FALLEN JOY: Order to Die EP: CD

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FALLEN JOY is a French metal band founded in 2008 and this is their debut release, a five song EP. They play melodic death metal and they self produced this album and are going to be releasing a new album sometime this year.

With a bell tolling and an instrumental symphonic opener, “Morituri Te Salutant” starts things off on a quiet note, but that changes once “Order To Die” kicks in. With thundering drums, technical melodic leads, growling vocals, rumbling bass and a punch in the throat of power, they really get the album moving. “Hosting the Black Flag” has dual vocals, machine gun drumming, a great solo, and a slower pace that really made for a great song. “Seeds of Tyranny” is another great song with a heavy groove and fantastic guitar playing. Last song “Voyage Au Bout De La Nuit” is a slower song that has elements of doom and black metal mixed into their melodic death metal, and is a very cool track with the various styles mixed together.

The band draws from a few different genres and creates their own mix of heaviness and melody that will make you come back for more. Since this is only a five song EP, I can’t wait to hear what the full length is going to sound like.

https://www.facebook.com/fallenjoy  http://fallenjoymetal.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/spreadthemetalrecords  http://spreadthemetalrecords.bandcamp.com/

http://www.spreadthemetal.com/

BLINDED BY FAITH: Chernobyl Survivor: CD

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BLINDED BY FAITH is an extreme metal band from Lévis, Quebec Canada formed in 1998.  In 2003, they released their first full-length album “Under an Occult Sun” through the label Galy Records, they released a live performance CD/DVD “Imperial Collapse” in 2007, shortly after, they released their second album “Weapons of Mass Distraction” in 2007, and finally, after some lineup changes and recruitment of highly motivated and creative new members, released their third and most recent album “Chernobyl Survivor” in 2012. The band comprises of Tommy Demers on vocals, Jean-Philippe Morin on bass, Michaël Beaudoin on guitars and Julien Marcotte on drums.

“Chernobyl Survivor” kicks off the intense set of songs with machine gun drumming, three different styles of vocals from growled to clean to high-pitched, great leads and fast bass playing that grabs your attention right away. “So Speak The Voice Of Law” has a cool guitar riff that opens the song, then the band jumps in and things get harder, faster and very melodic and made this song one that I had to play a few times because it was so good. “Dead End” has insane drumming and ripping guitar playing that made this one a song to get out your air guitar and play along with and just have a wild time with, especially with the classic metal solo that was incredible. “Stranger In The Mirror” has a keyboard that adds an atmosphere to the track and gives more melody to the brutality that is going on around it. “Drastic Medicine” is an intense barrage of manic drumming, growled and shouted vocals, keyboards, thick bass, and great leads that the swirling morass just sounds incredible. This is aggressive, and has a big, powerful production job that gives all of the instruments room to shine and keeps the intensity and power going throughout. The band is playing hard and tight with more than enough anger and emotion to carry other weaker bands into the pits of hell. “Pace Of The Race”, “Shrivelled Wings”, “Pornscars” and “Prophet Of Nothing” were others that just burned my eardrums with their insane power and crazed energy.

BLINDED BY FAITH is a great sounding hybrid of melodic black, death, thrash and modern metal that will completely turn you into fan of theirs with one listen. They have the ability to get you to mosh, headbang, and get into the technical abilities that they have all at the same time and without coming off as those bands that play so technical that they take away from the melody and it becomes boring…these guys aren’t boring! Grab this one kids, it’s a doozy!

https://www.facebook.com/blindedbyfaith1  http://www.blindedbyfaith.com/

https://www.facebook.com/galyrecords  http://www.galyrecords.com/

VEXILLA REGIS PRODEUNT INFERNI: Self-titled: CD

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A five piece satanic death metal band from Mexico that has released their debut full length album after having put out a demo previously. The album is divided into nine chapters of brutality from five guys playing their souls out…lol.

