Monday, August 22, 2016

Geist Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

(A) We've all been involved in music for years now. Collectively we've probably played in about 15-20 bands over the last 10 years. Some of which have done more than others, this one has definitely stuck for the long run.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

(A) I suppose it is what you take from it. While being reviewed we've been called anything from grindcore (?!) to "thrash metal" in your very review. If someone asks we tend to say its kind of crusty hardcore/punk. I suppose it has elements of everything though.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

(A) With every release the lyrics seem to have a fairly consistent "direction" throughout respectively. Our first was based around expectation and exploitation by means of religion. Each song was a stage of a journey through this, from the maker who creates the con, round circle to the healer. Our split deals with more social matters such as people's attitudes when they have money, and how their self worth changes. Also, a nod to George Orwell and conspiracy theories with checking in constantly with various social media platforms. Our newest material, that will appear on our 7" eventually, covers a more introspective view on things but from an extroverted angle, where other people can also relate.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Geist'?

(A) I honestly can't remember how it came about. Naming bands is one of the most awkward parts for me. I never like the sound of anything really! It was a toss up between Geist and another and i think we just started referring to it as Geist before we'd settled properly and it stuck.

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

(A) Well in terms of playing shows i think the band is still relatively fresh. We tend to book runs of shows rather than play one offs which doesn't allow us to get out maybe as often as we'd like to but for longer spells when we do. Temples Festival would have been the biggest we'd done but that obviously didn't happen for obvious reasons. As for performance, we go into every show with as much energy as possible. We could be playing to 10 people or 500, we try and approach it the same.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

(A) We're away for 8 days early September. Hoping to get to Europe maybe early next year. We haven't done Europe with this band so we're all dying to get it sorted.

7.You have a split coming out with Sunlight's Bane, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

(A) Myself and Nick have been in touch for a few years now. They were looking for a band to do a split with and we were pondering our next release with 2 songs ready to either start our own 7" or go on a split so the time was just right for both parties.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of crust and grindcore?

(A) i'd say we've certainly gone down better on crust shows. I personally don't get the grindcore link with Geist to be honest.

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

(A) we're already pretty much finished writing our own 7" so we'll be working out when we're going to record once we're done with the tour in September.


10.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?

(A) Between the 5 of us we listen to a lot of different music. Geist definitely takes influence from hardcore punk and crust. As cliched as that sounds i think its probably the best way i can describe it.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

(A) We're all very different people. Between us all our non musical interests range from football, through various forms of art, all the way through to spending hours playing computer games haha!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

(A) If you haven't picked up the split 7" go grab one! Oh and come see us on tour!
2/9 - Leeds / Santiago
3/9 - Manchester / Star and Garter
4/9 - London / The Unicorn
5/9 - Brighton / SCNS
6/9 - Plymouth / The Junction
7/9 - Bristol / The Red Lion
8/9 - Hull / Gorilla Studios
9/9 - Newcastle / Northumberland Arms

Thursday, August 18, 2016

F.A.M Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Hello.
It's been quite a long time since our debut album came out...The band was active, somewhere in the underground...We played rehearsals , from time to time we gave some bigger or smaller gigs…we slowly made new material. In the meantime, there have been some personal changes and everything took some more time.

2.You have a new album coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
When it comes to the sound, we are totally satisfied with the effect we have achieved. Guitars and the bass sound strong and brutal, but also clearly. The person who embraced the mixing, so MichaƂ Grabowski, knows how brutal music is supposed to sound. Michal also mixed our previous CD split material for "Radical circus team". In comparison to the first record, there is a great difference.  “Bullet(in)" was recorded 10 years ago and a lot has changed since then regarding  equipment  and
recording possibilities. We are more experienced and we knew how we wanted to sound and it has been achieved on this record.

3.This is the first full length to be released since 2007, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
As I mentioned before, there have been some personal changes and it influenced the making of the new material. But also..we don’t live in the same city. I have been involved the cooperation with other bands such as XAOZ ,AMOROHOUS or CHRIST AGONY. Our lineup is stable now , we have new material, there are gigs in the future so we are ready to act with full force.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Zajac (voc)
It may sound trivial, whatsoever, but I raise questions which concern ourselves and our surrounding. The idea for lyrics can  be found everywhere in the news, in friend’s blogs. These are common emotions simply put on paper. When I am pissed off, it is easy to yell it out. But I don’t only focus on what is wrong.  Cool memories from tours, being the part of a stage prove to be good content of lyrics. And love, of course, because  All songs are about love, aren’t they?

