EMQ’s with TERMINAL CARNAGE

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EMQ’s with TERMINAL CARNAGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘The Sickening Rebirth’ (Audio)

‘Years Of Demise’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

Definitely vinyl.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Good friends and family…

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit, but I really hate those…

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

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

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Musical Massacre – Inhuman

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Musical Massacre – Inhuman
German Democratic Recordings
Release Date: 11/12/2020
Running Time: 38:48
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

One of the best things about being part of a great team as I am at Ever Metal, alongside people who truly support Heavy Metal around the world, are the number of friends and bands we can meet on this journey. Even before I joined Ever Metal, I had met amazing people. Do you want one example? In 2017, I started to listen to a Heavy Metal radio show called ‘Sare’s Invasion’, hosted by my dear friend Sara McIntosh, and there I met Olaf, the guitarist of the German band that I am reviewing right now. There, I also met Ritchie Randall from the band Gravehuffer, alongside other people and, in all cases, I became a fan of their bands and was able to review their albums. DJ Sara also mentioned Ever Metal to me and, thanks to her, I am here now, destroying another intro on one of my reviews 😊. Look at how music has connected people from Brazil, USA, UK, and Germany. Isn’t it so amazing? Anyway, let’s talk about the third Musical Massacre album, “Inhuman”.

Musical Massacre is that kind of band that has been making noise for a long time. They were born in the nineties but quit after a few years with just two demos released. This is the third full album since they returned in 2012. Again, they have a new singer on this album, like a curse of changing the singer for each new release, but Wolfgang (Rothbauer) has brought a new spirit to MuMa (this is what we, the fans, call the band). On first listen, I felt very clearly that he kept a guttural, dragging voice, typical of the band, but he has the versatility to offer a rawer kind of voice, too.

I don’t know how this singer change has influenced them, but musically, the band still value all of the dark atmosphere, from the war themes they talk about. It is not the usual blackened spirit like from bands such as 1914, who are totally immersed with World War One. MuMa show an incredibly sad spirit when they talk about their themes. Their music is more like old school Death Metal, like Bolt Thrower or Asphyx. This time, they have given more value to melodies, alongside faster cadences, than the previous album “Off To War.” It sounds much more aggressive and angrier this time. The band have chosen a less clear production for “Inhuman”, which surprised me, but it’s nothing too dirty, and it keeps a good sonority for the album.

My greatest surprise here, however, were the melodies. It is not a new element for Musical Massacre, but the work between Andrè Hase and Olaf Gerold is very impressive. They complement each other, sometimes with independent riffs from each guitar, and not only that typical wall of rhythms that we are used to hearing from the band. ‘Foxhole’, the first track after the beautiful/melancholic acoustic ‘Awakening’, is a good example of this new face of the band. Still talking about guitar, I noticed a stronger guitar pick over a few parts, as on the title track ‘Inhuman’.

‘The War – The Transcendence – The Possession’ is an interesting song because of all the riffs. This even reminded me of Sepultura in the “Chaos AD” era, not only through the composition, but also the arrangements. This song showed me a new element of the band’s sonority, like the (already mentioned) melodies on the chorus, which reminded me of bands that are not a specific influence for them, like Dark Tranquility. Nevertheless, if you consider that the main message of every album from Musical Massacre is the sadness and disgrace that comes from war, it is easy to fit on “Inhuman”. Another example that has this strong element is ‘When Compassion Dies’. So much reference to Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal from the nineties. Of course, it is just a reference, for a few moments, but it shows how the band is navigating through new oceans, even though they keep the heavy sonority of an old school Death Metal band.

David Beyer does a great job on drums, always with a good cadence, but using double kicks and exploring rhythmical changes. Great drums fills, too. The bass of Uwe Limberger is noticeably clear, considering it appears between two heavy guitars. The ending song of the album ‘Gustloff’ shows some influences that reminded me of Trey Azagthoth, even though Morbid Angel is not exactly a main reference to their sound.

If you are a guitar lover, you are probably going to love this album. Not only the guitar work, either. It’s also amazing how MuMa can mix together all the heaviness from strong, old school Death Metal, with a sonority that is not hard to digest. Everything is so clear to hear in each musical style that it could have easily become a mass of sound if it weren’t so well played or recorded. These changes in the band’s music, after the two previous releases, has brought about their most mature album. “Inhuman” is the same Musical Massacre we know, but it carries an evolution, and a new face, coming with the new singer, that can offer more possibilities on vocal lines. I cannot wait to see how it will sound live!

‘Warhead’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Awakening
02. Foxhole
03. Operation Neptune
04. Warhead
05. Inhuman
06. When Compassion Dies
07. …and Those Shall Bleed
08. The War – The Transcendence – The Possession
09. Gustloff

LINE-UP:
Wolfgang Rothbauer – Vocals
Andrè Hase – Guitars
Olaf Gerold – Guitars
Uwe Limberger – Bass
David Beyer – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with MUSICAL MASSACRE

EMQ’s with MUSICAL MASSACRE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nossen, Germany based Old-School Death Metal band, Musical Massacre. Huge thanks to guitarist Olaf Gerold 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?

Olaf here and I play guitar. The band started under the name Musical Massacre in 1990 and has its 30th anniversary this year.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name was found by former member Rene [now Purgatory (GER)] and Andre while rehearsing in an old attic.

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

We are based in Nossen, Germany. We have a good metal and rock scene around us in Saxony.

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

A digital only compilation named “Dark Reality” which is available at Spotify, Deezer, Amazon.

www.deezer.com/album/149953012

www.amazon.de/Reality-Compilation-Explicit-Musical-Massacre/dp/B08928Y927

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bolt Thrower.

What first got you into music?

As the band started it was the growing underground Death Metal scene in the early 90’s and the fun to be a part of it.

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

Karl Willetts (he sadly couldn’t participate on the upcoming album).

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

Maryland Death Fest cause it’s a tradition for Old School Death Metal.

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

We didn’t get any yet.

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

Stay safe and support your favourite bands by buying their stuff.

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

Cliff Burton.

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

The joy of creative freedom and the reactions this has to fans.

There’s nothing to hate.

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

One thing won’t change anything.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Bolt Thrower – “Warmaster”.

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

CD’s.

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

“Off To War” Record Release December 2nd 2017 – opening for God Dethroned, Hypnos and Atomwinter.

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

I really don’t know.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ha, my other mates in the band were four +????

What’s next for the band?

Releasing the new album “Inhuman”, do a promo clip for it, new merch.

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

Mostly Facebook, YouTube and Spotify, maybe Instagram in the future.
www.facebook.com/MusicalMassacre/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Both.

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

Thanks for the questions, stay safe.

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