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Adamus

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NewoGhaos

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Shadowsong(Romania) The Styx Shipping Society(Germany)Necandus Est lRussiay

reviews: Acidosis (Florida, U.S.),Coit (Switzerland),Condemned (Texas,U.S.),Dianthus (Poland),Maraude (Qu6bec/Canada),Medo (Portugal),Megadeth,Mordenom (Slovenia),Nocturnal Criptica, Nightcap (Yugoslavia), Orbiter (Serbia),This White Mountain (Connecticut,U.S.)

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Adamus Exul (Australia) Here's a quick rundown of their five-track recording simply titled Adamus Exul: the 29-second introduction named Adestes Infidelis opens the gates to This Blackened Spirit (5:49) that races out in a trail of blasting black metal drumming, crisp guitar work and strong, gruff vocals (not the super raspy kind). Here is a cool midsection, some solid melodies present themselves, on their way to resuming the blasting once again and adding a few more twists and turn before The Exhuming Truth roars in spectacular fashion, to underline that there is more whence this quality comes. After two songs, this sounds i m p r e s s i v e ,w i t h t h e i r w o n d e r f u l a n d w e l l b a l a n c e d d e l i v e r y of blasting speed and uptempo/midpaced moments. The n e x t s o n g i s c a l l e d C a t h a r s i s( 5 : 3 9 ) , b u t c a n t h e y k e e p u p the level they have demonstrated so far? Catharsis is c o n s i s t e n tw i t h t h e o t h e r s o n g s , b e t w e e n s p e e d , d y n a m i c s , and melodies realized by Adamus Exul. Abyssus Abyssum Invocat (2:02), a plodding outtroduction ends this affair. This recording is under 20 minutes and it practically begs to be played again. Adamus Exul should be feeling some pressure! I'm sure people want more from them now, M o r d ( v o c a l s / l y r i c s )a n d A r a l o t h ( l e a d g u i t a r s ) r e s p o n d t o some queries,www. myspace,com/exul When did you record and how are the metal people M e l b o u r n e ,A u s t r a l i a r e a c t i n q t o i t ? ! AR: The Self titled demo was recorded and mixed through out 2008 in a home studio, it wasn't one solid process d o n e i n a s p e c i f i ct i m e . S o n g s a n d r i f f s a m o n g o t h e r t h i n g s were re-invented throughout the process, I would do t h i n g s d i f f e r e n t l yi n h i n d s i g h t .W e h a d o u r d e m o l a u n c h o n Friday 13tn 2009 at the East Brunswick club and I feel it w e n t r e a l l yw e l l . Although Melbourneand Australia in general not having the largest metal scene in the world most already had hold of our demo and were aware of us. Mo: We have been just blown away by the response we have received both for the Demo CD and at live appearances, Melbourne and the rest of Australia is definitely catching on to what we are producing, and there are definitely far larger and darker things in store for Adamus Exul in the coming months. Are there are lot of venues for grass-roots black metal b a n d s ? I s i t d i f f i c u l tt o f i n d g o o d p l a c e s t o r e c o r d ? Mo: We as a band have been fortunate enough to find an a u d i e n c e a t m o s t o f t h e m i d- s i z e d v e n u e s a c r o s s M e l b o u r n e .I n g e n e r a l , m a n y A u s t r a l i a n v e n u e s t a k e i s s u e with the more extreme brands of Metal, Black Metal being particularlydifficult to book. It is really dependent on who you book with (some artists are blacklisted on the Melbournecircuit) and how you sell the show, there is a lot to be said for inspiring confidence in a booker, though more often than not this has a tendency to blow up in your face with the Black Metal crowd after a few stiff drinks. In so far as recording is involved, there are no limitations on where you can record, however finding a p r o d u c e r w h o i s e x p e r i e n c e di n h a n d l i n g t h e s o u n d s t y p i c a l to Black Metal is a definite challenge.We were fortunate in working with Richard Burleigh for our demo CD, who was more than patient in engineering the final product with us, however we will be outsourcing elsewhere for the fulllength.

What bands from Melbourne or Victoria in general you think make good and creative black metal? Mo: Without name dropping more than is tasteful, bands we have performed alongside and have a great deal of respect for as musicians and artists include Western Australia'sWardaemonic, Melbourne'sown Order of Orias, Urgrund, Nekros Manteia and New South Wales bands Vrag and Erebus Enthroned. The Black Metal scene in Australia is still relatively small, however there is a lot to be said for quality over quantity. The remoteness of some regions has p r o d u c e d s o m e i n c r e d i b l es o u n d s , e n e r g y a n d v i s i o n . What is the guitar relationshipbetween Araloth and Veign? Ar: I personallywrite everything for Adamus Exul as far as g u i t a r s a r e c o n c e r n e d .T h e s o n g s o n t h e C D a r e o n e s t h a t I have had composed for a year or so and only finally through Adamus have had the chance to present them as something in there finished form. I am personally looking forward to unleashing some new and fresh material on the upcomingfull length. W h a t i s t h e b a c k g r o u n d s t o . r i e st o t h e l y r i c s o f y o u r s o n g s ? Mo: The lyrics for Adamus Exul up to this point have primarily developed from a sense of Demonic escapism, in a sense that tracks such as This Blackened Spirit and C a t h a r s i sa r e e n t i r e l y i r r e v e r e n t t o r e l i g i o u sm e c h a n i c s a n d a r e m o r e e x p r e s s i o n s o f a p r e d i s p o s i t i o nt o i m a g i n i n g s o f new worlds built around the self. The Exhuming Truth stands as a statement of absolute irreverence to a worthless creator figure, and expresses a self-assuming godhead. These lyrics however are, as the music to which they are affixed set to a period in time and bear little resemblanceto our current lyrical directions,which are far more involved and relevant to us as a band. Without delving into too much detail, we are not well people, and are determinedyou join us in decline. What is bassistUrsar's role? Does Ursar play guitar? Ursar performs all live bass duties and is beginning to assume some creative input with the bass lines,and will be r e c o r d i n g o n t h e u p c o m i n g f u l l l e n g t h . O r i g i n a l l yU r s a r i s a s i x s t r i n g g u i t a r i s t p l a y i n g i n h i s p e r s o n a lp r o j e c t ' A u g u r ' , a band we would highly recommend. Mord does vocals. Are there any special effects on the voice? Does he do all the voices and can he reproduce those voices in concert? Mo: The vocal tracks for the Demo CD are, to my best recollection all true and without modification, save the typically applied studio reverb in a modest measure, in some places there are dual-layered tracks for vocals, but only to accentuate certain climaxes to the music. I am proud to say that we have had no difficulty in replicating the recording in a live environment, and would not nor will ever produce a recording we cannot do justice at a live show! Would you like to be a professional touring band? How determinedwould say you are?!l Ar: We are all 100% committed to spread the plague of Adamus Exul to infect everything in reach, anything less and there would be no point. This is only the very beginning for us and we are all determined to gain as much exposure for ourselves as possible. Mo: Adamus Exul is developing at quite a startling rate, the success of the self-titled CD and the responsethus far to live shows and those tracks that we have uploaded has


been quite overwhelming. It is very clear to us that this is the beginning of something far bigger, the project taking something of a life of it's own in a sense. We have definite clear aspirations to tour both Australia and abroad following the full-length release, and have been developing new material that is sure to impress. Definitely keep an eye out - the plagueis spreadingl!! What are your plans for the rest of 2009 and 2010? Mo: The remainder of 2009 will see Adamus Exul in the studio for the most part recording our aforementioned fulllength, which will be due for a tentative release early in the new year. One thing is for certain, bothJexas and the rest of the Unites States are not safe from what we are creating, and it is only a matter of time before the black winds of far southern Australia bear spores of sicknessand plague from our shores to your own. You are not safe, noone is safe. You have been warned. THE END.

