Napalm Flesh: Nevertanezra, Burn Your World, Merlins Beard

Posted March 15, 2012 in
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This week Napalm Flesh offers up a trio of local talent spotlights covering just about all metal fans’ discernable palates, with interviews from Nevertanezra, Burn Your World and Merlins Beard. Yeah, the word “scene” is kind of dirty, folks are allowed to have opinions about everything and anything. This week is just a great reminder that there doesn’t have to be a big show in town every week to take in some tunes and get to be a metal fan every day of the week when you think about it. Also on tap are reviews from Fester, Seas Will Rise and Xerxes

Events

Friday March 16:
Meat, Peace N’ Quiet and Numbskull at Carols Cove II. (21+)
Vengeance, Brute Force, Eyes of Damnation, Foreseen Exile, Burt’s Tiki-Lounge, $7, 9 p.m. (21+)

Tuesday March 20:
Prizehog, Nevertanezra, Koala Kombat, Burt’s Tiki-Lounge. $6, 9 p.m. (21+)

Wednesday March 21:
Early Graves, Gaza, Cedars, A Rainbow’s Companion and Dustbloom. $7, 6:30 p.m.


Local Artist Spotlight: Nevertanezra


SLUG: How would you best describe the sound of your band to someone who has never heard it before?
Nevertanezra: Very heavy avant garde Doom/Death Metal.

SLUG: Give us a bit of background information about your band. When did you start? Why did you want to start this band? Have any of the members played in other bands?
Nevertanezra: The band started about 10 or so years ago but I was never able to find a stable line up so it became a one-man project. Only within the last couple of years did I decide to try the band thing again. I [Michael] started the band because I wanted nothing more than to play heavy metal. I played in Malignant Inception, Dave played in Vernicious Knid and Rick was in Avernus.

SLUG: Do you have any recorded material available to purchase or to listen to? If so, where can people pick it up/hear it? 
Nevertanezra: We have a self-titled EP and an album entitled NTNR. You can get them directly through us at shows or through our Facebook and Myspace pages. You can also get our album through www.doommantia.com. You can also go to Raunch Records.

SLUG: What is the mental mindset of your band? Basically, what is your band trying to convey to listeners?
Nevertanezra: Our mindset is to play heavy, slow and depressing metal. We want to convey epically intense melancholy to our listeners.

SLUG: How do you feel about being part of the metal scene in Utah? Who are some of your favorite bands? If there’s anything you’d like to see change in the local scene, what would it be?
Nevertanezra: It’s great being a part of the scene. Foreseen Exile, Ritual of Terror and Gravetown are some great bands that we’ve played with. If we could change anything about the scene, it would be to make it more solidified and less fractured and cliquey.

SLUG: What do you think makes your band unique not just to locals, but the metal scene entirely?
Nevertanezra: We pride ourselves on being original. We’ve yet to hear a band that sounds like us locally, nationally or internationally. We’re one of the only Doom/Death Metal bands in Utah, which adds to our uniqueness. We intentionally play really slow whereas most metal bands play very fast.

SLUG:
Do you have any recording plans? Do you have any upcoming live shows that you would like to let our readers know about? 
Nevertanezra: We plan on recording a split single this summer with Reclusiam (Funeral Doom from VA). We have a gig coming up at Burt’s Tiki Lounge 3-20-12. We’re also confirmed to play Denver Doom Fest II this October 6th! We’re pretty excited about that.

SLUG: If there is anything else you’d like to add, consider this question a free-for-all or a soapbox for whatever else you’d like to say. 
Nevertanezra: Check us out if you’re interested in something different.

Local Artist Spotlight: Burn Your World

SLUG: How would you best describe the sound of your band to someone who has never heard it before?
BYW: A blend of metallic hardcore in the vein of Ringworm/Integrity/Cursed mixed with Napalm Death and Black Flag. We tend to mix several styles of aggressive music into our sound. Everything from Black Metal to Hardcore to Grind and Death. We write to our own standards and just hope for the best with the public's reception.

SLUG: Do you have any recorded material available to buy/purchase/listen to? If so, where can people pick it up/hear it? Do you have any recording plans?
BYW: We have a self-titled EP available for $5 at our shows and online at http://burnyourworldofficial.bandcamp.com. It was recorded locally and self produced. It is some of our older material from when we first started writing together, so its not totally up to date with our sound/direction, but we are looking to get some new tracks out really soon.

SLUG: What is the mental mindset of your band? Basically, what is your band trying to convey to listeners?
BYW: The main overall tone is, as cliché as it may sound, is anger, depression, and hatred for humanity as a whole. We want to wreck everything and ruin your life. We try to set a mood with every song we write...and generally that mood is kind of a bummer.

SLUG: How do you feel about being part of the metal scene of Utah? If there’s anything you’d like to see change in the local “scene” what would it be?
BYW: We like it for the most part. There are a lot of great bands here and we are always impressed with the array of local talent. The biggest thing that needs to change is people's outlook on mixing genres and over classification of heavy music. A hardcore band should be able to play with a thrash band or a death metal band and be treated as equals and welcomed. Same goes for Black Metal and Punk bands or any aggressive type of music. Everyone is so focused on what kind of music it isn't, that they don't stop to listen and take a chance on what it could be. The mind set is "if it’s this, this and this I can't like it." That sort of thing cheats you out of some amazing music. We just want the "scene" to be united and supportive of all of its bands.

SLUG: What do you think makes your band unique not just to locals, but the metal scene entirely?
BYW: We don't sound like any SLC band. At all. We strive for that, too. We don't want to sound like every other band. Where's the fun in that? We can play with just about any heavy band and hold our own. We like to play with as many different kinds of bands as possible, and we think the metal scene needs more of that kind of thing.

SLUG:
If there is anything else you’d like to add, consider this question a free-for-all, soapbox or whatever else you’d like to say.
BYW: Go to local shows. Support local bands. Start your own local band and come play local shows with us. The scene is there for those who want it.

Local Artist Spotlight: Merlins Beard

SLUG: How would you best describe the sound of your band to someone who has never heard it before?
MB: Loud, fast, and heavy rock n’ roll with a touch of old school metal!

SLUG: Do you have any recorded material available to buy/purchase/listen to? If so, where can people pick it up/hear it? Do you have any recording plans?
MB: We have an EP in the works right now which will be released on April 14th at The Basement. We will also be putting music up on our Facebook page ASAP.

SLUG: What is the mental mindset of your band? Basically, what is your band trying to convey to listeners?
MB: Our band wants to influence people to bang their noggins and have a killer good time. No trends, No B.S.

SLUG: How do you feel about being part of the metal scene of Utah? If there’s anything you’d like to see change in the local “scene” what would it be?
MB: Utah has a lot of killer bands that we’re definitely stoked to play beside! As far as changing things goes, it’d be nice to see less kids coming to shows just to throw fists and start fights. You know who you are.

SLUG: What do you think makes your band unique not just to locals, but the metal scene entirely?
MB: We don’t try to fit any stereotypes or genres. It’s hard to classify our music because its always different. Also, we’re all pretty ugly dudes, with scorching hot lady friends.

SLUG
: If there is anything else you’d like to add, consider this question a free-for-all, soapbox or whatever else you’d like to say.
MB: Come bang your head with us real soon, Live long and prosper, KILLBOT KILLS, Mike says trek yo'self fool.

Exclusive Reviews

Fester
A Celebration of Death
Abyss
Street: 03.20
Fester = Godflesh + Coffins + Blut Aus Nord + Cemetery Urn
When extreme metal fans think of Norway, thoughts usually meander to black metal, but there is a hell of a lot more insanity and grim crazy shit coming out of the country than that, and Fester is a prime example. The band gets an “unfair” tag of being “blackened death metal.” Maybe it’s because this album is the first I’ve heard from the band. but in the end it doesn’t matter the style or genre tag amongst the insane amounts of extreme metal genre twists. A Celebration of Death is nauseatingly down tuned - album opener “Rites of Ceres” almost pays a small nod to early Godflesh with a mechanized type repetitive steamroller type core riff that really just sets the hook into any listener that the album is going to be a dark hellish ride all with a tone and style that pushes the “norm” of death metal away. Fester offers a brutal bastard of a record here—rotten death metal at its heart with black undertones a love of all that is doom all equaling continuous blows below Satan’s belt. Fans of super heavy down tuned grizzled festering putrid puss slow churned death this is top shelf shit chug it while you can. -Bryer Wharton

Seas Will Rise
Disease is Our Refrain
Man In Decline/Anxiety Machine
Street: 03.06
Seas Will Rise = His Hero Is Gone + Victims + Disfear
Hailing from Arizona and featuring current and former members of Landmine Marathon and Come On Die Young, Seas Will Rise deliver a solid 26 minute slab of punk/hardcore/metal on their debut full length. Seas Will Rise revel in the violent speed and energy of D-Beat, riding the style’s crusty wave of revitalization, while injecting it with some slower, sludgy passages, invoking the style of His Hero Is Gone and Tragedy. The band is at its best when they’re fast and pissed, as on “In Dust and Blood,” “This Teardown Town” and “Population Zero.” Of the slightly slower cuts, “Wash Out and Rust” is a standout, seamlessly combining D-Beat fury with sludgy thickness, while the title track and “Razed” satisfy with their thick riffs and powerfully shouted vocals. There are a lot of bands playing this style of punk/hardcore/metal at the moment, but until Tragedy puts out a new record, I’ll be spinning this to get my misanthropy on. –Ricky Vigil

Xerxes
Our Home is a Deathbed
No Sleep
Street: 3.13.12
Xerxes = Hopesfall + Funeral Diner + Modern Life is War
I get all tingly and incoherent when Louisville bands make waves outside of Derby City, so a new record from Xerxes in my inbox came as a bit of a surprise. I've seen 'em a few times to mixed feelings—the first time they read a poem before their set (I shant lie, it was kind of awkward) but they wrapped their demo CD-R's in paper bags (which is way cool). Xerxes play impassioned hardcore that skirts the "amazing-core" line (take that how you will), adopt a grip of ’90s screamo aesthetics and leave a whole lot of melody wriggling below the jagged surface...which I dig. Ghostly album opener "Wake" feeds right into "Sleep," which hits right 'tween the eyes in terms of production and execution (without warning too). These recording sensibilities float right up my alley too...plenty muddy for maximum potency, but crisp enough to showcase some musicianship and Calvin Philley's raw larynx is probably the album's strongest suit. The biggest weakness here is that certain songs tend to run a little samey ("Fever Dream," "Our City is a Floodplain" and "Funeral Home" all have grating tempos that run together) and the crawling aesthetic can get redundant by the end. Still, with high points like "Tide" (hyper-melodies) and "Free Fall" (hyper disgust) Our Home is a Deathbed has plenty to offer. -Dylan Chadwick

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