Chronoboros – No Dirt Or Silver Will Have Us Sated

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Chronoboros is a three piece band from Athens, Greece. The band came into existence back in 2014. They released their first ep ”Dialing Up The Cutter” in 2015. Their first full length album ”No Dirt Or Silver Will Have Us Sated” was released on the 29th of November. Produced by Giotis Paraskevaidis and Chronoboros and mastered by Nasos Nomikos at Vu Productions, this album includes ten tracks.

In my opinion their first ep had quite an impact on the scene. I personally felt that this band has enormous potentials. ”Dialing Up the Cutter” had enthused me so i was longing for a full length. Well, the time has come. The band dropped the album. So, let’s check it out.

The band’s music is a more than exciting jazzy blend of mathcore, sludge and noisecore. I’m not entirely sure about the accuracy of my previous description. Sometimes when you can’t easily put it in words you know you have found something special. I think that’s the case with ”No Dirt Or Silver Will Have Us Sated”.

It starts with ”Backflow of eternal darkness” and yes, these guys are back at it again. This is a really nice intro for this album. ”Coaxed Out of Cave” is an awesome track and that’s hands down. ”It moves, it pricks” being quite technical and jazzy, but heavy as hell, is another dope track as well. Same goes for ”One Last Caveat”. I think Virus fans are gonna really like ”Rising Streetcar”. I personally loved it. Be sure to check out ”Diadem”. It’s a great track. ”If a sword is always sheated” is one of this album’s highlights and another favourite track of mine. ”Wooden it would seem” doesn’t deviate at all from the tone that was set in the beginning. It’s a massive, heavy track. But wait because there’s more. I’m talikng about ”Split the mainbrace” and ”Bellower”. ”Split the mainbrace” has recently become a part of my playlist and i think it will remain there for a lot of time. Just before i conclude this review let me remind you that this is an album that needs to be played loud.

”No Dirt Or Silver Will Have Us Sated” is a dope album. There’s no doubt in my mind that the band delivered. It’s super heavy as it is experimental. It’s a solid album by Chronoboros that you need to listen to. Specially recommended for fans of Botch, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Canvas, Coalesce, Harlots, e.t.c. Here’s a link where you can have a first taste.

 

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Interview with American Standards

When did it all start for your band?

I got my first real six-string. Bought it at the five-and-dime. Played it ’til my fingers bled. Was the summer of sixty-nine… actually, it may have been closer to the summer of 2011.

What does the name American Standards represent?

The absolute opposite of what it reads. Think of the irony.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Everything from the bands that we grew up listening to, to the experiences that we’ve had over the years. I find inspiration comes most often when at the edge of sleep and it’s least convenient to put pen to paper.

Some people say we’re fortunate (some say unfortunate) to be living in interesting times. What say you?

I think every time in history is simultaneously the most and least fortunate time depending on who’s reflecting upon it. We have more tools and resources to influence positive change then ever. It’s up to us to have the right mind set and optimism to do so.

Are you a political band?

We’re political but non partisan in our approach. We’re not here to push an agenda or give the answers but hopefully we can pose questions that people haven’t considered yet. I think the only effective means to create real change is the path that leads to self realization by both parties. Screaming your own viewpoints without listening to others only creates a polarizing effect.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Musically our influences vary pretty dramatically. We all grew up listening to bands like Rage Against The Machine, Refused And System Of A Down. When we look more towards today, similar artists would probably land closer to The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, The Chariot and Every Time I Die.

Your latest album ‘’Anti-Melody’’ was released in April. How has the reception been so far?

It’s been a humbling experience. It feels like people have really connected with the story and message behind the songs. We wrote much more personally than in past releases and I’m beyond thankful for everyone that’s been open to take the journey with us.

Why did you decide to name your album ‘’Anti-Melody’’?

To me a good album or song title is always multifaceted. ANTI-MELODY started as an inside joke made over a decade ago. During my first experience at a recording studio the engineer had made a comment that our vocalist sang “a killer anti-melody”. At the time, this went completely over my head and I didn’t realize it was actually a subtle knock at his ability to harmonize. Fast forward to the recording of this album and somehow I pulled this fleeting moment out of the memory bank. It really seemed to fit the theme of the album in a literal and more poetic sense. The idea of a collection of single notes that come together to make something pleasant and musically satisfying is actually being pulled apart. Perhaps a representation of the dissonance in our music along with the exploration of themes such as personal loss and cultural divide in the song lyrics.

