Psy:Code “MØRKE” Album Review + Stream + 360degree Video…

Psy:Code

MØRKE – Vinyl // Digital Download

Independent – Released – July 29th, 2017

Reviewed by Mike Hackenschmidt

 

Lineup:
Schou/ Vocals
SteiN / Guitar
JezpR / Guitar
Dag / Bass
Gøtsche / Drums

 

 

Review:
Psy:Code is a Danish modern hardcore / deathcore act who recently signed to Pavement Entertainment. Mørke is their 3rd independent release that’s created a stir of interest just before their recent signing. According to their website, it’s been a dream of Psy:Code’s to go to America and play their music and between signing with an American label and the scene’s current fascination with deathcore and grind core, the timing couldn’t be better for Psy:Code to realize their aspirations.

Starting with the cover, I’m not exactly sure what they’re going for with this one. The plant and the head and the skull… no clue. I was hoping translating the album title would shed some light on this. Ironically, Mørke is Danish for darkness. I guess that’s where I’m going to stay on this one for now. Maybe one of my readers can explain it to me? I love symbolism when I’m smart enough to get the reference.

Musically, this album starts with some slow guitars, slightly off-tune guitars for a few seconds before going hard and heavy. Schou growl-screams his way through the album Anselmo-style; though there are some periodical clean backing vocals for effect. How original that is? Well… I’d tend to say not very.

Where I think Psy:Code is going to garner most of their fans is from the technical guitar work from SteiN and/or JezpR. To be honest, there’s not much indication who’s playing the lead here so it could be one or the other or both. While the capitalization seems random the song structure tends to be more technical and progressive. This is an area where my expertise is extremely limited, though I can say that the guitar has six strings… except when it doesn’t.

Pro Band Pic

Interestingly, to write and compose Mørke, Psy:Code recluded themselves to a cabin in the Swedish wilderness. If the story in their Riven video is truth, the plan was to make some awesome metal. Instead, they got drunk. I can’t say how many times this has happened to me. Not the part about the Swedish cabin or the part about making awesome metal… just the getting drunk part. Perhaps you can relate? Anyway, what came out doesn’t appear to be the work of drunken fools so I assume they were just kidding. That or I need to start writing shit down when I have a few beers in me. I can hardly operate a pen sober… so maybe not?

Lyrically speaking, I’m not sure what they’re singing. I scoured the internet for lyrics but the best I could find was a lyric video for Riven. They seem to like this song, as this is 2nd video I could find for it. Riven seems to be about being scarred by a vicious former lover or perhaps an over-bearing parent. I’m a little confused but the recurring line “I can’t receive”. I don’t know how this ties into the rest of the words.

In conclusion, Psy:Code is a hard hitting band and  Mørke is a hard hitting album that’s going to appeal to those who enjoy a more technical sound. I believe some will criticize it for lacking variety, which might be a legitimate concern for those who like me who can’t follow the progression. In this case, I think you either get it or you don’t. Check them out and see what you think.

Additional Links:
http://www.psycode.info/

https://psycode.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/psycodedk/

https://www.youtube.com/user/PsycodeDK


LLNN & WOVOKA ‘Marks/Traces’ Split Review & Full Stream

LLNN/WOVOKA
Split – CD//Vinyl
Pelagic Records – Relase Date: June 16th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

LLNN’s and WOVOK’s Marks/Traces split will see release June 16th via Pelagic Records on CD, LP, and digital formats. It remains to be seen if the planet’s fans of atmospherically dense, crushing doom heaviness are able to withstand this bleakly oppressive effort. The seven song Split sees Copenhagen, Denmark’s LLNN contributing six of those selections while Los Angeles, California’s WOVOKA add one rather lengthy number themselves. But it is the results that matter here I suppose and in this case, those are impressive…perhaps depressive too for some but either way, this is textural doom in all of it’s glorious greatness.

The beginning of the Split does so with the superb LLNN track ‘The Guardian‘, a melding of post-hardcore and noise rock with obvious doom and metallic overtones. The track’s rhythmic, pattern-like pulses act like a slow-grooving juggernaut rendering all before it asunder. Tribal drumming and intermittent walls of sound host the acidic vocalizations that permeate the song. Subsequent cuts like ‘Swarms’ and the blast furnace ferociousness of ‘Engineer Of Ire‘ only drag you further downward into the mire of this sludgened bog. The stand-out content provided by LLNN definitely is delivered in the back-to-backs tracks ‘Nostromo Falls‘, ‘Eye Of The Covenant‘ and ‘Gravitated‘. The latter one an instrumental delivering a slow deluge of electronica, rumbling undercurrents of bottom-end heaviness and shadowy, eerie vibes altogether. There are haunting vocal chants that remain ethereal and quite ghostly as well.

Traces‘ is WOVOKA‘s one lone, long-playing selections at over seventeen minutes playing time. After a brief intro piece, a barrage of molasses-molded riffs, skull crushing rhythms and drums driven by what sounds like axehandle-hewn strikes arrive. Hellish, anguished vocals cascade from within the cacophony, flowing across turbulent tempos and resting harshly upon your soul. Everything feels as if it is gradually increasing, building ever so subtly like a slow rising tide that will eventually overcome you..and it does. Aggressive transmittances ebb and flow, rise and crash within this swirl of tidal tonality until a break point is reached. From it, things settle into a less chaotic state as some massive bass lines and tightly wound drums take the reigns. Eventually they are accompanied by some intriguing, emotionally-enhanced clean vocals as the cut takes on a more definitive alternative, almost showgaze-y styling of post-rock content.

