Prophets of Yahweh, “Oronodromozro”

India remains a buried gem within the treasure hoard that is underground metal. Though bands like brutal death Gutslit and progressive melodic Demonic Resurrection have been gaining momentum and notoriety, everyone is still missing out on what incredible music the Indian underground has to offer.

I don’t even remember how I stumbled onto Prophets of Yahweh, but I was smitten with their first single, the first and title track off of Oronodromozro (don’t ask me how to pronounce that). And I was fortunate enough that I could get part of my preorder a couple days early so I could write it a proper review.

The album begins with a gloomy sounding guitar solo, a somber chorus chimes in in the background, and then emerges a quiet but deep growl. And then you’re yanked under by the sheer weight of the track.

The level of heavy is pretty consistent throughout, however if for whatever reason the prospect of thrashy/ proggy death metal is too heavy for you, rest assured that there are a few slower, jazzy, ambient interludes to lighten things up a bit. But don’t let that deter you; Oronodromozro isn’t so proggy that it becomes hard to follow, but it isn’t so simple and redundant that attention meanders away elsewhere.

Aside from the title track, “No More” stood out to me; it reminded me of a song that might have been on a later Revocation album (Deathless, perhaps?). It might just be me, but I hear some serious Dave Davidson inspired riffage and solos. The only thing that’s different are the vocal tones.  Jithin Peter (leads, vocals) exhibits a stellar vocal range; his high/mids are very reminiscent of Jens Kidman (Meshuggah), and his lows are purely demonic.

I don’t want to give too much away, but this album is sheer fire. My only qualm is that I wish there were another couple tracks; Oronodromozro seems to end almost too quickly after it starts.

This album is out now! You can jam it right here in the embed above, and if you like what you hear, you can head over to the Prophets of Yahweh bandcamp and scoop that bad boy right up. They’ll even send you a CD if you’re interested. Of course, if bandcamp isn’t your thing, you can find Oronodromozro on a myriad of other platforms such as Youtube, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc. etc.

Though this one release has taken quite a bit of time to finally become a reality, Jithin and the Prophets of Yahweh guys are already concocting ideas for their next release. If you have an opportunity to ever see these guys live, I envy you, and you should absolutely check these dudes out.

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Interview; Sahil Makhija, The Demonstealer 2019

When you think of extreme metal, it’s hard to imagine incredible music being spawned from places other than Europe and North America. But truly, metal is a global phenomenon, and India is somehow found forever out of everyone’s radar. A few bands have been crept up there since the early 1990s, but the last 15 or so years have really showcased the forward momentum of India’s metal scene.

Sahil Makhija has played a pretty big part in helping that scene grow, and he boasts a pretty impressive resume; from an outstanding discography from both his solo project, Demonstealer, and his main squeeze, Demonic Resurrection, to starting the first extreme metal label in India, to hosting his own cooking channel on YouTube. And that’s not including the laundry list of session work he’s done, or his new project, Solus Ex Inferis.  I am extremely fortunate that Sahil has allowed me to pick his brain about all of the above.

Though I am saddened by some of the responses, my respect and adoration for this man remains strong.

How long have you been playing guitar? What made you want to play in the first place?

I started learning the guitar back in 1998 so that would make it about 21 years of playing the instrument. My love for heavy metal music is what made me want to learn the instrument. There is just something about metal music that inspires most of it’s fans to learn an instrument or form a band.

Were you always into guitar and vocals? Do you have any other hidden talents?

I actually started out as just the vocalist of Demonic Resurrection and after our guitarist Prashant returned to the USA after the first show that kind of put me in a spot where I had to play guitar and sing. I also do play a bit of bass and keys and have recorded both instruments on quite a few of my own releases. I also do play the drums and recorded them on my side project Reptilian Death.

Who are your major influences, musically speaking?

This would be hard because I’m constantly inspired by musicians that I am listening to and I am discovering new music everyday. When I started out it was bands like Metallica, Sepulutra, Pantera, Fear Factory, Marilyn Manson etc and then I had a lot of influence from bands like Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth and Old Man’s Child etc. Death metal, Power metal, thrash metal, doom metal etc etc I mean my list is endless.

You have an outstanding solo project with a solid discography, but Demonic Resurrection is equally amazing. Do you have a favorite between the two?

