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.   

Friday, September 15, 2017

Monolord/Rust/RidingEasy/2017 CD Review


  Monolord  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Rust"  which  will  be  released  on  September  29th  by  RidingEasy.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  stoner  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean singing  style  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  makes  a  style  that  has  its  roots  in  the  70's  have  a  more  modern  feeling  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  psychedelic  sounding  organs  can  be  heard  briefly  while  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  along  with  all  of  the  songs  sticking  to  a  very slow musical  direction  and  the  closing  track  acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized  briefly  for  a  few  minutes.

  Monolord  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  stoner  and  doom  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  evil,  horror  and  supernatural  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Monolord  are  a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dear  Lucifer"  and  "Forgotten  Lands".  8  out  of  10.

Pale Horseman/The Fourth Seal/2017 FUll Length Review

  Pale  Horseman  are  a  band  from  Chicago, Illinois  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "The  Fourth  Seal"  which  will  be  released  in  November.

  A  very  heavy  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  aggressive  vocals  which  also  have  a  melodic  edge  at  times are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  groove  and  melody.

  Elements  of  southern  and  stoner  metal  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  incorporates  a  lot  of  90's  era  industrial and  death  metal  influences  along  with  the  solos  and  leads being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion,  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Pale  Horseman  creates  another  recording  that remains  true  to  the  sludge  and  doom  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalypse,  depression,  sorrow,  drugs  and  misanthropy  themes.

  On  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Pale  Horseman  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge  and  doom  metal,   you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Final  War"  "Bereavement"  "Pale  Rider"  and  "Phantasmal  Voice".  8  out  of  10.

  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sapata Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are Sapata, the dancing dead from Tampere, Finland, formed in 2014.
Saara Šamane vocals, Felix Voltti guitar, TT Suosalo bass, Anttu Puutio drums.

2.In June you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Deep, sanguine, melancholic sound but still warm, strong and full of energy.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Saara:  You might say that I write lyrics from a two different aspect. Some of the lyrics are very intimate and earthly. They are stories about love, depression, stories about dreams and nightmares and my fear of death. For example 'I the Messenger' is a song that I wrote when I had this bad time span of mania and depression dominating my life.
I have a quite romantic relationship to writing. I see stories in my head; landscapes, colours, sounds, and I must write them down. Like 'Gobi'. When I started to write it I saw the song in my head. I saw this bare desert and black night sky full of stars, and this young man who wanted to be fearless and ride through the desert that is full of danger but the story doesn’t tell what is his destiny. I use a lot of metaphors, to me it's very natural way to write. Metaphors are beautiful and interesting way to write about your life without telling the whole story of your lunatic mind. They are poems which every listener can feel and see in their own way. I like to use mysticism in my texts so I have taken influences from old mythologies, religions, myths and believes, things that I’m interested in. In June I made a sequence of photos based on the album lyrics, you can check those in our facebook page. Every photo opens more of the world and stories behind the lyrics.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sapata'?
Sapata means a dancing bear in native Miwok's language. Coming up with the name was a quite long process with everybody spit ideas back and forth and eventually when we came up with it the name suited our music well.


5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and slo how would you describe your stage performance?
Every show can be quite different ‘cause is all about the place and the energy between the band and the audience. Our shows are very strong, energic, sometimes dramatic but always honest. Music can create a strong bond between players and the audience and they can feed each others energy in a very hypnotic and therapeutic way. Our best shows have been like this, we’ve been in a trance with the audience.  It’s all about this magnetic, hypnotic energy between everybody.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Now we are writing our second album called ‘Reflections’ and it will be recorded this year. We have also some shows in Finland and we are open to have more. Touring starts next spring when the album will be released. We don’t know yet is the album going to be a self release or via some label.

