Friday, October 12, 2018

Sorrowful Land/I Remember/Solitude Productions/2018 CD Review


  Ukraine's  solo  project  Sorrowful  Land  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  of  his  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "I  Remember"  which  will  be  released  on  October  26th  by  Solitude  Productions.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  slow  and  heavy  funeral  doom  metal  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  all  of t he  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard,  all  of  the  songs  have  a  different  singer  with  the  musicians being  from  some  well  known  bands  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.

  Sorrowful  Land  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style of  funeral  doom/death  metal  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  loneliness,  sorrow  and  grief  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Sorrowful  Land  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  funeral  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  The  World's  Gone  Cold"  and  "The  Kingdom  Of  Nothingness".  8  out  of  10.  

Ivan/Memory/Solitude Productions/2018 CD Review


  Ivan  are  a  duo  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  funeral  doom/death metal    and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Memory"  which  was  released  by  Solitude  Productions.

  Clean  playing  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  start  off  the  album  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  over  20  minutes  in  length  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  funeral  doom  metal  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  keyboards  also  being  used  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  screams  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  tragic  and  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  avant  garde  elements  and  the  music  always  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  and  the  riffs  also a dd  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Ivan  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  that is  very  dark,  slow,  atmospheric  and  melodic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ivan  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  melodic  funeral  doom/death  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Time  is  Lost".  8  out  of  10. 

Doomcult Interview

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



Doomcult is a one-man band from the Netherlands. Doomcult glorifies doom-metal while introducing some DSBM and proto-black influences.



2.In July you had released a new ep, what are some of the things you have done different musically with the new material that you have not been able to do on your previous releases?



The first release by doomcult contained ideas which originated way back in time. I started writing doom songs a long time ago, but I was never in a band that played such music. I was too busy playing in all kind of bands to really take the time to craft these doom riffs into songs. That changed a couple of years ago. This resulted in the first album ‘End All Life’ which was released by Morbid Syndicate in 2016. The new release only contains new material and no old ideas. I think it better reflects my current state of mind.



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



Doomcult is about abuse of power, propaganda, loss of self-control and blasphemy. To translate these topics into words, many references to occult themes are introduced.



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



Well, I think the name is a perfect match with the music, since it’s doom and thematically it covers occult themes. It is a powerful name.



5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?



It is a devil that I met when I visited Germany. It was on the door of an old building, which was a fire station. I manipulated the photo a little to make it appear more alive. I thought it was cool to use a devil from the fire station and combine it with the title Ashes. Hahaha.



6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?



Well, I really like playing in a band. Playing together with other musicians gives new ideas and creativity. I would really like to do some doomcult songs with a complete band. Unfortunately, there are not too many doom fans among the musicians that I know. They all play much too fast… Maybe in the future.



7.The new ep was released by Loneravn Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



Loneravn Records is a label from the Ukraine that is specialized in doom-metal in all its forms. It is worthwhile checking out their roster.



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



So far, it has been great. As for all underground bands it is hard to grab the attention of people. There is so much great music, there are so many great bands to discover. However, the people that did discover doomcult come from all over the world and they appear more positive then I could ever imagine. Many hail the atmosphere in my music. Of course, all these positive things doesn’t affect me being doomed. hahaha



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



For the near future, doomcult will release it’s second full length album. All music is recorded and mixed. This will be either at the end of 2018 or the start of 2019. I hope to release a split album sometime at the end of the winter. In the meanwhile I will continue writing and recording new material.



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 either listen to Manowar or to Slayer… If there is some spare time, maybe My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and some old Anthema. I’m really into Dautha and Necros Christos the last few months. And of course Urfaust and Celtic Frost…



11.How would you describe your views on occultism?



I drink my coffee out of the skull of a goat. For the rest I merely use references to the goatlord and the occult for describing all dark parts of our brains as humans.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



The human mind.

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

Thanks for the opportunity to express myself and to introduce doomcult. Many hails to you for supporting the underground.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Crawling/Wolves And The Hideous White/Grindscence Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Northern  Irelands's  The  Crawling  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  doom/death  metal  style  of  previous  releases  along  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Wolves  And  The  Hideous  White"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Grindscene  Records.

