Entombed – Live Clandestine

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Entombed – Live Clandestine
Threeman Records
Release Date: 17/05/2019
Running Time: 54:00
Review by: Alun Jones
8/10

Live albums, as I’ve stated before, are something of an issue for me. They should be devoured ravenously, but sometimes, like vegetable pizza, they just don’t live up to expectations.

Too often, live albums suffer with poor sound, ruining the immersive experience. Other times, they’re just a cynical cash-in to milk fans of more money, when there’s no new product to flog.

Occasionally, a live recording will deliver the goods – and even I have to admit that this album from Entombed is pretty damn impressive.

What we have here is Entombed celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their classic “Clandestine” album with a performance of the work in full, from start to finish. Original members Nicke Andersson (drums), Uffe Cederlund (guitar) and Alex Hellid (guitar) are joined by Robert Andersson (vocals) and Edvin Aftonfalk (bass) – both from Morbus Chron. These five musicians recreate a mighty masterpiece which is both exciting and vital.

“Clandestine” was Entombed’s second album, and followed in the footsteps of its predecessor to help breathe life into Death Metal. With this concert performance, the sound is great – those buzzsaw guitars really attack the senses – showing the band are on top form. Audience noise is present, but not intrusive, actually helping put the record in context nicely.

The songs are still just as savage, just as brutal – serving as a fine reminder of just how great “Clandestine” was. Or is! All of the tracks are meticulously recreated, but it sounds as intended – as a tribute and celebration, not a cash in. “Left Hand Path” (from the debut album), tagged on at the end, makes the listener crave more.

Great live recordings should enable the listener to feel like they were actually there. The performance and sound must be both representative of the studio material, yet also have the power to immerse the listener in the experience. Entombed have succeeded in capturing a great performance and atmosphere with “Live Clandestine”. Fans will be rabid for this; for the uninitiated it’s well worth investigating.

Still, I can only award 8 out of 10 – because as good as this is, I can’t help wishing we had new material from Entombed to gorge on.

Fun live album fact: if you play Iron Maiden’s “Live After Death” backwards, you’ll hear Bruce Dickinson rehearsing voice-overs for Lucozade adverts. FACT!

TRACKLISTING:
01. INTRO
02. LIVING DEAD
03. SINNERS BLEED
04. EVILYN
05. BLESSED BE
06. STRANGER AEONS
07. CHAOS BREED
08. CRAWL
09. SEVERE BURNS
10. THROUGH THE COLONNADES
11. LEFT HAND PATH

LINKS:
http://entombed.org
https://www.facebook.com/entombedclandestine/

http://www.youtube.com/theentombed

 

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EMQ’s with FULCI

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EMQ’s with FULCI

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Italian based Death Metal band FULCI! Huge thanks to band member ‘Dome’ 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?

Hi everyone my name is Dome and I play guitar, synth and drum programming in the band called Fulci. The band was born in 2013 with me, Fiore on vocals and Klem on bass guitar. We know each other since 20 years or more and we just decided to put together two things we love: horror movies and death metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our favourite director is Lucio Fulci and we think that his gore movies influenced a lot the themes and the esthetic of many extreme metal bands. Our idea since the beginning was to make music inspired by Lucio’s movies so we simply decided to call the band with his name.

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

We are called Fulci because he was Italian like us. We were born and raised in Caserta a small town near Naples in the South of Italy. South Italy has never been on the metal/rock map so there is not a real scene, that’s why we created a crew called CBC (Caserta Beatdown Commando) made up of local bands, tattoo artists, writers and producers that help each other out.

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

Our last release is “Tropical Sun” a full length concept album based on the movie ‘Zombi 2’. The previous album was based on the movie “City of the Living Dead” and our idea is to go on making albums based on the Lucio Fulci movies. Guess which will be the next? The artwork was made by Misanthropic art and we love it. Inside the booklet you can find another ‘Zombi 2’ inspired artwork by our talented friend Danny Bellone.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We listen to a lot of music, from electronic to hardcore, from punk to stoner but the main influences in Fulci is death metal and movie soundtracks. We are influenced by the NY death metal scene (Suffocation, Mortician, Necrophagia) by the Morrisound era of Cannibal Corpse, Gorguts, Obituary or Morbid Angel. We have also some slam influences coming from Internal Bleeding, Disgorge, early Dying Fetus and Devourment and some epic influences coming from early Nile or Bolt Thrower. We are influenced also by the soundtrack composers such as Fabio Frizzi, Goblin or Carpenter.

