Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Olde Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Truthfully, it has been a little slow. We have only played a handful of shows, in the last year or so. Maybe 10. Just enough to stay sharp. We have progressively, been playing more shows, leading up to the new release….We did put out a cd/digital ep last Fall. That was called “Shallow Graves”. That was meant to tide us over until the release of our newest full-length “Temple”…. Basically, we bullshitted our way thru the last year or so, waiting, writing more, and getting ready for this record to finally drop. When it does (Aug 11/17), we will react accordingly…

2. You have a new album coming out in August, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Dense. This batch of songs is very dense. Not super-busy, but busier. Just more of each of us in every part. I think we established our signature “thud” on the first record, now with this one, we have started to add our individual voices to it.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Without getting in too deep into the lyric meanings I will just give a general run thru of topics on the new record. I wrote about the masks we wear…I wrote about lose. Lose of purpose, lose of faith, lose of reasons to bother…I wrote about the crushing wheel of time…I wrote about willful ignorance, and it’s just rewards…I wrote about memories, and lessons, and truth………….and ghosts, and the conversations we sometimes have with them.

4. Originally the band was known as 'Corvuss', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Olde'?

There was at least one other band we found were using the name. It wasn’t a big deal for us, to ditch it. As for how we chose ‘Olde’, I’m not exactly sure. It was suggested, and we didn’t ditch it. No meaning, just a name…I think. Considering the general median age in this band, it is kinda funny.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We did one hometown (Toronto) show, with Windhand, that was a stand out. Just one of those shows…perfect-sized, low-ceiling, sweaty full club. It was hot and nasty. A review showed up online for that gig, referencing our band’s heavy sweat-angle. Ha!….Our stage performance? I dunno. I would like to think we are an intense live band. When we play, it is an exercise in almost manic restraint. Oh yeah, and sweaty. Some of us more than others. Way more.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Actual plans, as of right now? No, no plans. Like I said earlier, when the record comes out, and gets around, we will react to whatever presents itself. We will do what we can, when we can. We are not overly ambitious, but we are open to everything…Regionally, we will be ticking off places as we go, tho.

7. Currently, the band is signed to 'STB Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Yup. STB is a small boutique label, run outta NJ, by a driven-dude named Steve. It specializes in stoner/doom/heavy psych. Small, limited runs are his thing. All the releases come in multiple variants , with lots of cool stuff you don’t usual get when you buy a record. For example, the last Wounded Giant came with a cast, pewter ring. Always top of the heap for cool releases. We were super-stoked when he wanted to release the newest, which ended up being “Temple”. STB has worked with lots of other cool bands, too. Geezer, Year of the Cobra, Goya….

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner, sludge and doom metal?

Not really the one to ask about that, as I do next-to-nothing  on the internet end of things. That is all Cory (bass). From what I can pickup, we seem to be getting a decent response. We haven’t been offered any large sums of loot, so obviously the world has not yet fallen at our feet, in reverence. Our expectations were pretty low before. I think we expect more of a response this time around. Poke at a few more eyes/ears.

9. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Lots! We got lots of other things going on. Ryan still pounds the shit out of everything with his main squeeze, Sons of Otis. They are actually playing Psycho Las Vegas in August….Cory (bass) has just reformed his old punk band from 20 years ago, Five Knuckle Chuckle. They are circling a few shows this Summer/Fall… Hippy (gtr) is still doing his other band, Seas. They play out some. I’m not sure if Moneen are still in the picture, or not… Captain Greg Dawson (gtr) keeps plenty busy writing songs for us, recording us in his studio (BWC Studio), and generally being a fine father-figure for us all. Haha! He records tons of shit, he doesn’t need two bands…I’m in another band called The Volume Knobs. We are hardcore-punk as fuck. We have recorded, and should have it on Bandcamp, soon. Like a Poison Idea/GBH-cross with me yelling.