  A  very  dark,  slow  and  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  a  few  screams  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  is  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences  but  still  maintaining  a  very  modern  atmosphere  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts, when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  On  this  recording  The  Crawling  remains  true  to  the  doom/death  metal  style  of  previous  releases  while  also  still  having  a  touch  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  human  desire  to  belong,  the  sacrifices  to  be  made  to  be  a  part  of  someone,  disillusion  from  loss  of  self  and  the  final  inability  to  escape.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Crawling  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wolves  And  The  Hideous  White"  and  "Promises  And  Parasites".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sobaki Tabaka/XX-XXIV/Wooaaargh/2018 Double Tribute Album Review


  Sobaki Tabaka  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial,  dark  ambient  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  a  tribute  album  to  them  called  "XX-XXIV"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Wooaaargh  and  consists  of  many  bands  and  we  will  review  the  songs  one  by  one.

  khost  brings  us  "The  New  Body"  which  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  soundscapes  along  with  some  heavy  sludge  metal  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  industrial  style  vocals  and  screams are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  always  sticking  to  a  slower  direction  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  drone.

  Alan  Dubin  brings  us  "Chujie"  which  starts  out  with  atmospheric  sounding  drones  along  with  some  grim  spoken  word  parts  that  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  before  evolving into  sludge  and  industrial  style  screams  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and  synths  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  soem  harsh  noise  elements.

  Oddateee  brings  us  "Hui  Bez  Hleba"  which  starts  out  with  some  electro  industrial  elements  along  with  some  programmed  beats  while  industrial  style  screams  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit along  with  the  music  adding  in  elements  of  noise  rock,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  John  3:!6  brings  us  "Greh  Bogatstvo  Lyubov  I  Azart"  which  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones  before  going  into  more  of  an  industrial  direction  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and  bass  guitars  as  well  as  some  heavy  riffs  and  aggressive  vocals  are  also  used  at  times.

  BKGD  brings  us  "Audio  Chujie  Strangers"  which  starts  out  with  some  programmed  beats  along  with  some  elements  of  early  industrial while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avnat  garde  at  times

  GSDahlquist  brings  us  "Beside  You"  which  starts  out  with  some  ambient  style  synths  and powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  while  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  at  times  before  going  into  more  of  an  industrial  direction  which  also  utilizes  programmed  beats.

  Gnaw  Their  Tongues  brings  us  "The  new  Body"  which  starts  out  with  atmospheric  sounding  drones  along  with  some  elements  of  underground  electronic  music  a  few  seconds later  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  as  well as  some  touches  of  classical  music.

  Maspin  Dosasivaya  brings  us  "Ledenec  Jizni"  which  starts  out  with  some  elements  of  ambient  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  sounding  drones.

  Styxian  Industries  brings  us  "V  Tele  Hrista"  which  starts  out  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffing  along  with  grim  black  metal  screams a   few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  industrial  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Headscan  brings  us  "The  New  Body"  which  starts  out  with  some  programmed  beats  and  industrial  style  vocals  while  the  music  is  done  in  more  of  a  electronic  style  along  with  a  small  amount  of  ambient  noise  elements.

  end  user  brings  us  "Chujie"   which  starts  out  with  some  ambient  elements  and  programmed  beats  while  drones  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  a  touch  of  the  more  underground  industrial  style.

  Angela  Martyr  brings  us  "Angel  Moi"  which  starts  out  with  drum  beats  before  adding  in  synths  and  black  metal  screams  before  taking  the  music  into  a  heavier  industrial  metal  direction  along  with  some  heavy  riffs.

  Roman  Urodovskikh  brings  us  "Golova"  which  starts out  with  electronic  music  elements  and  powerful  sounding  bass  before  going  into  more  of  a  harsher  industrial  direction  while  also  being  very  experimental  at  the  same  time  and  clean  vocals  are  also  used  at  times.

  BkGD  returns  with  "Audio  Morning  In  Te  Subway"  which  starts  out  with  ambient  style  soundscapes  before  adding  in  some  programmed  beats  while  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dub  style  vocals  along  with  some  elements  of  dance  music.

  Guvibosch  brings  us  "Live  In  Me"  which  starts  out  with  programmed  beats  and  ambient  elements  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  elements  of  dance  music  as  well  as  getting  very  experimental  at  times.