5.I know that the band’s name means 'Furor Arma Ministrat', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

All of  us get pissed off by a lot of Stuff…by everyday things, from trivial issues to such aspects in life we have no influence on , and they happen, irrespectively …hatred may fuse aggression, such as in power to act, in creative power…everyone has a different manner to let out negative emotions,  which are so deep in us …some are aggressive and hit their wives or kids , others go to watch football to smash each other’s faces  ..others do sports and so on…Due to playing music , we let out all our negative emotions…

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
So far, the best gig we have ever given, was at the best festival in the world which is  Obscene Extreme in 2009 and we hope to do it again ,right down there…  We give our best and  our approach to it is the same, no matter if the club is small or big  or it is a big festival …We do everything that’s in our might…

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
At the moment we are preparing a few gigs to promote our new material..hopefully we will organize a tour …we will see…we are craving for gigs and we are open to new offers….

8.On the new album you had done a 'My Dying Bride' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?
This decision was spontaneous …I Heard this song one Day, and I thought that…fuck…if we play it faster that will be a great track…I did care not to make a “ typical cover” majority of bands make. Moreover, it was supposed to be a different type of a track, not in our style..

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal and grindcore?
We got many positive reviews from different parts of the world and we hope it will be similar in case of our new record.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are not planning to change anything regarding our music so far. We do not intend to experiment. I think it is gonna be even more brutal..

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?
For sure it is a kind of a resultant of our fascinations related to death metal ,grind core and punk.
I am not keen on extreme music , and it doesn’t matter if we call it black death grind gore crust punk or thrash metal...


12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Music is a great part of my life because apart from making music I teach drums and deal with recordings. In my free time I like cooking something good, watching a good film or reading a good book.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanx a lot for the interview. Check out our new material . Regards to all the readers. Support the stage and see you at gigs!!




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

MatraK AttaKK Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

MatraK AttaKK is a 6 piace crust/grindcore band. We all come from different bands. Most of us are busy with music since quite a lot.. Some of us where playing hardcore/D-beat,some anarcho-punk/crust, some Thrash/black metal, some punk/ska. And we are mixed up in the darkest way, but with a lot of energy.
MatraK AttaKK comes from the ashes of S.Y.N. :4 of us where playing here since 2013, then in 2014 the drummer and one singer left, so we kept on playing with a different drummer and singer.We changed so much in a positive way, that we decided to change name.

2.In June you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

All the songs of the CD are a mixture of what we were since 2013, when 4 of us where toegether in the band S.Y.N. : when the new drummer and new other singer joined, it was clear that we were going to change, and gladly!Everything became faster,shorter and louder.
So now, in grind we crust, no doubt about it!

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

There we also put our different backgrounds: in the CD most of the lyrics are anti-psychiatric, then some are about war, shit-system, post nuclear visions...

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'MatraK Attakk'?

I guess it just sounded cool when Mosh, our singer, send us all a message for having a new name.After some of us, gave a meaning to it. It's about 'one of the thousand victims of psychiatry and fascism'. A Matrak is the police's cosh (baton, billy club, nightstick).

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

If you see MatraK AttaKK live, you see a lot of people on the stage and 4 going crazy: a lot of energy, rage, cables everywhere, falling pieces of drum, falling drummer, falling singer, singers running around, guitar in the front...check on youtube if you're curious :)
Show at Kinky star gent with Altered State https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRxlz6DO42E (Duisterdom)
Show with MDC and Silence means death in aalst : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt1EfuIkbHA (Weapon of mass destruction, newer song)

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

yes soon! In September a gig at a friend's birthday and 25september with Napalm Death and Silence Means Death in Brussel, and we can't wait for it!About a future tour it's going to be in march, but has to be fixed with a driver this time.Last tour was amazing but we went with 2 cars and 3 of us driving.We went to Rotterdam,Groeningen,Luik,Bremen(2 times),Leipzig and Berlin(2 times) so it wasn't that much of driving, but to go further we need some help to drive, and to be all together in a van :) for 2018 we are going to Indonesia, if i can fix everything so far, but I'm already busy with it, some friends there are going to help us!

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We received the help of 2 DIY labels to release our CD(Vleesklak Records and Dead Punx Records), but we are never going to be signed with a exclusive contract: it takes away all the freedom, and mostly bigger labels just ask you money to tour with big bands. we dont need this shit.we like the DIY scene.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of crust and grindcore?

I'm experiencing it now on stupid facebook: before there was myspace to do all this.I dont like using fb, but it's a easy way to share your music.We fixed the previous tour online, in the DIY network. A lot of people from all over the world are sending us greetings and appreciation: that's nice.some want to do splits with us,some want our songs for compilation: that's all great!

