Latest Playlists

  • Playlist #93 by Masheena

    Open Spotify 22 Sep 2023

    Come on now folks, we all love some good booty-shaking, head-nodding, air-riffing party and if Masheena’s music is something, then it’s definitely a lot of party with even more depth! Therefore we are very happy that the guys compiled a playlist for us and compiled some classics like Otis Redding, Whitesnake, Rush or Frank Zappa and added some more modern sing-alongs courtesy of Mastodon, Soundgarden, High on Fire or Clutch! The playlist definitely shows where the songs West Coast Hard Rock come from (check out Knut’s review here)! The band`s songwriter describes his process and the playlist the band has put together:

    When I start on a tune, usually inspired by a state of mind or a melody that has been spinning in my head (mostly without any purpose), I always start with the guitar (acoustic or an unplugged electric guitar), which makes it much easier to imagine how chorus, bass, drums, and possible arrangements can work, without predetermining how it’s going to finally sound. The lyrics [are] a process as the words have to match the story or feelings, usually managing to get a chorus and maybe one verse in place first. But hey, for me it’s important to make something that is not bound by any specific style or genre, lay it all out there!

    Like some artists say that a painting is always unfinished, the great thing about Masheena, is that the demos made are like sketches that get different colors and shapes depending on what assimilations the rest of the band gets from it. It’s like a big sticky rock that gets pushed down the mountain, not stopping before its covered by branches, leaves and whatever it captures on the way down.

    The tracks selected represent the variety of artists that mean something in terms of attitude and state of mind for the band: Jimi Hendrix with his guitar, and storytelling skills, making it sound so easy (this song is freakin’ difficult somehow). Soundgarden’s appealing mood and flirt with the abyss, into Otis Redding’s snapshot of “who’s wearing the pants”-attitude from another era, and into great hard “newer” stuff rounding it up into Zappa’s humor and impossible arrangements.

  • Playlist #92 by Rylan Gleave (All Men Unto Me)

    Open Spotify 08 Sep 2023

    A few weeks ago we reviewed Rylan’s amazing record In Chemical Transit, last Sunday we published an interview with him and today the Gleavestival continues with this playlist containing loads of cool choices - Cocteau Twins, Eartheater, Chat Pile, Big|Brave, Ethel Cain, Nicole Dollanganger, Greet Death or Mrs Piss!

    I’ve chosen songs namely that evoke a sense of hollowness, loneliness or mystery. I find this feeling across musical spheres, which is why there is a variety of tracks spanning genres, from the haunting, sparse folk of Burd Ellen, to the urgency and industrial grit of Mrs. Piss. There’s some older tracks in the mix, including Cocteau Twins and Codeine, and some recent releases from healthyliving and Coffin Mulch. There’s a preoccupation with voice, as is maybe to be expected as a vocalist, and especially with singers who have influenced my own practice, including Scott Walker, Nicole Dollanganger, and Maud the Moth. Some hidden gems that were new to me are Kikimora’s Pygmalion, and Lær meg å kjenne dine veie, arranged and recorded by Kim Rystaad, Arve Henriksen, and Tord Gustavsen. There’s a loose shape within the order, mostly aligned with emotional narrative, that hopefully will take the listener on their own journey, and let them extract their own meaning.

  • Playlist #MR-2023-08 by Various Artists

    Open Spotify 01 Sep 2023

    As we promised since the beginning of August, we are giving you another monthly roundup of what you got on VoS, and you get one track for (nearly) each thing we published in August. August was a very good month with reviews, specials, or interviews by Botanist, Breaths, Jaye Jayle feat. Bonnie Prince Billy and Patrick Shiroishi, Cliff Ruin, Silverburn, Pylar, Krigsgrav, Din of Celestial Birds, Rana, Calligram, Ursular, DDENT, Fen, Disimperium, Masheena, Thee Oh Sees, The World At A Glance, Tired Minds, 夢遊病者 (Sleepwalker), Dead Neanderthals, Loather, Khanate, Hundred Year Old Man, Mizmor, Mutoid Man and Cheer-Accident. Amazingly, this playlist contains more than 200 minutes of music and hopefully you enjoy every single one of them!

