Interview with Thomas from Kollapse

Hi guys! How have you been? What news from Aalborg?
Thomas: Aalborg is a blackhole.

Please introduce us to your band. When was the band formed?
Thomas: That depends on what you want to know? We formed roughly 5 years ago. We started out as a threepiece, with Troels being the lone guitar player. We all had previous bands. Frederik attended a few live shows and later joined us as a percussionist for a couple of shows. He then joined as a permanent guitar player later. We recorded the Fathertrack for a 7” with him and things started to pick up at that point. We are all passionate music fans and this interest branched out into wanting to record and release music for ourselves. This band is somewhat different from what everyone has done before. Kollapse exists for us.We have no great aspirations or commercial interest. kollapse is greater than the sum of its parts and we would not sound like we did, had any member been replaced. This is us.

What inspires you the most?
Thomas: I can only answer for myself, but for kollapse I hardly get inspired by music at this point. Life feels so intense sometimes, and I get inspired by all the feelings of shortcomings, loathing, alienation and stress of everyday life. If I do find inspiration outside of my own state of being, it mostly comes from art and literature. States of mind that I feel connected to on some more or less abstract or intuitive level. In general the one thing that inspire sme most in my life is being a father.

Can you tell us about you rmain influences?
Thomas: As in musical influences? I listen to a million things but as far as kollapsegoes I am influenced by bands that feel to me, like they mean, what they do: Breach, midperiod Neurosis, Weakling, Amrepera, Today is the Day, Union of Uranus. Emo, hardcore, metal, indie…whatever.

How would you define your sound?
Thomas: I wouldn’t want to, because we spend an insane amount of time clawing at our songs, making sure that they end up feeling like kollapse songs – it is pretty tiring but we have to do it. I really dislike hyperbolic catchphraseytripe so: “heavy and emotional” is how I would describe it.

This May you released your debut album ‘’Angst’’. How did the recording sessions go?
Thomas: They went great, we had a reall ygood time with Jacob Bredahl who is a funny, honest and loveable dude. He is really into martial arts and hardcore – which helped me immensely during the few hours we didn’t work in the studio. We recorded the entire album in roughly two days, which is insane.

Is there a concept behind this album you’d like to discuss?
Thomas: The album title and lyrics tells it all I think.

What are you listening to these days?
Thomas: a lot of Danish bands for some reason: Orm, Slægt, Nyt Liv and other stuff like Yellow Eyes, Ash Borer, The Weeknd, Oxbow, City Keys, Ultha and so on. I listen to and buy a lot of records.

Do you have any live shows planned for this year?
Thomas: Yes, we are playing a lot of shows this year, including Copenhagen, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Check our bandcamp for more info.

What does the future hold for Kollapse?
Thomas: probably writing a lot of music oncetouring for this album is done. I’d like kollapse to branch out into other forms of art, but we will see. I paint and write and Peter our drummer is a photographer so maybe something will manifest, we never know when it comes to kollapse though – we might implode next week.

Hive – Parasitic Twin

CT014_3000

Hive is a four piece band from the United States. Their latest album ”Parasitic Twin” was released on April 21, 2017 through Crown and Throne Ltd. Recorded in 2016 by Mike Duffy in Room 44 and mixed by Matthew Kirkwold at Rumble Studios, this album includes ten tracks. Let’s see what we’ve got here. Their music combines d-beat/ crust and hardcore punk. O.k, once again i’ll admit it didn’t take too long for me to like this album. When the third track of this album came to an end i had already come to a conclusion. My opinion did not change at all when i listened to the final note of this album. Hive had passed my ”test”. Here you’ll find nothing less than ten songs which are filled with anger and rage. Apart from that, a lot of their songs (”Common Ancestor” for example) contain some dark, cold elements. I think this kind of a ”plot twist” is what makes this album so interesting to me. This is not your typical d-beat band or your typical d-beat album. There’s definitely much more to it. I’m talking about nice riffs, brutal vocals and huge raw punk energy that will surely make your day as it did mine. This album is definitely worthy of your attention, especially if you’re a fan of swedish crust punk. As for me, i’m going to name ”Parasitic Twin” as one of this month’s best albums. It is not what one would call as a game changer but it is seriously heavy like a dynamite. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Parasitic Twin”.

