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Foto no 2015.gada “Eschatos” Eiropas tūres,  grupas privātais arhīvs.

Skaidrs, vislabākās sarunas par mūziku vedas sēžot pie virtuves galda. Un tā arī notika maija sākumā, Pārdaugavā, Kristiānas un Edvarda privātmājas virtuvē, svinot Kristiānas pārbraukšanu, albuma izdošanu un dzīvi, nedaudz pēc pusnakts Edgars man stāstīja par “Eschatos” jaunā albuma tapšanu. Albums “The Grand Noir” arī tapa ierakstīts šajā pašā privātmājā.  

Sākotnēji “Eschatos”  bija iecerējuši veidot  splitu jeb dalītu albumu kopā ar lietuviešu grupu “Inquisitor”. Taču galu galā tapa pašu otrais albums – “The Grand Noir”. To veido pieci skaņdarbi, kopējā garumā 33 minūtes. “Eschatos” smagās mūzikas trumpis ir grupas izpratne par daudzslāņaina atmosfēriskuma radīšanu, un to var dzirdēt arī “The Grand Noir” kompozīcijās.

Albumam ir stāstoša uzbūve ar instrumentālu ievadu un kulminācija 31. albuma izskaņas minūtē. Grupa spēlējas ar dinamiku, savieno pretstatus – monotonos ģitāras rifus šķaidot ar maigām instrumentālām pārejām, tā arī priecē ar sarežģītu ritmisko zīmējumu. Visgrūvīgākā albuma dziesma ir “On the Divines Names”, kas publiku tā vien aicina mesties traka apļa skrējienā.  Klausoties albumu, es nedomāju par black metālu, tas drīzāk ir emocionāli piesātināts muzikāls piedzīvojums. Robežas ir kritušas, vai ne?

Pirms došanās savā Eiropas koncerttūrē, “Eschatos” albumu prezentēja koncertā Depo, kur arī tapa šī zibensintervija ar grupas vokālisti Kristiānu Kārkliņu. Jārunā bija ātri, jo ar katru minūti kluba atmosfēra kļuva arvien skaļāka un skaļāka.

Black metāls, sludge – kā stilistiski visprecīzāk būtu apzīmējama “Eschatos” mūzika?

Mūsu sākums ir meklējams black metālā. Stilistiskās robežas ir izplūdušas, un laika gaitā cilvēki sāka mums piedēvēt arī citu stilistiku. Black metāls šobrīd ir kļuvis par ļoti abstraktu jēdzienu. Tāpēc, manuprāt, stilistiskajam iedalījumam zūd jēga.

Kāpēc tu uzstājies basām kājām?

Fantastisks jautājums! Tāpēc, ka šādi gūstu stabilitātes sajūtu – esmu tuvāk zemei un jūtos labāk.

Tu aizvadīto gadu dzīvoji ASV. Kādi koncerts tev vislabāk palikuši prātā?

Redzēju “Mayhem” uzstājoties kopā ar “Watain” un kanādiešiem “Revenge”, kas man bija fantastisks pārdzīvojums. Bet labākais dzīvais koncerts, ko es redzēju laikam bija alternative country, apvienība “Wovenhand”.

Kā Eschatos atrod iedvesmu?

Iedvesma nav jāmeklē, tā ir dabiska procesa sastāvdaļa. Mēs ar mūziku visu laiku esam saistīti. Puiši spēlē dažādos projektos, arī štatos man radās blakus projekts “Black Earth Black Sky”.  Izmantojot interneta sniegtās iespējas, tas varētu pārtapt par ilglaicīgāku projektu, jo mēs ļoti labi sastrādājāmies. Atgriežoties pie iedvesmas. Mūzika ir sava veida pašattīrīšanās. Negatīvā enerģija tiek konvertēta mūzikā. Tas nenozīmē, ka mūzika ir negatīva. Jā, tā ir tumšāka. Tā ir mūsu kopējā reinkarnācija.

Tu kā ilggadēja metāla vokāliste Latvijas mērogā esi ļoti īpaša, jo šādu pamanāmu vokālistu – sieviešu ir ļoti maz. Kāpēc, tavuprāt, tā tas ir?

Interesants jautājums. Varbūt meitenēm vienkārši nav intereses par šāda veida alternatīvo un smago mūziku? Nezinu. Iespējams ir meitenes, kas pilnīgā pagrīdē kaut ko dara. (jautā grupai) Jūs zināt šādas meitenes? Man ir gūti komentēt. Man liekas, ja tev gribas darīt, tad ej un dari. Tas vienkārši sēž iekšā, un es nejūtu, ka būt metāla vokālistei ir kaut kas krietni atšķirīgāks.

