Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pact--Enigmata cd {Moribund Records}

Pact--Enigmata  cd {Moribund Records}
Occult U,S blackend death metal band Pact  return with their  third full length release.Enigmata  contains eleven powerful well written and performed blackend death metal.The guitars are done with a lot of  skill and writing ability going from a fast and frenzied guitar pattern.The guitarist  does write  some excellent guitar structures and adds some  well played  solo's throughout  the  songs.The drumming is equally as good with a mix of blasting,fast drums to a more heavier mid paced  drumming style.The vocals are a mix of deep,gruff death metal growls and some raspy black metal scrreechy screams.If you  are a fan of Pact's previous  releases  then do yourself a favor  and pick up  a  copy of the new release  once it is  released.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Interview with Adversvm done by Patrick posted on 4-8-18

Interview with Adversvm done by Patrick

1.Hello how are you doing this week please introduce yourself to the readers?

I'm fine thanks. I am the songwriter, guitarist and vocalist of ADVERSVM.

2.When did you first get the idea to start Adversvm and how did you come up with the name for the band?
When I had the desire to create a sound that is as sinister as possible. My purpose was a punch into the face of rock'n'roll music with an intense sound of morbidity. So I started to write the first songs in 2015. The band name I chose for the countercurrent to all mundane streams on earth and adversity to the status quo. And also as countercurrent to the usual mainstream Black and Death Metal of all decades.

3.I believe Adversvm is a one man band would you like to find more musicians to work with or do you prefer working alone?
I started ADVERSVM with my drummer and some session members for the debut album. Meanwhile there are some more musicians involved in the band so ADVERSVM was never a one man band.

4.What do you feel is the best and worst thing about being in a one man band?
I don't see advantages in a one man band and prefer to work with other musicians who can understand the idea and path of ADVERSVM. The collaboration with individual styles on the same path I consider as the strongest way to create great art.

5.If you had the opportunity to work with any musicians past or present who would you like to work with?
Carlo Gesualdo would be great. The spirit of his madrigals combined with sinister tunes would bear a noble sound.

6.Aion Sitra Ahra is the debut release how long did it take to write the music for the debut release?
Writings and recordings took a year.

7.Where did you draw inspiration for the lyrics on the debut release?
In the years of my spiritual workings I studied some different paths of religious gnosis. The only direction I thought about for the beginning of ADVERSVM was the qliphotic current. True dark art shall rise with the abyssic power of the other side.

8.Besides Aion Sitra Ahra does the band have any other merchandise available for the readers?
Not yet. First, AION SITRA AHRA will be released by Iron Bonehead Prod. as CD, LP and digital version in May 2018. Next releases will be an EP or split and the second album in 2019.

9.Does Adversvm play live or is this strictly a studio project?

It is still a studio project. Perhaps we will play live gigs in the fututre. Currently I am too busy with writing and working on new songs.

10.When not working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?

I like to close my eyes to see a starless void.

11.Besides Adversvm do you currently work in any other bands or solo projects?

No, I invest all my free time to work on ADVERSVM.

12.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thank you for the interview. Hallowed be the end time divine!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Jungle Rot--What Horrors Await reissue {Victory Records} posted on 4-4-18

Jungle  Rot--What Horrors Await  reissue {Victory  Records}

Wisconson's legendary  Jungle Rot will  be  re-releasing  their  fifth cd  What Horrors Await through Victory Rec.Originally  released in 2009 What Horrors Await  is fourteen songs of  old school death metal greatness.The  guitars are played  with a lot of  skill  and  well written and performed patterns.Mainly played in the mid paced range  but the  guitarist does  speed up to faster pace in some of  the  songs.The drums are done  with heavy mid paced drum patterns,The drummer does play  some well written  and performed drum patterns and some faster drums throughout  the songs.The vocals are old school death metal growls with some gruff growls and screams are used in some of the  songs.If you  are a  fan of Jungle Rot I  highly  recommend  getting a  copy of What Horrors Await today and if you are new to Jungle Rot  and you  enjoy high quality  old school death metal  then  be sure to buy this today and find the  bands past  releases  excellent death metal.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Wendigo--Hymns D' Outre-Tombe Cassette {Nekrart Prod.} posted on 4-1-18

