Witching Metal Webzine

Witching Metal Webzine

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Interview: Diabolical Demon Director (2)

Old interview from 2011 contributed by James Goatfukk.

1. Good evening to you! DIABOLICAL DEMON DIRECTOR made it’s unholy invasion in the misty year of 2004 to play Grim Thrash, is it? What do you think of my tag: “Grim Thrash” –I think it suites your music just fine because your music is definitely pretty “grim” in a way! Haaha. Has there been any influence on behalf of the black Metal genre, or is this bare-to-the-bone approach in your music just the result of listening to a lot obscure 80’s Thrash for the last decade??? I mean, you certainly don’t belong to any bullshit retro trend with all these shitty Exodus/Anthrax/Slayer clones...
DJ: G'Day Mate!!! Hail Jacques Kallis haha. Diabolical Demon Director was actually born in June 2001 hahaha. Grim sounds fucking fine with me I like it!! before I heard that one we used to just call it Ugly Thrash haha. Only really 80's style of black metal we ever got into, masters like Poison, Bathory, Venom, Treblinka, Goatlord, Hellhammer etc that sort of black metal is what we like. Those bands would be big influence for sure we listen to a lot of exodus, anthrax and slayer as well of course haha but I think we sound the way we do because we just listen to so many of all genres. Agent steel, Black sabbath, Gaskin, Blackkout, Death Angel, Midnight, Xanadoo, Zebarges, Black Hole, Possessed etc New, Old, Heavy, Thrash, Speed, 80's Black Death etc just whole range of shit. Everything we listen to comes into our own creations; we are a primary a thrash metal band but like to explore other areas and incorporated that into DDD. There are no rules or boundaries for us, I find a lot of newer bands that just stick to the same old are really boring these days for me.

DA: G’day mate, Ha! Grim Thrash!…certainly one I haven’t heard before, I guess there’s definitely a degree of darkness in our music. I don’t listen to a great deal of black metal, but inspiration comes from all sources for me, even watching movies you can get dark vibes from or even the graphics of video games. Either way, it’s always been apart of our mindset to set ourselves apart from the clones.
2. DIABOLICAL DEMON DIRECTOR plays filthy kind of Thrash I like…Would it be relevant to say that DDD have that fundamental Aussie touch oozing in your music? I mean, when I listen to DDD, NOCTURNAL GRAVES, SHACKLES, VOMITOR or GOSPEL OF THE HORNS – I can just tell that I’m listening to an Aussie band…

DJ: Cheers! It really is a honor to be named alongside those great bands, Especially Vomitor. They are my favorite metal band from here easy. I've got no idea where the "aussie sound" comes from it's almost kind of natural for us I guess.

DA: That’s pretty cool man! We’re fans of all those bands and needless to say those bands have helped influenced some of my playing. I guess our location must impact our sound to a degree if that’s what people take from it, though at the same time I like to believe we are different people from different backgrounds and circumstances which would probably play a greater part to our sound.
3. Let’s talk about your latest release; the “Under the underground” promo that contains all your traxxx taken from various split releases. What can you tell us about this release and the other bands you’ve collaborated with? Which one of your split releases do you like the most? Will there be any more collaborations in the future? What about doing a split release with a South African band? Ha Ha Ha!!!

DJ: Our latest release is our EP "surrounded by evil" that arrived out December 2010. 5 tracks of grim ugly thrash done in a studio setting for a change haha. The Under the underground promo was delivered in July 2010 and it was just a preview to some contacts of what's to come. 2 split releases that involve DDD have been in the works for well over a year now the tracks are previewed on this promo. One split is with a aggressive thrash metal band from Greece named Skullface, although I'm not sure what is going on with this release? I cannot get in contact with Nikk (if you are reading mate, email me!!) so that split is in the unknown. The other split is a 3 way split with rotten thrash chain whippers Oath from Italy and Sexual carnage demons Fornication from Canada. That release is going along slow; we're just waiting on Fornication to do their tracks. The split tracks we did for the 3 way split are easily my favorite recordings we've ever done they are almost spot on production wise of how I want DDD to sound. A very ugly & aggressive sound that's very 80's sounding no modern touches or volume overload! hahahaa Depending on the sound of the band and I liked the band in question I wouldn't say no. Although we're pretty backed up with splits at the moment we’ve had to turn down a couple of offers. We have two more splits penciled in after our album with Stormbane a ripping black thrash band from Australia & Zebarges the most unique & original band I've heard.

4. I couldn’t help but notice some similarities between you and RUBBISH MOB.. WHY? I think the foundation of RUBBISH MOB”s sound is perhaps more inclined to old skull punk… One of you guys sent me their “Up in the Blockhole” demo (I think it was Death Justice who send it to me..). How did you get in contact with this band and what do you think about the.. Hmm.. front cover? Haha.

DA: Being the one responsible for the release…I was a bit hmmm about the cover art haha! At first I thought it was a bit much, but then I got to understand the mentality behind the filth and thought…you know what? Fuck it! That’s how they want to express themselves, then so be it and to be honest it fits their in your face approach to a tee. As an artist and as a band member, I understand the importance of having cover art that the band wants, it needs to meet their vision, it’s apart of the whole package…the image needs to suit or compliment the music.

DJ: Yeah I sent the demo, Rubbish Mob are a classic band, I really like their demo. They listen to the same shit as us, Have the same thoughts and laugh at the same shit haha. It's really no surprise they sound a lot like us. They just do it in a in their own more humorous weird way hahhaa. We've been in contact with the band for a few years now via email and the odd vist. They live on the other side of the country near Darwin. One of the rubbish mob band members has family here in Melbourne and they're mates with us and told us about their uncle's band etc, so that's how it all started. Dare I say there will be a Rubbish Mob/DDD split one day hahhaa. I thought the cover was classic!! just so simple but so effective. Vulgar, perverted & offensive yet so beautiful and mysterious hahaha. I heard on the wire that another demo is in works and should be out in 2012.

5. You guys did a cover of GOALORD’s awesome “Sacrifice” which is in my opinion, an excellent choice for a cover!!! It’s definitely not a song that gets covered a whole lot, if at all – what promted you guys to do a GOATLORD cover, and in what way does the aural slime of GOATLORD strike resemblance to the filthy death/thrash of DDD?

