Monday, September 25, 2017

BongCauldron Interview

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



*Biscuit*: We are old mates, got together to originally play doom stuff but just ended up writing songs without any set genre with lyrics that we thought were funny.



*Jay*: The first few months after we started we did regular 7 hour jams, about 2 hours of which were productive before we got too pissed and decided to play one note riffs in darkness while them two screamed their heads off.



2. You have an 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?



*Jay*: It sounds pissed off. We all had either songs written or riff ideas and then went into the studio for 3 days over the Christmas period in 2015 to get pissed out of our heads and put the majority of it together. 68 was probably the easiest to write. It was the first thing we did after we found out Lemmy had died. One of those that just seemed to write itself.



*Ben*: It's a bit more focused. We used to just throw different bits of everything together. We still do that, but with a bit more thought behind it.



*Biscuit*: Still follows our usual style of 'anything goes' but it’s definitely more pissed off and aggressive. It’s exactly what you’d expect to get from three Yorkshire lads locked in a studio for 3 days writing an album.



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



*Biscuit*: Booze and Sasquatch.



*Jay*: Lyrics came after finishing the song writing and we've all contributed on different songs. We had all the demos recorded so we could fuck about with lyrics for a few months before going in to the studio in August 2016. My mental health was fucked and I was boozing a lot at the time. So the lyrics I wrote are nothing but hate and misery.



*Ben*: Most of my lyrics are based on drinking, partying and generally having a laugh with the band and mates. Also phallic spears.



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



*Biscuit*: I can’t even remember how I came up with it, just thought it sounded alright. Basically put a band together because I had a stupid name for it. But if people ask just say weed and witches.



*Ben*: It's as stupid as it sounds.



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?



*Biscuit*: Riff Fest 2014 is still my favourite gig. It encapsulated everything our gigs are about; a proper laugh, good piss up, physical injuries and structural damage.



*Jay*: Supporting Eyehategod at the Brudenell in Leeds. Desertfest in London. HRH Doom Vs Stoner in Sheffield. Riff Fest 2014. The Black Heart show on the Filthy 3 tour with Gurt and PIST.



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



*Jay*: We have stuff in the works but nothing ready to announce just yet.



7. Currently the band is signed to "APF Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



*Jay*: Fieldy (label owner) stumbled up to our merch table when we played with Iron Witch in Manchester in 2014. He could barely string two words together but we could just about make out he knew Trippy Wicked and Chris West who put out our first EP. 3 years down the line after countless trays full of sambuca shots he told us about starting APF Records and after him attending more of our gigs than anyone else, it made perfect sense to sign with him. He gets what were about and it’s good working with someone that wants to see this album out as much as us.



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



*Ben*: It's crazy sending stuff halfway across the world in the post, or having people share stuff online and message us. Basically, it's weird having legit fans that aren't our mates.



*Biscuit*: I currently have an Australian crashing on my sofa who says we are known over there, which is mint but he may be saying it to get more time mooching round here.



9. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?



*Ben*: I'm on guitar and vocals in Corinth, which is more in the vein of Mastodon, Baroness, The Sword etc



*Jay*: I've just quit my other band Blind Haze.



*Biscuit*: Nah. I can write anything for Bongers and we'll jam it, so there’s no need for me. There was even a country song wrote for this album, may be released later down the line.



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



*Ben*: In 20 years we'll be putting out that difficult second album.



*Jay*: Fuck knows. Anything we enjoy doing.



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?



*Biscuit*: Wiht are easily the biggest influence that got it all started. Having a local band be one of your favourites was a right kick up the arse to do something. For this album I was mainly listening to some faster stuff like Toxic Holocaust, Anti Cimex and Gets Worse. Nowadays I’m really into roots music like Moonshine Wagon, Reverend Beatman and Legendary Shack Shakers.



*Jay*: Dopefight and Wiht were big influences on us when we started. My two favourite bands are Eyehategod and Motörhead. Recently I've got in to punk bands like The Business and Cock Sparrer. For the UK underground Mastiff and Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters are still topping it for me. I'm also looking forward to hearing what PIST bring out next.



*Ben*: Bands like Sleep, Iron Monkey and Weedeater have influenced most of my writing for Bongers. Outside of sludge and doom I listen to a lot of black metal, folk music and The Smiths. But really I pretty much just listen to TalkSport.



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



*Ben*: Occasionally instead of getting drunk and swearing at a gig, I'll get drunk and swear at the football. Sometimes I do both in one day.



*Jay*: None. Music only.



*Biscuit*: The band PIST.



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



*Biscuit*: 68 OFO



*Jay*: If you listen closely, spiders scream when they burn to death.



*Ben*: Never be in a band.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Mad Doctors Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Keeping busy playing tons of music! This is our second release this year and we went into the studio in April so have a few more in the bag that we're itching to finish up so we can continue to assault your ears. Trying to write some new material in between frequent gigging and we all have our other projects - Seth is the mastermind behind the breakbeat/funk/psych mashup Ghost Funk Orchestra, Josh heads up the dirgy and very heavy Sludge Judy, and Greg plays in garage punk outifts Lumps & Glass Slipper. Lots of projects always!

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer material?
Over the years we have become heavier, for sure. Definitely pushing hard on fuzz and loudness to try n rattle as many bones as possible. We are trying to keep things interesting, writing with weirdo chords and linking up for syncopated parts to really hit big. Some of the newest material is a little skronky, which should be really fun.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
It ranges - ostensibly, many of our songs are pulpy - Yuengling Malmsteen is about a haunted house for example - but a lot of them have underlying themes that relate more to mental health, stress, overwork, laziness, etc. With our next batch of recordings, some of these themes are more overt - one song to be released is obviously about the stresses of living with anxiety, one is about the state of the world, and then one is about pooping on tour. So you can't take all the levity out of it.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Mad Doctors'?
The idea of the band started as a big theatrical project - originally it was supposed to be like a surf rock Alice Cooper with crazed experiments and a big production. The idea was that we would do mad doctor experiments on stage and the name came from a favorite B-movie - The Mad Doctor of Blood Island. No big meaning, just a couple dudes that like shit movies.

