FATAL ERROR blew me away with their heavy sound. I usually don’t go for that heaviness immediately but there is something to this band that drew me to them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

What was it that made you want to play in a band in the first place?
-Greetings, my name is Vyacheslav Smirnov, I am the vocalist in Fatal Error group. I do not know as others, but personally me to play to group has involved an extreme drive, a charcoal fumes and full creative freedom!!

How did you guys get such a heavy sound?
-All business in the excellent firm instruments, talent of writing and the abrupt studio sound producer which knows that from it is required and as it to make.

What kind of influence have Meshuggah had on you and why are they considered the greatest?
-This command has, of course, made some impact on us, to deny it senselessly, but we never aspired to copy someone stupidly. On the contrary, we aspire to write the ORIGINAL material. How much it manages – to be judged to you. Meshuggah not the most abrupt, simply they worked much, put the purposes and went to them. For it they should be respected. Now they serve for many as an example as it is necessary to approach to business.

I know very little about Russian cities apart from Moscow, St Petersburg, Krim and Vladivostok. What kind of city is Perm? Any great metal scene going on?
-Perm – a city of factories, prisons, accidents and any «real boys». Threw a party here on a minimum, sometimes pass local heavy concerts, legendary stars occasionally call in threw and as though all on it. Not densely, in general. All are content with music from ??3 players.

How much inspiration to write music and lyrics do you get from everyday life in Perm?
-Every week-day in Perm – as if a ready track to an album (all was in a reality). 1 – the people who have burnt down alive in a bar; 2 – the broken soft-boiled plane; 3 – the burning car with live people inside which gapers on phones etc. Corruptions remove, washing up of money, the politician.

When I listen to “Conglomerate” I hear so many different influences. How hard is it to write really good songs? When do you know that you’ve written a great song?
-As to music tracks we write all together directly on rehearsal. Each song contains a particle of each musician of group. Therefore a stupor at the material composition doesn’t happen almost. Ideas at one were exhausted; another always has in a stock some counters.
The song successful, as a rule, when all band breaks into a dance and slam. And still when on a point acquaintances come, will take pleasure in the fallen in love tracks, which else weren’t played at all concerts.

I gotta say that the cover to the album impressed me a lot. How do you go about finding and choosing the right kind of art work?
-The cover concept is born in my head in the course of a material writing. Always there is a certain factor which unites all songs, it and becomes the main thought of an album, so – a disk cover. In this case with an album ”Conglomerate”, uniting thought was that all tracks were different years and different in stylistics. A conglomerate – (an armor. conglomeratus — dense, condensed) — connection something diverse, a chaotic mix. On a cover we also wanted to represent this conglomerate. Like it would turn out))))

How much of a help is it to have a label backing you in promoting the band?
-Well, if on a minimum it would be desirable that the label has helped to pay expenses on record, mastering and work of the designer for a cover of a following album the material on which is already almost written. About concerts, rounds and merch also we do not speak.

Is it harder to break into the international metal scene when you come from Russia? Does it feel like you are far away from the European/American metal scenes?
-Well it is certainly hard. Russia never was abrupt threw power as, for example the countries of Europe or America. From here all complexities. It is not enough people listening to the present heavy music. Few the international threw festivals etc., etc.

Where do you like to see Fatal Error going in 2012?
-The band would like to act in several cities of Russia well and if it will turn out, and in near abroad cities. We plan to begin record of our second album. Thanks for questions, buy our disks and come on our performances, won’t regret!!! I am sorry for possible grammatical errors)))


What is there that needs to be said about GIRLSCHOOL? One of the few survivors from that classic NWOBHM era. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

I’ve been aware of Girlschool since the 80s. How do you view being a part of heavy metal history?
JAX: It’s an honour to be a part of it. There have been so many great bands throughout the years and I’m happy that the scene is still alive and well and that we’re still a part if it

Girlschool is one of few surviving NWOBHM bands that are still active. What is your secret to still being at it in 2012?
JAX: We all still love playing and as long as we do, we’ll keep on going. We’ve been together now since 1978 and never split up, a few line-up changes but only 10 members in all that time. We’re fortunate too that we have great followers who have stuck by us the whole time and whilst there’s still an audience there for us then we will keep on writing and performing.

