Tuesday, May 2, 2017

NEW Rancid Abomination is out! Completely changes the sound of the band for the better! (LONG post)

Ok.... ZA Here... Decided quickly last month that Finality would not be the last Rancid Abomination CD and that Rancid Abomination would go down a different route from now on. Originally conceived as a horrible black metal one man joke band, rancid abomination wrote evil lyrics on purpose that are disgustingly bad at times.  But that's in the past as I move forward to redefine Rancid Abomination and what it should be like with the new cd...

I conceived this cd last month. I was reading the Mothman Prophecies book by John A Keel. It's a book about unexplained things that happened in West Virginia in the 1960s. It's a fascinating read. But it's also a scary read as it goes into A) UFO Sightings B) Men in black sightings C) Alien Contactees D) Other weird crap and E) Sightings of a 7 foot tall bird man thing with red eyes called the mothman.

This book is one of my favorite books ever and it inspired me to write a concept album on paranormal stuff... I wanted to do this for at least one month and I decided to write the music for this album earlier this week.. I entitled the album "Staring into the eyes of madness" and it's out on noisetrade to download for FREE right now..  Download it here  I composed it with a twist... The usual rancid abomination sound was ditched for an expanded sound that adds the following elements on top of the old RA sound without losing that sound much:

A) Totally new rhythm guitar style inspired by Unleashing Vengeance's guitar style but done more in a black metal way. The triplet infested riffs are still there but they are done with muted notes and black metal chords now. This is more of a groovy styled guitar sound and it fits C) well and it unfortunately replaces the old blackened thrash sound the band used to have but... Whatever.
B) Atmospheric Black Metal (think summoning) elements such as medieval instruments, long song lengths, slow drumming and such are used in the 3 atmospheric black metal type songs on the cd... These are generally slow and epic sounding and have trumpet in them and medieval elements thrown in in one case.
C) Far more varied drumming. Drum beats are really experimental sounding on this cd and it shows. Some Drum beats sound quite jazzy sounding. Others are "Hybrid drum beats" based on 1) Rancid Abomination Drum beats and 2) beats other bands do... Bands such as A) Dimmu Borgir B) Summoning C) Unleashing Vengeance and D) Melechesh (!) That being said I am not trying to sound like Oriental (Middle Eastern music inspired) Black Metal here.. I just have been listeneing to that stuff a lot lately and was SLIGHTLY inspired by it. Not inspired enough to want to sound just like it mind you! You will here drum beats that have part of them sound like part of a drum beat Melechesh uses but not the whole thing.. It ends up sounding very experimental but cool nonetheless.
This next one is completely expected coming from me, me being  the biggest WINDIR fan in North america by now!
D) HUGE Inspiration from WINDIR:
This cd is the first cd I've ever done to incorporate WINDIR-ESQUE folk metal melodies into the album. It's huge. I based them on PARTS of a lead guitar melody from the legendary Windir Song Fagning. and altered the pitch of the whole melody than transposed parts of the melody several times by several pitches to get the melodies I do in the cd that sound really folky sounding. But don't worry. This isn't cheezy folk metal stuff here. It's fucking windir. They were the least cheezy folk metal/folk inspired black metal band ever so...
Also some of the cd has some industrial elements thrown in in places. Mostly it was done to add some other influences in. It's especially noticeable on tracks 3 and 5.
So now Rancid Abomination blends in influences from Summoning, Windir AND slight Melechesh influences now... Heh...
Older elements of the band are still there, such as the trademarked delayed harmony style used in 90% of my music, deep evil sounding synths, tons of blastbeats, scary sounding music and creepy lyrics and vocals.

Lyrical inspiration comes from several paranormal things that have happened in US and England since the 1960's. As a firm believer I know some of these things are real. And some of them are quite disturbing...

Track 1 deals with alien Abduction... It's called "The Experiment". It's a brutally fast song with a symphonic style to it. Alien Abduction is a scary concept to open the cd with I think. The song explores screen memories, alien experiments, and other things... The vocal production in it is a bit lacking but it's not too bad. It also has some windir styled melodies..

Track 2 "Abode of the Phantom" deals with a weird "invisible" bigfoot sighting in maine I read about online.  It's weird as hell and the song about it is even weirder sounding. Extremely experimental and ugly sounding, the song has some very dissonant chords and fucked up sounding melodies, and some very groovy drum beats too.. It also has more thrashy and death metal styled druim beats as well..

