Alastor – Blood on Satan’s Claw ep

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Alastor is a four piece, doom metal band from Sweden. Their new ep ”Blood on Satan’s Claw” was released on cassette format through Ljudkassett on October 31 and on digital format on November 15. Recorded by Magnus Sörensen at KulturVerkstan and mixed and mastered by Joona Hassinen at Studio Underjord, this ep includes two tracks. Bringing together doom metal and 70’s heavy space rock, the band through this ep delivers pure heaviness. The first track is called ”Blood on Satan’s Claw” and it is a dope track. Find here immense amounts of groove, heavily distorted guitars and really nice riffs. Second track is a cover on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s classic ”Bad Moon Rising”. I personally liked their version a lot and that’s because i feel that they brought this song to their own standards. So thumbs up for that. To sum it up, this is a really cool ep. I enjoyed it, i’m definitely down with it thus i’d like to recommend it. Specially recommended for fans of Windhand and Electric Wizard.

Interview with Ubiquity

Hi guys! How have you all been? Congratulations on your new album!

Hello, we are all fine and happy to be here, thank you very much for the opportunity and appreciation, we are glad that you liked the album

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Ubiquity is a project, indeed, a creature, born two years ago, when Leonardo (guitar) proposed to Alessio (ex-bass) to help him arrive and record his dark folk compositions, a very decadent stuff derived from the beautiful , dark poems Alessio wrote in his diary. Soon after, came the idea of ​​forming a real band, but there was a turning point in the genre that turned to the screamo / emoviolence distorted by the different influences and musical identities of the members. All this has come together in just a few months in our first full length, “Quiet in hopelessness” (Screamore, Dingleberry records). Shortly after the release of the album, we broke up due to the drummer’s departure (Marco) abroad and because the various members needed to devote themselves to several parallel projects that in the meantime had taken shape, but a few months later the creature reformed with new enthusiasm, new lineup and desire to experience new musical drifts, and here we are here haha.

What does the name Ubiquity represent?

The Ubiquity name represents the plurality of our music and our individual, personal and musical identities. We wanted to make music without barriers and everyone helped to put a different ingredient on the composite cauldron.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Each of us comes from a different scene and this has always been reflected on our music. While Leonardo (guitar) comes from most extreme listenings like Black metal, grindcore, crust on everyone, Davide (voice) is more inclined to all that have the “core” suffix at the end, Alessio (bass) devotes himself to rap and the screamo while Marco (drums) comes from a more experimental music background. In general, our sound does not have a specific reference band, but if I could mention some that undoubtedly influenced us during the composing / recording phase, i would say without a doubt all the Belgium scene of the church of Ra, as well as the european neo-crust scene (Fall of efrafa, Agrimonia) and post-metal post black and blackened hardcore (Downfall of Gaia, Light bearer, Tombs, Hope drone, Celeste, Hexis).

Where do you draw inspiration from?

For the new album, ‘Forever/ Denied‘, we were inspired, both musically and lyrically, by the natural quest for identity man, of a finite form that often leads us to an indecision and inner vacuum. In general, ours has always been a music moved from the most intimate feelings and deep inner search.

How would you define your sound?

I think that the phrase inside the album cover is explanatory in this case: “This is the vacuum inside and around us”.

Your new album ‘’Forever/ Denied’’ was recently released through Third I Rex. How did the recording sessions go? Are you pleased with the final outcome?

Yeah! we are very happy and pleased with both the work behind the mixing by Simone (Lo nardo, D.I.Y studio), who has managed perfectly to get the sound we were looking for, very dirty, with not too much bullshit, raw and atmospheric; and then the work done by Roberto (Mura, Third I Rex), one of the best people we have collaborated with so far, one who’s extremely helpful for his groups and has followed us excellently and consistently throughout the whole album’s creation and publishing process. Recording sessions were pretty fast and without too much pretense, we wanted the album to be as genuine and raw as possible, which is why we preferred the live recording to multitrack.

What are you listening to these days?

During this time we are not listening to anything specific, just a few Misery index and some new Hardcore releases . We fell in love with the new Amenra ‘Mass VI’ album , a fucking masterpiece of inner struggle and poetry , so dark! There are a number of new bands that flow well with us and we would like to share the stage, such as Dragged into sunlight and Abstracter.

Which are the black metal bands that you look up to?

Surely our music has more to do with the atmospheric wing of the genre, with echoes from both the French blackgaze scene (Lantlos, Alcest) and the USBM scene (Yellow eyes, Ustalost, Wolves in the throne room, Skagos, Ash borer, Addaura, etc.). In general, black metal in every form , has been a turning point for many of us.

Any live shows planned in the months to come?

For now no, we are concentrating on organizing some dates outside of Sardinia.

What does the future hold for Ubiquity?

Just in the last period we are trying to throw something down again, we are curious to see what shape it will take haha. Thanks again for the opportunity. We take the opportunity to greet and thank all those who helped us push what we do and who have supported us, who support us, who will do it in the future and all the bands that share a rich soul scene with us and who fight every day to pursue their passion trying to break through the sea barriers. Hail to Vultur, Simulacro, Unholy impurity, Abysso, Riflesso, Scornthroats, Charun, My own prison, Leshen, Drought and all those who continue to keep the faith.

