Archive for February, 2022

Efpix – No More Remorse

Posted in Review with tags , , , on 20th February 2022 by izaforestspirit

Efpix
No More Remorse
Released 15th December 2021
Industrial Metal/Melodic Death Metal
Self-Released

‘No More Remorse’ is the second album from the Russian industrial death metal band Efpix. Alexander Kondrashov came up with the project concept back in 2009 but it wasn’t until 2013 when the band was formed.

Now, I like industrial and I like death metal but, based on my experience a good combination of these two genres is incredibly rare. The results can range from the sublime such as Zyklon’s debut ‘World Ov Worm’ to the downright ridiculously bad such as Morbid Angel’s ‘Illud Divinium Insanus’. So where does Efpix fit in?

Well, there’s only one way to find out.

Efpix’s signature brand of industrial is the Gothic style, industrial rock variety used by Deathstars or The Kovenant. The keyboards provide a good contrast to the harsher-sounding, melodeath growls. For example, on Erasing The Stars they managed to maintain a healthy balance between the two with the keyboards complementing the guttural vocals and guitar work rather than sounding like a cacophony. One thing I’m not so keen on are the clean vocals on some of the tracks as Watch. That song is a little too pop-ish for my liking. Luckily most of the other songs are more metal-sounding and guitar- rather than keyboard-driven. My personal favorites include: the vicious yet oddly catchy electronics-infused, death metal track Mankind Anthem and the symphonic and atmospheric Scorched.

In summary, ‘No More Remorse’ turned out to be better than I expected. It has some flaws and there’s a couple of songs which I dislike but as far as industrial death metal goes it’s a pretty decent album. I would recommend this to fans of The Kovenant and Deathstars.

7/10

Iza Raittila

New Hocico album coming this spring

Posted in News, Studio Report with tags , , , on 15th February 2022 by izaforestspirit

The Mexican industrial duo Hocico are back with a new album. The follow up to ‘Artificial Extinction’ will be called ‘HyperViolent’. Check out the cover and track-listing:

1. When The Trumpets Of Hate Blow
2. Broken Empires
3. Acts of Aggression
4. Un Sepulcro Sin Cadaver
5. What Are Nightmares Made Of?
6. Hacked Society
7. El Jardin de Las Locuras
8. Backstabbers
9. Lost World
10. Black Reflection
11. N.W.O.
12. Crown of Knives
13. Peccata Mundi

HYPERSIDE EFFECTS (Bonus CD):
1. Weapons of Resistance feat. Aaron Matts
2. Odio Bajo el Alma (Version Mariachi)
3. Black Mirror
4. Dog Eat Dog (Desputes Remix)
5. The Fall

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‘HyperViolent’ will be released in the following physical formats: double CD, vinyl, cassette, a limited collector’s edition box as well as digital download on 14th April 2022 via Out of Line Records.

In the meantime you can see their video for ‘Backstabbers’:

For more details visit:

https://www.facebook.com/hocicoofficial
https://www.hocico.com/

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett’s solo EP coming soon

Posted in News, Studio Report with tags , , , , on 9th February 2022 by izaforestspirit

Kirk Hammett the legendary guitarist of world renowned heavy metal outfit Metallica has recently announced that he will be releasing his debut instrumental EP ‘Portals’ this spring. Here’s a statement from the artist:

The initial concept for Portals started with that one song. Following that, I realized I could create different soundtrack moments. These songs are what I call ‘Audio Cinematic;’ I’m creating sounds and pieces of music for the movies playing in my head. Hopefully they’ll create movies in other people’s heads in a similar fashion.

Check out the cover art:

Learn More About Kirk Hammett's Portals

The EP will feature guest performances from Edwin Outwater (LA Philharmonic also present on Metallica’s S&M2) and Bob Rock plus others. ‘Portals’ will be available out worldwide in both physical and digital formats on 23rd April 2022.

For more information visit:

https://www.metallica.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Metallica

https://www.facebook.com/kirkHammett