Friday, July 22, 2016

Into The Storm Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
    We are already back to writing new music and suffocating in the tiny box we call a practice space. Expect a reasonably quick follow up release as a possible split with another Seattle band. In the mean time we are hoping 'Where the Merfalo Roam' is cool enough to keep us relevant for at least 3 months.

2.You have a new album coming out in November, 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?
    This album captures the most accurate representation of seeing us play live we have ever recorded. Derek Moree and Brad Boatright did an amazing job mixing and mastering the album to produce the highest fidelity version of our tones we have ever heard. Highly suggest cranking it and letting the low end hug you. 'Where the Merfalo Roam' is heavier, cleaner, and harder hitting than anything else we have ever released.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
    The lyrical concept is a journey through discontent, oppressive governments, dystopian eras, and the connection between the cycles societies go through.

    'Where the Merfalo Roam' is a call to a bygone era where great waters covered much of the open the plains and large aquatic mammals grazed, Merfalo. You can still see evidence of this time in the derelict buildings scattered beside the highways of America.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Into The Storm'?
    We all get into the storm. The storm is both a physical concept and a mental/emotional concept that happens in all of our day to day lives and in the turmoil that seems to be a constant in our societies. It's a weird wild world out there that you can't avoid being pulled into.  

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?
    Playing Smooth Sailing's album release for XoXo was one of the most amazing shows we have played. Packed house. Close friends. Memories worth a fortune. It's hard to analyze your own stage performance so here is some stuff friends have said to us, "that was awesome, but it made me feel like my mom was yelling at me for some reason", "that was like watching Bob Ross paint but on guitar", "that would be really cool if there was less yelling and you guys weren't so loud"

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
    Yes, but nothing set in stone yet.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Alive And Breathing Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
    It's great they have helped us with getting promotion and financing pretty much everything from this and every record we have ever put together as a band. We are obligated to put this quote in on their behalf, "two brothers in a van and then a meteor hits, and they ran as fast as they could from giant cat monsters and then a giant tornado came and that’s when things got knocked into 12th gear. A Mexican armada shows up with weapons made from tomatoes. And you better bet your bottom dollar that these two brothers know how to handle business. In: ALIEN INVASION TOMATO MONSTER MEXICAN ARMADA BROTHERS WHO ARE JUST REGULAR BROTHERS RUNNING IN A VAN FROM AN ASTEROID AND ALL SORTS OF THINGS THE MOVIE. Hold on, these’s more. Old women are comin’ and they’re also in the movie and they’re gonna come and cross attack these two brothers, but let’s get back to the brothers because they’re, they have a strong bond. You don’t want to know about it here, but I’ll tell you one thing: the moon, it comes crashing into earth and what do you do then? it’s two brothers and it…and..and they’re gonna…" - Rick and Morty

8.On a worldwide level how has the feed the feedback been to your recordings by fans of heavy music?
    Russia likes it.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
    More guitars, more amps, more punishing, and more beautiful. Basically more of everything.

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?
    CKY, Sublime, Oasis, Harvey Danger, Botch, Converge, Tombs, Tool, Mastodon, Baroness, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Gospel, Gaza, Cult Leader, Yautja, The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Gojira, Chelsea Wolfe, Rumors by Fleetwood Mac, Cloud Rat, Perturberator. Some of those are old influences but most of that list is still on a regular rotation.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
    Sleep depravation and pop culture. Some of us do the adult thing, not all of us.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
    Can't emphasize enough that this record sounds the best real loud. Derek Moree, who engineered and mixed it, did an incredible job making sure the hits hit and that everything is super full sounding. Turn it up!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Friend Or Foe/Foe/Flatspot Records/2016 EP Review


  Friend  Or  Foe  are  a  band  from  Richmond,  Virginia  that  plays  a  straight  edge  form  of  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Foe"  which  will  be  released  in August  by  Flatspot  Records.

  Distorted  guitar  noises  and  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  hardcore  direction  along  with  some  shouting  style  vocals  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  the  energy  of  punk  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  NYHC  influences  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Back  up  gang  shouts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recordings  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  you  can  also hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording    and  all  of the  tracks  stick  to  a  heavy  musical  style   while  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  can  be  heard.

  Friend  Or  Foe  plays  a  style  of  hardcore  that  goes  back  to  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's  era  of  the  east  coast  sound  while  also  mixing  in  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  angry  and  realistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Friend  Or  Foe  are  a  very  great  sounding  straight  edge  hardcore  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Never  Loosen Your  Grip"  and  "True".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Mine Collapse/Self Titled/Nefarious Industries/2016 EP Review


  Mine  Collapse  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  metal  and  noise  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  titled  2016  ep  which  was  released  by  Nefarious  Industries.