DJ: Cheers glad you blasted the cover! The cover was selected and done quite quickly almost on the spot decision to do it. Necrohammer & I have always listened and worshiped Goatlord since around 2004. We used to jam sacrifice out sometimes before Death Angel joined DDD with our old drummer Nitro Onslaught.
So I just suggested it one day in rehearsal and said let's give it a go again maybe we should record it as well hahaa. I always thought the song would suit us and our sound quite well and it did by the feedback we've got. It's the only cover we've done with Death Angel in the band so far. We'll do a couple of more covers in the future of more underrated classics!
Yeah Goatlord rules I love their sound and darkness they have, especially the voice. The voice is one of the evilest in metal for me, It's a blueprint for my vocals along with Vomtior and Old Destruction. Plus their music is almost like Death/Doom/Thrash all rolled into one, it's a ripper!

DA: I actually hadn’t heard any of Goat Lord’s music prior to doing this cover, but after DJ showed me their song I definitely appreciate their music and style. I feel like I’m standing in a filthy dark sewer listening to that song, there’s a sense of evilness, darkness and power..there’s no fancy production to hide behind and maybe I guess that’s what’s reflected in DDD as well. What appealed to me was the fact that they used some kind of electronic kit from what I understand and I knew that we could turn the song around and add our own touch to it.
6. I’ve been informed by Mr. Justice that Miss Hammer had recently picked up an injury, and that the band is currently on hold; may I ask how the injury occured and when you’ll be ready to destroy the kit again? Were you playing cricket in the backyard and Death Justice caught you of guard with a bouncer? What will happen to Demon Director if Deathammer isn’t able to strike her hammers anymore? Deathammer, you should really consider wearing some armpads next time…

DA: Haha! The cricket in the backyard story would have been somewhat of a good story to tell if it were true but instead it’s just one of them arsehole things that happen when you tell yourself it’s alright, when really it’s a lot worse and you don’t realize until the damage is done. I got tendonitis in the left wrist/forearm from over repetitive use, in which case would be drumming. It’s an unrested tendon that over time gets stiff and less flexible resulting in the strain and the tendons become inflamed and any movement can result in some pretty debilitating pain. The worst of it is over, but there’s still a great deal of work to be done cos I still get flare ups and to be honest I can’t even set a rough date on when I’ll return to playing again. I’m just hoping by the end of 2011, since I’ve been out of action since December last year…so that’s seven months already which is way too long! I go crazy if I can’t play in 7 days, let alone 7 months. Upon returning I wouldn’t rule out the armpads…anything to keep from repeating this nightmare again.

DJ: hahahahahaha that's a classic story mate. I remember once back in mid 90's me and our old drummer Nitro Onslaught we're playing backyard cricket. Some other dude just did a ripper shot towards nitro onslaught. Nitro dived for it like a master and caught it like that David Boon catch for Shane Warne's hatrick. Anyway Nitro gets up all jolly he caught it only to realize he had dog shit all up he's arm and side of he's body hahahhahaha classic!!!
As for Death Angel hopefully she'll be back soon. I really cannot be bothered at this point of time to look and start up again with a new drummer, So we'll give Death Angel as long she needs to recover. We were going to do the album this year but it's more of a 2012 mission now.

7. It’s almost as if Black and Death Metal have become the model for what’s considered “cool” in the underground these days, and I think it’s pathetic that there are some people who follow this cool trend shit … Of course, I fucking love Black/Death, but I refuse to be associated with this ‘Only Black/Death is real’ mentality…I mean; what about other genres like Heavy Metal, Doom, Thrash and Punk…?

DA: What’s cool and what’s not is pretty subjective based on individual opinion, but you’re right, there’s always a ‘majority’ opinion which becomes apparent. I think it’s pathetic that people who are apart of a subculture that’s supposed to be somewhat open minded and not follow trends and just make up ‘their own’ minds, just end up following suit regardless. I know it exists, but I choose not to pay attention to it, I don’t do this music for the approval of others and I certainly didn’t get into music for those reasons either. You are right, there are some other great genres in the underground, but I bet in those other genres, they probably have similar views, except the opposing genres ‘aren’t real’. It’s childish and I stopped paying attention a long time ago, I listen to a lot of music outside the underground cos I like it and it speaks to me on other levels and I would never trade that feeling for the sake of superficial image.
DJ: hahaha you could almost say the same thing with the 70's satanic rock thing, the thrash metal explosion, Lots of black death band using arab references lately, all these bands recycling 80's heavy metal, glam rock arghhh hahahaa everything happening in waves. It's not just band it's 20 bands at once hahahaa. I see and read these things all the time but I don't dwell on it much and try not to waste my time too much with it. It doesn't take very long to work out if a band is doing it for success or a total burning desire these days. I love most genres of metal and punk but I'll never say only this genre or that genre is real is just stupid. Just because I don't like it doesn't mean it shouldn't exist, I think too many turkeys have this attitude in today's society. For example I don't smoke, but so many don't like smoking and just because they don't like it they want to ban it and impose all these stupid laws on it. It's a waste of time, money and energy that should be put into more thoughtful and important things in life.
All I got to say is you have to pretty bored to just be listening to one genre of music. I listen to almost everything except rap/hiphop/country/dance & modern pop music.

8. Christians believe they can get away with anything if they repent afterwards. It’s the same thing as Santa Claus - be good and you get rewarded. In reality a good deed is like pissing yourself in dark pants. You get a warm feeling but nobody notices. Your point of view?

DJ: hahahaa funny! As long you feel satisfaction with your good deed it shouldn't matter if no one notices or what they think. You just have to watch it these how far you extend the good deeds. I'm finding it more difficult to trust anyone these days, there's a lot more arseholes & cunts out there more than ever.
I like to refer to this era as the death of responsibility era. So many just don't want to take responsibility anymore, no one has guts or the balls. It's really frustrating sometimes especially if you are in a car crash because some piece of shit runs a red light and slams into to you. The piece of shit admits fault and they will pay for the damage at the scene. Then a week later you get a letter from the shit's solicitor saying it's my fault and they shouldn't have to pay anything arrghh!!! Cross me Fool!!!!

DA: Interesting question with entertaining adjectives haha! I think it’s important to recognize any wrong doings and feel guilty for it… but I think the point of that is to learn from that mistake and be honest with yourself to not want to do it again, in other words to avoid feeling the guilt. To commit wrong doings with a false sense of repenting is just like describing a sociopath. Of course you got the ones who commit wrong doings and just avoid the responsibility even though they are in the wrong…those people are called arseholes. Doing a good deed isn’t about seeking others’ approval, it should be done genuinely. Even if no one notices, you should get a good feeling from doing it and really that’s all that should matter. Self satisfaction should be enough.
9. What can you tell me about the current scene there in Oz? Which are the bands that you would recommend as personal favourites and which are the bands which you would absolutely not recommend? Ok, you don’t have to give me a scene report, just a brief evaluation Haha...

