Monday, 16 July 2018

An Interview With Mona Miluski from HIGH FIGHTER and ALL NOIR PR

 

High Fighter have a come a long way since their inception back in 2014. As the band released their acclaimed debut EP – The Goat Ritual back in 2014 and their debut album Scars & Crosses back in 2016. High Fighter have played with artists such as CONAN, Mantar, Downfall Of GAIA, Elder and Brant Bjork over the last few years.

The band are very hard to define as they include a wide range of different sounds. Punk, Sludge, Doom, Stoner and Heavy Metal riffs allow High Fighter to create their distinctive sound.

I’ve been a fan of them since their inception and I’ve promoted the heavily over the last few years and lead vocalist Mona Miluski has been one of my biggest supporters since I started the blog back in August 2015.

High Fighter will be going on a UK Tour in August 2018 and I wanted to catch up with Mona. As it’s been a long time since we spoke. Mona has kindly agreed to do this interview.

Hi Mona. Thanks for doing this interview. Long-time no speak. How are things with you today.

Hi Steve, thanks, am well! We just came back from our last show with Mantar, we had the honor to support on a few selected club shows of their recent summer tour in Germany. Except our guitarist Shi, he broke his leg right before one of our Mantar shows few weeks ago, but still rocking the stage with us and it's all going well in the High Fighter camp. Indeed, long time no speak, thanks for catching up with us again!

So how are things with High Fighter. Been a while since we last spoken. Almost three years. What have you High Fighter been upto since then.

A lot has happened since the last time we spoke. After the release of our debut album 'Scars & Crosses' we got the chance to tour again a lot, with bands such as our friends in Conan, Downfall of Gaia or Elder to name just a few, and played at festivals alike Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze, Desertfest Berlin and Antwerp, Up In Smoke and a lot more.

You know we're all about having a good time on the road and within the band, and we had. Appreciate the support and chances we got over these past few years, which got us even stronger together as a band as well as in our live performances.

You’re about to embark on a UK Tour in August. Can you give more details on what people can expect from these gigs.

Yea we're super excited to return to the UK again! It's been back in early 2015 and on our first European tour ever we hit the UK alongside our friends in Sunnata. We got invited to play this year's Riff Fest in Bolton, so we booked a tour around it and it will be one of our last tours in 2018 and before we will hit the studio to record our second full-length album. We will of course play a bunch of old songs but also trying some brand new material live on this tour!



You’re taking Tuskar and My Diablo along for the ride. How did you become aware of those two bands.

Our tour has been booked by our friend Ryan of Desert Storm who is running Buried in Smoke Promotions. They recommended My Diablo and Tuskar to us, and we can't wait to hit the road with them. Love this heavy package, and am sure it will satisfy a lot of people live!

Will you be performing anymore European Dates in the future

After our UK tour and we are currently still booking shows around it such as in the Netherlands and France, we will be playing a few more gigs in Germany at like Keep It Low Festival in Munich. Besides we are heavily writing our new album.

It’s been a couple of years since you released your debut album Scars & Crosses. Which was warmly received by the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community. Did it surprise the attention and praise the album originally received.

We never expected the attention and such heavy support we got for 'Scars & Crosses'. As you know, we mix quite a few styles in our music, which didn't make it really easy for us in the beginning. People need to categorize, it's our human nature. You can't put us into one category only, and we even may have confused people with that in the beginning. Is it Metal? Is it Stoner, Doom or Sludge? What is this band about. We never cared about one style or tried to fit into one scene only. Being the open-minded spirits we are, we just kept doing our thing.

So we really appreciate that nowadays it seems to be okay for people that we like to mix genres, that you may even find several different styles happening in one song. Our debut got us on a lot of various shows, we could play Wacken but also a Desertfest, we toured with Black Metal bands such as Downfall of Gaia, heavy Doom bands such as Conan, and the other time with Elder or played a show with Brant Bjork. The various our music may be, the more various we are when it comes to play live and receive attention from more than just one heavy music scene.


Photo by Peter Kupfer

Looking back would you change anything about it.


