Sifting through the DEBRIS - Bands and songs that inspired the creation of THE SEA SHALL NOT HAVE THEM’s latest album DEBRIS
Kate Bush - “The Man With The Child In His Eyes” She wrote this when she was 13, and recorded at 16? Who else does this? Chilling.
Massive Attack - “Voodoo In My Blood” Masters of groove and mood
Public Image Ltd - “Flowers Of Romance” Surely one of the strangest songs ever to be a top 40 hit
Siouxsie And the Banshees - “This Unrest” The Tinderbox album is a touchstone, and this is a highlight
Swans - “Mind/Body/Light/Sound” I’m only a recent convert to Swans early stuff, very compelling
The Church - “Another Century” Sublime yet unsettling beauty from a band that everyone knows, and yet doesn’t really know… bring on the next album
Chelsea Wolfe - “Hypnos” Love Chelsea’s guitar driven side, and her acoustic output is just as captivating
Jon Brion - “Peer Pressure” Such a gorgeous piece of scoring to a great scene
Nine Inch Nails - “La Mer” Love this side of NIN, maybe even more than the aggressive stuff
CAN - “Halleluwah” Such a groove… go listen to the full 20+ min version of it
The Cure - “The Funeral Party” Favourite song off my favourite album by my favourite band
Jesu - “Alone” Strong parallels between this album (Terminus) and the The Cure’s Faith, even down to the cover art. One of Justin Broadrick’s poppiest moments, delivered in his own unique style
Secret Machines - “3,4,5 Let’s Stay Alive” So great to have this band back, hopefully there’s more music to come
Hum - “Desert Rambler” Another band that made a great album, 22 years after their previous one. What a riff
HEADS. - “Loyalty” Very stoked to have Ed from HEADS. join us on our album. Very unique band
Palehorse/Palerider - “Nero” Thundering sounds from Denver Colorado
Jakob - “Everything All The Time” New Zealand’s finest - another band I hope have new music soon
Pink Floyd - “Echoes” Kings… now and forever. I revisit this song all the time
The tracks we have chosen for this playlist are all from albums that have caught our collective attention over the years of writing music together. We are always looking for artists who are pushing in different directions and this small selection exemplifies those which have stood out to us. Whilst we have never aimed to sound like any particular band, these tracks and the albums they are from have definitely been solid reference points that inform the directions in which we push.
(Don’t forget to check out Knut’s review of Still’s amazing full-length debut)
Hello Veil Of Sound readers and beyond!
Before I would classify myself as a musician, I would classify myself as a fan of music. One of my favorite things in the world is to stand back and listen to musicians I admire produce sonic alchemy, be it in studio or on record. The articulation of ideas that go beyond language and somehow come together seamlessly — that’s what excites me about both pop and experimental music.
These songs do just that. This is a collection of music that is truly exciting to me, and I am excited to share it with you. Some of this is a hard groove, some of this is evocative of other worlds, and some of them just fuck really, really hard. Think of it like an episode of Reel Wild Cinema but for cratediggers. Or better yet, don’t think at all. Just turn your brain off completely and enjoy.
(Don’t forget to check out our brilliant interview with Jay which you can still check out here)
No we are not in love with ourselves, but we thought that we are gonna do the full circle and give you our staff picks song list for 2021 in the form of one track for each selection, which also means that some records are on here more than once because, well, because they are simply awesome!
However, the must also admit that the consensual number one record for Veil of Sound is not on this playlist with no song at all, because Bruit≤ simply are not on Spotify and thus we couldn’t add it to the playlist. Mind you though, the playlist is still more than 11 hours long and should give you all a great way to party from ‘21 to ‘22!
See you again next year with some new things and of course our usual - a record a day, keeps the madness away! Thanks for sticking with us, we hope we won’t disappoint you in the upcoming months!
This is what The Man with the Hat has to say about the choices:
“This is a list of new music we love and get inspired by here in our church. It is mostly based on albums released just before or during the pandemic break. The LP’s are scattered around the record player we have in the kitchen. They all have fat stains.”
We feel very honoured to have them so frequently on our site. Therefore, please don’t forget to check out Thorsten’s review of Årabrot’s last release - Norwegian Gothic or our video interview with them.
Asger (guitars and bass):
It goes without saying that th this is a difficult task, but I’ve tried to pick a diverse set of songs from albums that have paved the way for Nordsind and helped define me as a musician in Nordsind. Here goes:
Deafheaven - The Pecan Tree
Let’s just get the obvious out of the way. Of course Deafheaven is on my list. Nothing contributed more to Nordsinds guitars than Kerry McCoys work on Sunbather! Trem picked guitars and epic melodic parts… That was basically my starting point for the band and for our EP Efterår. No Deafheaven = No Nordsind.
Kashmir - Lampshade
In primary school my math teacher lent me 3 CDs: Kashmir The Good Life, Metallica Ride the Lightning and Led Zeppelin IV. All of these albums hold a special place in my heart, but The Good Life would go on to be the first album I bought with my own money and it has been a big part of my life ever since. A big shout out to you Tom! Anyways… Lampshade is one of the most powerful songs I can think of. Just listen to the emotions pouring out of singer Kasper Eistrup when the song takes off at the end and do a deep dive into the lyrics! If that doesn’t touch you profoundly, you have no feelings!
Alcest - Je Suis D’ailleurs
Another band that has been a very direct inspiration, much like Deafheaven, is Alcest. A lot of the melody lines on LYS are heavily influenced by Alcests Kodama album. Just have a listen to our song Når Himlen Falder, Kommer Lyset Tættere På! Kodama was the first album by the band I really got into and it really is a masterpiece. Mandatory listening for autumn walks.
Sunn o)) & Boris - The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep)
This one might not have inspired my playing in Nordsind as much as some of the other songs, but the album Altar, from which this track was taken, showed me that music doesn’t have to conform to a fixed set of rules. A lesson I often return to and I can’t think of a more hypnotic and beautiful way of reminding myself of that, than The Sinking Belle.
