At The Gates – The Nightmare Of Being

The Nightmare Of Being Cover

At The Gates – The Nightmare Of Being
Century Media Records
Release Date: 02/07/2021
Running Time: 45:37
Review by Victor Augusto
10/10

“Legend: a very famous person, especially in a particular field, who is admired by other people.” (Oxford English Dictionary). Yes, I want to start with this definition and hold it in your mind until the end of the review. Hello again my friends. After the terrible nightmare of having my beloved wife in an ICU due to COVID-19 complications, I return with my writing (We are all so relieved she is well again Victor – Rick). During these weeks that I lived inside a hospital in Brazil, I could have (again) music as a relief. Guess what, I was listening to the new At The Gates offering and it is not the first time that their music has followed me during tough times. The band’s masterpiece “Slaughter Of The Soul” was an important album when I was a teenager and lived in a poor neighbourhood when, at that time, my life was full of misfortune!

Maybe, the concept of At The Gates lyrics, reflects the world itself. Maybe, you think it is a bit depressing to hear, while you are going through dark days as I currently am. Right now, I am writing this as I see my wife struggling to breathe. Their music shows how difficult it is to live in this world, but at the same time, they offer an incredible source of energy and hope with their superb riff structures and beautiful melodies. Are you confused with my ideas so far? So, here are my thoughts listening to just the opening song ‘Spectre Of Extinction’. A punch of riffs just like At The Gates know how to compose. Everything is allied with brutal drum fills and good melodies. It makes me feel like dying inside a hurricane, but having those chaotic fierce winds gives me energy to fight. This is how I connect myself with music, and At The Gates can offer it in a perfect way.

I won’t be repetitive about their importance of having created a unique sonority that is a Swedish trademark. What I can say is how this album has the perfect balance between all the brutality from their 90’s releases together with the cadence from their two previous albums. The quality of having crystal-clear sound in the recording process, another trademark of Swedish sonority, is still present. Maybe, on the last album, “To Drink From The Night Itself”, they purposely offered a slightly dirty production, but now they have returned with a good balanced production and a more organic one.

Guitarists Martin Larsson and Jonas Stålhammar give us superb work and I don’t think they ever questioned the absence of long-time guitarist Anders Björler, who left the band in 2017 (If you have ever considered At The Gates amazing guitar work, just listen to this album). The bass of Jonas Björler is more present on this album. I love how he commands the cadence which lets Martin and Jonas free to play their melodies and harmonies.

Tomas Lindberg and Adrian Erlandsson are the kind of musicians that make everything sound good if they are present. Adrian is a brutal drummer and his versatility of extreme beats with cadenced parts is astonishing. His intro on ‘The Paradox’ is devastating. Tomas interprets all the lyrics as few singers can do and also has a unique voice. He is also a very cool person, as he showed when we chatted a little on Gimme Metal radio with my friend DJ JET, which happened about a month ago.

Ok Victor, what makes this album special? The new elements that I couldn’t remember on their previous albums. Take four minutes of your life to listen to ‘Garden Of Cyrus’. It has everything we have come to expect from At The Gates, but with a calm intro, well guided by bass, with the beautiful addition of Saxophone. The orchestration on ‘Touched By The White Hands Of Death’ and ‘The Fall Into Time’ are also something new that give an epic atmosphere. ‘Cosmic Pessimism’ shows a calm song with clean guitars dictating the cadence while Tomas sings in a more talking style rather than screaming.

With these thoughts, I have attempted to understand what makes an excellent band become a legendary one. If you look at the history of At The Gates, especially what they have created for Heavy Metal around the world, you will understand the meaning of legend or legendary. Moreover, after so many albums, they are still able to surprise their fans. I don’t need to explain the power of these Swedish pioneers.

“The Nightmare Of Being”!

It is dark. It is heavy. It is technical. Maybe the most important detail is that it is the pure At The Gates that we all know and love! Thanks for surprising us again and also thanks for helping me to stay strong again.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Spectre Of Extinction
02. The Paradox
03. The Nightmare Of Being
04. Garden Of Cyrus
05. Touched By The White Hands Of Death
06. The Fall Into Time
07. Cult Of Salvation
08. The Abstract Enthroned
09. Cosmic Pessimism
10. Eternal Winter Of Reason

LINE-UP:
Tomas Lindberg – Vocals
Adrian Erlandsson – Drums
Jonas Björler – Bass
Martin Larsson – Guitar
Jonas Stålhammar – Guitar

LINKS:

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Alchemia – Inception

Inception Album Cover Art

Alchemia – Inception
Wormholedeath
Release Date: 30/04/2021
Running Time: 39:28
Review By Mark Pritchard
9/10

For the last 2-3 weeks, the UK has been having an unexpected heatwave, which has made focusing a problem! We weren’t built for heat here! But, while I’ve been trapped in the depths of sweating and moaning about the weather (as is the custom for us Brits, regardless of the weather) I’ve been listening to “Inception”, the newest album by Brazilian Horror Metal band Alchemia. And that has helped me to come back to normality a bit. Well as close to normality as I can get! However, as is the way with the British climate, I’m now sitting here writing this review on the first rainy day in around 3 weeks (bloody weather)! So, if you would, please allow me to take a little of your time to tell you about the band as well as their newest album.

