Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Gridfailure/I Shall Not Survive Another Winter/2017 Full Length Review


  New  York's  solo  project  have  returned  with  a  new  recording which  shows  the  musical  direction  going  into  a  post  apocalyptic  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  hardcore,  world  music  and  jazz  and  this  is  a  review  of his  self  released  2017  album  "I  Will  Not  Survive  Another  Winter"  which  will  be  released  in September.

  Field  Recordings  and  elements  of  avant  garde  noise  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  soundscapes  and  when  percussion  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  tribal  and  world  music  feeling  and  the  music  also  gets  very  harsh  at  times  and  some  of t he  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Elements  of  industrial  and  dark  ambient  can  also  be  heard  at   times  while  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other  along  with  some  real  drums  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  guitars,  bass,  piano,  keyboards,  analog  synth,  harmonicas  and  theremin's  can  be  heard  in  certain sections  of  the  recording as  well  as  some  touches  of jazz  music  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  noisecore  style  screams  and  clean  singing.

  On  this  recording  Gridfailure  keeps  a  very experimental  and  dark  ambient  style  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  world  music,  jazz  and  hardcore  to   create  something  very  different  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gridfailure  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sew  Nothing,  Reap  Nothingness"  "Hari  Kari  Superstars"  and  "No  Longer  Communicable".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, August 21, 2017

JoDoden/Sittandes I Sjon Med Vatten Over Huvudet/Nordvis Produktion/2017 CD Review

  JoDoden  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  an avant  gsrde  mixture  of  folk  music  and  ambient  with  a touch  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Sittandes  I  Sjon  Med  Vatten  Over Huvudet"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  and  finger  picking  is  also  utilized  at  times  while  most of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  on  the  second  track  drums  and  bass  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  grim  black  metal  style.

  Elements  of  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  heavier  guitar  riffing  which  also  brings  in  melodies  at  times  while  guitar  leads  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  some  songs  also  add  in  touches  of  ambient  and  post  rock  and  most  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  he  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Burzun's  "Hermodr  A  Helford".

  JoDoden  plays  a musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  folk,  ambient  and  avant garde  while  also  adding  in  some  black  metal  elements  at  times  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  JoDoden  is  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  mixture  of  folk  and  ambient  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bottenlos"  "Persiennaernas  Portar"  and  "Hermodr  A  Helford".  8  out  of  10.        

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Picture Ann/Sketching Darkness/Floodgate Mood Productions/2017 EP Review



  Denmark's  Picture  Ann  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  is  also  in  the  ambient,  experimental  and  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Sketching  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Mood  productions  and  consists  of  rough  sketches  recorded  in  between  2010-12.

  Clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  on  the  second  track  ambient  style  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental along with  a  few  tracks  being  short  in  length  and  elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  at  times while  all  of  the t racks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  On  this  recording  Picture  Ann  played  more  of  a  guitar orientated  form  of  dark ambient  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  as  well  as  being  very  experimental  at  times  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Picture  Ann  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient  and  experimental  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sketch  2"  and  "Sketch  4".  8  out  of 10.

  https://floodgatemoodsproductions.bandcamp.com/album/sketching-darkness

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Black Mare/Death Magick Mother/Magic Bullet Records/2017 CD Review


  Black  Mare  are  a  solo  project  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  plays  an  ethereal  mixture  of  atmospheric  rock,  darkwave  and  goth  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  2017  album  "Death  Magick  Woman"  which will  be  released  in  September  by  Magic  Bullet  Records.

  Clean  playing  along  with  some  drones  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  darkwave  and  post  rock  elements  and  the  vocals  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  ethereal  and  goth  style.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  goth  rock  and  death  rock  influences  from  the  80's  and  90's  are  also  used  at  times  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  along  with  some  male  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  guitars  get  more  distorted  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  a  touch  of  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.