Honestly it’s like picking between your testicles. I like em both equally but I think in terms of what I do with the projects Demonic Resurrection is sort of my ‘main’ project because it actually plays live and has been around longer and is the more well known of the two. My solo stuff is more about playing with different drummers, doing the kind of stuff I can’t do in DR. So very different projects.

Explain what influenced Demonic Resurrection using more than traditional instruments in a metal band. Did it come naturally or was it planned?

You could say it was part of our evolution. We kind of experimented with Hindu mythology, just the ideas and the artwork on our 2014 album ‘The Demon King’ and we wanted to take that a step further and we did what made sense for us musically. It was definitely something that we really enjoyed exploring creatively.

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And you’ve recently released an EP with a new project, Solus Ex Inferis. How did the band come together?

This is the brainchild of Dave Smith who had already written the songs and gotten Lord Marco [Pitruzella; Anomalous, Neurogenic, Hunhau Mitnal] on board to play the drums. He was looking for a singer and I thought it was an interesting project so I signed up and now I’m full time with the band. I am quite excited about how the EP turned out and Dave is now writing the full length album and I’m excited to lay down my vocals on the songs.

And of course, of all the music you could be playing, why death metal and its variants? Are there any not-metal projects you’re associated with?

I had a comedy rock band called Workshop but even that had some ‘metal’ in it. Metal just spoke to me and I guess death metal would be my favourite sub genre of metal, so that’s what I play. Honestly I don’t think too much about the genre when I write music, I write what comes naturally to me but I guess I just love blast beats and death metal kind of riffs.

You’re also involved with quite a bit of guest/ session work, is that something you’re still interested in? Actually asking for a friend

Hahaha, I’m always up for sessions work. I have time and I’m happy to spend that creating music in some way, shape or form. So yeah, always available. Thankfully I have my own studio and setup so it’s very easy for me to record music.

Unfortunately, your tour across India didn’t pan out, but you did manage to skip over to the UK for a few dates. Can you talk about that a bit?

I think the markets are very different to begin with. In the UK it’s a different ball game and the economics are different. In India we’ve played all over the country but perhaps we didn’t approach the tour in the right way. I guess you learn from each experience and then you can figure out how to make it work if you try doing it again. What I mean is, in India for starters we have to fly from city to city and not every city has a music venue, let alone a venue that is for metal music. We also have an agent in the UK who was able to book the tour and find us a support band that could drive us and share backline with so it’s something that worked out quite well.

In a semi-recent post, you kind of hinted that Demonic resurrection might be headed for retirement, is that true? Or do you perhaps have other plans for DR for the future?

Yeah that’s the plan. Honestly after 18 years I am just tired. I’m tired of struggling at the same shit, I’m tired of constantly being let down by people. I’m tired of constantly having band members quit and find new talent, get them up to speed and only to have them quit when they find other priorities. I mean, I don’t blame anyone for anything but I just don’t know if I have the strength to keep doing this. So right now all I know is I’m out. I’m not working on the band, I’m not writing music, I’m not planning tours. If someone wants to make something happen and they call me and it’s doable. I’ll do it. But I’m not writing 100 emails to festivals, labels, promoters and working my ass off only to be let down again.

You started one of India’s first record labels geared towards extreme music. What made you want to start your own label in the first place, nonetheless targeted towards heavy music?

I had no choice. There was not a single label in India that would release our music and I knew that if I didn’t do it myself no one would. That’s the reason I started Demonstealer Records. When I put out our album ‘A Darkness Descends’ I was able to sell a good number of copies, trade with various labels around the world, organize launch gigs etc. I thought I should do this for other Indian bands too who don’t have any other options. Of course over time I realized it was too much of a stress and not worth the effort so I shut it down. But it was born out of necessity.

What difficulties do you deal with promoting yourself and your music in markets outside of India?

I guess the same as any other bands have, getting people to listen to the music. Standing out from the sea of countless bands that exist today. I have done everything that I could possibly do. I learnt a lot along the way about how to do PR the right way and even ran my own metal PR agency for a while.

Headbanger’s Kitchen has gotten pretty big over the last couple years, but it looks like it’s been a bit since you’ve had guest chefs (my favourite being the dudes from Fleshgod Apocalypse). Do you plan to have more guests in the future? Do you have any guests arranged now that you’re willing to talk about?

