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....

The Howling Void/Runa/Avantgarde Music/2014 EP Re - Issue Review


  The  Howling  Void  are  a  1  man  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  ep  "Runa"  which  was  re-issued  by  Avantgarde  Music  and  also  contains  a  bonus  track.

  A  very  dark,  melodic,  heavy  and  symphonic  funeral  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  only  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  clean  guitars  in  the  background  which  also  mix  in  with  both  the  symphonic  and  heavy  parts  and  the  first  track  is  mostly  instrumental.

  All  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  second  track  vocals  start  getting  utilized  more  often  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  post  metal  elements  being  used  for  a  few  seconds  along  with  a  touch  of  dark  ambient.

  The  Howling  Void  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  dark,  heavy,  melodic,  symphonic  and  heavy  and  on  this  recording  also  avoid  the  death  metal  growls  that  most  band s or  this  genre  utilize,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  mythology  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Howling  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Irmonsul".  8  out  of  10.    

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Endless Descent Into Oblivion/Kalpamantra/2014 Compilation Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  compilation  called  "Endless  Descent  Into  oblivion"  which  was  released  by  Kalpamantra  and  consists  mostly  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  bands  and  we  will  review  each  song  one  by  one.

  1. Skorneg  and  Terra  Sandra  team  up  on  "Nadir"  a  9  minute  track  that  starts  out  with  some  dark  ambient  drones  and  it  starts  to  build  up  after  awhile  as  well  as  getting  more  loud,  organic  and  atmospheric.

  2. Caul  brings  us  "Dust  Are  Her  Beauties"  which  is  more  of  and  atmospheric  and  experimental  dark  ambient  track  which  brings  in  a  mixture  of  synths  and  acoustic  guitars.

  3. Phelios  brings  us  "LV-426"  a  11  minute  track  that  is  in  more  of  an  experimental,  avant  garde,  dark  ambient  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  field  recordings.

 4.False  Mirror  brings  us  "Lichtgestalt"  an  atmospheric  dark  ambient  track  that  is  all  instrumental  and  done  by  synths  that  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.

  5. Skorneg  brings  "Under  the  Sand"  a  very  dark  and  evil  sounding  ambient  track  that  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  atmosphere  and  drones  as  well  as  an  occult  feeling.

  6.  Abandoned  Asylum  brings  us  "In  The  Ruins  Of  Shattered  Dreams"  a  very  dark  sounding  ambient  track  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  drones.

 7.  Plague  Machinery  brings  us  "Irrational"  a  song  that  uses  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  dark  ambient  drones  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  and  melodic  chanting/singing  vocals.

 8.  The  Vomit  Arsonist  brings  us  "Failed"  a  song  that  combines  dark  ambient  with  harsh  soundign  industrial  growls  and  screams

 9. Hall  Of  Mirrors  brings  us  "Still  Waiting"  a  very  dark  and  avant  garde  sounding  ambient  track  that  also  brings  in  some  field  recordings  and  spoken  word  samples.

 10. Caul  &  Terra  Sancta  brings  us  "The  Passing  Light"  a  7  minute  track  that  combines  dark  ambient  with  field  recordings.

 11. Phragments  brings  us  "Ritual  Of  UnBeing"  a  long  9  minute  epic  dark  ambient  track  that  also  has  a  very  medieval  atmosphere.

  12. Somnium  brings  us  "Defixiones  III  (Excrucio)'  a  9  minute  track  that  mixes  atmospheric  and  dark  ambient  with  ritualistic  occult  music  as  well  as  adding  in  whispered  chants  and  ethnic  musical  instruments  as  well  as  some  melodic  vocals  as  the  song  progresses.

 13. Inner  Vision  Laboratory  & R\A\A\A\N  brings  us  "Beyond  Erratic  Suns"  a  12  minute  track  that  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  drones  and  atmospheric  sounding  ambient  sytnths  which  also  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  after  awhile  the  song  gets  more  experimental  and  adds  in  elements  of  noise  along  with  some  distorted  spoken  word  samples.  

 14.  Collapser  brings  us  "The  Black  Fortress"  a  song  that  is  a  dark  ambient  track  that  also  evokes  an  occult  atmosphere.

 15. Aderlating  brings  us  "The  Silver  Domain"  a  dark  ambient  track t hat  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  programmed  beats  and  spoken  word  samples.

  16. Isolator  brings  us  "Paralyzed  In  The  Will  Of  God"  a  song  that  brings  in  guitars  and  is  in  more  of  an  instrumental  drone.doom  metal  direction  as  well  as  being  over  9  minutes  in  length  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  vocals.

 17.Theologian  brings  us  "Piss  And  Jism"  a  song  that  combines  atmospheric  and  dark  ambient  with  noise  and  experimental  sounds.

 18.  Teeth  Engraved  brings  us  "The  Red  List"  a  1  minute  dark  ambient  track  that  brings  in  a  good  amount  of  drone  sounds  and  field  recordings  along  with  some  synths  and  after  awhile  elements  of  harsh  noise  are  added  into  the  track.

 19.  Of  Earth  And  Son  brings  us  "Coil  Of  Fire"  a  7  minute  atmospheric  track  that  is  in  an  ambient  direction  while  also  bringing  in  elements  of  ethnic  music  which  also  gives  the  track  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

 20. Ascetic  hedonism  brings  us  "Oblivion's  Liturgy  II"  a  very  dark  sounding  ambient  track  that  brings  in  atmospheric  drones  on  the  synths  along  with  some  martial  programmed  beats.

 21. Yen  Pox  &  Funerary  Call  brings  us  "Birth  Lurker"  a  14  minute  track  that  combines  dark  ambient  with  ritualistic  sounds  and  drones  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  atmosphere  and  as  the  song  progresses  elements  of  experimental  music  and  noise  are  added  into  the  track  along  with  some  soundscapes.

  22. Anhedonia  brings  us  "This  Vile  Flesh"  a  song  that  mixes  dark  ambient  with  industrial  along  with  some  evil  sounding  vocals  that  border  on  black  metal.

 23.  Pale  Thorns  brings  us  "Restricted  Area"  which  is  more  of  an  experimental  drone  track  that  also  brings  in  elements  of  avant  garde  and  noise  music  while  also  still  being  very  atmospheric  at  the  same  time  and  after  awhile  the  song  starts  adding  in  programmed  beats  and  electric  guitars.

  24.  Jarl  brings  us  "The  Great  Moloch"  a  12  minute  ambient  drone  track  that is  also  all  instrumental  and  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  soundscapes.

 25.  Strom.ec  &  Shock  Frontier  brings  us  "Oscillating  Apparition"  a  song  that  combines  experimental,  ambient,  electronic  music  and  field  recordings  together  as  well  a s beign  over  7  minutes  in  length.

 26.  Steel  Hook  Prostheses  brings  us  "Maggotry  And  The  Sepulcher  Of  Flies"  a  very  dark  and  experimental  sounding  ambient/drone  track t hat  also  brings  in  the  sound s of  field  recordings.

 27. Hysiphrone  brings  us  "Melanosis"  a  7  minute  ambient  track  that  is  also  very  experimental,  and  avant  garde  as  well  as  adding  in  some  spoken  word  samples.

28. Gnawed &  The  Vomit  Arsonist  brings  us  "Razornail"  a  very  dark  sounding  ambient  track  that  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  drones  and  distorted  parts  along  with  some  aggressive  screams  that  also  bring  in  elements  of  industrial.

 29.  Theologian  &  Of  Earth  And  Sun  brings  us  "To  Wrest  the  Soul  From  Its  Furnace"  a 10  minute  dark  ambient  track.

30.  Megaptera  brings  us  "Second  Recovery  (Murderous  Vision  Remix)'  an  8  minute  track  tha t combines  dark  ambient  with  experimental  and  industrial  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  sampled  vocals  are  added  into  the  track

 31.  T.O.M.B,  Bride  7  Skullskyr  brings  us  "Tragical"  a  very  dark  sounding  song  with  a  lot  of  drones  and  soundscapes  and  you  can  also  hear  some  black  metal  and  noise  elements  in  the  track.

