Her Highness/ Worthless – Split

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It’s tuesday so let’s review a new album, significantly a split album. Her Highness and Worthless are two instrumental, sludge/ doom metal bands from Budapest, Hungary. Their four track, split album was released back in december 9, 2016. Each band contributes with two songs. The first two songs belong to Her Highness. Never heard of this band before. However i have to say they most definitely know their craft. Prepare yourself for some massive basslines. No, i’m going to rephrase that. Prepare yourself because mountains of massive basslines lie ahead of you. I’m definitely down with their sludge. ”The Budd Dwyer Method” is an awesome, monolithic track that will leave no sludge fan unsatisfied. The third and fourth track belong to Worthless. I liked their songs even though i have to admit i didn’t exactly fell in love with their music. To be honest though ”No Home” is a nice song. It’s a blend of sludge and post metal and it definitely works. As for me i personally enjoyed this split album and my wish is to recommend it. Specially recommended for fans of Sleep, Electric Wizard, Ramlord, Sea of Bones, e.t.c.

Noyades – Go Fast

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We’ re back with yet another review. The sun is shining, the weather is not so bad and i’m listening to ”Go Fast” by Noyades. Noyades is a three piece band from Lyon, France. ”Go Fast”, which was released this October, is their new album. Seven tracks can be found in this album. The band’s music is an exciting mixture of noise rock, psychedelic and punk rock. And, yes they were quite successful at combining these three styles. Their music to me sounds vibrant and exhilarating. I’m refering to songs like ”Replique”. This is the first song of the album. It is also my favorite one. Listening to this song i was like ”Yes, you definitely have my attention”. Nothing could distract me. And what’s really awesome is that the rest of the songs didn’t let me down at all. We’ re talking about really good ideas and of course good written songs. In my opinion these guys know their kraft and they’ re quite passionate about it. Well, that’s the impression i got. Personally i enjoyed this album and i have to admit they’ ve made a fan out of me. So this our suggestion for today. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Go Fast”.

Korsakov%vol. – N.E.O.

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Korsakov%vol. is a two piece band from Cagliari, Italy. The band was formed back in 2012. Their new album, which is called ”N.E.O.”, was released on the 16th of april. The band sent us a message requesting a review thus i decided to listen to this album.

You can find five tracks in this album. The band’s music is a blend of doom metal, a bit of ambient and psychedelic rock. First song is called ”Phoenix”. Something is reborn here in a strange way. I mean this is an interesting track no doubt where you can find many good ideas like some riffs or those synths. The song has a great intro and from a certain point it keeps ”building”. Nevertheless it didn’t culminate the way i wanted it. I was ecpecting a strong post metal/sludge outbreak. I certainly did not expect those synths at 06:21. Next track is called ”Frankenstein”. I’d like to think of this song as an attempt to describe Dr Frankenstein’s peculiar ways. Or perhaps, i’m totally wrong about this. I have to say i ain’t that sure. ”Patient 0” is the album’s next track. I think it is the album’s most interesting track. It is for sure the track i liked the most. The next track sounds like a small tribute to Deep Purple. It’s perhaps what you’d get if you you’d mix deep purple with drone metal. Last but not least we have ”Mermaids”. Suddenly the mermaids’ song came to an end and as if i were Ulysses i continued my journey to find Ithaca.

O.k i have to be honest. I didn’t really like this album. You can find one or two interesting songs (like ”Patient 0” for example) but the rest of the songs were just ok for me. Gentlemen, i’m sorry but i didn’t get it. Please note though that it’s just one man’s opinion. It’s not necessarily the right opinion. Below you can find some links where you can also listen to ”N.E.O.”:

Omega Monolith – Fungus

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I remember the first time I saw Omega Monolith play live here in Athens. It was some months ago at An club. They made quite an impression on me so I decided to check out their stuff.  For the record let’s just state that Omega Monolith is two piece, instrumental band, formed in Athens, Greece back in 2012.

