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#127 Washington state, U.S.July 12, 2017 (no.2 in July)Metal Bulletin Zine P.O. Box 1339 Lake Stevens WA 98258 USA…
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#127 Washington state, U.S.July 12, 2017 (no.2 in July)Metal Bulletin Zine P.O. Box 1339 Lake Stevens WA 98258 USA (Sweden)Blood and Thunder (WA state, U.S.)Indiscipline (Brazil)Noctium (WA state, U.S.)Doro (Germany)Mandragora Malevola (Portugal)issues of this zine are available online at:— Metal Bulletin Zine P.O. Box 1339 Lake Stevens WA 98258USAAll album reviews, news, updates below are by MMB, unless stated otherwise. **metal scene that is. There is a track here for fans of any these bands as the songs do differ a bit in sound and that’s also what makes this a great album. There is variety and a sweet old school feeling to Within the Sphere of Ethereal Minds that a metalhead who loves this sound will find right at home with."SarcasmSarcasm is a quality band playing extreme metal focused on songs that you can remember. The band has a complicated history dating back to their 1990s demos. Having overcome a very long period of inactivity, the current incarnation concentrates on tunes based on traditional extreme metal, while also adding a bit of melody through the guitar. While you may see the term "melodic extreme metal" associated with the band, as you will notice by listening to the complete album at the Bandcamp link below, the sound of the band as displayed on the album is based on the tradition of, say, classic Dissection, amongst others. As a result, the bigger conclusion to draw here is that quality is important, tradition is key, and musical skill is a requirement. Sarcasm Within the Sphere of Ethereal Minds release date: April 28th, 2017 label: Dark Descent Records For your information, below are excerpts of some reviews of Sarcasm's new work.Teeth of the Divined opined thusly about the new work: "Closing with “The Drowning Light at the Edge of the Dawn” is back to the more up-tempo thrashy feel that a majority of this album has. Overall, Sarcasm is a unique throwback to a sound that they never really lost. This is a solid release start to finish and in a catalog that continues to seemingly grow by the second Sarcasm are not a group to forget about on the Dark Descent roster. Highly recommended!"The Metal Gamer has written about the new album: "This stormy past has probably influenced the band a lot in creating music. Raging speed and hard as a rock death metal, that’s the first thing that comes to my mind when listening to Sarcasm’s opener Bloodsoaked Sunrise from their latest album Within the Sphere of Ethereal Minds. Sarcasm delivers a great mix of melodic death, your classic Swedish old school death and even some black metal elements in there. It’s like At the Gates, Dissection and Necrophobic joined forces. Some of the best from the SwedishVoices from the Darkside has observed about the new title: "Sometimes very old school Death Metal and close to Black Metal, sometimes very melodic like IN FLAMES on “The Jester Race” but never poppy or wimpy. Songs like ‘From The Crimson Fog They Emerged’ or ‘Scars Of A Land Forgotten’ have really the potential to become memorable classics and keep me positive that this genre with new outputs of SARCASM, ABLAZE MY SORROW and THIS ENDING stays alive. I hope the bad circumstances will not stop the band to continue writing and releasing anotheralbum in future."darkdescentrecords.comOFFICIAL: Following the unearthing of their first proper full-length, Burial Dimensions (originally recorded in 1994 and officially released in 2016), the new long player is in a sense the payoff of a long, bumpy history that included demos, compilations, and an EP (Scattered Ashes in 2000). Indeed, it is the full realization of SARCASM's blackened Swedish Death Metal sound, yet with an identity all its own. While the music of all eight tracks was written by guitarist Peter Laitinen, he somehow did find that perfect balance in between that very specific sense of melody that could only be summarized as 'typically Swedish' (fans of the early No Fashion records catalogue will know exactly what we mean here), raging speed and brutality. With one foot firmly planted in the mid-90's and another in the present, SARCASM is no nostalgia trip, but a genuine return to form to that specific mix of black and death-metal, before saccharine riffing and cheesy clean vocals took over and ruined it all. Moving from the melancholic leads of "Embodiment of Source," they answer with the blast-o-thon that is "Scars of a Land Forgotten" or the epic-to-kill-all-epic that is the eight-minute-plus "A Black Veil for Earth."