Me personally, no. I love this album, as well as our first EP 'The Goat Ritual', although both are very different sound-and recording-wise. We just wished we could have taken a bit more time before and in the studio while recording 'Scars & Crosses'. A few songs, such as 'Blinders' we wrote just a few days before we hit the studio, and recorded all songs live. A few songs weren't that prepared as they probably should have been, and in the end I just had 1-2 days to record all vocals as our time in the studio was running out.

On top me and our guitarist Ingwer had been sick with a flu to that time, it made it even harder to focus on the studio recordings. Nowadays I may sing a few parts live different to the album version as all our songs start to grow just live, but the record is a momentum and every production could go endless, so me personally I am very happy with the result.

Thanks to Jens Siefert at Rama Studios as well as Toshi Kasai ( Melvins, Big Business ) for the excellent mix & mastering. Looking back, there are always some things you may could have changed in the production or songwriting, but we're happy about any of our records and they got us so many great opportunities to play and having a good time on the road. So no, I wouldn't want to change anything, and looking back or complaining about things you cannot change anymore doesn't really help.

Are you releasing any new material in the future. If so can you give us any details when will this be released.

Yes, we are heavily writing the new album, and we plan to release it by Spring 2019.

Will you be performing new songs on the forthcoming UK Tour.

We will. Make sure to visit a show and let us know what you think! ;)

Has High Fighter’s sound evolved from your first two releases. Or are you continuing down the same destructive Doom/Sludge Metal path.

We always try to evolve our sound, but never write our songs by what people may wanna hear or expect. Our sound won't change that much and we will always continue to let a various mix of styles happen in our music. At this state I'd say, a few new songs may go a bit more progressive, while others may even have a punkish straight forward sound. Still under our Sludge, Doom and Stoner Metal flag, we just let it happen, no matter what genre you try to name it.

Slightly away from High Fighter. You’ve just formed your new PR Company. All Noir. How did that come about. As you had a previous PR Company.


That's true. I have been working for Napalm Records more than 4 years, long time before I started working for Napalm I was already running an independent PR agency called Platinum PR. In early 2018 I made the decision to part ways with Napalm to start my own company and going new ways in the music industry. Times have changed, and so did I, and it was just the perfect time to launch my own agency ALL NOIR. An independent music PR agency, I also do a bit of booking and artist management.


Photo by Peter Kupfer

Did you want to start over again. New challenges and all that.

I am a very colourful person when it comes to music and my work. It's been about the right time to launch my new company and start under a brand new name, where I can also take new and also more colourful challenges in my work. The music and label industry is under a constant change, and I wanted to offer more and that goes with the time instead of being kind of stuck with one record company only.

I have learned a lot over these past few years, and I am very grateful for my time at Napalm, worked with many artists I admire and to grow my network and experiences in this industry. Today I can offer more and what I am very passionate about: Album and Live Promotion, Festival promo, Booking and Management. ALL NOIR feels like the best step I did in a long time. And I would not change a thing about my past and present.

What are the main aims for PR Company.

To offer some various and colourful service for the music and bands I admire, if it's an album or tour promo, festival promotion, booking or management. I am lucky enough now to stay true to the colours of my favourite tunes, from the Heavy Psych and Desert Rock sounds, to Doom, Sludge and Black Metal. While the music industry is under constant change, bands, labels as well as booking agents do need loyal, experienced and passionate PRs that are able to go with the time and industry changes.



You’ve already started working with some pretty awesome record labels – Heavy Psych Sounds and Argonauta Records. Congrats on that one. Will you solely be focusing on record labels. Or will you be working with bands as well.

Thank you! I am really stoked about my current roster, when I have launched ALL NOIR in May 2018 I would have never dreamed of to be working with such an excellent and high class list of artists & companies like I already do. To my roster not just belong record labels, but also independent bands – from underground to bigger acts, as well as various labels or live & tour promo clients. For more info feel free to visit: www.all-noir.com

Before you go Mona, Do you have anything to say to your fans.

To all of you Outlaws of the Sun, thanks a lot for the rock support. We hope to see a lot of old and new faces at our upcoming tour in August! Thank you for having us again Steve and for all your support since day one.

