Oleg Zalman of Artificial Brain on their new album and much more!

New York’s Artificial Brain are somewhat of an anomaly in the death metal world. Sure they’re rooted in death metal but in the blink of an eye can cover tech-death, progressive death, jazz, and noise like world class pros. Their debut Labyrinth Constellation was like stepping on a landmine of infinite sounds and follow up Infrared Horizon saw them branch out a bit and experiment with obtuse and jagged rhythms and melodies that absolutely should not go together but somehow it all just gelled. And now with their third full length, a self-titled one, it seems they’re out for blood. It’s a bit more on the death metal nose but more angular and aggressive than before. Definitely one that should be on your radar. Buke recently sat down with guitarist Oleg Zalman to dig into the ethos of the new album and of the band and how it all came together. 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: Artificial Brain — “Artificial Brain”

Artificial Brain - Artificial Brain

New York City is home to some of the wildest, most experimental forms of art in general, from every medium, but we’re already pretty aware of how the metal music scene is in the heart of the Big Apple.  Many notable bands have done so much work to shape the landscape of extreme music, not least of which is Artificial Brain, whose progressive take on both death metal and science fiction have been integral in moving the genre forward.  On their third eponymous release, the band closes several chapters at once, but we already know they never stop progressing.

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Profile: Michael Kadnar and Lulu Black of This Is Oblivion

This Is Oblivion
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This Is Oblivion are on the eve of releasing their self-titled debut and if dark, moody, captivating, and heavy as lead (not talking pig squeals and pinch harmonics here) are considered a good time, run and don’t walk to get your copy now. The duo of Michael Kadnar and Lulu Black have on their hands a debut release that winds effortlessly through doomy dirges, dark folk, industrial tinges, and whip smart lyrics with extremely engrossing and catchy song craft. No doubt comparisons have, and will, be made to Chelsea Wolfe but that’s only a small piece of the pie. The album is “an exploration of the cyclical nature of connection” which is heard throughout as the songs play out like draining seasons or the feeling of meeting new friends or the nature of losing someone close. I said before this album is engrossing and that’s putting it lightly, it tugs at the deep recesses of the brain and soul and not only creates a connection but begs for further exploration. Just ahead of the album’s release we posed our set of Profile questions to pull back the curtain a little and gain more knowledge of this project so read on to see how it went down and be sure to grab a copy via the links contained within.

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Ignite’s Brett Rasmussen on their self titled album, what makes a good bassist, and much more!

Ignite have had a long journey since their formation in 1993 and a journey that’s seen them work harder and harder with every release. On their recently released full length, Ignite, they’ve knocked it out of the park in the punk / melodic hardcore scene and are ushering in a whole new era of fans. Surrounding this album’s release, Buke sat down with bassist Brett Rasmussen to discuss the new album and what makes a good bassist, how his parents music collection influenced him, bringing in new vocalist Eli and his transition from metal to punk, his love of Joy Division, filming shows with cell phones and not actually experiencing it, and so much more. We now present that conversation to you in its entirety so grab your drink of choice, a chair, and enjoy. 

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Album Review: Ignite — “Ignite”

For as much as I love, cherish and appreciate brutal, crushing heavy metal, the first music that ever made a genuine, lasting impact on me was punk rock.  It might sound stupid, but I don’t care: “Superman” by Goldfinger was the first song that I ever remember falling in love with, and that feeling hasn’t left me.  Punk has shaped who I am as a person, politically, socially and musically and Ignite are one of the forefathers that blossomed the kind of melodic hardcore that sets my soul alight into the mainstream.  On their new self-titled release, change comes to the band, but their fighting spirit is only that much stronger.

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