• Beer Killer - What Else review hardcore 2015

    3. Aug. 2015, 9:22 von fabrykamagazine

    Beer Killer - What Else (song review) |Dogozilla S.R.L.S, Start Living Or Die Today, 2015| 4/5 hardcore/punk

    Beer Killer is an Italian hardcore-punk quintet. The musicians’ influences and sonic experiences vary from metal, hardcore and punk through funky and electronic-dance to classical and jazz genres. The line up includes Fulvio (guitar), Miki (bass), Manuel (drums), Panga (guitar), and Viktor (vocals). Their musical careers began at the end of the 80s, except for Panga who started playing guitar in 1997. They performed several live shows and their tracks were played on various local radio stations. In addition, Miki - a former DJ - collaborated briefly with the once famous indie electronic act Apollo 440.

    "What Else" begins with a short electronic arrangement which could illustrate such lofty themes as the Universe and its galaxies, space travel, spirituality, and more in that vein, thanks to its vibration. It then turns into an in-your-face hardcore song, clocking in at less than 3 minutes. The arrangements are fueled with edgy guitars, rebellious vocals and a fast-paced rhythm that emanates rough masculine energy all over.
    The two guitars collaborate nicely with the bass in both verses and choruses. The riffs are simple, yet graded to increase the sonic tension when necessary. The intensity and dynamics run high through the entire track and hit listeners like a tornado mixed with a twister. It should be noted that Beer Killer has a very skilled and convincing drummer - Manuel plays like a well-oiled machine on this track! In addition, the drum beat is very exposed, perhaps even stealing the show from other instruments. The vocals are aggressive and coarse, and would definitely sound homely in any hardcore song.

    "What Else" is a potential hit to the point that you can definitely see yourself rooting for the band to perform it live. The production sounds a bit dirty however - maybe this is what real hardcore fans like - allowing for a virtual trip to a venue rather than enjoying the track on a home stereo alone. Moreover, the song's arrangements bring back the original feel of old-school American and UK - sound represented by the likes of Agnostic Front, Disorder or Broken Bones - the bands that inspired Beer Killer to form their own group. If you're in love with Ministry on the other hand, the speedy riffs here will keep you pleased as well.

    Beer Killer's forthcoming album Start Living Or Die Today will be out in September 2015, available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital distribution channels. Interesting trivia: the band received the permission of the Madrid Pardo Museum to use a famous painting by as its cover.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, August 1st, 2015. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
    Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=559
  • In_zekT - Industrial-Scale Murder review 2015 industrial metal djent

    22. Jan. 2015, 11:06 von fabrykamagazine

    In_zekT - Industrial-Scale Murder |self-released, single, 2015| 5/5 industrial metal djent

    After their successful release of the Artifex album in 2013, In_Zekt had come up with another idea. The newest, over 20 minutes long extended single is made up of various compositional parts. It's an avant-garde suite, which technically could be compared to those better known from classical or progressive tracks, though In_zekT's music is definitely much more 'bratty' yet disciplined than these.

    The first five minutes of the suite is built upon all-engaging dynamics. Ferocious arrangements were written for vocals, guitars, bass, drums and synths. All sounds are digitally altered however, which gives them a cybernetic-quality. The mood is aggressive, raging yet haunting and the inclusion of an EBM-like rhythm mixed with chunky guitar riffs will easily turn you into a headbanger in this pat.

    Since it's also industrial, you should expect machines - their silent or very loud sounds such as clicking, buzzing, whizzing, hissing, humming etc. are a significant ingredient of In_zekT's music. These, along with saturated, dark ambient backgrounds become welcomed breaks between more turbulent arrangements. And so, the next few minutes of the single will turn your imagination on.

    Then again, around 11th minute of the single, hell breaks loose again with uttermost intensity. Dense arrangements are expressed through a collaboration of heavy screams, digitalized drums, bass and chopped guitars. There's no place for spontaneity here, only discipline and order. Metal/djent fans will go crazy about the ultra fast tempo, atonal rhythm and violent formula which this part of Industrial-Scale Murder is made of.
    Don't be fooled though when the follow-up comes out softer, melodious and even sentimental, thus letting the heart slightly drop its heightened beat. In_zekT knows how to shock a listener with a sound, therefore you'll definitely witness it while listening what's next.

