TAINTED LADY questionnaire

TAINTED LADY is a unadulterated, energetic rock band from Denmark consisting of five passionate musicians in their mid twenties. After being joined by British singer Michael Catton in 2015, Tainted Lady has been collaborating with musician and producer Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Electric Guitars) – and now they have released their debut album “How The Mighty Have Fallen” Mighty Music

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Italian RAW ART fanzine for free online

You can read Daniele Badursi’s digital book, the founder of the historic Italian Raw Art Fanzine for free online. The fanzine was famous in Italy in the late 1990s.

The digital book contains more than 200 demo tapes covers (some rare) of Italian bands Metal, Rock, Dark, Gothic.
Non-Italian Bands from page 123: England, Turkey, Portugal, Russia, USA, Romania, Greece, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Uruguay, Switzerland, Brazil.

The vintage digital book can be read free here:

The numbers of the 90’s of Raw Art Fanzine digitally restored can be read here: https://issuu.com/rawartfanzine

The profile of founder Daniele Badursi on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daniele.badursi

BLACK BLOOD INVOCATION ”Black Blood Invocation”

”Black Blood Invocation”
(Deathrune Records)

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I have no preferred place for my metal to come from. Yet there are places that seem to be more recurrent than others. Greece is one of these places. Italy is another. BLACK BLOOD INVOCATION are a Greek black/death metal band that are being introduced to me with this their debut demo. This is to my ears very typical Greek. It is not hyper speed blasts, it is not trying to be the most evil (well it might be) and it is not total noise. This is to my ears much more death than black metal but it has that ambience of black-ishness over it. This is the kind of death metal that I have heard a million times yet cannot think of a single band name to drop. But as long as it engage me I am not too hung up on name dropping. This turned out cool. Anders Ekdahl

CHAOSBAPHOMET “Promethean Black Flame”

“Promethean Black Flame”
(Deathrune Records)

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I don’t know why but this Greek combo seems awfully familiar to me. It is as though I have heard of them before yet I cannot remember where and when. But since they formed in the early 2000s and have released a couple of demos and splits before this debut album there is a slight possibility that I have come upon them before. But it annoys the shit outta me that I cannot remember if I’ve been in touch with this band before. Their logo seems so familiar. This is black metal in the more theatrical school. It is not big or epic or symphonic but it still has that classic Greek drama feel to it. The one where it takes time to build up to the crescendo. If you are looking for instant gratification you oughtta look elsewhere. This takes time to get into. But once you do it offers plenty. Anders Ekdahl

COLONIST ”Songs Of The Machine”

”Songs Of The Machine”

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Finnish prog is not something that I come upon very often. Mostly it is death or black metal that comes my way from Finland but as long as it isn’t humpahumpa that drops in on me I am open for anything Finnish. And as I am certain that this isn’t Finnish Tango I will embrace it with open arms. This is not Tango. For some reason I come to think of Tool when I listen to this. Much more metal but still with that dramatic Tool touch. I had no idea what this was going to be but it turned out to knock me out totally. This is some of the greatest Finnish metal I have heard in a while, and I have heard a lot. This is the kind of release that puts a big fucking grin on my face that is almost impossible to wipe off. It is moments like this that makes me appreciate what I do for a hobby. Anders Ekdahl

INSATIA ”Phoenix Aflame”

”Phoenix Aflame”
(Pitch Black)

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It seems like forever now but I did interview INSATIA back in January 2016. 18 months later I sit here with their debut album. I will not lie and say that I have been looking forward to it because honestly I didn’t even know that it was on its way but now that I have it I do look forward to hear what this Canadian/US band has to offer. This is power metal. Or so I am told. I kinda expected this to be so over the top that I had to put on shades not to be blinded by it but it turned out much more restraint than I had expected. Yeah I know, expectations is the mother of all fuck ups but I can’t help to sometime expect the unexpected. But having said that, this is not a bad album. It is still a cool slab of metal. Perhaps a tad more symphonic/epic than power metal but it is still operating within those perimeters. This is an album that should be played on a massive as fuck sound system and not on a computer to reach its full potential. Anders Ekdahl

MARTYRVORE ”Obliteration”

(Deathrune Records)

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There are some band names that sparks a flame in me even though I haven’t heard a single note of music . MARTYRVORE has a ring to it that invokes a desire in me for this to be some massive death metal assault. I really hope for that as I am in dire need of a good death metal fix. This was exactly the kind of death metal that I had imagined it to be. The murky American kind of death metal that was big in the 90s. The one that bands like Incantation play. And since Incantation is one of my fave US death metal bands this is my kind of band. But as much as this reminds me of US death metal lurks a feeling of there being something more to it too. I also get an old school Swedish death metal feel to this. Whatever. This is still a cool slab of death metal. Anders Ekdahl

MOSCOW ”Queen Of Sin”

”Queen Of Sin”

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Okay, why not use your home town as your moniker? It might not tell much about your music but it sure does tell where you are from. This is supposed to be some sort of wonder child that started at an early age and still isn’t that old today. This is the debut EP that is making quite some noise for itself. I am not one to be easily swayed by hype but I gotta admit that I am intrigued to see if this is bird, fish or in between. This was nothing like what I expected. Not that I thought it would be something girly or pink but perhaps not as harsh and edgy as this is. Musically this is what you’d describe as modern metal. You know, the contrast between soft (relative) and hard, between beauty and the beast. This is for those of you that like In This Moment, New Years Eve, The Agonist and bands like that. I must say that I found myself extremely positive to this. Usually I am a bit reluctant to this whole beauty and beast set up but this time it works. Bloody hell, am I getting soft now? This I want to hear more of. Anders Ekdahl

OTHAR ” Euthanasia of Existence”

” Euthanasia of Existence”
(Deathrune Records)

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I don’t think that I am no different than any other having grown up on VoiVod in expecting something cool when you see a band name that makes you use your imagination in making any sort of sense of what the hell the band name stands for. With OTHAR I have no clue what to expect. But if it is anything like it was when I first discovered VoiVod then this is going to be a hell of a ride. But that is perhaps to expect too much as those moments are few and far between. But OTHAR are too shabby a band. This is black metal that strongly reminds me of Mayhem’s monumental album. It has that same vibe. And for every album that mimics that influential album you get a bit more jaded because, seriously, how many times can you make coffee using the same beans. But somehow bands keep coming up with new ways. This is isn’t the most up tempo black metal you’ll find but it does work in favour of OTHAR. They go more for the ambience than the full force. And it does work surprisingly well for me too. Anders Ekdahl

RIMRUNA ”Der Hatz entronnen”

”Der Hatz entronnen”

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I don’t know what this is gonna be like but from the stuff that I have heard that Naturmacht has released I expect this to be of a high standard whatever it is. I hope for some massive black metal but I am open for anything that is dark and menacing. And based on the song titles this isn’t going to be a joyful ride. It has all the makings of a dsbm kinda release. And since I am a huge fan of the melancholic side of things I really hope this is gonna be one of these releases. If I had to place this German band’s black metal anywhere geographically it would in Norway. For some reason it makes me think of the Norwegian band Kvist and their massive album “For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig vike”. So it is in that region that I’d like to place this album. And that to me is a perfectly great place to be. Anders Ekdahl