Reviews

Circus Maximus – Havoc in Oslo

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CIRCUS MAXIMUS – HAVOC IN OSLO
Frontiers Music SRL
Release Date: 4th August 2017
Running Time: CD1: 43 mins / CD2: 42 mins
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
9.5/10

These Norwegian metallers celebrated their fourth studio album, Havoc, on the 4th February 2016 at the Rockerfeller Club in Oslo, with an explosive gig, complete with pyro, sparks, and a massive lighting rig, to make sure the show was as amazing as their songs. They, then, decided they wanted to give some of this atmosphere to those less fortunate who weren’t there by releasing this live album of the gig. Close your eyes, draw the curtains, put this on loud and you are there in the venue with them.

The band, Michael Eriksen on vocals, Mats Haugen on guitar, Glen Mollen on bass, Truls Haugen on drums and, finally, Lase Fribraten on keyboards, have moulded together so amazingly. The guitar riffs, that change from ice clean to pure metal, are a refreshing change and the keyboards leave you wondering if there are other instruments. It really is so good to listen to as it makes you stop and listen intently.

Ever since the band released “Live in Japan” via YouTube, they have wanted to put together a live release in physical format for us all to listen to. With this album, they have got a giant pot, added amazing musicians, clear crisp metal vocals, rock, metal some maturity, strength and love, given it a stir around and this is the result. The vocals by Michael are gritty, mesmerizing but epic and guitars are almost hypnotic.

This band leaves no stone unturned in their expression of music but don’t let the softer songs lead you into a false sense of security. These guys mean business and pack a mighty punch and the synth playing is seriously good listening.

My favourite track is ‘Arrival of Love.’ It’s a ‘sing at the top of your voice song’ (ok maybe that’s just me then!) but I love the guitar riff and the synths in it keep you wanting more. ‘The Abyss’ is just ‘BOOOOM we’re off’ and does not stop from start to finish. It’s just brilliant, although a lot grittier than some of the other tracks.

This album is just raw pleasure from start to finish and they have definitely gained another fan.

CD1 Track Listing

  • Forging
  • Namaste
  • The One
  • The Weight
  • Highest Bitter
  • Architect of Fortune
  • Arrival of Love
  • Loved Ones

CD2 Track Listing

  • Sin
  • Havoc
  • Pages
  • Abyss
  • I Am
  • Chivalry
  • Game of Life

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • www.facebook.com/Circus Maximus
  • www.circusmaximussite.com
  • www.twitter.com@circusmaxtweet
  • www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdsBiQ__UMU&list=PLYJEPF09ij1M5kf1t4_MpB742j5v54QRM&index=2
  • https://open.spotify.com/artist/1pxKRI6EFLtWmAiya9Pj1S?autoplay=true&v=A
  • www.instagram.com/officialcircusmaximus

 

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Interview with Rage Sadler from Kaine

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Kaine are a four piece heavy metal band, hailing from East Anglia in England, and have helped to keep the spirit of NWOBHM alive. I recently had the pleasure of being able to do an email interview with founder and vocalist Rage Sadler.

Hi, I’m Dawn from Ever Metal. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me today. I hope you are well?

I have had just 5 hours sleep between shifts, got home a few hours ago and now I am back doing band stuff, a little tired but this beats the hell out of warehouse work that’s for sure!

Ok, for those who haven’t heard of Kaine, could you tell us a little bit about the history of the band? 

We started out in 2009, so nearly 10 years ago. Essentially, we formed in a scene of Metalcore with the ambition to try and rebuild the old school Metal scene and do music in the vein of bands from the golden era of Metal back in the 1980’s. We did very well, considering how little support we had when we started, and we’ve gone onto some huge things for an unknown band from East Anglia!

Your third album, A Crisis of Faith, was released on 1st February 2018. How is it being received?

There was a lot of hype and coverage, both positively and negatively, for the previous album, The Waystone, for example and a significant amount of sales, whereas with ACOF there hasn’t been the same hype but in terms of those who have followed and bought it, it’s been overwhelmingly positively received this time around.

I see how hard you, and the band as a whole, work to promote yourself and the album. Does it frustrate you when you don’t get the recognition I, for one, think you deserve?

Not as much as you would think really. I am a fairly realistic type of bloke and that’s why people often write me off as negative. The truth is I don’t expect a career out of my music either way. Some bands make it, and some do not, it’s a bit like a lottery in some respects. Yeah connections, hard work, image, quality sounds and songs will work in your favour but only a small percentage of bands will ever draw a living from music and it’s no shame in not being one of those who cannot because that’s the majority. The point I tried to make recently, and one I think that was misunderstood and wasn’t necessarily even solely relevant to my band was this, if you love any band’s music and want them to push on, buy a CD, T-Shirt and attend a couple of gigs. If the band’s sales go up and their gigs are attended then the industry will take notice because in their eyes that band is a draw and will make them money. It’s that easy!

How about when you do live gigs? I’ve seen you post that you have played to very few people at times. Does this not dishearten you?

Again, I highlight where things go badly to help better educate the wider audience about the struggle all bands go through, not just my band and it relates back to that earlier point. How can any band hope to make it when so many people will turn their noses up at a free entry gig to sit at home instead? Kaine is in a weird situation, sometimes we can play some bad gigs, usually due to lack of promotion and play to smaller crowds, but we can go on decent runs of shows averaging 50-100 people and earlier this year we played to around 3000. It’s bizarre, so while it sucks to play to so few sometimes after all the work and travel we are rewarded with the good ones too. 

But you recently played HRH Metal at Birmingham. How was that for you?

Definitely a career highlight.  I am not someone who gets nervous or worried about shows. If its 5 or 5000 I will usually deliver the same performance because it’s what I love to do more than anything else. We really did deliver that show well, it was incredibly well received. To be a main stage act and effectively support Grave Digger was huge for us. It may never happen again either, once in a lifetime.

Obviously, one of the biggest pieces of news coming out of the Kaine camp recently was Chris announcing he was leaving the band. How did this affect the rest of you?

It was a huge blow, certainly emotionally. Chris has played with me for 6 years, he was a 17-year-old kid when he first started in the band and we’ve literally been through hell together. It was a huge surprise given everything and how close it was to the album release. He just couldn’t afford to do it any longer without a huge band income coming in, and as I stated if bands can’t sell CD’s, shirts and people won’t show up to gigs then you’re going to struggle to keep members. Again, that’s not just us, many bands lose members every week because of this very reason and often to a very sad reception online, but if those people bought the albums it would never happen. We have enough Facebook likes that if people bought the record it would chart! The 2016-2018 Kaine line-up was a special one because we fought through the ashes of the old band to become something stronger and produce a world class album, we stood together and worked extremely hard to deliver that record and that to me is the tragedy of it ending so soon. It could have easily killed the band.

You found a replacement in Liam Etheridge. What made him stand out for you?

Liam is a drummer I have known for about 5 years now. He was originally in a band called Asylum which gigged with us a few times as support back in the day. I already knew him well enough to know he wasn’t a total dickhead and I knew that in terms of his ability on drums he would be able to learn and adapt to our style with a huge potential to do even more. He turned up in one session and pretty much could play an entire set. In fact, he’s only having one more rehearsal this week before his debut on Friday, so he’s proving his dedication early on to the band. I prefer to find good people with huge potential to work with for the band rather than use established people from the scene.  Liam is already a great drummer, but I can see him growing and becoming one of the best on the scene. It really is an opportunity for him.

I know you are not backward in coming forward about your views, so what do you think is the future of metal?

Metal will always be there in some guise or another. You have acts like Ghost who are essentially blazing a trail for that old school sound in the mainstream even though it may not to be everyone taste, I think that’s an incredibly good thing for Metal. Big riffs, epic chorus’s, evil aesthetic alongside those clean vocals. On the heavier old school front, you have Savage Messiah who are now really pushing on, for the old school scene Seven Sisters and Toledo Steel are making amazing progress of late, so while it may seems a little low at the moment there’s tons of bands out there who could potentially be the next big thing. We need rebirth and renewal in Metal music really. We have had the same acts for 30 years more or less holding onto those top spots and while there’s always a place for legends, we also need to have some renewal and regrowth for Metal to push through again, much like it did in 2000-01.

