Saturday, September 1, 2012

new reviews for 9-1-12

metal hails!!
here is a new batch of metal-reviews for everyone to sink their teeth into this fine weekend. hopefully you will find something to your liking!!
also i would like give a HUGE thank you to nate verschoor for helping me with 2 reviews on this batch the reviews are "cognitive" and "secrets of the moon" hopefully if nate has time he will be able to help with future reviews and possible interviews for winter torment.
i am also gonna be working with a few others {hopefully} so keep watching out for those updates.
as always thank you to everyone who takes the time to read winter torment web-zine and support the d.iy, underground metal scene all over the world.
patrick and winter torment web-zine

abazagorath--abazagorath Mcd {no visible scars rec.}{review by patrick}
this is a band that should need no introduction to long-time blackend death metal jersey's abazagorath took the scene by storm in the mid 90's and have been holding their own against all the trends,bands,posers etc.. that have come and gone and here in 2012 i am proud to say listening to their self-titled mcd. the band has not lost their ability to write or play intense,cold hateful but also at the same time somewhat original blackend death metal which is not an easy task to do considering the thousands of bands that have flooded this genre over the last 2 decades. the e.p starts with a somber almost beautiful sounding intro but the mood suddenly changes when the band switches to their trademark fast razorsharp guitars that extremly fast yet flawless in their execution.the drumming is equally fast with blasting drums that unrelenting and well-written beats. the vocals are hateful shrieks and some growls that fit perfectly with abazagorath's amazing blend of blackend death metal. if you have heard abazagorath's past work then buy this today! as it is nothing short of brilliant blackend death. if you are new fan to this band and enjoy fast,violent yet original and quality black metal you won't hear another band better than abazagorath

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binah--hallucinating in resurrecture cd {dark descent records}{review by patrick}
binah are from the u.k and play a mixture of heavy slow to mid-paced death the current scene where alot of bands seem to rely on speed or guttural style vocal effects to be "brutal". it's refreshing to hear a band that remembers what death metal should sound like, and where it's roots lie.raw,heavy guitars and bass. deep death metal growls that are extremly well done and fit perfectly with binah's dark and heavy sound.i will admit the band does walk a fine line with some of their slower,heavier guitar parts giving the band sort of a death/doomish sound similar to the early 90's bands such as skepticism,thergothon and the similar bands. but i really won't label this band a doom band as their sound and heart lies within the old-school death metal fans of early grave,benediction etc.. will love binah's heavy,dark death metal sounds.

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COGNITIVE - THE HORRID SWARM e.p {done by nate verschoor}

Let's be honest, in this generation when you hear "New Jersey" the first thought is horrible tans, fist-pumping, and that fucking atrocious TV show...
Thankfully, there are some great bands coming from Jersey, and Cognitive is one of them. Formed in 2011 (Brand new? Damn!) the band is a five-piece and the first release came out in July of 2012. Busy guys eh?
Well, let's get started...
The band plays what they label as "Technical death metal combining blazing riffs and with skull crushing rhythms and all the brutal grooves your feeble mind can handle," and I do have to say they represent their description pretty well.
Right off the bat the song "In The Form of A Drone" is pretty relentless. They mix together great brutal riffing with the classic Dying Fetus groove everyone loves. Some great leads, plenty of dissonant riffs and in your face blast sections with some pretty sick riffs. I am really starting to enjoy this band. "Falling Skies" reminds me of "Planetary Duality" from THE FACELESS, which I would say is a pretty accurate comparison. They have some great Michael Keene-esque melodies keeping the variety fresh from the unrelentling death metal pummeling.
But I must stress the DYING FETUS groove. Fucken hell its great. They also throw in some lite synth (and not in a lame way) for atmosphere towards the end of the song for some flavor. All in all, this album is pretty good so far. "Numbered and Slaughtered" is a fucking SICK track. One of the guitarists played in WAKING THE CADAVER and the groove is very obvious, but not distasteful in any way. I love the use of the off-time MESHUGGAH-worship riff around the middle. But what really sold me on this song is the melodic piece right after. Very THE FACELESS, which I am a big fan of so I have no complaints.
"Essence Oblivion" has some cool riffs and great variety but nothing really memorable. There is some good grooves, some typical death metal, but again some great melodic leads which I'm a sucker for. While this is not a bad song, it just isn't grabbing me as much as the last one did. Closing the album is the title track, "The Horrid Swarm" and it is pretty damn solid. Some killer leads, that oh-so-tasteful groove they display, and some killer dissonant riffs that really pull at my guitarist strings. The breakdown in this song is fucking SICK. Just saying. No gay shit, just good old fashion death metal. I would have to say this song is my favorite of the album with its melody and its brutality all rolled into a nice package.
Being a musician myself, tone is EVERYTHING. The production is not polished and over-produced which i am VERY happy for. Death Metal needs some grime and dirt to give it that edge we all came to love with the early bands. The guitars sound really fucking good, and the bass has a killer "pop" to it. The vocals are superb, very well performed and they remind me alot of DYING FETUS. Can you really go wrong?
To sum this all up, Cognitive is a fucking great band. This release is extremely well written and I definitely believe they will be a band to keep an eye on if they keep this up.

