Monday, September 12, 2016

Lies Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We're from the bay area, we're older, and we like playing Hardcore.



2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

We don't go into it saying "let's write some Swedish d-beat", we just try to make fast, ugly music. ABUSE was the result, then we tried to make it uglier, and we got PLAGUE.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

The end of the world, on a global and personal scale.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lies'?

It's an ugly name. It fits the music.



5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We don't play often, so every show ends up being good. We played a punk house once where a woman gave birth behind my amp while we played. She named the baby Liester.



6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We'll play when we do. It's hard for us to make anything big happen but we'll find a way.



7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of d beat and hardcore punk?

An expected mix of indifference and positive.



8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

I think at the moment this is the primary band for each of us, everything else is in a state of pause.



9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Faster and uglier.



10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

See above. I'm pretty sure we've never referenced any specific band while writing, we're just trying to make unpleasant sounds.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Doing interviews.



12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for doing this, and thanks for reading it.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Black Wizard Interview

 All Questions awnserd by Danny except Question 3 is Adam.

    1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?


 Hello there, since the recording and release of new waste Black Wizard has toured our beautiful home land Canada from coast to coast with our good pals Dead Quiet, will be hitting Europe with Joy in October and are almost half way through our U.S. Tour with Volbeat/Killswitch Engaged. We've also started writing new tunes, witch is my favourite part of this hole music thing. Actually tracked a couple demo's before we left too so we are stoked.


    2.In January you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


 With new genres (from my knowledge) pretty much being made up every week, it seem's to be hard to describe you're group in words.
The newest record "New Waste" Is a collection of songs that make up an album. It's inspired by the heavy'er side's of rock and roll and heavy metal. Having the first LP laying out the sound of the group, and then young wisdom bringing a more solidified direction. New Waste turned out having a great balance of both but totally stood on its own just the same. Loud music being played loudly I think might some it up.


    3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
    We usually like to keep things pretty cryptic when it comes to lyrical interpretations. We're definitely touching on subjects we have in the past but this time around we're also writing less about personal experiences. Trying to take inspiration through books and stuff in the news now as well. We're living through some pretty crazy times.



    4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Black Wizard'?

 Black Wizard the name its self was a joke. Adam( Lead Vocals/Rythem Guitar) And Eugene "Russia" (Drums) have been playing together since high school and started the band with that name. Best part is, that name hadn't been taken yet. Now that the tunes and sound of Black Wizard are there, what better way to back it up with your own original name.

    5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?


 I think I can speak for all of the boy's when are favourite stages and shows are the one's we can be closest to the crowd, shady bars with a good sound system never fails. It's the best being a part of the party. For this years U.S. Tour were opening for Volbeat and Killswitch, witch has a stacked touring schedule of theatre's, outdoor venues and stadiums. Let's not forget the massive crowds that are waiting for one of there favourite bands to come on stage but have to put up with us for a half hour before they get to see them. It's been an absolute blast so far.


    6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

 We're currently on the road with Volbeat and Killswitch Engaged, then we're hitting Europe in October with Joy.

    7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner, doom and heavy metal?


So far so good, a lot of the people I get to talk to after gigs usually bring up at least 2 of those words if not all 3 when there talking about the groups sound. All seems to be positive too, witch is more then anyone could ask for. The best is when someone will bring up a certain tune or part in a song that reminds them of one of your favourite players or bands. It's always dope to hear someone else pick up on your Inspiration's through your music.


    8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


Yea actually, Russia plays in a hardcore band called Hopeleus. Adam and Even both play in a Syc/Rock band Three Wolf Moon and Even also has a group of his own called The Best Revenge. I have a little death metal project called Klandest─źn but the Wiz has been keeping me busy the past couple years witch is sweet, it's always dope to be able to focus on one thing and grow within that.


    9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


 Eug and Adam wanted to take it in a heavy'er direction with New Waste, so we're gana go off the momentum of that. Gana try some new ideas we got in the works, while keeping the sound of the band prominent. Me and Adam have a couple riffs that have yet to be brought to the table, so I hope they make the cut and we can get a song or to out of them.


    10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?


Influences In no particular order!

Jeff Hanneman, Chuck Schuldiner, Andy Larocque, Randy Rhoads, John McLaughlin, John Petrucci, Glenn Tipton and then some more....

Albums listening to currently,

There Goes The Naiborhood - Joe Walsh
Back On The Streets - Gary More
Time - Merciful Fate
Undisputed Attitude - Slayer
Soul to Soul - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble


    11.What are some of your non musical interests?


Riding Motorcycles
Skating


Dorre Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Adriaan (guitars): Well, we started out in 2008 with just me and Wolf (drummer) after drinking quite a bit of beer. We used to just do insanely long noise jams but we’ve moved from that to a more structured writing process. Erik (guitars) joined us in I think 2012 or 13 but we’ve only been really productive, in the sense of writing music and actively playing shows, since 2015. We took our time and it’s paying off, both musically and with the dynamics of the band.
Erik (guitars): I can't exactly remember when I first heard about Dorre. But I do remember them asking me to join them for a gig and after that asking me to stay which I was more than happy to do, because I liked the concept of jamming really heavy and noisy music. But I do like the fact that we decided on a more structured approached, and the song writing has been very productive since!

