Fraternity of Sound, Day 2, Live review

Fraternity of Sound is a festival that took place here in Athens from the 26th til the 29th of October. Running through the bill of the second day i quickly realized that i could not afford to loose this live show. And the main reason is that Unsane and Godflesh were playing this show. Saturday was a rainy day but that did not hinder me from approaching Fuzz club. So i got there, i met with my friends and ordered a beer. The live was about to begin.

The opening act of the night was Pharaoh Overlord from Finland. I had never heard anything from this band before in the past. Their music didn’t exactly excite me. I didn’t hate it but i didn’t fell in love with it. Their live set was interesting though and what’s really intriguing is that i felt i was watching a theatrical play. Their two drummers gave me the impression of two giant marionettes coming out of the dark.

Pharaoh Overlord’s set came to an end and it was time for Omega Monolith to come up on stage. This was the third time i ever saw them play live. I must say they didn’t let me down at all on Saturday. I once again enjoyed their show and i’m sinply looking forward for the next one. Their latest album ”Fungus” simply kills and i want to urge all of you to give it a listen.

When Omega Monolith got off the stage we decided it was time for a short break. It was also time to check out the merchandise. Then we decided to order a beer. Ghold were gearing up and their set was about to begin. I turned to my friends and said ”let’s see what they’ve got”. I will admit this band impressed me a lot. Heavily inspired by the Melvins they, they played their songs quite passionately. Their guitarist had some problems with his microphone but that really didn’t matter at all to me . I enjoyed their show and i want to check out more of their stuff.

It was time for Unsane to come up on stage. These guys have been in the game many years now and they have influenced countless bands. Unfortunatelly until saturday we never had the opportunity of seeing them live in Greece. In my opinion these guys killed it. It was a great performance by Unsane and i think the crowd had a great time also. From a fan’s perspective i must admit i was really happy. I finally saw Unsane Live. And now we were just waiting to see Godflesh. But before that it was time for a cigarette.

Well, Justin Broadrick and G.C Green got up on stage. Their set included songs from their debut album ”Streetcleaner” among others. Godflesh had just started delivering dopeness. These two guys simply owned the stage. They were like two opposite personas. Broadrick was quite energetic while Green was standing firm ”abusing” his bass guitar. I think everybody enjoyed the show and left with a big smile on their face. As for me i can tell you that i had a great time and in my opinion saturday’s show was one of the best shows of this year.

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Hangman – A Vile Decree

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Hangman is a five piece, hardcore band from Long Island, N.Y. They released their first demo in 2014, and their first ep in 2015. Recently the band signed to Flatspot records. Their new 7” ”A Vile Decree” will be released on the 3rd of November. Recorded and mixed at Silver Bullet Studio in Connecticut with Greg Thomas (Misery Signals, Shai Hulud, Recycled Earth) and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering, this ep includes five tracks. The band delivers good ol’ hardcore that is filled with awesome breakdown parts, furious vocals and mosh pit energy. I liked all of the album’s songs but if i had to choose a favourite one that would had to be either ”Abandoned” or ”Life Sentence”. In my opinion this 7” sounds really heavy and fresh therefore it is highly recommended. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”A Vile Decree” ep.

Trepaneringsritualen – Kainskult

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”Kainskult” by Trepaneringsritualen is the type of album that you don’t know whether you should absolutely loathe it or love it. That’s the first thing that came to my mind the first time i listened to this album. For the record, Trepaneringsritualen is the work of Thomas Martin Ekelund and ”Kainskult”, which was released on the 30th of September, is his new album. Mixed by Peter Johan Nijland and mastered by Linus Andersson at Element Studios, this album includes nine tracks. This is cold, dark music. These nine tracks are nine parts of a ritual. It trully feels like ritualistic music and i must say this album will not unveil all of its secrets so easily to you. Through ”Kainskult” Trepaneringsritaulen channel fury, anger and a feeling of growing anxiety. In the end though you’ll find catharsis. Speaking for myself it took me some time to connect but gradually everything seemed to be falling into place. I liked all of the album’s tracks. To me they sound considerably brutal and at some extent raw. In my opinion songs like ”Serpent Seed” simply kill. But it’s not only about that. Every song here tells a story of its own. Overall, reality can be pretty ugly most of the times and ”Kainskult” will not try in any way to embellish it. Follow the kult.

