Inferi – Shores of Sorrow Review

 

Shores of Sorrow” is the first full length album released in 2006 by this one man Black metal band, Inferi, hailing from Finland. Fyrdkal is the brainchild of Inferi, and he controls all the vocals and instruments.

The album consists of four tracks, and it begins with a twelve minutes long track called “To the once so Sad World”, and the album could not have begun in a more fitting way. An acoustic harmony/ arpeggio plays throughout the whole track, and is accompanied by a gritty, raw guitar riff and cold vocals and screams/ shrieks of Fyrdkal. The album goes deeper and the lyrics of this album is just bone chilling, depressed, and misanthropic.

Dance of Shadows” is the second track, another twelve minute long track and a wonderful composition. A constant beat of drums accompany a saturnine riff. A blend of acoustic harmony and solo only adds to the depth, layer and beauty to this composition. Two tracks down, and the album ends with a fourteen minutes long track called “What Once Shinned”, a slow dark setting of environment, only to make way to a galloping desolate riff and the blasts of drums, and the chilling shrieks.

 

This album is a must listen for any worshipers of underground black metal cult and deserves a much more acclaim and recognition. This is a class act and it deserves to be credited as a modern day Black metal classic.

Associated acts/ listen :Burzum, Kadotus, Vulture

Written by: Dessembrae

Chthe’ilist – Le Dernier Crépuscule Review

 

Chthe’ilist formed in 2010 released their demo entitled “Amechth’ntaas’m’rriachth” way back in 2012 and it took them 4 years to come up with their debut album “Le Dernier Crépuscule”. The past few years have seen a sudden revival of Death Metal and Chthe’ilist has only reaffirmed the rise of Death Metal from the catacombs of stagnation. Chthe’ilist’s sound borders along the lines of Finnish Death Metal, drawing influences from Demilich, Adramelech and the likes. Talking of the album, three of the seven tracks are re-recorded versions of songs off the demo and the entire album clocks at approximately 53 minutes.

When you play the album you could instantly recognize the Demilich-esque sound but Chthe’ilist is not a straight out tech-death outfit, the sound is a more of a blend of Finnish Death with elements of tech-death and massive atmosphere.

The intro “Le Dernier Crépuscule” is a grand declaration of the forthcoming aural torture that is set to take place as it slowly builds up pace and gives away to the second track “Into the Vaults of Ingurgitating Obscurity” which is a little over 7 minutes and one of my favorite tracks of the album. It’s slow, intense and ghoulish to say the least.

The third track “Voidspawn” was released by the band as a promo and was a clear indicator of how great the album would shape out to be, the riffs are chaotic and cuts through the dense, murky atmosphere. The highlight of this track, and perhaps the album, are the leads.

If I had to pick a personal favorite from the album, “Vecoiitn’aphnaat’smaala” would be the one. The song builds up so nicely, the demented frog-like croaks of Philippe Tougas, the perfectly timed breaks, the leads, the bass work, the clean sung chants, everything about the song is just so fascinating. Pure fucking Demilich worship done here.

“Tales of the Majora Mythos Part 1” is the last and the longest song in the album, almost twice as long as the other songs in the album. The song starts in its usual slow, doomy paced way as it sets the mood for another bone-chilling tale of the netherworld and picks up pace with a screech reminiscent of Slayer’s “Angel Of Death”. All hell breaks loose 11:10 onwards.

Talking of the album in its entirety, it has its flaws and you might feel some of the songs drag a wee bit too much and the song structures works with the same formulae over and over again but as a whole the entire output is very solid.

An excellent debut album and this might very well be one of the highlights of the ongoing year.

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Verbal Razors (Fra) – Interview

Verbal Razors Is A Crossover/Thrash Metal Band Hailing From France.They Were Recently Interview By Planet Caravan. Read It Below

 

1) Verbal Razors was formed in 2008. What is the story behind the band’s formation and has the bands name got anything to do with Exodus song, Verbal Razors?

 

First of all, we are French, so we don’t speak English very well… Sorry !

We meet each other on 2008, we talk about music and realize that we all wanted to do something between metal and punk. The name ‘verbal razors‘ is a veiled reference to the Exodus song on Fabulous Disaster. For us, it symbolize the rock n’roll spirit in ‘extreme’ music.

 

2) What are your primary influences? What kind of music did you guys grow up listening to?

