Gridfailure’s David Brenner on new album “Dismemberment Cabaret,” and much more!

It has been said that Gridfailure is for those that love a challenging listen. And, we are not ones to argue that point. However, Gridfailure is a band that must be experienced as the way they mold noise, drone, ambient, jazz, and dark sounds of all natures together into a cohesive mass of thought provoking music is a thing of beauty. Their most recent album, Dismemberment Cabaret finds the band collaborating with veteran trumpet player Mac Gollehon and the results are astounding. Buke recently sat down with David Brenner for a wide ranging discussion surrounding the new album, how it came to be, how it was working with Mac, and a multitude of other topics. This discussion is one for the record books so we don’t want to spoil it any further. With that being said, 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:  Messa — “Close”

Fans have waited four long years for a new release from experimental doom act, Messa, and the band’s latest release, Close, is well worth the wait. It does not disappoint as it is an elevated offering that dives into new instrumentation and techniques while expanding on the band’s already established unique sound.  Messa started out as a progressive doom band before evolving to incorporate various influences including jazz, blues, sludge, black metal, and dark ambience.  Close brings together all these elements while also adding cultural inspirations and instruments.  In addition to the uniqueness of style and sound, the production is clean and crisp helping listeners unearth each new piece while flowing brilliantly from movement to movement.

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Imperial Triumphant’s Steve Blanco on new live album “An Evening With Imperial Triumphant,” New York City, local venues, jazz, and much more!

Imperial Triumphant

For Imperial Triumphant and extreme metal fans around the globe, Vile Luxury was a statement of avantgarde supremacy of the like none of us have ever seen and follow up Alphaville twisted that blade in even deeper. Their sound is the heartbeat of their home base New York City in the sense of its roots in jazz and the extremities found at every corner and perfectly encapsulates every aspect of day to day life in the city’s grasp. Melodies, or hooks, are sparse and generally non existent but this is just the genius of what they do; every second is a different experience and every second of every song is monumental which is captured to near perfection in their latest live album An Evening With Imperial Triumphant. With that said, jump in for an excellent chat with Steve Blanco via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Album Review:  DROTT — “Orcus”

Ready for something different, otherworldly, fresh and new?  Let me tell you about DROTT and this three-man band’s first full length release Orcus.  The band hails from Bergen in the west coast of Norway and is inspired by nature, superstition, and spirituality.  The album title is after Orcus, god of the underworld, punisher of broken oaths.  While this namesake brings dark themes and undertones, the feel of the album is not as heavy as one might think.  Musical style influences include metal, progressive rock, jazz, folk, classical and each influence can be detected throughout these compositions.  This makes it hard to classify the release, but I think part of the beauty of the album is that it does not NEED to be classified since it does not fit perfectly into any box and brings a little something for everyone.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Swami Lateplate — “Doom Jazz”

I’ve been wracking my brain trying to come up with the perfect way to introduce Doom Jazz to you, the reader, but sometimes a thing is so perfectly described by itself that there is no need for any more elaboration on it.  What is Doom Jazz?  Well…it’s doom jazz, and for nine years the album by inventive and dynamic duo Swami Lateplate has been the gold standard (and maybe the only) example of this particular blend of genres.  So much so that Subsound Records has decided to reissue it and bring the world to a second look at a truly unique entity.

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