Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Return to Ponders Corner
November 16th, 2019
Effluvia is mucho beaucoup moshy intense chaos à lá grïndcöre as interpreted by Tacoma’s merchants of high-speed chaos.
You know how grind bands seem so obsessed with making sure that everyone knows their political opinions? Well, Effluvia is not really like that. Effluvia is more like a clown that hides in the bushes and waits for people to be walking by and then he jumps out and yells, “Booyaaaaah!!!” and runs away while the outraged and “triggered” hipsters call 911 to ask the police to impeach Ronald McDonald and all the other hard-working clowns.
What does Effluvia think about the Democrats and the Republicans? What does this Tacoma band think about saving the raccoons, possums, eels and the other animals that fly free in the air? What do they believe about the age-old debate about which came first, the chicken or the egg? Well, don’t expect to get answers to any of these questions listening to the album. Effluvia is more like “musicians” concerned with health issues and the physical well-being and mental health of the members of the band: constipation, indigestion, gut health, and other intestinal matters. There is one catch: They do not address these topics like the medical doctors that they rightfully could claim to be, but more like a stand-up comic who curses like a sailor at a fight after midnight at the local biker bar.
When they are not struggling to find relief sitting on the toilet, the band sits together drinking brain cell-killing beverages and eating hot dogs and potato chips while they watch horror movies late at night and they hold each other tightly and tell each other that it’s all going to be okay, that it is just a movie, not the real thing because that’s what friends do, be there for each other during the good times and the bad times when horror movies feel a little too real during the lonely times of the holiday season.
Therefore, friends, dive into the blasting grind of Effluvia, and feel the freedom that the eagle feels flying over the hills, valleys and mountains and the Bat Cave and Chuck E. Cheese. Enjoy the song in which the vocalist is doing his darnest to sound like he is doing vocals under water. Believe you me, they have such a song and it does sound like he is growling under the water. It’s hilarious and it’s called “Schizophrenic Diatribe.” Then, there’s the hit single “Constipation Delirium,” which lasts some 30 seconds, unlike constipation. They also have some tracks that are incredibly short. If you blink, you miss it. By the time, you say, “What on Earth was that, dude?!”, the music has already moved on to the next track, so just don’t worry about it, and get moshing. If Effluvia were a comedian, they would not be like those comedians who think of themselves as self-important moral authorities on the environment, feminism, liberalism, political correctness and safe spaces. Instead, they would be the total nihilism, pessimism and frustration of George Carlin, and are having a good time because why not, it’s grind and you only once or twice. The Tacoma band seems more obsessed with their constipation problems than anything else. Effluvia is simply documenting it all in the form of grind about horror movies and their stomach problems. Let the good times roll, yo. Effluvia wants to rock out, and they a message for y’all: “And tell’em to bring me my money!”

Old Dirty Buzzard (pictures of December 1 show in Everett)

Here are some pictures of the stoner band Old Dirty Buzzard live at Tony V's in Everett on December 1, 2019 when they opened the Canadian heavy metal band Iron Kingdom.
ODB is new to this publication and this was the first time seeing them live. Generally speaking, the band seems to play real heavy stoner with lots of the 1970s Black Sabbath foundation in the guitar and grooves. ODB should be interesting to fans of the stoner metal fuzzed out sounds.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

IRON KINGDOM (Canada) Sunday night Dec. 1 in Everett, Washington

Traditional heavy metal band IRON KINGDOM (Canada) has been touring with their classic-style heavy metal in North America during October and November and on Sunday they are making their way to Everett, Washington. The tour is called Road Warriors North American Tour 2019 and it is in support of a brand new studio album 'On The Hunt'
Greyhawk - Heavy Metal
And Dirty Old Buzzard
Iron Kingdom - Road Warriors (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

CRUSADIST issue debut album

Crusadist is an extreme metal band from the Chicago area, U.S. The debut album is called The Unholy Grail and it officially releases on the 29th of November 2019, but you can listen to the complete album online now.
Below is the official information about the band and album.
Crusadist is a Chicago-based Metal band, Forged in the Fires of Death and Thrash. The Unholy Grail is the band's debut album, which will be self-released on November 29.
Formed in July of 2017, by Founding members Shaun Albro, Aaron Nobles and Kevin Ariel. In February of 2018, Drummer Jason Rak joined the group. After countless auditions and failed attempts to find a second guitarist, they decided to record a 3-song demo to showcase the style and to find the missing piece. The recording took place at Iron Hand Audio in Chicago Illinois and was recorded by Dan Klein. Guitarist Luke Sever agreed to help with the recording and went on to write and record the solos on the demo. Once the demo was finished, it was obvious that the search was over.
Now that everything was falling into place, the band started accepting show offers and began to book shows both locally and regionally. Performing in the surrounding states and opening for national and international acts such as Exmortus, Hatchet, Micawber, The Absence, Depths of Hatred, Kalmah, Vried, Homewrecker, Empyrean Throne, Nile, Terrorizer and Vital Remains. During this time the band continued to write material with plans to record a full length album.
In March of 2019, Crusadist entered Belle City Sound in Racine Wisconsin to begin recording their debut album The Unholy Grail with producer/engineer Chris Djuricic (Origin, Jungle Rot, November's Doom, Gorgasm, Against The Plagues). Mixing and Mastering duties were then handled by Jeramie Kling ( The Absence, Venom Inc.) and Taylor Nordberg (The Absence, Soilwork) of Smoke and Mirrors Productions in Spring Hills Florida. The cover art was created by Swedish Artist Par Olofsson (Immolation, Exodus, Unleashed, Aborted, Braindrill, Against The Plagues).
The Unholy Grail is set to be released on November 29, 2019 (Black Friday) and will be available on all major digital distributors, as well as on physical format in digipaks. The digipak layout was designed by Ryan Kasparian of Burial Clothing in Eerie Colorado.
In support of the release, Crusadist has a string of shows booked in the surrounding states in the midwest region and have teamed up with Mikael Parks of World Forge Booking & Touring to work on tour dates beginning March 20- April 6, 2020.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

interview: Maze of Terror (Peru)

