Friday, August 18, 2017

The Black Capes/All These Monsters/Dark Tunes/2017 CD Review


  The  Black  Capes  are  a  band  from  Athens,  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  rock  and  gothic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "All  These Monsters"  which  was  released  by  Dark  Tunes.

  Thunder  sounds  along  with  horror  movie  samples  from  the  60's  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier and  melodic  goth  metal  direction  while t he  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  traditional  goth  rock  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  80's  goth  and  90's  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of t he  recording  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  synths and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  clean  playing  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced musical  direction.

  The  Black  Capes  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  goth  rock  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  melodic  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Black  Capes  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  rock  and  goth  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sarah  The  Witch"  "The  Black  Capes"  and "All  These  Monsters".  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Geezer/Psychoriffadelia/Kozmik Artifactz/2017 CD Review


  Geezer are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  cosmic  stoner  blues  with  touches  of  psychedelic  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Psychoriffadelia"  which  was  released  by  Kozmik  Artifactz.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  hard  and  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  first  track  is  a  cover  of  Nazareth's  "Hair  Of  The  Dog"  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  stoner  style  and  while  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  70;s  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  retro  and  melodic  style  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic  and  blues  rock  elements  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  song  is  all  instrumental  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or mid  paced  musical  direction  and  slide  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Geezer  plays  a  musical style  that takes  psychedelic,  blues  and  stoner  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Geezer  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  mixture  of  blues  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stressknots"  and  "Dirty  Penny".  8  out  of  10.  

DemonAuta/Tierra Del Fuego/Kozmik Artifactz/2017 Vinyl Review


  DemonAuta  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  desert  style  of  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tierra  Del  Fuego"  which  was  released  by  Kozmik  Artifactz.

  A  very  distorted  and  fuzzy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  after  awhile  clean  stoner  style  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  70's  metal/rock  in  with  a  more  modern  musical  style.

  Touches  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  retro  rock  and  proto  metal  style  along  with  clean  playing  and  psychedelic  elements  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  they  also  add  in  influences  from  the  90's  to  modern  times  along  with  a couple  of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  DemonAuta  plays  a  style   of  stoner  rock  that  adds  in  more  of  a  desert  and  psychedelic  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Spanish  and  English  and  cover  metaphysical  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  DemonAuta  are  a  very  great  sounding  desert  style  stoner rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Into  The  Darkness"  "Astro  II"  and  "Psiconauta".  8  out  of  10.

Domadora/The Violet Mystical Sukuma/Kozmik Artifactz Records/2017 Vinyl Review


  Domadora  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  shamanistic  mixture  of  psychedelic  and  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Violet  Mystical  Sukuma"  which  was  released  by  Kozmik  Artifactz  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  which  also  leads  up  to  the  music  getting  more  psychedelic  as  well  as  adding  in  some  hard  and  heavy  riffing  while t he  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  a  70's  hard  rock  tradition  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  proto  metal  along  with  an  improv  feeling  at  times  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  a  great  portion  of  the  songs  being  instrumentals  and  the  vocals  are  done  in   a  very  melodic  yet  retro  style.  and  at  times  the  music  speeds  up  a  little  bit  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Domadora  plays  a  style  of  stoner  rock  that  is  very  heavy  and  psychedelic  while  also  mixing  in  more  of  a  shamanistic  atmosphere  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  shamanism,  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Domadora  are  a  very  great  sounding  shamanistic  mixture  of  psychedelic  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Indian  Depression"  and  "Jack  Tripping".  8  out  of  10.

Hair Of The Dog/This World Turns/Kozmik Artifactz/Bilocation Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Hair  Of  The  Dog  are  a  trio  from  Scotland  that  plays a   mixture  of  psychedelic,  retro  and  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "This  World  Turns"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Kozmik  Artifactz  and  Bilocation  Records.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  70's  influenced  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  mixing  it  in  with  some  modern  stoner  elements  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  give  the  songs  more  of  a  proto  metal  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  retro  rock  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  blues  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing,  psychedelic  synths  and acoustic  guitars  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  sticking  to  either  a  slow or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Hair  Of  The  Dog plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  psychedelic  and  70's  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  modern  stoner  rock  sound  to  create  something  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Hair  Of  The  Dog  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  psychedelic,  retro  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Keep  Watching  Over  The  Night"  and  "4AM".  8  out  of  10.

