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Video Interview with Christoffer Holm of VENGEANT

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Video Interview with Christoffer Holm of VENGEANT
By Sheri Bicheno

Hello all! Sheri here…

This time, I am sharing with you a lovely and deep chat I had with the equally nice Christoffer Holm of Swedish Symphonic Metal band Vengeant!

Vengeant are a brand-new International band, with their vocalist Danae Komodromou hailing from Greece! Currently, they are working on their forthcoming, debut, EP, with their first single ‘Angels Battle Cry’ released in February 2021. Their second single ‘The Unreal’ will follow on 23rd April. Both will be available on all major platforms!

I discover that there is a particular and interesting theme to the much anticipated, forthcoming album with Vengeant and one that will delight many fans of collectible and tradable card games.

Watch this space…

VENGEANT Video Interview by Sheri Bicheno

Vengeant are:
Danae Komodromou – Vocals
Christoffer Holm – Lead Guitar and Bass
Dennis Eriksson – Rhythm Guitar
Alfred Fridhagen – Drums

LINKS:

‘Angels Battle Cry’ (Visualiser)

Vengeant Promo Painting (Artwork by Sanjin Halimic)
Artwork by Sanjin Halimic

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EMQ’s with TENSIION

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EMQ’s with TENSIION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brisbane, Australia based Death Groove duo, Tensiion. Huge thanks to guitarist, Phill Corpe, 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?

Phill Corpe, I play guitar, write & produce.

Myself and Travis hooked up in 2014, with nothing more than an idea to knock out a song or two, and just see if it works…turns out it did.

And we really haven’t stopped since then.

How did you come up with your band name?

Throwing ideas around between us…till something sounded not as shitty and cliché as other options. We started out with the name KILL[UR]SELF…which looked pretty cool aesthetically, but the name grated on me after a few years.

So, we changed it to TENSIION…sounds ok, looks ok….hasn’t annoyed me too much yet.

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

Brisbane, Australia…We have an insane amount of talent, in many genres, not just rock/metal…it’s a great music scene.

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

“Subterfuge”. It’s a five track E.P…the single off it is ‘Dead Weight’.

‘Dead Weight’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

It’s probably more of an era thing, more than specific bands, stuff that was happening mid 80’s to mid-90’s from varied genre’s, was a golden age that was a pretty big influence. Friends, experiences, travelling, collaborating…all plays a part.

What first got you into music?

Parents, then radio, tape trading with school friends.

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

The best collabs are with people you can connect too, learn shit from, and have a good time with…so whoever covers those bases and is up for it, then im down.

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

I have no major aspirations of playing huge festivals…happy to roll as a punter…but, hey, I wouldn’t say no to Graspop. Great beer selection, and chilled as fuck.

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

Well, that question just highlighted the fact we dont get enough gifts.

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

I’d happily tell each one personally, it won’t take long.

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

We could do with seeing Lemmy again.

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

I love the creative part, and being able to take it wherever I want…you can get too close to the mix though doing everything yourself, which can make it hard to know if its shit or really good sometimes.

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

Fuck off Spotify…music has no value with streaming.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My first record was “Mickey Mouse Disco”, so that’s pretty special.

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

I buy vinyl, always will…but they should all come with a download card now. I listen to music most in the car, so can’t live without digital.

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

Studio project only at this stage…but who knows, never say never!

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

Sheesh, ummm, other stuff I enjoy doing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Friends…friends are the best.

What’s next for the band?

We usually take a break for a bit, recharge, do other stuff…then see if we’re up for it again after some time off.

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

www.facebook.com/tensiionband
www.tensiion.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCIaCHtbcbYFLV4pvotf9YGA/videos

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

So glad you asked that question, I think they are!

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

Cheers for checking out our stuff.

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EMQ’s with SICKWALT

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EMQ’s with SICKWALT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New York City, USA based Rock ‘n’ Roll band, SickWalt. Huge thanks to vocalist, Walt ‘SickWalt’, 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?

Walt ‘SickWalt’. Im the lead singer of the band SICKWALT…

It has been my nickname since high school – Sick Walt.

Got the name because of my personality as a kid – high energy, fearless, leader, loud, big-mouth, incendiary, organizer.

So as an American football player in high school (18yrs old), 3 of us storming into the locker room after practice. Covered in sweat and mud, we pass the freshman football locker room. 14-year old skinny adolescent kids that haven’t developed yet. My friend jokingly grabs one of them by the arm and says – “do you know who the fuck this guy is?” And the cowering, naked, just-in-a-towel freshman says – “Oh Yeah! That’s Sick Walt!! EVERYONE knows him!”

Well, we did not expect this answer. I never realized how my actions transcended throughout the student body and they NAMED me! Haaa!!

So, FROM THEN ON, my good friends called me Sick Walt.

And then in college, when others heard the name, they felt it totally accurate, and continued to call me Sick Walt.

I’ve always been a very musical person. Love to sing. Have sung in cover bands. But cut to 2013, I got my friends band on a line-up on the greatest stage in NYC, The Bowery Ballroom. And he says to me- “I think it’s time Sick Walt fronts our band”. So, my – FIRST EVER GIG – was singing to about 300 people at Bowery Ballroom. First few bands come on, ho hum…ok, boring. But then we went on…and the place went nuts! The crowd rushes the stage and people dancing about, throwing stuff at me. It was an amazing and fantastic reaction. So, after the show, my close friend in the band, dumbfounded, says – “Did you just see what happened out there? We GOTTA make music!”

