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The GARDNERZ (Sweden) “It All Fades” CD EP review by www.cmar-net.org

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , on September 15, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

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

by www.cmar-net.org

By Wildchild

Among the recent Swedish bands emerged a few years ago was an interesting band that contains a beautiful symbiosis of sounds death and doom metal, neatly packed and very well made. It is a four person band The Gardnerz that already has initially albumsko last edition of” The System of Nature”. That first album, like its genre description give a true picture of a mixture of pure death metal mixed with a bit of doom metal. As such, the album would be without much trouble could appeal to every devotee or a fan of this sound, and it seems that, as such, remained very well received by critics and audiences. With minor changes in the composition, of which she is most noted by our drummer Vedran Benčića from Osijek, The Gardnerz us this year, offering six new songs as a warm up for the upcoming album. What’s with this EP intereanatno several things. Out of the 6 songs worked out several musical elements, so we can speak here of the death / doom sound, but with additions and other influences such as typical for other genre preferences. As such, this half-hour EP titled” It All Fades” offers something for every music lover. The Gardnerz on it are not something particularly away from the core of their sound, but some of the songs get lighter Epilogue to be closer to its end. Usually there is a melodic acoustic guitar sounds, with a slow rhythm of drums that are karakteristčne for the first two songs Do not Look Back and A Horrible Disease. In addition both the songs offer a great deal of progressive sound with plenty of guitar riffs and melodies that do not sound jaded, izreciklirano. Deep rough vocal arrangements also seamlessly evoke musical atmosphere and quality make this release and, so to speak, strong. After the first two typical death / doom stuff comes to processing Transilvanian Hunger, a well-known fact of the cult Norwegian Darkthrone’s. Processing as such is actually totally unrecognizable, and that someone does not point out that listening to Darkthrone-processing and you would not figure it out. The song is quite slow, and that’s just a slight sequential melody on guitar and female vocals. A number of strange way to handle one of these songs is definitely a big plus, unlike most bands that literally just” playing the song” without extensive modification. The rest of the EP follows the continued progressive death / doom tone continues presenting the aforementioned musical elements with a few new features as a lightweight soprano female vocals in the background of things It All Fades or clean vocals combined with the rough on the last chorus Erasing Bad Specimen. This EP in its half-hour offering quality death / doom metal with a bit more melody than is typical for this kind of genre combination. Over six new songs The Gardnerz presented some novelties, and how will it all together to sound on the new album should wait a while. A solid release, especially for fans of the above genres.

Rating: 7.5/10

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

Review link: www.cmar-net.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=63747

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

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

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

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on September 14, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

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

by Foul Feast

By combustion

The Gardnerz are back for their follow-up to The System of Nature. An album I reviewed with much praise. This time around the release is in EP format. Fortunately for all of you fans it still clocks in at a healthy 35 minutes. It is clear when listening to It All Fades that The Gardnerz are no “one trick pony”. These guys all have chops with both their instruments and writing abilities.

As mentioned in my previous review for the band’s full-length, for a melodic death metal band these guys sure know how to churn out some kick-ass riffs. It All Fades is no different. If anything this aspect of the band has grown. Every single riff on this release sticks with you immediately after hearing it. I also see some influence of Death possibly leaking through in some of the playing here. One of the best moments on this thing would have to be when the opening track “Don’t Look Back” slows down and goes into some clean vocals. This moment just builds and builds until eventually we break back into the fast paced riffing featured at the beginning of the track.

Each track on this release is really like a journey. The EP is almost impossible to not listen to as a whole. It all comes together very nicely and flows with a vast amount of perfection. Not one track here is skippable. It seems as though the clean moments heard on The System of Nature have been added a bit more often on this EP. That being said the heavy moments have gotten much more intense and I really believe the band has found the perfect balance of all of their elements on this release.

While I hate to dedicate an entire paragraph to a cover song I really think the cover on here deserves it. The Gardnerz rendition of the Darkthrone classic Transilvanian Hunger is simply astounding. The track features beautiful female vocals throughout, not a single harsh vocal is used. The instrumental has a very clean, full sound going for it. It is amazing how The Gardnerz completely changed the overall sound of the song, but even with that fact, this very clean, beautiful version of the song still manages to hold the same atmosphere of the Darkthrone track. It’s an amazing feat and a very mind-blowing listen. When I first saw the tracklist I was worried about how this would come out. Upon listening that worry is completely gone and this has become my favorite track on the album, and possibly my favorite cover song of all time.

