Monday, December 29, 2014

Abysmal Growls Of Despair/Dark Days/Le Crepuscule du Soir Productions/Satanath Records/2014 Full Length Review


  Abysmal  Growls  Of  Despair  are  a  1  man  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  funeral  doom  metal  with  elements  of  drone  and  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Dark  Days"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Le Crepuscule du Soir Productions  and  Satanath Records.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  synth  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  brings  in  elements  of  ambient  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  a  more  heavy  funeral  doom  metal  sound  is  mixed  in  with  the  more  atmospheric  side  of  the  recording  along  with  some  deep  guttural  death  metal  growls  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  also  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  some  of  the  alter  tracks  also  bring  in  small  amounts  of  clean  playing  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow,  heavy  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  and  on  the  bonus  tracks  the  bass  guitars  start  adding  in  more  of  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  while  on  a  later  song  a  small  amount  of  violins  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  On  this  album  Abysmal  Growls  Of  Despair  go  for  more  of  a  straight forward  and  atmospheric  approach  to  funeral  doom  metal  than  what  was  presented  on  later  recordings,  the  production  sounds  for  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abysmal  Growls  Of  Despair  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  funeral  doom,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Darkest  Thought"  "Solitude"  and  "Lost  Dreams".  8  out  of  10.  

 

      

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Last Hour/Deadline/The White Room Netlabel/Sventh Crow Records/2014 Full Length Review


  The Last Hour  are  a  project  from  Italy  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  post  cold-darkwave  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Deadline"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  by  The  White  Room Netlabel  and  Secenth  Crow  Records.

  Electronic  music  beats  and  a  dark  ambient  sound  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  singing  gothic  vocals  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  darkwave  direction  and  the  synths  have  a  very  dominating  presence  on  all  of  the  tracks  and  at  times  the  music  has  an  80's  feeling  to  it.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  experimental  and  also  brings  in  elements  of  alternative  music  to  the  old  darkwave  sound  that  is  present  on  the  recording  and  there  are  a  great  amount  of  programmed  drum  beats  throughout  all  of  the  tracks  along  with  one  song  being  an  instrumental  and  at  times  you  can  hear  elements  of  industrial  in  the  songs  along  with  some  bass  and  acoustic  guitars  being  added  into  the  music  briefly  later  on  during  the  album.

  The  Last  Hour  creates  a  very  tragic  and  melodic  style  of  post  cold-darkwave  on  this  recording  and  the  music  has  a  very  dark  and  tragic  sound  to  it,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  infinite,  the  unconceivable  worlds,  the  cosmic  space  and  the  nowhere.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  from  The  Last  Hour  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  coldwave  or  darkwave,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Everything  Fades  Away"  "Deadline"  "Utopia"  and  "Alpha  &  Omega".  8  out  of  10.

  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Opium Dream Estate Interview

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

I am currently recording a new single with will be out in early 2015. With more dark and gothic rock influences and my new album, which sounds, will be a kind of mix of all I released this year, gothic, neofolk, dark blues….

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

The new ep, Shades, has a quiet but loud sound. Like a scream in a whisper. I tried to mix neofolk music with my “new influences and sounds” - something I already did though with the two previous releases, though the lyrical themes are more personal in “Shades” that in my other releases.

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

The most common topics and subjects I explored are death, love and madness… I also find inspiration in art, books and everyday life. In the last ep, the topics are lovelorn and sadness.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Opium Dream Estate’ ?

There are different meaning and inspiration. The very first one is from my favourite writer, Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry in which he sometimes wrote about opium dreams. I added “Estate”, to mix something that you can’t handle “opium dream” with something real, “Estate”. And when you pick every initial of each word, it makes ODE, which is my favourite form of poetry.

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

I have. I started playing my songs when I lived in England, in Brighton. But I really have started playing real live shows for 2 years. I mostly played in Paris but I also in other cities in France and was on a small European tour in last September which led me to the south of France, Switzerland and England. I plan to do another European tour and maybe play in the US, with a talented and very good friend, Autumn Shade.

6. On the ep you did covers of both Black Sabbath and Fields Of The Nephilim, what was the decision behind doing your own versions of these songs ?

I am a big fan of Fields of the Nephilim, one of my favourite band ever and a great influence on my music. I played “Celebrate” live, and some people and friends told me that I should record my own version so I did it. As for the Black Sabbath cover, “Solitude”, when I first listened to the song, I was a kid and I was very touched by the song. I recorded different versions but I never was fully satisfied by them. For some personal reasons, I decided to record it again and that was the good one. Normally the song was not mean to be on any ep or single, but people liked it and I felt the lyrical topic and sound of the song fit well the atmosphere of the ep and of the four other songs so I included to the ep in the end.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of neo-folk and other underground music genres ?

My “newer music, newer sound” has been well received by fans/listeners from the US, Germany, France and England. I also received a nice messages and comments from bands like Karnnos, The Last Hour and Albireon. I know some fans will not like ODE’s new sound but some others will…. Every artist and band know that. And this new sound gave me the opportunity to play in Europe and some in the US asked me come and play there.

8. Are there any other musical projects going on these days that the band members are involved with?

I am also involved in two other projects. The first one is The Funeral Warehouse, an indie and post-punk band. We are three and I sing and play guitar in the band. We released three EPs and we played some gigs. We are currently mixing our new ep. The second one is Vostok Station, a synthpop duo. I play music and a friend, Emily R. sings (in French). We are currently working on our third ep and hope to play our first gig next year. I also was involved in the industrial and experimental rock band, Saison de Rouille, in which I played guitars and keys, but the band’s now on hiatus. We released two LPs.

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

The new album will be out in 2015, and be entitled Some Kinds Of Ghosts. For now the band’s heading into a kind of mix between neofolk, indie rock and blues. Like stuff by Nick Cave, Tom Waits or Wovenhand. And I feel comfortable with that sound on stage. Maybe it would change then for I do not like doing the same thing, release after release.

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 ?

I’ve been influenced by many band and/or different genres for I like listening almost every kind of music style but, mostly it came form the gothic, neofolk and indie rock scene, with bands like The Cure, VAST, Fields of the Nephilim, Wovenhand/16 Horsepower, The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud or Sol Invictus. Another band that greatly influenced me is Autumn Shade. The singer, Jes Leneé is now a close friend. As for nowadays, I’m listening to blues music and bands like Sophie Jamieson, Tom Waits, Nick Cave or Swans and a new band from England called The Murder Act. Great band !!

