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.
 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Evil Sex Party/Self Titled/2017 Full Length Review


  Evil  Sex  Party  are  a  duo  from  new Hampshire  that  plays  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2017  album,

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  a  psychedelic  feeling  at  times  along  with  a  few  drones  while  most  of t he  music  is  instrumental and  at  times  the  music  brings  in  a  sci-fi  atmosphere  as  well  as  having  its  experimental  and  avant  garde  moments  and  one  tracks  brings  in  porno  samples  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  sound different  from  each  other  which  also  gives  the  recording  a  lot  more  diversity  and  one  song  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

  Evil  Sex  Party  plays  a  style  of  dark  ambient  that  is  very  diverse  and  experimental  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi  while  the  song  themes  centers  around  a  story  that  those  listen  to  and  become  victims  of  strange  happenings  and  hauntings.

  In  my  opinion  Evil  Sex  Party  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  ambient  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bonus"  "Return  To  Light"  and  "Transmogrification".  8  out  of  10.

 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Descend Into Despair/Synaptic Veil/Loud Rage Music/2017 CD Review


  Descend  Into  Despair  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Synaptic  Veil"  which  was released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  atmospheric  synths  and  melodic  guitar  leads are  added  onto  the  recording  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  funeral  doom  direction.

  Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  main  focus  is  on  death  metal  growls  and  symphonic  elements  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  can  be  heard  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals  and  the  album  sticks  to  a  very  slow  style  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Descend  Into  Despair  creates  another  recording that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  from  previous releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  despondency,  despair,  misanthropy,  heartache  and  solitude  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Descend  Into  Despair  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Alone With  My  Thoughts"  and  "Silence  In  Sable  Acrotism".  8  out  of  10.   

Moribundo/Raiz Amarga/Satanath Records/More Hate Productions/2017 CD Review


  Moribundo  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  funeral  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Raiz  Amarga"  which  will  be  released  on  June  18th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  More  Hate  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Grim  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  atmospheric sounding  synths  and  after  awhile  guttural  death  metal  growls  make  their  presence  known  along  with  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  stringed  instruments  are  also  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  main  focus  is  on  a  very  slow  musical  style  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Moribundo  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a modern  form  of  funeral  doom  and  mixes  it  with  90's  era  doom/death  and  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  Moribundo  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Vida"  and  "Suicido  Illustrado".  8  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Soundbyte Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
The process of making Solitary IV was hard work and at the same time incredible inspiring. The Soundbyte went straight from recording to work on new material and ideas. The recording of the new album generated both new musical ideas as well as ways of working with sound. It generated so much material to dive into and explore further. So we will back in studio in June rehearsing like we have done more or less continuous for almost three decades.

2.You have a new album coming out during the end of June, 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?
Solitary IV presents a variety of different soundscapes. Like the previous albums it has many layers. Listeners may find that Solitary IV stands out as even darker and more like an introspection, a dystopia than the previous albums. This album becomes visual, drawing on contrasts between a light etheric expression and a massive dark sound. The album does not fit into a defined style, it has become more of an expression in its own right.  Still it draws on different inspirational sources the listeners will notice. There are traces of metal and even Norwegian folk music in the music. The record demand something of the listener – some tracks hits immediately, other tracks takes more time. It is a sort of record you can listen to many times, and always find something new.

