Thursday, December 1, 2016

Henry Kane/Den Forstorda Manniskans/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review


  Henry  Kane  are  a  band  from  Sweden t hat  plays  a  mixture  of  old  school  Swedish  style  death  metal  and  crustcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Den  Forstorda  Manniskans"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

 Growing  vocals  and  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of  Swedish  death  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the   recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  most of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  while also having  some  of  the  raw  aggression  of  grindcore  and  high  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  one  track  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Henry  Kane  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  Swedish  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  post  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Henry  Kane  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Svarta  Tankar"  "Dragen  I  Skiten"  "Bon  For  Bon"  and  "Vinst  Eller  Folust".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nashgul Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hector - We have booked many dates inside spanish state and this same weekend we celebrate in our hometown our 15th anniversary show. 15 years behaving like assholes around there!



2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Hector - The sound is practically the same as always, it is the same gear and the same recording studio. What makes it different from the other recording is that we have spent many rehearsal sessions to polish the songs and that the recording session was scheduled right after the arrival from our last European tour of 3 weeks. We were going flat out and that is something noticeable.



3.Your lyrics cover horror  and  post  apocalyptic  themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Hector - We all in the band are fans of the terror/apocaliptic/horror cinema, comics and masks. After all is what we have grown with and what marked our lives.



4.The new album was released on 'Selfmadegod Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Hector - Totally. It is a pleasure to work with a label such Selfmadegod, a serious label that accomplishes everything it says. Nowadays it is not easy to meet people like this… We like to work with known people and known labels, things tend to be easier.



5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Hector - From last years I hold on to 2 shows. The live show at Maryland Death Fest in Baltimore (USA), for being the fest it is and for being playing in front of so many people, sharing the line-up with the bands we grew with; and the last show at Kopi in Berlin, in our last european tour, it was a time travel to what it must have been a Napalm Death’s F.E.T.O. era show, out of control and chaos in a fully packed small venue. Brutal!





6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Hector - We have started to talk between ourselves the plans for 2017, but our idea is to tour though we are not sure to where. At beginning of next year we will aim some place in the world.



7.Over the years you have also done your fair share of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared those releases with?
Hector - Most of the bands we shared 7” with were friend’s bands or ones we had had some relationship in any time. Most of them are not active anymore but we keep the good relationship with their members.



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore?
Hector - Well, sincerely I don’t think it was much. Grindcore born and died with first records from Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Brutal Truth and Assück. Rest of bands we have spawned after those glorious year have been making a mix of all those bands. We haven’t given anything new, but I suppose that to people of the generation who grew with those bands like to enjoy the same rehash in live shows, hahahahaha!



9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band embers are a part of?
Hector - Our drummer Iván plays in Hongo (heavy-crust-doom band - https://fungivoro.bandcamp.com), they are very active with records in shows.

Luis, our bassist, just plays in Nashgul nowadays, he has not much free time because his work as illustrator (http://sendonluis.blogspot.com.es/).

Alex, our singer, still sings in Bokluk (old school death metal - https://boklukdeath.bandcamp.com). They have just recorded a new record and they have booked many dates in spanish state.

I play in Black Panda (Crust N´Roll - https://blackpanda.bandcamp.com/music), we have just released a new 7” and we will do a mini tour in January and some fest. Besides Black Panda, I play in Come Back From The Dead (Old School Death Metal - https://comebackfromthedead.bandcamp.com/music), we have just recorded a new 10” and we have also many dates and fests in the next months.







10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hector - I suppose that exactly the same as today. With the pass of time we have found our own sound, which we are comfortable with and I don’t find ourselves recording a Discordance Axis kind of record, more than nothing because we do not have fucking idea of how to play!!!



11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Hector - The same influences of our teenage days practically. The same mythical old records of Grindcore, Punk, Hardcore and Heavy Metal. Today I barely listen to new music. One of the good things internet has brought is to be able to investigate and go down deep in forgotten bands from 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, a real bottomless pit full of gems!!!



