Dawn Ray’d – The Unlawful Assembly

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Lately a lot of people have been talking about this album and this band. So out of plain curiosity i decided to check it out. The band is called Dawn Ray’d, a three piece band from the U.K. Their new full length album ”The Unlawful Assembly” was released about a month ago. Well, it’s too damn good so i thought we should say some words about it. Ten tracks are included in this release. Dawn Ray’d play black metal but their music cauldron also includes elements such as neo-crust and folk. ‘The Unlawful Assembly’ starts quite emphatically with two killer tracks, namely ”Fire Sermon” and ”The Abyssal Plane”. They simply launched an attack on both flanks with these stone cold riffs of theirs. Quite overwhelmed by this i simply watched the attack unfolding. ”Future Perfect Conditional” is another awesome track with a great intro. Same goes for ”Emptiness Beneath” and all i can think of is that this is black metal today. Great atmosphere, awesome vocals, riffs cold as hell and the tempo quickens and then slows down when it has to. ”A Litany to Cowards” is a great acoustic track. It’s what will lead you to the second part of this album. Expect nothing but awesomeness here as well. I mean, check out ”Island of Cannibal Horses”. This is a beautiful track and that’s hands down. Talking about this album as a whole, i couldn’t really find a mediocre moment here. In my opinion ”The Unlawful Assembly” by Dawn Ray’d is one solid album. As for me, i loved it, i enjoyed it and i simply wish to recommend it. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”The Unlawful Assembly”.

Interview with Ubiquity

Hi guys! How have you all been? Congratulations on your new album!

Hello, we are all fine and happy to be here, thank you very much for the opportunity and appreciation, we are glad that you liked the album

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Ubiquity is a project, indeed, a creature, born two years ago, when Leonardo (guitar) proposed to Alessio (ex-bass) to help him arrive and record his dark folk compositions, a very decadent stuff derived from the beautiful , dark poems Alessio wrote in his diary. Soon after, came the idea of ​​forming a real band, but there was a turning point in the genre that turned to the screamo / emoviolence distorted by the different influences and musical identities of the members. All this has come together in just a few months in our first full length, “Quiet in hopelessness” (Screamore, Dingleberry records). Shortly after the release of the album, we broke up due to the drummer’s departure (Marco) abroad and because the various members needed to devote themselves to several parallel projects that in the meantime had taken shape, but a few months later the creature reformed with new enthusiasm, new lineup and desire to experience new musical drifts, and here we are here haha.

What does the name Ubiquity represent?

The Ubiquity name represents the plurality of our music and our individual, personal and musical identities. We wanted to make music without barriers and everyone helped to put a different ingredient on the composite cauldron.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Each of us comes from a different scene and this has always been reflected on our music. While Leonardo (guitar) comes from most extreme listenings like Black metal, grindcore, crust on everyone, Davide (voice) is more inclined to all that have the “core” suffix at the end, Alessio (bass) devotes himself to rap and the screamo while Marco (drums) comes from a more experimental music background. In general, our sound does not have a specific reference band, but if I could mention some that undoubtedly influenced us during the composing / recording phase, i would say without a doubt all the Belgium scene of the church of Ra, as well as the european neo-crust scene (Fall of efrafa, Agrimonia) and post-metal post black and blackened hardcore (Downfall of Gaia, Light bearer, Tombs, Hope drone, Celeste, Hexis).

Where do you draw inspiration from?

For the new album, ‘Forever/ Denied‘, we were inspired, both musically and lyrically, by the natural quest for identity man, of a finite form that often leads us to an indecision and inner vacuum. In general, ours has always been a music moved from the most intimate feelings and deep inner search.

How would you define your sound?

I think that the phrase inside the album cover is explanatory in this case: “This is the vacuum inside and around us”.

Your new album ‘’Forever/ Denied’’ was recently released through Third I Rex. How did the recording sessions go? Are you pleased with the final outcome?

Yeah! we are very happy and pleased with both the work behind the mixing by Simone (Lo nardo, D.I.Y studio), who has managed perfectly to get the sound we were looking for, very dirty, with not too much bullshit, raw and atmospheric; and then the work done by Roberto (Mura, Third I Rex), one of the best people we have collaborated with so far, one who’s extremely helpful for his groups and has followed us excellently and consistently throughout the whole album’s creation and publishing process. Recording sessions were pretty fast and without too much pretense, we wanted the album to be as genuine and raw as possible, which is why we preferred the live recording to multitrack.

What are you listening to these days?

During this time we are not listening to anything specific, just a few Misery index and some new Hardcore releases . We fell in love with the new Amenra ‘Mass VI’ album , a fucking masterpiece of inner struggle and poetry , so dark! There are a number of new bands that flow well with us and we would like to share the stage, such as Dragged into sunlight and Abstracter.

Which are the black metal bands that you look up to?

Surely our music has more to do with the atmospheric wing of the genre, with echoes from both the French blackgaze scene (Lantlos, Alcest) and the USBM scene (Yellow eyes, Ustalost, Wolves in the throne room, Skagos, Ash borer, Addaura, etc.). In general, black metal in every form , has been a turning point for many of us.

Any live shows planned in the months to come?

For now no, we are concentrating on organizing some dates outside of Sardinia.

What does the future hold for Ubiquity?

Just in the last period we are trying to throw something down again, we are curious to see what shape it will take haha. Thanks again for the opportunity. We take the opportunity to greet and thank all those who helped us push what we do and who have supported us, who support us, who will do it in the future and all the bands that share a rich soul scene with us and who fight every day to pursue their passion trying to break through the sea barriers. Hail to Vultur, Simulacro, Unholy impurity, Abysso, Riflesso, Scornthroats, Charun, My own prison, Leshen, Drought and all those who continue to keep the faith.