3.The band has been around since 1998 but have only released 4 full lengths, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?
The gap between the albums is a result of exploring and developing musical technological tools to create music. Developing it for our use has taken a lot of time. To integrate it as a tool, an extension of the instruments we play has taken even longer.  All albums are a step further –the band can be seen upon like a research project where we explore different aspects from record to record. We never do new thing just to do it but learn it, practice it so it is a integral part of the sound and performance – like learning a new instrument every time.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We have not worked with lyrics on the two last albums. There are no text or lyrics on Solitary IV.  The vocal is the result of an atmosphere created in the process. The vocal is improvised both in the rehearsing and recording settings. The intention behind that is to use the vocal as a part of the instrumentation, enabling the voice to take more and different roles by using effects, foreground, background and so on. We think the listener still would find lyrical meaning within the tracks through the expressions of the human voice. City of Glass was built upon lyrics by the Norwegian artist Paul Irgens, Rivers of broken Glass had lyrics – the last two albums we have explored without, but still with vocal.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Soundbyte'?
The Soundbyte refers to both the technological in soundbyte. It's a short phrase of a statement as it pictures the way we expand how music can be approached.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We play at different scenes and places. All the concerts are unique whether it is a small and more intimate concert or at a major arena. It is almost impossible to pick one performance and say that this was the best; the contact with the audience makes all these settings unique and satisfying. One of the really fine aspects of doing concerts is that we get to visit different places around the world and communicate through music.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We are working on new material, and are planning concerts and tours from January 2018. Doing (smaller) concerts before that time is not impossible, but not a main focus right now. Though some concerts we have been asked to do might be hard to say no to.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of Avant-garde metal?
The feedback has been overwhelming. It feels especially good to see that so many listeners embrace the music. The feedback we receive is from fans that comes from all sorts of different genres.

9.where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are exploring music and create in our own style. We definitely push ourselves forward. We do not try to make the concept beforehand; all guest musicians contributing into the band also push us out of a predictable way of working. The ground base though will still consist of drums and guitar.

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 am not sure if it is only music that is our main source of inspiration. We grew up with metal and rock music,  and of course we cannot underestimate what that meant to us. At the same time we grew up in and still live in a nature and surroundings that influence the way we form our lives and music. Grounded and torn at the same time.
 
11.What are some of your non-musical interests?
I like to be in activity or learning something new. That is relaxation to me. Skiing (down hill) is a relaxing activity.  So is reading. I find pleasure in all kinds of art, as well as science.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview, and hope you enjoy the album Solitary IV. All the best Trond

www.thesoundbyte.com

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Postvorta/Carmentis/Third I Rex/2017 CD Review


  Postvorta  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  and  sludge  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Carmentis"  which  was  released  by  Third  I  Rex.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  ambient  and  drone  and  melodic  female  chants  are  also  used  briefly  and  they give  the  music  more  of  a  shamanistic  atmosphere  and  after  the  intro  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  add  in  elements  of  post  rock.

 
  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  drum  beats  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  once  the  music  gets  heavy  it  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and doom  metal.

  Vocals a re  mostly  angry  sludge  style  screams  along  with  a few  growls  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  can  be  heard  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  along  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  slide  guitars  along  with  stringed  instruments  are  also  used  briefly.

  Postvorta  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  sludge  and  post  metal  from  previous  releases, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Postvorta  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Colostro"  and "Patutu".  8  out  of  10.



 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

IIVII/Invasion/Consouling Sounds/2017 CD Review


  IIVII  are  a  solo  project from  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  science  fiction  orientated  form  of  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Invasion"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Consouling  Sounds.

  Dark  ambient  style  soundscpaes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  programmed  beats  while  the  clean  guitars  add  in  touches  of  post  rock  and  elements  of  vaporwave,  electronica,  and  drone  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  all  instrumental  while  all  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  classical  music  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  touches  of  industrial  that  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  sci-fi  orientated  atmosphere.

  IIVII  creates  another  recording  that  is  in  the  science  fiction  orientated  style  of  ambient  from  previous  releases  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  mixing  in  elements  of  drone,  industrial,  electronica,  vaporwave  and  classical  to  create  something  very  different  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  IIVII  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  dark ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unclouded  By  Conscience"  "Painless"  and  "You  Die".  8  out  of  10.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Fleshpress/Hulluuden Muuri/2017 Full Length Review


  Finland's  Fleshpress  have  returned  with  a  new  recording t hat  is  also  in  the  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  along  with  some  black  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Hulluuden  Muuri".

