Blame Zeus – Seethe

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Blame Zeus – Seethe
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 08/11/2019
Running Time: 45:37
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
8/10

Good afternoon, my children of the nether face of God. I am Dark Juan, and I bring you this epistle from the dark satanic mills of West Yorkshire, rather than the Brittany countryside. There were no more church altars to defile or virgins left. I’d worked through them all… Yes, I have returned to our sceptred isle of Great Britain permanently because rural France is boring. All those people in Blighty who thought they were safe from my tender ministrations should now be quietly crapping themselves because I have returned with vengeance on my mind, murder in my heart and a total lack of beer to mitigate any bad temper. In other news, there are probably a whole lot of other people fearing my return for other reasons – like workmates who will soon be being subjected to my rapid, unintelligible and insane gabbling due to acute caffeine sensitivity and a requirement for a LOT of coffee when working 48 hour shifts. I am also writing my memoirs. Ex-girlfriends and shitbags who have done me wrong – quake in your metaphorical boots, you set of twats!

Ah, the blessed relief of a good and satisfying rant.

I’ll be honest here, I chose to review this Portuguese prog metal band named Blame Zeus simply because “Blame Zeus!” is a familiar and tediously repetitive refrain in Dark Juan Towers (excuse me, it’s Dark Juan Terrace now!) when looking at a severely depleted bank balance. Normally when Sir Zeusington Zeus VC, DFC and Bar, Croix de Guerre, MM, KCVG has cost us another £80 to get medicine to get him to shit out whatever inedible object he has ingested this time. This is something that happens frequently. Which leads us clumsily into a segue deciding whether Blame Zeus are shit or not. I’m good at this writing lark, me.

This album is named “Seethe”. Opening song “How To Successfully Implode” was not what I was expecting when reading the blurb I got with the album. I was expecting sub-grade Lacuna Coil copyism with added twiddly bits. What I actually got was a fucking kick-ass heavy metal track from an instantly likeable band. I’m always suspicious of a band that labels themselves progressive, because prog done right is absolutely magical. Prog done wrong is a bunch of musicians disappearing rapidly up their own arses playing freeform jazz solos on eight string guitars WHILE SOME PIXIE WAILS ABOUT FUCKING FAIRIES AND TROLLS AND OTHER FANTASY SHIT AND THE DRUMMER IS PLAYING 5/4 TIME! Pardon me and my shouting, I am writing this review sober. This is a rare occurrence.

Vocalist Sandra Oliveira is excellent throughout the record. She is a barrel lunged chanteuse who is best described as a combination of Cristina Scabbia with more vocal control and the much loved (in Dark Juan’s twisted black gutter of a soul, anyway) Helen Vogt of the late and lamented Flowing Tears, and the band’s command of English is actually superb. It is relevant to note this because I now know at first hand just how difficult it is to communicate in another language, let alone compose and create in one. Bonus marks for intelligence…

Blame Zeus’ music is difficult to describe accurately. I wouldn’t say its progressive metal. I’d say its heavy metal with progressive elements. The riffs are meaty and satisfying, the production quality very good (if bass heavy, my poor headphones were buzzing like a swarm of seriously perturbed hornets on more than one occasion – I think the producer of the record is possibly a devotee of Phil Spector’s wall of sound) with generally excellent clarity apart from the previously mentioned overwhelming of my cans, and the musical arrangements inventive – and this is where the progressive elements part of my description comes in – in the middle eight of the song, or in the intro and start of a song is where you’ll find the most progressive sounds. Apart from ‘The Warden’. This song could be off any Tool album in the “Aenemia, Lateralus” and “10,000 Days” era. Luckily, these are splendid benchmarks to be judged against, so please do not count this as a demerit. ‘The Crown And The Gun’ has an extremely unusual start where it sounds like a bizarre three way musical coupling of Muse, Tool and Alice In Chains before the guitars kick in and lay you out with a hobnailed boot to the solar plexus. The solo on this tune is extremely prog though – all Eastern sounding before Sandra launches into ethereal wailing with lashings of reverb, chorus and echo before the song is dragged kicking and screaming back into the glorious light of metal and reminded what it actually is, which is a fucking heavy metal song and its only reason for existence is to be spectacularly violent and to cause ears to bleed. Which it did!

