Saturday, February 24, 2018

Grim Fate Interview

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



We started out last year. Pier and I always recommend bands to each other and we both like the same kind of bands. Since I always wanted to do a slower kind of death metal band I asked Pier if he wanted to do vocals and thats how we started.





2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?



The demo is a try-out for the cd, but it sounded pretty rad and that's why we spreaded the song. Describing the sound is always hard, but I think slow- to midpaced death metal is a good way to describe the music. I guess slowdeath is a nice term that covers the sound quite well.





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



Death and decay all the way! That’s what I think death metal is about and it suits the music. I couldn’t think of other subjects for Grim Fate to be honest.





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



When we started we had a list with some names on it and we picked this one. No big concept behind the name or anything. We liked this one best and it sounds good.





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



We haven't done any shows so far. We totally focussed on writings songs and recording them.





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



We haven't planned anything, but when the right opportunity comes we will see what happens.





7.So far you have worked with 'Chaos' and 'Dawnbreed Records' are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?



So far we're really happy. Dawnbreed was already interested when nothing was recorded yet. We know Jeff for quite some time, so it’s great to work together on the tape version. Chaos also was one of the first labels interested and so far they are doing a great job.





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



It’s a bit early to say, since the cd isn't out yet. But the reviews are positive and also the reactions we get from friends and people who heard the album are overwhelming. So we are really happy about that.





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?



For Pier this is his first band. Both me and Philippus -our new guitarist- are playing together in Burial Remains (we used to be called Miasma Of Guilt) and we play old school buzzsaw death metal. We’ve almost completed recording our debut album and are really working hard to get that going. Besides Burial Remains, Boal is still going and we do some projects here and there. Philippus is also doing Dimaeon, which is more in the progressive metal genre.





10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



We’re currently writing new songs for a full length and we’re trying to do some splits or EP’s. It’s hard to say when that is coming, but I think we are ready to record again in the summer of 2018. Musically we don’t have the intention to change. Maybe some songs will turn out a bit slower, but we will see what happens.





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 the Finnish scene a lot and also bands like Incantation are great of course. So it’s pretty save to say they have an influence on us one way or another. We listen to all kind of bands. Besides the classics we really dig bands like Funebrarum, Dead Congregation, Rippikoulu, but also bands like Rude, Skeletal Remains and Entrails. It’s not really limited to a certain style or era.





12.What are some of your non musical interests?



We’re all big death metal fans and a lot of our time goes to playing, listening and collecting death metal. I am also a big football fan and like to check out some tv shows.





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



Thanks for the interview! I hope people check us out in the flooded music scene and maybe buy a cd or shirt. Check us out on www.facebook.com/grimfatedeathmetal

Friday, February 23, 2018

L.o.W/Bones/2018 EP Review


  L.o.W  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Bones".

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  stoner  rock  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  which  also  captures  the  heaviness  of  sludge  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  done  in  a  growling  fashion.

  Most  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  stoner  metal  style  along  with  a  touch  of  70's  retro  rock  as  well  as  some  of  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  hardcore,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  direction.

  L.o.W  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

 In  my  opinion  L.o.W  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Bones".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Grim Fate/Emerging From The Crypt/Chaos Records/2018 EP Review


  Grim  Fate  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2018  e[  "Emerging  From  The  Crypt"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Chaos  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  while  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  early  90's.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  songs  sounding  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  25  years  ago  as  well  as  clean  playing  also  being  used  briefly  on  one  of  the  tracks.

  Grim  Fate  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  doom  metal  that  also  gets  very  dark  and  brutal  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  decay  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grim  Fate  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dying  World"  and  "Emerging  From  The  Crypts".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Owl/Orion Fenix/Zeitgeister Music/2018 EP Review


  Owl are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture of  experimental,  ambient,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Orion  Fenix"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Zeitgeister  Music.

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  ambient  while clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  clear  vocals  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an avant  garde  vibe  and  the  track  is  over  20  minutes  in  length.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  death  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  aggressive  screams  and  at  time s the  music  has  a  progressive  feeling  as  well  as  being  experimental  and  sticking  to  a  slow  direction.

  Owl  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  experimental,  ambient,  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Owl  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  8  out  of  10.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Maze Of Feelings/Self Titled/Bad Mood Man Music/2018 CD Review


  Maze  Of  Feelings  are  a  band  with  members  from  Poland  and  Russia  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  with  some  progressive  and  heavy  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2018  album  which  was  released  by  Bad  Mood  Man  Music.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls as  well  as  some  clean  singing  also  being  utilized  at times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Clean  playing  along  with  some  progressive  elements,  keyboards  and  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  direction,  a  couple  of  the  later  songs  also  brings  in a   brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  when  screams  are  utilized they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  Maze  Of  Feelings  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  doom  and  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  some  progressive  and  heavy  metal  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Maze  Of  Feelings  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  melodic  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Drained  Souls  Asylum"  "Necrorealistic"  and  "Dreamcatcher".  8  out  of  10.    

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Black Royal/Lightbringer/Suicide Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Finland's  Black  Royal  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Lightbringer"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Suicide  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  sludge  metal  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  being  death  metal  growls  with  some  groove  metal  touches  while t he  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  stoner  style  melodies.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  stoner  metal  style  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  influences  of  70's  rock  but  taking it  into  more  of  a  modern  direction  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  As  the  album  progresses  elements  of  blues  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  of  the  later  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  synths  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals. 

  Black  Royal  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Black  Royal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  stoner,  sludge  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Self  Worship"  "Pentagram  Doctrine"  "The  Chosen"  adn  "New  World  Order".  8/5  out  of  10.

Autokrator/Hammer Of Heretics/Krucyator productions/2018 CD Review


  France's  Autokrator  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  industrial,  drone,  death,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2018  album  "Hammer Of  Heretics"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Krucyator  Productions.

   Melodic  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  chaotic  guitar  leads  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal as  well  as  all of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  yet  guttural  death  metal  growls  while  the  drum  beats  are  mostly  programmed  and  give  the  music  a  touch  of  industrial  along  with  some  of  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  songs  bringing  in  atmospheric  drones,  movie  samples  and  tortured  voices  and  you  can  also  hear  the  heaviness  of  sludge  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.

  On  this  recording  Autokrator  bring s in  more  of  a  raw  and  brutal  style  of  death  metal  while  elements  of  sludge,  drone,  doom  metal  and  industrial  are  still  brought  into  the  music,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  oppression  and  history  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Autokrator  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  death,  sludge,  doom  metal,  sludge  and  industrial,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Against  Flesh  And  Blood"  and  "Hammer  Of  The  Heretics".  8  out  of  10.