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 Kalpa

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.

Meatwound – Largo

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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.

Cloud Rat/ Moloch – Split


Hey everybody, we’re back with a new review. Today we review a split album. Cloud Rat is a grindcore/ punk band from the United States while Moloch is a sludge band from the United Kingdom. You might ask yourselves, a sludge band with a grindcore band? The answer is yes, it definitely works. If you don’t know who Cloud Rat is, then you should check out their latest, full length album ”Qliphoth”. That was a great album and that’s hands down. But let us go back to today’s split album. Cloud Rat’s side of the split is a big dose of awesomeness. This combination of grindcore and crust punk will leave no one unsatisfied. ”Amber Flush” is a nice track also. I didn’t expect to find a Crystal Castles type song there but i sure as hell enjoyed it. Now, Moloch is a different case. This split introduced me to this band and all i can say is that i’m really happy about it. Their music is beyond heavy. Here you’ll find really nice riffs as well as concrete basslines. If you like bands like Fister, Fistula, Corrupted and Noothgrush then you should definitely check out this band. I, myself, enjoyed this split album thus i’d like to recommend it.

The Ditch and The Delta – Hives In Decline

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Hey everybody, hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. Here in Athens the sky is a bit cloudy and sunny at the same time. Today i wanted to talk to you about an album i’ve been listening to lately. It’s really good so i thought we should say some things about it. First of all let me state that The Ditch And The Delta are a three piece band from Salt Lake City. ”Hives In Decline” is the band’s debut Lp.

The album will see release on May 12 through Battleground Records. Seven tracks will be included in this release. The band’s music is of course heavy . I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. This blend of sludge and mathcore is like ribs with bbq sauce. It’s difficult not to like it. Unless of course you’ re a vegetarian. The album’s first track is called ”Hives in Decline”. Listening to this track i was like ”O.k gentlemen you now have my attention”. There’s groove, nice riffs and i’m sure as hell down with it. ”Fuck on Asphalt” is heavy as hell. It is also one of this album’s best tracks. The same goes for ”Sleeping Dogs”. ”Dry Land” is somewhat different. It’s a bit more bluesy if you will but a nice track nonetheless. ”Till Body Quits” is an awesome track and that’s hands down. It’s another favorite track from this album. Each track tells a story of its own. ”Mud” is another one i liked a lot. Last but not least we find ”Dread Spectacle”. This is another song that you should definitely check out.

I myself enjoyed all seven tracks. This album was a pleasant surprise and that’s because i didn’t really knew what to expect. Nevertheless i’d like to say that this is a great debut album and i have nothing really negative to say about it whatsoever. Definitely recommended for Mastodon fans.