Friday, September 28, 2012

Obituary interview with Trevor Peres 9.26.12

Shaxul: So you are doing the first albums tonight right?

Trevor Peres: Yes, absolutely. It's the classic set. "Cause," "Slowly," and "End Complete.

Shaxul: So we're not gonna hear "Redneck Stomp" tonight?

TP: No you will not. Finally! [laughs]

Shaxul: Oh, do you guys typically play that one?

TP: Well...last couple years we been playin it. We were just in Europe doin it. Yeah we got asked to do a tour in Europe for November and December...and they asked us about doin a classic set. So we decided to do it on this [North American] tour to rehearse.

Shaxul: Anything you are gonna play that you've never done before?

TP: There's definitely some stuff we probably never have played. We can't remember [everything we have/haven't played] all of us were thinking about it... but there's definitely shit we haven't played in 18 or 20 years...maybe never. So it's kinda cool.

Shaxul: Have you been adverse to playing certain more obscure tunes from those first few albums?

TP: No, there's just certain stuff that we always gotta play. You know what I mean? So it was kinda cool to rehearse some songs that we haven't played in forever. I mean, I had to go back and pick out notes n shit. Cuz you know, you don't sit around playin your own shit. I don't even listen to it. Ya know? I haven't listened to some of that shit for yyyyyears! And it's fun. It's actually fun doin it [the classic set].

Shaxul: I saw an old video online of Obituary doing "Till Death" and noticed James Murphy was singing along to some parts.

TP: (laughs) Really? That's cool, yeah.

Shaxul: Do YOU sing along to those songs?

TP: Oh yeah!

Shaxul: But how do you do that? Is that possible? [I'm speaking about the fact that there are no official lyrics to the song, but not sure if Trevor gets my point -SHX]

TP: Some of it you can't...because the singing parts are similar to the parts your playing. So it's hard. You'll fuck up [laughs]. But yeah, you'll see me up there screamin with JT some of the time. In fact, I get hoarse from it.

Shaxul: You gonna do "Circle of the Tyrants?"

TP: tonight? No.

Shaxul: Ever? You ever do that one?

TP: I think we probably did back when we first released that album. We were doin "Dethroned Emperor" for a while. But for this tour we're just doin classic stuff that we wrote. I'd have to relearn "Circle" right now! [laughs]

Shaxul: Ever talk about doin any Death songs since dude [meaning Terry Butler] played on some of that?

TP: Well...[makes pondering noises] I love Death. But I mean, we never really talked about it. That would be cool as shit though. "Zombie Ritual" or something?

Shaxul: So you have a Barbeque Sauce. How did that come about?

TP: I love to cook. I have a smoker. I smoke my own meat and make my own rub. And one day I was like "I need to make my own sauce!" If you like to barbeque it's good to have your own sauce. So I spent about a year developing it. Trying different ideas and reading different recipes...had friends taste it. Finally one day my friend's like "dude that is SICK! That's the recipe!"

Shaxul: What is the signature T-Bone element?

TP: It's the center of the gamut. You know, the flavor palette of the barbeque sauces? Right in the middle. Cuz you got a lot of people who like the vinegar base, some people like it really sweet/hearty, some people like spicy shit... it's got a good flavor, it's got a good spice - it's not hot though. It's sweet but vinegary at the same time and it's tomatoey, so really...it's the center of the gamut.

Shaxul: But what is your specific signature?

TP: [Pause and a sigh] I dunno. The love that I put into it man! When I make that shit, I'm into it. I got molasses in that shit [laughs] the good stuff! And I even put a little smoke flavor in it.

Shaxul: So you like a little red wine with your barbeque?

TP: I'm more of a beer guy, but I do like red wine. I will fuck up some Merlot. And there's a grape where my wife is from in Sardinia, it's a grape called Cannonau which is kick ass. It makes Merlot look clear [laughs]. It's so dark!

Shaxul: So you guys had a lot to drink last night I heard you mention earlier?

TP: Mmmm well I was drinkin Crown Royal. Crown on the rocks. I used to drink Jack Daniels but one day I woke up and I couldn't even smell it anymore. I wanted no part of it. So one day I picked up a bottle of Crown and I was like "wow!"

Shaxul: Any non drinkers in the band?

TP: Nah...we all have a little bit, but I don't before we play. I mean, I'll have a couple beers but I won't get all fucked up before we play because we gotta perform. I won't get all stupid and belligerent because we gotta hold down the train ya know? I mean, we had that in the band already. And we got rid of that.

