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The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “It All Fades” CD EP review by Wonderbox Metal

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on January 13, 2014 by Michael McCoy II

The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “It All Fades” CD EP review

by Wonderbox Metal

By Wonderbox Metal

The Gardnerz are a Swedish Doom/Death Metal band that comfortably straddle both genres, taking the best of both for their nefarious purposes.

As a stylistic starting point; think of the old-school Anathema, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, etc. sound, and for a more modern reference point think bands like Eye of Solitude. Powerful Metal that embraces both the past and the present to deliver a portal into another world where this band stride as giants and lord of their strange world.

The songs immediately suck you into their orbit and transport you to the environment that the band portray.

Vocals are varied and consist of growls, shrieks and clean singing, all used to great effect and helping to cement the atmosphere. The singer is adept at switching styles quickly and effectively, enhancing the feeling of the songs and working with the music to create inspired slabs of Metal that you can’t help but be carried away by.

This EP contains 5 original songs of emotive, darkened Metal and a surprising and very-different cover of Darkthrone’s Transilvanian Hunger.

The Gardnerz have created an EP that is chock full of great tracks and enough talent to put lesser bands to shame. What are you waiting for?

Review link: http://wonderboxmetal.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/the-gardnerz-it-all-fades-review/

The Gardnerz links:

Official Website: www.thegardnerz.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/thegardnerz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegardnerz

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/thegardnerz

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/The+Gardnerz

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

To purchase The GARDNERZ “It All Fades” CD EP, “The System of Nature” DIGI CD and other The GARDNERZ merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=the+gardnerz

To preview a song from “The System of Nature” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iXL-YXoWSk

BANE (Serbia) Interview by Blackened Horde Zine

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Interviews, Interviews with tags , , on January 13, 2014 by Michael McCoy II

BANE (Serbia) Interview

by Blackened Horde Zine

By Summon

Summon: How did the band get started?

Branislav: After quitting another band sometime in 2006, I had some riffs and ideas of mine that were not used in Sangre Eterna, so logically I decided to form my own project, which eventually became BANE.

Summon: What kind of music do you play?

Branislav: The style would be best described as Black/Death Metal.

Summon: How has the fan response been?

Branislav: Mostly positive I guess, judging from the hundreds of reviews published so far our albums got.

Summon: Where did the band name come from?

Branislav: Originally from Serbia, a small country in Eastern Europe. That was until this year, when the band re-located in Montreal, QC, Canada.

Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.

Branislav: The current line-up consists of Max on guitars (Frostbite), Edd on bass (HolloW, Karkaos) and Gabriel on drums (Brought By Pain).

Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?

Branislav: In 95% of the time, I write both the music and lyrics for the band.

Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?

Branislav: Chaos. Human abhorrence, ignorance and stupidity.

Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?

Branislav: No comment.

Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?

Branislav: So far we have released 2 full-length albums, 3 splits, 1 EP, a demo and just recently a brand new single entitled “In Darkness And Hatred” which is available as a free download via: http://nocturnemagazine.net/download/68/bane-in-darkness-and-hatred-single

Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?

Branislav: It’s our fastest stuff yet. We raised the bar up to 240bpm on some songs there, and for the first time used some orchestral arrangements, keyboards and clean/choir vocals which was not heard on previous material.

Summon: Do you have any side projects?

Branislav: I have a Hard Rock band called Keychain, you can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/keychainofficial

Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?

Branislav: As far as Metal bands go, here are some of my most inspirational ones: Dissection, Naglfar, Setherial, Dark Funeral, etc…other than that I really listen to just about any musical genre, no limits.

Summon: Which current bands?

Branislav: Lately I have been more into Modern Death Metal like: Job For A Cowboy, As I Lay Dying, The Black Dahlia Murder, etc…

Summon: What is the band like when you play live?

Branislav: Just four really passionate guys about Metal.

Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?

Branislav: Yeah…so far we have played in over 10 European countries.

Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?

Branislav: That really depends…from 10-15 people, up to 200-300…it really depends on lots of things such as the bands on the bill, day of the week, season, venue, promotion, etc…

Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?

Branislav: It also really depends on the previously mentioned factors…but it’s very simple, actually – if the band gives their 666%, then so will the people in the crowd.

Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?

Branislav: There are few really amazing bands, that is for sure. My buddies from A Hill To Die Upon is a great example, also Abigail Williams have proven to be a great band, just to mention a few.

Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?