Overall It All Fades is an amazing effort from The Gardnerz. I thought The System of Nature would be an extremely hard release to follow-up, but they really outdid themselves with this one. Needless to say if you are a fan of the previous album pick this up. Also highly recommended to fans of death/doom metal. This release is truly the definition of what I want out of a release of this nature and it is very good to see The Gardnerz always taking steps in the right direction.

Review link: http://foulfeast.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-gardnerz-are-back-for-their-follow.html

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

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

MAAX (U.S.) “Unholy Rock & Roll” DIGI CD review by Occult Black Metal Zine

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags on September 13, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

MAAX (U.S.) “Unholy Rock & Roll” DIGI CD review

by Occult Black Metal Zine

By OccultBlackMetal

Maax are a band from Indiana that has had their previous albums revewed as well as being interviewed by this zine that started out as being pure black metal but has evolved into a more black/thrash metal band over the years and this is a review of their 2011 album “Unholy Rock’n’Roll which was released by Abyss Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them..

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast riffs that combine black metal with thrash and speed metal along with some ocassional riffing that has a more traditional metal/rock feeling to them as well as some clean playing being utilized briefly on one song, while the lead guitars are very chaotic 80’s underground metal guitar solos and leads.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched black metal screams, deep growls and early 80’s black/thrash metal type of singing as well as some ocassional gang shouting and samples being used briefly, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Luciferian, Occultism, Anti Christianity rock’n’roll and thrash, as for the production it has a very raw and primitive 80’s extreme metal sound to it.

In my opinion this is another great album from Maax and if you enjoyed there last recording, you should enjoy this album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE “Coldest Steel” “Unholy Rock’n’Roll” “Do What Thou Wilt” and “Black Thrash Em All”. RECEMMONDED BUY.

Review link: http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2011/10/maaxunholy-rockn-rollabyss-records2011.html

Maax links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/maaxmetal

Facebook: www.facebook.com/maaxmetal

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/maax

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

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

Other links:

To purchase MAAX “Unholy Rock & Roll” DIGI CD and other Maax merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=maax

To preview a song from their 2010 release “Six Pack Witchcraft” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=giNCctZobOE

and to preview a song from their debut album “Dawnbringer” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uNDPFcYcdw

RADIATION SICKNESS (U.S.) “Reflections of a Psychotic Past” CD review by www.greekrebels.gr

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , on September 12, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

RADIATION SICKNESS (U.S.) “Reflections of a Psychotic Past” CD review by www.greekrebels.gr

By Angel Kilmistered

The Radiation Sickness formed in America (Indianapolis) in 1987, from the Doug Palmer and Ryan Rollins. The  main reason why this band was formed, it was addiction, depression and love they had for the extreme  underground scene and quickly began to bring up the bottom, and making a similar feel to the space. After some  changes in the line up, the band recorded their first and legendary of the demo, “Elvis Ain’t Dead” with  influences from Napalm Death, Chaos UK, Discharge, Slayer, Cryptic Slaughter, The Accused. The Radiation  Sickness spent all their time playing music in every event that they could, but in 1989 the founding member  Ryan Rollins, commits suicide (after depression) and substantially delayed. After the addition of Byron Holton  (bass), spend every weekend on the road, playing live with bands like Repulsion, Impetigo, Skeletal Earth,  Immolation, Macabre, Dead Horse and advertise their new EP, “The Bounds of Reality”. In 1990 they enter the  studio to record the limited edition album, “The Other Me, A Journey into Insanity”, which eventually gets great reviews in the field and two years later, they begin to work on new material. After years of stagnation, they  make an all time classic reunion to play in the upcoming live. With a steady line up, the Doug Palmer (vocals),  Tom Ball (guitar), Byron Holton (bass), Mike Herold (drums), they enter the studio again after twenty two years  to record a new album, titled “Reflections of a Psychotic Past “. Old school American death metal, with many  influences from Napalm Death, Asphyx, Cryptic Slaughter and Repulsion. Although composed of nineteen  tracks, the length of the disc does not exceed forty minutes, and it’s all a short time. Old school also is the  production of the album … Good overall feeling, but I think it loses a lot of volume (especially on vocals),  unfortunately. Released in June by Abyss Records remastered and includes a copy of “The Other Me, A  Journey into Insanity” (1990) and if all goes well, we will continue with several live appearances at various relevant events.

