Friday, October 19, 2018

interview: Solium Fatalis

What the future holds nobody seems to know for sure, although it might be not the happiest if you check in with the American death metal band Solium Fatalis. Their new 2018 album is prophetically named Genetically Engineered to Enslave. What death metal is in 2018 is perhaps perfectly exemplified by the sound of Solium Fatalis. Disturbing. Dystopian. Solium Fatalis is new to this publication, and for this reason it is about time to find out more about this New England band.
This is your fourth album in seven years?!
Four albums in five years is the actual number. Jeff Demarco, our bassist and vocalist and I have been in the band since the beginning in 2012. Ryan Beevers the other guitarist joined in 2015 after we released Undying Season and Jeff Saltzman the drummer has been around 2 years now.
You formed in 2012 and then in 2013 there was the self-titled debut. Did your band not go through the stage of recording demos and finding the sound?
I wrote the first album in two weeks and Dirk and Loic did drums and bass as a favor. At that point I was 33 years old. I had a professional work ethic and a very good idea of how to make metal so we established the sound of the band after that album in a very unconventional way. Since my previous bands had done the ‘demo and do shows’ route and it hadn’t gotten me anywhere.
On Facebook you mention your multiple tours. Is this a touring band?
We all have normal jobs and no we don’t tour regularly but it’s been based on opportunity and less so on capability. But we certainly have done a couple tours.
What is driving your band to be making albums at this pace? I have been listening to the album and it is a serious production.
It has far less to do with finances than you think and more to with ingenuity and work ethic. We all know how to engineer ourselves in the studio and have jobs we work at and careers that we bust our asses doing to pay for the equipment we use and record with. Effective operating systems and a little bit of learning go a long way. There is no money in this business and it’s all for the love and we love this music and that’s why we do it. And thank you for the compliment on the production that’s Christian Donaldson work at his studio The Gird in Montreal and he’s a bad ass.
You are in New Hampshire. How is your fan base there?
We are 45 mins from Boston so geographically we have no issues with fans not coming to shows or opportunities to play them. But our NH faithful sure as hell show up to our shows and it’s awesome and they rule.
Is there a concept that connects all the lyrics on the album? Have you always had lyrics dealing with futuristic themes like artificial intelligence?
There is a loose concept, yes. All our albums are themed that way but no one seems to read lyrics anymore so they’ll never know. It’s not just about AI it’s about so much more, I also enjoy interpretive art so it means what you want it to mean.
I was looking at art work of the covers of the four albums and they all have a very dark, cosmic or mechanical vibes. How much input have you had in discussions with the artist(s) about what you want?
The last three albums are the same artist Pierre-Alain D. At 3mmi and the first album was Septicflesh frontman Seth Siro Anton who’s done work for Exodus, Paradise Lost, and a whole slew of killer bands. We have brief discussions but it’s usually me saying I like single figure art and here’s the music and they have made their interpretation.
Is the art work computer generated art or is it a painting done by hand?
I believe it was computer stuff mixed with his own hand drawings. He has a bit of a process and method, I’m sure.
Metal Archives says that you are on Wicked Music Records. Is that true?
We are NOT on Wicked Music. Everyone keeps printing that statement and it’s inaccurate. We are on our own label “Disfigured Records”. Yes, self-financed because why beg someone and be an ass kissing sycophant when you can rule your own world and tell everyone to fuck themselves? Better to rule in hell...
Did you work with a producer on this album?
We’re the producer. We handle all creative direction. We do this ourselves and no outside sources tell us how to write or alter our sound. We like it that way.
I see that you have several guests on the album.
We have guest vocalists Matt McGachy from Cryptopsy and Haydee Irizarry from Carnivora on the song “A Gathering of Storms” who have been friends for while and Phil Tougas from First Fragment on the song “Fiery the Angels Fell” with a guest solo who’s work we’ve admired for such long time.
What motivated you to pick up instruments and play extreme metal?
I always loved heavy music since I was a kid. I can’t speak for the band but my early influences are all over the place from Exodus to Morbid Angel, to movie sound tracks and Prince and Hank Williams Jr. all music has something to offer creatively if you know where to look.
How do you see the future of your music?
We will destroy, pillage and annihilate everywhere we play and keep making music as long as we have people who want to hear it!
What plans for shows are there?
We are playing a few shows our schedules are snug often times so we make what we can out of it. October 12th at the Stone Church in Brattleboro Vermont we are recording our CD release show for a live DVD and CD release so people should come be a part of immortality with us. What type of merchandise do you have? Where to hear your albums? CDs, shirts, patches, clothing.... the usual fare. All of it is available through our Bandcamp. All are albums are available on Bandcamp, Itunes and Google music.
What else would you like mention that I have not asked about?
We just wanna thank everyone for listening and checking us out! Our new album is “Genetically Engineered to Enslave” right now on our Bandcamp page.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