  John  3:16  returns  with  "I  Refuse"  which  starts  out  with  some   ambient  style  drones  and  distorted  spoken  word  parts  before  adding  in  some  bass,  heavy  riffs  and  programmed  beats  that  adds  in  a  touch  of  noise  rock  and  post  rock  style  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

   Dave  Phillips  brings  us  "Let  Me  Breathe  You  In.  Live  In"  which  starts  out  with  some  programmed  beats,  screams  and  soundscapes  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  heavy  riffing  and  tortured  voices  are  used  in  the  background  briefly.

  Convulsif  brings  us  "Absolutnoe  Net"  which  starts  out  with  atmospheric  sounding  drones  while  the  track  is  11  minutes  in  length  before  adding  in  some  ambient  style  soundscapes  and  distorted  sounds  along  with  some  bass  guitars  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  and  avant  garde  moments  and  spoken  words  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks  and  when  screams  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  The  Austrasian  Goat  brings  us  "Dosasivaya  Ledenec  Jizni"  which  starts  out  with  ambient   style  synths while  atmospheric  sounding  drones  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental.

  Christian  Garcia-Gaucher  brings  us  "Life  In  Me"  which  starts  out  with  some  distorted  sounding  drones  while  the  track  is  over  6  minutes  in  length  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  adding  in  some  noise  rock  style  riffing  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  both  heavy  and  clean  riffs.

  Cosmic  Ground  bring  us  "Venki  Zabvenyia"  which  starts  out  with  some  ambient  style  drones  while  the  track  is  11  minutes  in  length  as  well  as    the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  at  times along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  track,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly.

  Kernal  brings  us  "Trees  Shade  Curves"  which  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones  while  the  track  is  over  9  minutes  in  length  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also being  utilized  at  times  and  towards  the  end  programmed  beats  are  added into  the  music.

  Swarm  Intelligence  brings  us  "V  Tele  Hrista"  which  starts  out  with  some  elements  of  industrial  and  noise  before  adding  in  some  ambient  style  synths  before  adding  in  touches  of  a  more  underground  electronic  music  style. 

  Phillippe  Petit  brings  us  "Yatchita  Yu  Knigu  Parouski"  which  starts  out  with  sci-fi  orientated  soundscapes  and  ambient  elements  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times.

  Terminal  Sound  System  brings  us  "Venki  Zabveniya"  which  starts  out  with  some  am  radio  sounds  before  adding  in  some  spoken  word  parts  while  elements  of  drone  and  noise  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  after  awhile  programmed  beats  start  making  their  presence  known.

  Yantra  Mindir  closes  the  compilation  with  "Trees  Shade  Curves"  which  starts  out  with  some  industrial  sounding  noises  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  atmospheric  soundscpaes  and  elements  of  ethnic  music  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  industrial,  dark  ambient,  sludge,  black  metal,  dance  and  experimental  music.  8  out  of  10. 

 
 

       


      

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Evoken/Hypnagogia/Profound Lore Records/2018 CD Review


  Evoken  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  a  mixture  of  funeral  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Hypnagogia"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Profound  Lore  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  slow  riffs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  funeral  doom  metal  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  most  of t he  vocals  being  death  metal  growls.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  at  times,  when  screams  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

 The  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  instrumentals  are  added  onto  the  recording  while one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  clean  male  and  female  vocals  also  being  used  briefly.

  Evoken  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  horrors  of  World  War  I.

  In  my  opinion  Evoken  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  "The  Fear  After"  "Hypnagogia"  and  "The  Weald  Of  Perished  Men".  8/5  out  of  10.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Acolytes Of Moros Interview

Answered by: Christoffer (vocals/bass)





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


Since the recording of The Wellspring we have been doing a few gigs and of course been writing new material. We also recorded two songs that will appear on a split release with the Australian band Lucifer's Fall that hopefully will be released before the end of this year.


2.Recently you have released your first full length, what are some of the things you feel you have done different musically with this recording on  your  previous  demos,  ep  and  splits?


Nothing really! What resulted in The Wellspring I think was a natural evolution. If you compare this album to the Your Fate is Sealed demo there is of course a huge difference, but if you listen to Illusions of Progress I still think you can hear that it was there we found our sound and we simply continued from there.