    (Note: It was not possible to include one track for each review, interview or special, as some things are not availabe on Spotify or there is no (new) music.)</b>

  • Playlist #91 by Breaths

    Open Spotify 24 Aug 2023

    A few weeks ago we were stunned by the latest effort by Breaths called Floruit and while talking to Jason, the mastermind behind it, he quickly agreed to compile a playlist for us - so here it is! He collected some great tracks by Chrome Ghost, No Sun, Windhand, Pallbearer, Monolord and also some of the bands that have always had a big spot in the VoS-hearts like Slow Crush, Spotlights or King Woman or Cloakroom.

    This playlist reflects the genres/bands I have had in constant rotation over the last few years. I’ve been really into both shoegaze/slowcore and doom/sludge metal lately, with this playlist having a good mix of some of my favorites from both sides (and some that meet happily in the middle). These styles were the primary influence for the new Breaths album, and for the album that I’m currently writing for my new solo project somei. Now that Breaths is a full band and writing collaboratively, I’m not focused as much on writing for that, so I channel my love for shoegaze and doom into somei.

  • Playlist #VoSxTDM SP7 by The Devil's Mouth

    Open Spotify 17 Aug 2023

    There are some categories that we just couldn’t keep up for lack of collaborators – others just take breaks, but are not forgotten. Our collaboration with The Devil’s Mouth aka José Carlos Santos falls into the second category. To make it clear – this collab just simply won’t go away. It might take a break but it will always come back! This time we wanted to do something seasonal – so José took it literally and compiled a great playlist for you to listen to with songs about the sad and dark sides of summer; with (nearly) all songs having the word “summer” somewhere in the title.

    The playlist compiled by Head Honcho Thorsten can be found at José Carlos’ awesome substack where you can see that Thorsten chose some really “happy go lightly, play me some good car trip songs” but with a certain twist. If you wanna know the concept behind his playlist – you gotta watch the video below! Here you can find José’s fine playlist containing tracks by Swans, Current 93, Paradise Lost, Iron & Wine, Manic Street Preachers, Placebo, Sigh, Refused and many, many more!! And this time we give you a little contest – but again to give us the correct answers on one of the manifold social media channels of VoS or TDM you gotta watch the video!

  • Playlist #90 by Cheer Accident

    Open Spotify 11 Aug 2023

    This might be the most diverse playlist we have ever gotten by an artist. Running-time wise because the shortest is 2:16 minutes and the longest one is 12:25. Musically because we get tracks by artists as wide apart as Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder, David Bowie and The Police, but also Capatin Beefheart and Frank Zappa, Os Mutantes and The Jesus Lizard! Enjoy Cheer Accident’s playlist!

    In selecting our playlist, we’ve gone with the not-too-deep-of-a-dive approach, opting for some of the bands that we not only share a love for, but whose output, aesthetic, and work ethic have influenced us in a multitude of ways over the many (many!) years. A couple of these folks may even be dear friends of ours (who just so happen to create uniquely magical music and deliver mind-bending live performances on a consistent basis). I’m sure we’ve left plenty of cards on the table, but the cards we’ve chosen to include continue to hold a special place in our hearts.

  • Playlist #MR-2023-07 by Various Artists

    Open Spotify 05 Aug 2023

    As we started this “tradition” last month, we are going through with it and give you another monthly roundup of what you got on VoS. You get one track for (nearly) each thing we published in July. In the month of June we got tracks by Saturnus, Loma Prieta, The Glass Pavilion. 1476, Divide and Dissolve, Guru, Agriculture, All Men Unto Me, The End, Mutoid Man, car crash weather, Decoherence, Mairu, Omen Astra, Seasons Worn, Xasthur, Boris & Uniform and finally Oxbow and Codeine! And you see, even though July was a rather small month for VoS, we are still able to give you nearly 140 minutes’ worth of music! (Note: It was not possible to include one track for each review, interview or special, as some things are not availabe on Spotify or there is no (new) music.)