interview: Sage

For fans of traditional singing and very memorable songs, the way that Sage works with traditional, power, symphonic and epic heavy metal should be of interest. They hail from Croatia, in Central-Southeastern Europe. In 2018 they have an impressive debut album of eleven songs and some 55 minutes of music, called Anno Domini 1573, which is an important year in the history of the region, as explained in this interview with the band’s talented singer Davor Bušljeta.The band is Marko Karačić on bass, Branimir Habek and Enio Vučeta on guitars, Andrej Božić on keyboards, Davor Bušljeta on vocals, and Goran Mikulek on drums.
How are you?! Where in Croatia are you and how is life in general in your city?
We are doing quite alright with our day to day life. We are located in the capital city Zagreb. While living here is tolerable, for we have such great politicians that are trying their best, if you know what we mean.
And how is life for your music? Do you have a good metal scene for bands like Sage?
Yeah, we have lots of great metal bands and the metal scene itself is not too shabby, yet it has seen better days. The problem lies in the mainstream media for most of the music is mainstream and for the rest of us that do not play popular music it's pretty hard to get some airtime.
Croatia did very well during the football world cup in 2018 in Russia. Did you watch it?
Of course, if Croatians do anything properly it’s watching the game with a couple of friends and beers by the small screen.
How many recordings has Sage made? How long has the band been active? Were you all in previous bands in Croatia?
We have been active since October 2013 and since then we have released eleven songs and music videos for our debut album. Enio was famous as the frontman and guitarist of Legija (1985-2004), while Marko is currently playing with Prljavo Kazalište that has great popularity in Croatia for the last 30 years and was also playing with Shark Island and many other musicians, while the rest of the band members had several bands in the past and played locally.
What type of jobs do you all have?
We split the day to day band jobs and there is no manager, and we all do different jobs like fireworks, director in a bank, salesman, IT specialist.
The title Anno Domini 1573 seems like an epic title for the album. Where did you record the album? Was it recorded in studios in Croatia?
It was recorded in the studio of Janko Mlinarić Truli with the help of our producer Fedor Boić and sound engineer Franjo Valentić, while it was mixed at Morrisound studio in Florida by the famous drummer Casey Grillo.
The album sounds good and it has catchy songs. Is the album a concept album about the year 1573?
It is about an event that happened, to be precise the Peasants Revolt against the noble man that were oppressing the common man as we are experiencing something similar in the present; therefore, we decided to make the album with that type of a storyline.
Were your people fighting for independence or freedom in 1573?
The peasants had their final fight with the noble man at Stubica a place near Zagreb the city we live in. Back then the feudal lords had a system with high taxes and they were a greedy bunch that never knew to stop milking the cow, for they would take as much as possible from the peasant which then had to make it through the harsh winter.
Do you have any songs in Croatian?
We have made songs only in English so we could present our Croatian history to a wider audience, and our lyrics do describe the situation back in the day.
Did your parents grow up during the 1990s wars in your region? Did any of you grow up during that time?
We all have experienced the war during the 1990s, some more, some less. The war itself took five long years and even most of our family members experienced war at first hand, unfortunately.
Is life more peaceful in Croatia nowadays?
There is peace as in there is nobody shooting, yet there is no peace in the economic and political sense.
Do you think that the future will be peaceful in your region?
We sincerely hope that there will be no war here again, as we also hope for the rest of the world that are experiencing what we have will come to an end as soon as possible.
Where can people can hear the album? Do you have merchandise?
Currently you can listen to our songs on our YouTube channel, or our website, or you can buy a digital version as it was released during September by Rockshots Records. We currently have cd and a cd dvd deluxe version also guitar picks and T-shirts, and we hope that people will visit our gigs as we tour.
Do you have invitations to play in Europe so far? Do you plans to play shows? What news do you have about shows and tours?
We have recently played in Trieste, Italy, and we are currently dealing with booking agencies for the summer tour in Europe, all will be officially released on our Facebook page in due time.
What is your favorite food that is not from Croatia? Is German, Italian or Greek food popular in Croatia?
Croatian cuisine is specific for it is a mix of Italian, Turkish, French, Greek and lots of other cultures, yet we do have vege, Mexican, Chinese restaurants; people prefer Croatian cuisine.
Have you visited the United States? What did you think?
Some of us have visited the U.S.; good food, good women, what’s not to like?!! Some of us have relatives in the States.
It is cool how the last song “Heaven Open Your Gates” begins. Is that a Croatian Catholic song? It is a very nice end to the album.
The beginning of “Heaven Open Your Gates” is a sample made by Fedor Boić, yet the end is sung by the band and several girls from a quire called Medley Teatar, it is an old song usually sung at funerals and we have recorded it in loving memory to a dear friend of ours as also it is a song for the fallen hero of the Peasants Revolt, Matija Gubec
Good job on the album. Last words?
Thank you for the opportunity for presenting our work to the people in the U.S., we hope we will see you one day live at a gig.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