Void Cruiser/Wayfarer/Oak Island Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Void  Cruiser  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  psychedelic  rock  and  stoner  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Wayfarer"  which  was  released  by  Oak  Island  Records.

  A  few  seconds  of  silence  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  more  of  a  sci-fi  atmosphere  and  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times and  when  the  drums  and  bass  guitars  kick  in  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  and  psychedelic  elements  are  also  used  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  a  stoner  rock  style  while  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  guitar  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  elements  of  90's  era  grunge  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  singing  style  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  heavy  riffing  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  aggressive  screams can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  acoustic guitars  are  also utilized  briefly.

  Void  Cruiser  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grunge  and  psychedelic  rock  and  mixes  it  with  the  heaviness  of  stoner  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes  along  with  the  last  track  being  written  in  Finnish.

  In  my  opinion  Void  Cruiser  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  psychedelic  rock  and  stoner  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  We  Speak"  and  "All  Over  Nowhere".  8  out  of  10.  

Kingsnake/Resonance/Oak Island Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Kingsnake  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture of  heavy  and  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Resonance"  which  was  released  by  Oak  Island  Records.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  70's  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  proto  metal  while  the  music  also  mixes  it  in  with  a  more  modern  stoner  rock  style  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  rough  yet  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  a  retro  rock  style  while  touches  of doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  touches  of  blues  rock  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the t racks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  musical  direction.

  Kingnake  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  heavy  rock  and  metal  style  of  the  70's  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  more  modern  stoner  rock  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy,  anti  religion  and  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kingsnake  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of heavy  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Diary  Of  A  Bad  Man"  "Miss  Sorceress"  "Athena"  and  "Phoenix".  8  out  of  10.

Necromandus Interview

Q. Update.

Answer. We don't let the grass grow! We are 5 tracks into another album and still writing. We are doing a “coming home” gig on September 22nd but probably won't do much more live work until we finish this next album. That gig will be dedicated to my late great mates, Baz, Billy and Dennis.  We are discussing opportunities for gigs and festivals in 2018 and expect to be performing in Europe.



Q. Musical sound.

Answer. We tried to keep faith with the true Necromandus sound,  Dean used Baz’s original guitar working with some of Baz’s unreleased recordings and also included period synthesizers. Our great producer Tom Tyson spent many hours keeping things the way I wanted them. Rolling Stone once described the sound as “Yes plays Black Sabbath”, I think thats fair although there’s a little jazz fusion in there now.



Q.The split.

Answer. The band split because our uniquely talented lead guitarist gave way to his depression and couldn't continue in our planned recording and touring commitments. You can't replace the north of England’s best guitarist just like that and Necromandus couldn't continue. I always wanted to re form it if I could find the talent and after many years I heard Dean Newton play and John Branch sing like his father - that, followed by a lot of hard work got us where we are now.



Q. Early Doom.

Answer. I don't like these tags but yes, if we’d stayed together, released the album in 73/4, toured the States with ‘Sabbath as we planned etc etc, our sound would have got through and had some influence.



Q.Lyrics.

Answer. We come from Cumbria, lakes, mountains - border country. Conflict and beauty are constant themes, people have to be tough, but art, prose and poetry have always featured. Many of our songs relate to that heritage, border battles, the sea and hardship.



Q.The name.

Answer. Honestly it was a bit of a mix up between Necromancer and Nostradamus after Tony Iommi told us we needed to change our name from Hot Spring Water.



Q.Best shows.

Answer. The best gigs were with ‘Sabbath, working with the great Bill Ward was always my inspiration and despite all the problems, Ozzy, or John as I knew him, was amazing. Really enjoyed being supported by Judas Priest as well.



Q. Plans.

Answer. As I’ve said theres the “homecoming” gig and we expect to do some solid dates next year.







Q. World feedback.

Answer. Its been astonishing, We’ve had great reviews in the USA, Australia, great support from fans in Brazil and Chile plus incredible press in France, Germany and Sweden. I’m doing interviews on almost a daily basis. Necromandus are definitely back!



Q.What did we do after the break up.

Answer. Baz, Dennis and I formed Blizzard of Ozz, when Ozzy “left” ‘Sabbath for a while. Baz was also with Violinski which featured John Marcangelo, Necromandus current keyboard player. We all continued to play in a number of bands and I regret not taking up an offer to play with Genesis when Phil decided to go up front and sing.



Q.New releases.

Answer. New album, probably released next summer on our Mandusmusic label. It will be a mix of old and new like the “NECROMANDUS” album.



