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  Metal Bulletin Zine #46   Washington state, U.S.   (three bands from Washington)  Grabnebelfürsten (Germany) Brood of Hatred (Tunisia)  Septicflesh (Greece) AlNamrood (Saudi Arabia) Brain Damage (Germany) Hod (U.S.) Dinner Music for the Gods www fuglymaniacs com (issues online, concert videos, interviews, reviews) history of Metal Bulletin Zine #1-20: (2006-2009): Wisconsin #21-26: (2009-2010): Texas #27(2010)-- now; Washington state  -—    -—   metal on the radio/internet (Pacific Time) Metal Shop (Seattle, WA): Saturday 11pm-3am KISW 99.9fm Sweet Nightmares (Houston, TX): Thursday night 9pm-12am KPFT 90.1 fm Excuse All the Blood (Olympia, WA): Friday night 11pm-1am  —    This issue begins with three bands from Washington, for those readers interested in local and regional bands.  Cerridwen  This symphonic band on its Facebook page says that they are putting together the final masters of the EP “Aconitum.” There’s not much information to impart at the moment, but the song “Lanaera” is on YouTube. Not sure if that’s a demo version or not, but it gives a good idea of the style of the band. Xoth Xoth has released the “Hostile Terraforming” EP. Seattle’s Metal Shop interviewed them recently, too. The EP is worth looking into if you have an interest in black metal from Washington. It’s a free name-your-price release. Xoth is along the lines of traditional black/thrashing metal, and not the “Cascadian” kind. Void Wraith On September 6th black metal Void Wraith played the Highline in Seattle. Metal Archives does not yet have much information, but you can hear and download (free/name your price) the music. Listen to this raw, necro black metal: -- Grabnebelfürsten (Germany): Pro-Depressiva The sound quality of this black metal appeals to the ear because of the clarity of the sound, in a more traditional way; you can hear the bass guitar; it’s not a demo-like recording, but neither a robotized one. As a result, you can hear very well that the songs are memorable for having real riffs and for attention to the songwriting, with a bit of a melodic-prog feel. The band has recordings that reach back to 1998, but this is the first time that I hear this German-language band. I find the album to have an individual quality, the songs are solid, headbanging and enjoyable. As stated previously, the band is easy on the ears for its balance of the elements in the right place. Investigate if you want to hear melodic/prog–ish black metal with a relatively clear production and songs that are easy to remember, in this genre. Brood of Hatred (Tunisia): Skinless Agony Perhaps taking their name from the Suffocation song “Brood of Hatred” from the album “Pierced from Within” (1995), these Tunisians show that sometimes it does not matter whence you band srcinates. With a bit of expertise, if you want to play “technical-prog death metal,” anything is possible. Brood of Hatred has the blasting and heaviness, as expected. That’s not all they do, though. An important reason for which I have kept coming back to the music is the band’s skill and consistency in adding melody. It’s not cheap, clichéd, sweet melody, either. Brood of Hatred appears as a monolith of cold, unapproachable technicality, but when you listen closely, the smooth prog side starts to show up, and that’s where the bits of melody surface. If you like technical-prog growl metal or if you want to hear how these Tunisians do the metal ways, put your thinking helmet on and give this album a listen. Septicfleash (Greece): Titan (Prosthetic Records) Epic heaviness is the motor force of Septicflesh’s “symphonic death metal.” The band has posted videos of the making of this album, in those videos they show the classical musicians that helped on this album creating lush and grandiose metal written for hypothetical movies of ancient wars, heroes and villains. Septicflesh has watched movies like “300,” “Troy,” “Lord of the Rings” and similar films and it’s evident that the band would relish the opportunity to write the music for epic movies of wars. Of course, bands like Rhapsody of Fire and Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody seem to have the same idea with their epic symphonic power metal, but Septicflesh is “epic symphonic death metal,” not exactly a sound and style that many bands do. If you think that it would be interesting to hear a sort of “opposite” of Rhapsody music, Septicflesh is undeniably a good choice. Perhaps “opposite” is not the correct word because it is a heavier version of Rhapsody, so in that sense it is similar. Either way you look at it, the album sounds unique and interesting. I do not have all of the Septicflesh catalogue, although I think both “Revolution DNA” and “Sumerian Daemons” in their own way are very good albums. It’s just that on this new one the band really sounds like they wanted to go all out for a massive and majestic