Shaxul: You mean Frank right? No, just kidding! [laughs]

TP: No uh..Santola! [laughs]

Shaxul: So you do all the leads now right? You're THE guitarist right?

TP: I'm not doin shit! [laughs] No actually in Europe I was doin leads but on this tour I had to learn leads from like 18 years ago, so I'm just barely gettin comfortable with some of the songs to where I'm...I'm running stereo and using a punch in switch so it sounds like a 2nd guitar kicks in. It's a little a/b switch.

Shaxul: When I listen to the old Massacre demos and I hear Allen West's tone I instantly think of Obituary. Did he come up with that sound or did you guys sorta evolve together?

TP: It's Big Al man. We kinda were doin the same thing. I mean he was doin Massacre and we were doin our thing...we were both from the same school. We loved Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Priest, and that's why he got in our band. He left Massacre and we needed another guitar player so it was like a match made in heaven you know? I mean once I heard "Morbid Tales" I just threw everything away and started re-writing shit.

Shaxul: What do you think of "Cold Lake?"

TP: Pretty cold. [snickering around the bus] "Cherry Orchids?" JT even know what that is? [Laughs]

Shaxul: What is Obituary's "Cold Lake?"

TP: We don't have a "Cold Lake."

Shaxul: What about that song..."Bullitoberry?"

TP: Bullituary? Uhhhh I didn't want it on our album! [laughs] It's some buddy of ours. We let him come in the studio and rap over it. It's hilarious I think... Whatever...it's not serious, so...I mean we all like rap. I got Ice Cube "The Predator." It's like one of the heaviest albums in the world you know?

Shaxul: Any hardcore bands influence your playing in Obituary in the beginning?

TP: Eh...Maybe D.R.I., Uniform Choice. It's definitely in there somewhere probably. I think even Slayer was probably influenced [by hardcore]. That's where some of the speed comes from. Maybe indirectly.

Shaxul: You ever play "Don't Care" or "World Demise?" Been dyin to hear those!

TP: [laughs] I don't think we ever played it [World Demise].

Shaxul: Do you think when bands like Biohazard, Pantera, and Machine Head got popular - that your sense of "groove" was influenced a little bit?

TP: Absolutely not. Those guys never influenced me ever to be honest. Friends with those people, but I was already stuck in a rut at that point writing wise. Maybe uh...Skinny Puppy influenced it I dunno! Because during "World Demise" I was tripping on a lot of industrial stuff. So maybe that had something to do with it. Hellhammer. That's where our doom comes from I think. Hellhammer/Frost I mean...that shit just oozes out of us I think. And Black Sabbath too. Like Terry said the other day, "it's a scary movie...on wax."

Shaxul: What's this one you are watching called?

TP: I have no idea. It's pretty depressing though, this movie. I seen a couple things I thought "I don't want my children to watch this EVER."

Shaxul: Would be the right mood to get ready for the show right?

TP: Oh yeah. That's a death Metal album right there. Exactly. Scary. I don't want my children ever to see that shit.

Shaxul: It seems like you have a lot of fun playing these days. Do you ever feel a sense of irony playing such "evil" music but having so much fun with it?

TP: Yeah probably. We're all a bunch of wise-guys...we can't go a day without crackin a joke. In fact, John will look at me and say something stupid onstage and it'll make me crack up and I'm like [laughs]. "Don't do that!" I'll have to turn around and look at Donald to stop laughin. We don't take it so fuckin serious anymore. We're havin fun. We like to create heavy music. I think people appreciate, you know people come up to me and say "looks like your havin a good time up there." When we write we're definitely trying to bring out something dark and it's hard to do now cuz we're like...old dudes who...aren't that serious anymore![laughs]

Shaxul: You ever heard this band Malignancy? Their stuff is just insane with the tempo changes and such...

TP: Nah, never heard em. I'm not much into the more technical stuff. I definitely think the simpler stuff has more feeling. Like Sabbath. It's so basic but so much emotion.

Shaxul: Do you think what you do today with Obituary is rebellious? Do you feel rebellious when you are doin this?

