As we see the year out we have special guest Mr JS Decline on the show to talk all things Disfigurementality. We take a deep dive into the inner workings of the latest opus from Estrangement. How it came together, how long it took, and how it could possibly be shaping the world up for the next piece. Its been a long time coming but its finally out on Aesthetic Death records. (Click the link for more info and the order the cd). We delve into the who the band are, why the names came into existence and their roles within’ the band. So sit back and enjoy the show and have a great Christmas!
Welcome one and all to the latest edition of the Withered Hands Podcast. On this the first episode of 2022 we have the great pleasure of interviewing Yulia Lykhotvor of Sidus Atrum Fame. A one women project from the Kyiv, Ukraine, Sidus Atrum delve into some deep dark places revolving around depression, pain and loss whilst at the same time finding ways to look forward to better and brighter things. In hear own words (There is a light at the end of the tunnel).
In this interview we decipher the origins of what Sidus Atrum is and who Yulia is. A women who’s outward appearance does not represent that of which would create such brutal and emotive music. Let alone on a solo level. We hear how collaborations were formed, how friendships blossomed and how the death of a loved one formed the basis behind one of the latest albums “Spiral Of Life” most beautiful and heartfelt tracks. This track will the the exclusive song heard at the end of the interview, beckoning us on into unknown and mysterious future of Sidus Atrum. We also discover of Yulia’s undying love for both her significant other and her feline child “Amun Ra”
On may 28th of 2021 (Sidetrack Walker – SW) will release the follow up of sorts to last years “The Art Of Starvation” by way of a single titled “Deprivation“. This will not serve as a full length and more so of an interlude to keep the taste buds tingling and ear buds humming.
However why wait? today is a beautiful day so why don’t Sidetrack Walker and I provide you with a much needed music fix. In the player above you can take full advantage and listen to both the single and the remix Exclusively on this page! What you won’t hear is the hidden track that comes with each purchase and in my opinion this song rounds off this collection quite nicely so its a welcome addition and it wont break your bank.
SW has steadily been releasing information and updates regarding “Deprivation” every Friday via Instagram, Facebook, Bandcamp and the Official Site respectively, As of now pre-orders are available via Bandcamp where you can pick up the digital release for €2.
As shown above there are the two versions of “Deprivation”…one being the single itself and the other being a remix by Andre Jonas (You can head over to Jonas’s Twitter for more info about him and the work he does). Now the two songs could not be more different. The original piece has a subtlety to it that gently builds and weaves its story both in and around you with its calming, almost funk like grooves that lend as a back drop to the path being built by the narrative. With SW I have always leaned myself towards the more laid back raw offerings as I’ve felt that this is where the music really shines. Where Dominik’s unique way of vocalising his stories really lend well to the calming ombience that he can capture with just a few instruments and be able to truly bring something substantial to life.
With the latest bulletin Dominik has been very open with his explanation as to what “Deprivation” derives from. Its origins and its outcomes are all laid bare and put right in front of you. Yet they do not demand your attention, they almost hold your hand and guild you through so as to make sure your safe at the end but have taken in as much as you can of what needs to be said. However are welcoming if you want to take the stroll again because with each listen a new discovery can be made.
The remix track to me tells a completely different story and does demand your attention. Its for me a new song entirely that has its own direction and its own narrative without the need for words. Its completely unexpected and It feels as if you’re being transported both back to the 80’s into some sort of action film sequence or into a rehearsal for the song “Freestyler”. There’s a dark and dreary atmosphere in this piece that also somehow manages to have moments that can shine through and almost blind you. It really needs to be heard to be believed and it may just take you off guard.
Now what is not listed is a third track that you can only access by buying the digital release. A sort of added bonus if you will. I won’t give anything away but I can safely say that I will be worth the purchase.
If you would like to know more, or would like to purchase anything from Sidetrack Walker please visit the links below. Share your love, go have a chat, ask your own questions, get your own insight and support underground music.
Its that time again folks for another installment of the Withered Hands Podcast however on this EPIC! show we have a few little alterations that may just surprise you.