Check out this interview with Peruvian thrash maniacs MAZE OF TERROR. They talk about their new music and the political situation in South America. Maze of Terror is music for the old-school headbanging extreme metal fans, and that's exactly their plan since the beginning in 2011.
Hello! In 2016 you did the album Ready to Kill, and we did an interview at that time, but then in 2017 you did a split called Death for Our Rivals. What can you tell us about that EP? Is it available on Bandcamp?
Hi, comrade thanks for this bloodlines, for this space to spread our ideas and noise, and well yes we have a couple of things, an Ep called Evoked Black Souls and our new demo Death Worshipers launched the past September, but well, about the split, during the recordings of the first album, we were contacting many labels to sell the material that was to come, since it is important for us to disseminate our art, contacting people that you might like, old school bangers, in that we contacted our good friends of Nero One Records, they proposed us to edit an Ep we accept, and we started working on new themes for it, but then there was an opportunity to turn this into a split with the Witchaven brothers, we knew their music from the Black Thrash Assault demo. It is a direct band, brutally so we were quite enthusiastic about being able to join forces with them, already in 2017 Ragnaroek Records from Germany proposed us to re-edit the split on Cd and we are very happy with it.
What information can you give us about the EP called Evoked Black Souls? Is your music still fast, violent thrash?
Well, our idea is increase the brutality in our music, is because we explore more sounds in black and death metal, as it really was done in the principles of the South American school, Evoked Black Souls is part of our idea about it, more speed and brutality, the first song From Beyond is more like death metal merged in thrash, the lyrics are about nihilism and spatial mysticism. The second song is more like a blackened speed, is an homage to the legend Ayrton Sen. It is al-so an ode to the adrenaline and the desire, to be more about our obstacles and rivals, are 2 very opposite issues that we liked to put on a material that is a gift for people who support the band so it was only released in a way digital so they can appreciate it whenever they like.
In 2019 in the news we read that there are big protests in Chile. Venezuela is in a big crisis. New protests are happening now in Bolivia. You are in Lima, Peru. Is there protests, big demonstrations and actions against the government in your country, too?
South America always be an continent devastated by the politics, external and internal, the political parties always see the people as a loot to divide up, from that people take advantage ,the fake prophets, to impulse political models that will never work here, to sell false ideas, false dogmas, the worst thing is that the people of Venezuela were victims of that, and the politicians presidents of the sister nations never moved a finger to avoid it. Even now they do not have the dignity to call that dictatorship what it is, nor do I believe that getting up in arms or a guerrilla solves anything, each people chooses their rulers unfortunately, that's why some people in this part of the world are always in uncertainty, but if we fall into the trap of hating the system instead of purging it, improving it and doing it right, we will end up with many countries in economic crisis, for demagogies estab-lished abusing candor of the people, while the great powers rub their hands waiting for our resources. I congratulate and support those who stand up against the corrupts, but always remember that the best time to think about protesting and demanding is the moment in which you vote, because then everything is to repair mistakes or regret tragedies, it is a personal opinion.
In your opinion, why are people protesting? Are people tired of the corruption and the power of the corporations? What do people want, in your opinion? What do you want to see in your country? Are you personally involved in political actions?
In this continent getting sick can be a death sentence, to confuse you with a thief is to spend decades in prison without being convicted, no police will save you if they try to kill you. Our people are extremely good kind, hardworking and honest, that keeps South America moving, but nobody respects labor rights, or abides or dies of hunger, anyone who has visited the continent knows it, but our political class is disastrous. I do not believe in political models where the people are given everything, but here they never support the people or the helpless, here it is seen as a burden, it is difficult to get ahead because the state is responsible for changing things every time you feel good. In my country there has been stability for 2 decades that is very beneficial, but even corruption does not let us be what we should be. We have great artists and professionals, but corruption overwhelms us, it does not let us grow, music is an escape for it. It is a way to overcome to review the barrier, but for ex-ample I would like to dedicate less time to work and more to be able to earn the fair and do more, that is the problem here, they tie our hands.
Does the economic crisis and political problems affect your desire to continue Maze of Terror? Do fans still go the shows? Maze of Terror needs money to record music and buy instruments and things like that? Many young people cannot find jobs in Peru in general, right?
It is more difficult, but still always ahead, I will not let anyone take away this which is the most valuable thing even more than life itself, you are what you know how to do, and nobody should take that away from you. Life is a war, I do not ask for support from any dirty government, or to any guy who has his hands on the market, the only thing I ask to the bangers is to put heart to the metal and listen to new bands. This is underground and the underground respects the good whether it be a demo or a live album, all bands have the same possibility to expand power and brutality, I ask you, listen to all bands, that is the real metal, and who doesn't want to support the scene, I only say, fuck off !!!!!!!!!
Does the social and political situation make you think about the lyrics for your band? You have songs about killing, hell, torture and hatred. What do you think in 2019 about the lyrics for Maze of Terror? You have a song about killing police officers, right? Is that a good idea? How does the police and government respond to violence, with more violence, right? Who has more guns, you or the military and police? Is civil war on the agenda in South America, in your opinion?
Well, really, I become every day more closed about everything, more nihilist. I can´t never forget that the biggest problem of the people is the people, We actually love write about make suffer others, is an cure to the stress, but always we make songs about warriors to defeat his enemies because, we are warriors too, to defeat our obstacles. I really think, sometimes 99% of the time the police is an obstacle for the honest worker, and an support for the assassins, corrupts and thieves, kill that shit for me is not a bad idea, but is better write about it than really do it, his important they know what we think and that we are capable. I repeat a civil war can´t cure nothing, we have in the past so many civil wars, and everything is equal, we need to choose the correct people and support the worker people and deny the power to the corrupts to quit our objectives goals.
Metal Archives shows that you have a demo called Death Worshippers. Is that true? What news do you have of new music of Maze of Terror? Do you have a new album ready? Are working on new songs?
Yes, we not record an demo before, our idea was record new songs in an rehearsal and launch it, with a more crude sound and direct, this is called DEATH WORSHIPERS an limited edition of 50 tapes for the moment launched by our friends of Violent Visual Shock Records. It is also sold out we are happy about it, is something special for our more traditional friends, actually we have a deal with Xtreem Records, now we work on the second album, to make music more brutal, and more direct, with a raw and savage sound, and as always we will show you our war noise before to release it my friend!
How can fans support your band? Where can thrash fans hear your music and buy your music/merch?
You can find all our music via Spotify and I Tunes, and in our official site, The important is listen to metal, and stay in it, listen to new bands, is the important thing about this, attend concerts, listen honestly, comment on comment, stay in this lifestyle, kick back, and of course listen to Maze of Fucking Terror, and always keep brutal
Thanks for your time!
Thanks to you, for the time war brother, lmL

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Canadian extreme metallers Necronomicon come to Seattle Nov. 8 with Belphegor, Suffocation, Abiotic

Necronomicon will be bringing their new music to Seattle on November 8th, 2019. The Canadian long-running band has a 2019 album called UNUS, which is their sixth. On the new album the band showcases their contemporary modern extreme metal enhanced with symphonic elements, providing an entertaining listen for open-minded fans of both death and black metal at the same time. The band is currently on tour Belphegor, Suffocation, and Abiotic. Below you will find the dates that are upcoming with Portland scheduled for Thursday and Seattle for Friday. At the bottom you will find the link to hear the new album.
“A Relentless Onslaught US Tour” w/ Belphegor, Suffocation, Abiotic
11/07 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
11/08 – Seattle, WA – El Corazón
11/09 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center *
11/10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Soundwell
11/11 – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
11/12 – Lincoln, NE – The Royal Grove
11/13 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
11/14 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
11/15 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
11/16 – Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
11/17 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation
11/19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
11/20 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
11/21 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
11/22 – Patchogue, NY – Stereo Garden
11/23 – Reading, PA – Reverb
* No Belphegor
Canadian extreme metal veterans NECRONOMICON releaseD of their new full-length ‘UNUS’ via Season of Mist on October 18, 2019. Vocalist Rob the Witch comments: “When all is said and done, one most return to the start and begin a new life. ‘UNUS’ is the first major Arcana that start a new cycle in the evolution of any living things. Welcome to our new incarnation.”
With ‘Advent Of The Human God,’ NECRONOMICON presented themselves at a new height in their long lasting career, which began as early as 1988 with the founding of the band by guitarist and singer Rob “The Witch” in the deep northern part of Canadian province Quebec, called the “Fjord of Saguenay.” Now, they continue to push the envelope with their sixth studio album, ‘UNUS.’
‘UNUS’ is a searing cacophony that blends blistering riffs, machine-like drums, and a symphonic ambience, culminating in a sound that calls to various metal icons such as DIMMU BORGIR, SEPTICFLESH, BEHEMOTH, and DEICIDE. The record combines the furious elements of death metal with the symphonic prowess of black metal, creating the perfect synthesis of both genres and ultimately NECRONOMICON have a well-earned reputation for quality by releasing material only when ready and satisfied with the outcome ever since their demo entitled ‘Morbid Ritual’ (1992) firmly established their name within the underground. ‘The Silver Key”EP (1996) led to mainstream recognition on a national level, but their debut album ‘Pharaoh Of Gods” (1999) and the sophomore ‘The Sacred Medicines’ (2003) did even more to establish the band as a household name in Canada.
‘Return Of The Witch’ (2010) marked the international break-through for NECRONOMICON, and saw them performing at prestigious festivals such as Inferno (Norway), Ragnarok (Germany), and the Barge To Hell metal cruise among others, while sharing stages with acts such as CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR, BEHEMOTH, and MORBID ANGEL, to name but a few. Their steady advance around the globe grew considerably in impact by their next full-length “Rise Of The Elder Ones” (2013). By the time the band released ‘Advent Of The Human Gods’ (2016), they were met with international critical acclaim. Now, with ‘Unus,’ the band show that they aren’t slowing down and are ready to deliver another vicious strike! Prepare for the darkness to envelop you…