TP: Well...not as much as I did 20 years ago. Death Metal has become so popular in the world of music. I mean even grandmas know what Death Metal is now. Or a least they've heard of it. So it's almost kind of a joke - it's not rebellious anymore. I got kids you know...I mean don't get me wrong, I'm a rebel! Yer lucky I wasn't president when 9/11 happened let's put it to ya that way! [laughs] I'm probably crazier now than I ever been to be honest. Fuckin, light the wick from both ends! I definitely black out more now! [laughs] No I mean...I try to walk a straight line most of the time. Having kids makes you different. So I gotta be around for them. I don't wanna go to jail [or anything like that]. I used to be more politically involved years ago and finally one day I just realized I ain't gonna change the world or I don't give a fuck. I can't even watch the news because I get pissed off. Sometimes I wonder why I had kids cuz I gotta let them live in this fuckin world. But you know, it's part of life I guess...I mean I think we thought of that years ago like when World Demise came out, and then one day I realized it's just a waste of my fuckin energy. It really is I mean...you're not gonna change the world. Life's too short to stress live that way. I enjoy my kids. I go to the beach, go fishin as much as I can and just enjoy bein alive while I'm here. All you can do is stress yourself out, have a heart attack, and die, and have grey hair. And I don't wanna live that way.

Shaxul: You gonna vote Romney or Obama?

TP: I'm more Republican. On my voter card it says "independent" but I vote for Republican every time seems like.

Shaxul: Is there something Romney said or did that made you wanna go that way?

TP: To be honest I haven't paid attention to much of what he said at all. I just know I don't want Obama. He's just a waste. He hasn't done anything. He's like "I got a plan!" well, what have you been doin for the past 4 years? [laughs] We gotta keep you in twice to do something? That's not fair.

Shaxul: You ever think the whole system is the problem?

TP: Oh, the system IS the problem. I mean politicians are a problem. Anybody who wants to be that has a problem. Power, control...[sighs] I can't imagine being a politician.

Shaxul: Do you think some musicians are too outspoken about their political views?

TP: I think some musicians put too much politics in their music. Definitely. Like I said, "life's too short to live that way." If you know who you are and know what you think, you shouldn't care what other people think. If you think a cerain way, that's your shit. I mean people all the time are like "did you vote for Bush?" And I'm like "yes I did. Both times!" Because the other guys were idiots! I mean who's the biggest idiot? You pick the lesser of the idiots. That's what it ends up bein at the end of the day. Cuz they're all kinda retards [laughs]

Shaxul: So is it true you are on Century Media now?

TP: Not officially but I think we're gonna sign a contract with em.

Shaxul: You guys gonna sneak in any new songs on this tour?

TP: No, we haven't even played the new stuff as a band yet.

Shaxul: Has anyone ever gotten a redneck stomp?

TP: People get redneck stomps all the time!

Shaxul: Who needs a redneck stomp?

TP: [laughs] Half the fuckin world!

[someone in the background]: Oprah Winfrey! Obama! [laughter] Oprahmah!

TP: The Yankees! There ya go! [Laugher]

Shaxul: What do you think of geoff tate and/or Queensryche?

TP: I like Queensryche. geoff tate is an incredible singer. Absolutely. I guess their music annoys people I found out last night. [laughs]

Shaxul: There's 2 Queensryches now.

TP: There is? I didn't know that. Wow. that's trippy.

Shaxul: I guess since you guys actually have something cool to do you don't pay attention to silly shit like that!

TP: Life's too short man. Don't worry about shit like that.

Shaxul: Do you think because there is so much Death Metal today that maybe you are not appreciated as much as when it was smaller?

P: I dunno. I still think it is the most extreme form of music on the planet and probably always will be. I mean it can't get any heavier. I don't know what you can do to make it heavier. I remember when I was like 20 and I'd be in the grocery store and everyone would look a me crazy because I had long hair. That doesn't happen as much anymore. There's a whole lot of us out there now so...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Reviews 9.22.2012

Daylight Dies "A Frail Becoming"(Candlelight)

This has that sound which is technically heavy, but is almost so clean sounding that it's soft. It also has that signature Candlelight records "sensitive arty farty" thing going. I dunno if they tell these bands what to sound like of if they pick the bands because they sound a certain way. But for sure this band has that whole meloncholy/sensitive thing going. It's kinda like non-aggressive Death Metal with more mainsream Black Metal leanings thrown in. It's kinda cool at times, just extremely predicable and lacking of any edge really. It makes me want to take a nap really. It's not terribly melodic, but very pop-like within the confines of "dark arty" metal. It's like they wanna sit you down at a fancy restraunt, pour you some wine, and take the stage. Ew. Ok shut it off please! Now!