Interview with American Standards

When did it all start for your band?

I got my first real six-string. Bought it at the five-and-dime. Played it ’til my fingers bled. Was the summer of sixty-nine… actually, it may have been closer to the summer of 2011.

What does the name American Standards represent?

The absolute opposite of what it reads. Think of the irony.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Everything from the bands that we grew up listening to, to the experiences that we’ve had over the years. I find inspiration comes most often when at the edge of sleep and it’s least convenient to put pen to paper.

Some people say we’re fortunate (some say unfortunate) to be living in interesting times. What say you?

I think every time in history is simultaneously the most and least fortunate time depending on who’s reflecting upon it. We have more tools and resources to influence positive change then ever. It’s up to us to have the right mind set and optimism to do so.

Are you a political band?

We’re political but non partisan in our approach. We’re not here to push an agenda or give the answers but hopefully we can pose questions that people haven’t considered yet. I think the only effective means to create real change is the path that leads to self realization by both parties. Screaming your own viewpoints without listening to others only creates a polarizing effect.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Musically our influences vary pretty dramatically. We all grew up listening to bands like Rage Against The Machine, Refused And System Of A Down. When we look more towards today, similar artists would probably land closer to The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, The Chariot and Every Time I Die.

Your latest album ‘’Anti-Melody’’ was released in April. How has the reception been so far?

It’s been a humbling experience. It feels like people have really connected with the story and message behind the songs. We wrote much more personally than in past releases and I’m beyond thankful for everyone that’s been open to take the journey with us.

Why did you decide to name your album ‘’Anti-Melody’’?

To me a good album or song title is always multifaceted. ANTI-MELODY started as an inside joke made over a decade ago. During my first experience at a recording studio the engineer had made a comment that our vocalist sang “a killer anti-melody”. At the time, this went completely over my head and I didn’t realize it was actually a subtle knock at his ability to harmonize. Fast forward to the recording of this album and somehow I pulled this fleeting moment out of the memory bank. It really seemed to fit the theme of the album in a literal and more poetic sense. The idea of a collection of single notes that come together to make something pleasant and musically satisfying is actually being pulled apart. Perhaps a representation of the dissonance in our music along with the exploration of themes such as personal loss and cultural divide in the song lyrics.

What are you listening to these days?

I think anyone looking for new noise should really check out Frontierer, Employed To Serve, Bungler and Dangers. All great bands really pushing the genre in the right direction.

Are you guys movie fans? Any good ones you’ve seen lately?

I’m a pretty big movie buff; especially for a good horror, sci-fi or documentary. I think a few of the stand out films from 2017 are;

  • Get Out
  • The Big Sick
  • Baby Driver
  • It
  • It Comes At Night

I also strongly recommend jumping on Netflix to binge Black Mirror and Master Of None. Both deal with some heavy topics and make them more easy to digest. Then of course Stranger Things as the series that everyone in the world has probably told you that you have to watch.

You’ve shared the stage with bands like Sick Of It All, Norma Jean, Atreyu and Nails. Is there a live show you enjoyed playing the most?

Playing with a lot of the bands that we’ve always looked up to and respected has been great but honestly some of the most memorable shows end up being the small DIY spots. We did a house show in Kansas City for example where there must have been 80 kids crammed into a tiny living room. We thrive in those environments.

Any live shows planned in the months to come? European dates perhaps?

We’re doing a small run of US festivals at the end of October then planning to jump right into pre-production for the next release. I’m sure we’ll have some one off shows between now and then but the goal is to have new music by the beginning of 2018 then hitting the road hard shortly after. We’d LOVE to make it out to Europe if all the stars align. If any of your readers want to partner on making it happen, feel free to reach out to us!

