Archive for February, 2015

By Theron Moore

Shredhead

Death is Righteous

Mighty Music

Release: 13 January 2015

shredhead

8/10 Score

Imagine Pantera and Exodus birthing out a kid and naming it Shredhead.  The kid’s a wild child, a hellraiser, likes the music loud, just wants to thrash, you with me so far?  I think you have the idea.  It seems clear that the mission with “Death is Righteous” is to bludgeon you back to a time when metal still had swingin’ balls and wasn’t so hipster and fashionista as it appears today.

What I like about this record and Shredhead as a band is that neither relents, not for a second, it goes for the jugular with every song.  I mentioned Pantera and Exodus before.  Imagine “Vulgar Display…” meets “Fabulous Disaster” updated.  That’s “Death is Righteous.”   A blueprint for metal and a schematic for how death shall come to us all, hopefully drunk or stoned, horns up!

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Lord Dying

Poisoned Altars

Relapse Records

Release: 27 January 2015

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8/10 Score

Lord Dying embodies that Northwest metal sound that’s low end heavy, smelling of beer and weed and born out of a garage with the spirit of TAD hovering ’round.  That’s right, I said it, the great Tad.

This isn’t thrash, this is more akin to say The Sword, Black Tusk and Red Fang although we do get a slight taste of pit action with “Suckling at the Teat of a She-Beast” but the bulk of the record is just heavy groove with a big, riffy wall of sound and  massive drumming.  A great example of this is rack two, “A Clearing at the end of the Path” which is pure crushing power.

I dig this disc because I hear echoes of Mudhoney, Blue Cheer, Crowbar, Lemmy and High on Fire conjured up, dancing around a bonfire of skull and bone as only Lord Dying could do.  In the end, “Poisoned Altars” is a more evolved and involved style of heavy.  Buy this record now.

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Hate

Crusade Zero

Napalm Records

Release: 30 January 2015

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10/10 Score

When you’re a death metal band calling yourself “Hate,” you’ve got a lot to live up to and I’m happy to say this band doesn’t disappoint. “Crusade Zero,” dropping Februrary 10th via Napalm Records,  is a head crusher of the highest order.

What immediately drew me in and connected with me was how well crafted the song structures were. It’s layer upon layer of texture, depth and complexity which death metal often lacks.  Not so with this “Crusade Zero.”

I like how they interpreted the concept of “heaviness” as it pertains to this genre and expanded it’s definition with songs like “Vox Dei (A Call From Beyond) that opens “Crusade Zero” followed by “Lord, Make Me An Instrument Of Thy Wrath!” and the final track “Black Aura Debris.”

Hate took a lot of time and energy branding this record with a multi dimensional sound that not many bands can actually pull off.  Their skill and artistry come through loud and clear.  Cheers to them.  Now go buy this record!

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Armageddon

Captivity & Devourment

Listenable Records

Release: 20 January 2015

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8/10 Score

“Captivity & Devourment” is straight ahead, no frills thrash with just enough melody to satisfy even the staunchest fan without crossing the line into something else entirely.

This might sound odd but Armageddon have a good understanding of their musical identity and breadth of their genre as well.  “Captivity & Devourment” demonstrates a nice balance between heavy and melody allowing both to complement each other without either overpowering and disrupting the flow of the music.

Thus the bar of excellence is raised high with melodic thrashers such as “Rendition,” “Locked In” and “Fugitive Dust” which oughta make Arch Enemy stand up and take notice.   All in all a very good record and most certainly a band to be on the look out for in the future.

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Desolate Shrine

Heart of the Netherworld

Dark Descent Records

Release Date 13 January 2015

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9/10 Score

“Heart of the Netherworld” strikes me as the music you’d be forced to listen to in the waiting room of Hell.   It’s the sound of a thousand lost and tortured souls (Track 2, “Black Fires of God”) searching for light in a world consumed with darkness (track 5, “We Dawn Anew”) only to be whipped with chains and spat upon by the master (track 6, “Leviathan) realizing that hope for redemption and absolution is gone, futile (Track 7, “Heart of the Netherworld”).

“Heart of the Netherworld” is an apt title for a record that sonically is the incarnation of all that is hellish and nightmare cast in that which the band has described as “Netherworld” on this record.  Desolate Shrine churns out a harsh, blackend brand of metal that builds with each song, getting heavier and more intense until the pinnacle is reached with the final track “Heart of the Netherworld.”

This is an outstanding record that deserves attention.  Listening to it does feel like having been on a journey into the belly of some horrible beast.  The saving grace being that we, unlike the souls of the damned, are not trapped in this terrifying place that Desolate Shrine has so vividly painted on this record.  This is a highly recommended buy…

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Unrest

Grindcore

Unspeakable Axe Records

Release: 24 March 2015

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10/10 Score

“Grindcore” is just that — Grindcore but with a sharp, punk rock / crossover edge.  And anyone who thinks I’m referencing the bullshit that passes for punk today, you couldn’t be more wrong.  I’m talking old school.  Reagan Youth.  Verbal Abuse.  Negative Approach.  Millions of Dead Cops.  And that’s why Unrest sounds so fucking good on this record.