Alchemia was founded back in 2018 in the Brazilian city of São Paulo. “Inception” is actually the band’s debut album, and even though they have essences of Heavy, Black and Death metal in their sound, they combine those elements into something different and unique. There are obvious influences from Heavy, Black and Death Metal, but running alongside are also influences from film scores and classical orchestration. The amount of work they have put in to make this debut become a reality is obvious, and I think the future looks bright for the band.

When your mental state is as changeable as the weather, it’s great to be able to be totally absorbed by music. “Inception” is definitely one of those albums that grabs hold of you and reels you in. Some might think that, with the genre influences mentioned, it might not be the best thing to listen to when you’re in a bad place. But, in fact, “Inception” gave me a sense of there being a light at the end of the tunnel to bring me out of my rut, and that is exactly what has happened. It has intensity which hits you like a freight train, amazing vocals and is great to bang your head to. If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know I like a good headbang! Recently I have had to use a hairband when headbanging, so my hair doesn’t poke my eyes. Luckily, I was prepared, with my hairband at the ready!

The title track of the album is my pick for the stand out song. It’s intriguing. It starts with the sounds of a music box having the key turned, and closes with the music box slowing down. In between this, we’re hit with intense instrumentals and strong lyrics.

This album is a great example of what can be done with some excellent musicianship, and a bit of vision. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to it, and would recommend everybody check it out.

‘Grind’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Grind
02. Save Us
03. Inception
04. Haunting You
05. Ashes
06. If Nothing Is Sacred
07. Sacrifice
08. Mind Prison
09. Nightmares
10. Secret Call

LINE-UP:
Victor Hugo Piiroja – Vocals, Synths, Guitars
Rodrigo Maciel – Guitars
Felipe FIFAS – Bass
Wally D’Alessandro – Keyboard
Alex Cristopher – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with DEATH ON FIRE

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EMQ’s with DEATH ON FIRE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Fort Wayne, Indiana based, Death Metal band Death On Fire. Huge thanks to vocalist, guitarist Tim Kenefic, 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?

Tim Kenefic. I play guitar and sing for Death on Fire. We started as a bedroom project when I lived in Chicago and really didn’t hang out with too many musicians. Once I moved back to Fort Wayne for work and family stuff, I reached out to some people I knew, and the band started proper. That was 2018, and we have been on the road and writing and releasing stuff ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was really out of necessity. The name we originally picked was already in use so we had to change. We had multiple ideas but ultimately landed on Death on Fire because it ticked the metal boxes. Does it sound metal, is it easy to chant if someone wants to, that kind of stuff.

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

We are from Midwest USA. The scene here is varied, which is great. A ton of different types of metal and subgroups. Slam is pretty big here right now, which isn’t my thing, but it’s cool. I just like that there is freedom to be creative and everyone is welcoming as long as you are kind and humble.

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

We have an EP “Six Foot Box” that was released on July 16th. It’s a three song thing that really shows the breadth of what we do and all the influences we have. I am really excited about it.

‘Begging For Air’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mostly local guys and music instructors, really. Learning from people you respect; it can’t be helped but to be influenced by them. I think it is very important, that personal musical connection with a mentor of sorts. From a fan standpoint Megadeth, Carcass, Alice In Chains, Morbid Angel. Those are probably the most notable

What first got you into music?

An awkward childhood and a desire to fit in and be cool. I remember an 8th grade talent show where a classmate played guitar and everyone thought he was cool. From there, I started sneaking downstairs to mess around on my stepmom’s classical guitar. Once my folks knew I was doing it, they surprised me with a guitar and got me some lessons. I was really lucky to have supportive parents.

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

Current would probably be Joe Duplantier from Gojira. The style and purpose he writes with is great, and he has done some cool productions for other bands too.

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

There are so many amazing ones out there, and obviously the big ones are on everyone’s list. I would probably say Maryland Death Fest though. The fans are diehards, the city is cool, and it is the first festival I went to with my wife.

