(record review)MIDNIGHT CLIMAX-“S/T”

Wow! To je sve što mogu napisati i reči nakon što sam preslušao više puta prvo studijsko izdanje Midnight Climax, hardcore punk benda čiji članovi dolaze iz različitih gradova, ali bend ima kao sjedište Zagreb.

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O ovom bendu je već bilo riječi u ovom webzineu kada sam recenzirao njihov prvi demo kao i radio interview s njima. Gledao sam ovaj bend uživo i mogu samo konstatirati da su uživo još veća hardcore energija nego na albumu. Zaprepastila me uigranost benda kao i odličan glas vokala Heneca. Na albumu se nalazi intro plus osam pjesama totalne hardcore brzine i energije. Album zvuči moćno i nabrijano, što ne čudi pošto je snima i studiu Depth kod Filipa Sertića. Tekstovi pjesama su smisleni, odlični i politički nabrijani i daju dozu bunta, ali sa neke osobne distance i promišljanja, svejedno ostavljajući dosta in your face hardcore udaraca. Tri od ovih osam pjesama sam već čuo na prvom demu, no nema veze, odlično su sjele pošto su sada snimljene kako treba. Na kraju mogu reči da me dugo neki album nije digao kao ovaj na domaćoj hardcore sceni i fali nam ovakvih bendova u doba kada je hardcore evoluirao i više gotovo nitko ne svira jednostavan in your face brzi hardcore punk. Sigurno jedan od kandidata za album godine na domaćoj sceni! Top pjesme: “Spasmic Life”, “Alienation” po mom mišljenju, ali sve su super!

10/10

Midnight Climax Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/midnightclimaxhc/

Bandcamp: https://midnightclimax.bandcamp.com/album/s-t

 

 

(record review)DEFIANT BROOD-“Season of Decay”

Defiant Brood were already featured on the pages of this webzine. They are hailing from Western MD, USA and playing horrorpunk/deathrock. This is their new full length studio album that I had fortune to listen and review for this zine.

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The album contains intro and 13 songs of eerie melody and horror and macabre. After the said intro(“El Maldito”), the title song tells us a story about the withering and dying of nature and rebirth. Sarie´s vocals are more convincing and stronger than before and the song is a real hit. “Mina” is a slower ode to vampiric longing with beautiful chorus. “Mad mouth” is a horrorpunk anthem inspired by in my opinion one of the best horror movies of all time John Carpenter´s “In the mouth of madness” and I could almost hear the screams of Sutter Kane listening to the eerie chorus melody in this song. The punping bass intro to “Silver bullet” announces my favorite Stephen King movie and novel but the music and lyrics are talking to me from the werewolf´s point of view of anguish and despair of the man beast. The best song on the record for me is “Night air” with memorable guitar melody and anthemic chorus making it a horrorpunk song to remember and show it to the kids as an example. Elisabeth Bathory was a Hungarian countess that used to bathe in virgin´s blood to stay young and she is the theme of “Bloodbath”, another highlight of this album with ooo sing a long parts and super melodiy and energy in the song structure. “Natural born” as I understood it is in fact a love song about two killer ghouls against the world. What can I say, I am a real dark romantic indeed! “The urge” is the fastest song on the record and one of top three best songs on the record, I loved the evil energy crawling between the melody and cutting sharp guitar riffs. Excellent song! “Wildcat hollow” is a ghoulish ode to immortality and staying where you died not being able to move on. The song chorus about the house tormenting the soul made goosebumps on my hand with the melody. “Ode to aliens” is a fast anthem whose title speaks it all for the song. “Nightmare” is a song from the serial killer/psychopath point of view. “Drink you dry” and “The watcher” close this album in a perfect way. This is an awesome album, so go get it!

8/10

Follow Defiant Brood: https://www.facebook.com/defiantbroodband/

Get the album: https://defiantbrood.bandcamp.com/album/season-of-decay

(record review)URSKOG-“Evig Vinter”(Ididit)

From the northern Swedish marshes comes Urskog, and this is their new release and I listened to it and reviewed it for this webzine.

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This band was started in 2013.as the brainchild of one Anders Persson who is the creator of all music. The record contains two songs. The music of Urskog is some sort of hybrid patchwork of melodic death metal, thrash metal and sludge. This is dark stuff but also a lot of catchy melodies in the guitar structures of the songs give some hope to the listener that things are not all that darkened. The lyrics to the both songs are in English, so I can´t understand what is being sung but the infosheet says that the lyrics deal with man corrupting nature and how the nature will take it´s revenge one day upon humanity. This is a decent release and I am sorry that this is a one man band, because I would love to hear this material being played live.

7/10

Links: https://www.facebook.com/Urskog77/

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