The intro is ominous and leads into a blistering guitar solo which kicks off the devastation that is on display. Deep, guttural vocals, thundering drums and the thick bass also blew me away in this first track. “Ceremony of The Impure” has chants and double kick drumming that show the level of skill the drummer possesses in this particular track along with the evil vocals that are spat out with fury. “Towards Battlefields” has killer grind beats that give the song more depth and the pounding drums along with the raw guitars really give this track the brutality that it deserves.  “Ravenous Apocalyptic Raids” is a short track with a movie sample and keeps the heaviness going right into “Purification by the Sword” which has another sample and fantastic guitar playing. This band really shows its brutality and anger on this album, along with intense playing that just drips of evil and venom. The guys really put everything into the playing and the all over sound of this album, making it one of the heaviest and most intense albums that I’ve heard in a long time. “Leviathans Coronation” is a swirling and devastating song of intensity that grabbed me and made the hairs stand on end on my arm with the wickedness of the song and the incredible playing. The next two songs just keep the energy and anger going until the last song, “Necropolis Rising” which has some of the best guitar playing on the album, almost traditional heavy metal playing that fades into the most beautiful violin playing at the end…what a finish to an incredible album.

They have great harmonies and powerful riffs, thundering drumming, rumbling bass, and vocals that will give you nightmares, the perfect death metal album to give to grandma! This is one of those albums that will stand the test of time and you will dig it out to replay it for many years to come.

https://www.facebook.com/VRPI666  http://vexillaregisprodeuntinferni.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/OnslaughtRecords  http://onslaughter.net/

UNBOWED: Self-titled EP: CD

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UNBOWED began in March of 2011 in Guelph, Ontario and have just released their debut EP independently and play a mix of folk metal mixed with death metal. UNBOWED consists of Ioan Tetlow on vocals Alex Snape on guitar and backing vocals, Trevor Rice on guitar, Connor MacPherson on keyboards, Zack Kasman on bass, and Nick Lennox on drums.

This five track EP kicks things off with “Shadow of Dark Decay”, with a nice mellow keyboard led start that gives way to some great guitar playing and drumming bringing you the heaviness and intensity that you knew was going to push you down hard in your chair.Great growling vocals and the keyboards that are mixed into the song give it an atmospheric quality that flows well with the powerful playing by the rest of the band. “March Of The Giants” with its chugging riffs, thunderous bass, relentless drumming, deep, growling vocals, the guitar solo and the incredible keyboard playing really made this song a standout. “Gwynn Ap Nudd” has gothic sounding keyboards that give depth to the song, and the drumming is like a dozen machine guns going off all at once. “The Prophecy Foretold” has beautiful keyboard playing that is mixed with the brutal vocals, the chugging guitars, and was another outstanding track on this EP. Finally we come to the last song, “As Winter Claims My Soul” is a great fast and heavy song that ends the proceedings off perfectly, military drumming, wall of guitars, rumbling bass, melodic keyboards and the angry vocals all combined to give you the last punch in the guts.

This was one hell of a good debut that these guys should be proud of, their mix of death and folk metal, their musical ability and the interesting lyrics all combined to make an EP that will get repeated listening around here. For a relatively new band, these guys really take a chance with the mix of styles and sounds and succeed admirably.

https://www.facebook.com/UnbowedOfficial  http://unbowedofficial.bandcamp.com/album/ep-2013

CHOSEN: Resolution: CD

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CHOSEN is a melodic death metal band from Ireland, well really it’s two guys, Paul Shields, who does vocals, guitar, and bass, and David McCann who drums and does percussion. They’ve released a few independent and well-received EPs in the past and have finally put out their debut full length album.

Opener “Engines of Belief” is a great death metal track with great breakdowns and a classic heavy metal solo near the end and has some clean vocals mixed in. “Defective Prospection” is more of a chugging riff oriented song, with galloping riffs leading into a psychedelic progression and the vocals being sung cleanly and some growling vocals mixed in, and “The Narcissism Epidemic” starts off acoustically, really gentle and then the riffs kick in and it’s back to in your face metal with ferocious drumming, the mix of clean and growled vocals and all throughout, some blistering guitar playing. “Mental Clarity” gets some monstrous riffs and heaviness, “Diminishment” has the mixture of softer, almost relaxing music juxtaposed with the more brutal playing and it works beautifully together, and “Instinct” has some great riffs, chugging, and has some fantastic all around playing on the album, a definite highlight. The last three songs just keep the quality going and pile the riffs on nice and thick.

The production job here is one that deserves around of applause especially with all the intense drumming and the variation of moods, the end result came out very balanced. This is very highly recommended, and I was surprised for an independent release, that this solid debut record shows much promise for their future.

https://www.facebook.com/Chosenmetal  http://chosenmetal.bandcamp.com/

ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW: Saivon Lapsi: CD

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ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW was formed in 1994 and this is the new and seventh album by this Finnish melodic death metal band that incorporates symphonic metal into the mix.

