August 30, 2013

ROGER WATERS THE WALL - Bucharest, 2013

Let me put it this way: two days later, I'm still shitting rainbows. And unicorns. Tomorrow I might shit the Powerpuff Girls, but that remains to be seen.

So yeah, defecation-related puns aside, I went to Bucharest with my special lady to see Roger. After waiting in line for two hours and trying to come up with the most inventive ways to blame Roger for Pink Floyd's breakup, we were finally allowed to enter. Needless to say, as soon as the doors to Paradise were opened, a flood of 15 year olds wearing Pink Floyd T-shirts bought just before the concert sprang towards the entrance, while I swaggered along in the most conspicuous way possible. After I was thoroughly frisked by THE MAN, I went scouting for some food and water, since I wasn't allowed to bring any of my own. And yeah, I know, it's a concert, things are supposed to be expensive, what did you expect you retarded chimp, oh my god, blah blah blah, but 7 RON (2 dollars) for a tiny glass of water is just fucking crazy. So I decided that I'd rather die of starvation and dehydration than buy their shit.

Anyway, I had the cheapest ticket available, hence I didn't expect to see much and ooooh, how wrong I was. Being so far away from the stage, I could see the whole freaking wall, which is not the case for the PATRICIANS who sold their families to the Somali pirates in a desperate attempt to raise money for a more expensive ticket. I also had the opportunity to sit on the grass like a dirty hippie and smoke one cigarette after another while I waited two and a half hours for the concert to start. All of a sudden, two big fucking fireworks were launched and bricks were shat. I've been waiting for this moment for such a long time, and there it was.

As you all probably know, the album itself explores the life of Pink (a character based on Roger Waters), the unreliable narrator, whose father was killed during World War II. Pink is oppressed by his overprotective mother and abused by tyrannical teachers at school. He eventually becomes a rock star and descends into a life of drugs and violence. After his relationship ends, he builds a  ''wall'' around him, separating himself from society. Hidden behind the wall, Pink's mental state deteriorates as he pictures himself as some kind of Nazi dictator performing at rallies, where he sends people he deems unworthy to execution. Feeling crushed by guilt, he places himself on trial, after which he tears down the wall, opening himself to the outside world.

Now, I'm not going to analyze this concert song by song, moment by moment because it would take forever to talk about every single detail. It's a cerebral, visual experience that can't be put into words. What I CAN tell you is that everything, from the production values to Roger's spoken Romanian were top notch. The sound effects were brilliant - I could hear every single cymbal, riff, etc as if I was listening to the damn thing on my headphones. The projections on the wall - clear as the sky on a hot summer day, creepy like a clown walking and talking in reverse. The plane that fucking CRASHED into the wall at the end of the first song - craaaaaazyyyy. There was also a huge flying pig inscribed with fascist-like symbols and oh-so ironic messages such as ''Trust us'' , a big, ugly and disfigured... figurine (Pink's abusive teacher, basically) who was trying to stomp the choir of children on Another Brick on The Wall aaaand the occasional female nudity on the projections that accompanied one of my favorite songs of all time, Young Lust , to which I whispered into my girlfriend's ear : ''Those are the biggest tits I've ever seen in my life''. Fortunately, she was supportive enough as to not let me sleep in the rain that night.

But when I heard the haunting gibberish that serves as the intro for Comfortably Numb, I almost burst into tears of joy and happiness. My girlfriend started trembling and my excruciating headache caused by a severe lack of food and water suddenly vanished. When the first solo hit my eardrums, the guitarist appeared on the top of the wall in front of a spotlight, casting his huge shadow on the building behind us. You don't see something like this everyday. It was... just, I don't know. Beautiful. Pure genius. It's been on my mind since then, and it'll probably stay there for a long, long time.

I don't know how to end this, so I'll leave you with a picture of a little souvenir I picked up on my way home and a piece of the giant fascist pig that I mentioned before. Now please excuse me, I got some manly tears that are in a desperate need to be shed.

Jazz Week, day 1: Sam Rivers - Fuchsia Swing Song

I thought I should do this series of reviews because, first of all, I haven't reviewed anything in a while now and I feel like I'm gonna get fired anytime soon, but also because I've recently started exploring my...I dunno, sensitive side, and I did it through jazz. Beautiful, soothing, classic jazz that is going to put you into a most dazzling yet delightful trance. So, as I said, every day until next Thursday I'm going to post a review of a jazz record you may or may not have heard, but that I am very fond of. So, today we're checking out...

 Fuchsia Swing Song, Sam's first album as a leader, and a perfect representation of beautifully crafted free jazz. Sam Rivers was a highly influential jazz musician who managed to achieve substantial popularity in the 60's, when free jazz became a thing, gaining a larger fan base.

