Album Review: Less Art – “Strangled Light”

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Once again we call to our friends in the Great North to assist in some gnarly metal reviews.  Today Jonathan Petkau from various endeavors including Respectably Loud, Domestikwom and Spacekau jumps in to cover the debut from Less Art…

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If I were forced to pick a single word to encapsulate the experience of listening to Less Art’s debut album Strangled Light, the word that comes to mind repeatedly is “clarity.” I suspect that probably derives from the fact that Less Art is composed of veteran musicians each with already established careers, as Strangled Light sounds like what should be a band’s fourth or fifth album, not their first swing at bat (a pun for all you Puig Destroyer fans out there.)   Continue reading

Interview: Gabe Grosso (Hobbs) of Drug Honkey on “Cloak of Skies,” Guest Appearances and More

Drug Honkey
Drug Honkey

Drug Honkey are a doom quartet from Chicago. The band plays a unique mix of doom, death metal and sludge and have released four full length albums since forming in 1999. A couple months ago they released their latest, and fifth full length album, Cloak of Skies via Transcending Obscurity Records. I recently spoke to guitarist Gabe Grosso (Hobbs, guitars) about the album, guest features and more so read on to see what he had to say. Continue reading

Interview: Beelzebud on Their Music, Touring In Vietnam and Plans For the Year

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Beelzebud

Earlier this year, we did a write up on the metal scene in Singapore and the bands to check out from there. As extensive as that list was, we are pleased to add Beelzebud to this list as another band worth checking out from the island country. This doom duo have released a self titled full length album and a split with Abrasion, both are a must listen for doom fiends but also for those who like their downtrodden tunes blackened with overtones of Khanate and Burning Witch. I spoke to the band about their music, touring in Vietnam and also their plans for the year, so keep reading to see what they had to say. Continue reading

Interview: Uddipan Sarmah of Aswekeepsearching on New Album Zia, Post-Rock In India and Writing

Aswekeepsearching
Aswekeepsearching

Aswekeepsearching is a post-rock band from India. Their debut album, Khwaab released in 2015 was well received and the band also toured Russia. Last month, they released their second album Zia. The album is a unique take on post-rock and is unlike anything I have heard before. I spoke to Uddipan Sarmah (Vocals/Guitars) about the new album, post rock in India, their writing process and more. Continue reading

Profile: Sahil “Demonstealer” Makhija of Demonic Resurrection

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Demonic Resurrection

Demonic Resurrection is one of India’s oldest metal bands. Frontman Sahil “Demonstealer” Makhija has kept the band going with his dogged determination despite multiple lineup changes over the years. The band have performed at festivals and even toured the UK. On their fifth full length album Dashavatar, the band have expanded their already full sound with the introduction of Indian instruments and further experimentation in melodic death metal mixed with black metal and even strains of epic power. I spoke to Sahil about Dashavatar, their new sound and their plans for this year. Continue reading