Monday, November 6, 2017

Aynsophar Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

I've been writing songs and lyrics since my childhood but even later on I felt that I don't have the technical knowledge to record them. But after a while I decided to take the first step and I got into the world of recording. It was really just the baby step of a beginner. I started it around 4 years ago and I can't stop laughing when I listen to my very first recordings. So happy to met with Richard Ruszkai who helped me a lot to develope my recording skills. Aynsophar was in my head for a couple of years now but always on different names. And one day I felt it's enough of daydreaming and let's work! I had a lot of riffs and ideas in my mind so I had to fix the number of the songs I wanted to release and I also had to decide by the songs itself. I tried to join to bands earlier just to learn, just to get experience around other musicians but after the disappointment of the last band I was in I determined to go on my way. To my mind there are two types of musicians: The ones who write their own stuff and the ones who play other's happily. Later on it just wasn't enough for me to play other's songs, I wanted my own. I wanted to put all my spare energy and spare time into my songs so I grabbed the control to make Aynsophar alive.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I tried to sound heavy and dark. But it wasn't enough for me. I wanted to avoid to sound the same in all the songs. I wanted melodies too which can offer a little break from the heavy riffs. I love to play with ambivalence and contrast. I am really satisfied with the singers on the EP as all of them sound like the hell itself and this makes the sound more darker. I feel that their work prefectly fit into the world I created. The song Abysmal Secrets of Unknown reminds me of Morbid Angel's Secured Limitations, I think it's because of the highs and lows together. When I heard it for the first time I couldn't get my jaw back from the floor. I feel that the EP itself has its own atmosphere and I hope that the listeners feel the same. I love how Eternal closes the album, as the keys fade away at the end. When I listen to it I have a strange pressure on my chest and I have the feeling that I need to digest what I've just heard and I don't want to listen to anything else for a while: that is what I want to achieve with the listeners too.

3.Your lyrics are inspired by spiritual theories, psychology and philosophy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

I am really interested in the things of the world and not only the ones which you can see with your naked eyes. I am also constantly following what happens around us, but I try not to believe everything I hear or see. I also believe that the world is more than what we can perceive. I would just like to have an open mind. I also like to perceive the things from more different views. I like to study the human psyche and mind. Mysterious.

4, I know that the bands name comes from the Hebrew language, do you have an interest in the Qabalah?

 I am not that deeply into it. My interest towards Quabalah began when I started to read about Thelema. In fact I am an open minded person and I try to widen my knowledge about the things around us. I love to read about how the universe and life might work. And you know I always look for how to receive fulfillness in our lives. Music is one of the main aspects of this for me. Spiritualism is looking for this fulfillment. I am interested in Thelema because it highlights the „will”. It supports the idea of will power. I truely believe that the human mind and nature are two of the biggest creators.

5.Originally the musical project was from Hungary but now relocated to the United Kingdom, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?

I feel that now, until I don't have a fixed life form, I don't have a husband neither kids and don't have responsibility which affects the others I have opportunity to follow my heart and goals. The fact that I moved out doesn't affect anyone deeply. I am in the position that I can decide freely about a thing like this and I can move freely. As I see I there are more opportunities here to feed a band/project. I consider Aynsophar my child. I really feel that these songs are my unborn children. It might sound stupid but I just try to care for them. And I feel that the UK is a better place to rise them.

6.Currently the musical project is all solo, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work by yourself?

I always preferred to work on my own on any ways of life. I would be more than happy to form a band so we could have live performances too. In fact at this time I wanted to know what I can create and achive on my own. Basically I wanted to record everything but unfortunately I can't sing neither growl so I needed help. I reall want Aynsophar to be a live production too but I want to keep it in my own hands as it's my child.

7.The ep was released on 'Neverheard Distro', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

In fact only the cassette tapes were released by the Distro but Balázs helped me with the distribution of the CD's too however they are self-released. I am happy with his support. He's really the person who does what he's doing because he loves it and it's a passion for him. I think music is one of the things which is only worthy to do if you feel the passion. It was a huge surprise for me when I got the offer to release my EP and I can't be thankful enough.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?