Wendigo--Hymns D' Outre-Tombe  Cassette {Nekrart Prod.}

Nekart will be re-releasing Wendigo's  debut demo  with  two bonus  tracks that  have  been remastered.The vocals  are raw black metal screams that are done with a lot of power.The guitar work is extremely  fast and  aggressive with  some well written and played slower mid paced patterns.The drums are equally  as fast with  some well played  drumming patterns the drummer does slow to  a more mid paced and calmer mid paced drum patterns.If you  are a fan of cold,raw  black metal then do yourself  a favor  and pick up a  copy of Hymns D' Outre-Tomb  today.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ifernach--Maqtewek Nakuset cd {Nekart Productions} review done by Patrick posted on 3-31-18

Ifernach--Maqtewek Nakuset  cd {Nekart Productions}

Maqtewek Nakuset is the debut release of Canada's Ifernach  Finian Patraic is the sole member of the  band.Finian does a great job of writing and creating  furious black metal but the music is not all crazed as Finian does write  some slower,mid paced ambient sections mixed into the music.Ifernach strong point is uncompromising black metal but  is not  afraid to try different  elements to  his music.If you are looking for a band that plays extreme black metal mixed with  some well written ambient  pieces.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Interview with Gra done by Patrick posted on 3-30-18

Interview with Gra  done  by  Patrick

1.Hails please introduce yourself to the readers? And how are things going in Sweden this week?

This is Heljarmadr and Sweden is turning from winter to spring at the moment. Not much else to report from here.

2.You all formed Gra in 2010 what gave you the idea to start this band?And how did you choose Gra for the name of the band does it have a special meaning?

Yes we started the band in 2010 after having a writers block, working on the Cursed 13 album Triumf. We basically just improvised and recorded a couple of tracks for the Hell of it. That turned out to be the first Helfärd EP.
Grá means grey and I guess you can find thousands of ways to interpret the word. Does it have a special meaning to us? Yes.

3.Vasen is the bands third full length how long did it take the band to write the music for this release?

Usually we need about two years to make an album. From the demo stages to actually have finished songs I don't like to rush things. The oldest parts were written about the time we released Ending and the newest one we actually pretty much wrote and recorded in the studio.
Worth mentioning though is that the song "Dead Old Eyes" was actually written way back in 2003 for another band I was in at the time. We thought it would fit well into Väsen so we tweaked it a bit into the Grá shape. It's a tribute to a fallen brother.

4.Who usually takes care of the lyrics and what are some topics written about on Vasen?

I write the lyrics most of the time and on this albums every song stands alone, not tied to any concept. I write about whatever comes to mind, I encourage everyone to find out for themselves as art is in the eye of the beholder. We are a black metal band, we don't write about happiness or calm forests.

5.As mentioned Vasen is the bands third release how would you say the bands music has changed and evolved over the years?

Well the first EP and the first album were more or less improvised and thrown together without too much thought and consideration. We simply recorded whatever we had and released it. When we came to Ending we wanted to make a really compact album with more structures so we started to exclude things that weren't 100% necessary. For Väsen we have peeled off so much and turned every riff around so many times that only the absolute best remains. Since I have been recording/mixing/mastering all the albums myself I can also say that I have gone from "trying to make it sound decent" to "complimenting the music" in my evolution as a studio engineer. This of course adds depth to the songs. It is a constant evolution and if you listen to the first EP and then immediately to Väsen you can obviously hear the great gap and if you listen to the whole catalogue you'll hear the constant progress in song structures and overall sound.

6.Does Gra play live very often or do you prefer working in the studio? If the band has played live what were some of the bands most memorable shows?

