Friday, October 23, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
The Metal Times
Christian Wilson, Obsidian Rose Entertainment
Band Review #5
Band: Self Imposed Exile
Track(s): Mountainside EP
Self imposed exile is a 5 piece prog. blackened death metal band Hailing from Streator Illinois. This review will be covering their debut EP titled "Mountainside", which features tracks: Anchor, Calling of the Haunted, Mountainside, Breaking of the Circle, Fire Cleansed, Necessary Regression. Being a prog blackened death metal band, i went into this EP expecting a full frontal assault, just raw energy being hurled my war in an intense barrage of blast beats and shreds. However, what I got was very different, instead it was an elegant and melodic sound that still carried the weight of power I was expecting and it was wonderfully surprising. It's not all the time that you can listen to a band like this and still find the beauty in how well the sounds are put together. 'This all truly came to light in the second and third track on the EP, "Calling of the Haunted" and title track "Mountainside". Both are very strong melodic pieces that i personally find as the standouts of this EP, as they do everything extremely well. The vocals hold that raw rougher sound that makes this genre special, which is easy to mess up and if done wrong would deter someone away from listening to blackened death metal, however these guys absolutely nail it on the head and they remain true to form, while also being very easy to listen to, and would make a good starting point for anyone interested in the genre for the first time. Jumping over to the guitars, they are timed exceptionally well and you can tell how well they click together, notably in title track "Mountainside" as everything is timed to precision that compliments other aspects of the songs very well. Moving over to drums, we're going to point out and bring up "Breaking of the circle". This one didn't stand out enough for me personally to name it as a favourite, however it is important to note due to the technical prowess on the drums. Although it isn't a constant barrage of blast beats or anything similar, you still feel every bit of power behind each hit and it just goes to show that you don't have to play lightning quick to show your stuff. In this track, we got a more paced out, melodic sound that holds well and really accents the transitions on guitar.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
1.Thanks for taking the time to talk to The Grinder! You have a new album out, Tell us about it!
That’s right! Our new album “Inhuman” is out since October 3rd.
This is an 8 tracks album of Progressive/Melodic Death Metal but this is more different from what you can expect from this label. There is no barrier in our writing process. You can find Death, Slam, Electro, Clean singing and black influence mixed in a way that is still coherent. That makes us sound different.
2.Where was it recorded? Is all the material new?
It was recorded at the Psyrus Studio, in the east of France by Damien Dausch. We have worked with him for our previous EP and we liked his work.
All the songs are new and have been written after the EP was recorded in 2018.
3.What is the biggest difference between your last release and the new one?
Our previous release was in a Spacial SF universe, with aliens et co. The new one takes place in a post-apocalyptic background and is about the consequences of what humans are doing right now.
Musically, the main difference is the presence of clean vocals and the solos of our new guitarist Morgan that are awesome. Globally, the writing is more wild and intuitive than previously. We wanted those songs to be more live friendly.
4.Are you signed to a label? , If so which one and how did they help or support the process?
No, at this time we are not. We would like it if one came with a good deal.
5.What has been going on with the band between albums? Did you tour?
We performed some concerts to promote the EP, writing the news song for the album. We have also been searching for a new bassist and a new guitarist. And this is something hard to find in France in this style of music.
6.Do you have any new members?
Yes, that’s right.
Ludovic the bass player joined the band a few times after the release of the EP, and Morgan joined the band a few days before the studio record of the Album. They are both very talented musicians, and we love the way they are implicated in the band right now.
7.Who produced the new album and how did they affect the album?
This album is an auto production so.. nobody is telling us what to do, and at this time, it’s a good thing. We want to be able to do what we want unless there is someone very talented in it to help us make our tracks better.
8.Some like to record naked or in the dark with candles, Did you have any strange studio practices?
Absolutely no strange practice for us! Sorry! No weird story to tell!
9.Of course tell us where to pick up your album and how to learn more about you.
We made our own website to be able to sell our album and our merch.
The social network we are the more active are :
You can also find us on every streaming platform and BandCamp
10.What are your plans now that the new album is out?
As touring and performing concerts will be hard with the COVID-19, we are aiming to produce content for the web. The writing of the next album has already started too. We have to find different things to promote our music.
1.Introduce yourself and your band and tell us why we should listen to you.
