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AUDIO INTERVIEW: Zach Ferrin of Horror/Scamp band Fable Cry; Video ‘Dead or Alive’ included at end of article

Fable-Cry

I sit and talk to Zach Ferrin, front man of the Horror/Scamp band Fable Cry based out of Nashville, Tennessee. We go over the unique styles of the band ranging from their musical style, influences from horror and their visual aspects.

Find out more about Fable Cry from the following Links:
www.facebook.com/fablecry/
fablecry.bandcamp.com/

Dead or Alive Music Video

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Music Review: Powerwolf CD: Blessed and Possessed

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BY: TJ FOWLER

Available: July 17th, 2015

Label: Napalm Records

Official Websites:

www.powerwolf.net

https://www.facebook.com/powerwolfmetal

http://www.metalblade.com/de/

http://www.napalmrecords.com/

http://www.rockthenation.eu/

 

Werewolves? Check. Vampires? Check. Gothic religious imagery? Check. Heavy Gothic Organ mixed with Heavy Metal Guitars? Check.  Fist pumping anthems and catchy songs? Double fucking check! Continue reading Music Review: Powerwolf CD: Blessed and Possessed

THE 69 EYES Interviewed By O2 ACADEMY TV (Video)

O2 Academy TV recently conducted an interview with Helsinki, Finland gothic metallers THE 69 EYES. You can now watch the chat below.

THE 69 EYES released a digital EP, “Love Runs Away”, via iTunes on February 1. The effort includes two previously unreleased bonus songs, “Rosary Blue” and “Dracula’s Castle”.

“Love Runs Away” EP track listing:

01. Love Runs Away
02. Rosary Blue (feat. Kat Von D) (edit)
03. Dracula’s Castle

“Love Runs Away”, the third single and opening track of THE 69 EYES‘ latest album, “X”, which came out last September, has by now already become a live favorite with its pure rocking metal riffs and a chorus with a bulletproof hook line. Singer Jyrki69 comments: “This is the most obvious single track from the album and already works great on stage, so it’s about time to release it as a proper single!”

The larger-than-life ballad duet “Rosary Blue” on which Jyrki69 is accompanied by world-famous tattoo artist and “L.A. Ink” star Kat Von D is the first of two never-before-heard bonus tracks. Jyrki69 says: “We’ve known each other for some years and since Kat is also starting to make music, I thought it would be interesting to have her on board. The song is amazing and with her help, it turned out even more magical — it’s like our own ‘Stairway to Heaven’.”

The final track, “Dracula’s Castle”, is at least equally interesting, as it can be considered pure rockabilly — or rather gothabilly! Jyrki69 shares its background: “THE FUZZTONES is one of my all-time favorite bands and I’ve got to know their leader Rudi Protrudi a bit. We wrote this track with him in Berlin one night before our show and he actually even sings backing vocals on it. Words can’t describe the feeling of making music with your own idol — I still can’t believe it! The song is like a Scooby Doo-on-acid-by-Halloween kind of gothabilly track. Should be a radio hit too by any standards!”

A Double-SkullBanger Music Review: The Infernal Sea CD: Call of the Augur

Music Review: The Infernal Sea

CD: Call of the Augur

Label: Indie

Available: Now

Call of the Augur cover art

Ok I had to call in back up on this review.  Since this is a Black Metal band and I have never been a big fan I wanted to make sure I gave these guys a fair shake.  So I decided to have a review by me, a outsider, to give a viewpoint from that perspective and a review from Finn buddy Juuso who is a fan of the genre and more informed about it than I am.  And boy am I glad I got Juuso’s input.  After reading Juuso’s review I can tell I’m WAY off in my knowledge of Black Metal or just have a way different taste in what I expect or like. So without further ado read on for the double review.

First we’ll start with Juuso’s review:

Brittish band The Infernal Sea fuses together black and death metal to create a fresh and brutal assault on the genre. This is what the band delivers. What my ears hear is that there are elements from both genres, but this isn’t anything fresh.  Brutal, that’s what it is.

One of the first things to mention is nice cover art. This would be one of the albums I’d take along with me from the record store, if I was deciding to buy records just by genre and album cover. Next thing to praise is the music itself. The Infernal Sea makes their music in possibly the simpliest way possible; guitar, bass, drums and vocals. No keyboards or synths. This is also the way I love black metal the most.

The songs are fast, brutal and evil. The overall sound on the record is kept simple and rough, which I myself find a good point. It adds a little something to the brutality. Perhaps the best part of the music is the vocals. Two different styles that go very well together and both sound rough. The band has done an excellent job by putting together both black and death metal. You can hear the influence of both genres, but there isn’t too much contrast between the two.

I don’t know too many British bands, especially black metal bands, but I must say The Infernal Sea has really caught my attention. Their simple way of making sounds and songs brutal is something truely enjoyable. I can somehow hear small pieces of influences from a bands like Enslaved and Gorgoroth, maybe even Cradle Of Filth.

This album could have been a little bit longer though. It has seven tracks, with five of them being actual songs. One of the albums highlights has been saved to the very end; the short ritual mantra singing at the end of the last track gives me chills.

