Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Highrider Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



Highrider was formed in Gothenburg back in 2013 with the idea to play hard music with the addition of keyboards basically. We have all been playing in different punk, hardcore and metal bands for a long time. I played bass in Fredag den 13:e until 2012. Christopher and Axel are childhood friends from another city and they had a band called Din Skevf and other bands before that. Axel moved to Gothenburg and then me and him started making songs together with Eric on guitar. Then Christopher moved here as well and I forced him to play keyboards with us, haha. He usually play bass but he is a very talented musician so it wasn’t a problem. I knew Peter from before when we used to work together and when Eric quit to start a family I ran into Peter at a show and that’s it. Now we make music and try not to kill each other in the process.



2.So far you have released an ep and have a full length coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?



When we released ”Armageddon Rock” in may 2016 it was the result of a long process. We got into the studio and we didn’t have a singer and things were a bit unclear. We wanted to have a heavy psychadelic vibe to the songs but also straight forward power. The sound is mostly inspired by stoner doom rockers like High On Fire and The Sword, that was what we were into to at the time. When we couldn’t find a singer we liked I did the vocals. It took some time to finish but it turned out great in the end.

After the release Eric quit and Peter joined the band. This time the recording went very smooth, it was finished over a couple of weekends at the end of last year.  We had the greater part of the songs ready from before but still it’s quite different from the EP. We wanted to go more hardcore and punk and not so much metal. The sound is rawer and darker and so are the lyrics. It has a lot more varied songs, different styles, some seventies stuff and some hardcore and thrash. It comes together nicely even if it may seem messy in print, haha.







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



It’s usually politics, the end of civilisation, suicide or anti social behaviour in one way or the other. There is one song on the new album about a guy who rapes an unconsious woman and gets his dick and balls bitten off by a toothed vagina. It is dedicated to the Brock Turners of the world. We also have lyrics about religion and so on. The main goal is to make the listener a bit uncomfortable, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The suicide theme is mostly theraputical and also when you sing about something you think is important it’s easier to make a good vocal effort. It’s a win-win situation.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Highrider'?



Highrider was the working title of a song from the EP. High is from High On Fire and Rider is from Doomriders. When you make songs you don’t always have a title ready but you have to call it something so it doesn’t get confused with other songs. Usually it’s ”the fast one” or something like that but we were out of the easy ones at the time. We liked the way it sounded and didn’t have any other suggestions. Band names are not as important as good songs anyway in my opinion.



5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?



The one so far that made an impression on me so far was playing at the Fredag den 13:e 10 year anniversary show last december. It was special for me at least. We also did a show in Gothenburg at a place called Sticky Fingers this summer. It was great cause we finally got to do a show with proper gear for the keyboard. It easily gets drowned out by the bass and guitar noise. It sounded amazing, you can find it on youtube if you like. Punk squats and DIY places are not used to people dragging synthezisers up on stage. We are direct and to the point when we play live. Not a lot of talking between songs and if available we use low set red lights and smoke machines. We try to keep the set tight and powerful.



6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the album is released?



We go on tour in september the same week the album comes out. We play in Germany, Poland and Czech Republik I think, together with Fredag den 13:e. We get a lot more proposals now than a year ago but nothing really solid yet as far as more tours. We pick up shows as we go. We´ll se what happens, I think we’ll be out playing soon again.



7.The new album is coming out on 'The Sign Records', are you happy with the support they have given you so far.



Yes, we are very happy! They do a great job promoting our stuff and puts a lot of trust in the band. Kaj and Patrik are great guys and work hard. We’ve even played a few shows with Patrik’s band Snake Tongue. They are really close to the independent music scene and have been around forever.



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by the fans of many different metal styles?



We google search on occasion and most people who have heard the EP seems to like it. If they dont like it they usually hate it which is fine by us. We enjoy reading those the most. We don’t want the five out of ten star- reviews, that would be really disappionting. We have done pretty well on live gigs so far and we really want to get out and play more shows.



9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?



Chrisopher is a bit busy with a pop band called Tomma Intet. Other than that there is none. There isn’t any time left to do much else.



