Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

Tunga Moln Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We're constantly working on new material, and we're currently planning a swedish tour. No dates to announce yet though. Personally I've been working on a new album with my other (one man)band Lightsabres. It's finished and should be out in a few months, by the way.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The new album is by far the heaviest we've done, but still with a lot of focus on melodies. I think this album is more stoner rock, or hard rock, than our first two albums which had more of a prog feel to them. Even if it contains a couple of very un-stoner acoustic songs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
In the early days of the band it was stuff like Savoy Brown, ZZ Top and swedish 70's progg. For the new album I'd say Thin Lizzy, early Queens Of The Stone Age... stuff like that. Right now I'm on a heavy Danzig trip, catching up on albums I ignored when they came out; Deth Red Sabaoth, Circle Of Snakes etc.

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

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Emptybrook Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

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

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

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

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

Keep on sössöting in the free world!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

Tunga Moln/III/HeviSike/2017 CD Review


  Tunga  Moln  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  playsstoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "III"  which  was  released  by  HeviSike.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  stoner  rock  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melodic  riffing  and  after  awhile  clean  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  of  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads sticking  to  a  traditional  stoner  rock  style.

  At  times  they  music  brings  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  along  with  some  proto  metal  touches while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  times  and  some  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  blues  rock  while  some  of  the  leads  also  add  in  an  Iron  Maiden  influence  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  Tunga  Moln  plays  a  style  of  stoner  rock  that  they  give  more  of  an  up  to  date  touch  to  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tunga  Moln  are  a  very  great  sounding  stoner  rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Luleas  Vampyrer"  "Ingen  Tyst  Minut"  "Svart  Vatten"  and  "Konstein  Att  Falla   Vackert".  8  out  of  10.  

Red Mountains/Slow Wander/All Good Clean Records/2017 CD Review


  Red  Mountains  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  psychedelic  form  of  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Slow  Wander"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  All  Good  Clean  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  clean  vocals  while  you  can  also  hear  the  heaviness  of  metal  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  70's  influences  are  also  used  at times.

  While  the  music  has  a  lot  of  retro  elements  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  some  touches  of  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  psychedelic  elements  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  clean  playing  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  Red  Mountains  plays  a  style  of  stoner  rock  that  is  very  psychedelic  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Red  Mountains  are  a  very  great sounding  psychedelic  stoner  rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Home"  "Endless  Ocean"  "Fog"  and  "Acid  Wedding".  8  out  of  10.

 

      

Backtrack Lane/In Fine/2017 Full Length Review


  Backtrack  Lane  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "In  Fine".

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars,  drum  beats  and  clean  vocals  start  off  the  album  and  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  of  stoner  rock  and  proto  metal  while  also  keeping  everything  modern  and  psychedelic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  southern  influences  are  also  used  at  times.

  Whispers  are  also  used  briefly  while  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  70's  classic  rock  influences  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  and  solos  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

 Backtrack  Lane  plays  a  style  of  stoner rock  that  is  very  melodic  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  mainstream  rock,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Backtrack  Lane  are  a  very  great  sounding  stoner  rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Underground"  and  "After  The  Rain".  8  out  of  10.    

Dead South Dealers/Walk Through The Line/Sliptrick Records/2017 CD Review


  Dead  South  Dealers  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of  southern,  stoner  rock  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Walk  Through  The  Line"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Melodic  southern  rock  style  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  metal  influenced  riffs  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  stoner  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  While  the  music  has  a  lot  of  retro  influences  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  some tracks  also bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  and  one  track  also  introduces  psychedelic  style  organs  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  sloe  or  mid  tempo  musical  direction.

  Dead  South  Dealers  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  southern,  stoner  rock  and  heavy  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dead  South  Dealers  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  southern,  stoner  rock  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Note  To  Self"  "Wrong  Cargo"  and  "Vinnie  The  Vet".  8  out  of  10.  

Rescue Rangers/Join Hate/F200 Records/2017 CD Review


  Rescue  Rangers  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  classic  rock,  stoner  metal  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  'Join  The  hate"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  F200  Records.

  Distorted  riffing  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  stoner  metal  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  aggressive  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  the  raw  energy  of  hardcore  punk  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  A  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  clean  singing  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  90's  alternative  rock  touch  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  classic  rock  influences  but  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time.