I like Blame Zeus. They were a fortuitous choice to review. Highlights are the opening song, which is an absolute heavy fucking metal triumph, ‘Down To Our Bones’ which has some excellent interplay between male and female vocals and ‘The Crown And The Gun’ which I believe represents EXACTLY what Blame Zeus are aiming for. I want to hear a lot more. I love Sandra’s voice, which is operatic without being overpowering, the music because it is after all heavy metal with added intelligence and the band sounding like they are enjoying themselves. There is far too much totally po-faced prog metal that causes this hellpriest to imagine the band spending hours discussing how to synocapte the drums in the most obscure time signature possible whilst sipping green tea and complaining that seven notes are simply not enough, before crapping out some 22 minute “song” about the siege of the Elven Kingdom of Walpurgia by the Orken Hordes of Shitbaggium. Anyway, Blame Zeus are good. If you like bands like Tool, Visions Of Atlantis, Flowing Tears and the like, then you will like them too. That was a deliberate attempt to see how many grammatically correct “likes” I could fit into a single sentence. You should buy their records. Do it. Do it NOW.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System would have done this bit in Portuguese, but doesn’t have Google Translate as we are currently sans internet (maybe the mighty beast of metal that is Victor Augusto of Ever Metal fame will be able to assist!) awards Blame Zeus a thoroughly disreputable 8/10 for an hell of an enjoyable record.

TRACKLISTING:
01. How To Successfully Implode
02. Déjà Vu
03. Down To Our Bones
04. White
05. Bloodstained Hands
06. The Obsession Lullaby
07. Into The Womb
08. No
09. The Warden
10. The Crown And The Gun

LINE-UP:
Sandra Oliveira – Voice
Ricardo Silveira – Drums
Paulo Silva – Guitar
Tiago Lascasas – Guitar
Celso Oliveira – Bass

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/BlameZeus/

https://www.instagram.com/blamezeus/
https://blamezeus.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/BlameZeusband

 

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Dark Avenger – The Beloved Bones: Hell

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Dark Avenger – The Beloved Bones: Hell
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 13/07/2017
Running Time: 56:45
Review by Victor Augusto
9.5/10

Every time when I try to express what I think about Dark Avenger it is always hard for me. Maybe it is because their music helped me to stay strong in difficult periods of my life or maybe because I have a friendship with them. The fact of the matter is the band are legends in Brazil which makes it even more difficult but let me try to do it again.

The band was created in the early nineties and fast reached strong success with their Traditional Heavy Metal. Albums like “Dark Avenger” (1995) and “Tales of Avalon – The Terror” (2001) are considered the classic ones. After a short hiatus they returned in this decade and released the incredible final part of “Tales of Avalon-The Lament” in 2013, but in 2017 things changed. A reformulated band showed to the world a new ambitious saga and all tales and epical stories were left behind. Now the main subject was human inner conflicts and the music became much more aggressive.

All lyrics are a soliloquy that consists as a mental dialogue between REASON and EMOTION. Those two are the main characters here. REASON strongly attacks EMOTION and complains about a non-reaction from him to leave some specific suffering or problem. In the first instance, EMOTION flees and denies it. There is not a specific issue mentioned in the lyrics, considering that “hell” could be any kind of martyr of a normal life. Each song is a different mental stage. It goes from “unconscious” until REASON and EMOTION stop to verbally hurt themselves and start to fight together against all the problems to finally reach “freedom”.

Musically, this album shows an aggressive Dark Avenger. The guitar works from Glauber Oliveira and Hugo Santiago are amazing. They created plenty of complex riffs and solos with many progressive parts. Gustavo Magalhães has some great bass lines to complement the rhythmic parts as in ‘Nihil Mind’. There is an orchestral addition alongside the songs with a dense atmosphere. Everything sounds heavy in this album. Mario Linhares voice is famous for his high range notes, but this time he perfectly chose a more emotional interpretation of it, in a perfect DIO style and he even uses few guttural screams.

