Profile: Kris from Seattle’s Punk Metallers Prison

Prison

For clarity; I am ridiculously late with this thing AND to this band. But the beauty of it is that on a recent journey up through the mountains and backroads of SC and NC, purposefully lost, “Who Lives Who Dies Who Cares” – second track off Come, Annihilation from Seattle’s punk/hardcore/metal trio Prison – came up in a random playlist and I was floored. So much so that I stopped the car and dove in like a fiend looking for that next fix. A full three spins later — it’s an EP man, 11 minutes to get through — I still couldn’t pick my jaw up off the rocks of the overhanging cliff I was, by this time, numbly peering off of. It’s got that feeling of some sweaty ass basement punk show, the kind you never can seem to find anymore. It’s equal parts grunge, noise, punk, hardcore and metal but most of all it’s that diamond in the rough that forces you to stop, put everything down, and take in all its glory (similar to the first time I heard the Melvins). As stated, this is way late so back in March we had the chance to shoot over our set of Profile questions to the band for some details and Kris (drums) responded with some enlightening answers and a boatload of recommendations so head below for an interesting read and please get yourself a copy from the links provided. Continue reading

Profile: Black Metallers Murdryck

Murdryck

From its 1999 inception as a dark ambient project to 2014’s rejuvenation as a black metal band, Murdryck has been there, done that, and killed it in the realm of dark arts. As a black metal band, debut Antologi MMXV was a sharpened axe of vitriolic hatred but with Födelsen, out today, the band hones their axe and betters their songwriting and atmosphere for a fuller, more robust effect. And the proof is in the pudding, as they say. One listen through Födelsen showcases some of the most streamlined yet ferocious output the band has done to date. In conjunction with release day, we recently had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head directly below to see how it all went down. Continue reading

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