Deeper and deeper in the nightmare!
This is the episode number 3 of 4 for “Of Nightmares And Darkness” the show aiming to give an insight into modern extreme doom metal music in Europe! As you might know if you’ve listened to the preview show or re(a)d something about it , we tried to gather European bands who tried to converge in their style loads of different influences creating something somehow “new” in what is the typical music direction of most of the modern funeral doom metal bands and extreme metal bands. As it has happened for the previous two shows, this whole project is not just about European extreme metal bands! During the show we play some other funeral doom metal bands and we try to find artists willing to give an image to rappresent the show and the main idea behind the show. We want to get the listener 200% into the show by getting him lost into it, feeling the nightmares and darkness we named the show after.
On this third show, titled “Sons Of The Drone”, we move onto the doomy drone influences of this new genre and we try to find a connection in between the bands we’ve been playing on the first two shows and those we play today.
The people involved in this second episode are:
MISANTHROPIC ART, who provided us with the amazing image appeared on our new flyer and promo video.
Quoting the short bio and presentation on the artist’s Fb page: “I’m a freelance illustrator born in Nuremberg, Germany. Since 2001 I’ve been designing album covers, logos and merchandise for alternative/metal music bands and labels. I work mostly in pen and ink, but also in acrylic and mixed media..”. This guy has been working with a great number of bands lately and he’s a real interesting artist! You can see some of his artworks and creations through his official web page at http://www.misanthropic-art.de/ or visit is Fb paget at https://www.facebook.com/misanthropicartdesign/timeline
SOL, the Danish band started by Emil Brahe in the early 00’s, who provided us with the background music you can hear during the whole show. Quoting the little biography I’ve found about the band: “SOL is a Danish doom metal band started by Emil Brahe in the early 00′s. He debuted in 2007 on Ván Records with the crushing funeral doom album Let There Be A Massacre and has since released numerous albums in a variety of styles on different labels. Often with a varying cast of collaborators. While most SOL works have a common denominator in themes of fear, esotericism and destruction, they differ in the form they are presented in: From acoustic drones over dark reed organ atmospherics and occult folk music to the heavy crushing doom metal sound he somehow always returns to and invigorates with his open approach to dark musical expression.” The project’s last works are all available on free download through http://drowning.cc/bands/sol
and you can get in touch with the band through the same page!
STEPHEN O’MALLEY, icon of the drone scene and incredible artist!
“.. musician, predominantly a guitarist, producer and composer from Seattle, Washington who has conceptualized and participated in numerous drone doom, death/doom, and experimental music groups (the most notable of which is Sunn O))))” I think these informations are enough! If you like to know more about the man: http://www.ideologic.org/
Has for the previous two episodes, we hope you’re goin to enjoy and discover some new amazing bands!
If you like what you listened to or what you’re goin to listen to, please share! Every little helps!
Thanks a lot guys!
As I said during the show, the next and final episode for “Of Nightmares And Darkness” should be ready around the half of December due to some other shows we’re working onto with the podcast!
Get ready for an amazing show for THE HAND OF GLORY (our new format) coming out in November!
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The Nightmares and Darkness tour has started!
“Of Nightmares And Darkness” the show in four episodes aiming to give an insight into modern extreme doom metal music in Europe started last week and this is its second episode! As you might know if you’ve listened to the preview show or re(a)d something about it , we tried to gather European bands who tried to converge in their style loads of different influences creating something somehow “new” in what is the typical music direction of most of the modern funeral doom metal bands. As for the first show, this project is not just about those bands! During the show we play some other funeral doom metal bands and we try to find artists willing to give an image to rappresent the show and the main idea behind the show. We want to get the listener 200% into the show by getting him lost into it, feeling the nightmares and darkness we named the show after.
On this second show, titled “Obscure Mechanical Doom”, we start talking about some of the influences of this new genre and we take in consideration those coming from industrial and ambient.
The people involved in this second episode are:
PAX GRAPHIC ART, who provided us with the image rappresenting this second show.