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

We are going more and more grind, but we'll never be purely grindcore: we are 6 people in this band: our drummer is a grindcore fan, and you can hear it!I personally like 80s sounds in punk/crust/hardcore and grindcore, the other singer likes black/thrash metal as well, our bass player likes punk, the 2 guitars are also really different ppl, one likes it more crusty and the other grinds more.The results are the latest songs of the CD : Fuck shit up, Matrak AttaKK, Duisterdom...you'll hear the new unreleased songs in the next recordings around october 2016.

10.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?

We are two people answering the interview luckily, so you won't read too many bands:
Jona  : Black Sabbath, Nirvana, Haemorrage, old Sepultura, Obituary, some grind
Cristina : Plasmatics, Thulsa Doom, old Detente(w/ Dawn Crosby), Harum Scarum, Lost World..and fuck yes, Bonnie Tyler as well.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

The wrong two ppl to ask ehe..we run a little diy booking thing and we organize other bands in belgium,therefore we make flyers, we cook and we make party's.The others of the band like to travel, but they are also too much into music.ehe

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thankx for giving us the opportunity to  say something and spread our music and message(s) :) we are on youtube and bandcamp.just check us out.hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sunlights Bane/Geist/Seeing Red Records/2016 Split 7 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  7  inch  between Michigan's  Sunlights  Bane  and  England's  Geist  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Seeing  Red Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review with  Sunlights  Bane  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  d  beat  and  grind.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  brutal  grindcore sound  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  and  d  beats  along  with some death  metal  growls  and  angry  hardcore  style  shouting  and one  of  their  tracks  are  very short  in length  and  high  pitched  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  both  songs  also  sticks  mostly  to  a  very  fast  and  heavy  sound  while  also  bring  in  a  slight  black  metal  influence  and  some  mod  paced  sections,  the production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sunlights  Bane  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  b  beat  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Spoke  of  the  Cancerous  Void".

  Next  up  is  Geist  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  d  beat  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  aggressive  sound  along  with  some  power  violence/hardcore  style  shouts  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  d  beat  elements  while  also  mixing  in  the  heaviness of  grindcore  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Geist  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  power  violence,  d  beat  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Location  Data".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  d  beat,  power  violence  and  grindcore.  8  out  of  10.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

MatraK AttaKK/Self Titled/2016 CD Review


  MatraK  AttaKK  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2016  album.

  A  very  distorted  amp  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  d  beats  and  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  punk  style  vocals  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  crust  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  elements  of  grindcore  van  be  heard.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and fast  parts  while t he  music  also  brings  in a  great  amount  of  mid  80's  and  early 90's  influences  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  there  is  only  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads  and  some  of t he  riffs  also  bring  in  a  little  bit  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical instruments  that  are  present  on  the recording.

  MattraKK  AttaKK  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes old  school  hardcore,  punk,  crust  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  musical  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  political  and  real  life  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  MattraKK  AttaKK  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "No  Self  Defence"  "Duisterdom"  "GasWar"  and  "Fuck  Shit  Up".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Existench/Deboned/EveryDayhateRecords/2016 Split 7 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Canada's  Existench  and  Deboned  which  was  released  by  EveryDayHate  Records  and we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Existench     a band  that  plays  a  mixture of  crust  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  drum  beats  and  a  heavy  guitar  sound  and  a  feel  seconds   later  high  pitched  screams  and  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  The  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount of  crust influences  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melody  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  songs  also  avoid  using  any  guitar  solos  or  leads  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Existench  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Polluted"  and  "Con-Formed".

  Next  up  is  Deboned  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts out  with  horror  movie  samples  before  going  into  a  very  fast  grindcore  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  crust  style  vocals  and  the  music  also  brings  in  some  crossover  elements  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  while  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  tracks  remain  very  heavy  without  ever  using  any  solos  and  leads,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror  movies  and  serial  killer  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deboned  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Decaying  Rotten  Insides"  and  "March  Of  the  Faceless  Freak".

  in  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  crust  and grindcore.  8 out  of  10. 

Myteri/Self Titled/EveryDayHate Records/2016 CD Review

  Myteri  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  hardcore  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  album  which  was  released  by  EveryDayHate  Records.

  Clean  guitars  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  as  well  us  using  some  growling  vocals  which  bring  in  a  touch  of  death  meta  while  also  mixing  in  some  angry  hardcore  style  vocals.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  bring  in  a  lot  of  crustcore  elements  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief use  of  back  up  female  vocals.

  Myteri  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  crust  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  melodic  style  of  hardcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Myteri  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  crust  and  melodic  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Act  Right  Now"  "Deforestation"  and  "Nykter".  8 out  of  10.