Idre is a three piece band from Oklahoma City. Their new album ”Unforgiving Landscapes” will be released this May through Wolves And Vibrancy Records. 2 tracks are included in this release. So, before we start talking about this album, just sit back, relax and free your mind from whatever that’s been bothering you. A journey into gloomy landscapes is about to begin. I’ve been there before. The band’s debut album was indeed an excellent one. I, myself wanted to listen to a new album. The wait is over. Their music could be described as sludge meets dark wave meets post rock. Nevertheless ”Unforgiving Landscares” sounds a bit different compared to its predecessor. In my opinion, this time it is not that experimental. I feel that these guys knew what they wanted to achieve and they got it. This time they took a slightly different direction, that’s heavier if you ask me. The result is something that can be described as more than satisfying. As it has already been mentioned Idre’s new album is comprised of two tracks. Each track lasts for about twenty minutes. Let me remind you that it’s not that easy to write such a song. The way i see it, it is a true challenge. Your challenge is to take your message across. It is to make the listener get lost inside a sea of emotions. There is no doubt in my mind that Idre nailed it. These two songs form an album of darkened, enchanting music. As for me, i’m totally down with it, i loved it, i rocked thus i’d like to recommend it. Gentlemen from us it is a nine out of 10.
Instrumental power trio, Aluk Todolo, has released a new video trailer for their arcival release appropriately titled ”Archive Vol. 1”.
Over those ten years, including four full length albums, a collaboration and two EPs, Aluk Todolo have trodden a new path of sonic pursuits. Hailing from France, the exploratory trio get experimental with Krautrock drenched in black metal intensity. Whilst having never been able to be easily pigeonholed, Aluk Todolo’s sound has morphed and reshaped over the years.
Sloth Herder is a four piece band from the United States. ”No Pity, No Sunrise” is their debut, full length album. It will be released on March 24 through Grimoire Records. I’ve never heard of this band before in the past. I’m what you might call a newcomer to this band. So let’s waste no more time. Let’s see what we have here. Fourteen tracks are included in this release. From the very first second the band launches a sonic attack. I mean that track ”Antipathic Grades” caught me by surprise. However i managed to pull myself together. There are some many things happening here. I didn’t want to miss the action. Sloth Herder’s music is seriously extreme and heavy as hell. In my opinion it is also quite versatile. It’s what you’d get if Today is the Day, Napalm Death, Virus and Converge decided to jam together. Or maybe not. I believe you get the idea though. ”No Pity, No Sunrise” to me sounds overwhelmingly massive and relentless. The listener must know that this is going to get ugly. I personally liked all the album’s tracks. I have to say though, my two favourites are ”Inner Dissolution” and ”Burial Ethic”. Black metal is really strong in those two tracks. Overall i’d like to say this is one awesome album. It sure as hell sounds fresh and inspired. It is definitely one of the best albums i’ve listened to in months. Therefore i’d like to recommend it. Check out this link and have a first taste of this album.
We’ re just a week before the new year’s eve. Today we’ re back with a new review. I thought it would be a good idea to talk about an experimental album. Mirrors for Psychic Warfare is a collaboration between two members, namely Scott Kelly (Neurosis) and Sanford Parker (Buried at Sea). Their first album ”Mirrors for Psychic Warfare” was released back in April by Neurot Recordings. Five tracks are included in this release. As i have already said the band’s music is quite experimental. Their music blend contains key ingredients like industrial, noise, drone and dark wave. And, yes, it definitely works. This album gave me a rather dark, cold taste. In my opinion it’s an album that you can easily call it a bit claustrophobic and esoteric. This is for sure layered music with a certain sense of charm if you will. It’s an album that will not reveal its secrets to you that easy. You need to give it a listen some times before you start feeling confident that you finally understood what it’s about. Even if you don’t fully understand it i can assure you this album is a hell of a ride. Personally it made me think about stuff and it also made me dream. So just sit back and listen to this album. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Mirrors for Psychic Warfare”.
Art of Simplicity is a five piece band from Athens, Greece. On the 23rd of October, the band released their new album ”When fables have a bitter taste”. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Uprising Studios by Giannis Fasoulakis. Artwork was made by Giorgos Chras.
Six tracks are included in this album. This is actually a concept album and it is about childhood traumas and unfullfilled expectations. And i must admit, listening to this album trully feels like someone is telling you a story. In my opinion the band’s music is heavy, a bit experimental and in a way quite smooth. Apart from that, this album sometimes sounds a bit dark and esoteric. These six tracks sound definitely inspired and they’ re also good written songs. A thing that made an impression on me is definitely the band’s vocals. Christos Kounelis has some serious vocal skills. As for a favourite track, that would had to be ”Τέλος” (in greek it means end), namely the album’s sixth track.