Fortunately I got only positive feedbacks so far. I'm not the best at promotion but I try to spread my music as much as I just can. I am always looking for opportunities and try to get more people into my „metal army”. I sent the EP to a couple of persons who are important for me, I hope they will get it soon and will love it too. Nothing warms a musician's heart more than his/her music being liked by the people she/he looks up to.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

It's a very hard question. Of course I would like to have gigs, writing more albums. I can absolutely clearly see myself writing more stuff.I could rather answer on what Í would like to achive. Such a beautiful vision to be a respected and known musician of course. I think I would like to be an inspiration. I'm more than sure that everyone knows the feeling when you are in some kind of mood, good or bad and you just reach out to your favourite music for help. It's kind of like a shelter, a cure. Being someone who is respected by the others and being someone who gives energy hope and perseverance to the others by her activities behaviour and personality. Someone who has the light when it's dark and shows the way when there's nothing left. I feel music is my tool. Arts are wonderful and music is a thing I really enjoy, why couldn't I use it for good? I would like to see myself as this type of musician in the future.



10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Chuck Schuldiner is a very huge inspiration for me. He also had a dream and he also followed his heart, you can see what he achieved. Only by being persistent and trusting himself. This is something I'm learning still. Basically I love to listen to a lot of kind of music, it depends on my mood. I listen to bands like for example Megadeth, Savatage, King Diamond, Iced Earth, Beyond Creation, Obscura, Morbid Angel, Nevermore daily. Metal is the main genre I like but I love jazz, sometimes I'm listening to few classical music (really depends on my mood). There is a Hungarian band called Ghymes I really like, they are rather folk group and  sounds strange but I love shaman songs, throat singing.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love to cook! I love to create food. I love nature too, I like to have walks while listening to music. In fact I am also interested in arts generally. I was drawing for long years however I stopped since a while. I can embroider, I like to make decorations. I made some decorations for my home with the technique of decoupage.I used to make jewelries too using artwork of my favourite metal bands. Photography is also a thing which I like to do and to edit photos. Basically I can tell I am interested in anything which can help me to make real the visions in my head.
I often read about psychological things, spiritual things. I love to learn about how the human mind and soul work. And as I mentioned earlier I also believe that the world is much more than we can percieve.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do yuo have any final words or thoughts?

Since my childhood even up to recent days people think I'm crazy for running after a dream. But if you look around you will see how fragile life is. You can never know what tomorrow brings. „Live your life like this is your last one” is a lame cliché but might be true. I know that people have responsibilities and it's always easier to say things than do them but if you have a dream then never give up. Sometimes it's all that keeps the spirit in an individual. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Engulf Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
HM: Certainly! I started writing material with the intent to release it under the Engulf moniker sometime during  my sophomore year of college (2015) after I realized that my old high school band (Chapel of Ruin) wasn't going to work out. We were all in school or working jobs at the time, and we were all in different locations. The music I wrote/write for Engulf is a continuation on the musical styles I was aiming for in Chapel of Ruin. I was going to look for other musicians to play with, but I didn't have a desire to work with anyone else at the time, so I went the "One-man band" route that others in the genre have before me (Putrid Pile, Bloodsoaked,etc). Currently the project is just me writing and recording all guitar, bass, and vocals (some lyrics contributed by friends) and me handling the drum programming as well.

2.In November, you have an ep coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
HM: Musically, it is the conscious (but also non conscious) effort to blend my old school death metal influences (Suffocation, Gorguts, Morbid Angel) and funnel it through a more modern sounding audioscape. I also try to structure the songs in a fashion that they are digestible and memorable. I really hate records that take a million spins to remember anything that you listened to. The only objective I have going into a writing session for Engulf is Death Metal. Whatever comes out naturally to me is what you hear on the record. I've found that if I get too detailed into what I want for an Engulf song, it sounds forced and usually pretty bad and/or boring.

