Code Orange – Forever

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I love weekends. It’s saturday morning and i’m listening to Code Orange’s new album. Well, too many people are enthusiastic about this album so i decide to see what the fuss is all about. For those of you who don’t know let me just state that Code Orange is a four piece/ hardcore band from the United States. ”Forever”, which was released on January 13, 2017, is their third, full length album. Eleven tracks are included in this release. Code Orange isn’t your typical hardcore band. That became clear to me when i first listened to their previous album called ”I Am King”. In my opinion, ”Forever” is another big step for this band. First of all i’d like to comment on the album’s top notch production. I think it is beyond great. All of the album’s tracks sound super heavy to me. Apart from the heaviness, which is of course too damn obvious, their music is also quite diversified. A lot of industrial type parts make this album sound more claustrophobic and cold in my opinion. If you add to the aforementioned these great beatdown parts then you’re sure you have something special in your hands. In my opinion ”Forever” is not an album that you come across everyday. You must of course turn up the volume before you start listening to this album. Here you’ ll find many songs that will become part of your songlist for a long time. My personal favorite is ”Kill The Creator”. This is a great song and that’s hands down. Overall this is a great album. It is an album that can be easily enjoyed by fans of all sorts of genres. Definitely recommended for metalheads, punks, hardcore fans, e.t.c. I, myself loved it thus i’d like to recommend it.

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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!

Half Gramme Of Soma – Groove is Black

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Damn, there’s a huge eggplant floating in outer space. That’s the first thing i thought to myself when i came across Half Gramme of Soma’s upcoming, full length album. For those of you who don’t know let me just state that Half Gramme of Soma is a five piece, heavy space rock band from Athens, Greece. The band came into existence back in 2011. Their new album ”Groove Is Black” will be released this May through Fuzz ink Records. It was produced by the band and George Leodis and recorded back in November 2016 at Wreck-it Sound Studios, Corinth, Greece. Eight tracks will be included in this release. Well, this is what i’d personally call rock music straight from the heart. It’s the kind of music that will always be a good companion for you in both good and bad times. ”Groove Is Black” contains of course huge amounts of groove and i think that’s really cool. Expect to find heavy and yet atmospheric tracks. I myself liked all 8 of them but if i had to pick a favorite one that would have to be either ”Jerk” or ”No Man’s God”. The question is did i like this album? Well, i most certainly did. Therefore i would like to recommend it. Here’s a link where you can have a first taste of this album.

Meatwound – Largo

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Meatwound is a four piece band from Tampa, Florida. Their new album ”Largo” will be released on May 12 through Magic Bullet Records. I’ve been listening to this album for some time now and the thing is i liked it a lot. So today i thought it would be a good idea to say some things about Meatwound’s upcoming, new album. Seven tracks are included in this release. The first two tracks of this album are trully awesome. I’m talking about ”Seance” and ”Pigs”. When ”Pigs” came to an end i was like ”O.k gentlemen you now have my full attention”. I mean this 90’s mathcore of theirs is more than welcome. I sure as hell liked their vocals and their concrete basslines. And i can tell you for sure that the rest of this album’s tracks didn’t let me down at all. I didn’t feel at all like wanting to skip a song or anything like that and that’s because there’s a really nice flow within this album. In my opinion these guys have put together an excellent album. Fans of Botch, Coalesce, Breach, Burnt By The Sun dig in.