The Spirit’s Matthias Trautes on new album “Of Clarity and Galactic Structures,” and much more!

The Spirit just released their third full length of cosmic black and death metal, Of Clarity and Galactic Structures, and as expected, it rules. The edges are sharper, the riffs are more violent, and the cosmic aspect is more up front and center. Plus, it helps that they really paid attention to how memorable the songs are this time out as well as the pacing of the album. All in all, we’d say this is their best yet. Buke recently sat down with vocalist and guitarist Matthias Trautes for a wide ranging discussion surrounding the new album and how it came to be. They also discussed the music scene in and around their homebase of Germany, the value of good production, Matthias’ origins into playing music, and so much more. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy.

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Corpsessed’s Matti Mäkelä on new album “Succumb To Rot,” Finnish death metal, and much more!

Corpsessed

Corpsessed just released their fourth full length, Succumb To Rot, and it is an absolute beast of Finnish death metal that shines a light on where they’ve been but is a huge step forward in both the songwriting aspect and their heaviness factor as a whole. Buke sat down with guitarist and backing vocalist Matti Mäkelä to discuss the new album and how he feels it’s different from the past, Finnish death metal and the differences to its Swedish and American counterparts, all of his various side projects and some breaking news on an upcoming black metal album, beer and how backstage beers are always the worst, how he is very hard on hisself and has thrown away tons of completed songs for even the slightest of details being off, and so much more. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy.

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Album Review: Sadist — “Firescorched”

It’s been a while since I have touched a progressive death metal record – not since Alustrium’s A Monument To Silence – and while I’ve been doing some listening behind the scenes, it struck as odd that I haven’t really been giving one of my favorite death metal subgenres a proper listen. Imagine my delight in finding an album that struck a chord with me the more time I spent with it, becoming more and more experimental and dissonant the further in I ventured. For an album that makes me question where the established line between progression and technicality begins to blur, Sadist’s Firescorched is an impressive feat of musicianship.

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Concert Review: Hoaxed, Sylvaine, Uada, and Amorphis, 4.30.2022

When I said to keep the concerts coming, I didn’t expect to see another one so soon.

After taking the chance to see The Ocean and Leprous last month, I headed back to the El Rey Theatre to see a favorite band of mine, Amorphis. Other bands on the bill included Hoaxed, a band from Portland who released an EP last year; Sylvaine, who were on their first North American tour promoting Nova; and Uada, a band who I have listened to before but never got into. Given the range of metal genres across all the bands, I expected more people to continue to show up throughout the latter half of the bill. Thus, as soon as I entered, I headed straight towards the front, parked myself there, and held that spot throughout the night.

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Egregore on new album “The Word of His Law,” letting the music do the talking, and more!

Egregore
Image courtesy of Max Montesi

As far as debuts go, The Word of His Law from Canada’s Egregore is a masterclass in black and death metal shrouded in mysticism, death, and occult themes. The use of synth, chanting, and even neofolk serve as vessels to enhance the experience and make for a unique outing. Buke recently sat down with Egregore to discuss the new album and how it came to be. They also discussed the band’s musical journeys, as well as the importance of letting the music speak for itself and preference for the listeners to draw their own conclusions and opinions about it. We now bring you this conversation in its entirety so grab your beverage of choice, a seat, and enjoy.

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