DAX RIGGS "Say Goodnight to the World" (Fat Possum)

Dax Riggs has got the fabric of great song-makers along the way. Former member of Acid Bath and Deadboy & the Elephantmen, he has colored his solo work with some dark themes both lyrically and musically. His voice is perfectly warm and welcome and at times reminds me a less boozed Danzig. The musical compositions lend inspiration from the dark side of blues idiosyncrasy but not only. I guess it's these haunting soul melodies that make his work so special. The homonym track, for example, is a perfect background for Dax's vocals to sing in a so beautiful, deliberate discord. I hadn't listened to this record at all up until the last month and I got to admit I adored it. Far from the sludge experiments he's been associated with in Acid Bath, Dax comes to prove -nearly fourteen years after- that he is a musician, indeed. You could be much surprised by this record's good taste in musical aesthetics. Atmospheric, trippy, mid or up tempo, Dax sings some really shocking stuff even David Bowie would be jealous of. Plus there's an Elvis Presley sombre cover of "Heartbreak Hotel" which is well performed and suits the rest of the tracks' mood. "Say Goodnight to the World" manages to establish Riggs as a top musician of our days and you should give it a try if you have any kind of doubt about that.

Miltos XIC

MASSACRE THE WASTELAND "World Collapse Countdown" (DIY)

"15 minutes of pure death/grind madness reflecting the nowadays self-destructing proceedings". There was an additional file, the music's one aside, including some certain information about the band when Johannes (guitar) sent me his band's stuff. The sentence above is generally a nice, short description about the music of Massacre the Wasteland, a newly-introduced act hailing from central Europe and especially Germany. The music of Massacre the Wasteland isn't innovative but does overflow with the certainty of professionalism at all levels. Concerning the EP's sound production I've got to admit that a great warmth is achieved despite the digital character of the genre. Vocals are both brutal and piggy and often expressed over much technical guitar themes which owe part of their chaos form to bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan or even newer, more chattering, Ion Dissonance etc. The great about MTW though is that they avoid using those so called beatdown tricks, thus basing their compositions on a totally sicker atmosphere. My opinion is that if those guys choose to imbue their musical style with some more keys/samples like the inspired part of "Conclusion: Extinction" (at 1:15) they are damn able of creating thrilling vibes. It may be too late to talk for these dudes but you could be surprised by their undisputed big appetite. I am really impatient to listen to their first full-length. Oh yes, I am.

Miltos XIC

WEAKLING "Dead as Dreams" (tUMULt)

The upsetting approach of haunted melodies, the sorrow which looms ahead devoid of supposedly feigned pain, the solitude expressed through hymnal guitar rhythms, banished in isolated musical landscapes, all harmonized under the heavy rhythmics of Weakling who so ingloriously faded before we could even dream about their next masterpiece. US black metal kind of dominated in the previous decade's musical circles both in aesthetics and content. Weakling released this at the very first breaths of it, in 2000, and then split up. John Gossard (guitar, vocals) kept on showing high levels of creativity with both Asunder and the most recent Dispirit (a band that actually takes Gossard back to what he'd left with Weakling as everything seems) but his contribution in Weakling's opus, "Dead as Dreams", possibly marks his career as his most important moment to date. The chaotic, long-winded compositions of the record leave the audience almost breathless. The sounds evolution inside the tracks is really catchy and natural and tracks like the homonym masterpiece are truly astonishing. You're gonna feel some epic feeling even, because when the introducing riff of "This Entire Fucking Battlefield" commences ripping the resonating speakers you kind of putting off in the field with the fighting bodies. Five songs. Five long-winded songs are sometimes all you ever need to travel through different realities. Well, I bet Weakling can offer you a bitter one.

Miltos XIC

ABHORRENCE "Evoking the Abomination" (Evil Vengeance)

Part 1 - Abattoir. Ten years after brutal death metal shows its teeth for the first time (debut album of Suffocation) Brazilian act, Abhorrence welcome the listener to an alike style of musical aggressiveness. Part 2 - Evoking the Abomination. The fury lingers on until it is totally expressed in Part 3 - Sacrificial Offerings. An unrelenting display of musical orgasm in which the old thrash metal influences are embodied so smartly that the whole song sounds so unholy. Part 4 - Hellish Annihilation. Some double recorded vocal lines reminded me of Deicide's unforgettable debut record. The short solo themes are of course inspired by thrash metal of the 80s. Part 5 - Storming Warfare. A huge riff accompanied by an even more huge riff. The gunshot-like snare playing is really menacing. Let loose! Part 6 - Abhorrer Existence. From the darkest deep of the abyss they come, marching for intense destruction, bringing in the hands the unholy vengeance. Or so the lyrics say. Part 7 - Reborn in Vengeance. Some furious performance in all levels exposed in this brutal death metal hymn. Try this out if you doubt at all. Part 8 - Triumph in Blasphemy. The record's most time-consuming composition closes the album by abstracting all of its content. Twisted guitar brays and a howling wind fades. Already a classic!