Saturday, October 26, 2019

review: Karyn Crisis' Gospel of the Witches

Karyn Crisis' Gospel of the Witches
Aural Music
25 October 2019
Sound: Karyn Crisis (vocalist for Crisis in the 1990s and 2000s; and Ephel Duath 2011-2014) and Davide Tiso (Howling Sycamore; Ephel Dual 1998-2014) return for a second album to follow up the 2015 debut. The main thing that potential customers need to know is that this is, compared to the vast majority of metal albums, a work that stands apart from the music that fits squarely within a particular genre. Overall, this is a melancholic, gothic, dark ambient progressive album. “Progressive,” of course, is not a specific genre, but more like varied ways of doing aesthetics. Expect not a genre, but more along the lines of a pretty unique listening experience.
Production: The production team went for a rather organic electric rock sound in which the instruments have room to breathe and to be heard. The overall production vibe, if anything, has more in common with 1970s progressive rock in the sense of freedom, but the sound is contemporary, not retro.
Instrumentation: Davide Tiso’s guitar work has always often on the progressive and avant-garde side of things, and it tends to go its independent way, shying away from fitting into a particular genre. On this album, that is still true, of course. For instance, this is not uptempo rock power chord music, but there’s a variety of moods, and in some spots, there are some harder-edged moments. For instance, songs 1, 5, 7 and 8 feature heaviness and extreme vocals. On the other hand, in some segments the guitar is a gentle breeze (song 9), a melodic metal vibe (song 2), and in general the guitar is remarkably accessible while maintaining an atmospheric, somber feel.
The second thing that must not be ignored is the unique drumming on the album. The drum sound is very warm to the ear. It looks like Karyn Crisis and Davide Tiso are on the same page with Fabian Vestod (Skinlab). The drums sound real, the cymbals also sound real (kind of noisy, in a good, nice, non-computerized way). Stylistically, what people call world music and tribal rhythm drumming seem to have a good part in how the beats come across. It’s not typical rock/metal drumming at all. Feel, mood, atmosphere, rhythm, and emotion, and heavy and lighter moments, are some of the most characteristic traits of the drumming.
Vocals: Karyn Crisis, as the vocalist for Crisis, had some of the most rabidly furious lyrics that you will ever hear (for evidence check out the 1994 album), and the thing about it is that it sounded real. It was really angry and was obscene because it was raging anger, like a temper tantrum put to music, like on the 1994 album. The screaming, hollering and singing was a compelling form of metal/hardcore at the time. Decades later, in what seems like lifetimes ago, the vocal style features a lot more singing, although there is a little bit of extreme vocals in a few selected spots. On this album, expect melancholic singing, some gentle crooning, but older fans familiar with Crisis will certainly notice that the singing voice has changed yet still sounds familiar in tone and personality. The singing sounds unmistakably like Karyn Crisis.
Songs: This album is song-focused. The only warning that people need to know is that the album requires a bit more patience than genre-specific music. For instance, if you know that an album is technical death metal or thrash, then the listener already knows what they are getting. This is not how this album works. Give it a few spins, and come back to it over the course of a week, but after that, the tunes will make a lot of sense as songs.
Lyrics: Repeated listens do not reveal any prominent profanities, if there are any (The band Crisis has some of most cursing ever, of course) (FYI: This reviewer does not have access to the new lyrics, so this is not a guarantee). This is a contrast with the old days when the music seemed appropriate for adults only. A Karyn Crisis album that metal soccer moms and dads can play in the minivan without worrying about the whole lot of cursing in the music?! That’s a nice contrast. The themes of the album, we could say, are spiritual in nature. The old political rage is still there, but it is expressed in a much more poetic, transformed way. No, there is no obvious ranting and raving as in the old Crisis days, rather love and enlightenment seem at the center of the lyrical themes.
Potential audience: Fans of melodic doom, gothic metal, progressive metal, ambient metal, and post-metal are just some of the people that, if they give the album the time to grow, may find it an interesting work.
Similar bands: While it is difficult to name similar bands, in metal music, here and there, there are bands and albums that have come at somewhat similar vibes. For instance, Tristania’s album Ashes (2005), does in some ways, have some general similarities, if we understand that it was a long time ago, and in a different style.
Assessment: Perhaps the best thing about the album is the balance between making a genre-free unique work and making the music comprehensible to the audience. The album is accessible, and song-centered, not an exercise in attempting to confuse the listener. That is good news, indeed.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Washington State band: NORTHERN BASTARD

These Washington State good fellas go by the name NORTHERN BASTARD. Believe it or not, they are threatening to make new music. Threat alert! Threat alert! On Bandcamp their most recent music is from 2013. Right now it is the year 2019. Let me think about it for a bit here. Let me grab my calculator and crunch the numbers. I'm punching in the calculations right now, and ... oh, man, my calculator just quit. Ok, well, let me try counting using my hands ... Ah, yes, 2013, that's more than two years if we take into account that today is 2019. So maybe Christmas is going to be all about the gift that keeps giving back: NORTHERN BASTARD. That's a name for winners, not whiners.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Washington State band: CYCLES OF THE DAMNED