Caspian - Flowers of Light
Lastly, Caspian Flowers of Light!!! This song was released after LYS was written, so it obviously didn’t influence the album. I could have chosen some earlier Caspian, as that has inspired me a lot, but Flowers of Light is just such an epic piece and it felt appropriate to end the list with something that is destined to inspire future tracks.
Only Five songs that inspires you and means something special, is an insane task, but here I go.
Russian Circles - Afrika
I discovered Russian Circles a few months before I talked to Asger about Nordsind. I’ve always been fascinated by hard instrumental rock, and I was completely overwhelmed the first time I heard them. Afrika is one of those songs that just describe them perfectly. Absolutely beautiful guitar parts that really moves you, but at the same time there is a sense of some ominous undertones. And then there is Dave Turncrantz. Amazing drummer and seems like an amazing Human.
Explosions in the sky - Six days at the bottom of the Ocean
One of my all time bands. This was also one of the bands I thought of when Asger talked to me about his ideas for this “project”. I discovered this album (The world is not a Cold dead place) back in 2010 and it was just with me always at that point. I used to surf and longboard and that was the soundtrack to me and my friends’ trips to the sea and through the forests.
Listener - Wooden Heart
If there was one artist I would work with, it’s Dan Smith from Listener. Wooden Heart is one of the most beautiful albums/songs I’ve heard. It’s one of my best friends favourite songs as well, so we always hear it when we are together. We were very fortunate to Listener live at “Underwerket” here in Copenhagen. A very small basement show, and it was one of the best shows I’ve seen
Deftones - Hexagram
Okay, let’s go back in time for a bit. My first Music experiences were punk, grunge, nu metal etc etc. And Deftones is one of my earliest memories that I still enjoy as much and still will put on at home. Deftones has made SO many amazing songs and albums. But one that really was one of the first I heard was Hexagram. Chinos insane scream that sounds so real and effortless that flows through the song. But most importantly Mr. Abe Cunningham. My god. What a dude, what a drummer. I remember thinking “Is that possible?” The way he played, the mix of the drums. Everything. So amazing. It still is.
Underoath - Breathing in a new mentality
The opening track of one of my favourite albums (Lost in the Sound of separation) When people think of Underoath, they think of EMO and clean singing. And That’s fair, but they are amazing songwriters and musicians and deserve a bit more credit, I think. And again, those drums. Aaron Gillespie is definitely one of my Top 3 of my favourite drummers. Just like Abe Cunningham, I completely fell on my ass when I heard him for the first time. He was so creative and so different with his drum playing than other metal/hardcore drummers. I bought a meet and greet ticket the last time they were in Copenhagen. I was starstruck and couldn’t believe I was about to meet him. I prepared some questions and wanted to know everything. Then I met him and completely Froze. We ended up talking for 20 Minutes about the toys he had bought for his son while in Copenhagen. Really amazing down to Earth and humble guy. Thanks for having us and for your awesome review of our album Lys.
Hope you enjoy the recommendations! Keep up the good work - Asger & Ole
(Don’t forget to check out Pat’s review of Nordsind’s last release - Lys.)
This playlist represents the journey through time that influenced all albums of my solo Nordicwinter band.
These go back to some of the early music I listened to in high-school and though some are more recent influences and favorite groups. These groups laid the foundation to which I used to build the music I create today. Some bands are very well known today, but at the time of their release they were hard to find in my small town.
There’s also very many other bands that are not listed here, but these are some of the most influential bands to Nordicwinter.
The playlist we present you shows the tracks and artists we listen to and that influenced the sounds that you can find on our new record Reflections.
The sounds included in the playlist give us multiple emotions which resonate with us and make us creative. Like our album, this tracklist is quite eclectic and of course contains some post rock classics like “A Gallant Gentleman” or “Echoes”, but there are also more electronic or guitar driven songs. There are bands like Riverside who inspire us especially because of their amazing bass tones and great songwriting; the Deftones who influence us in general as they can create atmospheric tracks with heavy guitars included or Jakob who can create amazing ambient textures using just a guitar. We won’t describe every artist on the list as there would be no fun trying to find these inspirations on Reflections for you.
Check out our album here.
(Don’t forget to check out Simon’s review of Yenisei’s last release here)
Dans l’esprit d’Héméra is a compilation of bands mostly from here (Québec, Canada), bands with whom we shared a stage or with whom we would like to share one, some bigger names but mostly small underground bands. I give as an example Milanku and Appalaches, but also, Apes, Martlet, DISCRVST. We shared (or will very soon in the case of Appalaches) the stage with these bands, loved our experience, and would like to share their music with you, simple as that. I would like to accentuate that the one with Milanku (back in December 2019) was a highlight for everyone in our band.
The playlist also contains formations that we have a great relation with. Martin from the band Aulnes received us many times in his venue for a show. Godhead Lizard is a Stoner Rock band where our bassist Phil also plays in. I’m also thinking of our working relation with Alex CF, he did the art for our last EP and the upcoming album. Two of his formations, Morrow and Archivist, are also included in the list.
The compilation also has some discoveries we did. I’m speaking here about Telepathy and Vesperine, we discovered bands like them mostly through pages like the infamous “Post-metal/Post-Rock and derivates of those”-group. Facebook pages and websites like Veil of Sound make it easy to discover new music and even establish a good contact with these bands.
The goal of the playlist is simply share good music that we like and offer a support to our stage brothers. Help us to discover these excellent bands by following and sharing it!
Pierre Breton for À L’Ombre D’Héméra
(Don’t forget to check out Thorsten’s review of their last EP here)
We compiled a list of 10 songs that we think had an influence on us and therefore had impact on our album Stories from the Floating World.