Vai tev šajā albumā ir mīļākā dziesma?

Mīļas ir visas, bet emocionālākā ir albumā pēdējā dziesma “Feast of Thousand Beasts”. Tā ir arī vecākā albuma dziesma.


Grupa Eschatos ir Kristināna Kārkliņa – vokāls, Edgars Gultnieks – ģitāra, Jānis Bušs – ģitāra, Tomass Beķeris – bass, un Edvards Percevs – bungas.

Albumu „The Grand Noir” var noklausīties Bandcamp vai Spotify, un albuma formātā iegādāties grupas koncertos. Eschatos jūlijā varēs dzirdēt Lietuvas festivālā Devilstone, kā arī pašmāju smagās mūzikas festivālā Klang.

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Grupa “Laime Pilnīga” Foto: Marina Ignatjeva.

GrupaLaime Pilnīgadrīz svinēs savu desmito pastāvēšanas gadadienu. Šajā laikā ir noticis ļoti daudz – ir absolvētas skolas, ir dibinātas skolas, mainījies vizuālais izskats, atrasts savs īstais producents un tehniskā komanda, lai galu galā 2015. gada 24. aprīlī klausītājiem tiktu nodots otrais albums ” The LP”.

Kad grupu pazīsti ļoti labi, tad jaunāko ierakstu gaidi ar lielāku satraukumu,  cerībām un prieku. Kungi, visu cieņu, esmu sajūsmināta.

Lūk, kāpēc:

Albuma skanējums ir silts, daudzslāņu un spēcīgs. Un arī manas mazās tumbiņas strādā uz pilnu skaļumu, lai izbaudītu to stadiona koncerta skaņas sajūtu.

Oficiāli albumu veido desmit skaņu celiņi, intro un deviņas dziesmas, bet faktiski starp dziesmām ir paslēpti mazi prieciņi ( īpaši skaisti pāreja skan starp dziesmām “War” un “Apocaliptic intimacy”), līdz ar to ” The LP” padarot par vienu veselu 36.29 minūšu ilgu baudījumu.

Arī tekstuāli albums ir stāstošs – sākumā tiek uzdots jautājums, vai vēlies izmainīt pasauli? Albuma stāsta atrisinājumā dziesma “Running in Circles” vēsta par to, ka vēsture atkārtojas. Dziesmas caurvij atslēgas vārds sirdsapziņa (arī tikai sirds un sevis apziņa), kas grupai ir bijusi aktuāla jau kopš pašiem pirmsākumiem.

Jānis Olekšs, Foto: Marina Ignatjeva.

Mārcis Vasiļevskis, Ervīns Ramiņš, Foto: Marina Ignatjeva.

Runājot par albuma stilistiku, tas ir rokmūzikas fusion ar citiem žanriem. Piemēram, dziesmai “Dead Man’s grip” piemīt prog rokam raksturīgā daudzdaļīgā uzbūve. “Conscience talks” ievads atdod cieņu klasiskajam rokam.

Albuma kulminācijā – dziesmas “Fire within” himniskums mijas ar pasaules mūzikas noslēpumainību, radītu ar perkusiju iespēlēm. “Fire within” var izbaudīt Ervīna vokāla plašo diapazonu. Bet dziesmai “War” pantiņš ir fankam raksturīgajā grūvā, bet piedziedājumā nodārd roka koris, lai pēc mirkļa atkal atgrieztos pie fanka.

Elvijs Mamedovs, Foto: Marina Ignatjeva

Mārcis Vasiļevskis, Foto: Marina Ignatjeva.

Ervīns Ramiņš, Foto: Marina Ignatjeva.

Iespējams, pats svarīgākais “LP” elements, kas rada klausīšanās labsajūtu, ir ritmiskums – tik tehnisks un precīzs, radot suģestējošu grūvu ( zini to sajūtu, kad ir jākustas, ir jādejo, vai vismaz jāsit taktij līdzi kāja).

Un skaidrs, “Laime Pilnīga” muzikālo attīstību būtiski ir veicinājis fakts, ka visi grupas dalībnieki ir skolotāji. Katram skolniekam atrodot individuālo pieeju, atkal un atkal atkārtojot sev zināmas lietas, protams, arī paši skolotāji top radošāki un atklāj rokmūziku no jauna. Dots devējam atdodas, īpaši laikā, kad rokmūzika pavisam globālā mērogā sevi tikai atkārto, albums “LP” ir teicami nostrādāts veikums un jaunrade. Paldies!