Track 3 "Mr Apol" deals with a mysterious alien visitor who fed prophecies to John keel in the 1960's through a contactee in Long Island New york. The contactee met this alien several times and it would speak through the contactee and give Keel lots of fucked up prophecies,  that were almost true but not quite... A few were however and it was weird...  The song itself is very heavy and has a brutally heavy thrashy black metal styled start and an industrial styled finish..It also has a windir styled melody in it.

Track 4 "Black Eyes" is about reports of "Black Eyed Children".  Black eyed children supposedly show up on doors of remote towns late at night and asked to be let in. The people who see them experience insane amounts of fear and refuse to let them in. The ones who let them in suffer cancer, dead pets, nose bleeds, radiation exposure and worse. The kids themselves look like kids with out of place clothing and completely black eyes. The song itself is an interesting mix of summoning styled atmospheric black metal and Groovy Black Metal in the vein of Melechesh minus middle eastern elements... It's slow and very evil sounding but very groovy. It's my favorite song on the cd..

Track 5 "Stalker of the Night" is the longest song on the whole album. At 11+ Minutes long it is an epic Medieval/atmospheric black metal (think summoning)  song about the ancient English Legend of Spring Heeled Jack. Spring heeled Jack was a weird winged phantom that showed up in Victorian london in 1837 and later. He was able to jump great heights, breath fire and he had glowing red eyes. He attacked and hurt several woman supposedly but always got away by leaping over fences and things.. He was never caught. The song is a slow epic atmospheric black metal song with mideival music elements thrown in including medieval percussion, such as kettle drums and tambourines, and such. Mix that in with black metal and some Windir Styled melodies and some industrial elements and you get this song. It also has clean vocals but they came out bad... They sound a bit badly mixed and produced but they are there...

Track 6 "Wendigo", is about reported phantoms that resemble the Wendigo Creature from Native American Mythology. I am specifically talking about things that have human bodies and deer's heads.  They show up a lot in sighting reports. There is one report in Colorado where a woman see's something like this haunting her cabin while she and her husband went out hunting into Colorado. Another frightening encounter happens in Oklahoma where 2 guys go up to a mountain to do Astrophotography. They run into wildlife, all running away from them. They then see the phantom, human shape with a deer's head and glowing red eyes.  This story scared the shit out of me. So I wrote about it in this song.  The song is a fast heavy song with strong Dimmu Borgir and Windir Elements thrown in.  It also has some more groovy drum beats in the chorus but they are rarely used and the riffs in this song are super complex and haphazard sounding..

Track 7 "Pukwudgie" is about sightings of "Pukwudgies" in the Freetown state forest. Pukwudgies are evil dwarf things that show up in Local Native American Folklore. People supposedly see them if they go into the Freetown state forest, a supposedly haunted forest, in the same state as me (Massachusetts).  Whether they are hallucinating it or it's something being put into their head is beyond me. But it's happening. The song is similar to the last one and has heavy dimmu Borgir influence in it and also has a very sinister sounding melody being used.. At the end it gets a bit groovy but the beginning is more of a dimmu type song with evil melodies.. It also has a Windir styled melody thrown in..

Track 8 "Staring into the eyes of madness" is about the Mothman itself.  Mothman was seen by hundreds of people in West Virginia in 1967. Right after the sightings ended, the nearby bridge leading into the town colapsed. Many people say the mothman was a death omen. People who saw it died in the bridge collapse. But I don't think so. I do think it was supernatural in origin because it could fly WITHOUT flapping it's wings and could take off vertically like a helicopter without flapping it's wings. It also had Hypnotic red eyes and people who saw it were terrified. Again like Black Eyed Kids, it induced tons of fear. The song itself is a lot more sinister sounding than the last two... It is the second longest song on the album and has foreboding type elements thrown in including a very deep creepy keyboard and evil sounding folk melodies played by trumpets. It also has a Windir styled melody in the break.. It has clean vocals, and unlike track 5 they came out good....

PHEW: That was a lot to type out...