We listen to a lot of guitar-driven Post-Rock/Stoner/Prog bands spiced with a little heavy metal like Pantera or Gojira to get inspiration for our heavier riffs. We like music that uses the contrast of calm parts vs. heavy parts to create a wide range of dynamic. We also like songs that do not follow typical song structures but rather tell a musical story and develop in unexpected ways. That’s why bands like Elder have a big influence on us. But also “Cemetery Gates” is a good example for that. Good source for inspiration on modern guitar work and solos is Periphery and especially Plini, who runs on repeat in our players ;)
And our daily dose of postrock we get from bands like Long Distance Calling or If These Trees Could Talk, which we like for their melancholic and catchy melodies and their atmospheric effect work.
(Don’t forget to also check out Pat’s insightful review of their record here)
The playlist came about by asking to myself: Think about the music and musicians that have made a difference throughout the existence of MoE.
At different times, one way or the other, either in person or listening to, reading about. Often also listening to in a production process, and the creation of albums. Artists that have opened up the music and life horizon through deep dedication and just bloody good music.
(Don’t forget to also check out Knut’s amazing interview with MoE here)
This playlist is a big and tasty salad bowl of ingredients we have been devouring the last few years, both inspiring KITE’s music and the writing process during Currents and also favorite background noise in this period and beyond.
The hardest part was trying to limit the list down to the very finest tracks and artist. There are so many more to choose from, but the final selection draws a good picture of what makes us tick, be it post-metal, sludge, punk or whatnot. Enjoy!
(Don’t forget to check out Thorsten’s review of KITE’s amazing record here)
These songs represent a story arc from my childhood to the present. Each of these songs has had an influence on me. Some of them have influenced me musically, but all of them have opened doors to alternate worlds, shifted paradigms, and lit dark pathways.
My Sleeping Karma’s influences are shaped by the Heavy Metal of the 80s and 90s. Bands like Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica, Testament, Metal Church etc. were played repeatedly for hours at a time. Early to mid 90s genres like Grunge (Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam etc.) and Prog-Metal (Dream Theater, Watchtower), as well as Stoner- (Kyuss, Qotsa) and Psychedelic Rock (35007) were added to the mix. Crossover bands like Faith No More or lesser-known, but incredible bands like Oceansize or Fishbone tried to blend different styles. On the other hand we also listend to timeless music like U2 and our all-time favorites Tool.
We don’t really listen to more recent releases here at MSK, but we want to shout out the incredible Villagers of Ioannina City from Greece.
This list is an attempt to collect some of the songs that over the years got me motivated to write music and rethink my approach to writing music. It might just as well contain 350 songs instead of the 35 I chose.
This selection collects a bit of the essence of sounds and bands that had me start Ropes Of Night. Given the variety of styles represented you can imagine that the sound of Ropes Of Night might/will change with the next releases. And that’s what I love about music, it is a purpose and a process. I will never stop creating, I will always want my music to grow and evolve.
We’ve put this playlist together to expand on themes and influences that we feel are present on our new record, ICARIAN.
We’ve each taken an individual approach to this so it might not be the most coherent, polished playlist you ever hear, but there also isn’t a false, imposed conformity to it, no artifice. We haven’t included the latest hype bands or wilfully obscure pieces to make ourselves seem cool. It’s a genuine reflection of music we listen to that’s either on similar apocalyptic themes to ICARIAN, artists that have influenced our writing or just music we’ve noticed a kinship with after the fact, through the lens of each of our individual tastes and preferences.
Tracks on here run the gamut from harsh Industrial Noise to Neo-Classic beauty and beyond, and that’s just the first half. Enjoy!
There are three types of music that don’t reinvent the wheels of steel: the one that’s just boring (for the most part), the one that sounds vintage (nostalgia!), and the timeless (quite rare). It’s truly hard to distinguish the last two. Especially when music is touching. We’re Palila from Hamburg and we tend to play and perform classic Indie rock from the 90s to achieve something that’s not boring and timeless at the same time. Our music is the result of three guys - Matthias Schwettmann/guitar & vocals, Christoph Kirchner/bass & backing vocals and Sascha Krueger/drums - who have done, lived and listened to sooooo much music in their lives that they now manage to make their true hearts sound trough the songs without any detour.
In this Spotify playlist you can listen to some of our greatest influences who did the same with their songs and music: these musicians all let loose to gain something that’s purely honest and authentic. We as Palila have thought a lot of which songs to take - the first version of this list was close to 6 hours long and from there on edited over weeks. The ones you now find in this playlist mostly represent also the style and vibe of our upcoming album Rock’n’Roll Sadness, out on November 12 on vinyl, CD and as digital download. On our Spotify page you can already listen to two new singles from the upcoming album. We hope you’ll like the songs as much as we do.
Mötley Crüe “Dr.Feelgood” is definitely my favorite song ever . I listen that song since I was 12 years old.” Leave me Here” it is with this song that I discovered cult of luna and I really fell in love with Sweden, I could talk for hours about Meshuggah and Refused. But I think it’s enough to turn up the volume, sit down and open your ears… then you will understand.
I also listen to a lot of hip hop and electronic music, Beastie Boys, and Boards of Canada are my favorites. What better way than to sit down, put on a record by Boards of canada and have a good glass of red wine?!
When I was in Sweden we spent some time with Tómas talking about music, and watched some reports, so for the rest of this playlist I could talk way too long about each song. With Tómas we have put together the bands and songs that have influenced us throughout the years and that have made Norna exist today.
Thank you so much for having us !
Norna gave us a first interview and Vinter Records allowed us to embed a first-ever “look” at what Norna sounds like. You can find it here.
Much like certain drugs and planetary energies open certain doors to our subconscious receptors- certain pieces of music, once found by the ears of their ever-waiting writer-recipient, can just the same open doors to rooms in their infinite creativity that might have otherwise passed through eternity unnoticed and unharvested, had the timing not been perfect.
