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sobota 22. června 2024

Interview - SEREMENT - Powerful, raw, cold black death metal that awakens the most terrifying demons! A beast that will tear you apart!


Interview with black death metal band from Greece - SEREMENT.

Answered Andreas (vocal), thank you!

Recenze/review - SEREMENT - Abhorrent Invocations (2024):

Ave SEREMENT! I am currently listening your new album “Abhorrent Invocations” and I can´t help but think that this is the kind of music which will be played during the end of the world. I think it is a great masterpiece. How do you feel about your new album? Have you received any feedbacks? From fans for example? Have you played new songs live already? Do they work?

Greetings, thank you very much for your kind words! We are very excited about are new album and we think it sums up all the hard work of the past few years! We already received very good feedback just like yours from our friends, from our fans, from other online magazines and reviews. Although we haven't done yet an official release live for the album, we've played two gigs with this material and the feedback we took was very very good.

How do SEREMENT compose? Are you a traditional band who go to the rehearsal room and compose or you prefer going online and send your ideas via email? I am really interested in your composing process.

First ideas of songs come from our guitarist (Manolis) which he composes the guitar parts and send them over for the others to check. After that we go to the rehearsing room and we put together the drums the bass and the vocals and everyone does his part equally to create each song.


Lyrics are a separated topic of SEREMENT. Who is the author of your lyrics? And what are your lyrics about? Where do you find inspiration for your songs? The lyrics on “Abhorrent Invocations” just fit so perfectly to the music. What was first – music or lyrics?

The authors of the lyrics are Andreas (vocals) and Manolis (guitar). They are talk about blasphemy, death, war, apocalypse, society, politics, stories taken from movies & novels, myths... We don’t have a specific thematology. Our initial skeptic was to write songs that they shake you up, themes with a dark perspective for sure, but also with the grace of resistance and awakening. We are against everything that oppresses the masses and the society, that oppresses the mind, the soul and body.

We found inspiration everywhere.

We create lyrics and music seperetaly and when the time for the magic merge comes, then we read all the lyrics and listen to all the music again and we’re trying to make the best match.

Also your cover is amazing and it fits with the music! I am frightened with the cover. How and why did you choose Misanthropic Art? Did you hear any of your songs to create the cover?

Thank you Jakub! We don’t want you to be afraid (hahaha).

We chose to work with him because we follow Misanthropic-Art for many years and we knew his works and the quality of them. We wanted to raise our standards with this release and we think we picked a very nice artist for our artwork, in order to achieve it.

We sent to him the lyrics of the album along with some descriptions and pictures
(we already had in mind the artwork scene) and he achieved this amazing result!


The sound of the album is great. It is dark, cold and sharp at the same time. Which studio did you chose for recording? Did you have any opinions about the final sound and mastering, were you able to change anything?

Thanks again! We recorded the album at Ignite music studio and our friend George Christophoridis did the mixing and the mastering. As a Death Metal and Black Metal fan himself he immediately understood what we wanted to sound like so the mixing process was very smooth and on point.

The new album was published by French Dolorem Records. Why this label? Were you satisfied with their work?

Alex from Dolorem records actually approached us via Facebook and at this point we would like to take the chance and thank him for that! He came up with a pretty good deal for CDs and we work together and with the Mexican Iron, Blood and Death Corporation for an LP version that will come later this year. The whole thing exceeded our expectations for the first studio release especially, because we a very new band.


You have been playing since 2022. How was the beginning of your band? How did you create the band and what was the first impulse to build something death metal? Did you have any idols?

The original lineup of Serement consisted from 4 of 5 members of our previous band Blessed by Perversion, which counted 12 years in the Greek death metal scene. We wanted a new and fresh beginning and a different musical and lyrical approach and that's the reason why we did this project. We had idols when we were younger but now just wanted to express ourselves via this music and not just mimic someone but always try to serve Death Metal and heavy sound in general.

You can see how much you enjoy your music in your band. Do you have any target which you want to hit? Someone wants a famous label, the other one might want to play on big festival.

The biggest and most achievable goal for our band is to go outside of Greece and play maybe a tour in Europe or other countries of the world.

How is it to play death metal in Greece? Do you have a lot of fans on concerts? Do fans support bands? Do they buy CDs, merchandise, etc.? When you organize an event how many people will come?

We have a pretty decent Death Metal scene here in Greece that's more like a community of bands. We pretty much know each other and we always try to support either by buying merchandise or attending gigs and festivals. When we play live, we try to think it as a gig between friends and that's more fun for us and for the people that come to see us. Typically, in a concert the crowd will be between 1 and 200 people (hahaha).


Death metal is a demanding hobby and an even harder lifestyle. What does it mean for you? What do you enjoy most about it and how do you perceive it? How did you actually get to him?

Well for us death metal is the music that we grew up with so we try to recreate the sounds that we always liked. This alone makes it the best way for us to express ourselves and it's always a challenge to be able to play like that and always get better so the most demanding part is the practice that we have to do.

I deliberately ask this question to all bands to do some promotion for the future. Please tell us what SEREMENT is planning soon? What can we look forward to?

For this year we are planning to release our new album in an LP and then try to do as many lives as possible to promote it. Also, we may upload some videos from the recording process or some playthrough videos of some songs, but that's something that is under conversation for the time.

Thank you so much for the interview and I wish SEREMENT a lot of sold CDs and only sold out halls. Be happy in your personal life. I am looking forward for your next death metal apocalypse!

Thank you so much for this interview and for giving us chance to talk about ourselves and to promote our music.

Cheers to everyone!





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Rozhovor - SEREMENT - Mocný, syrový, chladný black death metal, který probouzí ty nejděsivější démony! Bestie, která vás roztrhá na kusy!


Rozhovor s black death metalovou skupinou z Řecka - SEREMENT.

Odpovídal Andreas (zpěv), děkujeme!

