Saturday, October 25, 2014

8 New Reviews 10/25/14

Blood of Kingu- Dark star on the right horn of the crescent moon-CD/ Digital ( Season of Mist )

Very Occulist black death in the way many bands from Eastern Europe shine. The have a lot in common with Negura Bunget, Drudkh and Aosoth just to name a few. This is haunting and terrifying all at the same time this is music and ideals about the God's of Old  from a very eastern/ oriental way of presenting it. The vocals are more of the brutal death metal style mix with bombastic and low end metal with a very primitive production.  Blood of Kingu are not for the casual listener by any means this is for those that have there music rooted in underground sounds with that. It's a must listen if you are that person indeed.

The House of Capricorn- Morning star rise- CD/ Digital ( Svart )

Sometimes terms just fit a band and no matter how silly it's just what they are and The House of Capricorn is Doom n roll to it's core!!!  So its very very simple mix equal parts  Novembers Doom, Helicopters, Entombed and Beyond Dawn and you have everything you need to know. This album is so Damn catchy it hurts . There is a trippy trance like overtone to the music as whole with some of the best clean Doomish vocals I've ever hear and the music is full on fuzzy out and riff driving doom is the amazing bands like Monster Magnet, Solace, Electric Wizard all have mastered. I could really listen to this album a few dozen times and never grow bored.  There is also this Motorhead and Later Satyricon element going on to this so maybe as I end this review I would say the better term is  Blackened Doom n Roll !!!!

The Deathtrip- Deep Drone Master- CD/ Digital ( Svart )

Raw blistering hateful Black metal from Norway from Front man of both DHG , Thorns and Zyklon B. IF your are into most the the material that has been on Moonfog , Early Osmose Prod and Misanthropy labels then you know just were bands like The Deathrip come form. The vocals are so much that signature black metal sound so are the treble, noisy guitar and the very simple percussion and low bass rumbles. This is were Black metal spawned from and when the world 1st heard it knew the  NEW DARK AGE was here!!!. The torment and torture of the arrangements are second to none.  Bleak is an understand statement here folk. IF you like the three bands that Aldrahn was in above then this again is a must listen..

Kayo Dot- Coffins on IO- CD/ Digital ( The Flenser)

This is such a different direction for Kayo Dot. There is nothing left of the metallic or Heavy rock at all this a mix of  Electronic, Avant rock, Prog and Cold wave music . All I can hear are bands like Ulver,  Anathema,  This Empty Flow,  Current Manes, In the Woods and Canaan .  I was not ready for this Kayo Dot has gone into ambient and experimental rock elements but this is a very different  vibe all together. Some will feel this is to far to the right or left of center for the band but I love the mix of Goth, Darkwave and ethereal  movements going on at time . There is even an 80's Post Punk sound to some of the tracks. Coffins on IO is a very fragile , dark and delicate release that with every listen becomes more interesting. They are very much a prog band that has come full center with there love of all the styles of music were talking about.  Toby with incarnation of Kayo Dot is truly 21st century music to move with the new age of experimentation..

Rings of Saturn- Lugal KI EN- CD/Digital (Unique Leader)

Hell ya  Futurist, Tech Death metal in the way bands like the mighty Gigan, The Red Cord and Gorjira  are taking extreme metal way beyond .. Rings of Saturn take elements of bands like  And Oceans, Devin Townsend and Behold the Arctopus explore them as well. This album is just beyond words of how cool , weird and amazing it comes across to me.  Arty, Extreme, Glitchy, Industrial and full on Electo Metal at time. Rings of Saturn has so much complexity in every track your senses are just over loaded for the 1st two or three listens. Just as you are able to start wrapping your mind around the music  you hear something new and its takes you to another idea or thought about the band. Come on Unique leader maybe THE DEATH METAL LABEL of 2014 !!!!

ALTERNATIVE 4-  The Obscurants- CD/ Digital ( Prophecy Productions)

So Duncan Peterson ( EX Anathema and Antimatter) is back with a 2nd release under the title of one of the more well known Anathema releases as a moniker.. This is again a proggy minimalist journey into the more personal side of his music, life and ideals.  With Alternative 4 there is a very retro rock vibe with organs, clean fuzzy guitar . It has that very 60s/ 70s live rock release that is almost more a theatrical moment and concept. I think Duncan as gone full on Mr Doctor/ Devil Doll mode in the presentation and performance of the album the mix of layered vocals, piano's and warm bass lines is very familiar to the way Pink Floyd made music back in those times as well. The more I listen this more because a Love it or leave it release and you will be on one side of the fence. I really did expect more on this from Duncan it's a let down from the last release.

