Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Abominate




I have been wanting to do a post on this for a while but I have tried to get other people to review us but no one wanted to sadly so let's begin...

Abominate are a Merseyside UK based band who began life as S.O.Y.G. (Spit On Your Grave) in late 2016 influenced by Old Death & Thrash and Some Hardcore They were rehearsing as a 3 piece and looking for a vocalist as 2 of them were friends of mine I said i would be up for trying out I went down for a rehearsal and it worked out so well I was asked to stay, when i joined I brought more Old School Death Metal and Thrash Metal influence into the band which was much to the guitarist (and main songwriter) joy and it was decided the name S.O.Y.G. no longer suited the direction of the band thus Aböminate were born! (The umlauts over the "o" were the bassists idea)

Line Up November 2016 - May 2017

H - Guitar
Rob - Bass
Stu Harris (Ex Devoid) - Drums
Me (Dave) - Vocals

The songs were coming together quickly so by April 2017 we were more than ready to do a recording and we entered the studio and did an, albeit short, 3 track demo this was originally available on CD with cover and lyric sheet free of charge but after giving away 100 of them it was decided that was the end of physical copies!!! The demo is available free at bandcamp see the links below

We were invited to play on a bill last month at a local venue and we managed to sell the venue out as the opening band and we played a set we were very happy with and we went down really well, so things are going pretty good however due to what we will call Personal and musical differences we parted ways with Rob - bass and we are currently seeking a new bass player and are very close to filling the slot so a few things have changed some parts of songs have been changed or dropped and the umlauts over the "o" of abominate have been removed!!! Here you can check out our full live set in good quality both picture and sound (tho bear in mind it was a small local venue so sound wasn't amazing and it was filmed with one camera NOT a phone)


 

That pretty much brings us up to date I can't go into too much description here because I think it would not be right to review my own band but you can download our demo below and judge for yourself I will say that even though it's only been 2 months I personally am only still very happy with the 3rd track "Pathogens". Opening track "Idolatry" has had a re-write as we were all unhappy with the middle part but for a first demo it's got a great sound it's heavy as FUCK and the drumming is astounding!!! If you like Old School death and Thrash metal with a touch of Hardcore then this is something you will enjoy.

If you like the music then go like our facebook page and please share around and spread the word we are not even a year old so we really need the support! WE will be recording a second demo/EP in the next 8-10 weeks so keep you're ears peeled for that as it is gonna DESTROY the first demo!

Thanks readers here's your links....

Abominate Demo on Bandcamp (FREE)HERE

Facebook pageHERE

Abominate Demo from mediafireHERE

Abominate demo on youtubeHERE

So it doesn't end there our Good friend Steve Hargraves of the bands Ballpein & Monstrance as well as making the t-shirt design you see at the top of the page here,he also put together a promo video for our demo song "Pathogens" and here it is...




Thanks for reading my shameless self promotion and hope you enjoy our music

Cheers,

Dave B.

SOULSEEK


I know soulseek is one of the oldest platforms on the internet for sharing music however I have only recently, in around the last 2 months, been introduced to it i had always avoided soulseek as i was a bit, if I am being honest, "intimidated" by this peer to peer program. However I have now got onto it and I have to say it's an utter goldmine of stuff almost everything I can't find through google I have found in soulseek! If you are a user then you know how it works but for the uninitiated you can only download things from a person when they are online and have the soulseek program open! Now I was happily downloading when i kept getting messages popping up saying variations on "You are not sharing please share something before downloading" anyway because of this i decided to take the plunge and share i thought it would be a pain in the arse but turned out it was VERY easy!

