Friday, February 17, 2017

Gridfailure/Hostile Alchemy/2017 EP Review


  Gridfailure  are  a  musical  project  from  New  York  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a a  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  industrial  and  dark  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Hostile  Alchemy"  which  will  be  released  in  March.

  Drones  and  ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  nad the  synths  and  power  electronics  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  darker  style  and  elements  of  industrial  and  hardcore  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  very ritualistic  vibe  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Traces  of  harsh  noise  are  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  aggressive  industrial  style  vocals  while  a  couple  of  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  ep  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  diverse  along  with  a  few  instrumentals  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  demonic  growls  and  grim  screams  which  add  in  touches  of  black  and  death  metal  and  there  is  also  session  work  from  certain  members  of  Wolvhammer,  Vastum,  the Company  Corvette,  Bellringer,  Those  Damn  Gnomes  and  Megalophobe. 

  Gridfailure  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  experimental,  ambient,  industrial  and  dark  hardcore  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  telepathy  and  alchemy.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great  sounding  recording  from  Gridfailure  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  ambient,  industrial  and  dark  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unvieled  Abyss'  "Mannequins"  "Scourge  Telepathy"  and  "Hostile  Alchemist".  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, February 16, 2017

daRKRam Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

This is my first dark ambient black metal project. It is since twenty years that I work in different music fields, from avanguarde jazz to rock, to musical improvisations and experimentation's, I have always loved dark, doom and black metal textures and I told myself that it would have been wonderful to realize this particular sound with my instrument, without the use of synthesizers but only trumpet and flugelhorn connected to my effects pedal board and my amplifiers. It was a wonderful and very exciting challenge.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

“Stone and Death” has a cavernous and deep sound, and it seems to me like living in an underwater and totally dark space. Then, occasionally, you bump into fantastic figures that impose themselves on the way and that way, is a musical writing that reminds the Richard Wagner or Shostakovich’s brass sections.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the concept that is presented on the album?

The concept of the album was born from a thought, the image of being submerged by an hallucinating catastrophe, a devastation by stones and then, being buried for a long time and after seventy years you wake up and find yourself alive with a new role, a new work, you embrace corpses keeping everything in order and clean.

4.All of the songs on the album have no vocals or traditional metal instruments, are you open to working with those features on albums?

I wanted the album to be an introspective work, a very long and suspended mood. I also wanted it to bring the listener to a subterranean dimension, almost to trance, this is why I haven’t included distracting elements. I actually wrote a text for each of the tracks that, throughout the live set, will be recorded by an actor and added to the music. The album will be published in a digital support on February 26th, 2017 and also in a numbered edition of a 66 copies media book, a kind of breviary with photographs and all texts translated in six languages including the cd, everything in a total black style. I would absolutely like to work and collaborate with black metal musicians adding other instruments to the compositions, I’m already thinking about such a collaboration.

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

The ram has always been a black metal icon animal; moreover “ram” is the initial part of my name, Ramon. Dark + Ram, I think it’s a perfect pseudonym, isn’t it?

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, do you feel this adds to the creativity that is presented on the recording?

It’s since many years that I use a unique set for my instrument, meaning that I connect my trumpet to my pedal board with guitar effects and to my very powerful amplifiers. This approach brings my creativity to the maximum level and in this project I have brought it to the limit allowing myself the opportunity to explore extreme sounds and experimenting continuously. Without any brag or arrogance, I believe this is absolutely a unique project in this musical field, done from a classical instrument such as the trumpet.



7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of dark ambient and black metal?

Like in all musical genres I think that we must dare more and more, move on, open our mind and explore new ways, this is valid for everyone, both making or listening music.

8.What is going on with some of your other musical projects these days?

I’ve just published the original sound track from the film “I Cormorani” with my friend and colleague Paolo Spaccamonti, guitarist; I’m working to new material with the “3quietmen”, the trio I am playing with since twenty years and I am also playing in a duo of electronic music with an other trumpeter, Giorgio Li Calzi. Additionally I was thinking in these days, that I would like to use the same set of “Stone and Death” to arrange some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s scores, another interesting challenge!

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

In the future I see myself as a musician beyond all categories, collaborating with uncommon and unique  musicians, which are abstracts and afar from rules. I see myself placing my style and my music in unusual locations, interacting with other forms of art such as cinema, dance, contemporary art.

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 artist that I have always been influenced by - both in music and life - is Miles Davis. Jazz in my artistic career as a musician has always been important. I have listened and listen to different genres, from rock to metal to classical music. I do really think that everything comes from classical music and I keep listening to it. Then, I love obsessive moods and extreme sounds, I very much like Burzum, Wolves in The Throne Room, Mayhem, Nortt, Ulver, Leviathan.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love driving and high speed. I like traveling to wastelands, with few humans. I love animals, in particular dogs. I like ham and Philadelphia rolls and beer.

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

I’d like people to be more introspective and taciturn.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Sleepwalker Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

This is a one man project, some times I have guest musicians. Original tracks have been prepared for my other project. But in the process they sounded different and I decided to release it under Sleepwalker. Many times I think about a new project and this is time to realize all my ideas through Sleepwalker.



2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

The sound is very cinematic, like soundtrack. But not the soundtrack to the film, as well as the soundtrack to the existence of a certain time. I am used to many different instruments brought from different places of the world. Just a lot of experimental tools that I'll do for themselves. Ritual instruments, noise/industrial tools. Many field recordings from different places around the world. And we have guitar dark ambient/drone music with spiritual and ritual vision.



3.All of your music is instrumental, are you planning on using vocals in the future?