So, he handed me 15 songs that he wrote, I went home and wrote lyrics to all of them and then we recorded. That is where SICKWALT began.

A few EPs to begin with and then- First Full Length Album 2021

How did you come up with your band name?

(See above).

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

I’m from in and around the 5 Boroughs of New York City. My roots are in Punk, Hardcore, Metal and Thrash. Growing up there was a fantastic heavy metal/thrash/hardcore scene all over Long Island and the City with clubs like L’Amours, Sundance, or The Ritz. Plus, the bigger clubs like Webster Hall, Palladium, Limelight, Roseland would often have heavier shows. Then in the East Village we had Coney Island High, CBGBs, The Continental. On the westside was the Wetlands. Fantastic, amazing times for music. There really was a scene. You made friends just from going to shows, seeing the same faces all the time. Sharing a beer on the corner before we went in. Or diving and crashing into each other in the pit. Nothing like a friendly Doc Marten in the face from a friend! – ‘Hey! Just landed on your head to say hello!’ hahahaha. It was electric, pure energy. A phenomenal bonding of Spirit.

Today, there is no-where near that spirit for rock n roll man. People are not galvanizing at shows. Of course, there are pockets. And those folks are OVER-excited because – ‘Oh my god! I connected with a stranger! And we had a good time! People don’t share the human experience as much. Nor receive human expression with open arms and non-judgement. Everyone loves to complain and point a finger at the wrong stuff. Everyone has a phone in hand and lives through that fuckin screen. Put it down!!! See what’s happening!!! Ya know how a cell phone picture NEVER translates the feeling of what you see in person? SAME thing at a show. PUT IT DOWN AND LOOK AROUND!! We’re all having a great time…MUSIC IS DIVINE!!

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

Our latest release is our full length debut album “SHOVE N’ LOVE”. Available on all streaming platforms and on vinyl. We have a couple of videos out as well that released with the singles.

‘Demand The Stage’ (Official Video)

‘Million Dollar Man’ (Official Video)

The Punk Almighty (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh man, I love music, and ALL kinds. If it’s GOOD, its good. Im listening to some beautiful jazz right now as I type this.

There are so many bands that were influences in my life.
But the ones that inspired me DIRECTLY to form a band?

OZZY and Black Sabbath – HUGE Sabbath fan. And here is a guy that did not know anything technical about music and is just pure passion and expression with a fantastic dash of crazy. He gave me the inspiration that I could do it too. I did not have to be trained to go for it. I can focus all my unbridled energy into performing. (of course, training should come later to help refine your craft).

IGGY POP and The Stooges – Unbridled Energy! Reckless Abandonment! THAT is where I belong, THAT is where I take my energy. To the stage!! Let’s rip it!!

HENRY ROLLINS/KEITH MORRIS – I love punk. Grew up with Black Flag and Circle Jerks. These guys just let it out. Shout it out loud!! Good messages! In a very pro-active aggressive way. Plus, Rollins’ story of joining Black Flag is fantastic. Quits his job in DC, goes and plays with them once, and they were dumbfounded and knew he was the one. Keith Morris is always about being better. Dont be an asshole.

THE RAMONES – growing up in NY, I know these people. I share a lot in common with them. And to see that four neighbourhood guys like that can create amazing energy and music together and BECOME ABSOLUTE LEGENDS, takes away any fear or insecurities and say…

Fuck it! Let’s do this.

DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND WHAT WILL BE WILL BE.

What first got you into music?

Having music on in my household growing up was definitive in my musicality. Rock n Roll – (Elvis, Beatles, Beach Boys) Classical, Country (Willie, Waylon, Johnny Cash), a little Disco, I was listening to it all through my family. Then I found my ‘punk’ vibration, I’ll never forget it – I was seven years old, jumping on my bed, playing a tennis racket as a guitar, listening to the Beatles – ‘Revolution’. And that opening wicked guitar riff and that vicious scream for Revolution!!! FUCK!!!!! Im getting emotional thinking of that now because it was SO FUCKIN MONUMENTAL in my childhood. It shot me out of a cannon with my fist in the air and ready to fight anything! And question authority and everyone. And BE WHO I AM and with NO FEAR!!

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

I am a singer. And Im pure passion like Ozzy. Not much musical learning. (I’ve gotten it since). So, firstly, GUITARISTS – I would LOVE to collaborate with an Angus Young or Jack White. Guys that will come with great rock n roll guitar riffs. SINGER – Iggy Pop. Because he was known for being so good at writing SO SIMPLY in short phrases and making them work so well. Yes, he was under the influences much of the time, but he was known to be highly intellectual and had that fantastic knack of keeping it short and simple. And he was the KING of punk. Raw, passionate, energy, just unleashing it with reckless abandonment in his performances. And finally, PRODUCER – Rick Rubin. The guy is magic. So much of what he approaches turns to gold. Rick would definitely help expand all my strengths as a singer and explore my range and direct them into song. Man, what a cast!!

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

Hmm…I’ve lost count of all the festivals taking place these days. Sorry. BUT I will say this – Jane’s Addiction is a HUGE influence of mine. (I know I didn’t mention above, sorry). And I was standing right under Perry Farrell at the FIRST Lollapalooza tour. And it was a magical day/night for sure. And that tour went on for years and ALWAYS HAD DIVERSE ACTS. And THAT is what I would want to be part of. From Jane’s to Ministry, to Body Count, to Rollins Band, to Beastie Boys, to Siouxsie Sioux, etc…

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

Hmm…A kiss and a grab…ha!

