Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cancelled Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Cancelled is a project that I started a few years back while on tour with Fuck the Facts. During long drives I would tinker away with lyrics and ideas on my computer and eventually pull them all together when I get home. TO this day I am always finding myself writing music and wanted to try doing something completely on my own which was, and is, very different from any other band I’ve been in. I very much enjoy the collaboration between different individuals yet also relish the chance and the challenge to make something with only my own critical faculties to work with. It’s definitely a lot harder not having some other people to bounce ideas off of but it’s been a rewarding process so far.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

It’s mainly a bass driven sound with all programmed drums with some synth layers added here and there. It turned out better than I expected and I feel that having Kurt (Ballou) mix it had a huge hand in that.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

Mostly personal shit that I deal with on a day-to-day basis. This one is mainly focused on the darkness that we all bring out of each other and how we disguise the worst sides of ourselves. Writing is always about self-exploration and growth for me and I find myself in bad places if I don’t purge some music and words out of myself regularly.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cancelled'?

Honestly, I thought it would funny on a poster. That being said I may never do it in a live environment. Funny, right?

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, do you feel this adds to the creativity of the music?

It’s different for sure. It’s truly made me appreciate all the other musicians that I write with. Just having one additional opinion does wonders for squashing self-doubt about something. This one was difficult to release and I even toyed with the idea of scrapping it because I felt as though it was too personal and I felt overly vulnerable releasing it. All in all I think it’s made me grow as a musician and a songwriter.

6.I have read that you are also looking for musicians for a live line up, have you had any luck with it?

Haven’t even asked anyone yet and I may never. If someone is interested in collaborating or helping me out I’d definitely be interested but as it stands right now it’s all just on record.

7.On a worldwide level ho has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of experimental and underground music?

Not sure about a worldwide level but for those I’ve showed it to it’s been a positive reaction. I want people to enjoy it but I’m not going to be bummed if not that many people end up hearing it. Curious to see what happens.

8.What is going on with the other band these days that you are a part of?

Greber is in the process of finishing a full length LP which we plan to release this year. I’ve also recently started a band with Matt Fleming and Nick Daleo of the late Hoosier Poet (Hamilton, ON) who are both heroes of mine so needless to say I’m pretty stoked for both those things. (Look up Hoosier Poet if you get a chance)

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Just writing more. I really enjoy picking apart songs and asking people how they write which inevitably gets me more stoked and drives me to write more. Hopefully I’ll be heading into the future as a better musician than I was in the past. We’ll see.

10.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?

I really like bands that are fearless and don’t care how others will take what they do. I take a lot of inspiration from visual artists. I feel as though it takes a ton of heart to commit to making something that most people either won’t get or think is brainless. I love that. I’ve been listening to Toronto, ON’s “Ayahuasca” a ton. Their last album “Yin” is a fucking masterpiece. THAT’s some fearless shit.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Fuck. Not much. I think I need to get into some other shit. I like to read a fair amount and skateboard in the summer. This dude needs some fucking hobbies eh?

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

Thanks a ton for the interview and for giving the EP an opened-eared listen. These questions were great! Much appreciate friend!!

UK Hate Grind Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

UKHATEGRIND are still doing the same thing really. Chilling up at chucks, getting as high as possible and writing brutal shit and that's that.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Brutal, aggressive, fast, yet catchy and full of wonderful grooves to dance with the family to.

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

(merv) I write about anything whether it be animals gathering together and farting cum over one another, somebody being an utter twonk and getting brutally fisted against they're will and the list go's on and on. Can be real events or fictional but as long as it either makes people laugh, get pissed off or just generally offensive in any way, jobs a good'n.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'U.K Hate Grind'?

It was just a play on words from UKHC. In school '98 I was pissing around, jotted down UKHG in one of my books and it just stuck. Sounds aggressive and to the point we reckon.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We'd be up for working with others I reckon, but I do like the fact it's just us two fucktards doing what we like when we like. If say, Adam Jarvis or Dave Witt wanted to drum We wouldn't say no.

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?

Never played live but if we did it would be absolutely nuts and extremely sexual, hehe.

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

No touring or shows planned.

8.You have a split coming out with 'Black Skies Burn', what are your thought on the other band that had participated on the recording?

We've know those twerps for several years now through playing shows etc with previous bands and they are a bunch of mongoose molesting pig fisters so yea, they're good dudes for sure.