10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



I’m not sure. So far we haven’t been doing much new material. I think we’ll explore more moody territories, more introvert stuff. Hopefully the fast parts will be faster and the slow parts slower and so on. The general directon is more hardcore and doomie I think at this point.



11.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?



I really like older bands like Black Sabbath, Motörhead and Rainbow. My formative years were a bit wasted on nu-metal but other than that Roadrunner Records were very important to me in the nineties, Sepultura, Biohazard and Type O Negative to name a few. I also listened to some NYHC like Sick of it all and Madball.  Anyone who have heard of Type O or Carnivore will notice that I am also a big fan of Peter Steele (RIP). Christopher and Axel listened to a lot of punk and hardcore, Black Flag, Minor Threat, stuff like that. They were also way more into the swedish punk scene, the whole DIY-thing. All this have influenced the music we make now and I think it shows a great deal. Nowadays we listen to bands like Martyrdöd, Dark Funeral, Midnight, Skitkids, Integrity, Power Trip. There are too many to mention.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



Christpher is into painting weird stuff, I follow politics a bit and lift tiny weights. Axel likes to drink beer. Peter smokes a lot of cigarettes and I’m a bit worried. He also enjoys football a lot.





13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?



We would like to thank you for your attention and hope you’ll be able to pick up the record when it comes out in september. We also hope to see you on tour soon! Take care and be nice to each other!

Firebreather Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

FIREBREATHER was formed in the winter of 2015. I had just gotten home from a tour with Galvano, which had been my main project for over 12 years and I decided to put that band into a very deep sleep.

Coming from a few years of playing guitar in a duo I knew right away I wanted to get a three piece going, to be more relaxed on my instrument and not having to fill all of that space on my own. FIREBREATHER was going to be that outlet.

After Tommy Hanning and I had been jamming for a bit, we found Kyle Pitcher to cover bass duty. That worked out perfectly.

We recorded the album in late 2016 with Oskar Karlsson at Elementstudion, here in Gothenburg. He did a killer fucking job and he's so easy to work with.

Late spring of 2017 we approached my old partner i crime, Fredrik Käll, original drummer of Galvano, to fill in on a tour and he ended up filling that position permanently.

2.You have an album coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented in the recording?

Heavy on the riff, action doom!

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

It's all within the realm of fantasy and magic. Darkness.
This album is heavily influenced by an animated movie from 1983, called ”Fire & Ice”.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Firebreather'?

It just captures the overall mindset for when writing riffs.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how wold you describe your stage performance?

We haven't played a whole lot of shows yet but it was pretty cool to open up for Boris as our first local show. I think Music City in Antwerp has been the best so far, it's always a bunch of fucking fun to play there. Floorshow and it's usually packed.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Yeah, we're heading out on October 13th, same day the album comes out. We're going to some places we haven't visited yet, with our good buddies in Zaum from Canada. Looks like it'll be three weeks.


7.The album is going to be released on 'Suicide Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Roger and Henrik has been running this label for a long time, without getting stuck in any genre. It's easy to see how passionate they are about music and their label.

I met Roger when I was still playing with Galvano and he expressed that he liked the band alot and I really liked him. We stayed in touch and when I told him about this new band, he was really interested in checking out our stuff. We had a few offers but the more we talked to Roger it became clear how much they wanted to release the album and we really like the drive and passion Suicide Records offers. We just decided to go with them.

They have a lot of killer releases coming up, make sure to follow what they are up to.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge and doom metal?

We've only released one song yet, in the form of a video and it's a bit soon to tell.
Although, so far there seem to be a great vibe and people seem to be digging on it. I know we are.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We're gonna continue to play the riffs that gets us going and I'm so stoked to write a new album with these guys. Heavy riffs is to be expected.


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?

Always listening to Pink Floyd, Sabbath, ZZ Top, Kyuss but also tons of other stuff, like old school soul, funk and country. I'm sure it's all in there, in our music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

For me personally, I don't have a lot of time between the family and the band. I have a wife and two kids that I'm spening most of my time with outside of playing music.

In general I think we all just like hanging out, drinking beer in the local bars together.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

You even ZZ Top bruh?!

