Monday, June 26, 2017

Vornoff/The Blindsided/Floodgate Moods Productions/2017 EP Review


  Vornoff  are  a  solo  project  from  Denmark  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep "The Blindsided"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Moods  Productions.

  Bell  sounds  start  off  the  ep  and  after  awhile  ambient  style  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  programmed  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  lo-fi  feeling  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  incorporated  more  elements  of  dungeon  synth.

  Most  of  the  songs  are  instrumental  and  clean  yet  distorted  guitars  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  grim  whispers  which  also gives  the  songs  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  most  of  the  tracks sound  different  from  each  other  and  one  track  also  samples  a  small  amount  of  tortured  screams.

  Vornoff  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vornoff  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Orlok"  and  "The  Dark  Lantern".  8  out  of  10.

 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Burke And Hare Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a two piece sludge/stoner metal band from Hertfordshire, UK. The band consists of me (Tom) on guitar and vocals and Jack on drums.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Heavy as fuck haha! We were basically concentrating on getting the best riffs that we could but also making it interesting. Like we love to have heavy swing timings to get your hips moving but also some brutal breakdowns where possible.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
To be honest we don’t really focus too much on the lyrics. Its mostly what comes to mind when we’re jamming the songs out in practise. Rhino Ket is a just a surreal one about what if a Lion had a fight with a Rhino on ketamine? A1M is about driving up and down a motorway while stoned. Those two songs I didn’t really think too much about lyrical content. Suburban Coven was the exception though. It was inspired by an old women who lives round the corner from me and she has her three bins lined up outside her house, she lives at number 6, so when the bins are out they say 666. It just got my imagination going about her being a witch and being part of a coven in the heart of suburban England.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Burke And Hare',?
William Burke and William Hare were two serial killers in Edinburgh in 1828 who robbed graves and murdered people to sell their corpses to a doctor at the Royal College of Surgeons, so he could use them in his anatomy lectures. It sounds like a good basis for a metal band name don’t you think?

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you chose to remain a duo?
We have talked about maybe adding another member but when you get down to it me and Jack have this telepathy with each other. We’ve been in bands together for a long time and its made us tight as a musical unit. We have both done separate things of course but when we get back into that rehearsal space together and back on stage, its like nothings changed and your ready to take on the world together. God that makes us sound like a married couple haha!

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I think we’ve enjoyed every single show we’ve done. We’d always come home from a gig and say to each other “that was the best one” only to say the same thing after the next gig. Locally though in Hertfordshire there’s a great metal scene. You always feel the love at the gigs and you end up making friends at every show, whether its yours or someone else's. London is always a treat to play as well. In terms of stage performance, we just try to have fun. Not take ourselves seriously and just have a laugh.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are trying to get some shows together for later this year. Our last show was in April but it feels like an eternity has past so we want to get back to gigging ASAP.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Moon Song Records'.?
Moon Song Records was a label started by a couple of mates of ours at university. We recorded and released our first song through them last year and we also recorded a couple of other songs with them and released them as the Moon Song Sessions. The label is sadly no longer running but they had a very eclectic roster of artists and we were proud to be the only metal band to have released music through them.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner and sludge metal?
I don’t know about the rest of the world but we’ve had a very positive reaction whenever we’ve played somewhere. People always seem sceptical about whether a two piece metal band can work but they always come up to us and say how massive we’ve sounded for just two guys.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Probably tuning lower. We are suckers for tuning low. Maybe drop Q if we can managed that haha!

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?
Eyehategod are the biggest influence on the band, no question about that. But also fuzzy stoner bands like Fu Manchu and Kyuss. The Melvins too, we mustn't forget them. Jack and me love our deathcore as well, so thats why we love our breakdowns. Bands like Suicide Silence, early Thy Art is Murder and Carnifex we listen to all the time on our journeys to practise and gigs. What I’m listening to nowadays is mostly industrial stuff like Throbbing Gristle and Godflesh. Jack I know is partial to some indie and emo like Mac DeMarco and Sunny Day Real Estate. To be fair I love those bands too.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Jack is the cool one out of the two of us. He’s a proper good skater. I’m the boring one who likes to read and watch films all day.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
My final words are to shamelessly plug the EP! You can download it through our Bandcamp: https://burkeandhareband.bandcamp.com/album/burke-and-hare-ep
Hail the Riff!