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

Lead by Example, Talk is Cheap.

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

Bon Scott.

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

Man, music is vibration. It is intrinsically part of our make up as human beings. We ARE vibration. I LOVE it. I love to perform. I love to create and sing with a great group of people. What do I hate? The problems that occur within a band among the bandmates. The head-stuff that causes the conflicts.

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

STOP basing bands on the fucking NUMBERS!!!! BASE IT ON THE MUSIC!!!! THE FEELING!!! IS IT GOOD?? DOES IT CREATE A STIR WITHIN??? Not Likes, Followers, Subscribers… horseshit! It’s SO HARD for a band to break through these days because their success is based on numbers of popularity. All the wrong reasons. It’s so fucking depressing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

STOOGES – “FunHouse”

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

Vinyl. I loved them all for all their reasons. Im not waving a big flag or getting in anyone’s face about it. I can enjoy them all. But man, when you listen to vinyl on an above average system, it’s just warmer, and more present, and you hear the full production of the music. the balance. What you were MEANT to hear. The Truth of that production. Vinyl man…

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

Ah…I dunno. We play prisons and entertain the inmates, which has been amazing and fulfilling. Some great shows. We played a women’s prison to a packed house of 100 women going nuts for every one of our songs and singing along because they memorized the words from looking online at the prison library!! Fantastic…Let me say, that I LOVE performing rock n roll. I LOVE my music. But one of the greatest gigs EVER for me, was SickWalt opened for PUNK ROCK KARAOKE. That band was Stan Lee (The Dickies ((who we have opened for)), Steve Soto (Punk legend RIP. Great guy! Agent Orange, Adolescents), Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks, Bad Religion) and drummer Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger). Well, we opened to a packed house of punk fans and killed it. Then the Karaoke began, and I got up and sang STOOGES – ‘Search and Destroy’. NOW – this song has been my anthem since 14 years old!! And now I’m singing it with all the punk legends that made it my anthem. Holy shit was it emotional. Didn’t miss a beat. It was like we had been touring for 2 years playing that song. The place went NUTS! And Steve Soto! Greg Hetson! and Stan Lee! Turn to me and nod like – great fuckin job, you killed it. I came off stage. My brother, (my closest music friend all my life) is not big with compliments, and had this drop-dead face of amazement and came up to me and said – ‘I have NEVER seen you like that ever! You were someone else up there.” And I was…SickWalt live shows are special, but something else happened to me that night. It was absolutely DIVINE.

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

Well, we always have to have a side gig. I work in TV Production. I’ve also been an actor for a long time, and had a radio show for 3 years. So, if not music, I’d probably go back to those.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bon Scott, Iggy Pop, Johnny Cash, Muhammed Ali, Willie Nelson.

What’s next for the band?

Well, im writing and creating new music now during this digital Covid age. I’ll produce that and release it online. Then, hopefully Covid will run its course and live music will get back in swing. I hope to set up a tour overseas at some point and play some rock n roll where it’s appreciated and show that part of the world what SickWalt is all about!!!

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

@SICKWALT on all.

www.facebook.com/sickwalt
www.instagram.com/sickwalt/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCHzhISkASbdY1B0NpRHwkfw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Ahhh shit! Gonna be honest, not lame and google them or some shit, but I DON’T KNOW!!! I’m sorry. I can’t wait for someone over there to show me the Jaffa Cakes experience!!!

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

Nah, keep it simple. Rock n Roll is an amazing Spirit. Keep nurturing it and keep it alive in your bones and state of mind. It keeps us who we are. Builds Self-Identity, No Fear, Responsibility (DIY). Makes us Pro-Active.

ROCK N ROLL IS VIRTUE. A RELIGION!

Thank you very much for having me. Can’t wait to hit the stage with you soon.
Much love.

Sick Walt

SickWalt Photo Credit Michael Weintrob
Photo by Michael Weintrob

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EMQ’s with PRESSURE

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EMQ’s with PRESSURE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stockholm, Sweden based Story/Melodic Rock band, Pressure. Huge thanks to lead guitarist/songwriter, Simon Forsell, 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 Simon Forsell, lead guitarist and songwriter of the band Pressure.

Pressure is a Story Metal band hailing from Stockholm, Sweden. With songwriter and lead guitarist Simon “Siirpo” Forsell at the helm, vocalist Olof Jönsson and guitarist Emil Salling we lead everyday people around the world to overcome and embrace the pressures felt from everyday existence. With our lyrics we try to show that there are two sides to every story – the good and the bad. Every song has a double meaning. Pressure wants the music to be used as tools to handle the different kind of pressures that surrounds us.

The lead singer Olof puts his soul into each and every word he performs, and he is backed up by the guitars intriguing melodies and rhythmical sound.

The band began their journey together in 2018, and since then we have worked around the clock to build our unique sound and powerful songs. Pressure is always putting up a great show for you and our aim is to make memories and epic musical moments together with our fans.

A quote that can summarize our lyrics is: “How can you tell a story about life if you haven’t dared to live life to its fullest and taken chances, so you can say you have been there and done that!”. Pressure is all about every story, every moment, every Pressure!

How did you come up with your band name?

It came kind of naturally as we are singing about the pressures around us and write our music based on different kind of pressure, so it was quite an easy choice to make. We really think the name projects what kind of message we want to put out there.

What country/region are you from and what is the metal/rock scene like there?

We are from Sweden and Sweden has a really good and large metal scene. We love a lot of the bands from here, one band that we really like is the power metal band Sabaton. Their combination of heavy power metal with historical lyrics told with a great voice is really something to listen to. Check them out if you have not.