Anyway, I am pleased with the way this album came out in every category but production which is off but it's black metal, so who cares (!). I'm no "production Nazi" and I think maybe the bad production makes it sound better. Lyrically it's awesome and the whole sound of it is very diverse and weird sounding at times and at other times sounds like older RA stuff plus some new influences... It's cool... All the influences mentioned in this post are really good bands people (minus maybe Dimmu), they are worth checking out!

Anyway that's the end of this insanely long post. But before I go... Check out my youtube channel for updates...









Saturday, April 8, 2017

365 radio network and how they REFUSE to support GOOD METAL!

3 Years ago I submitted Unleashing Vengeance to 365 radio network.. They claim to support indie music, so I gave it a shot. Back then Unleashing Vengeance was on lots of crappy sites, soundcloud plays were dropping (this was before I learned about noisetrade and Jamendo) and UV was as underground as you can get. I hoped 365 radio network would listen and play our stuff. Well 5 days after I submitted UV to them, I got no response back. They didn't care.

They over-advertise the fact that they support indie metal. Well, they don't. Because they left Unleashing Vengeance off their rotation. It was stupid.  Ok... So Maybe Unleashing Vengeance isn't the best metal band ever, but it was good, right? Well... They seem to not want to submit any other of my bands either.

Recently, I was in the same situation with Dismembered September and Rancid Abomination, BOTH were failing, Miserably on soundcloud. Only 1 was doing good on Noisetrade.  So I submitted Rancid Abomination and Dismembered September to 365 radio network hoping it would help. So it's been 3 days so far since my submission.... Guess what. They haven't gotten back to me! This is infuriating.

Not that it matters much now since both bands are kicking ass on Jamendo but... They are both amazing bands... Both classics in the #newenglandstyle black metal movement from Massachusetts. Both are a very unique strain of black metal that is only found here among my bands. No one else is doing this style but me and my friends. We deserve to be showcased but no...

What's really infuriating is that, even though Dismembered September is not as good of a band, both bands are outstanding. Dismembered September used to be blackened thrash with the #newenglandstyle melodies over the thrashy riffs. But that is nothing compared to Rancid Abomination, which is maybe the most underrated black metal band out there. Rancid Abomination INVENTED #newenglandstyle melodies (where a note becomes a harmony and another note is played later and forms a harmony after that - all the lead guitars use this style).  There were no other bands before RA doing this style. I've listened to TONS of black metal and haven't heard it once. The closest you get is Cor Scorpii from Norway, but they aren't doing the same exact thing so they really aren't #newenglandstyle at all... So 365radionetwork says they will support indie metal but Ditched Rancid Abomination?! WTF!

Advice to metalheads. NEVER submit your music to internet radio. Go to Jamendo.com and upload it there instead. You will get way more exposure with that site than you will with crappy internet radio that refuses to play Rancid Abomination like 365radionetwork!

Friday, April 7, 2017

(C)Rapgate II: How Atom Collector Records Almost ruined my bands presence online

By now you are very familiar with (C)Rapgate.  But if you aren't you will see what I am talking about now... In december 2016 I was marketing my black metal band, Rancid Abomination, during it's reunion after 10 years of inactivity. I used the hashtag #unsignedartist because it was a solo artist. What happened, is some stupid rap fans all assumed RA was Rap! So they put it on a Rap List on twitter. I got tons of rap fans/promoters/DJ's/other stupid idiots liking all my tweets assuming RA (The most Black Metal of any black Metal Band!) Was Rap... This lead me to shut down my twitter for a while and only 1 month later did I recover from this and make another twitter page, but that one now only has 35 followers when the old one had 75 or so. See how idiot rap fans ruin a metal bands career?

Well that is really important to realize because they tried to do it AGAIN, this time to my current Black Metal Project Dismembered September, which was getting pitifully low plays on soundcloud. So I, in Desperation tried something advertised to me on soundcloud, Atom Collector Records. The premise was interesting but it failed miserably.

The premise is that you sign your band up to a site and get 10 "credits". You use them to place your song on rotation on a rotation for a specific genre. For me it was "Rock, Blues, Metal, Indie and Punk" because I was doing Black Metal.  I will get into why these genre BS is bad, but what is really bad is every time your song gets played you lose a credit and once you run out your song gets DISABLED, aka it cannot get more plays, whatosever.

So I tried it.

