Saturday, August 22, 2015

Meatwound/Addio/Magic Bullet Records/2015 CD Review

  Meatwound  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  plays  an  industrial  form  of  death  metal  with  elements  of  grind,  punk  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Addio"  which  was  released  by  Magic  Bullet  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  industrial  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  hardcore  style  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  songs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  extreme  underground  musical  style  bringing  in  influences from  early  Earache  bands.

  All  of  the  songs  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  noise  rock  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  grind  and  punk in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  very heavy  musical  direction  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Meatwound  creates  a  very  heavy  and  old  school  metal  sound  that  takes the  industrial  and  death  metal  genres  of  the  90's  and  mixes  them  together  along  with  a  touch  of   hardcore  punk  to  create  a  very  dark  and  retro  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  professional  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Meatwound  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  industrial  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goliath"  and  "Meat  Pack".  8  out  of  10.         

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Whorion Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

After we got album recorded and mixed we head back to rehearsal lair to train new set and getting ready for the As Divine Crumbles Tour 2015. Thou we already practiced a lot for the recordings, executing songs nice and tight it needs lots of playing together, especially for me since I have more vocal parts than before.

2.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

I continued story where we left on Atlas -EP. This time story/theme carries from the beginning to the end and stays solid. Lyrics are meant for the listener to explore make the discovery themselves. There are lots of personal ideology from my perspective but mind is meant for explore and discover.

3.The band has been around since 2008 but waited until 2014 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 6 years?

True, first Whorion songs that I made goes back to 2008-2009 (Vortex and Suicide). My problem was my own skills. I was not happy about my executions even thou I heard it in my mind how it should be. I left W-project aside and continued to train my own skills. I had two other bands that time, which other one was touring actively, so lots of stuff going on and lack of skills pushed W-project to distant future. It was only at 2013 I was happy enough to start everything. And finding band around the visions was one hard task.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Whorion'?

That’s the most common question I have had and unfortunately, meaning behind it will be revealed in self titled album, Whorion. Which I can tell that it is not the next one, yet.

5.Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind hiring a full time line up?

It was a solo project since I’ve been playing other peoples songs so long and never had a chance to make music with my own terms. I consider myself lucky to find guys around that trust my vision 100%. Without them I could not have succeed bringing Whorion to daylight and more important, tour.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Shows that stained my mind forever are Hitchins club 85 in UK and Nummirock Metal Festival in Finland. Absolutely amazing.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We did one tour already 3 days after album was released, in central Europe. Right now we are looking new opportunities to get back on the road.

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

I have to say I’m really surprised how good the feedback has been. Of course I stand behind our music but it still stunned me how good it has been. Much gratitude for everyone for that. Though few people have asked ‘Why orchestras?’.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Well our drummer Heikki is sometimes a bit busy with Finntroll along the summer and Antti is making new album with his other band Damnation Plan. Rest of the members are just doing W.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I see us doing our stuff as it is and growing our style, more intense but also majestic. Technicality I can’t let ever go since that’s the main reason that keeps me interested. Challenging myself along unforgiving output. If you like what we have done so far, more is coming. Of course you need to find new ways approach your own music but changing style or leaving components away, not gonna happen.

11.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?

Influences to mention are Decapitated, Nile, Dying Fetus, Obscura and Origin for example. Can say that I’m only guy who keeps listening them till today but not all hope is gone. Bass player Dorian is a mess, from Katy Perry to In Flames. Don’t wanna go further on this.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Astronomy and Mythology.

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

Expand your mind and discover the secrets it holds in the darkness.

Krueger Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Adriano Krueger: Since the release of the Return to Death album we've been playing throughout Brazil and right now we are focused on writing the next studio album, which will be a theme album, based on the cult, rites and sacrifices to Maha Kali, the Hindu goddess of death.

2.A year ago you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

AK: The Return to Death album was released in 2014 with me as producer and Mauricio Cruz (Sonora Studio - Rio de Janeiro) doing the engineering, mixing and mastering. The sound consists of powerful drums, guitars recorded with real tube amps without using simulators and a Rickenbacker bass with the distinctive distorted sound in the mix. The vocals were recorded in one take, to keep sincerity in interpretations. We are delighted with this album, it contains even songs written in 1989 that were only released in our first demo tape. The cover art was signed by Alcides Burn, from Brazil, including one art for each lyric.