**1.Bloodsoaked Sunrise 02:54 2.From the Crimson Fog They Emerged 04:22 3.Embodiment of Source 05:33 4.Scars of a Land Forgotten 03:20 5.In the Grip of Awakening Times 03:40 6.Silent Waves Summoned Your Inner Being 03:17 7.A Black Veil for Earth 08:31 8.The Drowning Light at the Edge of the Dawn 04:05 total time 35:42 within-the-sphere-of-ethereal-minds 3Blood and ThunderThis summer of 2017 the melodic extreme metal band Blood and Thunder has been jumping into the live action circuit in western Washington. This Friday, July 14th they will perform in Everett at Anchor Pub. The flyer for the show gives the following bill: For the Likes of You, Odyssian, Groundfeeder, Dead Lakes and Blood and Thunder. This publication sent questions to the band, and Ryan Yancey, who takes care of the drums and lead growls, answered them. Please tell us about your band. Was it on hiatus for a few years? Did it recently become active again? We started out in 2009 with a core of musicians we released two full-length albums and two demos and opened for a ton of national bills in Seattle while completing two West Coast tours. But like a lot of bands we had many minor line-up changes over the years. In 2015 all of the band basically was ready to go their separate ways which kind left me to rebuild the whole line up myself till one of our previous bass players Nick joined in to help me which took us about two years till we completed that new line-up and started playing shows in October 2016. For those readers that do not know anything about the town of Arlington, WA, can you tell us what it’s like having a metal band there? I grew up and still live and practice in rural Arlington, but the thing is we had the biggest school band in the state next to Marysville. There were tons of locals band around the area, and I would set up house shows, rent out grange halls, and Masonic temples between Mount Vernon and Marysville. I would describe where Blood And Thunder is locatedas Snohomish County to locals, and Seattle to people outside of Washington because of the volume of shows we played across greater Northwest.has cooked up changing our stage presences from our old line up.Who are the current members? Ryan Yancey- drums/lead vocals (2009) Cam Sheil-guitar (2015) Hazard Kirk-guitar (2015) Nick Hughes-bass (2009-12)(2015) Damian Boger-keyboards (2017) Do you have any new music? Right now about 75% of our set is older material, however live we have been playing new songs we wrote with Cam, Hazard and myself. Damian is the newest guy so we haven't pulled from all his input yet, but he has great potential to add to us musically (not that he isn't already with his crazy stage antics.) We are still learning old material and working on new stuff to hopefully go record in the fall or winter. When I saw the band live I felt like Blood and Thunder plays symphonic extreme metal in general. Was it different back when the band began? Did you always have a keyboard player? I saw that you keyboard player has a keytar and now he roams the stage and bangs his head all over the place. I wouldn't say that's a wrong description, but I would say our genre is melodic death metal similar to artists such as Children of Bodom, Mors Principium Est and Norther on the melodeath end; Kalmah and Wintersun for our folk metal aspects. The Black Dahlia Murder was a big influence for our American metal sound. I can say that from the beginning that those were the sounds we were shooting for and we continue to produce today. Keyboard was integral to our sound from the beginning and a trademark of the Scandinavian sound we are influenced by. But the keytar is a new dynamic that Damian 4Your drummer also does lead vocals. How many years of practice did you have before you could do that? So when we started it wasn't my intention to do lead vocals, we simply couldn't find a singer that could sing in time or the style we were aiming for. My experience from my previous band was just doing token backup lines on the kit, so I wasn't completely new to singing and drumming. We put out our first demo out within a few months of existing so I ended up taking the job, it just didn't seem too difficult for me to