First things first, this is the second part of a two part episode featuring Dominik Sonders of Sidetrack Walker, Memoirs, Vita Dolorosa and The Real Redeemer. If you haven’t checked out the previous show. Go back in time and take the time to immerse yourself in listening to that from back to back.
In this installment we continue our journey into the discovery of what makes Dominik tick and we answer that all important question that everyone wants and needs answer. Does he know what Red Dwarf is?
One thing you will find very apparent from the get go that this portion of the episode was put into the faithful hands of Dominik himself. Apart from a few suggestions here and there Dominik took complete control and was even nice enough to do an intro blurb for the show. A thing I have become synonymous with throughout my years of making this show. From sound editing to timeline structure its all in his hands and I have to say he has given me a run for my money here and has left me wondering just how much I can improve future shows.
So thank you to Mr Sonders for this. It was an honour to have you both on the show and helping behind the scenes.
“Good news/Bad Riddance” from Come What May – Sidetrack Walker
“The Host” From The Art Of Starvation – Sidetrack Walker
“She Is The Dark” From A Lake Of Ghosts (Doommetal.com Compilation Of My Dying Bride Covers) – Vita Dolorosa
“Trans-Neptunian-Subject” – Unreleased Snippet from The Real Redeemer
“Autopandemic” Unreleased Snippet from The Real Redeemer
I would like to take this time once again to thank Dominik for his time and patience and for helping making this all reality. Also I would like to think Yegor (Bewitched) for always being so on hands to help me with flyers and to tell me when things are good, bad and ugly. Without people like these two I would find it very hard to make any sort of show.
ALSO! I will give a shout out to one J.S Dachs or Decline of Estrangement who has been banging on at me to get these shows out almost incessantly since he knew they were in the works and for being so supportive of both myself, Dominik and the show in general. Thank you all!
Welcome one and all to the latest edition of the Withered Hands Podcast, On todays show we have the pleasure of interviewing Dominik Sonders who is responsible for such projects as Sidetrack Walker, Memoirs and Unmasqueraded and The Reel Redeemer. The later of which will be discussed more in depth in part two of the interview as this show was so densely packed full of content it just had to be split into two.
In this episode we explore the origins of the man himself, what led him both into music and into the world for which he resides. We venture back to the days of marching bands and on ward to an existence with a long ass beard! We delve into realms of Sci Fi addiction and how sometimes German shows can sometimes totally miss the point of translation in television shows.
From odd interviews to inspirational promotion shots. From wanting more to knowing you need to accept less. To being content that perfection is fairly hard to achieve, if at all possible? From starting bands, to losing band members. Unpopular band names and unconventional musical direction choices.
We examine the depth with which it takes to simply be an individual.
At the time of recording Dominik was taking a much needed break from the world of artistic expression and trying to rekindle his passion with getting to know who he is. The interview through the course of its two part expanse takes turns into self awareness for both he and also myself. This is much more than a show about music. This is a show about life and how to live.
You’ll have to forgive my repetitive nature of saying certain things. This will become apparent as the show unfolds. I hope this does not deter you from taking the time to invest in this show. There is so much to be found here, so much to discover. So much it needed two parts!
As always there is music from the man himself to accompany the show…Track listing is as follows…
“Behind The Scenes” from “Come What May” (Sidetrack Walker)
“Only Silence Knows My Name” From “The Art Of Starvation” (Sidetrack Walker)
“12.18” Unreleased Track (Unmasqueraded)
“Will To Leave” From “The Art Of Starvation” (Sidetrack Walker)
“Call To Arms” From “Unwritten Chapter” (Memoirs)
“Of Landscapes Unchanged” From “Mirrors And Mirages” (Sidetrack Walker)
“The Coming Of May” From “Come What May” (Sidetrack Walker)
If you would like to contact or listen to music Dominik Creates..Follow the links below…
I’m sorry it took me a while to get this show ready!
