• Meet the first single from Mister Sir's debut concept work "Sleep"!

    24 mar 2015, 06:28 av mistersirband

    The song is available for streaming here:

    The album is available for pre-ordering here:
    https://mistersirband.bandcamp.com/album/sleep

    Memoirs of a Lucid Dreaming Practitioner. Part I
    Sleep onset, the first stage of NREM sleep.
    One of the most unusual experiences at this stage is the maintaining of consciousness during the transition from waking state to dormant state. Seconds after hypnic jerks, which serve as a signal from the motor part of the nervous system about somewhat maintaining a control over the body, comes the paralysis, and the consciousness disconnects from reality, switching off to “sleep mode.” But if you keep the consciousness after the jerk, you can witness the process of transition to sleep “with your own eyes”. With your own mind, to be more accurate, because by virtue of the inevitable paralysis you won’t even be able to open your eyelids. Right after the paralysis you might even get soreness in the head and your whole body. It seems as if your brain gets suddenly imposed to a swelling current for 5-10 seconds at first and then to a decreasing one. We shall call each period of such increases and decreases in soreness “an impulse.” On the morrow of two or three impulses painful sensations pass off and the consciousness finally enters a dream relieved. However, in the middle of every impulse a drowsy person, whilst being helpless and paralyzed, gets anxious and in a cold sweat. Modern medicine insures that all of these fears are groundless, and sleep paralysis is harmless. But nevertheless you wonder every time: “What if I don’t wake up in the morning?”


    The Nightmare, by Henry Fuseli (1781) is thought to be one of the classic depictions of sleep paralysis perceived as a demonic visitation.
  • Albums of the Week (Neeshcast segment for 2015)

    22 feb 2015, 13:37 av neesh

    Each week I pick a different album, either from 1995 or 2005, for myself and listeners of Neeshcast to lend an ear to. It could be a first listen, or it could be the first in quite some time. Some truly groundbreaking albums came out 10 and 20 years ago. It’s nice to push them back into focus, and reflect on their influence.



    The Album of the Week from Wednesday, February 18, 2015 to Wednesday, February 25, 2015 (week 7) is the third dredg album, Catch Without Arms.

    I've put together a handy Spotify playlist including all of our Albums of the Week to date, with the exception of Cage’s Hell’s Winter, which is not in Spotify’s library.


    I encourage you to lend an ear to the Albums of the Week and share your thoughts! A new album is announced every Wednesday night during the Neeshcast between 7-11pm Central on Radio Xenu.
  • The Payday Is Coming! Mister Sir Promises to Deliver

    1 feb 2015, 08:24 av mistersirband

    In its single the band is starting a topical tale of unnamed Mister Sir – an unremarkable office worker lucky enough to be a part of a mundane, humdrum system of eternal routine, who’s only “joie de vivre” is getting his paycheck and living to see the next one. But soon enough Mister Sir is about to experience his road to Damascus and change forever. Or is he?
    15 February is going to be The Payday! Get Ready!
  • The Payday Is Coming! Mister Sir Promises to Deliver

    1 feb 2015, 08:24 av mistersirband

    In its single the band is starting a topical tale of unnamed Mister Sir – an unremarkable office worker lucky enough to be a part of a mundane, humdrum system of eternal routine, who’s only “joie de vivre” is getting his paycheck and living to see the next one. But soon enough Mister Sir is about to experience his road to Damascus and change forever. Or is he?
    15 February is going to be The Payday! Get Ready!
  • Progressive Post-Hardcore

    2 jul 2009, 13:17 av catchdredg

  • Dead People, The New Music Video Is Out!

    28 nov 2014, 08:51 av mistersirband

    Full version of the Dead People music video including the interview with Two Chords lead singer.
    Subtitles on both English and Russian are also available.

    “Dead People”, the saddest statement about living in Russia
    10 years ago I left Novokuznetsk. For me this city, once a symbol of the industrial grandeur of the Soviet empire, had become a haven of crime, unemployment, drug addiction and brain drain.
    Many of the people I had grown up with in that city now have despair and emptiness in their eyes, as if they were already dead. Others had in fact already died long before from drug abuse or alcoholism.
    But even people who are still very much alive, who had not given in to this all-pervasive despair, I can no longer call friends.
    Which is truly a shame, not just for the people whose lives have ended in drugs, but also for friendship, something we have now lost because of the social and political mess that is being made of our country.
  • Celestial Flesh - Suspended Motion review djent progmetal

    26 nov 2014, 19:03 av fabrykamagazine

    Celestial Flesh - Suspended Motion |self-released, 2014| 5/5 djent progmetal

    1. Dictating (Voices In The Ocean), 2. Open Heart, Open Mind, 3. Breathing With Swollen Lungs, 4. Exposure, 5. Bent To Your Will, 6. Light On The Surface, 7. Speak To Me, 8. Suspended Motion

    There are listeners, like me, who are looking for passion, intensity, might, emotions and soul cleansing locked all together inside sound, yet expressed with heavy guitar driven arrangements. Suspended Motion by Celestial Flesh is a perfect choice to fulfill such a desire.

