Saturday, February 21, 2015

New reviews done by Patrick on 2--21-15

Metal  Hails
Here  is  a  new  batch  of reviews  for your  reading  pleasure  a little  bit  of thrash,death  and a few  black  metal  releases.  Hopefully  you  all  will  find  some  new  music  to  your  liking.

Apocryfal--Aberration  Of Mind  {Digital release/Self-released}
Apocryfal  come  out  of  Finlands   death metal  scene.This  young band  really  knows  how to  create  memorable and  well written  death metal.The  guitars  are very well  played  with  some  catchy riffs  mixed  in the  songs.the  drumming  is really good  with a  mix  of  furious  drum  patterns to a  more  mid paced drum  sound.The  vocals  are  death metal  growls  and  some  grunt/gruff  style  vocals.Apocryfal  are  a  solid brutal death  metal  band that  is  defintly  worth  checking  out  if your  into  this  style  of  music.
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Atomicide--Chaos  Abomination  LP  {Iron  Bonehead Rec.}
Atomicide  return  with  their  second  full-length  for  Iron Bonehead Rec. Atomicide  have  been  in the  underground  metal  scene  for  about  ten  years  with their  brand  of  vicious  and  violent death,blackend  metal.The  guitars  are  played  at  hyperspeed  with a few  mid paced  sections  before  going  extremely  fast  with  the  guitars  once again.The  drumming  is  non stop  barrage  of  hyperspeed  drum  beats that are  chaotic  but  also  done  very  well with  some  impressive  drum  patterns.The  vocals  are  deep death growls  with  some  scratchy vocals  and a few  screams  throughout  the  LP. This  is  a  really  chaotic  but  well written  slab  of  chaotic  death metal  if your  into  old-school,vicious  death metal  then  defintly  do yourself  a favor and pick  this  gem  of  a release  up today.
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Blasphmachine--Oath  pro cdr  {Cold Raw  Rec.}
 Malaysia's Blasphmachine  release their  newest  E.P of  raw,violent  blackend death  metal.The  two  tracks  on  the  Oath Mcdr  are  very  well  played  going from hyper fast  death metal  to  a  more  slower mid range paced  black metal.The  guitars  are  done  extremely  good  with  hyperspeed  guitars  to a  more controlled mid-paced.The  vocals  are  death metal  growls  with  some  raw screams  mixed  in the  music.This  is  a great  band  and release  if you  are  a  fan  of  early nineties  blackend death metal  then  pick  this  release  up  today.
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Cold Blood--Chronology Of  Satanic  Events   {Metallic  Media}
ColdBlood  come  out  of  the  mighty Brazilian  death metal  scene  playing  a   mix  of  old-school {early  90's}  death  metal  with  their  second  cd  "Chronology Of  Satanic  Events ".Heavy mid-paced  death  metal  with  some  faster  parts  within a few  tracks.The  guitars  are  done  with  excellent  precision  and  talent.The  drumming  is top notched as well with  some  mid-paced drums before speeding up with  some faster thrashy drum  patterns.The  vocals  are done  in the death metal  growls  with  some  screams  mixed in  with the  growls.Cold Bloood reminds  me  of  early  Deicide  and  other  excellent U.S death  metal  bands a  great release  and  band  for  anyone  into  deicide  or  old-school death  metal. 
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Goat  Semen--Ego  Svm  Satana  cd,Lp  {Hells  Headbangers  Rec.}
The  South American  horde  Goat Semen have  released  their  debut cd/Lp  through  the  mighty  Hells  Headbangers.combing  vicious  old school  death  metal  with  some  thrashing war  metal  guitars are  played  extremely  fast and  with a lot  of  chaotic riffs mixed  in.But  don't  let  the  fast  riffs  fool you this guitar  player  knows  how  to create  violent sounding  guitar  riffs  but  are  also  very  trained and  can  create some  well done  guitar  patterns.The  drumming  is done  fast  with  a lot  of crazy  drum  patterns  but  like the  guitars  the  drumming is top  notch  with  some  crazed  patterns but  also done  with  a lot  of  talent.Goat Semen   have  created  a  great  debut  if your  into  old-school fast death  metal  with  some  bestial thrash  elements then  definitely   check  this  out  today!
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Morbosidad--Tortura  MLP  {Nuclear War  Now!}
Morbosidad  have unleashed their  brand  new  Mlp  "Tortura"   mixing  a nice  blend  of  old-school black  and  death  metal  elements together  with some  elements  of  war metal chaos.The drumming  is  non stop  fast  and  chaotic  all over the place  which  really fits these  songs.The  guitars  are  equally  as fast   with  some  excellent  guitar  patterns and riffs.The  band  is  not  all speed and chaotic music the  band  does slow it  down  in a few  songs to a more mid-paced range  before  pummeling  the  listener  with another  barrage  of  fast  guitars and drums.
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Phantasmal--The  Reapers   Forge  cassette  tape {self-released}
Coming  out  of  the U.S  Metal  scene  is  Phantasmal  releasing  their  debut  demo  The  Reapers   Forge  combining  thrash  with  old-school death and  black  metal  elements.The  two  man  band  have  created  a  very  old-school  sounding  masterpiece  with  thrashing  guitars  that  are fast  and  also  have some  creative  solo's entertwined.The  drumming  is top  notched  with  some mid-paced  drums  and  their are  some  very  heavy,fast drum  parts  as well.The  vocalist  does a  good  job  with  black metal  screams  and  some  gruff  vocals  in a  few  tracks.This  is  a  very  well played  band that  has released  a good  demo  worth  checking  out.
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Interview with Loki editor of Occult Black Metal web-zine done by Patrick on 2-21-15

