Friday, June 23, 2017

Amebix/Monolith/Dissonance Productions/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Amebix  where  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  played  a  mixture  of  punk  an d thrash  metal  as  well  as  being  one  of  the  first  crust  punk  or  stenchcore  bands  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1987  album  "Monolith"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  June  30th  by  Dissonance  Productions.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  leads  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  adding  in  the  heaviness  of  thrash  metal.

  Vocals  have  a  very  aggressive  edge  that  is very  close  to  first  wave  era  black  metal  while  the  riffs  and  drums  also  mix  in  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  an  80's  era  metal/punk  style  and  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  album  progresses  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  some  of  the  vocals  show  an  influence  from  Motorhead.  and  on  later  tracks  the  music  also  adds  in  sci  fi  and  avant  garde  style  synths.

  On  this  recording  Amebix  remained  to   the  crust  punk  and  thrash  metal  mixture  which  they  where  known  for  while  the  synths  where  still  considered  very  original  for  this  genre  back  in  the  days,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  society,  politics,  doomsday,  apocalypse,  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Amebix  where  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust  punk  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Monolith"  "Time  Bomb"  "Chain  Reaction"  and  "Coming  Home".  8  out  of  10.
 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

When The Sun Comes Down Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
R: The band is Thomas Hand chaste (that's me!) and Alexsander Scardavian. In 2015 we met  after long time in a musical instrument shop so we decided to make up Where The Sun Comes Down. In the 80's I was the drummer of Death SS and then Paul Chain Violet Theatre. Apart from WTSCD I keep producing and playing in Sancta Sanctorum and THC Witchfield. About Alexsander Scardavian he played with Paul Chain from 1989 to 2012, with Steve Silvester from 1992 to 1996 and he is founder of Strange Here from 2014.
I believe Alexsander is really the only one able to play with Paul Chain and very well indeed with the right feeling. For the realisation of this album  we asked Claud Galley (Death SS, PCVT) to play the bass in two of the tracks and exhumed Santis Goram's voice – R.I.P.- (Death SS, PCVT) in Welcome

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
R: Our sound comes from what was created in Death SS/PCVT. It is a kind of English  / American rock with some Italian shades, I'm sure that it'll sound strange to you, but this is my thought of it. Something like what happened with the English progressive music which once appreciated in Italy it gave immediately material to start new bands, but with an “Italian Taste”. The same happened with the project of Paul Chain with the only difference that if Progressive Rock put bands on our Italian musical scene the Rock I'm talking about didn't, apart from Death SS/PCVT. Surely things changed during those years which followed the beginning of our rock bands like for example a few of different musical instruments were added to that sound, but without changing the foundations and the attitude of it. It anticipated what now is called Doom.   

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
R: Lyrics touch topics like the inner world of man (Myself), paranoias and mental personal trips. From Mister Lie, which talks about liers, to social suffering (Voyage) or the memory of the past years (Because we were fools) and a classical idea such as the metaphor of the shipwreck and so the existence. Orazio, Ovidio, Lucrezio and so on till Pascal and Nietzsche, they all dealt with the situation of man swinging on his ship into the storm in the middle of the ocean with no fixed point to rely on.

4.The band members come from some legendary bands that have been around for a long time, what is it that motivates you to keep going after all of these years/

R: Passion for music first of all. To put together a song and all the stuff you can arrange with it's fantastic and personally I spend quite a lot in composing. It becomes your own satisfaction when you see good results from your effort. Certainly we used the stages for the need of expressing ourselves, definitely not for money.
  
5.There was a lot of Occultism in Death SS and Violent Theatre, are you keeping that tradition going with the new band?
R: I have to make things clear: the band Death SS was overtly towards occultism, but this concerned just the founders of the band. So Steve Silvester who announced this particular information and Paul Chain who changed his mind releasing the album Detaching from Satan. As far as I know nobody else was interested about that.
Paul Chain and me shared the idea of life which could be understood from the point of view of death, what Paul used to call “the funeral ladder”. Basically it is the understanding that the consciousness of death can bring. An idea carried on in PCVT too, but without any occultism apart from what is called the Theatre of Life. Personally I am philosophically a materialist and I don't believe in God. I can't see why I should believe in Satan. It would seem stupid to me

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'When the Sun Comes Down?
R: the name was Alexsander's idea and I agree with his point of view, again there is in it the image of time passing towards everyone's death. You see we don't sound very happy, do we?

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

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
R: sorry but this band was born with no interest in live gigs. In 2011 I had a serious road accident and since then I can't play live any more, at best I am able to play drums for half an hour, so touring it would be really too stressful for me.

9.On a worldwide elvel how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?

R: not long ago the album has been released, not much reviews so far but the ones we know of are very satisfying with good comments in it. We felt that was a good album and now it seems so. We have been struck by sentences like “a voice from sorrow and rage” , “ neurotic neurosis” or “ litanies similar to the British new wave or Joy Division”, “never ordinary arrangements” and “ the childish album cover is something underneath which lies the deepest abyss made of rage and sorrow”. Everything said about it it was already felt and experienced by ourselves... great uh?

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
R: we don't know yet. We are recording new stuff but we'll see later what to do with that material.
What I'm saying is that usually we do improvise trying new things and when we have enough work done we combine different parts of different takes and see what comes out. The second step is listening to everything many times attentively before we  compose the real song project which will be recorded properly for the album. Different combinations give different colour to the song which gives different taste and direction to the whole album. So, we'll see what is going to happen.
11.What are some of the band sor musical styles that have had an influence on your music
and also what are you listening to nowadays?

R: Alexsander Scardavian: Cream, Black Sabbat, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix. I listen to old bands not really known by the people and classical music too (Bach, Penderecki, Mozart).
                                 