3.Most of the music seems to be mostly rooted in a traditional doom metal  style but growls and black metal screams are added into the music at times, do you feel this makes you stand out a lot more in the genre that you play?


Sure, but even Reverend Bizarre had those things, a growl here and there so I don't think we are THAT unique in that sense. A little desperate black metal screaming is good for your soul from time to time and a perfect way to express angst and sorrow, but you should not overuse it so to speak. We are still playing Traditional Doom Metal.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer album?


It's a combination of sorrow and spirituality. The everyday gloom that tears on your mind urges you to reach for something higher than the mortal life. It's not religious or anything but spiritual. In a sense you can say that you have a desire to leave your fleshy prison behind to explore the deeper planes. Many people might find that religious or even sci-fi, but for us it is serious. If you are depressed and have had an astral projection, you WILL want to find out more, and the realm of the living seem to mean less to you as times passes.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Acolytes Of Moros'?


The name "Moros" derives from Greek mythology, where he serves as the spirit of doom, the spirit that drives you to the unavoidable fate (Death). As such, our name can be translated into "Followers of Doom".


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


The artwork was made by the American artist Adam Burke. What you see is a barren landscape lacking any life, until you get close to a river that comes from a crack in the mountain. From this crack the life-giving waters of The Wellspring flows and forces the flora and fauna to grow and expand. The Wellspring act as a portal to the spirit realm of life and forces our dying world to cling to life basically. There is of course more to it but i would not be able to cover the entire concept in a interview


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


This is a hard question, since we enjoyed so many gigs. The Doom Metal forces from Finland have been the best, and we have even been playing with some of the bands that influenced us (Horse Latitudes, Caskets Open and Garden of Worm) but I gotta say the last three gigs we did with Church of Void and Cardinals Folly. We are good friends with these two bands so we had a blast when we did the mini-tour to promote our split album Coalition of the Anathematized. I also think we did very well on stage, the spirit of doom was very much alive on those gigs.


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


No, nothing that we have planned at the moment but we sure would like to do a few gigs and maybe a tour. Only time will tell.


9.The new album was released on 'Nine Records', how did you get in contact with this label?


In 2015 we released the demo-tape 'Herald of the Imminent' to promote our upcoming full-length, and sent it to various labels. No one seemed to be interested in us at the time so we figured that we might as well record the actual album so that we would have something ”real” to show the labels. Right before we entered the studio we had struck a deal with the German label Barbarian Wrath and all seemed to go well. Right after we finished the recording Hart (label owner) got ill and could not release the album as planned. We are eternally grateful that Hart believed in our music and was willing to release it and we hope for his recovery. All the best to Hart and his wife!

Now to answer your question; we sent Nine Records our finished album and Rafal gave us a good deal. We knew that it was a good and trustworthy label since it had our fellow bands Lucifer's Fall and Cardinal Folly in it's rooster.


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


Very good actually. We know that the Doom Metal scene is very small but powerful nonetheless.


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


We will release a split-album with the Australian band Lucifer's Fall in the end of the year, other than that, we have been writing new songs.


12.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?


Our main influences are Reverend Bizarre, Revelation and Burzum.

We listen to everything basically, everything from Ambient to the coldest Black Metal. Lately I have been very into Goth-rock like Sisters of Mercy, Love Like Blood, Fields of the Nephilim and so forth. We do not let genres restrict us, good music is good music.


13.Does Occultism play any role in your music?


No, not really. We deal more with Spiritual Mediumship and Astral Projection. Some people might say it is Occult but we don't see it like that. We are very interested in the spirit realm and the order of the universe. The spiritual plays a huge role in Acolytes of Moros, even our sigil is a combination of two of the seven major chakras (Throat and Third Eye).


14.What are some of your non musical interests?


We enjoy the solitude of the forest, being out in the wild away from civilization does great things to your mind. Other than that we have a huge interest in Craft Beer and I even brew beer from time to time.


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


We would want to thank our fans! Without your support you we would be nothing.

