• Land of Nubia - Kosmopolite Cd recensie @ snoozecontrol.be

    Mar 23 2015, 11:32 di GothicBowie666

    Land of Nubia - Kosmopolite

    Jeff Peaks (Guitar/Synthesizer) - Dave Savard (Bass/Synthesizer) en JF Noël (Drums/Guitar). Samen vormen ze het atmosferisch postrock/ambient/postmetal band Land of Nubia. De band is afkomstig uit Canada. Ze brachten al in 2014 hun debuut album Kosmopolite op de markt. In hun biografie omschrijven ze hun muziek als volgt: Experimenteel, Atmosferisch instrumentale muziek. Die stelling blijkt ook te kloppen. We gaven het album enkele luisterbeurten, dit is onze uiteindelijk verdict.

    Het opbouwen tot een climax, die we ook kennen bij post metal en postrock, is alvast overvloedig aanwezig. De ingetogenheid en intensiviteit van Ambient evenzeer. Bovendien hebben elk van de songs een duurtijd van gemiddeld vijf tot negen minuten. Daardoor moet Land of Nubia wel uit het goede hout gesneden zijn , om onze aandacht niet te laten verslappen. Dat gebeurt gelukkig ook niet.

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  • Fotoverslag: Raketkanon + Brutus - Botanique - 12/03/15 @ snoozecontrol.be

    Mar 14 2015, 15:36 di GothicBowie666

    Thu 12 Mar – Raketkanon, Brutus

    Fotoverslag: Raketkanon+ Brutus - Botanique - 12/03/15

    Onze fotograaf trok gisteren naar Raketkanon + Brutus in de Botanique te Brussel. Een onvergetelijke avond die hij uiteraard vast legde in een fotoverslag

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  • Errors - Lease Of Life Cd recensie @ snoozecontrol.be

    Mar 10 2015, 20:11 di GothicBowie666

    Errors -Lease Of Life

    De afgelopen jaren hebben we op deze plek de nodige post-rockpareltjes afkomstig van een in Glasgow gestationeerde band besproken. Behalve de bekende werken van Mogwai zijn Throw van Flood of Red en The Dark, Dark Bright van There Will Be Fireworks hier mooie voorbeelden van. Eind deze maand wordt een nieuwe prachtproductie aan dit illustere rijtje toegevoegd: Errors – Lease Of Life.

    Het Schotse drietal Errors brengt 23 maart a.s. zijn vierde album uit. De band heeft zelf hoge verwachtigen, getuige deze uitspraak van bandlid Steev Livingstone: "Lease of Life is the foundation for a new chapter of boundless creativity." Kijk, dat klinkt alvast als muziek in de oren.

    Lease Of Life bevat elementen van de klassieke post-rock, maar is toch heel anders. Eerst maar eens de overeenkomsten met de gangbare post-rockwerken. Uiteraard is er een lange, onnavolgbare en op quasi-wijsheden drijvende songtitel (Through The Knowledge Of Those Who Observe Us). Net als menig post-rockwerkje komt ook Lease Of Life het beste uit de verf tijdens een continue luistertrip - de nummers sluiten prima op elkaar aan (het geheel is meer dan de som der delen). En ten slotte zijn de welbekende intense soundscapes Errors niet vreemd, luister maar eens naar het hypnotiserende Dull Care

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  • Illuminine - #1 Cd recensie @ snoozecontrol.be

    Mar 9 2015, 8:17 di GothicBowie666

    Illuminine - #1

    Kevin Imbrechts is een heel bezige bij. Binnen het muziekwereldje zullen velen hem wel kennen als de andere helft van het geweldige Mosquito. Hun EP The Age of the Image (2012) en debuut album We ARe SOCIETY (2013), heeft ook op ons een blijvende indruk nagelaten. Maar Kevin is de laatste tien jaar ook aan een ander project bezig geweest: Illuminine. U leest het goed, TIEN jaar!! Met hulp van Christophe Vandewoude (actief bij groepen als Pilod en Isbells), stelt hij nu het afgewerkte product aan het grote publiek voor. De plaat krijgt als titel #1 mee. Kevin stuurde zijn opnames ook door naar Birger Jon Birgisson, de geluidstechnicus van Sigur Rós. We gaven dit album enkele luisterbeurten, en kwamen tot volgende bevindingen.

