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. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Sektarism/Fils de Dieu/EAL Productions/2018 CD Review


  France's  Sektarism  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which shows  the  music  going  into a  mixture  of  ritual,  drone  and  doom  metal  and  going  into  more  of  a  ritualistic  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Fils  de  Dieu"  which  was  released  by  EAL  Productions.

  Ritualistic  and  shamanistic  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  occult  chanting  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  a   great  amount  of  angry  yet  tortured  screams  which  also  add  in  elements  of  black  metal.

  aAt  times  the  music  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  while  soundscapes, spoken  word  parts  and drones  are  brought  onto  the  second  track  and  as  the  album  progresses  heavy  guitars  are  also  brought  in  the  music  and  take  the  sound  into  more  of  a  funeral  doom  metal  direction  as  well  as  some  of  the  vocals  utilizing  death  metal  growls  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  On  this  recording  Sektarism  takes  their  funeral  doom  metal  style  into  more  of  a  ritualistic  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sektarism  an  if  you  are  a  fan  of  funeral doom  metal  and  ritualistic  music,  you  should c heck  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sacrifice".  8  out  of  10. 

 

  

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

To End It All Interview

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

We have worked together since 2007, but took a few years off from writing albums and performing as a duo project while we started working with some friends to form the band Eye of Nix. In November of 2016, To End It All came into being when we decided to play live again and write for just voice and samplers.



2. You have an album coming out in fall, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you created on the recording?





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

The extinguishing of familial ties, rejection of motherhood, vengeance, hatred of patriarchal constructs, emotional sickness, paternalism, waiting for the old ways to finally die,



4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name “To End It All”?

Billie Holiday’s Gloomy Sunday.



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

Joy – Visual artist Anima Nocturna (Carlos Melgoza) is a frequent collaborator – we also worked with him to create album art for Eye of Nix’s Black Somnia LP, and Masaaki’s Blood Virus/Atheos tape. For this particular imagery, Carlos and I conjured the mythic Cassandra while working on a very long session of photography. She saw the future yet was cursed to never be believed. I feel many women experience this when we are young. As we age it gains in intensity…and so does the horror.



6. What are some of the best shows that the band has done so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? Playing with Mirrors For Psychic Warfare was great. Our Seattle show with Echo Beds was intense. I think our best set so far was on a show with Compactor and Jason W. Walton. Also…played a basement show in Dayton courtesy of Luke from Skeleton Dust records and things were falling from the ceiling. We love sub bass. We adore subs.



7. Do you have any touring or show plans once the album is released? We’re playing Portland OR November 17th and will do Seattle & Olympia release shows too this winter. We’d like to tour next year but haven’t nailed down dates.



8. The album is going to be released on 'Scry Recordings', how did you get in contact with this label?

This is our own label for releasing whatever we feel like. Earlier this year we released a recording of master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani with Noisepoetnobody (stringboard & metal objects) and myself (piano/voice) called Epos Nemo Latrocinium: Iter Itineris III on CD, and Vermiform by Scarcity on cassette. Last year saw the release of the Blood Virus/Atheos tape by Masaaki, the Eye of Nix Black Somnia gatefold vinyl, the To End It All demo and tour tapes as well as a digital release of Aleppo by Caligula Cartel (live album).



9. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of noise and death industrial?

Joy - We’ve focused on live performance quite a bit, and mostly in the Pacific Northwest. We did tour the US “rustbelt” last year. I’m sure some other misanthropic listeners out there will find our tapes and records floating around the globe. You never know. I found a cassette of Psychic TV’s Allegory & Self in a rummage sale when I was 12.



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

We are currently working on some new songs which include keyboards and a new palette of sounds. Turmoil is ever-present…providing an endless supply of subject and lyrical themes.



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?

Some main influences we cite are groups like Pig Heart Transplant, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Sutekh Hexen, Throbbing Gristle, and vocalists Onielar, Diamanda Galas, Kathy Berberian. However we have been listening to music that might not influence so much as just be something we want to hear: Les Discrets’ Predateurs, Lee Morgan’s Search For The New Land, Ails’ The Unraveling, Echo Beds’ Buried Language, and Bethlehem’s 2016 record is still in rotation.



12. What are some of your non musical interests?

There is no time for any of that.



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

Just that we are always surprised to be asked for an interview. Thanks.




Monday, September 3, 2018

Corpse Paint And Dayglo Interview

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

Gary: we are a new kind of black metal in that we aren’t metal at all. We have taken our new found love of new wave and our long time affair with the devil and made something lust filled, and sensually evil.

2.You label your music as 'blackened new wave', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Ringwald: How else would you describe danceable troubadouring for the devil’s love?

3.The band formed out of the ashes of 'Corpse Cvnt', what was the decision behind breaking up that band and forming a new one?

Gary: I am not sure what happened in the woods on the photo shoot. This is something no one likes to talk about. All I know is they were out there a long time with little resources. The desire to serve the dark master has never left Ringwald, Helmut, or Cannibal. I think they just needed a new way to express it and I am lucky enough to help.

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

Ringwald: Lust, desire, the freedom that comes from surrendering to the dark. The empowerment one receives from the mantle of Satan.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Corpse Paint And Dayglo'?

Cannibal: We honor the traditions of our past and our future. We dawn our armor and war paint while sharing our beautiful and bright future with the morning star.

6.Has the band done any live shows or are there plans for shows on the future?

Helmut: we haven’t played shows under this new lineup. We haven’t played since before the incident.

Ringwald: we plan to play shows very soon!

7.On the split you had also done some 'Immortal' and 'Dark Throne', covers, can you tell us a little bit more about your versions of their songs?

Cannibal: We pay tribute to our forefathers. We find the sexual side of the music. We find the true meaning and reshape it to spread the message more clearly.

8.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Death On Fire', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

Ringwald: They were kind enough to work with us. They understand what we are doing. They don’t seem to be true believers in our faith. That said they are an excellent band. True professionals and they have a great sound for fans of that style.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal, new wave and dance music?

Gary: I don’t know that the guys pay attention to that. They are focused on other things, mostly they serve the music. From what I have seen, it has been received quite well.

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

Ringwald: We serve the truth! Our sound is our soul, it will not change. We are true to blackened new wave!

Cannibal: Plans are in the works for a possible full length down the road but that is up to management.

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?

Gary: They were on the edge of NSW, so I think they like a lot of those guys. Now though it is so far removed from that. We seem to listen to a lot of Talking Heads, The Cure, Duran Duran, The Smiths, and Depeche Mode.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Helmut: Dance

Ringwald: Reading

Gary: I used to hike a lot. The guys are not big on hiking anymore though. For obvious reasons

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

Gary: Thank you for the support. Hail!!