CYCLES OF THE DAMNED is a new band in the Washington State, U.S., but the members used to be in Black Bone Exorcism, so this is in some important ways a continuation of that doomed heaviness. Having said, check it out: CYCLES OF THE DAMNED has a new album out this month of October, 2019. Fans of the sludgy heaviness will find something to investigate here. Sit back, take your time, this is going to be a long ride that die-hard doom fanatics will be interested in seeing to the end. Listen to the album A Time To Survive at the link below. Here is some official information about the band.
Seattle, Washington based trio CYCLES OF THE DAMNED successfully create a visceral experience sewn into intensely heavy and dark music. Showcasing a life experience in today's world with malicious guitar onslaughts, hypnotic primeval rhythms, and despondently somber interludes, CYCLES OF THE DAMNED create the necessary chaos to violently break through the human subtopia of mediocrity into a new world with fresh, open eyes.
Members Dave Krone (Guitars/Vocals), Mike Lee (Bass/Vocals), and Keith Greer (Percussion) evolved past their original formation as Black Bone Exorcism, leaping forth from those years of musical craft and now rise to a higher level of heavy music.
CYCLES OF THE DAMNED invite you into their realm to hear their debut release 'A TIME TO SURVIVE', coming on October 12th, from Incineration Ceremony Recordings, the brainchild label of the legendary Tad Doyle. The trio of COTD continue their consistent message of roaring riffs, demolishing drums and bass, and creatively disturbing ambient landscaping to defy the boundaries of our vision of dystopia.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

coming in November new music from WHAT WE DO IN SECRET

Facedown Records has announced that WHAT WE DO IN SECRET will have a new album on the 22 of November, 2019. To get an idea of the new music by the band, check out the track below. Also included below is some official information regarding the new album and the band. Fans of contemporary post-2000 American metal in the style of metalcore, scream/sing, and melodic/groove metal should be interested in what's going to be coming down the line in November from WHAT WE DO IN SECRET. This is just the beginning.
What We Do In Secret
Facedown Records
22 November 2019
Between the dichotomies of life – aggression and peace, darkness and light, love and chaos – sits a dissonant space where the truth exists, for those who have the courage to find it. Positioned right in the middle of that dissonance is What We Do In Secret, a Memphis metalcore band that has leveraged aggression to find peace, explored darkness to find light, and committed to love in a world drenched in chaos.
Since its inception in 2012, What We Do In Secret has collected stories and wrestled with them on stage through unyielding, expressive songwriting, a loud and raw sonic backdrop, and a wild live show. Without shying away from issues that have the potential to divide and polarize a room, WWDIS leaves their mark on every space they play, sealed and delivered with relentless jump kicks and stage dives that create community in motion. Every song, every riff, every show and every encounter is part of a conversation about what it means to be human and what it means to be loved.
What We Do In Secret follows their previous EP, The Migration, with a full-length studio album, Repose, set to release November 22, via Facedown Records. Unafraid of sonic evolution, the band has extracted melodic space from album to album, while still holding true to their hard-hitting, guitar-driven sound, passionate delivery and poetic lyricism. Their music is both grounded and visceral, both confident and pleading, and both finished and incomplete – answered in full only by the total surrender of art for life.
What We Do In Secret - "918"

in case you missed it: Demon Hunter music in 2019

This year Demon Hunter has two albums: WAR and PEACE on Solid State Records. Just in case you missed it, here are two official videos from Demon Hunter 2019. Below is the Facebook biography.
Demon Hunter is an American metal institution. For nearly two decades, Demon Hunter has weathered the changing tides of rock subculture, proving ever resistant to trends, and ever resilient, making music as determined and resolute as the men within the band.
In 2019 the band unveiled not one but two brand new full-length albums on the same day. War is filled with aggression and Peace doubles down on melody; both are dynamic and diverse standalone offerings. They are linked most prominently by release date and a plainspoken theme: “War in every breath / Peace in only death.” Demon Hunter’s ninth and tenth studio albums arrived just two years after Outlive, which debuted at #1 Independent, #2 Rock Music, #2 Hard Music, #8 Current Albums, and #25 on the Billboard 200 charts. “Raining Down” remained #1 at Christian Rock radio for over 9 weeks. Like Outlive (2017) and Extremist (2014), War and Peace were produced by the band’s own Jeremiah Scott and mixed by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Queensrÿche, Hatebreed). Singer Ryan Clark, a Grammy nominated designer who has worked on album projects for Alice In Chains and Foo Fighters, once again spearheaded the look and feel.
As a headlining act, Demon Hunter helped introduce audiences to bands like August Burns Red. They’ve co-headlined with Red and toured as direct support for both In Flames and As I Lay Dying in the United States and parts of Canada. They’ve traveled to South America, Europe, and Australia, headlining major festivals and club shows alike.
Clark was on the cover of Revolver as part of their “Holy Alliance” feature in 2006, alongside the frontmen for Underoath, As I Lay Dying, and Norma Jean. He’s been invited to record guest vocals on songs released by Five Finger Death Punch and Anberlin, to name just a few.
Demon Hunter’s dedicated supporters and allies around the world wear the group’s symbol, lyrics, and album imagery on their shirts, denim vests, backpacks, and uniforms, and in many cases, on their skin. The band has engaged their fans in direct, authentic and personal terms for years, since long before such efforts were seen as “strategy.”
The group’s extended family around the world cherish Demon Hunter songs as personal anthems, instruments of empowerment, using them to mark chapters in their lives both good and bad, in celebration and in mourning, from weddings to funerals. Songs like “I Am a Stone,” “Not Ready to Die,” “Carry Me Down,” “Collapsing,” “LifeWar,” and “Fading Away” continue to resonate with fans, even as each successive album elicits ever more fervor from the band’s fierce, loyal supporters.
Ryan and his brother, former guitarist Don Clark, created Demon Hunter after the turn of the millennium, unleashing a self-titled first album backed by a still shadowy and enigmatic lineup in 2002, assembling a touring lineup that introduced Jonathan Dunn as bassist.
Summer of Darkness broke through in the metal, hardcore, and Christian rock scenes in 2004, with MTV2 rotation for “Not Ready to Die” and a spot on the Resident Evil: Apocalypse soundtrack helping push it past 100,000 in sales. Yogi was a fulltime member by the time they released The Triptych, which sold close to 150,000 copies in the U.S.; 2007’s Storm The Gates Of Hell crossed the 100,000 mark as well.
Judge toured on that record as lead guitarist, officially joining in 2009 with Live in Nashville. The World Is A Thorn (2010) debuted with first week sales of 14,000 as “Collapsing” became their highest charting song at metal and specialty radio. True Defiance (2012) broke into Billboard’s Top 40. Extremist was yet another milestone, with first week sales of over 18,000. It also produced the SiriusXM Octane hit “The Last One Alive.” That song and album cuts like “I Will Fail You,” “The Heart of a Graveyard,” and “Artificial Light” generated over 20 million streams.
Defying market trends and genre expectations, Outlive debuted to even stronger sales than its predecessors. Newer songs “Cold Winter Sun” and “Died in My Sleep” became live favorites, as the band performed at Chicago Open Air (with Ozzy Osbourne, KISS), Heavy Montreal (Marilyn Manson, Gojira, Trivium), and headlined festivals like Rock The Desert, Uprise Fest, and Germany’s Loud & Proud Fest.
War and Peace embody a stunning creative achievement, mining the depths of the band’s past, present, and future with unbridled ambition. “On My Side” and “Peace” saw the band back on SiriusXM. Spotify quickly placed both songs in several influential tastemaker playlists.
Demon Hunter’s musical identity is forged from diverse elements that coalesce into a singular electric charge, merging seemingly disparate sound with seamless agility: the energy of America’s thrash metal legends; the catchiness of Europe’s melodic death metal innovators; the gloomy atmospheric majesty of gothic rock; the song craft of dark romantic pop; and the fist-pumping aggression of Southern groove.
Demon Hunter’s body of work is born from unwavering commitment, uncompromising creative determination, and stark recognition of the reality of an often-cold world, tempered in defiant hope. It’s made up of smartly constructed, confessional lyrics; heady and catchy melody; monster riffs; bottom heavy grooves; the collision of meticulous production and urgent raw power; bold imagery and bolder themes.
Demon Hunter- "On My Side"
Demon Hunter - "The Negative"