Miltos XIC

A FOREST OF STARS "The Corpse of Rebirth" (DIY)

The violin which mourns in the introductory "God" sets the climate of a record which extends its sounds through a gray landscape. With constant development and basically a minimalistic musical pattern, the narrative sounds of A Forest of Stars seem to be believably haunted. If they draw inspiration from the so called suicidal black metal it is hard to say with certainty. Nevertheless, if i were to compare this record to the music of Silencer or Ondskapt I'd say that there's no such thing as similarities among them, yet the distance which departs these albums isn't very far. Both the piano and the violin introduce once more the weeping theme of "Female" and color a so anguished sonic background until everything gets peaceful under ambient tunes. All these things happen before the storm rages on again, of course. A more atmospheric "Male" follows and ends up with an absolutely theatrical interpretation and culmination. The record ends with "Earth and Matter" and "Microcosm" in a similar way of expression. The only difference is some tribal musical references which confer a special nature in the whole style of this band's music. Generally, this is an album you deserve to discover.

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SUFFOCATION "Pierced From Within" (Roadrunner)

While their classic as hell debut record seems to still face no enemies behind the angry musical faces of its followers, "Effigy of the Forgotten" is so over-analyzed and discussed that really there's no thing left to say about its colossal prehension. Suffocation are stigmatized as a brutal death metal act and that's what they truly are, in fact. "Pierced From Within" is the third full-length of these NY death metal legends and the first without the alliance of Mike Smith (drums). It also happened to be the last record not to feature Smith behind the drumkit. Mike Smith is one of the biggest motherfuckers out there (intangible in drum technique) though Doug Bohn filled his boots so very well. The swirling guitar themes and the constant bass threaten are ever present, even in Suffocation most death metal album to date (along with 2009's "Blood Oath" maybe?) which scents, at times, Morbid Angel odors. Frank Mullen's vocals are beastly and unique and the band generally produces such a thick sound most of the modern bands still struggle to cope with. Brutal death metal at its peak with a schizophrenic style inside the compositions. Here, you can listen to "Synthetically Revived" as part of the album four years after its first audience in the best death metal EP of all time, "Human Waste". In the homonym track you can enjoy the best slamming shit ever heard by human ear and concisely "Pierced From Within" is one of the top records of death metal's finest, Suffocation. That simple.

Miltos XIC


Just felt right to mention that "THE BIBLE" compilation is re-uploaded @ 320 kbps, including the Merlin track as well. Check out post no. 1 of month April for further info. Thanks.

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RUINED FAMILIES "Four Wall Freedom" (DIY)

Miss Catharsis at all? Just in case you believe that the mentioned band is one of the few, true HC acts ever existed (cuz I do) I dare you try this one out. Ruined Families gonna kick the shit out of you, that's a promise. "Four Wall Freedom" is the first sample of this Greek quintet and contains eight short hymns influenced mostly of technical hardcore music as taught by Catharsis (mainly) and each one of the tracks could be part of the latter's opus, "Passion". Their influences also extend to some even newer hardcore-based sets like Cursed (R.I.P.) and as the band's members claim bands like Celtic Frost, Nirvana and Interpol are among their favorites as well. Their music is direct and fires on! The lyrics reminded me a lot the writing style of C. Colohan and raise chords of a corrupt society. Their singer expresses himself in stressful ways and is much passionate. Songs like the introducing "Modern Man", "Visual Pain" and the album's closure, "Patriarchy" are so inspired that allow us to talk already about the birth of a shocking band which could deservedly represent the HC scene in global levels. The suspicious music enthusiasts have already discovered RF outburst and it'd be wise if you did this, too. For Greece is a country which provides not at ease the best for its artists and it'd be a shame if you'd missed this great piece of music when it withers. This band needs AND deserves your support. So well done, boys.

