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Italian death metal butchers Natrium proudly reveal details for their upcoming 3rd full-length album, entitled “Vertigo of Abjection”, scheduled for release on July 17th, 2017 via Ultimate Massacre Productions.
Today the band has unleashed the first taste of Vertigo of Abjection with a new song entitled “Ingrained Heteronomy” via SoundCloud.

Stream ‘Ingrained Heteronomy’ here!:

Natrium created a devastating record intent on exposing the filth of humanity and the wretched system we live in.
The 8 song album was mixed and mastered by Marco Mastrobuono (Hour of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Buffalo Grillz among others) at Kick Recording Studio.

The cover artwork was created by legendary artist Daemorph (The Black Dahlia Murder, Disentomb, Avulsed).

The band comments, “Vertigo of Abjection is the result of a long writing process and experimentation. We have taken all the time necessary to write and arrange our most inspired material, without hurry, focusing more on composition and song structure without the obsession of being technical and fast at every cost. We are very proud of all the eight songs, we wouldn’t change a single note and there is everything Death Metal fans like us will like. Marco ‘Cinghio’ Mastrobuono did a great job mixing and mastering it, he nailed our idea of finding a balance between sounding modern and old school at the same time.”



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Ancient Visionz interview w/ American Standards, Answered by Brandon Kellum

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1. What gave you the idea to start the band?

As a kid I always fully immersed myself into one thing or another. If it were skateboarding, I had to go to the skatepark every day and make skate videos to share with my friends. When I got into professional wrestling, I organized the neighborhood kids and pretty soon we’d be jumping off roofs and throwing each other through plywood tables (Shoutout to my HWF buds Matt Lopez and Chris Coffel). So when my dad bought me a guitar in high school naturally started a band before I could even play a single chord. 15 years later and I’m still at it.

2. Who are some of your biggest influences?

Bands like Pantera, System of A Down and Rage Against The Machine got me into music but when starting American Standards I was very into Refused, Snapcase, Botch, Poison The Well and stuff like that.

3. How long did it take to write the new album? Do you all work on the writing together or is it just one member?

It truly only took a few solid months of writing but we stretched that out into two years of playing shows and touring in between. Typically Corey comes to me with a riff or two then we work on the structure together. We then get in the practice room with the guys and that’s when it really takes a life of its own.

4. Where can people order the new album and buy merch?

It’s available on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and pretty much anywhere else you can find music. It’ll also be streaming on Spotify and YouTube day of the release (4/28).

5. The recent press releases mention the band will continue to explore themes on corporate greed, social politics, materialism, satire, and contain a personal tone. I wanted to ask you guys why they are important to the band, and does it help you all express what you would like to say through art?

It’s been an interesting curve for me when I look at my writing style and associate it to the bands I’ve been in. As a teenager I wrote with all the passion of the moment as angsty kids do. So each song had a pretty one dimensional emotion to it whether it be about love, hate or otherwise. In my early 20’s I started singing for a band called The Hostage Situation which was very much in the realm of “southern hardcore” like Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, He Is Legend and Every Time I Die. By this time I was in full fledged party mode and the songs were more light hearted and tongue in cheek. Looking back, I was really haphazardly trying to balance my newfound love of philosophy through the lens of a 40 ounce bottle. Fast forward to my mid 20s when we started American Standards and I feel like I finally found a balance of depth and satire where I can include a little more social commentary without being off-putting or preachy. It allows me to talk about things bigger than myself but hopefully still be relatable and accessible.

6. Do you guys plan to build on these areas with the next album?
Absolutely. Now more than ever the media warrants us all kinds of fun things to point at and comment on. Also with the passing of our founding guitarist and soon after the death of my father, we’ve included these more personal themes that are new for the band.

7. Are you planning the next album yet?

Almost immediately after we stopped recording. There’s still a lot left for us to do as a band and I’m excited to see where it goes.

8. From chats I’ve had with bands/artists of all genres, they tell me it is becoming harder to get fans of all genres to take notice of mid tier/DIY and lesser known bands. Have you guys experienced anything similar, and do you hold any opinions on this? How does a band overcome this barrier?

I think it just forces a band to be open minded and adaptable. If you apply yesterday’s methods to today’s world you won’t get anywhere. Use technology to your advantage. Get out there and try new things and play with different styles of bands. If you have the drive and a bit of talent then you have the means to make it happen.

