Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wolfbrigade/Run With The Hunted/Southern Lord Records/2017CD Review


  Wolfbrigade  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  d  beat  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Run  With  The  Hunted"  which  will  be  released  in  April by  Southern  Lord  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  aggressive  crust  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  d  beats  and  aggressive  hardcore  style  screaming  vocals  and  the  music  also  takes  a  very  old  school  style  and  makes  it  sound  very  modern  along  with  the  heaviness  of  metal  and  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads  also  use   a  great  amount  of  melody. 

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts    and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  with  no  clean  parts  ever  being  utilized.

  Wolfbrigade  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  hardcore  punk,  crust  and  d  beat  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  socio-political  and  dystopian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wolfbrigade  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  hardcore  punk,  d  beat  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nomad  Pack"  "No  Reward"  "War  On  Rules"  and  "Dead  Cold".  8  out  of  10.

 

Carnero/Assalto/Retro Vox Records/2017 CD Review


 Carnero  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  d  beat,  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Assalto"  which  was  released  by  Retro Vox  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  along  with  soem h eavy  guitar  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  d  beats  a few  seconds  alter  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  aggressive  hardcore  style  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in a  lot  of  crust  and  post  hardcore  elements.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending of  the  recording.

  Carnero  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  hardcore,  crust,  d  beat  and  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Carnero  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  d  beat,  punk  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Citte  Nere"  "Ignoranza"  "Veleno"  "-+Punk".  8  out  of  10.    


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Heavy Temple Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? Heavy Temple started in 2012. I [Nighthawk] started writing that summer for a band that had yet to be. Then I found a line up and we started playing out. We've been through several incarnations since, but the current roster is not to be missed, with Tempest still on drums, and the newest addition Thunderhorse on guitar.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings? I have to think about this every time. It's everywhere. There are elements of doom, psych, stoner, desert, whatever kind of rock you want to assign a name to. It's really just heavy. If one listens carefully, from the first EP through the new one, they'll notice some hidden riffs. Like easter eggs. Though this EP is slightly more frantic, I think. Key and Bone is nearly 8 years old, Ursa was scrapped from the first EP, and the other two were written for a two piece.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music? The first album was about an exorcism of sorts. And the last track presented a new demon. This new album, Chassit, is inspired by the Dark Tower. And how it seemed to creep into my life, having somewhat parallel experiences with some of the characters.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heavy Temple'? It just seemed fitting for the aesthetic of the music.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? We just wrapped up a tour with Pilgrim, and I'd have to say one of the best shows was at Geno's in Portland, ME with Manic Abraxas and Hessian, both killer locals. It was a party. Also Windhand were terrific. We've played with some killer bands, and Valient Thorr is on the top of that list. Being out really gave us a chance to work on our vibe. After the departure of Barghest we didn't know that we'd be able to find someone who do him justice. But we did, and we like to shred to the fullest extent of our capabilities.

6.What are some of the touring and show plans for 2017? We have a few shows lined up, mostly in the Philly area. But we'll be heading to Psycho Las Vegas this year in August, and then Shadow Woods Metal Fest in September. We're very much looking forward to both of those.

7.The ep was released on both 'Tridroid' and 'Van Records', are you happy with the support both labels have given you so far? Absolutely. Christine and Sven, respectively, have both been great to work with. They've both known us for about the same amount of time, and we're flattered that they still want to be involved in supporting Heavy Temple.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by  fans of psychedelic and doom metal? The response has been overwhelming. We wanted to put this album out the right way, since the first one was just supposed to be a demo. We're flattered and humbled by all of the support.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? The full length has pretty much been written for a year. With the addition of Thunderhorse I think we can finally start working on fleshing out the songs and get into the studio before the end of the year.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays? Well, there are the obvious influences, which I'll leave to the reader/listener to decipher. But I draw on a lot. Everything from classical to Sabbath to early 2000's post punk. Recently we just hit Record Archive in Rochester so I can tell you what we listened to in the truck. In no particular order, Metallica, Wu Tang, Tool, Primus, Against Me, Die Antwoord, Motorhead, Jesus Lizard, The Dead Weather, Type O Negative, just to name a few.

