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Cheryl

Senior Staff Writer

Switzerland

Cheryl's last content update – Sept. 20, 2020, 2:09 p.m.

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Aseitas  - False Peace album cover

Aseitas

False Peace, 2020

7.5 / 10

Aseitas hail from the wilds of Portland, Oregon and while many bands from that region tend to dabble in the blackened side of the extreme metal spectrum, this group aim ...

Ulver - Flowers of Evil album cover

Ulver

Flowers of Evil, 2020

8.5 / 10

It’s no secret that Ulver have long since moved on from their black metal past and while the Norwegians have firmly left the harsh, cold winters behind, their music still ...

Vile Creature - Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! album cover

Vile Creature

Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!, 2020

9.0 / 10

There has been a shift in recent years, in heavy music, and it’s one that has given bands and artists the opportunity to use their platform to speak out, to ...

Paradise Lost - Obsidian album cover

Paradise Lost

Obsidian, 2020

8.5 / 10
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The darkest colours of our world are reflected in the glistening surface of Paradise Lost’s music; the shining pain of loss, the radiant horror of a God who has abandoned ...

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Only Death Is Real #9

Music Only Death Is Real #9

Posted Sept. 20, 2020, 2:09 p.m.
Only Death Is Real

Finding new music to explore has become many people's escape since the world of 2020 changed for the worse. In times of struggle music has often become a guiding ...

Vile Creature

Interviews Vile Creature

Posted June 18, 2020, 1:52 p.m.

Vile Creature may have only been around for six years, but in that time the Canadian duo has achieved things that some bands can only dream of. They have toured ...

Only Death Is Real #8

Music Only Death Is Real #8

Posted June 18, 2020, 1:46 p.m.
Only Death Is Real

Finding new music to explore has become many people's escape since the world of 2020 changed for the worse. In times of struggle music has often become a guiding ...

Only Death Is Real #7

Music Only Death Is Real #7

Posted May 19, 2020, 2:44 p.m.
Only Death Is Real

The world has gotten exponentially more weird since the last time this column was published and it doesn’t seem as though it’s going to get any better any ...

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Shows Vile Creature Announce “Choose Your Own Adventure” Live Stream

Posted July 19, 2020, 12:47 a.m.

Canadian duo Vile Creature have announced a special "Choose Your Own Adventure" live stream that's due to take place on August 14th that they are calling "Glory, Glory! Live ...

1QI: The Ejector Seats, Brain Tentacles, Amirtha Kidambi

Bands 1QI: The Ejector Seats, Brain Tentacles, Amirtha Kidambi

Posted Aug. 8, 2017, 12:47 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 three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday ...

Fluffy (The Ejector Seats/The By-Products – bass/vocals)
SPB: How has the increasing digitalization of music changed how you listen to or consume music?
Fluffy: Well...this is a sensitive subject for me!
Mostly...I hate the digitization of music! I'm not a "purist" or anything...I just love records and the whole process/religious experience of listening to them. Don't get me wrong, I think the technology is incredible: recording band practices on your phone and emailing them to everyone before they even get home from practice is great; being able to pop your stuff up online and instantly be connected to the 4 corners of the planet is a game changer and a time saver...But as far as listening, I like my records and the whole selection process! Yes...a strange ritual to most...understandable to some.
Portability?!?? you ask...Well, I'm fine with CDs. CDs are pretty great in comparison to tapes! Although tapes definitely helped humanity to take their tunes on the road in the ancient past, I personally have lost sssssssssooooooooooooo much good music from my tapes being eaten, that the simple sight of a cassette makes my blood pressure rise!
So, to simply answer your question, the way digitzation has most changed how I consume music, is that I will go to a band's site, listen to a couple of tracks, and if I dig them, I'll buy the vinyl!
Bruce Lamont (Brain Tentacles)
SPB: You have a dense and complex sound, heavily featuring jazz influences and an extreme metal basis. Since you are all heavily involved in the more experimental edge of the heavy spectrum, what do you feel like is the next step for the sound of Brain Tentacles?
Bruce: 2017 is the year that we are gonna go for broke. Taking more risks, more chances. We have nothing to lose.
How bout you? 
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 feel that themes from your own background, such as Hinduism, bring a more personal and unique tone to your concepts, and act as an aid in the construction of your music?Amirtha Kidambi: Absolutely. The entire construction of the Holy Science suite is based around the ideas contained within Hindu scripture regarding time cycles. The suite follows these time cycles by name starting with first era of "creation" or the Sathya-Yuga followed by the Treta-Yuga, Dvapara-Yuga and finally the current era of chaos and destruction, the Kali-Yuga. The conception of time as cycles of birth, death and rebirth is a central idea in Hindu philosophy. I grew up Tamil Brahmin and it had a huge impact on me for better or worse. Hinduism as it is practiced today here in the US and in India, is a fairly conservative ideology even though the philosophy is actually incredibly radical and open. I was and still am negotiating that dichotomy and pushed back against the more conservative aspects as I was growing up. At the same time, the spiritual and philosophical ideas largely shape how I view the world and inevitably influence my thinking when it comes to music and creativity, especially improvisation. In Hinduism we have this idea of ego-destruction as a path to truth and I find improvising is one of the few activities where I've felt like I can get close to this idea of transcendence. These Hindu ideas also had a profound impact on artists including John and Alice Coltrane, who are some of my biggest musical influences, so it sort of comes full circle for me. I think the influence of these ideas in my music is not unique in that the influence exists, rather the filter that these ideas flow through. My own identity, personality, musical background and other musical influences transform these ideas into something I think is unique and to be honest pretty weird!