 32.  Sewer  Goddess  brings  us  "Cheyne  Stokes  Hymn"  a  very  dark  sounding  song  that  combines  ambient  and  industrial  together  along  with  some  vocals,  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes elements  of  noise  are  added  into  the  track.

 33.  Gnawed  brings  us  "Throne  of  Severance"  a  song  that mixes  drones  in  with  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  ambient  as  well  a s being  over  6  minutes  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  distorted  industrial  style  screams  are  added  into  the  music.

  34.  Shock  Frontier  brings  us  "Visceral  Paranoia"  a  song  that  mixes  drones  in  with  dark  ambient  and  soundscapes  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  aggressive  vocals  find  their  way  into  the  track.

 35.  Linekraft  brings  us  "Emancipated  Treatment"  a  very  atmospheric  sounding  song  that  also  brings  in  a  good  amount  of  harsh noise  elements  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  coxals  and  spoken  word  samples  are  added  into  the  music.

 36.  United  Front  &  The  Vomit  Arsonist  brings  us  "Anthem"  a  7  minute  track  that  is  mostly clean  singing  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  sounds  of  war  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  goes  more  into an  industrial  noise  direction  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals.

 37.  Sektor  304  &  Deathstench  brings  us  "A  Plague  Of  Blind  Eyes"  a  very  experimental  sounding  drone  track  that  also  brings  in  spoken  vocals  and  after  awhile  heavy  guitars  are  added  into  the  track.

 38.  Xiphoid  Dementia  brings  us  "Guilt  Cremation"  a  very  experimental  soundign  song  that  mixes  drone  and  dark  ambient  together.

 39.  T.O.M.B  brings  us  "Purge"  a  track t ha t is  in  more  of  a  harsh  noise  direction.

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

      
















  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Moss/Carmillia (Marcilla)/Spectral Visions/2014 EP Review


  Moss  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  funeral  doom  metal,  drone  and  sludge  with  a  touch  of  occult  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Carmillia (Marcilla)/Spectral Visions"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  a  few seconds  later  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  bring  in  more  70's  elements  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  after  a  few  minutes solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  also  take  the  music  into  even  more  of  a  darker  musical  direction  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  the  second  track  the  music  starts  off  with  a  very  slow  sludge/doom  metal  riff  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  hear  a  70's  stoner  vibe  throughout  the  track  while  the  songs  remains  very  heavy  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added into  the  song  they  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  reverb  and  drone  orientated  noises  and  are  only  used for  a  few  seconds  with  the  songs  focusing  more  on  a  doom  metal  sound.

  Moss  takes  the  heaviness  of  funeral  doom  metal,  sludge  and  drone  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  more  traditional  70's  doom/occult  rock  sound  to  create  2  very  dark,  melodic  and  heavy  tracks,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  the  lyrics  cover  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Moss  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  funeral  doom  metal,  sludge,  drone  and  occult  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Spectral  Visions".  8  out  of  10.

    

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Last Hour Interview

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

The single "Oblivion", a preview of the new album, came out on 23 September via The White Room Netlabel (https://thewhiteroomnetlabel.bandcamp.com/album/oblivion). "Winning", cover of the English post-punk band The Sound, appeared on "There Must Be A Hole In Your Memory - A Tribute To The Sound & Adrian Borland" (The Beautiful Music), release created in support of the film "Walking in the Opposite Direction" (facebook.com/AdrianBorlandDocumentary).

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

Music is post-cold dark wave with the extensive use of synthesizers. The new album sounds more electronic and groovy than in the past, but with dark mood as always.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

The new album is entitled "Deadline", a boundary line that we can’t cross without dying risk. In "Deadline", I communicate with the universe, with the silence of God, searching for a sense to breathe. I talk about the fight between illusion and reality, life and dream. "Deadline" is the door towards the infinite, the unconceivable worlds, the cosmic space, the nowhere.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The White Room'?

