Friendship – Hatred

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Friendship (also known as the Friendship Collective) is a powerviolence/ grindcore band from Japan. ”Hatred” is the band’s debut, full length album. It was released on the 3rd of November. Recorded in Tokyo and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, this album includes twelve tracks. Blending styles like powerviolence and crust punk the band delivers pure ferocity and brutality. From the very beginning you get to realize that this is going to get ugly. The album’s tracks are of course super fast but they slow down when they need to. ”Hatred” is of course heavy like hell. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. ”Hatred” is like a deep dive into pitch black, murky waters where evil lurks. Defnitely an album you need to experience. It’s like a punishing and relentless force that get’s unleashed through your speakers. I loved all tracks. It’s difficult for me to choose a favourite one. I’ll tell you what though. I’m always down with ttracks like ”Corrupt”. This one has been haunting my tracklist for some time now. Overall i would have to say that this is a solid album. In my opinion it is a 9 out of 10. I also believe that these guys have set the bar high on themselves. As for me, i enjoyed this album thus i’d like to recommend it. Specially recommended for fans of Nails, Wildspeaker, Λήθη, e.t.c. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Hatred”.

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Kalong – S/T EP, EP review and interview with the band

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Kalong is a three piece band from Athens, Greece. Formed back in 2015, the band today released their debut, self titled ep. Recorded by Iordanis Pamouktsoglou at Fabric Audio Studio, this ep includes seven tracks. I could describe their sound like noise rock meets post hardcore meets hardcore punk e.t.c. But to be honest i’m not really sure how accurate that would be. I’ll tell you what though. Kalong’s first ep to me sounds really experimental and that’s what makes it so damn intriguing. I love how their vocalist sings and how he generally uses his vocals. Here you’ll find high amounts of raw punk energy along with awesome basslines. Oh, there’s no guitar also. Just a drummer, a bassist and a vocalist. These three guys do the job though. Going through this ep’s tracklist i can tell you that ”Treadline” sets the tone. You just need to turn up the volume and enjoy this ep. I liked all of the ep’s tracks but if i had to choose a favourite one that would have to be either ”Patch” or ”Lawnmower Man”. It is my strong belief that we have struck gold. Kalong’s debut ep is a gem recently unearthed from the underground. Here’s a link where you can give it a listen. Apart from checking out their ep we also asked them some questions and they gave us their answers. Here’s what they had to say:

When did it all start for your band?

While we come from coastal areas around Athens, the concept of making a band started in Thessaloniki in late 2014. After that, we started practicing at Loverman’s basement in early 2015, where Kalong’s spirit enlightened us with it’s joyful screech.

What does the name Kalong represent?

We found it randomly in a word generator. Turns out it is an Indonesian word for a species of giant bats; technically it’s a flying fox, which eats exclusively fruits.

How would you define your sound?

It’s like the feeling of escalating numbness that gradually masks the human body whilst electrified riffs prolong an unexplainable tickle inside our belly buttons.

How did you decide to start a band with no guitars?

It didn’t start out as a conscious decision, it rather just occurred by playing with what we’ve got. In the end it rather helped creating our own sound, adjusting mixtures of our influences into this set.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Punk, noise rock, garage/surf with various kicks of death and black metal at points.

What inspires you the most?

The complexity of human relationships, where are we headed as a species and the obscurity of the multiverse.

You’re about to release your debut ep. How did the recording sessions go?

We are happy with the result, as we learned a lot from the whole process.

What are you listening to these days?

Nalyssa Green, Quincy Jones Orchestra.

Any live shows planned in the months to come?

A gig in Athens for the release of the EP, in late 2017

What does the future hold for Kalong?

Recording the rest of our material

Interview with Dark Habits

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Our band was formed between Matt Adamson our drummer and myself Lewis Glass our guitarist in January of this year (2017). For a brief period Matthew Blanchett performed vocals for us (he is the vocalist on Cave Paintings) but we have since parted ways with him.
The band now consists of Matt Adamson(drums), Ross Livingstone (bass), Lewis Glass (guitar) and Steven Murray (vocals).

Can you tell us about your main influences?

The main premise for our music is anything fast and heavy with some industrial influence although it’s not restricted to this. The bands that probably influence us the most are the likes of Converge, Darkthrone and Nine Inch Nails.

What inspires you the most?

Pretty much anything that is ‘not nice’ in life. I think it’s important to be a nice person in life but not deny the fact that horrible things happen around the world every day. We try to deal with this in our music, be it through the lyrics or through the mood/intensity of the instruments.

How is music produced in Dark Habits?