11. How would you describe your views on occultism ?

I think mine are based on the love and worship of Nature and also influenced by art and literature. I don’t know if I’m right or wrong but I think occultism, I mean today, is a way to stay close to Nature, to know our real place on Earth and, in some kind of way, to stay free from what we call the modern world, full of boundaries and narrow-minded thoughts.


12. What are some of your non musical interests ?


Mostly Art and literature

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

Well thank you, it was a pleasure. And merry Xmas !!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tonttu/Der Human-Gnome Projektum 5/Panicmachine/2014 CD Review


  Finland's  Tonttu  have  returned  with  a  new  album  which  continues  their  martial  approach  to  neo-folk  and  industrial  metal  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Der  Human-Gnome  Projektum  5"  which  was  released  by  Panicmachine.

  Hospital  noises  and  machine  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  which  leads  up  to  some  synths  that  bring  in  a  dark  ambient  and  neo-classical  feeling  to  the  album  and  there  are  also  some  spoken  word  parts  being  added  into  certain sections  of  the  recording  and  after  a  few  minutes  guitars  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording.

  Industrial  sounds  are  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  martial  beats  throughout  most  of  the  tracks  and  with  the  synths  mixed  in  they  bring  a  war  like  atmosphere  to  the  recording  along  with  some  melodic  neo-folk  vocals  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  guitars  bring  in  an  extreme  metal  sound.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  experimental  and  they  also  bring  in  a  track t hat  is  over  13  minutes  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  have  a  very  different  sound  to  them  which  also  makes  the  album  more  diverse  and  hard  to  classify  in  a  certain  category  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  elements  of  old  school  electronic  music  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  heavier  parts  showing  an  influence  of  black  metal.

  Tonttu  creates  a  very  diverse  recording  taking  metal,  industrial,  neo-folk,  martial,  ambient,  neo-classical  and  electronica  to  create  an  album  that does  not  fit  in  with  any  genre  or  catefgory,  th e production  sound s very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  anti-gnome  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tonttu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  martial,  neo-folk  and  industrial  metal,  you  should  check out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Infektoitu,  Possessoitu  Ja/Tai  Sympatiseerus"  and  "Se  On  Tonttusota  Nyt,  Perkele!".  8  out  of  10.  

Day Before Us/Crystal Sighs of A Broken Universe/Twilight Records/2014 CD Review


  Day  Before  Us  are  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  members  from  both  France  and  Greece  and  play  an  etherial  and  ritualistic  form  of  neo-classical  on  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Crystal  Sighs  Of  A  Broken  Universe"  which  was  released  by  Twilight  Records.

  Operatic  female  vocals  which  are  also  a  huge  part  of  most  of  the  songs  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  and  a  half  rain  sounds  and  keyboards  are  added  into  the  music  giving  the  album  an  avant  garde  feeling  while  still  having  a  touch  of  classical  and  at  times  you  can  hear  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  give  the  tracks  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  time s the  vocals  give  the  music  a  very  etherial  and  medieval  feeling  and  at  time s the  music  also  brings  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  or  video  game  along  with  nature  sound s being  brought  in  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  amount  of  experimental  elements  along  with  a  couple  of  instrumentals  and  towards  the  end  Gregorian  chants  can  be  heard  at  times.

  Day  Before  Us  creates  some  very  ritualistic  and  melancholic  sounding  neo-classical  with  this  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  a  very  etherial,  experimental  and  avant  garde  feeling  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Day  Before  Us  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo-classical,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Along  the  Innermost  Aisle"  "A  Message  To  The  Sea"  "Clytie,  the  oceanid"  and  "Orpheus  Lament".  8  out  of  10.        

Nienor Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Well, it started in April 2014 when I called my younger brother to play with me some ideas I had. He plays saxophone and I play a little bit of guitar. The idea of joining forces was always on sight, so it was normal that someday I’d call him to play something.  I’m a black metal enthusiast and I’m very fond of the neofolk stuff that has been done in Europe for the last 15 years. I’m very influenced by the German band Darkwood, for instance – and Henryk Vogel is a very nice guy, by the way. Our project didn’t come up earlier, because I only had electric guitars, so when I bought an acoustic one, Nienör was created instantly. Gathering the things I’ve said, I think I’m able to label Nienör as an experimental neofolk band. The acoustic guitars are there, the melancholy is also there, but I decided to give it a try and add a saxophone giving it a more exotic and, once again, experimental sound.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Like I said, our sound’s base is neofolk with an experimental side delivered by the saxophone – an instrument that’s not usual in the genre. The songs are mostly melancholic and the saxophone acts like vocals. Firstly, we wanted to write only instrumental songs, but then I covered Pete Seeger’s “Which Side Are You On” and people liked it. So, I decided to include another song with vocals in the EP – the track called “Cleaned At Last”. The other songs are instrumentals in which the saxophone is the leading element in order to transmit sadness, loss and defeat. I think our songs are somehow spiritual since most of them don’t have lyrics.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Like I said, we try to explore sadness, loss and defeat. It’s hard to explain our lyrical topics since most of the songs are instrumentals, but I think I can do something about it. You have to read the songs’ titles and imagine a picture in your mind when the music starts. For instance, “A Elevação de Túrin” (meaning “Túrin’s Elevation) drives us into celestial canvas especially due to the choirs our friend Gonçalo L. Matias has inputted. So, without force a concept on the zine’s readers, I guess you can imagine someone who has died and now is entering the outer-world gates. It also helps if you have already read Tolkien’s “The Children Of Húrin”.

