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Phobetor – When Life Falls Silent

Phobetor – When Life Falls Silent
Black Jasper Records
Release Date: 17/07/2020
Running Time: 40:10
Review by Steven Hooke
6/10

For as long as time has been a follow-able construct in the eyes of man, there has been a constant battle between generations. From music to money, business, politics, how to properly cut the grass and everything in between, the old guard stands firm in their belief in that back in their day, peace and tranquility roamed the land, whilst the new kids on the block offered up new ideas and alternatives. Following into this extremely prolonged metaphor is London-based trio Phobetor and their seeming attempts to blend the duelling generations together through the medium of death metal. A genre definitely not drenched in creative misalignment.

The debut album features vocalist Debora Conserva and guitarist Mitch Revy, flanked by new drummer Marc Dyos from the symphonic power metal band Pythia. Together, the trio forge their own path into the world of death metal, combining the songwriting tropes of today with delivery and presence of classic DM. The modern-day elements unsurprisingly hold up pretty well, Revy’s guitar work and the constant churning of riff after riff after riff is amongst the highlights of the album, with particular mentions going to ‘Blind Widow’ and ‘Bury My Name’, and their respective incorporations of groove metal and the Gothenburg metal scene in at the highest tier. However, these riffs are difficult to spot in the first few listens due to the old school death metal durge-sounding production style.

Now, far be it for me – a self-confessed production snob – to criticize the production of a debut death metal album. But this goes beyond me wanting every album to sound as crisp as a Devin Townsend-directed Pringles advert. There is a strong argument that a strong debut is trapped behind questionable production choices. It takes decent headphones and a little concentration to truly hear the ideas Revy has conjured up, and they simply just don’t crunch in the way they’re meant to.

The album, as a whole, is drenched in modern creative ideas. From the dark orchestral opening of ‘Merging Infinity’, to Conserva’s albeit rare dabbles with clean vocals, Dyos’ more progressive rolls and fills, and the frequent tempo changes, it’s all so far removed from the old school days of “play fast, be heavy”.

Whether it was a stylistic decision, a financial wall, or if Conserva and Revy had a particular idea for the album before the introduction and experience of Dyos (as well as session bassist Richard Hunter from Maelstrom) came into play, remains to be seen. But something that they definitely should be holding on to for the follow-up is the range of their frontwoman. Conserva combines the low-end, bassy gruff of Angela Gossow, with the strong, unwavering screams of Dani Filth, resulting in a dynamic warcry performance that greatly succeeds, in spite of the noted turn-offs. Focus on any of her screams throughout the album and they are pristine, razor-sharp, and often the most commanding part of a song.

While we have been spoiled over the past few years with near-perfect debuts (Conjurer, Fvneral Fvkk, Møl) it’s often missed that it’s possibly the hardest album to get right, being the starting block for a band’s image and their presence in their respective musical community. Will “When Life Falls Silentset the death metal world on fire? In its current state, my guess would be no. But, that is not to say there’s nothing here. Individual components of this outfit are there itching to break out, but some serious consistency needs to be established to really define what kind of band Phobetor wants to be.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Merging Infinity
02. A Toxic Lie
03. Whispers of Dissonance
04. Blind Widow
05. Psychopathy
06. Bury My Name
07. Harmony of Solitude
08. Dysmorphia
09. When Life Falls Silent

LINE-UP:
Debora Conserva – Vocals
Mitch Revy – Guitar
Marc Dyos – Drums
Richard Hunter – Bass (Session)

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EMQ’s With ESTAMIRA

EMQ’s With ESTAMIRA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brazilian Death Metal/Metalcore band Estamira. Huge thanks to guitarist Clarissa Carvalho 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?

I’m Clarissa Carvalho, I’m one of the guitar players in Estamira. Our band arose from the encounter of five women who had just got out from mixed (composed by women and men) metal/hardcore bands in 2007 in the Federal District (the capital of Brazil). We weren’t looking for creating a female metal band, but surprisingly, three friends met other two women. We all wanted to play heavy music and after a year we played our first concert and it was the thing we most did until 2012. We recorded only four songs at two different moments. The first demo (2009) was uploaded at myspace at that time and then we recorded two more songs in 2012 that generated both of our video clips (still available on YT). So, we decided to take a break and wait for Ludmila (vocalist) to finish her PHD in Mexico.

The “break” took 6 years because when Ludmila came back, Maiara (drummer) was pregnant; Sara (guitar player) had formed a new band; I wasn’t so excited to play the guitar anymore and I was more into drums; and Camila (bass player) was then focused on her Art PHD and living in São Paulo. We weren’t willing to end the band, but it wasn’t a good time to get back, so we waited. Our “return” was the concert we played at IV Bruxaria’s Festival in November 2019. Our plans for 2020 were to finally record our first full album and play in concerts out of our state and country. As we all know COVID-19 is making us wait again, we are taking this time apart to update our social media, producing some merchandising stuff and composing.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s inspired by an actual woman called Estamira Gomes de Souza. She worked as a garbage collector in Rio de Janeiro, therefore, a poor black woman who had suffered many kinds of abuse. She became notorious for her philosophic wisdom, and critical view about the unequal society of Brazil. She was considered schizophrenic because of these views. She was a strong woman and her notoriety was shot in a documentary movie. So, we were shaken about the “symbolic status” in which she was placed: labelled as mad because of her untold wisdom. This is the same label all women are given here when they speak for themselves and against oppression. We feel like all women are “Estamiras” because of the madness label & status we are symbolically placed in every day when society does not treat us like citizens.

