Saturday, January 19, 2019

Osmed--Territory Of Warfare cd {Brute! Productions} posted up on 1-19-19

Osmed--Territory Of Warfare  cd {Brute! Productions}
Coming out of Indonesia's legendary brutal death metal scene is Osmed.Territory Of Warfare is a onslaught of brutality that is both intense and well played.The guitar work is played with a solid mix of fast,extreme riffs but the guitarist also plays some complex mid paced passages.The vocals are low deep guttural death metal growls that fit the bands musicial style perfectly.If you are a fan of intense guttural brutal death metal then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Territory Of Warfare  today.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Interview with Archangel A.D done by Patrick posted on 1-12-19

Interview with Archangel A.D done by Patrick

1.Hello how are things going in Texas this week?Please introduce yourself to the readers?

Hello everyone! this is Justin Lopez, bassist and vocalist for thrash metal band, Archangel A.D. Things are quite warm in Texas this week. Well it may just be in the region I live, which is the south-most point of Texas.

2.When did you first start listening to metal music and who were some of the first bands you listened to?Who are some of your current favorite bands out of today's metal scene?

I started listening to metal when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I found Metallica at that age and just absolutely fell in love with them, in fact, I became obsessed with them. I had always craved heavy and dark music and my parents 70's rock and jazz never filled that need. Some of my favorite modern bands at the moment are Evile, Opeth, Crypt Sermon, and local doom metallers Lore.

3.When did you first meet the other members of the band and was it long before you all formed Archangel A.D?

I actually met Edward and our ex-guitarist Matt through a Craigslist ad looking for a vocalist and bassist. At the time, I couldn't really play bass all that well, but I could sing and fake my way on bass. We essentially formed Archangel A.D. my first day of meeting them, but the name came a couple of months later.

4.What is the current line up of the band?And for the readers who have never heard Archangel A.D's music how would you best describe the bands sound and style?

The current line up is Justin Lopez - bass/vocals, Edward Vera Jr. - drums, Jake Garcia - lead guitar, and our new rhythm guitarist Roman Torres. We are a thrash metal band in the vein of Evile, Testament, Exodus, and Warbringer.

5.Warband is the bands debut EP. how long did it take the band to write the music for the debut release?Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?

It was basically just a couple of years of writing songs and seeing which ones the crowd enjoyed. In all reality it was maybe about a year and a half of writing and scrapping songs till we kept the ones we liked. The majority of the music was unfortunately written by me, with some assistance from Jake on some songs. If it was written by anyone else in the band it probably would be much better! For the next record, I definitely want everyone to write songs or atleast have the whole band collaborate on the writing process for the next record

6.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some topics written about on the debut EP.?Which usually comes first the lyrics or the music?
I am the sole lyric writer in the band and I usually just like to write little stories. A lot of the themes I use are fantasy or medieval, or pretty much anything dark. I'm not averse to lighthearted or happy things, but that just isn't very metal. For me, I always come up with the song title first, just so I have a theme to write the music and the lyrics/story to.

7.I believe the Warband a digital release are their any plans to do a physical release in 2019? If yes any idea when it might be available to purchase?

Yes! We are actually releasing a physical CD on the 11th of January, 2019! You will be able to purchase it through our bandcamp.

8.Does Archangel A.D play live very often or do you prefer working in the studio?What have been some of the bands most memorable shows so far?

We do play quite a bit live as we feel it helps us grow as musicians and we are trying to spread our brand as much as we can, considering how big Texas is. Some of the most memorable have been all our shows on our Texas tour and also when we opened for EYEHATEGOD and D.R.I.

9.Are their any shows or tours planned for early 2019 in support of the Warband release if yes where will the band be playing?Who are some bands you have had the chance to share the stage with?

Yes! We have a CD release show planned on the 11th in Harlingen Texas to support our release. Speaking of tours? Probably not this year, as we are trying to focus on writing for our new album. We have been graced to share the stage with the aforementioned EYEHATEGOD and D.R.I as well as Adrenaline Mob with John Moyer and many many great local and statewide bands.