DA: Well..haha..I don’t really want to talk bad, but the scene is not very exciting at the moment, all the ripper bands don’t play live much if at all and the ones that dominate the live scene tend to act like rock stars, without the stardom to back it up with. On the rarity that GOTH play live, I always enjoy them, Cauldron Black Ram are rippers, Stormbane, Vomitor (Although Sir Death Dealer moved overseas) and I guess in terms of the more active bands, Maniaxe are one of the few active real thrash bands around. Whenever I seen them play live, they’re always having fun and that’s what you wanna see really. In terms of not recommending bands, I personally try to avoid negative attitudes, if it doesn’t move me, than I just don’t listen to their music, I don’t care how popular they think they are.

DJ: The live metal circuit here in Melbourne is nothing at the moment, it's completely dead. It's easily the worst year for gigs I've witnessed It's been downhill since about 2007 and we've reached the bottom I'm sure right now haha. It can only go up now! Hopefully anyway.

We've got the bands here but a lot of them hardly play live I don't know the full reasons why it's like that. Many of the other bands it's more along the lines of who you know and how good you can suck the cock hahaa.

Bands I listen to from here: Stormbane, Dire Fate, Demons Gate, Vomitor (moved overseas now), Wurm, Barbarion, Rubbish Mob, Cauldron Black Ram, Ion Drive (still going), Hobbs Angel of Death (also still going), Doomed Beast, The Wizar'd, Dungeon Stench...

Bands I recommend checking out: Hellbringer, Innsmouth, StarGazer, Maniaxe, Johnny Touch, Impious Baptism, Portal, Assualter, Mongerl's Cross...

There are the ones off the top of my head there's probably more. The non-recommended would take up the whole zine hahahhaaa not worth your time.
10. Death Angel, tell us about your label Graveyard Shift: how and when was it conceived and what motivated the idea for such a time-consuming venture? I bet you have your hands full at the moment with sending out packages? As far as I know; some of DDD’s releases was put out on Graveyard Shift -- what can you tell us about that?

DA: Graveyard Shift was conceived around 2008-2009, I basically wanted to do a whole heap of creative projects under the one name. Doing releases wasn’t an initial idea, but after trading with other labels overseas, I liked the idea of making releases because it’s a good way to spread music around without necessarily costing so much. The only thing that tears you a new one is the monopolized postage system! I was given a grant under the government to pursue my business and that’s what gave me the initial push. These days I’ve had to put it aside as a hobby, but at least when I did do it full time, I did learn a lot from built up experience and guidance from others. Now days I have to work fulltime in order to survive, but the Graveyard Shift name has built up steadily enough that we still send out packages and do trades with other labels. It still goes, but just means I have to be super organized with my time. We decided to put out the 2 DDD EPs out on Graveyard Shift, because I was just learning things at that point in time and not that we stuffed anything up, but there’s always a chance and it’s probably better to do with your own band rather than give yourself a bad name doing another band’s release. I really enjoyed putting the layout/artwork together and I’m really happy with the final product. Of course there’s never 100% satisfaction on the ‘sound’ of the recordings, but audio isn’t really my background or place, that’s DJ’s department. In terms of graphics and layouts which is my background, I’m really wrapped with it. The greatest thing however was getting the CDs overseas more with trades and into local independent record shops as well as packaging things up for community radio station airplay.

11. What kind of bands does Graveyard Shift usually show an interest in? Any specific preferences? I’m pretty sure that one of Graveyard Shifts’ aims is to stand out, as there are too many labels around releasing the same ol’ shaite; am I right about that? Do you have any serious aspirations with the label like turning it into a full-time venture or is it an under the radar sort of thing?

DA: To be honest, all the releases I’ve done in the past more or less came up by chance, rather than me seeking bands out. However I have been approached by bands that have asked me to release things, a lot of it is timing but at the same time, I have to like what I release and believe in it. I’m thinking about releases more these days while I’m unable to drum. While I don’t think too much about ‘standing out’, I do think a lot about setting myself apart from others…I know that sounds like the same thing. But it’s more like I’m not looking for a smash hit band with the cool name, image and cult following. I’d prefer to work with a band with music that moves me, doesn’t represent clone bands that other labels tend to suck off and kind of challenge the current trends, because to me, I rather release something with longevity than a short lived fame. However, I got a lot on my plate, so above all the bands I work with need to have good attitude, professionalism and consistent communication to reach a common goal. I guess I answered the question above, but this is more of a hobby based project, I have more appreciation for it and it’s a lot less stressful this way.

12. Do you think attitude and integrity is slowly rotting away from the underground? How important are these above mentioned factors for DIABOLICAL DEMON DIRECTOR; and what would you say should be the most obligatory aspects concerning a band proclaiming themselves as ‘underground’?

DJ: Yeah I see attitude and integrity is getting thinner by the week. In Australia it’s not hard to see now how the bands operate and shit now with the online networks. A lot of it is open to the public to see and cringe. I see local bands get all the gigs, deals, labels kissing them and overseas gig opportunities etc and the band hasn't even done anything except record their generic music and play boring gigs hahahaa. The bands don't even send their shit around anywhere they snuggle up to some underground label, then underground label name drops them to a overseas label then bang there's your deal boys. Then label directs what artwork should be used and what the EP should be called. I'm seeing this right now with some bands I mention in question 9.
Where's the fun in that? where's the hard work? That's not underground metal, that's just kissing arse and having all these suckholes do the work for you. I wouldn't want that with DDD and will never submit to that shit.
I'm not sure how the underground worked in the old days or it works overseas, but I'm guessing not much is different, It's really nothing to do with the music it's all about the connections and how much you talk shit gets the band far. We're the opposite we send our shit everywhere, do almost everything DIY the only things we didn't do was press the CDs, produce our last EP, print our last round of shirts and organize the last gig we played hahaha everything else we done ourselves. That's how a underground band should work.
It didn't take long to realize that a lot of newly formed bands don't do shit anymore. You see bands start up here and 4 months later they got a management deal, merch out already and they haven't even recorded anything hahaha. That's just the bands side of it, there's labels, radios, distros, gig organizers, venues & the "metal head" fans etc all playing same bullshit game. I also find it hilarious that not one distro/label has been willing to trade with us or even had the guts to stock our poison in Australia in our existence hahaaha some underground pfft! In the end the underground can suck my balls, we're under the underground and we do what we please and everything we do is genuine from our demon hearts. May all your chooks turn to emus, kick your dunny door flat to the grass, hope your balls turn into bicycle wheels and back-peddle up your arse!!
DA: You must be reading from the DDD manual haha! Yeh, it’s not an ideal thing to be happening at the moment, but attitude and integrity are slowly rotting away from the underground. I think integrity more so…but alongside with attitude they kinda go hand in hand. These things are paramount for DDD, our attitude is our way of life and to never compromise who we are as people let alone in the band. My attitude is to be hardworking, honest and play with conviction and passion. Let’s face it, without hard work we wouldn’t get anywhere, cos we’re not the type of band to betray what we wanna do for the sake of what’s cool or stoop to getting on our knees for approval. Music is such an important way of life for me and well, it doesn’t come out any other way, you can’t contrive that stuff. I love what I do in DDD and so when I play in the band I’m having fun, I feel full of energy and that’s just the way it comes out. We don’t play everything musically correct, in time or cleanly, we just play what we feel inside.
3. A lot of bands use the right “tricks” in order to gain interest, but whether or not they are sincere in what they preach is another question if you know what I mean?

