Symphonic Progressive Death Metal from New York, NY
"When you listen to music, how do you experience it? Do you listen to it in the darkness, and let it take control of your emotions? Does it bring to life another world? With Homerik, your only limit is your imagination.
Inspired by world and classical genres, and various styles of Metal, Homerik seeks to amaze audiences with large scale productions and interactive performances. With influences from Norse culture, Egypt, Spain, Eastern Asia and many more countries around the world, their music is approachable by all listeners whether they are devout fans of the Metal genre or not."
I have seen Homerik refer to their music as "epic metal" and I certainly agree. Not in the adjective sense where we say something is epic like hardcore. It is symbolic of the "epics" in mythology. They have a style well suited for the sophisticated metalhead. It has the darkness and brutality the death metal fan craves but a cerebral quality that enchants and educates us with a varity of indigious styles and stories. Which is displayed phenominally with Curse of the Black Nile, where you actually feel like you are in Egypt, but moshing. When you are listening to their music it is almost like you are traveling to either that location or period of time.
Curse of the Black Nile - Homerik
I really have to give this band a lot of props because it pushes the envelope of what we traditionally view as Metal music. It actually challenges the genre that you think is unchallengeable but not done in a disrespectful or mocking way like some bands have done in the past. Their music is an escape into a mythical land where you can turn on the music, close your eyes and let your brain paint the visuals for you. Wendigo is absolutely captivating with the chant, growling vocal style, and moments of suffering.
The one thing I find a little challenging when reviewing their music is it is hard to capture its true beauty and essence into words. You are not just listening to the music with your ears and can explain it into the technical terms of the industry or genre. It is music that needs to be experienced and felt. It is something that each person who listens to it will take away something different, which is where the true beauty lies. No two people will be touched in the same way. So this is merely my humble attempt at trying to convey what I felt and heard, not so much with my ears, but my heart and mind. This is my musical journey, and I challenge everyone who is reading this, to shut off the world for a moment, turn this music on and just let it consume you. You will get great transitions, a wide range of vocal styles, and intense rhythms, but the feeling you are left with after you are done listening will be your own gift. Thank you Homerik for such a lovely gift and for bringing this experience to my life. I am eager to see where this group of talented artists wind up and what other experiences they have in store for their loyal fans. And mark the date on your calendar because the album is set to release on Halloween and be sure to check out their website where you can get 3 free downloads of their music. You won't regret it.
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Melodic Thrash Death Metal from Monterrey
"Project formerly known as “Unless I” was born in Monterrey, Mexico in February, 2014. The concept was created by Damian Ymirson and Fernrizsun while drowning in a sea of beer and chatter. “Unless I” was later developed entirely by Fenrizsun, who takes ownership of it afterwards. Sooner than later, Daniel "Waste" Chapa jumps in the scene with new ideas inflamed with
melodic tendencies, and we decided to name ourselves “The Architect Of Nightmares” , with irreligious and anti institutionalism themed lyrics. Pepe "Turtle" and Adolfo Sanz joined later to complete the band lineup as we know it. The demo “No God To Blame” was released on Aug 26, 2016. “Consummating Divinity" will be soon released as the first long play album"
If you are looking for adrenaline pumping, head banging, mix of old school metal with the modern edge, look no further than The Architect of Nightmares. They will be releasing their album Consummating Divinity soon, and I was honored to get to review it now. Which I would like to take a moment and thank the guys for that and the album is absolutely savage!
The featured song for the review is called Malevolent Memento which you can listen to below. Damian Ymirson commands at the vocals, not only with the growl but also the clean vocals which remind me a little of Bruce Dickinson, but with his own iconic flair. While Damian has a bit of the old school metal sound with his voice, the song itself has a rhythm that reminds me of newer metal bands like Avenged Sevenfold.
