Profile: Simon Ohlsson of Progress-edelic Metallers Vokonis

Vokonis

Progressive and psychedelic (hence progress-edelic), in metal, can mean varied results that most often lean towards too much effort and not enough payoff, but in the case of Vokonis’ third full length Grasping Time, it means a band that is forward thinking AND top of the class in these particular styles. The album effortlessly meanders between the sensibilities of Ufomammut and the heft of Khemmis without ever being a copy of either on this 45 minutes of sheer bliss – seriously, this album is great and the band finally has a clear and unique identity. On top of that, Grasping Time is their best and tightest effort yet; the songwriting is better and never falls flat, the riffs are huge, the melodies are addictive, and the vocals are pristine with exceptional range. Just ahead of the album’s release we reached out with our set of Profile questions to get the backstory and Simon Ohlsson (guitars, vocals) responded, so head directly below to see how it went down and DO NOT miss this opportunity to grab a copy for yourself – links contained within. Continue reading

Profile: Naut of Sonic Black Metallers Necronautical

Necronautical
Necronautical – photo courtesy of Ester Segarra

Melodic, symphonic, and atmospheric walk into a bar and proceed to drunken obliteration with their new found friend, ripping black metal – such is the case with the UK’s Necronautical on their upcoming third full length Apotheosis. This smorgasbord is nothing new, of course, but the band’s approach to it is staggering and a damn joy to experience, to say the least. Debut Black Sea Misanthropy was a melodic, aggressive, and catchy first effort but while it was very confident in itself it lacked a stone cold identity. Then on The Endurance At Night the band awakened their symphonic third eye and abruptly fixed the identity crisis while keeping a firm hold on their striking power. Now, the lessons learned result in an epic and majestic 50 minutes of black metal that borrows equally from those barflys we met earlier and as cliche as this may seem, Apotheosis is unique, immersive, and captivating. Ahead of the album’s release, we reached out with our set of Profile questions and Naut (vocals, guitar, keys) answered the call with a fury. Head below to see how it went down and DO NOT miss the preorder on this one, links are contained within. Continue reading

Profile: Boston’s Seedy Sludgers Leather Lung

Leather Lung

To be clear, Leather Lung themselves are not seedy. However, their take on southern, whiskey soaked sludge meets the swing of delta blues is. Their upcoming album Lonesome, On’ry and Evil, tip of the hat to Waylon in case you missed it, is the band’s third effort and over the course of their last two they projectile vomited weed filled jams and caustic sludge that would make both Bongzilla and Eyehategod proud. And now, they’ve really come into their own with better, catchier songwriting and an unmistakable swagger that makes this one an easy highlight. Just ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to pose our set of Profile questions to the band so stick around to see how it all went down. And, be sure to hit that preorder while you’re here. Continue reading

Profile: Max Dameron of Wizard Rifle

Wizard Rifle

Wizard Rifle don’t play it safe, are not predictable, purposefully escape single tag genre classifications, and – in case the pic above didn’t give it away – don’t give a damn about inabilities to classify them. Which are just a few of the reasons they’ve become a hit for so many, us included. They flat out rock; all their cacophonic noise, stoner heshing, doom groove, punk, and psych metal outdoes itself on each outing and their upcoming third effort, Wizard Rifle, is no exception. It’s a 45 minute acid trip in a sweaty barroom with an eclectic mix of tunes playing over a huge cabinet of Orange Amps. Anyone familiar with Here In the Deadlights will rejoice at the forward push here but will not hear the same album, not even close. We recently posed our set of Profile questions to guitarist and vocalist Max Dameron to get a look behind the scenes of this audaciously crazy and genius band. Keep reading to see how it went down and hit those links to grab copies of the upcoming album (and older stuff) for yourself. Continue reading

Profile: Jason Braatz of Tech-Proggers Freighter

Freighter

Batshit crazy is one way to describe the tech/prog/core explosion of Freighter’s second effort The Den. But, that would completely understate just how cohesive the colorful vocals, slamming riffs, and complex songsmithery are as a whole across these eight tracks. I am fully aware that cohesive and crazy normally wouldn’t share the same space but take the complex grindesque feel of “Presto Change-O” and follow it with the insane melody (and horns!) of “Hot Car Death Dad” and those two descriptors make complete sense. We recently had the chance to ask co-founder and bassist Jason Braatz our set of Profile questions in an effort to peer behind the scenes of Freighter so head below to get the scoop and don’t forget to open your mind and snag a copy from the links contained within. Continue reading