My name is Evan Mitchell and my band is called Machines on Blast. Our latest album, Black Market Happiness, is a diverse blend of metal stylings all wrapped within an industrial metal package that remains completely authentic from concept to delivery. This is album is aggressive. this album is emotional. This album is loud. Check it out.”
2.What do you classify your sound as, Who do you tell people you sound like?
We fall into the Industrial Metal & Alternative Metal category, but we also have songs that stray from that and live in the Rock world. I don't like to use other bands to describe our sound, but I have been told that we have a Fear Factory, Static X, DevilDriver vibe.
3.With digital music in today's world would you vote to keep or eliminate physical media?
100% keep. It may be on a smaller scale now, but plenty of people still buy physical media.
4.What is the reason you decided to be a musician and has that reason paid off?
It's just something that is in my blood. If I'm not working on music or art I feel completely lost. Has it paid off? Sure, keeping my sanity is super important.
5.How do you feel about females in metal getting special attention? Do you feel it is fair?
I have no issues with it, we are all just trying to get to ahead and some people will have an easier path than others, that's life!
6.In the world climate with hatred being at an all-time high and metal being “ angry” music, Do you think your music contributes to anger and hatred?
Not at all, if anything "angry" music provides an outlet of relief for its listeners.
7.Are you opposed to religious beliefs or politics being used in music?
Write and speak your mind, I'm in no position to judge.
8.We have dived into some pretty deep issues here do you think your music sends a message and if so what is it?
Every release will have its own message. Our current release, Black Market Happiness, deals with the complex world of mental health as a whole. Touching on the causes and effects that seem to surround so many, though so few are comfortable enough to talk about it themselves.
9.The market has changed and many bands believe that record labels are a thing of the past, with many labels now charging bands to “sign” how do you think a band can make it in today's scene?
It's hit or miss and it all depends on how good your negotiation skills are. If said label has the money and is willing to sink it into the development and promotion of your band that is above and beyond what you can do as an independent artist, then you might want to put some serious thought into what they are offering. Just be careful because I see countless bands signing to smaller labels (because it's exciting to say you got signed) then a few weeks or months later you never see any push from these labels. So what was gained?
10.Why with the thousands of options including Netflix , sporting events everything on-demand, Why do you think people should take the time to listen to what you have to say in your music?
I'm no one special, just an artist who sings about my life's thoughts and adventures in a realistic form. So if that interests you, I would love to have you come along for the ride!
11.How do you feel about pay to play? Do you think it is fair for a band to have to pay money to play?
It has been and will always be a garbage practice, I watched it
first hand destroy the Los Angeles music scene. All you end up getting is a bunch of opening acts that don't fit the theme of the night and got booked because they were willing to pay the cost. The community notices this trend and that is why few people take the time to come and see the opening local acts. Passing the cost on to the local bands because the promoter can't afford the cost of the headliner. That is all it is, minus a few exceptions to the rule. With what some of these people are trying to charge local bands to play one show, with just a few hundred dollars more, you could just buy on to 5 or 6 dates of the tour directly.
12.It is fact that you are the talent and the entertainment explain what you think is the most important key to success?
Persistence and knowing if what you are writing is great or it's shit. Always be totally honest with yourself and what you create, then you got a solid foundation to move up.
13.In country music and even in some cases rock music is written and performed by different people would your band perform a song written by someone else?
Sure, if it fits the vibe of what we do.
14.If you are pro-female in music are you pro using sex to sell your music?
Do whatever gimmick you think is going to work for you.
15.What is your view on the lawsuits against people saying lewd or unprofessional things to women or men and how does that affect an art described as sex drugs and rock n roll?
My answers would have to be on a case by case basis, I'm not going to give a broad answer for situations I know little about, but with that being said, Treat people with respect and kindness and don't be a douche.
16. Ok let's lighten up a bit. What is your favorite band of all time and why?
I don't have a favorite band, I dig all music for all different reasons, just depends on the mood I'm in at the time. Type O Negative's October Rust is currently playing.
17.What would you be doing if you were not in a band?
If I was not in a band, I would just be writing solo, the creativity will never end!
18. Do you have a favorite sports team? Negative
19.If you could get on stage with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
I would love to be on stage with The Marshall Tucker Band and sing "Can't you see."
20.This is your shot to let loose, Throw down your biggest complaint about the music biz.
