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”.
Today we’re gonna review one of this year’s most anticipated albums. Yes people, i’m talking about Amenra’s new album ”Mass VI”. Amenra don’t really need an introduction. They’ve been in the game for almost twenty years and they have produced albums of exquisite music. The first time i listened to Amenra was at An club here in Athens where they had come to play their second live show in Greece. That was about five years ago and it definitely was an awesome live. An Amenra live show is clearly an overwhelming experience or a ritual if you will. I saw them again live this year with Oathbreaker. Yes, i would call myself an Amenra fan. The way i see it this band has raised the bar too high with their previous albums. I’m talking about albums like ”Mass III” and ”Mass V”. So what should we expect from their new album? The answer is many things. Let’s waste no more time. Let’s press play.
”Mass VI” includes six songs. It begins with ”Children of the Eye”. I’ll tell you what i think about this song. It is simply great. There’s no other word to describe it. Ladies and gentlemen, this song simply kills. They once again channel their emotions in a perfect manner. The listener just has to accept what is offered. ”Plus Pres De Toi” is more of an esoteric track and Colin H Van Eeckhout once again sings his heart out. There’s no doubt in my mind that this is one beautiful track. It could be broken down to three parts. I love how this song de-escalates in the ‘second’ part and then escalates in the ‘third’ one. In my opinion ”Spijt” is like a bridge that gives us access to the album’s fifth and sixth song. ”A Solitary Reign” is one of my favourite tracks from ”Mass VI”. It’s intense and immensely heavy. Last but no least we find ”Diaken”. They left this epic song for the end. I’ll admit i loved this one as well.
”Mass VI” is a great album, composed of six great songs. The anticipation is finally over. Amenra once again delivered. From us it is a 9 out of 10. I personally enjoyed it, i got lost in its dark world several times and i wish to recommend it. Here’s a link where you can have a first taste.
If you’ve ever wondered ‘how heavier can this get?’ then the answer to your question is Primitive Man. Hello. Today we’re gonna talk a bit about Primitive Man and their new album ”Caustic”. This album came out on the 6th of October through Relapse records. Their previous album ”Scorn” was a real beast. So let’s check out ”Caustic”. Twelve tracks are included in this release. Let me just state that the album’s cover artwork is great. It gives you a first taste of how brutal and raw this album is. And it really is. The band sets the tone from the beginning. ”My Will” is the first wave of the attack. Demons come out from your speakers ready to crush your soul. ”Victim” is a hell of a track and so is ”Commerce”. Suddenly you feel like you’re choking. Chtonic deities will torment you as you sail the caustic river of oblivion. ”Tepid” is an awesome track and it doesn’t deviate at all from the tone that was set, that is of course extreme heaviness and brutality. You’ll love ”Sterility”. I really dig how this band blends black metal in their music. ”Sugar Hole” is a dope track and one of my favourite tracks from ”Caustic”. But wait, there’s more. ”Disfigured” is another awesome track from this album. This ”Ritual” comes to an end with ”Inevitable” and ”Absolutes” and all i can say is that this was quite a ride. The band remains pissed and angry and they certainly have not lowered their standards at all. ”Caustic” is a great album. This may be a bit of a cliche line but it is an album that you must experience. As for me i loved it, i’m definitely down with it thus i’d like to recommend it. I would easily give it a 9 out of 10. Here’s a link where you can also listen to the album.
Before we begin with this review, we would like to send all our love to Houston. Please, remain strong! Omotai is a four piece band from Houston. The band came into existence back in 2010. Their new album ”A Ruined Oak” will be released on the 6th of October through Tofu Carnage Records. ‘A Ruined Oak’ was recorded by Chris Ryan at Dead City Sound and mastered by James Plotkin. Twelve songs will be included in this release. The band’s music is a blend of sludge, hardcore punk, progressive and doom metal. It starts with ”Welcome to the Adders’ Land”. Hands down, this is a really nice track. This was actually the first song i heard from this band. And then i said to myself ”So this is how this band sounds? Ok guys you now have my full attention”. ”Ruined Oak” is also a nice track. I think that Mastodon fans are gonna love it. There’s so much groove in this song. Same goes for ”Last of the green Vial”. It is considerably heavy and straightforward at the same time. ”Arms that Flood” is a beast of a song. It’s one of my favorites and i urge all of you to give it a listen. If you like Kylesa then you’ll definitely like ”Blackjaw”. Moving on we find ”Back to the drifting satellite”. That’s one really cool title for a song, don’t you think? I loved this track as well. So far i couldn’t find a mediocre moment here. Let’s check out the rest of this album. In my opinion ”A Cruel Weight, Thy Wound” is the album’s best track. It’s an immense, imposing i’d say track and it has been haunting my playlist for some time now. ”Fire is a whore” and ”A maiden nerve” that come next are also heavy as hell. ”Augustina” is also another track that you need to listen to. Certainly a beautiful track. Overall, i have to say that this is a really good album. I think the band delivered. I will admit i enjoyed this album, i’m definitely down with it and i have nothing negative to say about it whatsoever. As it has already been mentioned this album comes out on October 6. Until then check out this link.
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.
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.
No Funeral and Livid are two bands from the United States. Their split album will be released on the 15th of August through Live Fast Die Recordings. Three tracks are will be included in this release. No Funeral contribute with two tracks and Livid with one. The first two tracks come from No Funeral. This is vicious, brutal sludge that finally found its way to my soundsystem. ”Infection” and ”Disease Brought By Depression” are of course heavy as hell. Pulverising riffs along with concrete basslines and agonizing vocals will accompany you in a journey through murky and dystopic soundscapes. Now Livid is a different story. Their style of music is more closer to doom than sludge. They kinda reminded me of old Paradise Lost . Their track is called ”False Hope”. I can’t say i loved it but i didn’t hate it as well. You can certainly trace some nice riffs. Nevertheless i’ve heard stuff like that many times in the past. As it has already been mentioned this split will see release on the 15th of August. Here’s a link where you can also give it a listen. Have you already heard this album? What did you think? Feel free to leave a comment in the comment section.