Words by Steve Howe and Mona Miluski
Thanks to Mona for doing this interview. Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for arranging this interview.

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Ancestors - Suspended In Reflections (Album Review)


Release date: August 24th 2018. Label: Pelagic Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Suspended In Reflections – Tracklisting

1.Gone
2.Through a Window
3.Lying in the Grass
4.Into the Fall
5.Release
6.The Warm Glow

Members

Justin Maranga
Jason Watkins
Daniel Pouliot

Review

Ancestors return after a six year absence with their new album Suspended In Reflections. This version of Ancestors is very different to the band that released their debut a decade ago. Back then, Ancestors were a Psychedelic Doom/Stoner Metal band with a sound similar to bands such as Sleep and Mastodon.

Though with each passing record, Ancestors have changed and refined their sound to something more progressive and heartfelt. Ancestors of today follow the same path as YOB, Pink Floyd and Pallbearer. As the new album is a moody and progressive doom metal album with flourishes of Psychedelic Rock. The music can be extremely slow at times compared to their previous albums.

Opening song - Gone - is a very abstract and distant song with the band playing heavy slow-paced psychedelic doom rock passages. The song has an ambient and post rock sound holding everything together. The vocals feel inspired by Pallbearer but Ancestors do enough work to be judged on their own talents and convictions.

Second track - Through A Window - carries on the psychedelic and heartfelt vibe with ambient noises allowing Ancestors to extend their musical vision to a more cinematic approach. The music once again is deliberately slow-paced and the lyrics have a slight depressing feel. The song has an almost delicate sixties sounding Pink Floyd vibe. It's an interesting approach and one that I didn't expect.

Third track - Living In The Grass - has an interesting style of digitized vocals. It works for the most part but it would have been better if the band included actual vocals all the way through the song. The music is impressive as normal. The haunting piano track allows the album to create a more soulful post-rock sound though Ancestors still include elements of heavy doom based music.

The final three songs on the album Into The Fall, Release and The Warm Glow offer perhaps the most exciting parts and melodies contained within the album. As the album drifts from one different sound with each individual song. The highlight of these three songs has to be The Warm Glow. An epic Pink Floyd musical style odyssey mixed with the albums familiar Psychedelic Doom Metal sounds.

It's a shame that the album is too short running under thirty five minutes. Other than that minor complaint, Ancestors have released an album to become genuinely excited about. Has the album been worth the wait? Most definitely. Though It will take a few listens to become accustomed to Ancestors new sound. Overall, Suspended In Reflections is a highly engaging and superbly entertaining album that ranks as one of their best albums to date.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Daniel from CZ Promotions. Suspended In Reflections will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via PelagicRecords from August 24th 2018.


Forming The Void - Rift (Album Review)


Release date: August 18th 2018. Label: Kozmik Artifactz. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Rift – Tracklisting

1.Extinction Event
2.On We Sail
3.Arcane Mystic
4.Transient
5.Arrival
6.Ark Debris
7.Shrine

Members

James Marshall – guitar/vocals
Shadi Omar Al-Khansa- guitar
Luke Baker – bass
Thomas Colley - drums

Review

Forming The Void made quite the impression last year when they released their second album Relic. Relic was an album that won major praise within the Sludge/Stoner Metal community with the music influenced by Led Zepplin and Mastodon. Relic was a trippy and heavy psychedelic affair which even ended up on our best albums of 2017 list.

Forming The Void has return with their epic new album Rift. Newly signed to Kozmik Artifactz. Rift follows the same path as Relic but with a more groove orientated sound. Forming The Void's Sludge Rock/Metal vibes that made a huge part of Relic are still here but there not as direct. As Forming The Void perform a more Psychedelic Stoner Metal sound with heavy moments of Doom Metal and Classic Rock creating a more exciting sound.

Opening song - Extinction Event - has a Led Zepplin style groove but with Forming The Void's modern sounding Psychedelic flair with traces of Progressive Sludgy Rock. The mood even changes to Ambient Post Rock at times. However it's the heavy riffs and the superb vocals of James make this a winning track to open the album with.