It is what it is. It has never been a welcoming or easy business to navigate through, and never will be.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
1.What is your name and what band do you play for?
- Darrin Zeune (pronounced ZYE-KNEE) rhymes with hynie!
2.Who made you want to play drums and why?
- My High School Marching Band! Rio Mesa High School does in Camarillo, Ca had a killer snare section and I always thought they played with such precision and loved how they hit snares in sync and wanted to do that too.
3.When did you get your first kit?
A. Tell us about it…I saved up enough money doing odd jobs, mewing lawns, etc. and bought my first kit when I was 14. It was a clear blue Ludwig just like John Bonham’s stage kit. I played it constantly. very exciting !
4.Where your parents supportive of you and your loud / expensive new habit?
- Only when my grades were good, but for the most part they were. We’rent too happy about the noise but I guess they got used to it.
5.What drum performance on an album is perfection to you?
- Well Neil Peart’s performance on Moving Pictures to me is perfection in my eyes. A perfect album all around but Neil’s playing, drum sound, precision, and the production is just stellar.
6.Tell us about your current kit and set up in DETAIL.
- My current set is also a John Bohnum replica which is the Centennial series by Ludwig. Action gear I use DW5000 double bass pedal and I use a mix of cymbals by Zildian A’s & Paiste signature series, my ride is a bosporus New Orleans dry ride. My snare is a LM402 for extra snap and my high hat is a Paiste 2002. My bass drum is the fabled 26” that Bonham of course used along with Keith Moon. For my heads I use REMO’s for my rack toms, and 16” black dot floor tom and a Remo pinstriped for the 18” floor tom. and for sticks I use Promarks.
7.If you could have a dream kit tell us about it in DETAIL
- I’m playing on my dream already, although my only upgrade would be to use bent tone wood shells that I made myself but man who has the time for that?
8.Name your top 5 drummers excluding Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy
- Who’s Mike Portnoy? Uhh…, let’s see Bill Ward from Sabbath, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Jor Vitelli from James Gang, Don Henley and Ben Orr
9. Do you prefer Live or Studio?
- BOTH! I love playing live from the energy it provides and not knowing quite what’s gonna happen , or where or how true energy will be channeled. I also love the studio and using the studio as an instrument itself and all the possibilities of sounds we can create then enhance what we create. I built our studio where we recorded Everything’s Breathing myself from scratch which includes an analog soundboard, iso booth, monitors, drum mics, etc. So I’m partial to using the fruits of my labor to our benefit. Not to mention the costs of studio time we save. It’s a wonderful luxury to record what we want when we want to.
10.Do drummers really get all the chicks and if so how do we convince the guitarist?Hahaha ya know I never really gave it much thought, but now that you ask...of course we get all the chicks! All kidding aside, it’s because all drummers have armadillos in our trousers so the chick are really quite fearful! No whats cool about drummers, and really all musicians are levitated in that department . What we do seems a little magical to people like that so it ,ames it fun that way.
Monday, October 19, 2020
ready to unleash new single/video "Mercy"
Devil In The Mist (US) Alternative Metal | Metal | Grunge
Devil In The Mist is an Alternative Metal band from Boston, MA in the USA. The group was officially formed in 2018 with its founding members, Boston multi-instrumental guitarist Gia G (Gia Federico) and lead vocalist Katy Reign from Providence, RI USA. Songstress Katy and guitarist supreme Gia have one high heel boot planted firmly in their song-craft as the other boot ready to kick your ass. Throwin’ horns, glammed-up and over the top with collaborations, the music from Devil In The Mist draws on elements of hard rock, melodic power metal, thrash, and shred.
The band released their first 3 track EP in 2018 backed with official videos for all three tracks Somewhere, Far Gone and Severed Ties. In 2019, Devil In The Mist released the single Secret and are currently working on their debut album set for release via Sliptrick Records in 2021. A new single and official music video is expected later in 2020.