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

A phone number. It was flattering, and I appreciated it until they asked me to give it to “the guy with the hair” still they gave it to me first so…

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

Keep being awesome and supporting the scene. Bands our size are working hard and really appreciate it. We aren’t at the point of not having day jobs, and we do it for the passion of music. The scene will return on the backs of local shows and underground bands, and I think that’s cool. Bigger bands are waiting for the restrictions to lift and people to be comfortable. Local bands are playing 50% occupancy for no money because they love it. Both are necessary.

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

Cliff Burton. Zombie Cliff Burton would probably be really cool, and he was a huge part of writing the best albums IMO from Metallica.

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

I love the outlet. I pour myself into the music as a release from the negativity and hurt I experience. Not only that, but I love seeing other people appreciate that and enjoy why we are doing it. I don’t know if I hate any of it. I dislike bands that lack show tact, but that comes with experience, and we were there once too.

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

I don’t know. I look back at how music has been treated historically, and it all tracks. If anything, I hoped fans would demand more and be willing to give more for the arts. It is all pretty taken for granted on a macro scale. That’s what I love about metal though. You can tell people appreciate it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Morbid Angel – “Domination”. When I heard it, it changed my life. It was my first death  metal album and after that I was hooked.

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

To each their own. Each format compresses things a little differently, and a lot of it is down to convenience for the consumer. I prefer cassettes or CD, but I get why streaming is so popular. It’s easy. It is also the poorest representation of the desired outcome of the mix.

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

The biggest one for us was opening for Obituary. When we got to do that, it felt like we were doing the right thing, and it reaffirmed that for me.

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

I will always play and write music. When I am not, I am usually at the gym or with my kids. I fancy myself as a renaissance man at least in my mind I am.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My maternal grandfather, my wife, and my kids. He is the person I wanted to make proud, and he was important to me in so many ways. I would love for my family to meet the man that moulded some important parts of who I am. And I would love for him to meet them, and know we are good.

What’s next for the band?

Complete and total world domination. We will be bigger than KISS, Metallica, Maiden combined. When Metal Injection needs to write an article, it will be about what I ate for lunch instead of Corey Taylor. If not that then a short winter tour and looking for a label to help release our next album sometime next year.

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

We are on all platforms. Bandcamp and Spotify are key. I am really starting to like the interaction on Twitter too. We do it all though. For us, it is imperative to be omnipresent and available to people.
www.deathonfire.com/
www.deathonfire.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/deathonfireband
www.twitter.com/deathonfire666
www.instagram.com/deathonfire/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/44LTVoVyXg5tnZ4pjxFh0I

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscake

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

Thanks for having us! Thanks to our fans, old and new. If you see us on the road, say hello and tell Kyle his beard looks good.

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All Wasted – Burn With Me

Burn With Me Album Cover Art

All Wasted – Burn With Me
Wormholedeath
Release Date: 04/06/2021
Running Time: 46:16
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

With members rooted in Sweden’s ever-fruitful underground music scene, All Wasted are a punk-laced death metal group whose sole intention seems to be “have a bloody good time”. The five-piece possesses a sound definitely inspired by UK legends Motörhead, as they throw down a cavalcade of riffs with the melodies of classic rock & roll.

Whilst their intentions are pure and the heroes are of the highest order, “Burn With Me” does actually take a little while to really get into a solid groove. Openers ‘Passion Of Crime’ and ‘Behind Broken Glass’ do have their moments in the sun, the latter – the faster of the two – has an incredible energy to it to really psyche you up for what’s about to come, with the formidable tandem of vocalist Patrik Johansson and backing vocalist/guitarist Emil Sjöstrand making the vocal portions of the album an absolute treat. Johansson alone sits on such a fantastic middle ground of hardcore and death metal that makes you want to run round your front room and get all sweaty.

And maybe it’s just a personal taste thing of whilst those songs may be “good”, they’re not quite “great”, or maybe they were just eclipsed by the cataclysmic units of follow-up couplet ‘Towards The End’ and ‘Sense Of Weakness’. Any time I put this album on, these were the songs that made me stop and say “phwoar!” before making unflattering gurning faces. ‘Towards The End’ opens with a steady barrage of riffs, quite fittingly sitting somewhere between The Offspring’s ‘The Kids Aren’t Alright’ and In Flames’ ‘Bullet Ride’, as we gallop towards the monstrous chorus that has a touch of latter-day Children of Bodom/Bodom After Midnight (minus the keys).

They are then able to top themselves almost immediately with ‘Sense Of Weakness’ and largely, it’s because of all the same reasons why it’s predecessor was so good as well. Grooving riffs, a stunning vocal performance, and that chorus! The addition of a simple vocal harmony to give it some depth and theatre, and some top of the line drum work from H-Can, who is also simplifying his role, but in a way that still gives the song enough punch to make sure the energy levels don’t drop off completely.

