Friday, March 17, 2017

Picture Ann/Murder(VoxRemix)/Floodgate Mood Productions/2017 Single Review


  Denmark's  Picture  Ann  have  returned  with  a  track  that  is  in  the  ambient  metal  style  while  also  having  vocals  form  the  former  vocalist  of  Limbonic  Art  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  single  "Murder(VocRemix)"  which  was  released  by  Floodgate  Moods  Productions.

  Drum  programming  and  post  rock  style  playing starts  off  the  song  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  grim  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  while  electric  guitars  and  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  and a ll  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  melodic  singing.

  With  this  song  Picture  Ann  plays  a  style  that  takes  post  rock  and  ambient  and  mixes  it  with  a  black  metal  influence  to  create  an  original  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyric  cover  darkness  and  murder  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Picture  Ann  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-mix.  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gridfailure/Mealophobe/Dendritic/2017 Collabration Album Review


  Gridfailure  are  a  musical  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  he  teams  with  Megalophobe  a  solo  project  to  create  an  ambient  noise  mixture  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Dendritic"  which  will  be  released  in  April.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitar  playing  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  post  rock  while  theremins  along  with   loops  and  pedal  effects  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  experimental  and  avant  garde    while  the  synths  and  keys  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements  along  with  a  great  majority  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  traces  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  electric  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  Gridfailure  and  Megalaphobe  creates  a  recording  that  takes  dark  ambient,  noise  and  experimental  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi  sounding.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  joint  effort  from  Gridfailure  and  Megalaphobe  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient,  experimental  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Opportunistic  Twilight  Predation"  "A  Corpse  At  Every  Funeral"  and  "An  Ode  Across  Dimensions".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Common Eider, King Eider Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about the band? I started in 2006 as a solo project and decided it was going to be the last project I start. I also decided that I would be working on this project for the rest of my life. Over the years it has opened up to be collective of sorts, with various members participating and being involved as much or little as they see fit.


2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings? Vulnerability. Exposed. Most recordings used on the releases are first takes, often recorded with a cell phone. I feel like that is the time things are most unsure and dangerous sonically. There is something truthful in it to me.

3.What are some of the themes and images you bring out with your music? Some themes revolve around the concept of extinction. Those already lost, and those losing the battle of the extinction crisis we are currently witnessing. Loss, and having nothing left to lose.

4.According to the fb page you are both politically and environmently active, can you tell us a little bit more about it? Common Eider, King Eider is in direct opposition to the Trump Administration. We are against racism, fascism, bigotry, misogyny, and xenophobia. We celebrate diversity. We celebrate and advocate for women's rights, LGBT rights, houseless people's rights, environmental protection, and indigenous rights and indigenous land struggles. We celebrate creation through destruction.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Common Eider, King Eider'? I liked the image in my mind of how the words common and king were used to compare to equally beautiful birds. Neither word means anything, we are all simple and majestic, humble and powerful.

6.What are some of the best shows that you have done so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? We are incorporating much more collaborative ritual these days, and it feels really good. we are concerned with raising energy and directing that energy towards  a destination. Collaborative ritual has worked well to achieve this.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? 4/11 Berlin
4/12 Amsterdam
4/13 Lille
4/14 Diksmuide
4/15 Paris
4/16 Nantes
4/17 Tolouse
4/18 Lyon
4/19 Basel
4/20 Bruxelles
4/21 Rotterdam
4/22 Leipzig
4/23 Poznan

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the quests you have had on your new album and their contributions?