These gals sing loud, proud with their own brand of rock and roll guitar anthems. The riffs come heavy with sheen and crunch while the power choruses pack a punch! Current line-up:
Gia Federico – Guitars/Keyboards
Katy Reign – Vocals
Mark Geanakakis – Drums
Paul Engle – Bass
Devil In The Mist | Boston | USA
Alternative Metal | Metal | Grunge
Tool | Metallica | Van Halen | Led Zepplin | Queen | Alterbridge
Devil In The Mist (EP) | Independent | 2018
Finally the wait is over. After months of expectations, Paradise In Flames has just released its new album, “Devil's Collection”, composed of 10 songs that will please all fans of a well-made Black / Death metal. The album, which is digitally distributed by Nuclear Blast's subsidiary label, "Blood Blast Distribution", is already available on streaming platforms and can be heard at the link below.
The tracks “Nahemah's Possession”, “I'm Sure Your Gods Have Seen This Before”, “Have Never Seen a World Without Wars”, “Hell's Now” and “Devil from the Sky” received videos that can be seen in the links below .
I'm Sure Your Gods Have Seen This Before:
Have Never Seen a World Without Wars:
Devil from the Sky:
1 - Nahemah's Possession
2 - I'm Sure Your Gods Have Seen This Before
3 - Satan's Laws
4 - It's All Wrong
5 - Have Never Seen a World Without Wars
6 - The Tepes
7 - Ripping Off False Masks
8 - Hell's Now
9 - Devil from the Sky
10 - No Life on Earth
To be informed of all the news about Paradise In Flames, stay tuned on your social networks.
Paradise In Flames:
A. Damien – Vocal/Guitar
O. Mortis – Vocal/Keyboards
R. Aender – Bass
W. Adrian – Drums
The fourth brood that MISANTHROPIA now spews out upon mankind builds on its predecessor, "OMERTÀ",
that dates from 2016.
It tells us the stories and events that occurred in the criminal underworld during the late 1970's, until present
day on Dutch and Belgian soil.
Music-wise, the grandeur and bombast did not stop from improving, and MISANTHROPIA once again prove
that they are able to arrive in splendor and greatness when it comes to production, quality above everything
else and artwork that is more than just in your face.
Collaborations from the past were brought up, and new allied pacts are stronger than ever before.
MISANTHROPIA did spare no expense when it comes to deliver quality, and in contrary to its previous album
- when they traveled to Sweden to record the drums at SolnaSound Production Studio - they flew in Mike
Wead (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate etc.) to record the drums at New Road Studios in Wijchen (NL).
Together with Simon Johansson (Wolf, Soilwork), Mike is responsible for mixing duties, as well as mastering
the whole piece.
Mike Wead comments:
"This is the third time I’ve been working with MISANTHROPIA on an album. I'm happy that they’ve chosen
me again for the mixing duties. Except for being a bunch of really nice and professional guys, they always
manage to progress in their song writing. They have found an unique niche in the business with their mafiabased storytelling, offering something new to the genre. Their music spans from brutal and fast parts to
moments of heavy and melodic parts. Something I personally like a lot."
This album is not just about misanthropy, hatred, anti-religion, or some pseudo end-of-the-world nonsense
that is written in some manuals and manifests to distract you and your loved ones.
It is about how life on this ugly planet, this piece of shit, works, and beyond. It is about how the underworld
reigns, fights, and sometimes cooperates with the upper world, where the living also profit and enjoy the
good things and sweet candy that comes forth from this so-called underworld.
It is here, under our noses, but sometimes, we are too blind to see it. Sometimes we are not very eager to
see it, and most of the time, we are ignoring it by looking away.
This album is about how everything works: One hand washes the other. No regrets, no remorse, ultraviolence, and first but foremost: Trust no one.
• The 4th album of the Dutch black metal outfit MISANTHROPIA – available on CD as well as
download & stream.
• Produced by Misanthropia at Wijlen Den Uyl Studios.
• Mixed by Mike Wead - assisted by Simon Johansson - and mastered by Mike Wead at SolnaSound
• Cover artwork by Jan Yrlund / Darkgrove Design.
2006 • Rise Of Necropolis
2010 • Slang Des Doods
2016 • OMERTÀ
2020 • Convoy Of Sickness
Sunday, October 18, 2020
For fans of: Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, Carcass
Belarus Beaver is a Swedish duo that label their music as "Swedish Beavergrind". They released their debut EP titled "DAMnation" on June 11th, 2019 on digital formats. "Planet of the Beavers" is the second album from the band, set for a November 27th, 2020 release via Grind to Death Records on CD (Belarus Beaver own the rights for the digital part). The duo consists of LG (Pissboiler, ex-Infested) and David "Pos" Mauritzon (Öldöds, Sign of Cain, ex-RazorRape).
