Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Endless Recovery/Resistant Banger's/Witches Brew/2014 7 Inch Review


  Endless  Recovery  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  7  inch  "Resistant  Banger's"  which  was  released  by  Witches  Brew.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  an  old  school  thrash  metal  direction  along  with  some  80's  style  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads  which  leads  up  to  some  aggressive  vocals  that  have  a  melodic  scream  to  them  at  times  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  back  up  gang  shouts  can  be  heard  at  times.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  German  thrash  metal  influences  in  their  musical  style   as  well  as  a  slight  85  death  metal  feeling  in  the  more  heavy  and  aggressive  parts  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  both  of  the  tracks  sound  like  they  could  of   been  recorded  during  that  time  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Endless  Recovery  brings  back  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  aggressive  thrash  metal  sound  playing  a  style  of  this  genre  that  never  was  a  lot  more  heavier  than  the  big  4  during  that  time  as  well  as  having  the  underground  feeling  that  made  all  of  these  bands  sound  very  time,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Endless  Recovery  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  7  inch.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Resistant  Banger's".  8  out  of  10.       

Alitor/Eternal Depression/Witches Brew/2014 CD Review


  Alitor  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  old  school  form  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Eternal  Depression"  which  was  released  by  Witches  Brew.

  A  very  fast  and  aggressive old  school  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  vocals  that  are  both  aggressive  and  melodic  along  with  some  early  elements  of  death  metal  and  the  guitar  playing  can  be  very  melodic  and  technical  at  times  and  when  back  up  gang  shouts  are  added  the  music  they  bring  a  Bay  Area  feeling  to t he  recording.

  The  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  makes  the music  sound  more  progressive  and  they  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  which  also  bring  in  more  traditional  and  classic  metal  influences  into  the  bands  musical  sound  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  touch  of  80's  crossover  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  been  released  in  the  mid  80's  and  at  times  you  can  hear  some  of  the  more  underrated  and  technical  thrash  metal  bands  of  that  time  that  where  forgotten  about  as  being  huge  influences  in  the  way  the  band  approaches  their  music.

  Alitor  plays  a  style  of  thrash  that  is  very  technical  and  old  school  sounding  taking  the  catchy  parts  of  the  Bay  Area  bands  and  mixing  it  with  the  more  European  technical  style,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Alitor  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  technical  thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Realm  Of  Grief"  "Contorted  Existence"  and  "Drained".  8  out  of  10.

          

Alexanred/Always Active/Inverse Records/2014 CD Review



  Finland's  Alexanred  have  returned  with  a  new  album  which  continues  their  mixture  of  industrial  rock  and  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Always  Active"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Inverse  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  industrial  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  metal  with  the  guitars  while  the  synths  are  more  in  an  industrial  direction  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  to  get  a  little  bit  more  aggressive.

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  the  old  school  industrial  sound  from  both  the  80's  and  90's  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  vocals  also  use  a  good  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  while  there  are  also  some  melodic  moment s present  on  this  recording  that  would  be  suitable  enough  to  be  played  on  some  of  the  rock  radio  stations.

  Alexanred  continue  their  mixture  of  industrial  rock  and  metal  on  this  recording,  creating  a  sound  that  is  both  heavy  and  very  melodic  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Alexanred  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  industrial  rock  and  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Holiday  In  The  Cold"  "And  Locust  Ate"  "Result  After  Result"  and  "Non  Stop,  Non  Stop".  8  out  of  10.

Sorrows Path 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?

 The band is in the rehearsal room and preparing for the upcoming live shows! We also have some ultra work about promoting the new stuff! Hopefully, our label Iron Shield Records helps very much about that…

2.Recently you have 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?
“Doom Philosophy” is more doom album than anything else we have released! We have used lower tuned guitars and the sound represent us more than the previous album “The Rough Path of Nihilism” which was like a compilation because it contained some songs that were composed in the past…

3.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit
more about what has been going on during that time?
After we had released our previous album we were on the road for a couple of years! The album was soon sold out so we agreed with our previous label for a new album somewhere in 2013. Unfortunately, they didn’t release this back then although we had the stuff recorded, mixed and mastered from April 2013, so we had to search for a new label!

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer
music?
The lyrics are based on the philosophy of death…about the human being that understands its mortal limits and discards any thin desires, like fame, glory and worldly goods. And there we meet with the philosophy of death that guides every human to his salvation. We had already developed the human pain in our two previous works, so the philosophy of death brings the desired salvation.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sorrows Path'?
In our conscience and our minds the name “Sorrows Path” was connected from the beginning with the life of all people. A life that, no matter how it looks, short or long, ugly or beautiful, has a quick ending and from that point only we consider it to be a vain path of sorrow.

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?
We can recall our first live after the reunion with the mentors of our youth, Solitude Aeturnus as well as some shows with bands like Rotting Christ and Sanctuary! On stage we feel like animals or children, we are sincere, honest and innocent…

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We have scheduled our release party for the new album at Bat City Club in Athens, Greece on October 4, plus we’ll perform live with Scanner in February 2015, again in Athens. We are also very close to book some shows in other Greek cities in 2014. After our live with Scanner we will also check the possibilities for some European shows!

8.On the new album you had Snowy Shaw and Edgar Rivera do some session work, do you
feel having these 2 legends participate on your recording make the music sound more
powerful?
Of course, this is sure! Not only this, we wanted to have some personalities that highly influenced us to form the band in 1993 and we selected to contact these two great musicians! Just imagine how happy and satisfied we really were after their acceptance when they listened to our last video “Empty Eyes and Blackened Hearts”! Awesome and unforgettable moments!