Torch Runner- Endless nothing - CD/ Digital ( Southern Lord )

Mind numbing  Grinding Metallic Hardcore is quick and furious burst of wonderful glory.  You know what your getting here from second one and it's still amazing every second I listen to it. There is a power and control that just lives up to the hype of this style of music. If your into Converge or Oathbreaker or even early Napalm Death then you will want to put this release on and let it play over and over tell you just need to listener to something in a different genre. The tones, riffs, vocals , sonic destruction and wall of noise are all there in all of it's fucking amazing glory..  Enough talk now listen......

Wormwood- S/t- CD/ Digital ( Magic Bullet )

MMM I love the sinister sounds of Wormwood. You just know something is not right with these boys. Sludgy, Crusty and just down right one of the best sounding Doom releases in the last several years from any band period. Wormwood just makes you want to release all your anger in a very slow and methodical way. The Slow riff is something that if down right with the mix of speed and tone can one of the most perfect sounds any mortal will have the honor of ever hearing and well my friends Wormwood has done just that.  Anger can been used to harness a tone in music some will never understand but for the legion of the doomed this is one of the music glorious cord progression ever.. Wormwood you need to continue your spiral into sonic molasses and we will follow with you to the murky depths below !!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Unique Leader Artist- Pillory Interview is up

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since
the recording of the new album?

First off, it’s important to state that Pillory is currently only myself.  I have handled all duties on “Evolutionary Miscarriage”.  More on this later.
Since the recording of the album I’ve just been working on promotion, doing interviews and the filming of a video for the track “Imbeciles in Defiance”. I hope to have news on a release date for that very soon.  I’ve already began brainstorming and demo’ing ideas for the follow up record, but I’m not rushing things and don’t expect any news until 2016-17.

2.You  have a new album coming out in June, can you tell us a little bit
about the  musical direction of the new recording and also how does differ
from the stuff  you have released in the past?

This music on “Evolutionary Miscarriage” is certainly a continuation of the Pillory sound.  Even on the first record I tried thinking outside of the box when writing.  Having already created a full album in the past and since then written and demo’d numerous songs, I feel like the Pillory sound is much more definable in my head now.  The only rules really are to try and stay away from conventional ideas.  Of course there is going to be influence from all the genres of music that I listen to, but I don’t follow any formula or method for coming up with ideas.  “Evolutionary Miscarriage” is a concept album and I wanted the music to flow along with the lyrical concepts and dynamics of that concept.

3.The  band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split
and also the  decision to reform?

The original form of Pillory is long gone.  The sound that I helped create however was something that I had always wanted to carry on.  I had so many more ideas and directions to go with it.  When the time was right for myself I decided to create a piece that represented that vision I once originally had back in 2005.  The passion and creativity I had back then was easy to find and has been flowing ever since I made the commitment to reinvigorate Pillory.

4.The  last album was released in 2005 and you have waited 9 years to
release the  follow up, other than the split what was the other cause of the gap
between  releases?

Back then Pillory was not a full time touring band.  I wanted to be on the road full time so I took opportunities that gave me that chance.  When the band decided to discontinue I waited for the right time to create another album.  While it may be a 9 year gap, I always knew that I would one day want to put together another Pillory release.  I had written most of the originally material on my own, so all that was left was to perfect the vocal styles for the album and then get to work.  I also tracked, engineered, mixed and mastered “Evolutionary Miscarriage” at my personal studio “House of Grind Studio” from 2012-2013.
5.What  are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with
the newer  music?

Pillory has always been about the exploration of the human race.  We have many faults, and treat each other worse than most other animals on this planet treat each other.  “Evolutionary Miscarriage” is based on a fictional story that covers subjects like hate, discrimination, and our total intolerance for anything or any body that may be different.  I think Pillory is about brutal honesty and expressing the feelings that we have about ourselves that we all know exist but maybe don’t want to say out loud.

