(If, dear reader, you are unfamiliar with Adzes, the illustrious Mr. Payne reviewed No One Wants To Speak About here. Once you're done drinking deep of this interview, give it a read! - Ed.)
Written by: Alex, Bringer of Payne
It may seem irresponsible to have so many visitors (read: victims) here at the Sleeping Village this month, but we’re on a roll! Next up for interrogation is Forest Bohrer, the sole creative mind behind Adzes, an atmospheric sludge metal project with a penchant for raging against the capitalism and imperialism that fuels America today; heavy music for a heavy topic, essentially. Fans of Godflesh and ISIS, bands that Bohrer credits as strong influences for the project, will instantly appreciate the dichotomy created between ambient elements and oppressively heavy instrumentation.
As always, a big thanks is in order to Forest for taking the time to sit down with us and to subject himself to our nosey interrogation!
Interview by: Scribe Nathaniel
Our very own Scribe Nathaniel--the Sleeping Village's resident reporter of all things abrasive and chaotic--has stopped by once more with an interview of Thin, also known as Brooklyn, New York's finest mathgrind outfit. Their latest effort, dawn, has dropped today, and let me tell you: it's an absolute banger. As intense and frenetic as you can get without absolutely obliterating your synapses, this beastly combo of spastic mathcore and deathy grind has fueled my morning quite splendidly. These guys are the real deal, and so, without further ado, I'll shut up and hand over the reins:
Hello, I am Scribe Nathaniel from the Sleeping Village. First off, I would like to thank Thin for
taking time out of their day to answer these questions. Lets do this!
Let's start the week (and morning!) off with an interview from Pittsburgh's groovin' hard rock outfit ZOM. It's a rock 'n' roll town with a love for good riffs and great hooks, and ZOM deliver both in spades. I've been crankin' their debut--Nebulos--over the weekend, and can safely say that it is, indeed, worth a listen. With their formula, it's hard to go wrong--particularly when you're packing as much experience as these guys are.
Big thanks to Gero von Dehn for stepping up and knocking our silly questions out of the park. As always, we appreciate endlessly the opportunity to get into the nitty-gritty with bands about what they do and how they do it. Without further ado, read on...and then be sure to give ZOM a well-deserved listen.
The interview train keeps on a-rollin'! Next up are Dizygote, a father/son duo from Cape Coral, FL. As someone invested in the tradition of passing music down to younger generations, I was initially intrigued by the story behind the unique dynamic at play--but then I queued up their bandcamp and let those live tracks roar. Now I'm in it for the damn tunes, 'cuz let me tell you: despite being (seemingly) limited in terms of manpower, songwriting and technical prowess certainly isn't an issue. Demonstrating a remarkably full and dynamic sound, this duo sounds, well, like anything but.
Needless to say, we were tickled pink to chat with the outfit in question. Big thanks to Ned and Ethan of
Dizygote for taking the time! As always, we're deeply honored that cool bands are willing to sit down and churn our such thoughtful answers. When you're done reading this, head on over and check out 'em out.
Once we get the ol' interviewing machine up and running, there's no accounting for how to slow it down. Graciously joining us for today's interrogation here at the Sleeping Village Dungeon--err, I mean "conference room"--is Joe Huls, the bassist for Flint, MI based melodic groove band Torn Away. Taking inspiration all along the gamut of heavy music, these guys represent, a tenet of music as catharsis and absolution. Indeed, as they say: "as a phoenix rises from the ashes, so do the members of Torn Away."
We Villagers would like to thank Mr. Huls for the in-depth answers to our prying questions! It's always an honor to receive heartfelt and informative responses such as these. Without further ado:
Empty Joy. If you follow the Sleeping Village over on Instagram, you may be aware that they are my favorite band to pester. After premiering the lead single from their forthcoming debut, I've been sittin' on the edge of my seat, waiting to hear more from this Floridian harsh-noise-ambient-blackened-hardcore (?) project. Rather than waiting any longer, I decided it was high time to get that inside scoop. And so, needless to say, this inksplattered scribe was quite honored that two thirds of the band--Child of Wither (Drums, Guitars, Vocals) and Ancient Hand (Synth, Vocals, Artwork)--were willing to sit down and provide such in-depth answers to prying questions.
Read on! And when you've completed this opus, head over to Empty Joy's bandcamp.
Night Goat deal in a brand of aggressive music that shakes this Village's walls on regrettably infrequent occasion. Chaotic. Scuzzy. Fuzzy. Filled to the brim with hot-tempered vitriol. This is noise rock as it should be, and on their debut Milk, released in December of last year, these Ohioans delivered a righteous riot. I regretted not reviewing the thing then, so here is some vague recompense for my oversight.
Needless to say, this scribe was quite excited to chat with the outfit in question. Our eternal thanks to Night Goat for A. being the cool people they are, and B. willingly subjecting themselves to our interrogation.
Let's get to it, shall we?
Sometimes--and I'm sure you'll agree, dear reader--one just needs some rock n' roll that captures the spirit of the good ol' days. As one who (admittedly) wasn't alive during said days, I'm here to say that Cincinnati's Brass Owl offers a genre-melding approximation of the best parts. From classic rock, to acid jazz, grunge, to fun-lovin' improvisational jammery, Brian Tarter (vocals/guitar) and Lonnie Buckley (drums) deliver the goods.
Brass Owl's debut will be hitting the street on April 10th, so you've still got some time to daydream about the possible implications of the aforementioned confluence of sounds. It's damn good, but rather than tantalize further, we slumbering scribes offer up this interview to tide ye over.
We'd like to thank Brian Tartar of Brass Owl for taking the time and energy to chat! As always, we're deeply honored that cool bands are willing to sit down and churn our such thoughtful answers. Read on!
Interview by: Scribe Nathaniel
Our very own Scribe Nathaniel--the Sleeping Village's resident lover of all things abrasive and chaotic--was lucky enough to chat with the one and only Jon "Eva05" Chang. Known for his vocal chops in such groups as Gridlink, Discordance Axis, Hayaino Daisuke, and No One Knows What The Dead Think, among others, Mr. Chang has left a significant mark on the evolution of grindcore and affiliated scenes. If the spirit of grind permits the notion of legends, you're pretty much lookin' at one.
Needless to say, we slumbering scribes were quite excited by the prospect of this interview, and offer our collective thanks for A. making stellar music and B. willingly engaging in Scribe Nathaniel's interrogation. Let's get to it, shall we? Without further ado:
Interview by: The Voiceless Apparition
The name Matron Thorn may not be a household name, but for almost 20 years, Reuben Christopher Jordan, the man known as Matron Thorn, has been releasing some of the most personal, heartfelt, and authentic music in the metal scene. Since forming Benighted in Sodom in 2006, Matron Thorn has gone on to release 17 full-length studio albums and create various other projects, (Aevangelist, Devil Worshipper, and Vagrant Starscape to name only a few) building a massive discography (close to 200 albums). He's a musician that has greatly influenced me and his music has helped open my eyes to other worlds of music, even outside of metal. So when I reached out to him for a possible interview opportunity, I was elated that he agreed to do this interview. Here is the amazing result, in which we Matron Thorn discusses early projects, Benighted in Sodom, Carrier of Poison Apples, and future projects.
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