Friday, October 18, 2019

This is Эпитафияb from Russia)

Check out Эпитафия (Epitaph in Russian) from Moscow, Russia. Here is some translated information about the band. Russian speakers will notice that the translation is not perfect! Anyway, check out the video and take it from there.
Russian Modern Metal Band, formed in 2000 in Moscow by bass player and sound producer Ivan Mikhailov - ex bass player gr. Black coffee
Russian rock band working in the genres Modern-Metal, Alternative, Hard Rock, formed in 2000 in Moscow by bass player and sound producer Ivan Mikhailov (ex. Bass player of the “Black Coffee” group), working with groups Kipelov, Master, the golden composition of the Cruise, etc.
Российский Modern Metal Band, образованный в 2000 году в Москве бас-гитаристом и саунд-продюсером Иваном Михайловым - ex бас-гитарист гр. Черный Кофе
Российская рок-группа, работающая в жанрах Modern-Metal, Alternative, Hard Rock, образованна в 2000-м году в Москве бас-гитаристом и саунд-продюсером Иваном Михайловым (ex. бас-гитаристом гр. “Черный Кофе”), работающим с группами Кипелов, Мастер, золотым составом Круиза и др.
Премьера! Эпитафия — Время (Официальное видео)

upcoming in November: SECOND TO SUN (RUSSIA)

On the 7th of November, 2019 SECOND TO SUN will have ready the new album "LEGACY." Go to the link below to hear two news and to watch a video for the album. Vladimir from the band has this to say: "I'm proud to present you our new album named "Legacy", which is even more aggressive and heavier than previous one, but it still retained melodic, hypnotic and cinematic qualities of its predecesor. "Legacy" is logically divided into three idealogical archs: one dedicated to social solitude, occult part, which is closely intertwined with actual historical events and traditional part of our music, which is based on culture of Finno-Ugric people. We see it as a trilogy unified by a sole idea, which was earlier described as social black metal (black metal about social decay and absurdism in society, about cognitive dissonances between the conceptions of personality in our society and meanings of life). All tracks are undoubtedly our legacy, which is the foundation for album's name. Brilliant artwork for both version of release, created by Denis "Forkas" Kostromitin, who also worked with such bands like Behemoth and Children of Bodom. We live in incredible time, when a band like our can exist without support from psychopatic musical industry and shortlived trends. Our music simply exists because there are people, who listen to it. Thank you for your attention and support."
Second to Sun
November 7th, 2019
1.Devil 05:39
2.Confessional of the Black Penitent 06:03
3.Pages for a Manuscript 10:33
4.Monster 05:05
5.No Need to Be Afraid Now 05:04
6.Once upon a Time in Russia 06:02
7.Raida 05:23
8.Me or Him 2020 03:54
9.Virgo Mitt 2020 04:07
total time 51:50

review: Secret Chapter

Secret Chapter
Chapter One
Crime Records
Sound: The Secret Chapter (Norway) debut album is traditional heavy metal with melodic, smooth singing.
Production: The overall sound quality is good and contemporary, in the sense that you hear the instruments and the singing. The only problem is the stiff, lifeless sound of the sampled drumming. In addition, because it does not sound like human drumming, you hear two things only, basically: the bass drum and the snare drum. The cymbals are barely there. In short, bring back the drummer.
Instrumentation: The bass guitar gives a nice bottom end to the album. There are keyboards (not power metal symphonic keyboards; but rather more in the style of classic rock) for background feeling. The riffs are classic-style, drawing from classic rock and traditional heavy metal inspirations. The soloing is also good, melodic and traditional.
Vocals: On some occasions, there is some high screaming, but it’s not a lot. In general, the singing is smooth and with some layering for that extra melodic feel. The soft keyboards and the smooth singing make the music very appealing for fans of classic rock/heavy rock/heavy metal and melodic hard rock. The band is more like 1980s Scorpions than the screaming metal of Judas Priest.
Songs: All the songs are meant to sound like fan favorites. The band sticks to uptempo, fun, concise songs. The quality of the songs is good and there is no sense of filler tracks.
Lyrics: Life, rock and roll, relationships and similar matters are the topics of the music. There are no obvious or prominent profanities, if there are any. They have some lyrics that are similar to sleaze rock, talking about sin city and love affairs, without trying to shock and be fake “edgy,” without the cheese/stupidity of the American bands from the 1980s.
Potential audience: Fans of traditional, melodic heavy metal should be the main demographic as the target audience.
Similar bands: The band is closer to Dio and Scorpions, than say the harder, more steeled sounds of Judas Priest and Accept.
Assessment: The album ends with a cover of the long-running Norwegian veterans TNT, “Everyone’s a Star,” a catchy song if there ever was one, featuring the immaculate high voice of Tony Harnell, when the American used to sing for TNT. The cover is a good example of Secret Chapter’s intended style of melodic heavy metal. Of course, it is almost impossible for any singer to match the young Tony Harnell’s flawless voice, but kudos to Secret Chapter for making the effort to run with the big boys. The album should be a fun, rocking discovery for fans. The good songwriting and the skills are convincing. The music is so good that anyone into traditional rock music would find something in it to like from the singing, the guitars and the accessible songs. With human drumming the songs would have more groove and spirit, but the problem of mechanical-like drumming is not specific to this band, as it is a generalized problem in rock and metal music. To sum up, the songs on the album show the attention and care that has gone in coming up with a classy, memorable and catchy album that with repeated listens becomes more difficult to abandon.

review: Xoth

Interdimensional Invocations
18 October 2019
1.Casting the Sigil 04:52
2.Mountain Machines 03:53
3.Back to the Jungle 05:06
4.Unseen Abductor 04:58
5.Haruspex 04:24
6.Plague Revival 20XX 05:27
7.The Ghost Hand of God 03:47
8.Melted Face of the Soul 06:43
total time 39:10
Washington State’s Xoth is made up of skilled and experienced musicians in extreme metal. In 2019 they follow up their 2014 EP and the 2016 album with a second full-length of their own brand of “space shred,” as they like to call their headbanging technical/progressive catchy recipe of thrash/death/black/heavy metal virtuosity.
The team of recording people and the band have something good going on. Xoth and team work to achieve clarity. The music often sounds like technical progressive melodic black thrash, if that makes sense, and there is a serious effort to let fans hear the instruments. For instance, for any metal musician or fan that has ever complained that they cannot hear the bass guitar in extreme metal, then listen to this album and find out for yourself. This is fast extreme metal, but there is some nasty, mean bass guitar all over this thing, and it's a thing of beauty. As for the drums, this publication cannot confirm if what we hear on the album is the real drums that the drummer played in the studio, or if it’s sampled drumming.
The best thing about Xoth’s instrumentation is that they have awesome skills, experience and talents and all those things, but it is not so show-off that you cannot follow it. It’s a happy medium in which these mad weirdo geniuses of metal are aware that most of us mortals have limited patience and intelligence. You can show off a little bit, but don’t get too crazy because there are other bands competing for your attention and if yours cannot hold my attention, I will find one that does. This band understands this dilemma very well. As a result, the band is happy and so are the listeners. Having said, just remember that Xoth is going to put on a clinic for how to play technical/progressive extreme metal and make it comprehensible for headbangers.
The vocalist is either Gollum ("My precious!") or Gollum's sibling. The vocals are black metal. There is death metal growling, too, but by far it is the black metal vocals that you will remember. As for the lyrics, this band has a fascination with ancient cataclysmic events, like volcanoes and earthquakes wiping out everything in sight, and ancient diseases destroying life on a massive scale and then that virus goes dormant under the icebergs only to reappear again when the ice melts and that disease once again wipes everything out. Alien machinery on other planets, alien machinery on this planet, giant octopuses travelling through space and time, and things like that are what this band writes about. It's both morbid, dorky, sciencey, science, and science fiction. Unfortunately, they shoot themselves in the foot by making their lyrics R and X rated, and they do curse, so you’ll have to consider that.
The best thing about Xoth is that they know how to rock out. They may be deranged metal scientists, but man, these nerds know to make music for a mosh pit!

