(Comrade Aleks brings us this interview with guitarist and songwriter Richard Nossar of the great Peruvian doom band Matus, who we’ve featured on our site before and who have a new album ready for listening.)
It’s time to relax and let your mind flow with a current of old ’n’ good psychedelic stoner rock. Matus (ex-Don Juan Matus) is a Peruvian band, and we’ll talk about it with Richard Nossar (guitars) as an exception to NCS’s strict rules. Matus celebrate their tenth anniversary this year and they almost have a fifth full-length Claroscuro in their hands, so why not?
“Más allá de este sueño al que el hombre llama vida
Hay un lugar donde el tiempo no es real!”
If you get me right… Anyway, let’s try.
(Comrade Aleks returns to our site with an engaging interview of the frontman for Barabbas.)
French Barabbas appeared on the European doom-scene in 2011 with a self-titled album, and its killer song “Barabbas” was also included in a Doom Metal Front compilation, so you may already know them. Three years have passed, and Barabbas return with great new tunes! Messe pour un chien shows the band’s evident progress as they go further from traditional doom and stoner tunes to something more massive and mobile.
The new songs are really catchy, they demonstrate all the best of Barrabas’ musical experience, and they have mordant and ironical lyrics — that’s something new for the somber doom scene, but it’s ok for the congregation of Four Saints of Barabbas. The band’s frontman Saint Rodolphe is here to spread a Word, yet not to preach.
(Comrade Aleks brings us this interview (with music) of the Italian doom band Premarone.)
Sometimes I start to think that I’m the best friend of Italian doom bands! Though sometimes I think the same about Russian, French, or Peruvian bands – depends on different periods. As some of our readers know – the Italian doom scene has deep roots in retro psychedelic rock and often has a lot of common elements with old-fashioned horror movies. It’s a kind of trademark, but it’s not a rule. I like to find exceptions to rules as well as confirmations when they are cool ones.
It’s hard to describe what Premarone is… They have a pretty original opinion on the questions about how doom music should sound. They have these doom riffs and some old-school arrangements with all their tastiness, and yet at the same time they practice a punk approach to it and don’t limit themselves in their experimentations. And Premarone released their first full-length Obscuris Vera Involvens in January 2015. It’s worth a listen, and that’s why we’ve done this interview with Alessandro Lugano (drums) and other seigniors of Premarone’s collective mind.
I don’t have a crystal ball, just some experience and a willingness to make guesses, but my prediction is that with a little word of mouth and the increasing exposure of their music, Denver-based Khemmis are going to blow up. They’re excellent songwriters, they’re accomplished musicians, they pour their souls into their music — and their music is righteous. They also have a tube-assisted wizard for a mascot.
In the wide-ranging interview that accompanies the song we’re about to premiere from their debut album, “Ash, Cinder, Smoke“, I unfairly asked the band if they could sum up their sound and style in a paragraph or less for people new to their music. They did it in six words — “Like a doom metal Iron Maiden.”
(KevinP brings us another installment in his ongoing series of short interviews, talking this time with drummer Sergio Ponti of and Dordeduh and Sunset In the 12th House, whose debut album was released earlier this month.)
K: With everyone else in the band from/living in Romania, how did you hook up with them?
S: In the spring of 2007 I was on tour with Ephel Duath. We played about 12 gigs in the UK with Negura Bunget opening all of those gigs for us. We didn’t get to share too much time together back then, but we remained in contact. They invited me to Timisoara, Romania, in the fall of 2009.
I was initially asked to be part of Dordeduh, but scheduling conflicts on my side made it impossible. I did record the drums for the debut EP Valea Omului though. We started collaborating soon after on Sunset in the 12th House around 2011. Then in 2013, I was asked again to be in Dordeduh and circumstances made it possible for me to join full time.
(Comrade Aleks returns with this interview of Alexey Kozlov, vocalist and bassist of Evoke Thy Lords.)
Evoke Thy Lords is a pretty original band from Russian Siberia. The band is located in Novosibirsk and there they play a fantastic mix of sludgy psychedelic doom metal with good, deep growls and mesmerizing flute tunes.
