Waldhexen – Ego Canus Lunam Cano (Black/Death Metal)

It’s funny what a band with members scattered all around the metal sub-genres can do when coming together. You got members currently active in Blurring (goregrind), Abdicate (brutal death metal), The Crimson Edge (melodic black/death metal) while having a past from bands such as Goemagot (slam), Infernal Thorn (black/thrash) and Kalibas (black/death/grindcore). That’s a lot of experience, within a wide range of genres and it’s definitely heard in the new band Waldhexen.

It’s rather low-fi production brings the thoughts back to old school black metal and it works in Waldhexen’s favor and their black/death sound. It’s a flurry of riffs and where the drumming stands out to me with it’s fast, aggressive playstyle that sets the tone nicely. The vocals are also something that stands out as the different styles used aren’t something I usually hear in a, mainly, black death metal album. You can hear a variation of vocal sounds often heard within the scenes of punk, black, death and slam/brutal, all in one short three songs EP. Quite awesome really and at first I thought it might be a bit all over the place, lacking focus and maybe not knowing exactly where they want to go with this album. But those thought quickly diminished as when I write this haven’t been able to let the album go and am well into my 6th playthrough.

This might not be a record for everyone, but it is create thinking coming to life which is not something you hear too often and for that I applaud Waldhexen. Personally I had an sweet time with Ego Canus Lunam Cano and can’t wait to hear what the band comes up with next time around. Because this is simply a taste of what’s to come I’m sure.

Written by J.B.

Artist: Waldhexen
Label: Independent
For fans of: The Crimson Edge & Cursus Bellum
Release date: January 12th, 2020
Favorite song: The Oblation of One for Many
Score: 3.5/5 Very good

Interview: Bloody Sadism

Interviewed: Pooyan Ahmadi

I was lucky enough to receive a request from the only brutal death metal I know from Iran about a month ago to review the debut album from one-man army Pooyan Ahmadi. After having written the review I just had to ask for an interview. So here it is my first ever interview with a metal band from Iran! Pooyan talks about things like the music environment in Iran, his background in music and why he considers Bloody Sadism as a pioneer of depressive brutal death metal among other things.

Hi Pooyan! To start it of I need to know how Bloody Sadism came to life and why did it become a one-man band?

It was 2014 and I was the first year of university and I decided to do some death metal music. The song “Ravenous Whore” was my first song. I like to do my works and processes all alone. When I can do everything, why should I use with anybody else in my own band!

Doing everything yourself what’s your background in music?

I am a solo artist in Classical genre too so this is a deep root in my music career. I rather do everything all alone. Even in my life’s issues. I don’t like to ask for help from anybody else.

What’s the biggest influences to Bloody Sadism?

Bands like Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel and others are my influences but I try to do new music style not a copy of others.

Iran and brutal death metal is not something I commonly see. How is the scene over in Iran for extreme metal?

There is no scene. I am official all around the world but semi-official in my own country. It’s hard to do something without any earns from it in Iran but I believe in metal music so I do my best to do what I really like.

In your biography I read “Pioneer of Depressive Brutal Death Metal (New Style of Death Metal)”. What does that mean?

It directly mentions the song “Lucid Dream” and it’s a new wave of Brutal Death metal. If you listen several times carefully to this song, you will find out that it’s something new. The scale and the phase of this song are completely different with other songs that you have ever heard. The scale and the pattern of this song are really unique. If you take a look at the lyric of this song, you’ll find out that the first part is brutal and after the first Classical Guitar parts, the depressive mode begins and it’s kind of remorse of doing band thing like killing. I hope you understand what I want to say. It’s something that has come out from bottom of my heart. By the way there were questions from you about the “intro” and “outro” in your review. The “intro” mentions a man who is going to bathroom and takes a shower and then comes out. It expresses a person who is fighting with himself. Actually he fights with his bad thoughts about killing and other subjects. The “outro” is that person is dead inside of his mind by fighting between his Conscience and bad works that he liked to do. He couldn’t be survived and he’s DEAD.

You recently put out your debut album Eloquent Atrocity, how did the process go into creating the album? Was in production for a long time?

