Dark Sky Burial – Vincit Qui Se Vincit

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Dark Sky Burial – Vincit Qui Se Vincit
Extrinsic Recordings
Release Date: 06/08/2021
Running Time: 39:25
Review by Dark Juan
9/10

“To conquer is to conquer oneself”. Words to live by and no mistake. And also the title to the record I am now listening to. Although to be honest I have always preferred large calibre superior firepower to mow down the myriad of enemies I have amassed during the course of my life. Preferably automatic and explosive…

Hello, my precious cabal of Nightbreed and Cenobites, it is I, Dark Juan. Are you all sated after a weekend of debauchery and rampant sexual exploits with the people whose set of genitals you prefer? And are you now back at work ruing a weekend lost to alcohol, drugs and wild and carefree abandon as you return to the grey existence of a shirt and tie and a desk full of boredom and ennui? Even though you saw Sandra from Accounts with her tongue halfway down the throat of Dave from Sales when you were out in Slough and you were appalled, yet strangely aroused as his hand crept up her skirt and you saw an enticing flash of stocking top, but concealed the thought from yourself by downing another pint, saying something banal about football to your mates and denying the evidence of your own eyes? Yes?

Ha, I don’t have to start work again till Wednesday, so I can continue to debauch myself, and more importantly, teach nubile young followers of the False God to do it to themselves and others, as their impotent god weeps bitter tears in a riven Heaven as His word is subsumed in sweaty, ecstatic, overdriven flesh locked together in orgasm and I am striding around, laughing my Satanic arse off and liberally distributing illegal doses of Viagra to any young chap that looks like he is faltering in his duty, watching as a man takes a young woman over the altar of a ruined church, grinding her against the beard of a crucified Christ laid on the desecrated altar with every thrust… (I really do wonder which gate of hell you crawled out of – Rick 😊)

Wow.

That will teach me to nap in the afternoon after a fuckton of Manchego cheese before I start writing stuff. Quite how it went from standard office gossip fodder to full on religious defilement I’m not quite sure, but this is just how my mind works. Utter gutter filth. I have a pornogrind record to review in the near future. I’d better lay off the cheese and napping for that one and hit the ruby port to calm myself the fuck down before writing ANYTHING about it…

…All of which has absolutely FUCK ALL to do with the record I am currently listening to, being the legendary Shane Embury’s (if you don’t know who Shane Embury is and you claim you’re into metal, let’s face it, you are NO true metalhead. For all of you young people who are only just discovering metal [hello, you’re fucked!] and haven’t yet learned about it, he is the bass player of Napalm fucking Death) third release (which is part of a quadrilogy) as Dark Sky Burial, which, (not surprisingly, if you know Shane’s musical output, which is diverse to say the least, and downright musically promiscuous full stop – I give you his work with Brujeria, Meathook Seed and Napalm Death itself as evidence) is not metal at all. It is sweeping electronic soundscapes and industrial noise with ambient undertones. Moments of sheer ethereal beauty contrast with thundering basslines – ‘I Slept With Faith And Found A Corpse In My Arms’ being a prime example of just how far Shane is ranging musically with Dark Sky Burial, with Eastern influenced electronics overlaying a pounding industrial drumbeat and a smooth, deep bassline forming a luscious backdrop to the kino music. ‘Abraxas’ is harder edged, with a swirly, echoey vocal leading into a much more industrial sound. Forbidding keyboards sound like the grinding of gears as the percussive beat of Satanically fast machines assembling disturbing things festooned with blades and flails resounds around you. As the record progresses a palpable sense of menace begins to permeate it – ‘Beware Your Subconscious Destroyer’ is more ambient than industrial, reminding me of Scorn with added Shane Embury on angry bass. It is a tune that relies on atmospherics rather than musicality but can be read as a disturbing paean into the sheer effort it takes to maintain your own mental equilibrium in a world and especially a United Kingdom that is becoming an increasingly cruel and unkind place, where you are just a cog in a vast Capitalist machine, where people who don’t conform to the norm are vilified and ridiculed and harmed grievously. ‘Chains Of Delusion’ could be the soundtrack to the hallucinations caused by a bad trip – somber piano and guitars engineered out of all semblance to a musical instrument increase your paranoia and you start to realise that even the walls of the room you are in have fangs and are venomous and they are coming closer and closer to you, even as you stand motionless in the centre of the room, touching nothing but the floor, yet then something happens in the trip and you’re suffused with a sense of hope with white light surrounding you. Feeling joyful, until you look down and see that the floor has become a churning mess of viscous, clinging and acidic semi-liquid and you are slowly sinking, inch by excruciating inch into it and you’re helpless, terrified yet strangely unaffected by your imminent demise until it closes over your head and you know only ecstasy as you fade away…

I do love it when music creates images in my head.

Yeah. It’s safe to say I’m a fan, but then I have always been a fan of Shane and his music. If you like the kind of softer edged, gothic industrial that the likes of Blutengel play, melded with the moody electronic atmospherics of Scorn and chiminess and personality of Air, you’ll love it. If you don’t, you’ll probably be shouting at Shane to fucking play some Napalm Death or something, instead of wasting his time with this tinkly-bonk bollocks.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Dark Sky Burial 9/10 for an excellent record to listen to in the dark, full of menace and generally akin to the horror of machinekind steaming through a devastated world to wipe out what’s left of humankind. You’ll regret the internet of things when your toaster tries to toast your face off, or your internet capable fridge orders the ingredients for a phosphate bomb, won’t you?

‘Beware Your Subconscious Destroyer’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Vincit Qui Se Vincit
02. Beware Your Subconscious Destroyer
03. Scars Have The Power (To Remind Us The Past Was Real)
04. A Union Of Opposites
05. The Last Gift To The Universe
06. Embrace The Shadow
07. I Slept With Faith And Found A Corpse In My Arms (then you should be more careful with young ladies called Faith, Shane.)
08. Abraxas
09. Chains Of Delusion

LINE-UP:
Shane fucking Embury!

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with A PERMANENT SHADOW

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EMQ’s with A PERMANENT SHADOW

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Barcelona, Spain based Electronic Rock project, A Permanent Shadow. Huge thanks to main man/vocalist CP Fletcher for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is CP Fletcher and I am the singer in A Permanent Shadow. I am actually the only fixture in this project. For recordings and live work, I surround myself with different musicians and producers. A Permanent Shadow came to life in 2016, since then we released one album, “Songs of Loss”, and have a second one ready for release in early 2022.

How did you come up with your band name?

I read about permanent shadows on the moon and then found out that the same expression can also refer to a human skin condition as well as the after effects of a nuclear disaster. I thought it’s quite an apt name for a band project, and that aside it sounds really good.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I am of Austrian origin but have lived in Barcelona most of my life. It’s fair to say that the Spanish metal scene is very vibrant, though stylistically A Permanent Shadow is very far removed from Metal.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We have a new single out on September 24th, it’s called ‘Shining Star’ and you can pre-save the song and register for the video premiere via this link: https://hypeddit.com/link/037tml

‘Radical Change’ (Official Video) (2020)

‘Empty’ (Official Video) (2019)

Who have been your greatest influences?

David Bowie. I got into his music at a very early age and he still is my undisputed musical hero. I wept a lot the day he died, and on our debut album we included a song about his passing, called ‘Sailor’.

What first got you into music?

Again, David Bowie. My sister bought the album “Let’s Dance” when I was little and it was a real eye opener for me. I knew from early on that I wanted to be involved in making music one way or another.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I would like to work with The Anchoress. I think her music is very original and she’s an extremely talented vocalist and piano player. Her new album “The Art of Losing” got great reviews and quite rightly so.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Primavera Sound in Barcelona because afterwards I could go home by bike. And usually, it’s quite a cool festival with an amazing line-up.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I don’t receive gifts usually, mainly abuse. We recorded a cover of a Simple Minds song on our first album and Simple Minds themselves shared our version on their social media. You wouldn’t believe what kind of comments some of their more over-zealous fans are capable of.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Give the songs a few spins and let me take you for a ride!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

That would, without any doubt, be David Bowie, closely followed by Lou Reed.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love the creative process: writing, arranging, recording, even the audio visual aspect of it like photo sessions, video shoots etc. It’s all great fun. What I don’t like so much is the hassle you have to go through for media attention and getting gigs.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I don’t know. It is what it is and as a musician you have to adjust to today’s reality. I rarely think about what could’ve been. Was it easier in the past? I don’t think so, it was just different.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Idiot” by Iggy Pop. It’s an astonishing record and in my opinion the blueprint for everything from Goth to Post Punk. I’ll never grow tired of it.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

