Friday, August 18, 2017

Buried Realm/The Ichor Carcinorma/2017 Full Length Review

  Buried  Realm  are  a  solo  project  from  Colorado  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "The  Ichor  Carcinorma"  which  will  be  released  in  September.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  an  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  fashion  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  technical  direction  along  with  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams.

  Elements  of  neo-classical  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  leads  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  symphonic  elements  are  also  used  at  times.

   You  can  also  heart  touches  of  traditional  metal  in  the  guitar riffing  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a small  amount  of  clean  singing.  while  a  later  song  adds  in  industrial  style  keyboards  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals  while  touches  of  progressive  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  synths and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Buried  Realm  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  progressive  and  technical  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  mental  and  physical  battles  of  terminal  illness  and  diseases  and  the  attempt  to  rebuild.

  In  my  opinion  Buried  Realm  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  technical  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ichor  Carcinorma"  "On  Serpent  Soil"  and  "SuperSpell".  8  out  of  10.


Cranely Gardens/House Of Decay/2017 EP Review

  Cranely  Gardens  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  deathcore  with  elements  of  thrash,  death,  black,  nu  metal  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "House  OF  Decay".

  Radio  and  horror  movie  samples  start off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  vocals  that  add  in  death  metal  growls  and  the  more  aggressive  side  of  thrash  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  metalcore  elements  along  with  a  touch  of  nu  metal.

  When  the  music speeds up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  pats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  technical  fashion  and  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  from  the  more melodic  side  of  black  metal  and  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Cranely  Gardens  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  melodic  side  of  deathcore  while  also  mixing  in  some  metalcore,  thrash,  death,  black  and  nu  metal  elements  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cranely  Gardens  are  a  very  decent  sounding  deathcore band  with  elements  of  thrash,  death,  black,  nu  metal  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Muswell  Hill"  "Savages"  and  "The  Challenger". 7/5  out  of  10. 

Crejuvent Interview

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

I sure can! Crejuvent is my little musical love child that is a direct result of not getting laid in my teenage years coupled with clinical cynicism. It incorporates everything that I love about heavy music into a seamless musical concoction. Being a regular working musician working in different project, I wanted to release my own music without anybody else’s objection to the dumb shit I wanted to do. As of now, the band is only a studio project with myself as the sole member, but who knows what will happen in the future!

2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

The first demo ‘Pretty Demos’ was just that, a small collection of songs I had written and recorded that were just lying around in my laptop. The demos are a bit rudimentary, the tracks differ quite a lot from each other and it sounds a lot less cohesive as a release. But hey, the songs themselves are pretty cool! There are probably more elements of old school death metal in that one as the song writing is a bit less defined, band the recordings are also a bit more raw, mainly due to the fact that I wasn’t as good at producing as I was when I released ‘Time’.

‘Time’ is my first attempt at a solo EP. IT sounds much more cohesive and I feel the whole EP has a more unique feel than ‘Pretty Demos’. It’s somewhat more atmospheric and I toyed around with musical ideas a bit more, I got to do all sorts of dumb shit with it that I didn’t get to do with the demos. The sound is rooted more in progressive death metal and is arguably a bit more melodic, but it’s miles heavier in terms of feeling and intensity. Plus there are samples from Simpsons, which is an element that I feel was extremely lacking in ‘Pretty Demos’.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

Typically, it’ll be some sort of abstract concept, or existential crisis, or even a small narrative that explores the theme. You know, typical depressed teenager sorta stuff. I’m not a very literal lyricist, and I like to mask things in metaphors and allegories, I like to think it allows the listener to make up their own interpretation of the song and ultimately makes them more attached to the songs. Sometimes the lyrics have to be implied rather than expressed, ya know?

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

It has zero meaning. It’s a dumbass word that I made up and decided to use because it had zero results on Google when I looked it up. Plus it’s great when people ask me how to pronounce it cus it’s like “pfft, I don’t know” and people can pronounce it however they want. Plus I’m really shit at coming up with names for songs or bands, like REALLY bad…making up my own word was an easy way for me to skirt from that responsibility

5.Other than a few quests you record most of everything by yourself, are you open to working with a full band or do you prefer to work solo?

Yeah I’d love to, there’s just no available musicians in my are that are open and willing to devote time into my own artistic vision! Which is completely fair enough. Depending on how my finances are in the future, I would definitely consider getting session musicians for recordings, but that’s more of a one-off thing. For this project I definitely prefer writing solo.

6.How are some of the quests that have participated on your recordings?

When ‘Pretty Demos’ was released, I had my friend from university sing on the track Dualism. I knew what I wanted but couldn’t pull it off myself at the time and knew he had the vocals for it and he fucking nailed it! I also wanted a berserk and overkill guitar solo in Projection, so I asked my friend Max (who I’m currently playing bass for in the studio) to go nuts on a guitar solo and he whipped that bad boy out in a second! I enjoy letting people in on these things every now and again, it provides a small break from the monotony and ultimately they bring something to the table that I probably wouldn’t have thought of. Plus I’m an extremely mediocre guitar player at best so, you know.