 Metal  Hails!!
Here is  a  new  interview  with  the  man  behind   the  web-zines  "Occult  Black metal  web-zine"  among  many  others.So  if  you  are  a  metal fan {of  any  genre}  check  the  web-zine  links  at the end  of the  interview. 

Interview   with  Loki  editor   of  Occult  Black  Metal  web-zine   done  by   Patrick

1.Metal  Hails  Loki   how  is your  week  going?  When  did  you  first  discover  metal  music? I know  you  have  2-3  different  web-zines going  at  the  moment  would  you  say you  have  an  open  mind  towards  music  in general?
Actually right now I am doing 9 different blogs but am looking to hire a second writer for the 9th blog which is more focuses on the less extreme gernes, I would say I do have an open mind towards metal in general along with some classic rock, industrial,punk,  classical and folk music on ocassion, 
2.Who  were  some  of  the first  bands you   listened to? Who  are  some  of your  current  favorites?
 I discovered metal in the 80's in elementary school during the time MTV was playing Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot and Motely Crue videos all day, and while those where mainstream metal bands they did  slowly lead to heavier stuff when i started paying more attention to music, for awhile there I was also into Kiss and Alice Cooper very heavily because the make up had some darkness to it, but as far as heavier genres go I got exposed to Metallica's "Ride The Lightning" and I thought it was the heaviest thing I had heard at the the time and it led to me listening to stuff like Medadeth, Slayer and Anthrax before getting more into heavier stuff like Suicidal Tendencies, Exodus, Testament basically the whole thrash genre along with some more underground stuff such as Onslaught, Piledriver, Anvil Bitch, Kreator, and also where I lived at in Seattle around the mid 80's there was an underground metal show on Sundays called 'Brain Pain' that also exposed me to a lot of extreme bands that where around in those days.

 Then around 90 I started getting more into stuff like Death, Sepultura, Pestillence and Obituary which led to even more death metal bands over the nest couple of years and I also got into grind like Napalm Death, Terrorizer, and Pungent Stench around the same time, and around 92 I started listening to bands on the JL America label and while everybody throught that label sucked at the time my first exposure to second wave black metal came through the stuff they where releasing like Impaled Nazarence, Samael, Beherit and master' Hammer, those albums had a very powerful impact on me at the same and I enjoyed the evil atmosphere and rawness of those bands and then after awhile I got into the bands that where on the Century Black label before going into even more underground stuff which I still keep discovering after more than 20 years? 

