Interview with Mike Scalzi from Slough Feg!

With a name taken from the villain Slainé from the 2000 A.D. series, Slough Feg has been around for over twenty years. They are still going strong, releasing a live-CD named “Made In Poland“, with help from the hardcore fan Jacek Lesniewski. Before that they released their newest studio album in 2010, named “The Animal Spirits“. It’s gotten some raving reviews, but also some mediocre ones. I got the opportunity to talk to Mike Scalzi, the singer and guitarist of Slough Feg, about his scepticism of the music industry, the song Free Market Barbarian, his take on the new metal scene, what he’s got in store for the future and much more.

Hey Mike! Could you tell us what you’ve got going on right now and for the near future?
– Right now we’re writing songs for a new album. We’ve just finished negotiating a contract with Metal Blade Records, so this album, when it comes out, probably not in another year, will probably be released by Metal blade. We’re going to play on Keep it True festival in Germany in a couple months as well. Just flying over for that one show.

There’s been a lot of good reviews on your latest album “The Animal Spirits”, but have there been any bad reviews? And what do you guys think about it yourselves?
– Of course there’s been some bad ones, or at least some mediocre ones. I like the album, quite a bit actually, but it came out a bit tame, a bit controlled. I think the next one will have to be a little rougher around the edges. The better you get as a band, the more you run the risk of sounding polished and sterile. I want to avoid that.

What is your take on the music industry, after entering the 21st century? How was it back in the 80s and what do you think about it now?
– I don’t know much about it. It’s a business that has nothing to do with music. It is all advertising and it’s much more important what you represent and what you can do to help sell other than music. The more original you are the worse you will do. Period. It’s all about selling to a pre-established demographic of kids—- the so important part is to look and sound like something that already sells. In the eighties, well, I’m not really sure what the business was like back then, I was just in a band—– I was a teenager. I think once MTV came along a whole other side of the business opened up, based on looks and trends, not music.

What do you think is good about the metal-scene today, and whats really bad?
– Um… it’s pretty terrible. People listen to garbage. Literally. Most metal today literally sounds like a garbage disposal. I suppose if you like that it’s fine, but why not just turn on your appliances and save yourself the money?

Have there been any band recently that you’d really want to do a split-CD with? Or is it out of the question?
– I like Christian Mistress, and Skeletor (both from Northwest), of course our brother in arms Bible of the Devil continue to put out great stuff, despite their lack of recognition for it.

Do you believe that your band lacks any influences? If so, what musical influence would you like to incorporate in the future and what influences have you incorporated recently?
– I don’t think that at all. I think the influences should be pretty obvious. MAIDEN?! If you don’t hear that one you’re deaf. Queen, Lizzy, Sabbath, Saint Vitus… need I go on?! Lately we started to sound almost psychedelic. I’ve been listening to a lot of old underground psych. There’s some fantastic stuff.

You’ve also released the “Made in Poland” live-cd. Will you be releasing a DVD in the near future? Seems like there is a need for that from both fans and enthusiasts?
– If you want to see a DVD just turn on YouTube. I don’t plan to necessarily release one. Maybe someone else will though. Made in Poland turned out pretty good, kind of a rough night for us but I think the spirit is there.

Which new bands have you listened to recently that were just jaw-droppingly good? Or have you found any new band that gave you just that same impression?
– Like I said, I’ve been listening to old psych, like “Pretty Things”, not the greatest name, but a great band. Lots of old Yes, Kinks, stuff like that. Funny how every time I get this question I come up blank, and then later I say—-“oh I should have said that album”. Seems like these days bands are not given the money and support, meaning they really don’t have the time in the studio, or in their life in general, to make great albums. It’s a terrible shame. Good bands seem to always have two other jobs and very little money to go into a studio—–leaving no time in the studio or out to really do what it takes to make a great album.

