Finally out with this interview which we had the chance to collect almost a month ago in occasion of the Doom Over London Festival! Khost has been a true love at first listen band to me.
Back to almost nine months ago or so, I had the chance to listen to the very first online tracks of the band through bandcamp and already at that point I knew this was going to be probably one of my favourite new discoveries.
Forgetting about the name of the band, months later, I attended another London festival, organized by Cold Spring Records. First band on stage was Khost!!! Still I didn’t remember about the band I already listened to but the whole live experience left me quite shocked! I truly enjoyed the show and I bought a copy of the band’s first release right away.
Back home, the day after the fest, I got to listen to the band’s album and I thought to myself “I know this band!”
Got back on internet and check them out on bandcamp I found out it was actually the same mesmerising band I already knew! The best of this whole forgetting/remembering story is that I couldn’t avoid to fall in love with Khost and the live show, first album and whole experience simplly backed up my very first idea: THIS BAND IS SIMPLY AMAZING!!!
Their sound, a mix of downtempo heaviness with industrial/ambient mixed bits moving through droning intermezzos and Persian choruses, is something every extreme metal fanatic should listen to.
Do you remember Zaraza? Think of Zaraza mixed with Malkuth, mixed with Brighter Death Now and Desiderii Marginis. Are you into this kind of soundscapes? You should listen to Khost!
Really nice folks to have a chat with. 300% into their own sound discovery journey and absolutely unique in the way they are able to create somehow a new branch of extreme Godflesh inspired metal!
This is no joke. Keep an eye on them. I feel like they could easily become one of the most important bands in the scene real soon as there’s nobody, absolutely nobody, who can generate such a wall of heavy, occult and nightmarish music.
The first album has been already out there for a while. Don’t miss the next opus which should be out shortly!
Check them out on Facebook and Bandcamp!
There we are with a new episode of THE HAND OF GLORY!
This should have been out last Friday but we had some issues with Soundcloud etc… Sorry for the delay!
On the way back from Roadburn, there we are with a brand new show featuring some of the most amazing acts around!
Check them out and show them some love! Links are set up below so you can find out more about the bands and their releases!
See you soon with more amazing shows!
And here we are with our interview with Downfall Of Gaia and the live report of their London show. Before I start talking about DOG and leave you to their interview, I would like to thank José Ramón Caamaño for being there as our photographer and documenting a great show! José is a real talented photographer and you can find part of his works through his Flikr page!
The opening band was The Infernal Sea. I was familiar with the band as I had chance to listen to them before but this was the first time I watched them live.
The show itself has been pretty cool. Nice to see them on stage with background banners and medieval pest’ masks to create a true black metal inspired vibe. While the appearence was absolutely outstanding, I think these guys need to work still on a few details. The songs stracture quite often falls into the classic black metal cliche leaving the listener somehow disappointed. I love black metal the old school way but I think it’s quite hard nowadays to create something unique in a genre which has been played already for over two decades. At the same time a well structured song with better drumming ideas and powerful riffs can make the difference and I think this is what The Infernal Sea need to improve. Don’t get me wrong, they play their black metal in a great way, and if you like the old classics you’ll fall in love with them. I just believe they have great potential and with time they are going to release some incredible slabs of heaviness. From this point of view, I’m really looking forward to their new record of which, following their live show, seems to be sounding more mature.
Something totally different happened with Der Weg Einer Freiheit, band which I didn’t listen before as much as The Infernal Sea and that has been able to catch the attention of the whole crowd present at The Black Hearth. Featuring a powerful and ultra-technical brutal death metal inspired drumming, their black metal influenced sound has literally destroyed all the expectations leaving the previous esibition on a lower level. Without taking anything away from the first band they have simply been able to offer something rather more violent and at the same time melodic with a riffing moving in between shoegaze parts as much as more “emperor-ish” moments.
The public got totally ecstatic in front of such display of power and technical mastery and this aspect has shown a band which some how has been under different points of view the highlight of the whole show. They’ve been a real surprise! From my point of view, the balance in between drum’ triggers, and more old school oriented sounds in combination with the modern touch of a riffing which is trying to take the distance from the classic black metal root has been the key aspect of their live perfomance. I’m really looking forward to watch them on stage once again!
Headlining the event and last band of the show, Downfall Of Gaia! I really was looking forward to this one as I got in love with the band’s last release and second album out for the infamous Metal Blade! We’re talking about one of the best productions of the past year’ postmetal/sludge scene with “Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay“. After I listened to that record I’ve honestly devoured the previous releases and I was real curious about watching them performing as I never had the chance before. Their show has been super and althought their sound wasn’t as powerful as the previous band in terms of heaviness, the more “natural” vibe introduced a band which is able to play amazing music mixing the melancholic feeling of the songs with an almost tragic black metal oriented touch. The sludge part which alternate to more intricate melodies moving through different genres and subgenres are the tip of the iceberg. In fact the songs flow in a real amazing way taking the listener from moment of pure desperation to moments of violence and madness. Here as well a perfect balanced example of sounds and technique for a band which has got loads to offer on stage and which has become one of my favourites. Really looking forward to double this experience and enjoy their live set at this coming Roadburn!
Leaving you with Downfall Of Gaia‘s short interview, I would like to thank once again our photographer for the amazing pictures he has taken for us!
For you on WHP, once again, OPIUM LORD!
Back with the guys from OPIUM LORD in occasion of their new album release!
We were talking with them almost a year ago about the new album and finally Candlelight has released it! I was expecting a great album and it actually is! This new full-lenght titled “The Calendrical Cycle: Eye Of Earth” is an amazing record!
Starting from what has been left from the first EP, this new LP builds up tonnes of heaviness and gloom leaving room not only to sludge beats. In fact the tracks in it move through quite a lot of different genres being able to mix and develope an organic album. The production is just perfect and the artwork, a mix of Deftones and Atlas Moth inspired images, is a cool as the rest of the production!
We had a chat with the guys about the upcoming events, about their ideas and a little about what the future plans are for the band! Attached to the iterview there are two songs taken from “The Calendrical Cycle”.
Have a laugh with us and enjoy one of the finest sludge oriented bands around! You can find them on Fb by clicking on the link!
Third and last part for this “ON STAGE” show!
Obliteration from Norway! A destructive old school death metal band which released some of the most interesting album in the scene over the past 10 years! Taking inspiration from the end of ’80s and beginning of the ’90s and in spite of their young age, they’ve been able to kick asses all over the place sharing stage with some of the greatest underground bands from all around the world!
With “Black Death Horizon”, their last LP, the band’s sound slightly changed moving on to slower and doomed territories giving to the band a new almost “occult” artistic direction.
No need to talk a lot about them and the quality of their music! If you like death metal in the old way, they are a must!
We had a nice chat with them about their previous releases and future plans, including shows in Asia and other countries.
With the interview you can also find a few tracks recorded during their London show at The Unicorn in Camden!
Final part of this show in three episod which has seen also SHEOL and SLOW PLAGUE!
You can find Obliteration on Fb and bandcamp. Their releases on sale a bit everywhere!
BTW If you’re looking for their second full-lenght “Nekropsalms”, you can still find it on sale through Fysisk Format discounted right now of the 40%! Boom!!!
Stay withered folks!!!
See you soon with some amazing new shows!!!
There we are with the second of three episodes for this new ON STAGE show.
After SHEOL a few days ago we come back with SLOW PLAGUE.
This London based duo is one of the harshest projects around. Their drum/bass heaviness combined with the dual vocals approach creates a new level of filth. Thinking of them as a mix in between early Beherit and Sardonis, their music channels sludge, death and crust balancing head banging riffs and slower annihilating bits.
While the two men lineups are becoming quite normal in sludge ‘n doom, these guys are trying in my opinion to find the right equilibrium and they’re actually doing this in a successful way by trying mixing up different genres and finding their own direction. Keep an eye on them and enjoy this short interview and live recording.
New show online for Withered Hands Podcast ON STAGE! This time splitted in three episodes! First of the series is our interview and live recording with the UK based death mettallers SHEOL!
They’re a fresh band considering they released a six track EP and a 7″ so far! Yet they’re crashing heads all over the place and they’ve been able to engage the attentions of cult underground labels such as INVICTUS PRODUCTIONS and IRON BONEHEAD!
They’re old school inspired sound lately evolved in something darken and slightly heavier than it used to be on their first release. Doors are open for a killer release now!
While they’re focusing on creating the tracks for the next release, they’ve got enough time left to play around and share the stage with some of the most amazing bands around!
I really suggest you to check them out and listen to their live recording!
You can find them on Fb and bandcamp!
THE HAND OF GLORY is back with my side of the show and this time I really hope you’re going to enjoy!
I think one of the best things into work with WHP is to have the chance to meet some amazing people and artists out there. This has been for me one of those occasions when I felt like being blessed or cursed (depending on the point of view) by meeting the guys from DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT.
Had a great time with them in occasion of their last show in London a few months ago and we promised to each other to come up with a good show which could take the distance from what we already created with the podcast until that moment. Something which even not being an interview or a live recording could give an idea of who the guys in the bands are and what their music style is. So we thought about our showcase show!
As you maybe might now, we do twice a month a show named “The Hand Of Glory”. Through it we try to play some amazing musicand give some information about the bands we play. The idea was quite convincing and we decided to have a collaboration with DIS moving in that direction.
Why not to create something where the bands can play the music they like?
So there we are, a few months later playing for the very first time in the still short history of this podcast a similar show!
DIS, one of the most original bands in the scene, able to mix doom, sludge, black and death metal into a monstrous identity presents:
We’re back now with the ON STAGE bit! This time we’ve got for you SONANCE!
This amazing band hailing from south of England is a must listen! Active already for a few years they’ve pressed an amazing album in 2012 titled “Like Ghosts” and came back last December 2014 with the even more incredible “Black Flowers” (both available on their bandcamp page for free).
Their sound, moving through sludge and post metal is able to shift in between moments of monolitic heaviness and quieter and melodic parts which can take the listener through sad and melancholic soundscapes.
With the new album getting pressed in April, I really think you should start following them. Here’s their Fb page!
We had a little chat with them about their new release and their future live activities and recorded their live performance.
Don’t miss out another incredible show of WITHERED HANDS PODCAST!
After a few brand new shows from Tom I couldn’t hold myself back and I was really looking forward to my new ones to get ready! I’ve been finally able to interview TORPOR!
If you didn’t listen yet to their live recording from the time they played with Conan [listen to that show here], this is about time for ya all to get hammered by their music.
We had the pleasure to have a chat with them in occasion of their latest album launch party in London for an event which saw them sharing the stage with Sonance and Caina and Jotnnar. Able to devastate the listener through their slow paced metal assault, an interesting dual vocals approach and an almost psychedelic heaviness, they offered us an amazing show moving through the new album’ tracks. Blowing amps and torturing ears they delivered a great new album this year and we are goin to play for you two songs off it!
The interview with them put some light onto the future live shows of the band and gave us some info regarding the new piece of art just pressed on vinyl and soon to be pressed in a unique version on CD!
Support Torpor and get a copy of their new record!
I’m sure enough you’re goin to love it!