Doro "Raise Your Fist" (Nuclear Blast)

On the cover Doro is actually raising her knee higher than her fist, which is a bit confusing. But that's where the surprises end here. Oh, except the rather awesome duo with Lemmy on "It still Hurts." Just goes to show - Lemmy's mere presence manages to lift at least one song here above average. This is very solid traditional Heavy Metal with a modern edge. Similar to Rob Halford's solo material in that it is very traditional song structure and lyric-wise - but much heavier than 80s Metal of this type. The songs are of course, totally centered around Doro's vocals and cachy choruses. It's fun and cute with song titles like "Little Headbanger," but nothing about this is phenominal. It's basically pre-packaged for sing along to large festival crowds who will blindly love it. And that's cool, I'd rather people blindly love this than a lot of other shit. But compared to Udo, Halford, or Dickinson's solo stuff - it falls short for sure. But that it even comes close to those guys says something. Doro rocks pretty hard. I just ain't gonna sit here and say she's amazing and phenominal because she just ain't. She simply is Doro, from the 80s. Solid, fun, rockin, cheesy. Nothing more nothing less.

Malignancy "Eugenics" (Willowtip)***

Um...ok, where do I start? This is just about as rediculously chaotic and technical a Death Metal band can get. It's not my thing, but if it is your thing I have rarely heard better than this. I just can't fucking headbang to this. It comes down to the drums. They are just FUCKED. There is hardly ever a straight beat for more than a couple seconds. It's like they have this rule "we have to change the beat every 2 seconds MAX." Man, if like your shit technical and insane sounding that way? For sure get this. hey are damned good, I just personally cannot get into this shit. I mean live I would just be laughing the whole time at the absurdity of it all. And the kids would just be there in the pit going fuckin nuts. I can see it now. NOT old school at all.

Metsatoll "Ulg" (Spinefarm)

This was released last year but somehow took me till now to get it. What a mistake that was! This is the best thing I have heard in years! As far as "folk Metal" goes - I am not one of these people that just likes anything with funny sounding wind instruments and a bunch of funny clothing in the band pic and silly lyrics about beer and pirates. Metsatoll clearly has a sense of humor, but they take their music seriously and have much pride in what they do. But it is offered up in a very sincere way. There is a strong spirit to this music I must say is lacking in so many other bands of this genre. Maybe it is because so few Estonian metal bands have reached a wide international audience. I'm not sure, but there is a real passion here and a fresh feeling not found in any other area of heavy metal that I can think of. It feels "new" not tired and ancient like Thrash Metal feels these days. Like other styles, Folk Metal has plenty of fake poser garbage. Metsatoll has been honing their own Estonian brand folk Metal for many years, so they are not newcomers jumping on some band wagon. Their sound here is very developed and nice and organic sounding. It starts with a basic heavy riff based sound, very solid natural sounding drums, and various wind instruments and mouth harp (the cowbell of Folk Metal!) Overall, it manages to sound much more raw and simple than the stereotypical overproduced folk Metal out there. The vocals in this band are what really stand out. Somewhere they have added a baritone voice, which melds perfectly with the lead vocals, which are slightly higher in tone. Together there is a very strong choral effect unlike many bands I have heard. "Muhu Dread" features baritone vocals as the main and takes the album into a new direction. The flute lead clearly compliments to lead vocals and choral background vocals answer the call like some primitive symphony. I could go on and on, but simply put - this band really has their sound dialed in and is easily one of the best, if not THE best Folk Metal band out there today. Highly recommended.

Satan's Wrath "galloping blasphemy" (Metal Blade)

This has some very strong old school satanic riffs right in your face from the start. This is the sort of stuff I would expect from Metal Blade in 2012 but rarely hear. Nice guitar work. Contemporary enough to stand up to new stuff, but well versed in the old school. Vocals are very cool and somewhat peculiar. But they are not so unlike the vocals of Ross DOlan of Immolation. Basically Death Metal vocals, put to a slower 80s sort of tempo. I mean except when they decide to play all out thrash! Nice old school Slayer meets Iron Maiden guitar harmonies. Whoah - hello Possessed! Nice to hear you again! glad a band has decided to immitate you again! Not much else to say here, except that Metal Blade has not lost all sense of connection to the idea of bringing quality underground heavy metal to the front! Reminds me of stuff you typically hear from underground European labels such as Iron Bonehead. Shaxul approval has been given here!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Reviews...9/2/12

Bombs of Hades "The Serpent's Redemption"