Pax Graphic Art is a graphic label mainly focused on bands’ artworks in every format. From cd jewel case to digipack, slipcases, vinyls etc, they also take care of other graphic aspects such as the creation of banners, flyers, playbills, ‘zines, and bands’ logos. They’ve been working with some good underground bands over the past 10 years and you can get a better idea of what they do through their fb profile: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pax-Graphic-Art/196006640844?sk=timeline
HENRIK NORDVARGR BJORKK one of the greatest and most influential post-industrial artists ever!
Quoting a short biography on his bandcamp page: “Henrik Nordvargr Björkk has since 1988 explored the broad field of the post-industrial scene, covering noise, power electronics, dark ambient, drone, EBM, experimental electronics and avantgarde. In parallel to his band activities, he has pursued a solo career with a vast amount of record releases..”
Here I’m goin to link some of the pages of his main projects!
OFFICIAL WEB PAGE: http://www.nordvargr.com/
BANDCAMP PAGE: http://nordvargr.bandcamp.com/
There’re also some more pages linked to H. N. Bjorkk’ projects so please take a look through internet if you’re looking for infos about MZ 412, Thoroidh, Folkstorm etc.
We really hope you’re goin to like this second show and you’ll find interesting the amazing bands we’ve played!
The third of four parts of OF NIGHTMARES AND DARKNESS will be out around the end of October due to some other shows we’re goin to prepare! Please share and support the underground!
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“Of Nightmares And Darkness” is a show in four episodes aiming to give an insight into modern extreme doom metal music in Europe. We tried to gather bands from each European country, bands of which music and sounds are a mix of funeral doom, drone metal, ambient, black metal and more. Bands who tried to converge in their style loads of different influences creating something somehow “new” in what is the typical music direction of most of the modern funeral doom metal bands. We decided to talk about an European scene where loads of known and unknown bands are creating some amazing music often without receiving enough support because too underground or far from the mainstream idea of funeral doom. We know there’re bands of this kind almost everywhere around the world but well, we wanted to start from somewhere closer to where we live, trying to find some points in common in their music and styles.
This project is not just about those bands! During the show we play some other funeral doom metal bands and we try to find artists willing to give an image to rappresent the show and the main idea behind the show. We want to get the listener 200% into the show by getting him lost into it, feeling the nightmares and darkness we named the show after.
On this first show, titled “After The Funeral” we try to find a way to talk about what happened in funeral doom and what it still happening in funeral doom where bands are trying to find new directions by mixing different music genres and styles with their funeral doom roots.
The people involved in this first episodes are:
MAXIME TACCARDI, who provided us with the image rappresenting this first show.
Quoting his Fb profile: “My will and ambition is to create some sort of a Gesamtkunstwerk to quote Wagner, a total art with Synesthesia. My art consists of paintings, drawings but also short films, videos and music.
My visions come from my dreams for most of the time, I try to let an open wound between reality and dreams. My Blood paintings are symbolicly linked to that idea. I cut my wrists and use the brush directly on my wound like I do in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAKjUjzCL4s
It is not intended to shock people like some would think but is merely a process. The final result is as important as the way to do it, I see art as some sort of a ritual, a chat between spirits and my mortal flesh. I do recall on what philosopher Plato said about art which is the manifestation of spirits through artist bodies.
Music, as a translation of my paintings into sounds is as important as my other practices. My project is named K.F.R which stands for kāfir (disbeliever in arabic), it is written on Dajjâl’s forehead, the Antichrist in Islam. To me it is the absolute sound description of my paintings, it joins Kandinsky idea about his will to translate music into paint.
Here is my soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/k-f-r-2“
FUNERAL MOTH, the Japanese band who provided us with the background music you can hear during the whole show.
Quoting their biography: ” In Autumn 2005, ex-Coffins/ex-Psycho To Black bass player Nobuyuki Sentou, ex-deathchurch drummer/de-nihil Makoto Fujishima, Morquido vocalist Jumpei Ishimaru gathered to create a new doom band. Our style is extremely slow and heavy doom. On 3rd May 2006 we played first gig with Stargazer(Aus), Intestine Baalism, Gallhammer, Intraum, Reexamine, and Morquido. In November 2006, we recorded first demo tape and it was released in December 2006 by Weird Truth Prod. which is Makoto’s own label releasing a lot of doom stuffs.
In the end of 2007, Junpei left the band because he was too much busy for his own personal life. Soon after he was replaced by Yuichiro Azegami, who also play in grind band Brob. With this new lineup, we re-recorded 2 songs on demo and which was released as first CD EP in June 2008. And in June we organized German doom cult Worship’s shows in Tokyo.
In July 2010, we toured in Japan with Australian doom Mournful Congregation. We played in 3 biggest city in Japan, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo.
While we toured with Mournful Congregation, we had 2 guitar player. It was just a speccial lineup for that tour but we felt we need 2nd guitar player as permanent member. Then Mayo Odium from Stabat Mater(Jpn) was welcomed in January 2012.
July 2013, Mayo Odium left the band and he’s replaced by Tomohiro kanjya from Realm(Negativeaidguerrilla Realm). In February 2014, again we toured with Worship. And finally 1st album dense fog is released from Weird Truth.”
Makoto Fujishima : Guitar/Vocal
Tomohiro Kanjya : Guitar
Nobuyuki Sento : Bass/Vocal
Yuichiro Azegami : Drums
OFFICIAL WEB PAGE: http://www.weirdtruth.jp/funeralmoth/
SKEPTICISM, one of the first funeral doom metal band ever existed.
Quoting their biography: “Skepticism was originally formed in 1991. The first year of existence brought a few local gigs and the debut release – a 7” EP. The final line-up was reached in early 1993 and consists of a drummer, guitarist, organist and a singer. No changes in the line-up have taken place since then.
The second release – ‘AEOTHER KAEAR’ promotional tape was released in late 1993. This release both stylistically set the course for Skepticism for the years to come and brought a recording contract with an US label Red Stream. In the reviews of ‘AEOTHE KAEAR’ Skepticism was also referred to as “Funeral Doom” for the first time.
The debut album Stormcrowfleet was released in 1995. Three re-recorded songs from ‘AEOTHE KAEAR’ and three new ones are included. Stormcrowfleet is Skepticism at its purest – slow paced and extremely massive. The album got a mixed response – it was renowned as a classic by some and totally disappreciated by others.
On the following releases – ‘ethere’ miniCD and ‘Lead and Aether’ CD Skepticism brought their sound even further. The simple and massive soundscapes of Stormcrowfleet had got a more sophisticated form with more aggression and dynamical changes. Again the response was mixed but this time the scene already knew what to expect.
In 1998 Skepticism released the ‘aes’ – a half an hour composition. The minimalistic and holistic tendencies that had played a supporting part on the first two albums were now in a major role. ‘aes’ may sound slightly lighter than it’s predecessors but is still as Skepticism as ever.
After the release of ‘aes’ Skepticism devoted to songwriting and not much was heard of the band for quite some time.
The four-year silence ended in 2002 with the release of ‘The Process of Farmakon’ miniCD. The MiniCD features two re-arranged and re-recorded songs from the upcoming full length album ‘Farmakon.’ Like the two first albums ‘Farmakon’ will feature six songs and – according to the band – “be the most terrifying Skepticism album ever.” After some delays ‘Farmakon’ will be released in the summer of 2003.
In addition to preparing the two new releases Skepticism re-entered the live venues for the first time in 8 years. This was also the first live show with the current line-up. The first gig happened in January 2001 at a club in Turku, Finland. Occasional live shows have happened after that prior to getting on the road for the Funeral Procession 2003 tour. During the year 2004 Skepticism played a few gigs in Finland.
Winter 2008 Skepticism is finalising material for the upcoming releases.”
On our interview the latest news from the band! http://www.skepticism.fi/ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Skepticism/123307320425?ref=search
We really hope you’re goin to like this first show feeling there’s something more out there to look for.
In our opinion there’s a whole scene out there which deserves support from who is interested in extreme music.
The second part of “Of Nightmares And Darkness” will be out the next month!
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