do, honestly. It was like adding another drum beat with my voice and I found a love for doing it which is why we never ended up changing that dynamic. Do you plan to play more shows in the area? The first half of 2017 is over, what's next for Blood and Thunder in the second half of 2017? Absolutely we have a lot of fresh members in the band so we love to go out and grind shows and get ourselves out there for love of participating in the local scene, while meeting new bands and people. Plus, it's a great chance to test the waters with new songs. Right now we gotJuly 14th at The Anchor, Everett July 16th w/ Starkill at El Corazรณn, Seattle August 26th at Black Zia Cantina, Burienmarket's tool of choice, UK's PledgeMusic.And in September we got plans to tour a bit with L.A. and Tijuana booked already at the end of the month. What is your plan to conquer the world with your metal music? We got some really great ideas on ice we plan on unleashing in the next year or so along with new recordings, videos, and tours. **IndisciplineNEWS: Brazilian heavy INDISCIPLINE new albummetalrockersThe Brazilian heavy rock brigade Indiscipline now has issued its debut album called Sanguinea. Here is some official information about the band. OFFICIAL: Formed as a team, this infernal power trio gathers experienced musicians who have been a part of Rio de Janeiro's underground scene for years. Indiscipline plays heavy, in-your-face rock n' roll, using its tunes as weapons of mass destruction through the combination of merciless guitar riffs and melodic vocals that are sure to stick to your head and make you sing along for days. Maria Cals (guitars) and Alice (vocals and bass) lead the newest revelation of the Brazilian hard and heavy music and they are ready to take over the world together with drummer Ale de la Vega, who completes the line-up. "Sanguinea" is the ensemble's debut full length album, and was financed through a successful crowdfunding campaign which went online via the professional music 5It features 10 songs which embrace all of Indiscipline's main influences, notably heavy metal, punk and grunge. While "Take it or Leave it", "Poison" and "Fear in your Eyes" showcase the group's most vigorous and powerful side, "Nasty Roar" and "Burning Bridges" invite the listener to join in on the path of darkness, as well as "Losing my Mind" and "Higher". "Degrees of Shade" and "Born Dead" expose Indiscipline's most visceral songwriting, which, on "Sanguinea", focus on themes such as life and death, insanity, abuse and human relationships. "Miss Daniel" finishes the track list. On the road since 2012, with over 60 gigs in its curriculum, including some notorious Brazilian festivals, Indiscipline completes its discography with the EP/demo album "In My Guts", recorded and released in 2014, and the mini-CD "Live at Toca", done in 2015 through Converse Rubber Tracks, in which the famous sneaker brand Converse chose the band through an international selection. In that year, Indiscipline was one of the 7 Brazilian chosen artists, among 84 in the entire world. **NoctiumNoctium is a new band from the state of Washington, in the Pacific Northwest. The band is based out of Marysville, which is to the north of Seattle. They have been active as a band for over a year now and it is comprised of screamer Shawn Thompson (22), guitarist Phil Stockard (27), and brothers bassist Greg Blak (26) and Alan Ries (21) on drums, formerly of the Arlington band As Kingdoms Divide. Everett, Tacoma, Bellingham, Spokane and Seattle are the band's base of operations at the moment. Of course, they want to play more shows in the state of Washington and it's only a matter of time before more locations are added to the list, including in the neighboring state of Oregon.They do not have much music published yet, but that will soon change with the debut EP that they are working on. At the second link below you can a hear one song called "Scum." The song appears to be groove/extreme metal, and we'll have to see what happens when more music comes in. Actually, this week the band has a show at the Backyard Festival at Louie G's in Fife on July 14th & 15th. The band will be coheadlining one of the stages Friday night with Massacre at the Opera, a band from Washington state. 