Mar 27 2013, 16h36 por CasiniProjektHey everyone, I'm going to be on TV...again!, Friday 29th at 9:40 pm on channel 191 (Truth Music Directory), that's on Sky TV
Out 24 2012, 20h10 por jmedran10. Black Breath - Sentenced to Life
9. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
8. Car Bomb - w^w^^w^w
7. Pig Destroyer - Book Burner
6. Torche - Harmonicraft
5. Kreator - Phantom Antichrist
4. Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence
3. Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
2. Baroness - Yellow & Green
1. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
High on Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
Testament - Dark Roots of Earth
Old Man Gloom - No
Jul 25 2012, 9h20 por CasiniProjekthey, for future updates on the happenings of The Cassini Projekt, please check out the Cassini Projekt fan group http://www.last.fm/group/Cassini+Projekt+fans
Jul 7 2012, 20h07 por CasiniProjektHey everyone, I'm going to be on TV! Check out showcase 2, channel 192 on the sky box between 21.30 and 21.55 tomorrow for epicness
Mai 8 2012, 16h50 por thepostrockdeBevor die Sonne ganz durch die Wolkendecke bricht und Sommerlaune verbreitet, möchten wir euch einen Konzertabend präsentieren, der euch in düstere und melancholische Klangwelten entführt, die unter die Haut gehen. Der “Experimental Evening V” konzentriert sich diesmal ganz auf den europäischen Kontinent und zieht einen Bogen von England über Deutschland bis in die Schweiz, denn am 26. Mai erwarten euch Sum Of R aus der Schweiz, Simon Scott aus England und [ B O L T ] aus Deutschland in der Christuskirche Bochum.
last.fm event: Experimental Evening V
facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/431693580174698/
26. Mai 2012
Einlass: 19:00 Uhr
Beginn: 20:00 Uhr
download sampler: http://soundcloud.com/thepostrock-de/experimental-evening-v-sampler
weitere Infos: thepostrock.de
Mar 27 2012, 13h52 por SarguerEven though the glaring lack of apostrophe in the album name and the slightly banal cover art might suggest otherwise, Aurora Borealis delivers fully competent and well crafted death metal starting from the first album. Though tagged as death/black metal on the archives, the music mostly lacks black metal aesthetics. If anything, the abundance of tremolo-picked riffs, steady fast-speed blast beats and extremely cohesive structures are elements that are fairly prevalent in black metal, but in the debut album's music there are too few elements peculiar to black metal specifically to truly warrant the tag. Aurora Borealis' first album seems like an earthly version of Timeghoul, or a competently planned and carefully structured – and also less spirited – version of "With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness". Though it's hardly a powerfully atmospheric or artistic album, I refuse to call it hackneyed or mundane due to the sheer excellence of the riffs, the commendable and apt production, and the outright laudable instrumental competence.
Competence does not translate to technical acrobatics here, however. "Praise The Archaic Lights Embrace" is not a technical death metal album. Its structures, riffcraft and atmosphere are completely different from said style; it's far more restrained in most aspects despite the fast drumming and tremolo-picking, and its flirtations with dark melodicism are unconventional for most techical death, at least to the extent to which it is displayed on this album. Ironically said melodic elements are unconventional for tech death in that they are actually fairly conventional. The melodies could be described as the less evil-oriented offspring of Morbid Angel's "Altars of Madness". The melodies' prevalence is several steps ahead of the Morbid Angel album's, however, though not to the extent of Gothenburg style – though the obviousness and typicality of emotivity of the aforementioned is absent anyway. Melodic guitar leads are fairly common, and even the guitar solos that come and go in between verses aren't simply shred and whammy antics. The melodies even seep as far as into the bread and butter riffing of the album, whether in the form of cold melodic tremolo-picked passages, or the short bits of guitar lead in between low palm-mutes.
The album cannot compete with the likes of Timeghoul in terms of musical ingenuity, but Aurora Borealis' strength lies in their style's unquestionable tastefulness and very competent realisation. The main emphasis is on delivering quality riffs with vigour and aggression, as opposed to groundbreaking artistic endeavours. Songs like "Offerings of Jade And Blood" and "For Your Comprehension" bludgeon the listener with relentless force and exciting, intense riffing and near-constant blast beats of various styles and speeds. The substance is hammered into the ears with force, the music is energetic and aggressive, and the riffs are mostly excellent. There are also songs with prevalent traditional metal and thrash influences, like "A Gaze Into Everdark", which is essentially a '98 take on intense thrash (with many of the elements that would warrant the label of death metal, of course, and the rigid, disciplined technicality), and "War of the Rings", which is one of the slower (or, at least, less fast-paced) songs on the album. The guitar tone is extremely heavy considering that it's in standard tuning, with a deep rumbling if slightly too quiet bass in the background. The drumming is absolutely tight, the drums audible in the mix and sounding great. The vocals are fairly sparse and fail to draw attention in either good or bad, but closer inspection reveals slightly forced and amateurish but completely tolerable harsh vocals, neither growls or screams, but something akin to Swedish melodic death metal vocal styles, if not outright similar to any of them.