By the time you hit track 8, “Nothing (That’s All You Have To Give) it becomes very clear that these guys are really, really good at what they do from the way they approach their music to the way they write songs.  You really get the vibe that a lot of thought went into the making of this record, and you get that musically.

“Grindcore” isn’t relying on the Greenway inspired vocals or the constant blast beats, instead there’s a lot of intricate well placed musical change ups in songs that give it an extra. added dimension a lot of grind bands don’t have.

This record is 12 songs of pure grind / crossover / punk fun and if this disc is any indication of what their live shows must be like, right away they’re must see.  Buy this record now!

http://unspeakableaxerecords.com

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Nepente

I Will Get Your Soul

Cimmerian Shade Recordings

Release Date:  31 March 2015

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Score 9/10

Nepente’s “I Will Get Your Soul” is the kind of music I would expect Freddy Kruger to listen to while killing.  It’s four tracks of abrasive, neck snapping, blackened death metal.  One listen to this record and you may actually find Slayer sounding timid afterwards in comparison.

My only complaint is that “I Will Get Your Soul” is only four tracks, I wish it was longer; otherwise it was right on in every way.  Nepente is a band I’m going to be on the outlook for in the future.

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Taake Stridens Hus

Candlelight Records

Releases:  10 February 2015

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Score 8/10

“Stridens Hus” is nothing short of splendorous brimstone beauty.   It’s the chorus of a thousand demons conducted by Hoerst himself backed by the symphony that is Taake.

“Stridens Hus” is a thinking man’s hellfire opus of inspired medieval beauty and equaled brutality.  From start to finish it’s dark, gothic and classical in both sound and approach providing a harsh and unrelenting environment both unwelcome yet pleasurable to the listener.

Truly decadent and madman inspired, “Stridens Hus” is sure to be a quick fan favorite.  Hoerst is in top form as the carnvial barker for this band of black metal freaks.  My only complaint is that seven tracks is not enough to tell this particular story…

Track Listing:

  1. Gamle Norig
  2. Orm
  3. Det Fins En Prins
  4. Stank
  5. En Sang til Sand Om Ildebrann
  6. Kongsgaard Bestaar,
  7. Vinger

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Bio-Cancer

Tormenting the Innocent

Candlelight Records

Release Date:  March 24 2015

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Score 7/10

You get ten tons of crunch and two pounds extra with “Tormenting the Innocent,” the band’s second record and follow-up to their debut disc “Ear Piercing Thrash.”  The songs are fast and the music has teeth.  Prisoners will not be taken and the circle pit will show no mercy.

Bio-Cancer shine on tracks “Boxed Out” and “Bulletproof” where their retro-thrash chops are put to the test.  Although their music does harken back to an earlier time they’re anything but a throwback.  They’ve clearly found their identity and established their sound with “Tormenting the Innocent” an album that delivers the shred.

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Evil Invaders

Pulses of Pleasure

Napalm Records

Release Date:  February 27 2015

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Score 10/10

“Pulses of Pleasure” is the closest thing to 1985 you’ll ever hear that wasn’t recorded in 1985.  It’s pure speed, pure power.  Track 1 “Fast, Loud, ‘n’, Rude” is a testament to this statement.

“Stairway to Insanity” really caught my attention where we find Evil Invaders switching gears to bow down and worship at the altar of Iron Maiden done in only the way this band can do it, with full force.

I heard a lot of old Voi-Vod, Possessed, Raven, Whiplash, Razor getting moshed up and given the modern day treatment Evil Invaders style with “Pulses of Pleasure” which I really dug.

I can’t get enough of the retro-thrash sound when it’s done as good as Evil Invaders did with this record.  What really stood out to me was how well the band treated their sound with respect and dignity without going overboard with the nostalgia thing.  By doing this, by carefully walking this line it allowed them to not lose sight of who they are musically and as a band.  This is a must buy.

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Evil Spirit

Cauldron Messiah

Horror Records

Release Date:  Available Now

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Score 7/10

Evil Spirit.  The name alone should be a hint what their music is about — a  little bit of black metal, a little bit of doom with just a touch of Hellhammer.  Thrashy.  Noisey.  Raw.  The perfect description, that which is, “Cauldron Messiah.”

Track one could be the opening / intro to a horror movie.  Track two, “Grey Ashes Of The Reptile” begins the journey into Evil Spirit’s bleak realm of terror.  The music is scaled down, partly due to the fact that the band is a three piece which begs the question, “How the hell do they create that wall of sound with just three people?”

What I like about this record is Evil Spirit’s keen ability to create a spooky atmosphere in a theatrical, almost cinematic manner.  It’s almost like you “feel” the music, making you anxious, feeling on edge.  From a sonic standpoint “Cauldron Messiah” has a primitive edge to it, lo-fi at times but wielding their volume level as a well trained weapon.  It’s worth a check out.  Look into it.

Website: www.facebook.com/EvilSpirit.Punishment Band contact: evilpunishment@hotmail.com 

Record label:  www.horrorrecords.com

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The Sanity Days

“Evil Beyond Belief”

Candlelight Records

Release Date:  March 24 2015

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Score 10/10

I’m a huge Grim Reaper fan so hearing Steve Grimmett is fronting a new band with a new record was naturally great news to me but then learning that Onslaught’s drummer Steve Grice was drumming, holy shit, that’s nothing short of what I’d call heavy metal salvation.

“Evil Beyond Belief” is straight ahead, no frills, bad to the bone metal with a great 80’s vibe to it but the real question is…can the boys write, can they play?  Hell yes!

Not a bum track on “Evil Beyond Belief.”  You won’t find anyone resting on laurels, everyone’s in top form and Grimmett’s vocals are amazing.  Just give a listen to “Charlie,” “Satan’s Blood” and “My Last Words.”  Metal is back, folks, and in a big, large way.

Describing this band sonically is a cross between McAuley – Shenker meets Dio meets Metal Church but all The Sanity Days, killin’ it, cranking it past 10.   This isn’t retro speed metal or 80’s rehash, this is well thought out, well written, well played rock N roll by guys who know their shit and deserve to be HUGE.  I’ve already got this record on my “best of 2015” list and it’s still February. Buy, buy, buy and then buy another copy for a friend.

Steve Grimmett – vocals Steve Grice – drums Al Jordan – guitar Jase Stallard – bass https://www.facebook.com/TheSanityDays

Hacavitz

“Darkness Beyond”

Dark Descent Records

Release Date February: 24 2015

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9/10 Score

What do you get when you combine old school Venom with modern day black metal with a touch of doom?  Hacavitz. Their new record “Darkness Beyond” might just be the bands best record to date.

Previous outings such as “Venganza” and “Kafun” were more thrashy / heavy death whereas this record is raw and primitive in spots where it needs to be but more focused and tightly honed allowing the band to take it’s time telling it’s musical story of gloom.

Because “Darkness Beyond” is less confined and more daring it shows a progression and evolution inside the band allowing Hacavitz to explore the craft of building mood and atmosphere to enhance the inherent heaviness of songs like “Livskit” as well as the title track itself.

“Darkness Beyond” is the future of black meets doom meets thrash.  How the band will top this record I do not know but I do want to see.  Hacavitz is a band to watch.  Buy this record.

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Frosthelm

“Endless Winter”

Blackwork (Alkemy Brothers)

Release Date:  March 22 2015

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Score 9/10

Black metal from the hinterlands of North Dakota?  USA?  Yeah…and they’re good.  “Endless Winter.”  Doomed.  Forsaken.  Ungodly.

The instrumental “Glacial Eon” begins the disc starting out slow, mellow, then building into something fierce and ugly, a perfect segue into track two, “Storm of Teeth,” which might as well be ten nuclear bombs going off since that’s what it sounds and feels like.  And just when you think the worst is over, track three, “Forlorn Tides,” is a neck twister that shakes the holy ghost out of you.  But that’s the whole record in a nutshell, not just a few songs, the whole chimichanga.  It never relents, it just keeps going, and destroying, and going further.

Let me describe this band sonically as “well balanced” in the sense that the vocals are as wicked and evil sounding as the band itself is — together they could etch concrete.  Forget the comparisons to their Norwegian counterparts and just listen to Frosthelm and “Endless Winter.”  You’ll thank me later.  Buy this record.

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“Coalition of Hate” split with Conceived by Hate & Acheron

Morbid Skull Records

Release Date:  March 10 2015

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Outstanding split with each band bringing their “A” game to this record.  Kind of a cool idea being that CbH and AKERHON each do three originals and one cover and let me say, they get the job done aptly.

Conceived by Hate, who hail from El Salvador, play a brand of death metal I’d compare to Sweden’s Necrophobic — thick, heavy and plodding. They covered DISSECTION’s “Thorns of Crimson Death”  and did a solid job nailing the tune.

Colombia’s AKERHON is balls out thrash.  They covered the Misfit’s “Where Eagles Dare” which seemed a perfect fit for the band.  Sonically they reminded me of Sepultura meets Rigor Mortis;  thrashy, speedy and making a shit list.

Both bands struck me as not relying on blast beats or growls to get a song over. They took their time with structure and progression, putting forethought into song composition and sound and trust me when I tell you it shined through on the original tracks each has on this disc.  The end result for Conceived  by Hate and Acheron was a natural heaviness that didn’t seem strained or contrived.  Both are bands on the “to watch” list.

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By THERON MOORE

Hailing from Durham City England is the almighty Winds of Genocide who just released their first record “Usurping the Throne of Disease” January 26th on Pulverised Records.  To say this new record is a non-stop tour de force of  grinding destruction is an understatement. Winds of Genocide is the best parts of  punk, crust and death melded together and “Usurping the Throne of Disease” is the best record of it’s type to be released in many years.  The sound is pure, organic and harkening back to the early days of the grind / crust scene with a  modern twist that’s all WOG. winds of genocide Church of the Necronomicon:  For those not familiar with this band, how long have you been around and is this your first record?

Kat Shevil (Vocals):  We have been around for a little while now, initially formed in early 2006 but it took us a while to assemble a full line up which didn’t happen until later 2009. This is our first full length album but we have already had one self released EP (“The Arrival Of Apokalyptic Armageddon” – 2010) and a split CD with Japanese blackthrash legends Abigail (“Satanik Apokalyptic Kamikaze Kommandos” – Witchhammer Productions, 2012) available and doing the rounds for quite some time.

Church of the Necronomicon:  What’s the local scene like where you live?  Who are the bands of that scene we should know about?

Kat Shevil (Vocals):  The local extreme music scene here in the North East of England is very vibrant and cool right now, probably the best it has been for years with a good mix of bands, some cool places to play, a good friendly vibe overall. Some local bands I would recommend you to check out are Live Burial (Death/Doom for fans of Asphyx, Autopsy, Obituary etc), Fed To The Boars (Raging Swedeath fuelled Death/Grind), Plague Rider (old school technical death metal), Control (Old school HC), My Rules (Old school HC featuring ex members of local HC legends Voorhees and 30 Seconds To Armageddon), some local bands that are closely affililated to us and who feature members of Winds of Genocide are Uncoffined (Doom Metal Of Death),  Horrified (old school death metal), Cholera (Grind), Geist (Sludge/HC), Lucifer’s Chalice (Sinister Heavy Metal Darkness), Prolefeed (Powerviolence/Punk).

Church of the Necronomicon:  The band has an intense, aggressive sound.  What are the live shows like, are they crazy?

Kat Shevil (Vocals):  You will get 30-40 minutes of PURE FUCKING AURAL ARMAGEDDON!!!!! Our live shows are loud, raw, aggressive and at times rather chaotic, not for those with sensitive ears!!!!.

Church of the Necronomicon:  How did the deal happen between you and your record label, Pulverised?  Did you do a standard demo submission?

Kat Shevil (Vocals):  I had been doing a couple features on some Pulverised bands for the Terrorizer Magazine website during 2011 and was already in contact with Roy Yeo, the label manager, because of that so one day I figured I would send him a copy of our debut EP via MP3s. He really liked what he heard, he liked our style and approach and said he was interested in signing us and so made us an offer that we couldn’t refuse and thus gratefully accepted! So it was definetly a case of us approaching him first and making the label aware of our existence and music.  I’d been following the labels activities for quite some time before the deal was offered to us.

Church of the Necronomicon:  If I said Winds of Genocide had a real Napalm Death sound would you agree with that or disagree?

Kat Shevil (Vocals):  I would be inclined to agree with that to a certain extent, there is definetly similarities, and quite a few people have likened my vocals to a female version of Barney Greenway, someone once said we sounded like Wolfbrigade  with Barney Greenway or Kam Lee on vocals!! Someone else said we sound “Kind of Detestation/Anti-Cimex/Wolfpack meets Entombed/Bolt Thrower/Autopsy with Barney Greenway or Kam Lee on vocals”!!.. That’ll do me!!! I guess we have quite a few of the same influences overall.

Church of the Necronomicon:  In fact, what’s everyone’s background musically because Winds of Genocide has a diverse sound ranging from death metal (“Into the Darkness of Eternal Winter”) to crust and grind (“Venomous Warfare” and “Till Graven”) to even old school punk (“Deathstrike of the Scythe”).

Kat Shevil (Vocals):  My background is a mix of extreme metal and HC/Punk, my ex bands played death metal and doom metal but I was introduced to the HC/crust/punk scene at a very early age due to my younger brother playing in some local HC and Crust bands, so I have been into and around both extreme metal and HC/Crust Punk since the early 90’s and have listened to both metal and punk equally ever since, same goes for Glynn our guitarist, for as long as I’ve known him which is about 20 years he has been the same as myself, listening to a lot of death/thrash/doom/extreme metal and a lot of HC/Crust/Punk, his musical background is in HC and powerviolence, Dan our bassist has a rather eclectic musical background but again listens to a lot of punk aswell as metal, he goes from Crass to Darkthrone via Autopsy! Ian our drummer is from a HC/Grind background musically but he likes quite abit of death metal and some crustpunk so we are all on the same page overall. Linus our ex / original drummer was the same too!.

Church of the Necronomicon:  It seems like the songwriting process might be a little different for a grind / crust band than say death or black metal.  Where do the song ideas come from creatively and how long does it take to write?

Kat Shevil (Vocals):  Well our songwriting ideas and creativity stems from so many different angles, we have a lot in common with death metal and black metal song structure wise as we use a lot of verse-chorus type structures which can be found in all types of metal aswell as punk. Ideas can be born individually or in a rehearsal room as a group unit. As for how long it takes to write a song, that depends, each song comes together different, some faster than others. It takes as long as it takes to ultimately finish and refine each individual song from it’s initial inception to being completed. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Church of the Necronomicon:  “Usurping the Throne of Disease” has a prominent apocalyptic theme running through it, a very bleak world view. Can you expand on this, are there maybe religious / environmental / political viewpoints coming through on this record?

Kat Shevil (Vocals):  My lyrics are definetly very apocalyptic, dark and bleak but such lyrical themes have been ongoing in the band since the first ever songs were concieved. The lyrics on the album deal with the apocalypse, doomsday scenarios, armageddon, the extinction of mankind, chemical warfare, atrocities in war. The song “Mass Graves Of The Innocent” is about as political as I get on the album, the song deals with the subject of horrific warcrimes/genocide both past and present, the lines “Warcrimes of the most vile kind….sickening acts of inhumanity” sum up where that song is coming from lyrically. The rest of the album deals with pure BLOOD, FIRE, DEATH! Some scenario’s in my lyrics being more realistic than others but all of them covering apocalyptic, dark, grim, bleak subjects.