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

Only ever had good feedback tbh. For example "Your music makes me want to rape and kill everyone including myself" that was a good phrase so that's a positive in the UKHG book. There's always going to be haters though and I bloody love it, so keep the hate coming people.

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

We'll never change our style that's for sure, it'll only get more aggressive and better or worse, depending on your outlook on things. If we decide to play live then hopefully we'll get to destroy the world with our cocks.....I mean music.

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 take influence from many genres of music but for UKHG some bands to name would be Dying Fetus, Discordance Axis, Demolition hammer, agoraphobic nosebleed/Pig destroyer/ Enemy soil to the real brutal extreme bands such as Spineshank, Kittie and even Radish. Generally keep it old school, ain't no school like the old school.

12.What are some of your non
musical interests? (Merv) personal training, getting high and part time duck bashing. (Chuck) other than music production I train kick boxing, get high and participate in door to door cat fisting.

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

Friday, February 10, 2017

Mordbrand/Wilt/Carnal Records/2017 CD Review


  Sweden's  Mordbrand  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  d  beat  influenced  style  of  old  school  Swedish  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Wilt"  which  will  be  released  on  February  24th  by  Carnal  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  after  a  few  seconds  death  metal  growls  and  melodic  riffing  makes  their  presence  known  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  A  great  amount  of  d  beat  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  having  a  more  modern  production  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  tracks  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  synth  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  tune.

  Mordbrand  creates  another  recording  that  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  d  beat  style  of  old  school  death  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mordbrand  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  d  beat  and  old  school  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Delivering  The  Gods"  "Thrones  Of  Glorious  Death"  and  "Give  In  Into  Oblivion".  8  out  of  10.

    

   

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Black Skies Burn Interview

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

We have been very lucky since the recording of Brian Blessed Are The Sick, BSB have recently been announced for the holy grail of Grind Festivals “Obscene Extreme” In the Czech Republic, we also play Incineration Festival in London, Slam Fest in Leeds and 3 dates across Ireland with Napalm Death, keep em peeled for more announcements


2.You have a split coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on your side of the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Personally I feel with each release we have improved, and I also think this is relevant in our live shows. Definitely pushing ourselves within our abilities to find to new extremes. It gets harder with so much great music about at the moment but we feel there is a huge improvement with this one.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
For this split we continue with very similar themes as before, this one includes the Iron Sheik, Our “boss” Vince not paying us, a song about our vocalist worms state after a heavy session and plenty more debauchery and foulness


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Black Skies Burn'?

We formed in 2005 and really Chris and Lee (old drummer) liked the track Skies Grow Black by Cataract as well as the band Burning Skies so was a combination of the two. It tricks people now into expecting metalcore , a nice shock when it isn’t haha

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?

We have been very lucky over the years, favourites for us would include opening for Sepultura in Dublin, touring with Extreme Noise Terror, playing at the Willemeen in Arnhem Holland for XL Grindfeast, also shows with Gojira, General Surgery, Burning Skies, Benediction, Vader, Cerebral Bore, Warpath, Desecration, Raging Speedhorn and loads more.
Over the years our stage show has grown with confidence, we definitely move around a lot more, blast more, pull stupid faces and make pointless comments, check us out if you can.

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

Check www.blackskiesburn.co.uk for the full listings but highlights include Obscene Extreme Festival, Incineration Fest, UK Slam Fest, 3 shows with Napalm Death and also North West Gargle Fest with Crepitation.


7.You have a split album coming out with 'U.K Hate Grind', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

Both lads are from the Band Burning Skies who were heroes of ours back in the day, Chuck actually recorded our second demo, the poor bastard haha , so overall Pair of bellends that we have a lot of time for hahaha

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

We seem to be doing ok at the present time, I don’t want to blow our own trumpet in any way but we have been very lucky with what we have been booked on and have made great friends along the way.

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

Hopefully we continue to improve and create faster ,nastier Grindcore with a bit of Death Metal thrown in.

10.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?

So many too mention,
Unsu were a band that kicked our ass live, they are a great influence due to the energy they have. Others would include Wormrot, ENT, Magrudergrind, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Disrupt, Pig Destroyer. This would also be what we are listening too, at the moment we are checking out the acts we will be sharing the stage with at OEF.


