Forged In Black – Descent Of The Serpent

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Forged In Black – Descent Of The Serpent
Fighter Records
Release Date: 05/03/2019
Running Time: 48:00
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9.5/10

Having been lucky enough to review Forged In Black before, I was really looking forward to the new album and they didn’t disappoint.

This awesome new album with nine banging tracks is full on metal, led by the vocals of Chris “Stoz” Storozynski, who has one of the most versatile voices, ranging from pure growl to hypnotic power, alternating from the depths of hell to crazy high.

Chris fronts a brilliant band which also includes Andy Songhurst on guitars, Kieron Rochester on bass and vocals, Chris Bone on guitars and, last but definitely not least, Kev Rochester on drums, and together they are going from strength to strength.

The amazing artwork on the album cover is by Dan Goldsworthy (Alestorm, Hell, Accept etc) and once you get past that, what can you expect? Let me see…banging drums, crazy guitar riffs, powerful vocals and just pure pleasure!

The opening song ‘Seek No Evil’ is a metal anthem in its own right, but this is just a gentle introduction of what’s ahead. The track ‘Descent Of The Serpent’ has the most immense drumming and guitar and it could surely give even Medusa a headache. These guys know how to rock, and the duelling guitars of Andy Songhurst and Chris Bone are awesome.

Forged In Black started in 2013 and the band released their eponymous debut album the same year, followed by the EP “The Tide” and a single ‘Exodus’, which was produced by Romesh Dodangoda, famed for his work with Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon and Bullet For My Valentine. At this point in their career, the band struck up a great working relationship with the legendary, much missed producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath etc) and this really raised the bands profile. Chris and Forged In Black, together, created two excellent EP’s “Fear Reflection Fear” and 2017’s “Sinner Sanctorum”. After Chris’s sad passing at the beginning of 2018, Forged in Black sought, once again, the help of Romesh Dodangoda and the producer guided the band through the recording of this brilliant album.

Ok, let’s be honest there is only one way to listen to this album and that’s with the volume turned to high and to just let the power flow out. The passion in Chris’s voice is such that you almost get moments of false security. ‘Palm of Silver’ starts with drums and an evil laugh and then, BOOM off we go with heart thumping drumming and the non-stop energy is breathtaking. And we can’t forget to mention the growling vocals of Kieron Rochester who adds so much to the already great vocals of Chris.

Yes, this album “Descent of the Serpent” is a definite mix of old school metal with a twist of doom metal, but without a doubt, it is just pure enjoyable metal. There are brilliant vocals delivered in such a way you can still understand the lyrics but with power and passion, the additional vocals are the twist that adds to the bands diversity, and as the band grows with every release, I think these guys are set for bigger and better things to come. I certainly think they are a band we are going to hear more and more about in the future. They are a force to be reckoned with.

Very few bands put this much power and passion into an album but wow lads you blow the roof off!

TRACKLISTING:
1. Seek No Evil
2. One in The Chamber
3. Shadowcaster
4. Descent Of The Serpent
5. One Last Sign
6. Palm Of Silver
7. Aphelion Tormentor
8. Vendetta
9. When Hell Is Done

LINKS:
http://www.forgedinblack.com
http://www.facebook.comforgedinblack

http://www.instagram.com/forgedinblack

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQKOXiyg2jLOlnE1PHvQ02A
http://www.fighter-records.com

 

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Wolf Counsel – Destination Void

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Wolf Counsel – Destination Void
Endless Winter
Release Date: 22/02/2019
Running Time: 48:00
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8.5/10

If you want an album that packs a punch from track one, here you go.

The band, consisting of Ralf W. Garcia on Bass/vocals, Reto Crola on drums, Andreas Reinhart on guitars and Ralf Huber on guitars, certainly know how to give you the full package. From great guitar riffs to intense vocals, they have a style of their own and don’t follow the crowd.

Originally a brainchild of the 1990’s, Wolf Counsel finally came to be in 2014 when two veteran musicians merged their enthusiasm and low tuned music and great appreciation of heavy riffs into a new band.

Wolf Counsel have released three full length albums so far; “Vol 1 – Wolf Counsel” (2015), “Ironclad” (2016) and “Age Of Madness / Reign Of Chaos” (2017). All these albums were recorded at Little Creek Studio and produced, mixed and mastered by V. O. Pulver (Poltergeist, GurD, Panzer) and all feature seven songs each that cover the whole scope of classic Doom Metal, showing how this band is developing with each album they release.

