Thursday, January 18, 2018 0 Engineers

The Inquisition: 094.Dirge (answered by Stéphane L.)

1. How did you came up with the name of the band? 

Marc T. came up with this name back in 1994. The relation between the meaning of this word (« funeral chant/music ») and the very nature of the music seems pretty obvious.

2. Do you have a standard procedure of creating a song? Do you just jam around or is there a main riff and the track is build up on it? 

At the time of the And Shall The Sky Descend / Wings Of Lead Over Dormant Seas albums, we used to improvise some parts during rehearsals, generally the most abstract and atmospheric ones. Because it was the most interesting way for us to explore certain moods and certain non-structured pieces. But beside this very specific era, we never jam. Even the most primitive structures or riffs are worked at home, then reworked, modified, transformed, adapted later with the whole band. Our songs are 80% finished when we finally bring them in the rehearsal room. Most of the time, tracks start then develop with one or two or three guitar riffs, in some other (rare) cases with a sample but I won't say there's a recurring modus operandi while creating a Dirge's song. We let things flow. Same goes for the lyrics, even though, and that's the only real standard procedure for us, words always come to life once the track is fully completed.

3. What are your influences and what kind of music do you hear when you are at home? 

Our primordial roots are quite obvious : Godflesh, Neurosis, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, The Cure... But all these structuring influences have been absorbed and digested for a long time now. The four of us have really different and various musical preferences. It goes from industrial to dub, passing by movie soundtracks, blues, classical, death metal, french songs, psychedelic, post punk/goth, electro... To give you an insight (and talking just for myself), I've been listening these last months to stuffs like Dälek, Lea Porcelain, Tropic Of Cancer, Death, Emma Ruth Rundle, Marissa Nadler, Throane, Myrkur, Butthole Surfers plus a bunch of old favourites (Cocteau Twins, Einstürzende Neubauten, Death In June, And Also The Trees etc).

4. Which is the one album you can't live without? 

Too many to name it. Let's say Pornography by The Cure.

5. What's the first record you've ever bought? 

October by U2. On tape.

6. Name a band that you would like to share the stage or tour with? 

To stay in a realistic world, and in order to have a package connected with the same spirit, but different enough to avoid any common field, I would name artists like Lycia, SubRosa, Anna von Hausswolff or Wardruna.

7. Did the internet and specially the blogs helped to spread your music around the world? Name a place (country) that you were surprised to know your music has reached to? 

Of course all these blogs and webzines, from the smallest to the biggest ones, do help bands like us to spread their music across the world. And therefore reaching countries we'd never have thought about, like Iran, India or United Arab Emirates...

8. Do you support the idea of bandcamp where fans can decide the price or services like Spotify?

We have to adapt to our times and, unfortunately I don't think we have other real alternatives concerning this new way to grasp music. These days, music is often seen as a « consumer product », something to burn off quickly, something to skim through rather diving into. The time spent downloading, listening, storing or throwing and so on and so forth, has became wealthier than a simple CD or LP. But in another hand, despite these changes, despite the dematerialization, I know that a lot of people, young or old, give to Art the value its deserves. So we have to trust these people (especially with the kind of music we're doing), trust their faith in artists' « handcraft », trust their will to support music and musicians. Bandcamp, Spotify or Deezer are not my ideal, but it is the way things are today. But I also know that piece of art's lovers will always prefer a beautiful vinyl than a simple 320ko mp3. And these people will always exist.

9. Is the artwork of an album important nowadays in the digital era?

Yes of course. Artwork, as well as the songs themselves, the production and even the tracklist are significant parts of a whole called « piece of art » (regardless of the quality of this piece). Yesterday, the cover was often the first interaction you had with an album, even before the music. And I still like this idea of visual incarnation of the sound.

10. What is you favorite album cover?

I'd say all the graphic works of Vaughan Oliver for the English cult label 4AD, especially Treasure (Cocteau Twins), Medusa (Clan Of Xymox), Tocsin (Xmal Deutschland), Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun (Dead Can Dance) among others. 

I also really appreciate Peter Saville's work for the Factory label like Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures & Closer albums or New Order's Brotherhood. 

I also really love the Wildhoney cover by Tiamat, Sympathy For The Devil by Laibach, the Sumerland 12'' by Fields Of The Nephilim, Icon by Paradise Lost, All The Pretty Little Hoses by Current 93 and so many others I forgot. All these artworks have a lot to say, far beyond their graphic nature...