In terms of writing we are a very democratic band. A member will usually come to practice with an idea on their instrument and we’ll write around that and see where it goes. Lewis records, mixes and masters all of our music. He runs a studio (www.glassworksstudiorecording.com) where we write and rehearse. This, tied in with the fact that Ross is a videographer (www.yearonemusic.com) in his spare time means that we can do absolutely everything ourselves and keep the running costs of our band really low.

This May you released your debut ep ‘’Cave Paintings’’. How has the reception been so far?

We’ve been overwhelmed by the reception to it. We didn’t expect anyone outside of Glasgow to ever hear it but we’ve ended up sending tapes (which are now sold out!) to places all over the world, from Canada to Japan.

What about a full length album?

A full length album will happen although most likely not until next year. We have an EP due out before the end of the year though!

What are you listening to these days?

Between us we’ve been listening to Vein, Street Sects, Lord Mantis, Viva Belgrado. We do listen to non loud music too though. I think a band we all agree we love is Interpol!

Which is your favourite way of enjoying music? What would you choose between digital and physical format?

Whilst we all collect cassettes and vinyl when we can we definitely consume music digitally more often. Right now we all have extremely busy schedules and prefer the convenience of an MP3. That being said, the collectibility and sentimentality of cassettes and vinyl is unbeatable.

Any live shows planned for the rest of this year?

Yeah we have a few:

7th October @ The Flying Duck, Glasgow: Nihility, Underdark, Razorbite and us.
24th October @ The Garage Attic, Glasgow: Svalbard, The Tidal Sleep, Bosporus and us.
5th November @ Audio, Glasgow: Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Leng T’che, Boak, Endless Swarm, Gendo Ikari and us.

What does the future hold for Dark Habits?

We don’t have any goals other than to keep making music and playing shows together.

Interview with Procrastinate

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Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Procrastinate was formed in 2013 at Karditsa, Greece. At first, it was a project of two people in need to express themselves through extreme music and put out their ideas and beliefs. Later things got more serious and we became a five-piece and highly active group. We place ourselves among the DIY hardcore punk scene and perform only in autonomous spaces and squats which promote an anti-authoritarian, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, anti-fascist and self-organized way of life.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Our lyrics draw inspiration from everyday life issues, the social & political crisis, personal situations and ethics.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

The only sure thing is that we listen to a LOT of music. I think that some bands that we can all agree on in the band are Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, Fall of Efrafa, Wolfbrigade etc. for basics, but mostly we enjoy the contemporary DIY Greek scene in which we saw ourselves flourish. However, to diminish influence only to music would be a huge mistake. Art in general is and will be a major part of our lives forever.

The last years we’ve seen many diy bands come out of Greece. Is diy more of a political statement or is it more about freedom of artistic creativity?

Being free and creating on your own terms IS a political statement. People trying to refuse DIY its politicization to easily exploit its rise is something sadly often and really dangerous. We’re glad that the DIY scene in Greece is at its best with many different bands coming out day by day and we look forward it to be the threat to modern culture we dream it to be.

You are about to release your first, full length album. How did the recording sessions go? Will it be a concept album?

The recording sessions were split between Karditsa and Livadeia (both in Greece) where most of the work took place. We easily managed to get done everything the way it was supposed to be and we’re really happy with the end result. We consider the LP to be the best sounding work we’ve ever released. For that, we would like to thank George Stournaras over at Infected Studios in Livadeia for recording, mixing and mastering the record and Achilleas Kaminiotis over at Huge4 Studios in Karditsa for recording the vocals. There was no concept in mind while creating it, but after closely listening to it after its birth and if we had to name one, it would be: “The tale of a modern human’s daily struggle to cope with life’s absurdity and to make all dreams of rebellion reality”.

When will the album be released?

The album is going to be officially released by us and sweetohm recordings at September the 25th. For all those interested, you can stream the whole LP now exclusively over at IDIOTEQ.com or listen some tracks uploaded at our YouTube channel.

I loved the album’s cover artwork. Can you give us some info on that?

The peacock is something very characteristic of our hometown. If you visit Karditsa, there’s no way to ignore its central park “Pausilypo” where many of them have their stroll. These birds are connected to many childhood memories of this park and all the fun we had and are still having there. The obvious choice because of his love of drawing animals and our respect to him as a musician and artist was Alex CF (Fall of Efrafa, Light Bearer, Carnist, Momentum, Archivist, Morrow, etc.) who translated our vision into art in the best possible way and also took care of the layout.

Any live shows planned for the rest of this year?

We’ll be touring Europe in November for two weeks in support of the LP and have also planned two Greek dates for October in Patras and Athens. More Greek dates after Europe will follow for sure. Stay tuned for more information on the shows.

What are you listening to these days?