We play live as often as we can and do smaller tours now and then. We love both, studio creates creativity and the live atmosphere brings the songs to their fullest and the audience gives it a dynamic that a studio can't reproduce.
We've done several memorable shows but I'd say that our gig as only support for Dark Funeral here in Stockholm 2014 tops it for me. Sold out gig and we made a good video recording from it called The Apoteos Ritual (the whole concert is on our Youtube channel). That gig is also the reason for me being the vocalist in Dark Funeral.

7.Are their any tours or shows planned in support of Vasen if yes where will the band be playing? And who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?

There will be shows and tours! We start with Eradication Festival in Wales and a club gig in Gothenburg before the summer. Many things are being planned for later this year, stay tuned for more info on our social media channels!

8.Besides the upcoming Vasen release are the previous releases still available for the readers to buy? Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?

The first EP was recently re-released by Carnal Records so it's available. Our debut album has been sold out for some time and we don't know when it'll be available again due to the slowness of Unexploded Records. We've been waiting for response from them but in vain. Ending should be available through many distros around the world.
We handle the merch by ourselves and you can order straight from us. Right now we are very low on shirts and such but a new design line is in progress and will be available with the new album coming out. Like with live bookings, stay updated through our sicoal media channels.

9.What does black metal mean to you?

Since I was a teen in the mid 90's it has meant everything. I am a musician by heart and the darkness and mysticism around black metal has been filling a big gap for me throughout the years. Life hasn't been easy and music has been what has kept me somewhat sane through it all. People come and go, death takes some, others you just drift apart from but my music stays until I die myself.
Black Metal is so much more than just notes put together for listening pleasure, it's a lifestyle which promotes individualism and a struggle for constant progress. I used to be upset about the fact that the so called scene have forgotten the foundation of black metal. Strength, misanthropy and to walk your own path. To be your own leader, not a follower. But I have realised that people can call their plastic fruits real apples all they want, I really don't honestly give a shit. I guess some prefer canned soup but I prefer a real stew made from proper ingredients.

10.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?

Thanks for your time and interest, we are constantly amazed by the dedication of our fans all over the world and we hope to meet you all on tour as soon as possible!
Check out Väsen, you will not be disappointed
/Heljarmadr on behalf of Grá

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Interview with Declared Dead done by Patrick posted on 3-24-18

Interview with Anders guitarist and vocalist of Declared Dead done by Patrick

1. Hello Anders how are you doing this week? Please introduce yourself to the readers?

Hello, Patrick! I'm doing okay this week. Feeling a tad tired but trying to fire myself up to push on through. I'm Anders - guitarist/vokillist/creator and leader of the Metal band Declared Dead.

2. Anders you handle the guitars for the band when did you first become interested in playing the guitars?

Yes, yes. Well, Dimitri and I handle the guitars, of course. Dimitri pulled off some striking solos on the newest release, I must say! Well. I would think my interest in guitars started when I was seven, maybe? I had a school chum who showed me a drawing of a guitar he wanted to design and it piqued my interest. No. Wait. I would have been around ten, actually. It was a guitar shaped in the form of a lightning bolt. I told him, "There's no way you could play that, man." He insisted people could. But we have no proof since we no longer know each other. And it's been a long while since that conversation. I doubt he followed through with it. Though, who knows? Now, however - I would concur that it would, most likely, be playable. "My bad". I'm notoriously known to be contrary and contradictory in my small circle of friends - "devil's advocate" and such.
When I was seven, my mum bought us kiddos a cheap ukulele (she was a fan of Tiny Tim?). Wait...wait...even before that. At five years or so - Mums bought me a toy guitar for children. I barely remember it. But I do see in my mind - I had to strum it with my thumb since it didn't come with a plectrum. Also, I must have fancied myself as the next Jimi Hendrix or Kurt Cobain since I gave blisters to my left thumb (meaning I was naturally playing "leftie", for some reason). I'm a "rightie", in most situations. We'll keep it at that, for now. All innuendo aside.
Though, speaking of when I wished to play guitar in a more "real sense". I'd say I was around thirteen. It was a few years later when I got to actualize that desire.