  Black  Mare  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  rock,  darkwave  and  goth  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  her  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hidden  realms,  fragments  of  dreams,  submerged  memories  and  mythological  imagery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Mare  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  rock,  ethereal,  darkwave  and  goth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ingress  To  Form"  "Coral  Vaults"  and  "Inveted  Tower".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Iurta/Notes Towards A Mental Breakdown/Cyclic Law/2017 CD Review


  Iurta  are  a  duo  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Notes  Towards  A  Mental  Breakdown"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Field  recordings  and  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  while  some  tracks  also  add  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  dark  atmosphere.

  A  lot  of  the  tracks  sound  different  fro  each  other  which  also  gives  the  music  more  variety  and  one  track  also  brings  in  the  use  of  non  traditional  instruments  and  on  some  songs  the  music  gets  more experimental  and  avant  garde.

  Iurta  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  noise,  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  are  inspired  by  dystopia  and  the  writings  of  J.G  Ballard  and  A.  Tarkovski.

  In  my  opinion  Iurta  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Organic  Units"  "Spinal  Levels"  "Fragmentation  Field"  and  "Illuminated  Man".  8  out  of  10.

     

Friday, August 11, 2017

TeHOM/Live Assault/Cyclic Law/2017 CD Review


  TeHOM  are  a  solo  project  from  Croatia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  ritual,  dark  ambient  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  live  2017  album  "Live  Assault"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes and  field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  noise  and  some  touches  of  a  more  dark  and  underground  style  of industrial  and  all  of  the  music  is  recorded  live  and  after  awhile  drones  and  ritualistic  style  chanting  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  they also  give  the  music  more  of  an  occult  atmosphere  while  the  music  also  gets  very  lo-fi,  experimental  and  avant  garde at  times  along  with  more  of  an  improv  feeling  and  the  music  also  gets  more  shamanistic  when  trival  style  percussion  is  utilized  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  martial  and  neo-classical can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  TeHOM  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  industrial,  ritual  and  dark  ambient  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi  along  with  all  of  the  music  being  recorded  live.

  In  my  opinion  TeHOM  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of ritual,  dark  ambient,  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Vasilek/The Dark Road/Translation Loss Records/2017 Cd Review


  Vaselik  are  a  solo  project  from  New  York  that  plays  a  mixture  of  electronic  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017 album  "The  Dark  Road"  which  will  be  released  on  August  25th  by  Translation  Loss  Records.

  A  black  metal  influenced  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drones  and  elements  of  noise  a  few  seconds  later  while  demonic  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  and  the  synths  and  programmed  beats  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  darker  and  atmospheric  feeling.

  All  3  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  guitar  riffs  and  leads  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  and  the  last  and  the  last  track  is  over  33  minutes  in  length  and  most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Vasilek  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  dark  ambient  and  electronic  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Vaselik  are a   very  great  sounding  mixture  of  electronic  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Green  Lady".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, August 4, 2017

John Steven Morgan/Solo Piano Works/Dark Martha Records/2017 Full Length Review


  John  Steven  Morgan  is  a  solo  artist  from  Acton,  California  who  also  plays  for  the  experimental  black  metal  band  Wreche  and  with  his  solo  material  brings  in  a  mixture  of  soundtrack,  acoustic  piano,  experimental,  metal,  jazz  and  classical  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Solo  Piano  Works"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Dark  Martha  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  pianos  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  classical  feeling  while  also  bringing  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  all of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  more  of  a  soundtrack  orientated  atmosphere  at times.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  while  pianos  are  the  only  musical  instrument  being  presented  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other  and  some  songs  also  add  in  influences  from  jazz  and  metal  and  some  songs also  bring  in  stride  piano's  and  piano  solos.

  John  Steven  Morgan  creates  a  recording t hat  is  all  done  on  pianos  and  mixes  classical,  jazz,  metal,  experimental  and  soundtrack  to  create  something  very original  while  keeping  everything  all  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  John  Steven  Morgan  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  classical,  jazz,  metal,  experimental  and  soundtrack  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  artist.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Robots"  "Letters"  "Terra  Damnata"  and  "Amia".  8  out  of  10.  