To many your album “Hit And Run” seem like the high point of your career. Is it hard to shake of people’s expectations that whatever you do should sound like that album?
JAX : Every time we record an album we don’t even think about making it sound like something else, we write, we play and whatever comes out, comes out, we are true to ourselves. There are many who feel the “Hit and Run album” was the bands best album but then many others who would say “Legacy” or “Play Dirty” etc were, it’s all down to personal preference. We can’t and don’t even try to live up to other people’s expectations we just do what comes natural, that way we always enjoy what we do.

I guess it must feel a bit strange to see something you as a band recorded 30 years ago still being in demand. What kind of feeling do you have for the old Girlschool stuff?
JAX : It’s a great feeling when people still want to hear your music and people who are coming to hear the band for the first time now in 2012 are wanting to buy all the back catalogue. We re-recorded “Hit and Run” as it was its 30th anniversary year and thought it would be a good idea to give record it with how we play and sound now but still remaining true to the old songs. We won’t be re-doing all the albums of course, it was just that it felt right to do it for this one.

I have never been in a band so I have no idea what it is like to be creative in that sense. How strange is it that the stuff you record on tape/record isn’t your property while the intellectual stuff is?
JAX : Hmmm that really is a bug bear for all bands not to own their own material. One of the reasons we wanted to re record “Hit and Run” was to get back the songs once again but it didn’t quite work out as we’d hoped. Most bands sign deals that really do them no favours at all and Girlschool are no exception to that, having signed deals whilst young that didn’t benefit them.

Looking back at your back catalogue, how much control do you have over it? Is there something that you wish hadn’t put the name Girlschool to?
JAX : None at all unfortunately. There are record companies putting out collections all over the world that we have no say or control over. The only albums that we have some control over are the ones since 2000 and even then not full control. There’s probably hundreds of different albums out there we have no idea about and will never see but there’s nothing we can do about it. There’s no album that we actually know of that we’d be ashamed of having our name associated with.

What kind of interest is there in the back catalogue to be re-released on CD? What would be the ultimate re-release format for the old stuff? How would you like to see the re-releases getting treated?
JAX : There is a lot of interest and we’re constantly being asked how to get a hold of certain albums but we have no say in what of the back catalogue gets released. If we owned the back catalogue then we’d re release all of the old albums as they were so that anyone who wanted them would have access to them.

I guess that the career of Girlschool hasn’t been a high profiled ride all the time. How tough is it to have to take a straight job to pay the bills when you have been/is in a band that helped shape the way many looked at heavy metal?
JAX : No not at all, although we’ve kept going throughout the 34 years we’ve been together even when there wasn’t the profile there, mainly because we all love playing music. We’ve all had to do other things other than the band to make ends meet as do many musicians now but we’re still able to get out there and play too and that makes it all worth it in the end.

I have to ask this. What was it like to be a part of a so vital and powerful scene as the NWOBHM was in the 80s? It helped shape my musical taste.
JAX : Although I wasn’t in the band in the 80’s (joined 1999) I know that being a part of that movement has been good for the band and we get involved with a lot of the festivals with the bands from that era which is always great fun and like a huge party back stage with all the old bands getting back together again.

Are there any chance that we will see a new Girlschool album in the near future?
JAX : Hopefully so, as we’re still promoting and touring the “Hit and Run” revisited album we haven’t really thought about it as yet but give it time…lol


There is a fulfilment in discovering acts new to you. Austrian IRDORATH and my interview partner Markus Leitner were totally unknown to me before I heard their album. Now I want to know more. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

Let start with a short introduction of the band. Where and what is Irdorath?
-Hi! First of all we want to thank you for your interest in IRDORATH! We are a black/thrash metal band from Austria, formed in the year 2005.

