Monday, January 16, 2017

Tervahaat/Kalmonsaie/Nordvis Produktion/2017 CD Review


  Tervahaat  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  avant  garde  folk  music  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Kalmonsaie"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Melodic  chanting  and  vocals  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  folk  instruments  and  electric  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  instruments  sound  home  made  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  and  a  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  some of  the  tracks  ritualistic  style  drumming  can  be  heard  and  guitar  leads a re also  used  at  times  and  they  also  add  in  more  of  a  metal  influence  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  screaming  vocals  that  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black  metal and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  while   the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  and  ambient  soundscapes  are  also  utilized  in  some  parts  of the  recording.

  Tervahaat  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  avant  garde,  folk  music,  metal  and  ambient  soundscapes  and  mix  them together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Finnish  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tervahaat  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  avant  garde  folk  music  and  ambient  soundscapes  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kalmonsae"  "Huolainniekka"  and  "Saattaja". 8out  of  10.

 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Draugirrin/Mykraverk/Nordvis Produktion/2017 CD Review

  Draugirrin  are  a  solo  project  from Sweden  that  plays  a  ritualistic  and  pagan  form  of  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  2017  album  "Mykraverk"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Fire  burning  and  female  vocals  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  tribal  and  ritualistic  elements  and  grim  black  metal  vocals  are  also  used  at  times  and  after  the  intro  atmospheric  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Whispers  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  a  dark  style  of  ambient  and  percussion's  are  also  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  occult  style  chanting  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  diversity.

  Draugirinn  plays  a  style  of  pagan  dark/ambient  that  is  very  ritualistic,  tribal,  occult  and  shamanistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  revolve  around  Icelandic  Paganism,  rituals,  and  folklore.

  In  my  opinion  Draugirinn  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  pagan/dark  ambient  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Udarmani"  "Nornaskapur"  and  "Aska".  8  out  of  10. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

All Else Fails/The Forever Lie/2017 EP Review


  Alberta,  Canada's  All  Else  Fails  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  melodic  death  metal,  metalcore  and  experimental  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "The  Forever  Lie"  which will  be  released  in  February.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  a  heavier  metalcore  style  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  after  awhile  growling  vocals  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  high  pitched screams  which  also gives  the  music  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  clear  vocals  are  also  used  at  times.

  Elements  of  groove  metal,  djent  and  mainstream  radio  rock  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  and  old  school  hardcore  influences  can  be  heard  as  well  as  some  shouting  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  track  also  brings  in  spoken  word  samples.

  On  this  recording  All  Else  Fails  moves  away  from  the  experimental  elements  and  focuses  more  on  a  melodic  metalcore  style  that  also  mixes  in  influences  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  decent  sounding  recording  from  All  Else  Fails  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  death  metal  and  metalcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beneath  The  Waves"  and  "Terracide".  7/5  out  of  10. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Clark Ashton Smith/The Muse Of Hyperborea/Cadabra Records/2017 LP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  reading  from  Clark  Ashton  Smith  which  is  done  by  S.T  Joshi  who  reads  some  poems  from  this  author  along  with  a  soundtrack  once  again  being  provided  by  S.T  Joshi  with  the  album  being  called  "The  Mask  Of  Hyperboarea"  which  was  also  released  by  Cadabra  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  that  deal  with  a  harlot  and  the  readings  are  very  poetic  and  after  awhile  the  poems  start  getting  more  dark  and  occult  along  with  some  mythological  references  as  well  as  being  scientific  at  times  while  the  soundtrack  music  adds  in  an  avant  garde  touch.

  Some  of  the  poems  have  a  science  fiction  style  to  them  along  with  a  touch  of  gothic  horror  and  most  of  the  poems  are  very  short  in  length  and  some  pagan  orientated  references  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  some  of  the  stories  also  bring  in  a  very  tragic  feeling  and  after  awhile  the  soundtrack  music  brings  in  a  touch  of  industrial  while  the  narrations  mixed  in  with  the  music  gives  the  readings  a  very  haunting  atmosphere  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  stories  start  getting  more  philosophical  while  later  poems  bring  in  romantic  and  lost  continents  themes.

  S.T  Joshi  creates  another  very  haunting  narration  of  Clark  Ashton  Smith's  writings  while  this  time  focusing  more  of  his  poetic  works  and  Theologian  sticks  to  the  dark  ambient  style  they  have  established  on  previous  soundtracks  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding   recording  of  the  writings  from  Clark  Ashton  Smith  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  poetry,  science  fiction,  gothic  horror  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10. 

