Maxdmyz – Alchemical Metal – Dystopian Metal on Renegade Records – April 2017

MAXDMYZ – ALCHEMICAL METAL
LABEL: RENEGADE RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2017
The sound of Maxdmyz has always been built upon the principle of absolute freedom. They follow no orders, defy all expectations and respect no rules but their own. Armed with their palette of endless colours these sonic rebels have produced music as eclectic as it is explosive. They have poured emotion into a heart of steel, crafting a music machine driven by love, hate, rage and joy, sadness, regret and hope. This band can deliver a hammer blow with an iron fist, bewitch your body into a pulsing dance or simply obliterate you in a wall of cyber noise. All of this and more can be found on their latest release, the beguiling, untameable, impossible to cage Alchemical Metal.
Alchemical Metal takes every element of the Maxdmyz live show that has enthralled crowds from London to New York and blends them into a quicksilver potion of magical intensity. The voice of front man Twister leads you into a labyrinth of sound, a maze of spine shattering blast beats, convulsing bass, shimmering synths and riffs like a war machine. You’ll be enchanted and broken, raised up to dizzying heights of euphoria and crushed into the dirt of bitter, black despair. From a reason to live to down in the dirt, via hell…
How do you categorise a band like Maxdmyz? What genre tag do you tie to them? The truth is, that they simply will not be put in anyone else’s box and the only name that fits is one of their own making – Alchemical Metal; the collision of science and sorcery, the transformation of the mundane to the magical, base metal into gold. It’s time to try a new drug, take the path less travelled, leap into the dark and watch an array of colours explode around you. Live hard, live fast and feel every moment to the max. Alchemical Metal is here to take you on a new ride. Take a deep breath and hold on tight…

Line-up:
Twister – Vocals/FX
A’Zedd – Bass
Roger – Guitar/FX/Programming
Jamie – Drums/FX/Programming
Vortex – Keys/Programming

Genre: Alchemical Metal
For fans of: Rammstein | White Zombie | Ministry | Sisters Of Mercy
Further Information: www.maxdmyz.uk
“Maxdmyz effortlessly traverse the genres” – INSIDE SHOCK

Netherbird — Hymns From Realms Yonder – Out April 2017

NETHERBIRD sprung into existence October 30th 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden when Nephente, Bizmark and Grim decided to start collaborating. The was goal was to create harsh metal with influences from both black and death metal without any regard or limitation when it comes to style or even line up. Since their journey began, the band has released four well-received albums featuring guest appearances from members of At the Gates, Katatonia, Lord Belial, Dissection, among others.

A broad retrospective of all rarities, covers and non-album tracks throughout Netherbird history, Hymns from Realms Yonder is a must-have for every collector. Tunes that were once available as digital releases only have now been gathered into one CD summarizing the band’s creative journey through the first decade of its existence. Written and recorded during different session and lineups, these songs present a staggering sonic rollercoaster when it comes to their sound, tone and atmosphere, at the same time remaining recognizable and keeping all the distinctive elements that made Netherbird who they are today.

Original tunes (single b-sides as well as limited EP’s material) are neighboured by several cover versions of renowned classics of metal and obscure alternative, including Annihilator, Paradise Lost, and Sentenced. Vika Yermolyeva’s masterpiece piano rendition of Pillars of the Sky is definitely a rare gem to crown the album. The release is scheduled for the 7th of April, 2017, via Black Lodge Records.

Genre: Melodic Black/Death Metal

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Release Date: 7 April, 2017

Label: Black Lodge Records

Format: CD & Digital

 
Track – List:

1. Brazen Splendor
2. Scuptors and Specres
3. Myosotis Scorpioides
4. Abysmal Allure
5. Swedish Sadness (Sorrow’s My Vessel)
6. Born Defiant
7. Shadows and Snow
8. Twilight Gushes Forth….
9. Nightwards
10. Ode to the False (esse non Videri)
11. As I Die
12. Nepenthe
13. Alison Hell
14. Firmanent Vacation
15. Conquest, Love & Self Perseverance. The Gospel Of Aptitude
16. Pillars (Reprise)
Members:

Vocals: Nephente
Guitars, Keyboards: Bizmark
Guitars, Vocals: Nord

(Along with several guest appearances)

Fist Of Satan 666 – Episode 010 – Death ‘n’ Roll

Every now and then I come across a sub-genre of metal that just kicks my ass! This week it was Death ‘n’ Roll that kicked my ass and got my toes tapping!

