InOrgAnic “Dark Places” Review + Stream…

InOrgAnic

Dark Places – Digital Download

Self Released – released November 28, 2018

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr

 

Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Members:
Medavon DeRaj’e – Vocals, lead/rhythm guitars, programming, drums and production
Michael X. Christian – Composition, rhythm/melody/acoustic guitars, bass, synths and keyboards

 

 

Review:

Having previously heard both of these guys, in their individual projects, Medavon, the purveyor of ‘hellrock’ that he puts forth with Lockjaw and Murder Love God, and Michael’s is as a solo artist, the bassist for Pound of Flesh, vocalist for Misery Machine and lists ‘Instrumentalist’ with The Insect Pins, each unique in approach, tone and content. I decided it best to go into this record trying not to let my familiarity with their previous output taint my palette for this 6-track long voyage into a collaboration not witnessed before. In their own words to describe this project, quote “There are happy places and there are dark places. This album takes a journey into the dark recesses of the mind, while trying to maintain the proper amount of optimism to see the sun again. “ enquote. And then I pushed play…

Slow fade in as “The Art Of Letting Go” sets the tone, dark and menacing with a slower tempo, nuance intact, Medavon gives from his core with his sig vocal delivery that seems touched in a clarity in the mix that adds to the final product. “Dark Places” enters with a softness that is like a wet razor-blade in it’s inherent sweetness that belies each forward as ‘It’s getting cold…’ I could almost feel the temperature drop with the words. Less than 9 minutes in and I am rapt in, no need to go anywhere but here!!

“Conflict” starts off with an almost ‘clean’ guitar, slight reverb for presence but with the slightly quickened tempo from the last two, it adds a feel that seems to give an ‘upbeat’ feel with lyrics as sardonic as any put forth previously from either… “The conflict’s on, dismember”. The corner of my mouth curled in delight.

“Bleeding Out” is something lush and languid in essence and is still dripping in ‘dark sun and rain’, just another day…’ and shows a depth of musicianship in the arrangement and delivery from each to almost, dare I say it, make this release even more ‘accessible’ than any previous from either, this speaking to the average fan as well as the hardcore’s and long-time fans of. The implication being snapped-up the moment it, this record, is experienced.

“Pale” enters as it should, a seeming later-evening tale of confrontation without confronting, just stating the brutal truth, asking for the same with each query, knowing the shadows hide nothing. Pure Medavon tale-weaving and is followed perfectly by “Exhaustion”, which as the fastest cadenced composition with transitions that flow in precisely sliced sections and that keep you rapt, the volume having reached max.

The mix is top-notch, the arrangements are captivating and the aforementioned musicianship shown by these individuals, in a project said to have started back in 2014 all leads to the same conclusion… perfect timing in a year that is already lacking much ‘substance’, this is one you HAVE to sink your teeth into, savoring each drop that runs down your chin. Each track stands on it’s own and together, this is not a snack but a meal to share. Get it out to all in your fold and support them in any project you are given the chance to witness… keep it LOUD!!

Notes & Links:

Lyrics by Medavon DeRaj’e (c)2018 MurderLoveGodMusic/BMIMusic Music by Michael X. Christian (c)2018 AlmostChristianMusic. A Dark Drug Records Production.

https://www.facebook.com/InOrgAnicMusic/videos/239422013385294/ (Medavon recording vocals)


Murder Love God “The Negative” Album Review + Video + Stream…

MURDER LOVE GOD

The Negative EP – Digital Download

Self Released – July 11, 2017

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr

 

Formed 2007

Location –  Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA

Line-Up
Medavon DeRaj’e – vocals, music, production and creation (Murder Love God / LOCKJAW)
Jeremy Gardipee – modular synth and keys (Insekt)

Previous Releases 

2007 “Sell Me Your soul”

2011 “Killing Time V2.0”

2013  “Alter of Evolution”

 

Review:

The first time I heard Murder Love God, was a few months after we had gone to see Milwaukee’s own LOCKJAW for the fourth or fifth time and Medavon had shared an advance with my wife of an album he was working on. While listening, the first thing we noticed was that the feel was even darker and deeper as Medavon was perfecting the blue print for the style known as “Hell Rock”, a mixture of all parts industrial/rock/electronica with a twist of trip-hop thrown in. When recently asked to describe the ethos behind Murder Love God, Medavon replied,

“Undefined and unexplained pieces of rotting parts floating down the sewer to a destination unknown. Excessive thoughts and complaints portrayed through music from a sometimes twisted perspective. These fragments are broken and often bitter but hopefully a few will find them comforting or entertaining.” Each previous release, including the remix’s have been pretty incredible in their own right and hinted at ‘something more’ looming in the shadows, and with this EP, that ‘more’ is finally revealed for the masses. Five tracks, 22+ minutes and this one was released as ‘parts’ over the course of the beginning of this year, coming together as an EP released on 7-4-17.

Live Band Pic

Opener ‘Bipolar’ comes right out of the gate with that familiar staggered tempo that grabs your attention and refuses to let go as the stark-dark twists around you immediately as you grasp onto the consuming keys that seem to linger just out of reach and still, right there as Medavon’s ethereal vocals seem to come at you from all directions as you grab every letter of every word that flows forth and as the body falls into disarray as the song itself, and everything else winds to… nothing.