What first got you into music?

My family is very big and full of amateur musicians so I grew up listening to music and seeing people playing but my cousin Rocco was the first one to introduce me to the metal world! He did for me a mixtape with Sepultura, Obituary, Life of Agony and Machine Head! Thanks to him and to my family.

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

Fabio Frizzi or Mortician!

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

Sundance Film Festival to bring Lucio where he deserves to be or Burning Man because it has an incredible scenario!

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

Strange drugs maybe?

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

Life is awesome so don’t take for granted any of your days on this planet earth and of course listen to death fucking metal!

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

Chuck Schuldiner of Death!

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

The energy that you can feel between the band and the people during the show is something I really like, it is powerful. I hate to clean up the stage and load the van!

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

I’d like to change the word “industry” with the word “factory” like the Andy Warhol one.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Cannibal Corpse – “Tomb of the Mutilated”

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

Vinyl and Spotify!

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

We just came back from a tour on the US West Coast! All the gigs were wicked! Especially Las Vegas Death Fest where Roger from Mortician saw us playing!

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

The actor, the photographer or the skater!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I will cook a very good Italian pasta, I’ll open up a good red wine bottle and invite for dinner: Lucio Fulci, Chris Barnes, Uma Thurman, Killjoy (Necrophagia Vocalist R.I.P.) and Danny Trejo.

What’s next for the band?

We will make some gigs in Italy and hopefully in Europe to promote the new album. Time to Kill Records is helping us so much and in September they will drop “Tropical Sun” in vinyl format. Then we will start to work on our third album.

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

I’m an Instagram addict so you can find the band under the name FULCICULT . Our personal Instagram pages are PIZZASTYLE, MATUL TRIBAL CULT and KLEM DIGLIO. We are also on Facebook as Fulciband. We have also a CBC store at www.cbcunited.com.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

You can call it “biscake” or “cakesquit”.

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

Thank you so much for the interview and hello and grazie to all the readers! Support death metal. Fulci lives!

 

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EMQ’s with HAIDUK

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EMQ’s with HAIDUK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Calgary, Canada Death Metal solo project Haiduk! Huge thanks to Luka Milojica 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?

I am the solo project Haiduk and I play rhythm guitar. I also handle vocals, bass and drum programming. I was disillusioned with the metal scene and wanted to do something different while staying true to fast, dark metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

In Balkan and East European history and folklore, a ‘hajduk’ is a lone warrior who lives in the forest and fights against outsiders. It’s a reflection of my personality and background.

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

Canada has a good metal scene. I don’t focus too much on any scene and it doesn’t affect me. I focus on Haiduk and not on what anyone else is doing.

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

My latest offering is “Exomancer”. On this album I tried to create a dark atmosphere by combining fast riffs with layers of evil melodies.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Slayer, Megadeth, Testament, etc., in the beginning. After that, it was black metal. The first two solo projects I heard about were Burzum and Vintersorg, and they kind of showed that it can be done alone. There’s also some influence from later Swedish thrash/death bands like Carnal Forge and Vomitory.

What first got you into music?

I was fortunate to have an older brother and a cousin who both listened to metal.

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

Haiduk!

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

Preferably some underground death fest that hasn’t been commercialized yet. These major fests that have once respectable black metal bands opening for nu metal and rock are a shame.

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

A wooden block, with the Haiduk logo perfectly cut and carved into it.

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

Thank you for the support.

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

Fuck bringing them back? The scene is crowded with these 50 and 60-year-olds bands. More of them should die. Or at least stop making music.

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

The best part is writing the songs. In composing, you hold all the power, and there are an infinite number of decisions.

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

I don’t think that way. The industry is out of my control. I just look at how it is and the best ways to infiltrate it as much as possible, while staying true to myself and true to metal.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sepultura – “Arise”

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

CD.