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

We are releasing a new album on May 7th, 2021. This album is called “Path Of A Shadow” and is a concept album about your own life but told from your shadow’s perspective. You can try to be someone you are not and put on a good act through your life, but you cannot hide from your own shadow, he is with you in every moment, in every place and always watches you. Never judging, just being there. He is always around, protecting you and having your back without any questions. This is his story. Prepare to encounter truths about yourself that you either didn’t know or didn’t want anyone else to find out.

‘What You See (Is What You Get)’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our songs have a lot of different influences. The songs differ in genre and mood and so we have a lot of different people that we get inspired by. For myself, I must say that my greatest influences are the people around me and the stories that they tell me, so I get new inspiration for music. There are so many stories out there that need to be told. So, I want to answer that the common person, who just struggles with life and tries in his or her own way to do the best they can, they are my greatest influences.

What first got you into music?

I got into music really early. I started playing as a kid and since then I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. Its more than a hobby or an interest. It’s my lifeblood.

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

I would probably answer this questions in like 100 different ways. Haha, but right now, right here? I want to do a blues album with Eric Clapton!

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

That’s a hard question. I love to play big venues, but I also love to play small clubs. It’s hard to put them against each other. So, give me Wembley and I will give some epic guitar solos, give me a small club and I will connect with the people there and get to know half of them after the show!

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

Hmmm….That will remain a secret! Haha.

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

Stay in the fight. Good things will come but only to those who fight for it. Believe in who and what you are and do not let others dictate who and what you are.

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

Freddie Mercury – that voice is just magical.

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

Being a musician is great because you get to express yourself through your music and to be able to provoke different reactions from those who listen. To be able to help people with the songs that you write. And also, to network and find new and likeminded friends. The bad things must be the working hours, the pay and the endless struggling to get everything to work.

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

It’s hard for me to say, but I want people to be able to get back what they deserve. So, I want to say that I think that streaming services could pay more because the companies are lifting huge profit, but the artist doesn’t see much of it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Hard to choose. I have many…but ok let’s take a swede! “Rising Force” by Yngwie Malmsteen is a great performance of an excellent guitarist. I love the mixing of styles even if the notes are so fast you have to listen to it three times to understand the genius behind it.

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

Vinyl. That’s pure rock n roll for you! The others are just copies of the greatest!

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

We were playing for a Swedish funeral company. They actually really knew how to party. A great gig that went on for hours!

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

I would probably be doing something creative anyway. I need to be able to express myself. I really think that I would be a teacher or perhaps a writer. I cannot see myself doing a normal 9-5 work as that would slowly kill me, I think!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would invite some people that need to be at a dinner party. People living at the so called bottom of society. Just to give them new hope and for me to collect their stories. I think there is a big chance for people to give up, but we often pass that up. I guess that when people get the chance to invite people to a party, they just take their friends, loved ones and such. But I think those people, we see those people every day and we often party and do things. Let’s give back to people who have nothing.

What’s next for the band?

Next is the album release. We are so excited for this as we have worked for over 2 years on this release. Let me share with you the Prelude of the story of the album!

“Lost in an ocean of terror and dishonour, you realize you are nothing but alone.
You fall to your knees, whispering along the breeze, but the waves do not even reach you.
You reach out to the stars, but they move further away.
You swim and swim, but you drown until you decide to rise from the waters.

Lit by the moon, you glisten in glory as you see me reflected on the sands you once hated.
Unlike the waves that ignore, my support outpours.
Unlike the stars that turn back, I’ll keep you safe from the pack.
of wolves that desire to devour you and have you gated.

I am your Shadow, and this is my path.
A journey that starts with you and concludes our wraths.
They say ignorance is bliss, but I say to know is better than to dismiss.
Now hear me!”

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

www.pressure.band
www.facebook.com/pressuresweden
www.instagram.com/pressuresweden
www.youtube.com/c/Pressuresweden
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7a9rKp03MYJv4leDN7Mm8k
www.shop.spreadshirt.se/pressure

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha, this question should be asked to our lead singer, he is actually also a baker! To me, well cake or biscuit, I will eat them anyway! I love those! Give me now! I just got really hungry!

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

Yeah, thank you for the time and opportunity to be a part of this. And to all of you out there wanting to be heard, reach out to me/us and we will see to make your story into a song!

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The Treatment – Waiting For Good Luck

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The Treatment – Waiting For Good Luck
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 09/04/2021
Running Time: 44:25
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Cambridge UK-based Hard Rock band The Treatment have been cranking out solidly delivered Rock ‘n’ Roll since 2008, although this (their fifth) album is the first time I’ve had the privilege of coming across their work. This might be a great place to start if you haven’t either, as after a quick exploration of their back catalogue on stream, this album would appear to be a full couple of notches up from previous releases.

Kicking off with a harmonised vocal intro and chorus that Def Leppard would have been proud of in the 80’s, ‘Rat Race’ gets things moving with mid-tempo guitar riff-driven rocker. It’s probably the most commercial sounding song on here, and belies the direction the album takes after this, but hints at the main musical influence from here on in. The first and most blatantly obvious comparison is with early AC/DC, with riff structures that are straight off of either the “High Voltage” or “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” era albums. That comparison was probably not lost in the mix down either, as stalwart producer Kevin Shirley has done a fine job in echoing that rich fat rhythm guitar ripping-riffage sound that Malcolm Young probably should have trademarked. Add to this vocalist Tom Rampton is definitely channelling his inner Bon Scott for his sophomore album with these guys. I don’t have a problem with this, as this style of music is truly timeless and always storms the barn live and his voice has a nice soulful gravelly edge to it that literally drips charisma. This is particularly audible on the slower or more openly bluesy tracks, such as ‘Eyes On You’, where you also get to hear a slightly higher register to his vocal range to go with a catchy fag lighter-waver of a chorus.

