Belphegor‘s latest release Conjuring the Dead has become one of the group’s most talked about efforts yet. So much so that vocalist/guitarist Helmuth was willing to sit down and answer an e-mail interview for this very site! Honored, I leapt at the opportunity to ask some questions about the release, touring, and more. Check out what he had to say below.
Germany’s Keitzer may have been around the start of the century, but they have remained a largely underground force to be reckoned with when it comes to the Death Metal meets Grindcore field. 2001 saw their debut full-length …to Destroy the Planet tear through those aware of the group or observant enough to find them. Since then the band has wasted no time going from one small label to the next to wreak havoc on all who happen in their path. In 2011, Keitzer was picked up by F.D.A. Rekotz to issue their fourth album, Descent into Heresy, which was largely met with praise all around. About three years later the five-piece returns with its follow-up, The Last Defence. But does this stand as a bone jarring experience, or is this far from as crushing as previous efforts have established?
PANOPTICON has never been a typical black metal band. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Austin Lunn’s heartfelt, vitriolic blend of anarcho-crust, Appalachian folk, and atmospheric black metal is a unique entity, and his impressive recording history is a testament to his devotion.
New Jersey’s Apocrophex, is a two man operation composed of vocalist Pete Colucci (Danny Tanner, Goresmith, Gukurahundi) and Justin Buell (former Decimator) handling the instruments. The duo have been picked up by Manicidic Records to issue a two song digital EP of Technical Death Metal prowess earlier this year. But does this debut offering show promise for this newly formed venture?