Saturday, October 11, 2014

New Reviews done by Patrick on 10-11-14

Metal  Hails!!
Here  is  a  new  batch  of  Reviews   hope   everyone  finds   something  to   their   liking   and  supports  the   bands  and  labels   by   buying  the  release and  merchandise. 
Metal  Regards

Death  Vomit-- Gutted  By  Horrors   cd   {Xtreem Music}

Death  Vomit   come  out  of  the  mighty   Chiliean metal  scene  playing  heavy  old school  death metal.The  guitars  are  mid paced  with  some  faster  raging  guitar  chords and  few  solo's.The  vocalist  does  a  great  job  with  the  heavy old-school death  growls  and  screams  entertwined  in a  few  of  the  songs. Death  Vomit    are  one  of  Chile's  best  new  death  metal  acts  pick  this  up  today.
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Force  Of   Darkness--Absolute  Verb  Of  Chaos  And  Darkness   cd   {Hells  Headbangers  Records} 
Force  Of   Darkness  are  a  new  band to  my  ears from  the  great  Chilean metal  scene   returning  with  their  third  cd.The  band   plays  a  good  style  of  war  death  metal  with  a  healthy  dose  of   thrashinfluence.The  guitars  are  played  with  a lot  of  speed  and  aggressive war  metal riffs.The  drumming  is   chaotic  with  some  very  well  done  blast  beats  throughout  the  songs  but  the  drummer  does  slow  it  down to  a  mid paced range  before  starting  the  aggression  up  again.The  vocals  are  death  growls  with  some  screams  entertwined.If  you  are  a  metal  fanatic  who  enjoys  the  thrashing/death and  even  some  war metal  mixed  in  then  definitely  pick  this  up  today.
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Graveyard Ghoul--The Living Cemetary  CD,LP   {Final  Gate  Records}
This  is  my  first  encounter  with  Germany's  Graveyard Ghoul  who  recently  released  their  second  cd  The Living Cemetary  {also  a  vinyl  version  will be  available}  the  music  is  mid tempo  with  some  faster  guitar  and  drumming  patterns  mixed  in a  few  of  the  songs. If  you  are  a  fan  of  early  to  mid  nineties  death metal  with  influences  from  both  the  U.S and European  scenes.
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Khthoniik  Cerviiks--Heptae  Drone  Cassette tape   {Iron  Bonehead  Rec.}
Germany's   Khthoniik  Cerviikshave   released  their  debut  demo  cass "Heptae  Drone "   seven  songs  of fast,crazed  death metal.Very  well played  guitars  that  rang  between  ultra  fast  to a  more  controlled  mid-paced  guitar  sound.The  drummer  is  excellent  with  the  crazy,fast  drumming  patterns.The  vocals  are  death  metal  growls  that  are  done  excellent.
Anyone  into  real  death  metal  and  loves  tapes  should  pick   this  up  today.
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Krueger--Return  To  Death  cd   {self-released}
Brazil's  Krueger  have   released  their  new  cd  "Return  To  Death"   have  unleashed  a  great   cd  of  old-school  death  metal  and a  healthy  dose  of  thrashy  guitars.The  guitars  are  fast  with  some  fast  thrashy  riffs  and some  heavier  death  metal  riffs  with  some  solo's  mixed  in a  few  of  the  tracks.The  drumming  is  top  notch  with  crazed and  chaotic  drumming  patterns.The  vocals  are  death  growls  and  some  raspy screams  mixed  in  a  few  of  the  songs.Krueger   have  released  a    great and  solid  album  and  is  recommended  to  anyone  who  is   into  early  nineties  death,thrash  metal.
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Obscure  Burial-- Epiphany  cassette  tape   {Invictus  Prod.}
Here  comes  the  second  demo  from  Finlands   Obscure  Burial  raw,crazed  death  metal  with  some   very  well played  fast thrashing  guitars.The  drummer  is  very  good  with  keeping  up  with  the  fast  and  more  mid paced  beats in  the  songs  going  from  chaotic and  extremely  fast  to  a  more  mid  range.This   is  a   very  good  demo  can't  wait  to  hear  their  new  material  when  it  is  ready  and  released fans  of  craed  old-school  death  metal  will  love  this  so  get  it  today!! 
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Reckless  Manslaughter---Blast  Into  Oblivion  cd  {Final  Gates  Records}
Reckless  Manslaughter   comes  out  of  the  German  underground  metal  scene   playing  old-school  death  metal  mixing  in  old  U.S  and  German  influences.The  guitars  are  played  at  a  pretty  fast  pace  throughout  the  songs   but  do  slow to  a  more  mid-paced  range  The  drumming  is  top  notch  with  a  mixture  of  some  fast  drum  patterns  and  some  mid  ranged  drums.The  vocals   are   Death  metal  growls   with  a lot  of  power  and  aggressive  tones  within done  extremely  well.
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Vorzug----I Am In  Hell  {Digital  Single/download} 
This  is  the  debut  single  I Am  In Hell  from Vorzug a  new  band  from   the  Phoenix AZ  area.The  band  plays  a  very  old-school  style  of  blackend  death  metal  with  some  thrashy guitars in  the song.The  song  is  mid  paced  with  some  great  and  killer  guitar  solo's  and  riffs  in  the  debut  song.The  drumming  goes  from  extremely  fast  thrashy  drums to  a  mid  paced  range.The  vocalist  starts  off  with  death  growls  but  toward  the  middle  of  the  song switches  to  old-school  black metal  screams/vocals.I am   very  eager  to  hear  the  debut  when  it  is  released  but  for   now  if  you  are  into  digital-songs/downloads   get  a  copy  of  this  song
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Interview with Vorzug done by Patrick

