Khmer – Larga Sombra

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Khmer is a four piece band from Madrid, Spain. Their first full length album ”Larga Sombra” will see release on the 11th of August. Eight tracks will be included in this release. The band’s music is a more than excting blend of hardcore, crust punk and black metal. The first thing that made a huge impression on me is the album’s clean production. ”Larga Sombra” to me sounds immensely heavy and  i also dare to say imposing. Forgive me for i don’t speak any spanish. It begins with ”Larga Sombra”. It is a truly awesome song and one of my favourites from this album. ”Perdiste El Filo” is the album’s second song and so far all i can say is that i’m liking what i’m listening to. ”Corriendo Tras El Fuego” works like a bridge that takes us to the other parts of this album. ”El Ardor De La Crueldad” is one of my favourite songs from ”Larga Sombra”. Here you’ll find some really nice riffs. ”A Este Lado De La Luna” is cold as life. Hands down it’s a beast of a song. ”Soledad” stands out for its pitch dark atmosphere and really nice black metal riffs. Nevertheless ”Para Ver El Mundo Arder” was like a big slap in the face. I didn’t expect to find an Amenra-type song there but there’s no doubt in my mind that this is an excellent song and a great outro for this record. Khmer’s first full length album is one of the best albums i’ve listened to in months. It sounds fresh and inspired. In my opinion they have raised the bar really high on themselves. From us it’s a 9 out of 10. The album comes out in August. Here’s a link where you can have a first taste.

Welk – Sein

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Welk is a five piece band from Germany. Their new album ”Sein” is comprised of six tracks and it actually comes out today. It is really good so i thought we should say some words about it. The band’s music is a more than exciting combination of black metal, neo crust and hardcore. So the band introduces themselves to us through this darkened music of theirs. It begins with ”Urne”. This is definitely a really nice track with some stone cold riffs. ”Sonne” is the album’s second track and it doesn’t deviate at all from the tune that was set by the album’s first song. Atmospheric yet brutal, this song is already haunting my perosnal playlist. And then came ”Statue”, namely the album’s third song and a song that balances perfectly between black metal and hardcore. Surely a song you must listen to. I liked ”Ruhe” a lot. I loved how this unwordly atmosphere is being unveiled throughout this song. Last but not least we find ”Schlaf”. This is one of my favourite songs from ”Sein”. In my opinion it works as an excellent outro for this album. ”Sein” is another gem unearthed from the underground. I liked this album a lot so i’d like to recommend it. They made a fan out of me and i’m sure the same will happen with you. Definitely recommended for fans of Oathbreaker, Downfall of Gaia and Abest. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Sein”.

Thoughts Of Ionesco – Skar Cymbals

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I think that someone had recommended me this band before in the past. I’m not entirely sure though. Today we’re going to talk a bit about Thoughts of Ionesco and their new ep ”Skar Cymbals”. Thoughts of Ionesco is a post hardcore band from Detroit. As i’ve been informed they’ve been defunct for many years now. Their new ep ”Skar Cymbals” will be released on June 23 through Corpse Flower Records. Four new tracks will be included in this release. This ep gave me the impression that these guys were perhaps longing for a return. Here you’ll definitely find  uncompromising, music with a strong, jazzy vibe. ”Skar Cymbals” stands out for its heavy and genuinely experimental tune and that is what makes it so appealing to me. Each song is like a trip through surrealistic or dadaistic landscapes. Personally all i had to do was to simply get carried away by the frenzy that runs through their songs. I loved all four songs of them but the fourth one, namely ”Scar Symbols”, is simply epic. You need to listen to this one. I’d like to say that the band has gained another fan (i’m simply referring to myself) and may i say that this was one glorious return. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Scar Cymbals”.

