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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Review: Formicarius - Black Mass Ritual


Formed just in 2014, London-based symphonic black metallers Formicarius launched themselves onto the world with a solid opening single that quickly earned them recognition in the world over their blazing mix of bombast and old-school symphonic glory. Quickly ushering forth a professional album, the groups’ full-length debut was released July 21, 2017 on Schwarzdorn Production.

From the start, this one manages to announce its intentions of offering frantic, overpowering rhythms and dynamic bombastic that is on display here. Tracks like “Lake of the Dead,” “Overlord” and “Where the Gods Go to Die” showcase the bands’ blazing symphonic fury as the fiery tremolo riff-work, pummeling drumming and buzzing keyboards shimmering along in the background make for quite the striking balance of finely-tuned aggression and dynamics. That the vast majority of the music is played in that fast, frantic style makes for quite a fun tactic as the slightly technical riffing adds an extra dimension to the patterns utilized here with the powerful drumming and fiery keyboards alongside the main rhythms. Despite these fine elements throughout here, it’s still somewhat plagued by a minor issue here in so efforts like “Under Darkness” and “A Requiem for the Bloodborn” are somewhat weaker in their rhythms as the focus to weaker riffing and simple riff-structures which makes these the blander tracks here. Since they’re also the shorter ones, that does makes this one somewhat more enjoyable the longer it goes on since the time allows for greater dynamics in the riffing arrangements and is a possible avenue to explore on future albums. As it stands, this is still a rather fun and engaging debut.

With only a few minor problematic issues that pop up throughout here, the fact that this one comes off as engaging and enjoyable as it does for being a debut offering without any kind of pre-release efforts for the group makes them a fun candidate to follow in the future for aficionados of symphonic black metal. 8.5/10

Written by Don Anelli

Formicarius was also mentioned earlier by Tim van Velthuysen in the Black Metal Edition (part 5) of Promoting Bands here

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review: Persecutory - Towards The Ultimate Extinction


Coming together in 2014, Turkish black/thrash metallers Persecutory have ultimately come together to bring forth a ritualistic and far more chilling take on the traditional extreme metal scene by bringing out the morbid take in their music which becomes quite grotesque. Finally able to release their first professional release, the bands’ full-length debut was originally released July 1, 2017 on Godz ov War Productions.

From the beginning, this here is quite the devastating blend of influences that manage to provide plenty of sterling work overall for their first impression. Efforts like “Pillars of Dismay,” “Till Relentless Salvation Comes” and “Awakening the Depraved Era” offer a strong blast of swirling tremolo-laced riffing filled with rabid, chaotic thrashing patterns that lets the material explore darkened atmospheres quite prominently. With the rumbling rhythms alongside these furious patterns and being able to shift through a rather dynamic series of rhythm changes by going for sweeping epics, blasting thrash-infused black metal or tight, churning mid-tempo efforts that are fully laced with strong tremolo melodies that further the black metal aesthetic of these such like on the title track or “Along the Infernal Hallways.” Being able to explore these elements of the extreme side gives this a lot more to play with than expected and really means this one can flow through a variety of different approaches which manages to give this one a lot to like. The one problem that pops up with this approach is the fact that there’s very little about it that is able to stand-out overall, keeping everything in one strong note for its approach that makes it really hard to pick anything out here when it gets going. Still, this one can get overlooked as the band explores their sound more.

Getting in a rather strong series of likes with a few minor issues that don’t really mean much in the end, this one manages to have a lot to really like here for the band going forward and really has a lot to appeal for fans who appreciate the slimy, grotesque old-school black/death metal scene or these extreme metal offerings. 8.5/10

Written by Don Anelli

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Review: Atrexial - Souverain


Aiming for their own take on the genre, Spanish black/death metal newcomers Atrexial have decided to come together rather quickly with the aim of fusing the brutality of Death Metal with the elegance and darkness of Black Metal under the influence of different subgenres. Quickly offering forth their first professional release, the bands’ full-length debut was originally self-released April 4th, 2017 before a CD reissue May 30, 2017 on Godz ov War Productions.