Recenze/review - SEREMENT - Abhorrent Invocations (2024):

Ave SEREMENT! Právě poslouchám vaši novinku „Abhorrent Invocations“ a říkám si, že takhle nějak bude znít hudba, kterou budou hrát při konci světa. Myslím, že se vám povedl opravdu mistrovský kousek. Jaké jsou tvoje pocity z novinky? Máš už nějaké zpětné vazby od fanoušků? Hráli jste už nové skladby naživo? A jak fungují?

Zdravím vás, děkuji za vaše milá slova! Z nového alba máme velkou radost a myslíme si, že shrnuje veškerou tvrdou práci posledních několika let! Už jsme dostali velmi dobré ohlasy, stejně jako ty vaše, od našich přátel, od našich fanoušků, z jiných internetových časopisů a recenzí. I když jsme ještě neudělali oficiální živé vydání alba, odehráli jsme s tímto materiálem dva koncerty a ohlasy, které jsme si odnesli, byly velmi velmi dobré.

Jak vlastně vznikají nové skladby pro SEREMENT? Jste tradiční kapelou, která se zavře do zkušebny a tam skládá nebo využíváte v dnešní době tolik oblíbený internet a posíláte si nápady emailem? Zajímá mě samotný tvůrčí proces.

První nápady na písně přicházejí od našeho kytaristy (Manolise), který skládá kytarové party a posílá je ostatním ke kontrole. Poté jdeme do zkušebny a dáváme dohromady bicí, basu a zpěv a každý se podílí na tvorbě každé písně stejnou měrou.


Samostatnou kapitolou jsou u SEREMENT texty. O čem pojednávají na novém albu a kde jsi pro ně bral inspiraci? Na „Abhorrent Invocations“ perfektně sedí k muzice. Co bylo dřív, muzika nebo texty?

Autory textů jsou Andreas (zpěv) a Manolis (kytara). Mluví o rouhání, smrti, válce, apokalypse, společnosti, politice, příbězích z filmů a románů, mýtech... Nemáme žádnou konkrétní tematiku. Naší prvotní skepsí bylo napsat písně, které vámi otřesou, témata s temnou perspektivou určitě, ale také s půvabem odporu a probuzení. Jsme proti všemu, co utlačuje masy a společnost, co utlačuje mysl, duši i tělo.

Inspiraci jsme našli všude.

Texty a hudbu tvoříme odděleně, a když přijde čas na magické spojení, tak si všechny texty přečteme a hudbu poslechneme znovu a snažíme se o co nejlepší soulad.

Musím se přiznat, že cover pro „Abhorrent Invocations“ je vynikající – sedne perfektně k hudbě! Jde z něj doslova strach. Jak jste obal vybírali a proč jste zvolili zrovna Misanthropic Art? Slyšel třeba dopředu nové skladby pro inspiraci?

Děkujeme, Jakube! Nechceme, abyste se báli (hahaha).

Rozhodli jsme se s ním spolupracovat, protože Misanthropic-Art sledujeme už mnoho let a znali jsme jeho práce a jejich kvalitu. Tímto vydáním jsme chtěli zvýšit naše standardy a myslíme si, že jsme si pro naše výtvarné dílo vybrali velmi sympatického umělce, abychom toho dosáhli.

Poslali jsme mu texty alba spolu s několika popisy a obrázky.
(už jsme měli v hlavě výtvarnou scénu) a on dosáhl tohoto úžasného výsledku!


Skvělý je zvuk celé nahrávky. Je temný, studený a ostrý zároveň. V jakém studiu jste album nahrávali? Mluvili jste jako kapela do výsledného zvuku, masteringu?

Ještě jednou díky! Album jsme nahráli v hudebním studiu Ignite a náš kamarád George Christophoridis se postaral o mix a mastering. Jako fanoušek death metalu a black metalu sám okamžitě pochopil, jak chceme znít, takže proces mixování byl velmi hladký a na jedničku.

Nové album vyšlo u francouzských Dolorem Records. Proč jste si vybrali právě tento label a jak jste s jeho prací spokojeni?

Alex z Dolorem records nás vlastně oslovil přes Facebook a my bychom mu za to rádi poděkovali! Přišel s docela dobrou nabídkou na CD a společně s mexickými Iron, Blood and Death Corporation pracujeme na LP verzi, která vyjde ještě letos. Celá věc předčila naše očekávání, zvlášť pokud jde o první studiové vydání, protože jsme úplně nová kapela.


Historie kapely se datuje do roku 2022. Jak vůbec vznikl nápad, hrát death metal? Kdo byl vaším vzorem? Zavzpomínej pro nás prosím!

Původní sestavu Serement tvořili čtyři z pěti členů naší předchozí kapely Blessed by Perversion, která na řecké deathmetalové scéně působila 12 let. Chtěli jsme nový a svěží začátek a jiný hudební i textový přístup, a to byl důvod, proč jsme udělali tento projekt. Když jsme byli mladší, měli jsme své idoly, ale teď jsme chtěli prostřednictvím této hudby vyjádřit jen sami sebe a ne jen někoho napodobovat, ale vždy se snažit sloužit death metalu a heavy zvuku obecně.

Na vaší kapele je hrozně vidět, jak vás vaše muzika baví. Máte nějaký cíl, kterého byste chtěli dosáhnout? Pro někoho to je slavné vydavatelství, jiný si chce třeba zahrát na velkém festivalu.

Největším a nejdosažitelnějším cílem naší kapely je vyjet za hranice Řecka a zahrát si třeba na turné v Evropě nebo v jiných zemích světa.

Jaké to vlastně je, hrát death metal v Řecku? Chodí u vás lidi na koncerty? Podporují vás, kupují CD? Když třeba uspořádáte nějakou akci, kolik přijde lidí?

V Řecku máme docela slušnou deathmetalovou scénu, která je spíše komunitou kapel. V podstatě se navzájem známe a vždy se snažíme podpořit buď nákupem merchandise, nebo účastí na koncertech a festivalech. Když hrajeme naživo, snažíme se to brát jako koncert mezi přáteli a je to větší zábava pro nás i pro lidi, kteří se na nás přijdou podívat. Obvykle se na koncertě sejde od 1 do 200 lidí (hahaha).