  • Playlist #89 by Lovely Little Girls

    Open Spotify 28 Jul 2023

    When a band tries to cook up a raucous recipe somewhere between Vaudeville-tunes, Math-elements and some Prog-lines they better do not care about whether people like it - these acts better have a certain Punk attitude. Lovely Little Girls surely do and thus walk in the footstephs of bands like The Tiger Lillies or Cherubs and present us with a playlist containing acts as diverse as Yoko Ono, NoMeansNo, Nuclear Death, Crass, The Residents, Ennio Morricone, Steel Pole Bath Tub or Electric Light Orchestra.

    Lovely Little Girls has a vast range of influences. We like to incorporate a lot of it in our work in a non-pastiche sort of way. I have done a lot of radio and music podcasts in which my goal is to connect a lot of disparate music with a tonal and emotional thread. How can I get from Celtic Frost to Esquivel! in 45 minutes and have the progression of events be seamless and organic? I extend this thinking to the way we construct our live shows and album tracking. I hope this playlist brings you on some kind of unexpected journey.

  • Playlist #MTS 2023 by Mid-Term-Selections 2023

    Open Spotify 08 Jul 2023

    So, at the moment there is one special following on the heels of another one - last week, it was our first monthly Roundup, this week we give you the playlist accompanying our Mid-Terms-Selection with which we give you five records we really liked but didn’t find the time to review them (yet!). Thus you get another extra-long playlist which might keep you busy for quite some days. (Note - this playlist again is nearly 3,5 hours, so you might take some time or chop it into nice bits!)

  • Playlist #MR-2023-06 by Various Artists

    Open Spotify 02 Jul 2023

    A few months ago, we were asked by some of our readers and followers, whether we couldn’t do a playlist with all the things we reviewed, premiered and interviewed in a given month. Great idea, we were directly up for it! But starting to work on it we discovered something: Putting all records together in such an endeavor would result in a playlist much too long, this month probably somewhere along the 27 hours or so. Therefore we are doing it a little differently: As we already have been listing our favorite track of each record we simply compiled those and songs from the last releases by our interview partners and - if possible - the songs we premiered this month. In the month of June we got tracks by Atlases, Seven Impale, Wallowing, Wolfredt, Jeromes Dream, The Ocean, Cicada the Burrower, Eremit, Orme, Mournful Congregation, Vexing, Finte, JeGong, sear, Godflesh, Aodon, The Exit Bags, Umlaut and Jaye Jayle ft. Bonnie Prince Billy and Patrick Shiroishi! (Note: This playlist is still 3,5 hours because of the ultra-length of some tracks, especially Orme and Eremit really pushed it!)

  • Playlist #88 by Arhios

    Open Spotify 23 Jun 2023

    A few months ago, we shared a premiere for French Synthwave Post-Rockers Arhios and their single “Darla” and were really positively taken by it. When the band then offered to compile a playlist for us it was a real no-brainer. The compilation takes a strong look at the mindblowing diversity of the French scene with tracks from Quentin Sauvé, Bou, The Psychotic Monks or Soja Triani but also some cool tracks from foreign bands like Greet Death, Algiers, Wolf Parade or Everything Everything.

    Here is a our playlist with a short selection of around twenty tracks. You can discover our favorite songs of the moment, made mostly artists from the French scene but also some international references.

    As you can see it’s an eclectic selection. We have several artistic sensibilities that we love to mix. Here are some good tracks and bands that inspire us. We also want to make a short highlight with local and French bands cause we have so many !

    Hope you’ll enjoy it!

  • Playlist #87 by Innerwoud

    Open Spotify 17 Jun 2023

    Innerwoud is the stage moniker for Belgian neo-classical cello and bass player Pieter-Jan Van Assche who is also know for his collaborations with Treha Sektori (Dehn Sora) and BARST and who is also a member of the Church of Ra, the collectiver formed around Blackened Post-Metal powerhouse Amenra. Pieter-Jan compiled a highly interesting playlist for us: He included classical tracks by Carlos Cipa or Edward Elgar, but otherwise his love for Post-related music shines bright on this one with track by Fall of Efrafa, The Black Heart Rebellion or Hundred Year Old Man - all garnished with some wonderful tracks by Lankum, Soap & Skin and The Pirate Ship Quintet. Enjoy!