A lot of people don’t like a spade being called a spade. Do you think your outspokenness (if that is even a word!) affects your popularity?

I really don’t worry about it. There’s a lot of people who do not like me for whatever reason, but I can’t let that be my focus. Frankly they don’t always firmly understand my comments and make assumptions on what I’m trying to say based on their own predetermined prejudices about me. The most common thing I get when meeting people is “I was told you were a total c**t but your actually a really nice guy!”.  I don’t need to be popular, Axel Rose isn’t well liked and he’s a millionaire! 

I read the note you posted saying what the lyrics to the tracks on A Crisis of Faith meant. Was this a kind of therapeutic process for you as you state that they are a reflection of many issues you have dealt with?

I decided to write this album from the heart and deliver an emotional experience alongside the musical one. I have had an absolutely shocking few years in my life both inside and outside of music, and I am not sure it was therapy so much as trying to keep it real. The words are actual feelings, actual experiences, not just there to add music value to the song. If you sense sadness, hope, frustration, loneliness, anger, despair, and the like while listening than that’s a great part of the experience. 

You are on the bill for the next Mearfest. Are you all looking forward to that?

We’re always happy to play Mearfest. Brian and Clare have been incredible to us these past few years and have done a lot for good causes by turning loss into legacy. I am immensely proud to have played a part in that process, especially given the background. When people work hard and focus on good they can do a lot of positive in the world.

And as festival season approaches, what festival would you most like to play and why?

We sadly haven’t been approached by any of them! If I was going to pick any, I’d love to do something like Wacken over in Europe and it would be cool to do a Download or something at home, but I don’t see it happening. It’s not something I really focus on. People have requested us at them all, but it falls at deaf ears, so I always say, come see us on the road, it’s far cheaper and much more personal!

So, what’s next for Kaine?

We’re going to blood Liam into the band, look to the future and record a fourth album. That’s it really, we’ll keep on going until there’s nothing left.

Well, thank you very much for your time. Is there anything else you would like to add before we finish?

Go and buy an unsigned bands CD this week! Any one will do! It will go a long way to helping that band push on, go to a gig this month that isn’t an established artist, get a t-shirt. Support the new generation! If people are yet to own our new record, it’s just £3 on digital or £10 on a CD. Vinyl is coming, so if you fancy helping an unknown band out, drop by our band camp and support our music!

Please note: Since this interview took place, guitarist Saxon Davids and bassist, Stephen Ellis, have also announced they are to leave the band. Please see the band’s website and Facebook page for announcements and press releases regarding this. We wish them all the very best of luck in the future.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • https://kaine-metal.com/
  • https://kaine.bandcamp.com/
  • https://en-gb.facebook.com/kaineband/

 

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Kaine – A Crisis of Faith

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KAINE
A CRISIS OF FAITH
SELF RELEASED
8 out of 10
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King

When I hear the name Kaine, I always think of them as a new band just starting out, full of young guys wanting to make their mark on the metal scene. Now, while the “wanting to make their mark” bit is true, the band, itself, has been around since 2009.

Hailing from East Anglia, Kaine is a four-piece set up with influences from bands such as Iron Maiden and Saxon, which they have mixed with the thrash element I so love and have produced a fresh take on an older genre. Their site states they “combine traditional / NWOBHM with thrash / speed metal” and, despite not being the biggest NWOBHM fan, as you will have come to know by now, this is a combination that I have grown to love.

So, for those of you who don’t know much about the band, and if you don’t where have you been for the past nine years, let me tell you of some of their achievements so far.

They have supported some of the biggest names in current heavy metal, such as Alestorm, Evil Scarecrow, Savage Messiah, I-AM-I (which features ex-Dragonforce and current Skid Row singer ZP Theart), The Wild Lies and Absolva (a band that features members of Iced Earth!) and they have also shared the stage with legends such as Diamond Head, Praying Mantis, Tygers of Pan-Tang, Grave Digger, Holocaust, Lawnmower Deth, Annihilated, Tytan (ex-Angel Witch) and Onslaught.

On top of this, they were also voted GMA Breakthrough UK band of 2013 and in 2017, the band’s website was recognised as the 87th top metal blog in the world by Feedspot.

So, what does this band have to offer? Well, in my opinion, absolutely everything! With four fantastic musicians, excellent song writing abilities and a work ethic that’s second to none, this band should be bigger than what they are!

A Crisis of Faith is the band’s third album, officially released on February 1st, 2018, and having reviewed the previous one, The Waystone, I can see how they have grown as a band. I stated in my review then that they had “taken a great, big pot, thrown in some traditional heavy metal and a handful of NWOBHM, while adding a bit of thrash and a pinch of prog.” This album takes it all to the next level and feels a lot more ‘proggy’ to me than the last. This, however, doesn’t take away from the heavy crunching riffs and pounding drums that are still present, but it does show just what this bunch of guys can do.

I have always been an admirer of vocals that stand out from the rest, because let’s face it, who wants to listen to a band whose singer sounds just like any other band? And that, for me, is one of the things that makes this band a bit different to the rest. Rage Sadler’s vocals are somewhat quirky and will maybe not appeal to everyone, but I think they add character to the band. And he can actually sing, a trait that not too many bands deem important these days!

The other thing that stood out on this album for me was the bass playing. Being mum to a budding bass player I am starting to notice the bass lines in songs more and more now but the playing on this album just blew me away. I have seen Kaine live a few times with Stephen Ellis on bass now and he is simply a phenomenon.  I never knew bass player’s fingers could move so fast! And with Saxon Davids on guitar (what a player!) and Chris MacKinnon on drums (and a lot of other stuff!! Versatility, now that’s the name of the game) these guys are everything a band should be!

Stand out songs for me were Fall of Jericho (check out the bass!) which I think is a favourite among a lot of other fans too, and Alone (In My Forgotten Rage) although I don’t think there is a bad song on the album.

I know that the music of Kaine doesn’t appeal to everyone, but I think they have been overlooked by a lot of people. They work extremely hard and endure personal hardships to do what they do, and, for this, I think they should be applauded. If you give just one unsigned band you may have discounted a listen, then let it be this band!

Get yourself a copy of A Crisis of Faith (and at just a couple of quid they are a steal) and see for yourself!

 

Note: Since the recording of this album, drummer Chris Mackinnon has announced he is leaving the band. While this is a mighty blow for the band, here at Ever Metal we appreciate Chris has his own reasons for doing this. We would like to wish him all the very best for his future musical endeavours and hope he achieves what he is looking for.

We would also like to wish incoming replacement Liam Etheridge the best of luck with Kaine and look forward to many more years of music from a great bunch of guys.

On the 3rd May 2018, it was also announced that guitarist, Saxon Davids and bassist Stephen Ellis, were also leaving the band. We at Ever Metal would like to wish them both the very best in what they choose to do and we also hope Rage Sadler can salvage the band and come back bigger than ever!

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1 Heaven’s Abandonment
  • 2 Fall of Jericho
  • 3 A Night Meets Death
  • 4 Crisis of Faith
  • 5 Afterlife
  • 6 Frailty of the Blade
  • 7 Voice in Hell
  • 8 Behind the Preacher’s Eyes
  • 9 The Mind is Willing
  • 10 Alone (In My Forgotten Rage)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • https://kaine-metal.com/
  • https://kaine.bandcamp.com/
  • https://en-gb.facebook.com/kaineband/
  • https://www.instagram.com/kaineband/

 

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Chasing Ghosts – These Hollow Gods

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Chasing Ghosts- These Hollow Gods (2018)
Mighty Music
Release Date: 9th February 2018
Running Time: 38.58
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
8/10

This band was formed by Lee Brueton and were influenced by bands such as Paradise, Lost, Moonspell, and, as a personal opinion, I can hear some London After Midnight, with its dark rock, moody yet clean and unhindered.

The band are made up of Nelson Cancini (vocals), Lee Brueton (bass/synth), Ashley Clark (rhythm guitar) and Harry Mitten (lead guitar). They guys were brought together to produce honest and unrelenting rock music. They were winners of Ubeat “Rock Act of the Year” 2016, which is one of the most celebrated emerging music awards. Drums on this album were provided by Gary Fuller.

This album was recorded by “Enter Shikari” engineer, Tim Morris, and has aired on over 50 radio stations worldwide. The track ‘Fallen From Grace’ became the band’s first official video featuring Pixie Le Knot, actress and contortionist from Game of Thrones, and it debuted on Amp’d TV, hosted by Kerrang’s very own Johnny Doom.

Chasing Ghosts have played at venues including The Camden Assembly, Proud Camden, The Craufurd Arms, and headlined the O2 Academy 2 in Liverpool. A European tour is planned for 2018 to coincide with their album launch in Copenhagen and festival dates are to be announced soon.

The title track was written about our role models, idiots and those we ultimately view as gods in family, religion, music and amongst celebrities. Those people we have devoted our lives to but have given nothing but false hope and disappointment back. Everyone has a “hollow god”.

The guitar riffs are sometimes almost haunting, the songs are lyrically very deep, dark and angry yet trying to get a message across and every element of this album, from the art work, production and mixing has been created by the band with no compromise. The songs are the result of blood, sweat and tears; hard work that has very obviously paid off. There are no gimmicks and no razzle dazzle, just pure hard raw rock with a story to tell. We all have dark days, loss in our lives, sadness and pain and times when we feel we are very alone, but this band have shown, in their own way, that we are not, others are there for us, and things can be turned around.

Don’t think just because the songs are quite dark that it’s all doom and gloom. This band really is great listening and, with the title track These Hollow Gods, it really makes you think of those people we put way up on a pedestal and give everything to but get nothing in return. The lyric “at what cost they came to us these hollow gods in which we trust” says it all.

The energy these guys have put into the whole package is just amazing and with the dark rock/goth tones they are well worth going to see. They are very much a dark night, candles on, just float off listening to some decent music, kind of band. They are not to everyone’s taste, but they are very refreshing in this day and age of plastic music that all sounds the same. These guys definitely don’t and that is yet another plus to them.

TRACK LISTING

  • Everything Changes
  • This Fear
  • From Depravity
  • These Hollow Gods
  • Dark Skies
  • Fearless
  • Fallen From Grace
  • One Last Try

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • www.facebook.com/Cghostsmusic
  • www.chasingghosts.co.uk/
  • http://mightymusic.dk/artists/chasing-ghosts/
  • https://twitter.com/chasingghostsau?lang=en
  • https://tunein.com/artist/Chasing-Ghosts-m1048121/?autoplay=true

 

 

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Cats in Space – Scarecrow

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Cats In Space-Scarecrow (2017)
Solid Music Management
Running Time 40.42
Release August 25th, 2017
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
9/10

Here is a brilliant album, full of great harmonies and some great lyrics, my favourite of which, has to be “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” as that has always been my mantra in life.

This 70’s inspired band are definitely not a novelty band, as the title of the album or their name could suggest. These guys mean business and, after their debut album ‘Too Many Gods’, they have come back with this cracking album, including tracks like ‘September Rain’ and ‘Broken Wing’, which has some great riffs.

When you listen to this album you can notice influences such as ELO, Queen and T-Rex, and that’s probably due to the experience they have had from playing with others in the past. Paul Manzi, lead vocals, has played with The Sweet. Greg Hart, guitarist, vocals, songwriter and founder of the Cats, has played with Mike Oldfield. Dean Howard, guitarist, has travelled with bands like T’Pau and Jeff Brown, bass player and vocalist for 15 years with the legendary band The Sweet. Steevi Bacon, drummer and percussion, has played with the UK T-Rex show “Too Rex” while also drumming and working with ‘Queen’ producer, David Richards, in the ‘Heaven & Earth Band’ and Andy Stewart, the final member of the band, plays piano and synthesizers.

The band wowed crowds on legendary UK rockers Thunder’s sell out tour in 2017, they have had their own sell out tour and have already arranged future gigs. I can only imagine there will be more people wowed by this band as they are just as good live as on record.

There is nothing to dislike about this album, it’s rocky, it’s good listening and it’s fun. Imagine a hot summer’s day, windows down in the car and this playing full blast on the stereo. It’s an upbeat, good vibe album, and the track ‘Felix and The Golden Sun’ will have you singing along at the top of your voice. This band could have their music featured on the end credits to a movie, the kind where you watch the film and keep listening to the very end!!

This album has the most amazing harmonies, which then progress into some brilliant rock on tracks like ‘Timebomb.’ This band just has it all, brilliant drumming, ace lyrics, brilliant guitar riffs and vocals you can actually hear but with a little added cheekiness. They are definitely on my bucket list to see, and I absolutely LOVE the album cover, it’s just brilliant and if it’s not on a t-shirt, I wanna know why….!!!?

Track Listing

  • 1, Jupiter Calling.
  • 2, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
  • 3, Clown in Your Nightmare.
  • 4, Scars.
  • 5, September Rain.
  • 6, Broken Wing.
  • 7, Two Fifty Nine.
  • 8, Felix & The Golden Sun.
  • 9, Time Bomb.
  • 10, Scarecrow.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • http://www.catsinspace.co.uk/
  • https://en-gb.facebook.com/catsinspaceband/
  • https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/8828172?autoplay=true
  • https://tunein.com/artist/Cats-in-Space-m1101522/?autoplay=true

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Interview with Fallen Arise – Hammerfest X

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INTERVIEW WITH FALLEN ARISE
HAMMERFEST X
17/03/2018

Back in March, we had the pleasure of interviewing Gus, Giacomo and Fiona, of Fallen Arise, just after their set at Hammerfest X. They are an incredibly interesting band and it was really great talking to them about who they are and what they do.

For the people who have never seen you before, just give us a quick history of the band, who you are and where you come from.

Gus: Well, we are Fallen Arise. We are from three different countries; Greece, Italy and the UK. We were formed in 2009, the summer of 2009, and, of course, we had some other members those years. Now, we are Giacamo on guitars, Fiona on main vocals, Vlassis on main vocals, me on the keyboards. Marios K on the drums and Paul on the bass.

So, this band has two things that I love. I’m a keyboard player, so instantly I was like ‘Yay keyboards!’ I love bands with keyboard players!! And I’m a woman and I love women in metal. So, Fiona, how did you come to join the band first of all? Were you there from the beginning or have you been picked up recently?

Fiona: No, 2016, August. I received some communications from the management of Fallen Arise and we had some conversations and felt a good vibe and I enjoyed the music very much. Listening to the melodies and the orchestrations really grabbed me and I’d never actually played in a band with a keyboardist before, so I thought yes!

It makes a difference, doesn’t it? Adds a different level.

Fiona: Yeah, I played in a band with sequenced backing tracks but it didn’t have that live feel, so that was something that I really wanted to do, and also because there was a male vocalist too, again a new thing for me, I thought, yes absolutely. I signed up and we began a few tours.

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So, how do you get around the whole rehearsal schedule thing?

Fiona: We don’t really rehearse (laughing)

Do you like do it over Skype? (laughing)

Giacomo: Usually we don’t (laughing)

So, you just learn all your bits separately and then just come together for a gig?

Fiona: Basically! We did get two rehearsals in Manchester as we all flew in last week, but we also had to prepare our acoustic show and we had never done anything like that before.

I guess it’s a very difficult thing to do acoustically.

Fiona: Yeah, and unfortunately for us as we were setting up, the keyboards failed so we had to very quickly rethink things the two of us and it was a little bit hairy. But, we got through it. We had fun.

Yeah, if you can get through it, that’s all that matters, isn’t it?

Fiona: It was good, I think people were enjoying it.

Giacamo: I was playing, thinking about the disparities, singing in my head…!

Fiona: We changed some things. We dropped a song, had to cut short things.

Giacamo: In a very short time we had to decide – ‘we are going to do this, this and this, ok’?

Fiona:  But it was good. So, we rehearsed, we did our lovely acoustic rehearsals in Manchester which no one ever got to hear! But sometimes if we can all go to Athens to do a couple of days rehearsals before we go to somewhere like Romania or somewhere like that, we try to do this, but it’s not always easy.

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So, when it comes to playing gigs then, I’m assuming the rest of the guys get gigs in other parts of Europe, so you’re going all over the place to do gigs?

