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Black Tongue w/Ashen Crown, Blood Church, and Tumanduumband, The Gifford Arms, Wolverhampton 03/10/2021

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Black Tongue
w/Ashen Crown, Blood Church and Tumanduumband
The Gifford Arms, Wolverhampton
03/10/2021
Review by Rob Sutton

It’s been a long time since I have ventured to the Midlands for a gig and my third time visiting Wolverhampton. Tonight, took me to The Gifford Arms, a fantastically gothic themed pub where the owners have clearly put a lot of thought into making this place stand out from the other pubs in the area and other venues across the UK. There are so many details to take in, from the giant bat above the beer garden to the throne by the main bar. It’s truly a place I would recommend visiting.

TUMANDUUMBAND

Tonight, is a heavy affair as it’s the final date of Black Tongue’s UK tour. While the venue (upstairs) may seem a little on the small side it does provide a more intimate feel to this gig. This plays right into the first band of the nights hand. Two piece Satanic/Doom outfit Tumanduumband from Stourbridge. Sadly, issues with the bass led to a lengthy delay at the start of the gig and with a curfew on the night this isn’t a great start but can’t be helped either. So, before I start, I am not the biggest fan of the doom genre and with there only being a bassist and a drummer I am apprehensive on what to expect. The whole show begins with eerie drones from the bass while the drummer begins to baptise members of the audience with blood and chant ‘hail Satan.’ This immediately sucked me in and once the music kicked in the whole feel felt incredibly dark, more so than most black metal I listen to. I felt like I was at a cult meeting. This is an interesting concept and one I did enjoy but it did feel a bit out of place on this bill and the ‘Hail Satan’ chant did get a bit tedious after the first four times.

https://www.facebook.com/tumanduumband

BLOOD CHURCH

Next up was Blood Church from Telford. This is a band I have been following for quite some time and was lucky enough to catch them on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock this year. They were one of my highlights from the stage as well, so my expectations were high. On first viewing of Blood Church, they are all coated in corpse paint much like you would expect from a Black Metal band, though once the haunting twang of the guitar intro ended and Chris (vocals/bass) shouts ‘let’s get this shit going Wolverhampton and the first track kicks in, you will not find conventional black metal but a hybrid of Deathcore, Black Metal and Slam all being done on ironing boards (8 string guitars). From that first note this is an onslaught and the whole venue turns into a brawl, front to back, side to side, there isn’t a single person standing still. The breakdowns these boys have created are amongst the heaviest in the scene right now topped with a vocal range that many of the top vocalists in deathcore would be jealous of. This all makes it an intense, heavy and simply incredible set and one of the most enjoyable I have seen this year.

https://www.facebook.com/BloodChurchBand

ASHEN CROWN

Ashen Crown has been at the forefront of the underground metal scene for some years now, it’s easy to see why as well. Not only have they got a great social media presence but their music is fantastic. Their take on death metal isn’t reinventing the wheel but sounds fresh. The harmonies throughout each solo are almost beautiful and do put a smile on your face. These guys are also the most interactive band of the night, actually wandering into the crowd on the rare occasions a pit isn’t blocking their path. With the previous two bands being a bit slower in overall tempo it was quite nice to have a bit of speed on the night, they really lifted the energy of the evening even if they didn’t quite get the reaction Blood Church before them did. Ashen Crown managed to secure a slot on the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock this year and from this performance it’s easy to see why. They are engaging, fast, tight and technically on point. These guys already are on the up in the underground scene and with performances like this, they will continue on the up.

https://www.facebook.com/ashencrown.uk

BLACK TONGUE

While the support bands tonight have been fantastic, there is really only one reason we are all here, the down-tempo, Hull heavy-weights, Black Tongue. They have been making a name for themselves by being brutally heavy and relentless in their aggression. Tonight, is no exception. I thought the pits for Blood Church were carnage but I hadn’t seen anything yet. At this point I’m probably one of only ten people in the room not in the pit, bodies are literally being flung everywhere, nearly taking out the P.A. system, the bar and even the band themselves. Black Tongue perform with such precision, all done through a laptop meaning the drums aren’t your standard acoustic kit but a more modern electronic kit and there isn’t a guitar cab in sight. It’s a very interesting set up which sounds fantastic for the most part but in places can end up sounding a little too artificial for a live show. They were also plagued with every guitarist’s worst nightmare, a broken string. While they did their best to fill the time by getting the crowd to tell jokes, it did take a while and I think deprived us of a fair few songs. Nevertheless, the full set was relentless, they completely owned this stage and probably every stage they played on the tour. Black Tongue are by far the heaviest band on these shores and are the perfect band to either snap your neck to or snap someone else’s neck to.

https://www.facebook.com/blacktongueuk

This was a long day, Wolverhampton is a fair drive on a Sunday night, but it was worth it. The venue was sublime, the bands were fantastic and this made it one of the best Sunday evenings I have spent in a long time.