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

The best gigs are usually the album release shows. For the “Spellbook” show I played the whole album front to back. For “Demonicon” in 2016 and for “Exomancer” this year it was total chaos, with huge turnout, fights breaking out and support from the best local black metal bands.

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

Something else creative. Writing books, maybe.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

No idea. Maybe a few influential guitarists. I had a chance to meet Kerry King and Dave Mustaine and they were both cool and down to earth, so maybe them and some others.

What’s next for the band?

More promotion for “Exomancer” through shows and online media.

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

My homepage, Bandcamp, and Youtube!
https://www.haiduk.ca/
https://haiduk.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/HAIDUKplague

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They need their own subgenre.

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

Order ‘Exomancer’ at www.haiduk.ca or http://haiduk.bandcamp.com.

Haiduk

 

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Morbidfest – Coventry Empire – 01/05/2019

 

A full review of the gig can be found here:

Morbidfest – Coventry Empire – 01/05/2019

 

Hi everyone, Rick Here.
I would like to send a huge thank you to Daniel Stapleton of Overtone Music for sending us this wonderful album of photos!
www.overtonemag.com

Morbidfest – Coventry Empire – 01/05/2019

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Morbidfest
Coventry Empire
01/05/2019
Review by Mark Pritchard
Photos by Daniel Stapleton

Contrary to what the name suggests, this wasn’t a festival, but a date on the EU and UK tour of four death metal stalwarts; Sadist, Atrocity, Vital Remains, and I Am Morbid. All four bands had prepared special sets for the show, and I was really looking forward to seeing what they could do!

My first impression of the venue was that the stage was a really good size. It meant that all the bands would have plenty of space to perform and it wouldn’t look too cramped, which is an issue with some venues.

There was a small, but excited audience gathered, and the atmosphere was already electric, and when the bands were playing, it notched up to awesome!

Sadist
Italian progressive death metallers, Sadist, were first on the bill, presenting their recently released album, “Spellbound”. Straight away they set the tone for the evening firmly to ‘brutal’, with lead singer Trevor Sadist coming out on to the stage brandishing a chainsaw menacingly in the air! The set was heavy and intense from start to finish, and considering they were the opening act, they really set the place on fire! Stunning guitar solos where backed up by a combination of solid rhythms, chunky bass, haunting keyboards and powerful screaming and growling vocals. I really enjoyed their set – what a great way to start!

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Atrocity
Next up were German outfit, Atrocity. They were going to have to put on one hell of a performance to follow what we had just seen though! They were also performing their most recent release, “Okkult”, which is the first album in a trilogy that they will be releasing. They started off their set at a fast pace, with some really good solos early on, which got the crowd going. Again, they were heavy as hell! The vocals were dark and growling, but for me they were far too low in the mix and you weren’t able to hear much of them, which was a shame. They were still really good, but, like I said, we had all been spoilt by the brilliant Sadist set, and they didn’t quite reach that height for me.

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Vital Remains
Our penultimate act of the night were American death metal veterans, Vital Remains, who were performing a special 30th Anniversary set for this tour. They were awesome, from start to finish. Musically so tight, showing their experience brilliantly, and the huge screams of Brian Werner sent the audience wild. They interacted so well with the crowd too and Brian Werner even did a bit of crowd surfing which was epic and not something I have seen before, so it was great fun! This has to be one of the best live sets I have had the pleasure of witnessing, and I really hope I get the chance to see them again soon.

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I Am Morbid
Started by front man David Vincent, and Guitarist Tim Yeung, both former members of Death Metal legends Morbid Angel, I Am Morbid played a set of classic material from Morbid Angel’s “Altars Of Madness”, “Blessed Are The Sick”, “Covenant”, and “Domination” albums. David Vincent is regarded as one of the godfathers of Death Metal, so it was guaranteed to go down well. It was intense from the first note, with guaranteed headbanging all round! The crowd lapped it up, and chanted MORBID, MORBID, MORBID, and the band interacted well with the crowd, which made for a great atmosphere. However, their set was marred with technical issues. They had to restart one song after a problem with the mic, and then in another they had an issue with one of the guitars, meaning that the guitarist had to switch to the back up. However, we did get treated to a pretty fine guitar solo from the other guitarist whilst this was happening – it went on for about 5 minutes! It is a shame that they had the technical issues really, because the rest of the set was spot on.