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

We’re from some cities in the Federal District. We have a strong underground scene here considering the great bands we launch every year, but not so much by the support of festivals, concert halls, size of the public etc. Some of the Federal District’s 80’s punk rock bands gained national notoriety from this scene. At this time, a lot of metal bands were releasing great material too, but almost no band can make a living from heavy music in the Federal District. Regarding the music styles, I guess we live with “waves”. For instance, in the 00’s the hardcore and metalcore scene was very strong, and now it isn’t so much. Punk and heavy metal are always current, but I would risk saying that today we have a great doom stoner post rock and black metal “wave” increasing in the Federal District.

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

We released two videos in 2012: ‘Quem Morre Sangrando Por Mim?’ and ‘Raimunda Honório’. They’re available at YT. Our profile on Spotify will be available soon with 2 EP’s.

Quem Morre Sangrando Por Mim? (Official Video)

Raimunda Honório (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

When I was a child I listened to a lot of classic rock with my family. So, my first influences were Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Yes, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, and some Brazilian rock bands such as Titãs, Paralamas do Sucesso. I still listen to it, but when I was a teenager I started to listen to grunge bands, and they became one of my great influences for the guitar. Later I started to listen to metal bands like Sepultura, Death, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse and then metalcore, hardcore and crust bands. I was very influenced by Lamb of God, Walls of Jericho, Meshuggah, and other bands. As I play the drums as well, I think I have a lot of influence from Type O’ Negative, Carcass and Soundgarden. Nowadays I’m more focused to know better Brazilian underground bands and, trust me, we have a lot of great bands and musicians here.

What first got you into music?

I guess Rock ’n Roll was the first symbolic place that I fitted as a personality. I started playing the guitar at 14 years old. I like the rebel feeling that rock gives us, and even the sadness feeling that comes from it sometimes. I like music because it makes me feel a lot of things that are taken from us when we spend most of our days just working. I like to express my anger, my sadness and my joy into brutal music instead of just existing, working for others and hating people.

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

Chelsea Wolfe.

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

In Brazil I would love to play at “Abril pro Rock” that takes place in Recife and at “Facada’s Fest” in Belém, because there’s a great underground scene in the North and Northeast coasts nowadays. Abroad it would be maybe Hellfest or Obscene Extreme Fest. I Know there’s a great one in Mexico too.

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

A tattoo with Estamira’s name on her back. Actually, it was not a gift for me, but I think it was the biggest thing a fan did for us.

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

I wish our songs made you feel anything. I hope they  make you feel like putting out your anger, your joy, your sadness, if you want that. I hope they make you feel connected with some ideas you believe in.

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

Can’t I bring two? Yes, I can: David Bowie and Chris Cornell.

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

I enjoy creating songs that express what I’m feeling. I love the vibration of our concerts. I hate the sexist way that a lot of people treat women in the scene, such as when they get surprised with women making brutal music. Really?? Still? Or when they support us, hoping to focus on female bodies on the stage and not our music.

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

The price of instruments. They can’t be bought by everyone and it sucks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Meshuggah – “Nothing”

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

They’re different. Downloading is easier but I love the way vinyl sounds.

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

I‘ve just remembered that I’ve experienced an ecstasy feeling playing Estamira’s concert at Verme’s Fest last December. A tiny but great gig produced by our friends from the band Device.

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

Actually, being a professional musician is what I would be doing if I could live from it. Hahahah. I would enjoy being a Cultural Producer, too.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The prudent answer is my family. I would not be silly and make the missing friends sad. hahaha

What’s next for the band?

To FINALLY launch our Spotify profile, and then record our first full album.

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

www.youtube.com/channel/UCtteHtKuMJtKBMFAlERiz1A

As I said earlier: our Spotify profile will be available soon!

www.instagram.com/bandaestamira/
www.facebook.com/Banda-Estamira-274926079274272/
bandaestamira@gmail.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what Jaffa Cakes are.

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

It’s usual to be questioned about why we sing our songs in Portuguese. Well, it’s our mother language. Our lyrics talk about oppression and one of the greatest forms of oppression is to fit to hegemonic languages to be heard. Besides, we might not express our real feeling in a language different from ours. Sometimes there is no translation for a feeling. ALSO: buy bands’ merch, people!

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EMQ’s with PENANCEVILLE

EMQ’s with PENANCEVILLE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Deepest, Darkest Essex, UK based Heavy Western band Penanceville. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Rusty 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?

Rusty. Guitar and vocals. Driver of the Winnebago.

How the band came to be?

Preacher Rusty emerged from the wilderness, the scrapped pages of the book of grudges in his bloody right fist. He pointed to the ground, and on that very spot Penanceville came into being.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s the place all the rotten people gravitate to.

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

We’re from the Deep South. Of Essex…

The band is currently championing a genre of 1 band. It’s been dubbed Heavy Western.

It’s stuck and works as a quick explanation of what we do.

Americana mixed with Rock, I guess.

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

We’ve released 4 singles. We’re in all the usual online places. Spotify, iTunes, YouTube – blah blah blah.

The latest single is ‘The Body’. It’s written in the tradition of a good old-fashioned murder ballad.

‘The Body’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically? – Raised on stuff like Skynyrd, Stones, A lot of Blues- The Kings. Johnny Winter.

Then got into Metal and found my way into Americana and bluegrass.

What first got you into music?

The Muppets. Top of the Pops. And my parents always had music on. Motown from my mum and rock and blues from dad.