The album starts with “Saivo”, an instrumental of synthesizers and it flows perfectly into “Dark Alliance”. The song starts off with heavy guitars and epic keyboards, heavy guitars, and clean and growled vocals. “Legion of Beast” raises the stakes in  tense melodic death metal and passionately rasped vocals from longtime growler and bassist Altti Veteläinen. “Kuura” is an acoustic instrumental that meshes well with “Dance of December”, a track with gothic overtones and plenty of dramatic vocals and fantastic guitar playing by both Jarmo Puolakanaho and Mika Lammassaar. On this album you also have clean vocalist Jarmo Kylmänen whose vocals are powerful when they are present either in the pre-chorus or the chorus itself, keyboardist Janne Tolsa brings out the epic nature of the music, and drummer Juho Raappana who does a great job being the backbone of this album with his intense drumming. “The Day”, “Sound of Silence” has great dual vocals by Kylmänen and Miriam Renvåg, “Swan Saivo”, and “Blood Stained Sea” were all songs that got repeat plays on this album.

Excellent musicianship, and the captivating solo/lead work will make this a great purchase for those into this genre of metal. The contrasting vocals also added a nice change of sound within the album and within the tracks themselves. This is a solid symphonic metal effort.

https://www.facebook.com/etosofficial  http://www.eternaltears.fi/  https://www.facebook.com/massacrerecordseurope  http://www.massacre-records.com/

SINDULGENCE: Recollections: CD

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SINDULGENCE is an Experimental Metal band from Cape Town, South Africa that have been together since 2009. They released their debut twelve track album in June of 2012 independently and it also comes with a DVD about the band and the recording of their album.

The album begins with an instrumental called “Room 302” begins softly and with gentle music that slowly starts sounding ominous, then “Swindle” kicks in, a blistering track that has deep growling, guttural vocals from Muller Van Niekerk, and the raspy growl of bassist Byron Dinwoodie. The drumming from Michael Snyman is relentless, and guitarists Ryan Eberlin and Rodney Dosson weave the heavier lead and rhythm playing together with a deft touch. There are lots of great solos on this album, just pick a song and there will be one coming to blow you away in a few seconds, and the mixture of the two vocalists really helped break the monotony of a lot of other metal bands, the two distinct vocalists really took the songs off into a nice direction. “Thorns” is a fantastic song that has softer parts with clean vocals, super heavy parts with the guttural vocals, amazing solos, drumming that goes beyond the regular thump, thump, thump, but has energy and power that is tempered with a delicate touch, and the heavy bass gives the song its depth. For a debut album, these guys play like veterans and show a technical side that doesn’t overpower the songs, it adds to them, and the production is clear and free of murkiness that creeps up on a lot of recordings. Some of the other songs that stood out were, “Poverty and Hand Grenades”, “The March Hare”, “Wine of the Gods”, “Keith” and “Dying To Live”. You also have another instrumental called “Conventus Kharon” that is reminiscent of the first song with its ominous overtones.

For a debut album, this was a great journey that I was lucky enough to be invited on since it took me to the land of SINDULGENCE, and the tour guide was very good. If this is how the band starts off their career, watch out, because they will be out to make you their fan if it takes them one more album…that you had better buy as well as this one.

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DEUS OTIOSUS: Godless: CD

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Godless is the sophomore album by DEUS OTIOSUS who play old school death metal with nuances of black and thrash, that have been together since 2005 and are from Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Snakes Of The Low” grabs you with the brutal intensity as soon as you hit play. The drumming isn’t going like a machine gun, but is still incredibly fast, the guitar playing is fantastic with the licks being flung around like a pizza chef throwing his pizzas up into the air, the bass is nice and thick, and the low, growling vocals bring a sense of menace to the song. Anders Bo Rasmussen on vocals, Henrik Engkjær and Peter Engkjær on guitars, Jesper Holst on bass, and Jesper Olsen on drums just tear shit up on this album. The playing is way above the average death metal band, but not technical metal, just a group of guys who are proficient at their instruments and don’t need all of the wanking that you find on those tech metal albums or the sloppiness of a lot of death metal. “In Harms Way” might be my favorite song on the album with the clean guitar solo that shreds, the outstanding job Olsen does on drums, just going full-out and being melodic at the same time was just a treat to hear and I loved every second of it. “New Dawn” has a lot of doom to it, and is super heavy with a low-end that will rattle your teeth and shake your fillings loose. This is one unrelenting and dynamic release that caught me off guard and the songs just kept the high standard going throughout the album. Other songs that blew me away were “Pest Grave”, “Cast From Heaven”, and ” Face The Enemy” which the staggering onslaught left me breathless. The last song “Death Dance” is another doom heavy song with the band going for broke by playing their hearts out on a song that left me wanting more from them.