 

Eye of Nix – Black Somnia

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Eye of Nix is a four piece band from Seattle. Formed back in 2012, they released their first full length album ”Moros” in 2015. Their new album ”Black Somnia” will be released on the 15th of December through Scry Recordings. Recorded and mixed by Billy Anderson at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon and mastered by Brad Boatwright, this album includes six tracks. So let’s see what we have here. The band’s music is a blend of different styles. Their music reminds me of a lot of things and nothing at the same time. Black metal and doom metal are strong inside this album though. Two words could perhaps describe ”Black Somnia” and these are ‘avant garde’. Trully experimental and dark, this album took me by surprise and that’s because you don’t come across albums like ”Black Somnia” that often. It begins with ”Wound and Scar”, a trully great track. ”Fear’s Ascent” is one of the highlights of this album. These two songs firstly revealed to me of how talented their vocalist Joy Von Spain is. I think she has some serious vocal skills. Well, i won’t lie to you, ”A Curse” is also an excellent song. Hauntingly beautiful, this song has become a dark necessity. ”Lull” is heavy as hell. I loved it. ”Toll on” is another highlight of this album. I mean, these vocals gave me the chills. There are some many emotions inside this track. This album comes to an end quite emphatically with ”Hideous Visage”. I personally liked all six tracks. In my opinion the band delivered. ”Black Somnia” is a solid album therefore it is highly recommended. As it has already been mentioned the album comes out on December 15. Here are two links where you can follow the band on facebook and check out their first album on bandcamp.

Primitive Man – Caustic

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If you’ve ever wondered ‘how heavier can this get?’ then the answer to your question is Primitive Man. Hello. Today we’re gonna talk a bit about Primitive Man and their new album ”Caustic”. This album came out on the 6th of October through Relapse records. Their previous album ”Scorn” was a real beast. So let’s check out ”Caustic”. Twelve tracks are included in this release. Let me just state that the album’s cover artwork is great. It gives you a first taste of how brutal and raw this album is. And it really is. The band sets the tone from the beginning. ”My Will” is the first wave of the attack. Demons come out from your speakers ready to crush your soul. ”Victim” is a hell of a track and so is ”Commerce”. Suddenly you feel like you’re choking. Chtonic deities will torment you as you sail the caustic river of oblivion. ”Tepid” is an awesome track and it doesn’t deviate at all from the tone that was set, that is of course extreme heaviness and brutality. You’ll love ”Sterility”. I really dig how this band blends black metal in their music. ”Sugar Hole” is a dope track and one of my favourite tracks from ”Caustic”. But wait, there’s more. ”Disfigured” is another awesome track from this album. This ”Ritual” comes to an end with ”Inevitable” and ”Absolutes” and all i can say is that this was quite a ride. The band remains pissed and angry and they certainly have not lowered their standards at all. ”Caustic” is a great album. This may be a bit of a cliche line but it is an album that you must experience. As for me i loved it, i’m definitely down with it thus i’d like to recommend it. I would easily give it a 9 out of 10. Here’s a link where you can also listen to the album.

Interview with Dark Habits

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Our band was formed between Matt Adamson our drummer and myself Lewis Glass our guitarist in January of this year (2017). For a brief period Matthew Blanchett performed vocals for us (he is the vocalist on Cave Paintings) but we have since parted ways with him.
The band now consists of Matt Adamson(drums), Ross Livingstone (bass), Lewis Glass (guitar) and Steven Murray (vocals).

Can you tell us about your main influences?

The main premise for our music is anything fast and heavy with some industrial influence although it’s not restricted to this. The bands that probably influence us the most are the likes of Converge, Darkthrone and Nine Inch Nails.

What inspires you the most?

Pretty much anything that is ‘not nice’ in life. I think it’s important to be a nice person in life but not deny the fact that horrible things happen around the world every day. We try to deal with this in our music, be it through the lyrics or through the mood/intensity of the instruments.

How is music produced in Dark Habits?

In terms of writing we are a very democratic band. A member will usually come to practice with an idea on their instrument and we’ll write around that and see where it goes. Lewis records, mixes and masters all of our music. He runs a studio (www.glassworksstudiorecording.com) where we write and rehearse. This, tied in with the fact that Ross is a videographer (www.yearonemusic.com) in his spare time means that we can do absolutely everything ourselves and keep the running costs of our band really low.

This May you released your debut ep ‘’Cave Paintings’’. How has the reception been so far?

We’ve been overwhelmed by the reception to it. We didn’t expect anyone outside of Glasgow to ever hear it but we’ve ended up sending tapes (which are now sold out!) to places all over the world, from Canada to Japan.

What about a full length album?

A full length album will happen although most likely not until next year. We have an EP due out before the end of the year though!

What are you listening to these days?

Between us we’ve been listening to Vein, Street Sects, Lord Mantis, Viva Belgrado. We do listen to non loud music too though. I think a band we all agree we love is Interpol!

Which is your favourite way of enjoying music? What would you choose between digital and physical format?

Whilst we all collect cassettes and vinyl when we can we definitely consume music digitally more often. Right now we all have extremely busy schedules and prefer the convenience of an MP3. That being said, the collectibility and sentimentality of cassettes and vinyl is unbeatable.

Any live shows planned for the rest of this year?

Yeah we have a few:

7th October @ The Flying Duck, Glasgow: Nihility, Underdark, Razorbite and us.
24th October @ The Garage Attic, Glasgow: Svalbard, The Tidal Sleep, Bosporus and us.
5th November @ Audio, Glasgow: Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Leng T’che, Boak, Endless Swarm, Gendo Ikari and us.

What does the future hold for Dark Habits?

We don’t have any goals other than to keep making music and playing shows together.

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.