Second track - On We Sail - is perhaps my favourite song on the album. As Forming The Void create a sludgy and spaced out heavy sound. The lyrics are superbly written and the song has a catchy sing-along chorus. Forming The Void maybe channelling their inner-Mastodon at times but the band pulls this off with their own distinctive style.

Third track - Arcane Mystic - is inspired by classic rock sounds of the last forty years or so which is offset by a heavy progressive Spaced Out Stoner Metal sound. The lyrics are quite clever as they elevate this song to a more spiritual level. Most of the songs on the album run around near the five to six minute mark. So you can expect to hear different styles of progressive music on Rift.

Fourth song - Transient - is another highlight with Forming The Void opting for a slower sound with the song having a more personal feel. The vocals from James impress yet again. The song does become heavier as time passes by. Though the mellow post-rock parts of the song are my favourite parts. As it shows how Forming The Void have progressed as songwriters and musicians from their last album.

The final three songs Arrival, Ark Debris and Shrine see Forming The Void returning to their trademark Psychedelic heavy sound. Cosmic and Ark Debris offer more Sludge/Stoner Metal grooves as the band keep up the trippy and space rock sound they have built their reputation upon. The last track, Shrine is an epic ten minute plus song that features some of the band's best music to date. As the song moves in so many different directions and when it the album does finally end, you're left wanting more. That's a good thing. As you will be entertained throughout this epic album.

Rift is a different album to Relic. It may have similar sounds and ideas. However Rift takes you on a more personal and spiritual journey. The production on Rift is simply first rate. With the album sounding fresh and super heavy from the start.

Relic made me a fan of Forming The Void's music. However Rift has made Forming The Void become one of my favourite bands. Rift will be considered as one of the best albums of the year. Simply unmissable

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Forming The Void and Richard at Sheltered Life PR for the promo. Rift will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via KozmikArtifactz from August 18th 2018.

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

RIPIS - Shadow Dies In Morning Light (Album Review)


Release date: June 22nd 2018. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Shadow Dies In Morning LIght – Tracklisting

1.Burdened by Stone 09:57
2.Void 10:06
3.Water in the Basin 12:22
4.Shadow Dies in Morning Light 11:27

Members

Asher Johnson - Guitar
Blake DeWitt - Bass / Vocals
Andy Hannaman - Drums

Review

RIPIS are a band influenced by Doom Metal bands such as YOB and Pallbearer. However these guys add a touch of Sludge and Post-Metal darkness into the mix. The band has just released their epic new album Shadow Dies In Morning Light and it's quite a gloomy affair that is full of heavy progressive Psychedelic Doom Metal riffs.

Opening song - Burdened By Stone - is the first of four songs that run near or past the ten minute mark. The music is heavy with the band not wasting any time in playing a heavy sludge and post-metal groove. The vocals from Blake are not what you initially expect as they have a slight alternative/indie rock feel. This allows RIPIS to focus creating an environment that is highly volatile with loud doomy guitars being played at a slow pace. 

The whole tone and theme of the album can be quite depressing at times and RIPIS never shy away from touching upon on hard-hitting subjects. This allows the album to be one of the more personal offerings I've heard in some time. However that doesn't stop RIPIS managing to include uplifting riffs that elevates the listener above the darkness of the album.

Second song - Void - carries on the progressive journey but with a more remorseful approach. The song does start off really slowly with an Ambient/Post-Rock vibe. RIPIS play at their own pace on this song and it does take time for the song to fully come alive. The lyrics and vocals yet again are thoughtful, insightful and cut right to the bone. This song has an almost "Funeral Doom" quality to it.

This is where the album starts adding a more cinematic feel to it. As the whole flow of the album becomes bigger, grander and even theatrical at times. Maybe RIPIS could have held back on the emotional content at times but this is an album with an intense vision and RIPIS deserve credit for not changing course for the remainder of the album.

The final two songs - Water In The Basin and the excellent title track - carries on the gloomy atmospheric with RIPIS playing the albums heaviest moments. Shadow Dies In Morning Light on a technical level is almost near perfect. The instrumental work is flawless and technically brilliant. As RIPIS weave a dark magical tapestry that Pallbearer would be proud to call their own.

