Hands of Thieves – Feasting on Dark Intentions

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Hands of Thieves is a five piece band from the United States. Their first ep ”Feasting on Dark Intentions” was released digitally about a year ago. On July 7, 2017 it was released on digipack cd format through Hellthrasher Productions. Four tracks are included in this release. The band’s music is a combination of black metal, grindcore and some sludge. It is of course seriously aggressive and brutal. It began with ”Wrath Weaver”. A fearsome beast roared in the dark. ”Violated at Heart” gave me the chills. In my opinion you should definitely check out this one. ”Sun Mocker” has some really cold black metal riffs. This is one massive and heavy as hell song. Last but not least we find ”Conduit of Grief”. Listening to this song one word came to mind and that is ‘epicness’. I loved it and i’d like to urge all of you to give it a listen. Overall, this ep is worth checking out. I personally enjoyed it thus i’d like to recommend it. They made a fan out of me and i’m sure the same will happen with you. Check out this link.

Interview with Herem

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Herem was formed during the summer of 2005 by Tommi, Jani and Juho after their previous band broke up.Valedis joined to do vocals and I (Patrick) joined soon after to complete the roster.

What does the name Herem represent?

It’s just something our bass player Tommi thought up to use as a name for the band.I think he found it from a bible he had lying around. As of why he was reading the bible frankly I don’t know, I guess he was just looking for weird stuff in there. It’s not a statement of any kind. I think Herem was one of two options on the table and we chose to go with it. It was easy to remember and different.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Mainly from jamming with each other. We usually start our practice session with a long jam where Jani, Juho and Tommistart by making up a massive crushing riff and I then start soloing and playing harmonies on top of that. It’s a great way to loosen up and clear your head from all distractions. Sometimes that and up as a base to a new song that we start working on later but more often it’s just a ritualistic mind cleanser. When working on songs someone usually has an initial part to start with and then we play it over and over to see if evolves naturally into a full song. Sometimes it works like that and sometimes it’s required to go through practice tapes and individually think of compositions and arrangements for  new parts. But I think the songs usually work out better if it all comes together as a happy accident while just jamming for a while. After we have a semi-complete version of a new song then usually Valendis comes up with the lyrics and starts to work with her vocal arrangements.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

One major inspiration in the beginning was to take a deep wiff of the esthetics present in Autopsy’s slower tunes like “Dead” from Mental Funeral and use that as a base to create sludgy doom. Of course Reverend Bizarre was very big in Finland at the time so they were also strong influence. Naturally Black Sabbath and their use of the devil’s interval can be heard all over in this genre were a part of.

Last October you released your latest album ‘’III’’. How has the reception been so far?

I think it’s been very good for us. Generally the reviews have been very favorable. As a whole we are very happy and proud of how the album turned out and how well it has been received.

Is there a concept behind this album you’d like to talk about?

Lyrically there’s not really a single themed arch or concept across the whole album. The songs are mostly about occultism, horror fantasies and sheer desperation.For example Scars to summon is about summoning stories and secrets of the dead by using the markings of another persons skin, Snakes of the third moon tells the story of sex, death and rebirth involved an occult ceremonyand Slumber is a nod to H.P.Lovecraft featuring the horrors of ancient nameless monsters and pure madness .  Dark songs for the dark times we live in.

Do you have any live shows planned for the second half of this year?

We’re taking a bit time off with each of us working on different projects right now. However, as lazy as we are arranging shows, we are happy to consider any offers for a few one offs. It’s always a pleasure to play live and I think thats where we are at our best.

What are you listening to these days?

I’ve been visiting Roadburn festival for many years now and usually crawling through the playlist while trying to decide which bands to see is one of my major sources of new music for the year. It’s a truly fantastic festival and I’d recommend it to anyone. Lately I’ve been listening to the new Elder album which I think is much better than the previous one.  The Slomatics album from last year is very good, I just got into it. I also just got the new Monkey 3 live album, also good stuff. I guess I tend to go for heavy music leaning towards psychedelics and progressive elements.  I must give a special mention to a relatively new Finnish punk band named Huora. Their debut album came out a couple of months ago and it’s awesome! You must check it out.

What does the future hold for Herem?

As I previously mentioned we are taking some inspirational time off from Herem right now. We may play some shows if the opportunity comes, though.

