Friday, August 30, 2013
Metal Bulletin Zine, number 37 is complete. Anyone interested in receiving the zine in PDF and wanting to be on the email list, just get in contact. Out of curiosity, here is the zine posted in installments, to give an idea what the zine looks like when the complete issue is finished. Work on issue number 38 is well under way already. Cheers.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Voices (U.K.): “From the Human Forest Create a Fugue of Imaginary Rain” This review references the band here Voices with legendary (in my little book of heavy metal) progressive black death metallers Akercocke for several key reasons. First, David Gray (drums) and Peter Benjamin (guitars, vocals) are former members of Akercocke, and Sam Loynes (guitars) played live with Akercocke, too. Second, the sound, in my opinion, is a continuation of Akercocke music, despite the differences in style. www.facebook.com/voiceslondoninfo
Saturday, August 24, 2013
OK, so, here it is: The second (and final) part of the interview with black metallers Cosmic Infusion! Don't forget to check out the band's music and give them your support, in whatever way you can. Speaking of discussions, how much of a collaboration is Cosmic Infusion? The way we work is, somebody gets in a basic idea or a riff to the jam room. And then everybody else starts to build around it. And that way since everybody has their own influences ranging from Classical music to jazz to death metal and more, there is a lot of richness that is brought to the songs. But since everybody in the band is a black metal head at heart, the final product turns out to be black metal eventually and has a lot of Cosmic Infusion written all over it. We have our jam room (The Dungeon) quite close to where we live. It’s at about an hour's travel from everybody's place, that is where all of the writing and rehearsing is done and a lot of ideas are born.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Cosmic Infusion (India) Cosmic Infusion interview part 1. Symphonic, melodic black metal formation Cosmic Infusion’s recording simply titled “Cosmic Infusion” impresses for its professionalism in the songwriting, for being memorable and good for headbanging. After hearing the music, it was only logical to get in contact with them to reveal the secrets of Cosmic Infusion. Now, dear reader, it’s your turn, if you like symphonic, melodic black metal, don’t be a stranger and get in touch with them and show them your support. They want your support! Cosmic Infusion wants you to join them on the black metal quest to the galaxies! www.facebook.com/CosmicInfusion www.twitter.com/Cosmicinfusion firstname.lastname@example.org -- Greetings! Your black metal, songwriting and a bit of melody makes Cosmic Infusion a pleasurable listen. Thank you and really glad that you liked the release. Appreciate it! Can you explain something about the members of the band? On the EP there's a session drummer listed and I have seen videos on the internet with a drummer. What is the current situation with that? Is Nandan is a real person or a fancy way of saying drum programming? Cosmic Infusion is Sushan (Vocals/Keys), Amnish (Guitars), Amey (Bass Guitar) and Nakul(Guitars). All the members in the band have been part of the Indian underground music scene for more than a decade now, playing for different bands like Infernal Wrath (Sushan, Amnish) and Infinite Redemption (Amey, Nakul). Haha, yeah, Nandan is a real person and all the drums on the EP have been played by him and are live. Nandan played with us for about a year and a half, but has personal commitments to fulfill, which is why he would not be able to continue with the band. So right now till we find the right percussionist, we'll be playing live with recorded/programmed drums because we need to keep the momentum going since the band is doing quite well right now. Cosmic Infusion was formed in 2003 in Mumbai, but the EP has come in 2013. What has happened in those 10 years? How you do remember that the state of metal music in India was different in 2003? Are you happy to release the EP finally!
