Alastor – Blood on Satan’s Claw ep

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Alastor is a four piece, doom metal band from Sweden. Their new ep ”Blood on Satan’s Claw” was released on cassette format through Ljudkassett on October 31 and on digital format on November 15. Recorded by Magnus Sörensen at KulturVerkstan and mixed and mastered by Joona Hassinen at Studio Underjord, this ep includes two tracks. Bringing together doom metal and 70’s heavy space rock, the band through this ep delivers pure heaviness. The first track is called ”Blood on Satan’s Claw” and it is a dope track. Find here immense amounts of groove, heavily distorted guitars and really nice riffs. Second track is a cover on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s classic ”Bad Moon Rising”. I personally liked their version a lot and that’s because i feel that they brought this song to their own standards. So thumbs up for that. To sum it up, this is a really cool ep. I enjoyed it, i’m definitely down with it thus i’d like to recommend it. Specially recommended for fans of Windhand and Electric Wizard.

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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.

The Curf – Death and Love, Album review & Interview with the band

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The Curf is a three piece band from Athens, Greece. Their new album ”Death and Love was released on the 21st of July through Fuzz Ink. Records. Produced, engineered, mixed & mastered by Chris A and The Curf at Oak Street Studio Productions, this album includes nine tracks. First of all, i’d like to say that i really dig the album’s front cover artwork. In fact, it’s one of the best cover artworks i’ve come across in months. But, let us waste no more time and press play. Let’s see what we’ve got here. My first impression is that this album does have the necessary groove that we all long for. I’m talking about tracks like ”Motor Curf”. This is what i’d like to call a really strong song and it’s songs like these that set the tone. I’m always down with tracks like ”Let Go”. Black Sabbath is strong inside this one. Be sure to check out ”Smoke Ring” as well. It’s seriously heavy and i think that fans are gonna love it. ”Lunar Lair” is definitely a badass song and it is also a really cool song title. The album’s ninth track ”Death and Love” is my favourite one from this album. Considerably heavy, this song gave me an early period Paradise Lost vibe. I’ll admit i enjoyed all nine tracks. In my opinion this is one solid album by The Curf. It is also highly recommended. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Death and Love”. Apart from checking out their new album we also asked the band some questions about their new full length, their future plans, e.t.c. Here’s what they had to say:

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

The Curf was formed around 2004 in Rafina. Chris and Spyros were already playing together in another band which didn’t work out, and so The Curf was born. Back then the lineup was different as were the overall aesthetics of the music and the artwork. Since then there have been alterations in the band’s composition, until it got settled in 2016. Introducing the current state of affairs, The Curf is:

Chris A – Vocals, Guitars

Spyros (LeSpyr) – Bass

Pepper Koll – Drums

Where do you draw inspiration from?

There is no definite subject or place that inspires us. The idea behind a song, a melody, a riff, or some lyrics can be the result of anything we experience. We tend to be sensitive to matters of high emotion, the hardships of life, situations of loss, love and lust, and of course cannabis.

What inspires you the most?

That is a very good question, but the answer maybe a little vague. We cannot predict the sources of inspiration that we may come across, however death and love have been recurring themes in our compositions. And of course cannabis.

Are you guys also playing in other bands? How has this influenced you?

All three of us have other projects one way or the other, whether that is another band, a personal project or even session work for other bands or artists. It goes without saying that The Curf is our ‘musical headquarters’, however being all-around musicians we often participate in other projects. There is not much influence in that aspect, just music.

How is music produced in The Curf?

Every Thursday with a full moon we go out in the woods and perform rituals…Well, normally one of us has an idea or a riff, so we play around with it and work it into a composition. Many of our songs are the result of such cooperation. In other instances one of us gets a concept of how a song should be from beginning to end, so we follow closer that outline. Chris A plays a huge role in all of our music, since he is also the proud owner of Oak Street Studio Productions, which is our preferred studio. Chris is the guy behind our awesome sound, the bassness and the heaviness. He is also our producer and overall sound engineer.

Your new album ‘’Death and Love’’ was released this July. How has the reception been so far?

It has been great! Since July there have been several positive and encouraging reviews from across the globe. Recently we got a review from Obelisk with very positive feedback. Further to that The Curf is being played in podcasts and also in the radio. The countries that are showing more interest are Portugal, England, USA (California) and Brazil. Overall people appear to be appreciating our sound and thematology, which in a way serves our purposes as musicians.

Is there a concept behind this album you’d like to discuss?

The concept is more than less direct. Our album is an ode to two of the most intense driving forces of the human paradigm. It was not intended to be this way, but our compositions naturally had this feel to them.

What are you listening to these days?

Megadeth, Sleep, Yob, Electric Wizard, Gojira, Animals as Leaders, Corrosion of Conformity, Down, Crowbar, Last Rizla. just to name a few.

Any live shows planned for the rest of this year or in the months to come?

We are planing a European tour that will kick off after December …. Besides that ,we are going to do a live presentation of the album in the 16 of December in Athens followed by a couple of dates around Greece as well.

What does the future hold for The Curf?

Greatness and glory! We would like to see ourselves traveling to all sorts of places and countries and participating in huge festivals. We want to be able to play music for life, and live to play music. As long as there is people out there, we will be producing riffs that remind you to check under the bed before you sleep. So you better roll a fat one before bedtime!

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.

Comacozer – Kalos Eidos Skopeo

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Comacozer is a three piece, instrumental, psychedelic rock band from Sydney, Australia. Their third album ”Kalos Eidos Skopeo” will be released on the 15th of November through Headspin Records. Four tracks are included in this release. O.k let’s press play then. It starts with ”Axis Mundi” which is a really cool song. It is considerably trippy as it is heavy. ”Nystagmus” is the album’s second track and my personal favourite. Despite its title, this song didn’t feel sleepy. I think it’s what one might call as mesmerizing. Well, that’s how i would call it. Listening to this song really felt like taking on a trip through foggy and murky, distant places. Now ”Hylonomus” is a rather interesting song. To me it’s like an attempt to blend rebetiko music with heavy space rock. It’s not bad at all. I could perhaps break it down to two pieces, with the second part being the song’s outro. I’ll admit i dig this song. Last but not least we find ”Enuma Elish”. To be perfectly honest with you i neither hated it nor loved it. It’s a cool song for sure but i think i’ve heard stuff like that many times in the past. In my opinion ”Kalos Eidos Skopeo” is an enjoyable, trippy ride. It’s what you want to listen to when you’re back from work and you want to escape for a while from daily routine. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Kalos Eidos Skopeo”.

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”.

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.