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Tesseract-Juno Reaction/Review Video
02 Feb. 2019

Tesseract-Juno Reaction/Review Video


Guys & gals, we are entering into kind of a new venture as Lady Obscure Music Magazine. We like the depth in our content and we thought why not go into details about specific songs. Especially new metal music. We started doing reaction videos where we talk & react to even the slightest detail in a song. We start with Tesseract’s Juno! Exciting… Give it a try and let us know what you think.


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Razor Cephesinden Güzel Haber
01 Jan. 2019

Razor Cephesinden Güzel Haber


İstanbul’a her gittiğimde dinlemeden dönmediğim, bir grup süper yetenekli müzisyenden oluşan Razor, yeni resmi adıyla Razor Inc. geniş ve özenle seçtikleri  ve sürekli yeniledikleri repertuvarları,  muhteşem ötesi performansları ve kaliteli duruşlarıyla Türk metal dinleyicisinin gönlüne taht kurmuş bir grup. Razor Inc, bugün Instagram  ve Facebook hesaplarında biz sevenleriyle güzel bir haber paylaştı. Sözü uzatmadan, grubun 24 Ocak Perşembe akşamı Dr Skull albümleri lansman gecesinde Dr. Razor olarak sahnede olacağını hatırlatarak, sözü kendilerine bırakıyorum.
Gelişmeleri takip edecek ve sizlere ulaştırmaya devam edeceğim.
Sevgiyle,
Lady Obscure

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My Very First Post at the Magazine! Celebrating Our Seventh Year!
01 Jan. 2019

My Very First Post at the Magazine! Celebrating Our Seventh Year!


I know there are some of you out there who know me from various social networking sites for the songs, reviews, articles, photos and, videos I constantly share…

I now know that the music freak in me will not rest… Going through the motions of life, I often find myself exploring the  Northern European bands ever increasing in number but keeping it straight quality-wise; or digging out the gems hidden in the side projects of the musicians we all know and love… My passions manifesting themselves in the form of band management, promotion, booking, planning and all that in the past are now maturing into something more…

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EVA KATHRYN DEBUTS FIRST MUSIC VIDEO
12 Dec. 2018

EVA KATHRYN DEBUTS FIRST MUSIC VIDEO


SINGLE RELEASED ON RADIANT RECORDS

November 1, 2018 – Singer, songwriter and keyboardist Eva Kathryn has released her debut video and single, “Voices”. Blending her unique fusion of genres, and ethereal alto-soprano vocals, the song recounts her childhood experiences with school bullying and peer intimidation.
Eva is joined by Koen Herfst (Armin van Buuren) on drums, Daniel Fries (Affector) on guitar, and Connor Green (Haken) on bass. Rich Mouser (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard) mixed with Bill Evans (Flying Colors, Steve Lukather), with Evans and Kathryn producing together.
“I hope many can relate to this song, because we all have that moment when the voice in our head tells us we’re not good enough, or won’t ever amount to anything,” Eva shares. “It’s a song about the heart crying out, and saying, ‘This is who I am!’”

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David Ellefson – Basstory Ankara’da!
11 Nov. 2018

David Ellefson – Basstory Ankara’da!


Grammy Ödüllü Megadeth grubunun bas gitaristi, yazar, girişimci Metal müzik ikonu David Ellefson, en yeni kişisel projesi BASSTORY turu dahilinde iki özel performans için ülkemizde.

“Basstory: An Intimate Evening of Riffs and Repartee with David Ellefson”

Basstory; ünlü müzisyen ile samimi bir müzik gecesi vadediyor; solo bas performansını özgün ve meşhur hikaye anlatımıyla birleştiriyor Ellefson; Rock N ’Roll adıyla verdiği mücadele ve zaferlerin detaylarını anlatıyor.

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Zeytinli İzlenimlerim
09 Sep. 2018

Zeytinli İzlenimlerim


Her yaz bir festivale giderim normalde.. Graspop, Hellfest, Bloodstock, High Voltage.. Bu sene malum Euro’nun geldiği durum nedeniyle olamadı. Zeytinli’ye de son günü için gidecektim. Ama madem başka ülkeye gidemiyorum, Zeytinli’de festival kafası yaşayayım dedim. Valla iyi ki de öyle yapmışım. Zeytinli ne hale gelmiş öyle?? Uluslararası standartları yakalamışız. Festivalde tutkuyla müzik dinleyen çocukları görünce ülkem adına, müzik adına çok sevindim. Yüzümden gülümseme eksik olmadı.

