INTRODUCING IS IT JAZZ? RECORDS – AN INTERVIEW WITH MARTIN KVAM

Earlier this year, a very exciting new venture named Is It Jazz? Records was launched by the gentlemen who are also responsible for running and handling everything in relation to the well-known Norwegian labels Karisma Records and Dark Essence Records. Now, the thing is that jazz is many things to so many people, which is…

HONEYVEIN – Honeyvein

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/honeyveinmusic/ The talented Bastian Veland (Dobbeltgjenger, Ossicles) released this solo offering of his via the ever-reliable Apollon Records not that long ago, and what we have here is essentially a wildly eclectic and diverse collection of catchy tunes that harbor elements from experimental rock, quirky pop, electronic music, and something akin…

PICTURE ANN ARE ENTANGLED IN LOUSY WIRES, OLD LIGHTS & HEARTS THAT LEAK

Following the 32-minute ambient suite titled Night and Silence, the experimental and consistently unpredictable post-rockers Picture Ann have returned with a three-track EP that contains a sparkling tapestry of dark and depressing sounds with an emotional pull to them. Inspired by the idea that words often fail us when trying to contextualize our failings and…

JORDAN RED – Hands That Built the World

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.jordan-red.com/ Thanks to the good people over at Stampede Press, I got my hands on a copy of the upcoming debut offering by British hard rock/alternative metal outfit Jordan Red, and this is one album that packs a lot of punch. Loud and crunchy guitars, interesting layers and textures, superb lyrics…

PICTURE ANN’S RIDE TO THE RUINS

A rather mellow, introspective, and folk-inspired little thing of wicked beauty titled Those Abundant Ruins by the harbingers of bleak music known as Picture Ann is out now via all the usual digital music shops and retailers, and this particular release is meant to serve as a soundtrack and homage to the coming autumn and…

PICTURE ANN RELEASE THE ‘WE MOURNED YOU’ DIGITAL EP

The 5-track EP entitled We Mourned You, which is the latest output by the weird post-rockers and formless noise-makers known as Picture Ann, is a musical exploration of disillusion consisting of thick and dense soundscapes that create an oppressive and claustrophobic feel. Inspired by the idea of the Byronic hero, the majority of compositions are…

PICTURE ANN CONJURES UP A VISION OF A LONELY MOORLAND

The ever-unreliable musical entity that is Picture Ann has unfortunately burdened us all with yet another output, namely the digital single entitled ‘A Lonely Moorland’, which was conceived and captured for posterity in early 2022. Inspired by the desolate and windswept moors of Jutland on a cold day in fall, the trance-inducing track is meant…

SONISK BLODBAD – The Shores of Oblivion

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Sonisk Blodbad – Startside | Facebook The Norwegian ensemble known as Sonisk Blodbad is an intriguing one and the richly textured new opus of theirs entitled “The Shores of Oblivion” is as dark, haunting, and delightfully experimental as one could have hoped for. Layers and waves of electronic sounds wash over…

WESERBERGLAND – Sacrae Symphoniae Nr. 1

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/weserberglandband/ The experimental Norwegian outfit Weserbergland released their third album today (February 11), and as with their previous offerings, this new LP falls somewhere between art rock, avantgarde music, and 70s experimental prog rock, which is to say that this is something different and totally out of the ordinary. Consisting of…

PICTURE ANN RELEASES THE GLOOMY (MISSINGS AND CAPTURES) RETOLD ALBUM

Yet another musically eclectic and delightfully lo-fi output by the experimental ambient/doom metal freaks Picture Ann has seen the light of day, more specifically the full-length album entitled (Missings and Captures) Retold, which was released upon an unsuspecting public on January 28 via all the usual streaming services and digital music stores out there.      …

MONO – Pilgrimage of the Soul

RELEASE YEAR: 2021   BAND URL: https://www.monoofjapan.com/   The experimental rockers Mono released this deeply atmospheric offering of theirs a few months ago, and if you have yet to pick up on this latest output by the Japanese ensemble, then now is the time to invest in this mesmerizing 57-minute journey through ethereal and otherworldly spheres…