Reserving Dirtnaps – Part II

It’s a typical athenian afternoon. Well, not really. It’s been raining for the past two days. My coffee is finally ready and that means it’s time for a new review. Today we bring to you some heavy stuff. Reserving Dirtnaps are back with a new ep. I came across this band about two years ago when i was checking some bands on bandcamp. For those of you who don’t know let me just state that Reserving Dirtnaps is a hardcore band from the United States.

Their first album was overwhelmingly good. ”Part II” will be released on December 9. The band delivers six new tracks. First of all i’d like to comment on the album’s production because it simply sounds great. First track is called ”Reserving Dirtnaps”. This is a great track no doubt. ”Total War” is the track they premiered some days ago. And it’s by all means one hell of a track. It’s my personal favourite from this album. ”Slip to Dust” is another awesome track. Find here sharp riffs and concrete basslines.  ”Locked In” is the album’s fourth track. I loved its intro as well as the rest of the song. The way i see it ”Disposed to Remain” balances ideally between hardcore and extreme metal. It’s simply another great song. Same goes for ”Withdraw”, namely the album’s sixth and last song.

Ladies and gentlemen this is beatdown, metallic hardcore at its best. These guys have not lowered their standards at all. ”Part II” to me sounds fresh, inspired and incredibly heavy and to be honest i have nothing negative to say about it whatsoever. Definitely recommended for hardcore fans. Preorders are available at their bandcamp page. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Part II”.


Risk Relay – As We Descend

Risk Relay is a four piece band from the United States. ”As We Descend” is their new album. It was released last week, on the 18th of november. Six tracks are included in this release. So let us waste no more time. Let’s press play. The album’s first track is  called ”The Meeting” and for some reason Sonic Youth came to mind. Or maybe i’m totally wrong about this. I’m not sure. I’ll tell you what though. This is an intriguing song. Same goes for ”To the Signal”. ”Lonely the Converted Mind” is one the songs i singled out from this album. The other one is ”My Weight Disappearing”. This is a cool song no doubt. ”Healer Revealing” was just o.k for me. Neither hated it or loved it. ”Sea of Light” though is an excellent track. Six tracks form an album that’s worth checking out. Alternative, indie rock is the case here, sometimes a bit dysfunctional but overall i would have to say that ”As We Descend” could be a perfect soundtrack for a rainy afternoon like the one i’m having right now. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”As We Descend”.

Victims – Sirens

Victims is a four piece band from Stockholm, Sweden. I’m not a newcomer to this band. A few years ago a friend had recommended them to me. And when i found out that they had released a new album i must admit i became quite eager to listen to it. ”Sirens”, which was released back in april, is their latest album. Well, i caught wind of this release some months later but i guess it’s better late than never. Twelve tracks are included in this release. The band’s music combines hardcore punk, d-beat and crust. Motorhead is really strong in their music and that’s simply great. ”Sirens” sounds to me as heavy as it should be. I have to say i’m always down with this d-beat style that makes the music sound significantly raw and heavy as hell. I liked all of the album’s songs but if i should definitely choose a favourite song that would had to be either ”Questions” or ”Ashes”. Make no mistake though each song is enriched with high levels of hardcore punk energy. As for me, i personally enjoyed it and i would like to recommend it. Specially recommended for fans of Tragedy, Skitsystem, From Ashes Rise, Wolfbrigade, e.t.c. So if you’ re a fan of the bands listed before do yourself a favour and listen to ”Sirens”. Check out this link.

Art of Simplicity – When fables have a bitter taste

Art of Simplicity is a five piece band from Athens, Greece. On the 23rd of October, the band released their new album ”When fables have a bitter taste”. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Uprising Studios by Giannis Fasoulakis. Artwork was made by Giorgos Chras.

Six tracks are included in this album. This is actually a concept album and it is about childhood traumas and unfullfilled expectations. And i must admit, listening to this album trully feels like someone is telling you a story. In my opinion the band’s music is heavy, a bit experimental and in a way quite smooth. Apart from that, this album sometimes sounds a bit dark and esoteric. These six tracks sound definitely inspired and they’ re also good written songs. A thing that made an impression on me is definitely the band’s vocals. Christos Kounelis has some serious vocal skills. As for a favourite track, that would had to be ”Τέλος” (in greek it means end), namely the album’s sixth track.

