New Creature Of Metal: Créatures – “Le Noir Village” (Review)

CRÉATURES is a solo musical project of horror metal formed in 2008 by Sparda (Hanternoz). The band makes use of several atypical instruments (Theremin, church organ, piano, trumpet and violin) and blends various musical styles including Black, Symphonic, Death and Doom Metal as well as Ambient music. “Le Noir Village” it is a theme album […]

Another Musical Exploration: Lewis Santos – “Beneath Ancient Light” (Review)

Lewis Santos is a progressive rock artist from Edmonton which I have discovered lately on Costin Chioreanu‘s page, the one in charge for “Beneath Ancient Light” artwork, the most recent release of Lewis. I was pleasantly surprised how a range of influences (from melodic death metal to folk or classical music) were arranged in a […]

The Happy Face Of Depression: Psychonaut 4 – “Neurasthenia” (Review)

Neurasthenia is a psychological disorder marked especially by easy fatigability and often by lack of motivation, feelings of inadequacy, and psychosomatic symptoms. As a psycho/pathological term, neurasthenia was used by George Miller Beard in 1869 to denote a condition with symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, headache, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, neuralgia and depressed mood. We’re speaking […]

Let Faunlet’s New “Grey Magic” Video Grow in Your Head

Faunlet is a young Romanian post/alternative/darkgaze band formed in Bucharest. It’s actually a new and pretty interesting concept to me. I haven’t heard of Peter’s project till recently when he kindly contacted us in order to watch his video. What I liked the most was the gloomy, intense and powerful voice. It slowly makes you […]

Grief In One Whistle: “Endeavor” (Review)

Grief is a one-man project released in 2014, but with other musical inclinations back then; for the moment Grief goes on classic recipe, from the short title, a catchy one yet with a deep significance, to blackgaze. We know many examples fulfilling this description, but I won’t enumerate them here. The interesting part is that […]

“Vanished” is A Light In The Dark (Review)

A Light In The Dark is a very recent project in blackgaze sphere, as recently as the genre itself, founded somewhere in 2012. In the immediate project shadows we find Bogdan Makarov, the same man dealing with other underground bands such as: Skyforest, Hiki or Blurry Lights. Born in Podolsk, Russia, B.M. manages to revive […]

Negură Bunget, “ZI”. About The Man Returned To Nature (Review)

“Pământule larg, fii trunchiul meu, fii pieptul acestei năprasnice inimi, prefă-te-n lăcaşul furtunilor cari mă strivesc, fii amfora eului meu îndărătnic!” L. Blaga In the Romanian culture, the human connection with nature was always a primordial element, we have connected with these natural elements in times of need and we have returned to it like […]

The Art of Mourning – Nick Cave’s “Skeleton Tree”

You fell from the sky / Crash landed in a field Nick Cave is grieving. On the 14th of July 2016, Arthur Cave fell from a cliff above the Ovingdean Gap in Brighton. He was only 15. With the first track on the album, Jesus Alone, Nick Cave recalls the moment he lost his son. Skeleton […]

N.K.R.T or Pre-Christian Rituals in Shades of Black

N.K.R.T is Frater Stéphane‘s project and it’s a combination of ritual music and some ambient black-metal. The atmosphere created with instruments made of bones, animal skulls, stone or clay, is one that places you in an emotional difficulty. Next to traditional instruments meaning drums, guitars or the like, are brought to our attention Tibetan instruments […]

Ivanna Ravac, “The Fairy Godmother of Having Fun” – NSFW

The word “Ravac” has more meanings, which kind of lead you to the same place.  It represents either stum dripping by itself from grapes within the winepress, clear wine which stood at low temperatures or wine obtained from mountain fruits. Maybe this description doesn’t seem significant, but for me it is a reminder of my […]

Erudite Stoner: An Acoustic Album Inspired by Ulver, Agalloch or Alcest (Interview)

Erudite Stoner (Erudite meaning: having or showing great knowledge or learning) is the creation of Matheus Novaes, a guitarist leaning on inpirations from the like of Ulver, Agalloch, Alcest or Les Discrets. A one man acoustic band from Brazil, playing with scents of post-rock, shoegaze, doom and classical quitar, in order to create this simply […]

VSLO – The Most Complex Visual Arts Festival in Romania

In august 2010 the first edition of VSLO (Vama Under Oscar Lights) was taking place. From a simple photography festival, it became an international visual arts festival, which for one week each year, brings in Vama Veche, creators from around the world. I’ve been going every year since edition three. At first, I was just […]

Cultartes@Dark Bombastic Evening 7, Ziua II

Relaxare. Îmi e clar că s-a simțit un aer mai degajat în jur, odihna de peste noapte sau, mă rog, de peste dimineață, se pare că a avut ocazia să pună ceva ordine în gânduri și gesturi. O atmosferă mult mai așezată față de ziua anterioară când totul părea într-o continuă mișcare browniană. Poate și […]

Cultartes Presents: “Unsean” by Excellion

Excellion is a band founded in 2007 in La Pax (Mexico) and it represents a combination of progressive-rock, djent, math, and other technical sub-genres. I personally am not a huge fan of this progressive-rock music, but these guys have an interesting style of approach, that involves more rhythm or rather more breaks of rhythm that […]