Church of the Necronomicon:  How did you get Mark Riddick to do the artwork for the record?

Kat Shevil (Vocals):  I contacted him via facebook asked him if he’d be interested in designing our album cover and to give me a quote, he got back to me with a very reasonable quote and the rest as they say is history! Simple as that! He was/is VERY approachable.

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Church of the Necronomicon:  What are the tour plans for 2015 in support of “Usurping the Throne of Disease?”

Kat Shevil (Vocals):  No tours as such just some gigs here and there at the moment but we will see if any interesting offers or invites come our way, it would be great to play some gigs outside of the UK. C

hurch of the Necronomicon:  Is there anything I didn’t ask that you’d like to include here?

Kat Shevil (Vocals):  You seemed to cover quite abit! But heres some trivia. Robert Pehrsson from Death Breath does a guest guitar solo on the album, he works in the same building as the studio in Solna/Stockholm where the vocal tracking/mixing was done, it was Fred (Estby’s) idea to get him in to do a guest solo and it sounds killer, Fred who did the vocal tracking/mixing also did some guest vocals on the album in the track “Millions Lie Slaughtered”, he does a pretty good Chris Reifert impersonation!

http://pulverised.bandcamp.com/album/usurping-the-throne-of-disease

By Theron Moore

Vulvectomy refers to a gynecological procedure in which the vulva is partly or completely removed. The procedure is usually performed as a last resort in certain cases of cancer, vulvar dysplasia, vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia, human papillomavirus or female genital mutilation. It’s also the name of a crushing, slam death metal band hailing from Bari/Rome Italy that have released three putrified, gory death metal masterpieces — “Post Abortion Slut Fuck,” “Putrescent Clitoral Fermentation” and “Syphillic Dismembered Slut.” If you’re fans of Abominable Putridity, Cerebral Effusion, Extirpating the Infected and Gortuary you’ll dig Vulvectomy.  Heavy, heavy death metal not for the faint of heart.

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Church of the Necronomicon:  Do you think there’s any band out there that’s more extreme or disturbing than Vulvectomy?  Would you say you’re a few steps beyond Mortician shock-wise?

Diego Fanelli (Vocals) — Well, I don’t take music as a competence, and obviously there’s always someone better, extreme or faster than you, it’s the life,  we simply try to do what we like more in the best way we can and we’r very glad if someone else enjoy our stuff.  And about Mortician…I don’t know…but  for sure they’r one of our influences and it’s an honor for us to read our band name close to their.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Who was doing the sobbing right before tearing into “Molesting Dislimbed Whore?”  That was disturbing to say the least.

Diego Fanelli (Vocals) — We locked my younger sister in our basement…for one week or two…..

Church of the Necronomicon:  Vulvectomy is a surgical procedure commonly performed in certain cases of female genital mutilation.  I’m sensing a trend here with women especially since your last record was entitled “Post Abortion Slut Fuck.”  Care to elaborate or am I connecting to many dots?

Diego Fanelli (Vocals) — Yes you’r right in this case, but we’ve also songs for our male friends, if you know what I mean

Church of the Necronomicon:  Who did the artwork for “Post Abortion Slut Fuck?”  It’s pretty wicked.

Diego Fanelli (Vocals) — The artwork for “PASF” album has been draw by Matt Auer aka Mottla…he’s really a cool guy and a sick artist

Church of the Necronomicon:  I have to ask this question.  Where do the inspiration for the song titles and lyrics come from?  For example, “Molesting Dislimbed Whore” from “Syphillic Dismembered Slut.”  Is it horror movies, books, etc?

Diego Fanelli (Vocals) — The inspiration for the Lyrics, title songs and graphic, came out from our passion for horror movies, strange pathologies and pornography mixed with a little macabre sense of humor.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Has there been any backlash locally or from women’s groups regarding the band’s music or artwork?

Diego Fanelli (Vocals) — We don’t had much problems during our band existence, because normally people know that it’s music, and don’t take it to seriously… just one time a woman wrote us asking why we chose this name for the band and that this was a bad taste chose (she had a vulvectomy) etc etc…so we explained her we’r a brutal death metal band, it’s music…we’r sorry for her health but…she thinks very bad if she thinks we r bad people…and then there are thousands of scary bands names…and this it doesn’t means that their bands members are serial killers or bad guys…….

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Church of the Necronomicon:  Where’s the band based out of?

Diego Fanelli (Vocals) — The band is based out in Italy, between Rome (Mario) and Bari (me and Giorgio).

Church of the Necronomicon:  Has the band had a chance to tour nationally?

Diego Fanelli (Vocals) — We’ve played some shows here in Italy but we prefer to play in Europe and Usa where there are more supporters and better organization, obviously with some exception

Church of the Necronomicon:  What major bands has Vulvectomy opened up for?

Diego Fanelli (Vocals) — We had the opportunity to play at very important fest and with many great bands, just to name some Criptopsy, Suffocation, Obituary,  Cattle decapitation,  Decrepit birth C

hurch of the Necronomicon:  Has there been any label interest?

Diego Fanelli (Vocals) — All ours 3 albums have been recorded with the help of 2 underground labels. The 1st one “putrescent clitoral fermentation” under amputated vein. “post abortion slut fuck” and “abusing dismembered beauties” under Sevared records.

Church of the Necronomicon:  What does 2015 hold for Vulvectomy?

Diego Fanelli (Vocals) — We’re planning our 1st European tour..we’ve played many shows and fest here and there, but this will be a complete tour and we’ll try to reach some places where we’ve never been before…and who know maybe a new recording also…

By Theron Moore

On the radar, another band to watch out for, Nuclear Omnicide.  Thrash, speed metal, old school, metal, tearin’ it up, dig this band! Members: Benny Raivio – Vox Alex Anttila – Drums Mikael Ignatius – Guitar Kasper Koutonen – Guitar Simo Perkiömäki – Bass Genre: Old school Deathrash Hometown: Kirkkonummi, Finland nuclear omnicide group photo Church of the Necronomicon:  Why does this new crop of “retro thrash” bands “get it,” in terms of the sound and the intensity while some of the older trail blazing bands seem like they don’t?  Is it a matter of youth versus age?

Benny Raivio:  I think the “problem” is that the older bands want to progress towards this more modern sound, which to them probably sounds better from a technical standpoint to what they did in the 80’s. Whereas us, and many other new thrash bands, prefer the gritty old-school sound over the clean modern “over produced” sound. Not only because we think it sounds cooler, but also because 95% of all metal bands nowadays sound the same sound wise, and we like to have a bit of personality in our drums and guitars etc.  

Church of the Necronomicon:  What, if anything, is missing from today’s modern metal scene?  From my perspective it seems like the element of “fun” might be one thing.  You guys and a lot of the other old school inspired bands really seem to be enjoying the music you’re doing.

Benny Raivio:  We most certainly love doing this, and for us it’s fun as shit. But I agree that sometimes people take stuff too seriously when it comes to metal, and I could almost call the scene divided nowadays. It seems you either have to be mainstream or really old-school to find a larger acceptance. And sometimes I feel we’re sort of in the middle, not being “safe” enough for the mainstream, and not being “true” enough for the elitist old-school snobs. But we don’t really mind, we’ll keep doing what we do and hope for the best.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Coming together as a band initially, what was the turning point when you all decided to take this musical direction and kind of adopt this old school thrash sound, which is great by the way!

Benny Raivio:  I don’t think there ever was a turning point for us. We set out to play thrash from the beginning, ‘cos that’s what we all listened to and wanted to play, so we stuck to that. C

hurch of the Necronomicon:  Who are some of the old school bands you admire that had a hand in shaping your sound?

Benny Raivio:  Holy shit man, there are soooo many bands! I can try to list some that come to mind: Sepultura, Dark Angel, Death, Morbid Angel, D.R.I., Nuclear Assault, Demolition Hammer, Exhorder, Cannibal Corpse, Discharge, Vio-lence etc… Fuck dude, the list goes on and on and on…  

Church of the Necronomicon:  What do metal fans need to know about Nuclear Omnicide here in the states that maybe we aren’t privy to since you’re overseas?

Benny Raivio:  I don’t think there’s much to know, we’re just five normal dudes who like to play, drink booze and have fun!

Church of the Necronomicon:  “Bringers of Disease” is a great EP.  Musically where does the inspiration come from?  Is it pop culture, movies, music, etc.? nuke omnicide Benny Raivio:  Our musical inspiration usually comes from other music. But lyrically we draw inspiration from movies, literature, and often just real life.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Where can metal fans find Nuclear Omnicide?  I know you have a facebook page, are you on band camp?

Benny Raivio:  Right now we’re mainly active on facebook, but we’re probably gonna expand to other social media sites in the near future. As for finding our music, I would say the best place is youtube. Although “Bringers of Disease” is also available on spotify and itunes.

Church of the Necronomicon:  What’s the metal scene like in Finland?  What bands are you recommending?  Lost Society would definitely be one…

Benny Raivio:  I would say the scene is great, but there’s definitely room for improvement. The gap between bands and venues is huge, when it comes to booking gigs. It’s hard to get to play even “medium” size stages, such as clubs and what not, as they usually only book bigger bands. So you have to “break” somewhat, to even get to play comfortable stages instead of super small bar gigs. But there are still a ton of great bands, my favorites being Devenial Verdict, Pit Messiah, Decibel Hammer and Foreseen, to name a few.

Church of the Necronomicon:  We hear a lot about how European shows are crazier and better attended than those in the stateside here.  What’s a typical gig like?  What’s the average crowd size?

Benny Raivio:  Wow, that REALLY depends. Are you playing a big or a small venue? Is it a Friday or a Tuesday? Are there Many other bands playing? Is the venue/band charging a lot for tickets? Those are all factors. All in all it’s good, but sometimes the threshold for people to even show up is too high.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Has there been any interest from a larger label like Metal Blade, etc., to sign the band?

Benny Raivio:  Not that we know of, haha! But hopefully someday someone will show up at a gig and like what he/she sees. That would be awesome! nuke om Church of the Necronomicon:  Are you all full time musicians or do you work day jobs?  If so, what day jobs do you guys work?

Benny Raivio:  We all have jobs and/or school at the moment. I myself work at the info desk of a school, while attending another school. Our guitarist Kappe works IT-support, while our other guitarist Igi plows snow. Allu works as a chef when he’s not assaulting his drumkit. And Simo is studying audio engineering, if I’m not mistaken. So yeah, we have a lot on our plate right now, but music always comes first!

Church of the Necronomicon:  What are the touring / recording plans for 2015?

Benny Raivio:  We’ve booked a couple of gigs at the start of the year, but nothing major yet. And when it comes to new material, we’re actually hitting the studio in the end of February to record a 4-5 track demo/EP. So stay tuned about that!

Church of the Necronomicon:  What other information do you want to include that I didn’t cover?

Benny Raivio:  I can’t think of anything I’d like to add, other than thank you for the interview and stay metal!

By Theron Moore

Charles Vick Duncan is about as outlaw and rebel as you get. He’s somewhat of a cult figure around the Albuquerque arts and indie movie scene having written, directed and produced flicks such as “Nazi Apocalypse” and more recently “Revenge Of Bathsalts: A Manson Musicalthat premiered at Albuquerque’s own Guild Cinema.

What makes him stand out is the fact that he’s done all of this often in the face of adversity, growing up gutter punk and having been homeless in the last few years.  But has that deterred him?  Hasn’t phased him.  In addition to all this he’s also produced a graphic novel and over a thousand unique pieces of art in the last ten years.

Meet Charles Vick Duncan, aka, Vick…

 

Church of the Necronomicon:  Tell me about the new movie “Revenge of the Bath Salts:  A Manson Musical.”  What’s it about?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Well, after I left Troma from working on Return To Class Of Nuke ‘Em High with Lloyd Kaufman I stopped in Dayton, Ohio, and some friends of mine and I decided to make a short film: Vick’s Vacation Dayton Style.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/VICKS-Vacation-Dayton-STYLE/218811588280373

Shortly after that I had so much fun doing an improv short I came up with the concept of doing a musical in the same manner. I decided it would be fun to make a film where nothing was written except the songs, hence Bathsalts The Musical.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ornJxko6XGo

Flash forward to now, I basically did the same thing again except I was turned on to The Beatles movie Across The Universe. The whole time I was watching it I thought to myself “Man, this would be great if it wasn’t Beatles music and it had a better conflict than Vietnam which is pretty out of date.”

Well, the next day I was listening to some Charles Manson songs and it just hit me like a ton of bricks. Anyway, before I drag on too much, Revenge Of Bathsalts: A Manson Musical starts from where the last film left off: our hero me is a bathsalt-addicted bum living a shitty life post the first film and dealing with thae same shit.

Think Jesus Christ Super Star meets the Texas Chainsaw Massacre while John Waters masterbates in the corner, or Across The Universe if The Beatles were Charles Manson and Vietnam was bathsalts.

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Church of the Necronomicon:  How long did it take to shoot?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Not too long; we lost a lot of footage but I’m pretty sure we filmed the whole thing in eight days of actual filming but over probably a month and a half, and maybe a month post. We were trying to get the feel of the first film: little planning and just going with it.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Has “Revenge of the Bath Salts:  A Manson Musical” had it’s premiere yet?

Charles Vick Duncan:   We will be premiering this month (January 16th & 17th) at The Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s a double feature with Giussepe Makes A Movie.

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

We also will be showing Revenge Of Bathsalts on Bizarre TV which you can find on Roku players or you can visit there sites:

https://www.facebook.com/BizarreTv?fref=ts

Church of the Necronomicon:  Are you taking the Herschell Gordon Lewis route to filmmaking where you just show up somewhere and shoot or do you get permits, etc?

Charles Vick Duncan:   I totally live by guerilla filmmaking! I have tattoos on my face so people don’t really take me seriously or trust me too much to try and to B.S. with that shit.

Usually I’ll just get a crew together and we hit the streets or mob a bar, etc. The cops and most people don’t know what to think so they don’t really know how to punish us. In the end they just tell us to leave but the damage is done and the footage is also done.

Church of the Necronomicon:  For those not familiar with Albuquerque is it a town that embraces it’s local artists whether they’re filmmakers, writers, etc., or do you have to be “in the club” to get any kind of recognition or exposure for what you do?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Well, Albuquerque is great and I do have a large cult following; I get recognized all the time or drinks bought for me at the bar. At the same time a lot of people think I’m just a crazy bum with delusions of grandeur.

They don’t even believe I actually make films and are kinda shocked when some one explains to them I’m not crazy and I actually do art and make films.

Church of the Necronomicon:  I met you at an Albuquerque Comic Con a few years back.  Your booth was right next to Troma’s booth and Lloyd Kaufman was there.  Did you guys talk, did he give you good advice on filmmaking,etc?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Lloyd’s great! Actually, I was helping with the Troma booth, too, under Kurly of Burning Paradise Video; he was in Stink Of Flesh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7AAmmIarvw

Lloyd was starting to look for people to work on his newest film Return To Class Of Nuke Em High, a sequel to his first film Class Of Nuke Em High, so when they actually started I rolled up to Buffalo and acted as pre-production art director and all round handyman for pre-production.

I didn’t vibe on it too well because of constant power shifts. Uncle Lloyd from the conventions and slave driver Lloyd on a set are two different things, but I do love the guy. He was great to work with but the sets are always random, constantly changing, and if Lloyd gets an idea he’s usually pretty set in stone.

Everyone lived in fear of losing their jobs or getting demoted, but honestly I don’t blame the guy for having a no B.S. policy. He was wrangling a bunch of teenagers and twenty something’s to make a film. It’s hard enough just to make a movie, a lot of people don’t realize that, but it did take its toll.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsaynkcF6ds

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Church of the Necronomicon:  What titles are available?

Charles Vick Duncan:   NAZI APOCALYPSE

https://www.facebook.com/pages/NAZI-Apocalypse/571157119616741

SKUM QUIXOTE

https://www.facebook.com/pages/SKUM-Quixote/212060108962964

DUNGEON BRIGADE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoRTraIu25s

VICKS VACATION DAYTON STYLE

https://www.facebook.com/pages/VICKS-Vacation-Dayton-STYLE/218811588280373

BATHSALTS THE MUSICAL

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BATH-SALTS-the-Musical/174353712756292

DUKE CITY WICKED

https://www.facebook.com/dukecitywicked

GUTTER PUNK MASSACRE

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gutter-PUNK-Massacre/587709757963480

REVENGE OF BATH SALTS A MANSON MUSICAL

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Revenge-of-Bath-Salts-a-Manson-Musical/619475274842288

Church of the Necronomicon:  Where can people find your movies?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Pretty much everthing I have now is online:

http://www.youtube.com/user/vicklikevick

Or bootlegs of double features you can buy cheap, $5 a pop. Contact me at

nafilmcrew@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/charlesvickduncan

Church of the Necronomicon:  What role does punk rock or music in general play in writing a script and shooting a movie?

Charles Vick Duncan:   I love punk rock! I grew up on The Misfits, The Cramps, Butthole Surfers, The Dead Milkmen, Upside Down Cross, Dayglo Abortions, Necrophagia…

I’m also a huge fan of the punk rock cinema movement of under ground filmmaking. It’s a cheap acceptable way for any person to be able to reach any one else medium, which is great.

I grew up as a gutter punk, I was on the street at a very young age, so I’ve always listened to punk and I’m sure a lot of people just think I’m a punk rocker… shit, it seems like these days I listen to eighties music like Pet Shop Boys and Duran Duran more than Dropkick Murphys and Bad Religion.

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Church of the Necronomicon:  What got you into filmmaking?

Charles Vick Duncan:   When I was growing up my mom always would watch a lot of foreign films and not really restrict or censor things, so I saw a lot of weird shit, things like Delicatessen and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, And Her Lover, but besides weird shit my mom would just watch a lot of movies constantly, so I just became a fan of deconstructing them and trying to figure out special effects, which I found especially intriguing. I always wanted to make a movie, so in 2012, after I made a graphic novel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ0WkJEOwOY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20wkOU-UnSE

out of a script idea I had tossed out years earlier I decided to make it into a film. I started making props and just went from there. I haven’t looked back since.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Has there been any outside interest with maybe an indie production company wanting to finance any of your projects?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Honestly, not really; I have worked with Raveyard

( https://www.facebook.com/raveyardmusic?fref=ts )

in the past; they actually want to come out with a VHS copy of Gutter Punk Massacre as well as DVDs of us and they have contributed a lot of music, including the music to the intro to GPM.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65ccmvvlsYk

But it’s a more casual collaboration than business deal.

Church of the Necronomicon:  You also paint.  Tell me about your paintings and where does your inspiration come from when you’re in front of a canvas.

Charles Vick Duncan:   Well, you can look at my past art projects on my Deviant art account.

http://charlesduncan.deviantart.com/

As far as inspiration, I love horror movies, just love the shit out of them and horror culture, so I draw a lot on that for inspiration. I also enjoy zines and graphic novels. I started painting when I was young and homeless.

I found some paint while dumpster diving in L.A. so I grabbed some card board and started fucking around with it. I was doing it to give to people for donations and it just kinda stuck with me; I started using real paint and brushes, but honestly I still finger paint for the most part. Hell, most of the time I still use cardboard because, well, it’s cheap and it’s everywhere.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Where can people buy your paintings?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Feel free to check my page for updated art or inquire about commissions (I do ’em cheap!). Contact me at nafilmcrew@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/charlesvickduncan

Church of the Necronomicon:  What didn’t I cover that you’d like to include?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Well, honestly I can’t think of anything else, but here are some links for people to find my stuff:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/NA-FILM-CREW/405542699547445

https://www.facebook.com/ReEducatingPunkRockers

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Revenge-of-Bath-Salts-a-Manson-Musical/619475274842288

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garage-Screenings-INC/675159322495629

https://www.facebook.com/pages/PRAM/564442520304733

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charles-vick-duncan/207232382650412