    A short playlist with a fair amount of variation, which is also a good reflection of my taste and the music that inspires me. It includes several tracks that revolve around the cello, such as the one by Icelandic project Lost in Hildurness, which showed me what is possible with looping and a string instrument like the double bass. Generally, I tend to listen to dark and introspective music, but I also enjoy harder music with an anti-establishment message, like Fall of Efrafa, which I listen to on a daily basis through speakers or headphones during long walks through nature. Classical music, such as the work of Elgar, and contemporary piano compositions by Carlos Cipa, have also been pleasing me for years and are a significant influence on the music I create. Finally, there are also a few top Belgian bands, such as the unfortunately defunct Black Heart Rebellion, with one of my favorite tracks, “Body Breakers”, because the pulse and rhythms sound both exotic and Post-Rock. “Dust” by the Belgian band Brutus is another song that goes in all directions, and I have been deeply impressed by it since its release.

  • Playlist #86 by Sunflo'er

    Open Spotify 18 May 2023

    Sunflo’er are everybody’s darlings here at VoS - thus we were highly excited when the guys from Upstate New York (a town named Potsdam where Wes Craven once taught!) gave us this playlist full of cool stuff, some a bit wondrous, some totally serious. Enoy!

    Sunflo’er listens to a lot of butt rock along the drive to a show. Part of this is because we love to get a rise out of each other by trying to play the worst song but also because we love it. When asked to compile a playlist for our friends in Veil of Sound, by some miracle, the resulting playlist did not end up sounding like those drives. The following collection of songs will actually not be a a colossal waste of bandwidth.

    Arranged here is a list of tunes that bounce between members’ personal influences, new discoveries, and plenty of references to bands we’ve met and played with, or hope to play with in our secretest, smelliest dreams.

    Blast it and pet a kitty. We love you.

  • Playlist #85 by Violent Magic Orchestra

    Open Spotify 14 Apr 2023

    VMO, short for Violent Magic Orchestra is a relatively new act, that is for sure. The Osaka, Japan-based project is nothing less than an amalgam of the most diverse kind. There is a lot of Drum’n’Bass in the vein of Roni Size in their music but also a lot of Black Metal - so some people might call this Dungeon Synth, but it is much more beat-oriented and modern in sound. That diverse mix can also be seen in their playlist. There are songs by Melt Banana, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher and even Robert Miles but also tracks by Full of Hell, Mayhem, Brujeria or Burial.

    The planet HELVETECH in 2099 has the same music as Earth. This time, we VMO chose music up to 2023. The future is still early for those reading this. If you want to hear the music of the future, listen to VMO. メイヘム is a hardcore man. ダークスローン is an electronic man. ゴルゴロス is a light man. ザスター is addicted to anime and K-POP. And VMO was born on the planet HELVETECH. That’s all. Have fun.

  • Playlist #84 by ṘO

    Open Spotify 07 Apr 2023

    ṘO from Spain’s Basque region have given us several amazing releases like Athalase (2020) or Baiagoan a few months ago and we were really excited when they gave us this playlist for all of you to enjoy. They combined classics like Maybeshewill, Caspian, Olafur Arnalds or Toundra and added a few lesser known acts like Apparat, Dut, Mikel Iraeta or Sara Zozaya. Here is what they have to say:

    These songs may not be the ones that we listen to everyday but they are really present in ṘO. There is a lot of musical taste variety in our band, but we all share the love for instrumental music. We like those long songs that explore deep atmospheres and emotive melodies but also heavy riffs full of rage.

  • Playlist #83 by Seer of the Void

    Open Spotify 24 Mar 2023

    A few weeks ago we gave you a detailed review of Seer of the Void’s fine full-length Mantra Monolith, this week they gave us a wonderful playlist showcasing some of their influences! Enjoy songs by The Sword, Uncle Acid, Weedeater, Kylesa, Black Tusk and Cough. And some classics, too!

    This is a short playlist of our influences through different decades of music. From the psychedelic sixties through the heavier seventies, the more aggressive eighties era till the desert scene of the 90’s and more up to date stuff. These are some of the influences of the band that forged our new album Mantra Monolith and also our debut album Revenant. Some of them are obvious, some of them are more “under the skin”. We also think it’s a pretty good playlist for a roadtrip!

