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”.

Interview with Friend of Gods


Hi there! Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?
Hey thanks for having us! We are Friend Of Gods. Three dudes that love music and that have created a band to nurture that love on a daily basis. We started rehearsing at the end of 2011, first as a duo (guitar/drums) and then eventually as a 3piece with bass.

What does the name Friend of Gods represent?
It started out as just a translation of a Greek suburb, because that’s where we would rehearse when we formed the band. It was a joke. We were talking about changing it when a good friend of ours showed us a drawing of a funny looking ape that he’d made. That ape wore a hat with the band’s name on it. It kind of made sense and that drawing has been the band logo ever since.

What inspires you the most?
Art in general. Other musicians, especially local one’s that we have the chance to see often. People of all kind. Nature.Cats & dogs.And our fucked up, self-destructive psychology.

How would you define your sound? Do you think it needs to be defined?
Our approach towards music is defined by punk, and we obviously have a lot of math-rock and 90’s references. Nevertheless, we try to add as much as we can to this equation and do our best not to limit our music to a certain genre.

Last December you released your new ep ‘’You Gotta Look Good In This Fuckin Business’’. How has the reception been so far? Is there a concept behind this ep you’d like to discuss?
Pretty good, considering it was only a digital release. We’ve gotten some great reviews and honest reactions from various sources. The most important thing is that we still like it. We look back at it now feeling that we gave our best to create an honest album. There is no concept really.The title is a statement, but also a question, concerning perspective.

How is music produced in Friend of Gods?
The good old fashioned jamming way! A member may come to the studio with a riff, an idea, a drum beat, or even a whole song, but it will only take complete form once we have jammed the hell out of it.

Any live shows planned for this year?
We’ll be playing at the Slap n Panic Festival in Athens at An club, on the 30th of April. Very excited about that one. We hope to hit some summer festivals in Greece after that, but our main focus at this moment is organizing a proper tour in Europe towards the end of the year.

What are you listening to these days?
We’re actually listening to the new Chronoboros album! It’s not out yet, but we were lucky enough to get our hands on it a few days ago cause they’re close friends and all that. It’s such a good album!

What does the future hold for Friend of Gods?
A lot of emails for sure! We try to do everything ourselves, it’s a lot of work but we can’t complain. We always manage to have fun, one way or another! You can also expect a new video clip from us, very soon.

Blame Kandinsky – Spotting Elegance In Chaos

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I never really liked Vassily Kandinsky’s art. There, i said it. I always thought of him as a decent painter but i failed to catch the meanings of his paintings. I mean, i tried but i failed. People who know stuff about abstract art could enlighten us perhaps. Blame Kandinsky is a different story though. For those of you who don’t know, Blame Kandinsky is a five piece, mathcore band formed in Athens, Greece back in 2012. Their debut ep ”Pink Noise Motel” was released in 2014. This ep had made quite an impression on me and i was waiting for a full length album to come out.

Released on the 1st of January, ”Spotting Elegance In Chaos” is the band’s first, full length album. It was recorded by Alex Ketenjian and Kostas Ragiadakos at Unreal Studios and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios , Sweden. Ten tracks are included in this release. So let’s press play. Let’s see what we’ve got here. First track is called ”Cowboys are Devout” and all i can say is that i’m really liking this one. ”Motivation” is the album’s second track and one of my favourites as well. ”Hope” is another excellent track that stands out for its heaviness and technicality. ”Beleave” is another track that you should definitely check out. I also believe that fans of Dillinger Escape Plan are gonna love ”Where the Sun is Silent”. We’re half way through and i simply can’t wait to listen to the next five songs. ”Goya’s Polaroid” is like a bridge that leads to the rest of the album’s songs. ”Consuming Angels Breeding Demons” has a jazzy vibe if you will. Another great track no doubt. Who’s in for more? Wait till you listen to ”Brenda”. Chaotic and heavy as hell. That also goes for ”Years of the Vulture”. Last but not least we find ”Glasgow Smile”. This is by all means another awesome track and a great outro for this album.