The project began in 2014 and the recording started in 2018 and everything in recording was cool and I recorded fast enough. But these 5 years was a dark way to find out my own style and my own way. I didn’t find my complete way yet. I know there is no complete way but I try to go straight and find new ways to explain my feelings by different and new ways. Find the right way for the moment that you’re living is the hardest way to live. You know I like to have special & pure feelings not weak feelings.

What can brutal death metal fans expect from Bloody Sadism?

The most emotional feelings in songs that they had come and they’ll come from bottom of my heart. The feeling that I sing about them, the riffs and everything are my pure feelings about different topics. The heaviest band from Middle East is alive…

Being a one-man band I understand it is harder to perform live, but do you intend to get some live musicians in order to go on tour one day?

I like to play alone. (bands like putrid pile and other bands). But if I forced to play with band mates, I’ll play with two other members.

What’s next for Bloody Sadism?

More albums… corporation with other musicians from around the world.

If you had to choose one album to bring with you on a deserted island which album would that be and why?

It’ll be “Eloquent Atrocity” hundred percent. Because I need someone to help me and I believe that no one can help me except myself.

Thanks for your time Pooyan! Got any shoutouts?

Thanks for the interview. Wish you the best. Thanks to my fans around the world. Thanks to everybody who didn’t help me in this way and everybody who helped me in this way (that they’re a few persons). Good luck. Support Bloody Sadism.

Interview: Defeated Sanity

Interviewed: Josh Welshman

A band that hardly needs an introduction is Defeated Sanity. They’ve pushed the boundaries for what is brutal technical death metal over and over again and the expectations for their new album is high. They just finished the upcoming album so now we’re all eagerly waiting for more news but until then I hope this interview with the bands newest member, vocalist Josh Welshman, will make the wait a bit easier.

Defeated Sanity is rather unique as it started as a father and son project. Do you know if Lille Grubers father, Wolfgang Teske, was into the extreme side of metal before you two started the band as well?

-Wolfgang was into Proto Metal like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and also Jazz/Rock like Mahavishnu, Chic Corea or John Abercrombie. Back when he was younger Heavy metal (like the Scorpions etc…) was considered cheesy and not serious in his circles…..his attitude changed when he heard Slayer, Sepultura etc…through me. The rest is history as they say haha.

Being on the forefront of technical brutal death metal, does that come with a lot of pressure? If so does it press you on, pushing yourself to work even harder with each album?

-We’re definitely always pushing the envelope in the technical domain, and this new album will definitely be a testament to that. Pressure isn’t the right word though, mainly the only struggle I would say is the balance between the brutal and technical elements of the music, but for Lille this seems to come naturally.

Having been around for a long time you’ve toured a lot. Do you have any favorite memory from a tour you’d like to share?

-Granted I’ve only been in the band for a fraction of the band’s history, I’ve also been present during the most active years of the band as far as touring goes. There are so many great memories it’s really hard to isolate any in particular. The highlights always tend to be in the people we meet along the way, whether it be fans or the bands that we share the road and stage with. Every tour has its bullshit that happens inherently, but there are great memories from just about all of them for me.

A new album is coming which this time features you as the new vocalist, but you played with Defeated Sanity live back in 2015 too. How did Defeated Sanity find out about you to begin with?

-Lille had found me through a solo project I was doing at the time called “Autonomy”. I also had a vocal cover of Defeated up on YouTube at the time, which also peaked his interest. This was around 2010-2011 I want to say, and we had corresponded a handful of times about potentially collaborating in the future. Fast forward to 2015 and I was filling in on vocals for a US tour after Konni had left the band, which left me with some huge shoes to fill. The rest is history!

How come Defeated Sanity hasn’t had a permanent vocalist? What’s the reason behind wanting to change vocalist with each album?

-It was never intended to be as such, but as the story goes “life happens”. It’s hard to keep up with the touring schedule with families and careers to also balance. All prior vocalists of Defeated are still on good terms with everyone in the band so there were never any major issues that led to any sort of falling out. I’m planning to end this stigma attached to Defeated however!

Speaking of the new album, which you just finished recording, when will we get more info on it?

There will be info coming very soon. The music is ready and we’re moving onto getting artwork and stuff like that done now. We’ll have some news coming really soon, so hang in there!

