Friday, September 6, 2019

Akhlys/Supplication/AnnapurnA/2019 CD Re-Issue Review


  Akhlys  are  a  musical  project  from  Colorado  and  on  this  recording  played  a  very  ritualistic  form  of  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2009  album  "Supplication"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  October  by  AnnapurnA.

Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the album  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very ritualistic  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  ambient  elements  along  with  some  synths  also  being  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.

  Voices  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  music  also  getting  more  experimental  and  diverse  as  the  album  progresses.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  sounding  and  the  second  track  shows  the  music  going  into  a  different  direction  but  also  maintaining  the  ritualistic  atmosphere  as  well  as  showing  an  influence  of  black  emtal.

  On  this  recording  Akhlys  played  a  musical  style  that  took  dark  ambient  and  ritualistic  music  and  mixed  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  while  the  alter  album  brought  in  other  musicians  and  gone  into  more  fo  a  black  metal  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  revolve  around  darkness,  dreams  and  occultism.

  In  my  opinion  Akhlys  played  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  dark  ambient  style  on  this  recording  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Part  II".  8  out  of 10.

http://annapurnaprod.bandcamp.com/album/akhlys-supplication   

Monday, August 19, 2019

MMMΔ Interview

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

After every recording is done and off our hands for pressing and releasing we usually start planning our next steps immediately while curiously waiting on the feedback. In this case we have already many things in mind on what will be the new direction, gathering fragments and thoughts from previous recordings that serve as small under-lit points on a mostly blank canvas and could possibly show us the way. We definitely look forward to some intense rehearsing for the months to come.

2.You have a new album coming out in September, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The whole ΜΜΜΔ project has been a slow process of incorporating so called popular and generic musical elements to our so called experimental musical universe. Starting from pure textural experimental drones back in 2009 - 2010 mainly based on intermodulations between super low and mid frequencies we have taken small steps on every album adding traces of melody and rythme and later on human voice and wider instrumentation. On the same time we worked hard on the structure of the music and little by little we ended up in our latest release, EGOISMO which is an album of songs at least in our point of view.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music

Lyrical topics and subjects have always to do with very wide and open concepts. We don’t really explore those concepts in detail, on the contrary we try to reflect upon them. We would be happy if just the titles of our albums would reveal everything at once while on the same time leave the field open for the listener to wander around.‘Roto Vildblomma’, our first release which could be translated as ‘Broken Wildflower’ touches upon the subjects of ‘malfunction for example. ‘Spiriti” our second release was an exploration of the ‘elusive’. However there has been more tangible moments such as the ‘34°Ν - 42°Ν & 19°Ε - 29°Ε Trilogy’ which was an exploration of the folk sounds included in the area of those coordinate. Our latest ‘EGOISMO’ touches upon topics such as Egotism, Arrogance, Hypocrisy, Separation and the Bitter truth all separate elements that supplement each other and could possibly spiral negativity inside the human psyche.

Usually ΜΜΜΔ’s explorations are a blend of personal inquietudes and/ or results of investigation of the human abyss

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

When looking for a name we aimed for something as much inclusive as possible and at the same time as much trivial as possible. Mohammad is the most common name on earth but still has many connotations. It was an obvious choice.

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

As the rest of ΜΜΜΔ’s artworks, Egoismo’s is also made in-house. Image does not come first in our artistic universe, usually it serves to depict a concept along some defined lines. In this case, the mask/ face was a natural fit for the concepts Egoismo explores.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

The ΜΜΜΔ core is definitely the 2 members. The reason for this is can be seen as mainly geographical,- as we need to be in the same place in order to get all the work done- however it mostly has to do with working culture and artistic needs. We have found the right pace in this formation,  in terms of instrumentation however we are very much open to collaborations.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the masks and cloaks you use in your stage performance and pictures?

This is part of the imagery but cannot be necessarily tagged as “the image” . It has been a natural process that accompanies our undefined musical message. We can understand that this is something that probably gives room for a question in an interview, but there is not much to talk about.

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

Performing live is where one can hear and most importantly feel the essence of our music. As we extensively use low frequencies the physical aspect of the sound becomes an integral part of the music. It is an experience that no home sound system can recreate thus far (unless someone is willing to spend a fortune on sound equipment and possibly police fines). Having said that it is also true that every venue reacts differently depending on the building or the sound system itself. It can be a real battle or pure bliss and this is part of the game. We do remember some quite remarkable shows such as the A l’ arme festival in Berlin or earlier this year in our home town at the Temple in down town Athens where a screening of Hagazussa was also included in the program. And many more…

Our stage performance is a kind of ritual where -given architectural and space/ sound conditions-  delivers high amount of energy through a bare structure and minimal movements. Air pressure and room temperature varies a lot before/after the show.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We will be appearing at L’Homme Sauvage at the Pyrenees in the south of France and there are more shows in the pipeline  after that one (Russia, Germany), that will be announced in due time.

