Interview with Bangladeafy

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Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

We started Bangladeafy in October 2009.

Jon: Our first few songs were written and rehearsed in a warehouse I was working in, after work hours.

What does the name ‘’Bangladeafy’’ represent?

Jon: Bangladeafy is a compound word combining Atif’s Bangladeshi heritage and my exaggerated hearing loss.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Jon: I am heavily inspired by electronic music and try to imitate the sounds and patterns reserved for electronic music as best as I can using the bass. Not to mention some of our most recently written material is 100% live synth.

Atif: Buddy Rich. I studied out of his rudiments book out of the gate and it’s foundation still surfaces every day.

How would you define your sound?

Jon: Frenetic and loud live drums, synth and bass, enjoyable by musicians and non-musicians alike.

Given that you are an instrumental band, how did you give your songs the song titles you did?

Jon: We usually find a common ground as to what kind of scenario we would hear the finished song in, in terms of a soundtrack. Other times, we’ll create something with it’s own indefinable characteristics and just slap a sarcastic title on it.

This year you released your new album ‘’Narcopaloma’’. How did the recording sessions go?

Atif: It was fun but difficult at times. It’s always hard to get things just right.

Jon: We picked up things we learned from the previous record and adjusted or improved accordingly. For example, the bass on the last record was all modeled digitally. Narcopaloma was primarily recorded with the live bass rig. I also took a more subtle approach to fleshing out the atmosphere which I think in turn had a stronger impact than the upfront layers on The Briefcase.

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Is there a concept behind the album you would like to discuss?

Jon: Narcopaloma (meaning drug dove) was a buzzword that was floating around Central America after a Costa Rican prison was found to have had trained pigeons flying in and out of it carrying contraband, mostly drugs. I thought it would be a clever but esoteric description for how we wrote/recorded most of this album, which was by sending each other “contraband” audio via email. It’s worth mentioning that the cover artwork is the closeup of a pigeon’s neck feathers that I had a talented friend of mine take using a special camera lens.

What inspires you the most?

Atif: Getting destroyed by great bands.

Jon: Anything that spews raw energy without imitating something that came before.

What are you listening to these days?

Atif: A lot of vintage punk.

Jon: Aside from diving into this new Nine Inch Nails Ep that just came out i’ve also been blasting Brokespeak by Strobes and this band from Philadelphia called Mage Hand has an incredible EP called Blow Up The Moon that’s been on steady repeat. So much great music came out this year!

Any live shows planned for the rest of this year?

Jon: We’re done for 2016, but 2017 holds some possible regional touring.

What does the future hold for Bangladeafy?

Jon: We already have another batch of songs ready for the studio, drum tracking has already begun. Possible 2017 release! It’s way down the line but worth hinting that National and International touring are our long term goals for 2018-2019. We are only a 2 piece so funding this band is not easy, so I’d like to think that we are a slow burner.

Martyrdöd – List

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Ladies & gentlemen,
last November, November the 25th, one of our favorite bands in the blog, the swedish Martyrdöd released their 6th full album ”List”. In my opinion that was one of the most awesome & unexpected surprises of the dreadful year 2016. List is a 36 minutes must-have, must-listen, 10 to 10 crust album, that incorporates elements of older Martyrdöd albums such as gigantic sierras of blackened crust sounds straight from the dark earth of Göteborg, along with newer elements found in the latest works of the band, such as melodic riffs and metal solos, enhancing the experience. The solos are developing on top of the unstoppable d-beat battery of Martyrdöd, unleasing the attack. An attack that cannot be evaded, an attack so relentless & so exceptional that cannot be described in words. They totally raised the bar & the expectations to a different level, and that is what exactly we need’ bands to push their limits in different dimensions, allowing the scene to develop even more, to destroy stereotypes & norms. List is exactly that.

In my opinion almost all tracks are exceptional, but the ones I could single out from the rest for the one or the other reason, are the tracks “1 Overlevaren “, “2. List”, “7.Handlöst fallen ängel”, “10. Transmission”. I am really excited that Martyrdöd will participate in Deathfest 2017 in Tilburg, Netherlands and i will have the opportunity to watch them perform live. You should also do the same, go check them out wherever they perform! And of course feel free to support them through Bandcamp.

