Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Seer Interview

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

Aside from preparing Vol. 6 for release, not a whole lot. Usually by this point we have a good chunk of the next release written, but not this time. It was nice to have a bit of a break after recording this one, but we’re gearing back up as release day approaches.

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

Vol. 6 feels a bit faster than our previous releases, due in part to the black metal and traditional metal influences. We’ve been shifting away from the “stoner” thing since our last full length, although we never really embraced it.

3.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album while all of the lyrics on your previous albums also follow a narrative, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

The narrative spans all of our releases, with a few thousand years separate Volumes 1-4 from 5 and 6. In the beginning, each new song would push the story along. We didn’t know exactly where it was going as we wrote it. The past few releases have been far more structured, with an outline laid out before the individual songs were written themselves.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Seer B.C'?

Well the “Seer” part is related to the narrative, although we haven’t explicitly stated how yet. “BC” isn’t really part of our name, but we tacked in on unofficially just in case another band comes for the Seer name.

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

The artwork was done by Cauê Piloto, a Brazilian painter. We like to find talented artists that are just beginning to break out, and at the time I think he had only painted one other album cover, for Jupiterian. He’s since done the new Un album and I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of him soon. The art depicts a few parts of the narrative brought together into a single piece. Our protagonist is present, as well as the entity he meets in the final act, and the monastery he belongs to is hiding in the back.

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 favourite gig so far was a year ago with Elder in Vancouver. It was one of those shows where the vibe was just right. Typically when things are going well, the members of the band fall into a trance and achieve maximum telepathic capacity, and the audience is pulled into the divine cosmic energy. You know?

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

We have a gig lined up with Conan and Vancouver locals Bushwhacker in February. Aside from that we’re releasing the record and seeing what comes of it. We’re hoping to get on the road and play the new songs to fresh audiences.

8.The new album is going to be released on 'Artofact Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Artoffact has their roots in electronic music but are no strangers to rock and metal. They’ve released records for some of the legendary industrial groups like FLA and Decree, and have a bunch of young artists putting out some great stuff as well.

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

To oversimplify: people who appreciate experimentation and genre-melding seem to appreciate what we do, and purists do not. That’s totally fine with us.

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?

Peter plays in Empress and Kyle tours with Wormwitch. There are a number of side projects in the works that should surface in the near future featuring various members of the band.

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

We found ourselves a bit with Vol. 6. Things will continue to evolve, but at this point we at the very least have an idea of what we don’t want to do anymore.

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

I’ll just go ahead and list a bunch. For Vol. 6 we took inspiration from Candlemass, Blue Öyster Cult, King Crimson, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Godflesh, Queensrÿche, Taake, Bathory, The Ruins of Beverast, Dissection, Ennio Morricone, and many others. Currently we’re listening to a lot of Triptykon, Necrot, Idle Hands, Blood Incantation, Ascension, Bölzer, Jesu, Drab Majesty, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, Daughters, Primordial, and the list goes on.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

We have a number of projects and businesses we are involved in. Josh has a studio in East Vancouver called Vintage Rigs, Bronson runs a Norse-inspired jewelry and apparel online shop called Hellrune, and Kyle has a screen printing business called Rite of Permanence and hosts a podcast called The Process.

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

Spin Vol. 6! Check out Hellrune and The Process! If you need a print call ROP! If you want to record your band get at Vintage Rigs! Thanks!

Raison D'Etere/Enthralled By The Wind Of Loneliness/Cyclic Law/Old Europa Cafe/2018 Vinyl Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Sweden's  Raison  D'Etere  which  continues  his  mixture  of  dark ambient and  drone  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  1994  and  called  "Enthralled  By  The  Wind  Of  Loneliness"  with  the  re-issue  being  released  on  vinyl  in  2018  as  a  joint  effort  between  Cyclic  Law  and  Old  Europa  Cafe.

  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  synths  being  used  throughout  the  recording.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  shamanistic  atmosphere  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  all  instrumental  along  with  the  synths  also  mixing  in  elements  of  neo-classical  at  times  while  also  using  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.  Programmed  beats  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  martial  or  militant  feeling.