3. Who would you say are some of your biggest influences and favorite guitarists?

So many. So many. Whew. The guys in/have been in TestAmenT (Eric, Alex, James), John Petrucci, Jeff Waters, George Lynch, Trey Azagthoth, Erik Rutan, the Cannibal Corpse guys, Slayer guys, Exodus guys, Criss Oliva, Vito Bratta, James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Jason Suecof, The Black Dalia Murder guys, Chuck Schuldiner, Andy LaRocque, Ralph Santolla, Flotsam  and Jetsam guys, Mille Petrozza, Randy Rhoads, Buckethead...
No particular order, there. Many more...can't think of at the moment.

4. Besides the guitars you take care of the vocals when did you start screaming and growling? Do you do anything special to keep your voice and throat healthy?

I'm sure as most people - I began screaming when I was born! "No, no! This fucking life!!!" Growling came a little later. Probably when I became fascinated with the so called "big cats". Maybe, bears and dinosaurs, also. I would copy them at three years old, I'm sure!
Musically - when I listened to Deicide, Morbid Angel, Death, Cannibal Corpse, etc., for the first times. I couldn't control the urge to growl with them as they summoned forth demons through my speakers!
To keep my voice in tip-top shape, I drink a special blend of freshly devirginized and deceased human female pulverized labia in my morning Tang. The liquid extract is sublime but the powdered form is cheaper. Both make me sing like a rabid mongrel! I want to be endorsed by Liquid Labia (now with clitoral hood enzymes!) as soon as I can! Sign me up for the t-shirt! I'll wear it with pride!
No, no...sorry, sorry! That's just my sick sense of humor shining through!
I've had a "lucky spell", lately - concerning my voice. When we recorded our first LP, my voice was wrecked throughout! I have no clue what's being done differently, lately. There's still strain and brief loss of ranges but not as gaping as that first one. I'll remember that experience 'til I go senile like that AC/DC guy!

5. Who would you say are some of your favorite vocalists?

Let's see. Chuck Billy, Bruce Dickinson, Erik Rutan, Corpsegrinder, Tim Owens, Sebastian Bach, Mike Tramp, Eric A.K., David Vincent, Sean Killian, John Bush, Ozzy, Steve Perry, Chuck Schuldiner, Jeff Waters, Mike Howe...
There has to be more.

6. Anders you formed Declared Dead in 2014 when did you first get the idea to start this band?

It was early 2014 when I thought of forming it. Hanging out with a few others into that kind of music and jamming on and off with them. I mean the "band idea", in general, had been percolating in my mind for a few years before that. But the term "Declared Dead" wasn't there until around the time the band, actually, came together. With a single intention of recording a demo, etc.I had most of the music worked out, already (in terms of guitar parts/structures). So, we started from there. The other guys added ideas (like the drum rhythms and basic bass lines), while I whittled away at the lyrics.
So, it was Declared Dead 2014! Vote for fucking Pedro! Metal up your crusty asses campaign of death!

7. I would say Blood Bender is the bands most thrashy and violent metal release to date. What gave you the idea to do a full on thrash/metal release?

We just love that kind of thing! Declared Dead started out as an "old school Death/Thrash" band ("Subterranean Nightmare (Demo)"). That was the intention the whole time. But once I moved to where I'm at now (after the demo), I met up with my current brothers in arms - who have very different musical tastes. We all like to experiment (some more than the others - Mikhel being the "more than the others"...haha!), but I tend to prefer the more thrashy/fast paced type of stuff - so, I kind of "won out" for the "Blood Bender" release. We really experimented quite a lot with the previous two releases ("Revel in the Macabre" and "A Date with the Coroner"). So, we kind of got that out of our systems, for now. But, if you remember the "Shiv e.p." after our first full length - that was mostly Thrash Metal, as well. Our first one ("Denounced and Defiled") wasn't as aggressive as we would've liked but we were somewhat satisfied with it, at the time - mostly as a "learning and growing experience". Most of us - also - like some "progressive" type of stuff, as well - so, that tends to creep into the mix. Plus, the producers/engineers we've worked with made suggestions that we might not have adhered to if we "knew then what we know now" type of thing. You know?
But - also - we don't want to repeat ourselves or become "formulaic". We want each release to be distinct and have a meaningful expression of what we want to portray, yet retain that over all "Declared Dead-istic" sound/style - at the same time. It's art, after all!
For "Blood Bender", since the last two albums were kind of "gothic-tinged" and almost "avant-garde", it was naturally time to explode with aggression! I felt we were getting away from the initial roots of Declared Dead. It was fun and meaningful at the time for those previous releases. But now is the time to rip your faces off and wipe our butts with them! It's time for a "Blood Bender"!!!!