    The band's founder, Eric Machel (guitar, bass, drum programming, synth, production) has been playing guitar since he turned 15. In love with intense music by metal acts such as Meshuggah, Gojira, Tool, as well as a varied array of music genres, he has his own vision of music he wants to write and perform. Due to various circumstances however, this American musician has decided to launch a solo project instead of joining or creating a band. Either way, it’s great that he chose to invest his time and talents in music, otherwise we could have never heard of Celestial Flesh.
    His newest album, Suspended Motion brings eight instrumental compositions which give a new meaning to the word 'intense'.

    'Dictating (Voices In The Ocean)' opens the album with versatile arrangements and a skillful mix of genres. The core of the composition is based on down-tuned, syncopated bass and guitars. Synths and a higher guitar riff contrast the groove, so the mood becomes brighter at times. The drums (played by guest musician Ettore Fritz, also present in the next song) appear in all the right spots throughout the composition. Since the bass & guitars combo drives the rhythm, the drums step in only when a heavier beat is required. If you listen closely, you'll also hear traditional Eastern music arrangements on guitars.

    'Open Heart, Open Mind' brings the best of and together. Drums & bass arrangements represent metal while old-school synths are very typical of the former. Fans of Rush & Steven Wilson's music will feel excited. There are choruses and verses, composed very swiftly yet with pleasingly repeating themes. A diversity of perfectly matched riffs, beats and cold synth passages make the track sparkling and memorable.

    Eric's a musical architect. He structures arrangements (bass) then paints them with moods (synth). Since he does listen to a variety of genres, he was able to incorporate their characteristics into his tracks, yet leave listeners without confusion. The less intense, but more atmospheric 'Breathing With Swollen Lungs' is a good proof of the above. There are moments of true progrock & passion with their knotty schemes drowning the world out easily. The beat present here in the more tender parts of the composition is just enough for an ambient track when supported by dreamy guitar riffs and looped synths. Again, fans of Rush-style bass will instantly recognize familiar sounds.
    'Exposure' comes out quite innocently at first, with just a simple stick against stick beat and a gentle guitar riff, but then the arrangements grow big and thorny. The beat is taken over by down-tuned guitars but aside of their exponentially unfolding complexity, there are also delicate riffs, fast bass play and guitar soloing interlaced within. The track production and mastering are very well done, as various instruments are properly exposed when necessary, while the overall sound is kept clear.

    One might think that there's no chance for progressive metal or djent to sound catchy due to their seriousness and intensity but Celestial Flesh tracks have hooks with decent amounts of hit potential. My personal favourite, 'Bent To Your Will', makes time and space become less important. Listening to it actually feels as if the track drags the listeners away from the ‘here and now’ and throws them into a new, undiscovered dimension instead. It begins with an in-your-face stitching guitar cannonade wrapped with a lovely riff. No sound is left unheard and all are equivocally important. The arrangements live their own mighty life as if they were flooding, erupting, crying, dancing, racing - so they will obviously seize your attention completely. Drums fit in between competing guitars very well, but get full exposure at time as well. Eric showcases his genius guitar & song writing skills here. A natural reaction to this experience may be spreading your arms wide, letting the sounds open and lift you up, then purify to the point of the transformation of your self. A truly addictive song that will rip your emotions from the depth of your spirit after the very first listening.

    Now, as a counterweight to this behemoth of a song, the next track called 'Light On The Surface' let’s you rest, as it is characterized by a slower tempo and more rock (even hard-rock) oriented guitar and bass arrangements. This 7 minutes’ long track includes also fierce, repeating moments in the latter half of the composition, but its overall mood is more subtle compared to previous songs.