Q.Music Influences.

AnswerI would still say Yes were and are a great influence but I love great drummers from all music genres and jazz fusion is having a real impact lately.



Q.Non music influences.

Answer. Oh dear!, I’m pretty much focussed on music, I practice 3 or 4 hours a day and because I’ve got some health issues, thats pretty much my main focus in life. I love my music and Necromandus is pretty much my obsession again nowadays.



Q. Final thoughts.

Answer. Well its been a real roller coaster, but to get to a position where I can proudly say we are producing great music, faithful to the amazing sounds that Baz, Bill, Dennis and I developed all those years ago makes me very proud. I’m lucky to have a great band around me and with old friends like Tom Tyson producing and Tim Knowles managing both the band and the Mandusmusic label, I really positive about the future.

Big | Brave/Ardor/Southern Lord Records/2017 CD Review



  Big  |  Brave  are  a  band  from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  experimental  form  of  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ardor"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Southern  Lord  Records.

  Heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  along  with  some  drums  and  bass  guitars  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  some  clean  vocals  making  their  presence  known  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Elements  of  post  metal  and  80's  era  noise  rock  and  industrial  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  along  with  a  brief  use  of  male  vocals  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments,  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  fashion  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  style.

  Big  |  Brave  creates  another  recording  that remains  true  to  the  experimental  metal  sound  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Big  |  Brave  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Borer".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Highrider Interview

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



Highrider was formed in Gothenburg back in 2013 with the idea to play hard music with the addition of keyboards basically. We have all been playing in different punk, hardcore and metal bands for a long time. I played bass in Fredag den 13:e until 2012. Christopher and Axel are childhood friends from another city and they had a band called Din Skevf and other bands before that. Axel moved to Gothenburg and then me and him started making songs together with Eric on guitar. Then Christopher moved here as well and I forced him to play keyboards with us, haha. He usually play bass but he is a very talented musician so it wasn’t a problem. I knew Peter from before when we used to work together and when Eric quit to start a family I ran into Peter at a show and that’s it. Now we make music and try not to kill each other in the process.



2.So far you have released an ep and have a full length coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?



When we released ”Armageddon Rock” in may 2016 it was the result of a long process. We got into the studio and we didn’t have a singer and things were a bit unclear. We wanted to have a heavy psychadelic vibe to the songs but also straight forward power. The sound is mostly inspired by stoner doom rockers like High On Fire and The Sword, that was what we were into to at the time. When we couldn’t find a singer we liked I did the vocals. It took some time to finish but it turned out great in the end.

After the release Eric quit and Peter joined the band. This time the recording went very smooth, it was finished over a couple of weekends at the end of last year.  We had the greater part of the songs ready from before but still it’s quite different from the EP. We wanted to go more hardcore and punk and not so much metal. The sound is rawer and darker and so are the lyrics. It has a lot more varied songs, different styles, some seventies stuff and some hardcore and thrash. It comes together nicely even if it may seem messy in print, haha.







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



It’s usually politics, the end of civilisation, suicide or anti social behaviour in one way or the other. There is one song on the new album about a guy who rapes an unconsious woman and gets his dick and balls bitten off by a toothed vagina. It is dedicated to the Brock Turners of the world. We also have lyrics about religion and so on. The main goal is to make the listener a bit uncomfortable, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The suicide theme is mostly theraputical and also when you sing about something you think is important it’s easier to make a good vocal effort. It’s a win-win situation.



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



Highrider was the working title of a song from the EP. High is from High On Fire and Rider is from Doomriders. When you make songs you don’t always have a title ready but you have to call it something so it doesn’t get confused with other songs. Usually it’s ”the fast one” or something like that but we were out of the easy ones at the time. We liked the way it sounded and didn’t have any other suggestions. Band names are not as important as good songs anyway in my opinion.



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



The one so far that made an impression on me so far was playing at the Fredag den 13:e 10 year anniversary show last december. It was special for me at least. We also did a show in Gothenburg at a place called Sticky Fingers this summer. It was great cause we finally got to do a show with proper gear for the keyboard. It easily gets drowned out by the bass and guitar noise. It sounded amazing, you can find it on youtube if you like. Punk squats and DIY places are not used to people dragging synthezisers up on stage. We are direct and to the point when we play live. Not a lot of talking between songs and if available we use low set red lights and smoke machines. We try to keep the set tight and powerful.



