Saturday, December 16, 2017

Psyclopean/The King In Yellow/2017 Full Length Review


  Psyclopean  are  a  solo  project  from  Milwaukee,  Wisconsin  that  plays  a  mixture  of  cinematic  dark  ambient  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  and  this  is  a review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "The  King  In  Yellow".

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  40  minute track  along  with  some  dark  ambient  elements  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  gets  very  diverse  and  cinematic  as  the  songs  progresses  as  well  as  adding  some  drones  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  music  is  an  instrumental  and  serves as  a  soundtrack  to  Richard  W.  Chambers story  "The  King  In  Yellow".

  Psyclopean  takes  a  classical  occult  horror  story  that  was  a  huge  influence  on  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft  and  create  a soundtrack  which  mixes  cinematic  dark  ambient  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  together  to  create  something  different. 

  In  my  opinion  Psyclopean  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  cinematic  dark  ambient  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  8  out  of  10.

Picture Ann/Still Perfection/Floodgate Moods Productions/201 Single Review


  Denmark's  Picture  Ann  have  returned  with  a  new  song  which  continues  the  ambient,  experimental  and  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  single  "Still  Perfection"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Moods  Productions.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  along  with  some  clean  guitars  start  off  the  song  while  the  heavy  yet  melodic riffing  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  metal  and  the  music  is  all  instrumental  as  well  as  having  its  progressive  moments.

  Picture  Ann  creates  another  song that  remains  true  to  their  instrumental  mixture  of  ambient,  experimental  and  metal  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Picture  Ann  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  instrumental  ambient,  experimental  and  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

  https://floodgatemoodsproductions.bandcamp.com/album/still-perfection

Friday, December 15, 2017

Neratarrae Interview

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

Before I even start talking about NERATERRÆ, I gotta say that I’ve always been a huge music fan, especially if it’s rock and metal music, I’ve been following several bands since their very beginning, and one of those bands was (and actually still is) Ulver, from Norway. I’m saying so ‘cause their never-ending musical and conceptual evolution has always been inspiring to me. It was 17-18 years ago when Perdition City was released, and to me It was life-changer. After all these years I still do believe that no one has ever topped such a monster of crossover-Electronic album. I can say that that record really moved something inside of me, unconsciously It was the start of something that today I call NERATERRÆ.
As the years passed I explored the classic Electronic scene and the mainstream Electronic scene, but I quickly found myself digging deeper and deeper into the Ambient and Downtempo fields, It was at that very moment that I fell in love with the darker sides of such genres and styles. Since so, Dark Ambient, Drone, Industrial Ambient (and -related) have always been catching my attention. And that is what I’ve been doing as NERATERRÆ since 2009/2010: Drone/Industrial Ambient, and such, I suppose.


2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

I’d definitely say that the sound is industrialized, alienated, dynamic and multi-layered; I do that by interlacing and intertwining layers of sounds and atmospheres.
Each track has a its own ‘personality’, or a different ‘color’ if you wish, but there’s one thing that all of my tracks have in common: dynamics.
Due to the ‘digital era’ the industry has been compressing music for almost twenty years, and that has brought to a lack of dynamic music; It does not sound good and It’s not how It should sound at all.
At least, that is not how I want my music to sound like.
Music should be about nuances, colors, dynamics, and I do my best to keep that in mind.


3. Most of the musical released so far, has been instrumental, are you open to using vocals?

I recorded some vocal patterns for a couple of tracks so far, they were recorded and manipulated in order to get some kind of unusual effect and make them sound disturbing, you can hear something here and there…
Even though I’m not going to tell much about what the next record is gonna sound like, I can say that there will be some vocals on the next album too, but, not ‘vocals’ as the common sense may suggest.


