Horsehunter - 2014 - Caged in Flesh 2014 (review)

No country has ever grabbed my attention more than Australia, as it is there that many brilliant tunes started to emerge. “Clagg” and “Adrift for Days” have so far been proudly sitting in the top ten list of my favorite bands, with cosmic vibes of the latter perfectly complementing the sludgy riffs of the former. However, it was not until the discovery of Horsehunter that I realized there was place for one more, not only matching the mentioned bands in terms of quality and sound, but also to some extent giving them a back seat.

Nothing in the world demands more attention than a band that simply sounds huge, and no adjective more aptly or concisely describes Horsehunter. Once the openings seconds of “Stoned to Death” punish your ears with massive, downturned to ferocious degree and gargantuan riffs, all doubts regarding the quality of the final product are immediately dispelled. Not only do you realize that you are in for a long, catchy and simply heavy ride, but give it a chance to go for numerous spins unlike anything you have ever heard before. No really, Horsehunter’s blend of Clagg-inspired sludge, heavy doom and some slight touches of stoner rock create a poisonous cauldron that will keep your ears attached to the speakers for a huge number of spins. 

Album’s Opener, “Stoner to Death” is my personal favorite here, with its heaviness still resonating in my eardrum. No really, what these folks have achieved is a top-quality piece of work. Starting with calm, psychedelic vibes, it quickly evolves into catchy and lead-heavy sludge, with repetitive riffs paving its way through any obstacles. It reaches the climax of heaviness from around 3:00, with thick, plodding riffs leaving to mercy to anything standing on their way.  Some short stoner rock solos water the mixture down here and there, but the whole picture remains intact with the total pace becoming faster as the song progresses further. It slows down closer towards the end, justifying every moment with more atmospheric, but still insanely heavy wall of sound wisely mixed with psychedelic solos and Sleep-like vocals.

Caged in Flesh, the second track of the album is nothing short of the quality of the opener, but is inferior in terms of originality. Starting with somewhat catchy, groovy sludge-doom riffs, the track delivers exactly what you would expect from top-quality sludge-doom band, with guitars delivering long, drawn-out chord progressions with catchy drums keeping you mesmerized throughout the first 3 minutes of the song. It is on this moment that things get really SLOW, with catchy, Sourvein-styled riffs giving way to slow, almost motionless comatose madness. Riffs pick up the pace as the track lurches forward, rewarding the listener with top-quality sludge-doom dominated by with massive guitar sound totally filling the soundscape. Heavily distorted guitars, accompanied by downbeat drums set the foundation for the remainder of the song, keeping you energized until the last seconds of this 12-minute monster. Nice song, but not even near close to the perfection of album’s opener.

Anyway, to say that Horsehunter have produced a great album would be an underestimation. They have delivered one of the best albums in the genre, which could have been even better were it not for the mediocrity of the second track. With thick, juicy sound, tailored to the needs of all sludge enthusiasts, “Caged in Flesh” is a solid addition to the Australian pantheon.

(Review by Den)


Robust Mass. Episode 3 (25.09.2015)

 Некоторые береговые народы, племена из разных континентов объединяет ритуал охоты на китов. Противостояние человека и самого тяжелого в Мире млекопитающего - именно об этом пойдёт речь в третьем Эпизоде Робуст Масс.

Предпродажа - Всего 60 билетов по 60 грн.

1) RIDER (http://vk.com/riderua) ул. Б.Хмельницкого 10
Тел: (044) 254-3883

2) EVERGREEN - Репетиционная база-студия звукозаписи (http://vk.com/club45902898) ул. Красноармейская 26-б (м. Льва Толстого)
Тел: (067) 597 2881, (093) 921 4905

3) ROBUST SHOP (https://vk.com/robustfellow) robustfellowship(dog)gmail(dot)com
тут билеты можно брать и с другими ништяками.
Вход в день концерта - 80 грн.


Robust Gig 20.01.2014 Video Report


Event  on the blog








Editing by Yuri Gryaznov
Video by Yuri Gryaznov, Natasha Pirogova
Sound by Natasha Pirogova


(as a soundtrack to the Robust Gig's teaser)

Go Pro Video & editing by Pasha from Otel' crew

Robust Mass. Episode 1 (25.04.2015) Video Report






Editing by Yuri Gryaznov
Video by Yuri Gryaznov, Natasha Pirogova
Sound by Natasha Pirogova


Robust Gig (12.06.2015) Video Report

  Robust Gig was a blast.

The warmest feelings stays with the Robustcrew, bands and crowd.

Thanks everyone for helping, visiting and support.

Here're the high quality video full sets from the Robust Gig. 

Enjoy !