From there, the album does keep a fairly high level throughout, and while it may largely do one thing, it does that one thing exceptionally well. ‘Dawn Will Rise No More’ does tap into more melodeath territory with searing melodies over the chorus, the title-track goes into a Cancer Bats-esque hardcore epiphany, and ‘Rotten To The Core’ and ‘This Means War’ do God’s work in keeping the energy levels and the quality up to the final note.

In regard to issues with the release, outside of the slow start, there’s not really much to complain about. As I said previously, “Burn With Me” largely does one thing, and does it well, so it’s not an album that you can dissect and say, “that hammer-on in track 6 didn’t work for me”. This ain’t exactly your dad’s 70’s prog that he won’t stop going on about. Arguably, because it stays in this realm throughout its entire duration, the sound does drag a little after a while, and it’s not even that long of an album, clocking in at just over 46 minutes. Compare that to some of the bigger punk/metal releases of the past few years, Capra’s debut went for 32 minutes, Svalbard’s post-metal-tinged “When I Die, Will I Get Better?” clocks in at 38 mins, Entombed A.D.’s “Bowels Of Earth” raged for 36 mins, even Napalm Death in their new age experimentations on “Throes Of Joy…” had a runtime of 42 mins. In a live setting, I imagine it’d be a non-factor, but whilst vibing around the house? It’s like sharing a flat with the Ultimate Warrior.

All Wasted’s debut album is tonnes of fun. I love a chorus that packs melodies into the aural energy of getting punched in the head, and this has that by the bucket full. The fun and energy of punk rock with the power and aggression of death metal will always be a winning combination in my mind!

‘Fading Out Of Line (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Passion Of Crime
02. Behind Broken Glass
03. Towards The End
04. Sense Of Weakness
05. The Rise
06. Burn With Me
07. I Am The Pain
08. Fading Out Of Line
09. Dawn Will Rise No More
10. Out Of This Grave
11. Rotten To The Core
12. Time To Burn
13. This Means War

LINE-UP:
Patrik Johansson – Vocals
Emil Sjöstrand – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Eric Rydén – Guitars
Jimmy Malmenlid – Bass
H-Can – Drums

LINKS:

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Crypta – Echoes Of The Soul

Echoes Of The Soul Album Cover Art

Crypta – Echoes Of The Soul
Napalm Records
Release Date: 11/06/2021
Running Time: 41:40
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

What makes a band famous? Well…If you find the answer, then quit your job and enjoy all the money you will probably make after discovering it. Maybe, what isn’t a secret, is to have any kind of fame or minimal attention from fans around the world, is just reality and truth which means you must work like hell to get anywhere. If you are in an Extreme Death Metal band, take this work and dedication and double the effort. Of course, you will suffer many frustrations and misfortunes along the way. Who said it would be easy? Nevertheless, it is the strength and desire to keep going that will make you stronger. Is anything that I have said, so far, related to the history of Crypta? Maybe, you could tell me the answer.

If you look into Crypta’s birth and their short career, you will know that part of the band could easily have quit from everything music related after what has happened in their lives, but we are not here to talk about the past. The only thing that I will mention, about the rupture of Nervosa, is how it has allowed this band to finally see the light of the day and I must congratulate everyone, in both camps, for how everything was handled. No fights or drama was made public to the fans. Just two sides that separated kept walking in different directions. So, now I’m going to talk about the present and the future of the amazing band, Crypta?

“Echoes Of The Soul”! What a title. What an album! What a debut! If we expected a sound more connected to Death Metal, after what we heard from Fernanda Lira and Luana Dametto on their last album with Nervosa, then our expectations have been surpassed with something darker and heavier. They have brought the spirit we had already seen from them both but with the addition and incredible technique from two amazingly talented guitarists; Sonia Anubis and Tainá Bergamaschi. As a result, this is a very organic Brutal Metal that is incredibly well worked out with great melody and astonishing solos.

Solos!!! Yes, we have to talk about them! Sonia and Tainá must get a special mention for all the work they have put in on this album. If you love the chemistry among guitar teams such as Smith/Murray, Tipton/Downing or even Hanneman/King, you will be delighted with partners in crime Anubis/Bergamaschi. They have created something special. You can expect melodies and technique from classic Heavy Metal bands and also the aggressiveness from the great names of Death Metal. For me, the solos are the thing that most caught my attention.

Organic drums! I already knew Luana was an incredible drummer, but she has exceeded my expectations on this material. It is a lesson of brutality and versatility. She has mixed incredible blast beats with many tempo changes. The production gives the drums a very organic sound, it’s amazing how they have extracted a natural sonority.

