Interview: Crow Black Sky On “Sidereal Light,” Larger Scale Concepts and Their Next Chapter

Crow Black Sky
Crow Black Sky

South Africa’s Crow Black Sky has been around for nearly ten years. Pantheion was released shortly after their inception and then…silence for the next eight. Thankfully, this silence was broken last month with their second full length Sidereal Light: Volume 1 which will be the first in a series of exploratory releases. Merely judging from both albums, the band would seem tough to pin down, genre wise, as Pantheion sounded more like melodic death metal with a slight nudge towards black metal yet Sidereal Light is expansive, epic and stunning atmospheric black metal. After hearing this new album I had to reach out to Gideon Lamprecht (guitar, backing vocals and writer) to find out more about the new album, their larger than life concepts and what was next for the band. Head inside to see what he had to say. Continue reading

Interview: Timo Ellis of Netherlands on New EP Hope Porn, Being Loud and New Label Records and Tapes Records

Netherlands
Netherlands

Following on the heels of three successful and wildly varied full lengths, Brooklyn based Netherlands will be releasing their new EP, Hope Porn, on February 9 via mastermind Timo Ellis’ new imprint Records and Tapes Records. Hope Porn isn’t as far a departure from Audubon as the hard driving Silicon Vapor was from the spastic Fantasmatic but it is some of the catchiest and more immediately accessible work the band has done to date. Which simply means the joy encountered after hearing the overwhelming energy across these six tracks is palpable. Odd time signatures, hooks big enough to hang a bridge from and excellent songwriting all come together to form a cohesive juggernaut that settles in your brain and refuses to leave — a good thing, trust me. Ahead of Hope Porn we had the opportunity to talk to Ellis about the new music, embracing ‘the loud’ and his new label imprint, among many other things. Head inside to see what he had to say and don’t forget to support the band while you’re at it.

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Interview: Disastroid on New Album Screen, Blurring Genre Lines and Their DIY Approach

Disastroid
Disastroid

California’s Disastroid recently released their latest album Screen which has a strong footing in both noise rock and sludge but highlights their love of energetic rock ‘n’ roll, grunge and catchy songwriting. They’re a hard band to pin down but as you’ll read below, they are more than ok with that. Since forming in 2007 each release introduces yet another side of the band and puts a brighter spotlight on each of these three members varied roots in music but across all their releases both heavy and appealing are the unifying factors. I recently had the chance to ask the band about Screen, how they comfortably blur genre lines and about their DIY approach. So head inside to see what they had to say and be sure to give them a listen. Continue reading

Interview: Chepang on New Album Dadhelo, Recording and Upcoming Shows

Chepang - Kshitiz Moktan
Chepang – Kshitiz Moktan

Chepang are a US based “immigrant core” band. I first heard them last year, when they released their EP, Lathi Charge. This impressive debut release was hailed by webzines around the world. The band released their first full length album, Dadhelo, last week. The album is a more complex and intense listen compared to Lathi Charge and after multiple listens, I can tell you that it is not your run of the mill grindcore release. I spoke to guitarist Kshitiz Moktan aka Grandmaster Bhudey about Dadhelo, recording the album and their upcoming shows. Continue reading

Interview: Vitriol on Identity, Originality and Bearing the Torch for Extreme Metal

Vitriol
Vitriol – courtesy of Charlotte Gane
I’m seeing more and more coverage for Oregon’s Vitriol and honestly I couldn’t be happier. My first exposure to this barbarically brutish death / extreme metal band was through their “Victim” video — within the first minute I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It was savage in its sound, relentless in its pace and ultra-technical in its construction but the standout was in how much of the death metal I came to know and love long ago was contained in these few minutes: gritty, violent and absolutely true to the genre. Pain Will Define Their Death sees its release next week and within the three songs contained, the exact same can be said for all. We’ve featured them in a recent Profile and in our Monday morning playlists, today we are proud to feature them in a band and album focused interview that is extremely enlightening on things such as, but not limited to, band identity, originality and bearing the torch for death and extreme metal. Carve out some time to see what they had to say… Continue reading