So my point in telling you this? well I have pretty much shared about 3/4 (800 TB!!!!!) of my music collection on soulseek so if you are a user or you are interested (which i think you would be) then you can look me up on there my user name is

dukowski 

I am online most days from morning (7 or 8 am) to early afternoon (around the 1pm mark) GMT (I am based in the UK) so if you fancy browsing a HUGE chunk of the music collection of the person who runs this blog then that's where you will find it! If you are not already a user then I would strongly suggest you download the soulseek program and get started i was astounded by the vast array of amazing and obscure stuff that's on there! Also if you are taking from my collection i will not block or prevent you in any way even if you are just taking music and not sharing it's all there for you to help yourself and enjoy!!!

CHEERS


Dave B.

Friday, 16 June 2017

SONANCE UPDATED


Sonance are a band I have been following for a while some of you may remember I already did a post on these guys however since that post they have released a few more records and I thought it was time to do an updated post on them. I decided that I was fairly happy with my original post so instead of doing a whole new post i decided to edit that one and continue as this post is from before the days of shorter write ups more music some of you may find this a bit expansive but i remember a bit of intense listening went into that post so I decided it was worth keeping.... (Note : If you have been to this post before then you can Scroll down to where it says UPDATE in green but if you haven't i would say you should read my write up of their debut album in order to understand what this band sound like) So let's begin

In 2014 I went to the first Temples Festival in Bristol it was a 3 day event and I went for the 2nd day only, which was basically the Post Metal/Crust day it's a long story for another time but I did not enjoy it really, overcrowded etc, I did catch some great sets but not half as many as i wanted to.The Fest started at 1pm and we travelled 3 hrs down the motorway to get there I had a list of bands I wanted to see and check out but this here band were not on my pre-show list that was until i got into the car!!! Our designated driver Mark was playing lots of GREAT music in the car but one particular band he played really grabbed my attention, I asked who they were and he said Sonance! Add another to the list then cos I REALLY liked what I heard on the stereo.

Sonance Hail from Bristol and from what I can gather have been together since around 2011 and released their stunning debut album "Like Ghosts" in 2012 and whilst this debut only has 2 tracks on it however these clock in at a mighty 22 mins and 18 minutes respectively there's no titles given just SIDE A & SIDE B so I assume that maybe these are 2 parts of a whole? They are however quite different.

Side A is an absolute sonic monster, opening with something that sounds like gentle violin it's a mere few seconds before you are crushed by a wall of guitar/noise/drums and vocals which is an intense and punishing assault of the type you'd expect to find on the heaviest of early SWANS or the peaks of songs from "Through Silver/Times Of Grace" era Neurosis, it's almost violent in it's sheer bludgeoning, however it breaks down into gentle strumming with a lighter touch quite quickly before you even realize you just had your head caved in and the record has only been on for about a minute and a half! There's so much to be had from this A side track i could break it down minute by minute but instead of boring you too much i will say that these guys are some very decent musicians with a grasp of dynamics that is often missing from many bands trying to do this post rock/post metal etc type music, there's Crushingly heavy parts tempered with some very well done guitar effects in the quieter moments that are highly reminiscent of Godspeed You Black Emperor and are also a truly beautiful listen. The song has quite a few peaks and troughs but for my money after the aforementioned quieter part the song begins to build again and when the heavy guitars kick back in  they use a brilliantly beautiful riff that is as heavy and overwhelming as well as discordant and just achingly gorgeous! The vocals are also used as almost another instrument varying from quietly whispered to kinda shouted to just downright deep growling and anguished howls! The song ends as it began in a sheer avalanche of bottom end guitar noise and is left to fade out leaving me at least utterly stunned and wondering what the fuck just happened!

Side B is maybe quite unexpected considering the heavier parts of the A Side the majority of the song being built around various layers of guitar sounds,effects and techniques that produce a stunningly nice "drone" which puts me right in mind of someone like Stars Of The Lid. I think, but i couldn't say for definite that there's a bit of guitar bowing going on there as well, this gentle passage is left to fade quietly into what sounds like some field recording/found sounds which i originally thought was the sound of horses but upon repeated listening I'm not sure what it is, But it does add quite an eerie atmosphere to the track,this fades out to almost a silence before the heavy stuff comes in again, and again it's a bit like the first heavy part of the A side where it's almost oppressively heavy but this is again brief and breaks down to more post rock type instrumental passage before building again however they have used a neat little trick where the guitars whilst still heavy and twisted break into a quieter squall of noise and put the vocals to the forefront and the drummer starts pounding the toms like they are building to another crescendo and just as you think fuck this is intense, then all of a sudden it's over BOOM just like that! However it's a FAR from disappointing end to the journey!

