Archive for January, 2015

Founded:  2013

Genre:  Technical Death Metal

Band Members:

Cantídio Fontes Eduardo Polidori Igor Dornelles Israel Savaris

Hometown:  Porto Alegre

Influences:  Psyopus Viraemia Abnormality Fields of Elysium Rings of Saturn Psycophagist Guttural Secrete

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Church of the Necronomicon:  Bring us up to speed on how long Bloody Violence has been around and what records are available.  I noticed you don’t have anything posted on iTunes yet.

Igor Dornelles / Bloody Violence:  We have one year and a half since the formation of the band and we have an EP with 3 songs and we are realising this february our full which is called ‘Divine Vermifuge’ with 8 new songs, also we have done 1 music video from this  album already that can be found in our youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzEAYPtjujI

We posted our music in soundcloud and bandcamp as well.

https://bloodyviolence.bandcamp.com and https://soundcloud.com/bloody-violence

Church of the Necronomicon:  What’s the Brazilian metal scene like right now?  Sepultura and Ratos de Parao seem to be the bigger bands people know about here stateside.  Who else do we need to know about?

Igor Dornelles / Bloody Violence:  The metal scene in Brazil could be better, the public is scarce and as metal subdivides the public gets even more scarce for some type of concerts. We always find some metalheads that are always present and accountable in the concerts, but overall the scene isn’t growing the way we would like.

            Brazil has a lot of great bands to be noticed, some of them: Krisiun, Angra, Hibria, Krow, Ayin, Exterminate, Supersonic Brewer, The Jokke, Spleenful, Charlar, Red Crow Mystical Dog, Dying Breed, Decimator, Space Guerrilla, Finally Doomsday and a bunch of others that I forgot right now.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Have you opened shows for any American metal touring bands?

Igor Dornelles / Bloody Violence:  We have opened for Nile in December of 2013. It was a memorable night. Opening for one of the bands that inspired us. We are looking forward to open to other american bands as well. Let’s hope that 2015 and the years to come we let us do that more.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Do you  remember at what point in time you decided death metal was the musical route you wanted to take starting a band?  Was it a particular band or record?

Igor Dornelles / Bloody Violence:  Playing death metal was a natural evolution for me ( Igor ) that began as soon as I started playing guitar. I realized that the music from the bands I used to listen were extremely complex and this feeling gave me the will to play them at any cost! I started listening to death metal with Morbid Angel ( Covenant ) and Cannibal Corpse ( Vile ) at the time with 16 years old and I never stoped.

Church of the Necronomicon:  What’s the US response  been to Bloody Violence via social media?  Are you reaching people, conversing, etc?

Igor Dornelles / Bloody Violence:  We could get in touch with some people through facebook and Bandcamp that found out our band and bought our EPs. The acceptance was really nice and the people we met were really great. Unfortunatelly we don’t know a lot of people in US yet.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Bloody Violence is described as technical death metal.  For those of us who haven’t heard you, what bands would you compare yourself to that convey the vibe and direction of your band?

Igor Dornelles / Bloody Violence:  Our sound was inspired by Viraemia, Psyopus, Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Rings of Saturn and Nile. So you can probably find something near these bands, but we try to keep original in our own way.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Is the band planning on doing a demo or full length record that we can find on say band camp or iTunes?

Igor Dornelles / Bloody Violence:  We have already our EP ‘Obliterate’ on Bandcamp. You can reach us at: http://bloodyviolence.bandcamp.com and you can name your price. We intend to release some musics or even the entire album ( Divine Vermifuge) in bandcamp as well.

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Church of the Necronomicon:  In terms of the writing process, where does the inspiration come from?  Is it movies, books, etc?

Igor Dornelles / Bloody Violence:  It depends. For instance in our first Ep ( Obliterate ) we kind of expose the bad side of the human mind. It was based on some cases that happened to some people that we know. But in our first full ( Divine Vermifuge ) which is to be release feb/2015, some songs were inspired in the Fukushima disaster and other radiation disaster as Chernobyl, we have some UFO cases related to radiation as well as an inspiration for other two songs. In general I love reading and in one way or another I take and mold my writing based on that. And I love writing songs that resemble stories through a view of a character in it.

Church of the Necronomicon:  What does 2015 hold for the band?  What are your plans?

Igor Dornelles / Bloody Violence:  This year we will release our first full album ( Divine Vermifuge ). We intend to record another music video as well, we are studying the best way to do that yet. We are keeping in touch with some contacts in Europe and studying the viability of some concerts for there. And a lot of concerts in Brazil as well.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Here’s your opportunity to talk about anything we haven’t already.  What other information do you want to convey to us?

