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”.

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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.

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.

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 Thomas from Kollapse

Hi guys! How have you been? What news from Aalborg?
Thomas: Aalborg is a blackhole.

Please introduce us to your band. When was the band formed?
Thomas: That depends on what you want to know? We formed roughly 5 years ago. We started out as a threepiece, with Troels being the lone guitar player. We all had previous bands. Frederik attended a few live shows and later joined us as a percussionist for a couple of shows. He then joined as a permanent guitar player later. We recorded the Fathertrack for a 7” with him and things started to pick up at that point. We are all passionate music fans and this interest branched out into wanting to record and release music for ourselves. This band is somewhat different from what everyone has done before. Kollapse exists for us.We have no great aspirations or commercial interest. kollapse is greater than the sum of its parts and we would not sound like we did, had any member been replaced. This is us.

What inspires you the most?
Thomas: I can only answer for myself, but for kollapse I hardly get inspired by music at this point. Life feels so intense sometimes, and I get inspired by all the feelings of shortcomings, loathing, alienation and stress of everyday life. If I do find inspiration outside of my own state of being, it mostly comes from art and literature. States of mind that I feel connected to on some more or less abstract or intuitive level. In general the one thing that inspire sme most in my life is being a father.

Can you tell us about you rmain influences?
Thomas: As in musical influences? I listen to a million things but as far as kollapsegoes I am influenced by bands that feel to me, like they mean, what they do: Breach, midperiod Neurosis, Weakling, Amrepera, Today is the Day, Union of Uranus. Emo, hardcore, metal, indie…whatever.

How would you define your sound?
Thomas: I wouldn’t want to, because we spend an insane amount of time clawing at our songs, making sure that they end up feeling like kollapse songs – it is pretty tiring but we have to do it. I really dislike hyperbolic catchphraseytripe so: “heavy and emotional” is how I would describe it.

This May you released your debut album ‘’Angst’’. How did the recording sessions go?
Thomas: They went great, we had a reall ygood time with Jacob Bredahl who is a funny, honest and loveable dude. He is really into martial arts and hardcore – which helped me immensely during the few hours we didn’t work in the studio. We recorded the entire album in roughly two days, which is insane.

Is there a concept behind this album you’d like to discuss?
Thomas: The album title and lyrics tells it all I think.

What are you listening to these days?
Thomas: a lot of Danish bands for some reason: Orm, Slægt, Nyt Liv and other stuff like Yellow Eyes, Ash Borer, The Weeknd, Oxbow, City Keys, Ultha and so on. I listen to and buy a lot of records.

Do you have any live shows planned for this year?
Thomas: Yes, we are playing a lot of shows this year, including Copenhagen, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Check our bandcamp for more info.

What does the future hold for Kollapse?
Thomas: probably writing a lot of music oncetouring for this album is done. I’d like kollapse to branch out into other forms of art, but we will see. I paint and write and Peter our drummer is a photographer so maybe something will manifest, we never know when it comes to kollapse though – we might implode next week.

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.