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

Punch Brothers. They are on another level as players and writers.

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

Pink Pop because it’s always embraced so many different bands and genres.

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

Drugs and drawings of the band.

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

I am in no position to be giving out advice!

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

That’s a real tough one. Maybe Tom Petty as the world lost him too soon and I feel like he wasn’t done being great.

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

Creating and playing live are the 2 things you can’t beat.

Logistics of getting all the maniacs in the band into the same place at the same time.

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

That it supported new artists better. But that’s a long conversation.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one?! I’ll go with Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Second Helping” as it’s a good sound track for the good weather we’ve been having recently.

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

Vinyl – Looks great and is great, it’s encouraging people to buy music. Cassettes are pretty crappy, but hold a special place in my heart. Mix tapes and my Walkman.

CD’s are a bit boring. And Downloads are convenient, I guess.

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

With this band we played a few cool festivals last year and played a great one at the Railway in Southend. We were just on it that night.

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

Learning to be a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

(Rick Here – This one wasn’t answered so I don’t know if it was a mistake, refusal or that there just isn’t anyone Rusty would invite!!)

What’s next for the band?

Writing new tunes and waiting for the world to open up.

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/7bAsGBKx890ssmP4pVYqs6
www.facebook.com/penanceville/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCOeALlAG_sHpBvAJRWsX0HQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes. Clue’s in the name. Plus, Stephen Fry told me so.

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

Check us out if you want to hear something a bit different.

Photo by Film Free Photography

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EMQ’s with EVERLOST

EMQ’s with EVERLOST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Moscow, Russia based Modern Metal band Everlost. Huge thanks to Andrey Smirnoff 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 Andrey Smirnoff. I’m a vocalist/songwriter/guitarist of Everlost. Also known for working in bands like U.D.O., Dirkschneider.

Everlost was founded in 2001 but our first full-length album came out a few years later (around 2004). Over the 20-year history of the band, hundreds of shows have been played throughout Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Europe, also 5 full-length albums have been released. Now the band is working on the next studio record. Everlost’s style has undergone many changes over the years, but essentially remains the powerful mix of heavy riffs, powerful vocals and catchy melodies.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were looking for some short and catchy word. And Slayer was already taken.

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

Originally, we’re from Moscow, Russia. The Russian metal scene is pretty large, but mostly underground.

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

We’ve released a couple of singles recently, called ‘Warrior’ and ‘Supernova’. The most recent video is for our cover of In Flames’ ‘Pinball Map’. The original record celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. It was a heavy influence on Everlost’s music back in the days.

‘Pinball Map’ (IN FLAMES cover) feat. Max Norton

‘Supernova’ (Official Quarantine Music Video)

‘Warrior’

Who have been your greatest influences?

All the classic metal bands, like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Accept and so on. Another great influence was the melodic death metal scene of Sweden with bands like already mentioned In Flames, Soilwork and Dark Tranquillity.

What first got you into music?

At first, sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. But it quickly turned to sex, beer and death metal.

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

Metallica!!!

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

Wacken Open Air! Because it’s the most famous and the biggest one.

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

Several years ago, at one of our gigs, we’ve got a plus size bra. For some reason, a person with this gift was a guy!!

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

Believe in yourself and never give up!

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

It would be someone who died before creating his best record. The first one who comes to mind is Chuck Schuldiner.

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

I love to rock on stage, but I hate to be on a stinky bus with a bunch of drunk guys.

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

The music industry is created by the people and for the people. One cannot change things he doesn’t like about the music industry without changing the people themselves. But, personally, I don’t like that the industry became oriented too much on single hit songs and doesn’t care about albums being good anymore. While writing albums for Everlost, we’re trying hard to avoid mediocre songs and just throw them away if there are any doubts.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Somewhere In Time” by Iron Maiden.

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

Market will always be dominated by the products that are easiest to use. That’s why we see the increasing popularity of various streaming services. Vinyl, Cassettes and CD have their own aesthetics though, but it’s mostly collectible items now.

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

I think, it was our anniversary gig in Moscow. We’ve even made a live video and a live album out of it, called “XV Years – Live In Moscow”.

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

Some of us already have jobs and businesses unrelated to musical industry.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Sasha Grey, Elon Musk and Bernard Arnault to pay for that.

What’s next for the band?

New single and album!

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

Mostly, our YouTube channel

www.youtube.com/user/everlostband

And a Facebook page

www.facebook.com/everlostofficial/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t have these luxurious capitalistic delicacies here in Mother Russia. Our gastronomic knowledge is limited to bear meat and vodka.

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

Thanks for the support! Have a great day everyone! Stay safe!

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Ward XVI – Metamorphosis

Ward XVI – Metamorphosis
Metal Rocka Recordings
Release Date: 25/09/2020
Running Time: 49:43
Review by Beth Jones
9.5/10

Well hello there my fellow crazy fiends. Now, those who know me will know I’m a fairly measured soul, and I’ve also been referred to as ‘the shy and retiring type’, even demur (pahahaha)! But those who know me well, will know that underneath this cleverly disguised exterior, I have a darker, more deranged side, that’s held back for special occasions. And this is one of those occasions, so please forgive my musings. Getting the chance to become an inmate on Ward XVI at Whittingham Asylum is something quite appealing to me. And getting admitted here is simple. You only have to share in the joy of the deranged, unhinged and slightly peculiar. And that is something I can definitely do!

