Saturday, 10 December 2016

Festival News - SonicBlast Moledo 2017


SonicBlast Moledo 2017 - First bands announcement!

With the dates already settled for August 11th and 12th, the seventh edition of SonicBlast Moledo starts to take shape with its first confirmations. To begin with the revelations, we will be welcoming the Bay Staters Elder, the Tokyoites Kikagaku Moyo/幾何学模様 and the Gothenburgers Monolord!


Coming directly from the East Coast of United States of America, we proudly announce the long-awaited first visit of Elder to Portugal’s lands, bringing with them the ultimate blend of Progressive Heavy Rock, Psychedelic Rock and Stoner Doom Metal, who are always pushing themselves further in the fields of musical creation. 

This unique sound signature, took them to major stages, like Keep it Low Festival, Roadburn Festival (which resulted in the album Live at Roadburn 2013), DesertFest Belgium or Freak Valley Festival. Their most recent album, the extraordinary “Lore”, was considered by many ,as a truly transcendental work of art, a masterpiece which we can’t wait to experience live.


Kikagaku Moyo, which is literally translated to “Geometric Patterns”, will be returning to Portugal to deliver a righteous dose of “feeling good music”, clearly the finest sounds of Japanese psychedelic world. Passing through festivals like Eindhoven Psych Lab, Duna Jam or Austin Psych Fest, it is now time to live the sitar folk psych right by Moledo’s beach. Close your eyes, clear your mind and prepare to embrace the cosmic acid folk universe, with the supreme jams of Geometric Patterns.


We gladly welcome back to Portugal the Swedish Doomers Monolord, who after performing at Barroselas Metal Fest 2016, return to spread the colossal heaviness, always worshipping the almighty riff, keeping the sounds fuzzy and haunted, as we like them. It goes without saying that their shows are completely demolishers and mesmerizing, so we all know what to expect.

Tickets informations:

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Tickets price

1st pre-sale | 35€ 
Until 28/02/17 

2nd pre-sale | 42€ 
From 01/03/17 to 30/06/17 

3rd pre-sale | 48€ 
From 01/07/17 to 31/07/17 

4th pre-sale| 55€ 
From 01/08/17 to the event's final

A Study of MAGMA RISE by Aleks Evdokimov


Magma Rise was born in 2009 by two musicians of the oldest Hungarian doom band Mood. After Mood split up Gabor Holdampf (vocals, bass) and Kolos Hegyi (guitars) played in Wall of Sleep and Stereochrist respectively but after few years of being with these bands they took a decision to start something new.

They have been friends since ‘82-83, and firstly Gabor did not want to found a new band, he just asked Sanyi Banfalvi, the best drummer in Hungary (played in Neck Sprain), to play the drums with him as he had some riffs and they should make some songs - without a band just for fun. Kolos offered to record the guitars and said they would need a second guitar player. He talked about playing live, about a band. Some phone calls and Magma Rise got second guitarist Mihály Janó, so the band was founded literally in 2 hours.

The debut record “Lazy Stream of Steel” had seen the light in 2010. It was same classic doom metal which they played in Mood for many years, so they knew well that to do to gain a more balanced heavy sound.

Gabor shares his impressions about this album:

I like those songs, the fans too... Also my friend Kyle Thomas (Trouble) featured on it. We recorded “Glow Burn Scream” from the Mood album “Wombocosmic”. And he made a killer job, he is in the “Gillan, Dio, Halford” league, amongst the best ones... Unfortunately the most underrated singer of all time I think”.

Yes, participant of Trouble’s frontman was a good choice, but besides that Magma Rise performed seven excellent tracks of their own production. These songs are kind of focused and well-controlled noble rage mixed with melancholic reflections and righteous intentions. The band sounds serious and more adult without any trendy stories of bong smoking with the devil.


Really, they do what they like and don't go aiming to please everyone. And someone needs to write serious songs, right? So if you had your course of anger management and like slow, heavy and true doom metal – that’s for you. Twin guitars make instrumentals diverse and more “metal”, exponential doom riffs and Gabor’s resonant low voice create quite strong impression – such are Magma Rise main features.