Malevolent Memento by The Architect of Nightmares
My personal favorite of the album is called Witch Hunt which they recently played live at Raza Rock. The bridge is what pushes this song into the realm of musical perfection in my opinion. The way Damian transitions from the snarl of the Death Metal vocal style to the enchanting operatic vocal style speaks volumes of his range. Of course the vocals are not the only thing that make this band outstanding in my opinion, everyone knows that you need to have the rhythms and melody spot on with the guitar and drums in order for the music to truly soar. Between the savage guitar solos and rhythm of Damian, Daniel Chapa (Guitar), and Adolfo Sanz (Bass), and the epic drum fills by Pepe Rodriguez, you get the thrash metal experience that leaves you yearning for more.
I can honestly say that this album from The Architect of Nightmares is a must have for all metalheads. The stamina of the album is unlike most bands you hear nowadays. As well as they have my utmost respect for giving a wink and a nod to the old school ways. The vocals that you can get into, the guitar that you can air guitar to (you know you want to), and the drum fills that make you head bang or mosh, whichever you prefer. Regardless I look forward to many more albums from the guys and hope everyone enjoys the music as much as I have. And when the album is released, please make sure to buy your own copy because this music will never go out of style and should be in everyone's music library.
Below are the places you can find The Architect Of Nightmares:
Progressive Metal from Malta
"Decline The Fall started with the vocalist having the dream of being in a band. Having no experience he managed to gather some experienced friends to help him start, by time they all had to leave one by one for personal reasons and the line up changed but the vocalist never gave up. Now Decline The Fall have a full line up and the name represents ''fighting'' in the music industry. Trying their best so maybe they can make this their career"
I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to the music of Decline The Fall, they pack quite a bit of passion into what I consider simplistic music. Not saying it is bland by any means or "simple" in the negative sense, it just means they keep the focus on the rhythm and lyrics. You certainly do not think of Malta as having a bustling music scene. But this band certainly puts it on the map as a place for potential powerhouses.
The first song of theirs that I heard was their latest release called Carnival World. It was filled with fantastic energy and epic breakdowns that make your heart almost pulse with the rhythm. They do not rely on all the complicated techniques and vocal enhancers that a lot of bands do nowadays. Which I will discuss later in one of their videos where the spotlight is on the vocals. I am a little shocked as to why this band is not more well known since they certainly can stand alongside many of the great hard rock and metal bands of today. But the lyrics are incredibly empathetic and speak of how cold and faceless the world has become, especially the artistic world. It is refreshing to see a band that is bringing back true artistry rather than creating music just to make money and to make the industry a machine that spits out cookie cutter talent for a quick buck. I could actually listen to this song on repeat and still find it fresh with each play.
As I went through some of their other videos, because as of right now they only have 5 videos, it is interesting to see how they have evolved. Still keeping the passion and integrity but trying to find their niche in the music world. But it is like you get to hear the musical ephinany as their music progresses. Like they are using the cynacism towards the industry and creating something beautiful and empathetic from it. Creating this sense of understanding with those who have chased their dreams only to have doors slammed in their faces by those who do not actually care about the stories or the arts. You can hear this most clearly in Mortal Man, not just in the lyrics but in the breakdown towards the end of the song which gives you a sense of a Phoenix arising from the ashes and never giving up on the dream.
Then I got to a video where it could only be described as a jam session because there was not all of the glitz and glamour of the studio but you could hear the vocal chops of John Castiel. And I must admit, I am not only impressed but captivated by his vocal style. The passion he evoked is absolutely remarkable, showing he could certainly hold his own amongst some of the most memorable vocalists, such as Kurt Cobain, which you can almost hear a little similarity with the clean raspy style but not a copy at all. The video I am referring to is one dedicated to all the mothers out there, called A Hero You Need. Kris Farrugia certainly holds his own with the acostic guitar which compliments John's voice just perfectly. This song alone displays the talent of both men and the passion they hold for the music. Honestly I hope their music career takes off because I know I will be one of the first people buying their EP which they hope to release by the end of 2017. I am glad they never gave up on their dream within this fickle industry where true artistry rarely gets noticed. But rest assured, they are noticed by me and I hope they are by everyone reading this.
Below are the places you can find Decline The Fall:
All reviews are written by Italian Metal Queen aka @OceansStorm