The latest wing of Ward XVI – “Metamorphosis” – is about to open, and us lucky special inmates get to have a sneak peak, and tell you what it’s like! I’m afraid that I was admitted to the ward fairly recently, so missed the arrival of the other wings, and am now exploring them out of order, Tarantino style, apparently! But I’ve been told, that if you explore them all in order of their creation, you can see how they all fit together!

So, what’s it like here in “Metamorphosis”? Well, as you would expect from Ward XVI, it’s conceptual and follows a theme. It’s a chilling and macabre circus of the mind. The kind you dream about after too much cheese late at night. Its haunting accordion melodies conjure images of deranged, black and white striped clowns doing odd things with organs – and not the sort of organs you can play… At least not without draining the blood from them and drying them substantially first. This is backed up by the solid rhythms and riffs, and some pretty trippy electro work. Get the probes out nurse, I’m ready for my lobotomy!

The first sounds you are hit with upon entering “Metamorphosis” are that of a conversation between doctor and client, setting the scene of the decent into evil madness, the reasons for which will become clearer as we move along. This leads into ‘The Cradle Song’, which paints the picture of where the madness started. A lullaby with a dark twist, complete with ominous music box sounds. The haunting melodies and guitar work here set the mournful tone.

As you move along the twisting corridors of “Metamorphosis”, the bitterness stemming from years of neglect sing out, with Psychoberrie’s vocals delivering all the disturbing tones and nuances you would expect from one so deranged. This is pummelled further into your brain with the freak circus melodies, strange ambient sounds, and the measured work on guitars, and ska inspired bass and drums that sit below the melody.

I think my favourite area of this new wing is ‘Shadows’. It’s melancholy and disturbing, and finalises this new chapter in a perfectly dark way. Its message is sorrowful, and its lilting melody matches the hurt within the walls of the asylum…

In case you didn’t understand any of that, here’s the important bit! If you like to be taken on a theatrical journey into the madness of despair, in the style of Alice Cooper or Avatar, then Ward XVI, and this new album, are for you. It brings another level of depth and depravity to their ‘Shock Rock’ style, both musically and production wise, it’s masterfully handled. The instrumentation is ingenious, mixing ska style off beats and classic rock riffs. The use of sound effects, as well as spoken word, and some operatic and harsh vocals, add to the drama, darkness and madness throughout. Lyrically this disturbing concept album creates a deep and sorrowful picture, that draws you in from the very start. Terrifyingly beautiful, or beautifully terrifying? I’ll let you decide. Until the next chapter, inmates. Stay safe…And don’t let the shadows bite…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Retrogression
02. The Cradle Song
03. Mister Babadook
04. Daisy Chains
05. Broken Toys
06. Imago
07. A Goodnight Shot
08. Burn The Witch
09. Catch Me If You Can
10. The Verdict
11. Shadows

LINE-UP:
Psychoberrie – Vocals and Lyrics
Dr Von Stottenstein – Guitar
Wolfy Huntsman – Bass

Guest Appearances
‘Retrogression’: The Psychiatrist – Chris Barton
‘Verdict’: The Judge – Steve Walker
Drums -John Badger
Martin Crawley – Keyboards & Accordion
Anabelle Iratni – Operatic Vocals
Russ Custard – Guest Vocals: ‘Shadows’

LINKS:
www.wardxvi.com/
www.facebook.com/WardXVI/
www.twitter.com/WardXVIOfficial
www.instagram.com/wardxvi
www.wardxvi.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCwqyXfqFGUbz0T-1wFXCjjQ
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1iB6Fms5mWFqlK0vJi07of

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EMQ’s with GLASS ALICE

EMQ’s with GLASS ALICE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Youngstown, Ohio based Alternative Rock/Post-Grunge band Glass Alice. Huge thanks to Mike Hermensky & Eric Albenze 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?

Mike Hermensky (MH): I’m Mike Hermensky. I play guitar and vocals.

Eric Albenze (EA): Lead Guitar/Producer/Mixer/Digital Art/Video/Animation/Co-Founder Glass Alice. Our history – We started in 2000 under the name Facepunch, which lasted about five years. I then quit music entirely. Six years went by and I hated every minute of it, so I built a home recording studio, learned Cubase and called Mike. I was in Tampa, Florida and he was in Youngstown, Ohio, so we would both write songs on our own and then email the songs to each other, and then continue to work on them. I would fly into Youngstown for a week at a time and we would record all the tracks we could, and I’d take them back home to Tampa and mix them. We uploaded our first round of songs to iTunes, Spotify and all that and about three months later I got a call from producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank) out of Cleveland, Ohio. He said he’d heard us on Spotify and really liked the sound asked to produce our first LP. So, we found Howie (Burns – Drums) and Anthony (Village – Bass) – Mike and Howie had worked together before. In our first session with Jim we recorded “Gravity, Oh Boy and Bitten”. We’ve now just wrapped up another recording session with Jim and we are excited to be signed with Super Delicious Records and everything they are doing as we get ready to drop our first international album “Bitten” on Sept. 14th

How did you come up with your band name?

EA: Mike got this one, and we both hate trying to think of a band name. It’s literally impossible for me to decide, so I’m good when someone else does that. I have a hard-enough time keeping the logo the same, for branding and all that jazz.

MH: We were thinking of changing our band name because we got away from the type of music we previously played under that name (Facepunch). We had a few ideas we kicked around for a while. I was driving and thinking about the movie Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp. I was thinking about the scene with the porcelain doll and Glass Alice popped into my head. I liked the way it sounded and so did the rest of the band members, so it stuck.