The funny thing is I gave up on Headbanger’s Kitchen and the format of the show where I interviewed metal bands. It was not worth the effort once again and I wrapped it up. I decided I was only going to shoot cooking videos when I felt like it and I would do it with 1 camera, all by myself and put it out. It’s only when I did that and started making Keto diet recipes that the channel took off and now I do Youtube as my full time job and my audience doesn’t really care or listen to metal. Most of them don’t actually. Which is why I have no interest in getting musicians on the show to interview since that old format is not what works for me. Of course if some of my favourite musicians ever come to town I will be more than happy to have them over for a meal and feed them. Maybe I’d even do the interview then, but only for special musicians that are my personal heroes.

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Any last words? Questions, comments, concerns?

Thanks for the interview and I hope people reading will listen to the music I make and enjoy it! Cheers and Stay Demonic!

And infinite thanks to Sahil for not only this interview, but for helping the Indian extreme metal scene grow and thrive. Though I am a bit heartbroken that Demonic Resurrection will be put to rest, I am excited for what Solus Ex Inferis will be cooking up, and the future session work Sahil will be involved in. We wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors.

Crypteria Self Titled Album

Crypteria released their debut self titled album and I’m just getting around to it right now.  Dang, did I slack.  These guys pump out mind blowing, groovy and very heavy death metal.  They have creating neck breaking guitar riffs, killer vocals and drums staying true to their Florida roots when it comes to death metal.  It’s a quick record at just over 31 minutes, but you can keep it on repeat and go wild just like I did! I never got sick of it, and am extremely interested in their follow up.  “Crypteria” is a great debut for a new band and put the guys off to an absolutely blazing start to their music careers.

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CRYPTERIA:

Austin Burleigh – Guitar
Rex Kirkland – Drums
Kevin McCombs – Bass
Bobby Warner – Vocals

Warner’s voice is a great combination of a classic and modern take on death metal making Crypteria a brutal choice for old and new school death metal headbangers.  Kevin and Rex’s rhythm work are the driving force behind this heavy band, no doubt.  I am extremely surprised with this band and glad I gave the guys a shot.  You never know with new bands, especially with a debut…..it can be really good, or really bad.  I’m proud to say its anything BUT bad, and would suggest this to anyone into extreme metal.  Grab the album here or on any digital platform.

https://crypteria.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4nQ-oBEl2jXUMTPD2UcveQ

 

Check out this killer playthrough of “Immersed In Emptiness”!

Faint Signal to Release Sophomore Album

Cincinnati progrock duo Faint Signal are getting ready to release their second album, Formula, but they’re asking for your help! They’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign to help with the final product.

I know crowdfunding campaigns still leave a sour taste in people’s mouths, but Faint Signal want to help give back to the community. A portion of the Indiegogo proceeds will be donated to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. For those of you that don’t know, Mr Holland’s donates quality instruments to underfunded music programs and provides a variety of services to help support music education programs.

The self proclaimed “Craigslist hookup”, comprised of Henri Eisenbaum and Randy Campbell, are no newbies to the music scene. Pulling influence from the dawn of progressive rock; Genesis, Yes, Rush, etc., they strive to aid in the rejuvenation of the genre.  Though the bulk of Faint Signal’s music was born through the two of them, this time they’ve brought in a couple of other experienced musicians to help enhance their established sound.

Of course, for now, you can jam Faint Signal’s first release on their Reverbnation, and Facebook. And if you like what you hear, scroll back up to that Indiegogo link and help some dudes (and students) out. Formula release details will be published as as they are released.

Kaiber Koi unveil debut song “Archaic Wave” for the universe!

Kaiber Koi is a Melodic Progressive Metal/Rock band with beautiful vocal melodies and guitars that draw you in like a beautiful Daniel Tompkins voice. Those guitar melodies are all over “Archaic Wave” which draws you in, and some sweet rhythms too.  For a debut, it’s pretty solid.  It’s not the tech part of the genre, but that Tesseract style melody with as much melody and texture to their tunes.  I think a tour between Kaiber Koi, Forlorn Seas and Lest We Forget would be pretttttttty sweet, yo. This song is officially available digitally starting the 22nd, so if this style tickles your pickle go ahead and grab it!