The album as recorded at The Thousand Caves who also did the famous Psalms Of The Moribund album. Will it have a similar sound?

-This is actually the first record we’ve done with Colin so I’m not sure where you may have heard that (TMG: I read it on Discogs). Psalms was done at the Soundlodge in Germany if I recall correctly. The sound of this record will be different than anything prior though to answer your question.

What can Defeated Sanity fans expect of the new album?

-We’ll put it this way: Men are born with two balls for a reason, one is a backup for when an album like this one drops. We think it will crush, and we’re all extremely happy with the result on all fronts!

Will we get to see a Defeated Sanity tour to promote the new album in 2020?

We have plans to play extensively this year. We just announced a tour in support of Origin and Beneath The Massacre this Spring in the US, and a couple of shows in Iceland and London in May. We have a few other things in the works for this year but nothing that I can offer specific details about at this time.

If you had to choose one song by Defeated Sanity that you would show a friend what the band is all about, which song would that be?

-For me I would say a great well-rounded song for Defeated in terms of style is Consumed By Repugnance. It’s very fast but also has plenty of groove. It also displays some of the jazz influence and more abstract songwriting aspects of the band.

It’s not everyday you get to interview one of your all time favorite bands so I want to give a massive thank you for saying yes to this interview. Any parting words?

-Cheers man! Keep your ears to the ground, we’ll have more news coming soon and the record will be out late spring/early summer. We’re all really excited to present this new material to you guys!

Svarttjern – Shame is Just a Word (Black Metal)

I reviewed the last album Dødsskrik from Svarttjern back in 2016 and during that time I had a 0-10 scale on scores I gave it a 9/10, thinking it was a black metal masterpiece of the year with a fresh sound that every black metal fanatic should devour. While I haven’t actually gone back to that album as much as I thought I would I still think Dødsskrik was one of the best albums released in the genre that year. Oh and for those unfamiliar with Svarttjern it’s a five-man band which contains some very big names with three of said five coming from Carpathian Forest. Rounding up the line-up there is guitarist Fjellnord from Magister Templi and then ex-Ragnarok vocalist HansFyrste (one of my personal favorites from the Norwegian scene). With that in mind I had high hopes Svarttjern’s 5th album would prove to be a a contender for one of the best black metal albums in 2020, and a great start to the year.

Svarttjern sticks, for the most part, to the same formula and fans of their old material will feel right at home here. There are a couple of tracks that stands out with a more old school almost heavy metal/thrash feel, much of what 1349 tried to get back to the roots with their latest album but I do think Svarttjern does a better job at it much due to the fact Svarttjern has always been close to bands such as Celtic Frost and Hellhammer. Another thing that stands out is the song “Ment til å Tjene”, this song it the pinnacle of Norwegian black metal in my opinion. It has it all, the mighty riffs, fast pace, sung on the mothertongue and just plain evil. I can listen to that song on repeat all day and it’s honestly one of the best single songs I’ve heard in months. The solo at 3:50 gives me goosebumps and that song alone can bring fans into Svarttjern as they show just how well they can bring the old school and make it fresh. The cover of Exodus famous song “Bounded by Blood” is also one of the best made covers I’ve heard in quite some time and it’s very fitting Svarttjern in so many ways, great job and choice on that one!

As I stated before I liked Dødsskrik a lot but with Shame is Just a Word Svarttjern has become even darker and evolved their sound to new levels. The year is only 17 days old and we already got a contender for the best black metal album of the year. This is fantastic and the best album so far by Svarttjern where they’ve truly managed to capture the essence of old black metal with the more modern touches. All I can say to end this review with is, as I read in the promo email, “Show your true self and shake off your invisibility cloak. Embrace your shame. Shame is just a word.”

Written by J.B.

Artist: Svarttjern
Label: Soulseller Records
For fans of: 1349 & Ragnarok
Release date: January 17th, 2020
Favorite song: Ment til å Tjene
Score: 4.5/5 Incredible

Bloody Sadism – Eloquent Atrocity (Brutal Death Metal)

From Iran there is a one-man army by the name of Pooyan Ahmadi who recently unleashed the debut Eloquent Atrocity from brutal death metal act Bloody Sadism. It’s not every day I find myself a promo from Iran so it was with excitement I buried myself in what would come to be a very likable experience.

