Saturday, December 20, 2014

Interview with Cardiac Arrest from the U.S done by Patrick on 12-20-14

Metal Hails 
Here  is  a  new   interview  done  with  one  of  the  best  bands to  come  out  of  the  Illinois   Metal  scenes.Cardiac Arrest  blend  old-school  death  metal   and  elements   of the  newer  scene  to  make  a  very  unique  and  aggressive  band.  If you  have  never  heard  the  band  before  this  is  a  great  band to   check  out  if you  are  a  old-school  Metal  maniac.
Keep  the  metal  going 

Interview  with  Adam Scott  Vocalist and  Guitarist  for  Cardiac  Arrest    done  by  Patrick
1.Metal  Hails  Adam   when  did  you  first  meet  the  other  members  of  Cardiac  Arrest? What  gave  you  all the  idea to  form    Cardiac  Arrest?How  did  you  all come  up  with  the  name  for  the  band?
A: Greetings Patrick!!! Well, we've gone through a lot of different changes through the years but the original lineup years ago, we went to high school and all. I just wanted play Death Metal and have an outlet. As far as names are concerned, we had a name but had second thoughts on it, then one day my friend/bandmate came asked me what I thought of Cardiac Arrest? Well, I guess that was that.
2.What  is  the  current  line up  of    Cardiac  Arrest? How  would  you  say    Cardiac  Arrest's   music  has  changed  over  the  years?
A: Other than myself, we have David Holland on Bass/vocals, Tom Knizner on Guitar/Vocals and Nick Gallichio on Drums. I can honestly say the influence still remains, of course when you have different guys there's going to be certain things that maybe a little different when they put their input in. They've been in the band for a long time now so there's a good chemistry.
3.  Cardiac  Arrest   is  getting  ready  to  release  their  new  cd   "And  Death Shall  Set You Free" through  Razorback Rec. how  did you  all come  in  contact  with this  great  label?
A: Yes, as a matter of fact, And Death Shall Set You Free just came out about two weeks ago. We've been friends w/ Billy at Razorback Records for a long time, we've always shared an interest in Horror Films, one of the common interests we've mainly shared. I guess you can say maybe the stars aligned themselves just right this time around when it came down to being on the mighty "Horror Hive"!!!
4.How  long  did  it  take the  band to  write  the  music  on    "And  Death Shall  Set You Free"? Does  the  whole  band  work  on  the  music  or  does  one member  usually  write  everything?
A: Hard to say, the songs came out of ideas we've had since our previous album Vortex of Violence or before that even. We always write, it will never end. There are times I do come up with a lot of stuff, but everyone has their say in what we do on the songwriting end. There's no dictatorship here on that front.  
5.How  has  the  response  been  from  the  fans  so far? What  about  the   press?
A: The fans love it for sure, I think. Now the press? Hard to say at this point since "And Death.." is still pretty fresh. I can't wait to see what kind of shit will fly. BAHAHAHA!!!!
6.I have  seen  on  the  Cardiac  Arrest  facebook  page  that  the  band  will be  heading to  Europe  in  early  2015  what gave you  all the  idea to  head to Europe?
A: Indeed, this will be our first time over there. Of course that has been a long term goal of ours for a long time to do something like this overseas. It was just a matter of when.
7.Who  are  some  bands you  will  be touring  with? What  are  the  countries you   will  be  playing  in?
A: We will be on tour with NOMINON from Sweden. Quite honored to be doing it with them! Thus far at the time I'm doing this interview, the countries I know we WILL be doing are doing Sweden, Germany (4 dates at least), The Czech Republic, Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands. The tour will end at The Neurotic Deathfest in Tilburg, NL.