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All in all, I had a really great night, with the highlights being Vital Remains, and the blistering opening set from Sadist. I really hope I get the chance to see these bands again soon, as they were all top quality, and I recommend anyone who likes their metal firmly on the Death Metal side of things to go and check them all out.

 

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www.overtonemag.com
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EMQ’s with Misanthropik Torment

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EMQ’s with Misanthropik Torment

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lexington, Kentucky Metal band Misanthropik Torment. Huge thanks to Erick for taking part! He answered the questions differently from most so rather than change everything to fit, I have just left his answers here. His story is an extremely interesting one and deserves to be heard!

My name is Erick Leviathan Scarlet. I am vocalist, lyricist and founder of MISANTHROPIK TORMENT.

Coming up with the name MISANTHROPIK TORMENT was quite easy. I mean, I just spent the past 16 years of my life in prison for stabbing a pedophile and mutilating his genitals! So needless to say I have a lot of built-up rage due to the Injustices that I have seen in my 37 years of existence. By my nature I am not a hateful person, however I have a lot of hatred for most of humanity, because of what we are doing to this planet, because of the Injustices that go on in this world not to mention the abuse that children suffer from, so I am tormented by my own hatred, by my own misanthropy, thus the name Misanthropik Torment.

Misanthropik Torment has a simple message. Stand against all that is wrong in this world! If you’re not part of the solution you are part of the problem. The sole purpose of Misanthropik Torment is to stand against tyranny, as an advocate for the execution of all domestic terrorists alongside of pedophiles, rapists and those who would prey upon the weak, WE MUST KILL THEM! I for one will no longer sit back in the shadows quietly observing the sickness of humanity!

Misanthropik Torment is based out of Lexington, Kentucky. The underground metal scene is pretty badass out here and there are a lot of good underground metal bands who don’t get enough exposure and don’t get the recognition that they deserve. It is also my goal to help other underground bands get that recognition and exposure because, I myself, know how hard it is to kick this fucking door open.

I have to say that I am influenced by old school black/death metal bands like DEATH, DEICIDE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, KING DIAMOND & MORBID ANGEL etc. I mean the list goes on I could sit here and list off so many bands but what’s the point I think you all get the point. But my goal is to bring back the sound of old school black/death metal with my own unique twist to it.

At the moment I am independent but I would love to get endorsed by Roadrunner or Metal Blade. I have worked with several social media Outlets and at the moment I am working strong with METAL COFFEE PR in the hopes that one of these record labels will hear me and come swoop me up LOL one can only dream though right.

When I first started my goal was to just get a CD made and get on the radio, get my music out there for other people to hear and all, that was my first goal. I have to say that yes I have accomplished that goal but my ultimate goal at the end of the day, after I have met all of my smaller goals in my music, is to be signed by Roadrunner Records, Metal Blade or another label that is keeping the true sound of metal alive not the mainstream crap that is all over the radio. I understand that there are a lot of mainstream metal bands signed with Roadrunner and maybe some with Metal Blade but those record labels still keep the underground alive as well.

I really don’t have an answer to this question the digital age is new to me I mean I just spent over half my life Behind Bars and all this technology came out while I was there so I’m barely learning how to use any of this. The best thing I can say is remain undeterred and keep knocking your head against that wall until the wall cracks or your head does!
I myself have a goal to sound the same on a CD as I do live. I do not allow my producer to do any weird shit with my voice if I can’t pull it off live. So yeah, I do lose some respect for those bands who are putting autotone and all kinds of other crazy shit on themselves! I mean I don’t like it but everybody’s got their own tastes!

I am metal and I tell you what I despise… being divided in different genres. I believe that metal is metal and in my music I preach about the division that the government puts upon us down to the music that we listen to, to the shoes that we wear! It’s causing the division to keep us all distracted from what’s really going on out there in the world. Everybody’s so focused on fighting over what genre & what sub-genre and what belongs where and what box they fit into and while we’re all paying attention to that crap we’re not looking at what’s happening, slowly how the government is coming in and twisting shit and creating the Panic the profit from The Cure. So I subscribe to nothing I say metal is metal and leave it be!