Full Of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy

a0598543727_10

It took us a while but today we’re back with a new review. Let’s talk a bit about the new Full of Hell album. This band needs no big introduction. They were formed back in 2009 and since then they’ve been producing albums of hellish, overpowering music. The first Full of Hell album i ever listened to was the collaborative album they did with the japanese lord of the void. Yes, that album they did with Merzbow was trully something else. Their new album ”Trumpeting Ecstasy” was released this May by Profound Lore Records. First of all i’d like to say that the album’s cover artwork has made a huge impression on me. I think it’s one of the best album covers i’ve seen in a long time now. It’s simple and symmetric. It’s an image that leaves no room for misconceptions. Evil lies within. Eleven tracks are included in this album. In my opinion the listener gets the message from the very beginning. This is gonna get ugly. Once again grindcore blends ideally with black and death metal. So, yes this album sounds really brutal. It’s like an ongoing sonic storm that’s impossible to escape from. There’s definitely an imposing atmosphere throughout ”Trumpeting Ecstasy”. All of the album’s tracks hold immense amounts of raw power inside of them. Yet they feel like necessary parts of a certain procedure. I personally could not imagine this album without one of these eleven songs. Quite ecstatic about this album i’ll tell you what i think though. I think it is a great album. It’s definitely one of the best albums of this year so far. I sure as hell loved it and i have nothing negative to say about it whatsoever. In my opinion ”Trumpeting Ecstasy” gets a 9 out of 10. Here’s a link where you can also listen to this album.

Interview with Kalpa

Hi guys! How have you all been?
Hi, pleased to meet you. It’s been nice  and steady lately, perhaps a bit hectic at times. Normal stuff.

Last April you released your latest album ‘’Dissociation’’. How has the reception been so far?
“Dissociation” was well received from the underground. Some people did drift away because of the significant style shift to a more extreme sound, we guess, but the ones that stayed with us and those who came along the way really get our drift. We also organized and carried out a European Tour with our friends in Minerva Superduty to promote the album, during which the feedback we received was awesome. Lastly, speaking strictly in numbers, “Dissociation” is almost sold-out, so there’s that.

How did you decide to put vocals in your music?
It wasn’t much of a “decision” -let alone a deliberate one-. We really enjoy music both ways. At the time ‘Sequences’ was written we felt that there was not much vital space left for vocals. On ‘Dissociation’ we did find that ground to add an extra instrument, and the whole writing process was adjusted accordingly.

What inspires you the most?
Pretty much everything evolving around us. With music having a key role, inevitably, translating our perception of the world to sound.

Apart from your favorite bands what else would you name as a key influence?
I think each one’s social circle and everyday interactions are crucial. They shape each person slowly and steadily day by day. Art in every form is also a major influence for us. It’s just amazing to see how people can express themselves in so many different ways.

How is music produced in Kalpa?
We all contribute to each composition equally. The initial idea can only come from one single person; we then process it collectively, brainstorm on it and rehearse it till it reaches the point where we can visualize performing it live. Then, it’s not unusual for us to actually play it on stage to see if it passes the test or if we should make more adjustments to the song.

Given that your first album ‘’Sequences’’ was an instrumental one, how did you decide then to give your songs the song titles you did?
The “Sequences*” era seems somewhat far behind us, now. We really don’t remember a lot of specifics about the titles, just that at the time they felt good as a representation of the songs they were given to.

What does the name Kalpa represent?
A kalpa is, essentially, a Sanskrit word for a scale that times the creation, death and recreation of a world or universe. It is also a Finnish hockey team and a black metal solo artist from South Korea. There are probably more current updates on Wikipedia that we’re not aware of.

What are you listening to these days?
Tons of stuff where it reaches the point of being impossible to even start a list from the top of our heads. The amount of produced music -most of it being great, granted- is overwhelming. At this very moment, one of us probably headbangs to the new Succumb album and another one revisits Botch, while a third one absorbs old-school Hip-Hop. A couple of us also enjoyed the new album by the Afghan Whigs lately. The combinations are infinite.

You recently played two shows in Crete. How did it go there?
We had a great time in Crete and we’re really glad we’ve been given the chance (as individuals) to revisit the island, which we hadn’t done in years. We played Heraklion and Chania and people down there profoundly enjoy extreme music. Shout out to everyone who run the shows, those who came over and the bands we shared the stage with.

Do you have any live shows planned in the months to come?
At the moment we’re mainly focusing on writing the new album more than everything else, but we’re always available when it comes to being a part of and supporting initiatives that make sense to us, such as an upcoming DIY festival in Corfu in early June and Svenfest VII in Karditsa in late July, both of which we’ll be performing at.

What does the future hold for Kalpa?
A new album and as many gigs as we can possibly handle, both home and abroad.

10 essential death metal albums

Today i wanted to give you a list of ten essential death metal albums. There are obviously more than 100 essential death metal albums but these ten that comprise today’s list are also some of my favourite ones. So here goes. Albums go in no significant order.

Entombed – Left Hand Path

Morbid Angel – Blessed Are The Sick

Atheist – Unquestionable Presence

Autopsy – Severed Survival

At The Gates – The Red In The Sky Is Ours

Dismember – Like An Everflowing Stream

Bolt Thrower – War Master

Six Feet Under – Haunted

Darkthrone – Soulside Journey

Vader – The Ultimate Incantation