Once this one gets going, its rather strong and charging atmosphere makes for a stand-out impression of what’s on display throughout here. Tracks like “The Hideous Veil of Innocence,” “Under the Scourge of Lamashtu” and “Illuminator” prominently display furious old-school style swirling tremolo riff-work with plenty of dark atmospherics in the rhythms to add a charging ferocity to the work. By adding a deep, churning style to the ravenous blackened sections throughout here, there’s a grandiose sense of dynamics present that truly mix together the different genre aesthetics really well as the heaviness of the death metal rhythms goes hand-in-hand with the raw, ferocious black metal tone. When those are dragged away in “Catharsis Through Torment,” “Unmerciful Imperial Majesty” or “The Ominous Silence” which exchanges the churning rhythms for more straightforward tremolo riffing and full-on blasting charges in the tempos which offer a more traditional black metal sound and is quite a fun variety due to the solid changeover that occurs with these rhythms. The biggest detriment to the album is the rather obvious one, its running time here due to the unnecessary track-length, for there’s no reason this one should go into the double-digits here. With an intro, outro and an instrumental interlude all clogging things up, this could’ve been trimmed down some by eliminating most of those and carrying on as normal, yet that manages to be the most obvious flaw here.

Overall, this one doesn’t have too much to dislike here as the main attack manages to contain a lot of positive elements that are certainly enjoyable enough, even with the overloaded running time because of too many tracks, so even with that it still will appeal to fans of black/death metal in general. 9/10

Written by Don Anelli

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Interview: Diana Rising


French metalcore band Diana Rising recently released their debut full-length, called Stars Can't Shine Without Darkness. DutchMetalManiac's Tim van Velthuysen interviewed their guitarist Loïc Kowalski Foechterlé, read it below.

Hey, how are you?

Hi Tim, really nice and you? Hope you past a pleasant summer.

Diana Rising was formed in 2012, can you tell us something about the history and the members?

We come from Mulhouse, France. Close to the German and Switzerland borders.
Yet, we still have 3 members who created the band, Pierre (drum), David (Bass) and I (Loïc, lead Guitar). Actually, I meet the band following an internet announce. Dje, our singer joined us during the first tour. He replaces our singer in place caused he didn’t want to tour. After the first adventure, Djé never leaved the band. For Arnaud, it’s a bit different, we changed several times the rhythmic guitarist. after our European tour, our former guitarist left caused of his work carrier. Arnaud, who followed the band since the beginning was directly ready and motivated to take the position.
Now I think we are a strong team of friends playing together and ready for the next.

Diana Rising, why did you decide this was the right name for the band?

Actually, we decided it in a bar in Mulhouse, where we are from. In this bar there is a bibliotheca we loved to spend free time. One evening we choose random book to associate words and ideas. I was expecting for a girl’s name, like my last band. And after several drinks and books, we agreed about DIANA RISING. And it characterize us as well with the energy we share between us and with the public.

Your music is categorized as metalcore. What makes Diana Rising unique in this style?

DIANA RISING is between deathcore and metalcore. We associate strong and heavy voices, with more melodic and powerfull guitars. We want to save this brutal aspect of the music but the music become more and more melodic.

You recently released your first full-length, Stars Can't Shine Without Darkness, after 2 EP's, Eon Through The Myst (2014) and Guardians (2015). How does it feel to finally have your first full-length released?

We feel really proud of it. Firstly because we do everything by ourself (expect the mix/master) and secondly because it as result of the beginning of the Diana Rising adventure. We are also proud to have our first album in our hand and it’s really symbolic to an artist.

What are the responses so far about Stars Can't Shine Without Darkness?

SCSWD received good critics by professional people and by our fans. It gives us a more professional approach of the band.

When you compare Stars Can't Shine Without Darkness with your two earlier EP's, what is it you notice?

The principal difference in the production. The composition of song is more elaborated and it told a different story. This album songs are so much better than our EP’s and it’s more easier to going through the complete album.

What is the story behind Stars Can't Shine Without Darkness and the lyrics of the tracks on it?

SCSWD is telling a story about us and a hard period for members of Diana. Difficult loves stories, life problems, etc. It's a translation of what we felt during this period and it’s a bit an exorcising of all these difficulties. Then the album is released to close this.

This year, Diana Rising exists 5 years, anything special planned to celebrate it?

We didn’t think about this, but yes we have to celebrate it. At the end of the year, we have a show in our home town Mulhouse. We will have a party will all our friends present and local band friends.

At this moment you've only announced two future concerts, in France and Germany. Can we expect some more Diana Rising shows? Maybe in The Netherlands?

We currently work on a tour in the spring in East Europe. We came in Amsterdam after the first tour but only to celebrate it J
It would be a with pleasure to play in The Netherlands, if someone reading this wanted to book us, please let us know by e-mail at dianarisingband@gmail.com.

Any other future plans for Diana Rising you can already tell us about?

For the moment we play our show for the album SCSWD. In September, we will add an artist who will perform during our show, who will start at the show in Nantes, France.
Beginning of 2018 we will start composing new singles of the next album.

Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to DutchMetalManiac's readers?