The White Room is my Digital Record Label specialized in Darkwave, Gothic, Dark Ambient, Electronica, Experimental music (https://thewhiteroomnetlabel.bandcamp.com). It's also the name of my recording studio and the title of an instrumental song of my side project Les Jumeaux Discordants. The white room, the empty room, it's useless to fill it with objects, it's useless to make noises, where dreams don't exist, where music is silence, where universes are nullified.

5.With this project, you record most of the stuff by myself, do you feel this gives you more freedom as a musician to do what you want with your own music?

Yes, it gives me more freedom. It's essential to create music and to express myself in the best possible way.

6.The new album is going to be released through both The White Room netlabel and Seventh Crow Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Seventh Crow Records will release "Deadline" in physical CD. It's a Paris-based independent record label, created by Sébastyén D. and Lélia in 2007. Originally specializing in neofolk and darkwave, the label now expand to indie folk, anti-folk, indie rock, post-punk, no wave, gothic rock and industrial (https://seventhcrowrecords.bandcamp.com).

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of darker forms of music?

Sometimes I get messages and beautiful words from around the world. It gives me the energy to continue with my works.

8.On the new album you worked with Carlo Baldini of My Terminal And the Trip and The Nine Tears, can you tell us a little bit more about this collaboration?

The collaboration between me and the multi-instrumentalist Carlo Baldini began with the song "Winning" wherein Carlo played bass. Later, he mixed and mastered the whole album and composed music of the song "Falling Away". He made a great work.

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

I will work for new projects because music is my life.

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?

I listen to several kinds of music, my favorite artists are: Dead Can Dance, Joy Division, Einstürzende Neubauten, Diamanda Galas, Death In June, Depeche Mode, Björk, My Dying Bride… Nowadays I'm listening to the new Blonde Redhead and Lisa Gerrard albums.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love the visual arts, to travel, to visit museum, to immerse myself in nature, literature (E.A. Poe, Thomas Mann, Gabriele D'Annunzio, George Byron...) and cinema (Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polański, Lars von Trier...).
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12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

'Such men are like clockwork, which is wound up, and goes it knows not why. Every time a man is begotten and born, the clock of human life is wound up anew to repeat once more its same old tune that has already been played innumerable times, movement by movement and measure by measure, with insignificant variations’ (Arthur Schopenhauer).

Fleshworld Interview



1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We’re five guys from Krakow. We all come from different musical backgrounds but instead of creating blackened triphop punk downtempo ethno core we all sort met in the middle and created something which, in lack of better words, can be described as post metal.

2.So far you have released a demo, full length and have been a part of the split, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound?
Our sound has been evolving throughout the records you mentioned. We started with a combination of electronica, rock and post metal on the demo. Since then we have been shifting towards a darker sound by incorporating more metal and hardcore. We try to stay open and treat each music genre as a set of tools that can be used to create whatever sound is in our heads.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
War, human nature, our flaws and vices are the topics we oscillate around these days. Lyrics are usually quite abstract. We don’t want to draw pictures or tell stories, instead we’re just triggering our listeners with the lyrics, while leaving them enough space to create their own interpretations.
The cool thing is that even each of us in the band has their own interpretation of the lyrics. I find it hard to discuss lyrics, because they are usually written to express something that cannot be expressed any other way. Recently we’ve written the lyrics in Polish, while at the same time aimed to reach broader audience. Obviously not many people are going to understand them, but we feel the language adds to the general feel of the music, makes it harsh and a bit more confusing. I guess that reflects the lyrical themes as well.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Fleshworld'?
The name comes from my love for Twin Peaks. Fleshworld is the name of an adult swingers’ magazine which is implicated in the main plot of the series. For me it symbolises an idea of tainted beauty, a combination of love, lust, drugs and death.