    The final portion of the single is 'the music of a vehicle', probably a bulldozer or excavator. If you enjoy environmental sounds so called 'field recordings' which are not synchronous, harmonic or pleasant for the ear, then you won't skip this part.

    Technically speaking, the sound quality, the mastering and production of Industrial-Scale Murder are all brilliant - the bass is deep, the riffs are scalpel-sharp and omnipresent industrial samples are crystal clear. The separate parts link very smoothly. Yet, the arrival of a new arrangement is usually unexpected, so this should keep your ears and brain fully attentive.

    The band members - Kjetil Ottersen (vocals, guitars, bass, synth, programming and sampling) and Peter Vindel (lead vocals, guitars, bass, synth, programming and sampling) admit to be inspired by works of Merzbow and other extreme noise-experimental artists, as well as hybrid metal bands such as Meshuggah.
    To me, fans of djent style, or the likes of Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend, and Fear Factory may find Industrial-Scale Murder a must-have release. In addition, there are scarcely any new genres being coined these days but with this single, In_zekT is undoubtedly stepping into something new. Should it become mainstream? This is up to you, the listeners, to make it more known through your support.
    Finally, according to the musicians, the concept of the single is based on a contemplation of events that unfolded throughout 2014 - a divide caused by conflicts between scarcely compatible societal models and civilizations.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, January 20th, 2015. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
    Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=525


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  • ClosedHandPromise - [iam] Nemesis review metal hardcore 2013

    25. Dez. 2013, 11:27 von fabrykamagazine

    ClosedHandPromise - [iam] Nemesis (song review) |self-released, [iam] Nemesis, 2013| 5/5 metal hardcore

    Most of the metal bands hailing from come up with extremely powerful music - think of such famous acts as Skrew, Pantera or Rigor Mortis. Raging heat also radiates from this Austin based band, as if coming from a steel factory furnace.
    ClosedHandsPromise was founded in 2004. Its line-up includes Domingo (Gitfiddle), Pumpkin Escobar (Slaps da bass), P-dro (Beatz), Colbonix (Propaganda) and K-Killa (Electrics). They've released Outer Space EP followed by a brand new [iam] Nemesis EP in 2013. The title track recorded with Tim Gerron (SOD, Skrew) and mastered by Roger Lian (Slayer, Candiria) offers a powerful and high quality sound.

    Heavy metal arrangements mixed with hardcore influences and pumping dynamics are probably the first thing you notice about "[iam] Nemesis". The Greek mythology portrays Nemesis as the goddess of fate, justice and revenge, a personification of the gods' wrath. The song’s mood seems directly connected to these motifs.

    "[iam] Nemesis" is a short, stimulating track clocking in at slightly over 3 minutes. The dynamics and the flood of arrangements change within the composition, keeping the song absorbing, both to your ears and brains.
    The musicians cooperate together perfectly - the drummer comes into a forceful union with the bass player, while the guitarist supports the lead singer. Repetitive spirals of piercing riffs entwine with thorny, hateful and screaming vocals that add a serious set of claws to the music. Loud, angry shouts and a fast-paced stream of lyrics will fill your ears with an honest, in-your-face message, whether you're ready to hear it or not. Moreover, some parts of the song sound as if the vocalist was attacking the listener like an infuriated pitbull. If you enjoy growling, you'll get a serving as well.

    These guys, once they gear up, turn into a collaborative team of warriors. If you wish to learn more about ClosedHandPromise, it would be wise to buy their brand new album, support them through social networks and best of all, go see them play a live show. Solid, furious and memorable.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, December 22nd, 2013. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
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  • Edward Lafuentes - E Magic album review metal

    4. Sep. 2013, 10:51 von fabrykamagazine

    Edward Lafuentes - E Magic |self-released, 2013| 4/5

    01. C the Sun, 02. Breath of God, 03. Anu, 04. God of War, 05. Mission Ea, 06. On the Bar Rock Star, 07. Don't Wake the Dead, 08. King No Name, 09. Live For Ever, 10. Save Me, 11. N.Y.C.S, 12. Magic

    Ed Lafuentes has been working as an engineer and producer at Demon Rose Studio in the Bronx, NYC. During this time, he had a chance to collaborate with a variety of artists such as Pantheon, The Cannibals, Laz Pina (Ill Nino, Shang Hi Fye, Broom Hellda) and Dennis Bell (U2, Lenny Kravitz). As a result, his debut album E Magic shows a heavy metal pedigree. Lafuentes' music has been inspired by Black Sabbath, Slayer, Venom, S.O.D., Candlemass, Alice Cooper or Celtic Frost albums. Still, there's additional sampling, better known to industrial music, mixed into the solid rock sound.