The Styx Shipping Society (Germany) "A Grand Opening for a Coming End" is the band's manifestation to the metal world. The strengths of this album consistof their songs: solid, easily comprehensible black metal vocals, memorable uptempo/upbeat strong rhythms with a big-riff black metal guitar work and a drummer who does a good job keepingthe beat. The band has a few central elements that make them black metal (the vocals, guitar tone/riffs and atmosphere), but this goes substantially beyond standard, basic black metal. For example, you can clearly hear the bass guitar. They change the pace of the songs and that adds variety, from uptempo parts to cool doom-ish, melancholic or f u n e r a l - p r o c e s s i o n - l i k ep a r t s . T h i s i s n o t n o n s t o p b l a s t b e a t black metal, but it is largely uptempo and has a bangyour-head feel that black metal bands generally don't do. The result is a very enjoyable recording, with good p ro du c t ion, filler. no and

w ww.m y s pac e.c om / t h e s ty x s hi pp i ng s o c i e ty C o n g r a t u l a t i o nosn y o u r r e c o r d i n g !I h a v e e n j o y e di t ! W h a t your your recording?! is situation after S t . P a t r i c k :T h a n k y o u M a u r i c i o .A f t e r o u r r e c o r d i n gw e s e n t s o m e c o p i e st o d i f f e r e n tm a g a z i n e s .W h a t w e g o t s o far are some german reviews on earshot,at I powermetal.de and Legacy magazine. in the S v e n : W e l l , o u r r e g i o n i s u n f o f t u n a t e l yn o t v e r y i n t o B l a c k M e t a l ,s o w e h a v e n ' t p l a y e d l i v e y e t . B u t w e ' l l f i n a l l y p l a y o u r f i r s t g i g i n A u g u s ta n d t h e n e x t o n e i n S e p t e m b e r t o g e t h e r w i t h C r y p t i c W i n t e r m o o n ,A g a t h o d a i m o n ,A k r e a a n d s o m e o t h e r b a n d s .W e h o p e w e ' l l g e t t h e c h a n c et o d o eventsl these more live shows, after PaterP.: We also got a new band member.Martin R e i n h a r d ta n s w e r e dt o o u r m y s p a c ei n s e r t i o nf o r a s e c o n d g u i t a r p l a y e ra n d j o i n e d t h e b a n d . H e a l s o p l a y s g u i t a r i n Tyrant, Dying main his b an d Who are the members? Who plays/does what in the band? S v e n : S t . P a t r i c k , P a t e r P . a n d m y s e l f a r e t h e p er r r l d r e f l t bandmembers. Pater P.: The other two guys are Fabian Wenz, who played guitars on our record and Martin Reinhardt who has

been with us since the beginning of this year. Both of them p ar t will be of live our & line s t u di o up. Sven: Our songwriting does Pater P. & L Lyrics are completely written by St. Patrick: ME! S v e n : A l l o f o u r d e c i s i o n sa r e m a d e b y t h e t h r e e g r o u n d members. So our current line is: band uD Pater P. - drums & songwriting; St. Patrick- vocals & lyrics; Sven - string instruments & songwriting; F a b i a nW e n z - l i v e & s t u d i o g u i t a r ; guitar Martin Reinhard live & studio Is there an overall lyrical concept for "a qrand opening for coml end"? St. Patrick: No, there isn't. Every lyric on "a grand opening for a coming end" is self-contained. But the elements you are naming, apaft from the historical, are distributed almost equally on each song. It's hard for me to name general literary influences, because I write my lyrics by being guided by the atmosphere of a certain book, story, poem, lyric, movie quote, melody etc. So it's not like "Hey I like that lyrics, lets write something related!," I always try to assign and reinterpret certain ideas. But on second thoughts I would say, my most obvious influence on our record is actually the bible, or rather certain scriptures, probably Other works I really care for and I'm s u b c o n s c i o u s l yi n f l u e n c e d b y , a r e N i c k C a v e s , , A n d t h e A s s Saw the Angel", the great ,,Illuminatus!" by Robert Anton W i l s o n a n d R o b e r t S h e a o r m o s t o f H . P . L o v e c r a f t sw o r k s . W h a t i s i n t e r e s t i n g a b o u t t h e m y _ t h o l o q i c a lr i v e r " S t y x " ? St. Patrick: I think the styx is a very strong symbol for the unavoidable end and at the same time for a promised, insecure restart.And with the character of charon there comes a good portion of irony and some economical i nterests aboard,

W h e r e i n o t h e r c u l t u r e s , e s p e c i a l l yt o d a y , i s s a i d , , , o n l y d e a t h i s f o r f r e e " , t h e a n c i e n tg r e e k w e r e f l i p p e dt h e b i r d pay. had and to you publish your lyrics? Do St. Patrick: No, because up to now I always write/wrote my stories/poems for myself... Publishing lyrics, after two years of ,,TSSS*, still seems to me very unreal. I think there already is enough unnecessarystupid shit in the world wide web that I don't have to compete with. The song "the oreat celebrationof the ego -or the question whv" is vour comment on the search for "meaning" in life? St. Patrick: Yes, or at least a try in that direction. That song was our first musical completely written song and so it was my first to write lyrics to. In that song I'm trying to find a common denominator for the ideas of Huxley and LaVay together with a scripture (Genesis life b u dd y That's . . . S1 9 ) . S o un d s creepy? What do you mean by song title "the seer" leaving the b u i l d i n g ? !W h o i s t h e " s e e r " ? W h a t w o u l d b e t h e b u i l d i n g ? ! S t . P a t r i c k :T e l l m e . . . W h o i s , , y o u r s e e r " a n d w h a t w o u l d b e "your house"?... St. Patrick: What wou ld you say guys? Sven?


Sven: Hmmmm, Whenever I got stuck with a song the seer is my musical inspiration and I'm the house, P a t er ? Patrick: St. Pater P.: Uuuuuuuuh, I'm the seer and the house...... girlfriend haha TanjaI is my St. Patrick: In my opinion ,,the building" stands for one of the many world religionsand ,,the seer" is the good soul, the truly mind, every of those philosophys had bevore they got abused for assuming, maintaining and enforcing power. As religions still were some kind of regulator, an omnium gatherum of rules of etiquette... Sven: Yeah right, I bet you've just invented that! St. Patrick: Yeah, but i think it sounds greatl Well, w h a t s h a l l I s a y , I j u s t s e a r c h e df o r a c o o l s o u n d i n g n a m e for one of our most rockin'songs. Just like the known saying after concerts back in the 50's or 60's,,The beatles left the buildingl", The story itself is an abridgment of an old poem(of me)which deals with the death of a wise shaman. He dies in the crack of dawn and has to "leave sad. to be the building", Without a reason Has there been an increase of Germa bands that use heathen/paqan imagery to promote racist ideas? Some b a n d s c l a i m t o b e " n o t o o l i t i c a l "b u t a t t h e s a m e t i m e t h e y say thev love their "Teutonic heritage" and their "Teutonic blood and honor" and all that type of languaqe.Isn't that type of language (blood, honor, pride, fighting, war, strength, etc.) in that context right-wing ideas?l St. Patrick: I don't know if there are more rightwing orientated bands with the rising of the german pagan scene because I don't have an overview and I'm not into pagan metal. But a few years ago, when the scene was s t i l l m a n a g e a b l e ,I r e a l l y l i k e d t h a t m i x o f f o l k a n d m e t a l l Sven: It's difficult to say why certain norse symbols and conventions, which were used in the third empire, have such an influence on the pagan image and lyrics. You would have to figure that out by researchingthe particular band. I think it's wrong to label any band that writes lyrics in d irection. that Pater P.: Yeah, Manowar uses those kind of words like ever since! Amon Amarth has a song named ,,Thelast with pagan blood" and Moonsorrow for example had even an album called ,,of strengh and honor" and, they aren't labeled as rightwing bands, as far as I know, You should judge by sanity and open eyes, because that kind of band mostly comes out by theirselvesl Sven: Apart from that, is the theme ,,rightwing extremism in heavy metal" NO exclusive german problem, i t's i s s u eI a world wide St. Patrick: I for one can exclude using any of those vocabulary, because words like,,blood, honor, pride, fighting, war, strength, etc." are pretty hackneyed in our g e n r e . T h a t w e , a s b a n d w e l l a s i n d i v i d u a l s ,d o n ' t h a v e n o b e a r i n g o n r i g h t w i n g i d e al s s h o u l d b e s e l f - e v i de n t . Does the drumming on the cd sound like you heard it in your mind r e c c r di n g ? before Pater P.: Like i said we're very proud of the results of the recording and therefore I'm happy with the sound of my drums, too! Up to now we have written most of our songs at jam sessionswhere I drum the patterns from my mind

