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Cheryl

Senior Staff Writer

Switzerland

Cheryl's last content update – Feb. 9, 2021, 12:33 a.m.

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The Body - I’ve Seen All I Need To See album cover

The Body

I’ve Seen All I Need To See, 2021

8.5 / 10

Where to start with The Body? The duo has been creating harsh, noise-filled music for well over two decades and have a release schedule that is, frankly, terrifying to look ...

Paysage d'Hiver - Im Wald album cover

Paysage d'Hiver

Im Wald, 2020

9.0 / 10

Im Wald begins on the slow, crunching footsteps of "Im Winterwald," while howling winds build a canopy of sound, offering a vision of how the succeeding time will unfold. That ...

Nothing - The Great Dismal album cover

Nothing

The Great Dismal, 2020

7.5 / 10

It’s strange, how the metal scene embraces certain genres as one of its own, enabling said genre to become “metal adjacent” and enjoy a somewhat wider audience in the long-term. ...

Pallbearer - Forgotten Days album cover

Pallbearer

Forgotten Days, 2020

8.5 / 10

Pallbearer’s evolution from their early days as a dark, funeral doom leaning band into a prog-embracing emotive force is well documented in their back catalogue and as Forgotten Days expands the horizons ...

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Only Death Is Real #10

Music Only Death Is Real #10

Posted Oct. 29, 2020, 10:51 a.m.
Only Death Is Real

Can you believe that this is the tenth iteration of Only Death Is Real? Ten editions of a column featuring some of the best and most exciting extreme music of ...

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 ...

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Roadburn Redux

Shows Roadburn Redux

Posted Feb. 6, 2021, 5:13 a.m.

The long running Roadburn Festival will be back for a special edition in 2021. Having been postponed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Festival also announced that the ...

SPB premiere: "Eerie Freezing Winds" by Obscurae

MP3s SPB premiere: "Eerie Freezing Winds" by Obscurae

Posted Oct. 20, 2020, 3:55 p.m.

“Eerie Freezing Winds” marks Obscurae’s return from the cold and is the second single to be released from their forthcoming album, To Walk the Path of Sorrows. While, technically ...

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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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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Writer. SPB Social Media Contributor. 

 

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