In the next year PsycheDOOMelic Records released 7” split of Magma Rise and The Asound. New song “Five” was included in the band’s second full-length “The Man in the Maze”. This album won the title of Album of the Year at the Hungarian Metal Awards 2013. This was the decision of the rock/metal press in Hungary - magazines, fanzines, Internet platforms that review music voted for Magma Rise and it was a big surprise for them.

The album was recorded as a 3 piece band, that time Magma Rise had not second guitar player and they decided to write, finish and record the album as a trio. However new guitarist László Herczeg joined them pretty soon. They worked with sound engineer and producer Barna Hidasi, who done a lot for this record. He took an active part in “The Man in the Maze” sessions, all songs were recorded live in a practise room at the edge of the world beside an old railway station in Budapest. It took five days to finish the album.

I suggest that the album shows band’s progress in musicianship but prevalence of mid-tempo tracks strikes the eye. These guys know how to do more dynamic and vivid songs, so it was the right time to record down one or two of this kind. Besides that, it’s highly professional work and a model of genuine doom.

On March 2016 Nail Records published Magma Rise EP “False Flag Operation”. It consists of four new tracks and Trouble cover “Pray for the Dead” that shows clearly one of the band’s core influences. Surprise! Butch Balich (Argus, Penance) performed vocals for this song.


False Flag Operation” artwork is like a collage of bad news, Gabor’s wife made the photos, as she is a professional photographer. These shattered images reflect the lyrics topics. Well, the lyrical ideas of Mood and Magma Rise look similar, but probably with Magma Gabor can share more of his social critics.

Speaking about “False Flag Operation” EP released on March 2016 he tells:

I was in some “inside world” earlier concerning the lyrics, but nowadays I am much more driven by the craziness of the outside world. You can't avoid it, unfortunately. I am much more angry now. I have children, family and I see that their future what we leave them behind seems not to be happy, not at all. There is only chaos. You have to educate survivors who are strong and intelligent enough to survive. No other chance for them”.

False Flag Operation” has been released as a digipack exclusive version with “The Man in the Maze” CD together. The stuff “The Man in the Maze” was not really supported by the label, so it was a sort of forgotten album unfortunately.


Gabor laughs speaking about Magma Rise popularity: We are the king of the unknown underground bands, we would need good, well working distribution, a booking agency in Germany for example to be able to have more popularity. We are just a so called hobby band from Hungary… with regular jobs and families, but it is great so”.

Words by Aleks Evdokimov

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Krobak - Nightbound (Album Review)


Release date: November 04th 2016. Label: Self Released. Format: DD – CD/Vinyl released at a later date.

Nightbound – Tracklisting

1.Stringer Bell 13:20
2.No Pressure, Choice is Yours 07:04
3.So Quietly Falls the Night 11:20
4.Marching for the Freedom We Have Lost 10:12

Members:

M - violin
A - bass
I - guitar
N - drums

Review:

Nightbound is my first foray into Krobak's dark and majestic Post-Rock world. I know they have IIgor Sidorenko from Stoned Jesus as a member but Krobak are a different band altogether. Krobak can be described as a Progressive/Post-Rock Band with elements of Dark Experimental and Cinematic Rock being one of the main driving forces for Nightbound.

Nightbound is not the most easiest of albums to listen to but it's a richly rewarding experience with Krobak creating a surreal sound where many different instruments play their part. Opening track – Stringer Bell – is delicately slow played track with the band taking their time in bringing heavier sounds to the mix. Before then Krobak weave different styles of music that can be highly intriguing and equally frustrating at the same time. Though that's one of the main highlights of the album as Krobak make you work for your reward if you're a fan of heavier style music.

Nightbound is Krobak's 3rd album overall and it made me research their previous two albums before writing this review. I must say that Nightbound is perhaps their most accomplished record to date. It sees the band offer a more direct 70s sounding Progressive Rock album.

