RAMESSES "Possessed by the Rise of Magik" (Ritual)

They are the new leaders. No Compromise. Heming around a black metal aura with horrific, primitive British doom riffs, more impish now than ever before. Ramesses' new face is implacable. All the bands of the doom/sludge genre have got to labour under the incomparable power of this trio. This raw musical piece of art is something more than just rehearsal holdovers, it turns out to become a ritual. I don't even know whether this was a single or common vision but all three members of the band held together perfectly in order to give life to this opus. Even if Ramesses were promoted as Electric Wizard's ex-rhythm section new project, Adam Richardson's persona is proved to be larger than life. His vocal performance habits the band's doomed tunes with such soul that it actually obtrudes upon the recorded instruments. I won't be surprised if they're going to excrete a black metal record soon. Try facing this band's impetus and you'll get lost. This is possibly the running year's top release.

Miltos XIC

DARKTHRONE "Transilvanian Hunger" (Peaceville)

It's been three days now that I'm listening to this album non-stop. No, it doesn't mean I discovered this sort of musical masterpiece now but it seems I'm stuck to it once more after making the "mistake" of re-listening to this. The album is untypically divided into two units as regards the lyrics since Fenriz leaves half of the song scripts be written by Burzum's Varg Vikernes who had then been imprisoned. Its minimalistic sound is of blacker-than-black nature. Its obvious melancholic tone drags you into the deepest abyss. Each one of the record's songs (my personal favourites are "Skald Av Satans Sol" and "En As I Dype Skogen") impenetrate the dark soul of black metal music as few albums have done so far. These long, long riffs may maul your senses. Its demonic touch ("As Flittermice As Satans Spys") predominates over the 80% of the so called black metal scene. Lest ways, try this. Authenticity through music. So pure...evil! Cold.

Miltos XIC

Interview: Ruined Families

This is hardcore. And that's an interview with Ruined Families' member, Takis. Enjoy.

Although I have already read about some of your musical influences, I would like you to mention those constituting the sound of RF.

The main and greatest influence for us is the mutual connection with each other. Most of all, we have a really nice relationship and the constantly evolving environment that we create with each other and as a unit is the main place of influence for the band as a whole. Apart from that, our musical influences are pretty varied. We like stuff like Born Against, Acme, My Bloody Valentine, Unbroken, Ampere, The Jesus Lizard, Darkthrone and Interpol. Nirvana play a big part in our sound too.

I'll start with the lyrics which I liked very much. I dig some direct messages which occur after reading them (to me at least). Do you think that young men walk alone?

I think my lyrics are really personal, but, i believe that people can reflect and interpret them in their own way which is a good thing. I believe that the man of our age lives alone inside a well-built society of non-working relationships and social circles. People live with different profiles for every cause: real-life, internet, business, dating, friendship. All these people within one person make it difficult to recognize real personality. Also, there's no real need for other people except for self affirmation. Misery loves company only when company is comprehending misery. People enjoy to see other people miserable. The idea of loneliness and misery sells and makes it a way to gain attention. People starve for recognition, they're not really miserable.With such different characters and personal systems of understanding it's difficult to say that people are united with each other by emotions as every person feels differently for the same thing. Also, people lack quantity in contact and are overwhelmed by a great amount of bad contact. The internet makes everything even worse. The perception of loneliness and the awareness of it is much harder than the actual loneliness in company.

Did the formation of the band emerge by luck or under a certain purpose/need?

We have all played in different bands together or separately and we all wanted to unite in a working vehicle that would approach aggressive music, so, it all came really easy. As for the purpose, everything works for a purpose.

I'm glad you avoided the so typical Hatereed-Beatdown "trap" of hardcore. If you ask me, you're the best domestic act I've listened to as regards the genre. What's your relationship with this "side" of hardcore music?

I think we have a whole lot of different approach in the term "Hardcore" just to start. Some of us were listening to some of their songs when younger, but, they never inspired us. We approach hardcore in a different way. We approach the anger, tension and despair of Hardcore music with a more romantic way, even if that sounds contradictory or annoying.

How did the name of the band come up and what does this symbolize?

A friend of mine asked me if it sounds painful and dramatic on purpose and if it's provocative. When i think about it i believe that it might sound a bit like this, but, i think that it pretty much characterizes the sound and the aesthetics of the band. If it's provocative, let it be. I can think of a lot of bands that get you instantly in a vibe from when you first hear their name. It's not at all a bad thing to drag the listener into certain vibes that you create, if you can support them. As for the name itself, i think it's a pretty bold statement about the tradition of family, which is one of the most established traditions of this world. I don't think that there are happy families.