    This undoubtedly therapeutic music is a perfect fit for someone with a good visual imagination. Play the album loud and draw what you feel while listening to it. 'Speak To Me' may be a good example, and it's the only composition on the album to include a person’s voice. To give you an idea, it's sampled the way Ministry used to play with G.W. Bush's speeches on their albums. Drums and guitars are bringing all elements of the composition either closer together while engaging in a friendly battle or driving them apart, giving each other enough space to flourish separately. A lot of high-pitched riffs are crushed into pieces with more down-tuned ones.

    There's a good balance hidden in the tracklist - passionate songs are followed by calmer ones. The final track, 'Suspended Motion', features a guest appearance by Alex Basart on guitars and synth and is mostly a soothing, almost romantic affair, yet hides a few potent moments. It allows for taking a deep breath before... playing the album again, and again.

    Suspended Motion is a masterpiece of which Eric Machel should be absolutely proud. It brings a powerful catharsis - the soul purification, for both the creator and the listener. Those who understand how music influences brainwaves and heartbeats, will love it. It's a truly colorful, superb release which should never be forgotten. Make sure it won't sink amongst all other indie productions - buy it, promote it, review it and interview this musician. You're gonna love it.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, November 26th, 2014. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
    This review on Fabryka Magazine: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=546


    https://soundcloud.com/celestialflesh
    http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbYdaMzK6U2hQjCCfjqgSDA/videos

    Buy on: https://celestialflesh.bandcamp.com/album/suspended-motion

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  • 'Dead People' - the saddest statement of living in Russia

    14 nov 2014, 09:09 av mistersirband

    Get ready for the upcoming music video of this new single!



    Ровно 10 лет назад я уехал из Новокузнецка. Этот город для меня - некогда символ индустриального величия Советской Империи, теперь - пристанище криминала, безработицы, наркомании и утечки мозгов.
    Многие из тех, с кем мы росли вместе в этом городе, теперь несут в глазах безысходность и пустоту, словно мертвецы. Другие - действительно давно умерли от той же наркомании или алкоголизма.
    Но даже тех, кто всё ещё жив, не поддавшись этой всеобъемлющей безысходности, я уже не могу называть друзьями.
    Что действительно жаль, так это даже не тех, кто скололся, но ту самую дружбу, которую теперь мы потеряли из-за всей этой социальной и политической лажи, творящейся в нашей стране.
  • Looking for solutions to support artists where social media fails

    29 jul 2014, 11:13 av miotailtmilidh

    Looking for solutions to support artists (specifically but not exclusively metal artists) where social media fails. If you have any thoughts or ideas, join the discussion:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/614891081943043/
  • Cybertoyz - Undo.Exit 2014 metal electronic album review

    26 jun 2014, 14:26 av fabrykamagazine

    Cybertoyz - Undo.Exit |self-released, 2014| 5/5 metal electronic

    01. Enter: A Fistful Of Dust, 02. Absolutely Identifiable, 03. Battery Operated pt 1, 04. i:Romance, 05. Bleed Your God, 06. Battery Operated pt 2, 07. Survival Type, 08. The Dead Drive Fast, 09. Heavenly, 10. Exit: A Handful Of Stars

    Cybertoyz is the solo project of Zyggie (Alexander Korpusov; guitars, programming, sampling) - a guitar player armed with his favourite Framus Diablo 7-string and Ibanez JS1000 guitars. Undo.Exit is the sophomore release of the Moscow-based project founded in 2004, coming 8 years after the debut Chaos Theory album.

    The newest album brings a mix of two main sound themes - guitar driven and electronica, matched together successfully so far. As Zyggie admits, he managed to incorporate catchy riffs on odd chord progressions and Satriani-like legato shredding into industrial and electro tunes. He was inspired by highly influential rock artists such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, Steve Vai, Buckethead and Jeff Beck as well as electronic acts: Aphex Twin, The Young Gods, Nine Inch Nails, Gravity Kills, Switchkicker/MM9, Pitchshifter and Die Krupps.

    The technique called 'shredding' is quite important for the majority of metal guitarists - either for their own finger training, best guitarist contests or just showing off. It is always entertaining to watch or listen to, but when included in several songs on an album, it must be well arranged and mixed to avoid sticking out. Undo.Exit is an example of production done right.
    You'll have a taste of shredding in the very first track, "Enter: A Fistful Of Dust", which would suit an action video game perfectly. In fact, it reminds me of a theme from Quake III. However, aside of the guitar soloing, there are electro synths and a symphonic female voice in the background. The composition is pretty short but rhythmic with somewhat an epic motif.