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?
We played a couple of good shows and a few bad ones as well. There is no golden rule, sometimes a crowd of ten can make a show special and memorable. The best shows for me are the ones where we get to play for people that haven’t heard us before and they like it. I like to surprise people.
It’s always a great experience, I just enjoy playing in general. It’s nice whenever we succeed making a connection with the audience despite our show being a very introspective act. Not with what we say between songs, but with getting immersed deep into the music, get into a kind of trance.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We definitely want to travel and promote the split we’ve released. We’re planning to go abroad and visit a few countries but until final arrangements are made I can’t give you any more details. We’re updating our band pages regularly so we’re sure to get people informed as soon as the tour is set up.

7.In October there was a split album with you, Gazers and Viscera///, what are your thoughts on the other bands that have participated on the album?
We’re very glad to be able to put our music next to bands like Gazers and Viscera///. I think that all the songs included on the split create a cohesive work of art and although each band has its own distinctive sound, there is a common element in all three of us. I love the atmosphere and energy of Gazers’ music and the straightforward and raw sound of Viscera///. I feel like we complement each other on the split.

8.The split is going to be released on Unquiet Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
I’ve founded the label on whim about a year ago and since that time I feel it has developed into a significant passion of mine, or a challenge of sorts. Of course, there’s still a long way to go for me to be satisfied, but it’s getting better. It’s always been a one-man enterprise, and there’s never been anyone to teach me most of the difficulties of running a label. The roster is getting more cohesive and consistent with every release, aiming to put out music that’s dark, strange, imaginative and a bit unsettling. I also like my releases to be original in terms of the visual aspect, with a lot of handmade elements but calling it entirely DIY may be a slight overstatement. Unquiet Records is improving constantly, which will be evident pretty soon.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of post metal?
We don’t get much recognition worldwide. We’re trying to push our music to different audiences in different countries but it’s a slow process, especially when you take the DIY route and don’t have a big label to back you up. Whenever we reach international audience the response is usually positive which, of course, makes our hearts grow.

10.When can we expect another full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We want to take some time with this one but the creative process has already started. Right now we’re sketching some ideas but I already know the next full length is going to be another step in the evolution of our music. As I said before, we continually dig deeper into darker sounds and genres but we don’t want the heavy to outbalance the mellow and melodic. I guess that in terms of sound, the next record will be a constant struggle for supremacy between those two elements.

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?
I always looked up to the best in the genre, so Cult of Luna, ISIS, Neurosis, Red Sparrows are definitely on my top list. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of blackened hardcore, which has been gaining momentum for the last few years. I’m also looking forward to the new Godflesh record because J.K. Broadrick’s music has been a huge inspiration for me.
I always have difficulties answering this question, and always tend to forget what I like the most… well, aside of the obvious post-metal influences (Neurosis, Isis, Cult of Luna, Minsk), I’ve always been into bands like Secret Chiefs 3, Fantomas, etc. I’m also a huge fan of Dead Skeletons, Goat or Woven Hand, Kehlvin, or OM but the bands that inspire me the most nowadays are Oranssi Pazuzu and Deathspell Omega. Probably many, many more, but I’m drawing a blank J

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I personally like good food, cars and weed. In any order.
Yeah, definitely food, but also games and traveling.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Looking at the state of music A.D 2014 we all should be grateful that the underground scene still exists. Being able to create and listen to music which is unrestrained by marketing figures and sales plans is the best thing in the world and we should all support it and keep it alive for as long as possible.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jupiterian Interview

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

The band started back in mid-2013 under the name Codex Ivpiter with a slight different formation. We used to have a lead singer, but we decided that keeping the band smaller would fit better our music. We were a side project since i was busy with my other band. After this band split-up, we thought it was time to take Jupiterian seriously, so we changed the name to something that would fit better our lyrical theme and then we set it all to finish the EP in June/July 2014.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Well, it´s doom, basically. It´s slow as the first wave of death/doom bands such as Winter, melodic as Paradise Lost, filthy as Eyehategod and heavy as St. Vitus. We were looking for something that could mix it up.

3.Your lyrics cover some Mythology, Occult and Lovecraft themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

These are themes surrounding me since i was a kid. I grew up reading Lovecraft, Tolkien, horror and sci-fi comics, Aleister Crowley, watching horror movies and all that stuff. I always try to bring up these fantastic worlds and thoughts to something that i could create. I feel i´m much more part of their worlds than this world itself. So with the band it´s my chance to speak, inhale and live this while i am creating.