Everything I know- I’ve learned from music. And from the people I make music with. This playlist serves as an abbreviated exclusive guest-list to the ballroom dinner party of my educators. The minds, voices and hands from whence much of my own creativity has been set free. From Nick Cave, Def Leppard, Type O Negative, Sadie, and the Bee Gees I learned romance. From Iron Maiden and Rush I learned open-mindedness. From Killing Joke and Motörhead I learned intelligent defiance. From Townes Van Zandt, The Cure, Katatonia, and Etta James I learned heartache. From Pink Floyd, Neurosis and Junius I learned the power of introspective travel. From Tom Waits and Cradle of Filth I learned to never stop stretching and challenging my vocabulary. From Bobby Womack and the Manhattans I learned to let raw emotion carry the voice. From Deep Purple I learned spontaneity and freedom. From Minsk and Subrosa I learned to be my utmost self, without fear or relent.
These are the highest priests without whom, I am merely an upright bag of bones, covered in sawdust and racing towards the next hangover.
These are just some of the artists/records I have been listening to recently. Some old, some new, some inspired the writing of Migration and newer material, some are a constant source of inspiration for me personally and will never come out of rotation. I wanted to showcase a few great UK artists/bands such as Dvne who we are hitting the road with in December, or Teethgrynder - the multi-talented Jay Thurley - who I started working with during the start of the first lockdown and Palm Reader who have been friends of the band for some time and have released a fantastic record Sleepless, Josh the vocalist laid down vocals for our track “HTV-3”.
Bossk released their latest album Migration (here is Simon’s review on it) a few weeks ago and you can check it out on Spotify or on Bandcamp. We also featured a demonically detailed, immensely informative and highly entertaining interview with the band.
To mark our 20th playlist, guitar player Peter gave us a brilliant list of ten bands that are THE influences for the band. And in the playlist you will find three songs for each band. But let’s hear which bands form the Duchamp-sound!
1. Lifetime Very clear and undeniable: Lifetime from New Jersey were particularly style-defining for Duchamp’s band sound. With Jersey’s Best Dancers, the band already submitted the perfect HC/Punk album in 1997. An album that consists almost exclusively of hits (”Turnpike Gates”, “The Boy’s no Good”, “Francie Nolan”, etc.) but never drifts into triviality and can also thrash forward well (”Bringin It Backwards”!). Dan Yemin’s riffs change moods almost by the second and move between highly melodic, anthemic, high-speed and melancholic. Add to that Ari Katz’s snotty vocals with perfect lines like “But you’re miserable and I’m useless. Always making up excuses I made you cry too many times” invalidates every HC-mack cliché.
2. Kid Dynamite Just one very good band was obviously not enough for Dan Yemin. His “second band” Kid Dynamite has a similar density of hits, but the sound is much more intricate, old-school and somewhat less melodic than Lifetime. At first listen, you hardly notice how meticulously laid out and controlled Yemin’s hard riffs are. The whole thing is carried by singer Jason Shevchuk, who fires off perfect sing-a-longs (e.g. ”Cheap Shot Youth Anthem”) and thus imposes an aggressive-raw but at the same time always loosely charming hit-ness on the songs. Additional personal opinion: Far too little attention is paid to the unbelievably cool drummer Dave Wagenschutz.
3. Dillinger Four Embarrassing but true: For some reason, I [Peter] have never listened to Dillinger Four. I guess because of their name proximity to Dillinger Escape Plan – a band I totally do not give a shit about. Fortunately, Ingo pointed out the brilliant Situationst Comedy record to me in the studio and actually forced me to listen to it again (with the phone pushed into the corner). Recommended listening: the opener ”Noble Stabbings”!!
4. Rest Easy Rest Easy are the first insider tip on this list. The band is comparatively new (2019) and consists of former musicians from Shook Ones, Dead End Drive-In and Daggermouth. Our bassist Kruse brought the band to our attention almost a year ago and commented on their hit ”Bad Idea” with: “Here, they do sound like us”. And indeed, Rest Easy make no secret of being huge Kid Dynamite fans.
5. Saves the Day Not all Duchamp-ies feel love for Saves the Day. Some find the band too poppy, others just don’t care. So I don’t speak for the whole band when I say that the first two records (Can’t Slow Down, Through Being Cool) represent nothing less than the perfection of a coming-of-age old-school punk sound. The songs are reminiscent not only lyrically but also musically of late 1970s Power-Pop (Big Star!) - but all at four times the speed. And the lyric line “But I’m having a bad week. And I miss my mom” was already an effective poser provocation back then.
6. Rancid Here at Camp Duchamp everybody agrees that Rancid’s And Out Come The Wolves is the Punk record of the 90s. For me it was the first Punk record I ever listened to. On the one hand it offers indestructable hits (for example ”Ruby Soho”, “Time Bomb”), which are staged with an unbelievable coolness. On the other hand the record is also off the rails and does not follow conventional song structures like a slave, or rather it refrains from them whenever fitting (”Daly City Train”). At the same time, the band elegantly incorporates an old-school Dub sound into their soundscape, that has nothing to do with the lackluster Ska-Punk that a lot of their contemporaries played.
7. CIV I really stumbled across CIV via a special on VIVA [a former German music channel] that was hosted by Ray Cappo and Porcell (from Shelter). Actually, these two hours shaped my musical tastes strongly: It featured not only several older Revelation bands, like Into Another, Chain of Strength and Shades Apart, but also more off-the-path stuff like Lush or Devo. The highlight for me were surely CIV with their ingenious talk-show-video for ”Can’t Wait One Minute More”. The brilliant idea to feature the guest singer – here Lou Koller from Sick Of It All – on a small screen was the original which we “borrowed” for our ”Defiance”-video.
8. Avail Stepping a bit out of line on this list are surely Avail from Richmond, Virginia. Not really timewise, but stylistically: their Southern heritage and socialisation with Southern Rock and American/Alt-Country are easily noticeable with this band. The musical abrasive-ness of Hardcore, but one with extremely offensively displayed cordiality, a good Punk ethos, fun, euphoria, friendship and a DIY-ethic – all of that running contrary to the cliches of East coast tough guys: Avail were radiating all of it. Dixie, 4AM Friday and the absolut opus magnum Over The James are three records that simply seem to burst with hits and singalongs. Additionally, Tim Barry, Cheerleader (!!) Beau Beau and the rest of the bunch are simply the nicest, most open and friendly touring partners that one can wish for. ”Poor. Ugly. Happy.” - that says it all. Duchamp love Avail.