  Distorted  amp  noises  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a   very  fast  direction t hat  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  which  also  gives  the  music  a  black  metal  feeling  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  style.

  A  great  amount  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  screams  more  close  to  that  genre  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while t he  music  also  gets  very  progressive  at  times  along  with  a  touch  of  psychedelic  traces  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  direction.

  Fleshpress  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  sludge,  stoner,  and  doom  metal mixture  of  previous  releases  while  also  having  some  psychedelic  and  black  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  misanthropy,  anger  and  disgust  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Fleshpress  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge,  stoner,  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lunastuksen  Ajan  Vera  Riiti"  and  "Voiman  Taydellinen  Toteutuminen".  8  out  of  10.

Bardspec/Hydrogen/By Norse/2017 CD Review


  Bardspec  is  a  solo  project  of  Ivar  Bjornsen  of  Enslaved  and  plays  a  mixture  of  ambientand  industrial   and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Hydrogen"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  By  Norse.

  Industrial  style  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  that  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  atmospheric  feeling  and  after  the  intro  clean  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while t he  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Tribal  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  most  of  the  musical  is  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  experimental  along  with  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  some  of t he  riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  metal.


  Bardspec  plays  a  musical  style  that t takes  ambient,  industrial and  krautrock  and  mixes  in  more  guitars  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  with  only  a  small  touch  of  metal  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Bardspec  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ambient  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bone"  and  "Salt'.  8  out  of  10.

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Helfir/The Human Defeat/My Kingdom Music/2017 CD Review


  Helfir  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  rock  and goth  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Human  Defeat"  which  will  be  released  in June  by  My  Kingdom  Music.

   Electronic  music  sounds  along  with  some  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album before adding  in  a  more  heavy  goth  and  doom  metal  style  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  being  utilized  at times  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  or  melody  in  the  riffing.

  Melodic  singing  is  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  while  some  tracks  also  use  whispered vocals  while  a  great  amount  of  the  tracks  add  in  elements  of  neo  folk  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Helfir  expands  on  the  acoustic  dark  rock  style  of his  previous  release  while  adding  in  elements  of  goth,  death  and  doom  metal  to  create  something  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Helfir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo  folk,  dark  rock  and  goth  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Khost/Governance/Cold Spring Records/2017 CD Review


  Khost  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  industrial  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Governance"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Cold  Spring  Records.

  Harsh  industrial  sounds  along  with  some  melodic  yet  shamanistic  style  chanting  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  add  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  while  also  having  there  melodic  moments  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  and  death  metal  growls are  added  onto  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  drones  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  operatic  style  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  traces  of  ambient  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  get  more  esoteric  and  avant  garde  and  all  of t he  tracks  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.


  Khost  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental,  drone,  death  industrial  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sounds  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Khost  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  death  industrial  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Subliminal  Choroform  Violation"  "Deminized"  "Depression"  and "Stockholm  Syndrome".  8  out  of  10. 

Hjarnidaudi/PsykoStareVoid/Dead Sea Productions/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  This  is  another  review  of  a  recording  from  Hjarnidaudi  which  is  also  in  the  instrumental  mixture  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  drone  direction  and  the  album  was  originally released  in  2009  and  called  "PsykoStareVoid"  and  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Dead  Seed  Productions.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  soundscpaes  and  drones  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  side  of  the  music  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  riffs  are  in a   funeral  doom  style.

  Most  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  no  vocals  or  lyrics  are  ever  utilized  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  touch  of  post  metal  along  with  the  riffs  also  mixing  in a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  clean  playing  is  also  utilized  briefly  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  musical  direction.

  Hjarnidaudi  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  instrumental  mixture  of  drone  and  funeral  doom  metal  from  previous  releases  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  as  a  musician  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  HJarnidaudi  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  drone  and  funeral  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II"  and  "IV".  8  out  of  10.

