Friday, September 6, 2019

Akhlys/Supplication/AnnapurnA/2019 CD Re-Issue Review


  Akhlys  are  a  musical  project  from  Colorado  and  on  this  recording  played  a  very  ritualistic  form  of  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2009  album  "Supplication"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  October  by  AnnapurnA.

Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the album  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very ritualistic  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  ambient  elements  along  with  some  synths  also  being  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.

  Voices  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  music  also  getting  more  experimental  and  diverse  as  the  album  progresses.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  sounding  and  the  second  track  shows  the  music  going  into  a  different  direction  but  also  maintaining  the  ritualistic  atmosphere  as  well  as  showing  an  influence  of  black  emtal.

  On  this  recording  Akhlys  played  a  musical  style  that  took  dark  ambient  and  ritualistic  music  and  mixed  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  while  the  alter  album  brought  in  other  musicians  and  gone  into  more  fo  a  black  metal  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  revolve  around  darkness,  dreams  and  occultism.

  In  my  opinion  Akhlys  played  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  dark  ambient  style  on  this  recording  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Part  II".  8  out  of 10.

http://annapurnaprod.bandcamp.com/album/akhlys-supplication   

Monday, August 19, 2019

MMMΔ Interview

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

After every recording is done and off our hands for pressing and releasing we usually start planning our next steps immediately while curiously waiting on the feedback. In this case we have already many things in mind on what will be the new direction, gathering fragments and thoughts from previous recordings that serve as small under-lit points on a mostly blank canvas and could possibly show us the way. We definitely look forward to some intense rehearsing for the months to come.

2.You have a new album coming out in September, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The whole ΜΜΜΔ project has been a slow process of incorporating so called popular and generic musical elements to our so called experimental musical universe. Starting from pure textural experimental drones back in 2009 - 2010 mainly based on intermodulations between super low and mid frequencies we have taken small steps on every album adding traces of melody and rythme and later on human voice and wider instrumentation. On the same time we worked hard on the structure of the music and little by little we ended up in our latest release, EGOISMO which is an album of songs at least in our point of view.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music

Lyrical topics and subjects have always to do with very wide and open concepts. We don’t really explore those concepts in detail, on the contrary we try to reflect upon them. We would be happy if just the titles of our albums would reveal everything at once while on the same time leave the field open for the listener to wander around.‘Roto Vildblomma’, our first release which could be translated as ‘Broken Wildflower’ touches upon the subjects of ‘malfunction for example. ‘Spiriti” our second release was an exploration of the ‘elusive’. However there has been more tangible moments such as the ‘34°Ν - 42°Ν & 19°Ε - 29°Ε Trilogy’ which was an exploration of the folk sounds included in the area of those coordinate. Our latest ‘EGOISMO’ touches upon topics such as Egotism, Arrogance, Hypocrisy, Separation and the Bitter truth all separate elements that supplement each other and could possibly spiral negativity inside the human psyche.

Usually ΜΜΜΔ’s explorations are a blend of personal inquietudes and/ or results of investigation of the human abyss

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

When looking for a name we aimed for something as much inclusive as possible and at the same time as much trivial as possible. Mohammad is the most common name on earth but still has many connotations. It was an obvious choice.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

As the rest of ΜΜΜΔ’s artworks, Egoismo’s is also made in-house. Image does not come first in our artistic universe, usually it serves to depict a concept along some defined lines. In this case, the mask/ face was a natural fit for the concepts Egoismo explores.

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

The ΜΜΜΔ core is definitely the 2 members. The reason for this is can be seen as mainly geographical,- as we need to be in the same place in order to get all the work done- however it mostly has to do with working culture and artistic needs. We have found the right pace in this formation,  in terms of instrumentation however we are very much open to collaborations.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the masks and cloaks you use in your stage performance and pictures?

This is part of the imagery but cannot be necessarily tagged as “the image” . It has been a natural process that accompanies our undefined musical message. We can understand that this is something that probably gives room for a question in an interview, but there is not much to talk about.

