Friday, December 13, 2013
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before? We're a four piece band playing psychedelic metal from Vermont. we formed in 2010 right after we all got out of high school. We really enjoyed making music togethe, so we decided to stick with it. After three years we are very pleased to have just released our first full length album.
2.How would you describe your musical sound? Heavy psychedelic metal. Our sound has changed drastically since the beginning of the band. We were originally an instrumental trio, and added a vocalist after about two years of playing. Our sound got much darker and heavier but still included some of the melodic elements that were present in our earlier work.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music? Lyrics are the last part of our songwriting process. We have all contributed to the lyrics on this album. Usually they are about mysticism or little stories that we come up with. We don't really have any sort of topic we always stick. Usually someone will just come up with something that we think is cool and that's what we will use.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Barashi? A Barishi is a shaman in Mongolian and Siberian cultures who practices bone-setting.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band ha splayed so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? Our live sound is significantly different from the sound on the album. A large part of this is due to the fact that the album was recorded in E-standard and we play live in C-standard. The down tuning makes the songs heavier while, hopefully retaining the more melodic elements. We like to keep the energy high so our set generally consists of the more aggressive tracks. As far as shows go, its always a blast to play our home town of Brattleboro Vermont. There's a large gothic church downtown that we rent and have shows in. Its a perfect setting and the maniacs in this town are always down to come out and go nuts for a show!
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? we would love to set up a larger tour in support of this album. As it is we are just gigging sporadically around the north east. We have quite a few dates lined up for the next couple months which is great. we really just love to play as much as possible.
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest? I think signing with a label could be very rewarding. It could be really great to team up with a label that would really help further our music.
8.Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up? Its definitely a full-time line up. We've been working on this for over three years now and it has become a huge part of all of our lives.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of progressive and extreme metal? The album was just released, we don't even have physical copies yet, so we haven't gotten that many reviews. The ones we have received though have been resoundingly positive. We're grateful that people are willing to take time to listen to our album, and its great that it seems to be resonating with some people. Its really just great to be able to release an album after putting in so much time and hard work.
10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases? Who knows. When something strikes us we just go for it. Since the formation our sound has gradually gotten heavier and more aggressive, so we may delve deeper into some darker territory. New songs are already in the works and we are performing some of them live.
11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays? We draw inspiration from a wide range of music. Mastodon and Opeth, as well as bands such as My Bloody Valentine and the Cure have had significant impact on our work. As far as what we listen to, its an incredibly eclectic mix. Collectively we listen to everything ranging from jazz, metal, hip-hop, rock, you name it. None of us are all that crazy about this new alt-folk pop movement though.
12.How would you describe the metal scene in your home state of Vermont? There is some real talent hiding out in the hills here. Nectars Nightclub in Burlington has metal nights where you can see a variety of Vermont metal acts alongside touring bands. One of our favorite bands, Vaporizer is from the Burlington area. Those guys fucking tear it up!
13.Outside of music what are some of your interests? Partying and racket sports!!! Sascha our singer is a crazy rollerblader and is usually doing backflips in a halfpipe somewhere when we are not playing.
14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks so much for the interview!
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Barishi are a band from Vermont that plays a very progressive form of metal with elements of melodic black and death metal and this is a review of their self released and self titled 2013 album.
"Sky Burial" which is also the first song on the album opens up with sound effects along with some saxophones a few seconds later and the song is an instrumental intro with no vocals or other instruments being utilized.
"Holy Mountain" begins with heavy and melodic sounding progressive metal guitar riffs along with some drums and you can hear bass guitars in the background which also leads up to saxophones as well as a small amount of clean playing and then melodic clean singing vocals kick in before evolving more into aggressive screams and then guitar leads and solos start coming in and out of the song.
"The Rider" opens up, with some heavy and melodic sounding guitar and bass riffs along with some drums before adding in black metal screams and after awhile death metal influences and progressive rock style guitar leads are added into the song along with some hardcore style screams.
"Exhibiche" starts up with nature sounds and spoken word samples and a few seconds later bass guitars kick in along with some clean guitars before adding in drums and a couple of minutes later guitar solos and leads start coming in and out of the song.
"Through Mountains, Through Plains" kicks in with melodic clean singing vocals, heavy guitar riffs and drums and you can also hear bass guitars in the background and as time goes on by the music gets more progressive sounding along with some aggressive vocals which also leads up to a brief use of clean guitars before getting heavy again.
"The Waters" comes in with drums and heavy, melodic and progressive sounding guitar riffs along with some black metal influenced screams a few seconds later along with some powerful sounding bass guitars and towards the end there is a brief use of guitar solos and leads.
"A Place That Swallows All Rivers" hits it off with distorted and clean sounding guitar riffs along with some bass and drums and a few seconds alter guitar solos and leads start coming in and out of the song and there are no vocals present on the song with the music being all instrumental.
"Jaguar Scarification Ritual" which was also the last song on the album begins with sound effects before adding in drums and bass guitars which also leads up to heavy guitar riffs that also utilize a great amount of melody along with some clean guitars which also leads up to clean singing vocals which later evolve into some aggressive sounding screams as well as guitar leads.
Song lyrics cover dark and metaphysical themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording along with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Barishi are a very great sounding progressive metal band with elements of melodic black and death metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Rider" "Through Mountains, Through Plains" and "Jaguar Scarification Ritual". RECOMMENDED BUY.