Video Interview with PANDEMMY

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Video Interview with PANDEMMY
By Victor Augusto

Hello Everyone, It’s Victor!

I’m incredibly pleased to share with you my recent interview with Pedro Valença and Guilherme Silva, from the Brazilian Death Metal band Pandemmy!

We discussed, in depth, their last album “Subversive Need” which explores subjects like Racism, Politics and Xenophobia. Of course, we also talked about their musical evolution.

I hope you all enjoy the interview.

PANDEMMY Video Interview by Victor Augusto

Video Edit by Victor Augusto
Live videos of ‘Webchaos’ and ‘Deforestation’ by Pandemmy

LINKS:

“Subversive Need” (Full Album)

Original Review of “Subversive Need”

Previous EMQ’s Interview with Pandemmy

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CHAOS DOCTRINE – ‘BEDS ARE BURNING’ VIDEO PREMIERE

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CHAOS DOCTRINE Release Visualiser Video For Their Unique Cover Version Of ‘BEDS ARE BURNING’ By MIDNIGHT OIL.

Hello Everyone,

Ever Metal are Incredibly proud to exclusively premiere the brand new visualiser video by South African Industrial Thrash Machines CHAOS DOCTRINE!

In their tradition of covering great classics between major releases, CHAOS DOCTRINE is paying tribute to iconic Australian Rock Band MIDNIGHT OIL with a unique rendition of their classic 1987 cult classic ‘BEDS ARE BURNING’ from the “DIESEL AND DUST” album!

Huge thanks to Chaos Doctrine for, once again, having faith in us and to Devographic Music Media for the opportunity!

Burn Those Beds and Bang Your Heads!

EXCLUSIVE EVER METAL PREMIERE

ABOUT CHAOS DOCTRINE:

Chaos Doctrine brings a unique and modern metal assault by blending old school thrash and death with aggressive industrial metal. Originally formed in 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa by vocalist Dr D (Bedlam, Malachi, DedX), the band line up is completed by veteran guitarist and band producer Alec Surridge (Sacraphyx, The Warinsane), bass guitarist, backing vocalist and band visual artist Phil Carstens (DedX), and explosive drummer Hannes Matthysen (Chromium & The Drift).

Chaos Doctrine  - Beds Are Burning Single Cover Art

For its members, Chaos Doctrine is more than a band…it is a comprehensive sensory experience and a brand. Everything the band produces conveys this; from the band name itself, their aggressive sonic releases, explosive live shows, dystopic visual products, and stabbing lyrical content. Chaos Doctrine explores the shadow of the human condition; hatred, brutality, decay. Their approach is unrelenting, fuelled by rage and void of apology.

This is aggression. This is Chaos Doctrine!

Chaos Doctrine Promo Pic (Credit Amanda Kuhrau)
Photo by Amanda Kuhrau

LINE-UP:
Daniel Burger ‘Dr D’ – Vocals
Alec Surridge – Guitar
Hannes Matthysen – Drums
Phil Carstens – Bass & Backing Vocals

CHAOS DOCTRINE ONLINE:

DEVOGRAPHIC MUSIC MEDIA, PR, EVENTS & AR AGENCY SOUTH AFRICA ONLINE:

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Granada – Sistema Nervioso EP

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Granada – Sistema Nervioso EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 20/07/2021
Running Time: 18:56
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

Mis hermanos del Granada! Excuse my bad Spanish calling my friends as brothers. It is what I like to call these amazing guys from this killer Thrash Metal band from Argentina. Once again, they are one more incredible example of how music can connect people from all around the world, no matter their culture or how far they live from you. As a South American citizen, it is even easier for me to feel connected to everything the band want to express in their music, because we share the same anger and the same feeling after decades seeing our beautiful countries, full of cultural richness, being devastated by misfortune and chaos.