Fiona: Yeah, we are. (Agreement from the rest of the band)

So, what’s it like for you then? Is it amazing to get to these different places that you perhaps wouldn’t have gone to if you had not been in a band like this?

Fiona: Yes, it’s amazing, absolutely amazing. Fantastic. The biggest one I think for me last year, for all of us, was Russia, when we supported Paradise Lost! We got to some beautiful places, played to some fantastic audiences, they were absolutely wonderful to play to, really the passion and the energy is fantastic! So that was an amazing thing for us as a band and each, personally, as well. But earlier in the year, last year 2017, we did some tours through Germany, and The Netherlands, which was fantastic. Romania and Bulgaria too, and we played Greece last year as well! It’s been really nice to see all the fans.

The fans in Greece are magnificent. The metal scene in Greece is just fantastic. The fans out there are crazy.

Gus: The metal scene in Greece?

I think it’s crazy. You don’t think so?

Gus: No!!!

Really? You know, I’ve spoken to bands before and seen DVD’s of bands playing out in Greece. The crowds they get are just phenomenal.

Gus: Actually, the situation with Greece is that we have many, many talented musicians, many, many talented artists, but we have a bad ideology. It must be the music first, and it’s not. That’s the truth. Most people you will hear them say that my local scene is wonderful but it’s not.

So, do you prefer going to the rest of Europe and coming here?

Gus: Fallen Arise is more acceptable in other countries than Greece. It’s the truth. And that’s the reason we feel like home not in our real home but here in Wales, in Romania, in Russia, everywhere except our countries. I’m very sorry to say that but maybe in the Greek road I will be like an idiot but that’s the truth and I don’t care!! (Laughing)

It’s interesting, because we see obviously the media coverage and YouTube and things, so it’s interesting to hear it from your side because you’ve been there, you’ve come through that, the Greek side of things.

Gus: It’s the same for every country. If you are from the country, it’s harder to have an audience in your country because there is a sort of rivalry between musicians and this is absolutely something bad. I usually think about other musicians like brothers and I try to support them, but I heard also from people from abroad saying the same thing about their countries.

So, here in the UK, we are always going ‘oh the metal scene in Europe is so much better than it is here!’

Giacomo: I think everyone says the same thing!

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So, Fiona, are you working towards some new material, a new album?

Fiona: Yeah, we are. The musical side, the composition side, has been finalised, and I actually fly to Athens in about a week to start in the studio for a few weeks doing final vocals, and we will finish up after that at Iron Queens Festival in Romania. So, it’s this one, lots of recording and then that! We are going to have a fantastic time! I believe, and I’ll have to double-check this, but I’m sure I read somewhere that the Iron Queens Festival in Romania is their first ever female fronted metal festival which I think is a really good thing.

I’m seeing more women in metal bands popping up all over the place and I think it’s fantastic, whether it’s singers, drummers, keyboardists, bass players, guitarists, you know, it’s really good. I’ve also been a massive fan of women in metal but you do get the people that go “hmmpft” Also, and I hate to say it but back in the 80’s, and I’m sure it still goes on a bit, females were in metal bands because they had been put there to look at, not to actually listen to the talent, and so it’s really nice now to see so many good female musicians come through and get respect. Has it opened doors for you, the fact that ladies in metal is much more accepted?

Fiona: I think so, and I think that some of the female fronted platforms across Europe added quite a powerful influence to that over the last decade but it’s becoming less and less needed. I think that’s why Female Voices in Metal decided to take a break, because they felt that the platforms weren’t perhaps necessary, whereas ten years ago it absolutely was! But, I think still there is a huge gap, there is a huge gender imbalance when you look at some of the bigger festivals. In time, I hope to see that change and I think it will.

So, what’s coming up for you guys now then? Obviously, you are going into the studio to record the album and you’ve got that festival. Have you got any other big dates planned for this year?

Fiona: We’ve got Iron Queens. We have another one in May.

Gus: We have another one in Romania on 9th June in Constanza, then we go to Sweden for new video. We are also playing in Italy. It’s not something we have confirmed but we are planning to do some dates in Italy.

Fiona: We concentrated on just a few festivals this year, because we have such a heavy job to do with our album, and our video, and our artwork, working with the label to get the album out by the end of the year so that take a lot of time and energy.

So, that’s what you are hoping for? A release date by the end of the year?

Fiona: We’re hoping so yeah, we’re confident it will be towards the end of the year.

Have you got any album title you can go by yet?

Fiona: Not presently no!

Is there going to be a theme about the album? You know is it going to be a concept, overall story, or are the songs going to be separate?

Fiona: In terms of lyrical themes, there’s a lot to do with passion, power, being reborn, feeling like there’s a shift into something better, so it’s a really positive album and it’s really reflective of coming out of harder times and going into something better. It’s that kind of thing. It’s that just get up and do something new, let’s be out there, let’s be passionate and powerful about what we believe in. That’s a lot of the lyrical themes so far. That’s about it.

Giacomo: Yeah it is separate songs, not a concept, but we also use symmetry with art, for example, we are using, for the first time in A Fallen Arise album, a seven-string guitar. We were trying to mix more thing together, seeing that we are from different worlds musically, so we try to combine to do something new.

You mention you are all from different musical worlds, what are your influences?

Giacomo: I come from thrash metal and progressive metal so when I joined the band it was hard for me, because I’ve never been a big fan of symphonic! But I found some characteristics which really were joyful for me. I think I have learnt very much from this band. Before I was thinking about songs like ‘alright, solos as fast as I can, I have to do this difficult riff, then I’ll change this!’ but now I have to serve the song and it’s something very, very, very beautiful. That happened to me, it completely changed my style!

It’s not all about heavy and fast, it’s about feeling the music.

Giacomo: Yeah, you have to serve the musicians and the audiences. This doesn’t sound so hard, but trust me it’s harder than playing many lines together, changing time etc.

Gus: I come from a classical background. Of course, I very much like metal music, all different bands, but not only metal music. As a musician, I have my ears open for every style. I like jazz, I like blues, I like everything. My main influences are the composers of classical music like Ravel, Stravinsky, Samberg, who were fascinating for me. Because of this, I chose to make this symphonic metal band. The idea of the frustration of the composer; taking a short theme and making it quite big, for a band, for an orchestra, for many, many, many people. It is fascinating. But, actually, generally I would say that I’m a fan and passionate about good music, wherever it comes from.

Fiona: For me, I grew up through the UK scene of classic metal and rock. Some of my influences stretch right back to the seventies, from things my parent where listening to, and I just picked up on. Things like Marillion and all sorts of stuff. A lot of that was quite influential to me, but as I sort of moved through the eighties, I got a lot of the classic rock influences as well. I was also a big fan of Iron Maiden; Bruce Dickinson especially is quite an interesting one for me. And you didn’t really get a lot of female vocalists to be honest. You know, Janis Joplin was pretty cool, I used to love her but, you know, unless it was pop – I think Madonna was one I used to dance around to when I was a kid! And Billy Joel apparently, I don’t really remember too much about that!! That’s the sort of stuff that’s come through for me. But, I’m also half Irish – lot of my family were born in Ireland, so we have a lot of that influence too. I think in the last ten, fifteen years, I think the female vocalists that have stepped out for me, I think were probably Christina Scabbia – I think she’s a pretty good performer as well as an exceptional vocalist; I do like the earlier Tarja stuff, I think she is a very, very talented vocalist. A bit of Nightwish, but I think Floor Jansen had a lot more variety for me and I think she’s got that power. I do like powerful singers, I really do. I listen to her a lot more now because I like her voice. But also, I think there are some really fantastic singers out there and it’s really hard sometimes to pick one that influenced you. I also like a lot of James LaBrie, Geoff Tate, people like that. It’s that kind of voice I think that grabs me.

Fantastic! Well that was our last question for this time – is there anything else you would like to add – anything you want everyone to know about?

Fiona: Yeah, the album. Iron Queens in Romania coming up in April, and obviously our new album coming out this year, that’s fantastic. So, do look out for that. But, also, you know, a huge thank you to everyone who’s given us time and support and interest. That’s everything for us.

Giacomo: And great hospitality!

Fiona: Hammerfest has been an amazing place to come to. Thank you so much.

And that was where we left it. It was incredibly interesting to chat to this quite remarkable band, and discover how the logistics of a multi – nation band works, and also how they see the metal world differently to us. It was fascinating and enthralling and I really hope we get chance to speak to the guys again at some point in the future. A massive thanks to them for taking the time out of their schedule to do this for us. Don’t forget to check them out, and keep an eye out for the new album – we are certainly excited for that!

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Interview with Dead Label

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Interview with Dead Label – Hammerfest X 17.03.2018

One band that Rick and I were looking forward to talking to at Hammerfest were Dead Label, a riff laden Metalcore band from Celbridge, Ireland. Many things interest us about this band, including the fact that they are only a three piece, the fact that they have a female drummer, and the fact that they did a spectacular video last year for their single release. We were intrigued to find out their views on gigging, writing, and that video, so we sat down with Claire (Drums), Danny (Guitar) and Dan (Bass / Vocals) for a chat.

So, who are Dead Label? How did you get together? Where did you start from, and when did it all come together?

Danny: Well me and Claire have been playing together forever – since we were about 14, but we chopped and changed a lot of members. The first time we were actually a proper metal band, we were a band called VX. We had five members, then we split, and we couldn’t really find anybody else with the same kind of commitment, so it was just me, Dan, and Claire and we said, ‘fuck it, we’ll try it as a three piece and see how we go!’ That was about 10 years ago!

Claire: When we were in band previously, we were looking for a bass player and Dan applied. When we went to pick him up for his try outs, he was outside waiting with all his bass gear ready to go and it was like, ‘ok, that’s the guy!’, and he’s been here ever since! And then we found out he could do vocals to and that was it!

Do you like playing as a three piece then?

Dan: Yeah – we have a very, very…… strange relationship, where the three of us know what is going on the whole time! It’s a rare thing to get in a band. We all know exactly what’s going on and how each other’s doing without a single word being spoken. I think if we were to add another person into that mix, they wouldn’t get it. We did try out a second guitarist a couple of years ago and it just didn’t work. The void in the room was just off. Yeah ok the sound was bigger, but it just wasn’t the same, so we just stuck with the three of us, and we’re all fully committed, so that’s the way it is.

Is that how you approach writing songs as well then?

Danny: Yeah, well I think we are kind of old school by today’s standards, but we just get in a room and jam. We don’t really do this sending each other riffs, or work over laptops or anything. We just plug in and jam.

Dan: We kind of judge it off the reaction, you know, we jam a riff and your like ‘yeah that works’. We practice two or three times a week, either just running through the set, or writing, and it comes together.

Claire: Yeah if there is a week where one of us is away or something it’s just bad – we are texting all the time like ‘eeeek’.

Dan: Yeah sometimes it is not so much that we want to, it’s that we need to do it three times a week to keep it tight.

I suppose as well when there is only three of you, there is nowhere to hide really.

Dan: Yeah exactly, and we are old school in that sense too. We don’t like to use backing tracks or stems or anything like that – it is literally just the three of us kind of turning up to play at the venue with nothing but our guitars… and drums! We Just play, we don’t need a laptop. We’re not relying on anyone.

Danny: That actually happened to us before. We were playing at Made In Metal, and we were supposed to be borrowing our friends’ gear, but they got held up in traffic or something, so we literally only had our guitars and stage backline, and we were just like ‘Right I’ll plug in to that Marshall amp, you plug in to that one’ and we had a great fucking show!!

Dan: So yeah, we are very traditional in that sense, you know, we play together as a band, we write songs as a band and that’s the way that we do it!

Is it your first time playing Hammerfest, and your first time playing in Wales?

Claire: First time playing in Hammerfest – err, have we played in Wales before… No, I don’t think we have – we spend a lot of time driving through Wales!! But I think this is our very first time playing in Wales.

Dan: No, we did a music video here!

Claire: Yes, thank you, yes, we did the video for Salvation In Sacrifice here – in Cardiff.

Cool! So, what is in the pipeline at the moment – are you working on an album or anything?

Dan: We’re writing at the moment, and we are quite deep into that. We currently have about eight songs that we are very, very happy with. Right now, it is just about manipulating them a bit and putting the finishing touches on them.

Danny: Yeah, the salt and pepper!

Dan: So, once we get home after this we are going to bury our heads in the sand and get back to it and we are hoping to have the album out by probably the end of this year, maybe early next year.

Are you having a break from gigs while you are doing that?

Claire: Kind of. If the right gig comes up then obviously we would say yes, but we’re not actively chasing gigs, because we want to get it finished. With gigs like Hammerfest, you have to be prepared, and you can’t really get lost in writing a song, then practice a set, because it’s two different things. So, if an opportunity comes up like this, we’ll take it, but we’re concentrating more on the writing. We are playing Bloodstock though! And Amplified as well.

Yeah, we are going to be at Amplified so we will get to see you properly then! So, Bloodstock – great festival – how excited are you about playing there? Is it your first time there?

Claire: It’s actually our second time! We played there in 2015, and we are dying to get back! They do a kind of rotation, which is fair, but we’ve got really lucky because we are playing the same day as Gojira, which is one of our favourite bands, so we are going to play hopefully an awesome set and then watch Gojira! You don’t really get much better than that!

That leads us on nicely to the next question – who are your main influences and what inspired you to start making music?

Dan: I think for me and Danny, the routes of it all is Thin Lizzy. That’s were my love of music really started – you know the Renegade album, the Jailbreak album and it was like ‘this is awesome – oh Jesus they’re Irish!’ Then someone gave me the Black album and it was just a slippery slope from there! You know in a few years’ time you find yourself listening to Behemoth!

Danny: Thin Lizzy to Behemoth you know! Yeah, I think in the early days, for me, and Dead Label, the band that really tied it together was Machine Head. I was just fascinated with the heaviness and it’s really what we have been after since – to try and get that heavy sound, without it sounding chaotic. So, Machine Head was at the core of it, but then yeah, Behemoth, Gojira, all sorts – we like everything! I think those big, fat, heavy riffs are the core.

Rick: Yeah, I think your music is really groove laden – you’ve got the harsh vocal, but there’s some real power behind those riffs and I like that – when you can move to the riffs behind the vocals, and I think that’s what you’ve got.

Claire: Yeah that’s it. Machine Head are a humongous influence on me – Dave McClain is just the best drummer in the whole world. But my first drumming influence, way back, besides Animal, was Travis Barker. He was so cool, and I was just fascinated by drums because of him, then I actually got in to heavy metal!

How old where you when you started playing?

Claire: Thirteen or Fourteen I think. I got drums and got into a band two or three days later, but I couldn’t really play! I’ve been in a band ever since!

Dan: Yeah that really makes you up your game, because before I met these guys, I was playing in indie rock bands, you know I was there, into heavy metal with tattoos and stuff, but the only bands I could find were Indie bands and I had to play with them, so your playing little bass licks here and there, but when you get into a metal band, you really have to up your game! And these guys pushed me to be a better musician.

One thing I wanted to ask you is what is the metal scene like in Ireland? Is it difficult to get gigs? We interviewed Baleful Creed recently and they said it was really tough – people go to the bigger bands, but people don’t want to come out for the small gigs. Do you find this?

Dan: Yeah that is true to a certain point, but you can get lucky as well – you know when the stars align, and people want rock bands – when we first started, on a Friday and Saturday night in Belfast, you always played to two or three hundred people and they were there for the music. It kind of fell by the wayside a bit when everybody lost their jobs, but it is starting to come back now. You do find maybe local bands, the room is half full, but bands like Architects will come and they’ll play in the bigger venues and they’ll sell it out. It’s a little disheartening but it’s kind of just the way it is.

Claire: Yeah, you kind of just have to fight through it. There are bands playing gigs, and there are good bands playing gigs and its getting more and more people starting bands and taking it seriously. I think it will get better, it’s just people don’t have the money to go to gigs all the time.

Dan: In fairness to the promoters in Dublin who are bringing all these bigger bands in, unless it is a package tour, they will always make a spot for a local band, which is great. And once you get in there, if you do a good job, you’ll get another one, so it’s kind of up to the band at that point. And that leads to other things – you know you could be playing one place, and someone will come up to you and say, ‘Oh yeah! I saw you playing with Architects last week’, so it does have that effect as well.

