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Album: Pelican – Forever Becoming

October 17th, 2013

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Pelican
Forever Becoming
Southern Lord
14 October 2013

by David Keevill

Pelican’s fifth full-length, Forever Becoming, has one of those nebulous and noncommittal titles that progressive instrumental bands tend to choose, presumably for the merit of not having to set their stall thematically. It’s indicative of a movement that the band have made with this album though; even for an act whose second nature is to push forward with the exploratory scope of their music, is this a step too far away from their roots?

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Interview: Larry Herweg from Pelican on humankind’s parasitic relationship with planet Earth, and other great conversation starters.

March 16th, 2012

When Pelican announced they’d be doing their first UK shows in four years this April, the first thing Hugh Platt did was cry for joy. The second thing he did was call up their drummer, Larry Herweg, to chat about it.

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Whatever ludicrous post-metal tag you like to slap on Pelican, the power and presence the quartet’s wield in heavy music’s instrumental sphere is undeniable. Now that the band is gearing up for their first UK shows in nearly half a decade (spearheaded by the release of their new Ataraxia/Taraxis EP, to which we awarded a praiseworthy 5.5 out of 6 when we reviewed it a couple of weeks back), we gave the band’s drummer, Larry Herweg a call. In between reminding us how much better the whether is over in Los Angeles right now, Larry was more than happy to give us an insight into just why Pelican have been shied from our shores since 2008, and what inspired the release that’s brought them back here after so long away.

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Future Hits 097: Massakren

September 29th, 2011

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Massakren
From: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Lazy Equation: (Satyricon x Amon Amarth) + corpse paint
URL: Facebook // Twitter // MySpace

Thrash Hits Verdict:
They’re young, they’re unsigned and you really, really, really cannot call them “Hipster Black Metal”. These crazy Americans think they’re Nordic metal warriors judging by the vats of black and white corpse paint and the several cows’ worth of leather. Unfortunately their name actually happened in real life earlier this year. Hopefully they’ll be able to overcome it with the power of their music. Get ready to headbang as we talk to guitarist/vocalist, Parker Jameson.

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Album: SOiL – Picture Perfect

September 17th, 2009

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SOiL
Picture Perfect
AFM Records
23 October 2009

by Claire Robinson

When SOiL burst onto the world metal scene in 2001, their huge single ‘Halo’ become something of an anthem that pretty much every metal head on the planet knows word for word. Since then, things have become pretty stagnant for the Illinois four-piece, with albums flopping, vocalist Ryan McCombs leaving to join Drowning Pool, and the recruitment of his replacement, AJ Cavalier.

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Interview: Oceano – “Theres always SOMETHING to be pissed about!”

April 6th, 2009

Ahead of the release of their debut album, Depths, we caught up with Chicago death metallers Oceano. Frontman Adam Warren to discuss just how angry they are, the pitfalls of brutalising hot women and their favourite bit of a cow…

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Depths is a pretty angry record and you’ve described yourself as an angry band. What has pissed you off so much?
“We’re pissed off about alot of things, albeit the hiccups and burdens we experience in life all the way down to the wrongs in society and just how inherently fucked up this world can be.”

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Interview: Madina Lake’s Nathan Leone – “Attics to Eden refers to the different ways to look at things to bring you happiness.”

March 24th, 2009

With the release their second album, Attics To Eden, drawing ever closer, we caught up with Madina Lake singer, Nathan Leone to talk about the new record, his twin brother shitting himself and getting beaten up by girls.

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Attics To Eden is the second in the set of three in the concept. How is it going so far?
“It was a brutal few months in our rehearsal spot in Chicago. We had poster boards with scribbling and arrows all over the walls trying to assure it all made sense. Music always comes first though and then we weave the storyline around it so as not to influence the honesty of the lyrics. We’ve got the ending all set and will probably start the third in a few months when we’ve decompressed.”

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