Their previous EP “Amarre” really touched me with the dense subject around the music and the lyrics. I felt that release was so phenomenal that we even did a video interview, here at Ever Metal, to understand more about what they wanted to express. Now, we have another EP full of anger. As the title suggests passion and anger are still key (Nervous system is the title in English that could be related to the human body but also about a political system that kills thousands of people with all its bad management), but things have changed a bit on this EP. The band have returned to a cleaner record production and now they have a bass player. The sound overall is still Thrash Metal with strong Hardcore/Crust influences, but the spirit of the release shows more criticism to politics with the lyrics rather than the sonority.

They still offer a thunderous punch to the face, not only with their heavy music, but also how they manage to open our eyes to see all the issues that surround us. The main change, for me, is that they do not sound as dark as on the previous EP, because they are not so focused on personal problems that hit families, within their homes, but the problems we deal with in a more overall way. At least, I guess, that this is the main change. “Amarre” is still my favorite Granada release, but the sound that you will hear from the band on this EP is, for sure, more representative of their identity.

‘Teatro de Sangre’ opens proceedings with all the pure Thrash Metal you could ask for. Fast and straight in your face. It is cool how Marcos Edwards puts some new elements, like his interesting double kicks, onto his versatile way of playing the drums. New guitarist Lucas Simcic offers amazing solos that are very well structured for the songs. Marcos Colombi makes the sound even heavier with his work on bass and brings new ideas as the intro of ‘Tiempo Muerto’ shows. By the way, this song shows how singer/guitarist Guille Estévez is exploring more clean and melodic vocal lines for this EP.

‘Los Celos del Fantasma’ also brings something heavier, even with some Classic Heavy Metal elements, but ‘En Nombre de Los Condenados’ rescues the Punk Rock/Hardcore/Crust spirit of the band. This spirit is also present on ‘Enterrate, Eliminarte, Renovarte’ until the amazing version of ‘Dig Up Her Bones’ which is a bit heavier than the original track from Misfits.

My final impression is that Granada has found the perfect match between Thrash and Crust/Hardcore influences. Maybe you will listen and have a completely different vision of what I felt, and I am happy with that. This is the magic of music and I love to see everyone’s different reactions. However, there are two things that I can assure for you. You will always have something new with each Granada release and you will always have compositions that come with strong feelings and from the heart. Maybe this is the reason that I am such a huge fan of these guys!

Aguante Granada!

“Sistema Nervioso” (Full EP Visualiser)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Teatro de Sangre
02. Tiempo Muerto
03. Los Celos del Fantasma
04. En Nombre de Los Condenados
05. Enterrate, Eliminarte, Renovarte
06. Dig Up Her Bones (Misfits Cover)

LINE-UP:
Guille Estévez – Vocals, Guitars
Marcos Edwards – Drums
Lucas Simcic – Guitars
Marcos Colombi – Bass

LINKS:

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Areis – Areis

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Areis – Areis
Wormholedeath
Release Date: 10/09/2021
Running Time: 39:12
Review by Steven Hooke
7/10

The region of Occitania in Southwestern Europe that acts almost as a centre point to the Venn diagram of France, Spain, Monaco, and Italy, drawing in cultures, dialects and history from a multitude of sources. Hailing from today’s geography lesson is Areis, a four-piece from the French Occitanie region who – much like their homeland – pull in inspirations from a variety of styles, creating a mood board of punk, post-hardcore, sludge and black metal.

On this, their debut self-titled album, Areis offer a fluid amalgamation of genres that share a kinship with the likes of Giver, Pariso and Morokh. A duality of low-end grooves and higher-end melodies dominate the album, traversing the realms of blackened hardcore (‘Born Again’, ‘Le Pain Maudit’, ‘Of Gold And Blood’), melodic hardcore (‘Eternal Curse’, ‘The Wanderer’, ‘Recall’) and post-rock (‘Under The Sun’, ‘Vacillate’). The album’s wonderful production job allows both layers to be heard crisply, revealing a strong library of riffs from axemen Paul Gonzalvez and Pablo Malbec, and bringing forth an extraordinary wall of sound on the final third of the release, with a rich, full climax in ‘Recall’ through to ‘Vacillate’.

