Friday, May 30, 2014

Musk Ox/Woodfall/2014 CD Review


  Musk  Ox  are  a  band  from  Canada  that  plays  neo-folk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Woodfall".

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  classical  guitars  that  utilize  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  a  few  seconds  later  cello's  and  violins  become  a  part  of  the  music  and  add  in  more  classical  and  chamber  elements  into  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  main  focus  is  on  a  neo  folk  music  sound.

  Al  of  the  5  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  have  a  concept  as  a  part  of  the  album  and  you  can  hear  elements  progressive,  post  rock  and  metal  being  mixed  into  the  violin's  and  cellos  which  makes  the  neo  classical  folk  music  direction  of  the  band  have  a  more  original  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  are  instrumental  with  no  vocals  or  lyrics  being  utilized  on  any  of  the  tracks  that  are  included  on  the  album.

  Musk  Ox  combines  neo  classical  and  neo  folk  together  with  their  musical  sound  along  with  some  post  rock,  progressive  and  metal  elements  which  really  makes  their  musical  style  stand  out   and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Musk  Ox  are  a  very  great  sounding  neo  folk  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Arcanum"  and  "Senerade  The  Constellations".  8  out  of  10.    

Servants Of The Mist/Gross Knowledge Of Genital Mutilation/2014 EP Review


  Servants  Of  The  Mist  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  plays  funeral  doom/sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Gross  Knowledge  of  Genital  Mutilation".

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  and  after  the  intro  heavy  distortion  finds  its  way  into  the  music  which  leads  up  to  a  slow  and  heavy  funeral  doom  direction  along  with  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  sludge  screams  which  also  have  a  black  metal  feeling  to  them  at  times.

  Bass  guitars  have  a  very  dominant  sound  to  the  music  that  is presented  on  the  ep  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  when  guitar  solos  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  a  very  old  school  doom  metal  feeling  to  the  bands  musical  style  as  well  as  having  a  melodic  tone  to  them.

  On  some  of  the  later tracks  the  band  brings  back  the  spoken  word  samples  as  well  as  adding  in  a  more  old  school  punk  rock  feeling  into  their  musical  sound  and  they  return  back  to  a  more  slower  and  heavier  sound  on  the  last  song  as  well  as  adding  an  atmospheric  feeling  into t heir  music

  Servant  Of  The  Mist  create  some  very  slow  and  depressing  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  with  their  music  while  also  adding  a  good  amount  of  sludge  metal  and  punk  into  their  musical  style  which  results  in  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  is  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sounding  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  demented  and  sadistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Servants  of  the  Mist  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom/sludge  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Undeserving"  and  "Gross Knowledge Of Genital Mutilation".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Voice Of Ruin/Morning Wood/Tenacity Music/2014 CD Review


  Voice  Of  Ruin  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  thrash,  groove,  melodic  death  metal  and  metalcore  with  a  musical  style  they  call  horny  farmer  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Morning  Wood"  which  was  released  by  Tenacity  Music.

  A  melodic  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  screams  that  also  bring  a  black  metal  feeling  to  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  a  more  melodic  death  metal  direction.

  There  are  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  on  the  recording  along  with  some  metalcore  style  breakdowns  along  with  some  aggressive  growls  and  screams  and  there  are  also  a  great  amount  of  groove  metal  elements  in  most  of  the  tracks  and  the  guitar  playing  also  has  a  very  technical  feeling  at  times.

  As  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  is  added  into  certain sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  influences  in  the  more  brutal  sections  of  the  music  and  they  also  add  in  back  up  shouting  vocals  at  times  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  great  amount  of  modern  metal  elements.

  Voice  Of  Ruin  takes  the  modern,  melodic  form  of  death  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  groove,  thrash  and  metalcore  along  with  a  slight  black  metal  element s to  create  a  sound  on  this  album t hat  is  more  heavy  than  most  of  the  bands  in  this  sub  genre,  the  production  is  very  professional  sounding  and  the  lyrics  cover  porno  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Voice  Of  Ruin  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  melodic  death,  groove,  thrash  and  metalcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Party  Hard"  "The  Rise  Of  Nothing"  "Today  Will  End"  and  "Dirty".  8  out  of  10.    

  

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Mournful Congregation/Concresence Of The Sophia/20 Buck Spin/2014 CD Review


  Mournful  Congregation  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2014  album  "Concresence  of  The  Sophia"  which  will  be  released  by  20  Buck  Spin.

    A  very  slow,  dark  and  depressive  funeral  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodies  being  added  into  their  musical  style  and  a  minute  later  spoken  word  parts  and  death/doom  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music.

  Acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  make  the  bands  musical style  have  a  more  dark  and  emotive  atmosphere  along  with  small  traces  of  classical  and  there  are  also  a  small  amount  of  grim  vocals  that  bring  a  black  metal  feeling  to  the recording  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

   Mournful  Congregation  remain  true  to  their  atmospheric  funeral  doom  metal  sound  bring  in  2  epics  that  define  the  genre  at  its  best,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  powerful  and  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mournful  Congregation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Silence  Of  the  passed".  8/5  out  of  10.  

  

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ov Mhurn/Abstract Paths/Senseless Life Records/2014 EP Review


  Ov  Mhurn  are  a  1  man  band  from  Spain  that  plays  dark  ambient  with  elements  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  ep  "Abstract  Paths"  which  was  released  by  Senseless  Life  Records.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  fire  burning  sounds  along  with  rain  and  thunder  and  after  the  brief  intro  synths  start  to  kick  in  and  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  atmospheric  dark  ambient  sound  ad  there  is  also  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  segments  being  utilized  as  well  as  the  main  track  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  over  15  minutes  long.

  As  the  ep  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  epic  along  with  a  dark  medieval  atmosphere  and  the  rain  and  thunder  sounds  of  the  intro  are  also  mixed  in  the  ambient  and  synth  parts  at  times  and  the  synths  also  have  an  atmospheric  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  feeling  to t hem  at  times.

  Ov  Mhurn  has  a  very  interesting  sound  with  his  music  taking dark  ambient  and  adding  in  black  and  doom  to  create  a  more  atmospheric  and epic  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  the  music  is  all  instrumental  along  with  a  darkened  and  occult  concept.

  In  my  opinion  Ov  Muhrn  is  a  very  great  sounding  dark  ambient  artist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Long  Walk  To  Solitude".  8  out  of  10.

          

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Alhazred/The Music of Erich Zann/Senseless Life Records/2014 Full Length Review


  Alhazred  is  a  1  man  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  Lovecraft  inspired  form  of  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his   2014  album  "The  Music  Of  Erich  Zann"  which  was  released  by  Senseless  Life  Records.

  Bell  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  coming  out  of  the  synths  and  the  music  has  a  very  dark  and  ritualistic  feeling  to  it  which  also  gets  more  atmospheric  once  the  ambient  elements  start  to  kick  in  which  also  bring  in  traces  of  neo  classical  but  in  a  more  primitive  manner.

  At  times  the  music  starts  evoking  a  dark  and  epic  dungeon  synth  feeling  as  well  as  having  elements  that  remind  me  of  fantasy  movie  soundtracks  and  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde,  occult  and  experimental  at  times  along  with  a  good  amount  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  getting  more  diverse  as  time  goes on  by  and  the  last  song  is  a  cover  of  Burzum's  "The  Crying  Orc".

  Alhazred  has  a  very  interesting  sound  with  his  music  taking  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  making  it  sound  more  occult  and  epic,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  are  inspired  by  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  Alhazred  is  a  very great  sounding  dark  ambient  artist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Nameless  City"  and  "The  Great old  Ones".  8  out  of  10.

 

  

Lucian The Wolfbearer/Summerland/Senseless Life Records/2014 Single Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  single  from  Lucian  The  Wolfbearer  which  continues  his  mixture  of  folk music  and  funeral  doom  metal  with  the  song  being  called  "Summerland"  which  was  released  by  Senseless  Life  Records.

  Medieval  folk  music  sounds  start  off  the  track  before  going  into  a  more  heavy,  slow  and  melodic  funeral  doom  metal  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  track  is  12 minutes  long  and  length  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  added  in  the  music  gets  darker  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  having  some  melodic  chanting  in  the  background  which  also  evolve  into  clean  singing  gothic  metal  vocals  and  the  song  closes  with  a  psychedelic  sound.

  Lucian  The  Wanderer  shows  a  lot  of  diversity  with  his  song  mixing  folk  music  with  funeral  doom  metal,  while  the  production  is  very  dark  and  powerful  sounding  along  with  the  lyrics  covering  Norse  Paganism.    

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  from  Lucian  The  Wolfbearer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  10.    

Lucian The Wolfbearer/Haunted/Senseless Life Records/2014 Full Length Review


  Lucian  The  Wolfbearer  are  a  1  man  band  from  Ohio  that  plays  a  mixture  of  pagan  folk  music  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Haunted"  which  was  released  by  Senseless  Life  Records.

  Neo  folk  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  bring  in  an  epic  feeling  to the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  demonic  voices  and  melodic  chanting  being  utilized  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  a  more  dark  and  heavy  funeral  doom  metal  direction  along  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  growling  vocals.

  When  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  enhance  the  melodic  moments  of  the  recording  as  well  as  having  a  more  traditional  metal  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  also  starts  having  a  more  atmospheric  and  melodic approach  to  doom/death  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  The  melodic  vocals  when  they  are  utilized  bring  a  mid  90's  gothic  doom  metal  feeling  to  the  album  as  well  as  having  a  more  traditional  doom  approach  along  with  a  touch  of  pagan  metal  and   later  on  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  bring  in  more  folk  music  elements.which  also  gets  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  parts  and  the  album  is  closed  with  an  all  acoustic  instrumental.

  Lucian  The  Wolfbearer  have  a  very  interesting  sound  with  their  music  combing  funeral  and  epic  doom  metal  with  pagan  and  folk  music  to  create  some  original  and  depressive  sounding music,  the production  sound s very  dark  and  epic  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  paganism,  folklore  and  mythology.

  In  my  opinion  Lucian  The  Wolfbearer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  pagan  folk  music  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "And  The  Pale  Horse"  "Through  Fire  And  Decay"  and  "To  Become  Legend".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Picture Ann Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Absolutely. Picture Ann was spawned back in 2009, sometime in the spring if I remember correctly. I needed a raw, unfiltered and unconventional musical outlet of sorts back then. No rules, nothing controlled or regulated, just intuitive and honest music with an unpolished and lo-fi edge to it. More importantly, I needed something that I could call my own, something that had not been “tainted” by any others. The first album, “Blaspheme 2009”, was composed and recorded rather intuitively and spontaneously that first year. I then uploaded the material to MySpace and literally a few days later, I received an e-mail from 9th Meridian Records (US), asking me if they could release it on a limited edition CD. Eventually the CD was released in May/June 2010. Shortly after that, I started working on a 2-track EP entitled “Cinema Screen Sadism”, which I released digitally in late 2010. Quite a few songs and demo versions of songs and stuff like that were recorded between 2010 and 2013, some of which were streamed for a short time online and some of which are yet to be released. In 2013 a split CD consisting of mostly unreleased material by Picture Ann, Sagntid, and Vornoff was released by 9th Meridian Records and then in March this year I released my second proper full-length album, “A Bone Case for Papery Skin”, containing songs and ideas that were composed and recorded during 2006-2013. About a week ago I released an EP entitled “Insurgents in Vienna” digitally, containing two rather experimental songs. This EP can be downloaded for free. I am working on a couple of different releases now, but they have a long way to go and involve other people as well, so we shall see what the future holds.

2.Since 2009 you have released a good amount of material, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound and also how has it progresses over the years?
In the beginning, I was very much inspired by ugly and atmospheric black metal as well as lo-fi dungeon synth records. I am still inspired by those two genres, to be honest with you, but I suppose the music of Picture Ann has evolved into something more dynamic and experimental on the last couple of releases. “Blaspheme 2009” was more one-dimensional, monotonous, and melancholic, whereas the last couple of releases are slightly more varied and unpredictable in a sense. Nothing is ever really planned as such. I just write and record whatever comes to mind and then see where that takes me.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Longing, loneliness, melancholy, and fragility. Those are the main themes and lyrical topics. The theme and feeling of longing has been present in the majority of my music since day one, i.e. since 2001 when I composed the first couple of Vornoff tunes. Longing takes so many different shapes and forms. It is very inspiring in my opinion.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Picture Ann'?
That particular name relates to my family, actually. It is too personal to elaborate on here and it is not something that I wish to share with others, but it most certainly has a meaning, that is for damn sure.

5.Does this band have a line up or is it a solo project?
No, the whole thing only consists of me. My wife helped me out with certain drum- and percussion parts on “A Bone Case for Papery Skin”, and I have involved a couple of other people in two future releases of mine, so I have loosened up a little with respect to having others help me out and so on. However, Picture Ann is mine and mine alone J  

6.Have you done any live shows with this musical project?
No, never, and I do not think I will ever take Picture Ann to the stage either. This kind of music should be listened to at home, preferably through headphones. It does not belong in some crap-hole venue filled with drunken losers and pathetic little turds in my humble opinion.  