    The following track, "Absolutely Identifiable" begins with a high-pitched looped guitar riff, later altered by a small spattering of electronica. The mix grows potent when dense drums and bass join in next. The guitar returns with a memorable, spiritual solo further along the track. The arrangements change quite often in this purely instrumental track, and probably only the rhythm remains solid throughout.

    If you're craving modern electronic music, listen to "Battery Operated pt 1". It is not deprived of guitars, reminiscent of how Robert Fripp (King Crimson) uses his instrument quite often. Think of spirals drawn with high-pitched sounds and expressed with the entire scale. There are also a contrasting groovy bass and fundamental drums in the background so in all, there's some good fodder for your ears.

    The moods on this album do come in different shades, but they don’t change too often. You can already sense differences in the song titles, e.g. "Battery Operated pt 1" sounds technical and sophisticated when compared to "i:Romance" which brings the style of the 80s rock songs through a warm and melodic vibe. There are upbeat dynamics and classical guitar solos that go well with tiny electronic add-ons. Balance in the track has a strong focus, certainly helping listeners keep a healthy, steady heartbeat. If this track is about a romance, it's about a spirit-opening experience.

    After that you get exotic, nostalgic, stretched and singular tone guitar passages wrapped around a rather cold and 'windy' composition. "Bleed Your God" sounds like typical Middle East music but performed on an electronic guitar instead of traditional Eastern instruments. It is a very short instrumental track, that might as well have been used as the intro to the album. Here, it gives you a breather before you dive into the complex arrangements written for "Battery Operated pt 2".
    This composition, built upon improvisation and performed on guitars, drums and bass is even shorter than the previous track, so you won't get too deep into musical confusion. Think that you've just jumped into a malfunctioning electronic device, where some lines of code are still working well, but others loop like a damaged vinyl record.

    "Survival Type" begins with a KMFDM-like electronic passage, but then turns into a prog-rock or even a prog-metal composition, thanks to dualistic guitars vs synths arrangements. There are symphonic metal elements smuggled in as well, with an additional dose of beat-driven electronica, which fits in very well. The guitars seem to have an argument with the bass regarding leadership. Both however, stitch interesting arrangements individually as well as together, so they do complement each other like lovers in a passionate relationship.

    "The Dead Drive Fast" brings a bit of an iconic Depeche Mode-esque motif but then falls into rock'n'blues & rock'n'roll. Not entirely though, if you recall the main goal of the album - to reconcile guitar driven arrangements with modern electronic music. There are far more variegated influences coming from different genres (metal as well!), thus only you can decide if Ziggy succeeded.

    Linking tracks within an album to make changes in the tracklist smooth is a good move - check out how "The Dead Drive Fast" slides into "Heavenly". The latter is a rock ballad, but you should forget about nostalgic boredom you may find in trendy songs by Chris Isaak, for example. You'll find a bit more of Clapton's guitar mastery instead, but still altered with clean, chillout electronica in some spots.

    All this leads us unto the final track, "Exit: A Handful Of Stars". A sad (but not melancholic) mood permeates this song. Female background vocals appear rarely, just enough to give the track a slightly heroic feel. This instrumental ending of the album should leave listeners in contemplation.

    All compositions on Undo.Exit flow smoothly, instead of possibly interrupting each other when groovy electronica extends what guitars only kick off. This speaks perfectly for Zyggie's expert songwriting - after all he studied jazz theory in a college, but also spent around 15 years on self-mastering his guitar techniques.

    The guest musicians on this album are: Anna Lyapina (vocals), Sergey Timofeyev (bass), Alexander Karpukhin (drums), Dmitry Oslyakov (drums) and Ruslan Dzhigkaity (drums).

    It's also worth adding that mastering and production are very well done (by Nickolay Vengrzhanovich at Light Temple Records, Moscow, Russia). Both styles of music that meet on this album need a different mastering approach, and it turned out successful on Cybertoyz' Undo.Exit. Neither guitars nor electronica take up all the bandwidth.

    The excellent, cyber-punkesque blue cover artwork was designed by Eugene "Jonny" Postebaylo and looking at it while listening to the music feels just right.

    Watch out for Cybertoyz in your area - they do play live gigs. Zyggie also had an endorsement contract with Framus/Warwick and AMT Electronics between 2009-2010. You should not miss this release if you're looking for innovative guitar driven compositions.

    (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, June 23rd, 2014. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
    This review on Fabryka Magazine: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=542

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    Buy on: http://cybertoyz.bandcamp.com