Editing by Yuri Gryaznov
Video by Yuri Gryaznov, Alexandr Popenko, Natasha Pirogova
Sound by Natasha Pirogova


Music Day in UA. Экспорт и промо украинской музыки

Robustcrew is going to visit this event.
Listen to useful advises from some goodfellas.

Music Days in UA
Date: 19.06.2015
Place: ул. Саксаганского 70А
Price - 250 \300 UAH
 Вход на шоукейс - свободный

 Here is the Schedule:

Начало в 15:00 и до 19:00, у нас лимит по времени
вторая часть - фестивальній менеджмент, тебе может как раз и будет интересно.
Music Day in UA.
Экспорт и промо украинской музыки. Возможности и проблемы


15.00-15.30 Шоукейсы международных музыкальных конференций как инструмент продвижения музыки на зарубежные рынки (теория)

Спикер: Сергей Бабич

15.30-16.30 Опыт участия артистов в шоукейсах

• Как осуществлялся выбор шоукейса?
• Каким образом участники к нему готовились?
• Требования к артисту и программа выступления там?
• Как вести себя, чтобы запомниться?
• Результат участия?

Ирина Горбань (Womex, Eurosonic) – 20 мин
Ирина Семенюк (Vilnus Music Week)- 20 мин
Stefan Schurter (LA Musexpo) – 20 мин

16.30-17.00 «Check my demo»

Представив спикерам демо-записи своих песен/клипов, молодые артисты смогут услышать комментарии, получить профессиональные советы, а возможно и приглашение к дальнейшей работе. Всё решит только музыка.

Спикеры: все приглашенные

17.00-18.00 Фестивальный менеджмент. Возможности для артистов.
• По каким критериям отбираются группы/артисты для выступлений на фестивале?
• Работаете ли вы больше с какими-то букинг агентствами или общаетесь с артистами и следите за трендами в музыке сами?
• Букинг артистов: вы слушаете очень много музыки и, наверное, каждую неделю у вас новый любимый артист. С каких ресурсов черпаете информацию? Есть ли лидеры мнений, вкусу которых вы всегда доверяете? Есть ли шансы у независимого артиста?
• Какой список медиа/фанатская база должна быть у артиста, чтобы он стал интересным фестивалю? Имеют ли фестивали сейчас бОльшее значение, чем лейблы и звукозаписывающие компании?
• Самый сложный/запоминающийся кейс с фестиваля, который дал толчок развитию карьеры.

Андрей Зоин (Фестиваль Respublica)
Кирилл Млинарич (Jazz Koktebel)
Stefan Schurter (букинг менеджер Kulturfabrik KUFA)
Владислав Мицовский ( продюсер, менеджмент групп, соучредитель независимого музыкального лейбла CardioWave)

18.00-19.00 Фестивальный менеджмент. Возможности для организаторов.

• Как составить фестивальную программу, чтобы она имела успех у широких масс, при этом стоит ли стараться развивать молодых артистов и быть открытым к оригинальным проектам?
• Как выживать самим фестивалям в период экономических трудностей?
• Как фестиваль может максимизировать свой вклад в экономику страны, социальную и культурную жизнь?
• Как развивать бренд и особенную атмостферу фестиваля?
• Как работать с партнерами и привлекать средства?

Андрей Зоин (Фестиваль Respublica)
Кирилл Млинарич (Jazz Koktebel)
Татьяна Мерзлая (Арт-пикник Славы Фроловой).

Также в рамках Music Day in UA молодые украинские артисты смогут принять участие в интерактиве «Check my demo». Представив спикерам демо-записи своих песен, они услышат их комментарии, получат профессиональные советы, а возможно и приглашение к дальнейшей работе.

Шоукейс – фестиваль-ресторация Диван (пл.Бессарабская 2). Начало 20:00

Логическим продолжением мероприятия станет вечерний шоукейс в фестиваль-ресторации "Диван", где спикеры Music Day in UA будут слушать украинские группы OwamO, Go-A и Lady Junk. Лучшая группа получит предложение о сотрудничестве от одного из спикеров и PR-поддержку от музыкального digital-агентства Soundbuzz.


Interview with Scott Stearns (May 2015)

Hey Mr. Wizard, how are you doing?

Hello I am doing good. 

Let’s start right away. How did you begin being keen on rock music? What was your first album purchased?

My first heavy rock album was Billy Idol’s self-titled record. I started out listening to New Wave and Punk in the 1980’s and then got into heavy metal.

You’re also known as an artist in certain circles – for making exhibitions, galleries, and stuff. Did everything begin with drawing on a sheet of paper in the 8th grade?

I started very early since around kindergarten drawing monsters, robots and aliens. I was also very into Godzilla and old monster movies in grade school. Then in middle school I was very into Dungeons and Dragons and Monster, Eerie, Epic and Heavy Metal magazines,  and artwork from H.R. Giger, Frank Frazetta, and Boris Vallejo. 