read online Metal Bulletin Zine number 154

The friends at Fuglymaniacs have posted online issue number 154 of Metal Bulletin Zine. This number has an interview with PARIUS, ARTIZAN, MORGENGRAU, and TEMPERANCE.
In addition, this issue has: Images of Eden, Siege of Power, Infera Bruo, Downpour, Satan, Axe Steeler

Thursday, October 4, 2018

releasing this week: Behemoth

Behemoth: I Loved You at Your Darkest
Metal Blade Records; 5 October 2018
Musically, Behemoth has found a comfortable balance between extreme metal and allowing the music to breathe. Decades of experience (the first demo is from 1992) has taught them to simplify the music (less crowded vocals, less effects; songs sound less busy than ever before) and develop the melodies a lot more and embellish the symphonic elements to fill out the background. The music is black metal, it is extreme metal, while sounding the most friendly to the ear than ever. It is a very nice achievement. All that touring has taught them a lot about what works and what doesn’t. They are no longer trying to be the fastest, most frenetic band in the world. It is quite an experience to hear Behemoth taking in the lessons in songwriting. This is their most mature album and their most accessible.
Some people have observed that the band’s ever more theatrical shock rock imagery and sexism (clothed as lyrical antireligious rebellion) is gimmicky. Of course, rock and roll was built on the capitalist marketing strategy of shocking people, so this is not exclusive to Behemoth. If you accept that Behemoth keeps changing musically, and you can get past the occult imagery, then it is very likely that this might be seen as the band’s best, most enjoyable, listenable and melodic album. The album is done very, very well.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Overwrought comes to Everett this Thursday

Overwrought is melodic extreme metal from the state of Washington. The name is relatively new to this publication. Apparently, the band formed in 2016. Earlier this year they made their first recording available and it is simply called Demo 2018. Said recording is three songs. The first song is called “Blinded by Time” (6:01). It begins calmly only to kick up the tempo to a good headbanging pace. It is not blasting speed, but rather a melodic black metal uptempo rocking feel. “Vigil” (6:56) demonstrates quite a bit of a dark melodic vibe that is the sound of the band. A good sense of the song is a midtempo, steady rocking pace, which then gives way to some blasting and the classic-style melodic black metal is then present in full view. Very promising. The recording closes with “Wander” (6:32). This last song feels like the band keeps the midtempo energy going longer, and the black metal vocals and the drums have quite a bit of room to shine, and then at the end the songs goes considerably slower and the melodic guitar work comes to the forefront. The song communicates a statement of purpose: this is Overwrought. Overall, the recording will leave you wondering how much further they can go in working, developing and improving this good beginning for them.

Noceur comes to Everett this Thursday

The Washington state avant-garde extreme metal band Noceur is nowadays on its third recording called Oprichniki and it was set loose earlier in 2018. The debut On Earth is from 2015 and the second work Apocrypha Condemno is from 2017. A noceur is a person that sleeps late, if at all, and it can be also a person that goes late into the night to party it up. Actually, Noceur is Washingtonians who like you to stay up and experience a trip to your brain. They have the ticket, but you have the vehicle with you. They are simply the switch. At times, you may think you know what is going on: do-it-yourself black metal blasting and screaming from the caves of the beyond to the necro infinity. But wait. Don’t get too comfortable. This coin has another side, and the other side is going to mess you up while you are awake and also maybe when you are finally falling asleep in the morning: trippy, psychedelic, experimental, weird, confusing, tranquil, disturbing. Bang your head. Stop. Ask a question. Go back to banging your head. Stop. You can’t touch this. Noceur time.

