Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Borracho/Cortez/AM Records/2014 Split 7 Inch Review


  This  is  a   review  of  a  split  ep  between  Washington  D.C's  Borracho  and  France's  Cortez  which  was  released  by  AM  Records  in  the  year  of  2014  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Borracho  a  band  that  plays  stoner  rock.

  Their  side  of  the  split starts  off  with  heavy  stoner  rock  style  guitar  riffs  along  with  a  good  amount  of  70's  influence  before  adding  in  blues  rock  style  vocals  and  a  good  amount  of  doom  and  proto  metal  influences  along  with  a  good  amount  of  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  and  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  Borracho  are  a  very  decent  sounding  stoner  rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Cortez  another  band  that  plays  stoner  rock.

  Their  side  of  the  split starts  off  with  some  old  school  heavy  metal  riffs  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  which  bring  a  70's  proto  metal  feeling  to  the  track  along  with  a  good  amount  of  stoner  rock  elements  and  after  awhile  solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  the  track,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  and  the  lyrics  cover  dark  topics..

  In  my  opinion  Cortez  are  a  very  great  sounding  stoner  rock  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  i  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  stoner  rock  and  proto  metal.  8  out  of  10.

  

Lions Of The South/Chronicles Of Aggression/2014 CD Review


  Lions  Of  the  South  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  plays  a  very old  school  form   of  thrash/hardcore metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Chronicles  Of  Aggression".

  War  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  direction  and  after  the  intro  the music  starts  going  for  more  of  an  old  school  heavy  metal  sound  along  with  aggressive  vocals and  the  album  starts  incorporating  more hardcore  and  thrash  elements  along  with  some  80's  style  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  On  the  other  tracks  the  band  starts  adding  more  melody  into  their  music  along  with  a  great  amount  of  aggression  and  energy  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  tracks  utilize  elements  of  groove  metal  along  with  a  more  old  school  east  coast  hardcore  approach  but  done  in  a  more  thrash  like  direction,  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  back  up  gang  vocals  are  added  into  the  music,  and  when  the  album  gets  closer  to  the  end  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  a  couple    of  the  tracks  along  with  a  small  amount   of  spoken  word  parts.

  Lions  Of  the  South  bring  a  very  old  school  sound  to  the  album  with  the  way  they  take  thrash  of  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's  and  mix  it  in  with  some  east  coast  hardcore  and  early  groove  metal  to  create  some  music  that  is  very  retro  yet  very  heavy  all  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sound s very  professional  and  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  dark  and  everyday  themes  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  beign  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Lions  Of  the  South  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  thrash  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vicious  Cycle"  "Reflection"  "Rising  Sun"  and  "Countdown".  8  out  of  10. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sadhak Interview


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

My name is Andreas and I’m the sole member of Sadhak. Sadhak is a band that released a two-track demo cassette September 9th 2013. Thecassette was re-released by Shadow Kingdom Records in the spring of
2014.


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

It’s the projection of this feeling I have that I don’t know how to describe in words. It’s a bit of a cliché, but I’ll leave it to others to come up with technical descriptions of the music.


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

The lyrics are important to me and I have a clear intention with them,especially when put together with the remaining two songs. I don’t think I can communicate it more strongly than with the combination of the music and the words, I think that’s what songs are for. My answer is the songs themselves.


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

It’s about knowing one’s goal and living purposefully to obtain that goal, to do what thou wilt. It’s about striving to be accomplished. We ultimately derive meaning from the void and it’s about coming to terms with that.


5.With this project you work all solo, how would you compare it to working with a full band?

On the practical side of things, it was easier to organize since there was no need for multiple people to find free time at the same time. The nice thing about being all alone in the rehearsal space for hours on end when you record is that you get completely absorbed in what you’re doing and you just become the process. There is no jocular banter or anything that pulls you out of that place so you stay focused. Recording alone is a bit of a hassle though. I did the drums straight on cassette so I had to remember the song structures and play” the riffs in my head while playing the drums which is what I had read Fenriz did. It’s easier if you’re recording with a full band.


6.I have noticed you can play a variety of many different musical instruments do you feel this makes your music sound a lot more powerful?

When I was younger I opted to teach myself a bit of everything instead of becoming really adept at one thing since I was more fascinated with how a composition works as a whole than the individual performances and wanted to understand it. It puts some limits on what I can do, but the strength in it lies in that I’m always looking at the bigger picture when writing, always thinking about what I want to convey rather than what I want to show.


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

The feedback I have received has been great, people that contact me seem to connect with the music and that is all I want. If I can give someone a way to see the world through my eyes that’s all I care about.


8.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that you are a part off?

In High Priest of Saturn we are writing a new album that is nearing the stage where we can just rehearse and refine it. The foundations for all the songs are there and we will probably record it in August if we have enough time to rehearse before that.


