Profile: Christian Ayala of Progressive Metallers Avandra

Avandra

The story of Avandra and how their sophomore effort, Descender, came to be on Blood Music is one filled with strife and a fairy tale turn of events. The album was written in the wake of Puerto Rico’s devastation caused by Hurricane Maria and due to the huge response from their debut, one fan wrote to Blood Music and the rest, as they say, is history. Or at least, how they ended up where they are now. Avandra’s music is progressive in nature, epic in scope and sound, and overall a pleasure to listen to with just enough bite to cut through the otherwise majestic atmosphere. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our Profile questions to mastermind Christian Ayala Cruz, who also takes care of vocals, guitars, and synths, so head below to see how it went down. Continue reading

Profile: Thomas Eriksen of Norwegian Black Metallers Mork

Mork

How long has it been since a band really conjured thoughts of their home, the dark mythos steeped within, and the genuine innovation of its scene? In Mork’s case, it happens on every album since their 2004 inception and their fourth full length, Det Svarte Juv, is no exception. And even though the barbed wire and razor blade approach is dialed back a bit here, they still are a looking glass into the past as they mold their black metal into something completely their own. The band’s creativity shines the brightest here, and it’s in these particular moments (no spoilers, sorry not sorry) that this effort will stand above the rest. Ahead of Det Svarte Juv we had the chance to ask founder and sole member (studio) Thomas Eriksen our set of Profile questions so head below to see how it all went down. Continue reading

Profile: Jake Mazlum from Eccentric Sludgesters Kurokuma

Kurokuma
Kurokuma

Easy genre tags for the UK’s Kurokuma would be sludge and doom since, put quite simply, they do this combo extremely well. But a further look into their output thus far would uncover the heavy repetition of psychedelic metal along with the forward thinking of what avantgarde brings and nowhere is this heard better than on their upcoming EP, Sheffield’s Best Metal Band’s Vol. 1 due to the wicked Jamioquai cover and the strangely fitting acid hop EP closer. But, their insane heaviness is still the backbone of everything they do as they prepare for a future full length and the fact that they were recently described as ‘really stoned bisons that decided to drop some acid’ helps tremendously. Just ahead of this EP we had a chance to ask guitarist Jacob (Jake) Mazlum our set of Profile questions so head below to see how it went down. Continue reading

Profile: Yngve Andersen of Deathpop Dynamos Blood Command

Blood Command
Blood Command

Blood Command formed in 2008 and have went to great lengths to experience, through the modicum of their sound, damn near every genre out there and have done so with the kind of unfettered realness we generally never get to see. Meaning, it gives many fans that place to go when they don’t fit in to some specific thing or genre or frame of mind in general. Their self tagged ‘Deathpop’ is fitting since they’ve actually done death metal but dance the edges of melodic pop punk, among so many other things, in an effort to get listeners to just have a good time and forget all the ills of the world and whatever they might be going through at the time. Music has that power and Blood Command wields it with impunity, particularly so on their upcoming EP, Return of the Arsonist. I dare you to listen and not sing along to those choruses, just sayin’. Ahead of this EP’s release we reached out to guitarist Yngve Andersen with our set of Profile questions and he was generous in offering their backstory and some blistering takes so head below for how it went down. Continue reading

Profile: Maxime Ingrand of Post-Rockers Lost In Kiev

Lost In Kiev

What do you want from post-rock? Is it cinematic in nature? Atmospheric? Grandiose but completely unique to a specific band? To include mountainous stories behind the music? Why choose when you can have it all with Parisian’s Lost In Kiev. Ever since 2012’s Motions the band – across two full lengths – has put to tape some of the most astounding and awe inspiring post-rock that not only has heart and soul but an endearing sense of self and depth. And on Persona, to be released later this month, they continue this trajectory but with shorter and more pointed songs. To gain some backstory on the band we recently reached out to guitarist and synth player Maxime Ingrand so head below to get the scoop. Continue reading