releasing this week: Alchemy Chamber

Alchemy Chamber: Opus I: Subtle Movements from within
self-release; released on: 6 October 2018
Alchemy Chamber (Canada) is an instrumental band featuring the cello prominently, in addition to the saxophone. The main ideas for the songs are written Anna Kuchkova (cello); Anna is joined by Kevin Arland on saxophone, Ashar Kazi on guitar, Zenon Shandro on bass and Julia Geaman on drums. Without a person singing or screaming over the music, here is a perfect opportunity to hear the music without any distractions. The music is easy to understand, actually, because it is song-focused. There are ten tracks and not a one of them is longer than 4:20. The band shows a tremendous sense of restraint and taste. To make it perfectly clear, this is not tech-metal and it is not jazz metal, and it is not musicians showing off their skills. Think of it as song-centered, compact, to-the-point instrumental progressive metal with cello and saxophone. Most of all, it is tasteful. You will be surprised by how much these musicians understand that you want songs. They understand that you do not need them to prove to you that this is intelligent music and this is art. Those things are so self-evident that they do not even need to go around reminding anyone of it.

Monday, October 1, 2018

black metal in Everett, WA this Thursday: Overwrought, Noceur

"Two of Bellingham's finest black metal exports will invade the stage for one night only at Tony V's!"