    De hoes van het album doet al vermoeden welke richting het zal uitgaan. Een heel integrerend landschap, met een stofwolk - of toch iets in die zin - die aan de horizon verschijnt. Dit alles in een rode gloed. Locatie? We denken ergens midden in de woestijn, of zo lijkt het toch. Deze stille, intimistische sfeer, ver weg van het lawaai en harde realiteit in het leven weet Illuminine ook in zijn muziek weer te geven. Dualisms geeft al de toon aan. Het enige geluid dat overdonderd is het geklik van de toetsen, tijdens het typen van deze recensie. Dit is muziek waardoor je geheel zen kan worden, één met de natuur en de wereld. Tot volstrekte rust komen.. en dan zijn we nog maar aan de eerste song op dit album gekomen.

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  • Mogwai @ The Tivoli, Brisbane.

    Mar 8 2015, 18:03 di Dsthenes

    Wed 4 Mar – Mogwai, Mick Turner

    Mick Turner spends 40 minutes creating slow-moving, somnolent guitar figures interspersed with distorted drags of cello bow, while a Jim White sound-a-like softly layers staccato drum patterns underneath. It’s a “solo” mode that could almost be The Dirty Three on benzos, but if so it shows that D3 is much more than the madcap antics of Warren Ellis.

    Mogwai has eight studio albums under its belt now. It’s the sort of longevity that adds frisson live: inevitably one fan favourite or another must give way.

    Thus the surprise isn’t so much the presence of Rave Tapes highlights like “Heard About You Last Night” or “Deesh”, nor the absence of heavy hitters such as “Like Herod” or “Glasgow Mega-Snake”. Instead it’s that, touring Rave Tapes, Mogwai’s main set emulates the newest releases relative introspection, mostly eschewing claustrophobic dynamics in favour of gentler build-ups and a vast, open sound.

    It works beautifully. On tracks such as “Heard About You Last Night”, “I’m Jim Morrison I’m Dead”, Hunted By A Freak, and 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong, Mogwai is crystalline and remote in a way I’ve never experienced: like sitting in a field staring up at the Milky Way. And even when the sound closes in, such as on Ten Rapid’s Ithica 27 ø 9 or Rano Pano, the effect is often gradual, or momentary, rather than an unrelenting vice of pure noise.

    The inclusion of “Teenage Exorcists” from Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. provides another unusual moment, with Stuart Braithwaite’s clear vocals harking back to some of the band’s earliest output.

    Read Mogwai @ The Tivoli
  • Raketkanon - RKTKN#2 Cd recensie @ snoozecontrol.be

    Mar 5 2015, 21:52 di GothicBowie666

    Raketkanon -RKTKN#2

    Voor wie dit geweld uit Gent nog niet kent, Raketkanon is de supergroep rond Pieter-Paul Devos van Kapitan Korsakov. Maar de laatste drie jaar hebben ze zich al lang bewezen dat hun voorgeschiedenis al lang niet meer van belang is. Met RKTKN#1 deelden ze in 2012 direct een mokerslag uit aan de Belgische muziekscene. Met nummers als Herman, Anna en Judith veroverden ze heel Europa en live maakten ze furore met hun noise en sludgy riffs. Ikzelf en ongetwijfeld velen onder jullie wachtten dan ook al gehele tijd in spanning hun tweede album af. Het werd toepasselijk RKTN#2 genoemd. Hun reputatie en vorige album hadden de druk hoog gelegd en de vraag is of ze deze dan ook ingelost hebben.