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1QI: Fast Break! Records, Bobby Kapp,  Jason Navarro

Bands 1QI: Fast Break! Records, Bobby Kapp, Jason Navarro

Posted Aug. 1, 2017, 1:57 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 three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday ...

Tim Martinkøvixxx (Fast Break! Records – label manager)
SPB: What is the best pop song of the last 10 years?
Tim: I'm going to cite a track that I found wholly by accident but not, not entirely by design.. Independent music is where my heart lies, so an argument can be made for many tracks form many labels / artists / genres but I'm going to throw a pair of loaded dice and call your decade card at the X. 
Artist: DANGER O's
Album: Little Machines © 2007
Track: Wolf In Sheeps Clothing
https://thedangeros.bandcamp.com/album/little-machines
This track is the epitome of indie power pop, with a simple melodic guitar and bass driven open soaked in electric icing, all marching with a beat that drives us to a cliff where intertwined vocal melodies carry us as we fall through the sky into an chorus that drowns us in cascading and refracting neon light. It's a fun ride from beginning to end, and a brilliant execution of everything pop. 
Bobby Kapp
You (and Matthew Shipp) come from two different eras of the NY free jazz scene. What did you discover in your recording sessions, about either the past and the present of the scene?
Although there is twenty years between us and each era is different, there are very similar aspects. One is the level of commitment which was life or death back then and is the same now in Matthew. I feel two is that the need to adjust the system of the ‘60s was urgent. Personal freedom was on the line and young people were " dropping out," no matter what the risk, to express themselves and protest oppression of any kind. This is beginning to happen again now because of "45" etc, and as a result, conventional art (which can be beautiful and valid) is still too limited for these new urgent times.
Third, I could find the sound of the people I played with in the sixties in my drums! With the people I've recorded with lately, some are Ivo Perleman, Ras Moshe, Tyler Mitchell, and especially Matthew Shipp. I get their core sound deep in my drums...This is powerful, spiritual, vibrational therapy heading out into the planet. It seems to fill  me with new restorative life energy: practical immortality, if you will.
Jason Navarro  (Hellmouth, Suicide Machines)
SPB: You’ve released a trilogy of records. How has your original vision changed over the years it took for the releases to come to fruition?
Jason: Well, I never thought the trilogy would end on a more positive note. Which partially through the record it became personal and became a positive change in the way I look at myself and the world. Granted we do always tie in oroborus with most of our concept of the trilogy -- as applied every new beginning has to have and the final ending -- I just didn't know that we would see what the change should become with the third installment., I just figured it would be a complete negative end but, in all actuality, it became a positive thing.
The album cover which our sun dwarfing in becoming a black hole which will be the final say in the end of mankind because even after an apocalypse or war to end all wars man would more than like be doomed to repeat its mistakes. And do I repeat my mistakes myself personally, which is more what this album’s oblivion was about. This band and music has calmed me to the point I don’t need it anymore.
New beginnings. 

