Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cicida The Burrower/The Great Nothing/Blue Bedroom Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Cicida  The  Burrower  are  a  solo  project  from  Madison,  Wisconsin  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Great  Nothing"  which  was  released  by  Blue  Bedroom  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  while  heavy  riffs  and  atmospheric  sounds  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  deep  growls  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  A  great  amount  of  depressive  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  progressive  at  times,  some  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal  and  melodic  vocals  as  well  as  some  clean  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Cicida  The  Burrower  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album and  cover  depression  and  significant experiences.

  In  my  opinion  Cicida  The  Burrower  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Incidental"  "Walls,  Bent  ANd  Broken"  and  "Nihilism  Fuck  Wave",  8  out  of  10.

Joyless Euphoria Interview

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

 We founded Joyless Euphoria in May 2016. In the beginning, there were three of us, but frankly, our visions didn't align quite as well as I had hoped so I decided to go my own way and record all instruments myself.
After looking for a singer, I ended up talking to Lorand from the Post-Hardcore band False King, who fell in love with the music and decided to handle vocal and lyrics duties, which I think worked out perfectly.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We play a blend of a various styles culminating in something we like to refer to as Post-Black Metal. Of course we have the blast beats and the harsh vocals, but we also have gazey parts as well as rock and blues solos, and notably, ethereal clean vocals that give the whole thing an otherworldly feel.

We recorded the music with the help of our good friend Robert Gutmann here in Vienna and had it mixed and mastered by Rob Marshall at Canvas in San Francisco.

We think the heavy and intense production really suits the music.

3.You refer to your music as 'Posthuman Black Metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

The term "posthuman black metal" refers to the concept of the album and the lyrics. It is a record about a father who loses his daughter to suicide, dealing with all the emotions that come with this, be that grief or just (trying to) remember the good times.

Losing a child is probably one of the most painful things a person can experience, we tried to put this into music.

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

Please refer to Q 3

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Joyless Euphoria'?

Joyless Euphoria is quite the contradiction. In life you stumble through a vast array of emotions, some pleasant, others, not so much. And of course everyone hits these at different frequencies. You can be happy one second and be a total wreck the next. And conversely, even in your deepest depressions you might be able to see a light. We are not a true DSBM band, for that we have far too many positive aspects and melodies in our songs, and we tried to express that when naming the band.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to work as a duo?

Big time. Works super well. I mean obviously if we ever want to play live we'd get some peepz to fill in but for now this is how we'll keep working.

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

I am currently working on composing songs for a second record which is going to have similar vibes as our debut. I'm guessing it'll be done in about 18 months. These things take time, you know ;)
(Thanks for letting me know ;) -Lorand)

8. 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've loved metal since I've heard Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast" for the very first time in 1989. Which I bought. On tape. Because I'm an old man.

The more extreme side of Metal took hold of me when I've heard "Ablaze in the Northern Sky" in 1993.

For this Album, my influences ranged from Alcest, Deafheaven and Oathbreaker -- whom I have a lot of respect for -- to old Norwegian black metal from the early 90s.


9.What are some of your non musical interests?

Martin:  Hockey. Love it. Play myself, actually. And, of course my kids.

Lorand: Comedy and video games are my jam, when I'm, you know, not jamming.

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

 Thank you so much for giving us a chance. It's incredibly difficult to make people listen these days since there are so many bands out there.

Support us, buy the album or, at the very least, take a listen or two. We put a lot of work into it!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Imperious/Tales Of Woe The Journey Of Odysseus Part II: From Hades To Ithaca/Massacre Records/2017 CD Review



  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Germany's  Imperious  which  continues  the  epic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2016  and  called  "Tales  Of  Woe  The  Journey  Of  Odysseus  Part  II:  From  Hades  To  Ithaca"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  November  by  Massacre  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tacks  being  instrumentals.

  Most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  grim  black  metal  scrams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well.

  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  most  of  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo direction,  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  growls.

  On  this  recording  Imperious  slow  everything  down  a  bit  to  a  more  mid  tempo  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  while  still  being  very  epic  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  continue  the  story  of  Homer's  Odysseus  and  his long  journey  home.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Imperious  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sirens"  "The  Isle  Of  The  Solar  God"  and  "Bloodbound  -  The  Bow  Of  Odysseus".  8  out  of  10.

      

Imperious/Tales Of Woe - The Journey Of Odysseus Part I: From Illion To Hades/Massacre Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Imperious  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tales  Of  Woe -  The  Journey  Of  Odysseus Part  I: From  Illion  To  Hades"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  November  by  Massacre  Records.

  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds later  while  female  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  mixing  the  synths  and  spoken  words  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  incorporate  a  great  amount  of  melody,

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them   as  well  acoustic  guitars  being  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  and  instrumentals  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  growling  vocals  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  male  and  female  singing.

  Imperious  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  upon  based  upon  Homer's  The  Odyssey".

  In  my  opinion  Imperious  are  a  very great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Abjure  Temptation"  "Insidious  Winds"  and  :Where  Cimmerian  Darkness  Dwells".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Grabak/Bloodline Divine/Massacre Records/2017 CD Review


  Grabak  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  fast,  atmospheric  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Bloodline  Divine"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Massacre  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  s  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  atmospheric  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  one  song  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  and  on  the  closing  song  a  small  amount  of  semi  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard.