  • Playlist #VoSxTDM SP6 by The Devil's Mouth

    Open Spotify 17 Mar 2023

    Well, well, well, what do we have here? Hmmm basically nothing but simply the new edition of our playlist-collaboration with José Carlos Santos aka The Devil’s Mouth.

    Our favorite festival of the year, heck, of every year is approaching quickly and therefore we used one element of this year’s edition as a chance to do something different, a long look at one label, which started out as a labour of love and which is now one of the main players in heavy Psych-Rock and Noise-Rock: Rocket Recordings from Bristol, which started as a local, very niche label but which is by now spreading out into many different sounds. Therefore the label itself follows Roadburn’s idea of re-defining their sound pretty well, and that was also one of the reasons for their showcase in Tilburg this year, as Walter from Roadburn mentioned to me lately.

    Visit the Devil’s Mouth substack to see Thorsten’s picks but right here, right now you can see that José picked some of the most well known bands from Rocket Recordings’ roster: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Goat, Deafkids x Petbrick, Gnod, Uran GBG or Teeth of the Sea! Which bands have we forgotten, folks?

  • Playlist #82 by Draken

    Open Spotify 10 Mar 2023

    Scandinavian “Everything heavy”-omnivores Draken (whose record Book of Black is out on Majestic Mountain Records - check out Knut’s review) have compiled this week’s playlist and man, it’s loaded with real classics - from Sepultura, Darkthrone, Iron Maiden, Celtic Frost, High On Fire or Slayer! Enjoy, all you metal aficionados!

    This playlist displays the mood we were at when making Book of Black. Some of the tracks are direct inspirations, some are music we were listening to at the time of recording, some are songs we, in retrospect, can relate to the album. We hope you enjoy this little playlist!

  • Playlist #81 by STAHV

    Open Spotify 03 Mar 2023

    Our VoS Tapes are back - and we have a mighty cool playlist for you compiled by Ari from STAHV who gives us a cool tracklist! And the man behind the cool Alternative Rock project from the West Coast has a real knack for these things as he is able to incorporate the greats from the 80s into a concise playlist featuring the likes of Sisters of Mercy, Depeche Mode & Fields of the Nephilim on the one hand and more modern sounds like Ladytron, Unto Others and Drab Majesty on the other. And here is what he has to say about his playlist:

    This playlist reflects the dualities at the heart of STAHV: darkness and light, hook and atmosphere, famous and obscure. As a collection of songs, this mix moves through many phases of my life while genuinely expressing the sounds that move me today.

    The sounds of Space Afrika and Riki are more recent discoveries brought to my attention through playing live shows and exploring modern iterations of genres I love. Then there is a track like “Stepping Out” by Joe Jackson that has never ceased to thrill me since I was a young child in the backseat of our family Volvo. Artists like Ladytron and M83 lie somewhere in between, consistent companions over the last few years.

    If anything, the eclectic nature of this playlist is the glue. I’m a sonic omnivore, prone to obsessive immersion into a subgenre for weeks— even months—while simultaneously ingesting nostalgia for dessert.

    I work with words and with sound, but music is my soul’s food. It provides me with energy, peace, distraction, and focus. So, from ’80s synth pop and goth rock to atmosphere beats and art rock, here is a curated overview of what makes STAHV tick in 2023.

    Here you can also find our review of STAHV’s latest record Simple Mercies

  • Playlist #VoSxTDM SP5 by The Devil's Mouth

    Open Spotify 24 Feb 2023

    One says there is a certain number of repetitions necessary to internalize a new process. Having repeated our collab with The Devil’s Mouth five times now, this has become a staple for us and for you out there. This time, José and Thorsten take on the 2003, a year many think not to have been a really great one, but they surely dug up a lot of treasures for that year!

    As mentioned with the last playlists already, let’s dig deep and search for smaller themes because as the two are nerds at heart, they’ll still find enough stuff to keep your ears busy. Busy because the older listeners will revisit some records and songs and the younger ones will find amazing stuff they might have never heard of! Visit the Devil’s Mouth substack to see Thorsten’s picks but right here, right now you can see that José picked very diverse stuff like Darkthrone, Azure Ray, Early Day Miners, Burnt By The Sun, Willard Grant Conspiracy or Keelhaul - and those are only 6 out 30 songs!

