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INTERVIEW – C:/DOS/PUN

Blueprint Studios for a three hour rehearsal and due to a mix-up from C:/Dos/Pun’s live drummer Nick; we only ended up half an hour late. Seeing a duo in such a large rehearsal room is rather different to the 3/4/5 piece bands I usually come across, but nonetheless just as entertaining to watch.

Listening to C:/dos in a recorded and live setting, the fusion of styles is eclectic, yet interestingly works surprisingly well. You’d be surprised to learn the live explosion that is the group is only a duo (soon to be trio) and the recorded side comes down soley to creator Kezia. To quote the duo in their own words, “I’m Kezia and I do everything” and “I’m Nick and I do the one thing that Kez doesn’t do which is actually play an instrument”. The two have a humorous connection, as seen by the reoccurring theme of The Algorithm’s Remi having ‘those jumpers’ and the lack of payment actually needed for the labelled ‘bumming’ of said member.

https://open.spotify.com/album/5dfO19m6pJ8oXfWgTzW5aS?si=APp0aeInT2Shw60zvX7YoA

With improvising taking a large role in their live set (as well as this interview), the interpersonal connection between them is a lot simpler than thought. The talent falls not just in musical ability, but ability to follow and manipulate mistakes. “The number of times live like I’ve forgotten to add a section in, or Nick’s forgotten a section like because it’s not just a backing track if something goes wrong, we can get on top of it quicker.” Even as Nick states, mistakes are quickly recognised by “The usual go to is usually the cheeky hand signal behind the back from you! (Kezia)”. The two actson each other’s whims as nothing can truly be perfected, even throughout the rehearsal – but it works, its unexpected.

Accidents happen, hell I walked into a chair during their rehearsal, and ironically the bands latest release OST was never intended to be created. “I was technically on a break, I was having a break from writing all music because the first four EP’s they were released over the span of like a year and it was a lot of work and I felt very burnt out, so I told myself I’m just gonna take a year off writing any music. The next thing I knew I had the skeletons of 7 tracks, I listened to all of them, 2 of them were crap so I binned them but yeah it basically came about as an accident.” It’s safe to say the new material certainly is groovy. A mix of everything or as better described “OST itself is the soundtrack to a boss rush in a video game that doesn’t exist”, something quirky, entertaining and pretty cool if you ask me.

Sometimes we fall victim to endlessly searching for a meaning in the music, something even I am guilty of (constantly criticising and reviewing especially), but the fact of the mater is, the real meaning for Kez is just fun. “There’s tracks like that I think have a very sort of emotional vibe to them. When I was writing them, I was like ‘I’m pissed off I want everyone to know I’m pissed off’ so whereas on the new one a lot of it is just making music for the fun of it rather than conveying emotions.” But even live its more about the aspect of having fun. Slowly digressing away from the deep conversations of emotions comes a story. A truly beautiful story of performing, ‘Slav-core’ and Kezia terrifying a plethora of local ‘hardcore kids’. Filling in on a local opening support slot in Manchester, Kezia single handily struck fear into the hearts of many. “I put on Slav core, jumped into the crowd and everyone just moves out of the way looking terrified like, I’ve never seen so much fear at a metal show.” If there’s a lesson to be learned, always evaluate the audience. Unless you want a humorous story of course.

There’s a long way to go for C:/Dos, as there is for any smaller niche band. It isn’t stopping them. Breaks are inevitably false, there is no breaking for this band. Even Nick agrees, “it often ends up being the case that when you tell yourself you’re going to have a break I think mentally you relax a bit and that’s when the ideas start flowing.” Catch the duo at a show, have a groove, support local music. It’s a niche that you’ll enjoy to at least some extent, that I can guarantee.

HOLLOW I AM DROP BRUTAL EP ‘NEVERWAKE’

Nearly three years after debut release ‘Dead/sleep’, Utah rockers HOLLOW I AM are back with brand new release ‘Neverwake’.

With first single ‘Bloodletting’ setting an overall tone for the EP, the band truly “wanted to showcase a song that brings immediate chaos and energy when playing the first few notes.” – David Blake (Vocalist)

Make sure to listen to the track below and download their new EP available now!

FALLUJAH – UNDYING LIGHT – REVIEW

FALLUJAH’S fourth studio album ‘Undying Light’, following fan favourite album ‘Dreamless’ is to be released. From just one look at comments on single ‘Ultraviolet’, focusing on the debut of new vocalist Antonio Palermo, fans weren’t impressed. Yet, that was one single alone. With the new album out Friday 15th, it’s up to them to redeem themselves to old and new fans.
 
Each track as singular entities are falling on the weak side. Fallujah are trying to drift from the criticisms of ‘Dreamless’ and as an album, it’s a good drawn out emotional push. As single entities, the tracks are not as memorable. ‘Distant and Cold’ is one of the few tracks that is, more so because of its clear stylistic change. More atmospheric, quieter vocals, a nicer feeling. It is different, in turn making it memorable. Common sense , but it does stand out, emotive and relaxing. Vocally the same occurs on ‘Dopamine’, a bit more on the dull side at first, but slowly builds up .
 
Following on from build-ups and interest, ‘Departure’, the albums closing track is down to be the best on the album. Punchy riffs, heavy structure and its ability to keep up its strength throughout the progression of the track. There is definitely the same level of instrumental talent in this album. Heavy riffs protrude through ‘Glass House’ while quick paced drum beats power through ‘Sanctuary’ (despite the rest of the track taking time to push into an interesting boundary.) Yet, this cannot be described as the same Fallujah sound as before. With member changes, you either try to stick with the same sound or change, the middle mix the outfit have created sounds more like they are trying to be influenced by the old Fallujah, instead of BEING them or changing. It’s a copy that doesn’t work, is repetitive and slightly disappointing.
 