review: Profane Order

Profane Order
Slave Morality
Sentient Ruin/Krucyator Productions/Les Fleurs du Mal Productions
October 18 2019
Sound: Canada’s Profane Order is socially irredeemable barbaric extreme metal made to sound as bestial as possible, with a shock rock approach that only the die-hard raw extreme metal audiences will be able to stomach.
Production: Clean, lean, and clinically perfect is the total opposite of the objective at hand here. To hear the music you will have to turn it up loud. When you do that, you will hear a barrage of fast, blasting metal coming your way.
Instrumentation: In a communication with this publication Profane Order’s Illusory has said about the drums: “As for the drums it’s all real. It’s a standard kit, two toms, hit hat, ride and two crashes. Most songs were done in one take while others 2-4 tries.”
Illusory, in addition, explained: “While profane order is a full band for the latest album is performed mostly by myself, illusory. Guitars, solos, drums, bass, vocals and keyboards were all performed by illusory. Second guitar tracks and half the solos were performed by our old guitarist T.G.”
Listeners should not expect to hear lots of keyboards, either. In some spots you might hear a little bit in the background, but that’s about it.
Vocals: The vocals are mostly a low-brutal savage growl. It is not a restrained nor monotonous kind of growl but rather aggressive/angry. The vocals have reverb on them for that caveman feel. There are some spots where the vocals have obviously been modified for that extra monstrous vibe.
Songs: Granted, things go at warp speed on this album, but you’d be surprised that, once you settle down to listen to this thing, the songs are chock full with the attitude of rock and roll. It’s not experimental tracks. There is a fun and crazy side to this extreme metal, expressed in simple savagery, speed and brutality.
Lyrics: If there is a religious agenda, that’s not clear here, but there is a joy in being contrarian to what society considers good values and morals. In a way, you could say, there is, above all, a huge misanthropic expression towards institutions.
Potential audience: Fanatics of what is nothing but bestial extreme metal (taking the speed and simplicity of the rawest punk and metal) should find a good time here.
Similar bands: Some bands that have specialized in this type barbarism are Blasphemy, Revenge, Black Witchery and others like those. This is the heritage of Motör-head/Venom, the very early sounds of bands like Sodom, Hellhammer, Mantas, Bathory, Sepultura, Sarcófago, and nowadays Profane Order takes all that extemity and pushes it as far as they can.
Assessment: The appeal of the music is limited by the shock rock nature of extreme metal and by the sheer velocity at which this is performed, but if extreme metal audiences listen with their ears (not their eyes), this music does make sense. You may not remember the songs immediately, not at first anyway, but this is all done with the best intentions of metal: songs to get you up from your seat and make you bang your head. Isn’t that rush of surging energy what you came here for?!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Washington State band: The Crüd Güns

The Crüd Güns will be the first to tell you that they are jackasses. They play jackass metal. They're addicts, registered offenders, have done time at the local county jail, and the police already know them by name when they see them turning tricks in the streets.
The Crüd Güns are a bunch metal punks, and the State of Washington is home to these malcontents. Vote for The Crüd Güns to be the official mascots of Washington State!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Washington State: Cascadian Lightfall

Check out Cascadian Lightfall from Washington State, USA.
"Cascadian Lightfall is a solo project of Halcyon. It functions as the companion to Last Redoubt. It aims to bring the vibe of Cascadia into musical form through ambient electronics and black metal."
Cascadian Lightfall October 14 at 5:20 AM ·
I was going to wait till Friday to publish this, but after a late night working on the mix, I figured I would start the day off with a surprise for all of you! Here is "Seven Crowns of Sunrise". the New Cascadian Lightfall album! It's much shorter, and more of a "metal" album than Astral Rains, but I think it's still very me. On a side note: while my music is "Name Your Price", I have a couple live dates this year performing my dungeon synth/dark ambient and it would mean a heck of a lot if you helped support me with a buck or two if you can spare it for this release, and feel free to share as you see appropriate. If times are tough, as always, feel free to enter 0.
I hope this starts Monday on a cool, positive note!
Best Regards,

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

review: Hot Breath

Hot Breath Hot Breath
The Sign Records
18 October 2019
Sound: The Swedish band Hot Breath plays classic-style, real-deal heavy rock, something like 1977-1979, with a constant, stubborn, persistent uptempo beat and the guitar is always functioning on the mode “big rock on.”
Production: Hot Breath wants the sound of genuine, honest electric heavy rock of the late 1970s, with real drums, big riffs and a whole big sweaty feel like an intense bar band that will play the pubs in Iowa, New York, London, Rio, Berlin or right in your neighborhood.
Instrumentation: Expect a vibrant energy of big rock and roll. Mosh, dance, bang your head or whatever you want to the big riffs and raucous solos. The rhythm section sounds great. You can hear the bass and the drums sound great and real. The band has confirmed to this publication: “All the drumming on the recordings are played live by a real human being.” There you go, straight from the horse’s mouth.
Vocals: The voice is good, and keep in mind that this is a young band and this is their debut. The singing is full of heavy rock attitude and a great energy. There is a bit of backing vocals, but it’s mostly one voice rocking out.
Songs: In 22 minutes the band delivers six rocking, catchy songs. The songs are concise and get to the rocking right away.
Lyrics: The lyrics are all about human problems and the attitude of a young indestructible rocker. These are a young person’s lyrics, the lyrics of a go-getter, basically. If there are any profanities, they are not prominent.
Potential audience: Metal fans and heavy rock fans that want the young energy of late 1970s big rock should find what they need here.
Similar bands: AC/DC 1977 Let There Be Rock; Motörhead’s Overkill (but only the uptempo songs; not the bluesy songs); The Ramones; Van Halen 1978; the rocking songs of The Runaways, Kiss (when they rocked; not the disco stuff), Scorpions 1977, U.F.O., and other bands from around this period, too many to mention here.
Assessment: This is a hot rocking debut for fans who want uptempo late 1970s classic, heavy, hard rock; punk and heavy metal, all before the 1980s. This debut keeps the music uptempo and rocking for the duration. It’s a fantastic start for them. Let’s hope they don’t wimp out nor slow down. We are not ready for this band to start giving us sappy ballads. Let there be rock, indeed.