8. I  know  it  is  a  little  ways  off but  have you  all  decided  on  any  U.S  tours for  2015?
A: Not really, just a show here and there. We've toured North America before. We just don't have the time to do such endeavors for such a long period of time when holding down jobs and shit like that.
9.I  know  Cardiac  Arrest    have  played  a lot of  shows  over the  last  few  years  what  have  been  some  of your   most  memorable  shows?
A: For starters playing the Canadian dates on tour w/ Destroyer 666 and Enthroned was just plain mind blowing. Of course I can't neglect opening for Autopsy a couple years ago in Chicago. What a huge honor especially playing to such a huge crowd in our home town. Those are at least 3 of the top ones. I'd have to think long and hard about other ones. HAHA!!!
10.Besides  the  new  cd  coming  out  on  Razorback  Rec.  I  believe the  band  also  released  a split  7inch  with  Radiation Sickness  How  many  songs  are  on the  new  7inch?  Where  can  the  fans  pick  up  a  copy  of the  7inch?
A: The split w/ Radiation Sickness isn't out yet, it should be coming out in the spring of 2015 on Fat Ass Records out of Poland. I'm sure some distros out there will be able to carry it for sure, of course both Radiation Sickness and us will have copies for sale.
11.Besides  the   new  cd  and  7inch   does   Cardiac  Arrest    have  any  new  merchandise  coming  out  soon? Where can  the  fans  get  the  merchandise?
A: At the moment we have shirts for the new album out. Working on some other cool little things for merch. You never know what we'll come up with. You can go to for merch.
12.Adam  besides  the  band  you  also  run  Death Dealer  distro  when did you  first  start  the  distro? Where  can  the  fans  see your  full distro  list?
I first started Death Dealer Distro almost ten years ago. I have a facebook page for it, my full list is up. Plenty of CDs, Vinyl, as well as Zines and other cool goodies!!
13.Do  you  usually  trade  or  buy  wholesale  with  other  bands and  labels? Are  you  currently  looking  for  new  bands and  labels to  work  with?  What  styles  of  metal  do you  carry  in  the  distro?
A: I am always looking for cool stuff to carry in the distro, from any labels from around the world. I predominantly carry Death Metal, but also some Black, Thrash or even the traditional Heavy Metal stuff too.
14.Cardiac  Arrest  comes  out  of  the  mighty   Illinois  metal  scene what  is  your   opinion  on the  scene  in  Illinois? 
A: I can't really speak for Illinois as a whole. Mainly cause a lot of it comes out of Chicago, not that say any other town has killer bands or anything. The scene is I guess you can say good. Saturated at times, due to being a lot of bands, and a lot of shows, which at times can be bad with dividing crowds and what have you. But I guess you can say it's better to have a couple options, when some other 'major markets' options are either Black Label Society or nothing at all.  
15.Who  are  some  of your  all-time  favorite  bands  from  Illinois? Are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out?
A: Cianide, Macabre and Impetigo are for sure all time. As far as newer bands? Some that are worth the time are Nucleus who are very unique and great. They Die Screaming is a very cool horror inspired Death Metal band too. I'd like to see both bands keep going for sure.
16.Adam  are  you  or  any  of   the  members  of  Cardiac  Arrest  currently  working  with  side-bands?If  yes  please tell the  readers  about  them?
A: Well, Tom has a band called Severed which he's had since 1995. Grindy sleazy punk driven Death Metal. Very fun listen and fun to watch as well!!! Nick also has a project which is Grind/Black Metal (I think, hehe)
17.Well  Adam  we  have  come  to  the  end  of  the  interview.Thank  you  for taking  the  time to  fill out this  interview   do  you   have  any  final   comments  for  the  readers?

