Sunday, February 24, 2013

Goatcraft Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?
1) I started Goatcraft after a failed attempt at starting a black
metal band. My style is often difficult for other musicians to match,
so I decided to take it into my own hands and mold a piano project
that can stand on its own ground and challenge what's already out
there. In short, it could be assumed that it's an emulation of both
extreme metal and classical music.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
2) Goatcraft is what I deem "Necroclassical". It doesn't fit into any
genre and people often create their own representation of the music.
Others have called it death metal, black metal, doom metal, dark wave,
neofolk, neoclassical, modern classical, dark ambient, and so forth.
When I first started the project, I was going for a more minimalist
stance, then more complexities started to emerge. Most of the pieces
have a simplistic motif, or multiple motifs, that are extended and
built upon. The main challenge is craft each piece into a journey.
There are a few repetitive pieces which serve their purpose, but there
are also other pieces that elevate, transport, and combine different
moods. It's all dark of course.

3. What are some of the themes and concepts you bring out with your music?
3) During 2011 and 2012, I spent much of my time delving further into
classical music. I attended local symphonies, recitals, and so on. I
also write for a classical column under a pseudonym that has been
enjoyable. My childhood was engulfed in metal. I drift more towards
old school death metal and black metal, so those elements can be heard
in my music. I think the main theme I portray in my piano playing is
how rather pathetic humanity has grown. Overpopulation, ecocide,
religion, politics, commerce, ect all contribute to the frustration
that I put into Goatcraft. I think we're on the brink of devolution.
Hipsters also infuriate me.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the projects name?
4) The Goat has long been a symbol for esoteric thought. From the Goat
of Mendes to Shub-Niggurath; these symbolic incarnations of the Left
Hand Path defy the masses and popular rule. The name Goatcraft
situated itself perfectly for the project and the mindset.

5. Currently there is only one member are you planning on adding other musicians in the future?
5) The name I use in Goatcraft is Lonegoat. If there were others
introduced to the project, then that'd go to the wayside. At this
point, I don't foresee anyone else contributing to the music. It's not
limited to just piano, since I can play other instruments and
introduce them into the fold. I also have an interest in scoring. One
day I'll sit down and start piecing together ideas for quartets, piano
concertos, ect. If it culminates to that point, it would probably be
under a different banner. In furtherance, I've also become keen to
organ after doing some session work for Druid Lord.

6. What are some of the other releases you have put out?
6) The first band that released anything that I was in was After
Death/Nocturnus when I was still young. I'm on the first four tracks
of their 'Retronomicon' album. Mike Browning from Morbid
Angel/Nocturnus invited me to tryout and it worked out well. For
Goatcraft, the first recording was an 80 minute song called 'Wrath of
the Goat' in 2010. It wasn't released on a label, but I sent copies of
it all over the world to different contacts. After that, I started
composing normal length songs, which Pale Horse Recordings released on
a demo in 2011. It was more technique looking back on it. 2012 proved
to take the project a bit further in composition. That's when I wrote
all of the the tracks (minus Journey to the Depths) for the debut
album 'All For Naught' for Forbidden Records. Sleepwalker from the
label has been very easy to work with, and I wouldn't rule out future
collaboration with Forbidden Records. I've been writing some new work
that might be the extension/evolution from what's presented on the
debut album. Time will tell.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your  recordings by fans of underground music?
7) I've had different friends all over the world being involved in the
metal scene. The Goatcraft website appears to get the bulk of hits
from Europe. Perhaps once the debut album is released next month more
people will be exposed to it. When I played a show with Negura Bunget
and Eclipse Eternal they confronted me after I played. It's always
interesting when people from the Classical Music scene confront me
about Goatcraft, since I'm more involved with the metal realm.

8. Are there any other musical projects besides this project or is this full time?
8) For the time being I'm immersing myself in Goatcraft. There are
always new scales, chords, progressions unfolding in my brain that I
want to lay down on piano. Listening to Liszt has broadened my scope a
bit the past month. Some of the techniques he used in his "Totentanz"
I sort've dissected and rearranged. I'm excited to see how this molds
itself into a new piece. Also Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue. I've been
meddling with more Baroque techniques. One of my close friends
confronted me about doing some work on a black metal recording
project. I'll probably add some of keyboard tracks, but nothing over
the top.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
9) Furthering the style used in the debut album. There could be some
light percussion, possibly some other backing instruments. The main
focus is the piano itself and challenging myself. On the debut album
there are some very simplistic pieces, then very complex/demanding
pieces. I hope to continue this in the future. No one can ever be good
enough on piano. It's a mountain without mountaintop.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10) As I'm answering this question, I'm blaring Shostakovich's first
violin concerto, 3rd movement. I think his stuff is boring for the
most part, but he has some very amazing parts that are hidden. For
metal, I'm more into bands like early Morbid Angel, early Samael,
early Emperor, Incantation, Cruciamentum, Grave Miasma, Funebrarum,
Demilich, Sorcier des Glaces, ect. For classical, I'm always on a
blitz of one composer at a time. Rachmaninov's Isle of the Dead put me
into a rather dismal mood the first time I heard it. Beethoven is
probably my favorite composer, with Bach and Wagner following close