7.The new album was released on 'Inverse Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
To a rising band like us, label Inverse has been good move, they promote us through their contacts and keep us informed about reviews and sales, while letting us own the rights to our music.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of heavy and doom metal?
‘Satanibator’ has received lot of positive feedback and we are happy to see how people around the world have liked the album. ‘Satanibator’ is musically quite open-minded album and we have noticed that almost all kind of people can find something catchy from it. And it’s great ‘cause our music is meant for everyone.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Our music and lyrics are getting more rough and intimate and will take the listener deeper to our world. The theme of the second album is the death’s reflections and it’s called ‘Reflections’. On the new album the theme will be more clearly present on lyrics and graphics that on ‘Satanibator’.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Everyone’s individual influences and musical roots are very different and that creates our sound. We listen bands like Dead Can Dance, Sielun Veljet, Goat, Emma Acs, Oranssi Pazuzu, Monolord, Type o Negative, Devin Townsend, Boston, the Hellacopters, Leprous..
11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
We don't have a mutual view on occultism. Everyone has their own or doesn't have it at all. 'Sex Magik' is the only occultic love song in the album. Some of us might have some kind of interest on occultism but it's not present in our music.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Saara: Woodworking, diy, graphic designing and art
Felix: Sports, scifi-movies and assisting surgeries
TT: Nature, aircrafts and food
Anttu: Baking

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts/
Live life with full power love and lunatic groove

Loincloth Interview

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

This new album marks the final chapter for Loincloth. Our mission is complete. We are extremely excited that Southern Lord will be bringing this slab of sickness to the hands and ears of our fellow riff mongers out there in the world!!

2.You have a new album coming out during the end of September, 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?

 Loincloth first and foremost is about density of HEAVY and twisting rhythmical concepts into knots. On the new record we created a little more breathing space as opposed to our first record "Iron Balls of Steel", which is non-stop claustrophobia. Fear not though, "Psalm Of the Morbid Whore" is still quite twisted!

3.This is your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

 We were writing and playing shows during this time.

4.So far all of the albums have been instrumental, what was the decision behind going into this direction instead of using vocals?

We had flirted with the idea of having a track or two with sparse vocals, but the idea behind Loincloth has always been about instrumental music. The drums are our vocals.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Loincloth'?

 Primitive, HEAVY and absurd!!

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

Although Loincloth didn't perform a ton, we were lucky to get to be a part of a lot of of great shows and festivals from The Day Of Doom Barcelona, Power Of The Riff in LA , GWAR-BQ in Richmond, VA to shows with Dysrhythmia, El Drugstore, Demon Eye and Dead in the Dirt, just to name a few. A personal highlight for me was doing a string of Dates with Sunn O))). I'm huge fan, so it was nothing short of sublime pleasure to be crushed by their unholy power several nights in a row. As far as stage performance, we keep it dark and let the riffs be the show!

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

No, we will have no final live performances.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme and progressive metal?

 Very good! The metal community has always been a global tribe and I'm honored to be a part of it. Loincloth's music is not easy to digest, but I'm thrilled that their are people out there that crave the kind of weird meal we offer. The support for this band has been incredible.

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

 We all have things we are currently working on. Steve, who is also the long time drummer for the Doom Metal band Confessor is working on a new record with them. Loincloth's bass player Tomas, and I have a heavy/ambient project named Gauchiste and are working on our second record. Besides that I have another twisted riff project forming named PRIZELIE.

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?

 Loincloth is a strange beast. There are wide ranging influences in this band. VoiVod, Trouble, Celtic Frost, King Diamond, Melvins, Mekong Delta, Sabbath, Halen and Rush are regular reference points when in rehearsal. For me, other bands like Ruins (from Japan) or Univers Zero and NOMEANSNO (just to name a few) can creep into the mix as an influence in one way or another. These influences might be hard to detect, but they are in there, at least abstractly. We might reference something, but for the most part we allow a riff to take its own course, relying on the language we have created for ourselves.
As far as what I'm listening to, that could be a long list as I'm always listening to a ton of stuff.  I love the new Circle record. Looking forward to new records by Krisiun, VoiVod, Unsane and Dead Rider. I've been having a great time with old Scorpions, Accept and Priest lately!!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

 I spend a lot of time with my brain in various arts from the visual to the written. I've loved poetry since I was a kid. I commit a lot of time to exploring various poets of the world.

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

Thanks for the interview and thanks to all that have been with us for so many years!!

May Satan be Yours!!

Stay Heavy!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Neck Deep In Filth Interview

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

We just released our self-titled debut EP. You can stream/buy it at www.neckdeepinfilth.bandcamp. com


2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the ep?

Others have been saying it sounds like a combination of hardcore and crust. So, I guess we can go with that description.


