The music of Malevich can`t be put into one box, quite the contrary. Thanks to Zegema Beach Records, we are now able to listen to this fine record and enjoy the heaviness, of this band. If one thing holds true for this band is the heaviness. The triple vocals ranging from guttural to screaming and hardcore shouting, a mixture of darkened hardcore, sludgecore and screamo is sure to delight your black heart and take you on the journey to musical underground dwellings of majestic blackness. This nine songs vary from atmospheric, slower to pure aggression and almost grindcore intensity with a sick mixture of longer songs and slower miniature serving like calm between greater storms. This one is a keeper if you love your hardcore heavy and different!
The Dawn is a hardcore band from Marseille, France and I am happy I was able to listen and review their record for this zine.
The album contains 9 songs of chaotic mayhem. The Dawn play aggressive, nervous, noisy hardcore that borders with sludge and doom influences and screaming harsh vocals. But, there are also grindcore blastbeat parts in the song structures and to add it all, weird keyboard melodies in the background, to make this band more interesting. What makes me more happy, is obvious Church of Satan influence in many songs, especially Walpurgisnacht with Nine Satanic Statements thrown in. The lyrics are as I understood nihilistic and apocalyptic as the music this band plays. This is not for the fans of happy merry go round melodic hardcore. These guys will twist your mind with their music and then laugh about it later! I really love this record, it shows the variety and originality that can still be achieved on hardcore scene besides all those generic clone bands that are coming out with their records every day!
Follow The Dawn on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedawnhxc
Heckel & Jeckel have a record out on P.O.G.O.Records, so it was about time for me to listen and review it for this zine.
I didn˙t find much info about these guys. All I can say that it is a masked duo and that this record contains 4 songs. The music is a bit special and a bit harsh for listening if you are not a fan of such music. These guys play dirty punkrock with some sludge, electronic and even a little grungy influences. The sludge parts are nicely done and I must especially mention I Crush You Under My Shoes which made me really nervous while listening, but I guess that was the intention hehehe. Every song is different and you can listen it as a different whole and independent from the record. I personally liked Not To Touch The Earth the most, being somehow the best song on the record in my opinion. This is noisy kind of punkrock, so if you are a fan of such music, go grab this one, for me it was somehow not my cup of tea unfortunately.
Label Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PogoRecords
Hesperian Death Horse is a Croatian band which has pretty unique sound in our scene and can not be compared to other bands. I listened to and reviewed their new album for our webzine.
The band was formed in 2012. and this is their second full length record. This is a concept album the title means Alive in Croatian language. The first part of the trilogy, called Mrtav(Dead in Croatian) was released five years ago. As you might have guessed the theme of the albums is the cycle of life, in other words death, life and birth.
The music Hesperian Death Horse is playing borders between sludge swampy riffs, atonal disonant noise and post hardcore giving a very darkened and bleak perspective to their music. I saw those guys play live in my hometown couple of years ago and it was a very different experience compared to the bands I usually go see play live. The first record had very long songs, and this new one is no exception. The record contains four songs divided into four parts, like chapters of the record. This music is really heavy for listening and you must really get into it mentally, this is not the music for casual listenin because it is heavy, atmosperic, with almost spoken and whispered vocals, murky and deep into guitar and noise work. This is a great record and it is testimony to the work of one of the most original and unique sounding bands in the Croatian underground scene.
Follow the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HesperianDeathHorse/
Get the record on Bandcamp: https://hesperiandeathhorse.bandcamp.com/
Slovenia has great underground scene and I love the bands and going to gigs there. This time I listened to and reviewed the new record by SLUND.
This band plays a mix of powerviolence hardcore, sludge and punk, for your dirty hearing pleasure. The album contains 14 songs mainly under one minute long with two or three exceptions not longer than minute and half hehe, meaning pure powerviolence with screaming vocals, noisy blastbeats turning fast into sludgy punk mid tempo parts all spiced with sarcastic samples and song titles such as “Forget you, motherforgetter” or “Insulting you in medieval ways” to name just a few. When you read the lyrics they sound funny, but actually the lyrics contain critical view on many things that bother us in the world today but they are so cleverly packed in sarcasm and humour so this is another plus for the band in my opinion. Great record to scream your lungs out to!
Listen and buy the album, or download it for free but show some appreciation and drop a couple of lines to Slund: https://slund.bandcamp.com/album/if-youre-angry-and-you-know-it-clap-your-hands
Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Slund666/
From the northern Swedish marshes comes Urskog, and this is their new release and I listened to it and reviewed it for this webzine.
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.
I must admit that I have never heard of Frayle prior to listening to this record. They recently released their new e.p.via Seeing Red Records and Lay Bare Recordings and I listened to the record and reviewed it for this webzine.
Frayle are hailing from Cleveland, USA area and are playing doom metal with dreamy and sometimes nightmarish soundscapes that repeat in your ear while listening almost ritualistic and rolling over you and afterwards you feel exhausted but somehow sad and also happy in a depressive sort of way. The record contains four songs with the title track being more sludgy excursion into more greasy and dirtier riffing and for me the best song of the record is for sure “Wandering Star” which left me dreamy and hazy after listening and I don´t use any of the spiritual pipe dream shit to enhance my feelings while listening to the music that I like. The vocals add to the atmosphere and it is not dark it is rather like when you dream something and you know that something horrible is about to happen and you can´t do shit about it. Good record even for me, who don˙t like doom so much.
The labels: https://www.facebook.com/seeingredrecords/