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Lately we have been out of pocket and we are behind with the metal. We are now back and in the driver seat once again. In case you missed it.

Metal Bulletin has been hard at work with the issues rapid fire issues coming your way. We are giving you samples of the issues. click on links for full issues...enjoy!


Metal Blletin #141

VOJD (Sweden) Rotting Sky(U.S.) Empiresfall (Germany) Sorcerer (Sweden) Necrosexual (U.S.)

interview: Empiresfall Empiresfall is a veteran thrash metal band from Germany that has been around for about a decade.

They are probably new to American thrash fans, but the band hits all the buttons at the right time for their style of rough-and-ready real thrash. This year 2018 they have a new album called A Piece to the Blind.

The album was released the 2nd of February. Find out more about the band in this interview with founding member Franky (guitar and vocals)...

Metal Bulletin #140

Grafvitnir (Sweden) A Flourishing Scourge (Seattle) Thantifaxath (Canada) Crom (Germany) PLUS: Dragonforce (U.K.), Riot (U.S.), Grimgotts (U.K.), Ram (Sweden)

interview: A Flourishing Scourge

The Seattle progressive extreme metal band A Flourishing Scourge in 2017 released its selftitled critically-acclaimed debut album.

Recently the band has made some interesting announcements online and this publication wanted the band to elaborate on these latest developments.

Thankfully, the band was gracious in its responses explaining where the band is headed in the future. Thanks, AFS, for taking the time to answer.

Kevin (bass) and Tye (guitars, vocals) responded. Let’s get to it! A Flourishing Scourge announced a partnership with Distilled Entertainment.

What exactly does “artist management and booking agent” mean? What does your band need help with, in terms of functioning as a band in the music business, in your opinion? (Tye) It connects us to a bigger pool of show and tour possibilities since Distilled works with a number of bands and tour promoters all over the world. Distilled also has good connections and advice on things like merch and online album circulation, avenues that most indy bands aren’t dialed into yet. Probably the biggest thing we wanted help with was getting involved in some tours or festivals. Planning and executing everything for a DIY tour is painful, ask Kevin, he had to plan most of it. (Kevin) Yes, tour planning sucks. We’ve gotten a fairly broad set of contacts for venues at this point, so booking the show isn’t much of an issue, but bringing on local support and the general synching of schedules and resources is a galactic pain in the ass.

Do you find that you do not have the time to write music and take care of the business side of being a band? How difficult is it to be a musician and a businessperson at the same time? (Tye) We all have pretty busy lives on top of the normal band duties of writing, practicing, and playing, so all the additional band stuff does become difficult....


Metal Bulletin #139

Watain (Sweden) Orphaned Land (Israel) Vesuvian (Seattle) Nelecc (Kenya) PLUS: WildeStarr (U.S.), Dracena (U.S.)

interview with :Vesuvian

Vesuvian is a relatively new band on the stages of the state of Washington, U.S.

In a couple of years the Seattle band has been working on their skills and sound, and they have an EP titled Lahar (2017) of melodic extreme metal that you can hear on Bandcamp.

This publication contacted the band in order to get a better understanding of where things stand for them now that they have a recording. Thank you, Vesuvian, for taking time to answer the questions. Hello, Vesuvian! Metal Bulletin zine here.

What’s good?! This is the first time that this publication interviews your band. So, tell us please, Vesuvian is a band from the rainy and grey state of Washington, but where specifically is the base of operations of the band? Where do you play shows the most in Washington?

First off, thank you for having us on here! Well we as members are scattered around the Seattle area, but our practice space (we call Vesuvius haha) is based in Puyallup, Wa. As for shows, locally we have played the circuit of Seattle, Everett, Fife and Olympia a lot, though we have been known to go on the other side of the pass to play shows in Kennewick and the like!

According to Metal Archives, this is the band: Josh O'Neill: drums (2015-present) Corvin Costache: guitars (2015-present) Rider Ingalls: guitars, backing vocals (2015- present) RJ Mitchell: vocals (2015-present) Brandon Carnahan: bass (2016-present) Is this accurate?

By the way, who is answering this interview? The 2015 on a few of us is actually technically inaccurate, due to this band’s first incarnation (started in 2014) had a different name, which we were all pretty new when it started, so we changed it to a name better suited to the concept behind the band...


Metal Bulletin #138

Haze of Summer (Russia) Batushka (Poland) Lady Beast (U.S.) Riot (U.S.)

Lady Beast - Vicious Breed

label: Cruz Del Sur Music release date: 17 November 2017

Lady Beast is traditional heavy metal from the United States, and more specifically, they play the young heavy metal sound of the genre’s birth.

The album is some 36 minutes; eight songs.

My impression of the album is that the band believes in playing the music in an honest way. The album sounds like they want to be able to play live what they play on the album.

For instance, I hear the singer do the songs as best as possible, but without employing a bunch of effects. It’s a different experience when you listen to Lady Beast: there is a transparency in the singing that you won’t easily find anywhere else.

All I hear is the singer doing the work honestly. I also have watched concert videos and it seems like the songs sound similar live and in the studio.

This also applies to the instrumentation. They have twin guitars, but on the album one can tell what is going on and what’s being played, and then in the concert videos the music comes across well, reflecting the work ethic of the band. This new album sounds like the band decided to be efficient and effective.


Do what you came to do, and then end the album. Don’t overstay your welcome. The people want heavy metal from Lady Beast, give the people the heavy metal, and then leave, knowing that they will come back for more. People familiar with the band will love the new album’s traditional sounds in the style of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, as you would hear with the young Saxon or Holocaust, but now it is Lady Beast’s turn to convince the masses.

In other words, big riffs, to the point guitars, fast paced heavy metal for headbanging, solos to do air guitar and a singer who wants you to join the crusade of the young heavy metal that never, ever dies.



Metal Bulletin #137

Defenestration (France) Monolith Cult (U.K.) Frozen Crown (Italy) Seasons of the Wolf (U.S.) PLUS: Scars of Armageddon (U.S.), Frost Giant (U.S.), Arkheth (Australia)

Frozen Crown : The Fallen King

Scarlet Records 9 February 2018


Big pop power metal primed for international massive success in Europe, Japan and South America may be the destiny and aim of this band.

The album is carefully designed to leave no stone unturned in order to hit every check mark that the loyal fans of the genre want, demand and love. The band features prominently two vocal energies, male and female, as a general rule.

Both voices work well together, harmonious and catchy, starting with the first song, a fast track of European power metal. They add little spices all over the place. For instance, the second song is a radio-style pop metal song with a fun, uptempo vibe.

It’s definitely pop music. Of course, they do the power metal rocking songs, the band’s go-to mode is, in fact, uptempo and fast songs loaded to the gills with melodies. The guitar melodies are big for this album, but the keyboards are important, too.

The band has a bit of a wild side to them. For instance, on the last song, they go into blasting mode and incorporate growling into the song and they end this thing in big bang style. Here and there, they have a bit of growling in some songs.


The band does quite a bit of variety, but they are not a blank file or a replica, blindly following a strict formula. The band has given a kingdom for a heart like this, one that can take the music in different directions. Now, you may be saying, “That’s all well and good, but why don’t you give me the bad news?! Tell me about the bad side of the album, show me the weaknesses.” Well, you have a point. I will most certainly show you the bad parts of the album.

I will tell you all about the weak aspects of this album for sure. I will tell you about the bad elements of the album just as soon as I find them. It is true that bad news travels fast, but this good news should travel faster. Hopefully this is not the end of this chapter.



Metal Bulletin #136

Grimtone (Sweden) Born Without Blood (WA state) Noturnall (Brazil) Nydvind (France) PLUS: Sonic Prophecy (U.S.) issues of this zine are available online

Noturnall : 9

Rockshots Records 19 January 2018

Personally, I find Noturnall to be a very good combination. They do many things right.

First of all, they roll power metal, traditional heavy metal, progressive metal, and a bit of thrash into a young, bouncy, uptempo album that is both headbanging and memorable.

As a power prog band they have also one indispensable element that is right, and that’s the drumming. The drumming has a very good energy and it sounds like metal drumming, and it means a lot for the sound of the band because it results in an album that rocks. I don’t hear any weaknesses, it’s a fun album and the songs are efficient.


Most of all, the songs are memorable and they exude not just talent, but a lot of skill in the execution of the music itself and in the up-to-date production.

It appears that they hooked up with the right people to give the album a current sound. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The singing works very well with the band’s style and the band’s tendency to sway around various subgenres as a coherent style. Speaking for myself, I find the singing good.

I wonder how it sounds live in real life, but on the album the singing certainly can match the quality and power of the songs. This album is a keeper for sure. A winner all the way.



Metal Bulletin #135

Excalion (Finland) Army of Dagon (Seattle) Necrovorous (Greece) Kömmand (Seattle) Arallu (Israel) Anthrocene (Seattle)

interview with Kömmand The black thrash band Kömmand took time out of their busy schedule to take on this inquisition (mostly written in Metalenglisch) questionnaire interrogation.

Their debut album is from 2017 and it is called Nekrö Kömmandö Attack! Live it at the first link below and you too can rise to the rank of a kömmander of metal.

