning out being invaders. The struggle of mankind to get rid of religions, just to fall in the hands of worse chains, mysterious empresses, liars, nuclear warheads and parallel worlds. I am trying since years to finish a book called Kahlenberg, the Red Empress and other tales, which contains all Braindamage's concepts, and some day publish it: I hope that day will eventually come...


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Braindamage'?
There are actually two: the first is bound with the famous Pink Floyd's song, some of the lyrics are linked with the concept and the second is that my nephew, Francesco, that was born two years before we formed the band, has a serious cerebral damage and I thought it was the best way to demonstrate how important he was to me.


6.The band has been around since 1988, what is it that keeps you motivated to keep going on after all of these years?

The motivation is that music (metal music, of course) is still a beautiful girl to be courted and we shall never stop doing it. It's not for the little money nor the ridicolous glory, it is just because playing is like breathing fresh air and the spirit is yet the same as '30 years ago. We are free to say and play what we want and until this is gong to be fun we well keep on doing it.


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?

The best two in absolute are in London, at the Astoria, supporting Killing Joke in '91 ate the end of an epic tour and the second supporting Voivod here in Italy, fantastic people for fantastic times.

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

As previously said, we are preparing for  next Autumn something like a good promotion here and abroad, so far is a little early to talk about but we shall keep those who are interested on us informed.


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

We are but a niche band which is corageously struggling to obtain a small space into a world that is now bigger than it was when we started in 1988. We are having our good moments as well as some disillusions, but so far we are well received and we got some die-hard followers since years.


10.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Cosimo plays drums with Mater Dea, a good folk-metal band, Mischinger plays with me in Scream Three Days, a melodic death-metal band and Gigi shares with me another project called Kilauea.

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

To the extreme, as always, towards the core of the hurricane.


13.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?
Killing Joke and Voivod as well as Deathrow, to name some, but we love thinking that our stuff is something that has had is source from us and will evolve from a personal point of view. It sounds possibly arrogant but it is honest.


14.What are some of your non musical interests?

I am a teacher at primary school and I have worked in education since '95. I like drawing, reading and writing short essays about warfare in the XVII-XVIII centuries.
Gigi is a fantastic carpenter and likes fitness. Cosimo is a bulimic reader and one of the most intelligent thinkers I've ever met. Alessandro is a great person, involved in many things as well as being great at his profession outside music.


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

I would like to say something about our worry for one of the two candidates for next Presidential Election in USA, but maybe this is not the right place... (You can erase this if you want to or if it sounded inappropriate!)
I thank you for hosting us on your pages, keep up the great work!


Friday, May 27, 2016

Mortal Strike/For The Loud And The Aggressive/2014 CD Review





  Mortal  Strike  are a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2014  album  "For  The  Loud  And  The  Aggressive".

  Aggressive  vocals and  guitars  along  with  back  up  gang  shouts  start  off  the  album  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  thrash  metal  direction t hat  also utilizes  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's.

  At  times  melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  the  vocals  also  mix  in  a  melodic  edge  to  the  aggression  and  while  the  music  is  rooted  in the  past  it  has  a  more  modern  sound  production  wise   and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.and  the  vocals  on  one  of t he  tracks  brings  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  tankard's  "Zombie  Attack"  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  thrash  metal.

  Mortal  Strike  plays  a  style  of  thrash  metal  that  is  very  heavy and  old  school  but  with  enough  aggression  to  fit  in  with  modern  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  and  inner  struggles  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mortal  Strike  are  a  very  great  sounding  thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Here  Comes  The  Tank"  "Mg  42"  "One  Against  All"  and  "Zombie  Attack".  8  out  of 10. 

  

Infrared/Noo Reace/2016 Full Length Review





  Infrared  are  a  band  from  Ontario,  Canada  that plays  an  old  school  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "No  Peace".

  War  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  all  of t he  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  style  on  thrash  meta l while  the  riffs  also  get  very  melodic  at  times  and  the  solos  and  elads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  vocals  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  aggressive  manner  and  back  up  gang  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of t he  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  during  the  mid  80's  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  classical  guitars  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  Infrared  plays  a  style  of  thrash  metal  that  is  very  aggressive  and  melodic  in  the  old  school  80's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Infrared  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inframental"  "My  Good  Will"  "Some  Kind  of  Disease"  and  "Thoughts  Caught  (In  Between)".  8  out  of  10.  

