Kalong – S/T EP, EP review and interview with the band

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Kalong is a three piece band from Athens, Greece. Formed back in 2015, the band today released their debut, self titled ep. Recorded by Iordanis Pamouktsoglou at Fabric Audio Studio, this ep includes seven tracks. I could describe their sound like noise rock meets post hardcore meets hardcore punk e.t.c. But to be honest i’m not really sure how accurate that would be. I’ll tell you what though. Kalong’s first ep to me sounds really experimental and that’s what makes it so damn intriguing. I love how their vocalist sings and how he generally uses his vocals. Here you’ll find high amounts of raw punk energy along with awesome basslines. Oh, there’s no guitar also. Just a drummer, a bassist and a vocalist. These three guys do the job though. Going through this ep’s tracklist i can tell you that ”Treadline” sets the tone. You just need to turn up the volume and enjoy this ep. I liked all of the ep’s tracks but if i had to choose a favourite one that would have to be either ”Patch” or ”Lawnmower Man”. It is my strong belief that we have struck gold. Kalong’s debut ep is a gem recently unearthed from the underground. Here’s a link where you can give it a listen. Apart from checking out their ep we also asked them some questions and they gave us their answers. Here’s what they had to say:

When did it all start for your band?

While we come from coastal areas around Athens, the concept of making a band started in Thessaloniki in late 2014. After that, we started practicing at Loverman’s basement in early 2015, where Kalong’s spirit enlightened us with it’s joyful screech.

What does the name Kalong represent?

We found it randomly in a word generator. Turns out it is an Indonesian word for a species of giant bats; technically it’s a flying fox, which eats exclusively fruits.

How would you define your sound?

It’s like the feeling of escalating numbness that gradually masks the human body whilst electrified riffs prolong an unexplainable tickle inside our belly buttons.

How did you decide to start a band with no guitars?

It didn’t start out as a conscious decision, it rather just occurred by playing with what we’ve got. In the end it rather helped creating our own sound, adjusting mixtures of our influences into this set.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Punk, noise rock, garage/surf with various kicks of death and black metal at points.

What inspires you the most?

The complexity of human relationships, where are we headed as a species and the obscurity of the multiverse.

You’re about to release your debut ep. How did the recording sessions go?

We are happy with the result, as we learned a lot from the whole process.

What are you listening to these days?

Nalyssa Green, Quincy Jones Orchestra.

Any live shows planned in the months to come?

A gig in Athens for the release of the EP, in late 2017

What does the future hold for Kalong?

Recording the rest of our material

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.

Interview with Procrastinate

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Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Procrastinate was formed in 2013 at Karditsa, Greece. At first, it was a project of two people in need to express themselves through extreme music and put out their ideas and beliefs. Later things got more serious and we became a five-piece and highly active group. We place ourselves among the DIY hardcore punk scene and perform only in autonomous spaces and squats which promote an anti-authoritarian, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, anti-fascist and self-organized way of life.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Our lyrics draw inspiration from everyday life issues, the social & political crisis, personal situations and ethics.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

The only sure thing is that we listen to a LOT of music. I think that some bands that we can all agree on in the band are Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, Fall of Efrafa, Wolfbrigade etc. for basics, but mostly we enjoy the contemporary DIY Greek scene in which we saw ourselves flourish. However, to diminish influence only to music would be a huge mistake. Art in general is and will be a major part of our lives forever.

The last years we’ve seen many diy bands come out of Greece. Is diy more of a political statement or is it more about freedom of artistic creativity?

Being free and creating on your own terms IS a political statement. People trying to refuse DIY its politicization to easily exploit its rise is something sadly often and really dangerous. We’re glad that the DIY scene in Greece is at its best with many different bands coming out day by day and we look forward it to be the threat to modern culture we dream it to be.

You are about to release your first, full length album. How did the recording sessions go? Will it be a concept album?

The recording sessions were split between Karditsa and Livadeia (both in Greece) where most of the work took place. We easily managed to get done everything the way it was supposed to be and we’re really happy with the end result. We consider the LP to be the best sounding work we’ve ever released. For that, we would like to thank George Stournaras over at Infected Studios in Livadeia for recording, mixing and mastering the record and Achilleas Kaminiotis over at Huge4 Studios in Karditsa for recording the vocals. There was no concept in mind while creating it, but after closely listening to it after its birth and if we had to name one, it would be: “The tale of a modern human’s daily struggle to cope with life’s absurdity and to make all dreams of rebellion reality”.