10.The new album is coming out on 'Antifrost Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

As many other labels, it started in the 90s as a vehicle to release personal music, then it opened to more artists (More than 50 artists have seen their work released so far from extreme silence to extreme noise, east from Japan west to Argentina, and up from Norway down to Australia) until Mohammad were born. The new baby became so big that is currently draining all the label’s resources and actually dictates the release program. Even when ΜΜΜΔ are not tied with a contract to Antifrost and are open to dock to other ports, it is definitely the easiest thing for an artist to be able to release things the way they want it and when they want it.

11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your recordings by fans of underground music?

We have been getting quite a lot of feedback over the last ten years of our existence from both live performances and our recorded material. Different people react in different ways to our music and many times it is difficult for them to describe our sound (and we are really happy with that). Some memorable “keywords” on the other hand that have stuck in our minds would be words like “Extremely Dark”, “Harrowing” and “Monolithic” or “Religious” and “Born in Heaven” but also “Sonic rape” and“Electrocution”. They are all welcome and all part of our constant struggle to built a core of listeners interested on our peculiar sonic world.

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

Difficult to say. We will certainly keep exploring sounds and structures, ideally new elements will keep emerging and hopefully the project will never reach its end. It is difficult to envision what these sounds, structures and elements will be.  Looking at it from a timeline perspective, we had to climb a high mountain in order to match the awe of raw sound that has psycho-acoustic effects together with the more structured and classic perception of music. After that, we just have to sit on top of this mountain and see how many more peaks we see in the horizon that need to be challenged, then climb them.

13.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?

Both members have been individually immersed  in a comfortable duality of experimental and popular music since a young age and have been seeking the extremes on both fields ever since. For the experimental part works from composers like Xenakis, Jani Christou and Edgar Varese have been an important influence. Other beloved extremities include quite a lot of Noise and many many sounds from the fringes of Industrial, Electronic and Metal. And on the other hand a lot of non western pop music, songs from the middle and far east and other continents both older and contemporary. Lastly, we have grown up listening to folk and pop music from the greater area of the Balkans and this has been an inevitable influence.

14.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Probably not. It’s true that we take great care of the visual part of ΜΜΜΔ which includes artwork and the live stage in order to emphasise the ceremonial aspect of the music but it has more to do with the pure celebration of sound and the emotions that it hopefully conveys. We strongly believe in music being an unparalleled mean of communication,  a communion on a high spiritual level. Would this be considered occult? We have no idea.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?

Α lot of film viewing. And also traveling but this is somehow related to music again. Luckily it is very difficult to escape music!

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

We will share what will probably be our last words on our deathbeds: Please do not under any circumstances listen to our music on your laptop or your phone speakers, you are killing it.

https://www.facebook.com/MMMDmohammad/?ref=page_internal

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Gridfailure/Feel Happiness/2019 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep between  New  York's  Gridfailure  and  Texas's  Feel  Happiness  which  will  be  self  released  in  September  of  2019  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Gridfailure  a  solo  project  who  returns  with  an  instrumental  mixture  of  dark  hardcore,  dark  ambient  and  harsh  noise.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  field  recordings  along  with  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  a  few  seconds  later.  police  sirens  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  Elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  his  side  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  touches  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  also  being  used  at  times.

  Guitar  noises  are  also  brought  into  the  music  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  soundtrack  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  sounding  very  different  from  each  other,  influences  of  dark  hardcore  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gridfailure  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  hardcore,  dark  ambient  and  harsh  noise,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "This  Liquefaction"  and  "Wetworkers  Local  845".

  Next  up  is  Feel  Happiness  a  solo  artist  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  drone  and  doom  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with some  drones  while  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Clean  playing  is  also  brought  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  bass  guitars  also  bringing  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental.  All  of  the  songs  also  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  very  different  from  each  other,  ambient  style  synths  are  added  onto  the  closing  track  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Feel  happiness  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  drone  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "God  Bless  you  All  On  The  Earth". 

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

https://twitter.com/xFEELHAPPINESSx       

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Apprentice Destroyer/Permanent Climbing Monolith/2019 Full Length Review


  Apprentice  Destroyer  are  a  band  from  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  synth  prog,  krautrock  and  noise  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Permenant  Climbing  Monolith"  which  will  be  released  in  September.

  Synths  start off  the  album  and  also  add  in  elements  of  krautrock  while  also  adding  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  guitar  riffing  being  mostly  rooted  in  noise  rock  and  the  songs  also  use  4  different  guitarists.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  repetitive  sounding  while  also  adding  in  an  improv  atmosphere  in  some  parts  of  the  music.  When  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  aggressive  yet  melodic  style  and  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  in  some  parts  where  they  are  utilized  along  with  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads  also  adding  in a   decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard.

  Apprentice  Destroyer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental,  synth  prog,  krautrock  and  noise  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Apprentice  Destroyer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  synth  prog,  krautrock  and  noise  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Permanent  Climbing  Monolith"  and  "Feeding  Canyon  Resonator".  8  out  of  10.

  https://apprenticedestroyer.bandcamp.com

   

  

Friday, August 9, 2019

ojeRum/Without Blood The Sun Darkens/Cyclic Law/2019 CD Review


  ojeRum  is  a  solo  project  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Without  Blood  The  Sun  Darkens"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  ambient  elements.  The  only  track  that is  presented  on  the  album  is  almost  an  hour  in  length  along  with  the  recording  also  utilizing   a  great  amount  of  synths  and  the  whole  track  is  instrumental.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  repetitive  sounding  keeping  the  same  2  parts  going  on  for  most  of  the  recording  which  also leaves  for  little  room  for  variation  as  well  as  making  the  music  sound  more  primitive and  minimal  sounding.

  ojeRum  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  dark  ambient  and  drone  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his own  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very dark.

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

https://cycliclaw.bandcamp.com/album/without-blood-the-sun-darkens

      

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Prag 83/Enouement/Norvis Produltion/2019 EP Review


  Prag  83  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  tat  plays  a   very  dark  and  alternative  form  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Enouement"  which  was  released  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Acoustic  guitars  which  also  uses  a  good  amount  of  finger  picking  start  of  the  ep  and  bring  in  elements  of  neo-folk  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  the  guitars  start  adding  in  full  chords.

  A  decent  amount  of  diversity  can  also  be  heard  in  both  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  influences  of  alternative  music  and  metal  as  well  both  of  the  tracks  sticking  to  a  slower  musical  direction.

  Pang  83  plays  a  style  of  dark  alternative  music  that  is  very  lonely  and  minimalist  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Prag  83  is  a  very  great  sounding  dark  alternative  folk  music  solo  artist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Before  The  Night  Descends".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/prag83/ 
https://nordvis.com/en/prag-83-a-14    

Sunday, July 28, 2019

MMMΔ/Egoismo/Antifrost Records/2019 Full Length Review


  MMMΔ  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of   drone,  neo-folk  and  avant  garde  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Egoismo"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Antifrost  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  and  they  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  stringed  instruments  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding.

  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  medieval  horror  movie  soundtrack  while  one  track  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  touches  of  neo  folk. Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  music  also  gets  more  ritualistic  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other,  electric  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  MMMΔ  takes  drone,  neo-folk  and  avant  garde  music  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  when  lyrics  are  utilized  they  cover  egotism,  arrogance,  hypocrisy,  separation  and  bitter  truth  themes.

  In  my  opinion  MMMΔ  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  neo-folk  and  avant  garde  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Awogans"  and  "Verita  Morr".  8  out  of  10. 

https://www.facebook.com/MMMDmohammad/?ref=page_internal

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Shades Of Deep Water Interview

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



Dunkelheit and I have been working hard to get the new album out on various beautiful editions. The process has taken several years and now we can finally see the final outcome. At the moment we are promoting the album. I am writing new music for the next releases. I have also plans for my other project Sarajah in the near future.



2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



It was 2006 when I started to write songs for the very first demo. The first demo is very raw blackened doom. Back then I wanted to release demos on limited tape editions and I did 3 demos before the first album. The first album Waterways was released 2013. The album is melodic yet still ice cold Funeral Doom. After the first album I did few EP’s that are a bit faster and lighter. Death’s Threshold is a return to heavier and slower songs.



3.This is also your first release since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?



I have been quite busy with new music and we also did a re-release of the 2015 EP’s with Dunkelheit. The new album was written and recorded between 2017 – 2018. Four years between releases seems a bit long for Shades of Deep Water because I have released music almost every year in the past. This time the process took longer because all the music was new and written for this album. The first album was mostly re-recordings of the demo songs and was a bit easier to make.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?



The subject of the album is Death. The theme is set to the cosmos where the subject is viewed in a quite big scale. The lyrical themes of the band have always been related to Death one way or another. I think my songwriting has evolved over the years. When you have done music for many years you know what will work. The early releases were more experimental.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Shades Of Deep Water'?



It’s been 15 years so I can’t really remember much details. I remember that I wanted a name that would describe the music I did back then. I think it still works very well for the music. It’s a bit difficult name because of it’s length but originally it was even longer. The first version of the name was Shades of Deep Dark Water.



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



The idea for the artwork was to create a scenery in the afterlife. In the afterlife the dead are walking down stairs of a temple. The sky is colourful and full of cosmic sights. Including stars, planets and nebulae. The main focus is the dead walking down the stairs. The appearance of the dead is something like lost souls roaming as shadows.



7.With both of your musical projects you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?



I think it’s very possible that there will be other musicians on the next releases. I don’t think there never will be a full band at least in the studio. Live shows are a different thing. I am not too keen on playing live but you never know what the future brings.



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



I think it has been very good so far. The first reviews have been positive. We have to wait few months to see the bigger picture. The new album has also got positive feedback from people who don’t usually listen to Funeral Doom. It’s great to see that the album can be enjoyed regardless of the genre definitions.



9.What is going on with 'Sarajah' these days?



I have released one demo with Sarajah. I have plans to record a full length album next. The music will be more traditional doom and heavy metal. The lyrical themes of the band are related to northern mythology. The name Sarajah is a great northern sea in the northern mythology.



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



Hopefully I can make strong albums and evolve the sound of Shades of Deep Water. I don’t think there will be big changes to the sound but with every new release there is something new. For me it has always been more important to be great songwriter rather than have great abilities with a certain instrument.



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



Of course the first Funeral Doom bands from Finland like Thergothon and Skepticism have had a big influence. Lately I think it’s more bands like early Paradise Lost and Amorphis. Nowadays I listen mostly old Heavy Metal.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



I like to travel and be outdoors. I enjoy great sights all over the world. Some of my latest trips have been to the cost of Norway and the Alps in Austria.



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



Thank you very much!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Thorns Of Grief/Anthems To My Remains/Satanath Records/Dying Sun Records/2019 CD Review


  Thorns  Of  Grief  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Anthems  To  My  Remains"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  and  Dying  Sun  Records.

  Distorted  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  before  going  into  a  heavier  funeral  doom  metal  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  grim  screams  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  onto  the  recording.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  era  doom  and  death  metal  influences  but  also  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time.  One  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  songs.

 When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thorns  Of  Grief  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  solo  project and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thorns  Of  Grief"  and  "Till  Our  Rebirth".8  out  of  10.     

Monday, July 22, 2019

By The Spirits/Visions/Eisenwald/2019 Compilation Album Review


  By  The  Spirits  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  neo-folk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  compilation  album  "Visions"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by Eisenwald.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  which  also  uses  a  great  amount of  full  chords  starts  off  the  album  and  they  also  bring  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  done  in  a very  clean  and  melodic  neo-  folk  style  while  atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background.

  At  times  the  music  evokes  an  atmosphere  from  pre-Christian  era  Poland  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  while  using  mostly  an  acoustic  guitar  and  vocals  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  a  touch  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard,  one  track  also  brings  female  vocals  into  the  music and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Coil's  "Fire  Of  The  Mind".

  By  The  Spirits  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  neo-folk  while  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  pagan  orientated  atmosphere,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  magick,  the  spirituality  within,  the  duality  beyond  life  and  death  and  telling  stories  about  the  connections  between  man  and  nature.

  In  my  opinion  By  The  Spirits  is  a  very  great  sounding  neo-folk  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Sun"  "Holy  Mother"  "Serpent's  Light"  and  "Fields".  8  out  of  10.

https://bythespirits.bandcamp.comhttps://www.facebook.com/bythespiritshttps://www.instagram.com/bythespiritshttps://www.youtube.com/ByTheSpiritshttp://tiny.cc/ByTheSpirits_Spotifyhttps://soundcloud.com/bythespirits

    

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Grave Of Love Interview

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

Hello! The band started in 2017, and right in the beginning it was just me. I recorded myself the whole 'Decay' EP in May/June '17 and few months later it was released by Rage in Eden Records on CD. I always loved neofolk music and wanted to do something based on that genre for many years, yet always I have probably been afraid in some way of playing acoustic guitar and sing with clean voice. It's like being naked - before Grave of Love all music I did was loud and much more extreme. While making first Grave of Love material I really wanted to make it diversified - have some pure neofolk songs, then some martial ones or even noise stuff.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's, musically how do they both differ from each other?

I think 'Decay' has a little bit different mood. It was recorded in really rough times for me. 'Rites of Change' has bigger dynamics, power and feeling of some hope? Also last song - 'Goodbye Little Traitor' - was recorded with my drummer Marcel Łękawa, who is currently playing also on new album. We have been playing together live since the beginning of 2019.

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

Lost love, emptiness, misery, struggling with life and existence, trying to leave the past behind.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Grave Of Love'?

It was taken from Death in June lyrics - 'Accidental Protege' song. I had an idea to use it as a band name for many months before even starting recording the first material. I really like the sound of this name and some of the lyrics actually correspond very well with it. It brings you some grief when you hear it.

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

I wanted to make really minimal artwork for this one and let the music speak by itself. We use few symbols - logos, the one used on 'Rites of Change' front cover is made mainly from algiz runes. I love how it looks, it was made by my friend AZ. On the top of the artwork you can also see eihwaz rune. I don't use too much runes, yet these two are very personal and close to me and I felt I need to use them here.

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

Best shows are definitely the two shows we played in March 2019 supporting ROME in Warsaw and Cracow. Great feedback, amazing shows. Also few days ago we had great opportunity to play at Castle Party Festival, for us it was first time to perform as trio - we added electric guitar to the arrangements. The show was really good! I have always good memories from Dziwny Event in 2018 - that show I was playing alone - only voice and guitar. To this day I meet people who have seen Grave of Love there and say it was really good one.

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

Currently we have only one show booked - Temple of Silence Festival in September. I really hope there will be more soon.

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

As we finish mixing our new record soon we are going to check out who would be interested in releasing it. There is also possibility Rage in Eden would like to do this - we really enjoyed working with them on 'Decay' EP.

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

So far it was really great. We receive a lot of positive feedback all the time, also all our shows had great reception. It's really great! Main thing for now is to get to as many people who may like our music as we can - promotion is the key.

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

Hopefully this year, almost all instruments are recorded, I'm going to record vocals in August/September. The new album has much more 'live' feeling. It also took us into brand new musical areas. It's not being a copy of other bands - we are seeking our own path in neofolk. Who has seen us live lately will know what I'm talking about.