  Rescue  Rangers  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  stoner  metal,  hardcore  punk,  alternative  and  classic  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rescue  Rangers  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner  metal,  hardcore  punk,  alternative  and  classic  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Join  Hate"  "Choke"  "Vibe  Hotel"  and  "Tiger".  8  out  of  10.   

Grant The Sun/Self Titled/Mas -Kina Recordings/2017 FULL Length Review


  Grant  The  Sun  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  an  instrumental  and  progressive  form  of  extreme  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self titled  2017  album  which  was  released  by  Mas-Kina  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  sounds  and  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  the  music  also brings  in  a  great  amount  of  prog  elements  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  vocals  are  never  utilized.

  When  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  elements  of  djent  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  touches  of  post  metal  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  more  of  a  melodic  and  progressive  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  riffs  also  add  in  the  aggression  of  modern  thrash  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Grant  The  Sun  plays  a  style  of  prog  metal  that is  all  instrumental  while  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness  of  djent  and  modern  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  the  production   sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Grant  The  Sun  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  and  progressive  extreme  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Haben  Sie  Angst  "Mord  Og  Slam"  and  "No  Thanks,  Yes".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Minerva Conflict/Self Titled/Transcending Obscurity India/2017 CD Review


  The  Minerva  Conflict  are  band  from  India  that  plays  an  instrumental,  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  extreme  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled 2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Transcending  Obscurity  India.

  A  very  heavy  prog  metal sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  in  the  background  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  presented  on  the  recording  and  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  of  progressive  rock  while  also  sounding  very  modern.

  Most  of  the  music  is  instrumental while  also  having  its  experimental  moments  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  djent  and  thrash  metal  elements.

  The  Minerva  Conflict  plays  a  very  instrumental  and  atmospheric  style  of  progressive  metal  while  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness of  thrash  and  djent  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  The  Minerva  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental,  atmospheric,  progressive  and  extreme  metal  band  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vile  "  "Tip  Seq" and  "Grand  Arcane".  8  out  of  10.

     

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Onslaught/In Search Of Sanity/Dissonance/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Onslaught  are  a  band  from t he  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  around  since  the  early  80's  and  started  out  as  hardcore  punk  before  going  into  a  death/thrash  metal  style  and  on  this  recording  they  evolved  more  into  a mixture  of  power,  thrash  and  speed  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1989  album  "In  Search  Of  Sanity"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Dissonance.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes into  more  of  a  heavier  thrash  and  speed  metal  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  while t he  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  done  in  a  very  clean  power  metal  style  while  also  capturing  some  of  the  thrash  style  aggressiveness  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  back  up  gang  shouts  are  also utilized  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  AC/DC's  "Let  There  Be  Rock"  and  the  power  ballad also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording and  the  re-issue  also  brings  in  bonus  live  tracks.

  On  this  recording  Onslaught  moved  away  from  the  death  and  thrash  metal style  of  previous  releases  and  went  for  more  of  a  power,  speed  and  thrash  metal  mixture,  the  production sounds  very  professional while  the  lyrics  cover Metal,  Insanity  and  Society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Onslaught  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  power,  speed  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Search  Of  Sanity"  "Lightning  War"  and  "Welcome  To  Dying".  8  out  of  10.    

Necromandus/Self Titled/Mandus Music/2017 CD Review


 Necromandus  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  a  history  going  back  to  the  mid  60's  and  where  one  of  the  earliest  doom  metal  bands  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2-17  album  which  was  re;eased  by  Mandus  Music.

  Blues  rock  style  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  that  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  70's  era  and  after  awhile  doom  metal  style  clean  singing  is  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  psychedelic  sounding  organs  being  utilized  in  the  background  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  progressive  rock  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing and  acoustic  guitars  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  Necromandus  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  the  doom  metal,  psychedelic  and  classic  rock  styles  of  the  70's  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necromandus  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  psychedelic  rock  and  70's  doom  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Alauna"  "I've  Been  Evil"  "The  Warriors"  and  "And  She  Smiles".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Firebreather/Self Titled/Suicide Records/2017 CD Review


  Firebreather  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  metal  and  doom  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Suicide  Records.

  Psychedelic  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  sludge  metal  direction  along  with  some  doom  metal  and  stoner rock  elements  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  aggressive  yet  melodic  fashion.

   All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  few  sludge  style  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount of  melody  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  retro  stoner  doom  style  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  while  also  always  remaining  very  heavy.

  Firebreather  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge  and  mixes  it  with  doom  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark   themes.