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



We go on tour in september the same week the album comes out. We play in Germany, Poland and Czech Republik I think, together with Fredag den 13:e. We get a lot more proposals now than a year ago but nothing really solid yet as far as more tours. We pick up shows as we go. We´ll se what happens, I think we’ll be out playing soon again.



7.The new album is coming out on 'The Sign Records', are you happy with the support they have given you so far.



Yes, we are very happy! They do a great job promoting our stuff and puts a lot of trust in the band. Kaj and Patrik are great guys and work hard. We’ve even played a few shows with Patrik’s band Snake Tongue. They are really close to the independent music scene and have been around forever.



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



We google search on occasion and most people who have heard the EP seems to like it. If they dont like it they usually hate it which is fine by us. We enjoy reading those the most. We don’t want the five out of ten star- reviews, that would be really disappionting. We have done pretty well on live gigs so far and we really want to get out and play more shows.



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



Chrisopher is a bit busy with a pop band called Tomma Intet. Other than that there is none. There isn’t any time left to do much else.



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



I’m not sure. So far we haven’t been doing much new material. I think we’ll explore more moody territories, more introvert stuff. Hopefully the fast parts will be faster and the slow parts slower and so on. The general directon is more hardcore and doomie I think at this point.



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?



I really like older bands like Black Sabbath, Motörhead and Rainbow. My formative years were a bit wasted on nu-metal but other than that Roadrunner Records were very important to me in the nineties, Sepultura, Biohazard and Type O Negative to name a few. I also listened to some NYHC like Sick of it all and Madball.  Anyone who have heard of Type O or Carnivore will notice that I am also a big fan of Peter Steele (RIP). Christopher and Axel listened to a lot of punk and hardcore, Black Flag, Minor Threat, stuff like that. They were also way more into the swedish punk scene, the whole DIY-thing. All this have influenced the music we make now and I think it shows a great deal. Nowadays we listen to bands like Martyrdöd, Dark Funeral, Midnight, Skitkids, Integrity, Power Trip. There are too many to mention.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



Christpher is into painting weird stuff, I follow politics a bit and lift tiny weights. Axel likes to drink beer. Peter smokes a lot of cigarettes and I’m a bit worried. He also enjoys football a lot.





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



We would like to thank you for your attention and hope you’ll be able to pick up the record when it comes out in september. We also hope to see you on tour soon! Take care and be nice to each other!

Firebreather Interview

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

FIREBREATHER was formed in the winter of 2015. I had just gotten home from a tour with Galvano, which had been my main project for over 12 years and I decided to put that band into a very deep sleep.

Coming from a few years of playing guitar in a duo I knew right away I wanted to get a three piece going, to be more relaxed on my instrument and not having to fill all of that space on my own. FIREBREATHER was going to be that outlet.

After Tommy Hanning and I had been jamming for a bit, we found Kyle Pitcher to cover bass duty. That worked out perfectly.

We recorded the album in late 2016 with Oskar Karlsson at Elementstudion, here in Gothenburg. He did a killer fucking job and he's so easy to work with.

Late spring of 2017 we approached my old partner i crime, Fredrik Käll, original drummer of Galvano, to fill in on a tour and he ended up filling that position permanently.

2.You have an album coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented in the recording?

Heavy on the riff, action doom!

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

It's all within the realm of fantasy and magic. Darkness.
This album is heavily influenced by an animated movie from 1983, called ”Fire & Ice”.

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

It just captures the overall mindset for when writing riffs.

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

We haven't played a whole lot of shows yet but it was pretty cool to open up for Boris as our first local show. I think Music City in Antwerp has been the best so far, it's always a bunch of fucking fun to play there. Floorshow and it's usually packed.

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

Yeah, we're heading out on October 13th, same day the album comes out. We're going to some places we haven't visited yet, with our good buddies in Zaum from Canada. Looks like it'll be three weeks.


7.The album is going to be released on 'Suicide Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Roger and Henrik has been running this label for a long time, without getting stuck in any genre. It's easy to see how passionate they are about music and their label.

I met Roger when I was still playing with Galvano and he expressed that he liked the band alot and I really liked him. We stayed in touch and when I told him about this new band, he was really interested in checking out our stuff. We had a few offers but the more we talked to Roger it became clear how much they wanted to release the album and we really like the drive and passion Suicide Records offers. We just decided to go with them.

They have a lot of killer releases coming up, make sure to follow what they are up to.


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

We've only released one song yet, in the form of a video and it's a bit soon to tell.
Although, so far there seem to be a great vibe and people seem to be digging on it. I know we are.

