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Epistasis Interview

mardi 11 mars 2014 à 00:19
1.     Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

The band is currently in the best line up yet, and we’ve all really solidified as a unit. We’re all very excited with the new material, and have around 4 new songs in the works right now. Looking forward to releasing our new record in April!

2.     You have a new album coming out in April, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your first album?

The new recordings are pretty much a completely different band if you compare them directly with the first record. With the first record we were still finding out what worked and what didn’t. One huge difference is the line-up change and the addition of myself on vocals (in addition to trumpet). The direction we wanted with the new recording (compared with the old one) is a sound based much more in black metal. We wanted to write a record that had more riffs to grab onto, something that was more accessible while still retaining some experimental and surreal elements. Of course there are still elements of noise rock, classical and some prog but it’s much more subtle and there is a very unified sound and concept.

3.     Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?

Theo is our lyricist and I think his writing is really striking. A lot of it is inspired by the surrealism produced in Europe between the First and Second World Wars.

4.     What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Epistasis'?

When naming the band I was trying to find a name that wasn’t a typical heavy/dark/harsh music name. I can’t remember where I ran into the word epistasis originally. It’s a biological term defined as: “Epistasis is when the effect of one gene depends on the presence of one or more 'modifier genes'”. I thought that was an interesting definition and when transferred to music really fit the initial sound concepts I had for the band.

5.     What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

I would say our two best shows recently have been the show we played with Car Bomb and Imperial Triumphant at the Acheron a few months back and our most recent show at Trans Pecos with New Firmament and Oneirogen (if you haven’t heard these two, you need to) and we have a really killer release show lined up on April 6th with Kayo Dot, Pyrrhon and White Suns.

Our stage performance is primarily straight forward. We don’t wear any elaborate costumes or clothing, but I would say we have a unified “vibe”. We’ve recently incorporated live video projections by Jessica Lynch, and will continue to do that from now on. The content of the video projection is inspired by the lyrical content of the songs.

6.     Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We definitely do. I’m currently working on booking us a series of mini tours through the northeast (NY, MA, CT, MD etc) and that should be unfolding soon.  I would eventually love to expand and do a tour to the west coast or the southern states as well. We want to try and play a lot more going forward

7.     The new album is coming out on Crucial Blast, how would you compare working with this label to The Path Less traveled which released your previous album?

Path Less Traveled was a nice place to start Sean is a really good guy.  With that first record we had raised the funds to press it ourselves via Kickstarter so working with Path Less Traveled was more of a partnership rather than a “we’re signed with you” relationship. With Crucial Blast things have been wonderful. Adam has been very enthusiastic about the music and we’ve got really nice packaging in the works for the record.

8.     On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

So far all the responses I’ve heard from people outside the US have been very positive. I haven’t heard much from the new material yet, but I have received a few enthusiastic emails from some people in Sweden and South America that are into the music. I think once LTDG is released it will be received well worldwide.  

9.     What is going on with the other musical projects these days that of the other band members are involved with these days?

Quite a bit actually, Pyrrhon recently signed with Relapse Records, so they are going to be going on tour this month with my good friends Psalm Zero. They’ll be playing SXSW and a lot of other great shows.  My other band Couch Slut (which Kevin and I both play in along with our lyricist Theo) is playing more shows and we’re currently finishing up recordings for our first album, which should hopefully be done very soon! 

10.Where do you see this band heading into musically during the future?

I think our current sound is a pretty good indicator of where things are going to be for a while.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

This could end up being a gigantic list, but I’ll keep it brief. I’d say the core stylistic influences would be late 20th century classical music, black metal, prog (on the heavier side) and a little bit of noise rock. Some bands that I would say directly influenced the music would be Virus, Ved Buens Ende, Peste Noire, Shudder to Think, Island and of course a lot of my good friends bands in the NY scene (Castevet, Kayo Dot, Krallice etc.).

Lately I’ve been listening to a very wide variety of stuff. What’s currently on my ipod now: Island, Pat Metheny, Popol Vuh, Emperor, Shudder to Think, Virus, Woven Hand, Castevet, Broadcast, and Peste Noire. I tend to rotate through varying artists month to month.

11.What are some of your non-musical interests?

Photography and photo based art take up the majority of my non-musical time. I studied photography for my undergraduate degree, so photography is extremely important to me. I also spend a lot of time doing design work for my own projects and freelance based stuff.  When I’m not thinking about art or music I love spending time with my cats, my girlfriend and am a lover of good films/movies.

12.Before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts?

Nothing crosses my mind. Thanks!

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Cara Neir/Flesh Born/2014 Split EP Review

dimanche 9 mars 2014 à 12:09

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between Texas's  Cara  Neir  and  Flesh  Born  which  was  self  released  in  2014  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Cara  Neir  which  this  time  around  mixes  black  metal  with  crust,  d  beat,  hardcore  punk  and  screamo.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  fast  post  black  metal  sound  along  with  screams  while  also  bringing  in  elements  of  screamo  as  well  as  some  hardcore,  crust,  d  beat  and  punk  influences as  well  as  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  programmed  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  a  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  after  awhile  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  and  on  the  last  track  the  bass  guitars  get  more  powerful  in  sound  and  you  can  also  hear  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  being  utilized.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  despair  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cara  Neir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  mixed  with  screamo  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "This  Last  Siren".