4.I know that the band name means tear and is also a character in Tolkien's "The Children of Húrin", how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
That’s true, Nienör means tear and it’s also a character in that Tolkien’s book. When I’ve read it, I thought: “I will have a band with that name”. Neofolk, and folk itself, always was about the past and ancestral legends. You can either sing about palpable or historic things like your land, your folk’s superstitions, the hatred for modernity, or you can sing about legends and fiction. My brother and I are hardcore fans of Tolkien and we are very fond of “The Children Of Húrin”. It’s a catchy and tragic story. We spent days discussing the book and recalling some passages. It’s simply awesome. Less epic than “Lord Of The Rings”, but with a heavy amount of loss, love and tragedy. Maybe next time we write stuff about other characters or places that are part of the book, but I think we won’t always be stuck in this theme. There’s a whole world to explore, but of course Tolkien will always be a part of the project.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
We will remain as a duo. But we aren’t all alone. The songs are written by us and all initial ideas are ours, but we had some additional help like in the track “A Elevação de Túrin” in which our friend Gonçalo L. Matias has applied some choirs. It’s my favorite song in the EP, by the way.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
Not yet. We are in a very premature situation. Maybe in the feature we can perform some shows in our city or elaborate an intimate event to our closest friends. Right now we are focused in writing stuff, put it online and spread our word.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
I’ve got in touch with some labels around Europe and got a cool feedback, but no signings. Most of them haven’t plans to release new stuff, because most of the old things they’ve released are stuck in the warehouse. Others said that they only work with Eastern Europe bands. Still, we’re doing our job by spreading our music by the means we have.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of neo-folk?
Generally good, I’m happy to say. The people who aren’t related with the underground always point the production as a downside, because it’s raw. We record live and with a headphone’s microphone – a thing that reminds me about Burzum’s Varg Vikernes in the 1990s. On the other hand, the underground enthusiasts like the raw production. I also want to add that the neofolk fans that have talked to us are very pleased with the fact that we have a saxophone – like I said, it’s an unusual instruments in the genre.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other musical projects?
My brother plays in a philharmonic band and with 16 years old he’s already a soloist. I’m very proud of him. About me, I’ve had a couple of metal bands, but nothing too serious. Right now, with 27, I’m focused in my main job, in the metal zines I publish and, of course, Nienör.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don’t know if we will release any full-length. If we do, I guess it will be in a far future. I prefer EPs, because the interval between releases isn’t so large and it makes us closer to the fans. Musically, we will keep doing our stuff, having fun writing about themes we like, exploring our instruments, exploring everyone’s senses.

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?
Darkwood are my main influence and inspiration regarding Nienör. But I can also point others, like King Dude – he’s just awesome and his way of playing have helped me a lot. Like I said, my background is all about black metal, so I’d point an infinite number of bands that I’m listening to nowadays.

12.What are some of your non-musical interests?
I’d say that music is the center of my life. I’d kill myself if I got deaf. But let’s not get pessimist! Like our band’s name suggests, my brother and I are bookworms. About myself, I’d like to point Tolkien (of course!), José Samarago (for me, the best Portuguese writer of all time), Fernando Pessoa, Jack Kerouac or Leon Trotsky. I also write for some metal websites and that’s something that pleases me a lot, because I’m able to listen to new stuff every day and even get in touch with the bands.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We’d like to thank you for this interview. It means a lot for us and for the growing of our band. Underground is a very important element in music and we’re proud of being part of it. Cheers!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Letallis 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?

Since the release it's mainly been promotion. But overall the main focus/next big step is getting the band line up together so we can start playing live as much as possible. Hopefully even tour in the near future.

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?

Overall I'd say most songs are about the journey. Where on the last album we weren't as adventurous with where the songs went, on Resonate a lot of it has sections that don't repeat often. Instead of having the song build up to one part its more about having multiple points of interest in the song and how they can mesh together. Also the production took a step up from the last record.

3.Originally the band played thrash, what was the decision behind adding in more of a melodic and brutal death metal sound?

I think just being younger with the influences at the time and wanting to play fast was the main drive. As time's gone by the music I've listened to has gotten heavier so thats definitely crept into the writing. Also wanting to have more memorable riffs/melodies to get stuck in someones head was more important this time around.

4.This is the first album to be released in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

After releasing our first album, The World Awakened, all the members except myself went in different directions. Between then and now a lot has happened. Going to school for audio engineering, jobs, and life in general getting in the way. Building the album myself from start to finish was a great learning process, but it had a lot of moments of doubt and uncertainty of what to do next. Along with other things in my life keeping my busy that's what ultimately led to the album taking so long.

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

The concept behind Resonate was to create music that would hit home with people on a very fundamental level. Good or bad. Some are more positive like Within Reach/Resonate while others explore a darker side of what it means to be human (Idle Fears, The Darkness Of Mere Being). And a few others are just my adoration for certain aspects of nature/the universe (In All Forms/Viridian). The album explores many different topics all of which resonate deeply with me and reflect the aspects of myself during the making of the record.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Letallis'?

At the time the band chose a few normal english names but never felt we landed on something solid. One day at practice we just went on a latin dictionary site and messed around. We landed on Letallis and it seemed metal enough. It means "mortal, deadly, or fatal". Today I kind of like the idea of it being something mortal. Something human.

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

Playing a day spot at the Vans Warped Tour was a big highlight for us. We also had the chance to play at the Starland Ballroom which was amazing. Just being able to play the same places as your favorite bands and idols is a blast. We like to keep a tight sound live, and we always make sure to bring lots of energy and have fun. When the crowd see's us goofing around and rocking it out they want to join in.

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

It ultimately it depends on when the band comes together. Hopefully sooner rather than later. I'd like to have a full band for gigs and touring.

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

A label would definitely be good but going the DIY route has helped me learn a lot. It pushes one to figure out what steps to take and really hone in on a vision. Some albums have been sent to labels so hopefully that'll start a dialog between us.

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

It's been great. Thanks to the bandcamp analytics I've been able to see who's been checking out the music from all over the world. A lot of underground metal sites from places like Russia, Italy, Mexico and more. Places I would have never find out otherwise. So globally its looking pretty good.

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

I'd like to expand a bit of everything. Heavier, softer elements along while weaving in more diverse musical influences with  a lot of dynamics. Overall just exploring the different places I can go with it. Even expanding lyrical topics.

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?

During our first record Lamb of Gods Ashes of the Wake was a big influence on us. The guitar riffs and song structure played a big role. Lately the metal I listen to on a regular basis has gotten a bit heavier. Bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Revocation have been on a pretty regular rotation. Outside of metal its been a lot of movie soundtracks and a whole bunch of other things.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

I'm pretty rusty but I love to skateboard. There are some pretty killer parks in NYC. That along with doing sound design for post in my spare time. Just exploring the city in general is always an adventure.

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

Don't forget to download a free copy of Resonate on bandcamp. It was a definitely journey for me and hope it is for everyone else out there!