Bison – You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient

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Bison is a four piece band from Canada. Their new, full legth album ”You Are Not The Ocean You Are The Patient” which was released in Europe on the 23rd of June, will be released in North America on the 7th of July. That’s a rather odd album title, don’t you think? I simply didn’t get it. Let’s see though what we’ve got here. Seven tracks are included in this album. Back in May the band had shared one of the album’s tracks, namely ”Tantrum”. That was a cool track no doubt. But of course all of the album’s tracks are seriously heavy. It begins with ”Until the earth is empty”. This song sets the tune. In my opinion it is beyond good and i’m sure that the fans are gonna love it. ”Anti War” is the album’s second track. I think this track stands out for its nice riffs and concrete basslines. ”Drunkard” is a song that is filled with immense groove. You should definitely check out this one. Moving on we find we find ”Kenopsia”. First of all i’ll admit i loved this song’s intro. Neverthless the rest of the song didn’t let me down at all. ”Tantrum” is one of my favourite tracks from Bison’s new album. Same goes for ”Raiigin”. Heavy like a sledgehammer, this song needs to be played loud. Last but not least we find ”The water becomes fire”. This is more of an atmospheric song and an excellent outro for this album. Overall these seven tracks form an album that definitely deserves your attention. In my opinion the band surely delivered. And i have to say i couldn’t find a mediocre moment here. I personally enjoyed this album thus i’d like to recommend it.

Best albums of 2017 so far

We’re about to enter the second half of this year. Actually July is just two days away. And i’d like to say i consider myself lucky because i had the opportunity these 6 months to listen to so many awesome albums. So today i wanted to give you a list of what i consider to be the best albums of this year so far. So here goes. Albums go in no specific order:

Code Orange – ”Forever”

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Dakhma – ”Suna Kulto”

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Sloth Herder – ”No Pity, No Sunrise”

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Idre – ”Unforgiving Landscapes”

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Kollapse – ”Angst”

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Khmer – ”Larga Sombra”

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Body Void – ”Ruins”

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Unearthly Trance – ”Stalking the Ghost”

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The Ditch and the Delta – ”Hives in Decline”

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Hyenas – ”Deadweights”

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In the Company of Serpents – ”Ain Soph Aur”

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Buioingola – ”Il Nuovo Mare”

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Hexis – ”Tando Ashanti”

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Godhunter – ”Codex Narco”

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Full of Hell – ”Trumpeting Ecstasy”

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Khmer – Larga Sombra

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Khmer is a four piece band from Madrid, Spain. Their first full length album ”Larga Sombra” will see release on the 11th of August. Eight tracks will be included in this release. The band’s music is a more than excting blend of hardcore, crust punk and black metal. The first thing that made a huge impression on me is the album’s clean production. ”Larga Sombra” to me sounds immensely heavy and  i also dare to say imposing. Forgive me for i don’t speak any spanish. It begins with ”Larga Sombra”. It is a truly awesome song and one of my favourites from this album. ”Perdiste El Filo” is the album’s second song and so far all i can say is that i’m liking what i’m listening to. ”Corriendo Tras El Fuego” works like a bridge that takes us to the other parts of this album. ”El Ardor De La Crueldad” is one of my favourite songs from ”Larga Sombra”. Here you’ll find some really nice riffs. ”A Este Lado De La Luna” is cold as life. Hands down it’s a beast of a song. ”Soledad” stands out for its pitch dark atmosphere and really nice black metal riffs. Nevertheless ”Para Ver El Mundo Arder” was like a big slap in the face. I didn’t expect to find an Amenra-type song there but there’s no doubt in my mind that this is an excellent song and a great outro for this record. Khmer’s first full length album is one of the best albums i’ve listened to in months. It sounds fresh and inspired. In my opinion they have raised the bar really high on themselves. From us it’s a 9 out of 10. The album comes out in August. Here’s a link where you can have a first taste.

Post Pulse – Halls of the Damned

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Post Pulse is a four piece, death metal band from Helsinki, Finland. Their debut album ”Halls of The Damned’ was released on May 26 through Inverse records. Nine tracks are included in this release. The band’s music combines death metal and groove metal. These guys here do not attempt to reinvent the wheel but through this album they deliver nine good written songs filled with nice riffs and cool death metal growls. Brutal yet melodic, this album will give you nine good reasons to bang your head really hard. I singled out many nice songs like ”When The Snakes Are Dead”, ”Final Goodbye” and ”Halls Of The Damned”. To be honest with you though the song i liked the most is ”Let It Burn”. Pay extra attention to this song. Especially if you’re an At The Gates fan. Overall i’d like to say that i enjoyed this album thus i’d like to recommend it. Post Pulse’s debut album needs to be heard loud. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Halls of The Damned”.