  Next  up  is  Flesh  Born  a  band  that  mixes  black  metal,  punk,  crust  and  grind  together.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  up  with  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  fast  crust  grind  direction  along  with  high  pitched  screams  and  blast  beats  while  also  slowing  down  and  adding  in  melody   as  well  as  adding  in  distorted  sounds and  you  can  also  hear  some  black  metal  influences  in  the  music  and  on  the  last  track  clean  playing  is  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  Flesh  Born  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  punk,  crust  and  grind  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Unforgivable".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding   split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metla  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.


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Cara Neir/Portals To A Better, Dead World/Broken Limb Recording/Halo Of Flies/2013 Vinyl Review

dimanche 9 mars 2014 à 11:25

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Cara  Neir  which  sees  the  band  mixing  black  metal,  crust,  sludge,  doom,  post  metal,  hardcore  and  screamo  together  with  the  album  being  called  "Portals  To  A  better,  Dead  World"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Broken  Limb  Recordings  and  Halo  Of  Flies.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  more  post  hardcore  sound  before  speeding  up  a  bit  and  adding  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts  are  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melodies.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  album  the  music  starts  taking  on  a  post  black  metal  sound  while  also  mixing  in  hardcore,  crust  and  screamo  and  after  awhile  sludge,  doom  metal  and  drone  traces  are  added  into  the  recording  and  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  the  music  gets  very  fast  along  with  some  programmed  blast  beats  and  on  one  of  the  tracks  their  is  a  brief  use  of  cello  before  adding  in  some  depressive  black  metal  elements  and  deeper  vocals  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  on  the  last  track  there  is  a  brief  use  of  melodic  clean  singing  female  and  male  vocals  being  utilized  briefly  and  th e album  closes  with  some  spoken  word  parts.

  With  this  album  Cara  Neir  continues  their  tradition  of  not repeating  themselves  and  they  bring  in  more  black  metal  elements  this  time  around  while  still  having  influences  from  crust,  hardcore,  screamo  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal  as  well  as  putting  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  emotion  into  their  music.

   Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  despair  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cara  Neir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal  that  also  mixes  in  influences  from  other  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Peridot"  "Dust  Collector"  and  "Exalting  The  Shadow  Proprietor".  8  out  of  10.

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Cara Neir/Part II/2009 EP Review

dimanche 9 mars 2014 à 10:18

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Cara  Neir  which  continues  their  blackened  crust  sound  while  also  bringing  in  elements  of  sludge,  doom, shoegaze  and  post  metal  with  the  ep  being  self  released  in  2009  and  called  "part  II".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  an  intro  that  uses  guitar  amp  sounds  and  programmed  beats  and  after  the  intro  clean  playing  is  brought  into  the  music  before  going  into  a  slow  and  heavy  direction  along  with  some  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  mixes  clean  and  heavy  parts  together  as  well  as  adding  melody  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  

  As  the  ep  progresses  the  music  turns  into  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust,  sludge  and  doom  metal  being  mixed  in  with  post  metal  and  shoegaze  and   the music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  from  beginning  to  end  and  on  the  last  track  synths  make  their  way  into  the  music  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  With  this  recording  Cara  Neir  evolved  from  their  raw  black  metal/crust  sound  and  get  a  bit  more  creative  while  also  not  having  a  lot  of  fast  parts  look  the  first  ep  and  they  showed  a  lot  of  emotion  with  their  music  on  this  recording.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw,  dark  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  most  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  soundign  ep  from  Cara  Neir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  doom,  sludge,  crust,  post  metal  and  shoegaze,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Program  3380"  and  "Untouched".  8  out  of  10.

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Cara Neir/Part I/2009 EP Review

dimanche 9 mars 2014 à 09:38

 Cara  neir  are  a  band  from  Dallas,  Texas  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  that  mixes  raw  black  metal  with  crustcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2009  ep  "Part  One".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  a  raw  crust  sound  along  with  some  growls  before  adding  in  more  black  metal  elements  along  with  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  which  leads  up  to  the  music  evolving  more  into  blackened  crust  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  bringing  in  melody  and  guitar  leads.

  As  the  ep progresses  the  black  metal  elements  take  over  a  bit  more  along  with  the  bass  guitars  having  a  more  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  some  thrash  and  post  metal  influences  being  utilized  at  times  and  on  one  of  the  tracks  you  can  also  hear  some  traces  of  depressive  black  metal  and  the  band  never  forgets  its  crust  roots  and  on  the  last  track  which  is  an  outro  they  bring  in  drones.

  On  this  ep  Cara  Neir  created  their  raw  blackened  crust  sound  that  they  are  known  for  while  their music  was  a  lot  more  closer  to  raw  black  metal  on  this  recording  and  this  is  only  the  start  of  what  was  to  come.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness,  horror  and  pissed  off  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Cara  Neir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  mixed  with  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "From  Dunwich"  "Dear  Dream"  "Antihuman  Plateau"  and  "Watered Down  Insomniac".  8  out  of  10.

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