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

So far with Crejuvent I’ve only ever played two shows. One was right after ‘Pretty Demos’ was release and I didn’t really know what to do with myself. There was barely anybody in the crowd and the venue was less than ideal, so my friend ended up giving me a tortilla wrap that I fixed on the microphone, which was humorous but looking back totally made it look like I just wanted a good. Which is sorta true, but not the whole truth. The second show I did was the year after that and it went off great! Given that it’s just me on stage playing bass and singing to backing tracks, people absolutely loved it for what it was. I really try to go all out on stage, cus nobody wants to see some asshole playing guitar or whatever standing awkwardly, people come to see a show and be entertained! I’ve injured myself so many times on stage and at almost every gig I end up jumping around so much I almost puke, it’s great, it’s intense.

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

Not much is going on at the moment really, I wanted to wait and see how the release for this EP goes first and then get on that gigging horse.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Well of course I’d be interested. I’m not actively looking or anything just yet, but I’m keeping my eyes peeled. I’ve had a few small independent labels approach me on Facebook, but they usually seemed like they just copy and paste their messages to bands so I never really pursued them. If a label, no matter how small, is GENUINALLY interested then they’ll be willing to write to me personally. I wouldn’t want to sign with someone who doesn’t really give a shit.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

No full length yet. I’m considering doing a single in these next few months, but since I’m already really busy with my other bands who knows what will happen. I got a few tracks already written, it’d be just a matter of reworking them, re-recording them, getting artwork, doing some PR…see, it’s not as easy and quick as it seems!

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?

Main influence for Crejuvent is by far Strapping Young Lad. It’s their intensity, sarcastic layers, and production that I really fell in love with. Fear Factory have also been a big influence, especially in terms of adding synths and industrial elements. That said, I’m big on my progressive death metal, bands such as Beyond Creation, Cynic, Obscura, to name a few, have been huge influences on my bass playing and songwriting. Nowadays I’m listening to metal a bit less and more to whatever Spotify chooses for me, from Toto to Leprous and anything in between.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Eating, Rick and Morty, bouldering, and World of Warcraft. And plenty of sitting. I love sitting down.

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

I’m going to assume you mean final words for this interview and not final words for like…life. Because that’d be nuts.

All I wanna say is go and check out Crejuvent’s ‘Time’ EP out now and get ready for the most sexually arousing listening experience of your life BAR NONE. It’s out everywhere, on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, all of it!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Under Eden/An Aeons-Long Shadow/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 CD Review

  Under  Eden  are  a  band  from  St.  Paul,  Minnesota  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "An  Aeons-Long  Shadow"  which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  adding  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  and  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted in  the  90's  as  well  as  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  edge  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  add  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  male and  female  female  vocals  and  they  close  the album  with  a  live  bonus  track.

  Under  Eden  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  melodic  death  metal  and  thrash  together to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  influence  of  extraterrestrial  beings  over  humanity's  creation,  beginnings  and  history.

  In  my  opinion  Under  Eden  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aeon-Alpha-Storming  Primordial  Shores"  "Catalyst  For  Massacre"  "Ensnared  In  The  Rapture"  and  "Veil  Of  Twilight".  8  out  of  10.  

Darkfall/At The End Of Times/Black Sunset/MDD Records/2017 CD Review

  Darkfall  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their 2017  album  "At  The  End  Of  Times"  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  by  Black  Sunset  and  MDD  Records.

  Tragic sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  is  also very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Swedish  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  thrash  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  symphonic  elements  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals.

  Darkfall  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  modern  style  of  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Darkfall  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ride  Through  The  Sky"  "Deathcult  Debauchery"  "Your  God  Is  Dead"  and  "Land  Of  No  Return  MMXVII".  8  out  of  10.


Crejuvent/Time/2017 EP Review

  Crejuvent  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  melodic,  progressive  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  relased  2017  ep  "Time",

  Heavy  riffs  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  screams  start  off  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  as  well  as  the  music  getting  very  technical  at  times  while  the  keyboards  gives  the  song  a  more  progressive  feeling  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  both  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  singing  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  technical  fashion  along  with  some  elements  of  industrial  and  djent  and  blast  beats  are  also  used  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  spoken  word  samples  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Crejuvent  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  prog,  technical  and  melodic  sides  of  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Crejuvent  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive,  melodic  and  technical  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Code  orange"  and  "Word  Vomit".  8  out  of  10.     

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gutslit/Amputheatre/Transcending Obscurity India/2017 CD Review

  Gutslit  are  a  band  from  India  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plys  a  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Amputheatre"  which will  be  released  in  October  by  Transcending  Obscurity  India.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  war  samples  before  going  into  a  more  brutal  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  screams  and  pig  squeals  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  have  a  sense  of  melody  to  them  while  also  sticking  to  a  more  traditional  death  metal  style  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  brutal.

  Gutslit  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  brutal  mixture  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  murder,  torture  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gutslit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  brutal  death  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Brazen  Bull"  "Blood  Eagle"  and  "Death  Hammer".  8  out  of  10.