I hope RIPIS manage to build a momentum with this album so they can gain some well-deserved recognition within the Doom/Sludge Metal scene. Overall, Shadow Dies In Morning Light is an album that you cannot ignore. As this is a must have album. 

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to RIPIS for the promo. Shadow Dies In Morning Light is available to buy now.

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Aleks Evdokimov Interviews FUNERAL HORSE


Funeral Horse started its way in 2013, when a trio of friends took a decision to play some driving, heavy and low stuff. The first EP ‘Savage Audio Demons’ drawn the attention of Artificial Head Records who released next EP ‘Sinister Rites Of The Master’ (2014) and LP Divinity For The Wicked (2015).

The Power trio returns with new album ‘Psalms Of The Mourning’, the label describes new material as punk doom and it sounds damn good. What’s the hell is “punk doom”?

It seems we need the whole Funeral Horse crew here to sort it out, so let me introduce you Paul Bearer (guitars, vocals), Chris Bassett (drums) and Clint Rater (bass). Bring it on dudes!

Hi dudes! How are you? What's going on in Funeral Horse's bay?

Paul Bearer: Hey Aleks! Dude, we’re recovering from our most recent tour and catching up on things here at home. I have Chris and Clint here with me to join our conversation today too.

The band performs proper and tight stoner music, yet I've seen that you're also tagged as "punk doom". How do you see that?

Chris Bassett: While the first album can certainly be classified as Stoner, I’d say the past two records have deviated from that style quite a bit. Not sure if the Stoner Punk label fits either. If anyone feels the need to attach a Stoner tag to us, I suppose "Stoner Prog" might suffice. We, however, are quite content with the term ROCK.

Clint Rater: I feel the “Stoner” feel is gone now. I tune my bass to E standard and there isn’t any crazy fuzzed-out, overdriven wall of repetitive noise. We are much more inspired by 70’s rock, prog, jazz , and blues. In all honesty, I think it’s safe to say that we are not only tired of the “stoner/doom/sludge” label, but we’ve outgrown it as a band and in our personal tastes.


By the way, how do you see social roots of stoner? How did you reveal this spirit in you? 

Paul Bearer: Modern “stoner metal” can be traced back to the early 90s with albums by Sleep, Kyuss and The Melvins. I loved the way it directly clashed with the speed and fury of punk and metal at the time. Before that, you have obvious references such as early Sabbath or even Goblin with their experimental style of rock and ambiance. The spirit of stoner metal, to me, has always been rooted in American blues music… and that’s where Funeral Horse ultimately draws its influence.

There are many stoner bands in US and Old World as well, but don't you think that exclusively stoner is American phenomenon originally?


Paul Bearer: I find the phenomena deeply rooted in British blues and rock and it just evolved with each new band until it ultimately was born out of the California metal scene. 

Funeral Horse - Emperor Of All Maladies

You don’t sound (and you don’t look) as some newbies, do you have some musical background besides Funeral Horse?

Clint: Yeah. I play drums and write in another Artificial Head Records band called Jody Seabody and the Whirls.

Chris: I've been playing in bands for quite a number of years. A few different genres. Currently I play in a few "tribute" bands on the side (Pink Floyd, The Police) but Funeral Horse is my primary musical focus.


Paul: Back in the 90s, I was in a noise rock band called Tranquil. We released an album and did some touring in the northeast USA. I took a break after that and got back into music once I moved to Houston… which was about 12 years ago. Played in a few metal, punk and post-punk bands before finally starting Funeral Horse.




The third full-length album ‘Psalms For The Mourning’ was released just three weeks ago. What were your primal goals when you enter a studio? What was your master plan for a new album?

Paul: We knew that we needed to make a statement with this album as there was a lot going on in our personal lives, especially mine. I was going through a divorce, I lost two close friends to cancer, and I became this self-destructive mess. Funeral Horse was my only positive outlet, and even then – our gigs were rife with fucked up performances, antagonistic behavior towards the audience and I struggled with severe depression while touring. All of that had to come out. All of that had to be given a voice. So the master plan was to create a set of songs that would exercise these demons and give me a way to explain (at the very least to myself) what had happened.