6**DoroNEWS: Doro Pesch, The Voice Of WARLOCK, Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of Legendary Triumph And Agony Full-Length; Special US Tour Dates Featuring Guitarist Tommy Bolan AnnouncedHeavy metal living legend Doro Pesch has made a very special announcement, and the United States is included! Read the announcement and see if this show is coming to your city. OFFICIAL: Released in 1987, Triumph And Agony is the fourth studio album from German heavy metal titans WARLOCK. The record was a mammoth success globally with hit singles and MTV’s Headbangers Ball favorites “All We Are” and “Für immer” among other nowpinnacle anthems like “East Meets West”, “Metal Tango,” “I Rule The Ruins,” and “Touch Of Evil.” Triumph And Agony stands amongheavy metal’s true cult classics. Gushed Decibel Magazine of the zenith offering, “Triumph And Agony contains one glorious anthem after another for the duration of its (too short) forty-minute run time. ‘All We Are’ is the big fist-pumper, their ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ or ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.’ ‘Three Minute Warning’ absolutely scorches, something Accept would have been proud to write. ‘I Rule The Ruins’ lays waste to everything and THEN rules it. ‘Kiss Of Death’ provides the requisite tragic vampire soliloquy, and ‘Make Time For Love’ provides the requisite drama ballad. ‘East Meets West’ taps some serious spine with its love letter to the Land Of The Rising Sun, while ‘Metal Tango’ may be the only, well, metal tango. And then there’s ‘Touch Of Evil,’ which ends with one of the most astonishing vulgar displays of screeching ever recorded.” And three decades later, the record has lost none of its charm. In honor of its 30th anniversary, this September, WARLOCK vocalist Doro Pesch will, for the first time ever, perform the fist-raising full-length in its entirety on two European festival dates this Summer and a special run of US live performances. Joined by original Triumph And Agony guitarist Tommy Bolan alongside bassist Nick Douglas, drummer Johnny Dee, guitarist Bas Maas and guitarist/keyboardist Luca Princiotta, Pesch will hit Worcester, New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles. “Triumph And Agony was our breakthrough album in America,” issues Pesch, “and it’s still one of my absolute favorites! I’m so excited to play some of these songs for the first time and I’m so much looking forward to play with Tommy again. I’m sure it’s gonna sound great and we’ll put on a killer show.” 7**Mandragora MalevolaNEWS: Mandragora Malevola new album available for listening now The occult extreme metal entity known as Mandragora Malevola (Portugal) is back in 2017 with a full-length album that follows up the 2015 demo that began it all for them. What a difference for these disciples of the darkness in less than two years! The sound is sharper and this music is ready and primed for the black metal supporters of the world. The demo was good, as this publication observed, but this is something else now. They have improved their craft and this music should be of interest for those that whose souls are committed to the occult black metal, especially the melodic black metal hymns filled with the glory of the dark forces, as you will notice listening to the album at the first link below. Mandragora Malevola Awakening the Impvre release date: April 14th, 2017 label: independent OFFICIAL: Mandragora Malevola is a manifest of moral freedom, the left path of spiritual independence, the place where men rise in the center of the universe. Mandragora Malevola has not the purpose of unloading energy or exorcising demons, but to know them and accept them as essential part of the human nature. Mandragora Malevola is the acceptance of the mundane decadent human, that whom does not seek god but to be god itself. Mandragora Malevola is the abolition of any religious or mandatory submission.— metal programs in Washington (Pacific Times) Excuse All the Blood (Olympia, WA): Friday night 10pm-1am Metal Shop (Seattle, WA): Saturday 10pm3am KISW 99.9fm — This zine is also available at: seed of Mandragora Malevola germinated in Ereira, Coimbra, in the Autumn of 2013. Formed only by Kaos (ex. Triba) on vocals and Igniferum (Everto Signum, Carma) on the instrumental, Mandragora Malevola celebrates the independence of expression without restrictions. Grasping the meaning and secular history of the mandrake plant, the identity of the band comes from the roots of something evil that grows and takes over their music. releases
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