  One  track  also  introduces  monk  chants  into  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  songs  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.  Ethnic style instruments  are  also  added  onto  a  couple  of  tracks  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  and  atmospheric  sounding  drones  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a touch  of  noise  being  added  in  at  times.  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  tribal  percussion  and  field  recordings  can  also  be  heard  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Raison  D'Etere  which  is  also  very  different  from t he  previous  albums  reviewed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Awakening"  "The  Narrow  Gate"  "Pathaway"  adn  "Maze  Shrine".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Death Has Spoken/Fade/2017 CD Review


  Death  Has  Spoken  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  funeral  doom/death  metal  with  some  elements  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017 album  "Fade".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  some  of  the  more  atmospheric  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  touch  of  melodic  doom/death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  music  also  capturing  a  depressive  atmosphere  which  also  invokes  a  great  amount  of  sorrow  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  mourn,  despair,  hopelessness,  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Death  Has  Spoken  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom/death  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Respite  From  Tears"  and  "To  The  Darkness  of  The  North".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Raison D'Etere/Prospectus I/Cyclic Law/2018 CD Re-Issue Review


  Raison  D'Etere  are  a  musical  project  from  Sweden  that  has  recently  had  music  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient, industrial  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  1993  album  "Prospectus  I"  which  was  re-issued  in  2018  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  bells  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.  Spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  synths  also  add  in  elements  of  dark  ambient.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Gregorian  chants  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  programmed  beats  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.  A  great  amount  of  industrial  elements  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  a  good  amount  of  diversity.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  along  with  the  synths  also  experimenting  more  with  different  sounding  keys  as  the  album  progresses.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  all  instrumental  and  at  times  the  programmed  beats  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  militant  and  martial  feeling  and  some  tracks  while  some  tracks  also  sample  church  choirs.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  theology  and  religion  from  a  philosophical  perspective.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Raison  D'Etere  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  dark  ambient, industrial  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Katharsis"  "Mesmerized  in  Sorrow"  "Penumbra"  and  "Inquest".  8  out  of  10.

      

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Coltsblood/Un/2019 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  self  released  split  between  United  Kingdom's  Coltsblod  and  U.S.A's  Un  which  will  be  released  in  February  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Coltsblood  who  return  with  their  mixture  of  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  while  also  showing  more  of  a  black  metal  influence  this  time  around.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  a  powerful  bass  guitar  sound  which  also  evolves  into  more  of  a  slower  funeral  doom  metal  direction.  Their  track  is  very  20  minutes  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  used  at  times.


  The  riffs  also  capturing  the  heaviness  of sludge  metal  while  the  music  also  uses  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up.  Distorted  guitar  leads  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  song  also  adding  clean  guitars  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  spoken  words  also  being  used  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  myths.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Coltsblood  which  shows  them  mixing  black  metal  in  with  their  mixture  of  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Un  who  return  with  their  mixture  of  funeral  doom,  death  and  sludge  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  clean  playing  along  with  some  drums  after  awhile  while  their  track  is  21  minutes  in  length.  When  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  it  brings  in  more  of  a  slow  funeral  doom  metal  style  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  their  side  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  while  the  dark  and  depressive  sounding  melodies  in  the  riffing  go  back  to  the  early  90's  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  era  and  the  song  always  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  as  well  as  some  screams  also  being  used  briefly,  towards  the  end  drones  are  also  added  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  death,  emptiness,  grief  and  desolation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Un  which  shows  their  music  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  than  previous  releases  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  sludge  and  funeral  doom/death  metal.  8  out  of  10. 

   

    

Monday, January 7, 2019

Treha Sektori/The Sense Of Dust And Sheer/Cyclic Law/2019 CD Review


  Treha  Sektori  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "The  Sense  Of  Dust  And  Sheer"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  the  first track  is  25  minutes  in  length  while  the  synths  also  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  along  with  some  demonic  sounding  growls  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  Programmed  beats  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  some  drones  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some clean  singing  also  being  used  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  percussion,  ethnic  instruments  and  tribal  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  one  track  also  introduces  guitar  sounds  into  the  music.

  Teha  Sektori  plays  a  style of  dark  ambient  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  having  its  experimental  and  ritualistic  moments  which  also  gives  the  music  more  diversity  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.. 

  In  my  opinion  Teha  Sektori  is  a  very  great  sounding  dark  ambient  solo  artist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Sense  Of  Dust  And  Sheer"  and  "Sahe  Fernah". 8 out  of  10.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Seer/Vol. 6/Artofact/2019 Full Length Review


  Seer  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  with  some  elements  of  black  metal  and  NWOBHM  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Vol.  6"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Artofact.

  Ritualistic  sounding  instruments  and  sounscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  while  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  some  aggressive  growls  and  screams  which  also  adds  in  elements  of  black  metal  also  being  utilized  at  times.

 A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  blast  beats  also  being  used  briefly  when  the  music  speeds  up  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  NWODHM  and  folk  music  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Seer  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  sludge  and  doom  metal  while  the  folk,  ambient,  black  metal  and  NWOBHM  elements  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a monk  who  belongs  to  a  monastery  built  upon  the  tallest  mountain  on  the  planet.

  In  my  opinion  Seer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  with  some  elements  of  folk,  ambient,  black  metal  and  NWOBHM  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seven  Stars,  Seven  Stones"  and  "As  The  Light  Fades".  8  out  of  10.