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

EA: Youngstown, Ohio, in North-eastern, Ohio. There’s a ton of metal bands up here, almost too many. Not a lot of Rock Bands, and seems a lot of alternative bands, so a good variety, but definitely a ton of metal bands, but seems like that everywhere.

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

MH: Our album “Bitten” drops September 14th and our first single of the same name will be released the same date.

EA: It’s our first time working with a label, so it’s been interesting to see that side of the business.

Who have been your greatest influences?

MH: Silverchair, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, you can probably hear that in our songwriting!

EA: Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Metallica, Soundgarden. There was some really great music that came out of the 90’s and I feel that’s definitely been an influence.

What first got you into music?

EA: I heard Metallica’s “…And Justice For All” album and it changed me, I was obsessed with fast riffs and fast solos, I would play every day before and after school. I was really taken with that loud emotional sound, and I was always going to the smoke shop to get guitar tab magazines. I loved that, trying to learn the songs before my friends did!

MH: I was about 16 and my buddy Brian gave me a bass. I started messing around with it and taught myself how to play. My other buddy Tommy would help me practice by playing drums on the couch cushions. Eventually I traded my bass in for a guitar, Tommy bought a drum set, and we started our first band.

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

MH: I’ve always liked Dave Grohl. He seems like a real down to earth kind of guy, a great musician, and someone I could learn from.

EA: Jerry Cantrell – the dude’s a great songwriter! I’m actually really excited to work on some of the new songs that Mike, and I are working on; some of them are really heavy. I’m excited to get back to work on them.

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

EA: I was a big fan of the Warped Tour when that was around. Reading and/or Leeds would be amazing.

MH: Lollapalooza – I went to the 92’ show and it had a kick ass line-up – Ministry, Jesus and Mary Chain, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to in my life.

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

EA: Homemade stuffed olives, LOL! I don’t like olives, but I heard they were really good!

MH: What!? You got a gift? I’m still waiting for that one to happen!

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

MH: We really appreciate their support and when they listen to our music, we hope they walk away with an emotion, a connection, and a feeling to the songs that they can relate to their own lives.

EA: I would just say thank you for listening and I hope it brings you some form of comfort and happiness.

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

EA: I would want to see what else Kurt Cobain or Layne Staley would have done. I guarantee either of these guys would have made a ton more songs, and man, I would love to hear that!

MH: That’s a tough one, because there are way too many, but for me personally it would probably be Kurt Cobain. He had a big influence on me musically.

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

EA: I love the creating process and hearing it take form and come to life. I also really like the recording process and going back to fundamentals and the long hours of recording and mixing. I love that stuff, it’s the best feeling in the world! I don’t hate anything about being a musician, but I would say it’s HARD! It’s so easy to give up, or say “nah, I can’t do it, or I’m too old, or too… whatever”, but music has no boundaries, a good song speaks for itself. But trying to beat the fear in your head is not easy.

MH: I most enjoy creating something from nothing which is always a satisfying feeling. I hate the pressure and stress I put upon myself.

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

MH: I wish the music industry would take more chances on new bands. It seemed like in the 90’s there were tons of bands being signed, even if they only had one hit, at least they got a chance.

EA: I would get rid of streaming media. Artists work hard we all know that, and it’s insane how effortless it is to get music now. It’s so easy, and so inexpensive, that it gets taken for granted.  Worse yet, it enables people to skip from one song to the next without giving the song a chance to develop. I’d like to see album sales return, not just a single song. A lot of artists I know are barely hanging on and some have already quit. If all the real artists disappear everyone’s going to wonder why all the new music sucks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums.

EA: Metallica’s “Ride The Lightening”, fast and heavy!

MH: There’s just so many! Mötley Crüe – “Shout At The Devil”, Skid Row’s – “Skid Row£, and Def Leppard – “Hysteria”.

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

MH: Vinyl – there’s a sound that you can get from vinyl that you can’t get from any other platform.

EA: I like Vinyl, I see it’s making somewhat of a comeback but seems really expensive to do right now, it was for us anyway.

What’s the best gig you played to date?

EA: The OutPost in Kent, Ohio. It was a great show!

MH: Stella’s in Downtown Cleveland – it was a good atmosphere, great crowd, and lots of friends and family were able to come.

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

MH: Probably tattooing – When I took a hiatus from music, I took a tattoo apprenticeship and did that for a couple years, but it didn’t give me the fulfilment that music does.

EA: I have a degree in Computer Animation and Multimedia. So, I’m still doing a lot of that for Glass Alice. The artist has to do so much more than just make music. You also have to be a graphic artist, web, social media, YouTube, video. I’ve been lucky to have a background in all of this, and it’s still not enough time in the day to get everything done.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

EA: Jerry Cantrell, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammet, Lars, Axl, Slash

MH: Jesus, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain (if they were alive), Post Malone, and Dave Grohl

What’s next for the band?

EA: We just signed with Super Delicious Records, and “Bitten” drops September 14th. And then touring, once that’s a thing again.

MH: Promoting our new album, touring, writing and getting back in the studio to record.

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

www.glassalicemusic.com/
www.facebook.com/glassaliceband/
www.twitter.com/glassalicemusic
www.instagram.com/glassalicemusic/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC-AmSGIpbdGR7v57xWCSIQg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or biscuit?

MH: I had to look it up, but I would say it is a cake.

EA: Cake!

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EMQ’s with BLACK VATICAN

EMQ’s with BLACK VATICAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas City based Gothic Rock/Metal band Black Vatican. Huge thanks to them 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?