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

A Jupiterian is someone from Jupiter. The inspiration behind it is, like i said, to create a world where we could apply all the horror sci-fi stuff we love. It´s like there were a race in Jupiter, worshiping ancient and giant gods like Azathoth. The songs Procession Towards the Monolith and Archaic are basically about that.

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

We played one gig last friday that was awesome. It´s a very professional venue here in Brazil, a place for huge bands, so the backline and equipment is fantastic. Our stage performance is very, very loud, intense and oppressive.

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

Not in a near future. We are focusing on writting new songs and get back to the studio to record the next full lenght in the beginning of 2015. We plan to start booking shows and our first european tour in Europe maybe by the end of 2015 or 2016.

7.On the ep you had Mories Of Gnaw their Tonques and James Plotkin of Khanate on a couple of your tracks, how did you get in contact with these musician's and can you also tell us a little bit more about the contributions on the recording?

James Plotkin did the mastering. I was looking for someone with expertise in doom to bring out the best of our music in the final result and he was the first one that came to mind, since i am fan of all his work as musician and the bands he´s working with.

Mories is a friend of mine. We started to chat 4 years ago when i interviewed him for my blog. We met in the last two Roadburn editions so when i asked him to join in for a small part in this recording, he accepted and sent me his piece really quickly. He worked on some violins, voices and ambiences for the song Archaic.

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

We are unsigned and looking for labels that can support us in europe and/or USA which, places where we plan to tour.

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

It´s been fantastic. We receive a lot of messages from people around the world supporting us and trying to help with something, including booking a concert in their city, publishing us in their website. We are really happy about the reception of the EP

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

We are working on the songs for the full length to be recorded in the beginning og 2015. It was supposed to be a new EP, but instead we decided it was to come out as whole album. These tracks are even more darker, gloomer and harsher. In the meantime, we are working on a collaboration with Bemonio, a dark ambient/drone band from Brazil to be recorded soon and this is coming out a really monolithic piece of sludge doom.

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?

Dude, when we came with the idea for this band, i always had in my mind something that could sound as Anathema on Serenades and Pentecost III, but with a sludge approach and all that atmosphere of bands such as Asunder, Graves at Sea, Grief, Noothgrush. Other bands that influences me a lot when i am creating are old Katatonia, October Tide, Thergothon and the might Mournful Congregation which i had the chance to see live and that shit was soul crushing, almost a religious experience.

Nowadays i am listening to Arvo Pärt.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Literature, old horror and sci-fi movies, collecting skulls, comics and a pint of Guiness.

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

Thanks for the interest, mate. Doom on.

Regards

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sleep Deprived/Transcendence Through Bonding Of Psychedelic Phenomenon/Acephale Winter Productions/2014 Cassette Review


  Sleep  Deprived  are a  duo from  Florida  that  plays  very  psychedelic  and  drug  induced  form  of  experimental  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "Transcendence Through Bonding Of Psychedelic Phenomenon"  which  will  be  released  by  Acephale Winter Productions.

  A  very  dark  sounding tripped out  ambient  synth  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  get  more  avant  garde  along  with  some  drones  and  the  darker  side  of  ambient  music  and all  7 of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  have  a  psychedelic  feeling  to  them.

  All  of  the  music  on this  album  sounds  like  it  was designed  for  listening to  when  you  are  high    on  drugs  such  as  mushrooms  and  lsd  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  to  get  more  atmospheric  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  industrial  coming  out  of  the  synths  at  times  and  they  start  adding  more  diversity  on  the  later  tracks  while  also  keeping  everything  in  an  instrumental  musical  direction.

  Sleep  Deprived  creates  a  very  experimental  and  psychedelic  style  of  drug  induced  ambient  with  this  recording  bringing  in  a  very  atmospheric  and  tripped  out  sound  that  would  have  a  very  powerful  effect  if  a  person  was  listen  to  this  100  minute  cassette  on  a  few  hits  of  acid  or  a  few  mushroom  caps  and  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Sleep  Deprived  are  a  very  drug  sounding  drug  induced,  psychedelic  and  experimental  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fully  Absorbed  Acid  Trip"  "Melting  Paranoia"  and  "LSD  - Extended  Dose".  8  out  of  10.      