11. It seems that a lot of people are turning on vinyl again. Why do you think that is and which is your preferable media format?

Because vinyl seems to be the most aesthetic response, the most graceful rebellion against our modern and disincarnate world, against the very-compact, the very-easy-to-get, the very-quick-to-listen. And it is also our favorite format, both aesthetically and sonically.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 0 Engineers

Streaming: Doppälgängär - Melencholia

Band: Doppälgängär
Album: Melencholia
Label: Self Released
Year: 2018

01. Inexorable Pain
02. In This World, Not Of It
03. Aokigahara (Sea Of Trees)
04. Dreams In Dysthymia
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Doppälgängär is a post-metal band from Sweden. For fans of Cult Of Luna, Omega Massif.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018 0 Engineers

Post-engineering's TOP 20 for 2017

Label: Self Released
Genre: Post-Metal

The Ascensionist
Label: A Thousand Arms, dunk! Records
Genre: Post-Rock

Label: Self Released
Genre: Post-Metal

Of Salt And Sea
Label: Self Released
Genre: Post-Rock

In Lights
This Is How We Exist
Label: Self Released
Genre: Post-Rock

Collapse Under The Empire
The Fallen Ones
Label: Moment Of Collapse
Genre: Post-Rock

To Destroy A City
Go Mirage
Label: n5MD
Genre: Post-Rock

Of Adoration
Label: Prosthetic Records
Genre: Post-Rock / Post-Metal

Label: Aloud Music Ltd
Genre: Post-Rock

Label: Czar Of Crickets
Genre: Post-Rock / Post-Metal

Le Temps Du Rêve
Label: Self Released
Genre: Post-Metal

Chalice Hymnal
Label: Temporary Residence Limited
Genre: Post-Rock / Psychedelic

Label: Relapse Records
Genre: Black Metal / Folk

Music For Imaginery Film #1
Label: United We Fly
Genre: Post-Rock

Chelsea Wolfe
Hiss Spun
Label: Sargent House
Genre: Alternative / Folk / Goth

Our Ceasing Voice
Free Like Tonight
Label: Self Released
Genre: Alternative / Indie / Post-Rock

Silent Whale Becomes A° Dream
Label: Elusive Sound
Genre: Post-Rock

Label: City Slang
Genre: Ambient / Modern Classical / Electronic

Label: Sargent House / Hassle Records
Genre: Post-Punk

Mass VI
Label: Neurot Recordings / Consouling Sounds
Genre: Post-Metal / Ritual

Friday, January 12, 2018 0 Engineers

Video: Long Distance Calling - Ascending

Thursday, January 11, 2018 0 Engineers

Video: Harakiri For The Sky - Heroin Waltz

Thursday, January 04, 2018 0 Engineers

Album: Diary Of My Misanthropy - Leviathan

Band: Diary Of My Misanthropy
Album: Leviathan
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017

01. Sleep Peacefully, Giant Monster
02. Are You Dreaming
03. Leviathan
04. War Is Peace
05. Black Mirror
06. Rest In Peace

Diary Of My Misanthropy is an atmospheric instrumental music project, founded by Vladyslav Tsarenko in 2013 as a one man band, and developed into a full-fledged 3-piece band in 2015.

Thursday, December 28, 2017 0 Engineers

Streaming: Johnnytwentythree - The Bridge

Band: johnnytwentythree
Album: The Bridge
Label: Self Released
Year: 2017

01. Shipwreck
02. Night Of War
03. Dark Of The Sun
04. The Bridge
05. Keys To Freedom
06. To The Fortress
07. In The Master's Throne Room
08. After the End
09. A Good Childhood
10. Last Breath
11. Silent Lord Of Chaos
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It has been just over 5 years since Joe's death. Before that, we had been slowly chipping away at a new Johnnytwentythree album. That album is called The Bridge, and it is now done. 

I feel like Joe would be pretty happy with it. 

The beginnings of the album started out with a song that was written as a reaction to all of us watching a documentary called “The Bridge”. It was a song inspired by the idea of suicide, but also of finding reasons to hold on. 

The album instead has become a memorial to the reality of the life and suicide of our bassist/brother/husband/friend, and father of two little girls. 

It was released on December 23rd. 

You can order it on our bandcamp or iTunes/Amazon Music.

Stephen’s video for the first song of the album, Shipwreck, can be viewed here, with more to come.

Proceeds from the album will be going to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI - 

The Bridge is intended to be a candle lit for those who are gone, a light for those left. - Michael J23

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