The band wrote their fourth album in four months, and this album “Destination Void” again consists of seven tracks, my favourite being ‘Nova’. This may have something to do with the fact that is my mum’s name but, on the other side; I just love the depth to the whole track.

These four guys from Switzerland really have a unique sound. Yes, it’s Doom Metal but it’s much more. It has a sharp edge to it and with such slow and gruff vocals; it has its own unique appeal which is very refreshing. With many Doom bands, you spend a lot of time thinking “what are they saying” but not with Wolf Counsel. They break away from the traditional but in a good way. They have a doom vibe which they can call their own.

‘Destination Void’ the title track is haunting and if there is a horror film director out there who needs a band for their next film credits then it’s these guys. I think it would be a perfect combination, the haunting lyrics followed by some brilliant guitar riffs then back to slow haunting, drunken vocals.

The brilliant artwork on the album cover is just as haunting as the music and sums up the band so well.

On the whole “Destination Void” was a great listen and I look forward to future things from these guys.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Nazarene
02. Nova
03. Mother Of All Plagues
04. Men Of Iron Men OF Smoke
05. Destination Void
06. Tomorrow Never Knows
07. Staring Into Oblivious

LINKS:
https://www.wolfcounsel.net/
https://www.facebook.com/thewolfcounsel
https://wolfcounsel.bandcamp.com/


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EMQ’s with BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL!

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EMQ’s with BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL!

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German, Black/Doom Metal band Being “alive” Is Beautiful. Huge thanks to Christina Earlymorn 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 folks! My name is Christina Earlymorn and I play the bass and sing. I started the band in 2017 as a solo project.

How did you come up with your band name?

Back in 2017, I wanted to end my life. I wanted to jump in front of a train. I said to myself: Being “alive” is soooo damn beautiful… Let’s end this existence! Well. Then I was thinking that BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL might sound like a good band name for a depressive metal project. So, I began to write the music instead of killing myself.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

I am from Germany/Bavaria (Munich region). Our scene is a mix between the South German metal scene and the North Austrian metal scene. It’s a small family like scene. Everybody kinda knows everyone and bands are helping out each other. I like it. We have thrash, death and extreme metal down here.

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

Our latest release is a long-player which is called “UNFRIEDEN” (un-peace). It was released on April 4th. We also released a music video to it called SELBSTFINDUNG (self-finding) and is ready to watch on YouTube!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prox60fhJQc

Who have been your greatest influences?

I am mainly a guitar playing girl. I started out 19 years ago on guitar. In BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL I only play bass, because we are a two piece band. Only drums, bass and vocals. No guitars.
But to answer your question, I have to say: Gorgoroth, Immortal, Megadeth, Zakk Wylde, Dimebag Darrell, Joe Bonamassa and Yngwie Malmsteen.

What first got you into music?

I was bullied over a very long time in school, plus abused by a Catholic Nun in elementary school for two years. My parents were always fighting at home and I had no one who cared/listened to me. After I listened to some Metallica, I knew what kinda sound was fitting to my soul and I wanted to play guitar. So, bullying brought me to Metallica, Metallica brought me to playing guitar and playing guitar brought me deeper into Metal music and different styles of music over the years also.

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

Zakk Wylde!

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

Too tough a question! I really don´t know. I always love to perform in front of people. IDGAF if it’s on the streets of nowhere, or if it’s at the Whiskey a Go-Go in Hollywood or at Wacken.

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

I have not received any gift or weird gift from a fan. But fans are writing how I helped them through rough times with my music via Email and Facebook. That´s GIFT enough for me!

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

Life SUCKS, but with our music it pretty much gets acceptable :-). (Wait until we drop our new Single 😉 The title begins with “Life Sucks, but our….” …you will see!) We want to be a shoulder for you to lean on with our music, when nobody seems to care, see or understands you with your depression, problems, frustrations, fears, transsexualism, loss of a loved one or cancer diagnosis, ETC!

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

Dimebag Darrell!

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

Playing my instruments, recording music and getting creative!
I hate the hole grid steps that are often installed to get up to the stage, because I fall through the holes with my heels. I’ve got to have two pairs of shoes with me. That SUX!

