Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cadaver Putrefacto/La Maldicion del Zombi Errante/Brutal Records/2018 CD Review


  Cadaver  Putrefacto  are  a  band  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  very  brutal,  old  school  and  guttural  form  of  gore/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "La  Maldicion  del  Zombi"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Brutal  Records.

  A  very  fast,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  guttural  death  metal  growls.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  chaotic  and  old  school  death  metal  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  screams  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  some  of  the riffing  also  beings  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as some  modern  elements  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  music  always remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Cadaver  Putrefacto  plays  a  style  of  brutal  death  metal  that  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences  while  also  capturing  some  of  the  more  modern  guttural  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  horror,  gore  and  deprivation  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Cadaver  Putrfacto  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal,  old  school  and  guttural  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sangriento  Frenesi"  "Gerontofilia"  "Cadaver  Putrefacto"  and  "La  Evolucion  Del  Dolor".  8  out  of  10. 

 

   

 

      

Beyond The Styx interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

A lot of work, we're a DIY band you know.
We're doing mor than 69% by our own: to the booking of our upcoming tour to the the merch design, via our new abum preorders.

It's a long process. But as they say: "No pain. No gain."



2.You have a new album coming out near the end of February, 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?

We have fundamentally evolved musically over the last 3 years.

The live forge a lot of things. Even we're always the same I think ... Our way of sounding has changed.

The departure of Anthony (former - lead guitar) for his side project: AO, related to our desire to perform a music ever more hardcore and much more catchy for live (whatever the kind of venue where we perform); necessarily influenced the composition of this album.

We want to share more than just music with our audience. We have something else to say and to interact with them. Hardcore is definitely more than music.

The meetings that we have been doing in recent years have revolutionized the way we compose music: more raw, more incise, more violent. Like the world around us.

The arrival of Victor (lead guitar) combined with the experience of David (rhythm guitar) gives a kind of 90's Hardcore Metal crossover in our musical expression, combined with our respectives fields of influences: Death Metal Oldschool, Hardcore Modern, Metalcore Oldschool and even Mathcore ...

Our progressive and modern influences belong to the past, now.





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

"STIIGMA" addresses various crucial issues in this dark period of our history, such as: the arms race, the animal cause, the migration crisis, the media trap, the hypocrisy of international politics, the dystopia ...

So many topics that continue to animate the insatiable flow of this torrent of energy!

Take a look to our lyrics, that's definitely less metaphorical than during Leviathanima.

It is no longer time for us to hide.





4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Beyond The Styx'?

This is not the first (nor the last time) that I am asked this question.

It is not a nostalgic mythological delirium as many people tend to believe ... It's more a kind of philosophy: "Who are we? Where we stand on the border of the two worlds that split the Styx? Are we dying people waiting for the living or the living waiting to die?"

A whole lot of questions related to what makes the essence of our beings: life and death.





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

The best shows are often the most surprising.

Places where you do not expect much and where the alchemy between the crowd and the band suddenly takes shape.

In France regions such as Brittany or Alsace have offered us some nice surprises in this area. For overseas, Holland where we have a little over turned by the past we had also reserved a warm welcome!

Describe our shows?

A French expression says: "We can not be at the window and watch the world go".

It would be best to take the step and come to our meeting on stage.

One of the best live reviews I read was describing us as "a torrent of energy". I think that introduces us rather well. For the rest, I'm waiting for you!





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

To be sincere: yes!

More in France, that goes without saying...
Already more than twenty gigs and several festivals of national fame. Take a look at the "STIIGMA TOUR 2018".

And if not a few touches in Europe for the end of the year, probably even festivals for 2019 ... Hope this will happen by then. We look forward to defending STIIGMA beyond our borders!





7.The new album is coming out on 3 different labels, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

It's not exactly that.

Let's say that Klonosphere is indeed our national label, but our physical distribution is mainly through Season Of Mist (which did not sign us).

Regarding Diorama records, it's a different story. That of a beautiful meeting between hardcore metal fans. They are the worldwide distribution of our new album in tape format from Indonesia.

An exceptional country that we are looking forward to discover ...





8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metalcore and deathcore?

We have very good returns from America, Germany and Japan where we already sell, even if we can not still tour there for now.

England, Canada, Indonesia, Spain and Eastern Europe are also quite present in streaming ...

