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 Monáe, 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.   

    

Friday, April 13, 2018

Apparition/The Raenous Dusk/Dark Adversary Productions/2018 CD Review


  Apparition  are  a  musical  project  from  Australia  that  plays  their  own  style  of  horror  soundtrack  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Ravenous  Dusk"  which  was  released  by Dark  Adversary  Productions.

  80's  era  movie  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  rain  and  thunder  sounds  a  few  seconds  later  while  field  recordings  can  also  be  heard  at  times and  after  awhile  ambient  style  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  classic  horror  film  atmosphere.

  Most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  while  programmed  beats  are  also  use  at  times  and  when  they  are  mixed  with  the  synths  they  capture  the  atmosphere  of  a  funeral  doom  metal  album  without  using  any  heavy  instruments  along  with  some  clean  yet  distorted  guitars  being  used  briefly  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  avant  garde  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  diverse  and  when  whispers  are  utilized  briefly  they  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  Apparition  creates  their own  interpretation  of  a  70's  or  80's  era  horror  movie  soundtrack  with  their  music  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  ambient,  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  to  give  their  music  more  of  a  haunting  atmosphere  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Apparition  are  a  very  great  sounding  horror  movie  soundtrack  musical  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Beginning"  "The  Dawn  Approaches"  "Distant  Memories"  and  "Dance  Of  The  Phantasms".  8  out  of  10.

Taphephobia/Ghostwood/Cyclic Law/2018 CD Review


  Taphephobia  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  drone  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Ghostwood"  which  was  released  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Ambient  style  synths  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  flutes  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  some  field  recordings  as  well  as  most of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals  and  all  of  the  songs  also  sound  very  different  from each  other  and  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  atmospheric  drones  can  be  heard quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  haunting  atmosphere  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  song  introduces  rain  and  thunder  sounds  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  electric  guitar  noises  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  voices,  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Taphephobia  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  drone  and  dark  ambient  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  atmospheric  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  the  paranormal  and  darkness.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Taphephobia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  drone  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ghostwood"  "Ghost  Of  Him"  "Thunder  Over  The  Boardwalk"  and  "Fragility,  Secrets  And  Revelations".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tonttu/Fahl/Was Wurden Gnome Sagen (The Gnome Apocalypse)/Panicmachine/2018 Collaboration CD Review


  Finland's  Tonttu  and  Russia's  Fahl  team  up  on  this  recording  and  and  go  into  more  of  an  experimental  and  dark  ambient  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  collaboration  album  "Was  Wurden  Gnome  Sagen  (The  Gnome  Apocalypse)"  which  was  released  by  Panicmachine.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  after  awhile elements  of  industrial  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  getting  very  experimental  at  times.

  Drones  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  captures  a  very  ritualistic atmosphere  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  and  psychedelic  elements  as  well  as  being  very  apocalyptic  at  times  and  both  of  the  songs  are  divided  into  17  different  parts  and  at  times  the  music  captures  the  soundtrack  feeling  of  an  80's  horror  or  science  fiction  film  and  acoustic  guitars,  clean  vocals  and  folk  music  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Tonrttu  move  way  from  the  metal  elements  of  their  regular  albums  and  mix  their  music  in  with  Fahl's  dark  ambient  style  while  still  keeping  the  same  concepts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Gnome  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Tonttu  and  Fahl  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  8  out  of  10.       

Tonttu/Riimuja Ja Tonttuja/Panicmachine/2018 CD Review


   Finland's  Tonttu  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  martial,  neo-folk,  industrial  and  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Rimmuja  Ja  Tonttuja"  which  was  released  by  Panicmachine.

  Audience  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  which  are  a  huge  parts  of  the  recording  and  shots  being  used  briefly  before  going  into  more  of  a  neo-classical  direction  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  being  utilized  and  most  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Percussions  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  along  with  some  metal  elements  being  added  into  the  heavy  riffs  and  guitar  leads  while  chants  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  getting  very  experimental  and  avant  garde in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  industrial  elements.

 When  throat  singing  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  feeling  with  both  troll  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  folk  instruments  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  black  metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  martial  beats  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Tonttu  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  neo  folk,  martial,  industrial  and  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Anti  Gnome  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tonttu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  martial,  neo  folk,  industrial  and  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Riimuja Ja Tonttuja"  and  "Tonttu  2".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Pohjonen Alanko/Northern Lowland/Svart Records/2018 EP Review


  Pohjonen  Alanko  are  a  musical  project  from  Finland  that  creates  an  improvisational  shamanic  electronic  ritual  with  elements  of  dance  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Northern  Lowland"  which  will  be  released  on  April  20th  by  Svart  Records.

  Electronic  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  a  very  satanic  atmosphere  while  the  music  gets  very  shamanistic,  tribal  and  ritualistic  at  times  along  with  some  industrial  elements  also  being  used  at  times and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  Throat  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  its  gives  the  music  more  of  an  ethnic  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  underground  dance  music  elements,  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.