  As  far as current favorites some of my newer favorite bands have been My Darkest Shade, Feral, newer Countess, Temple Of Baphomet, Attic, Blasphemous Noise Torment, Alien Deviant Circus, Dawn of A Dark Age, Sepulchral Curse, Hell  Poemer, Vadikan, Wirchclan, the list is endless but my favorite genres are black metal and other type of metal that deals with the occult and I have also been listening to some of the newer bands that go for the classic NWOBHM sound.
3.When  did  you  first  become  interested  in  doing your  own  web-zines? Besides  Occult Black Metal web-zine  I  believe  you  have some  others  that  cover  various  styles  of  underground  music.Can you  please  tell the  readers  about  them?
I did my first zine in 2001 in Colorado with a couple of former members of Satan's Host called Magick Metal Zine which actually was a paper zine but it was misunderstood at the time by a lot of people because we where not afraid to mention how crappy all the nu metal, groove and metalcore bands really where, but we did cover a lot of black, death metal and grindcore bands in the articles and also did write about the few decent bands there where in Colorado at the time, but things changed the other writers started focusing more on Satan's Host and I went to college and got married shortly after that and did no writing again until 2008.

Around 2008 I knew my marriage was in decline so I started reviewing and interviewing bands on Myspace with a web zine I created called 72 Djinn Of The Goetia' which was more black metal and a second one called '50 Names Of Marduck which focused more on doom, death metal and grindcore, and when i realized Myspace was limited I went to blogger and created "OccultBlack
4.Do  you  have  any  advice for  anyone  thinking  of  starting  their  own  web or fanzine? What  are some things  you  feel  that  makes  a good  web-zine?
I would advice other people to start out by reviewing some albums in there own collection, hit up bands on Facebook for interviews and you can also find email addresses on Metal Archives and album covers which i would also advice to people starting out, I did the whole thing with emails and social networks and it led to many different bands, labels, and promotion people hitting me up, 
As for a good web zine, i feel the writer should be passionate about the music they are writing, and not give up while there are a lot of bands that are all supportive about being in web zines you also have the other type that put no effort in the questions and also come across as real pricks, but every writer should learn from their mistakes and if you come across criticism look at it from their point of view and show them you can be a better writer with a kick ass review or Interview? 
5.Does  any  of your  friends  or  contacts  help  with  reviews  or  Interviews  or  do you  prefer to  work  alone?
In the days of MagickMetalZine, I had a couple of other writers help me out and I have also helped out some people with heir promotions out here on interviews, I do for the most part like working alone, i treat my web zines the same way a lot of musicians treat their solo projects, I try to put my vision in as much as possible, but I am at the point where i would be open to bringing in a couple of other writers so I can actually breath and not have to review albums all day like I have, any interested writers should contact me and if I like the way they write i can have them do some reviews and interviews?
6.If  their  are  any  bands  or  labels  reading this  interview  where  can  they  send  you  their promo's  to  review?
You can send the digital promo's to my email and for physical copies also e-mail me at the same address and I will provide an address in a private message
7.How  many  hours  a  day  do  you think  you  work  on  the  web-zines?

Anywhere from 3 to 4 hours a day and sometimes 16 hours a day depending on how much stuff I get sent.
8.What  have   been  some  of your  favorite  bands  or  people  to  interview? Are their  any  bands or  labels{past  or  present}  that  you  would  like  to  interview  someday?
I have interviewed quite a lot of my favorite bands over the years some of the ones I really enjoyed where Bal Sagoth, Opera IX, Crimson Moon, Nibirui, Temple Of Baphomet, Gorephobia, Summoning,  Acheron and many others, I have not done any label interview but would be open to some such as Moribund, Full Moon Productions and any other label that is passionate about satanic or occult metal, as for bands I would be interested in reviewing Therion, Meleschech, Ofermod, King Diamond, Necromantia, and Blood Ritual, but I am fortunate to have interviewed quite alot of bands I have been into very heavily for a long time.   
9.Loki  in  your   opinion  what  is the   best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  scene today? And  what   does  Underground  metal   mean  to  you?
There are a lot of bands in the underground that remain true to the way black and death metal should sound and the ones that take Satanism, paganism, and Occultism are the ones I support the most and I think the underground is very healthy these days with the variety of many different genres you can chose from.
 As for what I hate about the underground these days is all of these psuedo groove metal bands that have been popping up lately and you also have all of these crappy deathcore and pornogrind bands that have no talent, retarded lyrics and those awful and pathetic pig squeals, you also have a lot of black metal people these days that do not understand the true nature of the music and put no effort into the songwriting and drink all day instead of focusing on what black metal should be, And another thing that is annoying about metal these days is all of the hipsters and the annoying clicks that seem to pop up at every show and I also hate all of these filthy unwashed politically correct liberals that label everybody who does that agree with their point of view a Nazi even when that person does not care about politics.
10.When  not  working  on  the  web-zines  what  do  you  enjoy  doing  in  your  spare  time?
I enjoy watching classic horror, science fiction and fantasy films, I also enjoy watching documentaries that are very historical and I also have a huge interest in studying Satnaism, Occultism, Magick, Left hand Path, Paganism and medieval philsophies and my interest in the Dark Arts is alos just as important to me as music and some of the occult authors and philosophers I  enjoy studying are Michael W.Ford, E.A Koetting,, Aliester Crowley, Stephen E. Flowers, Thomas Karlspn, Kenneth Grant, Julius Evola, Freya Aswyyn, Carlos Castendenda, Zecharia Stitchin, Anton Long, Peter Carroll among countless and I also have an interest in lost continents such as Atlantis, Lemuria, Thule and also secrt societies such as Freemasons, Illuminati, and the O.T.O.  
11.Thank  you  Loki  for  taking  the   time  to  fill this  interview  out.Do  you  have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?
Thanks for taking the time to ask me these questions and keep up with your work in the Metal underground

