Saturday, August 11, 2018

Burial Hordes--The Termination Thesis cd {Folter Records} posted on 8-11-18

Burial Hordes--The Termination Thesis  cd {Folter Records}
Coming out of the mighty Greek black,death metal scene is Burial Hordes who have been releasing quality  violent music since 2001.The Termination Thesis is the band fourth full length release featuring six songs of uncomprimisng blackend death metal.The music is a mix of extremly fast and well played patterns but the band is not afraid to slow to a more mid paced style with some dark morbid atmosphere sounds and music.The vocals are a mix of deep death death growls and some raw gruff growls and some screams used throughout the songs.This is my first encounter with Greece's Burial Hordes but if you are a fan of the bands previous releases then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of The Termination Thesis today.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Jungle Rot--Jungle Rot cd {Victory Records} posted on 8-9-18

Jungle Rot--Jungle Rot cd {Victory Records}
Legendary death metal band Jungle Rot  return with their nineth  full length release.The self titled release contains ten songs of classic and well executed death metal including a cover of Kreator's Terrible Certainty.The music is written and performed with the bands signature style and sound that is played with memorable and catchy songs.The vocals are old school gruff  growls and some thrashy screams are used throughout some of the tracks.The guitars are played with alot of skilliful patterns that are mainly done with mid paced range.The guitarist does write and perform some heavier and faster guitar sections.The drumming is done in the same vein with a mix of extremly fast drumming patterns and some slower,mid tempoed drums.If you are a fan of Jungle Rot's past catalog then do not hesitate to pick up a copy of the new self-titled release when it is released.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Interview with Jim guitarist of Solium Fatalis done by Patrick posted on 8-8-18

Interview with Jim guitarist of Solium Fatalis done by Patrick

1.Hello Jim how are you doing today please introduce yourself to the readers?

Spectacular. I'm Jim Gregory, guitarist, writer, producer, travel agent, gimmick procurement specialist of Solium Fatalis.

2.When did you first start listening to metal music and who were the first bands you heard? Who are some of your current favorite bands?

I first started listening to heavy metal in 1980's when I was but a wee lad and knee high to a grasshopper but I knew I liked two things, hot ladies and metal and one of those things actually liked me back....sadly it wasn't the ladies. So I started rocking out to quite the eclectic group of bands. Celtic Frost, Butthole Surfers, Exodus, The Dead Milkmen, Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, and then once the 90's hit and death metal started to really get a foothold it was Entombed, Morbid Angel, Death, Monstrosity, etc etc. NOW I listen to a huge variety of bands but my favorites are Paradise Lost, Cryptopsy, Beyond Creation, The Absence, Aborted, Abysmal Dawn (Can you tell I'm scrolling down my iTunes alphabetically?) Tritptykon, Dark Fortress, CHTHE'ILIST, Solstice, Unflesh, Sorcerer, so many bands I like but I'll stop there....

3.You started Solium Fatalis in 2012 what gave you all the idea to start this band? And how did you choose Solium Fatalis as the name of the band does it have a special meaning?
Due to my job I lived in Tampa Florida for 12 years and had tried for most of the entire time I was there to form a band, and to get something going but their music scene sucks donkey balls. I couldn't get any of those fools to try to be in a band with me or even listen to my music. That turned out to benefit me though as it built up years of anger and frustration with indecisive flakey overly dramatic douche bags who imitate playing music while the rest of the world creates it and moves by the time my job moved me to New Hampshire I was good and pissed off, older, and ready to make something to say FUCK YOU to all those guys that wouldn't give me an opportunity. Solium Fatalis was born. The history. Anyway, the band name means Fated/Deadly Throne and the reason we like it was because Seth Siro from Septicflesh(who did the first album's artwork and layout) told us it was awesome so we kept it. Whammy.

4.What is the current line up of the band?And for the readers who have never heard Solium Fatalis how do you feel the bands style has evolved over the years?

Jeff Demarco Bass/Vocals, Jim Gregory and Ryan Beevers on Guitars, and Jeff "Manbearpig" Saltzman on drums. We plan on keeping it this way too because line up changes blow. Evolved as in the July 10th 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial? I suppose I can't answer that question since I don't really dabble in science. The fans will have to listen to those albums and goddammit, read the fucking lyrics.

5.Genetically Engineered To Enslave is the bands fourth full length release how long did it take the band to write the music for the new release? How long does it usually take the band to complete one song?

