Iron Monkey – 9​-​13

The first time i heard that Iron Monkey reformed i thought someone was trolling really hard. But the truth is i couldn’t be more wrong. Yes people, as you may already know Iron Monkey have reformed and they have put together a new album. ”9-13” was released on October 20 through Relapse Records.

The current line up of the band is 2 original members, J. Rushby and S. Watson, joined by Scott Briggs on drums. So anxiety, curiosity and a bit of nostalgia are the three main reasons that made me want to check out this record. So let’s waste no more time and press play. Nine tracks are included in this release. This album begins with a dynamite called ”Crown of Electrodes”. It’s as if not a single day has passed since the release of ”Our Problem”. I like Rushby’s vocals a lot. He is not trying to sound like Johnny Morrow (rest in peace) and i think that’s really cool. ”OmegaMangler” is another dope song from ”9-13”. If you haven’t done already you should definitely check out this track. The third track is called ”9-13” and so far i’m really enjoying this album. In ”Toadcrucifier – R.I.P.PER” the band sounds damn angry and seriously pissed off. It’s one of the best tracks from ”9-13” and i loved it. ”Destroyer” is another dope track and it seems to me that Brigga has brought with him additional amounts of hardcore punk energy. Check out tracks like ”Mortarhex” and find out for yourself. ”The Rope” is heavy like a sledgehammer. Be sure to turn up the volume before you listen to this one. Same goes for ”Doomsday Impulse Multiplier”. Last but bot least we find ”Moreland St. Hammervortex”. It’s another awesome track. There’s no doubt in my mind about it.

Iron Monkey have returned and they are still sound dope. Some people argue they should have released this album under a different band name while others are cool with this. Personally i’m not going to get into that. All i know is that ”9-13” is a killer album. I’m definitely down with it and i have nothing negative to say about it whatsoever. Here’s a link where you can also check out the album.

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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.

Ufomammut – 8

Ladies & gentlemen, 2 days have passed since the official release of the Italian psychedelic doomsters Ufomammut most recent album ‘8’ that is also their eighth studio release. ‘8’ was released the 22nd of September 2017 by Neurot Recordings while the LP version is released by Supernatural Cat records.

While i am a fan of Ufomammut the last 7 years, you can imagine my anxiety for “8”‘s release! Let’s dive into this & start our analysis!

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The album starts with ‘Babel’, which is a quite powerful & aggressive introduction to the album. It starts atmospherically but gradually it puts the listener to the band’s dark realm slowly & cunningly. After the first notes, the listener is teleported without a notice in Ufomammut’s plane, where the band launches unceasingly black holes & obsidian monoliths from altar ruins!
‘Warsheep’ (released also as a single in June) or better, the Trojan horse of persistent psychedelic doom nightmares follows, which ultimately will force you headbang without even noticing. Your body would follow the vibrations, you need to let it go and let the cloud of doom engulf you gracefully. ‘Zodiac’ is a sequence of mountains & valleys, a recursive melody imbued with Urlo’s vocals, resulting into psyching out the whole structure! It calms in order to earn you some moments to take a breath of safety and returns with a fuzzy sequence of electric atmospheres thrown to your face!
‘Fatum’ is the perfect glue/interlude between ‘Zodiac’ and ‘Prismaze’ that follows.
‘Prismaze’ is a chaotic & violent storm (with moments that reminded me of Oro – Opus Alter), that calms for some brief moments and then launches the final attack with fury, in order to demolish everything that stands still between the debris. One of my favorite tracks of the album for sure!
‘Core’ is a slow and relentless hammering track; initially Poia’s guitar crawls and then ultimately screams along Ufomammut’s universe while in parallel you visualize the rhythm section of the band as one opaque entity accompanying the guitar’s suffering! Another favorite track!
‘Wombdemonium’ is a slow & thick doom track that acts as a remedy for all the damage
you got from this trip, during your esoteric journey to Ufomammut’s ‘8’. But still, ‘8’ is not done yet.
The album’s last track ‘Psyrcle’ is another powerful adventure, imbued by Urlo’s psalms & FXs, a final transcendence to Ufomammut’s astral plane is achieved gracefully. Patterns repeated, evolved, a frantic climax & then finally, catharsis…Then trying to put everything together, to understand what you just witnessed…then press ‘Play’, again!

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In my opinion, that is what i was expecting from Ufomammut, to be able to beat their
past reincarnations & triumph as winners! And they did it with grace & determination.
The rhythm section was really tied up, their sound could be visualized as a cement/metal compound, opaque, thick & heavy. The bass lines could though be independent at cases, emphasizing important moments of the tracks, kinda more independent than the previous work, which is a very good thing. Great work has been done also at the FX section that accompanied the trio’s journey, really assisting dramatically the listener’s transcendence to the psychedelic doom realm of the Italians.
Really happy about this work, and easily one of my favorite releases so far for 2017. And one of my favorite Ufomammut albums!

Check their bandcamp page below & support the band!
https://ufomammut.bandcamp.com/album/8-2

Cheers!

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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.

Budgrief – Demo 2016

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Happy holidays to all! We’ re back today with another review. Actually this is our last review for this year. I’ d like to think that we’ve reviewed some of the best albums the underground has to offer. We also missed many albums. There’s no doubt about that. Rest assure though in 2017 we’ re gonna have more reviews and interviews for you. Let’s close this year with a relatively new band. Budgrief is a three piece band from Brighton, U.K. This november they released a two track demo. It was mixed and mastered by Sam Lilley and the artwork was done by Joey Pearson. The band’s music is an exciting blend of sludge/ doom metal, hardcore and some crust punk. And what does this mean? This means that their music is seriously heavy. And it is definitely promising. Here you’ ll find very nice riffs as well as some cold vocals. I love how they literally sing their hearts out. As for a favorite song? I liked both of them but ”Scum” is one hell of a song. I’m definitely down with this sludge. I must say i enjoyed this album. Thus i’d like to recommend it. Head to their bandcamp page and show this band some love.