‘’Vile’’ ep came out last December. That was the album that introduced me to the band’s music. Charmed by its dark and experimental nature I decided I wanted to listen to more songs from this band. ‘’Fungus’’ is the band’s debut Lp. It was released on May 14. First of all what caught my attention here is the album’s artwork. I think it is more than great. In my opinion it gives you a first taste on what’s going on inside this album. I would like to consider it a  concept album. Time devours everything. Or does he? Three songs are included in ‘’Fungus’’. The band’s music is a blend of different styles. I mean they have filtered their influences in such a way that they have achieved to create an identity of their own. The band states that ‘’Fungus’’ is a journey. I must say I agree with them. This may be a bit of a cliché line but it is an album that you have to experience. You must be patient and you have to let it grow on you. This journey is definitely worth taking. For me it’s one track cut to three pieces. Each track tells a story of its own. As for favorite tracks? I believe I’m gonna pick all three of them. You need to experience all three tracks. That’s what I think. Listen to this album and discover your own truth.

So the question is, what do I think about this album? Well, there’s no doubt in my mind that the band delivered. Apart from heavy ‘’Fungus’’ sounds really fresh and inspired. Personally I loved it, I enjoyed it, therefore I wish to recommend it. Here are some links where you can also listen to ‘’Fungus’’:

Sungrinder – From Within The Cosmic Cloud

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Today i wanted to talk to you about this band i discovered. They’ re seriously good so i thought it would be a good idea to say some words about them and their debut album. The band is called Sungrinder and they come from the United States. On April 20 they released ‘From Within The Cosmic Cloud’ , namely their debut album. You can find eight, instrumental songs inside this album. Their music is a blend of doom metal, stoner and groove metal. This distillate of theirs proved to be rather succesful. It sounds really heavy and vibrant. I think the album’s production is beyond great. It sounds as if the band gathered one day and said ”You know what? I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow but today we’ re going  to play and enjoy this as much as we can”. Listen to this album and enjoy awesome riffs and concrete basslines. As for a favorite track? I think i’m gonna say all eight of them. Overall this is a very good album and it is also highly recommended. Here are some links where you can also listen to ‘From Within The Cosmic Storm’:

Interview with Mock the Mankind

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Hello we are Mock the Mankind from Athens, Greece, although we spent most of our time in Piraeus and we play uncomfortable music for comfortable (m)asses. We were formed in late 2012.

What does the name Mock the Mankind represent?

Everything and nothing, really. We liked the sound of it at first but then we realized there are so many different meanings behind it, that each one can have their own.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Food, good music, good vibes and Partsouklis.

In 2015 you released your debut, full length album ‘’Ruination’’. How did the recording sessions go and how has the reception been so far?

It was recorded live within three long days. We had been playing these songs for about a year and a half and it was about time we recorded them. It couldn’t be done any way else but live. Exhausting it may was, the outcome really paid us off, and that is the first thing that we were looking for. To please ourselves first (ok, that sounded bad, but it’s true). The reception has been extraordinary and unexpected and we only heard/read nice words.

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Photo captured by Lina Koshka

Name the most embarrassing song you like.

I don’t think there are embarrassing songs or guilty pleasures if you will. Each kind of music has its own time and place. For example, on my cellphone playlist you can find from Amenra to Michael Jackson.

What inspires you the most apart from Mankind’s profound arrogance?

Its mockery.

What are you listening to these days?

Our playlists are full of music of almost every genre so there are too many to mention.

Any live shows planned for this year?

On Saturday April 16 we are really happy to play along with Jakob and Their Methlab. It’s the first time for Jakob to play in Greece and we are really excited to be part of the show. Also, on the next day they will be playing on Roadburn festival and have been handpicked by the great Neurosis themselves. That’s got to mean something, right?
It gives us also great pleasure to announce that on the 13th of May we’ re going to play along with Jucifer and Kalpa in Athens.

Magneto or professor x, and why?

Magneto because he can handle metal.

What does the future hold for Mock the Mankind?

Rehearsals, jams, more jams, lives and new stuff for our next release which will be out someday in this life. Cheers!