Boring mid tempo crusty death metal. It may be Swedish, but not everything Sweden shits is gold. The bio says they used to be "gristly crustpunk" but went Death metal while retaining the "d-beat/crust" vibe. Why is this story sounding so familiar? It's almost like they planned it that way just so they could say it in the bio. This whole "we used to be punk/crust" thing is becoming a cliche. I mean if you like crust/punk so much then go play some crust/punk, ya know? Leave Death Metal to the people who can actually play it without worrying how many crusty punks like it or not! Anyway...You're better off with some old Carcass or Death Breath than this 3rd rate stuff. But if ya just like anything from Scandanavia with a black and white logo in the Discharge font then knock yourself out.

Crypt of Kerberos "World of Myths"

This is a re-issue originally released in 1993. This is a worthy re-issue and I am very glad this was done because wha I am hearing right now is top notch Swedish Death Metal with a technical progressive edge which never falls into "wank land." The sound is a little cleaner than the typical Swedish Death Metal of the 90s, and the band clearly sought to destinguish themselves from the pack. I love the primitive vibe here. There is so much technical death metal these days and they all have the same overly polished sound. Crypt of Kerreros reminds me of a time when this music was still exciting, new, and ground breaking. Highly recommended.

Ensiferum "Unsung Heroes" (Spinefarm)

As expected, this album begins sounding like the movie Lord of the Rings' opening credits. Once the obligatory intro is over, we launch straight into epic blackish folk metal - with some nice church choir and keys to give the whole folkish feel. This is rediculous, but it's a good rediculous. Especially when the chorus is "In My Sword I trust." I can get on that chariot. And I will. At times this reminds me of the great Falkenbach - but the music doesn't quite sound complete with growling vocals here. This is very melodic music which screams for melodic vocals, yet desperately wants to remain in "blackened" territory for some inane reason. Musically, this is very rich and loaded with epic midaeval feeling. The choruses are WAY over the top. I mean we're talking FULL vocal choir, with guitars, keys, and growls almost all simultaneously. Then we get the dramatic "shift" into the quiet pan flute section. This is where Frodo Baggins is staring up at Mordor from Elrond's palace and thinking "oh how will I ever destroy this accursed ring? Oh why me!" DO I need to continue? Fucking Dark Crystal, maybe some Conan the Barbarian, lots of Lord of the Rings, and some good old fashioned European folk metal guitar work - a few fancy folk instruments thrown in. I mean, this is "folking" paradise! You want folk? You got it. Not the silly "beer drinking" type though, this is "take up your swords and fight for the honour of thy land" style. No beer or humor till the battle is won!

Haarp "Husks" (Housecore)

Housecore is Phil Anselmo's label. I know he's into sludge, so I was not surprised at all when this meaty sack of shit plowed out from my speakers and covered my entire room in philthy excriment from the bowels of New orleans. Singer's got a good growl. Definitely got some character and isn't just the generic "crusty vocals" that have been way too prevalant the past 10 years or so in the "underground." This is very heavy but musically you can tell there was care taken in the recording and song construction. Pretty Neurosis influenced. Nice moody vibe...I don't know what else to say, because there are for sure a million bands putting stuff out like this - but it simply stands out from the heap. Music is uncharacteristically sophisicated, but not in an obvious way. But these guitarists know what they are doing. These are not mindless meth-heads banging away. Overall this recording just succeeds on more levels than the average sludge band usually does. Pretty good shit. I dig the animal song titles too.

Khors "Wisdom of Centuries" (Candlelight)

Trippy sounding black death metal with a very big sound. They sum it up themselves pretty well with the song title "Where the grandeur of Mountains Embraces the Space." I'm not sure what their point is - but it's big n heavy n scary. Some nice sounds pop out here and there. Like I said, it's trippy. More eccentric than your average band of this type, it's not some carbon copy band. It's not amazing, but it's a worthy listen and a bit original is their Ukrainian sorta way.

Phobia "Remnants of Filth" (Willowtip)

My memory of this band always goes back to the late 90s when I saw them at gilman in Berkeley. They had this awesome raw brutal underground quality that really impressed me. It was one of the first "blast beat" punk/crusty/grind/power violence bands I remember liking. Anyhow, what I hear now is pretty much more of the same. It's real brutal and fast. Production is very good, but Phobia has managed to retain that underground feel I'd say. For me this kind of music does get old after a while, and I find it pretty interesting when a band can maintain such entheusiasm with it for so many years. Not so much what I am into anymore, but when I am in the mood for it, this is how I like it to sound. Perhaps a little dirtier guitars would be nice, but live I am sure this band still delivers the goods. Fuckin nice drumming by the way.

