Posted March 9, 2020, 9:21 p.m.
It is always interesting to see well established artists step out of their comfort zone, attempting to broaden their horizons and produce something novel. Jonathan ... read more
Posted Nov. 11, 2019, 5:15 p.m.
Mamiffer was born in a field of darkness, a trajectory between the areas of dark ambient, downtempo and minimal music. The first days of Faith ... read more
Posted July 15, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Big | Brave set out on a sonic journey influenced and inspired by diverse forces. For the band, on the one hand there was the ... read more
Posted June 17, 2019, 10:59 p.m.
The Pirate Ship Quintet begun investigating the deep waters of post-rock during the genre’s peak in the ‘00s. Founded in 2007 the band prefers a ... read more
Posted April 29, 2019, 10:11 p.m.
Experimental drone alchemists Sunn O))) have defined two decades of extreme music with their slow, dark offerings. Starting in the early ‘00s, the duo comprised ... read more
Posted April 15, 2019, 9:02 p.m.
In the early ‘10s it felt like the progressive sludge scene had produced all of its great records, and that moving forwards the genre would ... read more
Posted Feb. 25, 2019, 10:09 p.m.
Alex Barnett and Faith Coloccia are both distinguished members of the experimental ambient music scene, and have already proved that they are a force to ... read more
Posted Dec. 3, 2018, 5:16 p.m.
During the 80s and the rise of darkwave, Dead Can Dance was one of the visionary acts that begun experimenting with the darker sound of ... read more
Posted Nov. 12, 2018, 7:46 p.m.
William Fowler Collins is a very interesting experimental music producer from New Mexico, who specializes in creating abstract and majestic dronalities. Through the years he ... read more
Posted Oct. 22, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
This deviant punk/industrial hybrid sprout onto the scene in 2014 with their EP Gentrification I: The Morning After the Night We Raped Death, introducing their aggressive, ... read more
Posted Sept. 24, 2018, 10:35 p.m.
Monika Khot has been exploring the realm of experimental music both as one half of the avant noise/prog duo Zen Mother, but also with her solo ... read more
Posted Sept. 10, 2018, 9:28 p.m.
The San Fransisco based band, Bosse-de-Nage, was one of the acts to popularize the post-black metal style in its current form. It all begun with ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2018, 10:40 p.m.
The sound of Black Spirituals is an amalgamation of various disciplines, lineages and motifs. The duo featuring percussionist/drummer extraordinaire Marshall Trammell and sonic explorer Zachary ... read more
Posted May 1, 2018, 12:37 a.m.
The mysterious figure of Father Murphy appeared as a spectre in the early '00s. Formed by, as the band claims, its children Freddie Murphy and ... read more
Posted March 24, 2018, 6:26 a.m.
Jarboe SPB: Given your long list of collaborations, which is the one band/artist not around anymore that you would have wanted to collaborate on a ... read more
Posted March 11, 2018, 6:28 a.m.
Father Murphy SPB: In the past you have mentioned that religion is one of your main inspirations. What is your opinion on the influence of ... read more
Posted Jan. 15, 2018, 12:57 p.m.
Extreme experimental label SIGE is releasing collaborative works featuring Nick Yacyshyn, Brian Sepanzyk, House of Low Culture, Daniel Menche, Caustic Touch, EMS, Keiji Haino and SUMAC. Visit ... read more
Posted Dec. 25, 2017, 10:26 p.m.
Led by Falls of Rauros' Jordan Guerette, Foret Endormie takes quite a different route to what we can expect from the black metal guitarist. This ... read more
Posted Dec. 23, 2017, 4:41 a.m.
SPB: You and Bobby Kapp come from two different eras of the NY free jazz scene. What did you discover in your recording sessions, about ... read more
Posted Nov. 21, 2017, 12:47 p.m.
Formed by Khanate's vocalist after the demise of the legendary drone band, Gnaw doubled down on the extreme sound of Khanate, filling the drone/sludge hybrid ... read more
Posted Oct. 23, 2017, 9:10 p.m.
Established in 2014 as Cloak, this California-based extreme metal act produced an interesting hybrid take on black/death metal. Changing the name of the band in 2017, ... read more
Posted Oct. 9, 2017, 8:41 p.m.
Botanist belongs in this new generation of black metal bands, of acts attempting to reinvigorate the genre by expanding its scope. Post-rock influences and avantgarde ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2017, 5:39 p.m.
French extreme/post metal outfit Celeste have been on a path of destruction since their inception back in 2005. Their introduction to the scene was made ... read more
Posted Oct. 2, 2017, 5:36 p.m.
Grave Pleasures is the evolution and continuation of Beastmilk. Back in 2013, the project led by Mat “Kvohst” McNerney, released Climax, a record combining the post-punk ... read more
Posted Sept. 18, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Jarboe has been known for her numerous and diverse collaborations. The former Swans member has gone to perform with an impressive array of musicians, ranging from post-metal ... read more
Posted Sept. 4, 2017, 5:24 p.m.
Nicole Hummel aka Zola Jesus, is one of the most enticing singer/songwriters of the current scene. By incorporating elements of electronica and industrial alongside a ... read more
Posted Sept. 3, 2017, 2:11 p.m.
Rebecca Foon is a prominent member of the Montreal experimental music scene. Having participated in acts like Set Fires to Flames, Thee Silver Mt. Zion ... read more
Posted Aug. 28, 2017, 6:29 p.m.
Hailing from Seattle Washington, Monika Khot produces music under the Nordra moniker and is now releasing her self-titled debut album. Coming out from SIGE records, ... read more
Posted Aug. 21, 2017, 5:26 p.m.