Branislav: It’s really hard to generalize a question like that, but one thing I know for sure – everywhere there will be ups and downs. In just about any single country you will find great bands, great people.

Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?

Branislav: To be quite honest, in the last year or so I did not come up with new bands that have really grabbed my attention in the Black/Death Metal scene. Mostly the bands or records I listen to are from lets say 1990 to about 2010, and just in those two decades there are tons and tons of good releases.

Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?

Branislav: I am slowly writing some new songs, but at this very moment I have no clue when will it be finished, recorded nor released…time will tell.

Summon: What does the future hold for the band??

Branislav: If everything goes fine we will hit some stages in North America during 2014, and will work on some new stuff for sure.

Interview link: http://blackenedhorde.com/bane

Bane links:

Official Website: http://baneband.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/baneband

Facebook: www.facebook.com/baneband

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/baneband

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Bane

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

To purchase BANE “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD, “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” DIGI CD and other BANE merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=bane

 

To preview a song from “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP0LoHYAEBE

BANE (Serbia) “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD review by HomicidalBreath

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , on January 13, 2014 by Michael McCoy II

BANE (Serbia) “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD review

by HomicidalBreath

By HomicidalBreath

Bane is basically Branislav Panic(began as a one man project). The line up has been pretty unstable and so has Bane in general, as you’ll see on their page here on the archives they’ve been on hiatus(or split up?) numerous times since forming in 2006; 2006-2007, 2009-2012, 2013-present. Branislav moved from Serbia to Canada(wooo!) in 2012 I believe and got a so far stable line up as of 2013. I was a huge fan of the debut “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” which proved the guy has an impressive amount of songwriting skill so when “The Acausal Fire” came out in 2012 I got my hands on it as quick as I could and I was VERY impressed. Their sound is extremely Dissection influenced but not to the point of being a full on clone but nonetheless, this has Dissection written all over it. If you feel like you’ve listened to the first two Dissection albums seemingly 1000 times and want more, Bane is definitely recommended.

They even chose to show their Dissection influence and cover the legendary “Night’s Blood” and did a great job. Believe it or not, I think it’s so close to being as good as the original, the only thing that stops it from being on par is that it doesn’t have the dark atmosphere that “Storm of the Light’s Bane”(wonder where they got their band name?). I blame this on the production, it’s pretty polished but it doesn’t take away from the album as it’s not over polished. Oddly enough, the album still maintains a rather eerie atmosphere but nothing compared to the aforementioned album. Don’t let the production being clean turn you away from listening to this, you’ll regret it.

The album opens up with a rather predictable intro “Bringing Forth the Endless Dark Aeon” which is somewhat unnecessary but it does set the mood of the album which could be described as eerie. Then “The End of Humanity” kicks you in the teeth with an amazing melodic tremolo riff with an icy guitar tone. I love the guitar tone on this album, it just has that cold, icy tone you hear in black metal bands, yet another DIssection similarity. This album is loaded with amazing, melodic tremolo riffs, the opening riff from “In Endless Silence” is a great example. The majority of the riffs are tremolo but Branislav also makes good use of chords and power chords which are also commonly found in black metal, Behemoth uses that style of riffs with chords but I can’t really describe them. There’s also a decent amount of eerie, melodic harmonies(see: “As Chaos Rises”, great melodies and harmonies in this track). There’s also some amazing acoustic sections, the outro of “In Endless Silence” is a good example. The leads/solos are very much as the riffs; very melodic, well executed and eerie. if you’re looking for technical shredding you’ve come to the wrong place, the sole purpose of the leads/solos are to be extremely melodic just like everything on the album. Branislav is great at coming up with melodic black riffs, it may be nothing completely original but I don’t think his intent is to be original, only few bands are these days.

As for the other instruments, the bass is somewhat audible, not much but it’s definitely there, doesn’t do anything spectacular but the fact that it’s audible is satisfying considering it’s became a trend to leave your bass player for dead. The drum work was done spectacularly. There’s loads of phenomenal fills/rolls in each track, Occultum really impressed me when I noticed he did perfect on the beginning drum fill at the beginning of “Night’s Blood” and kept up with the drumming greatly. There’s also very well executed double kick, I can’t tell if he was using a trigger or not but if he is it doesn’t sound very mechanical which is a bonus. There’s lots of wicked blast beats as well which should go without saying, as far as I’m aware every band I’ve listened to that has any sort of black metal in their genre makes good use of blast beats. I’m just a guitarist but I play my buddy’s drum set at least a couple times a week and I can barely even keep a beat so it just amazes me how these guys do this stuff. As for the vocals, there’s two different styles; gravel throat black metal vocals and death metal growls that aren’t guttural at all. There’s times when Branislav layers them over top of each other which somewhat reminds me of Glen Benton’s aside from the fact Glen sounds like a fucking demon, i still question myself if he actually is a demon.

