суббота, июля 26

Небольшой опрос от No Clean Singing

Опубликовано ресурсом No Clean Singing.


(Today our Russian contributor Comrade Aleks brings us Part 3 of a four-part series in which he puts the same five questions to doom bands from around the world, and introduces us to their music at the same time.)

Sometimes I use this unpopular “quiz” format because there are too many interesting bands that I would like to bring to light, and in my opinion it’s a good way to spread some news and to get new points of view on a few issues (including even some political questions). The list of questions I put to the bands is below:

1. What is the band’s latest news and what are your plans for the near future?

2. What do we get (in the broadest sense) from the release of your last album?

3. What is the best response that your band has ever received?

4. What role does the church (or any other religious organization) play in your life or (let’s take it wider) in the life of the heavy scene? Is there any spiritual, religious, or antireligious component in your songs?

5. What does the Media in your country tell about the situation in Ukraine? And how do you see that situation? Some people from other countries have asked me strange questions about Russia’s policy, and let me say that I have a few friends in Ukraine and my colleagues have relatives there, and believe me, there’s no media in ANY country that is showing the problem as it really is. We can watch as the Cold War turns into real warfare.

Today, we bring the answers to these questions from Altar Of Oblivion (Denmark), Barabbas (France), Boneworm (USA), Don Juan Matus (Peru), and Evoke Thy Lords (Russia).

Evoke Thy Lords (Novosibirsk, Russia)

1. Maybe, our new record is both the main thing and our plans for the close future. It’s on the final straight, we’re bringing it to the final point in the studio.

2. Drunken Tales got good opinions and, of course, it’s great. We believe, in this work, that we succeeded in passing a main message of this music. We can consider it to be our main achievement with our latest release. We’re talking about these things, aren’t we?

3. Nice melodies, but depressing. Stop drinking.

4. As far as I’m concerned, these institutions don’t have any impact on us and other Siberian heavy bands. I hope the situation won’t change. Our music doesn’t include such kinds of elements, at least in a traditional way.

5. Frankly speaking, I’ve never trusted mass media, and taking into consideration all the infoglut that is on the internet I think it’s not possible to know the truth. I think, in media, any useful signal is almost completely lost through misinformation and infoglut. I don’t think the great bulk of people in Russia or Ukraine really understand what’s going on. All we can do is to guess using sketchy information. We all wish, of course, that the chaos will vanish as soon as possible, and that the people in Ukraine won’t suffer any more.

суббота, июля 19

Рецензия на Drunken Tales от Stereo Invaders

Un incantatore di serpenti nel deserto, un flauto che muove polvere e che fa alzare la testa al più pericoloso ed incontrollabile dei rettili.

Come un mistico orientale, ecco entrare in punta di piedi nell’universo Stoner-Doom il progetto Evoke Thy Lords. A dire il vero, già avevano rilasciato un lavoro in studio, ma il sound passato si muoveva su lidi gotici e Death. Ora è giunto il momento di evolvere, ed in questo senso ci riescono perfettamente con un disco che incanta muovendosi su tonalità del passato. Il cambiamento sta nell’introduzione di un mood Rock, per nulla malinconico e gotico, e che si fa lisergico via via. La voce rimane ancorata su degli schemi Death, mentre gli sviluppi e la consistenza dei suoni sono marcatamente Doom. Qui e là poi ecco spuntare un flauto, le cui dissonanze e minimali sortite arricchiscono il disco. Le chitarre disegnano trame avvolgenti, rendendo più sofisticati e fruibili le cadenze monolitiche del disco. La strada da percorrere è ancora lunga, ma restiamo ben impressionati da “Drunken Tales”.

пятница, марта 28

Рецензия на Drunken Tales от Metal Revolution

Yet another review from Russian-based Solitude Productions and yet another doom metal record. This time it is Evoke Thy Lords, a stoner doom metal act from Russian Federation (Novosibirsk city).

Drunken Tales is their second full-length material, a five-tracker album. Actually, it contains only four original and ordinary song and one closing bonus track named “Cause Follows Effect”. This track finalizes the album giving the end to the space walk.