White Suns, the New York based noise trio, has been slowly descending on the path of deconstruction. Founded in 2006, the band has released a ... read more
Posted Aug. 14, 2017, 5:54 p.m.
Based in San Fransisco, Moon Duo is the brainchild of Erik “Ripley” Johnson, known from his work in Wooden Shjips, and Sanae Yamada. Centering around a ... read more
Posted Aug. 7, 2017, 5:51 p.m.
Time Lurker, the one-man project from France, is releasing its debut, self-titled record. Coming out from Les Aucteurs de l'Ombre, it is easy to get ... read more
Posted Aug. 6, 2017, 3:49 p.m.
After a five year wait, avantgarde black metal outfit Dodecahedron unleashed upon the world their sophomore record, Kwintessens. Catching up with Michel Nienhuis, guitarist and ... read more
Posted July 31, 2017, 9:13 p.m.
Colin Stetson, a fantastic saxophone player, came into prominence due to his collaboration with various indie rock bands, in the likes of Arcade Fire and Bon Iver. However, ... read more
Posted July 31, 2017, 8:52 p.m.
With a career spanning for almost three decades, Daniel Menche is a distinguished experimental artist. Implementing abstract themes within a minimal setting, applying noise to ... read more
Posted July 25, 2017, 9:03 p.m.
Bobby Kapp SPB: You (and Matthew Shipp) come from two different eras of the NY free jazz scene. What did you discover in your recording ... read more
Posted July 24, 2017, 9:10 p.m.
Bizarro punk/noise/rock duo Buck Gooter are releasing their 17th album in the span of 12 years. During all that time and through all the releases, ... read more
Posted July 17, 2017, 5:55 p.m.
Technicality in death metal is a very common treat, and it has been present within the genre since its beginnings. Through time this idea has ... read more
Posted July 12, 2017, 9:07 p.m.
Amirtha Kidambi SPB: Your new album features a fair deal of spiritual themes, for instance the themes of creation, destruction, rebirth and repetition. Do you ... read more
Posted July 11, 2017, 6:16 p.m.
Bruce Lamont (Brain Tentacles) SBP: You have a dense and complex sound, heavily featuring jazz influences and an extreme metal basis. Since you are all ... read more
Posted July 10, 2017, 5:17 p.m.
At some point in the '90s a strange scene begun to form, spawning from the adventurous nature of Gore and their follow-up project Bohren & der Club of ... read more
Posted July 5, 2017, 8:05 p.m.
Leo Ashline (Street Sects) SPB: There is a fair amount of your new album that was written focusing on the subject of addiction, which stemmed ... read more
Posted July 3, 2017, 10:01 p.m.
Jessica Moss is a prominent member of the Canadian experimental scene, most known for her participation in the Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra & Tra-La-La-Band ... read more
Posted June 26, 2017, 5:41 p.m.
Do Make Say Think have left their stamp on the post-rock scene, starting from their debut, self-titled album, released in 1998, to the excellent Other Truths in ... read more
Posted June 19, 2017, 10:48 p.m.
Formless and endless. When dealing with drone music, these are two elements you need to take into consideration. With a deep understanding and experience of ... read more
Posted June 12, 2017, 10:34 p.m.
GOLD is the brainchild of Thomas Sciarone, known from his work with occult doom act The Devil's Blood. Having released two very good albums so far, ... read more
Posted June 5, 2017, 7:38 p.m.
Harvestman is Steve Von Till's musical bridge. Through his main band, Neurosis, he explores the experimental side of heavy music, while with his solo project, ... read more
Posted June 5, 2017, 7:17 p.m.
There is always this feeling of being amid a quiet storm when one experiences an album by The Necks. The experimental jazz band from Australia ... read more
Posted May 29, 2017, 6:17 p.m.
A master of dark ambient, Christopher Walton became first known through his time as one-half of Endvra. The duo released a series of excellent albums, ... read more
Posted May 23, 2017, 9:01 p.m.
Okkyung Lee SPB: You have a classical background in your musical upbringing, but moved further and further into the experimental scene when you moved to ... read more
Posted May 22, 2017, 6:19 p.m.
Another excellent release coming through the House of Mythology label, Teleplasmite is the brainchild of an unholy alliance between Mark O. Pillington, musician known from ... read more
Posted May 15, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
The classically trained Ian William Craig released in 2016 one of the best experimental works of the year in Centres. Applying ample processing to his ... read more
Posted May 15, 2017, 5:51 p.m.
Blackened death metal requires a complex formula. It is not a hybrid state between black and death metal, where 50% of each individual component will ... read more
Posted May 8, 2017, 7:26 p.m.
I first saw Oxbow perform live back in 2007. The band has just released their then new album, The Narcotic Story, and the experience was ... read more
Posted May 1, 2017, 5:49 p.m.
Back in 2014, Margaret Chardier came face to face with a life-threatening situation, which inspired her new record at the time, Bestial Burden. As was ... read more
Posted May 1, 2017, 3:59 p.m.
Unearthly Trance is not your usual extreme metal band. Since day one, and the release of their debut album, they have been alchemically working towards ... read more
Posted April 24, 2017, 6:55 p.m.
There is a familiarity that builds when musicians collaborate. Experimental alchemists, Dag Rosenqvist and Matthew Collings have met in the past to produce the wonderful ... read more
Posted April 17, 2017, 5:58 p.m.
This is the first collaboration between Monolog, master of Drum n Bass and IDM music, and Subheim, explorer of abstract electronica and admirer of ambiance. ... read more
Posted April 17, 2017, 5:47 p.m.
As an entity Zu always strive to move forward, aiming towards the very essence of experimental music: innovation. Through the years they have changed multiple ... read more
Posted April 17, 2017, 5:42 p.m.