Was really looking forward to Dead Existence’s show in London, sharing stage with Weedeater, King Parrot, Tombstone and Opium Lord (of which we uploaded just yesterday a nice ‘n juicy interview).
They’re one of the former bands of the London sludge scene. Came to life when most of the metalheads were moving onto more post-metal oriented sounds, Dead Existence have been able to catch the attention of every extreme metal fanatic.
With an almost Nola inspired sound including sludge elements, post metal slower bits and stonerish riffs they’ve created some great songs and “Born Into The Planet’s Scar”, their last EP from 2011, has been a perfect display of what the band has been able to achieve.
After almost four years, they’re now ready to release a new album and they’re playing around some shows!
21st April – Bleach, Brighton, w/ Walk through Fire, War Wolf & Conjurer
22nd April – Kraak, Manchester, w/ Walk Through Fire, Big Machine & Corinth
23rd April – The Chameleon, w/ Walk Through Fire, Dark Mother & tbc
24th April – Desert Fest London, w/ Walk Through Fire, Northgrush & more
1st May – The Black Heart, Camden, w/ Undersmile & Space Witch
4th July – The Wheatsheaf, Oxford, w/ Conan & Diesel King
25th July – The Windmill, Brixton, w/ Raging Speedhorn, Gurt, A Horse Called War, Torpor
Check them out through Fb and their Official Page and enjoy a rough live recording of one of their new tracks!
Welcome one and all to latest edition of the Withered Hands Podcast. Today we are proud to introduce Autumn who is the founding member of folk/black/acoustic doom outlet Forever Autumnto the show. As the show progresses we incorporate music, gaming, art and travel, Yet please don’t expect a cohesive time lime here but please do expect a journey you won’t soon forget. So sit back, relax, light some candles and embrace the diversity of Forever Autumn.
Songs Used Within’ the show :
Album : Howls In The Forest At Dusk Songs : Balalaika Fire Song
Fire In The Head
Album : Patience of ðm Fire-Keeper Songs : Suicide Pact
Album : Waiting for Öktober MMXVI Songs : I Am Sorrow
Welcome one and all to the first ever episode of Going Postal, where I will do my best to showcase music that you need to hear and artists that you have to discover in the realms of post music. Now that can encompass a variation of different sub genres which are still firmly attached to the Post style of music. This can range from the soft builds of Post-Rock to the energetic and emotionally charged soundscapes of Post-Metal and even Post-Styled-Black metal.
Now on the show today (with the exception of Amenra) I have tried my best to steer clear of the more mainstream bands out there. So there is no Alcest, no Deafheaven, No Sigur Ros, no Mono and so on. That’s not to say that any of those band deserve any disrespect it is merely down to the fact that this is show of discovery and my guessing would be that even if you are not familiar with the Post-Style of music, you would still know one if not all of those bands.
So who are we showcasing today?
Today we start things off with (Break My Fucking Sky – RU) who are a band I absolutely fell in love with from the first moment I heard them even though they confused the hell out of me. My first experience of this band was listening to “Eviscerate Soul” which I assumed would have some sort of brutality given the name of the album and the name of the band, but both couldn’t been further from the truth. Break My Fucking Sky are an act that transport your mind to another world where they elevate your emotions only to bring them down again, give them a hug then rip them to shreds. Its beautiful, its sad, its memorable. The song today is from the latest single “These Letters We’ll Never Send” and shares the same name. Be prepared to get lost and find it hard to get back again.
(Distant Dream – POL) are not a new band on my radar but I will treat them as so. Due to the fact I have lost touch with their music over the years. Now to date they have released Two full length albums and have gone from solo act to fully fledged band that are now touring and showcasing to the masses their brand of progressive prog rock. They are astoundingly complex and refined band that know the messages they want to get across and that message is to find your own journey amidst the road the music creates. “Falling Leaf” is the track presented here and is featured on the “Your Own Story” record. Take your time here, make sure your writing is clear and make sure there is a beginning, middle and end. Allow Distant Dream to guide you. You decide where.
Now we transition into what was once old but have now been reborn. Its no stretch to say that the traction of Post-Hardcore music has really hit its stride in the past few years with so many bands popping up out of no-where. The problem there is that so many bands will get lost in the shuffle. Ohio based (Castle No Kings – USA) will not be one of those bands as they simply command your attention with the sheer emotional impact of the music alongside the lyrics which are song with such conviction and pain that you feel them long after you have heard them for the first time. The songs don’t just stick in your head due to the catchy rhythm, they stick with you because they are honest and real and you can feel everything that is being told. The EP “Morphine” hits you hard with each of its 5 tracks and they don’t hold back. The song I have chose to showcase is from that EP and is called “Under The Weight”. As a side note watch the video for “Thinning Veil” and be prepared for something uncomfortable. Its enough to remind you that there is pain behind each smile.
Do you want something heavier? I SAID DO YOU WANT SOMETHING HEAVIER!? I truly hope the answer is yes because (Agrimonia – SWE) are hear to provide this as they tear down the walls with the meaty riffs and intense vocals. What sets this band apart from the others on the show today is only the significant style difference but the fact that this band has a female singer who can stand toe to toe with any man. This band will turn some heads and in fact they already have with there signing to Southern Lord records (There’s your doom reference WHP alumni). Be prepared to have your socks and shoes blown right off whilst your picking up the pieces of whatever parts of you are left after they have shot out of backside. Its time for the volume to go to eleven. All embrace “Foreshadowed” which you can find on the groups LP – “Awaken”
And so we end this debut episode of Going Postal with an uncomfortable yet eclipsing piece from Belgium band (Amenra – BEL). This band embody intensity in the most haunting way. From droning soundscapes that build a wall that is near impossible to pass through, to gentle and peaceful sections that still evoke pain and peace in equal measures. I have never been a huge fan of the depressive black metal style of vocal with the exception of Italian Post-Black metal band “Dreariness” yet within the confines of Amenras sound it works to illuminate an almost disturbing sound anguish and despair which work in harmony alongside the haunting clean vocals. This is band that should not only be experienced through the art of compact discs or downloads, these should be experienced live as on stage they truly come alive and every story told paints a whole new world for all those of experience it and you never leave the same as when you arrived. The song to see us out is “A Solitary Reign” from “Mass VI”
Thank you once again for checking out the Withered Hand Podcast and sorry its been so long since the last episode. I hope this show peeks your interest in the Post genre and that you take the time to check out each and every band featured.
Welcome one and all the latest edition of the Withered Hand Podcast, this time we are proud to feature Kacper who is the vocalist of polish rock band Thesis. In this show we discover more so about how Kacper came to be in the band, the highlights, the lowlights and everything in between. Learn about how the album “Kres” was conceived, how the whole thing was recorded live. Fathers approvals and disapprovals and the ups and down of life as a whole. So sit back and enjoy the episode. Feel free to comment on anything and let us know your out there.
My apologies in advance for some of the technical difficulties but i hope this does not sway you away from what i feel is one of the best shows I have released to date.
Thanks again everyone and as always…
Songs used on the show :
Szum, Wstyd & Godziny From The latest record (Kres)
Dzisiaj which features on the (Z Dnia Na Dzień Na Gorsze) Album
And also Persephona from the (Channel 1) release.
All songs are Available digitally on the Bandcamp site. Many of them are free at this time. So go check them out!
Its that time again folks! I am back and this time I am featuring Ukrainian Post-Progressive metal band “Nug”
From only playing a few shows to selling out most if not all of the merch they provide, this is the story of the hows and the whys of the band. Discover concepts, lyrical meanings, how the vocalist came to be, how the band came to be and what they like to do in their spare time.
So without further adieu, get yourself a brew and sit, lay, stand..jump up and down..do whatever you like and have a listen to this show! I truly hope you enjoy it and if you do like what you hear, please check out the links below and show the band some love.
As always, Stay Withered!
Songs used on the show :
“Enemy” + “Thursday” Both songs featured on the Dark Mass (Ep) Available digitally on the Bandcamp site.