Another dual-attack on “Areis” is the tandem vocals of Gonzalvez and bassist/vocalist Michaël Jarrié. A similar attack as their instrumentals, the pair trade low growls and a gritty, hardcore bark to add an extra layer of assault to their sound. Both vocal styles share the limelight in fair and naturally-feeling transitions that do not take away from the momentum a song has built, and even add to the energy of a song when layered, creating a vicious gang-vocal-esque effect, heard from the off on opener ‘A Wretched Vow’.

It’s a fair outing for the quartet on their debut. What could’ve been a muddied sound is in fact a new worthwhile entry into the modern hardcore spectrum, with dynamic vocal and tonal pairings, a cracking production job, and a bounty of jaw-clenching riffs. But while there are a lot of interesting ideas and arrangements, it’s hard to think that Areis have lent on this potential creativity enough. Looking at bands such as Respire, Svalbard and Birds in Row – 3 bands who also craft a sound made from hardcore, black metal, and aggression-tinged melodies, albeit in a much different way to Areis – they push the boundaries of their already-very loose parameters, and experiment from the first note to the last. In Areis, the furthest they leave the core sound of the debut is ‘You Are The Best At Your Worst’, which ironically feels like it takes more away from the broader sound, stepping closer to a more straight-forward groove metal sound when there are so many different avenues at their disposal.

The good news from this is the aforementioned bands are all at least two albums in with a plethora of EP’s and comps surrounding them. The fact that Areis can sniff at their heels, and draw comparisons to Giver, et al. paints the Occitans in a strong and hopeful light for the future, and a group to put stock into now.

‘Under The Sun (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. A Wretched Vow
02. Born Again
03. The Wanderer
04. Of Gold And Blood
05. Eternal Curse
06. You Are The Best At Your Worst
07. Escur
08. Le Pain Maudit
09. Recall
10. Under The Sun
11. Vacillate

LINE-UP:
Paul Gonzalvez – Vocals, Guitars
Michaël Jarrié – Vocals, Bass
Pablo Malbec – Guitar
Antoine Dineur – Drums

LINKS:

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Foivos – Distorted EP

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Foivos – Distorted EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 04/12/2020
Running Time: 28:00
Review by Rick Tilley
9/10

The instrumental EP “Distorted” is the first release from Greek guitarist extraordinaire Foivos Zacharopoulos, a man with over 20 years of experience as a guitarist, composer and session musician, with the six compositions contained within proving his exceptionally high level as a guitarist. His musical style is basically Metal but includes a myriad of other genres!

Foivos is influenced by many established guitarists, but this definitely does not prevent him from creating his personal style, giving a thoroughly unique character to each track on “Distorted”. This personality has been created by the various combinations of musical genres he has managed to bring to various parts of this musical work and his previous experience guaranteed that the final result would turn out an enchanting experience. You only have to listen to his magnificent version of The Beatles classic ‘Eleanor Rigby’ to understand the talent we are dealing with here, a talent, however, who never forgets that composition is king!

Undoubtedly, “Distorted” is a set of inspiring musical themes that highlight the Greek guitarist as one of the most remarkable artists of this genre and he has nothing to envy from anyone.

His first release is outstanding and I cannot wait to listen to the next one, whether that is another instrumental EP/Album or with his participation in a full band.

“Distorted” (Full EP Audio)

‘Schumann Resonance’ (Home Edition Playthrough)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Schumann Resonance
02. Menage Sedition
03. Roadshow
04. Eleanor Rigby (Beatles Cover)
05. Distorted
06. Alleviation

LINKS:

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Duel – In Carne Persona

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Duel – In Carne Persona
Heavy Psych Sounds
Release Date: 01/10/2021
Running Time: 38:41
Review by Alun Jones
8.5/10

Wait, it can’t be time for a new Duel album, surely? It only seems like yesterday that I reviewed their last work for Ever Metal. Time flies when you’re having fun, eh? Well, that last album “Valley Of Shadows”, also from Heavy Psych Sounds, was released back in 2019 – so yes, it’s time for more Duel. My cryo-freeze unit must have kept me out of trouble for longer than I thought.