Miltos XIC

Interview: Dala Sun

Dala Sun recently shook up my sound boxes with their doom/stoner musical arrangements. To tell the truth, I'm pretty happy to find out (thanx Alkis) another domestic killer band. The more-than-just-positive mood of Andreas (oboe, translated as "drums") gives this interview a ton of gratification. Relish his humorous words...

Are you guys drinking whiskey straight up with a dala sun in summertime? You've burnt our skin...

Oh dude now that's brutal! Well under our hellish summer's circumstances we try to avoid it, at least while tha big Dala still stands in vertical pose, although you know, we have many more relaxing substances, not neccesarilly liquid. A few more days under the sun, the skin thickens in a blacker/cancier tone, you won't feel a thing from a point on...

On this ovule-sun of the cover which exactly are the sperms that make this conceive a band like Dala Sun?

Oh yeah, it's the pink ones! You don't see 'em? Well it seems the job's done!

I'd like to know the formation record of the band. Under what circumstances did that happen?

Well nothing catchy, Tolas wanted to name a band "Dala Sun" for so long. One day some guys were just chilling at his place, in a semi-septic mood, when a week-toned voice popped a question from some dark corner of the room "anyone wanna jam some vlaho-stoner (country-stoner) ?" Well that's about it, the only ones eager were me and Harris and next thing we know is us jamming some riffs down a basement in mid winter... Thrilling huh?

Were the members associated with other bands in the past? If they did, what did these bands recommend musically?

Yeah sure we did! Haris used to play for the municipal band of street parades in Aegio city, he was the best xylophonist and flutist of the whole town. Tolas used to sing songs in karaoke children partys dressed as a clown and hitting hard on his claquetas. As for me, the times when I used to play the oboe for my local church's psalms,really were something... Long touching ages, gone now. I mean come on, ain't this stuff obvious on the record?

Do all the members contribute in the songs compositions or is there a main composer?

We don't actually compose any music at all. It's our thieving and re-shaping ability that 'll sure get us big one day. You know, we steal some fav riff from some loved band and spend hours trying to cleverly reform it so that we won't be accused of thieving...same ol' story as EVERY band does, works every fucking time!

I did enjoy the record as really few inside the genre. Where do you owe your influences besides your obvious light source (=sun)?

Urban alcoolism, temporary mood-changeability, our own ears, surealism, the awe of situations under drugs, me, chaos, you, nature, humans, all the "something's not right here!" everyday thingies, exaggeration, love, the "come as you are" mood, false society, terrifying smiles, animal aggression, negativity, the end, stressing silence, and many more!

I got to be honest. My favorite track of yours is "In Evil". The vocal melody is like the ones of Dax Riggs. The rhythm change at 0.44 reminds me a pre-break out only Ramesses can create. Your thoughts on this?

Ramesses rule! Tolas said that the specific part may remind them a lot, it's true, one more stolen band here, hehe. Who's the Riggs guy? It's a good thing you dig these tracks anyway, but I don't really like them so much, after all I just hit the drums dude, you 'd better ask the musicians of the band...

How were you able to slip the trap from creating another one "southern" band? Don't you think the whole mutiny has turned to a trend?

Yeah, it's always been trend all the way. We just wanted to play some rock, but our influences were more grungy and somewhat catchy, tricky and more "dis-harmonic" than the classic pentatonic-blues riff-o-logy of the southerns, so that's what it came to be. It also plays great part that 3/4 of the band are into extreme and noisy punk/metal and experimentation in general. As for me, one band after "The Wizard", comes to mind when jamming with the Dala.... Unsane!

The artwork is much suitable to your music. Did you create this by yourselves?

Oh you think? Hehe... Yeah, it's mostly sketches of Tolas the bassman, as well as some of mine. We set the whole thing on PC afterwards. You see everything in this album (including the sound) is done entirely by the 3 of us.... it's "do it youself" haha!

Drop some words about your local scene. I personally dig Guinea Pig's released promo a lot and Bohemian Grove, especially their second excretion.