Rating: 7/10

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

Review link:

www.greekrebels.gr/component/content/article/34-albums/4345-radiation-sickness-reflections-of-a-psychotic-past-abyss?directory=60

Radiation Sickness links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RadiationDoug

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/radiationdoug

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Radiation+Sickness

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

To purchase RADIATION SICKNESS “Reflections of a Psychotic Past” CD and other RADIATION SICKNESS merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=radiation+sickness

Interview with Daniel Ferguson (Owner / Operator of Abyss Records) by pestwebzine

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags , , on September 11, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

Interview with Daniel Ferguson (Owner / Operator of Abyss Records) by pestwebzine

 

Please present your label, when and where was it started, who is involved in its activities and what genres are promoted by it.

Abyss Records started August 2008 as a label full time, since then I have 40 total CD releases out, 2 12″ vinyl releases and bunch of official merchandise as well some licensed stuff from Master, Obtained Enslavement, Impetigo and more to come from Vic Records artist and more….

As for genres I’m open to most as long as I’m into, but my heart is strongest for Old School Swedish Death, Black/Death, Black, Old Thrash, Old Crossover and some Doom stuff as well.

 

Tell us a few words on each or the most important releases of your label, and which of them are still available for purchase.

As of now (8/24/2012)  all our releases are still available, couple titles are almost SOLD OUT and not sure will press more or not??? Christ Beheaded, Bulletwolf, F.U.C.T., Wan, and 1st pressing of Die Hard CD EP are all down to last copies then will be SOLD OUT when gone.

Just released our 2nd LP release, DESULTOR (Swe) Masters Of Hate LP (Limited to 500 copies, 100 Die Hard Edition). Also DEAD HORSE Boiling 12″ LP was first vinyl release limited to 1000 copies.

 

What are the most important features you look for in a band that is or has the chance to be signed on your label?

Talent…. hahaha A band that can or knows how to write a song and also MOST important I have to be into them personally. Most important the music must have feeling regardless what genre it may be.

 

How can a band get in touch with you? What should bands know before submitting their promos for your consideration?

I like to see a band take control and present themselves professionally, but same time it doesn’t have to be done at famous studio, or have famous artwork, or even have to have so many friends on Facebook or MySpace or website to judge signing them. I go by the music and how it moves me on personal level. I have gotten little more picky since I started the label in August 2008, but most the bands come to me looking for support and I just pick and chose. A lot of great bands out there, many better than ones on bigger labels today.

 

What’s the most important thing in the relationship between you and your bands? What is your label offering to its bands?

I try to keep a more personal like relationship between me and all bands, as well allow them to maintain the freedom to work, write new music, tour and do as they please and NOT told what they will do. I just feel that is important as a label.

 

Is there anything you planned with your label and has not yet been completed?

I have a bunch of killer releases coming up from some new artist to the label as well follow up releases too. Look for new releases out soon by: The Gardnerz (Swe), Daemonicus (Swe), Beer Pressure (Germany), Erupted (Swe), Bane (Serbia), Thousand Year War (U.S.), Mesopotamia (Nor), Angist (Iceland), Astrophobos (Swe), Maax (U.S.), Hordes Of Nebulah (U.S.) and more well into 2013.

 

How does the future looks for your label? Any major projects you would like to share with us?

I will keep doing things as long as I got the support and that seems to be growing as people discover our bands and actual BUY the CD/LP and or merchandise. People that keep downloading everything for FREE though will soon bring music industry to a hault soon if things don’t change there.

Abyss Records is a great label and honored to be working with such amazing bands, I just hope to see more people take note of the hard work I do for the Underground scene for 20+ years now.

 

How can anyone get in touch with you? Please list your website, webstore and/or social media links.

Check out any the links below and thanks for the support !!!!