11.I have also read in another interview that you had an interest in conspiracy theories, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Not a huge interest but there has to be more to scenarios presented to us in life that actually meets the eye, we have a song called Mass Hallucination and also Fuck The Corrupt that are on this topic. Not huge conspiracy theorists  but certain scenarios in the world definitely make you think outside the bubble we are presented in the media

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

Support your scene, thanks for the support everyone has shown us over the years, hope to catch you at a show soon, get tanked !

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cyclocosmia Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Cyclocosmia is a studio-based symphonic doom metal project, with a lot of death metal and progressive influences. It started as my solo project in about 2011 but really kicked off in late 2014 when we started working with a permanent vocalist and began work on the first album. The music is all very personal to the people involved, and we cover some quite difficult lyrical subjects. I think people who have had difficult life experiences often get drawn to heavy music, and that was certainly the case for both Aliki and me. If you feel a certain way, it's more cathartic to scream about it at the top of your voice than just mumble about it gently, that's what this music is about.

2.So far you have released a full length and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

One thing I have noticed from the reviews that we have received, both for the recent EP and the album we put out last year, is that they each compare us to different bands every time! So I guess I'd describe our sound as female-fronted symphonic metal, but much darker and more doom influenced than most bands in the genre, with extreme vocals, extreme dynamics, and an emphasis on emotional expression. Don't get em wrong, I love Nightwish and all that stuff, but I wanted to see the music taken in a different direction, more like what Draconian are doing, but with some more of my own prog and other influences. The album, "Deadwood" was a little more conventional than our more recent material, but still had its progressive influences (especially my tendency to write rather long songs with unusual structures), and that's something I wanted to take much further on this EP, and on a personal level I'm very satisfied with the music we created on "Immured". I want to make the music weirder and darker, and I think we managed that on this EP.

3.The lyrics on the ep have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

Yes, the EP is a concept about the live burial of Vestal Virgins in ancient Rome. The priestesses of the Goddess Vesta were so holy that it was taboo to spill their blood, so if one of them broke her vow of chastity, they just buried her alive. Can't fault that for efficiency I guess. I was drawn, as was Aliki, to the political and feminist ideas that these stories created - even now, women are punished for expressing their sexuality in many ways, and this story can highlight that. The EP is designed as one continuous song, split into four movements, and that's how we wrote and recorded it. I wrote it in order, from beginning to end, with a rough idea of how I wanted each movement to go but in terms of note-to-note songwriting I went from beginning to end, to make sure that each section flowed into the next. I would write a section, listen to it, then think "where does this need to go now?"

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cyclocosmia'?

The name comes from a genus of trapdoor spider found in Central America, it's Greek for "Adorned with the Circle". The spiders have a very unusual shape, their abdomens end in a hard, circular plate that they use to plug their burrows from attack, and they have this amazing, beautiful pattern on them - that's the band's logo. These spiders are predated by parasitic wasps, who paralyse them with their stings and lay their eggs in them, eating the spiders alive from the inside out. So those circular plates are a defence. I was struck by how something so unpleasant and brutal could result in something so beautiful, and that's a kind of metaphor for our music, and maybe metal music in general.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

Aliki is a guest on this EP, I've started auditioning for a permanent replacement for when I relocate the band from London to the Midlands later this year. At the moment there aren't any plans to create a full live lineup because it would limit what we can create in the studio and that's my main interest for this project. But we may well add more permanent members, both musical and non-musical, to the studio lineup should the right people present themselves.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We've had a couple of expressions of interest, at the moment we really do enjoy the freedom, musical and otherwise, that being independent gives us. That's not to say we're not listening though, and whilst we're not currently actively looking for a label we certainly wouldn't dismiss the idea out of hand.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of symphonic and  doom metal?

I've been really taken aback by how positive the reception has been to "Immured". "Deadwood", the album we released last April, got good reviews, and a handful of very good ones, but it seems that the move in a more prog direction was what people wanted to hear - I guess not a lot of bands have this particular sound. We do sit in the middle of a few different genres, and people who get obsessed with classifying bands sometimes react negatively because we're not "real" doom or "real" symphonic metal because we don't sound like Cathedral or Evanescence or whatever, but I'm not interested in making music for those sorts of people anyway - for me the ideas and emotions that I want to express come first, and metal is diverse enough as a genre that all the tools you need are in the toolkit and you can use as many as you need - the reviews for "Immured" have really understood that this was the thinking behind how the music was put together, and I'm really gratified that they've picked up on that.

8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

Yes - Aliki and I are members of the alt-metal band Eight Lives Down (https://eightlivesdown. bandcamp.com/releases), she has also recently contributed vocals to another Doom project in Greece called Tattered Pages. I'm a producer myself and she is a vocal coach and session vocalist, so we both contribute to a lot of other people's music as well.

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

Well in the short term I've started work on an EP of cover versions with more guest vocalists - I'm not going to recruit permanently until after I relocate the project to the Midlands later this year. Once that's done, we'll be recording a second full-length album that will take the more progressive sound of "Immured" in the longer format - that's going to be a really interesting musical challenge for me, to keep that sound varied and exciting over an hour or so, and it's also really exciting to have the longer format to try more ideas - I'm really looking forward to it.

10.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?

Judging by the reviews, I'm apparently influenced by every musical style since Beethoven! But I have had a long musical journey to get where I am - I wasn't really a metalhead until my early twenties, I listened to a lot of alternative rock and prog as a teenager - Radiohead, Skunk Anansie, Pink Floyd, also my dad's music like Eric Clapton and Dire Straits. A lot of that influence really changes how I think as a producer and I always want to incorporate non-metal ideas into metal, to mix it up and keep it interesting. I absolutely love Opeth and the way they do that too so effortlessly, I've got "Sorceress" in the car at the moment, I think it's the best of their prog-rock albums. Similarly, I'm working my way through Porcupine Tree's back catalogue at the moment too. Other direct influences for Cylocosmia include Draconian, who are probably the biggest single inspiration, especially for the first album, also a Chilean folk-doom duo called Uaral - they're amazing and very inspirational - just two people in a studio creating exactly what they want to create, and it's utterly heartbreaking music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Like any producer or mix engineer these days, I'm a massive computer geek - I love gaming, silly internet things, programming and any activity where I get to press loads of buttons. I also write, I have a couple of music-related e-books out, and I've recently done a couple of voice acting gigs which I really enjoyed - definitely something I want to do more of in future.

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

I'd just like to thank everyone who bought the album, watched the video or gave us feedback on the music. Whilst the music of Cyclocosmia is largely very personal to me, I make it and release it because I hope that other people will understand where I'm coming from and enjoy it - it's really great to know that so many people "get" what Cyclocosmia is about, and I can promise them that there's more where that came from in the future!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Cancelled/Tenebrific/2017 EP Review


  Cancelled  are  a  solo  project  from  Southern  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental, ambient,  and  power  violence  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Tenebrific"  which  will  be  released  in  March.

   Electronic  and  avant  garde  sounds  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  bass  guitars  which  is  also  used  as  a  lead  instrument  and  aggressive  power  violence  style  vocals a  few  seconds  later  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  synths  are  also  a very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  also  add  in  touches  of  ambient  and  all  3  of the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other  and  all  of  the  songs  tick  to  a  slow  musical  direction.

  Cancelled  plays  a musical  style  that  takes  experimental  rock and  ambient  and  mixes  it  with  aggressive  power  violence  style vocals  to  create  a  sound  oh  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my opinion  Cancelled  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  and  power  violence  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Head  Over  Handlebars".  8  out  of  10.

    

Friday, February 3, 2017

Mindful Of Pripyat/Stench Of Profit/New Doomsday Orchestration/Everlasting Spew Records/2017 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Mindful  Of  Pripyat  and  Stench  Of  Profit  called  "New Doomsday  Orchestration"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Everlasting  Spew  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Mindful  of  Pripyat  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  grind  and  noisecore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  harsh  noises  before  going  into  a  fast  grindcore  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  guttural  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  solos  and  leads  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  music  always  being  brutal  and  they  also  bring  in  an  Assuck  cover,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nuclear  disasters  and  dystopian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  MIndful  Of  Pripyat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death  metal,  grind  and  noisecore,  you  should  check  out t heir  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "State  Of  Dominion"  and  "Hostage".

  Next  up  is  Stench  Of  Profit  a  band  that  plays  a mixture  of  grind,  crust,  and  noisecore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  guitar  sound  along  with  some  melodic  leads  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  stick  to  either  a  mid  paced  or  fast  musical  direction  while  also  always  remaining  brutal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Stench  Of  Profit  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grind,  crust,  and  noisecore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Divine  Education"  and  "Torture  Bliss".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  grind  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  death  metal,  grind  and  noisecore.  8  out  of  10.