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  • 2015 - Releases

    Feb 21 2015, 2:16 di XfnSnow

    Wasn't sure if this was going to happen, but not having a scrappy journal I forget to update regularly has left me feeling slightly 'without'. I've just agreed to start contribting to a new webzine too, which should be fully launched by April, but I'm hoping to keep this going as well, or at least use this as a drafting tool for more in depth reviews or articles. There is already a plethora of insanely good albums to imbibe your senses with this year. One thing I'm doing this time, is linking bands in more useful ways, so you won't have to stray from this page to get all the info you need on a band. Adding 'Bandcamp' links where I can and at least one link in the review to the band's facebook page (so you can make a habit of "liking" the stuff for further updates). Also, I used to shy away from likening projects to other bands too much, but I've found it draws ideas out of me if I do this, and the only reason I dislike reviewers who do this is that they rely too much on it to avoid describing a bands sound. So please explore and keep engaged in messages and comments.

    2014 JOURNAL

    2013 JOURNAL

    2012 JOURNAL

    2011 JOURNAL


    My own DIY project:
    Courtsleet - Facebook | SoundCloud | bandcamp |



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    The Body & Thou - You, Whom I Have Always Hated
    (97%)

    I had heard the news of this collaboration last year and was sort of reticent about the implications of this amalgamation of sonic forces (really, because it seemed far too good to be true). Prior to the release of 'You, Whom I Have Always Hated', I'd only indulged some (admittedly totally awesome) DIY live footage of the two bands simultaneously converging upon some basic but utterly crushing ideas. What makes this collaboration a truly special event is the fact that Thou and The Body (fb links) are both totally distinctive in their realm... it's not as if 2 generic doom bands have just decided to play at the same time. There's elements to each band's sound that are brought in and actually play out simultaneously in a cacophony I can honestly describe as being one of the very heaviest dins I have ever subjected myself to. The Side A on this album is from the EP that was only released on vinyl last year, and hence this is my first time hearing those songs. Although the collaboration feels like it's in its infancy in this first half, this only exacerbates a primal ferine element which most sludge bands would sell appendages to acquire. Come the 2nd half of this LP, it feels like the super band have become completely aware of the devastating tools at their collective disposal, and what follows is nothing short of disorientating. Beyond the Realms of Dream, That Fleeting Shade Under the Corpus of Vanity (official video) is the first of the "new" tracks and It contains everything that makes each band unique and brilliant in their own rite with even some new ground being covered in the 2nd half of the track which breaks down into huge slack pulses of bass which build until the cymbals crash back in simultaneously with Chip King's completely terrifying wails, which at the best of times give the amygdala a traumatizing workout. This moment just erupts in my system, sending paralyzing waves over me. It's quite widely available on CD and vinyl, but here's a link to Thrill Jockey Records' stock:
    buy.


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    Grimoire - L'aorasie des spectres rêveurs
    (96%)

    Few bands still induce that "where has this music been all my life" reaction in me during the first 50 seconds of their new EP. Québec's Grimoire (fb link) instantly set a drastically epic tone - the stage beautifully laid out for cavernous vocals to howl over gloriously balanced drums, guitars and bass... not to forget that summoning pastoral synth layer which runs throughout. This operates in the same circle as more well known projects such as Woods of Desolation or Germ, but somehow never manages to carelessly spill it's epic and hopeful tones into the superfluous realms, which the Australian masters of this genre can at times be quite guilty of. When clean vocals ornament the hoarded arrangement, the feeling of specters violently swirling around the room becomes a reality and during the opening of 'Cachot De Cristal' a momentous choral melody reigns over the long droning chord progression and reminds me sincerely of Mehdi Safa's ebullient and emotionally disarming approach to the vocals in his project *shels. Available to hear and purchase for a modest price: bc.


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    Dynfari - Vegferð Tímans
    (94%)

    Dynfari (fb link) are a two piece atmospheric black metal band from Iceland playing with the sort of seminal, spirit accruing epic musical visions one expects from a nation largely made up of ancient glaciers and eerie barren, lunar landscapes. At the moment there are plenty of rumblings about Misþyrming, a fellow Icelandic collective with an epic and devastatingly sinister edge. I'm feeling really in my element with these 2 releases right now and am sincerely hoping the combination of the two records will draw more eyes to this emergence of sheer quality from Iceland's extreme music scene. The young duo are tapping into the same emotional dream world as Alcest and Les Discrets, with progressive arrangements and a massive sounding production, a morose nautical perspective is reflected. Hafsjór, A song containing some of my favourite moments on Vegferð Tímans is currently being streamed on Metal Hammer (direct link). Also, the label is hoping to use 'crowd funding' to release this on Vinyl. If my opinion means anything to you, this would be an extremely worthy addition to anyone's music collection.