In Mabuse we’re also writing for a full length and we’re both writing this time so we have a million riffs and are just trying to find out which direction to take. I’m moving to Oslo in late June, so it’ll be easier then.


Resonaut isn’t doing much these days, but we want to do a new release when the High Priest album is done. We have some plans for that band, we’ll see if they come to fruition


Also, I did drums for a new avant garde black metal project last year that I think only has some vocal parts left to be completed and I played the drums on the demo/EP (I’m not sure) of a new stoner band that should be out soon. I’m not a member or creatively involved in those two bands though, just a hired gun.


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

I want to record the album in July, so hopefully this year. I haven’t written anything for the next record, but the songs I have in my head are harder. I have more of an atmosphere I want to create than a technical description, the influences I draw from are just a means to an end.


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 don’t think Sadhak would have sounded the the way it does without Unbeing and Selvhat. Earth and Burzum are also major influences, and a lot of 90s doom metal like Revelation and bands of that ilk.


Playlist is ever changing, there is just too much good music. I see in my pile that the last five I played was:


Tusmørke - Underjordisk Tusmørke

Earth - Phase 3: Thrones and dominions

Obliteration - Black Death Horizon

Ranger - Knights of Darkness

Grails - The Burden of Hope


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m writing my master’s thesis on bio-inspired artificial intelligence, I guess that’s an interest. I watch old movies and readold books. I like to read religious texts and anything on the history of science or old civilizations, especially in relation to cosmology. I like documentaries. I did olympic weightlifting for a while, now Ijust do the compounds. I’ve recently taken up chess which is highly addictive, don’t try it, not even once.


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

The Norwegian scene is great right now watch out for the upcoming albums by Spectral Haze, Purple Hill Witch and Flight. The Black Magicalbum was fantastic and Mion’s Hill was top notch. I have also heard the upcoming Gouge album which might will rip you apart.

Thank you for interviewing me and thanks to everyone who is interested in Sadhak, I really appreciate that someone wants to listen to what I have to say. Check out the album here http://shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sadhak 

Cave of Swimmers Interview

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

Arturo: We’re booking a tour for June-July. We wanna hit up some of the same places we did in March, plus some new ones. Also, we’re preparing to record some new songs we’ve been writing this past year.
Guillermo: Hello Carlos, thank you for having us. We’ve been writing new music, and arranging stuff for our new record that we will hopefully track sometime later this year. It’s all very exciting; we have a summer tour coming up, and we’ve had some amazing gigs lately. It’s all good.

2.Recently you have put out your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound?

A: It’s heavy with a touch of Rumba Samba Mambo.
G: it’s whatever comes more naturally to us, Carlos. You see, when I started playing guitar, I was particularly fond of heavy metal, punk rock and blues music. That’s the type of music that I feel most comfortable playing. Later on, you start trying to play that stuff, and dance at the same time, you know what I mean? After that, you want to play, sing, dance, and do a conga line. The guitar cable can only go so far Carlos, don’t get too excited. Plus, Arturo has to be sitting down for the gigs. We’re thinking of purchasing a giant stroller for his drum set to push him down the conga line and solve this conundrum- get it?

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

G: I see you don’t like my jokes Carlos, but that’s ok. To answer your question: paranoia, fear of death, infatuation. Stuff that I can’t talk about with you Carlos; otherwise you’d think I’m crazy! So singing about it is the way to go.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cave of Swimmers'?

G: Well Carlos, it’s a womb. It’s inspired by the fictional experiences of Count Almasy.


5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding your line up in the future, or do you chose to remain a duo

A: I’d be down to ask Gorbachov to be the 3rd member but he’d have to wear a wig.
5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding your line up in the future, or do you chose to remain a duo?

G: Honestly, I don’t know, Carlos. Do you want to push Arturo’s drum stroller at the conga line?


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? 

A: My favorite was the one were in full drag our albino unicorn, Miguel.
G: I see you’re avoiding my questions, Carlos- sneaky sneaky! As far as good gigs, they’re all good if you feel good, unless I eat greasy food before the gig. Alka Seltzer is great for that, though. Brian Setzer is awesome too. Our male performance is none of your business Carlos, that’s very personal and I don’t know you that well, although you seem like a very likeable person.


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

A: This summer fo sho.
G: I see you’re avoiding my questions, Carlos- sneaky sneaky! As far as good gigs, they’re all good if you feel good, unless I eat greasy food before the gig. Alka Seltzer is great for that, though. Brian Setzer is awesome too. Our male performance is none of your business Carlos, that’s very personal and I don’t know you that well, although you seem like a very likeable person.


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

A: They love it.

G: we’re very grateful and humbled by this whole experience, Carlos. It feels good to go out and be able to play for people. It makes everything worthwhile when you hear someone say: “hey, I really like your album” or “great set” or “are you an electrician? Your truck and Latino appearance certainly give that impression, mister” and you go “no ma’am, I will get off your lawn immediately, please don’t call the cops or ICE”. It’s amazing.