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

We're gonna continue to play the riffs that gets us going and I'm so stoked to write a new album with these guys. Heavy riffs is to be expected.


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?

Always listening to Pink Floyd, Sabbath, ZZ Top, Kyuss but also tons of other stuff, like old school soul, funk and country. I'm sure it's all in there, in our music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

For me personally, I don't have a lot of time between the family and the band. I have a wife and two kids that I'm spening most of my time with outside of playing music.

In general I think we all just like hanging out, drinking beer in the local bars together.


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

You even ZZ Top bruh?!

Pendejo/Cantos A La Vida/Kosmik Artifactz/2017 Vinyl Re-Issue Review


  Pendejo  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays a  mixture  of  stoner  rock  and  doom  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2010  album  "Cantos  A  La  Vida"  which  will  be  re-issued in  September  by  Kozmik  Artifactz.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  stoner  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  some  melodies  and  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  more  of  a  mainstream  rock  style  when  they  are  utilized.

  Saxophones can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  slower  riffs  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  while  a  later  track  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  one song  also  adds  in  some  harmonicas  for  a  few  seconds  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Pendejo  plays  a musical  style  that  mixes hard  rock,  stoner  and  doom  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  real life  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Pendejo  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  hard  rock,  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lloron"  "Tan  Tan  Tan"  "Juanta"  and  "Eclypse  2000".  8  out  of 10.

Tunga Moln 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?
We're constantly working on new material, and we're currently planning a swedish tour. No dates to announce yet though. Personally I've been working on a new album with my other (one man)band Lightsabres. It's finished and should be out in a few months, by the way.

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?
The new album is by far the heaviest we've done, but still with a lot of focus on melodies. I think this album is more stoner rock, or hard rock, than our first two albums which had more of a prog feel to them. Even if it contains a couple of very un-stoner acoustic songs.

3.So far all of the album titles have started with numerals, is there are concept going on with these recordings?
Yes, so it seems! There were a couple of working titles that got thrown around, but we couldn't agree on one so we dtook the easy way out and decided to just go with "III". But I like numeric titles.

4.Originally the band was all instrumental, what was the decision behind writing your own songs?
When we started out we were a two piece, and semi-serious at best. Focus was really more on smoking weed than actually writing good songs. Eventually though we felt it was time to step things up and produce something worthwhile.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Love, death, drugs.. Mainly depressing stuff. We're not a feelgood band.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tunga Moln'?
Tunga moln means "heavy clouds" in swedish. I live in Luleå, a 12-hour car ride north of Stockholm. It's cold and dark 10 out of 12 months, so tunga moln felt like a fitting name. But I can't remember when or how I came up with it.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We played a show in Visby a few years back at a club that was absolutely jam packed with people, and even though our album had only been out for a couple of weeks some of the audience knew the lyrics to the songs. So that was pretty cool.
I probably shouldn't say this but I don't particularly enjoy playing live. I don't have stage fright but I don't like being on stage either. The rest of the band does though, luckily!

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Yes. Like I mentioned we're planning a swedish tour this fall/winter.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner and metal
Considering most people outside Scandinavia have no clue what we sing about we've gotten great feedback from pretty much all over the world, which was surprising to us at first. It may be a clique but there seems to be some truth behind the claim that music is a universal language.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We kind of found our sound on our last album (Tunga moln II, 2014), and the new one feels like a natural step forward. But for the next one we might do something completely different. We've been talking about possibly making an acoustic album a la Led Zeppelin III, but we'll see what we end up with. Anyway we won't be standing still.

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?
In the early days of the band it was stuff like Savoy Brown, ZZ Top and swedish 70's progg. For the new album I'd say Thin Lizzy, early Queens Of The Stone Age... stuff like that. Right now I'm on a heavy Danzig trip, catching up on albums I ignored when they came out; Deth Red Sabaoth, Circle Of Snakes etc.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
That's a tough one... Most of my life revolves around music, both playing and listening to. And I've been a rabid record collector since I was 12. But I also enjoy fishing, drinking and drawing. And hanging out with my daughter and girlfriend, of course.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Listen to the record if you haven't already

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gin Lady/Electric Earth/Kozmik Artifactz/2017 CD Review


  Gin  Lady  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  psychedelic,  heavy  and  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Electric  Earth"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Kozmik Artifactz.