10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

This ties in with an earlier question, where I kinda mentioned how we are all having our individual stamps put on the new stuff. I just see that continuing with the new stuff.  At first, it was almost a single vision, Greg’s. It is much more of a collaborative-thing now. Being just the throat of the band, I really don’t know, but I do know Greg and Cory are already deep into the demoing stages of new stuff. Plenty of new stuff.

11. What are some of your non-musical interests?

I dig my old bike. I have a Norton, and I love it. We have covered a lot of miles together. Even went to the East Coast and back, which isn’t bad for a 40+ year bike. The first song, from our first record was ‘Roads That Lead Nowhere’. I wrote those lyrics, for that bike. Ha!….I also really digs some pro sports. I like baseball (RedSox), hockey (Habs), and football (Pats)… in that order.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Actually….nope. I don’t anything to add, other than to say “Thanks” for letting me shoot my mouth off. Always appreciated. Cheers!

Maharaja Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We're a three-piece sludge metal band. We play loud low frequency metal out of a bunch of amps.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
A mix of stoner, doom, sludge, hardcore punk, and beer.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Almost all of the songs on Kali Yuga are metaphors. The songs discuss a variety of topics like drug addiction, social justice, war, politics, etc.

4.Both the band name and album title come from Hindu or Eastern Mysticism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Maharaja translates to "Great King". A lot of what I write has some sort of political agenda. Its a parody. The album name is Kali Yuga. Kali being a goddess of death, time, and transformation/the apocalypse. Yuga meaning age. The Kali Yuga is the last of the four stages the world goes through in the cycle of the yugas. It is considered the "dark ages" common with wrath, moral depravity, murder, distrust, addiction, lust, and ruled by unfair and unreasonable people that have no regard for others.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? We're fortunately from an awesome music town called Dayton, Ohio that is home to some really awesome music fans. Burlington, VT has been awesome with great metal heads that will drive hours for a metal show. We met some cool folks from Ontario that drove to a show there once. Louisville, KY parties. Wilmington, NC is awesome. Ashville, NC has a really cool metal community. Philly and Allentown PA are sick. Buffalo and Rockester NY are sick.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We're doing a tour starting 8/2 through the midwest and east coast. A tour flyer will be on our media with dates. We'll also be playing locally between Dayotn and Columbus. Notable bands we'll be playing with are The Midnight Ghost Train, Bridesmaid, Livid, Bardus, and Grizzlor.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Right now we're doing things ourselves. We've talked with some smaller labels but we have not signed anything.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge metal?
We're hoping to break into international markets with this album.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Refining what we're doing now and growing something ourselves.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We draw inspiration from a vast variety of genres. We take inspiration from many places, not all of them metal. Modern bands we've listened to a lot lately are Lord Mantis, Mutoid Man, and Conan.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Beer.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Come catch us at a show in your town and lets kick it.

Blut Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
A: Of course, we played in live shows, than we had some contact to allows us will play in the future outside Italy, than we try to compose some new stuff.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
A: Formally form the first album to this one I can grown as musician and as composer so I organized better the songs and lyrics.
M: I think we can’t label our style and sound, there are many influences in this new album, but I agree with Mr. Blut, we are mature in organization, in quality of sound and production but we have more and more to do!

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
A: By now mental illness, but not the “famous ones”, just something strange and unusual. I know it’s strange to say “something unusual” in mental illness but it’s what we’re doing now.
M: mental illness, in particular, but don’t forget about personal experiences, nightmare and fears.

4.The new album was name 'Inside My Head Part II", is there a concept going on with both of the albums?
A: As I said here up the concept around inside my mind party I and part II it’s a trip around some weird mental illness; and some “Actors” around psychology and psychiatry as Sigmund Freud, Cesare Lombroso and CG Jung.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Blut'?
A: Blut is the german word for Blood. I’m half Italian and half German Swiss, so I want to use part of my blood. In the same time I want to describe who we are with an old anthems “blood doesn’t lie” in german “ Blut lügt nicht” so this is the meaning of Blut.