With a dozen tracks averaging at the three and a half minute mark, this is not an album that wants to out stay its welcome, and to be fair it positively flies by. Lyrically it is in places a bit dated and sexualised for this decade and age, but it’s more cheekily cheesy than offensive or crass and even the worst example of this ‘Lightning In A Bottle’ is frankly not going to upset anyone. All this will go down just fine at a biker rally, but I would hope that this album opens them up to bigger and wider audiences. Just don’t let yourself be put off by the rather trashy photographic cover, as the music and production are nowhere near as tacky as that image implies.

I really hope that this album takes them up a level, as this kind of soulful and gutsy Rock ’N’Roll never gets stale when done properly and once in a blue moon a band coming along and opening up the audience to this style of music is never a bad thing.

‘Rat Race’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Rat Race
02. Take It Or Leave It
03. Lightning In A Bottle
04. Vampress
05. Eyes On You
06. No Way Home
07. Devil In The Detail
08. Tough Kid
09. Hold Fire
10. Barman
11. Let’s Make Money
12. Wrong Way

LINE-UP:
Tom Rampton – Vocals
Dhani Mansworth – Drums
Tagore Grey – Guitars
Tao Grey – Guitar and Bass Guitar

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Infinite & Divine – Silver Lining

Silver Lining Album Cover Art

Infinite & Divine – Silver Lining
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 09/04/2021
Running Time: 47:11
Review by Simon Black
7.5/10

Another day, another debut album. The core of the band is two established Swedish song-writers; Tezzi (Terese Persson ) on vocals, and Jan Åkesson on guitar, bass, and pretty much anything else other than the drums. Åkesson has declared publicly that he has taken a back seat from live work and this definitely has the feel of a studio only project. It is pitched firmly in the Melodic Metal camp that is occasional known to dabble its nose into the Synth-tinged Symphonic instrumentally. I say that because despite having some blisteringly good lead work in there, the majority of the riffage takes a slightly further back seat in the mix to the epically expansive keyboards.

As debut’s go, it’s got a lavishly rich sound and production values, but then these are not new hands (with Åkesson  producing) and by all accounts the project has been baking in the oven for a few years before getting released. Tezzi’s vocal performance is quite something however and quite rightly is there front and centre in the mix for most of the songs. Her voice is gutsy and soulful and clearly full of heart and presence, but if I have a criticism it’s that she chooses to follow the main song melody lines a little too closely and a little more experimentation or some subtle Symphonic vocal touches here would have gone a long way.

Notwithstanding, there are some belters on here, ‘Keep Moving On’ is particularly memorable, along with the almost folky intro to ‘Burn No More’ which then takes a gutsy rockier road, but the fact that the album dips its toes into a number of different styles whilst staying close to the melodic core is quite refreshing. Although some of the tracks can be a little average, there is nothing bad here and the production values are so strong that even the weaker song structures pass by the ear unless you’re being deliberately critical (which is sort of my job). Time will tell if this is a one-off studio project or a full blown band, but it’s definitely a promising start and with a bit of confidence to be more experimental, then things could get very interesting indeed.

‘Infinite & Divine’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. II Feel Alive
02. Infinite And Divine
03. Keep Moving On
04. Not Too Late
05. Wasteland
06. Burn No More
07. We Are One
08. Off The End Of The World
09. You And I
10. While You’re Looking For Love
11. Perplexed Perfection

LINE-UP:
Tezzi – Lead and Backing Vocals
Jan Åkesson – Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals and Programming
Jens Westberg – Drums

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EMQ’s with RAVENOIR

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EMQ’s with RAVENOIR

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Czech Republic based Atmospheric Black/Death Metal band, Ravenoir. 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?

On behalf of Ravenoir, let me extend my cordial greetings and sincere thanks to all Ever Metal Zine readers. The idea of embarking on a new project had been bouncing around in my head for quite some time. As I’ve mentioned in previous interviews, I’d like to make it clear that I started RAVENOIR not because I was unhappy or dissatisfied in ROOT in any way. I breathed life into this new outfit because new musical ideas keep coming and I need to channel my creative energy into something new. Also, the lockdown at the beginning of 2020 had a great impact on me at the time and hastened the creation of RAVENOIR. Just like ROOT, I consider RAVENOIR a full-fledged band I am fully committed to, holding the reins as a vocalist, guitar player and the driving force behind the band.

How did you come up with your band name?

The person who coined the word RAVENOIR was our bassist Igor Hubík. The first lyrics he wrote for me was titled Ravenoir and, the second I saw it, I knew that RAVENOIR was the right name for my new musical vision. People who know me well know that I love ravens and find the symbolism behind them fascinating. In mythology, the raven symbolizes the mind, knowledge and intelligence. In addition, the raven is portrayed as a portent of death, a messenger from the other side. So, the play on words truly resonates with me – the English “raven” and “noir”, the French for black – a majestic, evocative blend of words and a perfect name for a metal band.

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

RAVENOIR hail from the Czech Republic, in Central Europe. Heavy metal took root in former Czechoslovakia in the early 80’s.