    The opening instrumental track "C the Sun" brings a light leitmotif mixed with low tuned bass and slided guitar riffs both enriched with a variety of electronic add-ons. The bass sounds neat and groovy, while the guitars make for a nice contrast with both electronica and drums.
    "Breath of God" brings vocals and catchy hooks interlaced with jagged, vibrating guitar riffs. The wall of sound on this track is a result of a skillful combining of guitars, bass and drums. The song is tight and includes memorable arrangements.
    The composition of "Anu" leaves space for rhythmic vocals and distorted guitars. Groovy drum beats and bass solidify the track. Since it's quite a long song, the sets of arrangements vary and thus, "Anu" doesn't sound too monothematic. In fact, it sounds like there were at least three musical themes included, each one becoming better developed and more complex as the song progresses.

    If you like the heavy and mechanical (yet melodic) vibe of Fear Factory songs with the infamous sound of a drum machine, then "God of War" may be your favourite. Memorable vocal parts and highly pitched, contrasty guitar riffs make it a good track for airplay as well. The vocals seem to be multiplied in a few spots. This technique gives the song an epic, powerful and war-like anthem feel as if the lyrics were sung by a choir of warriors.

    "Mission Ea" easily embeds itself in your memory after the first listening. Advancing, pitched guitar riffs with a slightly sentimental vibe make the track sound lighter than it seems to be due to the low tuned, digitally processed arrangements. It's a great track for an action/racing video games since it's instrumental, groovy, hooky, energetic and attractively repetitive.
    However, if you need a melodic song which doesn't lack a heavy vibe, then "On the Bar Rock Star" falls into this category. It begins with typical heavy metal riffs, followed by catchy verses almost falling into pop. Yet another wall of sound is supported by the recurring, noisy 'Rock star' vocal phrase. In addition, the truly rocking and fiery mid-part should move everybody, regardless of individual music preferences.

    The longest song on the album, "Don't Wake the Dead", begins slowly with a soloing bass and noisy, vibrating guitars. Its mood recalls a lullaby, but not one you may want to sleep to, as the vibe is as haunting as in many Ozzy Osbourne tracks. It's additionally enriched with intriguing electronica and 'crying' guitar riffs.
    "King No Name" brings a groovy vibe again, along with repeating, rhythmically spoken verses and screamed choruses. There are a few intriguing, very well composed moments appearing throughout, breaking its seemingly monotone tempo. Then "Live For Ever" comes as another potential hit thanks to the melodic, catchy choruses and tight composition powered by heavy, guitar-driven arrangements. Additional background vocals give it a pop-rock feel, making the song very radio-friendly.

    "Save Me" is loaded with very cool beats and techno or even acid house dynamics, on par with the trademark sound of The Prodigy or The Young Gods. The track gets a slightly more lyrical feel later on, eventually returning to the initial dynamic rollercoaster. A hardcore vibe flows out of "N.Y.C.S" thanks to the fast-paced, aggressive drum beats and rapidly shouted lyrics. The bass simply vibrates in the background while the pitched guitar riff gives the song a very cold feel.

    The last track, “Magic” seems to be Ed's personal reflection on the subject. It channels Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper's music through the vocals and recurring themes, but also its heavy sound mix of bass, drums and guitars. There are also haunting background samples, illustratively weaving the magical atmosphere throughout the track.

    Overall, all twelve songs on this release bring a positive, sensual and nocturnal feel. Several instrumental arrangements (with bits of background vocals sampled here and there) could be instantly deployed in movie trailers, video games or advertisements.
    Technically, the rhythm brought by a low tuned bass with noisy, wailing guitars seems to be the most recognizable, key trait of Lafuentes' work on the album. Ed definitely knows how to put his music ideas into conceptual compositions. He keeps the vibe heavy yet mechanical, almost like a Terminator or a tank rolling across the place. Monotony is skillfully avoided through tempo and arrangement changes, but the main theme remains solid in each of the songs. On the downside, a few songs sound too similar to each other. Breaking out of the scheme could bring a slightly fresher feel. Nevertheless, if you like heavy metal music coupled with a modern approach, E Magic will undoubtedly hit the spot for you.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, August 30th, 2013. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
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  • Johnny Marples - The Nu Signs EP metal 2013 review

    1. Jul. 2013, 12:19 von fabrykamagazine

    Johnny Marples - The Nu Signs EP |self-released, 2013| 4/5

    01. The Nu Signs
    02. Parasite (No Balls)
    03. We R 1
    04. Shut The Fuck Up
    05. Of Murder And You

    If you haven't heard about Johnny Marples yet, it's time to look into his music as there's something heavy awaiting your attention.
    This project was founded in Germany in 2008. Musically, it has been inspired by one of the last few significant music genres meaning . Moreover, its founder used to be a drummer in various and bands before he decided to start recording his own music as Johnny Marples. The Nu Signs which was released in April 2013 is his debut.

    The intro for "The Nu Signs" song may sound quiet but it's only an innocent pass into a massive mix of low tuned crunchy guitar riffs and haunting soundscapes. Guitars and drums in "Parasite" build the overall rhythm which is thankfully neither static nor too repetitive. The choruses bring a bit of a melody but they are kept on a heavy level, regardless. "We R 1" sounds fiery with a dark heavy background enhanced with highly pitched lead riffs. "Shut The Fuck Up" brings psychedelic guitar riffs, repetitive choruses, oppressive moods and loads of weight you won't be able to ignore, assuming you like metal music.
    The final song "Of Murder And You" initially sounds somewhat lighter thanks to the lead riff but rest assured - the track remains as aggressive and relentless as others on the tracklist. The ending will show you how it may feel inside an overburdened head.

    All the compositions are quite short but sound solid. They are rather loosely based on the traditional verse-chorus-verse concept, as if Johnny Marples didn't like routine. There's raw power which will touch those of you who have a revolting spirit and love for hardcore music. Songs are structured in a complex and knotty way, so they require responsive ears and brains. This music needs 100% of your attention. Johnny Marples doesn’t try to fit into melodic nu metal compositions, but instead brings anger, aggression and dominance known from death metal or hardcore. The transitions between the songs are smooth enough to allow for easy progression.

    On The Nu Signs EP you’ll find frank, straightforward lyrics with an aggressive attitude. The band questions and examines the weak points in many topics such as the music scene, abusive friendship, alienation, misunderstandings or sexual frustrations. There's a definite call for change, for seeing things as they are and for switching one's perspective. In addition, the lyrics are spiced up with a lot of cussing but we're talking about metal music here, so you should know what to expect.

    As for the downsides, the lead singer may consider using his whole vocal range to a larger extent, which could allow him to improve his performance, as it would shift listeners' attention towards his truly powerful songs. He has a good voice, matching any heavy genres and his screams and growls are well executed. However, he drops the tune when a part of the song requires singing slowly with tonal changes (e.g. in "Parasite" or "Of Murder And You"). Neglectful spoken vocals is a method utilized in nu metal music but it’s a problem for many male singers (as well as for women attempting to switch smoothly to lower tones).

    When you deeply study various discographies you may notice the first releases of many bands usually sound powerful, energetic, but they’re still rough. Quite often, they bring many new ideas and earn an 'iconic' status, eventually. In some cases, many bands are not satisfied with their debuts due to technical reasons. The Nu Signs EP is a release that opens many possibilities for Johnny Marples. Honestly, it's sometime hard to believe there's only one man behind the project. Not only did he compose the songs, play all the instruments, write the lyrics and do the vocals, but he also mixed, mastered and produced the entire EP on his own. What the band needs now is the support of true fans. Are you willing to be one of them?