Thanks to give us your time to read this and to listen to our album and EP's. It was a pleasure to give more details about ourselves and our project. It would be a pleasure to meet all of you in a show in the Netherlands or elsewhere.
Thank you.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Review: Demotional - Discovery


A distinct pleasure to hear this! After 2 other albums, sharing stages with the likes of Arch Enemy and Entombed, the ‘Swedish Sextet’ brings up the ante in contemporary metal. Stylish in their suits, they are another breath of fresh metal while being clearly professional and adept at their playing. There is a complexity to the music but also a straightforward hammer that instantly gets you jumping.

While their obvious hit, ‘Ashes’ is fantastic with its hammering drums and melodic-rock feel combined with some truly screaming vox, I am taking a huge liking to ‘All That It Takes’; meaningful and atmospheric, it brings to mind the band Default, with powerful harmonies and grinding chords.

‘Monster’ is just that – a monster hit. Superb vocals and feel to this, and is that a female guest vocalist? This adds yet another layer to this great song. Hopefully a video to follow as this has made it to my favourites playlist! Killer tune; I like it more than your actual hit!

An interesting tune in ‘If You Believe’ as the shortest one at just 3 minutes, it captivates as it is not really metal but a harder rock, with some punk overtones with a neat mix of keyboards and a catchy hook. This might be another hit – nicely done.

The rest of the record smokes with beautiful intros such as in “Carry On”, great harmonies and smatterings of keyboards that complement the guitars, all kept together by energetic and clear beats.

As the record progresses, I find it is less metal and harder than hard rock but artfully done nonetheless. Anthems shouted out in ‘Train Wreck’ have “concert halls” written all over them: Save our souls indeed!

Finishing with ‘One Hour Stranger’, a heavier rocker that rounds out the album nicely and keeps the expected tone. The rising sense of the music is brought to an end with this captivating song; not my fave, but masterfully done lads!

9/10

Written by Alessandro

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Promoting Bands Part 12



Hey! \m/

Hope you enjoyed the past parts of Promoting Bands and the bands in there.

Missed them? Here they are:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10
Part 11

And don't forget: if you want to be featured in an upcoming part of Promoting Bands, send us an email, Facebook or Twitter message!

Here is part 12 for you, enjoy \m/

Tim van Velthuysen

1. Infant Meat Shield


These five guys from Zwolle, The Netherlands started to play their old school death metal with thrash influences not that long ago, but they already have an EP released. It's called Dead Age, contains 5 tracks and was released on May 6th, 2017. When you dig old school death, you should take a listen to this EP. You can do so below, hope you like it. If you want to see Infant Meat Shield live you can do so at Metal Madness Zundert on October 14th in Zundert or at Sounds From The Underground on January 27th in Emmeloord.



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2. Carthagods


In 2015, Tunisian metallers Carthagods released their latest album, which was self-titled. Now, they are back! They recently announced their upcoming EP, which will be called The Devil's Dolls. Below you can check their lyric video of the title-track of it. These metallers from Tunisia are definetely worth listening to, so be sure to follow them!



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3. Sifting


On September 29th, the Venezuelan-American progressive metallers of Sifting will release new album. It will be called Not From Here and is their second full-length after All The Hated (2013). Not From Here will be released via Eclipse Records, which they recently signed with. Below, you can already listen to their first single from Not From Here, enjoy!



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4. Asgrauw/Meslamtaea


Asgrauw, three guys hailing from Groesbeek, The Netherlands, recently released their latest effort. These black metallers shared a split with Meslamtaea, called Utopia. Meslamtaea is a one-man-band which is also playing black metal. However, the man behind Meslamtaea is surely not unknown to Asgrauw, as it is their own drummer. You can listen to Utopia below and when you want to see Asgrauw live, be sure to be at their gig with Infinity, Ibex Angel Order and Tsjuster at Kiehool Burgum, September 23.



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5. Inferum


All five members of this mechanical death metal band study at the Metal Factory in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Tomorrow, August 18th, they will release their debut EP called Modern Massacre, but they already played some very nice gigs. For example, they won Metal Battle 2017 and Wacken Metal Battle 2017, which resulted in them playing Wacken Open Air a few weeks ago. Below you can already listen to a bit of the EP and if you want to see them live, be sure to check their tourlist with a lot of nice gigs, including their release party as support for Cryptopsy (tomorrow), Baroeg Open Air and Tattoofest.



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6. Witherfall


Witherfall is the dark melodic metal band of Jake Dreyer (Iced Earth, Kobra And The Lotus, White Wizzard), Joseph Michael (White Wizzard) and the late Adam Sagan (Circle II Circle, Into Eternity). In February they released their debut, Nocturnes And Requiems, of which you can check one track, End Of Time, below. Nocturnes And Requiems is dedicated to the life of Adam Sagan, who sadly passed away during the final stages of production. Be sure to check out Nocturnes And Requiems, especially if you are a fan of melodic metal.