What made you want to sing in German? Any limitations in using German as a metal language?
-That is easy to answer… our past singer, who was a member from the beginning of our band, has always written his lyrics in German and had some quite satisfying ones. So we started our band with German lyrics. German is a harsh sounding language, so it fitted to our kind of music. Yes there are limitations. You can find a lot of criticism in our lyrics but if you do not speak the language you cannot get it!

With 80+ million living in Germany I guess you could make a living playing music without leaving the national borders but how does singing in German work outside of your native country?
-That is true for Germany, but we are from Austria (only ~ 8 million people) and we are planning gigs across the borders in the future. I think there are a lot of people who like the sound of the German language also in other countries. We got quite good reputations from many people who do not speak German but I think it is harder than with English vocals.

What is a deconstructor of Flesh? What kind of lyrical themes do you deal with?
-A better translation is “Destroyer of flesh”. I think now you know what it means?! The main aspects of our lyrics are criticism according to mankind, the church and all different crimes and outrages people do to others. We present that in a provocative and some kind of brutal way, sometimes also with some sarcasm. I think this fits to our music.

How did you get a deal with Massacre Records? What are you expecting to get out of it?
-We sent the promotion CD of our album to Massacre Records and we got an invitation to visit them. There we had some good hours of talking and finally we signed the contract it. That is the classical way! We are expecting good promotional work and support and so far we are really satisfied. Massacre Records is a very professional label with good contacts, so we are looking forward to the future work with them.

Once you got a deal in your hand is everything from there a smooth ride? How hard do you have to work now to get even further down the road to stardom?
-Haha, no! Nowadays with that large amount of bands worldwide, the internet, downloads and so on, nothing is a “smooth ride”. But we love to make music and are proud that we could get that deal. Since then we are working even harder and are developing our music and sound. We are very realistic… is there any road to stardom in the present metal scene? If your answer is yes, call me!

What kind of scene is Irdorath part of? Do you feel like you are being treated with the kind of respect you deserve?
-We are not trying to fit in one scene or subgenre. I would say we are part of the whole metal scene. We are also open minded to other metal stiles than black metal, this is what you can hear in our music as well. I think every musician who works hard and honest deserves respect, no matter which kind of music. Everyone has a different taste, so if someone does not like our music, that’s okay for us. We get respect for our work and music, but of course not from everyone!

How much of a live band is Irdorath? What kind of live scene are you a part of?
-We really like to play live. But due to problems we had with our past members and their motivation, we did not play that much in the past. This has changed now. We use corpse paint and spikes live, cause that’s what fits to us, so due to that, you could see us as a member of the black metal live scene. But as I said before, we feel as a part of the whole metal scene (especially black, trash and death metal).

With some really great festivals in Germany how hard is it to get on them? What kind of live scene is there apart from the festivals during the summer season?
-There are a lot of festivals, also in our home country Austria. We play some of them this year, 2013 we hopefully play a lot more and the bigger ones in Austria and Germany. In Austria there are many concerts besides festivals, maybe too much. It is impossible to play or visit them all! But we do our best, as band as well as visitors.

Tell us the plans to further bring Irdorath into the limelight?
-We are busy writing songs for our next album and are very confident with the result at that time. Besides that we are practicing a lot and planning concerts. So you will definitely hear from us in the next year! Thank you for your interesting and comprehensive questions! Feel free to check out our music, come to our live shows… visit and like us on facebook or myspace. There will be our latest information what`s going on and we really appreciate it if you also leave a comment!



I love doom metal, Has done so since that first Candlemass album back in the 80s. Danish RISING might not be totally doom but they sure are heavy enough. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

Apart from Rising being an album title by Rainbow what made you go for it as the band’s moniker?
-We wanted something that indicated some kind of force or primal, which also our lyrics tend to focus on. As always it wasn’t easy to find a name, but luckily Henrik came up with this one, but he was actually not inspired by the Rainbow album. Being a huge Rainbow fan myself, I was a bit uncertain if it would come off as a too obvious connection for some, but it sounded cool and the meaning was there, so we went for it.

What is it about slow and heavy metal that is so appealing?
-I guess you just have to listen to the track “Black Sabbath” to find out. Within the frame of heaviness, you can write crushing, huge, direct and epic and do it melodic or dissonant. Heavy metal music is what we love.
How hard is it to find your niche in an already overcrowded metal scene? Where do you see Rising fir in?
-Doing our thing. I think we combine the heaviness with melody and song writing in a way that makes it our own. If people like it, it’s cool. Besides this we have no intention of fitting in.

Does playing slow demand a greater musicianship as to just playing fast? What is the greatest challenge in playing slow?
-I think every pace demands presence, passion and musicality, slow or fast. I don’t see us as a particularly slow band, we have both slow, mid tempo and fast songs and riffs.

Denmark is a small country population wise. How hard is it to find like minded individuals that share the same goal and ambitions?
-For our kind of music it’s not easy. Most metal musicians in Denmark are into thrash and death metal – music I like, but are not interested in playing these days. But we were lucky enough to trace down each other – individuals, who had the urge to seek out the possibilities in other areas.

How does a Danish band end up a German label? How do you feel that you fit on the label’s rooster?
-A lot of Danish bands get signed on labels abroad these days. Luckily, because there’s really not more than a few Danish labels to get signed on. The internet has done a lot for underground bands I guess, but in my view it’s nothing unusual, as the metal scene has always been tapetrading, sending out demos, checking out foreign bands and so on. But actually we’re a pretty unusual name on this specific label, Exile on Mainstream, as we’re the first “real” metal band on there. Normally they working with doom/stoner/noise rock-bands, but they dug our stuff and we liked there style, so there you go.

Denmark used to have a great metal scene in the 80s but contrary to the Swedish it just seemed to die out in the 90s/00s. Any explanation to this?
-There was a lot of bands in the Danish scene in especially beginning of the 90’s being a part of the whole death metal thing. Also great bands like Invocator, early Illdisposed and Iniquity, and there’s was quite a scene with lots of people attending the shows. But as death metal kind of withered, the metal scene did too – the musicians got stuck in brutal death metal, and the audiences didn’t care, there was too little diversity. But I guess something happened in the mid 00’s with bands like HateSphere, Volbeat, Mercenary etc. getting their acts together, touring and getting signed. The scene is much more vital now, even though it doesn’t appeal so much to me personally. The Danish hardcore/punk scene though is awesome, one of the best in Europe.

Has the climate to be a band in Denmark changed over the years? I’ve always thought of Denmark as a more liberal band climate kind of country, a country more inclined to encourage than discourage bands to keep going.
-Yeah, as said, a new generation of bands has arrived, and they’re in general more focused and good players. That shift happening was long overdue. I guess we’ve had the conditions for a thriving music life, but it’s always been haulting behind in comparison as to for example Sweden. I think it’s pretty cool now, but a lot could still be done – I think Sweden has done a lot of good things for music on a governmental level, like in the music schools, which Denmark could learn a lot from. In Denmark there isn’t the same respect about music and culture as in Sweden, and that’s sad. I hope to see a mentality change there. Until then, we just rock out.

How much of a touring entity is Rising? Is it worth leaving a job to go out tour knowing that you’ll make near to nothing on it and having to look for a new job when you get home? What is it about touring that makes people leave the security behind?
-We’re very much a touring band, and we go out as much as possible. We’re all aware about the sacrifice of a normal job situation, but then again, we really don’t want a normal job situation. We tour, and then we go home to a not so stabile jobs, and then we tour again, when it’s possible. It’s all right, because really we live to write, record and play this music live. It’s just the good old joy of kicking out the jams, can’t live without it.

