Sad news: The music world mourns the loss of Ray Manzarek (74), founding Member and keyboarder of The Doors, White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte (44) and Uriah Heep bassist Trevor Bolder (63). R.I.P.!
German Hardrockers BERSERKER will donate 18.000€ to the Berlin cancer charity for children on May 25. November 2011 BERSERKER front man Schröder was diagnosed with cancer, now he is cancer-free. In 2012 the band collected money for this charity at their concerts and will also continue to do so in the future. Slayer´s Jeff Hanneman is dead: he passed away at about 11AM on May 2nd near his Southern California home because of liver failure due to an infection after a spider bite. R.I.P. Jeff!
The Siberian Jay music video "I´m Holding" featuring Mikko Sirén from Apocalyptica on drums - we reported about the videoshoot in our "1h with" Special - can be watched here: http://youtu.be/C-hSNurZVcs
Those who think that only music that fits to the local opera festival can come out of the Finnish town of Savonlinna, is proven wrong with this young band from the Saimaa lake district. The difference between Hateflesh and opera couldn´t be any bigger. Formed only in 2009, the band now releases its second demo and with it, gives a glimpse into their repertoire in the form of four new pieces.
Hateflesh stand for old school death metal with partly very melodic influences. On their website they themselves describe their music as death´n´roll and I find that´s the best possible description. Brilliant guitar riffs and just the right rhythm give the songs their extra cool vibe. On top of it, singer Henkka has the perfect death metal voice at his disposal (I know his voice from one of his former projects and I can attest that he has improved quite a bit).
The four songs make clear that Hateflesh harmonise very well with each other and are certainly on their way to achieve a lot with their music. Maybe they could still work on sticking out from the masses a tiny bit more. For example, they could bring in some more unusual, out of the ordinary elements or consider making more use of clean vocals. I could imagine that it would fit nicely to their musical style. The song Bloodred Stained is therefore my favourite song because, in the beginning, it has quite a lot to offer vocally and only then goes back to the typical death metal growls. But all in all, a wicked sound.