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


A: I see us getting real musical.

G: Well I don’t have a time machine, Carlos! But I can assure you; it will involve amazing drumbeats courtesy of the one and only R-2-raw, and some heavy riffing!

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: Music from Latin America, Spain, and The Beatles.
G: goddamn Carlos, where the hell have you been in the last 10 minutes?! I told you, I listen to heavy metal, punk rock and blues!

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

A: Cooking, languages, steam baths and arctic plunges.

G: I’m very fond of playing flamenco guitar and the piano. I guess these things won’t count as non-musical activities, but understand, I don’t know how to do anything else, Carlos. Well, I guess I like to read, too.

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

A: Thanks for having us! See ya on tour 
G: well Carlos, it’s been a real pleasure. I’d like to sincerely thank you for your interest and efforts. Don’t take yourself too seriously, don’t be too hard on yourself, you’re a very likeable person Carlos, and one day, you’ll find that special someone. Oh you already did? Well then, why do you lie to me, dammit?! Stop going around being a debbie downer, Carlos! Go tohttp://www.caveofswimmers.com  

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Oestre/Le derniere renaissance/Manitou Music/2014 CD Review


  Oestre  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  thrash  and  industrial  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Le  derniere  renaissnace"  which  was  released  by  Manitou  Music.

  Industrial  and  electronic  music  sounds  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  aggressive  screaming  vocals  and  the  band  brings  in  elements  of  thrash,  hardcore,  djent  and  groove  metal  and  mixes  them  with  electronic  sounds.

  On  the  other  tracks  the  music  starts  getting  a  little bit  more  atmospheric  and  progressive  while  also  keeping  around  a  heavier  sound  along  with  elements  of  drum  &  bass  and  they  also b ring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  male  and  female  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  guitar riffing  utilizing  some  melody,  as  the  album  progresses  small  amounts  of  clean  playing  are  added  onto  the  album  while  the  main  focus  is  still  on  the  heavier  parts  and  the  vocals  also  bring  an  almost  death  metal  like  feeling  to  the  album  at  times.

  Oestre  have  an  orignal  sound  with  their  music  taking  the  modern  thrash/groove  metal  sound  and  adding  in  elements  of  djent  and  hardcore  along  with  a  good  amount  of  industrial  and  drum  &  bass  influences  to  create  their  own  sound  and  while  it  is  not  something  I  regularly  listen  to,  I  feel  the  music  is  very  well  executed,  the  production is  very  professional  sounding  and  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Oestre  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  post  thrash  and  industrial  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Patient  Zero"  "Momento"  and  "Fragments  Oniriques".  7/5  out  of  10.  

Albino Rhino Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. We are a downtuned riff loving trio from Helsinki formed in 2009-10. With both bassplayer and guitarist singing lead vocals by turns.

2.So far the band has released 2 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical sound you brought into these 2 recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
2. Yes, the first, "Return of The Goddess" is more like a mini album or an EP within 33 minutes/4 tracks. And the new self-titled is considered as a full length within 40 minutes/4 tracks. And yes, they do differ alot, soundwise and musicwise. We went to the studio with the first one with just the skeletons of the songs, and for example "Master Kush" -the opening track is an improvised jamming of 11 minutes. The new self-titled album we "calculated" and went to the studio with finished written songs, lyrics and everything. The new one we also wanted to make in a way that we can play it live from start to finish 95% as it is layed down on "tape". The first one even includes a quest featured "stunt guitarist", as he calls himself, Mikael Ukura doing some additional psychedelic noises/solos. Both are recorded digitally through an analog Mackie desk and additional pre-amps. We are looking for a a harsh tube sound on our records and also evolving on that subject, testing different amps and recording/mic/mixing techniques. The difference of the sound on these 2 albums is the fact that we are learning as we go on recording and mixing. Doing it in our own studio.


3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. Well both singers write their own lyrics. Ville (Bass/Vocals) writing more in a "stream of consciousness" way. Maybe could say more on the ground level, poetic stuff. But also able to generate a landscape into your mind. Kimmo (Guitar/Vocals) is writing a lot from a spiritual aspect and has introduced sort of feminism in the lyrical themes, sort of from the aspect that for example almost all Gods are considered as male for more than 3000 years, and we live in a very masculine world (in a bad way), and there will be changes in the future hopefully. Our lyrics so far are not negative.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Albino Rhino?
4. A quote from BC Bud Depot: "Albino Rhino is a tough plant that will reward the grower with high yields of resinous, sticky buds quickly. The light green mostly indica has a cerebral / physical effect and an Aniseed taste. Also known as White Rhino, this easy to grow strain is very popular and potent."