Just the three first songs ‘The Beloved Bones’, ‘Smile Back to Me’ and ‘King for A Moment’ are enough to feel how incredible this album is, but ‘Parasite’ deserves a special mention. It is the most aggressive and brutal song I’ve heard from Dark Avenger so far. The final part of the album has the amazing ‘Purple Letter’ as a farewell meaning. ‘Sola Mors Liberat’ finishes the battle and leaves the space opened for the beautiful and acoustic ballad ‘When Shadow Falls’.

“The Beloved Bones-Hell” shows an unknown Dark Avenger. It reveals a more brutal and obscure side from them and created expectation for the second part, supposed to be the “Divine” part. The band was preparing a European tour and this record was elected the best album in many Brazilian metal magazines and websites in 2017. Sadly, the singer Mario Linhares, the only original member, suddenly died in December of this same year.

Despite all the pain of loss, he left a legacy called Dark Avenger and he will always be remembered by his fans and friends. My first review for Ever Metal couldn’t be different. It is not the first time I have written about this album and it is still as hard as it was two years ago. The difference now is all the tears are dry. This review is dedicated to Mario Linhares and all people who love him.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Beloved Bones
02. Smile Back to Me
03. King for a Moment
04. This Loathsome Carcass
05. Parasite
06. Breaking Up, Again
07. Empowerment
08. Nihil Mind
09. Purple Letter
10. Sola Mors Liberat
11. When Darkness Fall

LINE-UP:
Mario Linhares (R.I.P.) – Vocals
Glauber Oliveira – Guitars
Hugo Santiago – Guitars
Gustavo Magalhães – Bass
Anderson Soares – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/darkavengerofficial/

 

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North of South – New Latitudes

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North Of South – New Latitudes
Rockshots Records
Release Date: 28/09/2018
Running Time: 33:46
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
7/10

North Of South, from Spain, was founded by guitarist Chechu Gomez (aka Chechu Nos) and he brings so much to the table musically. This album “New Latitudes” isn’t just pure rock. It is the complete package of metal, with a hint of pop and a dash of Latin influence, all mixed together with great guitar riffs, insane drumming, and both English and Spanish lyrics and so makes for a very powerful album.

The nine tracks on “New Latitudes” cover more than one genre and the changes from one to the other are effortless. There is an almost flamenco hint on some of the tracks, and you really don’t know what’s coming next.

It is truly refreshing to have tracks such as ‘Time Will Tell’, proving Chechu Nos’ voice can range from deep, harsh and gravelly to crystal clear and the incredible drumming makes you wonder how fast the poor guy was actually playing (it sounded exhausting to me). With vocals switching between Spanish and English, you are given a whole new view on “New Latitudes”. It is strangely refreshing that this is not a run of the mill metal album as it just has so much to give. The album has depth yet isn’t overpowering, guitar solos which are just mad, flamenco overtones to the sound, and then changes back to metal all in the same song!! I think it’s safe to say this is truly a different kind of metal.

As a personal preference, I would have loved a few more tracks but we don’t always get what we want and let’s hope, with the intense tracks on this album, there will be plenty more releases in the pipeline. After listening to “New Latitudes” I’m not sure if I should be in a mosh pit or doing flamenco or even trying to create a mix of both! That would make for an interesting dance!

“New Latitudes” was recorded at Zoilo Unreal’s Studios (Marin Spain) which is familiar with the Spanish extreme metal scene, having been involved with bands like Unreal Overflows, The Anthagonist and Unhuman Nature.

On the whole, “New Latitudes” is great, with so many different genres covered and yet such a great listen and it’s all wrapped up in one album.

TRACKLIST:
1-The Human Equation
2-Nobody Knows
3-Balance Paradox
4-Before We Die
5-Crystal Waters
6-There’s No Glamour In Death
7-Time Will Tell
8-Faith Is Not A Hope
9-Montreux

Links:
https://northofsouth.es/en/
https://www.facebook.com/NorthOfSouthOfficial/
https://www.instagram.com/northofsouthofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQN43eyfE0YZrwM349JZCXw

 
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