  Pohjonen  Alanko  plays  a  musical  that  takes  dance,  avant  garde  music  and  mixes  it  with  Asian  shamanistic ritual  music  and  gives  it  more  of  a  satanic  touch  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark,

  In  my  opinion  Pohjonen  Alanko  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  shamanistic  ritual  and dance  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  musical  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tantere"  and  "Northern  Lowland".  8  out  of  10.       

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Boghaunter Interview

.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. A couple years ago while listening to Tyranny’s “Aeons In Tectonic Interment” as well as Indian’s “From All Purity” & my usual copious amounts of Neurosis, Black Metal & doom, I wrote what would become the main riff for Ordeals in Stillness. I recorded it into my shitty GarageBand program & sent it to my buddies Logan & Josh, knowing they were musically like minded. I suggested we form a doom project, something I’d wanted to do for years. Logan responded that he’d always wanted to try doing drums and vocals for such a project, to which I replied “fuck yes”. Josh was on board with handling bass. With this 3 piece as a definite possibility, I immediately began writing what would become “Constellation Vows”. Boghaunter was born.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the ep?
2. Sonically I would describe the EP as a mix of Neurosis, funeral doom & black metal.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. The lyrics deal with loss, learning to come to grips with some of life’s harsh realities, the duality of light & darkness, suffering & enlightenment.

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

4. As esoteric & mysterious as the name Boghaunter may sound, it is in fact the name of a rare type of dragonfly found in Maine. I came across this name while hiking up there a couple years ago & immediately knew it would be a fitting name for a potential band. I find the name inspirational as well, as I am inspired by the natural world greatly!

5.Recently ' Terry Savastano' of Grief/Come To Grief' gave your music a good review, do you feel honored to be recognized by one of the legendary doom or sludge metal musicians of the last 2 decades?
5. To have a guy of Terry’s caliber & pedigree within the doom/sludge world recognize & praise our music to any degree is an absolute honor & something we don’t take for granted.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. Well we’ve only played a total of 6 shows so far. Shows are something we don’t aggressively seek out at this point, but if an opportunity presents itself or we are invited on to a bill, we will happily accept. Our most memorable show thus far was probably sharing a bill with Come to Grief & Conclave, & we’ve had a blast sharing the stage with our friends in Magnatar a few times, as well as Dim, Glacier, among others.

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

7. We have no current plans for touring. We’re all fairly busy guys with jobs, families, etc, but if an opportunity presented itself we would definitely consider it. Probably on a small scale though!
We have a few shows currently booked in NH, VT, & MA throughout the year. We are psyched to be a part of Stoned To Death 3 in Brattleboro, VT next month (May 26th), headlined by none other than Come to Grief & Black Pyramid, among many others.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom metal?
8. Well, we haven’t quite reached the level of “worldwide feedback” yet! If anyone who is a fan of this type of music takes the time to listen, & enjoys it on some level, we are grateful & thankful.

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

9. We are hoping to record a full length later this year & release it in 2019 if all goes well. We have nearly enough new material at the moment to do so. Musically the new songs are maintaining the sound evidenced on the EP. A balance of light & dark, crushing & seren

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. As far as influences go, everything from Black Sabbath (1st 6 albums), to Neurosis (especially Times of Grace) to the entire early Southern Lord catalog (Burning Witch, Goatsnake etc), funeral doom like Mournful Congregation, Tyranny....seminal sludge bands like Grief, Eyehategod, as well as genre-blending bands like Unearthly Trance.
Nowadays I listen to tons of underground music constantly. I think Fenriz said once he listens to 10 albums a day. I’m pretty close to that. My current obsession is a band from Germany called Ultha. Highly recommended. Black metal meets doom. Epic & crushing music!
Also loving Hamferd’s “Támsins Likam”, Nahtrunar’s “Mysterium Tremendum”, Drudkh’s “They Often See Dreams About the Spring” & the new Mournful Congregation.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. Listening to, playing, writing music & going to shows honestly takes up most of my leisure time, but besides that I love the outdoors of my home state of New Hampshire. Hiking the mountains, going to the ocean.


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

12. For a final thought, I just want to thank anyone & everyone who takes the time to check out Boghaunter. Hopefully folks will dig what we’ve created. Also a huge debt of gratitude to Thomas at Seeing Red Records for showing an interest in us & being a true warrior of the old school underground work ethic & mentality!

  

Monday, April 2, 2018

Dodsmaskin/Fiende/Cyclic Law/2018 CD Review


  Dodsmaskin  that  plays  a  mixture  of  drone,  dark  ambient,  noise,  power  electronics  and  death  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Fiende"  which  will  be  released  on  April  10th  by  Cyclic  Law.

  Ambient  noise  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  in  the  background  along  with  some  natural  noises  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  power  electronics  take  them  into  more  of  a  harsher  direction  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  death  industrial  and  programmed  beats are  also  used  at  times.

The  opening  track  is  all  instrumental  along  with  most  of  them  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  shows  some  influences  of  the  mid  90's  Cold  Meat  Industry  and  Relapse/Release  albums  and  spoken  word  parts can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  mixing  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  as  the  album  progresses  industrial  style  vocals  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly. 