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

Our debut, “The Darkest Flame of Eternal Blasphemy”, was released on February 21, 2021 as a beautiful six-panel digipak as well as a jewel case CD. The album is also available on USB, fashioned as a credit card, complete with the album cover art, all the album tracks both in wav and mp3 formats, translations of the lyrics in Czech, the booklet in the pdf format, as well as RAVENOIR photos and logos. The latest I’ve heard from our label was that the album would be released on vinyl some-time this year.

‘In The Sign Of The Horns (Lyric Video)

‘Alter Ego’ (Lyric Video)

‘From The Dead Shadows Of The Void To Eternity’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

It’s been a long time since I was first exposed to metal music back in the late 1980’s and I started to live and breathe metal. A few years later, in the early 90’s, I had been a member of TERROR, my first metal band. We were three thirteen-year old boys, all classmates from the same town, crazy about heavy metal and driven by the desire to emulate our idols from the pages of Metal Hammer magazine. I was introduced to heavy metal through the first albums of IRON MAIDEN and KING DIAMOND, two of my beloved bands and all-time favourites to this day.

What first got you into music?

My parents, who fostered my love of music ever since I was a kid.

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

I’m not a dreamer. I stand with both feet on the ground, so I don’t concern myself with hypotheticals. That said, however, I really wanted to have Andy La Rocque (of KING DIAMOND fame) as a guest on our debut. In my book, Andy is a brilliant guitar player and a true metal legend. Ever since I picked up my first guitar some thirty years ago, I’ve looked up to him as my guitar hero with a unique sound and amazing, memorable solos that come close to perfection so, it goes without saying, his guest appearance on our album is a musical dream come true for me. Andy and I had been in touch for some time before we started recording. I brought up the idea of him appearing on our debut, but I was just testing the waters at the time. Then in 2019, I had a chance to meet Andy in person backstage at a metal festival in the Czech Republic, where KING DIAMOND was headlining. I gotta say for a metal legend, Andy came across as a nice, friendly and down-to-earth guy. We stayed in touch, exchanged a few more emails and worked out all the details. Eventually, Andy La Rocque recorded a solo in his home studio in Sweden, which is featured on the title track The Darkest Flame Of Eternal Blasphemy. Working with him was a great honour and joy and I am extremely thankful for that.

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

There’s a number of great festivals around the world. That said, it is all the less likely for us to get invited and play at these festivals, so I don’t really have an answer to that question.

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

Fortunately, I don’t receive weird gifts.

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

I focus on promoting my new band and reaching out to as many metal fans around the world as possible. What would I say to our fans? Support RAVENOIR because we are here for You.

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

That would be Thomas Börje Forsberg a.k.a. Quorthon from Bathory.

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

It’s all a great adventure that I still find making music gratifying and fulfilling. What I hate with a passion though is all the bland, superficial, overhyped and overproduced music fluff and the people who are completely devoid of any taste who blindly consume it.

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

Well, you can guess from my previous answer what I would love to do. I’d call for a strict ban on all would-be artists from the mainstream cesspool!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s next to impossible to pick just one album. The list of my favourites is pretty long…but if you insist, I’m gonna say IRON MAIDEN’s “Piece Of Mind” from 1983.

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

If there’s quality content, any format will do. Recently though, I’d go for vinyl because it just has its charm.

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

All gigs I’ve played in my life have been great without exception.

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

I would listen to music and I wouldn’t run around the stage. I’d be in the crowd.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would definitely invite Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, King Diamond, Andy La Rocque and Wolf Hoffmann.

What’s next for the band?

Our second album, of course. I’ve slowly started to work on it. And when the situation allows, we’ll definitely start doing gigs.

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

Anyone interested in RAVENOIR updates should check out our Facebook page and the official website of our label, Gothoom Productions.
www.facebook.com/RavenoirOfficial
www.gothoomproductions.com/ravenoir/

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

Thank you and stay safe in this difficult and strange time.

Ravenoir Promo Pic

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EMQ’s with STONESIDE

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EMQ’s with STONESIDE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Texas, USA based Alternative Metal/Progressive band, Stoneside. Huge thanks to main man, Crane, 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?

Crane. Vocals live and everything else when in the studio.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ll keep this vague. I was in a cemetery to visit “someone“. There was a funeral service going on off in the distance. I was kneeling there when a little boy, I assume from the service area, walked over to me. He said to me “are the dead people buried in these rock things“? He was referring to the tombstones themselves. I said “no. Not actually in the headstones. But they are… Around here.“ To which he said “…Well, they are on the stone side now.”

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

Well, I live in a tiny town in Texas. I came here on purpose to get away from the chaos of the city for mental health reasons. we are between Houston and Austin. Austin is the live music capital of the world. It has South By Southwest and all kinds of music festivals, so its scene is thriving even for niche “prog” stuff like us…Houston, where we grew up on the other hand, I love the city…but it’s a musical death trap. virtually zero support from radio. no support from press. If you’re heavy or avant garde music, good luck. We have notable country and various Hip-Hop but even that’s a huge struggle for those artists to emerge.

What is your latest release?

Our single, ‘History of Violence’ on all streaming platforms April 16th and then thereafter, our EP, “The Water”.

‘History Of Violence’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Old Darkwave stuff like Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears ,Duran Duran and all the cathartic violent stuff I came up with like Deftones, Machine Head, Pantera, Unearth, Sepultura, Tool…Recently Alpha Wolf, Motionless in White, and Converge’s latest record, and Loathe.

What first got you into music?

