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Six Of Swords

Polar Vortex EP, 2015

7.5 / 10
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Modern death metal often suffers under the weight of trying to emulate old school heroes while not doing very much of interest at all, so it’s a nice surprise when ...

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Blackened Souls, 2014

7.0 / 10

Oruga’s sludged out sound is deep, dirty and disgusting and the French quintet move through massive pits of despair to crawl through the filth and head towards the inevitable end ...

Schammasch  - Contradiction album cover


Contradiction, 2014

9.0 / 10

Existence is a series of challenges – ones that force you to adapt, to change and to create sides of yourself that you show to the world, ones that are ...

Empty Yard Experiment - Kallisti album cover

Empty Yard Experiment

Kallisti, 2014

7.5 / 10

Music is wonderful and is one of the few things that echoes across the world and can bring people together in unity. Of course, that’s putting the most simplistic of ...

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One Question Interviews Northumbria

Posted April 6, 2015, 3:06 a.m.

Dorian Williamson (Northumbria) SPB: You recorded your first album in a church - what was it about the space that appealed to you and what kind of spaces would you like ...


One Question Interviews Rome

Posted April 6, 2015, 3:03 a.m.

Jerome Reuter (Rome) SPB: You're playing some anniversary shows this year and visiting some interesting places - How did you decide which countries to play in?  Reuter: I have to ...

AMSG 666

One Question Interviews AMSG 666

Posted Jan. 11, 2015, 11:29 p.m.

AngelFukk Witchhammer (AMSG 666) SPB: How important is Satan to you/the band and what does that belief mean to you? Witchhammer: Luciferianism for me is breathing /living each day ...

Pinkish Black

One Question Interviews Pinkish Black

Posted Dec. 25, 2014, 8:18 p.m.

Pinkish Black SPB: You had a curious sample from an obscure British comedy on your first record - how did you come across Snuff Box and why did you include it ...

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1QI: City of Satellites, Terror, Comeback Kid, Cloud Maze

Bands 1QI: City of Satellites, Terror, Comeback Kid, Cloud Maze

Posted May 17, 2015, 8:28 a.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday ...

Jarrod (City of Satellites)
SPB: Who is your favorite pre-1960s artist/band?
Jarrod: I guess when reflecting on my music collection there isn’t much from the ‘50s that makes it in there, to be honest. Having said that, I feel I have been influenced by many artists from that era (everyone has), perhaps without fully realising it. When thinking of the ‘50s I guess jazz legends Miles Davis and John Coltrane seem obvious choices, especially when considering that their music arguably influenced many great musicians. For me personally, I am a massive Michael Jackson fan and I remember reading that he listed two artists in particular that influenced his moves and sounds (both of which got their break in the ‘50s). The first is James Brown with his soul, funk mastery and the second is Fred Astaire, perhaps the best all round performer that ever lived. However, there is a tune from the 50s that creates a nostalgic moment for me whenever I hear it, always stops me dead in my tracks, m’ainly because it was featured in the classic cult movie, Stand By Me (which was based on a novel written by Stephen King, as I assume everyone is aware). The song is titled, “Lollipop” by The Chordettes, enjoy.
Martin Stewart (Terror – guitar)
SPB: Do you read press written about you?
Martin: After playing in bands for about 15 years now, I have to say that I don't. I'll read an occasional good review here and there if it's brought to my attention by somebody I know. I definitely don't watch any video interviews that I've done because it makes want to quit talking for rest of my life when I hear what my voice sounds like. And as far as message board / Facebook / twitter / Lambgoat comments, which doesn't really count as “press” might as well be speaking to a brick wall at this point in my life.
Jeremy Hiebert (Comeback Kid-guitar)
SPB: What’s your least favorite record you’ve made? Why?
Jeremy: Like I said to our label's publicist, “Do I really have to answer that one?” That's like someone asking me to do a nude photoshoot when I'm feeling fat and pasty white after the Christmas holidays. But anyways, after you have put out 5 records and can take a step back and look at them with a bit of a critical eye, you can kind of see what albums really had an impact when they came out and where the band was at the time of making it. That said, Broadcasting… is probably the record that to date that connected with people the least. I think we can attribute this to us trying to find ourselves after the first two records we did with Scott. We obviously wanted to pick up where we left off with Wake The Dead but also knew that having a change of vocalists meant that we were going to be in new territory, finding our new sound. Oddly enough though, there are still people out there who tell us that this is their favourite record.  
Sergy Boldyrev (Cloud Maze – vocals)
SPB: What is your least favorite genre of music? Is there an artists who is an exception to that rule?
Sergy: My least favorite genres are probably death metal and metalcore. To be honest, I prefer relaxing and melodic music. But I do love and respect what they do on stage, it is so powerful and so extreme! The most incredible artists in this genre, in my opinion, are Bring Me the Horizon and Asking Alexandria.

