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Monday, 24 April 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal
Related artists?.
CountryBordeaux FRANCE
Years Active2011-present
Song: "Spring"
Album: "Cliffhanger"
Year: 2016
For fans ofThe Armed, Voyage In Coma, Young Mountain, Cult Of Luna, Neurosis, Isis, Tephra, Viva Belgrado, Yarostan, Callow, Pianos Become The Teeth and Remote.
Label(s): Dingleberry Records / Voice Of The Unheard / Unlock Yourself Records / Désertion Records
This post's artist is from the April 2017 Mix. This is track #7.
You can download: the April 2017 Mix#4 right here or get the new May 2017 Mix#5 here.

moved from long, drawn out post-hardcore/post-metal to short, dark bursts of metallic hardcore. The early work on 'Weight of Past' is rooted directly is post-metal, most notably influenced by bands such as Cult Of Luna, Neurosis, Isis and Tephra. The five to eight minute songs mix gutteral yells and some classic, Neurosis-esque clean singing, which I'm not the biggest fan of, to be honest. The instrumentals on this EP is excellent though, as it creates a vast and dreary world that is highly susceptible to ambient interludes in addition to swelling breakdowns. By the end of the same year PAST released 'Never Fall Down', a blatant departure from their previous sound, opting for a dirty, post-hardcore smash in the face instead of a lulling and epic post-metal approach. This definitely gives the band character and a finer niche within the punk/hardcore/metal sound, and is the reason why I reviewed PAST. Not for this album, though, as the band sent me their 2016 offering so I jammed that first. I would most definitely note that "Our Flesh", "The Gun", "Dropout" and "Outro" are fantastic songs that really give a strong indication of the style that is refined on last year's 'Cliffhanger'. On this release PAST has really pushed a driving style of dark, blasted and bassy hardcore that can be seen in other current bands such as RemoteThe Armed and Young Mountain, primarily.The opening two tracks from this debut LP are phenomenal. PAST drop the fantastic "Spring" first, which sets the tone of the album with brooding, vicious, dirty and dark hardcore with a surprising amount of structure and melody. The breakdown/chorus that hits right before the first minute will have you air-drumming along in no time. "Once Again" further reaffirms the dark path they've taken, as the thick and sludgy instrumentals pack quite a punch, especially once combined with that throaty scream. In addition to the awesome, devastating screams are occasional dual vocals that are placed well but don't really accentuate the music much, as the lead vocalist has such a commanding vocal presence. The LP continues in this vein but I find that none of the remaining songs hit me like the first two, but "Cliffhanger", "Doormat" and "Troth" are definitely very good songs. I'm very happy that Domino Media sent me this for review. Kudos.



2013 - Weight of Past digitalEP (stream/download here)
2013 - Never Fall Down digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - Cliffhanger cd/12"LP (stream/donate/download here)


(2016) PAST - "Spring" (from 'Cliffhanger')

(2016) PAST - "Once Again" (from 'Cliffhanger')

(2016) PAST - "Doormat" (from 'Cliffhanger')

(2013) PAST - "Outro" (from 'Never Fall Down')

(2013) PAST - "Our Flesh" (from 'Never Fall Down')

(2013) PAST - "Weight of Past" (from 'Weight of Past')


PAST additional links


Sunday, 23 April 2017


GenresPunk / Post-Rock / Hardcore / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Post-Metal / Ambient / Instru-metal / Prog
Related artists?.
CountryMarseille FRANCE
Years Active2016-present
Song: "Aversion - Les cors pour assiéger la nuit"
Album: "Les ruines de notre temps"
Year: 2016
For fans ofDaïtro, Viva Belgrado, Rinoa, Young Mountain, Corea, We Never Learned To Live, Potence, Dominic, Rainmaker, Sed Non Satiata, Jeanne, The Third Memory, Dip LegKŸHLÀnteros, Mesa Verde, Captain, Your Ship Is Sinking and Suffocate For Fuck Sake aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the April 2017 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download: the April 2017 Mix#4 right here or get the new May 2017 Mix#5 here.