0:00 – Kemerov – Plague Of Nations

From the album ‘FMKD’ released on Vault Relics in 2017.
Country of Origin: Greece

http://kemerov.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/kemerovgr/

4:05 – The Generals – Consulting With The Sinner

From the album ‘Stand Up Straight’ released by Metal Central in 2009
Country of Origin: Sweden

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Generals/132744973464758
http://www.thegenerals.se/

8:00 – Chrome Division – Serial Killer

From the album ‘Doomsday Rock ‘n’ Roll’ release by Nuclear Blast in 2006.
Country of Origin: Norway

http://www.facebook.com/chromedivision

11:42 – Convulse – The Green Is Grey

From the album ‘Reflections’ released in 1994 by Relapse Records
Country of Origin: Finland

http://convulseband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Convulse

15:01 – Motorjesus – Motor Discipline

From the album ‘Wheels of Purgatory’ release by Drakkar Records in 2010.
Country of Origin: Germany

http://www.facebook.com/motorjesus
http://www.motorjesus.com/

18:30 – Sinatras – Something To Hate

From the album ‘Drowned’ released by logic(il)logic Records in 2017.
Country of Origin: Italy

http://sinatras.bandcamp.com/releases
http://www.sinatras-band.com/

23:27 – The Carburetors – Allright, Allright

From the album ‘Pain Is Temporary, Glory Is Forever’ released by FaceFront in 2004.
Country of Origin: Norway

http://www.thecarburetors.com/

26:53 – Sanctimony – Human Grudge

From the album ‘Unholy Five’ released by Thunderforge Records in 2016
Country of Origin: Latvia

http://www.sanctimony.lv/
https://twitter.com/sanctimony

32:37 – Blackshine – Born A Denier

From the album ‘Lifeblood’ released by Dockyard 1 Records in 2006.
Country of Origin: Sweden

36:34 – Phazm – The Soothsayer

From the album ‘Scornful of Icons’ released by Osmose Productions in 2006
Country of Origin: France

http://thetruephazm.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thetruephazm?fref=ts

40:51 – Chief Rebel Angel – Mean Machine

From the album ‘Death Rock City’ released by Edge Records in 2007
Country of Origin: Hungary

https://www.facebook.com/chiefrebelangelbudapest/

43:30 – Feral – Reborn In The Morgue

From the album ‘From The Mortuary’ released by Cyclone Empire in 2016
Country Of Origin: Swden

http://www.feral.se/
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Feral/102289189809609?ref=ts

48:44 – Horrific – Dead At Midnight

From the album ‘Your Worst Nightmare’ released by Razorback Recordings in 2009.
Country of Origin: USA

53:32 – Demoniah – A Wolf Wanting Fresh Meat

From the album ‘Uncontrolled’ released independently in 2015.
Country of Origin: Brazil

http://demoniah.bandcamp.com/

58:20 – Jesus Chrüsler Supercar – I Gotta Go

From the album ’35 Supersonic’ released by Rodeostar Records in 2016
Country of Origin: Sweden

http://www.facebook.com/jesuschruslersupercar
http://jesuschruslersupercar.com/

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Interview With Frowning (Germany)

Fist Of Satan: As with all reviews I try to do my homework on the band. While there were several reviews of your debut and latest release I didn’t find much on the band (or Val Atra Niteris) specifically. Was this a conscious attempt to let the music speak for itself? Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and the band?

Frowning: Well there have been just a few interviews yet, so I didn’t have the opportunity to talk that much.
I got into Funeral Doom in 2010 when I was 16 – listening to Evoken. So I tried to create my own funeral doom song which is named Day In Black it’s on the debut. But my first official record came out in 2014 cause I wasn’t sure about my musical style before that.

