Wednesday, November 19, 2014

6:33/Deadly Scenes/Kaotoxin Records/2015 CD Review


  6:33  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  avant  garde  mixture  of  metal  and  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Deadly  Scenes"  which  will  be  released  in  2015  by  Kaotoxin  Records.

  Melodic  chanting  starts  off  the  album  and  they  bring  in  a  gospel  feeling  to  the  music  before  going  into  a  Mr.  Bungle  influenced  musical  direction  while  also  bringing  in  elements  of  funk  and  metal  and  after  awhile  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  solos  are  added into  the  music  they  are  in  a  very  melodic  direction  and  there  is  also  a  good  mixture  of  both  male  and  female  vocals  throughout  the  recording.

  Elements  of  bassanova  and  ska  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  and  when  keyboards  are  added into  they  bring  a  very  psychedelic  feeling  to  the  recording  and  at  times  they  are  traces  of  video game  music  and  a  heavy  influence  from  hardcore  and  after  a  few  tracks  you  can  hear  elements  of  industrial  being  added into  the  bands  musical  style.  

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  on  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  which  also  gives  the  music  a  death  metal  influence  and  every  track  brings in  a  variety  of  many  different  musical  genres  while  the  band  never  forgets  its  metal  roots  and  they  also  add  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  on  one  of  the  tracks

  6:33  takes  the  heaviness  of  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  variety  of  many  different  musical  genres  you  can  hear  hear  hard  rock,  alternative,  funk,  bassonova,  ska,  hardcore  and  many  other  different  styles  of  music  which  also  gives  them  a  very  original  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  humorous  and  tripped  out  themes.

  In  my  opinion  6:33  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  avant  garde,  metal  and  rock  among  many  different  genres  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  weird  and  original,   you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ego  Fandago"  "I'm  A  Nerd"  "Black  Widow"  and  "Deadly  Scenes".  8  out  of  10.      

     

Titan Force/Force Of The Titan/Skol Records/2014 Compilation Album Review


  Titan  Force  are  a  band  from  Colorado  Springs,  Colorado  that  has  a  history  dating  back  to  the  80's  and  is  more  well  known  for  having  Harry  "The  Tyrant"  Conklin  (Jag  Panzer,  Satan's  Host,  Riot)"  as  a  singer  and  plays  a  progressive  form  of  power/heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  compilation  album  "Force  Of  the  Titan"  which  was  released  by  Skol  Records.

  A  very  melodic  80's  heavy  metal  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  talented  guitar  leads  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some clean  singing  vocals  and  the  music  has  a  NWOBHM  feeling  and  on  a  few  tracks  the  bring  in  small  amounts  of  classic  guitars  which  also  bring  in  a  progressive  feeling  to  the  bands  musical  style..

  On  the  earlier  tracks  the  music  has  more  of  a  traditional  metal  sound  which  also  seems  to  be  influenced  by  the  70's  style  of  this  genre  at  times  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  you  can  hear  bass  guitar  leads  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  back  up  gang  shouts  and  the  later  songs  shows  the  band  going  for  more  of  a  power  metal  sound  and  speeding  up  a  bit  on  the  riffs  and  they  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  progressive  rock  style  synths  on  one  of  the  later  tracks.    

  Titan  Force  played  a  style  of  heavy  metal  that  was  very  common  for  its  time  in  the  80's  and  they  also  add  in  more progressive  elements  and  go  more  into  a  power  metal  direction  as  the  album  progresses  and  you  can  tell  the  band  is  very  great  at  what  they  where  doing,  the  production  sound s very  professional  for  the  time  it  was  recorded  while  the  lyrics  cover  everyday  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Titan  Force  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  heavy,  power  and  progressive  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Too  Late"  "Fist  To  The  Sky"  "Toll  Of  Pain"  and  "Fields  of  Valor".  8  out  of  10.

Gale Interview

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

We’re booking as many shows as possible in the Southwest. Maybe put together a small tour for early next year. We have also have been discussing ideas for a music video so hopefully that sees the light of day soon.

2.In October you had released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also what do you feel sets you apart from other bands of the genre?

I don’t know how to describe our sound. Loud? Metal? Rock ‘n’ roll? The goal was to write loud, dark, and heavy tunes. Patient and disciplined songs. We play what we would want to hear and we think that our sincerity might set us apart.