 GRADE: 4/5

Now we have my review:

Again I will preface this review with the same disclaimer I did with the Cultes Des Ghoules review.  I have never been a giant fan of the Black Metal genre even though I found elements of the genre intriguing.  Such elements as the themes of the songs which touch on ancient gods, devil worship, spells, warlocks and the imagery from the middle ages.  All are things that are very appealing to me for song subjects.  Also the atmosphere Black Metal bands strive to create I think has merit…if they can successfully create it.  However what always turned me off from this form of extreme music was the constant blast beats of drums, the constant shredding of one or two musical notes over and over and the vocals.

Now I know all the above turn offs I mentioned are also the stables of what makes Black Metal, well Black Metal.  If a band didn’t include them then they wouldn’t be in the Black Metal scene for very long and the long dead gods they are supposed to represent would rise from the depths and consume them for their fakery.

So here I am presented with another chance to review a Black Metal release by the UK group The Infernal Sea.  I’m still wanting to broaden my musical tastes as a reviewer much as possible and am still waiting for that one Black Metal Act to convert me over.  So what did we get with the ‘Call of the Augur’ album?

Well surprisingly for me I found several things I liked about this album though I can’t say I am a new convert ready to put on the corpse paint either.  So let’s begin!!

What I found I liked about this album first was that even though we have songs full of the things that always kept me from getting into Black Metal, the album and songs are produced in a way that doesn’t make me just want to turn off the album.  I found the production here was actually well done, an unusual trend for a Black Metal band, since most in this genre opt to make their sound as under produced and “poor” as possible.  I found the songs actually arranged fairly well with breaks in the constant blast beats and one note riffs to hear the talent of Jonathan Egmore on guitars that helped add some depth and leads on some tracks with even a few slow interludes.  Also, we get to hear the excellent talents of The Infernal Sea drummer James Burke, when he isn’t trying to hit the drums faster than light speed.  I was really impressed when I could hear him display his drumming ability in different parts of several songs.

Also what helped keep me listening was the fact all but the last song was reasonable length with only one hitting over the 5 minute mark.  Even the last song that clocks in over 14 minutes, is filled with a lot of ambient sound effects and atmospheric ocean sounds and ships.

Which leads me to this question.  Did I like any of the songs on The Infernal Sea’s, “Call of the Augur”?  Well actually yes I did.  I found I enjoyed ‘Condemned to Psychosis’ …well at least the parts that showcased some nice guitar and drum work.  Also, I think the atmospheric elements of ‘The Gathering’ and ‘Ritual Incantation’ were interesting and like certain parts of Cultes Des Ghoules’ latest effort could fit nice into a bleak and sinister horror film about cultists and dark gods of the unknown.

I can’t say I have been converted yet to Black Metal but I can say if someone asked me about a Black Metal and to check out I could easily recommend The Infernal Sea’s debut album “Call of the Augur”.  Even a non-believer like me can hear the talent that lies within these musicians even though I can’t understand it.

Side Note: Again I will say what I stated in the Cultes Des Ghoules review.  Normally I would give a number review but I don’t think I am educated enough in this genre for that alone to be a fair critique of this band.   The fact I’m not a fan of this genre a number review would be purely from my personal taste for Black Metal, since that would be all I would have to draw from, and that wouldn’t be entirely fair to the band or the fans of the genre.

THE 69 EYES – Tour Dates For Russia And Scandinavia Announced

Helsinki vampires THE 69 EYES, whose most recent album, X, was released on September 28th, 2012 issued the digital Love Runs Away EP – including two previously unreleased bonus songs – via iTunes on February 1st. It was released during the first leg of an ongoing European tour.

Frontman Jyrki69 has checked in with the following update:

“Thanks again for the latest dear vampires – you really made the first part of our European tour the best ever! I truly think that The 69 Eyes are at our best right now; the set, shows, fans, parties, just everything! But it ain’t over baby, the next we’ll come to Russia and for a little Scandinavian tour (w/ Baby Jane):

March
1 – St.Petersburg, Russia – Milk Club
2 – Moscow, Russia – Milk Club
6 – Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
7 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Lions & Barrels
8 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
9 – Malmö, Sweden – KB
10 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee

So, get down and dirty, meet ya at the front row!”

More dates will be announced soon.

The 69 Eyes recently released the video for the single, ‘Borderline’, which was produced by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, KAMELOT) over in New Orleans. The song comes off the band’s most recent album, X.

Singer Jyrki69 commented about the clip recently: “My favorite music videos are basically all ELVIS movies. What else you need: good music, beautiful girls and exciting location. When it comes to darkness, I think DANZIG has got it in the way I love it – always seductive vixens involved.

To make a video for ‘Borderline’, we thought to keep those mysterious “black widows” from our previous ‘Red’ video there to continue the story. And naturally to have all that fantasy elements of New Orleans and Louisiana there as well. Elvis ’56 photos, his movie King Creole, Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider, True Blood – those were basically the links and ideas I gave to director Patric Ullaeus.

Needless to tell that he truly got all this and make this video just a modern day cult movie masterpiece. It looks like my comics (if you ever seen them) and all above! Oh, did I ever mention that Russ Meyer’s Beyond The Valley Of the Dolls is also my all time favorites…

Lords Chaz and Eric with legendary DJ Swamp, Southern belles Missus Praline, Athena, Heather and Perle, Mr. Mike Gunn and so on – there’s all these true cult stars who make this one so unique and special. With the Helsinki Vampires of course.

The 69 Eyes’ new album, X, entered the official German Media Control charts at #47. The album entered the album charts in their homeland of Finland at #4.