Danny: Yeah – the quality of bands is really, really good. There’s no shortage of talent. There are those odd nights where a bar might only be half full, but it’s not all the time. Overall, it’s pretty good.

Rick: So, I wanted to bring up this video you did, with the Jonestown connection. I was ten when that actually happened and there is a lot of similarities to the actual events in the video, and I wondered who came up with the concept and everything?

Dan: It was the directors of the video. We wrote the song and originally it was just meant to be a demo, and we were listening to it one day and we were like ‘with a little bit more work this could be a fucking good single’, just because it had been a while since people had had any new music. And that then escalated and we decided that if we were going to do it, we may as well do it properly and do a music video for it! We found the guys at Crooked Gentlemen and we gave them the song and they came up with the idea for the video to the music – so it was kind of like art inspiring art in a way.

What did you think when they came up with it?

Dan: We kind of just like rolled with it!

Danny: Yeah, we saw the other stuff they were doing, and it was class, so we just said go for it, and just went all in.

Claire: we didn’t even realise how much detail they were going to go in to! All we were told was there was going to be a performance day – a day where we needed to get some family into a room, so we just said, ‘come for a few hours and sit in this room’. Then we get there, and they had this unbelievable actor, and we were there for the whole day and they had them doing exorcisms and all this mad stuff, but everyone enjoyed it!

Dan: There were parts of it when they were doing stuff and we were standing back, like the bit where they drink the poison, and we were like ‘What the Fuck?!!!’ We had no idea that was happening! It was awesome!!!

Rick: Yeah it is an awesome video!

Claire: The guys that did it, they are actually becoming so big now – like in a couple of months’ time I don’t think you will be able to get them cos they are in such high demand. So, they deserve all the credit really, we just wrote the song.

Rick: Yeah but if they hadn’t had the song, they wouldn’t have come up with the idea!

Danny: Yeah in fairness they were really stoked when they heard the song and they put all their effort into it.

And that was were we had to leave it, as the band had to be whisked away to do another interview. It was great chatting with them and hearing their ideas on things. We could quite happily have carried on for ages. We would really like to thank Claire, Dan and Danny for taking time out of their schedule, on a very cold day, to sit and chat with us for so long. Make sure you check them out and have a watch if you are at Amplified Festival in July, or Bloodstock in August. We will, as ever, keep you posted when they announce the release of their new album, which we will be very much looking forward to. In the meantime, for more info, or to watch the awesome video for their single, ‘Pure Chaos’, check out the links below:

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  • https://www.facebook.com/DeadLabel/
  • https://www.instagram.com/deadlabelband/
  • https://deadlabel.bandcamp.com/
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/DeadLabelBand

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  • http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/events/boa-2018/bands/dead-label
  • http://www.amplifiedrocks.com/lineup

 

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Interview with Louis Clarke from Callus

Callus At Hammerfest by Jennie Clarke

Interview with Louis Clarke from Callus
01/04/2018

This weekend, on Easter Sunday to be precise, we here at Ever Metal HQ had the great pleasure of catching up, via Skype, with Louis Clarke, lead singer / guitarist with up and coming Northern Metallers, Callus. We were really excited to speak to him about all things Callus, after being totally blown away by them at Hammerfest X in March. We all settled down with a brew (Louis had a particularly metal mug!!!) and probed Louis on life, the universe and everything (to do with the band that is!) …

So, for people who haven’t heard of Callus, give us a brief history of the band – where did you all meet, and what brought you together?

Well it started in high school. I was in high school and I was a loser, so in my break, I would go and sit in the IT room. I was hanging in there with a few friends, and this kid comes in, he’s called Ben Wormwell, and he sits down at the computer next to me and I say, ‘hey Ben, look at this internet game I am on – it’s called Boobah Zone! So, I showed him that and we were playing that together and he said ‘hey, I like System Of A Down’, and I said ‘yeah I like Metallica’, and we started sharing music and stuff. Then there were many misadventures between then and now!!! We started jamming outside of school, and we enjoyed the same kind of music, so we started writing riffs. A few drummers came and went, but I knew that I wanted to join a serious band. I had been in a band prior – it was like a hard rock band, but it wasn’t serious at all, and I knew I wanted to push it further. So, me and Ben had been jamming for a while, and we named ourselves Callus, and got a gig. That first gig was in Preston in November 2013, and we have been working on it since then. That gig was an absolute disaster!! It was SOO bad!! Like I say, we have had numerous drummers come and go over the years, but Ryan joined us about half a year ago now and we have picked up the material again and it is solid now. Obviously, we have the three people, and there are three separate lives to take into account, you know, everyone has got different things going on, but we have settled with Ryan, and he’s very happy and that makes us very happy.

He is a great drummer.

Thank you – yeah honestly, he floored us when we started jamming – we were like ‘he actually wants to join our band?!’ We couldn’t believe it!! He is very professional, and it doesn’t even stop with his drumming – obviously we are working on the album and he’s got a home studio set up and he is just as good behind the desk as he is behind the drums! He’s just a crazy talented dedicated guy, and he has got a place in Callus now and it is very good!

So where did the name ‘Callus’ come from?

I had a few big sheets of band names, or song name ideas, and a few lyrics, and we were just jamming one time in our bedrooms, and we thought, ‘lets have a look at the names’, and it was Ben who picked it – it was on the sheet of many ideas, and he went down the list and saw it and went ‘We’re calling it Callus! It’s called Callus!’ and I was like ‘Sick! Sounds good!’! We knew that we wanted a one-word name. I think some of the best band names are just one word, you know, it’s clear – Pantera, Metallica, Megadeth – it’s just straight to the point, and I think that is what our music represents. It’s fairly straight to the point – it’s pretty simple stuff really! It’s not majorly complex, so we’re not going to have seven or eight words in our band name.

How about song writing – who takes charge there, or is it more of a whole group thing?

Well, the primary bulk of the material has been from stuff that I have written. Most of the lyrics have been from myself, because I do most of the vocals, but Ben has been doing lyrics on a bunch of songs that are his and writing the songs as well. He comes to me sometimes with an idea and we jam it on acoustics and then it morphs into a live element, you know with amps and electric! He’s coming up with stuff that I don’t even think of! So, it’s me and Ben primarily, but the great thing with Ryan coming in now is he’s actually been writing as well, which is really good. He’s got a quite a different taste of music – obviously he is in to his metal – but he likes a lot of bands that me an Ben aren’t necessarily big fans of, and it is great because he is bringing in another element, and there are going to be a few highlights of that on the album, because the songs are a mix of the songs that we have already got that aren’t committed to studio and some new ones as well!

Do you tend to write the lyrics first then add the music, or does the music come first and you put lyrics to it?

For us it always starts with a riff. We have a catalogue of hundreds of riffs that aren’t committed to songs – just little bits that sound good. Then, we sit down and kind of start linking the riffs together, and we build a song that way, musically, first. Then lyrics always come last in our process. A lot of it is working of syllables – how the riff and the rhythm feel, because we’re not the most complex song writers – it’s like Sabbath – a lot of the vocals follow the riff, and that’s a dynamic that we really like. They are one of our favourite bands. So yeah – lyrics come last. I do write a lot of the lyrics – Ben’s done a few, and I have written a few for Ben to perform – like the last song we did at Hammerfest was called ‘The Root Of All Evil’, and I wrote the lyrics to that but Ben’s got such a rough gnarly voice, I was just like ‘Ben, you’ve got to sing it!’ It suits his voice!

Where do you get your inspiration for lyrics?

I do a lot of reading. I like a lot of Stephen King, but I love old literature – H G Wells and stuff – anything really imaginative. So, it is a combination of stuff like that, just for that mentality and way of thinking, quite outside the box stuff. But then it is primarily life experience and all from deep within my mind!! From some deep dark recess under the hat!! Yeah so, a combination of life experiences – stuff that maybe Ben has told me that has upset him or made him happy – but it is quite open to interpretation though. One thing we want to do is get the lyrics printed for the album and we want people to read the lyrics and interpret it themselves. I would never go to someone and say, ‘this Callus song is about this!’ – We don’t want to be like that at all I have my own interpretation, but we want people to apply their own life experience to it. I think it is open to interpretation in that way. We are doing it from the heart and hopefully that resonates with people who listen to it, and it makes a connection with them and they get something out of it too.