The record kicks off with the eponymous track, which lets you simmer down while a capricious, slow-paced tenor sax portion enraptures you - but not for long. Shortly after, the cymbals come in, giving Sam the opportunity to show us his improvisation prowess, a carefully mastered blend of speed, tenacity, and pure fervor.

The second track, Downstairs Blues Upstairs does exactly what the title suggests, welcoming you to a world of somewhat contrasted sounds. From the breathy and dynamic saxophone to the more melodic piano solo, which enchants you until Sam's saxophone playfully comes back with lively patterns and arrangements, in a delicious Coltranesque manner.

Another stand-out track is Beatrice, a slow-paced song that proves the diversity and variation of this album; compared to the rest of the songs on this record, Beatrice is a mellow, yet seducing song. It begins with a gentle piano melody which anticipates the slow, heavy saxophone chant that follows, totally engulfing you in the savory atmosphere.

I really don't want to spoil this one for you, because free jazz is an adventure by its very nature, and you must explore it on your own. I'll just leave this beautiful piece here.

August 26, 2013

Inner Outlaws - Inner Outlaws (2013)

Inner Outlaws are a Brooklyn-based five-piece psychedelic rock outfit who are totally fresh on the scene. Well, actually... not quite, because this band features members from the excellent instrumental post-rock group Spaces, whose album Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void is a fantastic cosmic journey which I highly recommend you listen. 

Now, Inner Outlaws is a whole different affair than Spaces. Their debut EP has just two songs and only clocks in at about 15 minutes, yet it features many different movements and switches pace multiple times. Points of Fire opens with a futuristic progression of guitar notes which sound like they're about to explode into a soaring guitar solo, but nope!, the band shifts to an electro-rock inspired segment that kinda reminded me of Muse if they were less focused expensive effects and more focused on atmosphere and sonic details. The band doesn't linger on for too long, though, so the song gradually brings back the squealing guitars and becomes a really groovy, spacey bit of post-rock that eventually bleeds right into the second song. Bodies of Water starts off as a sweet folky tune with twangy guitars and melancholic lyrics, after which it moves onto a slightly darker atmosphere punctuated by acoustic guitar passages and droney bits. During the final part, the song goes back to the folk-inspired musings and everything ends on a cheerful and optimistic note. 

Ultimately, Inner Outlaws are all about atmosphere and creating a feeling of wonder and excitement. The music constantly reshapes itself and brings forth many different elements, from post-rock to soul and indie rock, making for a rather eclectic mix of sounds which is certainly interesting enough to warrant multiple listens. Their EP drops tomorrow and you'll be able to find it on Bandcamp. It's a great start and I can't wait to see what these guys come up with in the future. But until then, here's some videos for your viewing pleasure.

August 25, 2013

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City (2013)

There are two genres of the 'rock compartment' that just don't resonate with me on a particular level, and those are indie rock and black metal. Aside from occasional snippets of musical prowess or some specific elements that blend into other compositions of different styles, I find these two types of instrumental expression to be so obtrusively boring that I can't stand them even as background noise (Marco black metal included). And yet, here I am, putting 'pen to paper' what might be described as a review to this indie rock band's latest output, Modern Vampires of the City. 

Now ain't that just superior of me, huh?

Me feeling like Chester

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get on with the actual record.

I've come across this band courtesy of a local radio station that featured in several occasions one of their songs, called Ya Hey. This track turned out to be quite a pleasant listen, save for a few minor flaws like the appearance of a bombastic tune that doesn't actually develop into one and maybe, just maybe, being one minute longer than it should have been. It also has some thoughtful (if not poetic) lyrics, so I imagined that this could be one of them records that break the monotony a bit from inside the whole staleness of what indie rock represents to me. 

These things said, I've searched for the rest of the songs from this album, with high hopes for a mature, eventually vampire themed magnum opus (as the name suggests), that would prove to be the exception which sends this metalhead here to the corner of one's room, crying in shame for not discovering them earlier and opening up to the possibility of great new music to torture my speakers with.

But it didn't happen. The vocals grew weary on me, vampire references were none to be found (or for the most part, lyrics that might make a little bit of sense to anyone else than the writer - Ya Hey excluded here) and soon I'd found myself reverting my opinion to that which I've stated in the opening paragraph.

I don't know, maybe I'm not cut out for this type of music. Maybe George or Marco will try to explain to me the aching mysteries of what it means to be an indie rock fan, because for the hell of it I cannot fathom an accurate response.

P.S: While researching the band I've come to find out that frontman Ezra Keonig is actually cousins with automotive visionary Christian von Koenigsegg, who started his own car company in his early twenties and now produces some of the fastest cars on the planet. No small feat, I tell you! Also, Ezra seems to have a Romanian legacy, but I didn't actually went about into discovering his whole family tree. 