This was a definite step up from your garden variety death metal album and they deserve to get this heard by as many extreme metal fans as possible. They may not be a name that you know very well, but give this one a shot and you will be convinced that this is the band to beat.

https://www.facebook.com/deusotiosus.dk  http://www.deus-otiosus.com/    https://www.facebook.com/DeepsendRecords?ref=ts&fref=ts  http://www.deepsend.com/?page=1

CHURCH OF THE DEAD: Vol.1 Stay Out Of My Grave: CD

CHURCH OF THE DEAD is a Finnish old school death metal band with punk attitude, crushing d-beats and a twisted sense of morbid humor. This is their debut release and their second EP has been recorded and mastered. It will be released on 15th of May 2013, these guys don’t waste any time now do they?

The four songs on this EP start off with a short snippet that sounds like you’re in the middle of an old horror movie with all sorts of creepy sounds and music, then it kicks off into the brutal “Nekrovulture” which is heavy, fast as hell and has both high-pitched raspy and low growled vocals mixed together. “Beheaded, scooped & Displayed is a little slower, and heavier, but just as intense as the first song, this is where you really get the huge d-beat sound, and “The Abyss” starts off really doomy with a slow dirge like feel and low growled vocals, but then the bands kicks into high gear and off we go into a great end to the EP. Band members K.Lahti on guitar, J.Pihlajaniemi on vocals, T.Makkonen on drums, and A.Poutanen on bass guitar really poured out a ton of aggression and intensity on their debut.

For a debut, this was one hell of a ride through heaviness and it was a ride that I didn’t want to get off of. I’m really looking forward to the next release from this band, if this is any tiny bit of what is coming up, then we are in for a treat.

https://www.facebook.com/ChurchOfTheDead  http://www.churchofthedead.net/index.html

KAOTIK: Old school death metal from Quebec City

 

I had the great pleasure to do an interview with Alexis on bass guitar in Quebec’s KAOTIK, a death metal band that has been around since the end of 2007. They have two releases out and the newest was reviewed here http://alteredfrequencies.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/kaotik-starving-death-cd/ so you should go out and grab a copy.

 http://www.facebook.com/KAOTIKMETAL   http://www.kaotikmetal.com/ http://www.facebook.com/massacrerecordseurope  http://www.massacre-records.com/

What/who got you into metal at first?

As far as I’m concerned, I first got into punk music when I was still a boy. After some time somebody introduced me to heavier stuff like Slayer. It went on from there, with classics like Maiden and Priest.

What styles/types of metal did you listen to at first and do you still listen to those types/styles today?

I would say mostly thrash metal. I didn’t discover death metal yet, and I was quite never into black metal, so you could say that thrash is what started it all for me. Bands like Slayer, Megedeth, early Metallica, Kreator, Sodom.. those guys were there from the start!

What bands were you in before this and do you still hang out with those people/have music from them still?

I’ve been in a few bands in my teenage years, before I joined Kaotik in 2009. There was a hard-rock band called Jackhammer, a blues-rock-garage cover band called The Smokin’ Suns, an all-Iron Maiden cover band called TailGunners (we did over 35 Maiden songs back then!!), and a heavy power metal band called Tales of Destiny. Tales released an album called Reign of the Eclipse, you can check that out online!jeff

How did you guys get together?

We all kinda known each other, because we all come from the same area near Quebec City. Fred and Sam had the idea of starting a band when they met at a Helloween/Gamma Ray gig in Quebec. Actually we were all there that night. I guess it is where it all began.

What kind of jobs do you guys have?