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    Misþyrming - Söngvar elds og óreiðu
    (93%)

    Misþyrming (fb link) are a frigid force of raw, bitter and destructive self expression. This core 2 piece unleashed their debut full-length “Söngvar elds og óreiðu” (Songs of Fire and Chaos) in February and it has since been met with nothing but awe and adulation by the black metal community. This is evidenced by the Vinyl selling out almost instantly and the band landing their name on the roster of some of the more respectable metal festival line-ups later in 2015. Proving true to their name (Icelandic for Abuse), buzz saw riffs and organic drums find themselves perfectly balanced to deliver violence in a nefarious and understated production which summons the moss enshrouded spirit of bands like Gehenna, Vemod or Earth and Pillars. Although for reasons of proximity Misþyrming are more commonly being compared to Svartidauði and Sinmara, but for me, there’s something a little more refined to sole composer, Daugar’s irreverent sermons. Where Dynfari embrace the cold and translate it into a beautiful poignant hypothermic malaise, Misþyrming firmly reject it as a fucking nuisance – the unwelcome discomfort venting in to their appendages substantiating further justification for anger bordering on grief. But in their malice for the nature of their homeland, an even stronger co-creative connection is nurtured. bc.


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    Hypnologica - Quantum
    (93%)

    Hypnologica (fb link) is a post-black metal project belonging solely to Adam Magnox, who composes and transmits his blissfully crafted woe/cosmic musings out of the beautiful and rurally cocooned UK city of Lincoln. This project made a great impression on me last year with debut album Sonar. In opening track 'Gravitanium', we're greeted with a swell of dilatant synths, hinting at an 'adagio for strings-esque' quality of melody, which is soon blown out of the heliosphere and into true interstellar space by the guitars and drums which cascade in, creating a blinding, perfectly balanced wall of pure but brutal energy. Try not to allow yourself to be so awestruck by this opening track that you forget to give the closer 'Cosmic Water' it's own independent listen (I only say this because I was guilty of just repeatedly going over this first track without letting the rest of the album play out properly). This is 35 minutes of scintillating epic music, which shows tenderness in some isolating ambient passages, and then ferocity through pummeling arrangements with almost alien touches of melodic character. There are some huge ideas here and like the best black metal, although a progressive nature pervades through the composition, Magnox knows when an idea should be allowed space to breath and as such the best moments are returned to and given repetition in a most rewarding fashion. Go experience this for yourself at bc.


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    Ecferus - Prehistory
    (92%)

    Ecferus (fb link) is truly inspired and unique black metal from the US. This is product of a sole contributor known as Alp, who brings science and mythology together in a concoction that is perfectly represented by the music which creeps, crawls and seethes with the murk of an early Caïna record and the natural ubiety seeded deep within Negura Bunget's opus 'OM'. I really love this album for many reasons. One being it has this fervid misery instilled in every movement - dynamically it can be in a section that feels like it could have been more 'filled out', but there are layers left sort of open, which gives the vocals or acoustic instruments room to breath and also makes way for the subtle, individual textures on the present instruments to really come into effect. Although there are plenty of moments when we're treat to full throttle black metal, they don't dominate, making this reminiscent of bands who really allow their compositional process to reach outside of aspiring to retain more officious, overwhelming dynamics. One such example of a band who also does this well is Nucleus Torn, where metal is kept back in reserve only for the darker acts in their wider story. Get on this now:
    bc. It is another 'name your price' jaw dropper.