INRAIN- “Rhyme Disarray Destination” Official Song Premiere

The Indonesian attack is at it again through Eastbreath Records with a band this time called INRAIN.  Now if you’ve been paying attention, ER has been signing more technical bands and that’s what the record label looks to be focusing on.  Now, let’s shift gears to something really groovy and straightforward shall we?  I have been gifted one track titled “Rhyme Disarray Destination”.  Holy crap, it grooves. It’s a solid modern take on death metal, with the energy and emotion some bands in the genre lack sometimes.  The drumming is on point, and the vocalist just rips.  The guitar lead is melodic, and an unexpected melodic progression underneath it just to change things up.  Then, it kicks back into full gear.  I dig the track, and hope you do too. You can check out Eastbreath Records right here for all your INRAIN needs. While you’re at it check out the rest of their impressive and growing roster…..must I say the Indonesian Artisan Era? Only time will tell. Stay brutal and stay tech!

 

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Phobiatic to Release Fourth LP

With three full lengths and an EP under their belt, German death metal project Phobiatic are almost ready to release another. Founded in 2008, Phobiatic boats members of other projects like Warfield Within, I Despise, and Fake Idyll. The death is strong with these other projects as well.

The influence of death metal giants like Suffocation, Origin, Cryptopsy and Dying Fetus are heavy amongst their discography, but don’t let statement form a bias against them. Phobiatic offer their own flavor of technical death metal, but don’t think for a minute that their complexities take away from the brutal foundations of their music.

When I asked drummer Kai Bracht about Phobiatic’s upcoming release, he said that they’ll still offer a high level of technicality, but are bringing other metal influences into their material.

Their newest jams are currently in their mix/master stage, but for now, you can catch Phobiatic’s three previous LPs and their EP, as always, on their bandcamp. I’m stoked to hear what goodies they’ve got cooking and we wish them the best of luck with their hunt for a record label worthy of their material.

Interview; Levi Dale, The Ritual Aura 2019

Amidst the sea of generic, run of the mill promotional crusades, The Ritual Aura‘s Levi Dale has devised a rather interactive game of sorts in anticipation for the band’s third album, Velothi.  Curious as I was, Levi was kind enough to let me pick his brain about the new record, the campaign, and a few other things. Have a look!

Dave Jurenovich: What’s your musical background and how you were brought up artistically?
Levi Dale: I started playing guitar when I was 11, so 14 years ago now – mostly self-taught, and it just took over my life for a very long time. My mum has a pretty good taste in music so I was exposed to a lot of it growing up, lots of rock and metal with bands like Guns N’ Roses and Metallica. As tastes got heavier I was introduced to technical death metal and it completely flipped my perception of what you could do with music and guitar.
I pretty much knew then and there that was what I wanted to be doing, no questions asked.

DJ: What inspired you to begin The Ritual Aura?
LD: TRA started as a creative outlet for the music I was writing in 2012/13 – my first serious attempt at writing a record – which eventually became our first album; Laniakea.
I met some great musicians in the process and it all just went from there. We shared similar goals and got along really well, all just wanting to create interesting music and push what we can do.

Vick Sacha: Out of the vast array of music you could be playing, why death metal?
LD: The immense creative freedom and diversity within the genre is something that really stands out to me, yes there are stylistic conventions we tend to gravitate towards, but people are constantly finding new and unique ways to push the boundaries; through various sub-genres and styles there’s always a god-tier gem of an album to discover right around the corner, and the quality is only getting better each year.
I also just really enjoy writing and playing interesting material, so it was either this or… I don’t even know what I’d be doing, probably classical music.

VS: You’ve concocted a rather interesting and elaborate PR campaign for your newest release, Velothi. What inspired you to send your fans on a crypto-historical scavenger hunt?
LD: A big inspiration for it was Cicada 3301 and their yearly puzzles, alongside some other ARGs I had come across through the magic of Youtubeland.
The whole idea of an alternate reality game is really interesting to me, so I just started planning puzzles, not really expecting much. I ended up spending days on it, and eventually was confident enough to put it out there.
It also gave us another means of interaction with the community, which is always welcome.

VS: Your campaign has been up for a little over a week. So far, has the response been what you were expecting? What do you predict for the future outcome?
LD: Seeing everyone work together to solve the clues has been both humbling and amusing – you guys are awesome.
The feedback so far has been great, people have solved each tier in 24 hours or less, so I may have to kick things up a notch for the final stretch..

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VS: What correlation does said scavenger hunt have to do with the album’s content?
LD: While it’s not massively intertwined with the record itself, certain puzzles serve as a way to introduce people to album-relevant lore and point them in the right direction for reading material, should they want to learn more.
I’ve scattered a few things in there that’ll make a LOT more sense when the album drops. Little hints and previews are everywhere!