10.Archangel A.D comes out of the thrash metal scene in Texas what is your opinion of the Texas metal scene over the years?

I'm honestly a late bloomer to the metal scene as I didn't realize we had one 'till I joined Archangel A.D. Since I've joined though, I'd have to say that it isn't the strongest. Here in the RGV, the biggest scene is Tejano music and going clubbing. People don't really care about metal or local music, and it's honestly a shame. The farther north you go, the stronger it gets, but unless it's a national touring act, a metal show won't get much attention.

11.Who are your all-time favorite metal bands coming out of Texas?Are their any new upcoming bands you feel the readers should check out soon?

Defintely D.R.I, The Sword, and Power Trip. Check out our buddies Lore from Laredo, they're a super rad doom band.

12.Besides playing in Archangel A.D do you or any of the members currently play in any other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?

Sometimes Archangel A.D. also doubles as a Megadeth cover band, when people ask nicely. Jake and I play in a Metallica cover band called No Remorse. Roman plays in a cover band but I don't recall their name at the moment.

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?

I usually will play video games or watch movies with my friends and girlfriend to relax. I actually really enjoy playing board games with my friends. Things like "donner dinner party" and "king of tokyo". A personal favorite of mine is Magic the Gathering which I got introduced to by my brother. When I can convince enough people to play, I REALLY enjoy Dungeons and Dragons. That's about it.

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

I appreciate you having me, and I appreciate anyone who takes the time out of their day to read this or check out my bands music. We worked very hard on it and just having one person listen to it is such an honor! Thanks!

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Lividity--Perverseverance cd {Metal Age Productions} posted on 1-11-19

Lividity--Perverseverance  cd {Metal Age Productions}
Illinois legendary brutal death metal band Lividity return with their seventh full length release.Perverseverance is twelve tracks of intense and sick brutal death metal with some grinding influences mixed into the music.The vocals are low and guttural growls and some screams are used in a few of the songs.The guitars are played with a lot of skill and experience mainly played with insane fast and heavy guitar patterns.The guitarist does slow to a more calmer pace and range adding some well written and performed solo's mixed into the music.If you are a fan of Lividity's past releases then be sure to check out Perverseverance today as it is done in the same vein as the bands previous  releases.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Interview with Fornace done by Patrick posted on 1-6-19

Interview with Fornace done by Patrick

1.Hails how are things going in Italy this week?Please introduce yourself to the readers?
Hell¥o! Possessed here! I'm the founder and only original member of Fornace.
Beyond appearances and common places the north of Italy where I live is really a sad place with sad people this week as always!

2.When did you first discover black metal and who were the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your current favorite bands that you listen to?
It was 1996 and a compilation tribute to Venom was my first impact with black metal even if I listened heavy and thrash since 1993 you know classics stuff like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth..then my interest focused on extreme bands and an album like "Morbid visions" by Sepultura changed my life and I went totally crazy..Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, Bathory, Possessed suddenly became my daily bread.
Some months later I discover norvegian black metal with album like "Battles in the north" by Immortal and "Filosofem" by Burzum: these was my firsts album..
During the years I kept listening and discovering extreme bands (they were other times, internet did not exist..)
Currently I consider the best of what I could hear bands like Mgla, Peste Noire, Baptism, Forgotten woods, Joyless, Denial of God, Amezarak, Sargeist, Horna, Sacrilegium, Mutiilation, old Katatonia..

3. Fornace was started in 2000 when did you first get the idea to start this band?How did you choose the name Fornace for the bands name?
To be honest my first drummer/vocalist Gnoll has the idea to create an extreme band..we were close friends and I started to play after him just to form Fornace! I always like Fornace in itself, moreover near our first rehearsal room (Gnoll's house) there is a beautiful Fornace (the artwork of our third demo "The awakening..) so the choice of the name was a must!