The other three tracks - No Pressure, Choice is Yours, So Quietly Falls the Night and Marching for the Freedom We Have Lost – all have their own individual strengths and weaknesses. It's too Krobak's credit they offer a sense of vulnerability on all tracks but keep you entertained with stadium sized Progressive Post-Rock riffs.

My favourite track has to be Marching for the Freedom We Have Lost. It may not be the loudest track on the album but it's one that spoke the most volume to me personally. It's a beautifully written and haunting song with shades of ambient style sounds.

One of the highlights of the album has to be M's violin playing. M brings a sense of calm and intelligence with his choice of instrument. I've never been a huge fan of violin playing in Post-Rock/Post-Metal music but M is making me questioning my own personal judgement.

Nightbound is a masterclass release in the realm of surreal, cinematic and progressive post-rock sounds. Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Claire at Purple Sage PR for the promo. Nightbound is available to buy now.

Links:

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Chaos Being - S/T (Album Review)


Release date: September 30th 2016. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Chaos Being – Tracklisting

1.Intro 02:31
2.Don't Understand 04:28
3.Sway 03:34
4.Oblivious 05:46
5.J 05:21
6.Listless 04:20
7.Chaos Being 04:04
8.Outro 01:47

Members:

Alan Sgarella - Drums
Filippo Villa - Bass
Riccardo Zanotti- Vocals, Guitar
Marco Bertucci - Guitar

Review:

Italian Grunge/Stoner Metal band – Chaos Being – debut album is a very exciting and lively affair. The production could have done with more work in the early stages but Chaos Being craft a modern sounding record with touches of classic Stoner Rock appearing here and there.

Fans of Kyuss will no doubt get a kick out of this record as the band are slightly influenced by them on tracks such as Don't Understand and Sway. The grungier metallic vibe allows Chaos Being create a more psychedelic layered affair. Riccardo's vocals are assured from the start with fine instrumental work from the other members of the band.

Chaos Being are not doing anything new but they play with a fiery passion and that allows their music to offer some exciting riffs. Especially if you're in the mood for some good old fashioned Desert/Stoner Metal grooves. Though I wasn't expecting the Punk Rock vibes the band include on later stages of the album. I must say Riccardo does have a certain John Garcia style delivery with his vocals. Definitely one of the highlights of the album.

Do yourself a favour and check out Chaos Being. It's a shame the album is only on for 30 minutes or so but it gets the job done of entertaining the hell out of you. A seriously damn fine album. The future bodes well for Chaos Being.

Words by Steve Howe

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Exclusive Song Premiere: Blacksmoker - Herorizer


Two years after the release of the highly praised debut. Blacksnoker is back with a brand new album. The latest creation is called Rupture and will be released upon humanity on Dec 16 2016.

Now you can hear the stunning new single Herorizer which features guest vocals from Cecile Ash from The Moth. 


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Drone Hunter - Welcome To The Hole (Album Review)


Release date: November 15th 2016. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Welcome To The Hole – Tracklisting

1.Smoke & Mirrors 04:43
2.Devil's Switch 04:02
3.Crazy Ants With Shotguns 03:42
4.Wine Dick 04:51
5.K.J.O.M.P.M. 03:43
6.Fog Horn 04:58
7.Waltz Of The Iron Countess 05:20
8.A Burning Sensation 03:49

Band Members

Rus - drums
Klen - bass
Fitz - guitar

Review:

Today I’m gonna talk about the new album by the instrumental sludge/stoner band from Varaždin (Croatia), Drone Hunter. I follow these guys since their first appearance with their self-titled album Drone Hunter (2013), a 42 minutes of heavy tuned riff. Drone Hunter make a style of simplicity, having created their own sound by using only amps and instruments with no unnecessary frills. Nothing to complain. This is the right formula for a raw and dirty sound that goes straight to the chest.