 Here  is  a  new  Interview  with  the  Arizona's    Vorzug  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old-school  blackend thrash  with  some  elements  of  old-school  death metal.The  band  has  digitally  released  their debut  single  pretty  much  where   digital  music  is  sold.  So  get  it  today  and  keep  a  watch  out for  the  bands  debut. 

Interview with Vorzug done by Patrick

1.Metal Hails how long has Vorzug been a active band?

 Well Howdy-doo buckaroo! Vorzug had its official start in June 2014, though we were together with our current line-up for years under a different name.

2.What is the current line-up for Vorzug? For the readers who have never heard the band how would you describe the music of Vorzug?

 We have Daniel Beck on drums, Rock Rollain on bass, Ivan "Graven" Schone on guitar, and Anthony Hoyes for vocals. We play a hybrid of Old-School Death Metal mixed with black, thrash, and gore. 
For quick conversation we say were Old-School Blackened Death Metal.

3.Vorzug recently released their first single "I Am In Hell" how long did it take to write the music for the song? Does the whole band work on the music or does one member usually handle everything?

 I don't remember exactly, but it was fairly short. We got everything pretty much done over the course of a week. Everyone in the band has input on the song, we start off with just a basic drum beat or guitar riff and we build on it.

4.If the fans want to get a copy of  the song where  can they hear/purchase it? How has the reaction been from the fans s far? What about the press?

VORZUG: I AM IN HELL is available at hundreds of online storefronts. Xbox music, Sony Music Entertainment, 7 Digital, HMV digital, ITunes, Amazon, Spotify, are some of the bigger places, some of those offer free streams. We just ask people to buy from that is from amazon but we put an official link to it for branding and simplicity. So far fans have really gotten behind it and enjoyed it from what they've told us, as have the media, we haven't had any bad reviews thus far.

5.I Believe I read the band is hard at work on the debut release will this be a digital only release or would you like to release it on cd or cassette?

VORZUG: We're going to release on digital and physical formats. So we're doing a CD and there is some talk of doing a Vinyl in limited amounts. Cassette tapes, I don't know about but if 20 or more people want them we will make a limited run for them. So fans make sure to let us know what you want and we will try to make it possible for you.

6.How many songs are you all planning on having on the release? Does the band plan to self- release it or have you searched for a label?

 I think we're doing 8 songs. Could be a hidden track or two if we have the proper time to get it done but 8 for sure. The release will be put out on Apollyon Entertainment which has distribution through Universal Music Group, so as it stands now we have no real interest in any other labels unless they are offering all expenses paid touring.

7.Any idea's when it might be released for the masses to buy? Where do you all draw inspiration for the lyrics?

Our planned release date is Jan 23rd 2015. Lyrics are inspired from occult ideas, horror films, and everyday life in terms of my own experiences/feelings on things.

8.Does Vorzug play live very often or do you prefer to work in the studio? Who are some bands you have shared the stage with?