I only occasionally talk about the lyrics in reviews but I feel I must express how much I like the lyrics on this album, there’s some lyrics that are slightly predictable but others that are phenomenal. The majority of the lyrics are based upon misanthropy and misery with a couple songs having a different theme. Here’s some of my favourite lyrics from the album, taken from “In Endless Silence”;

“From the eternal night, in endless silence I watch the world go by No hope is left, and all was lost I watch the human race die Take away – knowing I will be Forsaken – I shall set my spirit free… Leaving this world – without a goodbye… Frozen – my heart’s bled dry…”

I’m not sure what it is about this song but when I listen to it while thinking of the lyrics I just get that odd, eerie feeling in my gut, that says enough. Now, for the most important thing about an album; the songwriting. The songs are pretty straight forward, most are within 3 minutes and a few a bit over 4 minutes. The song structures aren’t complex at all but they aren’t all “verse, chorus, verse, chorus…etc.” and I’m not usually paying attention to song structures when I’m listening to an album anyway. The songs are highly enjoyable, memorable and all have replay value, aside from the intro “Bringing Forth the Endless Dark Aeon” and “Entering the Paradoxical Sphere” which is kind of an outro but it leads into the Dissection cover. There’s not any filler on here, not even the cover which is impressive as most bands just run out of ideas and figure “Let’s just throw a cover on there instead of writing another track”. I think the statement “no filler” speaks volumes of how much songwriting skill Branislav has especially since this is their second full length and he did great on the debut as well, although he has been in several other projects as well, nonetheless he’s still phenomenal.

“The Acausal Fire” is a great record from start to finish. They have a new single coming out tomorrow “In Darkness and Hatred” so there may be a new album in the works! Hopefully. I highly recommend this album(and their debut) for fans of Dissection, Thulcandra, Behemoth(particularly 1997-2003 era), Sacramentum, Belphegor and although they aren’t similar fans of Watain, Vesania and Necrophobic will probably like this.

Highlights, no order: “As Chaos Rises”, “In Endless Silence”, “World of Desolation”,

Rating: 95%

Review link: www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Bane/The_Acausal_Fire/351511/HomicidalBreath

Bane links:

Official Website: http://baneband.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/baneband

Facebook: www.facebook.com/baneband

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/baneband

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Bane

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

To purchase BANE “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD, “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” DIGI CD and other BANE merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=bane

To preview a song from “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP0LoHYAEBE

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by Whiplash

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on January 13, 2014 by Michael McCoy II

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by Whiplash

By Vitor Franceschini

There were five demos since 2002, year of its foundation, to the Dead Awaken reach this debut. And the hard work ‘extra field’ was very worthwhile, since “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” is a beautiful album of Death Metal.

No innovations or inventions, the band shows they do not want to change the world with their sound, but keep intact the legacy of traditional Death Metal. The influences of Swedish Extreme Metal restricted to guitar tone, as the whole work hangs for something more obscure and anything melodic.

It should be noted that the work of Mats Blyckert battery is phenomenal, showing a refined technique and a great variation. Not to mention the insane face. The guitar work by the book, while the low realizes making the ground shake, to manage everything Jörgen Kristensen, who also howls well.

Highlighting the Kingdom of Damnation (Where Hope Turns Dripping Red), Rocket Symphony and his lilting compositions start to fight and then fall in Venom of the Population with his insane broken. A job that will appeal to true fans filled the Death Metal!

Rating: 8/10

This review was originally written in Portuguese and has been translated using Google Translate. To view the original review in Portuguese click the link below.

Review link: http://whiplash.net/materias/cds/194669-deadawaken.html#.UtMiyFJ3vDe

Dead Awaken links:

Official Website: www.dead-awaken.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/deadawaken

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Dead-Awaken/341873415857546

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/deadawaken

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Dead+Awaken

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase DEAD AWAKEN “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=12836

SEPTEKH (Sweden) “Apollonian Eyes” CD EP review by Whiplash

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on January 13, 2014 by Michael McCoy II

SEPTEKH (Sweden) “Apollonian Eyes” CD EP review

by Whiplash

By Vitor Franceschini

Nils Meseke (vocals), David Wikström (Guitar), Patrik Ström (bass) and David Wikström (drums) do not know much bureaucracy or ‘mirabolância’. So invest in a direct, aggressive and extreme sound Septekh this third EP, which has not released an official album.