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Kilmara’s New Single
08 Aug. 2018

Kilmara’s New Single


panish melodic metal band, KILMARA, have released a single & music video for “Out From The Darkness“, the song is taken from their fourth album ‘Across the Realm of Time‘, outAugust 31, 2018 via ROAR Rock Of Angels Records. The album was produced, recorded, mixed & mastered by Roland Grapow (Lords of Black, Masterplan, Squealer, Black Majesty, Eagleheart…). Artwork made by Didac Plà.


Guests on the album are Jordi Longán (ex-Ipsilon) keyboard solo on Principles of Hatred, Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween, Masterplan) start guitar solo on My Haven, background vocals on “crawling from darkness” and “Out From the Darkness”, Viktorie Surmøva ( Surmatra, Rosa Nocturna, Victorius ) vocals on I Shall Rise Again.

Tracklisting:

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Ekim’de Pain of Salvation İstanbul’da
07 Jul. 2018

Ekim’de Pain of Salvation İstanbul’da


İsveç’in, Ülkemizde de oldukça büyük bir hayran kitlesine sahip grubu Pain of Salvation‘ın Ekim ayında İstanbul Zorlu’ya geleceğini duymuşsunuzdur. Kağıdı kalemi almak şart oldu tabii bu durumda. Şahsen ben bir PoS konserine her halükarda heyecanlanırım ama bir de “In the Passing Light of Day” gerçeği var ortada. Grup yıllar sonra şahane bir sürpriz yapmış ve Remedy Lane’den (kimimize göre Be’den) sonra tam olarak istediğini bulamayan ve son albüm için beklentisini çok da yüksek tutmayan biz bir kısım hayranlarına, harika ötesi bu albümü vermiş. Tarz olarak geçmişteki hiçbir albümlerine çok fazla benzememekle beraber aslında biraz kendilerine has, eski albümlerden elementler, progresif kökler, biraz da Road Salt, Scarsick, ve Be’deki modern elementlerin karışımıyla ortaya şahane bir şey çıkmış.  Progresif köklerine de geri dönmüş grup bu albümde. Bu durumda ister istemez konser için duyduğumuz heyecan bir iki tık yukarı çıkıyor tabii…

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Käki Interview
07 Jul. 2017

Käki Interview


Käki (“Cuckoo” in Finnish) is an experimental, loose collective of handpicked individuals serving this sound installation, which is always stream of consciousness, fully improvised, evolving and growing as it goes. Every performance will be different from another, depending on which members are playing. It can be just me, most of the times accompanied by another guitarist, and we craft every performance and line up to fit which ever event we are playing. Käki is unsigned for it’s obvious obscurity and unwillingness to fit boxes, which might make it hard to sell anyway. We just released our first triple album KatoaHukuValu, all of them linked on the titles.

– Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is
involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up? You know, how the
journey started, what the members were doing before…
It all probably started with my one man study J. Kill & Mr. Mule (now called Junkyard Shaman). I started making music in 2012, with no goal or purpose, just for the sake of playing. It ended up being a pile of over 100 digital releases, albums and EP’s. I started playing live shows of this avantgardist guitar improvisation thing. Then a friend of mine introduced me to Cédrik Bano, and we instantly had this connection that could allow us to play up to 5 hours together without getting bored once. That’s pretty much how I knew, that this guy is someone I want to have involved in this thing. We had this other thing called Matatadrone for a while, my brother Eetu Kilpinen, with whom I have played in a grindcore band Cut To Fit for years, came to play the bass. We have lived pretty much all our life together so we know our brain inside out. We played some live shows that kinda welded the whole thing together. We had another drummer (who fit the thing perfectly) for some time and played some live shows as J. Kill & The Shady Yes Yes Men, but I wanted to have something more consistent. Drummers are also always busy or have something else going on, so I knew I did not want to have a drummer in this thing. So I picked up another person I knew I have a special connection with, Juho Yrjölä. He also sings in our other band Harhakuvia and is a Finnish underground rap artist Liskomies. Complicated enough? I wanted the drummer to be someone, who is not a drummer, who understands the essence and transcendence of hypnotic rhythm and can keep the same pulse for hours if needed. Basically, I handpicked these individuals, who I knew I could trust to understand this droning, experimental and avantgardist approach to playing music without trouble.  There are no mistakes, every sound is a good sound.
– What your genre means to you, or why you chose this genre
basically?

Genres in general don’t mean anything to us. The thing is, we have grown tired of “music” in it’s regular sense. All the things people associate with it, genres, song structures, instruments, everything. We are building our own instruments and noise machines at the moment. I play broken cymbals and scrap metal bowls with a bow and contact mic them through effect loops, we try to find new noises out of our instruments all the time. When it comes to music, it is just a stream of whatever we happen to channel through. Mostly it is droning, ambientish sounds but occasionally some sort of “themes” grow out of it and then we observe those themes for a while before letting them go. It is what it is, just an ocean of sounds.