and S ven starts to pl ay somethi ng to i t, or S ven st ar t s t o p l a ya n d I s t a r tt o d r u m . D o y o u h a v e a w a y o f r e m e m b e r i n qo r r e c o r d i n gd r u m p a t t e r n st h a t y o u t h i n k o f , s o t h a t y o u d o n ' t f o r g e t o r l o s e ideas? those P a t e rP , : I v e r y o f t e n p l a y d r u m s i n m y f r e e t i m e w i t h o u t a n y g u i t a ro r b a s s .A l o t o f t h i s b e a t sa r e i n m y m i n d b u t I u s e a l a p t o p w i t h r e c o r d i n gs o f t w a r e a n d a m u l t i t r a c k down. write them tablature editor where i S v e n : W e u s e t h a t e d i t o rt o w r i t e , a r r a n g ea n d e n h a n c ea l l ideas. and songs our What other events, news, recordinqs,etc. do you have for for 2010? 2009 an d second h al f of the Pater P.: We are looking forward to play some live gigs. At the moment we are writing new material for a lyrical and m u s i c a l c o n c e p t a l b u m , w h i c h s h o u l d b e r e c o r d e di n 2 0 1 0 . S t . P a t r i c k : . . . W h i c hw i l l c o n t i n u e t h e t h e m e o f , , d o w n the river we go - beyond the blue waves of existence". Pater P.: ... and we're going to arrange a little concert in 2009. October S t . P a t r i c k :W e l l , I t h i n k t h a t ' s a l l d u d e l T h a n k y o u f o r THE END. the interviewl

NervoChaos (Brazil) "Qrurr"t i.r ft"tt" is the name of the album by these death/thrash stalwarts that focus on hard-hitting, blasting- t h r a s h i n g - p o u n d i n gm e t a l . T h e s e m e t a l m o n g e r s l i k e t o deliver the type of music that lives up to the album's title of "Quarrel in Hell."The group goes for the raw and heavy style of death, as this is growl metal of rapid impact, pointing in the direction of brutality. This band loves the m e t a l c l a s s i c sa n d i t ' s e a s y t o u n d e r s t a n d w h y t h e i r b r a n d of metal is played with an honest sound: the bass and drums can be heard pretty clearly, working together in the fast and often blasting structures. The guitar work often has the heavy tones that go with this genre, but there are also some thrashy moments throughout. They love Motorhead a lot and really, they are something like a Motorhead playing death metal. They also do a cover of Motorhead. Metal Bulletin sent them these questions a while back, but the band could not answer as quickly as they would have liked, but the interview is still informative. L i n e - u p : V i n i c i o u s - g u i t a r ;E d u L a n e - d r u m s ; D a n i e l v o c a l s ; F e l i p e - b a s s ;G u i l l e r - g u i t a r , Edu, the drummer, answers the questions. w w w . m y s p a c e .c o m / n e r v o c h a o s goinq NervoChaos?l How for are things Everything's great over herel I mean, we've just finished our tour "Age of Quarrel Tour 08", which was our biggest and most successful tour we did since we've started the b a n d . W e n o w h a v e a n e w b a s s p l a y e r n a m e d F e l i p e .O u r last bass player couldn't keep up to the bands demands and agenda, so we kicked him out and luckly we manage to find Felipe very fast, We even did 2 shows of our tour without a bass player! This new line-up live is tighter and extremely solid, it has been fun and I hope this line-up is years. next solid now for the


You have a song called "Televanqelism." On Brazilian television, are there a lot of televangelist promoting their r e l i gi o n and asking for money? Fuck yesl Unfortunately, it's not only on TV but on the radio and on the streets as well. It's a complete brain wash, mass hypnosis for the weak. Sometimes it gets to the point that it's fuckin funny, so we decided to write a song about it and that's how we came up with "Televangelism". Your album "Quarrel in Hell" has guest appearances from people from Krisiun. Incantation, Napalm Death, etc. Where did you record the album and where did the guests their oa rts? We've recordedthe album in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For our 3rd CD we wanted to do something special, so we decided to invite a few friends to do guest appearances. KRISIUN was rehearsing on the same studio where we were recording, so I invited Alex and he recorded it over there. With Barney from NAPALMDEATH and John from INCANTATION, we found some spot during their band's Brazilian tour to take them to the studio and record. Now with Caligula f r o m D A R K F U N E R A La n d W r a t h & S a n g u i n e f r o m A V E R S E SEFIRA, we sent them the tapes and they recorded their vocals in a studio over their country. T h e c d h a s a h i d d e n t r a c k : " I r o n F i s t " b v M o t o r h e a d! I'm glad to know that you heard the whole CD, Yes, we do have some other covers recorded. Besides the MOTORHEAD cover, we have a cover by BRUTAL TRUTH 'Turn 'Funeral Face', by SEPULTURA Rites', by BRUJERIA 'Consejos Narco'and by THE EXPLOITED'Maggie'. Are you planninq to release a new album in 2009? How you in 2008? much touring did do Yes, we're planning on releasing a new album in 2009. We're on the process of writing, composing and recording the new stuff. We have already recorded 5 tracks for the up-coming CD, but still working on more tracks. Hopefully by the middle of this year we can have that new CD released and hit the road again for another tour. In the "Age of Quarrel" Tour 0B we played 60 concerts and we manage to hit Europe, where we went to 10 countries, did 24 shows in 25 days, and South America, where we did shows in Paraguay and Argentina for the first time and in Brazil where we did 33 dates. On that tour we had the pleasure and honor to share the stage with acts such as POSSESSED,ASESINO, MAYHEM, DIVINE HERESY ANd bands. k i l l er other many

Y o u f o r m e d i n r e a c t i o nt o t h e t r e n d s i n 1 9 9 6 . D o y o u t h i n k t h e m e t a l s c e n ei n v o u r c i t v o r c o u n t r y i s b e t t e r n o w t h a n in 1996? Who writes the music in your band? I did form the band back in 96. Back then, over here, p e o p l e wer e int o t he N e w Me ta l s tu ff a l o t a n d Thrash Metal was almost dead and the new generation of D e a t h / B l a c kM e t a l w a s r i s i n g . N o w a d a y s t h e s c e n e i s b i g g e r b u t l e s s u n i t e d t h a n i t w a s b e f o r e .T h e r e a r e t o o many bands around flooding the scene and too many clones too. Daniel (vocal) and me write the lyrics and everybody in the band compose the music. Everyone 5

brings some ideas from home and when we get together for practice, we start jamming and composing the new songs. Where do you get ideas to write songs like "Nailed to the Bed of Worms" or "The Uroe to Feel Pain"? How much do things happening in Brazilian society affect the lyrics? I think a lot of what's happening in Brazil affects our lyrics and music as well. Brazil is a greag country but with big gaps as well. Our society has big differencesbetween the middle and poor classes and the rich minority. Plus all the corruption in politics, the crimes explosion, the drugs in general, prostitution, unemployment, low incomes, religion fanatism and the corrupted and unreliable police in general. So I think there are tons of ideas around us to write extreme music. What frustrate me the most is the children abuse cases, the ignorance of some people and l i ar s general. tn Does your music get played on the radio or televisionat all in Brazil? Is vour music too abrasive for the radio? On TV not at all, but on the radio yes, only on METAL shows of course, but we do Qet some airplay. Our music is not for anyone or everybody, so we'll never be a mainstream band. We rather stay underground forever, There is a lot of talk riqht now about the economic crisis taking place worldwide. Is it getting more and more expensive to record albums, to buv cds and shirts? Yes, in Brazil is getting harder and harder with the worldwide economic crisis. I mean, it was never easy but in the last 2 or 3 years things were getting much better and stable over here, with our currency and economy getting stronger. Nowadays there's a lot of unemployment and things for the future are unsure. People here barely have money to eat, imagine to attend 5 or 6 concerts in a month plus buy some merchandise, And not to forget about the CD piracy, ilegal downloading, high studios and m e r c h a n di s e cost s. Last t houqht s? Well, at visit website o ur o f f i c i aI w w w . m y s p a c e . c o m / n e r v o c h afoosr t h e b a n d ' sn e w s , m p 3 s , v i d e o s , p h o t o s ,t o u r d a t e s a n d d o n ' t f o r g e t t o d r o p u s a l i n e o r l e a v e u s y o u r c o m m e n t s .T h a n k s a l o t f o r s u c h a n interesting interview and for all the support and opportunity. THE END.