   

Warfield/Call to War/imm Records/2014 EP Review

 Warfield  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Call  To  War"  which  was  released  by  IMM  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  aggressive  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drums  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on t he recording  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  high  pitched  screaming  style.   

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  screams  almost  bring  in  the  aggression  of  death  metal  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  melodic  thrash  style  and  the  whole  ep  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Warfield  plays  a  style  of  thrash  metal  that  is  very  heavy  and  aggressive  in  the  80's  German  Teutonic  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence  and  war  themes.

  In  my opinion  Warfield  are  a  very  great  sounding  German  thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Call  To  War"  and  "Under  the Surface".  8  out  of  10. 

Running Death/Overdrive/Punishment 18 Records/2015 CD Review





  Running  Death  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  modern  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Overdrive"  which  was  released  by  Punishment  18  Records.

  Dark  sound  effects  along  with some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  which  also leads  up t o  a  heavier  thrash  metal  direction  that  still  uses  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  aggressive  yet  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  along  with  acoustic  guitars  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  some  songs  you  can  hear  some  elements  of  the  early  90's  thrash  style  some  of  the  more  mainstream  bands  where  going  for  at  the  time  while  also  taking  it  into  more  of  an  aggressive  direction  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  while  the  remaining  tracks  bring  back  vocals  and  on  one  track  the  vocals  get  aggressive  almost  bordering  on  death  metal.   

  Running  Death  plays  a  style  of  thrash  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  having  a  good  balance  between  both  the  modern  and  old  school  forms  of  the  genre,  the  production sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark, violent  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Running  Death  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hell  On  Earth"  "Close  Minded"  "Pray  For  Death"  and  "I  See  A  Fire".  8  out  of 10. 

Furious Barking/Desmodus/Italian Thrash Relics Vol. 1/Rude Awakening Records/DeathStorm Records/2015 SPlit CD Re-Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Italy's  Furious  Barking  and  Desmodus  called  "Italian  thrash  Relics  Volume  I"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  by  Rude  Awakening  Records  and  DeathStorm  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Furious  Barking  a  band  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  thrash metal  and  their  1991  demo  "De-Industralized".

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  clean  playing  and  melodic guitar  leads  along  with  soem  synths  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  an  old  school  thrash  metal  direction  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals  and  back  up  gang  shouts  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  You  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  while  some  sections  display  more  of  a  progressive  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals  along  with  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  demo  released  in  the  early  90's  while  the  lyrics  cover  alienation,  social  issues,  anti  religion,  sci-fi,  psychology  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Furious  Barking  where  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "W.W.M.O.D"  and  "Soldiers  (Hill  A136)".

  Next  up  is  Desmodus  a  band  that  played  a  pure  form  of  thrash  metal  and  their  1992  demo  "Human  Wreck".

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  thrash  metal  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  before  adding  in  melodic  yet  aggressive  vocals  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  pure  style  of  thrash  and  while  the  music  was  recorded  in  the  90's  it  would  of  had  a  better  audience  in  the  80's  and  the  music  also  always  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  musical  style  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  real  life  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Desmodus  where  a  very  great  sounding  thrash  metal  band  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Human  Wreck"  and  "Everything  Is  Dying".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  thrash  metal,  you  should  add  this  album  to  your  collection.  8  out  of 10.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Critical Solution/Sleepwalker/Punishment 18 Records/2015 CD Review





  Critical  Solution  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a mixture  of  heavy  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Sleepwalker"  which  was  released  by  Punishment  18  Records.

  Dark  sound  effects  along  with  clean  guitars  and  distorted  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  thrash  metal  direction  along  with  soem  blast  beats  and  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  aggressive  yet  melodic  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  back  up  gang  shouts  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  throughout the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  gets  very  brutal  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats   and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  an  instrumental  while  the  remaining  songs  do  bring  back  in  a  great  amount  of  vocals.

  Critical  Solution  creates  another  recording  that  contains  all  of  the  heaviness  and  aggression  of  thrash  metal  while  also  mixing  in  the  melody  of  traditional  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Critical  Solution  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sleepwalker"  "Evidence  Of  things  Unseen"  "Dear  Mother"  and  "Back  From  The  Grave".  8  out  of  10.