Thomas Hand Chaste: I come from a family of musicians and loving music people. I listened to every kind of music with much interest. In my discography there are many different things. Not just music anyhow but society give me remarkable material to work on. Lately I'm into classical music.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

R: A. S. : my interest is about  the inexplicable and I love Jesus Christ.
T.H.C. : after my accident I can't work so I'm resting upon the mountains where I own a little cottage in the bush where trees and plants keep me busy enough. I read a lot.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
R: who loves the music should change the approach towards it. We'd love a wider view about what has got as Rock. New genres have been created and names we don't actually need. This is a way to split listeners instead of the opposite and so it creates limits. I believe that if we don't change the way we think or instruments to play we still live in the Rock Era. You can call it “Heavy, Country, Electronic, Dark” whatever it is still Rock. I'm pretty sure in a hundred years people will make any difference between Chuck Berry and Nirvana or N.I.N. and The Who. All the same artistic expression called Rock. Better if we take back the music as the whole of it without develop boundaries for the listener.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Callus Interview

For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We're a raw power trio looking to make rooms rumble where ever and when ever. We call ourselves a stoner thrash band hitting hard with riffs and harsh vocals making quite the obnoxious sound, not for the feint hearted!

So far you have released 2 ep's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
HEAVY. Really heavy. Like Ben said earlier we kind of describe ourselves as “Stoner Thrash”, the length of the list of bands we draw influence from is stupid.
We love the thrash sound, but we are also really into the more mid-tempo down tuned riffs, with more progressive elements thrown in. We draw influences from as many sources and sounds as possible and we try not to limit ourselves in what we do musically, even with us being a three piece.
The first EP is “Live At The Yorkshire House” which… yeah you guessed it, a live recording we had done in Lancaster in 2014. The second is “Through, Blood, Sweat, Piss and Pain” which is our first studio effort. 


3.
What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
I honestly cant tell you, me (Louis) and Ben write from the heart and its whatever comes out it makes complete sense to us. We have no limits in what we want to write about, it comes from a deep dark place within and that makes sense to us. We like to leave it open to interpretation, I would hope that if anyone was to read (Its not like you can tell what we are saying when you listen to it!) they would form their own vision about what the music’s about.
Its personal man.

“Giver, of life’s last trick on me
Taken, all your fear is ours to see
Crawl, cower no escape now I leave you blind
Poison, roots inch their way into your mind”

“Drop your guard
Crossed cold steel
Disregard
How you feel”

“Darkness writhes, into the path I tread on
Eats the light, feeds on my misery
Took your time, because we’ve been waiting for you
Stand and fight, fade out another day”

“Scrutinize
All my lies
See through me
Eat the key”



4.
What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Callus'?
We’ve thick skin and cold hearts we couldn't get a name more perfect. Gritty ass name for a gritty ass band!

(From the Dictionary)
Adjective
Adjective: callous
Showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others.
"His callous comments about the murder made me shiver"

And yes there are two ways of spelling Callus!

5.
What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We’ve had so many good shows and traveled to all sorts of places but the one that comes to mind is actually a home town gig in Lancaster at The Bobbin on may the 4th a few years ago when we were starting out, for me personally (Ben – Bass and Vocals) it was that show that brought the realization that we can and will be unstoppable.
One of the best shows for me (Louis) was at The Star and Garter in Manchester… brilliant venue and it was one of those night where everyone was In the right mood and it all just kicked off.
As for performance It sounds and looks aggressive as fuck and that’s how we’ll keep it! We’ve been described as monstrous, seems quite fitting!

6.
Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We're always up for gigs anywhere we can but we’re all family men and have commitments at home, we may not be able to take all the shows that we are offered family comes first.
We take things as they come and in terms of shows its fairly quiet at the moment but a tour will definitely be on the cards in our future.

Upcoming dates are as follows
May 23rd Wakefeild, The Snooty fox
June 10th Burnley, Sanctuary Bar
June 16th Morecambe, Bath Hotel

It’s also fair to mention here that we also got confirmed for next years Hammerfest in Wales which is a mind blowing opportunity for us and one which we are extremely humbled by.
The date for that is March 16th 2018 (!!!)
Oh and Sepultura are playing the same festival… bit of a “holy shit” moment.

7.
Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
It’s not something we’ve discussed massively before I'm sure if somebody approached us we’d love to make a deal or something.

8.
On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner, doom and thrash metal?
Im not too sure on a worldwide level to be honest!
I think the best way to answer that might be that we have played with a few foreign bands before, one night we played a show with Tombstones (Norway... I think) and Witch Mountain (US) and both bands said they caught our set and were really into it so that was amazing to hear and very humbling, both bands were amazing.


9.
When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We have plans to be recording again late this year or early next year we just need to sort our funds out and get our plan of action together. We're gonna keep writing, gig when we can and see what path shows up for us.

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?
We love all things heavy we’re a bit of a mix to be honest but for bands pushing us there was a local band called Fighting Keegans that pushed us further than anyone else we loved what they did and they are the reason we started up ourselves. We owe them a lot. Mastodon has got to be one of our all time favourites their music blows our minds.

11.
What are some of your non musical interests?
Ben – Pokemon, Dragonball, all anime really and of course the major all day sesh.
Louis – Reading the works of HP Lovecraft and Stephen King, also a massive Halo fan and record collector. 
Mark – Western films, record collecting and bongs.

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

Thanks for reading if you got this far guys…

If you fancy keeping up to date with the band use your computer skills and find us on…

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Callus.band/?ref=br_rs
Bandcamp: https://callus117.bandcamp.com/

Or even better come to a live show and see what its all about…


May 26th Wakefeild, The Snooty Fox
June 10th Burnley, Sanctuary Bar
June 16th Morecambe, Bath Hotel

Monday, May 1, 2017

Pyreship Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
J) It's kind of a funny story of how it came to be.  Sam, George, and Steve were all in a band called Defending the Kingdom, and it was in the process of winding down. About that same time, I had inquired about some Sunn cabs on Craigslist, Sam turned out to be the seller, and I noticed he was wearing an Isis hoodie, which is a band that's been an inspiration to me since their inception.  We talked sporadically about gear and bands, and just kept a dialog going. He invited me to jam some months later, and a childhood friend of mine that I hadn't seen in a decade or two, Steve, was their drummer. It was instant chemistry!  We all come from different backgrounds musically, which lends itself to an in-depth and interesting writing process, more so than anything I've ever experienced. We're all fans of some fairly disparate styles of music, but we always find common ground in heavy, emotional riffs!