4.How would you say the bands musicial style has changed over the years since the beginning?Who would you say are Fornace's biggest influences?
Yes, I know we aren't the same band of the beginning and not just because line up changes but basically because life changes: much anger turns into melancholy, into awareness, there is a need for solitude, of refinement and this you can hear in our last 2 albums especially...what has not changed is the spirit and the purpose of Fornace: create inspire quality music able to satisfy us.
About influences I could say hellenic black metal in our demo era, and finnish black metal for our last 2 albums..but everything you listen influenced you.

5.Deep Melancholic Wrath is the bands third full length release how long did it take the band to write the music for the new release?How long does it usually take to complete one song?
Not so much time, when we have the ideas or riffs they come automatically, maybe some arrangements or third guitars lines needs more time but the base s really direct. What made us waste time (as always) is some line up problems and all about sounds in studio: we are never satisfied and we want to take care of every detail.

6.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some topics written about on the new release Deep Melancholic Wrath?
Me and Sadomaster, topics deals with introspective thoughts, the passage of time, memories and depression..nothing new but everything real and lived!

7.Are the bands previous releases still availible to purchase?Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise availible if yes what is availible and where can the readers buy it?
Yes I still have copies of our "Pregnant is the night" album, especially Autodafe edition and few copies of "My journey is ending but the torment will be eternal"
The 3 demo tape are (of course) sold out. If someone is interested in ours albums (trade are welcome) can contact me at or ask to our label Paragon records.

8.Has Fornace played very many live shows over the years or do you prefer working in the studio?If yes what have been some of the bands most memorable shows?
During the 2009/2011 we were a live band and we had many shows, some of them with bands like Taake, Azaghal and I have beautiful memories of all shows we had, but when line up problems arrives it's a waste of time to start over again, even the live situation in Italy is scandalous too so I decided to dedicate Fornace to "studio". Currently we have a new drummer (Stefano) so I want to write new songs, I cannot waste my time: when you have good line up you have to get the best out of it! Shows pass but the albums remain!

9.Are their any shows or tours planned in support of Deep Melancholic Wrath? if yes where will the band be playing and who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?
See the answer above :)

10.I know over the last few years alot of underground metal bands have been making videos for some of their songs.Is this something you and the band have ever thought of doing? If you had the opportunity to make a video for any song off the new release which song would you like to see made into a video?
We live in a period in which there is a desperate need to be noticed, even before understanding if anyone is interested. They want to seem important, famous and even "influence" the choices of others.
Luckily I belong to another generation where support and respect earned it with sweat, with fatigue, with obstinacy and passion. The videos I saw when I was a kid were from seminal, historical bands: they were not bands who wanted to become famous because they already were..this fashion of making videos, being "social" does not belong to the underground spirit and many bands that belong to this circuit are not worthy of being part of the underground because they are the first ones that would not want to be part of it with their attitude. 

11.Fornace comes out of the Italian black metal metal scene what is your opinion of Italy's black metal scene over the years?
I'd say Fornace comes out of Italy..I don't know what you mean for "scene" but this word for me it means cooperation with bands, sector employees and this is utopia in the scale of a nation, it could exist some little reality but it's not enough to talk of a scene...
What I often see are some usual bands (rather useless) play in important festival or bands that play for's really sad!
There are valid bands but they do not always have the attention they deserve.
Returning to your question I noticed how fewer people go to concerts even for important black metal bands and how the interest has decreased compared to 15/20 years ago; there is consequently a decline of pubs, that organize black metal show. This is a consequence of the internet age: people can watch concerts, listen to music comfortably at home so it comes without the magic of the past, in Italy as in the world.

12.Who are your all-time favorite Italian bands and are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
To be honest I haven't some "all time favourite italian bands" but I recognize we have very important and cult bands that I really appreciate like Mortuary Drape, Necromass, old Necrodeath, Death ss..during the 2000/2010 also came out some interesting and underground black metal bands but the only name I can do (not only for the immense value but also because I played there) is Movimento d' Avanguardia Ermetico.