Sum Of R/Orga/Czar of Revelations/2017 CD Review


  Sum  Of  R  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark ambient,  doom metal, noise,  post  rock,  experimental,  drone,  electronic  and  psychedelic  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Orga"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Czar  Of  Revelations.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  and  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  feeling.

  When  programmed  beats  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  militant  feeling  while  some  songs  also  add  in  more  electronic  and  noise  music  elements  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals  and  a  later  song  also  brings  in  the  actual  use  of  real  drums  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  psychedelic  touches  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  add  in  traces  of  doom  metal  and  post  rock

  Sum  Of  R  creates  a  recording t hat  is  done  in  more  of  a  ritualistic  dark  ambient  style  but  also  mixes  in  traces  of  psychedelic,  post  rock,  drone,  doom  metal,  experimental  and  electronic  music  to  create  something  very  original  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Sum  Of  R  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark ambient,  doom metal, noise,  post  rock,  experimental,  drone,  electronic  and  psychedelic  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Overgrown"  "Cobalt  Powder"  "After  The  Passing  Of  Risk"  and  "One  After  The  Other".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Pod/Self Titled/Accident Prone Records/2017 Full Length Review


  The  Pod  are  a  solo  project  from Chapel,  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  mixture  of  ambient,  drone,  psychedelic  and  experimental with  touches  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2017  album  which  was  released  by  Accident  Prone  Records.

  Drum  beats  and  psychedelic  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  drone  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  synths  and  after  awhile grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their presence  known  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  ambient  touches.

  A  great  amount  of  experimental  and  electronic  music  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  heavy  guitar  riffs  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  all  instrumental  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  an d epic  in  length  and  slide  guitars  are  also  used  briefly.

  The  Pod  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  ambient,  psychedelic,  drone  and  experimental  and  mixes  it  in  with  black  metal  vocals  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Pod  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ambient,  psychedelic,  drone,  experimental  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Folded  Eyes" "The  Desert"  and  "That  Wa  New  York".  8  out  of  10.

      

Thursday, July 27, 2017

End Christian/Energy & Strength/Translation Loss Records/2017 CD Review


  End  Christian  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  a  mixture  of  blackened  noise, dark  ambient,  psychedelic,  trip  hop  drone,  shoegaze and  dream  pop  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Energy  &  Strength"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Translation  Loss  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  trip  hop  direction  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  dream  pop  along  with  some  clean  singing  male  and  female  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  on  the  second  track  piano's  and  bass  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  elements  of  dark  ambient,  noise  and  psychedelia  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  all  instrumental  and  drones  are  also  used  briefly  as  the  album  progresses  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly while  some  of  the  songs  also  mix  in  the  atmosphere  of  black  metal  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  End  Christian  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  blackened  noise,  dark  ambient,  trip  hop.  psychedelic,  drone,  shoegaze  and  dream  pop  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  philosophical  themes.

 In  my  opinion  End  Christian  are  a  very  great  sounding mixture  of  blackened  noise, dark  ambient,  psychedelic,  trip  hop  drone,  shoegaze and  dream  pop  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Froze  Red"  "Delivered  In  Shame"  "A  Relaxing  Time"  and  "Call  About  Trix".  8  out  of  10.  

Hanetration 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?



Just moving on, as usual. I’m halfway through forming the next EP now. It’s difficult to find time to work on music, so usually by the time I finally finish tinkering with a release, I’m just pleased to have it finished and be able to move on. My head has been on the next release for a while. I think it’s sounding like a good one.





