Friday, 2 October 2015

Shevils - One Thousand Years

Already with a two albums under their belt, Shevils are looking to cement their place as a hardcore frontrunner in what is already a fairly congested genre. What the Norwegian noise makers have fashioned though is an extremely modern take on what we all consider to be the hardcore status quo and this is typified perfectly with 'One Thousand Years', the second single to be taken from their up and coming third album The White Sea.

It's frantic, raucous and is a fine introduction to the eagerly awaited LP. The track is carried on by its bouncing, chugging guitar riff and it's frayed around the edges vocal delivery. Scandinavian bands always seem to possess far more energy than the rest of the world, however this track oozes influences from UK botherers Gallows and legendary hardcore outfit Every Time I Die.


'One Thousand Years' stands out from the pack with a little help from the snarling punk underbelly it carries, turning this into an entirely new hardcore beast.
Overall, it's a solid track and has definitely set the bar pretty high in terms of what to expect from the rest of The White Sea.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

JFK

"The very word secrecy is repugnant, in a free and open society. And we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, secret oaths and to secret proceedings. 
We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. 
That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. We are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence. On Infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumour is printed, no secret is revealed."

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Religion

I've been writing a lot of lyrics recently, something I haven't had to do for years. I'm finding it a lot harder this time around though because I'm just not that surrounded by drama anymore. Without having anything like that to draw experience from I'm had to dig deep into myself and tap into a certain level of darkness to find something to write about. It was then that I found a large portion of my lyrics related to how I feel about religion.
Religion is something I've encountered fully just once in my life. For around 6 months when I was 22, I was severely depressed. It feels like such an easy way out to call it that but I guess some of the 'symptoms' were the same. I'd wake up and not want to get up. I hated just about everyone I had to see and talk to on a daily basis and I had no real passion or motivation to do anything. I never stretched as far as physical self harm though but my mental state was extremely fragile. I won't go into detail of the events that led to this but I will talk about the outcome.
Because I'm such a proud and stubborn person I refused to accept help from anyone. I certainly didn't want to see a professional about it and I didn't want to talk about it for the sake of getting it off my chest. I've personally never felt any great benefit from talking about my problems, as far as I'm concerned that only makes it feel more real. I just felt utterly useless, vulnerable and alone. Let me just say that feeling like you're backed into a corner with no sign of a positive outcome is truly soul destroying and it's not something I ever want to feel again.
At some point in my vulnerable mental state I must have made a semi-conscious decision to explore the possibility of using religion in a positive way. Now, I'm a scientist first and a fantasist later so the idea of garnering positivity from this book of fiction would have felt alien to me. But by this point I was just desperate enough to try anything. So i invested about 3 months of my time in the Bible, flicking to random pages as opposed to reading cover to cover. Now I'm not saying I became full on Bible-basher but it did throw up some interesting feelings. I won't go into too much depths regarding what i'd found but I will share possibly my favourite verse and one that still sticks with me, from Proverbs 24:14 - Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off. - That one immediately jumped out at me, because it spoke about hope and wisdom in a way I'd not realised before. It talked about a future, something which is completely unknown to someone feeling any sort of depression. The ability to see the big picture and not just the miserable day to day that you're stuck in.
I'm nowhere near naive enough to think this little encounter with religion helped turn my life. Over time I found my happiness again and eventually learned to embrace a level of self esteem and self confidence that has served me pretty well up to now. I rarely let things get me down now and I'm able to keep my problems at arms length. My current views on religion haven't changed though. I don't fully understand the logic of a room full of people singing hymns and essentially being brainwashed but if this is how they find their happiness and purpose in life then who am I to judge. Maybe I'm too wrapped up in material things to fully comprehend accepting something into my life that I can't see.