Let’s dig a bit into your hardcore projects. There was a group Die-Hard that turned into Integrity. How long have you been playing together, and do you keep in touch with these guys now? 

Die- Hard was me on guitar, Aaron Melnick on bass, Dwid and then Stork on vokills and Chubby Fresh on drums. We went on a small tour with Outface, Derek Green from Sepultura’s  old Cleveland punk rock band. Then we recorded the album Looking Out For Number One.  We were only were together for a year or two. I keep in touch with Aaron and recently hung out with Chubby Fresh at a Slayer concert.

There was an awesome group Madman Mundt, and you recorded 2 albums of the coolest crossover with it. Dont you want to revive the legend?  

Madman Mundt was a lot of fun and all of those guys were awesome musicians and friends. Mark D. died a couple years ago R.I.P. Me and John and Scott get together every once in a while to jam out some songs. 

What do you think – how important is it to have a good punk/hardcore background to play some terrific sludge afterwards? 

I started out by listening to the Sex Pistols, FEAR, X, The Dead Boys, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Discharge, Bad Brains, The Flesh Eaters,  G.B.H.  etc.  Then I also try to learn from Black Sabbath, Bolt Thrower and Saint Vitus worship and mix it all together into a mutated rotting pus-swamp. 

I’ve recently bumped onto your work on the cover of a 2003 Russian group’s Rogatyiye Trupoyedy album “Devki, Sex I Trupnuy Yad”. I was pleasantly surprised, since I’ve missed this masterpiece then and now looking for the CD. It was more than dozen years ago! Perhaps there wasn’t much commercial on your side then. Who found whom and what impressions do you have from this collaboration? 

I think they found my art on the Ballbustermusic website. It was very shortly after I first put my art on the internet in early 2000s and had my own website. Working with a band from Russia was very cool. They were great and paid me by sending me a whole bunch of black market Russian heavy metal cd’s. I am always happy when I can work with people on the other side of the planet in different countries and cultures who love heavy music and weird art. 

Let’s proceed to the cream of society. Tell a little about your work with Fistula. Do you know why Corey changes band members so often? 

I played guitar with Fistula on Burdened By Your Existence, Smoke Acid Shoot Pills, Meth Mouth And The Dead Teeth and some other splits and eps. I have been a fan of Fistula since hearing Hymns Of Slumber. Corey and bahb are two of my favorite vocalists.  Some bands sound like the singer is just trying to sing like a tough guy, but these guys sing from the heart and have a true hate filled sound that can’t be faked. I am happy Corey asks me to record on some stuff and asks me to do different artwork.

Bibilic Blood is a great collaboration and concept, in my opinion. Do you perform together anywhere? 

Thank you, no we don’t really play out. We have an attic in the woods that we play and record in a couple miles south of Lake Erie. The woods are where the Mellon Heads are said to live. They are mutated carnivorous children with enlarged heads that escaped from a medical facility that was doing experiments on them. I have never seen one but I hear weird noises sometimes.

Where did you find Suzy with her charming voice?

Me and Suzy used to burn each other cd’s. When she told me she loved Suicidal Tendencies and Slayer I knew we had a great destiny together. 

It is such a pity that Morbid Wizard broke up. Guess there had to be one more terrific album, hadn’t it? 

Morbid Wizard is not completely broke up we are still working on our next album The Age Of Wizardry. It is just taking a really long time but it will totally be worth it.

Rumors had it that Ultralord resurrected. Are people lying?

I have not heard any rumors. 

I think The Disease Concept became a gulp of fresh air on the sludge stage. Bastard vocals and trash reefs are a unique cocktail. I’m sure that having such a robust crew, there are chances to go on tour to the old land. Did you have any offers?

I just did the artwork for Disease Concept,  I am not really in the band. I asked if I could hang out in the studio with them for a while because I wanted to meet Dave and Tommy two of my favorite guitar players. I was a huge fan of Solace for years, and worship The Blood Farmers. Permanent Brain Damage is one of my all-time favorite records. 

«Pain Clinic» from the all-star The Disease Concept was announced last year and there seems to be stuff for the 4th album. Where and when can we wait for these surprises

I am not sure but I think it will be soon hopefully.

Among contemporary bands in which you’re involved, can you highlight the principal one, to which you’d like to devote yourself entirely? 

Right now I am working on things in phases that slowly alternate over time. Bibilic Blood and then Morbid Wizard and Ancient Sickness.

Tell a bit about the story of Goat Skull Records that seem to be lying entirely on your shoulders. When you launched it, what impacted you? What are the plans for 2015?