So, the first time you popped onto our radar was, indeed, at Hammerfest X earlier this month. Was this your breakthrough gig?

I think so yes. As I said, we have been plugging away at it for a good few years now, but Hammerfest was next level! I definitely think that was our big shot. It’s just a case now of sticking at it and hoping to get more slots like that and play in different places, and the same place (!) and just keep trucking on.

We, I think, echoed everyone else in the room in thinking ‘wow, these guys are great’. How did you find the reception there?

We were astounded! We felt good about it anyway. Naturally there were some nerves because it was a big gig. But I think the likes of yourselves being there, and the general reception we got; we were blown away by it! And we are still in awe of it because everyone was so great about it and everyone seemed to enjoy it – we haven’t heard anything bad about it. We had people coming up to us around the festival saying, ‘argh we really enjoyed it’ and that was fantastic, just to see people so happy – it made our weekend! It made our career!! So far!

When we watched you perform at Hammerfest, one thing that we noticed was how tight you were together and, considering there are only three of you in the band, how much stage presence you had – you seemed to fill the stage. Has it been difficult, with the number of drummers going through, to get that tightness?

Yeah with drummers coming and going over the years, that’s been very detrimental to the progress of the band. In the past it has been like one step forward, two steps back, which has been really unfortunate. But, me and Ben are resolute in the knowledge that we are going to be doing this for years, and luckily we have found a third guy now who has the same vision as us, so now it is three guys going forwards, and I think that is why it has come up to the next level, because finally we have reached that point where we’re all on the same page, we all want the same thing, and we’re all going for it together. It comes in to what we said before about Ryan – he is a very skilled player and he just boosted us. It has been inspiring to play with him.

Have you ever toyed with the idea of adding any more members, or are you just happy with three?

We are happy with three at the moment, but all I would say is that we are never going to be set in our ways, you know, we’re open to any ideas. If ever the three of us thought, ‘Yes, we want to bring an extra element in to the band’, then we would do that, because its our band! And I think we are free to do that! There won’t be any didgeridoo players or bagpipes or anything like that though!!

Now, you have a couple of big gigs coming up in the next week – the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ semi-final and ‘Mammothfest: The Best Band’ before that – are you nervous about those and what they could lead to? (CHECK OUT THE EVENT LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE INTERVIEW)

We naturally get nervous when there a fair few people turn up, like anyone else – it can be like ‘woah there’s a fair crowd here tonight!!’, but we enjoy what we do so much and we are just excited for them – any opportunity, whether it be in the big festivals like Hammerfest, or Metal 2 The Masses in Carlisle – cos that’s at ‘Club Rock’ and we’ve never played there before so it is a new adventure, and we know the majority of the bands that are already on it, so it’s a good night in itself and that is always the aim for us. We want each individual night to be the best it can be all the time. Obviously Metal 2 The Masses and the Mammothfest one gives us the potential of playing these big festivals, which would be amazing, but for us we focus on the gig at hand, and then we move on to the next gig and see what comes our way and push for what we can. So, yeah, a little bit of nerves because it is the semi final for Metal 2 The Masses, but we are looking forward to it – we are going to get in there and do our thing, as we always do!

So, you have mentioned the album a couple of times – when’s it coming out?!

Well, we’ve done all the guide tracks! So, we’ve got all the material recorded in demo format, so it is just a case now of getting in and doing all the final instruments and stuff, which is going to take a while, because we are busy people outside of band, but we are hoping for a release towards the end of this year. We have had one or two labels who have potentially been interested, so it might be January. But, it will be ready when it’s ready. We want to take our time so that it is ready – we’re not going to rush anything. We want it to be proper so that we can stand by it, because it is our debut full length release and we want to be able to stand by it until the end of time and that is the goal! But we have got a name for it and the art work for it! So, we’re getting there! Progress is happening!!

Excellent! Can’t wait to hear it! Looking forward, what is your ‘next step’ career goal with the band – where do you want to take it to now?

Well we have talked about touring for a while now. I think we are trying to get something together for the end of the year. Sort of like a bit of a mini tour – try and get up and down the country a bit – that would be nice. I think that the next step for us is really getting out on the road and doing that, because we do gigs everywhere we can – we kind of have them dotted around and stuff, so we would like to push it a bit more. There is that and obviously the album. Once that is released, if we do a tour, we want to be really pushing that. We want to support that as much as we can and get it out there. So yeah – more things, bigger and better things, and just more gigs in general I think, and more releases!

The ultimate goal I supposed is to make this your career rather than anything else your career isn’t it!

Yeah of course!

To wrap up our chat today, we would like to ask you a question, that whilst unrelated to metal, is a question that we always like to ask, and is very important – Jaffa Cake – cake or biscuit?!

It is 100% a cake definitely! The clue is in the name! No basically I think a biscuit is hard, or it has to have a certain amount of crunch to it, but a Jaffa Cake is soft, it’s squidgy, you know – like a cake! So that is what I would say!!

It was our absolute pleasure to chat to Louis today, and we are very grateful that he took time out of his schedule to answer our questions. These guys are three really genuinely great guys with a superb passion and drive that will take them a long way. We are going to be eagerly awaiting the album and highly recommend that you all check them out too. To make that a little easier, all the links you need are below – happy listening folks!

MAMMOTHFEST: THE BEST BAND HEAT 4, APRIL 5th LIVE ROOMS, CHESTER

https://www.facebook.com/events/1168157936649441/

METAL 2 THE MASSES SEMI-FINAL2, APRIL 7th CLUB ROCK, CARLISLE

https://www.facebook.com/events/686866531704126/

BAND LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/Callus.band/

https://callus117.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZOSaYdZBmL8DhLMPjLWggQ?pbjreload=10

https://www.instagram.com/callus_uk/

BAND PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIE CLARKE

https://www.facebook.com/Jennie-Clarke-Photography-404649823289763/

 

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Hammerfest X – Day Two

Hammerfest X
Hafan y Moor Holiday Park,
Pwllheli, North Wales
Saturday 17th March DAY TWO
Review by Rick Tilley & Beth Jones

 

…CONTINUATION OF OUR EXPLOITS AT HAMMERFEST X

After a surprisingly good night’s sleep in our comfy little apartment, we were up bright and early to get ready for day two. It was going to be a bit of a backwards and forwards day with interviews and trying to catch as many bands as possible. Luckily, we didn’t have too much planned for first thing, and although we missed Vice because we were interviewing, we were able to get to Stage 2 to catch the second of the day’s scheduled entertainment, in the shape of Footprints In The Custard.

Now, you know what sort of a show it is going to be when the hall starts to fill with grown men in Lycra, tutus and onesies, brandishing inflatable penises and already happy after a liquid breakfast! If you had been expecting serious and smouldering, then this definitely wasn’t going to be your bag, however it was very much ours. What a way to start our day! The Custard boys of Manchester, got the whole place jumping instantly with there catchy and hilariously funny tunes, and even the most stoical members of the audience couldn’t help but raise a smile! Wooing us with classic tales, the boys took us through, amongst others, their great cooking tragedy, ‘Gayle Platter’, and the use of magic to conquer evil, ‘Merlin in Berlin’. Then they got a bit more naked and it all got a bit silly! Thank god Ross had a strategically placed guitar – the rear view of his pink mankini was disturbing enough for a Saturday lunchtime!!! Finishing their brilliant set with a deathcore version of, ‘It’s Raining Men’, Footprints left the entire place bouncing and smiling, and fully prepared to kick the balls out of the rest of the day! For me they were one of the highlights of the weekend.