Friday, February 13, 2015

Interview with Blasphmachine done by Patrick on 2-13-15

Metal  Hails
Hope  everyone is  having  a  good  weekend?  Here is  a  new  interview  with  the  Malaysian  band  Blasphmachine  playing  early  blackend death  metal  with a  raw  but  good sounding  production.If  you  are  a fan  of the  early-mid  90's  black/death  metal  scene  then  definitely  check  this  band  out  today.
Metal  Regards

Interview  with  Rimie   vocalist and  guitarist  of  Blasphmachine   done  by   Patrick

1.Metal hails Rimie  how  is  your  week  going? When  did  you  discover metal  music?
 Hails Patrick. I'm doing fine here. Tough week with jobs and usual shit going on. Aaah, i cant remember when i start to discover metal. i guess right after my late eldest brother introduced me to his Dio - Holy Diver tape and his Kerrrang home videos.

2.Who  were  some  of  the  first  bands  you  listened to? Who  are  some  of your  current  favorite  bands?
 yeah, i lived in the eastcoast of malaysia where everything is so religously tight and conservatives. My  brother was the one studying in the city and everytime he's on holiday, he will bring back some heavy metal tapes. mostly Dio, Malmsteem, Ozzy and Metallica.
3.When  did  you  first  meet  the   other  members  of  Blasphmachine? How  did  you  all come  up  with the  name  of  the  band/
 All of us are from a different bands. i came from a death metal background scene to be honest but I am also fans of black metal bands as well. after a long hiatus from my old band, then something urge me to actually play some black death tunes. maybe too much Revenge, Conqueror and Blasphemy worshipping back in the days i would say. then i ask a friend of mine, Syafeg if he could help me out with the drumming. he is also from a brutal death background with his band, AKAREN and also DISLOCATED CEREBRUM. he agreed. Right after that, came Odie from INSIDE to complete the pieces as a bassist. Then we recorded a 3 tracks demo called Hell : Demo, released by ourselve on dub tapes. pass around and sell some of it. maybe around 130 pcs i guess. The name BLASPHMACHINE actually is my idea. mostly our lyrics contains blasphemous content so its kinda resemblance for us as a machine that produce such an anthems.

4.What  is  the  current  line-up  for  Blasphmachine?For  the  readers  who  have  never  heard  Blasphmachine's music  how  would you  describe the  music?
 After the demo relese, Syafeg is concentrating with his other band, DARKREGIME and Odie actually leave the band because he got a transfer to his hometown in borneo. A.P Filthgrinderz help me out with the drumming for our small malaysian tour with INFERNAL CURSE (argentina) and ANGELHOLOCOUST (thailand) in 2013. He then agreed to help me out to record a promo tracks and also a debut release from Blasphmachine. Right after the recording in 2014, he left the band and Syafeg came back to help me out again plus an additional guitarist, Epi. So the current line up now is Rimie (me) - Guitars, Syafeg - Drums, Epi - Guitars. yes, no bass player.
how to describe our sounds ? well. it maybe a dirty filthy cross over between black metal and death metal and also some grinding stuffs. coz we love to play violence.
5.Blasphmachine recently  released their  newest  E.P "Oath"  through  Cold Raw  Rec."  how  did the   band  come  in  contact  with  this  label?
 After we records the promo, we did contact lots of labels just asking if they could release our tracks and Cold Raw Records was one of the interest label. with their profesionalism and dedication to bands under him, we chose Cold Raw Records and he agree to release it under his label.