Nienor/Self Titled/2014 EP Review


  Nienor  are  a  duo  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  neo  folk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2014  ep.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  bring  in  a  neo  folk  sound  along  with  some saxophones  that  replace  flutes  as  well  as  making  the  music  more  experimental  sounding  and  the  acoustic  guitars  also  use  of  good  mixture  of  both  full  chords  and  clean  playing  and  after  a  few  instrumental  tracks  vocals  start  finding  their  way  into  the  music.

  At  times  the  music  sounds  very  medieval  and  has  the  ancient  pagan  middle  ages  feeling  while  the  saxophones  give  the  songs  more  of  an  updated  feeling  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  small  amount  of  ritualistic  chants  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  outro  also  brings  in  electric  guitars  before  closing  with  a  bonus  track  that  shows  the  music  returning  back  to  an  acoustic  direction.

  Nienor  plays  a  very  experimental  style  of  neo  folk  that  brings  in  a  primitive  feeling  while  also  sounding  medieval  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  English  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nienor  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  neo-folk  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cleaned  At  Last"  and  "Which  Side  Are  You  On".  8  out  of  10.

      

Monday, December 15, 2014

Nelson P. Ferreira & Rui P. Andrade/Miklos/2014 Full Length Review


  Nelson  P.  Ferreira  &  Rui  P.  Andrade  are  a  duo  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of   noise  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Miklos".

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  drone  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  noise  and  on  some  of  the  songs  they  also  bring  in  loop's  and  bass  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  others  are  very  long  and  epic  and  there  are  no  vocals  to  be  heard  anywhere  on  the  album  while  guitars  when  they  are  used  are  more  of  a  distorted  sound  with  no  rhythms  or  melodies.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  loud  and  harsh  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  power  electronics  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  use  a  great  amount  of  synths  and  the  music  gets  more  experimental  with  each  track  as  well  as  adding  in  more  of  a  lo-fi  and  avant  garde  sound  on  a  good  amount  of  the  tracks  

  Nelson  P.  Ferreira  &  Rui  P.  Andrade  creates  some  very  experimental  sounding  songs  with  their  music  mixing  in  soundscapes,  drones,  drones,  and  a  great  amount  of  ambient  to  create  their  own  sound  along  with  a  very  dark  and  raw  sounding  production.

  In  my  opinion  Nelson  P.  Ferreira  &  Rui  P.  Andrade  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  noise  project  and  if  you  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Looper"  Spinola"  "3  Contact"  and  "Ambkey".  8  out  of  10.  

Olam Ein Sof Interview



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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?

Marcelo: Since we release the new album, we started to do some concerts to promote it. After done some concerts on our country, we went to Portugal for the first time and had some concerts there, it was amazing. We still promoting it with gigs, interviews, social networking...We are also preparing to record an album with some medievals songs from the 12th to 14th centuries, songs that we use to play on our shows.

2.In April you had 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?

Marcelo: In this new album we used more instruments than the others one, it brings different color to the songs and also is the first that we did all the lyrics and named the songs in portuguese.  Even we keep our essential is natural that we got new influences between the recordings of the albums. Before we composed this last Cd we travelled to Chile and Colombia, so we could incorporate a bit of their culture and it appears on our new songs, not to play like them, but in the way that we felt and later mix their rhythm with our music. Also we used instruments from south America like charango and cuatro. I don´t think about any limit to create a music for Olam Ein Sof, so the music have elements from folk, contemporary, medieval, counterpoints, everything that we like and want to listen.

3.Your lyrics cover various types of mythologies, can you tell us a little bit more about which types you bring out with your songs?

Marcelo: Since last album we started to cover others mythologies and talk about cosmic stuff.  We had a contact with a writer that wrote about beings from 6th and 8th dimensions, and we identify ourselves with those contacts that He did, so some songs talks about it, the Felids and Uranian races. We mentioned about Vedas on our song Vimana. Some songs are about our realm, Reino de Cramfer, a cosmic and deep place with endless possibilities.

4.I know that the band name comes out of the Cabala, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this esoteric system?

Marcelo: The name was suggested by a friend, he gave a lot of names with simple meanings and there was one called Olam Ein Sof – World of Infinities. We liked and identified ourselves, even we didn´t knew much about Cabala, it touch us and know all this year I know that we choose the right name. Later studied a bit, like others system that we like to study, that brings knowledge for us and keep us connected with the universe. For us this name means what we think about art, it´s something infinity and transcendent.

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

Marcelo: We had great shows over the years, each one was special and different from the other. Just to mention some i remember the first time that we played using A=432hz, people was very concentrated and connected, later related to us about their feelings it was in 2011 at São Tomé das Letras; other one was our first concert in Colombia at Teatro Matacandelas in Medellin, it was our first time outside our country, it was magical for us; in 2012 we did a show with 5 differents dancers from different styles, each one of them dance 2 or 3 songs from Olam, it was an excelent experience; of course our tour in Portugal was special for us, for the first time played in a place that we never been and that influenced us a lot about history and medieval times, and we had an opportunity to play in a Castle at Santa Maria da Feira, fantastic and magical experience.
We already had some musicians and dancers on our gigs, it is great, but most of our performance is just as a duo. We are very connected with our art, with cosmo and with ourselves, people can feel all the energy and tell us that travel through others dimensions and feel tranquility while we are playing. Sometimes  we use  candles, incense, chandeliers, some magical elements to have an extra energy for our music.


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

Marcelo: This week we are going to do our last show this year.  In february we have a show on a medieval gothic festival called Summer Wave Festival; in march will play at a medieval fair and we are planning concerts on other brazilians states. Also we are already planning to back to Portugal and would love to play on other country in Europe.

7.Currently you are unsigned, do you feel self releasing the albums gives you more freedom to do what you want with your musical style?

Marcelo: I agree with this, when we do everything for our band we have total freedom to do everything that want. I think that have some signed ones that have lot of freedom but no equal if you are an unsigned. On other hands is more exhausted to do everything and if we could have an equilibrium it should be perfect, but when someone outside get involved with the band most of the time is not about art and i think that nowadays the artist prefer to do everything by himself.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer music by fans of neo folk?

Marcelo: Because of our activities sometimes could not follow how the things are going with the music that we like, and most of time just listen the music and new bands that we find or already known. Talk about our band, we are having a good feedback with our music, not many people already know us, but the ones who get in touch with us always said that like the way that we play and do our sort of folk music.