Death metal je náročný koníček a ještě těžší životní styl. Co znamená pro tebe? Co tě na něm nejvíc baví a jak jej vnímáš? Jak si se k němu vlastně dostal?

Pro nás je death metal hudbou, na které jsme vyrůstali, takže se snažíme obnovit zvuky, které jsme vždycky měli rádi. Už jen díky tomu je to pro nás nejlepší způsob, jak se vyjádřit, a je to vždycky výzva, abychom dokázali takhle hrát a pořád se zlepšovat, takže nejnáročnější je cvičení, které musíme dělat.

Tuhle otázku dávám záměrně všem kapelám, aby si udělali trošku propagaci do budoucna. Prozraď nám prosím, co chystají SEREMENT v nejbližší době? Na co se můžeme těšit?

Pro letošní rok plánujeme vydat naše nové album na LP a pak se pokusit udělat co nejvíce koncertů na jeho propagaci. Také možná nahrajeme nějaká videa z nahrávacího procesu nebo playthrough videa některých písní, ale o tom se zatím jen mluví.

Děkuji moc za rozhovor a přeji SEREMENT spoustu prodaných nosičů a samé vyprodané sály. Ať se vám daří i v osobním životě. Budu se těšit na další death metalovou apokalypsu!

Moc děkujeme za tento rozhovor a za to, že nám dáváte možnost mluvit o sobě a propagovat naši hudbu.

Na zdraví všem!

pátek 21. června 2024

Recenze/review - REVERSED - Wildly Possessed (2024)


REVERSED - Wildly Possessed
CD 2024, Invictus Productions

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Kdysi tu bývala krásná vesnice plná lidí. Teď je tu jenom les a pár náhrobků se jmény, která měla být dávno zapomenuta. Jenže je mlha a pomalu se stmívá. Mraky jsou nízko a vše kolem utichlo. Jakoby měl každou chvíli uhodit blesk a spálit všechno na popel. Konečně se mi podařilo rozluštit některá jména na hrobech. Nemrtví šeptají, naříkají, touží se pomstít. Poslouchám debutové album kanadských maniaků REVERSED a moc dobře vím, že budu brzy spálený na popel.

Tohle je hudba, která se hrávala kdysi dávno, na přelomu osmdesátých a devadesátých let minulého století. Temný a mrazivý koktejl z blacku, deathu, thrash metalu, umíchaný na starých pohřebištích. Pán jej vzaliové, exhumovali a opatřili svými vlastními nápady a invencí. Výsledkem je hudba, u které pukají víka od rakví tlakem a nemrtví vylézají z hrobů. 


Pod kapelou jsou podepsáni muzikanti z MITOCHONDRION, AUROCH, SPELL. O kvalitu je tedy postaráno po všech stránkách. Sedávali jste kdysi dávno dlouhé hodiny u reproduktorů a diskutovali jste o tom, která skupina je syrovější, temnější a šílenější? Přehrávali jste alba na kazetách a vinylech? Tak potom by se vám mohla líbit i nová deska "Wildly Possessed".  Kanaďané velmi vkusně a elegantně odkazují třeba na takové CELTIC FROST, SLAUGHTER LORD, POSSESSED, SADISTIC INTENT, MORBID ANGEL, nověji třeba VAMPIRE. To ale není zase tolik důležité. Hlavní je, že mě baví novinku poslouchat, rád se k ní velmi často vracím. A to nejen v případech, kdy na mě leze nostalgická nálada a mám chuť se zavřít před současným divným světem. Tohle je muzika nejen pro všechny pamětníky. Naopak, myslím si, že by mohla oslovit i mladé posluchače. Má v sobě totiž pradávnou energii, nahrubo nasekanou tmu, chlad tolik známý ze starých pohřebišť. Pokud jste byli někdy u opravdové exhumace, tak jistě víte, že se vzduchem pokaždé vznáší nezaměnitelný zápach hniloby. Během společných setkání s hudbou REVERSED jsem cítil to samé. Je to pro mě důkaz, že se nahrávka opravdu povedla. A to nejen po formální stránce (zvuk, obal, produkce, vše je v nejlepším pořádku), ale i co se týká samotných nápadů. Byl jsem stržen do hlubin a rozemlet na prach. Potkal jsem dlouhý zástup duší, které navěky bloudí mezi naším a oním světem. Ale hlavně, neskutečně jsem si celé album užíval. Všichni, co tuhle hudbu posloucháme, tak moc dobře víme, že peklo existuje. Hraje se tam stejná hudba, jakou předkládají tihle maniaci. Je mlha a pomalu se stmívá. Mraky jsou nízko a vše kolem utichlo. Jakoby měl každou chvíli uhodit blesk a spálit všechno na popel. Temné a chladné ozvěny ze starých black, thrash, death metalových pohřebišť! Krvavé kořeny byly znovu vytrženy!


Asphyx says:

It used to be a beautiful village full of people. Now it's just a forest and a few tombstones with names that should have been forgotten long ago. But it's foggy and slowly getting dark. The clouds are low and everything around us has gone quiet. It's as if lightning were about to strike and burn everything to the ground. I finally managed to decipher some of the names on the graves. The undead are whispering, wailing, seeking revenge. I'm listening to the debut album from Canadian maniacs REVERSED and I know full well I'm about to be burnt to ashes.

This is music that was played a long time ago, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. A dark and chilling cocktail of black, death, thrash metal, mixed in old graveyards. Gentlemen took it, exhumed it and provided it with their own ideas and inventiveness. The result is music to which coffin lids burst with pressure and the undead crawl out of their graves. 