4. Originally the solo project was known as 'NHART', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Neratarrae'?

Even before ‘NHART’ was born, the project was running under another name: ‘NAART’. I started to look for another name when I realized that the material recorded as NAART/NHART would have been a stand-alone project, I already knew that I would have changed direction, musically. Just a matter of time.
I switched the name to NERATERRÆ when I cleared things up in my mind and decided which path I’d have followed next.
“Why did you release “The NHART Demo[n]s” under the NERATERRÆ name, then?” You might ask. Well, I did not want to release just one record under the ‘NHART’ name, and then abandon the project in order to start over again with NERATERRÆ. It looked disorganized to me.
Plus, I feel somehow affictionated to that music, I spent a lot of time on it and I wanted to do justice to those tracks, so I re-stored, edited, re-mixed them and gave them a new voice, in order to claim them under the NERATERRÆ name. That is the concealed meaning of the title “The NHART Demo[n]s”, those tracks are my demons that I’ve been struggling against for long time.
The battle might be over now.
About the meaning of NERATERRÆ: it is a word-play between “NERA” (black, in Italian) and “TERRÆ” (land/ground/earth, in Latin); I think it sounds pretty interesting and catchy, yet obscure, doomed and somehow lofty.


5. With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I also play the drums, so as a drummer I’ve always been playing music with people, as a whole band or as a trio, etc, but NERATERRÆ is way different, NERATERRÆ has been and will always be just one person, I’m open to collaborations, remixes, etc, but I need a lot of time and space in order to achieve what I have in mind.
Plus, I’d like NERATERRÆ to be stylistically ever-changing, It’s challenging, and this would make It kinda hard for someone else to stay on board.


6. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Yes, I have, but right now I can’t say much about what’s going on label-wise; I was asked not to talk about it yet, but I can tell you that something’s moving, and I can’t wait.


7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death industrial or dark ambient?

It has been pretty good I gotta say, I wasn’t expecting such positive feedback so far! Magazines, websites, zines and blogs have been giving good ratings to my release and I got some really amazing reviews.


8. Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

I play drums and percussion (and I handle mixing and mastering duties too) in Alma Flua, my touring acoustic trio.


9. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Man, I really do not know, I’m not going to preclude anything, but the future is always uncertain…I have some ideas about the future as NERATERRÆ, but we will see.


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?

Hard question. I’ve always been a big fan of music. I own a huge collection of albums and I have a “small” bunch of favourite ones: about 250 records, so that may give you an idea of how many albums I actually own.
Long story short, the bands that have had an influence on my music (and they still do have) are (alphabetical order): ASC, Atrium Carceri, Bass Communion, Biosphere, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Cities Last Broadcast, H.U.V.A. Network, Jon Hopkins, Kammarheit, Keosz, Lustmord, New Risen Throne, Northaunt, Phelios, Richard Barbieri, Solar Fields, Steven Wilson, Svartsinn, Ulver, and maybe a few more.


11. What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m a graduated fitness instructor, so: fitness/nutrition/wellness in general. Then: photography; I love travelling; I like reading thriller/noir books. That’s pretty much it. Oh, I’m cymbals-addicted, such beautiful instruments, ha!


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

I do: I’d like to thank you for supporting the underground scene, your efforts are admirable and I appreciate that.
Then, please keep an eye on www.facebook.com/neraterrae for info and updates! Thank you.
-Alessio Antoni | NERATERRÆ

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sorrowful Land Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Sorrowful Land was born in early 2014 as a collaboration act of  Peter Laustsen from Swedish band When Nothing Remains and me. Originally we planned to release a full-length album together but managed to record only one demo/promo song. Peter was too busy with his main band and abandoned Sorrowful Land, so I took control of all things and since then Sorrowful Land is my one-man project.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2. I’d say it’s more like a mix of doom-death metal with some gothic aprroach and funeral doom-metal moments that appear here and there. Pretty atmospheric too I guess. And gloomy at times. Overall I tried to create good catchy songs. Did I succeed? Let the listeners decide J

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you explore with your music?
3. When it comes to lyrics – first of all I write about my own feelings and life situations I’ve experienced. Also I`m fond of classic English and American poetry and from times to times I use poems as the basis for my lyrics.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sorrowful Land'?
4. Oh, it’s the interesting one! When we started in 2014 before even recording a single note me and Peter wanted to come up with a cool-sounding name. And the name came to me while I was sleeping at night. It appeared in my dream actually. Pretty funny, huh? And so when I got up next morning – I already had this name in my mind. It was like “that’s it and I must keep it!”. As for the meaning: it may describe either the whole planet that is full of sorrows or our particular country. You may know that Ukraine is facing hard times now. So for me this name does include several meanings.