This summer PIRATES IN BLACK sent in a copy of their debut. Below are three pictures for you to check it out. The band says: "The album will be officially released by NOV-29-2019 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (physical), and worldwide (digital via the usual channels). It took us about a year to record and produce the album. Now we are more than happy with the result." Below you will find an interview with the band, just in case you have not seen it before.
interview: Pirates in Black
The old, classic ways are alive in the form of Pirates in Black (Germany). The band does not even care about what label people put on the music and they just call themselves heavy rock, as heavy metal was known in the early days before the craziness of the genres, subgenres and subsubgenres and that stuff. Pirates in Black for the old at heart, whether you are young or not so much a spring chicken. It does not matter, this is music you can understand easily because the purpose is to rock, and nothing else. Ahoy, mateys! All aboard!
Friends, who is Pirates in Black and how many recordings do you have?
Hi, my name is Falo Faltu and I am the founder (and the Captain) of the PIRATES IN BLACK. I’m the lead singer, play guitar, and wrote all of our songs so far. And I’m very pleased to answer your questions.
The PIRATES IN BLACK formed as a band in late 2016. That was the time when I thought the songs I had written and recorded back in those days should be played live. I asked my friend and drummer Hans Heringer (serving on board of our pirate ship as a Powder Monkey) to join the band. Hans used to play the drums for many years in the band UNIVERSE which you might now as a long time established melodic hard rock band from Germany. On bass we have the Gunner, Carl Clover. I used to play together with Carl back in the early 90’s in our band LYVE WYRE (some great kind of heavy hard rock, though we didn’t get far). And the other guitar is played by the Quartermaster, Accu Becher. In fact, Accu heard about the project, the PIRATES IN BLACK, quite incidentally, and asked me if he could join us. He was a well known guitar player in our local community, with great skills, and a long experience in various local bands. So I was more than happy about his request. And here we are: Four old school rockers, who payed their dues in many ways, with the passion for heavy rock music, and the strong urge to let the good times roll, again! We are Pirates! Ready for plundering. Stealing riffs wherever we can. Destroying them. And devastating the stages with all of our might. And – yes – we do not take it all too seriously! :-)
Back to your questions: The songs available on Bandcamp (and on our website are part of our first album “Pirates In Black” which is going to be released in May. The album will consist of 10 songs (and a bonus track).
How much experience do you have?
Yes. As I mentioned before all of us look back at a long history of playing in different bands. Some of them were (heavy) cover bands. Others played their own songs. All of our former bands played hard and heavy rock. Today Hans and I use to be members of a heavy cover band called BANDOXX. Accu plays guitar in another band of that kind, called MEDLEY CRUE. We all live in Germany in the region around Wuppertal, called Bergisches Land. The next bigger cities are Cologne, Dusseldorf and Dortmund.
Honestly, playing music in a band is not our main profession (although we would describe our musical skills as semi-professional). All four of us are self-employed which gives us the flexibility to play gigs, shows, and festivals whenever we are given the chance to. Until today we played shows in a circle of about 100 miles around Wuppertal. But this will change soon since we are already booked for a gig in Northern Germany. And we keep spreading the word for sure!
What is the inspiration for your band in 2019? For example, do you like the old Running Wild pirate-loving music? What about 1980s music like Ozzy, Accept, Faithful Breath, Scorpions and similar bands? What about 1970s?
Yes, we are grey headed bloody old bastards :-) Our musical roots go back to the 70’s and 80’s. I am very much inspired by Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, but also by Zakk Wylde and his Black Label Society. AC/DC and Motörhead, of course. I love Whitesnake, especially when John Sykes played the guitar (and btw I give a sh*t on Steve Vai’s humpty dumpty fiddeling). And yes, Accept was also a great band from Germany. Did you know that Udo Dirkschneider, the former singer of Accept, was born in Wuppertal? Fun fact: We recorded the vocals of our album in the studio of Udo’s brother Peter Dirkschneider (also known as the singer of Vanize). He was also in charge for the mix of the songs.
Of course, we know Running Wild’s “Under The Jolly Roger”. But believe it or not, I only got aware of that song way after I founded the PIRATES IN BLACK. Anyhow, great (and funny!) song!
Have the German rock publications done any reviews of your music? Is there a market for your music in Germany? I mean, rock fans in Germany still love Scorpions, Judas Priest and Ozzy, right?
In fact, this one is our first serious interview. So you deserve all the credits to be the one who had the PIRATES IN BLACK beforehand of all the others :-) We are still at the very beginning. We are not signed by a label right now, but have to manage all of the PR stuff on our own. Which is fun but also very time consuming. We had some air plays recently, on rock stations like Pure Sound Radio, Metal Only, and Metal Devastation Radio. And we have been listed as a newcomer band on the website of Radio BOB, which is one of the two major rock radio stations in Germany. So I think we are on a good way, but there is still much more way to go.
I have the impression that most of the other newcomer bands are much more into metal, growling, playing faster, than we are. On the other hand those old school guys like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, KISS, even Saxon, and of course Ozzy, are undergoing a kind of revival today. If you take a look at Wacken (the biggest heavy metal festival in Germany) you will find that the kids still go crazy about classic heavy rock. So – back to the question – yes, I think there is still a niche (a market?) for classic heavy rock like we are celebrating it. To undermine this: We took part in a newcomer band contest last year (called the SPH Bandcontest) and made it to the region final (which will take place in September this year). So there must be definitely at least some interest in our kind of music.
“Words Are Loaded Guns” is the first song. It has a cool heavy big midtempo riff that is the basis of the song. The drumming is grooving and the guitar solo is a nice blues-based melodic segment. What is the story behind the song?
The title “Words Are Loaded Guns” is a citation of the French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre. For me, it means that people don’t need real guns, or any violence at all, to change the system they are living in, or at least to force the current leaders to resign. We had the so called “peaceful revolution” in Germany in 1989 where the people in the streets peacefully protested against the socialist system of the German Democratic Republic, and the system collapsed with not even one shot out of a gun. This is one aspect of it. The other thing about it is what we are experiencing with leaders today who try to cut the rights of the free press, calling them “fake news”, knowing, fearing, and using that in fact “Words are loaded guns”.
After the midpaced song “Words Are Loaded Guns”, you respond with a faster tune called “Pirates in Black”. When you all formed the band, what did you imagine that Pirates in Black would be as a sound? Pirates are outlaws. Do you feel like you are outlaws playing music that goes against the grain in Germany? I do not know what music is popular in Germany! I don’t know if Rammstein is big or if bands with growled vocals are popular.
Rammstein is big in Germany (although I think they are beyond their peak in terms of sound and songs). Growling is very popular in the German metal scene. But there are a bunch of other great bands in Germany, too. Listen to Twenty Dark Seven, for example. Great heavy rock straight into your face. Or The New Black. Great bands, no growling, just ROCK!
Are we outlaws? Well, in a certain way I think we are. We describe our sound as “Merciless. Lawless. Heavy. Rock.” And that is in fact how we mean it. We don’t care if anybody else does not like the groove, the style, the rhythm. We really give a sh*t about genres, especially into which genre we might – or might not – fit in. What really drives us is to play music we like, together with persons we like, in front of people, who have fun. We are wearing pirate costumes on stage. We are posting funny things on social media, speaking in a pirate way, arrrrrr!!!! Some so called “professional musicians” do not like that. But we have fun with it. And so have our fans. That’s the only thing that is important for us. I mean, if you go to a rock show, what do you expect? You want to be entertained! You want to have a great evening. You want to sing out loud! Bang your head! You want to see crazy people on stage who give everything! You don’t want to see our next door neighbor. You don’t want to go home later and think, “well, next time I’ll stay at home and watch TV instead of going to that pirate show again.”
In the end it is all about having fun, destroying our ears, pushing up the amps, and rock. Is there a business in it? We don’t know. With rules to be obeyed? We don’t care. We are pirates!!!! Harrrharrrharrr!!!
Is there one general theme in all the songs or are they separate stories? For instance, the song “All Alone” (a cool mitempo song that becomes a rocking uptempo tune). Are the lyrics based on personal experiences or is it a story about somebody else, not necessarily about you?
There is no general theme shared by all the songs. Not so far. To tell the truth, I really love those concept albums, for example Queensryche’s “Operation Mindcrime” or even “The Wall” from Pink Floyd. And (for me, personally) it would be great to set up something like this in the future. If this ever happens, I don’t know.
Concerning the songs of the PIRATES IN BLACK I can tell you that I like to sing about things that move me. “All alone” is a song about homeless people living in the streets. I have never experienced that on my own, although I used to play guitar as a street musician for a couple of a while. That’s not the same thing. But you get in contact, and you learn about those things, as long as you are open minded and keep your feet on the ground.
Is there anything in particular happening in Germany that has made you write lyrics about it?
I’m not so much focused on what is happening in Germany particularly. But of course I listen to the news. I keep myself informed. I am interested in politics and in all the other things happening in Germany, in Europe, all over the world. As I said before, I like to sing about things that move me. Our Song “Eternal Blood” for example is dealing with terror caused by religious fanaticism. Another song, “Omerta”, is a story about politicians who have their own hidden agenda and use their power only to become richer and richer, “raping your society”. But in the end we are not a political band. I’m convinced that most of our fans like us because of the music, not because of the lyrics – and we feel great with that. Otherwise we might have called us the “Bob Dylans” or so ... but wait a minute, maybe we should name our pirate ship “The Black Spirit of Joan Baez”? Harrrharrrharrr!!!!
Coming back to the music. Now your recording is finished, what do you think about the guitar sound on it? Are you pleased with how it sounds? It has a classic-style heavy metal guitar tone, but it is also chunky, heavy. It’s both classic-style but more modern. Do you feel like that is what you wanted?
YES!!!! That is exactly what we wanted it to sound like. A little tiny bit of Black Sabbath. A small amount of Zakk Wylde. On top a pinch of Judas Priest. Some plundering here. Some stealing there. There you have the pirate sound! :-)
More seriously we recorded the DI-signals of our guitars and sent them through a great ENGL-Plugin at Peter’s studio. A little bit of playing around with them knobs and there you go. Hail to the inventors of digital recording technology!!!!
Given that you love the classics, do you ever wonder if recording in the analog ways would be possible?
If you are speaking about using tape as a recording medium I would say no. Those times are gone. But in means of putting down the tunes live without (too much) overdubbing, well, as long as you go for just a few songs (three or four), that would be an interesting (though demanding) way to go at least as you are a (more) semi (than) professional band as we are. It is technically demanding but not too difficult. You would need good equipment, a good location, and a sound engineer who knows how the things are done. I’m sure that the result would be great as long as we would take our time until we nailed down the songs REALLY good! The main disadvantage would be the studio time you have to pay for. We do not expect to make very much money (if any) with our music. We just want to have fun. And we want to produce the best sound possible keeping in mind our limited financial capacities. So if Napalm Records told us tomorrow “There you go with 100.000 bucks you bloody Pirates! Go and make another record!” we would be more than happy to record it live. Since this will probably never ever happen we stick to our home recording tools, DI-signals, Midi-Drums, and save our money for pirate costumes, rum barrels, and guitar strings.
What is the current situation for touring? How can fans support your band directly?
We are really looking forward to do some more shows this year. We will be on stage in May in Haan which is quite near to Wuppertal. We will take part in the region final of the SPH Bandcontest in Bochum in September. There will be a show in Wilhelmshaven at the northern shore of Germany later this year. And there are still some more options for us. Plans for 2020 are to be part of some bigger open-air festivals in Germany or in surrounding countries in Europe.
Fans are welcome to support us by buying pirate shirts or songs via our website. It is also possible to buy our songs via Bandcamp. And once our album had been released we will offer our songs on iTunes and Amazon as well. But – of course – if you like our music and you are out for a digital download or a physical CD, we are more than happy if you choose our own website for that despite of one of the big players who are going to keep a substantial share for themselves.