6.Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
A: Formally because I think if you can find someone mad like you, you can enjoy and build something great. In the second thought because a solo project have less chances to perform own music on stage.
M: All started, for me, as a game, a sort of challenge with myself, or many years I sang only symphonic metal, so when Alessandro asked to me to be a guest in the first album I decided to do something different; subsequently he asked to me to become a member of Blut and here I am!

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
A: The best Blut’s show?! For me the next one. Every show is part of a “growing monster” so the new one will be the best of the last. Our show is a mixture of Gran Guignol flavor with a bit of steampunk attitude and a lot of lights and gothic sound.
M: I think that “Madness” is the right word to explain or stage performance, we are actors of a madness theater.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
A: The next gig will be at Drakkar rock festival 26/08/2017 and for the Fall we still organizing now.


9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of experimental, industrial and metal?
A: We have a great feedback from the streaming and digital way, a little less for the physical version. But it’s summer and I know too many metalheads and dark have in mind festivals like “Wacken”, “Summer breeze”, “M’era luna” and so on; the band and me will wait in Fall for more feedback. In any case we have some good feedback from some zine.


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
A: I think, we will play our music in great festivals, and bring our space in the music history and biz. Yes It’s a log hard road, but I’m not scare of it.
M: We believe that dreams will came true, so we’ll be wherever we want to be!


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
A: I have too many influences, for example: Type O Negative, TiamaT, Samael, Moonspell, Oomph!, Suicide commando, Lucyfire, Blutengel, The cog is dead, Abney Park and Pain.
More or less a lot of dark wave, elettrodark, country, industrial, some old glam metal and sometimes binaural sounds.
M: As I said before, I come from a different kind of music, but Alessandro is showing me “new bands” and remembering me old love like theatres des vampires

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
A: Until last June I made reviews and interviews for some zine, but now I have no much time, because following Blut it’s an hard work. Otherwise I’m one of the founder of “Steampunk Italia” so I’m little bit addicted about Steampunk and I made my own Steampunk stuff for my personal outfit and sometimes for others. I play some skirmish table game like Malifaux (a western steampunk skirmish game) and I read too many books form several topics: from magic to serial killers and from fantasy to sci fi.
M: I’m an historical re-enactor, I’m a partner of an association “Associazione Culturale Commenda San Giorgio” and I collaborate also with “La Masnada Della Campagna Soprana”.
I like to do DIY, stay with animals and in nature, trekking and what else… do everything makes me feel alive!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
A: Thank you so much for your time, Thanks to your readers and remember: Follow us, Stay Insane, Blut lügt nicht (Blut doesen't lie).
M: Don’t be afraid in madness, it could be fantastic!
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Hands Or Orlac/The Wandering Midget/Cruz Del Sur Music/2017 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Sweden/Italy's  Hands  of  Orlac  and  FInland's  The  Wandering  Midget  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Cruz  Del  Sur  Music  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Hands  Or  Orlac  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  occult  form  of  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  ritualistic  sound  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  folk  instruments  as  well  as  adding  in  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads up  to  a  heavier doom  metal  direction  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  70's  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  after  awhile  female  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  psychedelic  elements  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  clean  playing  also being utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  horror  movie  style  keyboards  being added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  there  is  also  a  couple of  brief  instrumentals  and  most  of  the  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Hands  Of  Orlac  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  occult  doom  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror,  magick,  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hands  Of  Orlac  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  their side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "From  Beyond  The  Stars".

  Next  up is  The  Wandering  Midget  a  band  that  plays  a  traditional  form  of  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  atmospheric  soundscapes  along  with  some  demonic  spoken  word samples  and  horror  movie  soundtrack  style  elements  and  their  song  is  over  18  minutes  in  length  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  when  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  traditional  doom  metal  style and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  while  still  maintaining  a  modern  atmosphere.

  The  Wandering  Midget  plays  a  style  of  doom  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy,  horror,  and  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Wandering  Midget  are  a  very  great sounding  traditional  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  doom  metal.  8  out  of  10.