  Dodsmaskin  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  dark  ambient,  drone,  power  electronics,  noise  and  death  industrial  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Dodsmakin  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  drone,  dark  ambient,  noise, power  electronics  and  death  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Konsekvens"  and  "Posthum".  8  out  of  10.

  

Abjection Ritual 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?

There is a show in Cleveland on June 16 that we are playing along with Theologian, Gnawed, The Vomit Arsonist, Vitriol Gauge, Steel Hook Prostheses, Compactor, Shock Frontier, Murderous Vision and Cunting Daughters. The focus right now is on getting ready for this show and figuring out how to translate some of the songs from the new album into a live setting.

2.You have a new album coming out in April, 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 new album is much more diverse than all previous releases. It's influenced by bands like Godflesh , Neurosis , Halo..... really just whatever we wanted to put in there. There are no rules.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?

Regret, self-hatred, spiritual anguish, disgust with the human condition etc. I've never really thought of myself as a songwriter per se. I listen to a lot of what could be termed "normal music" and I'm sure this has had an influence on how I structure things.

4.You also have experience with playing other musical styles with different bands, do you feel this adds to the creativity of the music you are currently doing?

Absolutely. The older I get, the less I care about what kind of music I'm playing or to what genre it belongs to . What we are doing right now is in some sense what I've always wanted to do. Being influenced by tons of different music and knowing what works and what doesn't work is a benefit that comes with experience.

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

It doesn't really mean anything. I just liked the way the two words sounded together. It doesn't have some really deep meaning and people can interpret it in any way they like. There is no right or wrong interpretation.

6.In the mid 90's both noise and death industrial where gaining a huge following but it seemed to die out for more than 10 years, do you feel these musical genres are starting to make a huge comeback?

Hmmm I never really noticed if it ever really died out or not. The 90s were an exciting time with labels like Cold Meat Industry and Slaughter Productions. I honestly don't pay much attention to these types of things. I just like what I like. As far as some kind of comeback or resurgence, I really don't know nor do I care.

7.The cover artwork on the new album was done by Jeff Whitehead'>, how did you get in contact with this musician and also are you a fan of his musical projects?

I'm a major fan of both Jef's art and music. He does commissions so I simply contacted him through Stevie Floyd. I don't know if he even listened to my music. For all I know he thinks it sucks. I love what he did and couldn't be happier with the results.

8.On the new album you had some session work from Rennie Resimini of Starkweather and the author Christopher Ropes, can you tell us a little bit more about their contributions to the recording?

I've been listening to Starkweather since I was in high school. Rennie is a phenomenal vocalist and it was an honor to have him on board. Christopher Ropes is an author that I met online through mutual friends. We liked each other's work and we have a lot of negative shit in common. He has written The Operating Theater and Complicity.

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

The best show that I ever played was when I was 19 and in a band called Nothingness which was a total Eyehategod /Iron Monkey rip off. I would get black out drunk and go off. We played a show in Pittsburgh that was shut down after 5 minutes. Someone in the band threw a pitcher into the audience and the owner flipped out. I think he was more freaked out about the underage drinking and just wanted us to get the fuck out of there. He ended up paying us for five minutes of noise. Nowadays I really don't care for playing live. At my best I hope to lose myself and reach a feeling of transcendence. At my worst I drink too much, am pissed off, anxious and don't want to be there.

10.What are some of the touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Touring is impossible. Long weekends are more feasible. I run a business so I can't just pack up and leave for weeks at a time. Aside from The Darkness Descends show in June that I mentioned earlier there are no other shows booked at this time. I'll be happy to play shows that are worthwhile.

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of death industrial and doom metal?

Well the album hasn't come out yet so it's too early to tell but some of the feedback that we have gotten so far been really positive.

12.Where do you see this project heading into musically during the future?

I can see us expanding on what we have laid out on Soul Of Ruin, Body Of Filth. I really like this direction and feel it offers a lot of exciting possibilities. I've already written some stuff that is super bleak and heavy.

13.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?

Neurosis, Godflesh, Eyehategod, Today Is The Day, Current 93, Brighter Death Now, IRM, Nick Cave, Scott Walker, Lurker Of Chalice, Grief, 13, Cavity, Black Flag, Throbbing Gristle, SPK, Indian, Khanate, Sabbath and about a million more

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Reading, movies, learning, travel, MMA (spectator only)

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

Thanks for the interview and your interest in Abjection Ritual.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Collapse Of Light/Each Failing Step/Rain Without End Records/2018 CD Review


 Collapse  Of  Light  are  an  international  band  form  Europe  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of funeral  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Each  Failing  Step"  which  will  be  released  on  April  29th  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  a  few  seconds  later  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  doom  metal  riffs  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  as  well  as  some  song  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very slow  direction.

  Collapse  Of  Light  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  tragic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  sorrow  and  melancholy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Collapse  Of  Light  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  melodic  funeral  doom/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Place  To  Die"  and  "Leaving  The  Light  Behind".  8  out  of  10.