Higher Power – Soul Structure

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Higher Power is a five-piece hardcore band from Leeds,U.K. Their new album ”Soul Structure” will be released on May 19 through Flatspot Records. The album was mixed by Arthur Rizk at Salomons Gate (Power Trip, Mizery, War Hungry) and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and it is also comprised of ten tracks. Well, good ol’ hardcore is the case with this one. The band draws a lot of inspiration from NYHC bands and presents us with an album that stands out for its aggression and positive vibes. O.k, perhaps these guys don’t aim at changing the way that people perceive hardcore. Nevertheless they sure as hell know their craft. In my opinion, many tracks from ”Soul Structure” sound as if they were taken from the hardcore golden era and that’s why i believe that many people will feel a bit of nostalgia while listening to this record. Speaking for myself, it didn’t take long for me to like these ten tracks. As for my favorite tracks from this album, these would have to be ”Looking Inward” and ”Four Walls Black”. Overall, this is a really good album and i believe that hardcore fans are gonna enjoy it.

Cloud Rat/ Moloch – Split


Hey everybody, we’re back with a new review. Today we review a split album. Cloud Rat is a grindcore/ punk band from the United States while Moloch is a sludge band from the United Kingdom. You might ask yourselves, a sludge band with a grindcore band? The answer is yes, it definitely works. If you don’t know who Cloud Rat is, then you should check out their latest, full length album ”Qliphoth”. That was a great album and that’s hands down. But let us go back to today’s split album. Cloud Rat’s side of the split is a big dose of awesomeness. This combination of grindcore and crust punk will leave no one unsatisfied. ”Amber Flush” is a nice track also. I didn’t expect to find a Crystal Castles type song there but i sure as hell enjoyed it. Now, Moloch is a different case. This split introduced me to this band and all i can say is that i’m really happy about it. Their music is beyond heavy. Here you’ll find really nice riffs as well as concrete basslines. If you like bands like Fister, Fistula, Corrupted and Noothgrush then you should definitely check out this band. I, myself, enjoyed this split album thus i’d like to recommend it.

Interview with Daniel Pilsäter from No Omega

Hi there! First of all congratulations on your new album! On what degree does it follow on from its predecessor?
Hi, thanks! It’s a fun record for me, because there’s a lot of new stuff going on. We have a new drummer since the last record, and even though we step off in some familiar ground on some songs, we’ve tried things that I’ve wanted to do for a while! There are still themes that we’ve touched upon before, but I think Oscar (vocals) is writing a much more personal record this time.

Can you tell us about your main influences?
Musically, I think we all come from listening to screamo, and moody rock music. Swedish screamo like Suis la lune and Italian bands like Raein and La Quiete, or American bands like Loma Prieta or Ampere. Earlier on I’d say Converge, Killing the Dream, Meleeh and maybe post-metal stuff played a bigger part for us.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
We’ve pulled a lot of lyrical themes from the Ishmael book series. I’d say there’s a feeling that comes from a more diffuse place though, the frustration and hopelessness that the world puts on your shoulders. Like you know something’s wrong, with everything, and there’s nothing we can do.

How is music produced in No Omega?
It almost always comes from someone who wrote some guitar parts at home, brings it to the band where we hash out a structure and maybe find new ways to play the chords together. It used to be Oscar and Andreas (old singer), and then I started writing some songs, and now we have a pretty good system on how to get a core for a song going. Gabriel who joined on drums 2015 has really pushed our writing, in my opinion. Joakim who plays bass never brings his own songs from scratch, but he has a lot of good ideas, and always wants to try and find new ways of playing a song.

Your new album ‘’Culture’’ comes out on May. How did the recording sessions go?
I thought they were good. We spent two weekends up in Söderhamn with our friend Dennis, just recording and hanging out with the Söderhamn crew. We finished up the vocals in Stockholm, but I really appreciate the chance to leave Stockholm when we record this band. I need to focus, and have an outsider kind of push us through the sessions.

Is there a concept behind this album you’d like to talk about?
Hmm. If there is a concept, I’d say it’s communication. That’s the new thing in the lyrics, and it ties a lot of the songs together. We keep talking about how important communication is, both between ourselves, but also from band to audience, and how hard it can be. When making music, it’s important to me that what I think also comes through to the listener, and sometimes it feels useless even trying. And then when it works, and you connect, it’s amazing.