My granddad played piano and he was a gifted natural. He couldn’t read a note, but he would simply hear something one time, and that was a wrap. he could replicate it thereafter. He was humble and quiet, but those keys were his….then, when I was in a bad spot when I was a kid, Nirvana’s “In Utero”. I had no idea chaos and sadness in music existed until I heard that record.

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

The guitarist for Loathe or Maynard Keenan from Tool. He’d get me wine drunk and loose!

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

Download and Arctangent. those festivals audiences are truly there because they are ravenous fans of music. I want to connect with them in that.

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

I was asked to sign a prosthetic leg. I was honoured.

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

Get in touch with those in your bloodline who came before you. Pray to them, talk to them, meditate on them, contact them or however you choose to commune. embrace the ghosts and the spirit they survived with through those days that came before you. That toughness. that sincerity… use that to empower you in your struggles. Remember, death is undefeated. Live while you can and stop defeating yourself.

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

Mercury. ‘Nuff said.

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

It makes me feel proud once in a while. It makes me feel like I at least have something I feel like I’m ok at. I try to hang my hat on that when I feel worthless from time to time. What I hate? the bloodsucking, self-worshipping, slimy, reptilian, chew-you-up-and-spit-you-out, promoters and industry “professionals”…and then there’s the downside.

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

That labels would invest in talent. Some of the strong, sharp Indie labels do but majors don’t. They just don’t. That’s why your Twitter and TikTok stars, with a bazlllion followers, get deals and musicians do not. they look for the sure-fire pretty viral face to hit before they’ll even take a look…the labels can’t stand to lose money in the age of streaming and downloading, so the grinders and innovators are forced underground or into production and the escapist music gets promoted by the big well-monied machine. it wasn’t always this severe, but we can’t go back it seems. The underground has to work twice as hard. Let’s not bullshit ourselves.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“In Rainbows” by Radiohead. ‘Videotape’ is the song to drift away to.

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

I like vinyl in the age of the stream. If nothing more than for the hard physical album art and all its words and colours.

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

A lot are a blur just because of the fast paced chaos of live shows. I guess it’s expected to say that I enjoyed our shows with Nationals like Sevendust, Karnivool, etc but I’d have to say when we headlined Fitzgerald’s in Houston before they tore it down. You could feel the energy of that century old club. it was sold out and it was beautiful!

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

Teaching Muay Thai.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Abe Lincoln, Attila the Hun, Hitler, Jesus, and my Grandmother.

What’s next for the band?

Seeking new management to take some weight off ourselves to focus on writing these stories and playing them when this shit pandemic dies…if it does.

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

www.instagram.com/stoneside_music
www.twitter.com/stoneside3
www.facebook.com/stonesidemusic/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6MecNDGCbFpgjGnmoUwBfn
www.youtube.com/channel/UCpQaGBFe3r1zwFgvbh-Jwsg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Crap…we’re from Texas. No Jaffa cakes…but do they go with whiskey? we try to down our sorrows over here.

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

I love you. Go have an amazing day.

Stoneside Promo Shot

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EMQ’s with VIATOREM

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EMQ’s with VIATOREM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London/Brighton, UK based Metal/Hardcore band, Viatorem. 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 VIATOREM, based in South London/ Brighton, and we play aggressive politically-inspired metal/hardcore. Individually we are Ross (vocals, from London), Finn (drums, from London), Pip (guitar, from Guildford) Serge (guitar, from Moscow, Russia) and Rodrigo (bass, from Bogota, Colombia).

Rodrigo and Serge have been friends since childhood and founded the original project roughly two years ago, with Pip and Ross joining soon after, and Finn joining after the recording of our debut EP. After stumbling across him working on his blast beats in a practice room at university, Rodrigo and Pip popped in and asked if he wanted to audition and the rest is history.

How did you come up with your band name?

Rodrigo was trying to find an alternative language or dialect for the word ‘messenger,’ signifying the political themes and messages the band wants to convey. He ended up finding it in Latin: Viatorem.

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

We are all currently based around London & Brighton, and the music scenes in both cities are amazing and healthily competitive. We are constantly excited and surprised to be a part of such a diverse, energetic scene, and can’t wait to earn our place on the live circuit as soon as things start to go back to normal!

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

Our latest release was released on April 16th – ‘Bulls On Parade’, a cover of one of Rage Against the Machine’s most well-known (and still relevant) songs. As a B-side this single also features a re-recording and remaster of ‘Exalt’, one of our favourite tracks from our debut EP “No Saviours No Kings”.

‘Bulls On Parade’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We actually made a public Spotify playlist for this exact reason, with all of us having such different influences that we wanted to let our audience enjoy them all the way we do. More specifically though:

Ross: Darkthrone, Terror

Finn: Gojira, Periphery

Pip: Brand of Sacrifice, Fit For An Autopsy

Serge: Malevolence, Thy Art Is Murder

Rodrigo: Verse, Vein

What first got you into music?

Rodrigo got a detention during a music lesson because he didn’t do his homework, and while staying after school he ended up hearing the school band practicing and loved it: He booked his first bass lessons the following day. Finn used to hit things around his room rhythmically as a kid, so his mom decided to buy him a drum kit to keep him busy. And Ross just makes a lot of weird noises generally, so he seemed like a good fit.

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

Will Putney joining in on the production of the record would be a dream come true. He’s worked on some of our favourite records by bands that have been a massive influence on us, so having his input on our tracks would be mind-blowing.

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

Wacken and Glastonbury, with them being both the biggest or the most awe-inspiring festivals for us while we were growing up.