6.How  long  did  it  take  to  write  the  songs  on the   "Oath" Mcdr? Does  the  whole  band  work  on  the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?
 It didnt take to much time. maybe 3-4 jamm sessions. we usually write together. i usually come with and idea, some riffs, then Syafeg will try to match up with his drumming. most of the tracks written just like that.
7.Who  usually  takes  care  of the  lyrics for the  band? What are some  subjects/topics  the band  writes  about?
 I did all the lyrics. mostly its all about blasphemous rants and rebellious towards humanity and most oftenly, death. total death is what the world needs now.

8.Does   Blasphmachine   have  any tours  or  shows  planned  for  2015? Who  are  some  bands you  all have shared the  stage  with?
Yes, we do have a small tour planned for 2015. we will be playing with NECROWRETCH (france) in August. and hopefully again with our comrades from thailand, SHAMBLES.
9.Blasphmachine   comes  out  of  the  Malaysian   black/death metal  scene.What  is  your  opinion  on the  scene  in    Malaysia?
Malaysian metal scene is quite unique if u ask me. we have everything here. death metal, black metals. most of the black metal bands here are a rendition of mistical, ethnic and influenced by eastern pagan culture. some of them also influenced by Dimmu Borgir and so on. but now, some of the bands came out from that category and progressively evolving.
10.Who  are your  all-time  favorite   Malaysian ? Are  their  any  new  bands from    Malaysia  that you  feel the  readers  should  check  out  soon?
- My choice would be BRAIN DEAD, SIL KHANNAZ and the legendary RATOR. There some new bands worth checking out from here. i can simply say IMPIOUS BLOOD, INSULTOR, CORONATION and NIGHTWOLF really caught my intentions. i really envy them.
11. Rimi   you  handle  the  vocals  for  the  band  when did you first  start  screaming/growling?Do  you  do  anything special  to  keep your  voice/throat  healthy?Who  are some  of your  influences/favorite  vocalists?
I was just a guitarist back then and never thought i could do some vocals in any bands. but in Blasphmachine there's an urge for me to do so and i just try it out. I really wants to keep Blasphmachine simple with not too much band members. Doing guitars and vocals surely can save up times so i give it a try and yes, got some positive feedbacks from friends so it go on just like that. no, i dont have certain special technique on vocals. i just give it a growl and let the echo do the job.
12.Rimi  you  also  handle  the  guitars  for the  band at  what  age did you become  interested in  playing  the  guitars? Are  you  self taught or did you take  lessons  when first  learning?
-       Like I said before, I was guitarist first. I started playing guitar quite late . Maybe around 14 – 15 years old. Yes, I’m self taught and just play in front of the cassette player and then started to jamm with friends in studio.
13.Who  are  your  favorite  guitarists? Do you  currently  play  any  other  instruments?
-        That would definitely be Chris Ross from Revenge, Pete Helmkamp of Angelcorpse  and Ryan Forster of mighty Conqueror and Blasphemy. Yes, I play bass too.
14.In your  opinion  what  is the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  scene? And  what  does Metal underground  mean to you?
-       Metal is freedom. So the best thing about metal is freedom. Its where your mind, beliefs, indoctrine, politics, is free. Being underground is what we choose. And let em reign free. But the worst thing is there are some who is judgemental about genre’s in the scene. Labeling someone true or fake and what not. That need to stop.
15.Rimie  are you  or  any  of the  members  of   Blasphmachine  currently  working  with  other  bands  or  solo-projects? If  yes  please  tell  the  readers  about  them?
-       After my old main band IN TORMENT split-up, I just concentrate with Blasphmachine.but our drummer , Syafeg. He is also a drummer for DARKREGIME.
16.Thank you    Rimie   for  taking  the  time  to  fill this  interview   out  do you   have  any  final  words  for  the  readers?
-       Thanx also to u Patrick for conducting this interview. Last words, do get our promo, “Oath” released by Cold Raw Records (Uk) and soon our 6 tracks debut CD, entitled “Salvation” will be out on Slaughterhouse Records (US) and on Tapes by Analog Ammunition Records (Phil). Total support Primitive Ways Webzine !! Total Death !!! do contact us by e-mail: / and via facebook : fb/blasphmachine
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