3.This was the first release since 2003, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

AK: We did many shows throughout Brazil as a trio, in 2006 recorded the album Return to Death, but in 2007 the band broke up because of divergence of ideas between members, right before the release of the album. In 2012 we join again, now with a new drummer, and we completed the album, released it in 2014 and went to the road again.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

AK: Krueger main lyrical topic is death... No doubt. Everything surrounding this issue. Even when we talk about issues such as greed, hypocritical churches, or even abstract topics such as mental creations and human illusions about the things of life, inevitably we return to the topic of death. For the next album, nothing more natural than a theme album about the goddess of death, Kali.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Krueger'?

AK: Krueger is a strong family name. Krieger, in German, means warrior or soldier. Krueger remember that character of horror films of the 80s hahahahaha that invited you to sleep and kill you in your nightmares hahahahaha. Remembers the old beer Krueger. Well, as I am the head of this death metal horde from the start, we kept this name. Krueger for us today, means our strength and struggle within the Metal scene, advocating ideas and sounding like an eighties old school band ever...

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

AK: In 1989 we played at a great festival, CG Rock, in our hometown Campina Grande. Then we played in various places throughout Brazil, various places of different sizes, with insane public most of the time, sometimes playing at small pubs for a few people, but with the same vigor and dedication. We played the Black September Festival in São Paulo, with several large Brazilian bands and with Hate Eternal as a special guest. We played with Krisiun in Rio de Janeiro, we played with Chakal in Sao Paulo and several other bands. Many shows from the beginning until now, it is difficult to highlight the best ones. The public says that our performances are pure death metal with energy, humility, enthusiasm for being on stage. You can check out some of Krueger's performance at our official channel

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

AK: We are right now negotiating a North American tour for 2016 or 2017. We plan to release the next album in 2016 and then also negotiate Europe, South America and other countries.

8.The last album was self released, are you open to working with another label again in the future?

AK: Release an album without a label gives freedom for the musician... sound, music, themes, cover and mainly the time to write and record with no pressure of money or non-musical interests. But yes, we are open to proposals for launching all the Krueger albums, we need to expand our borders and signing with record labels in other countries is essential for that. We are ready for talks, we believe in partnerships, this can be done, yes.

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

AK: We are working more intensely abroad now with the album Return to Death and we have received good reviews, reviews with notes so far always above 8. And the contacts are always growing and from now on we will release albums more frequently.

10.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?

AK: No other musical projects. We're totally dedicated to Krueger.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

AK: Our sound has naturally taken more obscure routes, increasing morbidity, but with attention to harmony, melodic solos and technical parts.

12.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?

AK: I personally have a lot of influences of '80s old school Metal bands. I am also a little bit influenced by the flamenco music of Paco de Lucía and others. Morbid classical music of Beethoven, Wagner and others. Blues from Mississippi, John Lee Hooker and others. I also like the oriental music, the sitar of Ravi Shankar. But mostly, my influences have always been Death, Obituary, Pestilence, Immolation, the old Morbid Angel, the old Slayer, Asphyx, Autopsy and others. I have heard a lot these bands albums... as well as the classic bands as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, AC / DC. I prefer the old bands and the oldest sound.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

AK: We all have secondary jobs. But the main activity for us all is our band, Krueger. Thomas program and keeps our websites, including our new e-commerce website. I especially dedicate time to my 9 year old son, when I can, we have fun and play online games or go to the movie theaters. Currently I also study philosophies of India, books like The Ramayana, the Puranas (Shiva, Kali and others), The Upanishads, etc. I also like a lot of fantasy books like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. I still like to watch movies and series on TV. Other than that, I enjoy craft beers and have taken courses to learn how to produce beer, we will open a craft brewery to manufacture our official beer ourselves.

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

AK: Thank you very much for the interview, thanks to all who support Krueger. Please visit our channel and our  website
A toast to the Metal Brothers!