Druj/Chants To Irkalla/Godz Of War Productions/2018 CD Review


  Druj  are  a  band  from  Alaska  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Chants  To  Irkalla"  which  was  released  by Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  all  sounding  very  powerful  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  vocals  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style, as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  speeding  up  at  times  and  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Druj  plays  a  style  of  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  occasional  black  metal  scream  updates  the  sound  for  the  modern  era,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sumerian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Druj  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Ziggurant  Ablaze"  and  "Ashes  Of  Immortality".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Slasher Dave/Frights/20 Buck Spin/2018 CD Review


  Slasher  Dave  is  a  solo  project  from  Michigan  that  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial  and  horror  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018 album  "Frights"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  20 Buck  Spin.

  70's  era  horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  ambient  and  the  industrial  influence  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  up  to  date  feeling.

  Heavy  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  aggressive  sounding  screams  which  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  while some  of  the  songs  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  pounding  bass  and  horror  movie  samples  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  a  couple  of  instrumentals.

  Slasher  Dave  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  70's  orientated  horror  synth  music  and  mixes  it  with  industrial  and  extreme  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Slasher  Dave  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  industrial  and  horror  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Corpse  Magician"  "In  the  Dark  it  Glows"  "Let  The  Creeps  inside"  and  "Neon  Shadows".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Doomcult/Ashes/Loneravn Records/2018 EP Review


  Doomcult  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Ashes"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Loneravn  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  angry  shouts  also  being  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  elements  of  depressive  black  metal  are  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  more  of  an  80's  extreme  metal  style  at  times  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  clean  vocals  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Doomcult  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  traditional,  funeral  and  90's  era  atmospheric  doom/death  metal  styles  and  mixes  them  together  with  more  of  an  old  school  thrash/black  metal  style  vocal  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  aggressive  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Doomcult  are  a  very  great  sounding  original  and  atmospheric  funeral  doom/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Black  Fire".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Kollaps Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?


Damian: Right now we are preparing for a European tour. We have just finished recording a new album which is slated for release early 2019.



2.Your last release was in 2017, what are some of the things you feel you have done different musically with this recording that you where not able to do with your previous ep?

Wade: A lot of the methods that were involved in writing Sibling Lovers were intended to deconstruct traditional song structures and instead opt for relentlessness in repetition. We also completely abandoned the guitar, bass and drum foundation which opened up a lot of room for us creatively. There were also more esoteric experiments that were employed during the recording stages, for example, sleep deprivation was something we unintentionally used during the vocal takes and I feel that achieved quite an effective result. The desperation can be heard.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored with the music so far?

Wade: A lot of my words are heavily metaphorical. Sibling Lovers, for example, is not really related to incest but discusses ideas of forbidden love, infatuation and infidelity. Other songs feature themes about addiction, futility, love, and the fear of sickness, aging and death.



4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that was presented on the album cover?

Wade: Yes! My wife Ligeia designs our artwork. The Sibling Lovers LP was autobiographical in nature and captured a short, tumultuous time in my life hence the fractured image of myself on the cover.  There are a lot of smaller components to the album artwork that tie in together to make a greater meaning, or accentuate lyrical ideas. For example, the record heavily discusses emotional states comparable to wastelands; Hiroshima Winds #1 & #2 are designed to paint this image on the album. The back cover art ties in with the theme of the bombing of Hiroshima and is personalised by the sketch which was illustrated by my mother-in-law.


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


Damian: Our best shows rely on factors that are somewhat unrelated to our actual performances. If the sound guy is happy to accommodate what we require, that is usually our main issue. Our show in 2017 at Urban Spree in Berlin was a major highlight - such professionalism in every regard, and an amazing lineup and turnout.

Wade: Also worth mentioning are the chaotic and disorganised shows. Damian’s first with us was in an abandoned, squat type building where some very intoxicated Germans had electrocuted themselves trying to connect a PA system up with car batteries.



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


Damian: Once this European tour is done, we will commence booking 2019 to coincide with our album release; which will encompass the US, Europe, Japan/China, New Zealand and Australia.



7.The last album was released through a variety of many different labels, can you tell us a little bit more about the labels you worked with on getting the current release out?

Wade The EP was a Silken Tofu only release. The follow up was a split release between Silken Tofu and Trait Records. We haven’t worked with any other record labels in terms of releasing material. Trait Records is run by Damian and Kollaps signing to his label is basically how we met and eventually joined the band.



