Sound

Sound, music and installations. You'll find it here!

Sound is the vibration that surrounds and envelops us. It is the tribal and primordial. It brings waves of emotion and strong memories of happiness and sadness. It is joy and anger and all shades of unseen grey.

Artistic sound does not have to be just music. It is as rich in variety and form as visual art and even if we don't notice it, we are often exposed to it.

Check out what is happening in the alternative music scene. Get along to a sound installation. Find a great place to hangout and listen to music or be inspired to travel abroad to hear the sounds of distant cities and landscapes.


Stereo Juggernaut's smack in the face Shutdown

Shutdown is essentially a great rock album that could make it on any club dance floor and win hearts, be it the black clad rocker or plastic fantastic fluro anthem dancer.

Once again the lads from Stereo Juggernaut up the anti with their new release Shutdown which comes out via the fantastic Armalyte Industries. For those with their heads jammed in a closet door for the past few years, Stereo Juggernaut combine the lush electronic synth elements of the London night club scene with the kick in the bollocks guitar and rhythm sections of the long living London punk rock scene all topped off with the energetic madness of Ben Main's vocals.

Stereo Juggernaut's Shutdown is the evolution of a band that are coming into maturity both sonically and compositionally with big riffs, cutting rhythms and texture galore. It's really a joy to hear the band continuing with their highly dynamic diverse track makeup, after all it's the dynamic changes in music that play a large part of the tension and release that evokes feeling and plucks those emotions that make us passionate about what we listen to. Let's put it plainly, Stereo Juggernaut's Shutdown has it in spades, you've only to check out their latest clip Devoid to realize that! Shutdown is essentially a great rock album that could make it on any club dance floor and win hearts, be it the black clad rocker or plastic fantastic fluro anthem dancer.

Don't miss the opportunity to have a new favorite in your music collection. Get over to Armalyte Industries to order and assure your grubby mitts will be clambering over some sonic goodness soon!!

Written by William Riever, 2016-09-28


Chelsea Wolfe - Hypnos/Flame

I don't think you could call Hypnos/Flame Chelsea Wolfe's best work simply because that would take away from her previous work...

Chelsea Wolfe has been one of the most inspiring artist I have had the pleasure of hearing for quite sometime. The diversity of her work allows her to play intimate acoustic/electronic club gigs and blasting doom stadium shows. In April Chelsea Wolfe released Hypnos/Flame and again there can be no doubt this is another fine release that expands on the ideas expressed in her previous work.

There is a slow acceleration that pushes out and forward and then contracts as the songs morph from acoustic to heavily electronic and back. The wonderful thing is that she's able to do this while maintaining a fantastic sense of cohesion at the core. Sonically it's absolutely what we've come to expect from Chelsea Wolfe. Lush, layered, textured and yet often simplistic. Of course there is the ever present melancholy in the composition but, to me there is also something quite uplifting in it. I don't think you could call Hypnos/Flame Chelsea Wolfe's best work simply because that would take away from her previous work but, certainly this is a fantastic release. Take a big mug of tea or a glass wine, lounge back and loose yourself in the brief moments of Hypnos/Flame.

Again like almost everything reviewed on FractureZine, Chelsea Wolfe's Hypnos/Flame is available through Bandcamp. Unfortunately you'll have to source the vinyl elsewhere if that's your thing but, at least you can check it out without spending a dime so, get on it!

Written by William Riever, 2016-05-01


The pulverizing Sonance/Torpor 12” split

...man, what can I say but this is insanely heavy and dark.

Doom sludge heads listen up. Two terrific UK bands Sonance and Torpor have teamed up to release a spectacular split 12". It'll be out in mid April and is now available for vinyl preorder.