Hjarnidaudi/Pain: Noise: March/Dead Seed Productions/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Hjarnidaudi  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  drone  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2006  album  "Pain:  Noise:  March"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Dead  Seed  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  funeral  doom  metal  sound  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  starts  off  the  album  and  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental  while  all  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Clean  playing  along  with  elements  of  drone  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  getting  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  and  all  of t he  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow,  musical  direction  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  Hjarnidaudi  plays a  musical  style  that  mixes  funeral  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  also  keeping  everything  in  an  instrumental  and  slow  direction a nd  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Hjarnidaudi  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  drone  and  funeral  doom  metal a dn  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should c heck  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Noise".  8  out  of  10.

 

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Below The Sun Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Hi! We're rehearsing actively, experimenting with the sound, composing new stuff.

2.You have a new album coming out in May, 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?
The musical sound can be described as a mix of doom, sludge, post-metal and ambient. These are main pillars of our music. Our new album is much more contrast in an emotional way. There are some aggressive riffs, some melodic clean singing, some madness.

3.The lyrics on the new album are based on the novel 'Solaris' by Stainslaw Lem, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this writer and also are there any other science fiction authors that have had an influence on your song writing?
"Solaris" tells a story of a contact. And it's not just a contact with "grey people", there are no xenomorphs, no viruses, plants or mushrooms. It's a whole different story! Intelligent ocean that covers entire planet! It's something humanity never met and can not instantly understand. This is the deep and philosophical story which, first of all, provokes introspection.

4.Originally the band was known as 'Solvindur', what was the cause of the new change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Below The Sun’?
I'm surprised, where did you get this info? We played one experimental show in the woods - we had no name then. We didn't need one. Only when we decided to play on, we started to look for the name. And the name should be connected to space somehow. We browsed some options - there was "Solvindur" among them, but lasted less than a week, - and eventually took the name of one of our favorite Ahab's track.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Each show is unique. The audience feel our energy and return it back at a multiplied volume!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We're making a presentation at our city the next day after the release. It will be big Siberian summer festival, and Russian autumn tour then.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of experimental, post, and doom metal?
Although we didn't quite fit the specific genre, the worldwide feedback has been great! We were surprised how positive it was! Also, there were a lot of messages, like "It will be very hard to outperform the first album!", but we're doing all we can. And on the second album you can see our growth.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Our drummer has a black metal project "Istina". The guitarists play in the psychedelic band "The Warp".

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We're going to play, experiment and search for our own style. This is the endless search. Maybe our next album would be something ambient mixed with other styles. We'll see, where the search brings us.

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're listening to a lot of various music. Ranging from minimal techno to avant-garde styles. If it is specifically rock\metal bands that influenced us, then we can point out Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Ahab, Troum, Yob, My Shameful, Sunn o)) Khanate, Rabies Caste, Korn, The Mars Volta... and so on, the list is virtually endless!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
The space!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Look at the stars more often.


 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Soundbyte/Solitary Iv/Temple Of Torturous Records/2017 CD Review


  The  Soundbyte  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  an  avant  garde  and  experimental  form  of  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Solitary IV"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Temple  Of  Torturous  Records.

  Drones  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  clean  post  rock  style  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  drum  beats  adds  more  power  to  the  tracks  and  the  music  also  mixes  in a   great  amount  of  ambient  elements  and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  When  stringed  instruments  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  avant  garde  feeling  along  with  some  symphonic  and  neo  classical  touches  and  the music  also  gets  more  experimental  as  the  album  progresses  while  whispers  are  also  added  into  certain sections  of the  recording.

  When  female  vocals  are  brought  into the  music  they  give  the  songs  a  more  esoteric  and  goth  influenced  atmosphere  while  the  heavy  riffs  are  done  in  a  more  atmospheric  doom  metal  style  and  they  also  add  in  a  more  clean  yet  distorted  progressive  style  on  later  tracks  and  some  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  closing  track  adds  in a  touch  of  Norwegian  black  metal  into  the  riffing.