LINK:

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Ghosts Of Sunset – No Saints In The City

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Ghosts Of Sunset – No Saints In The City
Golden Robot Records
Release Date: 14/09/2021
Running Time: 41:40
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

There’s something so comforting about familiarity, isn’t there? Familiar tastes and smells. A go-to song when you need a sonic hug. Your own bed when you arrive home after a trip. It’s a warm fuzzy feeling; nostalgia that puts you in your happy place and takes you back to good days and good times. Ghosts Of Sunset, our subject here today, basically epitomize that nostalgic familiarness, and wrap it up in a cosy bow for the listener. I had the pleasure of reviewing their EP “Headed West” earlier this year, and having the chance to trip down nostalgia lane again by reviewing “No Saints In The City”, their latest release, was something that I couldn’t let pass me by.

In case you didn’t read my EP review (tut tut. Don’t worry, there’s a link at the bottom of this review so you can rectify that) here’s a bit of history. Ghosts Of Sunset are an American 80’s Rock/Hair Metal project featuring singer-songwriter John Merchant, and drummer Todd Long. These two gents have been kicking it in the music business for a long time and were joined on the EP by some classic names. “No Saints In The City” has come about after the roaring success of that EP. And I’m very glad it has. While this isn’t as conceptual as the EP, each song tells a melancholic story of times gone by, but in a happy and upbeat way, that is 100% classic hard rock and hair metal, but that also draws inspiration from 70’s punk and rock ‘n’ roll.

This is an album that not only brings back the sound of the 80’s completely, but demonstrates some fine writing skills, both lyrically and musically. It’s got high octane numbers, and classic ballads. It’s got face melting guitar solos, catchy riffs and hooks, great vocal harmonies, punchy rhythms and gravelly, rocky lead vocals, that tell of long nights fuelled by rock ‘n’ roll! It is impossible not to tap your feet and nod your head along to the sounds, nothing is fussy or overcomplex, and nothing outstays its welcome.

One of my favourite tracks on the album is title track, ‘No Saints In The City’, which was actually the first single released from the album. It’s an up-tempo ballad about the quest for the protagonist to “make it” on the streets of New York City. It’s masterfully put together, and tells a great story, in such a familiar way that you will be singing along by the second line of the chorus. (The elephant in the room with this song, however, is the fade out at the end [*sighs and facepalms*]. Please don’t fade…please, please, please! It irritates the living hell out of me!)

This really is a great album that makes you smile. There’s one weird song opening that I can’t get my head around though – on, ‘Bastards Of The Bowery’. It sounds like an early 2000’s Nokia 3310 ringtone. And since connecting that thought with the opening of this track, I can’t unhear it!

But, if you’re looking for a nostalgia trip done brilliantly well, this album needs to be in your playlist.

‘No Saints In The City’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Tonight
02. No Saints In The City
03. Look Me Up (If You Come Down)
04. If You’re Not Coming Back
05. Queen Of Used To Be
06. Love Ain’t Enough
07. Bastards Of The Bowery
08. Puzzled Heart
09. Tonight You’re OK
10. Us Against Them
11. Something To Believe

LINKS:

LINK TO BETH’S REVIEW OF THE “Headed West EP”

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Ditch The Demon – Ditch The Demon EP

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Ditch The Demon – Ditch The Demon EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 18/12/2020
Running Time: 08:54
Review by Chris Galea
8/10

Ditch The Demon originate from Hastings, a seaside town in the South of England. To my knowledge this EP is the band’s only recording to date.

Despite what the front artwork may suggest, Ditch The Demon are not Metal or even demonic. The band itself suggest they play a contemporary-sounding Psychedelic Rock…which is pretty much correct. I’d add to that and say they don’t sound very dissimilar to Blackmore’s Night…or to a Rock-leaning Renaissance.

‘Sigil’ and ‘Time Machine’, the two songs we have in this EP, make it clear that Ditch The Demon is primarily interested in writing great songs, at which the band seems quite adept. So, there’s no technical aggrandizement but you get the feeling that everyone is doing what he and she is supposed to be doing on these tracks.

Two songs are hard to judge a band by but at least they’ve got my attention. Check them out, you won’t regret it.

‘Time Machine’(Slideshow)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Sigil
02. Time Machine

LINE-UP:
Dr Amanda Brooks-Byron (aka Mandie. B) – Lead Vocals, Percussion
Vicky Tawamana – Vocals, Percussion
Karl Mee – Guitar
Terry Keen – Keyboards
Steph Bennion – Bass
Jay Maplesden – Drums

LINKS:

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Black Sites – Untrue

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Black Sites – Untrue
Self-Released
Release Date: 08/10/2021
Running Time: 43:51
Review by Simon Black
7/10

Prog Metal is, probably, simultaneously the hardest and the most likely to benefit from the new remote recording models forced on the world’s musicians in the last eighteen months. On the one hand, you more often are talking about a cadre of musicians who are usually not short of some serious technical skills both with their instruments and the technology behind the recording process, – hence the reason so many self-produce. On the other hand, we are also talking about a sub-genre of the Metal world (or perhaps Empire would be more accurate a collective noun) where subtle interplay, shared musical shorthand and improvisational precision (what an oxymoron) are crucial in creating an end product that is both technically complex but a fluid living thing. The consequence of recent events has meant many Prog albums that have sounded clinically precise, but lack the emotion that comes from face to face writing and recording.