I sure can’t talk for everyone, but I (T.-vocals) am really into Brockhampton’s (an L.A. based hip-hop collective) new album “Saturation II”, Wolfbrigade’s latest album “Run with the Hunted” and Converge’s “I Can Tell You about Pain” EP.

What does the future hold for Procrastinate?

We’ll try to get the new album as far as we can, play as many gigs as we can and fight daily for what’s not earned yet. Beware the time of change.

Omotai – A Ruined Oak

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Before we begin with this review, we would like to send all our love to Houston. Please, remain strong! Omotai is a four piece band from Houston. The band came into existence back in 2010. Their new album ”A Ruined Oak” will be released on the 6th of October through Tofu Carnage Records. ‘A Ruined Oak’ was recorded by Chris Ryan at Dead City Sound and mastered by James Plotkin. Twelve songs will be included in this release. The band’s music is a blend of sludge, hardcore punk, progressive and doom metal. It starts with ”Welcome to the Adders’ Land”. Hands down, this is a really nice track. This was actually the first song i heard from this band. And then i said to myself ”So this is how this band sounds? Ok guys you now have my full attention”. ”Ruined Oak” is also a nice track. I think that Mastodon fans are gonna love it. There’s so much groove in this song. Same goes for ”Last of the green Vial”. It is considerably heavy and straightforward at the same time. ”Arms that Flood” is a beast of a song. It’s one of my favorites and i urge all of you to give it a listen. If you like Kylesa then you’ll definitely like ”Blackjaw”. Moving on we find ”Back to the drifting satellite”. That’s one really cool title for a song, don’t you think? I loved this track as well. So far i couldn’t find a mediocre moment here. Let’s check out the rest of this album. In my opinion ”A Cruel Weight, Thy Wound” is the album’s best track. It’s an immense, imposing i’d say track and it has been haunting my playlist for some time now. ”Fire is a whore” and ”A maiden nerve” that come next are also heavy as hell. ”Augustina” is also another track that you need to listen to. Certainly a beautiful track. Overall, i have to say that this is a really good album. I think the band delivered. I will admit i enjoyed this album, i’m definitely down with it and i have nothing negative to say about it whatsoever. As it has already been mentioned this album comes out on October 6. Until then check out this link.

Hands of Thieves – Feasting on Dark Intentions

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Hands of Thieves is a five piece band from the United States. Their first ep ”Feasting on Dark Intentions” was released digitally about a year ago. On July 7, 2017 it was released on digipack cd format through Hellthrasher Productions. Four tracks are included in this release. The band’s music is a combination of black metal, grindcore and some sludge. It is of course seriously aggressive and brutal. It began with ”Wrath Weaver”. A fearsome beast roared in the dark. ”Violated at Heart” gave me the chills. In my opinion you should definitely check out this one. ”Sun Mocker” has some really cold black metal riffs. This is one massive and heavy as hell song. Last but not least we find ”Conduit of Grief”. Listening to this song one word came to mind and that is ‘epicness’. I loved it and i’d like to urge all of you to give it a listen. Overall, this ep is worth checking out. I personally enjoyed it thus i’d like to recommend it. They made a fan out of me and i’m sure the same will happen with you. Check out this link.

Full Of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy

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It took us a while but today we’re back with a new review. Let’s talk a bit about the new Full of Hell album. This band needs no big introduction. They were formed back in 2009 and since then they’ve been producing albums of hellish, overpowering music. The first Full of Hell album i ever listened to was the collaborative album they did with the japanese lord of the void. Yes, that album they did with Merzbow was trully something else. Their new album ”Trumpeting Ecstasy” was released this May by Profound Lore Records. First of all i’d like to say that the album’s cover artwork has made a huge impression on me. I think it’s one of the best album covers i’ve seen in a long time now. It’s simple and symmetric. It’s an image that leaves no room for misconceptions. Evil lies within. Eleven tracks are included in this album. In my opinion the listener gets the message from the very beginning. This is gonna get ugly. Once again grindcore blends ideally with black and death metal. So, yes this album sounds really brutal. It’s like an ongoing sonic storm that’s impossible to escape from. There’s definitely an imposing atmosphere throughout ”Trumpeting Ecstasy”. All of the album’s tracks hold immense amounts of raw power inside of them. Yet they feel like necessary parts of a certain procedure. I personally could not imagine this album without one of these eleven songs. Quite ecstatic about this album i’ll tell you what i think though. I think it is a great album. It’s definitely one of the best albums of this year so far. I sure as hell loved it and i have nothing negative to say about it whatsoever. In my opinion ”Trumpeting Ecstasy” gets a 9 out of 10. Here’s a link where you can also listen to this album.