Geist – Disrepair

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Geist is a five piece band from the U.K. Their new album ”Disrepair” will be released on the 22nd of of September through Wooaaargh Records. Recorded by Jason Frye at Century Audio and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Studios, this album includes six tracks. Geist’s music is a mixture of metal, hardcore punk and crust. The aforementioned are key ingredients to create something special. Inspired by bands like Converge, Trap Them and Cursed, Geist have managed to present us an album of heavy and uncompromising music. The album starts greatly with ”Painkillers”. This is good ol’ hardcore we’ re talking about and i think hardcore fans are gonna love it. Same goes for ”Dear World”. ”Services Rendered” is my favourite track from ”Disrepair”. I really dig this one and i urge all of you to give it a listen. To be honest i liked all of the album’s tracks. This is edgy, metallic hardcore and the truth is we love this kind of stuff here. So the question is what do i think about this album by Geist? Well, i loved it, i’m definitelly down with it, therefore i would like to recommend it. As it has already been mentioned, the album goes out on September 22. In the meantime check out this link.

Converge – I Can Tell You About Pain

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I can tell you that Converge rules. I’ve been waiting for some time now for a new Converge release. Finally that time has come. Their new ep ”I Can Tell You About Pain”, which was released on the 25th of July, includes two songs. Yes people, only two new songs. Excitement took over me when i caught wind of those teasers. Nevertheless i kept asking myself ” Why only two songs?”. Anyway, the only thing that i had to do was just listen to these songs. Thus i did. First song is called ”I Can Tell You About Pain” and it is another great song by Converge. I simply can get enough of this song. Second song is called ”Eve”. This one is beyond great. There are not enough words to describe how awesome this song is. If you haven’t done already then you should definitely check out this one because this is Converge at their best. At least that’s what i think. I don’t know how they do it but they’ve done again. And this is only two songs we’ re talking about. Here’s a link where you can have a taste.

Vatican – Ache of Eternity

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Vatican is a five piece, hardcore band from the United States. Their new ep ”Ache of Eternity” will be released on the 25th of August through Sorrow Carrier Records. Five tracks are included in this release. It starts with ”Divine Ruination”. It’s a nice track no doubt. It kinda reminded me of bands like Caliban and Heaven Shall Burn. ”Boundless Image” is another nice track from this ep but to be honest i’ve heard stuff like that again in the past. ”Dreamer’s Bodybag” is a song that i personally liked a lot. I’m always down with tunes like these. ”Slit of Creation” is probably the best track among the five tracks that are included in this ep. It is seriously heavy and it has a great groove and cool beatdown parts. You need to check out ”Innocence Grows Obsolete” as well. I had never heard of Vatican before in the past but i will admit i enjoyed this ep. As it has already been mentioned ”Ache of Eternity” comes out on August 25. Until then check out this link.

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”.

Hive – Parasitic Twin

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Hive is a four piece band from the United States. Their latest album ”Parasitic Twin” was released on April 21, 2017 through Crown and Throne Ltd. Recorded in 2016 by Mike Duffy in Room 44 and mixed by Matthew Kirkwold at Rumble Studios, this album includes ten tracks. Let’s see what we’ve got here. Their music combines d-beat/ crust and hardcore punk. O.k, once again i’ll admit it didn’t take too long for me to like this album. When the third track of this album came to an end i had already come to a conclusion. My opinion did not change at all when i listened to the final note of this album. Hive had passed my ”test”. Here you’ll find nothing less than ten songs which are filled with anger and rage. Apart from that, a lot of their songs (”Common Ancestor” for example) contain some dark, cold elements. I think this kind of a ”plot twist” is what makes this album so interesting to me. This is not your typical d-beat band or your typical d-beat album. There’s definitely much more to it. I’m talking about nice riffs, brutal vocals and huge raw punk energy that will surely make your day as it did mine. This album is definitely worthy of your attention, especially if you’re a fan of swedish crust punk. As for me, i’m going to name ”Parasitic Twin” as one of this month’s best albums. It is not what one would call as a game changer but it is seriously heavy like a dynamite. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Parasitic Twin”.

Interview with Kalpa

Hi guys! How have you all been?
Hi, pleased to meet you. It’s been nice  and steady lately, perhaps a bit hectic at times. Normal stuff.

Last April you released your latest album ‘’Dissociation’’. How has the reception been so far?
“Dissociation” was well received from the underground. Some people did drift away because of the significant style shift to a more extreme sound, we guess, but the ones that stayed with us and those who came along the way really get our drift. We also organized and carried out a European Tour with our friends in Minerva Superduty to promote the album, during which the feedback we received was awesome. Lastly, speaking strictly in numbers, “Dissociation” is almost sold-out, so there’s that.

How did you decide to put vocals in your music?
It wasn’t much of a “decision” -let alone a deliberate one-. We really enjoy music both ways. At the time ‘Sequences’ was written we felt that there was not much vital space left for vocals. On ‘Dissociation’ we did find that ground to add an extra instrument, and the whole writing process was adjusted accordingly.

What inspires you the most?
Pretty much everything evolving around us. With music having a key role, inevitably, translating our perception of the world to sound.

Apart from your favorite bands what else would you name as a key influence?
I think each one’s social circle and everyday interactions are crucial. They shape each person slowly and steadily day by day. Art in every form is also a major influence for us. It’s just amazing to see how people can express themselves in so many different ways.

How is music produced in Kalpa?
We all contribute to each composition equally. The initial idea can only come from one single person; we then process it collectively, brainstorm on it and rehearse it till it reaches the point where we can visualize performing it live. Then, it’s not unusual for us to actually play it on stage to see if it passes the test or if we should make more adjustments to the song.

Given that your first album ‘’Sequences’’ was an instrumental one, how did you decide then to give your songs the song titles you did?
The “Sequences*” era seems somewhat far behind us, now. We really don’t remember a lot of specifics about the titles, just that at the time they felt good as a representation of the songs they were given to.

What does the name Kalpa represent?
A kalpa is, essentially, a Sanskrit word for a scale that times the creation, death and recreation of a world or universe. It is also a Finnish hockey team and a black metal solo artist from South Korea. There are probably more current updates on Wikipedia that we’re not aware of.

What are you listening to these days?
Tons of stuff where it reaches the point of being impossible to even start a list from the top of our heads. The amount of produced music -most of it being great, granted- is overwhelming. At this very moment, one of us probably headbangs to the new Succumb album and another one revisits Botch, while a third one absorbs old-school Hip-Hop. A couple of us also enjoyed the new album by the Afghan Whigs lately. The combinations are infinite.

You recently played two shows in Crete. How did it go there?
We had a great time in Crete and we’re really glad we’ve been given the chance (as individuals) to revisit the island, which we hadn’t done in years. We played Heraklion and Chania and people down there profoundly enjoy extreme music. Shout out to everyone who run the shows, those who came over and the bands we shared the stage with.

Do you have any live shows planned in the months to come?
At the moment we’re mainly focusing on writing the new album more than everything else, but we’re always available when it comes to being a part of and supporting initiatives that make sense to us, such as an upcoming DIY festival in Corfu in early June and Svenfest VII in Karditsa in late July, both of which we’ll be performing at.

What does the future hold for Kalpa?
A new album and as many gigs as we can possibly handle, both home and abroad.

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.