“Untrue” does utilise a producer, but is ninety percent remotely delivered. Oddly, it has an enormous element of freshness and groove that others in the genre have recently failed to capture. The presence of a producer helps, because you have a third party able to offer opinion and constructive criticism regarding arrangements and temper the technical flourishes to enable accessibility. In this instance the production has also delivered a really rough and ready garage feel to the sound mix, which means instead of the acoustically over-polished sound that often comes at the expense of energy, this whole thing actually feels like it was recorded in a rehearsal room environment or could be coming at you live. Once you adjust your head to that concept, then the album flies out of the speakers and steals you away.

This is the third full length release from the Chicago-based three piece and quite frankly it’s a doozy. It has a huge amount of energy to go with that fresh feel, but frustratingly takes a couple of tracks to get into its groove, picking up the pace and energy as it goes like a boulder on its way down a mountain. It does that with a guitar sound and groove that wouldn’t sound out of place in a Stoner setting, but technically varied enough to never get boring. That said, for a Prog album it does not outstay its welcome, with tracks around the five to six minute mark as standard, with all eight of them coming in under forty-five minutes of run time. ‘They Eat Their Young’ steals the show for me, with its belting pace energy, roaring rhythm riffs and galloping bass line, but with enough subtle fills and time complexities to get the musos nodding in approval, you can see this tearing up a live crowd balancing the technical with the accessible perfectly, which to be fair is a great summary of the whole album.

‘They Eat Their Young’ (Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Sword Of Orion
02. Call It By Its Name
03. Lost Tribes
04. Echo Of A Lie
05. The Worst Of Us
06. Nocturne/Everything Went Black
07. They Eat Their Young
08. White Ashes

LINE-UP:
Mark Sugar – Vocals, Guitar
Ryan Bruchert – Guitar, Vocals
Garry Naples – Drums

LINKS:

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Interview with Control The Storm Beermageddon, 27/08/2021

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Interview with Control The Storm
Beermageddon, 27/08/2021
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello guys! Miss Bicheno here and I have returned to bring you a little chat with Control The Storm that took place at this year’s Beermageddon.

Let me tell you, what an amazing weekend this was, Jim and his team really pulled out the stops to deliver such a safe, friendly and killer event. After the hype and buzz of Bloodstock, this was such a wonderful & chilled environment.

As some of you know, Control The Storm (hailing from the land of Bristol) are currently one of the UK’s most spoken about, up and coming Melodic Rock/Metal bands on the Underground scene. They are popping up absolutely everywhere! And I. AM. HERE FOR IT!

These guys are always so friendly and humble and hugely talented in their genre – the usual “You should go check them out if you haven’t” applies here…but TENFOLD.

In an impromptu moment, I was swiftly taken to their tour van for a catch up chat… To be honest with you, being kidnapped by Firouzeh (Vocalist) and Raedon (Keys and Vocals) – well, I could think of a lot worse situations to be in…

Sheri: I am sat here with Control The Storm! How are you?

Control The Storm: Hiiiii! How are you??

Sheri: I’m good, I’m good! So, so pleased to see you guys after so long.

Raedon: It’s always nice to see you.

Sheri: I think the last time I saw you guys was in Manchester!

Raedon: At The Rebellion!! A long time ago now… Like March 2019 or something like that…

Sheri: That was it!

Firouzeh: Before the Pandemic I think…

Raedon: It was the first gig wasn’t it, with Matt wasn’t it?

Sheri: That was a good gig as well…So how have you guys been? I guess you’re gonna get asked a lot but how have you been through the whole pause?

Raedon: …I got fat. Hahahaha.

Sheri: Me too!

*Everyone starts laughing*

Raedon: We made it…hahaha

Firouzeh: Yeah, we made it through! Thankfully haha. We’re out the other side of it now.

Sheri: I’m guessing you have many plans coming up now that things have been given the green light a bit more? I’m guessing you’re planning plans?

Raedon: Yeah, everything got postponed again so we had a European and UK tour set up for Autumn this year and that’s now been put back to March 2022 so it’s definitely been a thing that happened…

Firouzeh: Download for the third time…

Raedon: Yeah, third time’s the charm for Download haha. It’s weird, when you’re in a band and you find out that you’re gonna play a big festival and then you’re not allowed to say anything until they say…so you have to sit on it…and it’s the worst thing in the world!! Hahaha. Cuz YOU know that you’re playing…and they know that you’re playing…

Firouzeh: We were sat on it for like a year!

Raedon: Yeah it was months wasn’t it, cuz we found out in 2019 and then we had to sit on it until we had to make an announcement.

Firouzeh: Yeah, it was meant to be announced in March but instead, there was a cancellation announcement haha!

Raedon: We didn’t even make it onto the poster and we were like “Argggghhh!” Then when they announced for 2021, we were added to the poster.

Firouzeh: Yeah, so we didn’t have to wait haha.

Sheri: Dammit! So that’s prolonging so much excitement…

Control The Storm: Yeah!

Firouzeh: But that’s gonna be one hell of a gig though! The energy you know…

Raedon: Just think if it’s anything like the Bloodstock show, we’ll be fine.

Sheri: It’s gonna be awesome! Are you doing anything studio wise at the moment?

Firouzeh: Yeah, we’re writing our next album at the moment…which should be out before Download.

Raedon: I think we’re aiming for just before Download.