  A  70's  influenced  blues  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  retro  style  gutiar  solos  and  leads  while  the  vocals a re  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  proto  metal  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  elements  of  folk  and  psychedelic  rock  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  slide  guitars  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  while  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  past  it  still  ads  in  a  more  modern  stoner  touch.

  Gin  Lady  plays a  musical  style  that  takes  the  psychedelic,  hard  rock  and  proto  metal  styles  of  the  70's  and  gives  them  a  more  modern  stoner  rock  touch,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gin  Lady  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  psychedelic,  heavy  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this b and.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I'm  Your  Friend"  "Mercy"  "Water  And  Sunshine"  and  "Running  No  More".  8  out  of  10.

  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Emptybrook Interview

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

-We're a four-piece sludge'ish heavy band from Finland. We started playing togther in the spring of '16

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

It shows bits and pieces of all of our musical influences. Even if we are labeled as an sludge band, we consider ourselves to be much more. We don't want to stick to just one genre so we play pretty much whatever we feel like.

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

Pretty much nothing and everything. For example theres some of the vocalists personal stuff, some apocalyptic visions and then total nonsense about having a pot party with Numbskull Emptybrook, who is introduced in the next question.

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

Numbskull Emptybrook is the english translation for this finnish comedy character "Uuno Turhapuro" . He's a character that we all can relate
to, more or less. Like the kind of a guy who puts so much effort to get away with an assignment that it would have been easier to do the original errand. They've made like 19 movies about him. He's the same guy that can be seen in the cover of our ep.

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

We've done only one gig so far, it was the cassette release gig in the end of may. We had had a blast and so did the audience.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Unfortunately we haven't planned any shows yet. 3/4 of the members does shift work + the vocalist lives 600 kilometers away from the rest of the band so we planning of tours or even gigs takes a lot of work. But we'll start doing shows eventually.

7.The ep was released on 'Inverse Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

We like the way Inverse has been promoting us. We understand that Emptybrook is not their priority no. 1 but we're glad to see them sharing our stuff on Facebook etc.

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

Reviews has been something between good and great. We havent been promoting our stuff that much in the social media, i.e. Facebooks sludge-groups. We maybe should get a bit more active on that area.

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

We'll might stick to singles and ep's for a while but when the time is right and we have enough material, we'll put an full lenght out.

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?

Pasi (drums) finds inspiration for his drumming for example from Sabaton, DevilDriver, Bongzilla, Electric wizard, Dopethrone and Weedeater. Jaakko (bass) likes and listens to Ramones, Kyuss, Brant Bjork, Arrestum, Slack bird, Bomber gap and that kind of Scheiße.
, Ilkka (guitar) likes old school hard rock and heavy metal-stuff, like Black Sabbath and Motörhead and also a lot into classic punk and Ollijuhani (vocals) is into noise rock, drone, kraut rock and crust punk to name a few and is listening to bands like Whores., Cherubs and Pissed jeans right now.. Our mutual influences are these typical sludge-stone-doom-stuff.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Ilkka  is really into retro video games and Jaakko, whenever he has spear time, goes to the forest to walk around, enjoys the nature. Ollijuhani  is an eager reader, likes to bet on horses and goes to a shitload of gigs and Pasi plays video games and watches movies in whenever he has time for it.

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

Keep on sössöting in the free world!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Nazareno/Outlaw Monks/Rot' Em Records/Goblin Productions/2017 Full Length Review


  Nazareno  are  a  duo  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  drug  induced  mixture  of  stoner,  psychedelic  and  gospel  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Outlaw  Monks"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Rot'  Em  Records  and  Goblin  Productions.

  A  very  heard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  that  are  done  in  a  stoner  rock  fashion  and touches  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  aggressive  screams  are  also  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  psychedelic  elements  are  also  used  at  times.

  Some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  stoner  rock  fashion  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  gospel  style  organs  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  some  songs  also  add  in  elements  of  alternative  and  the  closing  track  is  an  interview  with  some  music.  

  Nazareno  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  stoner  rock,  psychedelic  and  a  drugged  out  version  of  gospel  music  and  mixes  it  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  alternative  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  religion  from  a  Gnostic  point  of  view.

  In  my  opinion  Nazareno are  a  very  great  sounding  drug  induced  mixture  of  stoner,  psychedelic  rock  and  gospel  music  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seven  Mile"  "Madalina"  and  "Outsider  Monks".  8  out  of  10.   