What are you listening to these days?

I think anyone looking for new noise should really check out Frontierer, Employed To Serve, Bungler and Dangers. All great bands really pushing the genre in the right direction.

Are you guys movie fans? Any good ones you’ve seen lately?

I’m a pretty big movie buff; especially for a good horror, sci-fi or documentary. I think a few of the stand out films from 2017 are;

  • Get Out
  • The Big Sick
  • Baby Driver
  • It
  • It Comes At Night

I also strongly recommend jumping on Netflix to binge Black Mirror and Master Of None. Both deal with some heavy topics and make them more easy to digest. Then of course Stranger Things as the series that everyone in the world has probably told you that you have to watch.

You’ve shared the stage with bands like Sick Of It All, Norma Jean, Atreyu and Nails. Is there a live show you enjoyed playing the most?

Playing with a lot of the bands that we’ve always looked up to and respected has been great but honestly some of the most memorable shows end up being the small DIY spots. We did a house show in Kansas City for example where there must have been 80 kids crammed into a tiny living room. We thrive in those environments.

Any live shows planned in the months to come? European dates perhaps?

We’re doing a small run of US festivals at the end of October then planning to jump right into pre-production for the next release. I’m sure we’ll have some one off shows between now and then but the goal is to have new music by the beginning of 2018 then hitting the road hard shortly after. We’d LOVE to make it out to Europe if all the stars align. If any of your readers want to partner on making it happen, feel free to reach out to us!

What does the future hold for American Standards?

More music, touring and hopefully more fun, new ways that we can directly connect directly with people like live streams and such.

Sorrowset – All Ends, Begin With Ease

Sorrowset is a three piece band from Salt Lake City, Utah. Their debut, full length album ”All Ends, Begin With Ease” was released on the 1st of September. Recorded and mixed by Andy Patterson at The Boar’s Nest, this album includes nine tracks. So let’s check this album out. The band’s music is a more than exciting combination of metallic hardcore, math rock and sludge. Someone might ask ”does this work?”. The answer is, yes it does work. This album is filled with good written songs. The first three set the tone and it’s songs like ”The Last Mistake” that make me want to bang my head really hard. ”Fascination Dies” is one of my favourite tracks from this album. This song kills. You should definitely check out this song. ”Nothing to lose” is a really nice track. I’m always down with tracks like these. ”Heart beats disaster” is another solid track by Sorrowset and another personal favourite from this album. But wait there’s more to it. I’m talking about ”The finite eye”, namely the album’s seventh song. Here you’ll find big doses of groove and heaviness. ”Deadlocked” and ”No Tomb” are awesome songs as well. I personally liked this album a lot. ”All Ends, Begin With Ease” sounds really fresh and inspired. I enjoyed it and i have nothing negative to say about it whatsoever. In my opinion it is a solid album and i’d personally give it an 8 out of 10. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”All Ends, Begin With Ease”.

Interview with Dead Like Me

Hi there! How are you guys? Congratulations on your first Lp.

Hi there, everything goes well, we received your interview during our rehearsal, prefect timing!
This album is very precious to us, it represents the end of bad lucks.

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

The band was formed in 2010. We recorded a demo in 2011, then a split with the amazing Gerda (Italy) and now we’re releasing our first album “A terre, amas de rêves”. As we said above, this album is very important to us cause, after our tour in 2013, we had to overcome hard times with the devastation of our rehearsal local (and Alain’s studio) and gear by a big flood. That was followed by heavy work and two consecutive changes of line-up (Lionel and Laurent joined the band on drums and vocals respectively). After this episode, we were motivated as ever to work on writing new material. But sometimes out of bad comes good and these hard times certainly pushed us to go further in the process of composition of these new songs.

What does the name Dead Like Me represent?