  In  my  opinion  Firebreather  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  metal  and  doom  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Emerald  Eyes"  and  "Release  The  lava".  8  out  of  10.

  

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Judge/Tell It To The Judge/Ripple Music/2017 CD Review


  The  Judge  are  a  band  from  St.  Louis,  Missouri  that  plays  a  mixture  of  progressive,  psychedelic  and  stoner  rock and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tell  It  To  The  Judge"  which  was  released  by  Ripple  Music.

  70's  influenced  proto  metal  style  riffs  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  sounds  very  modern  with  the  stoner  rock  elements  and  after  awhile  clean  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock.

    When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  a  retro  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  psychedelic  and  progressive  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  clean  guitars  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  The  Judge  plays a   musical  style  that takes  70's  psychedelic  and  progressive  rock  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  modern  style  of  stoner  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Judge  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  psychedelic,  progressive  and  stoner rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Empty  Halls"  "Changing  World"  "High  Flyin"  and  "Parade  Of  Sin".  8  out  of  10.    

Emptybrook/Self Titled/2017 EP Review


  Emptybrook  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  ep.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  stoner  rock  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  aggressive  sludge  style  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  music  also  brings  in  the  heaviness of  doom  metal.

  All  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  while  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  retro  feeling  without  losing  it's  modern  touch  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  musical  style  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly.

  Emptybrook  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  sludge  and  doom  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Weed  Smoking  and  everyday  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Emptybrook  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "The  Grand  King  Of  Fuckery"  and  "Hit  The  Wall  Or  Hit  The  Ground".  8  out  of  10.

   

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sapata/Satanibator/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


  Sapata  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  heavy  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Satanibator"  which  was  released  by  Inverse Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into more  of  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  female  vocals  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  traditional  feeling  while  also  being  very  melodic.

  While  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  when  clean  playing  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  70's  blues  rock  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  it  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as well  as  showing  a slight  black  metal  influence  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Sapata  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  heavy  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  with  some  modern  influences  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Egypt,  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sapata  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  heavy  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Styx"  "Sex  Magic"  and  "Full  Power".  8 out  of  10.

Zaum/Eidolin/I Hate/2016 CD Review


  Zaum  are  a  band  from  New  Brunswick,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  psychedelic  form  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Eidolin"  which  was  released  by  I  Hate.

  Melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  starts  off  the  album  while drones  and  folk  instruments  are  also  used  at  times  and  after  a  few  minutes clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  where you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  clean  traditional  doom  metal  style  vocals  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  psychedelic  along  with  some  female  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  esoteric  feeling  and  on  the  second  track  natures  sounds  are  used  briefly  and  both  of  the  songs stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Zaum  plays  a  style  of  doom  metal  that  is  very  psychedelic  and  ritualistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Middle  Eastern  and  Mesopotamia  themes.

   In  my  opinion  Zaum  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Influence  Of  The  Magi".  8  out  of  10.

  

Montgolfiere/The Fall/PRC Music/2017 CD Review


  Montgolfiere  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  progressive  and  psychedelic  form  of  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Fall"  which  was  released  by  PRC  Music.

 Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  more  heavier  stoner  and  proto  metal  style  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  also  making  their  70;s  influences  sound  a  lot  more  modern.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  retro  feeling  and  after  awhile  psychedelic  and  progressive  rock  elements  also  make  their  presence  known  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  clean  female  singing  along  with  some  male  vocals.

   The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  organs  and  jazz  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  a  later  track  introduces  pianos  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental.

  Montgolfiere  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  psychedelic  and  progressive  style  of  stoner  rock  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Montgolfiere  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  psychedelic  and  progressive  stoner  rock,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Clouds"  "The  Search"  and  "Split  In  Vain".  8  out  of  10.  

Wendigo/Initiation/2016 EP Review


  Wendigo  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  blues  and  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "Initiation".

  Hard  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  start  off  the  ep  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  70's  hard  rock  and  heavy  metal  feeling  along  with  some  vintage  blues  rock  style  solos  and  leads  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  stoner  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  While  the  music  has  its  roots  in  the  70's  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Wendigo  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  blues,  stoner  rock  and proto  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  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wendigo  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  blues  and  stoner  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sail  On".  8 out  of  10.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Shepherd/Death by Fungi/Inspirus Records/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  India's  Shepherd  and  Death  By  Fungi  which  will  be  released  on  August  15th  by  Inspirus  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Shepherd  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  heavy  rock,  stoner,  doom  and  sludge  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out with  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  clean  singing  and  aggressive  screaming  style  shouts.