Remember that we, the fans, are the ones that feed the bands (in any means) to develop & refine their art.
Cheers!
Kaze

Martyrdöd List in Bandcamp

Budgrief – Demo 2016

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Happy holidays to all! We’ re back today with another review. Actually this is our last review for this year. I’ d like to think that we’ve reviewed some of the best albums the underground has to offer. We also missed many albums. There’s no doubt about that. Rest assure though in 2017 we’ re gonna have more reviews and interviews for you. Let’s close this year with a relatively new band. Budgrief is a three piece band from Brighton, U.K. This november they released a two track demo. It was mixed and mastered by Sam Lilley and the artwork was done by Joey Pearson. The band’s music is an exciting blend of sludge/ doom metal, hardcore and some crust punk. And what does this mean? This means that their music is seriously heavy. And it is definitely promising. Here you’ ll find very nice riffs as well as some cold vocals. I love how they literally sing their hearts out. As for a favorite song? I liked both of them but ”Scum” is one hell of a song. I’m definitely down with this sludge. I must say i enjoyed this album. Thus i’d like to recommend it. Head to their bandcamp page and show this band some love.

Mirrors for Psychic Warfare – Mirrors for Psychic Warfare

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We’ re just a week before the new year’s eve. Today we’ re back with a new review. I thought it would be a good idea to talk about an experimental album. Mirrors for Psychic Warfare is a collaboration between two members, namely Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and Sanford Parker (Buried at Sea). Their first album ”Mirrors for Psychic Warfare” was released back in April by Neurot Recordings. Five tracks are included in this release. As i have already said the band’s music is quite experimental. Their music blend contains key ingredients like industrial, noise, drone and dark wave. And, yes, it definitely works. This album gave me a rather dark, cold taste. In my opinion it’s an album that you can easily call it a bit claustrophobic and esoteric. This is for sure layered music with a certain sense of charm if you will. It’s an album that will not reveal its secrets to you that easy. You need to give it a listen some times before you start feeling confident that you finally understood what it’s about. Even if you don’t fully understand it i can assure you this album is a hell of a ride. Personally it made me think about stuff and it also made me dream. So just sit back and listen to this album. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Mirrors for Psychic Warfare”.

10 essential sludge albums

Today i wanted to give you a list of ten essential sludge albums. Well, there are more than 100 essentials but today i’m gonna give you ten of them. Which albums are your essentials? Feel free to leave a comment in the comment section. So, here goes. Albums go in no significant order:

Iron Monkey – Our problem

Isis – Oceanic

Eyehategod – Dopesick

Crowbar – Equilibrium

Neurosis – A sun that never sets

Floor – Dove

Cavity – Supercollider

Uneartly Trance – Season of seance, science of silence

Grief – Dismal

Bongzilla – Amerijuanican

Noyades – Go Fast

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We’ re back with yet another review. The sun is shining, the weather is not so bad and i’m listening to ”Go Fast” by Noyades. Noyades is a three piece band from Lyon, France. ”Go Fast”, which was released this October, is their new album. Seven tracks can be found in this album. The band’s music is an exciting mixture of noise rock, psychedelic and punk rock. And, yes they were quite successful at combining these three styles. Their music to me sounds vibrant and exhilarating. I’m refering to songs like ”Replique”. This is the first song of the album. It is also my favorite one. Listening to this song i was like ”Yes, you definitely have my attention”. Nothing could distract me. And what’s really awesome is that the rest of the songs didn’t let me down at all. We’ re talking about really good ideas and of course good written songs. In my opinion these guys know their kraft and they’ re quite passionate about it. Well, that’s the impression i got. Personally i enjoyed this album and i have to admit they’ ve made a fan out of me. So this our suggestion for today. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Go Fast”.

Endorphins Lost – Choose Your Way

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Endorphins Lost is a five piece, grindcore/ powerviolence band from the United States. The band came into existence back in 2010. Their new album ”Choose Your Way” was released on the 25th of November through Six Weeks Records. Fourteen tracks are included in this release. So let’s see what we’ ve got here. George Carlin we definitely miss you. It’s pretty obvious that these guys are not messin’ at all. From the first second you’ re experiencing a sonic storm that’s coming out of your soundsystem. The band’s music is super heavy and brutal with a lot of punk vibes. There’s an abundance of blastbeats here and that’s simply awesome. Lyrically their songs deal with the human psyche and i have to admit that’s really interesting. What i also liked is their vocals, some nice riffs and their concrete basslines. In general ”Choose Your Way” is a part of the extreme music universe that’s definitely worth checking out. Definitely recommended for fans of Spazz, Brutal Truth, Napalm Death.