Firouzeh: There’ll be singles coming out anyways beforehand.

Sheri: We need a bit of injection of you guys because its been so long! You now have Aaron from Akkadian in the line-up, which I’m really excited about as I’ve a little history there with Akkadian. I saw their second ever gig by chance and I was so blown away, I was like “I need you guys to play for me ASAP!” So, they played my gig at the Giffard in Wolverhampton and IT. WAS. AMAZING.

Raedon: Oh wow!! They’re great aren’t they? It’s like Meshuggah and Gojira have had a baby hahaha.

Sheri: Absolutely haha! So, I’m really excited that you guys have got him because he is such an incredibly talented drummer.

Raedon: So are we, I mean it’s a shame that our previous drummer went back to Bulgaria as we love him to bits and we haven’t really said anything online about his plans as he was a bit unsure about what he was doing but as things started going again, he just said that he wasn’t gonna be available so we ended up scouring the internet for people that we knew – cuz that was the thing, I didn’t wanna just put an advert out and be like…do it cold. So, Aaron had come to see us at Bloodstock and he came up after the show and was like “Wow, this is really cool!” and I added him on Facebook, he said he was a drummer and I was like “Well we should give that guy a little shout and see if he’s available and sure enough, he was and he learnt the set in about a week.

Firouzeh: Yeah, he’s very eager and great!

Raedon: Yeah, he’s very very good. Lovely guy.

Firouzeh: So yeah, we are so happy that he’s on board with us at the moment.

Sheri: He’s definitely an amazing addition. In terms of when everything was going on, did you have to wait long for the writing process for your new material?

Raedon: Initially, it was all online as I was still challenged in the housing department. I was living in my van for the lockdown so when I finally managed to get my gear set up again, I finally was able to get the ideas out of my head and we quite quickly got some material together the first time we got together as a band but we were doing that kinda back and forth online for a while. But there’s something about that kinda takes the warmth and makes it feel quite disjointed, we definitely write better when we are in a room together. So yeah, we’ve made a really good start on the next record and hopefully it’s all gonna be finished by January.

Sheri: In terms of songwriting, do you collectively come together or…?

Firouzeh: Yeah, we have individual ideas and they we bring it together and to the table and we write collectively, it just depends…

Raedon: Then we delete it all and start again hahaha.

Sheri: Always the way haha

Raedon: I’ve got a file on my computer of about 300 revisions of songs where we want to change this bit…then change this bit…so they dont come to life until we start playing them live. So, things can change. Hopefully, you know, The Power of Desire will come out tonight haha.

Firouzeh: Yeah, it feels good to be playing it because we wrote that song before lockdown…

Raedon: Yeah, we had it ready for January 2020 and were gonna release it before Download 2020…

Firouzeh: Yeah and then everything happened and didn’t end up releasing it because we wanted to find the right time to release it.

Raedon: Yeah, I think we did. We needed a bit of a boost coming into this year as it was all so crap and we thought “Well we have to do SOMETHING as we’re not playing live, we’re not really putting content out, let’s just release Desire and get it ready to go.” We did a video and we put it out on 8th January…and it’s been the most successful thing we’ve done!

Firouzeh: Yeah!

Sheri: Yeah it really took off!

Raedon: Yeah, to get like 100,000 views on the video on YouTube was pretty cool. So, Spotify took off as well because of it. So yeah, it’s just been kinda nice. So maybe, in a way, lockdown in that respect has been really good for us.

Sheri: You’re in high demand at the moment, you guys…

Firouzeh: Awww! It feels that way haha.

Sheri: Well, you’re playing Beermageddon tonight, which after the hype of Bloodstock, is really nice. What are you guys doing after? Are you heading home or you gonna stay the weekend?

Raedon: I’m gonna get rickety rickety wrecked! Hahaha.

Sheri: Thank you so much for having a little humble chat with me, really looking forward to seeing you guys play!

Control The Storm: Thank you so much Sheri.

Raedon: Love ya!

‘Desire’ (Official Video)

CONTROL THE STORM ARE:
Firouzeh Razavi – Vocals
Raedon Mac – Keyboard/Vocals
Paul O’Shea – Bass
Rich Shillitoe – Guitar
Matt Smith – Guitar
Aaron Wright – Drums

LINKS:

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Endust – Cycle EP

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Endust – Cycle EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 05/03/2021
Running Time: 18:51
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

Life goes in cycles. Yes, I’m beginning my review with this cliché. By the way, in my new cycle of trying to be a very polite and human person, I often ask how you all are and wish you are all well and safe (and I am being honest). However, I have a good reason to mention cycles. Endust are not a new band to me. I first met them in São Paulo, a city far from mine, when I was travelling there to meet my friends (reviewers at that time) as well as Glauco Rezende (guitarist/new singer) and Fernando Arouche (drummer). What impressed me most, on this first meeting with them, was that they had travelled from their city Jundiaí, which is about one hour distant, on a Saturday morning, in person, to deliver their physical CD’s to one of the most important CD stores in Brazil.

After this great first impression, I bought a copy and, to my surprise, I was in front of one of the best Thrash Metal bands from Brazil. At that time, they had Leandro Caçoilo as their singer and Leandro is very famous for being a part of important Power Metal bands in Brazil, but his vocal versatility fitted pretty well on Endust’s powerful music. Time passed and they decided to take different paths in a very friendly way, so we just have to say thanks to Leandro for what he left the band.

What changed? First, let’s understand Endust’s music. I clearly remember, in my first review about them, I mentioned how Glauco was the “spine” of the band. He is a master of riffs and he creates incredible arrangements. We (reviewers, musicians and myself) used to call him ‘the Jeff Loomis from Jundiaí’ and you just need to hear the opening, and title, track ‘Cycle’ to understand that. His new position as vocalist is something totally different from how Leandro approached the music. He sings very aggressively, but it is incredibly clear and different from the typical creepy guttural vocals, that many bands use, which are annoying and can often be hard to understand.

His partner in crime, Fernando Arouche, is even more killer on this EP. He is a machine gun; more about heavy punch than the speed, but the fast beats are amazing as well, with double kick suddenly appearing in the middle of the songs like a sonic blast. The synergy among them both is something that is very hard to describe, considering they have been working together since the embryonic age of the band, about ten years ago. If Glauco is the spine then Fernando is also something pretty important in this biological connection. However, I cannot think of a good reference/word to describe it, due to my lack of intelligence. (Absolutely not true Victor, it’s a language thing. Having listened to this fantastic EP, I will use the phrase ‘he adds muscle to the bones’ – Rick)

Musically, they still play strong Thrash Metal, full of groove and technicality, but for this EP, there is also a highly explicit Death Metal vein. It is not only in the vocals which have changed from melodic to guttural, but also in the heaviness of the guitars and drums. Maybe the track ‘Giving Up’ is the best option to understand and describe the new face of Endust. If you’ve already heard them on their “All Ends In Dust” album (2019) and want to compare that with this new release, then check out ‘Only One Will Stand’. which is a re-recorded song from their last album.

A new cycle? The EP title does represent what Endust is living through at the present time. They are almost the same band, but a restructured band. “Cycle” not only shows a new era for them, but it also represents the essence of what they have created throughout their career, but with a serious addition of aggression.

‘Cycle’ (Visualiser)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Cycle
02. Seller Of Illusions
03. Giving Up
04. You Made Your Choice
05. Only One Will Stand (Re-recorded)

LINE-UP:
Glauco Rezende – Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Fernando Arouche – Drums

LINKS:

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Dark Sky Burial – Vincit Qui Se Vincit

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Dark Sky Burial – Vincit Qui Se Vincit
Extrinsic Recordings
Release Date: 06/08/2021
Running Time: 39:25
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

“To conquer is to conquer oneself”. Words to live by and no mistake. And also the title to the record I am now listening to. Although to be honest I have always preferred large calibre superior firepower to mow down the myriad of enemies I have amassed during the course of my life. Preferably automatic and explosive…

Hello, my precious cabal of Nightbreed and Cenobites, it is I, Dark Juan. Are you all sated after a weekend of debauchery and rampant sexual exploits with the people whose set of genitals you prefer? And are you now back at work ruing a weekend lost to alcohol, drugs and wild and carefree abandon as you return to the grey existence of a shirt and tie and a desk full of boredom and ennui? Even though you saw Sandra from Accounts with her tongue halfway down the throat of Dave from Sales when you were out in Slough and you were appalled, yet strangely aroused as his hand crept up her skirt and you saw an enticing flash of stocking top, but concealed the thought from yourself by downing another pint, saying something banal about football to your mates and denying the evidence of your own eyes? Yes?

Ha, I don’t have to start work again till Wednesday, so I can continue to debauch myself, and more importantly, teach nubile young followers of the False God to do it to themselves and others, as their impotent god weeps bitter tears in a riven Heaven as His word is subsumed in sweaty, ecstatic, overdriven flesh locked together in orgasm and I am striding around, laughing my Satanic arse off and liberally distributing illegal doses of Viagra to any young chap that looks like he is faltering in his duty, watching as a man takes a young woman over the altar of a ruined church, grinding her against the beard of a crucified Christ laid on the desecrated altar with every thrust… (I really do wonder which gate of hell you crawled out of – Rick 😊)

Wow.

That will teach me to nap in the afternoon after a fuckton of Manchego cheese before I start writing stuff. Quite how it went from standard office gossip fodder to full on religious defilement I’m not quite sure, but this is just how my mind works. Utter gutter filth. I have a pornogrind record to review in the near future. I’d better lay off the cheese and napping for that one and hit the ruby port to calm myself the fuck down before writing ANYTHING about it…

…All of which has absolutely FUCK ALL to do with the record I am currently listening to, being the legendary Shane Embury’s (if you don’t know who Shane Embury is and you claim you’re into metal, let’s face it, you are NO true metalhead. For all of you young people who are only just discovering metal [hello, you’re fucked!] and haven’t yet learned about it, he is the bass player of Napalm fucking Death) third release (which is part of a quadrilogy) as Dark Sky Burial, which, (not surprisingly, if you know Shane’s musical output, which is diverse to say the least, and downright musically promiscuous full stop – I give you his work with Brujeria, Meathook Seed and Napalm Death itself as evidence) is not metal at all. It is sweeping electronic soundscapes and industrial noise with ambient undertones. Moments of sheer ethereal beauty contrast with thundering basslines – ‘I Slept With Faith And Found A Corpse In My Arms’ being a prime example of just how far Shane is ranging musically with Dark Sky Burial, with Eastern influenced electronics overlaying a pounding industrial drumbeat and a smooth, deep bassline forming a luscious backdrop to the kino music. ‘Abraxas’ is harder edged, with a swirly, echoey vocal leading into a much more industrial sound. Forbidding keyboards sound like the grinding of gears as the percussive beat of Satanically fast machines assembling disturbing things festooned with blades and flails resounds around you. As the record progresses a palpable sense of menace begins to permeate it – ‘Beware Your Subconscious Destroyer’ is more ambient than industrial, reminding me of Scorn with added Shane Embury on angry bass. It is a tune that relies on atmospherics rather than musicality but can be read as a disturbing paean into the sheer effort it takes to maintain your own mental equilibrium in a world and especially a United Kingdom that is becoming an increasingly cruel and unkind place, where you are just a cog in a vast Capitalist machine, where people who don’t conform to the norm are vilified and ridiculed and harmed grievously. ‘Chains Of Delusion’ could be the soundtrack to the hallucinations caused by a bad trip – somber piano and guitars engineered out of all semblance to a musical instrument increase your paranoia and you start to realise that even the walls of the room you are in have fangs and are venomous and they are coming closer and closer to you, even as you stand motionless in the centre of the room, touching nothing but the floor, yet then something happens in the trip and you’re suffused with a sense of hope with white light surrounding you. Feeling joyful, until you look down and see that the floor has become a churning mess of viscous, clinging and acidic semi-liquid and you are slowly sinking, inch by excruciating inch into it and you’re helpless, terrified yet strangely unaffected by your imminent demise until it closes over your head and you know only ecstasy as you fade away…

I do love it when music creates images in my head.

Yeah. It’s safe to say I’m a fan, but then I have always been a fan of Shane and his music. If you like the kind of softer edged, gothic industrial that the likes of Blutengel play, melded with the moody electronic atmospherics of Scorn and chiminess and personality of Air, you’ll love it. If you don’t, you’ll probably be shouting at Shane to fucking play some Napalm Death or something, instead of wasting his time with this tinkly-bonk bollocks.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Dark Sky Burial 9/10 for an excellent record to listen to in the dark, full of menace and generally akin to the horror of machinekind steaming through a devastated world to wipe out what’s left of humankind. You’ll regret the internet of things when your toaster tries to toast your face off, or your internet capable fridge orders the ingredients for a phosphate bomb, won’t you?

‘Beware Your Subconscious Destroyer’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Vincit Qui Se Vincit
02. Beware Your Subconscious Destroyer
03. Scars Have The Power (To Remind Us The Past Was Real)
04. A Union Of Opposites
05. The Last Gift To The Universe
06. Embrace The Shadow
07. I Slept With Faith And Found A Corpse In My Arms (then you should be more careful with young ladies called Faith, Shane.)
08. Abraxas
09. Chains Of Delusion

LINE-UP:
Shane fucking Embury!

LINKS:

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All Seeing Eyes – Reinventing Time

Reinventing Time Album Cover Art

All Seeing Eyes – Reinventing Time
Self-Released
Release Date: 16/08/2021
Running Time: 52:02
Review by Beth Jones
6/10

All seeing eye are a Progressive/Power Metal duo from Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire right here in good old Blighty. We don’t get many Eurometal style bands coming out of our little island for some reason, I think possibly our failure to embrace the more flamboyant side of Metal in case we don’t look ‘cool’ enough. Well, personally, I’ve never been one for looking cool, so I love it when some homegrown metal like this lands in my review pile.

This is only the band’s second album, despite having existed for nearly a decade. A hiatus put things on hold, but, after their original keyboard player left, they decided to carry on as a duo.

So, to the album in hand. There’s a lot of influences in it, definitely – from Classic Heavy Metal, with Euro Power vocals, modern guitar crunch, and even some late 90’s Grunge. It’s certainly a unique plethora of sounds mixed together. It varies from track to track, too, keeping it interesting.

Musically, the songs are great, and there are some moments of brilliance, Ben Colton’s vocals and the guitar solos being prime examples. But I’m struggling with the overall mixing of the album. There are some issues here, that kind of spoil things for me. They’ve recorded it in their home studio, and mixed it themselves, which they deserve credit for…but then, due to the situation we have found ourselves in, so have a lot of bands over the last 20 months. I think the track, ‘Perspicacity’ is probably the most successful on the album because everything is at roughly the same level. It’s a decent song, too. Lots of different elements, from 70’s Progressive to Thrashier sections. However, in other tracks, it can sometimes be difficult to pick out the vocal line, the keyboards are too full on, or the snare sounds like a tin can. It’s a big shame.

The final track, ‘A Sequence Of History’, is pretty impressive at over 15 minutes in length, and doesn’t suffer from too many production issues. This starts quite Iron Maiden like, with pacey rhythms and guitars. It then alternates between this, and sweeping sections that feel more Euro Prog Power. It’s an epic song, and I can see it being spectacular live.

