If you are one of those nerds who wants to know more about a band or an artist than just their records, then our interviews are right your thing! We feature an interview every week by a different artist and from a different genre. Every once in a while we also feature a lengthy interview with a musical hero from the past. Furthermore you can also find some shorter interviews we did for our specials here! And now - enjoy and read, what some amazing artists have to say!
Day 7 – Blankenberge is one of those up-and-coming bands that you should watch if you ever had a heart for a sound somewhere between pure beauty and enormous strength, a band that embraces the sound of a band like Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine: Shoegaze. This wonderful, harmonious, elegant sound that seemingly is able to slow down your heart while at the same time filling it with joy.
Day Six for our #VoSInterviewMarathon with #9days9reviews France has a very thriving black metal-scene as well as some amazing post-rock and post-metal acts – one of the post-metal bands mentioned most frequently is Year Of No Light from Bordeaux who released their awesome record Consolamentum just in time for their 20th anniversary as a band. As we wanted to get an interview by the guys, Thorsten has been on their heels for some months and we are proud to present you the result: An interview with guitarist Jérôme Alban who displays the typical humor one can often encounter when talking to French bands while at the same time giving short yet profound answers.
Today is our first video and audio interview in this already huge special. We take a little pride in covering a wide range of musical genres and today we have another hardcore legend. Nathan Gray is mostly known for his work in boysetsfire, but since a few years he releases solo albums. With Rebel Songs he has now released his third album and the first one under the moniker of Nathan Gray & The Iron Roses.
Day four – usually the day when we break our new year’s vows – but that’s not something for Veil of Sound. Thus we give you another mind-blowing interview with a really important artist – Jay Gambit, the mastermind behind (blackened) noise-project Crowhurst.
When we started brainstorming which bands we would like to interview for this end-of-year-marathon, our head honcho quickly came up with one band that he has been following for a very long time, which means for a long, long time. Then he wanted to dig deep to come up with some questions the band might have not been asked before - and thus we are very proud to present this interview with the one, the only Oxbow!
Number two on our new end-of-year-interview-series is a legend in two different worlds – hardcore and post-metal. Or was is avantgarde and doom? Whichever combo you choose, that is completely up to you. Indisputable is the fact that this man has been part of hugely influential bands: Iceburn and Eagle Twin – the connection between both collectives/bands is: Gentry Densley.
Well, we want to kick off our end-of-the-year-interview-series with a bang! In the following days up to and including January 1st we will present you with one interview every day. Various artists, various genres, various levels of experience – there should be something for everyone. Some interviews will be video interviews, but most of them are classic written interviews. And what better way to kick off these nine days of madness than with an interview with one of the most eclectic, non-definable bands of the last thirty-some years? We present you: Motorpsycho!
By now everyone should know about our year-long collaboration with Belgium quality-label Consouling Sounds. In preparation for their two-day festival at the beginning of October (aptly named 24Hours of Deep Listening) we conducted a series of video-interviews with several artists on their roster, which we will release bit by bit. Today we feature our interview post-blackgaze newcomers Mother, an upcoming big player from Ostend, if you ask us. .
Concert posters. There are basically only two categories - those cheap run-of-the-mill ones on thin, non-tactile paper which you can buy outside the venue for a fiver and those nice, silky ones printed on thick paper and mostly silkscreened. Silkscreen. One of those magic words for every music lover. But how are those made? What is the process behind it all? We spoke to one of the masters of the silkscreen printing craft, the famous Lionel Arlen or, as more might know him, Le 7e Oeil.
Yesterday we published our review on the debut release by Swiss black metal duo ERNTE, a record that took us by surprise and which our head honcho holds in the highest regards for its sheer brilliant tonality, song-structures and myriad changes of pace which are not only provided by the drums provided by V. Noir but also supported by the well-placed switches between the vocal styles and speeds delivered by Witch N. Reason enough for us to talk with the band about their record and its influences, their lives in Switzerland and the black metal scene.
Jay Thurley is an easy interview partner. He is a guy, who is outspoken and reflective which is a perfect pairing for anyone who gets a chance to talk to him. He is outspoken, but not loud, he is reflective but not introvert – and when he talks he shows security in every topic that we touched on! Of course the most important topic was his new record Hostages that was released a few weeks, but we also talked about his love for Nick Cave, his connections within the UK Post-Metal scene (even though it’s not the music he makes) and also his dog Honey, who joined us during the conversation..