Well, Sam is working in a human resources department in a food company (he’s our office guy..!). Jeff, Fred and PL are in construction business. Jeff is in a workshop that produces doors and windows, Fred is a drywall finisher (drywall taper), and PL is an electrician. As for myself I am studying jazz music at Université Laval in Quebec City.

Who does the writing of the music/lyrics?

Everybody give their ideas, but most of the music is produced by Fred, and most of the lyrics are written by PL and/or myself.

What kind of process is it?

Most of the time, Fred comes up with an idea (or many, many ideas..) and we work it together, modifying it and adapting it to other riffs. We work out a song structure until we are satisfied with the result. After that we do a low-quality record of it, so that PL or me can bring it home and work on some lyrics.alexis

What kind of lyrics do you guys mostly write about and why?

We write mostly about life after death, human insanity, creatures from beyond, and war. Those are the subjects that we like and that’s all there is about it !

How long are your tours?

We never really toured! We are really looking forward to it though.

Do you play a lot of shows?

We did play a lot in the area of Quebec City. We also played in Montreal, Rimouski, Lac-au-Saumon..

Who have you played with?

Many different bands from Quebec and/or Canada ! Herode, Aggressor, Hanker, Kataklysm, Undead Process, Morgue, Goutch de Chèvre.. We played in Quebec Metal Fest X in 2011 with a lot of great bands like Cauldron, Piledriver, Psycho, Sapremia, Fuck the Facts, Mesrine, Diffamation, Sick, Saccage, Ni Pity, Outre-Tombe, Unhuman…

Farthest shows from home?

Montreal, Lac-au-Saumon.pl

Best show that you’ve played?

Hard question! Must have been at our album release party in Quebec City, with a great death metal band called Sick! Check them out on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sick/55928534369?sk=wall

How often do you get together to practice/write new songs?

2 times a week. 1 night of writing/jamming new stuff and 1 night of rehearsing.

Do you play any covers in the show?

We used to, but not anymore. Back then we did Out of the Body from Pestilence and Solid State from Obituary. We also did Isolated from Morgoth, but never played it live.

Favorite song to play?

From the album Starving Death, I would say that Creature or Inbreeding are my favourites… But I have to say that our new songs are pretty kick-ass and funnier to play! Better check out our next album!fred

Least favorite song to play?

None.

Any violence/bad attitudes from so-called fans?

Violence and bad(ass) attitude in the moshpit is what we get all the time live. Beside that, not that I can recall.

Favorite beer/least favorite beer?

Do you know the brewery Unibroue? They make a lot of awesome beers like ‘Maudite’, ‘Fin du Monde’, ‘Blanche de Chambly’.. Those are my favourites. I also enjoy Guinness, Kilkenny, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Black Label, Moosehead… And Bombay Saphhire Gin of course….

How long did the recording of the CD take?

About 40 hours if my memory is correct.

Any stories about the making of it?

Jeff, our drummer, was really fucking sick because of the cats that were in Franky’s house (our engineer and sound technician). We had to get the cats out to record the drums, but it really was a pain in the ass for Jeff.sam

Stories about the songs on your CD?

They all have their little stories… Some of the titles were changed in the progress, songs were modified, ect…

Any more new releases coming out in the future?

Sure! We are now working of some new stuff. Actually the writing process for our second album is almost completed and we are really looking forward to hit the studio once again!!

What is available now and where can we get it?

Via Massacre Records, eBay and via iTunes: Our debut album STARVING DEATH
or Directly on http://www.kaotikmetal.com

Any shirts/pins/patches available?

Yep, just hit http://www.kaotikmetal.com  to check out our merch!

Anyone in another band?

Fred is the leader of the thrash metal band Outre Tombe! Check them out! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Outre-Tombe/218914374800803

Releases of the other bands?

Outre-Tombe EP – ‘Demo 2012’

Where do you see the band going in the future?

Always do what we like best: groovy death metal with an old-school feel.
If possible, tour Europe and the U.S.
And of course, release some more heavy records to spread our name on the planet.

Anyone vegetarian/vegan?

Nope.bandPicC

Any causes you’re into?

Nope.

Any funny or strange stories from your last tour?

On our way to a festival in Halifax (a 13 hours ride from Quebec, which we never did in the end), we did a barrel roll with our van in a fucking blizzard. Nobody was injured during the experience though.. plus the van works just fine and the gear is top-notch!

Thank you !picBand