It’s relatively simple, it means that we’re all already dead, dead like me, dead like you, through our failures, disillusionments, etc. and in the literal sense of course because we’re all gonna die (sorry to have to tell you this, man !!).

What inspires you the most?

Everything around us is a part of our influences, music we listen to, books we read, movies we watch, our experiences in lives, people we meet and the ones we spend our time with, etc. We’re not able to tell you details of what gives our music its face because those ones are absorbed without thinking of. What we’re putting inside it is our deep bad feelings, like pessimistic way of thinking, coming from news and everything we said above. By this way, that’s what it allows us to “smile”

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Musically, we are influenced by a lot of things. To sum up, 90’s/early 2000’s metalcore scene with bands like Botch, Rubbish Heap, Converge, Anodyne… Post-hardcore/Post-metal bands such as Breach, Neurosis and others have been very important for us too. And extreme metal bands like Gaza or Plebeian Grandstand… And without forgetting some “non-metal” bands… And the list goes on and on but we’ll stop here this name-dropping !

Your first Lp ‘’À Terre, Amas De Rêves” comes out on October. Is there a concept behind this album you’d like to discuss?

This is not an concept album about the Greek myth of Persephone, although some topics concerned in lyrics can resonate with the myth : self-deception, selfishness, sorrow, disillusionments of life, manipulation, etc. So for us, the artwork is just another way to illustrate these feelings, as well as lyrics of a song.

How long did it take you to record this album?

We recorded at Celestine Records (Alain’s studio), a few days here and there, in several sessions between his other projects, for a total of three weeks for record and mix.

Any live shows planned for this year?

We’ll take the road from October 4th to 11th, some gigs in France, Belgium, Germany and Netherlands. And then certainly a few gigs here and there, closer to home…

What are you listening to these days?

Well, go around the table :
Seb : Yob, Deathspell Omega, Pyrrhon, Primitive Man, Chelsea Wolfe, Regina Spektor…
Alain : As we draw, Rubbish Heap, Radiohead…
Lionel : Bagarre Générale, Converge…
Laurent : Moinho, Geraniüm, Ulcerate, Mgla, Lord Esperanza (French rap), Sadistik…

What does the future hold for Dead Like Me?

We’re working on new tracks, maybe for a split, and on another tour in February 2018.

Dead Like Me – À terre, amas de rêves

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We’re about to enter autumn and Persephone will once again have to leave her mother Demetra in order to descend into the underworld and reunite with Pluton. This fall, Dead Like Me will drop their new album ”À terre, amas de rêves”. Hailing from Pau, France, the band was formed back in 2010 and since then they have released a demo (2011) and a split album with Gerda (2012). ”À terre, amas de rêves” is the band’s first Lp. It will see release on the 13th of October. Six tracks are included in this album. All lyrics are written in french but you shouldn’t let that discourage you. So let’s press play. Let’s see what we’ve got here. The album’s first track is called ”Seulement des corps entassés”. It’s a really nice track and it kinda reminded me of Coalesce. Yup, this stuff is damn interesting. But let’s have a look at the next tracks. ”À vomir des doutes et des plaintes” is the album’s second track. It’s seriously heavy. I’m definitely down with this song of theirs. ”Les cerbères d’un temple oublié” is a song that you need to experience. I mean you can’t just give it a listen. You need to feel its magnificent colours and emotions. I could describe it as a ”Neurosis meets Converge” thing but i’m not sure how accurate that would be. One thing’s for sure though. It is an excellent track. Same goes for ”Refléter le vide et son contraire”. If you’re a Burnt By The Sun fan then you’re gonna love this track. ”Nos corps s’épuisent et se déchirent” is like a big dose of mathcore madness. I personally loved it. Last but not least we find ”À terre, amas de rêves”. I personally feel that they left one of their best tracks for the end. To me this album is like a big track cut down to six pieces so you must listen to it from the first till the last song. Don’t skip any songs. My two favourite ones were ”Les cerbères d’un temple oublié” and ”À terre, amas de rêves”. I’ll admit i enjoyed this album. Therefore i would like to recommend it. I’d give it an 8.5 out of 10. As it has already been mentioned, this album comes out on October. Here’s a link where you can have a first taste.

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.