  A  great  amount  of  sludge,  doom  and  stone r rock  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  retro  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  punk  and  noise  rock  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Shepherd plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  punk,  noise  rock,  stoner  and  sludge  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shepherd  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  heavy  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Agents  Of  Nihil"  and  "Weed  Dealer".

  Next  up  is  Death  By  Fungi  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  hardcore  and  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  amp  sounds  and  drum beats  before  adding  in  hardcore  style  riffing  and  aggressive  vocals  while  the  songs  also  mix  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  90's  while  also being  very  modern  at  the  same  time.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  blast  beats  along  with  chaotic  guitar  leads  are  also  used  briefly  which  also  have  their  melodic  moments  and  elements  of  post  hardcore  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  elements  of  emo  are  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Death  by  Fungi  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  traditional  style  of  hardcore  and  mixes  it  with t he  energy  of  punk  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.    

  In  my  opinion  Death  By  Fungi  are  a  very  decent  sounding  hardcore  punk  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Edgelord  Beatdown"  and  "Buzzard  Murder".

  In conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  decent  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  sludge  and  hardcore  punk.  7/5  out  of  10. 

Ether Interview

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



We just finished up our 3rd tour and hit some areas we’ve never hit before to a warm reaction mostly every night. Made a bunch of new friends and played with a lot of killer bands (check out Intercourse, Servant, A Film in Color, Blame God, Guts of the Oven, Sough, Fashion Week, Yashirta, Axis, Hollow Earth, LA-A… just to name a few). We’re getting started booking the next few months of local and statewide shows as well as our next run, which will probably be most southern/western regions we haven’t hit yet, most importantly trying to go to New Orleans. Tonight we are actually going to start writing for an EP we want to release early next year, time and money permitting.





2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The new record is a step in a more direct and bleak direction, where the first record was mostly heavy and all over the place. There is Nothing Left for Me Here is more focused on delivering intent. It is much deeper personally and politically, and given the circumstances around our personal lives and the political climate during the writing process, makes for an honest and cathartic experience.





3.This is your first album in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Before our 1st record came out one of members (Devin) quit to focus on his main band (which later we found out was really because he was coming to terms with his sexuality and was dealing with everything that comes with that). A couple years later we asked him to join our other band that Danny (drums) and I came from, Remembering Never and eventually decided to do Ether again. We picked back up like there was no time in between and immediately started jamming on some new riffs and ideas and the record came together pretty quick.





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

For the personal, mostly abandonment and being haunted by emotional ghosts, and on the political, the national takeovers of freedom by white people in fancy suits that decorate News stations, the dangers of the “normalization” of the western world, capitalism as a stifling agent… basically everything that is the opposite of Ted Nugent.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ether'?

I believe I thought of it when I used to watch Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas weekly. That’s really all. Once we started relying on delay pedals it made sense.





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

Our stage performance is a very personal experience. We burn sage before or after every set and usually our backs are to the crowd, not in some kind of “fuck you” or disrespect, its really just the way we feel most comfortable. I have heard our shows are a bit overwhelming at times that often times take listeners to another place, and I can totally understand how someone could get lost in it all. As far as the best shows… We played Philly on New Years Eve and as soon as we went silent someone yelled “HOLY SHIT!”. That was up there. The shows where people are absorbed in the moment and you can tell are feeling it are the best shows for me. We aren’t a moshable band, and coming from a hardcore/punk scene its odd to gauge how people are taking it in, so if no one leaves the room they don’t hate it. If they aren’t on their phones they are digging it. If they are head banging or intently watching I think they are pretty into it.





7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

We plan on doing a lot of regional shows around Florida, and hitting the road again in winter.





8.The new album was released on 'Dead Truth Recordings', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

One of my best friends and I started the label to release the LP version of a Remembering Never record “God Save Us” and we’ve put out some cool bands, some bands that broke up immediately after a release, and my own bands stuff.



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

I’ve only heard good things really. I understand its not for everyone, a lot of people don’t want to listen to really sad, really heavy music often, but that’s all we know how to do so we play to our strengths. There is a certain satisfaction when someone goes into detail about something we have done, whether it’s the record or a live show. We put a lot of work and a lot of ourselves into this and its much different than anything we’ve ever done. It feels good to get orders from Europe and Australia or people on the other side of the country asking us to play their town.