9. Dag Nasty One of these bands that only posthumously receive the applause the deserve for what they have been doing all the time – open-heart-surgeries but not with the really blunt knife. Because while many (let’s ‘call’ them Hardcore-)bands came across rather bully-ish and arrogant, Dag Nasty disrupted the scene with a mix of longing, melancholy, despair and a fighting spirit. The band founded by Brian Baker loved being caught between the stools, and that might be the reason why friends of Hardcore and Punkers and Emo-kids all alike could agree on the band. For us Duchampies (is that really a term?), especially Can I Say and Four On The Floor are the ultimate inspiration and referential records of the band, because surely Dave Smalley’s vocals display that kind of tension best, which is also at the heart of Duchamp. How great it was, to be able to persuade Smally to deliver the guest vocals on our single ”Teeth Gone Missing”…man, I could cry for joy. Again.
10. Constant Elevation And this is the second Duchamp-insider suggestion, again presented by our very own Head of A&R Kruse: Constant Elevation are a new Revelation supergroup, with Sammy Siegler of Youth Of Today/CIV and Vinnie Caruana of The Movielife. The band plays NYHC of the late 80s era and they take very good care of getting the sound across as authentic as possible, which means dynamically staged riffs which spark the caveman in you but which never hop along boringly. Suggested listening: ”Fuck Runnin”!
Our debut album came out on February 26th, 2021 via via Trepanation Recordings, the focus of this playlist is on artists that influenced the sound of Acceptance. There’s a mixture of post-genres (black, rock, metal…) on the list amongst some soundtrack, classical and ambient. Most of the tracks included are ones that have been part of the Mountainscape regular rotation for the last couple of years.
Year of No Light were the first ‘post-metal’ band I listened to about 10 years ago so “Perséphone I” had to be included. Russian Circles were the reason we opted to play as a three piece using live looping and “Afrika” is my current favorite track of theirs. The way Jakob build ambient guitar layers has a big influence on my writing and playing. I absolutely love Hammock and Oblivion Hymns is just aural bliss. We opened for Tides from Nebula in London which was incredible. Picking out just one track was tricky as “Safehaven” and From Voodoo to Zen are excellent from start to finish. Hans Zimmer and John Williams have influenced my writing for as long as I can remember, also Howard Shore’s score for The Lord of the Rings and the monsterverse soundtracks get an honourable mention! Telepathy and Coldbones are my favorite UK bands, we were due to support Telepathy in Coventry on their Burn Embrace tour before Covid hit. Hopefully we’ll end up playing shows with both bands in the future.
I opted to include a new track from Trna as it still captures the vibe of their previous material but is considerably shorter. The first draft of the playlist clocked in at 3,5 so it required some serious trimming!
Mountainscape are recording a live set at the end of this month (August) and have an awesome new t-shirt available on Bandcamp along with the second pressing of Acceptance on CD.
(You can also check out Daniel’s album Acceptance on Spotify)
Most of Amenra, Cult Of Luna and Neurosis tracks are obvious references for the music of Vesperine. We particularly find ourselves in these organic structures, always played with great intensity and high contrast, which ultimately result in pieces that stretch out over time.
Some of Metallica’s tracks (the Load period with notably “The Outlaw Torn”) and the first two Korn albums (with tracks like “Daddy” or “Good God”), are more distant influences, that come from the middle of the 90s, but which have remained important for us. Once again we find audacious structures, very non linear, with an intense performance full of energy and emotions.
In another register, Converge’s discography and state of mind represent the punk influence that we wish to give to the Vesperine project, a “raw” aesthetic, far from well-polished and ultra-produced musical creations.
The Impossibility Of Reason, Chimaira & Resurrection from Chimaira are albums we listened to a lot fifteen years ago. From this metal side that we always appreciate remains today the effectiveness of the riffs and the energy we put on stage.
Tool and the work of Maynard James Keenan (Puscifer, A Perfect Circle) are also major influences in the ability to conceive songs as something more than a sequence of chords and rhythmics.
Kowloon Walled City & Daughters are two more recent references. We discovered KWC during the recording of Espérer Sombrer, seeking inspiration for the treatment of the strings. The work done on the album Grievances is simply remarkable. Daughters, especially the album You Won’t Get What You Want, are to be credited for their ability to create a specific “sound” for themselves that is totally unique. The Daughters sound is recognizable among thousands and that’s what makes - among other things - the strength of a band.
(You can check out Vesperine’s album Esperine Sombrer on Spotify)
This was actually really hard to keep it to this length; it was four hours long first time round.
So the reason I/we picked these tracks? Some of the tracks like the one by Acrimony among others are a nod to our dearly missed bass player Bones - he loved those dudes!
The Jimmy Cake and the Rednecks take me back to the amazing live scene in Dublin (probably the reason I wanted to get into making music) in the very early 2000’s in Whelans and a few other great spots, so that’s why they’re in there and they are great tunes.
Tracks like “Sober”, “100%”, “Thumb”, “Junkhead” and “Everything’s Ruined” all blew my head off when I first heard them and they still do to a degree.
We’re all big Dax Riggs fans so we had to have some Acid Bath and some of his later stuff in there.
As for the rest of the tracks I can’t tell you hands down why I picked them, I guess they’re a very small bunch of my favourite tracks, like I said this wasn’t easy 😉 Dave
Here is a brief glimpse into the early and current inspirations spiralling around the Telepathy camp!