Trumpeter Justin Walter is mostly known through his works in experimental jazz/fusion collective NOMO, his collaboration with Brian Case (of Disappears) in Bambi Kino Duo, ... read more
Posted April 10, 2017, 5:56 p.m.
The word quintessence derives from the Latin “quintus” and the english “essence,” translated roughly to the fifth essence. The reason for the number appearing in ... read more
Posted April 10, 2017, 5:50 p.m.
Neo-classical music and minimalistic explorations always had a point of convergence. Minimal electronic applications found their way into classical orchestrations, expanding the sound of the ... read more
Posted April 3, 2017, 7:31 p.m.
The influence of H.P. Lovecraft in popular culture is undeniable, and its presence in the metal genre is highlighted from classic Metallica tracks, to off-kilter ... read more
Posted April 3, 2017, 7:24 p.m.
Paco Sala is the strange, outsider pop project of producer Anthony Harrison and singer Marie-Pascale Hardy. Having released a series of albums, with their main ... read more
Posted March 27, 2017, 8:33 p.m.
There has always been a pull in the black metal genre towards a folk interpretation. It is not that far of a leap, and since ... read more
Posted March 27, 2017, 8:26 p.m.
Brian Pyle, the individual behind Ensemble Economique, begun a crazy trip as a member of Starving Weirdos in the mid '00s. This insane musical duo, ... read more
Posted March 13, 2017, 7:24 p.m.
I am guessing that most people are familiar with Botanist and their unique take on black metal, in terms of instrumentation and vibe. The band ... read more
Posted Feb. 27, 2017, 5:34 p.m.
Lorraine Rath and Jessica Way initiated a mystical journey with Worm Ouroboros, blurring the lines between doom metal, post-rock, neo-folk and dark ambiance, attempting to ... read more
Posted Feb. 20, 2017, 5:35 p.m.
I have the feeling that Burial Hex has been around for a long time. I do not know why I get this impression, and it ... read more
Posted Feb. 13, 2017, 5:44 p.m.
Downfall of Gaia is a prime example of the underground post-hardcore and post-crust scenes. Starting off in 2008, the band came into the prominence with ... read more
Posted Feb. 13, 2017, 5:39 p.m.
Both Selvans and Downfall of Nur are prime examples of the quality of underground black metal. Both bands do not register their sound with the ... read more
Posted Jan. 30, 2017, 5:19 p.m.
I still remember when Lorn released their debut full-length, Towards the Abyss of Disease, where their raw and unapologetic black metal blew me away. Their ... read more
Posted Jan. 16, 2017, 6:05 p.m.
There is very little information available about who Enmeshed is, other than that they are a four piece band, releasing their debut album The Egesal. ... read more
Posted Dec. 5, 2016, 6:14 p.m.
Three great musicians of the extreme/experimental metal scene meet up to as Brain Tentacles. Bruce Lamont of Yakuza, Dave Witte of Discordance Axis and Aaron ... read more
Posted Nov. 28, 2016, 10:01 p.m.
Taking their name from a well-known Danish fairytale, the trio from Brighton entered with confidence the alternative rock world. A series of EPs and three ... read more
Posted Nov. 28, 2016, 9:53 p.m.
S U R V I V E, the experimental synth quartet from Austin, rose to fame quite fast when it became known that two of ... read more
Posted Nov. 21, 2016, 7:14 p.m.
Starting off with an unusual combination of crust, hardcore and black metal, Oathbreaker have evolved significantly since their debut album, Maelstrom. The follow-up album, Eros/Anteros ... read more
Posted Nov. 21, 2016, 7:08 p.m.
Collaborations in the experimental music domain always bring something interesting to the table. Oneida is a great experimental rock band, encompassing elements of noise rock, ... read more
Posted Nov. 14, 2016, 8:09 p.m.
The Icelandic composer has risen magnificently in the last few years due to his works within the film domain. A prolific artist, Johannsson has contributed ... read more
Posted Nov. 14, 2016, 7:56 p.m.
OK, here we are dealing with an absolutely stunning collaboration. In a live setting, cellist Okkyung Lee, an excellent improviser who has worked alongside artists ... read more
Posted Nov. 7, 2016, 6:07 p.m.
Amirtha Kidambi is an intriguing musician, an exploratory musics creator and a stellar singer. Having participated in a number of projects, including Mary Halvorson's Code ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2016, 5:28 p.m.
Drummer Bobby Kapp and pianist Matthew Shipp are legends of free jazz. Improvisation is their arena, and through a series of albums they have proven ... read more
Posted Oct. 31, 2016, 4:26 p.m.
Psalm Zero returns a few years after the release of their debut album The Drain with the excellent Stranger to Violence. In this interview Charlie ... read more
Posted Oct. 17, 2016, 5:53 p.m.
Jenny Hval has soared into the experimental scene since the release of Viscera, the first album under her own name. The quality of her work, ... read more
Posted Oct. 17, 2016, 5:50 p.m.
The project of Amalie Bruun has stirred quite drastically the black metal scene, since the release of her debut, self-titled, EP in 2014. M, the ... read more
Posted Oct. 10, 2016, 10:56 p.m.
The experimental and extreme music scenes today would be completely different, probably for the worse, if it was not for the influence that Neurosis have ... read more
Posted Sept. 26, 2016, 5:05 p.m.
WIFE is the solo electronic project of James Kelly, who is probably best known as the mainman of (unfortunately disbanded) insane, post-black metal band Altar ... read more
Posted Sept. 25, 2016, 1:28 p.m.