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

Probably more weird and more divisive. More of everything we already do. We don’t have a game plan or blueprint when we write, we just let it ride and usually it comes out cool. We haven’t thown anything out just yet.







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?

Currently I am watching a live Cave In concert, but I have been bumping a lot of Morris Day and the Time, Grief, Waylon Jennings, Joy Division, Ceremony, Beastmilk, King Woman, Josh Card and The Restless Souls, Morbid Angel, Coke Bust, Reversal of Man, Ghostface… all of us listen to a lot of different stuff, so I think all of it plays a part in what we bring to the table.





12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m in school to be a history professor, particularly African American history, so that’s big for me. 3 (or 4) of us are vegan, Chippy is into wrestling, Devin likes VWs, Danny collects dead things, and Steffan likes being happy.







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



Watch the movie Earthlings.

Support marginalized people everywhere. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Devil Electric Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Sure. Female vocals floating above heavy blues-infused riffs swirling amongst the darker depths of rock n’ roll.


2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

Well there was no real major break between the writing processes for both efforts, so they’ve become this natural progression in sound for us. The tracks from the EP were 4 of the first songs we wrote & jammed as a 3-piece (before getting Pierina on vocals) almost 2 years ago. As soon as we locked in our singer we just kept writing and refining songs. We pulled across one song (Dove & The Serpent) onto the album, but the other 8 tracks are new. Both releases were recorded at the same studio with the same producer. We learnt a fair bit between recording sessions and made good use of that experience when it was time to track the album.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
There’s a few reoccurring themes; shadow & light, good & evil, relationships and personal conflicts.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Devil Electric'?
It’s an name that grew from the dark & devilish scientific genius, Victor Frankenstein.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We’ve supported a few internationals, and when it’s a band you look up to that always makes the gig extra special. Shows we’re played with Truckfighters, Kadavar & The Sword were incredible and touring around with The SIGIT (Indo) was a great experience. Stage wise, we tend to emphasise our heavy we can sound. Bellowing drums, fuzzed amps & Pierina’s soaring vocals above everything else. We fit in quite well with much heavy bands in a live setting.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Of course! We’re touring Australia from August to October 2017. Indonesia is in the works for December and we’re currently making plans for Europe & the US next year. Releasing music is one thing, but you have to tour to become a mainstay!



7.The new album is coming out on 'Kozmik Artifctz', are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
Kozmik are fantastic. They hit us up immediately following the release of our very first single ‘Devil’s Bells’ and we signed the first album deal with them straight away. They’ve been very supportive and have made quite a splash in the Melbourne music scene, signing a few of our peers’ bands too.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom metal?
Really positive so far! I think because we take more of a rock n’ roll structure approach, and have less psych elements, we’re putting ourselves in a different market from a lot of doom bands. I love straight-to-the-point upbeat songs, so the album blends a few jam tracks with some 3-4 minute heavy rock n’ roll tunes.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
It’s hard to say this early on. I think we all appreciate good songwriting progression and artists that push themselves in that sense, but we’ll always maintain a dark underlying tone to our writing. We’ve already started jamming some songs that will probably feature on record no.2.


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?
It varies member-to-member. We all enjoy bands like Ruby The Hatchet, Black Sabbath, Clutch, Planet of Zeus & The Dead Weather. I know our bassist Tom comes from more of a 70s-psych background so any tune on our record that has some jammy-psych vibes is probably attributed to him! In the same sense, I come from a Swedish-metal background and so a lot of the drum grooves & fills are quite precise and purposeful.

This past month I’ve been listening to the latest Pallbearer, Troubled Horse, Me & That Man and Royal Blood records a lot.


11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
We definitely use symbolism/reference different religions or the occult however, most of what we write about, lyrically, is around the individual experience. Songs like Hypnotica or Lady Velvet centre around conflicting forces, within an individual experience that use symbolism as an analogy. Pierina is also obsessed with Carl Jung so some of her references to ‘shadow’ or types of archetypes are somewhat derived from his concepts.


12. What are some of your non musical interests?
(Beek) Personally, I design a lot (for a living), so anytime spent away from the practice space is usually drawing something or learning new art techniques. This comes in handy with Tom & myself handling the majority of our album artwork!


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for having this chat! Our album is released August 11, we have a few red vinyls left online so if you collect colourful wax do yourself a favour and pick up one of these: devilelectric.bandcamp.com - Cheers!