DA: Yep, I know exactly what you mean. Too bad for them though, they’re never going to know what self satisfaction feels like apart from maybe having a wank.

DJ: hahaha I think I covered this question in the last one. Doesn't surprise me at all really this shit happens in almost every aspect of life now these days it's all about the money, cash & glory. Underground hype on some bands is ridiculous, just makes me think a lot of metal heads are no different to mainstream idiots. Maybe we should start wearing some stupid spandex and rip off exodus & bring back 1985 all over again to win over the underground?? hahahhaa Don't come the raw prawn with me you lost cases.

14. Do you guys get inspired by any horror movies? What was the last good movie you’ve seen and what are some of your favorites? What about Australian cinema – any bizarre or trippy movies abroad worth mentioning?

DA: Yeah I love horror movies, I like the story lines and the thrill of the scare and of course a well executed development of character and when the right feeling is achieved by the detail and thought put into the scene locations. The last good movie I seen was the Decent, what I liked most about the movie was all the gory parts of the caves, filled with human bones and the pool of sludgy blood. It felt like they achieved their desired eeriness, foreboding and sinister atmosphere. I also really liked how the characters ‘survival instincts’ kicked in from medicating fragility to almost primitive hunter. Although I haven’t watched the entirety of the movie ‘Wolf Creek’, it’s worth a mention for Australian films. As far as slasher movies go, that’ll really get the shit rolling down your leg, that’s all I can say!

DJ: Yeah horror/scary movies are quite cool, I enjoy them when they are good hahaha I seen lots of crap horror movies as well unfortunately.
My favorite is the Phantasm series; I just love the story and feel to that movie series. Inspired a couple of songs and another is the Omen which is a ripper!
Some others like the Gate, Abominable doctor phibes, Poltergeist, The decent, The ninth gate, The keep, Salem's lot, The Amityville horror, The thing, Prince of darkness, Event horizon, Beyond the darkness, People under the stairs, Pet sematary etc are the some of the ones off the top of my head that I enjoyed.
Some of my all time favorites are Predator, Southern Comfort, Fletch, Escape from New York, MASH, First Blood, The good-the bad & the ugly, Duel, Aliens, The ipcress file, The live, See no evil, hear no evil etc you get the idea hahahaa. I seem to enjoy a lot of the older movies more than the newer ones.

Some classic Aussie movies I like to mention are The adventures of Barry Mckenzie is the perfect example of how Aussies used to be before we became Americanized. Dead end drive in, Midnight spares, Stone, Mad Max, Bad boy bubby, The castle, Gallipoli not much trippy stuff but definitely some bizarre ones there hahahaa.

15. Books? You read like to read ‘em or do you prefer boozing?

DJ: Yeah I like to read books, been a bit quiet lately with the books. Just too much shit going on with my life. Hp Lovecraft, History books, Cricket books and some more. I also like comics as well like Conan the barbarian, GI Joe, Phantom etc. What about pornography? hahahaa Lots of smut mags as well. However all of that doesn't compare to getting that first drop of booze down for the day.

DA: Unfortunately I don’t get a great deal of time to read these days. I’m not really a great fan of stories through novels, I prefer watching movies. The only things I really read these days are instructional based things, like cooking, art technique, health/nutrition based stuff and for leisure based things, the occasional metal mag, tattoos and comics…I like pictures haha! Boozing is alright when it works, but there’s not much time for that these days either.
16. I’ve noticed a uge pentagram flag on Death Angel’s drumkit – thus I have to inquire whether any of you are inspired by any satanic literature or followers of the Left Hand Path…? What is your personal take on Satanism?

DA: Again, I’m not much of a reader, I like movies more and do like some of the darker subject matters, but this is purely for the enjoyment of story telling. I’m not a Satanist by any means and my personal take is that it’s just as idiotic as most other religions. It’s meant to oppose religion, yet one way or another it pretty much resembles a lot of characteristics of religion anyways.

DJ: Yeah some satanic literature has inspired us, not going to deny that, however none of us practice Satanism or magick or anything like that. To be honest none of us even have time for it hahaha way too much shit to do. I don't take Satanism too serious, I don't believe in anything but myself. No gods, no Masters! Satanism is nothing to the real evil around us.

17. So what are the future plans for the band? Any high hopes of getting rich and famous? Haha

DA: I’m always ambitious, but I’m not superficial. I just believe in giving everything I got in my biggest lifelong passion. I’d love to play overseas some day or support some of our favorite bands…Destruction or Vomitor would be a dream come true, but my primary focus is to be able to play again period. That above all is the most important thing for me, more than recognition, success or opportunities. That at the end of the day is the greatest feeling for me.
DJ: hahahaha where's the tattslotto bitch with my check? I need some bloody money haha. First thing is to wait til Death Angel recovers then rehearse for some gigs and do the album finally. The songs on the album have been ready to learn since 2005/2006 hahaha. Hopefully we can archive all this in 2012. Also the split releases are not far off from being released hopefully and maybe a re-issue of both of our EPs onto 1 tape or 1 cd sort of thing. More shirts, badges & maybe we'll get around to doing some hoodies one day hahaa. We definitely want to try and play some more gigs we haven't done a gig since mid 2009. One day we hope to do gigs overseas like Europe, Japan & Canada etc that would be the ultimate for us. We'll still do the 3 albums I've got written regardless of success hahahaa I just want to record the the music and get it out.
18. The interview has come to a demise! Death Justice, I want to express my gratitude to you for sending me that promo pack a while ago and for introducing me to STORMBANE and RUBBISH MOB, which I enjoy a lot. Also, thanks for this interview! I hope you guys enjoyed it and that it wasn’t just some run-of-the-mill shit… Hahaa!! Any last sentiments before we burn the fucking church down?

