Thursday, September 21, 2017

Endless Void/Apparitions/2017 Demo Review


  Endless  Void  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  plays  a  proto  form  of doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  demo  "Apparitions".

  A  very  dark,  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  while  the  riffs  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  as  well  as  the  vocals  bringing  in  a  70's  style  of  metal  but  also  making  it  more  modern  sounding.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  a  traditional  style  of  doom  metal  while  evil  laughter  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  elements  of  traditional  metal,  blues  and  hard  rock  and  one  of  the  tracks  is an  instrumental,  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  and  organs  are  added  onto  the  closing  track

  Endless  Void  plays  a  style  of  proto  doom  metal t hat  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  70's  and  80's,  the  production  sound s very  professional  for  being  a  demo  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  supernatural  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Endless  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  proto  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spiritualistic  Medium"  "Stars  In  The  Sky"  and  "Apparitions  And  the  Undertaker".  8  out  of  10.


 

 

 

  

Monolord Interview

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

​As soon as we were done with the recording (including mix and mastering) we went out on a tour ​in Europe. During the summer months, we have been fooling around with some new material and rehearsed the songs just recorded.

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?

​We are recording everything ourselves in our rehearsal room and we did it the same way as we always have been doing. The process itself are no different from the other albums. But of course, it sounds different because the songs are different & we have evolved probably. Hopefully. The equipment we use are still the same, for me a bunch of Orange amps and flying V with Lace Pickups.

3.Your lyrics cover evil, horror and supernatural themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
On the first album, the theme was more about the supernatural and inspired by old Scandinavian folk tales. On the second album, I mixed that with a disgust for world leaders, greed & religion. Now on Rust, the focus lies on destruction in many ways, the need for mankind to find something to believe in and also what the church used to scare the less educated. These things still happen today, but today it is not demons or monsters they warn us about. Trust no one.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Monolord'?
“The Monolord” is a guy named Christer. He is incredibly huge and lost his hearing on one ear during the first ever Monolord rehearsal. So since he can´t hear in stereo and covers a huge amount of physical space, he is “the Monolord.”

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?
This is a hard question. But a few of the memorable ones are Hellfest, Roadburn, our first ever show in the US at the Gramercy Theatre, Desertfest London at the Koko, both times at St Vitus Bar in Brooklyn to mention a few.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We have an upcoming tour in Europe with Conan that starts the 7th October. We are soon announcing a gig in Norway this winter. And next year we have a lot going on that I cannot tell you about now.

7.The new album is coming out on RidingEasy Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Daniel at RidingEasy records are not just a good friend; he is also running this label in a way that suits us. We understand each other and he knows that hard work pays off. We would get a 98% match on a dating app.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner and doom metal?
The response has been incredible. And we can see that our popularity is rising even in the countries where we haven’t played yet. I guess we can thank social media and the accessibility that comes with internet, for that.

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
I have another project called “Ont Blod” that plays some d-beat/metal -ish stuff with a bunch of friends from Draconian, Mammoth Storm and Haddock. I also have been starting to do a more dark acoustic solo thing that I still don’t know what I am gonna do with. I have also a long time project going with Kalle from Långfinger that leans more towards old school rock and roll.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
That is almost impossible to tell. But we won’t be playing Nu Metal.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
It is a mix of country, black metal, death metal and doom metal. For me it needs to have something that hooks me. A good melody is important. Like Bloodbath – Outnumbering the day, bonehard riffs but still catchy as fudge.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Me and my girlfriend has a bunch of animals from rescue shelters. That takes some of our spare time. When I am home, free from the daily pain, I play videogames, guitar and make more songs in my home studio.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Throw away your cellphone, take a walk out into the woods and just sit there for 1 hour and listen to what the woods have to say. It will do you good.

Deafkids Interview

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

Since the recording of our last album, which was in May 2016, we embarked on a European tour in the summer of the same year (it resulted in a live recording "Live in Slovenja 2016" which can be heard on our bandcamp) and kept with our stuff here in Brazil, spreading the sound and the message around. 2017 undoubtedly is the year we played most in life, many and many shows and many more to come. In November we will tour North and Northeast Brazil for the first time, and then in December we'll play with Neurosis, so we're very excited with these next steps.

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?

It's kind of complicated for us to describe the musical sound of this album in terms. The initial idea was to follow with the creation of increasingly frenetic and rhythmic sounds, something more bodily than mental, as a natural continuation of the path taken in our previous release (which contains the song "Configuração do Lamento", which came to be the name of the next album). The theme to be explored on this album came naturally and together with the idea of the sound we wanted to create - corporal, with the dense energy of the flesh and mental fragmentation, confusion and fear, violently psychedelic repetition, inspired by contexts and realities that we live and shares - as human beings and as Brazilians in all the nuances that are implied on it.

