Friday, September 22, 2017

Calques/Civilizing/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 EP Review

  Calques  are  a  band  from  Alabama  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  punk,  noise  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Civilizing"  which  will  be  rleeased  in  October  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  field  recordings  before  adding  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  gets  more  heavier  while  also  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Drones  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  also  has  its  raw  moments  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  adding  elements  of  noise  rock,  industrial  and  punk   into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion  and  during  the  slower  sections  of the  songs  touches  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  can  be  heard.

  Calques  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  raw  black  metal  while the  elements  of  punk,  industrial  and  noise  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  negative  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Calques  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  noise,  industrial  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Exurbanisation"  and  "Decomposition".  8  out  of  10.


Satyricon/Deep Calleth Upon Deep/Napalm Records/2017 CD Review

  Norway's  Satyricon  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  black'n'roll  style  that  was  established  and  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Deep  Calleth  Upon  The  Deep"  which  was  released  by  Napalm  Records.

  A  very  fast  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  a  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  riffing  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  has  a  very  Nordic  inspired  atmosphere.

  Atmospheric synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  distorted  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  black'n'roll  elements.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  a  couple  of  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chants  and  as  the  problem  progresses  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  saxophones  which  are  added  onto  one  of  the later  songs  and  most  of  the  songs  focus  more  on  a  mid  tempo  style  as  well  as  having  its  fast  moments.

  Satyricon  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  black'n'roll  style  that  has  been  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyric s cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Satyricon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  their  more  recent  style,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Midnight  Serpent"  "Deep  Calleth  Upon  The  Deep"  "Dissonant"  and  "Burial  Rite".  8  out  of  10.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Las Casa Viejas/goul/H/Alerta Antifascistca Records/2017 CD Review

  Las  Casa  Viejas  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Germany  and  Austria  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Goul/H"  which  was  released  by  Alerta  Antifascistca  Records.

  Field  Recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  experimental  elements  before  adding  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  onto  the  recording  and  after  a  few minutes  drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  heavier  riffs  also  incorporate  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  are  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  at  times  as  well  as  alternating  between  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

    A  great  amount  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  post  rock  influences  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Las  Casa  Viejas  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  doom,  sludge  metal, avant  garde  and  post  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  nature  as  an  area  open  for  projection  and  a  desirable  place  with  a  capitalist  system.

  In  my  opinion  Las  Casa  Viejas  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Moribundus"  and  "Erinnerung".  8  out  of  10.  


Wrapped In Pale/Nidstang/Depressive Illusions/2017 EP Review

  Wrapped  In  Pale  are  a  solo  project  from  Florida  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Nidstang"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  and  Ukraine  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  musical  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.and  a  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Wrapped  In  Pale  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  depressive  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Depression,  Revenge  and  Introspection  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wrapped  In  Pale  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Domination  Of  The  Eternal  Kabbalah"  and  "Nidstang".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lycanthropy/A.V.R.E.I.L/Lower Silesian Stronghold/2017 CD Review

  Lycanthropy  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "A.V.R.E.I.l"  which  was  released  by  Lower  Silesian  Stronghold.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  also  adding  in  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  depressive  elements  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Lycanthropy  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  a  very  raw  and  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity,  Hate,  Darkness,  War  and  Sadism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lycanthropy  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Triad  Of  Animal  In  Me"  "Sexual  Sadism"  "Black  Lightning"  and  "In  The  Middle  of  Nowhere".  8  out  of  10.    

Eneferens/In The Hours Beneath/Nordvis Produktion/Bindrune Recordings/2017 CD Review

  Eneferens  are  a  band  originally  from  Montana  but  now  re-located  to  Minnesota  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  Cascadian  influenced  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "In  The  Hours  Beneath"  which  will  be  released  in  October  as  a  joint  effort  between  Bindrune  Recordings  and  Nordvis  Produktion.