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



Gavia EP isn’t my favourite. These things happen. I had high hopes for it, but the songs moved away from what I’d planned. And life has handed me a busy year, so I’ve had these tracks hanging around for ever. Nice to get them out. I should mention the wonderful artwork by Tommy Nease. Beautiful stuff. To me, there’s a clear arc to the EP that harks back to one of my previous releases. In fact, that was the original jumping-off point; returning to clear structures after some of my recent stuff being more abstract. It’s a deliberate step backwards in a certain sense. The next one is moving forward again.





3.So far all of the releases have been EPs, are there any plans for a full length in the future?



I like the freedom that EPs give me. I can put down ideas then move on quickly, and stick to a common theme without them becoming boring. I see each of my releases as having its own unique sound (linking to the artwork and titles and stuff) – I think it’d be difficult to sustain that across a full album. I like releasing stuff regularly too. Although it’s well over a year since I put out the last one. The next one will be much sooner.





4.So far all of the music has been instrumental have you ever considered adding any vocals on your releases?



Never say never, but I’m not much of a singer. Vocals would have to be very buried and distorted to be worth listening to. I like the openness of releasing instrumental stuff anyway. People form their own images and interpretations, and I like the attachments that form with that, they seem more personal somehow.





5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hanetration'?



The name had to be an abstract, unique, single word. It fitted the bill. There’s an obvious reason for it. Almost too obvious. I enjoy being anonymous. Hiding behind the name makes the promotion game more bearable. Bothering everyone, trying to make people listen… Horrible. I wouldn’t want to do it with my face on it.





6.You record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?



I’m probably too much of a control freak to relinquish any control, certainly under the Hanetration name. There were talks of a split EP with another artist, but we’re both very slow-moving and I’m fairly certain he’s forgotten all about it.





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



It sounds apathetic, but I don’t really care much about furthering things. I’d like more people to have the opportunity to hear my stuff, but I’m wary of what might come with signing to a label – having to please other people, take advice, consider sales and audience and the compromises that might come with that. Right now I do everything myself and can do whatever I want. Also, no one wants to sign me, so that works out well.





8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ambient and drone?



I’m been blown away by the interest to be honest. Tenth Oar EP was just some bits I made to amuse myself, so it was amazing to see lots of people downloading and writing about it. Since then, each release has had a bunch of reviews and features and stuff. Some have been more popular than others, but I like that. I’m happy to make each EP different. People have been incredibly kind. Seeing tracks used in short films and things has been nice too. I enjoy the process of making music and putting it out, but the fact that people listen to it always sort of surprises me.





9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?



I’ve been feeling a frustration with my lack of technical ability in certain areas. I really want to make the time to educate myself and use new skills in how I put stuff together. How that will sound, I don’t yet know.





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?



You know, I only recently discovered Wolfgang Voigt’s project Gas. It’s seminal stuff that I’ve always meant to investigate, but somehow only recently got round to it. It’s lovely. But I keep finding little sounds and textures in his work that remind me of stuff off Acid Reflux EP and Coiled Fire EP in particular, and now I’m worried people will think I’ve spent five years ripping him off. Waldsterben EP had a track called ‘Aurora’ that had a Gas-sy beat. The next EP is going more down that route. It’s sounding lush.





11.What are some of your non musical interests?



We’re back to the anonymity thing again. I have a day job and hobbies and interests. But I’m happy to partition them in one part of my life, and let Hanetration live in another part. Hanetration is only music.





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



Be kind to people. And go to the beach more.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

iMMANENT.dOMAIN Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
i.d.: this is our first release as a collective. a lot of these tracks were finished by Spaghetti Blacc months ago, but the collaborations took time to piece together. This was also the most expensive album to record in Blacc Ski Weekend's history. Even outside of purchased gear, any device that came within our reach got recorded and thrown onto this album, and probably even remixed.