Monday, August 19, 2013
Autumnblaze (Germany): “Every Sun Is Fragile” While the knowledgeable are aware that Autumnblaze has changed in sound a lot over the years, this review is exclusively about this album, without any regard whatsoever to their other output. “Every Sun Is Fragile” illustrates more than convincingly why Autumnblaze masters the art of the melancholic sound. They sound like miserable souls, but they are so good at it, that the music is simply catchy. The vibe, the spirit, the feeling, on here might perhaps be similar, for some people, to what they imagine when they think of the melancholy, soul-searching, grey personality of latter-day Katatonia, or maybe The Smiths, or The Cure. Possibly, more accurately, Autumnblaze is melodic, melancholic, alternative-ish, melodic doom dark rock. www.autumnblaze-kingdom.com
Power Trip Texas powerhouse crossover outfit, POWER TRIP, has been confirmed to take part in one of the continent's best hardcore tours of the year this Fall. Beginning October 4th, POWER TRIP will provide support for LA hardcore kingpins Terror on their massive North American headlining tour, the trek to forge a brutal clockwise path in North America all month. Throughout the trek additional acts including F**** Up, Counterparts, Vehement Serenade and more will provide additional support, including Code Orange Kids on the majority of the dates. In more immediate news, POWER TRIP is set to storm Baltimore on a one-off performance at the A389 Summer Extinction event TODAY, Friday, August 16th alongside Ringworm, Municipal Waste, Full Of Hell, Noisem and Impalers. And next month they'll join the melee when Harm's Way, Homewrecker and labelmates Dead In The Dirt come through their home turf. POWER TRIP Tour Dates: 8/16/2013 The Ottobar - Baltimore, MD The A389 Summer Extinction w/ Impalers, Noisem, Full Of Hell, Power Trip, Municipal Waste, Ringworm 9/13/2013 Sons of Hermann Hall - Dallas, TX w/ Harm's Way, Dead in the Dirt, Homewrecker 10/03/2013 The Spot - El Paso, TX w/ Terror, F**** Up, Code Orange Kids: 10/04/2013 The Underground - Mesa, AZ [*no F***** Up] 10/05/2013 Che Café - La Jolla, CA [*no F***** Up] 10/06/2013 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA 10/07/2013 Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA 10/08/2013 Metro Operahouse - Oakland, CA 10/09/2013 Star Theater - Portland, OR 10/10/2013 El Corazon - Seattle, WA 10/11/2013 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC w/ Terror, Counterparts, Code Orange Kids: 10/12/2013 Dickens - Calgary, AB 10/13/2013 Pawnshop - Edmonton, AB 10/15/2013 The Exchange - Regina, SK 10/16/2013 Theater Café - Winnipeg, MB 10/17/2013 Black Pirates Pub - Thunder Bay, ON 10/18/2013 The Jubilee Center - Sudbury, ON w/ Terror, Counterparts, Code Orange Kids, Vehement Serenade: 10/19/2013 Wrongbar - Toronto, ON 10/20/2013 Ritual - Ottawa, ON 10/21/2013 Tulipe - Montreal, QC 10/22/2013 Salle Kirouac - Quebec City, QC 10/23/2013 The Kave - Bucksport, ME 10/24/2013 The Studio at Webster Hall - New York, NY [*no Vehement Serenade] 10/25/2013 The Token - Detroit, MI w/ Terror, Counterparts: 10/26/2013 The Hideout - Omaha, NE 10/27/2013 Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO -- Helgardh Killshot Management is proud to introduce the dominant force that will conquer North America. West Virginia black metallers Helgardh will perish their surroundings and entice the crowd to perverse in this outstanding extreme metal package. In October of 2013, bystanders should be sure to hide as this undying package journeys throughout the American lands. Helgardh is comprised of the unique blend of ardent death metal and baleful black metal. Founded by guitarist and vocalist Famine in 2009, they have since been on a quest to disperse their somber and sickening message. Spewing words of the Occult and Satanism underneath technically written composition and rugged melodies, this band will become perpetual. In 2013, Helgardh is releasing their debut 'The Black Flame Descent' through HPGD Productions. Mastered by Abigail Williams mastermind Ken Sorceron, the quality is superb but still holds that dreary resonance. With their sickening message, rough recordings and unorthodox message, this band will force an impression on you. Indulge in the blasphemy that is Helgardh. "Scourge of Fire" Tour dates : October 9th - Boston, MA October 10th - New York, NY October 11th - Philadelphia, PA October 12th - Pittsburgh, PA October 13th - Cleveland, OH October 14th - Kentucky October 15th - Houston, TX October 16th - Abilene, TX October 17th - Phoenix, AZ October 18th - Los Angeles, CA October 21st - Seattle, WA October 23rd - North Dakota October 24th - Minneapolis, MN October 25th - Des Moines, IA October 26th - Indianapolis, IN October 27th - Appalachia, WV For more details please contact : email@example.com