  Natural  noises  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  heavy  riffing  and  melodic  guitar  leads  that  bring  back  some  of  the  early  90's  noise  rock  style  and  the  guitar  riffs  also use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  shouting  style  that  also  gives  the  music  a  touch  of  post  hardcore.

  The  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in t he  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  at  times  also  brings  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  one  of t he  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  pianos  and  the  tracks  also  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  fast  playing  and  blast  beats.

  Mine  Collapse  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  noise  rock  and  post  hardcore  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mine  Collapse  are  a  very great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  metal  and  noise  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mouthpiece"  and  "Coward".  8  out  of  10.

Carnage Inc/Fury Incarnate/Transcending Obscurity Distribtion/2016 EP Review


  Carnage  Inc  are  a  band  from  India  that  plays  a crossover  mixture  of  punk  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Fury  Incarnate"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Distribution.

  Classical  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  which  also  slowly  starts  evolving  into  a  heavier  sound  and  after  the  intro t here  is  a  brief  use  of radio  samples  before  going  into  more  of  an  old school  thrash  metal  style  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  very  aggressive  yet  melodic  at  the  same  time.

  When  guitar  solos  and leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  punk  and  hardcore  elements  are  added  into  the  songs  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  80's  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  growls  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  modern feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a brief  use  of  blast  beats.

  Carnage  Inc  plays  a  style  of  thrash  metal t hat  goes  back  to t he  mid  80's  style  and  also  adds  in  some  crossover  and  punk  touches  which  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Carnage  Inc  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crossover  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Defiled"  and  "Ungod".  8 out  of  10.   

100 Years/Self Titled/Give Praise Records/2016 CD Review


  100  Years  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  indie  metal  with  some  elements  of    punk  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self titled  2016  album  which  was  released  by  Give  Praise  Records.

  Distorted  yet  clean  indie  rock  style  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  more  of  a  heavy  and melodic  sound  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  somewhat  of  a  screaming  and  hardcore  style  of  aggressive  singing.

  A  lot  of  post  metal  and  hardcore  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  takes  a  great  amount  of  post  punk  influences  from  the  80's  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  more  modern  style  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric feeling  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  100  Years  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  post  metal  and  mixes it  in  with  indie  rock  and  post  punk  to  create  a  musical  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  100  Years  are  a  very  great  sounding  indie  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Medicine  Knows  My Name"  "Incedie"  "All  the  Fools  And  Me"  and  "Concrete  Eden".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Acoustic Anomaly/Dominvs. Tinea/Symbol Of Domination Productions/2016 CD Review


  Acoustic  Anomaly  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Dominvs. Tinea"  which  was  released  by  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of   the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  clean  singing  vocals  make  their  presence  known  in  the  music  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  musical  direction.

  Elements of  goth  can  be  heard  in  the  vocals  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  which  also  gives  the music  more  of  and  experimental  edge  along  with  the  guitar riffing  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Traces  of  post  metal  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  tracks  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitar  playing  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  touches  of  alternative  and  indie  rock  as  well  as  some  shoegaze  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  start  getting  more  aggressive  on  some  tracks  which  also  gives  the  music  a  touch  of  industrial  metal  while  also  introducing  a  brief  use  of  flutes  and  tribal  sounds.

  Acoustic  Anomaly  plays  a  style  of  post  metal  that  takes  a  great  amount  of  influences  from  a  variety  of  different  genres  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Russian  and  cover  metaphysics,  dreams  and  surreal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Acoustic  Anomaly  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Everything  Is  Passing"  "Into  The  Garden  Of  Grief (Lament)"  and  "Unity".  8  out  of  10.

   

   

Zed/Trouble In Eden/Ripple Music/2016 CD Review


  Zed  are  a  band  from  San  Jose,  California  that  plays  stoner  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Trouble  In  Eden"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Ripple  Music.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  stoner  rock  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent amount  of  melodic  riffing  and  clean  singing  vocals  and  the  music  also  mixes  in a  great  amount  of  retro influences  from  the  70's  up  to t he  90's  in  with  a  more  modern  approach  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  brings  in  a  desert  like  atmosphere  while t he  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  a  retro  rock  style  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  mix  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  while  some  tracks  add  in  touches  of  blues  and  southern  rock  and  one  track  also  brings  in  country  style  steel  guitars  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  last track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Zed  plays  a  style  of  stoner  rock  that  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  doom  and  proto  metal  which  makes  their  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  religious  fulled  tragedy,  societal  reflection,  struggles  with  mental  anguish,  loss  and  perseverance  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Zed  are  a  very  great  sounding  stoner  rock  band  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Royale"  "Today  Not  Tomorrow"  "So  Low"  and  "The  Mountain".  8  out  of  10.