Igor Dornelles / Bloody Violence:  First of all we would like to thank you for the interest in our Band. It’s really awesome to see this kind of aprouch. So if anyone is interested in our band, you can get in touch and get our material with us in our facebook page, bandcamp, soundcloud or youtube channel. Thanks very much once more.

https://www.facebook.com/BloodyViolenceOfficial

http://bloodyviolence.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/BloodyViolenceTV

https://soundcloud.com/bloody-violence

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Visigoth

The Revenant King

Metal Blade Records

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“The Revenant King” is nine rockin’ tracks of pure fantasy metal that evoke movies like “Krull,” “Hawk the Slayer,” “Conan the Barbarian” and “The Sword and the Sorcerer.”   The only thing missing from this record is a d20.

If you’re thinking power metal that’s not happening here.  Visigoth is straight up metal with more of a nod to Cirith Ungol than Manowar.   Musically speaking the record is good, it definitely stands out with it’s overt fantasy theme and a sound that takes me back to the early to mid 80’s.

This is going to appeal to fans who are into fantasy and gaming, it’s right up their alley.  To everyone else “The Revenant King” might have to grow on them.  All in all it’s a good, solid piece of metal I’d recommend.

Vivus Humare

Einkehr

Eisenwald

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Einkehr is five songs of black metal doominess encapsulated in varying states of atmospheric dreamscape ranging from the nightmarish — “Der Schmerz Weckt” & “Auf Morgendlichen Pfaden” — to the unsettling — “In Eos’ Antlitz” & “Abstieg In Die Tife” only to be shat out and born of pain with the final track “Traum.”

VIVUS HUMARE feature in their ranks members of Mosaic and an ex-member of now defunct Alchemyst which explains the bleak nature of this record.  The only thing running through my head as I listened to this record was this simple phrase — “All hope is lost now” which for me summed up the vibe of “Einkehr,” gloomy and full of despair.

But did I like it?  Very much.  Darkness is a good thing to embrace.  “Einkehr” will fill any void inside you with more void.  Buy this record immediately.

Violent Hammer

More Victims

2014 Demo

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Holy hell, you gotta be kidding me!  Six tracks of ferocious punk / grind, black metal brutality with just a hint of Hellhammer thrown in for good measure.  “Victims of War” opens this demo and just rips you apart.  Listening to “More Victims” is like walking into a cave not knowing there’s a bear inside and getting torn limb from limb.

Impending doom and apocalypse runs rampant through this demo and well it should.  This is the soundtrack to the end of the world with songs like “Victims of War,” “Extinction (Nuclear War),” “Craving for Flesh,” “Black Death” and “Life after Nuclear Genocide.”

Go to Facebook and check these guys out, then go to bandcamp and buy this demo.  NOW.

Facebook:  https://fi-fi.facebook.com/violenthammer

http://violenthammer.bandcamp.com/

Orange Goblin

Back from the Abyss

Candlelight Records

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I like everything about this record, there’s not a single thing wrong with it except that it doesn’t come with a pack of rolled joints.  It’s 12 tracks of righteous boogie down, stoner rock.  Track three even finds the band moving in a Motorhead type direction with “The Devil’s Whip.”

“Back from the Abyss” is probably the finest honed record Orange Goblin has put out from a production stand point.  Musically, vocally, every track is spot on tight showcasing how much this band has grown and evolved since issuing “Time Travelling Blues” in 1999.

Musically the big guitars and sheer wall of sound that Orange Goblin are known for are still here just finer tuned and better focused.  I feel like with this record the OG have found their identity as a rock band and aren’t trying to convince you they’re stoner rock, their sound and songs do that for them when and where needed.

“Back from the Abyss” also finds the band covering a lot of ground sound-wise ranging from a 70’s English bluesy groove (“Heavy Lies The Crown”) to stoner (“Sabbath Hex”) to straight up metal (“Bloodzilla”) showcasing their diversity as a band.

There’s also the occasional hint of contemporary peer bands like Fu Manchu, Trouble, Monster Magnet and Clutch running through this record giving “Back from the Abyss” that added extra punch taking this record over the top.  Buy this record, buy it now.  It’s good rock N roll, it’s Orange Goblin at their very best.

Putrid Offal

Mature Necropsy

Kaotoxin Records

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Good old fashioned, blood dripping, decomposing death metal.  “Mature Necropsy” is the first full length record in 25 years by Putrid Offal and no shit, this band sounds tighter and heavier than ever with maybe a vibe of Carcass meets Deicide meets Necrophobic coming through which isn’t a bad thing by any means.

As with most death metal you expect a lot of blast beats and such but Putrid Offal kill it with songs that change up musically and vocals that perfectly match each song which by the way are kept short and to the point.

Heavy as fuck and grindy at times.  You can’t go wrong with music like this.   Buy the record!