  Grabak  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  aggressive  and  traditional  sounding  while  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  chaos  prophets,  darkness  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grabak  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Via  Dolorsa"  "Oblivion"  "Bloodline  Divine"  and  "Apostate".  8  out  of  10. 

Sicarius Interview

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


Yeah thanks for having us. We're a new black metal band in the United States, we just released our debut full length "Serenade Of Slitting Throats" last week via M-Theory Audio records.


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


On the Scorch The Earth EP, we were still figuring things out. We used 7 stringed guitars and for a majority of that period myself and bassist/cofounder Carnage were the only two in the band. Everyone else came later so while the EP is very heavy and raw it was missing that organic flow that happened later on. Our drummer recorded the EP and we didn't have the HQ we do now so it was in a garage that we dampened with a ton of moving blankets. Also, while our vocalist was credited on the EP, it was I who did the vocals because he had joined the band like 2 days prior to us recording.

The full length seems to be the next logical step for us. It's more focused, has way more identity to it, it's still Sicarius, and there was still that emphasis on violence and brutality but we focused it differently. I feel the songcraft is way stronger on this album. There was more input from everyone involved compared to the EP. BZ was able to stretch out his wings as a drummer and add different flavors into the brew. It just sounds darker and more evil. While the songs were finished and ready before we went into the studio I do genuinely believe that Mick Kenney had a bit of influence on the atmosphere of the album while we produced it. Some of that fucking ugly Anaal Nathrakh vibe can be felt.


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


Conceptually the album focuses around death, death realms and the mythology of different civilizations' interpretation of death gods, but there's also lyrical content about war, murder, assassins, torture, human depravity...the lyrics are really fucked up and myself and K.Karcass take a great deal of pride in our content.


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


Sicarius is Latin for "assassin", "contract killer" or literally "Dagger man"
I've just always been fascinated with assassins, clandestine murders, and espionage. It just fit really well in a black metal band.


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


Our stage performance is always chaotic, angry and heavy. Our vocalist is unpredictable. You'll never get the same performance from him. It's war music. If we can inspire violent pits and total carnage then it was a good night. High intensity, high pain output.

The standout performances for us were with Uada in San Diego in 2016, Vader in Santa Ana this past summer, and our recent album release show was a great time.


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

We have one or two tours on the board in a planning phase, other than those we're interested in working with booking agents to start touring. Our first Las Vegas show is in a few weeks (Nov 2) supporting 1349, Goatwhore and Tombs and we couldn't be more excited. It's a one off show so I anticipate a strong draw.


7.The new album was released on M-Theory, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Yeah, the M-Theory label is the new effort of Marco Barbieri (who was the president of Century Media) and so far being on this label has been better than we could've hoped for. Everyone is very involved and works hard and it's really awesome because it gives us a stronger sense of accomplishment, the bands on the roster are all very supportive and help each other out, and the label team are very communicative and hard working. Being the only strictly black metal band on the roster is fantastic for us because Marco believes in what are doing and doesn't reign us in. It's good working with a team that allows us to go full fucking force.


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


We're still only days since the album released so I'm sure there will be more opinions to come. So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We've gotten such great support in the US and the U.K. It seems like the people get it for the most part, that we're trying to create black metal that emphasizes on violence. That we favor the assault over the atmosphere. I'm sure there will be naysayers out there bc we deliberately chose a quality production but whatever, fuck em.


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


Time will tell but realistically I see us only going in a darker, uglier and more raw direction in the future.


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 personal influences are black metal bands that paved their own way and said fuck the rules. There are no rules in black metal. There are only identifying elements and a strong connection with dark spiritual elements/the occult/mythology/etc. A band that comes to mind for me is Mayhem during their Blasphemer era. Specifically Grand Declaration Of War and Chimera. To me those records are untouchable and the enormous risks Blasphemer took required balls the size of battle tanks. That is fucking inspiring to me. Such a blatant "fuck you" to the rules. Rotting Christ (my favorite band ever) is another example. They played their idea of black metal and excelled. Absu are also a band I adore and another massive influence personally for me is a criminally underrated black/death band from Australia, The Amenta. You can definitely hear their influence in my riffs, without question. That band is god-tier in every facet.

The band as a whole are influenced by anything black metal. From the first wave heritage of Bathory to the 2nd wave sounds of Gorgoroth, Marduk, etc. Taake, Urghehal, Destroyer 666, 1349. The American bands that paved the way for us, Leviathan, Krieg, Ritual, Draconis, Averse Sefira. We love it all.

As far as what I'm listening to, without question Uada's 2016 Devoid Of Light album. I love those guys and they really set the bar high with that record. Absu's self titled, Judas Priest "Painkiller", Empyrean Throne's "Chaosborne", "Thy Mighty Contract" by Rotting Christ, The Amenta's "Flesh Is Heir" and "As All Light Leaves Her" by Advent Sorrow.



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

We greatly appreciate the interview, thank you very much. "Serenade Of Slitting Throats" is available worldwide, and keep the fight going.

Αίμα και Βια!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Christ Dismembered/Self Titled/2017 Full Length Review


  Christ  Dismembered  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  fast  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2017  album.

  Synths  start  off  the  album  and  bring  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  film  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  thrash  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  Swedish  style. 

  Christ  Dismembered  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast  and  aggressive  in  the  mid  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity,  Revenge  and  Hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Christ  Dismembered  ate  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Slap In  The  Face  Of  God"  "Swarm  OF  The  Black  Mass"  and  "Revel  In  Your  Disgust".  8  out  of  10.