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7. Mortishead


These extreme industrial metallers from the UK already released their Gorenado EP in 2014, but recently they released another EP. It will be called Totality and below you can check the titletrack of it, including videoclip. This band is heavy as shit and a band to follow for sure. So watch their video below and prepare to be blown away!



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8. Katla


Katla, what is that? It's the name of one of Iceland's greatest volcanos, but since a short while there is something else named Katla, which is probably more interesting for you. It's about the new band of ex-Sólstafir drummer/visual artist Guðmundur Óli Pálmason and Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson who you may know from Fortíð and/or Potentiam. They already released a few tracks earlier, but they just released Hyldýpi from upcoming debut full-length Móðurástin, which you can listen below. Móðurástin will be released on October 27th, so mark that date in your agenda.



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9. Blackfinger


These doom metallers with, among others, vocalist Eric Wagner (Trouble/The Skull) and guitarist Terry Weston (Dream Death/Penance) already released their debut album, which was self-titled, in 2014. In September their second full-length, When Colors Fade Away, will be released. Below you can watch the lyric video for the titletrack, which sounds really promising. Good job guys!



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10. Midvinterblot


Swedish folk metal band Midvinterblot released their debut demo Rise Of The Forest King in 2012 and their first EP Gryning in 2015. Last year they finally released their debut full-length, Skymning. Below is the place where you can get your folk metal for now, because there you can listen to the full Skymning album. This is some really nice folk metal and Midvinterblot is a band you have to check for sure, especially if you dig folk metal!



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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Interview: Karma Zero


In April, French metallers Karma Zero released their second full-length Monsters. DutchMetalManiac's Tim van Velthuysen spoke with guitarist/vocalist Ben and vocalist SaYmon, read it below.

Hey guys, how's life in France?

Ben: Hi, not too bad if we forget the fact that our new president will take away some of our freedoms in order to “fight” against terrorism.

SaYmon: Hey, here in France life is just like every other European countries, with our problems of unemployment and financial crisis, we live in a quite pessimistic period but even though those things we are here and trying to do just like any others, and live the good part of life! Maybe to talk about music we can regret the fact than metal scene here is still seen as an underground scene and it’s quite difficult to organise gigs or events for this kind of music!

Why did you name your band Karma Zero?

SaYmon: At the time we didn’t have a name for the band, or maybe something not definitive like WaitShiva or something like that (we used to put ethnic samples in our tracks, inspired by Indian music etc…) and all our friends told us that it wasn’t really easy to pronounce (for French people anyway…!) so we were searching something else, and we had a song called Karma Zero (again all was about Indian mythology) and everyone in the band agreed about the fact that it sounded great and was easier to remember, so we decided to take that track name for our band!

For people who don't know you, yet, how would you describe your music?

Ben: We make Metal Modern with various influences like Hardcore, Djent, Death and even Black Metal. We write without barriers by simply trying to make a violent music turned towards the live.

SaYmon: Let’s call that KarmaCore XD !!

In April you released your second full-length album called Monsters. What are the responses of press and public so far? How do you feel about that?

Ben: For now we only have positive feedback from our new album, people who follow us are very enthusiastic about the new songs, especially live.

We hope that this momentum will continue and attract more and more people to listen to “Monsters” and come see us on stage.

When you compare Monsters to your first full-length, Architecture Of A Lie, what do you notice? In what way Karma Zero has grown?

Ben: Our sound has changed, it is more accomplished, more personal than before.
We have completely revised our way of composing, everyone is involved and everyone brings a touch.
We've all progressed since Architecture Of A Lie and thanks to that today we know where we want to go.

SaYmon: As Ben said, during composition and reheasals, everyone put his influence into the tracks and we tried to mix those different styles. The point was not to forbid anything, like we could have done before. If a part in a song sounded more like black metal or something that we aren’t used to do, we made it and that’s it! We just tried to have fun and make great music! Maybe that’s why we have grown musically, by composing this way we have found our music and the way we wanna sound.

Your press release stated that, with Monsters, you're back, angrier than ever. What makes you angry nowadays?

Ben: What makes me angry is the injustice in this world, for example I am sick of seeing that we are able to raise billions of dollars to make war and at the same time leaving people starving to death.
I try to be a little more optimistic but each day brings disastrous news ...