 

Friendship – Hatred

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Friendship (also known as the Friendship Collective) is a powerviolence/ grindcore band from Japan. ”Hatred” is the band’s debut, full length album. It was released on the 3rd of November. Recorded in Tokyo and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, this album includes twelve tracks. Blending styles like powerviolence and crust punk the band delivers pure ferocity and brutality. From the very beginning you get to realize that this is going to get ugly. The album’s tracks are of course super fast but they slow down when they need to. ”Hatred” is of course heavy like hell. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. ”Hatred” is like a deep dive into pitch black, murky waters where evil lurks. Defnitely an album you need to experience. It’s like a punishing and relentless force that get’s unleashed through your speakers. I loved all tracks. It’s difficult for me to choose a favourite one. I’ll tell you what though. I’m always down with ttracks like ”Corrupt”. This one has been haunting my tracklist for some time now. Overall i would have to say that this is a solid album. In my opinion it is a 9 out of 10. I also believe that these guys have set the bar high on themselves. As for me, i enjoyed this album thus i’d like to recommend it. Specially recommended for fans of Nails, Wildspeaker, Λήθη, e.t.c. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Hatred”.

Strife – Live at the Troubadour

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Hardcore legends Strife will release ”Live at the Troubadour” album and dvd on the 24th of November through War records. The album was recorded live at the Troubadour in their hometown of L.A back in 2005. Recorded by John St. James, mixed by Mike Sarkisyan and Tommy Decker, and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Trapped Under Ice, Cavalera Conspiracy), this album includes eleven tracks. Quickly running through this album’s tracklist you can see that it includes some the band’s best tracks like ”Through and through” and ”Blistered”. I think if you’re a Strife fan you’re definitely gonna like this live album. This album also features the original line up of Strife, who by the way seem to be having a great time. My impression is that they gave it their all and i’m sure that the crowd had a blast. Wish i was there. As it has already been mentioned ”Live at the Troubadour” comes out on November 24. So just turn up the volume and listen to Strife.

Eye of Nix – Black Somnia

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Eye of Nix is a four piece band from Seattle. Formed back in 2012, they released their first full length album ”Moros” in 2015. Their new album ”Black Somnia” will be released on the 15th of December through Scry Recordings. Recorded and mixed by Billy Anderson at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon and mastered by Brad Boatwright, this album includes six tracks. So let’s see what we have here. The band’s music is a blend of different styles. Their music reminds me of a lot of things and nothing at the same time. Black metal and doom metal are strong inside this album though. Two words could perhaps describe ”Black Somnia” and these are ‘avant garde’. Trully experimental and dark, this album took me by surprise and that’s because you don’t come across albums like ”Black Somnia” that often. It begins with ”Wound and Scar”, a trully great track. ”Fear’s Ascent” is one of the highlights of this album. These two songs firstly revealed to me of how talented their vocalist Joy Von Spain is. I think she has some serious vocal skills. Well, i won’t lie to you, ”A Curse” is also an excellent song. Hauntingly beautiful, this song has become a dark necessity. ”Lull” is heavy as hell. I loved it. ”Toll on” is another highlight of this album. I mean, these vocals gave me the chills. There are some many emotions inside this track. This album comes to an end quite emphatically with ”Hideous Visage”. I personally liked all six tracks. In my opinion the band delivered. ”Black Somnia” is a solid album therefore it is highly recommended. As it has already been mentioned the album comes out on December 15. Here are two links where you can follow the band on facebook and check out their first album on bandcamp.

Converge – The Dusk In Us

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Five almost years after the release of their magnificent, previous full llength album ”All We Love We Leave Behind”, Converge are back with a new full length. Produced by Kurt Ballou, ”The Dusk In Us” was released on the 3rd of November. Previously this year the band had released a 7” single which included two tracks, ”I can tell you about pain” and ”Eve”. I want to say once again that ”Eve” is a killer song, probably one of my favourite Converge songs. It was high time though for a new full length. The awainting is over.

Converge is definitely not your typical kind of a band. I mean, we’re talking about a solid catalogue. In 2001 they released ”Jane Doe”, an album regarded by many people as one of the best albums of the 00’s. Since then they’ve been producing nothing else but excellent albums like ”Axe To Fall” and ”You Fail Me”.

So let’s check out Converge’s new album. Excited? Oh yes, i must confess i am. ”The Dusk In Us” includes thirteen tracks. It starts with a dope song called ”A Single Tear”. What a way to start an album! This song is simply great. Converge are back at it again! ”Eye of the Quarrel” is simply great as well and all i’m thinking is these guys are just doing their thing and they’re pretty damn good at it. The band had shared ”Under Duress” some months before. I haven’t changed my mind about this song at all. This song kills. I think the fans loved it as well. ”Arkhipov Calm” and ”I can tell you abou pain” are two cataclysmic songs. The simple thing you have to do is simply enjoy these songs. In ”The Dusk in us” the band flirts with post metal a lot and the outcome is simply excellent. I loved this song. In ”Wildlife” we witness another transition towards hardcore punk. The band decreases and then increaes the tense levels like bosses that they are. We have passed to the second part of this album. ”Murk & Marrow” lies in front of us. Once again it’s nothing less than epicness. ”Trigger” brought to mind a bit of Unsane. It’s certainly heavy as hell and a track you need to listen to. ”Broken by light” is a classic Converge track. You’ll love this one as well. Same goes for ”Cannibals”. ”Thousand of miles between us” is an awesome song. I think it’s one of the highlights of this album. Speaking of highlights, wait till you listen to ”Reptilian”. This is a huge song and that’s hands down.

Converge had warned us earlier this year about what’s going to happen. ”The Dusk In Us” is a great album, composed of thirteen great songs. I don’t know how they do it but they have simply done it once again. ”The Dusk In Us” gets a 9 out of 10. I loved this album and i simply want to recommend it. Here’s a link where you can listen to this album.