For me, downloads these days. I used to buy lots of CD’s until recently, but then I would rip them and play the MP3 on my player or on the PC, so what’s the point. After many years in music, my hearing is not good enough anymore to appreciate the much-cited “warmth” of vinyl.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Our album presentation in March 2020 was a great experience. Big crowd, good response, a fun night. Looking back though I have some bitter-sweet memories as a week later we went into lockdown.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I trained as a grief counsellor, so I guess I would help people get over traumatic events in their lives. Now I hope our music does the job, at least to a small extent.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Some ex-girlfriends and their current partners. It would make for an awkward social experiment.

What’s next for the band?

After ‘Shining Star’ we plan to release another single and then our second album “Humdrum” in March 2022. We are also working on some live-in-studio stuff and the videos for future singles.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Our website is www.apermanentshadow.com

From there you can access all social media channels and digital platforms where we distribute our music.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Good one! I used to love them as a child but I’ve never ever wasted a thought on what they actually are. I’ll have to think about it a bit.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Don’t expect a song about Jaffa Cakes anytime soon!

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SYD.31 – Machine Ready

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SYD.31 – Machine Ready
Dys13 Records
Release Date: 02/04/2021
Running Time: 41:15
Review by Beth Jones
9/10

One of my fondest memories, back in the day, was seeing The Prodigy live at The Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland, way back in 1998. I loved their heavy electronic sound, and the way they fused everything with an Industrial Metal edge. Their stage show was out of this world, too. The loss of Keith Flint left a huge hole in the music scene. He, and The Prodigy, were completely unique. I’d never really heard anything like that before, or since. That is until I heard “Machine Ready”, the new album from SYD.31.

This album encapsulates everything I loved about The Prodigy, and more. Pulling from a variety of genres, right from 70’s punk to the techno, garage, and rave scene of the 90’s, it’s a complicated and warped meld of psychotic proportions, but I bloody love it.

Dr Magic, the brains behind SYD.31 sees this as his first ever “truly solo” album, because he’s created the whole thing himself during the isolation of the Covid pandemic. He’s pulled on a variety of influences, recording the bass, guitars and vocals in a definite Punk style (but with influences from the originators of Rock ‘n’ Roll), programming the drums using techniques created by the originators of Hip-Hop, and adding in Techno beats, and the ambience of Dance and Trance. Dr Magic says about the album “If we strip away the guitars and vocals, the album is old school hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, and Hacienda era dance music.” It absolutely is. This is a guy who really knows his music, and that’s admirable.

His sound is also, in part, inspired by a book he was given at school in Zimbabwe, at the age of 14. “It was a Christian book warning of the demonic dangers of Punk and Shock Metal. Before I got to listen to any of the bands they mentioned, I had to imagine for years what they would sound like – demonic, unstable, sulphurous punk rock.  I never did find any bands that sounded exactly like what I imagined. So I finally went and created that sound myself.”

Thematically, it explores all that is dark. Depression, fear, vulnerability, crisis, demonisation, and the bottomless pit of realisation. The track descriptions we received to go along with the album are something I’ve found fascinating to read. There are so many thought processes, observations, and memories going on, but I can hear, and visualise them all. This really is art as much as it is music, and I could see it being the soundtrack to an installation exhibition. In fact, I would actually pay good money to see that. It would be one hell of an immersive experience.

So, what does it sound like? Well, each track is different, but the masterfully handled elements of the various genres run through them all. The best I can do is this: It’s angry Keith Flint, shouting at people at an illegal rave, while in the next room The Misfits, Prince, and Chuck Berry, are rocking out together drunk, and breaking stuff, and you’re standing in the doorway between both rooms hearing it all, on a comedown from a bad trip.

There are all sorts of other elements though. Funk bass in ‘Collapsing A New Star’, tribal drums at the beginning of ‘Demon Night’, and a smattering of Death vocals further on in that track, to name but a few. There’s even a classical twist to the ambience that opens, ‘Imitating Art’. There’s so much to explore. If you want to genre it, I suppose Industrial Techno Punk Metal would sort of cover it, but I wouldn’t bother pigeonholing it to be honest. It’s art. It’s rather damn good. And I can’t stop listening to it.

‘Machine Ready’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Intro (A Night Visitor)
02. Broken Blank
03. It Came To This
04. Imminent Failure
05. As They Let You Down
06. Collapsing New Stars
07. Demon Nigh
08. Imitating Art
09. Disassemble Me
10. Machine Ready
11. We Turned the Lights Out
12. Outro (A Visitor Departs)

LINE-UP:
Dr Magic – All Music and Madness

Chris Oscillate – Mixing and Mastering, Additional Synth on ‘Imminent Failure’, Additional 808 and all additional percussion arrangement

LINKS:

SYD.31 - Dr Magic - Photo by Will Shields
Photo by Will Shields

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EMQ’s with SKAGS

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EMQ’s with SKAGS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Athens, Greece based Alternative Electronic Psychedelic Rock band, SKAGS. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

In 2017, founding members vocalist Spyretta Driva, Kostas Sokos (guitar), and Sotiris Angelidis (bass/vocals) came together with others to form a cover band, taking the first letter from each other’s name to form the acronym, and band name – SKAGS. Keyboardist Christina Papandreou and drummer Christos Alexandris would later join the band, as SKAGS found a solid line-up. Even though 2020 was a turbulent year for many, SKAGS used it to their benefit as they created what would become their debut album – “Digital Cage Of A Cursed Generation”. Released in November 2020, the record fuses together several styles and influences, giving way to a unique sound for SKAGS. With its theatrical grandeur, euphoric synth lines and guitar-led soundscapes, “Digital Cage Of A Cursed Generation” is a compelling collection as the Athens five-piece tell thought-provoking stories.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band’s name began as an acronym, formed by the first letters of our member’s names at that time. Since then, inevitably, some members left and other came, but in the meanwhile we decided to keep the name. Actually, the word “skag” is slang for recreational drugs, and such we consider our music, intense and highly addictive.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We are located in Athens, Greece. The music scene here is mostly focused on mainstream pop, folk and hip-hop hits. In terms of metal there a few great bands from Athens such as Rotting Christ, which in fact are from the same neighbourhood as us. Moreover, there is also a popular heavy rock scene building up lately. There are quite a few Greek bands like Planet of Zeus, 1000 Mods, Puta Volcano, Villagers of Ioannina City (VIC) etc. who have established a strong fan base with dedicated followers even outside Greece.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest release is our debut album “Digital Cage Of A Cursed Generation”, released on the 5th of November 2020.

‘The Man Sitting Right Next Door’ (Official Video)

‘The Weekend’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all share the love of music, however each one of us has his/her own personal taste. As a result, our music is influenced by diverse music genres, composers, and bands. It is worth mentioning though, Pink Floyd , Radiohead , Guns N Roses and Dream Theater which are the band’s most favourite artists and the ones that we grew up listening to.

What first got you into music?

Spyretta: Ever since I was little, my life always included music: from having piano lessons, to singing in choirs, to just listening to it. Being in a band, though, is the most intense experience I’ve had, concerning music. It is a much-needed way of self-expression.

Chris: Music has been part of my life since I can remember myself. Listening to the radio and records from friends and family shaped my overall taste in different styles and genres.

Sotiris: My first encounter with music was at the age of ten when I started learning classical guitar. 3 years later, when I was a teenager, my father bought me an electric guitar and this was the time that I realized music is a big part of my life. I instantly started writing my own songs, creating bands with my friends and spending almost all of my free time playing the guitar.

Christina: Ever since I was a little girl we were listening to music with my parents. I started piano lessons at the age of 9 and violin two years later. Deep down I was convinced that I was going to be a musician. I have spent innumerable hours practicing and there are still more to come…

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Our top picks would be Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Guns and Roses and Dream Theater.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Glastonbury, because it is one of the top5 greatest festivals worldwide and we also believe that we fit musically.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

After the end of a concert, a fan followed our singer to the toilet and opened the door, in order to ask for her cell phone number. Not exactly a gift , but he had the balls (hahaha).

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

We have a lot more things to present to you and we thank you so much for your support so far.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Ohhh, so difficult a question…Can we bring them all ??