There was something distinct about Inter Arma and their sound from the very start, with their first release Sundown, but since then these guys have ... read more
Posted Sept. 12, 2016, 5:01 p.m.
Angel Olsen has been very active since the release of her debut cassette Strange Cacti, revealing a very promising work. Her dark indie folk/rock tone ... read more
Posted Aug. 29, 2016, 5:03 p.m.
Starting out as the solo project of Jordan Morrison, All Your Sisters turned into an intriguing duo with the addition of Mario Armando Ruiz on ... read more
Posted Aug. 22, 2016, 10:24 p.m.
Carl-Michael Eide (or Czarl) is a legendary figure of Norwegian black metal lore, with his emergence in the scene corresponding with some of its most ... read more
Posted Aug. 15, 2016, 9:13 p.m.
A relatively new band, started releasing music around 2010, Nothing display a strong grasp to alternative rock. Their debut album, Guilty of Everything, conjured and ... read more
Posted Aug. 8, 2016, 5:52 p.m.
The constant presence of Russian Circles in the post-rock domain has raised them to a prestigious status, and rightfully so. The band from Chicago started ... read more
Posted July 18, 2016, 5:31 p.m.
The progressive thrash band from Pennsylvania is definitely very ambitious with their concept in their latest album, Terminal Redux. Their two previous full-lengths,Black Future and ... read more
Posted July 11, 2016, 5:48 p.m.
The main man of Psalm Zero, Charlie Looker, has been/still is part of some great bands. The avant-garde mentality of Zs, with their merge of ... read more
Posted July 5, 2016, 3:39 a.m.
Scene Point Blank is excited to premiere the video from math-rock guitarist Nick Millevoi's new album, Desertion. The amazing “Just For A Moment, I Stood ... read more
Posted June 27, 2016, 7:18 p.m.
Ithi is a Brooklyn based duo, that had been so far exploring the experimental drone domain. Their 2011 release, The Persistence of Meaning, was based ... read more
Posted June 21, 2016, 3:35 p.m.
In 2015 SUMAC released their debut album, The Deal, offering a first taste of their musical vision. Heavy riffs and unearthly grooves, coupled with a ... read more
Posted June 13, 2016, 5:49 p.m.
Sun Worship made a grand, and quite unexpected, appearance in the black metal scene with their debut full-length, Elder Giants. The album was supposed to ... read more
Posted June 6, 2016, 4:47 p.m.
James Kent, known as Perturbator, has been meticulously constructing whole worlds with his dark synthwave music, one album at a time. His love of cyberpunk ... read more
Posted June 6, 2016, 4:41 p.m.
The announcement on the newest band from Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom) was one of the most intriguing news in 2014. And things only ... read more
Posted June 4, 2016, 8:38 a.m.
The story of Tombs has been nothing if not turbulent. Line-up changes have been a constant issue with the band, but they have not affected ... read more
Posted June 1, 2016, 3:29 a.m.
Aideen SPB: How did you get started as a music writer? And what was it that drove you to that direction? Aideen: I don't have ... read more
Posted April 28, 2016, 1:53 a.m.
Setting out to create the most twisted and disgusting pop record ever created, The Body certainly achieved that goal with their latest album, No One ... read more
Posted April 26, 2016, 8:28 a.m.
Line-up changes are a scary thought. When it was first announced that vocalist Charlie Fell and guitarist Ken Sorceron were leaving Lord Mantis, it indeed ... read more
Posted April 18, 2016, 11:19 p.m.
Coming out of Miami, Wrong rose from the ashes of hardcore/punk band Capsule, who released a couple of great albums, including their self-titled record and ... read more
Posted April 18, 2016, 11:16 p.m.
The future looked very dark for Cobalt, following the release of 2009's Gin. Wunder and McSorley seemed to have perfected their recipe for the black ... read more
Posted April 11, 2016, 6:03 p.m.
Since 2001 Tim Hecker has been exploring the more adventurous sides of electronic music. The experimental scope of the artist has moved through dark territories, ... read more
Posted March 28, 2016, 9:55 p.m.
Since their inception back in 2007, Tombs have been in a phase of constant turmoil. Band members have been changed multiple times, with mainman Mike ... read more
Posted March 21, 2016, 10:24 p.m.
When it comes to mystical vibes, few can challenge the music of Wolvserpent. The duo consisting of Blake Green and Brittany McConnell in the past ... read more
Posted March 7, 2016, 5:33 p.m.
Since 2010 and the release of their album All The Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood, sludge outfit The Body have really taken off. ... read more
Posted Feb. 29, 2016, 5:49 p.m.
Led by Scott Hull, Agoraphobic Nosebleed is one of the quintessential grindcore acts out there, and probably the most prominent band in the genre to ... read more
Posted Feb. 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Mat McNerley is sure keeping himself busy. A few months back the new Grave Pleasures (ex-Beastmilk) album came along, and soon enough a Hexvessel album ... read more
Posted Feb. 8, 2016, 8:28 a.m.
Amber Asylum has been a force in the post-rock/post-metal domain, since the mid '90s. With their origin found back in 1996 with the release of ... read more
Posted Feb. 8, 2016, 8:24 a.m.
Extreme doom/death is not an easy sound to get right. Despite the fact that most bands in the genre will just play slow and release ... read more
Posted Jan. 31, 2016, 2:09 p.m.
Craw is a band that flew under the radar for most of its career, retaining an underground fame through the '90s and releasing three great ... read more
Posted Jan. 25, 2016, 10:54 p.m.
Through their career, Baroness has spawned a series of excellent works. From their early Mastodon-ian EPs to the evolution of their own unique sound with ... read more
Posted Jan. 18, 2016, 8:22 a.m.