  • Playlist #VoSxTDM SP4 by The Devil's Mouth

    Open Spotify 27 Jan 2023

    Collaborations are important in our times, because what did John Donne say? “No man is an island!” and as we take our old-time-fellows seriously we love working with our parts of the scene and our collab with The Devil’s Mouth and José Carlos is already running well - so long talk, no sense, here it is finally: Edition No. 4 of The Love Collab and this time we have gone a little closer to the initial idea…

    The first two playlist-collabs were harsh, quick, mean, to say the least. The third one was pretty mellow and quiet in all its facettes. And now we do what we set out - one topic that at first seems pretty narrow and enclosed, but who are José and me if we ain’t up for a good challenge. We took a good look at the scenes in Potugal, Spain, Italy and Greece, José concentrating on Black Metal from those four countries, while I looked more at the Doom bands from those countries. Here you get José’s Black Metal playlist and over at the Devil’s Mouth substack my Doom choices are on display! And now - keep on rockin and headbangin’ folks!!

  • Playlist #80 by Mastiff

    Open Spotify 13 Jan 2023

    Back again with another playlist this time by English Blackened Noise butchers Mastiff. The guys show that they can more than slaughter, see tracks by Malevolence, Black Flag, Zao or The Body, but also caress our earlopes with songs by Broken Social Scene, Manic Street Preachers or Saves the Day!

    Grief Ritual - “Immurement”: One of my favourite releases of this year

    Malevolence - “Life Sentence”: Playing with malev back when they first started and seeing where they are now is just class

    Kublai Kahn - “The Hammer”: Nothing to see here other than one of the heaviest songs going

    Knoll - “Guild of BlottedLucre”: Flat out from start to finish

    Armed for Apocalypse - “Flesh and Blood”: We’re lucky to call these boys mates,and this album is unbelievably good

    Taylor Swift - “Cruel Summer”: She can do no wrong

    The Style Council - “My Ever Changing Moods”: This track superbly depicts what it is to be human.

    The Ordinary Boys - “Over the Counter Culture”: I love this track, it’s massive and not gimmicky like some of the others they released.

    Black Flag - “Nervous Breakdown”: Ace track, an early version of Black Flag being stripped back and catchy as hell.

    Drug Church - “Grubby”: An incredibly complete track for its meagre running time.

    Saves The Day - “Third Engine”: The riff at the beginning is first class and then the sing along parts are anthemic. 

    The Smiths - “Cemetery Gates”: - My favourite Smiths track, it’s about spending time in a cemetery and reading poetry. How romantic.

    Manic Street Preachers - “Faster”: As vicious and acerbic now as the day I first heard it, and single-handedly informed my predilection towards bile-filled heavy music.

    Carpenter Brut - “Leather Terror”: Hard metallic synthwave with Ben Koller on the drums. Nothing got my blood pumping this year harder than this song. 

    Zao - “Croatoan”: A masterclass in creeping dread, pinned down in its second half by one of the greatest Zao riffs of all time. 

    Wiegedood - “FN SCAR 16”: The most genuinely threatening Black Metal song I’ve heard in years. The hypnotic, swirling and maniacally repeating main riff makes me feel sick in the best possible way.

    Burning Love - “Karla”: Pitch-black rock’n’roll hardcore of the highest order, Cursed will always be my favourite Chris Colohan band but the sheer fist-pumping power of Burning Love cannot be denied. 

    Nine Inch Nails - “The Great Destroyer”: Year Zero is one of so many underrated later NIN albums, and this song is a perfect example why. Saw them play this at the Royal Albert Hall and the big drop into the massive electronic outro almost crumbled the walls of the building.

    The Clash - “Safe European Home”: Massive sounding song and very well written.

    The Jam - “Saturdays Kids”: One of my favourite bands from my childhood. Clever social commentary with the lyrics. 

    Killing Joke - “Into the Unknown”: An epic song, which doesn’t let up.