So maybe for these two tidbits of information, maybe the time was well spent with the band.

August 18, 2013

Mouth of the Architect/Kenoma - Split (2006)

My oh my, seems now like a very long time since I passed up on TZEEEAC a sludge recommendation and while I think of it, this 'little' record here would be perfect for anyone to make up their mind if they want to pursue this kind of music in the future.

Composed of only three tracks (one from MotA and two coming from Kenoma) and passing just over the 37'th minute mark, these songs feature all the basic elements of a post metal/sludge release (occasionally even post rock), and combine them with aplomb into a enjoyable, 'easy to take into' listening experience, without having to rely on the mammoths of the genre for an introduction.

Plod away now, musicheads, and behold the numbness of oceans...

August 14, 2013


After much internal doubt and debate, I've finally decided to attend the first edition of Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2013, held in Râşnov, near Braşov. I figured three days of chilling, drinking, headbanging and junk food eating in the mountains is a good way of blowing some money, especially since I probably won't go on any major trips or concerts this year - unless you count the excellent November to Dismember fest, and you should, but more on that later this year. Besides, there's tons more reasons for me to go:

  • - I love the city of Braşov so this is a great way to visit it again. 
  • - Said visit will take place in the company of a wonderful friend who I haven't seen in months. 
  • - The food out there is excellent. 
  • - There's a bear sanctuary and a cool cave nearby, so maybe I'll visit those too. 
  • - Fellow blogger and sweet bro Jonathan will attend the second day of the fest, and who doesn't want to see photos of us being dumb together?

All of these would probably be enough to warrant the trip, but hey, there also BANDS playing at the festival! The organizers have assembled a pretty varied line-up, which I will comment on below: 

DAY 0 (??) - 29 August - The All Romanian Rejects

DAYS OF CONFUSION: 17:25 - 18:00
ROADKILLSODA: 18:35 - 19:15
GOTHIC: 19:45 - 20:30
ABIGAIL: 21:00 - 21:45
GOODBYE TO GRAVITY: 22:15 - 23:00
TROOPER: 23:30 - 00:45


Days of Confusion play a mix between punk and easycore with plenty of melodic vocals and sweet leads. Sounds like something Sergeant D of Stuff You Will Hate would enjoy on an off-day at the beach. 

Roadkill Soda play psychedelic, sun-burnt, alcohol and petrol-fueled stoner rock, which will probably fit well in an outdoor setting. Looking forward to seeing these guys.

Goodbye to Gravity aka nu-metal lives again! The singer even kinda looks like Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park. Also, mirin dat black shirt-Punisher t-shirt combo.

DAY 1 - 30 August - The day nobody wants to miss

FALSE REALITY: 16:00 - 16:30
CODE RED: 17:00 - 17:35
BUCOVINA: 18:05 - 18:50
CARACH ANGREN: 19:20 - 20:10
LAST HOPE: 20:40 - 21:30
DECAPITATED: 22:00 - 23:00
NAPALM DEATH: 23:30 - 00:30
GOJIRA: 01:00 - 02:30


Obviously, Gojira is the one band in this fest that's got a ton of people excited. Jonathan is driving from Bucharest just to see these guys (and to see me, of course) and I'm really looking forward to their show. I've actually gotten into them pretty recently, but I love L'Enfant Sauvage and I can't wait to see them perform Explosia, Liquid Fire or the title track from the latest album. BRING ITTTTTTT!

Again, Napalm Death are obviously one of the main reasons to check out this fest. I haven't really followed Napalm Death, but I'm pretty sure they've played at least like 5 times in Romania already. Still, I haven't seen them yet, so Rockstadt Extreme Fest will be a good opportunity to do so. C'mon, it's Napalm Death. Can't argue with these blokes.

Decapitated. Ehhhh. They used to be really good - Winds of Creation is an excellent death metal record - but the new incarnation of the band is nowhere as exciting. A fat white dude with dreadlocks and cargo pants is never a good sign. Still, they might be worth checking out if they're gonna play any of the old material. I dunno.

Some people are really excited about Carach Angren, so I'm including them in the highlights too, even though I'm not really into symphonic black metal and these Italians aren't probably gonna sway me otherwise. Still, if you like theatrical black metal with tons of violins and shit, this will be right up your alley. Also, the singer kinda looks and acts like The Crow, so that's pretty cool.