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Karamazov Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Karamazov started as a home studio project between writing and performing with other bands I was doing at the time. I've always loved different types of electronic music and wanted to write new and different music aside from metal. I wanted to learn audio production and explore different software and instruments. I was inexperienced with software, recording and mixing and soaked up as much as I could with books, YouTube and friends to figure it all out. So far it's a solo project with idea to invite people to perform on recordings of instruments I can't play.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the new recording?
        I'd say since I was a novice at all of it, it sounds exploratory, accidental, unconventional, soft then harsh. There's rock n' roll elements and         inspiration there for sure. I'm a fan of Tangerine Dream to Emperor to Massive Attack to Sonic Youth to Neurosis and on and on...

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
The concept, lyrics and art are inspired by the struggle to be at peace with one's self. The restlessness and boredom. The lyrical content is minimal and really focuses on excesses and pleasures paired with the looming feelings of guilt and exhaustion that comes with too much indulgence and neglecting to take care of yourself. Love and death and stars.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Karamazov'?
        Nothing really deep to the name Karamazov. I'm a fan of Dostoesky and the book "The Brothers Karamazov". I was looking for a name for the new project. It was a working title originally then sort of just stuck. I also thought as a solo artist the name "Luke Olson" is a bit flat and forgettable.

5.This project for the most part is solo, are you open to working with a full band?
       I'm having conversations with friends of how we could bring the music to the live setting. I'm hoping within a year to be performing these        songs and new songs live. I'd incorporate drums, guitars and bass for sure. My background is around those instruments so it feels                  only natural.

6.On the ep you had some other musicians appearing on the tracks, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recording?

As I was preparing to record bass, guitars and vocals in a professional studio I started to think how other live instruments might shape and define the recording. I thought live drums would be perfect for a couple of the songs considering they are very rock based jams. I invited Tim Java (ex-Dead to Fall) to perform. I sent him the tracks and in a couple weeks he had the songs ready to record. We knocked out three tracks in maybe two hours. He came in and absolutely nailed it. Very pleased with his performance and the life it gave to the songs.

Jake BadNRad sings the softer melodies on "Triangle". I met him at a show he was playing a while back. He has a solo project and I was really impressed with his vocals. He's a talented singer. His pitch is great. Mine is not. I was struggling to hit the notes when I was home recording the vocals and it made sense to invite him to lay down the parts because he sounded how I wanted to sing it.

Erin Severson sings in an excellent band from Minneapolis called Former Worlds. She's a great performer. Very heartfelt and loud. She lent her vocals on stacks of distorted, reverb and delay effects on the "Sleepwreck" track.

I had to find a home for a saxophone part somewhere on this EP. I wrote the song "Collapser" with a drawn out ending to find a saxophone player to improv over. Tom Strommen plays saxophone in local jazz bands. I met him through Adam Tucker who recorded and co-produced this EP. I sent Tom the track and gave him some influences I thought might fit nicely. He came to the studio and crushed 8 or 9 takes in no time. The hardest part was narrowing down which take I wanted to use!

7.Have you done any live shows with this musical project?
       No live performances yet.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
      I would be interested to release the EP in physical format with a label. Probably the usual route of vinyl and digital download.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of metal, rock or ambient?
      I suppose my roots are in the metal scene and there's been some good vibes coming from other people in the metal scene that I've shared this with. I think this EP can transcend rock and metal with the elements of electronic, ambient and jazz parts spotted around the EP.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician on the future?
      I'll continue to write music solo. I've really found an affinity to working alone and then collaborating with others after most of the music is written. I tend to hole up in my little studio, drink coffee and just create, record and experiment with little direction initially. All songs I've written typically start as a guitar riff and interpreted with other instruments and synths. I've  began to work on new material with new studio toys. Scoring a film (any film!) would be something I'm very interested in pursuing as well.

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?
      Ha! Great question. I actually made a running list over this last year of every band I would say influenced me in some way. 130 or so bands and artists. I'm really loving the new Neurosis, Spotlights, Thurston Moore, Kayo Dot and Ulver albums lately. Incredible music.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like the usual stuff; travel, reading, seeing my friends, etc. I'm starting to learn video software.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
The 5-song EP is out Friday, August 18. Pre-orders for digital download are available at karamazovnoise.bandcamp.com and will be free to stream on iTunes, Spotify, et. al. A no-budget, self-made video for "Collapser" will be released in the coming weeks.