  The  Soundbyte  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  electro  acoustic,  ambient,  experimental,  avant  garde,  progressive,  post  rock  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark a nd  depressive  themes.

 In  my  opinion  The  Soundbyte  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  avant  garde  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should   check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fanfare"  "Lamentations"  and  "Solitary".  8  out  of  10.   

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Costin Chioreanu/There Is A Place Called Home/Svart Records/2017 EP Review


  Costin  Chioreanu  is  a  solo  artist  from  Romania  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  experimental  and  avant garde  with  some  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep  "There  Is  A  Place  Called Home"  which  was  released  by  Svart  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along with  some  ambient  style  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  and  tragic  style  synths  and  after  awhile  clean  yet  distorted  guitars  are  added  onto the  recording  and  add  in  melodic  post  rock style  guitar  leads  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  mostly instrumental  as  well  as  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Elements  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording and  all  of  the musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use of  Romanian  style  flutes  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  diverse  and  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Costin  Chioreanu  creates  a  recording t hat is  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  than  his  metal  projects  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  also  mixing  in  elements  of ambient  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Costin  Chioreanu  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  avant  garde  and  experimental,  you  should  check  out  this ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The Night".  8  out  of  10.

   

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Blue Tapes House Band/Vol. 2:Coo/Blue Tapes And X Ray Records/2017 Full Length Review


  The  Blue  Tapes  House  Band  are  a  project  based  in  the  United  Kingdom  that  consists  of  many  musicians  from  the  same  label  and  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  drone,  and  musique  concrete    and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Vol. 2:"  which  was  released  by  Blue  Tapes  And  X  Ray  Records.

  Atmospheric  drones  and  field  recordings  start  off  the  album along  with  some  loops  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  also gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  and  most  of  the  musical  is  instrumental  while  voices  are  also  added  into  the  background  of  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Pianos  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  a  classical  touch  and  after  awhile  traces  of  ambient  can  be  heard  and  when  programmed  beats  are  utilized  they  give  the  recording  a  more  militant  feeling  and  they  also  capture  the  raw  style  of  the  Walkman  sounds.

  The  Blue  Tapes  House  Band  plays  a  musical  style  that mixes  experimental,  drone,  loops,  ambient  and  musique  concrete  to  create  something  very  different  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  The  Blue  Tapes  House  Band  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  drone,  and  musique  concrete  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  8  out of  10.

 

 

   

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Red Moon Architect Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We've started to rehearse these new songs. We don't ever play the new songs together until the album is done so there's a lot to figure out. We've also had quite much to do around this album release. Promotion, gig booking etc. A lot of things to do!