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Being a musician is a blessing. Especially being in a band, where you are somehow connected with other people, is a unique form of expression. It is a gift. What we hate is that you always need to invest money in order to improve your sound and it is very difficult to make a living out of it.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

We would give more opportunities to independent artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Chris: Deep Purple – “Machine Head”
Sotiris: Pink Floyd –-“The Division Bell”
Spyretta: Radiohead-“OK Computer”
Christina:  Guns ‘N Roses – “Appetite For Destruction”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Each one has its advantages and disadvantages. CD’s are the best in terms of audio quality. But in terms of the experience of listening to music, Vinyl is by far the best. Putting the needle in the disk is incomparable, it is a ritual.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Well, the best show we played was about 1 and a half years ago, at a bar in the centre of Athens. The vibe that we were getting from the crowd and the connection we had, was very unique and we couldn’t stop playing for them.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Spyretta: If I hadn’t gotten into it, I’d probably look for a different way to convey my feelings, most probably theatre.

Chris: Not into music? I think I would be a really boring person. Music is a way of life, so not being into it, is not living.

Sotiris: If I had not gotten into music maybe I would be a chef or a football player.

Christina: If I had not gotten into music, I would be an animal rights lawyer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

David Gilmour, John Petrucci, Thom Yorke, Axl Rose and Richie Blackmore. And we would cook moussaka for them (hahaha).

What’s next for the band?

The band has many plans for the future and only some of them are:
-A release party for our album
-A live videoclip
-A new photography session
-Recording and releasing our second full album

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We use Facebook and Instagram for promoting our work. Our music is included in all the major digital platforms worldwide and also in our Bandcamp page one can buy a physical release of our album.
www.facebook.com/skagstheband
www.instagram.com/skagsband/
www.ffm.to/zozp9je
www.skagsband.bandcamp.com/releases

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are biscuit-sized cakes 😊.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

We really thank you for this interview and we really hope to see you someday in a festival or gig.

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Charming Liars – Thought, Flesh & Bone

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Charming Liars – Thought, Flesh & Bone
Chartmaker Inc. (CDF)
Release Date: 01/03/2019
Running Time: 34:05
Review by Stephanie Stevens
8/10

When music catches your ear certain things stand out that make you intrigued. For me, an alluring and satisfying vocalist that has an interesting flair sets my heart ablaze. If you then add passionate lyrics you have me sold.

Charming Liars were first introduced to me on a Spotify playlist. The bands single ‘Soul’ played and within the first 30 seconds the voice had me hooked. The words being sung and that soothing and beautiful vocal pattern made me want to know more. Then the chorus just explodes and wants to showcase a positive and inviting happiness, one that we are all losing in this day and age. Once that song had played out it was easy for me to follow the London and now Los Angeles based band Charming Liars.

The band set out to release single songs over the past year but with “Thought, Flesh & Bone; they have collected and integrated all those singles and some new tracks into a powerful Alternative, Pop, Rock, Electronic piece of artistry.

‘Like A Drug is probably my second favourite track because, yet again, the voice of Kiliyan Maguire just engulfs your soul. This track is more daring, seductive and alluring but the song overall is just catchy as hell, moody and intriguing.

‘Ocean’ delves into a more dance electric type ambience. It has higher energy, is real poppy and also a fun song. ‘Spiral Out’ keeps with the more techy electronic engagement but, very definitely has a rock sounding backbone keeping the song protected and multi levelled.

‘Deeper’ is just captivating and, once again showcases the vocal side of things.

Novacaine’ has the flair of 90’s soundscapes but then slowly segues into a more melodic, sweet style track with a lullaby like feeling.

‘Insomnia’ is purely fascinating from its combo of rock and synth like pop flair but, yet again, showcases that voice which is just so smooth and captivating. ‘Something Dark’ is a force of nature. I’m not sure how to explain the alluring qualities of the mood shifts on this track. It might just be a case of clicking the button to listen because it has me hooked.

All in all if you love the feeling of eclectic sounds with uplifting pop elements and alternative rock roots which make it all come together like perfection then “Thought, Flesh & Bone” is the album for you and Charming Liars the band for you.

TRACKLISTING:
01 Alive
02 Like A Drug
03 Ocean
04 Something Dark
05 Insomnia
06 Soul
07 Running Away
08 Deeper
09 Spiral Out
10 Time To Start
11 Novacaine

LINKS:
https://www.charmingliars.com
https://www.facebook.com/charmingliars

https://www.instagram.com/charmingliars/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr7xMoyX3bXd-mY-LhUu6Kw

 

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