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

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Tau Cross – Pillar of Fire

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Tau Cross is a multinational band that consists of five fine gentlemen such as Rob ”The Baron” Miller of Amebix and Michel “Away” Langevin of Voivod. ”Pillar of Fire”, which was released on the 21st of July by Relapse Records, is their sophomore, full length album. Well, i recently caught wind of this album and i decided to check this one out. ”Better late than never” some might say. O,k so fourteen tracks are included in this release. The last three songs are actually bonus tracks. It starts with ”Raising Golem”. This is a killer song no doubt. I’m feeling some Killing Joke here and i’m sure as hell down with it. ”Bread and Circuses” is a really nice song. Amebix and Misery fans should give this one a listen. Same goes for ”On The Water”. ”Deep State” is a bit of an old vibe if you ask me. I personally loved it. As for ”Pillar of Fire” i’ll tell you what; it’s one of my favourite songs from this album. It’s one of the songs i personally singled out. Great song writing and a great atmosphere coming out of this song. ”Killing the King” is a kick-ass, solid song. They also made a really cool video clip for this song. ”White Horse” is another solid song where heavy metal and punk mix perfectly. I also enjoyed ”The Big House”. Honestly speaking though, i couldn’t find something mediocre here, except for the indifferent album cover artwork. I strongly believe though that the band delivered. This album was made with love by people who have been in the game for many years. Well, at least that’s the impression i got. Listen to all of this album’s songs and find your own favourite. Here’s a link where you can have a first taste.

Interview with Procrastinate

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Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Procrastinate was formed in 2013 at Karditsa, Greece. At first, it was a project of two people in need to express themselves through extreme music and put out their ideas and beliefs. Later things got more serious and we became a five-piece and highly active group. We place ourselves among the DIY hardcore punk scene and perform only in autonomous spaces and squats which promote an anti-authoritarian, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, anti-fascist and self-organized way of life.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Our lyrics draw inspiration from everyday life issues, the social & political crisis, personal situations and ethics.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

The only sure thing is that we listen to a LOT of music. I think that some bands that we can all agree on in the band are Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, Fall of Efrafa, Wolfbrigade etc. for basics, but mostly we enjoy the contemporary DIY Greek scene in which we saw ourselves flourish. However, to diminish influence only to music would be a huge mistake. Art in general is and will be a major part of our lives forever.

The last years we’ve seen many diy bands come out of Greece. Is diy more of a political statement or is it more about freedom of artistic creativity?

Being free and creating on your own terms IS a political statement. People trying to refuse DIY its politicization to easily exploit its rise is something sadly often and really dangerous. We’re glad that the DIY scene in Greece is at its best with many different bands coming out day by day and we look forward it to be the threat to modern culture we dream it to be.

You are about to release your first, full length album. How did the recording sessions go? Will it be a concept album?

The recording sessions were split between Karditsa and Livadeia (both in Greece) where most of the work took place. We easily managed to get done everything the way it was supposed to be and we’re really happy with the end result. We consider the LP to be the best sounding work we’ve ever released. For that, we would like to thank George Stournaras over at Infected Studios in Livadeia for recording, mixing and mastering the record and Achilleas Kaminiotis over at Huge4 Studios in Karditsa for recording the vocals. There was no concept in mind while creating it, but after closely listening to it after its birth and if we had to name one, it would be: “The tale of a modern human’s daily struggle to cope with life’s absurdity and to make all dreams of rebellion reality”.

When will the album be released?

The album is going to be officially released by us and sweetohm recordings at September the 25th. For all those interested, you can stream the whole LP now exclusively over at IDIOTEQ.com or listen some tracks uploaded at our YouTube channel.

I loved the album’s cover artwork. Can you give us some info on that?

The peacock is something very characteristic of our hometown. If you visit Karditsa, there’s no way to ignore its central park “Pausilypo” where many of them have their stroll. These birds are connected to many childhood memories of this park and all the fun we had and are still having there. The obvious choice because of his love of drawing animals and our respect to him as a musician and artist was Alex CF (Fall of Efrafa, Light Bearer, Carnist, Momentum, Archivist, Morrow, etc.) who translated our vision into art in the best possible way and also took care of the layout.

Any live shows planned for the rest of this year?

We’ll be touring Europe in November for two weeks in support of the LP and have also planned two Greek dates for October in Patras and Athens. More Greek dates after Europe will follow for sure. Stay tuned for more information on the shows.

What are you listening to these days?

I sure can’t talk for everyone, but I (T.-vocals) am really into Brockhampton’s (an L.A. based hip-hop collective) new album “Saturation II”, Wolfbrigade’s latest album “Run with the Hunted” and Converge’s “I Can Tell You about Pain” EP.

What does the future hold for Procrastinate?

We’ll try to get the new album as far as we can, play as many gigs as we can and fight daily for what’s not earned yet. Beware the time of change.

Geist – Disrepair

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Geist is a five piece band from the U.K. Their new album ”Disrepair” will be released on the 22nd of of September through Wooaaargh Records. Recorded by Jason Frye at Century Audio and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Studios, this album includes six tracks. Geist’s music is a mixture of metal, hardcore punk and crust. The aforementioned are key ingredients to create something special. Inspired by bands like Converge, Trap Them and Cursed, Geist have managed to present us an album of heavy and uncompromising music. The album starts greatly with ”Painkillers”. This is good ol’ hardcore we’ re talking about and i think hardcore fans are gonna love it. Same goes for ”Dear World”. ”Services Rendered” is my favourite track from ”Disrepair”. I really dig this one and i urge all of you to give it a listen. To be honest i liked all of the album’s tracks. This is edgy, metallic hardcore and the truth is we love this kind of stuff here. So the question is what do i think about this album by Geist? Well, i loved it, i’m definitelly down with it, therefore i would like to recommend it. As it has already been mentioned, the album goes out on September 22. In the meantime check out this link.

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.

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.

Hive – Parasitic Twin

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Hive is a four piece band from the United States. Their latest album ”Parasitic Twin” was released on April 21, 2017 through Crown and Throne Ltd. Recorded in 2016 by Mike Duffy in Room 44 and mixed by Matthew Kirkwold at Rumble Studios, this album includes ten tracks. Let’s see what we’ve got here. Their music combines d-beat/ crust and hardcore punk. O.k, once again i’ll admit it didn’t take too long for me to like this album. When the third track of this album came to an end i had already come to a conclusion. My opinion did not change at all when i listened to the final note of this album. Hive had passed my ”test”. Here you’ll find nothing less than ten songs which are filled with anger and rage. Apart from that, a lot of their songs (”Common Ancestor” for example) contain some dark, cold elements. I think this kind of a ”plot twist” is what makes this album so interesting to me. This is not your typical d-beat band or your typical d-beat album. There’s definitely much more to it. I’m talking about nice riffs, brutal vocals and huge raw punk energy that will surely make your day as it did mine. This album is definitely worthy of your attention, especially if you’re a fan of swedish crust punk. As for me, i’m going to name ”Parasitic Twin” as one of this month’s best albums. It is not what one would call as a game changer but it is seriously heavy like a dynamite. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Parasitic Twin”.