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    Devouring Star - Through Lung And Heart
    (92%)

    Devouring Star (fb link) is a newly evolved project from Finland, playing exactly the sort of galvanizing black metal you don't quite dare to hope you'll find right at the dawn of a new calendar year. The musical ideas are built around expansive dissonant riffs, with glorious clashes creating gleaming and monolithic girth in the bands maliciously execrable, yet grandiose and honed sonic palate. Bands I would say are perfectly healthy reference points here would be Kreigsmaschine, Aosoth and Carpe Noctem. It's pretty much thanks to the feeling of discovery related to this band that I felt the urge/inspiration to keep up to this years best releases and start another journal of the same ilk to previous ones. 3 of the tracks are available to stream over on Daemon Worships Prod's bandcamp - bc.


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    Sea Bastard & Keeper - Split LP
    (90%)

    This split was specially chosen to adorn my new setup. I'm just not the type of person this kind of shit happens to... that one day I receive a call from a very close friend/ex band mate who is obsessed with hifi gear, offering me his rebuilt/reconditioned Wharfedale E-50s for the cost of nothing but love... he was desperate to know they were going to a good home (every time I've seen him since, I've given him an expensive bottle of vodka). So this split arrived shortly after I'd assembled this audiophile's mecca in my room. I think My eye balls have been an inch further apart ever since. I had never heard of or heard anything by Keeper (fb link) until I stumbled on a special preview of '777'. I'm quite shocked this band isn't making more ripples right now, although they are both very new and seemingly in their embryonic stage, which is a terrifying prospect, given how veteran they sound already. I predict their next full length, whenever that will be, is going to be absolutely huge. Sea Bastard (fb link), I am already a little more acquainted with. Their contribution is a slightly longer track. It's every bit as awesome and has a similar pristine, organic and bone crushingly vast production. From what i can make out, both bands brought their 'A game' here, which is what I really want out of a split, because it shows the bands are honouring one another enough to put a piece of their soul onto the record, instead of just chucking in some song that didn't fit on the last full length etc. Anyway, although I am totally ritualistically listening to this exclusively at my new shrine to sound, here's the bandcamp to get acquainted.
    bc.


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    Kalmankantaja - Metsänkulkija
    (88%)

    So it was 13 days into the new year, and I was starting to feel edgy. I quickly scanned my body for where this unease was emanating from, and it was my black metal gland, weeping out for something new, harsh and more than just half-decent. I had a dig around and this was one of the first things that came up. Kalmankantaja (fb link) is Finnish black metal. It is perfectly rough, and actually for something so awash with noise, it sits gloriously in my ears. It's not what you call a good a production, it's what you call an appropriate production... which is far more important. The only band from my repertoire I'd liken this to in the response it elicits is one of my very favourite black metal acts Finster. Despite the fuel for this project seeming to be the primal energies drawing truly from an absolute black essence, the riffs are all abundantly packed with harrowing and emotively imprisoning melodies, all carrying the genuine prestige of the best 'second wave' black metal. Go and enjoy probably the 'truest' thing that will appear on this years list:
    bc.


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    Imperial Triumphant - Abyssal Gods
    (88%)

    Imperial Triumphant (fb link) are avant-garde black/death metal from New York. They are symbiotic of the emergence of challenging ideas prevailing this region. This music is deeply organic in texture and production and fiercely technical in performance. The heaviness isn't achieved through conventional measures, a clue to this being the fact that they actively site Penderecki's tone rows as an influence, which further still should give some idea of what levels of dissonance Abyssal Gods descend to. It also has the geographically characteristic use of psychotic and terrifying brass and strings in some atmospheric reprieves. Although I'm putting a lot of emphasis on this album belonging to it's scene, this is only so because of the illustrious experimentation and stature musical explorers based in the big apple share (Think, Epistasis (shares a member), Time of Orchids, Krallice, Castevet, Kayo Dot and Behold the Arctopus). I was a big fan of their 2013 EP release Goliath (bc), so am delighted they've formed a partnership with Code666 (fb), who have the album available for purchase for a sweet price: Order. If you want to taste the poison first, CVLT Nation are streaming this beast in it's entirety.