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Photo: Vladislavs Punculs.

Photo: Vladislavs Punculs.

 ‘’A person wants to play music all the time. You just have to find the right people to play with. And if it’s going to work out fine you will understand immediately. You just have to start playing.’’ 

TESA are three guys who play loud, heavy and contrasting instrumental music. The vocals that they use actually work more as an instrument rather than a story teller. TESA was founded in late 2005 by the bassist Kārlis Tone and two brothers Jānis Burmeistars – drums and Dāvis Burmeistars – guitar. Before TESA they all were playing in other well known underground bands. Kārlis played bass in the Saldus hardcore/ punk band Kriegopfer. Jānis played drums in the band When My Authorities Fall. Both brothers Jānis and Dāvis also played in the legendary Latvian hardcore band In.Stora. And Davis also played in the band Les Corte together with Kārlis.

At the time when underground music clubs weren’t found in each big city, gigs were held in rather unsuitable locations like the Riga School of Crafts or the restaurant ‘’Ciecere’’ in the city of Saldus. Nowdays TESA choose unusual of locations like these to play with different people for their gigs, too. TESA have a massive concert experience. It would be too long to name all the places they have played not only in Latvia, but in many other countries too. The most emotional experience for TESA was when they opened for Neurosis in Latvia and later in Germany. One of the greatest gigs I recall was the presentation of their album ‘’IV’’ which was held in the fall of 2012 at the ‘’Totaldobže’’ concert hall in the former VEF territory. TESA has a very big fanbase. It doesn’t matter how big the gig’s place is, every concert is well crowded. 

This Autumn TESA  will release their newest 5th full length record ‘’Ghost’’ by the local company ‘’SKYR’’. For the interview we meet early this year at the bands rehearsal space in the old industrial club ‘’Elektra’’. The room is massive, but the band has occupied only 1/3 of the place. We sit down in the middle of the room. When Kārlis, Dāvis and Jānis speak to me, they compliment each other so naturally that all I have to do is just sit there and listen to TESA’s monologue:

Photo: Vladislavs Punculs.

Photo: Vladislavs Punculs.

In TESA everybody creates everything.

The sound of the new album is loud, rough and dirty. Many people think that if your band’s sound is dirty you can’t play. But it’s quite the opposite. To create a dirty, rough sound it takes some skills. For example, Nirvana – nothing special, right? They had to rehearse three times a week to get their sound. We play post rock. That style of music is pretty ‘’in frames’’ you know. So we are trying now to break out of it.

We don’t have to prove anything to anyone. We are pretty self critical when it comes to the music creating process. It is crazy wanting to change your parts when all the music is recorded. If some little mistake is done while recording, and the musician is the the only one to notice it, it doesn’t change the quality of the whole record. The record is perceived as whole piece – nobody is listening to a specific second of the bass part. Self-criticism is everyone’s self responsibility. If you are a member of the band then respect your other colleagues and be as good in your playing as you can, so that no one has to wait for you.

No one in the band comes to the rehearsal place with ready material like – here is my song, let’s play it. That’s why we don’t have any problems with new material when someone loves it and someone just plays it without any emotions. Enough criticism occures when writing music, so we all talk it over. In TESA everybody creates everything. One musical motive can be created by different people, but every time the sound will be different. That is why it is important for the band to create their music together. This is how all ideas are filtered and become even greater. These ideas sound best for the specific band.

Through the years we have definitely become louder. The loudness is very important for our music. Of course, not as high level as the band Sunn O ))). In our concerts the power and loudness of the sound affect people physically. We are more comfortable playing loud, not quiet. But you have to know how to play loud. When you get new equipment and the sound gets more power at first you think it’s fantastic, but you learn to control it later. Roger Waters in the Pink Floyd movie ‘’Pompeii’’ mentions a golden rule in music. ‘’Everything depends on either you control your gear, or the gear controls you.’’

Communication is what reflects TESA’s song writing process. Someone may think that we play with our backs to the crowd intentionally. Actually there are some parts in our songs that we need to see and follow drummer Jānis. Are we a live band? Yes, we do like live shows! There are enough bands who wouldn’t agree to play three shows a month being afraid that the crowd would get bored of their music. We usually look at the location factor and why we play there. The people factor doesn’t affect us much.