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
G) We originally wanted to be sludgy doom but started to evolve along more of a post-metal trajectory. Steve and I try to provide a stripped down, solid background for Jason and Sam to go crazy with. We tend to fall into a groove and let them solo, make noise, add embellishments and so on. The biggest thing for us is just doing something interesting that feels right and not being a slave to traditional song structures.
S) We try to get every riff or passage to have as much atmosphere and mass as we can manage.  George and Steve also have a really keen knack for maintaining momentum and movement.  Stylistically, I think we maybe expected to sound like Bongripper or Sleep, initially, and there's definitely an element of that, but we also had this massive raft of 90's influences like Soundgarden that started to seep in, plus bands like Cult of Luna.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
J) Man, that's tough. We may seem very politically oriented, but in reality, we are just talking about the social climate around us, as we have vastly different political views. Our goal, lyrically, is to talk about our darker life experiences in an inspiring way and hopefully create a sense of self awareness in an environment where there isn't much middle ground between being lost and being trapped. Even if the world is crumbling around us, we're called to love each other as human beings, and there CAN be a light at the end of the tunnel if we choose it. It's human nature to wrestle with notions of retribution against the people who've wronged you, people who you may feel have damaged the human condition. Most people seek change by criticizing their immediate situation, and oftentimes that only contributes to the problem.
G) Dark themes and lyrics for dark times. Most songs are us directly working through our baggage and personal trials.
S) Sometimes it's easier to let go of a thing when you can just scream it out.  A lot of it is just this dejected lament, but we try hard not to get whiny or preachy.  Two of us live sober and I think one of the underlying themes was breaking the connection to a thing you falsely love.  In a larger sense, tho, that can also encompass toxic interpersonal relationships, toxic economic and social systems, etc.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Pyreship"
G) I always thought the concept of the Viking pyre-ship ritual was both awesome and terrible. You would have soldiers drinking and piling the decks with food, treasure and weapons. It was a sort of farewell celebration because you were sending a loved one off to a better place and doing it in style. But, one of the darker aspects, which most people don't know, is that it wasn't uncommon to force slaves and concubines to burn to death with their masters. Some wives even chose to burn with their husbands. So this beautiful funeral celebration can also be a very disturbing affair. And that kind of strikes a chord with us. It seems like more and more we're surrounded by people obsessed with wealth and fame who are happy to let the world burn down around us. And we're stuck with them, so you just have to try and find the beauty and hope in it if you can.  It's a powerful image. Good and bad. Hope and sorrow.
S) This is much more of an abstraction, but it touches on what George was saying.  I really liked the idea of the burning sea - Earth is a water droplet floating in space and we're causing it to heat up and evaporate.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
G) Well, our first show was opening for Conan... so it's hard to top that. But honestly we've been blessed to play with some awesome bands full of amazing people. Most recently we played in Lafayette, Louisiana with our label mates Forming The Void. Awesome band and the nicest guys. That was a great show.
Live, we try to let the music move us and give everything we have.  We're not a bunch of 20 year olds jumping around or trying too hard at Dillinger Escape Plan craziness. But we all focus on playing well and being tight too.
S) Yeah.  Conan for sure.  I was going through a really rough time when we played our first show, and when they launched into Total Conquest I lost my fucking mind.
We pack a lot of amp weight on stage, try to effect as huge a sound as we can, and really get into each song without coming across like we're trying way too hard.  Moving tons of air is a big part of our live set.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
G) We're trying to focus on playing more out of town shows and are hoping to do a weeks' tour here and there & maybe fly out to some festivals. That kinda thing.
We have some really cool shows lined up. Another show with Conan. Our album release show with Forming The Void. A few other big shows in the works.

7.Currently the band is signed to 'Black Bow Records' are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
J) We couldn't be happier to work with Jon and Black Bow. I wish all labels were as easy to work with and still took care of business like they do! We feel like they run a label for the musicians. We are completely honored they have asked to work with us!
S) Agreed.  They have some really great bands on the roster.  Jon is a really down to earth dude who still manages to be totally passionate about his art and the art of others and sharing it with the world, whether live or recorded.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge and post metal?
G) Despite each of us having been around for awhile the band is still kinda new. So we're still getting ourselves out there. That's where Black Bow is truly a godsend. They have the means help bands get out to a bigger audience a lot faster. Every time we play or get our music to a new group of people the response has been amazing. We get a lot of "holy shit man!" It feels like it's already something big and it hasn't even hit the streets!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future/
G) Our first album is us kind of finding ourselves. Figuring each other out. Now we just click. The new stuff we're working on has a better groove to it. The dynamics are more drastic and flow better. We'll probably have a bit more vocals. It pretty exciting.
S) Space.

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?
G) All of us are influenced by stuff like Neurosis, and Isis but then we all kinda have our own odd little favorites. Jason loves emo stuff like Drive Like Jehu. Steve is all about Radiohead and Messugah. Sam is kinda all over the place. Everything from Nick Cave to Kowloon Walled City. Sam and I both are huge death metal guys too. But I'm probably the only guy really into hip hop and rap. I grew up in New York so I'm all about Wu Tang, Gravediggaz, Mos Def, that kinda stuff. My favorite new album it the new Kendrick Lamar. But the whole band's been obsessed with the new Cult Of Luna album Mariner and this Belgian band Brutus. The singer for Brutus is also the drummer. She's ridiculous. To play and sing like she does she must have lungs like a weather balloon.
S) Everything George said but I'd add that I consume 80's thrash in unhealthy doses, and the death metal bit is contemporary brutal death metal (the Euro variety, not its degenerate bro-dude American counterpart).  Also, did you know there's this whole YouTube sub-genre of sci-fi soundtrack music that's slowed down like 800-2500%?  If you're into ambient or drone shit, go do yourself a favor.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
J) Sprituality, family, yerb, skateboards, Topo Chico.
S) Bikes, cats, knives, coffee & cookies.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
G) Yeah! Go to Pyreship.com. We've got a blog, links to our Instagram, Facebook, merch store... all that stuff. Our album is out on May 26th. Buy it. Stream it. Live it. Go check out Monarch cabs. Go check out Sam's other band Omotai. Go check out Forming The Void and all the awesome bands on Black Bow records. And thank you guys for talking to us.
S) Monarch cabs.  You want one.  Or in my case, fifteen.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Contra Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Chris: We are having our debut release "Deny Everything" on RobustFellow Productions. At the same time, we are playing some shows in the Cleveland / Akron area and writing some new tunes.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Chris: Metal. To add some color to that we have a lot of different influences such as rock, punk, sludge, doom, hardcore.
Larry:  Yeah, definitely metal.  I think the rock influences are more evident than one might hear during the first or second listen. I’d like to start drawing on some more blues influences in the future.