Austin, Texas is where they came from, though Duel’s real home is good ol’ heavy metal and greasy hard rock. Whereas with the previous record review, I made comparisons to stoner rock and 70’s proto metal, this time around, “In Carne Persona” has a much more trad metal approach. Thundering out of the gates on the very first track, ‘Children Of The Fire’ has a galloping, early Maiden sound.

The NWOBHM influence rages throughout the album, with some classic Sabbath heaviness and Thin Lizzy style melody for good measure. Second track ‘The Veil’ illustrates both sides of those 70’s references with a pounding riff and laser sharp solo.

Tracks like ‘Anchor’ and ‘Bite Back’ take the intensity of Trouble or Saint Vitus and ramp up the pace with a ferocious Priest-like power. ‘Lizard Tongue’ delivers the boogie, whilst final track ‘Blood On The Claw’ provides an epic finish to the proceedings. Bringing the album to a huge and satisfying conclusion; it builds slowly, contrasting heavy chugging sections with refrained passages.

Superb bombastic vocals crown masterful musicianship that evokes the past masters, making “In Carne Persona” another triumphant album from Duel. Throughout it all, Duel create a dark and brooding atmosphere, that effectively stamps their own authenticity on the old template. Dark but never grim, it’s always exciting.

I remember a duel of sorts in my days with Purple. One night whilst on tour somewhere, we decided to have a game of beer Russian roulette. Thirty cans of lager on the table, one had been shaken up by yours truly and placed randomly back amongst the others. Participants would then open one can at a time next to their ear; one unlucky player would obviously suffer the frothy consequences.

Gillan, Lord and Blackmore all started well – springing open cans next to their heads which didn’t explode, so they could drink them down. Eventually, and inevitably, it was Ritchie who took the shaken beer to the head, he was soaked and screamed petulantly at Gillan, blaming the singer for his misfortune. It wasn’t like he didn’t know what to expect! Blackmore stormed off leaving the rest of us in hysterics. What was really funny was, when Ritchie wasn’t looking, I’d switched cans on him with another frothed up bullet. Ha!

‘Children Of The Fire’ (Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Children Of The Fire
02. The Veil
03. Anchor
04. Behind The Sound
05. Bite Back
06. Wave Of Your Hand
07. Dead Eyes
08. Lizard Tongue
09. Blood On The Claw

LINE-UP:
Tom Frank – Guitar & Vocals
Shaun Avants – Bass & Vocals
Justin Collins – Drums
Jeff Henson – Guitar & Vocals

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with VOID COLLAPSE

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EMQ’s with VOID COLLAPSE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Michigan/Texas US based Death Metal project, Void Collapse. Huge thanks to Terry Oberson, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Terry Oberson, I do everything but play the drums. I’ve been putting everything together for the past ten years or so, I worked with a different drummer early on, but it wasn’t really a fit. I met Shane through a message board, and we work together really well. He is one of my favourite drummers I’ve ever heard, and I’m really glad I found him.

How did you come up with the band name?

It’s from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Lol.

What Region/Country are you from, and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?

We are from the United States. I imagine it’s like anyplace else. I’m from Michigan where Black Dahlia Murder is from, and they play here pretty regularly. I go to about one show a year. I’m older now, and have been to a lot of them in my life. So, I just go when a there is someone I want to see.

What is your latest release?

We just released our second album “Gwenda”. It’s the first in four. We’re doing an album for each queen of the tarot. Gwenda is the Queen of Wands.

‘Glass Furnace’ (Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Cryptopsy, Bjork, The Beach Boys, countless others in all types of music.

What first got you into music?

The radio, Motown, or The Beatles.

If you could collaborate with any current band or musician who’s would it be?