I believe that I am good I mean a lot of people say I am. There’s 3,000 fans on my Reverbnation that say I am and I’ve only been doing this for four or five months, I mean I’m not sure if I’m the best and I don’t want to be the best I just want to be up there with the best if that makes any sense but no I would not like to be the new in thing I want to be the original thing I want to be the sound of metal and that’s it I don’t want to be another fucking Nickelback!

What people can expect from Misanthropik Torment is pure, raw, extreme aggression and other ways of evoking that raw emotion from people that might even make you fucking cry with anger. You know I say this shit, that everybody else is thinking but they’re too scared to say. When you come to a Misanthropik Torment show you will know that you are at a Misanthropik Torment show not some fucking carbon copy of some other band that did it first!

I haven’t put anything out yet as far as releases but I do have three albums done already. My first album It’s called rebelled Against The Establishment power belongs to the people. My second album is called “Purification”. And my third is a single titled ‘E.1.L.3.S.2.10PER10’. All three of these albums will be released in the middle of March. I want to come out swinging I wanted to do something that no other band has done before and I believe that I am accomplishing that cuz I don’t believe any other band has come out with three albums as their first approach., shortly after these albums come out misanthropik torment will be going back into the studio to record a “Decade of Endurance” which is an album diving into the psyche of the convict in prison life. Also there will be a book in the near future.

Currently there is one video on YouTube titled ‘The Devil Made Me Do It .There will be future videos those are in the works at the moment.
https://youtu.be/ftYJA3jpwCE

I’m not sure how I feel about this you know I’m not doing music for the money although it would be nice to make some money for doing what I love. This is kind of a hard question to answer because Bandcamp, Reverbnation and SoundCloud etc, these help underground artists get their music out there as otherwise they wouldn’t be heard and the same thing with YouTube however nobody’s getting paid for it and we’re putting a lot of money into what we do I myself put a lot of money into this and not seen a dime back and I’m not complaining you know I’m just saying that at some point we all have to support our families or not just a bunch of crazy motherfuckers hanging from chandeliers that have loads of cash on standby.

Best moment in my career so far is being in the studio being free and out of prison and able to pursue my dream!

My message to the fans is I cherish each and every one of you. I get my music for myself, it is therapeutic and it helps me, however, I would not have a reason to continue to do it. I would get bored very quickly if I could not have you guys to enjoy what I do so thank you very much for giving me the opportunity taking the time to give me a shot and listen to what I do. With that I say eat sleep and breathe Metal!!!

 

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Sadist – Spellbound

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Sadist – Spellbound
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 09/11/2018
Running Time 38:44
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

Apart from “Tribe” (1995), which I have long considered to be the band’s magnum opus, the output from Sadist has been somewhat chequered. But the band truly has a unique sound – akin to other luminaries such as Atheist, Pestilence, Obscura and Nocturnus, Sadist forge a Death Metal that is highly refined on a technical level but use keyboards to accentuate the music’s heaviness and provide a spruce of atmosphere. Before spinning this disc, I feel a degree of optimism but would “Spellbound” provide a rant-free listening experience? I take a deep breath and dive in….

The first thing that needs mentioning is that each song in “Spellbound” is inspired by a different Alfred Hitchcock film thriller. Some are based on well-known films such as “Psycho” or “Rear Window”. Others are based on obscure films from the silent-movie era, such as “The Mountain Eagle” and “Downhill”. Incidentally “Mountain Eagle” is lost (the BFI is still searching for one copy of it) so I wonder on what material Sadist based their song of the same name.

All these Hitchcockian elements, which Sadist infuse into their songwriting, add a certain intrigue to the album’s music. This is particularly obvious in the opening track, ‘39 Steps’. The album has some virtuoso-quality bass lines, such as in the title-track, which is also an excellent song. “Spellbound” also boasts some top quality guitar shredding – in this context, ‘Stage Fright’ and ‘Rear Window’ spring to mind. ‘Notorius’ is an intriguing instrumental track that enriches the album’s dynamics.

