Big Brave – Ardor

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Big Brave is a three piece band from Canada. Their new album ”Ardor” was released on the 15th of September through Southern Lord Recordings. Three tracks are included in this release. So you might ask ”what music does this band play?”. Well, their unearthly music is definitely heavy and really experimental. It is also seriously dark and cold. The album’s first track is called ”Sound”. I’ll admit it caught me by surprise. I really didn’t know what to expect. In my opinion this song kills. I loved its atmosphere. I’m also down with the band’s vocals. To me her singing sounds like it’s coming straight from the heart and i most definitely like that. Second song is called ”Lull”. In my opinion you need to experience this song. Free your mind from everything that’s been bothering you and just enjoy these beautiful tunes. Last but not least we find ”Borer”, namely the album’s third song. This is probably my favourite song from this album. It wasn’t an easy decision i assure you. I’m nothing but overwhelmed by this song’s heaviness and i would like to urge all of you to give it a listen. Trust me you won’t regret it. These three songs are like a deep dive into one’s psyche. ”Ardor” by Big Brave” is one of the best albums i’ve listened to in months. In my opinion it is an album that can be enjoyed by metalheads, punks, dark wave fans, e.t.c. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Ardor”.

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No Funeral/ Livid – Split

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No Funeral and Livid are two bands from the United States. Their split album will be released on the 15th of August through Live Fast Die Recordings. Three tracks are will be included in this release. No Funeral contribute with two tracks and Livid with one. The first two tracks come from No Funeral. This is vicious, brutal sludge that finally found its way to my soundsystem. ”Infection” and ”Disease Brought By Depression” are of course heavy as hell. Pulverising riffs along with concrete basslines and agonizing vocals will accompany you in a journey through murky and dystopic soundscapes. Now Livid is a different story. Their style of music is more closer to doom than sludge. They kinda reminded me of old Paradise Lost . Their track is called ”False Hope”. I can’t say i loved it but i didn’t hate it as well. You can certainly trace some nice riffs. Nevertheless i’ve heard stuff like that many times in the past. As it has already been mentioned this split will see release on the 15th of August. Here’s a link where you can also give it a listen. Have you already heard this album? What did you think? Feel free to leave a comment in the comment section.

Doperider – Demo

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Doperider is a three piece, doom metal band from New Jersey. Their demo, which was written and recorded by the band itself, was released back in 2015. Two tracks are included in this demo. First track is called ”Drugged Up Demonoid” and it is trully an awesome track. It is a beast of a song. In my opinion it is composed of three parts. And the truth is that each part kills. Second song is called ”Fractal Resin”. I loved this song as well. It is of course heavy as hell and a bit trippy at the same time. What i like about this band is that they took the best out of three styles, namely doom, sludge and stoner metal and they created this demo of theirs that can’t go unnoticed. Personally i liked this demo a lot therefore i would like to recommend it. I would also love to listen to a full length album from this band. Here’s a link where you can have a first taste of Doperider.

Noothgrush/ Corrupted – Split

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Hey everybody, how’s it going? It’s time for a new review. Today we review a split album that was released  twenty years ago and will be re-released on August 25 through 20 Buck Spin. Noothgrush and Corrupted need no big introduction. I think we’re talking about two huge bands. Perhaps they never received the credit they deserved. But let’s get back to the album. The album has been remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege and the new artwork was made by Hal Rotter of Rotting Graphics. I’d like to say that i really dig the new artwork. Three tracks are included in this release. The first two tracks belong to Noothgrush and the third one to Corrupted. Noothgrush’s two tracks are of course insanely heavy. I don’t think there is any doubt about that. Filled with anger, hate and despair these two sludge monoliths are gonna haunt your playlist for a very long time. ”Inactive” by Corrupted is like a fourteen minute torment that’s impossible to escape from. Even if you have never heard of this band before you should definitely check out this song of theirs. I’ve said it before and i’m gonna say it again. I really like split albums. I also enjoyed this one therefore i would like to recommend it. Here’s a link where you can have a first taste.

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.