Friday, August 16, 2013
Humiliation (Malaysia) Humiliation’s “military death metal” is all about traditional school dm, in the vein of Bolt Thrower. The songs are direct, no-nonsense heaviness. From 2009 until 2013, Humiliation has at least 8 EPs, albums and splits. Their 2013 album “Turbulence from the Deep” convinced me with one listen, and the rest of the time I just listen because it’s memorable. If you like classic-style death metal a lot, then Humiliation is for you. Anyway, in this interview, growler Bear Bee explains a bit about Humiliation and death metal in Malaysia, in Southeast Asia. Malaysia is a multicultural country of some 28 million people, with Malays, Chinese and Indians as the largest groups. The country’s constitution protects freedom of religion while Islam is the state religion. It is in this complex context that Humiliation plays death metal, as vocalist Bear Bee clarifies in this interview. FYI, all the relevant contact info is at the end of this conversation. www.humiliation.my
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Ephemeros (U.S.): “All Hail Corrosion” Recently, I have been listening to Ephemeros a lot, and I have been wondering why that is. It could be that Ephemeros masterfully works funeral melodies and that is really all there is to it: Ephemeros has great melodies. This trait makes it very difficult to argue with the music, and very easy to agree with it. However, what could make you fall off your chair in confusion or make you wonder—when you hear this music—whether you and I are listening to the same band is: Ephemeros is as funeral doom as it gets. Three songs: about 14, 11 and 15 minutes, respectively. www.facebook.com/Ephemeros
Thursday, August 8, 2013
more free grindcore music: Purify the Horror (U.K.) Yesterday I told you about some free grindcore. Tonight I want to tell you about this free 12-song blasting rage that is Purify the Horror. They wear pig masks and they are supposedly from Birmingham, England. If they are from Birmingham, what are the chances that Shane Embury is involved? Isn't he involved in every grindcore band in the world? Anyway, you will be happy to know that this recording sounds like garbage and this band appears to have no idea what a recording studio is. They also don't know how to tune their guitars. What is a note? Duh! They don't know, either! They know only 2 things: 1. Scream and 2. Play fast. Say no more, that is all I need to know. I'm going to grab a glass of water right now and I'm going to drink that water. After that, I am going to form a mosh pit right here in my grandma's basement. I hope to sweat a lot and I hope that I do not get hurt slamming against the walls again. If I get hurt, it's ok. The hospital is nearby and I can limp pretty well, anyway. www.facebook.com/pages/Purify-The-Horror/160598863968342
Vulture Locust: "Civil War" Vulture Locust abhors the Democrats, detests the Republicans, and they hate you and me, too. Somebody has made Vulture Locust upset. Can you guess what it is? What do they want? The same thing that all angry gutter punks want! They want to make a lot of noise and this garage punk grindcore street growl screaming destruction is just the thing that you need today, on this Wednesday. Just what's going on in Portland, Oregon?! Do you like grindcore?! Yes, yes, yes, everybody loves this stuff, folks! Well, maybe not. But if you do, this music will cost you exactly jack squat to get. Do it. Do it now! www.VULTURELOCUST.com
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Barbaros (Algeria) Being a black metal in Africa has some particular problems, but Barbaros just keeps going despite the difficulties in Algeria. If you want to hear black metal the traditional way: fast and raw, then Barbaros will be very much a pleasure. In this interview Ayrod (guitars, vocals) answered the questions, including some questions that are uncomfortable for some people, like religion and Berber culture, which their lyrics focus on. Also, Barbaros has more than a few recordings, which deserve looking into, if you like black metal. Start right here www.facebook.com/truebarbaros and their email to stay in contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.facebook.com/truebarbaros
Friday, August 2, 2013
Vanessa Nocera, part 3 (of 3). In parts 1 and 2, Vanessa gave an insight into the death metal of Skeletal Spectre, some biographical information and Razorback Records. Now, Vanessa explains her musical projects. I hope that you check it out because it’s a lot of music. I told you, she is a metal workaholic! www.razorbackrecords.com www.youtube.com/RazorbackRecordings http://razorbackrecordings.bandcamp.com/