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Originating from Strasbourg, France, INGMAR is a band focusing on improvisation. As the name suggests it, the music is influenced by films and directord such as Ingmar Bergman, Jarmusch, Lynch or Fassbinder. This band sounds like an eerie and sometimes haunting soundtrack of kafkaesque worlds. Their first eponymous album shall be officially released on the 10th of January 2016. For those into musical UFO’s and curiosities, INGMAR might be an intriguing alien to approach.
From the cold ashes of diSEMBOWELMENT rose a black phoenix called INVERLOCH. This Australian horde released a mini called « Dusk I Subside » in 2012 and got acclaimed for the timeless quality of their music. Indeed, it is obvious to say that diSEMBOWELMENT was a quite avant-garde pionner in the fields of doomy Death Metal in the early 90’s. INVERLOCH keeps the level of quality and creativity at its peak. And there’s no doubt that their brand new release ‘Distance I Collapsed », to be released on Relapse recs on the 4th of March 2016, will stand the test of time.
From Koblenz, Germany comes HIMMELSRANDT. After having studied Viola and Piano, Peter H. decided to form a band inspired by Baroque and classical music, although influences from contemporary artists or bands like Olafur Arnalds, Sigur Rós or Paysage d’Hiver found their place in his compositions. HIMMELSRANDT is the music behind clouds, rain and ice on the quiet white mantle of winter.
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1969, Psychedelic Rock, and a solid album featuring the voice and guitar of recently defunct Ian Fraser « Lemmy » Kilmister. This is recorded before he would join the short lived band OPAL BUTTERFLY. He would then play with HAWKWIND for some years before he founded the almighty MÖTÖRHEAD in 1975. Farewell Sir…
FATAL from Detroit, Michigan was formed in 1985 and started to play an extrme form of Thrash Metal, leaning toward the brutality and darkness of Death Metal. Hence their demos « Guts for dinner », « Molested slaughter » and « Soul burn », all released between 1988 and 1989 are fine pieces of deathrashing madness. But with their 1991 EP « A somber evocation of nihilism », FATAL definitely went for more darkness and the band sounded more Death Metal than ever. And what a killer EP it was. Sadly, the band called it quits soon after and leader Tony Hamera focused on becoming a sound engineer. Though, this band recorded some essential stuff for all the Death Metal freaks out there.
The eponymous and only album of ODIN is quite a nice one. Consisting of a German, a Dutch and 2 British members, the band relocated to Germany at the time the LP was recorded. It’s some rocking Prog music for those who enjoy bands like TEMPEST, NEKTAR, IRON CLAW and the likes.