work. Only time will tell how supporters of the band eventually rate this album amongst the other titles, but I think it is top of the line.   3 AlNamrood (Saudi Arabia)  AlNamrood’s first recording, according to Metal Archives, is from 2008. Ever since then AlNamrood has been releasing its black metal, and in 2014 the band has another album, about which Metal Bulletin Zine sent some questions. -- How’s life for your band in 2014 in Saudi Arabia? Generally, life is limited in the country especially for metal music. In fact, the all the support that the band receive is from overseas, whereas, we didn’t receive any support from local bands. Moreover, our decided to keep project strictly private, we don’t want many local people know about it, it can get us in real troubles. So regardless of what city we are in, nobody really knows AlNamrood. The first AlNamrood recording was the EP from 2008. How many years before 2008 had you been playing? We’ve been playing music since 2006, as mentioned we had no connection with any other musician, we self-learned and self-produced our music. All the instruments were bought online, we learned playing through online tutorial videos, so yeah, the internet was a big favor to us. Metal musicians in Saudi Arabia buy instruments online, but when the instruments arrive to your house, do the authorities not say anything? It’s possible, we get our instrument delivered to pick up point NOT to our houses, then get it to our home discreetly, it’s possible if people noticed that might report us to religious police. We don’t know about the local scene as we are not connected with them, but for us, we faced problems with authority, some of us managed to get bailed eventually. Is it a problem for metal bands to have websites? [I have read about a rock band called The Accolade, from Jeddah and they are three women; I have heard the songs on Facebook, too.] Technically, no, however, if the website became known among people and everybody is talking about it, then the government could possibly arrest in the claim of “making a bad influence on Islamic culture.” The internet in Saudi Arabia is monitored and lots of websites are concerned, these are typically: other religious websites (non-Islamic) political, pornography, some forums, philosophy, astrology, etc. In regard of band, Accolade we are not sure if they exist, but definitely no one can play live shows, arrest can happen immediately, unless if they do it strictly private without authority awareness, however, they are some cases that the police broke into some private compounds. It is well known that the social media are monitored in Saudi Arabia, they are several known cases that people got arrested through Facebook because of sharing their opinion about religion or politics. And some metal band got disbanded due to governmental threat to arrest if they don’t shut down their account. The only way to manage this repressing is to be completely anonymous, having nicknames, fake addresses, and never publish any photos or lyrics that can be used a prosecution. Typically, punishment can be radical to those who oppose the Islamic regime, it can vary from prison time, 100 lashes to public execution (beheading). About the album. For the first song, Estahalat Al Harb, how do you create the main melody: keyboards? We use some physical instruments, such as oud and Durbaka and the others are composed through Middle Eastern keyboard that have realistic Arabian instruments. The keyboard is equipped with variety of Middle Eastern instruments choices, quarter tune settings, effects, Arabian scale guide, etc. The song “Estahalat Al Harbâ”   focal instrument and lead melody was Kanoon (or Qanoon) we use kanoon a lot in our music. What types of drums did you use on Heen Yadhar Al Ghsaq ? It was Darbuka. This is the main traditional percussion we use in addition to drums. Do you use other string instruments besides guitar? We play Oud, the other stringed instruments are played through keyboard. I wonder if you would explain a little about the themes and matters that you explore with your lyrics? The band focal theme is tyrannical historical themes, we illustrates the era where injustice and religions were taking control over Arabian people’s life, in addition to glorifying tyrannical leaders and kings, bloodshed battles in the name of religion and tribal conflicts to devour each other’s, ideologies of deities (and sometime people) worship and dark matters. Mainly we try to bring the darkest real-event or literature from the Arabian history, however, we also emphasized on the ignorance era and believe in super natural power or myth of that took over, where it opposed the development of art and science in the area, in fact this is still happening in modern day but through different methodologies. The band name refers to the ancient Babylon king who defied deity, his name is King Nimrod   4 (pronounced in