Thursday, April 19, 2018

Nequient Interview


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

We've played local gigs and did some light touring while continuing to write new material. Though we've taken a while to put out a proper full-length, now that we've settled on a stable lineup and a sound we're happy with, we don't plan to have any long waits between our future releases.

2.You have a new album coming out in May, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from from previous demo's and ep?

A big change was setting aside the buzzsaw-style HM-2 distortion in favor of a cleaner guitar sound where you can pick out individual notes more easily. Our guitarist, Patrick, was the primary composer for this album, so his style guided the songwriting and choices of tones. The riffs have become more complex and varied than on the band's previous releases. I think our d-beat and sludge roots are still readily apparent, but we're also digging deeper into influences from other metal subgenres. There are some rhythmic left turns along the way that allow our drummer, Chris, to show off his chops even more than in the past. Keenan, our bass player, is the most recent addition to the band, and I think he brings a unique melodic sensibility to the low end that adds some really interesting layers to a lot of sections.

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

The biggest lyrical inspiration is the current political state of the world, which I find endlessly horrifying and infuriating. The Trump presidency, Brexit, the Flint water crisis, mass shootings, and Middle East turmoil all come up somewhere along the way. I do also find space to address some more personal situations, reference several of my favorite authors, pay tribute to some of the great artists who have died in recent years, and make fun of overly self-important metal guys.

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

It's an archaic term that means "not being able." That gives the name both a certain punk rock snarkiness and the benefit of being good for search engine optimization. We have one of those curious situations where the guitarist and bass player who orginally decided to call the band "Nequient" have since departed at different points over the years, but our sound evolved in an organic enough way that we never felt any need to change it.

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?

We've opened for a lot of great bands, but I think we particularly liked playing in a direct support slot for Zeal & Ardor on one of their first U.S. shows late last year. There were some technical hiccups, but it was great playing in a room where people were all so excited to see this band for the first time. On tour, we tend to have the best times in smaller cities, where crowds are a little more enthusiastic and we always seem to make new friends. Places like Bloomington, Indiana and the Quad Cities have been particularly excellent in that way. Also, there was the time we played at an arcade bar here in Chicago with Big Trouble in Little China projected behind us - that was pretty cool.

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

Yes, we'll be celebrating the album release on May 18th with a weekend of shows in DeKalb, Illinois, Minneapolis, and Chicago. Then, in July, we'll be headed toward the East Coast for several dates that we'll be announcing shortly.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Nefarious Industries', how did you get in contact with this label?

Several bands we knew, like Mine Collapse and Jar'd Loose from Chicago and Tovarish from Rhode Island, had worked with Nefarious in the past, so I dropped them a line. We share in the same DIY ethos, so we've been enjoying working together.

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

It's too early to say, but we've never been the sort of band to worry too much about catering to a particular market or set of tastes. We just try to make music that we're all excited to play.

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

The next album will probably have some more collaborative songwriting with both Keenan and Chris contributing more riffs. I think for the most part we'll continue to write fast, heavy hardcore songs with influences from various forms of extreme metal. However, I could definitely see possibilities for some experiments with longer, more conceptual  pieces, as well as some increasingly technically demanding sections.

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?

The band started from a desire to play crust inspired by bands like Amebix, Disfear, Disrupt, and Skitsystem, along with some Eyehategod-style sludge. Influences from metallic hardcore groups such as Converge, Botch, and Coalesce have definitely come into play on some of the more recent material. We also borrow ideas from old school death metal like Death, Morbid Angel, and Obituary, as well as classic black metal bands like Darkthrone.

So far this year, I've been most enjoying the new albums from Antigama, Rivers of Nihil, Lychgate, and Judas Priest. Probably my most anticipated release for the year is Janelle MonĂ¡e, though, so we'll see how I feel in a couple weeks.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I do a lot of reading and writing. I'm particularly into 19th-century British poetry, science fiction, and comic books.

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

Thanks for helping us to get the word out about the record. We can't wait to get on the road and play for some new people.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hezaliel/Paradise Lost/Eight Tower Records/2018 CD Review


  Hezaliel  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  and  is  also  the  dark  ambient  side  of  Steve  Fabry  better known  for  his work in  the  black  metal  bands  Sercati  and  The  Nightstalker  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Paradise  Lost"  which  was  released  by  Eight  Tower  Records.

  Sci-fi  orientated  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  soundscapes  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  epic  and  dark  ambient  style  synths  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  instrumental  and  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  and  occult  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  at  times  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  and  cinematic  as  well  as  capturing  a  soundtrack  orientated  atmosphere  and  female  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Hezaliel  plays  a  style  of  dark  ambient  that  is  very  experimental  at  times  as  well  as  evoking  a  sci-fi  atmosphere  which  makes  the  music  a  little bit  different  than  most  musicians  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  are  inspired  by  John  Milton's  "Paradise  Lost". 