With an album that’s been out some time now and with a festival summer approaching what plans do you have for Rising?
-We have a 2½ weeks long European tour coming up now, covering a lot of countries. After that we have 4 Swedish shows – Linköping, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö in May/April, Not so many Danish metal bands get to tour in Sweden – I guess you have your own good amount of metal bands, – so we’re REALLY looking forward to that. Also we’re playing Hultsfred in June and hopefully a couple of Danish and German festivals over the summer. That’s pretty much the touring plans right now. Besides this, we’re writing new songs for the next album, and that we will do through whole of 2012. It’s gonna be lovely.


SAKARA might need an introduction to most of you out there. Hence my interview with the artist that goes by the name of Sakara. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

What made you want to do the whole Sakara project in the first place? What need was there for it to happen?
-Why not, is what I say! I had enjoyed being in bands for many years but after the split of my last band I wanted to do something different. Life is to short and so I did not allow myself to be disheartened and give up I instead saw the ending as new beginning. I like to experiment and cross a lot of musical boundaries and going solo was an opportunity for me to create an album in my own way. It was in May 2011 I met Stephen Clarke (Thinman) and we joined in a powerful yin yang collaboration. We worked very well together I was very happy to have finally found someone that understood me and shared my vision and I made a great friend in the process. I could not have completed “Blood and Stone” without his help. You can only be yourself at the end of the day and bring to life what ever idea’s you have in the best way possible that’s all I have tried to do with this project. I have never been one to follow the crowd and I don’t expect others to follow me either I am not looking for fame or fortune I just do what I love to do and can only hope that others will love It also.

What is it about metal that attracted you to it and eventually drove you to wanting to do it on your own?
-I love and appreciate all kinds of music but for me metal has an intensity and passion that you can’t find in any other genre. I love the power, drive and aggression as well as the balance of the soft and heavy, light and dark, slow and fast, clean vox and growls. I am a big fan of bands like Katatonia, Anathema, Opeth, Cradle of Filth & My Dying Bride. I love the atmosphere these bands create. I also love bands like White Zombie, Pain and Machine Head they kick major ass. These bands for sure inspire me to create but it also comes from a place deep inside, it’s like an unseen force that drives me. Music is one of the ways in which I can fully express myself

When you front your own band/project how do you go about finding the right people to work with? That to me seems to be the hardest part.
-It is hard to find the right members but I am a great believer that if something is meant to be it will happen I have put the feelers out there for local musicians so will wait and see what happens.

What plans do you have for taking the whole thing even further, beyond just a releasing an album?
-Once we have a complete line up we hope to get out there and play some live shows I have already been asked to play some cool venues and we have also been talking of plans to write and release another album in the not to distant future. As an artist I like to focus on being creative and leave the management and pr side of the business to the skills of my manager

How hard is it to keep everybody feeling involved when it is your name that fronts the band? How do you keep the egos in check?
-At the end of the day no matter what accomplishments you make in life, somebody has helped you along the way and therefore it is important to remember and realise that there is no I only one. For a cart to move forward it needs wheels. If everyone is moving forward together then success takes care of itself so it is important to find others who share the same vision and passion that you do so everyone will be naturally moving in the same direction.
How long did it take to come up with enough material to record a full album? How much stuff do you trash in the process?
-I already had many ideas and songs written. I rarely trash anything I like to keep them as I have found that I have in the past often thought idea’s I came up with were rubbish at the time and put them to one side then months later after forgetting about them I will listen again and think its not so bad after all and it sets off ideas for me.

Is every idea worth saving? I have a hard time remembering stuff that I come up with if I don’t write it down and save it.
-Yes I always write it down and save my work and idea’s, sometimes I will look back and an old piece might fill a part of a song or complete it and be just the ending I was looking for

How involved are you in the portrayal of you on the cover, how the art work and booklet lay-out looks? Are hands on or can you take a step back and trust others to do it correctly?
-Dave Charlsey (Decline Gothica) did the images for the album and he, Stephen Clarke and Dave Smith (my manager) helped with the layout and final product. I trusted in there decision although I would have preferred not to have my mug all over it, but everyone seemed to like it so I went with it. The front and back cover was however my idea and have a deeper meaning to the albums theme which is about life, death, rebirth, resurrection and transformation from one level of being to another. It is about finding ones own power and light in the darkness and learning to love what we find both the positive and negative within, the beauty and the beast and letting go of who we think we are to become who we really are and find our wings and fly. The song She of the Throne especially represents this with Isis’s journey to find and restore Osiris.