12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Hector - Each one has his own follies and interests. I spend part of my free time to be the sound guy at shows in a self-managed social center that we have put to start exactly 1 year ago between many friends here in A Coruña, where we do many activities, musical and non-musical ones, Nave 1839.  http://nave1839.org/en/



13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hector - Many thanks for your time and the interview, to contact us you can write to nashgulcore@yahoo.es or you can listen to our new complete album “Cárcava” at https://nashgul.bandcamp.com/

FUCK SPAIN.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Pissed On/The Hanged Man/Advocate Records/2017 EP Review


  Pissed  On  are  a  band  from  Kentucky  that  plays  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise  and  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  hardcore, black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "The  Hanged  Man"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Advocate  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  and  the  music  also  gets  very  technical  at  times  and  elements  of  black  metal  are  also  used  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  mid  tempo  sections  also  add  in  touches  of  slam  and  hardcore  and  as  the  ep  progresses  more  harsh  noises  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  remains  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording. 

  Pissed  On  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  grindcore  while  the  elements  of  harsh  noise,  hardcore,  black  and  death  metal  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  man  in  the  final  days  and  his  tales  of  desperation.

  In  my  opinion  Pissed  On  are  a  very  great  sounding  grindcore  band  with  elements  of  harsh  noise,  hardcore,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Reader"  and  "The  Hanged  Man".  8  out of  10.   

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Spazz/Sweatin ' II:Deported Live Gorilla/Tankcrime Records/2016/ CD Re-issue Review


  Spazz  are  a  band  from  Oakland,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  grind  and  power  violence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2001  album  "Sweatin ' II:Deported  Live  Gorilla"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Tankcrimes Records.

  A  very  fast  and  aggressive  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  hardcore  style  screaming  vocals  and  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  lot  of  crust  and  power  violence  elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  spoken  word  along  with  movie  samples  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  bass  guitars  have  a  very  dominating  presence  throughout  the  recording  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  a  brief  use  of  angry  female vocals  and  folk  instruments  can  be  heard  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Spazz  remained  true to  their  mixture  of  power  violence,  crust  and  grind  on  this  recording and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  come  from  some  of  the  splits  they  where  a  part  of,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  angry,  hateful  and  humorous  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  compilation  from  Spazz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Leanord  the  Dirt  Thrower"  "Tender  Vittles" "Torino"  and  "Wall  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.

 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Bolesno Grinje Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Since the process after recording...until we get to release it, is almost a year...we spent that time playing some gigs and making a new EP that is by the way going to be released as an bonus on new album "GRD" CD edition that is gonna come out soon on "Get Pissed Stay Pissed" Records from US. Now we have booked some gigs in January and February...so looking forward to that...and in the meantime...of course...we started to do new songs :D


2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The sound is massive...just as we wanted it to be!
Since we're always recording our music by ourselves in our guitarist's studio "Grobnica"...the sound on each album is getting better and better, since Jule (our guitarist) is evolving in the studio works, and we're also evolving as a band/musicians...so, every new album we do is definitely a step forward from the last one...


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Well, to mention a few from the new album...
Impossibility to assimilate with the society (Asimilacija), our damnation from those in power (Kurve Establismenta)...but I can say that most of the lyrics on the new album is about some personal issues (Dodirni Mi Ruku, Reakcija, Ne Vjerujem Nikome, Autoboiografija Propasti, Vratite Mi Mozak).


4.I know that the bands name means Stick Mines' in Croatian, how does this name fit in with the music style that you play?

No, we need to correct you...translation of the band's name from Croatian to English would be "Sick mites"...and it fits just fine with the music we do, we have experienced it through the years!


5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

For sure each one from us have it's own favorite show...but we must mention that last few gigs in Ljubljana and in Zagreb was incredibly powerful with a lots of fans, we must mention our Obscene Extreme shows
(in 2006 and 2014) it was a pleasure and honor to play there...but the craziest of all was Obscene Extreme Mini Winter edition in Brno this year in February...that was a gig to remember!!!
We love to leave a mess on stage...we sweat a lot and everything needs to be wet after our performance...there are no calm Bolesno Grinje shows...only chaos...like there's no tomorrow!