3. A lot of the lyrics cover political themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Well, unless one plans to stay wilfully ignorant, it’s impossible not to have an interest in what’s going on around us. The dominance of the right wing, the bigotry, the hateful nationalism, it all starts weighing down on you. The lyrics therefore serve as an outlet for me.


4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Neck Deep In Filth'?

Living here, we’re surrounded by scum racists, bigots, misogynists, Hindu fundamentalists, and dumb ultranationalists. We’re neck deep in filth.


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

We’ve only played two shows thus far and both have been great. As for describing our stage performance, I have no idea. That’s a question for the audience haha


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

We’ll definitely be playing a lot more shows but touring isn’t on the agenda.


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

No interest from labels so far but we’d love to get tapes out.


8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of crust punk and hardcore?

The response has surpassed our expectations.

We worked with our friends in Qabar - Extreme Music PR (www.facebook.com/qabarpr) for this release, and they’ve pretty much gone all out in spreading the “filth” haha. We never could have gotten the reach and feedback we’ve received on our own. Riz from Unite Asia (uniteasia.org) / Dagger (facebook.com/daggerhk/) too has been instrumental in getting the word out.


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?

Our drummer plays in a technical death metal band called Asphyxiate (https://www.facebook.com/ asphyxiatenep/). They recently released an EP. Our guitarist plays in a punk band called Squirt Guns (https://squirtgunsnepal. bandcamp.com/) and our bassist and I are part of a metallic hardcore band called Jugaa (https://jugaa.bandcamp.com/). Squirt Guns and Jugaa are on an indefinite hiatus right now, however.

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

I believe the EP is the perfect medium when it comes to hardcore/punk so I’m really not in favor of recording a full length for that reason. We’ll probably be putting out another EP next year but before that, we’re dropping a split with another South Asian band. Musically, I hope our sound gets darker.


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?

On my part, when it comes to NDIF, it’s Cursed, Left For Dead, and Haymaker. Our guitarist is into crust bands like Alpinist and Downfall of Gaia, along with some screamo. ��I’ve been listening to the new Integrity and All Out War lately. And lots of old Paradise Lost.


12. How would you describe the metal, punk and hardcore scenes in your home country of Nepal?

The underground here is great. We probably have the best scene in all of South Asia currently, to be honest. Don’t believe me? Come to the shows.


13. What are some of your non-musical interests?

I like reading. I like drinking. I also collect band shirts, but that’s probably related to music.


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

Thanks for the interview. Listen to our EP.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Evil Invaders/Feed Me Violence/Napalm Records/2017 CD Review


  Evil  Invaders  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  speed  and  thrash  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Feed  Me Violence"  which  will  be  released  on  September  29th  by  Napalm Records.

  A  very  fast  and  aggressive  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  elements  of  speed  metal  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  semi  melodic  style  of  singing  which  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  aggression  along  with  some  touches  of  death  metal.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  along  with  a  couple  of  brief  instrumentals  which  introduces  synths  and  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  and  they  also  make  an  80's  style  sound  more  modern.

  Evil  Invaders  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  thrash  and  speed  metal  together  along  with  some  power  and  death  metal  influences  to  create  a sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Evil  Invaders  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  thrash  and  speed  metal  along  with  some  touches  of  death  and  power  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  Life  Slowly  Fades"  "Feed  Me  Violence"  and  "Among  The  Depths  Of  sanity".  8  out  of  10.

    

Demoniac/Intemperance/Witches Brew/2017 CD Review


  Demoniac  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  thrash  metal  with  some  touches  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  'Intemperance"  which  was  released  by  Witches Brew.

  A  very  heavy  80's  influenced  South  American  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Vocals  are  in  the  more  aggressive  style  of  thrash  metal  along  with  some  touches  of  1986  era  death  metal  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and classical  guitars  are  also  used  briefly,

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals  along  with  first  one  also  bringing  in  traditional  metal  elements  while  the  later  is  an  acoustic  song  before  returning  back  to  vocal  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  and  back  up  gang  shouts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks a re  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Demoniac  plays  a  style  of  thrash  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  early  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  death,  anti  Christianity  and  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Demoniac  are  a  very  great  sounding  thrash  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  an d if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Unacceptable  Truth"  "When  Witchcraft  And  Cult  Rises"  and  "Forging  Our  Sorrow".  8  out  of  10.