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

We’ll tell you when we actually manage to meet one after lockdown!

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

RADICALISE.

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

Ross: Joe Strummer

Finn: Jimi Hendrix

Pip: Prince

Serge: Steve Ray Vaughn

Rodrigo: Bob Marley

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

The best part for us is that unspoken communication that happens when you play music in a room with other musicians, something non-musicians won’t ever be able to fully understand. When you nail that special moment in the practice room and the whole track comes together, there’s no feeling like it (except live shows). Currently our biggest hatred regarding music by far is not being able to play any shows, or connect with our audience in a live capacity. Metal has always been a genre that thrives on the live aspect, and losing that for the last year has been incredibly rough on everyone.

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

You are simultaneously expected to try and join an elite hierarchy of labels (the big three) for any kind of mainstream recognition, all the while having to front the costs of merch and transport etc yourself and making literal pennies from streaming services. We’d definitely change the industry to be more inclusive and compensatory for all new upcoming bands and artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ross: “Mirror Reaper” by Bell Witch

Finn: “From Mars to Sirius” by Gojira

Pip: “Odyssey To The West” by Slice The Cake

Serge: “Self Supremacy” by Malevolence

Rodrigo: “The Afterman: Ascension” by Coheed and Cambria

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

For practicality in day to day life, it’s definitely downloads. For personal use and enjoyment at home though, vinyl without a doubt. Digital will never beat physical!

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

As a band, sadly none (our debut EP release unfortunately coincided with the first lockdown, perfect timing!), but the live ‘Bulls On Parade’ music video was insanely fun to film – we basically treated it as our first gig and went absolutely crazy for about 9 hours. You can find any future gigs we will be playing on the GIGS tab of our website www.viatoremuk.com/ and of course on all our socials.

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

Ross: Continuing his day job and political activism.

Pip: A ballet dancer (no, seriously).

Finn: Studying ancient history.

Serge: Film editor/photographer.

Rodrigo: Researching and writing political academic papers.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Emma Goldman, Marcus Aurelius, Dave Grohl, Lemmy, and Noam Chomsky. Just imagine the banter.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently working on our next EP, which will be hopefully coming out towards the end of the year, but there is indeed a full album on the horizon! You can look forward to our full-length release around summer 2022.

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

We use Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
www.facebook.com/ViatoremUK
www.instagram.com/viatoremuk/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCPAoW8Gny5atRJNVWlinYFQ

Links to all of our socials, streaming platforms, music and more is available on our website.
www.viatoremuk.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake, although it took an entire band meeting to figure this one out.

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

The government and systems that govern us will try to convince you that a just and fair society is a pipe dream. People will always have the power to topple systems of oppression imposed against us. Arm yourselves with facts, radicalise, and resist.

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Dead Label – Anthology EP

Anthology Album Cover Art

Dead Label – Anthology EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 09/04/2021
Running Time: 25:35
Review by Beth Jones
8/10

Irish Metalcore four-piece, Dead Label, first popped onto my radar several years back, after seeing them perform, and interviewing them, at Hammerfest in 2018, when they were three-piece. Their groove laden, heavy as hell style really impressed me, and pre-covid, they were in full swing, performing with big names, and getting ready for spots at major festivals. But, as with everything, the pandemic put the brakes on. However, it has given them time to work on new material for their next full-length release (with their new addition, Mick Hynes), and compile their new EP, “Anthology”, which sees a collection of their singles, and two previously unreleased tracks, brought together for the first time.

The EP kicks off with ‘Deadweight’, one of the unreleased tracks. It’s furiously paced, angry, and sees the band channeling negativity into a blisteringly violent track. I imagine that the pit when this is performed live next will be complete mayhem! It features chunky guitar riffs, hard hitting drums, and superb growling, screaming vocals. A great way to start.

‘Pure Chaos’ follows, which, although not as pacey and frenetic, still offers a tormented edge, thanks to the low crunching guitars, and the tortured vocals of Dan O’Grady. There’s also a great downtuned bass break part way through the song, which sounds dirty as hell.

It’s back to the frenetic next, with ‘Triggered’. Another ultimate pit song me thinks (note to self, if you ever decide to pit to Dead Label, remove glasses, for they will not survive). This track is a little more groove based than ‘Deadweight’ but still packs just as much of a powerful punch.

Claire Percival’s thumping metronomic rhythms are given a great chance to shine in ‘Flux’, the second of the two previously unreleased tracks, which opens with drums and guitars, pulsing out a heavy marching beat like a call to arms. ‘False Messiah’ sees a number of rhythm changes, giving it a more progressive feel, but still undeniably exhibiting the Dead Label sound.

And that brings us nicely to the final track, ‘Dystopian Complex’, which closes out the EP in banging style. Sound wise, this is probably the fullest track on the EP, and the heaviness of the bass sounds really thumps into your head. While not as frenetic as some of the other tracks, this still delivers one heck of a punch.

Production wise, there are occasions where the guitar sits a little too far forward in the mix, and I would like more bass, on a similar level to the final track. But aside from that, this is a superb EP, and I’m looking forward to the album very much.

‘Flux’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Deadweight
02. Pure Chaos
03. Triggered
04. Flux
05. False Messiah
06. Dystopian Complex

LINE-UP:
Clair Percival – Drums
Danny Hall – Guitar/ Backing Vocals
Danny O’Grady – Vocals/ Bass
Mick Hynes – Guitar

LINKS:

Dead Label Promo Pic

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