    The Damned - “Love Song”: Fast as fuck punk rock at it’s best!

    Nasum - “Particles”: Absolute face ripping track! And what a way to open an album!

    Radiohead - “Let Down”: A very melancholy song that builds. Listen to it if you want to be truly pissed off.

    Liars - “Broken Witch”: A wonderfully disjointed ritual.

    Broken Social Scene - “KC Accidental”: An evolving stop/start gem with a beautiful ending.

    The Body - “Nothing Stirs”: One of the bleakest yet most beautiful tracks in The Body’s catalogue.

    Aphex Twin - “To Cure A Weakling Child”: No playlist is complete without some Aphex Twin and this track is a banger!

    Nothing - “B&E”: Modern shoegaze perfection.

    Helmet - “Like I Care”: Bogdan and Stanier are my favourite rhythm section.

  • Playlist #79 by Sundrowned

    Open Spotify 06 Jan 2023

    Blackgaze is one of those wonderful mixes that can swing from heaven to hell in less than three blastbeats. Norway’s Sundrowned have a real good feel for it as they proved last year with their debut Become Ethereal which received highly positive reviews. And this week they provide us with the first playlist of the year with several surprises like Crydebris, Grouper, Radiohead but also awesome blackened music like Conjurer, Cult Leader or Misþyrming!

    This is what the band has to say about their choices:

    J. A. Piscopo
    When I first heard that Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle were making an album together it got my heart racing. And what came out of it was an album that surpassed all expectations, the marriage of Thou’s signature gut punch sound and Emma’s impeccable sense of atmosphere made for a truly stunning release, ”The Valley”. ”Scrape” is in my opinion Chelsea Wolfe at her absolute best. The undertow of heavy drones with the high range vocals makes the song mesmerizing.

    I don’t know how many people I’ve pushed ”Wonder” onto, I practically worship this song. The riffs and drums are a whirlpool of chaos topped with some harrowing vocals, it’s a song that sticks in your brain for ages. ”Young Mountain” is a really great mixture of Shoegaze and Hardcore, their songs are written with a good sense of dynamics keeping your attention from beginning to end. Ariadne is a duo that is super difficult to recommend due to the eccentric nature of the music. Being a mixture of Ambient, Glitch and harsh Noise with operatic vocals makes them a truly unique listen. It’s enchanting, jarring, and divine all at the same time.

    L. M. Tjøsvoll
    I’ve picked songs that all resonate with me emotionally, and that have had an impact on me, whether guiding me through difficult periods or amplifying my best experiences. In addition, they all embody qualities that I seek out in music. “Mononoke-Picture” embodies a raw vulnerability in the vocal performance that I can only admire as an instrumentalist. “Impact”, from one of my favorite artists stylistically showcases the grandeur and melancholy I associate with the best of Post-Black metal. “Farewell” frequently plays in my ears while trail running, which is where I feel the most in my element and at home. The song is synonymous with natural beauty for me. “Heavy Is The Head…” combines pretty much every element that makes metal exciting, engaging and resonant for me. It’s angry, bitter and frustrated, but it is also extremely fun. There is nothing positive in this song (and often the genre), but it puts a smile on my face every time.

    G. L. Innocent
    “The End of Man Will Bring Peace to This Earth”, one of my absolute favorite songs from Portrayal of Guilt. The drums in this song are amazing, especially the first minute, with lots of energy and well-played structured chaos. Led Zeppelin´s “Communication Breakdown” manages to capture some of my favorite drumming elements from my biggest drumming influence, John Bonham. His riff-based drumming, somehow constantly playing around the guitar riffs, is something I’ve used a lot with Sundrowned as well. Conjurer´s “Choke” has some amazing blastbeat-sections. Our biggest inspiration for drum sound and production on Become Ethereal comes from Birds in Row´s album We Already Lost the World, especially the song “We vs. Us”, where the drums just sound so organic, natural, dynamic and “airy” in some way. Phil Selway´s drumming in “Bodysnatchers” manages to keep the energy going, playing the same pattern throughout the whole song, this inspired the whole “less-is-more” drumming in our debut album.