    

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Heavy Traffic/The Mad Doctors/Twin Earth Records/King Pizza Records/2017 Split 7 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review of  a  split  7  inch  between  New  York's  Heavy  Traffic  and  The  Mad Doctors  which  will  be  released  on  September  22nd  as  a  joint  effort  between  Twin  Earth  and  King  Pizza  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Heavy  Traffic  a  band  that  plays  a mixture  of  psychedelic, doom  metal, noise  and punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out with  distorted  amp  sounds  along  with  some  clean  vocals  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  psychedelic  elements  while  the  riffing  brings  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  give  the  song  more  of  a  retro  edge  as  well  as  adding  in  some  noise  and  punk  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Heavy  Traffic  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  psychedelic,  doom  metal,  punk  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  Next  up  is  The  Mad  Doctors  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  garage,  punk,  doom,  surf  and  sludge  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  garage  punk  style  riffing  while  heavy  more  of  a  sludge  metal  heaviness  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Mad  Doctors  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  garage,  punk,  doom,  surf  and  sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  In  conclusion  I  fell  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  garage,  punk,  sludge  and  doom  metal.  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, September 8, 2017

Spirit Adrift Interview

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

We've been gearing up for our album release shows in October, as well as discussing our plans for next year. We've got some cool stuff in the works for 2018. Some of it is confirmed, some of it is being discussed, all of it will help take the band to another level.

2.In October you have a new album coming out 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?

With Curse of Conception, the goal was to make a timeless sounding heavy metal album that cannot be denied. For inspiration, I looked to the revered classics, as well as some of my favorite bands from Arkansas, which is where I cut my teeth playing music. How is this album better than previous material? It's better. This is the best album I've ever written, by far.

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

Life and death, and the spectrum of emotions and experiences involved.

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

I wanted a band name with no more than two or three words. That combination of words wasn't taken, and it fit the vibe of the music I was writing. The band name is open to interpretation, same as the lyrics.

5.On the albums you record everything by yourself, do you feel this gives you more room to be creative with your musical sound?

On previous albums, I did everything myself. But I want to be clear, Curse of Conception was a group effort. Everybody, including Sanford Parker, brought a lot to the table. I didn't ever really intend for Spirit Adrift to be a one-man project, that was just the simplest way to achieve my initial goals. I'm probably going to continue to write the music and lyrics, but this is a legitimate band and all the other guys have elevated Spirit Adrift to a level I couldn't have reached on my own.

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

I set zero expectations on anything Spirit Adrift does, other than making the best music we can. So having no expectations, every show has been better than I expected. We've only played a few shows at this point and they've been with some of my favorite bands, so that's a good situation to be in. There's not really anything fancy going on with our stage performance. We focus on playing the songs right, and from the heart. I've been watching a lot of old Metallica, Judas Priest, and Pantera live videos lately, which are inspiring. But we're definitely doing our own thing.

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

Yes. October 7 in Arizona we're playing with Atriarch, Take Over And Destroy, and Divine Hammer. October 14 in Denver, we're playing with Khemmis and Abrams. Then 2018 there's going to be a lot of big stuff happening. Some of that will be announced soon. People paying attention can figure some of it out.

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

The response to Spirit Adrift has been super positive from the beginning. Of course there will be haters no matter what you do, but I haven't seen much legitimate criticism from anyone who knows shit about music, so it doesn't bother me.

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

Hopefully I continue to learn and improve every day until I'm dead.

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 I mentioned above, the biggest influence for Curse of Conception is the "old guard". Metallica, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Ozzy, Trouble, Pentagram, Dio, stuff like that. Also the Arkansas stuff, mainly Rwake and Deadbird. I listen to a lot of Tangerine Dream as well, but that influence might not ever actually show up in Spirit Adrift. Or maybe we'll bust some synths and sequencers out on the next album, who knows.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Being a good husband, hanging out with my dog, MMA and other combat sports, psychology, horror movies, all kinds of stuff. Those are the constants. But I'm pretty obsessive so I'll get stuck on certain things. Not matter what, I'm almost always doing something relating to music.

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

Thanks for the interview, and thank you to everyone who has supported Spirit Adrift. If you download our album for free when it comes out that's fine, but if you like it enough not to delete it, buy a copy. We worked hard on it. See you all soon.

Wendigo Interview

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

We’re just five guys trying to make some good rock music.