Swallow the Sun "Emerald Forest and the Blackbird" (Spinefarm)

Atmospheric dirge music. It's not real heavy sound wise - it's more of a layering wall of sound effect. The clean vocals remind me of Ihsahn or some other Euro "black metal gone soft" outfit. The music and vibe are very mellow dramatic in an almost gothic sort of way, but with growling vocals mixed in. There are some cool unexpected parts here and there, but most of the songs shift repeatedly from soft and somber to heavy and somber. But again, it's less riffy and more of a wash of sound. It drones on after a while and gets kinda boring. The only thing that saves it is the slight euro eccentric edge it has every once in a while. I guess this band is on tour with Kreator and Accept - I predict people will be yawning big time when this band plays. I know I will.

Reverence "Asthenic Ascention" (Candlelight)

Wow, that's pretty fucked up. Very discordant in a Blut Aud Nord kinda way. Mostly goes for the "living nightmare" sorta feel. Not a real happy place to be. Some nice fucked up drum work. I don't know where to start...there's cool time changes, some good blasts from out of nowhere, and lots of cool dynamics. Killer sound and very compeent playing. Some nice hell choir vocals. Kinda psychotic sounding. A good album to lose your mind to.

Sons of Tonatiuh "Parade of Sorrow" (Hydro-phonic)

A descent Eyehategod clone.

Vision Divine "Destinaion Set to Nowhere" (Armoury Records)

The introduction to this CD sounds like some Italian commercial for Mozzarella cheese or something. Yes, cheese is the word for sure...Anyways, I guess this is someone from the band Rhapsody. I've heard Rhapsody and my general impression is pretty much the same as what I am hearing now. Overproduced, dorky, fakely positive and happy sounding, generic Euro power Metal. I wouldn't put this in the bottom bracket at all - it's quite competent and well executed. And I can handle some cheese, believe me. But the syth sounds and overprocessed instruments just give this a very carbon copy cookie cutter sound. guitars are nice and "bludddiitybludddityBLUT-tacular" but who really cares about guitar fastery anymore? Dragonforce kinda nailed the last coffin shut with regards to "watch me shred guitar" style. There's also an annoying "trying too hard to sound modern" thing going on here. It'll just bust into some random techno beat for 5 seconds for no appearant reason. I guess this is what Euro Power Metal bands need to do every few minutes to remind the listener that they are, in fact listening to "prog metal." Vocals are actually very good - but this guy has that high winey sort of voice I never liked much. Sounds like Michael Sweet, graham Bonnet, or that dude in Angus. Anyways - if you can't get enough of that Italian gorgonzola, here you go. Ciao bella.

Winterfylleth "The Threnody of Triumph" (Candlelight)

Although not so original sounding, this band is a little bit of a breath of fresh air in the sea of faceless black metal bands. Maybe it's because they're English or something, I dunno. Sound wise it's mostly typical grim black metal with a strong epic side. But they just get the vibe that so many bands miss. There is a reason so many bands try to play TRUE black metal, and that is because when it succeeds, it is a very unique and awesome thing. The problem is most bands just don't have it. It is an obscure art form for sure. Winterfylleth really seem sencere and into what their doing musically. Whereas so many other black metal bands these days seem more motivated to attain some sort of status or something shallow like that. The sound here is very full and the production neither tries to sound raw or too polished. Recalls Blut Aus Nord's more triumphant epics, but with their own slant. Now I'm not saying this band is the fucking second coming of Bathory or anything, because let's face it - no wheels are gonna get invented again! But I would say this is a CD worth having on the shelf that doesn't simply sit there to fill the "black metal section." It will sit in the CD player often as well.

Wodensthrone "Curse"

Woden is how an infant says "Odin." Just kidding. Speaking of kidding - that's not what this band is doing. They are as serious as a record contract and as black as..oh, I dunno...the next band? These guys aren't bad, I just find myself zoning out and staring at the wall when this plays. That's not meant to be a compliment. Nor is it a bashing of the music. It's just there, being all serious and not so impressive. Songs are generally way too long and sound the same. The cover art is a joke. SOme shitty painting trying really hard to look obscure and esoteric. Sorry Brits, but ya missed the mark this time.