Arcimago Ingeniously Mixes Synth With Old-School Horror Sountracks

Arcimago is a Rome-based electronic musical project I’m currently exploring. The Mephisto of our generation lives apparently into a parallel world of his own making. He gives himself names and impersonates different characters, he performs behind a bizarre multi-faced mask and even creates entire soundtrack lists from scratch for non-existent movies. “Arcimago is an electronica project […]

Cu Alte Cuvinte, Muzică: Orkid

Orkid este un trio cu influențe post-rock, shoegaze si post-punk compus din Vlad Ilicevici – chitară și voce, Radu Pop – percuție și Andrei Tănase – chitară bass. Cei trei plănuiesc să își înregistreze primul lor album în vară, după aproape un an de lucru. Track-urile care vor forma primul LP au la baza idei, […]

Interview with Georg Börner: “ColdWorld was reborn”

“Autumn” is the most recent album of Georg Börner, after an eight years break, under the ColdWorld name. Eight years can be seen as a very long period of time, but this can be a period where the fans have decided to listen to a very profound comprehension some tracks like “Suicide”, “Tortured by Solitude” […]

Laure Le Prunenec, Rïcïnn: “I saw myself as a happy sorceress” (Interview)

“Lian” is somehow a story with broken “phrases” from medieval times and spoken in a modern idiom. A sound and a feeling of a subtle complexity what breaks you from the environment. Thus, we’re speaking about a well-thought material for reaching certain areas of self. Laure‘s voice is like a melodic wailing, a grief that […]

Sigur Rós Share Time-lapse Video For Their “Slow TV” Live Broadcast

Last month, Sigur Rós launched “Route One,” a 24-hour “slow TV” live broadcast; a trip along the entirety of Route 1, a road that circles around Iceland. So, on this year’s Summer Solstice, Reykjavikian musicians Sigur Rós drove 1332km for over 24 hours to travel the entirety of Iceland’s Route 1, also known as the Ring Road. Driving […]

ZI(le) Cu Negură!

Zilele trecute am fost invitat să particip la audiția, în premieră, a noului material al celor de la Negură Bunget. Clar, o onoare. Au existat și ceva peripeții în încercarea mea de a ajunge la studioul băieților, însă asta e cumva o altă poveste, care-mi rămâne mie și care, a pus, peste toate, un strop […]

Coldplay Have Released A Trippy, Reality-Bending Video For Their Latest Single “Up&Up.”

“Up&Up” is the third single from Coldplay‘s seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams. It’s a surreal adventure filled with eagles flying underwater, cars circling Saturn’s rings and volcanoes spewing popcorn. The clip, co-directed by Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia, also depicts the band members as giants walking among mountains and clouds. MTV‘s UK site stated the video […]

When Metal Wears Prada. Interview with Jón Aldará (Hamferð)

Hamferð is a doom metal band based in Tórshavn. Hamferð [Ham:fer] is a Faroese term for the living images of sailors appearing before their loved ones. Formed in 2008, the creative ensemble, dressed in funeral black, has followed their own enigmatic and courageous trail. Having been on numerous tours with bands like Amorphis, Moonsorrow and Týr […]

Maidanul Cu Vise. Interviu Daniel Rocca (FiRMA)

Firma este una dintre trupele acelea care îți rămân întipărite pe retină și-n minte de la prima ascultare, iar asta se datorează, într-o măsură bună, și frontman-ului ei Daniel Rocca.  Baldo, Cultartes: Salutare, Rocca! Aveai o descriere la o poză de prin 2005 pe care ai postat-o, oarecum recent, pe un site de socializare mult prea […]

Perturbator’s “The Uncanny Valley” (Album Review)

“The Legend Says He’s Half Human, Half Synthesizer…” I remember when I first discovered Perturbator. I barely knew what the retrowave genre was all about when Humans Are Such Easy Prey hit me in the face like a jackhammer. I grinned at the title as my ears melted from the synth raging from my speakers. […]

Interview: Collapse Under the Empire

Collapse Under the Empire is getting ready to play their first concert since the band’s formation. For the first time in their history, the band will perform live (07 May, Saturday) at Dunk!festival in Belgium. The band also announced the release of their new double album “A Matter of Identity” for September 2016. Baldo, Cultartes: […]

“Tom Tom”: A Story About Holy Fuck And Romanians

Holy Fuck! This guys made a video in Romania, after they had a nap for about six years. Back in February, Holy Fuck announced a new album called “Congrats”. Well, congrats! The video… It is a brief description of life at East of Europe, but in a funnier manner, without much mockery. Not much, but quite obvious. […]

I Just Can’t Get Enough Of Shel’s “Enter Sandman” Cover

I so imagine this in Game in Thrones. Now.. who’s Shel? Four sisters (Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook), traveling the world and telling story. Sharing dreams, too. It’s a Colorado based folk group; these girls have completed their mission in creating a dreamy and surreal sound, tender and tricky in places. I guess there […]

Cultartes Presents: “Unity” by Skyforest

“Unity” is the second material of Skyforest, one I have recently heard of and caught my attention in so many ways, that made me tell you about it. First of all this music attracts you trough its warm and melancholic atmosphere, easily digestible. Then you listen leisurely and realize there is a thick bundle of […]