In the old days a record company had the money to support a band, to give them time to really be artists. Now the bands that get all the money to make records make shit for some reason. I guess because the only people given the big money are making shit in the first place, and the bands wanting to do something good don’t get the big breaks. So they end up rushing a production just to get an album out, and don’t have time to relax and get creative. All of the creativity is gone from big time rock and roll——all we have left is the underground—-but like I said, there’s no time or money.

What would be your favorite destinations to travel to, if you could, right now?
– Probably either Russia or Ireland. I’ve been to Ireland and love it, I’ve never been to Russia but I am fascinated by it.

I’ve always wondered if the song “Free Market Barbarian” was meant to be ironic or if it’s a mirror of a liberal standpoint?
– Um, well… it’s supposed to be a funny title, but the song is actually about what I’ve been ranting about during this interview. If you listen to the lyrics they’re about the current state of the music business.. “all the products on the shelf, bland and sterile..” that’s exactly how I feel about modern music. Everything is a third-rate repeat of an old inspired idea. It sounded fresh in 1975, but it doesn’t anymore. People are really fooled by it too — suppose someone in marketing realizes that old Bruce Springsteen albums are really selling well again and have been re-issued multiple times —– then there’s some talentless kid from Orange County who’s brother in law just happens to own stock in Sony, gets a guitar and starts singing about the Jersey shore and belting out lyrics that would have been unoriginal in the seventies, about girls in cut-off jeans and lying on cars smoking grass, greasy haired guys and bla, bla, bla.. and the whole thing sounds about as soulful as an algebra textbook, but represents all of the cultural signifiers of mid-seventies Americana to a level of mathematical perfection for all advertising and marketing purposes, giving the listener a sterile, flavorless synopsis of the cultural icons as represented on TV, Coke commercials, etc. from that period.

So the “musician” has exactly what the business man needs: a bulleted list of selling points—– a product that points at certain pre-established, heavily tread upon ground that has a very low chance of failure, since it’s been tried and tested 1,000 times over on TV, Magazines, Movies, etc., and of course by the Boss himself who made the original back when it was fresh and inspired. So the kid gets the deal and gets and makes the record, and producers make sure it sounds as seventies east coast as possible, but just slick enough not to turn off any of the buying public, and it sells a billion copies. Maybe it’s no one’s favorite album, but people buy it and forget about it a couple of years. The kid ain’t ever gonna be a rock star, but he has a good run of it, and the business profits and goes to the next thing. I believe that’s pretty much the way it works. There isn’t a conspiracy going on, of anything, it’s the way business has always been run—– but that’s my point, it’s no longer a creative art form, it’s simply a business and nothing more. Once an art form becomes a big seller, the artistry is over. That’s true with anything.

Will Keep It True XV-festival be the first pit stop outside the US? I’m also wondering if you’ll ever be visiting the Nordic countries, like Denmark, Finland, Norway or Sweden?
– Not quite—–we’ve been to Europe seven times. Including a trip to Norway in January 2010. Hope to be back in summer this time, so we can actually see some of the country!

Keep on doing what you do, I wish you the best of luck!
– Thanks.

Here’s Slough Feg with the song “Free Market Barbarian” from the album The Animal Spirits:

You can find them in these places:

Official Webpage: http://www.sloughfeg.com/

Official Forums: http://www.borninblood.co.uk/forum/viewforum.php?f=156

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/sloughfeg

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slough-Feg/353494474400

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Slough_Feg

Interview with Unwoman!

Photo by: Perception Crisis

Photo by: Perception Crisis

Unwoman is a San Fransisco-based cellist and multi-talent that have been active since 2001, releasing a wide array of about seven albums and one EP. Her real name is Erica Mulkey and she also frequently plays and visits goth, steampunk and science fiction-events. With praise from Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls) and collaborations with various acts such as Voltaire, Abney Park, Rasputina, Jill Tracy and many more – she’s gotten a wide range of perspective, influence and musicianship. Nowadays she also performs solo with the drummer Felix Mcnee as Heavy Sugar Duo. Besides that, she also does guest appearances in other bands. I got the opportunity to ask Erica about her collaborations, how she depicts the “dark cabaret”-genre and what’s in store for the future of Unwoman – and much, much more.

You’ve worked with many known acts within the dark cabaret-scene, if you’d get to choose one ultimate collaboration that you haven’t done yet, what and who would it be with?
– It would be pretty sweet to play with Amanda Palmer. I have seen her live many times but never met her, though we’ve communicated online.

I think it’s pretty cool that you’ve self-produced four full-length albums, could you tell me what goes into that process?
– Writing songs, recording material, polishing mixes (I could talk for days about how I actually produce songs but I suspect this isn’t the right place for that), package design, having material mastered, and communicating with pressing plants. I’ve actually self-produced six full-length albums if you count my remix album Unremembered and my covers album Uncovered – seven if you count Infinitesimal, my very first album which was unreleased until Feb 20, 2012.

Does it give you more artistic freedom if you self-release it?
– I have complete freedom and from what I gather I would not if I were beholden to a label, so yes, of course.

What do you think about the genre dark cabaret in general?
– It’s interesting in its communication style –- it brings back the tradition of songwriters speaking directly to the audience rather than being overwhelmed by intricate musical trickery, yet it’s open to visual glamour and seduction that coffeehouse singer-songwriters don’t generally employ. (For the record I don’t consider myself dark cabaret; my recorded music is too electronic.)

How many projects do you have going at the same time right now, as we speak?
– It depends how you count things. I have my documentary project, which I hope to have to press in March, I have this first album rerelease (Feb 20) for which I scanned a lot of old original lyrics notes, I have my next album (to come out Summer 2012) for which I have 13 songs written… I always have little collaborations happening here and there, too.

What do you think about Siouxsie and the Banshees, more than them influencing you musically?
– Oh yes, they were very influential. I think it was extremely important that post-punk/goth music had a strong female voice and Siouxsie was wonderful for that. I love all of their albums but my favorite may be Juju.

I’ve lately heard something that reminded me a lot about Siouxsie, her name is Zola Jesus, have you heard her music?
– Yes! In fact, her song “Night” is an important one between myself and my boyfriend, as we have to spend a lot of time apart because of my touring schedule. One time at Death Guild (San Francisco goth club, where he does lights and live visuals) we danced to “Night” – not touching, – but our eyes locked through the entire song.

It seems like you have quite dedicated fans, how do you feel about them?
– I seriously love them. They are smart, loyal, forgiving, and supportive, and I do my best to give back what they give me.

Amanda Palmer seems to help you a lot, have you collaborated with her in any shape or form, or do you want to?
– She has helped me a lot – but it was all in one day, when she found my ustream and tweeted about me, and got me at least a hundred new dedicated fans. I know I could double sales of any of my albums if she tweeted about those, but I don’t want to bother her. (Heh, I answered the 2nd question already) I have never actually met her – the last three times she’s performed in San Francisco I’ve had a gig out of town.

Where would you say that you’ve found inspiration for your aesthetics?
– Visual aesthetics: silent films, art nouveau paintings, steampunks, street goths on Telegraph Ave in Berkeley, Victorian dolls, post-apocalyptic fashion tumblrs, witches, burlesque performers, tribal fusion bellydancers…

Have you also drawn influences from Lene Lovich and Toyah?
– Not consciously.

You seem to have quite a lot going at the same time, does it ever become tiresome for you?
– I wouldn’t say tiresome, because my life is thrilling and beautiful, but it can be overwhelming. I had recently been saying yes to everything that came my way, and getting lots of people inquiring about shows, and saying yes to all of those, but I think I need to slow that down for a bit so I can make sure my head is above water and I’m not letting too many things fall through the cracks. The main difficulty is rapidly shifting gears between traveling for shows vs being at home editing music or video. I absolutely love both of those things but I need balancing skills that I haven’t fully developed yet – I’ve only been a full-time musician for two years now.

What do you believe that the future holds for you, and will you be releasing something new this year?
– Lots of convention appearances (steampunk, scifi, goth, etc) in the US. I will be releasing my next original album this Summer. Based on what’s been happening over the last two years, my fanbase will continue to grow slowly and steadily; I’ll never be a household name but I’m able to support myself and live by my own rules, so that’s just fine with me.

Will you be touring in Sweden someday or have you done that already?
– I hope someday to have a big enough fanbase globally to justify it, but right now I don’t think I could make it work. I played in the UK a year ago and the shows themselves were really fun, but being in a foreign country, even one where I spoke the language, where I didn’t have any close friends, was really difficult for me – I’ve only just recently gotten comfortable touring in the US and it makes the most sense to focus on playing here.

What would be your last words of wisdom to your Swedish fans?
– I recently expressed this to a young fellow musician but it really applies to every creative person: You will never get permission to rock to your fullest awesomeness. Do it anyway.

Here’s Unwoman covering the song “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails:

You can find her here:

Official Homepage: http://unwoman.com/

Intervju med Silver Devil!

Silver Devil är ett svenskt band som bildades år 2005 i Söderhamn och spelar främst stoner-rock.  År 2010 fick de sin låt “Cactus Killer” inkluderad på en samlingsplatta betitlad “Riot On Sunset Vol. 22“, och en video släpptes till låten “Follow Me Down” år 2011. Låten finns även på deras debutalbum som är självbetitlat. Nu är de aktuella med sitt andra album som släpps någon gång under hösten/vintern 2012. Av någon anledning har detta mäktiga band passerat under radarn för många, men jag tog initiativet och intervjuade grabbarna om hur de utvecklats sedan de först började spela, hur de kan vara så pass okända och vad som sker i framtiden.

Hur ser er bandkonstellation ut?
– Det är jag, Anders Löfstrand på sång. Sen har vi Otto Molin och Jonas Hamqvist på gitarr, Erik Bergkvist på bas och Marcus Ström på trummor.

När ni väl startade år 2005, vad hade ni för ambitioner?
– Ja du, släppa en skiva har väl alltid varit ett mål man haft. Sen var det mest kul att spela så vi försökte göra så mycket låtar vi kunde och spelade bara för att det är kul! Och efter den goda respons vi fick så tänkte vi att vi kör på, och så har det varit sedan dess.

Vad tror ni är anledningen till att ni är så pass okända, trots att ni släppt ett debutalbum som rockar enormt mycket?
– Det har nog att göra med att vi är totalt värdelösa på att marknadsföra oss, men det ska ske en förändring på den fronten framöver.

Hur mycket tycker ni att ni har utvecklats sedan ni började spela, både livemässigt och studiomässigt?
– Livemässigt har det blivit tajtare och bättre, även om det alltid känts bra på den avdelningen så är det klart att man hela tiden utvecklas och blir bättre. Problemet har varit att lyckas fånga samma känsla och intensitet som finns när vi står på scenen, som i studion. Vi spelar in så mycket som möjligt live när vi är i studion för att åtminstone försöka fånga en del av det som vi är på scen.

Var någonstans i Sverige har ni spelat hittills och var kommer ni att spela i framtiden?
– Vi har framförallt spelat i Gävle och Stockholms-området, förhoppningsvis kommer vi att spela överallt i framtiden såklart! Finns planer på Europa till hösten men ingenting spikat ännu. Närmast ligger nog Bryggeriet i Motala den 30:e Mars tillsammans med Skraeckoedlan.

Vilken är den bästa spelningen ni någonsin utfört under den tid ni varit aktiva?
– Club Monster i Gävle 2010 var en riktigt bra spelning tycker jag, men även Krökbacken-festival i Leksand förra året bör även nämnas som en av det roligaste

Hur fick ni med er låt “Cactus Kicker” på en samlingsplatta, blev ni kontaktade eller kontaktade ni upphovsmännen?
– Vi blev kontaktade av bolaget i fråga som undrade om de fick ta med vår låt “Cactus Kicker” och det fick dom. Har ingen direkt koll på om det gett oss något men det är ju en kul grej i alla fall.

Var har ni främst hämtat er inspiration ifrån, och har ni fått några nya influenser till ert uppkommande album?
– Vi inspireras av ganska mycket olika saker och musik tror jag, men främst från band som spelar liknande musik som Kyuss, Fu Manchu, The Sword, Mastodon m.fl. Jag personligen kan inspireras av nästan vad som helst i musikväg, det kan ligga och lura en kanonmelodi, textrad eller känsla vart som helst. Även vinterårstiden är en stor inspiration till vår musik framförallt textmässigt. Vet inte om det inkommit så mycket nya influenser men nästa skiva kommer nog bli tyngre och mörkare än den förra. Mer vinter, haha.

Vad kommer albumet att heta och vad har ni för planer inför släppet?
– Inget namn än. Ser oss om efter samarbetspartners och ska börja inspelningen snart, planerar släppet till hösten/vintern 2012.

Finns det något annat med i beräkningarna, mer än att släppa ett nytt album?
Spela så mycket som möjligt, se till att Europagrejen blir av och att bli bättre på att synas och marknadsföra oss själva bättre.

Jag hoppas att vi lär se mer av er i framtiden, har ni något att tillägga såhär på slutet?
– Jo, men tack så mycket för att vi fick vara med här och kom och kolla på oss live någon gång!

Silver Devil med låten “Follow Me Down“:

Här hittar ni Silver Devil:

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SilverDevilJonas

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/silverdevilsweden

Last.FM: http://www.lastfm.se/music/silver+devil

Interview with Psychic Teens!

Psychic Teens is a philadelphia-based group that plays something in between indie rock, noise and post-punk. With crunchy and deep baselines, lo-fi sounding wailing voice and a hint of humor. Since 2011 they’ve released “TEEN” and “YUNG/CbbK“, but despite their originality, they’re not really that known. So I took the time to interview them about their music, how they first started out, their weird song-titles, new splitalbum and much more. The guitar-player and singer Larry decided to answer my foolish questions.

Hello Psychic Teens! Tell me more about yourselves?

– HI – I’m Larry, I play guitar and sing in Psychic Teens. Dave plays drums and Joe plays bass. We practice and write songs in Dave’s basement in New Jersey once a week.

Why did you name your band “Psychic Teens”, and when did you first start out?

– Our name is great isn’t it!? We started playing together in October 2010. By the end of the year we had three songs finished. In late March 2011, we had five songs and started playing shows. In July, we recorded the seven songs we had and that became our TEEN LP. As of now (February 2012) we are working on our fourteenth song and tonight we are playing our 25th  show.

Have you gained any die-hard fans since you’ve started playing?

– Yeah definitely. Our first shows – only our friends came to see what this was all about and it was a mess. I relied on HUGE volume to make up for my lack of confidence in my voice and playing. After the songs got more polished and we were more comfortable, people started staying in the room to watch us.  We have steadily gained a following in our area as well as in different parts of the world with the help of the internet. I am impressed and thankful to see new people getting into our music but I also recognize and am always dumbfounded by our “superfans” that spread the word about us or come to every show. Its pretty rad!

Do your songs follow any specific theme, or what is the general thought behind them?

– Lyrically? Depends on my mood. The songs on the LP, although written sporadically throughout 8 months, came together lyrically at the same time. A lot of the themes are depression, guilt, anger – typical angry teenager stuff. In the future, I think I will try to write on a more grandiose scale and link songs together and build on characters do some other wild shit. If Green Day can do it, so can I.

Your song-titles are rather short, like “YUNG”, “KIRA”, “ROSE”. Is it anything subliminal, or are they just references to something specific?

– Psychic Teens Rule #1: All of our songs will consist of capital letters and will be no more than 4 characters.

The aesthetics of your site and album reminds me a lot of manga, are you influenced by that artform?

– Yes, although I think I am the only one in the band that reads manga / watches anime, we are all inspired by visual art. The visual aesthetic of the band is as important as the aural aesthetic.  NOTE: KIRA may or may not be full of references to a certain 1988 anime classic. I’ll let your readers decide…

It seems like some of your songs show a bit of humor, like in the song ARM beginning with a slow and drooping “…what… the… f…u..uck”. What do you have to say about it?

– As a person –  I don’t take a lot of things too seriously so I try to throw a little tongue and cheek humor in there on occasion. A lot of time at band practice is spent laughing and talking about how silly or over-the-top some of the sounds and parts are. There are lot of goth and post punk songs from the 80s that have some pretty funny lyrics if you can decipher them.

Feels refreshing to hear a new approach to a long forgotten post-punk/goth-sound, I’m thinking mainly about the vocals and the crunchy bass. What bands would you say have inspired your band, within those two genres?

– I listen to a lot of Sisters of Mercy and basically everything put out on 4AD in the early 80s. Last week I listened to the song “Time” by Play Dead about 30 times. The three of us listen to so much different music its insane. It’s very enjoyable being in a band with people that surprise you with their musical tastes on a weekly basis.

I laughed when I first read the description of your band, “sound like that time you spotted your creepy metalhead brother at 80s night”. Care to elaborate?

– Hahaha. Well it’s a pretty vivid description.  Imagine being a girl out with her friends at the club on 80s night and as she’s walking to the bar to get a red drink she runs into her little creepy brother (who she wouldn’t expect to see) wearing a master of puppets back patch on his denim vest nodding his head to “Karma Chameleon” or “Rage Hard” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Now if that made a sound….

In what way do you feel that you’ve evolved since you first started touring?

– Well we haven’t really officially toured yet – we played only a few one-off shows out of the area while waiting for our record to come out. We plan on doing some more extensive touring in April and through the summer.

You will be touring the US a lot, but when will you come overseas?

– Hopefully soon! We would love to and I think Europe would be very receptive to our music, given that our influences are mostly European.

Are you releasing any new material this year?

– Yes. We have a limited split CDR coming out with a 2piece outfit that calls themselves HULK SMASH. We recorded 5 Nine Inch Nails covers for that and will be sold only at shows. It will likely be released digitally as well. We are also planning on releasing more original music in one form or another and preparing the all important “second album” eventually.

What are your last words of wisdom?

– We don’t have any words of wisdom, we stink.

Here’s Psychic Teens musicvideo of the song “DOSE”:

You can find the Psychic Teens in these dark and shady places:

Bandcamp: http://psychicteensnetwork.bandcamp.com/

Last.FM: http://www.lastfm.se/music/psychic+teens

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/PsychicTeens

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/PsychicTeensNetwork

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PsychicTeensNetwork

Tumblr: http://psychicteensnetwork.tumblr.com/

Label: http://goldenvoyagerecords.net/

Beggars Banquet – 3/3 Debaser Malmö

Dubbelt upp med punkbanden Twopointeight och Atlas Losing Grip. Från punkrock till skatepunk, den 3:e Mars på Debaser i Malmö vid den ungefärliga tiden 21:30. Fri entré till 22:00 och sedan 90kr med en åldersgräns på 20 år. Ni hittar facebookeventet här.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/twistactionhero

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/twistactionheroes

Heavy Days In Doomtown 3-6th May 2012

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Undergrundsmusikkens Fremme and Killtown Bookings proudly presents:

HEAVY DAYS IN DOOMTOWN

– a DIY celebration of all things slow and heavy –

May 3rd-6th 2012

PAGAN ALTAR (uk) / NOOTHGRUSH (us) – first European show ever! / COFFINS (jp) / JEX THOTH (us) / COUGH (us) / WOUNDED KINGS (uk) / ALDEBARAN (us) – first European show ever! / GRIFTEGÅRD (swe) / WORSHIP (de) / DEVIL (no) / PILGRIM (us) / PURSON (uk) / CAUCHEMAR (can) / JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES (fin) / AGUIRRE (fr) / BLACK OATH (it) / HERDER (nl) / BURNING SAVIOURS (swe) / OCEAN CHIEF (swe)/ BRUTUS (no/swe) / KONGH (swe) / PROFETUS (fin) / SKOGEN BRINNER (swe) / PYRAMIDO (swe) / SUMA (swe) / MOONLESS (dk) / SINISTER CREATION (dk) / BOTTOM FEEDER (dk) / TORCHLIGHT (dk)

Exhibitions by David D´Andrea (us), Glyn Scrawled (irl),  13th Sign Collective (d)  Accoustic jam Sunday chillout afternoon at Christiania  with LYNCHED (irl) + more tba. + moviscreenings, chillout, vegan foodstands, merch area, happenings, artinstallations, projections and more.

www.heavydaysindoomtown.com

“Heavy Days In Doomtown -a DIY celebration of all things slow and heavy”  will be a 4 day event at 3 different venues in Copenhagen: -a warmup show at the alternative venue Stengade, Stengade 18 -2 days of music, art, events and madness at the DIY activist driven social centre Ungdomshuset, Dortheavej 61 – a cooldown day in Copenhagens freetown Christiania with moviescreenings, accoustic outdoor shows and the final concert at Christianias finest rockclub Loppen.

The festival is organized by the association “Undergrundsmusikens Fremme” (translated: Undergroundmusic promotion) based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The association has for the past two years been organizing the successful DIY Death Metal Festival “Kill-Town Death Fest” (www.killtowndeathfest.dk) and has now spread its ventures to the doomspectre.

The whole event is organized by the DIY principles, which means that neither the organizers, the bands or the people who work at the fest are making any profit, and our main purpose besides having an amazing fest full of heavy music, is to promote the DIY principles to the genres who doesn’t usually organize this way.

HDDT will be a celebration of the current underground scenes and the active bands and people involved. Our goal is to create a festival that puts the focus on the music and the bands, not on money and prestige. We want to make it possible for underground bands to reach a broader audience beyond their national borders. By doing so we hope to create an international exchange amongst non-commercial underground scenes
Besides music, were inviting a bunch of great artists to come and make installations, visuals and more before and during the festival to make the expeirence of the fest visual as well as musical.   We hope to see all of you in Copenhagen in May for Europes heaviest underground event of 2012!  All the best// HeavyDaysInDoomtown Crew

More band info:

PAGAN ALTAR (uk) –  www.paganaltar.com

NOOTHGRUSH (us)http://www.myspace.com/noothgrush

COFFINS (jp) –  http://www.myspace.com/intothecoffin

COUGH (us) –  http://cough.bandcamp.com/

JEX THOTH (us) –  http://www.myspace.com/jexthoth

WOUNDED KINGS (uk) –  http://www.myspace.com/thewoundedkings2

ALDEBARAN (us) –  http://aldebarandoom.blogspot.com

GRIFTEGÅRD (swe)http://www.myspace.com/griftegrd

WORSHIP (de) –  http://www.myspace.com/worshipdoom

DEVIL (no) –  http://www.myspace.com/devilband

PILGRIM (us) –  http://www.myspace.com/spacepilgrims

PURSON (uk) –  http://www.myspace.com/pursonpurson

CAUCHEMAR (can) –  http://www.myspace.com/cauchemarmetal

JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES (fin) –  http://www.myspace.com/jessandtheancientones

AGUIRRE (fr) –  http://aguirrederzorngottes.blogspot.com/

BLACK OATH (it) –  http://www.myspace.com/blackoath666

HERDER (nl) –   http://www.myspace.com/stonerherder

BURNING SAVIOURS (swe) –  http://www.myspace.com/burningsaviours1

OCEAN CHIEF (swe) –  http://www.myspace.com/oceanchief

BRUTUS (no/swe) –  http://www.brutusband.com

KONGH (swe) –  http://www.myspace.com/kongh

PROFETUS (fin) –  http://www.myspace.com/profetus

SKOGEN BRINNER (swe) –  http://www.myspace.com/skogensvrede

PYRAMIDO (swe) –  http://www.myspace.com/pyramidodoom

SUMA (swe) –  http://www.myspace.com/sumanoise

MOONLESS (dk) –  http://www.myspace.com/moonlessdk

SINISTER CREATION (dk) –  http://www.myspace.com/sinistercreation

BOTTOM FEEDER (dk) –  http://www.myspace.com/562234378

TORCHLIGHT (dk) –  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Torchlight/181968858564155 

PRACTICAL INFO: Dates: 3rd – 6th May 2012

Venues:

Ungdomshuset (4th-5th May) Dortheavej 61, 2400 Copenhagen NV. Denmark
www.dortheavej-61.dk

Stengade (3rd May) Stengade 18, 2200 Copenhagen N Denmark

www.stengade.dk

Loppen (6th May) Christiania, Sydområdet 4B 1. Sal 1440 Kbh K

www.loppen.dk

Prices:

4 days (incl. warm-up gig): 375 dkr. / 50 euro (presale only).
3 days (Thursday-Saturday or Friday-Sunday): 350 dkr. / 45 euro (presale)
Thursday: 90 dkr. / 11 euro (at door). Friday: 150 dkr. / 20 euro (at door).
Saturday: 150 dkr. / 20 euro (at door).  Sunday (Loppen): 90 dkr. / 11 euro (at door).

For more info on the festival incl. news and updates:

www.heavydaysindoomtown.com

If you have any questions, please write us at the following adresses:

For booking: heavydaysdoomtown.booking@gmail.com

For info:   heavydaysdoomtown.info@gmail.com

For volunteering: heavydaysdoomtown.volunteer@gmail.com

Please join us at Facebook: 

 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Heavy-Days-In-Doomtown-a-DIY-celebration-of-all-things-slow-and-heavy/283876344975898

http://www.facebook.com/events/157199627709010/

Imperative Reaction – Imperative Reaction

Sedan en av deras bättre album As We Fall har de utvecklats i en modernare riktning, med andra ord har de passerat den släta linjen alla moderna industrialakter skall rätta sig efter. Från att ha varit en blandning av känslosam futurepop med specifika industriella inslag, till att bli en karbonkopia av exakt vad som är fel med industrial idag. Dock har jag tur att slippa höra liknelser med Combichrist och andra avarter som borde hållit sig borta från begreppet. Snarare ser jag en viss potential, i och med att sångaren utvecklat konceptet ytterligare. Ju längre jag tar mig igenom albumet desto mer överraskad blir jag, och måste därför revidera min åsikt en aning. Låten “Siphon” övertygar mig om att den cementerade linjen, där hårdhet väger mest, har spruckit. När jag slår över till nästa låt, “Song of the Martyr” så får jag höra de legendariska synthslingorna. Detta, som för övrigt gjort Imperative till vad de är, ackompanjerad med ett otroligt skönt break. När hela arsenalen släpps loss rakt i ansiktet, i ren rebellisk anda, “then you sing the song of the martyr”. Helt klart kan det bli lite tjatigt med det vämjeliga temat som cirkulerar runt, runt och runt. Men det räddas lite grand av signaturmelodin, som kretsar kring djupa och tunga synthslingor. Tänk Acid House, VNV Nation och det senare I:Scintilla blandat med stereotypisk screamo inom vissa partier, och mindre industrial än eljest – men i övrigt bra för klubbdäng och möjligen en ingång till att gå över den cementerade linjen och passera karbonkopiorna.

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