We are Black Vatican. We began in early 2014, with co-founders Erick Ramos and former member Jose Hernandez. Together they made our first EP. Over the years, we had several members come and go, all talented with their preferred instruments. Until, finally, we solidified our line-up with Count Searos (Cole) as the lead guitarist and Erick as the bassist and vocalist.

How did you come up with your band name?

Erick and Jose came up with the name. We wanted a name that would represent the kind of people we grew up with, witches, Satanists, the suppressed, the poor, minorities in general. Not only that, but we also wanted a name that would represent the suppressors themselves. So, the name Black Vatican arose. “Vatican” represents what all modern societies claim to be divine, just, peaceful, correct, and perfect. While “Black” represents the shadows of those societies; everything and everyone they hide, destroy, discard, rape, and demonize for being or thinking differently. This isn’t just a reference of the Vatican itself, but all dominant religions, political parties, social groups,  and all those with enough power that belittle others for personal gain. Black Vatican is the name we wanted in order to speak up for those without a voice while identifying the suppressors in return.

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

We live in Kansas City, the Midwest region of the United States. Specifically, the metal scene here is still pretty underground with mostly core, industrial and some black metal bands playing weekday shows. The rock scene is much stronger though. Kansas City hosts the annual Rock Fest which is one of the biggest music festivals in the country. We would have to say that the U.S. lacks diversity with its metal scene here.

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

Our latest release is the witchcraft- and alchemy-inspired album “Arcana Lament”. This album utilizes both raw and equalized sounds and tones. It is Gothic metal with blackened riff in its purest form.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our greatest influences, at least for “Arcana Lament”, were old-school Cradle of Filth, Abyssos, and  Eluveitie. They are elegant but still have a brute force behind them. Be believe them to be true products of the night and have inspired many of our songs, like Vampiric Combat.

What first got you into music?

It has always been a beautiful way of releasing emotion and expressing one’s self. Erick started playing the keyboard at a young age, while Searos started becoming intrigued when he first picked up an album from The Ramones.

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

We would love to collaborate with similar bands like Cradle of Filth or slightly different bands like Alcest.

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

Bloodstock, for sure! A European tour, because the crowds there are huge, and it would be a great opportunity for us.

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

No weird gifts really, rather we sent one to a loyal fan from France. He contacted us politely asked for a signed autographed picture of us. He seemed very pleased and we are happy to have given it to him.

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

Thank you so much for supporting us. You are our life line, our blood, our motivation to keep going! It’s amazing to see how our music influences others.

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

We would bring back Black Moon, also known as David Parland. David was a guitarist in Dark Funeral, Necrophobic and Infernal and had an extremely unique way of playing guitar. We’d also like to bring back Chester Bennington. His lyrics helped so many people accept and surpass their inner demons.

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

We love the adventures and the people we meet along the way. The creative process of writing music, and giving the night a voice! But its down side would have to be the finances; thousands of dollars spent on equipment only to be paid a small fraction still baffles us. Also promoting on social media feels a bit tedious. Filling out any kind of forms or spaces can get annoying and it’s typically very time consuming.

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

A few things. Have it be less centred on pop music, have artists actually write their own music and not autotune their voices. Make actual good music that has some kind of personality behind it. Also, record labels. They get paid too much for the little they do. These days many musicians can become financially stable without a label’s help, so we suggest they become more affordable in reflection to the economy if they want to stay in business.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Would have to be “The Somberlain” from Dissection and “Together We Summon The Dark” from Abyssos.

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

CD’s for certain. They carry entire stories and artwork felt by the band while making the album. But for really raw black metal bands, cassettes work a lot better.

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

We’ve only played in small venues. It was in a small place that’s no longer open, deep in Lawrence , KS. Not sure how many people actually showed up since the stage was in the centre of the crowd and there was fog everywhere. Out of the five bands who played there, we were told our performance overpowered them.

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

Currently we have our own jobs  since being a musician doesn’t cover all the bills. If it wasn’t for the Covid epidemic, we might even go back to school to study radiology or so, or even open up a music venue of our own. We’re ambitious and we like to stay busy.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Would have to be all our friends in our inner circle. We always have a good time drinking, playing games and embarrassing ourselves.

What’s next for the band?

We plan on creating more social media content such as behind the scenes looks and music videos. Also, we are currently in the middle of creating another album. We wish to become gods and won’t stop until we reached a throne amongst the zodiac.

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

We prefer to use our Instagram account, Vatican.black676, and Facebook page. We’re always active there and love engaging with our fans all the time.

www.instagram.com/vatican.black676/
www.facebook.com/blackvatican6/
www.blackvatican1.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’re not sure honestly. Maybe the answer is culturally based; some countries call them biscuits or cakes, while other call them cookies. Whoever made them first should declare the proper title.

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

Black Vatican has always been a voice for the night and all its creatures. It is our archetype; we strive to be one with the night. Without darkness, there is no light; that below is what came from above.

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EMQ’s with ENDUST

EMQ’s with ENDUST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thrash/Progressive Metal band Endust. Huge thanks to guitarist Glauco Rezende 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?

I’m Glauco Rezende, and I play guitar on ENDUST, a thrash/progressive metal band from Brazil. I started the project in 2009, with the drummer Fernando Arouche. In 2019, we released our first album called “All Ends In Dust”.

How did you come up with your band name?