Shadowsong (Romania) T h e r e c o r d i n g" O u r P a t h E n l i g h t e n e d("t o t a lt i m e 1 B : 4 3 ) i s f o u r s o n g s . 1 . T h e G r i e f o f a n O b s c u r eW a l t z " i s a d o o m / m e l a n c h o l i c / g o t hn u m b e r w i t h s l o w s y n t h / g u i t a r a n d whisperedvocals that then builds up to strong guitar *Will melodiesw , h i l e e m p h a s i z i n gt h e i d e a o f " o b s c u r e . "2 . I t E v e r E n d ? "f o l l o w su p w i t h a m u c h m o r e u p t e m p o p a c e of mel odi c grow l metal that stri ves for a refi ned f eel and w h i c h t h e y a c h i e v e .3 . " O u r P a t h E n l i g h t e n e d i"s a m u c h m o r e b l a c k m e t a l - s t y l e , r i f f - o r i e n t e ds o n g , t h o u g h t h e o v e r a l lf e e l i s i n h a r m o n y w i t h t h e p r e v i o u ss o n g s ,t h a t o f a refined atmospheric death/black metal, with some d o o m / g o t ht o n e s . 4 . " I n v i c t u s " i s a n o t h e rs t r o n g e x a m p l e


of this whole mix that the band likes to do: black/death guitars/vocals with melodic elements. The end result: a very enjoyable and too short a recording. This band does not care about crossing the line between black and death and doom and melody and that's what they do well. m y s p a c e .c o m / s h a do w s o n g m e t a I 1**.

Dani our former keyboarder back in 2007. I think for a song to have memorability it has to have.,.the right "juice" you know? a great vibe, d great atmosphere...and us not taking on a more raw black metal style we incorporate melodies and of course keyboards are crucial for a S h a d o w s o n gc o m p o s i t i o n .

How are you after "Our Path Enlightened"? How have metal people in Romania received it? Cerberus: Greetingsl Well..,"Our Path Enlightened" was our first official release, so naturally we have a good feeling about it. The people who have received it, Romanian or not have really enjoyed it so we got some pretty good feedback.

What role do vou think that keyboards have? For example, how does keyboardist Alexandra contribute to your songs? C: As I said keyboards play a crucial role in Shadowsong and I am sorry to say that Alexandra is no longer part of the band...she has decided to quit due to personalaffairs, w e w i s h h e r w e l l . . . C o l i nf r o m t h e b a n d E r a D e c a y i s o u r new keyboarder. He is a great guy and we are very confident that he will do a great job. As for the moods of t h e s o n g s . . . w eg o f o r t h e e p i c f e e l . , , t h e e p i c p o w e r f u l f e e l a n d y e s w e a r e f a n s o f c l a s s i c a lm u s i c .

How known are vou in Romania and Suceava, your home? C: We are not known by all (obviously), but where we have performed...people were pleasantly surprised and you know how words spread about a band...so this way quite a lot of people know of us. Back home in Suceava of course we are very, very, well known. "The Grief of an Obscure Waltz" talks about you disappearing into an obscure waltz. Is the waltz a state of n o n - e x i s t e n c eo r o f m u s i c a l c o n c e n t r a t i o n ? C : I h a v e t o s a y i t ' s n e i t h e r . , . t h ew a y I s e e i t . . . I s e e l i f e itself and the entire existence as the obscure waltz. But of course everyone can see it anyway they please...that is the purpose of interpretation. The band was started by you, Cerberus. Do you write the songs? Do vou write them in collaboration with other members, like guitarist Eisenroth? C: Yes, I took the initiative to forming the band back in 2OO7 and shortly after Eisenroth joined. I don't write the s o n g s / I a m r e s p o n s i b l ef o r t h e d r u m s a n d I a m a l s o t h e lyricist. My band mates write the basic structure, the idea of the song and we all contribute to the creation when we get together...in this way you get everyone's involvement. What are some of the biqgest obstaclesthat you confront? Are they economical, a question of mentality, the scene, buving instruments, places to record, etc.? C: Well, you know, in every band there are always disagreements about some things...we are no different, We've always had problems and the main problem which we still face is of economical nature...but this problem can be overcome and I am confident that we will succeed in doing so. Are a lot of people unemployed where you live? What kind of jobs do all of you have? Are you students? C: I think unemployement is a problem that every state h a s t o d e a l w i t h . . . n o t j u s t R o m a n i a . . . w ea r e a l l s t u d e n t s s o none of us work, but I we are thinking of getting part-time jobs to be able to pay for instruments, rents, recordings and so forth. .. Your song "Will it Ever End" is catchy and memorable! What do you think is necessaryin a Shadowsong sonq to? C : F i r s t ,t h a n k y o u v e r y m u c h : ) " W i l l i t e v e r e n d ? " w a s o n e of the first songs we wrote, and it was mostly done by 6

You currently seek a label. Have you had any interestvet? C: Unfortunately we haven't found anything in Europejust yet...but we are patient about that. We have been c o n t a c t e d b y a r e c o r d l a b e l i n B r a z i l , V a m p i r i a R e c o r d sa n d I think we will start collaborating with them for promotion in Brazil and South America.,,but after we will have r e l e a s e da f u l l l e n g t h a l b u m . You have lyrics in English. Do you translate them from Romanian? Do vou read poetrv? By the wav, do most R o m a n i a n ss p e a k m o r e t h a n o n e l a n g u a g e ? C : I w r i t e t h e l y r i c s d i r e c t l y i n E n g l i s h . . . Id o n ' t k n o w w h y but it is much more easily for me to do so. Most of the poetry I read are from Romanian artists such as Mihai Eminescu, George Bacovia, Ion Barbu and so forth, but I don't use their lyrics to inspire mine,..I read poetry because I enjoy it but when it comes to lyrics, I have my own personalview of things. We don't have any songs with Romanian lyrics and I also don't see us doing it anytime soon... Of c o ur s e R o m an i an s s p e ak more than one l a n g u a g e . . . s c h o o l si s R o m a n i a a r e v e r y s t r i c t w h e n i t comes to teaching a different language so from the first grade we learn English, French, German, and later on in h i g h s c h o o lS p a n i s ho r i t a l i a n . . . Do you think you will continue,even if without a label?! C: We are really confident in the fact that we will eventually find a record label interested in us...but of course should nothing come up yes we will keep making music because this is what we enjoy doing, this is what represents us...and this is what makes us feel free, and we will continuedoing so. W h a t o t h e r e v e n t s , n e w s , r e c o r d i n g s ,e t c . d o v o u h a v e ? C: This summer we are performing at the Rock City Open Air festival in Romania alongside bands like Immortal, Agathodaimon, Amon Amarth, Lake of Tears, Unleashed etc. and if things go the right way we will also begin recording for the first official full lenght Shadowsong album...later on I will post information regarding it for people who are interested...where I will also reveal the t i t l e o f i t a s w e l l a s a d d i t i o n a li n f o . T H E E N D .