2.You have a new album coming out in May, 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 a weird mixture of heavy and lighter elements, still fitting in this funeral doom category. The sound is rough enough to get the point through, but at the same time production is pretty modern and polished for a doom band. Soundscape is big. A lot of reverbs, huge wall of guitars. That is then mixed with melodic synths and heavenly sweet female vocals.
Compared to our previous album “Fall”, the synths are in bigger role creating the atmosphere. Also the whole production and studio work was done in highest standards possible. No corners cut.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
When I (Saku) write lyrics, I mostly just try to put my emotions into words. It's a bit more abstract point of view. Anni, who did write lyrics for tracks “Tormented” and “NDE”, writes a bit more of concrete topics. They're more story-like than mine. Which is great. I think it gives our output much more diversity.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Red Moon Architect'?
I really can't remember where it came from back then. Red Moon has a lot of meanings in history and in different religions. It used to symbolize a new era or some bad event. It's also really appealing visually.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
There's been so many. Tuska, the biggest metal festival in Finland has been one of the highlights. We've also played few shows with Amorphis. Huge clubs and great audiences. Those are the nights to remember. Some of our very first shows have also very special place in my heart. Even if they were quite modest in many ways and we weren't at the same level as a band, it was awesome to play live with RMA for the first times.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We're playing some shows in Finland first. Album release party is 8th June in Helsinki, Finland. Estonia is on the list to go next.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of funeral doom metal?
Really great! Although we have a lot of listeners that aren't just funeral doom fans. Reactions from media have been great since we started, especially with this new album. Fans think that our new material has always been better and better. So do we, so we're going to the right direction! We've also got some great feedback from people that usually don't listen to metal.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?
Our bass player Jukka plays also in Crimson Sun. They've been really active touring around Europe and writing new material. If you're into melodic metal and modern sound, you should really check them out!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I really don't know. We're so happy with the outcome of our last album that I don't know what we could change. Usually the ideas will start to grow a while after the latest album is released. I'll start to write new material next winter. I don't want to make the same album twice, so we'll see. Everything is quite balanced now and the sound of our band is exactly how I've wanted it to be.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I've been influenced more of nature, other people and my emotions than music. I've listened to a lot of dark ambient music lately and I think that can be heard on our album. For example, the intro track “The Haunt”. Many people don't just get it and think it's completely unnecessary track, but for me it's important when you listen the album as a whole. Shape Of Despair, the greatest funeral doom band from Finland has of course been a huge influence for me always.
I don't listen to metal a lot. I work as a record producer and mostly work with metal bands, but on my own time I'm more into fusion jazz. It may be days or weeks when I don't listen to any music at all. It's also a common joke that I don't know any of the bands out there. I really don't. I'm so out of scene, haha.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Video games, whisky, food and my lovely daughter. Because of my job, music is so big part of my life, there isn't really space for anything else. I just don't have time to any more hobbies.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
If you're into melodic doom metal, or even if not, you should check out our new album “Return of the Black Butterflies”. It's our best album to the date and we're extremely proud to soon have it out there for all of you to listen. Thanks!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Vin De Mia Trix/Palimpsests/Hypnotic Dirge Records/Cimmerian Shade Recordings/2017 Full Length Review


  Vin  De  Mia  Trix  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Palimpsests"  which  will  be  released  on  May  31st  as  a  joint  effort  between  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records  and  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  also  being  used  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  nature  sounds  and  some  shamanistic  style  atmosphere  is  added into  some  parts  of t he  album  and  after  awhile  clean  playing  and  melodic  guitar  leads a re  added  onto  the  recording.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  slow  riffs  also  mix  in  the  heaviness  of  funeral  doom  metal  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  melodic  chants  and  both  post  and  progressive  rock  elements  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  clean  vocals  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  death  metal growls  also  start  to  make their  presence  known  along  with  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  screams  while the  acoustic  guitars  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  progressive  touch  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and thrash  influences  can  be  heard while  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slower  direction.

  Vin  De  Mia  Trix  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  also  mixes  in  elements  of  epic  traditional doom,  black  metal,  post  and  progressive  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  myths  and  archetypes  from  different  cultures  and  how  they relate to  each  other.

  In  my  opinion  Vin  De  Mia  Trix  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Martarisvan"  and  "Noe".  8  out  of  10.
     

Merchant Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new EP?
We've been quietly writing new material in the past few months alongside a few big shows. We recorded the album in December, so since then we've done a few headlining Melbourne shows, supported Cough/Windhand in Melbourne on their Australian tour and we have just gotten back from our first overseas tour, a short run in New Zealand with the legends in WATCHTOWER.

2.You have a new album coming out in May, 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?
'Beneath', very much picks up where 'Suzerain' left off, especially in the fact that it is an exercise in low end brutality. We try and write music that is not your standard sludge, something with a bit more complexity and with more layers. The EP has a higher level of intricacy, extended psychedelic parts and is just a bit more surgical than 'Suzerain' - or at least we like to think.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
While our first one dealt with the mourning of others, the state of the world and our sanity, Beneath deals with the concept of the Self. The lyrical themes have a common thread in that they deal with identifying inner darkness and grappling with it in an effort to better our own existence.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Merchant'?
Merchant just sounded tough to us.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our NZ tour last week was definitely the pinnacle of our live rituals so far. The buzz from heading to another country and playing to people there is otherworldly. In terms of our stage performance, we're a pretty aggressive unit and we try to deliver something as visually devastating as we aim to be sonically.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We've got shows booked in Sydney, Ballarat and Melbourne over the next month and we're  currently mapping out where we're going to get to before the end of year. We aim to hit every Australian state and then we'll probably look a bit further away for next year.