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

Marcelo: Connected with the universe, we really look for it with our music and is the way that we live. Doing something magical, cosmic and that bring people to other dimensions. Also exploring sounds and others instruments that cross our lives and our minds. And one of our dreams as a band is to play with an orchestra and I will do it someday with our music and of course with the dancers.


10.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?

Marcelo: I created Olam Ein Sof in 2001 and before it I played with lots of metal bands including my black metal band Arum that still alive. I always was influenced by 80’s metal, death, thrash and black metal, I like  a lot erudite music specially medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary from 20th century and also ethnic music from  around the world. We always studied music and played different kinds of style. There many bands and musicians that we like and it should be a big list to mention but to tell some are Iron Maiden, Emperor, Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull, Bach, John Dowland, Penderecki,…..and nowadays I am listen more atmospheric black metal bands, medieval/baroque stuffs and ethnic music from Andes, Middle east and India.







11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Marcelo: As a typical Brazilian I love soccer; also love to practice meditation, yoga, tai chi chuan and kung fu. Like to watch movies, go to theater and of course to concerts and shows. Astronomy, ufology and cosmic stuff really is one my main interests nowadays and also mystical stuffs. Walk and take a rest in nature like forest, mountains or beach, also animals I really like them specially our cat Brighid.

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

Marcelo: I would like to thank you,  for the opportunity to do this interview and for the support to Olam Ein Sof. If anyone would like to get in touch with us visit our site www.olameinsof.com and there will find link to our social networks and our contact for tour, buy albums and others. Hope that the readers could listen to our music, specially our last album Reino de Cramfer and invite you all to travel through our world of infinities.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Olam Ein Sof/Reino de Cramfer/2014 CD Review


  Olam  Ein  Sof  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  medieval  style  of  neo-folk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Reinno  de  Cramfer".

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  bringing  in  a  medieval  folk  music  feeling  and  after  awhile  a  variety  of  many  different  folk  music  instruments  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  paganistic  atmosphere and  on  the  2nd  track  melodic  female  vocals  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  album.

  The  acoustic  guitars  on  the  album  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  all  of  the  tracks  have  an  esoteric  feeling  to  them  and  there  is  a  good  mixture  of  both  vocal  and  instrumental  tracks  being  present  throughout  the  recording  while  one  of  the  songs  add  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  which  also  brings  in  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  recording  and  towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  distorted  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  leads.

  Olam  Ein  Sof  plays  a  style  of  medieval  neo-folk  music  that  captures  the  feeling  and  atmosphere  of  Europe's  pre  Christian  days  very  well,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  the  bands  native  tongue  and  cover  Qabalah,  Occultism,  Myths  and  Ancient  Stories  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Olam  Ein  Sof  are  a  very  great  sounding  medieval  neo-folk  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vimana"  "Murmurio  das  Aguas"  "Invocando  a  Lua  Azul"  and  "Danca  de  Floresta".  8  out  of  10.    

Opium Dream Estate/Shades/The White Room/2014 EP Review


  Opium  Dream  Estate  are  a  musical  project  from  France  that  plays  an  etherial  form  of  neo-folk  which  also  brings  in  elements  of  goth,  indie  and  neo-classical  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  ep  "Shades"  which  was  released  by  The  White  Room.

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  ep  giving  the  music  a  neo-folk  feeling  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  and  after  awhile  psychedelic  sounding  synths  are  mixed  into  the  songs  and  you  can  also  hear  some  blues  influences  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  some  slide  guitars  which  also  adds  in  more  of  a  distorted  sound.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  the  more  depressing  side  of  goth  in  the  song  structures  at  times  and  on  the  third  track  a  cover  of  Black  Sabbath's  "Solitude"  is  added  on  the  recording  and  taking  this  70's  song  and  mixing  in  neo-folk  and  guitar  slides  makes  the  song  have  more  of  a  retro  feeling  and  the  following  track  is  another  original  that  also  mixes  in  more  of  an  indie  folk  rock  sound  while  the  ep  closes  with  a  cover  of   Fields  of  the  Nephillim's  "Celebrate".

  Opium  Dream  Estate  combines  a  variety  of  many  different  musical  genres  to  create  his  own  etherial  style  of  neo-folk  that  also  has  a  retro  70's  feeling  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressing  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Opium  Dream  Estate  are  a  very  great  sounding  etherial  neo-folk  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Comes  From  Heaven"  and  "Meanders".  8/5  out  of  10.    

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wardruna/Runaljord - Gap Var Ginnuga/Indie Recordings/2014 CD Review


  Wardruna  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  is  known  for  having  Gaahl  (Gorgoroth, Godseed)  as  the  vocalist  and  instead  of  the  black  metal  that  the  singer  is  known  for  this  band  goes  for  more  of  a  a  mixture  of  neo  -  folk,  ambient  and  world  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2009  album  "Runaljord - Gap Var Ginnuga"  which  was  re -  issued  by  Indie  Recordings.

  A  very  shamanistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  folk  instruments  that  also  bring  in  a  feeling  of  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  to  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  melodic  chanting  being  utilized  at  times  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  great  amount  of  the  music  on  the  recording  has  a  very  ritualistic  and  tribal  feeling  being  produced  in  most  of  the  songs  along  with  a  great  amount  of  percussion  beats  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  world  music  and  new  age  elements  in  the  bands  musical  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  fiddle  playing  and  some  of  the  whispers  that  are  utilized  bring  in  a  black  metal  influence  to  the  recording.  

  As  the  album  progresses  more  Nordic  style  instruments  are  brought  onto  the  recording  bringing  in  the  folk  music  sound  and  culture  of  the  country  which  they  also  mix  in  with  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  sound  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  small  amounts  of  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts.

  Wardruna  creates  a  musical  style  that  brings  in  a  very  shamanistic  and  tribal  Nordic  pagan  folk  music  and  mixes  it  with  ambient  and  world  music  to  update  their   sound  for  the  modern  day,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian,  Old  Norse  and  Proto  Norse  and  cover  Paganism  themes  and  the  Futhark  alphabet.