YAROSTAN are from Marseille in France. The four-piece take their name from a character in Fredy Pearlman's 'Letters of Insurgency'. The band's debut EP 'Les ruines de notre temps' came out in September of 2016 and has got me very hyped. Although the EP an arc meant to played as cohesive whole, I've found myself jamming one song constantly, two songs periodically and another song rarely. That being said, this is YAROSTAN's first outing and it has had quite an impact on me. Dave, discuss:

The EP opens with the title track, which is also the shortest song on the release at 2:11. "Les ruines de notre temps" splits its time with the first minute being a Mr. Robot quote that flaunts our species' ignorance, disregard and placidity in the listener's face with a blatantly truthful and emotionally uncomfortable rant followed by another minute of long, drawn out hits and feedback. "Les coeurs se fanent" gets right into it and mixes a lot screamy, crusty hardcore of the Daïtro and Potence variety (so, obviously the vocals) and boasts a pummeling opening 2:27 before receding slightly into atmospheric post-rock/post-hardcore territory.

Track three, the ultimate, the amazing "Aversion - Les cors pour assiéger la nuit" is absolutely incredible. I would have initially assumed that the fast, heavy and in-your-face second track would be my jam, but considering the time and effort put into the amazing crescendo and subsequent climax that is the 7:40 of song three, I can't help but be a little dumbstruck. After an quick introduction, the song gets very French screamo (again, Daitro) before settling into a nice, serene groove that brings Young Mountain and Suffocate For Fuck Sake to mind. Giving you time to sway and chill for the section beginning at 1:30, with things climb significantly after 2:45 in the instrumental department. However, the song doesn't explode and instead takes another step back, opting to tug their wave back for a bigger and more destructive blow. The epic drive upwards continues past the four-minute mark until 4:53 when shit goes bananas. Seriously, I'm tearing up right now. At 5:20 a prodigious breakdown takes the song into subterranean post-hardcore with dark, bass-driven claps that erupt like a volcano again at six minutes, making this one of the best songs of 2016, holy fuck.

The closer, "Antarctique" opens heavy as fuck but this is misleading, as after the crashing instrumental 1;15 the song takes a eerie and minimal turn that is more atmosphere than music at points. By 2:30 the song gets back on track, more or less, and rides its own image of Pelican until the 6:26 finish.

I am beyond stoked to see what YAROSTAN releases next. Be sure to check out their bandcamp page and please please please check out "Aversion - Les cors pour assiéger la nuit".



2016 - Les ruines de notre temps EP (stream/donate/download here)


(2016) YAROSTAN - "Aversion - Les cors pour assiéger la nuit" (from 'Les ruines de notre temps')

(2016) YAROSTAN - "Les coeurs se fanent" (from 'Les ruines de notre temps')


YAROSTAN additional links

Saturday, 22 April 2017

***TRACHIMBROD exclusive interview, the second***

Back in 2013 I contacted what I think was the first or second band that I ever asked to do an interview with (the others I remember being Animal Faces and Amber). You can read it here, as it was a very surreal experience to ask a band that I loved my own questions. Now it's nearly half a decade later and I was lucky enough to help release what I believe is album of the year (thus far) with TRACHIMBROD's 2017 offering of their 'Leda' 12"LP. Released on my label, Zegema Beach Records, along with my German friend Paul and his Through Love Recs label as well as the illustrious UK-based Dog Knights Productions led by Darren (who I interviewed around the same time, here). It comes on a 12" of either black or a half green/half clear mix. It sounds like Suis La Lune meets Raein with an additional sprinkle of Via Fondo. It's fucking unbelievable. Here's a very quick rundown of the 9 songs.

1 "Rum utan fönster" sounds like majestic elves hopping through enchanted forests, screaming with love. It's so fucking chill. The guitars are airy and light but engaging as hell. The utilization of the flute is spot on and I hope it makes more appearances in the future. Unreal opener.

2 "All är som det alltid var" begins as probably the most accessible song, with sugary sweet singing that borders on a medieval, tribal chant. Screams are added later and the song is another very chill one that builds to a pretty steep cliff from the second to third minute and takes a breathtaking leap.

3 "Tärd" is my song of the year. Holy fuck. The opening 48 seconds is good and all, but from about one minute to two minutes the song boasts the catchiest riff of 2017. I love everything about this song, the vocals, the drums, the bass, the structure and transitions, but goddamn that guitar interplay and their chord progressions are, simply put, phenomenal. If you jam but one song from 'Leda' make it this. This was supposed to be the single from the record but the tracklisting got messed up and the track titles needed to be switched from tracks 2 and 3 so that led to this getting bumped in favor of track 2 due to the song title already being sent out as the premiere. That's a damn shame because this is the TRACHIMBROD song on this record.

4 "Begränsad" was the second single released (the first being track #2) and it is on par for the album. It is rooted in a descending/circling guitar riff that leads the track's parts and corrals everything together into a head bobbing amalgamation of awesomeness.

5 "Medskyldighet" is the heaviest and shortest song on here, and is easily one of my favourites. Opening with a incessant drum beat, the guitars swoop in and join the mix for a few bars before the drums, bass and outright screaming is poured on at around 25 seconds. This driving, thumping and engaging segment breaks at 1:12 and dissolves into a fantastic Swedish twinkle that brings Via Fondo to mind both instrumentally as well as vocally, as Lukas is able to perfectly balance a yell with a scream, much like Elina from the now defunct but forever adored Via Fondo did so well.

6 "Ett annat liv" is probably the most Suis La Lune sounding song on here. The chorus' have that spacey and playful guitar tone of Mr. Henning that even includes the solo-heavy guitars that sound like The Strokes. When the song is in verse and bridge, things tend to slow down and the listener is able to relax.

7 "Vi tå" begins like a shoegaze song, only to take a drastic turn at 30 seconds with more of The Strokes soloing and classic Swedish screaming and could have been housed on 'Riala'.

8 "Hjärnspöke" is very post-rocky and has a calm intro for about 50 seconds before a slight pick-up and a very sad sounding riff drop in and transition at 1:38. This new juncture is probably the softest instrumental moment on the record but Lukas layers in all in screaming, which I think is the right call, cuz it sounds awesome. The final minute of the song has the sad instrumental passage climaxing alongside those beautifully screamed vocals.

9 "Saker de säger"is the closer and a more apt one I could not suggest. The opening alone foreshadows big things in its future, although come 33 seconds and the song shifts to the chill mid-section, complete with soothing singing, continuously rolling bass and twinkly riffs. It isn't until two verses and choruses are complete when TRACHIMBROD decides to dip back to the opening riff and close the song in a circular fashion using a gaping riff at three minutes that sucks everything into it like a black hole. At 3:25 and again at 3:50 the void expels all it had consumed in a fantastical explosion of sounds, both bursting with a full spectrum of colors and also cowering in the deep, dark shadows.


Order from:

"The Second"

1) Dino and Lukas, what have you all been up to since our last interview back in June of 2013? (linked here)
It's been a while since we did that interview. All of us have mostly focused on things outside of Trachimbrod to eventually meet up when the time felt right and pour the new inspiration and perspectives we have gathered into this new record. The singer Lukas is active in a bunch of other bands, so is Kristoffer the bass player and the rest of us have been occupied with studies and other sorts of activities.    

2) Was the writing process different for ‘Leda’ when compared to previous recordings?
Slightly different, we have never been a traditional band in that sense that we meet every Thursday to write new songs together because we live in different cities far away from each other. So we have adapted to this and created a method that works most of the times where usually Hannes or me writes the foundation for a song and while everyone else contributes with their unique touch to their instrument. In this sense it has not been that different in a practical way, but the introspective process for 'Leda' has been a far more challenging and rewarding process than any superficial mumbo jumbo. The process has taken a longer time than usual and it has been more difficult also due to life's creative ways of challenging your existence.

3) What are the lyrical themes for 'Leda'? Is there a general theme?
I would say that the main theme for the lyrics and music follows a path of delivering a portion of criticism to the negative byproduct from the nihilistic ideas and values we are left with to deal with our selves in todays post-modern secular society. Hopelessness, confusion and fatigue over the lack of truth, community values and meaning in a spiritually empty individualistic consumer society and material worldview. A concern for the unsettling fascist, totalitarian values that are growing because of the neglecting side of our culture. Trachimbrod is nothing more than a tool of projecting these thoughts and feelings in a constructive way.

4) What were your musical influences on this record?
When we first got together to talk about ideas for this new record we shared a common notion of exploring a more minimalistic approach this time around. Exploring the foundation of our songwriting and sound. Pealing of the layers of the onion, examining them more carefully before putting them into the pan, so to speak. Being more conscious and deliberate in our use of effects and pedals to discard the excessive and keeping the essential. Leaning towards a kraut-rock vibe to some extent and adding more layers of synthesizers in some of the songs. All of us in the band have rather different taste in music which always has been to our common advantage, it has enabled us to blend more freely and without holding that strongly to ideas that we are supposed to sound a certain way. The goal has always been to make the most rewarding musical experience for ourselves and then when we are satisfied we can present it to everyone else.         

5) Do you feel like TRACHIMBROD’s sound has changed or evolved over time, and specifically from the Sore Eyelids split to ‘Leda’?
The sound of Trachimbrod has always balanced between two extremes of chaos and order, uniting these two elements on a playground where they can sort of have a go with each other, explore each other and whatever comes out of it speaks for itself. I think that we found something we liked when we did the split with Sore Eyelids and that thing has evolved by itself up til now and is continuing to evolve.

The sound is a mere reflection of what is inside of us and the music as result is the physical constitution of this, don’t get caught up in superficial things like appearance or hypes, look beyond this and I'm sure you can sense when something feels genuine to you. When music taps into that place inside of you, the music is good.       

Music can in some ways be a catharsis of the divine yet tragic circumstances of human existence. If you know that life can be exhilarating at times and excruciating terrible at others you know that it's working properly. Be sad, or happy and allow yourself to feel these feelings fully, don't become a corporate zombie and don't take out your frustration on others in destructive ways. Sometimes we need something to remind us of this and shake us up from our slumber. To be awake is to see things for what they really are.

6) How would you describe 'Leda' to someone? Do you think it fits into any specific genres? Did any of your musical influences shine through on the final recordings?
I guess there is a lot of ways to describe 'Leda', it's hard to describe something you have experienced from a different point of view. I would go with this one: “Do you know the feeling of when you are falling in love with someone? When you go from the sense of that reality you experience is one way and then all of a sudden you walk across an invisible line when everything is different, your senses are stronger the colors around you are brighter and all the things you thought were problems are now vanquished, well 'Leda' is like that part in the middle, the split second of that transformation, one foot in the grey and one in colors.” To put this album in one genre doesn't work, because it's a mix of a lot of things and also because I personally find genres kind of deceiving in a way. It's more of a marketing thing in my book and therefore a question for the label minded. The self titled album by the band True Widow is something I listened to a lot during the recording phase but I don't think it really shined through on 'Leda'.

7) What led you to the labels you are releasing 'Leda' on? How did you come into contact with Dog Knights, Through Love and Tokyo Jupiter Records?
Tokyo Jupiter Records was the first label we got signed on to when we first started and they released two demos on cd. Then in 2012 Through Love Rec. got in touch with us and released our debut album 'A Collection of Hidden Sketches' on vinyl. Together with Zegema Beach Records they have helped us with releasing and spreading our music ever since. Our singer Lukas plays in emo/pop band I Love Your Lifestyle who are signed to Dog Knights Productions, so that connection came from there.

8) You are supporting 'Leda' initially via a tour in April with Nionde Plagan, the band which Lukas also plays drums for and my band The World That Summer is releasing a split 10" with this month. Did this come about because of the sharing of Lukas between both bands? What is your tour route, why did you choose those cities?
Most of our touring and live gigs have something to do with Lukas. He is the one pulling all of his strings and giving most energy into getting Trachimbrod on the road. This tour though is fully booked by his band mate Jonathan who's the singer in Nionde Plågan. We're doing one gig in Gothenburg and after that we're heading to Hamburg where we've played a couple of times before so it's always fun to come back. Nionde Plågan had connections with two promoters in Italy so we're doing two shows there which both bands look forward to very much since it will be the first time. Same thing with Amsterdam.

9) Speaking of touring, what has been your best show and/or tour to date?
That's really hard to say i guess. Our last gig was two years ago in Stockholm and before that it was in 2013. So we've done one gig in four yours which is really weird. But i think our two weeks long tour with german hardcore/screamo band Fjørt in 2013 included our best shows so far.