5. With this project you record everything by yourself. Are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
5. Let’s put it that way: I compose all the stuff and record it myself, that’s truth, but on the debut album I had two session musicians that actually recorded bass and drums parts. They did a great job and helped me a lot and I appreciate it. On the new record that’s called “Where The Sullen Waters Flow” – it’s all done by me. And yes, for the future records I’d love to have some special guests to work with! I even made a list already, but I won’t tell ya who’s in it, haha! J I do hope that this idea will come true.

6. The album was released on 'Solitude Productions, are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
6. Totally! I’m with Solitude Productions for 5 years now and it goes well enough! They are easy to work with and open-minded guys.
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. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of funeral doom and doom/death?
7. Quite well I’d say. The debut album’s average score is 8 of 10 due to the reviews from webzines and magazines throughout the world. I think it’s good enough to get such ratings for the debutee, not to forget that doom-metal (especially funeral doom) is still a very underground genre. As for the fans – some liked it, some didn’t. It’s normal and usual thing for you to read: “AWESOME” today and tomorrow you may see: “AWFUL”.

8. What is going on with your other band 'Edenian' these days?
8. It would be honest to say that Edenian is on hiatus. It’s been three years or even more since our drummer left. And still we can’t find the right person to fill in. Sad but true. All members of Edenian play in new bands now so I dare not to say if we ever will play or record something new under Edenian name again.

9. Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
9. I’m planning to record new Sorrowful Land full-length album. And it’s gonna be heavier than previous. Also I’m not planning to get stuck in doom-metal only and recently I’ve started a new band called Resolution. We play thrash-metal. I can’t foresee what the future holds – time will show.

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?
10. Oh, tons of them in different genres! I won’t be original to say that my all-time favourite band is Metallica. Among the others (in no particular order) are: Slayer, Death Angel, Iced Earth, Kamelot, Trivium, Amon Amarth, Godsmack, Disturbed, Nickelback, and many others. As for the influences on Sorrowful Land music, it would be: Paradise Lost, Doom:VS, Saturnus, Katatonia, Swallow The Sun.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?
11. History, reading, uniformology and reenacting aka living history events.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. First of all – go listen to the new Sorrowful Land EP “Where The Sullen Waters Flow” which is out on December, 15th and if you like it – support the project and label by buying the music! And of course – STAY DOOMY! \m/
Max Molodtsov
12.12.2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

We Hate You Too Interview

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

Aimeric : We knew each other for many years before starting the project.
Both of us were playing instruments in many bands, and we wished to do something together to mix our preferences in one band.
For me, my main and favorite instrument is my voice.

Camille : My main instrument is the piano, but I also play a lot of wind instruments. I wanted to play with Aimeric because I was always fascinated by his music.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

Aimeric : It is hard, even for us. We wanted something disturbing and uncommon, by mixing many things that are never together. We wanted to have overwhelming atmospheres, and to have lots of variation between the songs.

Camille : I’d say it’s jazz, played by classical instruments, with a growled voice. It is a little bit descriptive, but I feel it’s the most simple and accurate way to describe it.

3.According to the fb page you refer to your music as 'growled piano', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Aimeric : We started with only two instruments, the piano for Camille and my growled voices.
But we decided to add many other things.

Camille : And we had to “invent” a term for our music, because it wouldn’t fit in any existing category

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

Aimeric : Mostly the lyrics come from my own illness, I suffer from schizophrenia.
Only Relics of Restlessness is not about my feelings, but it is still linked with my mindworld.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'We Hate You Too'?

Aimeric : We wished to incorporate the idea that we are a duo, with a disturbed link to our disturbed songs.