cultfinder--blackthrashing terror 7-inch {eldritch lunar miasma}{review by patrick}
alot of the bands in the scene today like to label themselves old-school maniacs, or claim to carry the torch of the metal gods from years past but seem to lack the passion,fir and intensity that the bands from the 80's and early 90's had. but that is one thing that can't be said for cultfinder from the u.k. the band mixes in the best and most intense black/thrash metal from the metal gods from the 80's {venom,slayer and mix in some pure black metal violence for a truly insane and explosive listen.not really a whole to say or write about this style of metal it is a style you will worship and drool over or totally hate despise. but if you enjoy and miss the early days of metal when metal didn't really have any boundries and was always uncompromising then you should give cultfinder a listen you won't be disapointed.

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cianide--the dying truth cd {deathgasm rec.}{review by patrick}
originally released in 1992 cianide's "the dying truth" is a true classic in the realm of death metal and in underground metal in general.deathgasm have done a great job with this re-releasing this slab of death metal history. not only do you get the release of the dying truth,but you also as an added "bonus"the bands two demos 1990's funeral demo and 91's second life demo.if you are not familar cianide you should think about what genre your a supposed fan of considering cianide have been going strong {still releasing quality,heavy death metal today} but seriously if you've never heard cianide they were one of the first bands to originate the heavy,mid-paced death metal sound tha so many bands have tried to copy but very few have captured it quite to the perfection that cianide has over the years. so if you missed this release in 1992, don't make the same mistake in 2012! go to the deathgasm web-store today and order your copy now!!

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deiphago--satan alpha omega cd {hells headbangers records}{review by patrick}
the war machine known as deiphago once again returns with their newest release of primitive,vicious blackend war metal mixed with noisey grinding guitars and blasting drums.satan alpha omega starts off with a intro of air-raid sirens which is a perfect beginning to the attack that deiphago has planned on satan alpha omega.deiphago embrace the best qualities in the classic raw,primitive black metal scene {sarcofago,beherit,etc..} and mix with noisey,raw thrashy guitars,blasting chaotic drums.deiphago {like all of hells headbangers bands} hold the old-school values and sound close to their metallic heart.if you enjoyed the past deiphago's releases then check out satan alpha omega this will not disapoint you!! or if you enjoy intense,raw,uncomprising blackend war metal that takes no prisoners then defintly be sure to check out deiphago!! no other band does it better.

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emptiness-error cd {dark descent rec.}{done by patrick}
with a band name like emptiness you might be expecting a more doom-style band. but these belgium metal fanatics seem to draw inspiration from most other metal-genres except doom.starting with a heavy guitar sound,fast whirlwind riffs and solo's.the drumming is ranged from mid-to extremly fast. their is also some screechy/noisey feedback soundscapes for a dark industrial feel.the vocals are deep growls with whispery,raspy voices mixed in the growls.harsh noise mixed with touches of industrial and alot of blackend death metal influences all rolled into one deranged and psychotic roller coaster ride.if this sounds like a musical jounery you might enjoy then grab a copy of a error today!

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eye of solitude- suicaedere cd {kaotoxin rec.}{done by patrick}
eyes of solitude second release "suicaedere" is nothing short of brilliant and amazing.beautiful yet sorrow-filled and crushing death/doom.the band has alot of influences and similarities to the early 90's death/doom masters such as anathema,my dying bride {their 1st releases espically},skepticism,etc..without totally being a clone band.the heavy slow drums and crushing guitar chords are only made more heavy and even a little more depressive if thats possible with the deep growls which are both powerful but also have a certain despair and sadness within each lyric which makes your heart wrench with each note and listen. but at the same the music and songs on suicaedere are written so complex and masterful it is hard not to listen. like most bands in this genre the bands uses keyboards but uses them in a good way to help "add" an extra layer of darkness and despair to their sorrowful sound. if you are a fan of sorrow-filled,atmospheric death/doom you will not want to miss this gem of a release.