When do you know that an idea works? Is it instantly or do you have to sleep on it, live with it for some time before you decide if it works or not?
-Sometimes I know instantly and other times I sleep on it and live with it for a while but usually the best ones you know right away have something.

What will 2012 hold for Sakara?
-To be honest I do not know what 2012 holds for Sakara but I know that I will continue to make music what ever happens and I am really looking forward to playing some live shows and working on the next album.


UNDERSMILE follow in a British tradition of sludge and doom. Not music for those of you who like to buy it pre-packaged in a nice envelope. But if you dare venture beyond the conventional you’ll be in for a journey. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

Both Oxford and Cambridge are more known for higher studies than dark rumblings on lower frequencies. How do you go about forming a band in a place that people don’t stay too long in?
-We’re not really involved in the student side of Oxford to be honest – there are plenty of students in Oxford and a lot of student bands but Oxford has a well-established and respected music scene and many of the bands, musicians and publishers have lived here all their lives. We’re pretty much one of those bands.

What is there in the description “sludge” and what is doom too you?
-When we think of sludge we think of slow, discordant music played quite loosely (bands like Melvins and Eyehategod). For us doom is that gut feeling of emotion, of fear etc. A lot of music is labeled as doom because of the tradition which Sabbath started but we tend to take the definition of doom literally in our own music and try to create a feeling of impending doom.

When you form a band you are pretty much nothing until you start writing music and present it to somebody. When do you know that you are a part of a scene?
-It was difficult in the beginning because we were getting put on weird, eclectic bills with bands that sounded nothing like us. We knew we were part of a scene when similar bands got in touch with us and we started playing with like-minded bands and musicians. Playing with bands like Weedeater and Zoroaster helped to establish us on the sludge/doom scene which has been getting bigger and bigger recently. Now we definitely feel part of a vibrant UK underground scene.

When you write songs that lasts 10+ minutes how do you know when to stop? Why doing so long songs and not break them up into 3 three minutes one instead?
-We don’t sit down and try to write long songs – we just play quite slow and don’t want the songs to feel rushed which tends to mean that they can go over the ten minute mark. When we do write a shorter song we’re normally quite pleased because it means that we’ll be able to play more than three songs at our gigs! We do have some musical interludes on our upcoming album that are less than 3 minutes though so that might surprise a few people.

How do you write lyrics to songs that are that long?
-It’s the same situation as when we write the music – there aren’t more lyrics than in any other kind of song really, it’s just we play slow!

When do you know where to insert the lyrics into the music? What part does the lyrics play in the music?
-It’s intuitive really – some parts lend themselves to having vocals on top of them. We all think interesting lyrics are an important part of a piece of music because words can be so suggestive/evocative. As for the vocals, we like to think of them as two parts of one voice.

How does a small band from the UK get a big time American name to be involved in the process of the new album?
-To be honest we just sent Billy (Anderson) a message and asked him if he’d be interested in mastering the album. Fortunately he liked what he heard and had a space in his schedule so we agreed to do it. It was really pretty straight forward!

Does it make any difference having a big name mixing/mastering than somebody totally unknown if the skill level is the same?
-No it really doesn’t make a difference who does it as long as it sounds good. We just really wanted to work with Billy because we all respect him and admire his work. (He just mastered the album though, the album was produced and mixed by Jimmy Evil)

You’ve released two EPs (one of them being a split) that are both available as downloads (pay what you want) and as CDs. What are your take on this “digital download is killing music” debate that is going on?
-Obviously we’re a struggling band so the money is important to us so we can afford to make more music. But on the other hand the internet gives us more opportunities to reach new fans and if people download our music illegally it’s not ideal for us but at least it helps to spread the word. We all still love physical releases though because there’s something about holding a piece of music in your hands and admiring the artwork that digital music will never be able to replace.