2. How would you describe your musical sound that is presented on the album?
i.d: espionage rap, ceremonial music, noise. A lot of stuff inspired by old playstation/saturn soundtracks.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
i.d: keeping it raw, honestly, not that masturbatory intellectualism, "let me preach at you" type game. That aint what I'm trying to hear. In the rap game we, unfortunately, need to navigate through a phenomenon called "Terminal Woke Worship." There are a lot of references to dated American movies/video games/pop music because I wanted the listener to feel the hopelessness of being complicit in violent consumerist culture and the horrid side effects of this brainwashing. I think maybe album this started out as commenting on some themes in current American society, politics and pop culture, but that's a lot to unpack without knowing all the answers of how to fix all this shit, and I'm not really even used to speaking on something like this, so eventually that lens tilts and focuses inwards, for me at least. I don't place ourselves above America or its problems,  so the story just kinda fit as (un)naturally as we do as a unit. Maybe I got a little too honest, though...there are tracks I'm not trying to listen to all the way through. I mean, some of us even work for the government. I was just trying to get all these govt employees to band together, fondle machines, and change NYC through angsty sounds. But true to NYC lifestyle, most of the concepts and themes are developed up until to the point of collapse, and even then debris is stacked on top of ruins. Everything is accelerated to its self destruction point, without exception.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'iMMANENT.dOMAIN'?
i.d: i guess its a bad pun like everyone else's name, but there turned out to be a running theme in these songs with identity, or identification. So, all the band members have ID cards and need to check into the facility & log into my facebook profile in order to collaborate with Spaghetti at the actual immanent domain, where the album was recorded. That's what the album cover is depicting as well.

5. Has there been any live shows or is this strictly a studio Project?
i.d: Spaghetti Blacc & Volatile Hank will be on tour in Thailand and Indonesia in late August of this year performing some of the material from the album. SB & T will probably play shows after that covering some of the other material too. Other members could be out performing these tracks and honestly I wouldn't even know.


6. Can you tell us a little bit more about  'Blacc Ski Weekiend Industries'?
i.d: Founded by Spaghetti Blacc in 2013, Blacc Ski Weekend has produced albums of various genre styles, video games, audiobooks, animated short films, there were even some comic book projects that were discontinued.


7. How has the feedback been to your music by your fans so far?
i.d: positive! I didn't think people were used to switching gears so violently from rap to harsh noise to gamelan infused synthpop, so I'm glad we tried that. This album will be released in a 3cd set this summer.

8.What is going on with some of the other musical projects some of the band members are a part of?
i.d: Cy is working on a new rap tape, his fourth I believe. Spaghetti Blacc will have a feature on that tape. THERAVADA will be releasing a lot of projects in the remainder of this year that I'm pretty excited about, many of which produced by Rob Chambers plus a lot of other talented musicians too. They will most likely release stuff under the "Trilogy" project too. ZMD is still working on Vol 13. Wanted Dead or Alive Productions is a new label very closely related to Blacc Ski Weekend Industries, and they're putting out some new rap material too. Spaghetti will be involved in a lot of these projects, to a much smaller degree. A lot of them are simply being produced at the "domain".

9. Where do you see this project heading into musically during the future?
i.d: There's a music video coming out soon for "Increased Security". Spaghetti Blacc & T will be releasing a sequel album that primarily focuses on espionage-rap and themes of "new humanity"

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.d: Kool Keith & Susumu Hirasawa. I guess this album was also in part influenced by Les Rallizes Denudes live videos.

11. Does Occultism play any role in your music?
i.d: We have our suspicions about who among us is smuggling in the influence of occultism. At this time we cannot say.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?
i.d: exercise, water, espionage, self flagellation.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
i.d: Shouts out to Jozef Boza for the art. Shouts out to HMW for the interview. Shouts out to everybody for listening and supporting.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Ulnar/Dreaming Of Sailing Further West/Colectivo Casa Amarela/2017 Full Length Review


  Ulnar  are a  duo  from  Portugal that  plays  a  mixture  of  ambient,  drone  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Dreaming  Of  Sailing  Further  West"  which  was  released  by  Colectivo  Casa  Amarela.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  elements  of  ambient  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  songs  that  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  atmospheric  feeling    and  most  of  the  music  is  instrumental.