Their sound is not entirely about doom but also contains some southern vibe; accompanied by some sludge and 70s rock elements, which gives this extra layer to their music. Heavy guitar tunes, excellent riffing, gruff and groovy vocals (although the album is almost devoid of vocals which is quite strange?!), powerful bass groove and hypnotic jazz flute sounds, providing a pretty unique and enjoyable vibe, are just some of the things one can hear on this record.

Songs are perfectly composed and song structures are really fantastic. There’s a certain amount of heaviness, catchiness but also psychedelia and melancholia which makes it quite diverse and enjoyable to listen to.

Drunken Tales is not like any other album popping up once in a wide from Solitude Productions. This shit is different and an opus that is brilliant mostly due to its instrumentation. Recommended for fans of Down, Kyuss, Saturnus, Corrosion Of Conformity, My Dying Bride, Cathedral etc.

воскресенье, марта 23

Пара компиляций от Stonerobixxx

Немного повторимся: в начале года, небезызвестный в определенных кругах ресурс Stonerobixxx включил инструментал Dregs с нашего космо-альбома в свой сборник Best of 2013: A Night On The Lunar Landscapes. Комментарии следующие:

"A Night On The Lunar Landscapes" compiles 9 truly mysterious psychedelic scifi-stoner rock classics from the past year. Progressive, trippy, spaced out and highly atmospheric.

1. Monomyth - Vanderwaalskrachten (11:41)
2. Black Willows - Neptune (8:51)
3.The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic - Get Off My World! (4:20)
4. Pyramidal - Sons Of Light (6:14)
5. Ampacity - Asimov's Sideburns (9:50)
6. Gigatron2000 - Cosmic Desert Cruise (3:48)
7. Buddha Senteza - Debris Moon (8:53)
8. Ocean Towers - Horizon (6:17)
9. Evoke Thy Lords - Dregs (9:02)

Скачать его можно здесь и здесь.

А незадолго до этого тот же трэк был включен в сентябрьскую компиляцию:

Stonerobixxx September 2013 Compilation
Gloomy doom, terrifying riffs, paralyzing psychedelica...

1. Bloody Hammers - What's Haunting You (4:03)
2. Maeth - Troödon (10:07)
3. Rorcal - D (9:33)
4. Sonora Ritual - Ryff Ryder (6:46)
5. Sunburster - Setting Sun (6:58)
6. Solar Corona - Samara (5:17)
7. Evoke Thy Lords - Dregs (9:02)

Скачать этот сборник можно здесь и здесь.

А послушать - ниже:

воскресенье, марта 16

Англоязычная версия новогоднего опроса

Опубликовано ресурсом No Clean Singing. Русскоязычный вариант здесь.


(Our Russian correspondent Comrade Aleks put 3 year-end questions to 14 bands, many of whom may be new names to NCS readers. In this 3-part post, he shares their answers and their music. Today, the featured bands are A Young Man’s Funeral, Decay of Reality, Ennui, Ethereal Riffian, and Evoke Thy Lords.)

This publication is the last thing I could do before I fell into drunken slumber after horrible celebration of the New Year then coming and now here. Men from a few euphonious bands of Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia were asked three similar questions, and soon, answers were given. What did I ask them to share with our readers in these gloomy winter days? Oh, I guess here they are…

1. What is the band’s latest news? And what are your plans for 2014?
2. For what events do you remember 2013? Events from the world of music, political stuff, personal stuff, or even that bad weather – that damned winter without snow?
3. And the last one – what would you like to wish for our readers and your listeners?

Here we go, to spread the Word of Doom, Death, and Damnation (as well as Goodness and Virtue). Happy New Year!

Evoke Thy Lords (Novosibirsk, Russia)

1. We’re still searching for a regular drummer, but nevertheless we have some plans. In a few words, we’re planning to release some stuff, but we don’t want to disclose details. Hope that everything will be great.

2. First of all, of course, the expiring year sticks in our memory with the release of our last work – Drunken Tales. We received very positive responses and the album will spread all over the world. This is due in large measure to our label Solitude Productions (thanks, guys). And this year we also had the good luck to become a part of a giant international compilation via the awesome Doom Metal portal Doommantia. Politics or weather themes are not our things.

3. We hope this year was good and that next year will be much better for you, friends. Thank you for the interest and support. Perfect holidays, good luck, and more awesome music for us all!