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

Performing live is where one can hear and most importantly feel the essence of our music. As we extensively use low frequencies the physical aspect of the sound becomes an integral part of the music. It is an experience that no home sound system can recreate thus far (unless someone is willing to spend a fortune on sound equipment and possibly police fines). Having said that it is also true that every venue reacts differently depending on the building or the sound system itself. It can be a real battle or pure bliss and this is part of the game. We do remember some quite remarkable shows such as the A l’ arme festival in Berlin or earlier this year in our home town at the Temple in down town Athens where a screening of Hagazussa was also included in the program. And many more…

Our stage performance is a kind of ritual where -given architectural and space/ sound conditions-  delivers high amount of energy through a bare structure and minimal movements. Air pressure and room temperature varies a lot before/after the show.

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

We will be appearing at L’Homme Sauvage at the Pyrenees in the south of France and there are more shows in the pipeline  after that one (Russia, Germany), that will be announced in due time.

10.The new album is coming out on 'Antifrost Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

As many other labels, it started in the 90s as a vehicle to release personal music, then it opened to more artists (More than 50 artists have seen their work released so far from extreme silence to extreme noise, east from Japan west to Argentina, and up from Norway down to Australia) until Mohammad were born. The new baby became so big that is currently draining all the label’s resources and actually dictates the release program. Even when ΜΜΜΔ are not tied with a contract to Antifrost and are open to dock to other ports, it is definitely the easiest thing for an artist to be able to release things the way they want it and when they want it.

11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your recordings by fans of underground music?

We have been getting quite a lot of feedback over the last ten years of our existence from both live performances and our recorded material. Different people react in different ways to our music and many times it is difficult for them to describe our sound (and we are really happy with that). Some memorable “keywords” on the other hand that have stuck in our minds would be words like “Extremely Dark”, “Harrowing” and “Monolithic” or “Religious” and “Born in Heaven” but also “Sonic rape” and“Electrocution”. They are all welcome and all part of our constant struggle to built a core of listeners interested on our peculiar sonic world.

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

Difficult to say. We will certainly keep exploring sounds and structures, ideally new elements will keep emerging and hopefully the project will never reach its end. It is difficult to envision what these sounds, structures and elements will be.  Looking at it from a timeline perspective, we had to climb a high mountain in order to match the awe of raw sound that has psycho-acoustic effects together with the more structured and classic perception of music. After that, we just have to sit on top of this mountain and see how many more peaks we see in the horizon that need to be challenged, then climb them.

13.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?

Both members have been individually immersed  in a comfortable duality of experimental and popular music since a young age and have been seeking the extremes on both fields ever since. For the experimental part works from composers like Xenakis, Jani Christou and Edgar Varese have been an important influence. Other beloved extremities include quite a lot of Noise and many many sounds from the fringes of Industrial, Electronic and Metal. And on the other hand a lot of non western pop music, songs from the middle and far east and other continents both older and contemporary. Lastly, we have grown up listening to folk and pop music from the greater area of the Balkans and this has been an inevitable influence.

14.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Probably not. It’s true that we take great care of the visual part of ΜΜΜΔ which includes artwork and the live stage in order to emphasise the ceremonial aspect of the music but it has more to do with the pure celebration of sound and the emotions that it hopefully conveys. We strongly believe in music being an unparalleled mean of communication,  a communion on a high spiritual level. Would this be considered occult? We have no idea.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?

Α lot of film viewing. And also traveling but this is somehow related to music again. Luckily it is very difficult to escape music!

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

We will share what will probably be our last words on our deathbeds: Please do not under any circumstances listen to our music on your laptop or your phone speakers, you are killing it.

https://www.facebook.com/MMMDmohammad/?ref=page_internal

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Gridfailure/Feel Happiness/2019 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep between  New  York's  Gridfailure  and  Texas's  Feel  Happiness  which  will  be  self  released  in  September  of  2019  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Gridfailure  a  solo  project  who  returns  with  an  instrumental  mixture  of  dark  hardcore,  dark  ambient  and  harsh  noise.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  field  recordings  along  with  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  a  few  seconds  later.  police  sirens  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  Elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  his  side  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  touches  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  also  being  used  at  times.

  Guitar  noises  are  also  brought  into  the  music  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  soundtrack  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  sounding  very  different  from  each  other,  influences  of  dark  hardcore  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gridfailure  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  hardcore,  dark  ambient  and  harsh  noise,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "This  Liquefaction"  and  "Wetworkers  Local  845".