11.What are some of your non musical interests? Reading. A lot. And currently Resident Evil 4

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Buy the ticket, take the ride. You won't regret seeing us.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ibyss Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
Jens: Well, songwriting for a follow-up has slowly began to take shape. Right now, we are preparing for a series of gigs.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Nihil: Our debut album was experimental as we wrote the songs via demos without entering the rehearsal room a few weeks before our first gig. We came from a five man band and had to start at zero. After lots of gigs we knew which direction to head to. We wrote the new songs in the rehearsal room with the live performance in mind. Less baggage, more dynamic hooks and focus on songwriting. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Jens: We are living in strange times. The rise of what I call "false individualism" has created a society of self-centred fucks. Everyone seems to be an egomaniac asshole this days. Nobody takes responsibility for personal misbehaviour anymore. Everything is instantly covered up by excuses like “it is my right as a modern person to treat you like shit” or “you are preventing me from self-expression”, which ultimately leads to “if you point out my faults, I´ll label it as hate speech”. So, there are these little trigger terms everywhere, and everybody seems to get away with them quite easily. Personally, I´ve always tried to stand true to my inner self, my faults and good or bad behaviour. And, I´ve always tried to get in touch with people, rather than to point out my so-called individuality by treating them like shit and hide behind some artificial key phrases or trigger words.

4.According to the information I have received so far the band has been turned down by a lot of metal and industrial websites due to the album title, do you feel this politically correct attitude that the modern underground music media has these days have is harming or destroying the music?
Nihil: Yes, sadly. I believe in free speech and liberty. Our culture is facing a rush for regulations and laws against "Hate Speech". It won´t take too long to turn those laws against our beloved Metal and Rock subculture. Just wait and see....
It seems the mainstream news and entertainment media picked up the same doctrine that was upheld by the old religious institutions. They are the new pseudo-religious institution now by promoting the "institutionalized sin": You´re born evil and immoral thru no false or action of your own.
You know, it´s very annoying to be lectured about political correctness and ethics by the same magazines who share Corey Taylor´s Tweets as their main journalistic ouput on a daily basis.
If they deny to review and write about our band: fuck ´em. We found your magazine and more and more readers will follow and discover all the unbiased and open minded webzines around the world once they are tired of the mainstream media.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ibyss'?
Nihil: Pretty simple. It´s a combination of "I" and "Abyss". Spelled [aiˈbɪs]. We went for a short name which had to fit our stripped-down concept. Back then we created a concept around "exploring the Abyss within yourself" but without the usual element of "Angst". Due to our budget we did not pick it up again in terms of artwork or presentation but we sticked to the name as it sounds cool.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Jens: Sometimes, I would be happy to play in a full band again, especially live. But working as a duo is much faster and easier.
Nihil: Our band will always be the two of us but we are open to the idea of hiring a live-bassist
should we ever enter bigger stages on a regular basis. So far everything worked out fine for the two of us on-stage and off-stage.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Nihil: Our last gig at a location in Düsseldorf, which has been the center of the alternative music scene back in the day, where bands like Die Krupps started. We opened for Tommi Stumpff. It was the biggest crowd so far and our best performance to this day. And our first gig in a small store which was completely packed with our friends.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Jens: Touring isn´t an option at this stage of our career. It would be simply too expensive and you know, we both have regular dayjobs and this strange little thing called private life. At least Nihil.
9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Nihil: Strangely, we did receive some offers from distributors and labels but after checking
we had to pass. Makes no sense to spend thousands of bucks for simple services we can organize for much less while keeping artistic control. 

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal and industrial?
Jens: Suprisingly well. Not a single bad review until now. Honestly I don´t give a flying shit on other peoples oppinions, because you know....you can´t force somebody into anything. But we are surprised by the support we get from international webzines.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Nihil: Probably adding an 8string guitar into our sonic arsenal very soon. But I can promise it won´t sound anything DJent. We might just explore the deep regions of the "Ibyss" and add
a lower dimension to our repertoire without the Meshuggah riff-cloning that´s been going on in the last years. 
Jens: Yeah, like Nihil said. I don´t know for sure. I don´t think it is a good idea to overthink or plan creativity. I definitely want to see some faster and more aggressive stuff, but maybe we are going to end up making electro-hillbilly. We´ll see.
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays.