Starting out with Torpor, man, what can I say but this is insanely heavy and dark. The whole side has a stink of decay to it that slides slowly from the deathly to crushing. The elements of ambience are wonderfully balanced with blasting heaviness. With it's crackling thunderous distortion taking you down into the deep caverns of some god forgotten place. This on a personal level is what the dark dredges of sludgy doom should be. The only respite is the small crack of light briefly available from the second track Evirons.

Switching to the Sonance side brings on a brief and misleading appearance of beauty from End Your Life with it's bright and sparkling guitar harmonics. As the piercing noise sets in you'd have to realize that the beauty is soon to be replaced with an inferno of distortion and relentless grinding down. Sonance expand on this formula bringing together beauty and the melancholic along with pounding heaviness and touches of eeriness. Although Sonance does not have the all out obliterative power conveyed by Torpor there is a solid sense of sophistication in the composition.

The sound of both Torpor and Sonance is without doubt sludgy doom with the production of both bringing out a great balance of bass and airy clarity. Although both sides certainly have their own sound they are complimentary to each other allowing the split to work incredibly well both sonically and conceptually.

This is yet more proof of the fantastic doom sludge scene that is still going strong in the UK and at the bargain price of £10.99, I just don't see how anyone who's a fan of doom/sludge could pass this up.

Check it out on Bandcamp Torpor and Sonance

Written by William Riever, 2016-02-15


Get your groove on with Warchief.

The composition is very much rock'n'roll with a good dynamic of rhythm and pace done with a definite cross of northern European and American flavours.

Finnish Doom rockers Warchief released their self titled LP mid way through 2015 and through Phono Sphera records this thundering mother is now available on vinyl.

The album is a thick and juicy slab of raw richness with the usual but perfectly executed fat fuzz smothered guitars, rumbling bass, solid drums and melodic vocals. Although there have been many great effects drenched Doom albums this is yet another great example of letting the rhythms, tones and attitude of the music speak directly for the most part without effects. Keeping with this rawness it's nice to hear that although there is a level of layering with the vocals it's subtle and gets by fine without the tried and true use of chorus.

The composition is very much rock'n'roll with a good dynamic of rhythm and pace done with a definite cross of northern European and American flavours. As is the style of Doom, Warchief do not disappoint with epic bouts of trance inducing riffs with subtle rhythmic variations to keep you on your toes. With the shortest track being just shy of 6 minutes and the longest being just over 21, for those who are already fans of this genre, you should have a fare idea of what to expect before the first listen.

If you're up for a good bit of fuzz heavy mind journey music, Warchief are sure not to disappoint. Check them out on Band Camp and grab yourself a copy before the sell out.

Written by William Riever, 2016-01-10


The Soft Moon bring dark wave to Stockholm

...the stage atmosphere was dark and smokey, backlit with bursts of strobe and all washed with red and blue light.

Every once in a while another band appears in the darkwave scene. They always have a strong grounding in the sound that makes darkawave what it is but often with a twist of innovation. The Soft Moon is one of those bands.

Playing for the first time in Stockholm since 2013 The Soft Moon brings energetic mesmerizing rhythms drenched in layers of synth texture, chorus laced bass, effects driven guitar and haunting vocals. As is usual for almost all darkwave gigs, the stage atmosphere was dark and smokey, backlit with bursts of strobe and all washed with red and blue light. Coupled with front man and composer Luis Vasquez's energetic movements, reminiscent of a specter darting back and forth around the stage, this really was one of those quintessential darkwave gigs. Although the music is based heavily on electronic instrumentation and sounds, don't be fooled into thinking that it's all sequenced. Vasquez works hard throwing out vocals, guitar, synth and percussion throughout the show backed by a solid drummer and bass player. If it was not enough to have The Soft Moon we were lucky enough to have the fantastic local INVSN as the supporting act. The combination of the two bands brought a fantastic mix of energy and shadowy goodness.

If you missed this gig, I can only say that you really missed out. Hopefully The Soft Moon will be back in the near future to grace us with more of their fantastic take on dark wave.

Written by William Riever, 2015-09-19