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Adriaan: It’s a bit of a mixed bag I’d say, doom leaning towards stoner, a bit of post-metal influences in there. It’s slow, atmospheric and dark but can suddenly burst out and grab you by the throat.
Erik: I think it's about creating the right atmosphere and a hypnotizing experience for the listener, and we were fortunate to record in a great studio as to capture the right sound. I feel it's kind of a nod to the past and the future of the band's venturing into music making.

3.So far all of the music has been instrumental, are there any plans to use any vocals in the future?
Adriaan: We might consider guest vocals, though not as a full-time band member. We’ll have to take a lot of factors into account if we do this though. Will the guest vocalist(s) be coming along on tour, how are we releasing those tracks, etc. Let’s just say that we’re thinking about it but there’s no plans so far.
Erik: Guest vocals are surely an option, and I think maybe female vocals would be a nice addition to our sound. I don't think we need a full time vocalist though, the music can speak for itself.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dorre'?
Adriaan: This one’s pretty clean cut, Dorre is a Belgian beer. We were drinking it when we just started out and decided to call the band Dorre. That’s what 10,5% beer does to the mind I guess. We still bring along bottles of Dorre to give to the people that give us a stage and a place to sleep, we should get an endorsement or something from the brewery, hehe.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Adriaan: That’s a tough question, you know, are the best shows the ones with the most crowd or the most fun? Personally I think we had a massive amount of fun with those first shows where we just played 3 hour jam sessions, getting everybody drunk and having a party. But playing shows through the UK and especially London will always be special to me.
Erik: It depends from venue to venue and from crowd to crowd, and it's hard to say which were the 'best'. I love playing live so every gig is a good one in my opinion. For our stage performance I would like to cite a review of our show at the Black Heart from Kerrang! magazine: "Dorre create a colossally heavy doom abyss into which they try to suck everything - your ears, daylight, reality - to hypnotizing effect."

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Adriaan: Yeah we do, we’ll be playing some shows in the UK in November. We’ll share the stage with Serpent Venom in London on 25/11 and we’re headlining Somatic Festival in Wakefield on 27/11. We’re also looking into touring with Bethmoora in February next year

7.You have a split coming out with 'Bethmoora', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
Adriaan: I personally really dig what Bethmoora is doing. The atmosphere is excellent, the vocals, which are usually a difficult thing for me to get into if they are screaming, are very emotive. It also helps that Morten (guitars for Bethmoora) is a friend of mine, we met at Roadburn through a mutual friend a couple years back. He’s a great guy and we kind of just started talking about doing a split together and you know, we just followed through and did it.
Erik: The Dorre/Bethmoora split is a great combo, and I really like their side of the LP. They create a dark, intense mood with great musicianship and know-how! I'm looking forward to hitting the road with them.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Adriaan: We aren’t actively looking for a label, but if the right offer comes along we won’t ignore it either. There are some great hard-working labels out there but right now we are focusing on just doing what we need to do.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom metal and other forms of underground music?
Adriaan: I think we’ve gotten some good feedback, especially from the UK thanks to our gigs there in January. We’ve been picked up on blogs in other countries as well and I’d like to think people dig our music. I’m not really too occupied by it, of course I’d really like for people across the world to know us and dig what we do but it’s not like I’m on google every night seeing if somebody said anything about us. We’re a small band from a small country, we just like to play and record and we hope that works out as best as possible.
Erik: People seem to be digging what we do, and I hope the split will confirm that sentiment. Crowds have been really nice to us and the feedback very positive!

10.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Adriaan: Erik is in a ton of bands, I’m sure he can drop some names, haha. The rest of us are currently only active in Dorre but we’ve all had other projects in the past.
Erik: I am currently active in Wheel of Smoke, Gloed, Rivercrest, Ivolve&Etherik and Barntree. I also operate solo and am also helping out other musicians and friends with recording their music.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Adriaan: No idea, we just keep writing tracks. Our music will evolve gradually I guess, we’re of course hoping for big stages, festivals and a full album in the coming years.
Erik: A full album in 2017 would be quite nice, and a lot of gigs of course!

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Adriaan: Our taste in music is… eclectic. I listen to a lot of heavy music like noise, drone and doom in the car, but I find myself putting on more big band, jazz and psychedelic rock at home. If I’d have to pick my favorite record to put on right now it’d probably be Kamasi Washington – The Epic.
Erik: I've been influenced by a very diverse range of bands and music, from Sun Ra to Nick Drake, High On Fire, Mahavishnu Orchestra,... These days I've been listening a lot to the El Paraiso Records bands like Causa Sui and Papir, great stuff!

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Adriaan: Reading and video games, though there isn’t much time for that in between the band, my girlfriend and of course my job. I’m a big graphic novel fan, things like Hellboy, Transmetropolitan, the Walking dead, stuff like that, I try to get a couple of those in every month at least.
Erik: I'm a bit into old timer mopeds, love reading biographies of bands and artists and also do some basic guitar-maintenance for friends.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Adriaan: Well, first of all, thanks for taking an interest in Dorre, we appreciate it greatly! And then I guess we also hope that people will go check out our music, come to our shows, get in touch through social media or our website, maybe even pre-order an LP or something.
Erik: Thank you for reading this interview and I hope to see you all at one of our future gigs!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Heavy Baby Sea Slugs Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Sure. Heavy Baby Sea Slugs is less a band and more of a collective that ultimately opens up into the record label we all help run called Heavy Baby Records. We have a rotating lineup of musicians that participate in HBSS so the style and performances are always in flux, and the writing is centered around two core members, myself (Marc K) and Abbas Khorasani to maintain somewhat of a core theme or tone.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

On our latest release (The Minotaur/Trout Fishin' Man 7") we channel two extremes of our music, and because of the band lineup changing often, frequently shifting between brutally slow sludge and doom to frantic get-ups of d-beat and thrash. Abbas and I push our favorite styles through the filter of a rotating group of minds so we end up with a wide horizon of sound rather than pigeonholing ourselves.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

I primarily channel negative thoughts and attitudes when writing the lyrics. This project is a conduit for aggression, towards reality and other people in general.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heavy Baby Sea Slugs'?

Primarily, euphony and imagery.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Our best shows have been inside small spaces, garages and basements, where our amps stack to the ceiling and the pit never stops. Our most memorable shows were when we toured Japan for two weeks winter 2015/2016.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Going back to Japan and Taiwan in January. Our hometown is undergoing a venue crisis currently so we're taking a step back and looking to concentrate on international travel.

7.So far the music has been released through your own label, are you also open to working with other labels?

Of course, just has to make sense.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of underground music?

We've only received positive feedback but also realize there's till a lot of work to do and ground to cover.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We try to toe the line between exploring the possibilities of tone and texture in heavy music along with developing psych-inducing walls of sound. Experimentality rather than accessibility is what we aim for.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Classical music is what I primarily listen to nowadays, but we all listen to everything and enjoy a wide range of influences.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Reading, writing, travel.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for taking the time to check out the music. Cheers.



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Heavy Baby Sea Slugs/The Minotaur/Trout Fishini Man/Heavy baby Records/2016 7 Inch Review


  Heavy  Baby  Sea  Slugs  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  metal  and  noise  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  7  inch  "The  Minotaur/Tout Fishin'  Man"  which  was  released  by  Heavy  Baby  Records.

  A  very  slow  and  heavy stoner/doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  after  a  few  seconds  screaming  style  sludge  vocals  are  added  onto  the  track  and  while  the  song  has  a  lot  of  retro  elements  it  still  sounds  very  modern  and  the  first  track  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  style.

  On  the  second  track  the  music  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  melodic  noise  rock  style  while  also  bringing  in  the  energy  of  punk  rock  and  the  song  is  also  all  instrumental  while  sticking  to  either  a  fast  or  mid  paced  direction.

  Heavy  Baby  Sea  Slugs  creates  2  very  diverse  songs  with  the  first  one  being  in  more  of  a  stoner,  doom  and  sludge  style  while  the  second  one  is  all  instrumental  and  done  in  a  melodic  noise  rock  style,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Heavy  Baby  Sea  Slugs  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge,  doom metal  and  noise  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Minotaur".  8  out  of  10.  

     

  

     

Serpent Crown/Incantations Of Violence/2016 Cassette Review


  Serpent  Crown  are  a  band  from  San  Francisco,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Incantations  Of  Violence"  which  will  be  released  in  September.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  bringing  in  more  of  a  thrash  style  along  with  some  aggressive  female  vocals  and  the  music  bring s in  a  lot  of  influences  form  both t he  80's  and  80's days  of  extreme  metal.

  While  the  music  has  its  old  school  roots  it  still  sounds  very  modern  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  expanding  on  the  classic  thrash  style  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody in  the  bands  musical  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful  and  the last  track b rings  in a   brief  use  of  blast  beats.

  Serpent  Crown  creates  another  recording  that  takes  an  old  school  style  of  thrash  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  sludge  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness, witchcraft  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Serpent  Crown  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge,  doom  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vengeance  Of  The  Witch"  and  "Wings  Of  Retribution".  8  out  of 10. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Moanaa/Passage/Arachnophobia Records/2016 CD Review

  Moanaa are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of post  metal  with  some  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Passage"  which  will  be  released  in  September by  Arachnophobia  Records.

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  post rock  direction  and  you can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  clean  singing  and  the  heavy  guitars  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  metal  direction.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  distorted  style  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  getting  more  aggressive  while  also  bringing  in  a touch  of  hardcore and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  whispered vocals  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Moanaa  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  post  metal  while  also  bringing  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  and doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  struggles  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Moanaa  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  metal  band  with  some  elements  of sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Process  Part  1"  "Terra  Matter"  and  Grim  Encounter".  8  out  of  10.