Nihil: I won´t deny I´ve always been a fan of so-called Groove Metal. Back in the day when Pantera, Sepultura, Helmet and Machine Head kicked ass. Nowadays I´m looking for bands I missed back then like Nailbomb. I also fell in love with demos as they have this raw, unpolished sound. The first Fear Factory demos are just amazing. Discogs and Bandcamp are places I spend hours searching for bands like Maximum Sexy Pigeon, Viral Millenium, U.L.A.A and so on.
Jens: I certainly didn´t miss out on Nailbomb. Helmet and Godlflesh have been great influences too. But to be honest, I don´t listen to much industrial-metal anymore. Today I prefer all kinds of Black and Death Metal. Further I recommend everyone to give King Dude, Darkher, Netherbird, Albez Duz and Coldworld a listen. Oh, and I love Meshuggah.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Jens: Getting old and losing shape, licking sermons?! Just normal everyday stuff. Otherwise, I do read quite a lot.

Nihil: I have a hard time staying focused while reading books but I´ll admit I´m a huge fan
of William Gibson. Soccer has been my virtiol since my childhood and I love running. Oh and I love to shake and throw some dice in an imaginary dystopian environment from time to time, if you know what I´m talking about....

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Jens:  "I've always rejected being understood. To be understood is to prostitute oneself. I prefer to be taken seriously for what I'm not, remaining humanly unknown, with naturalness and all due respect" - Fernando Pessoa
Nihil: "Give me Liberty, or give me Death" is my favourite quote these days. Let´s keep our liberties and freedom of artistic expression in this amazing subculture we call Heavy Metal.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Obsessed/Sacred/Relpase Records/2017 CD Review


  The  Obsessed are  a  band  from  Maryland  that  has  a  40  year  history  and  are  one  of  the  first  American  bands  to  play  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  comeback  album  "Sacred"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Relapse  Records.

 
  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  a  70s  metal/rock  style  to  the  modern  era   while  also  being  very  melodic.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  aggressive  drumming  can  be  heard  and  back  up  gang  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars while  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  touch  of  proto  punk  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  blues  rock  can  be  heard  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental  while  a  later  song  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  Obsessed  creates  a  recording  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  doom  metal  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  touches  of  70's  rock  to  create  something  a  letter  bit  more  different  than  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  struggles,  despair, and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great  sounding  recording  from  The  Obsessed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sodden  Jackal"  "it's  only  Money"  "Stranger  Things"  and  "On  So  Long".  8  out  of  10.  

Clouds Of Dementia/Seventh Seal/2016 EP Review





 
  Clouds  Of  Dementia  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  traditional  form  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "Seventh  Seal".

    A  very  heavy  and  dark  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the recording  while  all  of  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  singing  fashion  and  the  guitar  leads a re  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  traditional  80's  style  of  the  genre  while  mixing  in  a  more  modern  production  and  bass  guitar  leads  can  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  speeding  up  a  little  bit  and  as  the  ep progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  stringed  instruments  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clouds  Of  Dementia  plays  a  style  of  doom  metal  that  is  very  traditional  and  goes  back  to  the  early  days  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Clouds  Of  Dementia  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Welcome"  and  "Love  Song".  8  out  of  10.  

Gossamer/Self Titled/2017 EP Review


  Gossamer  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  doom,  and   post  metal with  elements  of  chamber  music  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  and  self  titled  2017  ep.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  and  also  adds  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the   recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  clean  singing  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  heavy  doom  metal  riffing  is  added  onto the  recording  and  the  songs  also  mix  the  clean  and  heavy  parts  together  at  times.

  Elements  of  stoner  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  solos  and  leads  have  a  melodic  shoegaze  style  to  them  and  as  the  ep  progresses  the  songs  start  adding  in  touches  of  chamber  music  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  while  also  having  its  progressive  moments  and  aggressive  screams a re  used  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Gossamer  plays  a  musical  style t hat  takes  stoner,  doom  and  post  metal  and  mixes  it  with  chamber  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gossamer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  doom,  and  post  metal  with  a  touch  of  chamber  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Medusa"  and  "I  Never  Said  Yes Ton This".  8  out  of  10.