Thanks for your time

Friday, July 28, 2017

Anialator/Mission Of Death/Xtreem Music/2017 Compilation Album Review


  Anialator  where  a  band  from  Texas  that  played  a  very  aggressive  form  of  thrash  metal  with  some  early  death  metal  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  "mission  Of  Death" which  was  released  by  Xtreem  Music  and  consists  of  demos  and  live  tracks  from  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  on  the  more  aggressive  side  of  thrash  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  aggressive  style  and some early  80's  black  and  death  metal  influences  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  on  some  of  the  demo's  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  recorded  live  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  touch  of  crossover  while  always  remaining  very  heavy  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount of  melody.

  Anialator  played  a  very  aggressive  style  of  thrash  that  was  almost  close  to  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  back  in  the  mid  80's  to  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school while  the  lyrics  cover  death and  annihilation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Anialator  where  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  and  brutal thrash  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nuclear  Destruction'  "Mission  Of  Death"  "Feel  The  Pain"  and  "The  Suffering".  8  out  of  10.

      

Kroh Interview

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

we have been busy, booking gigs, writing new material. we always keep busy



2.How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

its massively different, a new line up, a whole new idea. New singer. its a lot more focused. the older stuff wasn't recorded very well and was rushed. We had a lot more time to focus on what we wanted to make this time. It’s a lot more creatively written and has a lot of layers going on. Lots of things going on in the background while not taking away from the song as a whole


3.The band split up for a couple of years, what was the decision to reform the band?

it felt right, i met the right people at the right time and felt like a couple of the old songs could work with this new line up and then it led to quickly writing a lot of new stuff that got better and better. I wanted a band that I could play live with as the previous idea was studio only.

The line up we have now works really well, I’m really pleased with it.


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

Depression, personal struggles, a lot of what we create is to mask insecurities and to fend of depression.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kroh'?

truthfully, i saw it written on a wall on the way to band practice. i needed a name and thought that fitted the theme and direction i was going in.



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

We have loved every gig we have played so far, would love to get out more to Europe and maybe further in the future. Our performance always changes depending on what’s going on around us.



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

yeah we are playing Bloodstock in Britain in August and are currently looking to book European shows for next year. we want to play a lot, always interested in new shows. Get in touch is you want us to play.


8.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Devizes Records'?


Devizes records is a small independent label that i run myself as an outlet for music i make and other bands i really love.

its all self financed and I personally pack each and every item and post them myself.

I love being able to create and deliver items direct to fans. I always try to add stickers or free stuff as I appreciate every sale.


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

Its been great so far. We have had some excellent reviews all over the world. Its great that people are interested and are getting what we are trying to do.



10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Daz and Rych play in burden of the noose, a sludge band, they are always looking for shows. I have just come back from filling in on bass with Anaal Nathrakh. I play with Fukpig, new stuff is recorded for that. As I said, always busy.


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

We are influenced by a lot of different musical styles, each member likes a lot of different genres. I don’t feel like we have to stick to any genre. We will just create what we like, if that’s a folk song on acoustic or a detuned doom drone, if its Kroh it will sound like Kroh.

We draw influences from all kind of music from the 60s to today, so we could be doing a psychedelic piece, but then want a black metal bit. Its all open to us.



12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on yuor music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Darkher, are one of the best bands around at the moment. We managed to play with them twice so far, also Monolord, we managed to get on a slot with them recently as well.

But as for influences, we love stuff like Portishead, My dying bride, a lot of 90s stuff. A bit of prog and acid folk.. theres so much good music out there. I have been searching record shops for the past 20 years for undiscovered gems and then that has influenced my music outlook and lead me down many a long avenue of digging out unheard 60s bands, long lost horror folk albums from the early 70s.. but also a lot of the feel of growing up in Britain in the 80s has influenced us. Old public information films that scared us as children, hammer horror films.. we are open to everything



13.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law



14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Me personally, my interests are in folklore, history and ancient ruins. I spend the time I have free discovering lost ancient burial mounds and stone circles in the outskirts of the British Isles. I plan to get to Europe to find more at some point, this being one of the reasons I want to get out and play more over there. This also influences the music I create. I also like to capture the feel of these places with photography and use Instagram a lot to document these long lost places.

I also collect records, I have a large collection, mainly of albums from 1966 – 1974, that’s the era I love. A lot of genres and the experimental side going on then is amazing



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


Yeah, look out for something coming very soon. And go follow us on facebook.