I am working on a new full album, maybe 1-2 tracks will  have some vocals.



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

one of the most difficult, stressful periods of life I have had frequent insomnia, failures in time. I simply did not remember that it was a few days ago, or thought it was a dream or some kind of fantasy. Given the fact that I do not drink alcohol, drugs. It had been months of travel in dreams. Crazy journey. And at some moment I read the book, then looking for a filmography of the directors (i
I write music for films very often). And time after time I came across the phrase about sleepwalking, insomnia. So the idea was born.



5.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

Yes, I play.but not often, because my shows have been very difficult video,light installations. I have a few shows on festivals. And we are working on European tour.



6.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Fen', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

Few times we where talking with the band about ideas, sound. And decide working together, i sent to them my demo tracks, they send me. 4 moths we working on this split. Music is built in such a way that from track to track is strengthening the atmosphere,emotions. This is complex work. And Fen band very very good musicians, professional band with good future. They have unique sound.



7.The split was released on 'Ksenza Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

I know this label  from their start, I have helped  Ksenza with distribution and production of some releases. And first Sleepwalker release they do on  7”. I like this label and their idea and position.



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of dark ambient and drone?

We have good feedback from other labels, dark ambient community, this split top seller on other labels.



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

I am working on a new album and tours. time will tell.



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?

I listen many music styles: raw black metal, doom death, classical music, dark jazz. I have a big collection. You can check it on my personal Instagram page https://instagram.com/sleepwal ker_drone



11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Some reviews on my music are common names like occult rock, occult ambient. Its not right, I tell about spirituality, about music like a ritual and my spiritual contact with sound and instruments, when I create this like a trance, astral journey on another side, i don’t hear around me nobody. I can sit down with my instruments in the morning and to wake up in the evening, did not understand what happened. This is not normal, but who said that all musicians are normal? Occultism it is primarily a personal experience. no one can tell you how it should be. Only give a way, like a teacher. And then it all depends on your strength and energy and power of mind.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Books, many many books, I have a big library, thousands books. You can check it on my page too) .Traveling and hard physical trainings. 



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

Thanx for this interview. And listen music because its journey to another realms.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Crawling/Anatomy Of Loss/Grindscence Records/2017 CD Review


  The  Crawling  are  a  band  from  Northern  Ireland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  with  some  black  metal  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Anatomy  Of  Loss"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Grindscence  Records.

  Melodic  riffing  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  presented  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Some of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  slow  riffing  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal  along  with  a  great  amount  of  early  90's  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  rain  and  thunder  sounds  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  The  Crawling  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  doom  and  death  metal  mixture  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  loss,  regret,  and  despondency  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Crawling  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  doom/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Poison  Orange"  and  "The  Right  to  Call".  8  out  of  10.  

       

Saturday, February 4, 2017

daRKRam/Stone ANd Death/Club Inferno Ent./2017 CD Review

  daRKRam  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a black  metla  influenced  form  of dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Stone  And  Death"  which  will  be  released  on  February  26th  by  Club  Inferno  Ent. .

  Dark  ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  and  trumpets  are  also  used  as  a  lead  instrument  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  feeling  and  touches  of  harsh  noise  can  lsao  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a great  amount  of  black  metal  influences.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  influences  of  classical  music  and  all  of  the  songs  are  instrumental  and  a  great  amount  of  drone  elements  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  and  they  also  have  a  distorted  effect  that  is  close to  a  guitar  sound  and  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  at  times.

  daRKRam  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient  and  mixes  it  with  neo-classical,  experimental  and  black  metal  to  create  a sound  of  his  own  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  daRKRam  is  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  influenced dark  ambient  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inner  Need"  "Reaction  To  Conflict"  "Evolution"  and  "Inner  Essence".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Infected Fetus/I Have Spoken To God...He Has Abandoned Us/Grey Matter Productions/2016 Cassette Review


  Infected  Fetus  are  a duo  from t he  United  States  that  plays  an  experimental  mixture  of  death  industrial  and  harsh  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  compilation  album  "I  Have  Spoken  To God...He  Has  Abandoned  Us"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Grey  Matter  Productions.

  Harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  start  off  the  cassette  along  with  some  experimental  elements  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  adds  in  touches  of  industrial  and  programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  field  recordings  and  drones  along  with  some  loops  and  voices  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a lo-fi  atmosphere.

  Infected  Fetus  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  experimental,  death  industrial  and  harsh  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi.

  In  my  opinion  Infected  Fetus  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  death  industrial  and  harsh  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Murder  Noise"  and  "Trails  Of  Decay".  8  out  of  10. 

Raven/Neoliberal Dictatorship/Grey Matter Productions/2016 EP Review


 Raven  are  a  solo  project  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  power  electronics  and  harsh  noise  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  ep  "Neoliberal  Dictatorship"  which  was  released  by  Grey  Matter  Productions.

  Harsh  power  electronics  and  brutal  noises  start  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  distortion  and  reverb  and  the  music  also  brings  in  the  brutality  of  noisecore  while  also  adding  in  an  avant  garde  and  experimental  approach  to  harsh  noise  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  while  also  having  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  death  industrial.

  Raven  plays  a  style  of  harsh  noise  that  is  very  raw  and   brutal  sounding  while  also  being  all  instrumental,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  anarchism,  animal  liberation,  Anti  fascism,  veganism,  and  environmental  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Raven  are  a  very  great  sounding  harsh  noise  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Neoliberal  Dictatorship"  and  "Millions  Of  Dead".  8  out  of  10.