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?

Among the influences there are for sure Death in June, Sol Invictus, Herr Lounge Corps, Boyd Rice/NON, :Of the Wand and the Moon:, Les Chasseurs de la Nuit, C93, Arktau Eos, Swans and many many more. You asked what do I listen to nowadays - a lot Lingua Ignota, King Diamond, King Midas Sound and Valborg - as you see they are completely different things.

12.Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in history and occultism?

I was always interested in history. Mainly ancient times and World War II. Occultism - well, persons like Aleister Crowley and Austin Osman Spare definitely had big influence on me. Although somehow nowadays I deal with it more like with the philosophy and seek some new ideas. It's very interesting thing, like whole man's mind.

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

Thank you very much for this interview. Check out our brand new EP 'Rites of Change' on http://graveoflove.bandcamp.com , it's also available Spotify etc. For more informations follow us on Facebook.

Catafalque Interview

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



Thomas: Non-stop song writing! After we finished ‘Catafalque’ we originally planned to take a break from writing/recording, but the inspiration kept coming so we kept going!



Dan: Yep, we’re already planning a couple of splits and that tricky second album. We’re also trying to set up a few live performances before 2019 is out.



2.Recently you have released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

 

Thomas: Catafalque began as a collab between my Harsh Noise Project; The Dead Yesterdays, and Dan’s Drone Doom Project; Mostly Hair and Bones. We liked the result so much we decided to form a permanent band, but we’ve still maintained that collaborative approach. This is what I’ve always liked the most about Catafalque, the fact it is so natural and organic. There’s never been any strong urge to confirm to any particular musical style or genre, it’s more about responding to what the other person has recorded.



Dan: As Thomas said, we weren’t really trying to set out to make an album in a specific style. We each have a lot of different influences and it was great being able to reference whichever we liked. There were no rules at all. If we like it, we used it. We did however consciously try to fill the space in our recordings where appropriate and also leave spaces for the tracks to breathe.



3.Most of the music was instrumental while vocals where brought in at times, are you planning on expanding the vocals on future releases?



Thomas: For sure, vocals will definitely become more of a prominent feature on future releases and live shows.



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



Dan: A catafalque is a framework that supports a coffin during a funeral or whilst a person of importance is lying in state. I’ve always liked the word and I suppose it has a fairly macabre meaning to it. I suggested it to Thomas as I felt it fit the music we’d recorded up to that point pretty well. Luckily he liked it as much as I did!



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



Dan: Absolutely. Again it’s fairly macabre and is an image of an old African (I believe) stringed musical instrument made out of a human skull, antelope horns, skin, gut and hair. I came across it a while back and it stuck with me. As soon as we started recording and I heard the resulting sounds I knew we had to use it. I included the still from The Exorcist 3 inside the CD cover as it’s a fucking awesome film!



6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?



Thomas: I definitely wouldn’t be adverse to expanding our line up if the right opportunity presented itself, though given the density of our sound already I’m not sure there’s enough room left in the mix for another member!



Dan: I think for recording it works so well with just the 2 of us but I also wouldn’t be averse to guest musicians! I think live is where we’d probably benefit most from more pairs of hands!



7.The album was released on 'Trepanation Recordings', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



Dan: Well Trepanation Recordings was started by me immediately prior to us recording ‘Catafalque’. I have run a noise Netlabel (Throne of Bael Records) for a few years and wanted to start a label focussing on the extreme and experimental side of metal which also produced limited edition runs of professionally made physical components. I thought that the album was a perfect first release so I could get a better handle on the process involved. Trepanation Recordings already has a number of other releases planned for late 2019/early 2020 and the roster is expanding. There are so many great artists and bands out there that deserve to be heard. I want to do my part in making sure they are.



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



Thomas: I think there’s always a danger when you create something that touches on multiple genres without fitting into a neat pigeon hole that it’ll end up being unpalatable for everyone, but that really doesn’t seem to have been the case with Catafalque and I’ve been pretty humbled by the reception we’ve had so far. Particularly in Metal circles we seem to create a certain amount of consternation – folk aren’t necessarily sure what to make of us - but at the same time we still manage to pull them into our hypnotically horrible vision!



Dan: It’s been remarkably positive! I’m still shocked to be honest!



9.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?



Thomas: My noise project The Dead Yesterdays as been sorely neglected while I’ve been focusing on Catafalque, but this means I’ve only been putting out a couple of releases a month! My next album ‘Adrift in the Dark’ will be released on Void Singularity Recordings on the 28th of July. It’s an hour long harsh noise wall exploring themes of alienation and isolation.



Dan: I play bass in a band called Mastiff and we released our latest album ‘Plague’ through APF Records on 1st February. We’re still playing whatever shows we can supporting this as well as beginning work on the follow up. We have a number of shows throughout the UK in 2019. Come check us out!



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



Thomas: Denser and heavier atmospheres! I really want to see how far we can take this sound of ours.

Dan: I want to create the most unsettlingly hypnotic album the world has ever know.





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?



