Butt-rock killed the metal star

Hot on the heels of their compilation release "Have a Nice Death" I had the opportunity to reminisce with Matt Fox of Bitter End about what it was like being a thrasher in the late 80s-early 90s in Seattle.  He was kind enough to answer a few questions about the band, and how butt-rock, not grunge, killed the metal star. Thank you...

06/04/2012

Sphere tear through the fabric of the Polish death metal scene

Sphere from Poland have blasted their way onto the death metal scene with a particular specialty named ‘Homo Hereticus’. Polish death metal maybe rather popular, but when you hear Sphere’s album, you will truly be amazed at its quality, its statement, its death metal purity. Drummer Th0rn gave up his valuable time to chat to BRUTALISM. How did Sphere form? Hi!! It's...

01/03/2012

Logic Behind Illogicist

For BRUTALISM’s readers, technical death metal oriented Illogicist is a band that has probably popped up on the review section many times. However, many may not have known much about the group... until now. Vocalist/ guitarist Luca Minier was kind enough to answer a few questions about the band, personal life, and give something to fans and readers to know more about...

01/03/2012

Heidevolk is not teaching history but tapping themes

From the Netherlands comes Heidevolk. This six piece unit plays pagan/folk with a little pinch of black metal. Heidevolk composes music glorifying their country's glorious past. having to suffer though the oppessive occupying forces of the Romans, Spanish and later the Germans in WWII. Not taking their occupation laying down the Dutch fought and resisted all occupiers. March 2nd Heidivolk will release...

27/02/2012

Everything old is new again with Outrage

Black metal artist Outrage have re-recorded some of their best classic songs for today's generation on their album entitled "Go To Hell". I had the opportunity to interview Udo F. "The Bringer of Doom" (guitar) about the band, as well as their interesting way of recording this album with many of the original equipment from the 80's. Outrage was influential in developing...

20/02/2012

The cycle shall continue

With the rapid success of ‘Into The Opaque…,’ Endless Cycle have been working hard through their own blood, sweat, and tears to have themselves heard in the Metal world. Playing a good mix of Death/Thrash and Progressive Metal, their collective sounds are an excellent choice for the more eclectic Metal taste. The band was kind enough to answer questions for BRUTALISM about...

15/02/2012

Beware of the hot bubbling eruption coming from the South

What lies South?  The answer to this obscure question is addressed by the blasphemous metal band Stillborn in their newest release "Los Asesinos Del Sur".  This fascinating blend of black and death metal brings with it a glimpse into the unknown dark realm...a glimpse of torture and evil…a glimpse into the vile human nature of people.  ataman Tolovy, bass player for Stillborn,...

15/02/2012

Tsjuder and their beginning of reincarnation

Norway's Tsjuder has been a fixture of the Norwegian black metal movement since 1993. Pissed off and frustrated with the way the movement was, the band decided to go on a sabbatical. 2011 The band band regrouped and released an excellant true Norwegian black metal album titled "Legion Helvate". This release shows the band at their best pissed and defiant. I sent...

09/02/2012

Decaying remind death metal followers of the value of the riff

DECAYING from Finland are a breath of fresh air in a death metal genre obsessed with copycats or overt technical wizardry. By nature of the sounds and the sound, Decaying hold true the traditional death metal “old school” of European music, ‘Encirclement’ is the groups second release, a masterstroke of death metal mite, lyrically interesting and laden with bone crushing death metal...

08/02/2012

Azaghal and the black metal way of life

Greetings brother of the frozen north! Kow you holding up in the brutal Finnish winter? Well, it hasn't been very brutal so far, only rain and darkness. How long the winters last in Finland? The winters here in Texas are kinda weird, it's cold one day then it's like 70 degrees the next. The winter usually begins in October and the spring...

08/02/2012

Old school metal with RAM

Sickened and disgusted with the current bullshit that was going around in today's metal scene Harry Gronoth decided to put manners in his own hands. With a true love and passion for true metal he put plans into action by forming RAM in 99. Inspired by such legends like Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate and King Diamond. Oscar and Daniel quickly requited likely...

05/02/2012

The spontaneous ideas of Accuser

German Thrash heavyweights Accuser have recently released a stunning album, ‘Dependant Domination’. This is a thrash effort that produces both modern production power and musical style, with relevance to the bands earlier material and experience. I got the opportunity to put some questions to Frank Thoms (vocals/rhythm guitar), this is what was said. Hello, congratulations on ‘Dependent Domination’ it is truly a...

19/01/2012

Continuo Renacer strives for change

Hailing from Spain, the somewhat underground, but incredibly talented Continuo Renacer has recently released their sophomore effort ‘The Great Escape.’ A fresh spin on Prog Metal, the instrumental work here is more refined, epic, and up to standards with the modern expectations of fans, and possibly beyond. I got a chance to discuss the album, and some history, with the band- big...

19/01/2012

Root celebrate 25 years of dark metal

After almost 25 years together, the Black/ Dark Metal band Root have constantly produced success after success, and their latest album, ‘Heritage,’ brings forth the exciting statement that they are ‘here to stay.’ Despite many progressions over the year in sound, their work has always been steady and their purpose has never wavered. Avoiding the hubbub of catering to industry and constant...

19/01/2012

WelicoRuss and the story behind skirts and make-up

Russian symphonic pagan/black metal band, WelicoRuss, is making their mark in the metal community of the isolated frozen Siberian underground. They bring to us a beautifully cold and chilling sound with their album entitled “Wintermoon Symphony”. I had the opportunity to speak with Alex Boganov about the band, their future endeavors, his personal life, and his thoughts about the NSBM. It is...

30/12/2011