OK lets get straight to the point, this is good stuff! I didn’t know what to expect coming into this one but it turns out to be a quite fun ride with some twists and turns to the Bloody Sadism which makes it standout somewhat. Sometimes it might sound a bit goofy but then again I think that’s one of the albums strong points to, almost giving me a grindcore feel to it. You just need to listen to the title track “Eloquent Atrocity” to understand what I’m talking about. The only thing I don’t understand one bit is the intro and outro, as far as those goes that was a total waste of five minutes. Could of just have ended it with the killer track “Lucid Dream” and end it on a high note. The mixing could also use a bit of work as I find it being inconsistent, but seeing it’s a debut album plus Pooyan doing everything alone I will let it slip. The drums are also a hit or miss. Either way it’s safe to say fans of brutal death metal will have a good time here and Eloquent Atrocity definitely tries hard to not fall into a generic brutal death metal category. Bloody Sadism needs a bit of work but I enjoy the effort put into this creation and I can see Pooyan only improving with time. A diamond in the rough that already shows promise and gets your head banging.

Written by J.B.

Artist: Bloody Sadism
Label: Base Record Production
For fans of: Analepsy & Guttural Slug
Release date: October 1st, 2019
Favorite song: Sadomasochism
Score: 3/5 Good

Wormhole – The Weakest Among Us (Technical Brutal Death Metal/Slam)

The year starts heavy for The Metal Gamer as the first review of the year comes from the brutal tech-death band Wormhole and their sophomore release titled The Weakest Among Us. Their debut album Genesis was a sleeper hit that came out late 2016, which I personally didn’t find out about until around a year after but it was definitely one of the better brutal tech-death albums for its time where I enjoyed the hints of slam and deathcore. Fast forward to 2020 and the Kumar brothers now got a drummer in Matt Tillett (Greylotus, ex-Cognitive (live)) and Anshuman Goswami (Perihelion, Cognitive (live)) on vocals joining them on The Weakest Among Us after Goswami having been doing vocals live for Wormhole. He got some big shoes to fill as both Calum Forrest and, the almost legendary, Duncan Bentley were doing solid work prior. Will The Weakest Among Us solidify Wormhole as a giant within the genre or will it prove to be the weakest among us, seeing the band take a step backwards with the member changes?

To start of with The Weakest Among Us got a whole different feel to it than their debut, the deathcore vibe is completely gone and it’s a lot more technical. The title-track “The Weakest Among Us” showcase that right from the start and shows a new side of the Wormhole that sounds more mature, heavier and vastly improved songwriting. With “rA9_myth” bringing way more slam bits into the giant hole I’m just about ready to be devoured by this worm as it is surely going for the kill by now. “D-S3” slows it down a notch, walking on the progressive path for a while, where you can hear some similarities to Sanjay Kumar’s other band Equipoise at times.

With more heavy slam in “The Gas System” putting the….gas back in the tank…. and the mouthful “Wave Quake Generator Plasma Artillery Cannon” we quickly go back into full gear again. The album closer “Ingswarm” is a wicked way to start your 2020 with some filthy breakdowns and the highlight of the album for me together with the opener, and title-track, “The Weakest Among Us” has been my two most played songs at the beginning of this year. Those two songs I think capture perfectly who Wormhole are in 2020.

One thing is certain The Weakest Among Us is a completely different beast than their debut Genesis and a much more varied effort. While Genesis was solid it it might have lacked some bits to make it stand out and be a long lasting album in my playlists I find The Weakest Among Us bringing all the right stuff. As far as technical brutal death metal goes this is definitely one of the more experimental albums I’ve heard in the genre. Or as the promo said “prepare yourself for a new generation of Slam and Technical Death Metal!”. It might be a bit too nice and a bit too little brutality at times, while going too hard on the progressive/technical side but at the same time that’s a thing I like with the album. The Vulvodynia resemblances are basically all gone in my opinion, welcome the lovechild of Wormed, Decimated Humans and Equipoise in all its glory. A band that says “fuck it lets go nuts on our sophomore album”, try breaking some boundaries and the result is a good fucking album that makes 2020 have a flying start. Oh and did I mention they base their music on not only common sci-fi but Metroid lore (which you can see through the cover art)!? Metal gamers better dig this!