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    Kalpa - Sequences*
    (85%)

    Kalpa, hailing from Athens Greece, gave me one of those weirdly satisfying "bandcamp" discovery moments. It's a strangely analogous feeling to stumbling on some rare gem in a dusty independent store while idly thumbing through record sleeves. I sort of have to keep returning this to see if it's as good as I remember. And every time it's even better than I remember. With the panache of similar post-metal/rock/instrumental acts If These Trees Could Talk, Sunpocrisy, Kokomo or Exxasens, Kalpa know how to paint vibrant panoramic epics with tasteful build-ups, creative riffs and not a whole lot of need for anything else. They are not afraid to just get straight to the point, which is refreshing. A common flaw for alot of aspiring post-rock artists is that they try to recreate Sigur Rós' 'Popplagið', but just do not have the tools or dynamic depth to pull it off without actually being horrendously boring and ineffective. Kalpa completely avoid this trapping with pristine production as fulfilling as any of the aforementioned artists. The fact that this is 'Name Your Price' is really quite astonishing bc. This is also Kalpa's debut album, so don't be tempted to keep this one to yourself. Be Kind. Spread the word.


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    Wells Valley - Matter As Regent


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    Inquinamentum - Void


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    Ethereal Shroud - They Became the Falling Ash


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    Addaura - ...and the lamps expire.


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    Agos - Irkalla Transcendence


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    Au-dessus - Au-dessus


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    Exgenesis - Aphotic Veil


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    Urfaust - Apparitions


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    Vivus Humare - Einkehr


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    Pyramids - A Northern Meadow


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    Leviathan - Scar Sighted


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  • TrixTrax - Wolves Night: Celestial Wolves + I Am Wolves + The Girl Who Cried Wolf:…

    Gen 27 2015, 15:57 di GothicBowie666

    Thu 22 Jan – TrixTrax Wolves Night

    Elke 3de donderdag van de maand krijgt jong, opkomend talent de kans het beste van zichzelf te tonen in de zaal TRIX, Antwerpen. Dit onder het project: TrixTrax. Wil je meer weten over de evenementen van TrixTrax verwijzen we de lezers graag door naar de facebook pagina van het evenement: TrixTrax facebook Onder de naam Wolves Night traden deze keer drie bands aan die op een boogscheut staan van de ultieme doorbraak. Bij het betreden van Trix café overviel ons een gevoel van gezelligheid, alsof je aanwezig was op een huiskamerconcert. Met een frisse pint in de hand, of een kopje koffie, even een fijne babbel doen met zowel de aanwezig fans als muzikanten. Het is een gegeven dat je niet elke dag tegenkomt. Prompt begon die zaal ook goed vol te lopen voor de eerste band van de avond. De sfeer zat al goed, nu de concerten nog.


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  • Fen - Carrion Skies Cd recensie @snoozecontrol.be

    Gen 25 2015, 21:18 di GothicBowie666

    Fen - Carrion Skies

    De Britse Black Metal/Post-rock band Fen, zag het levenslicht medio 2006. Pas in 2009 werd een debuutalbum uitgebracht: The Malediction Fields. Kenmerkend zijn de lang uitgesponnen songs die de twee eerder genoemde muziekstijlen mooi in elkaar verweven. Volgens verschillende bronnen is Fen vernoemd naar The Fens. Dit is een drassig landschap met o.a. veel moeras, in het oosten van Engeland, dat iets mysterieus uitstraalt. De perfecte locatie dus om inspiratie op te doen voor hun muziek. Op zich is de muziek van Fen dan ook geen hapklaar brokje, maar ze bleven tot op heden toch steeds stevig in de schoenen staan. Zowel volgens pers als publiek heeft Fen ,in het zogenaamde Post-Black Metal wereldje, hun sporen ondertussen ruimschoots verdient. Carrion Skies - uitgebracht in 2014 via het label Code666 Records - is ondertussen de vierde plaat van de groep. Wij gaven deze schijf enkele intensieve luisterbeurten.

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  • Post-rock + saxophone

    Gen 17 2015, 7:57 di SysteM1986