DJ: No worries mate!! I'll send another pack sometime soon when more goodies arrived onto my lap. Cheers for the effort and work in this interview and contacting us as well, you bloody ripper!!! It was a pleasure to interview mate. Any headbangers with the guts and are after the demon's poison contact us at diabolical_demon_director@hotmail.com to see what we have. At the moment stocks are running low but you never know your luck!!

Make sure you get some booze, snags and some marshmellows before we burn this mutha down hahahahahaa. Long live Nuclear War Plague Zine and let’s hope South Africa put up a good fight in the next cricket matches hahaha

DA: The pleasure is ours! Thanks for the interview mate! It was interesting and well composed and pretty enjoyable too! Cheers!

Interview: Blaze of Perdition

Old Interview from 2010 contributed by James Goatfukk.

Your debut, ''Towards the Blaze of Perdition'' was released on Putrid Prophet Productions. Please tell us a little bit about this label, the amount of copies pressed, and the feedback that you've received from the underground press.
PPP is, or rather was a young label created by our friend. Well… although he did well with a part of his job, there were too many problems with cooperation with him. There’s too much to get into the details, but that’s why we’ve decided to find new label. To be honest, there wasn’t very much feedback, promotion left much to be desired, but while I’m not that kind of man who seeks attention and over-cares about opinions, it’s not a big problem since we’re still very young, underground band.

I know there was a 2 year delay with Putrid Prophet to put out your debut. This must have been frustrating?

Yeah, as I said, there were plenty of problems with PPP and to say frustrating as fuck is like to say nothing. Anyway, we shouldn’t have such problems anymore since our new label (Pagan Records) is very reliable and professional.
A lot of bands find themselves in these shitty situations. Their third album is already done by the time the label releases their debut, haha. How long were you working on the material? Are you satisfied with the final outcome?
While “Towards…” was in the process of composing, there were many interruptions in existence of the band (line-up changes etc.), so it took a few years to complete this release. And yes, we’re satisfied with the outcome. We haven’t avoided some mistakes and flaws, but that’s pretty natural. No need to complain, this is the past and we’re focused on the future.
Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of ''open-mindedness'' in Black Metal, and have a strict, elitist attitude towards the genre. Do you see this as a good or bad thing?
I think the matter of open/narrow-mindedness is rather a problem of kids and/or metalhead apes. I don’t mint any progression in Black Metal until it still has its proper content and there’s no need to say what is proper content in Black Metal, right? Musical part is just a matter of taste, so there’s not much to say about that.

Please share some insight on the bands/propaganda that inspires your music.
We draw inspirations from various sources. Books, discussions, our own reflections and practices, dreams and from life itself. Musically, we’re also inspired by many bands, but I don’t like to mention any particular ones that have an impact on me, for they are just hosts of who influences us most, and His name is the Devil.

Are there any limits that you set for yourself when composing your hymns or are there no rules at all? Do you look for any inspiration outside extreme Metal?
Our aim is to destroy the borders, not only when it comes to the ideological/spiritual part of our activity, we try getting the show to the road in every aspect of our lives. When you listen to our second album, you’ll be able to hear many inspirations outside extreme music. There are no restrictions. Nothing is real, everything is permitted!
In one interview you stated that you draw inspiration from other sources as well, not just Satanism. Tell us a bit more about these 'other' sources if you don't mind.

Yes, we’re into the cults of Persia, Egypt, India etc. His manifestations have various origins and appear in countless forms. Our aim is to draw His power from as many of them as possible.
They said rock music, comics and rpgs will get you into the occult and they were definitely right. Christianity teaches ignorance and blind faith while The Serpent give enlighten. The promethean flame. The gift of Satan. Your thoughts?
It’s not about christianity only, you know. All monotheistic deities are devourers of energy, something like parasites. Instead of teaching to unleash our hidden power, these religions assume feeding the supposed absolute, the demiurge, and any effort of reaching him is considered an utmost blasphemy. On our path it’s something purely right to reach for Wisdom and unite with the divine.
What do you think reality really consists of?

It depends on what do you consider as reality. If by reality, you mean the kingdom of demiurge and worldly life, so then reality is a cage suppressing our true divine potential, a prison for Will, that should be destroyed by ultimate rejection of the tyrant’s laws and transfiguration of our ego. It’s a long process and aim very difficult, but necessary to achieve, if one wants see beyond the veil.

Churches tell christians that Satanists drink cat blood and kill people, and commit acts of ''evil'' to worship the ''devil'' and then christian fools that want to rebel against authority and against god do what they think Satanists do, and then once again the Satanist gets the blame. Your thoughts?
I don’t really care about christians and what they think or do is not of my concern, but it’s purely natural that we get the “blame” for everything. I’ll tell you even more, it’s a proper phenomenon – we are their spiritual adversaries, so it’s just fine when they see it. When Satan doesn’t inflame extreme emotions, something isn’t right, don’t you think?
Your EP ''Deus Rex Nihilum Est'' was released on Daemonokratia Productions and limited to a minimal 100 copies. How many copies did you guys receive from Daemonokratia and how do you feel about this release? Would you ever consider releasing it as a '7EP maybe?
We’ve received 10 copies if I remember correctly. Not a big release, but as we’ve never got any copies of the split MC with Pseudogod from Malediction Records, we’ve decided to spawn this material alone. There is a plan of releasing it on vinyl with bonus track (a cover of Polish legend Xantotol), but no details so far.
What attracted you to the left hand path and made you decide that society's ways are obsolete?
It probably started with common fascination towards Devil’s music, because I was too young to understand such subjects as LHP. As I was growing up both physically and mentally, I slowly started getting deeper and deeper into the altered forms of spirituality and as I still don’t have enough Wisdom, I will continue to learn ‘til the end of me.

A lot of so called ''Black Metal'' bands care only for shock value and hide behind a pre-conceived image. What's worse is that a lot of these bands are self-proclaimed ''satanists'' but do not know a single shit about the occult. This is really pathetic in my opinion. What do you think?
I don’t give a slightest fuck about the bands that consider the essence of Black Metal just as a theatrical image. What I preach via Blaze of Perdition has deep spiritual meaning to me and I don’t understand what sense is in creating such art just to make (often unlistenable due to lack of talent) noise. It’s a very shallow attitude, but I don’t see myself as any Black Metal messiah, who preaches what’s right or wrong and tells people what to do. Fuck it, let everyone speak for themselves.
Right now you are working on a second full length, which will probably be unleashed by the time this issue is published. What can you tell us about this upcoming opus and how will it differ from Towards the Blaze of Perdition?