A: Thanks a ton for the interview, thanks to those who read, get the new album as well as I hope to see some of you on tour in Europe!!!! ROT FOREVER!!!!
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Friday, December 12, 2014

New Reviews done on 12-12-14

Metal  Hails!! 
Here  are  a  few  new  thrash,death  metal  reviews  for  everyone  to  enjoy  this  weekeknd  and  next.  More   reviews  and  Interviews   will  be  posted  very  soon  so  keep  watching  the  blog  for  updates.
Metal  Regards

Alitor--Eternal  Depression  cd    {Witches  Brew Rec.}Serbia's   Alitor    are  a  heavy  metal  band  with   some  thrash  and  a  little  progressive  metal/rock  entertwined  in  some  of the  tracks.Alitor  has  crafted  and  created  a  good  debut  release the  guitars  are  a  mix  of  thrashy fast  guitar  riffs with  some  mid paced range  that  is  played  with  a lot  of  talent and  power.The  vocalist  has  a  nice  range  going  from  a  melodic  clean  singing  voice to   a  more  raspy  thrashy  screams.This  is  a good  release  of  thrash/heavy  metal  with  some  excellent  progressive  metal espically  in  the  guitar  department.So  if you  are  a   thrash metal  fan  who likes  some  progressive  metal  entertwined  then  give this  band  a shot  today.
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Dire Omen--- Wresting  The  Revelation Of  Futility  cd {Dark  Descent  Records}
Canada's  Dire Omen   have  released their  debut  cd  through  the  mighty   Dark Descent  rec.  And  what a  debut  this  is  mixing  old-school  heavy death  metal  with  some  black metal  influences.The  guitars  are top  notch  with  heavy death metal  guitars  and  some of the  songs  have the   early blackend   riffs  within the songs.The drumming  is  heavy  with  some  fast drum patterns  before  going to  a  more controlled  mid paced  range.The vocals  are  low  death  growls and the production  is  a  little rough  sounding  but  you  can  hear  each  instrument  without  any trouble.A very  good  release  of  heavy  death metal  with  some  old-school blackend  metal  within a few  of  the  songs.
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Endless Recovery--Resistant Bangers  7inch   {Witches  Brew  Rec..}
Endless Recovery  come  out  of Greece's   thrash metal  scene  with a  brand new  7inch .Featuring  two  songs  of hyper speed   thrash.Endless Recovery  do  a  great  job  of  writing  excellent thrash  anthems  with  extremely fast  and  catchy  drums  and the  guitars  are  equally  as  fast  with  some excellent  riffs  and few  solo's  mixed  in the songs.The  vocalist  does a  great  job   combing  gruff screams and  vocals  with  some  higher  pitched  screams  in a few  sections.If  you  are  a  thrash  maniac  then  I  would  suggest  getting  this  7inch  before  their  gone and I  believe  the  band  is  working  on a  new  cd  to  be  released  by  Witches  Brew  sometime  next  year.
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Hadez--Morituri  Te  Salutant   cd    {Paragon  Records}
I  tell you  Peru  and  the  South  American  metal  scene  has  unleashed  a lot  of  great  bands and releases this  year  and  Hadez   is  no  exception. Hadez  has  been  active  within the  underground  scene  since the  late  80's  so  you  know they  know  how to  play and  create  great  music.This  is  the  bands  newest  cd  "Morituri  Te  Salutant"  released  in the  U.S  through the  great  label  Paragon Rec.The  guitars  are  raw  with the  old school  sound  and  approach  their  are some  good riffs  and  solo's  mixed in the  songs.The  band  seems to  be  right  at  home  with  playing  mid-paced  death metal.The  guitarist  does  speed  up  and  let  loose  on  a few  of the songs but  mainly  sticks with the  mid paced  guitar  tone.The drumming   is  extremely  well  done   with  some  fast  beats  mixed  with the  crazed  guitars  before returning to  a  mid paced  pattern.The  vocals  are  death growls  with  some   gruff  style  vocals  in a few  of the  tracks. This  is  a great  release  of  old-school  death  metal  and  if you  enjoy  the  early to  mid  90's' death  metal you  should  defintly  check this  band   out today. 
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Lycanthropy--Operation Werwolf Mcd  {Lower  Silesian  Stronghold}
Starting  off  with  a  intro  of  sounds  of  bombs  and  guns  blazing  it  doesn't  take  long  for  the  band  to  go  right  in for the  chaotic  guitars   riffs  and  a few solo's.The  drumming  is  just  as  crazed  with  a  few  slower/mid-paced  drumming  patterns  in a few  of the  songs.The  vocals  are  extreme  and  violent  shrieks   that  spew  out  the  lyrics.This  is 
 Lycanthropy's  best   work  to  date  and  if   you  enjoyed  their  previous  releases  don't  miss  out  on  this  release. 
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