DAY 2 - 31 August - I'll probably eat hot dogs for most of the day

DELIVER THE GOD: 15:25 - 16:00
ABNORMYNDEFFCT: 16:25 - 17:00
INDIAN FALL: 18:35 - 19:15
KROW: 19:45 - 20:30
TEXTURES: 21:00 - 22:00
SEPTICFLESH: 22:30 - 23:30
PRIMORDIAL: 00:00 - 01:30


The sweet boys in Textures are easily my highlight for the last day of the festival. They play a hybrid of djent, deathcore and progressive metal and they just seem like really cool guys, so I hope I get to meet them and tell them I really like their music. Reaching Home is easily my favorite Textures song. Love those clean vocals. Great video, too!

A lot of people really like Primordial and are excited to see them, so I hope they have a good time. I really can't get into their music, it just sounds super boring to me. Still, maybe seeing them live will convince me otherwise.

Fucking Abnormyndeffect! I remember seeing these guys back when I was in highschool in my city's only metal bar and they just fucked my face off. Granted, I wasn't even aware of grindcore at the time so my perception of this band might be a bit skewed, but I'm willing to put that aside and hope they put on another raw as shit show.

SepticFlesh might be worth checking out, although they seem to take themselves waaaaaaaayyyyyyyy too seriously and again their music has symphonic elements which aren't really my thing, but I don't know, I might check them out. PERSEPOLIS YOU LOST YOUR CROWN.

So these are pretty much the bands I'm most interested in seeing at this festival. I'm also interested in all the festival food and beer, which they say are going to be "reasonably priced". Hopefully there's at least some truth in that statement and I will be able to pig out and rock out. EATING AND ROCKING! YEAH! And of course expect a lengthy review when all is said and done. 

If anyone else is going, feel free to let me know or just come say hi and bring me a hot dog. It'll be much appreciated! 


August 12, 2013

Artmania Sibiu 2013 - Concert notes up there with the best of them!

Initially I wanted to do a large scale post about my whole trip to Sibiu this past weekend that would include lots of additional information about surroundings, great food, driving perks and beer. However, given that after a ten day vacation (meaning this festival plus some other days spent loitering, not sleeping much and generally procrastinating) I have an awesome feel that's come upon me, something close to a mother whale giving birth then wishing for a month's worth of rest (which I don't have, of course, that would require a vacation after this actual holiday).

More so, after a quick google search I found that there's not really so many visual or auditory information I could pass on to you about the happenings of these past days, other than some branded pictures and some foggy, poorly shot phone videos. So yes, the big ensemble you're seeing above with the red background is actually a snapshot from last year's festival, because why not! I'm the reviewer here, and if y'all don't like it you can move on and generate traffic on some other music blog! *j/k: Stay and read minions!*

Unfortunately, you'll have to make do with just some quick mental notes I've taken, which will appear as something of this kind:

1. Amaranthe!

Long story short: pop tunes over chugga-chugga metal riffing. And no, I've not gone completely over the edge yet, as wiki states exactly the same thing (although I didn't know it before hand, I'm just that good at music): 

Amaranthe is a Swedish/Danish band that fuses melodic metal with pop melodies. The band's debut album, Amaranthe, charted in Sweden and Finland. The album features a combination of modern metalcore-style breakdowns, harsh screams and heavy guitar riffs with soaring clean vocals and synths reminiscent of modern metal. The musical style of Amaranthe has been described as "a healthy dose of pop fused with a heavily metalcore-inspired melodic death metal sound".

And how does that fair? Well, to tell you the truth, it sounds even worse than it reads, to the point that I can't even give a more proper description without risk of repeating myself to death.

Final Rating: 2/10 would not listen to anymore unless I was piss drunk and I couldn't tell apart songs from monkey screams (which wasn't the case, evidently). 

2. Haggard!

No strangers to Romanian lands, German metalers from Haggard have landed in full force and shook the audience to its core like the worthy musicians they are. While not really being my cup of tea, this being a band I've listened to (very) sporadically in the past, I can't deny the power of their representation and moreso, the excellent communication with the crowd.

Final Rating: 8/10 in the sense that I got bored to the end of the show and a more appropriate description would be left better to the actual fans.

3. Within Temptation!

For me, this band had an evolution close to what happened to Tristania (and this is where the comparisons between the bands end): they started out with an interesting style and slowly but surely diluted it to the point of rendering newer songs impossible to listen to. With this particular show, it felt very much like club music pushed over a generic rock background, every sound I heard being utterly cringe inducing (and the background projections didn't help either). I could only take in about twenty minutes before relocating to a local pub and then calling it a night.

Final Rating: - \infty/10 would not make my children listen to it even if there was an axe hanging over their heads.

4. Xandria!

Opening the second day were the lads (and lady) from Xandria, another German outfit with roots deeply planted into symphonic metal, nice enough to grant us with their presence now in 2013. While being completely aware of them, I've never actually listened to their music, yet a single thought was revolving around my head the whole time they were playing: 'gothic metal for impressionable thirteen year old chicks'. I'll give you points for the effort, guys, but I don't think I've a heard a more boring sounding band in quite a while.