This one took 2.5 years total time we wrote 18 tracks and then reduced it to the 10 best ones. Cuz' 8 of them sucked ass. Trust us. Ryan and I can write a song in 30 mins if we're properly motivated(girls and beer) and sometimes we can whack away at ourselves for a week or so in total frustration depending on the song.

6.I believe i read that the new release is a concept release what gave you all the idea to write a concept album? What is the concept based on?

I know that reading is hard nowadays with the quick fix of youtube and Wikipedia explaining the entire human consciousness to you when the TV isn't, but if I told you that would be cheating. It IS a loose concept but you gotta read the lyrics. I'm not fucking making it easy on anyone, lazy bastards

7.As mentioned Genetically Engineered To Enslave is a concept release are the bands previous releases also concept albums or is this bands first one?

The second album was also a loose concept record but no one read the goddamn lyrics so it's meaning is going to remain a mystery apparently for all times.

8.Jim you handle the guitars for the band when did you first become interested in playing the guitars? Are you self taught or did you take lessone when first starting out?

I first started playing guitar seriously around 1990/91 so a long ass time ago, I was initially self-taught but then Jim Gregory begins to learn at a geometric rate. In 1997 Jim became self-aware at 2:14 Eastern Time, August 29th. In a panic my parents tried to pull the plug....

9.Who would you say are some of your influences and favorite guitarists? Besides the guitars do you currently play any other instruments?

Gary Holt from Exodus was huge, the guy writes to coolest riffs, Tom Fischer and Martin Eric Ain from Celtric Frost both of whom, like myself, do whatever the fuck they want regardless of the "rules" that people shackle themselves with when writing music. One of the things that other guitar players I had worked with in the past didn't like was when I wrote dissonant riffs and melodies, I'd hear complaints about "that's not natural" or "you're playing the wrong key" and now I have four albums out and they're still eating their fucking boogers and jacking off with their guitars in their bedrooms, so I hope they read this, suck it jerks! OH and no I do not play any other instruments, no wait I do, Pro Tools.

10.Does Solium Fatalis play live very often or is this strictly a studio project? What have been some of the bands most memorable shows over the years?

Solium Fatalis has toured and we play live on spot shows infrequently sporadically intermittently an indeterminate number of shows because we aren't trying to overplay our own area and want it to be a cool experience for the fans and not be like some jabroni shit band who plays the same 4 venues 28 times a year. If they're reading this, you know who you are ya fuckin' douche bags. Brattleboro Vermont at the Stone Church absolutely crushed a guy named John Short got us in there and he himself being a musician was a cool ass experience and the fans were a human-tornado the entire gig, we LOVE Montreal and Piranha Bar and Nick Guerin there treated us amazing and the fans and bands were fucking cool as shit, Saint Vitus in Brooklyn is killer, we did a great gig with Unmerciful at Ralph's that 28 people went to and we smoked the fuck out of them. We have done a ton of shows with our evil twins in Soul Remnants they're all awesome and were fun as fuck, their drummer Colin(I won't say his last name to protect his anonymity but you can google it) anyway he's really fragile and didn't do any load-in or load-out work in favor of hitting on women at shows a practice that he keeps to this very day! I admire his dedication.

11.Are their any upcoming shows or tours in support Genetically Engineered To Enslave? If yes where will the band be playing and who are some bands you will be sharing the stage


We are looking to book the CD release show if the day and venue is right, otherwise fuck it. We have shared the stage with so many killer bands thanks to promoters around here like Chris MT from Ralph's in Worcester, and Bill and Lisa Williams at the Jewel, and the John's Gulow and Short from Promoterhead and that has allowed us to play with Cryptopsy, Belphegor, Unmerciful, and of course the mighty Leonard Asshammer and the Butt Pipe Orchestra. Some bands we shall share the stage with? Cool ones.

12.Besides working in Solium Fatalis do you or any of the members currently play in any other bands or solo projects?

Ryan is in Unflesh a creation of his that rules, Saltzman does Aversed they have a first album in process that I'm sure the kids will love, Jeff Demarco does Excrecor who play a kind of melodic death metal thing and some year they'll put out a 2nd album. I myself play in Fibrillate the Narcosis...nah I made that up, this is my only band.

13.When you need to take a break from working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?


14.Thank you Jim for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?


Saturday, August 4, 2018


The Wastelands is back! We started early today, very mixed show this week, but the core punk and mosh theme remains. lets do this!