  At  times  the  music  can  get  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  while  also  adding  soundscapes  and  elements  of  noise  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording    and  voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other  which  also  gives  the  recording  a  lot  more  diversity.

  Ulnar  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  ambient,  drone  and  noise  and  mixes it  with  experimental  and  atmospheric  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Ulnar  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ambient,  drone  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Volcanic  Ash"  and  "Sailing  Further  West".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Kavrilla Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We´re a four piece band  from Hamburg, Germany and founded in the beginning of 2016. We all meet each other pretty much by accident via various earlier bands of ours. We talked about our future plans and what we would like to do as a musician and stuff. Then everything happened real fast. We had some rough sketches in the beginning of the sound that should become Kavrila in the end. We developed it more and more and came up with 4 songs resp. our first EP "Rituals I", which we were very satisfied with. All this was created in a very spontanious and relaxed atmosphere without any particular plans or precise sound ideas.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Shit-blissfulness on the highest we don´t give a fuck-level possible and human chasms set to music.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
To make it short: Exaggerated scenarios, everyday life shit, personal considerations and observations, experiences, times of suffer, a dark view into the future, abstract stuff. All with a certain room of interpretation for the listener. Our music pretty much sets the tone for the lyrics.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name “Kavrila"?
It´s a greek word which means something like disgusting, grotesque or brutal. We thought this sums up our idea and sound of the band perfectly.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Hard to say, every show is kind of special cause we try to lose ourselves during every set. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. We played a show in Wuppertal, Germany last year which was very good. The audience kind of came along with us and this is the best that could happened. Lose yourself in the performances alongside the audience. It´s all pretty chaotic and energetic as well I think...

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Of course, we will play shows until the end of the year in Germany. Next year we would like to touch ground in other parts of Europe as well and of course more Germany. We´re still a pretty fresh and new band. You have to enter some stages to get the word out. We´ll make sure that will happen.

7. Can you tell us a little bit more about the labels you have worked with on the new release?
Backbite Records from Karlsruhe, Germany will release the album on Vinyl, CD and digital. We got in touch through a friend who send him our first EP. He came back to us really quickly and was excited of what he heard. He mediate from the beginning that he would like to work with us. That impressed us very much and so all came up gradually. We think we´re in very good hands with Backbite. Breathe Plastic from the Netherlands and Medusa Crush Recordings from Canada will release the tape version of "Blight". Medusa already worked the tape release of "Rituals I"  and Breathe Plastic did some kind of digital release of it. So we kind of had the perfect team for the album release together already and are very happy with the guys who are involved again for the full-length.

8. On a worldwide level, how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal and punk?
Well, we´re still kind of work on a reputation here in Germany and then we´ll try to conquer the rest of the world, haha. We hope to get some more attention from outside Germany along the release of our debut. We got some guys who will spread the word and hope for the best. Of course this interview is a chance to reach some people who never heard of us as well. So thanks to you for giving us the opportunity!

9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We don´t make plans so much and concentrate on the next day to come. There are some ideas of course but we´ll see if they will be realized. We will release "Blight" on Aug 4th, this is our future for now. 


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?
We have many influences and I´m not talking other bands here in the first place. I would say our influences come from our very near environment; people we deal with, the city we live in or shit we go through. Of course these things are connected with music, no doubt. But I think many factors come into play that are shaping your music and on how it comes out of you.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?
All kinds of stuff man. Skateboarding, movies, art and of course our friends and families.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for getting in touch with us man! We appreciate it very much. We don´t take that for granted. Spread the word and listen to George Carlin.

Hanetration/Gavia/2017 EP Review


  Hanetration  are  a  musical  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  drone,  glitch  and  idm and  this is  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Gavia".