Three years passed since the release of debut full-length ‘Divinity For The Wicked’. How do you value your progress on Psalms?

Paul: It’s a significant step forward in terms of song writing and our playing. We took our time on the production side to make sure the album had the feel and sound we wanted.

What are main features of Funeral Horse from your point of view? Through which equipment did you fulfill it working in the studio?

Paul: We mainly used whatever equipment would get the job done. Most the heavier songs on the album were recorded using a beat-up Japanese Esquire, a basic Fuzzface pedal and a tiny Fender Champ. Other times, I’m using a Les Paul into an old Mesa Boogie and sometimes I used a big old Gretsch hollowbody into a Marshall 18 watt. I got fancy on the song Divinity for the Wicked as I used a double neck (12/6) into Vox AC15 and a tube tape echo machine. Chris used Sabian cymbals and his Tama kit but sometimes he used the studio’s old Gretsch kit.

I gotta tell you though, Clint and I are not into pedals as we like to keep things simple – especially on stage. 


How serious were you in the studio? How much of improvisation was during the record session?

Clint: Personally, I was very focused on having a 50-50 blend of “clinical focus” and “loosey-goosey”.

Chris: For myself, I do very little improv when recording. I work out a part and really don't deviate much while recording. I enjoy the discipline of the studio. It's during the live setting that I like to loosen it up and perhaps add some more color.

Paul: Dude, I was serious as fuck. Sometimes I would walk out of the studio out of frustration and anger at myself for not getting a part done right. It was intense at times.

There’s ‘Evel Knieval Blues’ song on the album, it contains nice country tune, how did you come to an idea? And did your paths ever crossed with Moonbow? With what kind of bands do you usually share a stage?

Paul: With Evel Knievel Blues – I had been toying around with the idea of incorporating different styles into our song catalogue. We have several songs in our catalogue that stray from the traditional metal style because… well… that’s what we like to listen to. Cities of the Red Night, I Hear The Devil Calling Me, and A Bit of Weed are excellent examples of us playing around with different musical styles.

We have played a show with Moonbow when they came to Houston. Oh man… that was sooo long ago too. We usually get coupled with metal bands when we’re on the road or even at home. We prefer to play shows with bands that are quite different from us though as we like that kind of variety.


Funeral Horse – There Shall Be Vultures 


Funeral Horse is a trio, that seems to be a comfortable format for touring, when do you plan to hit the road and start to preach ‘Psalms’? 

Paul: Dude, we’re always hitting the road… that’s why it’s taken us so long to answer your interview questions!!!

Does being in the band grant you some therapeutic effect or something? What are positive and negative sides of being in Funeral Horse?

Clint: Absolutely. Music whether you are performing or simply listening is indeed therapeutic. After a performance there is a definite sense of satisfaction knowing you gave it your all and being able to play music you thoroughly enjoy alongside talented like-minded musicians. If there IS a negative it's trying to fall asleep later on with ringing ears.

Words by Aleks Evdokimov and Funeral Horse

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Radiant Knife - Science Fiction (Album Review)


Release date: August 08th 2018. Label: Self Released. Format: DD/Vinyl

Science Fiction – Tracklisting

1.Stereo Lords
2.Wasted Minds
3.All We Are Is All We Know
4.The Human Condition
5.Awakened
6.Swarming Lights Surround You
7.Withered Hands
8.Suffer Under God

Members

Stephen Sheppert - Guitar, Vocs, Keys
Greg Travasos - Drums

Review

I remember hearing Radiant Knife's music in the past. As I recognised some of the themes and progressive ideas they used on their last album. Science Fiction follows the same progressive and heavy path as their last album. Though this album is more experimental and perhaps Doom/Sludge Metal orientated. The album doesn't shy away from blending quieter sounds to a heavier style of Doom/Sludge Metal.