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jupiterian/Archaic/2014 EP Review


  Jupiterian  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  mixture  of  funeral  doom,  sludge,  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Archaic".

  A very  distorted  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  reverb  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  utilizing  more  melody  and  adding  in  elements  of  sludge  as  well  as  some  atmospheric sounds  which  takes  the  recording  into  more  of  a  funeral  doom  direction.

  You  can  hear  black  metal  screams  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  at  times  along  with  some  melodic guitar  leads  as  well  as  the  first  track  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  second  track  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  is  added  into  the  song  before  making  a  return  to  a  heavier  musical   direction  and  on  the  last  track  they  bring  in  a  very  long  and  epic  10  minute  song  that  also  brings  in  spoken  word  samples  from  a  1950's  film  while  also  keeping  around  a  very  melodic  and  heavy  sound.

  Jupiterian  takes  a  very  melodic  and  heavy  style  of  funeral  doom  and  adds  in  elements  of  sludge  along  with  some  death  metal growls  and  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  their  own  musical  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  mythology,  cosmos,  occultism,  Lovecraft,  Horror  and  Science  Fiction  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Jupiterian  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  funeral  doom,  sludge  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Currents  of  Io".  8  out  of  10.            

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Atriarch/An Unending Pathway/Relapse Records/2014 CD Review


  Atriarch  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  also  brings in  elements  of  sludge,  black  metal,  death  rock,  punk,  psychedelic,  drone  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "An  Unending  Pathway"  which  will  be  released  on  October  28th  by  Relapse  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  ambient  orientated  ritualistic  drone  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  and  a  few  seconds  later  clean  playing  and  drums  start  to  find  their  way  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  which  evolve  into  melodic  goth  rock  singing  after  awhile  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  riffing.

  Once  death  and  black  metal  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  the  album  starts  to  go  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  along   with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  band  also  mixes  their  gothic  side  in  with  the  heavier  material  which  also  starts  to  incorporate  more  elements  of  sludge  metal  as  the  album  progresses.

  One  of  the  later tracks  shows  the  band  adding  in  some  fast  and  raw  elements  of  black  metal  along  with  some  blast  beats  for  a  few  seconds  before  making  a  return  to  a  slower  doom  orientated  sound  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  shows  the  band  bringing  in  a  couple  of  long  and  epic   song  that  also  brings  back  clean  playing  into  the  bands  musical  sound .

  Atriarch  bring s in  a  lot  of  different  musical  styles  ranging  from  death  rock,  psychedelic,  sludge  and  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  some  music  that  is  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Atriarch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of   doom/death  metal  with  elements  of  sludge,  black  metal,  death  rock,  punk,  psychedelic,  drone  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Entropy"  "Bereavment"  and  "Veil".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Last Hour/Oblivion/Thw White Room/2014 Single Review


  The  Last  Hour  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  darkwave,  coldwave,  ambient  and  gothic  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  single  "Oblivion"  which  was  released by  th e  White  Room.

  A  very  dark  sounding  synth  starts  off  the single  along  with  some  melodic  singing  a  few  seconds  alter  and  the  music  starts  having  more  of  a  darkwave  and  gothic  sound  to  the single  as  well  as  adding  in  programmed  beats  and  elements  of  ambient  and  coldwave.

  The  second  track  starts  off  with  some  electronic  music  elements  almost  bringing  in  a  dubstep  feeling  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  more  goth,  darkwave  and  alternative  elements  find  their  way  into  the  track.

  The  last  Hour  creates  a  very  atmospheric  mixture  of  goth  and  darkwave  with  these  2  songs  as  well  as  making  the  genre  more  up  to  date,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Last  Hour  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  goth,  darkwave,  coldwave  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Oblivion".  8  out  of 10.