    

Disharmony Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Well, we had to clear out some “unmusic” things, such as emails to labels, contracts, finalize the layout of the physical copy and unpleasant stuff like that. On the other hand, we had some nice things to do, such as, get on with some new songs, record some voices and song arrangements.

We have already started the procedure of creation, and we are planning to give out a full-length album soon.  The songs are nearly ready, we just need to record, fix some details and then, mix it.

2. Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I think that the audience should give a description of our music. We, the band, have a difficulty to define our music, as it combines many genres, but the one thing I can say is that Disharmony plays metal. Dynamic, open minded, traditional and modern in the same time. With a progressive and doom approach maybe? I can’t tell... Well, guys, listen to our music and send us what you think of it!

If I must compare our 2 albums, I think that “The Abyss Noir” is a more “in-your-face” album. It still has some introverted parts, but not as many as the “Shades of Insanity” has.

3. Between 1999 and 2009 there was no new material being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

Oh, there was a time when “adult obligations” came up. Some had to start working, some to travel abroad for studies, we all had to serve the army (about 2 years, it’s obligatory in Greece), and two of our members had to leave the band. So, the three of us who remained, just recorded demos of new ideas and piled them up in our hard disks.

The recordings of “Shades Of Insanity” were something that took us really long, but we did not have a time deadline, so we were not in a hurry. Afterwards, we had a real mess –messy deals- with some labels that wanted to release the album, so the whole thing took us back for about, mmmm…5 years? It’s been a long time for sure, so we must make it up to you with many new songs!

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

I think we need to see this piece by piece.
The first song “The Abyss Noir” is about obviously about Justice.
Second track “Vain Messiah” is a scenario about the second coming of Messiah on Earth -if he's ever been here- and how modern people would react on his presence.
The third song “Delirium” is about some people that are just hard so hard to bear.
Tthe fourth track “This Caravan” is an introvert song and has to do with some things you have hidden deep  in you - like a treasure.
 I cannot tell you things about the Disposable Heroes, its lyrics are something awesome at least. You must ask James Hetfield about his lyrics!
But, the 6th track “A song for Friend” is obviously about a friend of mine who died long ago and never had the chance to meet my newborn son…

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Disharmony'?

Back in the beginning of this band, we needed a name someone should not forget. Its meaning is also something controversial. Disharmony is a Greek word and means “lack of harmony”  and it's the opposite of what we are. Our music is full of melodies and harmonies but in a dark way.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

I obviously don't want to describe our stage performance by myself, we’ll  leave the audience to do this… We've done many shows… I cannot ever forget our first gig out of Athens, a great show in Agrinio city,  there was something electric in the atmosphere. And surely I cannot forget our supporting performance in the Sanctuary show in Athens back in 2011, as well as our participation in The Metalmorphosis festival in Cyprus supporting Angela's Arch Enemy.
Sanctuary has given a great inspirational boost  to our music, it was something unique to play with your idols.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Oh yes! The next planned show is in December in a great festival in Athens but I cannot tell you more, it needs to be officially announced first. We want to perform in nice and adequate stages and play as many good shows as possible in order to promote our music. So if you need Disharmony in your city, we are ready to discuss about it!

8.You have done 'Dead Can Dance' and 'Metallica' covers, can you tell us a little bit more about your own versions of their songs?

To begin with the Metallica cover, I think it's not “our” version It's the original Metallica version played by Disharmony, in our own sound and changing just some small details. We had to do it this way because it was going to be included in the Metal Hammer magazine’s collection for 30 years anniversary of Master of puppets album. So, we afterwards added this as a bonus track. Now about the Dead can dance cover, I can say “Yes it is OUR version!”… John (gtr) had done a great experimental demo of the original song, added some distorted guitars and metal drumming.  We loved it instantly, so we began working on it in order to convert it to a great Metal song that expressed our music standards. And I think that something really good came out of this cover. Check it out guys at https://disharmony.bandcamp.com/track/oman-dead-can-dance-cover

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of heavy, progressive, and doom metal?