8. As mentioned Blood Bender is Declared Dead's fourth release how long did it take the band to write the music for this release?

It came about very quickly! We DID re-record a couple of tracks ("Ghouls Around the Blade" - which appeared on the "Shiv" e.p. and I wrote new lyrics for a song that was called "Quelling the Beleaguered" - that was on the "Denounced and Defiled" album. The new version is called "Segue to Satan"). But the other eight full tracks came together really smoothly. I was surprised at how well they came to be without much struggle! It was still hard work and energy consuming. But we didn't feel exhausted from the tensions of peripheral nuisances while bringing "Blood Bender" forth from the abyss! Well. I'm - almost - constantly working on new material. Whenever I play guitar - each session seems to spawn, at least, one new idea that I end up keeping for later. Usually, more than one, actually. Plus, I have many stored ideas from years past that I've not used sufficiently. So, I go through those - sometimes - to spark creativity in the present, etc.
Writing music, for me - is kind of a "non-linear" experience, I guess. So, it's tough to say how much time or how long it takes for any given song/album. Depending on whether a riff was written a few years ago or if it was written ten minutes ago, you know? Also, how many hours are used in just "daydreaming" about the structures and so on.
But with "Blood Bender", it just seems like we nailed it. Hit the mark with a steady calibration each time we recorded. It just flowed! Almost like "blood" from a "fresh sacrifice"? Giving the artistic elements all the more power! I hope our next sequential releases are that way!!!

9. Where did you draw inspiration for the lyrics on the new release?

Well. Each album we've done has a "theme". Each song kind of ties in with the album title, for the most part. Whether "blatantly" or "subtly". Even the music itself tends to have a "meta-coloring" to the overall shape and atmosphere. So, with "Blood Bender" - the songs tie-in with "blood", mostly. But the "bender" aspect, as well. Whether it's referring to the "hue" (red, scarlet, sanguine). Or the movement thereof ("Tributary"). Genetic tampering. Going on a "bender" meaning a brutal killing spree/out for blood. Or the metaphysics of dna. Morphogenetic, epigenetic, etc. Blood as a drink/libation...drunk on killing.
I just tried to be creative in referring to "Blood Bender" in various ways. Most just came to me - almost "magically". Like, magnetically, or something (the "iron" in the "blood"?). That's what I mean about the "flow" (again related to "blood") and ease of this new album.
I thought for sure the title track ("Blood Bender") was going to be about "ethnic cleansing". But it turned out to be about a flea infestation my cats and I endured last year. They've only just FINALLY subsided in the past month or two! It was ridiculous! So, it struck me that maybe no one has ever written a song about this experience? I like to do and say things that seem "original" in some way. I'm drawn to that type of thing, as well. So, the more I looked into "fleas" and their lifestyle, the more intrigued I became. They are - actually - fascinating! But loathsome, at the same time! In a way, they ARE "Blood Benders"! That's their "sole purpose", basically! Feed, feed, feed! On blood! So, they go ON "blood benders", yet I'm sure they are effecting the hosts' blood/circulatory system, in some way, as well. So, "bending" in a "genetic" sense. Like using "anti-coagulants" to keep the blood flowing from the wound? Diverting the blood flow, in general ("bending" it to their will).
The other surprising and "original" - to me - lyrics/song concept is/was the last song I wrote lyrics for. "Where Kali Dwells". It's actually based on menstruation! Haha! From the microcosmic aspect of the ovum's journey through the Fallopian tubes to the uterus - to the macrocosmic aspect of the humanfemales' mood swings and hormonal changes due to the whole cycle, etc. Haha! Plus, the effects it has on their male counterparts, etc. Then, the egg "dies" and ends up being flushed down the toilet. Haha!
Of course, there's the general "anti-Christian" relationship in a few songs, as well. That's - always - an easy "go to". Haha.