Trying to sum it up i would have to say that i enjoyed this album. Thus i would like to recommend it. This is our suggestion for today. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”When fables have a bitter taste”.
The Body is a two piece band from the United States. Back in march they released their latest album called ”No One Deserves Happiness”. Many people kept talking about this album so i decided to give it a listen to see what the fuss is all about. Thus i did.
Well, this is album is rather odd and fascinating at the same time. You might think there’s a bit of a contradiction here and perhaps there is. Nevertheless this is not your typical sludge album. First of all what puzzled me a lot was the album’s front cover art. In the beginning i thought it was a bootleg edition or something like that. But then i was informed that this was the right one. Never judge a book by its cover they say. So i pressed play.
”No One Deserves Happiness” includes ten tracks. It soon became clear to me that this is a ”hate it or love it” situation. I’m referring of course to the album’s experimental nature. I mean it would be rather pointless trying to describe its sound. And that’s because their music blend includes different styles of unique music. It is of course heavy as hell. No one can deny that. Those ethereal vocals also gave me the chills.
There are definitely so many things to discover here. This may be a cliche line but ”No One Deserves Happiness” is an album that you need to experience, not just listen. From the first four songs to ”Two Snakes”. I’m half way through and it’s already such a fascinating ride. I certainly did not expect those electronic parts at that song. But wait there’s more. ”Adamah” is pure gold. As i have already said i’m not sure how to describe this. You need to hear this, you need to feel how it is to explore new dimensions in different soundscapes. And then a huge monolith called ”Starving Deserter” stood in front of me. Damn, there’s so much beauty here.
Overall i have to say that this is a great album. If not the best album of this year then probably one of this year’s best albums. It would definitely be a 9,5 out of 10. As i said before it is a ”Hate it or love it” situation. But i think that you must listen to it many times to see what’s going on here. Check out these links below and find out for yourself.
Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?
Hi! We are Gravitsapa. We live in Ukraine (Lviv). We are 10 years old. And we don’t want to play music that already exists.
What does the name Gravitsapa represent?
I recommend you to watch the movie called “Kin-Dza-Dza!”. This is old soviet post-apocalyptic art-house movie. And “Gravitsapa” is some sci-fi detail from there. The point is not in the term “Gravitsapa” but in the spirit of this movie. And we like how it sounds. Also in Ukraine we have a slang word “Gravitsapa” which means “weird detail on thing”. So, when we are on stage, people know what to expect – weird things.
Can you tell us about your main influences?
If I start from the beginning I should mention Michael Jackson, perhaps. I loved him in my childhood. For now I consider as my teachers Dmitri Shostakowich, John Cage, Robert Fripp, Justin Broadrick and Buzz Osborne.
If you’d compare your music to an art movement then what would that be?
Definitely it is post-modernism. It destroyed all cultural foundations. Now we have nothing. No mission, no purpose, no religion, no beliefs. It is tragic but now we have a chance to start from the new beginning. I don’t even know how to consider, for example, Nirvana in this chaos. Maybe it is grunge, but maybe it is some kind of noise rock or even weird indie. Why am I doing such a conclusion? Because I live in this shitty post-modernism and it lives inside me. It is chaos that has a chance to give birth to some order, and it calls us back to the basics. I’d say basics of primitivism.
This year you released ‘’Demo 2’’ Lp. How did the recording sessions go and how has the reception been so far?
The album was almost ready in 2015. And whole next year we have been listening it and correcting some details. We like this primitive-naive sound. Without this sound recordings would have been not profound. I hope that in the future people will understand it. For today we have very dual feedback. Even those who understand it have a doubt whether they got it right or not.
Any particular concept behind ‘’Demo 2’’ you would like to discuss?
As it is written in the foreword, the album is made as some kind of science work. Revolutionary and old at the same time. We have created unique themes there with unique atmosphere. Also I need to emphasize that monotonic moments in this album are specifically planned. I need to say it because many people told me: “the melody is repeated many times, why don’t you bring more diversity there?”.
What inspires you the most?
I think it is my inner world. I don’t need adventures, love or movies to catch an inspiration. Just close the room and start introverting.
What are you listening to these days?
5-th and 8-th Shostakovich symphonies, Godflesh, JK Flesh, random John Cage’s works.
Any live shows planned for this year?
Not planned for this moment.
What does the future hold for Gravitsapa?
In the far future some internet archaeologist will find our albums and add us to the list of unrecognized talent of the past. Also I can say a few words about our near future. We will work in the field of free improvisation and minimalism. We still will be connecting academic and underground music approaches together. We don’t want to have this long gap between these two movements.