13.What does black metal mean to you?
Beyond a fantastic kind of music where darkness, melancholy, introspection, epicity coexist, black metal is individualism, is being a wolf among the sheep, is awareness of own's destiny, is wisdom, is elitism.
For sure is not facebook, is not twitter, is not "social"..fuck off!

14.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thanks to you for your interest and I apologize for delay..we are writing new killer songs for next album so maybe we'll talk again..stay evil & underground!

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Interview Valkyrja done by Patrick posted on 1-6-19

Interview with Simon vocalist, guitarist for Valkyrja done by Patrick

1.Hails Simon how is life in Sweden this week? Please introduce yourself to the readers?

At this time we have just finished the first tour for Throne Ablaze. Returning as a live act and performing with the new line up was indeed a long-awaited relief. We are currently planning more dates and are eager to march forward with fierce energy.

2.When did you first discover black metal and who were the first bands you listened to? Who are some of the current bands that have caught your attention?

In my early youth I found interest in the Scandinavian scene with the most obvious bands such as Darkthrone, Mayhem, Marduk etc. As internet was not as spread or polluted as today it was rather local record stores that served with their selection. Currently I do not have much energy left for new impressions and thus can´t give you any example of a worthy candidate.

3. Valkyrja was started in 2004 so what gave you all the idea to start this band? And how did you choose Valkyrja as the name of the band does it have a special meaning?

I was working on various constellations with a friend of mine, and none really worked out. As we lived rather isolated, in a small countryside town called Stenhamra we didn´t really have much contacts. In 2004 we merged with another group of individuals with mutual interests. Valkyrja was created shortly after and we started off in a pretty high tempo. The name was chosen by our previous vocalist for its often forgotten meaning “carriers/bringers of death”, purposely ignoring the reference to the Norse mythology. Today the name has no other meaning than serving as a moniker for our creations

4.Who would you say are the bands biggest influences and how do you feel the bands’ music has changed over the years?

At the time when we started, I was indeed affected by my interest for black metal and its rebellious sphere. The music had a core that was not easily defined or understood which created a sudden interest to work with the forbidden and unknown. However, my background as a musician has its roots in the 70s 80s, with bands like Kiss, Venom, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Judas Priest. I have come to notice that my borders have been fading and I have come to work with the dynamics and expressions found in my earlier background. This in my opinion diversifies Valkyrja from bands that we are often compared to.

5.Throne Ablaze is the bands fourth release how long did it take the band to write the music for the new release? Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?

Material has been collected ever since the previous release “The Antagonist’s Fire”. However, the songs were not starting to take form until the end of 2017, meaning it was an intense period of 5-6 moths to put all the pieces together. I work best in solitude; hence I write most material alone. I need to present my vision as a whole and can´t stand to work in a rehearsal room with one riff at the time. A composition consists of elements, which can not be understood without impact of the others. That would be like looking at a painting and remove every color except for example red, and evaluate the color on its own. My vision works as a template and is not written in stone until the actual recording, leaving it open for alterations.

6.Who is usually writing the lyrics for the music and what are some of the subjects written about on the new release?

Prior to this album all lyrics have been basically written by our former vocalist A.L. RSDX who replaced him contributed with “Crowned Serpent” and the rest has been written by me, except “Transcendental Death” which was a collaboration between our bass player and me. When the story of Throne Ablaze began RSDX was still supposed to be the singer and it was not until the studio session started that his absence resulted in our ways to part.

The lyrics consists of nihilism, negativism and existence. We have followed the path of A.L. but in our personal way. We question given structures of the world and the human mind rather than giving answers. We all suffer from our past and can never fully experience the present time. This makes one question the values of the structures that this world fed us with since our birth. I believe most people, including myself, experience limitations that reduce potential.

7.What have been some of the band’s most memorable shows over the years?

Maybe not the most memorable but certainly one with a taste of victory was a show that took place in Erlangen (Germany) in 2014, during our 10 years anniversary tour. Local antifascists managed to cancel the show in Nurnberg, twice. The second venue was threatened with violence the day before the show and not until the same evening a third one was confirmed. The show was moved to Erlangen, to a place that was more a night club than a venue. But it was packed, 150 showed up, and several others were denied entrance at the doors because of the low capacity. Quite a success I must say and a terrific job from the local promotor who despite the threats moved on!

Valkyrja is completely non-political band and we do not bow to frustrated cunts!

8.I read the band will be doing a second European tour for Throne Ablaze April – May, where are some countries the band will be playing?And who are some bands you be touring with?Are their any countries that Valkyrja has not had the chance to play that you would like to play one day?

The tour is alongside Marduk and yet again organized by Massive Music. Apart from the tour we just finished in central Europe we will now march to its corners, starting off in Poland and moving in the east, followed by Spain and Portugal. Macedonia and a few others has remain untouched til now.

9.Besides the upcoming Throne Ablaze release are the bands previous releases still availible for the readers to purchase?If yes where can the readers buy it and does the band have any other merchandise currently availible?

Google is a powerful tool these days and should guide you to the right source

10.What does black metal mean to you?

In respect to its origins I like to not put Valkyrja under such a label as I do not consider myself religious in a way that makes me fit in a group. However, if we look to black metal as a genre it represents to me the inner strife towards the unknown. It is a tool to comprehend a path away from life as we know it, free from worldly formations. There are no template or rules, rather bottom- and boundless.

11. Valkyrja comes out of the legendary Swedish black metal scene what is your opinion of the Swedish black metal scene over the decades?

Sweden has always had a strong music scene, not only when it comes to black metal. I think the isolated Scandinavian mentality breeds people who are focused and very serious with their art. I can not really comment it´s progress from the beginning to today, nor is it my interest.

12.Who are your all-time favorite Swedish black metal bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?

You can never go wrong with acts such as Dissection, Bathory and Marduk whom over time have proved that their legacy remains. I do not really pay attention to today´s scene and have my interest elsewhere. Although I produced an album with the Swedish band Voodus a year ago, which will be released during the fall. That one definitely deserves more attention than any of the polluting cowl dressed mysterious bands.

13.Thank you Simon for taking the time to do this interview. Do you have any final comments for the readers?

I’d ask listeners to free themselves entirely from any expectations when listening to “Throne Ablaze”.

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Fornace---Deep Melancholic Wrath cd{Paragon Records} posted on 1-6-19

Fornace---Deep Melancholic Wrath  cd{Paragon Records}
Fornace comes out of the mighty Italian black metal scene with their third full length.Deep Melancholic Wrath features five tracks of raw intense black metal with a mix of both fast paced and some slower mid paced sections.The guitarist write some fast and crazed guitar parts but also writes some memorable guitar passages.The vocals are mainly grim,black metal shrieks and screams that really fits Fornace's musicial style.If you are familiar with Fornace's previous releases then you know what to expect so be sure to get a copy of Deep Melancholic Wrath.If you are a new listener and enjoy old school black metal with some modern influences then be sure to pick up a copy of the new release today.
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Friday, January 4, 2019

Critical Defiance--Misconception cd {Unspeakable Axe Rec.} Posted on 1-4-19

Critical Defiance--Misconception  cd {Unspeakable Axe Rec.}
Chilean  thrashers Critical Defiance have inked a deal with Unspeakable Axe to release their debut full-length Misconception is eight tracks of intense and aggressive thrashing mayhem.The guitars are played with lightning fast aggressive patterns and chords.The guitarist does write some mid paced guitars and also adds some very well played and written solo's.The vocals are thrashy screams and some deeper gruff screams that really fit Critical Defiance's musical style.The drums are played with crazed yet very well crafted drum patterns that are both vicious and memorable.If you are a fan of well played and performed thrash metal that pays respect to both the 80's thrash gods while adding their own creativity then be sure to pick up a copy of Misconception when it is released.

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