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father befouled-revulsion of serpahic grace cd {dark descent rec.}{review by patrick}
this is father befouled's third release,and i am extremly happy that my i was able to hear,get a hold of this great bands release.revulsion of serpahic grace is nothing short of outstanding death metal that will leave all death metal maniacs drooling and begging for more. 7 songs of bone crushing death metal.the band defintly sticks to the early 90's u.s death metal sound similar to incantation,immolation etc.but these metal warriors are not just posers ripping off their idols. they are extremly well trained musicians who know how to write and play their while their are similarites to the mentioned bands and other mid 90's death metal bands father befouled also have alot of creative ideas mixed within the heavy guitar and bass riffs.the drummer mixes it up a bit going from mid-paced beats before plunging into fast,uncontrolled assults of rage.the vocalist is probably one of the best i have heard in some time with some of the deep death growls that are both sinister and demented in execution. if you are sick of all the god-awful metalcore bands or technical style bands and want a band that is pure death metal heaviness then give father befouled a listen and be prepared to be blown away.

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gorephilia-embodiment of death cd {dark descent rec.}{review by patrick}
the musicians of gorephilia know how to play pure heavy old-school death metal with no comprimises or technical guitar soloing that seems to ruin the atmosphere or the death metal fury that most bands seemed to have in the 80's and 90's.i hear {older}immolation influence in the guitar patterns/riffs.pounding,mid-paced beats that jump into hyper speed blasting and chaotic guitar riffs and solo's that mix with the bands more aggressive side.deep death growls that fit this music perfectly.if you need a reminder on how death metal should sound then be sure to pick up a copy of embodiment of death from dark descent rec. today!
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morbid execution-morbid execution cd {deathgasm rec.}{review by patrick}

i know very little about these polish maniacs but i am sure with their self-titled debut this will change among the underground fans. atleast those of us who still worship raw,dirty blackend death metal sounds of the early 90' melody,no atmosphere, no perfect production that is over-produced and sounds too what will you get from morbid execution's debut? fast and sometimes catchy blackend death metal.the production as mentioned is pretty raw sounding which gives it that demo/rehearsel sound of the elder bands from the 80's {which i personally love,nothing beats a raw,hateful blackend death metal demo ahh memories} most of today's fans and music listeners will probably hate this,but if your an old-school fanatic who remembers tape-trading,print-fanzines,snail mail,etc.. you should defintly check out morbid executions great debut highly recomended.

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mongrels cross-the sins of aquarius cd {hells headbangers rec.}{review by patrick}
this is the debut from australia's mongrel's cross,it has been awhile since i heard an old-school blackend death/war metal from this great country {i have been a "fan" of australia's metal-scene since the mid 90's alot of great bands,and very underrated in my book-patrick} whirlwind fast guitars and insane riffs with some solo's thrown in the mix.the drumming is what you expect chaotic,blasting, but also extremly well played and precise and done to perfection which can't be an easy task considering how fast the guy gets at times.intense screeches and growls mixed together with mongrels cross violent music perfectly to make this a really good blackend death/war metal release. if your a fan of the war-metal genre then do yourself a favor and don't miss mongrels cross!

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necrovation-necrovation cd {agonia rec.}{review by patrick}
this is necrovation from the legendary swedish metal underground and i have always been a huge fan of sweden's scene so i was defintly interested in hearing this.according to the bands bio the band wanted to try and expand a little on their sound with adding some thrashy and traditional heavy metal guitar riffs and solo's to the bands death metal just doesnt work and comes off sounding jumbled and kind of confused in the sound. and unfortunatly none of the songs are really that memorable at all to me.i think the band tried a new idea and it really doesnt work to well so hopefully they will go back to a full on death metal sound for the next release.

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secrets of the moon-seven bellls cd {prophecy prod.}review by nate verschoor}

Do I really need to introduce this band?

Now, I am assuming this album is based on the seven bells of the apocalypse, or something along that line. But we all know with Black Metal everything has underlying themes that are not obviously portrayed.

But on to the review…

The title track “The Seven bells” starts the album off with of course, distant bells. When the song really kicks in, you are just in fucking awe. It is so brutal, yet so dark. Perfect for SoTM. It really grabs you by the throat, a very relentless and overall perfect opener for an album. Well done. The fucking riffs man, are so well crafted, I can’t even stress how perfect this album already is into the first song. next is “Goathead” which is a slower-tempo’d, more atmospheric song (even though Seven bells was just as atmospheric). A lot of minor chord progressions and doomy breakdowns sets this song up for nothing less of amazing. The vocals are wretched, and very tortured, but what really grabs me with this song is the music itself. The slow, brooding mood is awe-inspiring.