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We're not doing big tours because of our everyday obligations, but for sure we have plans for 2017...there are some shows booked already...we're trying to play as much as we can...


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the record labels that have helped out with the release of your new album?

Yeah, these are all DIY one man record labels made by punk/crust/grind/metal enthusiasts! They are putting their own money in a thing they love, have passion for and want to spread around!
Without them our last 3 releases would not come out...so we're grateful to all of them very much!!!

 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of crust and grindcore?

All feedback we got from anywhere was always great...people love what we do in general. Ok, there's no so much of it...we're not a worldwide famous band...but there are surprises coming from everywhere!


9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Jule (guitarist) and Hoc (bassist) have their own projects and are putting out some stuff from time to time...Luze (drummer) have another band named "dropthehammer", they are about to release their first album really soon...


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

There will be some oscillations as always...but we're sticking to extreme music in every way that we find comfortable for us!


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Each one of us have his own influences and preferences, so it will be too much bringing that all up here. We're keeping the track about what's happening on the underground music scene...but we have never followed any trend(s).
Of course it's possible to hear some influenced riffs...but we're always trying to do it in our own Bolesno Grinje way...always with some old school approach...

12.Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

Beside jobs we all do...one likes sports and exercise a lot, one have kids to hang out with, the other have dogs to take care of...but most of us are spending a lots of free time on something regarding music...


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Yeah...keep an eye on our web site because soon the new EP will be out...released on CD together with the new album GRD!
That's the freshest thing we're cooking at the moment!
Stay extreme and see you on some gig soon!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Bolesno Grinje/GRD/Grindpromotion/2016 Full Length Review


  Bolesno  Grinje  are  a  band  from  Croatia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  grind  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Grd"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  by  Grindpromotion  and  many  other  different  labels.

  Angry  growling  vocals  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  very  heavy  sound  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  and  influences  of  hardcore  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.

  At  times  the  riffs  can  be  very  melodic  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  solos  and  leads  while  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Bolesno  Grinje  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  hardcore,  grind,  crust  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Croatian  and  cover  hateful  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bolesno  Grinje  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  grind  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Don't  Trust  No  One"  "Abortion  SS"  "Pseudo-Gravedigger"  and  "Touch  my  Hand".  8  out  of  10.    

  

Hauser Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We are closing 2016 with many cool shows and 2 releases: the EP (Des)Razão and the Single Processo Bokanovsky. We are composing new songs to record already in early 2017!

2.In April you had released a 7 inch, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It's a release that we call a transition, from the old lineup, where we had a more deathcore sound to what we're currently living. More aggressive and fast sonority. It's an important launch, marking our step!

3.This was the first release in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?
We have a full, which was recorded in 2009 in a completely independent and amateurish way. With great effort, we launched in 20011. We had a hiatus (2012 to 2014), where we came back with new formation and total strength.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Issues addressed to the psychological problems, madness and economic political situations of Brazil and in the world.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hauser'?
It comes from two interesting stories that we like. One of the enigma of Kaspar Hauser, a German story where he is supposed to be a boy of the nobility, who lived confined until the age of 15, without contact with humans.
Another influence is the artist Johann Hauser, with his insane illustrations.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We played with several bands that we like: Test (BR), Paura (BR), Mukeka di Rato (BR), Facada (BR), Institution (BR), Beast (PT), No Turning Back (NL) and Coke Bust (US).

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are planning a Europe tour in 2017! A long time we want to play there!

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We always work independently. For our upcoming releases, we'll try to launch in partnership with labels!

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal and grindcore?
We're receiving legal feedback from Europe and Asia! They are places where we have more contacts.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are aiming at a loud, fast and very aggressive sound. Wait for our next releases!

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We like Japanische Jampfhörspiele, Nails, Rotten Sound, Slayer, Pig Destroyer and Napalm Death.
Today, we hear a lot of Gadget and Napalm Death.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Bad movies and good beer!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
What is unique, never dies false.