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of underground music? Very supportive from a wide demographic.... fans of black metal, academia, experimental... all ages and backgrounds. I have been really inspired talking with folks after gatherings.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? Large choir pieces are on the horizon.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays? Arvo Part, Donald Miller, Draugurrin, Forndom

12.What are some of your non musical interests? Reading, spending time in Alaska. Trying to weed capitalism and patriarchy out of my life. Screen printing.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Take care of each other, protect those who need help, be ready for anything..... Black ash rains down upon us.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Common Eider, King Eider/Shrines For The Unwanted, Respite For The Cast Aside/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 CD Review


  Common  Eider,  King  Eider  are  a  band  from  San  Francisco,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  ritual,  and  blackened  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Shrines  For The  Unwanted, Respite  For  The  Cast  Aside"  which will  be  released  in  April  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some ambient  style  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  and  after  awhile  percussion's  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  drones.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  all  instrumental  while grim  black  metal  vocals  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  adding  in  a  more  experimental  and  avant  garde  touch  along  with  the  tracks  bringing  in  a  more  ritualistic  atmosphere  along  with  a  brief  use  of  melodic Gregorian  chants  and  the  last  song  was  recorded  live.

  Common  Eider,  King  Eider  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  drone,  dark  ambient,  and  ritual  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  Occultism  and  Rituals.  

  In  my  opinion  Common  Eider,  King  Eider  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  mixture  of  drone,  ritual  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of those  musical  genres,  you  should  check out  this  band.   RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dark  Winter" and  "Litha".  8  out  of  10.

Funeral Tears/Beyond the Horizon/Satanath Records/Cimeerian Shade Recordings/2017 CD Review


  Funeral  Tears  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Beyond  the  Horizon"  which  will  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  more  heavy  and  melodic  funeral  doom  metal  style  and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of the  music.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a  very  depressive  yet  melodic  fashion  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  music  also  alternates  between  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  always  sticking  to  a very  slow  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  a brief  use  of  post  metal  elements.

  Funeral  Tears  plays  a  style  of  funeral  doom  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  and  post  metal, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  spiritual  balance  and  inner  peace  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Tears  are  a  very  great  sounding  funeral  doom  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Breathe" and  "Beyond  the  Horizon'.  8  out  of  10.  

  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Viscera///'3/Release Yourself Through Desperate Rituals/WOOAARRGH/2017 CD Review


  Viscera///  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  experimental  and  psychedelic  form  of  post  metal with  touches  of  black  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "'3/Release  Yourself  Through  Desperate  Rituals"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  WOOAAARGH.

  High  pitched  blackened  sludge  screams  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  and  melodic  chanting  a  few  seconds  later  and  most of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Elements  of  crust  and  grindcore  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  more  melodic  post  metal  approach  while  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  slower  sections  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  melodic  singing  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  crust/hardcore  style  back  up  shouts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic  elements  while  other  tracks  also  bring  in  experimental  and  avant  garde  touches  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  radio  station  samples.

  On  this  recording  Viscera///  takes  experimental,  psychedelia,  crust,  grind,  black,  doom,  sludge  and  post  metal  and  mixes  them together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Viscera///  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  psychedelia,  crust,  grind,  black,  doom,  sludge  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Uber-Massive  Melancholia"  and  "In  the  Cut".  8  out  of  10.

Beyond Belief/The Demos 1991-1992/Terror From Hell Records/2017 Compilation Album Review

 Beyond  Belief  where  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  played  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  a  2017  compilation  that  was released  by  Terror  From  Hell  Records and  consists  of  their  demos  from 1991  and  1992.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  compilation  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  doom  metal  direction  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  and  depressive  sounding  melodies and  after  awhile  deep  death  metal  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  compilation  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  along  with  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  some  of  the  grim  screams  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  synths  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  one  song  also  introduces  clean  guitars  onto  the  compilation  and  the  second  demo  also  brings  in  the  same  style  as  the  first  recording  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  on  later  songs  the  riffing  starts  adding  in  a  more  mid  tempo  style.

  Beyond  Belief  played  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  that  was  very  much  ahead  of  its  time in  the  early  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  for  being  demo  recordings  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  depression,  and  melancholy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Beyond  Belief  where  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.   RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "God  Forsaken"  "Silent  Are  The  Holy"  "Shapes  Of  Sorrow"  and  "Timeless  Dark".  8  out  of  10.