2.In 2016 you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

If we talk about genres, we don’t like to put one label like ‘stoner rock’ on it. We make a mix of a few genres. And we don’t like to limit ourselves in one particular direction. At the moment I would say that we play a mix of Blues rock, Stoner rock and classic rock. But this list might be extended in the future. If you want to picture it, it’s like a long ride thru the desert with a few substances in the glove compartment.


3.The band has been around since 2012 but waited until 2016 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?


We first tried to get a repertoire of cover songs together so we can establish a name in the local area. We did some local gigs, expanded our setlist and got more and more gigs. Not just in the local area but also in places like Duisburg or Magdeburg. Truth is that we never really started writing our own material before 2016. And since then we started to put our own stuff in our setlist and see if people liked it and how their reaction would be.


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


Well, on the ep it’s a bit different writing then what we’re working on now, lyrically. Like the first song ‘Play It’ is just about me playing guitar in my room because my day was shitty. It was the first song I’ve written and has no deeper meaning. But later on like ‘Holy Hypocrite’ it’s the kind of type of social critical lyric that we’re writing at the moment. This song in particular is about mankind tending to choose financial profit over life itself with a distinct view on the subject of climate change and global warming. With the songs we’re writing at the moment it has the same kind of dystopian ring to it. We just tend to mix it up a bit with some occult stuff.


5.I know that the bands name comes from the name of an evil spirit from 'Algonquian' folklore, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?


At the moment it doesn’t really fit at all to the music we’re playing. We don’t really use lyrical themes from it nor musical influence. We used the name because it was a monster in one of our favorite TV-Shows ‘Supernatural’. But maybe we should make some connection sometime, when I think about it…


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


Jan Ole (Rhythm guitar): The first gig in Duisburg in January 2016. It was the first nonlocal gig and it was amazing. The people were just crazy as fuck.

Steffen (Drums): The same as mentioned above. It was the first time we felt something like a ‘tour feeling’. You know, driving to the venue, transporting all our stuff, build everything up. And everything in a city you never went before. It’s about 350 km away from home.


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



Our last gig this year is at the Senftöpfchen Pub in Duisburg on Oct. 7th. It’s the only one left this year and in winter we’ll try to get some gigs for next year.


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



We had contact with a smaller label near Hamburg and we hope to release our stuff there in the near future, if everything turns out great. Also we received some interest from a bit bigger label from Denmark.


9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner rock and doom metal?


We received mostly positive feedback from reviews all around the world. We had a magazine from Chile, Poland, USA, etc. and almost everybody rated us above average. Of course this is a three song EP, so from the Stoner/Doom community came not 10,000s of people on to us. But from the guys that contacted us feedback was all positive. And according to our Facebook stats we got a little fanbase somewhere near Johannesburg in South Africa.



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

After our last gig we’re planning to write the rest of our debut-LP. Some stuff is already written and a few things already played live. But some stuff needs completing so that we hope to release it in spring 2018. Musically we’re heading into a more complicated territory. We write longer stuff like ‘Holy Hypocrite’ and tend to go more into a progressive direction. We move a bit away from the Classic Rock foundation and try to establish a more concept-based song. There’s a song split into two parts/chapters and lyrically we are working with a loose concept. And as mentioned in a question at the beginning, we try not to limit ourselves in musical direction. So who knows, maybe we’ll become a Bavarian folk band. ;)



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?


Jan Ole: Of course Malcolm Young from AC/DC and James Hetfield from Metallica had a big influence on me. And with time guys like Matt Pike from Sleep and High On Fire, Bill Kelliher from Mastodon and Joshua Homme from Kyuss and QOTSA had a big impact on me. Lyrically it’s Neil Fallon from Clutch and Nergal from Behemoth. Also, I fell in love with the works of Science-Fiction writer Philip K. Dick. Nowadays I listen to all kinds of stuff. I just discovered the prog band Yes for myself. I just love the Prog bands from the 70s like Genesis, King Crimson and Pink Floyd. Of course I listen to Mastodon, Clutch, Kyuss and Sleep. But also I like Black metal stuff like The Committee. And I also recently discovered Fantomas which is some very fucked up music, I love it. And a band called Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Steffen: Phil Rudd was a very big influence on me. AC/DC was one of the very first bands I’ve listened to. His straight, dry beat, just hammering it down is mesmerizing. Nowadays it’s Chris Layton from Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. The soulful way he plays the drums is just fascinating to me. He revolutionized my playing style.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Jan Ole: Watching TV-Shows and movies, playing some video games. Most recently I try to fight my laziness with reading. As I mentioned Science-fiction works, and I take some interest in Philosophy. Guys like Nietzsche, Karl Marx, Noam Chomsky.