I took a long time to find this name. At first, Endust was just a meaningless word that came to my mind. After, I tried to find some meaning to this name, so I take the two words that make it, “End” and “Dust”, which gives the idea of the end of something, an old temple or a ruined city, the death… I thought it was cool and took this idea to the song “All Ends in Dust”, which is the title track of our first album.

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

I am from Jundiaí, state of São Paulo, Brazil. Here, everything is stopped due to the pandemic, but before it, the metal scene was not going well. I think most people here prefer to see only the famous traditional bands or covers rather than the local original bands, but there are still people and clubs that keep the scene alive.

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

We released our first album in 2019, called “All Ends In Dust” and we are going to release a new EP very soon.

‘Someone To Blame’

Who have been your greatest influences?

In terms of guitar technique, I can talk about a lot of guitarists, but what most grabs my attention are the guitarists who, besides playing riffs and solos, are great composers in their bands, so my greatest influences are Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Mark Tremonti (Tremonti, Alter Bridge, Creed) and Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan).

What first got you into music?

I think it was Metallica and Angra.

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

With Mark Tremonti’s band “TREMONTI”.

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

Summer Breeze, in Germany. I watched many live shows from this festival on the internet. It’s in a beautiful place and has a very “metal” atmosphere for me.

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

I think I’ve never received any gift from a fan ☹ hahaha.

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

Thanks for all the support and messages about our album and stay tuned because it’s just the beginning!

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

Dimebag Darrel.

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

What I like most about it is being able to have fun in a different way than most people, rehearsing, composing and playing. What I hate, is the difficulty of having it as a profession, everything is very unstable.

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

Maybe I wouldn’t change in the industry, but in the people that consumes music. I want the public to be more open to meeting new music, go to shows and support the local bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Paradise Lost” from Symphony X.

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

I prefer the CD’s, but I have to say that I met many bands due to the downloads.

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

I have no idea. Maybe I’d be having a more normal life hahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Chuck Billy , Mattias Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Russell Allen and Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Andreas Kisser.

What’s next for the band?

Now, we are about to release our new EP.  After it, we will start to search for a new singer to record the new full album.

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

www.instagram.com/endust_band/
www.facebook.com/official.endust
www.youtube.com/user/RzFaproject
www.fanlink.to/bxc5

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I didn’t know what that is. I googled it and realized that it is a discussion similar to the “biscoito or bolacha” that happens here. I think that Jaffa Cakes are cakes, judging by the content, not by the form.

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

I would like to thank everybody from Ever Metal, and all the people that listen and follow Endust.

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EMQ’s with SCARS

EMQ’s with SCARS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thrash Metal band Scars. Huge thanks to drummer João Gobo 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 João Gobo and, I’m the drummer! Well, Scars is a Thrash Metal band based in São Paulo, Brazil. It came to light in the nineties, more specifically in 1991. Some years later, in 1994 we released a split album named “Ultimate Encore”. In 2005 was released an EP entitled “The Nether Hell”. That’s the first part of a trilogy inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. I joined the band in 2007 and, in 2008 we released our first full length album, “DevilGod Alliance”, continuing the Dante history and exploring the duality – good versus evil in English classic literature. Names like Edgar Allan Poe and Goethe were huge influences. After a hiatus of 10 years, with a renewed line up, mixing members of Nether Hell and DevilGod eras with completely new members the band returned with two new songs: ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Silent Force’. That is the final part of this Thrash Metal Literary Adventure. Turning the page, Scars begun a new chapter in its history with a new album entitled “Predatory”, released on August 7th.

How did you come up with your band name?

Régis (Singer/SCARS) came up with the name back in 1991. He took his inspiration from Dark Angel’s album “Leave Scars”.

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

We are a Brazilian band! Originally, the group was based in Moóca neighbourhood, in São Paulo. Nowadays each one of us lives in a different part of the city. The Brazilian scene at all, not just specifically in São Paulo is very fruitful. We have a lot of really good bands making their own.

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

As a said earlier, in early August, we released a new album entitle “Predatory”. And two new videos from the singles “Predatory” and “Sad Darkness Of The Soul”.

‘Predatory’ (Official Video)

Sad Darkness Of The Soul’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my greatest influence in drum music was Eric Carr, from Kiss. Basically, I’m a groove-oriented drummer, so I strongly prefer this kind of taste. Drummers that plays for the music, not over the music attracts me very much. Names like Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Neil Peart, Vinnie and Carmine Appice, Gene Hoglan, Cozy Powell, Dave Lombardo and many others are huge inspirations.

What first got you into music?

Back in the eighties, I was a little kid in front the TV watching the first Kiss show in Brazil. That’s what changed my life forever. A new headbanger was born! Since then I began to crush everything hittable. Many years later, here I am!

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

I really would like to collaborate with a number of names. It’s so difficult to pick just one…

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

Obviously Wacken! The reason is very simple: The greatest metal festival in the world.

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

I really don’t remember.

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

Play it loud!!

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

My first and major influence. The one and only Eric Carr!

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

I love to play, to be on stage, to talk about music at all and especially, make music! For me it’s the greatest form of art. But I really hate ego battles and sometimes the music industry can be translated as the ego industry or selfish industry.

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

Can we reset all and restart it from the beginning?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

That’s a difficult one! There are a lot of great records in my personal collection. In this time, I prefer to pay tribute to one of the most violent records in Brazilian metal history: Sarcófago’s “I.N.R.I.”

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

I was born in seventies. I grew up with vinyl, so it’s a natural choice.

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

Talking like a professional drummer, and taking all my career, I have to say that, for me, the most special gig that I have played, was in Hannover (Germany). That was my first international experience. I was the drummer of a Black Metal band called Arum.

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

Luckily, I’m a lawyer too! That would be my way, in any case.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would prefer to be invited for a dinner party! Much more fun!!!

What’s next for the band?

Despite this pandemic situation, the band remains working. In a few days we will restart the rehearsals for some live concerts on the internet. We are working together for the promotion of this new album. We hope to be back to the live gigs and tours, as soon as possible.

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/4FCGqzVWLxkupz86e6bhgJ
www.youtube.com/channel/UCVxq9GLRKzsP5CnZ8GcEisw
www.soundcloud.com/scars-962703119
www.scars4.bandcamp.com
www.instagram.com/scars.thrash
www.facebook.com/scars.thrash

Plus, iTunes | Apple Play | Google Play | Amazon

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

That’s another difficult one! But I vote for the biscuit!

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

I would like to thank you for this opportunity. Was a great pleasure! Keep Metal alive!!

Rick Here,

If you hit the link below then you can read Victor’s full review of the latest Scars album “Predatory”

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Smoke & Mirrors (Jeramie Kling & Taylor Nordberg) – 1 Song In 1 Day

Smoke & Mirrors (Jeramie Kling & Taylor Nordberg) – 1 Song In 1 Day
Smoke & Mirrors Productions
Release Date: From 21/03/2020 to 09/04/2020
Running Time: 46:21
Review by Victor Augusto
8/10

You are probably tired of hearing about how all our lives have become a wreck in this insane year of 2020. Jobs, families, mental sanity…everything we’ve known has been damaged / changed and we could all write a book about it when this Covid 19 situation finishes, if it ever does finish someday. Inside this hurricane the music industry is also struggling, but if we try to look on the bright side (or, at the very least, the less dark side); this lockdown has changed how bands are promoting themselves without concerts. For many bands, they are working better (as they should have worked even before this chaos started) with interesting material offered to give their fans the possibility of delving more deeply into their work. The inspiration for composition and for the amount of new songs appearing every day is a very positive aspect of this trying time!

Among this inspiration, two crazy men (in a good way), Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc, Massacre, The Absence) and Taylor Nordberg (Massacre, The Absence) joined forces, at the Smoke & Mirrors Recording Studio that Jeramie owns and Taylor Works, to create something very unusual and unique. They composed 12 songs from all the genres you could imagine, from Heavy Rock n’ Roll up to the heaviest Black or Death Metal. So far, so good? But no! They did more than ‘just’ compose them! Each song was recorded with different guests and each was completed in ONE day. But no, not only recorded! The whole process of writing, recording and mixing each song was done in just one day!! Always on a Saturday, “Slam Saturday” as they were named. Of course, Jeramie and Taylor invited different guest musicians to fit each genre and well-known names from bands such as Savatage, Soilwork, Marduk, Grave, Northtale, Kreator, Heathen, Exodus and many more took part. Is that good or is that good?

Explaining each song for those of you reading this is not an easy task but let me try. ‘Eternal Unlight’ (the first song released) and ‘Grief Eater’ are in a Deicide style, but in ‘Chaos Has Told You To Suffer’ you can hear something more Black Metal. ‘Monsters We Hide’ surprised me with classic Heavy Metal sounds in a Judas Priest or Accept style, with great vocals from Marc Lopes (Ross The Boss). ‘The Echo Mirror’ is similar but owes more to Power Metal. The doom cadence of ‘Terror In The Shape Of Suns’ reminds me of Black Sabbath with Deidra Kling’s beautiful voice and ‘Drag Them to the Guillotine’ has a pure Cannibal Corpse influence.

Of course, Motörhead couldn’t be left out of this and ‘Stay Clean For Me’ is a perfect song that could figure alongside any of Lemmy’s work, this time with Mr. Tony Dolan from Venom Inc. on vocals. ‘Undefeated’ is fast and shows how a good Hardcore song should be, similar to what Hatebreed play and ‘Obliteration Now’ has the same inspiration, but it is more Thrash and Heavy Metal. ‘Dying Day’ is melodic Death Metal that totally reminded me of what Dark Tranquility do so well. The album finishes with ‘A Silent War’ which is pure Thrash Metal sounding like the 80’s Bay Area Thrash Metal bands, specifically 80’s Anthrax!

Considering the minimal time they had to write, record, mix and take care about all the details of each song, I can assure you that the results are brilliant. We don’t exactly have what sounds like a full album here, nor anything that has a singular identity, but what we do have is an album that sounds like a compilation of material from many bands that we know and love in many different genres

The main difference is that this sounds like a compilation of brand-new songs from all the bands I mentioned. Jeramie and Taylor have done an amazing job of creating an album that carries the spirit and the power of all those incredible old bands you know. Congratulations to them both and to all the guests who stamped their style on each song. It truly is a remarkable achievement.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Eternal Unlight
02. Grief Eater
03. Monsters We Hide
04. Terror In The Shape Of Suns
05. The Echo Mirror
06. Drag Them To The Guillotine
07. Stay Clean For Me
08. Chaos Has Told You To Suffer
09. Undefeated
10. Obliteration Now
11. Dying Day
12. A Silent War

LINKS:
www.smokeandmirrorsproductions.bandcamp.com/ (All tracks and line-ups)
www.facebook.com/SmokeAndMirrorsProductions/
www.facebook.com/KingofallKlings/
www.instagram.com/kingofallklings/
www.facebook.com/taylor.nordberg.1
www.instagram.com/uncle_teets/

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