   Atmospheric  synths  along  with some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  melodic signing  is  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  they  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  more  aggressive  vocals  are  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them   along elements  of  doom  metal  being  added  into  the  slower  riffing  and  there  is  also  a  brief  piano  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  track..

  Eneferens  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Cascadian  form  of  the  genre  while  standing  out  with  some  progressive  and  doom  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  struggles  and  reflection  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eneferens  are  a  very  great  sounding  Cascadian  style  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chrysanthemum"  and  "Ascenson".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pando Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
mr. f: We play this's called “guess what's in my pouch.” I hide a piece of candy corn, a battery, or another small loose object in my pouch. It's mr. bombastic's task to determine what object it is.
mr. b: it's always the rock cell phone.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on  the recordings?
mr. b: We wouldn't. We just play what we believe is this most accurate interpretation of what we are feeling or trying to convey. It's more about the process rather than the end product.

3.On the full length you had released in April the lyrics dealt with the slavery and oppression oft he African American people of the last few centuries, can you tell us why you picked this topic for an album?
mr. b: It's a little complicated, but we're from western Mass and while it tends to be this “hush hush” thing, Massachusetts at one point had a lot of controversy revolving around their state schools and the mistreatment of their patients. We both work in the human services field, so human rights is something we deal with on a day to day basis and some of our clients we care for actually came from some of these places. There's a strange comparison between the way the African American slaves of the south and how the patients at these facilities were treated. It was all too coincidental that the time we released the album was the anniversary of the film “Titicut Follies,” which ultimately led to the closing of those schools, as well as the big blow-ups of U.S. Politics in regards to african american rights. The album focuses it's sound around concepts of human suffering and mental disability, which is why it sounds the way it does.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Pando'?
mr. b: Pando is the oldest and heaviest living organism on the planet located in Utah. It's a whole forest of quaking aspen trees all connected by the same root system and it just resonated with us. Our friendship is closer to brotherhood; different trees, same roots.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you chose to remain a duo?
mr. b: I think the vast majority of the writing will always be between the two of us, but one of the most interesting things to us in our name is that it's a forest connected with many trees.

6.Since 2016 you have put out 4 releases, do you spend a great amount of time creating and writing Music?
mr. b: We both have lives outside of music and we only get together when we can, so we try to spend that time wisely.
mr. f: we each, independently, spend our time observing the ins and outs of daily life. These small things can transcend and transform into bigger things.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
mr. b: I've always been interested, but skeptical. I think we both enjoy the freedom of being able to put out anything we want, whenever we want and being able to control our own stuff. If a label existed that would allow us to operate the same way we have been, but distribute physical copies, I'd be on board.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal, experimental and noise?
mr. b: We haven't had much feedback, really. Neither of us know what we are doing when it comes to promotion, nor do we really have the finances for it. But we also aren't really looking that hard. Our first album almost wasn't even a released thing and on top of all that, Massachusetts is mostly indie bands and stoner metal, it seems. There isn't much draw for our music here and for some reason, we seem more popular in Europe.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
mr. b: It's hard to say. We never plan anything, but we always have ideas. It's just a matter of which medium we decide to execute them.
mr. f: Combining various forms of art with our musical process seems like a practical next move.

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?
mr. b: A lot of NPR. I never listen to anything on the radio other than podcasts because United States pop music is shit and I don't have a ton of time during the week to go hunting for new music, so other than the kids wanting to play the new Lady Gaga or whatever the fuck they listen to, I'm stuck wanting to gouge my ears out while driving. Lately for me though, it's been this hip-hop artist Onra from France and with fall coming around, I'm breaking the folk-black metal out again via Agalloch and Summoning. I'm waiting patiently for the new Wolves in the Throne Room album and new Bell Witch. I've been listening to a lot of meditation music as well.
mr. f: Fletcher Tucker lately.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
mr. b: I'm really into film, writing (mostly philosophy and sciences), and particularly interested in performative art.
mr. f: algebra.
mr. b: we've been debating whether or not this woman at CVS has a lower half to her body or not.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?  
ac: get high and suck.