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

The lyrics deal almost entirely with existentialism. They cover various situations that the individual encounters and the darkness that can be revealed upon self-analysis.

4.What is the meaning an inspiration behind the name 'Gale'?

The name refers to ‘a very strong wind’. We wanted a name that reflected something massive and natural. Something of the world that is beyond our control and potentially dangerous yet provoking and beautiful.

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 have only played two shows to date, so far. Our first show was incredible because it was with three bands that we are good friends with and the turnout was amazing. We also played with Eyehategod and that was a true honor to open for those guys. Our stage performance might be more introverted than extroverted given the nature of the music. You’ll have to come see us! Haha

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

We have a show with Corrections House here in AZ in December. I’m booking a January show right now as well as a 4-5 day stint in the Southwest for February.

7.On the album titled you had Volume 1 as a part of the name, is there a concept going on with your releases?

Vol. 1 is the name of this release. It is titled as such for a few different reasons but the subject matter on the album is the biggest reason. There may be somewhat of a concept going on but I do not want to say too much about our intentions when it comes to music that has not yet been written.

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

Possibly. We have received compliments from some local labels and we would certainly work with one if the details were right.

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

The feedback has been very positive so far! We have had tons of very enthusiastic responses from all over the world. We’re just glad that people like our music as much as we do. I did read one negative post on a forum somewhere that was hilarious! The post simply read, “This shit fucking sucks.” Hahaha! It still cracks me up.

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

That is hard to say. None of us like putting limits on our music not to mention, when we start jamming, conversations we may have had go out the window. The writing process is very fluid for us. What I feel safe saying is that the music will be even darker. Well, I personally would like that.

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?

We all like such different music. Like some bands that one of us may love, the other guys will hate.  What we all tend to agree on is loud as fuck, rock and metal, dark and ambient, as well as discipline and honesty in our songs.

I personally have been revisiting a lot of the blues recently. Delta Blues to be more specific. I was raised on that shit and it is tough to beat.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I ride motorcycles, Wilson trains Muay Thai and other forms of ass kickery, Brandon likes to drink, and Nick is an asshole.

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

Support all independent bands, buy their merch when they roll through your town, and go download our album for free on our bandcamp page.

The Great Explainer Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We started in 2008, released a 10” EP on Chunksaah Records in 2010, and just recently released a self-titled full length album on Panic State Records this October. We’ve had a few lineup changes over the years, but we’re still at it!

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

This record has a much more solid sound than our previous recordings, as some our older stuff was a sort of going in a couple different directions musically. I’d hate to use the term “straight-forward” because it definitely is not that, but this record is really solid as a whole. It is much darker and much heavier I’d say, and I really see it as a much better representation of The Great Explainer.

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

This is one area we try to remain cryptic, but the subjects/topics of our songs are largely about battles between personal experiences vs interpersonal thoughts. Basically contemplating existence, the true meaning of things, and the ways we view life/existence/whatever. It comes through more obviously in some songs, and less so in others, and we try to not elaborate too much to allow people to sort of get whatever they want out of the lyrics. (Basically things you think about when you’re on LSD…)

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Great Explainer'?
Pretty simple, it comes from a Thoreau quote, “Being is the great explainer”. Our former guitarist, Matt, came up with the name.

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 have played some really awesome shows, but I think the best were with the Bouncing Souls. We played a few with them and Defiance, Ohio that were awesome, and we played Home for the Holidays with them and Anti-Flag. Those were by far the best shows we’ve played, all of those guys are beyond awesome and fun to hang out with.
As far as stage performance, we really try to play as tight and loud as we can, and we usually do. Stage presence is another story… we’re some anti-social weirdos and that probably is apparent when watching us.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We have a bunch of shows this week (end of November) with Astpai from Austria, after that nothing official, though now that our lineup is once again solidified, we’re going to start booking some short weekend/week tours to get back out there, and we’ll see where it goes from there! Keep your eyes peeled.

