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.

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.

Interview with Green Yeti

Hi there! Please introduce us to your band. When did it all start for Green Yeti?
Hey there, we are Green Yeti, a stoner doomed psych-rock trio from Athens, Greece, formed in early 2014. Dani plays the bass, Mike sings and scratches the guitar, while Giannis keeps destroying drum kits while we jam. That’s the current line-up.

Can you tell us about your main influences?
We have been influenced by 70s rock bands of the time, psychedelic stoner doom of recent years, and basically any music style that has the appropriate amount of mojo to keep us going!

How would you define your sound?
Strange Heavy!

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Almost anything really, it could be today’s weather report, or a walk in the park. A phone call. Of course, there are dark caves, purple smoke, urban legends and unexplained phenomena involved, but hey, it adds up to our strange heavy sound for sure. And lots of green fuzzy hair, that too.

Your new album ‘’Desert Show’’ will be released this April. How did the recording sessions go?
It was hard. We did have to change drummers during the recording sessions and also prepare a new song for a compilation (spoiler) that is still under development. Fotis left the group and almost immediately Giannis took his place and lived up to our expectations. We were good to go again! Following the same routine, we did everything our own way, full DIYlive recording in the cave as always. Then mixing/mastering DIY again…We have found the recipe so now we can only improve it with time. The very positive feedback shows that we are doing more than fine. We pushed ourselves to the limit but like we say “Pressure makes diamonds”!

Recently you revealed a track from your upcoming new album. In my opinion ‘’Rojo’’ is an excellent track. How did you decide to write a song in Spanish?
It sounded right. We always try new things so this was definitely something we wanted to do. Dani’s first stoner band was called Rojo in the early days of his bass career, so we already had a title too. It kinda evolved from there by itself. Mike wrote lyrics, which then were corrected by friends/native Spanish speakers, and he also learned to pronounce the words of the song. We are great fans of Los Natas and also Alejandro Jodorowsky who played a major part for this song to emerge from the depths of imagination.

What are you listening to these days?
Dani is listening to the Desert Show masters, Giannis is into hip hop, while Mike prefers silence and sounds of nature for now.

Which is your favorite way of enjoying music? What would you choose between digital and physical format?
Sitting on a leather couch, doing nothing else but focusing on these music waves till you fall asleep…! Format wise, practically speaking, we prefer good quality mp3s or flacs, but there is no comparison if you have a good sound system and a vinyl pressing available. You can combine these 2 by using cassettes, but tape players are more and more hard to find these days!

Next month you’re going on tour. Can you tell us about your tour dates?
We will be playing on our first tour together as a band! Wow. Starting our trip from Volos we will move on to Thessaloniki, followed by 2 dates in Bulgaria and SoundartFest in Bucharest, Romania with bands like Nightstalker, Stoned Jesus and Exivious. It will be a blast! For the final gigof this tour we have the privilege to play along Yawning Man at AN Club, which feels like a second home to us really, and playing along the fathers of stoner rock will be a night to remember.

What does the future hold for Green Yeti?
It holds mysteries, the future is unknown of course. Oh, and a lot of RAWK. There’s much RAWK in the future for sure!

Interview with Daniel Pilsäter from No Omega

Hi there! First of all congratulations on your new album! On what degree does it follow on from its predecessor?
Hi, thanks! It’s a fun record for me, because there’s a lot of new stuff going on. We have a new drummer since the last record, and even though we step off in some familiar ground on some songs, we’ve tried things that I’ve wanted to do for a while! There are still themes that we’ve touched upon before, but I think Oscar (vocals) is writing a much more personal record this time.

Can you tell us about your main influences?
Musically, I think we all come from listening to screamo, and moody rock music. Swedish screamo like Suis la lune and Italian bands like Raein and La Quiete, or American bands like Loma Prieta or Ampere. Earlier on I’d say Converge, Killing the Dream, Meleeh and maybe post-metal stuff played a bigger part for us.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
We’ve pulled a lot of lyrical themes from the Ishmael book series. I’d say there’s a feeling that comes from a more diffuse place though, the frustration and hopelessness that the world puts on your shoulders. Like you know something’s wrong, with everything, and there’s nothing we can do.