Some of these are all time favourite records (Fever Ray, Neurosis, Boards of Canada) and some are newer releases we are digging (Ulcerate, LLNN) and some from inspirations that we’re fortunate to play shows with across Europe and the UK (Rosetta, Orranssi Pazuzu)
We even included some bangers from the van (remember touring???). We’ll let you work out which those are!
We hope you’re keeping well and that Burn Embrace has provided at least some respite during the last 2 crazy years. Onwards and upwards, we hope to see you at a show soon!
[Note: Be sure to check out Simon’s review of their last album Burn Embrace!]
When Thorsten of Veil of Sound asked CMDR RIKR to compile a playlist of music accompanied by some annotations he specified: “About 150 words would be great.” Alright, we thought, we should be able to restrict our commentary to about that number for each track – but that’s not what he meant: we were given “between 150 – 250 words” IN TOTAL. Up to here, this has already been more than a third of that.
CMDR RIKR, like many other bands, is composed of nerds in their fields. Some years ago we had established the custom of gathering at one band member’s place to play each other a bunch of favourite tracks. Unfortunately, with the squiggles and wiggles of four different lives, this tradition in the making came to an inglorious end; maybe Thorsten’s invitation is our opportunity to revive it. Such an evening usually went like this: get together, talk, have a drink, get outside for a smoke, get inside again, grab some candy, sneak a track onto the HiFi system, and from there on it was just pure living-room-bumper-car-listening: one choice would provoke the next; the evening would become one long playlist, and afterwards everybody left with a few new items on his to-check-list.
Hopefully you’ll find a good “space” to play this compilation, and maybe you will be inspired at least some. The only thing that you are definitely going to miss is the accompanying talk. We were only given a maximum of 250 words. Have fun.
NOTE: It’s hard to combine the taste of each member in one consistent playlist so for this one we tried to stay focused on ’post’ related influences which make more sense here on Veil Of Sound. [If you would like to hear more eclectic influences from us we also have a ‘Top 20’ and a ‘Current Listening’ playlist on our Spotify profile.]
This playlist feels more and more intense from the start with Tides From Nebula until the end with Protest The Hero. (THE band that influenced our guitarist Adrien the most).
Why start with TFN? We feel kind of related to their sound on From Voodoo to Zen because of the way they blend electronic textures and guitar riffs but also because of the songs’ format: not that long (compared to the post-genre standard) for more impact. We like to keep our songs – even though it is instrumental rock – quite short with an almost pop structure at the end. It could also have been pg.lost in the first place to be honest.
We share a lot of influences of course but if we would have to associate some of these choices with our band members, our guitarists Adrien and Romain might be the heavier side of our band with some influences like Protest The Hero, Nine Inch Nails, Periphery or Rolo Tomassi. Our drummer Andrea is crazy about electronic sounds. He is the one programming most of the electronic parts for WWC and also produces dark techno music for the night with his project Subdivided. [Check out his remix of our song Valhalla - https://lnkfi.re/ValhallaRMX]. 65daysofstatic would be an obvious choice for him alongside with the French band Jean Jean which are excellent at melting electronic textures with math-rock riffs. On my side – bassist Tim – I used to listen to a lot of Russian Circles. Today, bands like Portico Quartet, Wang Wen or Floating Points are my thing. We also added more favorite releases from less-known artists such as Crosswhen with their immersive EP or Jakub Tirco and his amazing Noises & Colours.
We hope you will make some great discoveries with this playlist or at least dive deeper into our sound.
Thanks for having us VoS & thanks for listening you all!
Brother/Ghost - Unbelievable group (band) and unbelievable track
Amenra - I really love the album Alive. The way they have shifted some of their heavy tracks into acoustic settings is incredible.
Oathbreaker - I consider Rhea to be the most brilliant album of the preceding decade, in which the entire spectre of emotions is presented in ideal balance. If i could, I would include the entire album in this playlist.
Bare Wire Son - This is the discovery of the year for me!
Neurosis/Jarboe - I could have included any Neurosis track. But let it be something unusual.
Swans - This band possesses an inexplicable dark attraction. In an inexplicable way, as if they knew something about myself. Scary, and even a little frightening.
Sunn O))) & Ulver - For me, this is not just a musical group. This is art in its purest form.
Josef Van Wissum & Zola Jesus - The lute and vocals on this track create a very pretty and unusual atmosphere.
Anna von Hauswolff - In Russia, the organ is not a very common instrument, as it is not used in orthodox churches. However, I love the sound of that instrument. This track is indicative.
Steve von Till - His work and this track in particular provided a strong influence on early Offret.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Similarly, Nick Cave influenced me and this track is simply brilliant and well-known to all.
Nick Drake - I adore the chord progressions and the melody Nick Drake creates on this one.
The Black Heart Rebellion - This band is one of my main sources of inspiration. Har Nevo is an awesome album from start to finish.
Matt Elliott - Wonderful melody and choral singing. I tried to borrow the choral technique from Matt for my early Offret recordings.
Midway through a year spent mostly locked away at home and away from each other, we wanted our playlist to represent the feelings of anxiety and unease that come with the static nature of life in the current climate. It’s a mixture of some of our current favourite slabs of oppression from Sprain, Midwife and Alexis Marshall and some classic, formative influences on our music from Duster, Unwound and Tram. The tone is pretty dark with lots of droning textures and angular guitars, elements that are important to our sound and that we try to encompass wherever possible.
Note: Not all band members were able to give a short comment on their choices but all contributed immensely to their next record Ad Meliora which will be released later this month and is a dark horse for the best Post-Rock record of the year.
Each of these songs have a specific property that I took and put my own spin to it in different ways. Adam Neely calls it elemental composition. For example, I took the loud booming ambient chords from “East-The-Water” to inspire the introduction for “I’ve Grown, I’m Growing, I’m Still Unknowing”.