Trying to sum it up i would have to say that i enjoyed this album. Thus i would like to recommend it. This is our suggestion for today. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”When fables have a bitter taste”.

Lago/ Calm Hatchery – Split

Lago is a four piece band from the United States. whereas Calm Hatchery is a four piece band from Poland. Both bands play death metal. The Lago/ Calm Hatchery split 7” will see release on December 2nd. Driven mainly by curiosity i decided to check out their stuff. Each band contributes with one track for this split album. First track is called ”Dominion” and it belongs to Lago. It’s a more than satisfying dose of brutal death metal. I sure as hell liked it and it’s definitely my favorite track from this split. Death metal fans should note this name. This band is called Lago. Second track of this split is called ”Distant Pulsation”. I’m down with this track as well for the simple reason that it incorporates everything you like about this music. I’m talking of course about stuff like blastbeats, sick guitar solos, and cool death metal growls. This is our suggestion for today. Check out these two bands: LagoCalm Hatchery

Worm Ouroboros – What Graceless Dawn

The sun rises in the east but this sunrise somehow feels bleaker than ever. We’re back today with another review. Worm Ouroboros is a three piece band from the United States. ”What Graceless Dawn”, which will be released this december, is going to be their third full length album. It was recorded and mixed at Oakland’s Earhammer Studios by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Pallbearer, Noothgrush).

The first thing that made a big impression on me is the album’s front cover art. What i actually said to my self is ”this has to be good”. And this intuition of mine proved to be correct. ”What Graceless Dawn” includes six tracks but for me it’s one song cut to six parts. The band’s music is of course heavy and deeply emotional. It’s full of strong emotions as it is also what someone might call layered music. This mesmerising madrigal will make you dream and perhaps get you lost in an imaginery, epic world. A tragedy has taken place there where the ouroboros has devoured its own tail. That’s how Pythia must have sounded when she realized that the sun god had abandonded Delphi. Yes, i’m talking about the band’s vocals. Lorraine Rath and Jessica Way sound deeply mournful but they certainly have beautiful voices. It’s definitely a key element to the album’s enchanting atmosphere. Don’t ask of me for a favourite track. Listen to this album from the beginning till the end.

”What Graceless Dawn” is an hour of pure dirge. Make no mistake though. It’s a great album. Six songs that talk about despair, bliss, things that once were and now they’re lost. Until the album’s release, check out this link.

Interview with Dan H from Pyramido

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Dan H: This band is called Pyramido, we´re a bunch of idiots from southern Sweden and this band was formed back in 2006.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Dan H: I can only speak for myself and for me I would say my main influences are music with strong melodies, music with youthful aggressiveness and left wing politics.

How would you define your sound?

Dan H: Heavy, emotional music with roots firmly based in hardcore and sludge.

Is there a particular concept behind ‘’Vatten’’ you would like to discuss?

Dan H: No. I´m really sorry to let you down (?), but there really ain´t. We´ll leave that to the people listening to the record.

How did you decide to write songs in swedish instead of english?

Dan H: Ronnie had written one set of lyrics for a split we did way back and for “Saga” he decided to pick it up again. Turned out it sounded better, there´s a different and more interesting pace to the singing since we switched to swedish.

What’s your favourite way of enjoying music? What would you choose between physical and digital format?

Dan H: I like to listen to music early in the morning with the kids while preparing breakfast. It´s a nice tradition. I also like to listen to music when I´m riding my bike. To restless to listen to music in a focused sense when I´m just chilling at home.

What are you listening to these days?

Dan H: All kinds of stuff. Right now I´m really into Turnstile, I think they´re the future! I’ve been listening to this rapper from NYC called KA, real loner type of music, lots of Cro-Mags and that kinda bully hardcore, Lana Del Rey in the early mornings. And a lot of Oasis!

Any live shows planned for the rest of this year?

Dan H: YES!! Only one though.

What does the future hold for Pyramido?

Dan H: I guess touring freezing squats around Europe and maybe a new record for 2017.