7.The new album was released on Panic State Records, can you tell us a little bit more about the label?
Sure! It’s mainly run by our now good friend Bean. He’s put out a lot of cool records- Astpai/Flatliner split andThe Moms EP being our favorites-, and he gives a lot of the money the label makes back to charities, which is really cool. They provided us a lot of support and guidance, and we couldn’t be more thankful to the whole Panic State crew!!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of punk/
Seems pretty well received, though we get a lot of the same comparisons (Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike), which is nice but I think we differ from those bands in many ways, so it would be cool to see some other stuff come up in reviews. We have gotten some reviews in site/magazines in South America and Europe, which is exciting.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Following our current musical “trajectory” I see us basically getting heavier, darker, and louder possibly to the point where we are less of a punk band.. if I dare to say that.

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?
I can say for sure that Sean (our lead singer and main songwriter) and myself listen to a lot of Floor and Fugazi. Personally I also really love Envy and Pelican, and recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Marked Men, old 90’s/00’s screamo, and jazz. Sean has been listening to Adele recently, no lie. So our musical tastes are all over the place, and I’m sure I skipped a lot, too.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
For me- I play ice hockey and work at a food co-op in Philadelphia. I also collect records, listen to a lot of music, and play in some other bands. That probably sums up my lame life… as for the rest of the band- they’re all over the place.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Nope! Thanks for asking some interesting questions, we get some really lame interview topics sometimes.

Will Wallner & Vivien Vain Interview

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

We've been working on new music and planning some live shows in Europe and USA. We also have a couple more releases we're working on including a vinyl release.

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?

Its very guitar driven hard rock / blues based music.

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

The theme of the album is 'The Wars Of The Roses'. There is nothing too deep with lyrics except for 'Visions of Home'.

4.Over the years you have worked with some legendary musicians on some of your albums, do you feel this is a huge honor to accomplish in your musical career?

Its huge honor to have them play on our songs. The most important thing for us is that the musicians we play with are special to us for various different reasons. For example Don Airey was a big part of Gary Moore's career so it was very special to have him on our tribute.

5.The music is heavily rooted in the 80's sound, do you feel this style has been making a huge comeback over the years?

Yes it has but I prefer not to think of music in terms of decades. I don't like fashion trends.

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

The best for us would be opening for Jake E Lee in Los Angeles. We try to be very honest with our performance.

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

We would like to tour with an established act in 2015. We're currently working on it. We're also going to go to USA and Japan for some shows.

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

We get a lot of emails from all over the world telling us they like what we do. Particularly South America which is really cool.

9.Where do you see your music heading into during the future?

More blues, less metal.

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?

Honestly theres not a lot new stuff that I like. I respect any band out there making it happen but I don't really know what happened to musicians especially guitarists. I'm not very interested in most of the stuff I hear from younger musicians,

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Collecting comics and classic wrestling

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

Just to say thank you for the interview, Cheers!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Twingiant Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?
Well, it's actually an LP and since we finished wrapping up all the recording we have been focusing on doing a show with Midnight Ghost Train in Tempe, then trekking up to Flagstaff to rock out with Black Witch Pudding, and last but not least planning our release show in February when the vinyl for Devil Down is in our hands.

 2.You have a new ep coming out in December, 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?
In a nut shell, I would say that what you hear on Devil Down is pretty much our sound that we've slowly been developing.  We don't sit down and try and go for a certain sound.  It just came out to be a heavy and loud 70's influenced sound with a twist of metal.  As for as Devil Down being different than our other stuff, all I can really say is it's just us maturing and this is who we are now.

 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Jarrod (vocals/bass) does all the vocal writing. What he writes about are things personal to him.  We don't ask him to sing about anything in particular.  Aside from Mass Driver (first LP),  we've never really had a theme to our songs. We get together to write and if we like it and it makes us happy, that's our next song.

 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the new 'Twingiant'?
The "new" Twingiant is just us doing what we do.  If it sounds loud, heavy and good…that's us.  I'd say our inspiration comes from our musical influences, anything from classical music to punk rock.  We've never been a band to put our heads together and want a particular meaning.

 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?
I'd say some of the best shows we've played were the ones out of state.  There is just something that is inspiring and awesome about playing in front of people that have never heard us.  Cities like Los Angeles, Denver and Las Vegas are great places to play.  Performance wise, it all depends on the vibe of those at the shows.   If they seem really into us, then we're ready to put on a damn loud show and in turn, leaving a few people hard of hearing on the drive home.