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

Mental deprogramming. It is a very long way to go, to explore how we are programmed and manipulated psychologically from a historical context of patriarchal exploitation, cruelty and corruption, and how do we perpetuate this culture and all it's reflexes that act as shadows within us. Living in this schizophrenic state of conflict, violence, competition, tension, confusion and fear is perhaps what has inspired us most to explore, to know better, to resist and to discharge these denser vibrations that put us down and put us against ourselves and each other.

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

Deaf Kids came out of things I was writing at the time I was planning to start the project,
it was something like: "Blind, dumb and deaf kids of a blank generation".

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

There are several and several shows that are in our memory as a very intense experience, but one that we could quote was the show we did in a squat called Koma F in Berlin in 2016. The place was fully packed, and the sound was so loud and energetic that there was not a person in that place who was not dancing or moving, somehow out of their minds and delivered by the sound experience. We could describe it as a sonic discharge, loud, energetic, psychedelic, agressive, bodily, wild, it is a moment where we are displaced from this dystopian and schizophrenic reality that we live. It's a show to indulge yourself to the noise and frenetic rhythms.


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

This year we've played like crazy around Brazil (the way we like it). In November we will be touring for 2 weeks in the North and Northeast of Brazil and in December we'll have the honour to be playing with Neurosis in Sao Paulo in their first concert ever in South America. For next year we have tour plans in North America and Europe, and wherever we can reach and make it viable. We are like nomads, a road band, so call us to play :)

7.Over the years you have been a part of a few splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?

we did a split in 2012 with "O Mito da Caverna", which unfortunately never came out in physical material (later our side was released on tape), which is a band from São Paulo that is not currently active. It was like the slowest band in the world, and the content brought by the vocalist Augusto Miranda (a great artist, who made the cover of this split, btw) was politically and wonderfully fucking great. In 2015 we released a split with Timekiller, which is a solo project of Garrett Ranous, an American who left Arizona to live in Brazil, and through a French friend in common, he met Deaf Kids and went to meet us in Volta Redonda, our small hometown, near Rio de Janeiro. We had a band together in a short time called Sick Visions (https://sickvisions.bandcamp. com/), and in Volta Redonda he recorded Timekiller's first record, of which he had the pleasure (Dovglas) to play the drums of this EP. And I would say it sounds like a motorcharged very raw and dirty jap-like punk. Then he went back to the US where he recorded those songs for the split,. Today he lives in Vietnam.

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

It's been great so far. We are an underground DIY band that started 7 years ago in a industrial countryside of Rio de Janeiro, you know? We never had much expectation of how things would be, if not, doing what should be done. On a worldwide level, I think we still have a lot of people and places to "hit" with our music and to share the message, but we could say that feedback is and has been very positive by fans of underground music in general, from punk to metal, from psychedelic to noise and experimental. It's not uncommon for us to hear from people that our sound is something very unique, and this is very satisfying for us because that's what we've been naturally looking for. We've heard a lot of "terms" for our sound along the road, like "Hypno Beat",
"Psychedelic Crust" and "Goa Punk", and so on hahahah

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

Good question man. Hopefully crazier and more challenging than ever.

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?

A lot!!! We've been influenced by everything I think. From Funk Carioca to Discharge, from Samba to Throbbing Gristle, from Tribo Massahi to Funkadelic, from Racionais Mc's to King Tubby, from Underground Resistance to Paebirú, JB de Carvalho to Fela Kuti, and so on. We listen to a lot of stuff, I am really addicted to Reggae/Dubwise and Eastern and Middle Eastern music. I guess we're all into the same musical vibes, we love Brazilian music in general, afro-latin music, 70's psychedelic and experimental music all over the globe, we love the blues and spiritual jazz, african and brazilian tradicional drums, etc.
Music is one of the most unbeatable sources of power. Music is the guide and the path, too.

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

the whole aesthetic part of Deaf Kids (artworks, merchandising, posters, etc) is made by me and by Marcelo, the bassist.
(But in this case I wouldn't say it's non-musical because is totally connected). Anyways, besides Deaf Kids, we have our personal artistic work, I am a Graphic Designer and he's an art-educator. Besides that, I don't know, we're into simple things in life, we're not the type of persons that have our both foot deeply into the ways of Babylon, if you know what I mean. In a simple way, we're interested in the ways that leads to self-knowledge, like psychology, Aatrology, ancient eastern philosophies, psychedelic experiences, for example..

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

People from everywhere: Invite us to play in your countries, your gigs, your festivals, your cities, your squats... We're travellers and we would love to share this musical experience with you all. Righteousness is gonna destroy the wickedness! Peace.

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.