Welk is a five piece band from Germany. Their new album ”Sein” is comprised of six tracks and it actually comes out today. It is really good so i thought we should say some words about it. The band’s music is a more than exciting combination of black metal, neo crust and hardcore. So the band introduces themselves to us through this darkened music of theirs. It begins with ”Urne”. This is definitely a really nice track with some stone cold riffs. ”Sonne” is the album’s second track and it doesn’t deviate at all from the tune that was set by the album’s first song. Atmospheric yet brutal, this song is already haunting my perosnal playlist. And then came ”Statue”, namely the album’s third song and a song that balances perfectly between black metal and hardcore. Surely a song you must listen to. I liked ”Ruhe” a lot. I loved how this unwordly atmosphere is being unveiled throughout this song. Last but not least we find ”Schlaf”. This is one of my favourite songs from ”Sein”. In my opinion it works as an excellent outro for this album. ”Sein” is another gem unearthed from the underground. I liked this album a lot so i’d like to recommend it. They made a fan out of me and i’m sure the same will happen with you. Definitely recommended for fans of Oathbreaker, Downfall of Gaia and Abest. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Sein”.
Hive is a four piece band from the United States. Their latest album ”Parasitic Twin” was released on April 21, 2017 through Crown and Throne Ltd. Recorded in 2016 by Mike Duffy in Room 44 and mixed by Matthew Kirkwold at Rumble Studios, this album includes ten tracks. Let’s see what we’ve got here. Their music combines d-beat/ crust and hardcore punk. O.k, once again i’ll admit it didn’t take too long for me to like this album. When the third track of this album came to an end i had already come to a conclusion. My opinion did not change at all when i listened to the final note of this album. Hive had passed my ”test”. Here you’ll find nothing less than ten songs which are filled with anger and rage. Apart from that, a lot of their songs (”Common Ancestor” for example) contain some dark, cold elements. I think this kind of a ”plot twist” is what makes this album so interesting to me. This is not your typical d-beat band or your typical d-beat album. There’s definitely much more to it. I’m talking about nice riffs, brutal vocals and huge raw punk energy that will surely make your day as it did mine. This album is definitely worthy of your attention, especially if you’re a fan of swedish crust punk. As for me, i’m going to name ”Parasitic Twin” as one of this month’s best albums. It is not what one would call as a game changer but it is seriously heavy like a dynamite. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Parasitic Twin”.
Hi there! Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?
Hey! I’m Patrick and I play Bass in Abest. Abest was founded in late 2011 when Joscha and our former drummer Tim started jamming together. We played our first show in March 2012 and released our demo at the same time. Our first full length was released in May 2014 and our new EP „Last“ in summer 2016. We had some changes in the line-up, so today Abest are Joscha (Vocals, Guitar), Dominik (Guitar, Vocals), Patrick (Bass) and Rezy (Drums). We are currently signed by the german label This Charming Man Records (The Tidal Sleep, Mountain Witch, Bask).
What does the name Abest represent?
It’s latin and means something like ”lost without a trace“.
How would you define your sound?
We gain our influences from different musical styles. Personally we listen to a lot of genres, from Black Metal to Hardcore, from Post-Punk to Alternative-Rock. When we write songs we don’t give a shit about anything and just do what we want to do. Sometimes it sounds more like Black Metal, sometimes like some dark Hardcore and sometimes like Sludge or Doom Metal. The only thing it should be is heavy. On our latest EP ”Last“ we also did some noise parts between the songs, have some blast beats and some breakdowns on it that you can find on your favorite hardcore records. So I don’t think you can nail our music down to one genre.
Can you tell us about your main influences?
When we started Abest, Isis and Cult Of Luna were some bands we all listened to very much. So I think that are our main influences and waypoints for our sound.
How is music produced in Abest?
When we rehearse, mostly Joscha or Dominik come along with some riffs and we start jamming to them. That was how „Last“ came together. We started writing the songs for „Last“ in late 2015 and only needed four months to get them finished and recorded. The process for „Asylum“ was a lot longer. We started writing songs shortly after our Demo was finished in early 2012 and the whole thing was released two years later. Some songs from „Asylum“ were written in 2012, some in 2013. So sometimes the process of writing and releasing a record can take some years. Let’s see how it will be with our next album.
Your EP ‘’Last’’ was released last June. How has the reception been so far?
The response was great! We received a lot of positive feedback at shows or through reviews. Some people don’t like the EP as much as our first full length, but I think that is normal. ”Last“ is more aggressive than ”Asylum“. The songs are a lot more uncompromising. ”Asylum“ has way more atmospheric parts on it, while ”Last“ is just 20 minutes of heavy music. We just wanted to do a straight-forward record and I think we did a good job.
What about a new full length?
We started writing new songs some moths ago when our new drummer Rezy joined the band. We want to record them at the end of this year or early next year, so we will definitely release new material in 2018.
What are you listening to these days?
I listen to a lot of fresh hardcore from the United States. Fury, Abuse Of Power or Bind are some bands I really enjoy lately. On our last tour we listened a lot to Eyeliner. That’s a fun band. But also we are all very hyped on that new Code Orange record!
What does the future hold for Abest?
Touring and rehearsing. As I said before, we want to record some new stuff at the end of this year or early next year. But we also have a bunch of shows planned through the next months. Maybe there will be some more tours after the summer. We just came back from a tour with Depravation and another one with Dominiks and Rezys other band Farson is planned for May. In between we will play some shows with Forn or Downfall Of Gaia.
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Cvlt of Grace is a three piece band from Pécs, Hungary. The band was formed back in 2011. ”Tears” , which will be released this August, is their newest EP as well as their fourth release. Well, ”Tears” is beyond good so i thought it would be a good idea to say some words about this album. Five tracks are included in this release. First of all, the band’s music is an exciting blend of hardcore, sludge, some black metal, and crust punk. Or else you can just simply call it chaotic hardcore. Personally speaking it didn’t take too long for me to like their stuff. ”Tears” begins with a massive song called ”From Hell (Land of Anxiety)” to continue with another excellent song called ”To Hell (Land of Ignorance)”. Massive basslines combine with stone cold riffs and awesome hxc vocals. O.k so here we’ ve reached ”Dogfaced Children”, namely the album’s third song. Hands down this is a great song. It’s one of the best songs i’ve listened to in months. Just give it a listen and draw your own conclusions. ”Black Sack” is a great sample of beatdown hardcore. ”Stones and Knives” is the album’s fifth and last song and all i can think of is that a new band is in town. Its name is Cvlt of Grace. Mark that name. They made a fan out of me and i’m sure the same will happen with you. Just before the end i’d like to say you get some extra points for the album’s top notch production. And now i’d like to urge all of you to check out these links: