Saturday, 27 November 2021

PODCAST #76 Ophelia Jocelyn (Burial Etiquette, Opheliac)

Ophelia plays in Burial Etiquette, which is how we came into contact. I was sent two songs for the upcoming 6-Way split 12" on Zegema Beach and was flabbergasted at the band's development and absolutely stellar set of jams. After which Ophelia showed me her solo project Opheliac, which is fucking amazing. Speaking of, To Be Gentle and Opheliac released a shoegaze collaboration song but a few mere hours ago and it, as expected, incredible (and linked here!!!). I spoke with Ophelia a week or two before this song dropped and had a helluva good time. Topics included: special effects makeup, where the hell is Thunder Bay?, New Friends Fest, playing with Karloff, dads like Pearl Jam, empathy for people who don't like screamo, the good MuchMusic shows, videogame music, Ping Pals...the game!!!, dad joke count, feeling the warmth of static, Life Aquatic, Anthony Green, living in South Korea, the upcoming Burial Etiquette 12"LP, supporting fellow female artists, showing your 80s colors followed by regrets, guest appearances from my kids, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Black Marble, Darkle, Guiltmaker, Makthaverskan, Nhomme, Quest Master, and The Advantage. Listen to podcast #76 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.



QUEST MASTER "The Five Holy Runes of White Magic" (Ophelia)
THE ADVANTAGE "Solar Jetman: Truckstop" (Dave)
BLACK MARBLE "Balancing" (Ophelia)

GUILTMAKER "Crystal Seas" (Dave)
MAKTHAVERSKAN "Comfort" (Ophelia)

NHOMME "Two" (Dave)
DARKLE "Chillantro" (Ophelia)



PODCAST #76 linked here

Monday, 22 November 2021

PODCAST #75 Tom McCone (Raining, Solopsisasleep, SaltMarsh)

My good friend Tom got...well stuck in Canada for two years. We recorded this at the tail-end of his "stay". You may know him from playing in Raining (whom the project I'm in Apostles Of Eris, did a split with), Solopsis, Asleep (aka Solopsisasleep), and SaltMarsh. We talk about lots of stuff but play more bands than usual. Topics include (but are not limited to): getting stranded in Canada during Covid, Raining updates, Best of October!?!?!, Tom's top 3 albums, using vocals to their full potential, Raining's doomed recording day, how do you make ambient/drone music?, Inception meets Nine Inch Nails, geographical rivalries, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Basement, Celer, Campbell Trio, DusterFormants (exclusive premiere!!!), GrouperQatsi, and Superstitions Of The Sky. Listen to podcast #75 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.

CAMPBELL TRIO "Brief Glimpse of Beauty" (Dave)
GROUPER "Heavy Water I'd Rather Be Sleeping" (Tom)

CELER "Capri" (Tom)
FORMANTS "The Apparatus" (Dave)
DUSTER "The Buildup Suite" (Tom)

QATSI "Кома" (Dave)
BASEMENT "Yolk (Nervous Energy session)" (Tom)
SUPERSTITIONS OF THE SKY "summary and solution" (Dave)



PODCAST #75 linked here

Saturday, 20 November 2021


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metallic Hardcore / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence / Atmospheric Black Metal / Black Metal
Related artists?.
CountrySaint Petersburg RUSSIA
Years Active2021-present
For fans ofCassus, Pale Hands, Rene Maheu, June Paik, Joliette, Jeanne, Nhomme, Pale, A Paramount A Love Supreme, and Minaret.
Label(s): Self Released

This Russian band released their debut, four-song EP earlier this year and it kicks so much fucking ass. Combining the raw fury of Minaret with the technical prowess of Cassus, these four individuals quietly dropped one of the best EPs of 2021.

I mean, shit, opener "Кома" might be one of the best songs of the year, too. Melodic and crushing with an introductory vocal misdirection, the midsection drumming swiftly carries the song into it's slight breather before the epic climax at 2:23. "Сирень" has a strong Cassus vibe with a hellish close, "Снег" reminds me of Joliette mixed June Paik (cripes what a combo!) as it hits the band's soft/hard extremes, and by the time the closer "Смерть" hits it has become obvious that the vocalist has some pretty serious control over those awesome screams and crooning sings.

I don't know what they're doing next but consider me drowning in a pool of my own saliva.



2021 - Засыпай digital EP (stream/donate/download here)


(2021) QATSI - "Кома" (from 'Засыпай')
(2021) QATSI - "Снег" (from 'Засыпай')


QATSI additional links