Torshanyio is a collaboration project between Călin Torsan and Alexandru Hegyesi, two very creative artists who are living 541 kilometers far away from each other, but the distance however it’s not a barrier for them at all, resulting it in a wide spectre of improvisations between them and various of guest musicians who also collaborated with them on a Psalmii Regelui Vid / The King Davoid’s Psalms, their newest album. Album is divided in a tracks called Psalms, oftenly performed in various musical and non-musical genres such as frield recordings, world music, ambient, drone, noise, musique concrete, acapella, bits and pieces of electronica here and there, but with more than enough analog sound involved to leave you speechless during repetitious listening. All recorded instruments and sources recorded in nature are so organic and easy listening that there’s no doubt Psalmii Regelui Vid / The King Davoid’s Psalms will bring only positive vibes through your ears. It’s important to mention that guest performers gave their own signature on this recording, so vocals and poems by Irinel Anghel and Dan Zibarov goes great with Călin Torsan’s woodwind instruments and Alexandru Hegyesi’s multiinstumental explorations comprised of dulcimer, gusla, kantele, harmonica, acoustic guitar, percussion and well incorporated field recordings; while on the other hand Vasile Gherghel nailed it to the point with a great graphic design solution for an album and the photographer called Bubu contributed with a photography. Simply, Psalmii Regelui Vid / The King Davoid’s Psalms is a more than a good proof how brilliant album can sound when a lot of great artists join their forces together and you can enjoy in this great album by ordering it directly at Torshanyio bandcamp page.
Shaniyo is no stranger to Dead Frequencies blog. I had a chance to review his previous brilliant work called C and this time Shanyio is pushing borders with another great tape called ”Hedera Helix”. Alexandru once again gathered a lot of great musicians to contribute on his latest piece of art, so this time he collaborated with Thomas Almadi and Emil Kindlein who both contributed with percussions, Rui Bonito who performed on Casio Sa21 and reel tape, Loalue who done electronics and mixing of the material while the Shanyio performed on cello, shakuhachi, appalachian dulcimer, layered all the effects and done the rest of the mixing. Shanyio catches all the rawness of the ambient music mixed with brilliantly produced instruments and by that he creates erie atmosphere pleasant to the ears, without any disturbing noises who might spoil listening experience. His knowledge of etno music gives advantage in his favor, so the presence of those elements is common during the whole album, but only in fragments. Those etno fragments sometimes play the key role in Shanyio’s music and sometimes they’re just a small layer implemented just as a pure decoration to the rest of the compositions. Cello as an instrument play the big part on Hedera Helix and I assume that all the drone sounds are recorded and processed by cello. Also, percussions are right up my alley and sometimes they define the tempo, especially with cymbals, so that addition to the compositions definetly gives the special treatment to the overall impression. A lot of layers of sounds are enriched with a bits and pieces of delay and reverb effects, so they are also great contribution to the atmospheric feel of the Hedera Helix. Another great tape performed by Alehandru Hegyesi, the man who play the biggest part of Shanyio and I am more than positive all the listeners will recognize the true potential of his talent if you purchase and listen to his Hedera Helix which is published by the Hiss And Groove Records.
80s hardcore punk revival is the thing in the last couple of years and I am glad people are still interested in that kind of sound. There’s nothing better than two minute soundtracks for hangouts with friends somewhere in the local pub, surrounded with cigarette smoke and bunch of empty beer bottles . The Young Livers are that kind of band which gets under your skin after the first listening. There’s nothing you can hate about their combination of three chord songs played under distortion which sounds something like a surf rock meets 70s punk rock, but with anger such as Germs, Fear, Black Flag and tons of other good bands had back in the 80s. On the other hand, from time to time you can hear a lot of british influences maybe taken from the The Ruts, The Vibrators, The Clash, The Jam, but once again with that ”The Young Livers” unique approach to it. Perfect record for those who want to explore how the real punk rock should sound in these modern times when records are overproduced and music is insincere to the max. This cassette includes their material from ”Perfect 10” EP, ”In The Flesh” and ”The Good Takes’. It’s limited to 50 copies and surprisingly it’s still available through Nailbat Tapes.
What do you get when you mix up noise rock, stoner, sludge and vocals full of anger and bitterness. You get German Castro, amazing band from Nashville, Tenessee. Their music is fuzzy, dirty, sometimes chaotic, a little bit depressive from times to times, but it will hit you like a brick in the head with heavy vocals, heavy riffs and slowdown tempos. ”The Passion Of German Castro” is their retrospective tape including self titled demo, previously unreleased studio and rehearsal tracks, tracks from split release with Makeup And Vanity, Sounds Of Justice compilation and Petrol Coast EP. The thing I like the most is the sound quality of their tracks. Their songs are not overproduced like some recordings of the bands in the same music genre, so that adds up a little bit more garage atmosphere to the whole listening pleasure. German Castro is one of those bands that is catchy enough to get your full attention all the time during the album. Despite the fact that this cassette is published back in 2014, it’s still available through always amazing Nailbat Tapes. Grab it!
Red Boiling Springs is coming back with another great release and this tape is following the events of the night Matt’s daughter was born. All sounds were captured in utero by fetal doppler monitor except some vocals at the end of the recording. His intention was to capture anticipation, panic and relief from that night, as he stated on his bandcamp profile. The sounds are organic, of course, but you can hear small doses of distortion and delay which are maybe result of doppler effect, so there are oscillations in the sound. As the tracks are passing by, layers of sound are giving such an incredible complexity to the whole material, so the musical style on this release ranges from pure ambient to listenable, but not an artsy noise. Vocals at the end of a B side are just a big plus and they are giving a sense of relief, like those musical sequencies in movies when people are coming out from their shelters after the storm. Just imagine both tracks as one mega structure built by tons of layers with a great story supporting it’s foundations and you’ll love this album even more. Highly recommended!
Chaos is, by it’s definition, a state of things in which chance is supreme, especially in the confused unorganized state of primordial matter before the creation of distinct forms such as cosmos or the inherent unpredictability in the behavior of a complex natural system (such as the atmosphere, boiling water or the beating heart). However, sometimes chaos can be arranged in much more organized form, such as melody, sound or in this case noise. Sometimes predictable, sometimes unpredictable, Hadals manage to control that chaos with their ideas and implement it in much more complex chaotic sound which can be defined as some sort of noise with ocassional depressive drum rhytms, but suprisingly that combination goes quite well and their brand new tape called ”The Dog” is a piece of fine art. Their definition of sound is intelligent, calculated, but it gives various expressions each time you listen to it. It’s definetly unique and I highly recommend it.
Today we have a band from Portland with such an interesting name. Maltheism is philosophy with promotes religion as malicious and gods are necessary evil and do only evil things to a mankind. Maltheist perfectly suits as a band name for the style of music they play. Despite the fact that band exists as a duo, that doesn’t stop them to create and record some evil stuff in vein of the best death metal and grind bands would do. As a longtime fan of grindcore, this tape is right up my alley with growls, screams, amazing rifs and tons of blastbeats. Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I can hear an influence of some powerviolence which can only be a bonus. All the tracks are no longer than two minutes which only proves my philosophy that all the good stuff is always under two minutes. I can only imagine how their album will sound if their demo tape sounds this good. In the meantime grab their tape and enjoy in some deathgrind chaos.