Twinesuns Interview

> 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Hey, I am Christian from Twinesuns and Shitshifter. Me and Florian formed Twinesuns out of the desire to make music together. We know each other for a long time but didn´t have the time to form a band in a classic lineup. Because of that, we choose to just perform as a duo. While we recorded our first album „The Leaving“ we realized, that we needed some more low-end and depth to the music so we asked Renzo from Abraham (whom I have known before) to play Moog. After the recordings he joined as a regular member.
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> 2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Well, it´s two very low tuned guitars, a ton of amps, cabinets, pedals and a bunch of vintage moog synthezisers. We play very slow music, mostly without any rhythm and with no precise timing. It´s all about the atmosphere, the volume and the emotion of the music. Our songs are very long and I think, the beauty of this type of music lays in all the fine details. The breackup of a feedback, the modulation of a delay or the evolution of sub-harmonic standing waves - that is what our music is about. A big part of the music on THE EMPIRE NEVER ENDED is the production. We recorded the album live in one room to keep that raw live feeling. We worked with Raphael Bovey as a producer on this record and he did and awesome job! I think, the production contributes a lot on the overall vibe of the music.
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> 3.So far most of the music has been instrumental but you had a little bit of vocals on the new album, are you planning on expanding with that in the future?
This short vocal part was recorded right at the end of the recording sessions for THE EMPIRE NEVER ENDED. It was more of a spontaneous idea. I don´t think that we will expand on this in the future.
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> 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Twinesuns‘?
The name comes from a german poem by Paul Celan who is one of the most important german poets of the post-WWII-era. He wrote a piece named „Fadensonnen“ (Twinesuns in english). Another very famous piece he wrote is the „Todesfuge“. I am very much into german poetry and Paul Celan is an all time favorite of mine. We struggled pretty hard to find a good name for this band and Twinesuns was something we all liked from a phonetic and atmospheric standpoint.
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> 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 don´t play to many shows because it is pretty hard to find a good environment for this type of music. People usually want to party on a Friday night and not listen to some super slow music with almost zero tempo.
My personal favorite was the show we played with Eagle Twin last year. These dudes are one of the best bands of our time plus they are super nice dudes. We have no special stage show like Sunn O))) or something like that.
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> 6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yeah, we have some shows planed already. We hope to play some shows in Switzerland next year and even some in Germany. But I don´t see us becoming a full touring band because everybody in this group is pretty busy with other stuff. Playling live with this band is a logistic nightmare because we have so much gear to move. On stage we use  tons of equipment, probably enough to suit three bands.
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> 7.The new album came out on 'Pelagic Records', are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
I think it is pretty amazing that they signed us. We are a very small band that just played a handful of shows and I think, the label still proves to sign bands they really like. Robin has a pretty wide taste in music and he was pretty into our music right from the beginning. I am glad they choose to take the risk and work with us.
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> 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ambient, drone and doom metal?
I really don´t know because I do not care too much about what people think about what we do. The music we make is pretty far out and I think, most people will get pretty bored by the lack of rhythm. We got some pretty good reviews on our first record „The Leaving“ but to be honest, I don´t even read them all.


> 9.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
We have some plans for recording some new music but I have no clue when that will happen. We are pretty open to collaborate with other artists but as I said earlier, we all are pretty busy.
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> 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?
In my opinion everything you listen to, affects the music you play. I can´t speak for the other guys but I have a very wide taste in music. Of course I am into bands like Sunn O))), Sleep or Earth but I also like stuff like the new Sumac, Deathspell Omega, Converge, Trap Them or even Black Flag. As I said, my taste is pretty wide.
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> 11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Florian does a lot martial arts and learns japanese just for fun. He also runs a youtube channel about different kinds of sports.  Renzo is very much into Si-Fi literature and is pretty busy with his other band Abraham. For me, there is pretty much no non-musical-life. I have a lot of interests but I don´t put to much effort into it. I play in another band named SHITSHIFTER and we are about to release our second album. This band is pretty much the opposite of Twinesuns. We play music in the vain of early Dismember, Napalm Death, Neurosis or Black Flag.


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> 12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for checking out our music we really appreciate your interest in what we do.

Picture Ann/Katarsis/Floodgate Moods Productions/2017 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Denmark's  Picture  Ann  which  is  done  in  more  of  a  dungeon  synth  style  and  the  ep  is  called  "Katarsis"  and  was  released  by  Floodgate  Moods  Productions.

  Ambient  style  syths  start  off  the  ep  and  also  gives  the  music  an  ambient  feeling  along  with  some  touches  of  dungeon  synth  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  recording after  awhile and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  while  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  the  last  track  is  more  organic  and  experimental.

  On this  recording  Picture  Ann  plays  a  style  of  dungeon  synth  which  also  uses  acoustic  guitars which  also  adds  some  originality  to  the  genre  while  everything  remains  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  ep  from  Picture  Ann  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED TRACK  "The  Speer Cathedral".  8  out  of  10.

Picture Ann/Imperial/Floodgate Moods Productions/2017EP Review


  Denmark's  Picture  Ann  have  returned  with  another  recording  which  continues  the  experimental,  ambient,  dungeon  synth  and  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Imperial"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Moods  Productions.

 Classical guitars  start off the  ep  along with  some  atmospheric  sounds  in  the  background  before  adding  in  some  ambient  style  synths  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  experimental  elements.

  A  touch  of  psychedelia  can  be  heard  briefly  and  traces  of  dungeon  synth  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  music being  instrumental  and  programmed  drum  beats  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs and  the  last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Picture  Ann  creates  a  recording  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  ambient  this  time  around  while  still h hing  traces  of  dungeon  synth  and  adding  in  more  classical  guitars  and  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very dark. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is another  great  sounding  recording  from  Picture  Ann  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Conquest".  8  out  of  10.