How is music produced in No Omega?
It almost always comes from someone who wrote some guitar parts at home, brings it to the band where we hash out a structure and maybe find new ways to play the chords together. It used to be Oscar and Andreas (old singer), and then I started writing some songs, and now we have a pretty good system on how to get a core for a song going. Gabriel who joined on drums 2015 has really pushed our writing, in my opinion. Joakim who plays bass never brings his own songs from scratch, but he has a lot of good ideas, and always wants to try and find new ways of playing a song.

Your new album ‘’Culture’’ comes out on May. How did the recording sessions go?
I thought they were good. We spent two weekends up in Söderhamn with our friend Dennis, just recording and hanging out with the Söderhamn crew. We finished up the vocals in Stockholm, but I really appreciate the chance to leave Stockholm when we record this band. I need to focus, and have an outsider kind of push us through the sessions.

Is there a concept behind this album you’d like to talk about?
Hmm. If there is a concept, I’d say it’s communication. That’s the new thing in the lyrics, and it ties a lot of the songs together. We keep talking about how important communication is, both between ourselves, but also from band to audience, and how hard it can be. When making music, it’s important to me that what I think also comes through to the listener, and sometimes it feels useless even trying. And then when it works, and you connect, it’s amazing.

What are you listening to these days?
I got heavily into the artist Mitski this winter, and her new record Puberty 2. It’s SO GOOD. Other than that, I listen to a lot of americana/folky stuff, and for aggressive music it’s either death metal, hardcore stuff like Protester or more screamo. And the usual, Radiohead, Kent etc.

Which is your favorite way of enjoying music? What would you choose between digital and physical format?
I like collecting music physically, because of the packaging, and you get another relationship to the record. But I rarely sit down and listen to my records anymore, and I have even started paying for Spotify. I used to just get my music digitally and put it on an iPod or something. Now I have playlists of stuff I’m into, like full albums, but I have to admit I sometimes listen to normal playlists too…

Do you have any live shows planned for this year?
We’re doing a release tour for Culture in April, which will be our first tour booked by Loudnoise. We’ll be playing mainland Europe, and this summer we’re coming back with our Japanese friends Endzweck to play festivals.
We have some more things lined up, but we’ll see what comes through! We might even play a hometown show this year.

What does the future hold for No Omega?
No idea. We’ve been a band for a long time now. We’ll see.

Interview with Quake The Earth

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?
Quake the Earth’s line up is now me Jani Kakko (gtr), Aki Häkkinen (voc), Sami Knuutinen (bass) & Joonas Takalo (drums). Band was formed back in 2011 with members of hc-punk band “Forensic”. We asked Aki to join our group and then we changed band name and started whole thing from scratch. –Jani Kakko

What does the name Quake the Earth represent?
After the band’s “new beginning” and new line-up the sound changed and the song writing with it. I though it would suit good to change the band name with it in to something more meaningful. I came up with Quake The Earth for it’s divided meaning for me. On one hand it describes the music as it’s loud and strong. Other meaning is more political as I want to make people think through my lyrics – kinda wake people up a bit – forcefully even. –Aki

How would you define your sound?
Kick-ass metal with hardcore punk influeces and pinch of melody –Jani Kakko
I would describe is as a musical buffet table with all kinds of treats on it…but you only select the very best parts of it on your plate and this is what you get –Aki

Can you tell us about your main influences?
I think we all listen to different kind of music but consume a lot of it through the years. I don’t think musically we have any main influences together but we all have our own. Personally I am stuck to 90’s bands a lot for example Pantera, Meshuggah (destroy erase improve), Sepultura, Biohazard etc. when it comes to heavier music…of course 90’s rap music is the best also haha. Living in today’s world gives me the biggest influences for music.