Second album entitled “The Hierophant” is already being shaped in studio, we’re just after drum recording session. New material will differ pretty much from the debut, it will be more dynamic, aggressive and I’ll even risk to say “catchy” - contrary to a bit monotonous “Towards…” - just perfect for playing live. And since we’ve decided to be a live band, we’d like our ceremonies to be executed properly. Not every music fits live performances.
Well, thanks for answering my questions. The last unholy words are yours.
Thanks for the interview. Wield the torch proudly to keep His fire burning eternally

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Enforcer- Death by Fire Review

                Enforcer - Death by Fire

I'm sure many of you already know Enforcer. The Swedish speed metal band finally released their third album, Death by Fire, some months back, after slogging through some heavy touring and the loss of a guitarist. The singer has now picked up guitar duties but I don't think that has slowed them down at all. If anything, they have come back with a fury.

The disappointing part about this record to many is that it's not Diamonds II, but that can be a plus in many aspects. While they haven't really changed their old school formula, the new album doesn't sound exactly like their older ones. While the first two more either more of feel-good classic metal, this one is much darker and grittier. It's a bit faster too, the album almost flies by. It's kind of like Iron Maiden -before they turned to the pretentious proggy stuff- meets early Metallica, or maybe even some Diamond Head.

The loss of their guitarist, whose name escapes me (who remembers names anyways?), really hasn't hindered them at all. They're still able to crank out some kick-ass tunes like "Death Rides This Tonight," "Mesmerized by Fire," "Take Me Out of This Nightmare," and "Crystal Suite." Hell, the other songs are pretty damn good. Nothing groundbreaking, but you can't really complain about some old school riffage, can ya? I think the only that this album really lacks is more catchy choruses and the like, ones that you expect from a band like this. There are a few, like "Take Me Out of This Nightmare," but they don't quite compare to hooks of the first two albums.

That being said, it's a pretty solid album, I wouldn't review it if it wasn't. I like the new dark direction they're taking, rather than the sleazy side they kind of always had before. Maybe speed metal isn't quite done for after all.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Vagabond's Band of the Month: Kingdom of Decay

Band: Kingdom of Decay
Year of Formation: 2009
Country of Origin: Australia
Genre: Death/Doom Metal

Hailing from Darwin, in Australia's harsh Northern Territory, Kingdom of Decay play some seriously crushing death/doom influenced by Mournful Congregation, Celtic Frost, Saturnus, Warning, Cruciform and similar acts. The band specializes in combining bone crushing riffs with occasional melodic tendencies. So far they have only put out one (very promising) demo, which is available for free download via their bandcamp. I advise all of you doom-fiends to get in on this ASAP.

Bandcamp: http://kingdomofdecay.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kingdomofdecay

Review on Witching Metal: http://witchingmetal.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/kingdom-of-decay-demo-2010.html

Interview: Hail of Bullets

1. Hails Stephan!!! HAIL OF BULLETS, at least to my ears, has a distinctive sound (but with the obvious Dutch element, of course) – was this an initial aim or natural occurrence? What would you say sets HAIL OF BULLETS apart from most other Death Metal bands?

Hey James, well thank you. It’s always good to hear that people think you have a distinctive sound. When we started this band, we did not have any plans to re-invent the death metal wheel, but we did plan to transport our musical influences that reach back to the 80’s and early 90’s into a sound that fits the present. So no crappy, lo-fi retro sound cause I can assure that most bands in the 80’s and 90’s did their best to come up with the heaviest sound possible. Sometimes both the bands and the producers simply did not have the money or experience to come up with a better sound. Of course those recordings sounded great back then but going back in time and trying to reproduce the productions/sounds of the eighties in order to sound ‘true’ or ‘vintage’ is pretty silly if you ask me. I think the combination of old school metal influences, a powerful, massive sound and the intention to paint a complete picture of war, from the lyrics and the melodies to the artwork sets us apart from most other bands.

2. How would you sum up the band's lyrical themes? Which members contributed to the lyrics?. I know your drummer, Ed Warby (Gorefest, The 11th Hour, etc), put in a lot towards the songwriting on your first album...was it the same case with your second album, "On Divine Winds"?

Ed is still the most productive one when it comes to writing riffs and songs for the Bullets, with myself coming in second these days. The lyrics are mainly Martin’s thing. When we started with the 1st album he already had the complete story for that album in his mind for years…. he was simply waiting for the right band/music to come along where he could ventilate his concept. It got a bit tougher for him with the 2nd and now the 3rd album. Obviously he does not want to repeat himself but we still want to come up with strong, war-related concepts. Right now he’s putting the finishing touches to the lyrics for the 3rd album.

3. Your first album "...of Frost And War" reached the German charts at number 75 – it must've been an amazing feeling? I guess it has got much to do with the fact that your label, Metal Blade, had a strong promotion?

Actually it was our 2nd one, “On Divine Winds” that reached the charts at number 75, but yes it was a great feeling. On the other hand you must face that sales figures in the pop music sector have gone down more rapidly than in metal, so nowadays I guess you can enter the charts when you sell like 15,000 albums in the first week of its release as opposed to the 90’s where you had to sell at least 30,000 albums in the first week to break the charts. But the idea to have death metal albums entering the charts is fun of course.

4. So far, Dan Swano has done production values for both full lengths. Was he an obvious choice? Would you tell us a bit about this collaboration?
Which other producer would you have considered working with if not with Swano?

He definitely was our first choice. Dan is an icon in the metal scene and a great guy to work with. During the recording process of the 1st album we never met him in person. But meanwhile that has changed of course. Although he more or less hates the actual recording process and prefers to concentrate on mixing and mastering he was present during the first day of the drum recordings this time around to set up the microphones etc. As for other producers, people like Kurt Ballou (Black Breath!), Neil Kernon or this upcoming Swedish guy Ronnie Björnström would have been good options.

5. All releases for HAIL OF BULLETS so far has had strong productions. Do you think that, in some sense, that has also helped to get some of the newer generation of metalheads into your sound? Do you agree that, for some, this could perhaps even have been a gateway to older bands?

Yes, I’m pretty sure about that. You can’t expect young kids to move over from deathcore bands to more old school bands who have a sound like they are still living in the 80’s. don’t get me wrong; I prefer most bands from the 80’s and early 90’s to almost ANY band that was formed this century, but like said earlier, to me it comes across as kinda ‘forced’ to sound retro/vintage…

6. All the members in HAIL OF BULLETS have had past involvement in Death Metal bands and can be considered seasoned "veterans". On that note, would it be relevant to say that HAIL OF BULLETS is some sort of "supergroup"?