Under the band are signed musicians from MITOCHONDRION, AUROCH, SPELL. So the quality is taken care of in all aspects. Have you ever sat for long hours in front of the speakers and discussed which band is more raw, darker and crazier? Did you play albums on cassettes and vinyl? Then you might also like the new album "Wildly Possessed". The Canadians very tastefully and elegantly refer to the likes of CELTIC FROST, SLAUGHTER LORD, POSSESSED, SADISTIC INTENT, MORBID ANGEL and more recently VAMPIRE. But that's not so important. The main thing is that I enjoy listening to new music, I like to come back to it very often. And not only when I'm in a nostalgic mood and want to shut myself off from the current strange world. This is music not just for all the memoirists. On the contrary, I think it could appeal to young listeners as well. For it has an ancient energy, a coarsely chopped darkness, a coldness so familiar from old burial grounds. If you've ever been to a real exhumation, you'll know that the unmistakable smell of rot always wafts through the air. I've felt the same thing during my encounters with REVERSED music. It's proof to me that the recording was really successful. And not only formally (sound, cover, production, everything is in top order), but also in terms of the ideas themselves. I was swept into the depths and ground to dust. I have met a long line of souls who forever wander between our world and the next. But most importantly, I enjoyed the whole album immensely. All of us who listen to this music know so well that hell exists. The same music is being played that these maniacs are presenting. It's foggy and slowly getting dark. The clouds are low and everything around us has gone quiet. It's as if lightning were about to strike and burn everything to the ground. Dark and cold echoes from the old black, thrash, death metal graveyards! The bloody roots have been pulled up again!


tracklist:
1. Wildly Possessed
2. Maelstrom Juggernaut
3. Hungry Graves
4. Beneath Evil Eyes
5. Final Death
6. Rusted Breath
7. Black Seed

band:
Rusted Blade - vocals and guitar
Restless Grave - guitar and vocals
Wretched Intrancer - bass
M.S. Nigredo - drums



čtvrtek 20. června 2024

Recenze/review - MORTAL WOUND - The Anus of the World (2024)


MORTAL WOUND - The Anus of the World
CD 2024, Me Saco un Ojo Records, Dark Descent Records, Extremely Rotten Productions

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První, čeho jsem si všiml, tak bylo hejno much, vznášejících se nad smradlavou mršinou. Musel jsem našlapovat opatrně, protože kolem mě byla mlha a nekonečné bažiny. Ohledal jsem mrtvolu a zjistil jsem, že zemřela násilnou smrtí. Důkazem budiž červi, kteří vylézali z otevřené rány. Možná to byl rezavý nůž, možná nějaký jiný ostrý předmět, to zjistíme až po pitvě. Šokovaly mě vnitřnosti, vyhřezlé ven a roztrhané na kusy. Ne, to nebylo zvíře, ale nějaká lidská bestie. Naložil jsem tělo na nosítka a odvezl na pitevnu. Druhý den ráno zmizelo. Neznámo kam.

MORTAL WOUND je death metalová kapela z Kalifornie, která je věrná odkazu všech morbidních předků. Hraje prašivě, surově, takovým tím hnisavým způsobem, který máme my, staří fanoušci smrti, tolik rádi. Jedná se o debutové album, které když si pustíte, tak kolem vás začnou ožívat mrtvoly. Poslouchejte pořádně nahlas!


Pokud máte rádi kapely jako JUNGLE ROT, MORTICIAN, SKINLEES, DYING FETUS, a jim podobné, tak se vám bude líbit určitě i nové album "The Anus of the World". Pánové vám hodí přímo do ksichtu kusy zahnívajícího masa. Z povrchu zemského vás smete masivní a hrubý zvuk (Erol Ulug - mixing, mastering, recording) a když se budete dívat na poctivý a stylový obal od autorky Kariny Monzon, budete si připadat jako v nějaké ohavné morbidní galerii. Kdysi dávno jsem četl jednu knihu, ve které sériový vrah aranžoval mrtvá těla do různých pozic. Říkali mu Sochař smrti. Hodně často jsem si na něj vzpomněl, když jsem poslouchal tuhle nahrávku. Má totiž velmi podobnou atmosféru. Skladby jsou jako rezavé hřeby, které vám jednou zatluče hrobník do rakve. Zadřou se vám do mozku a vypálí vám cejch. MORTAL WOUND hrají postaru, poctivě a od srdce. Jsou opravdoví a uvěřitelní. Nepřinášejí sice nic nového, ani převratného, ale to mi vůbec nevadí. Stačí zapnout play a jsem v záhrobí. Duše nemrtvých mě zvou na další seanci, na které se bude pouštět tohle album. Nelze jinak, než vám novou desku doporučit. Má v sobě vše potřebné pro to, abyste byli pohřbeni zaživa. Užívám si jednotlivé motivy, kývám se do rytmu a kopu další hrob. Čekám, než mě zase zavolají a budu muset ohledat další tělo. Někde kolem nás, ukryta ve stínu, se toulá lidská bestie. Troufám si tvrdit, že "The Anus of the World" by ji mohlo přilákat, vytáhnout na světlo. Nezbývá nic jiného, než ji zabít. Nejlépe hudbou. Mokvající, shnilý, prašivý, temný a zničující death metal! Pitevní zpráva, napsaná hnisavou krví! 


Asphyx says:

The first thing I noticed was a swarm of flies hovering over the stinking carcass. I had to tread carefully because there was fog and endless swamps all around me. I examined the corpse and found it had died a violent death. The proof was the worms that were crawling out of the open wound. Maybe it was a rusty knife, maybe some other sharp object, we'll find out after the autopsy. I was shocked to see the entrails cut out and torn to pieces. No, it wasn't an animal, it was some kind of human beast. I loaded the body on a stretcher and took it to the autopsy room. The next morning, it was gone. I don't know where.

MORTAL WOUND is a death metal band from California, true to the legacy of all their morbid ancestors. They play dirty, raw, in that festering way that we old death fans love so much. This is a debut album that when you put it on, the corpses start to come alive around you. Listen really loud!