Tunga Moln/III/HeviSike/2017 CD Review


  Tunga  Moln  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  playsstoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "III"  which  was  released  by  HeviSike.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  stoner  rock  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melodic  riffing  and  after  awhile  clean  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  of  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads sticking  to  a  traditional  stoner  rock  style.

  At  times  they  music  brings  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  along  with  some  proto  metal  touches while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  times  and  some  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  blues  rock  while  some  of  the  leads  also  add  in  an  Iron  Maiden  influence  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  Tunga  Moln  plays  a  style  of  stoner  rock  that  they  give  more  of  an  up  to  date  touch  to  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tunga  Moln  are  a  very  great  sounding  stoner  rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Luleas  Vampyrer"  "Ingen  Tyst  Minut"  "Svart  Vatten"  and  "Konstein  Att  Falla   Vackert".  8  out  of  10.  

Red Mountains/Slow Wander/All Good Clean Records/2017 CD Review


  Red  Mountains  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  psychedelic  form  of  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Slow  Wander"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  All  Good  Clean  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  clean  vocals  while  you  can  also  hear  the  heaviness  of  metal  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  70's  influences  are  also  used  at times.

  While  the  music  has  a  lot  of  retro  elements  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  some  touches  of  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  psychedelic  elements  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  clean  playing  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  Red  Mountains  plays  a  style  of  stoner  rock  that  is  very  psychedelic  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Red  Mountains  are  a  very  great sounding  psychedelic  stoner  rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Home"  "Endless  Ocean"  "Fog"  and  "Acid  Wedding".  8  out  of  10.

 

      

Backtrack Lane/In Fine/2017 Full Length Review


  Backtrack  Lane  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "In  Fine".

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars,  drum  beats  and  clean  vocals  start  off  the  album  and  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  of  stoner  rock  and  proto  metal  while  also  keeping  everything  modern  and  psychedelic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  southern  influences  are  also  used  at  times.

  Whispers  are  also  used  briefly  while  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  70's  classic  rock  influences  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  and  solos  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

 Backtrack  Lane  plays  a  style  of  stoner rock  that  is  very  melodic  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  mainstream  rock,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Backtrack  Lane  are  a  very  great  sounding  stoner  rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Underground"  and  "After  The  Rain".  8  out  of  10.    

Dead South Dealers/Walk Through The Line/Sliptrick Records/2017 CD Review


  Dead  South  Dealers  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of  southern,  stoner  rock  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Walk  Through  The  Line"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Melodic  southern  rock  style  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  metal  influenced  riffs  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  stoner  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  While  the  music  has  a  lot  of  retro  influences  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  some tracks  also bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  and  one  track  also  introduces  psychedelic  style  organs  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  sloe  or  mid  tempo  musical  direction.

  Dead  South  Dealers  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  southern,  stoner  rock  and  heavy  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dead  South  Dealers  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  southern,  stoner  rock  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Note  To  Self"  "Wrong  Cargo"  and  "Vinnie  The  Vet".  8  out  of  10.  

Rescue Rangers/Join Hate/F200 Records/2017 CD Review


  Rescue  Rangers  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  classic  rock,  stoner  metal  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  'Join  The  hate"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  F200  Records.

  Distorted  riffing  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  stoner  metal  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  aggressive  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  the  raw  energy  of  hardcore  punk  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  A  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  clean  singing  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  90's  alternative  rock  touch  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  classic  rock  influences  but  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time.

  Rescue  Rangers  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  stoner  metal,  hardcore  punk,  alternative  and  classic  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rescue  Rangers  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner  metal,  hardcore  punk,  alternative  and  classic  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Join  Hate"  "Choke"  "Vibe  Hotel"  and  "Tiger".  8  out  of  10.   

Grant The Sun/Self Titled/Mas -Kina Recordings/2017 FULL Length Review


  Grant  The  Sun  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  an  instrumental  and  progressive  form  of  extreme  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self titled  2017  album  which  was  released  by  Mas-Kina  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  sounds  and  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  the  music  also brings  in  a  great  amount  of  prog  elements  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  vocals  are  never  utilized.

  When  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  elements  of  djent  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  touches  of  post  metal  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  more  of  a  melodic  and  progressive  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  riffs  also  add  in  the  aggression  of  modern  thrash  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Grant  The  Sun  plays  a  style  of  prog  metal  that is  all  instrumental  while  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  djent  and  modern  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  the  production   sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Grant  The  Sun  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  and  progressive  extreme  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Haben  Sie  Angst  "Mord  Og  Slam"  and  "No  Thanks,  Yes".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Minerva Conflict/Self Titled/Transcending Obscurity India/2017 CD Review


  The  Minerva  Conflict  are  band  from  India  that  plays  an  instrumental,  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  extreme  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled 2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Transcending  Obscurity  India.