EFFLUVIA brings back the Tacoma aroma

Return to Ponders Corner
16 November 2019
The aroma of Tacoma in Washington State is the extreme metal by the sickos who go by the name of Effluvia (don’t bother looking it up, you sicko). Let’s just say that in the past these malcontents have been in bands with truly horrendous names that are so sick, embarrassing, disgusting, and moronic that even G.G. Allin would have say, “Seriously, fellas, that name is cool and all, I love it cuz ya knows I sick, too, but dayum, y’all have gone and done the unthinkable and given y’all’selves the worst name ever, man!”
Anyway, friends who do not live here on western side of Washington State, let me explain something to y’all. Up here, in this northwesternmost corner of the continental United States we have the wonderful people of the city Tacoma (Yes, that one Tacoma, that Steve Miller Band immortalized in the famous black metal grindcore hit “Rock’n Me.”). Effluvia is undead in the City of Tacos (That it is called Taco-ma because tacos are very popular in the city is fake news information that I just invented right now.).
Alright, so, what was I talking about?!
Ah, yes, I remember now, I remember how it all started.
Effluvia is returning with a new recording on the 16th of November of 2019 A.D.
The album has 29 tracks. For real. Twenty nine, y’all! Anyway, this band is not appropriate for children, sensitive hearts, gentle lovers and lots of other people. This music is strictly for degenerates who are going to have their souls impaled again and again and again in the burning lake of fire. Listen to this album if you already know that you are a total degenerate, a registered offender, a convicted criminal, a person with no morals or a Seattle Seahawks fan.
The album begins with an introduction that will offend liberals, cockroaches, feminists, conservatives, antifas, anarquists, squirrels and all the inhabitants of Seattle and Tacoma, except for the members of Effluvia and their nine die-hard supporters in Tacoma.
“Ponders Corner” is next and this track is a grindcore love song dedicated to all people whose life work consists of criminal activity. Goodness, this is a brutal death metal and grind whirlwind of noise pollution rolling down the I-5. “Synchronized Killing” is the third song and this one brings a message of love, if by love you mean low-growl and yelling at full speed and then ending it as fast as it began. Next thing you, it’s “Body Parts in a Suitcase” and we’re going to need some heartburn medicine right about now. “Wake Up and Smell the Feces” is next and this song is a tribute to The Eagles’ “Hotel California” in the sense that it does not sound like that song at all. Help, I need somebody, help, not just anybody.
Ok, well, there are more anti-songs to tell you about, but there’s some Olympic curling that is about to begin and I don’t want to miss that. I’ll return to holler back at you about Effluvia.