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1QI: Collision Course Records, Street Sects, Hakan

Bands 1QI: Collision Course Records, Street Sects, Hakan

Posted July 7, 2017, 7:34 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 three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday ...

Raymondo (Collision Course Records)
SPB: What is your dayjob and how does it affect/influence/interfere with your label operations?
Raymondo: Well....I'd like to say I sit around in my sunglasses drinking lattes and looking at my phone all day...but running an indie punk label isn't that lucrative!!!! Soooo...I get up at the crack of dawn with my faithful partner, Daisy and we get our lattes to-go and get into the daily routine of running a window cleaning business.
The good parts??? In & out, fast, 80% of clients pay the same day, so... that helps...and the hours are whatever you make 'em. I like to wrap it up by noon. I'm happy if I'm done by 2pm & try to always be back to the base by 3pm!
That gives me time to chill, make lunch, pack orders and check emails & still get to the post office!!!
When you add in recording & playing in bands and going to see friends bands etc....it's a pretty full week!! 'cept when it rains. That's when I get to sleep in & listen to records!!!
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 also from personal experiences. Do you feel that Street Sects has aided you, in that it acts as an outlet for your emotions?
Leo: Definitely. For my end, Street Sects was created specifically to be an outlet for that negative, self-destructive energy. Abstaining from drugs and alcohol hasn't eliminated those feelings, it just helps to keep me alive and out of jail. Street Sects gives me a reason to get out of bed, to do something with my life, with that energy. I'm still a mess even without those addictions, but if I didn't have Street Sects I would probably be dead, or worse. 
For the record, SS isn't a straight edge band and we aren't trying to push some kind of sobriety agenda. I get why people want to get fucked up. It feels good. But, if people who are struggling with addiction or just a general lack of self worth hear our music or read the lyrics and get something from it that maybe inspires or comforts them in some way, then that would be priceless to me. I remember towards the end of my days as an addict, when I was still drinking every day and smoking crack as often as I could get my hands on it, I read this Vice interview with Tina from How I Quit Crack where she talked about how music was the sole thing that helped her get away from using. I was at an absolute low when I read that, and it even though it took me another 6 to 8 months before I went to rehab and started getting my shit together, I never forgot that. It was inspiring. For all the negativity and self-disillusionment Shaun and I pour into this project, I hope that maybe someday, something positive can come out of it. 
Andrea (Hakan)
SPB: How did you come to work with Jeff Burke on II?
Andrea: Not a very special story. We love Marked Men and Radioactivity and when we find out he was touring Europe we simply asked him if he would like to come record us, and he said "Yes."

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Cult Of Luna + A.A.Williams and Brutus

Posted Dec. 8, 2019, 6:53 a.m. by Cheryl

Cult Of Luna + A.A. Williams and Brutus Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland Cult Of Luna’s power lies in their ability to build layers of sound and with it, layers of emotion. Their ...

Conjurer + Earth Moves and Armed For Apocalypse

Posted Nov. 10, 2019, 6:50 a.m. by Cheryl

Conjurer + Earth Moves and Armed For Apocalypse KIFF, Aarau, Switzerland Conjurer's rise has been one that seems particularly fast with the band making huge strides in only three years ...

Sunn O))) + Caspar Brötzmann, Kaserne - Basel CH

Posted Oct. 13, 2019, 6:43 a.m. by Cheryl

Sunn O))) with Caspar Brötzmann, 09/10/2019 Kaserne, Basel CH On this cold, somewhat rainy evening in Basel, the expectations for what will come are high. Sunn O))) are riding the waves of Life ...

Sanhedrin + Spirit Adrift, Coq d'Or - Olten, CH

Posted Oct. 1, 2019, 5:49 a.m. by Cheryl

It’s not often that a great band swings by the small town of Olten, Switzerland, and so to have two bands that fit that bill come along to this riverside ...

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