If you like Power or Prog there will definitely be something on “Reinventing Time” for you, but it hasn’t connected with me in the way I had hoped. I don’t like being negative because music is life. But, at the moment we are being spoilt with real quality, in terms of production, from so many bands, and that turns us into music snobs.

‘This Is Cypher World’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Welcome To Cypher World
02. Proselytized
03. Love Is Illusion
04. The Gift Of Madness
05. Perspicacity
06. Ghosts Of Yesterday
07. Angel Fires
08. A Sequence Of History

LINE-UP:
Ben Colton – Vocals/Lead Guitar
Kenny Fraser – Lead Guitar/Bass

LINKS:

All Seeing Eyes Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with TERMINAL CARNAGE

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EMQ’s with TERMINAL CARNAGE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Franconia, Germany based Old School Death Metal project, Terminal Carnage. Huge thanks to guitarist/bassist/vocalist, Stefan Walter, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Stefan Walter and in TERMINAL CARNAGE I play the guitars, bass and I also own the role as singer in the band. The project TERMINAL CARNAGE was started in winter 2019/2020 by myself in Wiesenttal, a small community in Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany.

The idea to start the project TERMINAL CARNAGE came up approximately one year after the split-up of ADORING HUMAN FLESH (AHF) the former band where I played guitar.

I had my own musical vision apart from AHF, so I started to work on this by myself. At this point I was not able to convince a former band member during the song writing process, so I decided to compose and record the songs just by myself (guitars, bass and vocals). Regarding style there were no limits as I have musical influences all across the metal genre preferring more extreme styles such as Death Metal. The recordings and the mix was finished in spring 2020 just a few days before the first Corona-lockdown happened. I presented the recordings and the artworks I created to Markus (former Drummer of AHF). Markus liked the material and agreed to join TERMINAL CARNAGE. Our Death Metal-duo was now ready to take the next steps…

The drums were played by Markus in the basement of his house while I was doing the recording job sitting in the corner of the room hitting the record button and drinking beer 😊

The whole drum recording took place in various sessions and was finished end of summer 2020. After that Markus and I worked on final arrangements and at one point reached the state of mutual satisfaction regarding the mix. Now a mastering engineer was needed to give our debut THE SICKENING REBIRTH the required, final polish. The choice for the mastering job fell on Simon Hammer (REBOUND STUDIO, Nuremberg) after having received a great sounding test track from Simon.

All the recorded tracks were shared virtually with the mastering studio due to Corona and the shit involved, such as dusk-to-dawn curfew, etc.

Having various mastered test tracks of the album available we contacted some labels to release our debut “THE SICKENING REBIRTH”. We were really surprised about the positive feedback from the labels but the choice to release “THE SICKENING REBIRTH” fell on GREAT DANE RECORDS in France.

How did you come up with your band name?

TERMINAL CARNAGE in other words means THE FINAL BLOODBATH…before I came up with the name I already recorded some songs. So, the direction for the project was at hand…OLD SCHOOL DEATH METAL

At that point I also realised that the material had the potential to be released and of course a band name was required for this purpose. I searched for a name that on the one hand suited the style of music and on the other hand was able to express that this will be the final musical project from my side… You know, after the spit up of ADORING HUMAN FLESH I was really tired of making music in a common band so I said to myself this will be the final (TERMINAL) thing I will do before I stop making music… I think the combination of TERMINAL (=FINAL) plus CARNAGE (=MASSACRE=BLOODBATH) describing the music was good enough for a band name.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I was born and live in Upper Franconia, Bavaria. The scene here is alive but in comparison to the scene years ago I think there is a certain regress. A lot of places where metalheads used to meet, party and go to concerts don’t exist anymore, but as I said the scene is still alive, somehow lurking in the dark, waiting to attack 😉

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

As mentioned before, the choice to release “THE SICKENING REBIRTH” fell on GREAT DANE RECORDS in France. Raphael, the guy from GREAT DANE RECORDS who is in charge for us, is a companionable partner, music fan and death metal maniac as we are. In a first step GREAT DANE RECORDS offered us to release the album as digipak CD and digital download.

‘The Sickening Rebirth’ (Audio)

‘Years Of Demise’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

To speak for myself, my influences are so widely diversified that I have to smile if my music is compared to one or two specific bands. Of course, there are bands out there who influenced the way I play guitar but on the other hand I never really played cover songs or was nailed to a certain style of playing…so in a way, it’s my way!

In case of TERMINAL CARNAGE, I would say and also support people who have the opinion we sound like a mixture of BOLT THROWER, OBITUARY and ASPHYX. Due to some melodies also, PARADISE LOST I would like to mention…AUTOPSY, NECROPHAGIA, MONSTROSITY, MORBID ANGEL and CELTIC FROST are also influencing our music if I quote people describing our style. Somebody recently said we sound like the TYPE O NEGATIVE of Death Metal which I think is funny…

What first got you into music?

An artwork on a tape (MC) when I was at market with my grandma…I asked granny to buy me the tape, a compilation with some 80’s hard rock/metal sound on it. In the early 90’s tapes were traded and shared in the school bus, so I got aware of many great bands and styles and metal became my absolute favourite.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I am not sure…I like the collaboration with musicians I know personally. I need people to rely on. Anyway, to name somebody – Peter Tägtgren comes to my mind. I think Peter is a great musician and producer.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I would choose the PartySan festival as it is a great death metal festival with amazing bands.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I never received any gifts. Well, long ago somebody threw a beer mug at me while shredding the guitar on stage…was this a gift, I don’t know.😊

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Buy our stuff, support TERMINAL CARNAGE and the true underground bands out there…

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

When we’re talking about a rock star, definitely Lemmy!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy the process of writing, performing, and recording music… Instagram, Facebook, etc. for me is a real pain in the ass but that’s what you need nowadays to get a certain attention.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The music industry is an industry, so the target is clear…maximum profit. I think a lot of releases nowadays (especially of long-serving bands) have a lack in songwriting…just standard, boring and 1000 times heard before.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one… that’s hard. MORGOTH – “Cursed” comes to my mind. For me this album has a special atmosphere and I still love it.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Definitely vinyl.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Gigs under the banner TERMINAL CARNAGE have never been played as we are acting as a duo at the moment. Let’s see if we come up with a live line-up at one point.

Of course, Markus and I played in various bands before and always enjoyed playing live. I prefer playing festivals as this is always something special but of course a good club show sometimes kicks ass even more…

For me playing on the 2nd stage of the MetalCamp festival 2011 in Slovenia was a great experience. Playing on a festival headlined by SLAYER and your band name (I was a member of WARLIKE DEATHSTRIKE at this time) printed on the festival shirt is of course amazing…

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Music is a huge part of my life and a hobby consuming most of my leisure, but my daily business is office work in a company.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Good friends and family…

What’s next for the band?

We will release a special song via our label GREAT DANE RECORDS in autumn 2021 and also a cover song (OMEN III by Magical Affair) introducing a female guest singer which will be issued on our Bandcamp profile latest beginning of December…

Our 2nd album we are planning to release beginning 2022. Most songs are written, and we are in the middle of the recording phase. The album title is fixed and the artwork in preparation…if you like “THE SICKENING REBIRTH” prepare for a whole lot more!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We are on Facebook, Bandcamp, YouTube and Instagram… our music you can hear also on Spotify, and on Amazon Music…
www.facebook.com/terminalcarnage
www.terminalcarnage.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/terminalcarnage/
www.twitter.com/TerminalCarnage
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2pnfkzplPEk24v9AgabYyz
www.youtube.com/channel/UCDODPbeqZS00Je3_X7HoZrQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but I really hate those…

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Support TERMINAL CARNAGE, get yourself a shirt and a physical copy of “THE SICKENING REBIRTH”. Follow us on Bandcamp, Facebook and Instagram and hit the like buttons in all those fucking platforms. Give us some attention and feel free to comment the bullshit we post…cheers!

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EMQ’s with LUTHARO

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EMQ’s with LUTHARO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hamilton, Canada based Melodic Death/Thrash band, Lutharo. Huge thanks to vocalist, Krista Shipperbottom, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Krista Shipperbottom and I am the lead vocalist in Lutharo. The band was started back in high school by guitarist Victor Bucur as something for fun but shortly after I joined in 2013 the band got more serious and decided to make it a full time project.

How did you come up with your band name?

“Lutharo” is an elvish word meaning “the enchanter”. We came up with this because of our love for “Lord of the Rings”. We figured having something in elvish would be cool.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I am from Canada and the scene here (at least before the pandemic) was pretty good! People here are pretty passionate about metal!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest release is a full length album entitled “Hiraeth”, released on 15th October!

‘Hopeless Abandonment’ (Official Video)

‘To Kill Or To Crave’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Angela Gossow definitely has to be one of my greatest influences. Without hearing her I probably would have never started screaming.

What first got you into music?

Music has always been a part of my life from the moment I was born. My dad especially loves music and going to concerts so I guess you could say it’s in my blood.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Too many to choose from! I would say maybe blues musician “Beth Hart”.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Probably Wacken or Hellfest, I think both of those titles speak for themselves.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Nothing strange that I can recall…yet.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

If you have a dream or passion do whatever you can to fulfil it no matter what anyone says.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

That’s WAY too hard of a question.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Writing music and watching it grow from the ground up/watching other people enjoy it, is the best part of being a musician. There’s nothing better than seeing your own art effect other people especially when they’re across the world. I wouldn’t say I hate anything. There are a few things that can be stressful but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The music industry should focus more on people who are authentic and have a strong message rather than just what’s catchy.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My favourite album of all time is “Black Sabbath” by “Black Sabbath”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

All of them are good as long as you’re supporting the artist.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

The best gig we played was definitely opening up for “Alestorm” a few years ago in Toronto!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I have no idea and I hope I never need to find out.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tony Iommi, Beth Hart, Angela Gossow, Robert Plant and Zakk Wylde. All off the top of my head.

What’s next for the band?

Hopefully, a lot of touring and another full length album!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

You name it we’re on it!
www.lutharo.com/
www.facebook.com/LutharoOfficial/
www.instagram.com/lutharo_official/
www.twitter.com/Lutharoband
www.lutharoband.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/38RQwSDbSq8ztizimX2vYp
www.youtube.com/LutharoOfficial

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to google this, but they honestly look like a cookie or biscuit to me. Sorry if I offended some people.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you so much for having me! Stay safe and stay metal!

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