  In  my  opinion  Wardruna  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  folk,  world  music  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hagal"  "Jara"  "Kauna"  and  Dagr".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Dreadlords/Death Angel/Not Just Religious Music/2014 CD Review


  Dreadlords  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  blues  and  Americana  with  a  touch  of  psychedelic  black  metal  and  experimental  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Death  Angel"  which  was  released  by  Not  Just  Religious  Music.

  A  very  dark,  distorted  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blues  rock  style  vocals  and  the  music  is  very  slow  and  also  brings  in  a  heavier  style  of  blues  rock  and  Americana  that  has  rarely  been  done  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  black  metal  screams  at  times  along  with  a  great  amount  of  ritualistic  elements  being  added  into  the  tracks.

  At  times  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  with  the  guitars  utilizing  tremolo  picking  while  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  darker  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  clean  parts  that  bring  in  a  60's  sound  to  the  recording  while  the  lyrical  approach  is  much  more  darker  and  evil  than  what  was  attempted  during  that  time  era  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Dreadlords  takes  the  blues  rock  and  Americana  genres  and  make  them  more  distorted  with  electric  guitars  and  influences  from  black  metal  and  noise  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Necromancy,  Anti  Christian  and  Norse  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dreadlords  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  heavy  occult  blues/metal  and  Americana  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Going  to  The  Will"  "Born  into  the  Arms"  "Thieves  in  Faith"  and  "Take  My  Soul".  8  out  of  10.       

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hateful Abandon/Liar-Bastards/Candlelight Records/2015 CD Review

   Hateful  Abandon  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial,  post  punk  and  gothic  rock  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Liars-Bastards"  which  will  be  released  in  2015  by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  very  dark  underground  style  industrial  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  and  a  few  seconds  alter  aggressive  noise  rock  style  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  post  punk  in  the  bands  musical  style    along  with  some  programmed  beats  and  the synths  also  bring  in  an  80's  gothic  rock/synth  pop  feeling  to  the  recording.

  At  times  melodic  vocals  can  be  heard  in  the  tracks  along  with  a  very  distorted  and  old  school  death  rock  guitar  sound  and  on  one  of  the  tracks  ethnic  style  chants  are  brought  in  briefly  along  with  a  heavier  guitar  sound  that  are  influenced  by  metal  and  elements  of  noise  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  avant  garde  and  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  elements  being  brought  in  briefly  along  with  a  few  tracks  that  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Hateful  Abandon  creates  a  style  that  is  very  hard  to  classify  and  you  can  hear  everything  from  industrial,  goth,  post  rock,  noise,  experimental  and  a  touch  of  black  metal  throughout  the  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hateful  Abandon  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  industrial,  noise  rock,  goth  and  post  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Maze  of  Bastards"  "The  Test"  and  "December'.  8  out  of  10.

          

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Scorpio Doctrine/Via Liminalis/Saturnal Records/2014 EP Review


  Scorpio  Doctrine  are  a  duo  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  neo-folk,  darkwave  and  martial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Via  Liminalis"  which  was  released  by  Saturnal  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  epic  neo-classical  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  synths  and  acoustic  guitars  and  a  few  seconds  later  clean  singing  neo-folk  style  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  synths  make  the  music  sound  more  epic  as  well  as  giving  it  the  feeling  of  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  along  with  a  medieval  atmosphere.

  On  some  of  the  other  tracks  more  traces  of  gothic  and  darkwave  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  also  give  the  medieval  style  songs  more  of  a  modern  day  feeling  and  the  ep  sticks  mostly  to  an  epic  synth,  acoustic  guitar  and  clean  singing  style  of  direction  as  well  as  being  very  slow   and  dramatic  in  sound  and  you  can  also  hear  violins  being  utilized  at  times..

  Scorpio  creates  4  very  dark  sounding  neo-folk  tracks  that  also  brings  in  elements  of  darkwave,  neo-classical  and  martial  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Gnosticism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Scorpio  Doctrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  neo-folk,  darkwave  and  martial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dudael"  and  "The  Wounded  Healer".  8  out  of  10.

 

Letallis/Resonate/2014 Full Length Review


  Letallis  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  that  plays  a  mixture  of  progressive,  melodic  death  metal  and  metalcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Resonate".

A  very  dark  and  melodic  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  and  a  few  seconds  later  metalcore  style  growls  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  music  at  times  also  gets  brutal  when  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  melody  and  progressive  metal  elements.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  to  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  they  also  have  their  fast  moments  at  times  and  also  utilizes  a  decent  amount  of  death  and  metalcore  style  breakdowns  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.

  When  high  pitched  screams  are  utilized  briefly  they  bring  a  black  metal  feeling  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  on  some  tracks  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  modern  day  melodic  death/thrash  metal  sound  along  with  a  brief  use  of  nature  sounds  and  towards  the  end  of  the  album  the  band  also  brings  in  a  couple  of  long  and  epic  in  length  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  vocals.

  Letallis  takes  the  progressive  metal  genre  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  melodic  death  metal  as  well as  bringing  in  elements  of  metalcore  to  create  an  album  that  is  still  very  extreme  yet  original  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Letallis  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  progressive  metal,  melodic  death  metal  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Within  Reach"  "Dissonant  Mind"  'How  Vast"  and  "Resonate".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dimesland/Psychogenic Atrophy/2014 CD Review


  Dimesland  are  a  band  from  Oakland,  California  that  plays  a  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  form  of  death  metal  that  also  bring s in  elements  of  black  metal,  sludge  and  thrash  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Psychogenic  Atrophy"  which  will  be  released  in  December.

  A  very  dark  and  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  technical  death  metal  direction   and  bringing  in  angry  shouting  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  bands  musical  sound  along  with  all  of  their  instruments  having  a  very  dominant  presence  throughout  the  recording  and  the  band  also  mixes  in  brutality  with  post  metal  elements  as  well  as  adding  blast  beats  in  the  sections  they  are  needed.

  A  great  amount  of  progressive  element s can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording,  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  add  in  even  more  technical  sounding  elements  while  also  having  a  melodic  tone  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  structures  and  on  some  of  the  alter  tracks  screams  and  growls  are  added  into  the  music.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  to  get  more  experimental  and  a  couple  of  long  and  epic  in  length  tracks  are  added onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  band  adding  in  influences  of  black  metal,  sludge  and  thrash  into some  of  the  songs  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and   you  can  hear  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  experimental  thrash  direction  towards  the  end.