Final Rating: 5/10 the most generic music ever, guitars, drums and vocals included.

5. Orphaned Land!

I may look and act like Jesus Christ, but I swear to you I am not him!
*or something of the sorts*

This was the band I actually came to see, and if some of you remember, I actually reviewed one of their albums (arguably the best) as my first article here on TZEEEAC. Needless to say, however short the collective present this year was, they put on a hell of an appearance, playing some of their best tracks in the light  (pun intended) of being given only fifty minutes of stage time; which, for a progressive death/doom band with oriental folk elements that has five monster releases under its belt, is nothing short of an organizational disaster.

Final Rating: 9/10 am waiting for them to grant my ears again with their blessed music, but on a dedicated stage and maybe a 3+ hours performance.

6. Lacrimosa!

At this point during the show, it started raining. At first gently and appealing, like all summer rains tend to be, then slowly turning into a clusterfuck of a thunderstorm as the night was nearing its end (or start, as each of us preferred it). Normally, I don't mind a little bit (or more) of water, but what I didn't mentioned to you is that for the past three days I was plagued by what possibly could have been the mother of all colds, complete with aching chills, sensations of exploding eyeballs, massive headaches, non-stop sweating and some of the worst sleep sessions one could thing of (I was feeling poorly, to put it into small words). 

So, when the guys at Lacrimosa started, I knew I only needed to do one thing, and that was to MOVE. Continuously! It didn't even matter that I was listening to some of the worst gothic rock this side of Mordor and I cursed at every moment they decided to slow things down, eventually handling about one hour and fifteen minutes of the whole show. I actually could haven taken in some more (yeah, I know, I like to suffer like that), but my companion for the night was freezing cold so we decided to quickly head home, without the comfort of a taxi (as all were taken already, evidently) and with the soothing splashes of walking heels deep in puddles, as the ups and downs of the roads quickly gave way to torrent waves for us to bathe into!

And that's it. Maybe I could have written a full ten more pages to add to this article, but now I just want to crawl into a bed and sleep my brains off, waking up only once per day in order to receive nourishment and other bodily satisfactions from female amazonian warriors!

P.S: I haven't been to many festivals lately (as I largely prefer club venues), but I can't even remember the last time our local sponsor beer, WHICH I WON'T NAME HERE BECAUSE THEY'RE LIKELY TO SUE ME FOR BRAND PROFANITY, tasted so poorly as to I'd rather drink horse piss filtered through a camel's hump than be forced to go through that ordeal again. It was so goddamn awful that I had severe stomach pains during the second day of the festival, after three glasses consumed in the first.

I can only thank whoever I can for extremely long sound checks and cheap prices at a local supermarket. Cheery-oh, brother, and may our paths cross again in the future!

August 10, 2013


It's been a long time in the making, but I'm STOKED to finally be able to show off this fantastic interview with the wonderful and insane Giannis Nakos, vocalist and dress-up magician for the excellent Greek brutal death metal band MORTAL TORMENT. I saw them live back in Greece and hooooly shit, did these guys SLAY! If you want good, dirty, bloody, gruesome fun, then look no further than a Mortal Torment show. In this interview, we talk about their upcoming new album, the art of SLAMMING, Greek food, being brutal, losing your underwear to an angry mob, obscure TV show stars and eating shit. ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?

1. Hey dudes! We’re very happy to have you on our beloved blog. What are you guys up to?

Hey bro! All is well here, we're preparing for our first gig abroad, that's in Sweden, and we are more than excited about it! We are also working on new songs for our second full length album. Fuck, we are busy and lazy at the same time, not sure how we manage to do that but I can tell you we are constantly doing shit. Oh, we also just released a 4way split with Cenotaph, Demoniacal Genuflection and Hatred. The last few years have been productive for the band.

2. First up, we just want to let you know that we won’t ask you anything about how Mortal Torment came to be or whatever, since all that stuff is already up on your Facebook page. So this is going to be more of a free-flowing conversation. Also, Greece is fucking hot these days! How do you cope with this terrible heat?

That's a good question: we don't! The heat here is unbearable man! Though this year things were somewhat better, the Greek summer is a reason to abandon Athens and go live in Antarctica. We sweat our asses off at rehearsals, shit's crazy. Last year we did an open air don't want to know...all in all we will survive, fuck the heat. It's all about making music and eating pussy.

3. Your first album Resuscitation was an excellent cut of gory brutal death metal and I've enjoyed it a lot. Word on the street is you’re working on a new album. Tell us a bit about what we can expect. Are you going to add some more slam? How about a dubstep song right in the middle? 