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

That talent would matter over the “if it sells, we support it” thing going on.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Motörhead – “Bastards”

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

Vinyl!

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

Well, with BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL we haven’t had a gig yet, because it wasn´t planned to create a band and to play our songs live. So we rehearse a lot, to get to the right level!
With the other band, in which I play guitar (SUCKING LEECH) we play a lot of gigs. I can remember playing with SUCKING LEECH at Kaltenbach Open Air Festival. This is in the Austrian mountains. It was a good gig and a cool location! Otherwise I enjoyed playing the Obscene Extreme Festival with SUCKING LEECH back in 2017! The crowd was so intense!

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

I would probably kill somebody.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My man, a GWAR band member, Donald Trump, a Clown and Evel Knievel to jump over us!

What’s next for the band?

We will finish our Single that we wanna put out. We also want to get a music video done for it. And in between we will rehearse the shit out of us!

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

https://www.facebook.com/beingaliveisbeautiful/
https://beingaliveisbeautiful.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=being+alive+is+beautiful
https://www.facebook.com/earlyrocks/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

“Jaffa Cake” always remembers me of Teal´c. My man is a huge Stargate SG1 fan! There is a Jaffar warrior named Teal´c and I think he may dig this biscuit cake, because it says “Jaffa”!

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

Thank you so much for the Interview! Keep on rockin´ – rulin´!
Greetings from Munich!
Christina Earlymorn // Being “alive” is beautiful

 

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Alphastate – The Grind

 

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Alphastate – The Grind
Sliptrick Records
Release Date: 03/04/2018
Running Time: 37:28
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
7/10

Alphastate are a Greek metal band, formed in 2013 as a personal project of Pete Breaker (guitars). Vocalist Manos Xanthakis joined in in 2015 and the line up was complete in 2016 with the additions of Dimitris Tsounakis on bass and Fivos Andriopoulos on the drums. They released their first album “Out of the Black” in 2015 and received excellent and positive press globally.

Says the band: “we wanted to combine modern metal with 80’s and 90’s influences such as Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera and Nevermore to create a very personal and extreme style with no boundaries.”

So, what genre of metal are Alphastate? To pigeonhole them into one category would be wrong and do them a severe injustice. They play heavy metal that is heavier than normal, but they have thrown in a bit of power too, with just a hint of doom (think Sabbath, Candlemass and Trouble), and this gives them an almost unique sound.

I always think the vocals make any band and am always on the lookout for bands that have distinctive and different singers. If I am totally honest, on the first run through of the album, I didn’t actually like Manos’s vocals but after listening a few times, I realised I really didn’t give him much credit. His vocals are deep, and unmistakably Greek, which is by no means a bad thing. He could quite easily fit into a band such as Firewind if they were ever on the lookout.

I must admit that I hadn’t listened to the band’s first album before listening to this one, but the promo notes that came with the album stated that they wanted to take a more modern and aggressive approach musically with this new album. They wanted “very loud and distinctive guitars, a more modern production that had the vocals pushed up front and drums that punched through the sound.”

I think they were successful on all three counts. Take the guitars out of this album and they would slot straight into a Pantera album, the drums are strong and tight, and I have already mentioned the vocals above.

This album includes a lot more of the band’s own thoughts and experiences making it the most personal release so far, and sonically it is their best. They have made an album that is “pure aggression with the best songs they have ever written.”

One thing that I wasn’t overly keen on with this album, was the lack of variation. Each song seemed to sound much like the last, and I am not sure if this is due to unfamiliarity with the tracks. Maybe with a few more listens through, the songs may start to separate a bit.

But this doesn’t take away from the fact, that this is a solid album, and for a band that has only really been together properly since 2016, it’s a good sign of things to come.
Give these guys a go……and they may just surprise you!

 

TRACK LIST
01. Trapped
02. Phantom Desires
03. Speak Your Mind
04. Theater Of Lies
05. The Grind
06. Forevermore
07. Behind The Dark
08. Heaven’s World
09. Man Made God

 

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://www.facebook.com/AlphastateMetal/
https://www.instagram.com/alphastate_official/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCngyPMt1FVY2fdGJ0pbmc4g
https://sliptrickrecords.com/alphastate/

 

Alphastate

 

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