FOS: Frowning’s first releases appeared as singles over several months in 2011 via, surprisingly,  YouTube. Funeral doom is well known for paying tribute to traditions but you took a very non-tractional path when you first started out. Why digitally and YouTube specifically?

F: I guess it was the best opportunity to get attention and responds. It’s not easy to sell a record from a band no one knows.

I just wanted to know if my music is accepted or not. Also it’s really hard to find a good Label.

FOS: You cite pioneering bands such as Mournful Congregation, Evoken and Pantheist as  your inspiration to create moving funeral doom. Everybody talks about being inspired but very few take action on that inspiration. What was the catalyst that brought Frowning into reality?

F: There wasn’t that one moment, there were a couple of things and time after time things started to get real. First I realized I wanna do Funeral Doom only, next one was to get a good name for the genre, after that I tried to do a couple of songs which fit together to one record and the final step was the first record – the split with Aphonic Threnody.

FOS: Still on the subject of inspirations you are obviously inspired by the Romantic Era of music from 200 years ago. On your latest release you cover Frédéric Chopin’s Marche Funèbre (Funeral March).

Romantic Era music has been described as:

“more expressive and emotional, expanding to encompass literary, artistic, and philosophical themes.”

“composers including Dvořák, Mahler, Richard Strauss, Puccini, and Sibelius built on the work of middle Romantic composers to create even more complex – and often much longer – musical works.”

Traits of Romantic Era music include:

“a focus on the nocturnal, the ghostly, the frightful, and terrifying”

“fantastic seeing and spiritual experiences”

That sounds like funeral doom to me. Is funeral doom music just a modern version of Romantic Era music?

F: Well for me it is. If you take a look at the lyrics it’s pure poetry, not when I write lyrics cause I suck on writing, which was the reason I let  write some lyrics for this new album. But you can also take a look to other bands like Evoken, it’s pure poetry. And on the musical side I guess you can here a lot of classical elements taken from the romantic era…

FOS: A frequent comment I hear about Frowning, which I completely agree with, is that both Funeral Impressions and Extinct are very well written and well recorded/produced. This is not something you tend to hear when discussing one man bands. The sole member usually excels in one or two places but is lacking in other areas. 

Are you just the total package or were there others involved? 

F: Usually I do all the musical stuff alone but I had some features on ‘Extinct’. Which includes my close friend Hekjal from my other band Ad Cinerem who sings the first lines of “Encumbered By Vermin”. Also S.G. from Suffer Yourself who did a duet together with me on “Nocturnal Void”. The organ on Marché Funebre is played by my father.

But besides that I did all stuff by myself  so I played the drums, bass, guitars and synths and of course did the rest of the vocals. As mentioned earlier I suck at writing lyrics, on the last album I had some good ideas but this time I decided to let people write for me, there’s only one lyrics written by me. I guess I’m a musician only but not a writer.

FOS: Funeral doom has a very distinct sound which you have nailed perfectly. Can you talk about the gear you used to achieve your sound? Both instruments and recording. I know some gear heads frequent our site so please geek out as much as you want.

F: My equipment on “extinct”:

B.C. Rich Warlock
Fernandes Ravelle Elite
Gibson Les Paul Studio
ESP LTD F-105 Bass
Tama Starclassic B/B Drums with a Starclassic Bubinga Snare
Sabian Cymbals
Logic 9 pro for recording

FOS: Extinct and Funeral Impressions are great examples of “classic” funeral doom. You draw the listener in with ethereal and almost ghostly sections only to hit them with thundering doom riffs.

I know Extinct was only just released but do you plan to continue down this path in the future or are there plans to introduce new elements into your sound?

F: Always, but what I plan is a secret yet.

FOS: Regarding the songwriting and composition specifically it’s clear you know what you’re doing. Are you a classically trained musician?

F: No, I learned drums for years and when I was a child I was teached a little bit piano, but the rest is autodidactic.