Last September you released your new album ‘’Declaration of War’’. How has the reception been so far?
Very good review’s all around the world and people go crazy when we play live. Even radios in Europe had played our music but not so much in Finland… –Jani Kakko
Yeah the reviews have been super all over but I think not a lot of people knows about us still. We don’t have the big labels or promo companies behind us but we are doing our share of guerilla war in this huge industry and hopefully people enjoy and find our stuff. – Aki


Is there a concept behind the album you’d like to talk about?
It is politically aware as I feel we are living in a world where only a few decide the fate of billions and use greed, lies and puppets to control the masses. People have been slaved through debts and brainwashed through the media to live in a lie and be afraid to speak their mind. –Aki

What inspires you the most?
Life itself –Jani Kakko
Yeah like tends to throw turd on you and push you into corners -that’s where you find out if you fight or fall. –Aki

What are you listening to these days?
I personally have spend loads of time with vinyls like Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, kind of stuff lately. I love all kind of music but as we are talking about metal I think Gojira is biggest thing right now for me. –Jani
Oh man…it changes a lot and I have a lot of bands and artists I listen to. Currently making a new album with my other band The Duskfall so I have listened to the new songs a lot to write lyrics haha. Driving back and forth in Sweden and Finland alone I have been listening to some easier stuff late nights like Lana Del Ray and Leonard Cohen for example. –Aki

Any live shows planned for this year?
We are rehearsing with our new drummer Joonas and after we are ready for anything we will start booking for some shows and also gonna write new music also. –Aki

What does the future hold for Quake the Earth?
Gigs, new music and not giving up for mankind! Hopefully get to play more internationally also. –Aki

Interview with Friend of Gods


Hi there! Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?
Hey thanks for having us! We are Friend Of Gods. Three dudes that love music and that have created a band to nurture that love on a daily basis. We started rehearsing at the end of 2011, first as a duo (guitar/drums) and then eventually as a 3piece with bass.

What does the name Friend of Gods represent?
It started out as just a translation of a Greek suburb, because that’s where we would rehearse when we formed the band. It was a joke. We were talking about changing it when a good friend of ours showed us a drawing of a funny looking ape that he’d made. That ape wore a hat with the band’s name on it. It kind of made sense and that drawing has been the band logo ever since.

What inspires you the most?
Art in general. Other musicians, especially local one’s that we have the chance to see often. People of all kind. Nature.Cats & dogs.And our fucked up, self-destructive psychology.

How would you define your sound? Do you think it needs to be defined?
Our approach towards music is defined by punk, and we obviously have a lot of math-rock and 90’s references. Nevertheless, we try to add as much as we can to this equation and do our best not to limit our music to a certain genre.

Last December you released your new ep ‘’You Gotta Look Good In This Fuckin Business’’. How has the reception been so far? Is there a concept behind this ep you’d like to discuss?
Pretty good, considering it was only a digital release. We’ve gotten some great reviews and honest reactions from various sources. The most important thing is that we still like it. We look back at it now feeling that we gave our best to create an honest album. There is no concept really.The title is a statement, but also a question, concerning perspective.

How is music produced in Friend of Gods?
The good old fashioned jamming way! A member may come to the studio with a riff, an idea, a drum beat, or even a whole song, but it will only take complete form once we have jammed the hell out of it.

Any live shows planned for this year?
We’ll be playing at the Slap n Panic Festival in Athens at An club, on the 30th of April. Very excited about that one. We hope to hit some summer festivals in Greece after that, but our main focus at this moment is organizing a proper tour in Europe towards the end of the year.

What are you listening to these days?
We’re actually listening to the new Chronoboros album! It’s not out yet, but we were lucky enough to get our hands on it a few days ago cause they’re close friends and all that. It’s such a good album!

What does the future hold for Friend of Gods?
A lot of emails for sure! We try to do everything ourselves, it’s a lot of work but we can’t complain. We always manage to have fun, one way or another! You can also expect a new video clip from us, very soon.