Overall i have to say this album totally lived up to my expectations. Once again the band delivered. ”Spotting Elegance in Chaos” is a great full length, debut album. I myself loved it, rocked it and i would like to recommend it. Definitely recommended for fans of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch, Converge, Tardive Dyskinesia, e.t.c. So if you’re a fan of these bands do yourself a favor and listen to ”Spotting Elegance in Chaos”. Here’s a link where you can listen to this album.

Friend Of Gods – You Gotta Look Good In This Fuckin Business

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Friend of Gods is a three piece band from Athens, Greece. ”You Gotta Look Good In This Fuckin Business” ep is their new album. It was released on the 16th of December. It was recorded by Alex Ketenjian and Kostas Ragiadakos at Unreal Studios. Six tracks are included in this release. I’m not a newcomer to this band. I actually still remember the first time i saw them live here in Athens. I have to admit it was a bit odd because i didn’t know what to expect. However it turned to be rather easy for them to make a fan out of me. And that’s because their music sounds rather fresh and trully inspired. It’s of course a band that you need to see them play live. But let us get back to the album. As it has already been mentioned we find six tracks in this album. These six tracks form an album of what i’d like to call vibrant music or music with no holds barred if you will. To me it’s pretty damn’ clear that these guys are not afraid to experiment. ”You Gotta Look Good In This Fuckin Business” is a twenty minute frenzy that can’t and must not go unnoticed. You need to experience this exquisite blend of hardcore punk and math rock. We’ re talking about a blend that has a strong jazzy flavour. My favourite track is ”Chase.Move. Kill”. This is a great track and that’s hands down. Well, to me Friend of Gods look really good. But that’s just me. They’ re producing good music and they have raised the bar on themselves. So this is our suggestion for today. Here’s a link where you can also listen to their new album.

Interview with Insect Radio

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Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Insect Radio was formed in the summer of 2013. We released our debut album “We are Trouble” in 2015 in digital form and in 2016 in physical form. We play hardcore punk. The band is consisted from Giorgos (vocals), Labis (guitars), Ilias (bass) and Alex (drums).

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Can’t say exactly, because the way we write music is a result of all the different genres we’ve listened to during the last 20-25 years. Let’s say that music or, better, art as a whole to its extreme function is our main influence. To make it easier though we can add the names of a few bands such as Converge, Slayer, Dead Kennedys, Retox, Bad Brains, Fugazi, Refused.

How would you define your sound?

Aggressive, direct, sharp, edgy, complex.

How is music produced in Insect Radio?

Usually the case would be that Labis brings a fairly thought out set of ideas, which we then build upon and mould into a structured song.

Last year you released your debut album ‘’We Are Trouble’’. How did the recording sessions go and how has the reception been so far?

We recorded the songs live in a couple of days after which Giorgos layered the vocals. The whole thing (recording, mixing etc.) took less than a week. The reception has been more than satisfying so far and we can’t wait to release our new stuff.

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What inspires you the most?

Nothing specific. It could be a person, a situation, a film, a painting or a book. Anything that fucks with our heads.

What’s your favorite album of 2016?

I can name a few: Death Grips “Bottomless Pit”, David Bowie “Black Star”, Nails “You will never be one of us”, A Tribe Called Quest “We got it from here…”, Whores “Gold”. Also, we got great albums from greek bands in 2016 like Ruined Families, Tardive Dyskinesia, Sarabante, Blame Kandinsky, Borderline Syndrome, Friend of Gods.

Any live shows planned for 2017?

We’ve scheduled a Euro-Balkan tour (“Elevating the Swarm tour”) due late February to early March. It’s the first time we will jump the van and play outside of Greece and it’s pretty exciting!  We’ll probably do a smaller Greek tour later in May.

What does the future hold for Insect Radio?

We’re neck deep in new material preparation for our upcoming album. Once that is over and done with, we’ll book as many shows as we can to play our new stuff to people.

Interview with Bangladeafy

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Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

We started Bangladeafy in October 2009.

Jon: Our first few songs were written and rehearsed in a warehouse I was working in, after work hours.