I got 1-2 plays per song. Great. This free "promotion" sucked ass. So I decided maybe I was doing it wrong. I learned that there was another way to use it. All I had to do was post their playlists. So I did that, I actually Posted playlists filled with 99% Junk music to get my bands noticed. Well it worked kind of. They reposted my music on their soundcloud page but guess what, It lead to A) NO Likes from any metalheads, B) Very few Plays and C) Stupid (C)Rappers liking it thinking it was Dumbass Afro (African American Fronted) Metal (Think Sevendust and shit like that) because I called it Black Metal. Either way it was crapgate all over again. It forced me to delete 4 soundcloud accounts filled with hundereds of followers, 100+ songs in total and worse, in fear of stupid Rappers liking my music more than they were doing so on soundcloud already.

So basically, DONT use Atom Collector Records if you are doing Metal on Soundcloud! you will NOT get exposure. All you will get is a bunch of (C)Raptards liking it. Because that's what was all over Atom Collector Record's Website, Rap, and other kinds of SHIT music like Trap, Electrotrap, Dubstep and worse. Those bands and artists were getting 1000's of plays, meanwhile bands like mine that were doing:

A) Unique melodic black metal with Folk Metal and power metal elements
B) Experimental Thrash with various kinds of  Folk Melodies and industrial elements
C) Blackened Death Metal with Prog, Doom and the Same folk melodies.
D) Blackened Power metal with no vocals...

Were getting PITIFUL plays (1 to 2 per hour) is what I got for doing that.
Meanwhile, On Jamendo.com I have gotten at least 60 plays per day and for the first band
I have gotten 263 plays per day! That is at least 10 times as much as before....

So in other Words...

DONT use Atom Collector Records. THEY SUCK!

All of my bands Ditch Soundcloud and are now on #Jamendo


Well due to an utter unpleasant experience on Soundcloud with Atom Collector Records, my bands are now not on soundcloud anymore. I will write about this unpleasantry later on tonight. But for now here are some updates for my bands....

I spent several hours today and yesterday in a frantic rush trying to find the perfect host for my bands now that soundcloud was crapping out on me. I tried A) Myspace music. Could upload tracks there but could not get them to play at all. So I ditched that. I then looked for bandcamp and soundclound alternatives. Tried a bunch. They all fucked up bad. A few were mindless Soundcloud ripoffs with tons of rap/pop/dance/dubstep fags on them. No good for that. I didn't want THAT kind of fanbase for extreme metal, which is 1000000000 times better than that shit anyway! So I decided to rely on two sites that unleashing vengeance did fairly well on when I was trying sites for it in 2014. They were A) Indiemusicpeople.com, and B) Jamendo.com.  I uploaded all 5 bands to Indiemusicpoeple.com and made a station there. Got some views but no one put my bands on their stations, so it was a complete failure. But fear not, because the next site I tried, Jamendo.com worked like a Charm.

I spent most of last night and this morning uploading songs to jamendo.com. It was quite annoying how un-user friendly the upload process was, I had to A) Upload .WAV files! (NOT mp3), B) Resize the band's cover image from 512X512 to 600X600 and C) Fill in tons of useless crap like what instruments are in each song!, license info and more. But in the end it payed off.

And did it!

The inconvenience of uploading means you probably will only see 1 track per week per band done now... But the results, boy do they speak for themselves. On soundcloud Rise of the Serpent got 5 plays. Here it got 25! On soundcloud the Rancid Abomination Song Harbinger of fate got 5 plays. On Jamendo it got 46 plays in one day! It didn't even get plays for weeks on soundcloud!  Jamendo is literally shitting all over soundcloud. It's so much better. After YEARS of work I finally found a host that is worth uploading to! No more spam on my mentions saying I should buy free followers, no more rap and dance fans liking my shit, no more "21" (soundcloud rap guide spamming tool/troll) trolling me by spamming likes on 1 song forever, none of that shit. Just tons of plays and no Bullshit!


Below are the band profiles for all 5 of my bands. Dismembered September and Homicidal Hammerfist are the currently active ones. The other 3 are broken up currently but may come back in the future. Here are the total plays per band in less than a day here..