Written by J.B.

Artist: Wormhole
Label: Lacerated Enemy Records
For fans of: Wormed & Decimated Humans
Release date: January 14th, 2020
Favorite song: Ingswarm
Score: 4/5 Excellent

Interview: Ursprung

Interviewed: Andreas Axelsson

The ways of old still live on as bands such as Ursprung carries the ancient rituals, songs and poems to life. Ursprung was formed in 2016 and has been ever so productive with several albums already under the belt. As their latest release Líf – Dauði came out less than a month ago I was happy to be able to get an interview with the creator Andreas Axelsson to talk about not only the band but what paganism means to him.

How did Ursprung start?

It started in 2016, I was making the first dark ambient nordic inspired songs during the nights of my days off. It was not intended to be my full focus at the time. I was very much intending to play Black Metal, but I had no success assembling a full band with sane and sober people who had any kind of driving force in them. Eventually Ursprung was all I was left with, amongst the wreck of all other projects I was working on at the time. And it felt very right for me to be doing this nordic thing, and shortly after my second release, En Psykonauts Elegier, I discovered Wardruna and I instantly knew what I wanted to do. I felt strong, safe and at home doing what I do.

A major influence is obviously the ways of old, mainly pagan and viking ways. How much do you incorporate these into your daily life?

Since the start in 2016, I’ve had this “do it yourself” spirit. Making blowing horns, nordic inspired jewelry out of bone/horn/wood. Always trying to learn new things, its a constant learning process. There is one story about Odin that I like and try to blend with my own life. The story about his eye and gaining wisdom in change. Sure one could argue it symbolises a bunch of things. But valuable personal sacrifice for wisdom is my personal take on him.

You seem to travel a lot to find inspiration. Got any favorite places to visit when you need new Ursprung material?

There is a place called Verdandi close to where I live, its a little “island” reaching out over a little lake surrounded by a forest. That is also where the cover photo is shot for Life – Death.

You’ve been extremely productive since you formed. Is this going to keep on being a thing or are you slowing down now after the release of Líf – Dauði?

No, I am already writing on 6-7 new song ideas.

I might be wrong on this one but as far as I know Ursprung hasn’t performed live yet? Will that happen in a near future?

Yes, I’m assembling some things to be able to perform live, hopefully this year. The good people & friends behind the band Blue Eyes are helping me out enourmously by allowing Ursprung to use their rehearsalroom. Check them out, great musicians.

What drives Ursprung forward?

Many things, first of all I’ll say that Ursprung NOT politically charged and is no ideological crap. Ursprung is above that. I’d like to show people there are more things to this culture than how people tend to view it. And I do this probably mainly because how it makes ME feel strong and at home with myself, something I can also be proud of that I’m doing. It feels natural to me, this is me! And surely there must be more people out there that can hopefully feel the same. I am sure I could rabble up a bunch more about this.

Your lyrical theme, while still being on the ways of old, has a lot of different themes with your last album focusing on life and death. What will we get to hear next?

You will probably hear alot more of my poetry, and shamanism blended into it. Also talking to my drummer about doing certain ritual songs for different blots of the year.

What’s next for Ursprung?

Stepping up on stage and performing live. And another album is also in the works. Probably both will be done around the same time. We will also make some music video soon.

What’s your dream festival to perform at? I know for example a lot of people have Wacken as their dream but in your case it might be Midgårdblot?

I don’t know really if I have a certain dreamplace to perform at. But I do say Midgardsblot would be most fitting to perform at.

On the same type of subject. If you were to book a world tour, with you as the headliner, who would you bring with you?

Nytt Land, Sigurbodi, Heilung and Wardruna. They would steal the show though, those amazing musicians.

That’s all I had for this time! Thanks for taking your time and may 2020 be another great year for Ursprung. Any last words?

Thank you too! Hell Oden, Hell visdom! Tusen tack.