  Dimesland  plays  a  style  of  avant  garde  and  experimental  metal  that  brings  in  a  variety  of   many  different  genres  from  death,  black,  sludge  and  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  psychological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dimesland  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental/avant  garde  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Are  They  Cannibals"  "Malfunctioning  Gears"  and  "Odd  Feats  Are  Bid  And  Won".  8  out  of  10.      

   

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Aphonic Threnody/When Death Comes/Doomantia/2014 CD Review


  Aphonic  Threnody  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "When  Death  Comes"  which  was  released  by  Doomantia.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  an  atmospheric  and  melodic  doom  metal  direction  which  also uses  keyboards  in  the  background  and  then  death  metal  growls  and  guitar  leads  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  are  added  into  the  music  and  after  awhile  clean  singing  vocals  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  high  pitched  screams  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  black  metal  influence  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  band  also  brings  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  at  times  and  on  a  few  tracks  violins  are  brought  in  while  the  band  never  forgets  its  heavier  roots  and  on  the  last  track  psychedelic  elements  are  added  into  the  song.

  Aphonic  Threnody  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  slow,  heavy  and  dark  while  also  bringing  in  influences  from  early  90's  doom/death  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  prog  and  ambient  elements  to  create  an  album  with  its  own  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aphonic  Threnody  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Obsession"  and  "One  Way  to  The  Ground".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Shameful/Hollow/Moscow FuneralLeague Records/2014 CD Review


  My  Shameful  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  heavy  mixture  of  funeral  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Hollow"  which  will  released  by  Moscow  Funeral  League  Records  on  November  30th.

    A  very  dark,  slow,  heavy  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodies  and  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  music  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  a  good  amount  of  depressive  sounding  guitar  leads  and  at  times  you  can  hear  some  clean  playing  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  a  couple  of  the  tracks the  music  does  speed  up  and  brings  in  traces  of  black  metal  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  a  bit  of  that  vocal  style  in  with  the  growls  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  slower  doom  metal  sound  which  also  at  time s adds  in  a  bit  of  the  early  90's  doom/death  metal  sound  and  they  also  have  a  good  balance,  between  heaviness,  melody  and  atmosphere  as  well  as  sticking  mostly  to  a  slower  musical  style.

  My  Shameful  plays  a  very  dark  form  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  also  has  a  huge  death  metla  influence  and  they  also  bring  in  a  dose  of  black  metal  at  times  to  create  an  album  that  stands  out  on  its  own  in  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  My  Shameful  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  funeral  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hollow"  ""The  Six"  and  "Now  And  Forever".  8  out  of  10.   

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thanks For Your Pain Interview

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

The band was founded in 2011. Few years were spent for searching style of music in which we would like to play. Finally as result of our searching, has become our album "Anywhere Is Everywhere" which was released at begining of 2014. Previously we have issued EP "The Road To Eternity" and single "Change Your Fate", but they can’t be compared to our full-length album.

2)Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We have put all the best which we could during the process of recording our full-length album "Anywhere Is Everywhere". Heavy and melodic riffs, melodic vocal, which no one can repeat, strong bass which has similar sounding with Korn and Madvayne, inexpressible , strong , difficult and beautiful parties of solo guitar's. Moreover, acoustic guitars, fortepiano and cello, are presented in the bonus-track "My Motherland", where we have shown, that we can use not only electro instruments, but also classical as well.

3)On the album you had mostly melodic vocals, are you planning on using aggressive vocals in the future or do you prefer to keep the vocals melodic?

By now we are working on the new album, we leave the possibility presence of extreme vocal, but anyway we'll still keep melodic vocal in a priority.

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

Texts in the album mainly based on relations between man and woman. Love and all the consequences of it, as well as pleasures and disappointments. The new full-length album will be different from first.

5)What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Thanks For Your Pain'?

For everyone this phrase has personal meaning , every may find unique understanding for itself. Pain, which was inflicted by someone, can change all your life, in our case for sure, only for better.

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

Each our performance on the stage is the best. We don’t split them by the quality. From every our concert we obtain a huge volume of satisfaction and this gratification is increasing every time.

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

We are planning to visit a huge amount of festivals in coming 2015. We have applied for a lot of concerts throughout Ukraine and we’re waiting for response from organizers. At the moment we have agreed for few concerts in Kiev.

8)On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of melodic, extreme metal and metalcore?

Every day appear new feedbacks. As the saying goes: Every Jack has his Jill. Mostly of feedbacks are positive, listeners enjoy the music what we make.

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

We’ve almost accumulated all material for 2nd full-length album. Unfortunately I can't divulge any information concerning our new album according to our contract with label. But nevertheless few word I will say, our new album will become more heavy and interesting then "Anywhere Is Everywhere", we are not left without attention lovers of ballads, probably 2 ballads will be included to the album. Guitar riffs will become more interesting and difficult. We’ll do all the best in order to gladden our listeners.

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?

Each member of the band has his own taste of music. The album which was released at the end of 2013 had succumbed of direct impact following bands: Korn, Metallica, In Flames, The Agonist, Mudvayne, Godsmack и Disturbed.

11)What are some of your non musical interests?

Mainly we’re trying to devote all our free time for the music. Repetitions and creating new songs. So, if say honestly, our main hobby is music.

Eye Of Solitude/Dear Insanity/Kaotoxin Records/2014 CD Review


  Eye  Of  Solitude  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  funeral  doom  metal   with  some  ambient  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Dear  Insanity"  which  will b e  released  in  December  by  Kaotoxin  Records  and  consists  of  a  50  minute  track.

  A  very  dark  ambient  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  album  and  also  gives  the  track  a  great  amount  of  atmosphere  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  you  can  hear  some  tortured  vocals  in  the background  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  depressive  black  to  the  bands  musical  sound  along  with  some  distorted  drones  and  almost  10  minutes  into  the  track  the  music  starts  going  into  a  very  heavy  funeral  doom  metal  direction.

  When  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  deep  guttural  death  metal  growls  and  the  guitars  also  bring  in  dark  sounding  melodies  and  mix  them  with  the  heavy  riffing  and  they  also  keep  around  the  atmospheric,  ambient  and  symphonic  elements  and  the  synths  also  start  bringing  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added into  the  music  they  bring  in  even  more  of  a  melodic  edge to  the  dark  and  heavy  music.

