Saturday, November 9, 2019

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Episode 106: Vastum

Here is the 106th installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with  Leila Abdul-Rauf of Vastum.

[cover photo by Chris Johnston]

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Friday, November 1, 2019

an interview with Coilguns

Coilguns aren't lacking for big ideas - which is what you'd expect from a band formed by members of The Ocean Collective. The band's style channels post-punk, sludge metal, and noise rock in a way that sets them apart from the post-metal herd. I reached out to the band to find out more about their history, the creation of their latest album Watchwinders, and the band's own label Hummus Records; guitarist Jona Nido was kind enough to answer my questions (with an assist from vocalist Louis Jucker).

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Episode 105: Runemagick

Here is the 105th installment of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Nicklas "Terror" Rudolfsson of Runemagick.

[cover photo by Stefan Raduta]

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Bandcamp Picks 184: Alunah, Besvärjelsen, Planet Of Zeus, Mars Red Sky

Hailing from the city that invented doom metal, Birmingham's Alunah have a lot to live up to. Written in the wake of a considerable line-up change, Violet Hour expands the band's psychedelic-tinged doom with layers of goth and trad metal (courtesy of new guitarist Dean Ashton, who's also in the current incarnation of Diamond Head). And new vocalist  Siân Greenaway delivers a performance that belies her relative inexperience. Simply sublime. [€7]

[Listen to my interview with Alunah here.]

Should Alunah be looking for a Scandinavian touring partner, they'd find the perfect one in Stockholm's Besvärjelsen. The five song EP Frost lets the band's twin guitar stylings provide a bedrock for Lea Alazam's forlorn vocals, resulting in a more progressive take on bluesy doom. A band with break-out potential who could benefit from a more globally-friendly name. [$5]

Athens' Planet of Zeus are a throwback to the Seventies throwbacks of the Nineties. Their fifth album Faith In Physics brings to mind Fu Manchu and Monster Magnet at their most fringe-jacketed and bell-bottomed; but retro fidelity doesn't stop Babis Papanikolaou's vocals from being political (and at times, unexpectedly aggro) - a commendable change from the usual "girls, drugs, and cars" subject matter of most stoner rock bands. [€8]

The long-running French trio Mars Red Sky have been slowly transforming from European stoner rock band to something truly unique. The Task Eternal is a varied, ever-evolving album that adds a post-rock ambience to the usual Kyuss-inspired grooves, with Julien Pras' gossamer vocals contributing to the dreamlike atmosphere. [€7.99]

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019

catching up with Live Skull

It was only last year that  Live Skull had begun recording and playing shows (in their guise as New Old Skull). The seminal no wave band is about to release their first new album  in over 30 years - and under their original name, to boot. I hit up vocalist/guitarist Mark C for details on the impending record.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Episode 103: Paul Masvidal

Here is the 103rd episode of the Dreams of Consciousness podcast, featuring an interview with Paul Masvidal of Cynic, Onward With Love, and Aeon Spoke.

[cover photo by Ekaterina Gorbacheva]

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Bandcamp Picks 183 - Nightfell, Mortiferum, Graveyard, Skullshitter/Bleeding Out

Even without knowing that Todd Burdette (of Tragedy and His Hero Is Gone fame) was half of Portland duo Nightfell, there would be no ignoring the similarities to his past bands. The mid-paced doom/death of A Sanity Deranged revolves around his solemn, post-punk influenced guitar lines - the kind that reshaped hardcore and created the "dark crust" movement. That said, Burdette's vocals (which were always remarkably guttural, even during his time with HHIG) are at their most inhuman here, and show that he should have started a project like this decades ago. Crossover of the best kind. [$7.77]

After their making waves with their 2017 demo, Olympia's Mortiferum are ready to take their doomy death metal to a wider audience. Their first full-length Disgorged From Psychotic Depths keeps it old school and filthy, but wisely employs regular tempo shifts and acoustic interludes to avoid the monotony that most bands of this ilk get mired in. I'm generally not a fan of this style, but this is a surprisingly well-crafted album. [$8 CAD]

There's no confusing Barcelona's Graveyard with the Gothenberg band using the same name - though the Spaniards arguably sound more Swedish. Hold Back The Dawn (their 4th album) is classic death metal through and through, with plenty of salutes to the frantic thrashings of early Entombed, Hypocrisy, and Merciless. As former flagbearers abandon the old school revival in droves, the Spanish Graveyard's commitment is as admirable as their music is enjoyable. [€7 EUR]

Skullshitter return with another dose of brain-damaging deathgrind. On their new split release, the NY trio traffic in unpredictability and psychedelic freak outs, bringing back pleasant memories of the sorely missed Brutal Truth (who were clearly ahead of their time). The back half of the split features the debut of Toronto-based Bleeding Out, the new band from Fuck The Facts guitarist Johnny Ibay. The project's first 8 songs reign in the genre-hopping of Ihay's previous band, but still include enough thrash and hardcore flourishes to elevate Bleeding Out above generic grindcore. [Name your price.]

Friday, October 11, 2019

an interview with Consummation

With a line-up that includes former members of Impetuous Ritual and Weakling, Brisbane's Consummation should be on the radar of anyone with a soft spot for darkness and evil. Since their first album The Great Solar Hunter and a compilation of their early recordings were both released this year, I reached out to the band to find out about their origins. Guitarist/vocalist Craig Young was kind enough to answer my questions.