7.The new EP is coming out on 'Black Bow Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Undoubtedly. Jon Davis (Black Bow/Conan) has been incredibly easy to deal with and has helped us out at every step. It's a huge confirmation for us that we're on something resembling the right track by having him put this EP out on Black Bow.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge and doom metal?
We've been stoked at the feedback we've had from all over. We're literally just four dudes playing loud amps in a small room for the most part, so to see people listen to our music, recommend us to their friends, wear our shirts is hugely humbling.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
It's difficult to say. We will always be a heavy band at heart but experiences within a musical journey and outside of it will always influence where we're going. It takes a long time to get to where you want to be artistically and in reality, it takes people's whole lives' as they hone their craft.

There'll probably be a few really brutal slow riffs in our future though, that's for sure.

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?
Both myself and Ben grew up on tech-death and bands like Gorguts, Spawn of Possession, Necrophagist before falling down a cavern of sludge. These bands and their odd riffing will always be part of the Merchant writing style, but stuff that's influenced us heavily as of late includes Sumac, Amenra, Cobalt.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
We are all a bit partial to an ice cold adult beverage. 50% of our band seem to like tattoos, the other 50% don't like much.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Stay grim and wear more long sleeves with metal as hell sleeve prints.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Shibalba/Psychostasis-Death Of Kat/Agonia Records/2017 CD Review


  Shibalba  are  a  side  project  with members  from  both  Greece  and  Sweden  that  are  also  members  of  Acheronitas  and  Nastrond  and  with  this  project  play  a  ritualistic  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  Tibetan  music,  Shamanistic  and  meditative  trance  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Psychostastis-Death  Of  Kat"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  and  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  making  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  shamanistic  and  tribal style  percussion's  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  Tibetan  style  folk  instruments.

  A  lot  of  the  tracks  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  gongs  and  bells  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  occult  and  magickal  atmosphere  and  as  the  amount  progresses  elements  of  trance  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Shibalba  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient,  Tibetan  music,  meditative  trance,  shamanistic  and  ritual  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  musical  themes  focus  on  the  pre-Buddha  Religion  of  Bon,  Shamanism  and  Thelema  along  with  a  more  left  hand  path  approach. 

  In  my  opinion  Shibalba  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  meditative  trance  and  shamanistic  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Psychostastis-Death  Of  Kat"  "Aether  Ananda  Aiwass"  "Five  Points  Of  Desire"  and  "Opening  The  Shadow  Box".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Red Moon Architect/Return Of The Black Butterflies/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


  Red  Moon  Architect  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a melodic  form  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Return  Of  the  Black  Butterflies"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Inverse  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  into  the  songs  while  the  slow  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal. 

  Female  vocals  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  mix  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  parts  together  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Red  Moon  Architect  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  slow,  heavy,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  memories,  despair,  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Red  Moon  Architect  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tormented"  and  "NDE".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Merchant/Beneath/Black Bow Records/2017 CD Review


  Merchant  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  psychedelic  mixture  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Beneath"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Black  Bow  Records.

  Distorted  amp  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  sludge  style  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  both  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  retro  stoner  rock  feeling  and  after  awhile  sludge  style  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  heaviness  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  both  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  slow  direction  while  also  mixing  in  some  psychedelic  elements.

  Merchant  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  sludge  and funeral  doom  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  touch  of  psychedelic rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Merchant  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  mixture  of  sludge  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you a re   a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Guile  As  Vice".  8  out  of  10.