Hateful Abandon

Liars / Bastards

Candlelight Records

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I’ve heard “Liars / Bastards” described as post punk and I definitely get that (witness track 1 “Maze of Bastards” or track 6 “There Will Never Be Peace”) but it also has a distinct post modern, semi futuristic feel to it (track 2 “Culprit,” track 4 “test” and track 7 “December”), so what are we talking about then, what is this?  Simply put it’s raw, abrasive industrial rock ala Godflesh meets Frontline Assembly with an updated, unique sound that’s ALL Hateful Abandon.

“Liars / Bastards” is a return to form with a style of music that found a home in the late 80’s early 90’s but kinda dropped out of sight between the rise of grunge and the last gasp of metal.  Thankfully Hateful Abandon has resurrected that which once was industrial rock and done it justice with their treatment and interpretation of what it should sound like in 2015 — a Kafka-esque soundtrack to either “The Trial” or “The Metamorphosis” (or both) with maybe a hint of German influenced BDSM thrown in for good measure.

Hateful Abandon have created a truly bleak, mechanized landscape with “Liars / Bastards” through seven tracks of unrelenting synth driven, guitar pounding, industrial beats sure to satisfy fans of Fear Factory to Killing Joke.  If this is what the future looks like for industrial rock, bring it on.  Buy this record now!

ARA

Devourer of Worlds

Self Released

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ARA, who play a complicated style of death metal hail from Milwaukee that has a long and storied death metal scene going all the way back to Koshick’s legendary metalfest and bands like Dr. Shrinker, Viogression and Morta Skuld, so the bar is set high, question is, did they make it?

The answer is a resounding yes.  “Devourer of Worlds” is ten tracks of what I would describe as a semi-math style of death metal but way more balls out and heavy as hell.  ARA takes a lot of chances musically with different time changes and chord structures but pull it off without a hitch.  Check them out via the links below:

http://arawi.bandcamp.com/album/devourer-of-worlds https://www.facebook.com/Ara.Music.WI

Grimoire

L’aorasie des spectres rêveurs

Eisenwald

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Such longing, mournful cries resonate from this band and this 4 track EP, “L’aorasie des spectres rêveurs,” emotive black metal at it’s saddest pinnacle.  You can’t help but get caught up in the musical depression that is L’aorasie des spectres rêveurs,” but in a good way.

The music, the lyrics connect with you instantly.  You want to know more regarding the pity and remorse, and from whose soul it comes from and why.  The somber tone of this record builds from beginning until end with each song getting deeper, going darker until the fourth and final song, “Cantilene Celeste,” the perfect soundtrack to either a funeral or vampire wedding, either way a celebration of the absence of light and life.

Gothic, dark, dreary and depressing.  Everything celebratory of “The Void.”  Buy this record immediately.

Heaving Earth

Denouncing the Holy Throne

Lavadome Productions

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Of the pits of hell, birthed by the demonic and baptized in the lake of burning fire comes Heaving Earth with ” Denouncing the Holy Throne,” 12 nails in the coffin of all that is holy.

I love everything about this record.  The music is right on, the vocals nail it and the production is tight as fuck.  The music allow itself to change up as needed.  We get the speed and blast beats with “Doomed Before Inception” and the plodding, grinding of both “I Am Nothing” and “Worms of Rusted Congregation.”  This is well thought out, heavier than thou death metal, the way it should be, not constrained by anything.

Heaving Earth is a band to watch which excites me that this next generation of death metal is already out there, scratching and clawing, ready to take over and HE is right there at the top of the heap.  Buy “Denouncing the Holy Throne,” you won’t regret it.

Venom

“From The Very Depths”

Spinefarm Records

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You gotta be kiddin’ me…The MIGHTY Venom, who are right up there with MOTORHEAD as one of the greatest rock / metal bands ever return with “From The Very Depths” and absolutely rip your scalp off with this thing.

“Grinding Teeth,” “From The Very Depths” and “The Death of Rock N Roll,” are classic, on fire fucking Venom at their very best and I guarantee you, these songs will be ranked up there with the likes of “Welcome to Hell,” “Black Metal” and “Warhead.”

“From The Very Depths” is Venom getting back to basics and doing what’s worked for them and not screwing around.  And for those wondering if Cronos still has the lungs to crush with he does.

“Long Haired Punks” isn’t just an ode to punk rock, it’s a battle song for every metalhead with a jean jacket covered in band patches and metal studs.  It’s how we live our lives and it’s Cronos at his pissed off, angriest on this record.

This is a must buy and officially on my best of 2015 list and ta fuck that it’s only January, it made the grade.  Venom rules.  Don’t be a poser, buy “From The Very Depths” ASAP.