Spectral Realm

Another day. Another amazing band. Now you’ve only been around a few years. How did Spectral Realm start? The idea started in 2006, as a solo project by Ryno “Lord Onyr” Rabe. Being inspired by bands like Emperor, Satyricon, Dissection, Old Man’s Child etc., we create a blend of extreme and atmospheric music. Thus, in 2010, a full band was formed. As a full unit, we played our first show in 2011. Where did you get the name? The name was inspired by a video game called Soul Reaver. However, it was used in our own way, creating our own world through music and lyrics. (Classic game. -Ed) What genre of music do you consider Spectral Realm to be? Symphonic black metal mixed […]

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Carnage Carnival: Carnage Carnival

 

 It starts off with a fury that reminds me of demons swarming out of the gaping maw of Hell. This is Carnage Carnival’s latest album aptly named Carnage Carnival. The songs on this antagonistic, 8 track album advance relentlessly as pounding Metal assaults every inch of your soul. Songs like Nightmare and ‘he Hunt are the epitome of Metal and the essence of unbridled passion. Overall, Carnage Carnival is a decent metal album full of power and aggression. If you like your music hard then this is for you. The album is available on Bandcamp.

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Musa Mntambo

Those who visit our site regularly will know that we are supporting the S.A Metal Awards, all the way. Well today we speak to the man behind the awards about his new musical project and his musical life in general, Musa Mntambo. What’s your musical history? It spans quiet far back but to make the long story short I started my journey back in 2000 just writing lyrics for the fun of it,till I started my first band in 2003 called Downcast,then formed 11th Hour in 2005 while writing songs for my solo project Triz…its been quite the journey. Where have you performed? All over Joburg and many parts of South Africa and one crazy tour in Botswana. What are […]

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Adorned In Ash

Another one of the greatest hitting up the S.A Metal Awards. Now you’ve only been around a few years. How did Adorned In Ash start? It was a bit of a rough start, we lost our original guitarist in an unfortunate accident only two weeks after we started the band. We also went through about 7 members until we found this dream team. But all in all, the band started with a vision and a mission and we’ve never let that go. Mark is the only remaining founding member, both him and Robyn are considered Originals with her joining in 2009 before the bands first show. What genre of music do you consider Adorned In Ash to be? It’s very […]

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Forfeit Thee Untrue

Another day. Another interview with local legends. Now you’ve only been around a few years. How did Forfeit Thee Untrue start? The origins of Forfeit Thee Untrue can be traced back to 2006 and started with co-founders, Craig Palmer & Sean Towsen (former rhythm guitarist, who stepped down in 2013). It was only in 2010 when the name, Forfeit Thee Untrue, came about and 2011 when Gideon ‘Gidz’ Karsten agreed to assist Palmer & Towsen with some song ideas that FTU became more official as a “band”. From there, Karsten, Palmer and Towsen worked on several songs with the idea of recording the songs and releasing an EP. Where did you get the name? “Forfeit Thee Untrue” comes from an […]

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Reakt[ion]: In Propria Persona

 

 There is something about ‘In Propria Persona’ that screams: Science Fiction overload. Right from the off the haunting melodies, skin tingling synths and post Apocalyptic drumming make you feel as if you’re listening to the O.S.T of a SyFy classic, or the opening score to a futuristic video-game. Tracks like ‘This Smile Is My Mask’ and ‘Sins Of The Father, Blood Of The Son’ are the sort of songs that would be at home in any Alternative nightclub or scattered across any Horror or Science Fiction medium making this, 11 track, album a unique and interesting item to own. Overall ‘In Propria Persona’ is Reakt[ion]’s best album to date. You can get more details on the website and Facebook.

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Facing the Gallows

Once again we speak to a legendary African metal band, Facing the Gallows. Now you’ve only been around a few years. How did Facing the Gallows start? FTG started in early 2007. Thanks to the social life of being in high school & through mutual friends, Ray & Chase met Bryan, who started FTG. Bryan initially was a guitarist but had a PA at the time and could scream (barely), this gave way for Rick to join the band as he was a guitarist a friend and looking for a band. Lucky for us our old drummer Nem at the time, helped us out on drums even though he had his own band Gadabout with his brother Stef (Now guitarist […]

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Dependence -2015

 

 I’ve always found it difficult to review compilation albums -so many bands, sounds, styles, creative flares all rolled into one product that is unleashed upon an unsuspecting world with the result that you’ll only enjoy certain songs and certain bands, and the rest you’ll detest. It’s all up in the air, and quite fifty-fifty. Regardless, this is Dependence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9mRhdWKPL8 The album consists of 15 songs by fifteen well known, as well as up-and-coming, EBM and Industrial bands… with a splash of Future Pop. Covenant – Prime Movers (Club Version). Encephalon – Illuminate. Gingersnap5 – Distant Star. Chrysalide –  Substance Over Style (Remix By Sonic Area). Clicks – You’re Here To Stay. Iris – Phenom (Club Mix). BebornBeton – 24-7 Mystery. […]

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Deviant UK: Cracks Start To Show

 

 There is something about the sound of Deviant UK’s latest piece ‘Cracks Start To Show’ that reminds me of Gary Numan and Nitzer Ebb -it’s all aggressive motion and threatening advances to distorted guitars and echoed insanity. It is the sort of song that could do well on a remix album, and fortunately for us that’s exactly what’s happened. https://soundcloud.com/analoguetrash/deviant-uk-cracks-start-to-show-cyferdyne-remix The songs on this magnificently produced, 15 track, remix album are as diverse and interesting as the bands that remixed them. The remixes like those by ‘Cyderdyne’ and ‘Die Sektor’ show the diverse range of the EBM/Industrial scene -it’s the diversity of chaos and the global domination of mabsoot insanity. Overall ‘Cracks Start To Show’ is a fantastic album. It never […]

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Fritz Gun

Once again we speak to another local band getting ready for the S.A Metal Awards, Fritz Gun. Now you’ve only been around a few years. How did Fritz Gun start? It might sound egotistical or logic but it started with me, Fritz. Johan worked with ‘NAMUH’ a couple of years ago, myself with ‘This Is Goodbye’ but our trio now met in church where we played together for a couple of years under different circumstances, Actually Fritz Gun started out August 2014. What genre of music do you consider Fritz Gun to be? I consider it to be the accumulation of everything I’ve heard ever, with our physical ability to apply ourselves to create sound and resonate with the surroundings […]

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