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Interview with Faithxtractor done by Patrick posted on 8-3-18

Interview with Faithxtractor done by Patrick

1.Hello how are things going in Ohio these days? Please introduce yourself to the readers?
Hello, my name is Ash Thomas. I handle drums & lead vocals for Faithxtractor. Things in Ohio are fine these day

2.Faithxtractor was formed in 2005 when did you first get the idea to start this band?
Faithxtractor originally started as side project with my brother Marquis. Estuary was my main & most active band at the time, & the music for Estuary is much more technical & involved. The original concept for Faithxtractor was to play stripped down Death Metal twisted with conspiracy theory & misanthropy. It was an enjoyable project to be involved with while Estuary was in between albums & live gigs. Later, when Estuary became sidelined by the loss of our drummer, Faithxtractor became a live performing band & a main focus.

3.Who would you say are Faithxtractor's biggest influences?
The old DM greats like Death, Autopsy, & Grave mixed with early Kreator, Sodom & Possessed.

4.Proverbial Lambs To The Ultimate Slaughter is the bands third full-length release. Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member write everything? How long does it take the band to usually finish one song?
Up to this point I’ve written 90-95% of the material. The plan for the next release, however, is to have guitarist Cody Knarr contribute much more. He came into the fold after the majority of songs were written for “Proverbial…”, but now we have an empty song slate. He & I will be collaborating much more in the future.

5.Besides the upcoming release are the bands previous two releases still available for the readers to buy? Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise available if yes what is available and where can the readers find it?
Yes, all the previous releases are available at least on some kind of format. Be it cassette, CD or vinyl. Those interested can visit to order items directly through us. We update it periodically, & it includes patches & t-shirts when we have them in stock. Our label, Hells Headbangers, also carries a lot of our items, so you can visit their site as well. They have better shipping rates for international orders, so if anyone is ordering outside the US that is the route to go. It costs me more to ship a cassette out of the US, than what we charge for the item itself.

6.Does Faithxtractor play live very often or do you prefer to work in the studio? What have been some of Faithxtractor's most memorable shows over the years? And who are some bands you have had the pleasure to share the stage with?
We play live on a fairly regular basis these days. Usually long weekend runs, etc. We’ve had a lot of stand out shows. For me personally, the 1st gig ever was very important. It was great to play some of the old tunes live for the first time. There have been other very DIY shows that proved to be great because of atmosphere, etc. Some bands we’ve played with include Razor, Undergang, Deicide, Incantation, Necrot, Tombstalker, Valdrin, Sewage Grinder, & Morta Skuld.

7.Are their any shows or tours planned this summer or fall in support of Proverbial Lambs To The Ultimate Slaughter? If yes where will the band be playing?
Yeah, we’ll be venturing out more this coming fall to support the new album. We’ll be in Cleveland this October to play with the mighty Blood Feast as well as Atlanta for Mass Destruction 2 Fest to play with The Chasm, Mortuary, & many more.

8.I believe all the members have been a part of the underground scene since the mid 90's how do you feel the underground scene has changed over the decades?
A lot more social media bullshit, & a lot shorter attention spans. I still enjoy the scene though, & look forward to hearing new music. I’ve always had a knack for tuning things out I have zero interest in, so the garbage just continues to float down stream without affecting me personally.

9.Faithxtractor comes out of Ohio's mighty death metal scene what is your opinion of the scene in Ohio over the years?
I think Ohio has spawned some great bands over the years. I’m still in contact with a handful of people & bands from the early to mid 90’s. Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, & of course Cleveland have decent scenes & shows are still happening on a regular basis.

10.Who would you say are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Ohio? Are their any new bands that you feel the readers should check out soon?
Decrepit will probably always be my favorite. I really loved the ‘Hymns of Grief & Pain” demo when it came out. Killer stuff to this day… My good friends Steve & Carl from Morticite have been doing a killer grind band called Sewage Grinder for a few years now. Another band, Valdrin, are good friends & will have a new album out on Blood Harvest this September. Definitely a release to look out for.

11.When you need to take a break from writing new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time? Everything is Metal in one way or another. I really enjoy collecting music still. It’s an enjoyable past time for me to look through my collection, jam tunes, & reminisce. I also read & spend time with family.

12.Besides Faithxtractor I believe all of the members play in other bands and projects. What are some bands you are currently working in?
Zdenka Prado & I are both in Surgikill. This is strictly a long distance studio project with some underground friends. We have 1 full length out & a slew of split 7”s coming out this year. I also play in Shed the Skin with Kyle from Incantation & Matt & Ed of Ringworm. We just released a new record called “We of Scorn” via Hells Headbangers. In addition to these bands, I do studio work for Crucified Mortals from Cleveland & a Cincinnati based Death/Thrash band called Machinations of Fate.And when lucky, we still do Estuary shows when possible. We just played two gigs a couple of week ago & they were awesome.