Thomas: To answer all those questions in one I think there have been some absolutely amazing music released over the last 12 months and it’s those bands who are pushing the envelope on what ‘heavy music’ means and moving in new directions which inspire me the most. I couldn’t not mention SUNN O))), and Life Metal has been in my frequent rotation since it dropped. That a band who did so much to define a genre and have such a recognisable sound can then drop an album like this which completely reinvigorates it while keeping reference points is really exciting. Other notable mentions for me would be ‘Magus’ by Thou, which I’m still not bored of, and ‘Weeping Choir’ by Full of Hell, I would definitely see ‘Weeping Choir’ as the benchmark in terms of heaviness I’d want to achieve with future releases!



Dan: As far as influences go with Catafalque, I’d have to say Sunn O))), Godflesh, ‘Psalm 69’ era Ministry, Gnaw Their Tongues and of course The Body. I’ve been listening to a lot of the early Earache bands such as Fudge Tunnel and OLD recently. I’ve also been on a massive Khanate binge and been totally digging Author & Punisher, Crowhurst and Lingua Ignota.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



Thomas: There are things not related to music?! Seriously though I live in a small rural town on the east coast of Scotland and love hitting the trails and beaches for a good run.



Dan: I don’t have time for non-music related things! Hahaha! Seriously though, I just tend to spend quality time with my wife and son when I’m not doing music. I am a big darts fan too (although not much of a player).



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



Dan: Just thanks for taking the time to interview us and expect to see much more of Catafalque in the future.

Shades Of Deep Water/Death's Threshold/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2019 CD Review


  Shades  Of  Deep  Water  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Death'sThreshold"  which  will  be  released  on  July  25th  by  Dunkelheit  Produktionen.

  Stringed  instruments  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  vocals  are  in  between  death  metal  growls  and  spoken  words

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  One  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  which  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slower  direction.

  Shades  of  Deep  Water  plays  a  style  of funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  slow,  dark,  heavy  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativism,  death,  cosmos  and  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shades  Of  Deep  Water  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  "Part  1"  and  "Part  4".  8 out  of  10.

https://dunkelheitprod.bandcamp.com/album/deaths-threshold 



  

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hidden In Eternity Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
First ,we were thinking about our first gigs and finding a label but right after we received the physical cds , our drummer ,Chewy ,decided to leave the band.
So, the first thing that we have done is seeking a new one and as everyone knows, it’s a pain in the ass to find one and even more difficult one who is a good fella, good musician with motivation and who wants to play that kind of music!
But, we will try a guy at the end of July.  Let’s see!

2.In March you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2) In 2005 when we composed “On the ninth day”, we were  6 musicians and not all of them were “real metalheads”.
And when we recorded, none of us knew what we were talking about, even not the sounds guy who never heard metal before meeting us.
So the production was really amateur and uncertain.
We had a lot of different influences as celtic musics, punk and reggae.
But we found a sound that everyone likes with atmospheric metal close to my first personal Influences: My dying Bride, On thorns I lay and The sins of Thy beloved!

But little by little , I began preferring more brutal sounds with more doom death influences as Ataraxie and Colosseum…
So now , our music is more heavy and brutal, something less easy to listen.
“On the ninth day” was melancholic music like when you are sad because it’s rainy outside,
“A tout jamais” is like despair you could feel when you are waiting for a sentence without knowing where and when you will be hurt after seeing your friends and family get killed in front of your eyes.
And thanks to Brice (bass) we had the chance to record with guys like Asgorn and PY who are really goods musicians and technicians too. Moreover, Asgorn gave us really good advice on so many things.
Thanks again to both of them!

3.This was also your first album in 14 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
3) When Hidden in Eternity split in 2008, we all had different projects!
Some moved to other cities far away, started studies, began working ,stopped playing music etc etc.
I lost contact with some of them for years with no reasons…just like that…
So I moved to Bordeaux with the desire to reform the band one day and  meanwhile I played in others projects like Stille Volk (dark folk from Toulouse)where I played drums for 3 years!
Meanwhile , I  was still composing for a future Hidden in Eternity.
I met Brice and lots of musicians while being active in metal associations organizing extreme metal shows in Bordeaux..
And one day, the miracle, I met Chewy at the end of a gig ‘cause he was wearing a Monotony Fields t shirt of Shape of despair.
So, the band could rise again!


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
4) In my music, the lyrics are always hermetic like poetry is!
The music talks about the fear of time, of missing something or someone somewhere!
“Endlessy lost and still searching for something, someday” (still motion, Shape of despair )
The fear of not living enough and to see friends and family disappear one after the other without the possibility to save neither them nor myself.

I talk about choice too ‘cause It’s  always been a real difficulty in my life, and still is.
I want everything at the same time. I am impatient, I hate waiting!

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hidden In Eternity'?

5) The meaning behind “Hidden in eternity” is that all we have lived and all we will live, you, me ,the people reading this words are lost in time.
Our birth, our death and all what you will live inbetween ,everything is always done in my mind!
Each and every second is lost but they all connect with each other !
It s like reading an old letter or watching olds photos or having a skull in your hand and watching it .
Everyone will pass away and who will remember me , my music or this interview?
The old Nereide composing On the ninth day is hidden in me now and the future Nereide who will compose our next album too!
Hard to explain!