Vacuum Aeterna/Project:Soundscapes/Cyclic Law/2017 CD Review


  Vacuum  Aeterna  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  tribal,  industrial,  dark  ambient  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2017 album  "Project:Soundcapes"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Atmospheric  drones  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  nature  sounds  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  harsh  noises  and  elements  of  dark  ambient  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  ritualistic  chants  can  also be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  and  the  songs  also  incorporate  a  great  amount  of  field  recordings.


  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  along  with  a  few  tracks  being  very long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  later  songs  introducing  more underground  industrial  elements  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  tribal  and  shamanistic  and  most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  along  with  most  of the  songs  sounding  different  from  each  other.

  Vacuum  Aeterna  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient,  drone,  tribal,  industrial  and  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  ancient  tales  and  myths.

  In  my  opinion  Vacuum  Aeterna  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  tribal,  industrial,  dark  ambient  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kurtz"  "Liminal  Rites"  "Parasites  Fell"  and  "Enenra".  8  out  of  10.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Phurpa/Gyer Ro/Cyclic Law/2017 Double CD Review


  Phurpa  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  experimental,  drone,  ritual  and  shamanistic  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  217  double  album  "Gyer  Ro"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Percussions  and  Tibetan  style  folk  instruments  start  off the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  chanting  that  has  almost  a  very  dark  and  demonic  feeling  and  after  awhile  shamanistic  and  tribal  style  drumming  is  also  added  into  certain sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.


  Spoken  word  parts can  also be  heard  at  times  and  coughs  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  and  when  cymbals a re  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  experimental  and  avant  garde  feeling  and  the  ritualistic  Tibetan  horns  conjure up  the  Bon  spirits  and  the  songs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  mantras.

  Phurpa  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  ancient  Bon  Po  ritual  and  mixes  it  with  dark  ambient,  experimental  and  drone  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  around  Tibetan  Bon  Shamanism.

  In  my  opinion  Phurpa  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of dark  ambient,  experimental,  drone,  ritual  and  shamanistic music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Laughter  Of  To-Nag-Ma"  and  "Mu-Ye".  8  out  of  10.      

Svartsinn/Collected Obscurities/Cyclic Law/2017 CD Compilation Album


  Svartsinn  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  compilation  album  "Collected  Obscurities"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Atmospheric  synths  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  compilation  along  with some  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  along  with  some  field  recordings  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  elements  of  noise  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Drones  can  also  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  most  of t he  music  being  instrumental  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  the  music  gets  more  diverse  and  a  couple  of  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  on  some  of t he  later  songs  they  are  some  tracks  that include  some  studio  work  from  Northhaunt,  Allseits,  Gydja,  and  Psychomanteum.

  Svartsinn  plays  a  style  of  dark  ambient  that  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  along  with  touches  of  drone  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Svartsinn  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  ambient  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Fading  Horizon"  "Form  Is  Emptiness"  "Cold  But  Strong" and  "September  Dirge".  8  out  of  10. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sektarism/La Mort de I' infidele/Necrocosm/2017 CD Review


  Sektarism  are  a band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "La  Mort  de  I'  Infidele"  which  was  released  by  Necrocosm.

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  bass  guitars  and  percussions  a  few seconds  later  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  are added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  slow  riffing  being  influenced  by  funeral  doom metal.

  Black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  heavy  guitar  riffs  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  also  adding  in  death  metal  growls  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  stick  to    very  slow musical  direction.

  Sektarism  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  ritualistic  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  drone,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Religion,  and  Submission  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sektarism  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  mixture  of  drone  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Brule  I  Hertique".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Burke And Hare/Self Titled/2017 EPReview


  Burke  And  Hare  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stone r and  sludge  metal  with  touches  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2017  ep.

  A  very  heavy  stoner  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  sludge  elements  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  while  touches  of doom  metal  can  be  heard in  the  slow  riffs.

  At  times  the  riffs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  briefly  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  are  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Burk  And  Hurke  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  stone r and  sludge  metal  and  mixes  it  with  touches  of  black,  death  metal  and  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Burke  And  Hurke  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner  and  sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A1m". 8   out  of  10.