When will the album be released?

The album is going to be officially released by us and sweetohm recordings at September the 25th. For all those interested, you can stream the whole LP now exclusively over at IDIOTEQ.com or listen some tracks uploaded at our YouTube channel.

I loved the album’s cover artwork. Can you give us some info on that?

The peacock is something very characteristic of our hometown. If you visit Karditsa, there’s no way to ignore its central park “Pausilypo” where many of them have their stroll. These birds are connected to many childhood memories of this park and all the fun we had and are still having there. The obvious choice because of his love of drawing animals and our respect to him as a musician and artist was Alex CF (Fall of Efrafa, Light Bearer, Carnist, Momentum, Archivist, Morrow, etc.) who translated our vision into art in the best possible way and also took care of the layout.

Any live shows planned for the rest of this year?

We’ll be touring Europe in November for two weeks in support of the LP and have also planned two Greek dates for October in Patras and Athens. More Greek dates after Europe will follow for sure. Stay tuned for more information on the shows.

What are you listening to these days?

I sure can’t talk for everyone, but I (T.-vocals) am really into Brockhampton’s (an L.A. based hip-hop collective) new album “Saturation II”, Wolfbrigade’s latest album “Run with the Hunted” and Converge’s “I Can Tell You about Pain” EP.

What does the future hold for Procrastinate?

We’ll try to get the new album as far as we can, play as many gigs as we can and fight daily for what’s not earned yet. Beware the time of change.

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.

Kollapse – Angst

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Kollapse is a four piece band from Aalborg, Denmark. The band was formed back in 2012. Their new album ”Angst” will be released on the 19th of May. Seven tracks will be included in this release. Through this blog we’ ve talked so many times about things like originality and inspiration among others. And rest assure you can find a lot of the aforementioned inside today’s album. Let us waste no more time. Let’s press play. The band’s music is a combination of different styles like hardcore, crust punk and doom metal. These three are key ingredients to create something awesome. First of all i’d like to comment on the album’s production and that’s because i think it’s simply awesome. ”Angst” to me sounds super heavy with an immense groove. It starts with ”Void” which is one of this album’s best tracks and my favorite as well. I also loved ”Death of a Monotheist”, namely the album’s second track. This is one epic track for sure. ”GueuleS CaslêeS” is another excellent song from this album. I mean there’s so much strength in this song. I simply can’t get enough of ”Til Hølle”. Here you’ll find some really nice riffs. ”Blinding Light” is a great track. Fans of Isis and Cult of Luna are gonna love it. ”Nesting” is a beautiful song. So is ”Abandon”. Overall, seven tracks form a great album that needs to be heard really loud.
I will admit that ”Angst” is one of the best albums i’ve listened to in months. I’m definitely down with it thus i’d like to recommend it. From us it is a 9 out of 10. Fans of Neurosis, Isis, Cult of Luna, Rosetta, Breach dig in.

Rest – Rest ep

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Rest is a four piece band from Udine, Italy. To be honest the only thing i knew about Udine was Udinese F.C. Nevertheless this is not a post about football. It’s about Rest and their self-titled, debut ep. Released in October 4, 2016, this ep includes five tracks. The band’s music is a more than exciting blend of hardcore, crust, black metal and sludge. Yes, their music is seriously heavy. In my opinion ”Rest” ep sounds really brutal and raw. However here you’ll find many doses of coldness, absolutely necessary to give you this feeling as if you’ re swimmimg in dark, murky waters. I liked all five songs, but my favourite ones would have to be ”I”, ”II” AND ”IV”. ”IV” is an awesome song and that’s hands down. Overall, an ep that’s really promising. I have an objection though. Is it me or their vocalist’s voice was a bit lowered? I mean there were some parts where i had to focus to listen to his vocals. However i’ll admit i enjoyed this ep and i would really like to listen to more songs from this band. Here’s a link where you can listen to ”Rest” ep.