 So far Vorzug hasn't performed live yet, the last show we did we performed under our previous name but that was back to back festival shows. We love performing live, but we wanted to focus on getting new material out as quickly as possible with the new name and establish ourselves as a force. Which I think we've done so far, so now we have a few dates confirmed for the first couple months of 2015 and we have 2 major bands we're talking with about doing west coast dates on their tours so we will be getting out there pretty soon.

9.Does the band have any tours/shows  planned for the near future? If yes where are some places you all will be playing? If you could set up a dream tour or show who are some bands {past  or  present} you would love to share the stage with?

 We have dates booked for late Jan-march of 2015. We have dates confirmed in Arizona, and California so far. Our dream tour would be with an combo of Motorhead, Six Feet Under, Amon, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary and us.

10.In your opinion's what is the  best and worst thing about the current metal underground scene? And what does  underground metal mean to you all?

 I have no idea. I don't feel we're apart of any scene. So to be honest with you I have no idea about it.  I don't believe in the term "Scene." That being said I also don't feel there is underground music. It was a way of connecting to something that went against the mainstream.
But all music is mainstream now. Cannibal Corpse is on billboard. People know what death metal is, there's a death metal themed cartoon, you can't get more mainstream than that. So I know people like to include themselves into elite groups in the metal world but in todays information age there are few things on the fringe of pop culture.

11.Are any of  the members of Vorzug currently working with any other bands or solo projects?

 Ivan is a member of an industrial metal band Element A440. Rock is in a blues/rock cover band with a 16 year old guitarist called Sneaky Pete. Daniel is in a traditional metal band called Crimson Reign. And Anthony plays video games and produces porno in his spare time.

12.What is the metal scene like in Arizona?

 Similar to my other answer. We're not part of any scene so I cant really answer this. If you're asking how shows do here, it's the same as anywhere else. Music in general is a popularity contest, so if you play the game and hang out with the fans at shows and so forth they will do the same for your band inspite of whatever talent you may have or may lack. So it's the same everywhere. There are a lot of good bands in AZ, but some will only do well in the state, while other thrive outside of it.

13.Who are some of your all-time favorite Arizona bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should  watch out for?

 Well the members side projects make sure to look into those. Crimson Reign, Element A440. But some other bands that we enjoy are Hypatia, Exiled (John Cason is one cool customer) Unholy Monarch, and Magguts. There are other bands like Lago, Genocaust, Epyon and so forth that are very worth checking into.

14.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?

 You're very welcome. Always glad to take time for interviews and general music conversations. To the readers, if you haven't heard Vorzug yet, we invite you to take a listen. You can find us all over but lets keep it simple.
If you're into it like our pages, share our pages, tell your friends and buy our track. It's .99 cents, we also have a song available for free on our facebook page so you can try before you buy.
We're not going to be one of those kickstarter or indiegogo bands begging people to give them money. We released a product, if you're in the market for a death metal track give it a try, if you like it we have more coming, shirts also on the way. So keep checking back if you don't like it, leave us feedback we like to hear from everyone, so good and bad comments are welcomed.

Interview with Dan vocalist for Striker done by Patrick

Metal  Hails 
Here  is  a  new  interview   with  Striker  out  of  the  mighty  Canadian  metal  scene.Striker  has  signed  with  Napalm  records   and  released   their  third  full-length  "City Of  Gold"  if  you  are  a  heavy  metal fan  with  touches  of  thrashing  mayhem  defintly  check  out   Striker  today!!
enjoy  the  interview  and  keep  watching  for  new  Reviews  and  Interviews   soon.
Metal  Regards

Interview   with  Dan  Cleary   vocalist  for  Striker   done  by  Patrick  

1. Metal hails  Dan!  When  did you  first  discover  metal  music?Who  were some  of  the  first  bands you  listened  to?Who  are  some  of your  favorite  bands?

I think I first discovered metal in around the 7th or 8th grade, so when I was around 13 or something. The first stuff I listened to was The Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Guns and Roses and Slayer. Nowadays some of my favourites are Vicious Rumors, Helloween and like an endless list that goes on and on haha
2.When  did you  all get  the  idea  to  form  "Striker"? What  is the  current  line up?How  did you  all come up with  the  name  for  the  band?

Originally it was orginial guitar player Ian and myself wanting to be in a band that was like Racer X, we just wanted to shred so bad haha. Eventually we needed a singer and I took over that role and we got Chris in the band playing guitar. The current line up is Me (Dan) on vocals, Tim Brown and Chris Segger on guitar, William Wallace on Bass, and Adam Brown on Drums. As far as the name goes, Ian and I were just driving around and he thought of the name and we went with it haha nothing to special. 
3.For  the  readers  who have never  had the  chance to  hear  Striker how  would  you  describe  the  music of  the  band?