Washington state concert calendar, updated October 1, 2018

Friends in the state of Washington,
Is there a metal music show in your area that is not listed in this calendar? Does your local metal band have a show coming up and is not listed here? Is your band's name spelled incorrectly? Are the dates wrong? If you have information about shows/updates/cancellations, please get in contact with Metal Bulletin zine.
Washington state concert calendar, updated October 1, 2018
October 2 Incantation, Dying Fetus, Gatecreeper, Genocide Pact, Oxygen Destroyer at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 3 Graham Bonnet Band, Zero Down at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 3 Un, Witch Ripper, Shrine of the Serpent, Old Iron at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 4 Revocation, Exhumed, Rivers of Nihil, Yautja at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 4 Overwrought, Noceur at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
October 5 Revocation, Exhumed, Rivers of Nihil, Yautja at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 6 Generation Decline, Gravewitch, Oxygen Destroyer, Schmutzhund at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
October 6 The Accused AD, Zero Down at The Plaid Pig, Tacoma, WA
October 9 Satan, Substratum, Skelator at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 9 Carach Angren, Mors Principium Est, Wolfheart, Blood and Thunder, others at Club Sur Rocks, Seattle, WA
October 9 Zeal and Ardor at Neumos, Seattle, WA
October 12 Czar, Odyssian, Deathbed Confessions at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
October 12 Overwrought, Monstress, Fuchsia Groan, Gallows Hymn, Opropos at Little Roadside Tavern, Everson, WA
October 13 Hatebreed, Miss May I, Ringworm at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
October 13 Avoid, Into The Flood, As Pillars Fall, I Am Infamy, Lurch at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
October 14 Cognizant, Rottenness, Impulse Noise, Seizure at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
October 15 Enemy Soil, Antigama, Violent Opposition, Treasonist, The Drip at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
October 15 Paradise Lost, Sólstafir, The Atlas Moth at Neumos, Seattle, WA
October 15 Gwar, Hatebreed, Miss May I, Ringworm, American Sharks at Showbox, Seattle, WA
October 16 Vile Effigy, Overwrought, Born Without Blood, Speaks in Tongues at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 17 Expain, Kömmand at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
October 18 Steve Grimett’s Grim Reaper at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 18 Witchaven, Xoth, Oxygen Destroyer, Sentient Divide, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 19 Witchaven, Oxygen Destroyer, Sentient Divide, Effluvia at McCoy’s Tavern, Olympia, WA
October 19 Tetrarch, others at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
October 20 Nekrogoblikon, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 21 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
October 21 Windhand, Satan’s Satyrs at Neumos, Seattle, WA
October 21 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, WA
October 24 Captured by Robots, The Drip, others at The Big Dipper, Spokane, WA
October 25 Captured by Robots, Xoth, Toecutter at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
October 25 Danzig, Venom Inc., Power Trip, Mutoid Man at Showbox, Seattle, WA
October 26 The Accüsed A.D., others at Black Zia Cantina, Burien, WA
October 27 Jesus Wears Armani, Casualty of God, Anthrocene, others at The Plaid Pig, Tacoma, WA
October 27 Blistered Earth (Metallica tribute), Live Undead (Slayer tribute) at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
October 27 Method 13, Arisen from Nothing, The War Within, No Such Season at Madison Pub, Everett, WA
October 27 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
October 27 Ingested, Enterprise Earth, Bodysnatcher, Aethere at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
October 27 Weaponlord (performing a Running Wild set), others at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 28 Hissing, Bone Sickness, Cavurn, Foul at Highline, Seattle, WA
October 29 Ingested, Enterprise Earth, Bodysnatcher, Aethere at The Pin, Spokane, WA
October 29 Trivium, Avatar at Showbox, Seattle, WA
October 31 Trivium at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
October 31 After the Burial, The Acacia Strain, After the Fallout at Club Sur Rocks, Seattle, WA
October 31 Psychostick, others at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 2 Second Sting (Scorpions tribute) at Tulalip Casino, Marysville, WA
November 2 Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Krisiun, Soreption, others at Club Sur Rocks, Seattle, WA
November 3 Resistant Culture, Viveka, Huldrekall, Goon at Funhouse, Seattle, WA
November 4 Mac Sabbath at Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
November 6 Stryper at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 7 Atriarch, others at Highline, Seattle, WA
November 7 Pound, Neck of the Woods, others at The Kraken, Seattle, WA
November 9 Arsis, Decrepit Birth, Internal Bleeding, Pyrexia, Angelmaker, Within Destruction, Orator at Club Sur Rocks, Seattle, WA
November 9 Neck of the Woods at Eagles 2485, Kennewick, WA
November 9 Large Marge, Dilapidation, Oxygen Destroyer, Effluvia, Drawn and Quartered at The Valley, Tacoma, WA
November 9 ApHelion, Salem Knights, Wet Temple, The Wreck’d, Boxcutter PNW, Johnny Yuma at Mirkwood Public House, Arlington, WA
November 9 Coven, Kömmand, Sabateur, Cerna Krev at McCoy’s Tavern, Olympia, WA
November 10 Raven, others at Tony V’s, Everett, WA
November 10 Sadistic Intent, Drawn and Quartered, Oxygen Destroyer at Highline, Seattle, WA
November 10 Valhalla (Led Zeppelin tribute) at The Brothers Gemini, Port Angeles, WA
November 12 Raven, others at The Pin, Spokane, WA
November 12 As I Lay Dying, others at Chop Suey, Seattle, WA
November 13 Korpliklaani, Arkona at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 13 Goatwhore, others at Club Sur, Seattle, WA
November 14 Eyehategod, Cro-Mags, Philip H. Anselmo and The Ilegals at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
November 16 Underoath at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
November 16 Noisem, Blame God, Bruceexcampbell, Gün, Pustulous at The Plaid Pig, Tacoma, WA
November 17 Neck of the Woods, Darkness Stole the Sky, others at McCoy’s Tavern, Olympia, WA
November 18 Noisem, Blame God, World Peace, Impulse Noise at Highline, Seattle, WA
November 20 Behemoth, At the Gates, Wolves in the Throne Room at Showbox, Seattle, WA
November 21 Municipal Waste, High on Fire, Toxic Holocaust, Haunt at Showbox, Seattle, WA
November 25 Castle, Holy Grove at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
November 27 Castle at Highline, Seattle, WA
November 28 Whitechapel, Chelsea Grin, Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail at The Pin, Spokane, WA
November 29 Whitechapel, Chelsea Grin, Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail at Showbox, Seattle, WA
December 5 Yob at Neumos, Seattle, WA
December 7 Zepparella (Led Zeppelin tribute) at Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
December 7 Heartbreaker at Rocko’s, Everett, WA
December 8 Yob, others at The Shakedown, Bellingham, WA
December 8 Devastation in December: Infernal Legion, Oxygen Destroyer, Nocturnal Slaughter, Orator, Violent Hallucinations, Beyond Theory, Something with Teeth, Trojan Swamp Monster at Erebus, Kelso, WA
December 28 Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute) at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
January 4 Chemical Annihilation, At the Seams, Trojan Swamp Monster at The Heavy Metal Brewing Co., Vancouver, WA
January 25 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Snoqualmie Casino, Snoqualmie, WA
January 25 Hell’s Belles (AC/DC tribute) at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
February 16 Keep Metal Alive Fest IV: Xoth, Witch Ripper, Gravewitch, Vile Effigy, Nocturnal Mayhem, others at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
March 22 Y&T at Club Sur, Seattle, WA
April 19 Washington Deathfest IV at Erebus, Kelso, WA
May 30-June 1 Northwest Terrorfest at Neumos/Highline/Barboza, Seattle, WA
June 9 Flotsam and Jetsam at El Corazón, Seattle, WA
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