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, June 5th, 2013. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
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  • Division 1.1 - Submission review metal 2012

    25. Jun. 2013, 20:28 von fabrykamagazine

    Division 1.1 - Submission (song review) |self-released, With A Vengeance, 2012| 5/5

    Division 1.1 is a New Jersey based metal band of Rob Middleton (lead vocals), Steve Ratchen (7 & 14 string bass guitar, keyboards/synthesizers, lead and backing vocals), John Barone (guitars, backing vocals) and Brian Brennan (drums/percussion, backing vocals). Since the musicians' personal inspirations cover a broad range older and newer influences such as Black Sabbath, Rush, Ronnie James Dio, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, Dream Theater, Tool, Pantera and Disturbed, the music of Division 1.1 may be seen as an amalgam of the main elements introduced by these bands.

    "Submission" is the fourth track from the With A Vengeance EP. The arrangement is mainly based on guitars, bass and vocals, though there are also pretty non-invasive synths in the background. All of these usually play in unison, but there are also parts where individual instruments have their top moments. The drum parts are my only concern - if their sound had been amplified a bit more (possibly during mastering), the track would have gotten an additional power kick and turned out much more epic (as for instance it happens in "Valley Of The Kings" by Blue Murder). Other than that, they were performed and fit into the track very well.

    The song is an excellent piece of collaborative music. It includes , and instrumentation enriched with interesting prog vocals, an almost 'aerodynamic' set of time signature changes and a rocking rhythm. It's easy to notice that the quartet must have spent years on honing their musical skills and gaining the necessary experience as a band. For instance, the left-handed bassist (using right-handed 7 string basses upside down) contributed to bands such as Alchemy-X and Vyndykator but also Wizards of Winter, the latter inspired by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

    In "Submission", the verses smoothly interlace with memorable and rhythmic choruses. The song’s lyrics are referring to religion - no wonder, as it has been occupying way too much space in areas that should have remained secular, adjusting to ordinary life requirements instead. Quite the contrary - religions lock on vulnerable minds, bring a lot of fuss, unnecessary bloody wars and terrorism instead of any wisdom. The song calls for resisting such submission and urges the listener to remain an independent, showing free will and making one’s own decisions. The chorus repeats: "Organized religion, Is just a means to hate, Anyone who's different, 'Repeat after me', they said. Organized division, A holy means to hate, Anyone who questions, The Sleeper will awake in submission".

    "Submission" is a highly recommendable track with the potential of becoming a hit. In addition, the song as well as the entire EP were produced by Mike Romeo - the guitar player and founder of US progressive metal band Symphony X. If you're lucky enough, you may get to listen to it not only on the With A Vengeance EP, but also live. Thanks to its compositional momentum, "Submission" sounds like a great song to be performed on a big stage in front of thousands of listeners.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, June 5th, 2013. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
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  • Tooms - Disgraceland 2013 hardcore metal song review 5/5

    3. Feb. 2013, 19:38 von fabrykamagazine

    Tooms - Disgraceland (song review) |Industrial Strength Records, "Disgraceland", 2013| 5/5

    "Disgraceland" - the brand new single by Tooms is an in-your-face answer to the current mainstream metal music promoted through high budget advertising campaigns. This composition breaks through these unoriginal metal songs, which are represented by initially aggressive riffs that fall into soft, tendentious melodies. Instead, Tooms have made their composition angry, for a reason.

    When it comes to audio values, "Disgraceland" carries fervid sonic madness brought by punching drum beats, memorable enhanced guitar riffs and censorious, fighting vocals. Passionate throughout, the track is rowdy but remains solid Hardcore. The vibe continuously probes into listener's ears.

    Tooms musicians, Karl Pryor (drums, programming and production), Idene Roozbayani (vocals, programming and production), Phil Van D (guitars) and Eddy Liddle (vocals) have been well known for mixing a variety of dynamic music genres such as , , Drum'n'Bass and . Therefore, not only does "Disgraceland" sound innovative but remains as belligerent as a guitar driven metal song should.

    This track is supported by a self-made but professional quality video. It fits the song motif very well with a rollercoaster styled montage and visuals that are kept in black, blue and orange color tones.
    When you visit either the Tooms or Industrial Strength Records YouTube channels, you'll spot the "Disgraceland" video single featuring a heavy-toothed green monster that searches across a city and brings a night-scare. The video also includes riot-ready men wearing skull-like masks. Don't get me wrong, the musicians that make up Tooms are young and angry tattooed activists just like the 70's/80's British punk frontmen. However, Tooms make it clear that they could take the fight to the front line and that you should say 'No!' instead of nodding submissively.