1.Hällo! Metal Bulletin zine wants to interrogate the Kömmand krüe about your metal konspiracies. The debut was released in 2017, but when did the konzept für the blackthrash originally begin? Why the blackthrash in partikular? What motivates the Kömmand körps to dedikate so much devotion to this style of nekrometal?

I started writing Kömmand riffs in November of 2013. A lot changed for me in 2013 - the drummer of Skinwalker moved to Oregon, I got kicked out of Strychnine, my woman left me and I completed university. I had no feeling for the future, and a void in my output. Being fully marinated in BLACK METAL for years, my music vocabulary was stunted at the level of the cold, fast and hateful.....

[read full interview on this issue]

Kömmand - Nekrö Kömmandö Attack! (Full Album, 2017)


Metal Bulletin #134

Haze of Summer (Russia) Riot (U.S.) Anubis Gate (Denmark) Walpyrgus (U.S.) Arallu (Israel), Ensiferum (Finland), Throne of Heresy (Sweden), Caïnan Dawn (France)

Walpyrgus - Walpyrgus Nights

release date: June 6th, 2017 label: Cruz del Sur Music

1.The Dead of Night 04:48

2.Somewhere Under Summerwind 05:16

3.Dead Girls 03:24

4.Lauralone 05:12

5.Palmystry 05:21

6.She Lives 02:52

7.Light of a Torch (Witch Cross cover)05:28

8.Walpyrgus Nights 05:01

total time 37:22

This band should be arrested.

They should be in jail. They're criminals.

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They don't play the game in a fair way and that's not right. It's high time that someone stood up and said something about it. That's why I'm here. To call for justice. To call the shots.

The audacity of this band. I mean, the nerve! Here is their plan. Form a traditional heavy metal band, and make every single song a hit and make everyone bang their heads and get them all addicted and infected with heavy metal mania, like a highly memorable child of Judas Priest and Thin Lizzy (or is it Scorpions and Thin Lizzy?).

Walpyrgus - The Dead of Night


Anyway you slice it, friend, welcome to the hit factory! They have one passion only: writing hits! Walpyrgus is a hit-writing heavy metal machine from the United States. The guitars sing with huge melodies and harmonies, and the voice singing is there to make you sing;

it's a bit more on the side of melodic, hard rock vocals than air-raid-siren high vocals. This band is not a 70s punk-style band, but they make their songs so compact, it's like they have been listening to The Ramones and Misfits and they stole, just right out stole, that idea for heavy metal.

Get in, play the song efficiently, get to the chorus fast, waste no time and end it quickly. Then, start the next one. They do a bit of the gang-shouted backing vocals, too (I told you; a bit o’ punk).

Their lyrics are horror-themed with an upbeat Alice Cooper-like feel (or is it Misfits-like vibe?). Rocking traditional heavy metal packed with hits. Are you in?

walpyrgus.bandcamp.com/album/walpyrgus -nights facebook.com/Walpyrgus



Metal Bulletin #133

Mystica Girls (Mexico) AlNamrood (Saudi Arabia) Portrait (Sweden) Occasvs (Chile) Hällas (Sweden) Syn Ze Sase Tri (Romania)

Hällas - Excerpts From The Future Past The Sign Records release: 13 October 2017

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Do you wish you could turn back time when The Mammas (and the Papas) sang you to sleep but now you're stressed out?

Don't be alarmed, you will be experiencing a disruption in the time-space continuum. It is 2017 in the world outside, but this band brings you to 1969.

They are inheritors to the changing of the guard or embody the transition itself, from psychedelic rock to heavy metal. The Swedish hippies create music that your grandparents might love. What would Cream think of the singing? What would The Doors or Iron Butterfly say if they heard the organ? Would they all be jealous and think, “I should have written that song, man. I hate the Swedish hippies from the future."?

Would they welcome it?

Image may contain: 1 person, on stage, playing a musical instrument and guitarThe hippies at Woostock would dance in their birthday suits all day to this music.

What are you going to do with this music? They give you a ticket to a different time and a different day, when rock and roll was searching new areas to explore and there were not a million genres and subgenres.

I was half joking when I said it's the music your grandparents would like. I am also serious. Put these Swedes right in the radio playlist of the classic rock station in your town and I doubt many people would notice anything peculiar.

Finally, one trait about them that might be of interest is that they like to rock. You won't hear those extended pieces of experimentation or those long segments of trippy instrumentation, like you do find in some psychedelic rock. You know, those pieces that are not songs, and feel like they are there wasting time because the band was abusing and consuming certain illicit substances. Plus, this band also keeps up the energy level throughput the album, not just for some songs.

In other words, they want to rock.

Hällas - Excerpts From a Future Past (Full Album 2017)


Party like it's 1969.

thesignrecords.bandcamp.com/album/h-llasexcerpts-from-a-future-past facebook.com/haellas/



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