After three years spent performing a hundred shows and two European tours in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, they are back with a new album (Welcome To The Hole) that, objectively, displaces compared to their debut. While Drone Hunter (the album) is characterized by a pure sludge/metal oriented sound, in Welcome To The Hole the production tends to favour the songwriting and not only the sounds. The global listening greatly benefited and, although the album may appear less ‘swampy’, sound and attitude still remain devastating.

Mind you. In my opinion this does not mean that one album prevails over the other but, simply, that this power trio made a significant step forward towards a greater awareness of their possibilities. Personally, I appreciate when a band manages to innovate just enough to get out toward a professional maturity, that is what I perceive before anything else in Welcome To The Hole. In less than 40 minutes, Drone Hunter (the band) are able to fuse different genres and styles in a unique, where emerge a certain mastery in moving between bluesy riffs and metal outbursts. Over the years and with only two albums, Drone Hunter have created their unique style around which they have evolved, without getting bogged down in the (unhealthy) idea to remain anchored to a genre dictate.

Regardless of the genre, doing instrumental music is always difficult, since the risk of being little different and be boring is always around the corner. With Welcome To The Hole, Drone Hunter have succeeded in the difficult task of creating a really interesting album where ‘dead moments’ are really rare. It ranges from sweet acoustic intros that open to outbursts stoner/blues riffage (the opener Smoke & Mirrors) to moments of pure metal (K.J.O.M.P.M.), going through songs that closely remind a perfect bluesy soundtrack (Crazy Ants With Shotgun).

When, years ago, I started following this trio, I did it because intrigued by the name, thinking they were something similar to Sunn O))). Luckily, they were not. Over the years, Drone Hunter have shown how to handle genres and styles with care, giving us a superb record. I also recommend to find their first self-titled album, to test with your ears the true meaning of evolving music.

Words by Bruno Bellisario

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Downfall Of Gaia - Atrophy (Album Review)


Release date: November 11th 2016. Label: Metal Blade Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Atrophy – Tracklisting

1.Brood 08:01
2.Woe 08:54
3.Ephemerol 09:23
4.Ephemerol II 02:21
5.Atrophy 06:34
6.Petrichor 05:26

Band Members

Dominik Goncalves dos Reis (vocals/guitar)
Marco Mazzola (guitar)
Anton Lisovoj (vocals/bass)
Michael Kadnar (drums)

Review:

Downfall of Gaia is a group with many shadowy related talents, all within the realm of intense dark metal. They are able to postulate through repetition in speed, made through a mathematician’s hand, which sounds like the strum of heavy distortion, yet they can also build mood and ambiance through a gloomy ensemble of otherworldly sound. This album was made with a mission to tip iron scales and is a significant achievement for this band.

The first track, ‘Brood’, provides a glimmer of hope through a desolate soundscape that transitions to the ferocious awakening of rabid instrument speed in search for blood in harsh distortion, ultimately ending with meaningful tones alongside harsh vocals.

Woe’ is a long distance hurtle with feedback shrills that birth soaring and evocative guitars, wild drums and growled vocals, all creating a tumultuous atmospheric delight.

Ephemerol’ is crafted with a macabre cure injected landscape that bookends the haze manufactured at breakneck speed and the scanning screams of unnatural hoarseness.

Ephemerol II’ is a brief song rendered through cold plucking, processed through trance like reverb. A reliable suppressant for the effects of the disease.

Atrophy’ is a wealthy delivery of murkiness. The fate of the duelling symphonic guitars only benefit from limited lower end and are fully realized when the full frontal brutality of the poisonous toad throat emits its acidic spittle.

In, ‘Petrichor’, the band pokes the beast that resides within the old seminary of black metal and transitions to misty piano for the album closer.

Downfall of Gaia is an entity of darkness that is hungry to make its mark through sound, leaving you thirsty for more with this electronic movement orchestrated in the netherworld

Words by Nick Palmisano

Thanks to Andy at Metal Blade for the promo. Atrophy is available to buy now.

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Official | Facebook | BandCamp