For fans of: Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Carach Angren
Where classical and extreme metal both collide, and merge in extreme harmony; Danish duo Sinnrs exude their own form of blackened metal , a sound that proves more brutal than their name, a sound cited in their own words, as 'pure dark matter'.
Nero and Maestus formed Sinnrs in July 2017, and immediately started conjuring songs for their debut album ' Profound '. The 10-track release was mixed and mastered at the Hertz Studios in Poland , who have previously worked on releases from Behemoth , Vader and Decapitated .
Fully conceived and performed by Nero and Maestus , ' Profound ' merges the furious brutality of extreme metal with the elegance of classical and opera, giving listeners a dimensional musical experience in pure dark matter. The juxtaposition of punishing guitar riffs and relentless blastbeats with symphonic arrangements and soaring vocals is fascinating in the way it highlights the inherent differences and similarities these genres have.
While classical fans might balk at the savagery of Sinnrs ' sound, metal enthusiasts will enjoy getting swept up in the epicness the classical elements bring to the table. Whichever side you might fall on, ' Profound ' is an honest manifest that makes a wonderful spectacle out of a rather unlikely pairing.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Started in 2013 by Industrial, metal, EBM, electro-rock enthusiast Evan Mitchell (Singer, Song Writer, Programmer) Machines on Blast's growth began shortly with the additions of recording/live guitarist Warren Adams in 2014. The addition of Adams to the band saw M.O.B morph into a darker, heavier, and wider entity than ever before with more opportunities and doors opening for them. Within the same year, the M.O.B. family grew with the addition of live drummer Chris Marshall.
2014 also was a busy year for M.O.B. in the music department as the band released their well received self-titled debut EP “Machines On Blast”. Alongside the EP, Machines on Blast went on to appear in the compilations “Digital Recovery 10.4” and “Elektro Villain: Volume 002”.
Machines on Blast showed no signs of slowing down, either, as Machines on Blast supported their self-titled EP with a brand new remix album featuring all sorts of independent artists including Chrome Corpse, Particle Son, Man Woman Machine, and FlammPunkt. Machines on Blast also recruited bass player Scott Vanhorn for the live line-up, and went on to perform alongside The Dreaming (Former Stabbing Westward), My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Genitorturers, Death Valley High, and Fractured Fairytales.
It was within 2015 that Machines on Blast continued to work on their next full length production Tin Man Empire which released in 2016. The album was well received with Hooded Stranger (www.hoodedstranger.com) stating Machines on Blast is, “...explosive and detonate their sound,” and Brutal Resonance (www.brutalresonance.com) praising the album as, “angry, loud, and brings back a 90s industrial sound.”
In late 2017, Machines on Blast welcomed guitarist Adrew Howington to the line up and has started production on their yet to be announced sophomore full length album. The band has also announced that a song of theirs will be released on the Australian horror film 'Bite Club' which is due out in 2018.
In October of 2020 Machines on Blast released their second full length album, titled Black Market Happiness. The album was Mixed and Mastered by Henrik Udd (Architects, Bring me the Horizon) and the album artwork was created by Bahrull Marta.
Self Titled EP (2014)
Expanding the Order - Remixes (2015)
Tin Man Empire (2016)
Feast on the Repeating Misery - Remixes (2017)
Black Market Happiness (2020)
Machines on Blast has also been included on the following compilations:
Digital Recovery 10.4 (2014)
ELEKTRO VILLAIN: VOLUME 002 (2014)
Digital Recovery I II Volume II ,Tribute to Ric Laciak of RAS DVA (2015)
Coma Music Magazine "The Oontzcast Files" (2015)
Coma Music Magazine " Tainted Candy 2" (2015)
Don't mess with industrial - Fuck Cancer (2015)
Electronic Saviors Vol 4 premium edition (2016)
Brutal Resonance "Industrial Stomp-out" (2017)
Dark Tunes "Gothic Music Orgy Vol. 4" (2017)
Music for Mexico benefit (2017)
Electronic Saviors Vol 5 (2018)
Digital Recovery Sandy Kirti benefit (2018)
Rock Metal Talk - Bands to Burn to Vol 1 (2018)
DSR Metal Six Pack comp (2018)