Arabic as AlNamrood). I'm curious, what do you think about the Egyptian/Arabian/Middle Eastern melodies of Nile? We highly adore the work of Nile in addition to Melechesh as well. Nile sounds like ancient Egyptian BC culture, not precisely Arabian, I would call It Middle Eastern, they use selective instruments that has dark tune. We read their lyrics carefully, they did an excellent job embodying the pharos literature. They music is way dark, tyrannical descriptive and evil, it’s fitting their brutal concept demonstrably. We wish we could share the stage with Nile one day. Thank you for your time!!! Cheers for your support, we appreciate it. Takes us away from all life commitments and routine. THE END. Brain Damage (Germany): Born to Lose … Live to Win Brain Damage is the brainchild of former vocalist/ guitarist of 80s thrashers Vendetta (Germany) (on Noise Records) Michael “Micky” Werner. While Vendetta did not reach the level of success of Kreator, Sodom and Destruction, the two albums “Go and Live … Stay and Die” (1987) and “Brain Damage” (1988) are albums that I listen to on a regular basis, and hold in high regard, and would recommend to anyone into 80s thrash. Vendetta is still active today, but without the main figures of Micky and Daxx (also vocals/guitars), and with only the bass player from the old days, Heiner, today’s Vendetta is a different band in sound and vibe, as reviews have pointed out already in the past. In my opinion, this band here Brain Damage carries on very well the values of old Vendetta: thrash that does not forsake melody; social criticism; the Vendetta songwriting vibe; and the familiar vocals. I have been listening to the album a lot and find a good quality recording with memorable songs. Actually, I find the album to be very good. I did not know what to expect, as I don’t know what Micky has been doing. Metal Archives does not list a bunch of activity between 1990, when he left Vendetta, and 2014, when the album was released. It does appear that Brain Damage is something that Micky had been working on for years on his own, and he plays everything on the album, except for the drums. The band started out as a solo project, the band is unsigned and the album is self-produced. I was able to find the album on Amazon and got it there, as it is very reasonably priced. I’m certainly glad that I got the album. Brain Damage is relatively varied between thrash and a bit more melodic metal, and it shows a serious effort to have good guitar work. This better not be the last thing we hear from Brain Damage! Those into traditional heavy metal and thrash should give this album a chance. It’s about 40 minutes, eight songs; quality, not quantity; no filler. Contact: Hod (U.S.): Book of the Worm (Arctic Music Group)   Given that Hod’s last studio album “Serpent” is from 2009, and that it wasn’t always clear that this new one would ever be published, I can tell you that this material sounds carefully crafted and ready for scrutiny. Hod works with riffs that the listener into this style will notice for the quality and effort. You see, the Texas metal veterans are old-minded, experienced when it comes to their black/thrash/death metal. To me, Hod takes Possessed’s spirit of “Seven Churches” and the ire of Thornspawn, for a sound between black/thrash/death, war metal and black metal. Speaking of Possessed, Hod’s first track “When the Ghouls Feed” channels the classic Possessed trait of song intro buildup (as found on “Burning in Hell” or “Holy Hell), but Hod extends the beginning chaos moments, and then unleashes the storm. The band has undoubtedly listened to “Seven Churches” about a million times (notice the guitar tone); add to that the fact that the guitarist Carl Snyder recorded with black metallers Thornspawn from 1997 to 2007 (according to Metal Archives) and you hear Thornspawn’s toxic mix of war and black metal (like “Blood of the Holy, Taint Thy Steel” or “Wrath of War”). The best thing about Hod is the attention to the songwriting. The band’s lyrics and image would lead you to believe that they are low-life alcoholic unemployed stupid-dangerous hobos on probation, in other words, talentless hacks and worthless trainhopping squatter bums, but the Hod-men are devoted to their field. There is no way that the guitars or songs could be this way without an obsession for detail. You don’t just get up in the morning and “write” these songs drunk and watching television, like some sort of one-note core or groove knuckledragging homeboywalkrespect “metal.” Listen to Hod and compare the riffs, general guitar work, vocals and songs with your favorite 2014 albums so far and you’ll notice that Hod has many qualities that reveal a metal intelligence that is hidden behind the band’s image. Let’s not kid around, Hod is skillful metal that comes from years of serious knowledge and a high IQ in metal.
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