What are you listening to these days?
I got heavily into the artist Mitski this winter, and her new record Puberty 2. It’s SO GOOD. Other than that, I listen to a lot of americana/folky stuff, and for aggressive music it’s either death metal, hardcore stuff like Protester or more screamo. And the usual, Radiohead, Kent etc.

Which is your favorite way of enjoying music? What would you choose between digital and physical format?
I like collecting music physically, because of the packaging, and you get another relationship to the record. But I rarely sit down and listen to my records anymore, and I have even started paying for Spotify. I used to just get my music digitally and put it on an iPod or something. Now I have playlists of stuff I’m into, like full albums, but I have to admit I sometimes listen to normal playlists too…

Do you have any live shows planned for this year?
We’re doing a release tour for Culture in April, which will be our first tour booked by Loudnoise. We’ll be playing mainland Europe, and this summer we’re coming back with our Japanese friends Endzweck to play festivals.
We have some more things lined up, but we’ll see what comes through! We might even play a hometown show this year.

What does the future hold for No Omega?
No idea. We’ve been a band for a long time now. We’ll see.

Interview with Quake The Earth

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?
Quake the Earth’s line up is now me Jani Kakko (gtr), Aki Häkkinen (voc), Sami Knuutinen (bass) & Joonas Takalo (drums). Band was formed back in 2011 with members of hc-punk band “Forensic”. We asked Aki to join our group and then we changed band name and started whole thing from scratch. –Jani Kakko

What does the name Quake the Earth represent?
After the band’s “new beginning” and new line-up the sound changed and the song writing with it. I though it would suit good to change the band name with it in to something more meaningful. I came up with Quake The Earth for it’s divided meaning for me. On one hand it describes the music as it’s loud and strong. Other meaning is more political as I want to make people think through my lyrics – kinda wake people up a bit – forcefully even. –Aki

How would you define your sound?
Kick-ass metal with hardcore punk influeces and pinch of melody –Jani Kakko
I would describe is as a musical buffet table with all kinds of treats on it…but you only select the very best parts of it on your plate and this is what you get –Aki

Can you tell us about your main influences?
I think we all listen to different kind of music but consume a lot of it through the years. I don’t think musically we have any main influences together but we all have our own. Personally I am stuck to 90’s bands a lot for example Pantera, Meshuggah (destroy erase improve), Sepultura, Biohazard etc. when it comes to heavier music…of course 90’s rap music is the best also haha. Living in today’s world gives me the biggest influences for music.

Last September you released your new album ‘’Declaration of War’’. How has the reception been so far?
Very good review’s all around the world and people go crazy when we play live. Even radios in Europe had played our music but not so much in Finland… –Jani Kakko
Yeah the reviews have been super all over but I think not a lot of people knows about us still. We don’t have the big labels or promo companies behind us but we are doing our share of guerilla war in this huge industry and hopefully people enjoy and find our stuff. – Aki


Is there a concept behind the album you’d like to talk about?
It is politically aware as I feel we are living in a world where only a few decide the fate of billions and use greed, lies and puppets to control the masses. People have been slaved through debts and brainwashed through the media to live in a lie and be afraid to speak their mind. –Aki

What inspires you the most?
Life itself –Jani Kakko
Yeah like tends to throw turd on you and push you into corners -that’s where you find out if you fight or fall. –Aki

What are you listening to these days?
I personally have spend loads of time with vinyls like Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, kind of stuff lately. I love all kind of music but as we are talking about metal I think Gojira is biggest thing right now for me. –Jani
Oh man…it changes a lot and I have a lot of bands and artists I listen to. Currently making a new album with my other band The Duskfall so I have listened to the new songs a lot to write lyrics haha. Driving back and forth in Sweden and Finland alone I have been listening to some easier stuff late nights like Lana Del Ray and Leonard Cohen for example. –Aki

Any live shows planned for this year?
We are rehearsing with our new drummer Joonas and after we are ready for anything we will start booking for some shows and also gonna write new music also. –Aki

What does the future hold for Quake the Earth?
Gigs, new music and not giving up for mankind! Hopefully get to play more internationally also. –Aki