13.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Thank you Patrick for the interview. Our new album is out now via Hells Headbangers Records. Anyone into dark Death Metal will not be disappointed. Check it out…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Interview with Nachtfrost done by Patrick posted on 8-2-18

1,Hails Orthanc how is life in Greece this week?Please introduce yourself to the readers?

Hello Patrick, everything’s finesummer vacation has given me lots of free time to practice and record new music. Im Orthanc (George Kalogirou) and I play guitar and write music for my band Nachtfrost

2.When did you first become interested in writing and playing music?What was the first instrument you learned to play?

I started to play the piano when I was around 12 years old because I was really into video game music (the only kind of music I listened to at the time) later I started getting into Metal, and as you know I wanted to learn guitar it took around 5 years for me to actually buy a guitar and start learning.

3.What are all the instruments you can play at this time?And if you had the chance what are some instruments you would like to learn to play one day?

At the moment I play guitar and piano. For the time being I don’t want to learn any new instrument, I just want to get as good as I can in the instruments I already play. But if I had a chance in the future I think the violin or the saxophone would be my choices

4.What gave you the idea to start the band Nachtfrost?Does the band name Nachtfrost have a special meaning?

When I was 15 I started to really get into raw black metal and wanted to start a band, I didn’t know guitar at the time so a friend of mine knew a little so we released a demo with him in guitar and me on vocals and keyboards, the demo was pretty bad in my opinion so its no longer available as I believe it doesn’t represent nor Nachtfrost nor me as an artist anymore. As for the band name it was a simple name that as far as I knew no band had at the time so Nachtfrost it is.

5.What is the current line up of Nachtfrost and who would you say are the bands biggest influences?

At the time of the interview consists of:

Me (Orthanc,George): Guitar,Songwritter
Nick: Second Guitar
Ares: Vocals

Dimitris: Bass
Odysseas: Drums

For the first EP I think the Dissection influence is pretty obvious, I wanted to revive that sound after all. But as of the new stuff I think im heading towards more of a melodic (maybe even progressive at times) death metal vibe with some black metal influences

6.Spectral Domains Of Dusk is the debut EP.which was released through Lower Silesian Stronghold how did you come in contact with this label?
Nothing special. I was just looking for a label to release the EP in a cd format and found about these guys. Got in contact with them and we made a great deal. Im 100% satisfied with their part in the cd release.

7.Orthanc I believe you handle writing all the music for the band how long does it usually take you to finish writing one song?

Really depends.But for most of the time two months, but including recording,changing stuff to fit in the song structure etc I would say it takes about three months to write a song in full, but then again it might take less.

8.Besides the new release Spectral Domains Of Dusk are the bands previous demo's still available for the readers to purchase?Besides the debut release does the band have any other merchandise availabe if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?

Im afraid no at the moment the only merchandise we have is the CD, as I said all the previous demos are completely deleted and its better to forget about them.

9.I believe the lyrics are based around occultism and Satanism when did you first become interested in studying these subjects?Would you consider yourself a Satanist or just anti religion?

Since the time I started getting into Metal actually,but didn’t went really deep into it until I was 18.(about a year before realeasing the EP). Although I’m highly interested in the spiritual subjects of Satanism and the occult through the different cultures of the world I wouldn’t consider myself a Satanist, though that may change in the near future

10.Who are some occultist and Satanist you like to studying?Besides these subjects do you like to read or study any other subjects?

The only Satanic grimoire I have read is “Liber Azerate” not in depth yet though. For other subjects I really like dark fiction like Lovecraft (obviously) and epic “religious” poetry such as John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

11.What does black metal mean to you?

I believe Black Metal can be a serious art (and I don’t mean that in the hipster way),I really love when bands use real technical ability and music knowledge to create their albums I’m talking about bands like Dissection,Emperor,Thulcandra,Stortregn (really underated band),Abigor and for some of the few Greek bands I like Thy Darkned Shade and Acherontas.

12.Besides Nachtfrost do you currently work with any other bands or solo projects?
No I don’t

13.Orthanc thank you for taking time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?

Thanks for having me here Patrick, new better stuff are coming soon and we are preparing for live appearances too, expect more from Nachtfrost in the near future!!!

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