The opening two songs of the album - Stereo Lords and Wasted Minds - offer a lot of different sounds that need time to fully digest. There is almost Torche-esque pop sensibility here but those vibes are very few and far between. As Radiant Knife always excel when the harsher and heavier riffs appear. There are only eight songs on the album running past the forty five minute mark. However the album feels longer and that's perhaps down to the more experimental themes and layers of music contained on some of the songs. Ambient Music is a big part of Radiant Knife's identity. As they like to experiment on almost every aspect of the album. The strongest has to be the vocals.

The vocals from Stephen do take influence from Devin Townsend or they have the same emotional feeling. Songs such as: All We Are Is All We Know, The Human Condition, Awakened and Swimming Lights Surround sees a forward thinking band with the lyrics being decidedly different compared to different bands within the Doom/Sludge Metal spectrum. If you enjoy the more complex lyrics and themes of Doom/Sludge Metal then Radiant Knife are on another level.

Science Fiction is one of the weirdest and psychedelic offerings I've heard this year. Next to Boss Keloid, Radiant Knife is merging real intelligence into the realm of Doom/Sludge Metal.

Truth be told I did find this album very hard to review at times. As there is perhaps too much going on when you first listen to the album. My advice is to listen to this album multiple times before making a final conclusion. As you could be missing out on understanding the whole journey of Science Fiction.

Radiant Knife manage to include elements of Grunge and Stoner Rock within the album.

The final two songs Withered Hands and Suffer Under God are the standout parts of the album with the band leading you on another progressive and surreal journey that packs quite an emotional punch.

Overall, Science Fiction is a rich and deeply rewarding album that undoubtedly demands your full attention.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Curtis at Dewar PR for the promo. Science Fiction will be available to buy on DD from August 08th 2018 and Vinyl from August 15th 2018.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

LOGGERHEAD - Depths (Album Review)


Release date: June 18th 2018. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Depths – Tracklisting

1.Carcharodon 07:00
2.Spermaceti 04:07
3.Architeuthis 10:28
4.The Wretched Sea 10:05
5.Feeding Frenzy 04:53

Members

Hayden Crawford - Guitars, Synths, Percussion, Vox, First Mate
Chris James - Bass, Percussion
Evan Sandy - Drums, Percussion
Caleb Elliot - Cello, Oarsman
Natalie Morrow - Ghost Vocals
Johnny Depth - Bellows and Caterwaulin'
JP White - Chaos Guitar
Adam Morrow - Purveyor of Chaos
Austin Motlow - Synths
Red Mouth - Ahab
Albert Rothstein - Harpooner
Jamie Sego - Oarsman

Review

If there ever was an album that was so perfectly named then Loggerhead debut album – Depths – is probably that album. As this album is a Prog Rock/Metal odyssey combining Doom, Sludge, Stoner, Psych and Post-Whatever sounds. The album is a multi-layered sonic experience that takes influence from YOB, ISIS, Neurosis, Baroness and Mastodon but still having it’s own definitive sound.

Depths moves in so many different direction that I wouldn’t blame anyone feel lost in the many different progressive sounds found on the album. Look how many people were involved making this album and that gives you a brief glimpse on what to expect. Songs such as Carchardodon and Spermaceti set the mood with heavy Post-Doom rhythms and grizzled vocals from Hayden Crawford, who wrote this entire album and being involved with the production of the album.

Loggerhead have an experimental sensibility running throughout their album and that shows in the majority of the songs contained on the album. Loggerhead impress the most on the two 10 minute epic songs – Architeuthis and The Wretched Sea. As this is where the album adds an eerie and atmospheric post-rock feel. The band call their music “Nautical Stoner/Sludge Metal” and that is a very good description indeed.

The last time I heard an album similar to this was from Legend Of The Seagullmen. I know I will probably get criticised for this but I feel Loggerhead are the better band. As this doesn’t feel like a “supergroup/side-project” that Legend Of The Seagullmen does. Depths is an album that has an exciting narrative that draws you into their weird sounding and heavy nightmarish world.

Depths is a brilliantly entertaining progressive Sludge/Stoner Metal album that fans of ISIS and Neurosis cannot simply ignore. Loggerhead have released a FUCKING MONSTER with Depths and I want to hear more.

Words by Steve Howe

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