The way many of the album’s songs end abruptly enforce the notion that “Spellbound” was meant to be one distinct entity rather than an album of several songs. The album itself is rather short but I suppose that that is preferable to having weak material mar the album. Ironically, “Spellbound” doesn’t have any track that really stands out from the rest.

So yes, despite some very minor things, “Spellbound” is a superb album and a refreshing take on the Death Metal genre.

TRACKLIST:
1. 39 Steps
2. The Birds
3. Spellbound
4. Rear Window
5. Bloody Bates
6. Notorius
7. Stage Fright
8. I’m the Man Who Knew Too Much
9. Frenzy
10. The Mountain Eagle
11. Downhill

Line-up:
Alessio Spallarossa – drums
Andy Marchini – bass, vocals
Tommy Talamanca – guitars, keyboards
Trevor Nadir – vocals

LINKS:
http://www.sadist.it/
https://www.facebook.com/Sadist-466835156803523/
https://vk.com/club690597
https://www.instagram.com/sadist_official/
https://www.youtube.com/user/Sadistribe

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Drawn And Quartered – Hail Infernal Darkness

 

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Drawn And Quartered – Hail Infernal Darkness
Krucyator Productions
Release Date: 03/04/2018
Running Time: 36:46
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
6/10

One of the things you cannot do as a reviewer (or at least you shouldn’t do!) is stay inside your comfort zone when it comes to music. Reviewing the same genre time and time again will make you unappreciative of the music and your reviews will all start to sound the same. (well, that’s my opinion of it anyway!)

So, being the thrash/power/traditional heavy metal fan that I am, I decided to take a huge leap out of my comfort zone and review a death metal album. But, before I tell you what I think of the album, I will give you a little history of the band.

Drawn And Quartered were originally formed over two and a half DECADES ago, in 1993, under the name of Plague Bearer. Since changing their name, this Seattle based band have earned themselves huge admiration from critiques and listeners alike because of their unconventional and dark structured song-writing.

Now, six highly acclaimed full-length releases and numerous demos and EP’s, show why their existence in the underground is invulnerable and indestructible, and they have mastered the influences of bands such as Immolation, Incantation, Morbid Angel and Autopsy in their own way.

Even their own publicity notes say they “push the boundaries of traditional death metal by infusing technically complex riffs, while retaining the dreadful and raw environs with dexterity.”

“Hail Infernal Darkness” was the band’s third full length album, originally released on CD by Moribund Records, in 2006, having been mixed and mastered by Jesse O’Donnell at The Autopsy Rooms. Now, for the very first time this timeless masterpiece has been released on 12″ vinyl format by Krucyator Productions.

So, as I said at the start of this review, I am completely out of my zone with this album as I am not a fan of death metal in anyway BUT having given this a few listen throughs, there are some positive points to the whole genre.

While the guitars are fast, and the drums are pounding, the music is anything but a noise. The guitarists are obviously very talented musicians as there is some great guitarwork hidden under all the speed and growling vocals and riffs galore punch you in the stomach so hard they reverberate around your very being from some time after the track has finished. The drummer, who also possesses a LOT of talent, must lose a gallon of sweat during a live performance as the drumming is so fast it’s any wonder he keeps up.

Death metal vocals have always been a bug-bear of mine, always preferring clean vocals no matter what the speed or ferocity of the music, and this album is no different. Some may argue it’s the vocals that make death metal what it is, but I don’t think anything in the world could make me change my mind.

Musically, I loved this album. Its fast, its intricate and its raw. This album is brutal for brutality’s sake, yet it is also very atmospheric. Darkness, death and extreme violence are images conjured up while listening to this and, although that could just be my overactive writer’s imagination kicking into play, with title tracks such as “Blind, Torture, Kill”, “Throne Of Desolation” and “Nightghoul of the Graveyards” I think this is precisely the reaction they were looking for.

Despite my limited death metal knowledge but relying on my intense research as I reviewed this, I think this will appeal to a lot of death metal fans. But don’t take my word for it, go and grab yourself a copy and see for yourself!