Riffs and bass! Of course, we have remarkable riffs, but don’t you think that the wall of guitars hides Fernanda’s bass. Her sound is very clear and strong here. I also have to mention how her vocal lines work so much better in this band. They are a little different from her previous work. It sounds like Chuck Schuldiner singing in a more Black Metal style.

It is hard to find a highlight in an album so entirely amazing. Probably, I would just elucidate things like the nice lead on ‘Possessed’ and the dense atmosphere where Luana keeps on with blast beats while the main rhythms stop, letting just calm guitars play in the background. The solo on ‘Death Arcana’ is probably my favourite one and the solos on ‘Kali’ show more of a Morbid Angel inspiration. ‘Blood Stained’ brings a more Thrash Metal spirit and this track even has good work on the toms. There is a beautiful and dark intro for ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’, as well as the ending with its clean guitars.

Now it’s time for Victor’s confusing thought. The intro song of the album, ‘Awakening’ is repeated at the end of the final track ‘From The Ashes’, it creates a cycle that connects the end and the beginning of the album. Now, look at the words “from the ashes”. Could it be related to a rebirth? The end of something is always connected to a new beginning! Could it represent life as a constant cycle of renewals? Is it related to the rebirth that partners in crime, Fernanda and Luana, have had after their departure from their old band, which resulted in the birth of this one? What do you think?

What I can say 100% is congratulations for such an incredible album. It sounds like a mix of the aggression from 90’s Tampa, Florida bands, together with the production care and melody from the bands that appeared in Sweden. It amazing how it has an organic production but also a clean production. As I said before hard work, passion and dedication are the basic things to enable a good response from the fans, but when you have a team like this, full of incredible musicians, things become easier. The result couldn’t be more different. A brand new band that can be already considered huge and mature! I hope to see them on tour in a near future!

‘Starvation’ (Official Lyric Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Awakening
02. Starvation
03. Possessed
04. Death Arcana
05. Shadow Within
06. Under The Black Wings
07. Kali
08. Blood Stained Heritage
09. Dark Night Of The Soul
10. From The Ashes

LINE-UP:
Fernanda Lira – Vocals & Bass
Luana Dametto – Drums
Sonia Anubis – Lead Guitars
Tainá Bergamaschi – Guitars

LINKS:

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Picture by Renan Facciolo

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All Consumed – Rise Of The Godless

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All Consumed – Rise Of The Godless
Self-Released
Release Date: 18/06/2021
Running Time: 37:18
Review by Rick Eaglestone
8.5/10

Preston’s All Consumed return with a new album, serving up a diabolical delight for the death metal palette.

“Rise Of The Godless” begins with an introduction worthy of a movie score ‘Retribution’ is the combination of Beethoven & Gangs of New York that evokes a feeling that something ominous is about to happen, and just like a sneak attack from Jason Vorhees himself, first single release ‘Through Violence Worship’ pummels into your skull.

The drums throughout ‘Fall Of The Gods’ are just sublime which seem to only make the riffs even more powerful, and the bass on ‘Limbless’ combined with Skeech’s guttural vocals blend in so well with the guitar parts. This is easily one of my highlight tracks as there are so many elements that I love – especially the air raid siren!

‘Dishonour Killings’ is , for me, their equivalent of Cannibal Corpse’s ‘Surround, Kill, Devour’. I can see this being a huge live favourite. Following this is “Shapeless Existence” which, somehow, complements the previous track perfectly.

‘Crucifixion’ and ‘Bathe In Blood’ are absolutely maniacal in their delivery and final track ‘Suicide Of The Soul” closes the album with the listener wanting and needing more.

‘Through Violence Worship’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Retribution (intro)
02. Through Violence Worship
03. Fall Of The Gods
04. Limbless
05. Dishonour Killings
06. Shapeless Existence
07. Darkest End
08. Crucifixion
09. Bathe In Blood
10. Suicide Of The Soul

LINE-UP:
Michael Skeech – Vocals
Darren McGillivray – Guitar
Richard Galbraith – Bass
Dave Kenyon – Drums

LINKS:

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CHAOS DOCTRINE – ‘HARLOT’ Visualiser Video Premiere

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CHAOS DOCTRINE Unleash Visualiser Video For New Track ‘HARLOT’, Taken From Upcoming New Album “AND IN THE BEGINNING…THEY LIED”, Releasing on Friday 25th June!

Ever Metal is immensely proud to Premiere ‘Harlot’, the new visualiser video from South African Industrial Thrash/Death machine Chaos Doctrine.

It is taken from their blistering new album “And In The Beginning…They Lied”, which is being released on Friday 25th June 2021.

‘Harlot’ kicks off a fantastic week of online activity and premieres for Chaos Doctrine leading up to the album release on Friday so keep your eyes peeled!