Aaaah you'll never see me hating on dubstep, that's for sure. I actually enjoy it! Thanx for the good words on Resuscitation man, the truth is the new material is way more straight-forward and "to the point". Resuscitation will be wiped off the map, I think it already is. Some slam parts yes, others more old school oriented but filtered through the MT point of view. In total, the album will be groovier yet more aggressive.

Sacrifices to the gods of gore have begun. Our offerings are shredded cunts and severed heads boiled in gastric fluids. The gore theme will remain the same more or less as you may guess, we can't get serious about anything for fuck's sake! You'll see for yourselves.

4. We’ve asked this same question to Planet of Zeus – what’s some of your favorite traditional Greek food that you think everyone in the world should try? My Greek food of choice is two souvlaki skewers (one pork and one chicken), a generous helping of French fries, a huge bowl of Greek salad with tons of olive oil and a nice cold Fix beer to wash everything down with. Heavenly!

Dude, we couldn't have described it better ourselves though you forgot to mention tzatziki! We eat just about everything, especially meat and its products. Seftalia, kokoretsi, gardoubes, steaks of all kinds, lamb brains, eyes, tongues, and one of my all time favs: snails. Pork skewer is like nectar for us, food for the gods! I bet Babis from Planet of Zeus gave a good answer, cheers bro, so he's got us covered too!

5. Having witnessed your last show in Larissa, I was surprised by the massive response you got and all of your energy on stage. Tell us your craziest concert story since touring Greece and spare no juicy details!

Glad you enjoyed the show bro, really it was definitely one of our best! We were stoked to see all those people staying to the end of the show, most of'em being fans of doom and all. We do this to have a good time and it seems those people actually enjoyed themselves. Well, we haven't toured yet but there have been some cool stories here and there. One of the sickest would be from our show in Crete (cheers to Nick and the guys!) where we got UTTERLY wasted by raki shots and lost control with reality for some hours. So, I got on stage wearing only my underwear which got ripped off during the second song and I had to hold my balls with one hand whenever I stepped left or right in order not to get I threw it away after the shows and went through the night without underwear. But it's one thing describing this and another actually being there, having people pulling your pants down...

6. One day I went to university wearing the “Nice Sexual Tits” t-shirt with Theoharis’ face on it and all of my classmates were like “Oh my god, what the fuck is wrong with you?!” What’s the story of this particular design?

Ha ha ha that's the reaction we want damn it! Fuck yeah! "Nice sexual tits" is the top comment from our official video on Youtube. We think it's hilarious so we thought we'd use it on a t-shirt. Simple as that. Who doesn't love tits man? As for Theoharis, he is one of the coolest characters ever seen on the Greek TV(one of the most brutal too) so it didn't take much thought. There you have it.

7. Giannis, I know you're quite an accomplished graphic designer and you've worked with a whole bunch of cool bands. How did you start doing this and what was your favorite project to work on so far?

Accomplished? Me? Hell I really don't think so but I'll take that opinion for granted from now on, thanx dude! I started in 2006 doing free work for bands I liked. I didn't even ask'em, I just did some stuff, send them over (the Myspace days back then..) and if the band liked it they'd keep it. So, I slowly started creating a portfolio. It took 2 years to have a good back catalogue and thing took their path from then on. Some of my favs include the logo work for Slavebreed, the cover art for Severe Mutilation, and the honor of doing a shirt for one my favourite bands: The Crown from Sweden! I hope this shit continues to bring in more bands. Have a look if you're intersted:

8. Which bands would you love to see perform before you die?

Awesome question man, I've seen tons of gigs having been to 5 festivals abroad but the only band I haven't been able to catch on stage is The Crown. I'd kill to see'em perform the entire Deathrace King album one day! Also Soilwork, though I'd much prefer the Predator era, Devourment, Insidious Decrepancy and The Dropkick Murphys. Yeap, that would sum it up.

9. Some people dismiss the slam as being brainless, failing to pull the stick out of their asses and just enjoy the appeal of a monstrous breakdown. How should we punish these worthless people?

Hmmmm I 'd let'em eat a 2 kilo pile of rotten shit but I won't cuz it's all a matter of taste. To be honest, I dislike bands that only have that repetitive slam pattern over and over just because they cannot write anything better. BUT I sure as fuck enjoy a well structured song that contains a variety of rhythms, changes and a mind-fucking slam part to break your neck to. Check Vulnus, those guys would destroy each place they'd play. But at the end of the day: to each his own.

10. Aaaand we’re done! Thank you very much for chatting with us. As per tradition, we leave the last words up to you. MOSH!