3.This ep is the first in a 3 part series, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?
HM: At a high level, they will be tied together by a lyrical concept which was initially explored in my aforementioned high school band. The antagonist, an all knowing sentient being, "recruits" 3 otherworldly beings to terraform the earth. Each of the 3 beings have a unique background and description that I came up with, which will all be described in more detail in the planned liner notes for each release. I would divulge into more detail, but I would like the listener to read the liner notes when they come out and develop a visual all of their own. I owe huge thanks to my best friend Gary and brother Nick for the overarching lyrical concept; they laid the original base idea back in the CoR days, and I ran with it, expanding it into my own original story. They each contributed all of lyrics to the 2 songs on the Subsumed Atrocities EP.

4.Some of your lyrics cover fantasy, space and comics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topics?
HM: To put it simply, I feel like there is the most "new ground" to cover. I'm not an angry or hateful person by any means, so it's really hard to write anything along those lines that you might hear in a hardcore song, and the gore-themed lyrics that so many bands talk about are just not of interest to me and I believe they are overdone. I have always been a fan of sci-fi movies, as well as comics books. While you're watching/reading, you're able to put yourself into that world and disconnect, so to speak, from your current situation. I always thought that was a cool effect that those types of movies and books had on me.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Engulf'?
HM: To be honest, not a whole lot. I didn't want a super long name, and I wanted something that sounded "huge" enough to encompass the lyrical themes I was going after. Engulf wasn't taken, and fit that criteria, so I went with it. I was trying to think of the biggest thing that could happen to planet earth out of our control, and I though us being sucked up or "Engulfed" by a black hole. So I guess that is what spawned the name.

6.Currently this project is all solo, are you open to working with a full band or do you prefer to work by yourself?
HM: At the moment, and at least for EP II, it will be a solo effort. The songs planned for EP II were actually all written at the same time that Subsumed Atrocities was being written, so I could have released them all together. The songs for EP III and the full length are not fully written, so if an opportunity comes along in the meantime to collaborate, and I feel like I need some help finishing the songs, I am certainly open.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal?
HM: So far, reception has been 99.9% positive. I've had a further reach due to the help of Tito and Giorgio from Everlasting Spew Records, as they have been able to show alot of people the music on their side of the pond. The comparisons that have been made to other bands are humbling and the enthusiasm for more material showed by both my label owners as well as those who have found the material online is very encouraging.

8.Are you or have you ever been involved with any other bands or  musical projects?
HM: As I mentioned before, I had a band back in high school, Chapel of Ruin. It was a death metal project, similar to what you hear on the Engulf releases, but much more crude and not as well put together; my writing style hadn't fully developed and it showcased me and the rest of the band learning how to construct songs. I also play live and write with a Philadelphia based Melo-Death/Black metal band called Blasphemous. I joined that band in June 2016 and we have played many shows in the Northeast area. We are looking to record a full length before the end of the year and continue playing shows in 2018.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
HM: I would like to continue playing with Blasphemous to get my live performance fix as well as collaborate with the guys in that band; I've really enjoyed it so far. We'd like to try and play more shows along the coast as well as other places in the states. The good thing about the Engulf project is that I will always have a desire to write that style of death metal, and since it is at the core a solo studio effort, I can do it anywhere, anytime. I'd like to continue writing for Engulf and see what comes of the style as I gather more influence from other bands in other genres as well as my peers.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
HM: As far as my influences go, some of the traditional old school death metal records that inspired me to pick up the guitar include:
Suffocation-Effigy of the Forgotten (the solo in Liege of Inveracity and the sheer brutality of the record as a whole is still unrivaled)
Gorguts-Considered Dead (I really loved Luc's vocal delivery, as well as the unique nature of the riffs. Gorguts' later, more disjointed material is also a big influence on me)
Morbid Angel-Covenant (Vincent's vocals were absolutely monstrous on this record and the 7 string songs on the album are sooooooo heavy. Definitely a big influence musically and guitar tone wise; I love the dark tone Trey was able to achieve)

I've really been digging what Dark Descent has been doing (Spectral Voice, Desolate Shrine, Krypts), as well as Profound Lore (Bell Witch, Artifical Brain, Pallbearer, Grave Miasma). Extreme metal is in an awesome place right now, and the blending of styles that you see in some bands is just getting darker, heavier, and more twsited. I love it!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
HM: I really enjoy going to the gym every morning before work, as well as cycling when time permits. Both activities really help me clear my head and get in good "thinking time". I also like watching sports and exploring new bars and restaurants with friends and family. I'm also a big foodie and love to cook (check my personal instagram for proof! @halmicroutsicos)

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or  thoughts?
HM: Just want to say thank you for the opportunity for being able to talk about the project a bit and the feature! Also thank you for everyone who has supported the EP and has had kind words to say, it really makes me want to continue writing more sick death metal for the Everlasting Spew Crew!

Eternal Hails,
HM

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Redemptor/Arthaneum/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review


  Redemptor  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Arthaneum"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  clean  playing  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.
 
  Vocals  are  mostly deep  death  metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  brutal  sounding blast  beats  along  with  some  screams  and  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  technical  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  solos  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  technical  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars are also  added  onto  the  recording.

  Redemptor  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  technical  while  also  adding  something  different  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  life  and existential  topics.

  In  my  opinion  Redemptor  are  a  very  great  sounding  technical death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Enormous  Absolute"  "Arthaneum"  "Tremor"  and  "Departure".  8  out  of  10.    

Ketha/0 Hours Starlight/Selfmadegod Records/2017 CD Review


  Ketha  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  experimental,  avant  garde  and  technical  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "0  Hours  Starlight"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Selfmadegod  Records.

  Clean  yet  distorted  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  spoken  and  melodic  vocals  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long and  epic  in  length.

  Avant  garde  and  mathcore  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  is  also  very  experimental  along  with  some  psychedelic  sounds  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  progressive  style,  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  one  song  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  slide  guitars.

  Ketha  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  experimental,  avant  garde,  death  metal and  mathcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  Stainslaw  Lem.

  In  my  opinion  Ketha  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  avant  garde,  math  core  and  technical  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Khranda"  "Bliss"  "Holos"  and  "HyperGiant".  8  out  of  10.    

Atena/Possessed/Indie Recordings/2017 CD Review


  Atena  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  modern  and  progressive  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Possessed"  which  was  released  by  Indie  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  prog  metal  elements  and  angry  shouting  vocals  are  also  used  at  times.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  vocals  along  with  female  vocals  also  being  used  briefly,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  nu  metal  can  also  be  heard  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Atena  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  progressive  while  also  adding  in  some  nu and  modern  metal  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  and  cover  depression,  hate  and  fear  of  the  unknown.

  In  my  opinion  Atena  are  a  very  decent  sounding  modern  progressive  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Possessed"  "Death  Eating"  "Lock  Shut"  and  "Heartless".  7  out  of  10.       

Aynsophar/Abysmal Secrets Of The Unknown.Neverheard Distro/2017 EP Review


  Aynsophar  are  a  solo  project  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  2017  ep  "Abysmal  Secrets  of  the  Unknown"  which  was  released  by  Neverheard Distro.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  progressive  structures  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  technical  fashion  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  adding  clean  playing  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  and  the  ep  closes  with  an aboustic  instrumental.

  Aynsophar  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is very  progressive  and  technical  sounding, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  spiritual  theories,  psychology  and philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aynsophar  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  death metal  solo project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abysmal  Secrets  of  The  Unknown"  and  "Inhuman  Conditions".  8  out  of  10.



  

Engulf/Subsumed Atrocities/Everlasting Spew Records/2017 EP Review


  Engulf  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  brutal  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep  "Subsumed  Atrocities"  which  will  be  released  in  November by  Everlasting  Spew  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutla  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  musical  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  A  great  amount  of  mid  90's  brutal  death  metal  influences can  be  heard  in  the  musical  style  while  both  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  Engulf  plays  a  style  of  death  metal  that  is  very  heavy  and  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy,  space  and  violent  comic  book  themes,

  In  my  opinion  Engulf  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Aeons  Of  Hate".  8  out  of  10.