Huge Thanks to the band and Devographic Music Media for the opportunity.

Turn up the volume and play it loud!

EXCLUSIVE EVER METAL PREMIERE

UPCOMING ALBUM:
Chaos Doctrine came down on the metal world like the hammer of Thor in February this year with a shredding track called ‘Black Friday Bedlam’, featuring Swedish Metal Legend Jörgen Sandström (Entombed, Grave, Torture Division, Krux, The Project Hate) on vocals. If you watched the lyric video, you would have caught a peek at the title and artwork of the band’s much anticipated second album, set for release on 25 June 2021. It is called ‘And in the Beginning… They Lied’, and the cover looks like this:

Chaos Doctrine  Album Cover

ABOUT CHAOS DOCTRINE:
Chaos Doctrine brings a unique and modern metal assault by blending old school thrash and death with aggressive industrial metal. Originally formed in 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa by vocalist Dr D (Bedlam, Malachi, DedX), the band line up is completed by veteran guitarist and band producer Alec Surridge (Sacraphyx, The Warinsane), bass guitarist, backing vocalist and band visual artist Phil Carstens (DedX), and explosive drummer Rory Townes (Forsaking Fate).

For its members, Chaos Doctrine is more than a band: it is a comprehensive sensory experience and a brand. Everything the band produces conveys this – the band name itself, their aggressive sonic releases, explosive live shows, dystopic visual products, and stabbing lyrical content. Chaos Doctrine explores the shadow of the human condition; hatred, brutality, decay. Their approach is unrelenting, fuelled by rage and void of apology.

This is aggression. This is Chaos Doctrine!

Chaos Doctrine Promo Pic - Photo by David Devo Oosthuizen (Devographic)
Photo by David Devo Oosthuizen (Devographic)

LINE-UP:
Daniel Burger “Dr D” (Vocals)
Rory Townes (Drums)
Phil Carstens (Bass & Backing Vocals)
Alec Surridge (Guitar)

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Cannibal Corpse – Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years

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Cannibal Corpse
Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years
Directed: Nic Izzi, Denise Korycki, David Stuart
Produced & Released by: Metal Blade Records
2008
Review by Chris Galea
10/10

If anything, new album “Violence Unimagined” (2021) proves that Cannibal Corpse are as relevant as ever. But who really are Cannibal Corpse? And how did it all come to this?

“Centuries of Torment” provides the answers to those questions and more. It’s a documentary released in 2008 that dissects the Death Metal pioneers, warts, guts and all. (There’s nothing like a few good puns to open a review!) Basically, it’s a DVD package spread over 3 discs:

The first disc is a documentary about the history of the band and the bulk of this review will in fact focus on that disc.

“Centuries of Torment: Performances” is the second disc and contains lots of live footage – mostly with George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher on vocals but there’s also material from the Chris Barnes era – as well as the band’s promotional videos. All very intense stuff.

Finally, the third disc – “Centuries of Torment: Bonus Chunks” – is an extension of the first but goes into greater depth on issues indirectly related to the band and follows no specific chronology. It covers issues such as general attitudes on censorship, bands that the members of Cannibal Corpse dig, and a hilarious segment on the sanitary limitations of touring bands.

Cannibal Corpse Circa 1990v
Cannibal Corpse circa 1990

But now onto the first disc…

At over 3 hours duration, “Cannibal Corpse: History” is one of the most exhaustive band documentaries I’ve ever seen. It chronicles the first 20 years of the band’s existence from every perspective imaginable.

It starts by delving into the band’s formation…when none of the founding members had any idea how to play their instrument…and then traces Cannibal Corpse’s post-natal steps. We are taken to the very place where they did their first gig, opening for Dark Angel (which then had Gene Hoglan on drums…incidentally Hoglan contributes quite a lot to this documentary). Cannibal Corpse drummer and founding member Paul Mazurkiewicz also takes us to see the band’s old rehearsal studio where the band wrote most of their early material and where they started to develop their sound.

The success of Cannibal Corpse put Buffalo (U.S.A.) on the Metal map, something which the city’s Metal fans were proud of and consequentially rallied behind the band. This sense of camaraderie was bolstered after the band opened gigs for the likes of Kreator and Death early in their career and always leaving a very positive impression. As a friend of the band put it, Cannibal Corpse “opened the floodgates for the bands of Buffalo”. Before long, demand for the band enabled its members to  dedicate themselves to the band on a full-time basis.

So immediate was the band’s impact, in fact, that Metal Blade Records signed Cannibal Corpse less than a year after the band had been together, making then the label’s first Death Metal signing.

