Aluk Todolo release new video trailer for their new album

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.

Mirrors for Psychic Warfare – Mirrors for Psychic Warfare

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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 – When fables have a bitter taste

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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 – No One Deserves Happiness

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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.

Interview with Gravitsapa

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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.

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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.