Tag Archives: avant-garde

Earth – Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I

Earth is a US based drone/doom/experimental band with Dylan Carlson being the main composer and band leader. They’ve been around since 1989 in various incarnations. Angel Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I is the title of their latest album, so let’s see what it’s made of. Continue reading


Bloodiest – Descent

Some time ago I did an interview with Bruce Lamont of Yakuza and Circle Of Animals fame. He mentioned that his latest project/band, called Bloodiest, was about to release its debut album. Well, here it is under the guise of Descent. As is the case with many Bruce Lamont projects it’s highly original and thought provoking and you need to give it at least ten spins before the music starts to sink in… Continue reading

Trinacria – Travel Now Journey Infinitely

Everyone who’s kept track of Enslaved the last couple of years knows that its members aren’t afraid of experimenting a bit on the side. One of those projects is Trinacria, which features Ice Dale, Björson and Kjellson from Enslaved and two female vocalists from Fe-Mail. The result of their joint venture came in the form of Travel Now Journey Infinitely, which is quite a musical adventure in its own right. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading

Interview With Bruce Lamont

If you’re into cutting edge experimental and avant-garde metal the name of Bruce Lamont should ring a bell or two. He’s active in Yakuza, Circle Of Animals and several other projects. Recently he put out his first solo effort, entitled Feral Songs For The Epic Decline. It’s quite a daunting album to get into, but it’s nevertheless a good opportunity to have a friendly chat with Mr Lamont. During a short break from a tour with his Led Zeppelin tribute band he found the time to answer my questions. Continue reading

Bruce Lamont – Feral Songs For The Epic Decline

When you’re familiar with the music from Circle Of Animals and Yakuza you know that Bruce Lamont isn’t about doing things the conventional way. His avant-garde jazz approach to music makes it equally as enthralling as repulsing. In his spare time he worked on his solo album, entitled Feral Songs For The Epic Decline. Knowing his musical background I braced myself for a stride into musically uncharted territories. Continue reading

Interview With Pin-Up Went Down

Earlier this year, French avant-garde metal combo Pin-Up Went Down released their second album, entitled 342. It shows a mature side of the band, but retaining their eclectic approach to music and the amazingly versatile vocals by Asphodel. She was kind enough to grant us an interview. What followed was an often candid conversation about the birth of Pin-Up Went Down, their creative approach, their latest album and how Asphodel keeps her voice in shape… Continue reading

Vulture Industries – The Malefactor’s Bloody Register

I wasn’t too crazy about the last Vulture Industries record. The Dystopia Journals certainly has its qualities, but it’s also very much inspired by Arcturus. In fact being “inspired” is a liberal term for almost copying The Sham Mirrors and La Masquerade Infernale. The execution was flawless and The Dystopia Journals sounded more inspired than Sideshow Symphonies by Arcturus, but imitation is still imitation in my book. Continue reading

Circle Of Animals – Destroy the Light

When two musical masterminds decide to work together in a project the outcome is usually totally different from what you would expect. This is certainly the case with Circle Of Animals. The creative core is formed by Sandford Parker (Minsk, Nachtmystium) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza). Aided by a revolving cast of drummers from such diverse acts as Cephalic Carnage, Sonic Youth, Tortoise and Municipal Waste this Continue reading

Solefald – Norrøn Livskunst

The dynamic duo behind Solefald are Lars A. Nedland and Cornelius Jakhelln. Both are accomplished musicians in their own right. Nedland was involved with Age Of Silence and Winds, and is still an active member of Borknagar. His musical partner in crime is active in Sturmgeist, but he’s also a renowned poet and writer in Norway. Over the years they used Solefald for their own experiments with black metal, culminating in albums such as Neonism (1999), Pills Against The Ageless Ills (2001) and Continue reading

Triptykon – Shatter

Earlier this year I was totally blown away by Triptykon’s Eparistera Daimones. Its sheer darkness and misanthropic violence really resonated deep within my very being. Tom G Fischer and his band are currently on tour in support of their latest album and to keep the momentum going they decided to release an EP, entitled Shatter. Continue reading

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