This interview is the end of a perfect Post-Metal-weekend for some select people who attended the record release party for Hemelbestormer’s powerful new album Collide & Merge which took place in Belgium until Saturday evening. Those people now have the triple-billing - Friday release, Saturday show, Sunday interview! For all the others, this is a detailed interview with one of the tightest Post-Metal bands around. Enjoy!
One of the most striking record covers of the last twenty years must have been JUD’s cover for Sufferboy because it looks a lot like the protagonist of tthe Hellboy-comics. And when one then listens to the record behind the simplistic and effective cover, it is as if stepping back into the best moments of the 90s. And the voice behind these songs is David Judson “JUD” Clemmons. Being a huge fan of his work, Thorsten had to take the chance of interviewing David, who now resides in Germany, talking about his life in Brandenburg, his work, his music and much more.
What do Sleep Token, 夢遊病者 (Sleepwalker), Briqueville have in common with Ghost, Slipknot and Animals As Leaders? Well, the first three are still completely anonymous while the latter three started out trying to remain anonymous but couldn’t keep that up.Well, that might have to do with the level of success Slipknot and Ghost had, but think about the huge success of Sleep Token. So it might have to do with the band’s attitude and choice of who to work with. One must have a really good ability to choose the right people who can keep your secret. 夢遊病者 (Sleepwalker) have definitely had a good gut feeling on who to trust, because there are still no images of the band and nobody seems to know who is in the band. When we got the opportunity to have an interview with the guys, we of course had to take it!
Whenever people talk about TRNA from St. Petersburg, Russia, there is hardly any conversation without the words “mood”, “storm”, “Shoegaze” and “Atmosphere”; and in some ways - those ideas are right, for the band is really capable of coming up with hurricanes of melody and power, precision and skills that barely any other band in this genre can keep up with.
There are a few people on the web who hunt for every single version of Coastlands’ latest record Death and we simply cannot call these guys crazy for the record is one of the most interesting in the Post-Rock realm of the last few years. Therefore we are extremely excited to be able to give you a long, in-depth interview with the band. We spoke about their experience in Europe, their way of dealing with “death” and of course when we can expect new striking tunes, so the nerds of this world have a new release to rave about and happily hunt down every version of it!
Back in 2008, Mike Keirsblick and his friend Miguel started a label which should become one of the driving forces in alternative, experimental and avantgarde music - Consouling Sounds. With releases from such influential artists as Nadja or A Storm of Light/IIVII, thisquietarmy or Alkerdeel the label has developed a very open approach to music and an even wider idea of which music they want to do next. Oh, by the way - yeah, for more than ten years now they have also been working closely with a little band originally from Kortijk you might have heard of - anyone familiar with Amenra?!
There have been many musical highlights this year, varying from blistering mid-covid live shows to the superb post-covid album releases. The underground music scene has had to stay strong and battle through a tough eighteen months, that tested both the creative abilities of the bands as well as the financial viability of it all. Thankfully most have ploughed through these hard times, and we are now reaping the rewards with some incredibly original and diverse albums releases. One such album is Shy, Low’s latest offering, Snake Behind The Sun which is due for release on 08-10-2021 through the mighty Pelagic Records. I’m not going to go all “review” on it here as the album write up is already available on our website if you wanna sample the fruits of their labour. And let me add, no fruit was spared in the making of this colossal release.
With seemingly inexhaustible energy MoE has toured just about every corner of the world as if being possessed by Guro Skumsnes Moe´s bass. Through chanting and screaming the exorcism has taken place in front of crowds in Mexico, Japan, Australia, China, South East Asia and Europe for more than a decade.
In our next installment of the Unsung Heroes Series we are very happy to present you a multi-instrumentalist, auto-didact, one man-band Dana Schechter whom some of you might know as the mastermind behind Insect Ark. The project released several acclaimed records, among them The Vanishing from 2020 which also received plenty of praise, but many of you should also check out her manifold collaborations with bands like Swans, Arabrot or American Music Club. We talked with her about that and much more!
Norna, the new and devastatingly punishing outfit with members from Breach, Ølten and The Old Wind, will release their debut album via Vinter Records this fall. Today we premiere the first track from the upcoming album Star Is Way Way Is Eye together with an interview with the band.