– How did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
Regarding this triple album we just put out it was rather simple. The first part Katoa was done by me, alone in the basement studio after four days of isolation. I recorded all kinds of shit in there, just for the fun of it, but when I stumbled upon the first track I instantly understood I had just found something important. I observed that further and 12 hours later the whole album was done. At first I thought of putting it out alone, but then this whole idea of Käki formed in my head. I invited these individuals, let them hear the album and told them I wanted to create something based on this tuning and atmosphere with these people. So basically we went to the rehearsal space, set up the mics and Huku is the first thing that came out, instantly. Without any practice or plans. I am really happy with it. Valu was recorded right after that, as an acoustic live field recording. Just start put the rec on, drink coffee, play, record a late afternoon exactly how it was. If there is some theme to all of this, it is this zen-ish approach of letting things be what they are, how they are, let go of all control and just exist in one place and time for a certain period of time.

– Are you happy with your music? I mean, what aspect of it do you
think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve
upon?
I like everything I get to do with other people. Music is a language and as we have these “conversations” we get to know each other even better, so that is an interesting process to observe as it goes. It will only get better with time.
– How has the overall reception been?
When we play live it’s always good. Someone might say that people in general are stupid and have no taste in music, but I have noticed that when you offer them something like this, something they have never quite experienced before, they are open minded. We don’t do soundchecks, we just set up the gear and start playing so that we get to play as long as possible. It is confusing to some people, but we like to confuse people. There has not been a single show that hasn’t silenced the audience, and that is what I aim for. Little by little the music grows and sucks people into it. Then it becomes a shared experience, with the band and the audience, eventhough there’s no any crowdpleasing or even speaking or lyrics at all. Then there are those few individuals who are as mentally hinged as we are, those who completely, innately understand all of this and just get lost in it with us. To share all this with those people, that is an humbling experience.

– Is the band going to get more involved in performing live at some
point? What’s next? Album?
We play every show we get and it would be great to tour outside of Finland too. We have few shows booked and more shows planned. I mean this thing is rather hard to sell this to any promoters, especially when I am too introvert to forcefeed my things on people without starting to hate myself immensely.

– What do you see for your future? How is it looking?
The future is always bleak, we all grow old and die, so why not focus on now instead.
– Could you tell us about the themes /concepts you focus on
or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they
influence the writing process?
I guess the biggest themes behind all this are communication and this zen approach I mentioned before. It is a collective subconscious mind speaking through instrumentation, “que sera, sera”-sort of mantra being in the center of it all. We have no traditional writing process in the usual sense of the word, we may have some conversations before hand and they may set the mood to what we are doing, but we just sink into it. It is so efficient that I never have any recollection of playing music afterwards, which is probably why I don’t have any trouble “listening to my own music”, which the “troubled artists” usually appear to have. I don’t consider it as “my” music, and I don’t think any of us do. We are just transmitting something that is bigger than us.

– So what bands do you guys draw your inspiration from?
Eetu and Juho listen to rap. I guess that’s my advice to anyone who wants to have working drone band, get yourself some old school rap heads on the rhythm section. They like loops and are usually high enough to take it slow and chill. Me, Juho and Cédrik also listen to all kinds of psychedelic and droning things. It’s hard to pinpoint any bands, but I guess all of us except my brother like Swans to some extent. My brother always hated me for loving Neurosis so much as we grew up, but I guess some of it has seeped through since he has quite a lot of similar qualities in his playing too.

– What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music
for its own sake?
Any sort of crowd pleasing always makes me cringe. We grew up playing punk with metal bands and everytime the fists were in the air I figured the next step is marching in the streets and burning people. It’s something Aldous Huxley called the “crowd disease” and I despise it. That is probably why I have took the position of not manipulating audience into anything. Whatever they get into their heads in our shows is on them, not on us. We are not instigating anything, we are just serving the music, which is our spiritual practice and the only reason we are here for.- Anything else you think your fans should know?
I know this is not music for everyone. It is not supposed to be. If it works for someone, we are grateful. If they truly GET IT, that’s even better. You can find us through the following links, if you feel like it.

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Q and A with Blind Revision
12 Dec. 2016

Q and A with Blind Revision


Jen Janet, vocalist and keyboardist of Blind Revision answered Nem’s questions.

Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up?

Myself and our guitarist, Kirk met at college. Phil, who is our bassist, was Kirk’s roommate at the time. We all decided to jam one day and we realized we seemed to mesh well together, so we decided to start a band and play shows. The rest is history. Our drummer went to high school with Kirk and we met our other guitarist, Jake, from a mutual friend in the Rhode Island music scene.

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