“Serpent Messiah” kicks up the tempo again with some very “Black n Roll” riffs that make Satyricon’s last releases look like shit. Take a note here Satyr. The chorus section is fucking excellent. I love the this fucking song. I love the vocals they are still raspy but have this epic-choir feel to them. When the song breaks down into a slower pace, it really spaces the song open. The bass tone is really highlighted in this song as well, fucking deep and distorted. “Blood Into Wine” has a great opening. The slow double-bass backed with muted riffing is something I am a sucker for. They go into a very militant bridge that breaks into a devastating explosive picture perfect black metal riff.

“Worship” brings back that slow-brooding atmosphere of “Goathead” and perfects it. The doomy mood is even more present than before, and you really feel the dark, occult-kissed energy the band is shrouded in. A lot of great melody and echoed leads paint this song in desolation along with the tortured vocals that have such an epic quality to them. The atmosphere only gets darker, the riffs get slower, and the darkness gets blacker. I can’t stress enough how perfect this song is. They really have dwarfed their previous releases with this album.

The next song “Nyx” was the single of the album, and was featured with an excellent music video. Opening with a beautiful clean progression and some very tasteful background ambiance, I am already sucked into the atmosphere of the music. But it does not last long as they break open into a blast of devastation, only to bring you back down. This album is full of variation and it does not become stale at any point. They blast you with aggression only to twist your heart and drag you into an abysmal state of mind as they slow the tempo into more melancholy stained moods.

The more I listen, the more tempted I am to just stop what I am doing and go pick up my guitar and play. That is what really sells me on a band, if they can inspire me to play guitar and create my own music. Towards the end the song comes into a phenominal ambient section that is very slow and beautiful. Very ethereal and mesmerizing, the energy and atmosphere puts you into a very tranquil feeling. Closing the album is “The Three Beggars” and this song, just like the rest of the album, does NOT disappoint. The epic feeling is again present in this song, and it only grows as it continues. Clocking in over twelve minutes, this song really is the song to pay attention to when listening to the album. It is full of dynamics and atmosphere, the sounds are great and the riffs never let up. So much dissonance, and just destruction tone, it really highlights the Doom feel of the album towards the end of the song.

Instead of giving a long paragraph on why this album is great, just go fucking get it. It is worth your time and money.


vestal claret/ungod-split cassette {no visible scars}{review done by patrick}
it's great to see labels in this day and time of digital-labels,cd's etc.. that still release cassette tapes! gives me a little more hope for the real d.i.y underground.up first on the split is vestal claret the best way i can describe their music is a mix of 70's "classic" rock with traditional heavy doom riffs. the vocals are sung in a really well done clean voice which go good with the music.this is not really my style of metal/rock that i listen to on a regular basis so i will end by saying if you enjoy classic rock and early doom then give vestal claret a shot you might enjoy them!! up next is a band that you should be aware of if have been a black metal fan for a few years now.germany's ungod are masters of raw,primitive black metal. four songs of filthy,grim black metal with thin guitars,fast drums that do slow down from time to time. harsh black metal shrieks that spew the lyrics out.these four songs just prove why ungod are still a force within the black metal underground.this is a good release with two very different bands but both are obviously old-school influenced and have alot of talent and show it their ability in their songs.old-school maniacs and tape collectors show your support for the smaller cassette labels and buy this gem of metal.

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interview mongrel's cross done by patrick 9-1-12

here is a new interview,with a fairly new australian old-school blackend death/war metal band. if you have heard some of australia's past black/war metal bands you know the quality that comes from this great country. if you have not heard mongrel's cross yet. be sure to go to hells headbangers web-site and buy your copy today!!!
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interview with grand mongrel guitarist,vocalist for mongrels cross done by patrick

1.metal hails! how are things in australia? please introduce yourself to the readers?

Hails mate, Grand Mongrel reporting. Things are great here, I've just moved in to a place in the hills where I found a 3m snake skin so this may be the last interview I do. what age did you first discover metal? who were some of the first bands you listened to? who are some of your "current" favorite bands?

When I was 12 years old the first drummer from Blood Duster moved up to qld, two doors down from my house. I lived right on the beach back then and one day I was walking down for a surf and heard this maniac bashing the fuck out of his kit. He and I became mates and he introduced me to entombed, morbid angel, impaled Nazarene, pungent stench amongst many others. I immediately became possessed and devoured everything he gave me. I was reading Steven king novels and watching Rosemary's Baby and shit so when I found a musical equivalent it was a significant turning point.