TRACK LIST
1. Procession of Pain
2. Genocide Advocacy
3. Hail Infernal Darkness
4. Blood of a Million Martyrs
5. Throne of Desolation
6. Suffer a Traitor’s Fate
7. Escape to Cremation
8. Bind, Torture, Kill
9. Nightghoul of the Graveyards

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://www.facebook.com/drawnandquartered
https://drawnandquartered1.bandcamp.com
http://krucyatorproductions.com

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Sonic Rebellion! featuring Skyward & Grimpulse, Sinbin at The Plough and Harrow, Leytonstone, 10/11/2018

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Sonic Rebellion!
featuring Skyward & Grimpulse
Sinbin at The Plough and Harrow, Leytonstone
10/11/2018
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

A few years ago, when I was still doing my radio DJ stints, I decided to take my Metal Asylum show into a live setting and the Sonic Rebellion nights were born. I had to give it all up for various reasons but a friend of mine, Linz Griffin, decided to take the nights on for himself. He continued with just the DJ theme for a time, but after a while, decided to introduce bands into the formula, a decision which I think is one that should really have be taken a long time ago.

I must admit, I hadn’t been to many of Linz’s Sonic Rebellion nights for one reason or another, but I saw this one and I thought to myself, why not go and see what it is all about? So, I did.

I arrived at the Plough and Harrow at about 8 o’clock and there was already a fair few people there. Whether they were just friends of the two bands performing I don’t know, but it gave the place an instant atmosphere anyway.

The Plough and Harrow pub, itself, has been in Leytonstone since the early 19th century, but a few years ago, a side building was refurbished, rejuvenated and re-invented as The Sinbin, and has been hosting gigs and functions ever since.

The venue itself is a 150 capacity room, with plenty of space, lots of seating areas and a stage that can easily hold 4 or 5 musicians and all of their gear. I, personally, think the location is a bit of a problem for some people, as the nearest tube station is a good 10 to 15 minutes walk away, but you know what some people are like. They don’t want to know if the train doesn’t drop them directly outside!!

Being a DJ night too, there was a young lad DJ’ing when I first arrived. He had been given the opportunity by Linz as a guest DJ, and I must admit he did an awesome job, the crowd seemingly enjoying what he was playing. It actually made me miss my days as a DJ!

So, anyway, on to the bands!

Grimpulse were up first. They were due on stage at 9pm but, I think due to the weather being so crap (heavy rain!!) the organisers delayed them for a bit and they finally took to the stage at about 9.35pm.

Grimpulse are a young, four-piece local band, hailing from the East End of London. I was introduced to them before they hit the stage and I must say, for a young band, they had the air of a much more mature bunch of guys. They seemed to genuinely enjoy what they do, and at the end of the day, that’s really what is all about.

If I had to pigeon hole these guys, I would say they were a mix of speed and death metal. Musically, they were excellent, each member obviously a very talented musician. The gruff vocals, however, won’t appeal to everyone and this might cut down who they can reach out to but overall, they were very good.

I, personally, feel that any band should have the right to play whatever style they want to and be able to enjoy playing it without being judged or booed off stage. These guys were far from being either and the crowd seemed to be enjoying them.

The guitarists were both fantastic and both ended up without their shirts (one even had no shoes or socks on!) I don’t know if this has any impact on this review whatsoever but I thought I would throw it in just so you can see what sort of guys these are.

As if their stage antics weren’t enough to get the crowd going, they finished their set with an absolute stomping rendition of Sepultura’s Refuse/Resist, something that went down VERY well with the crowd.

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The second band onto the stage were the fantastically named Skyward. These guys were formed in London in 2014 and, in their own words, fuse “World Metal with 90’s Epic Metal.” So, being a melodic, power metal band (which I had checked out before the gig) I KNEW I was going to enjoy them!

They opened up their set with a typical power metal epic, full of great guitar work and fantastic keyboards. I have heard people say they don’t like keyboards in metal, but I do think they add that certain “something” with the right band. And that “something” was apparent with Skyward, as Fabio Garau (who I am sure I have met before!) is awesome on the keys.