Sonance were the big surprise of Temples Festival for me as my group all went into Bristol seeking food as a few of our party were not impressed by the Veggie/vegan caterers pulling out of the event at the last minute and even though I'm not Veggie the foul smelling meat products on sale were not in  the least appealing! However i made everyone fucking swear we would be back to the fest in time to catch Sonance and we were and they played a phenomenal set!

This album though only containing 2 tracks albeit lengthy ones pack more into near 40 mins of music than many bands manage over double albums these guys have obviously done their homework and whilst would most definitely fall into the "heavy" spectrum of music they display a vast array of influences and are not afraid to take ideas that are not always part of this kind of music and run with them, this makes their album a refreshing, surprising and utterly destroying musical journey and I am so glad that Mark played them in the car because otherwise i'd still be blissfully unaware of them and would probably been supping pints in a Bristol pub whilst theses guys played! Also I would never have been here doing this write up and sharing this astounding music with you.

UPDATE

So this "to be updated" post has been languishing in the vault for quite some time and Sonance have had no less than 5 further releases since I decided this post needed updating,and the newest of those was nearly a year ago however I have given you a fairly in depth review of their first album which i feel captures the core elements of their sound not that they have not progressed in the 3 years since the original post but i feel to go as in depth with the rest of their releases would be a bit boring so I'm gonna try to keep the updates here shorter so let's Catch up....

Just after I did this post and published it in 2014 Sonance released their 2nd album "Blackflower" I had intended on updating this post then but as with my usual slackness it fell by the wayside I was initially not as impressed by this album and it took me a while to get into it however the rewards for my perseverance were most definitely worth it.. Opening piece "Blackflower / Belgium" clocks in at a mighty 15 minutes and continues their theme of achingly beautiful and quiet and building to brutally noisy and ugly!!! However this is the only piece on the album that follows this path, of the other 4 tracks 3 are more in the experimental/ambient/drone territory and mostly drumless these are all worthwhile pieces of the whole and there's no doubt it's a great chilled listen albeit a slightly dark one however they return to spectacular noisy form on 4th track "Conical" a dense and intense track which build layers of guitar noise to deadly effect. Ambient/drone type stuff isn't everyone's thing but after the epic opening 15 min track the less heavy pieces are refreshing and are all fairly short (around the 4 min mark) so it's worth your while to check out this stunning album as a whole.

In early 2016 Sonance recorded 10 tracks and released 9 of them over a split album with Torpor and a cassette only album entitled "Blister The Maw" These were later compiled together with a 10th unreleased track as "Split/Blister The Maw" on Third Rex records (You can download this full 10 track album at Third Rex bandcamp HERE or as the separate releases at Sonance's own Bandcamp which i will link below) For me these releases especially when compiled together and listened to as a whole were absolutely astounding Sonance having combined both their more experimental/ambient/drone styles with the dense crushing Post metal sound with absolute authority and showing a marked progression without straying too far from their template. Whilst it is worth going to Sonance Bandcamp and checking out the art and packaging of their Split with Torpor and The "Blister The Maw" tape I strongly suggest you go to the Third Rex Bandcamp link above and get the full 10 track session in one handy package not only at least to my mind anyway does it work better with the 10 tracks as a cohesive album if you Read on and you will see why i recommend downloading the 10 tracks instead of the separate releases....