Oakeater is a Chicago outfit formed in the mid '00s. I must admit I was not familiar with their work before I saw that the ... read more
Posted Dec. 28, 2015, 11:28 p.m.
Back in early 2014 Elder Giants dropped like a bomb in the midst of the black metal scene. The German outfit had previously released a ... read more
Posted Dec. 21, 2015, 6:12 p.m.
There appears to be a quite mysterious aura surrounding the existence of PC Worship. The band itself has left a trail of albums and EPs, ... read more
Posted Dec. 14, 2015, 8:29 a.m.
How much hatred can be produced within 48 hours? That is how long it took apocalyptic sludge outfit The Body and the main man of ... read more
Posted Dec. 7, 2015, 5:58 p.m.
In 2014 Mamiffer, the project of Faith Coloccia, released Statu Nascendi, which was described as a transitional album, leading to the next full-length the band ... read more
Posted Nov. 30, 2015, 9:56 p.m.
In the time before Pinkish Black there was The Great Tyrant. The latest album of Pinkish Black came out a few days back, establishing them ... read more
Posted Nov. 22, 2015, 3:12 p.m.
There is no question about Mastery's debut full-length, Valis, being one of the most intense records of 2015. The one-man project of Ephemeral Domignostika is ... read more
Posted Nov. 16, 2015, 6:24 p.m.
The musical collective led by J.R. Robinson has always been inventive when it came to the subjects of their sonic explorations. You've Always Meant So ... read more
Posted Nov. 9, 2015, 5:49 p.m.
Diaz de Leon explores the limits of hallucinatory music through his project Oneirogen. Back in 2012, the debut album of Oneirogen, Hypnos, came into existence, ... read more
Posted Nov. 9, 2015, 5:42 p.m.
The name Dan Barrett is well known to anyone following projects such as Have a Nice Life, Giles Corey and Enemies List (and quite a ... read more
Posted Nov. 2, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
Back in 2010, Beastmilk were on the rise with the release of their demo White Stains On Black Tape. The band from Finland, with an ... read more
Posted Oct. 26, 2015, 10:23 p.m.
Lycia was a band that always seemed to me like they were flying a bit under the radar. With a career spanning for almost thirty ... read more
Posted Oct. 26, 2015, 10:16 p.m.
Named after one of the most dense places in the history of the planet, Kowloon Walled City have been undergoing a transformative process. The band's ... read more
Posted Oct. 19, 2015, 6:11 p.m.
Krallice was a band that was working like a Swiss clock watch. They were very punctual with their releases, putting out album after album, with ... read more
Posted Oct. 12, 2015, 10:49 p.m.
Looking back at Sunbather, Deafheaven's sophomore release, it is very easy to understand how that album was able to become the point of dispute within ... read more
Posted Oct. 5, 2015, 11:59 p.m.
It is quite difficult to follow a project as active as Theologian. The career of the dark industrial unit has spawned a large number of ... read more
Posted Aug. 17, 2015, 11:14 p.m.
I came across Infera Bruo a couple of years back when they were releasing their debut album, Desolate Unknown. The perspective of the band on ... read more
Posted July 27, 2015, 7:41 p.m.
The experimental black metal outfit from San Francisco has been able to create a veil of mystery around their existence. The origin of Mamaleek is ... read more
Posted July 21, 2015, 9:29 a.m.
Getting it right when it comes to extreme doom/death is a very tricky business. It is quite a misconception that as long as a band ... read more
Posted July 13, 2015, 8:04 p.m.
It was not that far ago that I was listening to the previous S/V\R album, Sur Les Femmes and I was thinking just how intense ... read more
Posted July 6, 2015, 6:55 p.m.
I had always found it amazing how both Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till were able to separate the different musical modes that defined. Obviously ... read more
Posted June 22, 2015, 6:55 p.m.
Christian Dubé’s project has certainly blossomed over the years. Originating back in 2000, Rei Rea started off as a software-based musical outlet based in Dubé’s ... read more
Posted June 15, 2015, 10:25 p.m.
There is not much one can say about Prurient, the project of Dominick Fernow. Throughout the years Prurient have produced an extensive discography that sees ... read more
Posted June 15, 2015, 10:17 p.m.
This noise rock duo has been terrifying the music scene for close to two decades now with their unconventional sound and experimental attitude. Throughout their ... read more
Posted June 8, 2015, 5:59 p.m.
Coming back from an extended break seems to be always tricky, for any band. Back in the late '80s and early '90s, Blind Idiot God ... read more
Posted June 1, 2015, 9:29 p.m.
Andrew Hock, of Psalm Zero and, until recently, incredible black metal outfit Castevet, has always seemed a very interesting case, as the two before mentioned ... read more
Posted May 21, 2015, 5:39 p.m.
US progressive black metal band Infera Bruo have released a teaser video on Youtube with excerpts from their upcoming album In Conjuration. The follow up ... read more
Posted May 11, 2015, 8:38 a.m.
The fact that both the new Arcturus and the new Dodheimsgard albums are being released in the same year seems insane for me. On one ... read more
Posted April 26, 2015, 12:04 a.m.
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 ... read more
Posted April 20, 2015, 7:48 p.m.
It always takes a while for Dodheimsgard (DHG) to release a new album, but it is also always worth the wait. The experimental alchemists from ... read more
Posted April 13, 2015, 8:18 a.m.
The meaning of the word “personal” does not even begin to describe what the COIN COIN works must signify for Matana Roberts. Through the chapters ... read more
Posted March 30, 2015, 8:08 p.m.
Fifth album for the rock band from Chicago, and they are still at it, blending the elements of shoe gaze and kraut rock in their ... read more
Posted March 23, 2015, 10:26 p.m.
It has been quite a journey for Jef Whitehead, aka Wrest, and for his solo project Leviathan. The longevity of the band is quite astonishing ... read more
Posted March 23, 2015, 10:13 p.m.
The origin of Mastery, the one man black metal project of Ephemeral Domignostika, is traced back in 2005. Through the years, Mastery have released five ... read more
Posted March 18, 2015, 11:51 p.m.
Botanist SPB: In the recent years you have included musicians in order to perform live as Botanist. I wonder if that change has also affected ... read more
Posted March 16, 2015, 6:07 p.m.
Back in 2008, Pyramids were setting off with the release of their self-titled debut album. Blending together the different elements of shoe gaze, post-rock, black ... read more
Posted March 4, 2015, 4:15 p.m.
Now that was a band that I did not really think I would hear from again. Named after the description of the Elder God, Azathoth, in H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmos, this experimental act had a huge impact. The three Blind Idiot God releases revealed some of the most intriguing work of ... read more
Posted March 2, 2015, 11:10 p.m.
When listening to the debut album of Primitive Man, Scorn, back in 2013, one thing became perfectly clear about them: they are fucking serious about ... read more
Posted Feb. 23, 2015, 6:56 p.m.
Started as the acoustic project of musician Mat Sweet, Boduf Songs have been transforming throughout the years. The debut self-titled album of the band featured ... read more
Posted Feb. 17, 2015, 12:35 p.m.
Universe217 SPB: As far as I know you record your music at your own studio. Do you think that that allows you to be more ... read more
Posted Feb. 16, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
Aaron Tuner sure keeps himself busy. After the demise of Isis back in 2010, Turner has been active musically with other acts such as Old ... read more
Posted Feb. 7, 2015, 12:21 a.m.
Marc Euvrie (The Eye of Time) SPB: In your self-titled album, you had a more aggressive outlook and quite a different instrumentation for your music. ... read more
Posted Feb. 7, 2015, 12:07 a.m.
Loren (Scene Point Blank) SPB: Which is the most difficult and which is the most enjoyable part of being an editor for a music webzine? ... read more
Posted Feb. 3, 2015, 12:48 a.m.
Just last year, Kayo Dot were releasing one of their most ambitious and challenging albums, Hubardo. The US based band, led by mastermind singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Toby ... read more
Posted Feb. 1, 2015, 4:55 p.m.
Mamiffer have been going for quite some time, but the recent shift of style for the band has signaled a new era for the duo. ... read more
Posted Jan. 26, 2015, 11:14 p.m.
Tar has been an insane surprise for me. Even though the album was released back in December, I did not notice Weeping Rat until Handmade ... read more
Posted Jan. 6, 2015, 12:28 a.m.
When it comes to minimalistic ambient and dark jazz it does not get much better than these. Two great acts from France coexist within this ... read more
Posted Dec. 31, 2014, 9:47 a.m.
Classically trained musician and collaborator of Hidden Orchestra, Poppy Ackroyd, follows the neoclassical path that started off with her debut album, Escapement. In her first ... read more
Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 9:22 p.m.
With their sophomore album, Sky Burial, Inter Arma released one of the best metal albums of the past year. Their style of playing brought to ... read more
Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 9:10 p.m.
Now that was intense! Having listened to the new Baptists full-length multiple times I still cannot get enough of it. The crust of Baptists is ... read more
Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 10:24 p.m.
THIS IS A FAKE REVIEW!! Old Man Gloom sent out a fake version of the album to the reviewers in order to avoid the actual ... read more
Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 10:10 p.m.
Coming out of Spain, this group can come up with some seriously good tunes. Mourn started out as a duo act by Jazz Rodriguez Bueno ... read more
Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 8:21 p.m.
The idea for Shade Themes From Kairos started when Belgian filmmaker Alexis Destoop asked Ambarchi and O’Malley to provide the score for his short film ... read more
Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 8:11 p.m.
Christopher Mevel, one of the founding members of the Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones, set up his solo project, Pan & Me, in order ... read more
Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 11:08 p.m.
Just last year Pharmakon was putting out Abandon, tearing our brains apart. Margaret Chardiet (the artist behind Pharmakon) was collecting aspects of industrial, noise and ... read more
Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 10:55 p.m.
Starting back in the early ‘90s, Blut Aus Nord exists in two intersecting realities. Their earlier releases, which includes the first part of the Memoria ... read more
Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 10:47 p.m.
The moment I heard Scott Walker would be collaborating for a full album with Sunn O))), I assumed I was dreaming. That was just too ... read more
Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 6:45 p.m.
Burial Hex, the project of multi-instrumentalist Clay Ruby has put out a plethora of releases, with their excellent debut, self-titled album and Book of Delusions ... read more
Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 6:41 p.m.
The guys participating in Nazoranai, do not really need much of an introduction. Stephen O’Malley of drone doom overlords Sunn O))), Australian guitarist Oren Ambarchi ... read more
Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 2:09 a.m.
The Men has been one of the great acts of the past decade (at least.) The Brooklyn based group has been able to put together ... read more
Posted Nov. 10, 2014, 9:34 p.m.
Put together great musicians from diverse backgrounds and you are bound to get something special. That is what happens with Anatomy of Habit and their ... read more
Posted Nov. 3, 2014, 9:05 p.m.
When you have members of Unearthly Trance, actually the whole last known line-up of Unearthly Trance, alongside Tim Bagshaw, previously of Ramesses and Electric Wizard, ... read more
Posted Nov. 1, 2014, 6:13 p.m.
Following their two previous full-lengths, Heavy Breathing and Sentenced to Life, the Seattle extreme metal/crust band is preparing to go into the studio to record ... read more
Posted Nov. 1, 2014, 6:01 p.m.