Steffen: Table-tennis, meeting with some friends, just enjoying my free time. And I like to expand my horizon with a little help from my friends. ;)





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

Thank you for the interview. We really enjoyed it.
Cheers!
Jan Ole & Steffen

Wormwood/Mooncurse/Translation Loss Records/2017 CD Review


  Wormwood  are  a  band  from  Boston,  Massachusetts  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Mooncurse"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Translation Loss  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  along  some  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  doom  metal  direction   which  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  while  the  vocals  are  angry  sounding  screams  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  stoner  rock  elements  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  most  of  the  tracks are  log  and  epic  in  length  and  synths  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks and  a  later  song  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and psychedelic  touches.

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

  In  my  opinion  Wormwood  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Undesirables"  "Parasitic Twin"  and  "Passage Of  Fire".  8  out  of  10.  .  

Neck Deep In Filth/Self Titled/2017 EP Review


  Neck  Deep  In  Filth  are  a  band  from  Nepal  that  plays  a  mixture  of  hardcore  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2017  ep.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  distorted  drones  a  few  seconds  later  which  also leads to  drum  beats  being  added  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  style  shouts  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  crust  influences  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody,  on  the  last  track  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music.

  Neck  Deep  In  Filth  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  crust  punk  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Neck  Deep  In  Filth  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  hardcore  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "N.D.I.F"  and  "Holy  Mother  Corrupt  Child".  8  out  of  10.        

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Killing Suzy Interview

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

Jens: Killing Suzy started after the break-up of Sun of Sadness, the former Band of our Drummer and our Keyboard Player. After several people came and gone, the current Line-up assembled in 2014, with me being the last addition.

Ambra: All members of the band are Cologne-based so that is the place where we live, where we party and - of course - where we rehearse on a more or less regular basis. Some of us share really a long time together in the whole music stuff.

2.In February you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Jens: Loud, dirty, a bit melancholic and bitter-sweet. If you want a genre we like to call it "Dark Schweinerock", others might call it "Gothic-Metal". We really don´t think much about our genre and how to fit in, as we make the music for us and just follow our own tastes in music.

Ambra: I think you can hear on the album, that most of us had their "musical socialisation" back in the 90ies.

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

Ambra: I am the one in the band who is responsible for writing the lyrics, and I enjoy that the guys give me plenty of rope concerning the topics. I tend to try words fitting to the general mood of a song, which results in quite different matters. Most are about existential problems with the incorporated contradictions in humanity (like "Aphelion" or "Everybody dies"): fear, anguish, deprivation, the pain of being alive, growing old and die at the end. Some pay homage to lyrical idols (like "Sisters"), and some are just very personal and are part of my very private process of mental coping with loss and grief (like "Lament in Prediction").

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

Jens: There is a dark and sinister secret about who is Suzy and why she has do die... it is to much of a horror story to share.

Ambra: Yeah... and you shouldn't visit a dark alley in Cologne where rumors tell of an anonymous grave in the vicinity of our rehearsal rooms...

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

Ambra: Every gig of ours is simply hilarious :-) No, honestly, our stage performance resembles the way our music was recorded: plain and simple, no unnecessary glamour or glittery costumes. Just five guys on a stage playing their music and enjoying every second of it.

Jens: As we are all very old and lazy, we have not played that many shows yet. For me, our release party earlier this year was a pure blast.

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

Jens: We will see what happens. As we all are working and some of us have family, playing live is sometimes a bit difficult. A full tour would be nice, but I think not very realistic.

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

Jens: Yes and no. We would like to work with someone, but it would depend on the conditions.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of gothic metal and dark rock?

Jens: We only got a few reviews, but they were all really, really good. Thank you all for that!!

Ambra: And we receive very warm personal comments after gigs or on our facebook page through fans from all over the world. We were very happy to have a special on the canadian underground radio "Women of Metal" who even nominated us for their monthly bandpoll. There has been a very kind review from singapore and one from Brazil, so I hope to think that there are at least some guys out there who like our music a bit.