DJ: What can you say about your upcoming album and what sets it apart from the rest of your library?
LD: Velothi is easily the most experimental and ambitious record we’ve done so far, from the change in approach to writing, to the sheer amount of guests and styles woven into things, everything has been scaled up since Tæther.

VS: The date of your upcoming release’s date is still ambiguous, and 2019 is far from over. When do you think you’ll announce a release date? Or does the answer to that lie within your PR campaign?
LD: People have been really patient regarding a release date, and I should finally be able to shed light on that in the coming month or so. The goal is early to mid-year, and with recent developments on vocals and mixing of the record I’m pretty confident we’ll be finished sooner than that.

VS: Do you want to talk about any session musicians you’ve recruited on this record?
LD: Currently there are 11 session musicians spread across Velothi – by far our largest guest-list yet.
This album introduces several new instruments and styles into the TRA palette, from violin/viola (Ryan Cho) and operatic vocals (Adrianna Tentori), to nylon (Nick Padovani) and fretless guitar (Fountainhead).. just to name a few.
Everyone has done an incredible job with their parts and I couldn’t be happier with the result.

VS: I can’t imagine that you’ve stopped writing, so how far into your next release are you?
LD: Nothing is really concrete yet, I’m still looking at candidates for lore/concepts beyond Velothi, but have a couple of ideas.
Prior to writing our last album I immersed myself in Japan’s folklore for a few months and the stories that really stuck became ideas for songs, which lead to inspiration for the music itself.
I generally prefer to start with the story and themes before writing any music.
Velothi was pretty much the same story, so there’ll probably come a day soon where I sit down and work out where to take things next.
If you break each album down so far, we’ve covered sci-fi, horror, and fantasy – so i’d like to continue the trend and mix things up again next time.

VS: You announced late last year that Velothi would be released on your own label, Ire Harvest. What were the deciding factors that led you to start your own label?
LD: I started Ire Harvest following TRA’s departure from our previous label, to serve as a dedicated platform for the projects I’ve been working on/plan to release in the future, and eventually help other bands with a bit more experience under my belt.
In the time TRA has been active I’ve handled a lot of the background work, and figured if I’m already doing it I may as well be building something that has the potential to grow into its own entity and maybe help other people out one day.

VS: Can you briefly talk about why you took on Lūmenwood as the second band on your roster?

LD: Lūmenwood is a side-project I’ve had in the works since late last year, alongside Brandon J. Iacovella – the other guitarist in TRA and riff-vanguard in Proliferation. We’ve since completed the line-up for a debut, featuring some excellent musicians, and the material we’ve put together so far is sounding great.
Hearkening back to the previous question – giving Lūmenwood a platform from the very beginning also helps with insight from a label perspective, regarding the problems I might encounter that TRA is perhaps beyond running into.
Murphy’s law in full effect and all.

DJ: Do you think you’ll ever play any shows in the future?
LD: We have in the past for special occasions (like the launch of Tæther), so I wouldn’t rule it out moving forward.
Currently we’re spread across 4 different continents though, so albums are and will likely always be the main focus, but if the stars aligns we’ll be there!

VS: The lot of you are still fairly young, as is The Ritual Aura itself, what does the future hold for you?

LD: I feel like we have a LOT of ground left to cover as far as writing music goes.
Velothi continues the tradition of a paradigm shift between records, one we’ve strived for with each album so far, and will continue to aim for in the future – this really helps keep things fresh and interesting as time goes on. Maybe next album will be about cake! Who knows? and that’s exciting!

VS: Any last comments, questions or concerns?
LD: Thank you for the great questions!
I hope you and your readers enjoy Velothi when it finally drops, it’s been a blast putting it together these past 2 years, and I can’t wait for you all to hear it.

New single coming very soon! Solve the puzzles to hear it early.. much love <3

https://www.facebook.com/theritualaura
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And I cannot thank Levi enough for taking the time to answer. You know the drill, guys. You can find all of The Ritual Aura’s music on bandcamp and a bunch of other music platforms. Any additional details will be posted when we know them. And most definitely keep your eyes peeled, your quest is not yet over.