I don’t know what to think of terms as ‘supergroup’ or ‘all star band’ as it sounds kinda overdone to me actually. But sure we did leave our marks on the Dutch and in some cases global metalscene with our other and previous bands…
7. Perspective-wise, how much do you think you have gained through your experience as a guitarist in THANATOS and how would you compare that to your current position in HAIL OF BULLETS?

Thanatos have always been a hard learning school; we never had a strong record company to back us up, we fucked up a lot of things ourselves and basically never had much luck, so I guess I learned to persevere from that and I learned to pull through even if things aren’t going really smoothly. I’m really happy that we finally signed a deal with a good record label now and I look forward to start working on the new Thanatos album that will be out on Century Media records next year. Playing Thanatos riffs and doing vocals is obviously much harder than playing guitar in Hail of Bullets but I learned to play with more groove and I learned to focus on other things apart from pure speed and aggression. But I love the fact that both bands have a totally different sound and approach. I love both bands and I wouldn’t see the point playing in two bands that totally sound alike…

8. Lyrically and/or musically, how would you say your second album "On Divine Winds" differs from "...of Frost And War"?

Of Frost… was about the eastern front; darkness, cold, raw and brutal battles and it showed in the lyrics and the overall feel. On Divine Winds had a more heroic concept, so there was some sort of epic feel to both the music and the lyrics I guess…

9. ... And now a common question: Which albums do you regard as absolutely essential in the realms of Death Metal and which are your all-time favourites?

For me, Death Metal started with Possessed’s ‘Seven Churches’ and maybe the foundations were even laid down by Slayer’s ‘Hell Awaits’ and Dark Angel’s ‘Darkness Descends’; these albums were so much darker than any other thrash metal albums. Other essential/favorite albums are Death’s ‘Scream Bloody Gore’ and ‘Leprosy’ the first 2 Autopsy albums, the first 4 Morbid Angel albums, Massacre’s ‘From Beyond’, Entombed’s ‘Left Hand path’, Bolt Thrower’s ‘War Master’ and ‘the 4th Crusade’. Infernal Majesty’s ‘None Shall Defy’, Obituary’s first 2 albums of course and a shitload more that I forget to mention now. I think the early Venom, Hellhammer and Celtic Frost stuff was also essential for the evolution of death metal.

10. Finally, I know the band is currently in the works of the third album.
What should be expected? Cheers and thanks for your time!

We’re almost done with the recordings, we only have to record the vocals and a few more guitar leads. Hopefully we’ll get that done in the next couple of weeks. Then Mr. Swanö will channel the chaos and brutality and we’re aiming for a late October/early November release. The artwork is finally taking shape as well which was pretty hard this time cause the concept for this album (although war-related of course) differs a bit from the two previous ones. Musically I would say it goes a bit more in the direction of the first album. There are more fast songs and fast parts this time around than on ODW, but of course there’s also room for doomy and groove laden mid paced stuff. When I listen to some of Ed’s songs I would almost say that Repulsion was a big influence on him this time around. The songs are a bit more direct this time…Cheers and thanks for showing interest.

NECROVEN – Perpetual Blasphemies (Metalhit 2012)

Perpetual Blasphemies” is a compilation featuring the first two demos by Spanish Death Metal band, NECROVEN, single-handedly steered by Jonathan Reina. The style is fairly straight-forward Death Metal – no bells and whistles, only pure fucking Death! There are only six tracks featured here, but the result is twenty-six minutes of absolute face-shredding brutality, which could be considered as a full-length by some bands.
NECROVEN is able to conjure up an atmsophere that reeks of old cemetery slough and gives some notable nods to the likes of old INCANTATION, and some Finnish Death Metal acts like CONVULSE and RIPPIKOULU – especially in the riffing where ‘Abandoned by Gods’ has quite a strong resemblance.

Anyone who is somewhat initiated with the current new wave of old school Death Metal should be well informed about the recent quality bands emerging from Spain, with the likes of ATARAXY, BANISHED FROM INFERNO, GRAVEYARD, MORBID FLESH, etc. – and so NECROVEN proves to be no exception, seeming to have found themselves a firm position among its ranks.
Perpetual Blasphemies” comes in digi-pack format with artwork designed by none other than Mark Riddick (responsible for the front cover and layout). I wouldn’t necessarily rate this particular release as a 'must have', but would definitely qualify as more-than-worthy for those on the look out for some good ol' ghoulish Death Metal.

Obeisance – 666 War!!! (Old Cemetery records 2012)

Finally, after six years, the Texan war commando known as OBEISANCE returns with their now fourth full-length assault chock-full of black-thrashing goodness.

Nothing much has changed since the band’s last album, “unholy, Unwholesome and Evil” – a definite highlight in their career – somehow, the music presented on “666 War!!!” seems to pack less of a punch than its predecessor, yet still manages to maintain enough grit and dirt-ridden charm to please all the warmongers out there.

I really don’t feel it’s necessary to pinpoint any comparisons or influences here (and so cliché) since I feel that OBEISANCE is pretty much in a league of their own as far as blasphemous, war-enthused Black/Thrash. On the other hand, I will admit that the spirit of bands such as VENOM, SLAYER and BATHORY are all too present here. Once the first track, ‘Emperor of Gehenna’ kicks in, you should know what to expect – no flashy musicianship, fancy production, or singing about trolls, love or dark forests – none of that superfluous shit – THIS IS WAR!!!

OBEISANCE definitely share a close kinship with a lot of today’s “bestial” bands, but the difference here is that the band has been doing this for quite a while now as opposed to the recent “goat metal band of the week”. I find myself enjoying this album more on repeated listens, and tracks like, ‘Emperor of Gehenna, 'Goat Destroyer' are regular winners … “666 War!!!” probably won’t go down as one of the most memorable Black/thrash albums in metal history, but contains enough menacing bruteness to leave your senses shattered.

Hellscourge – Hell’s Wrath Battalion (Dybbuk records 2011)

Who’s keen to hear some utterly raw and filthy Black Thrashing Metal from Brazil? Fuck yeah!!! Until recently, the name of HELLSCOURGE was completely unknown to me. These maniacs execute Metal in the true ‘80’s spirit, where Black, Death and Thrash Metal was one in the same. Yes bitches, this duo-machine is going to kick you in the fuckin’ balls!