8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of industrial, noise and other underground genres?

Wade: Overwhelmingly positive, I must say, particularly in Europe and the United States. We also get brutally negative responses by those uninitiated to these genres so that tells me that we're doing something right.


9. I have read you have a new album coming out during the beginning of 2019, what can we expect musically once it is released?

Wade: We have new full length LP coming out at the beginning of 2019 entitled Mechanical Christ. You can expect more versatility and a much more complex and aggressive sound. It is harsher in parts however it also has some neo-folk inspired tracks that are aimed towards atmospheric/drone styles of music. Lyrically, the new record has expanded into narratives and deals with the external world as opposed to having such an internal focus featured that the last record had.



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?


Damian: We all listen to a wide variety of music - predominantly based around early 80s industrial/noise, but we also delve into a lot of modern stuff like Uniform, Pharmakon, Trepaneringsritualen and a lot of power electronics like Genocide Organ.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?


Damian: We all have day jobs at the moment; this takes up most of our spare time. Cooking is a major part of my life, I have a heavy interest in vegan cuisine and have been a chef for the past 20 years, working on and off around my musical endeavours. I also run Trait Records and both of these things keep me extremely busy.

Wade: I’m very interested in English literature and works of historical literature both of which I have studied at university. My interest in history mostly pertains to 20th century political conflict, war crimes and military history.


Acolytes Of Moros/The Wellspring/Nine Records/2018 CD Review


  Acolytes  Of  Moros  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  epic  form  of  doom  metal  with  some  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Wellspring"  which  was  released  by  Nine  Records.

  A slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  also  being  done  mostly  in  a  clean  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  Clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  one  of  the  later  tracks  being  an  instrumental  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction.

  Acolytes  Of  Moros  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  traditional  and  epic  doom  metal  while  the  occasional  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  doom,  gloom  and  parapsychology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Acolytes  of  Moros  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  doom  metal  group  with  touches  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Disenthralled  From  The  Trammels  of  Deception"  and  "Venerate  The  Dead".  8  out  of  10.   

  

Monday, September 24, 2018

Hypnodrome Ensemble/Plays Orchestral Favorites/Wolves And Vibrancy Records/2018 CD Review


  Hypnodrone  Ensemble  are  a  band  from  an  experimental  and  atmospheric  form  of  space  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Plays  Orchestral  Favorites"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Wolves  And  Vibrancy  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  the  music  also  captures  and  improv  atmosphere  at  times  as  well  as  the  music being  all  instrumental  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic,  space  and  krautrock  elements  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  ambient  and  drone  touches  also  being  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  baritone  guitars  are  added into  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Hypnodrone  Ensemble  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental,  ambient,  drone, psychedelic,  space  and  krautrock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Hypnodrone  Ensemble  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  atmospheric  space  rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Serial  Staging"  and  "Pulsations  Into  The  Hypnosphere".  8  out  of  10.   

Friday, September 21, 2018

Ataraxia/Synchronicity Embraced/Sleaszy Riders Records/2018 CD Review


  Ataraxia  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  ethereal, neo-classical,  ambient,  goth,  darkwave  and  ancient  spiritual  medieval  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Synchronicity  Embraced"  which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Classical  guitars  along  with  some  female  vocals  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  a  medieval  atmosphere  while  synths  and  programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  darkwave  elements.

  Goth  rock  style  riffing  is  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the   songs  also  getting  very  ethereal  at  times  as  well  as  some  male  vocals  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  elements  of  ambient  are  also  used  on  a  lot  of  the  parts  in  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  whispers,  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  acoustic  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  also  add  in  touches  of  neo-folk.

  Ataraxia  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  ethereal,  neo-classical,  medieval  folk,  folk,  goth  and  ancient  spiritual  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Latin,  Greek  and  European  legends  and  myths. 

  In  my  opinion  Ataraxia  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ethereal,  neo-classical,  medieval  folk,  folk,  goth  and  ancient  spiritual  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sikia"  "Rose  Of  The  Wild  Forces"  and  "La  Vista  Del  Bardo".  8  out  of  10. 