 6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new ep is released?
Yes, we sure do.  We’re going to get busy with that once the LP is released.  We'll start booking shows for the northwest (Seattle, Portland and San Francisco) and hopefully be out that way in late spring.

 7.You have a split in the works for 2015; can you tell us a little bit more about it?
Well, it’s on our list of “things to do” for 2015.  We have the basic blueprint, but nothing has started with it yet.

 8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes, we are shopping Devil Down to labels in order to have it printed on cd.  A small label from Canada has agreed to put Devil Down out on cassette.   The details of that are still being worked out, but we’ll be announcing that deal soon.

> 9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of heavy music?
On a worldwide level I'd say that the overall feedback of the music we do has been pretty positive. You'd be surprised what parts of the world gets into heavy rock. Never overlook any countries on this planet.

> 10.Are there any plans for a full length in the future?
Yes this is our latest LP.  The running time may only be 32 minutes, but remember, Slayer’s Reign in Blood was less than that.

> 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?
It's hard to really pinpoint a style or certain influences for all of us in the band. But, I'd say bands like Electric Wizard, Floor, Black Sabbath, Van Halen and Thin Lizzy are bands that have influenced us heavily on the new LP.

> 12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Bike riding, motorcycles, the shooting range and whiskey.

> 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts
We'd like to just say thank you very much for your time and interest in Twingiant.  I hope you all like Devil Down and hopefully we will see some of you on the road.  Check out our website at twingiant.com for updates and merch.

Pord 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 recorded "WILD" in March 2014. Then we played some shows during the spring in particular some rock noise festivals in France like Rejufest in Paris, ATRDR fest in Pau, Avatarium fest in St-Etienne, Striedent fest in Marseille,... All these gigs gave us the opportunity to promote our previous EP "It's always sunny here". Then we met our new label Solar Flare Records and we started the promo of the new album.

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

The new album was produced in Geneva/Switzerland at REC Studio by Serge Morattel (Knut, Ventura,Tantrum,...). We didn't know him before this recording. So we talked about sound with him for a long time, we gave him a few directions about the "color" of the sound we were expecting...and the final result was better than expected! Really wild, large and dense! This guy is incredibly competent, always tuned in. We learned a lot of things working with him.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer album and also how would you describe your progress as song witers over the years?

The recurrent topics in Pord's lyrics are sex, alcoholic deliriums, debauchery, sex, frustrastion, boredom, sex, contempt and other festivities... In this new album, I also included some movie references.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Pord'?

PORD means Punkoid Orchestra and Raymonde in the Dark.

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?

I suppose our shows are rather furious and intense. At least I hope so. That's what our fans usually say... It's impossible to chose only one show we played over the years as the best one. I think the best shows are upcoming. Don't miss them!

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

The album will be released on September 8th, and we start a european tour the week after. We start this tour in Montpellier on Sept 12th. We leave for 4 weeks, mainly in France and also some gigs across Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium. We share the first week with our italian friends from Lucertulas, and we'll cross a lot of great bands during this trip. In particular Hammerhead on a few dates!! Exciting, isn't it?

7.The new album will be coming out on Solar Flare Records, do you feel this label has been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

The boss of Solar Flare, Manak, was a good friend of ours before we worked together for "Wild". He plays in an amazing french band called Sofy Major. We tour together last year and we became close friends. So it seemed obvious to work together for our new record. He's really helpful to broadcast and promote our music. This guy has a great network of contacts although he's a fucking jerk! I can't explain it!

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

I will answer this question when the new album is released. We get many good feedbacks when we are on tour, just after our concerts. Only in Europe consequently. But we expect to play gigs everywhere it 'll be possible, all around the world and hear all of the feedback people will give us.

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

I really don't know.

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?

We all listen to rock n' roll music of course. But not only. Seb(drums) and Max(bass) listen to some jazz stuff or metal bands sometimes. I'm a big fan of 80's post punk and new wave bands. But what we prefer is listening to old variety singers.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Reading books, watching movies, eating and drinking french specialities(or not) with friends (or not), playing golf, running, making love, answering interviews,...

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

Yes I have.

(Michael, the guitar player, answered the questions)