  Next  up  is  Feel  Happiness  a  solo  artist  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  drone  and  doom  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with some  drones  while  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Clean  playing  is  also  brought  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  bass  guitars  also  bringing  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental.  All  of  the  songs  also  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  very  different  from  each  other,  ambient  style  synths  are  added  onto  the  closing  track  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Feel  happiness  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  drone  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "God  Bless  you  All  On  The  Earth". 

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  noise,  experimental,  ambient,  drone  and  doom  metal.  8  out  of  10.

https://twitter.com/xFEELHAPPINESSx       

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Apprentice Destroyer/Permanent Climbing Monolith/2019 Full Length Review


  Apprentice  Destroyer  are  a  band  from  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  synth  prog,  krautrock  and  noise  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Permenant  Climbing  Monolith"  which  will  be  released  in  September.

  Synths  start off  the  album  and  also  add  in  elements  of  krautrock  while  also  adding  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  guitar  riffing  being  mostly  rooted  in  noise  rock  and  the  songs  also  use  4  different  guitarists.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  repetitive  sounding  while  also  adding  in  an  improv  atmosphere  in  some  parts  of  the  music.  When  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  aggressive  yet  melodic  style  and  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  in  some  parts  where  they  are  utilized  along  with  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads  also  adding  in a   decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard.

  Apprentice  Destroyer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental,  synth  prog,  krautrock  and  noise  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Apprentice  Destroyer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  synth  prog,  krautrock  and  noise  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Permanent  Climbing  Monolith"  and  "Feeding  Canyon  Resonator".  8  out  of  10.

  https://apprenticedestroyer.bandcamp.com

   

  

Friday, August 9, 2019

ojeRum/Without Blood The Sun Darkens/Cyclic Law/2019 CD Review


  ojeRum  is  a  solo  project  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Without  Blood  The  Sun  Darkens"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  ambient  elements.  The  only  track  that is  presented  on  the  album  is  almost  an  hour  in  length  along  with  the  recording  also  utilizing   a  great  amount  of  synths  and  the  whole  track  is  instrumental.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  repetitive  sounding  keeping  the  same  2  parts  going  on  for  most  of  the  recording  which  also leaves  for  little  room  for  variation  as  well  as  making  the  music  sound  more  primitive and  minimal  sounding.

  ojeRum  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  dark  ambient  and  drone  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his own  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very dark.

  In  my  opinion  ojeRum  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  8  out  of  10.

https://cycliclaw.bandcamp.com/album/without-blood-the-sun-darkens

      

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Prag 83/Enouement/Norvis Produltion/2019 EP Review


  Prag  83  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  tat  plays  a   very  dark  and  alternative  form  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Enouement"  which  was  released  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Acoustic  guitars  which  also  uses  a  good  amount  of  finger  picking  start  of  the  ep  and  bring  in  elements  of  neo-folk  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  the  guitars  start  adding  in  full  chords.

  A  decent  amount  of  diversity  can  also  be  heard  in  both  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  influences  of  alternative  music  and  metal  as  well  both  of  the  tracks  sticking  to  a  slower  musical  direction.

  Pang  83  plays  a  style  of  dark  alternative  music  that  is  very  lonely  and  minimalist  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Prag  83  is  a  very  great  sounding  dark  alternative  folk  music  solo  artist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Before  The  Night  Descends".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/prag83/ 
https://nordvis.com/en/prag-83-a-14    

Sunday, July 28, 2019

MMMΔ/Egoismo/Antifrost Records/2019 Full Length Review


  MMMΔ  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of   drone,  neo-folk  and  avant  garde  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Egoismo"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Antifrost  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  and  they  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  stringed  instruments  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding.

  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  medieval  horror  movie  soundtrack  while  one  track  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  touches  of  neo  folk. Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  music  also  gets  more  ritualistic  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other,  electric  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  MMMΔ  takes  drone,  neo-folk  and  avant  garde  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  when  lyrics  are  utilized  they  cover  egotism,  arrogance,  hypocrisy,  separation  and  bitter  truth  themes.

  In  my  opinion  MMMΔ  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  neo-folk  and  avant  garde  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Awogans"  and  "Verita  Morr".  8  out  of  10. 

https://www.facebook.com/MMMDmohammad/?ref=page_internal