3. when did you and the other members of mongrels cross first meet? what gave you all the idea to form the band? how did you come up with the name of the band

I have know Goet Euryn since we were teenagers. He and I met Necros Craigos in Brisbane and we asked him to play drums for us as we were without a drummer. A mate of ours Richard helped me come up with the name. I wanted it to be mongrel's.............. so over a beer we tried out a bunch of things and then Rich threw in the Cross and I said that's it.

4.what is the "current" line up of the band? for the readers who have never heard mongrels cross how would you describe the bands music?

Myself, grand mongrel, guitars and vocals. Goet Euryn guitars and Necros Craigos on drums. We have two session members for live combat being Baaruhl on guitar and now m.k.h. on bass.

5.the band recently released it's debut full-length cd "the sins of aquarius"" through the u.s label hells headbangers rec. how did you guys come in contact with the label? are you happy with their work so far?

I sent chase a few tracks from the whoresanna 7" and he wrote back saying he'd like us on board. We are really happy with HHB so far. They have been really easy to work with and have the right amount of professionalism too. has the response been from the press and the fans for the new release so far? does the band have any upcoming shows/tours in support of the new cd? if yes where are some places the band will be playing? any chance the band will get to tour outside of australia?

The response has been great and it seems maniacs worldwide have been banging it hard. We have done a few shows over the last few months which have served as a platform to exhibit the new album. We have recently talked about taking mongrel's overseas and it's certainly on the cards in the near future.

7.who are some bands you have played/toured with in the past? if you could set-up a "dream" show/tour who are some bands you would love to play with?

We have banged alongside heaps of Aussie legends. Innsmouth, destruktor, Astriaal, cauldron black ram and assaulter are some to mention. We supported mayhem and goatwhore when they were here also. A dream show for me would be a killer festival in europe with Abigor announcing a one off headline spot.

8.the band comes out of the legendary australian metal underground,so i was interested what is your opinion of australia's metal scene? their seems to be alot of variety of metal-genres thrash,death,black,doom etc.. so i was doing most band get along or is their alot of competion among the bands?

There is a lot of variety here. The black thrash tag gets thrown around a lot but there are many unique bands doing doom, death and heavy metal stuff. If there's any competition it's healthy and only breeds more creativity and killer bands.

9.who are some of your all-time favorite all-time australian metal bands? are their any new metal bands you think the readers should check out soon? what about good australian labels/distro's that ppl. should check out? any web/fanzines you can recomend please feel free to list those as well.

Armoured Angel, Bestial warlust, destroyer, grenade, gospel, Sad ex are legends, anatomy. Sacriphyx aren't new but they have been active as of late and doing some very killer shit.
Check out abysmal sounds which is a good label ran by a top bloke and amazing poo auteur. Another label/distro worth checking is the coffins slave which is operated by the main man from trench hell.

1 your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the underground today? and what does the term "underground metal" mean to you?

The best and worst things, a hard question and one I don't think I really have an opinion on. I can say that underground metal is something I think is truly unique in a very plastic world.

11.when your not working on band music or band busines what do you enjoy doing in your free time? any hobbies?

Playing guitar is definitely a hobby for me and I try to fit it in to many hours of my week.
Other hobbies include r.p.g abuse and I surf and skate when I can too.

12.coming back to the band for a moment you play the guitars in the band, when did you become interested in playing the guitars? are you self-taught or did you take lessons when you were younger? who are some of your influences/favorite guitarists?

I played guitar at school very briefly and got the basics down so I'm primarily self taught. Favourite guitarists....Hetfield, Demonaz, P.K. Quorthon r.i.p., Iommi, Infernus, culto, Trey, The Count....fuck there are too many to name. also handle the vocals for the band,when did you start singing? do you do anything special to keep your throat/voice healthy? who are some of your favorite vocalists?

I started screaming my head off when we started Mongrel's. I certainly do nothing to look after my throat. It gets abused with liquor and smoke which is no good for vocal chords. Not recommended. My all time favourite vocalist is Grishnacht, nobody sounds like he did on the first Burzum recordings and I don't think anyone ever will again.

14. mongrel's cross music is pretty intense and fast so i was wondering when the band plays live. do you find it difficult to sing and play guitars?

I do, so I don't play and sing live I just bang and scream my head off. I find I can't give the vocals as much as they need if I'm concentrating on balancing guitar duties and vocals.

15.well man thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview, do you have any final comments for the readers?

No worries mate. Bang the album fuckers!!!