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1QI: Hymie’s Records, En Esch, Nasty, It Only Gets Worse

Bands 1QI: Hymie’s Records, En Esch, Nasty, It Only Gets Worse

Posted May 6, 2015, 2:46 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday ...

Dave Hoenack (Hymie’s Records-Minneapolis, MN)
SPB: What is your preferred way to store vinyl in a home?
Dave: We believe records are best stored as near your turntable as possible. A comfy couch in the same area sure helps.
En Esch
SPB: How has technology changed the recording process for you between your first professional-level recordings and today?
En Esch: When I started out we worked with an Emax SE Sampler with 512k memory space saved onto a floppy disk. For each song we had very minimal and especially short samples to pick from. Now I could spend the rest of my life listening to all the sounds and effects I have.  That makes it complicated to achieve your goal compared to the old times when we just had one good bass sound and one good kick drum etc. Creativity was fast and direct. Now a days you spend a lot more time deciding what to use from all that’s available. 
Matthi (Nasty-vocals)
SPB: What was the best show you’ve seen in the past year? 
Matthi: Sand at PDF Summer Bash in Osaka. Sand killed it as usual and people got crazy as fuck. Nobody cared about anything anymore. Just pure chaos. 
Matt Finney (It Only Gets Worse)
SPB: How many vans have you had?
Matt: Never owned a van myself but my parents had an Astrovan in the late 90s/early 2000s. I remember my younger sister getting her hand slammed in it at least three times. No idea how that's even possible.

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1QI: No Hands, What Tyrants, Terminal Sound System, Call of the Void

Bands 1QI: No Hands, What Tyrants, Terminal Sound System, Call of the Void

Posted April 29, 2015, 1:31 p.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday ...

No Hands
SPB: Who is the most underrated Canadian band? 
No Hands: Our consensus on the most underrated Canadian bands is:Current: What Seas, What Shores
They do what they do better than any band that I can think of, but continue to fly under the radar.
Out of Commission: Barrier band full of excellent musicians. They put out their EP Trailbreaker for free and split.
Sean Schultz (What Tyrants)
SPB: What venue is your favorite to play (and why)?
Sean: Our favorite venue to play would have to be the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, the smaller venue attached to the iconic First Avenue, The Entry is where the likes of The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, and countless others cut their teeth. It’s a local treasure and part of music history. The room is big enough to hold a sizable crowd, but always feels intimate. It also has maybe the best sound and staff around town. Plus, you have to play The Entry before you get the chance move up to First Avenue's main stage...
Skye (Terminal Sound System)
SPB: Your use of effects in Dust Songs reveals a quite out of the box thinking from your part. Can you describe the process of applying effects to your music? Does it happen as you are recording or in the mixing stage? Can you also give us some of your favorite effects? Can be software or hardware. 
Skye: The way I look at it, I don't so much apply effects to my music as work with effects, instruments, sounds and processes as an integral part of the composition/production/mixing/realisation process. I guess that's kind of a long-winded way of saying that rather than 1) recording a performance, then 2) effecting/treating and mixing it, with Dust Songs in particular all those steps are rolled into one. The treatment and performance are all part of the one process.
I've always been that way, starting with pushing my guitar and cheap drum machine through ridiculous chains of fx pedals, a long time ago, much to the annoyance of my friends.
I have a few favourite effects:
-My Roland RE-201 Space Echo has been with me for over half my life. I bought it (used, I'm not that old!) shortly out of high school. They were cheap and plentiful back then - it actually died a few weeks later and the shop swapped it for another they had lying about. 
-Sherman Filterbank - just a crazy, completely idiosyncratic device. Capable of so much more than its trademark facemelt. In the "box" - I built my own plugin to simulate screwed up analogue tape - that's all over the album (as well as real tape, cassettes in this case). Also, the Waves SSL channel strip was quite instrumental in shaping certain tones.
Patrick Alberts (Call of the Void)
SPB; What do you think of (the return of) cassettes?
Patrick: I find the return of cassettes to be awesome. There is nothing I enjoy more than owning a bands demo on cassette, when it’s not available in any other format. One of my favorite releases currently is Spectral Voice's Necrotic Doom on tape. The format still sounds great and their easier to store than records.