Though this debut album has few intricacies or artistically ambitious elements, its strength is obvious. Thirtyeight minutes of pummeling, relentless riff assault with tasteful melodicism, "Praise The Archaic Lights Embrace" is highly enjoyable and recommended to all who consider splendid riffing, great sound, fast speed and faultless technical performance pleasurable aspects in metal. Do not mistake this for a highly brutal or sinister album, for the content is content is devoid of any unequivocally evil and dark aspects, despite the death/black metal designation. The colourful, innocent and slightly blunt cover art is fairly indicative of the album's content, if quite unrepresentative of the music's intensity. The melodic elements help to make the album potentially very enjoyable to traditional metal fans aswell.
Why not check it out, all the band's albums can be downloaded for free on the Aurora Borealis website!
Praise the Archaic Lights Embrace
Offerings of Jade and Blood
A Gaze Into Everdark
In the Depths of a Labyrinth
War of the Rings
For Your Comprehension
Constellations Embellished With Chaos
Mar 20 2012, 21h08 por SarguerHere, another band whose imagery is quite misleading, though unlike in most cases, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult surprises positively with its professionally crafted, intense and fairly melodic black metal. Do not expect idiotically raw, chaotic, putrid bestial war metal fare; "Follow the Calls for Battle" is a professionally recorded and produced album of fairly well-formed and somewhat rigid black metal in the best norsecore tradition. The fact that hundreds of bands sound highly similar to DNS does not take away from its inherent value, however, the negative aspects of this album can be traced to those very similarities in that the riffing and musical ideas themselves are not, and never were as performed by other bands either, outstandingly impressive. That is not to say, though, that "Follow the Calls for Battle" is not enjoyable. Certainly, for anyone with taste for fast, pummeling and clearly produced black metal this is more than adequate.
Quite often, lack of variety can be highly detrimental even to extreme styles of metal. Obviously, a song of an especially cohesive nature heard not once but several times in a row eventually bores the listener, and the the more songs on an album resemble each other, the faster it becomes monotonous. DNS never attempts to infuse different emotional states or styles of expression into the music; the album is full-speed blasting, tremolo-picking black metal from start to finish (with only "Pestilential Deathride" relenting somewhat), with the fairly typical high-pitched, reverb-drenched raspy screams. The guitars are high in the mix with adequate but never excessive treble, whereas the bass never attempts to compete with other instruments and settles with booming in the depths. Riffs are all of the moderately evil variety, and not particularly expressive or engrossing, and the pace is almost always the same fast one. There are no atmospheric passages or introspective moments, and overall, judging from the similarity of the material, the band seems fairly convinced of their particular black metal style's inherent excellence. Yet despite all this, "Follow the Calls for Battle" is one of those albums that one can easily listen to twice in a row and not be annoyed, bored or otherwise displeased. While it completely lacks aspects that would separate it from standard fare black metal and place it among the masterworks of the genre, it also lacks the aspects that might become grating with excessive listening. It may be by-the-numbers and formulaic, but it's enjoyable due to its speed, intensity and great sound.
The single annoying point is the highly compressed sound of the album. It's never grating to the mind of the listener, but it becomes slightly so to the ears. The album leans slightly to the side of overproduced, which in black metal is certainly a greater fault than being underproduced. It also doesn't hold the listener's attention with lenghtier listening, so as it lacks annoying aspects, it also wants the greatness that warrants fandom and dedication. Even a few chosen moments of utmost brilliance and musical genious could've greatly enhanced the overall quality of the album; the couple of moments, as in "In the Land of the Mountains of Trees" and "Our Glorious Presence", that promise such are not quite sufficient to raise the album on any pedestrial other than "good black metal". It is highly consistent, but it is also quite flat. Nevertheless, "Follow the Calls for Battle" is recommended for aficionados of fast and intense black metal, and fans of the more emotive stuff will not be absolutely disappointed by the album either, provided that they can stomach the fact that the bulk of this DNS debut is emotionally quite planar.
