Godhunter is a doom metal band from the United States. Their new album ”Codex Narco” was released on May 19 through Battleground Records and Baby Tooth Records. Let us waste no more time. Let’s press play. Seven tracks are included in this release. ”A Dread of Some Strange Impending Doom” sets the tone here. Yes, this album is seriously heavy. It continues with ”Like Glass Under Black Fingernails” which is a beautiful track. Immensely heavy yet full of emotions this track definitely does the job. It’s one of my favourites from this album and i would like to urge all of you to give it a listen. I also want to add that i loved their vocals. ”Cocaine Witches & Lysergic Dreams” is another great track from this album and all i can say so far is that i can’t wait to listen to the reast of the songs. ”Walking With A Ghost” brought me back to late 90’s when bands like Paradise Lost and Lake of Tears were the shit. Or perhaps i’m totally wrong about this. Just give it a listen. It’s a really nice song. Last but not least we find ”Distant Fading Screams of a Dead World”. I think it works as a perfect outro for this album. Overall i’d like to say that this is a really good album. It’s a concept album of esoteric, layered music. In my opinion it is also one of this month’s best albums. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Codex Narco”.
He Whose Ox Is Gored will release their brand new “Paralyzer” seven-inch via Chain Letter Collective and the band’s own label Void Assault Records. Captured by renowned producer Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Nirvana, L7, High On Fire, Zeke etc.) at Avast! Recording Studio (Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Earth, Supersuckers etc.), “Paralyzer” was recorded as part of a Converse Rubber Tracks session and includes two previously released tracks — “Buried Twice” and “Void Assault” from the band’s critically-lauded Rumors EP — remixed by their cohorts in Seattle’s Newaxeyes. ”Paralyzer” is an awesome track. It is really heavy and atmospheric and the more i’m listening to this song the more i’m liking it. ”Buried Twice” is one of my favourite songs by He Whose Ox Is Gored. In my opinion Newaxeyes did a great job remixing this song. I like their version of this song a lot. ”Void Assault” to me here sounds completely deconstructed. It’s as if they removed all the parts of this song and reconstructed them in a way of their own. It sure sounds interesting, i’ll give you that, but it doesn’t match at all the excellent job that has been done in ”Buried Twice”. ”Paralyzer” 7” comes out in June 16. In the mean time check out this link.
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.
Hi guys! How have you all been?
Hi, pleased to meet you. It’s been nice and steady lately, perhaps a bit hectic at times. Normal stuff.
Last April you released your latest album ‘’Dissociation’’. How has the reception been so far?
“Dissociation” was well received from the underground. Some people did drift away because of the significant style shift to a more extreme sound, we guess, but the ones that stayed with us and those who came along the way really get our drift. We also organized and carried out a European Tour with our friends in Minerva Superduty to promote the album, during which the feedback we received was awesome. Lastly, speaking strictly in numbers, “Dissociation” is almost sold-out, so there’s that.
How did you decide to put vocals in your music?
It wasn’t much of a “decision” -let alone a deliberate one-. We really enjoy music both ways. At the time ‘Sequences’ was written we felt that there was not much vital space left for vocals. On ‘Dissociation’ we did find that ground to add an extra instrument, and the whole writing process was adjusted accordingly.
What inspires you the most?
Pretty much everything evolving around us. With music having a key role, inevitably, translating our perception of the world to sound.
Apart from your favorite bands what else would you name as a key influence?
I think each one’s social circle and everyday interactions are crucial. They shape each person slowly and steadily day by day. Art in every form is also a major influence for us. It’s just amazing to see how people can express themselves in so many different ways.
How is music produced in Kalpa?
We all contribute to each composition equally. The initial idea can only come from one single person; we then process it collectively, brainstorm on it and rehearse it till it reaches the point where we can visualize performing it live. Then, it’s not unusual for us to actually play it on stage to see if it passes the test or if we should make more adjustments to the song.
Given that your first album ‘’Sequences’’ was an instrumental one, how did you decide then to give your songs the song titles you did?
The “Sequences*” era seems somewhat far behind us, now. We really don’t remember a lot of specifics about the titles, just that at the time they felt good as a representation of the songs they were given to.
What does the name Kalpa represent?
A kalpa is, essentially, a Sanskrit word for a scale that times the creation, death and recreation of a world or universe. It is also a Finnish hockey team and a black metal solo artist from South Korea. There are probably more current updates on Wikipedia that we’re not aware of.
What are you listening to these days?
Tons of stuff where it reaches the point of being impossible to even start a list from the top of our heads. The amount of produced music -most of it being great, granted- is overwhelming. At this very moment, one of us probably headbangs to the new Succumb album and another one revisits Botch, while a third one absorbs old-school Hip-Hop. A couple of us also enjoyed the new album by the Afghan Whigs lately. The combinations are infinite.
You recently played two shows in Crete. How did it go there?
We had a great time in Crete and we’re really glad we’ve been given the chance (as individuals) to revisit the island, which we hadn’t done in years. We played Heraklion and Chania and people down there profoundly enjoy extreme music. Shout out to everyone who run the shows, those who came over and the bands we shared the stage with.
Do you have any live shows planned in the months to come?
At the moment we’re mainly focusing on writing the new album more than everything else, but we’re always available when it comes to being a part of and supporting initiatives that make sense to us, such as an upcoming DIY festival in Corfu in early June and Svenfest VII in Karditsa in late July, both of which we’ll be performing at.