Poison The Well were an inspiration in my early drumming career. The intensity of the beats and the dynamics of the vocal melodies are very powerful. The drumming is perhaps not is not always the most complex patterns, but they are played in such a way that they elevate the songs and lift them to an exquisite level. The consistency, drones, and crescendos of Lantlos, give me a great feeling of progression and moving forward towards something great. I’m hit with good feels when listening. Julie Christmas’ vocals on the Cult Of Luna-record remind me of my sister Julie with her relentless badassness and it always gives me goosebumps. There’s not much to say about Russian Circles, all drummers know, it’s a benchmark of peak inspired drumming.
These songs all share elements of a dark and brooding tone that at some point progresses into a more uplifting emotional rise. Each expresses, in its own way, a difficult path from which a spark of hope can be found. As so does our album, we’ve attempted to express a message of darkness to light, despair to hope, and a way we can all move towards better.
As for my heaviest influence on my writing process for Ad Meliora, BFNF is at the top. I really didn’t have any outside influence other than what was right in front of my face. These guys had a well established album before I jumped into the mix. So I utilized input from their previous works, and took thoughts and feelings from my band mates to curate something that I felt would best fit the storyline. As for the small glimpse into my most favored artists and influence: Paramore has been a staple in my aspirations towards music. Circa Survive (and everything that Anthony Green touches really) inspires me endlessly. If I could have one super power, it would be lyricism that stands a match to that genius. Microwave, for me, always pushes the envelope on style and sound. Each project brings something new to the table. Nate also has a magical way with words that just gets better with each album. The transition between the two songs “Pull” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is so chilling.
The playlist contains a lot of experimental music. Because of having, instrument-wise, apart from the guitar also a viola da gamba background and listening to a lot of drone, MMMD are on that list. There are also some classics, which we like to listen to a lot: Pink Floyd, Dio, Comus. One special record for me: The band Yoga incorporated Black Metal influences in a very extraordinary way on Megafauna, a very important album for me.
The rest of the songs hopefully speaks for itself. There co-exist a lot of very diverse songs. But maybe that is also the interesting about it: That Wolfbrigade and György Ligeti follow each other closely representing completely opposite moods.
A little bit of everything for the springtime. A classic in Malo, an expansive update on jazz in Floating Points and Pharaoh Sanders, the doom of Big Brave and the creativity and experimentalism of Mammifer.
The new Mogwai is stellar. I’ve always been a massive fan, but “Ritchie Sacramento” is my favorite song of theirs since “Heroes of BMX”. Panopticon, “The Pit”, is a happy accident. I heard them randomly on a stream. I love when metal bands write great country tunes. The Automaton song opens the album with such power I couldn’t not include it here. And that Amon Tobin song is so amazing when the drums finally hit. Every one of these songs simply makes me smile in very different ways.
I love this new L’Rain track – very much looking forward to the full new album in June. I first heard L’Rain while on Dust Moth tour in NYC and was captured by how big and blended her work sounds. And that Juana Molina live album has got me pumped for the return of live shows!
Being a proponent of odd time signatures, synths and Vistalites, the new Genghis Tron record has been my favorite release this spring. The M83 track lacks percussion but makes up for it with keyboards that swell and evolve to create a massive spectrum of sound. The Godspeed You! Black Emperor track fills me with the desire to drive, location and return, unknown. The If These Trees Could Talk song, though not recent, doesn’t grow old.
Curse These Metal Hands – “High Spirits” This song is a real motivator for me. If I’m feeling down, I can put this on and it will lift my mood straight away. In the days when commuting to work was still a thing, I used to play this while going in early on a Monday morning to get me a bit less bummed about having to spend a day at the office. Added bonus that this band is a collab between friends from Conjuror and Pijn.
Slint - “Washer”: One of the first songs I taught myself to play on guitar. Very thankful to have been handed down a mix tape from older friends of friends with this beautiful sad song on it.
Bikini Kill - “Rebel Girl”: Probably the band that has inspired many many girls to grab a guitar or pair of drumsticks and go form a band. Well, that was the case for my girlfriends at school and I, no matter how terrible we were.
A Perfect Circle - “The Hollow”: Paz Lenchantin was a big inspiration for me. It was eye opening to see a woman with similar non-caucasion feature as me playing bass on stage like an absolute boss. The Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins were already on my radar. I loved Kim Deal and D’arcy but I could relate to Paz much more.
Cloakroom - “Seedless Star”: That bass tone is so good. Especially at the end. I love the combined vulnerability and heaviness this song has.
LSD and the Search for God - “I Don’t Care<”: One of the bands that helped me find my vocal timbre. Love the guitar sound on this too.
The Lemonheads - “It’s About Time”: Very reminiscent of long road trips. The Lemonheads are a tour bus playlist staple.
Pity Sex- “Wind-Up”: Brittany is another singer I listened to a lot when developing my singing voice. This is one of the first songs we jammed together in the early Slow Crush days as a try out with me on vocals.
Grivo - “Burnout”: Love this song. Love this band. Love everyone in it. The last tour we played was with Grivo on the US East Coast, coming home just a few weeks before lock down. Three very driven, hard-working and talented musicians. I miss them all very much. If you haven’t already, please check them out. You’ll thank me later.
All Partial– “Motion City Soundtrack”: This song makes me cry every single time. Originally by Radiohead but this version is so much better. I had it on repeat constantly the day it came out. Couldn’t get enough. All Partial is the piano-led ambient creation of our friend Nick, drummer from Pijn. We had a great time touring with Pijn in the early days and have since managed to coincidentally be in the same area to crash each other’s birthday parties.
FM-84 - “Running In The Night”: We love a bit of 80s synthpop. Another track that would often get thrown onto the playlist in the van. Instant summer vibes.
Lost Century Kid - “Neverending”: If you like Drab Majesty, you’ll love Lost Century Kid. Neverending hits all the feels. Warm, emotional vocals and a beat that gets you dancing. We love his redux version of Aurora. More tracks available on his Bandcamp page.
Soft Kill - “Whirl”: We had so much fun touring Europe with Soft Kill in November 2019. This track was the closer of their set. A special song for me as they asked me to stop dancing in the crowd and join them on bass for this one. What an honour!