Cannibal Corpse – First Live Show (1989)

“Centuries of Torment: History” documents the band’s story via interviews interspersed with rare footage, vintage photography, and snippets of live shows. And it’s really everyone who enthusiastically contributes via personal reminiscences and points of view. This includes band members, family members, fans, school friends, neighbours, touring crew, record label executives and band peers such as Sean Reinert, Paul Masvidal, Eric Rutan, Malevolent Creation (also from Buffalo…Death Metal buddies of Cannibal Corpse), Anthrax, Jeff Loomis, Obituary, The Black Dahlia Murder, Kataklysm, Monstrosity, Immolation and many many others.

Amongst other things, there’s a very interesting analysis of the artworks of Vince Locke that adorn the band’s albums, including an interview with Locke himself. It becomes clear that gore was always part of the band’s imagery…probably even before the music itself coalesced. Furthermore, the band does not shy away from addressing the controversies that arose from its imagery and lyrics. After all, controversies have only served to help spur the band’s career further.

Butchered At Birth Album Cover
“Butchered At Birth” – Debut Album Cover

The documentary also analyses each album released by the band up until “Kill” from 2006. With each one, the band members reveal the circumstances that led to its release, its recording and fan reactions while clarifying any related polemics. Musicians from other bands explain the impact that a particular album has had on them.

But before they go into all that, the members of Cannibal Corpse describe their magical journey from the East to the West coast of the U.S.A. to record the band’s debut album at the famed Morrisound studios with Scott Burns, the legendary sound engineer who has produced many classic Death Metal albums such as “Piece of Time” by Atheist, “Spiritual Healing” by Death, “Cause of Death” by Obituary and “Slaughter in the Vatican” by Exhorder. Burns’ wider role in shaping the entire Death Metal subgenre is discussed via interviews with Burns himself and with various bands (including of course Cannibal Corpse). It’s all very fascinating stuff.

“Centuries of Torment” also points the spotlight on the band-members that for some reason or another do not form part of the band any more. Ex-members reminisce on the good times they’ve had with the band but also on the conflict that led to their departure from Cannibal Corpse. This includes, of course, ex-vocalist Chris Barnes, who tells us: ”I’m feeling good where I am [Six Feet Under]. But I like where I came from.” These interviews are quite objective – case in point is when we are told what really happened with the acrimonious firing of founding member guitarist Bob Rusay. Cannibal Corpse drummer/founding member Paul Mazurkiewicz is careful not to place blame for that on just one person. All this enhances the quality of the documentary’s interviews.

Some of the band’s most significant tours are discussed, such as the first European tour in support of the “Butchered at Birth” album. Rarely discussed topics in relation to touring are here openly contemplated, such as the toll that decades of touring have on the physical well-being of Death Metal musicians.

As one might expect, there’s no shortage of trivia and amusing recollections, such as the band’s appearance in Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura film of 1994. Another one is when band vocalist George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher reminisces on the time the band chilled out at the home of Cher who even cooked for them. All the while, the band members’ jocular personalities ensure the documentary never feels dragging. The irony that Corpsegrinder is fishing while answering several interview questions did not escape me.

‘Devoured By Vermin’ Official Video from the 1996 album “Vile”.

Beside the band being a benchmark of the Death Metal genre, each member of Cannibal Corpse has become a point of reference with regards his instrument of trade. The documentary delves into these traits in context of the Metal scene. For example, there’s a discussion on whether Cannibal Corpse were the progenitors of Death Metal ‘growls’. The styles and approaches of each guitarist are examined, especially for the way they affected the musical direction of the band. Bassist Alex Webster tries to describe his own style of playing but Donald Tardy (Obituary drummer) simply describes him as “a bass player’s bass player” while Eric Rutan regards Webster as the “Steve Harris of Death Metal”.

A crucial element of Cannibal Corpse’s music is of course the drumming of Paul Mazurkiewicz, who highlights some of the techniques he was forced to adopt in order to push the boundaries of the band’s music. Some of those very techniques are today widely adopted by many Death Metal drummers.

Of all Death Metal bands in existence, Cannibal Corpse have one of the most loyal fanbases…as one interviewee says in “Centuries of Torment”, “they make lifers out of their fans”. It transpires that this is partly due to the quality of the music and to the band’s eagerness to evolve. But the band members’ willingness to interact with fans endears them to the same fans and fans the flames of devotion.

Highly regarded guitarist Eric Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel, Ripping Corpse) talks about his friendship with the guys of Cannibal Corpse. In the documentary he tells us how his reputation as a producer blossomed after he produced Cannibal Corpse’s “Kill” album of 2006. According to him, a key ingredient of the band’s success was its keenness and ability to always re-invent itself. Unsurprisingly, when I started writing this review it was announced that Eric had joined Cannibal Corpse as their lead guitarist after Pat O’Brien had a run-in with the law.