    Beyond their imagery, Tooms’ lyrics are also used to illustrate current issues and the failure of institutions which according to this British band, have been causing harm and motivating people to leave their homes to fight back through violent street protests: "Heading on out into a dark age, Rampage is how we trade, Broken Britain it never existed Caused by the hated institution inflicted".
    Not only is / mentioned but so is the worldwide economy crisis, impoverished poor and middle classes, corruption and rigged elections, enormous education fees and many other manipulative systems being revealed every minute in every corner of the world.

    Undoubtedly, "Disgraceland" is a direct call for action. At some point, we're all dependent on other people’s decisions. We must not allow others to lead us towards any imposed alternatives. The rebellious and rousing message behind the song may be summed up by the lyrics: "We've had enough of this nightmare, Took it out on the streets of England, We think that’s fair, Locked up frustrations left to rot inside, We won’t rest tonight".

    The Disgraceland EP also includes four remixes made by the biggest names in Hardcore Techno and extreme Electronic Dance music. Artists include Grr, Lenny Dee, Lowroller and Dirty Fingers Licked. Furthermore, the EP had received support from the legendary US Hardcore label, Industrial Strength Records based in New York and it will be released via digital download on 02/15/2013.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, January 28th, 2013. Proofreading: SanDeE)
    This review on Fabryka Magazine: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=465


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  • Surety - random songs review 2012 metal hardcore free

    26. Jan. 2013, 12:28 von fabrykamagazine

    Surety - random songs review |self-released, 2012| 4/5
    Genre: metal, hardcore

    1. Tempered
    2. Ransom
    3. I Am The Influence
    4. Few and Far Between
    5. Desecrated

    surety is a heavy metal band located in Florida that was founded in 2012, however the musicians - Joe Page (vocals), John Page (lead guitar) and John Jones (drums) are by no means novices to the metal music scene. Their previous band which was formed in 2004 was called Metal Reign. They self-released a full length album entitled 8 Fingers of Whiskey and played a lot of shows in South Florida during that time.

    A random selection of five Surety tracks were recorded during their recent live shows. You may notice great, predatory vocals which are underlined by high energy and a mean atmosphere amongst the songs. These aspects are spiced up with matching guitar, bass and drum arrangements that are not only characteristic for metal, but also hardcore sub-genres. Musical similarities may point to bands such as Pantera, Testament, Crowbar or Madball as well as representatives from the New York scene that are best known for their heavy and powerful sound.

    The song entitled "Tempered" is filled with rebellious moods. You'll discover thrash metal riffs, but also fiery screams. Vocals and instrumental parts match together very well, however there's also elements of high tension and restless dynamics rolling on throughout the entire composition.

    When it comes to "Ransom", this track sounds somewhat dangerous and brings an atmosphere of hunting for something. You may first think of a leopard sneaking around, then running at full speed with conviction towards a chosen victim. You may also visualize street fighters or gangsters who are solving 'this little problem' with guns and machetes. The drums and bass play a main role in this composition, but edgy vocals and guitars are not hidden either. The track sounds memorable and has hit potential as well.

    Tough, heavy guitar riffs open "I Am The Influence". This in-your-face composition brings solid arrangements with amazing vocals, chunky guitars and smooth soloing which tightly fill in the track. These aspects equally match the technical styles of Pantera, although Surety left no room for wonder, just motivation and the joy of being carried away due to the overall pugnacious vibe.

    "Few and Far Between" begins quite innocently, but later becomes as brooding and raw as the music of Drown which is notable and remains heavy until the very end. This song doesn't lack metal hostility. John Page's guitar soloing brings well known hard rock staples into the mix which compliments an interesting echo effect that was utilized on a few of the vocal parts.

    The last composition, "Desecrated" showcases the brilliant cooperation between all the musicians of Surety.
    The track sounds passionate, although undiluted fury maintains control as much as a raging boxer delivers spot-on blows. Leveled guitars are accompanied and strengthened by the drums which create a connection that sounds indestructible. "Desecrated" seems to be the kind of a song that major metal labels should become interested in if they still wish to deliver high quality angry music instead of promoting wannabe-metal bands.