11. How would you describe your views on Occultism?
11) The occult is essential to metal and very much part of the
imagery/title focus for Goatcraft. I'm a Nihilist, but delving into
esoteric modes is imperative for furthering oneself. For a while I was
into metaphysics, which Heidegger's works is good to put things into

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
12) I try to escape mundanity as much as possible. Some of my best
times on this planet were while mountain climbing, hiking and
sightseeing, I lived in Japan for a couple of years. Climbing the
cliffs in Okinawa and overlooking the China Sea put the universe in my
face. People are too busy watching TV, buying crap they don't need,
ect to realize that real beauty can't be bought. I just hope that we
don't destroy the planet while we're destroying ourselves.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
13) Thank you very much for taking the time to interview me for
Goatcraft. I hope the debut album is to your liking.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

World Of Metal And Rust/Industrial Noir/2013 CD Review

  World  Of  Metal  And  Rust  are  a  1  man  band  from  Portland  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  a  combination  of  industrial,  experimental,  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Industrial  Noir"  with  the  recording  more  a  continuation  of  the  last  album  from  the  composer's  previous  black  metal  project  Mara.

  Sound  effects  and  synths  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient,  drone,  noise,  experimental  and  industrial  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  bringing  up  dark  visions  with  a  some  spoken  word  elements  being added  in  as  well  along  with  a  brief  use  of  drum  programming.

  Song  themes  cover  darkness,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  with  a  mixture  of  short  and  long  songs  that  have  alot  more  darkness  than  some  current  black  metal  recordings  while  having  no  metal  sound  in  the  music.

  In  my  opinion  World  Of  Metal  And  Rust  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  industrial,  experimental, d ark  ambient  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "World  Of  Rust"  "The  Abyss"  "World  Of  Mystery"  and  "World  Of  Fog".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Goatcraft/All For Naught/Forbidden Records/2013 CD Review

  Goatcraft  are  a  1  man  band  that  mixes  occult  music,  dark  ambient  and  neo  classical  together  with  some  death  metal  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "All  For  Naught"  which  was  released  by  Forbidden  Records.

  Keyboards  and  pianos  bring  in  elements  of  occult,  dark  ambient  and  neo  classical  to  create  a  very  dark  and  evil  sound  of  their  own  while  also  being  darker  than  any  metal  band  without  being  metal  and  there  are  the  only  musical  instruments  that  are  present on  this  recording.

  Vocals  and  songwriting  are  all  absent  from  this  recording  with  the  musical  being  all  instrumental,  while the  song  themes  dark  and  occult  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  the  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Goatcraft  are  a  very  great  sounding  necro  classical  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Call  Me  Judas"  "Goats  Will  Riot"  "Gate  II"  and  "The  Rape  Of  Europa".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Trillion Red/Echo Road/Badgod Music/2013 EP Review

  Trillion  Red  are  a  band  from  San  Francisco  that  has  been  featured  before  with  a  musical  sound  on  this  recording  I  would  describe  as  being  avant  garde  doom  metal  with  some  experimental  and  black  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2013  ep  "Echo  Road"  which  was  released  by  Badgod  Music.

  Drum  programming  ranges  from  slow  to mid  paced  playing,  while  the  synths  and  sound  effects  bring  in  elements  of  avant  garde,  experimental,  ambient,  industrial  and  noise  to  the  recording,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  avant  garde  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  some  soft  and  clean  playing  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  heavy  distortion  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for t he  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  enhance  the  darkness  that  is  coming  out  of  the  music.

  Vocals  are  mostly  absent  from this  recording  with  the  music  being  mostly  instrumental  but  there  are  some  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  on  the  last  song,  while  the  song  themes  cover  as  darkness,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Trillion  Red  and  if  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Metphere"  and  "Memoirs  Of  The  Future".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Six Reasons To Kill/The Damned/Massacre Records/2013 Single Review

  Six  Reasons  To  Kill  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  death  metal  and  metalcore  with  a  black  metal  edge  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2013  single  "The  Damned"  which  was  released  by  Massacre  Records.

  Drums  range  from s low,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing h as  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  melodic  death  metal  with  metalcore  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing,  while t he  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  from  deep  death  metal  growls,  high  pitched  screams  that  give  the  music  a  black   metal   feeling  as  well  as  some  clean  singing,  while  the  song  lyrics  cover dark  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  and  professional  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Six  Reasons  To Kill  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  single.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "My  Poison".  RECOMMENDED.