I don't think we talk a lot to deathcore fans, we don't have deathcore technicals codes or deathcore bands values. We leave that to others.

We are a hybrid "hardore metal" band, metalcore if it's easier for some ...
But the Metalcore (just like the post Hardcore) have been soiled by years of mainstream stereotypes, and the simple fact of evoking these music genres now causes me nausea.

Even if fortunately for us some bands still ardently defend the essence of this extreme music.

I think finally, that we address ourselves not only to the aficionados "deathcore" and "metalcore", the returns of the audience in gigs proves it to us.

We are speaking more to the passionate about live music than to the fans of media appearances.





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

As I have said in the past, most likely in something harder, ever more violent, dark, incisive, groovy and exacerbated.

The "powerful and corrupt" men of our society don't do each other any favors, they reassure themselves. We neither!

The experimental will always have a place to play in BTSTYX ...

We do not want to lock ourselves in the shackles of Hardcore Metal. But when simple things sound, nothing serves to make it more complicated as long as it remains spontaneously heavy. That's Rock!





10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Lots of things...

We are 5 members with tastes and colors of literally different influences ...

If I had to summarize in only about ten groups our few common influences over the last 3 years, I would spontaneously say: Harms Way, Hatebreed, Sworn Enemy, Walls Of Jericho, Nasty, Orange Code, Sepultura, Knocked Loose, Power Trip, Cancer Bats, Slayer ...

Outside the fields of extreme music, we really listen to everything from classical to hip-hop music.

Not to mention our disproportionate passion for the flute and the music of the 80s.





11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We are a team of teachers and social workers ...

We are therefore necessarily activists, because of our professionals activities.

News, the social divide, geopolitics, ecology, the animal cause ...

And more relaxing things for the mind: fantastic, horror and comedy cinema, good food (vegetarian especially!), video games, mangas, comics ... With a lot of dark humor on the road.





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

Support the difference & the different forms of artistic expressions.

Don't be subdued by the medias.

Open your mind. Support your local scene.

Hardcore is more than just music. Together we can everything!

See you soon on tour!




Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kingdom/Putrescent Remains Of Dead Ground/Godz Of War Productions/2018 CD Review


  Kingdom  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  blasphemous  form  of  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Putrescent  Remains  Of  Dead  Ground"  which  will  be  released  in March  by  Godz  of  War  Productions.

  Melodic  riffing  along  with  some  grim  black  metal s creams  starts  off  the  album   while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  having  their  guttural  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard,  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  and one  tack  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  they  also  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Immortal's  "Blashyrkh".

  On  this  recording  Kingdom  expands  on  their  blasphemous  style  of  death  metal  by  adding  in  more  black  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  death,  darkness,  blasphemy  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kingdom  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  blasphemous  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Walls  Of  Askalon"  "Black  Light  To  The  Rotten  Wombs  Of  Disgrace"  and  "Karma  Slayer".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Battlesword/Banners Of Destruction/2016 CD Review


  Battlesword  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  melodic form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Banners  Of  Destruction".

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  easy  to  understand  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  screams  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  as  well  as  some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  a  brief instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Battlesword  plays  a  style  of  melodic  death  metal  that  is  more  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  instead  of  the  more  modern  form  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self released  recording  while  the lyrics  cover  death  and  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Battlesword  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spirit  To  The  Flesh"  "Grave  New  World"  "Left  For  The  Vultures"  and  "Enemy  Divine".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mors Subita Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

First of all, we went through a quite long process of finding a label for the upcoming album. After we shook hands with Inverse Records, we´ve been working hard on the release of the album, producing video material, organizing the upcoming shows etc.

All in all, it´s going great at the moment and we´re very excited about the new material and the fact that we get to hit the stages again. 

2.You have a new album coming out in April, 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?

It´s more melodic than its predecessors for sure. I am constantly trying to find the perfect balance between beautiful melodies and aggressive riffs and I think this time it worked out better than ever before. The album as a whole is more solid which is probably due to the fact that the band as its current line up since 2014. 

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

Mostly life in general; human fates, personal struggles etc. Our lyrics tend to lean towards the darker side of life but there´s also hope amongst all the suffering.

4.I know that the bands name means 'Sudden Death' in Latin, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?

Very well I think. It hits you when you least expect it.

