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.

Godhunter – Codex Narco

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Godhunter is a doom metal band from the United States. Their new album ”Codex Narco” was released on May 19 through Battleground Records and Baby Tooth Records. Let us waste no more time. Let’s press play. Seven tracks are included in this release. ”A Dread of Some Strange Impending Doom” sets the tone here. Yes, this album is seriously heavy. It continues with ”Like Glass Under Black Fingernails” which is a beautiful track. Immensely heavy yet full of emotions this track definitely does the job. It’s one of my favourites from this album and i would like to urge all of you to give it a listen. I also want to add that i loved their vocals. ”Cocaine Witches & Lysergic Dreams” is another great track from this album and all i can say so far is that i can’t wait to listen to the reast of the songs. ”Walking With A Ghost” brought me back to late 90’s when bands like Paradise Lost and Lake of Tears were the shit. Or perhaps i’m totally wrong about this. Just give it a listen. It’s a really nice song. Last but not least we find ”Distant Fading Screams of a Dead World”. I think it works as a perfect outro for this album. Overall i’d like to say that this is a really good album. It’s a concept album of esoteric, layered music. In my opinion it is also one of this month’s best albums. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Codex Narco”.

Interview with Green Yeti

Hi there! Please introduce us to your band. When did it all start for Green Yeti?
Hey there, we are Green Yeti, a stoner doomed psych-rock trio from Athens, Greece, formed in early 2014. Dani plays the bass, Mike sings and scratches the guitar, while Giannis keeps destroying drum kits while we jam. That’s the current line-up.

Can you tell us about your main influences?
We have been influenced by 70s rock bands of the time, psychedelic stoner doom of recent years, and basically any music style that has the appropriate amount of mojo to keep us going!

How would you define your sound?
Strange Heavy!

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Almost anything really, it could be today’s weather report, or a walk in the park. A phone call. Of course, there are dark caves, purple smoke, urban legends and unexplained phenomena involved, but hey, it adds up to our strange heavy sound for sure. And lots of green fuzzy hair, that too.

Your new album ‘’Desert Show’’ will be released this April. How did the recording sessions go?
It was hard. We did have to change drummers during the recording sessions and also prepare a new song for a compilation (spoiler) that is still under development. Fotis left the group and almost immediately Giannis took his place and lived up to our expectations. We were good to go again! Following the same routine, we did everything our own way, full DIYlive recording in the cave as always. Then mixing/mastering DIY again…We have found the recipe so now we can only improve it with time. The very positive feedback shows that we are doing more than fine. We pushed ourselves to the limit but like we say “Pressure makes diamonds”!

Recently you revealed a track from your upcoming new album. In my opinion ‘’Rojo’’ is an excellent track. How did you decide to write a song in Spanish?
It sounded right. We always try new things so this was definitely something we wanted to do. Dani’s first stoner band was called Rojo in the early days of his bass career, so we already had a title too. It kinda evolved from there by itself. Mike wrote lyrics, which then were corrected by friends/native Spanish speakers, and he also learned to pronounce the words of the song. We are great fans of Los Natas and also Alejandro Jodorowsky who played a major part for this song to emerge from the depths of imagination.

What are you listening to these days?
Dani is listening to the Desert Show masters, Giannis is into hip hop, while Mike prefers silence and sounds of nature for now.

Which is your favorite way of enjoying music? What would you choose between digital and physical format?
Sitting on a leather couch, doing nothing else but focusing on these music waves till you fall asleep…! Format wise, practically speaking, we prefer good quality mp3s or flacs, but there is no comparison if you have a good sound system and a vinyl pressing available. You can combine these 2 by using cassettes, but tape players are more and more hard to find these days!

Next month you’re going on tour. Can you tell us about your tour dates?
We will be playing on our first tour together as a band! Wow. Starting our trip from Volos we will move on to Thessaloniki, followed by 2 dates in Bulgaria and SoundartFest in Bucharest, Romania with bands like Nightstalker, Stoned Jesus and Exivious. It will be a blast! For the final gigof this tour we have the privilege to play along Yawning Man at AN Club, which feels like a second home to us really, and playing along the fathers of stoner rock will be a night to remember.

What does the future hold for Green Yeti?
It holds mysteries, the future is unknown of course. Oh, and a lot of RAWK. There’s much RAWK in the future for sure!