If you like bands like JUNGLE ROT, MORTICIAN, SKINLEES, DYING FETUS, and their ilk, you'll love the new album "The Anus of the World". Gentlemen will throw pieces of rotting meat right in your face. You will be swept off the face of the earth by the massive and coarse sound (Erol Ulug - mixing, mastering, recording) and when you look at the honest and stylish cover artwork by Karina Monzon, you will feel like you are in some hideous morbid gallery. I read a book a long time ago in which a serial killer arranged dead bodies in various positions. They called him the Death Sculptor. I thought of him a lot when I listened to this recording. It has a very similar feel to it. The songs are like the rusty nails that the undertaker once hammers into your coffin. They'll burrow into your brain and burn a mark. MORTAL WOUND play old-fashioned, honest and from the heart. They're real and believable. They don't bring anything new or groundbreaking, but that doesn't bother me at all. Just turn on the play and I'm in the beyond. The souls of the undead invite me to the next session where this album will be played. I can't help but recommend the new album to you. It has everything you need to be buried alive. I'm enjoying each motif, swaying to the beat and digging another grave. Waiting to be called back to look for the next body. Somewhere around us, hidden in the shadows, a human beast roams. I daresay "The Anus of the World" might attract it, bring it to light. There is nothing to do but kill it. Preferably with music. Wetting, rotten, dusty, dark and destructive death metal! An autopsy report, written in festering blood!


Tracklist:
01. Found Dead In A Bush 
02. Tunnel Rat 
03. The Surf Is Gonna Be Bitchin’ 
04. Drug Filled Cadaver 
05. One Who Kills & One Who Loves 
06. Born Again Hard 
07. Engulfed In Liquid Hellfire 
08. The Worm Has Turned For You 
09. Spirit Of The Bayonet 
10. Even The Jungle Wanted Him Dead 
11. Royally Fucked Forever




Recenze/review - HYPERDONTIA - Harvest of Malevolence (2024)


HYPERDONTIA - Harvest of Malevolence
CD 2024, Dark Descent Records / Me Saco Un Ojo Records

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Zpočátku nevykazovalo tělo žádné známky násilí. Leželo klidně a tiše. Na chladné zemi, kousek od cesty. Jenže něco bylo jinak, kolem se vznášel tichý pláč. Jakoby se mnou mrtvola rozmlouvala, jakoby šeptala slova obžaloby. Pitvu jsme provedli ihned, jakmile jsme přijeli do márnice. Uvnitř hnily tkáně, které byly již ve značném stádiu rozkladu. Nechtělo se mi tomu věřit, ale bylo to tak. Tělo bylo mrtvé již mnoho let. Přišlo k nám ze záhrobí, aby zvěstovalo novou desku dánsko-tureckých HYPERDONTIA

Pravověrní death metalisté ihned vědí, o kom píšu. Jednak máme na našich stránkách již dvě uveřejněné recenze, ale hlavně se jedná o ryzí, reálnou a krutou hrobnickou práci. Ostatně jako vždycky. Kapela je letos ve velmi dobré formě. Důkazem budiž skladby, které vás doslova přikovou na zeď.  


Jedná se o poctivou porci tradičního, klasického death metalu, který je doplněn vlastní invencí a spoustou morbidních nápadů. Mám rád smrad dlouho nevětraných kobek, jejich tajemství. Jsem rád přítomen u exhumací starých hrobů. Pokaždé přemýšlím, na co dotyčný zemřel. Líbí se mi mlha nad hřbitovem, ale hlavně temná a chladná atmosféra, které létá opět kolem jako můry kolem ohně. Pánové mají svůj vlastní rukopis, volně inspirovaný kapelami jako CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL, DEAD CONGREGATION, UNDERGANG, PHRENELITH, CEREBRAL ROT, VASTUM, MORTIFERUM, FETID. Je to starý, divoký a surový masakr s novým feelingem. Riffy jsou zdrcující, vokál nasáklý chorobami a bicí vám vystřelí mozek z hlavy. Povedl se i prašivý zvuk a obal od mistra Wese Benscotera. Je na něm loď, plná mrtvých, kteří se vrátili, aby dokonali šílenou pomstu za příkoří, která jim byla kdysi způsobena. HYPERDONTIA dokáží být děsiví, jako ta nejhorší noční můra. Kývám se do rytmu, jsem dávno prokletý. Užívám si jednotlivé melodie, které jsou nasáklé zkaženou krví. Zhasněte všechna světla, brána do pekla byla opět otevřena. Je hodně znát, že v kapele působí zkušení muzikanti. Letos nám umíchali pořádně jedovatý koktejl, který by mohl chutnat všem, kteří mají rádi hnilobou nasáklý kov smrti. Přiznám se bez mučení, že si novinku hodně užívám a rád se k ní znovu a znovu vracím. Zpočátku nevykazovalo tělo žádné známky násilí. Leželo klidně a tiše. Na chladné zemi, kousek od cesty. Jenže něco bylo jinak, kolem se vznášel tichý pláč. Jakoby se mnou mrtvola rozmlouvala, jakoby šeptala slova obžaloby. Morbidní, chorobami ušpiněný death metal, u kterého ožívají dávno mrtvá těla prokletých! Masakr v márnici!


Asphyx says:

Initially, the body showed no signs of violence. It lay still and quiet. On the cold ground, just off the road. But something was different, a silent crying was floating around. It was as if the corpse was talking to me, whispering words of accusation. We performed the autopsy as soon as we arrived at the morgue. Inside, the rotting tissues were already in a considerable stage of decomposition. I didn't want to believe it, but it was true. The body had been dead for many years. It had come to us from beyond the grave to herald the new Danish-Turkish HYPERDONTIA record. 

True death metallers know immediately who I am writing about. First of all, we already have two published reviews on our site, but most importantly, this is pure, real and cruel tombstone work. As always. The band is in very good shape this year. The proof is the songs that will literally drive you up the wall.  


It is a fair portion of traditional, classic death metal, which is complemented by their own inventiveness and a lot of morbid ideas. I like the smell of long unventilated dungeons, their secrets. I like to be present at the exhumations of old graves. I always wonder what the person died of. I like the fog over the cemetery, but especially the dark and cold atmosphere that flies around again like moths around a fire. The gentlemen have their own signature, loosely inspired by bands like CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL, DEAD CONGREGATION, UNDERGANG, PHRENELITH, CEREBRAL ROT, VASTUM, MORTIFERUM, FETID. It's old, wild and raw carnage with a new feel. The riffs are crushing, the vocals are soaked with disease and the drums will blow your brains out. The dusty sound and cover artwork by master Wes Benscoter is a hit too. It features a ship full of the dead who have returned to exact mad vengeance for the wrongs that were once done to them. HYPERDONTIA can be terrifying, like your worst nightmare. I sway to the rhythm, I'm cursed long ago. I enjoy the individual melodies that are soaked in tainted blood. Turn off all the lights, the gates of hell have been opened again. It's very obvious that the band is made up of experienced musicians. This year, they've mixed us up a proper poisonous cocktail that could appeal to anyone who enjoys the rotten, death-soaked metal. I admit without torture that I enjoy the novelty a lot and I like to come back to it again and again. At first, the body showed no signs of violence. It lay still and silent. On the cold ground, a short distance from the road. But something was different, and there was a silent crying all around. It was as if the corpse was talking to me, whispering words of accusation. Morbid, disease-stained death metal, where the long-dead bodies of the damned come to life! Massacre in the morgue!


about HYPERDONTIA on DEADLY STORM ZINE:

středa 19. června 2024

Recenze/review - DEGRAVED - Whispered Morbidity & Exhumed Remnants (2024)


DEGRAVED - Whispered Morbidity & Exhumed Remnants
CD 2024, Chaos Records

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Už dávno si myslel, že je vše v pořádku. Kdysi ošklivá rána se zahojila a nic ho nebolelo. Až dodnes, když začal poslouchat nové album amerických tmářů DEGRAVED. Jakoby se vrátila všechna bolest a utrpení. Vřed se znovu zanítil, tepala v něm zkažená krev. Mohli jste jej několikrát proříznout, vyčistit a stejně se znovu objevila černá a smradlavá tekutina. Nepomáhaly léky, ani zaříkávání. Začal vyhledávat temná zákoutí. Nemohl na světlo a postupně se rozpadl v prach.

Tahle smečka vydala v roce 2020 demo nahrávku "Exhumed Remnants" a loni EP "Whispered Morbidity". Letos vychází u labelu Chaos records oba počiny dohromady. Je mi velkou ctí, že se ke mě dostala tahle hudba na recenzi. Je totiž přesně tou odrůdou, vypěstovanou v Hádově říši, kterou vždy rád ochutnám. Zhasl jsem všechna světla a nechal na sebe novinku působit. Začala se mi postupně ozývat bolest z jedné staré rány. 

 

Pánové na to jsou hezky postaru, poctivě. Pokud se vám líbí kapely jako CIANIDE, FUNEBRARUM, DISMA, NECROS CHRISTOS, budete určitě spokojeni jako já. Byly splněny všechny náležitosti proto, aby byl vřed znovu proříznut. Zaujme masivní, prašivý zvuk, stylově vyvedený obal, ale hlavně spousta mokvajících nápadů, které vás obejmou jako silné pavučiny. Poslech je spíše procházkou v záhrobí, pradávnou seancí, než jen obyčejným setkáním. Líbí se mi způsob i provedení, s jakými kapela ke své morbidní práci přistupuje. Poslouchat "Whispered Morbidity & Exhumed Remnants" je jako prosévat mezi prsty prach z čerstvě exhumovaného hrobu. Tohle je muzika pro všechny, kteří vyrůstali na extrémní muzice v devadesátých letech minulého století. Budete smrdět sírou i měděným pachem krve. Zavřeni v temných kobkách budete pomalu přidávat hlasitost. Já jsem to alespoň takto dělal. Vše je ohlodáno na kost, riffy jsou ostré a surové, vokál nasáklý chorobami a bicí vám vytlučou mozek z hlavy. Zároveň, a to velmi oceňuji, se nezapomnělo ani na melodie a celkovou pochmurnou atmosféru. DEGRAVED jsou na velmi dobré cestě, řeku Styx překročili velmi elegantně a se zkušenostmi mistrů v oboru. Už dávno jsem si myslel, že je vše v pořádku. Kdysi ošklivá rána se zahojila a nic mě nebolelo. Až dodnes, když jsem začal poslouchat nové album amerických tmářů DEGRAVED. Jakoby se vrátila všechna bolest a utrpení. Vřed se znovu zanítil, tepala v něm zkažená krev. Mohl jsem jej několikrát proříznout, vyčistit a stejně se znovu objevila černá a smradlavá tekutina. Nepomáhaly léky, ani zaříkávání. Jsem prokletý! Morbidní, špinavý, syrový a temný death metal, mršina ve značném stádiu rozkladu! Budete pohřbeni zaživa!


Asphyx says:

He thought everything was fine a long time ago. The once nasty wound had healed and nothing hurt. Until today, when he started listening to the new album by American darkies DEGRAVED. It was as if all the pain and suffering had returned. The ulcer had re-inflamed, the bad blood pulsing. You could cut it open several times, clean it out, and still the black, stinking fluid would reappear. Medicines didn't help, nor did incantations. He began to seek out dark corners. He couldn't see the light and gradually disintegrated into dust.

This pack released the demo "Exhumed Remnants" in 2020 and the EP "Whispered Morbidity" last year. This year, both releases will be released together on Chaos records. I'm very honored to have been sent this music for review. It is exactly the variety, grown in Hades' realm, that I always like to taste. I turned off all the lights and let the novelty wear off. Gradually, the pain of an old wound began to reverberate.