Necandus

Est

( R u s s i )a

against weakness, foolishness and one dementional view,

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Pandemonium m o m e n t s ,t o o , t h a t a d d a h i n t o f m e m o r a b i l i t y T . he vocals is a place, where all demonic forces were gathered and all a r e n o t r a s p y ,b u t g u t t u r a l a n d d e e p f o r a l o t o f t h e t i m e , p l a n s o f r e b e l l i o n a n d d e t h r o n e m e n t o f g o d w e r e b o r n . I t i s and then there are some more agony-screamed-out rough and atmospheric song Sheol is an underworld, the ( 2 ) " R e c o g n i t i o n " a: g a i n , t h a t t h i c k , b u t c o m m o n d e s t i n a t i o n o f b o t h t h e r i g h t e o u s a n d t h e moments. s t i l l v e r y m u c h b l a c k m e t a l g u i t a r r i f f i n g s o u n d s p r e t t y u n r i g h t e o u sd e a d . "Therefore Sheol hath enlarged herself,and opened her a w e s o m e ,a n d t h a t f a s t p i c k i n g ,t h o s e r e p e a t e d / s i m p l i s t i c m o u th without measure: and their glory, and their notes that add some melodyto the main riffingwork out w e l l . T h i s r i f f i n g h a s a t r e m e n d o u sq u a l i t y o f r i s i n g a n d m u l t i t u d e , a n d t h e i r p o m p , a n d h e t h a t r e j o i c e t h , s h a l l m e a n d e r i n gT . h e s p e e da t w h i c h t h i s m u s i c i s p l a y e d i s i n d e s c e n d i n t o i t . A n d t h e m e a n m a n s h a l l b e b r o u g h t d o w n , region of all-out blast attack, in case this was not clear and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the b e f o r e .T o w a r d st h e e n d o f t h e s o n g , t h e r i f f i n gs o u n d sl i k e l o f t y s h a l l b e h u m b l e d " ( I s a i a h , 5 : 1 4 , 1 5 ) - g h o s t s t o r y f o r i t i s u p w a r d l ys p i r a l i n gi n t o a h i g h e r f o r c e f i e l d w i t h w h i c h c h i l d r e n a n d d e m e n t e d . A n d s o , I s a i a h s a i d , t h a t t h i s i s o u r lofty destiny. What can I say? Enjoy, have a good time, i t s e e k st o m e r g e .M i s s i o na c c o m p l i s h e d . ( 3 ) " T h e A b y s so f S h e o l " :w a s t e s n o t i m e i n g e t t i n g t o t h e s i n a n d k e e p u p e r e c t i o n . S e e y o u i n t h e a b y s s o f S h e o l , blast attack and those spiraling riffs are working their my friends. magic. This song is just galloping to the kingdom of b l a s t i n gb l a c k m e t a l .T h i s i s , i n c o m p a r i s o nw i t h t h e a b o v e W h a t a r e i d e a s o f A p h o o m Z h a h a n d H o r d e o f L e v i a t h a n ? s o n g s , s h o r t e r , m o r e c o m p a c ta n d g e t s t o t h e p o i n t r i g h t H o r d e o f L e v i a t h a n i s a h y m n o f o u r H e r e s y . T h e W a r s o n g ov blasphemous legions which will march on the ruins of q u i c k ;j u s t g e t t i n gt h e j o b d o n e a n d m o v i n g o n . T h e h e a d h o n c h o , E n s h e m s u t h e r i o nt,o o k s o m e t i m e r e l i g i o n t o t h e d a w n o f T h e B l a c k S u n . A p h o o m Z h a h i s a song dedicated to the unknown forces of universe, o u t o f h i s b l a c k m e t a l s c h e d u l ei n E k a t e r i n b u r gR , u s s i a ,t o unexplored parts of our minds, Very slow, and very cold a n s w e r s o m e b l a c k m e t a l q u e s t i o n s .A n d , a s t h e y s a y i n Pa cke r c ount r y , G r e e n Ba y , Wi s c o n s i n , th e s e sure are s o n g . up, Bundle some black metal answers. How did you learn to play black metal? my s pac e.c om / ne c an d u s e s t I took my guitar and played. Some practice and I started :y* teach myself to play black metal, exclusively, H e l l o .W h e n d i d y o u r e c o r da n d h o w l o n g d i d i t t a k e ? H e l l o , M a u r i c i o .T h i s i s E n s h e m s u t h e r i o nf r o m N e c a n d u s Est. The album has been recorded and mixed at our Who was the line-up for the recordingof the album? yself, nobody took part r e h e a r s a lg a r a g e / s t u d i oi n D e c e m b e r ' O 8 - J a n u a r y ' 0a9n, d T h a t a l b u m I m a d e a n d r e c'oc rodnecdem ft i n t h i s p r o c e s s .I t h i n k , a l l line-up'will participate t o o k n e a r l y2 m o n t h sf o r r e c o r d i n ga n d m a s t e r i n g . in future on the next record, and give all their power,

H o w h a s T h e L u c i f e r i a nI l l u m i n a t i o n b e e n r e c e i v e d i n e n e r g y a n d r a g e t o i t s s o u n d . S t a y s t r o n g , b e h o n e s t l THE END. R u s s i a ?H a v e y o u g o t t e n s o m e p u b l i c i t yi n E u r o p e ? In Eu rope we hav e c o n tra c t w i th N o rw e g i a n Forces of S a t a n f o r d i s t r i b u t i o na l b u m i n d i g i t a l f o r m a t s o n l y . " T h e REVIEWS L u c i f e r i a nI l l u m i n a t i o n "h a s n o t b e e n r e l e a s e di n R u s s i a , ye t, Acidosis (Florida): 3-sonq recordinq dr a s h M e t a l M o m : T h e s o n g " T h e y L i v e " i s c l a s s i c - i n s p i r et h w i t h a l i t t l e b i t o f a p u n k a t t i t u d e i n t h e v o c a l s .T h i s i s e a s y to get into, easy to sing along to and rockspretty good. The recordi ng i s not too pol i shed a nd has t hat st r eet t h r a s h f e e l p l a y e dr o u g h a n d e n e r g e t i c a l l y . M r . B e e r : " H o s t i l eN e g o t i a t i o n si"s t h e k i n d o f s o n g t h a t , a t t h r a s h / c r o s s o v esrh o w s h a s a l o t o f p e o p l es i n g i n gw i t h t h e N e c a n d u sE s t w a s f o r m e d i n 2 0 0 3 . W a s t h e r e a l o t o f b l a c k b a n d a n d w h i c h t h e b a n d e n c o u r a g e s ,w h i l e p e o p l e a r e metalat that time in Ekaterinburg? t h r o w i n g t h e m s e l v e sf o r d i v i n g a n d j u s t s c r e a m i n ga l o n g . A c t u a l l y , I d o n ' t r e m e m b e r . M a y b e , t h e r e w e r e s o m e I t ' s o o d l e so f f u n , S o r t o f v i o l e n t .T h i s s o u n d sl i k e a b a n d t o t a l l y u n d e r g r o u n db l a c k m e t a l b a n d s , R e a c t i o n . . . T r u s t starti ng to fi nd thei r sound, ki nd of that rowdy st r eet me , l i fe in Rus s iais ex tre e m a n d v e ry i n s p i ra ti o n ali tsel f' m e t a l / p u n kv i b e . N o t t o o s h a b b y ,i n d e e d .M o r ep l e a s e ! M r . M e t a l e n g l i s c h e rJ u n i o r : E v e n t h o u g h ' s t h i s b a n d W h a t i s t h e c o n n e c t i o nb e t w e e n t h e s o n g s P a n d e m o n i u m m u s i c ' s i s t p e r f e k t f o r d r u n k e n i n g m o s h i n g f o r o n e a n d The A by s sof S he o l ? S a t u r d a y n i g h t ' s p h y s i k a le x e r k i s e r e g i m e n t ,u n d i t ' s n o t T h e m a i n t h e m e o f t h i s a l b u m i s r e b e l l i o na g a i n s ta n y k i n d t e k n i k a l ,b u t i t ' s v e r y s c r e a mu n d s h o u t t h r a s h / h a r d c o r ei t, o f r e l i g i o u sb u l l s h i t .E v e r y s o n g i s a r e f l e c t i o no f m y r a g e i s s o m e k i n d o f f u n f o r d e n i m ' s j a c k e t p e o p l et h a t w e a r s Is i t d i ff ic ultt o f ind pla c e sto re c o rd a n d to p l a y l i v e ? So , ye s , t her e is a lot o f tro u b l e s w i th s tu d i o s ,w h i ch coul d su g g e sts at is f ac t or yf a c i l i ti e sto m a k e a g o o d re c o rd.S ame t h i n g w i t h t h e v e n u e s ,i t ' s v e r y h a r d t o s o u n d g o o d , b u t w e a l w a y sd o a l l w h a t w e c a n .