9. What would be the ideal tour for the band?

Selfishly- I’d say with Refused. It’d also be great to get out there with a band like Cancer Bats in Canada or HECK in Europe.

10. What do you enjoy the most about playing in a hardcore band?

It’s a give take. Sometimes I see things like the fights in the pit or the bands talking shit about each other between sets and I think, “what the hell am I a part of”. But then you see how the community comes together to help each other out and it’s all worth it. The crowd funding and benefit shows for those that have come on hard times or even something small like helping a diy band with booking a show and a place to stay. It’s awesome and truly inspiring.

11. What has been your favorite live shows so far?
There’s been too many to name. We’ve been fortunate to be a part of so many national shows and 10 year anniversary tours over the past couples years that it keeps making me think it’s only a matter of time till people realize that we’re no one special.

12. Besides American Standards do any of the members play in any other bands?

The guys actually all do a Slipknot cover band 6(sic)6 occasionally for fun and Mitch plays for a few bands… but that’s every drummer.

13. What other music do you enjoy outside of hc punk?

Everything. It’s cliche but true. I’m a huge fan of Tom Waits, MewithoutYou, Led Zeppelin and I listen to far too many podcasts.

14. What are some of your favorite movies?

I’m a sucker for psychological thrillers and horror movies. Recently I saw ‘Get Out’ and i have to say it’s up there for one of the best I’ve watched this year. Very much like The Twilight Zone high in a huge nerd for or even more recently the Black Mirror series.

Thank you guys for doing the interview, I wish you all the best with the new album and future live shows. Peace and much love. Gaz, Ancient Visionz.

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Grog Interview done by Patrick posted on 4-17-17


Here is a new interview with Portugal’s long running death metal band Grog who also have some grind elements within their music. If you are a fan of well written and performed  old-school brutal death then be sure to check out Grog’s newest release today.


Interview with Pedra vocalist of Grog done by Patrick

1. Hello Pedra please introduce yourself to the readers and at what age did you discover  metal music?

 Hi Patrick, first up thanks a lot for giving us the chance to promote Grog and our new album “Ablutionary Rituals”. I am the band vocalist since its origin and we started in 1991 so it has been a long ride till today. We are from Portugal and play what you could say death grind. My path into metal begun 31 years ago, yes I am that old, so I was a teenager with 16 years old eager to discover the music of my life.


2. Who were some of the first bands you listened to and who are some of your  current favorite bands?
Well I started with some hard rock bands back then like AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Europe, Motley Crue but with time I went on discovering Iron Maiden, Wasp and Motorhead for example. In the 80’s we had a lot of metal radio shows so as I discovered then I begun listening speed, thrash, black, grindcore and death metal bands form that time. Many of them still currently exist so it’s easy for me to say that I went down to the bottom of almost everything heavy metal had to offer. Nowadays I still love to hear the classics from that time like Immolation, Suffocation, Napalm Death, Autopsy, Agathocles, Deranged, Sinister, Avulsed but also new bands like Benighted, Unfathomable Ruination, Defeated Sanity, Wormed and so on…

3. Grog was formed back in 1991 what gave you all the idea to start this band? What is the current line up of the band?
The idea came from a group of friends that were also into metal and punk actually. There’s always that time that you want to learn how to play and create your own  music I guess so we talked and decided to try our shot at doing our own musical vision. I never thought I would be involved in it to be honest but here I am after 26  years as the only active founding member. The current line-up is pretty solid since many years and along with me we have Ivo on guitar, Rolando playing drums and Alex  filling the bass.

4. How would you say Grog’s music has changed over the years and who are some of the bands that influenced Grog’s sound?

When we started we were more into grindcore but then we begun to include death metal influences and from that moment till the present we still do it. We try to evolve  and reach new ideas and levels of intensity within our sound every time we work on a new release. This is what motivates us to keep on going since we don’t want to  sound the same every time we release a new record. The first two albums we released have different line ups so naturally they sound different. There a lot of ideas that belong to the previous members that define the style of music we did. After those releases we managed to stabilize the line up and begun to grow more as a collective and each time we work in new ideas we try to surpass the previous ones never the less we are able to sound like Grog and have our own identity as a band. The influences are obvious I think since death metal and grindcore have their icons very well defined still we aren’t interested on copy then but instead creating our  own music so if you wanna relate us with the bands I spoke before it’s ok for us.