Gentlemen are nice and old-fashioned, honest. If you like bands like CIANIDE, FUNEBRARUM, DISMA, NECROS CHRISTOS, you will be satisfied like me. All the requisites have been fulfilled in order to cut the ulcer again. The massive, dusty sound, the stylish cover art, but most importantly the many swamping ideas that will embrace you like thick cobwebs will impress. Listening is more of a walk in the beyond, an ancient seance, than a simple encounter. I like the manner and execution with which the band approaches their morbid work. Listening to "Whispered Morbidity & Exhumed Remnants" is like sifting through the dust of a freshly exhumed grave between your fingers. This is music for anyone who grew up on extreme music in the 1990s. You'll reek of brimstone and the coppery smell of blood. Locked in dark dungeons, you'll slowly turn up the volume. At least that's how I did it. Everything is gnawed to the bone, the riffs are sharp and raw, the vocals are soaked with disease and the drums will knock your brains out. At the same time, and I really appreciate this, the melodies and the overall gloomy atmosphere are not forgotten. DEGRAVED are on a very good path, they crossed the river Styx very elegantly and with the experience of masters in the field. For a long time now I thought everything was in order. A once nasty wound has healed and nothing hurts. Until today, when I started listening to the new album by American darkies DEGRAVED. It's as if all the pain and suffering has returned. The ulcer had re-inflamed, the rotten blood was beating in it. I could cut it open several times, clean it out, and still the black and stinking fluid reappeared. No medicine or incantations helped. I'm cursed! Morbid, dirty, raw and dark death metal, carrion in a considerable stage of decomposition! You will be buried alive!


tracklist:
1. Crematortured
2. Compulsory Bloodletting
3. Reduced To Bone And Ash
4. Whispered Morbidity
5. Exhumed Remnants
6. Corpse Fermentation
7. Incinerated

DEGRAVED is:
SC - drums
NE - guitar & vocals
AG - guitar
DR - bass



úterý 18. června 2024

Interview - SEVERE TORTURE - Honest and real death metal from the old school, polished to perfection, that crucifies you upside down!


Interview with legendary death metal band from Netherlands - SEVERE TORTURE.

Recenze/review - SEVERE TORTURE - Torn From The Jaws of Death (2024):
https://www.deadlystormzine.com/2024/06/recenzereview-severe-torture-torn-from.html

Ave SEVERE TORTURE! Greetings to the catacombs of Holland! When I was preparing for this interview, I found all the albums I have from you over the weekend. I found out (and a friend confirmed it) that the first demo that came to us was the 1998 recording "Baptized". You know what's interesting? I haven't found a single weak record in your entire discography. How is that possible? Do you have a recipe for that? You've kept the bar of quality so high for so many years.

Wow, thanks, that's good to hear! And indeed the 1998 demo "Baptized" was our first recording in a proper studio. All analog and totally old school! I don't have a recipe for not writing shit records and for me personally I can still find some flaws in our discography but I guess we just try to make what we would like to hear ourselves and we're pretty strict in that. We throw away a riff or a piece if for one of us it doesn't feel right. So we throw away a lot of stuff, haha!

For this year's full-length album "Torn From The Jaws of Death" we had to wait a long fourteen years (if you don't count the EP Fisting the Sockets, which contains only three tracks). You released it on Season of Mist and I must admit I was very impatient. Why did it take you so long? Was it because of money? Time?

None of those things to be honest. I think that after we released "Slaughtered" in 2010 we just didn't have the inspiration to write new material. We did play a lot of shows but after we played Maryland Deathfest in 2016 we decided it would be best to stop booking shows and all step away from the band for a while. After a year or so original drummer Seth announced that he was quiting the band. The rest of us decided we would give it one more try with a new drummer and in 2018 Damien stepped in as the new drummer. Of course it took some time to get used to eachother and after we did our first shows together we started writing again and all fell into place so to speak. Soon we had enough material for a new album but because we hadn't released anything for such a long time we thought it would be quicker to first record 3 songs and release an EP. After the release of the EP we wrote a couple more songs and started recording all the other songs. We finished recording & mixing in 2023 but due to the busy release schedule of Season of Mist we had to wait till 2024 with the release.


Anyway, the album "Torn From The Jaws of Death" is out and immediately became one of my most played albums. Listening to it, you feel like you've stepped back on a timeline to the 90s. It is excellent! How was it made? And how does SEVERE TORTURE create new material?

Thanks, that's very much appreciated! We also like it a lot and we had a lot of fun creating it! Usually a song starts with a riff or a couple of riffs, mostly from Patrick or Marvin, sometimes by me. We then start jamming it in the rehearsalroom and one song can take only 1 or 2 rehearsals to be perfect and other songs take 6 months to get finished. We are fortunate enough that our drummer has his own rehearsalroom/studio and everything is mixed up and we can record every idea or part we write. Our metal roots are in the 90s so it's not strange that hear you that in our new album.

I always liked the sound of your albums. "Torn From The Jaws of Death" is no exception. Where did you record the album, was it again at Torture Compound Studios? How did you achieve such a dusty and dense sound? Does it look to me like it was recorded in analogue or am I wrong? Interestingly, I find the sound of the recording very similar to the previous record "Slaughtered". Do you have a lot of say in how the record should sound or do you leave it up to the sound masters?

Yes, it's mainly recorded in our drummers studio which we named Torture Compund Studios. Some of the guitars and bass parts are recorded at home to save some time though. Our drummer engineered the recordings and then it was mixed and mastered by Mendel bij de Leij who you might know from his time as guitarplayer for Aborted. Sorry, it's not analog but we didn't use plug-ins for the guitars, everything is re-amped through 2 EVH 5150 Stealth III amps, one with 6L6 tubes and the other with EL34's. That's also very close to our live sound and that was our main goal, to get close to our live sound. We had a big say in the final mixes because we knew what we wanted and our EP was a good testcase to check out Mendel's mixing. I do think it sounds way better than "Slaughtered", those guitars are too muddy in my opinion and the bass is too dirty. But every record has it's own sound and that's the charm of it.


I'm an old school fan and I'm very big on record covers. The man behind "Torn from the Jaws of Death" is the always excellent painter Pär Olofsson. The motif is so cool to me that I put it on my desktop on my computer. Can you tell us how the motif relates to the music on the album? How did you get together and how did the cover for the album come about?