As I suggested earlier, “Centuries of Torment: History” is impressively exhaustive, especially when taking into consideration the two accompanying discs. And this is definitely its main selling point. Together, the 3 discs are over 7 hours long in total. So, for fans who want to get to know the band better or even anyone simply interested in a great success story…the documentary provides hours of compelling viewing. It could have been better edited but that’s only a minor snag. And keep an eye open for the hilarious bloopers toward the very end.

“Centuries of Torment” was released in 2008 to mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s existence so there are…at the time of writing this…five albums and over a decade of events that aren’t covered. When the “Centuries of Torment” DVD package was released, the band had sold a total of one million albums. Since the documentary’s release they have sold more than two million. Clearly the band’s appeal shows no sign of abating. It would make sense, therefore, to have a second documentary chronicling the last 15 years or so. The blood still flows…

Centuries Of Torment – The First 20 Years Trailer

LINKS:

Cannibal Corpse 2021
Cannibal Corpse 2021

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Video Interview with Paul Mazurkiewicz of CANNIBAL CORPSE

Violence Unimagined Album Cover Art

Video Interview with Paul Mazurkiewicz of CANNIBAL CORPSE
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi all, Sheri here…

I am back and ohhhhh man, I was so excited for this opportunity!

Cannibal Corpse need no introduction. The renowned veterans of Death Metal released their 15th studio album, “Violence Unimagined”, on 16th April and thus, a speed shifting, hard hitting and unapologetic creation has been born. You will note that this album displays all of the distinctive flavour that Cannibal Corpse have previously offered, however I feel this album has more elements of brutality and speed laced throughout the tracks.

I had a chat with drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz about this album and some of the tracks that give us a taste of sheer force that drives “Violence Unimagined” and is going to rip the heads off of its listeners…

CANNIBAL CORPSE Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Cannibal Corpse are:
George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher – Vocals
Alex Webster – Bass
Paul Mazurkiewicz – Drums
Erik Rutan – Lead Guitaris
Rob Barrett – Rhythm Guitar

Label: Metal Blade Records

LINKS:

‘Inhumane Harvest’ (Official Video)

‘Murderous Rampage’ (Official Video)

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EMQ’s with UNBLESSED

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EMQ’s with UNBLESSED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile based, Death/Black Metal band, Unblessed. Huge thanks to guitarist & vocalist, Paul Callahan, 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’m Paul Callahan, leader, composer, guitarist and vocalist from Unblessed of Chile. We’ve been on road since 1999, keeping our flame burning through 5 full length albums, an EP, 1 Compilation, 3 DVD´s and toured over 11 countries in Europe, Brazil and Argentina too.

How did you come up with your band name?

Into a brainstorming, Unblessed is perfect for our music.

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

We are from Santiago of Chile. We have a good scene, a lot of bands always producing materials and concerts too.

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

It is the “Murdering Hope” album (2020) via Australis records and we’ve made 3 videos for this album.

‘Irreverence Irreversible’ (Official Video)

‘S.E.N.A.M.E.’ (Official Video)

‘Beyond The Cramp’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think old bands as Metallica, Mercyful Fate, Kreator, Slayer, Death, Vital Remains, Dissection, Dawn and Hypocrisy to name a few.

What first got you into music?

Being banger at first, then the creativity and the artistic search.

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

Hmmm, I think Peter Tägtgren or Ihsahn.

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

Wacken, Hellfest, 70000 Tons of Metal.

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

Drugs and friendship.

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

Keep safe, stay home and make music.

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

A band with Cliff Burton, Chuck Schuldiner, Lemmy Kilmister and Michael Jackson on vocals.

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

Composing time, no doubt!

I hate when some members are not involved in procession of music or goals of the band.

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

In my case, the waiting for upcoming albums, hahaha, but it isn´t a big deal.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Hypocrisy – “Hypocrisy”
Death – “Spiritual Healing”
Vital Remains – “Forever Underground”
Morbid Angel – “Blessed Are The Sick”
Dissection – “Storm Of the Light´s Bane”
God Dethroned – “Bloody Blasphemy”
Emperor – “In The Nightside Eclipse”

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

I think it is vinyl, but any format is good. The most important thing is to be heard.

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

Sinfest Metal Festival, in Malta (April of 2018).

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

Actor or writer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne, Morgan Freeman, Eric Cartman, Charlie Sheen And Silvia Saint.

What’s next for the band?

An upcoming album and the third tour of Europe, when we can.

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

www.unblessed.cl/
www.facebook.com/Unblessed-44071969223
www.instagram.com/unblessed_soul/

Enjoy that!!!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A cake.

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

Just listen to Unblessed and buy some merch, that´s always a support to the band.

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