Is it my idea or is there some kind of flirt with black metal also? Particularly with the 00's US scene...

Black metal has been rising silently during the past years and i think that a lot of bands tend to produce good records, especially those that take black metal into another level. All of us really enjoy several USBM bands of the last years. I think that Black Metal starts to get credited as a market in music nowadays and more and more people give credit. We try to embrace its nerve, coldness and atmosphere up to a level where we can support it.

What shall we expect from RF in the future? I've read that your guitarist is actually serving his military services so I suspect that the live appearances would be less frequent for awhile. Where do you plan to get with the band?

Our guitarist is spending some time serving the army at a coastal army camp near Athens. Inevitably, this keeps us away from shows for some time, but, we play in a great DIY fest in Patra next week and possibly some more shows. We got a 7" record that will be out sometime soon and then we'll try to do the things bands are supposed to do.

Ask yourself what you haven't heard so far and reply to this.

What is the question that answers every question? -Does this really matter?

Propose us, if you will, some nice records you've found out recently.

I listen to a lot of new stuff all the time. Here are some stuff that made an impression to me lately: A lot of stuff that came out on Level Plane records, Unwound, Scorpion Violente, Raw Moon, Shaved Women, MNMNTS, Merchandise, The Replacements, Twilight, Drainland, Night Birds.

I've got nothing else to add. I wish you achieve the best with each one of your releases and the best for each one of you personally. Close this interview as you wish.

Thank you very much for the great interview. Start a revolution in your home.

Interview by Miltos XIC

Recent Thoughts

Both of them are death metal bands. In fact, they are death metal legends. This last month, two new songs were released online so we could have a small taste of what's to come. Here's my thoughts on Morbid Angel's "Existo Vulgore" and Autopsy's "Always About to Die" tracks.

Part 1: AUTOPSY "Always About to Die"

Autopsy face no enemies. Even after their split-up sooo many years ago, the Reifert/Morales duet kept on shitting some lethal stuff out there with Abscess which can be considered as the physical continuance of Autopsy's vision. Now Autopsy are re-united and some of you have already listened to their new O-P-U-S "Always About to Die". All the good elements of Autopsian (yeah, that's much unique so we're allowed to name it that way) death metal that made us love this freakish act are there. The lethargic doom metal lapse before the primitive death metal/crust break betrays a band unfalling in inspiration and aesthetics. I am well convinced that "Macabre Eternal" will seriously kick some asses. Besides, Reifert is a human god!

Part 2: MORBID ANGEL "Existo Vulgore"

I wasn't that happy to hear that David Vincent rejoined the BEST death metal band ever existed. OK, don't get angry already, that's only my opinion. His musical association with Genitorturers (what a joke) evinced a man whom taste of music had changed radically. Morbid Angel, on the other hand, had released a very good album (Heretic) plus two magnificent records (Formulas Fatal to the Flesh, Gateways to Annihilation) with Steve Tucker behind the microphone/bass duties. I listened to "Existo Vulgore" the same day it leaked through YouTube. I didn't like this unfortunately. I consider its riffs as unremarkable and uninspired. The drumming of Tim Yeung, despite being perfectly performed, lacks in the organic sense Pete offered in the band's sound. Trey's solo in this is beyond imagination, though. David's vocals are still into shape but I don't like very much the hardcore style he spits the words. Morbid Angel ever seemed to show an imperial feeling through their music. And that's why I love this band so much. Their last album, "Heretic", missed this feeling although it was still epic because the rhythm guitars spat some demonic themes that could tramp upon most of the modern death metal compositions as a true conqueror beast. So I come to wonder this; it is announced that Morbid Angel's new record will contain eleven songs, two of which will be the intro and outro. One of the songs will also be instrumental - I believe similar to the ones of their last works. So we've got eight songs left, two of which are Thor's (new guitar player) compositions and they may be really good. The lingering six tracks are composed by mastermind Trey Azagthoth. "Existo Vulgore" is not that good. From what we can sense, "Nevermore" isn't a shocking track too, it is rather a typical good Morbid Angel song. Four tracks are left to show Trey's talent now. Let's suppose that all of those tracks are masterpieces. Is it enough for four to six tracks among the whole tracklist (that means half of the record) to make a record legendary? I very much doubt that but only few days are left 'till we all find out. Hope they prove me wrong.

Miltos XIC
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