Patra has a strong underground, and through the last decade some great bands appeared some still active some split-up etc. It's mostly studio bands and bands that have short period of existence due to studying obligations and people coming and going like visitors since not their hometown, and most of the known/active extreme Patra's bands act/survive in this way. After all there's always been some strong underground, mostly self-organized/d.i.y. in our hometown, thus meaning unity and support towards live acts and music realeases, something that is harder to find in bigger scenes like Athens or Thessaloniki, etc. I used to play the drums for Guinea Pig, and sure liked and enjoyed the second Bohemian Grove Album being "blacker" than the previous, but unfortunatelly both bands are inactive due to life's obligations and mishaps and I don't see a very bright future on their rocking going further for quite some time, but let's hope they prove me wrong!

In this epilogue, taunt something, praise something else or wish anything. Thank you for this interview. Hope the best for you, guys.

Since I started answering this interview, our band got another guitarist! And since I enjoyed the Dala being a trio it feels quite crowded now, when being in studio or in stage, so please if you don't want us to become more, don't send us any more interviews haha!

I add. We're in need of music like the lapse at the third minute of "Electric Magician" and its ending riff as well. Give us SUCH!

Not a thing to happen soon, our next album will be more groovy, aggresive and fast. We'll try playing some rock n' roll now and we've set for the third album to be doomier and EVIL!!! Buhaha, but people and things change so we/you'll see till then... κοινως μεχρι τοτε, ποιος ζει ποιος πεθαινει αδερφε! It's been fun giving this interview, all the best from Dala Sun! Cheers dude!

Interview by Miltos XIC

RAVEN "Wiped Out" (Neat)

NWOBHM, Speed Metal, no matter what. British act, Raven, was something more than just a common band and they made a go of it through their unique technique skills and their live apperances also. When the rest of the NWOBHM scene was competing one another in image issues (leathers e.t.c.) these guys actually birthed their music as "Athletic Rock" and appeared on stages with hockey masks and some even frenzier mood. They are considered to be among the fathers of the Speed/Thrash Metal sound and I believe this is due to John Gallagher's guitar playing and compositions. The six strings abrasion refers clearly to heavy sound themes despite it's played a bit faster. "Faster Than the Speed of Light" - the album's first title says it all after all. Raven's "Wiped Out" stands perfectly for the rest of the UK acts that bursted out in the morn of 80s and is already a classic. "Live at the Inferno", "Bring Down the Hammer" are heavy metal hymns that can at least humiliate today's youngster-bands. At times the Ravens can outshine their own musical, stylistic flux in songs like "To the Limit/To the Top" where the listener confronts a different version of the band (the initial slower theme) even if it's just the calm before their acquainted break-out. Simply beautiful musical moments! For the story, drummer Rob Hunter once scraped through the hyper-cult band, Détente, and Joe Hasselvander (of Pentagram fame) fills Rob's shoes behind the drumkit since 1988. "Wiped Out" is a must-have record for the nostalgic fans of NWOBHM.

Miltos XIC

"THE BIBLE" compilation by Fenriz

Well, I’ve to say that Fenriz is kind enough to immediately respond to our request on how he apprehends music of 60s and 70s by sending this copy of “THE BIBLE” compilation (CD #3) from the “LET THE STREETS BURN” club nights, in 2008.

As he claims in the liner notes, these 12 songs are HIS kind of disciples, torn from the mesmerizing vaults of 70′s and late 60′s black magic of our love. It is a style he’d call DEEP ROCK, but he also made room for some ice-breakers along the way. Here’s the tracklisting of the comp, anyway…

01. WICKED LADY “Out of the Dark” 1968 UK
off of “The Axeman Cometh”

MERLIN “Space Raider” 1974 UK
off of “Merlin”

DIRTY TRICKS “Armageddon (Song for a Rainbow)” 1976 UK
off of “Night Man”

ICE CROSS “Jesus Freaks” 1978 IS
off of “Ice Cross”

WARLORD “Face of the Sun” 1974 UK
off of “Warlord”

off of “Kites” compilation

HIGH TIDE “Futilist’s Lament” 1969 UK
off of “Sea Shanties”

HORSE “Sacrifice” 1970 UK
off of “Horse”

BUFFALO “Leader” 1972 AU
off of “Dead Forever…”

STRAY “Sister Mary”
off of “Saturday Morning Pictures” 1971 UK

ATOMIC ROOSTER “Death Walks Behind You” 1970 UK
off of “Death Walks Behind You”

JAMES GANG “The Bomber” 1970 USA
off of “James Gang Rides Again”

MÆ thanks Fenriz a million times and supports him to the bone.

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