‘Can’t Look Away’ opens with a slightly faster tempo and Medavon busts right into a rapid-fire vocal that to my ears is a new twist that rides the cascades of ghostly guitar tones delivered with a  surgical precision that gives the body of this track the added feature of ‘plush’ that has never entered the MLG camp in such a manner and even the harmonics mixed with the pick-slides are an indulgence that fills the air to an even higher level of ‘completeness’ to make this one of the most concise songs to come from Medavon’s hand yet.

And then comes ‘Fire Walker’, the longest song contained on this offering and is the pick for the video teaser. This is the exact song to give a complete smattering of the flavors contained here in and shows the growth and purity that musically demonstrates a confidence earned and a maturity in the arrangements and running order that were there before, but not quite to the level that this release is burning with. ‘Cannibal’ is even more of the progressions that while natural, seem second nature here flavored expertly with the seasonings of the life-blood of…

Band Pic 2

Standout track on this one for ME, is the closer ‘Devil’s Favorite’. Shortest offering included, it has everything I look for and devour greedily from a Medavon composition; a relentless beat, full bodied and driving and that special lyrical twist given as only he can do with flair and rage all given with the roar of the master-purveyor of Hell-Rock, delivering with “To taste it, don’t waste it, just touch the sky and shake it…” and the tone is one of need as you have to run along to savor each drop of this glass of absinthe-stained tears to the very last.  If it doesn’t hit you between the eyes once you have traversed from first note to last, Medavon has a response for that as well…

“That is acceptable….my comfort is failed and my soul has been sacrificed by desire. Please enjoy my testimony.” Listen once, drink deep from his veins as he has poured them once more into his art and feel it flow through you… “A musical acid trip on the industrial tip.” he said.

If this is your first sample of, then by all means GET IT ALL like, YESTERDAY!! If you are already one of the ‘aware’, add this to your library and share it with ALL in your personal realm. Support them live if you are given the chance, and keep it LOUD!!

Links:
http://www.facebook.com/darkdrugrecords

http://www.facebook.com/mlgmusic

http://www.soundcloud.com/murderlovegod

http://www.reverbnation.com/murderlovegod


New Album Review – ATTALLA “Glacial Rule”

ATTALLA 

Glacial Rule – Vinyl / CD / DD

100% DIY – Release Date:  March 24, 2017

Hailing from a state known for the invention of the solid-body electric guitar, some of the most notorious serial killers, five-month long ruthless winters and more bars than churches, ATTALLA doesn’t have to look far for inspiration. Starting in late 2012 in Oshkosh Wisconsin, with roots in punk and hardcore, its members applied their DIY ethos to a style of music that had fueled their earlier endeavors but had yet to be fully harnessed. Drawing influences from Black Sabbath to Black Flag, ATTALLA trudges forward, spreading their strain of rock’n’roll to future sufferers of tinnitus. Set for release 3-24-17, “Glacial Rule” is the second release from ATTALLA that features Cody Stieg – Lead Guitar/Vocal, Brian Hinckley – Rhythm Guitar, Bryan Kunde – Bass and James Slater – Drums and was funded by the band themselves, no kickstarter nonsense for these guys,  again, keeping with that DIY mindset.

 

Band Pic

 

Opener ‘Butte Des Morts’ comes on strong out of the gate, thick bass and dual guitars pounding along with drums as heavy and resonating as any stoner/doom/punk hybrid can deliver forcing your head to move in reflex as the tone is set and the pace unrelenting throughout the three minutes of pure musical muscle flexing until Cody’s voice comes at you like you are in CBGB’s during the NY hardcore days of the early 90’s.  It feels like home through the soloing that carries you to the pause that, stops and then one measure more and ‘Ice Harvest’ starts with the ultra-distorted guitar that has become prevalent and runs for 5 full measures before the rest of the band joins in with a staggered drum line and slurred sliding chords that threaten to slam you into the wall and blow your eardrums in the ‘cold of the night, and traps your soul under ice.’ The vocal delivery sounds stripped down to the core and suits this song perfectly, translating the feeling of the cold that creeps into everything when it gets THAT cold. Having lived in that region myself, I could almost hear the air freezing as it does when. Almost nine minutes long, this opus delivers as promised from the first note to the last and ‘Valderan’ is the perfect ‘next’ track. ‘Black Wolf Rituals’ is perfect from the lone guitar progression that carries the first measure and into the rest of the band jumping right on with this sludge-fest of lumbering bass tones and harmonic squeals. The entire body of this track has that thickness to it again that we started with and is heavy enough the walk on as you follow each word across the ethereal pulsing of the notes that seemingly carry you along above the frozen wasteland below and then ‘Devil’s Lake’ comes in at double the speed complete with a searing solo as in your face as you could want it that same pace dropping to half time as the first word escapes.

 

Band Logo

 

If you have been to this particular location, this dirge describes the hill climbs and trails leading to the water itself almost too well making the images described almost surreal for me as I have been to the water and know the legends and tales contained there in. Title track and album closer ‘Glacial Rule’ starts off soft and slow until you suddenly hear two different droning ‘bees’ enter slowly from the background and take full volume as the power chords during the staccato pace put forth for this seven minute plus tome that delivers all elements of the previous five songs into one more glorious composition that is the complete package that ATTALLA has become with “Glacial Rule.” Grab your copy of this one as soon as released and if you get the chance, go support them in a live setting!!

https://attallawi.bandcamp.com/album/glacial-rule

Words by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr