Monday, February 27, 2017

Radien Interview

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

 Radien is a five piece band from Helsinki, Finland. We started in 2014 and after few changes in the line-up the band found its current form in summer of 2016. After some demos we released Maa ep digitally in 2016 and physically on vinyl in January 2017.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

On Maa ep our goal was to offer a raw feel of a live recording. The songs were composed mainly by jamming together and slowly developing them as a band. We wanted to capture the energy we have in our rehearsals on the recording and everything on the ep was recorded at our own rehearsal space.

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

Original themes of Radien include northern mythologies, dark side of the mind and dystopian visions. On Maa ep we wanted to concentrate on the last days of humanity. Maa means "earth" or "land" in Finnish and that is what is left after the era of humans.

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

In northern Sami mythology Radien is the god of sky, one of the most important deities among people. Radien is the god of fertility and is the one who greets souls which arrive to the underworld. It is said that Radien can make the whole world crumble down, which can be prevented with the right sacrificial rituals.

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 have played two times in Vastavirta club in Tampere and both times we have played with punk and crust bands. We try not to get too locked up in one genre when it comes to live shows, and it's been great to have a chance to play with bands from different genres. It is a challenge for both the band and the audience, but thats the way we like it. We aim to give our audience a strong and spiritual audiophysical experience.

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

Right now we are composing new songs and concentrating on doing random live shows in Finland. Later this year our goal is to do some gigs abroad and at least a small European tour.

7.The ep was released on 'Bunkerri Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

We tried to find a label to publish our ep. Because no label showed green light and we wanted to get this ep done so we could move on, we decided to put up our own label, Bunkkeri Records. Currently our label is only dealing with Radien-related matters, but we are very interested on releasing music from other bands also in the future.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of punk, drone, sludge and doom metal?

We are happy to find that people all around the world dig our music. Seems that we have been successful in combining those genres in our output, so that people with quite different interests find our music fresh and interesting. Instead of genre-based feedback we have got more positive feedback on the atmosphere and the overall feel of the music. Todays technology with digital distribution and social media is a gift for a band like Radien, making it so much easier to find new music, no matter what style of music you listen to usually or where you live.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We are hitting the studio again in spring or early summer to record new songs! No exact plans for a release have been made yet, but there will be enough material at least for a full length album. We will continue to challenge ourselves and open-mindedly explore new ways of working as a band.

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?

We all listen to quite broad range of music.  The style or category doesn't really matter if the music itself has a soul and is made with passion.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

All the time we are also working with the visual aspects, such as artwork and video art, which we think are very important sides of any band or artist. Especially the guitarists and our bassist are very much in to musical gear, always developing their setups for a better soundscape. And bigger stacks.


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

Stay tuned for info on future shows and releases, many things are happening in the near future!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Oddhums/The Clarity/Inverse Records/2016 EP Review


  Oddhums  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge,  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "The  Clarity"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  sludge  style  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  clean  stoner  rock  style and  the  solos  and  leads  add  in  more  of  a  post  metal  sound  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  Elements  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  you  can  also  hear  influences  of  grunge  and  doom  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  while  also  keeping  everything  in  a  very  slow  yet  dark  musical   direction  as  well  as  being  diverse.

  In  my  opinion  Oddhums  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  sludge,  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  "Wounds"  and  "Under  Seige".  8  out  of  10.

Sleep/The Clarity/Southern Lord Records/2017 Single Re-Issue Review


  Sleep  are  a  band  from  California  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  are  one  of  the  earlier  bands  playing  stoner  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  single  "The  Clarity"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Southern  Lord  Records.

  Distorted  sound s start  off t he  song  before  adding  in  heavy  doom  metal  riffs  and  clean  singing  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  70's  influences  in t he  sound  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  and  the  song  is  10  minutes  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  retro  fashion  and  the  whole  song  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Sleep  creates  another  track  that  remains  true  to  the  stoner  doom  metal  style  they  are  known  for  while  also  create another  epic  song, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  cannabis  and  spirituality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Sleep  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Damned Pilots/Overgalaxy/Sliptrick Records/2017 CD Review


  Damned  Pilots  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  musical  style  that  they  refer  to  as  'Post  Nuclear  metal'  which  is mostly  rooted  in  doom  metal  with  some  groove  and  psychedelic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Overgalaxy"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  and  clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  hard  and  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later which  also  adds  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  while  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melodic  leads  and  after  the  intro  aggressive  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  that  also  mix  in  regular  singing.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  throwing  in  aggressive  groove  metal  style  screams  and  one  track  also  brings  in  elements  of  black  metal  and  psychedelic  style  synths  are  also  used  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  ballads  as  the  album  progresses.

  Damned  Pilots  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  doom, hard  rock  and  heavy  metal  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  psychedelia  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Damned  Pilots  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  hard  rock,  doom,  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Desert  Europa"  "Gorguss"  and  "Hell  Is  Cold".  8  out  of  10.   

Heavy Temple/Chassit/Van Records/Tridroid Records/2017 EP Review


  Heavy  Temple  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  psychedelic  form  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Chassit"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  both  Can  and  Tridroid  Records.

  A  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  sound  starts  off t he  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  melodic  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  70's  influences  and  the  riffs  bring  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  also  being  retro.

  Psychedelic  elements  can  be  hear  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  drums  also  use  a  great  amount  of  aggression  without  ever  using  blast  beats  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  while  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  past  the  production  gives  the  songs  a  more  modern  feeling.

  Heavy  Temple  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  70's  doom  metal  and  psychedelic  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  retro  yet  heavy  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Heavy  Temple  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ursa  Machina"  and  "In  The  Court  Of  The  Bastard  King".  8  out  of  10.

Doomster Reich/The League For Mental Distillation/The End Of Time Records/2014 CD Review


  Doomster  Reich  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  psychedelic  form  of doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "The  League  For  Mental  Distillation"  which  was  released  by  the  End  Of  Time  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  doom  metal  riffing  and  clean  singing  vocals  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  hear  elements  of  traditional  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  the  solos  also  adding  in  psychedelic  touches  while  also  mixing  retro  and  modern  styles  together.

  Clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  while  also  having  their  fast  moments  and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  synths  along  with  the  vocals  also  utilizing  more aggression  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  psychedelic  effects.

  Doomster  Reich  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  traditional  styles  of  doom  and  heavy  metal  and  mixes  them  in  with  psychedelic  touches  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  realistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Doomster  Reich  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  doom/heavy  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "John  Woe"  and  "In  Storms".  8  out  of  10.

Kingnomad/Mapping The Inner Void/Ripple Muisc/2017 CD Review


  Kingnomad  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  psychedelic  form  of  occult  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Mapping  The  inner  Void"  which  was  released  by  Ripple  Music.

  Keyboards  and  background  70's  rock  music  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  a  very  heavy  yet  retro  sound  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  and  the  riffs  also  go  back  to  the  very  early  days  of  doom  metal  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  very  vintage  classic  rock  style  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  keyboards  also  add  60's  and  70's  era  psychedelic  touches  to  the  recording  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  genre  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very long  and  epic  in  length.

  Kingnomad  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  70's  era  of  the  doom  metal,  psychedelic  and  occult  rock  genres  and  mixes them  together  to  create  a  very  dark  and  retro  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Black  Magick,  Occultism  and  H.P  Lovecraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kingomad  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  occult  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lucifer's  Dream'  "The  Witches  Garden"  and  "She  Wizard".  8  out  of  10.