When the new album is out what are your plans in terms of promoting it? How big sacrifices are you ready to make for the band to break big?
-The album is out at the end of May on Future Noise Records and we have a couple of tours coming up (with Conan, Serpent Venom, Grimpen Mire, Cultura Tres, Banda de la Muerte, Pendejo) as well as some high profile gigs with Dylan Carlson (of Earth) and some other bands that are yet to be announced. We all make sacrifices to play our music – we all have children so it’s hard work just to do gigs sometimes (Taz only had two weeks off after giving birth before we did a gig) but we’re just plugging away because we love what we do. Some people thought we’d slow down after Taz and Olly had their baby but if anything we’re more determined now than ever and 2012 looks like it’ll be the best year yet for our band.

Thanks Anders!


(Xtreem Music)
You don’t have to dig deep to find the underground. On the surface Spain might look like a sunny country but just scrape the surface and you’ll find a myriad of underground bands that wants your attention. Aggression is one of these Spanish bands that should be discovered if you like thrash metal the way it sounded when Anthrax was on top. Or how a fistful of second wave thrash bands sounded like. This is in no way as extreme as Slayer was but still hard enough to challenge Megadeth. This is thrash metal with a touch of melody and a lot of aggression. Don’t mistake melody for weakness. Aggression are not weak in any sense of the word. This turned out a nice surprise. Not as bland as I feared. Instead it grabbed me by the balls and didn’t let go until it was over. Anders Ekdahl

ANHEDONIST “Netherwards”

(Dark Descent)
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it until the day I die; I love discovering new bands that I’ve never heard of before. If ever faced with a band I’ve never heard of and a new album by a known band I’ll go for the new band in 9 out of 10 cases. Anhedonist are new to me. I like it when it is primitive and basic. Anhedonist are primitive and basic in a way that crosses Hellhammer with Obituary. A combo that might seem weird on paper and a combo that is even weirder in reality but somehow it does work. Don’t expect a speed fest when listening to Anhedonist. If you have ADHD or just difficulties sitting still you might want to stop reading. If you don’t mind listening to music that you need to stay alert for then Anhedonist might be just the band for you. If you too like both Hellhammer and Obituary and don’t mind the cross contamination then “Netherwards” might very well give you a piece of mind time. Anders Ekdahl

ANTROPOFAGUS “Architecture Of Lust”

“Architecture Of Lust”
(Comatose Records)
At times an album comes along that I can’t genre define. Antropofagus I thought would be black metal but instead I get a strong death metal feel a la Behemoth. There is that same attack to this album by these Italians as there is to present day Behemoth. So to hell with all expectations of this or that. I’ll just enjoy it for what it is; a pretty hard hitting extreme metal album. There is a charm to being beaten to a pulp by an album you had no expectations on. The fact that you can sit with a big grin on your face even after having been violently assaulted by an album just proves that you’ve had the ride of the day. That the furious tempo can feel a bit limiting doesn’t diminish the fact that this is one hell of an intense album. Anders Ekdahl

BLOOD MORTIZED “The Key To A Black Heart”

“The Key To A Black Heart”
(Chaos Records/FDA Rekotz)
I liked Blood Mortized’s “Bestial” EP quite a bit. I’m a huge fan of the late 80s/early 90s Swedish death metal sound not only because I was there when it happened but because the music that came out of that period is so brutal and raw even to this day. So when I got word that Blood Mortized had an album coming I pretty much wetted myself in anticipation. Could this be even better than the EP? Would they outdo themselves this time around. And to my surprise this is so bloody good that I feel like I’m back listening to the latest demo tape by bands like Entombed or Dismember. This is so bloody good that I almost can’t find the words to describe how good it is. This is Swedish death metal the way it should be done. Not that I have anything against In Flames or Dark Tranquillity but this is Swedish death metal at its core. Anders Ekdahl