Gimme Danger

”Gimme Danger” is a 2016 documentary film about one of the greatest and most influential rock n’ roll bands of all time, namely The Stooges. Directed by Jim Jarmusch this film will wanna make you bang your head and dance like Iggy, although no one can really dance like him. I personally loved it so i’d like to recommend it.

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Mute Tale & Art of Simplicity live at Methodia Art Multispace

On the 24th of february Mute Tale with Art of Simplicity hit the stage of Methodia Art Multispace in Athens. I had never been to that venue before in the past. Is this place somewhat new? Anyways, it looked kinda cool though. I ordered a beer and simply waited for the live show to start. Then i lighted up a cigarette just wondering how these two bands would sound live. After a while i ordered another beer simply because this live hadn’t started. Finally i saw some people getting up on stage. It was the mixed choir of the municipality of Kifisia.

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Yes, the live began with a mixed choir singing songs like Toto’s ”Africa” and the theme from Game of Thrones. I’ve never seen a choir in a rock/ metal live before and to me this seemed to be quite interesting. To me their performance worked like an intro if you will even though it didn’t exactly work for me. It was time time for Art of Simplicity to get up on stage.

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And they did. They played songs from their latest album ”When Fables Have a Bitter Taste” as well as from their first album. I have to say i’m down with their post/ progressive metal. And on last friday i had the chance to listen to their songs live. I must admit i enjoyed their performance. You should also check out their last album simply because it’s really good. I want to say once again that Chris has some serious vocal skills. At some point their set came to an end and it was time for Mute Tale to come up on stage.

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O.k listen up. I’m not a fan of symphonic metal. It is not exactly my cup of tea. I had also never heard of Mute Tale before. It would be perhaps inappropriate or wrong for me to say something. Their music at some extent sounded to me interesting. Nevertheless i have to confess i didn’t exactly fell in love with their music. Keep in mind though, this is just one man’s opinion. Apart from what i think i would like to say this: Wherever you come from and whatever your music preferences are, it is really important to support your favorite artists, either by going to their live shows or by purchasing their albums if you can. The live came to an end and that meant one thing. Let’s eat something before we go back home.

Interview with Horseneck

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Hi there! Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?
Anthony Paganelli guitars and vocals, Lance Jackman guitars and vocals, Lennon Hudson bass and vocals, Jess Gowrie drums. The band was formed about six years ago. We’ve been with this lineup for about three years. When we formed the band we were a three-piece and since then we’ve added another guitar player Lance and a different drummer Jess.

Can you tell us about your main influences?
Our main influences is 70s and 90s rock. Definitely guitar driven loud heavy rock ‘n’ roll.

What inspires you the most?
I think everything inspires me a little bit from music to art. People and personalities inspire my lyrics. Definitely inspired by classic rock. I love guitars. Loud big guitars with killer tone. Although on this record we did add in some keys and some horns. That was definitely our classic rock influence shining through.

How is music produced in Horseneck? Do you follow a specific procedure when writing new songs?
We have a very simple approach to writing songs. Usually one of us comes to rehearsal with an idea or a riff and we just jam it out. And we just keep playing it till we get everything sounding the way we want it to sound. I usually come up with lyrics during this process. Sometimes it changes the music a bit. Sometimes I just write the vocals after. Just depends on the song. We definitely love to get in the room and get loud with each other and feel out the songs.  I’m very lucky to have the members I have in the band. We write music very easily together. Effortless really.

This month you released your new album ‘’Heavy Trip’’. How has the reception been so far?
The reception for the new record has been amazing. We’ve had really really good reviews and everyone seems to like it a lot. It’s been awesome to get such great feedback on the album.

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Any particular concept behind ‘’Heavy Trip’’ you would like to discuss?
We name the record after it was all completed. Someone said after hearing some of the songs they felt like they were on a journey. Lance had come up with some art design with space. And I really wanted a female image on the cover. So after looking at the artwork and listening to the songs “Heavy Trip” came to me. Thought it was a pretty appropriate name for the album.

What’s your favourite way of enjoying music? What would you choose between digital and physical format?
You know I really enjoy listening to records, although most of the time I’m listening to Spotify. Just because it’s easy to access and everything is available. But if I really like a band I usually purchase their record in some form whether it be a physical copy at a live show or through bandcamp. I really like to support bands other than just streaming their albums. I try to attend as many shows as i can.

What are you listening to these days?
I’ve been listening to Brant Bjork. His new album ‘tao of the devil’ is so good. Let’s see. Red fang. Whores. Khemmis. Uncle acid and the deadbeats. Plus a ton of classic rock. I can never get enough of that. Last year I was stuck on ELO for a while.

