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.

 

Converge – The Dusk In Us

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Five almost years after the release of their magnificent, previous full llength album ”All We Love We Leave Behind”, Converge are back with a new full length. Produced by Kurt Ballou, ”The Dusk In Us” was released on the 3rd of November. Previously this year the band had released a 7” single which included two tracks, ”I can tell you about pain” and ”Eve”. I want to say once again that ”Eve” is a killer song, probably one of my favourite Converge songs. It was high time though for a new full length. The awainting is over.

Converge is definitely not your typical kind of a band. I mean, we’re talking about a solid catalogue. In 2001 they released ”Jane Doe”, an album regarded by many people as one of the best albums of the 00’s. Since then they’ve been producing nothing else but excellent albums like ”Axe To Fall” and ”You Fail Me”.

So let’s check out Converge’s new album. Excited? Oh yes, i must confess i am. ”The Dusk In Us” includes thirteen tracks. It starts with a dope song called ”A Single Tear”. What a way to start an album! This song is simply great. Converge are back at it again! ”Eye of the Quarrel” is simply great as well and all i’m thinking is these guys are just doing their thing and they’re pretty damn good at it. The band had shared ”Under Duress” some months before. I haven’t changed my mind about this song at all. This song kills. I think the fans loved it as well. ”Arkhipov Calm” and ”I can tell you abou pain” are two cataclysmic songs. The simple thing you have to do is simply enjoy these songs. In ”The Dusk in us” the band flirts with post metal a lot and the outcome is simply excellent. I loved this song. In ”Wildlife” we witness another transition towards hardcore punk. The band decreases and then increaes the tense levels like bosses that they are. We have passed to the second part of this album. ”Murk & Marrow” lies in front of us. Once again it’s nothing less than epicness. ”Trigger” brought to mind a bit of Unsane. It’s certainly heavy as hell and a track you need to listen to. ”Broken by light” is a classic Converge track. You’ll love this one as well. Same goes for ”Cannibals”. ”Thousand of miles between us” is an awesome song. I think it’s one of the highlights of this album. Speaking of highlights, wait till you listen to ”Reptilian”. This is a huge song and that’s hands down.

Converge had warned us earlier this year about what’s going to happen. ”The Dusk In Us” is a great album, composed of thirteen great songs. I don’t know how they do it but they have simply done it once again. ”The Dusk In Us” gets a 9 out of 10. I loved this album and i simply want to recommend it. Here’s a link where you can listen to this album.

 

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.

Chalk Hands – Burrows & Other Hideouts EP

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Chalk Hands is a four piece band from Brighton, U.K, which came into existence in 2016. Their debut ep ”Burrows & Other Hideouts was released in August through Future Void Records and Dekaden Records. Two tracks are included in this release. Mixing post hardcore and screamo, these guys go hard in this ep. First track is called ”Burrows” and it is an awesome track. Really nice melodies lie within this track. Second track is called ”Arms”. I like this track as well and i want to urge you all to give it a listen. This is a cool ep no doubt and i would personally want to listen to more songs from this band. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Burrows & Other Hideouts”.

Kalong – S/T EP, EP review and interview with the band

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Kalong is a three piece band from Athens, Greece. Formed back in 2015, the band today released their debut, self titled ep. Recorded by Iordanis Pamouktsoglou at Fabric Audio Studio, this ep includes seven tracks. I could describe their sound like noise rock meets post hardcore meets hardcore punk e.t.c. But to be honest i’m not really sure how accurate that would be. I’ll tell you what though. Kalong’s first ep to me sounds really experimental and that’s what makes it so damn intriguing. I love how their vocalist sings and how he generally uses his vocals. Here you’ll find high amounts of raw punk energy along with awesome basslines. Oh, there’s no guitar also. Just a drummer, a bassist and a vocalist. These three guys do the job though. Going through this ep’s tracklist i can tell you that ”Treadline” sets the tone. You just need to turn up the volume and enjoy this ep. I liked all of the ep’s tracks but if i had to choose a favourite one that would have to be either ”Patch” or ”Lawnmower Man”. It is my strong belief that we have struck gold. Kalong’s debut ep is a gem recently unearthed from the underground. Here’s a link where you can give it a listen. Apart from checking out their ep we also asked them some questions and they gave us their answers. Here’s what they had to say:

When did it all start for your band?

While we come from coastal areas around Athens, the concept of making a band started in Thessaloniki in late 2014. After that, we started practicing at Loverman’s basement in early 2015, where Kalong’s spirit enlightened us with it’s joyful screech.

What does the name Kalong represent?

We found it randomly in a word generator. Turns out it is an Indonesian word for a species of giant bats; technically it’s a flying fox, which eats exclusively fruits.

How would you define your sound?

It’s like the feeling of escalating numbness that gradually masks the human body whilst electrified riffs prolong an unexplainable tickle inside our belly buttons.

How did you decide to start a band with no guitars?

It didn’t start out as a conscious decision, it rather just occurred by playing with what we’ve got. In the end it rather helped creating our own sound, adjusting mixtures of our influences into this set.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Punk, noise rock, garage/surf with various kicks of death and black metal at points.

What inspires you the most?

The complexity of human relationships, where are we headed as a species and the obscurity of the multiverse.

You’re about to release your debut ep. How did the recording sessions go?

We are happy with the result, as we learned a lot from the whole process.

What are you listening to these days?

Nalyssa Green, Quincy Jones Orchestra.

Any live shows planned in the months to come?

A gig in Athens for the release of the EP, in late 2017

What does the future hold for Kalong?

Recording the rest of our material

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”.