The manifesto of brutality

TESA will always be the three of us, but it is interesting to jam with other people too. For example, a very interesting collaboration was with the local noise musicians Antireality and Edgars Rubenis. Another great project is the ‘’Bigband’’ which was formed in Kuldiga underground club ‘’Zabadaks’’. We had this dream for a while, to gather several drums, basses and many guitars together. That’s why we collabarated with Soundarcade to mutate both bands songs together. But to do a rehearsal for ten people is very hard nowadays. You know how hard it was for the three of us to come together. That’s why with the ‘’Bigband’’ when we have a gig on thursday it would be good to do a rehearsal on wednesday. Those who can make it to the rehearsal come together and jam. Those who can’t make, will be told about. If there is no rehearsal previosly held with ‘’Bigband’’, playing is very interesting. Because we all know only the guidelines. However it is rather a thin margin between that everything comes out fine and that you don’t know how the whole harmony will evolve. And actually two drums without any reahearsal sound pretty lame.

Photo: Vladislavs Punculs

Photo: Vladislavs Punculs.

A friend invited us to open for Neurosis in Germany. He had been on tour with them. When we opened for them in Riga the gig was less stressful, because we knew more or less the Riga crowd. In most cases you have to say that your friend will never be an objective listener. You can play the gig well or badly, but you won’t get a direct rating. But in Germany we had to open up for one of our favorite bands, and the crowd was people who we saw for the first time. In such situations outside your unsual environment you know how good or bad as a musician you actually are. If you do a bad gig, people will go to the bar for a beer. But in our case the gig was great. Everything worked out just as we had planned. That was unforgettable – to do a gig with a band you had listened to in the same day, and even more – with a band that you’ve been listening to all the time for the past two, three years!

If we had the chance we would tour more. That is one of the best things being in a band. Physically tours are pretty tiring, but it is worth all the effort when you are on a tour and the only thing that exists is the next gig. It is a fascinating moment when you do a gig in Lithuania but rather driving back home you head to the next stop on your tour. And then we get to Poland, and you can always drive to Russia, too.

(Translation by Lauris Polis.)

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It’s hard to find the right words to describe the first “Nine Inch Nails” show on their Europe tour that took place on 6th May in Latvia, Arena Riga. One is clear – it was the highest level of professionalism that makes you hold your breath even if you aren’t exactly a fan of that type of music.

“Nine Inch Nails” are specific. It’s not like you want to listen this music every day. To understand them, you need some background knowledge or curiosity to discover something new. It’s better if you have both. Unfortunately for the only “Nine Inch Nails” show in Baltic’s Arena Riga was quite empty. Therefore – all respects to the organizers “Positivus Music” who took the risk and made it happen!

“Nine Inch Nails” spent a week in Riga rehearsing for the upcoming European tour, building up complicated schemes of lights and music and incredible stage constructions. The stage changed like a dark Rubik’s cube while stage lights showed colourful play of highlights and shadows. But still the most important element was music. Half of the concert I was listening with closed eyes to capture the contrast of sounds and beats as best as I could.

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“I’m just a copy of a copy of a copy of a” – and all hands go up in the air! Crowd goes crazy! Relieved feeling of happiness takes over your body and you found yourself melting with the crowd. “Nine Inch Nails” took the control over the crowd at the very beginning of show and didn’t let it go till the final notes.

I can speak only for myself but my favourite song was “The Becoming” played in the middle of the concert. “The Becoming” has two themes – one electronic pattern, the other one is the Trent’s voice. The specific twist comes when sudden drop transforms the song into harmonic melody, creating an irritating but at the same time pleasing feeling in your ears. During live performance this contrast was especially intense. The older fans can be pleased, the setlist includes many songs from “The Downward Spiral”. Riga’s the audience was delighted about “Closer”, “The Hand That Feeds”, and the loudest singing along happened  at “Head like A Hole”. Time runs fast and within a heartbeat concert comes to a magic encore – “Hurt” – when audience attempted to breath together with Reznor.

Setlist:

1. Copy of A

2. 1,000,000

3. Terrible Lie

4. March of the Pigs

5. Piggy

6. The Frail

7. The Wretched

8. The Becoming

9. Gave Up

10. Closer

11. Find My Way

12. Me, I’m Not

13. Came Back Haunted

14. The Great Destroyer

15. Eraser

16. Wish

17. Burn

18. The Hand That Feeds

19. Head Like a Hole

20. Hurt

Photo gallery rocknphotos.com

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