What does the name ‘’Bangladeafy’’ represent?

Jon: Bangladeafy is a compound word combining Atif’s Bangladeshi heritage and my exaggerated hearing loss.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Jon: I am heavily inspired by electronic music and try to imitate the sounds and patterns reserved for electronic music as best as I can using the bass. Not to mention some of our most recently written material is 100% live synth.

Atif: Buddy Rich. I studied out of his rudiments book out of the gate and it’s foundation still surfaces every day.

How would you define your sound?

Jon: Frenetic and loud live drums, synth and bass, enjoyable by musicians and non-musicians alike.

Given that you are an instrumental band, how did you give your songs the song titles you did?

Jon: We usually find a common ground as to what kind of scenario we would hear the finished song in, in terms of a soundtrack. Other times, we’ll create something with it’s own indefinable characteristics and just slap a sarcastic title on it.

This year you released your new album ‘’Narcopaloma’’. How did the recording sessions go?

Atif: It was fun but difficult at times. It’s always hard to get things just right.

Jon: We picked up things we learned from the previous record and adjusted or improved accordingly. For example, the bass on the last record was all modeled digitally. Narcopaloma was primarily recorded with the live bass rig. I also took a more subtle approach to fleshing out the atmosphere which I think in turn had a stronger impact than the upfront layers on The Briefcase.

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Is there a concept behind the album you would like to discuss?

Jon: Narcopaloma (meaning drug dove) was a buzzword that was floating around Central America after a Costa Rican prison was found to have had trained pigeons flying in and out of it carrying contraband, mostly drugs. I thought it would be a clever but esoteric description for how we wrote/recorded most of this album, which was by sending each other “contraband” audio via email. It’s worth mentioning that the cover artwork is the closeup of a pigeon’s neck feathers that I had a talented friend of mine take using a special camera lens.

What inspires you the most?

Atif: Getting destroyed by great bands.

Jon: Anything that spews raw energy without imitating something that came before.

What are you listening to these days?

Atif: A lot of vintage punk.

Jon: Aside from diving into this new Nine Inch Nails Ep that just came out i’ve also been blasting Brokespeak by Strobes and this band from Philadelphia called Mage Hand has an incredible EP called Blow Up The Moon that’s been on steady repeat. So much great music came out this year!

Any live shows planned for the rest of this year?

Jon: We’re done for 2016, but 2017 holds some possible regional touring.

What does the future hold for Bangladeafy?

Jon: We already have another batch of songs ready for the studio, drum tracking has already begun. Possible 2017 release! It’s way down the line but worth hinting that National and International touring are our long term goals for 2018-2019. We are only a 2 piece so funding this band is not easy, so I’d like to think that we are a slow burner.

The Dillinger Escape Plan – Dissociation

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Good day to all. We’ re back with a new review. I don’t think this band needs any introduction. Yes, i’m talking about the Dillinger Escape Plan. ”Dissociation”, which was released this October, is their final, full length album and that definitely sucks. I don’t like the fact that they decided to call it quits but i have to respect their decision.

I’ve been a fan of this band not from day 1 but from the first time i heard ”Calculating Infinity”. It was a great record no doubt. And the thing is this band evolved and they didn’t stop experimenting. They certainly produced some excellent albums. Personally i have some mixed feelings about ”Dissociation”. I like this album a lot but unfortunatelly as you all know it is their last album. I don’t like saying farewell or stuff like that but let’s see what we’ve got here. Eleven tracks are included in this album. It starts with a kick-ass song called ”Limerent Death”. I think that die hards fans are gonna like this one. I’m down with ”Symptom of Terminal Illness” as well. But who am i kidding? I’m here for songs like ”Wanting not so much to as to”. I loved its jazzy and chaotic vibe. Rest assure you will not find a dissapointing song here. It’s as if the band decided to make a such a memorable and glorious exit that it would be remembered in the years to come. And in my opinion they were quite successful at this.

”Dissociation” is another excellent album by the Dillinger Escape Plan. O.k perhaps not their best album but still it’s a great one. They will certainly be missed.