Rancid Abomination:
263
Dismembered September:
68
Homicidal Hammerfist:
7
Caustic Euphony:
78
Unleashing Vengeance:
60

And here are links to  the profile, with links on each profile to our facebook and twitter pages, plus a bio for each band that goes into detail on their style!



Rancid Abomination:
https://www.jamendo.com/artist/499064/rancid-abomination?language=en
Dismembered September:
https://www.jamendo.com/artist/499063/dismembered-september?language=en
Unleashing Vengeance:
https://artists.jamendo.com/en/artist/499081/unleashing-vengeance/notifications
Homicidal Hammerfist:
https://www.jamendo.com/artist/499087/homicidal-hammerfist?language=en
Caustic Euphony:
https://www.jamendo.com/artist/499084/caustic-euphony?language=en

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Dismembered September changes everything for the band...

Major band changes are something that has happened a lot lately...  In January, my old band homicidal hammerfist changed from black metal influenced power metal to black metal. Now the same thing is happening to my other band Dismembered September.  The change was prompted by two things..

A) All of the band members left but me.

B) More Importantly the new cd has to be done differently for it to work.

You see the new Dismembered September (rise of the serpent) takes  the thrashiness of old Dismembered September and replaces it with Mideival Black Metal instead. A HUGE change.  Now the band is an Atmospheric Black Metal Band...  I did this because the new album is a concept album about the story to 3 awesome mideival FPS games, Heretic, Hexen and Hexen 2. I wanted to add mideival elements into the sound, so I decided to make it an atmospheric black metal band before recording the new cd.

Atmospheric black metal is a kind of black metal that is characterized by slow long epic songs and a dream-like sound.  It's a really underrated, yet popular kind of black metal now. Atmospheric black metal bands include Summoning (the genre founder), Caladan Brood, and Obsidian Tongue (a really underrated band from my state).  I decided to bring my band dismembered september down this route once we broke up because our new album will need the mideival instruments (trumpet mostly) and percussion some atmospheric black metal bands use such as Kettle Drums, and others. I wanted to make a mideival black metal album to fit the theme of the games I was writing about. And I just did. It's nothing like older dismembered september (which was all blackened thrash), but it's good in it's own way...

The new cd came out good. It's split into 4 songs with vocals and 4 without. 3 out of 4 without vocals are short little interludes.  The other is a long instrumental for a final track. The 4 other tracks, the ones with vocals are all long songs at least 7 mintues and 3 out of 4 of those are 8+ minutes long.. You get a very long epic feel with this album.

The influence of Summoning on this cd cannot be overstated. I've been listening to summoning for 6 months now and it's been incredible to listen to their style. I wanted to make a project that fused summoning's percussion and Trumpet playing style with Rancid Abomination melodies, keyboards and riffage. What you get when you do that is make very epic yet dark mideival black metal, perfect for a concept album on heretic/hexen games...

I really like the way the cd came out. It's dark and brooding. Something summoning does rarely to me. It's also very mideival sounding. Most of the  tracks came out great. 2 of the tracks with vocals came out mixed a little off but it's not unbearable... I had to fix these 2 tracks and  that's a bummer but still I love the way this cd came out...

Edit:
Here is a link to the new album... Forgot to add it till now, sorry!
http://noisetrade.com/dismemberedseptember/rise-of-the-serpent

Friday, March 17, 2017

Metal bands that have music that complements Certain Video Games Well....

As a fan of metal, and video games, I like to mix both. So I started listening to metal at the same time as playing a video game a long time ago. Until recently, the choice of what I listened to didn't matter much.. Not so much now.  Now I have found metal bands that fit the theme of the game very close and I chose to play said video game with said band... It all started when I experimented with playing Doom with my black metal band Rancid Abomination. Then I heard about how my new favorite metal band windir was being listened to while people played skyrim... So I wanted to find metal bands that fit the  theme of games very closely, specifically black metal and folk metal bands of various types..

