Music

Olane Interview – Primal, Spontaneous Music

Genre: World, Spontaneous, Primal

Location: Lyon France

Group Members: Héli Andrea and Quentin Thomas

When Héli Andrea put the first song of her band Olane on the Metal-Gaia facebook, I was pleasantly surprised to find a musical project that reminded me heavily of Dead Can Dance, and somewhat of Wardruna. The song I listed above is their first, but there is more to come.

Below is a discussion I had with Héli about the project.

MG: First of all, what are your influences in your music? And what themes are you trying to convey?

HA: I listen to many types of music, a lot of metal, ambient, classical, jazz… And I love to travel in my imagination when I listen to world music like Indian Carnatic songs, Mongol voices, strong ethnic drums or even Celtics songs. I composed Olane with Quentin Thomas, and we both share a passion for film music too.

What I try to do in Olane is to create spontaneously, without any thought about what it means. I’m not trying to talk about concrete issues. I just want to share a feeling. In Olane I want to spread this feeling of strength coming from the earth under our feet. Like something really deep-rooted in us.

When I sing this song, I feel like I’m traveling somewhere, far away.

MG: Are you influenced by groups like Dead Can Dance?

HA: To be honest, I know Dead can Dance since yesterday! Someone told me that Olane was in the same style, so I checked this out and it’s great! I was not influenced by them, but being compared to their style is really nice.

MG: Haha yes, that’s what your style reminded me of as well. What are you and Quentin’s plans for future songs?

HA: Now we are working on another song which will be maybe more epic. To me, it will be interesting to put other types of voices in this one. We consider this as a musical crash test, everything is possible, we can move from a country to another, from a period to another in our music.

I want to try many types of voices, many instruments. We are like kids who have eaten too much sugar. We don’t think about what we do, but it’s really fun! Plus, for the next song I would love to make a video with “Above Chaos,” who is a talented artist. He made all the visuals for the current project.

LINKS

OLANE FACEBOOK

VIDEO ON YOUTUBE


Mesmur’s “S” – Funeral Doom Metal Sound of the Universe’s Demise

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Funeral Doom Metal

Location: USA

Themes: Entropy, Space, The Cosmos, Destruction, Chaos

“A singularity is the point in a black hole where density becomes infinite, space-time bends, and the laws of physics as we know them cease to operate.

This is the perfect way to describe Mesmur’s newest album “S,” an infinitely dense soundscape that bends space and time around the listener. A meandering funeral dirge through the chaotic void that is the universe. A universe that was doomed from the start.”

This is a review I did for Dark Art Conspiracy. Check out the rest of my review HERE

What I didn’t get to mention in my review is that entropy has four phases. I think that this album has four songs to reflect the four phases of entropy. Entropy is represented by “S” and is the measurement of disorder in a system. The idea of having an album focused on creating the sound of entropy is fucking brilliant in my humble opinion.

 


New Arch Enemy – “The World is Yours”

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Location: Sweden

Lyrical Themes: Darkness, Humanity, Anti-religion, Rebellion, Society

Brand spankin’ new Arch Enemy, fresh off the presses. Up beat and killer. Love Alissa’s outfit too (I want it). The only thing I can criticize is the one problem that I usually have with Arch Enemy songs, that the transition between some of the riffs seems odd, but overall, good stuff with a positive message.


REVIEW: AZARATH (WITH BEHEMOTH DRUMMER) – IN EXTREMIS

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A review I did on the Polish metal band Azarath on the Dark Art Conspiracy website. A great band for those who love Behemoth and Vader.

CHECK OUT REVIEW: REVIEW: AZARATH – IN EXTREMIS

GIVE THE BAND A LISTEN


Gorgoroth – Sign of an Open Eye

Genre: Black Metal

Themes: Satanism, Anti-Christianity, War, Darkness

Location: Norway


Eerie. Dark. Atmospheric. Primordial. All good terms for this song.

Gorgoroth is a Norwegian black metal band formed by guitarist Infernus. The band has drawn controversy by performing concerts featuring impaled sheep heads and mock crucifixions.

Here’s more on the name:

“Gorgoroth ‘Dreadful Horror’ (The Sindarin or Grey-elven tongue) – A word in the Grey-elven tongue, used for two different locations, distinct in time and space…. the second instance is the name of the ‘Haunted Plains’ of Mordor; the great plateau which occupied the north-western area of that country, a desolate, arid land, pocked with craters and fuming pits and riven with many deep crevasses. In the centre of the plain rose the smouldering cone of the volcano Orodruin.” (Encyclopedia Metallum)


RELATED LINKS

Gorgoroth Official Site

Gorgoroth Facebook

Concerts


Rainbow – Man on the Silver Mountain (Happy 420)

Band Country of Origin: The UK

Genre: Heavy fucking metal

Lyrical Themes: Fantasy, Rock (early), Relationships, Love

Happy 420 metal heads! I hope you all left out cookies and weed for Snoop Dog yesterday on 420 Eve. On this special day I’d like to play for you one of my favorite stoner songs. Technically Rainbow is not “Stoner Rock,” but the themes of this song are certainly pretty drugged out.

Rainbow is a combination of the heavy metal titans Dio and Ritchie Blackmore, although was mostly Ritchie Blackmore’s solo project.

I posted a live version of this song. Even though the sound quality is not the best you can certainly feel the power and the energy. You can sense the band feeding off the electric energy of the crowd.

If you’re looking for some stoner rock suggestions, I’d definitely say check out Sleep’s Holy Mountain, Temple Ufomammut, and Fairies Wear Boots Black Sabbath


Nightwish – Last of the Wilds

Country of origin: Finland

Genre: Symphonic Power Metal

Lyrical themes: Love, Nature, Astrology, Religion, Fantasy, Beauty

This is a folk-metal-esque song with strong Celtic elements. Even though there are no words, it definitely tells a fantastical story.