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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Psalm Zero/Sparta/Last Things Records/2020 Full Length Review

  Psalm  Zero  are  a  duo  from  New  York  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moves  way  from  the  black  and  death  metal  influences  of  previous  releases  while  keeping  the  experimental  and  industrial  elements  which  they  mix  in  with  doom  metal,  goth  and  indie  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Sparta"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Lat  Things  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Clean  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal.

  Synths  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  also  brings  in  touches  of  gothic  and  indie  rock  at  times.  The  programmed  drum  beats  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  industrial  feeling  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  more  mid  tempo  sections  as  the  album  progresses,  operatic  vocals  are  also  added  on  a  later  track  and  they  also  bring  in  an  acoustic  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  emotional,  personal,  political  and  social  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Psalm  Zero  and  while  some  fans  of  the  older  material  might  not  like  that  they  moved  away  from  the  death  and  black  metal  elements  of  previous  releases,  I  can  see  this  album  finding  a  crowd  among  fans  of  experimental,  goth,  indie  rock  and  doom  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Open  Wound"  "Return  To  Stone"  and  "A  Pill".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, October 21, 2013

Psalm Zero Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Charlie from Extra Life, Andrew from Castevet, plus machines.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Cutting, draining, burning.

4.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yeah but in a selective way. We go where our money is green.

5.Currently you are signed to Last Things Records, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
The 7-inch is coming out in November on Last Things, which is my own label. It's not a big business enterprise. It's basically a self-release. Next year we have a full album coming out on a very legitimate label, but we can't announce those details yet.

6.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of underground music?
The 7-inch isn't even out yet so no one has heard it.

7.What is going on with the other musical projects these days?
Seaven Teares, Period, and orchestra music.
Castevet. Improvised music. Solo guitar records.

8.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Who knows. We're still working on recording the album. The 7-inch isn't even out yet.

9.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Influences are too many to count here. On my turntable right now is Wovenhand.
Currently, I'm listening to a lot of Milton Babbitt, Uncreation's Dawn, and Genesis.

10.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Little else. I used to read a ton. Nowadays, not so much. I'll probably have another heavy reading phase.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Psalm Zero/Force My Hand/Last Things Records/2013 7 Inch Review

  Psalm  Zero  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial,  experimental  and black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  7  inch  "Force  My  Hand"  which  was  released  by  Last  Things  Records.

 "Force  My  Hand"  begins  with  some  industrial and  noise  rock style  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  drum  programming  and  clean  singing  melodic  vocals  and  a  minute  later  black  metal  screams  start  coming  into  the  song  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  riffing.

  "Willpower"  begins  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  singing  vocals

  "Song  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  where  you  can  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Psalm  Zero  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black  metal, experimental,  industrial  and  neo  folk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Force  My  Hand".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.