5. Grog is getting ready to release their fourth full-length “Ablutionary Rituals” how long did it take the band to write the music for the new songs? Does the whole band work on the  music or does one member usually write everything?

The new album took us 4 years to write and we work as team though the songs are brought mostly by Ivo and Alex. When the ideas are presented to the rest of the band myself and Rolando give our contribution and then we decide if it’s a clean go or if we improve or remove what doesn’t make sense.

6. Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics and what are some topics you all wrote  about on the new release?

I handle all lyrics in the band since ever. The new album reaches a new approach on the theme we always explored which is the dark side of the human mind. The main difference within “Ablutionary Rituals” was that we begun to focus on the personal aspects related with the human shadow instead of dwelling on the external  deviations and sickness/gore of the behavior itself. On this record we try to explain the origin of human darkness, why does it exists, what influences have for us  and what are the possible lessons that we can take from its presence in our soul, body and ethereal dimensions.

7. Besides the new release “Ablutionary Rituals” are any of the bands past releases  still available for the readers to buy? Besides the releases does the band have  any  other merchandise available and if yes what is available and where can the readers  buy it?

We have all our releases available for digital download at our bandcamp but the older ones are if not almost sold out. Concerning merch we have new items available for the new album. I advise all to check us up at our bandcamp and facebook pages to get more information. I leave you the addresses and

8. As mentioned Grog has been active in the scene since the early 90’s what have been the  bands most memorable shows over the years and who have been some of the bands you have shared the stage with?

Quiet difficult to answer that one you know since all gigs are different and have their own kind of magic. Also as you can image we played a great amount of shows  since we started so I consider all shows important even the one that weren’t so great at the end. We played with almost Portuguese bands like Decayed, Holocausto Canibal, Analepsy, Raw Decimating Brutality and so on like we also shared stage with Cannibal Corpse, Immolation, Broken Hope, Disgorge, Suffocation, Avulsed, Sinister, Dead Infection, Benighted for instance.

9. Are their any upcoming shows or tours in support of the new release? If yes where will the band be playing?

We are booking some shows mainly for Portugal and we also have a gig in Austria this year.

10. Pedra you and the band have been active in the underground since the early 90’s  were you ever into tape-trading back then?

Sure I did a lot of tape trading back in the days and I still keep all letters with me. It’s like the 80’s/90’s underground milestone and I have the most special  memories from those days when you had to handwrite every single letter you received. I knew a lot of people and bands that way and also the feeling of receiving mail at home was tremendously exciting.

11. Besides tape trading did you read a lot of fanzines back in the day what were  some of your favorite fanzines to read? In your eyes what made a good fanzine?
I was a teen back then so there wasn’t much income to buy zines but we shared a lot information between friends and along that came the fanzines especially Portuguese ones. For a young kid finding new bands was enough so all fanzines mattered because I would devour them letter by letter.

12. Grog comes out of Portugal’s death metal scene what is your opinion of the metal scene in Portugal over the years?

We have evolved a lot. Today we have a healthy scene in all genres and I should say that Portuguese bands aren’t inferior to the rest of bands in the world.

13. Who are your all time favorite bands from Portugal? And are their any new bands  coming out of Portugal that you feel the readers should check out soon?

Decayed, Evisceration, Desire, Thormenthor, Namek, Sacred Sin for example on the oldschool side. New ones I should recomend Switchtense, Vai-te Foder, Analepsy,  Grunt…

14. Besides bands are their any honest and reliable labels or distro’s you can  recommend to the readers?

Yes, absolutely, we have Helldprod Records, Altare Productions, Raging Planet, Chaosphere Records, Signal Rex, Caverna Abismal, Vomit Your Shirt, Larvae Productions,  Lusitania, Rastilho among others.

15. What does underground metal mean to you?

Underground is not being mainstream, this is the easiest way to explain it. Underground has a lot of DIY attitude and fuck the rest although you can find also some examples in major music industry but in a completely different approach.

16. When not working on new music or band business what do you enjoy doing in  your free time?

Play with my kid, to rest, being with friends, going to shows…

17. Thank you Pedra for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers before we end this interview?

Thanks once again for your support Patrick and to all your readers check us out in and Grind Up!

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