  Ambient  style  drones  start  off  the  ep  and  after  awhile  programmed  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  glitch  and  idm  and  most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other  which  also  gives  the  ep  a  lot  more  diversity  and  one  track  adds  in  elements  of  world  music  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added onto the closing track

  Hanetration  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  drone,  dark  ambient,  experimental,  glitch  and  idm  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original  while  keeping  most  of  the  music  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Hanetration  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  drone,  glitch  and  idm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ponta"  and  "Zorile".  8  out  of  10.    

Friday, July 14, 2017

iMMANENT.dOMAIN/Persona Non Grata/Black Sky Weekend Industries/2017 Full Length Review



  iMMANENT.dOMAIN  are  a  musical  project  from  New  York  that  plays  a mixture  of  hip  hop,  black  metal,  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise,  drone,  electronica  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Persona  Non Grata"  which  was  released  by  Black  Sky  Weekend  Industries.

  Hip  hop  vocals  and  rapping  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  being  utilized  in  the  background  as w ell  as  a  small  amount  of  nature  sounds  and  after  awhile  synths,  programmed  beats  and  turntable  scratching  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  elements  of  dark  ambient  are  also  used  at  times.

  A  lot  of the  music  brings  in  a more  experimental  approach  to  hip  hop  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  death  industrial  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount of  black  metal  screams  and  one  track  also  brings  in  more  of  a  tribal  and  ritualistic  style.

  Heavy  guitar  riffs  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  touches of  synth  pop  and  techno  and  a  later  track  adds  in  some  noisecore  and  power  violence  traces  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also all  instrumental and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  diversity  throughout  the  recording.

  iMMANENT.dOMAIN  plays  a  musical  style  that  mostly  closer  to  hip hop  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  black  metal,  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise,  drone,  electronica  and  industrial  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness,  Philosophical  and  Violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  iMMANENT.dOMAIN  are  a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  hip  hop,  black  metal,  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise,  drone,  electronica  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Open  Sorcerer"  "They're  Marching  On  My  Last  Nerve"  "Legendary  prisoner"  and  "Genie  Buss".  8  out  of  10.

 

 

   

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Excoriate/Of The Ghastly Stench/Nihilistic Holocaust/2017 Demo Review

 Excoriate  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  "Of  The  Ghastly  Stench"  which  was  released  by  Nihilistic  Holocaust.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  first  track  is  all  instrumental  and  on  the  second  tracks  death  metal  growls  and  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording.


  All  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  all  of  the  songs  sounding  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  during  that  time  frame  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  screams  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  song  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Excoriate  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's while  also adding  in  a  touch  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics cover  darkness,  nightmares  and  death  metal.

  In  my  opinion  Excoriate  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oh!  Peaceful  Derketa"  and  "Ghostly  Stench  Of  Mortal  Remains".  8  out  of  10.   

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Kavrilla/Blight/Medusa Crush Recordings/Breathe Plastic Records/Backbite Records/2017 CD Review


  Kavrilla  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Blight"  which  will  be  released  in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Medusa  Crush  Recordings,  Breathe  plastic  and  Backbite  Records.

  Distorted  amp  noises  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction t hat  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  hardcore  punk  while  the  slow  riffs  are  more  rooted  in  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  elements  of  d  beat  are  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  black  metal  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  drones  and  tortured  voices  and  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Kavrilla  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  hardcore  punk,  sludge  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kavrilla  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  hardcore  punk,  sludge  and  death  metal  with  a  blackened  touch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Each"  "Gold"  and  "Apocalypse".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Malicious Wonderland Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
The main focus of this project is sound design. I layer different ambient sounds and loops together in order to create cinematic soundscapes. Hopefully this kind of music conjures up images of post-apocalyptic wastelands in your head.