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

After our previous album we got to play the biggest heavy metal stage in Finland in Tuska Open Air. I think that was one of the best experiences so far. We are very energetic on stage and we try to exchange that energy with the audience as much as possible.

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

Yes, first we tour Finland in april and may and then in the end of may we head to Japan with Turisas, Beast In Black and a few other bands. Then it´s time for the summer festivals. We are releasing the finnish show dates soon.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic death and thrash metal?

Very good. Both previous albums had great reviews and the overall feedback has awesome. I hope we will continue on the same route with our new album.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Wolfheart is preparing to record its 3rd album. Thyrane is playing some shows in Finland. Funeral for the Masses is working on new material. Eternal tears of Sorrow is on a hiatus for now.

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

All killers no fillers.


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?

Everyone in our band has their own go-to bands but I think that for many of us the 90´s melodeath sound has been a big influence. Nowadays we listen to all types of music. For me it varies from extreme deathmetal to fusion jazz. 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Cars.

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

If you want our band to continue making music, pre-order our album and come to our shows.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Pungent Stench/"Club Mondo Bizarre" For Members Only/Dissonance Productions/2018 CD Re-Issue Review


  This  is  the  final  review  of  a  recording  from  Austria's  Pungent  Stench  which  showed  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  death'n'roll  direction  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  1994  and  was  called  "Club  Mondo  Bizarre"  For  Members  Only"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  March  of  2018  by  Dissonance  productions  and  the  newer  version  has  live  tracks  recorded  in  1992.

  Groove  orientated  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  70's  rock  influenced  guitar  leads  while  the  death  metal  growls  are  very  easy  to  understand  along  with  some  blast  beats  when  the  music  speeds  up  as  well  a s spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  bass  guitars  are  used  as  a  lead  instrument  along  with  the  songs  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced   direction  and  some  songs  still  show  some  of  the  bands  more  grindcore  influenced  past  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of melodic  vocals  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  funk  rock  and  the  live  tracks  consists  of  songs  from  the  first  2  full  lengths  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Carnivore's  "Race  War".

  On  this  recording  Pungent  Stench  went  for  more  of  a  style  that  could  be  referred  to  as  death'n'roll  and  where  also  pioneers  of  this  genre  which  other  bands  over  the  years  would  take  into  a  different  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  perversion,  gore,  depravity  and  sick  humour  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Pungent  Stench  and  will  longtime  fans  may  already  own  this  recording  I  would  recommend  it  to  younger  people  who  missed out  on  this  album  when  it  was  released  more  than  20  years  ago.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "True  Life'  "I,m  A  Family  Man"  "In  The  Search  Of  The  Perfect  Torture"  and  "Fuck  Bizarre".  8  out  of  10.

   

Pungent Stench/Dirty Rhymes And Psychotronic Beats/Dissonance Productions/2018 EP Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Austria's  Pungent  Stench  which  was released  in  1993  and  called  "Dirty  Rhymes  And  Psychortronic  Beats"  which  was  an  ep  consisting  of  a  couple  of  original,  re=mixes  and  covers  and  the  re-issue  will  be  released  in  March  by  Dissonance  Productions  which  also  adds  a  few  live  tracks  recorded  in  1993.

 A  horror  movie  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  a  few  seconds  later before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  is  also  influenced  by  70's  rock  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  easy  to  understand  death metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  they  also  bring  in  Warning  and  Mentors  covers,  goth  rock  style  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  techno  and  electronic  music  elements.

 At  times  the  bass  guitars  are  used  as  a  lead  instruments  at  times along  with  the  riffs  also bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  groove,  the  bonus  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  is  also  a  power  ballad  which  also b rings  in  clean  male  and  female  vocals  and  the  live  tracks  where  recorded  in  1993.

  On  this  recording  Pungent  Stench  still  was  mostly  influenced  by  death  metal  and  grindcore  mostly  but  also  get  more  experimental  and  changed  their  style  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  perversion,  depravity,  gore  and  sick  humour  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was a   very  great  sounding  recording  from  Pungent  Stench  and  while  it  was  not  quite  as  a  good  as  their  previous  release,  it  was  still  a  good  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Why  Can  The  Bodies  Fly"  and  "Horny  Little Piggie  Bank".  8  out  of  10.