Rounding off the Sonance Discography to date we Have a series of 2 "Companion" albums entitled "Mirror And Vie" these are most definitely in the experimental/ambient/drone camp but the intention is that these albums as well as being listened to in their own right are also intended to be played simultaneously with their counterparts (The first volume fits to their Like Ghosts/Blackflower albums and the second volume fits to the compilation CD of the Torpor Split/Blister releases hence why i recommended you download the full session above)  in order to add an extra layer of dynamic and drama to what is already fairly dynamic and dramatic music!!! I have listened to both volumes of "Mirror and Vie" on their own I have yet to try playing them simultaneously with their counterparts so i can't say how well or not it works and they make for both a pleasant and often disturbing listen however these definitely fall into full ambient/experimental territory and if that's something you enjoy then i definitely recommend this but if you have the means I would definitely give playing them simultaneously, if you do please feel free to share your results in comments.

I can't stress enough how strikingly good and original this band are there's a huge scene for this kind of music and a lot of bands out there doing this kind of music but to me a vast amount of them just doing the quiet/crushing thing just bore me because there's no surprise or dynamics employed however Sonance are so skilled at both that if they chose to follow either musical path (that is all quiet or all loud) exclusively they would still be head and shoulders above the pack, If you like your music Heavy, considered and intelligent and like to be challenged by music rather than just placated by more homogenized riffs then you need this band in your life!

That's about all i have for your Re: Sonance they have been pretty quiet since last year but then they were pretty quiet after the release of "Like Ghosts" and now look at their impressive catalog!!! Below are links to their various sites and releases ALL of their music over the bandcamp pages is Buy Now/Name Your Price and all except the "Mirror And Vie" albums are available On Vinyl or the appropriate physical format so if you can afford it show them some support by paying a little for the download or buying some physical releases. I have just checked and unfortunately it would appear all the CD versions are sold out but i have linked you to their facebook page perhaps try contacting the band see if they have any spare copies they are nicely packaged and were a very reasonable price when i bought them.

you can find Everything they have released here at their bandcamp page as well as some free live sets too, as i said they are all free or you can pay something if you choose to there are various links with each digital release to where you can get the vinyl versions....

https://sonance.bandcamp.com/

The 10 track collection of their Split/Blister The Maw releases is Free/Pay what you want to download here at Third Rex...

https://3rdirex.bandcamp.com/album/split-blister-the-maw

You can go to their facebook page here...

https://www.facebook.com/sonancenoise

They have a ton of great merch on sale here...

http://sonance.spreadshirt.nl/

Vinyl copies of their stunning debut are still available here...

http://doognad.com/eng/pages/10-like_ghosts

And believe me if i still had a record player this would already be in my collection!

Go enrich your mind with some truly astounding sounds!

JK BROADRICK REMIXES 1992 - 2017 (EXPANDED & UPDATED)



Ok folks well LONG time NO POSTS I decided this one needed a serious Updating so I have taken the original post here and edited the text it as I have spent the best part of a whole day finding compiling and sorting what, according to Discogs, is a complete collection of Justin Broadrick's remix work in his various guises! Anyone who follows this blog will no I am nothing if not obsessive so here I present you with a massively expanded version of my original post from 2014....

Justin Broadrick is a man who's career I have followed for a long time from my first hearing of his guitar work on the A side of Napalm Death's "Scum" through the stunning work of Godflesh to his more contemporary projects such as Jesu and Pale Sketcher I've been a fan for a long time, he has been nothing if not prolific with around 20 projects and collaborations over the years not including his own "main" bands but it would seem that his love of restructuring his own music as well as his restructuring others music has largely gone unnoticed.
I decided in 2014 that this was something that needed rectifying and here now in 2017 I figured I wanted the whole story so why not share it with you readers!