 

     

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

?Alos/The Chaos Awakening/Dio Drone/Cheap Satanism Records/2018 CD Review


  ?Alos  is  a  solo project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  form  of  avant  garde  and  experimental  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  2018  album  "The  Chaos  Awakening"  which  will  be  released  on  September  23rd  as  a  joint  effort  between  Dio  Drone  and  Cheap  Satanism  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  elements  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  single  track  is  over  20  minutes  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  Vietnamese  style  ethnic  instruments  and  bells  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic  and  experimental  sounding,  as  the  track  progresses  flutes  and  synths  are  also  adding  into  certain  parts  of  the  song  and  after  awhile  pagan  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  gets  more  distorted  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard.

  ?Alos  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  ritualistic  and  shamanistic  approach  to  avant  garde  and  experimental  music  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  ?Alos  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ritual,  experimental,  avant  garde  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  8  out  of  10.

       

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Hatred of Sacred/Styxtape I-XII/2018 Full Length Review


  Hatred  Of  Sacred  is  a  solo  project  from  Jerusalem,  Israel  that  plays  a  very  occult  and  blackened  form  of  techno  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  self  released  2018  album  "Styxtape  I-XII"  which  will  be  released  on  September  23rd.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going into  more  of  a  techno  direction  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  ambient  along  with  some  background  voices  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  guitar  leads  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  metal  influence.

  A  great  amount of  programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals  as  well  as  some  nature  sounds  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  occult  and  ritualistic  sounding.

  Hatred  Of  Sacred  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  techno,  rave,  electronica  and  ambient  and  mixes  them  together with  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  something  very  original.  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  occultism.

  In  my  opinion  Hatred  Of  Sacred  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  and  blackened  techno  solo  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Strangework"  "Between  Two  Palm  Trees"  "Sea's  Keys"adn  "White  Vessels".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Gridfailure/Megalophobe/Tasukete/Nefarious Industries/2018 Collaboration Album Review


  Gridfailure  and  Megalophobe  team  up  once  again  to  create  another  recording  that  is  in  the  ambient  and  experimental  style  of  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Tasukete"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Nefarious  Industries.

  Harsh  noises  and  avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some demonic  growls  and  screams  in  the  background  which  also  adds  in  touches  of  death  and  black  metal  as  well  as  some  tribal  sounding  percussion  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Elements  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  synths  and  keyboards  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  one  track  also  introduces  electric  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  grindcore  influences  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  harmonica's  accordion's,  drums,  bass  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  atmosphere. 

  On  this  recording  Gridfailure  and  Megalophobe  team  up  once  again  and  mixes  experimental,  ambient  and  noise  along  with  some  touches  of  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  to  create  something  very  original  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  collaboration  from  Gridfailure  and  Megalophobe  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  ambient  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tension  Benders"  "Agoraphobic  Claustrophobia"  and  "Live  broadcast  Seppuku".  8  out  of  10.     

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sumeru/Summon Destroyer/Medusa Crush Recordings/2018 Cassette Review


  Sumeru  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  groove,  death  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Summon  Destroyer"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  in  October  by  Medusa  Crush  Recordings.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  chants  in  the  background  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  while  also  capturing  the  heaviness  as  sludge  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Elements  of  groove  and  stoner  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  very  rough  yet  melodic  style  along  with  some  aggressive  screams  and  shouts  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  influenced  riffing  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  psychedelic  elements  also  being  used  briefly,  a  couple  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  for  a  few  seconds  there  is  also  a  small  amount of  blast  beats  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  which  also  introduces  stringed  instruments  onto  the  recording.

  Sumeru  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  sludge, s toner  and  doom  metal  together  along  with  some  touches  of  groove,  black  and  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Indian  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sumeru  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Temple"  "Dura!  Durga!"  and  "A  New  Ritual".  8  out  of  10.      

Kollaps/Sibling Lovers/Trait Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Kollaps  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of   post  industrial,  harsh  noise,  power  electronics  and  no  wave  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Sibling  Lovers"  which  was  released  by  Trait  Records.

  Harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  a  more  underground  post  industrial  style  along  with  some  scrap  metal  taking  the  place  of  a  drum  kit  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  aggressive  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  few  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  bass  guitars  and  programming  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  adding  in   more  of  a  melodic  industrial  style  on  later  songs and  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  of  no  wave.