10. If anyone is interested in hearing your music where can they buy your releases?
We're not in this for the money, so all albums are set for "pay what you want" or whatever (if we get more than 200 downloads a month the site will automatically set prices for the albums until the next month where we get another 200 freebies - just so you know. I'm not lying, here, if you see a price sometime - it's them, not us!). There's been a few people who pay a little something - so that's always cool to see. But the majority just download it for free. We just want the music to get "out there" as far and wide as possible! To those who enjoy it!
Check our main website, as well (links to various sites you can listen to our stuff at, etc.).
We've seen some forums and blog sites that have our releases posted, as well. We appreciate the interest! Get it wherever you can! Haha! Also, post it on your own sites if you wish. If it's honest support and distribution - so much the better! The "true underground spirit"!!! If you like it, spread the word!
Not to "jinx it" ("Whoops! Too late!"), but we've received some label interest (just yesterday, as I type this). So a physical release of "Blood Bender" is ever so slightly possible at the moment. I've not looked into this further - just read the email alluding to this possibility. If it becomes "legit", you should find info about it on our main website. Also, our "Twitter" account will be updated, etc.

11. When you need to take a break from writing new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?

Yeah, I see. Hmm. Really, the last two - three years it's been "nonstop", it seems! I'm not sure I - actually - take breaks from the music/band? Relatively, I suppose. It's just that even when I'm trying to "relax", my mind tends to "space out" about Declared Dead! I'll watch a t.v. show or movie and I find myself drifting off on tangents related to Declared Dead concepts and things like that. So, I'll have to "rewind" the show multiple times to see/hear what I keep missing! Haha! About 90% of my focus tends to be about the band and related items.
Still. Things I gravitate towards besides working on Declared Dead would be hanging out with my cats, watching t.v. shows/movies (mostly t.v. shows, though). Uhhh...what else? Oh! I've really gotten into playing "first person shooters" on Playstation the last couple/few years! It started with a game called "Black" (for Playstation 2). That was the coolest game I played back then (before that I really enjoyed the more "cartoonish" type of stuff. "Spyro the Dragon". "Ape Escape". Stuff like that. "Pitfall" and "Destroy All Humans" were a blast, as well! I stopped playing video games for a little while, then got back into it. Lately, I'm a massive "fan" of the "FarCry" series! I even have "FarCry 5" pre-ordered! It's suppose to arrive next Tuesday! Hell yeah! I, recently, bought a Playstation 4 pretty much just for that game! Haha! I did order a couple other games, though, so I could test out the station unit to make sure it was fine, etc. I bought the recent "Wolfenstein" games. Those are turning out to be pretty fun, too! I - also - got "FarCry Primal" the other day (so, I have the entire collection, minus the very first computer based version). Other notable games have been "Body Count" and "Dead Island"!
Other general stuff would be: looking at hot chicks and shooting my load (speaking of "first person shooters" Haha). Actually, that's about it. There's not too many more extracurricular activities, I guess. Boring or what?
Oh! I'm trying to listen to more music, too! Kind of studying the craft in a more in-depth way, you know? I want to "expand my horizons" further, so I can keep bringing Declared Dead to new levels, if possible!

12. Thank you Anders for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?

THANK YOU, Patrick, for taking the time to interview me! I appreciate it! There's not much more to say, really. Thanks to the readers, as well! Check out our stuff! If you like it - great! If you don't...okay, I guess. Haha. I think "Blood Bender" is our best thus far! Hopefully, we'll make that our new trend! I, personally, have the next three to four possible Declared Dead album titles/concepts in mind. So, no shortage of ideas, yet! We'll keep forging ahead! Thanks, again, and see ya soon!

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