Even so, one thing Fallujah did nail is lyricism. With Palermo taking the role of song writing, the lyricism is stronger than ever on ‘Undying Light’. Clearly coming from a personal point in the band, it explains how the atmospheric melodies of the album fit so well with the lyrical pinpoints of the album. Narcissistic societies and similar themes are a key part of the album. This background idea helps set the album in stone, the ideas they wish to show and why.
 
There are different ways to evaluate the album, even score it dependant on the aspects chosen to take into account. Lyrically, ‘Undying Light’ is their strongest release, musically, not quite. As a whole the album is good, tipping the scales into generic melodic hardcore but still good. Separately dissecting each track is when the flaws come in. Fallujah gave it their best and with line-up changes it is hard, now is the time to push, now is the time to build.
 
Rating: 7.5

AVENOIR – ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE – REVIEW

Avenoir have changed. With their original vocalist/bassist departing and two new members joining the party, there is a lot on the line for the Leeds quartet. ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’, named from the Greek myth tragedy (well the majority were tragedies) is the next step for the group. How does the story end?

A consistant buildup of intensity shrouds the track in a fuzzy, yet slightly distorted manner, bringing the power of the lyrics to light. Guitar solo? Not entirely necessary, but fits well enough that it isn’t too isolated, but adds some extra length and change to the track. The track is fairly similar throughout, but the slow build saves what could have ended up as a constant repetition. It isn’t bad, in fact, the melancholic guitar tones help bring a gloomy atmosphere to the track, similarly seen in their EP ‘3027‘.

However, there is an obvious change from their previous releases. This is always the risk when changing members, especially vocalists. The vocals aren’t mixed as well into the track, but with their distorted grunge style, this could be attributed towards their gritty, raw genre. Yet, what does come through is that the vocal tone is less fitting. Slightly off at points, and too separate from the rest of the track. As the track builds the vocals do become more fitting, clearly seen through in the lead-up to the tracks guitar-solo bridge. This helps settle the tracks flow creating more balance, but gaining this through the tracks entirety is the next step.

Avenoir have the musical potential as seen in their previous releases. With two lineup changes now in place, Avenoir could go down a completely different route. Finding the balance as a band is the next step and only time will tell if they will reach it.

Rating: 6/10

CHIASMATA – HAUSTORIUM – REVIEW

If you are up to date on Manchester’s upcoming prog/metal scene, or Tech-Fest’s singular shows, you will most likely be aware of Chiasmata. A four piece, progressive rock forming in 2017, bringing a debut EP and single ‘Haustorium’ to the table. So what is there to say about the track?
 
Chiasmata bring some interesting technicality to ‘Haustorium’. Opening with a more technical bass/guitar crossover riff, the two create a deep, sombre tone that leads into the tracks next stage. Vocals are echoic creating a haunting atmosphere to the tracks already gloom-ridden atmosphere. While vocals are strong, more blending into the instrumental track is a potential improvement. But, this doesn’t bring the track down as the progression only strengthens the track.
 
 
This track is all about musical changes, with techniques and structures morphing throughout the 5 minute length. Absorbing other ideas, much like the metaphor of the tracks title, allows the track to bloom in many retrospective ways. Transforming the track from a haunting approach, to a much deeper, heavier progression. Transitions are smooth, each part more or less follows on from each other in a well written way. A little bit choppy, but smooth transitions run across the board. Yet, mid-track emerges a segment of the track that does feel cluttered. The heaviest part of the song seems to meld into a section of cluttered noise – making the track harder to listen to. This is only one segment though. The rest of the track is impressive, with the sound of every instrument prioritised.
 
Chiasmata have done a good job on ‘Haustorium’. A good progressive track with emphasis on every instrumental element, not just vocals. Make sure to catch them opening for Exist Immortal on Saturday 6th February in Manchester (Satan’s Hollow) to hear more!

Rating: 7.5/10

 

 

HARMED DROP BRUTAL NEW TRACK ‘JESTER’

Following on from debut EP ‘From Day One’, Hungarian metal band Harmed have dropped their newest single Jester.

Commenting on the release, Levi (vocals) explains “Jester” is a song about hate for those who ridiculed us in the past. It serves as a source of revenge.” The groups brutal take on their music shows a definite improvement in their musical abilities, despite the song being shorter than usual. Make sure to check out the video below!

https://open.spotify.com/track/1mqCIYsAg0jLycgoh5zZBd?si=hx0TF9YMS76z4cTESHIFnQ

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL REVEALS THIRD LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT

Download Festival has unleashed a new set of bands for this year’s stacked lineup.

The variety ranges from larger bands such as Beartooth, Halestorm and Clutch, to smaller artists such as Parting Gift and Crystal Lake.

Check out the full list of new bands below!

  • Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics
  • Alcest
  • Animals As Leaders
  • At The Gates
  • Bad Wolves
  • Batushka
  • Beartooth
  • Behemoth
  • Black Peaks
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Cane Hill
  • Clutch
  • Coldrain
  • Conjurer
  • Crystal Lake
  • Deadland Ritual
  • Fever 333
  • Godsmack
  • Groundculture
  • Halestorm
  • Heart Of A Coward
  • Icon For Hire
  • Intervals
  • Last In Line
  • Like A Storm
  • Lost In Stereo
  • Love Bites
  • Municipal Waste
  • Ne Obliviscaris
  • Palaye Royale
  • Parting Gift
  • Redhook
  • Skid Row
  • Skynd
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Sumo Cyco
  • Those Damn Crows
  • Three Days Grace
  • Toska
  • Trash Boat
  • Twelve Foot Ninja
  • Vega
  • Wolf Jaw