Let the chaos begin
The month of death calls for a proper festival. What could work better than two days filled with metal’s most extreme genres? Last year lacked such an event, and this year definitely didn’t disappoint with its obsidious offering of SteelChaos. With the announced lineup reaching from raw through oldschool black metal and extending to a few death metal groups, the festival looked extremely promising. Continue reading
Those who missed Sadistic Intent’s show at last year’s Steelfest were lucky enough to have the opportunity to see the band in town again. The small but great venue Kuudes Linja hosted both Obscure Burial from Turku and Sadistic coming all the way from Los Angeles.
At the Fort Lauderdale stop of Soilwork’s tour supporting Soulfly we caught up with Dirk Verbeuren, who alongside playing in Soilwork has played for acts as diverse as Devin Townsend, Satyricon, Scarve and even his own grindcore project Bent Sea. We talked about his influences, his work with Devin Townsend and his Australian Doppelganger Steve Hughes.
Norma Evangelium Diaboli, 2014
For those who aren’t acquainted with this Spanish group, they play putrid and uncompromising old-school death metal at its finest with hints of other extreme forms of metal. Their music is heavily based on brutal, low-key riffs with even lower tuning, accompanied by manic and primitive drumming. On rare occasions, this sepulchral pummeling is interrupted by rather unmusical guitar solos that fancy insane shredding, arpeggios and whammy-bar abusing (Slayer, anyone!?). The vocals are mainly grunting and growling as if delivered from beyond the living world, and with no clear rhythmic patterns or arrangements, as they are presented more like frenzied bursts of phrases or haunting devilish praise. Add to these factors that the songs themselves are erratic and illogically built harvesters of Chaos without any regular structures, and you’re really starting to feel like you’re embarking on a seriously dangerous trip when experiencing Death. Continue reading
Consumed by Elder Sign
Abysmal Sounds, 2014
Can anybody guess what’s the worst nightmare of a music reviewer, or a reviewer of any kind? No, it’s not a product that makes the critic rip out their hair because it’s so unforgivably bad or makes them think “what was the reason I ever decided to waste my time and energy on this reeking pile of horse feces that’s somehow called art by some people”. The most atrocious and frustrating thing is to give birth to an article based on a screw-up so tedious and tasteless that every single word and phrase in the text requires immeasurable effort, leaving you feeling totally consumed once it’s finally done. When you’ve been sitting on your computer for several hours, there’s not a single word that could give a good start for the review, and you’re feeling like the dullness is going to mummify you. When you’re thinking that maybe a staring contest with a potato would be much more rewarding. Yeah, that’s a reviewer’s worst nightmare. Continue reading
New death metal bands seem to be popping up like mushrooms all around the globe, while long-slumbered elders keep on bursting out of their coffins. In the midst of this overabundance, Undergang from Denmark somehow managed to catch my attention. Despite singing in their native tongue, which I couldn’t understand a word of, their message was still very clear to me; this was a band that’s all about the slimy and filthy way of death metal! Combining all the elements I love in the genre and spewing out some of the most wicked and crushing sonic savagery, Undergang is a name you need to remember if you are into death metal (or into heavy metal, for that matter) at all. And so I approached their vocalist/guitarist David Torturdød with a bunch of inquiries, and despite being a busy beaver with his various activities in the scene, he managed to spare some time for us. Continue reading
Inverse Records, 2014
For starters, let’s make one thing clear here: …and Oceans has always been – and still is – the most important band for me considering metal music. Consequentially, the debut album of Magenta Harvest appealed to me more than enough, as the band originally started as a duo consisting of two ex-members of this personal all-time-favorite group of mine. And should the claims on their bio be true, the music on Volatile Waters could be just mind-exploding, as its basis is said to lie on the same musical fields that …and Oceans roamed around in ’95. Continue reading
There are few metal bands in Turku playing the slower, more crushing and oppressive style. With their combination of sludgy riffing with more majestic doom metal, Concrete Icon enters the picture. Through numerous line-up changes, they’ve managed to thrive and put out top-notch releases. After having released their debut Perennial Anguish this summer, the idea sparked to ask a number of questions from main man Jake. Continue reading
Tons of different death metal bands have popped up in Finland bowing at the altars of old death metal gods; some awesome, some not so much… Luckily for Helsinki’s Decaying, they happen to be one of the awesome ones – having a unique sound that combines harsh, furious death metal with more epic doomy stuff. I also feel obligated to mention the “Van Drunen” vocals that will send chills down your spine… Having already released three full-lengths, I wanted to ask some questions from the guitarist/vocalist/composer/lyricist/mastermind Matias Nastolin. Continue reading
As my first band to interview, I decided to go with Atretic Instestine for a few reasons – most importantly because they’re a really kick ass band that combines brutal grooves with more traditional death metal – and with their amazing riffs, great vocals and sick lyrics, what’s not to like? If you add to all this their wild live shows, the package is ready! Here we chat with vocalist Iiro Kosonen, who’s been extremely active in the scene (booking gigs, etc.) for many years, and also happens to be a great and friendly dude, so I thought why not ask some questions from him and ruin his day? Continue reading
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