6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
6) The artwork is the most hazardous story the kind of thing that if you would make it on purpose do it, it would fail!
I was with my girlfriend at an exhibition and I was waiting for her at the exit!
When she finally got out, she just took the picture without telling me ‘cause she found it beautiful and unique.
We decided to keep it for the artwork ‘cause it’s exactly what “hidden in eternity” means to me!
It’s impossible to recreate that photo ‘cause it was one particular day and one particular time and in a particular place with a particular sensibility!

And the light!!!
It's like a gate between two worlds, life and death..
something that you can’t reach but which is there in front of you, all around you and blinds you  when you think you can touch it…and finally ,no !
It is perfect !

For the logo, it represents an old clock with hours and minutes hands reaching out of the sphere of the clock like time can’t be measured anymore ‘cause each instant is lost and hidden in eternity

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?
7) We have only done two shows before Chewy left the band so I can’t  answer you right now!
The last one was in April 2019. For a “public trial” it was great, we played really well, and we received good feedback from unknown people .
Of course, We will do better next time !

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
8)As we are looking for a drummer , we only have two shows planned for the moment.
The first one is in Bordeaux with Ataraxie on October 12th, 2019. I’ve been waiting for that moment for  14 years now !
And the next one will be in December in the north of France with friends from “Veil of Mist” that I first met just before Hidden in Eternity split in 2008 after our last show.
By choice, we prefer playing rarely in some specialized event like from dusk til doom in

Belgium for example.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
9)Yes of course, we are looking for label!
We will try with Solitude prod for example …
We are searching for any kind of promotion, reviews etc.. anything that can help us being known!


10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of funeral doom and death metal?
10) I was really pleasantly surprised ‘cause thanks to the web, people from all over the world found us. We received some orders from Russia , Ukraine, Germany ,usa without efforts!
It’s a mystery how they found us after 14 years of silence!
It seems that we composed really good sounds!
Of course we are a little band and a lot of work is waiting for us but it’s really promising and I am really trustful for the future of the band!

11.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?
11) For the moment, I decided to focus on Hidden in Eternity even if I wish to play in another project as a drummer in a folk, medieval ,Celtic band .
Brice is a bassist in Thunderland and plays prog metal with female voice for years now but it seems that they have some musicians who are not really motivated to carry on .

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
12) I hope the band will become an European  reference as Ataraxie is now on the doom death scene!
I wish to play  4 to 6 times a year in front of people who know what they will hear not “tourist”.
And for the moment , I am composing new stuff for the 3rd album..
To be continued!

13.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?
13) I am influenced by all king of melancholic and sad music.
in metal :Shape of despair, Ataraxie, Colosseum,Slow,treurwig, Frowning,Tyranny, Pantheist.
But neo pagan as well like Heilung, WArdruna, Elend, Gregorian music, tribal sounds 

I listen Monotony fields every night to sleep  and the last heilung is so powerful that I can’t get tired to listen to both of them!
The list is infinite.

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

14) I wish to thank people who work with me especially Brice ‘cause he is an excellent musician and very focused on details that I forget or don’t think about!
He is able to stand me, it’s a great quality or form of madness!^^
It's thanks to him that “A tout jamais “sounds like this!
To Chewy, even if he left the band, ‘cause thanks to him the band reformed and recorded A tout jamais after 10 years of longing!
Thank again To Asgorn Studio for his work and advice, To PY for his work on mastering!
To Clem Boo and Aurelie Pons for the artwork!

All my gratitude To Kostas from Pantheist for accepting to work with us and playing keys on the album!

Regards to all the ancient members of the band :Tistryinn, Leikkanthroppe and Moolill and of course Graphin von Todeskampf who died 2 years ago!
A tout Jamais is her epitaph!

Thanks to you for your time and work!
See you on stage

Nereide




Yunclas Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Yunclas is a project that begins in 2016, from the most absolute do it yourself and with the intention of bringing a political vision to the electronic music scene.I had used to be in hardcore, punk or rock bands, but when I discovered the versatility and freedom of electronic music production and the Ableton program I got into it

2.You have released a good  amount of material over the last few years, how would you describe the musical progression you have made over that time period with those recordings?
 I think my first productions like "Quebraes" didn't have such a "techno" concept and it was more about developing an idea without regard to specific structures or specific production processes. They were more made in the manner of old industrial music projects, no matter how much I care whether or not this way of producing and this sound matched the standards of the music production of the techno scene. Gradually I have focused more on the production on a more "techno" scheme, although for me the important thing is always the freedom to develop one idea rather than making a danceable track .My last record on the Dutch label "Otomo" I think is the purest and structurally "Industrial-techno" of all I've ever done.

3.A lot of your song themes touch of communism, revolutionary or leftist politics, can you tell us a little bit more about what these mean to you?
I'm a political and militant person since I became socially conscious when I was a teenager so that translates into my music because it's an essential part of my way of being. I believe that the capitalist system is a cancer for humanity and we must fight it and establish relationships that are outside capitalist forms. I also try to reclaim the moments of struggle and antagonism where the forces opposed to the Capital had their strong moment and were able to face it sometimes in a victorious way.

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

Linguistically Yunclas comes from a word in my Asturian language that designates the little anvil with which a scythe is lined.
My inspiration is a deep, dark pulse. From where I start it is always from dark and deep territories. It's an escape from complacency and comfort. For me, music is confrontation and antagonism.

5.On the reworked version of your 2017 album that you recently released you also used different cover artwork, can you tell us a little bit more about the change?
I just changed the cover to differentiate one version from the other. In both, however, I used a photo collage from the time of the Italian revolutionary period of the 70s.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with any other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
So far I have only tried to collaborate on a common project with a musician from Brazil but the result is very slow and i am not convinced.
However, I am open to collaborating with other projects that have a little the same philosophy as mine.

7.Have you done any live shows with this musical project?
yes, I've had several live shows. I am preparing and changing the development of the live as I make new tracks and incorporating new sounds and machines.

8.You also run 'Grabaciones Autobombo' can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The label was created to edit my music by myself and also that of friends who wanted to collaborate.  I've edited several cassettes but lately I only edit digitally. The reason is to have a platform to not depend on anyone and to have total freedom to do whatever I want. However, I have also released with more labels such as Nen Records from Russia, Xtraperlo Records from Madrid, Otomo de Holanda or Antagonist Field of France.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of industrial, techno and other dark forms of music?
I think the reaction has been good, especially among the people who are more into the underground and less in the commercial sounds of Techno. People who listen to my music and who have a musical background more focused on scenes outside the conventional electronics market I think have a positive reaction to what I try to do.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I don't know what I can do in the future. Really the motivations for making music are purely personal and individual. Establishing such a musical project is a purely personal initiative that responds to an individual need. I don't expect success or recognition, although it's always nice to be recognized for work, but the reality is that it doesn't go any further or it's made for anything that isn't pure personal expression.

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?

There is a lot of music that has influenced me but in particular for this project above all I have been influenced by people who have had another look from techno to the traditional, such as Abdulla Rashim, Varg (not Burzum, the swedish producer), or SHCXCHX...  also old and industrial music projects such as SPK or Cosey Fanni Tutti, Etat Brut... or dark ambient like Lustmord or Raison d'etre, and others like MZ412. kraut rock bands, especially Can, and also other better known things like Pink Floyd, Hendrix, King Krimson etc.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
social history, claiming movements, cats, beach and good food.


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

Thank you very much for the interest in my project and a lot of luck and strength to carry out the fanzine. These types of publications are indispensable to be able to keep the underground alive.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Muur/Bod/Cyclic Law/2019 CD Review


  Muur  is  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  ritual  and  dark  ambient  soundscapes  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Bod"  which  will  be  released  on  July  30th  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  the  only  track  that  is  presented  on  the  recording  is  over  51  minutes  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  as  well  as  utilizing  some  homemade  instruments  as  well  as  adding  in  elements  of  dark  ambient.

  Voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  guitar  sounds  when  they  are  utilized  add  an  influence  of   black  metal  onto  the  recording.  Bass  guitar  riffing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  drone/doom  metal  direction,  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  gets  more  tribal  and  shamanistic  sounding  as  well  as  introducing  throat  singing  onto  the  recording.

  Muur  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  ritual,  dark  ambient  soundscapes,  drone  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  music  focuses  mostly on  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Muur  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ritual,  dark  ambient  soundscapes,  drone  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  8  out  of  10.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Esogenesi/Self Titled/Transcending Obscurity Records/2019 CD Review


  Esogenesi  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  funeral  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2019  album  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  funeral  doom  metal  direction  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  that  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.  One  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  drones  towards  the  end  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs  while  one  track  is  an  instrumental  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slower  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  on  the  closing  track  the  music  also  speeds  up  briefly  and  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  science  fiction  and  philosophical  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Esogenesi  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  "Decadimento  Astrale"  and  "Incarazione  Della  Conoscenza".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2j3pzv7kXrI   

Yunclas/Violenza Proletaria(Reworked 2019)/Grabaciones Autobombo/2019 Full Length Review


  Yunclas  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  industrial  and  techno  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Violence  Proletaria"  which  was  originally  released  in  2017  with  the  re-mixed  and  re-mastered  form  of  the  album  being  released  in  2019  by  Grabaciones  Autobombo.

  Programmed  beats  and  electro-industrial  sounds  start  off  the  album  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Elements  of  techno  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  one  track  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording.

  Samples  of  communist  era  music  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  music  also  has  some  influences  of  ambient  and  electronica  music,  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  harsh  noises  can  also  be  heard,  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  tribal  and  ritualistic  sounding.

  Yunclas  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  industrial  and  techno  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark while  the  song  themes  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  The  Autonomia  Operaia  Movement  in  Italy  during  the  70's. 

  In  my  opinion  Yunclas  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  industrial  and  techno  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Violenza  Proletaria"  "Domino  y  Saboaje"  and  "Lotta  Continua".  8  out  of  10.

https://grabacionesautobombo.bandcamp.com/album/violenza-proletaria-reworked-2019