What does the future hold for American Standards?

More music, touring and hopefully more fun, new ways that we can directly connect directly with people like live streams and such.

Chalk Hands – Burrows & Other Hideouts EP

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Chalk Hands is a four piece band from Brighton, U.K, which came into existence in 2016. Their debut ep ”Burrows & Other Hideouts was released in August through Future Void Records and Dekaden Records. Two tracks are included in this release. Mixing post hardcore and screamo, these guys go hard in this ep. First track is called ”Burrows” and it is an awesome track. Really nice melodies lie within this track. Second track is called ”Arms”. I like this track as well and i want to urge you all to give it a listen. This is a cool ep no doubt and i would personally want to listen to more songs from this band. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Burrows & Other Hideouts”.

Nëntori – Sensual at its best


 

Nëntori is a song performed by 19 year old Arilena Ara from Albania.

Music: Darko Dimitrov

Lyrics: Lindon Berisha

This is the most sensual sound that has ever crossed my ears.

The music is so amazing and the singer produces such a performance, that even the ones that do not understand the meaning of the lyrics, need not a translation.

My understanding is that the woman is in pure pain by the deeds of her companion.  She declares it with the utmost strength, powering all sorts of sensual emotions.

She disarms you with her drama and puts you in a state of sensual trans making you unable to think anything else.

Darko Dimitrov must be a genius.

Congrats to the team.

 

Chris

 

 

 

Kalong – S/T EP, EP review and interview with the band

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Kalong is a three piece band from Athens, Greece. Formed back in 2015, the band today released their debut, self titled ep. Recorded by Iordanis Pamouktsoglou at Fabric Audio Studio, this ep includes seven tracks. I could describe their sound like noise rock meets post hardcore meets hardcore punk e.t.c. But to be honest i’m not really sure how accurate that would be. I’ll tell you what though. Kalong’s first ep to me sounds really experimental and that’s what makes it so damn intriguing. I love how their vocalist sings and how he generally uses his vocals. Here you’ll find high amounts of raw punk energy along with awesome basslines. Oh, there’s no guitar also. Just a drummer, a bassist and a vocalist. These three guys do the job though. Going through this ep’s tracklist i can tell you that ”Treadline” sets the tone. You just need to turn up the volume and enjoy this ep. I liked all of the ep’s tracks but if i had to choose a favourite one that would have to be either ”Patch” or ”Lawnmower Man”. It is my strong belief that we have struck gold. Kalong’s debut ep is a gem recently unearthed from the underground. Here’s a link where you can give it a listen. Apart from checking out their ep we also asked them some questions and they gave us their answers. Here’s what they had to say:

When did it all start for your band?

While we come from coastal areas around Athens, the concept of making a band started in Thessaloniki in late 2014. After that, we started practicing at Loverman’s basement in early 2015, where Kalong’s spirit enlightened us with it’s joyful screech.

What does the name Kalong represent?

We found it randomly in a word generator. Turns out it is an Indonesian word for a species of giant bats; technically it’s a flying fox, which eats exclusively fruits.

How would you define your sound?

It’s like the feeling of escalating numbness that gradually masks the human body whilst electrified riffs prolong an unexplainable tickle inside our belly buttons.

How did you decide to start a band with no guitars?

It didn’t start out as a conscious decision, it rather just occurred by playing with what we’ve got. In the end it rather helped creating our own sound, adjusting mixtures of our influences into this set.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Punk, noise rock, garage/surf with various kicks of death and black metal at points.

What inspires you the most?

The complexity of human relationships, where are we headed as a species and the obscurity of the multiverse.

You’re about to release your debut ep. How did the recording sessions go?

We are happy with the result, as we learned a lot from the whole process.

What are you listening to these days?

Nalyssa Green, Quincy Jones Orchestra.

Any live shows planned in the months to come?

A gig in Athens for the release of the EP, in late 2017

What does the future hold for Kalong?

Recording the rest of our material