I tried playing Serious Sam while listening to the band Nile. Since Serious Sam takes place in Egypt, and Nile bases their music partly on Egyptian music, the combination I thought would be good. But I severely understimated how cool Nile sounded with sam. The sound of it really complemented the game well... Nile's really dark egyptian melodies made me fear the alien enemies of Serious Sam more than I normally ever would. I've never been so terrified of a game than when I listened to nile a the same time. That was for serious sam : first encounter only. I later on tried another experiment, trying to play the Persian levels in Serious Sam : Second Encounter with the Israeli metal band Melechesh.  That was even more incredible sounding, especially when I was walking around the tower of babel and "doorways to Irkala" was playing. Melechesh blends middle eastern music into their style of metal and they do it incredibly well. It fit the theme of the levels I was playing perfectly... I also tried playing the band summoning, who mix middle ages music into black metal, with  the game Hexen. That was also incredible... The music fit the theme of hexen (a mideival fantasy FPS) perfectly.

So here is a list of metal bands that fit the theme of certain games perfectly.

Game:          Band to listen to while playing game:           reason why:
Wolf3d-         Vreid - Milorg                                               Milorg is a WW2 concept album and
                                                                                             it's music fits ww2 games perfectly.


                                                                                         
Doom-           Rancid Abomination - Eternal Hate
and pestilence                                                                    Rancid Abomination is an evil black metal
                                                                                           band I was part of, it fits doom well

                                                                                                                 




Doom 2 (Hell Revealed addons and similar) -Unleashing Vengeance     Unleashing Vengeance was
                                                                                                                my old experimental yet brutal
                                                                                                                thrash band. In maps such as
                                                                                                                Hell Revealed you fight
                                                                                                                hundreds of bosses per level.
                                                                                                                UV's loud and intense brand of \                                                                                                               metal fits that perfectly...



Heretic/Hexen-     Summoning                                           Summoning uses mideival folk music
                                                                                           which is the same music heretic/hexen uses


Mass Effect-         Cor Scorpii                                            Cor Scorpii is a black metal band that
                                                                                           blends classical into their music well
                                                                                           It sounds really dreadful sounding
                                                                                           and fits mass effect well


Serious Sam : FE-    Nile                                                    Nile is inspired by egyptian mythology and
                                                                                           egyptian music


Serious Sam : SE   Chapter 1 - Xipe Totec                       Xipe Totec is a mayan themed death
                                                                                           metal band. Their music fits the
                                                                                           mayan temples well


Serious Sam : SE chapter 2 - Melechesh                          Melechesh blends middle eastern music
                                                                                          with black metal. Their style fits the
                                                                                          persian section of SE really well. Their
                                                                                          melodies are incredible sounding and so
                                                                                          are their vocals.


Dead Space-   Dismembered September - Unitology        My band Dismembered september wrote
                                                                                          a "unitology themed" black metal cd...  

Skyrim-          Windir                                                        Windir was a viking/folk metal band from
                                                                                           norway that had a very atmospheric
                                                                                           dark haunting sound. By far my favorite
                                                                                           band on this list. Too band skyrim sucks..




                                         

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Unleashing Vengeance News

My old band Unleashing Vengeance had a big issue with it.... I ended up ditching our noisetrade and soundcloud site. Why did I do this? Well... I thought the newer UV stuff sounded a little too artificial so I got rid of it... Big mistake. I relistened to it on a hunch and it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought While I ditched it... So Now I have to reupload newer stuff to soundcloud and noisetrade... Which I did..

Now it's online where it should be. I only uploaded the good cd's though. I didn't upload ones to noisetrade that I remember being bad or only ok.  Same thing with soundcloud songs... I however couldn't upload all I wanted to soundcloud due to it's upload limit, but I got what I needed up there, which is good..

Unleashing Vengeance, to me is a very underrated metal band. During our career we played not normal thrash metal but EXPERIMENTAL thrash, with elements of melodic death metal, progressive , jazz and even some folk music influences in the later period stuff (2011-2014). We were something that was really special, but never got the attention we deserved. Shure we got a few likes (more than my current bands), but it never got tons. People just didn't like UV...  I don't see why... To me we sounded very unique. And we had a really badass guitar sound in 2013 and later. Like At the gate's mid frequency only amp style, only far more distorted, overdriven actually.. I liked that sound a lot and still do. It sounds really cool to hear it again for the first time in years...

If you want to hear UV's music go here:
https://soundcloud.com/unleashingvengeance

Follow us on twitter!:
www.twitter.com/unleashnvengnce
(we are still trying to market our music even though the band broke up in 2015)
EDIT:
Our youtube Channel
(channel for all my bands - nightly updates!)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC1lym34Bi3-tZKautfiSnw