Saturday, January 21, 2017

Horseneck/Heavy Trip/2017 Full Length Review


 Horseneck  are  a  band  from  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  hardcore  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2017  album  "Heavy  Trip"  which  will  be  released  in  February.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  that  give  the  music  more  of  a  60's  and  70's  rock  vibe  and  after  awhile  aggressive  sludge  style  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  melodic  singing  is  also  used  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffing  also  adds  in  elements  of  stoner  rock  and  post  hardcore  and  samples  are  also  used  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  one  track  also  brings  in  clean  playing  and  slide guitars  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  music  also  speeds  up  briefly.

  Hoseneck  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  stoner  rock,  sludge  metal,  and  post  hardcore  and  ixes them  together  to  create  a sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Horseneck  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture of  post  hardcore  and  sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Michael  Caine"  "Hangman"  "No  Gods"  and  "Plow  The  Roads".  8  out  of  10. 

Mage Interview

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

We recorded back in November and December last year, so once we were done and it was sent off for mastering we pretty much took a break apart from one show mid December. Since the new year we've mostly been working on completing the Pledge Music campaign and getting ready for CD production.

You have a new album coming out in March, 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 biggest difference on the new album is the guest vocals from Raging Speedhorn's John Loughlin. We'd thought about it for the last album but there were tracks for this one we knew would definitely benefit from his more aggressive style, so it was great that it worked out this time. Over all there's been growth musically and there's maybe a more serious tone to this album. All of which is perhaps not so surprising and born out of recent events.

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

The music isn't really written with themes in mind so pretty much all of those come from Tom's lyrics. Most theme's in the past have been fairly whimsical. Exploring fantasy and sci fi narratives as well as just good old stoner lyrics. There are a couple of more personal tracks on this album though. Like Heroic Elegy, dedicated and inspired by all the friends and heroes we've lost in the last couple of years and Vultures Mass which is personal perspective on depression.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Good shows for us are when people turn up and enjoy the music, so we've had lots of highlights of the last seven years. Some that stand out particularly for us though are playing Hammerfest and Bloodstock last year. We'd like to play more festivals this year. Our stage show is pretty laid back. Most of our energy goes into playing the music the best we can, without too much theatrics. We do like to see our crowd enjoying themselves though, so it pays to let them see that energy.

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

We have a launch show on March 18th at Firebug in our home city, Leicester. After that we have some good gigs booked most months for the rest of the year. Maybe we will get to do some kind of tour this year. It would be our first. Being self funded and we all have other commitments like families and work, it's not something we've managed to do yet. We are getting to some new towns and cities this year though. We'd like to keep that up.

Currently the band is signed to 'Witch Hunter Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

We're actually independent, not signed to a label. Witch Hunter Records was a distributor for unsigned bands but unfortunately isn't going any more. All our previous releases have been self funded and the new album 'Green' was funded through a Pledge Music Campaign.

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

We're always very grateful to anyone who supports us, wherever they're from but it's always that extra bit more gratifying to get a new fan overseas or post an album or some merch internationally. We do have fans all over the world now, which is something we never expected and definitely gives us motivation.

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

We don't tend to plan things out too much really. Apart from gigging. Writing music is a natural process. We just write when we want to or when someone comes up with a riff. It's a very simple process in the beginning. Either we like a riff and keep it going, play with it, add to it and evolve it or we move on to the next one.

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?

We've adopted the tag Stoner Metal when we have to because although our roots are definitely well planted in stoner and doom, our individual tastes and influence are so varied they inevitably find their way into Mage somewhere. Everything from thrash and death metal to prog and classic rock.

Wolf Counsel/Ironclad/Czar Of Bullets/2016 CD Review


  Wolf  Counsel  are  a  band  from Switzerland  that  plays  doom  metal  with  elements  of  stoner  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2016  album  "Ironclad"  which  was  released  by  Czar  Of  Bullets.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  singing  fashion  and  the  power  chords bring  in  more  of  a  doom  metal  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  incorporating  elements  of  sludge  and  stoner  metal  into  a  more  traditional  style  of  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  the  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Wolf  Counsel  plays  a  style  of  doom  metal  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  traditional  side  of t he  genre  while  also  adding  some  of  the  stoner  and  sludge  style  heaviness  to  give  the  music  a  more  modern  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  spirituality,  mysticism  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wolf  Counsel  are  a  very  great  sounding  doom  metal  band  with  touches  of  stoner  and  sludge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pure  As  The  Driven  Snow"  "The  Everlasting  Ride"  and  "Wolf  Mountain".  8  out  of 10.   

Faces Of The Bog/Ego Death/2016 CD Review


  Faces  Of  The  Bog  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  progressive  and  psychedelic  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Ego  Death".

  Psychedelic  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  progressive  direction while  also  adding  in  more  heavy  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  70's  influenced  style.

  A lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  bring  in  clean  singing  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced musical  direction.

 Faces  Of  The  Bog  plays  a  musical  style  that  is mostly  rooted  in  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  also  mixing  in  progressive  and  psychedelic  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Faces  Of  The  Bog  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  psychedelic  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Drifter  In  The Abyss"  "Ego  Death"  and  "Blue  Lotus".  8  out  of  10.

Haan/Sing Praises/Kaos Kontrol/2016 EP Review


  Haan  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  metal,  punk,  hardcore  and  noise  rock and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Sing  Praises"  which  was  released  by  Kaos  Kontrol.

  A  very  heavy  hardcore  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  noise  rock  and  after  awhile  melodic  yet  aggressive  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  east  coast  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  reverb  and  you  can  also h ear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in the  guitar  riffing  and  while  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Haan  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  hardcore  punk  and  noise  rock  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Haan  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge,  hardcore  punk  and  noise  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The Cutting"  and  "War Dance".  8  out  of  10.

Chronic Hangover/Nero Inferno Italio/Minotauro Records/2016 CD Review


  Chronic  Hangover  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  70's rock,  stoner,  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album "Nero  Inferno  Italio"  which  was  released  by  Minotauro  Records.

  An avant  garde  sound  starts  off the  album  along  with  some  demonic  voices  before  going  into  a  more  hard  and  heavy  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  some  traditional  hard  rock/metal  style  vocals  while t he  music  has  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.

  A  great  amount  of  70's  hard  rock  and  heavy  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  remaining  true  to  the  old  school  tradition  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  the  energy  of  punk  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  stoner  elements  gives  the  songs  a  more  modern  feeling  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  while  a  later  track  adds  in  a  touch  of  psychedelia  and  spoken  word  samples  and  the  song also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording while  a couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Chronic  Hangover  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  the  traditional,  doom, and  stoner  styles  of  metal  and  mixes  it  with  70's  classic  rock  and  a  touch  of  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction,  occult  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chronic  Hangover  are  a  very  great  sounding mixture  of  70's rock,  stoner,  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vituperio"  "Regretudo"  "Alamut  2112"  and  "Lucifer  In  The  Sky  With  Diamonds".  8  out  of  10. 

Ufosonic Generator/The Evil Smoke Possession/Minotauro Records/2016 CD Review


  Ufosonic  Generator  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  occult  rock,  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "The  Evil  Smoke  Possession"  which  was  released  by  Minotauro  Records.

  A  very  hard,  heavy  yet  melodic  stoner  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  proto  metal  style  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  retro  70's  rock  style  and  the riffs  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal.

  While  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  70's  the  heaviness  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  modern  feeling  and  they  also  add  in  elements  of  occult  rock  at  times  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  music  speeds  up  at  times  and  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  proto  punk  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Ufosonic  Generator  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  70's  occult  rock  and  mixes  it  with  stoner  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ufosonic  Generator  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  occult  rock,  stoner,  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Sinful  Portrait" "At  Witches  Bell"  and  "The  Evil  Smoke  Possession".  8  out  of  10.