  In  my  opinion  Hezaliel  is  a  very  great  sounding  dark  ambient  solo  artist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Altar  Of  Demons"  "The  Snake's  Deception"  and  "Paradise  Lost".  8  out  of  10.

https://eighthtowerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/paradise-lost

Hekate/Totentanz/Prophecy Productions/2018 CD Review


  Hekate  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  classical,  neo-folk  and  medieval  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Totentanz"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Prophecy  Productions.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  percussion's  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  as  well  as  a  great  amount of  epic  sounding  synths  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  neo  folk.

  Clean  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  folk  music  instruments  along  with  some  elements  of  neo-classical  music  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts,  most  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  some  of t he  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  ambient  elements  can  also b e  heard  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Hekate  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  90's  era  neo-folk,classical  and  medieval  music  and  mix  them  together  with  a  more  modern  approach  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Romanticism,  Luciferian,  Occultism,  Poetic,  and  Mythology  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Hekate  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  classical,  neo-folk  and  medieval  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Old  King"  "Luzifer  Morgenstern"  "Spring  Of  Life"  and  "Desire".  8/5  out  of  10. 

 

  

Visions/Phurpa/Monad/Cyclic Law/2018 Collaboration CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  collaboration  album  between  Germany's  Visions  and  Russia's  Phurpa  called  "Monads"  which  mixes  dark  ambient  and  drone  with  Tibetan,  shamanistic  and  ritual  music  and  the  album  will  be  released  on  April  25,  2018  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Ritualistic  throat  singing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  soundscapes  while  drones  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  Tibetan  style  musical  instruments  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  ethnic  feeling.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  ambient  elements  along with  a  decent  amount  of  synths  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  also  taking  the  listener  on  a  shamanic  journey  and  percussion's  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Visions  and  Phurpa  team  up  and  mix  their  2  different  styles  together  to  create  a  very  ritualistic  and  shamanistic  orientated  form  of  dark/ambient  drone  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  from  Visions  and  Phurpa  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  drone  and  ritual  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ascendance"  and  "Reminiscence".  8  out  of  10.   

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Taphephobia/Kave/Monuments/Cyclic Law/2018 CD Collaboration Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  collaboration  album  between  Norway's  Taphephobia  and  the  Netherlands  Kave  and  the  album  is  Called  "Monuments"  and  was  released  in  2018  by  Cyclic  Law  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Taphephobia  who  returns  with  his  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones  and  soundscpaes  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  and  the  track  is  over  20  minutes in  length  while  the  music  is  mostly  instrumental  and  at  times  the  guitars  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  drones  as  well  as  getting  more  diverse  as  the  track  progresses  along  with  some  voices  towards  the  end  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Taphephobia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Kave  another  solo  artist  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  soundscapes  and  atmospheric  sounding  drones  along  with  a  small  amount  of  field  recordings  while  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  ambient  style  synths  as  well  as  the  track  being  19  minutes  in  length  and  as  the  track  progresses  the  music  gets  more  dark  and  haunting  sounding  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Kave  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  artist.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  dark  ambient  and  drone.  8  out  of  10.

    

Nequient/Wolves At The Door/Nefarious Industries/2018 CD Review


  Nequient  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  mixture  of  death  metal,  crust,  grind  and  hardcore  with  some  elements  of  sludge  and  black  metal  an  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Wolves  At  The  Door"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Nefarious  Industries.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  screams,  death  metal  growls  and  hardcore  style  shouts  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  incorporating  elements  of  d  beat  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  adding  in  touches  of  sludge,  when  tremolo  picking  is utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  influences  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Nequient  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  death  metal,  crust,  grind,  hardcore,  sludge  and  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent,  occult  and  drug  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nequient  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust,  grind,  hardcore,  sludge,  death  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Scorcher'  "Mammon  And  Moloch"  "Blast  Beats  And  Cocaine"  and  "The  Devil's  party".  8  out  of  10.      

Adversvm/Aion Sitra Ahra/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review


  Adversvm  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  morbid  form of  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Aion  Sitra  Ahra"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Atmospheric  drones  along  with  some  Gregorian  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  funeral  doom  metal  direction  while  the  vocals a re  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  dark  yet  distorted  sounding  melodies  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  whispers  also  being  used  briefly  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  as  well  as  some  clean  guitars  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  rain  and  thunder  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  direction  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  experimental  noise  tracks.

  Adversvm  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  slow,  dark,  morbid  and  ritualistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Gnosis,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Adversvm  are  a  very  great  sounding  morbid  funeral  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anti  Steller  Gnosis  To  The  Acausa"  and  "Aion  Sitra  Ahra".  8  out  of  10.