The band seems to incorporate some hardcore Punkish influences which (again) says a lot about the mentality behind the band – old school bangers to the core! The prodcution seems to come off as pretty raw, and sounding quite analogue, it definitely suites their style. Style-wise, I can make some comparisons to bands like IMPIOUS BABTISM, MIDNIGHT and PERVERSOR … I think anyone into those bands will definitely find a lot to enjoy here … As for older bands, I was able to pick up on some (indirect) influences from SODOM, CELTIC FROST, AGENT STEEL, DARKTHRONE, etc.

Throughout this album your ears will be imperiously assaulted with menacing and piercing tremolo-picked riffs, harsh, shrieky vocals and primitive drum fills that pokes sardonically at the corpse of
Iesu Christi. The solos that are implemented throughout rip and cut through layers of flesh. Maybe not very memorable, but effectively incorporated. The atmosphere they are able to evoke is absolutely nostalgic and this adds much to the overall clarity of the album.

This is definitely pure unadulterated fucking Metal played with 100% conviction. This shit is raw, aggressive and harbors heaps of attitude – spikes, leather and fucking metal! Need I say more? “Hell’s Wrath Battalion” contains eight tracks of pure old school Metal with minimal boring moments.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Macabra - Blood-Nurtured Nature

Review by James Goatfukk.

MACABRA is a Belgium/American joint alliance featuring Mark Riddick, who is better known for his crotesque artwork than for his music. The band’s core aim seems to be geared towards playing Death Metal in the purest old-school tradition reminiscent of the early ‘90’s – and might I add that they’ve done a damn competent job at doing so.
Blood-Nurtured Nature” consists of eight tracks of pure old school Death Metal worship, with songs chucking away at durable lengths of which 5:38 is the longest — and 3:10 the shortest. Some obvious influences shine throughout like AUTOPSY and INCANTATION, though only a fool with a rather narrow-scope or who’s half-deaf would regard MACABRA as a “copy-cat” band. They do have a significant sound of their own, intentional or not.
One of the many aspects I enjoy of listening to “Blood-Nurtured Nature” must be the fine usage of keys implemented in certain parts of the songs. This adds a very dense sort of horror ambiance. There are a few things that makes “Blood-Nurtured Nature” a compelling listen – one of which I note the above mentioned element and also their ability to write rather virulent riffs that dribbles morbidity. Every now and then the band launches into death/doom territory with a cut like ‘Thick Slars of Morbund Fat’ that starts with a slow tempo build with church bells humming in the background. Throughout this particular track your ears are treated with some really cool sorrowful leads and piano passages.
Anyone who is as enthusiastic as I am about purely morbid and obscure Death Metal drenched in the slimy culverts of the late ‘80’s/’90’s era is liable to take a liking to MACABRA … but for those looking for something deviating from the conventional path of the genre should look elsewehere. This is raw, unpolished and straight-forward – the way its suppose to be, but with a sense of melody and the (dare I say) “groovy” parts make for a very enjoyable listen ... Fear not, the goove-laden parts are well executed and doesn't come off as a fruit basket in any sense. Most of the songs batter away at a mid-pace with simplistic, yet well thought-out riffs with some impressive guitar solo’s, espescially the one featured in 'Hominal Peel Diggers’ – what a ripper.

Unholy Archangel - Obsessed by War

Review submitted by James Goatfukk.

Hailing from Greece, UNHOLY ARCHANGEL have been spewing forth their brand of vomit-inducing war metal ever since their inception in the ‘90’s, gaining a cult status among Black/Death devotees. Bestial Black/Death Metal akin to the likes of fellow combatants ARCHGOAT, ABHORER and MORBOSIDAD would be a relevant descriptioin of their sound. Releasing abundantly over the years – be it demos, split collaborations or compilations – the band has finally managed to release a full length album after much anticipation.

This album opens up with the intro entitled ‘Hymn to Aris’ that lasts for about two minutes before an organic, radical barrage of hate-filled noise is unleashed by “March to Spartan” and ‘Titanbattle I’. This barbaric onslaught continues upon all mortal beings. The guitars are down-tuned with a very organic tone, creating a rather menacing atmosphere. With no indication of melody here complete and utter chaos reigns. Some interludes appear throughout the songs, like for instance the fifth track exposes some Greek murmurs prior to being absolutely brutalised by the title track (one of my favourite cuts from this album). One of the complaints that I have towards this album – is that the whole deal seem to lack a bit focus – especially as far as the structure of the songs are concerned. Also, I know “catchy” is probably not a word that a band like Unholy Archangel would like to correlate themselves with, but certainly it would’nt have hurt so much to add at least a dash of melody hither and thither. I would even go as far as to say that Archgoat sounds more rhythmic. Luckily, this fucker contains enough stabbing and jabbing to suite my cavernous tastes.

The production for this release is not so kind on the ears, so it would be somewhat suggestive for the clean production musos to steer clear of this one. Chances are slim that this kind of stuff would tickle everyone's fancy, and I shall admit the simplistic and outrageously unconventional structure of the songs can leave a bit of a bitter taste. On the other hand, those who are initiated to this kind of Metal will most likely enjoy this bitterness. Certainly, this is UGLY as ugly will ever get and definitely recommended to anyone fond of the bands I mentioned earlier in my review, and anyone who likes their metal cavernous and brutal enough to make you spew chunks. Twelve tracks and 31 minutes of absolute christ-scorching desecration from these Hellenic war-obsessed fiends!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Advent of the Sun EP Review

Advent of the Sun are a power-tinged progressive metal group from South Dakota. They've got an EP here that is just about ready to be released I believe. It's only several tracks long, but consider it a really short album. Perfect for those with ADHD!

What I personally like about this EP is that it doesn't bore me to tears. As much as I love some 70s progressive rock, some of the progressive metal bands just don't move me. But the songs are crafted really well and don't leave you hanging dry by the middle. There are heavy parts and then there are slow movements. Besides the clean singing, there are also harsh vocals to break any sort of monotony you would have. The guitars don't just wank off during solos and lead parts, they know when to back off and let the song do its work. Even the keyboards take their time to shine and then back down, adding to atmosphere like in "Exogenesis."

Often progressive groups write really technical songs that don't really go anywhere, I don't think these guys are the case here. The vocal lines grab for attention and chorus are actually pretty hooky. Check out tracks like "Suspend" and "Haunted," they've got some great musicianship and the power metal influence eeks out with the choruses. The riffs are a touch of modern at times and there is a instrumental track that sounds like jazz fusion on steroids, so old schoolers might want to beware. The songs have the ability to really just slam down, then ease off into space for a gentle movement, and then come crashing back down.

If you're looking for a progressive metal band that doesn't show off too damn much with techwankery, then look no further here.  Fans of Dream Theater will like it, and any one that wishes to peer into uncharted territory would like it as well.