Let's see… our debut album “Shades of Insanity” gained fine to excellent reviews .This one has got also fine to excellent again and that's something that pleases us. It's good to know that you make music of high standards, so our next goal is to make an album that will exceed the quality of our first two!

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Well, I sing for Art of Simplicity too and we have released our album this year as well! So I'm in the pleasant position of having two CDs released with my voice in 2017! Panagiotis and Thanos, our rhythm section is also playing for Scar of the Sun, and they released their latest album one year ago, they are in the recording sessions right now. Stefanos is playing in a few bands as well (check out Mute Tale), but he’s not playing only metal…
I should not forget to mention that Panagiotis, Thanos and me are performing in a regular basis for a metal/rock cover band called Bigus Dickus (https://www.facebook.com/bigus.dickus.the.band/) and we love it!

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I think that the band will continue to compose new music. I think that we will not change something in a dramatic way, but some small changes due to what we love to listen from time to time. We’ll give you new songs that you have not already listened to, as we desire to make different kinds of songs, songs that the band will love to listen to. We try not to repeat same ideas again and again, it’s boring!

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

All the great bands of metal music have been our inspiration: Metallica, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, Opeth, Death, My Dying Bride, Candlemass, Sanctuary and Nevermore and many many more.
Personally right now I am listening to Orphaned Land, some old Judas Priest stuff, Opeth, Sanctuary – they gave a show in Athens two days ago and theycame back into my mind!

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Personally I like play football and exercising, Panagiotis likes archery, Thanos is a Yoga teacher and likes climbing over mountains.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thank you very much for this interview and support! We need you to listen to our music and give us some feedback. You can subscribe in our YouTube channel, and/or become member of our Facebook page too, so as to keep in touch of what’s about to come. And have a nice summer too!



- DISHARMONY contact -
email: disharmony.gr@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ chris.disharmony

- DISHARMONY online -
Official site: http://www.disharmony.gr
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ disharmony.gr
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/ DISHARMONYOFFICIAL
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/ disharmonymetal
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/ disharmonyofficial
Blogger: http://disharmony-band. blogspot.com/
Jumping Fish: http://www.jumpingfish.gr/ disharmony

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Warbeast/Enter The Arena/Housecore Records/2017 CD Review


  Warbeast  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  thrash  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Enter  The  Arena"  which  will  be  released  in August  by  Housecore  Records.

  Sci  fi  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  thrash  metal  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  aggressive  shouting  and  screaming  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.

  While  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  it  still  maintains  a  very  modern  atmosphere  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  war  and  movie  samples  are  used  briefly  as  the  album  progresses  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  music  adds  in  a touch of  80's  era  death  metal.

  Warbeast  plays  a  style  of  thrash  that  has  its  roots  in  the  80's  while  still  being  heavy  enough  for  the  modern  era,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  hatred,  war  and  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Warbeast  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  thrash  metal  band  and if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Centuries  Of  Poisoned  Soil"  "Maze Of  The  Monotaur"  "The  Scalping"  and  "Ancient  Hate".  8  out  of  10.    

The Necromancers/Servants Of The Salem Girl/Ripple Music/2017 CD Review


  The  Necromancers  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  psychedelic  and  progressive  mixture  of  doom  metal  and  occult  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Servants  Of  The  Salem  Girl"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Ripple  Music.

  Heavy  yet  melodic  doom  metal  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  is  also  used  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  hard  rock  and  after  awhile  70's  proto  metal  style  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Elements  of  NWOBHM  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  psychedelic  and  progressive  influences  and  while  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  70's  it  still  retains  a  very  modern  atmosphere.

  The  Necromancers  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  doom  metal  and  70's  era  occult  rock  and  mixes  them  with  progressive  and  psychedelic  rock  while  also  making  the  music  sound  more  modern,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Luciferian,  Paganism,  Mythology  and  Horror  Movie  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Necromancers  are  a  very  great  sounding psychedelic  and  progressive  mixture  of  doom  metal  and  occult  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lucifer's  Kin"  and  "Necromancers".  8  out  of  10.