;)

The dots over the first "o" were added later on, for we found other bands riding with the same name, but in different musical genres luckily. and we wanted to keep this one. At the time we chose it, we didn't find any others though.. So we will keep on keeping it.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. Have to say that the gig we did just last week 17.4, opening the stage for Conan (UK) was the "best" so far. Was fun to play and the place was packed. Another one just recently, as we held an album release party for the new album with Woodrue, Tombstoned and Caskets Open in a big venue (old movie theatre turned to a club in central Helsinki). Our own gig was not that of a fun to play for technical problems but the visual aspect of the whole night was a success, and we kinda nailed it, at least regarding the feedback we got. check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iglpv_dKQqA
Our stage performance is active and does not include performance dressing and stuff like that.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. Few gigs planned for the summer 2014, one in an open air festival with Ozric Tentacles (UK) here in Finland. The festival is called simply ForestFestival, it takes place in nature and introduces electronic and organic psychedelic music, which we are looking forward at, hence we are building a jam set for that, playing "Uphold the Light (Part 1,2 & 3)" which makes up to almost an hour. And maybe one other of our "psychedelic" tracks. Then few dates in the fall and we are planning something for next summer also already. But more about that later on.. Dates coming along the way as we go through the year, the Finnish "scene" is quite active at the moment on the street level and we are lucky to have a promoter like Blow Up That Gramophone on our soil, who have been putting up Riff nights since 2010 with well known artists around the world and booking Finnish bands to open the stage.


7.Does Paganism or occultism play any role in the music?
7. Paganism, yes in a way, because we are from Finland, the forest plays a huge role in our lives. Even if living in the suburban areas. Visits to forests are regular. Finland used to be Animistic before the church forced itself here 800 years ago. Which is not that long ago, if think about it. Occultism not. We are not at all into devil related things. Nor negative or dark subjects. Mysticism on the other hand yes, for it can be very positive indeed and it is how the world works, in very mystical ways.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner and doom metal?
8. It has been good and we are thankful. Here is one favorite comment from our bandcamp by somebody who bought the album: 
Good solid album full of epic thick syrupy riffs that will be echoing around your brain long after the music has stopped. 
Not quite doom, not quite stoner but quite brilliant!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. Hoping to unite our vocal contributions for we now sing by turns, which is nice also, but we think could do something with that. Also Viljami the drummer sings well, so could unite all 3 voices and make some harmonies. We are always looking forward with guitar, bass and drum sounds for we have our own studio where we can try things out. Kim is renting a control and a recording room at Audiospot, Helsinki http://www.audiospot.fi/STUDIO with our section called Dubsync Laboratory.


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?
10. Could maybe easy say Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd. After that; Doom Metal, Death Metal, Hardcore Punk, Dub.. Listening all kinds of music but not really pop music. We all listen to Heavy-Rock and we like and listen to the bands we sort of are in the same "Genre" with. Loving Vinyl.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. Well Ville is a Tattoo artist, and really into that world. Viljami is also into that world, designing the tattoos mostly himself which are nailed on his skin. He is also keen on building guitars, amps or just building something with his own hands. Music has a big role in our lives and we are fully dedicated to it. Kim has interest in spiritual things in life like purifying ones own soul through disciplined spiritual practice.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Thanks for this interview and good questions, hope it opens something up to somebody who is interested in the Rhino or vice versa, and makes our project interesting to somebody. Enjoy the upcoming summer for the winter is finally passed :).

Cheers John!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

SadDolls/Grave Party/Inverse Records/2014 CD Review


  SadDolls  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of  darkwave  and  gothic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Grave  party"  which  will  be  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  electronic  sound   starts  off  the  album  along  with  spoken  word  samples before  adding  in  more  industrial  elements  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  metal  and  rock  influences  along  with  some  melodic  gothic  vocals  which  also  get  more  aggressive  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  the other  tracks  the  band  starts  bring  in  more  EBM  elements  along  with  some  80's  darkwave  and  mixing  them  in  with  a  more  heavy  metal/rock  sound  and  the  band  also b rings  in  a  mixture  of  clean,  symphonic  and  heavy  parts  and  the  bass  guitars  also  bring  a  very  powerful  sound  to  the  album  and  as  time  goes  on  by  there  is  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  being  utilized  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks.

  SadDolls  has  a  very  diverse  sound  that  is  heavy  enough  for  the  metal  crowd,  has  all  of  the electronic  music  elements  that  would  appeal  to  fans  of  industrial,  goth  and  darkwave  and  is  perfectly  suited  fro  mainstream  rock  stations,  the  production  is  very  professional  sounding  and  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  metaphysical  and  depressing  themes.

  In  my  opinion  SadDolls  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  darkwave,  gothic,  ebm  and  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lady  Cry"  Suicide  Girl"  "Angles  Make  Love"  and  "On  The  Road  66".  8  out  of  10.