They started in 2002 with more trivial stuff, but everything changed with the Drunken Tales album (2013), and its success was developed further on the third full-length album under the ambitious title Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar! (2015).
Don’t waste any time — come discover new dimensions of sound with Alexey Kozlov (bass, vocals). Don’t worship Satan! Raise giant mushrooms!
(In this new installment of KevinP’s short-interview series, he beings us a trio of conversations with three bands on the Blood Music label.)
Back in April I did mini reviews on three of Blood Music’s 2015 releases over at MetalBandcamp (here). But I wanted to delve into more about each band and find out the “method behind the madness”, as you would say. *Note* All three releases are available for NAME YOUR OWN PRICE download. Here is my conversation with each of the bands:
K: So are you surprised at the interest from metal fans/websites in your horror synthcore?
G: Being a metalhead myself, I feel like some of my tracks reflect that, so not totally surprised. Also being associated with Blood Music helps.
(In this post we present Comrade Aleks’ interview with Christian Herzog, guitarist for the German band Shakhtyor.)
That ugly and bulky name Shakhtyor means “Miner” in Russian, but this instrumental post-doom/sludge band is from Germany. The reason for picking such a strange name is that one of this power trio’s members, Christian Herzog (guitars) studied in Saint-Petersburg for a few long months in the ’90s. Shakhtyor released their first self-titled album in 2012, and this record, along with the band’s powerful gigs attracted enough attention to the band that their second work Tunguska (named after the geographical location in Russia where a strange phenomenon, probably the fall of a meteor, took place in 1908) was released by Cyclone Empire both on vinyl and on CD on the 24th of April, 2015.
We discussed Shakhtyor’s new album and the Tunguska event with Chris just a few days ago.
Hail Chris! How are you? What has SHAKHTYOR done since the release of your debut self-titled album in 2012?
Hi Aleks, I am pretty well, thanks. Actually, we did what most bands do. We played a bunch of shows and recorded a new album. However, it took longer than expected. We had already started recording stuff for a second album in early 2013 but then we did not get any further with it. So we decided to play fewer shows in 2014 to write new songs and finally made it to the studio in November.
(KevinP brings us another short-but-sweet interview, this time with Wyatt H. of the Colorado bands Akhenaten and Helleborus — whose new song “Coils” we premiered earlier this year (here) with a free download.)
K: So how does one go from brutal death metal [Execration] to Mesopotamian and psychedelic black metal?
W: Helleborus and Akhenaten were in development during our time spent with Execration. Jerred had already started developing sounds for what would be Akhenaten in 2010. Around the time I was asked to join Execration, we were already experimenting with the elements of Black Metal before we had formed a solid project. Execration already had two releases when I started rehearsing with them. The nature of the music never fit with me but I enjoyed the chaos and energy behind it. Jerred and I tried our best to put our soul into the project with the last release The Acceptance of Zero Existence. Even though we had great success with the album, it brought light to me, that my brother and I were putting too much energy into something that wasn’t ours and of our true nature.
(Our Russian contributor Comrade Aleks bring us this interview of his countryman Andrey Lemark, vocalist of Delirium Silence.)
It’s not a geography lesson, but take a look at a map of Russia and find Yakutsk city. It’s located just 280 miles south of the Arctic Circle. You may ask me what did I forget there? Delirium Silence. A newborn aggressive death doom band that released a self-titled EP in December 2014.
This record consists of six songs, including a cover of the Septic Flesh song “Anubis”, and it’s really worth a listen. So I asked a few questions of Andrey Lemark, the band’s vocalist.
Hello Andrey! The first EP of Delirium Silence was pretty well-made, well-recorded, straightforward, and heavy. How long did you work over this release?
Greetings! To my mind the cover art is pretty awesome, thanks to Alex from Mayhem Project design.
You said it was heavy? I wouldn’t say so. The thing is that when we were recording the EP we weren’t sure what we wanted and in which genre we wanted to make it, but I like it loud and hard. Speaking of preparations, we weren’t actually preparing anything, it just happened. But each of us was waiting for this time to come.