 Like Iron Maiden but not as good haha. I'm not entirely sure how to describe us, usually people can't put a finger on it really
4.Striker  is getting  ready  to  release their  third  cd  "City Of Gold"  through  Napalm Records. how  did you  all  come  in  contact  with  this  label? 

After we recorded "Armed to the Teeth" we were looking for a label to release it and our buddy Eric Grief sent it Napalms way. They contacted us and seemed like the right fit and it went from there.
5.How  long  did  it  take to  write  and  record  "City Of Gold" ? Does the  whole  band  work  on  the  music or does  one member  usually  write  everything?

 I write the majority of the music, and am kind of writing all the time, so by the time we are ready to record the album we just choose the songs we like the most and work on them together. We spent 4 weeks in Sweden at Studio Fredman recording the album, and did a little bit of extra vocal stuff at home as well. 

6.Who  usually  writes  the   lyrics  for  the  band? Where do you  all draw  inspiration  for  the  lyrics? 
I write most if not all of the lyrics. The inspiration is from all over the place. This time around there are some more personal songs, and some songs about things I believe in. Revolution and the world changing, stuff like that. Also of course the title track is about the mayan religion which is pretty fucking cool.
7.Striker  comes  out  of  the Canadian metal  scene,what is  your  opinion  of  Canada's  metal  scene? 

 It's pretty awesome, and has been growing ever since we started. Every big metal show that comes through is sold out for the most part. Not all those people come to the smaller shows but they are starting to.

8.Who  are  your  some  of your  favorite  Canadian  bands?  Are  their  any  new  bands  you feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for? 

Our buddies in Skull Fist and Unleash The Archers, watch out for them! Also Cauldron and Mortillery. There are a lot to choose from!!
9.I  read  that the  band  has a  U.S  tour coming  up  with  Onslaught  and  Artillery  where  will the  tour  be  playing?

That tour is going all over the US, from New York to L.A!


10.Does  Striker  have  any  European  tours  coming up  soon? Where  are  some  countries  you  will be  playing?

We are touring with Bullet and Stallion in Europe right away. We will be all over Germany and in Spain, Italy, France to name a few.
11.Who  are  some  bands you  all will  be  touring  with? If you  could  set  up  a  dream tour with any  bands {past  or  present}  who are some bands you would  love to share the  stage  with?

Well, Bullet and Stallion, and Onslaught and Artillery. We would love to play with Iron Maiden (obviously) and Metallica. Or maybe open for Justin Beiber and play at Motorhead levels and melt some brains!


12.In  your  opinion  what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  scene today? And  what  does the  term  "underground  metal"  mean to  you?

To me "Underground Metal" is anything that isn't getting radio play, or doesn't fit the current trends in the genre. It's great because there is a true passion to it. No one is playing in an underground metal band trying to get rich haha. At the same time it is hard to keep going as an underground band, sometimes success can be fleeting, but if you really love to play and make music it's all that matters.
13.Dan  you   handle  the  vocals  for Striker  when  did you become  interested  in  singing/screaming? Do  you  do  anything  special  to  keep  your  throat/voice  healthy?

I started in 2007, pretty much because we needed someone to sing. I had a bit of a nack for it so I was the one haha. I warm up my voice and stuff, the main thing is to not get sick, that really fucks everything up. Looking back I have so much respect for any singer who can get on stage while sick or with a cold and still preform, because it's hard and it can hurt and be really shitty. 

14.Who  are  some  of  your  favorite  singers? Do  you  currently   play any  other  instruments?

Big fan of Carl Albert from Vicious Rumors and have recently been listening to a lot of Mark Free from King Kobra and Signal. I also play the guitar, even did a couple solos on the new album!  
15.Dan   are  you  or  any  members  of  Striker  currently  playing  with  any  other   bands? if  yes  please  tell  the  readers  about  them?

Tim used to be in Kobra and the Lotus but not anymore. No one else is in any other bands.

16.Thank  you  Dan  for  taking  the  time to  fill  out  this  interview.Do you  have  any final   comments for  the  readers?

Thanks for reading and check out our new album "City of Gold" you won't be disappointed!