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?
Thankfully there have been a ton of great shows! Our LP release show for 'No Waves, Just Sharks' was easily one of the best. We had a packed out room full of friends and everyone was just going totally bananas. We had blow up sharks and people crowd surfing and the majority of the venue was a pit. And we played with three of our favorite bands here - The Royal They, Stuyedeyed, and Crazy Pills. It was totally amazing.

Our stage show is super high energy. There's a lot of thrashing around and headbanging, screaming and getting beer cans thrown at us. Tons of fun!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Totally - we're doing an east coast tour 11/8-11/18 soon to be announced. Our next Brooklyn shows are 10/6 at Brooklyn Bazaar for the split release with Heavy Traffic and 11/8 at Our Wicked Lady for our tour kickoff.

7.Currently the band is signed to 'King Pizza Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
King Pizza is our label - we started it to release our first LP Snake Oil Superscience when we couldn't find a label interested. Instead of just putting our our record, we decided to try to make it more of a thing. We had a bunch of friends who were making killer music but didn't have a support system so we created one. We really wanted to form a part of the scene here in Brooklyn that we felt was our home. So we work with new and up-and-coming bands to create an atmosphere where bands can play and put out a record and reach a new audience and feel like they have a big community to be apart of.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of underground music?
Fantastic! We have definitely had a lot of support in faraway places like Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy. Thankfully people have been really excited about us and diggin it and we're diggin that!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are trying to figure out what the next steps are - trying to constantly figure out new ways to make great tunes. Our tastes change and we are always striving to keep writing interesting stuff. I think for the newest material, we are trying to write more vocal hooks and vocals for all three of us to sing, which is new for us. Definitely staying fuzzy and nasty but playing with some other elements to see how we can take it even further.

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?
We all kind of listen to different stuff so it ranges from modern hardcore to garage punk to sludge to Latin jazz. All of our friends are big influences on us, pushing us to write cooler and interesting stuff. The Royal They, Trampoline Team, Sun Voyager, Vamanos, Absolutely Not, Rat Hammer plus bigger bands like Red Fang, QOTSA, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Tons of stuff.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
We all love movies for sure. And we tend to eat a lot - seafood, Korean, burgers, wings. Pinball, video games, BBQing, swimming in the ocean. Sitting in a chair and drinking beers with buds.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for talking to us!

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.
  

Archons/Lords Of Light And Thunder/2017 Full Length Review


  Archons  are  a  band  from  San  Diego,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Lords  Of  Light  And  Thunder"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  psychedelic  elements  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  sludge  and  doom  metal  style  along  with  some  vocals  that  are  in  between  being  aggressive  and  melodic  and they  also  mix  the  heavy  and  psychedelic  elements  together.

  A  great  amount  of  stoner  rock  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  as  the  album  a  brief  instrumental  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier direction  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Archons  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  psychedelic,  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Archons  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Galaxians"  "Dr.  Pain"  and  "Creature".  8  out  of  10.  

BongCauldron/Binge/APF Records/2017 CD Review


  BongCauldron  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a mixture  of  stoner,  sludge,  doom  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Binge"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  APF  Records.

  Sludge  style  screams  and  heavy  doom  metal  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  stoner  metal  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  groove  metal  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Elements  of  first  wave  black  metal  can  be  heard  at  times  but  mixed  in  with  a  more  modern  stoner/doom  style  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  music  speeds  up  it  also  adds  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  thrash  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  always  remaining  very  heavy.

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

  In  my  opinion  BongCauldron  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner.  sludge,  doom  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devil"  "Bigfoot  Reigns"  and  "Yorkshire  Born".  8  out  of  10.  

Cut The Navel String/The Black Box Session By Peter Deimel/Atypeek Music/2017 LP Review


  Cut  The  Navel  String  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial  metal,  hardcore,  noise  rock  and  darkwave  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Black  Box  Session  By  Peter  Deimel"  which  was  released  by  Atypeek  Music.

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  leads  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  later   which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  industrial  style  vocals  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Elements  of  noise  rock  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  mixing  in  blast  beats  and  hardcore  influences,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic  vocals  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  fashion.

  Cut  The  Navel  String  plays  a  music  style  that  takes  industrial  metal,  noise  rock,  hardcore  and  a  touch  of  darkwave  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cut  The  Navel  String  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  industrial  metal,  noise  rock  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "You're  No  Fun  Anymore"  and  "The  Last".  8  out  of  10.   

Friday, September 15, 2017

Monolord/Rust/RidingEasy/2017 CD Review


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

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

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

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

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

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

Pale Horseman/The Fourth Seal/2017 FUll Length Review

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

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

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

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

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

  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sapata Interview

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Loincloth Interview

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

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

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

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

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

 We were writing and playing shows during this time.

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

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

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

 Primitive, HEAVY and absurd!!

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

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

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

No, we will have no final live performances.

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

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

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

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

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

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

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

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

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

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

May Satan be Yours!!

Stay Heavy!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Neck Deep In Filth Interview

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

The response has surpassed our expectations.

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


9. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Thanks for the interview. Listen to our EP.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

    

Demoniac/Intemperance/Witches Brew/2017 CD Review


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

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

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

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

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

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

    

Saturday, September 9, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Spirit Adrift Interview

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

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

2.In October you have a new album coming out how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

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

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

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