01 Footprints In The Custardhttps://www.facebook.com/Footprintsinthecustard/

After a swift beer (trust me we needed it after that!), it was time for a band who we would be interviewing later, Fallen Arise. Made up of members from Greece, Italy and the UK, they were the polar opposite of Footprints and a nice way to return to reality! I love a bit of Symphonic metal, and musically they were all superb. Their female vocalist, Fiona Creaby, has a beautiful classical tone, and their songs are dramatic and smouldering! For me the one thing that was lacking was a ‘stage presence’ – a togetherness the likes of which we had seen from other bands this weekend. Maybe this was part of their mystery and fitting with their genre. We did hit on a possible reason for this in our interview with them later in the day – the constraints of living all around Europe and not rehearsing in the same room being a big issue. This did however make it clear how skilled they all are as individual musicians, and it is always good to see real talent.

02 Fallen Arisehttps://www.facebook.com/fallenarise/

We had wanted to catch a bit of Codex Alimentarius, however it was interview time again, and back to back ones at that, so we only managed one song, then had to take a break from live music for a while to head back over to the media area!

We headed back to the stages in time to catch Norwegian Death Metallers, Blood Red Throne, on Stage 2. We hadn’t seen these guys before, so we were intrigued to see what they had up their sleeves! Whilst I’m not a huge fan of this brand of metal, technically again they were all incredible. I just can’t get on with this style of vocal. That said, they did have very catchy riffs and I was banging my head in a reserved kind of fashion!! If you like Cannibal Corpse and you haven’t heard these guys before – where have you been??!! Check them out now because they will be right up your street!!

03 Blood Red Thronehttps://www.facebook.com/BloodRedThroneOfficial/

Our first trip over to the Main Arena that day was next, to see epic Symphonic Power Metal wizards, GloryHammer (the brainchild of Alestorm vocalist, Christopher Bowes who takes on a new guise as Keyboard player here). They should really be called ‘Disney Lord Of The Rings In Space – The Rock Opera’ but I suppose GloryHammer is more catchy, so I will go with it! These guys have a perfect balance of crazy, tongue in cheek, humorous extravagance and undeniable musical talent and we bloody loved it! Their songs tell an epic story of fantasy, and that, combined with the brilliant musicianship and stage presence of the whole band, fronted by the extraordinary vocal of Thomas Winkler, make theirs a show that ticks all our ‘I like this’ boxes and then adds a few more to the bottom of the list! I definitely recommend anyone who needs to feel invigorated listen to this band – there electric energy is contagious. Wanting to cram as much in as possible and with time running out, we left GloryHammer a little early to head back over to the second stage (much to my distain – although I have to remember that we were there to work and not just to enjoy ourselves)!

04 Gloryhammerhttps://www.facebook.com/gloryhammer/

Next on Stage 2 were another Death Metal band from Ireland – Warpath. One word – Brutal!! Wholly moly!!! I am guessing this is what Blood Red Throne would sound like if you put them on fast forward! They were harsh, ridiculously fast, growly and angry…very very angry!!!! They totally live up to there name. Again, not my cup of tea really, but they had a packed out hall of followers who were loving it, and it was easy to see that they are real crowd pleasers if that is what you like. For me, they are a bit like your aunty who talks too much – it is great to see them for a bit, but after a while you need to take a break to let your ears breath!

05 Warpathhttps://www.facebook.com/warpathire/

Our final band of the evening (mainly because we are old and can’t take the pace any more) were event headliners, Skindred. For me (Beth), after living in the dark ages, in a metal sense, for quite a number of years, it is very rare that I can actually say I have seen a band before, however I am pleased to announce that this is the third time I have seen Skindred!! I have always been a fan since they popped onto the scene in the late nineties (before I went dark) and was really looking forward to seeing them again and they didn’t disappoint. Ahead of the release of their forthcoming album, ‘Big Tings’, the Reggae Metal masters from Newport delighted the packed main hall with their unique blend of musical styles and had the whole place rocking and bouncing from start to finish. It is always a pleasure to watch them perform and they finished off the day, and the weekend perfectly.

06 Skindredhttps://www.facebook.com/skindredofficial/

And with that we were done. Absolutely bloody knackered, but full of joy and admiration for the range of styles, and strength of talent that had been provided to us over the weekend, even though we still didn’t get to see other bands that were on our wish list and we can only apologise to them for that! Hammerfest is now an institution and the organisers sure put together a fantastic weekend to celebrate its Tenth Anniversary. As the snow started to fall (because that is the way we do weather here in Wales – hardcore) we took to our beds again, smiling that happy / melancholy smile that you will only know if you have been to a festival. Full of great memories of the weekend but tinged with the knowledge that it was all over….for another few months anyway. Bring on Hard Rock Hell!!

 

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Apparition – The Awakening

The Awakening Cover

Apparition-The Awakening (2018)
WormholeDeath Records
Running Time 52.55
Release Date 02/02/2018
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
9/10

Apparition are a band from the UK and their music is a mix of so many things. It’s rock, it’s operatic, it’s haunting but one thing it is, is brilliant.

This metal rock band formed in 1997 and David Homer (Bass) first started the band as a female voice project. In 2014 there was the addition of guitarist Amy Lewis and drummer Ashley Guest, also of Benediction and Besieged, followed by returning vocalist Fiona Creaby, also of Fallen Arise, who reunited with the band after 5 years away.

They began writing the material for The Awakening to follow on from various studio projects, including Drowned in Questions (2006), their previous successful EP The Salvation, which was released in 2008, and For Vengeance and For Love (2011).

They have travelled all over the UK and Europe as support band for well-known acts such as Septic, Revamp, The Agonist, Delain, and have appeared at festivals such as The Dames of Darkness festival (UK), Metal Over Malta (Malta) and the Kraken Festival (Belgium)

The 2011 album “For Vengeance and For Love” was well received and it was David’s idea was to record, mix, and master it all at Hertz Studio in Bialystok in Poland, with the well-known Wielawski Bros who have also worked with Hate, Vader, and The Foreshadowing, to name a few.

In 2015, guitarist Paul “Kull” Culley joined the band as co-writer, alongside David and Fiona. With mixing and mastering completed in 2016, planning the release became priority in 2017, when Apparition signed to WormHole Death Records (Italy). This coincided with 20 years of Apparition history and the release was due for early 2018.

Arranged and produced by Fiona and Kull, this album is just brilliant. The first track, The Awakening, being an instrumental, gives the listener a false sense of security, making you think it’s an ok opening for a great film track, then, boom, takes you straight into track two, Hold Back the Night and you certainly know you’re in for something special. The vocals are crisp and spine chilling, with drumming that will almost have you out of breath, and the guitar riffs are truly amazing. The songs take you on a ride of emotions, bringing you up, then calming you down, speaking of love, passion and loss but they are energetically put together and there is a great passion in the vocals.

The lineup of Ashley Guest (Drums), Fiona Creaby (Vocals), David Homer (Bass), Amy Lewis (guitars) Paul “Kull” Culley (guitars/sequencing) works so well together.

I love the artwork on the cover. After all, they say that the eye is the window to the soul and this band certainly gets to your soul. It doesn’t matter where you listen to this, it will give you goosebumps.

Track 8 “Home” is my favorite, as you can just close your eyes and melt away into it, making you grateful for what you have. Fiona’s voice is so gentle yet so strong, and the range of her vocals is out of this world. Although the tracks vary from soft and gentle to more rockier ones, the clarity of the vocals is never lost. The guitar riffs are wow, Ashley on drums is brilliant and the whole package just works so well together.

One thing I will say is you won’t get bored of listening to this album. It just keeps giving.

This album will very much be one I’ll be playing over and over.

 

TRACK LISTING

  • 1-The Awakening (intro)
  • 2-Hold Back the Night
  • 3-The Ames Of Darkness
  • 4-The Other Side
  • 5-Reasonance
  • 6-The Night an Angel Died
  • 7-Eternity
  • 8-Home
  • 9-Break the Chains
  • 10-Our Story Lives On
  • 11-Twilight
  • 12-As Shadows Play

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • www.apparitionmusic.co.uk
  • www.facebok.com/apparitionband
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30oGYCsijxE&list=PLSlKjqY5dkcveidYM1w8AYbDlMNpBUUIr
  • https://open.spotify.com/artist/3AwopAHAVwLmWloNM1OPYN?autoplay=true&v=A
  • https://tunein.com/artist/Apparition-m717854/?autoplay=true
  • https://www.facebook.com/fionacreabyofficial/

 

Apparition Promo Pic1

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