This is what you get when you’re in a van with us driving from one venue to another. Joy, anger, sadness, beauty wrapped in songs, moods, talks in between, discussion, shared love and fights. A good song is a good song is a good song.
Jeroen: Cave In - ”Screaming In Your Sleep”: Delving through my old cd’s I was throwing out and came across some old gems, found out the album isn’t on Spotify - why universe why? So I chose Metallica! Aereogramme - ”Zionist Timing”: The desolation on this track still resonates, perhaps it’s the vocals being sang quiet and are somewhat over-present in the mix or it simply takes me back a bit]
Bas: Rope - “Human Resources”: I had this song on repeat for pretty much all of 2020. I love how restrained it is in all its heaviness. So much happening underneath the surface. Lido Pimienta - “Nada”: Immediately fell in love with the multitude of melodies. So much heartbreak, still radiating so much hope through the melodies. No idea what the song is about, but I can listen to it and feel like my heart is about to burst.
Vincent: M83 - ”Wait”:This song is with me for a long time now. I really like the melancholy and the sadness in the song. The extreme build-up with fulfilling eruption gives me goosebumps everything single time. Bleachers and Bruce Springsteen - ”Chinatown”: Bleachers (Jack Antonoff) has a special place in my heart. I really enjoyed 2014’s album Strange Desire to the max. This new single with the boss has a catchy melody, but with the soul of an old mans journey.
Niels: Rolling Stones - ”Gimme Shelter”: From the first time I heard this song as a little kid, I fell in love with (the voice of) Merry Clayton (background vocals on the song). The darkness and suspense when the bass guitar kicks in got me hooked for life! The story behind the song makes it even more powerful. I can (and do) listen to this song on repeat and never get tired of it. Oceansize - ”You can’t keep a bad man down”: Oceansize, to me, is a band where I cannot understand why they’re not one of the biggest bands in the world. This song catches me off guard every time I hear it. So many songs in one. It never gets old. How the vocals dance over the music.
Wouter: The Shaking Sensations - ”End of Hope”: Just discovered this band about a month ago and can’t stop listening to them since. The high energy drums and guitar parts, which are clean a lot of the time, really lift me up when listening to it. It also makes me drive too fast. The whole album is great and really takes you on a journey. Caspian - ”Ishmael”: On Circles is one of my favorite albums from 2020. And this song is one of the best in my opinion. From the gentle opening with very interesting string parts, building all the way up to a majestic and grandiose feeling track.
These tracks represent a small portion of the music that has moved us and inspired us throughout our lifetimes. The new album is equal parts heavy, ambiance, and melancholy, and reflects our mood on the current state of the world and how fractured everything often seems. But we have to push on; it’s what we do as a species.
Beherit: we love Beherit because of their psychedelic nature. And their brutality of course.
Tiamat: we love Tiamat because of their brutality on the early albums. And their psychedelic nature later on of course.
Black Magic: actually I wanted to include the song “Demon Lord”, but that one wasn’t available. This is pure Iron Maiden Paul Di’Anno worship, sounding more eighties than any NWOBHM band.
Ashbury: perfect when you go free-hiking, putting out your tent, while having a whiskey. It’s as cheesy as your socks during that trip though. The Fleetwood Mac of hard rock.
Angel Witch: another singalong. Should be known.
Reverend Bizarre: our bass player QW has toured with them a couple of times, how lucky can you be? Although we don’t have that many influences directly from them, they’re one of my faves. Maybe we share their not-giving-a-fuck.
Burning Witch: next to Darkthrone my most favorite band. Not their slow pace is of influence to us, but rather their sound - raw, heavy and natural.
Unearthly Trance: I really enjoyed their early albums, they were one of the first mixing black metal and sludge/doom, and have been a huge influence in our very beginnings.
Tangorodrim: pure Darkthrone Panzerfaust worship from Israel. Always listen a lot to these guys before recording to get in the right mood.
Oksennus: if Ornette Coleman would play death metal after eating magic mushrooms it would sound like these fins.
Wulkanaz: like a mix between Arckanum, Vondur and Lugubrum. One of the most interesting BM artists of the last decade. Check also his other projects Wagner Ödegard and Karnilapakte.
Turia: our good friends from the Netherlands. Very original and inspiring. They would have fit in the league of Fleurety, Solefald and Forgotten Woods when they released their demos.
Golden Ashes: another good friend from the Netherlands, Maurice from Gnaw Their Tongues. One of his zillion projects. This one is really dream-like, while not forgetting he’s playing a black metal band. No Alcest puberty emotions here.
Sort Vokter: when Alkerdeel started, our aim was to mix Corrupted with Ildjarn. Sort Vokter was a project where Ildjarn was also involved in. If Bob from Twin Peaks would play a black metal band, it would sound like Sort Vokter. This is an instrumental outro though, which closes this compilation nicely.
Jeroen Pede (Alkerdeel)
I chose some of my favourite tracks that I consider important to me to write music in my own style. There are few not very well known bands like Follow the White Rabbit or Niverlare, but they are totally worth checking out! It’s hard to choose tracks sometimes if you really like the band. Like with Meshuggah - I guess I like everything by Meshuggah, so I just decided to choose the ones that I play a lot myself.
“There’s no theme to this playlist per say. We tried not to overthink it and just picked some songs that we love.” Timelost
Compiling a playlist is always a difficult endeavor, but even more so when you need to divide a limited amount of minutes between people with diverse musical preferences. We could have easily mimiced Mike Scheidt during Yob’s 2010 Roadburn set and told you ‘we have selected four songs and that will be one hour’.
Choosing is always losing, but we ultimately decided to each contribute four songs. Although the playlist contains bands from different genres we feel that they all excel in creating a particular type of atmosphere, ranging from the dreamy vibes of Slow Crush and the rhythmic pounding of Russian Circles all the way to the complete and utter chaos of Altarage.