7.Is there a scene in Denmark for your style of music?
Not that I know of, but there has to be some experimental bands and projects in Denmark I reckon…I just don't know what they are called as I don't pay any attention to the Danish scene as such.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of underground and experimental music?
The feedback and comments I have received in relation to Picture Ann have been quite positive. “Blaspheme 2009” generated a lot of good feedback by fans of both black metal and dungeon synth. Friends and associates in and around the underground have also been supportive, but most seem to dig that first Picture Ann album the most. I know a few people who consider that album my best work to date, which is both a blessing and a curse in a way.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The different EPs that I am working on now are a nice mixture of “Blaspheme 2009” and “Insurgents in Vienna”, which is to say that some songs are simple and repetitive whereas others are more varied and strange, so hopefully my new songs will strike a good balance and take the listener on an interesting musical journey. I am really excited about these new tunes of mine, so hopefully others will dig them as well.

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 listen to tons of different bands, different genres, different styles, and so on. When it comes to Picture Ann I would have to say that Burzum and Ulver (the electronic/ambient era of Ulver) have been extremely important to me and that I have drawn a lot of inspiration from those two entities. I also treasure the first album by Mortiis a lot. That was one of the very first dungeon synth albums I ever got way back in the day. So in terms of styles I would say that early Norwegian black metal and dungeon synth/ambient artists such as Mortiis, Vond, and Wongraven was, and still is, a major source of inspiration to me, especially when it comes to writing music for Picture Ann. Today I listen to so many different bands and artists…Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Burzum, Megadeth, Deep Purple, Mick Harvey, Sodom, Midnight Choir, Whitesnake, Iron Maiden, Arghoslent, Hellhammer, ELP, Gehenna, DIO, Depeche Mode, Down, Venom…and the list goes on and on. These past few days I have listened to the first couple of Led Zeppelin albums a lot.    

11.When can we expect another full length album?
That is a good question. I have no ideas or plans for the next full-length album, but as I stated earlier on I am working on a couple of different EPs, so new music by Picture Ann will surface eventually. I am also working on new songs for Signalfeide with my good friend J.H., by the way. People should check out the two free Signalfeide releases; “Fornjot” and “Midnight Sun”.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I want to thank you for your support and for this awesome interview! I strongly encourage the readers and all other moody suckers to head on over to http://floodgatemoodsproductions.bandcamp.com/ and check out some my/our releases. There are a handful of free downloads to be found there as well. Thanks for your time.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Narrow House Interview

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

We are waiting patiently for the reaction of the audience since the new album is quite different comparing to the first one. Some new material has been already created, but additional feedback wouldn't hurt so we know we are heading in the right direction. This time we have put considerably bigger effort in promoting our new material and I expect that we will be able to increase our audience significantly with "Thanathonaut" release.

2. You have a new album coming out in May, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from the album you had released 2 years ago?

Musically we've got the same set of instruments we have used previously: guitars, keys, cello etc. However, this time we have also added double bass and saxophone to the mix as well. Talking about the tempo of the music - we don't play 30 bpm anymore. In other words we have left funeral doom behind replacing it with traditional doom, stoner and many other genres to add more originality and uniqueness to our music.

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

There are not that much lyrics in "Thanathonaut". However, the main topic is humankind, our general inability to value what is given to us, our self-destructive nature. The overall concept of this album centers around nuclear war as a great example of the aspects listed above.

4. The band started out as 'Funestum' what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Narrow House'?

Funestum split up and we created a new band based on the remaining members. We were bored with the old name and wanted to come up with something different and more original. "Narrow House" is actually a synonym to the "grave" or "coffin". When we released "A key to Panngrieb", our debut album, and people started to give us reviews, we were surprised that the meaning of our name wasn't that obvious as we thought it would be. Not sure if this is a good thing or not.

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?

As Funestum we had a great show with Cemetery of Scream back in 2009 (you can find some videos on our Youtube channel). And after we have changed our name we were also able to share a stage with Skepticism at Doom Over Kiev festival. Talking about our performance, we try to accompany our music with video projection each time when it is technically possible. I've always had crazy ideas on how to improve our stage image and maybe at some point I will have a chance to do so.

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

As I said before, "Thanathonaut" features quite a few unusual instruments and most local musicians who play them are not willing to do so with the metal band on a daily basis. This mean that whenever we want to play live we will have to hire up to 4-5 additional musicians to deliver the proper sound. This is possible when you don't have to go abroad, but in all other cases it's bad news for those people who organize international gigs. Hopefully, our new album will be met with enthusiasm and new opportunities will emerge.

7. The new album is coming out on Solitude Productions, how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

We have started our cooperation with the release of our first album. They've helped us with the production of "A Key to Panngrieb" and did a great job with distributing it. In other words - they helped us a lot and I can say that I'm quite satisfied with the quality of their work in all aspects.