FOS It’s clear you’re inspired musically by your funeral doom predecessors and as far back as the Romantic Era. Are you inspired by more contemporary elements? Musical or otherwise?

F: Of course, there is gregorianik chamber stuff for example, the toccata’s of Bach and a lot more.

FOS: Now that Extinct is released what does 2017 hold for Frowning? Do you plan to assemble a live band and perform shows?

F: I already did perform on my release party and I will continue with that.

FOS: Stanislav Govorukha of Suffer Yourself and Hekjal of Ad Cinerem contributed to two tracks on Extinct. Can you talk about how this collaboration came about and what you feel they brought to the overall Frowning sound?

F: Already answered I guess^^

FOS: Thanks very much for doing this interview. The final words are yours.

F: Thanks for having me. Keep on spreading darkness and decease.

THE SARCOPHAGUS (Turkey) Returns with Singles from New Album

Turkey’s one of the earliest black metal band The Sarcophagus was formed by Burak Sümer in 1996. At the beginning of 1997, the band released the first demo “Pagan Storm”, which was followed by an EP “Infernal Hordes of The Ancient Times”. In 2009, Niklas Kvarforth from Shining and Ozan Yıldırım from Raven Woods joined the band and The Sarcophagus signed with Osmose Productions for 7” ep “Hate Cult” and debut album “Towards The Eternal Chaos”. The new style was a little bit away from the earlier melodic black metal materials. Thus, The Sarcophagus had become more aggressive with the participation of Niklas Kvarforth. Both of the releases from Osmose Productions saw the light of very positive responses from the audiences and critics.

A couple of years later, Niklas decided to quit from all his other side projects to focus on Shining. With this decision, Morkbeast from Russian black metal band Todestriebe joined the band as the new vocalist and then after 7 long years, The Sarcophagus recorded a new album called “Beyond This World’s Illusion” in 2016 including 9 tracks to keep spreading the disease!

The track “Reign Of Chaos” is the opening track of the album, enshrouded with the harrowing riffs and endless melodies.

The Band Stated:

Beyond this physical world, behind the curtains of this illusion, there is a timeless and formless darkness rises… And this is The Reign of Chaos

LEGACY (Ger) has exclusively streamed the lyric video of the track, which can be found at this location 

THE SARCOPHAGUS
Beyond This World’s Illusion
(Full Length)
Lineup
Genre Black Metal Vocals Mørkbeast

Guitars, Synth –  Burak Sümer

BassOzan Yıldırım

Drums –  Oktay Fıstık (Session)

MasteredNecromorbus Studio (Swe)
Cover ArtPaolo Girardi

Location Ankara, Turkey
Release Date April 04, 2016
Label Satanath Records (Rus) in association with Death Portal Studio (USA), Fila Sophiae (Sweden) & Sphera Noctis Records (Brazil
Format CD

Track-List
01. Reign Of Chaos
02. Ain Sof
03. Dymadiel
04. The Profanity Rites
05. Sapremia Of Earthly Creatures
06. Triumphant Divine Terror
07. Armoured Death
08. Flaming Key To Divine Wisdom
09. Apocalyptic Beast
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Total Running Time: 45:51

FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/thesarcophagustr

 

Grindcore Maniacs BLUTRINĂ Reveal New Official Video

Timisoara based Grinders Blutrină released the first official video, for the track Paranoid Pussy taken off their debut studio album, Looney Fuckin’ Grind, released in September of last year via Loud Rage Music.

The video was filmed at Daos Club Timisoara (https://www.facebook.com/daosclub/) by Marmo and directed by Ionut Sleam.

Blutrină‘s debut album, Looney Fuckin’ Grind is available here:
– https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/blutrina-looney-fuckin-grind (digital)
– http://shop.loudragemusic.com/blutrina-looney-fuckin-grind (physical CD)

The album recorded, mixed and mastered at Consonance Studio, Timisoara (https://www.facebook.com/ConsonanceStudio/)

Contacts:

Blutrină:
www.facebook.com/Blutrina

Loud Rage Music:
www.loudragemusic.com
www.loudragemusic.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/loudragemusic