  A  very  heavy  prog  metal sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  in  the  background  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  presented  on  the  recording  and  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  of  progressive  rock  while  also  sounding  very  modern.

  Most  of  the  music  is  instrumental while  also  having  its  experimental  moments  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  djent  and  thrash  metal  elements.

  The  Minerva  Conflict  plays  a  very  instrumental  and  atmospheric  style  of  progressive  metal  while  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness of  thrash  and  djent  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  The  Minerva  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental,  atmospheric,  progressive  and  extreme  metal  band  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vile  "  "Tip  Seq" and  "Grand  Arcane".  8  out  of  10.

     

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Onslaught/In Search Of Sanity/Dissonance/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Onslaught  are  a  band  from t he  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  around  since  the  early  80's  and  started  out  as  hardcore  punk  before  going  into  a  death/thrash  metal  style  and  on  this  recording  they  evolved  more  into  a mixture  of  power,  thrash  and  speed  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1989  album  "In  Search  Of  Sanity"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Dissonance.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes into  more  of  a  heavier  thrash  and  speed  metal  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  while t he  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  done  in  a  very  clean  power  metal  style  while  also  capturing  some  of  the  thrash  style  aggressiveness  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  back  up  gang  shouts  are  also utilized  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  AC/DC's  "Let  There  Be  Rock"  and  the  power  ballad also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording and  the  re-issue  also  brings  in  bonus  live  tracks.

  On  this  recording  Onslaught  moved  away  from  the  death  and  thrash  metal style  of  previous  releases  and  went  for  more  of  a  power,  speed  and  thrash  metal  mixture,  the  production sounds  very  professional while  the  lyrics  cover Metal,  Insanity  and  Society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Onslaught  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  power,  speed  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Search  Of  Sanity"  "Lightning  War"  and  "Welcome  To  Dying".  8  out  of  10.    

Necromandus/Self Titled/Mandus Music/2017 CD Review


 Necromandus  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  a  history  going  back  to  the  mid  60's  and  where  one  of  the  earliest  doom  metal  bands  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2-17  album  which  was  re;eased  by  Mandus  Music.

  Blues  rock  style  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  that  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  70's  era  and  after  awhile  doom  metal  style  clean  singing  is  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  psychedelic  sounding  organs  being  utilized  in  the  background  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  progressive  rock  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing and  acoustic  guitars  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  Necromandus  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  the  doom  metal,  psychedelic  and  classic  rock  styles  of  the  70's  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necromandus  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  psychedelic  rock  and  70's  doom  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Alauna"  "I've  Been  Evil"  "The  Warriors"  and  "And  She  Smiles".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Firebreather/Self Titled/Suicide Records/2017 CD Review


  Firebreather  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  metal  and  doom  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Suicide  Records.

  Psychedelic  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  sludge  metal  direction  along  with  some  doom  metal  and  stoner rock  elements  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  aggressive  yet  melodic  fashion.

   All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  few  sludge  style  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount of  melody  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  retro  stoner  doom  style  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  while  also  always  remaining  very  heavy.

  Firebreather  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge  and  mixes  it  with  doom  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark   themes.

  In  my  opinion  Firebreather  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  metal  and  doom  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Emerald  Eyes"  and  "Release  The  lava".  8  out  of  10.

  

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Judge/Tell It To The Judge/Ripple Music/2017 CD Review


  The  Judge  are  a  band  from  St.  Louis,  Missouri  that  plays  a  mixture  of  progressive,  psychedelic  and  stoner  rock and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tell  It  To  The  Judge"  which  was  released  by  Ripple  Music.

  70's  influenced  proto  metal  style  riffs  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  sounds  very  modern  with  the  stoner  rock  elements  and  after  awhile  clean  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock.

    When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  a  retro  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  psychedelic  and  progressive  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  clean  guitars  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  The  Judge  plays a   musical  style  that takes  70's  psychedelic  and  progressive  rock  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  modern  style  of  stoner  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Judge  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  psychedelic,  progressive  and  stoner rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Empty  Halls"  "Changing  World"  "High  Flyin"  and  "Parade  Of  Sin".  8  out  of  10.