Pendejo/Cantos A La Vida/Kosmik Artifactz/2017 Vinyl Re-Issue Review


  Pendejo  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays a  mixture  of  stoner  rock  and  doom  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2010  album  "Cantos  A  La  Vida"  which  will  be  re-issued in  September  by  Kozmik  Artifactz.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  stoner  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  some  melodies  and  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  more  of  a  mainstream  rock  style  when  they  are  utilized.

  Saxophones can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  slower  riffs  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  while  a  later  track  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  one song  also  adds  in  some  harmonicas  for  a  few  seconds  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Pendejo  plays  a musical  style  that  mixes hard  rock,  stoner  and  doom  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  real life  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Pendejo  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  hard  rock,  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lloron"  "Tan  Tan  Tan"  "Juanta"  and  "Eclypse  2000".  8  out  of 10.

Tunga Moln 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 album?
We're constantly working on new material, and we're currently planning a swedish tour. No dates to announce yet though. Personally I've been working on a new album with my other (one man)band Lightsabres. It's finished and should be out in a few months, by the way.

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?
The new album is by far the heaviest we've done, but still with a lot of focus on melodies. I think this album is more stoner rock, or hard rock, than our first two albums which had more of a prog feel to them. Even if it contains a couple of very un-stoner acoustic songs.

3.So far all of the album titles have started with numerals, is there are concept going on with these recordings?
Yes, so it seems! There were a couple of working titles that got thrown around, but we couldn't agree on one so we dtook the easy way out and decided to just go with "III". But I like numeric titles.

4.Originally the band was all instrumental, what was the decision behind writing your own songs?
When we started out we were a two piece, and semi-serious at best. Focus was really more on smoking weed than actually writing good songs. Eventually though we felt it was time to step things up and produce something worthwhile.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Love, death, drugs.. Mainly depressing stuff. We're not a feelgood band.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tunga Moln'?
Tunga moln means "heavy clouds" in swedish. I live in Luleå, a 12-hour car ride north of Stockholm. It's cold and dark 10 out of 12 months, so tunga moln felt like a fitting name. But I can't remember when or how I came up with it.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We played a show in Visby a few years back at a club that was absolutely jam packed with people, and even though our album had only been out for a couple of weeks some of the audience knew the lyrics to the songs. So that was pretty cool.
I probably shouldn't say this but I don't particularly enjoy playing live. I don't have stage fright but I don't like being on stage either. The rest of the band does though, luckily!

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Yes. Like I mentioned we're planning a swedish tour this fall/winter.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner and metal
Considering most people outside Scandinavia have no clue what we sing about we've gotten great feedback from pretty much all over the world, which was surprising to us at first. It may be a clique but there seems to be some truth behind the claim that music is a universal language.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We kind of found our sound on our last album (Tunga moln II, 2014), and the new one feels like a natural step forward. But for the next one we might do something completely different. We've been talking about possibly making an acoustic album a la Led Zeppelin III, but we'll see what we end up with. Anyway we won't be standing still.

11.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?
In the early days of the band it was stuff like Savoy Brown, ZZ Top and swedish 70's progg. For the new album I'd say Thin Lizzy, early Queens Of The Stone Age... stuff like that. Right now I'm on a heavy Danzig trip, catching up on albums I ignored when they came out; Deth Red Sabaoth, Circle Of Snakes etc.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
That's a tough one... Most of my life revolves around music, both playing and listening to. And I've been a rabid record collector since I was 12. But I also enjoy fishing, drinking and drawing. And hanging out with my daughter and girlfriend, of course.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Listen to the record if you haven't already

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gin Lady/Electric Earth/Kozmik Artifactz/2017 CD Review


  Gin  Lady  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  psychedelic,  heavy  and  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Electric  Earth"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Kozmik Artifactz.

  A  70's  influenced  blues  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  retro  style  gutiar  solos  and  leads  while  the  vocals a re  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  proto  metal  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  elements  of  folk  and  psychedelic  rock  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  slide  guitars  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  while  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  past  it  still  ads  in  a  more  modern  stoner  touch.

  Gin  Lady  plays a  musical  style  that  takes  the  psychedelic,  hard  rock  and  proto  metal  styles  of  the  70's  and  gives  them  a  more  modern  stoner  rock  touch,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gin  Lady  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  psychedelic,  heavy  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this b and.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I'm  Your  Friend"  "Mercy"  "Water  And  Sunshine"  and  "Running  No  More".  8  out  of  10.

  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Emptybrook Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

-We're a four-piece sludge'ish heavy band from Finland. We started playing togther in the spring of '16

2.In April you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It shows bits and pieces of all of our musical influences. Even if we are labeled as an sludge band, we consider ourselves to be much more. We don't want to stick to just one genre so we play pretty much whatever we feel like.

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

Pretty much nothing and everything. For example theres some of the vocalists personal stuff, some apocalyptic visions and then total nonsense about having a pot party with Numbskull Emptybrook, who is introduced in the next question.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Emptybrook'?

Numbskull Emptybrook is the english translation for this finnish comedy character "Uuno Turhapuro" . He's a character that we all can relate
to, more or less. Like the kind of a guy who puts so much effort to get away with an assignment that it would have been easier to do the original errand. They've made like 19 movies about him. He's the same guy that can be seen in the cover of our ep.

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've done only one gig so far, it was the cassette release gig in the end of may. We had had a blast and so did the audience.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Unfortunately we haven't planned any shows yet. 3/4 of the members does shift work + the vocalist lives 600 kilometers away from the rest of the band so we planning of tours or even gigs takes a lot of work. But we'll start doing shows eventually.

7.The ep was released on 'Inverse Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

We like the way Inverse has been promoting us. We understand that Emptybrook is not their priority no. 1 but we're glad to see them sharing our stuff on Facebook etc.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge metal?

Reviews has been something between good and great. We havent been promoting our stuff that much in the social media, i.e. Facebooks sludge-groups. We maybe should get a bit more active on that area.

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

We'll might stick to singles and ep's for a while but when the time is right and we have enough material, we'll put an full lenght out.

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?

Pasi (drums) finds inspiration for his drumming for example from Sabaton, DevilDriver, Bongzilla, Electric wizard, Dopethrone and Weedeater. Jaakko (bass) likes and listens to Ramones, Kyuss, Brant Bjork, Arrestum, Slack bird, Bomber gap and that kind of Scheiße.
, Ilkka (guitar) likes old school hard rock and heavy metal-stuff, like Black Sabbath and Motörhead and also a lot into classic punk and Ollijuhani (vocals) is into noise rock, drone, kraut rock and crust punk to name a few and is listening to bands like Whores., Cherubs and Pissed jeans right now.. Our mutual influences are these typical sludge-stone-doom-stuff.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Ilkka  is really into retro video games and Jaakko, whenever he has spear time, goes to the forest to walk around, enjoys the nature. Ollijuhani  is an eager reader, likes to bet on horses and goes to a shitload of gigs and Pasi plays video games and watches movies in whenever he has time for it.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts

Keep on sössöting in the free world!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Nazareno/Outlaw Monks/Rot' Em Records/Goblin Productions/2017 Full Length Review


  Nazareno  are  a  duo  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  drug  induced  mixture  of  stoner,  psychedelic  and  gospel  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Outlaw  Monks"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Rot'  Em  Records  and  Goblin  Productions.

  A  very  heard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  that  are  done  in  a  stoner  rock  fashion  and touches  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  aggressive  screams  are  also  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  psychedelic  elements  are  also  used  at  times.

  Some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  stoner  rock  fashion  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  gospel  style  organs  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  some  songs  also  add  in  elements  of  alternative  and  the  closing  track  is  an  interview  with  some  music.  

  Nazareno  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  stoner  rock,  psychedelic  and  a  drugged  out  version  of  gospel  music  and  mixes  it  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  alternative  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  religion  from  a  Gnostic  point  of  view.

  In  my  opinion  Nazareno are  a  very  great  sounding  drug  induced  mixture  of  stoner,  psychedelic  rock  and  gospel  music  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seven  Mile"  "Madalina"  and  "Outsider  Monks".  8  out  of  10.