Kurt Ballou, or Erik Rutan.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

We’re not a live band unfortunately. We live in separate states, and our lives don’t really allow us to. I just watched Nasty at Wacken and that was pretty crazy, so I’ll pick Wacken.

What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever received from a fan?

I haven’t yet, and don’t really want to. Lol.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thanks to everyone who has checked us out. Past, present, and future.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

MCA from the Beastie Boys.

What do you enjoy about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy creating, and making what’s in my head take a physical form. There isn’t much I dislike.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

It’s sort of like life, it’s just the way it is. Everyone is on the same playing field, and you have to figure out how to navigate it. Everything seems to happen the way it should good or bad.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums.

Blink 182 – “Enema of the State”.

What’s best? Vinyl, cassettes, CDs, or downloads?

Downloads, or Vinyl. Streaming is best in real life, and Vinyl for collecting, and playing video games to.

What’s the best gig you’ve played to date?

I’ve never played out.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

Playing music is my extra-curricular activity. I work for a chemical plant, raise two girls, and spend time with my girlfriend. That’s my life.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Queen, so my 10 year old daughter can talk their ears off with questions about “Hot Space”!

What’s next for the band?

We have a split with Before the Storm We Flourished coming soon, a Guns ‘N Roses cover, and I’m starting the next full length right now.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Our main thing is Instagram, and Facebook. We’re on all the streaming services, and Bandcamp.
www.voidcollapse.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/voidxco11apse/
www.facebook.com/void_collapse-102538454571134
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2PYEbK6nDf0x0jO4egg1mK
www.youtube.com/channel/UC0r6MSGya8Nn8Q0yqWZT2sw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they cake or a biscuits?

I had to look this one up. They’re exactly what I thought they would be. I would say biscuits. I would like to try them though.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything you’d like to add?

We really appreciate the opportunity to do this, and a big thanks to anyone who has checked us out, and a big thanks to you.

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EMQ’s with REAWACAN

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EMQ’s with REAWACAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German based Death Metal band, Reawacan. Huge thanks to guitarist/growler, Dan Krieger, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi, my name is Dan Krieger, and am responsible for all the guitar work and growling.

REAWACAN was founded in 2017 by me and Marco Gebert. Before we both had a musical break for about a decade since we played together in our former band called Lacrima Christi.

With our self-titled debut album in 2019 we had been resurrected with all our passion for extreme music…

How did you come up with your band name?

We knew it must somehow symbolize our rebirth. So, we stumbled upon this old English word – which simply means reawaken. Because of its untypical spelling it is unique and a perfect match!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Germany. As far as I know we have quite a big scene of all kinds in our relatively small country. You know the WACKEN OPEN AIR for sure – it has developed itself to be the biggest in the world!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

In fall this year our new EP “Pandemic Coverage & Old Schooling” will be released (October 23rd). It will be accompanied by one or more video productions. So, we pretty much used all the given extra time during the pandemic for being freely creative!

‘Into Proliferation’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metal-wise all the famous old school masters like Metallica, Slayer, Death, Paradise Lost, Celtic Frost etc.

We are children of the 80’s and therefore also much influenced by all kinds of classic rock and pop of these days, including many of the prog rock projects back in the 70’s…Regarding the reviews for our debut, some people mention even a certain jazz taste in it…?

What first got you into music?

When. I was a small boy, my handball trainer listened to some music wearing head phones. I asked him, what he was listening to. He replied, it is the fairy tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood and the Bad Wolf’. This made me very curious because I knew he was kidding. – I immediately fell in love with what he presented to me: Motörhead, Metallica, Twisted Sister, Saxon and Iron Maiden! Those sounds never left me. So as a teenager I founded my first band ABSZESS…

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I would like to experiment with some gangster rappers. – Really! I admired all that stuff with heavy riffs back in the 80’s…

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

WACKEN Open Air of course! Just to be a part of history.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I can’t remember to have got any…

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

‘Metal heads unite!’ A saying by Chuck Schuldiner to remind us all that all the sub genres of (metal) music doesn’t matter at all. Just be true to your own individual taste!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Again: Chuck Schuldiner. I would like to hear what he would be producing nowadays…

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

The most precious gift of making music is the ability to deeply express yourself. There are no limits, no laws, absolutely no holding-back! It makes me sad when people try to define and control everything just to prove something/someone wrong.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Please do not only support the ‘rich’ musicians that already hyped themselves and listen carefully to those many talented freaks out there, whose abilities to spread their ideas are ‘traditionally’ more limited.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Stay Hungry” by Twisted Sister.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Of course, vinyl! None can compete with it as a whole piece of artwork! But I also like the vast sound power of the digital capacities. It is exciting to listen to the differences between analog and digital mixings.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Interestingly it was not the biggest one. It was the CD Release Party with my old band Lacrima Christi nearly 20 years ago. The album is called “Maskenball” and the tiny club transforms into exactly that!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I am a passionate programmer and martial artist. Also, strong forms for expressing myself. Another thing would be working as a movie actor – especially for the weird and mad characters! HAHAHA!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The best parties have been with my fellow neighbours! REALLY!

What’s next for the band?

Releasing and promoting the EP, of course. In the meanwhile, we have already written some songs for the next album…!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Besides Facebook, it is mainly Bandcamp, and all of the streaming platforms of course.

www.reawacan.de/
www.reawacan.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/ReawacanDeath
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7hgmZ5A02kz3E98qNEvkE1

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A would say it’s a biscuit. Remember it since being a very small child…!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I would like to say thank YOU for all those interesting questions and your support! Cheers!!

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EMQ’s with MELTING EYES

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EMQ’s with MELTING EYES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with The Hague, Netherlands based Old School Death Metal band, Melting Eyes. Huge thanks to Ben Ubert & Marco van der Meer, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Ben Ubert: I play the rhythm guitar and the some of the little melancholic parts.

Marco vd Meer: Drums.

History:

We‘ve known each other for more than 25 years. We‘ve lost track for several years and when we met again in Amsterdam at a Gruesome gig, the idea was born to start up an ODSM band. In February 2017 we started practising and meanwhile the bass player joined us. All three of us already played in other bands in the past. Me, in War Master (NL). Marco in Compos Mentis (NL) and Angelo, the bass player has a long history of bands; Winterfell, GAOS and many more. After ¾ years of rehearsing and writing songs Pier Segaar (guitar in The Impaler, ex Constant Paranoia) joined the band on vocals. After a while he brought his guitar with him and started playing guitar as well. We started performing live with bands like Gruesome, Nervochaos, Graceless, Rages Of Sin, Acrid, mainly in the western part of the Netherlands. The debut EP was recorded in the Covid period in November at  Studio Moerwijk and was released Aug 1st 2021.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ben: it refers to my illness, I suffer from Cluster Headaches. In bad periods it’s like one of my eyeballs is melting out of my head. Visualising this gives a gory, painful picture, which of course is suitable for an old school death metal band.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We originate from the western part of the Netherlands and there’s a pretty big metal scene, with Musicon (The Hague), Baroeg (Rotterdam), Nobel (Leiden) programming (inter)national bands. Apart from that the Dutch metal scene is very alive with a lot of good bands (Asphyx, Graceless, Pestilence etc. etc.).

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our debut EP: “My Final Resting Place”.

‘My Final Resting Place’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ben: Death (US) (Chuck Schuldiner R.I.P.) and Asphyx, later on also Gruesome (Matt Harvey).

Marco: Nicko McBrain, Alex Marquez, Gene Hoglan, Bolt Thrower, Malevolent Creation, Disincarnate, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary etc.

What first got you into music?

Ben: I think it was hearing Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’, after that the new wave of British Heavy Metal, but certainly also the beginning years of Death Metal (87-96).

Marco: When I was 9/10 years old I started listening to AC/DC, Motorhead and Black Sabbath. They all got me where I am now.

When it comes to playing, I’m very inspired by Nicko McBrain, still love his drums on the early Maiden albums.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Ben: We already did, Matt Harvey of Gruesome helped me out writing the first song ‘Rise From Below’ during guitar lessons and also taught me an important lesson in attitude, which gave me more confidence: “I just play what I like to hear, it doesn’t get any deeper than that”. By chance we also did a gig with them here in Holland.

Marco: My good friend Alex Marquez.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Ben: 70,000 Tons of Metal, great atmosphere and weather, Metal on a cruise ship!

Marco: Actually, same as Ben 70,000 Tons of Metal. Maryland Deathfest would be awesome too.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Ben: Being stopped on the street to take a photo with me and my orange camper which has the name Melting Eyes on the back.

Marco: Email.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Ben: We are very pleased and humbled with all your support and all the nice reactions to our debut EP. You’re all part of Melting Eyes.

Marco: Thanks for all the support and stay death metal.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Ben: Definitely Chuck Schuldiner, he died way too early.

Marco: Brett Hoffmann, cannot be matched by anyone. His voice was truly unique and he’s still missed.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Ben: I love the friendship in the band and with the fans. I don’t hate anything, but I am sorry I sometimes cannot spend more time working for the band. We still work full time on a normal job.

Marco: We are good friends and that makes playing a lot of fun. I always look forward to Thursday evenings to rehearse again. And certainly, also all the messages from fans and reviews that we get after the release of the EP. Ben does indeed do a lot of work for the band lately with distribution and contacts, hats off if you do that with a full time job. I hate nothing when it comes to the band.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Ben: No opinion yet

Marco: Deleting Dutch-language music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ben: “Leprosy” by Death

Marco: I have so many but there is always one that is often in my CD player and that is “IV Crusade” by Bolt Thrower.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Ben: All of them, Vinyl looks great, cassettes make me feel nostalgic. They make me feel like going back to the tape trade era. CD’s are still handy and Downloads and Digital make you go around the world faster.

Marco: CD’s and downloads (depends on the bitrate), got no cassette or record player anymore.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Ben: Musicon, together with Gruesome.

Marco: Yes, totally agree, Gruesome.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Ben: Driving on my motorcycle.

Marco: Looking for a drum kit and starting to become a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ben: my family and friends.

Marco: I don’t do dinner parties, when I throw a party there are only drinks and snacks and I prefer to do that with family and friends.

What’s next for the band?

Ben: To start working on a new album and get more gigs/festivals in 2022

Marco: Yep.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.meltingeyes.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/MeltingEyesDH
www.instagram.com/meltingeyesofficial/
www.twitter.com/MeltingEyesDM
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1odmfwAEaEtB73SIOiPbU6
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g0mpsZjgMU

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Ben: no f….. clue haha.

Marco: Fucking tasty, I know those things heh.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Ben : To all who are supporting us, thank you very much!

Marco: Thanks for this interview. And for the fans: thanks for the support.

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Dead Romantic w/Avarus, Solarshift and Rosen Bridge Whittles @ Tokyo, Oldham 02/10/2021

Dead romantics at Whittles Tokyo Oldham

Dead Romantic
w/Avarus, Solarshift and Rosen Bridge
Whittles @ Tokyo, Oldham
02/10/2021
Review by Rob Sutton

I have been waiting to get a gap in my calendar to check this venue out for some months now as I have seen many pictures and videos of a massive outdoor stage. Although this gig was on the indoor stage, I still had a nosey at the other one. I must say both stages are sizeable here, great for gigs and perfect for a festival. The venue itself feels fresh and new with lots of seating, both inside and out, as well as a good selection behind the bar, perfect as I didn’t drive to this one. The toilets also are of a high standard even if someone seemed to have had a fight with some paper towels and littered them everywhere…

ROSEN BRIDGE

Tonight, we kick off with a new band for me, Rosen Bridge from North Wales. These boys combine Djent with Metalcore, which is apparent from the outset with a pair of ironing boards for guitars (8 strings); both Marcus and Eddie (guitarists) do well to provide not only tasty riffs but some lovely harmonies giving the whole sound a melancholy feel to it. This is backed up with Alex (vocals) using both clean and screamed vocal styles. It does end up meaning some of the songs do get stuck in your head. While some of Alex’s cleans were a little flat on occasions, he more than made up for this with the screams and his showmanship. Oh, and this guy has some of the best dance moves I have seen from a front man! Sam (bass) who is very loud in the mix adds a fantastic touch of groove to the sound and Rowan (drums) does very well to keep everyone in time, even with the addition of backing tracks and some fantastic pauses within the songs. I personally would really struggle to stay in time to these songs. All of this comes together to create a beautiful blend of aggression and beauty, a sound which I very much enjoyed and look forward to seeing again next month.

https://www.facebook.com/RosenBridgeUK

SOLARSHIFT

Second on tonight and for the second time it’s Solarshift. Last time I reviewed these Manchester based Nu/Metalcore brutes, they blew me away! This time was much the same, Ben was his usual charismatic self on stage and pumped the crowd up and got them off their feet. His voice again was cracking, both growls and cleans. Now, with this stage being much wider than the stage in Wigan, it was much easier to focus on the rest of the band this time. Drum wise, he really goes for it! As I said last time it’s nothing too fancy but it gives the music so much energy and bounce. He is well into this and looks like there is a spring in his chair with the amount he is bouncing. Sadly, with the guitarist and bassist just stood there, barely moving for most of the set, you really lose the feel. For example, Ben will shout bounce and he will, whereas the other two will stand there and look at each other. It is sad as Solarshift have a unique sound and to me probably the best overall in the underground Manchester scene and really will go far. But when these bigger stages come calling they may look a little out of place when half the band is stood still.

https://www.facebook.com/solarshiftmusic

AVARUS

Continuing the bouncy vibe of this evening comes the third band Avarus, another band I have already reviewed. Since then, I have been listening to their latest EP “Parallels” a fair bit which meant I was annoying the people around me by singing along to quite a few of their tracks. This was greatly helped by the fact they sounded big tonight. Each instrument was very clear to hear and with the fact they all were bouncing around and generally looking like they were having the time of their lives really helped. This was a much shorter set than last time and I did feel like I wanted a few more songs out of them. Their modern take on metalcore really feels tight and polished, showing that they wouldn’t look out of place on a big stage, it was just a shame they didn’t get the crowd reaction they deserved tonight.

https://www.facebook.com/avarusofficial

DEAD ROMANTIC

Finally, we have Dead Romantic. These guys are a bit different from the previous three bands as there is barely a growl in sight. But this is not a problem as I am sat listening to these guys feeling 14 again. It’s nostalgic and really takes me back to my early teens. I really wanted to sing along however I didn’t learn any of the lyrics beforehand. These guys absolutely dominated this stage; this was even with a lot more space than the previous bands. They looked like they were in their element, like they were having fun and because of this the crowd did too. There was a proper party atmosphere for these guys! A couple of things that really caught my eye were Mike’s (guitar) fantastic solos that were scattered throughout the set; each one had its own feel to it. Another was the distinct lack of backing tracks, this all being done live by Sam (keyboards). It was really refreshing to see these done live as opposed to pre-recorded. These guys will go far; they strike a chord with many age groups and fan bases, all this despite only forming in April 2021 and this being their fourth ever gig. Honestly, this was a phenomenal achievement to be headlining a gig with this much confidence, ability and passion whilst only being a band for 6 months, simply incredible.

https://www.facebook.com/deadromanticband

I loved this line up tonight, I loved the venue, I want to come back again and see how this all works outside. It’s a great place with great people and if the line ups are this good going forward this venue will surely be a staple for many bands on tour!

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https://www.facebook.com/whittlestokyo

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