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1QI: Pharaoh, Kill Hatsumomo, Dr. Strange Records, Urban Scandal Records

Bands 1QI: Pharaoh, Kill Hatsumomo, Dr. Strange Records, Urban Scandal Records

Posted April 26, 2015, 5:56 a.m.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday ...

SPB: To what extent does ritual/tradition/mythology play a part in Pharaoh's music?
Pharaoh: We met and grew up for the most part in Catholic schools together. Every day as kids we prayed with everyone else before class, got dragged to church, sang the songs. Drinking blood and eating flesh between math and study hall. They don't try to hide that they're indoctrinating you at that age, they tell you, “We are indoctrinating you according to your parents' wishes,'" and you pretty much go along with that until you graduate or are expelled. So mythology and ritual has been our every day.
Erin Page (Kill Hatsumomo)
SPB: Is there a specific poster that got you interested in the medium yourself?
Erin: What initially led me to making posters was the DIY cut and paste flier and zine movement of the mid ‘90s music scene of Peoria, Illinois -- where I grew up. After I moved to Chicago, a poster by Kathleen Judge for Low Skies was in the window of Reckless Records and I asked to have it. That's when I decided to scrape together all the money my very broke artist self had and join a co-op.
I'm now a successful poster artist and illustrator. I've been featured in magazines, books and a documentary. I've had my work in galleries in the US and abroad and I've had the opportunity to work for many amazing bands, companies and individuals doing posters, t-shirt design, labels, logos, album art, etc. I run my own studio and I do my own work as well as publish others. I've been printing as an accredited professional for 7 years thanks to some photocopied pieces of paper I saw in high school.
Dr. Strange (Dr. Strange Records)
SPB: How has Record Store Day changed your business?
Dr. Strange: The truth is I didn’t even participate until the third one. I thought to myself “now this sounds like a gimmick” and I wanted nothing to do with it. But so many of my customers asked me to do it I decided to try. I’m glad I did. Record Store Day has been the busiest day, not only of the year, but of our history [since 1988] each and every time. Plus it’s great to see so many people in the store all with a love of vinyl!
Stephen (Urban Scandal Records)
SPB: How do you typically find the bands you sign to the label?
Stephen: I would say I generally find bands that I want to work with through word of mouth. Friends of friends of friends sort of situations. Not all releases have come about that way, but I've found that a business partnership runs much more smoothly when musicians in bands and people at a label are coming from a similar scene or mindset. It allows for more trust and open communication while working together.

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Show Review: Caïna @ The Unicorn

Posted Sept. 8, 2013, 3:25 p.m. by Cheryl

Caïna, Hordes, Barshasketh The Unicorn London, UK September 6 2013 We've been talking a lot about the rebirth of Caïna of late and we'll soon have a review of the new ...

Show Review: Winterfylleth @ The Black Heart

Posted Jan. 29, 2013, 7:50 a.m. by Cheryl

The tiny Black Heart in Camden holds court to an evening of droned out sludge, traditional heavy doom, and more English black metal than you can shake a stick at ...

Show Review: The Great Old Ones w/Terzij de Horde and Oblivionized @ The Unicorn, London (January 5th 2013)

Posted Jan. 9, 2013, 12:17 a.m. by Cheryl

The Unicorn is suffering from a severe lack of air con tonight, the tension in the air made all the palpable by the insane levels of heat and the anticipation ...

Show Review: Neurosis and Godflesh @ Kentish Town Forum, London (December 2nd 2012)

Posted Dec. 8, 2012, 8:39 p.m. by Cheryl

The view that Scene Point Blank has been afforded for tonight’s performance is beautiful, and the sea of heads below on the floor is all the more astonishing seen from ...

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