10) Besides the upcoming Nionde Plågan and Trachimbrod tour, do you have anything else planned as a band, or individually?
We are playing on this years Miss The stars fest in Berlin in May which will be great because of the amazing line up. None of us have been there before but we've heard really good things about it. There are some loose plans on Asia this summer but nothing confirmed yet. We have also started to talk about ideas for new songs but we will see what happens in the future.

Thursday, 20 April 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Crust
Related artistsShikariOne Day Closer, We Swim You Jump, Office Killer and Disengage
CountryGroningen NETHERLANDS
Years Active2006
Album: "Demo/Facelift split/Songs From The Crypt"
Year: 2006
For fans of: Battle of Wolf 359, Welcome The Plague Year, Union of Uranus, Kaospilot, June Paik, DolcimMajorel, Guidelines, In Tongues and Khayembii Communique aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Moment of Collapse Records / OSK Records / Hidden Rainbows / Yellow Dog Records / BoredToTheCore Records
This post's artist is from the April 2017 Mix. This is track #6.
You can download: the April 2017 Mix#4 right here or get the new May 2017 Mix#5 here.


MARAT was a band that existed for 8 months and only put out 4 songs. These 4 songs are so good in fact that there are 3 different releases with these songs: a demo, a split CD with Facelift, and a 7”. Also did I mention they had members of Shikari? Unlike Shikari though, rather than going for the throat at breakneck speeds, MARAT focuses more on the interplay between everyone, never really getting that fast but retaining heaviness most of the time to create some head banging epics. I don’t think I really do these songs justice by talking about them, you just have to hear them for yourself. All I can say though is the opener “The Dirt That Clogs The Cosmos” has easily one of the most infectious octave riffs ever.


Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2006 - Demo cdrEP

2008 - Facelift split cd (same songs as 'Demo')

2009 - Songs From the Crypt 7"EP (same songs as 'Demo')


(2009) MARAT - "The Dirt That Clogs The Cosmos" (from 'Tales From the Crypt')

(2009) MARAT - "As Close As We Get" (from 'Tales From the Crypt')

(2009) MARAT - "Sleepwalkers" (from 'Tales From the Crypt')


MARAT out of print mp3 discography download

(download here)

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

***PODCAST #18 w/Luther Griggs (WIMP CITY/SKETCHBOOKS)***

A few weeks back Luther Griggs came over to my place. We expected his band, Wimp City, to be playing alongside Solids this April 19th, 2017 at The Doors: Metal Pub & Taco Joint but unfortunately they've had to drop off the bill. This podcast that we did, however, is fucking awesome. It is without a doubt the most casual and interesting one I've done thus far. We played and discussed 13 songs between us, with a back and forth so aligned and dialogue that came so easy you'd think we've been friends for decades. Luther shone some additional light on the Hamilton punk and hardcore scene for me, including his aforementioned band along with his old screamo band Sketchbooks (that sounded a hell of a lot like Wolves!) and a bunch of others that I know almost nothing about. It was truly a pleasure and be sure to check out the Solids, Good Anya (last show), Flea Committee and The Ferns concert April 19th!!! Here is the link. And here is the link to Wimp City's bandcamp page.

Podcast #18 is broken into four parts, each approximately 20 minutes in length. You can stream and/or download each part or the entire thing for free on the OMSB Podcast bandcamp page linked right heeya.

FEMME FATALE - "Into Dust" (Luther)
CASSILIS - "God Hair" (Dave)

LOMA PRIETA - "Poverty Map" (Dave)
BLACK NAIL - "the vultures are waiting to pick yr bones" (Dave)
CERCE - "Intrusions" (Luther)
SANS VISAGE - "Sight" (Dave)
DEBT'D - "Out of Luck" (Luther)

BLOODPHEASANT - "I Am The Vulture and I Am Home" (Dave)
SHOPPERS - "IV" (Luther)
SOLIDS - "Fog Friends" (Luther)

12XU - "Terre D'inconnus" (Dave)
ANAMAI - "Altar Coals" (Luther)
HEATHERS - "What's Yr Damage?" (Dave)