Friday, February 23, 2018

Wendigo/Hymnes d'outre-tombe/Nekart Productions/2017 Compilation Cassette Review


  Wendigo  are  a  solo  project  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  cassette  compilation  "Hymnes  d'outre-tombe"  which  was  released  by  Nekart  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem.

  Demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  atmospheric  synths  and  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Wendigo  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  while  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  mysticism,  occultism,  despair,  psychiatry,  anger  and  shamanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wendigo  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Par  une  douler  aveuglante"  and  "Silence".  8  out  of  10.     

The Proprietor/For Nothing Is My Own/2017 CD review


  The  Proprietor  are  a  duo  from  New  York  that  plays a   very  raw,  and  melodic form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "For  Nothing  Is  My  Own".

  Dark  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  and  clean  playing  as  well  as  some  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  ambient  orientated  instrumentals  as  the  album  progresses  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  modern  and  atmospheric  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  samples.

  The  Proprietor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  as  well  as  being  influenced  by both t he  old school  and  modern  styles,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  poetry,  prose,  the  writings  of  Shakespeare  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Proprietor  are a   very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "For  Nothing  Is  My  Own"  "I  Ran  The  Dark  Ages"  "Book  Of  Thoth"  and  "Letters  From  Earth".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Morbosidad/Corona de Epidemia/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 CD Review


  Morbosidad  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  has  been  featured  for  more  than  25  years  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Corona  de  Epidemia"  which  will be  released  in  March  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  evil  sounding  introduction  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  bestial  growls  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  get  very  demonic  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  black  metal screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  keeping  the  style  they  started  in  the  90's  but  also  adding  in  more  modern  brutality  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion.

  On  this  recording  Morbosidad  remain  true  to  their  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  death,  war,  Anti  Christian  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Morbosidad  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Muerte  Suicido"  "Cristo  en  Desgracia"  "Sepulcro  de  Cristo"  and  "D.E.P'.  8/5  out  of  10.      

Schattenfall/Schatten in Schwarz/Redefining Darkness Records/2018 CD Review


  Schattenfall are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Schatten  in  Schwarz"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  and  they  also  mix  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

   Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  ambient  keyboards  are  also  utilized  on  some  of  the  songs  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  returning  on  later  songs  as  the  album  progresses  and  on  the  closing  track  melodic  vocals a re  also  used  briefly.

  Schattenfall  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Schattenfall  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Angst  meiner  Fantasie"  and  "Die  Klagan  von  Grau".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Of Feather And Bone/Bestial Hymns Of Perversion/Profound Lore Records/2018 CD Review


   Of  Feather  And  Bone  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  with  elements  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Bestial  Hymns  Of  Perversion"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Profound  Lore  Records.

  Dark  and  distorted  sounds  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  war  metal direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  along  with  some   bestial  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  grindcore.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  crust  and  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard. 

  Of  Feather  And  Bone  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  along  with  some  elements  of  crust,  grind  and  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Of  Feather  And  Bone  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Repulsive  Obscurity"  "Mockery  of  The  Ascension"  and  "Throne  Of  The  Serpent".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Peosphoros/Pink Metal/SGW Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Peosophoros  are  a  joke  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  makes  a  mockery  of  the  whole  social  justice  warrior  and  political  correct  sub  culture  that  has  been  contaminating  the  extreme  metal  world  for  years  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Pink  Metal"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  SGW  Records.

  Flaming  queer  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  whining  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  vibe and  a  touch  of  punk  can  also  be  heard  at times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  annoying  clean  vocals  also  being  used  at  times  and  some  of  the  screams  have  a  depressing  vibe  but  in  more  of  the  I  got  raped  up  the  ass  and  I  cant  stop  crying  style  mode  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  and  on  one  track  the  vocals  get  semi  operatic.

  Peosophoros  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  doom,  death,  thrash  and  glam  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  their  humorous  pink  metal  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  purely  ignorant  politically  correct  bullshit  about  black  metal  culture,  the  gay  community  and  sticking  up  for  worthless  antifa,  Christian  and  Muslim  fucks.

  In  my  opinion  Peosophorous  are  a  band  worth  listening  to  if  you  want  to  have   a  good  laugh  and  this  is  obviously  a  fake  novelty  act  since  it  tries  to  hard  to  be   politically  correct  which  shows  that  the  sjw's  ruined  metal  enough  to  a  point  where  something  like  this  would  almost  be  believable  but  never  existed  20  years  ago,.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Britney  Therapy" and  "Terrorism".  7  out  of  10.     

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Misrule Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
MISRULE is the solo death/grind project that I’ve wanted to do for quite some time now. I started this project after leaving my old band behind to move across the country, and I didn’t really have much time to be in an active band, so I started writing and recording everything myself. Now I have no boundaries, no set backs, and no one to please but myself. I’ve always appreciated bands who music pushes things to the absolute limit, and I strive to do that with mine. If you like genuinely pissed off music, then you should like this.

2.You have a demo coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Since I recorded and mastered everything myself (I’m no recording engineer by any means), I was able to get things to sound how I wanted them, within reason. In the recordings, I wanted them to be a pulverizing wall of sound that could easily asphyxiate you if you let it. I like to think I got that point across.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Most of my lyrical content comes from an outside perspective. I write songs about veganism and how awful animal agriculture is, depression, toxic behavior, and corruption.


4.I know that the musical project was name after a Nightbringer song, how does this name fit in with the musical styles that you play?
Yes, I did get the name from a Nightbringer song, but if you dig a little deeper into the word Misrule, you will find that it holds meaning relating to how poorly the current state of government treats it’s people.

5.Currently there is only one member in the band, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
As much as I appreciate the freedom to be able to write what I want to write and have no one else to answer to, I have actually been working with a friend to start playing these songs live, and potentially write more and turn this into a full band.

6.I have noticed other than the bandcamp or label page there is not much information about the musical project online, is this intentional?

This isn’t totally intentional, it’s just because this project is brand new and I haven’t really felt the need to go out of my way and create more of an internet presence.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, death metal and grindcore?
There hasn’t been much feedback yet. There are a couple of reviews out there, like yours and the one on Metal Injection, that seem to enjoy the music. Hopefully more feedback comes when the entire tape is released, and not just one song.

8.Are you or have you been involved with any other bands or musical projects?
This project is an evolution of my old band Guilt, from New Hampshire. I did most of the song writing for that band, and I’m sure you’ll be able to make some easy connections between the music. You can check it out here,
http://guiltnh.bandcamp.com/

Also, check out some of the other past members new bands.
https://magnatar.bandcamp.com/releases
https://willzyx.bandcamp.com/


9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Ideally, I’d like to tour with a full band. I’m getting a little older and I’m getting myself into a career right now, so I’m not sure how feasible that will be. Otherwise, I’ll be playing as often and as loud as I can until I die.

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?
My influences rotate as fast as the new bands I’m listening to. I don’t like to bog myself down with “These are the 4 bands I want to sound like”. I’m constantly drawing influence from everything, whether it be music, art, what’s going on in the world, things my friends say to me, etc. As for bands I’ve been listening to a lot lately, check out Vermin Womb, Hierophant, Plebeian Grandstand, Infernal Coil, Vitriol, and Desolate Shrine.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
When I’m not playing music, I’m usually designing artwork for myself or other bands. You can check out my artwork here,
https://www.instagram.com/calltothegrave/

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for reaching out and having this interview. Also, thanks to anyone who reads this and gives my music a listen. I will always be incredibly appreciative of anyone who supports me in any way possible.