    All of the above tracks are available for at the bands official website. It should be noted that Surety has decided to avoid releasing any albums. Alternatively, the musicians will provide their fans with a few new songs released every several months and presented on their official website. Since they are not dependent on the resolutions of any record label and prefer DIY, they don't have to work under the pressure of time constraints or deadlines. Surety would love it if new listeners checked them out on their official website, communicated with them via social profiles as well as watched a comedy channel known as OMG!Beer which is dedicated to alcohol.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, January 15th, 2013)
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  • Kimmo Savilampi - Unending Hearts EP metal 2012 review

    26. Jan. 2013, 11:39 von fabrykamagazine

    Kimmo Savilampi - Unending Hearts EP |Self-released, 2012| 5/5

    1. Ghost [03:25]
    2. Mardness [04:44]
    3. Plead My Guilt [03:54]
    4. Red Wine Sleepless [03:21]

    Kimmo Savilampi, a producer, guitar player, singer and DJ who's also a musician in the Swedish band Harlequin Park came out with a mighty solo EP in 2012. Not only did he compose the songs based on both traditional and modern metal arrangements, but he also made a lot of his authentic ideas come to fruition by putting them in the music.

    Unending Hearts contains a track-list that includes 4 brand new, high-energy and professionally composed songs featuring "Ghost" as the opening of the EP. The first thing you may notice when listening to the track is how rhythmic and compelling it sounds. You may find segments somewhat reminiscent of Megadeth, Testament as well as Ministry in the substance of "Ghost" thanks to low, edgy, looped guitar riffs that are mixed with slightly more contrast due to being created by very passionate and skilled guitar player. You can enjoy both metal and rock vibrations spliced with heavier, partially screaming and sometimes growling vocals. The dynamics of the choruses truly bring the image of a machine gun rotating on a rack and sending bullets all around its axis.

    On the other hand, the tempo of "Mardness" is slower so the song sounds heavier. Wisely thought out arrangements and repetitions create a lively composition based on low tuned rhythmic guitars and additional drum beats. What's most important, professional growls mixed with a regular voice in the vocal tracks create a powerful connection. You can also hear graded, virtuoso guitar arrangements which are characteristic for both the progressive and heavy metal genres. Kimmo toys with moods by bringing out these heavier melodies once aggression strikes.

    Graded guitar riffs along with non-intrusive, although solid rhythmic sections make "Plead My Guilt" a particularly good candidate to have hit potential. It brings with it the most heavy metal virtuoso soloing, but also a spiral of constantly spinning dynamics. "Plead My Guilt", even with a bit of growling vocals is probably the most hooky song on the entire Unending Hearts EP.

    The final, shortest track called "Red Wine Sleepless" is an instrumental song, however it is very complex and potent. Diversified soloing which is tightly stitched to rhythmic guitars and drum beats move along the track. Later, the composition broadens to create more space, but also the rhythm slightly slows down. Still, you can enjoy hard rock soloing when the heaviness begins to dominate and come through. The ending segment of the song is a tasty dish for anybody who appreciates solid and vivid guitar playing.

    Swedish metal musicians have been world famous for their intense music and intelligent song writing. These usually include arrangements which are required to be utilized in terms of rock or metal genres, but often contain their own genuine additions too. These ideas allow for the bands to be pleasing for listeners who are oriented towards new talent as well as fans who prefer to hear a more classical approach in music. Kimmo Savilampi's Unending Hearts solo EP will definitely satisfy a wide circle of audiophiles.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, January 12th, 2013)
    This review on Fabryka Magazine http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=462


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  • Habit of Force Releases New Single!!

    15. Jan. 2013, 5:55 von USBallistics


    Chicago metal band Habit of Force has been busy in the recording studio. At midnight tonight HoF released their new single on their website. This free download contains three hot new metal tracks from their new album. The new album is expected to be released mid-March.

    1 - Habit of Force - Cleansing of Hands
    2 - Habit of Force - Swamp Kicker
    3 - Habit of Force - Death Threat

    Habit of Force is (L-R):

    Alex "Junior" Loeber - Bass
    Rich "Truck" Collins - Vocals/Guitar
    Tony "Voodoo" Loveland - Drummer