p a t c h e si n t h e h o n o r s o f D R I a n d a l s o m a n y t h r a s h l i k e h u g e S ac r ed Reic h b a c k p a tc h e s , fo r T e s ta ment und C r y p t i cS l a u g h t e r ' sh o n o r ,t o o . C r o s s o v e tr h r a s h w i l l n o t b e died for these of peoplell Und you's, too!l w w w .m y s p a c ec. o m / a c i do s i s

Coit

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Lines

(Escudero R.) Metal Granma: Coit call themselves a "grind and roll" band. What the music actually sounds like is just obnoxiously loud, screamed-out, somewhat dissonant,just very noisy punk/hardcore with grind/metal tones. OK, those vocals. How is this guy still alive, after the constant screaming like this?l It's not really growling and stuff, but more like a guy screaming his lungs out. A lot of that guitar sounds close to that music called stuff like noisecore/postmetal, where it's not riffing or "rocking," but making somewhat disjointed, anti-harmony sounds that are annoying to many and genius to many, or annoying to a person in a bad mood and genius to the same person in a bad mood later on that same day. At the same time, a good chunk of the guitar work does have a "musical" quality, in the sense that the notes do seem to go with each other and try to build a "harmony" of structure/ as opposed to trying to confuse and alienate the listener. The blasting, grind moments work well, and it's headbangingstuff, a lot more in the metal genre. To suffi Up, Coit has in mind that idea of "rocking', you or "rocking" with you, as the famous saying goes in Switzerland (only in the mountalns, though; in the cities, things are much more controversial) [What are you talking about, Grandma?!-editorl. Coit also has the goal of c o m p l i c a t i n g y o u r l i s t e n i n g e x p e r i e n c ej u s t a l i t t l e h e r e a n d there by throwing in some noisy elements. w w w . m y s p a c e .c o m / c o i t m u s i c

Condem ned Rottin g

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Contorted

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Mr. Optimist: This band keeps it low, gore, guttural and grinding, Songs like "The Birth of Maggots" and "Decomposed before My Eyes" show a horror-movie o b s e s s i o n , w i t h i n c o m p r e h e n s i b l e ,g u r g l e v o c a l s a n d l o t s o f blasting and major chugga-chugga guitar work. yikes t i m e s t h r e e l Y i k e sa g a i n ! Ms. No Patience: If you think a dog barking sounds like music and you like gore lyrics. Metal Mom: This is alright, actually, blasting gore metal, but they have some good moments. It's not garbage like M s . N o P a t i e n c es a y s ! M s . N o P a t i e n c e :W h a t ? ! I f t h i s i s n o t g a r b a g e , t h e n i t l i v e s very close to the dumpsterl Mr. Nice: Well, I like it and this is alright. It has good moments of brutal stuff and that's alright. Keep rocking. Keep it brutal and low. Blasting is good and fantasy lyrics of horror are alright, too. Mr. Mosher: When I am very drunk and I want to run around with my friends and push them around and xnock them down until i fall over with puke all over my face, I will listen to this band because their music is rike vomit to my throat and that's what fun is.

M s . L o g i c a l :C h e c k t h e m o u t f o r y o u r s e l fa t m y s p a c ea n d s e e w h a t y o u t h i n k . D o n ' t l e t t h e s e k n o w - i t - a l l sc o n f u s e y o u . w w w .m y s p a c e . c o m / c o n d e m n e d h o u s t o n

Dianthus (Poland\: Dianthus P r o d u c t i o n / s o u n d :T h e q u a l i t y o f t h e r e c o r d i n g i s s o l i d ; n o t too clicky, which gives the recording an upfront, punchy feel, The guitars, drums and vocals are easy to hear and discern. For sure, the vibe is a plus for the recording. it's certainly not garage quality, but it has power and it's not diluted by a fancy studio sound. Style: Often the guitars are death metal brutality, sort of mosh-friendly and chunky, even some chuggachugga, but certainly not to the point of overdoing it. But there are thrashy moments that weave in and out, combining with the more death-ish riffs. At times, this sound achieves technical brutality tendencies,but this is a not an overriding component. The solos are not melodic, but are not just speed fests, either. Some of these solos do enliven the songs. They are adequate, not flashy. The vocals are often super guttural where nothing i s i n t e l l i g i b l ei n t h a t g r o w l i n g , t h e n t h e y s w i t c h t o a s l i g h t l y less guttural method which is more comprehensible,sort of. They pretty much keep it brutal. The drums prefer a general speed of uptempo and fast, but do not focus on total blasting all the time. This is why the songs have a groovy feel, maybe. Of course, double-bass drumming is a mode of operation employed throughout. Songs: The songs are made to get you to bang your head or move in some way. This is definitely the area, the songs, the band will need to concentrate on. Right now, they get by on muscle and energy, seemingly in no short supply: it's pummel, pummel, pummel and growl music. www.myspace.com/dianthusmetal

Maraude (Ou6bec 'anada'l: Court Pr6saqe Ms. Coffee Fanatic: Maraude is one to take a second look at. It is black metal, but, wait, wait, wait, wait, just a minute, Mr. I Don't Like Black Metal, because Maraude is black metal with feeling, as in, a midpaced (NOT blasting stuff) metal where the band has to have interestingguitar work and hooks in order to get by, since they are not using a total speed attack. They are not relying on their energy, but their songwriting. I mean, you can actually hear the bass guitar very clearly in this thingl Whoah, there, bass guitarl! Hellol The "melodies." Well, it's not ear candy, of course, but it's semi-melodic or more like, cold, twisted, d i s s o n a n t" s e m i - m e l o d i c , "b u t i t ' s c o o l , t h o u g h i t ' s g o t a b i t of atmosphere, a bit of doom-ish and folk-ish guitar stuff. It's black metal to break the stereotypes about fast, generic black metal that some people complain about, becausethey say that.... Ms. Picky: OK, OK, we get it, slow down, Ms. Coffee Fanatic. Actually, slow down, like this band you like so much, The band is quite creative and have a style that sounds pretty different, while still within the black metal genre. But to be honest, I did have to hear this some 9 times before it made sense to me. Not until I had to review i t , d i d i t s t a r t r e a l l y g e l l i n g . P r e s s u r em o t i v a t e s .


Metal Grandma: Well, I don't know, then, I find that I like metal that requires repeated listens. It's more like an adventure. If you want to understand something the very first time you listen to it, then there's always thrash, I guess. Ms. Picky: No, wait, I wasn't putting it down. I like this album a lot, actually and it's definitely a keeper. Metal Grandma: Oh, no, no, dear, I did get your point. It's just that, you know, let's Sdy, some black metal is all speed, but those bands would not know what to do if they slowed down. This band right here sounds confident: they can play uptempo and midpaced and let all their guitar w o r k a n d s o n g s a n d v o c a l s , e t c . a n d j u s t l _ e tt h e i r s o n g s travel out in the open air, with nothing to hide. It's like no d i s g u i s e s ,j u s t s o l i d , s o l i d s o n g s . I l i k e i t f o r s u r e ! w w w . m y s p a c e .c o m / m a r a u d e

Medo (Portuqal): Fantamasis M e d o p l a y sr a w b l a c km e t a l o f h o r r o r , W h a t i t m e a n s i s t h e sound of cavern black metal aesthetics:lo-fi sound of s h r i e k - v o c a l sa n d a d d e d s o u n d s o f t h i n g s a s s o c i a t e dw i t h t h e n i g h t / h o r r o r / f e a re, t c . F i r s tt h e m u s i c : w a i t , " l o - f i " w a s a l r e a d y m e n t i o n e d ,s o , t h e n , n e c r o i s t h e n a m e o f t h e g a m e .A n d a f i n e g a m e i t i s . P l a yo n , M e d o !B a t t e ru p ! What are the soundsof horror? Dogs barking in the n i g h t , c h a n t i n g ,s o u n d s o f g h o s t s ( e e r i e , h i g h , b e e p - l i k e s o u n d s ,e t c . ) , w h i s p e r i n gi n a v o i c e - i n - t h e - d a r k i n d o f a w d y , e t c . T h e s es o u n d sa s s u m e y o u k n o w h o r r o r m o v i e s a n d s t u f f . I f y o u d o n ' t , t h e n , i t ' s p r o b a b l yj u s t a n n o y i n g e x t r a s o u n d st o g o w i t h n e c r o b l a c k m e t a l . A l t h o u g h ,i t i s done in moderation,this is still black metal, not a s o u n d t r a c kt o a m o v i e . T h e " p r o d u c t i o n "i s s u c h t h a t y o u h a v e t o t u r n u p t h e m u s i ca b i t i n o r d e r t o h e a r i t a t t h e n o r m a l l e v e lf o r a b i g s t u d i o b a n d l i k e K r e a t o r .T h i s i s , o v e r a l l , a n i n t e r e s t i n g p r o p o s i t i o n ,a s a m u s i c a l c o n c e p t , T h e q u a l i t y o f t h e r e c o r d i n gi s a c c e p t a b l e ,b u t i t n e e d s a b i t m o r e p o w e r , n e e d s t o b e l o u d e r ,s o m e t h i n gt h a t h o p e f u l l yc a n h a p p e n i n t h e f u t u r e , I n t h e m e a n t i m e ,c h e c k i t o u t f o r y o u r s e l f .I t i s e n j o y able, f or s ur e.w w w .my s p a c ec, o m /m e do fan tasmasi s

Mordenom (Slovenia): Aqnvs Dei Their identity residesin that their songs are aimed at m a k i n g , m e m o r a b l e( a b i t m e l o d i c ,t o o ) , m o d e r n q u a l i t y d e a t h / b l a c k ,I n o t h e r s w o r d s , t h i s i s u p t e m p o / b l a s t i n g , g r o w l m e t a l ; i n t e n s i t y ,e n e r g y , e t c . T h e s o u n d q u a l i t y i s c l e a r , a n d t h e b a n d i s u p f r o n t w i t h t h e i r s o u n d .T h e g u i t a r work shows dedication and attention, including the f a s t / m e l o d i cs o l o i n ga n d j u s t t h e g e n e r a lv i b e i s d e f i n i t e l y that of a band that is serious: it is easy to hear the a t t e n t i o na n d h a r d w o r k t h a t g o e s i n t o m a k i n g m e t a l t h a t r e l i e sn o t o n s p e e do r i n t e n s i t y ,b u t o n m e m o r a b l es o n g s . " E a r t h l yV a n i t y a n d D i v i n e S a l v a t i o n , " P u r i f i c a t i o n o f E a r t h ' sP e c c a d i l l oa"n d " B l e s s i n go f t h e C u r s e " k e e p t h e e n e rg y / blas t ingupf r o n t, w h i l e " T o w a rd s th e Iro n Gates of A e o n " p u s h t h e b a n d ' s a b i l i t i e st o n e w h e i g h t s a n d c o m e up with somethingmore ambitious, more melodic and l o n g e r ( 1 1 m i n u t e s ) .T h e r e a r e o t h e r g o o d s o n g s , t h o s e a-ok! is j ust Mordenom e x a mp l e s . ar e w ww.m y s pac e.c om / mo rd en o m

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M s . N o P a t i e n c e :D o n ' t w a s t e y o u r t i m e w i t h a n y o f t h e s e t w o b a n d s .T h i s i s v e r y l o w q u a l i t y ,p o o r , p o o r b l a c km e t a l . I t s o u n d sl i k e r e c o r d e di n a g a r a g ew i t h o n e m i c r o p h o n ea, d r u m m a c h i n e ,a g u i t a r a n d l o t s o f h i s s / s n a k ev o c a l s , M r . O p t i m i s t :( B e e r i n h a n d ) T h i s i s h o m e m a d e ,b a s e m e n t like black metal made by one person in each case. It's drummachined-speed and that super fuzzy black metal g u i t a rt o n e d r i v e st h e b o y s a n d g i r l sj u s t m a d f o r c r a z y . I f y o u d e m a n d p r o f e s s i o n apl r o d u c t i o n s, t a y a w a y f r o m t h e s e t w o b a n d s . P l u s ,t h e y h a t e y o u , a n y w a y . I f y o u l i k e s i c k , h o m e m a d eb l a c k m e t a l , t h i s m i g h t j u s t h a v e a s p i k e d b a t w a i t i n gf o r y o u t o s t e p t o t h e p l a t e , C o m e a n d g e t i t . D o n ' t f o r g e t y o u r l e a t h e rp a n t s . M s . P o s i t i v eA t t i t u d e :W e l l , I l i k e d i t ! M s . N o P a t i e n c e :W h a t ? ! Y o u l i k e d t h i s b l a c k m e t a l w i t h some tw i sted keyboard/ambi entstuff?! Ms. P osi ti ve A tti tude: It' s necro poor qual i ty, t r ue, but w h a t s h o u l dI s a y i f I e n j o y e di t a n d d e f i n i t e l yd o n ' t h a t e i t and I think it's kind of fun. M s . N o P a t i e n c e :O K , b u t W o u l d y o u a c t u a l l yp a y m o n e y for it?! M s . P o s i t i v eA t t i t u d e : T h i s w o u l d n o t b e a s h i g h o n m y p r i o r i t yl i s t a s t h e m o s t r e c e n t o r u p c o m i n gD e s t r o y e r6 6 6 , Extreme Noise Terror, Borknagar, Immoftal, UDO, O r p h a n e dL a n d , I m p i e t y , K r e a t o r ,M i s e r yI n d e x , O b i t u a r y , A b s u o r w h e n e v e r B o l t T h r o w e r o r D e a t h s p e lO l mega or W a t a i n o r M o r b i dA n g e l p u t o u t a n e w o n e , i f t h a t ' s w h a t y o u m e a n ! !I s t h a t w h a t y o u m e a n ,m i a m i g aF r e u n d i n ? ! M s . N o P a t i e n c eT: h a t ' sw h a t I m e a n ! M s . P o s i t i v eA t t i t u d e : T h a t ' s a f a l s e a r g u m e n t lY o u ' r eo n l y d e m o n s t r a t i n gt h a t I d o n ' t h a v e t h e m o n e y t o b u y a l l t h e albums I want! So, you're showing I'm broke. OK. So what? M s , N o P a t i e n c e :N o , n o , t h a t ' s n o t w h a t I ' m s a y i n g , I ' r f i s a y i n gt h a t . . . M s . P o s i t i v eA t t i t u d e : G i r l , y o u k n o w w h a t , I ' m g o n n a s t o p y o u r i g h t t h e r e . B e c a u s e y, o u ' r ej u s t s i l l y w i t h y o u r " m e t a l police" mentality, like you are an "authority"on metal. A i n ' t n o b o d y a n " a u t h o r i t y "o n m e t a l ! I t ' s j u s t a n o p i n i o n . (gets up to go) Ah, forgetit, I'm taking off. This c o n v e r s a t i o ni s s t u p i d . C ' m o n , M r . O p t i m i s t ,l e t ' s g o . W e gotta j et. M r . O p t i m i s t :( W i t h a n o t h e rb e e r i n h a n d ) O k , w a i t , l e t m e f i n i s hm y b e e r . M s . N o P a t i e n c e :( s t i l l s i t t i n g d o w n ) F i n e . W h a t e v e r .S e e y' al l next w eek at the V omi tfest show ? M s . P o s i t i v eA t t i t u d ea n d M r . O p t i m i s t :O K ! w w w ,m y s p a c ec. o m / Ni gh t c ap t h e m a d m an l riptica.-editor] I N o w e b s i t ef o u n d f o r N o c t u r n a C

Orbiter (Serbia): Near Death Experience (Salute Rec.) M s . P o s i t i v eA t t i t u d e : T h i s a l b u m t o o k a f e w l i s t e n s t o blasting the all because-with understand bl ack/death/thrashstuff i n thi s zi ne-anything r em ot ely m e l o d i c ,l i k e t h i s b a n d , s o u n d sv e r y s t r a n g e ' H ow ever, i t' s not strange, they j ust pl ay classic- st yled heavy metal , w i th mel odi c ri ffs, a l i ttl e bi t of speed her e a n d t h e r e , s o m e m e l a n c h o l i c / s p a c e yg u i t a r m o m e n t s ,


midtempo and uptempo metal. I have ended up likingthis quite a bit and it's certainly different from the rest of the s t u f f i n t h i s a l l - gr o w l i n g- b l a s t i n g- a I l - t h e - t i m e z i n e . Ms. Grumpy: The vocals are not "air raid siren" wailing, but more like midrange singing, but real singing, though. This is not thrash shout-talk vocals. The vocalist carries the notes appropriately for this sound of old heavy metal with a bit of 70s and New Wave of British Heavy Metal spirit, kind of sing-along metal, but kind of gritty, not real b i g - s t u d i o p o l i s h e d ,f a n c y d a n d y s t u d i o s t u f f . M r . L a c o n i c : T r a d i t i o n a l h e a v y m e t a l . G o o d! " B l u e s y " i n places; it works, though. Don't panic. Mr. Beer: This is not really moshing metal music, but rocks, and a little libation goes well with this (goes well with me, anyway). I M P O R T A N TN O T E : O n m y s p a c e t h i s b a n d ' s f i r s t s o n g s a r e not from this album, but are aggressive thrash with guttural, growled vocals and it sounds like a totally different band, On myspace they are labeled "thrash," too, but this album is not that. It's not until the 5th song, "Second Coming" (in this album), that the melodic heavy m e t a l b e g i n s .T h e s o n g , " B o o k o f S h a d o w s " i s a l s o m e l o d i c heavy metal. The rest of the myspace songs are more like thrash with some death metal influences. EDITOR: So this band has undergone (is undergoing?)a major transition from thrash/death towards classic-styled heavy metal? The traditional heavy metal seems to be the current direction,accordingto their biography. w w w . m y s p a c e .c o m / o r b i t e r b a n d w w w . m y s p a c e . c o m / s a Iu t e r e c o r d s o f f i c i aI

recording seems to be instrumental (l); (2) the musician behind This White Mountain, fldmely Kevin Narowski, states that, on the matter of origins, primarily these are the music sources: Agalloch Iwho have a song named This White Mountain on Which You Will Diel, Alcest, Drudkh, Opeth, Wolves in the Throne Room. FYL This other recording This White Moutain Demo, naturally, partakes in the elemental foundationsunderlying the other recording commented above. The first song is a soft number, followed by the track The Lost and it is a much more openly black metal song, with black metal vocals. This particular track shows the aggressive black metal blasting speed of which the music is capable. Not surprisingly, the 7:41" time length is not all occupied with frenzied speed, as the calmer moments are present, too. The last track, The Eternal Woe (10:43), also has black metal vocals and it is a meandering exploration of the previously described different moods of This White M o u n t a i n . w w w . m y s p a c e .c o m / t h i s w hi t em o u n t a i n b a n d Metal on the radio in Houston and on the internet

T h e M e t a lS h o w : F r o m t h e D e p t h s S u n d a y s1 O p m - I 2 a m O n K T R U9 1. 7 f m O n t h e i n t e r n e ta t w w w . k t r u . o r g I n f o a t w w w .m y s p a c ec. o m / f r o m t h e d e p t h s

E j a c u l aR a d i oP r o g r a m T h u r s d a y s2 a m - 5 a m O n K P F T9 0 . 1 f m O n t h e i n t e r n e t a t w w w . k p f t .org Meqadeth: Endqame I n f o a t : w w w . m y s p a c e . c o m /ejacula M e t a lM o m : T h i s b a n d d o e s o k w i t h t h e i r a l b u m E n d g a m e . I t ' s w e l l p e r f o r m e d , w i t h g o o d p r o d u c t i o n ,e t c . I t j u s t sounds kind of boring, though. The vocals are kind of a n n o y i n g ,k i n d o f w h i n y , v e r y n a s a l ,l i k e J a n i c ef r o m t h e t v s h o w F r i e n d s ,o r t h a t w o m a n w h o u s e d t o b e T h e N a n n y o n t v . T h e r i f f s s o u n d t h r a s h - c h u n k y ,b u t d o n ' t h a v e e n e r g y , t h e y ' r e n o t n a s t y , v i c i o u s ,a n g r y o r t w i s t e d , j u s t kind of blah, like white rice.Yuk. Kind of like a boring thrash versionof that boring band Dream Theater (The g u i t a r s o l o s a r e e n j o y a b l e ,t h o u g h , a n d t h a t ' s a p o s i t i v e aspect). For example,the songs This Day We Fight or H e a d c r us herar e ok , b u t, w h e re i s th e fi re fre n z y ? I w ant f i r e ! l F I R E I II t ' s n o t h e r e . R e a l l y ,a s f o r t h e r e s t , I d o n ' t e v e n . . . a hn,e v e rm i n d . [ W h a t ? lI s t h a t h o w t h i s r e v i e we n d s ? l - e d i t o r l

This White Mountain: This White Mountain This White Mountain: This White Mountain demo The recording "This White Mountain" exhibits structures emphasizing interplay of harmony and conflict, often accentuated through the utilizationof spacious, softer long moments, which, in turn, collapse and enter into occasionally,and at times, substantially, more energetic times, The sound affiliation is akin to, as previously m e n t i o n e d , s p a c i o u s ,e v e n w a n d e r i n g m o o d s , u n d e r l i n i n g a certain degree of origins from black metal, of the forest/mountain/folk variety. Two items of note: (1) included herein are lyrics, nevertheless this whole l0

(from atwww.theadversarllorq) Uoustgn concerts Sept. 26: Vomitfest Imprecation, Blaspherian, Warmaster, Golgotha, Flesh Eater Sept. 27: Destroyer 666, HOD, Nodens, Morbus 666 S e p t . 2 B : I n s e c t W a r f a r e I s o u r c e : H o u s t o n P r e s sc a l e n d a r ] Oct. 1: Satyricon, Toxic Holocaust,others O c t . 9 : D e i c i d e ,J u n g l e R o t , D e s o l a t i o n ,U n c l e a n s e d Oct. 17: KPFTMetal Radio Sustainer Show: Infernal Butchery, Demoniac Vengeance,Brutally Mutilated, Severance, Ninth Kingdom Oct. 17: Texas Metal Meltdown Tour: Helstar, Circle II Circle, Ronnie Munroe Oct. 31: HallowScream Fest: Prophecy, Insidious Decrepancy, Torsectomy, Brutally Mutilated, The Nephilim Terror, Infernal Butchery, Sculpting Atrocity, Injurious Physical Violence Nov. 7: Destroying Texas Fest 5: The Chasm, Obeisance,Nodens, more N o v . 1 1 : M u n i c i p a lW a s t e , G o a t w h o r e Nov. 13: Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, Ex Deo, Black Guard Nov. 13: Evil Incarnate, others Nov. 19: Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, others Dec. 7: Monster of Death Tour Vader, Decrepit Birth, others Feb. 10: Those Whom the Gods Detest Tour N i l e , I m m o l a t i o n , K r i s i u n ,D r e a m i n g D e a d , o t h e r s

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