  Kollaps  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  harsh  noise,  post  industrial  and  no  wave  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kollaps  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  harsh  noise,  post  industrial  and  now  wave  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Capitalism"  "It  has  A  Mouth"  and "Sibling  Lovers".  8  out  of  10.      

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Postcards From Arkham/Spirit/MetalGate Records/2018 CD Review


  Czech  Republic's  Postcards  From  Arkham  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  folk  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Spirit"  which  was  released  by  MetalGate  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  post  rock  elements  a  few  seconds  latter  while  the  whispered  vocals  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  as  well  as  some  tribal  sounding  percussion's  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  A  great  mixture  of  both  full  chords  and  finger  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  the  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  elements  of  folk  music  while  nature  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  metal  elements  also  being  added  into  the  unplugged  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  electric  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  as  well  on  an  instrumental  track.

  On  this  recording  Postcards  From  Arkham  move  away  from  their  post  metal  style  to  focus  more  on  an  atmospheric  style  of  folk  music,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Postcards  From  Arkham  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  rock  and  atmospheric  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "From  The  Bottle  of  The  Ocean"  "Thousand  Years  For  Us"  and  "Elevate".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, September 10, 2018

Crosby Morgan Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your musical project?

The project at hand is called “Rain Games for the Natural Born Pariah”, which was inspired by my reality at the time…I struggle with feeling like an outsider--real or imagined, probably a bit of both. I like to think that my experiences are not unique, though. I know everyone has felt this at some point, so ideally, my hope for this album (and my music in general) is that the pariahs of this world can relate to it.

2.So far you have recorded and released 2 albums this year, how do they differ from each other musically?

“Patrons of Silence” is a  super stripped down, raw folk album, and “Rain Games for the Natural Born Pariah” is more of a haunting, ethereal and dark EP. The folk album is pretty representative of my day to day reflections and is acoustically driven. “Rain Games” is sort of a melancholic mixture of acoustic and dark electronic.
As a note, most people don’t know this, but I released an electronic album, “Primal”, under the moniker Leandrul earlier this year as well. Among the three of the projects, “Primal” takes place in an emotional dream world, where I focused on creating imagery and shadows both lyrically and instrumentally. 

3.From 2014 to 2018 there was no music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going  on  during  that time  frame?

Yes, during that time I was writing and honing in on my production skills. I have tons of material, still, even after all three of these releases.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?

Along with all the songs about failed relationships and all their permutations, I have been working on writing about personal growth and exploring any notion of contrast, whether it be the line that divides sanity from insanity or the disconnect between emptiness and fulfillment. 

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

The artwork emphasizes the importance of the things we take for granted. Electrical trusses power the modern world- we see them everywhere, they go unnoticed, but they are vital to our existence and communication (so we can charge our iPads). Likewise, the pariahs of society exist in a similar vein; they have a unique take on the times and in turn can propel the world into a more honest, progressive future. 

6.You have worked with other musicians on your recordings in the past, and have also recorded everything by yourself, which one do you prefer?

I am very comfortable doing things by myself. However, I haven’t worked with others creatively enough to say I certainly prefer that. Working with others again is something I look forward to experiencing one day.

7.Have you had any opportunities to do any live shows yet?

I have played some in the past, but I hope my future will bring more opportunities to share my work.

8.Currently you are signed to 'Dark Martha Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

The label is just starting out, but already has some fantastic artists on its roster. The main plus is that the physical artifacts are beautiful and represent us well. I gain inspiration from the label’s creativity, dedication, and its eclectic taste.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of folk and experimental?

I haven’t really had enough exposure to say, but I have been well received by people from around the world on the street when I busk. It will be interesting to see how “Rain Games” is received.

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

My intention is to never stop making music--challenging myself to express things I think are meaningful, beautiful, and important. 

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you to listening to nowadays?

Lyrically, I really look up to Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Fleetwood Mac. I grew up on classic rock, but for the last eight years I’ve really only been listening to EDM, house, and techno— which developed my sense of texture, space, and tension. Anyway, these days I’ve been listening to Nine Inch Nails and Justin Martin…

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like swimming laps in the lukewarm pool at LA Fitness, and I like to paint too.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
At this point I would just like to thank my family and friends for always supporting me. And I’d like to thank you as well for inviting me to answer some questions about my music.