Any live shows planned for this year?
Definitely working on some live shows. Trying to start some touring.  The plan is to start on the West Coast. I’m actually working on that now. I would love to get to Europe and do some touring. I love playing out of the United States. I always have so much fun.

What does the future hold for Horseneck?
Well as of right now the future holds possibly touring on this record and we are constantly working on new material. I don’t want to wait to put out new music. Our drummer Jess plays in Chelsea Wolfe so she will be gone touring a lot this year. So we are trying to schedule our tours and recording dates while she is home. Staying productive is the key. Maybe even some more music videos. We love making videos.

I Am – Life Through Torment

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I Am is a five piece, metallic hardcore band from the United States. ”Life Through Torment”, which was released on the 10th of February, is their debut, full length album. It was recorded, produced and mixed by Ryan Harvey at Red Oak Collective. Ten tracks are included in this album. So let’s just press play. Let’s do this. First of all i’d like to stand on the album’s production and that’s because it sounds awesome. They have managed to mix hardcore, death metal and a bit of sludge. And what does this mean? Well, it means that this album sounds ultra heavy and trully inspired i have to say. In my opinion, ”Life Through Torment” incorporates all these elements that make this music so lovable to us. Nice death metal growls, cool guitar solos and concrete basslines. You can also add some cataclysmic, beatdown hardcore to the aforementioned. Even some eerie, melodic parts can be found here. Rest assure, the more you listen to this album the more exciting stuff you’ll come across with. It’s definitely an album worth checking out and i also believe that many of the album’s songs are going to become part of your current playlist. We don’t have a grading scale here but if had one then this would be an 8 out of 10. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Life Through Torment”.

Ruined Families – Education

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It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Athens. My coffee is ready and so am i. Today i would like to talk about a band that has made a big impression on me these last years. I’m talking of course about Ruined Families. I’ve said before in previous posts but i’m going to say it again. The last years we’ ve been lucky enough to witness many great bands emerging from this part of the world called Greece. It is my strong belief that Ruined Families is one of these bands.

It was a few years ago when a friend of mine sent me a youtube link. ”Never heard of this band before, but damn they sound good” where some of my first words i think. Next step for me was to listen to more of their songs. Luckily for me ”Blank Language” came out about four years ago. That was certainly a great, full length album. And then i thought to myself ”We have to see them play live”. Thus we did. We actually saw them live again recently where they played live at Death Disco in Athens with Μαύρο Γάλο and Broken Fingers. That was the 6th of January. It was actually the release show for their new album ”Education”. And we definitely wouldn’t miss this for the world.

So, yes, the band has a new album. It was recorded by Kostas Ragiadakos at Unreal Studios and Twin Picks Studios in Athens, Greece in February/March 2015. Released on November 24, 2016, this album includes ten new songs. Their music remains as aggressive and heavy as always. Have you ever mixed many colours in a palette? Usually a dark blue or red colour comes out. To me that’s what their music is. An exciting music blend where you can taste different styles but all put together greatly. Their music has a recognizable and strong character. There’s definitely a common ground with ”Blank Language”. However i feel that ”Education” is a step forward for the band. ”Education” is kind of a lingua franca that speaks to your mind and soul. Till today, ”Pedestal” is one of my favorite Ruined Families songs. Nevertheless i’m definitely down with songs like ”Wholecar” and ”No Rothko”. I’m down with all them ten songs but these two were my favorite ones from this record. What i also love about this band is that they take care of every last detail. I’m talking about thier songs as well as their album covers and their video clips.

”Education” Lp is a case where everything simply fell into place. It sounds really inspired and fresh. I’ve loved it, i’ve rocked it and i simply want to recommend it. Here’s a link where you can listen to ”Education”.

In the Company of Serpents – Ain​-​Soph Aur

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Denver doom duo In The Company Of Serpents will release their long-awaited new studio offering this March. Founded in 2011, the band consists of Grant Netzorg on vocals and guitars and Joseph Weller Meyer on drums. Titled ”Ain-Soph Aur”, the entrancing six-track recording was captured last year at Flatline Audio in their home city by Dave Otero. ”Ain-Soph Aur” takes its name from the three veils of negative existence which precede the manifestation of the material universe in the philosophy of Hermetic Qabalah, a Western esoteric tradition involving mysticism and the occult. I don’t know much about Qabalah. I’ll tell you what though. This album is trully intriguing. It’s a place where heaviness and pitch darkness co-exist harmonically. I’m not really sure how to describe their sound. It would be perhaps unfair and wrong to call them just sludge or doom metal. There’s so much stuff to discover in this album. This is a beautiful record ladies and gentlemen, trully emotional and esoteric as well. These six tracks will play with your heart and soul. Clear your mind and listen to their singing.