What does the future hold for Kalpa?
A new album and as many gigs as we can possibly handle, both home and abroad.
Telepathy is a four piece, instrumental band from Essex, U.K. Their new album ”Tempest” was released on March 31, 2017 through Golden Antenna records. Eight tracks are included in this release. Never before had i heard of this band in the past. So let’s see what lies beneath this album. O.k so i’m listening to a music blend that is comprised of three main ingredients, namely post metal, sludge and black metal. In my opinion though ”Tempest” is a post metal album. It’s definitely atmospheric as it is heavy. There’s a certain sense of epicness throughout this album. I certainly liked their riffs. I’ll tell you that for sure. I also liked these black metal parts that make this album sound really dark and cold. ”Tempest” is an instrumental album but listening to this album feels as if someone is telling a story. It starts with ”First Light” and it ends with ”Metanoia”. This journey from the first till the final stage may sound to you a bit depressive and gloomy. It depends on one’s perspective. As for me, i’m liking this album but i’ve heard stuff like this many times before in the past. I didn’t exactly fell in love with it but i didn’t hate it as well. Please note though that is just one man’s opinion. Here’s a link where you can listen to ”Tempest”. Have you already heard this album? Then feel free to leave a comment in the comment section and tell us what you think about this album.
Meatwound is a four piece band from Tampa, Florida. Their new album ”Largo” will be released on May 12 through Magic Bullet Records. I’ve been listening to this album for some time now and the thing is i liked it a lot. So today i thought it would be a good idea to say some things about Meatwound’s upcoming, new album. Seven tracks are included in this release. The first two tracks of this album are trully awesome. I’m talking about ”Seance” and ”Pigs”. When ”Pigs” came to an end i was like ”O.k gentlemen you now have my full attention”. I mean this 90’s mathcore of theirs is more than welcome. I sure as hell liked their vocals and their concrete basslines. And i can tell you for sure that the rest of this album’s tracks didn’t let me down at all. I didn’t feel at all like wanting to skip a song or anything like that and that’s because there’s a really nice flow within this album. In my opinion these guys have put together an excellent album. Fans of Botch, Coalesce, Breach, Burnt By The Sun dig in.
Hi there! Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?
Hey! I’m Patrick and I play Bass in Abest. Abest was founded in late 2011 when Joscha and our former drummer Tim started jamming together. We played our first show in March 2012 and released our demo at the same time. Our first full length was released in May 2014 and our new EP „Last“ in summer 2016. We had some changes in the line-up, so today Abest are Joscha (Vocals, Guitar), Dominik (Guitar, Vocals), Patrick (Bass) and Rezy (Drums). We are currently signed by the german label This Charming Man Records (The Tidal Sleep, Mountain Witch, Bask).
What does the name Abest represent?
It’s latin and means something like ”lost without a trace“.
How would you define your sound?
We gain our influences from different musical styles. Personally we listen to a lot of genres, from Black Metal to Hardcore, from Post-Punk to Alternative-Rock. When we write songs we don’t give a shit about anything and just do what we want to do. Sometimes it sounds more like Black Metal, sometimes like some dark Hardcore and sometimes like Sludge or Doom Metal. The only thing it should be is heavy. On our latest EP ”Last“ we also did some noise parts between the songs, have some blast beats and some breakdowns on it that you can find on your favorite hardcore records. So I don’t think you can nail our music down to one genre.
Can you tell us about your main influences?
When we started Abest, Isis and Cult Of Luna were some bands we all listened to very much. So I think that are our main influences and waypoints for our sound.
How is music produced in Abest?
When we rehearse, mostly Joscha or Dominik come along with some riffs and we start jamming to them. That was how „Last“ came together. We started writing the songs for „Last“ in late 2015 and only needed four months to get them finished and recorded. The process for „Asylum“ was a lot longer. We started writing songs shortly after our Demo was finished in early 2012 and the whole thing was released two years later. Some songs from „Asylum“ were written in 2012, some in 2013. So sometimes the process of writing and releasing a record can take some years. Let’s see how it will be with our next album.
Your EP ‘’Last’’ was released last June. How has the reception been so far?
The response was great! We received a lot of positive feedback at shows or through reviews. Some people don’t like the EP as much as our first full length, but I think that is normal. ”Last“ is more aggressive than ”Asylum“. The songs are a lot more uncompromising. ”Asylum“ has way more atmospheric parts on it, while ”Last“ is just 20 minutes of heavy music. We just wanted to do a straight-forward record and I think we did a good job.
What about a new full length?
We started writing new songs some moths ago when our new drummer Rezy joined the band. We want to record them at the end of this year or early next year, so we will definitely release new material in 2018.
What are you listening to these days?
I listen to a lot of fresh hardcore from the United States. Fury, Abuse Of Power or Bind are some bands I really enjoy lately. On our last tour we listened a lot to Eyeliner. That’s a fun band. But also we are all very hyped on that new Code Orange record!
What does the future hold for Abest?
Touring and rehearsing. As I said before, we want to record some new stuff at the end of this year or early next year. But we also have a bunch of shows planned through the next months. Maybe there will be some more tours after the summer. We just came back from a tour with Depravation and another one with Dominiks and Rezys other band Farson is planned for May. In between we will play some shows with Forn or Downfall Of Gaia.
Photo Credits M.Nizik