Author: Myron Schmidt

Clawhammer PR and ThisIsNotAScene Present the Title Track from Kastasyde’s Gnosis

Blending a mirage of musical influences with a desire to create evocative music, Chicago’s Kastasyde are set to unleash their third album “Gnosis” on June 2. The band has produced an album that is the result of a decade of experimenting with different styles of metal, rock, and acoustic music coupled with touring and forging a dedicated fan base. “Gnosis” was mixed and tracked by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisconsin. Drum tracking was done by Pete Grossman at Bricktop Recording in Chicago. The album features a guest guitar solo by The Black Dahlia Murder guitarist Ryan...

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Vivus Humare – Einkehr

So called black metal always seems to invoke a wide range emotions from the “purists” to the modern musicians and fans alike. Once a more Nordic style of music, over the years this style has transcended geographical boundaries with entries like Absu, Agalloch, Wolves in the Throne Room and Cobalt to name a few. As the geography pushed out so did the boundaries of the style leaving us with a more enriched style of notes. Enter Vivus Humare and their latest offering “Einkehr” into the modern fray of this ever evolving thing called black metal. I’ll be honest, I...

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Sonic Mass Weekender – 20th/21st February – Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh

Pisschrist Promotions & Echoes and Dust present Sonic Mass Weekender – 20th/21st February – Bannermans Bar, Edinburgh “Some of us like riffs so much we not only want them to completely destroy our minds but but also conjure new worlds and let us explore them. Luckily, we’ve entered golden age of heavier bands becoming increasingly progressive, pushing new boundaries and delivering on the above in a variety of weird and wonderful ways.” – Rich Collins, Cosmic Carnage co-founder & Echoes and Dust writer Established doom promoters Pisschrist Promotions are teaming up with Echoes and Dust’s metal team to present...

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ThisIsNotAScene’s Top 10s of 2014

2014 came to a close and 2015 is only a few days old. End of Year lists flood media sites of all kinds at this time of the year. In the past we have collated, voted through some complex set of math, akin to black hole calculations, and arrived at a TINAS year end list. This year we thought we would just share the top listens of our writers rather than one list. Some interesting observations from our picks this year, Opeth, Behemoth, and Yob were very popular among our staff and its really no surprise they all put out...

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Witchrist – Vritra

Witchrist are based out of New Zealand and that’s about as much as I know about them. I guess I really don’t need to know their life story as it’s their music at hand not their personal memoirs. This offering is a collection of three tracks presented as a 12” EP titled “Vritra”. I have been enjoying some black metal from that part of the country of late and their location is one of the things that caught my interest. This one opens with ‘Haruspex’, which starts rather slow and has a gritty doom style vibe starting out. It’s...

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