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:
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?
Much like the horn'd horse blazoned on their assorted artwork, Spokane's Merlock constitute an intriguing beast. As we said back then, these guys peddle "a kind of caustic, trippy, and rough-around-the-edges stoner doom, and it lights a little fire in my heavy (metal) heart." Melding psychedelia with a distinctly hard-rockin' attitude, they impressed us Villagers with their 2018 demo EP, and we've been itching for more since our initial exposure. Luckily, as ye shall soon read, a debut full-length is in the works.
We'd like to thank Merlock 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!
Blyh vigorously burst onto the black metal scene with 2018's stellar Transparent to the World, and sophomoric effort Awake to Emptiness only serves to reaffirm the notion that this outfit is something special indeed. Balancing the visceral evocation of bleakness and despair with progressive and sophisticated songcraft, Awake is one of my personal favorite black metal offerings of the year, and shall be receiving a review within these unhallowed halls soon enough.
In the meantime, however, we are incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to ask some questions of Murul, Blyh's vocalist and instrumentalist. Read on:
Today, we're honored to have the chance to speak with Billy Konkel, guitarist and vocalist for HOT RAM, Atlanta's finest power trio. Their 2018 release, Where Light Goes To Die, remains one of the greatest recommendations the illustrious Fuzzy Cracklins has passed on from his swamp. Beyond that, we recommended it ourselves in our 4/20 deluge o' reviews: "HOT RAM fire on all cylinders with marked consistency...this mix of high energy riffage, pounding drums, and bass with ‘tude on one hand, and psychedelic meanderings on the other, is pretty damn potent." Still holds true.
In what I can only imagine is the spirit of HOT RAM, we Sleepy Villagers are gonna git ourselves outside on this fine Saturday, enjoy some sun, some bbq, and some beers, if luck has it. We hope you're able to do the same, dear reader! In the meantime, enjoy this interview.
What more to say about the maniacal Soul Grinder? Firstly, I'd recommend giving our review of their latest treatise, entitled The Prophecy of Blight, a healthy gander. Then I'd recommend throwing said album on for a glorious spin (or three.) That should pretty much tell you all you need to know. Soul Grinder are swiftly on their way to becoming the technicolor corpsepaint'd face of heavy metal in the modern era. Let's leave it at that.
On to the gratitude! We Villagers were honored to have had the opportunity to speak with the voice of Soul Grinder herself, the one and only April "Prilzor" Dimmick. As always, we appreciate the thoughtful answers, and April, as ye shall soon witness, provides said answers in spades. Special shout-out to that MASSIVE list of bands to check out. There's some goddamn gems in there.
And so, without further ado:
Given a certain embarrassment of riches, the current doomscape is a difficult environment in which to make your mark. Thus, the vibrant energy of Denver's own earthdiver immediately caught this particular Villager's (generally flighty) attention. Their debut EP, entitled Leave Something Witchy, remains a favorite 2019 discovery, and received a review here during our 4/20 deluge of reviews. At risk of self-plagerism, here's an excerpt of said review:
"The entire 3-track is delightfully raw, rough-edged, and nearly feral in its execution--like if Pan, the God of the wild things, decided to throw away the pan pipes and start a garage band...This thing grinds and bounces around with a deliciously organic bent, keeping the low end moving forward with an egregiously thunderous confidence."
There's no question: these guys are the real deal. And so, needless to say, this inksplattered scribe was quite honored that Eric of earthdiver was willing to provide such in-depth answers to prying questions. Read on! And when you've completed this opus, head over to earthdiver's bandcamp and give 'em a well-deserved listen.
Reign of Terror is, at this stage, no stranger to the Sleeping Village. In the past, we have both reviewed the death-metal worshiping outfit's debut, and premiered a single from their sophomore effort. To complete the trifecta, we're hitting you all with an interview. Big thanks to Jereth Fewings--Reign of Terror's instrumentalist and stoic UK contingent--for reaching out in the first place, for the sincere answers, and for the ridiculously quick turnaround.
For the uninitiated, Reign of Terror play brutal death metal and worship at the blood-stained altar of acts such as Deicide, Hypocrisy, Death, Bolt Thrower, and Dethklok. You know, the good stuff. These guys have riffs and heart galore...and they somehow manage to churn out new material at an increasingly alarming and impressive rate. Without further ado: we're pleased to introduce Jereth Fewings of Reign of Terror!
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