3.In the beginning the music was all instrumental, what was the decision behind finally using vocals?
Chris: Thanks for asking that. We were playing as an instrumental for about a year or two when we decided we wanted to add another element to the band. We asked Larry because he great at what he does, it's different and we have all known him forever now.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Chris: I'll leave that to Larry. However, all the song titles on Deny Everything are completely random since they were all made before Larry joined the band.
Larry: The only real question I consider when I am writing lyrics is whether or not they fit with the overall aesthetic of the music. Which can be difficult because a lot of people will just listen briefly, think we sound like a stoner/doom/sludge band and expect lyrics about wizards, warlords, dope and other bullshit. Which is fine - other people have covered that ground - I’m just not interested in that sort of thing. The lyrics are all personal. I guess you could say that they are angry, but there are a variety of themes that run throughout. I’m not that concerned with communicating specific ideas with listeners - I’d leave it up to them to interpret them how they see fit.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Contra'?
Chris: One day we were all talking about what we should name the band. It took us a few months until one day we were talking about playing video games. We started talking about old school NES games and thought it would be cool to name our band after CONTRA.
Larry: Contra also means “against” or “opposite” in Latin. Which is why I thought “Deny Everything” was an appropriate title for the record - it’s also the name of my favorite Circle Jerks song...

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Chris: There were two shows and they were both in Cleveland. One was with Acid King and the other was with Ufomammut. We have a couple more coming up that could possibly be even better than those. One is with CONAN and another RELAXER. The guitarist owns Earthquaker Devices in Akron, Ohio. I also used to play in a band (Sofa King Killer) with the drummer from RELAXER.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Chris: We want to do something. We all really want to get on a big show, a festival type of thing. Then we were thinking about doing a short tour to and from wherever that would be. We would also like to do some weekend warrior shows around the Midwest or East Coast.

8.The new album is going to be released as a joint effort between 'Robustfellow Productions' and 'Shifty Records', can you tell us a little bit more about those labels?
Chris: RobustFellow Productions is from Kiev Ukraine. Filipp the guy who runs it is awesome. We are fortunate to be working with him. He goes beyond everything I was expecting. The artwork they do is really cool as well. Shifty Records from Akron, Ohio is joining the project as well to help us out with some distribution and other things relating to the release.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Chris: We like to mix it up. I have a ton of riffs saved on my phone so we can go in many different directions. It's just a matter of us getting the time to write new songs. I foresee a lot of more riffs influenced by Budgie, some Sabbath, maybe some Motorhead.
Larry: I’ve been listening to a lot of Budgie as well and Motorhead is always in heavy rotation.  But, I’d like to see more blues creep into what we’re doing as well.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner and doom metal?
Chris: It's been mixed but overall I think it has been positive.
Larry: It’s early, so it is hard to say. I agree with Chris. It’s probably mixed.  But, part of that is because a lot of folks put us into a stoner/doom category. I’m not really into those types of labels or sub-genres. I think “metal” is probably the most appropriate description for us in spite of the variety of influences in our music.

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?
Chris: I mainly listen to Rock and Metal. I also listen to some sludge and doom as well. Lately it's been Dust, Cactus, Floor, Church of Misery and Witch Mountain.
Larry: Primarily the blues and a lot of hardcore punk. I go from listening to Leadbelly, Taj Mahal or Howlin’ Wolf to Negative Approach and SS Decontrol daily. There are a few other outliers as well like The Birthday Party, Morphine and Tom Waits.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Chris: I've been playing a lot of PS4 lately. I'm a big fan of gory zombie games. For a while I was playing a lot of 8 bit old school NES games like Contra, Street Fighter, Bad Dudes. I also create websites for a living.
Larry: I read a lot. Novels as well as comics. Jim Thompson is a favorite of mine. I watch a lot of the old Hammer Films from the 60’s and 70’s as well.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Chris: Thanks for giving us some time on here. Visit our website. It's a portal with links to our Facebook, Bandcamp, Merch and all other things.
Larry: Thanks!
Contra's website:
http://www.contracleveland.com

Onegodless Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
ONEGODLESS was founded by me (Robin Zielhorst) in 2013. After playing technical music for a couple of years in bands like Cynic and Exivious, I wanted to do something different, a new outlet for this musical side. The starting point was the idea that I wanted a band just for fun, nice groovy metal music, to which you could drink a few beers, have fun with friends, and have an overall good evening. After writing the first few songs, it felt like I was on the right way, the Pantera/Down/Black Label Society kind of feel and attitude in the music felt really good. After some initial lineup changes, we eventually found the current lineup with Pieter Verpaalen on vocals, Yordi Lopez on guitars and Yuma van Eekelen on drums.

2.You have a new album coming out in June, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Heavy, clear, hard, transparent, honest. I'm extremely happy with the mix, I think Tymon Kruidenier did an outstanding job. Obviously, being a bass player myself, I wanted the bass sound to be a big part of the sound, pretty much 50/50 with the guitar. I think in most metal productions, the bass is way too low in the mix. I wanted to do something different with "Mourner", and I think we succeeded in that. I just hope there's more people that like it hahaha!.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Most lyrics are written by Pieter Verpaalen, and he has a unique approach to lyrics. He writes them so you can interpret them how you'd want. As an overall feel, his lyrics really match with the lyrics I wrote myself, with topics like depression, suicide, the ups and down of life, and the world we live in. Not the most light and happy topics perhaps, but to us it's what's worth writing about, something that makes you write down those words and fitting them in the music. Pieter is a personal hero for me for the way he works with lyrics and vocal lines. It was amazing to work with him on that.

4.Originally the band was known as 'Mourn', what was the cause of the new change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Onegodless'?
We received a friendly but pretty stern and clear e-mail from the manager of the Spanish Mourn, asking if we would change our name. They claimed the name, so we didn't really have much choice in the matter. OneGodLess was a name I had in my head for a few years. It's not so much about "God" as it's about the loss of belief in idols, ideals and ideas you have when you're younger, losing faith in that kind of external hope and confirmation. It all comes down to yourself, all the hope and faith you have should be in yourself, which makes it pretty hard sometimes.

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 played a few shows with the current lineup, as we were focusing on recording and mixing the album. We had a great show recently in The Hague, which I think was our best show thus far. I would like to describe our live show as energetic, groovy, honest, hard and loud. I'm curious to hear what the audience thinks about the shows, until now, the response has been great, though.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are currently bookings shows to promote the album, dates are to be confirmed.. As we are a "new" band, much will also depend on how the album is received. But I'm positive about our future, I really believe in this band.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We're not really looking at the moment, wanting to control all the aspects of the album. Having a label of course has its upsides, but it also comes with some consequences that might not be worth it at this stage of the band. Of course, if the band keeps growing, at a certain point I'd rather work together with a label, but that's something for the future.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of heavy rock and metal?
Overall, responses have been great, extremely positive, people seem to like the mix of Pantera-like metal with the stoner/sludge feel we make.

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
I'm currently working as a session bass player for various bands, recording album in my home studio, and I'm still involved with Exivious and Our Oceans, and writing solo pieces for bass, recording them and releasing them online. Yuma is playing with Exivious, Our Oceans and Cartographer, Yordi is playing with Red Eyes and recently founded a new project called 3D Monster.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think the style we have, the songs I've written and combined with the lyrics and people in the band match really well. Musically, I don’t think a lot will change, but I'm not really thinking about the next record yet. First "Mourner", getting that released and out in the world, and we'll see after that how it all goes. It's more important for me everything feels good, and the music is honest and close to the heart.

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?
Influences are Pantera, Black Label Society, Down and Black Sabbath. Those are the bands I got most of my inspiration from. Those are also still the bands I listen to mostly when I listen to metal. Besides that, I like pretty much everything, as long as it's good. Whether it's Kendrick Lamar, Meshuggah, A Perfect Circle, Dimmu Borgir, Deep Purple, Eminem, Dr Dre, Miles Davis, Anaal Nathrakh, Bill Evans Trio, Alain Caron, Devin Townsend, Deadmau5, Sia, Karnivool, Katatonia, Pain of Salvation, Led Zeppelin, Red Fang, Tipper…

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I started doing Yoga recently, I liked that a lot. I'm a big fan of nature and animals, my 3 cats are always a good part of my day. I also like to travel with my girlfriend, we've gone to Asia for a few times now, and we love it there. It's great to be out of the Western world every once in a while.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview. And for the people out there: be sure to order the CD and/or shirt at our website www.onegodlessofficial.com. Thanks for all your support, we hope to be grooving on a stage near you soon!
 

Callus/Through Blood, Sweat, Piss And Pain/2017 EP Review


  Callus  are  a  band  from t he  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  doom  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Through  Blood,  Sweat,  Piss  And  Pain".

A  soundscape  and  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  thrash  influenced  direction  and  after  awhile  aggressive  vocals a re  added  onto  the  recording  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  and  there  are  a  lot  of  80's  influences.

  While  a  lot  of  the  music  is  rooted  in t he  past t he  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  gives  the  songs  a  more  modern  feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  while  the  music  is  mostly  slow  or  mid  paced  it  does  have  its  fast  moments  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  Callus  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  thrash,  sludge, s toner  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  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 a nd  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Callus  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  thrash,  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should c heck  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Chimp  Militia"  and  "The  Root  Of  All  Evil".  8  out  of  10. 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hive/Parasitic Twin/Crown & Throne Ltd/2017 Full Length Review


  Hive  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  mixture of  crust,  d  beat  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Parasitic  Twin"  which  was  released  by  Crown  &  Throne  Ltd.

  A  very  heavy  crust  sound  along  with  some  d  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  aggressive  hardcore  style  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  melodies  along  with  elements  of  post  hardcore  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  a  touch  of  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in   an  old school  crust  and  d  beat  style  while  the  music  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  there  are   also  a  couple  of  long  and  epic  tracks  as  the  album  progresses  while  a  later  song  introduces  atmospheric  drones  and  clean  guitars  along  with  a  few slides  onto  the  album  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly.

  Hive  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  crust,  d  beat  and  dark  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hive  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  d  beat  and  dark  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Low  Hanging  Fruit  Of  War"  "Foot  Binding"  "Intruder"  and  "Heaven's  Gutter".  8  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Onegodless/Mourner/2017 Full Length Review


  Onegodless  are  a  band  from t he  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  blues,  stoner,  groove  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Mourner"  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  A  brief  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  southern  groove  metal  styles  along  with  some  sludge  style  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  at  times.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  add  in  touches  of  blues rock  while  some  of  the  music  also adds  in a  more  modern  stoner  style  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  always  remaining  heavy  and  having  influences  that  start  in  the  70's  up  to  the  modern  era.

  Onegodless  plays  a  musical style   that  takes  groove,  stoner  and  sludge  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional while  the  lyrics  cover  dark and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Onegodless  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  groove,  stoner  and  sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Calm"  "Unstable"  "Salvation"  and  "From  The  Ashes".  8  out  of  10.   

     

 

 

Harvestman/Music For Megaliths/Neurot Recordings/2017 CD Review


  Harvestman  is  another  solo  project  from  Neurosis's  Steve  Von  Till  that  plays  a  mixture  of  psychedelic,  folk  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Music  For  Megaliths"  which  will  be  released  in  My  by  Neurot  Recordings.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  soundscapes  which  also  gives  the  recording  a  neo  folk  feeling  as  well  as  synths,  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  elements  and  at  times  the  music  brings  in  a  very  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  atmosphere  along  with  some  drones.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  krautrock  and  noise  at  times  and  after  awhile  electric  guitars  are added  into  certain sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  few  melodic  leads  and  some  tracks  also  add  in touches  of  ambient  and  electronic  music  and  some  songs  also  add  in  guitar  slides  and  after  plenty  of  instrumentals,  vocals  long  with  spoken  word  parts  are  finally  added  onto  the  recording  briefly.