Man, we also love it very much! Our bassplayer came across a black&white sketch of this skull on Pär's website and he immediately forwarded it to me. We both felt this was meant for us but at that moment we didn't know if it was already used or not. We contacted Pär and he said it was unfinished and unused so we could have it and let him finish it. We took both versions, the sketch and the finished color version and if you have the actual album you'll find the color version on the front and the black&white version inside which makes a beautiful pair. We already had the album title so it's not intentially related to the cover. But it matches perfectly in my opinion.

For a band that has been playing since 1997, you have a pretty stable lineup. Respectively Patrick Boleij and Thijs van Laarhoven have been in SEVERE TORTURE since the beginning. Dennis Schreurs joined in 1998. That's not very common. Have you never had submarine sickness? For example, has your opinion never changed about how your music should sound? You know, some people like blondes, some people like brunettes. Then all you need is a few more pointed words. Someone once wrote that a band is like a family. How is SEVERE TORTURE?

Pretty close to a family indeed. But I think our strength is that we don't do this for a living and we all have our personal lives besides the band. In the first 15 years of the band we toured a lot but if we continued that I think we wouldn't exist anymore. We have a nice balance and we only do things we all wanna do. Of course our musical taste differs and most of us have a pretty wide musical taste but for Severe Torture it's clear to us that it has to be death metal. In another interview someone pointed out that since Dennis joined the band 25 years ago only 1 member left and that's pretty unique!


The good thing about today is that we have the internet. I mean, I don't know about that, but at least I can watch your shows remotely. It's not the same, the sound on youtube is always so weird, but from all available information - you guys mainly perform only at big festivals? I'll be honest, I'd really like to see you live, but there's no place. You're not going on tour? I would imagine you, ASPHYX and maybe you can take AUTOPSY. It would be a dream come true. No, seriously - what about SEVERE TORTURE and concerts? What would you say about a trip around Europe with a stop in the Czech Republic?

Well, we're playing in Czech Republic in a few weeks at Brutal Assault but that again is a festival. We're not touring really and to play a show a 1000 km's from the Netherlands is only gonna work flying and then it's most of the times a festival because they're bigger and have budget. It's not gonna work for 1 small clubshow abroad. Touring isn't that easy for us, we all have good jobs and some of us have kids so getting on the road for 3 or 4 weeks isn't gonna work.

Just yesterday I was talking to a friend in the pub about how crazy everything has changed in the last few years. Everyone has the internet in their pocket, young people are more influenced by pictures and videos than music and lyrics. Nobody reads much, we agreed that a lot of things are more superficial. Maybe it's different in Holland, but here in the Czech Republic I see it every day. It's no different in music. How do you perceive the changes in society as a musician? We have a lot of new technology, recording studios are better equipped, ideas can be sent over the internet.

I also have mixed feelings about it. In potential internet or social media sounded like a good thing that could connect everyone and gave everyone easy access to information. But it turned out to be a monster which polarises everyone. People developed a very short interestspan and only wanna see pictures or short videos which need to be funny or fake. Or both. I like some of the new technology and having googlemaps on your phone or protools on your laptop can be really nice but since I'm born in the 70's I often think back of the times before the internet. But now I sound like a old analog man in a modern digital world, haha!


It's a different world, also in terms of labels, publishing houses. SEVERE TORTURE are a band that for me is synonymous with underground death metal. We have bandcamp, youtube, labels can spread your music faster and it reaches more people. But you know, vinyl is vinyl, cassette and CD has its charm too. Have you had to change your approach to releasing your music in any way? Or are you still going old school and the new stuff leaves you cold?

I'm old school and I still buy vinyl and cd's. You can't compare listening to Spotify with putting on a vinyl on your record player and drop the needle on it! Of course streaming is easy when you're on the go or when you're in the gym but I really enjoy playing an actual record and checking out the artwork and the booklet while listening. And less romantic but also worth mentioning, financially it also changed a lot for bands. Back in the day we sold quite an amount of albums which we got royalties for and nice budgets for recordings and videos and even toursupport. For streaming you get 0,00..cents which is close to nothing, which means you have less to no budgets for all the aforementioned.

You started the band in 1997. But all of you were once at the beginning of something new. I love the old death school. I like that it's so dirty, raw. What was the '90s and your beginnings like? Please reminisce for us. What bands did you like to go to, for example? Who were your role models? Feel free to add a funny story, I'm sure you have plenty of them.

I started listening to death metal in the early 90's and I also fell for the rawness and the brutality. The first bands I got into were the ussual ones; Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Entombed, Suffocation, Death, Incantation, Immolation, etc. I used to work a paper route so I was starting every morning with 1 hour of death metal on my walkman 6 days of the week. And back then you didn't have that many different albums so I listened some of those early albums more than 1000 times probably. We were very lucky being in the Netherlands with shows every weekend so I started going to concerts, already with our bassplayer Patrick, got drunk a lot and some bands which we later toured with remembered us from being drunk fans at their shows, haha!


I ask this question to every band and I'm really interested in your opinion. What does death metal mean to you? How would you define it? On SEVERE TORTURE records you can hear a lot that you put everything into your music, that it is played with heart. As a fan I feel that way. So death metal means to you...?

Death Metal defined my life for a big part the last 30 years so it's really important to me. I don't stick to one genre and within other genres I also find a lot of pleasure but I keep on getting back to death metal. It activates the caveman inside of me so to speak, haha.

Finally, a classic but important question. What is SEVERE TORTURE going to do in the near future? Possibly, and I firmly believe in this, will we finally see you somewhere on a club tour in Europe?

Well, you keep on trying, aren't you, haha! Who knows, if we get a good offer and all the stars are aligned it might happen. Of course we would love to play a clubshow in Czech Republic, we never had a bad experience in your country! But first let's all go to Brutal Assault and check out our show on Wednesday!!

Thank you very much for the interview. I really appreciate it. I'm an old SEVERE TORTURE fan and you actually made one of my dreams come true. I wish you a lot of sold out shows, let your fans rip your hands off with merchandise and I will be looking forward to more of your music. I hope to see you live as well. May your personal lives prosper as well. SEVERE TORTURE RULES!

Many thanks for the interview and same to you!!

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