The Dutch experimental/noise/black metal act Gnaw Their Tongues has been one of the most intriguing underground metal bands of the past decade. Now Crucial Blast ... read more
Posted Oct. 28, 2014, 2:59 a.m.
Founded in 1993 by Aaron Turner (of Isis and Mammifer, among more), Hydrahead made a very big impact on the underground music scene of the ... read more
Posted Oct. 27, 2014, 10:47 p.m.
Panopticon has been around since 2007, releasing great albums, from their self-titled full-length to the 2012 Kentucky. And it was with Kentucky that the band ... read more
Posted Oct. 24, 2014, 1:58 a.m.
Tristan Shone (Author and Punisher) SPB: You are building your own instruments and that is quite impressive on its own. How do you go about ... read more
Posted Oct. 24, 2014, 1:52 a.m.
Jackson Heath (Lycus, guitar/vocals) SPB: You manage to build an impressive atmosphere in your records which also enhances your lyrical themes. What inspires your lyrics? ... read more
Posted Oct. 20, 2014, 7:58 p.m.
YOB has been a constant force in the doom metal field. Since their first release, Elaborations of Carbon, they have not ever really disappointed me. ... read more
Posted Oct. 13, 2014, 9:09 p.m.
When Pallbearer released their debut album, Sorrow and Extinction, I was stunned. No matter how good their 2010 demo was, there was no way you ... read more
Posted Oct. 13, 2014, 4:04 p.m.
Back in 2009, When All Became None, the debut album from Coffinworm was dropped like a bomb in the midst of the extreme metal scene. ... read more
Posted Sept. 29, 2014, 10:22 p.m.
The whole concept of one-man black metal projects is quite old. From back in the ‘90s you would have acts like Burzum and Ildjarn (although ... read more
Posted Sept. 29, 2014, 10:13 p.m.
Having already released two albums showing great promise, Wolvhammer nail it with their third try. No matter how brutal and awe inspiring Black Marketeers of ... read more
Posted Sept. 25, 2014, 2:53 p.m.
Steven Rathbone (Lair of the Minotaur) SPB: Since your lyrical themes are also rooted in Greek mythology, what was it that attracted you on the subject? ... read more
Posted Sept. 22, 2014, 2:48 p.m.
Marc Euvrie is certainly a unique specimen when it comes to musicianship. When the previous, self-titled, album of The Eye of Time came out, it ... read more
Posted Sept. 21, 2014, 4:18 p.m.
The great OM will be touring the States in October 2014. The legendary drone/doom/sludge outfit's last release was Advaitic Songs, which came out in 2012. read more
Posted Sept. 21, 2014, 4:09 p.m.
The Ohio based hardcore/metal powerhouse Enabler has signed a deal with Century Media Records, with the label re-issuing La Fin Absolue Du Monde with additional ... read more
Posted Sept. 12, 2014, 6:24 p.m.
Norwegian black metal overlords have announced a European tour in support of their latest album Massive Cauldrons of Chaos. The tour will begin on the ... read more
Posted Sept. 4, 2014, 5:58 p.m.
Italian doomsters Ufommamut have been very busy behind the scenes following the release of their amazing ORO collection, out on Neurot Recordings, and the Magickal ... read more
Posted Aug. 4, 2014, 11:46 p.m.
I had the fortitude to come across GOG’s previous album, Ironworks, and was astonished with what I discovered. On his previous album, Michael Bjella (the ... read more
Posted July 22, 2014, 1:14 a.m.
This black metal act from Louisiana continues to spread destruction and devastation. Barghest released their debut album back in 2011, unleashing an echoing shout of ... read more
Posted July 8, 2014, 1:15 a.m.
I became familiar with Ensemble Economique back in 2010 when they released their album Psychical, with Bryan Pyle (formerly of Starving Weirdos) combining world music with a ... read more
Posted June 23, 2014, 10:15 p.m.
Taking their name from the universe of Dune, this intriguing band releases its latest record, Litanies. Post metal might be the easiest way of describing Gholas but ... read more
Posted June 2, 2014, 6:51 p.m.
You know the saying: “Third time’s the charm?” Well it could not be more suitable for the latest Lord Mantis album. The band from Chicago ... read more
Posted May 26, 2014, 5:53 p.m.
Coffinworm has been terrorizing the world since the release of their debut demo, Greater Bringer of Night. From that point on the black/doom/sludge sickening horror that ... read more
Posted May 19, 2014, 8:51 p.m.
It is quite difficult to define what Barren Harvest is offering in Subtle Cruelties. The duet of Jessica Way of Worm Ouroboros and Lenny Smith of Atriarch and Trees has found an ... read more
Posted April 25, 2014, 1:34 a.m.
The Devil SPB: In your debut album you are using a wide variety of vocal samples from famous speeches. Do you believe that a vocal ... read more
Posted April 7, 2014, 8:55 p.m.
Twilight is a difficult band to define. Throughout the years, since their inception back in 2004, the band has seen some very interesting line-up changes ... read more
Posted March 18, 2014, 1:02 a.m.
Third album for Avichi, the black metal project of Aamonael (also member of Lord Mantis and previously of Nachtmystium), and if you think that another one man black ... read more
Posted Feb. 2, 2014, 3:01 p.m.
The Psyke Project has been releasing since the early ‘00s. Samara, Daikini, Apnea, and Dead Storm gave way to the next logical step of their ... read more
Posted Jan. 13, 2014, 8:54 p.m.
Comprised by members of great acts such as Kayo Dot, Dysrhythmia, Gorguts and While Heaven Wept, Vaura find themselves in a strange territory. Somewhere between post-punk, darkwave and black metal, ... read more
Posted Dec. 24, 2013, 1:01 a.m.