ABYSS RECORDS Official Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

ABYSS RECORDS Official My Space: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

ABYSS RECORDS Official FaceBook: www.facebook.com/AbyssRecordsOfficial

ABYSS RECORDS Official ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

ABYSS RECORDS Official Last FM: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

ABYSS RECORDS Official You Tube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Article link: http://pestwebzine.com/index/abyss_records/0-590

HUMANGLED (Italy) “Odd Ethics” CD EP review by www.metalwave.it

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags on September 10, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

HUMANGLED (Italy) “Odd Ethics” CD EP review

by www.metalwave.it

By Karmator

New EP for Pisani Humangled that after finding some success with their only full-leght “Fractal” to Abyss Records (Indianapolis) will launch a new experience with the EP “Odd Ethnics.” Born initially as a duo Cyber-Grind, today is a reality Death Metal to be kept under observation. Of peculiarities in this band are the sounds sinister and voice that adds a touch of malice and dread making the atmosphere of the whole EP really interesting.

Already with “Nedless of the Blind” You can tell that they are made ​​of these boys, 3 and a half minutes that do not seek to be the classic Death super-fast and direct right to blow some heads, but rather we see the care and refinement in a personal sound (absolutely vital nowadays) in which we can recognize in full. Even the plot of the riff is something pleasing and designed to give each step a soul that can have their say.

“Skinned, Fell to All” emphasizes the sensations felt in the previous track. To give you just an idea, we’re listening to something very similar (obviously talking about musical lines) of the Carcass “Swansong”, which is a central melody gear and so much violence in the individual notes. I personally like, something that finally is shot 240bpm always.

“Acrid Smell” and how it should be, at least one track to the palpitations there must be. And it is this. A carpet of incessant double pedal and guitars that destroy your eardrums due to palm-mute unstoppable. Remarkable, however, the refrain that detaches completely rhythms previous bisecting the song, making it unique and enjoyable afternoon listening to a sitting or lying on the couch.

“Deny Your Creed” concludes this EP a few tracks but well done (and well recorded) . It adds nothing new, it’s just another confirmation that these Humangled have far too much stuff to sell, and who are ready, more than ready for the release of their second album. Having a label American then hopefully that will give more hope to worldwide exposure because they deserve so much.

‘s not easy to find now band with its own soul and is able to transmit mainly playing Death Metal. then the conclusion is definitely worth more than one listen to your eardrums extremi, and I’m very curious to hear their future work.

Track by Track

1.Needless of the Blind – 85

2.Skinned, Fell To All – 85

3.Acrid Smell – 90

4.Deny Your Creed – 85

Rating Package

Audio Quality: 80

Quality Artwork: 70

Originality: 85

Technique: 85

Judgement: 83

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

Review link: www.metalwave.it/viewrece.php?id=4259

Humangled links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/humangled

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Humangled

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/humangled

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

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

Other links:

To purchase HUMANGLED “Odd Ethics” CD EP, “Fractal” DIGI CD and other HUMANGLED merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=humangled

To preview a song from “Fractal” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpLkU2593sk

SOUTHWICKED (U.S. / Europe) “Death’s Crown” CD review by www.zwaremetalen.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Reviews, Reviews with tags on September 9, 2012 by Michael McCoy II

SOUTHWICKED (U.S. / Europe) “Death’s Crown” CD review

by www.zwaremetalen.com

By Wouter Kooy

The most eye-catching of this band is probably the presence of Allen West. Yes, the (former) guitarist include Obituary and Six Feet Under . And that’s clearly be heard on the first album of (among others) his new brainchild, South Wicked.

This is death metal riffs terms very much like the work of Obituary at the time of World Dimise . However, the production is a lot better and some things adapted to today’s standards but still predominates in this album that nostalgic feel. For me, that even as one of the plus points of this album. On the whole, the musicianship of course excellent. The grunt is fine. There is not really anything new or fancy but this is done with such conviction and skill that made ​​that does not even matter. The riffs easy hanging and the rhythm section is perfectly adjusted and that’s ultimately what counts in the end result. And if with The Phantom Prince a kind of disguised tribute is brought to the Beastie Boys by striking resemblance to the song Sabotage breaks with me through the laughter.

This is a great oldschool death metal album and I hear there like a few passing. Just from time to time nice rag raggen.

Rating: 86/100

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

Review link: www.zwaremetalen.com/recensie/23450/Southwicked-Deathas-Crown.html

Southwicked links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/southwicked

Facebook: www.facebook.com/southwicked

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/southwicked

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

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

To purchase SOUTHWICKED “Death’s Crown” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=12298