  Halfway  through  the  track  melodic  clean  singing  is  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  song  and  they  also  bring  in  more  gothic  influences  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  at  times  and  they  also  mix  in  the  melancholic  goth  sound  with  the  funeral  doom  metal  riffs  and  growls  at  times  to  give  the  song  more  variety  and  texture  and  as  the  song  moves  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  are  added  in  at  times.

  Eye  Of  Solitude  remains  true  to  the  funeral  doom  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  creates  a  50  minute  track  that  is  very  dark,  heavy,  tragic,  and  melancholic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  depression  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eye  Of  Solitude  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Moss 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 ep?

not much really... planning our next strikes. The winter months are usually pretty inactive for us. Lately it's just been dealing with merch orders and administration, as we're doing this all ourselves now.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, 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?

It's doom metal. Can't really describe it any more than that! If you enjoyed our last album 'Horrible Night', you'll dig this one.. I wouldn't really say it's "more of the same", it's more confident..I think we're a better band now, we've done a lot of live work and a lot has happened since 'Horrible Night' came out..

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

Horror.. always horror.

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

It's so long ago it's tough to remember why we went with that...I'd say cos all three of us grew up in and around a really old forest, moss covering the trees.. it kinda fits this damp, stagnant atmosphere we were going for. We had a list of names and that one stuck.. there's always been a link to nature and the more elemental powers in our music.. I like being in nature, living in a city these days I don't see much of it anymore.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band ha splayed over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Roadburn 2010 stands out, as that was the end of an era for us. We performed songs that night that we'll never play again, so it was definitely the closing of a chapter for us. Heavy Days in Doom Town Festival 2013 was another one that was very important, the crowd response and everything was just magical. We'd never had crowd surfers before! That was a really special weekend, one of our favourites. The whole tour leading up to that show was really cool.
On stage, we just try to go out there and do it as loud as possible. There's no act with us, no "stage clothes", it's just us doing what we do.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future/

2015 will hopefully have some more shows... in these last two years we've done more shows than we ever did in the previous 10 years put together. We weren't really a live band before, but since 'Horrible Night' it just made more and more sense to take it out live to as many people. We want to tour again in 2015, and hopefully we can get out to some festivals in the summer. Book us, get in touch!

7.The new ep was self released but you have been on a label before, are you open to working with another label again in the future or do you prefer the DIY approach more?

The DIY approach is a great way to do it, you're completely in control of everything. The only problem is funding it yourself, you have to be pretty responsible. Everything with this EP release has gone very smoothly and we're looking to be doing alright from it. In terms of this EP, we're way better off doing it ourselves than we would've been on a label. We were on a label that wasn't entirely honest with us about what we were due and only did anything after we called them out about it, which was a whole other ordeal. The way they promoted our last record was pointless, putting it out on the same day as 4 of their other releases making it even harder on the customers who are going to want to buy everything, despite recent claims by the owner that he likes to keep the release schedule spread out so things like that don't happen. Well we found out otherwise. Once we fulfilled our contract, we got as far away from them as possible. It says something that they've had a few other bands leave recently too. I really don't think they know what they're doing  - the way they handle records for one thing. The owner claims to dislike coloured vinyl and the whole Ebay culture surrounding limited records - but he perpetrates this madness by putting out coloured vinyl limited to 200, every fucking time. The thing is, they'll keep going as long as there's a naive young band around who should know better and people silly enough to keep buying from them.
We'd be open to signing with a new label, and with our experiences we know what we'd require from them and what they're supposed to do for us. To do a full record we'd definitely need the funding of a label, that would be hard to raise fully ourselves. An EP was easy to fund, but a full album? We'd need some help.

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

I don't pay much attention to whats going on online, which where most feedback seems to be these days. It's cool when someone tells you at a gig or wherever they like the record. We've definitely got people who completely hate what we're doing, which is great. And the last album seemed to divide some of our fans a bit - those who liked it and those who thought we sucked now cos it wasn't as slow, the vocals were different..etc. We are still very, very slow, and it's fucking heavy.. but that shouldn't be a marker for quality. Some people just want the same record over and over again I guess, which we could easily do. But we just wouldn't be totally into it. Things evolve and move on over time...but I don't feel like we've drastically alienated that part of our fan base, the ones who just want the super slow and heavy sludge over everything else, cos that is definitely still there in our sound. We've been together for nearly 15 years, and what you liked when you were 19 isn't necessarily the same thing you're into when you're 33..and we make this music for no one but ourselves. That even a few people might like what we do we'd take as a bonus.


9.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects or bands these days?

Yes and no... nothing that we'd want to reveal on here, but we all do stuff outside of Moss, but it's not in any way on this kind of level. Moss is the only band that we're involved with that we'd want to talk about.

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

whatever it is we do next it's going to be doom metal. It always was and always is. Maybe we'll have a new record together in two or three years..it all kind of depends if we can find a label we trust.

11.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?

nothing new...we've still got the same influences from when we were kids, Saint Vitus, Sabbath, horror films, Lovecraft, naked women, weed..our influences never change, we've still got the same motivations for doing this band that we had back in 2001.
Listening to the new Purson EP which I just picked up. I spend a lot of time with those guys, really good band that is way beyond their years.

12. How would you describe your views on Occultism?

my views on occultism nowadays really depends on my mood. I could completely shit on it if I want to. It's something I used to have a lot of time for and have learned a lot from. But I dunno...I respect it, but I am not so sure I could take it seriously any longer, there are other things I appreciate about it now that are more superficial than anything deep. It looks cool! That's why people get into it in the first place, because it looks so cool. It's the same reasons why you want to grow your hair long or smoke a cigarette as a kid. I grew up on Hammer Horror films, weird comics, prog rock - this was the 80s, but all that stuff from the 70s was still around, and a large chunk of weekend television at the time was still repeats from the 60s and 70s, so you got to see all that great, weird, drug-influenced creative television from then..crazy Doctor Who serials, Reggie Perrin, The Monkees, Hammer and Amicus studios films.. I always had a curiosity for things that are a little strange and out there. Just thanks to all the kinds of things I was consuming at the time, it was easy enough to come across anything that you could consider as part of the occult. Occult imagery is very powerful and attractive to a certain kind of person, especially to a child..maybe it finds you instead of the other way round. In darkness there is no choice!

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

sleeping

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

cheers! check out the EP on our bandcamp page, released on Halloween. We will be back....