Cavalera Conspiracy – Psychosis

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Time flies really fast. Sometimes it’s hard to realize it. Let me give you an example. Derrick Green has been the singer of Sepultura for more years than Max Cavalera. I don’t know about you but that thought made me feel old.

The Cavalera Brothers of course do not need any introduction. They’ve been in the game for many years now and they have produced some classic albums. In 2007 they formed Cavalera Conspiracy. ”Psychosis” is the band’s fourth album. It was released on the 17th of November through Napalm Records.

Produced by Arthur Rizk, ”Psychosis” Lp includes nine tracks. In my opinion the Cavalera Conspiracy albums, plus the post ”Conquer” Soulfly albums mark what i would call ”a return to the roots”. ”Psychosis” is really heavy and fast as well but it includes considerable amounts of groove. In my opinion it is the outcome of a long procedure. It is an album that will make you travel back in time, when Sepultura released ”Beneath the Remains”. Nevertheless this album draws  inspiration also from Nailbomb and albums like ”Chaos A.D” for example. ”Hellfire” was a surprise for me. I think that Justin Broadrick killed it. I think thought most tracks of this album kill. I’m talking about tracks like ”Insane”, ”Terror Tactics”, ”Crom” and of course ”Hellfire”. Is this the best Cavalera Conspiracy album so far? I think it is.

In ”Psychosis” the Cavalera Bros accomplish something important. They do not sound like the bands they influenced. ”Psychosis” is a 30 year old course distilled into an album. It is a really good album therefore it is highly recommended. Here’s a link where you can listen to ”Psychosis”:

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Interview with Les Lekin

Hi guys! Congratulations on your new album!

First of all, thanks for the attention

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Les Lekin was formed in 2011 out of another interesting Musical Project, where Kerstin (Drums) and Peter (Guitar) already played together. The actual lineup was formed in April 2016, when Beat (Bass) surprisingly found his way into the three piece noise machine, for their Former bass-man Willi left the trunk.

What does the name Les Lekin represent?

The name Les Lekin represents all you want it to be. It’s a leftover of Peter’s nickname and the name of the dancer (Harlekin) on stage who attracts and moves the crowd (some may say Shiva).

What inspires you the most?

We’re mostly inspired by our emotions and memories, the little deaths one dies each day and the correlation with each other and ourselves; Live on stage also withby the crowd.

How would you define your sound?

We’re a three piece noise machine – dark & heavy psych with meditative aspects. It’s try to express what is not to express.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

We don’t compare us with others or think “Wow that’s cool, let’s try this too”. Our influences are our personal backgrounds and for sure musical preferences, but they sway(affect) us unconsciously.

Your new album will be released on December 1 through Tonzonen Records. How did the recording sessions go?

The recording session took place at TradeparkStudio near Salzburg, by Georg Traschwandtner, on two Saturdays. It’s always an experiment trying the impossible…to ban an ocean, a universe (of sound) on a physical device.

Are you pleased with the final outcome?

We’re very pleased by the result, though of course some unexpected things happened. (Beat switched speaker Cabinet during recording)

Any live shows planned in the months to come?

After the Fuzzfest in Vienna and the two release Shows in Ebensee and Salzburg, with our friends from Chango (Ebensee), who also released their new, superb album, we take a creative break. 2018 we will play a couple of Festivals and hopefully a tour.

What are you listening to these days?

We’re listening to different kinds of post, metal, stoner, doom, psychedelic and total different Genres afar from distorted origin. As always it depends on mood and desire.

What does the future hold for Les Lekin?

Who can dare to tell what the future holds for one… We’ll do our way as we did before, free and independent, as far as possible.

Chronoboros – No Dirt Or Silver Will Have Us Sated

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Chronoboros is a three piece band from Athens, Greece. The band came into existence back in 2014. They released their first ep ”Dialing Up The Cutter” in 2015. Their first full length album ”No Dirt Or Silver Will Have Us Sated” was released on the 29th of November. Produced by Giotis Paraskevaidis and Chronoboros and mastered by Nasos Nomikos at Vu Productions, this album includes ten tracks.

In my opinion their first ep had quite an impact on the scene. I personally felt that this band has enormous potentials. ”Dialing Up the Cutter” had enthused me so i was longing for a full length. Well, the time has come. The band dropped the album. So, let’s check it out.

The band’s music is a more than exciting jazzy blend of mathcore, sludge and noisecore. I’m not entirely sure about the accuracy of my previous description. Sometimes when you can’t easily put it in words you know you have found something special. I think that’s the case with ”No Dirt Or Silver Will Have Us Sated”.

It starts with ”Backflow of eternal darkness” and yes, these guys are back at it again. This is a really nice intro for this album. ”Coaxed Out of Cave” is an awesome track and that’s hands down. ”It moves, it pricks” being quite technical and jazzy, but heavy as hell, is another dope track as well. Same goes for ”One Last Caveat”. I think Virus fans are gonna really like ”Rising Streetcar”. I personally loved it. Be sure to check out ”Diadem”. It’s a great track. ”If a sword is always sheated” is one of this album’s highlights and another favourite track of mine. ”Wooden it would seem” doesn’t deviate at all from the tone that was set in the beginning. It’s a massive, heavy track. But wait because there’s more. I’m talikng about ”Split the mainbrace” and ”Bellower”. ”Split the mainbrace” has recently become a part of my playlist and i think it will remain there for a lot of time. Just before i conclude this review let me remind you that this is an album that needs to be played loud.

”No Dirt Or Silver Will Have Us Sated” is a dope album. There’s no doubt in my mind that the band delivered. It’s super heavy as it is experimental. It’s a solid album by Chronoboros that you need to listen to. Specially recommended for fans of Botch, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Canvas, Coalesce, Harlots, e.t.c. Here’s a link where you can have a first taste.

 

Mock the Mankind and Nochnoy Dozor live at Six Dogs, Athens, 24.11.17

Last friday, Mock the Mankind and Nochnoy Dozor were playing live at Six Dogs club here in Athens. Both bands rock so we didn’t have a hard time deciding what to do on a friday night. So i just drove to Athinas street and i didn’t really have to look for available parking lots because there were quite a few of them. Considering that it took place on a black friday that seemed a bit strange to me. Anyways, i  met with my friends and we all entered the club. The live was about to begin.

Nochnoy Dozor were formed in Athens about two years ago so it’s a relatively new band. The band’s members though have been playing in other bands as well (Universe 217, Maplerun, One Man Drop, e.t.c) so they’re not new to the game at all. The first time i saw them live was this summer at New long Fest and they were really good. This time was no exception. They played for about an hour. I liked their set a lot. They also played a new track which was quite dope. Their set came to end and it was time for Mock the Mankind to come up on stage.

Mock the Mankind were formed in Athens, back in 2012. They have shared the stage with bands like Oranssi Pazuzu, Hexvessel and Jucifer. In my opinion this was one of their best performances. They played songs from their debut, full length album ”Ruination” as well as new tracks. Creating a kind of ritualistic atmosphere, i think they left no one disatisfied. I, myself enjoyed their live set and i think their new tracks are signs of a great new album. For the time being check out this link.

Overall i had a great time and i think these two bands gave their best.

   

* All photos were captured by Chris Lemonis