Thanx so much for the time to write this down and for your patience man, it took forever to complete this intee ha ha and it's been tons of fun! I truly hope we meet again sometime soon, beers on me! Til then, mosh, fuck, suck, eat and shit cuz we only got one chance to fuck shit up!

[Haha, thank you very much! You are a true gentleman and meet again we shall!]

August 9, 2013

GUEST POST: Modern Life Is War - Fever Hunting (2013)

(Volo is back on TZEEEAC, this time with a review for the comeback album by Modern Life Is War. Trust the man, this album is the shit!)

On April 1st, I was busy doing my everyday shitty corporate job, when I saw a post on Modern Life Is War's Facebook page, stating that they are an active band again and have already written a new record. Being April's Fool day, I thought it had to be a joke, a really cruel one. Turned out it was for real and ever since then I eagerly awaited for it to come out.

I don't know where to start... This record is amazing and the waiting was totally worth it. Only 4 years have passed and it seems like Modern Life Is War haven't lost their edge, Fever Hunting picks up where Midnight in America left.

This is their second album recorded with producer Kurt Ballou, at Godcity in Salem, MA, and again the production is amazing, similar to their past stuff, which is great, because it keeps the band sounding consistent. In my last review I forgot to give props to Brad Boatrigh from Audiosiege for his great mastering job. This record is mastered by him as well and he is a pure genius. If you check out his portfolio you'll be blown away by his versatility: he has mastered records by bands ranging from Sleep to Nails to Pelican. If I was him I'd insure my ears.

Music wise this is a straight up hardcore punk record, nothing less, nothing more. But the way the songs are written and the passion with which they are played make this album stand out. The songs are usually played at a mid tempo beat, so if you're looking for breakdowns and fastcore beats, look away now. Actually no, listen to it, the lack of them actually makes this record more interesting. The riffs are melodic and have a certain epic quality to them, for example the main riff in "Health, Wealth & Peace" just makes me wanna run a stadium and feel good about myself, you know like that Rocky scene when he runs up the stairs. Or maybe it's just me...

Vocalist Jeffrey Eaton just seems to rage in despair from the first notes of "Old Fears New Frontiers" until the last track "Find A way". The lyrics are very catchy, I found myself singing along after just one listen.

After Verse and Give up the Ghost/American Nightmare got back together again, it was Modern Life Is War turn to give it another swing, and what a swing, it knocked down everything around. Fever Hunting has to be one of the best comeback record to be released in the past years. It has everything you liked in their older records with an excellent production, so don't sleep on this! Now if only Have Heart would reconsider their comeback...

You can stream the whole record on Pitchfork Advance and don't forget to get it on wax, because you know it sounds better. Get it on Deathwish.

August 8, 2013


We made it! Post #500! We're a long way til 1000, but we're slowly getting there! And we've also surpassed the 150,000 pageviews mark a few days ago, so we're doubly excited about that! It's really cool to us that the blog Marco and I started 2 and a half years ago has slowly grown into something bigger than we anticipated, with readers and bands constantly getting in touch with us. Thank you all very much for supporting us and talking with us, we really appreciate it! Not to mention the sweet bros that have joined our editorial team since its inception - Zulu/Jonathan, George and Daniel, here's to you! *applause* 

And to make our celebration a triple decker of joy and fun, today also happens to be Marco's birthday. Yep, our very own Italian sleazehound and the guy who has a whole genre of music named after him is turning 20 today. We're gonna party like animals tonight, so wish him a happy birthday and a safe trip home, after all the carnage. La mulţi ani, Marco!



August 7, 2013

RORCAL - Világvége (2013)

Here's an album I've been meaning to write about ever since I first listened to it back in Spring, but I've somehow put it off until I forgot all about it. Luckily, a friendly email from Lost Pilgrim Records brought this Swiss band back to my attention and hopefully into yours, as well, because they're really worth it. 

Világvége stands as RORCAL's third full-length album, among a bunch of EPs and splits. The title is the Hungarian word for "apocalypse" and this is exactly what you're getting on this album: the soundtrack to the violent end of this world.  After a funeral dirge of an opener, Világvége moves on to its second track called D, which is basically 9 minutes of non-stop punishment. From the get-go, you're being beaten into submission my some rather repetitive, but absolutely crushing guitar riffs, complemented by intense drum kit abuse and some really horrifying, throatripping vocals that befit the name of the release.

After making sure you are appropriately obedient, RORCAL turn up the speed and, for the next three tracks (II, V and IV) you are being thrown into a violent blizzard of shrapnel-like riffing and explosive drumming, while the vocalist takes it up a notch and just keeps on screaming until he pukes out his lungs. These three songs are definitely one of the highlights of this album, giving you a huge dose of blackened crust punk hyper-aggression.

VII mixes things up a bit and brings in some post-rock atmospheric sensibility, softening the blows slightly, adding in some quieter moments (well, maybe "quiet" isn't really the right word here...) and giving you a chance to catch your breath. And you're going to need it, too, because you're being thrown right back into the meat grinder on the second to last track, VI. The band's black metal influence is more than apparent on this track, with its flurry of malignant riffing and blast beat drumming. The song bleeds right into VIII, the album closer, which takes a sudden turn towards black/drone territory at around the 2:40 mark and finishes things off nicely. And by that, I mean you're left a crippled mess, eager to press Play again and start the torment all over again. 

Thanks to Lost Pilgrim Records for getting in touch and thanks to RORCAL for providing me with some of the most soul-crushing music of 2013. My innards appreciate it. Check it out for yourself below and say  hi to the guys on their Facebook page.

August 6, 2013

GUEST POST: Oathbreaker - Eros|Anteros (2013)

(Today's review comes from our buddy Volo, who's a graphic artist, a drummer and a sweet bro. He turned me on to this ravenous band a few weeks ago and, even though I'm really into them, I couldn't figure out how to describe this mindblowing album. Luckily, Volo volunteered to write about Oathbreaker's latest effort, Eros|Anteros, and save me the embarrassment of laying out my stupid thoughts. Take it away!)

Hailing from Ghent, Belgium, Oathbreaker are a power house mixing black metal, Converge-ish hardcore and post metal to create a really heavy brutal sound. I first heard of them back in 2011 when Deathwish signed them. I immediately checked out their first EP and I dug it, although I can't say the same about Mælstrøm, their debut LP on Deathwish. It's not bad, but beside a couple of songs, the album is pretty generic for all the modern Converge-ish hardcore these days.

Fast forward to 2013 and Oathbreaker are back with a new LP, again Deathwish serving as a home for their music. This time around they recorded with Kurt Ballow of Converge fame, at the legendary Godcity in Salem, MA. If you're into this kind of music, you're familiar with the awesome stuff Kurt Ballou does, and Eros|Anteros is no exception: it sounds immense and ferocious.

Music wise, they stepped it up a notch. Beside the general heaviness and perfect production, the songs have a certain catchiness to them. The guitars are really loud and the drums are simply punishing, while some riffs have that crustcore feel to them, you know that ultra melodic and pinchy guitar riffs that Ekkaia had? Maybe it's just me, but they remind me of Ekkaia. Also the black metal elements that were really shy on Mælstrøm now just seem to flourish. There are a lot of black-ish guitar riffs in the vein of Altar of Plagues and I just love the blast beats that compliment those riffs. The post metal elements also seem to bloom more here: the album opener is a really atmospheric piece that acts like a buildup to the destruction of No Rest for the Weary , kind of similar to the whole crescendo in  post metal songs.

As far as vocals go, I just gotta say that Caro Tanghe did an awesome job. I really liked her clean vocals on the ending track of Mælstrøm, and I really wished I could hear more of that. Seems like my wishes came true: on some songs the rough screamed vocals are counterbalanced by the clean sweet vocals, which create a really eerie atmosphere.

All in all this is a great release, that really took me by surprise. It's a really huge step forward from their debut LP. Mælstrøm lacked a lot of elements that kept it from being a really good record, but Eros|Anteros fills all those gaps, making this one of the best records I've heard this year so far.

If you dig this band and this record, be sure to pick one up while they last at Deathwish Inc. and don't forget to catch them on tour this summer with the excellent Birds in Row.

August 1, 2013

PLANKS - Funeral Mouth (2012)

Another band came by way of astute hardcore aficionado Volo, PLANKS hail from Mannheim, Germany and they play an eclectic mix of suffocating yet enthralling music. I wouldn't exactly describe it as Marco black metal, even though the post-rock elements and occasionally emotional lyrics would tempt me to. PLANKS cleverly enrich their music with long tremolo-picked parts which remind me of black metal, pounding doom-metal bits, as well as fast, crunchy riffs that bring some welcome aggression to the mix. The vocals are pretty much angry barks in the style of oh-so-many metallic hardcore bands, but hey, I can't really complain about that, can I? 

Instagram band pics. Can't fuck with that, either.

Luckily, this German trio does an outstanding job of combining these elements and making them fit well together, creating a really atmospheric record that's likely to appeal to a pretty wide range of tastes. Alternatively, you could ditch Funeral Mouth and go for their 2010 album The Darkest of Grays, if you'd like to skip the emotional foreplay and go straight to having your face fucked off by a much heavier sonic beast. Shit is INTENSE. 

Whichever route you wanna go, you can find it all on the PLANKS Bandcamp page, along with a whole bunch of split releases and stuff. Plenty of putrid meat to be gnawed off these bones.