Mar 20 2012, 21h09 por SarguerWith a band name like Totalselfhatred, negative music is to be expected, and connotations of the depressive black metal substyle are more than obvious. Superficially speaking, these expectations could be considered accurate and correct, but in reality the music is not nearly as dark as suggested by the band's image. The self-titled debut explores a multitude of emotional states, and in a larger scale, hangs in a limbo between extreme negativity and hopefulness. It isn't, in fact, total selfhatred. The project features the excellent vocalist Corvus, who delivered some astonishing black metal scream performances on several Horna albums. Fans of Horna, however, may find it difficult to enjoy the music of Totalselfhatred despite the great vocalist's involvement, firstly because the take on black metal here is almost the complete opposite of Horna's, and secondly due to the ex-Horna screamer's sharing the duties with a colleague-in-vox, who delivers those half-howled vocals as pioneered by Varg himself. Corvus' parts are genuinely great passionate screams, but far too low in the mix (which is quite perplexing, as is the fact that another vocalist's services were used, considering Corvus' immense abilities).
The same vocalist is about the full extent of similarities between Horna and this, as Totalselfhatred is like whipped cream in juxtaposition with the raw, evil forms of its genre, with the smooth production, the unassuming riffing and the songs flowing like silk and mostly lacking any point of actual contrast. Thematical variety is in abundance, but the changes are unexcitingly smooth, and the less sappy parts sound incredibly relaxed and pastoral considering that blast beats are implemented, the guitars are fairly distorted, and it's fucking Corvus screaming his lungs to pieces over the music. At its most evil, the band has certain elements in common with another new and different form of black metal played by bands such as Dødsengel, Myrkr and even Ondskapt: said evil riffing is meandering, emotionally ambiguous and hard to connect with, and evokes mainly unease. However, unlike these primarily evil and dark bands, Totalselfhatred chiefly explores wistful, even hopeful atmospheres (only to varying degrees), and in tracks like "Enlightenment" and "Total Self-Hatred", the music sounds like modern rock at its most melancholic, or the lightest moments of Swallow The Sun. Furthermore, as stated before, even when the mood is darker, the music merely leans somewhat towards evil, pathetically at that, and eventually collapses back into an atmosphere of a peaceful afternoon in a warm bath.
The production is not like either modern rock of Swallow The Sun, and it also has fewer similarities than the average Finnish black metal band with what is considered a normal black metal production. The production is not particularly raw, although it is appreciably distant. There is a hint of the wall-of-sound technique to be heard, and the acceptably high quality recording resounds with more colourfulness than in the average black metal record. True to the mild production, the album is musically pleasant and unabrasive to the point of being slippery and unmemorable. Admittedly it's clearly greater art than the bandwagon of sorry excuses for shoegazing black metal led by Alcest, or the pathetically counterfeit "atmospheric" black metal like Woods of Desolation, but not by a long way. It's in the category of affectedly emotive, melodic Finnish metal that almost completely lacks real substance and delivers saccharine, somewhat sad and somewhat beautiful music that never truly grabs you by the balls and throws you down the balcony. It's fully tolerable due to the fact that Totalselfhatred's plaintive, sorrowful atmosphere does not seem quite as feigned as in many other bands' music, but it quickly becomes difficult to enjoy due to the lack of edge and helplessly inadequate levels of aggression and powerful riffing. Ironically these creamy, mellow parts are the band's strength whereas the – let's not say evil parts, since that adjective would be misleading and factual only relatively – less saccharine material ultimately falls flat and seems unnecessary. Many Finnish bands have proved that a combination of light and dark elements can exist in black metal, but every quality band of said style has the capability to perform genuinely dark and repugnant black metal to make up for the moments of blissful light. Totalselfhatred, on the other hand, is black metal for people who should avoid becoming too upset due to weak heart or unnaturally great susceptibility to bad dreams from overly wacky experiences.
Fev 3 2012, 21h54 por thepostrockdeField Recordings ist der Überbegriff für Audioaufnahmen, die nicht in einem Studio mit Hilfe von Instrumenten, sondern beispielsweise in der freien Natur durch das Aufnehmen vom Umgebungsgeräuschen entstehen. Mittlerweile haben sich Field Recordings zu einer eigenen Stilrichtung entwickelt und sind als atmosphärische Beigabe aus Ambient- und Dronesongs nicht mehr wegzudenken. Der italienische Soundtüftler und Experimentalmusiker Fabio Orsi hat eine ganz eigene Art entwickelt, aufgenommene Field Recordings am Rechner zu bearbeiten, um letztendlich ein Musikstück daraus zu kreieren. Das möchte er jetzt in einem Workshop weitergeben.
Info und Anmeldung auf thepostrock.de
Fev 3 2012, 21h44 por thepostrockdeAuch im neuen Jahr soll experimentelle Musik live erlebt werden und daher präsentieren wir euch am 17. Februar einen Konzertabend in der Christuskirche Bochum mit Aidan Baker aus Kanada und A-Sun Amissa aus England.
Alle Infos findet ihr hier!