 

From Spermbirds to Accept ! We listen every kind of music : Soul, Hip-hop, Glam rock, Hard rock, early Hardcore and Metal, etc. From all over the World.

 

3) Do you draw any non-musical influences into your music? Mention the themes that you incorporate in your music.

 

Of course. But it’s hard to explain. We built ourselves with many influences, the list is too long to be describe…. About the lyrics, the influences are the social and political context. But in Verbal Razors, lyrics often work like metaphors, there’s always a free interpretation. We don’t talk about zombies, game of throne, call of duty, tits n’ beers… And we prefer talk about life rather than death.

 

4) Verbal Razors are a crossover thrash metal band. What is of primary importance in your compositions?

 

Energy!

 

5) How is Verbal Razors different from the other thrash metal bands?

 

We can’t talk about that. Everyone else is better positioned to judge.

 

6) How has the bands sound progressed since your early days and has there been any line-up changes?

 

Our first bass player have gone. About the song writing, we do with our feeling, the metal-riff energy and punk vocals come naturally.

 

7) Verbal Razors are all set to release their next album “Misleading Innocence”. What can the fans expect from the upcoming album?

 

We have no fans !.. We hope that can change with this album. Hahaha. The Rock n’roll aspect is more than ever present. It have been written faster than the first LP. So maybe it’s more coherent. The sound is good, it’s natural and powerful, far from usual packaging production….

 

8) How is metal in France?

 

French metal is like English wine. Hahaha.

More seriously, we play with many different band styles (Crust, Hardcore, Punk, Metal, Power violence, Zouk…). As said Lemmy, there are no good or bad styles but only good or bad bands. So to answer to your question, there are pretty good metal bands and pretty shit metal bands in France…

 

9) How much do you guys think the presence of a ‘scene’ is important for the growth of metal?

 

It depend of what you talk about. Of course, a « scene » is always essential for the music development. But Metal purpose is not to spread more and more. There is a main stream scene for metal. Is that main stream scene will save metal spirit ?  We don’t think so…

 

In France, there are many metal bands in underground but the public don’t give a shit. We have to say honestly that metal band are often pile of shit… We love that style but it is polluted by many people with a broomstick in the ass (French expression…).

 

The metal public in France go to festivals to see the stars but don’t go so much in the bars to discovering some new bands. Punk Hardcore scene is much more develop in underground. Small metal festivals are cool in France.

In short, it’s always hard to have a global opinion.

 

 

10) What are your views on the old school/new age music dispute among many metalheads?

 

We find that ridiculous. As an exemple, the old school thrash exist since 1983, new school thrash exist since 1990… Everything is say. Who can claim that he’s playing a new age or modern style in metal universe ?

At the end, the more important for a band is to live for the stage. No wank, no pose. What are the motivations for a real band ? To meet people, not get drunk always at the same bar, to discovering what exist behind our lives, etc.

 

 

11) What are your views on the commercialization of underground music? Do you think commercialization results in growth?

 

For bands like us, commercialization have more negative points than positive :

– no control on album or merchandising prices (we always take care of proposing low prices)

– no control on place to play. If we want to play in a garage, we can do it, nobody can say to us you cannot do this, it’s in the contract, With commercialization, you have less boring things to do (booking date, negotiation for money, etc.) but the price to pay is that you lost your complete liberty.

 

 

12) Terrorism has no religion. Your views on that ?

 

There is a link between terrorism and religion. What a better motivation than : if I do that, I will save my soul for all eternity.

Most of terrorists need a religion to justify their murders. This religion is nowadays very often Islam. In another time it have been Christianity. We can talk too about the occidental terrorism who can kill and destroy for his god : Money…

At the end the purpose is always the same : power (with or without help of god).

 

 

13) What other things do you guys do other than playing kickass thrash metal? Any other interests and goals apart from music?

 

Pierrot (Drums) : My son, animals and nature (even more if it’s wild), tranquility (the true rare treasure of modern life)…

 

Matthieu (Guitar) : I’m a comics colorist and it’s a full time occupation but working is not everything: friends and having fun, fishing, reading, listening to music & discovering new bands, all those things are part of my everyday life.

 

Vincent (Bass) : I draw some life lasting drawings on people’s skins and that gives me quite a lot of goals to achieve if I want to do it right.

 

Simon (Vocals) : I organize some shows with some friends of mine in my hometown “Tours”.

I also have a music show called “No fun” broadcasted on a local radio called “Radio Béton”. When the weather gets nice, I enjoy skateboarding… well that’s the excuse I find to drink with my mates.

I also play guitar in another band called “Ed Warner”, some hardcore music with some touches of fastcore and crust into it.

And I do spend a lot of Sundays watching the American football season.

 

14) Anything you want to say to the people who are reading this?

 

A big HELLO from France ! And a big THANK YOU for your interest and support.

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Pyramaze – Legend Of The Bone Carver

 

“Pyramaze” is a Danish power/ progressive band, and this is the second album. This is a concept album which tells the story about how the world is slowly consumed by evil and darkness, and a prophesized hero, a child, is going to save the world. The album art reflects the storyline.

Lance King’s vocals should be praised here. His style of deliverance makes the storyline come alive. Jonah Weingarten’s work with the keys adds to the beauty of the environment, and helps to setup the overall environment and mood of the album, going from joyous, to dark, grim and then war-themed. Christina Öberg, used as a guest vocalist adds to the vocal dynamics with her voice in the song, “Blood Red Skies” and the power ballad, “She Who Summoned Me”. One of the highlight of the album is often the storyline told as a voice to help the listener follow the storyline linearly.

 

Overall, this album is a great listen for any power/ progressive metal band follower. “Pyramaze” with this album is slowly making a mark for themselves and writing their name along the likes of bands like “Pagan’s Mind” and “Lanfear”.

Associated acts/ listen: Balance of Power, Lanfear, Pagan’s Mind

Written By: Dessembrae

Serrabulho – Star Whores review

Ok, so Serrabulho’sStar Whores”, a death/grind album and a satirical reference to “Star Wars”. In the beginning when I clicked the play button and heard ‘Pornocchio’ I thought, “gee talk about desperate, the composition sound like, it was made by a 2 year old high on sugar”. But soon enough the real stuff starts bludgeoning holes with power and velocity. It sounds like a fine death metal band with excessive use of pig squeals, wind screams and funny lyrics, that not necessarily a bad thing though. In simple words it’s a punk band with corny lyrics mixed with grindcore, atop of silly over the top intros and if that’s the thing they were after, then they nailed it inside the rotten ear-holes of punk, grind and contemporary death metal fans alike. I have to give credit where it’s due, the band’s bassist Guilhermino Martins and guitarist  Paulo Ventura they did a great job and the vocalist was ridiculously over the top as well. Overall, an enjoyable record and those who don’t take themselves or their music too seriously will like it.

P.S. This is what things will sound like if Stan and co. from South Park releases a gore-grind album.

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Paradox – Heresy Review

Heresy” is one of the defining albums of the 80s era. This album released in 1989 by the band hailing from Germany called “Paradox” is one of the best concept albums ever to be released. The album preaches a conceptual story of 13th century Roman Catholic crusades.

The album brilliantly begins with a flash of thunderstorm and an acoustic piece with the title track. A classic heavy/ thrash metal riff soon takes over and bring out an instant headbanger in you. The songwriting of Peter and Nigel Vogt should be of special mention. The album moves on to the second track of the album, “Search for Perfection”, another blend of heavy metal riff, and a solo, which leaves you asking for more of it, and “Paradox” doesn’t disappoint you, with “Killtime”, the third track of the album. Probably one of the best intros written in this album, and with the shouts of Charly Steinhauer soon taking over, one simply cannot ask for any more. The halfway mark of the album happens with a four minute twenty seven seconds track called “Crusaders Revenge”.

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Side B of the album begins with another wonderful acoustic intro and soon gives way to the gritty, dark, riff that is found throughout the album, another definitive solo on this particular track really enhances the quality of the musicianship that is found throughout the album. Three tracks down the line and some of the best and classic riffs throughout the album, slow down to another acoustic outro and a flash of thunderstorm again, called “Castle in the Wind”. The drumming by Axel Blaha should be of special mention.

Overall “Heresy” is one of the classic concept albums ever to be produced in the history of heavy/ thrash metal. The band showed excellent musicianship both in the lyrical and composition aspect. This makes “Heresy” a must listen to any of the metal maniacs out there.

Associated acts/ listen: Brain Damage, Outloud, Vicious Rumors

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Written by: Dessembrae