Continuum release ripping single “Release From Flesh And Blood” from upcoming album

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Tech Death shredders Continuum have just released a single “Release From Flesh And Blood” from their upcoming album “Designed Obsolescence”.  It’s a shredder, for sure.  A huge addition I believe in the band is adding Inanimate Existence drummer Ron Casey to the throne, who I think stands out big in the song.  Being an Alleagaeon fan, Riley fronting the band on vocals is pretty sweet.  The guitar work is ever so fabulous between Chase and Ivan, ripping it up with some sweet riffs between the band’s insanity.  Their debut album was solid, and am not disappointed in the new single. They did get to play some shows in support of the first album, and would like to see them try again for “Designed Obsolescence”.  I’m super excited to hear what the lads have in store for the rest of their second album.   Pre orders will be live at the end of the month through their label Unique Leader Records.

Here’s the statement from the band Facebook page:

“New song up now along with artwork and tracklisting for “Designed Obsolescence” out February 22nd!
Santa Cruz, Ca based technical death metal behemoths Continuum have unveiled the album art and track listing for their brilliant, mind bending, and absolutely unrelenting sophomore album Designed Obsolescence, which they will unleash on February 22nd.

PRE-ORDERS GO LIVE JANUARY 22ND (bundles, vinyl, cds, merch)…

Designed Obsolescence was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios and features nine violent, incredibly technical, and endlessly engaging tracks which showcase how the group, which features current and former members of Animosity, Deeds of Flesh, Decrepit Birth, Allegaeon, possess an otherworldly command of the genre. Drums were recorded by new member Ron Casey (Inanimate Existence, ex-Brain Drill, ex-Rings of Saturn) whose surgically precise playing is the perfect complement to band’s technical prowess. Artwork was created by the incredible Par Olofsson.

Guitarist Chase Fraser commented on the album, “We’re really excited to release our second record for Unique Leader Records. I feel like this album incapsulates the feel of our first album while adding many more layers and expanding on the concept of what Continuum can do as a
band.”

https://uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/…/designed-obsoles…

Designed Obsolescence track listing:

1. Theorem
2. Release from flesh and blood
3. A History Denied
4. Designed Obsolescence
5. All Manner Of Decay
6. Autonomic
7. Into The Void
8. Remnants Of Ascension
9. Repeating Actions”

 

Blood And Thunder- The Necromancers Cantos

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Blood and Thunder (inspiration from Mastodon, I’m going to ignorantly assume who I love) is a killer melodic death metal band who released their latest EP this past November “The Necromancers Cantos”.  Blood thirsty bears, naked women with green hair…..pretty gnarly right? Time to focus on the music, I don’t want to know where your messed up minds are gonna go so let’s stay on topic.  These guys drew me in with a polished, heavy and obviously very melodic sound.  The keyboards are used so intelligently and swiftly where it occasionally harmonizes with the guitar on some leads. It isn’t cheesy in the sense of it’s super up front like a terrible 80’s band,  the synth and keyboard are in the RIGHT spots on the EP.  Yes, there are parts where it’s the leading melody in sections occasionally but it isn’t overused.

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BLOOD AND THUNDER: 

Ryan Yancey – Drums / Vocals

Nick Hughes – Bass

Damian Boger- Keyboards

Major Bruno- Guitar

Michael Anthony- Guitar

Oh, and as you can see their drummer is their vocalist….which is not easy to do, by the way.  How cool is THAT? The guitar tandem of Bruno and Anthony is dynamic and have well written parts.  I already touched on the synthesizer and keyboard talent of Damian, but Ryan seems to be the gravy on the mashed potatoes.  His voice has a nice range of a low enough guttural, and those higher growls you tend to hear in melodic death metal.  His drumming is equally as impressive, to boot.  The guys have already opened up for stellar acts such as Amorphous, Dark Tranquility, Moonspell and Omnium Gatherum (by the way that was all in one show!).  You can also add Koorpiklani, Ensiferum and Becoming The Archetype to that list as well.  Don’t worry, they’ve also headlined plenty of shows in their existence which is just reaching over a decade since they started the machine in 2008.

If you’re into melodic death metal, with a bit more melody and harmony than usual Blood and Thunder will fit that to a tee.  “The Necromancers Cantos” is a solid EP with lots of energy and is pretty heavy as well.   The Seattle based band is just another testament to the Midwest and Northwest metal explosion of some great newer bands. Check out the EP just about anywhere on any streaming platform or digitally.

https://www.facebook.com/bloodandthunderband/

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