2.So far you have released 3 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on all of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
The album "Dystopia" is still a work in progress. I post songs onto Bandcamp as I go. As for the other two releases, I would have to say that the main difference between them is that the first release is more composed and orchestrated than the second. The second release is more of a collage of sounds that fit together into a cohesive whole while the first has more of what one of my listeners has called a "dark eighties vibe" to it.

3.All of your music is instrumental, are you open to using any vocals in the future?
Probably not. Maybe some sampled voices, but never any actual singing. I may someday do something within the metal realm that would include vocals. I never plan for these things ahead, though.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Malicious Wonderland'?
Malicious means something harmful and malignant. Wonderland evokes images of fantasy lands. Putting these two words together represents what this project hopes to accomplish. I want to create sinister sounding music that takes you into dark, fantastical realms.

5.Since October you have released 3 albums, do you put in a great amount of time and effort into creating music?
Yes, I do.

6.So far all of the music has been instrumental, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work alone?
I am always open to working with other people. However, I have never had the opportunity. I have been working by myself for so long now that I would welcome the change of bouncing ideas off of another person. It just hasn't happened yet.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
One label gave me a vague commitment. I am always looking. Although, I have no delusions. If a release happens it will be on a very small underground scale. Probably limited to a couple of homemade CDRs. Of course, there is no monetary reward in making this kind of music. My music is a small drop in a much wider ocean.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of dark ambient and industrial?
I don't know. I haven't heard much from them yet. I have sent out many emails soliciting reviews and opinions. I take them all with a grain of salt, but if I wasn't sending out emails I would just be making music for myself. I think music and art should be shared with other people.

9.Are you currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Reflections From Nowhere, which is more song orientated. It's more composed with melodies. Think of it as a companion to Malicious Wonderland.
https://reflectionsfromnowhere .bandcamp.com/

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I never plan these things. I don't know. Wherever my musical whims happen to take me.
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?
Classical music, film soundtracks, photography, art, nature, etc. Anything and everything.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Photography, nature hikes, and reading. Check out my photography here:
https://www.flickr.com/people/ rossdxvx/

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Malicious Wonderland/Wasteland/2017 FUll Lenth Review


  Malicious  Wasteland  are  a  solo  project  from  Michigan  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Wasteland".

  Dark  ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  few  field  recordings  as  well  as  some  programmed  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  and  also  have  the  dark  atmosphere  of  a  post  apocalyptic  soundtrack  along  with  a  great  amount  of  underground  industrial  elements  and  the  synths  also gives  the  songs  a  more  atmospheric  feeling.

  Malicious  Wasteland  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient  and  industrial  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Malicious  Wasteland  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  8  out of  10. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Burke And Hare Interview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


Saturday, June 24, 2017

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 23, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Burke And Hare/Self Titled/2017 EPReview


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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Erang/Echoes From A Past That Never Was/2017 Compilation Album Review


  Erang  are  a  solo project  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  dungeon  synth  and  medieval  fantasy  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  compilation  "Echoes  From A  Past  That  Never  Was".

  Covers  by  This  Mortal  Night,  Alex  Lamia  and  Arathgoth  start  off  the  compilation along  with  some  synths  that  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  along  with  a  medical  atmosphere  and  elements  of  dungeon  synth  and  dark  ambient  as  well  as  some  programmed  beats.

  Spoken  word  parts  are  used  briefly  while  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  operatic  female  vocals  and  there is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  and  programmed  blast  beats  that  are  influenced  by  black  metal  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  and  almost  towards  the end  a track  also  brings  in  black  metal  screams  and  clean  male  vocals  are  used  on  the  closing  song.

  On  this  compilation  Erang  brings  in  some  of  his  best  dungeon  synth  and  medieval  fantasy  music  he  has  recorded  over  the  years  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  at  times  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great sounding  collection  from  Erang  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dungeon  synth,  you  should check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Dreamt  Of  AN  Emerald  Forest"  "Golden  Age  Of  the  Underwater  Kingdom"  and  "All  Te  Beauty  We  Lost",  8  out  of  10.