Monday, September 18, 2017

Omotai Interview

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

Sure, we’ve been playing regional shows with bands that we like including Big Business, He Whose Ox Is Gored, and an ACLU Benefit Show with In the Company of Serpents and our label mates Dead to a Dying World.

Other than that we’ve starting hashing out a few new songs.  Our drummer, Danny Mee, was also busy becoming a dad this year!

2.You have a new album coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The music is a muscular and caustic blend of thrash to sludge to post-rock.  It’s very heavy and there’s a lot of complexity hidden in it without it necessarily being labeled progressive.  The recording itself is pretty close to what we sound like playing live, so there’s not a lot of effects, editing, or tinkering.

The differences start with the record being much longer than albums we’ve released in the past.  We came out of the studio with around 80 minutes recorded and had to cut about 20 minutes of music out to fit it on two records.

Jamie Ross joined the band in late 2013 so we finally get to show off his unique song writing style and with the songs “Ruined Oak”, “The Savage Sky”, and “Augustina”.  Incorporating his style and having a second guitar player has opened us up to the ability to do more.  And now I have TWO people to persuade into playing more rippin’ guitar solos!

As with the past records, everyone does vocals, but now we have 4 members, and a couple of us tried new vocal styles.  We also have a couple slower songs that open up to new expressions and provide a little dynamic or pause from the songs that are more brutal and dense.

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

“A Ruined Oak” is a concept album based loosely around the mysterious disappearance of the settlers of the Roanoke Colony.  The lyrics are mostly sung from the perspectives of real or imagined people involved in the voyage there, being left to fend for themselves for years in a harsh environment dealing with a lack of supplies, and then eventually disappearing with little clues left as to what actually happened.

This was the concept that our guitarist/vocalist Sam Waters came up with…he’s into anthropology, history, big vocabulary, and blood and guts.

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

Omotai is a Japanese word meaning “heavy” or “severe”.  An old friend of ours who lived in Japan for a while proposed it as a band name and the rest is history.

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

Some of my favorite shows were playing Total Fest in Missoula, Montana a couple of times.  As well as No Thanks Fest that was organized by Tofu Carnage folks in the middle of the woods well outside the Dallas area.  And a show with Scale the Summit/Intronaut/Mouth of the Architect was fun, off the top of my head.  Our stage performance is...always a little different and I feel like has an element of teetering on the edge of going off the rails, which is one of my favorite elements of the music.

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

Yes! We’re doing a run of shows starting September 29th until October 14th.  Immediate plans are we are playing in Dallas, Oklahoma City, Denver, Spokane, Seattle, Olympia, Reno, Lubbock, and San Antonio.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Tofu Carnage', are you happy with the support the label has given you so far?

Tofu Carnage has been awesome.  The label is growing and really focused on high-quality releases and they feature a really interesting curation of different kinds of metal and avant-garde music.  It’s really unique and we were thrilled to be invited to be part of their family!

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

I know we have fans from all over the world, and I’m not really sure how they find us, but it’s very cool!  I hope we’re able to reach more people that are or would be into what we’re doing. We have yet to play outside the US but I think that’d be amazing.

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

We always try to do something new and different and at this point we are in the very early stages of the next batch of songs, which is kind of exciting.

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

As far as music on “A Ruined Oak”, some influences were the same as always Keelhaul, Mastodon, Nuclear Assault, and Jesu, to name a few.  Jamie loves Russian Circles, and The Life and Times and Shiner (as do I), so he brought in a lot of new sounds and changes inspired by that kind of music, so that expanded our musical palette.

Lately, I’m always listening to stuff like Mogwai, Kowloon Walled City, Baptists, Trans Am, Mutoid Man, Helms Alee.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m into web development and I’m working on a master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction, so I try to keep up with those things. I just started indoor bouldering so that’s my latest obsession, even though I have the upper body strength of a toddler.

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

That's about it! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dom Zly/Self Titled/Unquiet Records/2017 EP Review

  Dom  Zly  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  melodic  mixture  of  crust  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Unquiet  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  heavy  and  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  aggressive  shouts  while  a  great  amount  of  crust  and  post  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  some  touches  of  hardcore.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  briefly,  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  riffing  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Dom  Zly  plays  a  musical  style  that  take s melodic  crustcore  and  mixes  it  with  post  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dom  Zly  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  crust  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bor"  "W  noc".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Weight Of The Tide/All Told/Undergroove/2017 CD Review

  Weight  Of  The  Tide  are  a  band  from  Reno,  Nevada  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "All  Told"  which  will  be  released  on  September  29th  by  Undergroove.

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  presented  on  the recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  clean  style.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing    while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  elements  of  traditional  metal  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  mixing  in  the heaviness  of  sludge  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Weight  Of  The  Tide  plays  a  style  of  sludge  metal  that  is  more  melodic  than  most  bands  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Weight  Of  The  Tide  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  sludge  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  End  Becomes  You"  and  "Architect".  8  out  of  10.


Ylva/META/Translation Loss Records/2017 CD Review

  Ylva  are  a  band  from  Melbourne,  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "META"  which  will  be  released  in  November.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  sludge  metal  direction  while  the  vocals  are  very  angry  sounding  and  bring  in  elements  of  hardcore  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction,

  Ylva  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  sludge  and  post  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  sadness  and  heartbreak  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ylva  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sitting  In  The  Air"  and  "Widowed".  8  out  of  10.

Archons/Lords Of Light And Thunder/2017 Full Length Review

  Archons  are  a  band  from  San  Diego,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Lords  Of  Light  And  Thunder"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  psychedelic  elements  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  sludge  and  doom  metal  style  along  with  some  vocals  that  are  in  between  being  aggressive  and  melodic  and they  also  mix  the  heavy  and  psychedelic  elements  together.

  A  great  amount  of  stoner  rock  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  as  the  album  a  brief  instrumental  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier direction  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Archons  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  psychedelic,  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Archons  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  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  "Galaxians"  "Dr.  Pain"  and  "Creature".  8  out  of  10.  

BongCauldron/Binge/APF Records/2017 CD Review

  BongCauldron  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a mixture  of  stoner,  sludge,  doom  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Binge"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  APF  Records.

  Sludge  style  screams  and  heavy  doom  metal  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  stoner  metal  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  groove  metal  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Elements  of  first  wave  black  metal  can  be  heard  at  times  but  mixed  in  with  a  more  modern  stoner/doom  style  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  music  speeds  up  it  also  adds  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  thrash  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  always  remaining  very  heavy.

  BongCauldron  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  stoner,  sludge,  doom  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  BongCauldron  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner.  sludge,  doom  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devil"  "Bigfoot  Reigns"  and  "Yorkshire  Born".  8  out  of  10.  

Cut The Navel String/The Black Box Session By Peter Deimel/Atypeek Music/2017 LP Review

  Cut  The  Navel  String  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial  metal,  hardcore,  noise  rock  and  darkwave  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Black  Box  Session  By  Peter  Deimel"  which  was  released  by  Atypeek  Music.

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  leads  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  later   which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  industrial  style  vocals  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Elements  of  noise  rock  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  mixing  in  blast  beats  and  hardcore  influences,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic  vocals  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  fashion.

  Cut  The  Navel  String  plays  a  music  style  that  takes  industrial  metal,  noise  rock,  hardcore  and  a  touch  of  darkwave  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cut  The  Navel  String  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  industrial  metal,  noise  rock  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "You're  No  Fun  Anymore"  and  "The  Last".  8  out  of  10.