Camille : When I proposed this, I thought that it might be an answer to some people coming to us saying “I hate your music”. Answering them in advance fits well with the ambience of the music : we are hateful, but defensively, not aggressively. Our music is rarely aggressive. If we had been named “We hate you”, it would have been different but here, it is an answer to an outer hate.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Aimeric : For me, I love that we are only two, and I wish to stay in this configuration.

Camille : I feel it would not make sense to be more. Now, if one day someone wants to pay us to play a gig with all the instruments of the album… We would need to be more. But I doubt it.

7.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

Aimeric : We did a very little live show of 10 minutes, with only piano and voices.
For now we have not talked about other live shows.

Camille : This show was interesting but we have been able to play only because it was a totally free themed night. It’s every month, in a bar in our town, you can participate to the show and you get 10 minutes where you do whatever you want. The problem we had was that if we wanted to play in a bar for example, we would have to play with another band. But who ? Metal bands ? With our piano voice line-up, it wouldn’t fit. Jazz bands ? We are only two, and the metal aspect wouldn’t fit. We realized we can’t really play with other bands. Plus, we only had 30 minutes of set-list : the last track of the album is simply unplayable on a live show. So we focused on the studio.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of dark, underground and experimental music?

Aimeric : I didn't get many feedback.

Camille : I had some feedback. Many people I showed the music to liked it, more than what I expected actually. However, the majority disliked either the growled voice (well, it’s not for everyone I guess) or the fact that it’s rather calm (these people expect growled voice to be paired with violent music). We tried to mix very different things : some people can bear it, some people can’t.

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

Aimeric : To continue disturbing things.

Camille : For now, we are focusing on other projects : someday, we might find another idea and try to mix things again.

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?

Aimeric : I was influenced by Tom Waits, Louis Armstrong, old blues, funeral doom.
I listen mainly extreme metal as Funeral Doom, Drone Doom, Slam Death, Black and Death. But also many Dark Ambient, Dark Folk and Medieval and Pagan.

Camille : I’m extremely influenced by Magma for the piano, and Supersilent for the winds. The Residents are a great influence too. Currently, I’m listening to a lot of Frank Zappa and Radiohead ; in general, I listen to a lot of prog music (rock or metal) and also free jazz, noise, psychedelic rock and classical music (the modern one, not really a fan of Mozart here : I prefer Stravinsky, Messiaen, Poulenc or Holst).

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Aimeric : Ancient Civilizations, Astrophysics, Nuclear Physics, Wild Life, Paleontology.

Camille : Programmation and trolling.

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

We hate you too.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Melankolia/Vividarium Intervigilium Viator/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2017 CD Review


  Melankolia  are  a  solo  project  from  Ohio  that  plays  a  mixture  of  neo-classical,  ethereal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Vividarium  Intervigilium  Viator"  which  was  released  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  neo-classical  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  ambient  style  atmosphere  as  well  as a  great  amount  of  programmed  beats  and  most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  always  sticks  to  an  instrumental  direction,  nature  sounds  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard.

  Melankolia  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  neo-classical,  ethereal  and  dark  ambient  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  as  well  as  keeping  most  of  the  music  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Melankolia  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  neo-classical,  ethereal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ambrosia"  "Between  Heaven  And  Hell"  "Melankolia"  and  "Annie,  Light  In  A  Dying  World".  8  out  of  10.    

Sorrowful Land/Where The Sullen Waters Flow/Solitude Productions/2017 EP Review


  Sorrowful  Land  are  a  solo  project  from  Ukraine  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  funeral doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep  "Where  The  Sullen  Waters  Flow"  which  was  released  by  Solitude  Productions.

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  while  also  using  a  variety  of amny  different  sounding  keys  along  with  some  whispers  also  being  used  briefly  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  more  melodic  and  heavier  style  of  funeral  doom  metal as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  era  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  throughout the  recording  while  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  playing  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Sorrowful  Land  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  funeral  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  with  90's  era  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  loneliness,  sorrow  and  grief  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sorrowful  Land  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  funeral  doom/death  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Night  Is  Darkening  Around  Me".  8  out  of  10.