    M. B. Jakobsen
    The songs I’ve picked out are a mix of stuff I´ve been listening to recently and music that has influenced both me personally and the band. I decided to include the Icelandic band Misþyrming, as they’re one of my favorite Black Metal bands nowadays. The thunderous title track of their second album ”Algleymi” could quite possibly be one of my favorite metal tracks of the past decade. The band Nothing pretty much acted as my gateway into the world of Shoegaze when I discovered them in 2015. This also prompted me to start buying a whole lot of effect pedals in order to get the same soaring and dreamy sound that they had. So, in a way, I guess you could say that they’ve influenced my guitar playing too, in addition to being a big inspiration for the band as well. As for Grouper, she is perhaps the artist that I’ve listened the most to lately. Especially the A I A: Alien Observer record. I chose the title track for this list as it is probably the most accessible of the bunch. The last band I included is the American Hardcore/Crust-Punk outfit Cult Leader, of whom which we are all big fans in the band.

  • Playlist #VoSxTDM SP3 by The Devil's Mouth

    Open Spotify 25 Nov 2022

    There it is, the third edition of our collaboration with José “The Devil’s Mouth” Santos Carlos! And we are back to entertain you by calming down your jangled nerves amidst these tiresome times of WorldCup-quabbles and the vain attempt of trying to steer clear of “Last Effin Xmas”!

    As we like to change things around a bit we wanted to come up with something totally different musically because the first two editions were pretty heavy, right? So what better thing to do than come up with a playlist full of calmer, quieter songs? Right, nothing! José’s playlist has lots of interesting choices - William Elliott Whitmore, 40 Watt Sun or M. Ward and also stuff one might not expect like Ulver, Therapy? (again!), Danzig or Katatonia. And one band is even featured on both playlists. Both? Yeah, both, because The Devil’s Mouth will be hosting our response our response with even more stuff!

  • Playlist #77 by girih

    Open Spotify 28 Oct 2022

    Girih might be new on the dunk!records roster, but we all know that doesn’t mean anything, right? Because these guys definitely can hold their own ground. Knut’s review clearly explains what is so special about the band, for the trio shows what is possible with two guitars (Alex and Jeremy) and one drum kit (Brian). The playlist they compiled for us is a good indicator of their diverse taste, for the guys have some awesome and highly contrasting acts like Big | Brave and Sundrowned, August Burns Red and Dream Theater, Olafur Arnalds and Alexisonfire.

    Alex’s songs:
    Big | Brave is an influence on what three people can create sonically. Astronoid, Sundrowned, and by extension Holy Fawn are masters of both excess and utilization of that excess. Rolo Tomassi and Novo Amor are doing more with less in these selections, which is huge as an influence as well. And then Animals as Leaders are creating interesting rhythms, often well out of reach in terms of a listener, but still influential when pushing the boundaries of our own musicianship.

    Jeremy’s songs:
    Jakob was a big intro into the world of Post-music for me, in particular this song’s drum grooves were really inspiring in using double bass as a texture rather than just a time keeper. Similarly Danny Carey’s use of the toms and double bass really makes for a super intriguing groove, with multiple layers in the drum parts. August Burns Red, in this song particularly the intro section, really builds the song in my opinion and sets the stage for the rest of the piece. “Octavarium” is still one of if not my all-time-favorite piece by Dream Theater. I grew up in the prog world, and this song, with how symphonic it is, really takes the listener on a musical journey, and not just lyrically. The same goes for “Nymphetamine”, it’s a sonic adventure with many different actors that come in throughout the 9+ minutes of it. Russian Circles is, of course, a huge influence of ours, and “309” has some super interesting drum grooves in it that inspired a lot of the way I approach writing drum parts.

    Brian’s songs:
    Olafur Arnalds was the first concert I went to after (?) the pandemic. I was able to see him play at Berklee in Boston after years of missing his rare American performances. It was worth the wait. He is definitely a huge influence on me musically. This track off his most recent album makes me feel like I’m watching a film about my life and I’m at a scene that I had forgotten about. The rest of the songs are a collection of what I’ve been listening to lately. Ranging from brand new to not so new-ish.

    Thanks for listening!