The story specifically is about a population of the human race that for an unknown reasons begins to have abortions and lose the ability to birth a child.  This creates outrage as another group of people that feel that if you’re unable to birth then you represent a sign of the possible end of the human race.
These people unable to reproduce are discriminated against and turned into the enemy. This leads to civil war across the planet and ultimately to their total execution.  As human’s we fear whatever we think may be trying to stop what we believe is in our best interest.  This leads to hatred and violence.  It begs the question of whether or not losing the ability to birth a child is de-evolution or simply natures planned evolution for our race. Erase us before we erase it.

6.What  is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Pillory'?

By definition “The pillory was a device made of a wooden or metal framework erected on a post, with holes for securing the head and hands, formerly used for punishment by public humiliation and often further physical abuse”.  
A device like a pillory embodies the human race.  It is simple, brutal and was used to humiliated who the people in power deemed unjust.  We’re always looking for ways to punish and tell people what is right and wrong.  A pillory represents all of these things in a very primitive way.

7.What  are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years
and also how  would you describe your stage performance?

It has been quite a long time since I had performed with Pillory as a group.  I personally have toured and played many shows with bands over the years.  I always take pride in my performances and want to play and entertain the crowd that has paid to come see whatever group I’m playing with.  Pillory’s music from a live perspective can create a lot of energy.  Whatever musicians are performing the music should expect to give that energy to the crowd and in turn take back energy that the crowd is giving.   

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

There are no plans to tour or play shows at this time.  It’s possible in the future if I decided to recruit live musicians.  Right now I’m just enjoying having Pillory as a solo project and as a great outlet to express my musical thoughts and ideas.

9.What  is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of
the band  members are involved with?

I stay busy and am typically part of at least 1 or 2 albums per year.  Most recently, there is a release date coming up for the band Eschaton’s new album.  I drummed on the record, help write some of the music, engineered and co-produced the record as well.  Expect to hear some news soon regarding them.  
I’m also currently working with the death metal band Incinerate for a 2015 release.  We’re finishing up the pre-production now and I expect to be tracking in the studio sometime in November 2014.  There is another extreme released that I’m lined up to work on as well once that one is complete.  

10.Where  do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

“Evolutionary Miscarriage” was a huge step up for Pillory musically. With new material I expect to take another step forward.  I will continue to put out albums as one whole concept, with the music and lyrics tied together throughout the entire listening experience of the album.  

I’m always improving as a composer.  Even after having been writing music for so long you can always improve and I see myself opening up musically even more for the next release.  I intend to take my guitar playing to another level and continue to push my writing abilities on the drums.  I already have a lyrical concept for the album but cannot reveal it at this time.
I also expect to give a bigger role to the two musicians that contributed soundscapes, samples and orchestral compositions on “Evolutionary Miscarriage”.

11.What  are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence
on your music  and also what are you listening to nowadays?

When originally getting into extreme metal I spent a lot of time studying specific bands.  I wanted to learn everything about their sound and the specifics of what made them sound the way they do.  Bands like Nile, Origin, Krisiun, Dying Fetus and Dimmu Borgir were huge influences on my initial drumming.  I feel that I needed to learn about these bands before I could branch out and start creating these types of sounds for myself.  
That was well over 10 years ago and I have not looked back since.  I’ve gotten into all types of extreme metal since then.  From bands like Dark Funeral and Marduk to less extreme bands like Fear Factory and Pro-Pain.  I even really enjoy a band like Dream Theater for their creative sound and songwriting abilities.    
There aren’t really any newer bands that I have taken to specifically but I’m open to listening to any quality extreme metal band as I’m sure I can get something out of it and will enjoy it.

12.What  are some of your non musical interests?

Outside of music, I have a great family that I spend lots of time with.  I also devote a good amount of time to my personal fitness which I think does help me with my musical performance.  I love outdoor activities and sports and enjoying watching live sports on tv or attending a live sporting event.  When I have the time I’ll catch a movie or play some video games, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time for that.

13.Before  we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or

I want to thank the fans of Pillory out there for supporting this new record and all the music I have been involved in over the years.  I’m always looking for the next session work, whether it be drumming, song writing, producing or mixing, so please feel free to contact me .
Lastly I enjoyed doing this interview and appreciate having the opportunity to tell you a bit more about Pillory and about myself.  
Look for the new Pillory video for the track “Imbeciles in Defiance”.  Follow Pillory on facebook and keep up with me on facebook and youtube.  Thank You!