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

Jens: We are busy writing our second album right now. Musicwise, it will be a "natural" follow-up to "Everybody dies, darling". Maybe a bit darker and moodier, but that might just be my opinion.

Ambra: It will be a lot heavier as well, don't you think? And the lyrics get a lot more political.

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

Ambra: Our musical influences are very different. Seb, our keyboarder is deeply rooted in the gothic genre, while Gerd (drums) and Ralf (Guitar) are more like old school heavy metal guys. All of us share a passion for Dark Rock. I myself am very much into the whole nu metal / hardcore stuff, but you can find me going nuts over an old ACDC track as well. Oh, and of course as a soprano I like the symphonic metal genre as well.

Jens: As most music was written by our Keyboard player and before I joined the band, I can only say that I hear a lot of old wave, industrial and goth bands in our music, seasoned with a lot of metal influences. Myself, I listen (among shitloads of other things) to everything that is dark, intense and gloomy, from Dark Ambient over Post-Punk to Black Metal.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Jens: Movies, Girlfriend, Games... Boring, I know...

Ambra: I am very interested in human (and primate) psychology, existential philosophy and medicine. But that may be related to my profession... In my spare time I love to read, make Yoga or go for one (or ten) drinks with my friend to the next concert of any band I can get hold of :-)

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

Jens: Check out our music, support your local scene. Go to underground shows! Enjoy your life and respect others!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Deafkids/Configuracao Do Lamento/Neurot Recordings/2017 CD Review


  Deafkids  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays a   mixture  of  d  beat,  raw  punk,  experimental  and  avant  garde  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Configuracao  Do  Lamento"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Nuerot  Recordings.

  Distorted  drones  along  with  some  underground  industrial  elements  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  used  as  a  lead  instrument  as  well  as  mixing  the  acvant  garde  and  experimental  side  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  after  awhile  aggressive  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Elements  of  80's  era  noise  rock  can  be  heard  in  the  music  but  done in  a  more  modern  fashion  while  tribal  drumming  is  used  briefly  and  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  and  shamanistic  atmosphere  and  on  some  tracks  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  energy  of  d  beat  and punk  rock  and  the  music  also  adds  in  the  heaviness  of  extreme  metal,  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  harsh  noise  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Deafkids  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  d  beat,  punk,  extreme  metal,  industrial,  experimental  and  avant  garde  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written in  Portuguese  and  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deafkids  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  punk,  d  beat,  experimental  and  avant  garde  music  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  Band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Veia  Aberta"  "As  Mesmas  Ferramentas,  Os  Mesmos  Rituais"  and  "Distopia  Permanente".  8  out  of  10.

  

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ancient Vvisdom/33/Magic Bullet Records/2017 CD Review



  Ancient  Vvisdom  are  a  band  from  Cleveland,  Ohio  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  occult  death  rock  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "33"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Magic  Bullet  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the album  before  adding  in  acoustic  guitars  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  incorporates  elements  of  70's  occult  rock  and  80's  death  rock  but  remaining  very  modern.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  riffing also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  70;s  era  doom  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  retro  vibe  along  with  whispers  also being  utilized  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  grim  screams  that  add  in  a touch  of  black  metal,  a  couple of  the  tracks are instrumentals  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  On  this  recording  Ancient  Vvisdom  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  occult,  death  rock  and  doom  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ancient  Vvisdom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  rock  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  The  Name  Of  Satan"  "The  Infernal  One"  and  "The  Great  Beast".  8  out  of  10.

  

Sunday, September 3, 2017

High Reeper/Self Titled/2017 Full Length Review


  High  Reeper  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner  rock  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self released  2017  album.

  Hard  and  heavy  guitar  riffing  starts  off t he  album  along  with  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  while  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  70's  proto  metal  feeling  which  they  also  mix  in  with  a  more  modern  stoner  rock  style.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  guitar  leads  remain  very  true  to  a retro  style  and  touches  of  70's  hard  and  blues  rock  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  also  keeping  everything  in  a  heavier  direction.

  High  Reeper  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  stoner  rock  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  70's  era  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Drugs,  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  High  Reeper  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner  rock  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Die  Slow"  "High  Reeper"  "Double  Down  And  Let  It  Ride"  and  "Friend  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.