Goat Skull Records was something me and Corey always wanted to do to be able to put out our own music and do whatever else we felt like.  We put all the cds out in a dvd case so it gives more room for the artwork and they don’t shatter as easily in the mail. For 2015 we might only release Bibilic Blood’s next cd Maximum Burn. 

I try not to miss releases with your covers and buy them on CDs or vinyl. How many other similar fetishists come to you to get your autograph at the full discography?

I am always honored that people like my art. There are so many good artists out there I am always inspired by them.

Have you been thinking of launching your series of comics, where, for example, Fistula’s texts would be played like dialogues?  

Yes that would be very cool. I need to do more comic books, but with a good story or lyrics to it.

Perhaps Mr. Wizard has another dozen of little-known projects, about which we should know? For example, Blackwell.  I have absolutely no idea what it is about. 

Blackwell was hardcore band that was Me and Corey on guitars, bahb from Fistula on bass, Larry Gargus on vokills and Jeremy on drums. We recorded an album that one song came out on the Will To Fail comp. Some day if I manage to pull my head out of my ass for long enough I will put the cd out on Goat Skull Records. It is very good. Accept Death will also probably record some new songs this year.

Did you have offers as an artist – like to draw a series of porters for a large festival, such as Roadburn or Heavy Days in Doomtown? If not, what would you think about such an idea?

No I never got too much into doing flyers, I just try to stick with cds and album covers and comics.

Thanks for the fruitful conversation, Scott. Hope someday life will bring us together to meet on a gig of one of your projects or in an art gallery, or in a coffee shop. 

Take care! And tell a couple of farewell words to the readers of Robust Blog.


Fistula Interview (May 2015)

Hey Corey! How are you doing? Grab your beer and make yourself comfortable


Since the first days of Fistula, you’re the only one who remained “in business”, while many other people also participated. I don’t want to seem rude, but why does Fistula like it so much to devour its participants?

I never had some master plan for what happens. Life is a fucker.

Are you happy with Dan Harrington’s job? It must be very convenient to make your releases on his label? Does he share money from the sales with you?)

Im very happy with Dans role in Fistula. He is my brother as well as my bandmate...and he crushes on the mic...so yeah i am happy..listen to the music...wouldn't you be happy? As far as being convenient to release certain things on Patac....no..we all have soo much going on and we live in different states...its not convenient...so we all work hard to get it done. Of course he shares all the cash...who do you think paid for my Benz parked outside my. Phat cribb yo

Your songs tell about different things. One of the popular topics is that of serial killers and maniacs; do you think one of these persons can get the top place in the list of the most bloody people destroyers?

No...because they are whale shit on the scale when it comes to true evil and death in numbers..just listen to how many people the rolling stones have killed

This year has just begun, and you have already managed to release a new ЕР Ignorant Weapon. It has two your own songs and two covers, one of which is made for GG Allin! Who released it and what’s your GG Allin’s favorite song?)

It is a 2 label release with let the bastards grind & Bad road. My favorite gg song is fuckin the dog or die when you die

Everybody knows that the band takes a lot of time, but every person has a hobby, somebody collects beer caps, or used panties, etc) What're your hobbies? What do you like to do to kill a spare time?

Sharpening pencils

Could Sludge be called an anti-stress cure? And if it's "yes" - why?

You enjoy it..makes you happy right? No stress...

What’s your attitude to religion and will you agree with me that religion is a powerful social weapon?

Religion ...any organized religion...is fucked. Hail the Easter bunny..fuk fuk

I’ve heard rumors that you’re going to visit Russia and give two concerts there. Is that truth?

I fucking hope so..and i hope we play with meth drinker

Simple, but still necessary question. What’re your plans for 2015? Already considered how the band should advance hereafter?

Our plans are to work on new recordings and work Branca back into the band on 2 nd guitar..which had already begun. We have shows lined up in july to test some new songs out...get our cray horses moves down pat son!!

Corey, I know that you’re a very active underground fellow. Can you remember in how many bands you have participated? What’re your favorite ones (except for Fistula, of course)? 

I cant remember really but my favorite beside fistula would be accept death with matt and scott.....sloth was fun.....disease concept with jesse..griff.tommy.dave..morbid wizard....rue....sollubi...son of jorel... Blackwell..fuck man..all of them are favorites....

What do you think about women in sludge/doom/stoner? I love brutal female vocals.

Im all for it..

What was the creepiest thing that you’ve ever seen, something that makes your hair turn gray?

Tim conways hairpiece

Aaaand cut! That’s all, thank you very much for this interview!

Thanks for the wonderful moments..i will cherish them always.
-Corey Bing, May 2015

(Questions by Bilous Alexander)

Fistula @ Roadburn 2015, Saturday 11th April 

(vieo by Dmit Rötenplatz)