SaYmon: Quite difficult to answer questions like that, what Ben said is so true! I would add the idea of being manipulated everyday by the medias, everything that we are told in newspapers or on TV and on the internet is always a part of the truth, you always have to compare many sources to find out what’s true or not. It’s like information is some kind of an advertisement for someone or something! Every problem in our society (unemployment , financial crisis…) makes everyone more individualistic or leeds them to radical right and xenophobic opinions, that’s really scary. It’s just like people forgot history…

Can you tell us a bit about the story behind the songs on Monsters?

SaYmon: The idea was to make sort of a concept album base on old monster movies from the 30’s to the 50’s, each song talks about one of those classic monsters and makes a parallel with everyday life, in most of the movies, monsters are called that way just because they are different, and not understood. People are scared by what they cannot understand most of the time, and first reaction is reject in many times. The album and the lyrics talk about that, and classic monster mythology was also a way to give a particular atmosphere to “Monsters” with samples taken from old movies, that was great to create some kind of a word, and tell a story more than a ‘classi” metal album with 10 violent tracks that come one after another without any global idea…

Who are the real monsters in this world for you?

Ben: The real monstrers in this world are us.
Humanity has reached such a level of violence that today generally everyone looks away in order to preserve himself or herself. As long as we are not directly affected we do not react.
I generalize, there are obviously people who move their ass off but I expect above all a reaction of the elite of this world, those who have money and power.
And these people only react in the face of public opinion, so we must all without exception express our indignation against all this shit, boycott and consume differently to finally be heard.

Which track on Monsters is your favorite?

Ben: My favorite song is Buried Alive, it's the last song we wrote for the album and it's also the most violent. It is always a pleasure to play it live, people are very receptive and war breaks out in the pit every time! XD

SaYmon: Like Ben “Buried Alive” is one of my favorite, but I would say that the one I prefer is the one called “Monsters”, maybe that’s one of the less violent in the album, but I love the end of the track, and lyrics summarize the big idea of the album: basically we are all Monsters because as I said before, everyone in his life had to live this moment when all the people around don’t understand you and makes you feel like a monster, just because you are different or you simply have different idea.

You also have one cover track on it, Blind by Korn, why did you choose for that one?

SaYmon: We did not have a precise idea of this cover, the thing is that I had this idea about the intro and the drums that comes with this more energic and rock’n roll vibe, juste before this famous « Are you ready ?! ». So we just started with that and composed together how the track could sound if we started it this different way ! We made it for fun and put in it some of our musical influences we spoke about with your first question!

We didn’t expect so many reactions about it, that was really cool to receive messages about how people liked it! There were also negative reactions, but when you cover such a legendary track like « Blind » from Korn, you cannot expect everyone to like it, but we made it just for fun and to turn it into a thing that we like with our influences and the sound we make and like. We are true Korn fans and we support them since we are kids, we were those ones with baggy jeans and dreadlocks in the 90’s, so we never tried to do better than them, that’s just impossible!

Let’s call it a cover for fun ! ;-)

You have two songs with guest vocalists on Monsters, Julien from Deep In Hate and Emilie from Gravity. How was working with them?

Ben: They are friends, we shared a lot of scenes together and so it was all natural to ask them to sing on our new album. Especially we appreciate their voices and they complement well with Simon’s.

SaYmon: Julien and Emilie who make the featurings on «Swamp Things » and « Horror Films » are friends of us since 2013! We met them with our first album « Architecture of a Lie », and toured with their bands (Julien in CHECKMATE / Emilie in GRAVITY), with that tour we had so much fun and they became true friends, and at that time we already spoke about a collaboration for our upcoming album! So when we had the tracks we contacted them, and they said yes! That was great to work with them, they are really great frontmen!

If you haven’t checked their bands just listen to it! Emilie is the frontwoman of GRAVITY, they will release their 3rd album « Noir » at the end of this year, and Julien is now the singer in DEEP IN HATE and they are about to release « Disobey » their second album soon!

At this time, you have one show confirmed, are more of them coming soon? Maybe somewhere in The Netherlands?

SaYmon: We are actually booking shows in France for the end of 2017, and we are trying to make a European tour, maybe in Netherlands that would be great to play in your country, so if promoters want to book us, don’t hesitate and contact us!!

Any other future plans for Karma Zero you can already tell?

Ben: We are looking for a European tour at the moment and we'll start working on new songs very soon.

SaYmon: New tracks, new clips, and many more… To be continued as they say!!

Thanks for your answers, is there anything you would like to say to DutchMetalManiac's readers?

Ben: Thank you for reading us, check out our new album Monsters and tell us what you think. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

SaYmon: Thank you very much for reading this, listen to our new album and if you like it, download it legally or illegally and give it to your friends!!! Party hard, have fun, and support your local scene!!

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