9.The new album was released on Iron Shield Records, can you tell us a little bit
more about this label?
We were in a search for a new label in the first months of 2014 and after having three propositions from labels abroad, we selected Iron Shield Records, because we believed that this label was the most reliable, they offered us the best deal and this was also a German label! Very important because Germany is a strong country where metal lives….

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by fans of doom
metal?
The first reviews are very encouraging…very positive and even better from the last album’s reviews! Of course, we must wait for a couple of months to be sure about our judge on this….

11.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
Yes, but not something that steals most of their time   Our bassist Stavros Giannakos plays for a cover band and our guitarist Giannis Tziligkakis is also guitarist for Greek doomsters Ominous Sky….

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We truly believe that we have found our own distinct sound so you can wait the same personal sound in the future! We will only try to write better compositions and to improve our musicianship!

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?
We try not to have some bands to influence us…we believe this is a trap for the bands and then they sound similar to a particular band! All the members of Sorrows Path listen to doom and heavy metal bands in general a lot, but we also listen to many other kinds of music like ethnic, progressive rock, jazz e.t.c...

14.What are some of your non musical interests?
We have some common interests like all people…working, going out, reading, watching TV, spending time with our families e.t.c. But when the band schedule becomes really heavy we are giving full priority to music…

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much  Extreme Underground Music! A big thanx also goes to all the friends of the band for the support! Health and harmony to all people and we wish to meet you on the road soon! Doom rules eternally…

Monday, September 15, 2014

Estado Nova/Self titled/Inverse Records/2014 CD Review


  Estado  Nova  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  70's  orientated  form  of  classic  rock/metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2014  album  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Inverse  Records.

  Folk  rock  style  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  getting  more  harder  and  adds  in  a  70's  proto  metal  sound  as  well  as  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  Black  Sabbath  influences  in  the  way  the  band  plays  at  times.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  out  some  of  the  darkest  elements  of  70's  rock  and  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  there  is  also  a  good  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  you  can  hear  a  touch  of  psychedelia   as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  guitar  slides being  added  into  their  musical  style,  towards  the  end  there  an  acoustic  ballad  being  added onto  the  recording.

  Estado  creates  a  very  70's  orientated  from  of  classic  rock  and  metal  that  also  has  the  heaviness  of   early doom  metal  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  been  released  more  than  40 years  while  they  where  recorded  in  the  modern  day,  the  production  has  a  very  old  school  sound  to  it  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Estado  Nova  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  classic  rock  and  proto  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dilitane"  "The  Serpent"  "Psychic"  and  "Twisted  Mogul".  8  out of  10.  

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Beastmilk/White Stains Of Black Wax/Magic Bullet Records/2014 EP Review


  Beastmilk  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  punk  and  death  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "White  Stains  Of  Black  Wax"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Magic  Bullet  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  old  school  melodic  post  punk  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  which  adds  a  more  gothic  and  death  rock  feeling  to  the  recording  and  at  time s you  can  hear  a  bit  of  psychedelic  and  occult  rock  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  when  guitar leads  are  added  into  the  recording  they  enhance  the  old  school  and  melodic  elements  of  the  bands  musical  style.

  At  time s the  guitar  riffs  have  a  little  bit  of  heaviness  to  them  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  at  time s sounds like  what  Sisters  Of  Mercy  might  of  sounded  like  if  they  had  a  metal  or  Danzig  era  Misfits  influence  to  them  and  the  last  song  brings  in  radio  samples.

  Beastmilk  continues  the  old  school  death  rock  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  sounding  even  more  dark  and  melodic  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very dark  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  dark  subject  manner.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Breastmilk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Blood  Under  The  Mill".  8  out  of  10.

      

Ice Dragon/Dream Dragon/PRC Music/2014 CD Review


  Massachusetts's  Ice  Dragon  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  psychedelic  approach  to  stoner/doom  metal  of  previous  recordings  while  also  addign  in  more  progresive  and  acid  rock  this  time  around  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Dream  Dragon"  which  was  released  by  PRC  Music.

  A  very  70's  orientated  psychedelic  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy  and  adds  in  more  of  a  doom  and  70's  proto  sound.

  The  solos  and  leads  that  are  used  on  the  recording  are  in  more  of  a  70's  metal/classic  rock  musical  direction  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  acoustic  piece  before  going  into  more  of  a  power  ballad  orientated  direction  on  the  following  song  and  the  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  AS  the  album  progresses  drones  and  acid  rock  influences  are  mixed  in  with  the  bands  70's  style  of  psychedelic  metal  and  there  are  also  some  instruments  on  the  album  as  well  as  the  band  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of both  acoustic  and  heavy  parts  and  the  album  focuses  less  on  doom  metal  and  goes  more  for  a  progressive  rock  direction  on  the  later  songs.

  Ice  Dragon  keeps  the  doom  and  stoner  metal  elements  of  previous  recordings  but  add  in  more  psychedelia,  acid  and  progressive  rock  influences  to  create  an  album  that  would  be  perfect  to  listen  to  on  pot,  acid  or  mushrooms  with  their  trippy  and  laid  back  approach,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ice  Dragon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  stoner,  doom  metal  and  psychedelic  rock,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dream  Liner"  Stumble  Upon  Magic"  "Beard  of  Thieves"  and  "Dream  Dragon".  8  out  of  10.