So just to be on the safe side i am not going to claim this collection of remixes to be 100% complete but according to my research this is all that i can find any information on and at a mighty 63 tracks, 918 MB and 7 hours of music I think if I've missed anything considering i spent a total of around 8 or 9 hrs researching, downloading, tagging and compiling these in as near as possible chronological order ... well... if you're gonna complain that something unbelievably obscure I have missed  isn't there...well.. I've said this many times before..GO START YOUR OWN DAMN BLOG!!!!

I have omitted most of his remixes of his own work due to the fact that there are in some cases whole albums of his own material remixed, however I've had to pay for a few of the tracks or in rare cases had to buy the physical release to get the JKB mix! And there are some cases where i felt a JKB mix of one of his own projects was worth having in this collection in other cases like the near 30 mins worth that is the 2 remixes of Godflesh's "Crush My Soul" that maybe it was a bit much and the EP's containing those remixes are easy and cheap to find.You will find this a varied and eclectic selection of bands and sounds as I have said I've arranged it in chronological order  from his first steps into remixing, the Biomechanical Mixes for Pantera & Mark Of Cain in the 90's to the latest remix for Mortiis that's only a few weeks old!

The mixes on display here range from epic length to the achingly beautiful and to the crushingly heavy and sometimes all of that in one mix!!! But I've listened to this collection many times and it has never ceased to impress me although many of the bands on here that JKB has remixed may be familiar to readers of this blog (Isis, Killing Joke) some of them are so damned obscure it was a serious mission to source them (Iroha?? Deathless??) but the one thing they have in common is regardless of the source material there's no denying who has constructed the versions presented here. Below is a list of what is in each of the 3 packs they are a hefty size but even with the lamest of internet connections you should be able to download each file in around 10 - 15 mins so you can pick and choose which parts you download if you want to. So here's your track list...

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1: Pantera : Fucking Hostile (Biomechanical Mix)
2: Pantera : By Demons Be Driven (Biomechanical Mix)
3: The Lemonheads : Style (Godflesh Style)
4: Deathless : Inexstasis (JK Broadrick remix)
5: Godflesh V's Justin Broadrick : Wake (from Hellspawn Comp)
6: Mark Of Cain : You Let Me Down (Biomechanical Mix)
7: Mark Of Cain : Pointman (Unclean Mix)
8: Pigface : Burundi (Overload Mix)
9: David Kristian : Cookies (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
10: Quoit : Plug 8 (Cylon Remix) (Cylon is a JKB alias)
11: Isis : Celestial (Signal Fills the Void) (Mix By JK Broadrick)
12: Isis : Hym (Justin Broadrick Remix)
13: Pelican : Angel Tears (JK Broadrick Remix)
14: Earth : Harvey (Justin Broadrick)
15: 5ive : Soma Remix By JK Broadrick (Stage 1)
16: 5ive : Soma Remix By JK Broadrick (Stage 1)
17: Agoraphobic Nosebleed : Untitled (Flesh Of Jesu Mix)
18: Knut : H/armless (JK Broadrick)
19: Maninkari : Particpation Mystic (Remix By Jesu)
20: Explosions In The Sky : The Birth And Death Of The Day (Jesu Mix)
21: Genghis Tron : Colony Collapse (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
22: The Pyramids : The Echo Of Something Lovely (Jesu Remix)

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1: Fog : I Have Been Wronged (Jesu Remix)
2: Lustmord : Dub Awakening (Justin K Broadrick Remix) (From Transmuted)
3: School Of Seven Bells : Face To Face On High Places (Jesu Remix)
4: Constants : Those Who Came Before Pt.I (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
5: Bear In Heaven : Dust Cloud (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
6: Majeure : Teleforce (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
7: Killing Joke : European Super State (Justin Broadrick Remix)
8: Circle Of Animals : Invisible War (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
9: Blood Of Heroes : Remain (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
10: Iroha : Last Day Of Summer (Jesu Remix)
11: Extra Life : Made Flesh (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
12: Ceremony : It's Too Late (Justin K Broadrick)
13: My Disco : All I Can Do (Justin K Broadrick's Warmer Remix)
14: My Disco : All I Can Do (Justin K Broadrick's Heavier Remix)
15: Mogwai : George SquareThatcher Death Party (Justin K Broadrick Reshape)
16: Vidna Obmana : Out From The Garden Reminded (Jesu Remix)
17: Challenger : Life In The Paint (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
18: Miracle : Good Love.(Pale Sketcher Remake).
19: Lustmord :Dub Awakening (Justin K Broadrick Remix) (From Other Dub)
20: Cult Of Luna : Vicarious Redemption (Remix By Justin K. Broadrick)
21: Violetshaped : cX310 (JK Flesh Reshape)

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1: Empty Flowers : Car Fires (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
2: Dirk Serries : There s A Light In Vein (Justin Broadrick Remix)
3: Endon : Etude For Lynching by Family (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
4: Pale Horseman : Fork In The Road (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
5: RA : Paz Podre (JK Flesh Remix)
6: Amantra : Rituals (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
7: Coliseum : White Magic Punks - Sorcerer Remix  (JK.Broadrick Remix)
8: Atlanta Industrial Sector : Immanence (Justin K. Broadrick 'Destroyed Version')
9: Solypsis : Unperfect.(Justin K.Broadrick Reshape)
10: Invertia : The Sidewinding (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
11: La Fin Absolute du Monde : Black Sheep (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
12: Pelican : The Cliff (Justin Broadrick Remix)
13: AnD : Non Sky Signal Noise (JK Flesh Reshape)
14: Nicholas Godin : Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde  (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
15: The View Elictrical : Treasures (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
16: Frank Rosaly : Malo III (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
17: The Bug V.s Earth : Dog (feat. JK Flesh)
18: The Bug V.s Earth : Pray (feat. JK Flesh)
19: Drug Honkey : Pool of Failure (JKB Remix)
20: Mortiis : The Great Leap (Godflesh Extended Version)


So there you go a finer collection of his remix work you are unlikely to find however the music does not end there....

As well as the individual and multiple remixes JKB has done here his amazing skills have been unleashed over whole albums by other artists and here I have 2 of them for you as a bonus. I have put in a file called called JKBRMXXTRA this features Steven Wilson & Dirk Serries - The Continuum Recyclings, Volume II (Discogs page HERE ) Their Full Contimuum series album remixed by Justin  and Khost - Needles In The Ground Deconstructed And Reconstructed By Godflesh  (Discogs page HERE ) which is Justin remixing in as he likes to call it "Full Godflesh Mode" I haven't had a proper listen to the Wilson/Serries remixes yet but I have Listened to the Khost multiple times and it's a doozie!!!

I cannot suggest strongly enough that even if you own some of these that you download ALL 3 parts of the remixes and listen to it as a whole as to my mind as a collection it's a staggering musical journey for even the most casual Jesu, Godflesh, JKB fan especially as I have done this chronologically it's great to see how he progresses from the early mixes of metal bands into more experimental territory Even if you were to put it on in the background whilst doing something I can assure you that much, if not all of this work will still grab your attention. It has all been sourced from the best quality i can find and though not all clocking in at 320kbps there's nothing lower than 192kbps and certainly there is NO lack of quality throughout.For the uninitiated this is probably not the best place to start with JKB's work but if you are a fan of his various musical projects but are unfamiliar with his remix work then this would be a mindblowing experience for you I'm hoping that some of the readers who come across this post will be fans of Justin's work and if not will maybe take my wholehearted recommendation as an indication that this is a post well worth you precious music listening time.

Well that's it for now just leaves me to give you your links I hope some people will come across this and appreciate the work that went into this as I am a big fan of Justin's work and this was a labour of love for my own personal collection and enjoyment and something I have not seen elsewhere on anyone else's blog at least nowhere near as expansive as this collection... ENJOY!

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Dirk Serries & Steven Wilson/ Khost JKB remix albums

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