The pairing of these two bands on this Split from Pelagic Records is an ideally intelligent move. Both LLNN and WOVOKA work well in complimenting each others’ contribution. While there’s currently just a track from each band above (a press promo copy of the album was used for this review), it is more than enough for you to fathom exactly what we are dealing with here. ‘Marks/Traces‘ is a volatile offering that is simultaneously dangerous and daring for all the parties involved..them, you, me, us..everyone. See all ordering links below.

For Fans Of: Cult Of Luna, Neurosis, ISIS, Amenra

North America:
CD: http://pelagicrecords.indiemerch.com/item/45849
Vinyl: http://pelagicrecords.indiemerch.com/item/45848

EU:
CD: http://www.pelagic-records.com/?p=11628
Vinyl: http://www.pelagic-records.com/?p=11621

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


THE WHITE SWAN Announces Digital Release ‘The White’ EP; Available With Debut EP On Ltd. Ed. Vinyl

Out of the blue came news that Kittie drummer Mercedes Lander was involved in a new project last year, The White Swan. She sings and plays guitar fronting the atmospheric doom band alongside bassist Kira Longeuay and guitarist Shane Jeffers. Their self-titled EP debut, Anubis, was immensely well-received last year and garnered large amounts of positive critiques, from myself included. Now, The White Swan has just checked in with this new update:

“The White Swan’s new EP and last year’s critically acclaimed Anubis EP together on one limited edition 12″ record. Available on purple wax, it’s dirty sludge synth rock with knobs turned to 11. This is a pre-order, the album will ship mid to late July. Includes digital pre-order of The White. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.”

Digital album releases June 9th. Item ships out on or around July 15th. Limited edition of 300 and you can pre-order/purchase here.

You can check out the new track, ‘North Carolina‘, below along with the astounding Anubis EP as well.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

TWS EP
Tracklist:

1. North Carolina
2. Lions
3. The White


SPARROWMILK ‘Articles Of Separation’ Review & Stream

SPARROWMILK
Articles Of Separation: CD//DD
Kultland Recordings 
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Sparrowmilk are an instrumental trio based out of Cleveland, Ohio, one that possesses members of such notable acts at Venomin James, Doomstress and Ancient VVisdom. They specialize in a darker style of metallic-tinged Post-Rock with some rather spacey elements embedded within in. Drummer Tomasz Scull, guitarist Joe Fortunato and bassist Erin Lung explore some wide expanses in their music and aren’t afraid to engage in some experimental risk taking. The best possible example of this is their newly released full-length debut for Kultland Recordings, ‘Articles Of Separation‘. The 9-song record is an amalgamation of diverse genre-fusing that plays out with seeming intentionally abstract, yet profound, compositions.

The far-reaching realms explored on this album begin with the sludge-ish alternative rock of ‘Mars In The 7th House‘. The song’s more haunting atmospherics add a sense of mystique to its underlying, subdued doom vibes. Moments of groove-fueled, tight knit levity in the music breaks things up at specific points. Those doomier elements are more in the forefront of songs like ‘Western Reserve‘, ‘Wolf Egg‘ and the crushing album closing cut ‘Teeth Of The Hound‘.

Two of the heaviest tracks here, ones that are possibly my favorites of all, are the depth treading ‘Book Of Armaments‘ and it’s follow up, ‘Sons Of Neptune‘. The doom traits remain rather prevalent in both but they’re bolstered by obvious Southern-influenced flare impacting both cuts. They reverberate with heavily sludgened tones that are then offset with interludes of lighter fare. That’s what I was referring to earlier when I attached the label “abstract” to this music for you never quite know what to expect next. But if unusual, or better yet, uniqueness, is the name of the game then Sparrowmilk provide it in abundance on another pair of songs, ‘Black Night Satellite‘ and the psychedelia-laden ‘Hollow Moon‘. The latter unfurls touches of heady lulls in the music before injecting undiluted energy into them. Those shots result in temporal spans where upbeat tempos and time signatures take hold for a bit more animated musicality.

Lyrics..vocals..who needs’em?  I assure you their absence has absolutely no negative effect on the power and resound of Sparrowmilk‘s ‘Articles Of Separation‘. For sheer staying power in your player and mind both, this album provides more than enough diversity and sonic intrigue to keep you coming back for more. To begin that experience now, check it out via the Bandcamp embed below.


SWALLOW THE SKY Shares Visualizer For ‘The Shepherd’

Tri-State (TN./VA./N.C.) outersound heavyweights Swallow The Sky have issued their visualizer for the track ‘The Shepherd‘. The song hails from the band’s acclaimed 2016 release, ‘Result Of Infinite Series‘, and displays the band’s ability to meld multifaceted aspects into their music. Both aurally atmospheric yet darkly dense, the band channels strongly hallucinogenic properties sound-wise and visually in the presentation above.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker