There are many bands that draw inspiration from the mysterious, dreamlike, simply weird world of the American novelist H. P.Lovecraft. One such band can be found also on the Czech scene, though you would look for it in vein within the metal genre. What we refer to is POSTCARDS FROM ARKHAM, a post-rock project, whose mastermind is Marek “Frodys” Pytlik, who arose from the iconic North Moravian doom act DISSOLVING OF PRODIGY, as well as from the melodic death metal band AWRIZIS. Now PFA return with their second studio album with a cryptic fateful title “ÆØN5” that will take you to the world of lucid dreaming beyond angled space, where a different music of the spheres reigns supreme.
Already the first album of POSTCARDS FROM ARKHAM, entitled “Oceanize”, was a breath of fresh air on the Czech not only metal scene. “ÆØN5” goes way further. Once again, maestro Frodys took care of all music and instrumentation and conjured up a unique mix of nostalgic and poetic post-rock sound combined with a horror narrative. Here and there even an isolated black metal scream appears, more often however a splendidly sounding spoken word, uttered for example by the diva Lenka Machová from ADOR DORATH, who besides that participated on the visual and lyrical side of the album. State-of-the-art production was brought in by Libor Kukula from MetalGate
Howard Philips Lovecraft and his “weird fiction” is one those instances that show how whimsical fate can be. Neglected in life and delegated to the margins of pulp literature, today a literary icon, whose work serves as an inspiration to countless other artists across the cultural spectrum. The Czech scene is not an exception. Take POSTCARDS FROM ARKHAM for example, a post-rock/metal project by Marek Frodys Pytlik that translates Lovecraft’s legacy into its music, and that is now releasing under MetalGate Records its already third studio album entitled “MANTA”. Those who are familiar with PFA, may be surprised that the new album is somewhat darker and rawer than its predecessors. It is so because the intent was to create a counterpoint to the previous piece “ÆØN5”, both music-wise and theme-wise. While “ÆØN5” built on Lovecraft’s so-called “dream cycle”, which are stories having as their common denominator phantasmal dreamscapes that make them in a way lighter and more colorful compared to the rest of his works, “MANTA” heads into the utterly nonhuman and unfathomable cosmic voids of Lovecraftian cosmology – that is, into vistas ruled by the Demonic Sultan Azathoth, Lord of All, and to which to gain entrance entails transgressing the boundaries of the angled space, which is to say to leave behind that which we perceive as reality. Hence the contrast.
Joe is the former leader of instrumental rock space ship, Ruined Machines. He is currently making a live record within the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Two preliminary mixes from ‘Peace Talks,’ a record currently being lived and recorded. Drawing from post-rock and longform compositional influence, the storytelling heard in the sound is the core of what’s to be experienced.
In the middle of México, in the Capital of the Country, north of the so called “City of Hope” Rafael Gtz. Under the nickname: Elvaan Ibanfure rises as an alternative with a totally aggressive, contradictory and defiant proposal for the social context in which it develops.
Elvaan Ibanfure, with a long career as a musician and singer with some of the most unique and original bands in México (All You Hate) and Arda is now exploring the music world as a solo artist, confronting his own mind and maturity, maturity that has been cause and result of some series of tragedies and events that, with time, allowed him to extend his consciousness and made him aware about social decadency, which goes over borders and infest the whole planet.
Upon the reality in which he lives, a strong feeling of impotence arises, that began to take form in his mind and heart, in front of the apparent inevitable destruction of life, men, nature and universal virtues, and then realizing that the only possible way to make a significant change in the environment, it’s creating a massive “wake up” expressed in one of the branches of the human language… Music.
Elvaan then created a rich universe in which all of his songs take place, the world of "Nothing" where an accidental god soon realizes that his creation should not be taken lightly.
This is the world of "Sheol"
Elvaan Ibanfure tempts people to be free to love and hate, without prejudices, always searching the evolution of the spirit & never to give up.
Several demo songs are now under his sleeve, and now Elvaan Ibanfure launches his first official material, under the name of "The Wolves Are No Longer Howling". A 5 minute instrumental opus that transcends the borders of Rock & Metal, showing the world, his unique and singular style of aggressiveness, despair, pain, hate, love and thirst of justice and change. With catchy and powerful guitars, deep and vibrant bass lines, explosive drums charged with rhythm and the finesse and class of strings and brass sections makes it clear that this is music for the intelligent, music for the elite. This is his new vision of Metal, his particular vision of Music.
Whalezord was born in Silesia region, Poland, in early 2016, originally as a trio. Until the late 2016 few songs were written and then the band had to decide about their direction and pick up a vocalist for the project. More screaming / growling approach was chosen and thus Whalezord started it's life as a real band, writing more and more material.
Remaining loyal to their hard-core and even punk origins, Whalezord members pick passion over anything else, mixing genres and following the path of continuous deconstruction. Deconstruction here is regarded as a tendency to dissect and dissolve parts of songs, adding not obvious influences and staying focused more on the flow than on a form.
Surfacing EP is the first release of Whalezord, containing three different songs to reflect various inspirations and flows. On Surfacing EP you can find three poems, sang and played with an individual flavour, reflecting band's attitude to art, poetry and immerse experience that reading poems whilst listening to music is for its members. All Whalezord's songs are inspired by poetry and contain poems instead of lyrics. Surfacing EP is no different and you can find following poems here:
1. Passing - Wisława Szymborska (Polish poet) - Cat in an empty apartment
2. Shore - Pablo Neruda (Chilean poet) - Here I love you
3. Surfacing, part I - Lewis Caroll (English poet) - Dreamland
BOG is a four-piece post-metal band from Vienna, Austria, founded by Tim Primbs as an emotional outlet to cope with several experiences with death. Narrative arcs follow the woven dynamics of the sound. Sonic leitmotifs, ambient layers, and authentic songwriting create an unmistakably unique sound.
GroundBurst is an instrumental rock trio whose sound strikes for the band’s kaleidoscopic approach and wide-open mindset. The band consists of Phil, Si, and Erik, respectively on guitars, bass & keys, and drums. These three talented musicians set out to create a lush, diverse and textural musical backdrop, borrowing from influences as diverse as electronic music, psychedelia, rock and even jazz with a minimalistic flair. Their recent release, “Triad” is an EP featuring 3 original compositions, as the title of the release might lead you to guess!
These Are Truly The Last Days is a musical project with a driven experimental twist. Their music blurs the lines between various genres, including ambient, electronica, glitch hop, and more. The project’s self-titled studio effort features 11 studio tracks.