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

It was amazing; we even managed to get into top 3 best extreme doom albums of 2012 according to "Metal Storm Awards". It's a bit sad that we're not able to continue developing our funeral doom direction, thus abandoning some of the fans who were pleased with "A Key to Panngrieb" in the first place.

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

Our music is going to be heavier, include more stoner vibes, and be less symphonic. One of the goals is to make our live performances more possible, which means less instruments and musicians required to play the material. However, you'll never know where music will bring you. I'm always open to new things.

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?

Think of Candlemass, Saint Vitus, Electric Wizard, Virgin Black and Apocalyptica as the main influences. These days I listen to all kinds of music, as I'm a very open minded person when it comes to it. When it's good - it is good, no matter what it is. Currently my playlist includes jazz and selected tracks from various electronic artists.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?

I have created multiple websites dedicated to postapocalypse. I'm a big fan of Fallout computer game series and all related media. Fallout Encyclopaedia - come visit some times.

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

Music is a great tool, an international language, which is able to inspire us, bring back memories etc. Check out "Thanathonaut" - we hope it will be powerful enough to inspire and become a very individual thing for each one of you. Thanks for your time!

Picture Ann/Insurgents In Vienna/Floodgate Moods Productions/2014 EP Review


  Picture  Ann  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Insurgents  In  Vienna"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Moods  Productions.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  some  dark  ambient  drones  which  are  done  mostly  on  synths  and  they  also  bring  in  both  experimental  and  noise  elements  to  add  a  more  ritualistic  feeling  to  their  music  and  on  the  second  track  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  and  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  starts  having  a  more  post  rock  feeling  to  it  along  with  some  elements  of  psychedelia.

  Picture  Ann  show  a  good  amount  of  diversity  with  their  2  songs  with  the  first  one  being  an  instrumental  ambient  drone  piece  and  the  second  one  going  for  more  of  a  blackened  post  rock  direction,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  and  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Picture  Ann  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Anna  Liked  Dying  Places".  8  out  of  10.  

    

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Rui P. Andrade/Vessels/BRØQN /2012 Full Length Review


  Rui  P.  Andrade  is  a  solo  artist  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  mixture  of  noise,  drone,  experimental  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his 2012  album  "Vessels"  which  was  released  by  BROQN.

  The  album  starts  out  very  silently  before  adding  in  field  recording  sounds  along  with  some  distorted  drones  along  with  ritualistic  bells  and  harsh  noise  elements  and  th e music  also  starts  evoking  a  more  dark  ambient  atmosphere  as  time  goes  on  by  as  well  as  bringing  in  electric  guitars  and  synths.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  atmospheric,  experimental  and  avant  garde  in  sound  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  guitars  use  more  distorted  effects  than  melodies  or  chords  and  the  synths  sound  very  primitive  while  they  actually  utilize  some  real  keys  on  the  second  track.

  Rui  P.  Andrade  has  a  very  interesting  sound  with  his  music  which  all  experimental  and  presents  itself  as  a  journey  into  a  mysterious  space  that  is  ubiquitously transparent  and  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Rui  P.  Andrade  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  noise,  drone,  experimental  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  artist.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Chris  Marker".  8  out  of  10.
 

  

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Lord Lovidicus/Erang/Gifted With Magic/2014 Full Length Review


  Idaho's  Lord  Lovidicus  has  teamed  up  with  Erang  to  create  a  true  dungeon  synth  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Gifted  With  magi".

  Programmed  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  and  they  bring  in  a  fantasy  film  feeling  along  with  some  synths  which  enhance  the  dark,  medieval  and  epic  qualities  of  the  music  and  they  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding   keys  and  you  can  hear  the  differences  of  style  with  these  2  solo  musicians.

  Lord  Lovidus  has  a  more  epic  approach  to  his  music  while  Erang  brings  in  a  more  dark  ambient  and  medieval  atmosphere  with  his  sound  along  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  these  2  artists  do  a  mixture  of  their  own  songs,  team  up  on  one  of  them  and  also  do  cover  versions  of  each  others  songs  and  add  their  own  approach  to  the  songs  covered  and  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  spoken  word  parts  are  added  in  briefly.

  Lord  Lovidicus  and  Erang  boht  show  they  know  how  to  create  some  epic  sounding  dungeon  synth  and  bring  in a  more  dark  ambient  atmosphere  to  write  some  very  creative  and  epic  sounding  songs,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  sound  and  the  song  themes  cover  J.R.R  Tolkien  and  epic  fantasy.    

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  album  from  both  Lord  Lovidicus  and  Erang  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dungeon  synth,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Lycanthrope's  Dream"  "Mines  Of  Moria"  and  "The  Drunken  Tyrant".  8/5  out  of  10.