Again, this is a band with obviously a lot of talent, from the great solos supplied by the guitarists to the awesome voice of the singer. If you have read any of my reviews you will know that I am a proper fan of distinguishable vocals, something that stands out from the rest.

The singer in this band definitely stood out to me. His voice was strong and powerful just as a power metal singer should be, but he also had a stage presence that not all frontmen necessarily have. I would suggest that he has been performing a lot of his life, and if he hasn’t, he has definitely got the part down to a tee.

Upon hearing them live, I looked them up on Facebook and was pleased to see that they have released an EP and this I certainly will be adding to my collection. With a bit of promotion, I think these guys can actually go very far indeed.
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With both bands having done their thing onstage it was down to the DJ’s to take over. I didn’t stay right to the end of the night but I am sure the crowd enjoyed the rest of the night very much indeed 😊

Sonic Rebellion Links:

https://www.facebook.com/sonicrebellionsinbin/

Grimpulse Links:
https://www.facebook.com/grimpulse/?ref=br_rs

Skyward Links:
https://www.facebook.com/skywarduk/
https://skyward.bandcamp.com/

 

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Winter’s Edge – The Guardians of Our Time Pt 1

 

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WINTER’S EDGE – THE GUARDIANS OF OUR TIME PT. 1.
Self-Released
Release Date: 17/08/2018
Running Time: 35:43
Review by Lotty Whittingham
8/10

It was only last year that Winter’s Edge officially became a band. It was initially started as a solo project by guitarist Jeremy Lawler in the year 2009. It was set up to feature different musicians from around the world.

Those years have seen them experiment with their sound; include talent from the underground metal scene and line-up changes. After a two-year break, they have worked tirelessly to bring forth their latest release “The Guardians Of Our Time Pt.1” It shows listeners a solid collection of songs that will open more doors for the band regarding their career and their already huge sound has the potential to grow further. It also shows that the band are back and they mean business.

The album gets off to a promising start with the intro tracks ‘Open Worlds’ and ‘Guardians Of Our Time’; ‘Open Worlds’ is the atmospheric instrumental that has the listener glued and intrigued right away. ’Guardians Of Our Time’ gives the listener a first glimpse of the talent that is to be expected on the album; from the versatile vocal work of Charlotte Jones to the pounding drum work from Ed Anderson.

Across the album, it is clear why over the years their fan base has grown very quickly. The versatile selection of songs on the album showcase what Winter’s Edge have to offer in terms of musical talent and there is something about the band’s sound that makes someone want to be a better version of themselves.

The pounding rhythm alongside the dominant riff in ‘Path Of Desperation’ ensures that the listener is ready and willing for what’s to come next. The fist pumping energy the track gives off is infectious and will bring you to life in a recorded or live setting.

‘Dying Star’ is a beautiful ballad that initially makes the listener think they will be taking a break from the ground-breaking distortion. Don’t be fooled, this is a deception. It doesn’t make the ballad any less stunning, in fact it adds to this great track. The growls alongside the clean vocals in this track work together well, showing the vast range of Charlotte Jones’ vocals.

It ends on an excellent note with ‘In The End’ and ‘Through The Ferryman’s Eyes’. ‘The former provides one last blast of the bands talent before the latter brings the album to a close with an atmospheric interlude. The song contains excellent guitar work, vocal talent and some great musicianship.

Long-time fans of the band will know that The Ferryman has had great significance throughout the band’s career. The title of their first album was “The Ferryman’s Eyes” so it is great to see a reference to their previous material and that they haven’t forgotten their roots.

By the end of the album, you are left wanting more. You are not ready for it to end. “The Guardians Of Our Time Pt.1” marks a triumphant return from Winter’s Edge. Keep your eyes peeled and ears out for them; you would be a fool to miss them!
TRACK LISTING
1. Open Worlds
2. Guardians Of Our Time
3. Path Of Desperation
4. Momentarily
5. Break It Up
6. Dying Star
7. Fatal Dreams
8. In The End
9. Through The Ferryman’s Eyes
SOCIAL MEDIA
https://www.wintersedgeband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialWintersEdge/

https://www.instagram.com/wintersedge/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCztaNnvN98ItoD-fAxS73Wg
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