  Harvestman  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  post  metal,  neo  folk,  noise,  drone,  and  psychedelic  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  ruins,  monuments  and  ancient  sites  of  worship. 

  In  my  opinion  Harvestman  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  metal,  krautrock,  psychedelic,  noise  and  neo  folk  and  if  you a re  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Forest  Is  Our  Temple"  "Cromlech"  and  "White  Horse".  8 out  of  10.

Monobrow Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Right now we are finishing up the inserts that will be included with the vinyl release and trying to organize some shows in and around our region (Ontario and Quebec) for the summer and fall.

2.In May you have a new album coming out, 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?
I think this is the most focused album of ours.  It is a bit of a concept album so we really tried to make sure the entire album flows together really well.  Overall this is probably our darkest/angriest sounding record both in composition and production.  The main difference when compared to our previous albums is the addition of lyrics.   While we remain an instrumental band we had Ryan Kjrr, a friend of ours, come up with a story to go along with the music.  Those that are familiar with our previous recordings may also notice the the synthesizers play a more prominent role than in the past.  The album really acts as a soundtrack to the story Ryan came up with.  It's the first time we try anything like this so it will be interesting to hear people's reactions and thoughts.  Overall we are extremely happy with how everything turned out, from the music, production, artwork and of course the lyrics.

3.So far all of the music has been instrumental, are you open to using any vocals in the future?
We have been doing this since 2009 and have established ourselves as an instrumental band.  I can't see us ever adding a vocalist to the mix but that's not to say that we would not be open to maybe adding vocals to a track or two a future release.  If we feel that a song can use vocals then we would certainly be open to it, after all vocals are just another instrument.

4.I know that the bands name means 'knitted brows' in Russian, how does this time fit in with the musical style you play?
It really doesn't other than maybe it shows that we don't take ourselves too seriously.  And in the past people have commented that they can hear our sense of humour in our songs, although this album may not be as humorous as some of the previous records. 

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We've had our share of good shows and bad shows.  It seems the more the audience is into it the better we play and come out feeling really good about our performance.  One of the most fun shows we've played was in our hometown of Ottawa in 2012 as part of the All That is Heavy festival that was headlined by Blood Ceremony and Iron Man.  Great crowd, great bands and everything went really smoothly.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We don't consider ourselves a touring band.  Our personal lives and work commitments don't really allow for any extended touring.  We will try and support the new release with shows within a few hours drive from Ottawa and if all goes well we may head out to the east coast of Canada to play in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  We'll see what happens.  In general we rely on the internet to spread our music and attract new listeners.  Blogs and sites such as yours are essential for us as is YouTube, Facebook, Instagram etc.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Trill Or Be Trilled Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
There isn't much to tell.  It's our own label that we are using to release Monobrow records.  We've discussed potentially adding other bands and turning it into a collaborative effort to support each other and increase our network but it's still very early right now and we'll see where it takes us.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner and doom metal?
People that take the time to get into our music generally like it.  We get lots of positive feedback and album reviews indicate that people do like what they hear.  We struggle a little bit because we are instrumental and I think we're likely losing a large percentage of the metal/doom/stoner audience because of that.  It's unfortunate because we really feel the music speaks for itself and if people would give it more of a chance they may find that they really do like it and won't miss the vocal element.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We're already working on new material and hopefully we can get back to the studio and have another album out in the next 24 months.  We're talking among ourselves as to whether or not we want to write a "sequel" to The Nacarat or if we should move on to a whole new idea or even not do the concept album thing again.  So far the new material sounds like the logical next step after The Nacarat.  The key for us is to keep writing and being creative, we really don't like repetition (i think our songs and albums showcase that) and we like to keep things fresh and moving.  It''s a big part of why we have been able to get to where we are.  4 LPs and an EP in the span of about 8 years is decent catalog of songs.  We would have never thought as an non-touring instrumental band from Ottawa we would be where we are today.  Musically we keep evolving if you listen to our first record and then listen to this latest one I think you would hear a significant difference.  We have definitely grown and we have a lot more attention to detail without losing the energy of our younger selves.

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?
So many to name.  We are all huge music nerds and listen to all styles of music.  I think the obvious influences can be heard in our music like Black Sabbath, Kyuss, Pentagram and any of Wino's bands, Funkadelic.  But on a more subtle level there are tons of bands and artists that influence and inspire us. 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Similar to our musical tastes, our non musical interests are varied.  Movies, books, basketball, tennis, beer, food, beer, food, beer, food.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for taking the time to check us out and for sharing our work.  We hope that those who hear it enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monobrow/The Nacarat/Trill Or Be Trilled Reocrds/2017 Full Length Review


  Monobrow  are  a  band  from  Ottawa,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  psychedelic,  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Nacarat"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Trill  Or  Be  Trilled  Records.

  Audience  noise  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  70's  rock  influences  and  you can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on t he  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  very  retro  and  melodic  style.

  A  lot  of  the  riffs  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  psychedelic  and  stoner  rock  elements  start  making  their  presence  known  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the recording  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  Monobrow  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  psychedelic,  stoner,  doom  metal  and  impov  together  along  with  no  vocals  to  create  something  different  and  very  original  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Monobrow  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental mixture  of  psychedelic,  stoner,  and  doom  metal  and  if  you a re  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should c heck  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Capes  And  Monocles"  and  "Twin  Sheiks".  8  out  of  10.

 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Contra/Deny Everything/Robustfellow Productions/Shifty Records/2017 CD Review


  Contra  are  a  band f rom  Cleveland,  Ohio  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Deny  Everything"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Robustfellow  Productions  and  Shifty  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  retro  metal  style  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  touch  of  blues  and  stoner  rock  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  an  aggressive  hardcore  and  sludge  mixture  style  and  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard.

  While  the  music  does  have  a  lot  of  old  school  influences  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  while  the  riffs  and  leads  also  utilize  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  tracks  are  all  instrumental  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  Contra  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  70's  blues  rock  and  proto  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  modern  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  mythological  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Contra  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Human  Buzzsaw"  "The  Gorgon"  "Son  Of  Beast"  and  "Shrimp  Cocktail".  8  out  of  10.

 

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

When The Sun Comes Down/Welcome/Minotauro Records/2017 CD Review


  When  The  Sun  Comes  Down  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  consists  of  former  members  from  Death  SS  and  Violet  Theatre  and  plays  a  musical  style  they  refer  to  as  doom  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Welcome"  which  was  released  by  Minotauro  Records.

  Heavy  guitar  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  after  awhile  clean  singing  yet  aggressive  vocals a re  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  adding  in  a  70's  hard  rock/metal  style.

  Psychedelic  elements  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  horror  music  style  keyboards  and  while  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  past  the  production  gives  the  songs  a  more  modern  feeling  and  a  brief  use  of  saxophones  can  also  be  heard  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  song  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  When  The  Sun  Comes  Down  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  old  school  doom  metal  and  psychedelic  rock  and  mixes  them  together  as  well  updating  the  genre  for  the  modern  era,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  When  the  Sun  Comes  Down  are  a  very  great  sounding  doom  rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mister  Lie"  "Myself"  and  "Because  We  Where  Fools".  8  out  of  10.

Demon Head/Thunder On The Fields/Caligari Records/2017 Cassette Review


  Denmark's  Demon  Head  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  retro  mixture  of  occult  rock  and  doom  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Thunder  On  The  Fields"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Caligari  Records.

  Melodic  70's  influenced  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  bass  guitar  leads  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  elements  of  proto  metal  while  also  having  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  clean  singing.

  A  great  amount  of  70's  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  retro  style  of  70's  meal  and  hard  rock  and  clean  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  sounding  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  40  years  ago  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  either  sticking  to  a  slow  of  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Demon  Head  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  70's  mixture  of  occult  rock  and  doom  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Dark  Fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Demon  Head  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  rock  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Are  Burning"  "Older  Now"  and  "Untune  the  Sky".  8  out  of  10. 

Palehorse/Palerider/Burial Songs/Graven Earth Records/2017 Cassette Review


  Palehorse/Palerider  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  doomgaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Burial  Songs"  which  will  be  released  on  April  28th  by  Graven  Earth  Records.

  Atmospheric  drones  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  traditional  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  shoegaze  fashion  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  start  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  done  in  a  clean  singing  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  synths  and  at  times  the  music  also  adds  in  elements  of  psychedelic  and  90's  alternative  rock  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  musical  style.

  Palehorse/Palerider  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  atmospheric  form  of  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  with  shoegaze  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Palehorse/Palerider  are  a  very  great  sounding  doomgaze  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sundowning"  and  "Nero".  8  out  of  10. 
 

 

Pyreship/The Liars Bend Low/Black Bow Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Pyreship  are  a  band  from  Houston,  Texas  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post,  doom  metal,  slowcore  and  noise  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Liars  Bend  Low"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Black  Bow  Records.

  Post  rock  style  riffing  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  and  clean  guitars  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  alternative  rock  style  vocals  along  with  some  aggressive  noise  rock  screams  while  the  songs  still  mix  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly  while  a  lot  of  riffs  are  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  slowcore  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  direction  while  also  adding  in  heavy  sludge  style  riffing.

  Pyreship  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge,  post  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  with  slowcore  and  noise  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  and political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pyreship  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post,  sludge,  doom  metal,  slowcore  and  noise  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Machine  Man"  and  "Die-Sect".  8  out  of  10. 

 

The Ditch And The Delta/Hives In Decline/Battleground Records/2017 CD Rview


  The  Ditch  And  The  Delta  are  a  band  from  Salt  Lake  City,  Utah  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  metal,  math  and  noise  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Hives  In  Decline"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Battleground  Records.

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  amp  sounds  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  drums  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  sludge  style  screams  start  making  their  presence  known  along  with  touches  of  noise  rock.

 Math  rock  style  structures  are  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  progressive  style  and  at  times  the  bass  guitars  also  add  in  leads  of  their  own  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,

  Some  tracks  also  add  in  elements  of  post  rock  while  one  track  adds  in  touches  of  blues  rock  along  with  a  small  amount  of  slide  guitars  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  and  on  the  closing  track  a  decent  amount  of  melodic  vocals  are  added  into  the  music.

  The  Dutch  And  The  Delta  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  progressive  form  of  sludge  metal  and  mixes  it  with  math,  noise  and  post  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Dutch  And  The  Delta  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  metal,  math  and  noise  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuck  On  Asphalt"  and  "Dread  Spectacle".  8  out  of  10.

 

 

Obelyskkh/The Providence/Exile On Mainstream/2017 CD Review


  Obelyskkh  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  psychedelic  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Providence"  which  was  released  by  Exile  On  Mainstream.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  along  with  some  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  sludge  and  doom  metal  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  clean  singing  stoner  vocals  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Aggressive  sludge  style  screams  are  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  psychedelic  elements  also  start making  their  presence  known  and  when  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  along  with  one  track  being  instrumental  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  adds  in a   touch  of  black  metal. 

  Obelyskkh  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  psychedelic  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Mythology,  Drugs,  Revelations,  and  Jesco  White  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Obelyskkh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  psychedelic,  stoner,  sludge,  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Raving   Ones"  and  "Marzanna''.  8  out  of  10.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Superjoint/Caught Up In The Gears Of Application/Housecore Records/2016 CD Review


  Superjoint  are  a  band  from  Louisiana  that  was  previously  known  as  Superjoint  Ritual  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Caught  Up  In  The  Gears  Of  Application"  which  was  released  by  Housecore  Records. 

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  that  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  sludge  metal  elements  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  At  times  the  music  brings  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  while  the  vocals  almost  have  a  death  metal  touch  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  along  with  some  aggressive  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  melodic  metal  and  punk edge  and  the  music  also  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Superjoint  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  sludge  metal  and  crossover  mixture  of  previous  releases  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  crust,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Marijuana,  Alcohol,  Violence  and  Personal  Struggles  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Superjoint  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  metal  and  crossover  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Today  And  Tomorrow"  "Caught  Up  In  The  Gears  Of  Application"  "Asshole"  and  "Rigging  The  Fight".  8  out  of  10. 

Gurt/Skullossus/When Planets Collide/2017 CD Review


  Gurt  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Skullossus"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  When  Planets  Collide.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  aggressive  sludge  style  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  the  more  heavy  side  of  doom  metal  along  with  one  track  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  adds  in  a  stoner  touch  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  some  songs  also  mix  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  on  some  tracks  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  groove  metal  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  saxophones  and  pianos  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Gurt  plays  a  style  of  sludge  metal  that  is  very  aggressive  and  heavy  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  punk  and  groove  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gurt  are  a  very  great  sounding  sludge  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Give  Me  The  Night,  Any  Day"  "Existence  Is  Pain"  and  "Meowing  At  The  Fridge".  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Kollapse Interview

Interview w. Thomas (singer/bass player) + Troels (singer/guitar player) in kollapse, 11.04.2017

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Thomas: We are currently going to play a line of shows around Europe. We have predominantly been occupied in our rehearsal space as well as playing a few select shows in Denmark. We've been in contact with various people regarding creative stuff like the VOID video (Dukkefar) and more trivial stuff like booking shows and so on.

2.You have a new album coming out in May, 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?
Thomas: ANGST is definitely different from what we did 5 years ago. When we started out, we didn't have a clear vision of how we wanted kollapse to sound and feel. When you put three guys in a room, with various musical pasts and strong convictions, you have to do a little bit of leg work, before something congruent pans out. We basically started out by recording a demo, that we released on vinyl. Very DIY and very "punk rock". To say we have a difference of opinion about those recordings would be an understatement.
We started to find our feet around the time of the recording of the FATHER track we did as a split with NO FEALTY out of Copenhagen. They are good people and their music is awesome as fuck. At that point we had abandoned all notions about sounding like anyone else or writing genre specific music. I tend to get bored by music that falls neatly into categories pretty fast, I have no ambitions towards playing d beat, crust, black metal or whatever. I like some of that stuff, but I tend to gravitate towards music that doesn't wrap up to nicely. I like some records that nail a certain classical feel, but as far as my own musical endeavours are concerned, it doesn't really interest me. I haven't got the musical nor emotional chops for stuff like that anyway.
As for how the sound is presented on the album, I couldn't be happier about it. Every instrument sounds strong, the guitars have a nice blend of different, interesting sounds that I like, the drums are massive but still fit Peters very meticulous style and for once the bass is actually audible. Many recordings today are all guitars and in-the-red mastering: everything is as loud as it can possibly get - we didn't want that for ANGST.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Thomas: The lyrical approach of kollapse is probably the only thing that has been fairly constant. We write about things that matter to us in our personal lives. We steer clear of politics and religion because it's shit. I have written a good deal of the lyrics on the album and my lyrics are rooted in emotional turmoil basically. My vocals come from the pit of my stomach and I would feel silly "singing" about satan, demons or whatever. Also I have a strong atheist outlook and I keep the lyrics within the confines of this outlook, so I focus on humanist and existential issues. I prefer psychology and being grounded to spiritual or faith based lyrics.
I tend to get inspired by somewhat depressing stuff like Thomas Ligotti, Francis Bacon and Northern European art like Edward Munch.
Life is messy and unstable. We feel a need to be honest about that.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kollapse'?
Thomas: We really like the Swedish band Breach and we felt it tied in well with what we were trying to do lyrically - both in terms of the lyrics themselves but also the spelling of "kollaps(e)" with the added "e" in the end (we write lyrics in more than one language).

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Thomas: We are all from the Northern part of Denmark and we tend to adopt the very self critical attitude that is prevalent here. We don't really "perform" as such. We do whatever feels natural. I tend to focus on the delivery whereas Troels and Frederik tend to move around more. I enjoy bands who are able to project something honest, even if this means coming of as insecure or not "professional" or whatever. Be yourself.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Thomas: We will play Manchester and Hamburg this month, hopefully we will get to play Norway and Sweden this year as well. I am half Norweigan, so Norway is a special place for me.
Troels: Besides that we are also playing Germany and most parts of Denmark, that are worth playing at for a band like us. Going on tour is always extremely rewarding as we get the meet likeminded people and have an outlet for our minds and music.

7.You have also been a part of a couple of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?
Troels: We did the No Fealty split and a compilation of local bands with the song FATHER . It was a compilation I did as a homage to an old local compilation, that documented a time and space at our local scene. I felt like there needed a new one, because there were so many great punk and hardcore bands at the time. I think the record turned out well and people were stoked about it. It is sold out now, but every now and then new punks approach me and ask me if I’m able to get them a copy. I hope one day they make another compilation as a homage to the old ones. DIY!

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about '5 Feet Under Records'?
Troels: 5FeetUnder is a label I run with five of my friends. We have this policy at our record label that we all have to agree that it is awesome, and if one of us does not think that, then we will not release it. There are no boundaries and we try not to limit ourselves. If music is good then it does not matter what type of music it is. All our releases are heavy music, though. We have released almost 80 records and we are really proud of our work and the records we have put out.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge, crust, and hardcore?
Thomas: Reviews are coming in as we speak, but generally people seem interested.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Thomas: This is a tricky one, I see kollapse evolving. All four members are past thirty, so we will do whatever feels natural and exciting to do given the circumstances. As long as we are honest about what we do, feel exited about the music and we are able to get time off from parenting and work, kollapse will reflect who we are as people.

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?
Thomas: We are all big music fans, so influences for kollapse are pretty varied, Frederik is really into black metal, crust and minimal techno. Peter goes for experimental heavy stuff. Troels is really into modern hardcore.
As far as my own listening habits go, there are hundreds of bands haha.
Lately I have been buying and listening to Danish stuff like Recitation, Slægt, Orm and Nyt Liv (and a slew of danish free jazz reissues), but I have my "go-to's" like Breach, Swans, Neurosis, Weakling, Coil, Joy Division and so on.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Thomas: I really enjoy painting, skateboarding and hanging out with my son and my girlfriend. Pretty standard stuff. Lately I have been buying/reading books on art - people like Hermann Nitsch, Raymond Pettibon and Billy Childish.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thomas: Thanks for the interview.