Daniel Lake

Interview – Max Côté blackens the Great White North

July 20, 2012

It’s nice to have friends introduce us to new music, but in this age of ever flowing information and ubiquitous quick links, we often rely on bands’ personnel connections to lead us to our next aural awakening. Dude in our favorite death metal band also plays on this grind record or in that prog collective,…

Interview – Italy’s ORBE

July 13, 2012

Last year, Italian mostly-instrumental quartet Orbe created one of those albums that I listened to with half an ear and then didn’t get back to for a while.  Sometimes that’s an indicator of an album without a whole lot of immediacy, and sometimes it simply indicates the laziness of the audience.  In the case of…

Interview – Solothus

July 6, 2012

In a recent dB article (issue #92), author Jeff Wagner opined that “there are too many death/doom bands out there these days.” Upon reading such a flagrantly deranged statement, I gagged on my mouthful of burrito, my left arm went all limp and tingly, and I blacked out for what might have been hours but…

Interview – Arbrynth

June 29, 2012

Nothing unites the metal community quite like a healthy hit of righteous rage.  War, complacency, ignorance, religion, technology, the opposite sex, government subsidies – if something pisses you off, someone’s encoding your disgust into guitar riff magic. Any good New Ager Rager knows that nature is very, um, fertile soil for dark musical themes.  As…

Interview – Herodias

June 22, 2012

Funeral doom can be a most divisive subgenre.  Whole groups of well-versed metalheads will split on the merits of a type of music that eschews speed, the associated aggression, and most anything that can be considered technical musical achievement.  Of course, this very division might be part of what defines it – a hallmark of…

INTERVIEW – Nolan Cook of Dimesland

June 15, 2012

It’s a bit unnerving how many descriptions can refer equally to dB-approved beer and music without requiring any rephrasing at all.  Local heroes excite us by infusing familiar styles with their own astonishing personalities.  Indie labels tend to raise the product’s allure.  Unearthed demo versions from the early nineties are always welcome. Mr. Adem Tepedelen,…

INTERVIEW – North Carolina’s MAKE

June 8, 2012

When a few talented dudes out of the American South filter recent faves ASVA, Death Grips,  Arbouretum, Demdike Stare, and Wolves in the Throne Room through their long-burning love of Godflesh, Spacemen 3, Lungfish, Darkthrone, Talk Talk, Neu!, and Carcass, said dudes are destined to MAKE something noteworthy.  In this case, they actually called their…

INTERVIEW – Aenygmist

June 1, 2012

If you listen to Aenygmist, then you’re probably either living in or around southern Quebec, a black/death completist with internet access and no career prospects, or me. If you haven’t heard this female five-piece’s gut-ripping 2010 record Creation Born of Trauma, you can hardly be blamed.  Creation is the band’s self-released 2010 full-length, their first and only entry…