There are four compositions directed to Death / Thrash Metal, but with great influence of Black roots. A good reference would be the Finns Impaled Nazarene, but Septekh has few influences from Punk / Hardcore.

With an organic production that arrives to cause nostalgia, the band distills direct and with a vein completely ‘from hell’ songs. This shows itself in Apollonian Eyes, Burn It To The Ground and Cursing The Skies. Have Vlad Tepes shows the most versatile side of the band and a more varied sound that closes the disc so masterful.

Produced and mixed by Eric Forsberg at Midtown Music in Sweden, “Apollonian Eyes” is more than a proof that the Septekh already deserves a debut. Fans of extreme metal of old will thank you.

This review was originally written in Portuguese and has been translated using Google Translate. To view the original review in Portuguese click the link below.

Rating: 8/10

Review link: http://whiplash.net/materias/cds/194676-septekh.html#.UtMislJ3vDe

Septekh links:

Official Website: www.septekh.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/septekh

Facebook: www.facebook.com/septekh

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/septekh

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/septekh

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

To purchase SEPTEKH “Apollonian Eyes” CD EP, “The Seth Avalanche” CD EP and official merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=septekh

To Preview a song from “The Seth Avalanche” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIw0oyaI6w0

BANE (Serbia) “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD review by Blackened Horde Zine

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags on January 13, 2014 by Michael McCoy II

BANE (Serbia) “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD review

by Blackened Horde Zine

By Alaric

First of I love the name Bane, not because of Batman’s adversary now made benign by treacherous movie incarnations but like Bane of existence. I knew I was going to love this even before I heard it. The vocals are powerful, and though they do not sound alike, Branislav Panic is more modern Black Metal, I thought of Glen Benton quite a bit. A real icing on the cake, was the song Light The Black Flame, I can not be sure but I believe the title is a reference to the first “real church” and there legendary publication. The lyrics reflect this instead or contradict this assumption. Now onto the highlights As Chaos Rises is the first song to stand out with it’s dissonant tortured choir, The Truth Unleashed really keeps the albums pace going and ending with the strongest and most brutal sounding track Night’s Blood. There have been times when I have forgotten to mention the lyrics, but these are definitely worth checking out. If you are not aware of the violent and unstable, also beautiful and historic, country of Serbia check out Serbian Film, written as a metaphor of the Serbian struggle you can see an origin of the world view expressed throughout the CD. I think The Acausal Fire deserves multiple listens.

Rating: 10 out of 10

Review link: http://blackenedhorde.com/bane_review

Bane links:

Official Website: http://baneband.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/baneband

Facebook: www.facebook.com/baneband

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/baneband

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Bane

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

To purchase BANE “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD, “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” DIGI CD and other BANE merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=bane

To preview a song from “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP0LoHYAEBE

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by Extreminal Webzine

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on January 13, 2014 by Michael McCoy II

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by Extreminal Webzine

By Battlepig

The Swedes DEAD AWAKEN put this year their first full-length cd “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red“ via Abyss Records on the Metal market.  What resounds here off my loudspeakers is something you like. Genuine Death Metal, straight and dark, is presented to the listener. Thereby DEAD AWAKEN have no regard for anything! Merciless thrashing in highspeed rolls like a roller towards the listener. Easy kept riffs which reinforce and manifest the rawness and nativeness of the production.These can be of course also chopped and brute. Even, if DEAD AWAKEN step a little bit off the gas doesn’t harm the bite and hardness of the production. In addition the little short of unhuman drumimng which is hard to beat of brutality. The dark, emphatic growls of shouter and guitarist Jürgen Kristensen go little short of into the Grindcore area. They outstanding fit in the overall structure. This extremely brutal and aggressive musical mixture literally invites for headbanging! Technically adept and forceful recorded you can very well pick out the professionalism of the recording. For fans of brutal Death Metal an absolute must!!!!

Rating: 8.3/10

Review link: http://extreminal.com/extreminal/review.asp?id=958#7AUu61OeOmohOu4S.99

Dead Awaken links:

Official Website: www.dead-awaken.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/deadawaken

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Dead-Awaken/341873415857546

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/deadawaken

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Dead+Awaken

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase DEAD AWAKEN “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=12836