I still remember the first time I saw Universe217 playing live in Athens, back in 2008. They were the supporting act for Scott Kelly of Neurosis and I found ... read more
Posted Dec. 2, 2013, 10:32 p.m.
Try to imagine that two of the most interesting experimental acts out there not only decided to collaborate for a full album, they also wanted ... read more
Posted Nov. 30, 2013, 5:15 p.m.
After a series of demos, EPs and splits, blackened doom/sludge overlords Sadgiqacea released their debut full length False Prism, a devastating album of raw energy ... read more
Posted Nov. 26, 2013, 12:07 a.m.
Somewhere between rock, stoner, sludge and noise, 30,000 Monkies manage to find a point of equilibrium and they are now unleashing their latest EP, Somewhere Over ... read more
Posted Nov. 19, 2013, 10:55 p.m.
When I first came across Castevet’s debut album I was hooked with their sound. The hybrid post metal/black metal band was very innovative with their ... read more
Posted Nov. 4, 2013, 10:20 p.m.
With an impressive line up including Scott Kelly of Neurosis, Bruce Lamont of Yakuza, Sanford Parker of Minsk and Buried At Sea, and Mike IX Williams of EyeHateGod, the debut album ... read more
Posted Oct. 7, 2013, 8:39 p.m.
Oranssi Pazuzu are claiming to be coming from Finland… truth is that a more likely point of origin for this band is outer space. Even ... read more
Posted Sept. 29, 2013, 4:31 p.m.
If the name Infera Bruo does not mean anything to you, trust me it is about to. The extreme band from Boston released their sophomore ... read more
Posted Sept. 23, 2013, 8:30 p.m.
Sebastian Plano returns two years after his debut album, Arrythmical Part of Hearts. The case of the Argentinian composer is a truly intriguing one. Born into ... read more
Posted Aug. 26, 2013, 11:59 p.m.
S/V\R is the project of S. de la Moth of Menace Ruine and audio explorer/percussionist Chanoine V. The band’s earlier release entitled Celebration Noire, released through Handmade Birds, ... read more
Posted Aug. 19, 2013, 10:59 p.m.
Since their split with Warprayer and their debut album Untold Wait there were no illusions that the band from Boston was onto something truly great. Now, two years after ... read more
Posted Aug. 5, 2013, 9 p.m.
Unmothered from Austin, Texas have released one of the most promising releases of 2012. The band, featuring members of acts such as Lions of Tsavo and The Hidden ... read more
Posted July 29, 2013, 10:42 p.m.
Ken Mode from Canada have been around for quite a while. The band was formed back in 1999, releasing their debut album, Mongrel, in 2003. Since ... read more
Posted July 15, 2013, 9:04 p.m.
Amidst heavy guitars, ritualistic drums and enthralling melodies, Lycus raise their head howling. The band from California brings their debut album, Tempest, their first release since ... read more
Posted July 15, 2013, 8:56 p.m.
Now this is surely a weird one. The mysterious and enigmatic The Devil, released their self titled album and they seem to have everyone’s attention. ... read more
Posted July 15, 2013, 8:45 p.m.
Since the release of their debut album, Mortuary in Darkness which came out in 2005, Coffins started building a cult aura around them. This was further developed ... read more
Posted July 8, 2013, 11:36 p.m.
Led by multi-instrumentalist Erik Wunder (also of Cobalt,) Man’s Gin are releasing the follow up to their debut album (Smiling Dogs,) entitled Rebellion Hymns. If you believe ... read more
Posted July 1, 2013, 9:08 p.m.
Retro-lust is fucking brilliant. For the past years, unbelievable bands have shown their musical endeavors by wedding the psychedelia of the 60s with the heavier ... read more
Posted July 1, 2013, 9:05 p.m.
One of the wisest moves you can make when your band lies within the ambient music scene is to construct a certain aura for it ... read more
Posted June 4, 2013, 12:52 a.m.
The Psyke Project have been terrorizing the metallic hardcore scene since the mid 00s. With their albums steadily increasing in quality, and considering that the ... read more
Posted June 4, 2013, 12:19 a.m.
The debut album, Heart of Oak, for the Canadian extreme/progressive metal band, Anciients, is a fascinating one. And do not think that this is going to ... read more
Posted May 20, 2013, 9:30 p.m.
OK let the namedropping begin: Agalloch, Worm Ouroboros, Hammers of Misfortune, Amber Asylum, YOB, and more. That was probably enough to get your attention, right? So Vhol first came into ... read more
Posted May 14, 2013, 1:10 a.m.
Aosoth is another example of how great the current black metal scene in France actually is. With their latest full length, they definitely claim their ... read more
Posted May 14, 2013, 12:47 a.m.
Lair of the Minotaur is a band that managed to get their sound right and have stick with it since they first formed. With their ... read more
Posted April 30, 2013, 1:01 a.m.
Zozobra returns five years after their excellent previous full length Birds of Prey; and now, Caleb Scofield (of Cave In and Old Man Gloom) brings forth Savage Masters. If you ... read more
Posted April 9, 2013, 12:56 a.m.
I truly think that the word “progressive” has lost its actual meaning for quite some time now. Instead of meaning something new, innovative, and daring ... read more
Posted March 19, 2013, 11:54 a.m.
The mighty Intronaut is back! The band returns with their fourth full length, still following the same path they first set with the release of ... read more
Posted March 12, 2013, 2 a.m.
Up until now I believed that Menace Ruine would not release anything that I would find mind blowing. Their three previous albums (Cult of Ruins, The ... read more
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